SOMM LIKE IT HOT: Featuring Natascha Patterer

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 kick off this new blog section featuring some of South Florida’s buzziest swirlers, sniffers, and tasters.
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These somms are on fire!

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Llegó la Navidad at La Placita Miami

I woke up this morning shimmying around the house while humming songs I’d never heard of until last night. Why? Well, I attended La Placita’s first Christmas festival: ¡La Parranda! This was chef Jose Mendin’s fifth event in Miami (the others took place as SOBE’s Pubbelly) and probably the liveliest one I’ve been to. Side note: I’ve attended them all #truestory. Read more…

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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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Chicago the Musical in Miami

Oh, Chicago! How I love to love you!

I’m talking about the musical, although my heart beats excitedly for the windy city as well. 

I first saw the show five years ago while in New York City at the Ambassador Theater, an outstanding architectural landmark. The unusual theater shape and vertical seat placement allowed for an intimate, up-close experience, regardless of a guest’s seating location. Blame it on my almost 30-year dance background, but I am guilty of nit-picking shows when the dance talent falls short of my expectations. I mean, it’s Broadway, no excuses and this happens way too often. Thankfully,  I clapped harder than ever for that performance and loved every second. Perhaps I fell into a deep first-timer spell, but I believe it was more than that. The acting, dancing, and command of the stage were second to none. Exceptional.

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Miami Spice Photo Diaries 2016

Last year I introduced the Photo Diaries as a quick reference guide to my Miami Spice dinners, updated as they happened, and consolidated into one post. All of my past Miami Spice coverage can be found HERE. This 2016 post features Stripsteak/ Le Zoo/ Byblos/ Ariete/ Blue Collar/ Tuyo/ Caffe Vialetto/ BLT Prime/ Timo/ Toro Toro/ Pied à Terre/ Macchialina/ Los Fuegos/ db Bistro/ Bourbon Steak September 30th, 2016 Stripsteak Inside the Fontainebleau Hotel 4441 Collins […]

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2015 SOBEWFF: Modern Italian Feast & Harlem Shake

‘Tis the season to grab your tickets for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2016. You can find the line-up here. I’ve tried some other festivals here and there throughout the year, and I’ve even found some I can tolerate, but overall I’m just not much of a fan. I can’t stand crowds and […]

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