Meat me at Cote Miami

I know you want to know. Yes, it’s worth the hype. After three visits, I can conclude that COTE Korean Steakhouse is a welcomed and excellent addition to the Miami dining scene. Michelin-starred in its flagship New York City location, the much-talked-about opening of this upscale barbecue steakhouse had many local food enthusiasts anxiously awaiting, […]

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Welcome to Miami, Michelin Guide. What took you so long?

It hasn’t happened. Yet. But it DOES seem to be in the works. Full stop. Que? Suzie Sponder, Senior Director of Communications at the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, confirmed there is not only interest but there should also be an update next week when they meet with the Michelin Guide… again. “We are waiting for them to finalize a contract that will be signed between Miami, Visit Florida, Orlando, and St. Pete.” Sure, this isn’t official yet and it might take a long time for a guide to actually happen. But we are allowed to be a little excited, right?

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Top Michelin-Starred Bites of 2019

Love or love to hate the Michelin Guide? I, for one, continue to find their star system valuable. It doesn’t necessarily mean I agree with all the ratings, but I’ve experienced more hits than misses while following its star system.

My travels this year brought me to many new and tried and true starred restaurants. I’ve continued to think and talk about these bites long after I returned home.

This is not a list of how these experiences ranked overall, although I will talk about that briefly toward the end. These are the dishes at each spot that captured my full attention. The ones I OMGd through. The unforgettable ones.

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Gourmand Getaway: Journey to SingleThread

October 2019 Three Michelin Stars #51 The World’s Best Restaurant list # 2 Opinionated About Dining Opening at the end of 2016 and focusing on sustainable sourcing, chef Kyle Connaughton and his wife, Katina, took on quite the project in Sonoma: a nearby farm, boutique inn, and restaurant. Just seven miles away, their farm supplies […]

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Gourmand Getaway: Atelier Crenn 2019

Driven by childhood memories, San Francisco’s chef Crenn created an elegant dining experience for the guest, inspired by the past and presented ahead of its time. The care, thought, and detail behind every unbelievable bite shows why she continues to soar.

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Gourmand Getaway: New York City

For committed food enthusiasts, planning a trip means meticulously researching restaurants, and coming up with the perfect schedule. I’ve been blessed with a group of friends who are on board with the art and challenge that is marathon dining.ย We discuss potential restaurants for months, compare notes, and sometimes even bicker about the top “candidates.” All in good fun, of course, it’s part of the process. Most in-demand New York restaurants open reservations only a month in advance. Once those are set, and only then is it time to figure out what to do in between reservations (besides working out, napping, and recuperating in time for the next epic meal).

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Le Sirenuse Miami, Dall’Italia Con Amore

2017 Italian fine-dining. Michelin caliber. The real deal. Curious about this new import, I set out to tryย Le Sirenuse Restaurant as soon as I could. And now I’m in love. Located inside the new Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, the marriage of Italy’s Amalfi Coast and South Florida is a match made in […]

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Weekend of a Lifetime: Napa Valley

There’s something magical about Napa Valley; it’s in the air, the green of the hills, and the red-shaded wines. Luxury and humbleness effortlessly co-exist in a town where everyone is intertwined. Napa’s palpable energy has a way of entering your soul and leaving its mark.

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