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Valentine’s Day with Miami Culinary Tours

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With Valentine’s Day coming soon, the pressure is on to find the perfect way to celebrate your connection with that special someone. Valentine’s Day has become an event in which people rush to get restaurant reservations, hurry to get a bouquet of roses, and conflict on which present to get. While these traditions are all fine and appreciated, they focus on material things instead of creating a lasting memory that truly embodies love. This year, you can create an experience for your partner that allows you to explore, eat, drink, learn, and have an enjoyable time together all at once. We’re talking about a Wynwood or South Beach Tour with Miami Culinary Tours, which will include a special Valentine’s Day treat in respect to this holiday. This year, you will receive a complimentary chocolate truffle imported from France. No one does chocolate like the French, and everyone knows that chocolate and Valentine’s Day are practically synonymous.
Our nationally recognized tours will take you on a journey through distinct neighborhoods of Miami in hopes of teaching you about Miami’s culture and history through culinary lenses. Nothing says you care about your partner like treating them to an experience that will enlighten their views on the city and fill their bellies. Our tours include various stops in different restaurants, where you will be enticed by appetizing food and drinks. Entertaining guides direct you through the most iconic sectors of our city while educating you on Miami’s unique architecture, music, art, culture, and food in order to portray our uniqueness compared to every other city in the world.
Spend quality time with your significant other and sample some of the finest bites Miami has to offer.  Bites from our South Beach Tour include artisan Floribbean cuisine in the form of ceviche, empanadas, vegetarian pocket using a 300 year-old mother starter, Moroccan cuisine at the Tides, homemade churros, and award-winning gelato. Bites from our Wynwood Tour include Haute cuisine in the form of fusion ropa vieja empanadas by renowned Chef Miguel Aguilar, Puerto Rican staple Mofongo, BBQ from Pride and Joy, Derek’s famous Key Lime Pie, and ceviche. Guests on our tours receive VIP treatment, with preferred restaurant sections assigned in the restaurant and dishes served within minutes after we sit down. We keep our tours small giving everyone a personalized experience, something we are sure your significant other will appreciate. Book a tour with Miami Culinary Tours for Valentine’s Day to guarantee a date that will be truly unforgettable.

Swanson Wine Dinner at BLT Prime at Trump National Doral Miami

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Swanson Wine Dinner at BLT Prime at Trump National Doral Miami. Clarke Swanson of Napa’s Swanson Vineyards travels to the Trump National for an amazing night of spectacular wines and decadent food. The evening will commence with a reception in the restaurant’s private dining room at 7:30 p.m., followed by a four course dinner crafted by BLT Prime Chef de Cuisine Dustin Ward, and perfectly paired with stellar wines poured by Swanson. Bottles of the Cardinal 2011 Alexis Cabernet Sauvignon signed by Clark Swanson will be available for purchase following the dinner. The dinner is priced at $95 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Vintage Miami by Mandy Baca

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DISCOVERING VINTAGE MIAMI: A Guide to the City’s Timeless Shops, Hotels, Restaurants & More

Discovering Vintage Miami is the first and only guide to all of Miami’s timeless and quirky classic landmarks. Discovering Vintage Miami takes you back in time to all of the timeless classic spots this city has to offer. The book spotlights the charming stories that tell you what each place is like now and how it got that way from classic restaurants to shops to other establishments, like hotels that still thrive today and evoke the unique character of the city. They’re all still around—but they won’t be around forever. Start reading, and start your discovering now!

Author Mandy Baca: As a food- and history-obsessed Miami native, Mandy Baca found her true passion for food and writing while enrolled in the School of Hospitality at Johnson & Wales University. She also holds a master’s degree in Italian Gastronomy and Tourism from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. She has contributed to various publications both locally and nationally. Her first book, The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine: Cortaditos, Stone Crabs and Empanadas, details Miami’s rich food culture. She currently resides in the vibrant city of Miami and continues her quest to advance the interest in local food culture and inspire excitement and change in people’s consumption habits through local community initiatives and writing.
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La Nuit en Rose at the Miami Beach Edition

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In anticipation to La Nuit en Rose at the Miami Beach Edition happening next month, ChatChow hosted an event at Matador Room to present guests with an idea of what to expect. If La Nuit en Rose is as promising as ChatChow’s preview, then Miami is in for a treat. Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Rose was the star of the night, providing ample amounts of libations for the attendees of last night’s event.

Matador Room provided a small section of their bar area with comfortable seating that allowed for casual mingling and indulgence with the champagne. Small bites were provided as well, ranging from Sweet Pea Guacamole with Warm Crunchy Tortillas, to Peekytoe Crab and Corn Fritters with Smoked Chili Tartar Sauce, to Crunchy Potato Nuggets with Spicy-Tangy Sauce and Rosemary Aioli. This food also served as a preview to an event being hosted by La Nuit on Rose. Friday January 30 will kick off the weekend-long event with a VIP Rose Wine Pairing Dinner hosted at this same restaurant. This dinner promises to be an incredible start to a luxurious weekend. Presented by The Wine Enthusiast, this dinner is exclusively designed to showcase the sophistication of rosé wines alongside an extraordinary dinner. Any menu created by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is bound to be filled with exceptional dishes and wonderful memories, so this is an event you won’t want to miss.

The Miami Beach Edition, which is home to Matador Room and where La Nuit en Rose will take place, is strikingly elegant and sophisticated. The architecture of the venue is second to none and is indicative of Miami’s grandeur and high presence in the luxury hotel industry. An indoor garden of palm trees and other tropical plants reminds you of where you are, and the helpful staff is enough of a reason to make this a place to visit. La Nuit en Rose chose a perfect venue for their event, as The Miami Beach Edition is one of the most lavish hotels around.

Dinning options for Valentine’s Day

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Miami Dinning Options for a great Valentine's Day 2015

Miami Dinning Options for a great Valentine’s Day 2015

San Valentine at Via Verdi

Celebrate your amare at Via Verdi Cucina Rustica, a candlelit haven for romance. Enjoy the ‘his and hers’ specialty cocktails and authentic Italian dishes such as the Risotto with Maine Lobster, burrata cheese & italian imported Calvisus Caviar – or the Beef Braised Short Ribs with fresh shaved black truffle and Potato-Sage mush – for just $96/Couple. For reservations, call (786) 615-2870; 6900 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33138

Serendipity 3

Drink your heart out this Valentine’s Day at Serendipity 3. The menu will feature specialty cocktails including: Aphrodite, made with Chambord, Vanilla Vodka, Godiva Liqueur, Milk and Honey, and the Strawberry Shortcake cocktail, made with Cake Vodka, Hot Chocolate Powder, fresh strawberries, topped with heart shaped pound cake. Finish off with a romantic desert made with chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream, chocolate dipped strawberries and hot fudge ($15).For reservations, call (305) 403-2210.

Oak Tavern

Celebrate your love with a romantic outdoor dinner in the garden at Oak Tavern. In the spirit of love, the night will feature the Amor Y Amargo cocktail –Winner of the People’s Choice Awards at the Diplomatico Tournament Rum.Or entice your taste buds with Suzie Q- a bubbly delight. For more information and reservations, call (786) 391-1818.

Monty’s Sunset

Monty’s Sunset invites lovebirds to enjoy a romantic evening on the water with incredible sunset views. Channel your inner aphrodisiac with a bubbly toast, fresh oysters, or the Bahamian Conch Cevich – fresh conch, cucumber, shaved sweet onions, roasted peppers, celery, and island spices in a key lime citrus sauce – and we invite you to take a romantic stroll on the dock with your beau after dinner. Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember. For Reservations, call: (305) 672-1148; 300 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Wynwood Walls Artist Shadowmonsterbear

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Artist: Shadowmonsterbear
Description: A female artist based off of L.A mostly recognized for her neon animal portraits. She is known for creating her paintings using spray paint and acrylics. She is famous for her carbon animal paintings.


Wynwood Walls Artist Jose Mertz

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Artist: Jose mertz

Description: Giant Samaria seems to be a self portrait. A tradition dating back to the days of Van Gogh. Nice to see the tradition live on in our streets of wynwood. Artist Jose Mertz is also known for his fashion designs and graphic illustrations.

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Wynwood Walls Artist Jose Mertz

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Artist: Jose Mertz

Description: Local artist always sets the bar high with his beautiful color scheme and oriental inspired characters. Mertz says his art reflects the human condition and and the fluidity of life which he learned of while extensively traveling the world.

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Wynwood Walls Artist Pixel Pancho

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Artist: Pixel Pancho.

Description: Known for his robotic biomechanics characters he gives a vintage flare to a not so distant robotic future. Pixel Pancho found inspiration while studying in spain, that is where he would use the Spanish walls as his canvas which led to his artistic presence.

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