Many thanks for your enthusiastic response to our upcoming reader event April 11!  In fact, only 5 places are left, so if you’re thinking of coming, let me know ASAP. You can email me or write a comment below. We have a great spot for a bite afterwards — Palat in Buena Vista. The Mediterranean food is delicious, it’s reasonably priced, and “buzzy”. See below for an earlier writeup.

And in a last minute addition, as a door prize, Paco Rabanne is giving us a bottle of their wonderful new Invictus Aqua cologne which I sampled yesterday. It’s woodsy and fresh, perfect for day to evening. Though billed as  a men’s fragrance, it also works for women. (full disclosure, I was also captivated by their “face of Invictus Aqua”,Australian rugby star Nick Youngquest).

If you missed the post about the reader event at l’appartement concept store, click here for the details.

Please email me if you’d like to join us for dinner which will be around 7:30 pm. so I can count you in the reservation. There’s valet and street parking at Palat.

See you soon!!!

Palat is a new addition to Buena Vista, another Med/Italian (they call it Northern Mediterranean) spot with an emphasis on light bites. The menu is very appealing. We tried the plump red piquillo peppers stuffed with crab and Manchego cheese, tuna tartar bites, and the star,  grilled branzino – – a moist filet with crisp crackling skin garnished with zucchini sofrito. Another standout was the not the usual dessert entry, olive oil cake –  a moist pound cake with a jelly like raspberry glaze . The decor is minimalist, casual, with an open kitchen. It was fun and buzzy the night we went. Prices range from $8 to the high teens for salads, pastas and small plates. A limited selection of large plates is $36 and up. Palat, 4702 N.E. 2nd Avenue, T.786-953-7577.


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