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

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten Hosts Third Annual Ping Pong, Pizzas & Peroni

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. 


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


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)


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


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


 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

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Key West by Nikki Beach Brings the Southernmost Point in Florida Closer to Miami

Everybody knows... a little place called... Key West by Nikki Beach. Well if they don't know it yet, they will.  Key West by Nikki Beach opened its second restaurant here in South Beach on December 18th. The first one debuted in Dubai earlier this year.

The concept brings together the tropical vibe of Key West with its laid back oceanside charm. Decorated with whitewashed walls, and rustic furniture, the blue and white ambiance exudes a beachy feel that makes its guests want to kick back and just chill with friends and family.

Located in the trendy SoFi neighborhood at 1 Ocean Drive, the restaurant offers a wide variety of seafood dishes combining the Caribbean and Latin flavors of South Florida, along with a fish market that displays fresh catch guests can choose from.  Executive Chef Frank Ferreiro will entice diners with his signature dishes such as Banana-Leaf-Wrapped Red Snapper and Stuffed Yellowtail Snapper.

If that's not all, seafood buffs like myself will also be able to enjoy a delicious raw bar complete with Alaskan King Crab Legs and sushi. Roving oyster shuckers will roam the place helping guests with the slippery suckers.  Of course, if you're more into the land than the sea, there are plenty of non-seafood options available on the menu to soothe your palate.

Key West is not just known for its appetizing seafood but also its fabulous drinks and that's very obvious here at Key West Nikki Beach. Hemingway would be proud. Serving tropical drinks like the Floridian Daiquiri and the Key Key Lime Margarita Diabla, a visit here is nothing short of a quick drive to the island paradise- only closer.

For more information on Key West by Nikki Beach or to make reservations, you can call them at 786-515-1150.  Cheers....

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Celebrate Rumtoberfest at Bahama Breeze

There's always a party happening at Bahama Breeze, and right now it's a different kind of celebration: Rumtoberfest 2017.

Through November 5th, Bahama Breeze is rolling out the rum barrels and honoring the signature drink of the Caribbean for the fifth year in a row.  This year, there are even more ways to sip- and eat- rum. Bahama Breeze just unveiled three brand new signature rum cocktails - Shipwrecked, Tradewinds and the Frozen Mojito,

This year's Rumtoberfest also introduces the restaurant's largest rum flight, the Rum Raid - featuring eight rum-based cocktails for parties of two or more to conquer. I gotta tell you, me and my partner in rum checked out the flight, and we were humming some pretty good tropical tunes by the end of the night.  Either that or we had similar dreams that involved some rum, the Caribbean, and having no shoes, no shirt and no problem.

 In addition to the cocktails, guests can also enjoy Rum & Coke Ribs and Chicken, and finish on a sweet note with Rum Cake, made with my personal favorite: Bacardi Oakheart Rum. The best part is that Fridays during the promotion will feature fun in-restaurant entertainment including live music, fortune tellers, and games and giveaways. 

For more information, visit Rumtoberfest.com.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Authentic Mediterranean Experience at Panarea Mediterranean Sea Grill

We know Miami has become an epicenter for cuisine from around the world and one such place that will take you through a culinary journey through the true Mediterranean is Panarea Mediterranean Sea Grill, located at 11052 Biscayne Boulevard. This cozy spot in Miami Shores combines all the elements and the senses to bring guests' palates a little piece of places like Italy, Spain, France, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Morocco and the Eolie Islands.

The d├ęcor is reflective of the Mediterranean, with each room exuding a homey, comfortable aura emphasized by the eclectic furniture, lighting and wall hangings. Great care has obviously been placed in recreating a visit to these far away lands not only with the ambiance, but also with the friendly service. I had the opportunity to take a culinary voyage at Panarea and I have to tell you, I was impressed. If we add a good-looking Italian gentleman to the menu, I might just never leave.


But back to the food.... One of the key things that stood out for me was the simplicity of their dishes. The chefs obviously rely on the purity and quality of the ingredients as they create their meals, and it's evident in every bite.  They offer a nice variety of fish and sea food which is perfectly complemented by an extensive wine list.


We started our tasting menu with a Cold Gazpacho to awaken our taste buds. From there the journey began with a Crudo di Branzino from Italy, Tartare De Thon from France and Sarde Marinate from Italy. The fish was fresh and flavorful and the sea bass delicately prepared with pink peppercorn and radish-fennel salad. The tuna loin was just as delightful to the senses, accentuating its taste with a hint of radish, cucumber and lemon dressing. Finally, the sardines, a favorite of the house, were marinated to perfection, with a texture that made placing each morsel in your mouth a foodgasmic experience.
Other delights served for the evening included a taste of their Pulpo a la Valenciana from Spain, a tender octopus. served with potatoes, chickpeas, lemon and olives, and Pejerreyes Fritos, another Spanish treat, consisting of fried sand smelts, prepared with sage leaves and served with green zucchini. We also indulged in a sampling of Baba Ghannouj from Lebanon and Filfil Roomi Hummus from Egypt. Both the eggplant puree and the roasted bell pepper hummus had an amazing texture that didn't go unnoticed.
But there was more. How we were able to consume it all is beyond me, but I think the wine had something to do with it...oh and the incredible taste. Check out the gallery below for yourself.




You can experience the gastronomic journey inside or you can choose to sit outside on their patio. For more information on Panarea Mediterranean Sea Grill, or to make reservations, you can contact them at 305-640-5580 or visit their website here.