Archive for 2008

March 20th, 2008

First impressions: Romeo’s Cafe

On a recent Friday, I was in the mood to try something different for dinner. I had read a lot about Romeo’s Cafe, primarily as a good place for a first date or for a romantic dinner. The idea of a restaurant without a menu, where the chef decides which six courses to send out […]

March 13th, 2008

First impressions: Blu Pizza e Cucina

Updated: Blu Pizza e Cucina is closed. Try Blu Restaurant Group’s other restaurants Blu La Pizzeria del Sole and Sole Trattoria¬† in South Miami. March for me is like April for accountants. I barely have time to eat. But yesterday I tried Blu Pizza e Cucina — Blu Restaurant Group’s third venture — in Mary […]

March 10th, 2008

New look … again

It’s been a little less than a year since I changed mango&lime’s look, but I had been itching to give it a bigger face lift. This time, I got some professional help. The new look just went live and I can barely contain myself. So, here it is, the new mango&lime. What do you think? […]

March 5th, 2008

Barbecue and beer

[Updated: North One Ten closed] We celebrated a friend’s birthday at North One Ten last week. I had learned that they offer beer and barbecue on Fridays and when I mentioned it to a few friends, they thought it’d be a fun choice for a birthday. I first thought the restaurant had a special barbecue […]

February 28th, 2008

On storing lettuce

Maybe I’m the only one having this problem. In the past two weeks, I’ve gotten lettuce in my CSA box. Last week, it was romaine, the week before I can’t remember. My lettuce arrives bright, green, crisp and full of dirt (which I personally don’t mind since to me it’s an indicator of freshness). But […]

February 27th, 2008

Michael’s Genuine in Bruni’s Top Ten

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink was among Frank Bruni’s top ten in today’s New York Times. Well deserved! [via Chowhound] Here’s Bruni’s full list: Central Michel Richard (Washington) Cochon (New Orleans) Coi (San Francisco) Fearing’s (Dallas) Fraiche (Culver City, Calif.) Guy Savoy (Las Vegas) Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink (Miami) O Ya (Boston) Tilth (Seattle) […]

February 25th, 2008

Are you a Bobby Flay fan?

Mr. Flay is taping “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” somewhere in Miami on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at noon. If you’re interested in being an audience member, send an email to philipopere@gmail.com for an invitation and location details. Tweet

February 25th, 2008

Sneak peek: Fratelli Lyon

Slow Food Miami celebrated the life of Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini last night with a dinner at the soon-to-open Fratelli Lyon in the Design District. The restaurant, which owner Kenneth Lyon of Lyon & Lyon caterers said was conceived as a sort of front porch for Driade — the design store that houses it […]

February 24th, 2008

‘Dewey’s the man’

That was D’s reaction to the boneless short rib sloppy joe sandwich prepared by North One Ten chef Dewey LoSasso for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best event Friday night. Topped with sliced filet mignon, lobster marmalade and a little Dewey hot sauce to taste, I must concur […]

February 22nd, 2008

The winner is…

Locals won over my heart and belly at last night’s South Beach Food & Wine Amstel Light Burger Bash, where seventeen restaurants, including last year’s winner — New York’s Shake Shack — competed for the people’s choice best burger prize. Boston’s Radius took away the prize this year beating Shake Shack by five votes, but […]

February 21st, 2008

Should I stay or should I go?

It’s not news that the 2008 South Beach Wine & Food Festival kicks off today. How many more articles about it do we need? But many, including me, question whether going to the festival is worth it (particularly at the prices). My first time at the festival was in 2004 when I went to the […]

February 13th, 2008

This Valentine’s, have a picnic

It’s almost here, Valentine’s day. Some of you may remember my take on eating out on this day. Basically, I don’t want to be out dining out with the crowds. Last year, I put a little more thought into it and cooked a nice dinner for D, but this year we have much going on, so I thought ‘screw it, let’s have a picnic.’

February 11th, 2008

New Miami food blog

Leslie of Still Life With Food has started a new little project. The {read} kitchen is her new food blog and so far, it’s a joy to read. In her words, it’s wickedly delicious banter. Check it out. [tags] food blogs [/tags] Tweet

February 11th, 2008

Colombian candy

One of my favorite lunch spots, La Moon Restaurant on 8th Street, opened a small store of Colombian goodies adjacent to the restaurant last week. It’s not too hard to find Colombian foods in Miami; many Publixes actually carry a good selection of it, but somehow it’s always exciting to find more. Aside from the […]

February 7th, 2008

Miami’s online food community

The Miami Herald gives Miami food blogs and websites a shout out. Tweet

February 6th, 2008

On the road: Glass Wall

My family and celebrated my mom’s 50th birthday in Houston last weekend. Aiming at dining somewhere “different,” I chose Glass Wall restaurant in the Heights, an artsy neighorhood in Houston. I imagined an intimate setting where chef Lance Fegen, previously of well-know Houston establishments Zula and Trevisio, cooked up his creations for a few diners. […]

January 30th, 2008

Celebrate Chinese New Year

A reader emailed me yesterday asking for a roundup of the best places to celebrate Chinese New Year in Miami. I confess: I was at a bit of a loss, but after asking around and doing a little digging, I came up with a few ideas. Chinese New Year, known in China as Spring Festival, […]

January 27th, 2008

South Florida Farmers Market

I hit yet another market this weekend. It was a gloomy morning to be outdoors but that didn’t seem to deter the many visitors to the South Florida Farmers Market at Gardner’s Market in Pinecrest. The produce got a little wet but vendors and buyers alike were still out there enjoying themselves. I first stopped […]

January 25th, 2008

ro.ma organic gelato

I am so close to ro.ma. organic gelato, yet I always managed to escape the temptation of trying it. Every time I visited the neighboring Starbucks I would tell myself: next time, next time. Next time finally came this week. The tiny store reminds me of a young child’s bedroom, complete with hot air balloons […]

January 22nd, 2008

Now open: Sake Room

The sushi restaurant next to Bin 18 is now open. We didn’t try it last night, opting instead to do the usual at Bin 18. I must confess we wondered if it was even open because it was completely empty when we walked by. The good news is, on our way out, we saw several […]

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