The Local Craft Food & Drink Is Your Local Pub

Let me tell you, Alberto Cabrera does not disappoint. He is truly one of Miami’s most innovative chefs, having a long and impressive resume, Cabrera has opened up The Local, Bread + Butter and now Little Bread Cuban Sandwich Company is less than three years. The Local Craft Food & Drink was his first solo venture here in Downtown Coral Gables.

Right in the middle of Giralda Avenue behind Miracle Mile, The Local prides itself in being a local pub where you can grab some delicious locally sourced food, choose from 24 unique and rotating craft beers on tap, and also pick from a carefully curated selection of small-batch craft wine and spirits in a warm and inviting environment. 

Besides going for the awesome selection of craft beers, and the super cool vibe, people are going to eat the famous “The Burger.” This thing is heaven. Honestly, one of the best burgers I have had. Period. It comes with bacon + brisket blend, American cheese, hot fried onions, sweet relish, and papi’s BBQ. Honestly…it’s so good I can't even talk about it. FYI: This burger is only available until they run out for the day!

For those who aren’t big into meat then you should try their Florida Rock Shrimp, which is rice grits, with charred onions + peppers, country ham, in a red eye broth. Just enough spice to get your night going.

And you have to save room for desert. You have never tasted something like their Chocolate Puddin’. It comes in a small mason jar filled with caramel, Cajun peanuts and marshmallow fluff. You won’t regret it.

The burger

The burger

Florida rock shrimp

Florida rock shrimp

Chocolate puddin'

Chocolate puddin'

Randazzo’s Little Italy Is A True Knockout

Randazzo’s Little Italy is a true Coral Gables landmark; having been in business for over 10 years really tells you that these guys know what they are doing. Co-owners Marc Randazzo and Jim Farraro really pride themselves in serving the absolute best Southern Italian Immigrant “Soul Food,” and everything that they create and whip up in their kitchen is the way their mother or grandmother would make it.

Let’s start with the appetizers, and everyone’s absolute favorite, the Chicago Calamari. Here is what it says on the menu for this food item – “Don’t break my balls! If you don't like this you should be in the nut house.” This calamari is made in tomatoes and cherry peppers with Gorgonzola topping. I am pretty positive you have never had calamari like this in you life. You must also try the Sausage and Peppers if you are into spicy dishes. And it goes without saying that you are definitely eating Randazzo’s meatballs. They are huge and delicious, just scroll down to the photos – they speak for themselves.

Now moving on to the main dish. There are several options here for you. Luigi’s Broiled Chicken Lemone is perfect for those who would like something light. It’s broiled in lemon, garlic and oregano. For those who would rather have fish then you have to try Bobbi and Mel’s Snapper Francese. According to Randazzo, even if you hate fish you will love this dish.

You must save room in their for a cannoli. Holy moly is it good. The ricotta cheese is brought in from a store in Chicago. This thing is the really deal, and you can’t leave Randazzo’s without trying one. 

The whole idea of Randazzo’s is this, and make sure to keep this in mind when you visit – “We are not formal nor are we fancy. We are what we are. We love food. We love to feed people. We love life.”

Check out the new offerings they have!

Happy Hour: From 5-8 PM on Tuesday through Friday ladies can drink free champagne while fellas can enjoy 2-4-1 select beverages.  All appetizers will be available for 50% off which include, Mozzarella en Caroza, Chicago Style Calamari and traditional Sausage and Peppers.  

Lasagna Night: Every Thursday night, the knockout chef and prize fighter is serving up a legendary Italian hit.  He’s taking his family recipe up a notch by using ingredients like Falbo Ricotta from Caputos’ Market in Chicago.  We dare you to challenge any opponent to finish this $23 winner! 

Chicago calamari

Chicago calamari

Sausage and peppers

Sausage and peppers

Meatballs

Meatballs

Lemon chicken

Lemon chicken

Snapper francese

Snapper francese

Dessert sampler

Dessert sampler

Sargenti Opens Roma Eat In Coral Gables

For three generations the Sargenti family has been in the restaurant, bakery and catering business in Rome, Italy. Needless to say, they know what they are doing when it comes to crafting delicious Italian food at their newest restaurant, Roma Eat in Coral Gables.

Besides having an awesome selection of authentic Italian food you’d be happy to know that basically the entire staff, including the waiters, bartender and chef, are Italian! So you can rest assured that the food you are getting is not only organic, because all products are brought straight from Italy, but you will be getting the real deal!

There are definitely a few things I would suggest you order when you visit Roma Eat. First you are starting off with the salmone marinato al pepe rosa, which is marinated salmon with olive oil, garlic and parsley. A nice light start to your lunch or dinner. Then you have to try their chicche di patate gamberi e zucchini, which is their homemade pasta with shrimp, zucchini, parsley, and onion. Even though you are eating pasta you don’t feel uncomfortably full after eating this dish.

Then you are finishing your experience at Roma Eat with their home made tiramisu, which is hands down the best in Miami. No joke. This stuff is really good. Not only is it perfectly moist, but it has the perfect combination of coffee and cream. You must try this or you are truly missing out.

According to Roma people are everything. When does a restaurant become more than just a place to just get something to eat? When does eating out become a great experience? At Roma Eat, they strive to be your favorite authentic Italian restaurant, and let me tell you they definitely excel. 

Salmone Marinato Al Pepe Rosa

Salmone Marinato Al Pepe Rosa

Chicche Di Patate Gamberi E Zucchini

Chicche Di Patate Gamberi E Zucchini

Tiramisu

Tiramisu

Let’s Go Down Under With Threefold Café

Let me tell you, owners Teresa and Nick Sharp knew what they were doing when they decided to open up Threefold Café in Coral Gables when they moved from Australia. The cool thing about the newest Coral Gables hot spot is that there is nothing else like it in Miami. Bringing you authentic Australian food and treats I guarantee you will love everything you order.

One of the biggest reasons I am in love with Threefold Café is because they serve breakfast all day, and I am definitely a breakfast person. For your first visit I suggest you try the Smashed Avo, which is one of their signature plates. It comes with smashed avocado, butter & thyme roasted mushrooms, with feta, lime, basil and it's all on Zak the Baker bread. 

Maybe you are allergic to mushrooms. That’s ok, I have a couple other options for you. The Pope Benedict is their version of an eggs benedict, and it comes with their house made hollandaise, ham all atop hand crafted hash browns, served with a fresh green salad and cauliflower puree. Yes, it’s delicious. And if you are going with a huge appetite then order the Big Bad Aussie. This bad boy comes with two fried eggs, house baked beans, hash brown, bacon slab, spinach, toast and house relish. 

Last but not least, you have to try a Tim Tam cookie, which are literally brought from Australia. They are crunchy, malty and chocolaty all mixed together. You won't regret it.

Panther coffee

Panther coffee

Smashed avo

Smashed avo

Pope Benedict

Pope Benedict

Big bad Aussie

Big bad Aussie

Tim Tam cookies

Tim Tam cookies

Chef Adrianne Has Combined Maximum Flavor With Social Media

Get excited because award winning culinary artist, Chef Adrianne Calvo is unveiling her third book at the end of the month titled, #MaximumFlavor Social.  The coolest thing about her book is that she is pioneering the realism of social media from the personal side of a chef.  Culinary enthusiasts and fans will not only view more than 75 recipes but, also discover how social media has been a platform to connect with her followers, not just in the kitchen. 

The revolutionary sensation will feature Facebook, Twitter, Instagram comments from her fans alongside some of the recipes that Chef Adrianne refers to as the “greatest hits” from her highly acclaimed restaurant, Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar. 

I had the immense pleasure of trying some of her famous dishes, which are featured in this book. I was able to try her flavorful Gouda fried cheese with raspberry truffle oil. After that I dove into a true culinary experience with her lobster, which she pouches in butter, and then freezes. Then she adds shallots, basil, red chili pepper, and garlic. For the final appetizer I tried her shrimp on top of a sweet corn pudding – here she mixes both southern and French style of cooking.

For the main dishes I tried her lamb, which she brings in from New Zealand. The best part about her lamb is the top of it has a crust because it is baked with gorgonzola cheese and then she adds blueberries on top, so you get a sour and sweet taste all at once. If you aren’t into lamb then you are having her filet mignon with Dijon sauce and shallots. One of her biggest hits.

Oh and for dessert you must try her dark chocolate and Nutella bread pudding. You have honestly never had something so delicious before.

P.S. Before the holiday season, it will be available to purchase as an E-Book, Amazon, and book stores (Hardcopy: $34.99, Paperback: $29.99).

Fried cheese

Fried cheese

Lobster

Lobster

Shrimp

Shrimp

Duck

Duck

Lamb chops

Lamb chops

Filet mignon

Filet mignon

Nutella bread pudding

Nutella bread pudding

Lhardy Kitchen + Bar Opens In Coral Gables

It’s clear to see that Downtown Coral Gables is bustling with new, delicious spots to eat – and Lhardy Kitchen + Bar is definitely one you must visit. Right on Miracle Mile Lhardy offers a romantic atmosphere for those Friday night dates, and offers an array of International cuisines that will take your tastes buds for a ride.

When I visited Lhardy I was told that Salisbury meatballs were a must, and boy was I happy I tried them. These meatballs are one of kind, my friends. They are unagi glazed meatballs that sit on homemade mashed potatoes with sautéed peppers and bacon. Yes, I said bacon.

Once you eat all your meatballs then you are eating their chicken sandwich, and don’t think this is like any other ordinary sandwich. They put a delicious twist on theirs, which is stuffed with grilled ham, crispy bacon, fried egg, sliced tomatoes, and arugula with balsamic glaze. Insane. On my favorite sandwiches, by far.

If you are with a group of people then I would order one of their pizzas, which are perfectly thin and crunchy. I tried their sweet + sour pizza. This pizza has your mozzarella, thinly sliced fried eggplant, and arugula drizzled with honey and balsamic glaze.

Last but not least, dessert. I would try  a little of everything – the profiterole with vanilla ice cream, flan and traditional cheesecake with strawberry topping sauce.

All in all, I am in!

P.S. They have an awesome executive lunch – three courses for $13.99!

Salisbury meatballs

Salisbury meatballs

Chicken sandwich

Chicken sandwich

Eggplant Pizza

Eggplant Pizza

From left to right: Profiterole with vanilla ice cream, flan and traditional cheesecake with strawberry topping sauce

From left to right: Profiterole with vanilla ice cream, flan and traditional cheesecake with strawberry topping sauce

Casa Mofongo Comes To Coral Gables

The newest member to the Miracle Mile restaurant scene is Casa Mofongo, a restaurant that originated in Puerto Rico. Having been only opened for a couple of months people from all over Miami are coming to try their delicious mofongo and everything else they have to offer.

When you walk in the first thing you notice is the salsa playing in the background, and immediately you feel the urge to dance. Then you see on the wall some pretty cool art, which was actually painted for the owner by a Puerto Rican artist, Robert Perez – who has his gallery in San Juan.

Now, let’s talk food. First I want to talk to you about their appetizers. If you are with a group of people I suggest you order their Casa Sampler, which comes with fried cheese, mini mofongo, mini alcapurrias, and corn fritters (sorullitos). You also must order, no question about it, the Pork Belly & Maduros Eggroll, which is made of smoked pork belly and oven baked yellow ripe plantain with sweet-caliente sauce.

After you are done with your appetizer you are ordering the Miracle Mile Mofongo. And, let me tell you – Chef Yamil Sanchez knows what he is doing. This dish comes with skirt steak stuffed with yuca mofongo and shrimp with a coconut sauce, and it is truly delicious. All the flavors, mofongo, shrimp, steak and sauce all blend perfectly together.

Last but not least you have to try their dessert. I tried a little bit of everything – enock fried cheesecake w/ caramel sauce, coconut flan, vanilla ice cream con panky (wafer cookie from Puerto Rico) and vanilla sauce, and chocolate fondant with hot fudge inside. My favorite? The coconut flan, of course!

Casa Sampler

Casa Sampler

Pork Belly & Maduros Egg Roll

Pork Belly & Maduros Egg Roll

Miracle Mile Mofongo

Miracle Mile Mofongo

Clockwise: enock fried cheesecake w/ caramel sauce, chocolate fondant w/ hot fudge, coconut flan, vanilla ice cream w/ panky cookie

Clockwise: enock fried cheesecake w/ caramel sauce, chocolate fondant w/ hot fudge, coconut flan, vanilla ice cream w/ panky cookie

5 Things To Know About The Rum Line At The Loews Hotel

Please help me in introducing The Rum Line, the newest member at The Loews Miami Beach, which just opened its doors to the public last week. This place is awesome – and I want to tell you a few things you should know about it before you visit this weekend.

1.    It’s an outside spot, which is perfect for the great weather that’s coming our way. If you didn't catch it from the name this is a Caribbean-inspired bar with tiki torches, string lights and teakwood furniture.

2.    Being that this cocktail bar is at the Loews they have a strong partnership with their friends next door, Lure Fishbar, which if you haven’t been is a must go whenever on the beach.

3.    The cocktails are off the chain. They have Lure Fishbar’s Robert Ferrara serving as the bar director, and he has put together an outrageous menu of cocktails you won't believe. The menu is split between old school and new school cocktails. I would suggest you try the Zombie No. 305, which has Bacardi Byr, Olmeca Altos Tequila, Lemon Hart 151, Kronan Swedish Punch, Donn’s Mixx #2, Line, and Grenadine. Epic.

4.    For those who want to take it to the next level you have to try one of Ferrara’s punches, which are meant to be shared. The House Punch has more liquor than you can even ask for. It's even topped with champagne. 

5.    Not only are the cocktails really awesome, but their bar bites are pretty good too. For those of you who are looking for a little kick I would try their Jerked Grilled Chicken. Also you must try their Crispy Oysters. They are honestly delicious. On top of the oyster they pile on hearts of palm slaw and caper remoulade – the perfect crunch.  

See below for a few of the cocktails and bar bites I tried when I visited The Rum Line.

The Rum Line Punch

The Rum Line Punch

Port of Call

Port of Call

Cargo Ship

Cargo Ship

Crispy Oysters

Crispy Oysters

The Market In Coral Gables Brings Together Healthy And Delicious

When you visit The Market co-owners Diana Aquino, the healthnut, and Glenn Rice, the chef want you to think that what you have entered is just your neighborhood general store, but kicked up a notch. I personally think it’s several notches.

In 2013 Diana and Glenn decided to open the doors to offer Coral Gables restaurants and visitors alike a healthy alternative to a convenience store. You first walk in and notice the large chalkboard that hangs over the bar area. There you will find a list of all the delicious choices you have for breakfast and lunch. 

You can chose things from their menu like their blended or cold pressed juices, like their Fresh Vibes – which has pineapple, kiwi, coconut water, cucumber, kale, and romaine.  For those of you who are in a rush in the morning you should pick up a Panther coffee to go. Try the cold brew!

Or you could take their sandwich of the day to go. When I visited the market I was able to taste their organic chicken and prosciutto, which had caramelized onion and cheddar cheese all pressed in between Zak the Baker sourdough bread. Oh, and did I mention that you can ask for a side of cashew mayo and/or onion vinaigrette? Tell me that’s not delicious.

The coolest part about the market is that not only do they carry and cook with organic ingredients, but they are locally sourced. A farm to table approach, which is sometimes hard to find these days, The Market offers the full healthy experience.

The Market - Chef Glenn

The Market - Chef Glenn

Cooler full of goodies

Cooler full of goodies

Short rib salad w/ onion vinaigrette 

Short rib salad w/ onion vinaigrette 

Sandwich of the day: Chicken & Prosciutto 

Sandwich of the day: Chicken & Prosciutto 

Casabe 305 Bistro Is Great For The Body And Soul

I fell in love at first sight – completely and totally enchanted. First of all, you have to be really vigilant when you are looking for the restaurant. For starters it doesn't look like your ordinary restaurant – it looks like a quaint home you would find in Coral Gables or Coconut Grove. 

Once you pass through all of the foliage you enter into what seems to be your grandmother’s home, except the décor is looks a lot like a Nantucket summer home. And then the food – pure perfection. Not only is it delicious but every single bite you take in is good for your soul.

When I spoke to owner and chef Diego Texera he told me, “When I cook my goal is to use cooking techniques that symbolize a home cooked meal. The greatest compliment I can get from a client is that my dish brings back memories of their grandmother’s cooking.”

The reason why you feel you great eating Chef Texera’s food is because when he cooks he puts together ingredients that will have the highest positive impact on your physical, mental and spiritual health. Did I mention he was a holistic doctor back in Venezuela? This man knows what he is doing.

I had the chance of trying of few of his delicious dishes. Like the tostones with ceviche, tequeños, Scottish salmon and, of course, his chocolate fondant – which is out of this world. I guarantee anything you try at Casabe 305 Bistro won’t disappoint.

Location: 1762 Coral Way | Miami, FL 33145
Website: http://www.simpleflycreative.com/casabe/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Casabe305Bistro 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Casabe305Bistro 
Instagram: http://instagram.com/casabe305bistro

Outside Casabe 305 Bistro

Outside Casabe 305 Bistro

Inside Casabe 305 Bistro

Inside Casabe 305 Bistro

Tequenos w/ chipotle guava sauce

Tequenos w/ chipotle guava sauce

Tostones "yucatecos" w/ ceviche, refried black beans and guacamole

Tostones "yucatecos" w/ ceviche, refried black beans and guacamole

Ceviche mandarin w/ tuna and tangerine ponzo over transparent vermicelli

Ceviche mandarin w/ tuna and tangerine ponzo over transparent vermicelli

Scottish salmon w/ quinoa couscous and tabbouleh

Scottish salmon w/ quinoa couscous and tabbouleh

Grilled branzino w/ mashed potatoes and grilled veggies

Grilled branzino w/ mashed potatoes and grilled veggies

Macrobiotic platter: soup of the day, brown rice, beans, grilled veggies

Macrobiotic platter: soup of the day, brown rice, beans, grilled veggies

Chocolate fondant w/ wasabi and a side of organic vanilla ice cream

Chocolate fondant w/ wasabi and a side of organic vanilla ice cream