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320 Gastrolounge Opens September 9th 2016

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320 Gastrolounge

Louisiana Style Mussels/ Ugly Ripe Tomatoes/ Grilled Brioche Bites

(Photo Courtesy of 320 Gastrolounge)



320 Gastrolounge will open as Coral Gables’ newest dining hot spot on September 9th, 2016.  Featuring local live music, craft cocktails and entertainment, the new gastrolounge is located in the heart of Coral Gables in the Shops at Merrick Park. With its modern industrial design, outfitted with natural woods and exposed concrete tables, 320 Gastrolounge is primed to become the next local hot spot for both area residents and international destination travelers visiting Miami.


Introducing a Latin-Asian menu concept with live music and local connections at every touchpoint, 320 is “From Miami, For Miami,” and will offer visitors a menu with locally sourced ingredients, entertainment by Miami area musicians, and Miami-themed art throughout the venue.  Taking everything that restaurant visitors have come to love about the gastrolounge concept but personalized to the 305 area code, tables and booths at 320 will be named after influential individuals that reside in Miami including local sports notables Alonzo Mourning and Pat Riley, actor Danny Pino, philanthropist and founder of MBF Healthcare Partners, Mike Hernandez, and Micky Arison, Carnival Corporation, Chairman and CEO.


“Whether guests visit for Chef Juan’s skirt steak croquettes, the jam-packed live music calendar and house band, or for the longest happy hour in the area, they’ll have a great time,” said Eric Corro, managing partner. “It’s an honor to be part of a restaurant with its roots right in this city,” said head chef, Juan Aguero. “I’ve worked closely with my team to have a menu packed with flavor that will make locals proud. We can’t wait to open.”



320 Gastrolounge

320 San Lorenzo Ave. Coral Gables FL


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Facebook: Facebook.com/320gastrolounge

Instagram: @320gastrolounge


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Verde at PAMM

(Photo Credit: Verde at Pérez Art Museum Miami)


Beginning today, Verde at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is offering a special three-course prix-fixe menu to honor the new ‘Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks’ exhibit created by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Executive Chef Kaytlin Brakefield translates the artist’s notebook-filled poetry fragments, wordplay and sketches with subjects of street life, themes of race, class and world history. In her translation, Chef Kaytlin creates a menu featuring bold dishes and references the artist’s symbolic notebook, ethnicity and early career. To start, guests can enjoy the Watermelon Carpaccio with muscadine grapes, feta, ver jus (also known as verjuice) and cilantro meant to represent the muted aspects of Basquiat’s notebook. As the main entrée, guests will have the Black and White Pages, made from housemade fazzoletti, octopus and cacio e pepe with burgundy-toned octopus to accentuate the boldness of the black and white dish. The meal ends on a tropical, indulgent note with Coconut Tembleque with dark chocolate graffiti and gold leaf shaped like a three-pointed crown to reflect Basquiat’s cultural and career background as a graffiti artist.

For more information visit http://www.pamm.org/dining.


Menu available August 12 – October 16

Available for lunch Thursday – Tuesday and dinner on Thursday




Watermelon Carpaccio 

Muscadine grapes, feta, verjus, cilantro


Black and White Pages 

Housemade fazzoletti, octopus, cacio e pepe


Coconut Tembleque

Dark chocolate graffiti, gold leaf



Laurent Perrier Brut, Champagne NV $18

Bouvier Marsannay Rosé 2014 $14

Hexamer Riseling, Nahe 2014 $12


Verde (at Pérez Art Museum Miami)

1103 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL 33132

(305) 375-8282



National Cheeseburger Day

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National Cheeseburger Day
(Photo Courtesy of Identity PR)

National Cheeseburger Day is a month away on Sept 18th we know exactly where you should celebrate it. Batch Gastropub, Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita and Cafe Bastille have the cheesiest burgers that are sure to make your mouth water.

1. Batch Mac Attack Burger from Batch Gastropub ($22) – A too good to be true burger made with Prime Brisket Burger, Batch B1 Sauce, Mac Attack Croqueta, Maple Smoked Cheddar, Pecan Jameson Candied Bacon, and Whiskey Caramalized Onions served on a Brioche Bun and served with truffle fries. (Pictured Above)

2. Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita’s American Butcher Burger ($19.99 and includes an appetizer) – An ode to America with a fresh Angus burger, topped with brie cheese, fried onion strings and a savory jalapeno jelly all sitting on a fresh Brioche Bun.

3. Cafe Bastille’s Bastille Burger ($14) – Take a bite into this burger made with 1/2 lb burger patty, sliced tomato, bacon, cheddar cheese, pickled onion and a side of remoulade sauce and served with fries.

Whether you want to bite into an American, Spaniard or French Style burger these local eateries have it all.


Batch Gastropub

30 SW 12th St, Miami, FL 33130

(305) 808-5555


Dolores but you can call me Lolita

1000 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130

(305) 403-3103


Cafe Bastille

248 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 33131

(786) 425-3575


The Setai Miami Beach Announces Launch of Specialty Brewed Coffee

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Christian Maeder

(Photo Courtesy of Carma PR)



The Setai, Miami Beach, in partnership with Miami based coffee brand Per’La Specialty Roasters, is proud to announce the launch of their exclusive “Setai House Blend.” The Forbes Travel Guide Five Star hotel has introduced two specialty-grade blends of coffee. The “Setai House Blend” combines beans originating from Indonesia, Central, and South America and brings tasting notes of citrus, almond, and dark chocolate while the Cold Brew blend delivers tasting notes of caramel, grape, and chocolate by combining beans from Guatemala and Brazil which are then extracted for over 16 hours. The cold brew extraction methods differs from hot brewing in that it delivers a refreshing beverage with lower acidity and higher caffeine content by using room temperature water.

“We felt Per’La Specialty Roasters coffee brought a true vision for The Setai,” stated Christian Maeder, Director of Food & Beverage. “From the location of where the beans were sourced to being roasted right here in Miami, the “Setai House Blend” is a true representation of our brand.”

Per’La Specialty Roasters mission is to show the inherently beautiful flavor of coffee through meticulous sourcing and the roasting process.

“The Setai is one of South Florida’s finest hotels and depicts the ultimate when it comes to luxury hospitality,” says Chris Nolte, Per’La’s Co-Founder. “We wanted to make sure that the blend not only stayed true to The Setai’s vision but also captured the luxurious elements in every sip.”  “It was a honor to work with the The Setai’s food and beverage team to create their signature blend which effortlessly combines high-end, specialty coffee components with the hotel’s Pan-Asian features,” added Per’La Co-Founder Paul Massard.

The Setai Blend is now being served at all food and beverage outlets within the hotel including The Setai’s Jaya restaurant and The Setai Bar. Several options are available for guests to enjoy as an espresso-based drink, drip/American, decaf and decaf espresso. They can also choose to enjoy their coffee over crushed ice for a cold-brewed drink on a hot Miami day.



2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

(305) 520-6000




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Bar Primi Food

(Photo Courtesy of Brustman Carrino PR)


Bar Primi, celebrity chef Andrew Carmellini’s trendy New York pasta bar, is popping up all of September at The Dutch Miami. The W South Beach hotspot’s Miami Spice offering for that month will consist of past and current dishes off of Bar Primi’s acclaimed menu, bringing the New York restaurant’s seasonal Italian fare to Miami Beach.

Bar Primi’s September pop-up at The Dutch is an unprecedented event, with two of Carmellini’s most celebrated outposts teaming up to add some New York flavor to the Miami Spice program. Located in Manhattan’s Bowery neighborhood, Bar Primi is a corner pasta shop devoted to primi piatti, the pasta course. Using handed-down techniques and family recipes shared between Carmellini and chef/partner Sal Lamboglia, the Italian eatery has become known as the essential destination for traditionally prepared and cooked to order pasta.

“We can’t wait to introduce Bar Primi to Miami,” said Lamboglia. “The people in this town love great food so I’m excited to show them what we have to offer.”

Lamboglia and The Dutch’s Chef de Cuisine Adonay Tafur, two extraordinary young chefs, are combining their talents to present a new twist on what guests can expect of Miami Spice in September. This unique pop-up will give foodies an additional and exciting new reason to participate in the popular summer promotion.

“We are thrilled to team up with Bar Primi for what is sure to be a delicious event at The Dutch. We want to give our guests a taste of the real Bar Primi and doing it through Miami Spice is a great way to add to their dining experience,” said Tafur.


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The Dutch

located inside W South Beach, 2201 Collins Avenue, in Miami Beach, Florida, 33139.

For more information or reservations, please call (305) 938-3111 or visit www.thedutchmiami.com.

Shake Shack, Al Roker and TODAY Join Forces to Create the Roker Burger

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Roker Burger Shake Shack

(Photo Courtesy of Shake Shack ®)

Here’s what’s happening in your neck of the woods: in collaboration with Al Roker and NBC’s TODAY, Shake Shack ® is excited to announce the Roker Burger, available from Monday, August 22 to Friday, August 26, 2016 at all U.S. Shacks (‘cept for JFK, ballparks and stadiums). The Roker Burger ($7.49) is a 100% all-natural Angus burger topped with Niman Ranch BBQ pulled pork, double American cheese, red-eye mayo and pickles. Even better? $1 from every Roker Burger will support No Kid Hungry in its effort to end childhood hunger in America, where 1 in 5 kids in America are living in households without consistent access to food.

“Creating a burger with the folks at Shake Shack is exciting,” said Al Roker, TODAY. “Creating a burger that helps childhood hunger is inspiring.” “Working with Al to create a quintessential southern barbecue burger was such a blast, and we think our fans are going to love it,” said Mark Rosati, Culinary Director of Shake Shack. “Even better, this burger will support the incredible work of our friends at No Kid Hungry.” The Roker Burger launch is part of the new series, “TODAY’s ORIGINALS,” wherein TODAY anchors create and market products throughout the fall with proceeds being contributed to charitable causes. Al Roker has been the weather and feature anchor on NBC’s TODAY since January 1996. In May 2002, “Al Roker’s Big Bad Book of Barbecue” was published and quickly became a summer blockbuster hit. His second cookbook, “Al Roker’s Hassle Free Holiday Cookbook,” became a huge success as it prepared America’s budding chefs for the holidays.

Learn more at: shakeshack.com

About No Kid Hungry

No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.


Shake Shack

Miami Beach

1111 Lincoln Road
(at Lenox Avenue)
Miami Beach, FL 33139

South Miami

1450 South Dixie Highway (US1)
Coral Gables, FL 33146



The Bazaar by Jose Andres at the SLS South Beach

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Caprese Salad Bazaar

(Photo Courtesy of Darine Machado Crippen)


Braving Miami Beach traffic on a Saturday night is not for the faint of heart.

Valet parking at the SLS is a nightmare and priced at the high end, even for South Beach. They did fetch the car in record time on the way out but do yourself a favor and take an Uber. I am not going to lie, logistically it is a nightmare, but now you know. Plan accordingly.

I was late for my 9:45 reservation and became convinced that this was the reason they had put me in what felt like the center-of-the-center of the dining room, with what has to be the minimum space-between-tables requirement on Miami Beach. I later realized this was not the case, it was just Saturday night at the super trendy SLS. The dining room was large and open but dimly lit and crowded. It was abuzz with activity but well organized, so there was an easy flow amid the commotion.

Someone told me the menu had something like 90 items on it and the lighting was such that I would have been there all night, had I chosen to navigate such a long and complex document, so I decided Jose’s Ultimate Menu would be easier (on my eyes mostly). This is a multi-course tasting menu that alleviates the stress of having to choose from a long list of items that I am sure are each better than the next. Although I said multi-course, I know the exact number of courses they brought. Fourteen. Fourteen different items.In one sitting. While some may call the portions bite sized only two were actually bite-sized. You will leave full.

I paid very little attention to the menu once it was decided we would do the pre-fixe, so I did not know the actual number of courses involved until halfway through the meal when the food was coming out at a dizzying pace. No one seemed to know when the end was coming. I realized what appeared to be one course on the menu card, was actually two or three different dishes. I also realized I need reading glasses.

This was the first restaurant I ever brought wine to. It was a thank you gift for scoring someone a table at one of my favorite new spots. I am not a big drinker so I would never buy a bottle like this at a restaurant, I knew this wine needed some serious food. It was a 2000 red Bordeaux that I decided would have to pair with everything I ordered. A good wine should be like a pair of nude Manolos, it should go well with everything.

The meal opener is a tiny Ossetra caviar cone with all the traditional (and some not-so- traditional) accompaniments neatly tucked inside and topped with edible gold leaf. Welcome to Miami. This only whets the appetite but lets you know right from the start chef José Andres doesn’t mess around. For the next two and half to three hours you are going be his bitch, you are going to beg him to stop and he is going to take you. All. The. Way.

The second course is what the menu describes as “Singapore’s favorite street food” followed by a short list of ingredients. I think it is culinary witchcraft. If mouths had fireworks, this is what they would look like. Make the effort to put it all in your mouth. You won’t regret it. What follows is a head-spinning, mind-numbing food orgy. A carousel of servers bring food out until you are begging for mercy.

There’s a crab dish with raspberries so artfully presented you just want to sit and admire it for a minute and you think it cannot possibly taste as good as it looks. It does. Brussels Sprouts bursting with fruit and something listed on the menu as ‘lemon air’’, are nothing short of spectacular. Liquid beads of mozzarella burst in your mouth giving you sensations I promise you have never felt before. Each dish a whole universe in a single bite.

By far the sexiest dining experience in Miami. The tasting menu requires a time commitment of at least two hours and the financial commitment of at least a platinum American Express, but it will take you on an epicurean roller coaster ride you won’t soon forget. On the flip side, August 1 – September 30 is Miami Spice month and The Bazaar is participating. Three courses for around $40. A real South Beach stunner in the heart of all the action, The Bazaar by José Andres is truly a feast fit for the Gods.

– By Food Blogger Darine Machado Crippen

The Bazaar by Jose Andres

1701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

(305) 455-2999


Dog Days of Summer at Batch Gastropub

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Do you like dogs and free stuff? Correct answer: Who doesn’t? Batch Gastropub is teaming up with Tito’s Handmade Vodka for a Dog Day of Summer that will have you wagging your tail. Beat the heat with drink specials and meet your future furry family member or shop for the one you already have! Batch’s Dog Days of Summer takes place August 25th from 6pm-9pm, featuring local pet vendors and a raffle benefiting the Humane Society of Greater Miami! Batch Gastropub prides themselves in community and wants locals to come out and continue the cities efforts in increasing the adoption rate and making sure every 4 legged friend finds their forever home.

Come by enjoy bites from Brickell’s favorite neighborhood Gastropub and have a drink or two while meeting all the furry friends ready for adoption!

WHEN: August 25, 2016 6pm-9pm

Metered street parking is available.

Batch Gastropub

30 SW 12 ST Miami, FL 33130

Phone: (305) 808-5555



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Miami Beach Edition

(photo courtesy of Workshop Collective)

The Miami Beach EDITION invites guests and locals alike on Thursday, September 8 for the launch of its newest dinner series Wine & Dine. Kicking off at Jean-Georges’ iconic Matador Room, Wine & Dine will pair the world’s most prestigious wines and winemakers with award-winning cuisine. “We created this dinner series for local foodies, wine lovers and hotel guests to experience the very best of our culinary offerings in an intimate setting, paired with some of the best wines on our extensive wine list,” said Top Chef Winner & Executive Chef of Restaurants at The Miami Beach EDITION Jeremy Ford.

The monthly dinner series will launch with Cakebread Cellars in September, starting with a welcome reception with EDITION’s Jeremy Ford and Cakebread’s Eastern Division Ambassador Alex Valdes, who will pair a selection of rare, exclusive wines from the prestigious Cakebread label with a customized menu developed and executed by Ford. The Cakebread dinner will be followed by Paul Hobbs Wines on October 13th and Twomey/Silver Oak Winery on November 3rd.

The inaugural event with Cakebread in September will start at 8pm and is priced at $150 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Seating is limited to 35 guests only, so guests are encouraged to reserve their spots in advance.

The Miami Beach EDITION welcomes dinner guests who want to enjoy their night of wining and dining to the fullest to spend the night and take advantage of a special overnight rate reserved for dinner guests only. The hotel is offering a limited number of luxurious ocean view king bedrooms for an exclusive price of $199 for the night of September 8th, plus waived resort fees. Upon booking the dinner reservation via Eventbrite, guests will then be granted access to the promo code to book their one-night staycation.


  • 1st Course – Wild Gulf Shrimp, Cucumber, Red Chili Emulsion

  • Cakebread Chardonnay 2013

  • 2nd Course – Charred Corn Ravioli, Basil Fondue, Tomato

  • Cakebread Reserve Chardonnay 2013

  • 3rd Course – Duck Anticucho, Buttermilk Gel, Summer Cherry, Natural Jus

  • Cakebread Two Creeks Pinot Noir 2013

  • 4th Course – Grilled New York Strip, Guajillo Mole, Cipollini Onion, Crispy Yucca

  • Cakebread Benchland Cabernet 2013

  • 5th Course – Seasonal Dessert

WHEN: Thursday, September 8, 8pm – Cakebread Cellars

 Thursday, October 13, 8pm – Paul Hobbs Wines

 Thursday, November 3, 8pm – Twomey/Silver Oak Winery

RESERVATIONS: Seating is limited to 35 guests. Reservations are required and can be made by Eventbrite.

*Cancellation policy: One week to 72 hours prior to the event a $75 fee will be charged per person. Within 72 hours of the event, full price will be charged.

Matador Room

Located inside The Miami Beach EDITION, at 2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. For more information visit matadorroom.com or call (786)257-4600.

News: Wynwood is up and running!

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Wynwood Food and Arts Tour

Following recent concerns in the Wynwood over mosquitos that may have been carrying the Zika Virus, Miami Culinary Tours has decided to resume tour service to Wynwood on August 20th 2016.

Owner Grace Della made the heavy decision to push pause on the popular tour over concerns for her guests and employees. “First and foremost our guests are our #1 priority and that is what pushed our company to hold our tours in the area, but our partners that make our tour what it is… the restaurants, need to be considered as well. They have suffered enough with all the media hype and we want to continue showcasing what a marvelous part of town, Wynwood is. We have always been in the business of uplifting communities and showing the public the very best that Miami has to offer.“

Visitors into the area should note there is no widespread transmission of Zika in Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade County’s mosquito-control team is continually testing mosquitos for Zika and to date, none of the mosquitos have tested positive for Zika. This is a reassuring sign and further evidence that travel into Miami remains safe.

Miami Culinary Tours wants to make sure your tour is a worry free one, tour guides will have all-natural insect repellent available making sure that all the bases and bodies are covered. The two and a half hour walking tour explores all of the sights, sounds and tastes that Wynwood’s restaurants and Miami’s Art Community have to offer. The tour is currently being offered for $69 all inclusive of taxes and gratuities and covers five restaurants, visits to galleries and murals as well as the history of the world’s largest outdoor museum, Wynwood Walls.

Miami Culinary Tours ( http://www.miamiculinarytours.com ) conducts culinary and history tours throughout Miami, specifically to South Beach, Wynwood and Little Havana with plans to expand to Midtown Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.  Lunch and Dinner tours are available every day of the week.