9 Miami Spots To Check Out For Your 4th of July Celebration

Nikki Beach 'MEEERRRICA Burger Photo credit: Alexey Olivenko

Nikki Beach 'MEEERRRICA Burger

Photo credit: Alexey Olivenko

Now, in case you haven’t noticed, we are halfway through the year already and 4th of July is this Saturday! I have compiled a bunch of awesome food spots and activities you all must check out if you are looking to do something different – not just watch the fireworks at the Biltmore.

For those of you who are super foodies like me, you should check out:

Jalapeño Mexican Kitchen 
530 Ocean Dr. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

From 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., on Saturday, July 4 these guys are hosting an all-Mexican Beachside BBQ Bash to celebrate Independence Day. Oceanfront eatery Jalapeño Mexican Kitchen will be celebrating Independence Day in full summer mode. They will be serving up chicken, pork and steak tacos ($4 each) on the grill as you enter the restaurant. There will also be Red, White & Blue "Liberty Vice" cocktails ($5) will be offered all day, layering the restaurant's signature blended Strawberry Daiquiri and Piña Colada with a Blue Curaçao Floater. Guests can also enjoy a front-row view of Miami Beach’s legendary firework show – beginning at 9 p.m.

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

Steak 954 is the ideal place to celebrate this Fourth of July with its incredible views of the beach and spectacular desserts created by Pastry Chef Sarah Magoon. Guests can watch the fireworks from the outdoor terrace while enjoying dessert specials like the Root Beer Float (add a shot of rum or bourbon for $4) with Captain Elis Root Beer, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, and Fresh Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies or a Peach Cobbler with Sweet Corn Ice Cream. If guests are looking for a cooler dessert, the regular dessert menu is available which includes the Trio of Ice Cream Sandwiches and Key Lime Baked Alaska. For reservations or more information, please call 954.414.8333 or visit www.Steak954.com.

Looking for something with a bit more party involved, then head here:

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

On July 4th, Delano’s poolside oasis, Delano Beach Club, invites guests to its celebratory night swim soirée in honor of America's independence. From 7 p.m. until 2 a.m., guests can enjoy grilling in the orchard and ice cream carts, and revelers are encouraged to swim under the full moon and starry sky while dancers and models provide in-pool performances where glow-in-the-dark beach balls and floaties will be up for grabs. With host Yes Julz and music by Tito, Arlette Carlin and Dave Sol, sounds will be bouncing off the legendary hotel pool keeping the party going till the early morning.  For cabana/daybed reservations please call  305.924.4071or email DBCVIP@LIGHTMIA.COM 

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

Reload Pool Parties is bringing it back to where it began. The popular party series got its start at Shore Club during WMC in 2013 and this year it is celebrating Independence Day in style at Shore Club with a lineup of all-star DJs including Harry Romero, Jonathan Cowan, Ollie Sanders and Dan.K. Known to deliver vibrant exciting pool parties; next-level entertainment and beautiful crowds. Daylong passes are available for $40 per person; noon to 3 p.m. tickets are $20. For more information or table reservations call 561.206.2582 or visit reloadpoolparties.com.

Rec Room
1690 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

On Friday, July 3, LDV Hospitality’s Rec Room will host Miami’s own DJ Laz to kick-start Independence Day. Celebrate in the subterranean lounge with classic Miami dance music of the early 80s’ while DJ Laz mixes it up until the break of dawn for this Miami Bass themed party. Rec Room will also play host to local Miami DJ Iron Lyon on July 4 to continue the celebration of America’s favorite holiday.

Regent Cocktail Club
1690 Collins Ave. | Miami, FL 33139

Brendan O’Hara makes his return to Regent Cocktail with The Rescues on Friday, July 3 to commence the holiday weekend. From 10 p.m. – midnight, Guests can enjoy soul-pop tunes while sipping on classic American cocktails, including Bourbon Old Fashions and Mint Juleps. Escape the hustle and bustle of South Beach and celebrate Independence Day with live music and cocktails at this elegant, inviting cocktail bar.

Radio Bar
814 First Street | Miami Beach, FL 

Radio Bar is hosting a 4th of July Bash on Saturday, July 4 featuring $7 Sailor Jerry Punch and $7 Shot of Sailor Jerry & PBR with late night BBQ starting at 10:00pm.  Not only are there food and drink specials but there will also be a Miami Ink Pop Up Shop.

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

Nikki Beach Miami, the quintessential South of France style beach club known for its joie de vivre and larger than life celebrations does 4th of July the good, old American way – with explosive beats, over-the-top BBQ, and a massive fireworks display across the South Beach sky. Celebrated at each of the twelve Nikki Beach locations across the world, Fourth of July Nikki Beach-style has become legendary. This year, IndepenDance DJ’s include Boris, Cocodrills, Vanjee, Patrick M, ALX, Allan Gallego, Bill Kelly, Donnie Lowe, Carabetta & Doon, Thinking of Us, Chiri, Yander Delgado and surprise guests take to the decks, leading guests into hours of dance floor revelry.  

Beachside, guests can feast on the ultimate BBQ featuring eight kinds of burgers – from The St. Tropez Foie Gras Burger, featuring seared foie gras, sautéed mushrooms and a fried egg, to the ‘Meeerrrica Burger featuring American cheese and pork belly bacon smashed between two glazed donuts – and many more. Also on the menu are a variety of foot-long hot dogs smothered in chili and slaw, and Chef Frank’s famous truffle fries, fried macaroni and cheese balls and many more. The night is complete with a massive fireworks show – one of only two that take place directly on South Beach – exclusively for Nikki Beach guests who can recline on the beach club's luxurious day beds or sit with their toes in the sand teepee-side while watching the night sky.  

IndepenDANCE takes place July 4th from noon til 11pm and is 21+. Tickets start at $20.00 and burgers start at $10.00. For more information visit www.independance.com. Nikki Beach is located at One Ocean Drive, Miami Beach FL. www.nikkibeach.com.

Still feel like grilling at home, then you need to check this out:

Midtown Oyster Bar
3301 NE 1st Ave., Suite 103-1 | Miami, FL 33137

For 4th of July celebrations only, Midtown Oyster Bar will be taking orders for ready-to-grill patties to go so patrons can grill them at home. The MOB Burger combines the perfect blend of Chef’s cut prime beet including brisket, short rib and chuck mixed with a tried-and-perfect mix of seasoning including but not limited to paprika, lemon pepper, brown sugar, cayenne, onion and garlic powder. 

Anyone can order a minimum of 4 10-ounce patties. Each patty-only set of 4 is priced at $26. They can be picked at the restaurant on the morning of July 4th between 10am and noon. There is no maximum number of patties that can be ordered but only in sets of 4. There is an option to upgrade to “full package” priced at $32 for each set of 4 patties and include buns, toppings and condiments, including MOB’s homemade ketchup. Orders are being accepted by email at info@midtownoysterbar.com until Thursday July 2nd at 2pm.

5 Smart Miami Eats For Those On A Budget

Photo courtesy of: Miami New Times

Photo courtesy of: Miami New Times

Written by RandoMiami Contributor
Bianca Bahamondes

Being a recent graduate from a college town I’ve had a hard time finding good places to eat in Miami on a budget. Cooking at home is always an option, but it’s nice to go out and try new places. 

If you’re living in Miami on a tight budget like me, here are some ideas and places to check out.

Happy Hour… just about anywhere! I’ve learned that no matter where you go or what city you are in happy hours are your best friend when on a budget. Most restaurants have them, so if you’re interested in checking out a place that might be a tad out of your price range find out when they have happy hour and what specials they have every day. It may seem like too much work for a quick bite but your wallet will thank you later. 

Delis around Miami are also a go-to when you’re on a budget. There is one near me that I eat at often – Etzel Itzik Deli. It’s a wonderful hole-in-the-wall restaurant, but the atmosphere is cute and unique with photographs lining the walls from top to bottom. The food is fresh, delicious, and affordable. When you sit down they bring you hot pitas, and an array of little salad dishes all before you’ve even ordered your food! 

Pizza is an easy choice for those of us on budgets that want a quick and easy meal. However, there are two places specifically I prefer ordering from in Miami – Steve’s Pizza and Pizza Rustica on Lincoln Road.      

Steve’s Pizza never disappoints, and it’s open late, which is a plus for those times you’re craving a mid-night snack.  Steve’s notable XL pizza pie is only $15, but a slice or two is more than enough. With slices as large, if not larger, than your head it is definitely worth the $2.75 per slice. 

As for Pizza Rustica, I love their toppings. I order the BBQ chicken pizza most times I go and it’s consistently good. You can order a big square of pizza (“Huge Square” as they call it on their menu) anywhere from $3.50 – $6.25 depending on what you want on top. They also deliver which is extremely convenient. 
 
Sushi can be expensive around Miami, or anywhere for that matter. Surprisingly though, there are a couple places around town where you can great quality sushi without the crazy expense, my favorite being Asaka Japanese Restaurant.

Asaka is a small, dim-lit place in the back of a shopping plaza that serves fresh fish and always has specials. To be honest, the service varies depending on the day but the quality of their fish never changes. I’ve only ever had their sushi and fried rice, so I can only speak on that, but wow is it great. They are super accommodating with your order, which I find nice since I can be picky with what I want or don’t want in my rolls.  I usually get a miso soup, spicy tuna roll, and a few pieces of salmon for about $13. Every now and then I splurge on the fancier rolls, but if I’m trying to be conscious of how much I’m spending I stick to the basics at any sushi restaurant.  

Some addresses:     
Etzel Itzik:  18757 W Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33180
Steve’s Pizza: 12101 Biscayne Blvd North Miami, FL 
Pizza Rustica: Lincoln Road Mall, 667 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Asaka: Promenade Shops, 20355 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL 33180

12 South Florida Spots To Celebrate Father’s Day

City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill 

City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill 

Dad is an important guy in our life, so why not treat him like a king on Father’s Day? This weekend show your dad how much you truly care and take him to one of these South Florida spots to celebrate how great of a dad he is!

Verde (at Pérez Art Museum Miami)
1103 Biscayne Blvd. | Miami, FL 33132

Celebrate this Father’s Day at Verde at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) with special offerings by Chef Kaytlin Brakefield. Dads can enjoy Filet Mignon and Eggs with Sunny Side Up Eggs, Crispy Chimichurri Potatoes and Romesco. Drink specials include $5 Micheladas and Florida craft beers, the perfect complement for a savory brunch. Take in the incredible views of Biscayne Bay while dining on the terrace. For reservations, call 786.345.5697 or visit http://www.pamm.org/dining.

WHEN:
Sunday, June 21 
11am – 5pm 

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

Join Bianca at Delano on Father’s Day and treat dad to a delicious and jazzy brunch buffet featuring flavorful seafood, local fruits and vegetables, cheeses, a selection of barbeque items, sushi, pasta, desserts, and live music by The French Horn. Carved to order in front of patrons, brunch includes a Latin inspired Churrasco served with Chimichurri, lobster grilled and marinated with herbs and olive oil, and shrimp and vegetable skewers. Satisfy dad’s sweet tooth with a scrumptious assortment of desserts, including mini Tiramisu, Chocolate Praline Mousse, Coconut Macaroons and Bourbon infused Mini Crème Brulee. Endless Veuve Champagne and a Belvedere Blood Mary bar will also be featured this Father’s Day. The Father’s Day Brunch is priced at $75 per person. For reservations, please call 305-674-5752 or visit BiancaMiami.com.
 
WHEN: 
Sunday, June 21
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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

Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach is bringing the tastes of Cuba to dads for Father’s Day. On June 21st  from  3p.m. to sunset, dads can celebrate their day with mojitos, cigars, and a live Cuban band poolside with a special Havana-inspired menu. The menu will include a Pork Roast cooked in a traditional Caja China, a Ceviche Station, Platano Maduros, Moro Rice, Yuca Salad, and Avocado Salad for $47 per person. To make the day even more special, guests can enjoy an earlier option, the all-new Morimoto South Beach prix fixe seasonal brunch featuring healthy and indulgent options. The brunch is available from noon to 3 p.m.
  
WHEN
Dads in Havana
3 p.m. – Sunset
Sunday, June 21

 
Morimoto Brunch
Noon - 3 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays

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

This Father's Day guests can show how much they love dad by taking him to Villa Azur, the South of France inspired eatery located in the heart of South Beach. On June 21st, the Mediterranean cuisine venue is pampering the gent with a complimentary glass of Johnnie Walker Green Label, while offering its usual mouthwatering menu. In addition to the ever-popular dinner menu, acclaimed Pastry Chef Sebastien Feneyrol has crafted a special Monsieur Liégeois dessert that consists of an indulgent combination that features a mix of guanaja, coffee Liégeois, and coffee flavored ice cream and foam ($14).

WHEN
6:30 p.m. - close
Sunday, June 21

Big Time Restaurant Group
On Sunday, June 21st the Big Time Restaurant Group eateries will be serving up their delectable weekend brunch in celebration of Dads. Big City Tavern, City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill, City Oyster & Sushi Bar, and all Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar locations will offer a plethora of delicious options for dads to love. From freshly baked pastries made daily at each location to savory Crab Cake Eggs Benedict at Big City Tavern or the sweet Crème Brulee Stuffed French Toast at City Oyster, there is something sure to satisfy even the pickiest of palates. And no brunch would be complete without Unlimited Mimosas or Endless Bloody Marys. 

WHEN:
Sunday, June 21

Big City Tavern 
609 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
954.727.0307 | www.BigCityLasOlas.com

City Oyster & Sushi Bar 
213 E. Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, 33444 
561.272.0220 | www.CityOysterDelray.com

City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill 
700 S. Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach, 33401 
561.366.0071 | www.CityCellarWPB.com

Grease Burger, Beer & Whiskey Bar 
213 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach FL, 33401 
561.651.1075 | www.GreaseWPB.com

Rocco’s Tacos & Tequla Bar
www.RoccosTacos.com
Fort Lauderdale - 1313 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL | 954.524.9550
Boca Raton - 5250 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, FL | 561.416.2131
West Palm Beach –224 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL | 561.650.100
Palm Beach Gardens - 5090 PGA Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL | 561.429.4758

Tamarina Restaurant
600 Brickell Ave. | Miami, FL 33131 

Celebrate dad this Father’s Day at Tamarina, the coastal Italian eatery located in Brickell. In addition to delicious Italian fare by new Head Chef and Bravo's "Best New Restaurant" winner, Loris Navone, dads will be treated to a complimentary glass of single malt from Glenmorangie and a cigar. Just mention “Father’s Day” when making a reservation over the phone or add it as a special request when booking online. For reservations call 305-579-1888 or visit www.tamarinarestaurants.com.
 
WHEN
6:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Sunday, June 21

Toscana Divino
900 S Miami Ave. | Miami, FL 33130

Our dads are awesome and this Sunday Toscana Divino will let you show them that you feel that way. On Father’s Day they will serve their regular menu, including a brunch section with $20 unlimited mimosas! There will also be Father's Day Specials, which include a Wagyu Beef Burger served in 3 styles (Latino - American - Italian) with different toppings. They will also prepare a Special Father's day Drink with Dewars!

WHEN
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sunday, June 21

7 Miami Cocktails You Must Try This Summer

Let’s be real here – summer doesn't even officially “start” until June 21st, but the heat and humidity is serious out there! That is why I have decided to compile of a few of my favorite summer cocktails to give you a little refresher on these hot Miami summer days.

Bodega Taqueria y Tequila
1220 16th St. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

To kick of summer they are introducing a happy hour every day from 6-8pm in the back.  The food menu includes $2 tacos, $3 chips & guacamole, and $4 chips & salsa.  The drink menu includes $4 draft beers, $5 tequila shots, and $6 specialty cocktails.  Now there is no reason to not have Mexican every night.      

The happy hour is also the perfect time to try Bodega’s new summer cocktail menu featuring creative concoctions such as the Midnight in Paradise, Belvedere, Foro Amaro, blackberry, lemon, orange bitters; South Sider, Aviation Gin, Martini & Rossi Rosso Vermouth infused with savory spices, Campari, citrus; Islander, Bacardi Superior, Amontillado Sherry, mango, salted honey, mint; Mexican French Kiss, Maestro Dobel, St. Germain, Yellow Chartreuse, basil, agave, lime; Overnight Sensation, Old Forester Bourbon, Lillet, Absinthe, ginger snap reduction, strawberry, thyme, lemon; and Don Diablo, Illegal Joven Mezcal, passionfruit, lime, Hellfire Bitters.  There is a drink for everyone, whether guests like vodka, gin, rum, tequila, or bourbon! 

Midnight in Paradise

Midnight in Paradise

Panorama Restaurant & Sky Lounge
2889 McFarlane Rd. | Coconut Grove, FL 33133

These guys are celebrating National Iced Tea month in a special way. As part of their Liquid Art program, the restaurant is offering guests a refreshing Iced Tea cocktail with a bit of a kick. Panorama’s signature Iced Tea-quiller cocktail is handcrafted with 1.5 oz. tequila, iced tea, lime juice, and simple syrup.
 
As part of the celebration, guests are invited to snap a photo of their Iced Tea-quiller cocktail throughout the month of June, tagging  #LiquidArt and @sonestacgmiami. Guests can then share with their bartender to receive 50% off your first drink. 

Iced Tea-quiller 

Iced Tea-quiller 

AFROHEAD Rum 
(click here for list of stores) 

For the summer months, AFROHEAD Rum has created the FroCo, a refreshing cocktail for the warm months. Stay hydrated with coconut water, get the sweetness of the sugar and let AFROHEAD keep you relaxed your entire vacation. 

Check out the recipe below!

FroCo by Rum Ambassador Isaac Grillo 
1.5 ounces of AFROHEAD Rum 
3/4 ounces lemon juice (2 lemons)
2 pure cane brown sugar cubes
3 ounces coconut water 
Method: Shake and strain all ingredients over fresh ice in a Collins glass
Garnish with toasted coconut 

 AFROHEAD FroCo

 AFROHEAD FroCo

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

Head bartender, Martin Gutierrez of the French Mediterranean restaurant has concocted four brand new libations; the Blueberry Moscow Mule, the Latin Passion, the Spicy Kiss (available during Miami Spice), and the Villa Azur which utilize crisp summery ingredients like blueberries, passion fruit, acai and strawberries and are mixed with refreshing spirits that are sure to satisfy one’s summertime thirst. From June through September, Villa Azur will be rolling out one of these summer creations per month.

Check out the full lineup below along with the recipes for those of you looking to make these refreshing cocktails at home!

June: Blueberry Moscow Mule $16
2 oz blueberry vodka
8 oz ginger beer
Half fresh lime
Splash simple syrup
6 fresh blueberry 

July: Latin Passion $15
2 oz dark rum
1 oz limoncello
0.5 oz passion fruit purée
1.0 oz pineapple juice

August: Spicy Kiss $16
2 oz solbeso
1 oz Acai purée
1 fresh lime
Fresh cilantro 

September: Villa Azur $14
1 oz limoncello
1 oz strawberry purée
5 oz champagne 

Villa Azur cocktail

Villa Azur cocktail

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

We all know summer in Miami can be very hot. Makoto, located at Bal Harbour Shops, offers the perfect oasis to escape the summer heat. Here you are trying their cocktails like the Green Tea Caipiroska with fresh mint, house infused green tea Reyka Vodka, muddled lime and green tea or the Lemongrass Cooler with Bacardi Limon Rum, cilantro, lemongrass, lemon and soda. 
 

Makoto Lemongrass Cooler

Makoto Lemongrass Cooler

Verde at PAMM
1103 Biscayne Blvd. | Miami, FL 33132

After looking around and checking out the art and exhibitions that PAMM has to offer you head over to Verde. Here you are trying their the Passionfruit Cilantro Caipirinha (pitú, passionfruit, cilantro leaves, sugar). Totally refreshing and perfect to cool you down on a hot Miami summer day.

Verde Passionfruit Cilantro Caipirinha

Verde Passionfruit Cilantro Caipirinha

Drake’s Bar
JW Marriott Miami
1109 Brickell Ave. | Miami, FL 33131

These guys have a program called “Cocktails With Purpose,” which features three seasonal low-calorie drinks priced under $10 at Drake’s Bar in the hotel. Well-being and sustainability are key ingredients of JW Marriott Miami food and beverage experiences.  Celebrity nutritionist and dietitian Keri Glassman is working with JW Marriott mixologists to find creative ways to meet guests’ needs for healthier cocktails. This includes fresh juices over mixes, raw honey replacing refined sugars, and so on.

Drake's Spice Market Old Fashioned

Drake's Spice Market Old Fashioned

5 South Florida Food Trucks You Have To Check Out

Moty's Grill Food Truck

Moty's Grill Food Truck

Written by RandoMiami Contributor
Bianca Bahamondes

If you’re on the go and looking for a quick bite there are plenty of food trucks in South Florida you can swing by. Since there are so many food trucks driving around Miami, it would take a while to try each and every one of them. Luckily for us there are food truck parties!  On Mondays you can find plenty of food trucks lining the Arts Park in Hollywood, and on Tuesdays you can find more at Haulover Park. They usually have the same trucks from week to week, so it is definitely worth frequenting to taste of the trucks you just couldn’t make it to the first time around. 

Every food truck is unique and what they serve range from heavy burgers, to light salads, to all sorts of desserts. If you get the chance here are my top five trucks you should check out!

Monster Burgers (Can usually be found on Mondays at Art Park Hollywood from 5pm-9:30pm)

Don’t let the strange “monsters” on the truck scare you away. Not only do they make fully loaded burgers, but they also make a delicious Choridog which is essentially a Colombian sausage with mozzarella cheese, crushed up potato chips, and their special “monster sauce” (which you have to get on anything you decide to order). It may sound basic, but their French fries are necessary too. They’re hot, crispy, and not super greasy.

Moty’s Grill (Can usually be found on Tuesdays at Haulover Beach Park from 5pm-10pm)

Being that this is a Mediterranean food truck, I couldn’t pass up trying their Rolling Pita Pocket (which includes their handmade falafel). I’ve had falafel in different parts of the world and Moty’s Grill was nothing short of fabulous. The pita was a bit thicker than I normally like, but everything inside it was so fresh. The falafel was warm, crunchy on the outside and soft in the center, and the Israeli salad was refreshingly cold. Their portions are a good size too, so you won’t leave feeling unsatisfied.

Jefe’s Original Fish Tacos and Burgers (Can usually be found on Tuesdays at Haulover Beach Park from 5pm-10pm)

If you make it to Jefe’s food truck (which you should) you need to try their Ensenada Style Fish Taco. The name “Original Fish Tacos” isn’t just for show. The Ensenada Style tacos are made with Jefe’s “original beer batter crispy fish”, and they are perfection. Crispy but not over-fried, and the pico de gallo added to the fresh flavors. They even serve their tacos with extra tortillas, so you can eat the taco with a double layer, or make 4 smaller tacos to keep from everything falling out when you go for a bite (which is what I had to do).

Pizza Zilla (Can usually be found on Tuesdays at Haulover Beach Park from 5pm-10pm)

This truck caught my eye with their crazy pizza monster that has a cardboard, pizza box head and a body of melting cheese taking over a city skyline – an interesting concept that is pretty clever when you think about it. Their XXXL New York Style pizza slice is exactly that, extra, extra, extra large. It may seem pricey, but the massive size of each slice makes it more reasonable. I could barely finish my slice of pepperoni and black olives, but it was so cheesy and flavorful that I couldn’t help myself.

Hip POP (Can usually be found on Mondays at Art Park Hollywood from 5pm-9:30pm)

This food truck is incredibly innovative. Hip POP is a gelato bar on wheels but with a twist, they make customized ice cream popsicles. How it works is you choose a flavor of gelato, yogurt, or sorbet, then decide if you want it dipped in chocolate (half dipped and drizzled are options too). Once you’ve dipped it you can add any “poppings” (toppings) you want.  It’s fun to watch them put it all together and the popsicle form is a clever spin on the traditional ice cream presentation.

These food trucks are always on the move and doing different events throughout Miami, so if you can’t make it to the food truck parties in Hollywood or Haulover check their websites to see where they’re headed next!

5 Reasons Why You Need To Head To The Spa At Conrad Miami

Conrad Miami Pool

Conrad Miami Pool

When I am not eating delicious food all over South Florida I love to relax and unwind. Whether it’s with a good book by the pool, or at the spa I am all about taking a moment to myself to really unwind. A couple of weeks ago I got to do just that at The Spa at Conrad Miami, and boy was I relaxed after my treatments.

There are a ton of reasons why you must head over ASAP to experience this for yourself, but I have put together the top five reasons why this is a must for you.

1.     They are celebrating Miami Spa Month earlier! You know how I love my Miami Spa Month, so instead of starting in July they have started their program in June. You can get treatments like their 50-min guava and bamboo facial or 50-min Swedish massage for $99.  

2.     Need something quick because you don’t have the time? They’ve got you covered! They have these awesome mini treatments that only last 25 minutes, so you could easily go during your lunch break. These include things like a beauty break facial or a quick manicure.

3.     You can enjoy a cocktail, or two at The Bar at Level 25. After you enjoy a relaxing day at the spa you should definitely head over and enjoy a cocktail and the beautiful view on Miami at The Bar on the 25th floor.

4.     Their spa membership is out of this world. Ok, so besides the fact that you can get either a 50-min signature massage, 50 min- signature facial body treatment or a classic manicure and pedicure per month, you can also give your friends and family 20% off any spa service!

5.     Not feeling a cocktail? Then head over to the fitness center! Get your workout on at their 24-hour healthy club. Their gym features multi-sensorial cardiovascular machines with personal viewing screens and a signature series resistance training circuit. Plus the rooftop overlooking Miami and the Bay of Biscayne provides outdoor workout options too!

8 Things To Do In Miami On A Budget

Photo courtesy of: idontdoclubs.com

Photo courtesy of: idontdoclubs.com

Let’s be honest here – we are always on a “budget.” Even if we don't like to admit it and we go out every second we get there are times when we need just sit down, relax and save some money! In preparation for the summer I have put together a few fun things you can do in Miami on budget. 

1.    Go to the beach, duh: Whether it’s South Beach or Crandon Park in Key Biscayne you have to hang out by the beach. All you need to do is bring some friends, a few sandwiches and find parking. The last one might be a bit difficult, but so worth it.

2.    Check out Viernes Culturales (Cultural Friday’s): On the last Friday of every month in the heart of Little Havana, on Calle Ocho between 13th and 17th Avenues from 7 – 11 p.m. is Viernes Culturales. This night is all about enjoying music and discovering works of art from local artists. The event is free, but you could also enjoy a nice dinner or wine in one of Little Havana’s restaurants! 

3.    Take your best friend to the dog beach: When I say best friend I mean your canine best friend. My personal favorite right now is the dog beach in Key Biscayne right after the first bridge. You can take them off the leash and hang out with other awesome dog owners.

4.    Head over to PAMM: If you have never been to PAMM then head over on the first Thursday of the month because it’s free! There are also free tours so make sure to check them out.

5.    Feeling the art scene? Then head over to one of Miami’s art walks: There are several art walks you can check out throughout the month. A few of my favorites are the Coral Gables Gallery Night (first Friday of the month), Wynwood Art Walk (second Saturday of the month) and Bird Road Art Walk (third Saturday of the month).

6.    If you are looking to stay in shape then practice some yoga: Bayfront Park is on of the most popular destinations for some awesome free yoga because of the awesome view. Head over there are Monday and Wednesday at 6 p.m., as well as Saturdays at 9 a.m.

7.    Head over to Biscayne National Park: Here you can scuba dive and snorkel among a colorful coral reef! Make sure to ask one of the rangers some tricks on how to spot manatees and dolphins. 

8.    Travel to the Everglades: With 1.5 million acres of swamps, sawgrass prairies and sub-tropical jungles there is tons to explore at the Everglades. This park is actually home to 14 rare and endangered species, including the American Crocodile, the Florida Panther and the West Indian Manatee! And admission is only $10 per car.

6 Reasons Why You Must Check Out Mellow Mushroom

Half Mellowterranean & half Holy Shiitake

Half Mellowterranean & half Holy Shiitake

Now, even though Mellow Mushroom is new to the Miami scene they have been around for longer than you think. Having opened up shop in 1974 they really pride themselves in their humble roots and free-wheelin’ hippy culture. Their mission is simply to provide delicious food in a fun and creative environment, and that is exactly what they have accomplished at their South Miami location.

Here are six killer reasons why you must check these guys out.

1.    Their pizza is out of this world. I have had several pizza slices over the years, and there are different ways you can make a pizza. You have your Chicago, New York, etc. These guys are the originators of the Classic Southern Pizza. They pride themselves in creating a pizza crust that is half white and half whole wheat. All I can say is that the crust is out of control. And, if I were you I would order the Holy Shiitake Pie. End of story.

2.    They have 52 craft beers. Yea, you read that right. They feature breweries like Funky Buddha, MIA Brewing, J. Wakefiled Brewing, Terrapin Beer Co., and Sweetwater – just to name a few. When I stopped by I got to try for the first time Weird Science, which was done in collaboration between J. Wakefield and Terrapin. This cherry raspberry Belgian stout will not disappoint! 

3.    Can you believe they offer gluten free pizza? Many people love their pizza, but the gluten destroys them. Mellow Mushroom understands the struggle, and that is why they offer pizzas like their Kosmic Karma, Mighty Meaty and Gourmet White with gluten free crust. Did I mention they also have gluten free beer?

4.    The environment and atmosphere is just way too cool. When you first walk in the first thing you notice is this large red elephant but facing you, for good luck of course! Then you have the life sized VW van in the lobby area so you can hang out while you wait for your table. Plus they have murals and local art work all around the restaurant for you to admire and enjoy.

5.    They have a self-serve tap table. How awesome is that? You can bring 9 of your closest friends and pour your own beer from four different taps featuring local brews. This is the only table of its kind in South Miami!

6.    They have happy hour every day! You can come in between 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. or 10 p.m. to close and enjoy their happy hour. Stop in any time during those hours and pair your scrumptious pizza with affordable craft beers and cocktails or enjoy $5 wells and $7 premiums all on their own inside the restaurant or on the patio – now that the weather’s nice.

Check out my full Tastemade video review below!

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.