Top 30 Bites: Miami 2021

Serious Miami foodporn ahead This annual list, now entering its sixth edition, is solely based on MY personal dining experience. I photographed, ate, and paid for every single dish listed. Perhaps you saw them posted on the blog, or on my Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts at some point this year. Some bites apparently never leave my list and made a return […]

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Welcome to Miami, Michelin Guide: PART 2. Now what?

Back in June, I received confirmation that the Michelin Guide was discussing a partnership with the state of Florida. As a result, I posted the fourth installment of my Miami Michelin Guide series and further explored Miami’s potential in great detail. I suggest reading Part 1 before moving on to Part 2. Last week’s bombshell […]

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Meat me at Cote Miami

I know you want to know. Yes, it’s worth the hype. After three visits, I can conclude that COTE Korean Steakhouse is a welcomed and excellent addition to the Miami dining scene. Michelin-starred in its flagship New York City location, the much-talked-about opening of this upscale barbecue steakhouse had many local food enthusiasts anxiously awaiting, […]

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Somm Like it Hot: Featuring Cynthia Betancourt

Born and raised in New Jersey, Cynthia Betancourt found her way to South Florida in 1998. While she attended the Culinary Arts program at The Art Institute, a job at Wine Watch kicked off her passion for wine. Now, she rocks the wine scene like no other in West Broward (yes, THAT West Broward) at Ishilima, her Pembroke Pines restaurant. This talented #SOMMmomofPines is not holding back.

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Mariel Boatlift’s “Little Heroes”

I stood up and briefly shared “something interesting about myself” on my first day of college in 1990, as instructed by our teacher. “My name is Brenda. I was born in Cuba and came to this country via the Mariel boatlift ten years ago when President Carter opened the borders and allowed over 100,000 Cubans […]

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Welcome to Miami, Michelin Guide. What took you so long?

It hasn’t happened. Yet. But it DOES seem to be in the works. Full stop. Que? Suzie Sponder, Senior Director of Communications at the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, confirmed there is not only interest but there should also be an update next week when they meet with the Michelin Guide… again. “We are waiting for them to finalize a contract that will be signed between Miami, Visit Florida, Orlando, and St. Pete.” Sure, this isn’t official yet and it might take a long time for a guide to actually happen. But we are allowed to be a little excited, right?

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Somm Like It Hot: Featuring Daniel Bishop

We already know Miami is a hot zone for craft cocktails and beer. Know what else is happening? The wine scene! Follow along as I continue this blog section featuring some of South Florida’s buzziest swirlers, sniffers, and tasters. Meet Daniel Alan Bishop: Fiola Miami’s Head Sommelier & Beverage Director.

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Miami’s Cuba Under the Stars: Rumba Buena y Un Guaguancó

CAUTION: Show spoilers and extensive Cubanisms ahead! You have been warned. EL CHISME Cuba Under the Stars “A majestic outdoor musical theater show, presenting a beautiful love story through the Cuban culture and nostalgia. A grand orchestra, 25 Broadway dancers, renowned Cuban actors, and Grammy award artists under the stars of Miami, while enjoying an […]

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Brilliant and Bountiful, Boia De! (Miami)

The summer of 2019 feels like a lifetime ago. At the time, Miami enjoyed a different type of heat, a sizzling culinary uprising. Local restaurants found their rhythm, and all eyes fixed on South Florida. Not long after opening in June, Boia De, by (2020 Best Chef: South, James Beard Award Semifinalists) chefs Luciana Giangrandi […]

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