Archive for the ‘Restaurants’ Category

June 5th, 2009

Chu’s opening in the Gables

Went to the first night of Chu’s grand opening in Coral Gables last night. This is the new establishment of chef O.A. Chu, formerly of Mr. Chu’s in South Beach. They had no menu for me to see yet but the chef’s wife, Norika, said the restaurant will not be doing dim sum as in the old location; […]

June 2nd, 2009

Por Fin at last

I have a confession to make. I live about four blocks away from Por Fin and last night was the first time I ever set foot in the restaurant. A little embarrassing, I know, but sometimes I’m a late adopter like that. Maybe it’s not so bad that I waited, as I hear the Spanish/Mediterranean […]

May 28th, 2009

Pizza crawl part I (Updated)

All that buzz about pizza in Miami led Frodnesor of Food for Thought to organize a pizza crawl around various (many relatively new) pizza joints in the city. Last night D and I went to the first crawl, where in the company of 13 other diners we tasted the pizzas of Joey’s in Wynwood, Jonathan Eismann’s Pizza […]

May 27th, 2009

First visit to Yard House

After a productive day of cleaning Sunday, I decided to reward myself with late-night happy hour in the company of friends at Yard House in Merrick Park. Between 10 and 12:30 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday and 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, their selection of 130 beers on tap range from $3.50 to $4.25.

October 13th, 2008

La Moon comes to the Gables

[Gables location closed 12/2009] One of my favorite comfort food spots is now in the Gables. La Moon Restaurant opened two weeks ago on the corner of Ponce de Leon and Navarre. Now I have the temptation of their Colombian food near work and closer to home. We visited and were quite impressed with the new […]

September 4th, 2008

Miami Spice: Cita’s Italian Chophouse

On a total whim, we headed to Cita’s Italian Chophouse in Coconut Grove last week. Some friends we met at a wine tasting went pre-opening and recommended it but I had kinda forgotten about it. The restaurant has sidewalk seating, and indoor area and a charming patio in the back, where we sat. The menu offers a variety of […]

September 3rd, 2008

Casa Toscana cooking classes, now weekly

I was happy to hear that Sandra Stefani from Casa Toscana will now be offering her cooking classes every Saturday instead of every other Saturday.  “I started to offer hands on cooking classes a couple of months ago thinking that not many people were going to come on their Saturday morning to get their hands sticky with […]

June 2nd, 2008

First impressions: Red Light

Now that the dust has settled — somewhat — at this newcomer to Biscayne Boulevard, D and I finally made our way out to try it Saturday night. Housed at Motel Blu, chef Kris Wessel’s Red Light oozes cool with its red walls, beige booths, bright orange bar stools, dim, red lighting and quirky view. […]

May 28th, 2008

A girls’ meal at Chocolate Fashion

I’m not a fan of publicly exposing the private details of my life. Though to some extent I’ve done so in this blog, when and where I eat out is not very revealing. I try to keep the personal out of it, but I feel compelled to share one particular detail for several reasons. One, […]

May 27th, 2008

Fratelli Lyon opens tonight

I received a comment saying so and I’ve just confirmed it. Fratelli Lyon in the Design District will serve its first dinner to the public tonight. You can make reservations at 305-633-3131. For more on Fratelli Lyon, read mango&lime’s sneak peek from a few months back. Fratelli Lyon/Driade Cafe 4141 NE 2nd Ave. Design District […]

April 14th, 2008

Go-to places in Miami

Well, I’ve been back from vacation for a few weeks now and, as always, I’m taking my time to get back into the swing of things. In fact, I think my brain is still in vacation mode. I couldn’t delay it any longer, however. Today, the new issue of Food&Wine awaited me at home. It […]

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 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 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 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 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 […]

January 19th, 2008

First impressions: Brosia

[Updated: Brosia closed] Not knowing that Brosia held its official opening party Thursday, D and I headed there for dinner last night. What first strikes you about this latest addition to the Design District is its interior — and exterior. The restaurant’s outside plaza, which is surrounded with walls lined with turquoise and green mosaics […]

December 6th, 2007

Happy I found Lost and Found Saloon

It’s been a few days since I posted, dear readers, and I apologize, but preparations for a work trip to Dubai (I type this as I wait in New York to depart) have kept me quite busy. I have, however, made some time to try a few restaurants. One of them, Lost and Found Saloon, […]

November 14th, 2007

Anniversary at Table 8

[Updated: Table 8 closed] D and I celebrated our anniversary at Table 8 on Friday. It was our first visit to the Ocean Drive restaurant that many have raved about. I had read repeated complaints about long waits to be seated, but we must have lucked out for we were seated immediately upon arrival five […]

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