SOMM LIKE IT HOT featuring Miami Robuchon’s Juan Carlos Santana

Meet Juan Carlos Santana, beverage director of The Bastion Collection’s L’ Atelier de Joël Robuchon in the Miami Design District. We love a successful “raised in (Miami) Dade” story, and this one is it!  

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PODCAST: January Miami Restaurant Reviews

Episode 4 takes a quick, honest, and candid look at some of the Miami restaurants I visited this January. Also, meet the hubs and dining partner-in-crime, Lawrence. He debuted as my co-host for this new and developing Miami restaurant review segment and did not hold back.

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Top 50 2021 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 of 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 21 Miami Restaurants of 2021: Palette Awards

I reserved, ordered, photographed, and ate at all of these restaurants. No one asked nor paid me to do so. Supporting our local restaurants brings me joy, and I am passionate about Miami’s food scene. A lot of careful thought went into the naming and placement of each honoree.  Last year, I placed the awards […]

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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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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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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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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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