6 South Florida Ice Cream and Gelato Shops You Need To Try This Summer

Miliani Gelateria

Miliani Gelateria

Written by RandoMiami Contributor
Bianca Bahamondes

There is nothing better than a scoop of ice cream or gelato on a hot summer day. Here in Miami you’d be happy to know that we have some pretty awesome shops to really cool you down. 

Here are a few of our current favorite spots for those of you who are looking for a scoop, or two, of ice cream!

ChillN Nitrogen Ice Cream
17831 Biscayne Blvd. | Aventura, FL 33160

This ice cream shop is probably the most unique one in Miami. They freeze their ice cream on the spot using liquid nitrogen.  I usually get hazelnut, which is a scoop or two of Nutella. It’s pretty cool to be able to watch the smoke pour over the bowl from the freezing nitrogen right in front of you. Want toppings on it? No problem. They will mix any toppings you want into the ice cream, so every bite is perfect. And for all you frozen yogurt lovers out there, they make that too!
 
Milani Gelateria
436 Española Way | Miami, FL 33139

If you're in the South Beach area head over to Milani on Española Way for some delicious gelato. They have a variety of flavors and they make them all fresh daily. They even had pistachio flavor, which I can almost never find at ice cream shops these days. The gelato is rich and their seating is adorable – chairs and tables that look like ice cream cones. It’s a little pricey, but it’s a perfect spot if you’re strolling the streets of South Beach.
 
Gelateria 4D
670 Lincoln Road Mall | Miami Beach, FL 33139

When I'm on Lincoln Road I always stop by 4D. There's almost always a line, but it goes by quickly and is well worth the wait. It's conveniently located near the center of the Lincoln Road Mall, which makes it a great snack for any sweet tooth spending some time shopping, or even as an after dinner treat. Make sure to try their Amarena flavor; it's a best seller!
 
Latteria Italiana
3301 NE 1st Ave #101. | Miami, FL 33137

Latteria is the newest addition to the gelato scene in Miami. Having opened shop in Midtown they are in the perfect location for those that just want to hang out and enjoy some delicious gelato. They pride themselves and being true to their Italian roots, and they do not add any preservatives to their gluten free gelato. I would order a scoop of their hazelnut and stracciatella, that will really hit the spot.

Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant
128 S Federal Highway | Dania Beach, FL 33004

It’s a bit north of Miami, but a spot you must visit at some point if you’re a local, or even if you’re just driving through. Jaxson’s takes you back in time. It’s an “old fashion ice cream parlour” as they call it, with walls decked out in memorabilia from top to bottom. They have just about every flavor of ice cream you can think of, and the portions are pretty large. They even have a small candy shop at the front of the restaurant, which displays all sorts of candies and toys to choose from!

Sloan’s Ice Cream
700 South Rosemary Ave. | West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Unfortunately, Sloan’s hasn't made its way down to Miami-Dade County just yet, so you will have to take a trip up to either Boca or West Palm Beach to visit this ice cream shop. These guys really know how to make ice cream, and create combinations that will keep you coming back for more. If you are a peanut butter lover check out their Chunky Peanut Butter Cup, which comes with Reese’s peanut butter cups and a whole lot of peanut butter swirls.

Your Miami Guide To Memorial Day Weekend

Photo courtesy of: Gentside Voyage

Photo courtesy of: Gentside Voyage

Besides saying thanking you to all of our veterans who serve our country on a daily basis, many Miamians take this long weekend opportunity to sit back and relax a bit from their daily grind. I have compiled of few things you should keep in mind when looking for things to do this weekend.

Looking for something more relaxing? Maybe you want to spruce up on your Miami culture?

1.    Head over to the Marlins stadium: Who doesn’t love a good hot dog, and a great baseball game? The Miami Marlins have also upped their food offerings, and while you can get the quintessential kayem dog on a bun, you can also indulge in pastrami or minuta sandwiches, root beer floats, tequeños, arepas, tamales, and many other delicious treats. Try it all when the Marlins host the Baltimore Orioles this Sunday at 1:10 p.m. at Marlins Park (501 Marlins Way).

2.    Take the Coral Gables Waterway Canoe Tour: Instead of spending the whole day barbecuing spend some time learning about the Miami that once was and indulge in a little historically accurate nostalgia of your own. On the Coral Gables Waterway Canoe Tour, guides will whisk you back to the days of George Merrick (planner and builder of Coral Gables), the town’s formative years, and the heyday of the iconic, charming Biltmore Hotel. You’ll see all kinds of wildlife, unique natural sights, and lots of landmarks as you enjoy a breezy paddle through the area’s canals.

Bring water, closed-toe shoes, and sun protection. The tour runs from 9 a.m. to noon Monday and begins and ends at A.D. Barnes Park Nature Center (3401 SW 72nd Ave., Miami). Tickets cost $30 per person. Visitmiamidade.gov/ecoadventures or call 305-365-3018. 

3.    Head over to the beach for some fireworks: You know there will be fireworks, and for those of us on a budget all you have to do is pay for parking. I would even suggest spending the day tanning with a few sandwiches and then stay for the fireworks!

Maybe you are looking for more music and dancing?

4.    Check out The Best of the Best Concert: This concert is taking place at Bayfront Park. This festival is all about celebrating Caribbean music and will feature musicians like Beenie Man, Capleton, Lady Saw, Shabba Ranks, and 28 others.

5.    Best of the Best Official Afterparty: Once the fun in the sun is over at Bayfront Park, the party keeps going just north of the Broward County line. If you are looking for a good time then leave the kids at home and head over to Café Iguana in Pembroke Pines where the party continues. There will be nine DJs taking turns dropping the hottest in reggae, dancehall, soca, hip-hop, and R&B. Bottles are available for $150 until 1 a.m., and parking is free.

6.    T.I. is taking over Story: This weekend T.I. will be here in Miami taking over South Beach. If you are looking for a good time on Saturday night you may want to check this party out.

5 Miami Lunch Menus You Must Check Out

Morimoto Sushi Set Photo courtesy of: Morimoto

Morimoto Sushi Set

Photo courtesy of: Morimoto

Who isn’t looking for something tastier for lunch? You know there is always that one day that you forget your lunch at home, or you simply just don't feel like cooking lunch! Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Here are some pretty delicious lunch menus that will be sure to spice up your daily routine. 

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

These guys are serving up their ‘set lunch’ menu options from noon to 3 p.m. for $25. Some of the menu options include their hot stone rice bowls and sushi sets. Plus, who doesn't love their angry chicken, which is their version of an orange chicken?

Makoto 
Bal Harbour Shops
9700 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33154

This Bal Harbour favorite is serving Miamians their $18 bento box, which is served with wasabi rice and a choice of salad or miso soup (my favorite). The choices include chicken robata with scallions, sushi (either spicy tuna or California), and ponzu salmon with crispy Brussels sprouts.

Semilla
1330 Alton Rd. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Here you can get a prix fixe three-course weekly changing menu for $23. They have been known to serve things like gazpacho peas, apple and ricotta, crispy chicken with cumin sauce, mango crumble, and a homemade dulce de leche.

Tamarina
600 Brickell Ave. | Miami, FL 33131

Thery are offering their pix fixe business lunch menu for $25, which includes a two-course lunch. Or for $32 you can get a three-course lunch. And, this includes complimentary valet!

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

I really love this spot in Downtown Miami. For $26 you can get things like their their pate en croute, ricotta gnocchi, chicken paella, and a mixed berry tart.

6 South Florida Breweries You Must Visit

One of my favorite things to do down here in South Florida is to explore and taste different craft beers. If you are looking for an awesome day trip check out these breweries below, which are just a short drive away. I guarantee you will try some pretty tasty local beers!

Funky Buddha Brewery
1201 NE 38th St. | Oakland Park, FL 33334

You have to take the time to take a tour of this 40,000 square-foot facility. Having opened in June 2013, this brewery is the first of its kind in Broward County and the largest brewery in South Florida! When you stop by make sure to try their No Crust beer, which tastes exactly like a peanut butter jelly sandwich! 

Due South Brewery
2900 High Ridge Rd #3. | Boynton Beach, FL 33426

Due South Brewing Co. started as a home brewing hobby on Mike and Jodi Halker’s back porch and evolved into what it is today with the support of friends, family, and the terrific Due South staff. When you stop by take a tour and make sure to try their Caramel Cream Ale and the Café Ole Espresso Porter.

Wynwood Brewing Company
565 NW 24th St. | Miami, FL 33127

Wynwood Brewing Company is Miami’s first craft production brewery, in the heart of Wynwood Art District, featuring a taproom. They are family owned and operated with the simple objective of bringing fresh, delicious, and creative beers to thirsty South Floridians and tourists alike. My personal favorite is La Rubia, which has a nice crisp bitterness to it with a slight sweet flavor. If you like darker beers then try Pop’s Porter!

Miami Brewing Company 
30205 SW 217th Ave. | Homestead, FL 33030

Peter Schnebly started Miami Brewing Company as a side project to give his customers the option of a personally crafted beer while others in their party enjoyed some of Schnebly's fine wines. I love the Shark Bait Mango Wheat Ale, which has a light mango taste with hints of banana.

Biscayne Bay Brewing Company
8000 NW 25th St. | Doral, FL 33122

Biscayne Bay Brewing Company was born to provide the thriving community that surrounds Biscayne Bay with a great bright beer to match the words used by Ponce de Leon to describe it as "a bright, nameless great bay" upon its discovery 500 years ago. The Miami Pale Ale is truly delicious. This classic American pale ale is the perfect all-around beer. 

Concrete Beach Brewery 
325 NW 24th St. | Miami, FL 33127

Concrete Beach is an artisanal craft beer brewery located in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District. Their mission is to provide great tasting craft beer inspired by the culture and flavors of Miami, all while supporting the arts and community organizations in the neighborhoods we serve. Right now they are serving up the Rica, which is a Wheat India Pale Ale, and Stiltsville, which is a Pilsner.

Due South Brewery Caramel Cream Ale & Café Ole Espresso Porter

Due South Brewery Caramel Cream Ale & Café Ole Espresso Porter

Wynwood Brewing Company La Rubia

Wynwood Brewing Company La Rubia

Wynwood Brewing Company Cup of Jose

Wynwood Brewing Company Cup of Jose

Miami Brewing Company Shark Bait Mango Wheat Ale

Miami Brewing Company Shark Bait Mango Wheat Ale

13 Mother’s Day Brunch Spots To Check Out In South Florida

Via Verdi

Via Verdi

In case you didn't realize Mother’s Day is literally around the corner. In other words, Mother’s Day is next weekend. If you haven’t planned anything yet don't worry, I have compiled some of the best Mother’s Day brunch menus – you’re mom is sure not to be disappointed! 

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

Join Bianca at Delano on Mother’s Day for the launch of their brand new brunch buffet created by newly appointed Executive Chef, Vikram Katoch featuring live cooking stations. Spoil mom with a beautiful display of flavorful seafood, local fruits and vegetables, cheeses, pasta, a selection of barbecue items, sushi, and desserts with each station featuring an assortment of delicious items. Carved to order in front of patrons, brunch includes a flavorful Coca-Cola Char Grilled Skirt Steak, Lobster grilled and marinated with herbs and olive oil, and shrimp and vegetable skewers. Mom’s sweet tooth will be satisfied with a scrumptious choice of desserts including mini Tiramisu, Strawberry Mousse, Macaroons, and Mini Crème Brulee. Included in the brunch, endless Bloody Mary’s and Champagne top off the thankful Mother’s Day. The Mother’s Day brunch is priced at $90 for adults and $45 for children. For reservations, please call 305.674.5752.
 
Sunday, May 10
11 am – 4 pm

Fusion Café
15531 Sheridan St. | Davie, FL 33331

Soul Food Chef Amaris Jones and Chef Irie are serving a Mother’s Day Pop Up Brunch Buffet on Sunday, May 10th at Fusion Café, with hosts Ted Lucas (Slip N Slide Records) and former Miami Dolphin Vernon Carey. For $35 (adults) and $25 (children 12 to 5 years old), guests will enjoy complimentary mimosas and a brunch buffet. Selections include free range fried chicken, red velvet waffles, organic omelet station, biscuits and gravy, fried catfish, seasonal organic salads, Caribbean shrimp and grits, local shrimp creole, jerk chicken and more. Patrons will also enjoy LIVE entertainment from local artists. For reservations please contact soulbrunch@gmail.com or 954.394.2458.
 
Sunday, May 10
10 am to 5 pm 

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

This Mother’s Day db Bistro Moderne will offer a special prix fixe menu for Sunday brunch with delightful options created by Chef Jason Pringle. For the first course, guests can choose from dishes such as Green Garlic Soup with Asparagus Flan, Pancetta and Purple Potato, Paradise Heirloom Tomatoes with Goat Cheese, Basil and Arugula, Guinea Hen Terrine with Violet Mustard, Spring Greens and Foie Gras and more. Main course options include Egg Benedict with Crumpet, Smoked Salmon and Hollandaise Sauce, Local Dayboat Swordfish with Potato Causa, Achiote and Tomato, Herb Crusted Chicken with Farro, Asparagus and Hazelnuts and more. Make sure to save room for dessert with choices like Rhubarb Mousse with White Chocolate Powder, Lemon Sablé, and Yuzu Strawberry Sorbet, Chocolate Opera Cake Almonds, Coffee, Passion Fruit Gel and Dulce de Leche Ice Cream and Bourbon Chocolate Fondant, Caramel Sauce, Chocolate Tuile and Coffee Ice Cream. This is $52 per person. For reservations please call db Bistro Moderne at 305.421.8800

Sunday, May 10
11 am – 3:30 pm

Villa Azur (*dinner only)
309 23rd St. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Celebrate Mother's Day in the beautiful French Riviera inspired Villa Azur and indulge in complimentary champagne and elegant desserts. On May 10th, guests can spoil their moms with a complimentary glass of Champagne Louis Roederer Rosé Millesimé 2009 and an elegant Le Framboisier dessert from acclaimed chef Sebastien Feynerol for $14. 

Sunday, May 10

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

When it comes to Mother’s Day dining, Terrazza at Shore Club is the best way to celebrate Mom! The poolside Italian chophouse will offer a special Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch and is treating all mothers to a complimentary glass of Rose Wine.  This buffet-style brunch includes live food stations including a create-your-own omelet station, live raw bar with East and West Coast Oysters, Corvina Ceviche, and Tuna Tar-Tar, a charcuterie & cheese station with a selection of fine Salami, Prosciutto, Parmesan, Asiago and more, a salad bar including Crab Panzanella and Caprese, assorted pizzas, small plate delicacies, including Red Wine Braised Short Ribs, Pan Seared Bronzino, Pollo Mattone and Assorted Grilled Vegetables, and a decadent dessert station offering Chocolate Cake, Cheese Cake and assorted mini pastries. For reservations please call 305 695 3226. For ladies: $65 per person including one Mother's Day signature cocktail and unlimited drinks (Mimosas, Bellinis and/or Sangrias) For men: $65 per person, or $85 for unlimited drinks (Mimosas, Bellinis and/or Sangrias)
 
Sunday, May 10  
11am - 4pm

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

Morimoto South Beach is celebrating moms everywhere with a delicious Mother’s Day brunch featuring new brunch dishes and Morimoto classics. From noon – 3 p.m., guests can treat their loved one to an a la carte menu with a range of speciality brunch dishes including Eggs Benedict, Momo Cubano, Steak and Eggs, Hirame Ceviche, and a Lobster Roll. Iron Chef Morimoto classics include his famous Hamachi Tacos, Tuna Pizza, Spicy King Crab, Angry Chicken, and Soy Braised Black Cod. Guests can indulge in a Fiery Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart or a Mango Pudding for dessert. To top off Mother’s Day brunch, unlimited Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s will be available for $12. For reservations, please call 305.341.1500.
   
Sunday, May 10
Noon – 3 pm 
 
STEAK 954 at W Fort Lauderdale 
401 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Treat mom to an unbelievable brunch at Steak 954 this Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10th. Enjoy brunch on the outdoor terrace while overlooking the beach or in the dining room, which features the mesmerizing 15-foot long aquarium. Brunch specials, created by Executive Chef Nicolay Adinaguev, are available starting at 11am. These specials include Crab Deviled Eggs with House Made Pickles, Lobster Toast with Sourdough, Heirloom Tomatoes, Avocado, Gem Lettuce and Tarragon Crema and Petite Filet and Eggs with Marinated Baby Artichoke, Sauce Chorone. For those with a sweet tooth, try the Hazelnut Buttermilk Pancakes with Blood Orange Butter and Local Star Fruit. For reservations or more information, please call 954.414.8333 or visit www.Steak954.com.

Sunday, May 10
11 am - 4 pm

JW Marriott Miami 
1109 Brickell Ave. | Miami, FL 33131

Marriott Miami will be having a Mother’s Day Gourmet Brunch at Isabela’s featuring live jazz entertainment on May 10th! The brunch will also have balloon artists, a kids pancake station, and a complimentary sparkling wine cocktail station. The brunch will be available between 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. and is priced at $65 for adults, $19 for children under 12, and complimentary for children under 3. Fun for everyone!

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

Show mom how special she is by treating her to Mother’s Day Brunch at Serendipity 3. Enjoy a beautiful afternoon on Lincoln Road while sipping delicious drink specials created with love for all the moms out there: The “MOMosa” made with champagne, grenadine, fresh OJ and strawberry garnish; the sweet and bubbly “MIA Pink Fizz” with simple syrup, fresh mint leaves, fresh squeezed lime, vodka, cranberry and champagne; or the a Bellini with a twist—the “Grapefruit Mint Bellini” made with simple syrup, fresh mint, champagne and a splash of grapefruit. For reservations, call (305)-403-2210.

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

Treat mom this Mother’s Day at Oak Tavern for brunch in the courtyard. With a beautiful ambience and great food, there’s no better spot to show mom how much you appreciate her. Spice things up with our “Let the Party Begin” drink special—$30 per person unlimited Mimosas, Bellini’s or or Bloody Mary’s. But don’t drink on an empty stomach—make sure to pair our cocktails with some of our favorite brunch specials including our Duck Hash & Fried Duck Egg served with beet relish, chevre, and signature jalepeno cornbread; Steak & Eggs with rich truffle butter and home fries; or for something sweeter, our Coconut French toast made with rum caramel, chocolate shavings and bananas. And if there’s still room after that, make sure to top it off with our warm, sticky Pecan-Cinnamon buns for dessert. For reservations and more information, call (786)-391-1818. 

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

Take mom by the water and treat her a day of great food, delicious drinks and a breathtaking view at Monty’s Sunset. Bring the whole family and dig into our fresh raw bar for “The Bounty” including 6 oysters, 6 clams, 3 jumbo shrimp, 3 medium stone crab claws and a delicious conch salad. Make sure to try our other house favorites including our Fried Shrimp basket, Grilled Mahi Mahi, Sunset Tacos, or the Lobster BLT sandwich. And the meal is not complete without finishing it off with Monty’s Award-Winning Key Lime Pie. For reservations, call (305)-672-1148.

Via Verdi
6900 Biscayne Blvd. | Miami, FL 33138

Join us for “festa della mama” at Via Verdi and spoil the woman who deserves the best of the best. Via Verdi offers a delicious Italian brunch menu created just for the occasion. Indulge in these irresistible specials including crispy Florida calamari, shrimp and zucchini in a spicy arrabbiata sauce, steak and eggs with savory truffle fries, or the classic favorite—spaghetti and meatballs. Top it all off with our sweet “Grandma knows more than Mom” chocolate and vanilla cannoli for dessert. For reservations, call (305)-403-2210. 

Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge
150 Ocean Dr. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Join us at Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge on Mother’s Day for lunch or dinner. Indulge mom on her special day with fine dining and a tasteful atmosphere on Miami’s beautiful Ocean Drive. Dine al fresco for the view or inside at the elegant Tuscan Villa. Treat her to delicious Italian dishes ranging from short rib ravioli with a light mascarpone sauce, linguine with mixed seafood in a light Chardonnay and fresh herbs sauce, grilled skirt steak served with crispy French fries or fresh Salmon paillard served with quinoa salad. Top it off with one of Cavalli’s traditional Italian desserts, including rich Tiramisu or lightly whipped chocolate mousse. For reservations, please call (305)-695-4191 or email reservations@cavallimiami.com.

8 Spots To Celebrate Cinco De Mayo in Miami

Villa Azur Watermelon Cilantro Margarita

Villa Azur Watermelon Cilantro Margarita

Even though Cinco de Mayo isn’t celebrated at all in Mexico here in the United States it’s an excuse for us to leave work a bit earlier, and grab some extra beers with friends. All around Miami there are going to be some awesome happenings to celebrate this marvelous Tuesday.

Jalapeño Mexican Kitchen
530 Ocean Dr. | Miami Beach, FL

Bring your sombreros, shake your maracas and put on your favorite poncho for a day of eating, drinking and celebrating like our South of the Border neighbors. Nothing festive in your closet? Don’t fret – we’ll have plenty of props and gear on deck! Arrive early and be a part of the Cinco de Mayo Traffic Jam parade starting on 10th and Ocean to kick off the festivities. The event will include: Live broadcast starting at 5 p.m. with the Power96 Morning Show Crew, $3 street tacos, $4 beers, $5 margaritas sponsored by Herradura Tequila and Cointreau, Cash Bar only, Photo Booth, Live DJ and Mariachi Band. There will also be contests and giveaways: Largest Sombrero Contest, enter to win by arriving in the most obnoxious sombrero, and a Macho Nacho Eating Contest judged by Jalapeño Mexican Kitchen. To make sure you get home safe, take Uber Miami to Jalapeño. Sign up with promo code: JMKCinco and your first ride is free up to $20. And don’t forget to share your pictures on social media with #JMKCinco. 

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

On the Fifth of May, celebrate Mexican pride at The Gale Rooftop’s grand Cinco de Mayo party. Guests will enjoy live music by DJ Pirate Stereo and the Fox Brothers while sipping on tequila and margaritas via the tequila station and build-your-own margarita bar. The party goes over the top with piñatas to break and a dog adoption area. The Cinco de Mayo Party is free. This party is from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

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

In spirit of Mexican pride, the Shelborne Wyndham Grand’s Oasis is commemorating Cinco de Mayo with a fun poolside party. Guests are invited to lounge in a relaxing, social atmosphere with delicious food and drink specials while enjoying a live mariachi band and dancing to the fun Latin beats from the house DJ. Mexican inspired bites by the pool include Carne Asada Tacos with Chili Charred Beef ($16); Chicken Taquitos with Pico De Gallo ($10); and Smashed Avocado with Fire Roasted Salsa and Crispy Tortillas ($7). Patrons can also enjoy Mexican beer and cocktail specials at Oasis and inside Drawing Room Bar & Lounge including Margaritas ($12), Milagro Tequila shots ($10), Michelada ($9), and Corona bottle beer ($5). 

Bodega Taqueria y Tequila
1220 16TH S. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Bodega Taqueria y Tequila will be throwing the biggest Cinco de Mayo neighborhood block party! On Tuesday, May 5th Bodega will be featuring mariachi band, Fiesta Grande, along with drink specials including $5 Modelos and $6 margaritas all day from the food truck. In the evening, $5 shot specials will start at 6pm along with music and a churro cart outside featuring complimentary churros. In addition, Bodega will be featuring a “shot chair” where two lovely ladies will be pouring tequila shots directly into guests’ mouths. Take a picture in the chair and hashtag #dobellayback to get the chance to receive a free bottle of Dobel tequila. There will also be a piñata, sombreros and maracas for guests! 

To soak up all the drinks, Bodega’s full menu will be available as well. Guests can order from a wide variety of tacos including the Al Pastor, spit- broiled pork, charred pineapple, red onion, cilantro, salsa rosada and the Camaron BLT, grilled shrimp, bacon, lettuce, tomato, chipotle-cotija dressing. Tortas de la Bodega options include the Frita, Mexican chorizo, roasted peppers, Oaxaca, potato sticks, chipotle-cotija dressing and the Late-Night, guajillo braised short rib, bacon, black bean refrito, Oaxaca, habanero soaked onion straws, salsa rosada. 

Radio Bar
814 First St. | Miami Beach, FL 33139 

Radio Bar is offering an alternative to the usual beer drinking on Cinco de Mayo with its monthly mixology class. On Tuesday, May 5th Radio Bar will be hosting its May Mixology Class from 7-8pm. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, the spirit this month will be tequila. Radio bartender, Teddy Collins, and a special guest will be teaching attendees how to make two tequila cocktails with giveaways at the end of the session. 

Cinco de Mayo Tuesday, May 5th 
Mixology Class 7:00 – 8:00pm 
Celebration 8:00pm – close

JW Marriott Miami
La Terraza Café & Bar
1109 Brickell Ave. | Miami, FL 33131

The JW Marriott Miami will be having delicious Cinco de Mayo specials for lunch and dinner! Guests can enjoy a variety of taco options for $3 each (beef, chorizo, shrimp, chicken), margaritas for $6 each, and 2x1 Mexican beers at La Terraza.

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

In the spirit of Cino de Mayo, French Mediterranean restaurant Villa Azur is mixing up a delicious libation for the Mexican celebration. Utilizing crisp seasonal ingredients including watermelon, cilantro, and fresh lime, Head Bartender Martin Gutierrez concocts his delectable Watermelon Cilantro Margarita with a Don Julio Reposado base and a splash of cointreau, making it the ideal cocktail to enjoy on the 5th of May. Price is $14. 

Watermelon Cilantro Margarita 
2 pieces of fresh watermelon
6 cilantro leaves
2 pieces of fresh lime
Splash of agave nectar
2 oz of don Julio reposado tequila
1 oz of Cointreau

Method: Muddle watermelon, cilantro, and lime in a cocktail shaker. Add 2 oz. of Don Julio Reposado, 1 oz. Cointreau, and a splash of agave nectar. Shake and double strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a watermelon spear and a sprig of cilantro.

Living Room at W Fort Lauderdale
401 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Gerber Group invites you to sip your way into the hot Spring and Summer days with two refreshing Cinco De Mayo inspired cocktails, the Jalapeño Margarita and Cucumber Margarita at Living Room at W Fort Lauderdale. Both cocktails are $15. 

JALAPEÑO MARGARITA
3 pieces muddled jalapeño (no seeds)
1 ½ ounces Casamigos Blanco
½ ounce Cointreau
½ ounce simple syrup
1 ½ ounces fresh lime juice
In a shaker, muddle jalapeño.
Add tequila, Cointreau, simple syrup, and fresh lime juice.
Top with ice and shake. Serve in rocks glass over ice.
Garnish w/ jalapeño slice.

CUCUMBER MARGARITA 
1.5 oz Casamigos Blanco 
.75 oz. fresh lime juice 
.5 oz. Cointreau 
.5 oz. simple syrup 
5 cucumber wheels 
Muddle cucumber with the simple and lime juice. 
Combine all ingredients to iced mixing glass. 
Shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice. 
Garnish with cucumber slice on a bamboo pic.

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.