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36 Hours In Miami Food Heaven

This piece was originally published by our partner MIAbites.com and is produced by them. 

By Ellen Bowen

One of my favorite features in The New York Times is in the Travel Section entitled, “36 Hours in _______ “,  a “must do” guide to interesting and many times exotic vacation spots.  I have always enjoyed reading about where to stay, what to do and where to eat.   And have even used their suggestions on trips to Cartagena, New Orleans and Bangkok.

A quick trip to Miami this month necessitated only a 36 hour stay and for MIAbites readers in Miami and beyond here is my version of, “36 Hours in Miami”The Food Version, that is.

Thursday 2 pm I arrive into MIA on American Airlines from New York into Terminal D Gate 15.   My first stop is to grab a quick light lunch at the new My Ceviche counter in the new Marketplace by Gate D29.  Freshly made ceviche or pre-made salads and wraps are available for the traveler to take on board or eat in the terminal.

My Ceviche at MIA airport

I selected a Combination Ceviche with shrimp and fish with Aji Amarillo.  Chock full of fresh seafood, red onion and grape tomatoes and priced at $15.95, it was a much cheaper and much fresher option than the typical airport fare.  It was very good, but I did miss the chunks of avocado, sweet potato, radish, cob of corn and spiced popcorn when I order from other My Ceviche locations.  Hopefully this was just an oversight on the enthusiastic staff.  I also noticed next door was Half Moon Empanadas, another grab and go option now at MIA.  My Ceviche at The Marketplace AA Terminal D29.

Sweet Liberty Miami Beach Happy Hour

Thursday 6:30 pm– Next up was Happy Hour at Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply on 20th and Liberty on Miami Beach.  Newly crowned the Best New American Bar at Tales of The Cocktail in New Orleans, this is a funky speakeasy-like setting a block from The Setai and Bass Museum. 75 cent oysters and $5- Rose wine and Moscow Mules were a great way to kick off the evening.  Happy Hour 4:00-7:00 pm every day. Go right from the beach. The also have a good looking Miami Spice menu.  Sweet Liberty 237B 20th St. Miami Beach FL

27 Restaurant Miami Spice

Thursday 7:30 pm–  A quick stroll up Collins Ave to 27th Street and Indian Creek Drive to 27 Restaurant in The Freehand for their Miami Spice menu.  3 courses at $39 is not only a great value, but 27 throws in a complimentary cocktail, Sex on The Beach.  A dinner of Massaged Kale with tahini dressing salad, Crispy pork shoulder with spicy slaw, the most tender and flavorful Grilled Pulpo octopus with aji verde and other main course options of Elad’s Shakshuka or a flavorful Skirt Steak with yucca fries were topped off with Tres Leches or a decadent Chocolate Brownie Sundae.  This is a winning Miami Spice menu. And the bar upstairs as well as The Broken Shaker next door, is a good way to end the evening. 27 Restaurant and The Broken Shaker 2727 Indian Creek Dr. Miami Beach FL. 

Salty Donut at The Confidante Miami Beach

Friday 8 am–  Off for a run along the Miami Beach boardwalk ( or cement walk as it seems to be rapidly becoming) ended up at The Confidante ( the hotel formerly known as The Thompson Miami Beach) at 41st and Collins.  The Salty Donut, Wynwood’s artisanal donut stop has opened an outpost in the classic 1930’s House poolside and although the line may be shorter the donut selection is no less impressive.  Tourists were taking pictures both inside and in front of the Salty Donut sign. Chef Max Santiago continues to offer seasonal variety of delicious donuts to an adoring public.  Selecting best sellers, Maple Bacon, Guava Cream Cheese, Cinnamon Crumb and specialty Baked Sweet Potato and Cookie Butter, I easily filled up a box and added in a couple Nutella Donut holes with Nutella shooter.   A wide selection of specialty coffees are also available. The Salty Donut is open Thurs-Sun from 8 am to 2 pm or until donuts run out. The Confidante 4141 Collins Ave. Miami Beach

Alter Wynwood Miami Spice Lunch

Friday 12:30 pm–  We headed over for a much anticipated Miami Spice lunch at Alter, the top restaurant helmed by James Beard semi finalist, Chef Bradley Kilgore in Wynwood.  No way any Zika scare was keeping me away from this amazing restaurant and at $23, this is the Miami Spice lunch not to be missed.  And the place was packed with enthusiastic diners.  Alter’s Miami Spice menu is creative and offers an opportunity to try Chef Kilgore’s delicious and beautiful food.  Appetizer choices included fresh and light Baby Scallops with aguachile, aneheim pepper, radishes and cilantro oil.  We also selected Pan du Tumaca ,a crushed tomato paste on sourdough with Aleppo butter and garlic and topped with decorative greens.

Alter Soft Egg with scallop espuma truffle pearls and gruyere.

Alter’s signature appetizer, Soft Egg with sea scallop espuma, truffle pearls and gruyere was available for a $5 supplement and if you have never had this dish, it is a must.  Main dish options included a flavorful Cavatelli with pork ragu and a Smoked Cod fish with puffed potato and burrata.

Alter Miami Spice Desserts

Dessert at Alter was like a visit to a Wynwood art gallery as options, Gourmet Cheese PlatterPickled Peach and Chevre Goat Cheese Panna cotta and the Whipped Malted Chocolate with hazelnuts and chocolate twigs were impressive to behold and delicious.  Don’t miss this Spice lunch.  Alter 223 NW 23rd St. Miami FL

NaiYaRa Miami Spice Happy Hour

Friday 6:30 pm–  Happy Hour at NaiYaRa in Sunset Harbour is fun and very buzz worthy, as Chef Bee, who always seems to be smiling and greeting guests offers not only specialty cocktails, wine and beer at reduced prices ranging from $3.50-$7, but also an entire menu of $7- bar snacks like Spicy Thai Wings, White Fish Tacos and Crispy Pad Thai.  Easily you can make a meal at Happy Hour, which is offered 7 days a week from 5-7 pm.  We decided to stay for dinner and of course, NaiYaRa also is participating in Miami Spice with a nice selection of favorites like Beef Jerky and NaiYaRa roll and Pad See Ew and Red Curry, but we opted to order a la carte as didn’t want to pass up some of my favorites, the Crispy Bok Choi, Thai Street Dumplings, Tempura Soft Shell Crab or Chef Bee’s newest addition, NaiYaRa fried chicken with dipping sauce.  Whether you Spice to Not, NaiYaRa should be on your list of hot new spots in Miami Beach. NaiYaRa 1854 Bay Road. Miami Beach FL. 

Friday 9:30 pm–  No Friday night would be complete without a stop at a hip bar, and The Anderson on 79th in the old Magnum Lounge space is just that kind of spot.  Opened this past March by the Bar Lab crew, craft cocktails, great food, 80’s music and a people watching scene makes The Anderson the late night place of choice.   Go late, stay even later.  The Anderson 709 NE 79th St. Miami, FL.

Salty Donut Miami

Saturday 8 am-  Heading back to MIA, we made one more stop back at The Salty Donut to grab more donuts to fortify us for flight to our next stop in LA.  That Maple Bacon donut is positively addictive.

Next up?…”36 Hours in Los Angeles- The Food Version”.

Here Are Some Of The Best Places To Try During Miami Spice

This piece was originally published by our partner MIAbites.com and is produced by them. 

Every August and September, the Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau organizes Miami Spice…two months of specially priced 3 course prix fixe menus designed to encourage locals and visitors to try new places or visit favorites for both lunch and dinner.  

Priced at $23 for lunch and $39 for dinner, many of these menus are not only a good value, but for many chefs a chance to create unique and enticing menus and attract new customers and reward the loyal ones.

Now that the kickoff Iron Fork event is over, it is time to get down to business.

Miami Spice 2016 includes over 240 restaurants from Miami Beach, Miami, Coral Gables, Wynwood, Edgewater, MiMo and beyond.  Over 90 are new to Spice just for 2016!

There are so many options, that we at MIAbites put our forks together to compile a list of 30 of our favorite Miami Spice options.

Thank you to our passionate MIAbites contributors, Amber Love Bond, Alex Beck, Andrew Giambarba, Jen Massolo, Everett Rashotsky, Marian Bacol-Uba, Allison Riley and Deanna Dominguez for their thoughtful and curated lists.

But, first some Spice Advice:

1. Is this really a deal? Could I eat at the same restaurant anytime of year ordering whatever I wanted from the regular menu for the same price or maybe less?

2. Is the Miami Spice menu interesting?  Does it include unique dishes that are not on the regular menu?  or is it the cop-out cheapo salmon, chicken and short rib offering? 

3.  Is a new restaurant I’ve been meaning to try participating?

Miami Spice MIAbites Spice Bites 2016

As always, check menus and restrictions at ILoveMiamiSpice as some restaurants only participate for lunch or not on weekends. And make sure you make reservations and support our incredibly talented local chefs and restaurants these next two months.

Our MIAbites Contributors Best Spice Bites and links to their menu pages are as follows ( in alphabetical order)  with special mention to AlterNaiYaRaByblosLos FuegosMignonette and Proof Pizza and Pastawhich showed up on multiple contributors lists:

1111 Peruvian Bistro – http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/1111-peruvian-bistro/119864        

27 Restaurant–  http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/27-restaurant-and-bar/116723

Alter-  http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/alter/117484

Ariete– http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/ariete/119213

Bourbon Steak– http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/bourbon-steak-miami/34832

Byblos–  http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/byblos/117072

Cleo–  http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/cleo/118033

Corsair– http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/corsair-kitchen-and-bar/117023

Cypress Tavern– http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/cypress-tavern/114339

Dolce– http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/dolce-italian/113856

Hakkasan–  http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/hakkasan-at-fontainebleau-miami-beach/105563

Izzys-  http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/izzys-fish-and-oyster/117110

Fooqs– http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/fooqs/117840

Kaori– http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/kaori-by-walter-martino/119214

KYU–  http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/kyu/119216

Los Fuegos– http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/los-fuegos-by-francis-mallmann/119549

LT Steakhouse–  http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/lt-steak-and-seafood/36561

Macchialina– http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/macchialina/110620

Makoto- http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/makoto/109262

Michaels Genuine– http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/michaels-genuine-food-and-drink/33169

Mignonette– http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/mignonette/119653

Milos– http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/estiatorio-milos-by-costas-spiliadis/111013

NaiYaRa– http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/naiyara/118933

Plant Food– http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/plant-food-and-wine-miami/119153

Proof Pizza– http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/proof-pizza-and-pasta/119712

Sarsaparilla Club– http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/the-sarsaparilla-club/119711

Scarpetta– http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/scarpetta-at-fontainebleau-miami-beach/105562

Sugarcane– http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/sugarcane-raw-bar-grill/106705

Tamarina–  http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/tamarina-restaurant-and-bar/117172

Tuyo– http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/tuyo-at-miami-culinary-institute–miami-dade-collge/110088

Zuma– http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/zuma/105265

For more information and complete restaurant listings and menus visit I Love Miami Spice at http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/special-offers/monthly-deals/miami-spice-month

The above was produced by MIAbites, one of the leading sources for food news in South Florida. Be sure to visit their website for more great information. 

Cover Photo Credit: Bob B. Brown

Miami Meal Planner: From A Latte Art Competition To A Shrimp Boil, There Is A Lot Going On This Week

 This piece was originally published by our partner MIAbites.com and is produced by them. 

Each week, MIAbites presents the Weekly Nibble, featuring curated foodie events in and around Miami.  All listings are subject to change, so always call ahead to confirm details, prices and times.

Friday June 10th–  Sundown Grillout 6-9 pm -The Miami Design District’s Palm Court is the perfect setting for James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz’ all-new events series celebrating food and culture – The Genuine Summer Series, presented by Lynx Grills. Kicking off Friday, June 10 from 6-9PM with a Sundown Grillout featuring pairings with special attention to Riesling varietals, presented by The Genuine Hospitality Group’s sommelier and beverage manager Amanda Fraga.  Guests will enjoy a cocktail hour with passed bites followed by a three-course seated dinner at farm-style tables. The evening will feature live music from Marcus Grant “Mutes & Roots” Jazz Trio$85, plus tax and gratuity. Tickets for Genuine Summer Series are available online in advance, as well as on-site the day of the event (subject to availability). Visit michaelsgenuine.com/summerseries

Miami Latte Art Competition at Threefold Cafe

Saturday June 11th– Latte Art competition at 4pm at Threefold Café in Coral Gables. Join Judges and hosts, Nick Sharp from Threefold Café, Ryan Hall from Panther and MIAbites own @AndyMiami, Andrew Giambarba for what promises to be a fun competition between baristas and coffee lovers. The Latte Art competition promises $500 to the winner and an equal or greater contribution to the charity chosen as the first recipient: “Touching Miami With Love”.  For more information email Nick@ThreefoldCafe.com or AndyMiami@gmail.com. Threefold Café’s 141 Giralda Ave. Coral Gables.

Regent Cocktail Club Art of Martini

Sunday June 12th- The Regent Cocktail Club and Stoli invites guests to the Art of The Martini competition from 6-8 pm to mingle with the top competitors as they compete for a spot in the Global Bartender Celebration in Ibiza.  Guests will also enjoy open bar provided by Stoli and hors d’oeuvres from Dolce Italian.  The Gale South Beach1690 Collins Ave. Miami Beach.

Old Bay Shrimp Boil Gastropod

Friday June 17th- Old Bay All Day- New Orleans style SHRIMP Boil with Chef Kurtis Jantz and Gastropod’s Jeremiah Bullfrog.  Live music by Uncle Scotchy and friends shrimp boil and all the fixins! po’boys! beignets! cafe au lait! craft beer! A little bit of Louisiana comes to Wynwood. Tickets on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/old-bay-all-day-tickets-25649857414?ref=enivtefor001&invite=MTAyMjE3MjUvZWxsZW5AY3RiaXRlcy5jb20vMA%3D%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&utm_term=eventimage&ref=enivtefor001  Gastropod 168 NW 26th St – 168 Northwest 26th Street, Miami, FL 33127 

The Dutch Paella & Vino

Thursday June 16th- The Dutch at W South Beach will kick off summer with an al fresco  “Paella y Vino” dinner on Thursday, June 16 from 6:30PM – 10PM. For only $40 per person, guests can enjoy a myriad of traditional Spanish plates with a modern twist, including a large and delicious Paella Valenciana, created by Executive Chef Adonay Tafur. Critically acclaimed Pastry Chef Josh Gripper will also be showcasing his talent with specially curated desserts. The “vino” portion of the evening includes $8 glasses/$24 pitchers of sangria. The Dutch in the W Hotel 2201 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL

Taste of The Nation No Kid Hungry South Florida

Friday June 17th- Gearing up for its 28th year, South Florida’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry – the region’s premier culinary benefit featuring top chefs from Miami-Dade and Broward counties –will showcase over 80 of the hottest restaurants from Dade and Broward counties, top chefs, sommeliers and mixologists and an impressive array of auction items in a benefit for No Kid Hungry, national non-profit with goal to end childhood hungry in the US.  The annual event migrates to Wynwood’s SoHo Studios. General Admission tickets are priced at $125, and VIP ( 6 pm admission) at $250.  For additional information and to purchase tickets, please visit: NoKidHungry.org/SouthFlorida.

New and Ongoing:

The Drawing Room Miami New cocktails

The Drawing Room Bar & Lounge at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach invites guests to experience their new summer cocktail menu. The liquid artists at the popular South Beach bar have stirred up several unique combinations using The Drawing Room’s in-house made liqueur, artisanal Florida spirits, local ingredients and botanicals to create exceptional cocktails. Along with the new cocktail menu come two champagne-based summer cocktails. “Pineapples in Champagne” gives guests a refreshing savor of fresh pineapple, St.Augustine pure cane vodka and prosecco while “The Talking Melon” is crafted with honeydew, fresh picked mint and served with The Drawing Room’s infused melon. The Drawing Room Shelborne Wyndham Hotel 1801 Collins Ave Miami Beach FL

Pubbelly Boys Blended Burger Project

The Pubbelly Boys kick off the 2nd Annual James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project, which challenges chefs to create a “Better Burger” by blending chopped meat with mushrooms and other healthy ingredients.  Chef Mendin brings his creative touch and unique sense of flavor through a menu of specialty burgers served every Wednesday from June 8 to July 27.Each week the restaurant adds a special burger, created by a series of  Miami “guest chefs”, who will appear in the restaurant on their special night. $1 of all proceeds from the guest burgers will be donated to the James Beard Foundation initiative. For “guest chef” burger schedule and more info visit MIAbites article: http://www.miabites.com/home/2016/6/5/pubbelly-burger-series-kicks-off-better-burger-project

( Information provided by various sources and subject to change.  Please confirm all details beforehand and make reservations as necessary )

The above was produced by MIAbites, one of the leading sources for food news in South Florida. Be sure to visit their website for more great information. 

Here Are The 10 Best Burgers In Miami

This piece was originally published by our partner MIAbites.com and is produced by them. 

Tomorrow, Saturday May 28th is National Burger Day and the culmination of a month long celebration of the most American of foods, The Burger.

Every restaurant has their own version of a burger; traditional with cheese and maybe lettuce and tomato, Waygu beef, mixture of ground beef, brisket and short ribs, stuffed with foie gras, special sauce, or a Chefs “secret” blend of meats and….?

The James Beard Foundation has launched for the second year a Blended Burger Project Challenge encouraging chefs to combine meat with vegetables like mushrooms to create a healthier alternative. Five winning chefs will get to cook at a special event at the James Beard House in the Fall.

So in honor of The Burger, in addition to the already MIAbites highlightedPincho Factory burgers( http://www.miabites.com/home/2016/5/10/national-burger-month-pincho-factory-miami?rq=pincho ) and the PB Station Burger ( http://www.miabites.com/home/2016/5/16/national-burger-month-pb-station-burger-by-the-pubbelly-boys?rq=PB%20Station).

Here are 10 Top Burgers we like in Miami:

The Vagabond Miami Burger

Vagabond Cheeseburger – ($16) Chef Alex Chang pays homage to the west coast classic In & Out Burger. Burger is blend of chuck, brisket, short rib, and a small amount off ground pork fatback. Potato bun is from Martin’s. Classic bread and butter pickle recipe made in house. Caramelized onion and American cheese are on top of the burger. Remoulade spread on the bun. Served with house cut fries and Smoked paprika aioli.

Fooq's Miami Burger

Fooq’s Burger – ($20)- 8 oz. patty (short rib, brisket, skirt steak blend), melting Jarlsberg, special sauce on a toasted brioche bun with house-cut fries.

The Anderson Miami Burger Melt

The Anderson– Patty Melt ($16) – Aged Comte, Caramelized onions and Horseradish Creme Fraiche, served on Marble Rye.

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STK Miami Waygu Sliders

Lil’ BRGs (STK Miami Beach) -($20 for 2 ) bite-sized Lil’ BRGs sliders made with Wagyu beef and STK’s special sauce, served on a sesame seed bun.

db Bistro Moderne Foie Gras Burger

db Bistro Moderne Miami – Daniel Boulud’s db Burger ($35)-Credited with launching the gourmet burger movement, the db Burger , filled with red wine braised short ribs and foie gras, with slow roasted tomato confit and freshly grated horseradish sauce on a homemade bun.

Pisco Y Nazca Miami Que Bestia Burger

Pisco y Nazca – Que Bestia Burger ($14)-Que Bestia Burger – 8 oz. certified angus beef, pretzel bun, tomato-panca chutney, rocoto pepper aioli and shoestring potatoes.

Bulla Gastrobar – ‘Bulla’ Burger ($13) – 45 day dry-aged beef, piquillo peppers, cipollini onions, tetilla

Beaker & Gray–  Wagyu Burger ($16) – served with beer-soaked tomatillo, gouda, and pickled cucumber.

The Dutch– Prime Burger ($22), a lunch exclusive topped with cheddar and secret sauce on a classic sesame bun.

Meat Market ($15-19) – Chef Sean Brasel has no less than six rotating specialty burgers on the menu. Miami Smokers BBQ Burger, featuring a Miami smokers blend with roasted pineapple BBQ sauce, bacon, and gruyere cheese. Italian Buffalo Burger – house ground buffalo, crispy fried buffalo mozzarella, grilled marinated radicchio, spicy dried tomato pesto, and fresh basil aioli served on a wood grilled sesame brioche bun; Prime Smoked Short Rib Burger – an 8 oz. short rib delight with 1000 mango island, arugula, purple cabbage slaw, gouda cheese, and fried onions; and the American Wagyu Burger – bacon, jalapeno relish, avocado, gruyere cheese, lettuce, and tomato. Also paying homage to National Burger Month will be Brasel’s Buffalo + Bleu – ground buffalo piled high with roasted radicchio, Napa cabbage, remoulade slaw, bleu cheese, and rosemary cream-smoked pickled jalapenos and the Spicy + Smoky Burger – a house ground buffalo patty sharing the bun with spicy candied bacon, smoked cheddar, pickled chilies, Boston lettuce, and tomato.

So carve out sometime on Saturday or this Memorial Day weekend to feast on one of these Miami burgers…and enjoy them even after National Burger Month has ended! 

The above was produced by MIAbites, one of the leading sources for food news in South Florida. Be sure to visit their website for more great information. 

Miami Meal Planner: Where To Eat While The Tourists Are Still Here

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Happy Summer 2016! The “snowbirds” have returned North, the winter tourists are mostly gone and by the end of next weekend’s crazy Memorial Day weekend, Miami truly returns to the locals. 

Many of our favorite restaurants gear up for summer with special menus, cocktails, Happy Hours, and unique events.  This week’s Weekly Nibble has compiled some of the best new menu additions and events to help you settle in for the summer heat. .

Friday May 20th–  Come savor the flavors of South Florida at The OBIEs Food & Wine event, this Friday May 20th featuring unlimited samplings from over 30 of South Florida’s top restaurants and food purveyors and an open bar.  James Beard Award-winning chef/restaurateur Michael Schwartz will headline as the Celebrity Chef for this year’s Orange Bowl Impact and Excellence Awards (The OBIEs): A Taste of South Florida presented by Florida Blue, and healthy lifestyle crusader, author and James Beard Award-winning chef, Rocco DiSpirito, will make a celebrity chef guest appearance at the 2016 OBIES at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center beginning at 7:30 p.m General Admission Tickets are regularly $85 but for first time attendees a $10 discount is available with code FBOBIES on Ticketmaster link here: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/orangebowl/EN/buy/quickbuy/210/OBIE2016#OBIE2016

Tuesday May 24th- Newcomer Caviar Russe Miami is offering a one of a kind dining experience on Tuesday, May 24th 2016 at 7:30 pm. Renowned Chef David Valencia will take you on a six course journey around the world, featuring some of the most sought after delicacies starring Caviar, Sea Urchin, Blue Fin Tuna,  A5 Kobe, and more. The cost for this decadent experience is $750 per person. Each course is to be paired with Charles Heidsieck Champagne, highlighting “Rare” by Piper-Heidsieck.  Following dinner, an intimate and rare LOUIS XIII moment will be hosted by Victor Blanquart, LOUIS XIII ambassador. To reserve a seat, please RSVP to Events@caviarrusse.com Caviar Russe Four Seasons Tower 1441 Brickell Ave. Miami FL.

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Thursday, May 26th- Kick-off Memorial Day Weekend at LDV Hospitality’s The Gale Rooftop with Time Out Miami for their first ever Summer Kick-Off Party. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., guests will enjoy live music by DJ Troubles and unlimited ice-cold Schöfferhofer beer. Named by Bravo TV as “Best New Restaurant,” Dolce Italian’s Chef Paolo Dorigato will serve up an array of delicious appetizers. The party will continue as the sun sets while guests take in breathtaking views of South Beach. Guests need to RSVP to events.ny@timeout.com to reserve their tickets.The Gale Rooftop Gale South Beach 1690 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139

Thursday May 26th– Chef Jose Mendin along with his Executive Chef of PB Station, Guillermo Concha, will pair up with Juliana Gonzalez of Barceloneta to prepare a four-course menu, with each course consisting of a dishes from each chef. The special “Chef’s Choice” menu ($75 plus tax and gratuity) will be offered for one night only at PB Station beginning at 8pm with a special Gin & Tonic after party at the Pawn Broker Bar and Rooftop Lounge. Tickets are $75 per person (tax and gratuity not included) through this link http://pbstation.com/2016/05/12/first-stop-collaboration-dinner/PB Station in The Langford Hotel 121 SE 1st St., Miami, FL 33131 305-420-2205

Wednesday May 25th & Wednesday June 1st  Meat Market’s Summer 2016 Dinner Series is a must-attend dining experience for foodies and drink connoisseurs, with the first in a series of multi-course, curated spirits dinners set to launch later this month at both Miami Beach and Palm Beach locations. Kicking off on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 in Palm Beach, the monthly dinner series will feature a four-course menu prepared by Executive Chef/Co-Owner Sean Brasel, known for his creative contemporary cuisine. Each course is expertly paired with cocktails or wine, with the first dinner featuring craft cocktails from award-winning mixologist Ezra Pattek.The dinner, priced at $85 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) will start with a cocktail reception at 7PM, followed by the sit-down dinner at 7:30PM. The series will make its way to Miami Beach early next month on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 with a 7:30PM cocktail reception and dinner at 8PMLimited seating available and reservations are required. Meat Market Miami Beach: (305) 532-0088.  Meat Market Palm Beach:  (561) 354-9800.

Wednesday June 1st-  Join INDULGE & Miami.com at Fontainebleau Miami Beach for a truly one-of-a-kind culinary experience on Wednesday June 1st from 7-9:30 pm. World-recognized celebrity chefs Michael Mina and Scott Conant will be present to guide guests through a progressive evening of food and drinks in their respective Fontainebleau restaurants. The uniquely VIP, behind-the-scenes night – never before offered to the public – includes stops at Michael Mina 74, Scarpetta, StripSteak by Michael Mina and a special sweet send off from Fontainebleau’s Chez Bon Bon.  The evening includes six luxurious dishes, three signature cocktails (including a housemade limoncello tasting at Scarpetta and the famed Japanese whisky ceremony at StripSteak), a take-home dessert, INDULGE gift bags, and the chance to meet and interact with two of America’s best chefs. INDULGE Editor in Chief Evan Benn will host the evening.  Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach   $150 (includes tax and tip). Limited to 30 guests Tickets http://indulgemiami.bpt.me/

Saturday June 4th-  Chef Jeremiah presents Duck Duck Goose ( DDG ) on Saturday June 4, 2016 from 5 to 9 PM at the newly expanded gastroPod lot, located at 168 NW 26th Street in Wynwood. In addition to a mouthwatering selection of all-you-can-sample locally raised and pastured fowl prepared in new and exciting ways and a selection of drinks from many of Chef J friends and cohorts, guests of all ages will groove to DJ Spam and surprise special guests.  And check out the cute DDG t-shirt available for sale! Tickets General Admission:$59 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/duck-duck-goose-tickets-24992462127

On the Horizon:

Friday June 17th-   South Florida’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry returns, this time to Soho Studios in Wynwood. Led by Led by Founding Event Chairman Allen Susser and Restaurant Co-Chair Timon Balloo, the annual tasting event will feature the area’s top chefs, sommeliers and mixologists united for a cause: making sure all children in this country get the healthy food they need, every day. Proceeds from the event benefit No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America.  The 28th annual tasting event will take place from 7PM to 10PM, at Soho Studios, followed by an exclusive after party for VIP ticket holders at Midtown’s Apeiro Kitchen & Bar from 10:30 PM to midnight.  General admission tickets are priced at $125 per person. VIP tickets are priced at $250 per person and provide access to the event one hour before the doors open as well as admission to the after party. For additional information and to purchase tickets, please visit: http://nokidhungry.org/miami. Soho Studios 2136 NW 1st Ave Miami, Florida

New Happy Hours, Summer Menus and Brunches:

Lure Fishbar, is welcoming summer with the launch of Happy Hour and a limited-time pre-fixe menu. Now through July 2016, diners can enjoy a menu crafted by Executive Chef John Iatrellis of delicacies from both land and sea. Priced at $55 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), the three-course dinner begins with a choice of Salmon Tartare with avocado ponzu and aji amarillo; a Lure House Roll with shrimp tempura and spicy tuna; a Field Green Salad tossed with baby gems, tomatoes, shaved cucumbers, watermelon radish and carrot ginger dressing; or Tempura Shrimp with spicy sesame mayo.  Happy Hour Imbibers can enjoy a rotating selection of refreshing cocktails throughout summer for $8 each as well as lite bites during the newly launched Happy Hour available Monday through Wednesday from 6 to 8PM.  Lure in the St. Moritz Hotel building at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel at 1601 Collins Avenue.Valet parking is available. (305) 695-4550;

The Gang is excited to announce their new happy hour series, Beat The Clock, every Monday through Thursday from 5-7pm. All drinks on the happy hour menu start at $5 and go up a dollar every hour, on the hour. Discounted drinks include Bangkok Mai Tai, Skinny Girl Cosmo, Peach Lychee Martini and select beers and wines.  Guests can also enjoy Vietnamese Pork Rolls, Tibetan Vegetable Spring Rolls, Chicken Dumplings, and Green Tea Crab Rangoon from the $5 bar bites section of the happy hour menu. Be punctual or pay the price! The Gang3500 N. Miami AveMiami, FL 33127

db Bistro Moderne Miami at the JW Marriott Marquis debuts a new spring menu from recently appointed Executive Chef Clark Bowen, an integral member of the db Bistro team since its opening in 2011. Chef Bowen has added his creative touch to the spring menu with lighter dishes featuring snacks to share, three new steaks, a lamb frita, seafood including local snapper, plates featuring the bright, vibrant flavors of local produce and the DBGB Frenchie Burger. Db Bistro Moderne in the JW Marriott Marquis Miami 255 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131 (305) 421-8800

Dolce Italian, LDV Hospitality’s Italian restaurant at the Gale South Beach, announces the addition of several new dishes to its award-winning dinner menu. Executive Chef Paolo Dorigato combines his prominent culinary background and Italian techniques to create refreshing summer dishes including the Tuna Crudo, a refreshing mix of watermelon, avocado with a pine nuts lemon vinaigrette; Eggplant and Burrata, candied tomatoes, prosciutto on a toasty bread stick; and Asparagus Soup with a lemon crème fraiche. Pazza pizza, a combination of spicy salami, zucchini and candied tomatoes and three new pasta dishes including the Pea Tortelli, ricotta, jumbo lump crab and lobster sauce; Lemon Ricotta Cavatelli, spring green vegetables, pesto, artichokes and a ricotta salata; and the Agnolotti Primavera which features a roasted chicken, fava beans, artichokes and pecorino. Dolce Italian Gale South Beach 1690 Collins Avenue.  (786) 975-2550

The Traymore Restaurant and Bar at Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach, presents a new Sunday brunch menu, bringing an eclectic variety of light-hearted fare with a seasonal “Savory” and “Sweet” theme from Chef Juan Loaisiga. Guests are able to enjoy a variety of brunch items on the Savory menu, that include: Eggs Royale / Eggs Benedict ($16); Maine Lobster Toast ($16); Eight Hour Braised Short Rib ($20); Oysters with passion fruit mignonette ($3 each); Seafood Cobb Salad ($16); Pan Roasted Fish of the Day ($20) and a cheese board selection ($16).  The Sweet menu offers Brioche French Toast ($14) and an assortment of Flavored Eclairs ($10). The Traymore brunch cocktails are offered at $10 each, and are uniquely gin-based creations, made especially from The Traymore Gin Bar.  Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach  2445 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140.  305-695-3600.

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Here’s 27 Awesome Miami Restaurants That You Can Take Your Mom To On Mothers Day

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This week’s MIAbites Weekly Nibble features some wonderful options for Mother’s Day on Sunday May 8th, so you can treat that special Mom in your life.  As always, call ahead to confirm details and don’t wait until the last minute to make your reservations as many of these places book up early.

SUGARCANE raw bar grill – 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. SUGARCANE raw bar grill will offer scrumptious specials such as Rock Shrimp Adobo and Peach & Raspberry Tiramisu Trifle in addition to their signature brunch menu. Sugarcane 3252 NE 1st Miami FL 786 369 0353.

SUSHISAMBA Miami Beach – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. SUSHISAMBA Miami Beach will present their special Bossa Nova Brunch in honor of Mother’s Day featuring a 4-course menu featuring Quinoa Pancakes, Acai Bowl and Lobster Eggs Benedict priced at $35 per person (tax & gratuity additional). SUSHISAMBA  600 Lincoln Rd. Miami Beach FL.  305 673 5337

Zest (launching on Mother’s Day) – 11:30am – 4 p.m. every Sunday; $50 for adults, includes one beverage; $25 for kids 12 and under; $30 additional for unlimited Taittinger Champagne, Tito’s Bloody Mary Cart, Bacardi Mojito Cart, Grey Good Martinis; Live Reggae Band; Valet available on North Side of Southeast Financial Center Plaza (SE 2nd Street) $7 with validation. Zest 200 S Biscayne Blvd. Miami FL 305 374 9378

The Forge – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Forge will offer a Mother’s Day Brunch including one main course option of dishes including Surf & Turf Benedict and “The Forge” 10 oz. Burger along with offerings from various buffet tables priced at $75 per person (tax and gratuity not included) The Forge 432 41st St. Miami Beach FL 

The Federal – is offering regular a la carte brunch menu. $22 per person for the Bottomless Boozy Brunch.  The dinner menu will be a la carte along with chef’s specials. And those biskits! In honor of Mother’s Day, mothers will be treated with a glass of complimentary champagne and chocolate covered strawberries as a take home gift during dinner hours. The Federal 5132 Biscayne Blvd. Miami FL 305 758 9559

Novecento – In multiple locations a $45 Special menu. Aventura – 18831 N. Biscayne Blvd. Aventura, FL 33180 – 305.466.0900 Live music from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. by Chiara Machado. Brickell –1414 Brickell Ave. Miami, Florida 33131 – 305.403.0900  Midtown – 3201 Buena Vista Blvd. Miami, Florida 33127 – 305.576.7447 Live music by DJ MD from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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Quattro Gastronomia Italiana– Lincoln Road’s Northern Italian eatery, is commemorating Mother’s Day with special a la carte dishes in addition to the regular dinner menu on Sunday, May 8. Celebrate a day dedicated to moms by treating your mother to authentic Italian cuisine made with the freshest ingredients. Quattro 1014 Lincoln Road. (305) 531-4833 

The Dutch– South Beach’s popular Americana-inspired dining destination, will be offering a complimentary glass of champagne to all mothers on Mother’s Day. The Dutch is located inside W South Beach Hotel & Residences, 2201 Collins Avenue, in Miami Beach. (305) 938-3111

BLT Prime Miami at the Trump Doral, is offering a special Mother’s Day menu on Sunday, May 8, 2016, with a range of delicious options. The restaurant will feature a three-course Sunday prix fixe dinner menu priced at $65 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). BLT Prime at The Trump National Doral Miami at 4400 NW 87th Avenue. Valet parking is available. (305) 591-6606

Apeiro Kitchen & Bar– the successful Mediterranean restaurant located in both Midtown Miami and Delray, invites guests to celebrate Mother’s Day with an array of delightful prix fixe menus. On Sunday, May 8, from 11AM – 4PM, Apeiro is offering a Mother’s Day Brunch replete with gourmet chocolate-covered strawberries. The restaurant’s dinner menus will be available Saturday, May 7, during regular business hours, and Sunday, May 8, from 4PM – 10PM. Apeiro Kitchen & Bar is located at 3252 NE 1st Avenue in The Shops at Midtown Miami and 14917 Lyons Road in Delray Beach. Miami (786) 800-5389; Delray (561) 501-4443

Scarpetta: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Scarpetta will host an Italian-inspired buffet style brunch priced at $75 per adult, $37.50 per child under 12, and free for children under 4 (prices exclude tax and gratuity). Fontainebleau Miami Beach is located at 4441 Collins Avenue, on Miami Beach, FL 33140  (877) 326-7412.

Cypress Tavern– Chef Michael Schwartz welcomes mothers and their families to his American Grill & Cocktail Bar, Cypress Tavern, on Sunday May 8th for the first Jazz Brunch featuring the smooth tunes of the Marcus Brant Jazz Trio and a delicious family-style set menu.  Cypress Tavern’s Jazz Brunch is priced at $49 pp and includes three, multiple dish courses to share, with an optional bottomless Bloody Mary or sparkling cocktail option.  Sunday’s festivities kick off a weekly Saturday Jazz Brunch featuring live music beginning the following week, on May 14. Reservations are always recommended at reservations@cypresstavern.com or 305.520.5197.  Cypress Tavern 3620 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33137

Metropolitan by COMO Miami Beach-is celebrating Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8th between 11:00am and 3:00pm, at The Traymore Restaurant and Bar with an exquisite Mother’s Day brunch priced at $55 pp and featuring an Unlimited Breakfast Bar, together with an exclusive selection of menu items for the table, as well as an additional à la carte selection to choose from, courtesy of Chef de Cuisine, Juan Loaisiga. Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach is located at 2445 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140.   305-695-3600.

Paradise Farms in Homestead hosts their annual Mother’s Day Brunch on the Farm on Sunday May 8th from 11 am beginning first with an edible flower walking tour followed by a delicious vegetarian brunch prepared by Vesta Foods, Sabrina Dora Lopez. at noon.  Priced at $75 pp/ $25 youth, under 3 free.  Tickets online at http://paradisefarms.net/brunch-in-paradise/

Bulla Gastrobar– All mothers who walk into the Spanish gastrobar will receive a rose and a $20 giftcard to use for a future visit. Treat your mother to Spanish dishes like the Croquetas de Jamon and Arroz Caldoso. Then end the meal by toasting with Bulla’s signature Spanish Margarita! Your mom will second guess her spanish cooking with a restaurant like this one. Bulla Gastrobar 2500 Ponce de Leon Blvd Coral Gables, FL 33134;

Juvia–  will feature their $23 pre-fixe regular lunch menu for Mother’s Day, which also includes unlimited champagne cocktails. Items on the menu include watermelon salad, seared codfish and rib eye steak frite. Guests are invited to enjoy the indoor and outdoor bar and dining room and panoramic views of Miami.  Reservations are recommended. To book your table, please call, 305.763.8272. Juvia  1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33133

Mondrian South Beach-Mother’s Day is more than just brunch at Mondrian South Beach. Moms can take advantage of the bay views while participating in morning yoga and afterwards indulge in a decadent brunch. Mondrian South Beach’s Mother’s Day brunch will feature specialty dishes including Chef Dustin’s Spicy Fried Chicken with White Cheddar Waffles, Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits and Cinnamon Bun French Toast that pair perfectly with a bottomless morning cocktail upgrade for $35. Mondrian 1100 West Avenue South Beach, FL 33139.

The Continental – In celebration of Mother’s Day The Continental has lined up kid-friendly activities and a mom-approved brunch beginning at 10:00 a.m. In addition to the fabulous brunch menu, moms will appreciate bubbly cocktails in a variety of flavors, from traditional mimosas and bellinis to passionfruit and guava, and an activity station where coloring sheets and supplies will be provided for kids to create cards for their mothers and grandmothers. Additionally, moms and grandmoms will receive a sweet parting gift of The Continental’s homemade caramelized popcorn. The Continental 2360 Collins Ave. Miami Beach  305 604 2000.

KYU– KYU is happy to host a fun-filled brunch on Mother’s Day, because what greater gift could a mother ask for than a day without having to make decisions? Families can look forward to a curated menu of chef Michael Lewis’ favorite dishes, a glass of Rose and save room for the amazing “Mom’s Coconut Cake” based on Lewis’ mother’s own recipe. KYU will also feature a kiddies pack where they can decorate plant pots and actually pot an herb for their loved ones. KYU 251 NW 25th St. Miami FL 786 577 0150.

Driftwood Room at Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel–  is inviting all Mothers on Sunday to indulge in the Rosé Sunday brunch which includes a menu prepared by Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and Chef de Cuisine Lucas Marino. Guests can enjoy items from the appetizer buffet, the savory carvery and dessert platter in addition to choosing one entrée for $55 per guest. As a special treat from Driftwood Room, mothers can also enjoy a complimentary glass of rosé!  305.503.5700 or email reservations@driftwoodroom.com. Driftwood Room 1825 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139

Jaya at The Setai Miami Beach is celebrating Mother’s Day with an elaborate and lavish brunch featuring live Jazz music. Jaya will host two seatings at 11:45 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Priced at $115 per adult and $58 per child, guests will indulge in an array of different options and Pan-Asian delicacies. Reservations are recommended. To book your table, please call 855.923.7899 or email dining@thesetaihotel.com. All mothers will receive roses and a giftwrapped lemon cake takeaway. Jaya at The Setai 2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Pisco y Nazca– a ceviche gastrobar, is treating all mothers this holiday! The restaurant will be offering each mother a rose and a $20 gift card  to be used for a future visit. Treat your mother to a seat at Pisco y Nazca, sip on Pisco Sours and savor all the Peruvian food it has to offer. Then come back again to use the gift card another time! Pisco Y Nazca  8405 Mills Drive Suite 260 Miami, FL 33183

Sugar Factory Treat your mother to something sweet this Mother’s Day and head to Sugar Factory on Miami Beach for brunch. Mothers and guests can choose from four appetizers on the special brunch menu including Spinach Artichoke Dip, Bruschetta, Caesar Salad and Roasted Beets and Boursin Salad. Entrees include Croque Madame, Grilled Steak and Eggs, Pan Seared Tilapia and Eggs Norwegian. To top it all off, homemade waffles with berries can be savored for dessert. Don’t forget that the brunch includes one complimentary glass of champagne! The price of the brunch is $55 per person. Sugar Factory 1144 Ocean Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139

The Sarsaparilla Club– Top Chef Alum duo, Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth, celebrate Mother’s with their new Sunday All Day Brunch. Starting from 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., guests will delight in new brunch dim sum cart items including Oeey Gooey Cinnamon Rolls, Florida Strawberry Panna Cotta, Homemade Sausage Dumplings, and Fried Chicken Steamed Buns. The brunch menu includes salads and sides such as Charred Grapefruit Brulee, Sourdough Toast, Organic Lake Meadow Eggs, and Sticky Pork Belly Bacon. The brunch is topped off with their medium and large plates including Skillet Ricotta Hotcake, Sesame Kumquat Fritters, and Crispy Duck Leg French Toast, and Shrimp and Bacon Stuffed Chicken Wings.  Sarsaparilla 1 18th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Verde– Enjoy sweeping views of the bay at Verde at the Pérez Art Museum Miami. With special dishes like the Peach Cobbler, Avocado Toast, and Silver Dollar Cornmeal Pancakes, all mothers can enjoy delicious selections from Verde’s brunch menu. In addition to the special dishes and a la carte menu, you can toast to your mother with the limited edition Strawberry Rhubarb Mimosa! Verde at PAMM  1103 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL 33132.

Db Bistro Moderne– This Mother’s Day, treat mom to an exclusive brunch from 11-3 pm at db Bistro Moderne. The restaurant only offers brunch twice a year, so be sure to make your reservations for this special occasion now! To make the day even more exciting, db Bistro Moderne is offering a bottle of Chandon to share for an additional $20 per person. Mother’s Day brunch is priced at $50 per person, or $70 per person with a bottle of champagne for two. Children under 12 dine for $35. For reservations please call db Bistro Moderne at 305.421.8800. 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way Miami, Florida 33131

Izzy’s Fish & Oyster–  Mother’s Day is a whole weekend at Izzy’s, as they feature a la carte specials like Maine Lobster Pasta all weekend in addition to their regular menu.  Izzy’s 423 Washington Ave. Miami Beach. 305 397 8843.

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Miami Meal Planner: An Epic Three Day Roast, Movie Night, And An Unlimited Crawfish Boil This Week

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Each week, MIAbites features The Weekly Nibble, a curated listing of the upcoming week’s best food happenings in Miami.  The listing is subject to change and details should always be confirmed ahead of time. 

Thursday April 14th-Saturday April 16th- Quality Meats Miami Beach is firing up the grill on their patio for an epic Three Day Steer Roast.  Executive Chef Patrick Rebholz, fresh from receiving the People’s Choice award at SOBEWFF Meatopia is partnering with Chef Norberto “Negro” Piattoni for a three-day whole steer cookout/extravaganza. Rebholz, an expert in whole animal butchery, and Piattoni, a former employee of renowned Argentine Chef Francis Mallman, will collaborate to create three separate dinners – on Thursday 4/14 hosting an asado BBQ for $59 pp, Friday 4/15  a family-style feast for $79( SOLD OUT) , and on Saturday 4/16 a more formal dining experience at $99, all complete with wine and beer pairings. The dinners will take place Thursday, April 14 through Saturday, April 16, 2016.  A 900-lb. steer along with side dishes, bread and even desserts, will be cooked in a specially constructed “fire kitchen” on Quality Meats’ expansive terrace. For reservations and more details visit:  qualitymeatsmiami.com/wholesteerdinners  Quality Meats Miami Beach  1501 Collins Avenue 305-340-3333.

Saturday April 16th- The Miami Beach EDITION invites guest and locals on Saturday, April 16th at 8:00PM to enjoy Movie night in the beautiful setting of the Sandbox. The EDITION’s very own outdoor sandy oasis amongst the stars. Reserve a picnic basket for two fro Tropicale o be enjoyed, complemented by a screening of the 1940s movie Key Largo starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Baskets will include local vegetable crudité with lemon yogurt dip, Florida shrimp cocktail, kale salad with jalapeño and mint, gourmet popcorn, house-baked cookies, and a bottle of wine priced at $150 for two people. Space is limited. To reserve, please call 786.257.4600. The EDITION 2901 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL

Sunday April 17th– The Vagabond Hotel and Restaurant continues their Backyard BBQ poolside with Chef Alex and Friends, and this week Chef Phuket Thongsodchaveonde of Cake Thai, joins Chef Alex for a afternoon of cocktails and food.  On the menu are Grilled corn, Isaan style pork shoulder, Thai BBQ chicken, Whole Fish cooked in banana leaves and for dessert, Thai Ice cream Sandwich. Reserve your spot or just stop by from 2-6 pm. The Vagabond 7301 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL.  305 400 8420.

Sunday April 17th-  The Wynwood Diner is hosting from 2-7 pm a Crawfish Boil in the recently opened backyard oasis. Guests will be treated to unlimited crawfish, savory appetizers, 2 Hurricane cocktails, and music in Wynwood Diner’s backyard garden. Tickets are $40 per person and available via Eventbrite link  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/backyard-crawfish-boil-at-wynwood-diner-tickets-24598559955?aff=eac2  Wynwood Diner 2601 Northwest 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33127

Monday April 18th– It’s TAX DAY, and a couple places are offering some respite from filling out those dreaded tax forms. Hey, you might even treat your CPA. At Area 31, the seafood concept in the EPIC Hotel, diners can enjoy the specially created libation, The Bitter Truth,featuring Aviation Gin, Lillet, Jardesca, Campari, lemon and Elderflower tonic, from 5PM to 8PM. Guests can also enjoy happy hour food specials at the bar, including $8 bar bites. Appetizers from Area31’s Executive Chef Wolfgang Birk will include Local Goat Cheese Croquetas with honey andthyme; Wasabi Fries with Japanese mayo; Jerk Chicken Wings with mango and scallions; and Beer Battered Octopus Fritters with yellow tomato.  The EPIC Hotel 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way in Miami. 305-424-5234.

660 at The Angler’s will alleviate patrons’ tax woes with their Blood-Tax Sangria – priced at $4.18 per glass; the red wine sangria will feature house-made juices and fresh fruit.  The Angler’s 660 Washington Avenue Miami Beach FL.

Alleviate the pain of Tax Day this year with a beer (or two) on the house.  Keeping with its theme of celebrating minor holidays, Mignonette and Blue Collar declare Tax Day, Monday, April 18th to be “Taxes Schmaxes Day”!  Mignonette and Blue Collar will ‘refund’ every-other bottle of beer or glass of wine on 4/18 – just declare your order to your waiter and your second MegaMix or glass of red will be free! Mignonette 210 NE 18th St. Miami, FL.  Blue Collar 6730 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 

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Wednesday April 20th–  PINCH Kitchen, the upper East Side eatery offers its quarterly Craft Collab where they team up with a different craft brewery each time to bring a unique 5-course food and beer pairing dinner series. This installment of Craft Collab 2.0 will be with Funky Buddha, a local South Florida brewery. Craft Collab 2.0 will be held on Wednesday, April 20th from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Guests attending Craft Collab 2.0 will feature a unique 5-course food and beer pairing event, offering it to be a delectable evening. Tickets for Craft Collab are $75 dollars – inclusive of tax, gratuity, and fees. Buy your tickets today as seating is limited on Eventbrite link here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pinch-craft-collab-20-food-beer-pairing-with-funky-buddha-brewery-tickets-23610906858?aff=ebrowse.  Pinch Kitchen – 8601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138

New and Ongoing:

Bazi in the Marlin Hotel invites you to kick back and enjoy classic Asian staples at their “Shanghai Nights” every Sunday beginning on April 10th. The special Shanghai Nights menu will offer guests a delectable way to indulge in some of their favorite dishes for only $10 each including Lo Mein (chicken, beef or shrimp), Beef and Broccoli, General Tso Chicken, and Mu Shu Pork.Bazi’s Shanghai Nights menu will be available every Sunday. Bazi at The Marlin Hotel, 1200 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach. (305) 695-0101.

Driftwood Room at Nautilus, South Beach invites guests to enjoy a $55 Rosé Brunch on Sundays from 11:30-4 pm with a special four course prix-fixe brunch menu prepared by Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and Chef de Cuisine Lucas Marino. Guests can enjoy items from the appetizer buffet, the savory cavery, and dessert platter in addition to choosing one entrée for $55 per guest. The entrée selections include signature dishes such as the Cuban Benedict, Avocado Toast, Guava & Tamarind BBQ Ribs, Lobster ‘Mac & Cheese’ and Prime Steak Tartare. Those looking to take their brunch to the next level can add on upgrades such as the Cabana Club Seafood Tower for Two, the Triple Layer Chocolate Cake Sundae and for $25 extra unlimited Whispering Angel Rosé. Driftwood Room at Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel 1825 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139 305.503.5700

After two years of development, Makoto Bal Harbour chef Makoto Okuwa, is releasing his private label sake. Makoto Junmai Daiginjo will be available for guests at Okuwa’s eponymous restaurant in Bal Harbour beginning April 11, 2016.  The bold and expressive sake features distinct floral characteristics and pairs well with a variety of food from delicate sashimi dishes to hearty options such as the robata grilled meats and fish for which Makoto is well known. Produced in a brewery that was established in 1865 in Akita Prefecture, Japan, Makoto’s private label sake is characterized as a Junmai Daiginjo based on its 50% rice polish ratio and brewed with local rice and water. Makoto Junmai Daiginjo Private Label Sake is sold at the restaurant in a 720 mL bottle for $92, by the 9-ounce carafe for $36 or by the glass for $13. Makoto 9700 Collins Ave.Bal Harbour, FL 33154. 

The Rum Line, at the St Moritz Tower Loews South Beach has launched a new weekly Happy Hour Thursday through Sunday from 4 to 7PM featuring a variety of bites by Executive Chef John Iatrellis including a rotating selection of fresh oysters for $1.25 each; a refreshing Conch Salad ($3) with citrus segments, bell peppers, red onions, cherry tomatoes and cilantro; a savory Mini Oyster Po’boy ($4) with spicy mustard aioli; Shrimp Tostones ($3) topped with mango salsa; and Crispy Calamari ($4) with charred lemon and smoked chili glaze. The Rum Line’s Happy Hour menu of classic libations for $8 each includes a Mojito with Cruzan Aged Rum, mint, lime, sugarcane and soda water; a Daiquiri made with Cana Brava, lime and sugar; and the inventive Jungle Bird with Blackstrap infused Santa Teresa Anejo Campari, lime and pineapple. The Rum Line 1601 Collins Avenue. (305) 695-0110.

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Meal Planner: The Virtues Of Slow Food, Grilled Cheese And Lots Of Wine This Week In Miami

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Each week, MIAbites features a curated listing of the upcoming week’s best food happenings in Miami.  The listing is subject to change and details should always be confirmed ahead of time.

Tuesday April 12th-  Slow Food Miami, local Miami chapter of non-profit supporting the use of fresh and organic ingredients in food, will hold the latest in its series of monthly “Snail Social”  Happy Hours on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 6PM-8PM at Essensia Restaurant + Lounge, the farm-to-table restaurant at The Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach, featuring Executive Chef Venoy Rogers, winner of Food Network’s Chef Wanted. Attendees can look forward to savoring appetizers featuring such ingredients as kale, cilantro and arugula from the Chef’s organic garden. What you see is what you get (to eat)! In true farm-to-table fashion, take a garden tour with Chef Venoy before sunset to get a peek at where your ingredients are grown. Each guest will receive one complimentary glass of wine, and drinks are half-off until 8PM. Guests are invited to stick around for dinner afterwards to savor more of Chef Venoy’s specialties. Slow Food attendees wishing to stay will receive 20% off dinner at the restaurant.  Essensia at The Palms Hotel and Spa 3025 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140. 305 908-5458. NOTE: And SAVE THE DATE for the “Snail of Approval Tasting Event” on Friday April 29th at the 1 Hotel and hosted by Chef Tom Collicchio. 

Tuesday April 12th-  National Grilled Cheese Day is not just for kids. Get your cheesy fix at Ms Cheezious, at it’s original location at 7418 Biscayne Blvd, Miami and also stop in for it’s Grand Opening brand new location at 1915 Ponce de Leon Blvd in Coral Gables. Everyone who purchases a “Must Have” grilled cheese on that day from their new Coral Gables location or the MiMo restaurant will receive a free Sixpoint beer as well. Hours are from 11 AM to 11 PM. And if you are on Miami Beach make sure you visit Radio Bar at  814 1st Street Miami Beach, FL 33139 305.397.8382 for their spicy crunchy nacho grilled cheese delight.

Wednesday April 13th-  StarChefs, the restaurant industry trends magazine, announces its 2016 South Florida Rising Stars Awards Gala on Wednesday April 13th at Marlins Park, honoring up-and-coming chefs and hospitality professionals, who represent the vanguard of the contemporary American dining scene. Beginning with an awards ceremony at 6:30pm and followed by a tasting gala from 7:15 pm to 9:30 pm, guests will experience 20 of South Florida’s most exciting restaurants with beverage pairings and cocktails by the winning sommeliers and bartenders, in one location for one night only. Tickets are $95 pp with 10% off discount through MIAbites code RSBLOG. For listing of Rising Chef winners and more information and to take advantage of this offer see MIAbites link here. 

Thursday April 14th- Quality Meats Miami Beach is firing up the grill on their patio for an epic THREE DAY STEER ROAST.  Executive Chef Patrick Rebholz, fresh from receiving the People’s Choice award at SOBEWFF Meatopia is partnering with Chef Norberto “Negro” Piattoni for a three-day whole steer cookout/extravaganza. Rebholz, an expert in whole animal butchery, and Piattoni, a former employee of renowned Argentine Chef Francis Mallman, will collaborate to create three separate dinners – on Thursday 4/14 hosting an asado BBQ for $59 pp, Friday 4/15  a family-style feast for $79, and on Saturday 4/16 a more formal dining experience at $99, all complete with wine and beer pairings. The dinners will take place Thursday, April 14 through Saturday, April 16, 2016.  A 900-lb. steer along with side dishes, bread and even desserts, will be cooked in a specially constructed “fire kitchen” on Quality Meats’ expansive terrace. For reservations and more details visit:  qualitymeatsmiami.com/wholesteerdinners  Quality Meats Miami Beach  1501 Collins Avenue 305-340-3333

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Thursday April 14th-  The Fontainebleau’s Cellar 1954 Wine & Dinner Series 2016 season continues with a lavish dinner on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Scarpetta at 8 p.m. with Napa Valley’s legendary Opus One Winery – hosted by France Posener, sales director for the winery. Diners will enjoy a decadent five-course menu, prepared by Scarpetta’s chef de cuisine Neil O’Connell,complemented by Opus One Wines. Opus One was created in 1979 by the most iconic partnership in wine history between Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild. Opus One quickly became America’s first ultra-premium wine as well as the first-ultra premium California wine to be sold in France, The United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland. Priced at $350 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity, the luxurious evening will begin at 8 p.m.  Reservations are required and can be made by visiting:  https://www.nightpass.co/e/np/tq0YXX8ysw. Scarpetta at Fontainebleau Miami Beach 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140.  877 326 7412

Monday April 18th-  Alleviate the pain of Tax Day this year with a beer (or two) on the house.  Keeping with its theme of celebrating minor holidays, Mignonette and Blue Collar declare Tax Day, Monday, April 18th to be Taxes Schmaxes Day!  Mignonette and Blue Collar will ‘refund’ every-other bottle of beer or glass of wine on 4/18 – just declare your order to your waiter and your second MegaMix or glass of red will be free!

New and Ongoing:

Driftwood Room at Nautilus, South Beach invites guests to enjoy a $45 Rosé Brunch on Sundays from 11:30-4 pm with a special four course prix-fixe brunch menu prepared by Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and Chef de Cuisine Lucas Marino. Guests can enjoy items from the appetizer buffet, the savory cavery, and dessert platter in addition to choosing one entrée for $45 per guest. The entrée selections include signature dishes such as the Cuban Benedict, Avocado Toast, Guava & Tamarind BBQ Ribs, Lobster ‘Mac & Cheese’ and Prime Steak Tartare. Those looking to take their brunch to the next level can add on upgrades such as the Cabana Club Seafood Tower for Two, the Triple Layer Chocolate Cake Sundae and for $25 extra unlimited Whispering Angel Rosé. Driftwood Room at Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel 1825 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139 305.503.5700

Komodo, Brickell’s new Pan-Asian hotspot, has launched its weekday ‘Lucky 9’ happy hour menu, featuring an assortment of its best specialty cocktails and appetizers priced at $9-. Named after the Chinese lucky number “9”, guests can sip on Cucumber Basil Martinis, Lemongrass Mojitos, or Rhubarb Mules, while enjoying Tuna Tacos, the famed Grutman Pastrami Egg Roll, the Komodo Roll as well as a variety of other favorite menu items Monday-Friday 4-7 pm. On Friday nights, Komodo turns it up a notch with a DJ spinning cool vibes all night on the outdoor terrace. The happy hour is offered at the outdoor garden and bar and inside bar. Komodo Miami 801 Brickell Avenue Miami, FL 33131 305.534.2211.

Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, Lincoln Road’s destination for authentic regional Italian cuisine, is introducing Bacco Night, a new Monday night special that is sure to delight oenophiles. All bottles of wine on La Bucca di Bacco – Quattro’s impressively diverse wine list – will be 50% off every Monday during dinner service. Quattro Gastronomia Italiana 1014 Lincoln Road on South Beach Telephone: (305) 531-4833.

Bazi in the Marlin Hotel invites you to kick back and enjoy classic Asian staples every Sunday beginning on April 10thThe special Shanghai Nights menu will offer guests a delectable way to indulge in some of their favorite dishes for only $10 each including Lo Mein (chicken, beef or shrimp), Beef and Broccoli, General Tso Chicken, and Mu Shu Pork.Bazi’s Shanghai Nights menu will be available every Sunday. Bazi at The Marlin Hotel, 1200 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach. (305) 695-0101.

( Information provided by various sources and subject to availability. Always make reservations and check ahead to confirm details.)

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Meal Planner: “Oysters and Champagne”, O Cinema Food Docs And More This Week In Miami

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Each week, MIAbites presents the Weekly Nibble, featuring curated foodie events in and around Miami.  All listings are subject to change, so always call ahead to confirm details, prices and times.

March 21st-April 3rd In honor of “Nowruz”, also known as the Persian New Year, Byblos Miami has created a celebratory four-course prix fixe menu to welcome in the New Year. Celebrated by Iranian people worldwide as the start of the year and the first day of spring.  Byblos has created a menu with traditional Persian New Year dishes. The special menu will be available from March 21st – April 3rd and guests will enjoy an array of Eastern Mediterranean delicacies. The menu is $70 per person. Byblos Miami 1545 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139

Friday April 1st– CITY OF GOLD, documentary about quirky LA food critic, Jonathan Gold, opens at O Cinema Wynwood for a weeklong screening beginning at 7 pm on Friday April 1st.  Full schedule on O Cinema website  http://www.o-cinema.org/event/city-of-gold/  O Cinema 90 NW 29th St. Miami FL 305 571 9970

Friday April 1st- Stop by the new cocktail bar at Alter for a very special private event. Bar Alter is thrilled to welcome Casamigos Tequila and to celebrate it they will be showcasing a selection of Casamigos Tequila Cocktails. Casamigos is small batch, ultra premium tequila made from the finest, hand-selected 100% Blue Weber agaves, grown in the rich red clay and cool climate of the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. Bar Alter is open 5pm-Midnight, but complimentary cocktails will be served during Happy Hour 5-7 pm subject to availability. Alter  223 NW 23rd St. Miami FL.

Saturday April 2nd- from 7-9 pmThe Traymore Gin Bar at Metropolitan by COMO presents its newly created evening for the ladies and their guests. “Oysters and Champagne” presented by Pommery offers all oysters for $2 each, while ladies drink Pommery Brut Royal Champagne for FREE for the entire two-hour duration.  This special evening is anticipated to be massively popular with local residents who are known to crave the local selection of oysters while taking advantage of unlimited champagne – compliments of the house. The Traymore Restaurant and Bar at Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach 2445 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140.  For more information, visit www.comohotels.com/metropolitanmiamibeach

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Sunday April 3rd–  Cochon 555 returns to Miami featuring 5 Chefs, 5 Pigs and 5 Winemakers competing for the Miami title in the 8th Annual Cochon 555 Tour.  Held this year at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach the event features nose-to-tail creations from Chefs Xavier Torres/ Drunken Dragon, Alex Chang/ Vagabond, Anthony LePape/Ritz-Carlton, Michael Fiorello/Beachcraft and Diego Oka/La Mar by Gaston Acurio.  Tickets are $125 or $200 VIP and available on website http://cochon555.com/2016-tour/miami/ Ritz Carlton 1 Lincoln Rd. Miami Beach FL. 

Sunday April 3rd- Miami kicks off BBQ season for the whole family with Grillin N Chillin, the Miami BBQ Festival held in Wynwood.Everyone will enjoy the best BBQ in every style from Memphis, Texas or Kansas City barbecue to the well-known Brazilian Churrasco and Argentine Parrillada. Kids will have a blast in the family fun zone, while adults enjoy drinks and sports in The Pit, a pop-up sports bar. Get smoked in the Kitchen Lab by the best in the biz, who will share tips and tricks for the BBQ master in all of us. Advance tickets http://www.wynwoodbbqfest.com/tickets/RC Cola Plantin Wynwood. 550 NW 24 ST Miami, FL  33127.

Monday April 4th –  It’s #MolluskMadness as Mignonette hosts the FINAL Oyster slurping contest that pits MIAbites contributor and Check, Please Associate Producer, Paula Echevarria against Steven Scharf, aka The Chowfather.  Stop by for oysters, lobster rolls,seafood and watch as Paula tries to beat her record of 36 oysters in 2 minutes and take home the winning trophy. Mignonette 210 NE 18th St, Miami, FL 33132 (305) 374-4635

Wednesday, April 6, at 7PM- James Beard winning chef, Michelle Bernstein will welcome a cavalcade of local food & beverage luminaries for a dinner celebrating all-things-Michy at her newest spot CENA by Michy. To help celebrate her delicious decade, guest chefs Lindsay Autry, Timon Balloo, Jason Schaan, Berenice de Araujo and Sarah Sipe – all alums – will join Bernstein and CENA by Michy chef de cuisine Mikey Mayta for a not-to-be-missed five- course dinner paired with wines by former Michy’s sommelier Allegra Angelo.  Master mixologist Julio Cabrera, who helped make Bernstein’s Sra. Martinez one of the hottest cocktail spots in the country, will return and serve two special cocktails so attendees can toast in style.  The paired wine dinner is priced at $150 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Tickets for the alumni dinner must be purchased in advance through Resy. https://resy.com/?venue_id=201&date=2016-04-06 CENA by Michy  6927 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami.  (305) 759-2001.

Thursday March 31st- Saturday April 9th– To continue the celebration of Chef Michelle Bernstein’s ten years, CENA by Michy will feature a different menu special pulled from the restaurant’s history books.  Infamous dishes – one a night for ten nights – will vary and will not be repeated, though social media followers might get advance word of what to expect.  It’s a rare chance to enjoy a Bernstein classic that has long been benched, from conch escargot style and Michy’s bouillabaisse to her killer carbonara.  “Some of these dishes have been enjoying retirement,” Bernstein quips, “though people ask for them regularly.  It’ll be nice to bring them out for the night.” CENA by Michy 6927 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami.  (305) 759-2001.

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From Miami Beach To Homestead, There’s A Whole Lot Of Good Food Events Going On This Week

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Each week, MIAbites presents the Weekly Nibble, of upcoming food events and happenings in Miami.  All events are subject to change so please check ahead to confirm details.

Saturday March 12th–  Verde Farm and Kitchen opens its doors on March 12th beginning at 5 pm, welcoming you with a tour around the farm followed up with a candle lit, cozy and intimate dinner at the Verde Kitchen Cafe. Chef Pamela Wasabi will use fresh picked farm ingredients composing a savory five-course plant based Colombian inspired gourmet dinner to be paired with complementary Wynwood Brewery drafts. $65 pp Tickets on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-oasis-project-presents-dinner-at-sunset-featuring-chef-pamela-wasabi-tickets-21645850321?aff=ebrowse Verde Farm and Kitchen
12690 SW 280th St, Homestead, FL 33033 (305) 257-2005

Sunday March 13thLes Dames d’Escoffier Miami, presents a lavish Tropical brunch from 11:00 am to 3:00pm at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens featuring a stellar lineup of South Florida chefs, restaurants and gourmet food shops and caterers. Participants to date include Basil Park, Via Verdi, Apeiro, Le Provençal, Thierry Isambert, Chef Adrianne’s, Chef of Distinction Catering, A Fare to Remember, Cookie Pursonality, Ovations and Sugar Factory, among many others. Restaurant participants will offer delicious brunch menu items and to wash it all down, a selection of cocktails, wines and craft beers. Live jazz will enhance the event’s lovely ambiance, extraordinary raffles will be offered, and Telemundo “Un Nueva Dia” celebrity Chef James Tahan will officiate at a culinary demo.  Tickets are priced at $65 per person for adults, $20 for children and free for children under 10. Tickets may be purchased via PayPal at reservations@lesdamesmiami.org or via credit card at 877-467-7725 Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, 33139. Metered parking and valet will be available. 

Tuesday March 15thStripSteak by Michael Mina hosts another of their 1954 Cellar Wine dinners featuring pairings from Adobe Road Winery. Owner Kevin Buckler will host the dinner, which features five wines from his Sonoma vineyard’s portfolio.  Diners will enjoy a decadent four-course menu, prepared by StripSteak’s chef de cuisine Derrick Roberts, complemented by Adobe Road award-winning wines. Priced at $190 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity, the luxurious evening will begin at 8:00 p.m. StripSteak at The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL 877.326.7412

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Wednesday March 16th–  Miami.com Experiences is excited to be headed to Kendall for the first time on Wednesday, March 16 (7:30 p.m.)  for an exclusive dinner at Pisco y Nazca, the hot Peruvian powerhouse restaurant. Pisco y Nazca chef Miguel Antonio Gomez Fernández will collaborate with Chef Miguel Rebolledo from Bulla Gastropub in Coral Gables for a 7 course meal that includes a welcome cocktail. Dinner is $70 per person (all inclusive of tax and tip) Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2511870 Pisco Y Nazca 8405 Mills Dr. Miami FL. (305) 630-3844

Wednesday March 16thSUGARCANE raw bar grill hosts J.Wakefield Brewing for a spectacular BBQ and Beer happy hour! Join us from 5- 8pm on the patio for Assortment of Wakefield Brews and Wakefield Beer Cocktail and Open-fire grilling of fire roasted goat schwarma pickles & pita, lemongrass and tamarind pork belly sticky rice & coconut, sichuan peppercorn & cumin rubbed veal sweet breads local eggplant & peanuts, chile de arbol rabbit tacos onions, cilantro & lime and an Assortment of bar food, and desserts. Tickets are $60 and include tax and tip and available here: http://sambabrandsmanagement.com/shop/wakefield-bbq-happy-hour/?prod_cat=us Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill 3252 NE 1st. Miami FL (786) 369-0353.

Wednesday March 16th-  Miami Beach’s New England-inspired restaurant, Izzy’s Fish & Oyster, is going to bring the New England tradition of clambakes beginning next Wednesday and ongoing each Wednesday from 6- 11 pm for just four weeks until April 6th.  The traditional clambake includes the freshest regional seafood available (clams, lobster, mussels, shrimp, etc.) combined with potatoes, corn and chorizo and steamed in a broth using seaweed, fresh herbs and more. $35 pp served family style.  Izzy’s 423 Washington Ave. Miami Beach FL 305 -397-8843

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