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Hot Picks: Miami, Florida

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

 

Miami has become a great culinary destination. It is one of the most unique and international cities in the United States. The warmth, conviviality and vibrancy of the city can be felt from the moment you arrive. The fine selection of restaurants is dizzying. However long your stay, you will regret leaving so soon and vow to return. Miami captures and captivates.

Here are some options for your visit!

 

 

Where to Stay

Where to Eat

What to Do

 

Hot Picks: Miami

Where to Stay

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

 

The Setai

South Beach, Miami

 


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Far away, yet oh so near, is The Setai, located in South Beach.




This is the lobby of The Setai, where tranquility is punctuated by dramatic pictures and decor.

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As you enter the lobby of The Setai, you immediately feel you have stepped into another place---far from the bustling activity---that is only steps away. You have entered the realm of the Far East where peace, calm, serenity and tranquility reside. And you, too, can experience it as long as you stay. You breathe deep and easy, a sigh of relief spontaneously signals the state of bliss that awaits you.


The Setai has a dramatic "Tower" connected to the hotel.
Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Every encounter at The Setai ---with the well- trained international staff---is dedicated to gracious service. You are greeted with a welcoming smile, escorted to a lounge where you are enveloped in the warm earth tones of cocoa colored leather chairs and you are offered a refreshing drink and a cool towel to wipe away every vestige of the maddening crowd. Your stay has just begun but you already feel pampered.


The Setai boasts breathtaking oceanfront views.

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As you take in the spacious, soaring contemporary architecture of the public spaces and the sleek, understated, Asian décor, you know you have arrived at a place that will continue to surprise and intrigue all your senses.



The Setai offers luxurious relaxation on a lounge or day bed oceanfront or at one of the three Olympic-size swimming pools, each offering separate temperatures to suit guests preference.

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From the breathtakingly beautiful outdoor courtyard, to the antiquities and works of art superbly placed and lit, to the fresh oranges and orange roses carefully placed to pay homage to the bounty of Florida, to the lit candles that replace the oranges at sunset, to the three massive swimming pools--each set at different temperatures, to the state- of- the art fitness center, to the luxurious private day beds, to the selection of dining options, you begin to experience The Setai 's commitment to thoughtful detail in the service of customer delight.

This is the professionally fitted work out room connected with the Setai 's world-class spa facility.

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And delighted you will be as The Setai's speedy elevators lift you to your suite where beauty, comfort, and attention to detail are paramount. Your spacious, stunningly appointed room offers amenities which include Duxiana bedding with Irish Linens, handmade custom made king-sized bed, an absolute black granite bath, a rainfall shower with Italian Laura Tornatto bath accessories, Bose surround-sound CD/DVD system, 22-inch flat-screen LCD TV, Lavazza Espresso Coffee Maker, and wireless internet.

 



Here is a designer one bedroom suite in the "Tower" of
The Setai.

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Most impressive however, at The Setai, is the attentive, gracious assistance provided by the staff who are ready to address your every desire.

 


The hotel wing of the main building at The Setai offers beautifully appointed studio suites.

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Yes, there are many lodging choices on South Beach but only one Setai to provide the discriminating guest with the serenity and elegance of a world far away yet close at hand.

 





This is the sensual courtyard oasis at the Setai.

Photo by Michael Reiss

The Setai
2001 Collins Ave.
South Beach,Miami
305-520-6000

http://www.setai.com

 

The Biltmore Hotel

Coral Gables, Florida

 


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The Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida, is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World and Historic Hotels of America, as well as a recipient of numerous awards.


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This Mediterranean Revival gem,The Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida, opened in 1926 and impeccably restored is not only a noteworthy landmark but a distinguished and distinctive resort destination.



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Located in elegant Coral Gables, guests choose this property for its, calm, relaxed, gracious setting knowing that the high voltage action of Miami and its beaches is just minutes away.



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Guests are delighted by stunning architectural features inside and on the spacious grounds, as well as the world class dining, golf, tennis, conference facilities, spa and fitness center all offered in a boutique hotel setting where every guest is treated as royalty.



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In fact, the roster of guests includes an almost endless list of international heads of state, dignitaries, sports, entertainment and business luminaries all of whom value their privacy and insist on unobtrusive, professional service.



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Whether a guest or visitor, the dining options are not to be missed. Among the many choices is the gourmet, Palm D'Or, offering the finest in contemporary French cuisine and the chic, 1200 Courtyard Grill offering breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as an outstanding Sunday Brunch in a stunning courtyard setting.


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The legendary brunch features live music and unlimited French champagne to accompany the impressive array of quality items including fresh seafood, sushi, caviar, pasta, omelet, waffle and carving stations. These are dining venues that stand on their own well deserved reputation and are destinations in their own right.



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The Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida has a history and a legacy to uphold and it does so with grace, ease and a timeless sense of tradition.

 

The Biltmore Hotel
1200 Anastasia Ave.
Coral Gables, Fl.
305 445 1926


http://www.biltmorehotel.com/

 

Hot Picks: Miami

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

Where to Eat

The Restaurant at The Setai


Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Elegance, authenticity and excitement are the chief ingredients that make The Restaurant at the Setai a world class dining venue and a culinary tour de force.

Imagine a restaurant that offers all of your favorite Southeast Asian dishes under one roof and prepares them so well that you leave saying you've never tasted better! You can actually experience a gastronomic tour of your favorites from China, India, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia all in one evening.

As challenging as this may be, The Restaurant at the Setai achieves and surpasses these high expectations. How is it possible? Executive Chef Mathias Gervais credits his team of chefs from Asia who bring their experience, knowledge and passion to the demonstration kitchen where each country's food is prepared using authentic ingredients and cooking implements. Whether you choose a table around the kitchens to observe the action at close range or you sit in one of the many other stunning dining spaces, you are in for a tour de force of gustatory pleasure.

In addition to the traditional, Chef Gervais adds innovation and modern interpretation to these much-loved favorites. The staff's dedication to creating a memorable dining experience is further enhanced by Sommelier Dwayne Savoie, who expertly pairs wines from the impressive global list.

The menu at The Restaurant at the Setai offers small plates, soups, dim sum, Peking duck, noodles and curries, as well as a wide selection of seafood, fish, meats, poultry, and grilled items.

If the choices seem overwhelming, all the more reason to return and experience the Sunday brunch which offers the breath of The Restaurant at the Setai plus sparkling wine..

Although the food and wine take star billing, the setting---offering both indoor and outdoor dining options---is stunning in its bold simplicity.

The waitstaff is attentive, knowledgeable and adds a genuine service orientation to the dining experience..

The Restaurant at the Setai is a delight to all the senses and exceeds expectations at every turn.

This is a culinary destination worth the trip!

 



At The Restaurant at The Setai 's outside dining is always an option.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Favorite Appetizers

HAMACHI
Yuzu Marinated Yellowtail, Mirin and Sake Hearts of Palm, Hijiki,
Avocado and Mango

PEKING DUCK SALAD
Mixed Greens with Lychees, Sweet Onions, Pine Nuts, Scallions and Hoisin Dressing

Favorite Entrees

MACCHI TIKKA
Indian Tandoor Roasted Chilean Sea Bass Marinated with Mint, Cilantro, Serrano Pepper and Yogurt,
Served with Tamarind Sauce

Gai Ka Gos Ht
Beef Short Ribs with Curry, Cumin, Turmeric, Cinnamon
and Red Wine, Served with Crispy Butternut Squash

Favorite Dessert

BANANA & RUM
Gianduja Crunch, Light Cream with Rum,
Banana and Coconut Sorbet

 



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At The Restaurant at The Setai Executive Chef Mathias Gervais presents exquisitely prepared dishes.

Photo by Michael Reiss

The Restaurant at
The Setai
2001 Collins Ave.
South Beach
305-520-6000

http://www.setai.com


 

Tuyo – A Miami Culinary Destination


Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access



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Legendary star chef turned restaurateur, Norman Van Aken has come up in the culinary world, precisely eight stories high, above the Miami skyline with a commanding view of the Freedom Tower, The Arsht Performing Arts Center and Biscayne Bay. In this case, location, location, location isn’t everything, it’s part of the bling and excitement of Van Aken’s vision come to life.

As Executive Director of The Miami Culinary Institute, part of Miami Dade College, Van Aken is able to tap his creative juices and showcase the talent, vibrancy and rich ethnic background of the Miami culinary scene. His aim is nothing less than world-class status in the highly competitive food culture that is expanding exponentially like yeast in wine.

 

Tujo has stunning views of the Miami skyline.

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Housed in a gleaming, new ecco green structure in downtown Miami, The restaurant, Tuyo ( Spanish for "yours" ) is a first class fine dining venue, that harken back to the sophisticated glamour of Manhattan.

As you are whisked up an elevator--- accompanied by a host--- who announces your name, as you are greeted by the reception staff, you will come to understand that Tuyo is the crowning jewel of this eight-story facility that contains state of the art culinary, pastry and wine labs available to both enrolled students and the casual gourmet.

The 80 seat dining area is wrapped in floor to ceiling glass that provides breathtaking views of Miami’s iconic landmarks. No training ground, this establishment is professionally staffed by Norman’s best from previous restaurants including Chef de Cuisine, Jeffrey Brana.


Norman Van Aken greets satisfied diners at Tujo.

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The menu is full of his signature dishes, weekly specials, and a well priced tasting menu with optional wine pairings considering the ingredients and wine selections offered. Many of the ingredients are sourced from Tuyo’s own organic garden and local suppliers to embrace the farm to table and sustainability initiatives.

The wine list, created by Sommelier Sarah Brownell is impressively broad and deep with unique boutique selections at only a one-time mark-up, unusual, for fine dining establishments.

 

Each dish at Tujo is thoughtfully crafted and beautifully presented-- including the succulent Key West Yellowtail.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Also unique, is that a portion of every dollar spent at Tuyo supports the academic programming, as well as scholarships for deserving students.

Among the adoring audience are loads of loyal followers who are thrilled that Norman is back and better than ever. His presence in the dining room to meet and greet and share his enthusiasm and vision for the Miami Culinary Institute is the frosting on the cake!

Here’s TUYO!


CHEF NORMAN VAN AKEN’S SIGNATURE TASTING MENU

Brazilian Creamy Cracked Conch Chowder with Saffron,
Coconut, Orange and Star Anise
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Yuca Stuffed Crispy Shrimp with Sour Orange Mojo,
Coastal Greens and Pickled Scotch Bonnet Tartar Salsa
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My Down Island French Toast with Curaçao Scented Foie Gras,
Griddled Brioche, Gingery Candied Lime Zest and a Savory Passion Fruit Caramel
($15.00 Supplement)
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Pan-Cooked Fillet of Key West Yellowtail on a “Belly” of Mashed Potatoes
with Citrus Butter and Malabar Spinach
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Pork “Havana” with 21st Century Mole,
Smokey Plantain Crema and a Spanish Sherry Wine Reduction
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The Chocolate Goddess Bar
Rose, Cherries and Ruby Port with Apricots

 

TUYO
Miami Culinary Institute
Miami Dade College
415 N.E. Second Ave.
Miami, Florida

Phone: 305 237 3200
reservations@tuyomiami.com

http://tuyomiami.com/

 

Essensia


Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Welcome to Essensia where sensual, tropical decor underscores the philosophy of fresh, flavorful, locally sourced products brought to the table. The goal of Essensia is to deliver a natural, palate- pleasing meal that satisfys mind, body and soul.

The menu intrigues the senses with descriptions of carefully composed creations by Executive Chef Frank Jeannetti. He furthers this committment by presenting seasonal delights offered in a prix fixe format---with wine pairings on the weekends.

The food is complemented by a thoughtful, well selected wine list featuring organic and biodynamic wine producers.

Flavor profiles are subtle, portions are generous and waitstaff are cordial and well informed.

Life is a celebration, enjoy it at Essensia.



Found in the Palms Hotel, this is Essensia's striking bar area.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Favorite Appetizers

H Y D R O P O N I C A R U G U L A S A L A D W I T H R O A S T E D
RE D B E E T S
C a n d i e d w a l n u t s , c r u m b l e d g o a t c h e e s e a n d S h e r r y v i n a i g r e t t e .

A H I T U N A 2 W A Y S
T u n a c a r p a c c i o w i t h p i c k l e d c u c u m b e r a n d t r u f f l e w a s a b i
v i n a i g r e t t e . C h i l i s p i c e d t u n a t a r t a r , d i c e d a v o c a d o s , c h i v e o i l
a n d l o t u s r o o t c h i p s

Favorite Entrees

C E L E R Y D U S T E D M A I N E D I V E R S C A L L O P S
S a f f r o n p a r s n i p p u r e e , s a u t é e d B r u s s e l s s p r o u t l e a v e s a n d
o r g a n i c t o m a t o c o n f i t .

M I N T A N D D I J O N E N C RUST E D R A C K O F
COLORADO LAMB
W i l d a n d b r o w n r i c e p i l a f , s u n d r i e d f r u i t s a n d P r o v e n c a l r e l i s h

Favorite Dessert

House made ice creams and sorbets

 


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Essensia uses only the best and freshest natual ingredients.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Essensia
The Palms Hotel and Spa
3025 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33140
(305) 534-0505
http://www.thepalmshotel.com/restaurants-bars/essensia.cfm

Area 31


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Area 31, located on the 16th floor of Kimpton's EPIC Hotel, boasts a diverse menu of fresh, seafood prepared with a Mediterranean influence.

The restaurant derives its name from region Fishing Area 31, the ecologically sound marine waters of the Western Central Atlantic including the entire Florida coast, Central America and Northern South America, with its menu created by rising star Chef John Critchley.

Seafood is expertly prepared to enhance the delicate flavors by the addition of innovative accompaniments such as chestnut puree.

The menu is complemented with a wine list expertly assembled by Master Sommelier Emily Wines along with an innovative cocktail list from Master Mixologist Jacques Bezuidenhout.

 



This is Area 31's subdued and elegant interior space.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Favorite Appetizers

ESCOLAR
marinated escolar with passion fruit, peruvian pepper, mint

FRITTO MISTO
calamari, rock shrimp, white fish, lemon, caper berry

Favorite Entrees

RISOTTO AI FRUTTI DI MARE
clams, Key West pink shrimp, calamari, parsley, lemon oil

DORADE
salt crusted, preserve meyer lemon marmalade

Favorite Dessert

EARL GREY FLAN
Caramel apple, pink peppercorn

 


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Area 31's fish is cooked to perfection.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Area 31
16th Floor of EPIC Hotel
270 Biscayne Blvd. Way., Miami, Florida 33131
305.424.5234
www.area31restaurant.com

 

The Brunch at The Restaurant at The Setai


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Sunday Brunch has never been as global, copious, well executed, beautifully presented and delicious as the one you will experience at The Setai.

Every item is prepared with the utmost care, and every food station offers surprise and new twists on the tried and true classics. From the watermelon smoothie with ginger and mint to the oatmeal with cardamom and cinnamon, to the authentic French toast called pain perdu, to the smoked salmon, gravlox, and warm salmon with blinis, each bite was succulent and perfectly prepared.

But wait, the best is yet to come, in keeping with The Restaurant at the Setai's commitment to deliver a global dining experience, there is an Italian chef preparing pizza and calzone from scratch. Thin, crispy and irresistible! There is a food station from Thailand offering succulent soups, green papaya salad, Pad Thai and more all prepared by a Thai chef!

Then allow the Indian chef to serve you a plate including lentils, saffron rice and several luscious curries!

What a feast, and oh yes, there are many more items representing some of the best from Europe and the Americas, not to mention a vast array of delectable pastries, rolls, breads and desserts.

Just about any beverage you fancy including juices, coffee and tea and a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne is included.

You may have thought you've experienced every possible take on brunch, but you haven't tried anything quite as unique and satisfying as the feast that awaits you at The Brunch at The Restaurant at the Setai.

 



The Brunch at The Restaurant at the Setai is a culinary trip through South East Asia with dishes from India, Thailand, Singapore. There is even hand-crafted, thin-crusted Italian pizza from a wood burning oven.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Favorite Appetizers:

The smoked salmon, gravlox, and warm salmon with blinis

The oatmeal with cardamom and cinnamon.

Hand-crafted, thin-crusted Italian pizza.


Favorite Entrees:

The authentic French toast called pain perdu.

The succulent soups, green papaya salad, Pad Thai.

A plate including lentils, saffron rice and several luscious Indian curries!

 

Favorite Dessert:

The watermelon smoothie with ginger.

Numerous beautiful desserts.


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The Brunch at The Restaurant at the Setai includes traditional American breakfast items such as eggs, custom-prepared omelets. There is also an extensive selection of breads and pantries.



Photo by Michael Reiss

The Restaurant at
The Setai
2001 Collins Ave.
South Beach
305-520-6000

http://www.setai.com

 

 

 

Azul


Photo by Michael Reiss

 

What happens to a coveted AAA Five Diamond Awarded Restaurant when the chef moves on? The culinary world, ever full of talent in the wings, pulls a genius out of a hat and voila, the magic continues. At least this is the story with the happy ending at Azul, whose well deserved reputation for award wining dining was at stake when Chef Clay Conley, past culinary director of the entire Olives group of restaurants took the helm at Azul. His eclectic Mediterranean and Asian influenced cuisine offers bold and surprising flavors with dishes which combine startlingly different elements, yet magically work together in sleek, sophisticated combinations.

Sommelier Richard Hales offers brilliant wine pairings which serve to accentuate the cuisine and punctuate the dining experience as a truly memorable moment in time. The professionally trained staff offer impeccable service and attention to detail. The architectural drama of the space with floor to ceiling windows showcasing the stunning Miami skyline sets the stage for a flawless performance. Consider the exceptional value of the six course tasting menu to sample Chef Conley's repertoire and let the magic continue!

 



Chef Clay Conley creates bold and surprising flavors at Azul.

Photo by Michael Reiss


Favorite Appetizers:

"A Study In Tuna" Raw Tuna, Crab, Tempura Avocado, Asian Sauces, Ossetra Caviar

Seared Jumbo Sea Scallop, Crispy Pork Belly, Parsnip Silk, Cherry Glaze

Favorite Entrees:

Grilled Wagyu Beef, Tempura Shrimp, Turnip Puree, Sesame Glaze, Peanut Vinaigrette

Miso Marinated Hamachi, Edamame Stir-fry, Sake Butter Sauce, Shrimp Dumplings

Favorite Dessert:

Vanilla Souffle Choice of Chocolate, Creme Anglaise or Rasberry Sauce

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Among Azul's outstanding dishes is the "Seared Jumbo Sea Scallop, Crispy Pork Belly, Parsnip Silk, Cherry Glaze."

Photo by Michael Reiss

Azul
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
500 Brickell Key Drive
Miami
(305) 913 8254

http://www.mandarinoriental.com/hotel/526000039.asp

Palme d'Or


This is the elegant dinning room of the Palme d'Or restaurant located in the historic Biltmore Hotel.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The Palme d'Or restaurant located in the historic Biltmore hotel is as exciting, sensual and glamorous as the Cannes Film Festival award which bears its namesake.

The space is chic, the live music seductive and the cuisine is delectable. Chef de Cuisine Philippe Ruiz has ingeniously modernized his interpretations of nouvelle French cuisine to dazzle even the most sophisticated palate.

His style epitomizes the confident execution of classic French technique with 21st century flair and panache. His menu, composed of creations offered in tasting portions, allows for diners to customize their own tasting menu or to follow the suggested tasting formats proposed by the chef. In any case, the experience allows for a complex combination of taste sensations that is sure to elicit sounds and gestures of delight.

The wine pairings, knowledgeably selected and professionally presented by Sommelier Sebastian Verrier make for a thrilling and thoroughly satisfying three star Michelin level dining experience.


Chef de Cuisine Philippe Ruiz and Sommelier Sebastian Verrier create a memorable experience at the Palme d'Or restaurant.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Favorite Appetizers:

Maine Lobster & Creme Fraiche Cappuccino
Pan Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Toasted Brioche, Fruit Chutney & Balsamic Reduction

Favorite Entrees:

Mediterranean Langoustine, Black trumpet Mushroom, Light Orange Bouillon
Seared Baby Lamb Chop, Vegetable Ragout, Chorizo, Sweet .Garlic & Spiced Harissa Sauce

Favorite Dessert:

Basil Lime Sorbet & Strawberry Infusion with Pistachio Mascarpone Mousseline

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Chef de Cuisine Philippe Ruiz's exquisite culinary creations are nothing short of magic.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Palme d'Or
Biltmore Hotel
1200 Anastasia Ave.
Coral Gables
(305) 913 3201

 

 

MICHY'S

 

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Michelle Bernstein's reputation at Azul follows her and her loyal devotees to the newly opened Michy's a neighborhood restaurant in a transitional area of Miami called the "Upper East Side."

This acoustically challenged venue with music to match may be just what the hood needs to gentrify the avenue. Chef Bernstein offers diners half portions of all menu items so that every diner can design his or her own tasting menu. She produces an eclectic mix of dishes that are pure, straightforward renditions with her own unique interpretations and surprises.

Wine pairings, suggested by Chef Bernstein's husband David are thoughtful and provocative. The servers are enthusiastic and eager to please. This is a small restaurant that could and does offer an haute-neighborhood dining experience.

This is Michy's lively interior.

Photo by Michael Reiss


Favorite Appetizers:

Foie Torchon, Brioche Crisps, Daily Marmalade
Beet Salad, Spanish Blue Espuma, Candied Walnuts

Favorite Entrees:

Short Ribs falling off the bone, Smokey Pureed Potatoes

Braised Wild Salmon with Italian truffles, artichokes, celery and baby onions

Favorite Dessert:

Sabayon with fresh berries

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This is Michy's "Foie Torchon, Brioche Crisps, Daily Marmalade."

Photo by Michael Reiss

Michy's
6927 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami
305 759 2001

 

Vix


Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Looking for a hip place on South Beach with cool vibes and stellar food? Cruise over to Vix at the Hotel Victor. From the visually stunning rich decor, replete with an aquarium filled with sensual jellyfish, to the electric hot opened kitchen, to the cool, breezy musical vibes, you know you are in for an exciting, exotic dining experience.

Executive Chef James Wierzelewski has traversed four continents over the past 20 years, and he has assembled a multicultural cooking team to offer his guests the best of the best from every corner of the globe. Starting with the complimentary signature Nan Bread and dips made a la minute in the only Tandoori Oven on the beach, you know you are in for a world class dining experience. As you scan the menu taking you to all parts of the gastronomic globe, you might wonder just how authentic the dishes will be.

Because Chef Jame's team is international, the results are true, creative versions of each menu item, aromatic, visually appealing, and full of the character and flavor of the region where it was inspired. The palette of flavors each diner experiences at Vixis complemented by the expert wine pairings suggested by well trained, genial waitstaff who enhance the full flavors of each item with their selections.


Chef James raises the bar, not only in South Beach, but in the ever evolving dining Mecca that Miami has become. Treat yourself to a culinary trip at Vix and then plan to return again and again.



Vix is found in the sleek lobby level of the Victor Hotel in the thick of the action in South Beach.

Photo by Michael Reiss


Favorite Appetizers:

baked hot and sour rock shrimp, sriracha-crab stuffing, hot and sour vinaigrette

foie gras "two ways" ...pan seared and cognac marinated torchon, cardamom brioche and pomegranate - pear relish, vanilla syrup

Favorite Entrees:

seafood "hot pot" ...lobster, shrimp,scallops and fish, coconut broth, straw mushrooms and Asian aromatics
spit- roasted rack and leg of lamb with casserole of aromatic melting shoulder, crushed green chickpea, Moroccan spiced tomato-eggplant relish and coriander jus

Favorite Dessert:

churned passion fruit with mango fritters, honey crisp, garam masala

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This is one of Vix's exciting, creative dishes reflecting Asian influences, "Seafood 'Hot Pot'...Lobster, Shrimp, Scallops and Fish, Coconut Broth, Straw Mushrooms and Asian Aromatics."

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Vix
Hotel Victor
1144 Ocean Dr.
Miami Beach
305 428 1234

 

Por Fin


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At last Coral Gables has a contemporary Catalan restaurant, Por Fin, which reflects the cutting edge cuisine that the region has brought to light in culinary circles. At Por Fin, old world tradition melds with modern inspiration to delight patrons who now can experience the best of both worlds.

Executive Chef Marc Vidal brings a wealth of experience and youthful bravado from his native Barcelona and adds the local ingredients of Florida and the Caribbean to enchant and delight his discerning guests.

The menu is complimented by a global wine list which offers many possibilities for eclectic pairings.

Chic, understated décor, set in a historically renovated landmark, offers both inviting indoor and outdoor dining venues.

Warm, accommodating reception and friendly, attentive servers add to the recipe for a winning formula in the competitive culinary Mecca that is Coral Gables.

Por Fin
will last!

 



At Por Fin Restaurant Executive Chef Marc Vidal brings his native Spanish Catalan cuisine to Miami with great creative flair.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

 


Favorite Appetizers:

TUNA TARTARE
Typically, a Tartare is served as a spread for toast. The name is popularly derived from the Tatars, a Turkic ethnic group originating back to the 5th century. Enjoy a modern version of it starting with Ahi tuna, avocado, mango, caviar, yogurt, and soy sesame vinaigrette.
Recommended Wine Pairing: Marques de Gelida, Brut Exclusive Reserva, Cava, Spain, 2004

PORCINI RISOTTO
One of the pillars of Milanese cuisine, risotto is a rich and creamy, traditional Italian dish made with a full-flavored rice. Enjoy this arborio rice with caramelized Porcini mushrooms, shallots, truffle oil, and Parmesan cheese.
Recommended Wine Pairing: Pinot Noir, Ramsay, North Coast, California, 2006

 

Favorite Entrees:

SEABASS
Had any Patagonian toothfish lately? Chances are most people would say no. But call it by its common market name, Chilean sea bass, and the answer might be different. Enjoy Por Fin’s pan seared, served with, potato crisps, tomato confit, leek chips, and black olive drizzle.
Recommended Wine Pairing: Pinot Grigio, Hofstatter, Alto Adige, Italy, 2007

FILET MIGNON
Deliciously mild and tender, enjoy a choice Angus filet served with green and red peppers accompanied by Cabrales, red pepper, and Port wine sauces.
Recommended Wine Pairing: Tempranillo, Montecillo, Reserva, Rioja, Spain, 2002

Favorite Dessert:

TORRIJA
Entice your sweet-buds with this typical Spanish delicacy using a perfectly caramelized brioche gently covered with cappuccino ice cream and plum sauce.
Recommended Wine Pairing: Castelnau de Studuiraunt, Sauternes, France

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Each dish at Por Fin is beautifully presented and masterfully prepared. Here is the SEA BASS, pan seared, served with, potato crisps, tomato confit, leek chips, and black olive drizzle.
Recommended Wine Pairing: Pinot Grigio, Hofstatter, Alto Adige, Italy, 2007

Photo by Michael Reiss

Por Fin Restaurant and Lounge
2500 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
305 441 0107

http://www.porfinrestaurant.com

 

 

Escopazzo



Photo by Michael Reiss

 

What makes one Italian restaurant stand out among the pantheon of choices? Authenticity, quality, creativity, artistic presentation and professional service are essential components for success. Add the elements of superb wine pairing and impeccable organic ingredients and you have the winning formula that makes Escopazzo a stellar example that has stood the test of time.

Fifteen years and many transformations of its South Beach location have only strengthened Escopazzo's firm establishment as one of the finest bastions of contemporary Italian cuisine. Add to that, Chef/Owner Giancarla Bodoni's passion for the organic, raw and slow food movements and you have a thoroughly unique, exciting and delicious dining experience.

Sommelier Rich DiGiacomo ensures that your menu selections will be enhanced by his knowlwedgeable and eclectic selection of wines from Italy and beyond. The cozy,old world, romantic space complete with wall frescoes defies the bohemian ambiance of its location, making Escopazzo a destination worth the detour.

 


Chef/Ower Giancarla Bodoni of Escopazzo stands with Sommelier Rich DiGiacomo. Together, they offer a winning combination of memorable food and wine pairings.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

Caprese, a raw food salad made with tomatoes,a nut based "cheese"and a basil vinaigrette
Asparagus flan with a 'fonduta"of fontina and provola cheese, crispy shitake mushrooms and white truffle - infused oil

Favorite Entrees:
Espresso dusted Kurobuda pork tenderloin filled with smoked scamorza and Madeira sauce over parsnip puree
Barbera braised beef short ribs with chocolate and lavender over Parmigiano cheese risotto

Favorite Dessert
:Tiramisu

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This creative interpretation of butternut squash ravioli at Escopazzo is a delight to all the senses.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Escopazzo
1311 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach
305 674 9450

www.escopazzo.com

 

 

The Oceanaire Seafood Room


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At The Oceanaire Seafood Room have it your way, seafood straight up or seafood with flair. Fresh from the raw bar, grilled or prepared with Pan Asian, Latino or European influences. This ode to the sea offers such a fresh global selection that menus are printed twice daily to reflect up to the minute availability.

There are plenty of tantalizing appetizers, salads and sides but the culinary creativity of Executive Chef Sean Bernal shines through in the specialties offered nightly.

There are two wine lists available, one printed on the back of the menu with a wide selection of wines by the glass and bottle offered at reasonable prices. The othe is a connoiseur's list, called the "Captain's List," with an impressive breadth and depth of selection for the true aficionado who is willing to pay the price for rare vintages.

Portions on many items are large enough to share. The waitstaff is knowledgeable and friendly. The ambiance is cruiseliner cool with lots of curves and wood paneling. At The Oceanaire Seafood Room the experience is totally satisfying.



Executive Chef Sean Bernal and Assitant General Manager/ Sommelier Jorge Morgado present diners with wonderful food and wine choices at The Oceanaire Seafood Room.

Photo by Michael Reiss


Favorite Appetizers:

Crispy Fried Gulf Coast Rock Shrimp, Aji Amarillo Dipping Sauce
Spinach Salad, Warm Bacon Dressing

Favorite Entrees:

Five Spiced Maine Diver Scallops, West Indian Curry & Caramelized Finger Bananas
Crispy Skinned Yellowtail Snapper Filet, with Sweet Chile Nuoc Cham and Cucumber Salad
"Seafood Stew 'A La Cubana' -Creole Fisherman's Stew"

Favorite Dessert:

Baked Alaska

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"Seafood Stew 'A La Cubana' -Creole Fisherman's Stew" is one of the creative menu items found at The Oceanaire Seafood Room.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

 

The Oceanaire Seafood Room
900 South Miami Ave. Suite 111
Miami, Fl.
305 372 8862
http://www.theoceanaire.com/Miami/



Baleen


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Leave the high energy Miami scene for a memorable evening on coveted Grove Isle. As you approach the restaurant, Baleen, exotic world music wafts through the lobby and beckons you to enter the chic, indoor dining venue with golden hued sheers and monkey themed chandeliers.

Better yet, stroll out to covered patio where dim candelight sets the stage for a stunning view of Biscayne Bay and the twinkling lights of the Miami Beach skyline. Best of all, request a table outside where you will be "dining on the rocks" listening to the waves lap and feeling the ocean breezes as you toast your dining companions.

Ah yes, at Baleen, the stage is set for Executive Chef Jason impeccable array of fresh fish, seafood, poultry and meat. The left side of the menu lists the restaurant's tried and true favorites, the right side features the chef's signature creations and the waitstaff announces specials of the evening.

Sommelier Tom has assembled a global wine list with an impressive selection of wines by the glass to pair with each course.

For an evening where great ambiance, fine food and the art of conversation awaits, get thee to Baleen on Grove Isle.




Baleen's outside dining offers spectacular views of Biscayne Bay.

Photo by Michael Reiss


Favorite Appetizers:

Steamed Mussels Thai Style
Baleen’s Crab Cakes with Avocado Salad & Balsamic

Favorite Entrees:

Asian Bouillabaisse, Shrimp, Scallops and Fresh Fish in a Curry Broth
Simply roasted, grilled or sautéed choice of fresh fish of the day

Favorite Dessert:

 

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This is one of Baleen's exciting, creative dishes reflecting Asian, European, and American influences, "Crispy Hudson Valley Duck Breast, Roasted Pumpkin Pappardelle, with Briased Duck Leg, Shiitake Mushrooms, and Arugula, swirled with Vermont Chevre, and a Delicate Butter spiked with Cream Sherry and Warm Spices, finished with Sun Dried Cranberries and Toasted Almonds."

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Baleen
The Grove Isle Hotel & Spa
Four Grove Isle Drive
Coconut Grove (Miami), Florida (FL) 33133
305.858.8300

 

http://www.groveisle.com/default.aspx?pageid=dining_restaurant

Barton G., The Restaurant



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Barton G. The Restaurant is the place to bring your party or your party attitude with you to this hip South Beach eatery, where the mantra is "fun dining."

The presentations are "over- the- top," inspiring awe and stares from diners who wished they had ordered whatever you're eating.

The items can be shared "party style" and the food is finger- lickin' good with surprising gourmet finesse.

The hip disco beat is so infectious that folks have been seen dancing on their seats and in between the tables. A live DJ on Friday night really rocks the house.

Be forewarned, at Barton G. The Restaurant, this fun, food-friendly place is contagious!



At Barton G., The Restaurant,
it seems every table has a party going on!

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Favorite Appetizers:

Coconut crusted Voodoo Shrimp, charred pineapple chutney
Popcorn Shrimp tossed lightly with sweet chili sauce

Favorite Entrees:

Honey glazed Norwegian Salmon with sweet corn succotash and haystack sweet potato
Kobe Chopped Steak , mushroom cream cheese hashbrowns and brown gravy

Favorite Dessert:

Baked Alaska

 

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Barton G., The Restaurant
serves up the dramatic at every turn...and the food is gourmet!

Photo by Michael Reiss


Barton G., The Restaurant
1427 West Ave. (14th Terrace)
Miami Beach
(305) 672 8881

http://www.bartong.com/restaurant/

Mint Marinated Rack of Lamb, lamb empanada, pea shoot salad, tamarind reduction

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Café Sambal



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Prepare to be seduced by the stunning décor, bold cuisine and shimmering reflections of Biscayne Bay, as you dine at this upscale café, Café Sambal, that is part of the Mandarin Oriental's Miami property.

Chef Gerdy Rodriguez's menu presents distinctly Asian flavors along with a contemporary style from his Miami childhood . Menu selections are executed with flair and deftly handled to ensure that each dish retains the integrity of origin intended by the ambitious menu.

Wine and sake pairings are expertly handled by knowledgeable waitstaff under the direction of Assistant Manager Adrien Allez. If breathtaking outdoor dining is a must, put Cafe Sambal on your short list. Aiming to please the sophisticated palate of the locals and the hotel clientele, Café Sambal exceeds expectations!


This is the stunning and romantic outside dining area at the Mandarin Oriental's Café Sambal.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

Sambal Roll - Fresh Water Ell, Avocado, Crab Meat
Asparagus Tempura with Mayo Foam, Salmon Roe and Lemon Zest

Favorite Entrees:

Citrus Salmon, with Baby Asian Vegetables and Yogurt Sauce
Tempura Calamari with Black Orzo, Garlic Sabayon and Cilantro Oil

Favorite Dessert:

Grand Marnier Souffle

 


This is the classic "Pad Thai" that your can find at the Mandarin Oriental's Café Sambal.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Café Sambal
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
500 Brickell Key Dr.
Miami
((305)) 913- 8251

 

 


La Cofradia


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Discreetly nestled on Andalusia Ave. just off Ponce de Leon Blvd. in Coral Gables, is La Cofradia, a restaurant whose name signifies brotherhood and familial association. Besides being a project of two brothers, the meaning extends to everyone who enters this genial, loft-like space, chic and sophisticated, yet exuding a warm and inviting ambiance. The dramatic lighting, rich materials and giant ceiling graphic set the stage for a meal full of intrigue and surprise.

Executive Chef Jean Paul blends Mediterranean and Peruvian flavors with his classical European culinary training to produce dishes that are full flavored with hints of aromas, tastes and textures from many exotic locales. The impressive wine list, developed by General Manager Michael Schikany offers well known and boutique selections from old and new world vintners with an extensive by-the-glass program designed to maximize the culinary experience. The welcoming vibes are extended by helpful waitstaff who are at the ready to make your dining experience at La Cofradia one that you will want to repeat.



This is La Cofradia warm and sophisticated atmosphere.

Photo by Michael Reiss


Favorite Appetizers:

Slow Braised Pork and Grapes with Pisco served with Fried Sweet Potato Rounds
Salad of Pears, Manchego Cheese, Tomatoes, Mixed Greens and Sunflower Seeds, Tossed in a Balsamic Vinaigrette

Favorite Entrees:

Risotto del Cofrade, Peruvian Yellow Chilies with a Fresh Grilled Seasonal Lobster Tail
Crispy Skin Duck Magret served with a Gruyere and Parmesan Potato Gratin with Sauteed Haricot Verts in a Peruvian "Sauco Sauce" Blackberry Gastrique

Favorite Dessert:

Suspiro de Lemona

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One of La Cofradia's creative and tasty dishes, "Salad of Pears, Manchego Cheese, Tomatoes, Mixed Greens and Sunflower Seeds, Tossed in a Balsamic Vinaigrette."

Photo by Michael Reiss

La Cofradia
2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd. (at Andalusia Ave.)
Coral Gables
305 914 1300

 



 

OLA


Photo by Michael Reiss

 

As you approach Ola on Ocean located located at the Savoy Hotel on Ocean Ave. in Miami Beach, you know you are in the presence of a culinary giant. Chef Douglas Rodriguez, globally acclaimed the "Father of Nuevo Latino Cuisine," is cooking up a storm, and you are his guest.

The pulse and the warmth of the continent embrace you and draw you into a dining room aglow with anticipation and action. Your senses are immediately awakened by an amuse bouche that is like nothing you've ever tasted before and you want more! Every bite of every dish is a tango of creative combinations, finely choreographed, expertly executed and bursting with flavor. Mouthwatering masterpieces at every turn and dip.

The four or five course menu, with a trio of tastes in each course is the recommended way to sample a wide variety of Chef Rodriguez's culinary genius. The wine pairings are sophisticated and take you around the world. The waitstaff are knowledgeable and offer helpful suggestions in pairing and menu selection. Put yourself in the hands of a master for an exotic culinary adventure.



The energetic South Beach chic club-atmosphere at Ola on Ocean makes for an exciting dining experience.

Photo by Michael Reiss


Favorite Appetizers:

Foie Gras and Fig Empanadas
Anise empanada dough filled with foie gras wrapped in almond fig cake over watercress salad, duck serrano and black trumpet vinaigrette.

Black Lobster Empanada
Squid ink empanada dough, stuffed with poached Maine lobster and served with sliced avocado and salsa rosa

Favorite Entrees:

Pollo Criollo
Half a boneless chicken marinated in “criollo” and then grilled, served over a roasted wild mushroom mojo and garnished with grilled scallions and truffled aioli.
Sugar Cane Panela Salmon panela cured and crusted, creamy quinoa, broken black olive vinaigrette, jicama salad

Favorite Dessert:

Chocolate Cigar
Chocolate mousse and peanut nougat enrobed in chocolate almond cake served with vanilla bean ice cream.

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At Ola on Ocean Chef Douglas Rodriguez presents his tasty and innovative Nuevo Latino Cuisine. This is the "Beef Tenderloin Churrasco" - Churrasco style cut, grilled asparagus, spicy crabmeat dressing and chimicurri.

Photo by Michael Reiss

OLA on Ocean
The Century Hotel
745 James Ave.(bet. 17th and 18th Sts.)
Miami Beach
305 695-9125

 

 

Cafe Maxx


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What makes Cafe Maxx the envy of every restaurateur? Solid gold success measured by customer satisfaction and loyalty over decades. What makes Cafe Maxx the repeated choice of loyal patrons? The consistent quality and and the excitement of new American eclectic cuisine, full of flavor and visual delight. The menu, composed daily by owners Darrel Broek and Oliver Saucy, includes a mix of favorites and new dishes meant to keep returning guests coming back for more. Each creation is complex and full of ingredients that span the globe with European and Asian influences predominating.

Cafe Maxx has the finest selection of wines from around the globe, personally selected to complement the restaurant's flavorful and varied cuisine. The professional waitstaff are at the ready to assist in menu and wine selections. Located in Pompano Beach, this renowned cafe attracts a following from the greater Miami area and with reason!



Here is Cafe Maxx's ever-popular, high-energy dinning room.

Photo by Michael Reiss


Favorite Appetizers:

Tuna Sashimi Pizza with wasabi cream cheese and tobiko caviar
Braised Beef Spring Roll and Seared Scallop with miso remoulade and cucumber-wakami slaw

Favorite Entrees:

Hoisin Tangerine Lacquered Grouper and Shrimpover Napa snow pea stir fry and coconut sticky rice
Blackened sea Scallops with jalapeno, roasted pepper risotto, corn coulis and cilantro green onion pesto

Favorite Dessert:

Hawaiian Vintage Chocolate Souffle Cake, warm, flourless chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream

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Cafe Maxx's creative cuisine is delicious and beautifully presented.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Cafe Maxx
2601 E. Atlantic Blvd.( NE 26th Ave.)
Pompano Beach,
954 782- 0606

 

 

The Forge

 


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The Forge has been an endearing Miami institution for over four decades offering diners an exceptional and distinctive venue for romance and celebrations. The stained glass walls backlit to illuminate and provide a thoroughly unique dining space set the stage for an evening of opulence and elegance. The impeccable team based service, overseen by Director of Operations Joseph Day, punctuates the evening as a special occasion and makes every diner feel like a VIP. The varied, abundant and perfectly prepared breads set the tone for what follows and what follows does not disappoint.

Chef Andrew Swersky has added new appetizers including dramatic presentations of oysters, crab, tuna and steak tartare, and irresistible brick oven pizzas all prepared with subtlety and flair. His main courses offer selections to tempt every palate including vegetarians. The bountiful seafood, steaks, chops and other main course offerings make selections unbearably difficult but whatever your selection, save room for the delectable dessert soufflés which need to be ordered in advance.

Wine selection from the list of 300,000 bottles is made simple and enjoyable by the knowledgeable sommeliers who can identify suitable selections at every price point. For those who enjoy a restaurant lounge experience, look no further as your waitperson will be happy to personally escort you into Jimmy'z, the happening lounge that is adjacent to the restaurant, where you will again experience VIP service into the wee hours of the morning. There is a reason why Miamians in the know keep The Forge on their personal A list, it made the list decades ago and it still belongs on top!


The Forge offers diners an energized and exciting atmosphere!

Photo by Michael Reiss


Favorite Appetizers:

Forge Duet, sautéed diver scallops and foie gras, huckleberries, port wine reduction, crispy potato gallette
Smoked Salmon, Creme Fraiche and Caper Brick Oven Pizza

Favorite Entrees:

Boneless St. Louis arbecued Knife and Fork Ribs, Habana Nueva Style, mild barbecue pineapple jalapeno sauce, purple cole slaw
Bone-In Filet Mignon basted & grilled on an oakwood fire, Grand Marnier au poivre sauce

Favorite Dessert:

Chocolate Marble Vanilla Bean Souffle


Each dish is a celebration of flavor at the Forge.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

 

The Forge
432 Arthur Godfrey Rd.
Miami Beach, FL
(305) 534 2211

 

Tantra


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Tantra's glowing crimson sign invites you into into a warm space that has been thoughtfully designed and deliberately executed to awaken and delight all of the senses.

True to its tantric and feng shui principles, the colors, sounds, lights, textures and tastes have been masterfully orchestrated to envelope and captivate your senses. Your toes will be tickled by thick blades of grass as you enter. Your nose will be titillated by the smells of vanilla candles, the aromas from the kitchen and the scents of swirling wine aptly chosen to perfectly pair with your dining selections by Sommelier Bernardo Teixeira. Your eyes will be seduced by the rich, visual surroundings that complement Chef Sandi Birdsong's cuisine, at once, baroque, traditional and modern.

Each dish is conceived and presented to exhilarate the palate by multilayering aphrodisiac elements known to produce a sense of well being and satisfaction in the diner. Edible flowers, intensely flavorful microgreens and herbs enhance and add to the multi-sensual gustatory experience. The restaurant / lounge concept was conceived by Owner Dr.Tim Hogle to provide diners with an entire evening of entertainment.

Eat, drink and be merry for the night at Tantra is always young!



Here is the multisensual atmosphere at Tantra.

Photo by Michael Reiss


Favorite Appetizers:

The French Kiss - Bibb lettuce and fresh Forelli pear curls, French Roquefort and red pearl onions, dressed with Lavender Honey and Pommery mustard vinaigrette.

Laughing Lotus - Petals of Succulent Lamb marinated in eleven spices surrounding a tower of Tahaitian Hummus, Roasted Red Peppers and a Lychee floating on a pond of Mango Mint Anglaise.

Favorite Entrees:

Roasted South African Rock Lobster with White Truffle Risotto - two 8 oz. South African Rock lobster tails with asparagus and truffle risotto finished with a lemon beurre blanc and roasted red pepper drizzle.

Sea Bass Aphrodite - Pan- Seared fresh Chilean Sea Bass with Spring Bean and Baby Artichoke ragout drizzled with a smoked shellfish fumet.

Favorite Dessert:

Triple Orgasm - Warm Dark Chocolate Bourbon Cake smothered in Black Cherry Godiva Velvet Liquor and topped with Hazelnut chocolate and Tahitian Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Fresh Blackberries.

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Tantra's "Sea Bass Aphrodite - Pan- Seared fresh Chilean Sea Bass with Spring Bean and Baby Artichoke ragout drizzled with a smoked shellfish fumet"
is a beautiful and tasty dish.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Tantra Restaurant and Lounge
1445 Pennsylvania Ave.
Miami Beach
(305) 672 4765

 

 

Sushisamba dromo


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If you can't make it to Tokyo or Lima or Rio, just samba down to Lincoln Road for a trip to the tropics, Japanese style. Go to Sushisamba dromo. The sights, sounds, smells and tastes of authentic Japanese sushi and sashimi, Brazilian chuurrasco and Peruvian seviche dishes will put you in a carnival frame of mind.

The space is designed to resemble the samdromo where the Brazilian samba competitions occur. Sip on creative cocktails or premium sakes while you watch the performances of expert sushi chefs who thrill you with their skill, creativity, presentation and freshness of ingredients. Move on to delectable renditions of classics with a twist or try the Omakase Tasting Menu deftly prepared by Chef de Cuisine, Jose Mendin.

Whatever you select, you are sure to be seduced by the warm glow, upbeat vibes and congenial staff, not to mention the festive food at Sushisamba dromo.


Sushisamba dromo's sushi chefs create their magic nightly.

Photo by Michael Reiss


Favorite Appetizers:

Crispy Oysters - Fanny Bay oysters, avocado aioli, roasted corn and pickled onions, sweet plantains

Kobe Style Beef Tataki truffle oil-tofu crema, ponzu jelly & shimeji mushroom

Favorite Entrees:

Whole Broiled Main Lobster creamed Peruvian corn & hijiki seaweed-panko crust
Vegetable Udon  japanese wheat noodles with spicy peanut—red miso broth, japanese eggplant, baby bok choy & summer vegetables

Favorite Dessert:

Matcha Ice Cream Sandwich green tea sorvete in chewy chocolate cookies & bitter almond dipping sauce

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"Crispy Oysters - Fanny Bay oysters, avocado aioli, roasted corn and pickled onions, sweet plantains" is an example of the multicultural creative cuisine served at Sushisamba dromo.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Sushisamba dromo
600 Lincoln Rd.
Miami Beach
(305) 673 5337

Grass Restaurant and Lounge


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Sensual and seductive, Grass, located in the up and coming Design District evokes the exotic feeling of far off islands in decor and cuisine. Seated in the open air with sky, clouds and the moon as your ceiling or under the intimate space of an island tiki hut, you are destined to dine in an ethereal environment.

The cuisine, a mix of Asian and Peruvian influences, offers assertive flavors and textures as well as appealing visual presentations. This is a magical mecca of calm and casual elegance in the heart of hip, cutting edge, decorator row. The contrast is alluring and the palate pleasing dishes are thoroughly satisfying.



Grass's atmosphere is a magical oasis of sensual,casual elegance.

Photo by Michael Reiss


Favorite Appetizers:

Malaysian Mixed Seafood Ceviche served with coconut ceviche dressing and crispy plantains

Mismaloya Salad - mesclun baby greens, red oak leaves, mango, nectarines, Korean pears, avocado, pine nuts and vanilla white balsamic vinaigrette

Favorite Entrees:

Seared Sechuan Tuna au Poivre served with sautéed spinach, sushi rice tempura and tamarind coconut sauce
Togarashi Pan Roasted Chilean Sea Bass with Asian ratatouille, sweet potato gnocchi and honey yuzu sauce.

Favorite Dessert:

Grass Tropical Tiramesu with tropical coulis and fresh berries.

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The "Malaysian Mixed Seafood Ceviche served with coconut ceviche dressing and crispy plantains" is one example of Grass's highly creative and delicious cuisine.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Grass Restaurant and Lounge
28 NE 40th St.
Miami
(305) 573 3355

Preston's


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Loewe's Hotel in South Beach is a microcosm of what's happening in one of the hottest spots in the world. At various times of the day the lobby is a coffee bar, champagne lounge, full services bar with sushi and entertainment and the entrance to Preston's, their all day dining venue.

On Friday evening the attraction is a resplendent seafood sensation. As you walk into the dining area your eyes begins to scan the many discreetly and artistically placed stations from sushi to cold seafoods to salads to hot items prepared in small batches so as to preserve flavor and taste. The dessert station, complete with fruit ready to dip into molten hot chocolate is a delight.

The preparations exhibit creativity, flair and a nod to the many cultures living in the area. This would be a value at any price considering the quality and quantity ( all you can eat) but at $ 38.00, it is the best kept secret in town. If you happen to forget about this Friday night feast, just look up in the sky and you might see a sky banner inviting you to the Friday Night Seafood Extravaganza at Preston's. Take their advice and go!


Preston's atmosphere is upbeat and sensual.

Photo by Michael Reiss


Favorite Appetizers:

New Zealand Mussels with Fruit Salsa
Crab Salad stuffed philo mini-cups

Favorite Entrees:

Whole Backed Hamachi with Asian Sauce
French Bouillabaisse with fish shellfish and lobster

Favorite Dessert:

Banana Rum Raisin Cobbler

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Preston's "Seafood Sensation" on Friday nights has quality dishes with an emphasis on cooked-to-order seafood and fish.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Preston's
Loews Miami Beach Hotel
1601 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach
(305) 604 1601

 

China Grill


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Fasten your seat belt! A trip to China Grill is a world tour of global culinary traditions far beyond China's borders.

The moment you approach this architecturally intriguing site, you are greeted by a welcoming doorman. You enter a space filled with electricity and high volume beat. As you make your way to your table, you observe the trendy bar scene and the groups of diners sharing large plates of beautifully presented food served family style.

Try a signature sagatini or a mojito and some creative sushi from the adjacent Dragon Bar, a destination unto itself. Contemplate the delectable possibilities presented on a round menu, whose shape signifies a global dining experience. The excitement heightens as your first dish is presented, and you dig into the creative combinations. Flavors combine and delight as you make your way through this world tour.

The desserts and after dinner drinks further accentuate Executive Chef Keyvan Behnam's world class approach to global cuisine.

Welcome aboard!


China Grill's atmosphere is exciting and energized !

Photo by Michael Reiss


Favorite Appetizers:

Chinese BBQ braised beef short ribs, honey & cumin spiced acorn squash
Crackling calamari salad, lime miso dressing

Favorite Entrees:

Shanghai lobster, ginger, curry & crispy spinach
Sweet soy marinated skirt steak wok sautéed lo mein noodles & tempura shitake mushrooms

Favorite Dessert:

Ten Layer Chocolate Hazelnut, hazelnut praline and Anglaise

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China Grill's "Sweet soy marinated skirt steak wok sautéed lo mein noodles & tempura shitake mushrooms" is a colorful and delicious dish.

Photo by Michael Reiss

China Grill
404 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach
(305) 534 2211

 

 

 

.Ortanique On The Mile


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The lively tropical atmosphere of Ortanique on the Mile beckons from the outdoor patio area regaled in Caribbean decor even before you enter the interior.

True to its name, the fruit, ortanique, is a hybrid orange native to Jamaica, a sweet, exotic gem and that's just what you'll experience once inside. The atmosphere is electric, the cuisine eclectic and the mojitos are memorable! The menu provides a culinary journey to the spice islands and the food doesn't disappoint.

The flavors are full bodied, original compositions of Executive Chef/Owner Cindy Hutson. Your palate will delight in the creative, passionate melding of Carib-Euro-Asian influences served by the spirited waitstaff.

The expert wine pairings suggested by knowledgeable servers add to the recipe that makes this culinary experience a trip to the tropics.

 

 


The dining room at Ortanique on the Mile has a festive, tropical feel.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

Spicy Fried Calamari Salad - Tender calamari lightly dusted with Caribbean herbs and spices tossed with mescaline mix, julienne of carrots, dices tomatoes and tomato-basil vinaigrette

Tropical Mango Salad with braised sabal hearts of palm, julienne of mango gourmet greens, Caribbean candied pecans and passion fruit vinaigrette.

Favorite Entrees:

Pan Sautéed Bahamian Black Grouper marinated in teriyaki and sesame oil with an Ortanique orange liqueur and Barcardi Limon sauce topped with steamed seasoned chayote and carrots on a lemon orange boniato sweet plaintain mash
West Indian Style Bouillabaisse finest selections (refer to today's specials) from the waters of the worlds with aromatic jasmine rice in a coconut curried broth.

 

Favorite Dessert:

Mango Macadamia Nut Tarte Tatin served with vanilla bean ice cream & a crunchy macadamia nut brittle

 

 

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At Ortanique on the Mile, Executive Chef/Owner Cindy Hutson presents exciting Carib-Euro-Asian food.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Ortanique On The Mile
278 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables
Miami
(305) 446- 7710

 

Two Chefs


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At Two Chefs the vibes are welcoming in this strip mall stunner, where food reigns supreme.

Chef Jan Jorgensen produces creative continental cuisine with flashes of Asian inspiration and a few down-home American touches. Every dish is succulent,complex and full flavored. The eclectic menu is supplemented by daily blackboard specials that showcase the chef's versatility.

The wine list spans the wine universe and the savvy waitstaff are eager to offer exciting pairings. Chef Jan and his staff offer a hands-on interactive cooking class every Saturday morning which is one of the most lively and informative classes we have attended.

An exceptional three-course meal including a dessert soufflé , offered every evening from 6-7PM, is a generous gift from this accomplished chef for those in the know. The loyal staff and clientele have been part of this success story since it opened.

So, whet your appetite and join the club!


A selection of blackboard specials are available daily at Two Chefs restaurant.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

Wild Mushroom Gratin with Black Truffle & Sharp Cheddar Cheese Crust
Tuna Tartare with Smashed Avocado & Pommes Frites

Favorite Entrees:

Lobster Risotto with Black Truffles
"Asopao" with Shrimp, Clams, Salmon, Lobster Tail, Sage & Lemon Broth

Favorite Dessert:

Soufflés - choice of vanilla, granny smith apple, mixed berry, grand marnier, bittersweet chocolate, amaretto

 

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Every dish is succulent,complex and full flavored at Two Chefs restaurant.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Two Chefs
8287 S. Dixie Hwy.

South Miami
(305) 663 2100

 

Hy Vong

 


Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Who would ever have guessed that a non descript hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese restaurant, Hy Vong, in Little Havana on Calle Ocho would survive and thrive for 25 years with a fiercely loyal and devoted clientele that swears by this robust, country style cuisine.

Who would ever have guessed that Kathy, a school teacher who took in Vietnamese refugees would partner with Thong, one of her guests to share the down home delicacies we still enjoy today. Who would ever guess that Thong's daughter, a Harvard graduate, is now looking to expand this restaurant so that its local fame might spread far and wide.

Yes, the American dream is alive and well and thriving in this dive full of contented diners who hope that their secret find won't get out. The food is down home cooking with delicacy and finesse. The prices are modest, the specials are full of surprises and the desserts are sinfully decadent.

Join the line, meet some new friends and savor a thoroughly satisfying neighborhood experience.


The atmosphere is casual and relaxed at Hy Vong.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

Cha Gio Spring Rolls
Sautéed tongue in Ginger Sauce

Favorite Entrees:

Bun Thit Nuong - Barbecued pork with Vermicelli Rice Noodles
Sautéed shrimp and Crab meat served in Curry Sauce

 

Favorite Dessert:

Hot Fudge Sundae made with Haagen Das Cappuccino Commotion Ice Cream

 

 

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Hy Vong serves savory Vietnamese specialties.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Hy Vong
3458 SW Eighth St.
Miami
(305) 446 3674

 

B.E.D.


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At B.E.D. no sign is needed for this hip, cool, sensual space where doorman announce your entry, if you're on the list.

Once inside, slip off your shoes, hop into bed and relax. No, you're not dreaming, there are no tables or chairs in this supper club, dining lounge. Food and beverages are served on trays and placed on your huge bed where all you have to do is adjust your pillows to sit and sup.

As the night goes on, the D.J. or live band bumps up the volume to entertain the throngs of late night revelers who have been waiting in line at the door for the chance to be seen and be part of the scene. It's Monday night in South Beach and tomorrow morning is after all hours away. But wait, wake up, what about the food.

What a dream come true! Chef Michael E. Yerks is not asleep in the kitchen. This is far from bar /lounge fare. The menu and presentation rival any fine dining venue and the cuisine, inspired by three star Michelin Chef Claude Troisgros is ambitious and well executed. You may have come for the scene, but you'll be back for the cuisine in this dreamy, trance inducing South Beach spot.


At B.E.D. your food is served in an intimate setting, as guests lounge in their "beds."

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

Jumbo Shrimp Tempura Somen- Soba Noodle Salad and a Volcano Mango Sauce
Pan Seared Foie Gras, Encrusted with Hazelnuts Served with truffle Honey Sautéed Peaches, Black Currant & Pine Nut Bread and Prickly Pear Puree

Favorite Entrees:

Maple Leaf Duck Breast - Mascarpone Polenta, Duck Confit and Fennel-Leek Fondue with Yuzu Cherry Anise sauce & Vanilla Bean Aoli
Australian Rack of Lamb - Served with Ginger Sake Mushrooms, Yellow Pepper Risotto and a Soy Caramel Emulsion

Favorite Dessert:

Fire and Ice-
Molten Chocolate Cake filled with either Chocolate or
Peanut Butter Cream and topped with Vanilla
or Peanut Brittle Ice Cream

 

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B.E.D.'s gourmet food is also a delight to the eye.

Photo by Michael Reiss

B.E.D.
929 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach
(305) 532 9070

 

Bond Street Lounge


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How can a Japanese restaurant on South Beach be named "Bond Street"? It's an offshoot of its namesake in New York City where "Japanese" means sleek, cool, low lighting, throbbing music.

No tatami mats or rice paper shogees here. This is sushi with a beat! Get cozy and meet your neighbors as you sit elbow to elbow in this basement alcove that is part of the Townhouse Hotel.

Study the menu as you sip on a sake or saketini and prepare your palate for some of the most creative sushi and sashimi preparations in town. Save room for the well executed "Miami Specialties" and the generous desserts.

If you want more than just sushi in an intimate South Beach environment, check out the Bond Street Lounge.


The Bond Street Lounge is located in South Beach in the Townhouse Hotel.

Photo by Michael Reiss


Favorite Appetizers:

Usuzukuri - Thin sliced White Fish Sashimi with Shiso Sorbet
Sesame Crusted Shrimp - Orange Curry Dijon Mustard Sauce

Favorite Entrees:

Steamed Sea Bass with Ginger, Scallion and Cilantro with Oyster Sauce and Sizzling Oil
Grilled Ribeye Steak Honey Teriyaki & Marinated Vegetables.

Favorite Dessert:

Chocolate Meltdown - Valhrona Chocolate, Vanilla Ice Cream

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Bond Street Lounge
Townhouse Hotel
150 20th St.
Miami Beach
(305) 398 1806

 

Perricone's Marketplace and Cafe



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Perricone's Marketplace and Cafe is located near the high rise financial district just off of Brickell Avenue.

This charming wood and stucco 18th century transplanted farmhouse is a dramatic contrast to the nearby skyscrapers. The building with it's large patio dining area set amid hundred year old trees, speaks to the bygone era when Italian families made everything from scratch and ate together every night.

Longing for the nostalgia and great home-cooked food like Ma and Grandma used to make? You've only got to step inside Perricone's Cafe and Marketplace and be greeted by owner Steven Perricone to know that you've come home. As you review the menu, you'll see all your favorites plus the nightly specials which showcase the talented kitchen staff.

No wine list here, just go to the market side of the house and choose a bottle to bring to the table. The food is as satisfying as down home cooking can get, the service is friendly and helpful and the clientele are mostly regulars who share their neighborhood find with lucky friends and savvy visitors in the know.

This is indeed a place to celebrate the joys of life in a relaxed, tropical setting. Buon Appetito!


Perricone's Cafe and Marketplace's dramatic atmosphere created by hundred year old oak trees.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

Mediterranean Mussels poached in White Wine, Fresh Diced Tomatoes, Garlic & Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Perricone's Organic Salad - arugula, watercress & Belgian endive with walnuts, julienne of pears and apples, topped with crumbled gorgonzola in a fine herb vinaigrette


Favorite Entrees:
Seafood Linguini Fra Diavolo - Lobster, Shrimp, Scallops, Mussels & Calamari
Chicken Parmigiana with Pasta Pomodoro - delicately seasoned and lightly fried chicken breast topped with Pomodoro sauce and melted mozzarella cheese, served over pasta prepared with crushed tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic and extra virgin olive oil.

Favorite Dessert
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Banana Cake - layers of fresh cut bananas and cheese filling surround outrageous banana cake

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Mama mia--the food at Perricone's Marketplace and Cafe is tasty and plentiful!

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Perricone's Marketplace and Cafe
15 SE 10th St. at SE 1st Ave.
Miami
(305) 374 9449

 

 

Shula's American Steak House




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Located in the Alexander Hotel on Miami Beach's Millionaire Row, Shula's American Steak House is designed to spotlight the NFL's winningest coach and the 1972 Miami Dolphins "perfect season".

The warm, clubby atmosphere created by dark, rich woods and plush seating offers a perfect backdrop to display prized memorabilia and to showcase the prized, Certified Angus Beef Steaks proudly presented for selection by the waitstaff.

The restaurant's reputation is built on serving the "biggest and best"with Shula's custom cuts and aging resulting in tender, flavorful, exceptional steaks. Appetizers, salads and desserts are also generously sized, expertly prepared and presented.

This is a perfect opportunity to experience a winning formula for a successful night out on the town.


There is a warm, clubby atmosphere at Shula's America Steak House.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

Barbecue Shrimp Stuffed with Basil
Oysters Rockefeller

Favorite Entrees:

Surf and Turf - 8 ounce Filet Mignon and two pound Lobster
22 ounce Cowboy Ribeye Steak

Favorite Dessert:

Belgian Chocolate Soufflé

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Some of "the biggest and the best" beef is served at Shula's America Steak House.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Shula's American Steak House
Alexander Hotel
5225 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach
(305) 341 6565

 

Pascal on Ponce


Chef Pascal welcomes you to his French cuisine gem, Pascal's on Ponce.

Photo by Michael Reiss

French cuisine is often lauded as the world's finest and if you wonder why, just try Pascal's on Ponce.

This culinary gem has all the components of three star Michelin status without the pretense. The commitment to a perfect dining experience starts at the entrance with a warm reception, continues with attentive, professional service and is culminated by the perfect execution of contemporary French cuisine.

The tasting menu, paired with wines, is an exceptional value and will allow you to experience the range of Chef Pascal's impeccable culinary genius.

 


This is the intimate dining room at Pascal's on Ponce.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

Summer squash ravioli with wilted organic greens, vegetable sauce, olive oil
Moscovy Duck Terrine, onion compote, mesclun and apple gelee

Favorite Entrees:

Atlantic Salmon "En Croute", crab meat, peas, lemon confit, shitake mushrooms, sauce homard
Oven Roasted Duck breast with pears, cabbage, potato, natural duck sauce

Favorite Dessert:

Grand Marnier Soufflé with Orange Sabayon

 

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At Pascal's on Ponce the "Oven Roasted Duck breast with pears, cabbage, potato, natural duck sauce" is done to perfection.

Photo by Michael Reiss


Pascal's on Ponce
2611 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables
(305) 444 2024

 

Smith and Wollensky



Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Where do you go when you crave a great steak and your companion wants great seafood. Head for the South Beach outpost of this renowned New York establishment for prime grade beef dry aged in house.

The stone crabs, giant lobster and fresh seafood impeccably served by waitstaff who are well versed in their strictly American wine list make this magnificent waterfront location a" must eat" spot for serious steak house aficionados.



Besides outstanding beef Smith & Wollensky serves the freshest seafood, such as this beautifully presented 3 lb live Maine Lobster cooked to order.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

Wollensky's Salad
S&W Famous Split Pea Soup

Favorite Entrees:
Cajun Rubbed Rib Eye Steak
Main Lobster

Favorite Dessert:

Medley of six ice creams and sorbets

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The fabulous desert cart is worth waiting for at Smith & Wollensky with gargantuan portions of classic desserts such as chocolate cake, coconut cake, and carrot cake.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Smith & Wollensky
1 Washington Ave. in South Point Park
Miami Beach
(305) 673 2800


 


Pearl



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Prepare to be swathed in an iridescent coral glow as you walk up the stairs of this surreal South Beach restaurant and champagne lounge.

Where to begin? There's the stand up sushi bar, the ultra cool lounge and disco bar complete with bubbling waterfall, the retro champagne bar in the round, the neon blue dining room and the open air terrace with lounging beds.

All venues serve champagne, sushi and the distinctive cuisine of Executive Chef Brian Molloy whose Irish heritage dictates integrity and freshness in the use of ingredients. His selections reflect the seasons, his classical French training and a touch of Asian spicing for good measure. Pearl offers all the ingredients for a "hot" South Beach night on the town.


This is the retro- "way cool" champagne bar at Pearl Restaurant & Lounge where champagne is served and made-to-order sushi is always available.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Favorite Appetizers:

Duck Prusciutto Salad, Field Greens, Asparagus, Shaved Fennel, Orange Segments, Toasted Hazelnuts, and Parmesan Cheese
Iron Skillet Foie Gras, Puff Pastry Pillow, Poached Pears, Mache Greens, Port Syrup

Favorite Entrees:

Pan Roasted Yellowtail Snapper,Black Forbidden Rice, Baby Bok Choy, Thai Coconut Sauce
Lobster, Shrimp and Scallop Thermidor, Dutchess Potatoes, Fresh Tarragon cream, white Wine, Sprinkled with Parmesan Cheese

Favorite Dessert:

Apple Charlotte with cinnamon ice cream and caramel sauce

 

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This fresh Main Lobster is the work of art of Executive Chef Brian Molloy who produces superb food dramatically served at Pearl Restaurant & Lounge.

Photo by Michael Reiss


Pearl
Penrod's ,1 Ocean Dr. at 1st St.
South Beach
(305) 673 1575

 

Hosteria Romana



Photo by Michael Reiss

 

No trip to Miami Beach would be complete without a stroll on Espanola Way.

This quaint neighborhood of shops and restaurants is filled with a zest for life that is palpable. Stroll the avenue, browse in the shops and stalls and savor a meal at one of the eight neighborhood restaurants.

Try Hosteria Romana where the vibes are authentic Italian. Host/owner Mario invites you to come and eat as if it were his home. Sit down al fresco and be part of the family. Enjoy the authentic fare, the street scene and the essence of Roman hospitality.


This is the entrance to the exciting and fun Espanola Way in Miami Beach, Florida, where one can stroll and find fine restaurants and shops.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Favorite Appetizers:

Greek Salad, mixed lettuce, tomato, feta cheese, cucumbers and olives
Calamari Fritti

Favorite Entrees:

Spaghetti ai Frutti di Mare, calamari, shrimp, mussels, clams in tom ato sauce

Favorite Dessert:

Gelato

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It's great fun to eat at Hosteria Romana at Espanola Way.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Hosteria Romana
429 Espanola Way
( Between Drexel and Washington Aves.)
Miami Beach
(305) 532 4299

 

 

Hot Picks: Miami

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

What To Do

South Florida is the place to be in the winter. Snowbirds from the North and the Southern Hemisphere have long known this. But now, gourmets and gourmands have a host of world class culinary events to choose from, or better yet, to attend them all!

Among the many festivals, these offer stellar culinary experiences and a taste of the dynamic South Florida culinary scene, including cooking schools, food and wine festivals, and other important events like important art galleries and historic houses, musical events--all of which are an important part of the the Miami Scene.

COOKING SCHOOLS

Eleanor Hoh Wok Star Cooking Class



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Be a Wok Star! Create memories and make new friends...
Join Eleanor in unique spaces for an unforgettable experience - a perfect combination of socializing, entertainment and learning!
You'll only need one 3-hour class to learn her no-recipe, no-measuring, no-calorie counting approach. Her goal is to show you that with the right tools and skills, you'll be able to accomplish exotic, delicious Asian flavored dinners in less than thirty minutes with little cleanup!
Each dish demonstrates a stir-fry combination:
o Rainbow lettuce with ground turkey, hoisin sauce & crunchy pumpkin seeds
o Easy stir fry veggies with an Asian twist
o Shrimp with asparagus, carrot & topped with cashews
o Tilapia with zucchini, squash & bell peppers in spicy brown bean sauce

Eleanor Hoh Wok Star Cooking Class
phone: 305-865-9297
address: 10250 Collins Ave. #307
Bal Harbour , FL 33154
email: eh@eleanorhoh.com

 

For a sensational Wok Cooking Kit, which will give you:

• WOK SET
14" Cast Iron Wok Set with lid, spatula & magnetic wok mitt.
• INSTRUCTION - Discs & Digital Handouts
Hours of audio/video/text instruction on disc. A laminated stir fry crib sheet for your fridge door.
• ORGANIZATION
Caddy Basket Organizer with "squirt, squeeze, & shake " dispensers for your Asian seasonings.
• INGREDIENTS - FREE
I'm including some of my favorite brands to get you started and save you a trip to the Asian market

Click on the following link: http://www.eleanorhoh.com/products3.htm


 

 

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Two Chefs Cooking School

 



Photo by Michael Reiss


 

Each Saturday morning the Two Chefs Cooking School entices you to try your own hand with their sumptuous recipes. Imagine the thrill of preparing a multi-course meal in the restaurant's kitchen using all their equipment and having the careful guidance of skilled chefs to share their secrets. The interactive, hands on methodology accelerates learning and creates community bonds.

 



Photo by Michael Reiss

 

 

The shared meal communally prepared, offers the opportunity to solidify new friendships. This skills based approach to culinary mastery is fun, effective and contagious. You are bound to come back again and again.

 



Photo by Michael Reiss .

 

Two Chefs Cooking School
8287 S. Dixie Hwy.
South Miami
(305) 663 2100

 

La Cuisine Gourmet

 

 

 

La Cuisine Gourmet hosts culinary demonstrations and wine tastings with local, national and internationally recognized culinary stars.


Well-know chefs demonstrate their culinary techniques at La Cuisine Gourmet.

Photo by Michael Reiss

La Cuisine Gourmet
50 Aragon Ave.
Coral Gables, Florida
305 442 9006

www.lacuisinegourmet.com

 

FOOD AND WINE FESTIVALS


The Annual Miami Wine and Food Festival



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The Annual Miami Wine and Food Festival
, held in March, is South Florida’s foremost charity wine and food festival, which benefits United Way of Miami-Dade and Baptist Health Foundation of South Florida.


Patrons enjoy themselves at the The Annual Miami Wine and Food Festival, which supports the United Way of Miami-Dade and Baptist Health Foundation of South Florida.

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This three-day wine and food affair features an array of culinary and wine events including wine tastings, an interactive cooking session and live and silent auctions offering glamorous travel packages as well as the highest quality wine lots found at any South Florida wine festival. Ranked as one of the nation’s top charity wine events, the 2005 event grossed $1.25 million, with over $800,000 going to the charities.

 


.South Beach Wine & Food Festival



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South Beach Wine & Food Festival is a national, star-studded, three-day weekend destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. Hosted by Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida and Florida International University (FIU), the festival benefits the Teaching Restaurant and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center both located at FIU.


Sophistocated, exciting, and full of fun, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival features free-flowing Champagne at one of the many top-flight events.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Celebrating its seventh anniversary, Feb. 21-24, 2008, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival has become one of the largest and most well-known festivals of its kind, in the country. The festival continues to attract the best in the industry to a three-day wine, spirits and culinary celebration set against the Atlantic-framed, sandy beaches of America’s Riviera, South Beach.

 

Boca Bacchanal



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The Boca Raton Historical Society presents Boca Bacchanal, its annual winefest and auction to benefit the Heritage Education Programs of the Boca Raton Historical Society. The festival centers on an exceptional auction orchestrated by the famed auction house, Christie’s, and presented with a dynamic and interactive format.


At the Boca Bacchanal lucky patrons experience a wine appreciation class at the Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The two-day affair features fine wine gatherings, an evening of superb vintner dinners, each prepared by a celebrated chef and prized vintner, set in stellar private residences in Boca Raton and an alfresco tasting lunch and Grand Tasting at the Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park. This event culminates with a reception dinner and auction at the renowned Boca Raton Resort & Club. Patrons of the auction vie for a host of rare wines and lifestyle lots while being feted by some of the country's most accomplished chefs.

 

OTHER IMPORTANT ACTIVITIES.




Vizcaya Museum and Gardens


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Vizcaya is a National Historic Landmark; it is also a museum owned by Miami-Dade County and accredited by the American Association of Museums. Vizcaya is open to the public 364 days each year.Built by agricultural industrialist James Deering in 1916, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens features a main house, ten acres of formal gardens, a hardwood hammock, and soon-to-be-restored historic village. A visit to this serene and stunningly beautiful retreat in the heart of Miami is a must on any short list of things to do. Equally enchanting day or evening, check their website for featured events such as the Moonlight Garden Tour and the many events such as Evening Under the Stars sponsored by the The Vizcayans, a not-for-profit fund raising support group.


Viscaya Meseum and Gardens is a "must-see" location, when visiting the Miami area.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 South Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida 33129
Main Number:305-250-9133
Fax:305-285-2004


OPEN DAILY EXCEPT CHRISTMAS
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
www.vizcayamuseum.org
or call 305-856-4866.

 

Lowe Art Gallery - University of Miami



Photo by Michael Reiss

Besides an exceptionally well displayed permanent collection, the changing exhibits offer much visual excitement. In addition, special events such as "Lowe down Thursday" and a monthly series of charitable fund raisers make this museum a must for your social calendar.



Photo by Michael Reiss

Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami
1301 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33124-6310
Phone: (305) 284-3535


http://www6.miami.edu/lowe/contact.htm

 


International Tropical Baroque Music Festival

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

This week long musical extravaganza is held the first week of March at various historical venues in Coral Gables.



Photo by Michael Reiss

 




Photo by Michael Reiss

 

It gives South Floridians and tourists a chance to listen to music popular between 1600 and 1750. Always a special treat is the concert and fireworks held at the historic Biltmore Hotel.

 



Photo by Michael Reiss

 

As Executive Director, Kathy Gaubatz says, 'I promise you, it's heaven on Earth."

The Tropical Baroque Music festival
Coral Gables
305 669 1376

http://www.miamibachsociety.org/

 


 

The Cellar Club at the Biltmore Hotel


The Cellar Club at the Biltmore Hotel has frequent special events.

Photo by Michael Reiss


 

The Cellar Club at the Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, is a unique organization of individuals devoted to the exploration and enjoyment of the world's viniculture and food. The Club has become one of the nations most respected havens for wine culture and culinary endeavors. Originally founded in February of 1995 under the direction of Yvonne Roberts, the club presents an ambitious calendar of monthly events including wine tastings, seminars, black tie gala winemaker dinners and its signature monthly interactive luncheons.

 


Here is a cooking demonstration with luncheon hosted by the Cellar Club at the Biltmore Hotel.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Dozens of Michelin starred chefs as well as countless American celebrity chefs have cooked at the Cellar Club for its members and friends. According to Roberts, The Cellar Club is far more than a wine club, it's "a social and cultural center for people who are passionate about living the good life and sharing it with friends" . Check out the calendar of events to experience the commraderie and passion of this highly acclaimed organization.


Celebrity Chef Tony Mantuano from Chicago's famous Spiaggia Restaurant helps a guest cook during one of the Cellar Club at the Biltmore's culinary events.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

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