What’s New in Little Havana

Velvet Creme Donuts

 

By Josie Gulliksen and Yours Truly

 

The revival of the Little Havana neighborhood has been drawing plenty of attention lately, thanks to a variety of businesses that kicked it off a year or two ago, and the others that have followed suit recently. You can get your sweet fix, enjoy a craft beer, dine al fresco in a garden setting or dance the night away in front of a pineapple shaped stage. Most of the spots you need to visit are the result of a love and passion that Miami’s Cuban-American community has to bring the neighborhood an injection of new life.Here are some of the new spots and other classic favorites. Any others you’d recommend? Read Full Post & Comments »

Date, Place Change for Paris Flea Market

 

 

Dear Readers,

After the blogpost Eating News- November was posted, the date, place and time for the First Annual Paris Flea Market of Les Dames d”escoffier South Florida Chapter was changed. It was moved from November 13 to December 3. The good news is it’s open more hours! For more information, read on. Read Full Post & Comments »

Top Taco – Part 2

Tacos with horchata, guacamole and hot sauces

 

Best tacos Miami – I know I’m going out on a limb here, naming this my favorite taco spot in South Florida which has an increasing number of options and, as you read last week (see part 1), more on the way. But I’m ready to commit, as is Mr. W, who found the place. He went there twice a month from work in Doral, and always measures other tacos in Miami against these. Agave Taco, whose owners hail from Monterrey, Mexico,  started in Fort Lauderdale and now have  two other locations in Davie and this one in Miami. What most impressed me was the very fresh tasting ingredients (they say on their website a point of difference is their philosophy – “we only use ingredients that we ourselves are proud of eating”. Then there’s the  wide variety of fillings with maximum customization possible , and  the thin flour tortillas that were a cross between a tortilla and a crepe – not like the thick, mealy tasting ones. Read Full Post & Comments »

Eating News – November

First Annual Paris Flea Market on December 3

 

As we go into New Year’s it seems that many  of the new restaurants opening are moderately priced offerings, not to speak of the high profile food halls on the way (Design District, South Beach). Guess those with the money in the restaurant biz have decided at least for now that there’s growing pushback on $200+ dinners for two. On the menu include another welcome addition to Coral Gables dining thanks to a fave chef most recently at The Deck, sushi import from a successful Argentine restaurant group also in the Gables, enticing three course luncheon specials at La Mar by Gaston Acurio and Seaspice . Finally, of note is the first Annual Paris Flea Market sponsored by culinary society Les Dames d’Escoffier South Florida chapter on December 3. Read Full Post & Comments »

New Top Taco Spots to Put On Your List

Coyo at the Hard Rock

 

By Josie Gulliksen

There’s no shortage of Mexican restaurants around Miami, but there’s always room for a few more, what with the newfound popularity of Taco Tuesday. The new ones around the city are in Coral Gables, Edgewater and even a new outpost of one of Miami’s most beloved Mexican fast casual spots at Hard Rock Stadium. There’s even a California favorite set to open in Wynwood in November. And though it’s not new, there’s a top taco spot in Doral that’s little known and well worth a drive which Karen will tell you about tomorrow in Part 2. Read Full Post & Comments »

Travel Tuesday: Puglia

 

Spaghetti with tomatoes from Vesuvius at Machiavelli restaurant, Pompeii

 

First came the American travelers In their private jets, then frequent travelers to Italy who have done Tuscany, Venice, Rome and Florence. Apulia (or Puglia in Modern Italian) is getting discovered, but has still escaped the crowds and high prices, and maintains its authenticity and sense of place, and it’s a gem. It was here we recently traveled after Ethiopia (Ethiopian Airways has nonstop service from Addis Ababa to Rome). As with my earlier travel Fabulous Friday, rather than a travel article, I’m going to tell you about fascinating facts about the region relating to Italian history and customs, and show you culinary eye candy. Sit back, relax, and enjoy: Read Full Post & Comments »

Amsterdam Falafel Shop

Falafel sandwich with just a few of the over two dozen toppings and sauces.

 

I like falafel, fried balls of ground chick peas with spices,  but it hasn’t been one of my favorite dishes. That’s  until now, and my discovery of the Amsterdam Falafel Shop, a recent import that’s already in Washington D.C, Boston and Dallas. Highly reviewed, it has appeared everywhere from USA Today and Grub Street to Food and Wine and others.  In their two Miami shops, on Washington Avenue in South Beach and Sunset Drive in South Miami, they focus on only two dishes — falafel and Frieten, french fries the Belgian way, as in twice fried. While you’re in South Miami, it’s worth checking out a new bakery and lunch spot and a boutique selling clothes from Ibiza. Read Full Post & Comments »

Boo! Where to Celebrate Halloween 2017

 

Nightmare on the Beach at Lummus Park

 

By: Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly

 

Happy Halloween events in Miami starting tonight! If you’re looking for a good way to ring in the spookiest day of the year, look no further than some of Miami’s best parties, dining events, and days out with the family. From Mexican parties with live DJs, to a costume-filled day at Zoo Miami,  and Vizcaya’s annual fête, here are our picks for Miami’s best 2017 Halloween events… curated just for you. Read Full Post & Comments »

Where to Party in Miami This Fall

Baoli

 

By: Jennifer Agress

 

Stay cool this fall at some of the Magic City’s hottest spots to party. Checkout our list of seven haute places to hangout after the sun goes down—we’ve curated it just for you. Read Full Post & Comments »

Fabulous Friday: Ethiopia

One of 11 rock hewn churches from the 13th century in Lalibela, one of the 8 wonders of the world

 

A travel destination to put on your bucket list is Ethiopia, that is if your tastes run to places that are distinctive, authentic, and rich civilizations with centuries old history with their own culture, food, music and dance. After a little over a week there, I’d put it in a category with India, Mexico, Egypt and China – my favorites for exotic travel. Can’t make it to Ethiopia? Just read there’s an Ethiopian restaurant in Miami Gardens, Awash. Read Full Post & Comments »