High Marks for Byblos

Lamb ribs

Byblos Miami has one of the most exciting menus I’ve seen in Miami in awhile. The restaurant is named for the Lebanese city that was a crossroads of the Middle East and varied civilizations over centuries. So think Eastern Mediterranean including Egypt, Turkey, Israel, Lebanon, Spain and Greece – its foods, wines and even teas. When we sat down to dinner in the upper level of two stories, a residential like ambiance with 17 foot high ceilings and fabric covered art panels of the Minoans, we could smell the Turkish barberi bread baking from the stone oven. Whatever we ate was uniformly delicious, unusually seasoned, yet with the right touch, and had us craving more. Not surprising that with food like this, the restaurant is a success in its two other locales — Toronto and Dubai — and more outposts on the way. Read Full Post & Comments »

Tropical Brunch/Roast Duck+Dumplings/Italian Food Hall

Ingredients that made all the different in our wok cooking — dried mushrooms, baby bok choy and black sesame seeds — found at P.K. Oriental Mart

 

This month’s Eating News brings news of the annual foodie tropical brunch of Les Dames d’Escoffier on April 30; a new find for take out Chinese style roast duck, Asian groceries Miami, and super delish fried dumplings; and an update on the three story Italian food hall due to open in Brickell City Centre. Read Full Post & Comments »

How to Save Money on Restaurant Wine

La Cava at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach photo courtesy of the hotel

 

By Irene Moore

 

As wine prices continue to escalate in Miami restaurants, how can you save money?  You can sometimes check the restaurant wine list online, then go on the Internet and research the retail prices, but who wants to do that when you’re going out to relax and enjoy? Here are 6 insider tips from the pros to help navigate your way around a wine list and find the best buys:

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O Munaciello, Fave Neighborhood Pick

Vesuvio pizza with burrata

 

I’m often asked where to go for a casual bite with family or a group of friends, a place that’s reasonable and where you eat well,. Pizzerias often qualify, though they often lack style, and the other menu items are just ok. ‘O Munaciello 6425 Biscayne Blvd., in the heart of the MiMo District is my latest place to enthusiastically recommend. Not surprisingly, it’s from Florence —  a leading pizzeria and full menu restaurant import.  To add a special twist, the pizza master hails from a long line of Neopolitan restaurateurs and pizza makers,  and the chef is from Genoa. And, as you’d expect from Italy, the place is casual and attractive. Read Full Post & Comments »

A Different Kind of Happy Hour

MISO Symphony performing as part of the Palm Court Performance Series in the Miami Design District

 

On Friday at  5:30 Palm Court, the principal outdoor courtyard in the Design District, was standing room only. People of all ages, and a local and international crowd, were seated around a stage with the full complement of The Miami Symphony Orchestra that abutted the iconic Fly’s Eye dome by Buckminster Fuller. Others looked over from the two story balcony through sea green glass, beside shops from the biggest names in luxury.And still others were just listening to the music from the café that’s part of the new Estefan restaurant. Everyone was loving it, this different Miami happy hour. And The Palm Court Performance Series is free. Plus, thanks to the new restaurant and to bars strategically placed around the courtyard, you can enjoy a mojito, glass of wine, or other beverage while listening to the musical sounds. Read Full Post & Comments »

Wynwood Shopping Discoveries

BASE for men

 

Wynwood continues to move upscale. Happily, that doesn’t mean yet another area for global luxury brands or even other brands you see everywhere. Instead, I’m witnessing what happened with New York City’s SoHo area as it moved from bohemian to quality, unique offerings. But back to Wynwood, first came Alter, then Montreal fashion designer Marie Saint-Pierre, Ilesteva and some other shops I wrote about last year.  A recent “recon” (as in reconnaissance) mission to the neighborhood uncovered new Wynwood shopping finds including an Argentine home store that would be at home in the Hamptons, a men’s store that would do fashion forward guru Tyler Brule of Monocle magazine proud, and a perfumery with unusual niche offerings. Plus, a permanent home for Salty Donut. Read Full Post & Comments »

Fashion Spotting: Miami’s Emerging Designers

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Saffron Supper Club

The garden at Mina’s Mediterraneo

 

Lifestyle experiences in travel, food, drinking – you name it, are a major trend. Dining experiences have been around for around five years, some “underground”, such as Cobaya where the venue is a surprise, others that revolve around visiting “name” chefs, and still others with a theme like “Diner en Blanc” where guests dress in white, the décor is white, and you bring a picnic. The latest one on the scene in the category of Miami supper clubs is the Saffron Supper Club with several novel twists – it explores the food and culture of Persia and the Middle East and there’s a cultural component such as poetry, music, performance or storytelling. There are two dinners coming up in April, so you can give the club a try soon. Read Full Post & Comments »

Eating News – Part 2

Izzy’s Atlantic blue cod with asparagus puree, russet potatoes, mint, and crunchy green apple slices.

 

Eating News, Part 2 has a deserved revisit (new menu, checking out top menu items missed last time) to Izzy’s Fish & Oyster, April 5 a night not to be missed for serious gourmets and wine lovers at Pied a Terre,  a new Italian restaurant in Coral Gables landmark hotel St.Michel, and a new place for coffee near the Tower Theater. Click here for Part 1. Read Full Post & Comments »