Sushi by Bou Miami

Last year, Hiden’s arrival inspired me to visit other local omakase-style restaurants within the same price range (old favorite NAOE and newcomer Azabu). I called it “research.” I knew I needed to try the new Sushi by Bou South Beach installation at the grand Villa Casa Casuarina (known to locals as the Versace mansion) the second I read about it. How would it compare? Who is Bou? What makes this one special?

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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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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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Shhh, it’s Hiden

IMPORTANT UPDATE As of February 9th, 2019 chef Tadashi is NO longer at Hiden. Therefore, the following review I wrote in April 2018 does NOT apply to the current restaurant staff and operations. Dine at your own risk.  I remain hopeful Miami can one day continue to experience the magic of chef Tadashi Shiraishi, as […]

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Eleven Madison Park: the sequel

Beyond excited to return and experience the updated menu and concept, our group of six actually extended the trip one more night to fit this restaurant in.  Will travel for food. Clearly. I love my tribe! Welcomed by sommelier Jane Lopes (of the Uncorked reality series following six aspiring master sommeliers as they prepare for the Court of Masters Sommelier exam), dinner started on a fun note. If you haven’t watched the series, get to it! Fan-girl moment aside, Jane happily put up with all of our questions and decanted our wine. Two enthusiastic thumbs up from her for our choice too!

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Wine, cheese, and holiday fun

The holidays are here again. They came abruptly as a reminder that the year, once again, has flown by. We find ourselves running around trying to tie up lose ends, buying that elusive last gift, and organizing everything for Christmas morning. By the time January 1st comes around, we will be exhausted. We will begin […]

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