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Travel Thursday: Getaway with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

If you’re looking for an affordable weekend getaway, then Paradise Bahamas Cruise line has just the deal for you! For less than $200 per passenger, guests can set sail on a 2-night cruise from the Port of Palm Beach to Grand Bahama Island. While it may not be the most luxurious vacation, sometimes you just need a quick getaway to relax and refresh.

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Olive Oil World Tour with Seamus Mullen Stops at Miami International Airport

The rapid growth of food halls in Miami has shown that Miami loves a culinary tasting experience, so it’s no surprise that Miami International Airport is making efforts to make your travel experience that much tastier. This fall, travels won’t need to waste time waiting at the gate, their tickets have been upgraded as MIA has partnered with Olive Oils from Spain.

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Travel Thursday: Vacation Destinations You'll Be At By Lunch - Luna Beach Edition

Summer is here and so is the urge for a summer vacation — or two. Not everyone wants to hop on a plane and it takes way too long to drive out of Florida. Luckily, there are plenty of great 48 hour getaways you can get to by lunch time, complete with great food, family friendly fun, and gorgeous beaches. This week it’s Luna Beach at World Resorts Bimini! This week's Travel Thursday comes via our sister site's, CTbites contributor, Carissa Chesanek*.

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Travel Thursday: Visit These Seen on TV Restaurants During Your Florida Travel

As food lovers we’re all guilty of watching hours and hours of food television and if you’re anything like me — you’re constantly thinking of road trips based around places you can stop for food. Did you know according to TVFoodMaps.com over 250 restaurants in the state of Florida have been featured on popular television shows like Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, Man v Food, Food Paradise, Eat Street, and so many more.

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Travel Thursday: Destinations You'll Be At By Lunch - Islamorada Edition

Summer is here and so is the urge for a summer vacation — or two. Not everyone wants to hop on a plane and it takes way too long to drive out of Florida. Luckily, there are plenty of great 48-hour getaways you can get to by lunch time, complete with great food, family friendly fun, and gorgeous beaches. This week we’re visiting Amara Cay Resort in Islamorada!

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Travel Thursdays: Destinations You'll Be At By Lunch - Longboat Key Edition

Summer is here and so is the urge for a summer vacation — or two. Not everyone wants to hop on a plane and it takes way too long to drive out of Florida. Luckily, there are plenty of great 48 hour getaways you can get to by lunch time, complete with great food, family friendly fun, and gorgeous beaches. This week we’re visiting Longboat Key!

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Travel Thursday: Vacation Destinations You'll Be At By Lunch - Hutchinson Island Edition

Summer is here and so is the urge for a summer vacation — or two. Not everyone wants to hop on a plane and it takes way too long to drive out of Florida. Luckily, there are plenty of great 48 hour getaways you can get to by lunch time, complete with great food, family friendly fun, and gorgeous beaches. This week we’re visiting Hutchinson Island!

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Travel Thursday: Vacation Destinations You'll Be At By Lunch - Stock Island Edition

All summer long, MIAbites will be featuring #TravelThursdays with easy to get to destinations and guides on how to make the most of your adventures. So grab your weekend bag and jump in the car and you’ll be there before you know it. This week we’re visiting Stock Island!

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Travel Thursday: Vacation Destinations You'll Be At By Lunch - Delray Beach Edition

All summer long, MIAbites will be featuring #TravelThursdays with easy to get to destinations and guides on how to make the most of your adventures. So grab your weekend bag and jump in the car and you’ll be there before you know it. This week we’re visiting Delray Beach!

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Travel Bites: Wine Adventures in Paso Robles, California to Honor National Wine Day

May 25th is National Wine Day and in honor of the day that has us immediately craving a glass (okay, fine — a bottle), I’m going to finally share some of the magical time I had in Paso Robles a few weeks ago as I explored central California’s most incredible wine making town.

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Nina Compton Takes Over New Orleans

At the end of March I had the opportunity to attend the inaugural events Top Taco and Bourbon Festival in New Orleans. I had never been to the city and I was so excited to see and EAT everything New Orleans had to offer. Once the trip was book I immediately made sure I had a reservation at Compere Lapin. That’s the restaurant inside the Old No. 77 Hotel, where I knew I would find former Miami chef, Nina Compton, who I had been missing since she moved to New Orleans just over two years ago.

Nina was the Top Chef, Season 11 Runner Up and Fan Favorite and always one of my personal favorites. She was previously at Scott Conant’s Scarpetta in the Fontainebleau before she made her way to New Orleans. Since then she’s been nominated for James Beard Best Chef in the South 2017 and was just named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs in America 2017. As a fan who is so happy for her New Orleans success I was really pumped to see and taste what she’s been up to lately.

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Chef Brad Kilgore: Passport to International Food Star

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.

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.

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NYCWFF Recap: I Love Miami Spice Dinner

I find it interesting that ever since moving to New York at the beginning of the month, I have seen more Miami chefs in town than I did when I was still working back home. It’s no surprise, considering our talents are making big strides internationally, showcasing the skills that have finally put us in the culinary map of the country, along the more seasoned metropoli that usually lead on the matter.

However, if there is one thing where New York supersedes Miami, it is with the now multi-city Food Network sponsored Wine and Food Fest, which has been Miami’s gastronomical staple destination event for the past decade. It’s "younger" sister, the NYCWFF, has taken roots in the big city, and, very much like our own, showcases a week filled with celebrity-chef star studded events, including grand tastings, seminars and private dinners with top chefs.

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TravelBites: Saratoga Arms Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Summer is vacation time...and our MIAbites contributors have been all over the globe; Vancouver, Singapore, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Bangkok, NYC,  with the top TravelBites award easily going to The Foodie Teacher and Bowtie Barrister who are still on their " 10 countries in 3 months " adventure through Europe and Asia ( you can follow their travels on TravelEatDrinkRepeat on Twitter or Instagram ).

I personally made a quick weekend trip to Saratoga Springs, NY, ( and not to be confused with Sarasota, FL) famous for it's therapeutic mineral springs and home to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the famous Saratoga Racetrack, where Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah is scheduled to race this Saturday 8/29.  A quaint, yet vibrant town about half hour north of Albany, Saratoga Springs is a peaceful upstate NY summer getaway.

A weekend at the historic 1870's Saratoga Arms boutique hotel included a late afternoon treat of their famous homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies...made with Saratoga Potato Chips. 

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