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.