Archive for the ‘Restaurants’ Category

March 28th, 2011

At Chow Down Grill, Soy Sauce and Tofu Are Made In House

Chow Down Grill is a restaurant that I don’t go to as often as I would like but every time I go I have a great experience. I love the food and the enthusiasm that chefs Joshua Marcus and Jason Suttmiller show for everything they do, whether it’s making a sauce or hosting an underground […]

March 21st, 2011

A Little Bite of Puerto Rico at the Kiosks of Luquillo

I just got back from an almost week-long trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where one of my greatest friends was married last weekend. I must admit I didn’t pack my agenda with restaurants to try. In fact, aside from the wedding-related events all I really wanted to do was lounge in the sun. But […]

January 28th, 2011

Forno52 Mobile Pizza (Updated)

*Update: Forno52 has finally announced it will open its brick-and-mortar location on Saturday, February 5 at 17225 South Dixie Highway in Palmetto Bay. The pizza from the truck was great; hopefully it’s just as good at their restaurant.* Tweet

August 23rd, 2010

Rijstaffel at Indomania

Indomania is one of those restaurants that I visited and wondered why I hadn’t set foot in it before. But I guess the better late than never adage applies here. I have Eleanor Hoh (remember the Wok Star class I took?) to thank for hosting the dinner that got D and I there last week, a whole three years after the restaurant opened.

August 2nd, 2010

Miami Spice: The Restaurant at The Setai

Maybe because I had one of my favorite Miami Spice meals at The Setai, I decided to go to The Restaurant last night for the first day of this year’s Miami Spice. Our server brought us three menus: the Miami Spice menu ($35), the regular menu and another $50 three-course prix fixe they have been […]

June 30th, 2010

Now Open: Fin

Back in December, the Cobayas had a dinner at Fin, Jonathan Eismann’s sustainable seafood restaurant. Back then the chef expected to open in three to four weeks. Well, it didn’t quite happen that way. It took six months but Fin is now officially open. Here’s the recap of our December dinner. Fin 4029 N Miami […]

March 6th, 2010

Flor de España

I’m non-committal when it comes to alcoholic drinks. I’m not loyal to any one drink, not even on a given night. But last summer I discovered a cocktail that I love to go back to called Flor de España. Served at Sra. Martinez, it’s made with Oloroso Sherry, Johnnie Walker Black, egg whites, lemon juice […]

March 1st, 2010

South Beach Wine & Food Best of the Best: Of Beast, pork and other stories

At Friday night’s Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best, I was seduced by a little gem of a bite. A foie gras bon bon with quince-champagne gelee on cracked pepper shortbread. Apparently I wasn’t alone. The dish served by chef Naomi Pomeroy and sous chef Mika Paredes of Beast in Portland has gotten love from […]

December 19th, 2009

Cobaya Dinner No. 3: Previewing Jonathan Eismann’s Fin

I was among 35 diners who caught a preview of Fin Thursday night during the third Cobaya experiment this year. Fin is a small (about 35-seat) seafood restaurant that occupies part of the old Sheba space. The restaurant promises to serve the freshest seafood available off the boat. And did we get fresh seafood – nine courses to be exact.

November 15th, 2009

PBR, pop tarts and pizza – it’s a Michael’s Genuine kind of brunch

It was another beautiful day in Miami. A day perfect for Sunday brunch outdoors in the company of good friends. Our setting was Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, whose Sunday brunch celebrated its fourth week today and visibly isn’t lacking in popularity. Before fully reviewing the menu, which is split into savory and sweets, plus […]

November 6th, 2009

First impressions: Talavera

The arrival of Talavera to Coral Gables is a breath of fresh air. More often than not I want to leave the Gables when looking for food, especially at dinnertime. But Talavera shows promise and I’m happy that there’s a new option in the neighborhood. My first visit was for lunch with Jackie of Kitchen […]

October 26th, 2009

Sneak Peek: The Cape Cod Room

Last Thursday, D and I caught a complimentary sneak peek of Kenneth Lyon’s soon-to-open New England-themed restaurant: The Cape Cod Room. Somewhat hidden inside The Bath Club — a private club along Collins Avenue built in the 1920s — the restaurant channels Lyon’s earlier days and the start of his career as a chef in […]

August 9th, 2009

First impressions: Hakkasan

For my first Miami Spice dinner I chose to go to Hakkasan, the Fontainebleau locale of Alan Yau’s London restaurant by the same name. Though its Miami Spice menu wasn’t the most appealing among my choices, I wanted to check it out. Arriving at the restaurant from the hotel lobby takes some walking past shops […]

July 21st, 2009

Bar bites at Area 31

I first noticed Area31 about three months ago when I attended a work function at the Epic Hotel in downtown Miami. I bought one drink at the bar and truthfully didn’t think much about the place after that. Until some weeks later, when prompted by a tweet from the restaurant’s chef, John Critchley, I dragged […]

July 7th, 2009

Running with the bulls

You’ve probably seen it on TV or in pictures. The bull runners dressed in all white, red scarves around their necks, running away from with the bulls. It happens every summer during Las Fiestas de San Fermin in Pamplona. And starting tomorrow Por Fin is celebrating with two-for-one drinks, flamenco and $5 tapas. The celebration will […]

July 6th, 2009

Miami Pizza Crawl Part III

Sosta pizza Heavy pizza eating kicked off my holiday weekend last Thursday during the third installment of the Miami pizza crawl. This time around the group visited three Lincoln Road restaurants: Sosta, Piola and Spris. Overall, this crawl was the weakest of the three crawls but there were some good pies in the mix as […]

June 29th, 2009

Cafe Hellas update

Only two days ago I noticed the ‘coming soon’ sign on the door of Cafe Hellas in the Gables. Today, driving home from work I noticed a little something different when I passed by (no, I’m not stalking them; it’s on my evening commute route). Some of the paper on the windows was gone and hours […]

June 28th, 2009

Greek coming to the Gables?

Walking to Ben & Jerry’s yesterday afternoon, I noticed an interesting sign in the space that 1909 Cafe used to occupy at 70 Aragon Avenue. Coming Soon Cafe Hellas Fine Greek Cuisine A few online searches yielded little information about Cafe Hellas and who’s behind it. A filing for Cafe Hellas with the Florida Department […]

June 26th, 2009

Gusto Fino serves up good sandwiches in Coral Gables

Driving South on Le Jeune toward Miracle Mile, shortly after you pass the Courtyard Marriott on the right side of the road, you may miss the sign on the window that reads Gusto Fino Italian Deli Market. I know I did for months after I moved to the Gables. And even after I took notice, […]

June 8th, 2009

Miami Pizza Crawl Part II (Updated)

For round two of the pizza showdown, 28 diners met up at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Aventura at 6 p.m. to begin the tasting. We then made our way to Pizza Fusion in North Miami Beach and ended at Racks Italian Bistro and Market . It worked the same as last time, except with […]

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