The second annual Ice Cream We Love at Bal Harbour Shops took place this past weekend and it was a sweet event. Jackson Health Foundation, the fundraising arm of Jackson Health System, has partnered with Bal Harbour Shops once again to host this fun-filled weekend to benefit patients in need at Holtz Children’s Hospital. If you missed the event, you can always make a donation to Holtz Childrens Hospital here.Read More
Walking into the St Regis in Bal Harbour can be intimidating. The tall ceilings, crystal chandeliers, mirrored walls and gold décor feels a little like Las Vegas or Trump Tower, so it was refreshing after the long walk down the hall and into elevator to lower level to enter the cool and serene new Greek restaurant, Atlantikós.
Overlooking the turquoise pool, which felt like it could be the Mediterranean, Atlantikós opened just before the holidays to offer authentic Greek cuisine, many from family recipes.
We were invited to sample some of the key dishes and meet the Greek chef, Anastasios Chasekioglou and General Manager, Panos Nikifourou, who were passionate not only about the menu but the service and overall personality of the restaurant. Atlantikós is not your casual Greek restaurant of souvlaki, gyros and bland Greek salads.
When we were seated around 7 pm, we were the only guests, but by the time we left a little over an hour later, the restaurant was full, with a nice buzz yet an intimate noise level.Read More
This past week saw the beginning of Fall in Miami, and with it cooler, less humid days and nights and a chance to savor some local Fall produce like heirloom tomatoes, pumpkin, eggplant, root vegetables, roasted carrots, crispy brussel sprouts and the newest Fall veggie staple, cauliflower.
Here are some MIAbites favorite restaurants and their Fall menu additions so you can start off the season with some fresh and new seasonal dishes.
And we even included a recipe from Makoto for their popular and delicious Asian Crispy Brussel Sprouts for you to try at home.Read More
Miami Spice, the 2 month long celebration of Miami’s diverse dining scene organized by the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau kicked off this week with the #EPIC Iron Fork Tasting Event and Chef Competition on Thursday July 31st at the downtown Hyatt Regency and officially runs from August 1st until September 30th, with over 160 restaurants participating.
That means we have only 61 days and nights to dine around town on special menus!
That means potentially 122 meals out! All at prices of Lunch for $23 and Dinner for $39.
Miami Spice, now in its 13th year, has evolved over the many years as the Miami dining scene has grown and progressed from strictly expense account and hotel dining to creative and niche dining experiences with an International flair on the beach, downtown and in emerging areas like the Design District, Wynwood and MiMo .
In polling the MIAbites team for this article, I came away with mixed impressions of Miami Spice and a “How To” plan to navigate this annual opportunity to dine around town. In point:
“Before hitting up any restaurant for Miami Spice, I go straight to the website and read through the posted menus. I begin with a few basic questions:
1. Is this really a deal? Could I eat at the same restaurant anytime of year ordering whatever I wanted from the regular menu for the same price or maybe less?
2. Is the Miami Spice menu interesting? Does it include unique dishes that are not on the regular menu? Is it the cop-out cheapo salmon, chicken and short rib offering?
3. Is the menu offered on weekends; or is the restaurant only serving weekday lunches so they can say they are on the list?
4. Is a new restaurant I've been meaning to try participating?
After answering those questions, I end up with a handful of prospects appearing to offer good values and thoughtful menus. At this point, I put them on my calendar and make my dinner reservations. This way, I don't let those two months mysteriously pass by because my best intentions were...well, you know. Only intentions.”
“Concentrate on favorite restaurants. There are also restaurants who add supplemental prices for the dishes you really want, which may be worth paying extra for if you really want something not on the Miami Spice menu. Check ahead but many also offer some great wine specials during Miami Spice.”
“Miami Spice has been a double edge sword for me in most cases because I honestly believe it is too hard for some restaurants to get within the pricing norm without having to cut corners so every year I've used Spice to check off restaurants from my To Do list, specially the more expensive ones, and many times end up having a mediocre meal because the pricing is so challenging.
In summary I'm a fan but I'm not a fan, does that make sense?”