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Outdoor Dining in Miami, More Top Picks

Good news on two fronts about outdoor dining in Miami. First, thanks to the Miami-Dade Restaurant Recovery Act, restaurants in many parts of town are able to spread out on sidewalks and parking lots to temporarily add or expand outdoor dining space. Happy to report on more outdoor dining picks with different cuisines and price points, and a charming Italian spot with great deals on wine and food. If you missed the post with my first list, click here.
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What’s New for Miami Spice 2020

Have you noticed how your food bill has increased? Ditto the price of wine (couldn’t believe how wine prices at Costco have increased! See my tip below on that). So it’s welcome news that Miami restaurants are not only still offering Miami Spice 2020, but also, that it’s four months this year, starting now through September. Here are the details and list of the restaurants that have already kicked off their offerings along with links.
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Outdoor Dining in Miami, 7 Top Picks

Happily, more restaurants are starting to reopen and retool with safety protocols. Wherever possible, they’re looking to add space for outside dining, since surveys show that at this point diners prefer to eat outside. And, to that point,  I’ve laid out my seven picks for outdoor dining in Miami. They offer different kinds of cuisine at varying price points. If you’re still on the fence about in- restaurant dining, don’t miss my post last week on a my first experience dining out since the onset of COVID-19.  Click here for the post. IMPORTANT NOTE: Yesterday there were problems with the email program so the post didn’t go out to everyone. It’s about the Best Miami Fresh Fish Markets, one you don’t want to miss. To read it, click here.
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Best Miami Fresh Fish Markets

With staying at home and many of us cooking a lot and doing one’s fair share of drinking wine, it’s hard not to put on weight. So lately I’ve been eating a lot of fresh fish, and on the lookout for delicious, easy recipes with few ingredients. You would think it’s easy to buy a great piece of fresh fish here, and that there’s a good variety. Yes, there are a lot of fish markets, but not many really good ones. Here are my picks of the best Miami fresh fish markets, how to choose the freshest fish, and a great new recipe I’ve made a few times already.
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Eating Safely at Restaurants in Miami: My Experience

Are you ready to dine in in a restaurant? Heaven knows I am. Even with delivery, there’s still work to do in the kitchen, and then you miss the pampering. After a day of beauty (mani/pedi, blow dry), I set off for the first time since early March to a restaurant. My friend and I were giddy with excitement, though we had special important criteria. It had to be a place with an outdoor patio or terrace, a restaurant operator I could trust to follow the safety protocols, and of course, since it was a risk/reward proposition, the reward (the food) had to be great. I chose a restaurant favorite. Here’s my experience, and what you need to keep in mind for eating safely at restaurants.
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5 Best Ethnic Restaurants in Miami

My friends and I have commented on how we crave different, super tasty food as in exotic, ethnic dishes other than the usual Latin American and Japanese fare. And it’d be dishes we wouldn’t usually cook because you need to have so many special ingredients you wouldn’t want to buy for a one or two time run. My takeout has included favorites of Persian, Indian, Vietnamese, and Ethiopian food. I’ve also added Thai, with the recent reopening of a Miami favorite, Nai Ya Ra. Note that all have delivery, but where possible try to pick up the food since it saves the restaurants the big cut for the delivery service. Happy to share the names of the best ethnic restaurants in Miami,  favorite dishes and other tips. Enjoy!
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The Citadel Miami: 8 Eateries in 1 for Takeout

Just one trip and you can now have your choice of takeout (or delivery) from eight eateries in The Citadel Miami, as well as offerings from their rooftop bar and lounge. Easy, breezy, and an assortment of cuisines for all tastes. Plus, you can pick up a flower arrangement, orchids or succulents. Note though that the eateries are open Thursday through Sunday.
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Best Miami Restaurant Delivery: Top New Additions

Back in March with the onslaught of restaurants closing, I featured a list of the best Miami restaurant delivery and takeout available at the time.  Now, as the stay at home rules continue, and more restaurants get on board, here is Part 2. I’ve included a number of Miami’s finest restaurants (and some of my favorites) like La Petite Maison, Zuma,  Amare, Novikov, Stubborn Seed and Mandolin. And since many of us are watching our budget, here are new entries  with the best comfort food. If you missed Part 1, click here.
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