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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SOMM LIKE IT HOT: Alessandra Esteves

While attending a summer program at Perugia University at age 19, this somm extraordinaire initially fell in love with Italian wine and culture. But before she took the leap into a successful full-time wine lifestyle, she worked for ten years as a corporate attorney, wrote about wine, and hosted a successful podcast named Dama do Vinho. Once she finished her WSET Diploma Level 4, she decided to …

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Top 50 2020 Sips by Mr. Whet Palette

As you know, from following this blog, wine plays a major role in all food experiences.  I am Lawrence, the husband to the force behind The Whet Palette. My part is to (1) not touch the food until Brenda has photographed it, (2) occasionally hold a flash, and (3) pick the vino! With that being […]

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Top 100 Bites: Miami 2020

I chose to expand my annual Top 30 Bites list to 100. Do I even have that many memorable bites to feature? Turns out, I do! I tried my hardest to support as many restaurants as I could these last nine months. I love that it wasn’t easy, and that each photo brought back memories of each visit. You might notice that I experienced some of the highlighted bites as takeout…#because2020. Despite the bumpy road, Miami continued making this exercise tough on me by once again providing the best eats, EVEN in 2020. After much debate over which bites impacted me the most, I have finally committed to a solid 100.

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Nomad No More: A Home for 3 Sons Brewing Co. Part 1

Corey Artanis’ journey to South Florida happened somewhat serendipitously. Paved with plenty of ups and downs, the path he took picked up cult-level interest and support, way before his dream of a brewery came true. His relentless focus and passion for bringing “unconventional ales for unconventional palates” led the way.

I recently sat down with Artanis to discuss the challenges and triumphs of opening 3 Sons Brewing Co. in Dania Beach, and his future plans.

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Miami-Dade Restaurants: Dining During Covid-19

This list is based on *MY* ongoing experience and not meant to reflect every restaurant offering outdoor dining and takeout. There are already many lists for that…elsewhere.

I hope this post encourages diners to continue supporting our local restaurants during this unpredicatble period in South Florida dining.

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Post-Quar Success for Miami Restaurants: Ariete and Stubborn Seed

Week 2 of post-quarantine dining did not disappoint. It’s true, the fate of the restaurant industry as a whole, amidst the coronavirus era, remains to be determined. Pero also, those who say it can’t be done shouldn’t interrupt those doing it, and doing it well. Enter Stubborn Seed and Ariete. Jaw-dropping opening weekend.

Instead of simplified versions of their pre-quarantine menus (as they ease into the new routine), both restaurants charged full-steam ahead. All aboard!

If you were looking for a sign on when to take the plunge and venture back out…this is it.

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