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Prime Fish officially open for lunch

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Starting October 21st Myles Chefetz’s newest edition to the Prime family, Prime Fish Miami Beach will be open for those looking to enjoy the freshest of fish for lunch. Crafted by head chef Mike Sabin, the lunch menu is comprised of hand-selected favorites from the contemporary style dinner menu includes delicious starters and salad options such as the Char Grilled Octopus, with Gigande Beans, Roasted Fennel, Chorizo & Sherry Vinaigrette, and the Maine Lobster Cobb Salad, with roasted corn, English Peas, Avocado, Boiled Egg, Smoked Bacon & Poppy Seed Vinaigrette.  For a casual entree, Prime Fish is offering the Maine Lobster Roll, served with House Made Chips and the Grilled Skirt Steak, with Chimichuri & French Fries. Guests will also be able to enjoy numerous items from the Raw Bar menu such as the Alaskan King Crab Legs or Maine Lobster.

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Since launching his Prime empire more than a decade ago renowned restaurateur Myles Chefetz has dominated the South of Fifth dining scene. Prime Fish, the fourth installment in the successful Prime empire is dominated with fresh fish and seafood offerings crafted by award-winning Chef Michael Sabin. The art deco preserved façade will welcome guests to a restaurant offering a modern steakhouse with an ocean twist in 2014. Sabin’s, menu items at Prime Fish include mouthwatering appetizers and freshly-caught fish selections flown in daily include Hawaiian Big Eye Tuna, Red Fish and Chilean Sea Bass.

Prime Fish

100 Collins Ave,

Miami, FL 33139

(305) 532-4550

Monday-Sunday 12PM-3PM


Downtown Bistro

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Downtown Bistro

In what was once considered a desolate dining area in Miami sits a new French-inspired concept called Downtown Bistro. Located in Downtown Miami, this small brasserie hopes to enlighten the area’s dining scene and liven the palates of locals and tourists alike. There is not much going on in the neighborhood in a culinary sense, with the only considerable dining destinations being The Filling Station and Fratelli Milano. Well now, you can add Downtown Bistro to that list, because the food coming out of this inspiring kitchen is elevated in a way that few restaurants in the city offer.

By sticking to traditional preparations of French food, the owners have been able to transport costumers to their homeland. Although classic French techniques and flavors are evident throughout all dishes, this petite restaurant is not afraid to stray from the norm to excite diners. Such is the case with dishes like Escargots a la Crème. This dish, normally made in garlic and parsley butter, is accentuated with a crème sauce that is rich and velvety. After trying both versions, I walked away more impressed with the variation.

Other highlights include Le Steak Tartare au Couteau avec Frites. This dish is made using raw 6 oz filet mignon cut by hand, capers, onions anchovies, and Dijon served with a quail egg and fries. The mustard is ever-present and highlights the quality of the extremely fresh beef, making for a refreshing bite of food that is full of flavor due to the umami profile of all the ingredients used. If you get any dish at Downtown Bistro, make it this one.

There is something on the menu for everyone, including various takes on the classic Moule Frites, Risotto, and Le Poulet au Four. Everything is superb, and the one thing that might be better than the food is the attention the owners place on their dining room. The owners are quite interactive and will lead you through the meal if you give them freedom. My advice is to do so, as your experience in this Bistro will be similar to that of dining in France. Magnificent wine, delectable food, a comforting atmosphere, and stellar service make for one of the best new additions to the neighborhood and Miami as a whole, so make your way downtown to indulge in one of the more authentic culinary experiences Miami has gotten the pleasure of offering us.

Downtown Bistro

114 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 33131
By Santiago Cardona

Shore Club gets a German Twist this October

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Commencing Oct. 1, Shore Club’s Moroccan themed hang-out, the Skybar Garden, is getting German in the spirit of October Fest. Open daily from 4 p.m, Skybar Beer Garden will showcase an extensive craft beer menu, which includes local brews, lagers, imports and seasonal beers. In addition to that, Chef Steve Rhee has crafted a German inspired appetizer menu with offerings like German Bratwurst, Crispy Reuben Wontons, and of course a Salted Soft Pretzel with Cheese Sauce or Mustard.


Skybar at Shore Club

1901 Collins Ave

Miami Beach, FL 33139



October 1 – 31

Sun – Wed: 4 p.m – 2 a.m.

Thursday – Sat: 4 p.m – 3 a.m.

Coral Gables Giralda Under The Stars

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Giralda Under the Stars Presented by ZaCAPA RUM The 5th season of DINING AL FRESCO JUST GOT BETTER WITH MIAMI CULINARY TOURS!

Over a dozen restaurants on Giralda Avenue’s “Restaurant Row” in Downtown Coral Gables celebrate dining outdoors the first Friday of every month

Whether it’s a craving for ceviche, an appetite for Mexican or even Vietnamese, Giralda Under the Stars presented by Zacapa Rum brings dining, music and art to the streets of Coral Gables beginning November 7th.  Over a dozen restaurants and bars on Giralda Avenue’s Restaurant Row (between Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Galiano Street) will bring culinary excellence and popular libations outdoors, literally under the stars.  Restaurant Row will be closed to vehicular traffic so that Giralda Under the Stars’ participating restaurants and bars may fill the street with tables and chairs, live music and entertainment from 7pm to midnight every first Friday of the month from November 2014 to March 2015.

Presenting sponsor Zacapa Rum will once again invite patrons to experience the award-winning blend of their ultra-premium rums, and witness firsthand its international reputation for exceptional taste and quality.  In addition some new elements this year include Pre-event Giralda Culinary Tour via Miami Culinary Tours where you can sample 5 restaurants in one night for a set price, The Local Craft Food & Drink will be featuring Caja China Creations every month and last but certainly not least, a new theme every month including Art, Music, Family Night, Romance and The Grand Finale in March.

Participating restaurants this year include: Castelluccio, Divino Ceviche, Ikura Sushi Lounge, La Dorada, Miss Saigon Bistro, Pete’s Authentic Cooking, Spritz of Coral Gables, Talavera, The Bar, The Local Craft Food & Drink, and new comers Vicomo Italian Restaurant, GreenLife Miami, Harmoni Boutique Cuisine (opening 2015), Threefold Café. All will be open and offer locals, families and foodies alike many food options to enjoy along with live music, art and beautiful Miami weather.

“This event allows Restaurant Row to shine, coming together to offer a wide array of food from all over the world with choices to satisfy any and all palates and budgets,” said Marina Foglia, Executive Director of the Business Improvement District of Coral Gables, which produces the event.

Most restaurant menus are available online and reservations are highly recommended.  There is plenty of parking in the municipal parking garages and there will also be valet stationed at each end of the street. No tickets required to enjoy the festivities & ambiance. For more information visit www.ShopCoralGables.com.

About the Business Improvement District of Coral Gables:

Downtown Coral Gables and Miracle Mile is a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood infused with a chic European feel. Decorated with tree-lined streets and Mediterranean architecture, the historic area boasts some of Miami’s finest boutiques, acclaimed restaurants, respected art galleries and lively entertainment venues. With more than 160 retailers and more than 70 restaurants, Downtown Coral Gables and Miracle Mile is a sophisticated destination to shop, live, play and work.  It’s Miami’s charming gem that locals like to keep a secret and visitors love to find.  For more information and a directory, visit www.shopcoralgables.com, become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShopCoralGables or follow us on Twitter @ShopCoralGables.


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Amaize, Amazing Arepas, to Open in Doral

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Amaize, a one-of-a-kind flavorful fast-casual Arepa concept eatery, will open in Doral on November 11.  The eatery will feature customized Arepas and Cachapas, in which customers can “CYO” (Create your Own) Arepas using a variety of tasty gourmet and Latin inspired fillings.

Amaize is the first fast-casual Arepa concept in the U.S. and the restaurant will feature unparalleled quality and an inviting ambiance.  Arepas, which have been enjoyed by Latin American cultures for hundreds of years, are grilled cornmeal “pockets.”  They are made of pre-cooked P.A.N. cornmeal, are healthy, versatile and are easily customized with savory additions.

Amaize, a 2,680 square foot restaurant, will offer seating for 75 guests. The restaurant will feature only fresh, high-quality ingredients and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as snacks and a kids’ menu.  Amaize will feature an inviting bar area with flat screen TVs, serving snacks along with Latin American beer, wine and sangria, as well as complimentary toasted Canchas.  Customers will receive their food, once it’s ordered, to their table via HME, a GPS system.

The eatery will also include a Mercadito (mini market) in which guests can carry out side dishes or purchase selected items to create their own experience with Arepas at home.

“Today’s customers are hungry for new dining experiences that not only encompass fresh new flavors and superb customer service, but a vibrant and comfortable atmosphere,” according to Luis Ginestra, president/CEO of Amaize.  “From the moment our guests walk into Amaize, they will have a wonderful experience, not only with a fresh and Latin inspired menu, in which guests can create their own combination of flavors, but in an inviting and modern environment.”

The menu offers Arepas, cachapas, soups, salads, mechados, desserts and snacks and original dishes like “Saladmaize,” and a twist on sweets with the “Cachapa delight.”  The menu offers the traditional fillings like shredded beef, chicken and pork, as well as specialty Arepas like “Asado Negro” with its unique taste, salmon salad, “Caprese Latina,” “Portobello Tofu,” and the famous “Beauty Queen” (Reina Pepiada), a specialty avocado chicken salad Arepa. In addition, Amaize will serve juices, known as aguas frescas, specialty coffee and desserts.  The traditional Latin cheeses served at Amaize are sourced locally.

The restaurant is located at 3887 NW 107th Avenue, Unit 101, Doral, FL  33178.  The restaurant hours are:  Sunday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Mon-Wed 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Thu-Sat 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.  Happy hour will be served from 4-6 p.m. at the bar.  For more information, please visit www.amaizeyou.com or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @Amaizeyou or like us at Facebook/Amaizeyou.


Moye Italian Restaurant Brings Apulian Cuisine

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Upscale Casual Italian Restaurant Brings Fresh Apulian Cuisine to First U.S. Outpost

Moye, a new regional Italian restaurant from restaurateurs Tony Gallo and Chef Pietro Vardeu, will open on Tuesday, October 21st at 80 SW 8th Street in downtown Brickell. Vardeu and Gallo believe that Moye will strike all the right chords with diners, presenting moderately priced, healthy cuisine in a warm, welcoming environment.

Featuring classic Italian fare from Puglia, the area located in Southern Italy that’s prized for its cuisine as well as great wines, olive oils, and significantly, as the birthplace of burrata, Moye will showcase this distinct Italian cuisine with a hand-crafted menu of regional specialties.

Gallo and Vardeu, known to Miami diners as the team behind Sunset Harbour’s charming and highly acclaimed Italian eatery Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante, look forward to sharing another genuine dining experience with South Florida foodies.  “We’ve found success in offering locals authentic, rustic Italian dining at Sardinia, which is what motivated us to bring the beloved traditional cuisine of another region in Italy to Miami. With a menu that truly reflects the fresh products and flavors of Puglia, we feel that Moye (which means “this is the time” in the Bari dialect) will transport locals with every dish,” offers Gallo.

Open daily for lunch and dinner, Moye will boast a rotating seasonal menu that showcases locally sourced, fresh ingredients and is overseen by Chef Pietro. To take guests on a gastronomic tour of Puglia, the restaurant has imported chefs from Italy, where Moye currently has locations in Florence and Milan.

Guests can graze on sharing plates such as the Polpo – pan seared octopus sautéed with fava beans pureé and cherry tomatoes ($14); and Bruschettone – bruschetta with capocollo, artichokes and mozzarella ($10). Diners can also feast on savory meat and cheese boards including the Tagliare di formaggi – cacioricotta, pecorino, caciocavallo, scamorza, served with spicy homemade jam ($16); and the Tagliere di salumi – prosciutto crudo, salame, capocollo, with bruschetta ($16). While mozzarella lovers can indulge in Burrata Moye, which as the name implies is made in-house and topped with white anchovies and oranges ($14); as well as Apulian Sushi – rolls of mozzarella Moye, shrimp, vegetables, tuna and tomatoes ($16)

For their entrée, guests can choose from Apulian staples like the Tartare d’orata – sea bream tartar with carrots and zucchini pinzimonio ($14); Carpaccio di salmone with fennel, orange and radish ($12); and Orecchiette pasta with broccoli rabe Apulian style ($14). Also on offer are from the oven entrées including Parmigiana with zucchini, tomato, basil and mozzarella ($16) and Branzino baked with zucchini and potatoes ($26); and traditional meat plates like the Stufato – lamb stew with fava beans ($24) and Bombette – stuffed veal rolls with vegetables and baked potatoes ($24).

Rounding out the menu are delectable deserts like the Spocamuss – a puff pastry with Nutella and custard cream, Tortino di Cioccolato – chocolate soufflé and Classic Tiramisu, all priced at $8. Guests can also toast their meal with a great selection of moderately-priced wines and beer, with a heavy emphasis on regional Italian favorites.

With an open kitchen design that will offer guests a glimpse behind the curtain; Moye has embraced a sleek décor that is bathed in white much like the restaurant’s name-sakes in Milan and Florence. Floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the bustling avenue and whimsical mozzarella-shaped lamps that hang from the ceiling illuminate the restaurant, creating a light and airy atmosphere. While an intricate wall of shelving showcases Moye’s extensive wine collection as well as products inspired by Puglia, which will be for sale. Guests will also be able to enjoy an al fresco dining experience when the restaurant debuts its patio seating later this year, to compliment the intimately set 70-seat main dining area inside. Locals will also be able to order takeout from the restaurant, so that they can enjoy Moye’s simple yet distinctive Italian cuisine whether at home or at the office.

Moye is located at 80 SW 8th Street facing First Avenue. Lunch and dinner is served daily from 11:30 a.m. to midnight, with both reservations and walk-ins welcome. Valet will be available with the first hour free in addition to ample street parking. Telephone: (305) 372-5168; www.moyemiami.com.

Siena Tavern Miami Beach by Chef Fabio Viviani

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Siena Tavern Miami Beach by Chef Fabio Viviani is something Miami Culinary Tours is waiting to be open. I will be updating this blog post but we are so excited that Siena Tavern by Favio Viviani is opening in Miami Beach where China grill used to be. That space has been empty now for more than a year or so and we so much look forward to this place opening. We met with Favio Viviani and Tara Soloman, and I think this restaurant will bring what Miami Beach needs; real people (Favio is a sweetheart!) making good food paired with first class service, something that Miami lacks. Of course you have great chefs in Miami Beach but I am truly hoping this place will be a place where we can bring our large groups on our culinary tours. Stay tuned, Mirka and I will be going to the opening on November 7th and I will report on the food.


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The fourth annual Burgerliscious in Coral Gables

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The fourth annual Burgerliscious in Coral Gables is on November 6, 2014 from 6-10 pm at Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park in Coral Gables. This year there are 15 restaurants participating in the festival to date with many more to be announced later, enticing guests with their mouthwatering burgers and competing for the People’s Choice award.

Guests will be able to nosh on the tasty burgers, indulge in libations from sponsors Sam Adams and Jack Daniels, while enjoying live entertainment courtesy of Mad World Orchestra and DJ Mayner.

Burgerliscious promotes the very best in burgers, showcasing the Gables’ own premier restaurants to the surrounding community. With the festival’s growing popularity and participation from the newest restaurants, Coral Gables continues to establish itself as a foodie mecca.

The festival’s live performances also kick-off Miami Live Music Month, a premier program put on by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation to help support small business programs.

I attached the full press release and more information and tickets are currently available online at www.burgerliscious.com

Cocktails to welcome the season

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Aberdeen Old Fashioned

2 parts Sandeman Porto Founders Reserve
1 parts Chivas 12 Year Old
1/4 part 1:1 Turbinado Simple Syrup
2 dashes Angostura Orange Bitters
1 level teaspoon Pumpkin Butter
Combine all ingredients in a rocks glass and stir.
Add ice and stir again.
Garnish with a wide orange twist.

*We recommends American Spoon Pumpkin butter for its beautiful fall spices.

 Sandeman Sangree

1 1/2 parts Sandeman Porto Founders Reserve
3/4 parts Plymouth Gin
3/4 parts Lemon juice
1/2 part Simple syrup
2 parts Soda water

Combine all ingredients, except the soda water into a cocktail shaker.
Shake briefly with ice.
Strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Add soda water.
Add a lemon wheel and grate nutmeg across top.

Verde at Pérez Art Museum Miami theme Oktoberfest

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Verde at Pérez Art Museum Miami


Join the Party for Beers and Brats on PAMM’s Terrace on October 16, 2014


Verde at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is celebrating this month’s Third Thursdays at PAMM with an Oktoberfest theme on October 16th with delicious items such as Beer Poached Bratwurst with house made sauerkraut and German potato salad. Vegetarian options are also available. Complement these German favorites with local Florida beers for only $4! Funky Buddha Crusher IPA and Tequesta Oktoberfest will be available on draft, as well as Cigar City’s Cracker Pale and Invasion IPA available in cans. Please call 305-375-8282 or visit www.pamm.org/dining for reservations or more information.


Verde (at Pérez Art Museum Miami)

1103 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132


Thursday, October 16, 2014


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