Your Guide To Art Basel Miami

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Photo credit: Mana Urban Arts Project

Photo credit: Mana Urban Arts Project

This time of the year can really be seen as overwhelming. There is so much going on! We just finished stuffing our faces at Thanksgiving and spending time with your family and friends, but now it’s really time to get into Art Basel. Every year tons of people flock to Miami from all over the world to experience almost 300 art galleries, installations, and much more. It’s really a pretty awesome time to be in Miami, if you don’t mind the insane traffic.

Here are a few exhibitions, galleries and foodie events you should check out if you are thinking about making it out to Art Basel this year.

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

On Friday and Saturday from 9-12pm the Shore Club will have DJs and a Pool Party (DJs to be selected by Shore Club). There will be inflatable pool installations, printed takeaways and visuals provided by Iridescence. Party is open to the public at no cover. There will be a cocktail hour expected capacity, and a pool party!

Mondrian South Beach
1100 West Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

They will have a DJ at Sunset Lounge every night during Basel (Wed. - Saturday) and Thursday - Sunday there will be DJs at the pool where guests can become part of the Dawn of Man exhibit. The Saturday Sunset Lounge will feature DJ Maseo of De la Soul. The party culminates Sunday with the Sunshine Vibes BBQ (Art Basel Edition) featuring a rotating set of DJs from 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

SWGR Gallery
2235 NW 2nd Ave. | Miami, FL 33127

These guys are a new boutique art gallery and retail space on NW 2nd Ave in Wynwood. They are debuting an original film by Creative Director Steve Yancar called b u r n e r and is throwing a movie premiere party featuring craft beer by saltwater brewery. SWGR will also present a new mural on their storefront by artist Iena Cruz, who will be painting on-site Friday and Saturday. 

Villa Azur
309 23rd St. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

The Stellar Art Foundation will pay tribute to Paresh Maity, India’s greatest living artist, and unveil a new, limited edition book – Paresh Maity World of Colours – at a cocktail reception December 2 at Villa Azur Restaurant and Lounge. Maity is best known for his vibrant and colorful paintings that have been displayed around the world in some of the most prestigious private and public collections. These include the British Museum, the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi and the Vatican Embassy in New Delhi. His speech at Villa Azur will be one of his relatively few public appearances in the U.S.

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

St. Regis Bal Harbour, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Rosenbaum Contemporary are presenting Breaking Through—Miami, featuring artists Omar Hassan and Helidon Xhixha, on Thursday, December 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the new BH Burger Bar at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in support of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRI). During the event, Omar Hassan will create a new painting in his Breaking Through series which will be auctioned off to benefit the DRI immediately upon its completion. Helidon Xhixha is also donating his sculpture Monolite d’acciaio to the charity auction. Media will have the opportunity to meet and speak with the artists. Kindly RSVP by Monday, November 30th to Kristina.Ustinova@stregis.com. 

Mana Urban Arts Project
594 NW 23rd St. | Miami, FL 33127

This year, Mana Wynwood, Mana Contemporary and the Bushwick Collective have teamed up to launch the Mana Urban Arts Project at the iconic RC Cola Plant in Miami.  To celebrate this historic occasion, they joined forces with Basel House to host a free, four-day block party during Art Basel Week. The Block Party will showcase some of the world’s top street artists including Ghost (NY), GIZ (NY), Case Maclaim (Germany), Shok1 (England), Atomik (Florida), Lola Blu (Florida), Crash One TATS CRU (NY), Don Rimx (Florida), Sipros (Brazil), James Cochran (Australia), Aiko (US/Japan), SPOK (Spain), Hoxxoh (Florida) and Trek6 (Florida), to name a few. In addition, The Heineken® Mobile Art Experience will make a stop with their branded truck, which will feature a rotating canvas on the outside and a fully stocked art store and gallery on the inside. In addition, a free concert series featuring Fat Joe and other hip hop legends will add to the colorful backdrop. DJ’s, arts & craft vendors will also be present. It wouldn’t be Wynwood without the Food Trucks, so Basel House has secured a swarm of South Florida favorites; from lobster to hot dogs, you name it, they’ll be serving it up! Here are the dates: Thursday, Dec 3, 2015, 12PM – 2AM; Friday, Dec 4, 2015, 12PM – 2AM; Saturday, Dec 5, 2015, 12PM – 2AM; and, Sunday, Dec 6, 2015, 12PM – 9PM.

MANA Wynwood  
2250 NW 2nd Ave. | Miami, FL 33127

Miami Art Week enthusiasts will make a beeline to HIVE, a free, five-day experience located in the center hub of Wynwood, offering five unique art forms that will simultaneously tantalize the senses. Behind the Bar, presented by Miami Club Rum, will serve as the central colony at HIVE. Guests can order a one-of-a-kind cocktail and take part in a series of mixology demos by popular bartenders. From here, other HIVE elements will add to the swarm, including Music featuring daily acoustic acts from a wide range of musicians and eventually DJ performances at night; Art en Vivo, featuring the largest outdoor art installations with live art programming, Arts & Craft Village, with over 40 artisans showcasing original, high-end, works of art; and a Pop Up Restaurant featuring a state-of-the-art mobile kitchen unit and the ultimate culinary creations from Chef Ralph Pagano of Naked Taco / Naked Lunch. Here are the dates: Wednesday, Dec 2, 2015, 4PM – midnight; Thursday, Dec 3, 2015, 4PM – 2AM; Friday, Dec 4, 2015, 12PM – 2AM; Saturday, Dec 5, 2015, 12PM –2AM; and, Sunday, Dec 6, 2015, 12PM – 9PM.

Gale South Beach
1690 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

On December 5th, LDV Hospitality’s Gale Rooftop will host an interactive 3D art show, Eddy Bogaert’s 3D Universe Art Basel. From 6 p.m. – midnight, guests will receive 3D glasses and enjoy a unique experience by New York City artist Eddy Bogaert, whose art comes to life with the glasses equipped. The night will also feature a Sara Shala jewelry showcase and live swimsuit model body painting, with DJ’s Irene Pardo and Harper setting the mood. RSVPing is recommended and should be sent to GaleRooftopRSVP@gmail.com. 

FU Gallery
8373 NE 2nd Ave. | Miami, FL 33138

FU Gallery’s Grand opening will take place on Wednesday, December 2nd at 7p.m. and is open to the public. Valeria Fiñana and Miguel Ullivarri, the owners of FU Gallery, placed their bets on Little Haiti in order to bring to the community a gallery that’s inclusive, focused on the rich local culture and proud to feature homegrown and Latin-American artists.  The opening exhibit will highlight the works of Mexican fine and graffiti artist Ciler. This solo show, called “PONZOÑA,” is the second one he’s had in the U.S and prior to that his work has appeared in various galleries around the world including Barcelona, Italy, Mexico, London and New York City. Ciler’s unapologetic work is best known for the defacement and manipulation of existing images with an often-dark archaeological intent to unearth today’s dysfunctional society. His unique use of collages, paintings, drawings and installation work are filled with death, drama and violence.

Cantina La Veinte
495 Brickell Ave. | Miami, FL 33131

These guys are having a pre-fixed lunch and dinner menu to celebrate Art Basel. The theme? Well, the first course is named Rufina Tamayo, which is a grilled calamari and watermelon salad. Then for your second course, the Friday Kahlo, you’ll have the roasted pork belly in a macadamia mole. And, for dessert, the Leonora Carrington, you’ll be tasting a chocolate ganache and with hibiscus foam. All for $55.

DIRT Bringing "Fine Food Fast" to South Beach Starting Monday

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Photo courtesy of: Priscilla De Lima Ledesma

Photo courtesy of: Priscilla De Lima Ledesma

*Provided by JLPR

DIRT, Miami Beach's eagerly awaited "fine food fast" eatery, is finally opening its doors on Monday! The counter-service restaurant will nourish health-conscious consumers with locally-sourced, vegetable-forward items all day long.
Located on Fifth Street between Collins and Washington Avenues, DIRT's mission is simple and straightforward: to create innovative, delicious, healthy cuisine that you can feel good about putting into your body. DIRT is committed to serving up its local, sustainable food with an emphasis on personal, warm hospitality. The environment complements the food perfectly-it's bright, sleek, and uplifting.
With Executive Chef Jonathan Seningen and Director of Operations and Chef de Cuisine Nicole Votano leading the kitchen, guests can enjoy DIRT's chef-driven fare at any time of day. Breakfast will offer a wide variety of options, including savory or sweet market-run oatmeal. Chefs Jonathan and Nicole will collaborate to create each day's flavors based on what is at peak quality each day: picture black truffle-scented oatmeal with English peas and Parmigiano Reggiano topped with a fried egg, or sweet oatmeal spiked with honey-roasted pineapple, toasted coconut, and dried cranberries. Mornings will also feature a "create your own" option: start with local eggs from Sun Fresh Farm and Ranch on crunchy Zak the Baker multigrain toast or herb farro drizzled with olive oil; then add avocado, kale, caramelized onions, or roasted fennel; and if that's not enough, you can top off your sandwich or bowl with organic pepperjack cheese or house-made chicken apple sausage.
Lunch will include a vast assortment of vegetable-centric options, as well as a few classics with a healthful culinary twist. "I am really loving our seasonal bowl right now," says Chef Nicole. "It starts with a butternut squash cashew 'cream' which is topped with roasted vadouvan curry cauliflower, quinoa, and arugula. It's then finished off with pomegranate and spiced pumpkin seeds for some crunchy texture. It's the kind of dish that even a carnivore can eat without missing the meat."
DIRT has also carefully planned its beverage program, starting with highly skilled baristas who will handcraft espresso-based drinks using DIRT's very own private label coffee (house-made nut milk available at no extra charge). Not a coffee drinker? Start your day off with a chef-driven smoothie, cold-pressed juice, or a cup of JoJo tea instead. For a nightcap and during weekend brunch, DIRT will serve a very unique selection of wine and sake cocktails created by Chef Jonathan, in addition to 4 local beers on tap.
Transparency is also a vital part of DIRT's core values-all ingredients have been carefully selected by the two chefs. "Guests will know exactly what they're eating-nutritional information and ingredient origin will be displayed in the restaurant, online, and on printed menus. A focal point of the restaurant will be a large display used to inform guests about the origin of our ingredients. It will also highlight local vendors and partners with whom we work closely," says Co-Founder and General Manager Jeff LaTulippe.
"We're offering our guests a vast array of options," LaTulippe continues. "There's something for every dietary restriction or personal preference-paleo, vegan, pescatarian, gluten-free, you name it. But the best part is it's all delicious, approachable, and clean, down-to-earth cuisine...that's why we call it DIRT."
"We want to elevate the idea of what a counter-service restaurant could be, and we want our guests to enjoy themselves no matter what they choose to eat or drink," says Chef Jonathan. "We've put just as much care into selecting our sustainable wines and crafting refreshing cocktails as we've put into creating our salads, juices, and breakfast bowls."
Prior to co-founding DIRT, Chef Jonathan spent nearly 25 years crafting inventive, sustainable cuisine. He was most recently Executive Chef at Elizabeth's Gone Raw, Washington, D.C.'s premier vegan eatery, after cutting his teeth in some of the finest kitchens in New York City (Atlas, Artisanal, and Chanterelle) and Washington, D.C. (Le Paradou, Hook, OYA, and SAX).
Chef Nicole began her career at Bradley Ogden's One Market Restaurant in San Francisco before moving on to the Biltmore Hotel, Michelle Bernstein Catering, and the fast casual Crumb on Parchment, where she was also Executive Chef. Chef Nicole most recently helmed the kitchen at Fooq's in downtown Miami, which she helped build from the ground up, during which time she was included in Modern Luxury's 2015 "5 Chefs to Watch".
Beyond its sustainable approach to food, DIRT has already embraced a charitable approach to the community. The restaurant has established a relationship with Feeding South Florida and has pledged to donate the equivalent of 1% of its sales to the non-profit organization from the day the doors open. DIRT will donate healthy grab-and-go items to support Feeding South Florida's Backpack Program, which provides food packs for children who don't have access to meals over the weekend.
In addition to DIRT's commitment to delicious food and philanthropy, the eatery is the only restaurant south of Orlando to earn certification by the United States Healthful Food Council's Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL) program, a nationally recognized mark of excellence for environmental stewardship, high-quality sourcing, and holistic nutrition.
For more information, please visit www.dirteatclean.com and follow @DIRTeatclean on social media.

Taste Miami Fall At Uvaggio Wine Bar

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Duck Confit

Duck Confit

Uvaggio Wine Bar is nestled in the heart of Downtown Coral Gables on Miracle Mile. This truly hidden Miami gem is a cozy spot that everyone who is either a Miami native, or just passing by must include in their go-to restaurant list.

Having been opened for almost two years, the two masterminds behind this wonderful wine bar concept have truly created something special here in the Gables. Not only does Craig bring in over 25 years of business experience to the table, you also have Heath who is a world-class sommelier - and we have him right in our backyard!

Last week I was given the immense opportunity to head over to Uvaggio to taste and experience dishes off of their new fall menu. Keep in mind, these guys like to keep it fresh, so you will see local soured ingredients that make the plates more Miami-like and unique. 

First up, Chef Tanner presented us with a season salad. The salad was perfectly light and fresh with strawberries, avocado, pomelo, pickled red onion, topped with citrus zest goat cheese. I have to tell you that I am not really big on goat cheese, and I absolutely loved this take on a salad. 

Seasonal Salad

Seasonal Salad

Then for the entrees, you will be able to choose from either the duck confit, handmade potato gnocchi, slow cooked brisket, or the sous vide pork cheeks. I am not here to pick favorites, but if I had to order one I would get the duck confit and not share. This plate comes with an acorn squash pureé, dandelion-sorrel salad, mustard-apple vinaigrette, and a cranberry gastrique. Absolutely exquisite. In case you were wondering, Heath paired this dish with a wine from Turkey, which I had never had before! 

Handmade Potato Gnocchi

Handmade Potato Gnocchi

Slow Cooked Brisket

Slow Cooked Brisket

Sous Vide Pork Cheeks

Sous Vide Pork Cheeks

Something to note, you can never go wrong with anything you order here at Uvaggio. Make sure to talk to Heath so he can help you pair each delectable dish with the perfect glass of wine.

18 South Florida Spots To Celebrate Thanksgiving

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Photo courtesy of: Mondrian Hotel (Pies 'N' Thighs) 

Photo courtesy of: Mondrian Hotel (Pies 'N' Thighs) 

The holidays are finally here! Even though, some may say they aren't feeling it too much because of this super intense heat. Either way, whether you are going to be cooking a caja china (like me), or just laying low, here are a few restaurant options in case you want to go out to celebrate how thankful you are for your family!

La Terraza
1109 Brickell Ave. | Miami, FL 33131

This Thanksgiving head over to La Terraza for traditional and Miami style options. For appetizer you can choose between a roasted pumpkin soup or a local avocado salad with grouper escabeche. Then for your entree you can order either a herb butter roasted turkey with dauphinoise potatoes, or a roasted pork and turkey with moro rice. And, lastly, for dessert you can have a fresh baked pecan pie, or a house made quattro leches. This menu is $35.

The Restaurant at The Setai
2001 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

The Restaurant at The Setai is celebrating Thanksgiving with an elaborate and untraditional brunch and prix fixe dinner menu. On November 26th, The Restaurant at the Setai will feature a Thanksgiving Day themed brunch with three seatings at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Classic Thanksgiving dishes will be available including Turkey and Ham, Roasted Honey Glazed Leg of Lamb, Creekstone Strip Loin, Truffle Roasted Murray Farm Chicken, and BBQ Kurobuta Bershire Pork Ribs. An extensive array of seafood will be available as well including Alaskan King Crab Legs, Snow Crab Claws, Blue Point Oysters, Mediterranean Mussels, Little Neck Clams, and Shrimps and Cod Ceviche. Lastly, the brunch will feature untraditional dishes including Indonesian Beef Rendang, Indian Lamb Vidaloo, Upma (Indian Polenta), a selection of Indian Tandoori Breads, Traditional Pad Thai, Chicken Panang Curry, Papaya and Florida Mango Salad, Tom Yong Goon, and Singaporean Laksa. 

From 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., The Restaurant at The Setai’s delicious three-course dinner menu gives guests a choice of appetizer, including a Foie Gras “Torchon”, Truffle Dumpling, “Thai Langoustine”, or Pumpkin Velouté. Guests will then choose between Maine Lobster, Roasted Turkey, and Wagyu Striploin. To finish their Thanksgiving meal, guests will have a choice of dessert, including the Vanilla Chai Roasted Pear, with gingerbread sponge, oat crumble, mascarpone crème fraiche gelato; Pumpkin Mousse Roulade, with candied pecans, Pumpkin Seed Brittle, and bourbon ice cream; and variations on chocolate, including bittersweet ganache, whipped white chocolate cream, and dehydrated chocolate mousse with dark chocolate sorbet. The prix fixe menu is $95 for adults and $48 for children. A vegetarian menu is available upon request. For reservations, please visit www.opentable.com/the-restaurant-at-the-setai or call (305) 520-6400. 

db Bistro Moderne
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way | Miami, FL 33131

On Thursday, November 26th from 1 p.m. - 9 p.m., db Bistro Moderne invites families and friends to enjoy a three-course, prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner prepared by Chef Jason Pringle that is sure to satisfy from start to finish. The festive menu is filled with seasonal dishes such as Pumpkin Soup with Caramelized Apple, Spiced Crème Fraîche, Traditional Roast Turkey with Chestnut Dressing, Cranberry Chutney Brussels Sprouts, Whipped Sweet Potato, Gravy, and the Green Apple Mille-Feuille with Granny Smith Apple, Butternut Crémeux, Puff Pastry Smoked Vanilla Ice Cream. Embracing in the giving this season brings, db Bistro Moderne will be sending each guest home with a complimentary Turkey Sandwich to-go, to enjoy the following day. The cost is $65 for adults and $35 for children 12 and under.

Steak 954
401 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Stephen Starr’s Steak 954 will be offering a delicious a la carte holiday meal this Thanksgiving. In additional to their regular menu, Chef Nicolay and Pastry Chef Sara Magoon will be presenting seasonal specials like the Turkey Dinner with white or dark meat, turkey sausage stuffing, whipped potatoes and cranberry chutney ($33), Sweet Potato Puree with caramelized marshmallows ($11), Cornbread biscuit, Graphton aged cheddar mornay, charred corn relish ($11) and Pumpkin Souffle with Scotch Caramel, Spiced Pepita ($10). This menu will be available on Thursday, Nov. 26th from 11:00 a.m - 4 p.m. and 5 p.m – 9 p.m.

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

Leave the work to Delano and indulge in a three-course meal this Thanksgiving at Bianca at Delano. With a pre-fixe menu including the perfect holiday selections from Chef Jason Bamford, your taste buds will be spoiled with the flavorful fall options. Choose from autumn squash soup or mixed petite greens, followed by a traditional turkey dinner or a Delmonico rib eye. Finish off your meal with the perfect Thanksgiving dessert: a warm apple crostata with cinnamon caramel chards and maple pecan gelato. Thanksgiving dinner is priced at $65 per person. For reservations, please call 305-674-5752. This menu will be available on Thursday, Nov. 26th from 4:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

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

In celebration of the holiday Terrazza at Shore Club will hold a special Thanksgiving-themed edition of Chef's Table on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. Unlike most family-style Thanksgiving dinners the Chef's Table will take guests through Thanksgiving dinner course-by-course for an intimate and interactive experience. Guests will have direct access to Chef Steve Rhee as he prepares nine courses including Pumpkin Purée Soup with Parmesan, bacon and chive and Turkey Roulade with pine nuts, cranberries and creamed kale for a contemporary twist on a Thanksgiving Feast. Space is limited to 12 seats so guests are asked to call 305.695.3226 for reservations.  This opportunity is available on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015.* *Chef’s Table at Terrazza is available every third Monday and by request

Gianni’s at The Villa
1116 Ocean Dr. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Celebrate this Thanksgiving dining in the lap of luxury at Gianni’s at the Villa. Indulge in an extravagant three-course meal with selections by Chef Thomas Stewart, beginning with a choice of Gamberino St. Remo (pan seared Key West prawns) or a rich truffle butternut squash zuppa. The lavish seasonal menu continues with the main course- a choice of traditional turkey dinner, Wagyu skirt steak, or Spanish branzino- and culminates in a decadent dessert of tarte tatin or pumpkin pots de crème. Thanksgiving dinner is priced at $120 per person. For reservations, please call 786-485-2200. This menu is available on Nov. 26th from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Prime 112
112 Ocean Dr. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Miami Beach’s illustrious staple Prime 112, announces exceptional offerings for guests along with its award-winning menu for Thanksgiving. Prime 112 will have diners giving thanks for the souped up holiday favorites he's added to the already sumptuous menu. No need to worry about stressful holiday cooking when you can enjoy Thanksgiving favorites like Slow Roasted Free Range Turkey with Cranberries & Gravy, Kobe Beef & Sausage Stuffing, Southern Fried Turkey Leg and more. Top off your decadent meal with a creative dessert that will put last year's store-bought pumpkin pie to shame: Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting. This menu will be available on Nov. 26th starting at 5p.m.
Mondrian South Beach
1100 West Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Just in time for Thanksgiving Pies ‘N’ Thighs, a critically praised Brooklyn-based restaurant, is coming to Miami! The pop-up Pies 'N' Thighs will serve up its signature southern fare including fried chicken and pies that The New York Times lauded as “... honest, american and sweet." Highlights include sour cherry and pecan pies. Owners Sarah Sanneh and Carolyn Bane have an impressive background including stints at Magnolia Bakery, The Spotted Pig and Momofuku Milk Bar. Pies ‘N’ Thighs will take up residence in Mondrian opening Nov. 16, 205 through Jan. 17, 2016. The restaurant will be in addition to Momo Sushi Shack, whose partnership with Mondrian South Beach is confirmed through January 2016. The pop-up is open from Monday, Nov. 16, 2015 to Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016.

The Federal
5132 Biscayne Blvd. | Miami, FL 33137

You can also take a Thanksgiving dinner to-go for 8 people! This includes dishes like a smoked turkey breast, Federal biskits, chorizo stuffing, and coconuts flan or apple cobbler.  Plus, every person receives a welcome glass of champagne upon arrival and cookies to take home!
The Forge
432 W 41st St. | Miami Beach, FL 33140

These guys are offering a prix fixe menu, which starts at 5 p.m. For $75 you can get an autumn green salad, butternut squash soup, herb roasted turkey breast and 24 hour braised dark meat, and spiced pumpkin cheesecake. 

La Mar
500 Brickell Key Dr. | Miami, FL 33131

Delight in Peruvian specialists inspired by the flavors of Thanksgiving from November 19 until November 26 at lunch and dinner. You can enjoy plates like the rocoto relleno, or the jumbo wings. Plus, for dessert you can indulge in a Peruvian chocolate cheesecake, which comes with baked apple ice cream. Yum.

Multiple locations

Guests can pre-order or dine in at restaurants located in Brickell, Aventura and Midtown. A deposit of fifty dollars ($50) for parties up to 6 persons or one hundred dollars ($100) for groups larger than 6 attendees. The deposit is non-refundable unless a cancellation is received in writing by no later than Tuesday, November 24th, 2015. Brickell & Aventura will be open from 2-10pm; Midtown will be open 1-9pm. Menu is $39 per person including one glass of sangria, cabernet sauvignon or chardonnay.
3252 NE 1st Ave. | Miami, FL 33137

Here you are enjoying plates like their ripped endive and radicchio leaves appetizer, their romesco rubbed confit turkey for your entree, and a sweet potato tart for dessert. This menu is available on Nov. 26th from11:30 a.m. to midnight.
Multiple locations

Firs things first, you are greeted with a butternut squash clementine Bellini. Then you get to enjoy braised short rib gyoza, mojo roasted organic turkey, and kabocha cheesecake harumaki. Their special menu  is available at both locations in Coral Gables and Miami Beach; open regular hours, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Barton G
1427 West Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

This has always been one of my favorite restaurants. Here you can get appetizers like their calabaza pumpkin soup or fall garden salad. And for your entree you can indulge in their herb roasted turkey breast and confit leg. Lastly, for dessert you are having their delicious pumpkin donuts, which come with pumpkin butter, spiced warm chocolate, and cinnamon anglaise. The restaurant will be open from 7 – 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Reservations can be made at www.bartongtherestaurant.com/reservations or by calling (305) 672-8881. And the menu is $65.
Eden Roc Resort
4525 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33140

These guys are having a Thanksgiving Day Brunch ($75-95, per person) – From 11am to 5pm on Thursday, November 26, patrons of Eden Roc Resort Miami Beach can pre-game (we won’t tell!) with a Thanksgiving Day brunch, available for $95 (inclusive of alcohol) or $75 (exclusive of alcohol), per person. Children ages 6 – 12, $40, per child; children under the age of five eat free. Highlights include: fresh and local seasonal salad station, a chilled seafood and ceviche bar, as well as local and imported cheeses with chutneys, honey, and flatbreads. As mains, guests can enjoy a carving station with brine and roasted turkey with roulade of stuff thigh; honey and spice glazed roasted pork shoulder serviced with bao buns, accompaniments and sauces; as well as herb and garlic roasted prime rib. And, for dessert, Eden Roc Resort Miami Beach will offer an assortment of holiday classics and pieces.

The Bazaar
1701 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

The Bazaar by Jose Andres Thanksgiving Day Menu (a la carte pricing) – Dinner will be served at 6pm on Thursday, November 26, and patrons of The Bazaar by Jose Andres can indulge in a lovely Thanksgiving dinner that’s sure to be a culinary delight. Highlights include: Savory mains include traditional treats, a few with a modern twist, including: squash soup with vanilla, curry and Taylor Bay scallops; creamy mushroom rice with wild foraged mushrooms and Idiazabal cheese; Amish farmed turkey, featuring a truffled breast, confit leg and topped with traditional gravy; spiced lamb lion with hazelnut puree, apricot and mushrooms; Blue Nose sea bass accompanied with squash blossoms and fumet; brussels sprouts with lemon puree, apricots, grapes, lemon air and plantains; green bean casserole with matsutake mushrooms, crispy shallots; sweet potato with marshmallow fluff and caramelize pecans; spiced cranberries with Florida citrus and Ceylon cinnamon; Butifarra cornbread stuffing with guindilla and piquillo peppers and pork sausage. Sweet treats put a spin on classics with a deconstructed pumpkin pie featuring toasted graham, meringue and maple air. Chocolate lovers and rejoice with the decadent spiced chocolate cremeaux created with pumpkin cake tuile and pumpkin ice cream.

7 New Cocktails To Try This Fall Season

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What will you be sipping on this fall season? Here are a few cocktails that you can either drink with your girls on a GNO, or maybe you just want to brunch it up.

Living Room and Whiskey Blue
401 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

If you’re looking for something bold and bubbly, then the Old Cuban will hit the spot. Featuring mint, lime and ginger, this drink is topped off with a Domaine Chandon float for a perfect pop. A take on an old favorite, the New Fashioned doesn’t stray far from its predecessor, but mixes things up with tequila. Not to worry—bitters and your favorite citrus garnishes still included. Let your days turn into Brooklyn Nights with this smooth cocktail. With complementing Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey and Flor de Cana 7 Rum, notes of lime, honey and Angostura bitters finish off this mix for a drink that’s sure to please your palate.
If you’re daring enough to try these out on your own, see the recipes below.
Old Cuban
Muddle mint
1.5oz Bacardi Rum
½ oz lime juice
½ oz simple syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Shake. Coupe.
1.5oz Domaine Chandon float.
New Fashioned
2oz Casamigos Anejo Tequila
1tsp Demerara sugar
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 dashes Regans orange bitters
Stir. Pour over ice. Garnish with one orange peel and one lemon peel.
Brooklyn Nights
1.5oz Tullamore Dew Whiskey
½ oz Flor de Cana 7 Rum
¾ oz lime juice
¾ oz honey/water mix
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Shake. Pour over ice. Garnish with lemon peel.

Apothecary 330
330 Himmarshee St #101 | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

This is a hidden gem inside of Ft. Lauderdale’s newest restaurant, PizzaCraft. You have to walk towards the back of the restaurant where you are taken back to a prohibition style bar. Here they are serving up classic cocktails from the Prohibition Era, but with a twist. My personal favorite is the NY Sour. Try it, you’ll love it.

Nikki Beach
1 Ocean Dr. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

On November 8th Nikki Beach unveiled it’s new Bloody Mary Bar, now available exclusively during Nikki Beach’s famous Sunday Brunch. You will be able to sip on more than fourteen different varieties of Bloody Mary's for $8 each, including The BLT Mary (Nikki's handcrafted Bloody Mary mix brewed with mouthwatering bacon and poured over vodka and garnished cherry tomatoes, a Romaine leaf, crispy bacon and fresh lemon), The Japanese Mary (Blazing Wasabi, fish sauce and rice wine vinegar infused Bloody Mary mix served with Tyku Sake and garnished with pickled ginger, Wakami salad and a sprig of scallion), fresh Oyster Shots and many more.