Category Archive: Food

Downtown Miami Discoveries


Lost Boy Dry Goods


By Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly


These days,  there’s so much going on all around Miami that it’s easy to overlook new places to shop, eat or play in up and coming parts of town. Such is Downtown where we discovered gems well worth a visit (on Monday you read about Area Code 305 Sports for the best sneakers).  Better yet, have lunch and do your own walking tour. Read Full Post & Comments »

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Valentia, a Spanish Gem

Grilled artichoke with Jamon Iberico and fried egg


Despite the big farm to table movement in the US, it’s still not easy to eat food products that have real taste, even in pricey restaurants. The kind of restaurants one finds in Greece, Italy and Spain — simple food where the natural flavors shine. At Valentia Miami, an import from Valencia in Spain, the potatoes taste like potatoes, the meat has a beefy taste, and the fish is fresh as can be. Plus, the chef has the right touch with the seasonings. The restaurant, at 1450 Brickell Ave, Phone: (786) 542-8098 opposite the Four Seasons Hotel, is attracting a growing and loyal clientele with next to no PR, social media or advertising. It’s word of mouth from happy diners who also appreciate the very good quality and value. Read Full Post & Comments »

Olla Miami, a Real Mexican Find

Duck mole


When I met Scott Linquist shortly after the opening of Coyo Taco in Wynwood he impressed me with his knowledge of and passion for Mexican cuisine. He told me how he took fellow restaurateurs on culinary tours to Mexico, and his plans for an authentic Mexican restaurant in Miami. He realized his dream at Olla Miami which opened late last year in South Beach, and it’s a “joya” (jewel). Don’t think Tex-Mex as in tacos, burritos and the like. This is the real thing in an ambiance that recalls cantinas one sees throughout the country – weathered timber walls painted in earth tones, hammered tin chandeliers, and mellow lighting.  Read Full Post & Comments »

Valentine’s Day, Singles-Style

STK Miami


By: Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly


Don’t have a Valentine this year? Don’t fret because Miami has plenty of ways to celebrate Valentines Day Miami 2017 for singles, girlfriends and guys outings . Here are our favorites for 2017 (even some for a pre-Valentine). And don’t miss the end with a list of ways to pamper yourself for under $100. Read Full Post & Comments »

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10 Miami Restaurants with Live Music

By Kayla Louttit


Do you like to dine and groove? We’ve rounded up ten Miami restaurants with live music, some with dancing and show, where you can also count on good to great food, and at different price points. And note, if you’ve thought of going to Thea’s Supper Club (an early Valentine’s Day perhaps?), the next open date (and only one in February) is February 10th. Read Full Post & Comments »

The Deck, a New Fave


When I heard the name “The Deck Miami” and knew it was waterside, I was expecting the kind of very casual place you go to eat (rather than dine) in Key Biscayne or the Keys, a place that’s all about the view period. But then again, I heard the chef was Alfredo Alvarez, ex of Seasalt n Pepper (now Seaspice), then Palmeiras, so decided it definitely deserved a visit. It turned out I was right about the food but wrong about the ambiance. The Deck at Island Gardens has to be one of the most attractive (in a European way), stylish and casually elegant restaurants in Miami. And then there’s the spectacular view of the Miami skyline. I liked it so much, I immediately booked a return visit for when a New York friend is coming to town. Read Full Post & Comments »

Karen’s Kudos January




Elegant stationery that harks back to times of civility and glamour, a super pick for inexpensive orchids that really last,  next up in the excellent art and investment series at the Frost, and a French pastry and cooking school Miami for dabblers, serious cooks and chefs to be. This month in Karen’s Kudos. Read Full Post & Comments »

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Hot Restaurants/Eating News

Mast Capital building on Brickell Avenue, site of a hot new Italian restaurant opening this year


What are the hot restaurants Miami to watch for this year and other new ones that opened late last year you may have missed? This and other eating news. Read Full Post & Comments »

Lettuce & Tomato (not what you think)

Truffle Tuna Bits


I’m beginning to think that some of the best variety and quality for value restaurants are happening in the North Miami Beach/Aventura area. Not talking fancy or “buzzy”, but the kind of places that are ideal for a midweek meal or something casual and not pricey on the weekends. A very good example is a gastropub with an unlikely name of Lettuce & Tomato Miami. From the name, one would think it’d be a vegetarian or health food restaurant. Not, except that there are solid vegetarian options. More about the name later. Let’s get down to the food. This place is truly a neighborhood gem and is definitely worth the trip if you’re near the Aventura Mall, FIU, or other points north. Read Full Post & Comments »

Rave Review for DOA

Housemade buns with pork belly, a standout


As soon as I walk in the door of a restaurant I can usually tell if I’m going to like it. Of course, it helps if my expectations are high, as in the pedigree of the owner or chef. And so it was with DOA Miami, the new venture of Arjun Waney who is the restaurateur behind Zuma and Coya. DOA is the first of many Waney has planned, much as he expanded with Zuma which is now in major capitals around the world. What speaks volumes is if he accepted outside investors as in sold shares, I would invest. He has a winning formula, earning DOA a rave review. Read Full Post & Comments »

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