Posts tagged Fort Lauderdale
Wellness Wednesday: Gluten-free dining in South Florida

My journey with Celiac disease, an auto immune disease in which the ingestion of gluten leads to damage of the small intestine, began in 2014. Although gluten free food options have tremendously increased since that time, there is still a lack of understanding and care for those with my specific dietary need.  So if you're like me, finding a restaurant that offers gluten free options can be extremely difficult. Luckily, I have found a few places in South Florida that fit the bill (and which I frequent very often). 

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National Martini Day: The Vesper Martini via Chef Geoffrey Zakarian at Point Royal

James Bond would be very happy to know that today, June 19th is National Martini Day. Shaken or Stirred. Vodka or Gin( or both). Straight up or on the rocks. Olives or Lemon twist, Apple, Lychee or Chocolate. There are many many options for the martini lover.

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Saturday Sweets: BRGR Stop Brings Over The Top Shakes To Fort Lauderdale

One of the last Saturday Sweets of the year is dedicated to what seems to be the ultimate dessert of 2018 — over the top milkshakes. If you’re looking for a larger than life dessert in Fort Lauderdale, make your way to the newly opened BRGR Stop. Here you’ll find adult twists on childhood favorites in their boozy milkshakes.

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Weekly Nibble: 60 Cent Margaritas, Oktoberfest, Craft Spirits Fest and More

There’s always something to do in the Magic City. Whether it’s celebrating a classic restaurant’s anniversary or drinking beer for Oktoberfest — there’s plenty to do over the next week.

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Urban Farming with Tamer and Claire at Harpke Family Farm

Miami is known for its gorgeous views - from palm trees to shorelines. The city has been plastered throughout a variety of films and shows as this pinup paradise.  But sometimes the most beautiful sights in Miami can be found on its farms and fields, where fresh produce, flowers, and tropical fruits dot the landscape. Harpke Family Farms does not have those expansive fields to farm, but instead offers some of the best local organic microgreens and edible flowers on an urban farm in Dania Beach.

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Chef Seth Blumenthal X Harpke Family Farm Dinner May 27th

Last month, I grabbed a few friends and ventured through the industrial warehouse area close to Fort Lauderdale airport to the Harpke Family Farm for a creative Sunday dinner featuring chefs from KYU.

This month, the urban farm, an unexpected oasis, welcomes celebrated Chef Seth Blumenthal (Chef de Cuisine, Alter) who we all know is serious about his craft, but doesn't take himself too seriously... (As evidenced by his hilarious #JackieChanBocuse and #SoigneWest alter egos!).

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3030 Ocean: Oceanfront Seafood Bistro & Bar in Fort Lauderdale

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.

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Wellness Wednesday: Gluten-free dining in South Florida

Welcome to MIAbites newest contributor, Arielle Cole, who is trying to make eating gluten free look and feel good. Today's Wellness Wednesday features her favorite spots for gluten free dining. You can find her dining around South Florida on her Instagram @glutenfreegalpal and Twitter @gfgalpal. She is also a contributing writer for the Huffington Post Taste Section. 

My journey with Celiac disease, an auto immune disease in which the ingestion of gluten leads to damage of the small intestine, began in 2014. Although gluten free food options have tremendously increased since that time, there is still a lack of understanding and care for those with my specific dietary need.  So if you're like me, finding a restaurant that offers gluten free options can be extremely difficult. Luckily, I have found a few places in South Florida that fit the bill (and which I frequent very often). 

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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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Beaker & Gray and Burlock Coast Come Together in Collaboration for Best Buddies

It’s no secret that collaboration in the kitchen has been trendy for years, and personally, I hope it never goes out of style. I recently attended the 954 in the 305, a collaborative four course dinner experience with Beaker & Gray and Burlock Coast to benefit the Best Buddies of South Florida. The cocktails and the food were spectacular and inspired by the 305 and the 954.

Beaker & Gray has been serving up trendy, out of the box bites in Wynwood since the day their doors open. At the helm of the kitchen, Miami native Chef Brian Nasajon melds unexpected flavors in a warm and welcoming environment.

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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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