Moët Ice Impérial presents Seaspice’s Sunday Brunch 8/23/15

Moët Ice Impérial presents Seaspice’s Sunday Brunch
Sunday, 08/23/2015 – 11:30 am –
seaspiceSeaspice
422 NW North River Drive,
Miami, Florida 33128
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Who/What:
Seaspice and Moët & Chandon are teaming up to cool down Miami’s hottest Sunday brunch party with Moët Ice Impérial, the first Champagne specifically designed to be served over ice. The sexy waterfront destination will feature $115 bottles of Moët Ice Impérial, as well as by-the-glass specials, at its acclaimed Sunday soiree. Guests can now stay cool while sipping champagne and indulging in dishes such as the Seaspice Lobster Benedict, Alaskan King Crab Florentine, and Baked Shrimp and Eggs Casserole. There’s no better time to eat, drink, play and cheers to Seaspice’s Sunday brunch.

Where:
Seaspice Restaurant
422 NW North River Drive
Miami, FL 33128
305-440-4200

When:
Sunday, August 23, 2015
11:30 am

Reminder – Bacchanal Wednesday’s at Bagatelle Miami Beach 8/26/15

Reminder – Bacchanal Wednesday’s at Bagatelle Miami Beach
Wednesday, 08/26/2015 – 07:00 pm – 12:00 am
image001Bagatelle Miami Beach
220 21st Street,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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Catch Bacchanal Wednesdays at Bagatelle Miami Beach before the season ends!

The mid-week Summer celebration features

50% off the entire wine and champagne list with no corkage fee.

Outside wines welcome at no cost!

Wednesdays, 7:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Reservations: (305) 704-3900

220 21st Street, Miami Beach
www.bagatellemiami.com

National Rum Day 8/15/15

National Rum Day
Saturday, 08/15/2015 – 04:00 pm –
drakeeeeeeeeeeeeeDrake’s Bar
1111 Brickell Ave. Suite 1350,
Miami, Florida 33131
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Celebrate National Rum Day at Drake’s Bar this week! For only $7.50, you can pick from a variety of delicious mojitos including pineapple, kiwi, peach, mango and strawberry. Enjoy!

Wynwood Tap-Takeover at 180 Degrees 8/18/15

Wynwood Tap-Takeover at 180 Degrees
Tuesday, 08/17/2015 – 08/17/2015 05:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Wynwood-Brew-Logo180 Degrees at The DRB
501 NE 1st Ave,
Miami, Florida 33132
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Cost: No Cover

Wynwod Brewing Co. is hosting a tap takeover at 180 Degrees on Tuesday, August 18th from 5-11 PM to showcase 7 craft beers. One of them will be a special concoction designed by Chef Ryan Martin and the local brewery made just for 180 Degrees. The unveiling will take place at 7 PM and beer is limited. Chef Martin has not given any hints to the flavor but, with his “gastronomy redefined” concept we can only imagine it will be something out of this world. If the public likes it enough, 180 Degrees might even add it to their beer menu permanently.

Celebrate National Tequila Day at Drake’s Bar 7/24/15

Celebrate National Tequila Day at Drake’s Bar
Friday, 07/24/2015 – 04:00 pm –
tequilaaaaaaaaaaaDrake’s Bar
1109 Brickell Avenue Miami, FL,
Miami, Florida 33131
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The JW Marriott Miami hotel has created a special Tequila drink, Trapiche, that is easy is to make and a delicious way to celebrate the occasion. Come enjoy this mouthwatering cocktail at Drake’s Bar on National Tequila Day, July 24!

Exclusivo Fridays at Dolores Lolita Brickell 7/24/15

Exclusivo Fridays at Dolores Lolita Brickell
Friday, 07/24/2015 – 09:00 pm – 03:00 am
IMG_0824Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita
1000 South Miami Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33130
Eventbrite Link
Cost: Complimentary Admission on David Garay’s VIP List Before 1am

Exclusivo Fridays

Complimentary Admission on David Garay’s VIP List

For more Information Please Call 786.985.3520
DOLORES, BUT YOU CAN CALL ME LOLITA
1000 South Miami Avenue

Complimentary Bubbly for Ladies Every Thursday at Pazzo Ristorante 7/23/15 – 9/24/15

Complimentary Bubbly for Ladies Every Thursday at Pazzo Ristorante
Thursday, 07/23/2015 – 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Pazzo Ristorante
2525 SW 3rd Ave,
Miami, Florida 33129
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Cost: Free

Gather around ladies for some bottomless champagne on the house at Pazzo Ristorante, every Thursday starting at 7:00 PM with the purchase of any entrée. Enjoy a meal alongside great company while taking in the restaurant’s ambiance and soft Italian tunes. A great time to catch up with your girlfriends while indulging in some mouth-watering authentic Italian cuisine and sipping on bubbly!

Bring your friends and family and get ready to sip the night away. Pazzo is the new go-to-spot for the best ladies’ champagne specials. Join us for a memorable dining experience Thursday night; you won’t want to miss it!

4th of July BBQ at Fresh American Bistro 7/4/15

4th of July BBQ at Fresh American Bistro
Saturday, 07/04/2015 – 11:00 am – 04:00 pm
Fresh American Bistro
17315 Collins Ave,
Sunny Isles Beach, Florida 33160
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Fresh American Bistro announces its 4th of Julycelebration with an all-American barbeque. The menu, curated by Fresh American Bistro’s Executive Chef Philippe Ruiz, offers a creative twist on all-American favorites including pork and beef sliders, Baby Back Ribs and macaroni and cheese. Guests will enjoy live music while watching classic American films screened on the projector. Additional fun will include a build-your-own strawberry shortcake bar and sparklers station. Jim Beam and will be serving up classic American cocktails including Bourbon Lemonade.
WHEN: Saturday, July 4th from 11:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Photographs of the Grand Opening of OBBA Sushi in Coral Gables by Mr Q 305

It was a standing room only for the more than one hundred and fifty people who attended the opening of OBBA Sushi in Coral Gables this past Friday.

The Honorable Jim Cason, Mayor of Coral Gables presided over the cutting of the ribbon together with OBBA Sushi owners Walter Zapata and Tufic Akil. The Mayor also awarded Zapata and Akil with a Seal to City of Coral Gables based on their entrepreneurial achievements.

Once the ribbon was cut the sound of Taiko welcomed guests into the serene and well appointed dining rooms. The sushi creations coming out of the sushi bar were being consumed as soon as they were being put into the trays and the Sapporo kept flowing to the satisfaction of everyone. Definitely a great opening night!

OBBA Sushi is open and ready to make gastronomic history.

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Photographs of Coral Gables Restaurant Week 2nd Annual Blogger’s Crawl by Mr Q 305

This year, the bloggers started the crawl by getting together at BULLA GASTROBAR , winner of the 2015 Taste of the Gables Award.

Bulla Gastrobar welcomed us with a choice of white or red Sangrias both of which were full of fruit flavor, talk about the perfect refreshment on a hot Florida June afternoon.

Then the tasting began…

Our sampling menu consisted of:

Salpicón de Mariscos: Grilled octopus, jumbo lump crab meat, shrimp, bell peppers, fresh lemon, oregano and olive oil. This combination of seafood flavors was simply amazing!

Huevos Bulla: Homemade potato chips, Serrano ham and potato foam drizzled with truffle oil. These eggs were just the perfect appetizer.

Bulla Sliders: Homemade garlic herb bread, beef, pork, veal, oyster mushroom patties, piquillo peppers, caramelized onions, crimini port reduction, tetilla cheese, and Portobello fries. This is actually a James Beard Foundation Burger and winner of The Taste of the Gables Award…need we say more?

By this time we were all excited and ready to continue.

Next stop on the list: BRICKTOPS right across the street.

Field Greens Salad: Mixed baby greens, tomatoes, carrots, onions, mushrooms and focaccia croutons with a homemade house vinaigrette.

Hearts of Romaine Caesar: Hearts of Romaine lettuce with grated parmesan and focaccia croutons with homemade Caesar dressing.

The Wedge Salad: Bib lettuce, thick cut bacon, red onion and blue cheese.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken: Pan sautéed chicken, chopped tomato, capers and lemon beurre blanc

Scottish Salmon: Salmon lightly seasoned and simply grilled. So simple and yet so good!

Prime Sirloin Meat Loaf : Meat loaf made from prime sirloin and topped with a chili sauce glaze. Quite possibly the best meat loaf we’ve ever tasted.

Baby Back Ribs: Danish Baby Back Ribs topped with chipotle barbecue sauce. The ten hour slow cooked process is evident in the meat fall off the bone/melt in your mouth texture.

OBBA SUSHI was our next destination.

They served a wonderful sushi sampler consisting of:

Crispy Canapés: Crispy rice with steamed shrimp, cilantro, scallions, sun-dried tomatoes, spicy mayo and Yuzu Oil dressing.

Yellowtail Guacamole Tartar: Yellowtail, masago, avocado, shizo, sesame, sriracha, micro greens, cucumber and ginger Yuzu.

Obba Sandwich: Shrimp tempura, spicy crab salad, avocado and chives with spicy katzu mayo.

Banana Tempura: Batter fried banana.
Then it was on to BOOKS & BOOKS CAFE where they treated us to a delicious

Shrimp Avocado Tartine: Fresh shrimp, avocado, tomato, basil pesto, garlic aioli on grilled Ciabatta. We washed down with a great-bodied Uintaite BaBa Black Lager.

Our last stop was LA TABERNA GIRALDA, a quaint Spanish style tavern. The offerings:

Croquetas Cabrales: Cabrales cheese croquettes.

Chips de Berenjenas y Miel: Eggplant Chips sprinkled with honey.

Perfecto de Solomillo de Cerdo: Roasted pork tenderloin with caramelized onion and aroma of rosemary.

It was a perfect ending to a perfect evening.

Don’t forget that Coral Gables Restaurant Week ends June 28th so you better hurry and try to capitalize on all the wonderful tastes that the City Beautiful has to offer.

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The Art of the Aperitif 6/23/15

06/23/15
Tuesday, 04/23/2015 – 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
The-Lost-Art-of-the-AperitifUvaggio Wine Bar & Restaurant
70 Miracle Mile,
Miami, Florida 33134
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Cost: $30

In honor of Coral Gables Restaurant Week, Uvaggio Wine Bar & Restaurant will celebrate the lost art of the aperitif. On Tuesday, June 23rd cocktail lovers can rejoice and embrace this vanishing libation and tradition. At 7 PM guests will gather at Uvaggio to delightfully taste different types and variations of the classic palate pleaser. While some may remember the tradition of the “pre-dinner” drink, Uvaggio will bring back the timeless favorites through this very special tasting.

As an aperitif’s purpose is to awaken and engage the taste-buds, guests are encouraged to stay at the restaurant afterwards and enjoy the special Coral Gables Restaurant Week prix fix menu or other delicious food and wine choices. Tickets for the event are $30.00 which can be purchased online and seating is limited. For more information and tickets visit www.uvaggiowine.com.

Copa América at the JW Marriott Miami 6/11/15-7/4/15

Copa América at the JW Marriott Miami
Thursday, 06/11/2015 – 07/04/2015 11:00 am –
copaLa Terraza Cafe & Bar
1109 Brickell Avenue Miami, FL,
Miami, Florida 33131
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Cheer on your favorite team during Copa América at La Terraza Cafe & Bar, located in the JW Marriott Miami! From June 11 to July 4, enjoy refreshing 2 x 1 beers and mouthwatering $3 tacos!

Photographs of Taste of the Gables by Mr Q 305

It was an eventful evening full of distinguished people/food lovers at the Westin Colonnade Coral Gables. The standing room only crowd could not wait to sample the best that the restaurants in the Gables have to offer. Each restaurant competing for the distinction of being declared winner of the 2015 Taste of the Gables.

From Ceviche to Oxtail, there was a dish for every palate; each dish meticulously and impeccably prepared but there could only be one winner…

…and this year ‘s winner is Bulla!

Congratulations!!!

Taste of the Gables kicks off Restaurant Week. For three weeks, restaurants will offer special three-course lunch and dinner prix-fixe menus at a discounted price.

Definitely the best way to enjoy some of the best gastronomical delights in the world!

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Father’s Day at Batch Gastro Pub 6/21/15

Father’s Day at Batch Gastro Pub
Sunday, 06/21/2015 – 06/21/2015 05:00 pm – 11:00 pm
fathersday-imageBatch Gastro Pub
30 SW 12 St,
Miami, Florida 33130
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Cost: Steak Dinner for Dad- $10

This Father’s Day treat Dad right and give him the gift of a delicious steak. Bring him into Batch for dinner and Dad receives his Steak Night Dinner for half off! Watch him glow with joy as he enjoys a delectable steak with mashed potatoes and veggies & washes it all down with a complimentary cocktail. It really can’t get any better than this. Your Dad is sure to know how much you love him after this meal because, let’s be serious, a steak dinner triumphs any pair of socks you’re getting him this Father’s Day.

Memorial Day BBQ at La Terraza 5/25/15

Memorial Day BBQ at La Terraza
Monday, 05/25/2015 – 12:00 pm – 04:00 pm
JW-Marriott-Miami-La-TerrazaLa Terraza
1109 Brickell Avenue Miami, FL,
Miami, Florida 33131
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On Monday, May 25th, the JW Marriott Miami’s La Terraza will be offering a delicious menu. You will have a chance to make your own salad and enjoy Sweet BBQ, Guava BBQ, Red Chimichurri, and fresh and marinated grilled vegetables for only $23! You can add beer or wine for an additional $5!

Come celebrate Memorial Day with us!

Miami Fashion Week Happy Hour 5/15/15

Miami Fashion Week Happy Hour
Friday, 05/15/2015 – 05/18/2015 04:00 pm –
Drakes-BarDrake’s Bar
1109 Brickell Avenue Miami, FL,
Miami, Florida 33131
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In honor of Miami Fashion Week, from May 15th-18th, Drake’s Bar located in the JW Marriott Miami will be having a special Happy Hour. The Happy Hour includes $6 cocktails and a $5 bites menu.

The bites menu includes:
Smoked Mahi Mahi Dip with Water Crackers
Steamed Edamame with choice of Flavor (Sea Salt, Sweet Chili, Honey Ginger)
Bangers with Onions and English Mustard
Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches
Mushroom Risotto Croquettes with Tomato Sauce

DJ Smiley Miami will be at Rubi Lounge this Friday 5/8/15

DJ Smiley Miami will be at Rubi Lounge this Friday
Friday, 05/08/2015 – 10:00 pm – 05:00 am
IMG_8880Rubi Lounge
141 Southwest 7th Street,
Miami, Florida 33130
Eventbrite Link
Cost: Complimentary Admission on David Garay’s VIP List Before 12am

Complimentary Admission on David Garay’s VIP List
Dress to Impress
INFO & RSVP
Call/Txt 786-985-3520
http://www.DAGPROMIAMI.com/
Like us: http://www.facebook.com/DAGpro
Follow us: http://www.twitter.com/DAGPROMIAMI

The new lounge in Brickell. Come and see this beautiful place that everybody is talking about.

Tom on Collins Live Music Event at 1 Hotel South Beach 5/8/15

Tom on Collins Live Music Event at 1 Hotel South Beach
Friday, 05/08/2015 – 08:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Lobby-Music-Invite-5.81 Hotel South Beach
2341 Collins Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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Cost: Free

1 Hotel South Beach will host an evening of live music at the Tom on Collins lobby bar, continuing every other Friday evening through the first week of June. Guests and locals are invited to enjoy the soulful sounds of local singer-songwriter Brendan O’Hara and sip seasonal cocktails. O’Hara, a self-proclaimed modern-day troubadour, will set the mood at the lounge bar with his eclectic and energetic music. Valet is available for only $5.

Via Verdi Arctic Wine & Food Tasting 5/12/15

Via Verdi Arctic Wine & Food Tasting
Tuesday, 05/12/2015 – 07:00 pm –
Wine-Menu-VV_Arctic-Update-2Via Verdi Cucina Rustica
6900 Biscayne Boulevard,
Miami, Florida 33138
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Cost: $59/Person

Mother’s Day at Isabela’s 5/10/15

Mother’s Day at Isabela’s
Sunday, 05/10/2015 – 11:00 am –
Mothers-Day-at-the-JW-Marriott-MiamiIsabela’s
1109 Brickell Avenue Miami, FL,
Miami, Florida 33131
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Cost:

Cinco de Cleve-o 5/1/15 – 5/5/15

Cinco de Cleve-o
Sunday, 05/01/2015 – 05/05/2015 11:00 am – 11:59 pm
500x650NT_eblast_cinco_mayoClevelander South Beach
1020 Ocean Drive,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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Cinco de Clev-o is back-o! Looking for the biggest party to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Look no further than Clevelander South Beach as we bring you five days of non-stop partying! From May 1st through 5th, join us for $5 drink specials all day, every day on 1800 Tequila, Perfect Margaritas, Deco Peach Famous Frozen Margarita, Corona bottles and Corona Light draft! Play all day and dance all night on our world-famous POOL+PATIO with Cinco de Mayo themed dancers, stilt walkers, games and contests!

First Annual Miami Margarita March 4/25/15

First Annual Miami Margarita March
Sunday, 04/25/2015 – 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
margarita-march-miami-posterLa Mexicana Cantina & Grill
1451 South Miami Ave.,
Miami, Florida 33131
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Cost: $55

Craft Hospitality is pleased to announce the first annual Margarita March this Saturday, April 25, 2015 in Miami, FL. Locals are invited to enjoy the best margaritas at eight of Miami’s leading bars and restaurants, all included in one ticket purchase.
The all-day event will take place in the downtown Miami area of Brickell beginning at noon. Each participating venue has created a special version of Mexico’s favorite drink that will be included in ticket purchase. The featured venues include Finnegans, Batch Gastropub, Fado, La Boca House, Blue Martini, Perfecto, La Mexicana Cantina & Grill and Taverna Opa.
Upon arrival, all ticket holders are required to check in at La Mexicana Cantina & Grill where they will receive their all-day Margarita March pass. Check in will begin at noon and end promptly at 3PM. Tickets are $55 and cannot be purchased at the door, all tickets must be purchased at the following online ticketing agents.

http://miamimargaritamarch.com/

https://www.livingsocial.com/events/1413488-entry-to-margarita-march

All guests must be 21 and over to attend this event.

Café Prima Pasta Celebrates National Garlic Day 4/19/15

Café Prima Pasta Celebrates National Garlic Day
Sunday, 04/19/2015 – 04:30 pm –
Cafe-Prima-Pasta-InteriorCafe Prima Pasta
414 71st Street,
Miami Beach, Florida 33141
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Cost:

: Café Prima Pasta is celebrating their love for garlic with $4.19 specials on Sunday, April 19th in conjunction with National Garlic Day. The three “breath-taking,” garlic-infused appetizers priced at just $4.19 include the Bruschetta, flaky Italian bread topped with chopped vine ripened tomatoes, sweet basil and garlic (orig. $9.95); Calamaretti Fritti, crispy calamari fried in a mixture of authentic Italian bread crumbs and robust roasted garlic (orig. $12.95); and Spinach Sautee, tender baby spinach sautéed in zesty garlic served over hearty cannellini beans (orig. $9.95).

If the permeating smell of the restaurant’s garlic force-field isn’t enough to keep patrons safe from Dracula, repellent vampire cocktails are also available, which include the Baby Prima Martini, Dracula Red Bloody Mary, Vampire Vodka Surprise, and Chef Carlos’ favorite Pinot Noir all priced at $4.19 a glass.

Whether people love it or hate it, the health benefits of eating garlic are now universally hailed. A member of the onion family, garlic has been used throughout recorded history for both culinary and medicinal purposes such as lowering blood cholesterol levels and reducing the buildup of plaque in arteries. It has a characteristic pungent, spicy flavor that mellows and sweetens considerably with cooking.

“A little secret; 15 minutes before we open, I take a sizzling hot skillet of sautéed garlic out into the dining room and splash in some Italian white wine letting off an explosion of garlic goodness fill the air,” admits Gerry Cea, founder of his family’s business, Café Prima Pasta. “In addition to being part of our restaurant’s ambiance, the smell serves as a prelude to the handmade specialty pastas, fresh breads and desserts we prepare to order each day.”

Nina Compton / Compère Lapin

Prior to filming Top Chef: New Orleans, Nina Compton, the Saint Lucia native and former Chef de Cuisine of Scarpetta had never been (but always wanted to go) to NOLA. While her original honeymoon plan to visit the French Quarter fell through, a different kind of passion landed her as runner up on Top Chef Season 11 and in the city she’d always yearned for. Obviously the rest is history as it’s no secret that Compton packed her knives in February in search of a Creole cooking future, which brings us to her new venture and little unknown secret: Compère Lapin.

We’ve got an exclusive on what she’ll be serving at her frst solo endeavor at the new Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, and we’ve got an exclusive on what she’ll be serving up. Conch Croquettes with pickled pineapple tartar sauce, Orecchiette with pork cheeks and arugula and Banana Zeppoles with salted rum caramel. As well as her final ode to Miami: Her pasta dumpling recipe from the queen of gnocchi herself. 

Mash 5 potatoes. Add 3 egg yolks. Season with a pinch full of salt and a hand full of flour. Work the dough but not too much. It just should come together and feel soft and not breaking apart. And work it while its hot so it doesn’t get gummy. Roll it out, chop it up and cook it right away.

We’re gonna go ahead and safely say an iteration will find its way onto Compère Lapin’s menu, so should you not want to make it at home there’s always road tripping to New Orleans for a taste of the real thing. 

Via Chat Chow TV

Brunch FABulously with Fresh American Bistro & Perrier-Jouet 4/19/15

Brunch FABulously with Fresh American Bistro & Perrier-Jouet
Sunday, 04/19/2015 – 11:30 am – 03:00 pm
rsz_1invitefrontFresh American Bistro
17315 Collins Avenue,
Sunny Isles Beach, Florida 33160
Webpage Link
Cost: $45 per guest fee includes a complimentary glass of Perrier-Jouët

Enjoy the elaborate brunch buffet prepared by our executive chef Philippe Ruiz paired with specialty libations created exclusively by Perrier Jouet when you join us for the official kick-off our our Brunch FABulously series! Also enjoy beats by Monsieur Zonzon.

The first 25 guest to arrive will receive a special gift from Chef Ruiz!

RSVP to [email protected] or call 786.923.9305

Tobacco Road’s 15th Annual Crawfish Boil & Seafood Festival 4/19/15

Tobacco Road’s 15th Annual Crawfish Boil & Seafood Festival
Sunday, 04/19/2015 – 12:00 pm – 06:00 pm
tobacco-road-crawfish-flyerTobacco Road
626 South Miami Ave.,
Miami, Florida 33130
Facebook Link
Cost: No Cover

It’s Back! The legendary Tobacco Road, which closed its doors last October has inked a deal to reopen this coming Winter. To celebrate, long-time manager, Joel Rivera, and his team will be hosting the 15th Annual Crawfish Festival at the new location on Sunday, April 19, 2015. With thousands of pounds of crawfish, live music, specialty cocktails and thousands of Tobacco Road fans and neighbors will be able to tour the “under construction” new venue and even dine on their ‘bugs’ at tables inside!

Sake Tasting at Tokyo Blue 4/16/15

Sake Tasting at Tokyo Blue
Thursday, 04/16/2015 – 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
SAKE-PROMOTokyo Blue
139 NE 3rd Ave,
Miami, Florida 33131
Buy Tickets Link
Cost: $30

Savor Tonight has teamed up with the newly opened Tokyo Blue to host a sake tasting on Thurs., April 16th. Open since January, this Asian-fusion restaurant combines the flavors of Japan, Thailand and Peru into it’s dishes. At it’s helm is Chef Mai Ponrathorn, formerly of Nobu, so expect creatively crafted dishes coming out of the kitchen.

For this event, guests will enjoy a tasting of a variety of different sakes, gourmet bites from Chef Mai and some education thrown into the mix.

Cost is $30 per person (all-inclusive), if purchased by April 15th and $35, thereafter. If you are planning to pay at the door, please bring exact change.

To Drink

Hiro Red
Hiro Blue
Sho Chiku Bai
Sho Chiku Bai Nigori

To Eat

Seaweed Salad
Fried Rice
Ceviche
Crispy Rice Spicy Tuna

Dena Marino / MC Kitchen

Veritage Miami 2015 is just a few days away and Chat Chow TV got to sit down with one of the event’s marquee cooks, Dena Marino of Design District’s MC Kitchen to find out more about her restaurant, its popular dishes and what to expect at this year’s Interactive Dinner.

Marino got her training with acclaimed chef and restauranteur Michael C out in Napa Valley after a chance meeting with him. After working in his kitchen California kitchen for 6 years, he asked her to run his concept in Aspen where she stayed for the 13 years before coming to South Florida and opening MC Kitchen — and cheer on her beloved Miami Heat.

Since opening in 2012 the restaurant has received praise across the city and the U.S., most notably making the prestigious “Top 20 Best New Restaurants of 2013” list in Esquire Magazine.

For this year’s Veritage she will be cooking alongside four other notable South Florida female chefs in the interactive dinner on Friday night, April 17, teaching a crowd of 700 how to make a signature pasta dish that she serves in the restaurant.

Curious what Marino will be making at the dinner? Or what dishes are key to her menu? Find out that and more in the video above.

Via Chat Chow TV

BBQ Thursday’s at JW Marriott Miami 4/2/15

BBQ Thursday’s at JW Marriott Miami
Sunday, 04/02/2015 – 12:00 pm –
BBQQQQLa Terraza
1109 Brickell Avenue Miami, FL,
Miami, Florida 33131
Webpage Link
Cost:

Spring has arrived, and to celebrate the JW Marriott Miami’s La Terraza Café & Bar will feature enticing BBQ Thursdays all month long. Menu delights feature smoked baby back ribs, chorizo, shrimp skewers, local mahi mahi and chicken. The special menu will be available on Thursdays from 12:00 p.m.-2 p.m. for lunch and 7 p.m.-9 p.m. for dinner, with prices starting at only $23.

Whiskey Wednesdays at Batch Gastropub 3/25/15

Whiskey Wednesdays at Batch Gastropub
Wednesday, 03/25/2015 – 05/06/2015 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
unnamed-2Batch Gastropub
30 SW 12th St,
Brickell, Florida 33130
Webpage Link
Cost:

Join the Batch family every Wednesday for Whiskey Wednesday specials that include $5 Jim Beam & $10 Chivas 18 + Peach Flambe Sidecars !

Fabio Viviani / Siena Tavern Miami

Last Fall, Chicago’s popular Siena Tavern opened its doors on Miami Beach in the iconic China Grill building. At the helm of the restaurant is the ever-charming Top Chef alum Fabio Viviani, who sat down with Chat Chow TV to talk all about Siena Tavern Miami location and its menu.

Viviani has been working in kitchens since he was 11 years old in his native Italy. By the time he was 28 he was the owner of five different restaurants when he decided to sell them all and come to America. Since then he has opened several successful restaurants throughout the country and has become a well-recognized and well-liked chef.

When Viviani and his partners decided bring the Siena Tavern concept to Miami, the restaurant team partnered up with local vendors like Bar Lab and Wynwood Brewing to help create the bar program. As for the menu, Viviani tells Chat Chow that he enlists his friends, family and co-workers to help narrow down the menu from 300 dishes to 35 “cravers.”

As for what deems a dish as a “craver” he notes, “we like to have the ‘wow’ kind of dishes, because if I can’t get the reaction where you want to come back for more there is some more work to do on it.”

Some of the most popular “cravers” on the menu are the house-made pastas, octopus, pizza and a meatball that’s so beloved it has it’s own Twitter account.

Curious how Viviani feels about taking over the legendary space? Or why dining is different in Miami versus Chicago? Find out those things and more in the video above.

Via Chat Chow TV

Miami Open Specials at the JW Marriott Miami 3/23/15 – 4/5/15

Miami Open Specials at the JW Marriott Miami
Monday, 03/23/2015 – 04/05/2015 11:00 am –
JW-Marriott-Miami-Miami-Open-SpecialsLa Terraza
1109 Brickell Avenue Miami, FL,
Miami, Florida 33131
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The Miami Open is just around the corner! From March 23rd- April 5th, La Terraza, located in the JW Marriott Miami, will be offering various Miami Open specials. Customers will be able to watch the Miami Open on the restaurant’s multiple HD TVs, and enjoy delicious appetizers and drinks at great prices. Menu highlights include BBQ Chicken Flat Bread, Grilled Lamb Chops Scottadito Style, and Panko Crusted Shrimp. Customers will also be able to enjoy refreshing drinks including margaritas, mojitos and martinis for only $5 each. Complimentary valet parking is also included.

The Naked Bite: Cooking Class: Thai Food Demystified 3/24/15

The Naked Bite: Cooking Class: Thai Food Demystified
Tuesday, 03/24/2015 – 03/24/2015 06:30 pm – 09:30 pm
thenakedbiteheader1La Cuisine Appliances
50 Aragon Avenue,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
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Cost: 88

Thai Food Demystified*

So easy, you can make it in your home!

-Bo Pia Pak- vegetable summer rolls with mint, naam pla -dipping sauce
-Som Tum- green papaya salad with peanuts
-Tawu Yang Pak Thai- cilantro and tumeric grilled chicken
-Kang Pak- Red curry fried vegetables with kaffir lime leaves
-Mango Lime Pudding

*Please note that this class uses fish sauce in most recipes

Chef Amber Antonelli connects people with vegetable-driven food that is healthy, delicious, fun and exciting to eat. Through Coconut Grove-based concept, The Naked Bite, she provides conscious culinary services such as cooking classes, private cheffing and Secret Supper Club dinners that celebrate vegetables as the most delicious thing on your plate!**

**The Naked Bite events are BYO. If you will be enjoying wine with your meal, please bring a bottle.

The Naked Bite: Cooking Class: Comfort & Joy 3/16/15

The Naked Bite: Cooking Class: Comfort & Joy
Monday, 03/16/2015 – 03/16/2015 06:30 pm – 09:30 pm
thenakedbiteheaderLa Cuisine Appliances
50 Aragon Avenue,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Webpage Link
Cost: 78

Chef Amber Antonelli connects people with vegetable-driven food that is healthy, delicious, fun and exciting to eat. Through Coconut Grove-based concept, The Naked Bite, she provides conscious culinary services such as cooking classes, private cheffing and Secret Supper Club dinners that celebrate vegetables as the most delicious thing on your plate!

Comfort and Joy Class:

Meat eaters don’t be fooled, you can use these recipes whether you are veggie or not. I will give variations that apply.

*Garbanzo Bean Salad Tacos
*Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Kale
*Tempeh Bolognese with Roasted Spaghetti Squash
*The Easier Healthier Yummier Caesar Salad
*Rich Dark Chocolate Pudding

The Naked Bite events are BYO. If you will be enjoying wine with your meal, please bring a bottle.

It’s Always Wine O’ Clock at Love is Blind 3/10/15

It’s Always Wine O’ Clock at Love is Blind
Tuesday, 03/10/2015 – 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Wine-OclockLove is Blind
225 Altara Ave,
Miami, Florida 33146
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Who says Wednesday is the only acceptable day to indulge in a relaxing and enriching glass of wine? At Love is Blind in Coral Gables, we believe any day of the week is a unique opportunity to wind down and relish in your favorite red, white or blush.

Every day, at any time, guests can take advantage of great specials on the house wines. Unwind after work in their chic and cozy ambience as you sip on a glass or two with coworkers or enjoy a breezy South Florida Sunday with friends and family for only $5 a glass or $15 a bottle. No matter the occasion, Wine O’ Clock is always the right time to delight in a great deal!

While you’re there, enjoy the added benefit of one of the most popular Happy Hour specials in town, which includes 50% off all drinks and delicious bar bites like their infamous Serrano Ham Croquettes, Asian Vegetable Spring Rolls, Charcuterie Three Little Pigs and Trio of Cheese Calzone from 4-9 p.m., Monday through Friday. Come experience all that Love is Blind has to offer in the heart of Coral Gables.

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.

Warm Your Heart at Biscayne Tavern 2/14/15

Warm Your Heart at Biscayne Tavern
Saturday, 02/14/2015 – 02/14/2015 05:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Biscayne-TavernBiscayne Tavern
146 Biscayne Blvd.,
Miami, Florida 33132
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Cost: $75

Biscayne Tavern, located at the YVE Hotel Miami, a Destination Hotel, is pampering couples on Valentine’s Day with a savory prix fixe feast at $75 per person. The four-course meal includes a selection of appetizers, soup or salad, an entrée, dessert, a glass of champagne and a bottle of house wine for two.

The meal begins with a choice of Bacon Wrapped Jumbo Prawns, Maryland Blue Crab Cakes or Spicy Baby Back Ribs. Before the main event, delight in a choice of Lobster Bisque, Kale Caesar or Hearts of Romaine Salad decorated in chopped tomato, bacon bits and bleu cheese crumbles.

Entrée picks include Sautéed Grouper a perfect blend of jumbo lump crab, shrimp, mushrooms and capers, topped with white wine lemon butter sauce and served with wild rice and roasted hazelnut Brussel sprouts; Roast Prime Rib or Beef paired with Yorkshire pudding, rum braised carrots and duchess potatoes; or Grilled Lollipop Lamb Chops topped with bleu cheese smashed potatoes and steamed asparagus.

Enjoy a sweet ending of Molten Chocolate Cake or Red Velvet Cake, both served with a generous scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

A la carte menu favorites are also available at regular prices. Located in the new YVE Hotel Miami, Biscayne Tavern is a gastro-style eatery offering globally inspired classics. Located in the heart of downtown, parallel to Bayfront Park, guests can relish in a charming dinner prior to indulging in a romantic Miami evening.

For reservations please call 305.307.8300.

Valentine’s Day at Love Is Blind 2/14/15

Valentine’s Day at Love Is Blind
Saturday, 02/14/2015 – 05:00 pm – 12:00 am
Love-is-Blind-48Love is Blind
225 Altara Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33146
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Cost: $22 – $32

Set the tone to your romantic evening at Love is Blind with its warm inviting décor and candles all around the venue. Lovers are encouraged to taste the 5 virtues and qualities of love with their new “Love is Blind” cocktail . It encompasses a shot Crazy, Passion, Humor, Lust and Happiness, from which gets mixed into a deliciously potent cocktail including Lemon drop, Red Berry Ciroc Grenadine, Pear Vodka, Viniarq Liquor,and champagne. After your pre dinner cocktail begin your candle lit dinner with one of their 6 signature appetizers which are always complimentary with any entree. Leave your date with a lasting impression with their Sesame Crusted Seared Tuna with Almond Cream Sauce, Baby Bok Choy and Caramelized Onions or a Grilled Filet Mignon with Red Wine Reduction or Roasted Wedge Potatoes and Herb Butter or Applewood Grilled Boneless Short Rib. Best of all your date night won’t break the bank as the appetizer and entree combo both range from $22 – $32. Looking for some extra brownie points? Why not treat your date to a $15 bottle of house wine! Your date will sure be loving you for this date!

Valentine’s Day at The Trapiche Room 2/14/15

Valentine’s Day at The Trapiche Room
Saturday, 02/14/2015 – 06:00 pm – 10:30 pm
valentines-dayThe Trapiche Room
1109 Brickell Avenue Miami, FL,
Miami, Florida 33131
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The JW Marriott Miami’s Executive Chef, Alex Paz, invites couples to the Trapiche Room to enjoy an exquisite Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu featuring Beausoleil Oysters, Hudson Valley Duck, Coho Salmon poached in Sumantra honey butter, and more. The delectable experience finalizes with a decadent chocolate soufflé. Available from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 14th, the romantic dinner is priced at $80 per person with the option of wine pairings for an additional $25. For reservations, please visit http://www.opentable.com or call (305) 329-3500.

Photographs of Vagabond Restaurant and Bar Soft Opening on 1/12/15

Vagabond Restaurant and Bar soft opening in the new renovated Vagabond Hotel on Monday, January 12, 2105. The Vagabond Hotel is located in the MiMo District at 7301 Biscayne Blvd. We started out with the peanuts and chapulines with Szechuan peppercorn and lime and I could not stop eating them so yummy.  Then we had the zucchini salad with pistachio, tarragon and pipian sauce.  The heirloom tomato fattoush salad with black sesame, sheep’s milk feta and black radish.  The crispy fingerling potatoes with smoked paprika and sherry vinegar was so good. Next we tried the roasted baby carrots with mole, hazelnut, yogurt and za’atar and the sweetbread milanesa with swiss, country ham vinaigrette and mustard dill and it was delicious.   Next on the list was the iberico skirt steak and it was cooked and seasoned perfectly along with the  sweet and sour sun shrimp both were amazing.  Then we had the buttermilk fried quail. We made it to the desserts and my favorite was the pistachio cake it was so amazing it is a must try.

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Super Bowl at the JW Marriott Miami 2/1/15

Super Bowl at the JW Marriott Miami
Sunday, 02/01/2015 – 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
JW-Marriott-Miami-Super-BowlLa Terraza
1109 Brickell Avenue Miami, FL,
Miami, Florida 33131
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The JW Marriott Miami’s La Terraza will be having a special menu for Super Bowl Sunday. The restaurant will be offering 2 X 1 beers and mouthwatering discounted appetizers! See you there!

Corsair / Scott Conant

Chopped judge, TV personality and the man behind plenty of the country’s top restaurants, Scott Conant, is back in South Florida with his newest concept, Corsair, inside Aventura’s Turnberry Isle Hotel. Chat Chow TV sat down with the charming chef to learn more about Corsair, its inspiration and what rituals he has for his restaurants.

The welcoming restaurant located close to the property’s massive golf course plays off its maritime-inspired name with a warm palate and interior tones designed by popular designer Meyer Davis.

“It’s a celebration of sorts of this area,” Conant adds about the design.

The restaurant serves a blend of Mediterranean and local flavors to create its unique spins on dishes like a deconstructed lasagna, polenta waffles and porcini braised veal. For the beverage program he enlisted California’s Rob Floyd who has set up bar programs for the SLS in Hollywood, CA and several of Conant’s restaurants.

As for his other popular restaurant on Miami Beach, Scarpetta, that has produced some of Miami’s top chefs including Macchialina’s Mike Pirolo and Top Chef’s Nina Compton, he says they are all good friends still and enjoy getting in the kitchen together.

“It’s nice to know we can bring the band back together and play some cover songs,” Conant says with a slight laugh.

Want to know what Conant’s favorite indulgence is? Or what ritual he has at every restaurant of his? Watch the video above to find out.

Via Chat Chow TV

Taste of Argentina at JW Marriott Miami 1/19/15

Taste of Argentina at JW Marriott Miami
Monday, 01/19/2015 – 01/31/2015 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Taste-of-Argentina-JW-Marriott-MiamiLa Terraza
1109 Brickell Avenue Miami, FL,
Miami, Florida 33131
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From January 19th-January 31st, the JW Marriott Miami’s La Terraza will be featuring a mouthwatering special “Taste of Argentina” menu for only $21! They will be offering dishes such as deep fried beef empanadas with “salsa criolla” and churros with chocolate sauce. It is a two-week event of delicious food that you don’t want to miss!

Christmas Eve at The Trapiche Room 12/24/14

Christmas Eve at The Trapiche Room
Wednesday, 12/24/2014 – 06:00 pm – 10:30 pm
JW-Marriott-Miami-Trapiche-RoomJW Marriott Miami
1109 Brickell Avenue Miami, FL,
Miami, Florida 33131
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Cost: $120 per person

The Trapiche Room, located in the JW Marriott Miami, will be offering an exquisite holiday dinner on Christmas Eve, December 24th, from 6:00 p.m.- 10:30 p.m. Priced at $120 per person (excludes tax and service charge), guests will enjoy food prepared by acclaimed chef Alex Paz. Menu highlights include Limoncello Lobster Bisque with a Tarragon Sabayon, Speck Wrapped Lamb Loin with Black Truffle Potatoes with a Tangy Grappa & Cherry Infused Demi-Glaze, and Duck Confit and Spinach Ravioli with Trumpet Royal Mushrooms and a Porcini Foam. For dessert, guests can indulge in a Flourless Chocolate Dome, Pistachio Gelato with a Silky Grand Marnier Ganache. The Trapiche Room is located at 1109 Brickell Avenue in Miami. For reservations, please call (305) 329-3500.