Posts tagged Broward
Orange Bowl Food & Wine Event May 11th to feature Chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth

Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth, Chef/Partners at Stiltsville Fish Bar in Miami Beach, will serve as celebrity chefs for the annual Orange Bowl Food & Wine Celebration presented by Florida Blue, Friday, May 11, 2018 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center at 6:30 p.m.

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Where to get Oysters in Miami & Fort Lauderdale

National Oyster Day was Saturday, August 5th... a day eagerly awaited by mollusk lovers all over Miami and beyond.  OK. so you missed it.  BUT, here are the spots that offer some delicious and fresh oysters  Every Day of the Year.  Iced cold oysters are the perfect summer food...high in protein, low in calories, full of zinc and other beneficial minerals, good fat and certainly a better choice for salt cravings than a bag of chips. 

There are over 150 varieties of true oysters but actually only 5 species and traditionally they are named after the body of water or bay in which they are grown and are known by a myriad of names such as Wellfleets, Blue Points, Kumamoto and Kuushi.  

The flavor varies depending on the type of conditions or Terroir they are grown in; rocky soil, tidal or brackish water, etc. with the Northeast areas of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine providing some of the most delicious and accessible oysters. 

Miami is no stranger to these briny bivalve mollusks, and in celebration of National Oyster Day, here are some local options to slurp up a half shell:

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The Big Reveal: Diplomat Beach Resort and Diplomat Prime

"The Big Reveal" at the Diplomat Beach Resort by Hilton in Hollywood was just that this past week during a two-day celebration of the newly refurbished hotel and resort. The events included antique roadsters, poolside appetizers, live music and general merriment.  We were invited to join the party at The Diplomat Prime Restaurant which is one of 10 restaurants at this over 1,000 room sparklingly renovated hotel and spa. 

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Saturday Sweets: Donuts! Fest Returns For Its Second Year

Last year was the “Year of the Donut”, and while I haven’t figured out what this year’s biggest dessert trend is yet – it’s safe to say the donut craze is still very much alive.

This week the 2nd Annual Donuts! Fest presented by Vine PR took place at MAPS Backlot in Wynwood. Donuts from all over Miami Dade and Broward were present along with long lines of hun

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Geoffrey Zakarian returns to Florida with Point Royal at The Diplomat

Geoffrey Zakarian wears many hats.  Chef, restaurateur, TV host, Chopped Judge, City Harvest supporter and cookbook author, but hospitality is his favorite role.  He enjoys being in the kitchen training and working with the chefs, but it is the front of the house where everything happens.

“ Any good thing in the kitchen can be ruined by the house not being right ”, he shared with me when we met last at the opening at his stylish Greenwich CT restaurant, The National. 

That passion for making sure the “house is right” was very apparent at Saturday night’s media preview of Zakarian’s Coastal American restaurant, Point Royal at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood.  Dressed fashionably in his signature blazer and tie, Zakarian worked the room, greeting old friends, chatting with the local bloggers and press and hanging out at the bar sipping a Plymouth gin cocktail and posing for pictures and obviously enjoying the opportunity to talk about food, his concept for Point Royal and being part of a huge hotel format.

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Dining around at The Diplomat Resort in Hollywood

I am a big fan of tours: historical tours, museum tours, food tours. You name it, this nerd is DOWN. So, when I was invited to tour the three food and beverage outlets just opened at the newly renovated Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, I was ecstatic. 

An over $100 million renovation has been undertaken by Howard Wein Hospitality (HWH), The Diplomat Beach Resort and Thayer Lodging Group, to transform the Diplomat into both a vacation and dining destination from "coast to Intracoastal".  When 2017 ends, over 10 new eateries and restaurants will be open including concepts by celebrity chef, Michael Schulson, Food Network TV star and Chopped judge, Geoffrey Zakarian, and a beachfront casual taco and Nuevo Latino spot helmed by Chefs Sue Torres and Darren Carbone.

For this inaugural visit, we made our way first to Diplomat Landing on the Intercoastal, where the afternoon started at Bristol’s Burgers, a trendy casual eatery serving up fresh grilled burgers on homemade buns paired with signature cocktails, local craft beers, gourmet milkshakes, and more.

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The OBIEs: A Taste of South Florida on Friday May 20th

Come savor the flavors of South Florida at the OBIEs Food & Wine event, this Friday May 20th featuring unlimited samplings from over 30 of South Florida's top restaurants and food purveyors and an open bar. Every guest will also receive a complimentary gift bag!

James Beard Award-winning chef/restaurateur Michael Schwartz will headline as the Celebrity Chef for this year’s Orange Bowl Impact and Excellence Awards (The OBIEs): A Taste of South Florida presented by Florida Blue, and healthy lifestyle crusader, author and James Beard Award-winning chef, Rocco DiSpirito, will make a celebrity chef guest appearance at the 2016 OBIES at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Chefs and restaurants from all over the South Florida area will be serving their best bites for a chance to be named Flavor of South Florida.

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Gan Bae (or Cheers!) to Pocha in Lauderhill

The Gagit’s Travel to Lauderhill to visit the Kim’s new Korean Pub, Pocha.

What a great foodie experience it was meeting Susan Kim of Pocha to discuss the opening of her and her husband Fred’s new venture into Korean Pub Food and share the experience with their loyal and devoted customers.

After 14 years of enjoying the growing success of Gabose, traditional sit-down Korean, the Kim’s decided to share the “real people” Korean experience with their customers.

Pocha, as a matter of fact, by loose definition is a wrapped tent where the local’s in a section of Koreatown, go to enjoy a casual night out. In fact, Susan stated it is close to a Food Truck but without the wheels. In this context, on one of the walls, there is a mural sent here from her daughter in Korea that depicts what one would see outside the tent. The mural is as realistic as it gets to show real life in the Korean neighborhood.

We are seated at the communal table as Susan and her manager Daniel bring out a typical menu that one would drink and eat inside the Pocha.

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