SOBEWFF 2018 Reflections

Another South Beach Wine and Food Festival (SOBEWFF) in the books. My eighth, to be exact. By now, I’ve figured out a game plan that usually works for me: where to stay, how many days to attend, and which type of events to choose. I know I don’t prefer the larger functions (there and anywhere […]

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Etaru Japanese Grill + Bar

Located in Hallandale, behind the shiny and new Hyde Resort & Residences, the restaurant offers contemporary Japanese Robatayaki cuisine mere steps from the ocean. A second location, also by the same restaurateurs behind Zuma, recently debuted on Las Olas. Things are looking up in the good ole 9 5 4.

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Top Ten Restaurants 2017

Choosing just ten restaurants for this list was almost an impossible task. How do I leave this one out? And that other one? Maybe I should make the list longer? What to do? But, what an outstanding problem to have. More importantly, what an outstanding year! If I listed it here, then it means the […]

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Monkitail

If Hakkasan and Kuro had a love child, Monkitail would be it. While visiting the new Point Royal restaurant at the renovated Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood Beach recently, I caught a peek of this addition and moved it up on my list of must-try places. As in, I went back the next day. Philadelphia […]

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Point Royal

#RediscoverDiplomat, the current resort promotion, exactly describes my intention upon dining at Point Royal. It has been over two decades since I stepped inside The Diplomat Beach Resort. I also hadn’t visited a Geoffrey Zakarian restaurant since 2011’s Tudor House. Oh, how I mourned that restaurant closing…and their Fruity Pebbles Donuts. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait […]

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Top 30 Bites: MIAMI

What a year! The Miami culinary scene is booming. Confession: I’m having the hardest time choosing the restaurants that will top my list as 2016’s best (for the annual Miami-Dade & Broward Top Restaurants List I always post). What a great problem to have! As I reviewed my photos for that project, I came across a ridiculous number of dishes I’d love to repeat. […]

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Kuro: Killin’ It

When someone suggests visiting the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for any reason, my usual answer is “No, thanks.” I don’t gamble, but I’ve dined at most of the restaurants there, been to the Improv, attended concerts, and even stayed at the hotel for a weekend staycation. No, no, no, and no. I’ve tried […]

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