Dress to Excess at Michael Mina's Pizza & Burger Ugly Sweater Party

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at Pizza & Burger Miami Fontainebleau

The holiday season is upon us so it’s time to dig out your Christmas sweater( or sweatshirt or t-shirt, this is Miami, afterall)  and celebrate with your friends. On Friday, December 16, 2016 from 6 – 8 p.m. join the Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina squad for the restaurant’s first annual Ugly Sweater Party. Dress to impress in your holiday worst for a chance to win the ultimate day at Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

Three judges – Kelly Blanco, reporter for NBC6Amber Love Bond, editor of Brickell Living (and MIAbites Contributor) and Jennifer Agress, Miami editor of Dining Out Magazine ,will select a winner for whose sweater is the ugliest. The winning sweater will be based on creativity, so don’t be afraid to dust off your glue gun and dig out your favorite glitter pen. The winner of the contest will win a one-day experience in an Ultra or Arkadia Cabana for up to ten guests, one bottle of tequila and enjoy a $300 dinner credit at Pizza & Burger.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Pizza Pug

If you are looking for a fun excuse to dress up, MIAbites offers up a couple web sites to pick the appropriate ( and hopefully winning ) outfit.  We especially like this Pizza and Cat themed sweatshirt from Raisevern and available on Amazon.com. And for our friends, MiamiFoodPug this Pug themed sweatshirt also on Amazon. Other shopping sites include TipsyElves.com and UglyChristmasSweater.com.

Throughout the evening party-goers will enjoy drink and food specials. Beers on tap are all exclusive to local brewers and during the party $1 from every draft beer goes to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation. As the newest member to the Fontainebleau family, Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina has a menu that includes made from scratch, farm-fresh, multi-ingredient pizzas, burgers, large plates, crave-able snacks and craft cocktails. There is a lively atmosphere with upbeat music, and table top games giving guests the feeling of being at a casual backyard bash.

Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina at The Fontainebleau

4441 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, Miami, FL 33140 

(305) 674-4636.










10 Places to Eat Healthy in Miami: Juice Bars, Organic Markets & Vegetarian/Vegan Dining

The Holiday overeating and overdrinking season is upon us. Take a break from the overindulging at these Miami places to eat healthy and maybe even keep some of those extra pounds at bay.  Here are MIAbites favorite spots for Juice, Organic produce and Vegetarian or Vegan dining:

Jugo Fresh- Jugofresh sells organic cold-pressed juices, smoothies and vegan foods (bowls, salads, sandwiches). Seven locations in Miami-Dade County including Wynwood Walls, Sunset Harbour and South Pointe Park. Jugofresh Wynwood Walls 222 NW 26th St (786) 472-2552

Temple Kitchen- Neighborhood whole food, plant-based kitchen." Menu features a variety of flavorful salads, noodle or vegetable baskets, hot pots and soups. Numerous smoothies, juices, elixirs and other drinks available. Also, delicious parfaits. Open for breakfast. Delivery available. Closed Sunday.831 Sunset Drive South Miami 33143 (305) 397-8732

Dr Smood-  Fresh juices, snacks and healthy eating options. 2230 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33121

Green Gables Cafe- Small eatery specializing in to-go and delivery orders. Try the roasted eggplant & hummus wrap, a salad, Green gazpacho or other vegan soups made daily. Smoothies, organic vegetable and fruit juices, tea and coffee (soy, almond and rice milks available). Local and organic ingredients. Open Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch, 7:30am to 4:30pm. 327 Alhambra Circle Coral Gables, FL 33134 (305) 445-7015

Choices Cafe- The all-vegan, 95% organic menu at Choices includes wraps, quinoa bowls, pizza, salads and soups. The Mental Lentil wrap (lentil patty, black beans, quinoa, pico de gallo, plantain, sauteed onion, avocado, tahini sauce) is one of their popular, signature dishes. Juices and smoothies, delicious desserts, and beer and wine are also available. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Clean, modern atmosphere. Breakfast served daily (tofu scramble, pancakes!). Ask about their weekend brunch. 646 NE 79th Street Miami 33138 (786) 803-8352.

The Last Carrot- No-frills deli serving tofu or hummus pita sandwiches, salads, soups, fresh juices. Vegan desserts. 3133 Grand Avenue Coconut Grove 33133 (305) 445-0805

Whole Foods Downtown Miami - Fresh produce, juices and healthy options. 299 SE 3rd Ave. Miami, FL

Ten Fruits - great acai bowls, healthy juices and smoothies. 143 NE 3rd Ave
Miami, FL 33132 (305) 373-7678

Jar + Fork - smoothies, juices and they have vegan options as well. 270 E Flagler St, Miami, FL 33132 (305) 364-5643

Seasons 52 - Recommended for its vegan options, including the Winter Market Vegetable Plate (roasted vegetables, grilled tofu and cracked wheat tabbouleh). Also, vegan soups, salads and appetizers, and delicious flatbreads that can be made vegan. Tofu may be substituted for meat in other dishes (ask your server). 321 Miracle Mile,  Coral Gables,  FL,  33134 (305) 442-8552.

DIRT- where clean eating and great taste coexist in Miami Beach. DIRT is a new fine food served fast dining experience in Miami Beach: a farm-to-counter eatery and wellness bar combining fresh, great-tasting food with health, convenience, and simplicity. Simply put, we believe in high-quality, nutritious food, served quickly and affordably. 232 5th Street, Miami Beach 305 239 3000.

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Home SWEET Home for The Salty Donut

The Salty Donut Opens new location in Miami

Finally - gone are the mornings where you wake up thinking about The Salty Donut and realize you have to wait two more days because it's only Tuesday (I know I wasn't alone with this struggle)!  The Salty Donut has happily moved into its new home at Wynwood Arcade and is open 6 days a week, only closed on Mondays.  Those delicious ( and addicting) artisan donuts will be waiting for you...Tuesday - Friday from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday - Sunday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm or until sold out.

Salty Donut Wynwood Miami Interior

This means that not only are you able to get early morning donuts but you can also fill your soul with Intelligentsia coffee early, too! As opposed to when I would have three cups of coffee before their previous 11 am opening time.  My favorite is the Coco Puff infused Ice Latte. The gorgeous exposed brick wall and wooden tables are perfect for that Instagram worthy photo of Chef Max Santiago's creations.  

Start the Holidays right and be sure to check out the Eggnog Creme Brûlée donut - a 24 hour raised brioche donut filled with Captain Morgan Spiced Rum eggnog custard, torched and topped with vanilla mascarpone whipped cream and fresh raspberries and locally grown micro greens that's available this week. 'Tis the Season!

Salty Donut Miami Artisan Donut Selection

As always the menu will rotate flavors but we can still expect to see the classics such as Guava and Cheese, Maple Bacon, Brown Butter + Salt, and Traditional Glazed.  Be sure to stop by, and don't be surprised if you run into me working there for the day - I hear they have lightning fast WiFi! 

The Salty Donut

50 NW 23th St. #112

Miami , FL



Chef Brad Kilgore: Passport to International Food Star

Jamaica Food & Drink Festival 2016 Brad Kilgore

Jamaica Food & Drink Festival pictures include Chefs Brad and Leah, Miss T's Kitchen, Brad and Leah's Pork Dish and Crackerjack with Jerk Bacon by Smoked Marlin. Photo Credit: Andrew Giambarba.

Like the light from a really bright star, Chef Bradley Kilgore is on fire.

We would love to claim him in Miami as a native son, but we must admit we know that he is originally from Kansas City. The city of Chicago got to watch him shine during some of his formative years under Grant Achatz at Alinea (Boka and L2 as well). When he left the Windy City to come to Miami, few knew what we had just gained.

Chef Brad Kilgore Miami

Soon though, his brilliance was difficult to miss at Azul and Jean-George Vongerichten’s J&G Grill. And then it was time for him to shine in a spot of his own. He collaborated with several local chefs for Basel week pop-ups as the finishing touches were being put on Alter. 

When the doors opened in early 2015, night after night, diners sat down, dipped their spoons through a soft cooked egg, Gruyere crisp and scallop espuma and sighed.

Alter Miami Soft Egg dish

We all recognized that this was a “moment” in our city’s dining history. We were all witnessing the work of someone truly special. It wouldn’t be long before his well-deserved fame expanded outside the borders of Alter, ( including his new project Brava by Brad Kilgore at the Arsht Center featured by MIAbites here ) and Miami itself.

The accolades and the recognition poured in:

2015 Restaurant of the Year - Miami Herald

Four Stars - Miami Herald

Best New Restaurants - Eater.com

Best Restaurant - EaterMiami

Best Restaurant in Florida - MSN.com

Semifinalist James Beard Awards “Best New Restaurant”

Semifinalist James Beard Awards “Rising Star of the Year”

2016 Rising Star Chef - StarChefs

2016 Best New Chef - Food & Wine

As the awards piled up, so did the invitations to travel the world and participate in collaborations, cooking demonstrations and festivals. Cuba, NYC, Las Vegas, Orlando, Palm Springs, Chicago, Ohio (Culinary Vegetable Institute at The Chef's Garden), Dominican Republic (Casa de Campo), Maui...

Jamaican Food & Drink Festival 2016

And in the last week of October, I got a chance to witness it all first hand. Brad had been invited to the Jamaica Food & Drink Festival by the festival’s organizers who had been wowed by a visit to Alter and had a wild idea to ask him to visit Jamaica and participate. The festival, in its 2nd year already boasts five days of incredible events and over 1,500 in attendance. I had been invited to come along separately to visit the festival and see Jamaica as a destination for food tourism.

This is where the article must be about way more than awards.

The accolades are wonderful and they speak to the undeniable talent of the chef and his carefully assembled team. But the accolades only reference certain sides of a person: talent, skills, creativity, precision, ability to delight aesthetically and - most importantly - taste. We all know that there are more than a few antisocial perfectionists who win awards. Rarely, however, are those superlatives combined with humility and kindness. Therein lies, in my opinion, the reason for the success of Brad Kilgore.

Brad Kilgore at Jamaican Food & Drink 2016

Brad’s dishes wowed the participants in the festival - that’s not open for debate. But to a person I spoke with, what impressed them even more was his accessibility, his humility and his warmth. You can take the superstar chef out of Kansas, but you can’t take that characteristic Midwestern humility out of the superstar chef.

Chef Brad Kilgore and Sous Chef Leah Jones

When he got the JF&D invite, the first thing he did is invite his sous chef to come along. You see, Leah Jones ( see profile on Leah Jones below ) is from Jamaica and he wanted her to come along and have a homecoming too.

Chef Brad Kilgore Jamaican Food & Drink Festival 2016

Their prep for the event included some almost comical hurdles, all taken in stride and celebrated. I’m not sure how many talks and interviews they did while cooking and serving, but every time I turned around there was a TV camera or a group huddle going on. It was one of the many events he participated in, but I believe it was emblematic of his spirit, the spirit of his team at Alter and a key to future success.

It’s no surprise then, as this article was being written that Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts announced their “Taste of Waldorf Astoria” challenge in partnership with the James Beard Foundation. Five “hand-selected JBF Rising Star Semi-Finalist chefs” will partner with Waldorf Astoria Executive Chefs and create a signature item for a specific property. If their dish is chosen, it will appear on Waldorf Astoria menus at all their resorts across the world for a year.

And who will partner with the Executive Chef at the Trianon Palace Versailles? Miami’s own, Brad Kilgore.

It’s so good to see this star burning so brightly. It’s even better to know that he’s lighting fires outside of Miami as well.

PROFILE:  Leah Jones

If you’ve eaten at Alter, Leah Jones has cooked for you. As Sous Chef to Bradley Kilgore, the Jamaican native of Chinese and Lebanese descent has a talent level that matches her work ethic. When Chef Kilgore got the chance to travel to the Jamaica Food & Drink Festival in October, he brought Leah along and she ended up making the spice rub for their dish: Szechuan jerk pork tenderloin with Thai peanut sauce and Pumpkin Purée. Their trip to Coronation Market in Kingston to secure the ingredients provided the inspiration for what was a delicious treat for all who tasted it.

Jamaican Food & Drink Festival Pork from Chef Brad Kilgore

Leah grew up in a family that celebrated food and she took on responsibilities in the family kitchen early. Later on in her childhood, the PBS show “Great Chefs of the World” provided the inspiration to apply to culinary schools. The rest, as they say, is continued history in the making. Leah, like many of the chefs on the rise in Miami, will be one to watch for a long time to come!

ABOUT: The Jamaica Food & Drink Festival

In just two short years, the Jamaica Food & Drink Festival (JFDF) has grown to seven events over five days, with more than 1,500 attendees celebrating the richness and diversity of Jamaican cuisine.

This year’s events included a Pork Palooza; Crisp Fare & Beer - an event showcasing crispy-fried food and ice cold beer; Vintage – an event celebrating Robert Mondavi’s 50th anniversary; Stix & Stones – delicious skewers and premium spirits; Meet Street – a food truck festival; Picante (Spicy Gourmet) featuring Miami’s own International Chef Bradley Kilgore; and culminating with Brunch at the National Gallery of Jamaica.

If you’re interested in making plans to attend next year, make sure to follow online http://jafoodanddrink.com; on Twitter @JAFoodAndDrink; on Facebook www.facebook.com/JAFoodAndDrink/; and Instagram @jafoodanddrink




Brunch in Miami: 12 Spots to get Boozy and Delicious Brunch.

Art Basel 2016 Brunch

Miamians love their weekend brunch. Both boozy or not, here is a quick list of top Miami spots to enjoy our favorite weekend pastime: check ahead for hours, prices and full details.

Miami Beach:  

27 Restaurant- 2727 Indian Creek Rd. Miami Beach FL (305) 531-2727

Cecconis- 4384 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL (786) 507-7902

DOA- 2000 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL (305) 587-2000

Izzy’s Fish & Oyster- 423 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL (305) 397-8843

Juvia-  1111 Lincoln Rd Miami Beach, FL  (305) 763-8272

OLLA - 1233 Lincoln Road Miami Beach, FL (786) 717 5400

Prime Fish-  100 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL (305) 532-4550

Pubbelly Sushi- 1424 20th St Miami Beach, FL  (305) 531-9282

Design District, Wynwood, Midtown, Downtown and more:  

First off, IF you are up early head over to the Salty Donut’s new permanent location at 50 NW 23th St.  Artisan donuts and Intelligentsia coffee will be sure to start your day off on the right foot( until they run out of donuts! ).

KYU- 251 NW 25th St. Miami FL(786) 577-0150

MC Kitchen- 4141 NE 2nd Ave.  (305) 456-9948

Michaels Genuine- 130 NE 40th St Miami, FL  (305) 573-5550

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill- 3252 NE 1st St. Miami, FL (786) 369-0353

STK Miami- ME Hotel 1100 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL (305) 722 7888

And for more tips of Where to Eat in Miami, Make sure you sign up for our once a week MIAbites Newsletter on our home page.  

Miami Holiday Gift Guide 2016: MIAbites Contributors

Holiday Gift Guide Miami 2016

Thanksgiving was early this year, the first night of Hanukkah and Christmas Day are December 24th and December 25th respectively.  That leaves plenty of time for holiday shopping.

No matter who is on your shopping list…which seems to grow longer and longer with each passing year, these items suggested by our MIAbites contributors are sure to please any food lover in your circle.  We have compiled a list of favorite items both from local purveyors or if you prefer avoiding the crowds and shopping online.

Alex Beck- @bitesbybeck

The Joule Sous Vide Chef Steps

I am obsessed with The Joule!   An at home sous vide system that turns out the juiciest steaks, chops and chicken I have ever made.  And it works with app on Smartphone.  Crazy techie cooking item.  https://www.chefsteps.com/joule

Manuela Meija- @Miami_Eatz

Dessert or goodies Gift basket from @TheLittleSugars 

Donation to No Kid Hungry

Foodie phone caseshttps://shop-milkyway.com/search?type=product&q=*food*

Brandon Chase- @thebowtiebarrister

New York Times Whiskey Barrel

I think with all the hoopla of barrel-aged cocktails, gifting a 1L (or larger) Custom Oak Barrel would be awesome.  That way people can tinker with their own barrel-aged recipes at home.

The New York Times has a Personalized Oak Whiskey Barrel that ranges from $89.95 for 2 liters to $119.95 for 5 liters and plenty of other personalized food and wine related items. Order at www.nytstore.com

Also, with the craft beer explosion in Florida, most breweries permit you to go to their brewery and fill up your own growler.  Wynwood Brewing Company offers a Growler Hour daily from 12-1pm, and Funky Buddha currently has no less than ten growlers for Tuesday fills in both 32 and 64 oz sizes.  A lot of online stores are now creating the 32 oz. containers for the beer advocate and they are pretty neat (and green!).

Melissa Ginsberg Chase - @TheFoodieTeach

I like gifts for the holidays like magazine subscriptions or monthly gift box deliveries because the recipient continues to receive something even after the holidays are over! Also they're easy to purchase and you don't need to brave the holiday rush at the stores.  Here are a few that are great:

Mantry Gift Box

•   For men who like to cook: Mantry--monthly artisanal gift box specifically curated for the male cook/gourmand. www.mantry.com

•   For cocktail lovers: Imbibe Magazine subscription. www.imbibemagazine.com

•   For the coffee aficionado: Drift Away coffee subscription--www.driftaway.coffee

•   Other Magazines include:  Gastronomica, Lucky Peach, Sugar & Rice

Amber Love Bond- @ Amber_Love

This year I'm a big fan of the craft cocktail movement and I like to try and recreate some of my favorite drinks at home.  Food52.com has a ton of gift options for the at home bar enthusiast - a make your own bitters kit, an old fashioned kit, fancy tonic waters!  Basically everything you need to make your holiday cocktails even better, and they all come in cute packaging!


Diana Rodriguez-  @dmrodrigzz

Dean and Deluca Italian Spice Kit

Since I have recently gotten really into cooking, a spice assortment would be my “go to” gift for anyone who likes to cook, Dean & Deluca’s Italian Spice Kit has everything you need to be a master in the kitchen.


Deanna Dominguez- MIAbites Contributor

Etsy can be a time warp. 3 hours later, and you don’t know what the heck happened. We’ll save you some time. Check out The Vintage Cookbook Maven. The online store has a fantastic collection of vintage cookbooks for everybody on your list. https://www.etsy.com/shop/cookbookmaven

If you don’t have the creative bug or just pressed for time, opt for The Mason Cookie Jar Company. Choose from either a glass jar or plastic pouch, ingredients will come artfully layered so the recipient can make their own cookies. The best part of this is that your gift won’t be stale by the time it arrives. Choose from their menu of cookie mixes or create your own.  http://masonjarcookiecompany.com/

Lemon City Teas is a local tea company making their way about town.  You can currently find their teas at Oak Tavern, Andiamo, and Uvaggio. Varieties include Oolong Old Fashioned (90% oxidized competition grade oolong tea), Granada Green (organic green tea, pomegranate essence, organic raspberries and rosenips), and San-Té-Ria (premium whole leaf nilgiri tea blended with yunnan golden buds).  http://www.lemoncitytea.com/

Cacao Art Miami offers locally made artisanal chocolates made on site from the finest Venezuelan cocoa. You can order online wonderfully packaged gift boxes or visit their shop at 7165 SW 47th st. 

Javier Ramirez- @GourmandJ

Holiday cooking is always special this time of year and this year I have THREE books I will be drawing from for my "3 Parts of Holiday Cooking" project: All are available on Amazon.com

The Mission Chinese Cookbook- by Danny Bowien and Chris Ying

Zahav- A World of Israeli Cooking by Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook

Gjelina- Cooking from Venice California-   By Travis Lett and Michael Graydon.

Anthony Bourdain Appetite Book Amazon

Also notable for 2016 is Anthony Bourdain's new “at home” inspired cookbook, Appetites: A Cookbook and Pierre Herme: Chocolate, from the legendary French Pastry Chef and seller of delicious macarons. And James Beard Foundations's new All American Eats; Recipes & Stories From Our Best-Loved Local Restaurants. 

 Jen Massolo- @liquidprojects

Sometimes shopping online for the foodie in your life is easier that braving the traffic and crowds. Racked.com just posted  a link to www.mouth.com Tasty Gifts for Everyone on Your List.  Pre-packaged kits are designed to be the favorite gift.  Top choices include Bacon Me Crazy, Marc Murphy Chef Kit, The Holiday Chef and The Spiked Tailgate.

Gift basket items:  Put together your own gift basket by visiting a local Williams Sonoma, or ordering items online at  www.williamssonoma.com

Always good smoked paprika, sauces, oils, rubs and kitchen tools like olive wooden spoons, fish spatulas small and large, flat cheese slicers and spreading knives.

Some artisan spirits to look for this season are: St. George Spiced Pear liqueur and Palm Ridge Whiskey from Florida or Miami Club Rum.

Allison Riley- @YallTasteThis

The best gift for a foodie is ALWAYS a donation to a local food bank.  Local non-profits to support include, Feeding South Florida, Food Pantries, No Kid Hungry and  Common Threads Most people who can afford to be “foodies” are more than capable of buying their own gadgets and gizmos, but if you must include a small gift for someone to unwrap with that donation card, I recommend local South Florida gifts, such as preserves and hot sauces from Robert is Here, a growler from The Funky Buddha, or a key lime rum cake from The Rum Cake Factory. 

Ellen Bowen- Managing Director @MIAbites

Hot Stuff

Turn heads while working off those holiday pounds or just show how HOT you like your coffee with Sriracha Hot sauce items from Amazon.com.  Choose from water bottles, t-shirts, leggings, socks and coffee cups. 

Bacon Shaving Cream

If you are  "Bacon me crazy",  Bacon lovers check out this website http://hiconsumption.com/2013/09/bacon-buyers-guide-21-great-gifts-for-bacon-lovers/.  They even have Bacon Shaving Cream for the man in your life!  

More Bacon gifts that sizzle with humor...Iphone cases, t shirts, ties, aprons, clocks, luggage tags, wrapping paper...and on and on! 169 pages online at Zazzle.com of Bacon Gifts!  and Bacon Flip Flops from CafePress.com a must for walking on those hot beaches!. 

Mr. Food Face Uncommon Goods

Uncommongoods.com has also always been my “go to” catalog for fun but functional, good quality gift items and this year my faves include Foodie Dice, a set of wooden dice that challenge even the most creative cook by offering over 186, 000 combinations of proteins, spices, cooking methods and bonus ingredients, a Box of Chocolate Soaps AND for the kid in you (or for kids in your life ) the Mr. Food Face Plate which allows you to customize the face using your food. Reminds me of that Wooly Willy magnetic face toy invented in 1955!

And of course, gift cards to favorite restaurants are always great gifts…or stocking stuffers, especially if you get to go with the recipient!

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!






Happy Hour in Doral: Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market

Sometimes you just have to venture to Doral for some unique dining and good food.  Earlier this month, Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market, located in Downtown Doral, rolled out some amazing new deals. These include Happy Hour specials, poke bowls and house-made Dragonfly sauces and seasonings to take home.  

Izakaya refers to a type of casual Japanese pub, where eating and drinking go hand in hand.  Sushi, Sashimi and Sake are the mainstays.

“Happier Hour”

Few things make me happier than a spot with happy hour seven days a week and Dragonfly is doing just that. Happier Hour is now offered Monday - Friday, 3 PM - 7 PM; Saturday and Sunday, 5 PM to 7 PM.

Choose from six Cocktails priced at $7, Better Wells priced at $5 or Wines and Local Drafts priced at $6. Cocktails were delicious, balanced and far from the typical subpar drinks offered at most happy hours.

I ordered the Musashi’s Paddle with Corazon Tequila, Agave Syrup, Yuzu, and Thai-Chili Tincture. The yuzu cut perfectly through the heat, which I love in a drink. I also had the Shocho Mojito made with Sweet Potato Shochu, a Japanese distilled drink, Lavender Simple Syrup, Lemon Juice, Black Cherries, Mint and Soda Water. This lower-proof drink was unexpected and incredibly refreshing. Premier, artisanal wines by-the-glass are available exclusively during Happier Hour and change monthly.

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Where to Eat in Miami: Art Basel 2016 and beyond...

Art Basel and Miami Art Week welcomes over 75,000 art enthusiasts to our fair city.  In addition to the larger tented shows like PULSE and UNTITLED on Miami Beach and Context/Art Miami , Spectrum, and the many smaller shows and pop up galleries in and around Wynwood, the Design District and Midtown, Miami offers an amazing array of dining options.  Here are MIAbites Top picks for Art Week. Dinner reservations are necessary and should be made in advance if possible.

All of the Miami Beach hotels have top restaurants and prices to match.  Jose Andres The Bazaar and Katsuya at the SLS South Beach, Scarpetta, Michael Mina and Hakkasan at The Fontainebleau , The Dutch and Mr. Chow at The W South Beach, Pao by Paul Qui and Los Fuegos at Faena and Jean Georges, The Matador Room at the EDITION are all popular and top picks where chances are you will have a delicious albeit expensive meal. 

So by request, the MIAbites contributors put our heads together to flesh out the restaurant scene and to compile our suggestions for dining while in Miami.  

1.     Best of the City- Popular for consistent and well-prepared dining options and excellent service. These are the "sure-things" in town and priced accordingly.

2.    New and Emerging- Opened in the last couple of years or so and are new hot spots to check out. Innovative and creative chefs abound. 

3.    Casual or Quick Bites- Lunch or more casual for dinner but fun places with good food.

4.    Coffee and Cocktails- Refueling before, during or after the tents, beach or shopping. Or late night cocktails. Step out and try some new cocktails like Peruvian Pisco, Mezcal and Negronis. 


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Soraya Kilgore: Taking the Pastry World by Storm

It’s safe to say everyone in Miami who loves food knows Brad Kilgore; James Beard Semifinalist, New Best Chef in America by Best Chefs America, one of Food & Wines Best New Chefs etc.  But as the saying goes – behind every great man is an even greater woman.  Enter: Soraya Kilgore, Brad’s incredibly talented right hand in life and pastry chef extraordinaire. 

She may not be in the news as often, (or on the cover of Food & Wine Magazine, yet) but she’s got some serious talent.

As we move into Art Basel and Miami Art Week, it seemed appropriate for this week's Saturday Sweets to feature a talented artist, creating delicious and beautiful artwork every night at Alter and Brava by Brad Kilgore. 

Soraya has loved pastry and baking for as long as she could remember.  When she was a teenager, her parents decided to buy a bakery on a whim, and as she was off to culinary school they told her she could come back and run it.  But of course, as many children do just to be rebellious, Soraya decided not to focus on pastry in school.  It took her a few years, but she finally came back to her senses and returned to her first love – pastry and hasn’t looked back since. 

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Weekly Nibble: Art Basel + EAT Basel

As over 75, 000 art dealers and art fans descend on Miami for the big shows like PULSE and UNTITLED on Miami Beach and Context/ArtMiamiSpectrum and the many smaller shows in and around Wynwood, a number of parties and food events are available to anyone who braves the traffic to Miami Beach, Wynwood, Midtown and other art-centric areas.  Many kick off the beginning of the week and continue thru Sunday 12/4.  Here is MIAbites Weekly Nibble curated listing for Art Week 2016.

Monday November 28th-  Kick off the start of Art Basel with at LDV Hospitality’s Rooftop at the Gale South Beach on November 28th from 7pm – 10pm. Tasting Table and the Lincoln Motor Company will host the exclusive event.  Tickets cost $45 plus tax and includes three drink tickets, specialty appetizers and shared plates and two interactive stations.   Learn to make a Smoked Old Fashioned – blowtorch included, and how to make two different types of authentic Italian pastas  Suitable for every kind of Basel-goer ( 21+ only), start your week at this trendy rooftop terrace. There will even be Live art mural by Miami artist Stuart Sheldon. Tickets on Eventbrite link here.  Gale South Beach 1690 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139

Tuesday November 29th- Join Human Rights Campaign South Florida as our friends at the White Porch Gallery at R House Wynwood host a special event celebrating Art Basel and the HRC. Art for Equality will feature fun, food, drinks, and a DJ along with a silent auction featuring some of the most talented domestic and international LGBTQ and LGBTQ-allied artists. Tickets from $25 to $140 for full dinner on Eventbrite link here   R House Wynwood  2727 Northwest 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33127

Tuesday November 29th Coyo Taco Wynwood invites all Art Basel attendees( and anyone else! ) to Come & party during #ArtBasel at a Major Rum and Bass block party with Walshy Fire and Friends. Very special guests will be dipping in from 7 PM to 2 AM. Tickets are $20-30 and on Eventbrite link here .  Coyo Taco 2300 Northwest 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33127

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