M&V Cafe isn’t the kind of restaurant you usually find in Miami. I’ve eaten there for lunch or dinner four times in five weeks. That’s saying something. It has a family vibe, not surprising since the chef and his wife Stephanie are the owners and work in tandem, he in the kitchen and she waiting on tables and charming the patrons. Plus, it’s neither a single cuisine nor fusion. It offers traditional French specialties, the favorites, along with house made pasta and other Italian dishes. Why the mix? Chef Fabrice Di Rienzo was born in France, worked with French greats Bernard Loiseau, Paul Bocuse and Daniel Boulud, but his grandmother was Italian and taught him all about Italian cuisine which he also loves. The food is delicious, and it’s the kind of place you’ll go back to, where you feel comfortable and get solid value . Plus, they have an amazing two course lunch special for $14.50.
I have to admit, I’m sort of tired of just seeing branzino and salmon as fish choices on restaurant menus. So it was a much welcome change to discover new Portuguese seafood restaurant Seasins, with not only new fish choices, but also, exciting preparations. The Portuguese know their seafood. But never fear carnivores, there are very appealing meat selections too. They’re in a neighborhood in SoFi where there’s serious competition, so they need to be at the top of their game. And they are, the best Portuguese restaurant in Miami. Plus, they offer very good value and a terrific lunch special so you can try it out before making the commitment for dinner.
I’ve been very busy this month coming up with all these wonderful Miami insider tips for February. We’re talking everything from complimentary Rose happy hour for ladies at Novikov, a serious new ManCave with the works, and Little Havana’s first rooftop bar and eatery to a costume jewelry repair pro, terrific musical at M Ensemble Company on through February 23, and more.
It’s seldom I go to a store and want to buy just about everything. A notable exception is The Bazaar Project in its expanded new home in Coconut Grove. The owner, sourcer and person of exquisite taste is Yeliz Tetiz, who travels the world discovering contemporary treasures in home décor, men and women’s fashion, and jewelry. It’s best described as a Concept Store. Sharing the space with the retail offerings is an inviting café with tropical flair that opens onto the street. Though just open for two months, it’s already a hot ticket. Expect Yeliz’s stylish touches, even in the café. A coffee is not just a coffee. It’s served on a silver tray with a piece of Turkish delight candy. Order a glass of wine or cocktail and it comes with a dish of nibbles.
Dial up the romance on Valentine’s Day with our picks for a romantic dinner, stroll through one of Miami’s most beautiful gardens, the angelic sounds of one of Opera’s masterful singers or spend the day as a pampered couple in one of the city’s iconic landmark hotels. Plus, two last minute additions you won’t want to miss. Here are our best bets for Valentines Day in Miami 2020. Note all prices are plus service and tax.
There’s so much going on in Miami in February 2020, from the popular Tour of Kitchens in Coral Gables, big-deal boat and yacht shows to art festivals, a tasting event in a botanical garden, and more. Looking for something new to do in the Magic City this February? Try one of the events listed below. We love them—and we think you will, too!
Brickell is becoming a serious dining destination . Recently, on the heels of Hutong, comes Osaka showcasing Peruvian Nikkei cuisine. This is the first US outpost of the restaurant group which hails from multiple locations in South America. Nikkei is a fusion of cooking traditions of the Japanese diaspora who settled in Peru in the 19th and 20th centuries and fused their traditions with local ingredients and cooking styles. It takes the simplicity of Japanese cuisine and blends it with the rich flavors of Peruvian cooking.