Thursday, August 9, 2018

Red the Steakhouse and Miami Spice - A Marriage of the Senses

Chef Peter Vauthy does it again. Every year he takes Miami Spice to a new level and 2018 is no different. Foodies from all around are making their must-eat-at lists for the months of August and September and I bet you that Red is on there more than once.

Chef Peter Vauthy

How is that possible you ask? I'll tell you. Chef Vauthy doesn't just prepare one menu for the entire Miami Spice promotion. He creates four and he rotates them every week. That means you can come back over and over again and pretty much eat your way through the menu without repeating.


Italian Burrata



Another great thing about his menu, is that there are some additional options you can select from, for a nominal fee. You're still paying a lot less for excellent dishes even if you decide to deviate a bit from the included items.




So what are these menus you ask? Well, you have the "Classic Steakhouse Menu" with favorites such as his Steak Tartar and Certified Angus Beef Petite Filet Mignon. You can also try some insanely delicious Oyster Rockefeller for only $6 more and I can tell you from personal experience that you won't regret you did.


Steak Tartare

Oysters Rockefeller

Come back to Red the following week and you will entice your palate with his "Seafood Menu". This one includes a mind-blowing Yellowfin Tuna Crudo, King Crab Cakes and Mussels Diavolo to start off your meal. The second course keeps you happy with Flounder Stuffed with Crab and Scampi Style Shrimp. In the mood for some land and sea? For only $19 more, you can have a foodgasmic Surf and Turf featuring a 5oz C.A.B. Filet and a 4oz Maine Lobster Tail.


Yellowfin Tuna Crudo

King Crabcakes

It's really not complete without an Italian in the mix so Chef Vauthy makes sure we have one. Week 3 features the "Italian Menu" with his delizioso veal and beef Meatball, Shrimp Alfredo and their World Famous Chicken Parmesan, a credit they've earned because it is so damn good.


Chicken Parmesan 

Basil Panna Cotta

Finally, in case you haven't had enough Red, Week 4 offers "Red's Greatest Hits" with staples like their Kobe Beef Empanadas, incredible salads, Lobster Fra Diavolo, and Banana Chocolate Bread Pudding.


Lobster Fra Diavolo

Salad

Keep in mind that throughout all the weeks, you can upgrade to any of their other cuts for a specially priced surcharge during Miami Spice and the possibilities are endless.


Choose Your Steak and Enjoy

If you haven't been to Red yet, you should hurry over now. The menus will start again in September and you don't want to miss a single week. For more information, visit their website here.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Finka Table & Tap's First Pop-Up PROOFREAD Is Hitting Town In A Speakeasy Kind Of Way

You know who Midas was and how everything he touched turned to gold? Chef  Eileen Andrade, the owner of Finka Table & Tap and Amelia's 1931 kicks Midas in the butt when it comes to restaurants (or anything food and drink related) for that matter. In her mid-twenties she is creative, determined, talented and has a vision that doesn't fail. 




Her latest venture, PROOFREAD, is a hidden, sexy, laid-back speakeasy, serving up classic cocktails and signature small bites. Library-themed, the concept will provide an intimate setting with live entertainment in the west part of Miami and Kendall, an area not too many associate with trendy spots and good food.




Yet Chef Andrade is quickly changing that. Her restaurants have become a staple in the neighborhood, with loyal guests driving the distance to taste her Cuban, Peruvian and Korean fusion. She hopes PROOFREAD will  also make a mark in this part of town, and give patrons a good spot to relax, unwind and enjoy some era-inspired cocktails with friends.



I had the opportunity to attend PROOFREAD's first night and I loved it. The ambiance was perfect, the lighting on point, and every cocktail told a story of a different time and place. It was difficult not to feel a connection with that time. And of course, the famous "croquetas" we all know and love made a special appearance. Just that in it and takes everything up a notch.





I highly recommend a visit to Chef Andrade's speakeasy. PROOFREAD will be popping up again soon so be sure to stay tuned for more information or visit Finka Table & Tap's website for details.





It's Official... Miami Spice Kicked Off On August 1st

It's here again and we are ready for it. August 1 the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) kicked-off the 17th year of its highly anticipated Miami Spice Restaurant Program, which brings local and visiting foodies delicious dining discounts. From August 1 through September 30, 2018, the program will showcase top restaurants in some of Miami’s trendiest neighborhoods – including Miami Beach, Brickell, Downtown, Coral Gables, South Miami, Wynwood, Sunny Isles and Bal Harbour. Sponsors for the program include Chandon California, Fiji Water, Terrazas de los Andes and Stella Artois.




Over 200 participating restaurants throughout the city will offer three-course dining deals that include an appetizer, entrée and dessert priced at $23 per person for lunch and brunch, and $39 per person for dinner. Alcohol, tax, tip and service charges are excluded.


Red the Steakhouse, Miami Beach

Some restaurants are taking things up a notch, offering freebies and special extras with the promotion. I'll bring you some of my faves throughout this foodie fabulous time of the year so stay tuned...

For a full list of participating restaurants, Miami Spice menus and special events, please visit www.iLoveMiamiSpice.com.


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Celebrate #NationalCevicheDay at GK Bistronomie Wynwood

National Ceviche Day is tomorrow, June 28th and GK Bistronomie in Wynwood is celebrating it in an exciting way with their favorite customers.





Chef and Executive Owner, Rafael Perez Cambana is hosting a master class to show ceviche lovers like you and I how to make the classic Peruvian dish.

Tickets are $60 per person, and you will receive a refreshing welcome drink, an appetizer, the full, interactive ceviche-making class and a special dessert. Three course meal + a drink for $60? Doesn't get much better than that. Plus imagine how you will impress your friends next time they come over for dinner and you wow them with a homemade ceviche dish.

Hurry and get your limited tickets for this perfect summer activity with the bffs, or a creative not-so-typical date night that will give you some pretty guaranteed brownie points. You can purchase your tickets through Eventbrite here.

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Miami Beach EDITION Satisfies Your Inner FOODIE During SOBEWFF

 
SATISFY YOUR INNER FOODIE WITH THE MIAMI BEACH EDITION 
AT THE 17TH ANNUAL SOUTH BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL 
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten Hosts Third Annual Ping Pong, Pizzas & Peroni
  

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The Miami Beach EDITION will once again take part in the annual eating and drinking extravaganza known as the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival. On deck this year are popular events including Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best featuring the talents of the hotel’s Executive Pastry Chef Luis Vasquez, Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s signature brunch at Matador Room with a vegetarian twist, as well as a special lobby pop-up with Zacapa Rum

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten will also be back to host the third annual Ping Pong, Pizzas & Peroni event at Market. The ever-popular unofficial SOBEWFF event will feature specialty wood-fired pizzas, such as Black Truffle, Spicy Chorizo and Fresh Mozzarella & Basil, in addition to other signature Market items, including fresh oysters from the Raw Bar, charcuterie and Market’s infamous desserts at the Pastry Pod. Peroni beers and Negroni cocktails will flow throughout the late night event, while those with enough paddle skills will have the opportunity to challenge Jean-Georges himself and some of his famous chef friends to a classic game of Ping Pong, before heading to Basement Bowl for the official after party. 

Included below is a complete listing of all events. 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22

An award-winning premium rum, Ron Zacapa 23 Centenario Rum is crafted in Guatemala and aged to perfection in the highlands of Quetzaltenango, where the rum develops its complex flavor and character 2,300m above sea level. Zacapa will be taking over the Lobby Bar and pouring neat tastings for guests to sample as well as complimentary ZaCoco cocktails.
Time: 6-8PM
Location: Lobby Bar at EDITION
Tickets: No ticket required

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23

An award-winning premium rum, Ron Zacapa 23 Centenario Rum is crafted in Guatemala and aged to perfection in the highlands of Quetzaltenango, where the rum develops its complex flavor and character 2,300m above sea level. Zacapa will be taking over the Lobby Bar and pouring neat tastings for guests to sample as well as complimentary ZaCoco cocktails.
Time: 6-8PM
Location: Lobby Bar at EDITION
Tickets: No ticket required

The Miami Beach EDITION’s Executive Pastry Chef Luis Vasquez, to serve up a modern take on a Brazo Gitano (Spanish Cake Roll),
Time: 7:30-10:30PM
Location: Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
Tickets: $350 per person, available for purchase on sobewff.org 

Back for round three, Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten will host the 3rd annual Ping Pong, Pizzas & Peroni late night event on Friday, February 23 from 10pm to Midnight. Guests will enjoy a vast Italian spread of Market's favorites to be washed down with Peroni beer, Negroni cocktails and a chance to take on the master himself in a round of ping pong.
Time: 10:00PM – 12AM 
Location: Market at EDITION
Tickets: $40 per person, available on Eventbrite (includes food, drinks, and ping pong)


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten will host a vegetable-centric Saturday brunch at his glamourous, historic and reinvented Matador Room at the lavish Edition Hotel, where classic cuisine gets a modern twist, upgraded for a new generation. Working with more light broths, fruit essences, vegetable juices and herbal vinaigrettes, Vongerichten will create a luxurious menu to pair with selections from a refreshing and vibrant portfolio of wines specially for the Festival brunch.
Time: 12-2PM
Location: Matador Room 
Tickets: $175 per person, tickets are sold out

An award-winning premium rum, Ron Zacapa 23 Centenario Rum is crafted in Guatemala and aged to perfection in the highlands of Quetzaltenango, where the rum develops its complex flavor and character 2,300m above sea level. Zacapa will be taking over the Lobby Bar and pouring neat tastings for guests to sample as well as complimentary ZaCoco cocktails.
Time: 6-8PM
Location: Lobby Bar at EDITION
Tickets: No ticket required

The Miami Beach EDITION’s Executive Pastry Chef Luis Vasquez,  will create his Tinto de Invierno made with wine sorbet, fruit preparations and green apple crispy meringues.
Time: 10:30PM – 12AM
Location: Loews Miami Beach Hotel, 1601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Tickets: $95 per person, available on sobewff.org 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Weekend in South Beach? Check Out These Hot Spots And Live Like A Local

My readers ask me a lot for recommendations to restaurants and hot spots in Miami. Sometimes they're celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, or maybe they're down for the weekend and just want to hang out in South Beach and live like a local. So... in answer to those messages, emails and DM's, here are a few of my favorite spots within a two block radius. The great thing is, they are all walking distance from each other so you can hit them all up without even having to UBER in between during a weekend getaway.  Enjoy.


1) DOA Miami Beach - 2000 Collins Avenue.  No this is not the title of an episode in CIS Miami. It's actually the newest venture of restaurateur Arjun Waney, who also brings us Zuma and Coya. A fusion between Asian and Latin American flavors, you will love not just the food, but the ambiance and cocktails as well. Tip: Their Croquetas are a must! You can't have just 10.





2) Villa Azur - 309 23rd Street.  Whether you are into beautiful people-watching or simply appreciate basking in the ambiance of a French-Mediterranean villa, Villa Azur offers an amazing experience with its superb cuisine and Mediterranean-inspired libations.  Call it a date night or an "I want to find a date night". Either way, you will not be disappointed.





3) WALL Lounge - 2201 Collins Avenue.  So you want to dance? Then you have to check out this trendy spot located in the W Hotel.  It's not very big but it's definitely happening. With its International DJ's and Brazilian flair, it'll have you partying like a VIP all night long.





4) Paris 6 Bistro - 2200 Collins Avenue - You've drank and you've partied till the late hours of the night. Now you need some good food to restart your engines. Check this out.  Paris 6 features French delights by way of Brazil. Just imagine biting into a Croque Monsieur or Steak Tartare amidst chandeliers and vivid paintings that stare back at you. But did I say you have to start drinking? Non monsieur. Keep doing that and accompany it with one of their rich, mouth-watering desserts... for 24 hours straight.





For more information on all the spots above, just click on their links and visit their websites.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Cuban Picadillo Criollo Recipe To Soothe The Soul

This post is part of a sponsored collaboration with Sedano's and Dime Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own. 

As you know, I love good food, from every culture. However, there is always that comforting feeling that comes from cooking and eating dishes that remind me of my childhood. The Cuban kitchen is full of color, flavors and "sazon" and when I need to reconnect with my roots, and bring a little of my culture back to my everyday life, there is one dish I always come back to.

The Picadillo Criollo is perhaps one of the most well known and typical Cuban dishes. A flavorful fusion of ground beef with sweet and salty ingredients makes it a favorite in most Cuban homes, and its simplicity gives it an edge for those preparing last minute meals.

Born in Havana, and modified throughout the world, this tasty dish always made my mouth water when I came home from school and inhaled its delicious aroma.  My mother knew I would never say no to Picadillo Criollo, so it quickly became a weekly tradition in our home.

Now, I simply love making the dish, especially when I want to chat with my mom and reminisce. Or better yet, when my daughter is home from college and we can enjoy each other's company in the kitchen as we chop away. 


#CapturaTuCultura at Sedano's

That's exactly what we did on her most recent trip back home.  After returning from a very emotional cruise to Havana, Cuba this holiday season and being able to step on the same soil my parents, grandparents and great grandparents loved so much, we couldn't wait to extend that cultural feeling just a little bit longer. We jumped in the car to Sedano's supermarket to buy all the ingredients and I donned my apron as we began our culinary adventure.  I'd like to share our family's Picadillo Criollo recipe with you and I hope you enjoy this #tradicion as much as we do. 


Picadillo Criollo

Serving Size: 4 
Total Prep Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

2 lbs ground beef
1 cup of tomato sauce
1/2 cup corn oil
1 medium green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 large onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 cup of white wine
1 envelope Sazon Goya
1 bay leaf
3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
1/3 cup of raisins
1/2 cup of stuffed Spanish olives, cut in pieces
Salt to taste



Directions:

 1. Place a saucepan on medium heat and add the corn oil.

 2. Add the green bell pepper, onion, and garlic and then add the bay leaf. Cook for about 10 minutes until all the vegetables are tender and slightly colored.



3. Add the tomato sauce and white wine to the vegetables and stir for about 5 minutes or until the oil separates from the sauce.



4. Add the potato cubes to the mix and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender.

5. Add the ground beef and stir in the Sazon Goya packet.

6. As the meat cooks for about 20-25 minutes on medium heat, add the olives and the raisins.



7. Stir the meat and add salt to taste.



8. Once cooked, remove the bay leaf and serve over white rice and fried plantains.

9. Enjoy your Picadillo Criollo.

Picadillo Criollo
  
Remember to shop at your nearest Sedano's for those special Latin ingredients we all know and love. Traditions and values are shared in the kitchen, and since 1962, Sedano's has helped that happen. For more information, visit their webpage at https://sedanos.com. #Ad