Semilla: A Top Happy Hour

 

Heaven knows, there’s no lack of happy hours in Miami. Everyone is liking the value on food and beverage, the live entertainment, and the socializing thing. What’s your pleasure? A romantic happy hour? See our list. The “in” one of the moment? EAST, Miami. An older business crowd? TruLuck’s. Asian, Peruvian, steakhouses, Italian, French cuisine and more, take your pick. And they’re all around town. The newest addition to the list, and one of the best for its delicious food, a large variety of choices, great value, and the chef happens to have a Michelin star pedigree. Plus, Friday Night happy hour starts at 5 p.m. and lasts till closing. It’s Semilla restaurant, 1330 Alton Road (T.305-674-6522). Read Full Post & Comments »

Restaurant Wine: Getting the Best Value

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Eat out at better restaurants and I’m sure you’ve seen the big inflation in wine prices.  In fact, if you have two glasses of a good wine your wine can easily end up costing more than the Miami Spice dinner menu. What to do? I interviewed Heath Porter, co-owner of Uvaggio Wine Bar, who was formerly Director of Wine and Spirits for some of the leading resorts in the US including the Greenbrier and Sea Island, and has devoted himself to wine education for his advice on restaurant wine lists and how to get the best value.  Here are the questions and answers: Read Full Post & Comments »

Caviar Russe, an Outstanding Lunch

 

Those of you of a certain age, lovers of Jackie Kennedy and caviar will remember Jackie’s caviar diet. Said to watch her weight “with the rigor of a diamond merchant counting his carats,” she was known for eating a meal a day – a single baked potato stuffed with Beluga Caviar and sour cream.  All this came to mind as I went to check out the new jewel of a lunch and dinner spot, Caviar Russe Miami at the Four Seasons, 1441 Brickell Avenue (T.305-902-6969) and found an outstanding prix fixe lunch. Read Full Post & Comments »

Our Not-to-be-Missed Reader Event, Aug.24

 

If it’s not on your calendar yet, take note! Next Wednesday, August 24 is the MiamiCurated fab accessories happy hour reception at Katherine Cordero,219 N.W. 20th Street (T.786-296-6490). Even if you’re not in the market to buy, you’ll enjoy the creative eye candy — earrings, necklaces, bracelets and beach coverups that are all handmade and one of a kind pieces from this Venezuelan designer. The event is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and there will be prosecco and light bites.

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Jaya: Miami Spice

 

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Over the years The Setai’s highly professional service and well attired staff have never faltered. And we know that maintaining consistent service in Miami is anything but easy. The design of their spacious, comfortable restaurant Jaya, with large well spaced tables and handsome open kitchen is still as appealing as ever. And then there’s the cuisine under the talented Executive Chef Mathias Gervais, showcasing all matter of Asian dishes – from Indian, overseen by their Indian Executive Sous Chef, Vijay Veena, to Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese dishes. If you haven’t been there, or have been wanting to return, Miami Spice is the time. Read Full Post & Comments »

Sushi Garage: Miami Spice

 

For Miami Spice, I thought I’d try a newcomer to the scene. Being the sister restaurant to South Beach’s Juvia was enough of a pedigree for me to want to give Sushi Garage a try, and what better time than Miami Spice.  More casual than its Lincoln Road relative, what the two have in common is very attractive design that makes use of natural elements – fresh plants as décor, light natural woods, simple lines, with an airy garden feel.  It’s also very much a neighborhood place, attracting all ages and lots of families for a midweek dinner.  With its long bar that stretches almost the length of the restaurant and the comfortable vibe, it’s a place I could see myself going to for a dinner alone as well. And stay tuned at the end for a quick look at my Spice menu picks. Read Full Post & Comments »

Travel Survival Tips 2016

The line to have documents stamped to get the tax free refund at Barajas Airport, Madrid

 

Predictions are that leisure travel from the US will increase in double digits this year. On top of that you have a growing percentage of Asian travelers. Right now 120 million Chinese are traveling outbound. So even if the percentage doesn’t increase by much due to some fears of terrorism, imagine the numbers hitting the skies and sights. I’ve put together a list of travel  tips 2016  which can help make for smoothe (or at least smoother) vacations. And a tip you probably didn’t know about – how to be a guest at a wedding overseas! Read Full Post & Comments »

Miami Spice 2016: Bourbon Steak+Corsair

Special Miami Spice peach cocktail

 

At this time of year the emails about Miami Spice menus flood my inbox.  One that I always pay attention to is from Bourbon Steak Miami and Corsair in Turnberry Isle Resort,  (T.786-279-6800).  Their offerings are always top notch. They see it as a way to showcase their restaurant to new patrons. Smart.   The atmosphere of Bourbon Steak is also a favorite – it’s casually elegant, “buzzy” and yet not loud, and the lighting is just perfect.  But let’s get to the main event – the food. Read Full Post & Comments »

Best Baguette in Miami

 

Karen’s note, August 9: They are closed for repairs until August 13 so take note.

French Morning, the national online publication for the French speaking community in the US,  readers named L’Epicerie’s baguette the best in Miami for 2016. In this town with a scarcity of artisanal baguettes, this merited a special trip to check it out. It also turned out that the bakery and French restaurant had all manner of tempting baked goods, from an oh so thin apple tart from Megeve and chocolate cake in the style of legendary baker Pierre Herme, to feuillete, a cross between a croissant and brioche. Read Full Post & Comments »

Next Reader Event: August 24

 

Tucked away in a mini strip mall in Wynwood, 219 N.W. 20th Street (T.786-296-6490) is some of the most creative jewelry I’ve seen in awhile. Several of the pieces, the necklaces, are covered in glass cloches as if they’re just for a museum display. And they very well could be museum worthy. The Venezuelan born jeweler and artist, Katherine Cordero, is an incredible and prolific talent whose muse is Frida Kahlo. The way she dresses could be the modern day equivalent. And, take note, her shop which bears her name will be the setting for our next MiamiCurated event on Wednesday, August 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. so read on to find out why you shouldn’t miss it. Read Full Post & Comments »