They're Baaack! The Return of The Stone Crabs

The Return of Miami Stone Crab Season 2016

You have waited patiently since May, survived Hurricane Irma, and now will be rewarded when FRESH stone crab season starts up on October 15th. Here are a few places to get your paws on those tasty claws.

Joe’s Stone Crab- 11 Washington Ave.  Miami Beach, FL 305 673 0365  

For over 100 years, Joe's is the institution that started it all.  Be prepared to wait as they don’t take reservations, or take your chances at lunch.  Three sizes of claws, traditional mustard dipping sauce, cole slaw and their famous fried chicken and key lime pie round out the meal.  Joe's Takeaway also next door if you want to rough it and sit in a more casual atmosphere or take it to go. 

George Stone Crab-  https://www.georgestonecrab.com/ . 800 273 CRAB (2722)

Pre-Order ahead for delivery from My Ceviche partner, Roger Duarte’s George Stone Crab.  Reputed to be the largest provider of stone crab delivery in the country they deliver four sizes and dinners in Miami and all over the country. Shipped fresh overnight by FedEx. 

Db Bistro Moderne- 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL 33131

Executive chef Clark Bowen will be serving up stone crabs all season long alongside the restaurant’s mouthwatering selection of east and west coast oysters and other seafood offerings.

Prime Fish- 100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

Known for their award-winning brunch and fresh seafood, Myles Chefetz' Prime Fish gives diners, even more, reason to visit with the addition of stone crabs to their already irresistible menu.

NaiYaRa- 1854 Bay Rd., Miami Beach, FL 33139

NaiYaRa’s Stone Crab Special by Chef Bee features two claws served over a lemongrass aioli dressed with a salsa of watermelon, tomatoes, bell pepper, shallots and mint.

Juvia - 1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, FL 33139

Juvia’s stone crabs are served with wasabi aioli to enhance their flavor and add a spicy kick.

Steak 954 - W Fort Lauderdale. 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Complement your stone crabs with Stephen Starr's Steak 954’s perfectly cooked steaks and seafood and top it off with a breath-taking ocean view.

Point Royal- 3555 S Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s Coastal American restaurant is the Diplomat Beach Resort's modern take on a seaside restaurant. The indoor-outdoor venue is known for its lavish raw bar which will be offering the freshest stone crabs in Hollywood. 

Lobster Bar Sea Grille- 404 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Recently opened Lobster Bar Sea Grille Miami Beach has more than their famous lobsters - the stone crabs are actually one of the most popular items on the menu! Come in and take in the beauty of the SoFi neighborhood while enjoying the freshest seafood around.

So get Crackin' and enjoy South Florida's favorite seasonal delicacy before all the tourists descend on Miami!.

 

Saturday Sweets: National Dessert Day & Amber's Favorites

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It’s the sweetest of Saturday Sweets because this weeks was also National Dessert Day! In honor of this delicious holiday I decided I would share some of my absolute favorite desserts in the city with you. Obviously, as my favorites they are most likely desserts you've read about in the past, but they are my favorites for a reason. One of those reasons is because these desserts are ones you can count on to be just as delicious every time you order them.

Miso Bread Pudding, Pubbelly Sushi

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Is it possible to go to Pubbelly Sushi and not order the Miso Bread Pudding by Pastry Chef Maria Ortanes? Answer: no, it’s not at all possible. I’m not usually a fan of bread pudding, but this one knocks all others out of the park. It’s a chocolate miso custard over chocolate soaked brioche, covered in cocoa crumbs, sesame soft serve, chocolate ganache and dulce de leche drizzled on top. Everything is made in house by Maria and her small pastry team. I love the subtle Asian influence with the sesame soft serve that keeps with the vibes of Pubbelly Sushi. 1424 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Chocolate Bourbon Bundt Cake, Sweetness Bakeshop

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This is one of those desserts that combines a lot of deliciousness, a little luck, and plenty of bourbon. The luck comes into play because it’s not always available and when they do have it, it’s gone pretty quickly. It’s definitely a right place at the right time kind of dessert - which makes it that much more special. Luckily, since I hang out there a lot I’ve caught this cake several times. It’s rich and chocolaty and there’s always enough booze in it to make you suddenly feel a little more relaxed. 9549 SW 72nd St, Miami, FL 33173

Cinnamon Rolls, Knaus Berry Farm

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It’s almost that glorious time of year where Knaus Berry Farm reopens its doors and the long lines for their gooey delicious buns begin to form. Starting October 31st these cinnamon rolls are back on demand and it’s a moment I wait anxiously for every year. There’s something about them that makes the line worth the wait, especially if you’re sipping on one of the fresh strawberry milkshakes while you wait. Protip: there’s usually not much of a line during the weekdays around 10am. I may or may not be completely guilty of playing hookie to get these sticky buns. 15980 SW 248th Street Homestead, FL 33031

Nutella Sundae, Sugarcane raw bar grill

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A list of my favorite desserts can’t possibly be complete without some form of Nutella. The Nutella sundae at Sugarcane is all sorts of amazing and fully of hazelnut-y Nutella. It’s a Nutella brownie topped with Nutella ice cream, sprinkled with housemade cracker jacks. Does it get any better than that? I don’t think it does. Every time I’ve ordered this dish I’m always amazed at how pretty it is, as it’s served on a bright teal plate. Brownies a la mode are hands down my go to dessert and this one is as good as it gets. 3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33137

3030 Ocean: Oceanfront Seafood Bistro & Bar in Fort Lauderdale

Late Summer Plums with bruleed goat cheese, roasted fennel, and honey almonds.

Late Summer Plums with bruleed goat cheese, roasted fennel, and honey almonds.

Sunshine, clear skies, salty seas, and relaxation are what you expect while staying at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale. What you may not expect is the fantastic food brought to you by 3030 Ocean, the resort’s oceanfront American seafood bistro and bar.

Led by Executive Chef Adrienne Grenier, a former Chopped champion, 3030 has an exceptional menu, delicious food and many options. Their staff is well trained and knew which items were naturally gluten free and which could be made gluten free for me.

The menu focuses on four (or five) “smaller” plates (dessert not included), which leaves you feeling full, but not overwhelmed. What I enjoyed most about the menu were the unique food pairings, such as the Charred Octopus with marcona almond puree, farro, blistered tomatoes, feta, and arugula.

3030 Ocean Fort Lauderdale cocktails

For drinks, we had the Botanist Monster (since I am gluten free, we swapped the Botanist Gin for Tito’s Vodka) and the My Paloma.

3030 Ocean Fort Lauderdale Head On Shrimp

Our first course, we selected the Head on Gulf Shrimp and the Tuna Ceviche. The shrimp, being the largest shrimp we had ever seen, was cooked to perfection with just the right amount of butter and lemon.

3030 Ocean Tuna Ceviche

I am normally not one for raw tuna, but the ceviche was out of this world!

In the next course, we enjoyed the Late Summer Plums with bruleed goat cheese, roasted fennel, and honey almonds. This was my favorite dish of the meal. The blend of the juicy plums and melt-in-your-mouth goat cheese was phenomenal!

3030 Ocean Grilled beef tenderloin

For the main course, I had the Grilled Beef Tenderloin with celery root puree, roasted potatoes, chilled broccolini, and olive salsa. The best part was that all of this was naturally gluten free (and nothing short of amazing). We also had the Crispy Jacksonville Softshell Crab, which was paired with white corn cheese grits, corn succotash, and house hot sauce (aren’t you already drooling??). This was not gluten free so I could not personally try it, but the table certainly enjoyed it.

3030 Ocean Sesame Ice Cream

To top off the meal, I tried the homemade sesame ice cream. Needless to say, my sweet tooth took over and the sesame ice cream was devoured.

Make sure to try 3030 Ocean on your next adventure to Fort Lauderdale beach. I promise that you won’t be disappointed!

 3030 Ocean

Marriott Harbour Beach Resort and Spa

3030 Holiday Drive

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316

WeeklyNibble: Taste of The Yard, Pinch Octoberfest, MIAbites Burrito, Hedy Goldsmith is back! Faena Horror Picture Show and more

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The MIAbites Weekly Nibble features upcoming or ongoing food news and events.  We are down to the last couple of weeks of Miami Spice which was extended thru the end of October.  Details subject to change so please check ahead to confirm events and prices.

My Ceviche MIAbites Burrito October 2017

Month of October- Chef Sam Gorenstein and My Ceviche introduces the winning burrito from “Rolling With The Homies” competition, and it is the MIAbites Burrito as created by Amber Love Bond.  Order all this month this delicious burrito featuring blackened fish, quinoa, cucumber, carrot, tomato, mango, cilantro and jalapeno lime mayo(suggested). Priced at $11.90, this is a healthy and filling lunch or dinner. Post a picture to Instagram and tag #MIAbitesBurrito and we will repost to our Instagram. My Ceviche. Multiple locations. 

Pinch Kitchen Miami Oktoberfest

More in October- Pinch Kitchen Celebrates Oktoberfest with German Inspired Dishes. You don’t have to fly to Germany to celebrate Oktoberfest! Pinch Kitchen will once again be celebrating the month-long holiday with a different German-inspired dish each week paired with an Oktoberfest beer. The dishes will change weekly and will be available during lunch and dinner. This week features Pork Schnitzel, arugula, cherry tomato, lemon vinaigrette paired with North Peak Dauntless Oktoberfest. Next week enjoy Weisswurst. crushed potatoes, shallots, chives, and the last week toast the month end with Beef Rouladen. parsley, walnut, onions, mustard. Pinch 8601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138.

Wynwood Yard Taste of The Yard

Friday October 13th and ongoing FridaysThe Wynwood Yard- Taste of The Yard is every Friday and you can purchase a ticket for $25 which will allow you 5 samples of The Wynwood Yard’s culinary concepts including favorites from Dellas Test Kitchen, Kuenko, World Famous House of Mac, Food Dude and more, PLUS a 10oz draft beer or garden punch.**NEW- The Wynwood Yard x The Rubell Family Collection - We've partnered with our neighbor across the street, The Rubell Family Collection, to offer a special Taste of The Yard ticket package, which also includes a visit beforehand (5 to 5:30 p.m.) to the acclaimed collection. The Wynwood Yard. 56 NW 29th St. Miami, FL. Tickets on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taste-of-the-yard-tickets-37241513369?aff=erelexpmlt

Friday October 13th-  #ChefsForPuertoRico- World Food Day helped support Chef Jose Andres continuing and herculean efforts feeding those still without power and water in Puerto Rico. Thank you to Pubbelly & Meat Market Miami or Palm Beach for donating 10% of the days proceeds to World Central Kitchen to continue funding the relief effort.  Make a DONATION today to https://www.worldcentralkitchen.org/.   

Velvet Creme Donuts Little Havana Miami

Saturday October 14th- Velvet Creme Doughnuts, a Miami icon that first opened its doors in 1947, returns to the Little Havana neighborhood with a Grand Opening ribbon cutting at 10:00 am. The family-owned business is known for its iconic red and white vans; and fresh, hot glazed doughnuts, fresh roasted coffee, and soft serve ice cream.  The doors will officially open at 10:30 a.m. for a day that will be filled with fun and of course lots of doughnuts for the entire family! Customers will receive a free box of a dozen glazed doughnuts with the purchase of a dozen doughnuts. Velvet Creme merchandise including hats, mugs, and t-shirts will be available at discounted prices throughout the day and there will be balloons and face painting on site for the kids. Velvet Creme Doughnuts 1555 SW 8th Street. Miami, FL. (786) 420-5418 or email info@velvetcremedoughnuts.com

Chef Hedy Goldsmith and Mignonette Miami

Tuesday October 17th-  Mignonette Uptown- Chef/restaurateur Danny Serfer is welcoming back the queen of sweets and a 2012 and 2013 James Beard Award Finalist for “Outstanding Pastry Chef”, Hedy Goldsmith for an exclusive, one-night-only dining experience at Mignonette Uptown. For $100 per person, the evening begins at 7 pm and includes a seated multi-course dinner of savory dishes cooked up by the two talented chefs. To make it even sweeter, Goldsmith will also be teaming up with former protégé, Devin Braddock – corporate pastry chef for all of Serfer’s restaurants – to craft creative and decadent desserts. As an added bonus, guests will receive a goody bag of treats to take home and a signed copy of Goldsmith’s first cooking book, Baking Out Loud: Fun Desserts with Big Flavors. Call to reserve your seat at (305) 705-2159. Mignonette Uptown 13951 Biscayne Boulevard. North Miami Beach, FL.

Seed Festival Preview at Wynwood Yard Miami

Thursday October 19th- The Wynwood Yard BBQ Throwdown + Seed Preview Party presented by Whole Foods Market. 7- 10 pm. Tickets are $40. Four talented chefs are bringing dat BBQ to the party! Four chefs compete for best Plant Based BBQ. Bring your appetite and vote for your favorite. Live music with The Shady Street Show Band, local craft beers, libations, and Radiate Kombucha will wet your whistle, at the Wynwood Yard. Best of all, 100% of the proceeds benefit Health In The Hood. The Wynwood Yard 56 NW 29th St. Miami, FL. Tickets on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bbq-throwdown-seed-preview-party-2017-tickets-37818444987?aff=erelexpmlt

Faena Miami Beach Horror Picture Show Halloween

Saturday October 28th- Faena Miami Beach- Beginning at 9:00 pm, celebrate all things weird and wonderful at The Faena Horror Picture Show hosted by legendary Miami drag queen, Adora. Inspired by the ‘70s cult classic, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” this all-night festivity transforms Faena’s Living Room intimate space into Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s famous castle, featuring a selection of artfully-crafted themed Bacardi cocktails, including Janet’s A Virgin, Let There be Lips!, Transvesper and Riff Raff, as well as live music from Blues, Soul and Rock & Roll group, Brothers of Other. Light up the dance floor with your best Time Warp steps and get into the spirit of your favorite characters with their iconic costumes.  Ages 21+ welcomed. RSVP required to livingroom@faena.com. For table reservations, please emaillivingroom@faena.com or call +1 786 655 5600.  Faena Miami Beach 3201 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL .

(Information provided from various resources and subject to change.  Please confirm all details)

 

RECIPE: Fall inspired Roasted Acorn Squash via Chef Adrianne Calvo

Roasted Acorn Squash by Chef Adrienne

As the season changes, it’s no secret chefs love to show off their chops, with the oncoming assortment of Fall vegetables and produce. Today's #WellnessWednesday is inspired by the ingredients and the seasons.  Miami’s own Chef Adrianne Calvo, owner of the highly acclaimed Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar, and author of four cookbooks, including Maximum Flavor Social – shares a vibrant recipe for a fall favorite: Acorn Squash.

Roasted Acorn Squash + Burrata Mozzarella + Garlic Brown Butter Pecans + Salsa Verde

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

1 acorn squash, cut into 4 pieces, remove seeds

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 tablespoon brown sugar

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup burrata mozzarella

¼ cup butter, unsalted

½ cup pecans, chopped

1 tablespoon garlic, slivers

1 teaspoon soy sauce

1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

¼ cup parsley

¼ cup green onion

¼ cup cilantro

¼ cup lemon juice

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon honey

Pinch kosher salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Place the cut squash onto a baking sheet and drizzle with canola oil, sprinkle with brown sugar, and salt. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until fork tender.

In a small sauté pan over medium heat, cook pecans in butter for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Add the soy sauce and crushed red pepper flakes. Set aside.

In a blender,  add the parsley, green onion, cilantro, lemon juice, olive oil, honey, and salt. Blend until smooth.

To plate, add a spoonful of burrata on top of the squash and drizzle with salsa verde. Then, top with the pecan garlic butter. Enjoy!

 

 

An Intimate Evening with the D'USSÉ Cellar Master

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In honor of its 5th anniversary D’USSÉ cognac Cellar Master, Monsieur Michel Casavecchia, is taking a tour of the world as he educates and shares his love for the revitalization of cognac. Born from the prestigious Chateau de Cognac, France, D’USSÉ blends over 200 years of tradition with the inspiration of Michel’s passion to create a new blend that appeals to a wider audience. Even within the defined region, cognac must meet the authorized standards set down by the BNIC (Bureau National Interprofessionel du Cognac). Michel’s inexorable commitment to Cognac has led him to his elite position at the Château de Cognac, where he has spent more than a decade overseeing the creation of some of the world’s finest cognacs.

Monsieur Michel Casavecchia is the Cellar Master of the prestigious Château de Cognac and the creator of both D’USSÉ VSOP and D’USSÉ XO. He is proud to be part of the privileged line of heirs of the Baron Otard, charged with perpetuating the tradition of the knowledge of blending ‘eau-de-vie’ (water of life) into Cognac.

We were excited to find out that Miami was a stop on his tour and we jumped at the chance to sip some cocktails and have dinner with Michel while he was in town. A cognac pairing dinner took place at Soho Beach House and we made sure to be in attendance.  

Upon arrival we were greeted with French 75 cocktails featuring, of course, D’USSÉ. D’USSÉ [dew-say] is a bold new expression of Cognac that dares the palate like never before. Born from the prestigious Chateau de Cognac, France, D’USSÉ blends over 200 years of tradition with the inspiration of passionate Cellar Master Michel Cassavecchia, who set out to create his own legacy. The result is a uniquely powerful, authentic Cognac that starts off with distinguished intensity and then gives way to a pleasantly smooth, balanced finish. 

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Once everyone was gathered we made our way to the table, where I was lucky enough to get a spot right next to Michel. Our French 75s were replaced with a D’USSÉ Spritz made with the VSOP Cognac, semi-dried hard cider, house-chai concentrate, pecan, honey and soda. The first course of baked meatballs, grilled octopus, tuna tartare, and watermelon salad paired well with the soft and sweet cocktail. D’USSÉ VSOP is the perfectly balanced blend of selected Cognacs aged at least 4 ½ years in French oak barrels in the Chateau’s unique dry and humid cellars.

Our main course of wild mushroom risotto, pan-seared branzino, and lamb chops with broccolini were up to the task of being paired with a more bold cocktail. This time we were served a fall themed D’USSÉ Pumpkin made with VSOP, bitter apertif, pumpkin spice, lemon, and brown buttered sage. It was my first taste of pumpkin of the season and I loved every sip of it.

Dessert was paired with a simple sipping size serving of D’USSÉ XO neat. Launched in 2014, D’USSÉ XO is the second Cognac expression from Bacardi’s D’USSÉ portfolio, and represents yet another great innovation from the company.  Maitre de Chai Michel Casavecchia meticulously hand-selects his finest eaux-de-vie to create the blend of D’USSÉ XO Cognac. The eaux-de-vie used in D’USSÉ XO Cognac are aged a minimum of 10 years in French oak casks. This cognac was the perfect nightcap and was delicious with the berry cheesecake it was served with.

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The conversation flowed throughout dinner and Michel shared with me the processed used to make the various cognac, his many years of studying, and who drinks cognac. The United States drinks more cognac than anywhere else in the world, followed by China, and then Nigeria. The more you know right? All in all it was a wonderful cognac filled evening and I’m so happy I was able to attend and sip the night away.

Want to make your own D’USSÉ cocktail? Check out these recipes that are easy to make at home:

THE CODE

  • 1½ parts D’USSÉ® VSOP Cognac
  • 1 part DISARONNO® Originale Liqueur
  • 2 parts fresh pineapple juice

SERVE: Shake and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. GARNISH: Lemon wedge

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D’USSÉ ® SIDECAR

  • 1½ parts D’USSÉ® VSOP Cognac
  • 1 part triple sec
  • ¾ part freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ part sugar

SERVE: Shake and strain into a sugar-rimmed coupe glass. GARNISH: Lemon peel

TIP: To create a unique take on the Sidecar, substitute the triple sec with ¾ part of Giffard Framboise to create the D’USSÉ® Framboise Sidecar.

Saturday Sweets: Night Owl Cookie Co. and Forbes 30 Under 30 Winner Andrew Gonzalez

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In 2015 Andrew Gonzalez dropped out of college in pursuit of chasing a dream about a late night cookie delivery company. Just a mere two years later he’s part of the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 class and winner of the Forbes Best Young Chef in the Sweets Category. While he says he never thought the company would grow the way it did, he’s got even bigger ideas for it in the future. If you saw the kitchen that Andrew and his team are using to crank over over 2,000 cookies per day you’d be stunned, but it's a long way from his parents' Westchester kitchen where the business began. He credits Miami’s most well known food blogger Burger Beast and South Beach Wine & Food Festival founder Lee Schrager for mentoring him to where he is now.

Currently the menu features 12 different kinds of cookies, chocolate and vanilla ice cream, milk, and cold brew coffee. One of my favorites is the Birthday Cake cookie - white chocolate and milk chocolate cookie covered in sprinkles and drizzled with frosting. The winning Forbes cookie is the very Miami Ave Maria cookie - guava cookie dough mixed in with crunchy Maria cookies and white chocolate chips then topped with Maria cookie crumbles, guava pieces and finished with a cream cheese frosting drizzle. There’s something for everyone from Nutella to simple sugar cookies.

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I got the chance to sit down with Andrew right after this big Boston adventure and Forbes win to chat about Night Owl and of course eat way too many cookies.

Here’s how it went:

  • How did you get your start in baking?

It’s kinda crazy, I was actually in business school and I was two classes away from graduating. I was traveling and saw this and was like why don’t we have this in Florida?! We love late nights, we party, we have a bunch of universities. So I decided to bring it here. I dropped out of college and my parents, my family, everyone thought I was insane. And I had no idea how to cook or bake, so I spent a full summer teaching myself and putting stuff together until I found what I liked. Lots of trial and error, but that’s how I started.

  • What inspires your menu?

My childhood! So I love cereal, I love candy - I’m Cuban so of course lots of guava. My favorite cereals are Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, and Captain Crunch. So I had to have something with that. I’ve always loved dulce de leche and of course, the Ave Maria with the guava was a Miami no brainer.

  • Where do you see Night Owl Cookie Co. in 5 years?

Definitely nationwide! I only want a couple stores in Miami before we leave here. I’m love the Momofuku Milk Bar concepts, I’m obsessed with Christina Tosi. I think she’s incredible. The long term goal is to be known as the “Starbucks of desserts” and to be a place where people just come and hang out and eat sweets.

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  • What’s your sweet guilty pleasure?

So I’ve actually been doing this for so long, that I’m not really a sweets person anymore. It’s probably been over a year since I’ve had more than a bite or two of a cookie. I love burgers! I’m a huge burger guy, whenever I get a chance! Give me a burger over sweets any day.

When asked if he would eventually do other desserts, Andrew said “I’m not sure, I have a bunch of other recipes that aren’t cookies. But we don’t have enough space in the kitchen right, so we will see. But honestly I’m not sure yet.” They are going through a rebranding process currently, so it's definitely possible that we will see some other treats coming out of the Night Owl Cookie kitchen soon. Especially once the new shop opens down the street featuring a kitchen twice as large as the entire current location. We are giddy at the thought of just how many cookies are to come. The new shop, which Andrew says will be his dream kitchen, is expected to open within the next two months. It will have more space, more parking, and more surprises.

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Night Owl Cookie Co. is currently open seven days a week from 2pm to 2am and is delivering through Postmates and UberEats. 

Night Owl Cookie Co.

10742 SW 24th Street

Miami, FL 33165

Weekly Nibble: October specials, Hakkasan Golden Week, Pop-up at Plnthouse, World Food Day to benefit Puerto Rico, & VOTE for MIAbites

MIAbites WeeklyNibble October Food Events in Miami

The MIAbites Weekly Nibble features upcoming or ongoing food news and events.  As we continue to recover from Hurricane Irma, many local restaurants have extended Miami Spice thru the month of October, or are offering special menus or discounts to Florida residents.  Details subject to change so please check ahead to confirm events and prices.

Villa Azur Miami Thursday party

Thursday, October 12th and ongoing Thursdays- Villa Azur-  The high-spirited Thursday night Dinner Party is back for its 5th year.  And until October 31st, diners can even enjoy the Miami Spice $39 menu. Villa Azur’s team produces a night in the Mediterranean as guests reimagine themselves mingling, dancing, and dining away to a night of live entertainment, a buzzy atmosphere and mouthwatering dishes by new Executive Chef Philippe Ruiz. After dinner, guests can venture into Villa Azur’s private museum, where they can view “must haves” art pieces by internationally renowned artists, while they sip on specialty cocktails.  Villa Azur – 309 23rd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139  

Thursday, October 12th BLT Prime embraces autumn with an exclusive wine dinner that showcases Argentine winery Nieto Senetiner at the restaurant on Thursday, October 12, 2017. Chef de Cuisine Dustin Ward has crafted a menu designed to complement the vintages of the award-winning winery, featuring the Argentine white grape Torrontes as well as Malbec. Local brand ambassador Tom Holland will be on hand to narrate the evening.  The dinner begins promptly at 7:30 pm and is priced $120 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity.  BLT Prime 4400 NW 87th Ave, Miami, FL 33178

World Food Day October 13th Chefs Unite

Friday, October 13thJoin Chef Jose Andres and his non-profit, World Central Kitchen in support of ongoing efforts helping to feed those affected by Hurricane Maria by dining at Pubbelly or Meat Market Miami Beach or Palm Beach locations today. 10% of the days proceeds will be donated to World Central Kitchen to continue to fund supplies for Chef Andres efforts. Visit World Central Kitchen for more information or to make a donation. #ChefsUnite #ChefsForPuertoRico. https://www.worldcentralkitchen.org/world-food-day

Hakkasan Miami Beach Golden Week menu

Ongoing through October 22nd- Hakkasan Miami Beach- In celebration of China’s biggest annual national holiday, Golden Week, marking the founding of the Republic of China and running now through October 22nd, Hakkasan at Fontainebleau Miami Beach will launch a limited-edition menu, featuring brand new dishes to create a one-off dining experience. Priced at $138 per person, and requiring a minimum of two diners, the menu blends Cantonese and Spanish influences including innovative dishes created just for the occasion. The Golden Week menu will only be available from now through October 22, 2017. Hakkasan 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140  

Ongoing through October-

Fontainebleau Miami Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Scarpetta and StripSteak by Michael Mina- In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Fontainebleau Miami Beach has partnered with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Health System, South Florida’s leader in breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and care, to host the ninth annual Bleau Goes Pink campaign, kicked off October 1st by illuminating the historic Chateau building in pink. To raise both awareness and funds for the cause, the iconic Miami Beach property is offering month-long dining promotions at StripSteak by Michael Mina and Scarpetta by Scott Conant. The proceeds will benefit breast cancer research at Sylvester. Three-course, prix-fixe dinner menus priced at $55 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, will be offered throughout October at two of the resort’s signature restaurants, StripSteak by Michel Mina and Scarpetta by Scott Conant.  Fontainebleau Miami Beach 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL

Plnthouse Miame pop up October

Plnthouse- This October only, world-renowned chef and restauranteur, Matthew Kenney is partnering with 1 Hotel South Beach to serve dinner six nights a week at his ocean-front vegan outpost within the eco-luxe resort, plnthouse The limited availability pop-up dinner will feature recipes from Kenney’s newest cookbook, Plantlab, and true to his brand, will showcase inventive techniques and creative thinking in dishes that are visual masterpieces as well as delectable meals.  Enjoy plant-based dining sea-side with nature-inspired décor or under the stars on the terrace as the waves crash on the adjacent shore.  Plnthouse 2341 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL.

The Dutch Miami

The Dutch in the W Hotel South Beach, will be extending a special offer of 20% off for Florida residents. The offer, normally 10%, comes after a difficult and challenging month for the entire state of Florida.  To redeem this offer, Florida residents simply need to show their Florida driver’s license of ID.  Dining offer good thru October 31. The Dutch located inside W Hotel South Beach, 2201 Collins Avenue, in Miami Beach. For reservations, please call (305) 938-3111 

MIAbites South Florida Blogger Awards

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New Fall Flavors at Salty Donut

The Salty Donut Miami New Fall Flavors

Fall is here. That means autumn leaves, chilly weather and the start of decadent Fall flavors! The Salty Donut is taking advantage of the season by beginning to roll out an assortment of new and decadent donut creations. From pumpkin to spice and everything nice, The Salty Donut will be slowly introducing darker in color and richer in flavor new Fall creations starting this week.

The first two of many flavors introduced are Dark Chocolate + Caramel Cheesecake and Caramel + Chai. Both made with their signature brioche batter and both incredibly satisfying.

Salty Donut Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake

The Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake donut is stuffed with a creamy cheesecake filling and topped with rich dark chocolate and crunchy graham pecan streusel. Every bite is rich and full of flavor.

Salty Donut Caramel Chai

Caramel + Chai is coated with a homemade caramel and chai glaze and rolled in roasted spiced nuts. This sticky treat will have you smiling and ready for Autumn.

Already had your fill of Fall flavors? Swing by the store for some of their original favorites. Baked daily, you can still find sweet treats like the Brown Butter + Salt, Maple Bacon or the White Chocolate Tres Leches.  Pair any of these classics with a cup of their freshly brewed Intelligentsia coffee.

Hours are Tuesdays-Fridays: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays-Sundays: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or until they are sold out, and with creations, as delicious as their Guava + Cream Cheese, it won’t take long for that to happen.

So make sure to stop by The Salty Donut and try out their Fall line-up for a perfect seasonal treat.

The Salty Donut

50 NW 23rd St #112,

Miami, FL 

Where to Celebrate National Taco Day in Miami

national taco day

Tacos are being celebrated twice this week! Once on #TacoTuesday and on 10/4 National Taco Day. Who are we kidding though, we are pro-taco every day. Did you know Americans ate more than 4.5 billion tacos last year, according to the National Taco Day website? That’s a lot of tacos. Miami definitely does their part when it comes to taco eating. There are plenty options, so we’ve narrowed it down to a few of our favorites.  

Restaurant | Address:  Matador Room at The EDITION 2901 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139

Name of Taco: Crispy or Griddled Black Grouper Taco

Description: Freshly caught Grouper, creamy aioli, and cabbage-chili pickle. Show your server your Florida Driver's License and get 15% off your bill! 

Matador Room Grouper Taco

Restaurant | Address: Lolo’s Surf Cantina, 161 Ocean Dr Miami Beach, FL 33139

Name of Taco Dish: Ribeye Taco

Description: One of the best tacos in all of south of fifth is the Ribeye Tacos at Lolo’s Surf Cantina. Indulge in the fresh flavors of thinly sliced rib eye, crispy cheese, and salsa roja.  

lolos surf cantina ribeye tacos

 

Restaurant | Address: Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, 1220 16th St Miami Beach, FL 33139

Name of Taco Dish: Al Pastor Taco

Description: Taking a traditional taco and turning it into a South Beach must try is Bodega with their Al Pastor Taco. It features Spit-Broiled Pork, Charred Pineapple, Red Onion, Cilantro, Salsa Rosada.

bodega tacos

 

Restaurant | Address: Cantina La Veinte, 495 Brickell Avenue Miami, FL 33131

Name of Taco Dish: Make Your Own Taco Selection

Description: Served unassembled, guests can assemble each taco to their liking with freshly-made corn tortillas with a variety of fillings.

cantina la veinte tacos

 

Restaurant | Address: El Grito Miami, 1766 Bay Rd Miami Beach, FL 33139

Name of Taco Dish: Tinga de Pollo

Description: Perfectly seasoned shredded chicken with chipotle, scallions, and avocado. Pair them with a mezcal cocktail and some guac and you’re good to go!

el grito chicken tacos

 

Restaurant | Address: Tacology, 701 S Miami Ave Miami, FL 33130

Name of Taco Dish: Barbacoa Adobada

Description: Lamb and chile make these tacos full of flavor and a crowd pleaser.

tacology tacos