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SUSHISAMBA Coral Gables Executive Chef David Sears is introducing an all-new prix-fixe brunch menu, while Cesar Vega, SUSHISAMBA Miami Beach Chef de Cuisine, is contemporaneously launching a refreshed brunch menu that gives locals and tourists more reasons to look forward to the weekend! While each SUSHISAMBA has items unique to their respective locations, both boast a $30 three-course prix-fixe menu with a choice of bottomless Zonin Prosecco ($25 additional) or Pommery Champagne ($60 additional).

Guests are invited to indulge in SUSHISAMBA’s twist on the popular Brazilian breakfast staple, Feijoada, consisting of a savory stew of black beans, shredded pork, seared beef and carne seca with white rice, collard greens, farofa and fresh orange slices; or the Doce De Leite French Toast with seasonal berries and sesame whipped cream. The second course is a beautiful assortment of sushi, including a selection of yellowtail, tuna nigiri and salmon sushi, and the choice of the Neo Tokyo, Veggie Kun, Ezo, or Rainbow Dragon rolls, followed by a signature assortment of desserts.

Exclusively at SUSHISAMBA Coral Gables, enjoy the Mushroom Frittata with roasted japanese mushrooms, cipollini onion, huacatay purée; Short Rib Eggs Benedict honey-soy braised short rib, organic egg, aji amarillo hollandaise; Churrasco Sandwich charred beef ribeye, roasted shiitake, organic egg, black truffle; and Yuzu and Tarragon House Cured Salmon shichimi dust, compressed pomelo, mizuna greens, champagne crema, pink peppercorn granita. An outdoor patio brings the best al fresco views in the house, while an expansive dining room with a communal table and plenty of group seating make for easy sharing and social fun on Sundays.

Chef Vega is also spicing things up at SUSHISAMBA Miami Beach with the South American Frittata of lingüiça, asparagus, heart of palm, and manchego cheese; Warm Churros served with shichimi-caramel and Peruvian chocolate; Lobster Eggs Benedict miso-yuzu hollandaise; Housemade Quinoa Waffles kuromitsu and vanilla-cinnamon butter; and Shrimp and Polenta with an organic poached egg and manchego.

Complementing both menus is a selection of refreshing cocktails, including fresh fruit-based beverages, Samba signatures and virgin cocktails. Standouts include the Sakegria with muddled strawberry, raspberry, mango, watermelon, rosé wine, plum sake, sparkling wine floater; Mary Midori of bacon-infused vodka, Bombay Sapphire, celery juice, tomato water, smoked sea salt; and the Bahia Punch with cachaça, red wine, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, and sparkling wine. With Batidos and sucos mistos made of water, milk, seasonal fruits and the option to add cachaça, guests can be creative by adding coconut, cucumber, aloe water, or even whole, skim, cashew, almond and brazil nut milks. Nespresso Coffee and Tea Forté are available for that pre- or post-bunch ‘pick me up.’

$30 three-course prix fixe or à la carte


Sundays only from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Westin Colonnade Hotel at 180 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL
For reservations, please call 305.448.4990


Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

600 Lincoln Road at Pennsylvania, Miami Beach, FL

For reservations, please call 305.673.5337

For additional information please visit www.sushisamba.com.


SUSHISAMBA restaurants are operated by Samba Brands Management, which was founded by Shimon Bokovza, Matthew Johnson and Danielle Billera. In addition to the new Coral Gables location, SUSHISAMBA has sites in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami and London as well as SUGARCANE raw bar grill in Miami, Duck & Waffle in London and Bocce Bar in Miami. With over 13 years of experience, the company continues to expand their cutting-edge concepts. Their projects are unpredictable, their venues are impressive, and their visions set trends in the industry for years. For more information visit www.sambabrandsmanagement.com


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Adding to Batch’s already extensive menu are items such as Salmon Crude made with Salmon, green papaya, pumpkin seeds and chili salt; Ahi Tuna Poke made with fresh tuna, peanut butter crumble, jalapeno and scallion; and the Smoked Southwest Eggroll made with shredded chicken, jalapeno corn and chipotle bbq. Also added is a mouth watering Pumpkin Hummus made with pumpkin, arugula, sliced pecans and rosemary flatbread and Wild Boar Shank made with apple cider molasses glaze, corn & chorizo succotash.

Brunch got a seasonal makeover as well with new items being added such as the Pumpkin Pancakes made with all spice syrup and candied pecans sure to please any fall lover. Brunch go-ers can also indulge in some southern delights such as homemade buttermilk biscuits and build your own egg sandwiches where you can chose from an assortment of proteins, cheeses and add-ons such as mushrooms, pumpkin seeds and truffle oil.

Batch is located at 30 SW 12th St, Miami, FL 33130. Hours of operation: 11:30 a.m to 5:00 a.m daily. Metered street parking is available.

Learn more about Batch Gastropub at www.batchmiami.com or call for information and reservations (305) 808-5555


Our impressions on Batch’s Fall Menu:

Within the past few months, Batch Gastropub has become Brickell’s premier destination for a great time filled with delectable food, crafted cocktails, and an enjoyable vibe. At Batch, the management tries to cater to their customer’s needs for exciting dishes and unique blends of ingredients that peaks everyone’s interest. I was recently invited to a tasting of some of their new menu items, many of which garnered widespread acclaim throughout the attending diners.

The night began with “Salmon Crudo” composed of house cured Salmon, Florida Peaches, Truffle Vinaigrette, and Maldon Sea Salt. Easily one of the most ambitious plates of the night, this combination led to a distinct melding of flavors that I have never come across elsewhere. Batch’s promise to deliver a bolder menu was made evident through this single dish, and I came to the conclusion that the combination of the ingredients made for a pleasant, albeit odd, bite of food. I would definitely order this again.

Other standouts included the “General Tso’s Cauliflower,” made to cater to vegans. Although I am not a vegan, I felt like this dish was the best plate that was presented. There were some aspects I would have changed, but it was an overall success. The cauliflower was crispy and seasoned with a slightly spicy General Tso’s sauce that left a lingering zing on the tongue. Compared to typical takeout food where the sauce is gloopy, starchy, and overly sweet, the sauce made at Batch was balanced and refined, making for a great bite. The cauliflower was topped with popcorn, which I found superfluous, but besides that I would consider this dish a knockout.

The main entrée was the “Drunken Short Rib,” served on a bed of polenta and topped with cinnamon roasted carrots. Everyone has tried a version of this dish at various restaurants, as it seems to be a go-to item when it comes to choosing a menu, but this new version at Batch Gastropub applies a couple of defining differences that make it worth the splurge. The short rib is braised in a Vanilla and Sour Mash Whiskey, creating a subtle sweetness that is amplified by the cinnamon roasted carrots. The jus in which the short rib is prepared is then reduced to create a complex sweet sauce that blends with the creamy polenta to make for a satisfying comfort dish that I would not hesitate to order again.

Overall, I applaud Batch for attempting to create new menu items in order to keep their customers interested. They seem to be taking the “Gastro” part of their name seriously, and these menu items seem to fit the bill. Paired with any of their batch-made cocktails, you are sure to have a meal that is worthy of the Gastropub name.

Batch Gastropub

30 SW 12th St, Miami, FL 33130
(305) 808-5555

By food blogger, Santiago Cardona


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On Tuesday October 21st, db Bistro Moderne and Daniel Boulud welcomed guests for an evening with their local purveyors. Chef Daniel Boulud and Chef Jason Pringle prepared a special menu showcasing four local purveyors with wine pairings by Dinex Global Wine Director, Daniel Johnnes.

The evening began with a cocktail reception in the upstairs private dining area where guests gathered and were later joined by Daniel himself. He welcomed his guests, described the menu for the evening and gave special thanks to all the purveyors who made contributions to the new dishes.

Swank Farm started off the dinner with a tasty and fresh Baby Beets Salad topped with quinoa tabouli, sheep’s milk yogurt, and red sorrel that was complimented by a glass of Domaine Mardon, Quincy 2013. The second-course came from a local Keys purveyor, Trigger, and they presented a delicious Daybook Snapper Grenobloise with spinach rubric, mushroom fricassee, and cauliflower with a glass of Guillaume Clusel, Cortex de Lyonnais, Galet 2012. AAA Pig Farms is a short ride away from Miami, located in Clewiston, FL, and provided the main dish of the night – “AAA” Farm Raised Suckling Pig, pal choi, daikon radish, baby turnip, and cartelized pear that was perfectly paired with a full bodied Domaine Aleofane, Crozes-Hermitage 2012. To top off this exceptional dinner, guests enjoyed Chef Patissier Jerome Maure’s “Paradise Farm” Pineapple Vacherin with local produce from Paradise Farm in Homestead, FL. This dish was excellently complimented by a sweet Chateau La Rame, Sainte-Croix-DuMont “Tradition” 2010. Daniel signed books for guests and took pictures with fans to leave them with a little something to remember this wonderful night.

About db Bistro Moderne Miami

db Bistro Moderne is Daniel Boulud’s interpretation of the new generation of Parisian bistros, whose classically trained chefs offer creative cuisine in a casual, comfortable and contemporary setting. Featuring traditional French fare met by flavors of the American market presented by Executive Chef Jason Pringle, db Bistro Moderne is designed to capture the energy and style of its Manhattan counterpart, yet uniquely tailored to the rhythm of Miami life. Located in downtown’s JW Marriott Marquis Miami, db Bistro Moderne offers a vibrant, urban setting, where guests will enjoy great cooking in a relaxed yet beautifully distinctive environment. The restaurant’s interiors by renowned designers, Yabu Pushelberg, feature a dining area with striking contemporary accents and soaring 18-foot ceilings, as well as a stylish bar and lounge, street-level terrace overlooking the Miami river and two private dining rooms. In addition to its acclaimed contemporary French-American cuisine, db Bistro Moderne presents over 150 affordable wines beginning at $25 per bottle.

Pie Heaven at Fireman Derek’s

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Let’s get this out of the way; Fireman Derek’s World Famous Pies are spectacular. Pies are a difficult food group (and yes, I believe pies should be a food group). It takes a gifted person, both in an emotional sense and physical sense, to make a truly great piece of pie. And Derek is gifted indeed. There is much time, technique, and effort that goes into a pie, from making the perfectly flakey crust, to making a filling that is complex and soul satisfying. But even if you have the technique down, a pie is not as fulfilling as it should be when it is not made with passion. Luckily, passion is ever-present through all the products coming from Fireman Derek’s shop, as everything that I have sampled here makes me feel like his pies should in fact be “World Famous.”

Fireman Derek gets the concept of pies and turns it on its head. We are all familiar with the saying “As American as apple pie,” but Derek somehow manages to avoid this notion and combines Miami’s cultural diversity with an American dessert to produce something that is unique to our city. Sure, we’ve all had pies, cheesecakes, and bread puddings before, but here you can find all of these taken to levels that are beyond indulgent. By combining all these classic desserts with ingredients like bourbon, guava, and café con leche, you walk away from this dessert heaven experiencing the essence of the clashing of cultures Miami has come to represent.

At Derek’s, even when you go simple you’re making the right choice. My personal favorite dessert slice at this shop is the perfectly executed Key Lime. The custard is a perfect interplay between sweet and tart, with a luxurious texture that is creamy and robust. The key lime flavor is present, but not overwhelming in a sense that will make you pucker. Instead, it is as natural as you can expect from a fruit, making for a slice of pie that can even be considered refreshing.

For lunch, I would go for the Chicken Pot Pie. In fact, this may be my favorite thing to get at Derek’s. The crust (which is different from the one used for the pies) is savory and good enough to eat on its own, but it’s the filling that blows me away. The innards are generous on the chicken, with luscious gravy that is not too salty and even nutty. There is a presence of cheese that is amplified by the use of spices and natural vegetables like carrots, making for a satisfying meal that will make you wonder why people don’t do chicken pot pie more often.

Do yourself a favor and check out Fireman Derek’s pies. They are truly exceptional and bring something to Miami that we were truly lacking. These are the types of places we need to patronize, and I have a feeling Fireman Derek will be around for a long time coming.

Fireman Derek’s World Famous Pies

2818 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33137
(786) 449-2517

By food blogger, Santiago Cardona

The Modern Utopia during the prestigious Art Basel Miami Beach between December 4-7, 2014

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Mandarin Oriental, Miami welcomes guests to enjoy contemporary Asian art at a special exhibition titled The Modern Utopia during the prestigious Art Basel Miami Beach between December 4-7, 2014. Making its debut in MO Bar + Lounge, the exhibition celebrates the hotel’s Asian roots and reflects the expanding cultural interest and influence of eastern art.

Organized by Lexing Zhang of ART LEXÏNG Gallery of Miami, the Mandarin Oriental exhibition will feature original paintings that showcase ancient Chinese traditions as well as western influences. On view will be works by acclaimed Chinese artist Lu Chengxiang, who treads the boundary between old and new. Chengxiang’s ink paintings subtly introduce the restlessness of modernity into traditionally-inspired scenarios. “The Modern Utopia” exhibition collectively illustrates Chengxiang’s own portals between time periods and aesthetic methodologies. Symbols of prosperity, luck, wisdom and immortality flow freely through his paintings.

Additionally, MO Bar + Lounge will feature a special art-inspired menu of classic cocktails made with a modern twist, curated to reflect the infusion of contemporary elements in Chengxiang’s work. Highlights include the Twentieth Century cocktail made with gin, lillet blanc, crème de cacao, and fresh lemon and the Aviation with gin, maraschino, crème de violet, and lemon twist.

Guests staying at Mandarin Oriental, Miami will enjoy rates from USD 619 per night and receive a complimentary Mandarin Oriental Art Book in-room. For more information or reservations, please call +1 (305) 913 8288 or visit www.mandarinoriental.com. About ART LEXÏNG

ART LEXÏNG is committed to promoting museum-quality works from emerging Asian artists, each with truly original and challenging perspectives filtered through photography, sculpture and traditional two-dimensional media. Participating in internationally-acclaimed art fairs and partnering with respected institutions and galleries throughout the United States and Europe, ART LEXÏNG presents its global audience with only the most forward-thinking, provocative works from Asia’s brightest young talents. Based out of Miami, ART LEXÏNG has shown an array of works at venues including SHOW OFF Paris, SH Contemporary, SCOPE New York, Art Paris, Zona Maco in Mexico and Art Toronto.

Mandarin Oriental, Miami

Contemporary in design and with a prominent waterfront location, the triple Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, Miami features 326 elegant guest rooms and suites – offering dramatic views of the bay and the Miami skyline. Amenities include an award-winning tri-level spa, signature Azul restaurant, the new La Mar by Gaston Acurio restaurant, the waterfront MO Bar + Lounge, Oasis Beach Club, the luxury boutique Shanghai Tang and extensive meeting and business space.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the most luxurious hotels, resorts and residences. Having grown from a well-respected Asian hotel company into a global brand, the Group now operates, or has under development, 45 hotels representing close to 11,000 rooms in 25 countries, with 20 hotels in Asia, ten in The Americas and 15 in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. In addition, the Group operates or has under development, 13 Residences at Mandarin Oriental connected to its properties.

Photography of Mandarin Oriental is available to download in the Photo Library of our Media section, at www.mandarinoriental.com

Visit Destination MO (http://www.mandarinoriental.com/destination-mo/), the online version of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s bespoke publication,MO. News about our award-winning hotels, the best dining experiences, spa treatments, travel retreats and interviews with the Group’s celebrity fans is now just a click away. Further information is also available on our Social Media channels.


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Miami, Fla. (October 2014) – VanDutch USA is hosting a boat-show pop-up experience at its U.S. headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, “the Yachting Capital of the World.” The brand, known for its fast and lightweight boats, will debut its line of sophisticated wine, VanDutch Rosé, as well as the electric VanDutch E Gocycle Bike – the ultimate high-tech bike.

VanDutch boats are available in a range of custom colors and are priced anywhere from $395,000 to $2,895,000. They are must-haves for leaders of industry, real-estate tycoons and celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Phillippe and David Beckham, to name a few.

The five-day event, which will take place at VanDutch Center Fort Lauderdale at 2300 E. Las Olas Blvd., will feature VanDutch’s impressive line of boats, including the award-winning VanDutch 55, recently honored for its impeccable design by World Yacht Trophies. Rare exotics from Prestige Imports, Lou La Vie and Formula E will also be on display.

The event is from Thursday, Oct. 30, through Sunday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Monday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The red carpet VIP event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 7 to 10 p.m. Delicious cocktails and tasty bites from Lique will be served at all events.

About VanDutch

Established in 2008 in The Netherlands, VanDutch has since expanded into the U.S. Its renowned Dutch engineering concept and craftsmanship are defined by combining speed with luxury through advanced technology and modern design. The boats, manufactured by American-based Marquis Yachts, are built with meticulous dedication and offer high-performance capabilites such as rapid acceleration, precision comfort and excellent cornering. Models include VanDutch 30, VanDutch 40, VanDutch 40 WA, VanDutch 55 and the soon-to-be- revealed VanDutch 75. Arrive in Style. Leave an Impression. For more information, visit www.VanDutch.com.

Funky Buddha

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Considered one of the best breweries in not only America, but also the world, Funky Buddha offers beers with unique flavors. While other breweries do this as well, Funky Buddha surpasses the gimmicky façade that comes with distinct combinations and in turn makes beer that is worth the hunt. At Funky Buddha, you can find beer such as No Crust, an ale that tastes and smells just like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and Last Snow, an ode to an Almond Joy candy bar. They also offer extremely well made versions of classic beer styles, such as the Floridian, a German-style wheat beer with aromas of bananas, citrus, cloves, and orange.

Where to try them: Funky Buddha Brewery. 1201 NE 38th St, Oakland Park, FL 33334. (954) 440-0046


Wynwood Brewing

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Miami isn’t falling behind when it comes to craft beer, especially with places like Wynwood Brewing. Just like many other cities throughout the nation, we are taking local ingredients to produce beer that is artisanal, environmentally friendly, and downright tasty. Located in Wynwood, Wynwood brewery takes passion in offering brews inspired by the neighborhood’s cultural connections to Puerto Rico. Thus, the beer is full bodied and caters to locals’ affinity for strong flavors. Wynwood IPA, their flagship beer, is a bitter grapefruit-forward beer that is somewhat sweet and transitions into a light and thin body. It is deceitfully easy to drink, as it boasts an alcohol percentage of over 7%.

Where to try them: Wynwood Brewing Company. 565 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127. (305) 982-8732


The Regent Cocktail Club

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Located inside the Gale Hotel, the Regent Cocktail Club is reminiscent of a speakeasy club during the first half of the 1900s. Jazz is played through the speakers, the lights are dim, the service is stellar, and the ambiance is elegant and chic. Leather sofas are spread throughout the bar, giving you comfort and a sense of familiarity that bars too often forget to include in their concept. If you’re going to spend hours indulging in cocktails, you would hope to have comfortable arrangements, and The Regent offers just that. The menu offerings vary and constantly rotating, so make your way down to this cocktail lounge and experience a drink unique to your personal visit.

Where to try them: The Regent Cocktail Club. 1690 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139. (305) 673-0199


The Broken Shaker

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The Broken Shaker. Led by master mixologists, this bar features handcrafted cocktails concocted with the use of specialty homemade syrups and infusions from garden herbs, exotic and local ingredients, and fresh produce. Thought is put into every single ingredient that goes into your drink, and although pricey, you will not feel like you are being overcharged as you sip away. Just to get a feel of the bar’s selection, look no further than the Little Miss Sunshine. Made with local Florida Kafir Limes and lemongrass grown right in the bar’s personal herb garden, this drink is then combined with Thai basil essence St. Germain and Wodka Vodka to create a refreshing ode to Miami’s produce and liveliness.

Where to try it: The Broken Shaker. 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140. (305) 531-2727