Recap / June’s Miami Spice Mash-Up

The 13th Annual Miami Spice Restaurant program kicks off in just a few weeks on August 1. This year to celebrate, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) launched a series of special of monthly Miami Spice Mash-Ups, where chefs collaborate for a one-night only dinner and prepare dishes from their upcoming Spice menus.

On Wednesday, June 25, J&G Grill at St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort kicked off the series with its Chef de Cusine Brad Kilgore and pastry chef Antonio Bachour creating a six-course menu with visiting Chef Jose Mendin of the Pubbelly family of restaurants.

The intimate dinner showcased the creativity of these chefs with dishes such as Local Poussin, “Saucisson de Lyon,” Five Spice, Chard Walnut Emulsion from Kilgore, Pork Cheeks, Asparagus, Mushroom Dirt, Parmesan Cheese and Pickled Mushrooms from Mendin; and Salted Honey Yogurt, Candied Tomatoes, Greek Yogurt Custard, Strawberries, and Yogurt Sponge Cake from Bachour. Guests also enjoyed cocktails from Botran Rum and beers from Stella Artois.

Check out more highlights from the video above and make sure not to miss the next Miami Spice Mash-Up on Thursday, July 24 at 8 p.m., when chef Clayton Miller of 50 Eggs and Todd Erickson of HaVen Gastro-Lounge team up at Swine Southern Table & Bar. Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased here

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Fourth Dimension at Marina 84 8/2/14

Fourth Dimension at Marina 84
Saturday, 08/02/2014 – 08:00 pm –
fourthdimensionMarina 84 Sports Bar and Grill
2440 West State Road 84,
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33312
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Marina 84 will be hosting musical guest Fourth Dimension starting at 8pm.
Come enjoy your favorite Marina 84 dish while listening to our local reggae band.

Surrealist Macchialina Bar Take Over 7/24/14

Surrealist Macchialina Bar Take Over
Thursday, 07/24/2014 – 07/25/2014 11:00 pm – 02:00 am
820 Alton Road,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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Macchialina’s 3rd-ever bar takeover series features guest bartender Adam DelGiudice of The Regent Cocktail Room. The theme is “A Surrealist Dream” so be ready for a midsummer nights dream!

Join us for $10 cocktails, featuring amaro’s, aromatized wines and other surprises from an ice luge and other wild things. 1826′s Danny Grant is taking over the kitchen to create bites for you to dream about for days…

Planet Kitchen Food and Wellness Tour

Planet Kitchen celebrated its maiden voyage of its Planet Kitchen Healthy Organic Food, Drink and Wellness Tour, highlighting a growing trend towards healthy and sustainable living in South Florida. It also showcased local farms, markets, restaurants and businesses who make real food and drinks to heal us naturally from the inside out. 


We started our tour at Trio Studio, located in between Wynwood & the Design District (Midtown) in Miami. There we had a wonderful grounding meditation to start our journey followed by  an awesome demonstration of Budokon Yoga, AcroYoga, and Aerial Yoga.   Tour participants had an opportunity to get in on the action and try out AcroYoga for themselves.  It was really beautiful to participate and watch.


Afterwards, the folks at Sambazon shared a refreshing fruit, mint and frozen acai concoction called an “acai bowl.”  This superfood charged treat is also non-GMO, Fair Trade and b-certified. We enjoyed it so much, we purchased a bottle that same week.  I’m sure it will be a permanent part of our refrigerator as we support conscious companies and healthy nutrition.  [Read more...]

SUSHISAMBA Sushi & Sake 1001 7/29/14

SUSHISAMBA Sushi & Sake 1001
Tuesday, 07/29/2014 – 07/29/2014 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
180 Aragon Avenue,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
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Cost: $85

Sushi & Sake 101 is a two-part class that is part sake tasting, part sushi-making. The first half introduces essential sake facts and its history, while the second half is a hands-on sushi making tutorial with the head sushi chef. Classes are intimate with no more than 25 guests.

Essensia Pre-Spice Summer Menu Release 7/9/14

Essensia Pre-Spice Summer Menu Release
Wednesday, 07/09/2014 – 07/31/2014 05:00 pm –
essensiaThe Palms Hotel and Spa
3025 Collins Ave,
Miami, Florida 33140
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Cost: $39

This summer before Miami opens its restaurant doors to celebrate Miami Spice month, Essensia of the Palms Hotel and Spa will be giving an exclusive sneak preview to their menu. With a variety of local and farm fresh ingredients Chef Julia and her team have put together a tantalizing menu for the pre-Miami spicers both experienced and non-experienced for $39.00 (not including gratuity and tax). Essensia provides flavorful and local food provided by South Florida.

Yoga Dinner 7/9/14

Yoga Dinner
Wednesday, 07/09/2014 – 08/27/2014 06:00 pm – 08:00 pm
The-Palms-Hotel-and-SpaThe Palms Hotel and Spa
3025 Collins Ave,
Miami, Florida 33140
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Cost: $35-45

The Palms Hotel and Spa kicks in the mid-summer with the trifold event “Flourish.” This event includes an enlightening yoga class on the Palms’ beautiful and lush south lawn. Then Chef Julie Frans of the hotel restaurant Essensia, will provide a healthy and flavorful post-yoga meal. The entire packages in advance is $35, then $45 at the door, and $20 for kids ages 6-15. Valet parking is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Biking, walking, jogging, or carpooling is encouraged.
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