Posts tagged Downtown
Saturday Sweets: It's Time to Eat the Donuts

It feels like every day is another silly food holiday, but for some reason that doesn’t spot us from taking part in enjoying them every once in a while. June 1st is National Donut Day, so in preparation we’ve got a few donut shops in and around Miami you should check out this week, including one very new spot, and an event featuring donuts by some of the best in the biz.

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Miami Spice 2017: Brunch Life is the Best Life

Miami Spice is jumping on the brunch bandwagon. This year for the first time, several Miami Spice participating restaurants will be featuring $23 3-course brunch menus. Brunch seems to be everyone’s favorite meal and how can you blame us - food and day drinking? Sounds like a winning combination!

 

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National Mojito Day Is Today!

Each year on July 11th, people across America join together to mark National Mojito Day. We don’t know how many people really celebrate this holiday, but we certainly do! The Mojito is a traditional Cuban highball consisting of white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water and mint.

It’s got low alcohol content and is a refreshing cocktail that in Miami can be enjoyed all year long, but around the rest of the world it has found popularity in the summertime and is loved for its combination of sweetness, citrus, and mint flavors.

A classic Mojito has lime wedges and mint leaves garnished an ice filled glass. Although born in Cuba, the exact origin of the Mojito is under debate with theories with origins as early as 1586.

Observing National Mojito Day is pretty easy! Mix up a pitcher to enjoy mojitos with friends and have a great day! We’ve included 4 favorite mojito recipes that are super simple to make at home.

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It's National Fried Chicken Day!

It’s National Fried Chicken Day!  On this day, fried chicken lovers across the country celebrate this American favorite at a nearby restaurant, home or an outdoor picnic.

A little fried chicken history: Scottish immigrants brought their tradition of deep-frying chicken in fat to the southern United States.  After its introduction to the American South, fried chicken soon became a staple. Over time, seasonings and spices were added to enrich the flavor of the chicken. Fried chicken is a dish that consists of chicken pieces which have been floured or battered then pan-fried, deep-fried or pressure-fried. The breading adds a crisp coating to the exterior of the chicken. Traditionally the chicken is fried in lard.  However, corn oil, peanut oil, canola oil or vegetable oil are also frequently used.

Bet you’re craving some fried chicken now! In that case - here are 5 spots you can get your fill today:

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Weekly Nibble: Celebrate Dad

Father’s Day was Sunday! If you don’t have any plans that involve making dad feel extra special - we’ve got last minute ideas at a few of the best spots in town for you, plus some easy grilling tips from a top Miami chef.

Pao by Paul Qui at Faena Hotel Miami Beach is celebrating Father’s Day with an Asian-inspired epicurean adventure at Pao by Paul Qui. Enjoy Pao’s new prix-fixe Summer menu featuring signature menu items like Octopus Aguachile and East Side King Fried Chicken with new

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Saturday Sweets: Seaspice's No-Bake Lemon Mousse Recipe

Sticking with the theme of “it’s hot and summer is here,” this week’s Saturday Sweets is just as sweet and refreshing as last week’s feature. Seaspice’s Chef Jill Montinola was kind enough to share her no-bake Lemon Mousse recipe. This treat is bound to satisfy your sweet tooth in no time, as this easy to make dessert is a perfect balance of sweet and citrusy notes. This is just the kind of dessert you’ll crave on a hot summer day.

Lemon Mousse - Makes 3 glasses

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Elia Gourmet: Downtown's Fresh Food Spot

Elia Gourmet opened in 2012 after owner Dimitris Harvalis realized there was a need for something healthy and delicious for residents in the Downtown Miami building where he lived. 

Since then it’s become a local favorite and neighborhood gourmet go-to for delicious contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. It’s owned and operated by hospitality pros Dimitris Harvalis and Mario Harvalis, brothers originally from Athens, Greece who have 45 years of combined experience at establishments such as Prime 112, Timo, Rokbar and Opium Group. Nestled in the bottom floor of 900 Biscayne Bay, across the street from the American Airlines Arena, Elia has become the perfect place for healthy eats in Downtown Miami.

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Brickell Restaurant Week 2017 May 5- May 21

The Second Annual Brickell Restaurant Week(s) kicked off Thursday, May 4th with Savor Brickell, a tasting preview poolside at the W Miami.  

From atop the gorgeous 50th floor, Savor Brickell featured some of the local Downtown and Brickell restaurants participating in this year's BRW.

We are now one week into Brickell Restaurant Week and have you made your reservations yet?

BRW features special 3-course ‘prix fixe’ lunch and/or dinner options at many of Miami’s finest and newest restaurants such as Pubbelly Sushi Brickell City Centre, Coya, Spaghettino11 RooftopTac

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MIAbites Team Picks for Top 10 Miami Bites in 2016

Start the year off with the right bite!  Let’s admit it, 2016 was a pretty great year for dining in Miami.  Past favorites expanded and gained new fans, new places opened in Wynwood, Brickell, Downtown and on Miami Beach and our local talented chefs challenged our taste buds with creative takes on donuts, Thai food, Mexican and even pizza. Even the tableside Caesar salad made a comeback. 

 MIAbites team best dishes for 2016:

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20 Places to Eat in Miami on Christmas

Over the river and through the woods… or more like over the causeway and through the traffic... to delicious restaurants we go!  From Miami Beach to Downtown to MiMo and Wynwood some of Miami area’s best restaurants are hosting holiday festivities on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day itself.  Be sure to make your reservations early and check ahead to confirm hours and all details.

Miami Beach:

The Continental- Playing off a fun Japanese tradition of eating fried chicken with champagne and chocolate cake for Christmas, and their global influences, Continental will be offering a Korean Fried Chicken Special. The complete meal will feature a green salad, Continental’s famous Korean Fried Chicken, a glass of bubbly and a slice of Millionaire's Chocolate Cake. The Continental 2301 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL 305 604 2000

Juvia- Enjoy Christmas above the city in the penthouse of Juvia with family and friends! Juvia is offering a special Yule dessert (with a variety of flavors to choose from) every day starting Dec. 20 through the 31st. What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than indulging in this dessert along with their regular dinner menu.  Juvia 1111 Lincoln Rd. Miami Beach FL  (305) 763-8272.

Jaya at The Setai- On Christmas Day, Jaya at The Setai will be serving their signature Christmas themed buffet with two seatings at11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  Priced at $125 per person and $63 per child, festivities will include live jazz featuring Christmas carols and a special appearance from Santa Claus. Jaya at The Setai 2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (855) 923-7899   

The Dutch- On Christmas Eve, the $50 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) dinner will include a traditional Caja China Pig Roast, along with other savory Latin dishes prepared by Executive Chef Adonay Tafur. The Dutch is located inside W South Beach, 2201 Collins Avenue, in Miami Beach, Florida, 33139 (305) 938-3111

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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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National Burger Month: PB Station Burger by the Pubbelly Boys

The Pubbelly Boys have done it again!  The recently opened historic Langford Hotel in the former Miami National Bank downtown is home to the new PB Station and Pawn Broker Bar and Rooftop Lounge

In honor of National Burger Month, we thought we would highlight the delicious PB Burger. Created using their own blend of meat, bacon confit, Swiss cheese, and smoked bordelaise it is served on a brioche bun with plenty of crispy French fries.  The meat is juicy and cooked to perfection, while the bacon has just the right saltiness and the Swiss cheese balances it out.  The PB Burger is part of the $25 three course PB Station Express Lunch menu offered Monday-Friday from 11:30-2:30.

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Estrella Damm Chef's Choice: Downtown and Brickell

Estrella Damm, the only beer brewed in Barcelona, is bringing its Mediterranean flair and flavor to Miami with a special Chef’s Choice experience from May 14th-29th, featuring delicious 3 course meals prepared by 46 top chefs all over the city.  With prices ranging from $30 to $70, each meal is paired with an ice cold Estrella Damm beer and an entrée featuring rice and are available only from May 14th – 29th. 

Last week we were invited to join other food media to take a tour highlighting some of the participating spots around Brickell and Downtown Miami.  We made four stops including COYA, Toro Toro , Tuyo and 1111 Peruvian Bistro.  All of the chef’s creations were delicious with a Spanish flair and all very filling – you can expect to see us in some of these kitchens again very soon.

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A MIAbites Holiday: A Special Miami Christmas Poem

‘Twas the week before Christmas and thru Miami-Dade County

Holiday tables were set,  laden with fine bounty.

 The airports were packed with visitors galore

As holiday revelers arrived, clogging highways, museums and stores

 The restaurants and bars, decked out in holiday decor

Stocked Stone Crabs, Foie Gras, Waygu steaks and oh so much more

 Downtown and Brickell, at Edge, Zuma and La Mar

Prix Fixe gourmet repasts for celebs and reality stars

 Twinkling lights at Midtown’s Sugarcane sets the festive stage

While BocceSalumeria 104 and BlackBrick juggled reservations just made.

 Wynwood’s Panther Coffee offered gift ideas for the java aficionado

Edgewater’s Mignonette touted oysters, lobster rolls and fresh crudo

 The Design District, upscale retail still under major construction

Is no deterrent from grabbing a table and dining at Michael’s Genuine or MC Kitchen.

 Across Julia Tuttle and onto Miami Beach

To ScarpettaThe Traymore and ingredient-driven, Tongue & Cheek

 New hotels The Thompson and The EDITION both open for guests

Seagrape and Matador, their new restaurants, both helmed by top chefs.

 On Collins…On Ocean… On Lincoln, and Purdy

Miami’s restaurants and chefs offer holiday fare that is more than worthy

 So take a moment this season, to catch your breath and smile

The Miami Food Scene is at the top of its game and will be for a long while! 

Now that we have your attention, here is sample roundup of places hosting Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and even New Years Day. 

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Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving made simple

One of the advantages of living in a city means you have options for Holiday cooking and entertaining, and thankfully Miami is no exception. 

With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, you can skip the lines at Whole Foods and Publix with some options for either going out for the  “Big Bird” , or pre-ordering the Turkey and all its fixins for the crowd coming to your house. 

Thanksgiving “To Go”:

 

Tongue & Cheek431 Washington Ave. Miami Beach , FL  305 704 2900 - Two options of “Turkey to Go” includes Roasted all-natural Turkey with Sausage Stuffing, arugula salad, sweet potato and pecan casserole, other fixins and pecan, apple or  pumpkin pie.

10-12 lb turkey and fixins feeds 6-8  dinner - $175

20-22 lb turkey and fixins feeds  10-12 - $225

Side dishes “to go” are also available for separate purchase.

Thanksgiving orders must be placed by Sunday, November 23, for pick-up Wednesday, November 26 between 10am- 7pm.

**Tongue & Cheek will be closed on Thanksgiving Day so that our families can spend time with their families.

MC Kitchen4141 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, FL- 305 456 9948-  Chef Dena Marino has created a "To Go" dinner for 6-8 priced at $425 and includes traditional turkey and all the fixins, with her modern Italian twist. The menu feeds six to eight people and costs $425 (plus tax). It will include a Heritage Breed Turkey (stuffed with parma prosciutto and roasted garlic) and will be accompanied with five fixin’s and a sweet treat. Patrons can call the restaurant or email us at info@mckitchenmiami.com to place their order for pickup. Thanksgiving orders for pickup must be placed by Sunday November 23rd for pickup on Wednesday November 26th. 

** MC Kitchen will also be closed on Thanksgiving Day so that our families can spend time with their families.

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