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Cauliflower soup at Essensia at The Palms Hotel

 

From new dinner specials at leading restaurants and exciting happy hour options to restaurant openings you’ll want to follow and a sweet new destination, they’re all here, the Miami food scene, in January, Part 1.

Want to know more about how to eat at top restaurants for less, what to look for in 2020 and much more?  If you missed my podcast with leading radio host, syndicated food columnist and author Linda Gassenheimer on WDNA, you can hear the program by clicking here.

Essensia restaurant, which you can always count on for quality, has a new seasonal three course winter menu for $55 per person. It’s available until the end of this month.  Dishes include  cauliflower soup with smoked prawns, scallion oil, cauliflower florets and nasturtium and mains including spiny lobster risotto with shaved black truffles and acorn squash gnocchi with lamb ragu, king trumpet mushrooms and ricotta salata. And wait until you hear about this dessert – sunshine s’mores with red velvet cake, toasted marshmallow, blood orange sorbet and raspberry caviar. On the regular menu my favorites are the seafood, especially the line caught swordfish with roasted coconut rice, chard pineapple and roasted macadamia nuts and the mushrooms from the Amish Country. With the new dining menu, a new beverage menu launched with a focus on organic spirits and ingredients from the on-site garden. Highlights include the Essential Refresh-Mint with dark rum, Branca Menta, lime, garden mint, and demerara sugar, and the Rose & Mary cocktail made with Farmer’s Organic Gin, Lillet Rose, grapefruit liqueur, lemon, and rosemary. Essensia, The Palms Hotel,3025 Collins Avenue T.305-908-5458.

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Fried chicken and other signature dishes at Red Rooster in Harlem

 

New York culinary star, first of Aquavit and more recently of Harlem’s heralded Red Rooster, is opening an outpost the first quarter of 2020 in Overtown. Housed in the former “Clyde Killen’s Pool Hall” in Overtown, a notable hot spot in 1960s, the restaurant will serve comfort food that is rooted in traditional Southern classics and the neighborhood’s own diverse culinary traditions, as well as offer performance and exhibition space for local musicians and artists.

The menu will feature Red Rooster classics like Hot Honey Yardbird and Obama’s Short Ribs, in addition to newly created dishes and drinks that speak to the flavors of Miami’s melting pot of culinary traditions including Latin American and Afro-Caribbean cuisines.  The cocktail program is inspired by Overtown’s history and Miami’s strong Caribbean influences and will have homemade shrubs, juices and syrups crafted daily. In addition, there will be a range of wines, including approachable, natural selections, with an emphasis on Black-owned vignerons, as well as local craft beers.

Guests will also be able to enjoy live performances by leading local musicians and DJs with styles ranging from Afrobeats and R&B to Soul and Jazz.

For more information about Red Rooster Overtown visit https://redroosterovertown.com/ .

 

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Site of the rooftop pool party on Saturday at the Novotel

 

Novotel Miami Brickells (formerly the Atton), now has a weekly Rooftop Pool party every Saturday from 2:00 PM – Sunset with a DJ.  Called “Sunset Sessions” it takes place every Saturday and is open to the public. Drink and food specials are offered, as well as access to the pool for non-hotel guests. Menu selections include grilled haloumi cheese with Veracruzana sauce, gordo burger with tomato bacon jam and smoked gouda cheese and grilled pineapple with bourbon caramel sauce.

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Six a Huit at La Petite Maison

La Petite Maison Miami, is at it again, now with its French style version of the happy hour called Six a Huit. The  new afterwork menu is available Monday through Friday from 6-8 pm.  For $8, guests can enjoy a Cocktail du Jour, a selection of signature and seasonal cocktails, wines and beers, and delectable Petite Bouchees.  Sample cocktails du jour which change daily include Monkey Business on Monday, celebrated Monkey 47 gin with fresh lime and a touch of thyme of pamplemousse rose; and Friday, Fizz des Alps, Grey Goose ‘La Poire’ dry shaken with elderflower liqueur, topped with smoky ginger ale and a dash of antica formula . The wine selection includes 2018 Saint André de Figuière ‘Magali’, Côtes de Provence, Rosé; 2017 Maison Brotte ‘Esprit Barville’, Côtes de Rhône, Blanc; and 2015 Triennes ‘Saint-Auguste’, Côtes de Provence, Rouge.  Estrella Damm INEDIT beer will also be available.

Menu items include  Tapenade, tapenade of niçoise olives; Calmars Frits, crispy baby squid; Pissaladiére, onion tart with anchovies; Crostini de Burrata, burrata on toast; Poivrons de Patron, Padron peppers; Ailes de Poulet, marinated chicken wings; Brochette de Boeuf au Satay, beef skewers with satay sauce; and Frites, French fries. La Petite Maison, 1300 Brickell Bay Drive.

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Night Owl cookies

Joining dessert destinations of the Madlab Creamery, Aubi & Ramsa, and Frohzen in the Miami Design District (plus sweets in St.Roch Market)  are cult favorite Night Owl Cookies. Night Owl Cookies Founder and three-time winner of Forbes “Top Young Chefs In America” competition, is Andrew Gonzalez who started the company on Instagram as a late night cookie service that delivered until 2AM every night. Today, it’s Postmates’ #1 selling dessert in the nation. There are about a dozen signature cookies, each of which would be a Willie Wonka dream. Find one with guava cookie dough with white chocolate chips, another with marshmallows and graham crackers, yet another stuffed with nutella, and you get the idea. Plus, they’re big (though they do have smalller cookies available on special order).

The Design District Night Owl Cookies,   164 NW 41st, Miami FL 33137 inside Jade Alley.

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