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Toscana Divino Elevates Fall Flavors with Truffle Menu

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Truffles

Truffles

Located in the center of Mary Brickell Village, Toscana Divino offers elegant Tuscan dishes in an elegant setting amid the outdoor shopping/dining mall. Set back just far enough from South Miami Ave. to enjoy a quiet romantic date, the Italian eatery is the perfect spot to start or end an evening with bars & shopping just a short distance away. While we opted for an inside table, the outdoor seating is covered by massive canvas umbrellas with romantic lighting and a nearby fountain that blocks out Brickell’s background noise.

Tagliatelle

Tagliatelle

Now…the truffle menu…OH MY. Executive Chef Andrea Marchesin has created an all new menu of Italian favorites mixed with innovative techniques to embrace Fall flavors and the slightly cooler months of the season. We sampled the delightful Truffle Dinner, which meant each and every dish came with some type of the rich & luxurious treat incorporated. This menu is priced at $150/pp, so plan a great date night around it!

The truffle journey begins with Peschiola al Tartufo, a dwarf peach nestled on shavings of black truffle and resting inside of a champagne flute (of course), and was quickly followed by the rich Tartare di Vitello, a smooth veal tartare topped with thin slices of white truffle.

Uovo In Camicia

Uovo In Camicia

The dishes only get more decadent as the menu continues…Uovo In Camicia consists of an organic poached egg resting atop a mushroom sautee and draped in thin slices of white truffle, followed by homemade tagliatelle pasta in a parmesan butter and again topped with white truffle.

Filet

The star of the show is a Painted Hills filet served with creamy potatoes and roasted kale with…surprise…shavings of black truffle! Then, just when you think they couldn’t possibly do anything else with truffle – a lollipop-style dessert of Ecuadorian chocolate truffles are rolled in tiny shavings of black truffle for the grand finale!

Toscana Divino is open for lunch and dinner every day (check website for exact times) and offers brunch on Sundays. Browse the menu and schedule your next date night ASAP! www.toscanadivino.com

Wynwood Brewing And DB Bistro Collaborate To Produce A Killer Dinner

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Written by: Katrina Vargas Vila

David Rodriguez of Wynwood Brewing and Executive Chef Clark Brown spent some grueling hours in the kitchen creating recipes that would go hand in hand with the flavor profiles of quite a few craft beers that were specially selected for this collaboration. I know, poor them right? I would have volunteered to take on this job for days! The collaboration wasn’t just about finding the perfect pairings, but also incorporating the beers into each dish leading to a very cohesive (and delicious) meal.

Shrimp ceviche

Shrimp ceviche

As my husband and I sat at the table and made some new friends, we were served La Rubia paired with Shrimp Ceviche. The ceviche was fresh with a nice kick to it with spicy peppers and citrus juice. La Rubia is a light beer that is perfect for cooling off on a hot Miami day (or cooling down your tongue after taking a bite of this ceviche), so it made this pairing a winner!

Florida figs

Florida figs

FIRST COURSE
First place for “puniest” beer name ever was our second beer pairing of the night. Guava the Hut, a Berliner Weisse style beer, has a mild sour start and a subtly sweet finish. It pairs wonderfully with fatty foods and cheese and thus was served with local Florida figs reduced in the beer itself. I could taste some honey in the delicious vinaigrette that was served over fresh Burrata cheese. This course was one of my favorites of the night. Honestly, it was amazing and if they had just served us those figs over and over again at each course I wouldn’t have been disappointed whatsoever! Guava the Hut’s flavor profile completely changed after taking a bite of the sweet figs and the guava flavors really shined. 

Local Pompano

Local Pompano

SECOND COURSE
Wyntoberfest came in first place for best beer of the night almost unanimously at our end of the table. This hoppy blend of American beers has a well-balanced malt and citrus flavor profile. It was paired with local Pompano, fennel, and roasted red onion. Pompano is not my favorite kind of fish, however the Chef made sure it took on all the savory flavors it was served with. He also seared the skin resulting in a thin layer of light crisp on one side of the filet.

Pork

Pork

THIRD COURSE
Our third course of the night was a savory pork tasting that included roasted shoulder, beer sausage and baby carrots. As with each course, I really loved how the meal had its respective beer pairing incorporated in a unique way. The pork shoulder was marinated in beer for two days and the beer sausage was so incredibly flavorful. I’m Cuban, so I grew up eating pork. In my opinion, the fattier the pork the tastier it is. I really enjoyed the variety of flavors and textures I sampled in this dish. I definitely felt like a little piggy after this course but I’d do it all over again if I could! The imperial red ale that was paired with all this porky goodness was the Wynwood Fox. I learned that this beer is powerful and is not to be drank like water, but sipped and appreciated. 

Opera dessert

Opera dessert

BEST COURSE – DESSERT
I never would have imagined that chocolate could be paired with beer and I wasn’t alone! As we were presented with Chocolate Opera Cake along with Wynwood Brewing Company’s award winning robust porter, Pop’s Porter, I heard quite a few others say “Wow, I’ve never had beer with dessert.” There was so much going on on my plate and it surprisingly all came together so nicely. The cake was actually a sponge cake that had been soaked in Pop’s Porter and topped with chocolate ganache. It was so light and fluffy yet decadent with its strong and slightly bitter chocolate flavors. It would be a sin not to serve this decadent dessert with vanilla ice cream so off to the side sat a scoop resting on what tasted like a coffee/chocolate biscuit crumble. Pop’s Porter, a robust blend of malts that are filtered through Panther Coffee grains, has such a powerful coffee flavor that it could probably replace your cup of coffee at breakfast. This beer is heavy but don’t be fooled – it has less alcohol content than the Wynwood Fox coming in at 6.2%. The chocolate and coffee notes found in this porter put Miami on the map when it brought home the Gold for Robust Porter at the Great American Beer Festival in 2014.

Copper29 Has A Good Time Down To A Science

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Written by: Katrina Vargas Vila

Try and think back to your middle school days when you learned about the periodic table and all its elements. You probably learned which elements blew up when combined and which elements mixed to create something great. Named after its source of inspiration, Copper29 has all the elements you need for fun – a cool atmosphere, the perfect cocktail, and great food. It’s the first of its kind located right on Miracle Mile in The Gables with a focus on perfecting the cocktail experience. By focusing on each ingredient and how they complement each other, the artistry of their craft cocktails takes mixology to the next level.

Each cocktail has a special element to it like ice spheres, edible flowers, or 24k golden powder just to name a few. Channeling a speakeasy kind of vibe, you’ll almost walk right passed the blue nondescript doors that lead you into a world you never knew existed. Copper-toned accents found throughout the space are complimented by ivy covered walls and chandeliers that exude vintage sophistication. The team welcomes you with an old school feel complete with bow ties and hats.  It has quickly become a popular weekday happy hour spot and go-to on the weekends. Read on to find out what you could be sipping on as the DJ mixes your favorite beats in a way you’ve never heard before.

Happy Hour Menu

Happy Hour Menu

Moscow Mule & Copper’s Mule

Moscow Mule & Copper’s Mule

Shrubby Sour

Shrubby Sour

This appetizer is simple and fresh. If you’ve ever tried making guacamole at home, you quickly realize that it’s not easy to get the consistency just right. The smooth consistency of this guac was so on-point with bite sized pieces of avocado chunks, I almost went into the kitchen and asked them how they made it.

Guacamole | Corn Tortilla Chips

Guacamole | Corn Tortilla Chips

This, by far, was the best dish of the night! I’ve never had such an incredibly flavorful flatbread that packed so much interest in every bite. Topped with tender yet crispy short rib that’s mixed with gorgonzola cheese, figs, and grilled pears, your savory and sweet cravings will be more than satisfied. The power from the gorgonzola cheese balances the flavors of a surprise ingredient – truffle. Truffle isn’t listed on the menu for this item, but it’s faint and blends in so nicely with the other ingredients that it doesn’t have to be. Truffle is the only ingredient that my hubby and I don’t see eye-to-eye on. I love it and he doesn’t. But believe it or not, this was the favorite of the night for the BOTH OF US.

Short Rib Flat Bread | Gorgonzola Cheese, Pear, Figs, Short Rib

Short Rib Flat Bread | Gorgonzola Cheese, Pear, Figs, Short Rib

There’s so much going on in between these two little buns so get ready! The smoked pork was well-salted and seasoned, the Dijon mustard adds moisture and creaminess, and the pickle and cabbage adds a nice crunch of acidity. Heads up! Don’t order these on a first date, they’re messy!

Smoke Pork Confit Sliders | Pickled Cucumber Slaw, Grain Dijon Mustard, Mango Spread, Swiss Cheese

Smoke Pork Confit Sliders | Pickled Cucumber Slaw, Grain Dijon Mustard, Mango Spread, Swiss Cheese

One word – addicting. A solid base of Oreo crust laid down the foundation for this cheesecake topped with fluffy whipped cream. We were so excited to dig in that I didn’t have time to snap a photo of it before taking a bite. I think I have to go back to order it just so I can get a proper photo of it, or maybe I’m just looking for an excuse to return to Copper29 soon!

Oreo Cheesecake

Oreo Cheesecake

Come here to grab a few drinks, dinner, or both. Copper29 has a good thing going on - a great vibe, great music, and great crowd. It’s fresh. It’s unique. It’s just what The Gables needed.

Pick & Choose Your Favorite Bites at Epicure Market with All-New Items & New Look

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Antipasto Bar

Antipasto Bar

Written by: Tyler Sminkey

Epicure Gourmet Market & Cafe, located on Alton Rd. just across from the start of famed Lincoln Rd., is a South Beach staple for more than 70 years now. Known for its drool-worthy pastry display and selection of prepared delicacies, the market recently underwent a renovation and refresh that brings new light to the gourmet market and new flavors to its customers in the form of a new café and cooking demonstrations!

Under the leadership of Chef Michael Love, a variety of new items have been added to the fresh options (see the new soups!) mixed in with old favorites. Guests are greeted by freshly cut flowers as they enter through the market’s newly-positioned floral department and then continue around the corner to the sweet sight of desserts, a massive antipasto bar, artisanal cheese selections, perfectly placed soup options and more. The back wall of the market is home to a store-length deli counter where friendly staff, and Chef Love himself, greet guests, serve up amazing foods and chat with you one-on-one.

Soups & prepared foods

Soups & prepared foods

We made a selection of antipasto snacks like roasted garlic, blue cheese stuffed olives and marinated octopus before heading back to the deli counter for the main attraction. We tried the Black Jasmine Rice which was sticky & sweet, the Pistachio Berry Chicken Salad which was just perfect, and the Kale Salad and spicy shrimp with broccolini.

Cheeses

Cheeses

Everything is delicious and comes portioned to exactly what you need. Whether your stopping by to bring lunch back to the office, feeding a family or just visiting to enjoy a snack at the market’s new café with tables overlooking Alton Rd., you can pick the perfect portion size!

Cakes

Cakes

Look out for new additions like homemade dressings and the daily production of more than 200 items including Matzoh Ball Soup, Lobster Bisque, Macaroni & Cheese, Lasagna and so much more. Also, look out for interactive cooking demonstrations being announced soon with Executive Chef Michael Love!

Follow @epicuremarket on social to plan what you will order on your next visit!

Creating Instagramable Euphoric Moments with Velocity App

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Photo courtesy of: Seier Captali The co-founders and co-CEOs of Velocity, Alex Macdonald (left) and Zia Yusuf (right)

Photo courtesy of: Seier Captali

The co-founders and co-CEOs of Velocity, Alex Macdonald (left) and Zia Yusuf (right)

"It’s all about bottling moments of pure joy." That’s what Co-Founder and Co-CEO Zia Yusuf told me one afternoon over a cup of coffee at Vice City Bean. Last year him and his partner Alex Macdonald launched their very popular Velocity App here in our hometown, Miami. And, just a year later they are now live in 5 major international cities – London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and, of course, Miami – and they plan on expanding to 29 global cities by 2020.

So what is the Velocity App you ask? It’s an app that was designed with the intention to solve the common problems and inconveniences that diners have when they are planning a night out, and most specifically when they are traveling to an unfamiliar city. Let’s say this. I have never been to London before, so how do I know where to go when I get there? First thing I would do is upload a Facebook status on my wall and wait for the answers to roll in. “Where should I go when I visit London this summer?”

With the Velocity App I no longer need to do that. I can go into the app, search for London, and choose the category of place that I am looking for. First of all, am I looking for a bar or a café? Ok, a bar. Then I go through my options, all carefully hand selected by those over at Velocity. I can see roughly how much it’s going to cost me, and if this was more of a restaurant kind of spot I could make reservations as well. Everything in one spot and so convenient. Plus, I didn’t waste my time uploading a status on Facebook.

Essentially being Velocity diner instantly puts you in the in crowd. You are given the best restaurants to visit, the best table to sit at, only the best dishes to enjoy and you did it all without spending your precious time deciding on where to go eat that night.

Plus, did I mention you are guaranteed some Instagramable euphoric moments? It can’t get any better than that. 

Make sure to download the app and start discovering!