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Sunlife Stadium’s New Menu Options

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Football season is upon us, and Sunlife Stadium has taken it upon itself to update its food selections in order to make the fan base’s experience that much better. Nothing is better than enjoying delicious food while watching some world-class sports, but until recently, people were restricted to buying expensive and generic food at the stadium. Finding quality food was a struggle at Sunlife, and people were constrained to either sneaking stuff in, or settling with limp and flavorless hotdogs with stale bread, overdone burgers with less than fresh produce, or frozen chicken fingers.

Now, Sunlife has begun partnering with local favorites in order to offer quality food at affordable prices to make for the best sports experience in the industry. We were invited in order to check out the new offerings that the stadium has and were quite impressed with everything that was added. Contracts were signed with recognizable restaurants in efforts to give people a gourmet version of their favorite sports-watching foods. Whether it be chicken wings, burgers, sandwiches, or even desserts, the selections at Sunlife have been extended to include high-quality and affordable choices that will bring your experience to the next level.

We were most impressed with the recent addition of Michelle Bernstein’s Crumb on Parchment, a sandwich and salad friendly concept that prides itself on using pristine ingredients and quality produce. After sampling the Crumb Turkey sandwich, composed of sous vide free range turkey, cheddar, greens, and mayo on a pretzel roll, and The Vegetarian, made of carrots, pickled radish, sprouts, avocado, and cheddar, on a seedy grainy bread, we left with the impression that sports don’t necessarily have to be paired with greasy fried food and instead can be matched with healthy options for a great event. For those more favorable on the greasy fried food (which also happens to be perfect to indulge in with beer), new options include Bru’s Room, Bokampers, and BurgerFi for some of the best wings and burgers you can find in South Florida. Bru’s Room and Bokamper’s wings were crisp and expertly fried, paired with tasty sauces that complemented the juicy and plump texture of the meat. In contrast, the burgers from BurgerFi, whether it is the beef or vegetarian option, were juicy and satisfying in a gourmet sense, which is much different than what the stadium offered before. New options also include Sushi Maki, Cold Stone, and Cuban Guys, giving fans the option of indulging in whatever they are craving.
Leaving the tasting, we were eager to return during an actual football game. We felt like although the food was incredible, it would be even better while watching America’s favorite sport. It was always fun to watch football at the stadium, but now it is an incredible experience that sets Sunlife Stadium apart from other football venues.

Bricktop’s Restaurant

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Bricktop restaurant

Located in Coral Gables, Bricktop’s Restaurant is a somewhat recent addition to the Miracle Mile dining scene. Bricktop’s is a small corporate concept that has locations nationwide, including hot culinary cities like Atlanta and Nashville. Although I have had pleasant experiences at Bricktop’s, I am sad to say that it is not a place that I itch to go back to on the regular. Don’t get me wrong, the food is prepared well and the service is better than most restaurants on the Mile, but the menu is unexciting and lacks inspiration, making for a meal that could sometimes be considered boring. Bricktop’s offerings include very mundane and routine dishes that can be found everywhere, making a stop here less of a priority.

Appetizers like the Spinach and Artichoke Dip, topped with aged cheddar and parmesan, are a flashback to the late 1900s, where heavy and fat-laden bar food is offered as a beginning to a meal. The dip is satisfying and tasty in the most obvious of ways, but how could something that’s composed of cream and cheese not be? Main courses come with the option of choosing between items like Meatloaf, Baby Back Ribs, and Oven Roasted Chicken. With selections this characterless, I’m not craving Bricktop’s at all.

There was a spark of brilliance in Bricktop’s Deviled Eggs and Sugar Bacon, an item Bricktop’s claims as a specialty. The paprika filled deviled egg filling was creamy and enjoyable, but the candied bacon made all the difference. Although I can’t say I haven’t seen candied bacon elsewhere, it was the only ingredient used in all of the restaurant’s items that brought some excitement to the overall experience. I would come here just for drinks and some of those deviled eggs.

The bar area is cozy and surrounds a large potion of the dining room area, making for a great spot to people watch. Coming during happy hour (which includes weekends) yields to half-priced drinks and $5 wine, making for a drinking spot that is hard to say no to. I would stick to appetizers at Bricktop’s, as they offer the best value for the money and are the most satisfying and fulfilling items on the menu.

Bricktop’s is not bad in the least, but with options in the area like Swine and Bulla offering such inspiring and competitive menus, it’s hard to choose Bricktop’s over anything else. The food is prepared correctly and hits every aspect a meal should, but I somehow feel like my experience here is boring.


2418, 2418 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134 (305) 443-9992


By food blogger, Santiago Cardona

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Taperia Raca Cinema Wednesdays

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Outdoor Movie Screenings and Spanish Treats Every Wednesday in September

Taperia Raca, MiMo’s hot new Spanish tapas restaurant from Chopped and Chopped Champions winner Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, is launching a weekly, end of summer Spanish dinner and a movie series dubbed Cinema Wednesdays, the first of which is Wednesday, September 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Each week, Taperia Raca’s intimate courtyard will transform into an outdoor movie theater and dining venue with a large high definition projection screen and surround sound system. Movie buffs and foodies can sit back, sip on tasty sangria and nibble on Spanish tapas while watching one of the selected Spanish or Spanish-related films.

Special from the kitchen, Chef de Cuisine Michelle Saavedra, will be serving-up movie theater-themed goodies such as savory and sweet popcorns, Spanish nachos, and a salchipapa remix, among others. Taperia Raca’s regular menu of tasty Spanish tapas will also be available.

Reservations, strongly encouraged, can be made through the restaurant’s website www.taperiaraca.com/reservations/, and diners will be able to order additional drinks and food via text message so not to disturb fellow diners. Seating is at 7:30 p.m. and show time is promptly at 8:00 p.m. Indoor seating will be available for those who do not want to partake. The films, which are mostly R-rated containing some violence, drug use, and nudity, are listed below.

September 3: Pan’s Labyrinth, Rated R (Spanish movie with subtitles)

September 10: Desperado, Rated R (Spanish actor with Spanish influences)

September 17: Blow, Rated R (Spanish actress)

September 24: The Mask of Zorro, Rated PG-13 (Spanish theme, character, and actors)

Taperia Raca, which recently received a three-star rating from The Miami Herald and an equally stellar dining review from Miami New Times, serves dinner and weekend brunch. Dinner ($5-21) boasts a soulful menu of shareable Platos Frios/Cold Dishes such as zesty rich Pate de Higado- chicken liver mousse, Pedro Ximenez, almonds and fig preserves; Pulpo a la Vinagreta- poached octopus, lemon, onion, olive oil and herbs; Boquerones- white anchovies, roasted lemon, Florida citrus and herbs; and, as well as Platos Calientes/Hot Dishes including spicy Patatas Bravas- fried, baked potatoes, garlic aioli and smoked tomato; Empanadas de Bacalao- savory dough pastries stuffed with salt cod, pickled garlic and potato; Alitas de Pato – duck wings with sweet/sour fig and pimenton salt; and Cachetes de Cerdo – tender pork cheek with mushrooms, potatoes and truffle. Desserts ($6-9) include twists on classics such as Roasted Banana Crema Catalana; and Torrejas with Salted Caramel Ice Cream.

The Saturday and Sunday Weekend Brunch ($5-19) builds upon the dinner menu and, as with Eating House, gets a little more nostalgic with items including Tortilla Chanchito with organic eggs, chorizo, Serrano ham, bacon and Manchego; Croquetas de Jamon- smoked and roasted ham, béchamel, and quince jam; Patatas Contentas – fried baked potatoes, black truffle and bacon; Huevos Rotos – fried eggs, aioli, charred tomato, potato and Serrano ham; Torrejas Café con Leche- Cuban bread French toast, Panther Coffee, cream and sugar; and Panqueques de Maiz y Durazno- cornmeal peach pancakes with peach syrup.

A trip to laid back Spain, the cozy restaurant seats 16 inside and offers an expansive outdoor garden seating 40. Inspired by the relaxed atmosphere of the Corridor, area vintage stores and quirky architectural motifs, Rapicavoli and Casanova put art and music at the center of the experience with brick lined walls, cardboard bullheads and a custom made mural to the tune of Spanish reggae music.

Located at 7010 Biscayne Boulevard in the MiMo District, Taperia Raca serves Dinner Tuesday – Thursday, from 4:00PM – 10:00PM and Friday & Saturday, from 4:00PM – 11:00PM. A popular Weekend Brunch is offered Saturday and Sunday from 11:00AM – 4:00PM. Breakfast and Lunch service are provided by ILLEGAL Bakery from now through the end of summer, from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Mondays – Fridays. Plenty of metered street parking is available, and Karma car wash is available for parking after 8 p.m. Taperia Raca accepts reservations via CityEats. Telephone: 305.751.8756. Website: www.taperiaraca.com. Twitter/Instagram: @Taperia_Raca

Red Ginger Restaurant

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Chef Herb Wilson Brings His Diverse Culinary Talents to Red Ginger

Former Top Chef Masters contestant Herb Wilson joins the Menin Hospitality Team as the Executive Chef of Red Ginger restaurant, bringing his talents to the concept which is set to launch in early Winter 2014. A New York City native, Chef Wilson has an international culinary background mastering French, Asian and Caribbean cooking. He is the only chef to have received a two-star review from the New York Times on three separate occasions by three different reviewers at three different restaurants.

“With Chef Wilson’s eclectic culinary background, we are looking forward to bringing this unique concept to the South of Fifth neighborhood,” shares Jared Galbut of Menin Hospitality. “This is an exciting time for Miami Beach’s growing culinary scene and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.”

Wilson describes the cuisine as Japanese and Thai-inspired, featuring a sushi bar with an omakase elements and binchotan charcoal robata offerings. The menu will also showcase locally sourced items as well as ingredients flown in directly from Japan.

“Miami has been on the top of my wish list and this is the perfect opportunity to make the move and join the Menin Hospitality team,” said Executive Chef Herb Wilson. “I am eager to be a part of this amazing concept and hopefully offer Miami a new and exciting dining experience.”

Throughout his career, Wilson worked with several renowned chefs such as the late Chef Patrick Clark. He was asked to be one of the featured chefs at a dinner in honor of Clark at Tavern on the Green and contributed recipes to a book in his honor with Chef Charlie Trotter. His passion for international cuisine came from his work with Chef Larry Forgione of An American Place.

Wilson left New York City for a period of time to work in very prominent restaurants in France, the three-star Michelin rated kitchens of Gerard Pangaud and Le Freres Troisgros. Once he returned to New York City, he worked in cutting edge restaurants before becoming Executive Chef at Le Refuge, later opening Bambou and then went on to become Executive Chef of Jack’s Fifth and Bull Run Restaurant. At Le Refuge, Wilson received a two-star review from the New York Times. In 1996, he opened Bambou, an upscale Caribbean concept new to New York receiving national attention and press. He continued his culinary career in Las Vegas, where he became Executive Chef of Sushi Samba. Red Ginger is Wilson’s first appointment in Miami.

Red Ginger (800 First Street), the newest addition to the Menin Hospitality family, is a Southeast Asian concept set to open early Winter 2014 in the South of Fifth community. The Southeast Asian concept will not only be evident in the cuisine, but in the décor and atmosphere of the restaurant featuring oak floors, wood panels, coral walls and an onyx bar, guests will be transported into a different region of the world.

Authentic Mexican Dishes at Porfirio Restaurant

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 Porfirio’s Restaurant

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Porfirio’s Restaurant Brings High-End Mexican Cuisine to the Lunch Table

Porfirio’s Restaurant open for lunch, offering a prix fixe menu for $25. The menu has many delectable options to choose from. For the first course, guests can choose Carnitas de Atún, crispy deep-fried Tuna bits cooked in Lard and served with Avocado or Sopa de Tortilla, traditional Mexican recipe served with Cheese, Sour Cream, Pasilla Pepper and Avocado on the side. For the second course, indulge in Puntas de Filete al Chipotle, Beef Tips simmered in a Creamy Chipotle Sauce or Pollo con Mole, half Chicken smothered in Mole Sauce served with Mexican-style Rice on the side. For dessert, they offer sweet treats such as Flan Casero, House-made Caramel Custard or Fresas con Crema y Merengue, Strawberries with Cream and Meringue.

For more information and reservations, visit www.porfirios.com.mx or call (786) 453-2657.

Porfirio’s Restaurant
850 Commerce Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 216-7675

Monday-Sunday: 11:30am-3pm

On-site valet parking and additional street parking are available.


Florida Cookery Patio Unique Lunch Menu for Poolside Eats

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The James Royal Palm’s own Florida Cookery opens for lunch every day from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. where Miami locals and pool-goers can come inside to relax, eat by the water under the shade, and enjoy the beach breeze. Executive Chef Billy Boyle has made several summer additions to the menu. The restaurant, which offers an approachable environment specifically focused on Florida style cuisine, is known for using organic, locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. Below are just a few examples of Florida Cookery’s unique offerings:

• Charred Octopus with Brulee Watermelon Skewers — $17
• Curry Chicken, Ropa Vieja, and Alligator Empanadas — $14
• Guava-Glazed Ribs — $10/$19
• A Surf and Turf Tostada with Lime Jalapeño Shrimp and Guava Pulled Pork Tostadas –$15
• Chocolate Coconut Layer Cake with Salted Caramel Ice cream — $10

For additional information and reservations, visit www.florida-cookery.com or call (786) 276-0333.

Lunch served from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily

The James Royal Palm
Florida Cookery Patio
1545 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

On-site valet parking is available.
Additional garage parking is available at 16th Street & Collins Avenue.

Orange Blossom Restaurant Delicious Summer Lunch Menu

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 Unforgettable Dishes and Refreshing Cocktails at Miami’s Top Restaurant


Think Hotel Group’s Orange Blossom restaurant continues to make its statement through its delightful and exclusive seasonal lunch menu. Using only the freshest local ingredients, Chef Nelson Maldonado creates each dish with gentle care and devotion to provide all guests with an authentic Florida experience. Ideal starters include the Asparagus Salad, Tuna Tartare, and a mouthwatering variety of delicious flatbreads. Entrees include an assortment of superb salads, including the Tuna Nicoise, Thai Salad, and Chicken Greek Salad. In addition to its delectable array of sandwiches, such as the NYC Breakfast Sandwich and the Charles St. Burger, the cold pressed juices and specialty cocktails will only add to the delight. With its warm and inviting allure, Orange Blossom welcomes all locals to enjoy its signature dishes and specialty craft cocktails for an enjoyable and satisfying lunch.

For additional information and reservations, visit www.orangeblossommiami.com or call (305) 763-8983.

Orange Blossom
Boulan South Beach
2000 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, 33139

Every day from 11a.m. – 3p.m.

Parking available at municipal parking lot on 21st Street & Collins Avenue

Dine Around the World on South Beach at Il Mulino

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Il Mulino New York South Beach

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Il Mulino New York South Beach Now Offers Lunch Options include a Prix Fixe menu for $25

Lunch on South Beach is a dining experience of its own with cuisines from across the world and impressive views. Whether it’s oceanfront or poolside or people watching, restaurants on South Beach come with a unique view. Not only are the cuisines eclectic, but the décor of this restaurant is sure to catch your attention. Some restaurants offer lunch specials, such as $25 prix fixe menus, seasonal dishes and refreshing cocktails. Check out this South Beach’s lunch spots.


Il Mulino New York South Beach has had a successful launch and is now offering lunch. Guests can choose from the regular menu, as well as a prix fixe menu, which includes one Antipasti, Entrée and Dessert for $25 not including tax and gratuity. This menu includes delicious options such as Langostina, Langostina in the Shell with Sautéed Spinach or Affettato Meat & Cheese Plate, Prosciutto, Parmigiano, Truffle Pecorino, Sopressato and Mixed Italian Olives for an Antipasti; Branzino, Roasted with Olive Oil, Garlic, Capers or Spaghetti Bolognese, Braised Veal and Beef in a Rich Tomato Sauce for an Entrée; and Fresh Berry with Zabaglione, Warm Italian Custard with Marsala Wine prepared tableside with Seasonal Berries or Cheesecake with Berries, Homemade Italian Cheesecake with Whipped Cream, Zabaglione and Seasonal Berries for dessert.

For more information and reservations, visit www.ilmulino.com/south-beach or call (305) 372-1221.

Il Mulino New York South Beach
840 First Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 372-1221

Monday-Friday: 11:30am-3pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am-4pm

On-site valet parking and additional street parking is available.

Miami Street Food; Chicharrones

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Miami Street Food; Chicharrones: they are the Hispanic answer to what Americans like to call pork belly. For one, the temperature in which the oil is should be a specific temperature, to render as much fat from the meat as possible while not making the meat dry and chewy. The crust must be perfectly blistered and crunchy, and last but not least, it must be seasoned right after coming out of the fryer. If not, the seasonings will not stick; leaving you with a dish that can be practically flavorless. As complicated as it sounds, there are abundant places in Miami to get said dish, and although it is indulgent, it is definitely worth the extra mile on the treadmill. Just like any other fried dish, the greasiness can get a bit overbearing. Never fear though, as a squeeze of lime juice saves the day and gives you enough acidity to make your way through your serving.

Where to try them in Miami: Palacio de Los Jugos 5721 W Flagler St Miami, FL 33144

Miami Street Food; Cafe Cubano

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Cafe cubano- Cuban coffee is what drives people in Miami, providing locals with the energy they need to get through the day. Not only is the coffee itself extremely concentrated, it is shockingly sweet and provides a bolt of caffeine that will have you running for hours to come.

-A Colada is around 5 shots of Cuban-style coffee served in a Styrofoam cup along with smaller cups in order to serve. It is meant to be shared, which is why the smaller cups are given in groups of 4 or 5. It may seem like a double shot espresso, but it is so strong and sweet that it is virtually impossible to drink a whole Colada on your own. Las Olas Café 644 6th St Miami Beach, FL 33139

-Cortadito, meaning “small cut” in Spanish, is a shot of Cuban Coffee topped with a small amount of steamed milk. Most places do equal parts of coffee to milk, but don’t be surprised to find some places serving more coffee. Use this as a chaser to a salty bite, such as a croqueta. Anything sweet would make your afternoon snack a sugar bomb. Charlotte Bakery 1499 Washington Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139

-Cafe con leche, or “coffee with milk,” is a shot of Cuban coffee mixed with hot milk. Similar to a latte, a cafe con leche provides a less sweet alternative to a cortadito due to the larger amount of milk. We recommend that you have a cafe con leche with buttered, toasted Cuban bread, as this is a traditional Cuban breakfast. Playa Cafe 1515 Washington Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139