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Miami Spice in September

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Miami Spice in September is all about Affordably priced meals available at top restaurants in Miami and Beaches throughout the month

Now on its 14th year, the Miami Spice Restaurant Program, the popular restaurant promotion organized by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), offers diners an accessible way to experience more than 190 of the finest restaurants in the region, including 54 new 2015 participants.  Miami Spice kicked off in August with dining deals that include lunch priced at $23 per person and dinner priced at $39 per person. Prices include an appetizer, entrée and dessert, and exclude alcohol, tax, tip and service charges.  The celebrated restaurant program will continue to bring the heat up through September, presenting savvy diners with tempting culinary experiences at unbeatable prices.

Miami Spice is proud to partner with Citibank, Stella Artois and Terrazas de los Andes on this year’s program.  New participating restaurants include Tom Colocchio’s Beachcraft, CENA by Michy, Cleo, Corsair by Scott Conant, Coya, El Cielo, Fooq’s, Izzy’s Fish & Oyster, Klima Restaurant & Bar, Marion, Market at Edition, Morimoto, Piripi, Prime Fish, Quality Meats, the Redlander Restaurant at Schnebly Winery, Seagrape at Thompson Miami Beach, the Social Club, Stripsteak by Michael Mina, Tantalize Miami, Tamarina, Vagabond Restaurant and Bar, Via Verdi Cucina Rustica and Vintro Kitchen & Bar.

Additionally, the GMCVB has partnered with OpenTable, a leading online restaurant reservation site, throughout the months of August and September to promote Miami Spice and the participating restaurants in Greater Miami and the Beaches.  Residents and guests can visit the GMCVB’s dedicated website – www.iLoveMiamiSpice.com – which serves as a one-stop shop for additional information on the various dining experiences by neighborhood, restaurant menus and participating days, hotel packages culinary events and more.

Miami Spice is part of the Miami Temptations programs developed by the GMCVB offering the best of Greater Miami and the Beaches at attractive prices. Miami Spice is part of the GMCVB’ssuccessful marketing programs including Miami Cruise Month, Miami Romance Month, Shop Miami Month, Miami Sports Month, Miami Museum Month, Miami Film Month, Miami Spa Month, Miami Attractions Month, Miami Live Month and Miami Heritage Month. For more information on the Miami Temptations programs please visit www.MiamiTemptations.com.

Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is an accredited, independent not-for-profit sales and marketing organization whose mission is to attract visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches for leisure, business and conventions. For a vacation guide visit our website atwww.MiamiandBeaches.com or call 1-888-76-Miami (US/Canada only) or 305-447-7777. To reach the GMCVB offices dial 305-539-3000.  Meeting planners may call 1-800-933-8448 (US/Canada only) or 305-539-3071 or visit www.MiamiMeetings.com. To get further engaged with Miami and the Beaches, join the conversation by following us on our social media channels at Facebook.com/visitmiami, Twitter.com/miamiandbeaches, Instagram.com/miamiandbeaches and Pinterest.com/miamiandbeaches.

Apeiro Kitchen & Bar

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Coming to The Shops at Midtown Miami this fall – Apeiro Kitchen & Bar, the wildly-successful Mediterranean restaurant and bar from rising star chef/co-owner David Blonsky. Opened in Delray in early-2015, the restaurant has won critical acclaim and raves for Blonsky’s rustic yet progressive cookery, inspired by the many regions that encompass the Mediterranean, as well as its lively atmosphere and gorgeous design. The Miami opening, slated forOctober 2015, will signal not only the concept’s expansion to Dade County but the return of Burt Rapoport, an iconic restaurateur and co-owner of Apeiro restaurants.

In the works for close to a year, the arrival of Apeiro Miami couldn’t be timelier as Miami seems to be in the midst of a Mediterranean restaurant renaissance, with local foodies rediscovering the sublime simplicity that is a hallmark of the region. No doubt, they will find, in the new Midtown location, a Mediterranean Mecca. Apeiro (Greek word for “infinity”) spans the Mediterranean highlighting dishes and flavors spanning from Morocco and Italy to Greece and Spain. For ease of ordering and to better facilitate sharing, the menu is broken down into a wide range of sections –Small Plates, Soups, Crudo, Salads, Sandwiches, Flatbreads, Grilled & Roasted, Housemade Pasta and Kabobs. No two meals at Apeiro will be alike and diners can craft their culinary journey any way they please. Apeiro devotees will, happily, find signatures such as the Moroccan Spiced Lamb Ribs with rosemary-fig BBQ sauce and pistachio yogurt; Double-Cut Pork Chop with apple mostarda, roasted carrots and Tuscan kale; and house-made Orecchiettewith saffron cream, spiced lamb merguez, arugula and pecorino. Other standouts include Bay Scallops Crudo with spiced green apple, toasted coriander and basil; Prime Rib Gyro, a spin off the classic with spiced lamb and prime rib off the rotisserie, tzatziki sauce, onion, tomato and shredded romaine; and Smashed Beets Salad with local ricotta, pickled radish, baby arugula, candied walnut and truffle-beet vinaigrette. In development are a number of dishes that will be unique to the Miami location.

The mix-and-match menu structure is perfect for pairing with wine, beer or cocktails. Apeiro will double as a bustling bar scene, complete with a creative craft cocktail menu. The 30-seat indoor/outdoor bar will surely become a local hotspot for happy hour, featuring a chic design and a special small plates bar menu available into the wee hours.

Designed by Manhas Designs, one of the region’s leading restaurant & hospitality design firms, the 6,129-square-foot restaurant will seat 320 with ample seating options available both indoor and on the covered alfresco patio overlooking the lively streets of Midtown. The restaurant will showcase a dynamic mix of traditional and modern design elements with hand-painted Mediterranean tile and solid wood, stained tabletops paired with sleek, contemporary white seating. The illuminated circular bar is central to the restaurant’s design, offering ample seating both inside and outside, and bringing in the vibrant energy from those in the alfresco patio – sure to become a stage for those who want to see-and-be-seen.

An Illinois native and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and Florida International School of Hospitality Management, Chef David Blonsky has been cooking in commercial kitchens since age 16. Throughout his career, he’s worked with some of the country’s biggest names in food, from chefs Rick Tramonto and master caterer Barton G to Shawn McClain of Las Vegas’ ARIA Resort & Casino. Prior to partnering with Rapoport for Apeiro, Blonsky worked with Chef Fabio Viviani at Siena Tavern.

A visionary, third-generation restaurant aficionado, award-winning restaurateur Burt Rapoport has led an impressive legacy in the South Florida restaurant scene for over three decades. As President of Rapoport’s Restaurant Group in Boca Raton, Florida, he is revered for his dedication to providing high-quality cuisine for a good value, a warm and welcoming ambiance, and attentive service at all of his restaurants. Known for providing superior cuisine and impeccable service, Rapoport’s collection of restaurants include Bogart’s Bar & Grille; Henry’s; Deck 84; Burt & Max’s; and Max’s Grille in Mizner Park, which he co-owns. Under the Unique Restaurants Concepts banner, Rapoport launched the careers of some of the nation’s top chefs, including a number of which – from Mark Militello and Johnny Vinczencz to Kerry Simon and more – instrumental in putting South Florida on the national map as a serious food town.

Apeiro Kitchen & Bar, slated to open in October 2015, will be located at 3252 NE 1 Avenue, Suite 101 in The Shops at Midtown Miami. Dinner served nightly; lunch and brunch will be introduced at a later date. www.apeirorestaurants.com.

Digest Miami’s Beach Feast is a Can’t-Miss Event

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Digest Miami’s Beach Feast presented by AFROHEAD Premium Aged Dark Rum at the Surfcomber South Beach celebrates Miami Spice on September 19th, 2015.

Indulge in an oceanfront oasis while sampling delicious bites including Miami Spice dishes from a select group of Miami’s top restaurants. Relax among Surfcomber South Beach’s lush landscaped pool or dip your toes into their private sandy lounge area while you dance to sensual groove and funk beats by a guest DJ.

This walk-around moonlit #BeachFeast will take place from 8PM to 10PM for General Admission ticket holders including unlimited food samples and one (1) complimentary Afrohead Rum Cocktail. A limited number of VIP Tickets will be available providing 1-hour early admission at 7PM, unlimited bites and access to Surfcomber’s Private Rooftop Cabana Deck with premium seating overlooking an oceanfront oasis. VIP guests also gain access to a private VIP bar experience featuring complimentary Afrohead Rum Cocktails.

STK MIAMI CELEBRATES MICHAEL JACKSON’S BIRTHDAY

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The ONE Group’s STK Miami is thrilled to celebrate the King of Pop’s birthday in style. On Saturday August 29th, from 8PM to 12AM, Miami’s favorite steakhouse will join all STK outposts nationwide, and throw an all-out dinner party featuring MJ’s Hottest Hits.

Guests are invited to honor Michael Jackson’s legacy all night long, with a celebration at STK Miami that is sure to be a ‘Thriller.’ The night will feature Michael Jackson’s classic hits spun by DJ Danny Stern & Marital, along with entertainment such as trivia games and giveaways.

The restaurant will also offer Michael Jackson inspired specialty cocktails priced at $15. Signature drinks will include the “Dirty Diana,” which combines Brugal anejo rum,ginger beer and fresh lime juice, and the “Smooth Criminal” concocted with Baileys Original Irish Cream Liqueur, Bulleit Bourbon and Kahlua.

STK Miami is located at 2311 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, in the 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach building. For reservations, please call 305-604-6988. To stay up-to-date on information, follow STK Miami on Facebook at facebook.com/STKHouse, on Twitter at @STKMiami and Instagram at @eatSTK.

Biscayne Tavern Miami Spice

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Tucked near the lobby of the YVE Hotel in downtown Miami sits Biscayne Tavern, a somewhat casual tavern-style restaurant hoping to provide visitors and locals alike with a unique dining experience. Dining options in downtown are still somewhat limited compared to other parts of the city, and Biscayne Tavern offers a nice escape from the overly priced tourist traps that so many people in the area fall for. This is more so the case during Miami Spice, where Biscayne Tavern offers some of the most substantial options that I have ever seen on a Spice menu.

The dining room is decked out in copious TVs and chalkboard walls used as ways to display the current craft beers available. Although the beer selection was somewhat limited compared to other bars in the city, I would say that Biscayne Tavern offers some of the better beer selections in downtown. From Funky Buddha to Dogfish, there is an option for everyone. After trying a few of the Miami Spice options, I would recommend the Seared Scallops as an appetizer. Served with sweet pea puree, chorizo and corn bread crumbles, this dish was the most visually stunning plate served to me all day. Because of the somewhat petite size of the scallop, it ended up a bit overcooked, but otherwise, I would whole-heartedly recommend this dish. It was a marriage of flavors that complimented each other in a tasty way. This was a take on surf n’ turf that I wish more restaurants would explore.

The Pork Chop is the way to go when it comes to your choice of entrée. Unlike the scallop in the appetizer, the pork chop is perfectly cooked and does not lack in size. This behemoth of a chop was medium throughout, plump, and succulent. The bourbon sauce added sweetness and depth that paired nicely with the tender pork. Being a meat and potatoes kind of guy, the creamy garlic red potato mash was an ideal companion to the pork chop. This is the sort of elevation to classic dishes that Biscayne Tavern needs to be recognized for.

Dessert options are left to the chef depending on the night, and I was pleasantly surprised when I got Key Lime pie. Continuing the comfort food type of menu that I had stuck to all night, this Key Lime Pie was a great way to end the night. The tartness from the lime counteracted the richness of the other food provided for me, beforehand, making for a proper ending to my meal.

Biscayne Tavern

146 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
(305) 307-8300
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Brasserie Azur in Midtown

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Azur Hospitality Group Introduces Second Miami Restaurant – A French Mediterranean Social Eatery

The innovators behind the South of France-inspired Villa Azur Restaurant & Lounge on Miami Beach, are set to open their newest concept, Brasserie Azur, in the flourishing neighborhood of Midtown Miami, August 2015. Brasserie Azur is sure to be a chic, hip and casual eatery where guests can spend their day and night à la française. Showcasing French fare with Mediterranean influences, Brasserie Azur will distinguish itself by offering classic and hearty cuisine in a rustic modern setting, while capitalizing on the spirit of its thriving Midtown surroundings.

Geared toward the casually stylish, Brasserie Azur will offer an approachable menu for lunch and dinner along with brunch in a vibrant and lively atmosphere that caters to trendy diners. An indulgent happy hour is also offered weekdays from of 4 to 8 p.m. highlighting a number of specialty priced lip-smacking libations and light bites. The authentic brasserie features individual culinary stations that will offer guests an eclectic display of food. Ranging from a chicken rotisserie oven and a seafood bar, to a sprawling wine bar with a communal table, guests can indulge in casual cocktails with friends or dine à deux. For the on the go patron, the express lunch menu allows for a two course meal in 45 minutes or less.

Flawlessly designed by Francois Frossard, who has devised some of the most recognizable restaurants and nightclubs in the United States and abroad, the rustic modern and intimate space will feature seating for 110 indoors and 80 outdoors. The dining room boasts stone tabletops with rural benches and chairs designed to accommodate both intimate and large parties. Walls and columns of exposed brick offset the Tuscan pergola ceilings laced with bougainvillea flowers. Innovative ambient lighting will be setting the mood for an energetic atmosphere for diners to embrace. The outside walls are lined with citrus trees with a beautiful running fountain to accent the French brasserie.

Executive Chef Erwin Mallet will helm Brasserie Azur’s kitchen, with Chef Michael Bujold working under his wing. Hailing from some of France’s top kitchens including Pastis, Tantra, and Guerite, Chef Erwin’s inspiration stems from the freshest ingredients and flavors of the South of France combined with an international and contemporary twist from South Beach. Behind the brasserie’s delicious French pastries is Pastry Chef François Paille who has perfected his craft in renowned pastry shops, such as Lafay and Pepin, where he competed and won several competitions in chocolate making.

Brasserie Azur’s lunch and dinner menu will feature delectable plates such as the butterflied whole grilled branzino with fennel and lemon; roast beef slices au jus served with homemade mashed potatoes; and the chicken paillard marinated with lemon herbs, served with arugula and cherry tomato salad. For dessert, guests can indulge in sweet creations such as the pistachio macaron, the tiramisu tart, and the caramelized meringue lemon tart which can be paired with delicious French dessert wines. For the patron who cannot choose just one dessert, the typical French dessert charriot glides to customers to offer an assortment of options, including a traditional cheesecake,  chocolate mousse, and apple tart.

Brasserie Azur will also host a weekend brunch with an array of French boulangerie, hearty egg dishes including the classic Oeufs Bénédicte, and beloved hamburguers, like the Brasserie Azur, with pan seared Foie Gras and truffle dressing. Guests will have the option of bottomless mimosas for $25.

Brasserie Azur will be open 7 days a week, from 11am to 12am (Sun-Thu), and from 11am to 2am (Fri-Sat)

3252 NE 1st Avenue, Miami FL 33137 – (786) 800-9993

For more information on Villa Azur, Brasserie Azur and Azur Hospitality Group, visit

www.villaazurmiami.com –  www.brasserieazur.com – www.azurhospitalitygroup.com

Fort Lauderdale Marriott welcomes Tupelo

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On Tuesday, August 25, 2015, the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa will welcome Tupelo – a unique pop up restaurant concept by 3030 Ocean chef de cuisine Adrienne Grenier. Taking inspiration from the Tupelo tree, whose very short bloom season produces a rare type of honey, this limited-time pop up will give guests the opportunity to experience Chef Grenier’s signature cooking style, which won her the title of champion on Food Network’s Chopped.

Chef Adrienne Grenier has developed Tupelo to be a one-of-a-kind eatery for hotel guests and locals to enjoy while 3030 Ocean undergoes an expansive renovation and is closed to the public. Tupelo will be open from Monday, August 24th to Friday, October 23rd in the resort’s Riva restaurant space, for dinner service only, beginning at 6PMseven nights a week.

The concept’s imaginative menu consists of a variety of small and large plates, and sweet treats, perfectly paired with a creative list of hand-crafted cocktails; the menu is thoughtfully designed to encourage sharing and emphasize fresh, seasonal, high quality and locally-sourced ingredients.

Plates will include warm cheddar biscuits with honey butter ($9), smoked fish dip with grilled bread ($11) androasted beets served with a parsley-walnut pesto, arugula and goat cheese ($14). Guests will also be able to share several farm-to-table inspired items like the rock shrimp pasta with garlic, tomato and basil ($17); seared scallopswith creamy polenta and charred corn succotash ($19); roasted chicken with chorizo rice grits and black bean puree ($21); and Palmetto Creek Farms Jim’s pork chop hickory rubbed, served with smashed potatoes, brussels and mustard ($30). Tupelo’s delectable desserts include fresh berries & cream – tupelo honey and shortbread ($12);warm chocolate brownie – walnuts, dulce de leche and vanilla ice cream ($12); and an old fashioned favorite – root beer float ($10).

The 128-seat pop up’s upbeat music will accentuate the Riva space’s personable and inviting atmosphere; the dining room’s communal tables will encourage warm and friendly interactions among diners.

A South Florida native, Chef Adrienne Grenier has spent much of her career at 3030 Ocean under the tutelage of acclaimed chefs Paula DaSilva and Dean Max. In 2011, Chef Grenier’s work with DaSilva at 1500° at Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach helped win the restaurant a coveted spot as the only Florida restaurant in food critic John Mariani’s annual Esquire magazine feature, “The Best New Restaurants in America.” Her passion for food and cooking also led her to become a champion on Food Network’s popular culinary competition Chopped in January of 2012.

Beginning Tuesday, August 25th, Tupelo will pop up nightly in the Riva restaurant space at the Fort LauderdaleMarriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, 3030 Holiday Drive. Dinner will be served nightly beginning at 6PM. Reservations are suggested. Telephone: (954) 525-4000 ext. 3129; www.TupeloHarborBeach.com. Valet and self-parking available.

Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa

Ft. Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa is Fort Lauderdale’s premier resort, sitting on 16 oceanfront acres, including a quarter mile of private beach. The palm tree-lined grounds, luxurious spa, award-winning restaurants, 3030 Ocean and Sea Level Restaurant & Ocean Bar and soothing suites provide the perfect, rejuvenating escape. Located just 10 minutes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, Marriott Harbor Beach offers guests tropical seclusion with all the exciting dining, shopping, entertainment and cultural options of the city at its doorstep. See yourself at Ft. Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa – www.harborbeachmarriott.com. To stay up to date on the latest news and happenings follow us on Twitter at @HBMarriottFL and Facebook at www.facebook.com/ HarborBeachMarriott. For resort information and reservations, please call 1-800-hotels1 or (954) 525-4000 or visit www.harborbeachmarriott.com

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar Now Open on Sundays

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WYNWOOD KITCHEN & BAR NOW SERVING LATIN-INSPIRED BRUNCH ITEMS ON SUNDAYS

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, Miami’s hottest destination for globally-inspired tapas with unparalleled views of murals painted by world-renowned artists, is now open for lunch service on Sundays that includes a rotating menu of brunch dishes in addition to its regular selection of small plates. The menu crafted by Venezuela-born Executive Chef Miguel Aguilar, features a variety of delicacies inspired by traditional Latin breakfast staples.

“At Wynwood Kitchen & Bar we like to get creative and have fun with the menu,” says Aguilar. “With the addition of our new Sunday service, guests can enjoy an authentic Latino brunch including some of my favorite dishes from my homeland like cachapas and arepas. Added Aguilar, “It’s the perfect place to unwind and take in the scenery on a Sunday.”

Hearty brunch items will alternate weekly and feature Nuevo Latino spins on classic breakfast favorites such as the Wynwood Benedict ($12) a poached egg with crab meat, chipotle hollandaise sauce and polenta;Steak & Eggs ($12) – grilled skirt steak served with a fried egg and yucca frita; Perico ($11) – scrambled eggs served with queso fresco, black beans and arepas; Cachapas ($12) – sweet yellow corn cakes smothered in queso mano, queso fresco and crema; Tostada ($9) – a sunny side-up egg with tomato puree, black beans, cojita cheese and crema; and for a light treat, Granola ($9) with Greek yogurt, seasonal fruit and chipotle honey. Diners are encouraged to mix and match new dishes with WKB’s signature staples such as the Fingerling-Chorizo Hash ($8) with caramelized onions; Chicken Ropa Vieja Empanadas ($9) with a cilantro crema; and Shrimp Ceviche ($13) with pineapple coconut sauce, red onion, fresno chili, basil and chili oil.

To accompany the savory new menu, WKB is offering a new selection of brunch cocktails including red, white or green Sangria ($10 by the glass/$35 for a pitcher); Prosecco cocktails ($10) with choice of flavor pairing – Hibiscus, Palomimosa, Applish or Blue Pisco; and Bloody Marys ($10) such as the Tomatilla Sangrita with Jose Cuervo Special and a tomatillo blend. Beer and wine enthusiasts will find 40 of the best international handcrafted beers, six beers on draft, 20 superb wines by the glass, and a comprehensive wine list with a choice of 70 reasonably priced vintages, ranging from $22 – $35.

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar is located at 2550 N.W. 2nd Avenue. Lunch is served Monday through Saturdayfrom 11:30AM to 3:30PM; and now on Sundays from 11:30AM to 4:30PM. Dinner is served Monday throughWednesday from 5:30PM to 10:30PM, Thursday from 5:30PM to 11PM, and Friday – Saturday from 5:30PM to Midnight (bar open until 1 AM).  Telephone: (305) 722-8959; www.wynwoodkitchenandbar.com

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Piripi Brunch

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Coral Gables’ Dining Gem Introduces Saturday Brunch & New Menu Choices

Due to popular demand, Piripi – known for its stunning atmosphere and stellar cuisine – will be extending its crowd-pleasing Sunday Brunch “Espectacular” to Saturdays. Beginning this weekend, Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 11AM, the restaurant’s expanded brunch service will showcase recently appointed Executive Chef Angelina Bastidas’ twist on traditional Spanish cuisine with a three-course prix fixed menu priced at $27 per person. Effective immediately, brunch will be offered on both Saturdays and Sundays.

Diners can start the meal off with their choice of garbanzo salad – peperonata, cherry tomatoes and red wine vinaigrette; gazpacho – cucumber, red pepper and tomato; or the smoothie of the day served with a fruit salad. Main plates on offer include serrano benedict – crispy serrano, baguette, arugula and manchego hollandaise; egg white frittata – peppers, caramelized onion and spinach, served with toast and potatoes; and scrambled eggs with a choice of bacon, chorizo or shrimp (for an additional $3), served with toast and potatoes. Diners can then indulge in one of Piripi’s sweet treats like the fruit crêpe – dark chocolate, whipped cream and basil; apple sliced pound cake with creamy butter sauce; and classic Spanish dessert torrijas – café con leche cream and cocoa nib. In keeping with the true meaning of Piripi – Spanish slang for “happy” or “tipsy” – brunch-goers can enjoy bottomless sangria and mimosas for an additional $17 per person.

As Chef Bastidas’ influence on the menu continues to grow, new dinner menu choices also abound at the Coral Gables dining destination. The new dishes continue to stay true to the restaurant’s Spanish influences, while highlighting unique flavors. Fresh tapas including chistorra “Piripi” – pan fried chistorra, crispy potato, sous vide egg and manchego foam; gambas al ajillo – Key West pink shrimp, lobster sherry glaze, parsley and crispy garlic; and pimientos Padrón – fried shishitos, shaved idiazabal, Pedro Ximenez reduction, range from $8 to $14. Delectable appetizers on deck include the stuffed calamari – stuffed squid, citrus, piquillo puree and green goddess sofrito ($12); ensalada de remolacha – roasted beets, sherry vinaigrette, candied almonds and drunken goat cheese ($14); and pork belly – confit pork belly, poached raisins, brandy glaze and shaved summer vegetable salad ($12). Larger plates including the pan roasted chicken – crispy skinned chicken, heirloom carrots, potato foam and confit mushroom ($19) andmejillones escabeche – PEI mussels, steamed and marinated in escabeche, and served with house-made pickles and grilled breads ($14), round out the menu.

The restaurant has also unveiled a new Happy Hour bar menu of discounted tapas and enchanting cocktails with a Piripi twist, available nightly from 4PM to 7PM; and Señorita Wednesdays, when ladies can enjoy complimentary bubbly from 5PM to 8PM.

Piripi is located at the Village of Merrick Park, 320 San Lorenzo Avenue in Coral Gables. The restaurant’s hours of operations are Sunday 11AM – 9PM, Monday-Wednesday 11:30AM – 10PM, Thursday 11:30AM – 11:00PM and Friday 11:30AM – midnight and Saturday 11AM – midnight.

For more information and reservations visit www.piripimiami.com or call 305-448-2423. Follow Piripi on Twitter and Instagram: @piripimiami and www.facebook.com/piripimiami.com

Blue Collar New Dishes

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New brunch, lunch and dinner offerings now available

Since opening in 2012, Blue Collar has been a must-try spot for foodies, families, bloggers and the culinary adventurous, all hooked on Chef/Owner Danny Serfer’s unpretentious, approachable menu of hearty American classics and comfort food. Housed in a casual, contemporary 25-seat space in Miami’s historical MiMo district, Blue Collar is, ultimately, the perfect dining destination for those looking for a great meal at an accessible price. Always keeping things fresh, Serfer – ranked among the “South Florida Food 50” by The Miami Herald and crowned “Best Chef” of 2015 by Miami New Times, has introduced an array of new items to the restaurant’s robust menu of dailies, burgers and sandwiches, plates and vegetables.

An essential spot for weekend brunch, Blue Collar often has a line queued up for Serfer’s sweet, savory, salty and satisfying creations. New brunch temptations include the Smoked Salmon Benedict ($19) with latkes and a caper crème fraiche; and the Breakfast Sandwich ($15) with two over easy eggs, bacon, cheddar, and a latke topped with garlic aioli. Brunch staples remain such as the Duck “McMuffin” ($19) – Portuguese muffins with duck bacon, smoked Gouda, lemon aioli, sunny side up duck eggs and duck jus; Shrimp & Grits ($15) made with Trugole cheese, Neuske bacon and New Orleans “BBQ” sauce; and Lemon Ricotta Pancakes ($16) topped with blueberries and Maple syrup.

New lunch discoveries range from Conch Fritters with spicy tartar sauce ($11) and Fried Green Tomatoes ($11) with buttermilk dressing to a BC Entree Salad ($17) topped with crispy chicken, latkes, bacon and 1000 island dressing and a Crispy Chicken Breast Plate ($19) served with diner’s choice of two veggies. Blue Collar is known for its incredible and diverse menu of veggies all served small-plate style for $6 each and offers over 20 items, perfect as side orders or mixed and matched for a vegetarian feast. They run the gamut from Sweet Potato Plantain Mash to simply Sautéed Mushrooms and Sautéed Kale with crushed red pepper, shallots and white wine butter. New to the mix are Spaghetti Squash with Parmesan and butter, Sweet & Sour Cabbage with sautéed apples andRoasted Fennel.

The dinner menu is expanding with new aps and main plates including Scallops ($17) with fennel, peas and clam jus; Pan Roast of Mussels ($17) – sausage, garlic, beer, chili flakes and blue cheese; Grilled Rainbow Trout ($21) with choice of two veggies; and NY Strip ($27) served with house fries, compound butter and garlic aioli. Numerous fan faves remain from the Corben ($19) – braised brisket served with Portuguese muffins, Dijon mustard, dipping jus, latkes and apple sauce and Crispy Skin Snapper ($24) with rock shrimp vegetable fried rice and red curry.

Also new: Ervin Bryant, who joined the team in July 2014 as sous chef, has been promoted to Chef de cuisine.  Hailing from Morgan’s and Pacific Time, Bryant has more than 15 years’ experience in the industry.  Blue Collar has also joined forced with Caviar Curated, which facilitates delivery service for the restaurant -https://www.trycaviar.com/ miami/blue-collar-915.  Blue Collar is located at 6730 Biscayne Boulevard. The restaurant is open for dinner nightly at 6 PM; lunch is served Monday through Friday, 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  Weekend brunch is served from 11 AM to 3:30 PM.  Telephone: (305) 756-0366; http://www.bluecollarmiami.com