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Use This Scientific Technique To Get More Bang For Your Buck At Chipotle

This story was originally published on risemiaminews.com. Because seriously, who doesn’t love Chipotle? The original piece has been adapted below.

By Dylan Grosz

Intern at ApartmentList.com

It’s basically a universal truth that the only thing better than Chipotle is…more Chipotle. I’m no religious scholar, but I’m pretty sure heaven is just one big Chipotle restaurant where the guac and chips are ALWAYS free and hell is just some Taco Bell. So when one of my co-workers at Apartment List brought up the question of how to hack Chipotle to get the most burrito for your buck, I was intrigued. If ever there was a noble intern task, this was obviously it.

Through a lot of burrito research and even more company write-offs and office burrito donations, I’ve discovered these 6 tips that can increase the size of your burrito by 86% without spending any more money.

You’re welcome, world. Please send the Nobel Prize to my mom’s house.

The Experiment

So I took my geeky love of data and my black hole of a belly to Chipotle for several days and ordered 5 burritos each day (35 burritos total), then returned to the Apartment List office to meticulously separate out and weigh the ingredients. Finally, I combined all the best methods to confirm the total burrito size increase. Additional methodology footnotes are below, but for now – on to the meat of the experiment (pun intended).

Tip 1: Get a burrito bowl  with a tortilla on the side

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At its onset, Chipotle introduced the innovative burrito bowl that combined its authentic Mexican cuisine with the ease of knife-and-fork dining. Burrito legend has it that the bowl’s lack of tortilla constraints influences servers to give burrito bowl customers huge portions in general.

In my experiments, I found that this method alone gets 15% more ingredients across the board, without changing anything else about the order. Still craving that full burrito experience? No problem – you can easily ask for a tortilla on the side. Which leads to our next tip…

Tip 2: Double wrapping (asking for two tortillas)

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This method of calling in tortilla reinforcements was initially introduced by Chipotle to save burritos that busted open their first tortilla, but Chipotle sometimes lets you ask for a double wrap for free, which adds another 4.25 ounce tortilla to your burrito (ask for the tortillas at the end, when the staff just wants you to go away).

Congratulations, your burrito just became 25% bigger. Ordering tortillas on the side and wrapping it yourself may be a daunting task for some, but if you value the time it takes you to wrap the burrito at $0 per hour (hey, burritos are worth your time), then you should add this method to your burrito maximization arsenal.

Tip 3: Order both kinds of rice

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The next time your server asks if you want white or brown rice, request both types – you’ll get almost 93% more rice, at no extra cost. This carbo-loading method increases the overall weight of the burrito by 23%. As an ancient American proverb puts it: more burrito, more food, more happiness.

Tip 4: Order both types of beans

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Just like rice, there are two different types of beans we can choose from: black and pinto. If you really want to maximize burrito weight, asking for both kinds gets you 92% more beans (another note: we aren’t responsible for the gas you’ll be having afterwards). With this method, you get a 16% burrito weight increase.

Tip 5: Half/half meats

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In theory, asking for half chicken, half steak should yield one full serving, but our tests showed that you actually get 54% more meat – basically 3/4 scoop of each. This increase in meat grows the burrito’s weight by around 9%.

You must note, however, that you’ll be charged for the more expensive of the meats, but we’ve put the many finance and accounting degrees here at Apartment List to good use and determined that it’s still financially worth it.

Tip 6: Ask for fajita veggies and corn salsa

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Hidden away and rarely mentioned by servers, the fajita vegetable mix and corn salsa are free to add, and taste good to boot.

These underappreciated ingredients will cure any feeling you might have that your burrito might be lacking in terms of a balanced Food Pyramid. Grilled veggies and corn not only add more color and flavor to your burrito, but they also add around 2.55 ounces, increasing the weight by about 15% (vs. the standard burrito).

Not only do you have more burrito, but you can also tell your friends and family that your burrito is totally 100% healthy.

Add it all together and you get….

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There you have it. By using each of the six tricks I suggest, you may end up with a little less cheese and salsa (that comes at the end, when your bowl will already be pretty full), but you get a lot more rice, beans, and meat. My final burrito weighed 86% more than the control. Sounds like it’s time to go to Chipotle!

Find out more about Dylan’s study here.

Photo Credits: ApartmentList.com

Here’s The Best Places To Eat If You’re Going To Art Basel

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

As we approach the beginning of the 2015 busy season, heralded by the 70,000 attendees expected for Art Basel/ Miami Art Week, December 2- 6, we pulled together our MIAbites Best Bites.

Miami continues to grow as a food destination to be reckoned with.  No longer just an “expense account” city offering only 42 oz steaks and stone crabs, Miami, Miami Beach and its emerging neighborhoods: The Design District, Wynwood, Midtown, Brickell, MiMo, Edgewater and beyond, are offering creative dining options, innovative chefs and carving out a food scene that is international in flavor, yet very Miami.

New restaurants in new hotels seem to be leading the pack on Miami Beach.  Ian Schrager’s Edition and The Thompsonopened their respective restaurants, Matador by Jean GeorgesMarket and Seagrape, The Crown Room and 1930’s House by James Beard Award winner, Michelle Bernstein and celebrity chefs, Dale Talde and Tom Colicchio have recently joined the Miami Beach dining scene with respectively, TALDE in The Thompson and Beachcraft in the 1 Hotel. With the Faena opening on the horizon with Frances Mallman’s Los Fuegos and Paul Qui’s PAO,  these new restaurants have quickly made Mid-Beach the hot dining destination in town.

Pop-up restaurants are also another option for Art Basel and include Chef Michelle Bernstein’s Garden Cafe and Michy’s Pop-up at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, and Dominique Ansel’s soft serve ice cream pop-up at The Setai. 

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So by request, the MIAbites contributors put our heads together to flesh out the restaurant scene and to compile our suggestions for dining while in Miami.  Many of the below suggestions have been featured on MIAbites so please SEARCH for more details. 

1.     Best of the City– Popular for consistent and well-prepared dining options and excellent service. These are the “sure-things” in town and priced accordingly.

2.    New and Emerging– Opened in the last couple of years or so and are new hot spots to check out. Innovative and creative chefs abound.

3.    Casual or Quick Bites– Lunch or more casual for dinner but fun places with good food

4.    Coffee and Cocktails– Refueling before, during or after hitting up the art shows, or after beach or shopping. Or late night cocktails. Step out and try some new cocktails like Peruvian Pisco, Mezcal and Negronis.

Reservations are probably mandatory and may require multiple calls to secure, so be prepared to be flexible with times and days. Both Open Table and Table8 are good resources for reservations but you may need to leave credit card information or pay up front. HINT: When in doubt, call directly as many restaurants will block out peak times and days to avoid paying Open Table a fee.

Best of Miami:

Design District/Midtown/Wynwood/MiMo:

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink– 130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137
305 573-5550

MC Kitchen– 4141 Ne 2nd Ave., Suite 101a Miami, FL 33137 305 456-9948

Mandolin-4312 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
305 576-6066

Salumeria 104– 3451 NE 1st Ave #104, Miami, FL 33137
(305) 424-9588

BlackBrick aka Midtown Chinese– 3451 NE 1st Avenue #103
Miami, FL — 33137
305 573-8886

Blue Collar -Biscayne Inn, 6730 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138 305 756-0366

SUGARCANE Raw Bar & Grill – 3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL33137  786 369 -0353

Miami Beach:

The Dutch – W Hotel 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 938-3111

Scarpetta – The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33140 305 674- 4660

Hakkasan– The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33140 786 276-1410

Casa Tua– 1700 James Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-1010

Prime 112– 112 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 532-8112

Red SteakHouse– 119 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 534-3688

Joe’s Stone Crab– 11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139  (305) 673-0365

Pubbelly– 1418 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 532-7555

BLT Steak Miami– The Betsy South Beach 1440 Ocean Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139  305 673-0044

Juvia– 1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 763-8272

Lure– The Loews 1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 695-4550

Macchialina– 820 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 534-2124

Milos– 730 1st St. Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 604-6800

New and Emerging- Open less than two years and worth checking out!

Design District/Midtown/Wynwood/MiMo:

Alter– 223 NW 23rd Street, Miami, FL 33127 305 573 5996

Bocce Bar – 3250 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33137 786 245- 6211

Cena by Michy– 6927 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138 305 759 2001

Cypress Tavern– 3620 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33137 305 520-5197

Coyo Taco– 2300 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127 305 573-8228

Fooqs– 1035 North Miami Avenue, Miami Fl, 33136 (786) 536-2749

Mignonette– 210 NE 18th St, Miami, FL 33132 (305) 374-4635

The Vagabond Restaurant and Bar– 7301 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, Florida 33138 305 400-8420

Miami Beach:

27 Restaurant in The Freehand Miami– 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Bazi– 1200 Collins Ave, Miami Beach , FL 33139 (305) 695-0101

Continental– 2360 Collins Ave Miami Beach (305) 604-2000

Izzy’s Fish & Oyster – 423 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 397-8843

Seagrape at The Thompson The Thompson Miami 4041 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL 33140 877 793 8519.

Matador Room by Jeans George – The EDITION 2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140
786 257- 4600

Casual and Quick Bites- Lunch or casual dinner or snacks

Design District/Midtown/Wynwood/MiMo

Harry’s Pizzeria– 3918 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127(786) 275-4963

Crumb on Parchment– 3930 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137(305) 572-9444

ella cafe– 140 NE 39th Street #136, Miami, FL 33137 (786) 534-8177

Mercato– 4141 NE 2nd Ave #101a, Miami, FL 33137 (305) 456-9948

Buena Vista Deli – 4590 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137(305) 576-3945

La Latina– 3509 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137(305) 571-9655

Zak The Baker– 405 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127

Proof Pizza and Pasta -3328 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127
(786) 536-9562

Miami Beach:

My Ceviche South Beach– 235 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139(305) 397-8710

La Sandwicherie– 229 14th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 532-8934

Taquiza-1506 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 748-6099

Puerto Sagua– 700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 673-1115

Hua Huas Taqueria– 1211 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139(305) 534-8226

True Loaf Bakery– 1894 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139(786) 216-7207

Market– The EDITION 2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140
786 257- 4600

Coffee and Cocktails- Hot coffee…even hotter cocktail bars!

Design District/Midtown/Wynwood/MiMo:

Panther Coffee– 2390 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127 (305) 677-3952

Miam Cafe & Boutique– 2750 NW 3rd Ave Suite 21, Miami, FL 33127 (786) 703-1451

Jugo Fresh– 1935 West Ave #102, Miami Beach, FL 33139(786) 472-2552

Miami Beach:

Panther Coffee in Sunset Harbour– 1875 Purdy AvenueMiami Beach, FL 33139

Lee & Maries Cakery– 40 S Pointe Dr #108, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 672-5167

Broken Shaker at The Freehand– 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140(305) 531-2727

Repour Bar – Albion Hotel -1650 James Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 913-1000

The Regent Cocktail Club at The Gale – 1690 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 673-0199

We could go on and on… and each one of us has favorites that did not even make this list.

There is also many top spots in downtown Miami like Edge Steak House in the Four Seasons La Mar and Azul at The Mandarin Oriental and Zuma, in the Epic Hotel, recent openings like Tamarina ,and Momi Ramen in Brickell.

So eat, drink and savor the NEW Miami!

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: See-ming Lee/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

Here’s Some Of The Best Food Events To Check Out This Week In Miami

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

Each week, MIAbites features upcoming food happening and events in Miami. All listings are subject to change so always check ahead to confirm details.

November 18-22nd-  SEED Food & Wine Festival, presented by Whole Foods Market and held in Wynwood and Miami Beach is the first plant-based food and wine festival in the country. SFWF celebrates delicious plant-based foods, fine wines, craft beers, spirits, and lifestyle products and companies, while raising health awareness. Five days of events include upscale dinners, film screening, garden parties, and a Southern brunch, all leading up to a large-scale outdoor festival featuring food, wine, juices, music, gifts, organic body care, clothing, yoga, and everything that celebrates conscious plant-based living. Individual tickets for all events including for 5K,  Farm to Table dinner and Miami Botanical Garden brunch and Saturday November 21 all day Tasting Village are priced accordingly and on Eventbrite http://www.eventbrite.com/e/seed-plant-based-food-and-wine-festival-tickets-18407085087?aff=eac2

Thursday November 19th–  PAMM presents another of its Third Thursdays from 6-10 pmfeaturing new exhibit opening of artist Nari Ward – Sun Splashed and Happy Hour cocktails and bites from Verde.  Enjoy a live performance by Stone Love, Jamaica’s most popular sound system, presented by Rhythm Foundation. Purchase happy hour drink and food specials or make reservations at Verde restaurant, and partake in art-making for prizes. Also explore Nari Ward: Sun Splashed on the eve of the exhibition’s opening.  Members free, or $16 with admission. Perez Art Museum- 1103 Biscayne Blvd. Miami FL

Saturday November 20th–  Join Chef Aaron Brooks of EDGE Steak & Bar at The Four Seasons Hotel for an intimate and interactive Holiday cooking class,  Join Chef Aaron for an afternoon that will have you feeling confident in the kitchen, and ready for the upcoming Holiday season.  Gain some libation inspiration as you learn to craft a seasonal cocktail.  After, try your hand in the kitchen, as Chef Aaron provides a hands-on cooking demonstration.  He’ll teach you how to prepare an approachable, yet gourmet three-course meal, which you’ll enjoy at the conclusion of the class. Tickets are $206 per person or $375 for two, plus a processing feeTickets on Eventbrite. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-entertaining-101-cooking-class-with-chef-aaron-brooks-tickets-19405729058?aff=es2 . EDGE Steak + Bar at The Four Seasons 1435 Brickell Ave. Miami FL.

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Sunday November 21–  Fooq’s, in the Performing Arts District, presents Fooq’s & riends, a series of one-of-a-kind dinners that will host some of Miami’s most talented chefs. To kick off the series, Fooq’s will host Chef Alex Chang of Vagabond Restaurant & Bar this Sunday, November 22nd, for a néo-bistrot tyle -course dinner($65 pp) with an optional wine pairing optio (+$35 pp). Tickets available via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fooqs-friends-featuring-chef-alex-chang-tickets-19477647167?aff=es2

Wednesday November 25th-  RESCHEDULED DATE– What better way to kick off the Thanksgiving weekend than celebrating at the Wynwood Yard Grand Opening Garden Party. The Wynwood Yard , a hub for Miami’s most talented food and beverage entrepreneurs to introduce innovative culinary concepts to the community,   Located on Lots 56, 64, AND 70 NW 29th Street, take a promenade through the home-grown garden with hand-made flower crowns on-site, delight in the on-site food concepts featuring: Myumi & Della’s Test Kitchen featuring live chef demos, as you sip the craft cocktails and resident drafts brews at the eco-friendly bar concept created by Chef and beverage guru, Ken Lyon. Enjoy a special live performance by Elastic Bond and intimate moments of multi-sensory pleasure with Alma Dance Theater. Tickets are FREE and on Eventbrite and pre-registration is encouraged to insure admittance.https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-wynwood-yard-garden-party-grand-opening-tickets-19192255553

New and Ongoing:

Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne Miami has launched a new daily Oyster Hour. From 6pm – 7pm seven-days-a-week, guests can enjoy a rotating selection of artisanal farmed oysters for only $1 each, in the restaurant’s inviting Bar & Lounge. Pair the briny pearls of the ocean with a glass of Francois Montand Blanc de Blancs Brut for $9. Other cocktails Draught & bottled beer, wine and additional happy hour bites from Chef Jason Pringle are also available. db Bistro Moderne in the JW Marriott 255 Biscayne Blvd Way. Miami  FL.

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Here’s A List Of 25 Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving In Miami

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

One of the advantages of living in a city means you have options for Holiday cooking and entertaining, and thankfully Miami is no exception.

As a matter of fact, based on this list, NO ONE needs to shop, cook or entertain as so many of Miami’s top restaurants have created both traditional and not-so-traditional menus for the “Feast of Tryptophan”.  So if you haven’t already secured that 24-30 lb bird, consider these options:

MIAMI BEACH:

KLIMA Restaurant and Bar introduces its inaugural Thanksgiving Day a la carte offering prepared using Chef Rusti’s signature cooking techniques developed from his Barcelona roots. KLIMA’s Thanksgiving Day menu include Poulet Rouge with Foie entrée, a venerable heritage breed of chicken renowned for its rich flavor and thin skin that is cooked to a crisp perfection.   The Thanksgiving Day menu at KLIMA Restaurant and Bar will be served on Thursday, November 26th between lunchtime hours of 12 Noon and 3:00pm and for dinner between 6:00pm and 2:00am.  Reservations@klimamiami.com. KLIMA Restaurant and Bar 210 23rd Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139 786 453 2779 

The Forge on Miami Beach is offering a 3 course plus dessert prix fixe Thanksgiving menu beginning at 5 pm. priced at $72 Per person  $39 Children 8 years and younger. Reservations The Forge  432 41st St. Miami Beach, FL 305 538 8533.

The Restaurant at The Setai is celebrating Thanksgiving with an elaborate and untraditional brunch and prix fixe dinner menu. On November 26th, they will feature a Thanksgiving Day themed brunch with three seatings.  Classic Thanksgiving dishes will be available including Turkey and Ham, Roasted Honey Glazed Leg of Lamb, Creekstone Strip Loin, Truffle Roasted Murray Farm Chicken, and BBQ Kurobuta Bershire Pork Ribs. An extensive array of seafood will be available. Lastly, the brunch will feature untraditional dishes including Indonesian Beef Rendang, Traditional Pad Thai,Chicken Panang Curry, and Singaporean Laksa. From 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., The Restaurant at The Setai offers a three-course dinner menu with a choice of appetizer, including a Foie Gras “Torchon”, Truffle Dumpling, “Thai Langoustine”,  or Pumpkin Velouté. Guests will then choose between Maine Lobster, Roasted Turkey, and Wagyu Striploin. To finish their Thanksgiving meal, guests will have a choice of a delicious dessert. The prix fixe menu is $95 for adults and $48 for children. A vegetarian menu is available upon request. For reservations, please visit www.opentable.com/the-restaurant-at-the-setai.  The Restaurant at The Setai 2001 Collins Ave. Miami Beach  305 520 6400. 

The Traymore Restaurant and Bar at Metropolitan by COMO, presents its Thanksgiving Day menu from 6 pm to 11:00 pm, for those looking to spend the holiday festivities with the family, while offsetting the usual burden of catering for loved ones at home.  The Traymore Restaurant and Bar at Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach offers all the festive trimmings as well as its signature seafood specialties the restaurant is known for. The talented culinary team, headed by Chef Juan Loasiaga in the kitchen and at the front-of-the-house by Restaurant Manager, Iain Harrison, has created a unique prix fix 3-course Thanksgiving Day menu priced at $80 pp for locals, visitors and hotel guests who are still looking for all the home-style delicacies that come with the classic Thanksgiving Day mealtime tradition. The Traymore at Metropolitan by COMO 2445 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 

The Dutch will offer a home style Thanksgiving prix-fixe dinner on Thursday, November 26th, with a specialty menu created by Chef de Cuisine Adonay Tafur and Executive Pastry Chef Josh Gripper. Priced at $55 per person (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity), the meal will feature cider brined turkey, whipped Yukon potatoes, butternut squash with Brussels sprouts and rutabaga,traditional turkey leg stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (305) 938-3111 or booking online at thru Open Table. The Dutch inside W South Beach Hotel & Residences, 2201 Collins Avenue, in Miami Beach 305 938 3111

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Miami Beach steakhouse staplePrime 112, announces exceptional offerings for guests along with its award-winning a la menu for Thanksgiving. No need to worry about stressful holiday cooking when you can enjoy Thanksgiving favorites like Slow Roasted Free Range Turkey with Cranberries & Gravy, Kobe Beef & Sausage Stuffing, Southern Fried Turkey Leg and more. Top off your decadent meal with a creative dessert that will put last year’s store-bought pumpkin pie to shame: Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting. Prime 112 112 Ocean Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139. 305 532 8112

On Thursday, November 26, join Chef Michael Pirolo at his new restaurant,  Bazifor his bold flavors and exciting Asian-inspired dishes from 5PM – 10PM. At $55 per person the Thanksgiving feast kicks off with a bowl of turkey won ton soup, followed by gyoza, a popular dish consisting of shrimp & chive dumplings and sweet potato dumplings; the dinner continues with Peking turkey served with wasabi mashed potatoes and scallion pancakes; and for dessert, make room for one of the restaurant’s delicious sweet specials. The restaurant is open for dinner nightly at 6PM; the bar is open nightly at 5PM. Bazi at The Marlin Hotel, 1200 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach. 305 695 0101.

On Thursday, November 26. Acclaimed chef Sean Brasel’s sophisticated Meat Market will feature a la carte holiday-inspired favorites including a Bell and Evans fresh turkey leg roulade stuffed with sour dough, house smoked pork belly, and Peruvian corn with a side of fermented pomegranate, cranberry and ginger chutney, sweet corn hush puppies, and braised local greens a wood-grilled Bell and Evans fresh citrus and vanilla marinated sous vide turkey breast with cauliflower puree, roasted cauliflower, and candied bacon & tomato marmalade and a Mixed Grill of 3, which will allow diners to sample the turkey leg and sous vide breast, along with an American Bison short rib crusted with walnut praline demi and bone marrow flan Thanksgiving specials will also be available at Meat Market Palm Beach. For reservations, please call or book online on Open Table. Meat Market 915 Lincoln Road. Miami Beach, FL 305 532 0088

Miami Beach’s go-to dining destination for authentic Northern Italian cuisine,  Quattro Gastronomia Italiana will offer a special holiday menu for Thanksgiving, in addition to the regular lunch and dinner menus. Diners can enjoy seasonal flavors of Quattro’s holiday-inspired dishes which will be offered a la carte. Antipasti starters range from crema de zucca – a richly flavored pumpkin soup with mascarpone mouse and onion chutney to insalata di arucola ,while main course choices on deck include tacchino ripieno alla piemontese – braised turkey breast stuffed with focaccia, Italian sausage and pistachio, and served with sage mashed potatoes and homemade gravy; risotto con zucca – traditional risotto with pumpkin, walnuts and gorgonzola cheese; Guests can end the meal with a torta di noci pecan – butter pecan pie topped with Torrone ice cream or monte blanco tradizionale – chestnut puree, meringue and whipped cream. Thanksgiving day hours of operation are 4PM – 11PM. Regular menu will also be available. For reservations, please call book online on Open Table. Quattro 1014 Lincoln Road. Miami Beach FL.  305 531 4833 

Just in time for the holidays, guests can celebrate Thanksgiving at TALDE and Seagrape, both located within the glamorous Thompson Miami Beach Hotel. Known for its inventive yet approachable Asian-American fare, diners at TALDE are invited to treat themselves to a delicious $25 holiday special Thanksgiving Ramen for 2, served with creamed spinach wontons, stuffing croquets, pickled cranberries, kizami-nori, young corn, sliced turkey breast, and mushroom gravy tare. Also found within the Thompson is Chef Michelle Bernstein’s Seagrape, featuring unique Florida-inspired fare in a chic, retro dining room space. The restaurant will be offering a special prix-fixe, family style dinner for $65 per person (excluding gratuity). The Thompson Miami Beach 4041 Collins Ave. Miami Beach. 786 605 4041

Executive Chef John Iatrellis of Miami Beach’s seafood hotspot, Lure Fishbar,will be serving a delectable Thanksgiving tasting menu for $45 per person (excluding gratuity). The dinner begins with a butternut squash bisque served with toasted pumpkin seeds and crème, followed by a roasted pear and shallot salad topped with endive, bleu cheese, and toasted walnut vinaigrette. For the entrée, guests can enjoy roasted Carolina turkey with all of the fixings served family-style including maple roasted yams, whipped potatoes, wheat berry stuffing, and Italian sausage stuffing. Dessert will include pumpkin panna cotta and tasty pecan squares.  The restaurant is open for dinner nightly at 6PM. Valet parking is available. Lure Fishbar in the historic St. Moritz Hotel building at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel at 1600 Collins Avenue305 695 4550 

One of 2015’s hottest new restaurantsQuality Meats will be open from 4PM to 10PM on Thanksgiving Day. In addition to its regular a la carte dinner menu, a special Thanksgiving dish has been added – herb-roasted heritage turkey, cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, spiced sweet potato fries ($42) accompanied with local honey butter, giblet gravy and Quality cranberry sauce.  Reservations required. Quality Meats Miami Beach  1501 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 305 340 3333 

In the Fontainebleau, StripSteak by Michael Mina – Fontainebleau’s newest restaurant – is offering a Thanksgiving a prix-fixe dinner for $75 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Guests will savor roasted baby beets with dried cranberries, hazelnuts, and goat cheese, topped with walnut vinaigrette followed by roasted turkey breast with  turkey leg confit, and chorizo cornbread stuffing; and for dessert, pumpkin pie topped with cinnamon whipped creamand spiced caramel sauce. The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL  877 326 7412

Scarpetta, the hotel’s acclaimed Italian eatery will offer a three-course prix-fixe dinner for $75 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Guests will enjoy butternut squash soup fregato with toasted focaccia and roasted mushrooms followed by the roast turkey porchetta with cranberry mostarda and brussels sprouts. Dessert will feature pumpkin tiramisu, crafted with spiced pumpkin mascarpone and served beside Marsala soaked ladyfingers, mocha espuma, and cinnamon gelato. The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL  877 326 7412

Michael Mina 74 will offer the regular lunch menu at the bar with football games airing from 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and a special Thanksgiving specials offered from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. A hearty turkey breast roulade with confit leg , sage stuffing, brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, and turkey gravy will entice guests along with a mouthwatering pumpkin cheesecake topped with spiced Jamaican anglaise and orange compote. The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL  877 326 7412

Miami:

First of all Don’t forget the pies!  Crumb on Parchment: There’s no better way to dazzle your family and friends than with dessert, and this year Crumb on Parchment is celebrating Thanksgiving with $20 pies crafted by James Beard Award-winning Chef Michelle Bernstein. Choose between a tasty selection, including apple pear pie, gingersnap crust pumpkin pie, bourbon pecan pie, or chocolate pecan pie. Place your orders by noon on Monday, November 23, and pick up your pies at noon, Wednesday, November 25Crumb on Parchment is located at 3930 NE 2nd Avenue in the Miami Design District. Telephone: 305 572 9444. 

db Bistro Moderne invites families and friends to enjoy a three-course, prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner prepared by Chef Jason Pringle. The festive menu is filled with seasonal dishes such as Pumpkin Soup with Caramelized Apple, Spiced Crème Fraîche, Traditional Roast Turkey with Chestnut Dressing, Cranberry Chutney Brussels Sprouts, Whipped Sweet Potato, Gravy, and the Green Apple Mille-Feuille with Granny Smith Apple, Butternut Crémeux, Puff Pastry Smoked Vanilla Ice Cream. Embracing in the giving this season brings, db Bistro Moderne will be sending each guest home with a complimentary Turkey Sandwich to-go, to enjoy the following day. Adults: $65 Kids 12 & Younger: $35 (excludes Tax & Gratuity). db Bistro Moderne 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way Miami, FL 33131  305 421 8800. 

Mandarin Oriental: La Mar by Gaston Acurio and Azul: Both top restaurants, La Mar and Azul are hosting Thanksgiving dinners. Azul offers a more traditional 3 course prix fixe plus dessert menu for $95 pp and Azul  has created a Peruvian inspired a la carte menu that includes Jumbo Turkey winds and Huachana Duck “Guiso”.  MO Bar + Lounge will also be hosting cocktail specials in keeping with the holiday. 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, Mandarin Oriental; 305-913-8358.

Novecento: Guests can pre-order for take out or dine in at restaurants located inBrickell, Aventura and Midtown. Reservations and deposit for groups of 6 or larger are required. Brickell & Aventura will be open from 2-10pm; Midtown will be open 1-9pm. Menu is $39 per person including one glass of sangria, cabernet sauvignon or chardonnay. 1414 Brickell Ave. Miami, 305 403 0900; 18831 N. Biscayne Blvd. Aventura, 305 466 0900; 3201 Buena Vista Blvd., Miami, 305 576 744

SUGARCANE raw bar grill: Chef Timon Balloo and team offers a 3 course a la carte special menu which includes entrees of romesco rubbed confit turkey | pumpkin seed & dried cranberry bread pudding, and robata grilled beef strip | potato fondue, bone marrow herbbutter open 11:30 a.m. to midnight. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill 3252 Northeast First Avenue, Miami; 786 369 0353

SUSHISAMBA: A special menu  a la carte is available that includes short rib gyoza and Mojo roasted organic turkey; and a seasonally inspired Butternut squash and Clementine Bellini, with Clementine and butternut squash reduction spritzed with Prosecco. 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. 180 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, 305-448-4990; 600 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-673-5337

The Federal Food, Drink and Provisions : Special on-site prix fixe menu is $45 plus tax and tip. Regular menu and take-out available. And make sure you get some of those ‘biskits”! Every person receives a welcome glass of champagne upon arrival and cookies to take home. All other beverages are a la carte. The Federal 5132 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305 758 9559.

( Information provided by various sources and subject to change. Please confirm ahead availability, prices and other details and HAPPY THANKSGIVING! ) 

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. 

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Here’s The Top Food Events In Miami This Week

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

Each week, MIAbites features upcoming food happening and events in Miami.

And November in Miami kicks off the season with a ton of upcoming food-centric events for any discerning palate or enthusiast.  Please check ahead to confirm times, prices and other details.

Friday November 13th- In their 6th year, The Lucky Rice Festival captures their obsession with Asian food culture through feats, festive dinners and gastronomic gatherings in six cities across the US. Lucky Rice Miami will transform the Raleigh Hotel Pool and Oasis on Miami Beach into an international bazaar where Asian-meets-Latino bites and globally spirited Bombay Sapphire® East cocktails will spill out onto the beachfront oasis.  Featured restaurants include La Mar by Gaston Acurio,SUGARCANE Raw bar grill, SUSHISAMBA, Ortanique on the Mile, Alter, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink and Phuc Yea. Tickets are $150 VIP and $88 GA and available online at http://luckyrice.com/event/miami-feast/

Saturday November 14th–  The Wynwood Yard , a hub for Miami’s most talented food and beverage entrepreneurs to introduce innovative culinary concepts to the community, celebrates its Grand Opening with a Garden Party on Saturday, Nov. 14th from 7:30-10:30 pm.  Located on Lots 56, 64, AND 70 NW 29th Street, take a promenade through the home-grown garden with hand-made flower crowns on-site, delight in the on-site food concepts featuring: Myumi & Della’s Test Kitchen featuring live chef demos, as you sip the craft cocktails and resident drafts brews at the eco-friendly bar concept created by Chef and beverage guru, Ken Lyon. Enjoy a special live performance by Elastic Bond and intimate moments of multi-sensory pleasure with Alma Dance Theater. Tickets are FREE and on Eventbrite and pre-registration is encouraged to insure admittance. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-wynwood-yard-garden-party-grand-opening-tickets-19192255553

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Sunday November 15th– Chef Jeremiah hosts his notorious P.I.G 6 Pork Is Good event from 3 pm- 7 pm at Gastropod at 160 NW 26th St. in Wynwood.  Tickets are $50 pp and include no less that 10 top chefs cooking up their versions of porktastic dishes, plus cocktails and more.  Tickets available https://gastropod.tocktix.com/#/home

Monday November 16th – From 7:30-10:30pm, Boxelder Wynwood hosts their second in the series ‘Pairings’. This pairing presents a Brewer and Chef whose unique styles happen to compliment each other perfectly – Michael Demetrus / M.I.A. Brewing and Steve Santana / TaquizaThe dinner will consist of six courses, each perfectly paired with a unique beer. We are extremely happy to be unveiling five beers from M.I.A. that have yet to see the outside of the brewhouse. Following the interactive Pairings format, the dinner is limited to 25 seats – all front row seats at the bar of Boxelder. Steve will be behind the bar with his crew preparing and serving each course, and while Michael’s work is done beforehand, he will be right there with Steve Tickets at $75 and available on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mia-taquiza-pairing-tickets-19456221081  Boxelder Craft Beer Market – 2825 Northwest 2nd Avenue. UNIT C. Miami, FL 33127

Tuesday November 17th–  Miami.com is launching its new “Miami.com Experiences” Dinner Series this month with a one-night-only collaboration between chef Timon Balloo of Sugarcane and chef Nunzio Fuschillo of Bocce. The two talented chefs have collaborated to create an exclusive, seven-course menu that will be served on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Bocce in Midtown . The 7 course meal, along with an Amuse, is $75 per person, inclusive of tax and tip. An optional beverage package is available for purchase at the restaurant with wines that pair with the menu for $35. Seats are limited so make sure to get you tickets at https://tickets.completeticketsolutions.com/MHMC/Online/default.asp Bocce 3252 NE 1st Ave. Miami. 

November 18-22nd–  SEED Food & Wine Festival, presented by Whole Foods Market and held in Wynwood and Miami Beach is the first plant-based food and wine festival in the country. SFWF celebrates delicious plant-based foods, fine wines, craft beers, spirits, and lifestyle products and companies, while raising health awareness. Five days of events include upscale dinners, film screening, garden parties, and a Southern brunch, all leading up to a large-scale outdoor festival featuring food, wine, juices, music, gifts, organic body care, clothing, yoga, and everything that celebrates conscious plant-based living. Tickets for all events including for 5K,  Farm to Table dinner and Miami Botanical Garden brunch and Saturday November 21 all day Tasting Village are priced accordingly and on Eventbrite http://www.eventbrite.com/e/seed-plant-based-food-and-wine-festival-tickets-18407085087?aff=eac2

November 18-22nd– The Pubbelly Boys are at it again, this time launching their “20th Street Seafood Festival” from November 18-22 in Sunset Harbour. The festival will consist of 3 restaurants “around the corner”: Pubbelly, Pubbelly Sushi and Barceloneta; 4 chefs: Jose Mendin (Pubbelly Restaurant Group), Juliana Gonzalez (Barceloneta), Yuki Ieto (Pubbelly Sushi) and Maria Orantes (pastry at Pubbelly Restaurant Group), over the course of 5 days. Each day, each restaurant will offer a themed menu all highlighting the ocean’s delicacies. Wednesday: Tapas Style Menu, Thursday: Stone Crab Day, Friday: Seafood Chefs Menu,  Saturday: Seafood Chefs Menu, Sunday: Seafood Brunch.  Pubbelly 1418 20th St. Miami Beach, FL 

( Information provided by various sources and subject to change. Please check websites or call ahead to confirm dates, prices and details )

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This Week In 305 Food: A Taco & Tequila Showdown, Burger Festival, And 2 Live Crew Bash

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

Each week, MIAbites features upcoming food happenings and events in Miami. Please check ahead to confirm times, prices and other details.

First…the shameless plug:  Join us for Taco & Tequila Showdown! #TNTShowdown

Sunday November 8th–  MIAbites and The Liquid Projects will be presenting Taco & Tequila Showdown at the Vagabond Restaurantfrom 6- 9 pm   A benefit for non-profit Urban Oasis Project and Verde Garden and Farm, the event features 12 top chefs and bartenders creating and competing for Best Taco and Best Tequila cocktail. You get to VOTE for Peoples Choice along with a panel of judges led by Evan Benn, Gabe Orta, Adri Garcia and Nidal Barake @YoCulinario. AdvanceTickets $65 /At door $70 and available on Eventbrite link. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taco-tequila-showdown-tntshowdown-tickets-18300424061

Thursday November 5th– The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce presents the 5th Annual BURGERLISCIOUS festival at Ponce Circle/Harnett Park from 6-11 pm.! Bonafide burger aficionados will be able to sink their teeth into gourmet burgers made by 20 of Coral Gables’ premier restaurants.Treat your taste buds to juicy burgers, cold beers by Samuel Adams, and enjoy live music and entertainment. Tickets are $60 or $125 VIP. Tickets on Eventbrite http://www.eventbrite.com/e/burgerliscious-2015-tickets-18137693329?aff=erelemremcat  Ponce Circle/Harnett Park 2810 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Coral Gables, FL 

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Friday November 6th- TALDE MIAMI BEACH , the Asian-American neighborhood restaurant & bar is set to open inside Thompson Miami Beach hotel on Friday, November 6. TALDE Miami Beach, a Mid-Beach neighborhood restaurant and bar features a creative menu of Asian-American cuisine. This third outpost of the award-winning Brooklyn and Jersey City eateries by Chef/Restaurateur and Top Chef alum Dale Talde and partners David Massoni and John Bush of Three Kings Restaurant Group. TALDE Miami Beach will be open for dinner at 6pm nightly, with late-night hours on the weekends. TALDE in The Thompson Hotel  4041  Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 786 605 4041.

Wednesday November 11th–  Mignonette hosts an evening of good food and hip-hop with Uncle Luke on November 11th.  Luther Campbell (aka Uncle Luke) of 2 Live Crew fame, University of Miami infamy and one-time Miami-Dade mayoral candidate, is hosting a dinner party with Mignonette’s Chef/Owner Danny Serfer.  Serfer and his crew are cooking up a five-course meal of down home favorites and Miami classics priced at $90 per person (inclusive of gratuity, excludes beverage purchases). The menu, created by Serfer with input from Campbell features homemade conch fritters, olive oil poached halibut and a ‘tootsie roll’ for dessert.  Each ticket entitles guests to a signed copy of Campbell’s new book, The Book of Luke: My Fight for Truth, Justice and Liberty City (Amistad). Welcome cocktail and passed snacks will begin at 7:30pm; dinner starts promptly at 8pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance through www.mignonetteXuncleluke.brownpapertickets.comMignonette  210 NE 18th Street. 305 374 4635

Wednesday November 11th–  To celebrate Frank Sinatra’s well-documented infatuation with The Fontainebleau, StripSteak by Michael Mina will host an intimate dinner with Chef Michael Mina on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 8 p.m. hosted by Jack Daniel’s which will feature a five-course menu highlighting some of Ol Blue Eyes’ favorite dishes. Each course will be paired with a specialty Jack Daniel’s cocktail presented by Whiskey Brand Champion, Michael J. Ring. Ring is a Certified Spirits Specialist, a member of the United States Bartenders Guild, Sommeliers Guild, and the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America Dinner is priced at $85 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. StripSteak in The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL. 877 326 7412.

Friday November 13th–  Bulla Gastrobar and soon-to-be-opened Pisco Y Nazca are raising awareness and funds for Global Water Brigades, an international, non-profit organization constructing clean water systems in Nicaragua, Honduras and Ghana. The restaurants will be showing their support by serving bites at the 5th Annual Water Party MIA being held at The Four Seasons in Brickell on Friday, November 13 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. The goal of the event is to raise $12,500 to benefit the community of El Hatillo, Nicaragua which is home to 67 families in need of clean water supply. Tickets are $35 in advance $40 at door and available at:  www.empowered.org/Water-Party-MIA-2015

Saturday November 14th–  –Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) presents the 8th Annual Taste of Design to be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, November 14 at the historic Moore Building located at 4040 N.E. 2nd Ave. in Miami. This year’s theme, “Art Starts Here” promises to underscore the dedication of Dr. Mancuso during her 17 years as principal of the 25 year-old school. A VIP reception will take place at the Palm Court with bites provided by Ella Café from James Beard Award winning chef Michael Schwartz who has supported the event for the past six years. Guests will also sample specialties from award-winning chefs Dewy Losasso from the RedLander and Chef Kris Wessel along with a smorgasbord of top Miami restaurants Buena Vista Deli, Divieto, Panther Coffee, CrepeMaker, Delectable by Design, Enchanting Creations, Soyka, Lisboa Grill, and Pieducks. Tickets are available for a donation of $100, with VIP tickets priced at $150 and for further information or to purchase tickets online and more information, please go to www.dashptsa.com. The VIP reception starts at 5:45pm and leads into the main event that starts at 7:00pm in the Moore Building, 4040 NE 2nd Ave.

Saturday November 14th–  Bradley Kilgore, chef-owner of acclaimed Wynwood restaurant Alter, will serve as consultant and training chef for the Vibe 305 food truck through the truck’s tenure at The Wynwood Yard. The truck will join Arabian Knife, Della Test Kitchen and Myumi at The Wynwood Yard (70 NW 29th St.), a culinary incubator and events space opening on Nov. 14, 2015. The almost two-year old Vibe 305 food truck is operated by young men from Empowered Youth, a non-profit aimed at providing inner city young men with training, mentorship and job opportunities. With Kilgore’s help, they are launching an exciting refreshed menu. Vibe 305 will serve lunch and dinner seven times a week. The new menu will focus on twists on Americana-influenced cuisine. The Wynwood Yard. 70 NW 29th Street.

Sunday November 15th–  Chef Jeremiah hosts his notorious P.I.G 6 Pork Is Good event from 3 pm- 7 pm at Gastropod at 160 NW 26th St. in Wynwood.  Tickets are $50 pp and include no less that 10 top chefs cooking up their versions of porktastic dishes, plus cocktails and more.  Tickets available https://gastropod.tocktix.com/#/home

New and Ongoing:

Continuing the Sinatra theme, thru December 6th, StripSteak by Michael Mina will offer a prix-fixe “Brunch with Frank” for $68, excluding tax and gratuity, every Sunday, 11:30 AM – 3 PM. Brunch will kick off with Frank’s preferred morning-after reviver, the Ramos Gin Fizz. Guests will have first course options of the wild mushroom crepè accompanied by sauce Mornay and fresh herbs or the savory Monte Cristo with mortadella, manchego and strawberry jam. Second course offerings include a choice of wood roasted prime rib with fresh horseradish or thebutter poached lobster with hollandaise and asparagus. Delicious artisanal pastries & sweets will also be offered.  StripSteak by Michael Mina 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL 877 326 7412.

Pincho Factory is celebrating five successful years with a 5 Years, 5 Days, 5 Chefs promotion.  To commemorate the milestone for the Miami-born fast casual brand, what better way then killer burgers and free beers?  For the promotion, Pincho Factory co-owners Nedal Ahmad, Otto Othman and Nizar Ahmad are drafting some of Miami’s hottest chefs and culinary personalities to create five unique burgers, with a different chef’s creation highlighted at both Pincho locations, one a day for five days Monday, November 9 – Friday, November 13, 2015. The official anniversary of Pincho Factory’s opening is Friday, November 6.  On that day, at both locations, all patrons can enjoy a complimentary beer with any food purchase (one beer per customer per order). Pincho Factory 9860 SW 40th Street in Miami and 30 Giralda Avenue in Coral Gables. 

( Information provided by various sources and subject to change. Please check websites or call ahead to confirm dates, prices and details ) 

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Here’s Some Fun Adult Things To Do In Miami On Halloween

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Halloween in not just for kids dressing up as latest Star Wars or Frozen characters. It is a chance for spirited adults to channel another decade, be witchy, a superhero or zombie.  One of the best spots for gettjng your inner ghoul on is Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road unofficial Halloween Parade, and this year is no different, with multiple options to dine and parade your finery or scariest attire for all to see.  Check out Sunset Harbour as well,as the Pubbelly boys and neighboring Barceloneta rival Lincoln Road with a Happy Hour drinks and menu Halloween Crawl with lots of costumed revelers bouncing from door to door!

SUSHISAMBA’s 6th ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARTY! Experience Miami’s coolest outdoor costume party where guests are encouraged to arrive dressed to impress. Taking over Pennsylvania Avenue – with DJ’s, three bars – SUSHISAMBA will be the best place to see the parade! Halloween fun will be endless as guests can expect street closures from Lincoln Road to Alton Road. The party takes place from 7pm – 5am with an outdoor celebration taking place from 7pm – 2am with the party continuing 2am till 5am. Reservations recommended – Sushi Samba 600 Lincoln Road. Miami Beach, FL  please call 305.673.5337

The Forge and Veuve Clicquot present their legendary “Yelloween” party to be held on Friday October 30, 2015. This year’s theme is science fiction staring actor and superstar Elaine Lancaster with music by Oui Sauvage aka Maxwell Blandford with live performances by the cast of Project F. Party starts at 6:00 p.m. and runs till late night. Drink specials will include $50 bottles of Veuve Clicquot, $7 Belvedere cocktails and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. The best costume will win a $500 cash prize and limited edition Veuve Clicquot Jeroboam valued at $1500. Second place will win a dinner for two at The Forge valued at $500. Third Prize will win a basket of six bottles of Veuve Clicquot. The Forge 432 West 41st. Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 538 8533.

Meat Market: This Halloween, Meat Market will offer a special preset menu on the restaurant’s al fresco patio.  Guests can indulge in a three course prix fixe dinner crafted by chef/co-owner Sean Brasel. Priced at $150 per person (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity) Meat Market 915 Lincoln Rd. Miami Beach FL 305 532 0088.

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Quattro Gastronomia Italiana: Quattro will offer a special four-course prix fixe dinner on Saturday, October 31st, where guests can delight in a selection of  the restaurant’s finest dishes, while admiring the costumes, trick-or-treaters, and holiday fanfare along Lincoln Road. For $110 per person (excluding alcohol, tax and gratuity), guests can people-watch from one of Quattro’s quaint outdoor tables while enjoying a decadent, multi-course meal. Those seeking a more tranquil, intimate experience can enjoy the same delicious dishes at an inside table for $65 per person. Quattro 1014 Lincoln Rd. Miami Beach FL 305 531 4833

PubbellyPubbelly Sushi & Barceloneta –All three restaurants will be hosting a spooky happy hour from 6:00 p.m. till midnight. Each location will be themed by decade, so dress the part! So dig out those Peace signs, platform shows and big hair! Pubbelly Sushi the 70’s, Pubbelly the 80’s and Barceloneta the 90’s. 1400-1418-1424 20th Street at Sunset Harbor, Miami Beach FL  305. 532.7555.

The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions will be hosting a Beetlejuice inspired Halloween Dinner! Beetlejuice will be playing throughout the night as well as the soundtrack. Costumes are encouraged! The dinner will serve five courses with beer pairings by Tampa’s Coppertail Brewery at $65 per person. Menu highlights include –7:30 p.m. cocktail hour. 8:30 p.m. for seated dinner. The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions 5132 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137 Dinner Reservations: 305.758.9559

COYA will be celebrating Halloween with three days of events. Starting Thursday October 29th and for each subsequent night COYA will feature a signature potion for $6.66 and live entertainment starting at 8 p.m. On Halloween night, there will be a special visit from a fortune teller who will reveal your deepest darkest secrets. COYA 999 Brickell Ave. Miami FL 305 415 9990.

BLT Prime guests can pair the autumnal libation with selections from the succulent Blackboard Series – a three-course prix fixe menu priced at $65 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity) and includes an appetizer, main course, side dish and dessert. BLT Prime at Trump Doral 44 NW 87th Ave. Miami FL 305 591 6606

StripSteak by Michael Mina at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach will be serving up specialty cocktails created for the Halloween season.Available now throughOctober 31, 2015 “spooky” libations include ($14) Bobbing for Apples with apple cider, Pierre Ferrand Cognac, Domaine de Canton Ginger, lemon juice, honey syrup, cinnamon, cloves and an apple garnish and the Smashing Pumpkins with a pumpkin base, Buffalo Trace bourbon and Absolut vanilla vodka with a black sugar rim. StripSteak by Michael Mina 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL 305 535 3283

KLIMA Miami Beach is hosting a Halloween party and dinner on Saturday 10/31, including DJ, scary menu items and cocktails and free bottle of champagne for Best Costume KLIMA. A la carte menu and specialty cocktails all ghostly night long . KLIMA 210 23rd St Miami Beach, FL 786 453 2779.

On Friday, October 30, 2015 at 8PM, Piripi festivities will commence with an evening of mystery, flamenco, tapas, cocktails, live music and intoxicating fun, as Piripi shuts down San Lorenzo Avenue for its Noche de Duende Masquerade Bash. On Saturday, October 31, 2015 Piripi will be offering several family-friendly activities including a special brunch menu and Halloween goodie bags for trick or treaters.   Piripi 320 Lorenzo Ave. Coral Gables, FL 305 448 2423.

Freddo: Gelato aficionados can enjoy a chilling treat this Halloween with premium Argentinean gelato from Freddo. Dress up your desserts for the spookiest night of the year and select from more than 30 iconic flavors with the purchase of Freddo Family & Friends 1 Kilo To-Go Packs. Tasty treats are available at both Freddo locations – 610 Lincoln Road on Miami Beach or the newly opened Brickell store at 1100 S. Miami Avenue. Don’t feel like hopping on your broomstick? Simply call Freddo’s Lincoln Road flagship store at (305) 604-0065 to place an order for delivery. Delivery hours are 11 AM – 11 PM Sunday –Thursday and on Friday & Saturday from 11 AM to Midnight. Delivery is available to select South Florida neighborhoods; delivery rates apply. Freddo 610 Lincoln Road on Miami Beach or the newly opened Brickell store at 1100 S. Miami Avenue. 305 604 0065.

( Information providedd by various sources and subject to change. Please check to confirm details, pricing etc. Happy Halloween ! )

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Here’s The 10 Best Cities In America for Millennial Foodies

Being a foodie in 2015 can be an expensive hobby for anyone. As exciting as shrimp and lobster risotto sounds, your bank account may quickly remind you to calm down.

Thanks to Wallethub’s list of the most expensive/cheapest cities to be a foodie and Forbes’ best cities for millennials, we have created the top 10 cities to be a millennial foodie in America.

Check to see if your town made the list below:

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1. Austin, Texas

Austin is a great place for anyone who is young, ambitious, and adventurous. With a great economy, the city bustles with students and young adults who are just starting out in life. While the hipsters of this town love to indulge in the Tex-Mex meals that began in that region, it’s an ever growing city that provides dining experiences for all tastes alike.

Percent of Population Age 25-34: 21.2%
Food Affordability: 1/150
Diversity, Accessibility & Quality Rank: 29/150

2. San Francisco, California

San Francisco’s eclectic and unique style, make it a great spot to try different cuisines. SanFran is known for their great wines and new flavors, but tends to be a little pricey for the average diner.

Percent of Population Age 25-34: 21.5%
Food Affordability: 101/150
Diversity, Accessibility & Quality Rank: 1/150

 3.Houston, Texas

Houston’s greatest accomplishment thus far is the Queen Bey herself, but even she may be overshadowed by the influx of foodies finding making their way to this buzzing hive. Although in the past, Houston has been know for it’s business nature, it’s becoming a place where millennials are starting to appear which may be accredited to the affordability of the city. Foodies who flock here will be indulging on many different Southern American traditions like brunch and barbeque.

Percent of Population Age 25-34: 15%
Food Affordability: 2/150
Diversity, Accessibility & Quality Rank: 97/150

4. Denver, Colorado

Denver is another city who boasts a high level of millennials. It’s a place that’s appealing to many socioeconomic, cultural and political backgrounds, making it an easy choice for budding millennial minds. And there’s more to try there, other than just their pot brownies! Denver is known for their many different breweries, each with their own twist on beer, who also have wonderful dining experiences

Percent of Population Age 25-34: 21.2%
Food Affordability: 5/150
Diversity, Accessibility & Quality Rank: 22/150

5. Seattle, Washington

Many millennial start as tourists of this city before calling it home! The famous fish market isn’t all that Seattle has to offer. Seattle is known for its various fresh markets, their coffee and all their gourmet foods in between.

Percent of Population Age 25-34: 24.1%
Food Affordability: 44/150
Diversity, Accessibility & Quality Rank: 6/150

6.Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Thanks to Pittsburgh’s transition from industrial to technological, it is slowly starting to become a hub for millennials. With tech companies like Google taking interest, city needs to stay trendy and up to date in everything that it does- including it’s cuisine. Here there will be a little taste of everything from farm to table to chemistry filled mixology. There’s something for everyone in this town.

Percent of Population Age 25-34: 18.1%
Food Affordability: 38/150
Diversity, Accessibility & Quality Rank: 16/150

7. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis is the sport of Midwestern millennials. While the city isn’t the premiere sport for adventure, many find it attractive for just the opposite reason. Its calm and quiet community is enticing to many millennials and the food matches the atmosphere! Here you’ll find many different takes on traditional American cuisine. Lots of farm to table and earthy tones.

Percent of Population Age 25-34: 21.3%
Food Affordability: 37/150
Diversity, Accessibility & Quality Rank: 41/150

8.Chicago, Illinois

Chi-Town’s diverse population mixed with their ever popular culture creates an atmosphere that attracts people of all ages. Although it may be slightly pricier to live, which is why many live just on the outskirts in suburbia, it’s culture draws people in everyday. Not only is Chicago known for it’s famous deep dish pies, but it’s becoming a force with other dishes like steaks and their bar scene is unparalleled.

Percent of Population Age 25-34: 19.1%
Food Affordability: 56/150
Diversity, Accessibility & Quality Rank: 71/150

9.New York, New York

The Big Apple is a dream come true for any millennial or foodie, the terms aren’t mutually exclusive. It’s a great city to try any and everything because it’s so culturally diverse.

Percent of Population Age 25-34: 17.3%
Food Affordability: 84/150
Diversity, Accessibility & Quality Rank: 26/150

10. Washington, D.C.

Washington D.C. is the prime location for any millennial. The diverse cultures and backgrounds of people create a whirlwind of amazing experiences that aren’t offered anywhere else in the country. There’s not a food option you can’t try in this city, whether you want an elegant seafood dining experience on the Potomac River, a delicious food truck in Southeast or maybe you want to check out one of POTUS’s favorite burger joints, there’s something for everyone. It’s one drawback, is that it is an expensive town. With more than 50% of their population holding a bachelor’s degree, it definitely costs a pretty penny to live here, but many young adults find their way here as either interns in the city or just a few miles outside the city in suburban neighborhoods.

Percent of Population Age 25-34: 21.5%
Food Affordability: 53/150
Diversity, Accessibility & Quality Rank: 28/150

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Miami Taco & Tequila Showdown Tickets Now On Sale

Rise News partner MIAbites and The Liquid Projects presentTaco & Tequila Showdown #TNTShowdown on November 8th and tickets are ON SALE for $65 pp thru Eventbrite link here

There’s no hotter duo in food and beverage right now than tacos and tequila. So now…imagine 12 of Miami’s hottest chefs and taquerias making their interpretation of the best taco, each aside a bartender making a bespoke tequila cocktail to pair with each taco and then judged to crown the winners. The Liquid Projects and MIAbites present the hottest event of the year:

The Taco & Tequila Showdown (#TNTShowdown) 

at Vagabond Restaurant and Bar -Sunday November 8, 2015 6-9 pm

Each of the participating chefs, led by Vagabond Restaurant & Bar host chef, Alex Chang, will create their signature taco using either soft or hard, corn or flour tortillas and be as creative as they want with the ingredients.  Attendees will have chance to vote for the Peoples Choice for favorite taco and favorite tequila drink, while an esteemed panel of judges led by The Miami Herald Food Editor, Evan Benn, Broken Shaker alum, Gabe Orta, Adri Garcia, of Verde Kitchen Cafeand food blogger, Nidal Barake @YoCulinario will select their Best in Show winners.

It is our belief that no food and beverage event would be complete without including and supporting a local industry non-profit. Therefore, we are delighted to partner with the Urban Oasis Project, (think Upper East Side Farmers Market – close to Vagabond) and founder of Verde Community Gardens Market and Cafe who has joined us to work with our chefs and bartenders with 20% of ticket sales donated to UOP to support their program of doubling the value of food stamps at local Farmer’s Markets.

EVENT DATE:  Sunday November 8, 2015 6 -9 pm

PLACE: Vagabond Restaurant and Bar – 7301 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL (Valet parking available)

TICKETS:  $65 advance sale / $70 at door- Available thru Eventbrite link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taco-tequila-showdown-tntshowdown-tickets-18300424061

PARTICIPATING CHEFS ( in alphabetical order ):

Chef Bee– Oishi Thai

Aaron Brooks– EDGE Steak and Bar

Jeremiah Bullfrog– GastroPod

Alex Chang– Vagabond Restaurant & Bar

Todd Erickson– HuaHuas

Richard Hales – Centro Taco

Bradley Kilgore– Alter

Niven Patel– Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

Romero Ramirez– Taqueria Morelia/Homestead

Giorgio Rapacavoli– Eating House

Steve Santana– Taquiza

And FOOD TRUCK:  BC Taco Truck

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to sample creative tacos and tequila from Miami’s top chefs and mixologists while hanging out at the very hip Mid-Century Modern Vagabond Restaurant and Bar.  Limited availability so get your tickets now!

Eventbrite link  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taco-tequila-showdown-tntshowdown-tickets-18300424061          

Let the Countdown to the Showdown begin!!

Celebrate Grovetoberfest, French Cuisine And More This Week In Miami

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

Each week, MIAbites will feature the Weekly Nibble highlighting upcoming food events and happenings in Miami.

Wednesday, October 14th–  At 12 noon, The Café at Books & Books will host a delectable lunch in honor of famed restaurant critic and author, Ruth Reichl. Former editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine, Reichl is a respected culinary professional responsible for writing a series of critically acclaimed memoirs, as well as a number of books emblematic of her lifelong passion for food. My Kitchen Year, Reichl’s latest publication,centers on her deeply intimate journey as she rediscovers the joys of cooking and the healing power it holds. Tickets are $70 per person(excluding tax & gratuity) and include an author talk, a three-courselunch by James Beard Award-winning Chef Allen Susser, and an autographed copy of My Kitchen Year ($35 value). Reservations required. The Café at Books & Books, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard at the Adrienne Arsht Center. 786) 405-1745; http://www.arshtcenter.org/Visit/Cafe-Books-Books/

Thursday, October 14th–  From 6- 10 pm, PAMM presents their popular Third Thursdays: Poplife Social featuring, Chargaux and DJ Kumi presented by The Rhythm Foundation. Enjoy a live performance by string duo Chargaux, featuring opening and closing sets by DJ Kumi, presented by Rhythm Foundation. Purchase happy hour drink and food specials or make reservations at Verde restaurant, and partake in art-making for prizes. Also celebrate the opening of Firelei Báez: Bloodlines and enjoy an Art Talk between artist Firelei Báez and Assistant Curator María Elena Ortiz in the auditorium. $16 admission to museum or member free.  PAMM 1103 Biscayne Blvd. Miami FL.

Do you like this? Read more awesome restaurant reviews, tips and event listings at MIAbites.com.

Saturday October 17th-  Beer enthusiasts from all over will converge at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove to sample unlimited beer from across the country and around the world at Grovetoberfest Aficionados and the “casual beer fan” will take an active role in beer sampling by voting for their favorite beers in three different categories.  They will also sample the festival’s very own Grovetoberfest Coconut Porter, which will only be available at the festival.  In addition to featuring 300 craft beers, Grovetoberfest will include an entertainment stage, a Homebrew Pavilion, a Kitchen Lab for beer/food pairings, a VIP area and Food Row, where restaurants will sell local fare.  Tickets priced from $40 to VIP at $90 available on Eventbrite link http://www.eventbrite.com/e/grovetoberfest-2015-miamis-beer-festival-tickets-18044497578?aff=es2

Sunday October 18th- Join Bodega Taqueria y Tequila every NFL Sunday from 12 noon – 4 p.m., for their Football Fiesta party! Come out to  watch your favorite team on Bodega’s massive screens, enjoy drink & beer specials, and an occasional free shot!
Opening its doors early, Football Fiesta takes place weekly from noon to 4 p.m., where guests can enjoy the regular menu along with speciality items added,  including: a $2 Taco special, Gameday Nachos, Pigs in an Empanada, and Bodega Guacamole. Enjoy $2 draft beers, $2 Dobel shots, and $6 specialty cocktails all while watching NFL games on three 70 inch TVs. Dolphins fans will share the victory with a free shot of Tequila when their team scores a touchdown. Bodega Taqueria y Tequila 1220 16th St Miami Beach, FL 33139

Wednesday October 21st- Tour de France with Daniel Boulud at db Bistro Moderne Miami
Join Daniel Boulud in celebrating five years in Miami with a “Tour de France” featuring all-inclusive food and drinks from five different regions in France
. For those that cannot attend the party on Oct 21, the anniversary celebration continues through November with a “Tour de France” 5-course prix-fixe menu available during dinner and “Daniel Boulud’s Top 5 Bar Bites” in the Bar & Lounge. Tickets: $100 including tax and gratuity.  db Bistro Moderne-  JW Marriott 255 Biscayne Blvd. Miami. FL 305 421 8800

New and Ongoing-

Vagabond Restaurant & Bar is thrilled to announce the launch of its new concept, “A Family Affair ” which will offer guests a communal dining experience with a series of Sunday night family-style meals. The first dinner kicks off Sunday, October 18th and will continue on a weekly basis through November 1st, with pre-fixed menus priced at $40 per person. Sunday night family meal at Vagabond will be traditionally untraditional. Chef Alex Chang will transport gourmands to a space of comfort by preparing straight-forward, uncomplicated meals featuring fresh ingredients, served family style.  The first dinner will be a classic steakhouse menu where diners will be treated to mouthwatering, boneless short ribs paired with béarnaise, French fries, creamed escarole, sweet shortbread and fresh strawberries for dessert. Vagabond Restaurant & Bar 7301 Biscayne Blvd. Miami FL 786 409 5635.

Peruvian restaurant La Mar, located inside Mandarin Oriental, Miami, will launch a sophisticated weekly Happy Hour available every Thursday from 4-7 pm, debuting October 15, 2015. Under the supervision of Eleftherios Kraounakis (Lef), who was recently appointed as head of La Mar’s expanded nightlife program, the Happy Hour will offer an exceptional opportunity to sip and savor creative cocktails designed by Lef and light bites by La Mar’sExecutive Chef Diego Oka.  The menu will feature $8 specialty cocktails, $6 beer and wine, and $4 bites. La Mar in the Mandarin Oriental 500 Brickell Key Drive. Miami, FL.

Quality Meats is extending their Miami Spice menu through October! Named one of the “Best Steakhouses for Miami Spice” by The Miami Herald, Miami Beach’s acclaimed eatery, Quality Meats, is extending their Miami Spice dining deal through the month of October.There are plenty of reasons for foodies to rejoice with an extended opportunity to enjoy a three- course dinner priced at $39 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Executive Chef Patrick Rebholz delights diners with a robust prix fixe menu of signature dishes from both land and sea. Miami Spice dinner selections include choice of 6 appetizers including Green Goddess Chopped SaladHouse-Cured Slab Bacon with Peanut Butter & Jalapeño Jelly, Seared Sea Scallops with Black Garlic and Celery Leaves and choice of entrees including Center Cut Filet Mignon, Honey-Glazed Baby Back Ribs with Honey-Lime, Fresh Mint, Thai Basil, Everything-Crusted Branzino with Smoked Cream Cheese, Pickled Onions and more. Quality Meats 1501 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL. 

( Information provided by various sources and subject to change.  Please confirm prices and specific details beforehand )

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. 

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