Posts tagged Hollywood
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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Weekly Nibble: Miami Cocktails Book Launch, SPRUNG! Beer Festival, Phuc Yea's Crawfish Boil and More!

Another week full of incredible opportunities to get out and about in our gorgeous city. From a crawfish boil to a beer festival in Wynwood, to Burger Beasts epic Hamburger House Party, there’s plenty to do this week. Feeling fancy — we’ve got the deets on a Pappy Van Winkle dinner being hosted this month. Interested in cocktail culture? You’ll find us at the book launch party for Miami Cocktails this Thursday in Coral Gables. There’s always something to look forward to in the Magic City!

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Monkitail by Michael Schulson Opens at The Diplomat Beach Resort

After an extensive expansion and multi-million dollar renovation, The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood has become a foodie destination with various outlets spearheaded by nationally recognized chefs.

Each meal I’ve had at The Diplomat has been better than the last, and my most recent experience at Monkitail was no different. Chef/Owner, Michael Schulson, is one of Philadelphia’s most successful hospitality professionals and he’s bringing his talents to Hollywood beach with his version of an izakaya, or Japanese gastropub.

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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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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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