Category Archive: Food

Dashi, Japanese Cuisine At Its Best


Dashi Miami, the new 80 seat Japanese restaurant that opened as part of the River Yacht Club, showed up on my radar screen through its stunning food images on Instagram. The reality lived up to my expectations as I discovered on a recent visit to this culinary temple of Executive Chef Shuji Hiyakawa a protégé of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto (and for my taste, a protégé that has possibly surpassed his mentor). The presentation is exquisite, with a liberal use of edible flowers and microgreens, and the food is refined, delicious, and exciting. They call it “progressive Japanese cuisine”. Then there’s the privileged setting, riverside, with floor to ceiling window walls that open up to river breezes and allow full views of our dramatic Miami sunsets. Read Full Post & Comments »

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Eating News May – Part 2

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Eating News May, Part 2 brings a top spot for ice cream just in time for summer, a lobster salad that’s healthy, low cal and delicious from Lukes Lobster Miami, Nespresso’s decaf lungo,  and home made tomato sauces that will spruce up any protein or pasta dish. For Part 1 click here: Read Full Post & Comments »

Eating News May- Part 1

Le Sirenuse Miami


News you need to know about our drinking water, wine based activities in the Design District, a new Korean find in the Wynwood area, first look at Le Sirenuse Miami at the Four Seasons and more in Eating News for May, Part 1. Read Full Post & Comments »

Fabulous Friday – $25K Taco



A $25,000 USD taco? Yes, you read right. It’s yours at the uber luxe Grand Velas Los Cabos in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I’m proud to say that the idea for the world’s most expensive taco was that of yours truly (my public relations firm). The brilliant execution is owed to the resort’s  Executive Chef Juan Licerio Alcala. So what’s in this taco, what’s a fitting rare tequila to go with it,  and has anyone bought it? And if you want to check out the resort that made it all happen, I’m offering special rates for readers! Read Full Post & Comments »

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Mother’s Day for Different Tastes

A Lavender brunch with star chef Andy Bates


What’s your (or your mother’s) pleasure? Here are choices for all tastes including a most unusual lavender brunch, music for the celebration, a chance to learn something new, and more. Two picks are on Saturday and others on MDay. For more choices for brunch, in case you missed it, my recent post on 7 new picks and an earlier roundup of classic choices. Read Full Post & Comments »

Via Emilia 9, Authentic Slice of Emilia Romagna

Tagliatelle with prosciutto


All of a sudden there seems to be one new Italian restaurant after another opening, the way Asian themed ones seemed to be the culinary category du jour in the past few years. Most are pizzerias + limited entrée offerings with regional cuisines of Liguria, Naples, and Tuscany well represented . Now we have a very different Italian culinary experience with the family owned and operated Via Emilia 9 in South Beach. Walk in the door and you’ll find yourself transported to an authentic eatery in Emilia Romagna, the land known for its gourmet products ranging from balsamic vinegar and parmigiano reggiano to prosciutto, lasagna, bolognese sauce, and mortadella.  Read Full Post & Comments »

New Brunches 2017 to Put On Your List

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By Jennifer Agress


No matter where you are, there’s just something about brunch. It’s special. We’ve found six exciting new brunch options , everything from Thai and Mexican to soul food and riffs on traditional favorites that are worth adding to the mix, plus not pricey besides—check them out, below. Read Full Post & Comments »

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Lobster Bar Sea Grille Miami

Chili lobster on thick toast with shishito peppers


Love lobster? Lobster Bar Sea Grille, a new entry to Miami’s upscale restaurants, offers the top of the line blue hard shell crustacean from Nova Scotia, no fewer than nine ways and up to 4 pounds. Think everything from ceviche, a chili variety and with pasta, to lightly fried, steamed, stuffed, surf and turf, and in a seafood tower. Whole fresh fish, too, that you can choose from the display on ice, the skin glistening with freshness, and USDA prime steaks. All of this in an ambiance that evokes the Oyster Bar in New York City’s Grand Central Station with its white subway tiles, arched ceilings, mahogany walls and art deco inspired chandeliers. A most welcome addition to the Magic City’s dining scene and the place for lobster Miami. Read Full Post & Comments »

Karen’s Kudos May

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A carry on suitcase you ride on , a welcome new New York style deli Miami  Beach, shop with bikes to travel the city and impress, Italian high end stationery and gift store, hidden finds in the Design District, and more in Karen’s Kudos for May. Read Full Post & Comments »

The Hot Restaurant in Town


One of the “hottest” new restaurants in town is undeniably La Petite Maison Miami.  I’ve gone there twice for dinner on a Monday night and each time it was not only full, but they were turning over the tables twice in many cases.  It was a monied crowd  ((“older” money by Miami standards, as opposed to new money). I saw executives in financial services, lawyers, board members of art museums – you get the picture. And the first time when I was seated in a corner round table with a well starched, immaculate tablecloth illuminated by candlelight and surrounded by works of art, I had a flashback to the glamour days of New York in the 80’s, albeit  with patrons dressed more casually as we do here circa 2017. Read Full Post & Comments »

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