7 Restaurants To Check Out In Midtown

Riviera Focacceria Italiana Mandilli Di Seta Al Pesto

Riviera Focacceria Italiana Mandilli Di Seta Al Pesto

I don’t normally talk too much about Midtown, but there are some pretty awesome spots that you have to check out. Whether you are in the mood for some pizza, or home-style Italian cooking – Midtown’s food scene will make your taste buds happy.

Proof Pizza & Pasta
1930 Bay Rd. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

What you are ordering: I am all about white pizza, and Proof’s version is delicious. It comes with mozzarella, ricotta and some Parmesan. Special note here: Make sure to save room for dessert, you’ll be upset if you don't.

Prohibition Restaurant and Speakeasy
3404 N Miami Ave. | Miami, FL 33127
What you need to order:
Without a doubt order the truffle lobster mac & cheese small plate – you won't regret this decision. Well, maybe only that you didn't order one for just you. Also, the shrimp chorizo is on point, plus it’s served with tostones.

Bocce
3252 NE 1st Ave #107. | Miami, FL 33137
What you need to order:
Here you order some pasta. Some great options are the ravioli di barbabietola (filled with goat cheese) and the branzino, which is served with herbed breadcrumbs and an orange puree.  

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
3252 NE 1st Ave. | Miami, FL 33137
What you need to order:
I am all about tapas – get a little bit of everything. Here I am loving the duck & waffle, goat cheese croquettes, brussels sprouts, and the bacon wrapped dates. You can’t go wrong here. Plus, Chef Timon Balloo is a friend! 

Riviera Focacceria Italiana
3252 NE 1st Ave. | Miami, FL 33127
What you need to order:
I personally love pesto, and their mandilli di seta al pesto dish is out of this world delicious. Made with homemade pesto sauce this dish has just the right amount of sweet basil, pine nuts, a touch of garlic, and some extra virgin olive oil – plus, you can't forget the parmigiano cheese.

Gigi 
3470 N Miami Ave. | Miami, FL 33127
What you need to order:
I highly recommend the bbq brisket bun, which comes with a delicious spicy aioli sauce. And you have to pair with their cornbread, and a side of honey bacon butter. Oh yea.

Angelina’s Coffee & Juice
3451 NE 1st Ave #102B. | Miami, FL 33137
What you need to order:
The Marie salad here is just perfect. It comes stacked with spinach, bacon, sliced egg, tomatoes, cucumber, and topped with balsamic vinaigrette.

10 of Miami’s Best Pizzas

Oak Tavern Duck Confit Pizza

Oak Tavern Duck Confit Pizza

Who doesn't love pizza? For me pizza only brings good memories – birthday parties at the park, pizza Friday’s at school, and the occasional leftover pizza slice (the ultimate). Today I have put together a list of my favorite pizza pies in all of Miami, so that you may have some good memories too.

Oak Tavern
35 NE 40th St. | Miami, FL 33137
 

What you are ordering: This is easily my favorite restaurant in Miami right now. I don't normally go for duck, but their duck confit pizza is like nothing else I have ever tasted - this is a must order pizza. No if, ands, or buts.

Frankie’s Pizza
9118 Bird Rd. | Miami, FL 33165

What you are ordering: These guys have been serving the Miami community for 55 years; they know what they are doing when it comes to pizza. You have got to order the tomato & cheese. It might sounds simple, but just trust me on this one – it’s really good. 

Spritz Pizzeria & Ristorante
2305 Ponce De Leon Blvd. | Coral Gables, FL 33134

What you are ordering: I personally love brick oven pizza, and that’s what you’ll get at Spritz. My personal favorite here is the Rucola e Prosciutto Crudo, which is their pie with tomato sauce, mozzarella, fresh arugula, and prosciutto. 

Casola’s Pizzeria & Sub Shop
2437 SW 17th Ave. | Miami, FL 33145

What you are ordering: If you have never had a slice from Casola’s then you must be hiding under a rock. The cheese slice is pure perfection. And you might want to order a BBQ sauce on the side.

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza
520 West Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

What you are ordering: Here you are getting coal oven traditional pies, and you are ordering the Meatballs & Ricotta pizza. If you like it hot then order the Paul & Young Ron pizza.

New York Roma Pizza
2985 McFarlane Rd. | Miami, FL 33133

What you are ordering: This New York style pizza is the real thing. If you are up for the challenge order two of these large pizza slices – one Plain, which is stacked with mozzarella cheese, and one BBQ Chicken. You will not regret this decision.

Lucali 
1930 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

What you are ordering: This is truly a special spot on Miami Beach – pretty tourist free. The plain pie is perfectly delicious, but if you are feeling you need some meet then add some all beef pepperoni and maybe some onions.

Proof Pizza & Pasta
1930 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

What you are ordering: I am all about white pizza, and Proof’s version is delicious. It comes with mozzarella, ricotta and some Parmesan. Special note here: Make sure to save room for dessert, you’ll be upset if you don't.

Ironside Pizza
1930 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

What you are eating: This Little River gem serves some pretty means pizza pies. Here you have to order The Diavola, which comes with tomato, fresh mozzarella, salami, and pepperoncini oil. 

Batch Gastropub
1930 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

What you are ordering: In case you haven’t caught on I love pizza with BBQ sauce. Batch serves a BBQ Pork pizza that is out of this world. Made with their homemade BBQ sauce this pizza comes fully equipped with smoked cheddar, mozzarella, bacon, red onion, and some cilantro.

5 Miami Spots To Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day

Radio Bar Caprese Grilled Cheese

Radio Bar Caprese Grilled Cheese

Not sure if you are aware of this extremely important holiday, but it is National Grilled Cheese Day on Sunday, April 12. This should be a national holiday. I don't know about you, but a grilled cheese with a really cold soft drink (preferably a Pepsi Max) is just what you need to sooth your soul during these hot Miami days.

I am here to share with you a few of the infamous grilled cheeses Miami has to offer on this very important day.

Radio Bar’s Caprese Grilled Cheese
814 1st St. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

This grilled cheese comes fully equipped with provolone, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto, grilled buttery toast, and with a side of mariquitas and a delicious garlic-mojo aioli. To really make this day special they are also offering their daily happy hour from 6-9 p.m. with 2-4-1 cocktails and draft beers as well.

Ms. Cheezious’ Croqueta Monsieur
7418 Biscayne Blvd. | Miami, FL 33138

What could be better than a grilled cheese with croquetas? This sandwich comes stacked with ham croquetas, tavern ham, Swiss cheese and béchamel on sourdough bread. On Sunday they will also be giving a free New Belgium Fat Tire pint with every purchase of a ‘Must Have’ melt.

Swensen’s Chicken Avocado Melt
1586 S. Dixie Highway | Miami, FL 33146

Not sure if you knew this, but besides having awesome ice cream, they also serve a pretty mean grilled cheese sandwich. You have to try their chicken avocado melt, which comes with sliced tomato, green peppers, and Swiss cheese.

Daily Melt’s White Truffle Bacon Cheddar
98 NE 2nd Ave. | Miami, FL 33127

There is a reason why this bad boy is on the gourmet melts section of the menu. It comes with crispy bacon, cheddar, provolone, and roma tomato on sourdough bread. You may also want to pair this with one of their handcrafted milkshakes. I mean only if you are into that sort of thing.

The Cheese Course’s Brie Grilled Cheese
3451 NE 1 Ave., Unit 100 | Miami, FL 33127

These guys were voted Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich by The Miami New Times in 2014 – they are serious about grilled cheese. The way it works here is you choose either white or whole wheat French baguette, then you choose your cheese (I go for brie), and then you can add turkey, bacon or black forest ham.

7 New Must Visit Miami Restaurants Opening Up This Spring And Summer

Soho Bay Guava Piña Colada

Soho Bay Guava Piña Colada

I couldn't be more excited about this spring. Spring is truly a great season for many reasons. For one, that means it’s almost summer! The weather is nice, and you can grab a drink by the pool while you tan. But other than that there are also going to be some pretty amazing new restaurants popping up all over Miami that you must keep an eye on!

What: Primrose
Where: The Stiles Hotel at 1120 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, 33139
When: Just opened
What you need to know: Characterized by a fusion of Far East Fare, traditional American gastronomies and French cooking techniques Primrose is helmed by Regional Executive Chef Evan Percoco. The restaurant provides patrons with an intimate South Beach dining experience with a rich Art Deco history and blend of international flavors.

What: Soho Bay
Where: 520 West Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139
When: Tomorrow 
What you need to know: With a breathtaking view, Soho Bay offers it all.  This contemporary Japanese spot by Khong River House veteran Ricardo Sauri will be serving up delicious food that consists of sushi, sashimi and probably the best molecular cocktails I have ever had. I highly recommend the Guava Piña Colada!

What: Wynwood Diner
Where: 2601 NW Second Ave. | Miami, FL 33127
When: This month
What you need to know: Who doesn't love diners? This will not be like any other diner you have known or seen before, but rather stepped up several notches. They will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to all very soon!

What: Alter
Where: 223 NW 23rd St. | Miami, FL 33127
When: This month
What you need to know: Chef-owner Brad Kilgore plans on serving us some progressive American cuisine in a casual setting. Having been the executive chef over at J&G Grill at St. Regis Bal Harbor we can expect only greatness from Kilgore.

What: Continental Miami
Where: Aloft South Beach at 2360 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139
When: Spring
What you need to know: Stephen Starr announces his latest South Florida restaurant, Continental Miami located adjacent to the Aloft Hotel.  Inspired by Continental Restaurant + Martini Bar, the first restaurant that launched Starr Restaurants onto the scene, Continental Miami will be an evolution of the well-loved original in Philadelphia which is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015.

What: Red Ginger
Where: 800 First Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
When: May
What you need to know: A Southeast Asian concept launched by Menin Hospitality, Red Ginger will be located in the South of Fifth neighborhood in South Beach. Red Ginger will be helmed by former Top Chef Masters contestant Herb Wilson and will offer Asian-inspired cuisine with locally sourced ingredients, as well as Japanese-sourced items for the sushi program, binchotan charcoal robata and omakase menu.

What: PB Station
Where: 121 SE First St. | Miami, FL 33131
When: Summer 
What you need to know: The Pubbelly Boys are back, and they are finally bringing one of their restaurants onto the mainland! Couldn't be more exited for this one. They will be taking up shop in the soon to open Langford Hotel in Downtown and will be serving up only the best.

4 Miami Spots To Get Your March Madness On

Photo courtesy of: Radio Bar

Photo courtesy of: Radio Bar

Sad that March Madness is almost over? Don’t be! If you don’t feel like throwing a finals party on April 6th at your house check out these cool Miami spots where you can support and cheer on your team.

Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach
1801 Collins Ave | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Guests can enjoy beautiful South Beach weather in a social atmosphere while taking in the action of the big game at the poolside bar. Specials include "Free-Throw Fire Wings", a "Three Point Burger", a 'Game Winning Dog", all served with "coast-to-coast fries" ($12 each). Drink specials include a bucket of import beer for $25. The festivities start at 6 p.m.!
 
Radio Bar 
814 1st St. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Specials for the night will include $15 Miller Lite pitchers and $20 Modelo & Peroni pitchers.  Since it also coincides with Radio Bar’s Monday Game Night, there will be board games, pool, Jenga and poker available for anyone that wants a break in between the basketball viewing. The snack bar menu will be available as well featuring Media Noche Sliders, ¼ lb Hebrew National Dog and Mariquitas.  

Yardbird
1600 Lenox Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

These guys will be serving up their special Yardbird wings for the night. These come 12 to an order, and they are essentially pieces of smoked and fried Buffalo wings, which come with their house-made ranch for $15. You won’t regret this decision. Make sure to pair it with a beer or three to celebrate.

Tongue & Cheek
431 Washington Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

March Madness has been in full swing for a while over at Tongue & Cheek. On the day of the finals they will have all night happy hour specials at the bar starting at 4 p.m. this includes $2 sliders, $8 snacks, $8 cocktails, and $5 craft beers.

6 Miami Easter Brunch Spots To Check Out

Photo courtesy of: Terrazza at Shore Club

Photo courtesy of: Terrazza at Shore Club

Here in Miami we are all about brunch, so why wouldn't we go to brunch during Easter weekend? There are many Miami restaurants that are offering special menus for the occasion!

Terrazza at Shore Club
1901 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Shore Club’s scenic poolside restaurant Terrazza celebrates Easter Sunday with a Terrazza’s Easter brunch buffet will feature a live raw bar, charcuterie and cheese station, salads, assorted pizzas, carving station, omelet station, pasta station, small plates and desserts. Stand out menu items include the Snapper Ceviche, assorted East and West Coast mix of Oysters, whole roasted Prime Rib, Churrasco Skirt Steak served with seasonal vegetables, and Sesame crusted Seared Tuna over French green beans, cherry tomato, with a citrus ponzu sauce. Brunch is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are recommended. 
 
La Savina at Mondrian South Beach
1100 West Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

You’re invited to enjoy a holiday buffet and la carte specials, plus an endless Mimosa and Bloody Mary Bar, overlooking beautiful Biscayne Bay. La Savina’s Easter brunch buffet will feature omelets made to order, a Chef’s Table and hot special plates, including – Seasonal Fruit, Artisan Cheeses, Parfait Station, a classic French Toast, and a selection of house made Quiche. A special a la carte menu offers omelets, pancakes, benedicts, steak and eggs and Branzino a la Plancha, as well as sides and sweets. The buffet $39.95 per person or $75 per person including endless Veuve Clicquot Mimosas and Belvedere Vodka Bloody Marys (plus tax and gratuity). Reservations are recommended. 
 
Verde at Perez Art Museum Miami
1103 Biscayne Blvd. | Miami, FL 33132 

This Easter, Verde at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is offering specials by Chef Kaytlin Brakefield at the eatery. Guests can start their meal off with a glass of champagne with options like Moet Chandon ‘Brut Imperial,’ Veuve Clicquot ‘Yellow Label,’ and Perrier Jouet ‘Grand Brut’ with a view of Miami. For an additional charge, guests can enhance their glass of bubbly with Paradise Farms passion fruit or guava. Easter specials by Chef Kaytlin include House Cured Gravlax, Soft Poached Egg, Zach The Baker Rye, Dill Creme Fraiche, Herb Porchetta with Dill Roasted Potatoes, and Gruyere Quiche, Prosciutto, Arugula. 
 
db Bistro Moderne
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way | Miami, Florida 33131

This Easter Sunday db Bistro Moderne will offer a special prix fixe menu with exquisite selections from its French inspired cuisine. From 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., guests can take advantage of the creative menu from Chef Jason Pringle. It is $52 per person and $30 for all children 10 and younger. Some items you can expect to find on the menu are the crab benedict, the house cured corned beef hash and an achiote swordfish.  

Bianca at Delano
1685 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Join Bianca at Delano on Easter Sunday for a special brunch buffet created by Chef Vikram Katoch and an Easter egg hunt with live bunnies. Bianca at Delano invites guests to enjoy live cooking stations that include delicious pasta, barbeque, omelets, sushi, and desserts. Cooked and cut in front of patrons, brunch includes a flavorful Roast Leg of Colorado Lamb, infused with garlic mint and rosemary Irish yellow mustard glaze. The barbeque station features grilled lobster, shrimp and vegetable skewers, flank steak, and grilled chicken, infused and marinated with soft herbs. The pasta station features a sliced prosciutto de Parma machine served a la carte and the omelet station, prepared a la minute, comes with a choice of topping and a basil pesto hollandaise sauce. A beautiful display at the dessert station includes mini chocolates, Tiramisu, Friandies, Macaroons, Chocolate Mousse, and mini Cream Brule. 

Toast to the holiday with bottomless Youve Clicquot and Belvedere Bloody Mary’s. In addition to the scrumptious offering, live bunnies will be in the orchard from 11am-2pm with an Easter egg hunt taking place at noon.

St. Regis Bal Harbour
J&G Grill
9703 Collins Ave. | Bal Harbour, FL 33154

J&G Grill Chef de Cuisine Dagan Stocks presents an Easter themed à la carte menu, as well as special multiple choice menu with sides for each table. Standout menu items include a Farm Egg En Coccote with Dungeness crab, sweet potato and tasso ham; Roasted Banana & Coconut Pain Perdu with Tahitian vanilla & passion fruit honey and cashew; and Peekytoe Crab Cake Benedict with Florida grapefruit, ginger, cilantro and avocado hollandaise. Special dessert buffet selections will be presented by award-winning Pastry Chef Antonio Bachour. Diners may treat themselves to the signature St. Regis Bloody Mary station. Adults $70; Children $35.

9 Things To Expect At Ultra Music Festival

Photo courtesy of: The 305.com

Photo courtesy of: The 305.com

The best time of the year has finally arrived, Ultra Music Festival. My favorite part of Ultra is not just because it’s a crazy three day, 24/7 party in Downtown Miami – my favorite part of this festival are the characters you find while you are there. What sort of people can you expect to find at Ultra? Allow me to enlighten you.

1.    You will run into that girl who has found a permanent seat on her boyfriend’s shoulder. No matter how many times you try to knock her down because you can’t get a clear view of the stage, she hangs on for dear life.

2.    How about the people who are constantly either video recording, instagraming, tweeting, facebooking, whatsapping the entire time? 

3.    You will definitely run into tons of spring breakers who have made their way from the tri-state area – totally equipped with a tan and heels. 

4.    You will say, “What is she wearing?” approximately 20 times.

5.    You may also think, “Is that a Halloween costume cause that girl is showing a lot of cleavage…”
 
6.    You will run into the morph suit people. These guys think it’s a great idea to where a full body suit in 85+ degree weather. Give the man some water! 

7.    You will see the Ultra logo everywhere – as tattoos, as stickers, as hairdos, you name it.
 
8.    A lot of star-spangled attire. Whether it’s a bikini, speedo, shirt, bandana, cape, hat, full body suit – it will be seen at Ultra. 

9.    You have finally made it back to your car, wherever you ended up finding parking, and as you are driving through the madness you encounter “zombies.” I don't mean real zombies, I mean those people that are just wandering the streets completely lost as to where they are.

7 Miami Brunch Spots To Check Out This Weekend

Eating House: Cap'n Crunch Pancakes Photo courtesy of: Kristy Garcia via Pinterest

Eating House: Cap'n Crunch Pancakes

Photo courtesy of: Kristy Garcia via Pinterest

Let’s be honest, we love brunch. This isn’t just a “trend” that is going to disappear any time soon. Whenever there is an excuse to eat a ton of good food and drink bottomless mimosas we are there. Check out of few of my favorite brunch spots you should check out this weekend.

Oak Tavern
35 NE 40th St. | Miami, FL 33137

What you are eating: This is turning into one of my favorite spots in Miami. If you are into French toast then try the coconut French toast. And if you are feeling more like eggs then order the soft scrambled and bacon pizza. 
What you are drinking: Unlimited mimosas, belinis and bloody Mary’s for $30 pp!

Eating House
804 Ponce De Leon Blvd. | Coral Gables, FL 33134

What you are eating: First of all, make sure to call for a reservation – they are always packed! You must order the famous cap’n crunch pancakes. These bad boys come with a condensed milk syrup you just cant refuse.
What you are drinking: Here you are drinking the tang mimosas.

Tongue & Cheek
431 Washington Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139
What you are eating: So many awesome things to order here. For example, the house-made donuts with blackberry jam, and the fried chicken & cheddar waffles with local honey and maple syrup. (For the full review visit here).
What you are drinking: Order a mimosa.

Morgans Restaurant
28 NE 29th St. | Miami, FL 33132

What you are eating: Here you can order things like their pillow light brioche French toast, or the frittata with chorizo and gruyere cheese.
What you are drinking: Get a pitcher of mimosa, hibiscus or bellini.

OTC Restaurant
1250 S Miami Ave. | Brickell, FL 33130

What you are eating: You have to get the chilaquiles, which comes with corn chips, Mexican chorizo, chipotle braised chicken thigh, cotija cheese, avocado, ranchero sauce, and a sunny-side up egg. Yes. That comes in one dish.
What you are drinking: Bottomless mimosas for $20 per person!

Blue Collar
6730 Biscayne Blvd. | Miami, FL 33138

What you are eating: I die for anything pulled pork. I love the pulled pork benedict, which comes with jalapeño cornbread and a golden BBQ mayo. And if you are feeling really hungry then order Brandon’s Breakfast. 
What you are drinking: Order Panther Coffee.

Batch Gastropub
30 SW 12th St. | Miami, FL 33130

What you are eating: Start with the warm donut holes, and then order you main dish – the Carolina hash. This comes with pulled pork, rosemary potatoes, a sunny side-up egg, and chipotle BBQ. Or you could always order the drunken French toast too.
What you are drinking: Bottomless sangria, bellinis and mimosa for $20 per person!

7 Miami Restaurants to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Photo courtesy of: Radio South Beach

Photo courtesy of: Radio South Beach

Get excited because St. Patty’s day is tomorrow! This is a day where whether you are Irish or not, it is a day to celebrate, drink a few pints of Guinness and eat some cabbage! For those of you who didn't partake in any of the festivals or parades over the weekend, check out the restaurants that will still be celebrating tomorrow, March 17.

Radio Bar South Beach 
814 1st St. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Irish or not, you’re in luck!  Radio Bar is offering $5 Jameson Punch Cocktails and $5 Jameson Shots all night. The Snack Bar Menu featuring Media Noche Sliders, Caprese Grilled Cheese, and Spicy BBQ Pig Sandwich will also be available for you to soak up all the Irish whiskey.  

Shelborne Wyndham Grand 
Drawing Room Bar & Lounge, Petite Bistro & Oasis
1801 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Shelborne Wyndham Grand is offering traditional Irish food and drinks to bring a bit of Ireland to South Beach. Guests can indulge in delicious Irish fare poolside at Oasis including Corned Beef on Rye, made with homemade sauerkraut, or a Peppered Turkey Rachel. Inside at the newly opened Petite Bistro, patrons can also enjoy a traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage dish. Drawing Room Bar & Lounge will offer guests all three dishes and delicious Irish beers and cocktail specials, such as the classic Guinness and Boddington, and Jameson Whisky. These drink specials will also be available throughout the day at Oasis.

*The cocktails below will be available at Drawing Room, Regent Cocktail Club, and Radio Bar.

Tullamore D.E.W. St. Patrick's Day Cocktails

APPLE D.E.W.
Though Ireland’s climate denies us exotic fruits, we are proud of the humble apple, whose flavor remains true when pressed but is lost in juices from concentrate.

BARMBRACK SOUR
Long before trick or treating took over Halloween, this old Irish tradition inspired our Barmbrack.

GINGER D.E.W.
It's a little known fact that ginger ale, created in 1851, is a refreshingly simple premise.

THE IRISH MANHATTAN
The world’s most iconic skyline owes a great deal to a strong band of Irish immigrants, who made the journey from Ireland to New York in search of work.

THE 1829
In 1829, Tullamore D.E.W. was born, but it also marked their creed, religion or geography.

THE MONTSERRAT
Though not alike in climate, Ireland and Montserrat share as slaves stood together in an uprising against their colonial masters.

THE DEWLEP
The DEWlep is our shake-up on a classic, the darling of the whiskey.

NEAT, WATER OR ICE
Neat, water or ice? The subject crops up in conversation, as much as religion and politics, but unlike the other two, it makes great bar 

St. Paddy’s Block Party
Fado Irish Pub
900 South Miami Ave. | Miami, FL 33130

The weekend block party continues until March 17. Tomorrow, beginning at 9 a.m., there will be DJs serving up music, beer gardens, dancers, and tons of little surprises. Make sure to purchase your tickets here!

John Martin’s Irish Pub
253 Miracle Mile | Coral Gables, FL 33134

If you didn't make it out to the brunch they had yesterday have no fear! Stop by tomorrow from noon to 2 a.m. for performances, live bands and tons of beer and cabbage. Also, if you really like burgers they have one of the best ones on the market right now.

Shake Shack 
Several locations, click here

Who doesn't love Shake Shack? For this special occasion they are going to be serving up fries, which they call “When Irish Fries Are Smiling.” These bad boys are crinkle-cut fries that are topped with horseradish cream, scallions, and applewood-smoked bacon. Plus, you can pair this with one of their burgers and shakes!

5 Miami Restaurants You Wouldn’t Expect To Find In A Shopping Plaza

Chef Adrianne's fried Gouda cheese

Chef Adrianne's fried Gouda cheese

In Miami we are blessed to have a very wide selection of restaurants to choose from. Whether you crave spicy Mexican or savory Peruvian food you will find a restaurant that can cater to your taste buds. Now, what about where these restaurants are located? Believe it or not, in my opinion, some of the best restaurants can actually be found in a shopping plaza.

Secreto 
11652 N Kendall Dr. | Miami, FL 33176

I have to tell you, Secreto is truly a hidden gem in Kendall. Having opened in 2009 they not only pride themselves in making true Italian cuisine with a Latin flair, but they also offer exceptional service. When you go to Secreto make sure you try their crispy crab cake for an appetizer, and ask what the catch of the day is.

Caffe Di Notte
9793 SW 72nd St. | Miami, FL 33173

Another Italian restaurant that is tucked away in a shopper plaza is Caffe Di Notte. They really have some delicious dishes. For example, the ravioli di aragosta, which is their homemade raviolis stuffed with shrimp, with a lobster sauce and baby shrimp on top. Plus, they have an executive lunch where you can order a soup or salad, an entrée (get the pear and blue cheese ravioli), and a dessert for only $13.95! This place gets packed, so make sure to call ahead for a reservation.

Chef Adrianne’s 
11510 SW 147th Ave. | Miami, FL 33196

If you have never visited my friend Chef Adrianne’s restaurant you are missing out. At her restaurant, Adrianne’s prides herself in putting together a menu that will truly take your taste buds for an unforgettable ride. Words cannot describe how incredibly tasty and delicious her Gouda fried cheese is, or her filet mignon which she serves with a Dijon sauce. Trust me, it is worth the drive. 

Giovanni's Ristorante 
8522 SW 8th St. | Miami, FL 33144

This restaurant is a mix of Italian with Argentinean. Right off of 8th Street, Giovanni's offers some great food in a very cozy and romantic environment. Personally, my favorite dish here is the combinacion Gauche, or Gauche combination, which comes with grilled chorizo, chicken breast, churrasco and their version of French fries. Oh, and make sure to order the provoleta Mamma Mia for your appetizer!

Salmon & Salmon
2907 NW 7th St. | Miami, FL 33125

In the heart of Miami lies one of the best Peruvian restaurants, Salmon & Salmon. With fresh food and ingredients you really can’t go wrong with what you order here. My recommendation is to try the lomo mariner, which is their version of lomo saltado, but besides just having meat it is also served with seafood.

Let’s Eat at Bianca at Delano with Chef Amaris Jones

Last week I went to the first of many monthly pop up dinners at Bianca at Delano in Miami Beach called Let’s Eat. Every first Monday of the month, the next one being March 2nd, Bianca finds its inner Soul as chef Amaris Jones prepares a five-course menu that pays homage to her R&B Philadelphian background.

Lifestyle maven and chef Amaris Jones has spent her lifetime honing in on the perfect iteration of the modern Soul Food concept. Thirty something years later, she credits her Father's Church on Philly's famed South Street and her family gatherings, as the birthplace for her love of this cuisine and lifestyle. 

What is so awesome about what Amaris does is that she takes traditional fried chicken, mac & cheese, and sweet potato and turns them into a dishes that will keep you coming back for more. On the pop up menu you are able to try her Bird N Bubbles, a southern fried free-range chicken basket with a sweet potato biscuit and champagne split and the Naw’ Leans, which is wild local shrimp with a Cajun crème sauce over white cheddar grits. Both dishes are completely out of this world, but if you have to choose one go for the fried chicken. 

You will also need to pair your main dish with at least one side. If I were you I would order both the mac & cheese and sweet mash with candied pecans. I have had many mac & cheese dishes in my life, but this one is top on my list. The parmesan cheese crust on top of the dish is so perfectly crunchy you won’t be able to stop eating it.

Last but not least, you have to try Amaris’ banana pudding brûlée. Whenever I see that banana is an ingredient in a dessert I immediately get excited, but I wasn't prepared for the happiness I felt eating this bread pudding. There were both chunks of bread pudding along with pieces of banana, and the custard was perfectly creamy and smooth. WARNING: You will feel inclined to eat the entire thing, and will need someone to roll you out of Bianca.

Keep in mind that guests will also be treated to the sounds of veteran Miami DJ, Mr. Brown as well as a live performance by EYME XY.

**For Reservations please call 305.674.5752 or visit BiancaMiami.com.

Bird N Bubbles

Bird N Bubbles

Naw ' Leans

Naw ' Leans

Mac N Cheese & Sweet Mash w/ Candied Pecans

Mac N Cheese & Sweet Mash w/ Candied Pecans

Banana Pudding Brûlée 

Banana Pudding Brûlée 

6 Miami Restaurants to Dine with Your Newfound Valentine

Written by RandoMiami Contributor: Tali Wee of Zillow

Valentine’s Day is a one of those holidays that inspires some and perturbs others. Budding relationships or longtime partners feel excited to devote extra romance to their Saturday nights, while singles often feel lonely. Whether taken or single, a night out enjoying a satisfying meal puts every food lover in a jovial mood. 

Miami locals have a plethora of dining options to choose from to take their newfound Valentine. Katy detailed her top selections last week, centralized around Miami Beach hotspots. Here are a few more restaurants suited for longtime loves or just friends. 

Midtown Dining
In Midtown, Bocce Bar is a standout for Italian cuisine and that old-school, spirited Italian atmosphere. Recharge your mood with a game of Bocce or share bites of your beet- and goat-cheese-filled ravioli with your love. Another energetic yet romantic environment is available at SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill. Don’t worry about making decisions because at SUGARCANE, you can select several small plates, enjoying anything from clams, crab and oysters to foie gras biscuits, bone marrow and spare ribs.

Wynwood Dining
Visit Wynwood, the art district, for an artistic dining evening. Wynwood Kitchen and Bar offers a stimulating experience of colorful, Latin-inspired small plates amid stunning contemporary artwork. The establishment is decorated both inside and out by some of the world’s foremost graffiti artists. Alternatively, R House Wynwood pairs casual, fine dining with an art gallery. The experience includes live music from an in-house DJ, fine art and dynamic fare influenced by American, Mediterranean, Asian and Latin cuisine. 

Coral Gables Dining
For a traditional fine dining experience in Coral Gables, visit Le Provencal Restaurant. They serve authentic southern French cuisine to wow you and your date. Have you ever eaten at Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita or Crazy About You in Miami’s Brickell area? If you liked the food, check out their sister restaurant Love Is Blind in Coral Gables. The atmosphere is energetic, even noisy at times, but the international cuisine is worth the visit – and served at a great value. 

Miami locals should focus on value, considering the metro missed Zillow’s top 10 best places to find love in 2015, largely due to single’s low median disposable income. You’d think Miami would be the ideal place for singles to find Valentines because the weather is warm, igniting positive outlooks and reducing the amount of necessary clothing – exposing glowing, sun kissed skin. However, singles’ incomes minus their rent costs yield a median disposable income of just $1,553. It’s tough to taste all the fine fare on that dime. The leading metros to find love had significantly higher disposable funds, including top-ranked Washington, DC at $25,915, runner up Atlanta at $24,079 and third-placed Boston at $13,835.

Check out all 10 optimal locations to find love and review the four factors Zillow used to compile the rankings. Visit Zillow Research to review detailed results on unranked cities. 

Courtesy of: Zillow

12 Restaurants To Indulge In On Valentine’s Day

Photo courtesy of: Serendipity 3

Photo courtesy of: Serendipity 3

It’s that time of the year again! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. For those of you who aren’t in the mood to cook a 5-course meal for that special someone I have a few really awesome restaurant options you should definitely check out right here in Miami.

Downtown Bistro
114 SE 1st St. | Miami, FL 33131

From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. you can indulge in a 3-course menu, which also include either one mimosa or a white peach bellini for $35. Some of the menu options include escargot served in their delicious cream sauce, their seared scallops served with truffle infused risotto, and, my personal favorite, their steak tartar topped with a quail egg. For dessert you must try their crème brûlée. Reservations are suggested and can be made at 305-374-7284. 

Florida Cookery at The James Royal Palm
1545 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Begin a romantic Valentine’s Day evening at The James Royal Palm with a delicious dining experience. Guests are invited to dine by The James Royal Palm’s beautifully lit pools under the stars and share in a three-course dinner. The Valentine’s menu includes Oysters 2 Ways ($14) to share with a loved one; a Surf and Turfentrée ($32), made with braised short rib with parsnips and English peas and a sautéed diver scallop, with red beet and heirloom tomato marmalade; and a choice of chocolate passion fruit gateau with chocolate hazelnut micro cake and raspberry gelee ($11). 

Before heading to dinner, stop by James Club for delicious Valentine’s cocktails, The Love Potion and Sweet Indulgence!

Terrazza at Shore Club
1901 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Starting at 7 p.m. cozy up with a loved one this Valentine’s at Terrazza at Shore Club and dine decadently by the South Beach shore with Terrazza’s newest menu selections. Start off the romantic dinner with an Heirloom Kale Salad, with Kalamata olives, toasted pumpkin seeds, and topped with crispy Halloumi Cheese ($13) or Grilled Spanish Prawns, with Grilled Carabinero Shrimp, burnt lemon, imported olive oil, and garlic crostini ($18); choice of entrée including Lobster Ragu with oyster mushroom and house made Pappardelle Pasta ($28), a 16 oz. Bone in Filet Mignon ($48), or a Salt Crust Local Whole Fish with braised Swiss chard ($52). To top off the delicious Valentine’s dinner, enjoy a Chocolate-Flourless Cake, served with chocolate ganash, crème anglaise, topped with toasted candied walnuts, with chocolate covered strawberries ($10).

The St. Regis Bal Harbour
9703 Collins Ave. | Bal Harbour, FL 33154

Valentine’s Dinner at J&G Grill
Indulge in a dinner with the most seductive ingredients curated by J&G Grill’s new Chef Dagan Stocks, along with specialty desserts by award-winning Executive Pastry Chef Antonio Bachour. Highlights of the four-course prix-fixe menu includes shareable canapés to start, along with Kumamoto Oysters, Salad of Shaved Asparagus and Crispy Poached Egg with Black Truffle Vinaigrette, Cox Farms Chateaubriand of Beef for Two and a decadent Pistachio Cake with Chocolate Mousse and Passion Fruit Sorbet for dessert. $165 per person; advanced reservations required.
 
Ultimate Romance
Go beyond expectation and celebrate Valentine’s Day with a private butler-served romantic dinner overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Start with a bottle of vintage Dom Perignon Champagne, followed by a four-course dinner by Chef Dagan Stocks. A luxurious Oceanfront Day Villa is yours to enjoy throughout the evening. Only one experience is available; $1,800+ tax & gratuity.
 
Mixology for Two
J&G Grill head mixologist David Ferre will lead couples in an interactive course in cocktail creation designed just for two. Learn how to fuse and infuse unique ingredients to create your partner’s perfect cocktail. Saturday, Feb. 14 from 5-6 p.m.; Located at J&G Grill Bar; $50 per person.
 
St. Valentine’s Afternoon Tea
Spoil your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day with a romantic tea for two experience by Executive Pasty Chef Antonio Bachour.Saturday, Feb. 14 from 2-5p.m.; Located at The St. Regis Bar; $59 per person.
 
St. Regis Sommelier’s Club Oysters & Champagne Pairing
Head Sommelier Sebastian Verrier will lead couples on how to best pair oysters with the finest Rosé Champagnes. Saturday, Feb. 14 from 6-7 p.m.; Located at The St. Regis Wine Vault; $100 per person.
 
The St. Regis Bar
The St. Regis Bar is delighted to offer an alluring menu of sushi and Champagne pairings for the bold hearted connoisseurs, and live music adds to the already-romantic atmosphere. Saturday, Feb. 14 from 12-11 p.m.

Via Verdi Cucina Rustica
6900 Biscayne Blvd. | Miami, FL 33138

Celebrate your amare at Via Verdi Cucina Rustica, a candlelit haven for romance. Enjoy the ‘his and hers’ specialty cocktails and authentic Italian dishes such as the Ravioli with Maine Lobster, asparagus and bisque- or the Beef Braised Short Ribs with freshly shaved black truffle and Potato-Sage mashed potato -for just $96/Couple. For reservations, call (786) 615-2870.

Serendipity 3
1102 Lincoln Rd. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Drink your heart out this Valentine’s Day at Serendipity 3. The menu will feature specialty cocktails including: Aphrodite, made with Chambord, Vanilla Vodka, Godiva Liqueur, Milk and Honey, and the Strawberry Shortcake cocktail, made with Cake Vodka, Hot Chocolate Powder, fresh strawberries, topped with heart shaped pound cake. Finish off with a romantic desert made with chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream, chocolate dipped strawberries and hot fudge ($15).For reservations, call (305) 403-2210.  

Oak Tavern
35 Northeast 40th St. | Miami, FL 33137

Celebrate your love with a romantic outdoor dinner in the garden at Oak Tavern.  In the spirit of love, the night will feature the Amor Y Amargo cocktail –Winner of the People’s Choice Awards at the Diplomatico Tournament Rum.Or entice your taste buds with Suzie Q- a bubbly delight. For more information and reservations, call (786) 391-1818.

Monty’s Sunset
300 Alton Rd. | Miami Beach, FL 33139 

Monty’s Sunset invites lovebirds to enjoy a romantic evening on the water with incredible sunset views. Channel your inner aphrodisiac with a bubbly toast, fresh oysters, or the Bahamian Conch Ceviche - fresh conch, cucumber, shaved sweet onions, roasted peppers, celery, and island spices in a key lime citrus sauce - and we invite you to take a romantic stroll on the dock with your beau after dinner. Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember. For Reservations, call: (305) 672-1148.

Touché Rooftop Lounge & Restaurant 
15 N.E. 11th St. | Miami, FL 33132

Downtown Miami’s most romantic rooftop restaurant is featuring a four-course dinner for Valentine’s Day. Guests are offered a choice of one appetizer, pasta, entrée, and dessert, along with a celebratory glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne for $95 per person. Savory dish options include the Marilyn Monroe, shrimp tempura, crab salad, scallop, spicy aioli, Red Heart Ravioli in Lobster Sauce, fresh 1 lb. lobster in tomato sauce over fresh red dough ravioli stuffed with tomato and buffalo mozzarella, and Pork Chop Neapolitan Style, pork chop in hot sweet cherry pepper sauce. To sweeten the night, desserts such as the Lava Cake with raspberry coulis and compote and Tiramisu with Amaretti cookies and chocolate sauce will be available. There will be 3 seatings at 7:00pm, 9:00pm, and 11:00pm. Guests are encouraged to reserve early for an unforgettable night above the glittering lights of Miami. For reservations, please go to touchemiami.com or call (305) 358-9848. 

Bianca at Delano
Delano South Beach
1685 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

This Valentine’s Day, Bianca at Delano offers an evening of romance and elegance for all loving couples.  Accompanying an exquisite three-course meal, all guests will be treated to a screening of the romantic classic in the enchanting Delano orchard. Menu highlights include Insalata Rossa with red oak leaf, radicchio, grapefruit, pomegranate seeds, beets and goat cheese, Lobster Risotto, and a Chocolate Mousse Dome for dessert. Additionally, each guest will receive a glass of champagne for a celebratory toast along with dessert. To RSVP please call 305.672.2000.
 
Villa Azur
309 23rd St. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Treat your loved one to an unforgettable experience at Villa Azur on Valentine’s Day. The French Mediterranean restaurant and lounge with an Italian twist, located in the heart of Miami Beach, will offer Valentine’s Day specials, prepared by Chef Erwin Mallet and a exquisite ‘Love Potion’ cocktail, crafted by Mixologist Martin Gutierrez. Setting the mood for the evening, an acoustic band will play all evening for you. With the romantic décor, featuring vintage pieces and beautiful chandeliers, white French doors open to a lush courtyard accented by plush white leather couches, Villa Azur offers the perfect setting for couples to enjoy an extraordinary dining experience on Valentine’s Day. For reservations or more information, please call 305-763-8688 or visit www.villaazurmiami.com.

db Bistro Moderne
255 Biscayne Blvd. Way| Miami, FL 33131

Looking for a delicious meal and great ambiance? db Bistro Moderne Miami provides the  perfect setting to share an amazing experience with your loved one. The Daniel Boulud restaurant will offer a four-course Valentine’s tasting menu, with limited a la carte options on Friday and Saturday, for $150 per person. Enjoy Chef Jason Pringle’s handcrafted menu featuring a flavorful Black truffle Risotto, uni, meyer lemon, asparagus, and make your way to the Duo Beef entree, roasted tenderloin, braised cheeks cardoons, mushrooms, and sauce bordelaise or a Butter-Poached Halibut, lobster, fennel, cara cara navel. Top off this lovely meal withdessert masterpiece by Chef Jerome Maure like the Chocolate Napoleon, gianduja & ginger cremeux, chocolate sable praline ice cram. Reservations are recommended. Make it a romantic Valentine’s weekend at JW Marriott Marquis Miami with their “Ultimate Valentine’s Dinner Date” package, details provided on their website - www.marriott.com.

5 Spots To Get Your Brunch On In Coral Gables

Threefold Cafe Big Bad Aussie

Threefold Cafe Big Bad Aussie

Miami is such a great city for those of you who love to brunch. It’s become more than just a Sunday happening, it has become part of people’s weekend lifestyles. Now when people think brunch they probably think Wynwood, Midtown, South Miami, but what about Coral Gables? Sometimes people forget that Coral Gables has some awesome spots to get your brunch on!

Threefold Café
141 Giralda Ave. | Coral Gables, FL 33134

What you should be eating: Without a doubt you are either ordering their famous Smashed Avo or the Big Bad Aussie. You really can’t go wrong with thick cut bacon or avocado with feta cheese. You just can’t.
What you should be drinking: Gotta love places that serve Panther Coffee. If you want to be hyped up all day then order Panther’s cold brew, but be prepared for the rush. You have been warned.

Bread + Butter
2330 Salzedo St. | Coral Gables, FL 33134

What you should be eating: I love me a Frita McMuffin, which is exactly what you are thinking – it is a morph between a frita and a McMuffin. Yes, this exists. You might also want to pair this with a Cuban French toast for dessert. In case you weren’t full already.
What you should be drinking: You have to order a Chismosa, which is Prosecco with guava nectar. And make sure to end your brunch with a little cafecito Cubano.

Swine Southern Table & Bar
2415 Ponce De Leon Blvd. | Coral Gables, FL 33134

What you should be eating: Here you have several of delicious options. Either you order the Bacon & Waffles, Pulled Pork & Eggs, or their mouth-watering Swine burger. Oh, and for dessert if you don’t order the Warm Sticky Icky Bun than you will seriously regret it.
What you should be drinking: During brunch they are serving up unlimited Swine Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas for $19.99!

Cibo Wine Bar
45 Miracle Mile | Coral Gables, FL 33134

What you should be eating: If you are looking for something more on the fancy side then order their Lobster Cannelloni or their Eggs Florentine. Yum.
What you should be drinking: I would pair my brunch with a nice bottle of rose wine. You fancy, huh?

John Martin’s Irish Pub
253 Miracle Mile | Coral Gables, FL 33134
What you should be eating:
Maybe you didn’t know, but they serve brunch! Irish style, of course. Here you are getting their Corned Beef Hash or their Honey & Whiskey Apple Stuffed Pancakes. You will be rolling out of here – feeling happy!
What you should be drinking: They have unlimited Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s for $16.

7 Best Happy Hours in Miami

The Meat Market Miami Beach

The Meat Market Miami Beach

Let’s be real, it’s Monday and no one is ever excited about Monday unless they are looking forward to happy hour. I am here to brighten up your day with a few happy hours in Miami that are definitely worth a visit. No matter where you are coming from there is a happy hour for everyone.

Drink on my friends!

Smashed Flamingo
239 23td St. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

One of the newest happy hours to hit the scene is actually in Mokai’s courtyard. Every Friday from 6 – 11 p.m. they are serving up some pretty delicious quality BBQ, which you can enjoy in a super retro setting. Plus you can enjoy their craft bourbons, beers and wines for $8!

Bar Louie
3201 N Miami Ave. | Miami, FL 33127

This spot is perfect for those times when you just want to relax and unwind with a good beer and some good friends. They have happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 – 7 p.m. Their specials include $3 draft beers, $4 wines, $5 martinis and 50% off select appetizers and flatbreads. 

River Oyster Bar 
650 South Miami Ave. | Miami, FL 33131

You know you are coming here for their half-priced oysters. Plus they also have a variety of drink specials that they are constantly changing out, so you will never get bored. And for those of you who work in Brickell it’s perfect walking distance!

EDGE Steak & Bar
1435 Brickell Ave. | Miami, FL 33131

I personally love this restaurant, so why wouldn't I stop here for their happy hour? Everyday from 4 – 7 p.m. they offer 2-for-1 small bites from their bar menu, $1 oysters and 50% off draft beer, select cocktails and a rotating selection of wines. 

Siena Tavern
404 Washington Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

So at Siena it’s all about Cicchetti hour (a.k.a. small snacks or side dishes). Everyday from 6 – 8 p.m. they feature small dishes and specialty cocktails. These dishes include things like pizzette, frito misto, lobster arancini and bruschetta, along with oysters, meatballs, and salami plates. As far as drink specials they offer house made sangria, Negronis, Moscow mules, wine and $7 classic cocktails.

Meat Market
915 Lincoln Rd. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Even though they only offer happy hour on Friday’s from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. it’s still totally worth the visit. You will be able to indulge in complimentary light bites and a variety of drink specials like $7 select wines, $7 select premium cocktails, 50% off beer and $9 ceviche. 

Morton’s The Steakhouse
Multiple locations, click here

Let’s be honest, not many of us can get to Morton’s on a regular basis, but their happy hour makes it more affordable for the layman to enjoy a nice drink. Everyday, but Saturday, they offer $5.50 beer, $7wines, $8 select martinis and cocktails. Plus they also offer mini crab cakes BLT’s, tuna tacos, spinach crab & artichoke dip, and cheeseburgers for $6 - $7.

8 Top Miami Dog Friendly Spots

Kennedy Dog Park

Kennedy Dog Park

Not sure if you know, but I recently became a new dog owner. I have grown up with dogs all my life, but at the end of last year my husband and I adopted Riley from Destiny for Dogs up in West Palm Beach. Ever since we rescued him our lives have been forever changed, in a good way. The only issue we are running into now is finding dog friendly places in Miami – I thought maybe you may have the same issue, so I am here to help!

After doing some research and testing a few of these myself here is what I have come up with… 

For restaurants you should check out:

1.    My absolutely favorite spot to take my canine friends is Scotty’s Landing. When you walk in you are immediately greeted by their sign that says, “Well behaved dogs welcome.” So as long as your little, or big, guy doesn’t try to attack your neighbor for their dolphin sandwich and French fries then you should be all set. 

2.     GreenStreet Café is not only a great spot to pick up some delicious brunch and a mimosa, or three, but it’s also an awesome restaurant to take your furry babies. The coolest part is that everybody passes by this area when walking down Main Street, so you will be sure get in some great people watching too. Oh, and make sure to ask for a bowl of water for your dog!

3.    For those dogs who have more of an expensive taste then you should take them to Meat Market on Lincoln Road.  Their outside area is dog friendly, and I have also heard that Chef Sean Brasel has mentioned that they will serve beer to those dogs who are of drinking age…

4.    Shake Shack has to be the restaurant that offers the coolest menu items to dogs. When you go you could order a “Pooch-ini,” which is essentially a sundae, or a “Bag o’Bones,” which is a bag of biscuits for your canine.  

For dog parks you should check out:

5.    I am hoping you have all visited Kennedy Park in Coconut Grove, if not, then you must go. This is my favorite park period. You can leisurely  walk or run with your dog, or you can take him/her to the enclosed fenced area where they can check out the obstacles, or just run around with their new friends. My favorite part about this park is that A.C.’s Icee’s has a truck there with the best frozen lemonade you will ever have. Make sure to buy one on your way out.

6.    Now for those of you who are looking to take a little trip you should check out the dog park at Haulover Park off of Collins. The new 3.3-acre dog park features separate enclosures for small and large dogs to exercise off-leash, dog and people water fountains, and pooper scooper stations. There are also benches and doggie play equipment to keep your furry friend busy and happy.

7.    Now for those with a serious adventurous heart you could go mountain bike a bit and then take your dog to the park when you go to Amelia Earhart Dog Park. They have a separate area for small dogs, some exercise equipment if you need to get a little workout in, and some really nice gardens.

8.    For those of you who are in the South Beach area you should visit Washington Avenue Bark Park. This little gem is on the corner of 2nd Street and Washington Avenue, right across the street from Big Pink. Even though it’s on the smaller side for dog parks it’s really nice and they always keep it clean.

5 Top Wine Bars To Check Out In Miami

Lekoke Wine & Bites

Lekoke Wine & Bites

Besides eating food I really do enjoy a nice glass of wine. Whether it’s a cold “wintery” night in Miami and I am in the mood for a Cabernet, or maybe I want something a bit fruitier – Miami definitely has some awesome options when it comes to wine bars. What’s even better is all these wine bars have a really nice food menu too!

Uvaggio Wine Bar
701 Miracle Mile | Coral Gables, FL 33134

You guys have heard me talk a bit about Uvaggio, the newest wine bar to hit the Miami scene. This cozy, intimate wine bar is perfect for those who are looking to take that special someone on a date, or even if you are just looking for a night out with your girlfriends. The coolest part of Uvaggio’s concept is they pride themselves with pairing each of their dishes with the perfect wine, so it is guaranteed you will be drinking all night long.

Happy Wine
For info on their locations click here.

I have known about Happy Wine forever. Not only do they have a large variety of wines to choose from they have a great menu of food. Not to mention that you can eat their world famous paella every Friday at their Coconut Grove location, and every Saturday at their Calle Ocho location. This stuff is good. Oh, and did I mention that Monday through Wednesday it’s “Champagne Afternoons,” – from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. a glass is $5, and from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. it’s $6. Can’t get better than that.

Lagniappe
3425 NE 2nd Ave. | Miami, FL 33137

This one has to be my favorite. Lagniappe is truly magical. You walk into a small set up where you see a chalkboard with the daily food and wine specials, and more than likely on the left-hand side there is a band playing (they have live music every night). After you order your food and get your bottle of wine, which by the way they have over 150 wine and beers to choose from; you go outside to sit on the patio which is filled with hanging lights. Now all you need is good company and you are all set.

Lekoké Wine & Bites
1225 SW 8th St. | Miami, FL 33135

If you drive too fast down Calle Ocho you will miss this Little Havana gem. I went for the first time for Mitch & Mel’s blogaversary party and it was love at first sight. You walk in and you immediately notice the hundreds of wine bottles that line the restaurant. If I were you, I would order a glass of red wine and order their table mixta plate, which comes with mixed meats and cheeses. Truly a heavenly experience. Perfect for a date or a birthday party with friends.

Wine Vault
3201 North Miami Ave., #105 | Miami, FL 33127

Now, if you are in The Shops of Midtown Miami shopping the night away and all of a sudden you realize you are in dire need of a glass of wine and some delicious flatbread (I would go for their prosciutto, but that’s just me) – then you are stopping by the Wine Vault. Not only do they have a great selection of wine, but they also have beer for that man in your life.

5 Spots to Watch Super Bowl XLIX In Miami

Batch Gastropub pretzel bites

Batch Gastropub pretzel bites

This Sunday is the biggest day in football all year. A day where rivalries are at a peak, and emotions are high. So here is the deal, whether you are rooting (or betting) on the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLIX I want to give you a few cool spots where you can eat some pretty awesome food, and enjoy the game.

May the best man win!

Where: E11EVEN Miami
            29 NE 11th St. | Miami, FL 33132
When: 6 – 10 p.m.
Why: Picture this – a full open bar, a delicious barbecue tailgate catered by Pride and Joy BBQ, and two huge LED screens, a 32 ft. and 16ft. with surround sound to watch the epic game. Pride and Joy will be cooking up wings, ribs, burgers, hotdogs and pulled pork sandwiches in their smoker. Oh, and after the game you can keep the party going with E11EVEN’s famous cirque du soleil inspired performances!

Where: Bodega Taqueria y Tequila 
            1220 16th St. | Miami Beach, FL 33139
When: Doors open at 4 p.m.
Why: Guests will enjoy mouthwatering tacos, 5 for $20 Peroni buckets and half-off margaritas. The margaritas come in either pineapple, mango, watermelon, pear, passion fruit, or strawberry flavors. Plus there will be a complimentary chips and salsa station. Yes, please.

Where: Shore Club South Beach 
            1901 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139
When: Pool party starts at 1 p.m. | Watch party is from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Why: Who doesn't want to be poolside and watch the Super Bowl in the ever-famous Redroom? You will enjoy specials like their hotdogs, Black Angus cheeseburgers, chicken wings, and shrimp tacos. Plus their drink specials will include pitchers of beer and Tito’s Vodka bottles. 

Where: The Butcher Shop
            165 NW 23rd St. | Miami, FL 33127
When: Get there before the game at 6 p.m.
Why: I personally love The Butcher Shop. They are going to be hosting a Super Bowl Party special, which features 30 wings and a pitcher of Mahou for only $35. Can’t get better then that, right? Plus they have tons of TV screens so you have plenty of room to watch the game. 

Where: Batch Gastropub
            30 SW 12th St. | Miami, FL 33130
When: Get there before the game at 6 p.m.
Why: These guys have so many TV’s you aren’t going to know which one you should watch the game on. Plus Batch also has an awesome beer on tap like the Funky Buddha Floridian, and Harpoon UFO White. Besides having an awesome cocktail and beer selection you can feast on food like truffle cheese fries, warm pretzel bites and the Divine Swine pizza.

7 Miami Coffee Houses To Get Your Caffeine Fix

Cafe_Demetrio_Coral_Gables

Let’s face it, it’s Wednesday so you probably need a serious pick me up to get you through the rest of the work week, and I am here to help you. I love coffee almost as much as I love food, and that’s a pretty serious thing. This means that I have been to a coffee shop or two in Miami, and I want to give you a few of my favorite spots that I think you should definitely check out this week.

Panther Coffee
*Click here for full list of locations

This is by far one of my favorite coffee shops in Miami. What you are ordering when you stop by any one of their locations is their cold brew. They are actually now distributing their coffee to several restaurants in Miami, that’s how good it is. Oh, and you should pair it with one of their backed goods – maybe a cookie!

Café Curuba
2626 Ponce de Leon Blvd. | Coral Gables, FL 33134

This café is pretty new to the Coral Gables, and there aren’t many like it in the area. You can stop by and pick up either a cold brew coffee, or a coffee that’s brewed to order – by either a clever or French press. And for those of you who liked tea try their Curuba Blend, which comes with rose petals, lemon myrtle, hibiscus, and ginger.

Café Demetrio
300 Alhambra Circle | Coral Gables, FL 33134

Did you know that Café Demetrio was Coral Gables first coffee house? The original concept when they opened the café was a place where poets, intellectuals, artists, and working citizens could spend the afternoon with a good cup of coffee – just like the 18th century. I personally like to order their lattes when I am here, so delicious. Oh, and you have to pair it with their homemade coffee cake.

Versailles Restaurant
3555 SW 8th St. | Miami, FL 33135

You know I had to add Versailles! I have been going to that “window” since I can remember with my dad. Here is where you are going to get the perfect Cuban coffee and cortadito (get it with evaporated milk). When you order your coffee you have to pair it with either a pastelito de guayaba y queso or a croqueta. 

Pasion del Cielo
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If you are looking for a place where you can get together with classmates and study for the big exam then this is your coffee spot. Pasion del Cielo also has several locations, and the one that is right in front of Dadeland Mall is pretty big and perfect for a meeting of the minds. The cool thing about Pasion is that you can taste coffees from several different countries – anything from Colombia to Jamaica Blue Mountain.

Nespresso Café 
1111 Lincoln Road Mall  | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Now if you are looking for a coffee house that is crazy fancy, but still offers really delicious coffee then you have to check out Nespresso. You can choose from 16 different crus with notes like spicy, floral, woody, malt, and honey. I would order a cappuccino, and maybe even check out their light fare menu.

Crossfit Soul Bulletproof Bar
2900 SW 69th Ct. | Miami, FL 33155

You are probably thinking, “Wait, this is a Crossfit gym, isn’t it?” And you are correct! This is actually where I have been working out for almost four years, and they have recently added a coffee bar to their awesome list of offerings. Besides being able to pick up a great post-workout smoothie you can also try Bulletproof coffee, which has Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee, MCT oil and Kerrygold unsalted grass-fed butter. You might think that combination is weird, but the idea is all these ingredients together help you feel lean, focused and energized throughout the day.

6 Spots You Must Visit This Year In Miami

Abuela Maria ice cream from Azucar Ice Cream Company

Abuela Maria ice cream from Azucar Ice Cream Company

It’s still January so that means that 99.9% of us are still trying to be as productive as we can this New Year. This means we are still religiously going to the gym, eating healthy, making sure to stay in contact with friends, etc. Well, as you are putting together your list of to-do’s – places to eat and visit during 2015 – I want to help you out by giving you a few of my favorite places. These Miami spots are definitely worth the visit.

1.    If you have never been to Knaus Berry Farm then you are truly missing out on big things. What I am referencing to when I say big are their glorious cinnamon rolls. This place may be out in Homestead, but once you take that first bite out of that roll the you completely forget about the drive. 

2.    Since you are already in the area make at stop at Robert Is Here for the best milkshake you will have all year. They have everything from your strawberry to papaya banana, which is my personal favorite.

3.    Many people live in Miami, but have never taken the time to actually walk down Calle Ocho in Little Havana. I know that’s crazy, right? When you are walking down this historic street make a quick stop at Azucar Ice Cream Company and order the Abuela Maria ice cream. You won’t regret this decision. They also have a special flavor right now called Bourbon Buns, which is made with the cinnamon rolls from Knaus Berry Farm and bourbon!

4.    Have you ever actually walked or run down the boardwalk in Miami Beach? The boardwalk goes from about 46th street all the way down to 23rd, and it’s such an awesome view if you go during sunrise or sunset. Great location for the perfect #selfie!

5.    If you are looking for an awesome newly renovated bar to check out then you have to go visit my friends over at Ball & Chain in the heart of Little Havana. These guys not only have awesome music but they are serving up some pretty sweet cocktails and bar bites.

6.    If you are looking for some new restaurants to check out then I suggest you visit the following: Downtown Bistro, Buns & Buns, Riviera Focaccia Italiana, and Little Bread Cuban Sandwich Company. Just a few of my favorites, which you should add to your list.