Enjoy The Taste Of Summer At Bianca At Delano

I have to admit, Bianca at Delano is one of my favorite Miami Beach spots. The service is always exceptional and their food is exquisite. Even more so now that they have brought on Chef de Cuisine Jason Bamford. This summer Chef Jason decided to put together a handpicked lunch and dinner menu called “A Taste of Summer,” and let me tell you - the food was equally light and delicious. 

I was able to try their dinner menu, which is packed with delicious offerings making it very hard to choose. We started off with the warm fruit & coppa salad. It comes with roasted stone fruit, coppa, pickled onion, fig vincotto, and brown butter. And, we also tried the octopus salad, which I have to admit I was a bit scared to try, but boy am I glad I ordered it. The sliced octopus mixed with the Meyer lemon, orange vinaigrette and roasted pepper flavors was exceptionally delicious!

Warm fruit & coppa salad

Warm fruit & coppa salad

Octopus salad

Octopus salad

Now, let’s talk about the entrees. For dinner you can choose from either the pan seared market catch, roasted chicken, the fennel spiced rack of lamb, or the chive and spinach pasta. I highly recommend the last two. The rack of lamb wasn't very gamey, and I loved the pasta. You might think that pasta is heavy, but not at all. Chef Jason made sure to create a light pasta dish when he put this one together. 

Chivea and spinach pasta

Chivea and spinach pasta

Rack of lamb

Rack of lamb

And then we have dessert. The local berries and grand marnier zabaglione was very light and refreshing. Make sure to pair the flavors of the lemon pound cake with the rest of the dessert!

Local berries and grand marnier zabaglione

Local berries and grand marnier zabaglione

We also can’t forget about the wine. You can pair your entire meal with wine, and Bianca’s sommelier, Flavio Nisti, will not disappoint. Coming from a long linage of sommelier’s in Italy Flavio really knows what he is talking about when it comes to wine. Plus, Bianca only sells boutique wine, so you won’t find these bottles anywhere else in Miami!

Here are the days and hours for the “A Taste of Summer” menu!

Lunch: 
Monday to Saturday - 11:00am-4:00pm
Dinner: 
Monday to Thursday - 7:00pm-11:00pm
Friday to Saturday - 7:00pm-12:00am

Get Jacq’d at Anatomy 1220

Anatomy 1220 (Photo courtesy of: Well And Good)

Anatomy 1220 (Photo courtesy of: Well And Good)

I will never say no to a phenomenal, rewarding workout, and at Anatomy 1220 you’ll get just that. This boutique gym was created based on the result of collaboration between fitness, sports science and nightlife veterans. Their ultimate mission is this: create a space where you can sweat, enhance and recover, all under one roof. 

So let me take you through the motions. The first thing you have to do when you get to Anatomy 1220 is sweat, right? They have many options. You could either train with one of their elite personal trainers, workout to your own beat in their state-of-the-art gym, or take one of their classes. 

Anatomy 1220 Rooftop (photo courtesy of: Miami New Times)

Anatomy 1220 Rooftop (photo courtesy of: Miami New Times)

My favorite class at Anatomy 1220 is “Get Jacq’d.” This class is lead by Jacqueline Kasen, who is a certified badass. This total body group training class is definitely high intensity and it incorporates resistance training as well as explosive movements. This includes everything from a sled push to balancing on a fitness  ball while doing crunches. This workout isn't for the faint of heart, but don’t worry, if you haven’t worked out in a while Jacqueline will be sure to work with you!

Jacqueline & Me

Jacqueline & Me

After you work up a serious sweat it’s time to enhance. You can take advantage of their VitaSquad infusion service. VitaSquad features various medical cocktails administered by professional nurses. The benefits of vitamin infusions last up to four days and include things like increased energy and decreased recovery time after workouts!

And, when you are ready to recover you can do treatments like cold therapy where you plunge into a cold sauna, or enjoy the warmth and benefits of Thermotherapy with their hot plunge, infrared sauna and eucalyptus steam room.

So sweat, enhance and recover with Anatomy 1220!

Mojo Donuts Is South Florida’s Best Donut Shop

Mojo Donuts

Mojo Donuts

When I think about Mojo Donuts I literally smile. For those of you who have yet to make it out to Mojo Donuts you are missing out on big things. To be completely honest with you, you are missing out on the best donuts in all of South Florida. This is a bold statement, I know, but I will stand by it.

Having set up shop in a Pembroke Pines strip mall back in 2013, owners Shawn and Shelly Neifeld didn't know the impact their donut shop was going to have in the community. Now, to keep up with the demand, they wake up every morning at 1 a.m. to make the delicious treats they serve on a daily basis.

When you first walk into the shop you're nose is immediately greeted by the welcoming scent of fresh baked donuts and coffee. Even though what they serve changes daily I guarantee you won’t eat a donut you don’t like. 

So, now the question is - what did I order? Well, I picked up a half dozen donuts to share among two people. No judging. We ordered the creme brûlée, red velvet, caramel peanuts and chocolate ganache, holy cannoli, guava and cheese cronut, and, my favorite - the
salted caramel cheesecake.

Creme brûlée

Creme brûlée

Red velvet

Red velvet

Caramel peanuts and chocolate ganache

Caramel peanuts and chocolate ganache

Holy cannoli

Holy cannoli

Guava and cheese cronut

Guava and cheese cronut

When I say that the salted caramel cheesecake was my favorite donut, what I am really trying to say is that there is nothing in the world like this donut. The actual donut is perfectly crisp and when you bite into it you get all the flavors from the dulce de leche and cream they add to the top. 

Salted caramel cheesecake

Salted caramel cheesecake

Please don’t make this mistake and not go out to Mojo Donuts because of the drive. It is so worth it. Trust me on this one.

This is always true...

This is always true...

Café Prima Pasta Launches A Mouthwatering “Spice” Spin Off Menu

When you first walk into Café Prima Pasta on Miami Beach you are instantly greeted like you are family. As soon as you give the host the name on your reservation you are handed a complimentary Bellini while you wait. As you wait for your table to be ready you spark a conversation with a couple that has been eating at the restaurant since they first opened their doors in 1993. This is what Café Prima Pasta is all about – running a family owned business and providing their loyal customers with only the best traditional Italian food.

Lucky for you, during the months of August and September the guys over at Café Prima Pasta have created a “Spice” spin-off menu called the Miami Prima Menu. This means you can stop by and try the food they are famous for and for only $39 (for a three-course meal).  

When you take a look at the menu it’s going to be very hard for you to chose which dishes you want to try. I suggest you go with someone who is adventurous and you each order a different plate to try! For your appetizer I highly recommend you order the Carpaccio Di Manzo, which is thin slices of filet mignon sprinkled with imported extra virgin olive oil, zesty lemon, and parmesan cheese. And, your friend must order the Eggplant Rollatini. It's heavenly!

For the main course, without a doubt, you are ordering the Veal Pizzaiola. This is a dish that Café Prima Pasta is known for. This dish comes with tender veal scallopine with peppers, onions, mushrooms, olive and fresh tomato – all in a white wine sauce with a side of vegetables.

And last, but not least, dessert. Everyone is always excited when dessert comes around, right? For me, Café Prima Pasta makes one of the best tiramisu’s in Miami. This homemade dessert has the perfect balance between the ladyfingers and the mascarpone cheese. You’ll want to eat the whole thing by yourself.

Oh, and don’t let the waiter forget to give you your Limoncello parting gift!

Eggplant rollatini

Eggplant rollatini

Carpaccio di manzo

Carpaccio di manzo

Veal pizzaiola

Veal pizzaiola

Tiramisu

Tiramisu

Eat And Party Well At Omertà Cucina and Theatre Bar

Last month Omertà Cucina and Theatre Bar opened its doors to Miami bringing flavor and fun to the Doral area. When you first drive into the shopping center where Omertà is you immediately notice that in front of the restaurant are hostesses dressed as flappers. That is because the concept behind the Omertà is all about taking us back into the prohibition era with vintage décor, staff dressed as flappers, while serving delicious tapas-style food.

The dishes they are serving include ingredients and flavors from the Mediterranean, Asia and Latin America. For your appetizer I highly recommend you order the patatas bravas and the brussel sprouts. The brussel sprouts are baked to perfection and topped off with hazelnuts for the perfect crunch.

For your entrée the chef highly recommends either the rib eye steak or the ravioli. I also tried the lamb, which not only came beautifully presented, but was also absolutely delicious. 

Not to mention, that while you are enjoying the food that talented executive chef Hernando Cely has prepared for you, you could either be listening to a local saxophone player or even a comedy show at their “micro-theater,” which is situated at the front of the restaurant.

So bring your family and friends for what is for sure guaranteed to be a fun and eventful night at Omertà!

Patatas bravas

Patatas bravas

Brussel sprouts

Brussel sprouts

Ravioli

Ravioli

Skirt steak

Skirt steak

9beach Fusion Kitchen & Lounge Fuses Great Flavor With Creativity

From start to finish, eating at 9beach Fusion Kitchen & Lounge was a truly memorable experience. When you first walk in you are greeted by very friendly hostesses. As they take you to your table you notice the lights are dim, the DJ is mixing in the corner, and everyone seems to really be enjoying themselves.

I have to tell you that sometimes it’s hard to find really good food when you eat at these restaurants that are also trying to fit into the “lounge” scene, but 9beach did not disappoint. They did bring the original chef who worked at the Tel Avivi location, chef Tal Aboav.

I would recommend that you start your food journey by ordering the fish carpaccio and the beef tortellini. The tortellini is absolutely divine. The flavors from the short rib, tortellini and squash all come together in perfect harmony. 

Then you move into your entree. The 9beach skirt steak is a must. The steak is rubbed with their house spice blend, and then served with grilled vegetables, sweet cherry-tomato vinaigrette and toasted pistachios.

I also tried something I had never done before! I ate a whole fish, with bones! The baked whole branzino was probably one of the best fish plates I have had in a while. The fish was stuffed with shrimp, black mussels and seasonal vegetables. Plus, it was served with a really tasty kale salad and caramelize lemon on top.

To finish off the experience at 9beach we then had the Miami fantasy for dessert. When I heard their was an orchid and rose sauce on this dessert I was immediately intrigued. This place came with fresh berries, roasted coconut flakes, pistachios, peanut crumbles, and bite-sized macaroons. So incredibly delicious - I made sure to eat the whole thing!

And, make sure that throughout this whole experience you are sipping on some of their signature cocktails, like the mango whisky sour or their cocoa nib old fashioned!

Mango Whisky Sour & Cocoa Nib Old Fashioned

Mango Whisky Sour & Cocoa Nib Old Fashioned

Beef Tortellini

Beef Tortellini

Fish Carpaccio

Fish Carpaccio

Branzino

Branzino

Skirt Steak

Skirt Steak

Miami Fantasy

Miami Fantasy

Get Your Adult Sugar High On At Sugar Factory Miami

When you first walk up to Hotel Victor on Miami Beach’s Ocean Drive you see people sitting outside at tables with friends having casual conversation. Then, when you look at their table you notice many things. You may notice that they have large goblets filled with alcohol and gummies, or maybe you smell the buttermilk-fried chicken and mac n cheese they are eating.

As you follow your hostess inside you walk into what seems to be a candy store taken right out of heaven. You have gelato, and large candy bars, and you can even make your own goodie bag filled with all of your favorite candy. Finally, you are taken to your table. You may ask, where are you? Well, my friends, you have made it to Sugar Factory

Having opened up shop already in places like NYC and Las Vegas, this is the first Sugar Factory “down south.” This American Brassiere prides itself on offering its guests not only a delicious, but also a very memorable experience. Their menu boasts items like a s’mores crepe, salmon salad, jalapeño burger, and my personal favorite, the fried chicken with mac n cheese. 

Besides offering an array of food, Sugar Factory also believes in giving guests an unforgettable experience when it comes to their drinks. Their premium cocktails are meant to mix sweet treats with spiked adult beverages. The drinks that are the most fun to consume have to be the goblets. I really enjoyed the Ocean Blue, which was vodka based and came with shark gummies! Plus, how can you say no to a s’mores chocolate martini that comes with toasted marshmallows on top?

Last, but most definitely not least in any sense, is Sugar Factory’s dessert. I know this may be tough, but you have to save room for dessert no matter what you do. If you are going with a big group of people then you have to order the legendary King Kong Sundae, which can serve either up to 12 or 24 people. And, if you are just going with your boyfriend and you don't want to “overdo it,” then order the brownie ice cream sandwich. 

Sugar Factory is five stars in my book!

Check out the below photos and Tastemade video!

Ocean Blue & Lollipop Passion Goblets

Ocean Blue & Lollipop Passion Goblets

Cookie Jar & Red Velvet Milkshakes

Cookie Jar & Red Velvet Milkshakes

Salmon Salad

Salmon Salad

Jalapeño Burger

Jalapeño Burger

Fried Chicken & Mac n Cheese

Fried Chicken & Mac n Cheese

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich

King Kong Sundae

King Kong Sundae

Get Your Italian Fix At Galli In SoHo

SoHo has its fair share of food options. Every street you explore, whether it’s Lafayette, Grand or Broadway, you are going to have an endless amount of options to choose from. For lunch one day I was able to check out Galli, which is known for their Italian comfort food.

Their snacks, or appetizers, are truly on point. When you stop at Galli you have to order the baby rice balls without a doubt. I know it may sound strange to some people, but when you mix green peas, chopped meat, mozzarella and pomodoro all together it tastes like heaven. You can also order the grilled calamari plate for those who are watching their diet!

If you are really hungry and looking for a great meal I highly suggest you order one of their pastas. Some of the crowd favorites are: Norma (rigatoni, eggplant, ricotta salata, pomodoro), Amatriciana (rigatoni, onions, pancetta, filetto pomodoro), and the Pescatore (spaghetti, shrimp, mussels, clams, marinara or garlic olive oil). All of these pastas are always on point because chef and co-owner Steven Gallo makes sure of it. 

Now, for those of you who still want look somewhat lean throughout the summer months then head to the salad menu. Still on the kale bandwagon? Then you should order the Kale salad, which comes with orange, almonds, avocado, carrots and an orange olive oil. I personally love steak salads, and Galli’s is top on my list. I also made sure to add some avocado.

Overall, I’m in!

Grilled calamari

Grilled calamari

Magic mushrooms

Magic mushrooms

Rice balls

Rice balls

Steak salad w/ avocado

Steak salad w/ avocado

Charcuterie Night at db Bistro Moderne Is The Place To Be

Looking for something different to do tonight? If this is the case then head over to db Bistro Moderne and indulge in their Charcuterie Night. Every Monday night you can pick up unlimited plates of charcuterie from their “wine cave,” plus a glass of wine for only $35. Talk about a GNO!

So what kind of charcuterie are we talking about? You have pate, terrines, sliced meats, cured meats, which will come with all the fixings (olives, mustards, marmalades, cornichons, pickles vegetables). When you check out my Tastemade video below you will see that I specifically tried, which was the Truffle Boudin Blanc, Smoked Liverwurst, Pate Champagne, Duck and Foie Gras Pate Encrout, Prosciutto cotto, Tete de Cochon, and Mortadella.

Besides Charcuterie Night you can also take advantage of their stellar happy hour menu, which is from 5 – 8 p.m. I ordered their Truffle Pizza (with fine herbs and some sea salt), Mezze Plate (with smoked eggplant, ricotta, and hummus), and their “Frenchie” sliders (came with rillion, morbier cheese and caramelized onions).

Keep in mind that their wine selection rotates every week with selections by Sommelier Alan Feldman, so every Monday night is different!

For a full lowdown on db Bistro’s Charcuterie Night check out my Tastemade video here, or below!

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Crave A Healthy Lifestyle With Crave Clean Protein Bake Shop

Are you looking for something equally delicious and nutritious here in Miami? Look no further because in the heart of Miami on 8th and 37th Ave. you will find Crave Clean, a small bake shop owned and operated by Miami local, Francesca Caltagirone.

Francesca started her business in her own kitchen giving healthy treats to her friends and family. She then started to notice the need for a healthy go-to bake shop here in Miami. Crave Clean believes in the power of clean eating: “If you don't recognize an ingredient your body won’t either.” The shop really prides itself on bridging the gap between fitness and foodies (my exact scenario). 

The awesome thing about Crave Clean’s nutritious sweets is that they are packed with protein and less than one gram of sugar! They will make the perfect guilt-free snack for those that need something sweet for their coffee in the morning, or after a serious workout. 

My personal favorite goodies are the Don’t be BlueBerry Muffin and the Carrot Cupcake. Also, make sure to pick up at least one of her Goo-Whey Brownies – this is what she is known for!

Crave Clean isn’t just a bakery, it’s a lifestyle!

Muffins

Muffins

Brownies

Brownies

Crave Clean Protein Bake Shop

Crave Clean Protein Bake Shop