Steve Santana / Taquiza

Taquiza has become the go-to spot for authentic tacos and late night eats on Miami Beach. Started by Eating House and Freehand Miami alum Steve Santana, it serves up tacos on house-made masa that has everyone buzzing. Chat Chow TV sat down with Santana to find out more about them and the concept behind them.

The fast casual restaurant, located on the first floor of the Eva Hotel, is a no-frills taqueria serving up seven different types of tacos to a standing-room only crowd. Santana emphasizes that everything in Taquiza is homemade right down to its masa corn tortillas, which uses corn grown in small heirloom farms sourced by Masienda. Other popular menu items include the guacamole with hand torn chips, dry rubbed beef jerky, and its take on the popular ice cream treat the choco taco.

But Santana hasn’t always been a chef — he actually began his career doing digital work, but always had a passion for food. After helping coordinate one of the first-ever Cobaya dinners, he met chef Jeremiah Bullfrog and began assisting him on his food truck. His passion grew from there and before long he left the digital world and became a chef full time.

Curious how Santana learned how to master the masa tortilla? Or what tacos are his favorite on the menu? Find out all that and more in video above.

Via Chat Chow TV

SOBEWFF Amstel Light Burger Bash 2015

Friday night, a friend and I had the chance to attend the SOBEWFF Amstel Light Burger Bash. Of course, being allergic to sub-par beer, we decided to check out the newest brewery in Wynwood, J Wakefield Brewing for some pre-gaming. Seriously, check that place out!

And while J Wakefield had what looked to be a pretty awesome food truck outside, what it didn’t have was a Ritz-Carlton beach full of awesome chefs preparing gourmet burgers! Oh, or the hot chicks, spectacular band, celebrities (yeah, I got my picture taken with Al Roker and Morimoto!), and thousands of people.

Honestly, you can see who won here. I was a little disappointed with the star power that I and other people love to meet (though not burger quality) compared to when I went in 2013. That year, Morimoto was there but was joined by Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri, Scott Conant, Michael Symon, Geoffrey Zakarian, Andrew, Zimmern, Anne Burrell, The Sandwich King, and more.

My favorite and the one I cast my vote for was Prime One Twelve (Prime 112). That burger was so juicy and cheesy and delicious! I also enjoyed Red Robin’s burger and Shake Shack too among a handful of others.

Anyway, here are some pictures! I hope to go again next year!

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Big Louie’s Grand Opening 2/21/15

Big Louie’s Grand Opening
Saturday, 02/21/2015 – 03:00 pm – 12:00 am
grandopeningBig Louie’s Grand Opening!
57 NW 37th Ave,
Miami, Florida 33125
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Cost: Free

Join us for Big Louie’s Pizzeria and Italian restaurant’s Grand Opening this Saturday February 21, 2015 at 3:00pm Free food, Beer tents for adults, bounce house for kids, live music, DJ and live art plus tons of free giveaways!

JW Marriott Miami Chef’s Amuse Bouche Menu 2/16/15

JW Marriott Miami Chef’s Amuse Bouche Menu
Monday, 02/16/2015 – 02/21/2015 11:00 am –
SFFWFThe Trapiche Room
1109 Brickell Avenue Miami, FL,
Miami, Florida 33131
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During the week of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, February 16-21, the JW Marriott Miami’s Trapiche Room will be offering a “Chef’s Amuse Bouche” menu inspired by the festival. Menu highlights include Merlot and Filet, Braised Shallots Fennel, Root Vegetables Purée for the entrée, and Carbonated Grapes with Sauvignon Blanc Sorbet, Sable Cookie, Green Apple for dessert. The exquisite menu is priced at $39 with the option of wine pairings for an additional $15.

Valentine’s Day Brunch at Downtown Bistro 2/14/15

Valentine’s Day Brunch at Downtown Bistro
Saturday, 02/14/2015 – 11:00 am – 04:00 pm
1690721_389721334541781_1602407479212366729_nDowntown Bistro
114 SE 1st Street,
Miami, Florida 33131
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Cost: $35 Price-Fixe Menu

Loved ones can indulge with a 3-course decadent menu including 1 Mimosa or White Peach Bellini for $35/pp. Highlights include their signature Escargot served in cream sauce, Watermelon Caprese topped with crisp prosciutto, Seared Scallops served under a Truffle infused Risotto and a freshly hand-cut Steak Tartar topped with a quail egg. As the perfect ending, guests can get seduced by the dessert sampler that includes Chocolate Mousse, Crème Brûlée and Fried Oreos.

Sweethearts can get spoiled with unlimited Sangria, Mimosas or Bellinis for an extra $25/pp. An a la carte menu will also be provided in addition to their selection of unique French wines. Reservations are suggested and can be made at 305-374-7284.

Valentines Day Dinner 2/14/15

Valentines Day Dinner
Saturday, 02/14/2015 – 02/14/2015 06:00 pm – 11:00 pm
poster_valentines-2Fresh American Bistro
17315 Collins Avenue,
Sunny Isles Beach, Florida 33160
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Treat your loved one to dinner inside of one of Miami most romantic restaurants, Fresh American Bistro.

For reservations please call 786.923.9305

Wine and Dine Your Valentine at Kitchen 305 2/14/15

Wine and Dine Your Valentine at Kitchen 305
Saturday, 02/14/2015 – 02/14/2015 05:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Kitchen-305Kitchen 305
16701 Collins Ave.,
Sunny Isles Beach, Florida 33160
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Cost: $49

Kitchen 305 is setting the mood this Valentine’s Day with a delectable three-course dinner for two at $49 per person and a selection of wines starting at $29 a bottle. Executive Chef Julius Brown masters the romantic dinner experience to be served starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14th.

Savor a choice of starters featuring Beef Steak Tomato Napoleon, fresh mozzarella, red onions, fresh tomato, Danish blue cheese, a layer of pesto and grilled eggplant; Balsamic Portobello Mushroom Salad, mixed greens topped with sundried tomatoes, Asian pear, fire roasted red peppers, candied walnuts, Portobello mushrooms and gorgonzola served with balsamic vinaigrette dressing; or Lobster Bisque topped with a touch of the slightly sweet complexity of cream sherry.

Entree options include New York Strip Steak paired with Gratin Dauphinoise potatoes, mushroom tomato rosemary relish and a green peppercorn sauce; Split Roasted Cornish Hen served with a herb citrus marinade, sweet potato puree and asparagus polonaise; Crab Meat Stuffed Atlantic Salmon accompanied with wasabi red bliss mashed potatoes and baby carrots in a lemon dill butter sauce; or Napoleon Tower of Grilled Vegetables decorated in Portobello mushrooms, red peppers, squash and zucchini served with a red lentil stew.

Decadent dessert choices include an Old Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake topped with fresh strawberries and Chantilly cream; Molten Chocolate Lava Cake with cherry jubilee; or Crème Brulle served with savory Bing cherry sauce.

For reservations, please call 305.749.2110.