Saturday, September 1, 2018

Get Your Lunch Groove on With Pisco y Nazca's Miami Spice Menu

A long day at work can be made much shorter with something pleasurable and satisfying in between. Before you go off in a whole other direction, I'm referring to a good lunch you sickos. Although now that I see where you're going with this....

I was having one of those days last week while driving through Kendall, and as I looked to the side and noticed it was noon, I thought why not bring a little Miami Spice to my life? I turned into The Palms at Town & Country at 8405 Mills Drive and stopped in one of the few places offering Miami Spice for lunch on a Monday in Kendall: Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar.

It was one of the best ideas I had all day. The Miami Spice Menu at Pisco y Nazca is fabulous, offering a nice variety of appetizers and entrees, and most importantly, my favorite Peruvian dessert. But first thing is first.

I happen to love Causas. I make those potato delights at home all the time, I crave them at least once a week, and Pisco y Nazca offered two different ones on their Miami Spice menu as an appetizer, among other things. There was a Causa Crocante prepared with panko shrimp and a Causa Tartar made with tuna. Need I say more? Which one do you think I chose?

Causa Tartar

That's right my foodie friends. I went straight for the Causa Tartar.  It was delicious... three creamy, whipped potato bites topped with fresh tuna tartar and asian aioli on a wonton crisp. After a few minutes of foodgasmic ecstasy, my entree arrived.


Ceviche Cremoso


Once again there was a nice variety of dishes to select from, providing a little something for every palate.  From the Lomo Saltado Sandwich to the Que Bestia Burger., they all sounded amazing. But my heart was there for one thing and one thing only... Ceviche. I had the Ceviche Cremoso, a mix of fish, shrimp and leche de tigre, perfectly balanced with celery, aji limo, corn and sweet potato. A generous portion of Peruvian love.

I was happy, my heart and tummy were content, and it was time for this Miami Spice adventure to start winding down. We were going to do that with the final course... dessert.  Pisco y Nazca offers two options on their Miami Spice lunch menu. Crema Volteada and Suspiro. I had the one that always calls out to me in Peruvian restaurants: the Suspiro Limeno.


Suspiro

Their version is a little different than the ones I've had before. It wasn't as rich and had less of a creamy consistency, but it hit the spot none the less. It was a sweet ending to a memorable lunch rendezvous with Miami Spice. Don't worry... this one doesn't have to be kept a secret.

For more information on Pisco y Nazca in Kendall, visit their website or call them at 305-630-3844.



Sunday, August 26, 2018

Miami Spice Is Making Umbrellas Sway At Fleming's Prime Steakhouse in Coral Gables

I'm becoming quite the carnivore these days it seems (although my sea legs are just as sturdy), and I decided to satisfy my iron craving to Fleming's Prime Steakhouse in Coral Gables.  Their quality meats and outstanding ingredients always make it a top choice when coming to The City Beautiful. And as you probably already know, the Umbrella Sky Art project is currently being displayed for the next two months over the newly transformed Giralda Plaza and the colorful installation is definitely worth a picture moment.




It's Miami Spice y'all so what better way to indulge on some juicy steaks while treating the pocket with tenderness and love? We drove over to 2525 Ponce de Leon Boulevard on a hot and humid Thursday, and got us a nice, relaxing table off to the side. Sipping a glass of Pinot Noir, we perused the Miami Spice menu.

It didn't take much to catch my eye. There it was... my all time signature favorite... the Filet Mignon. Now there are two to choose from, There is a 6 oz. cut served over Shiitake Mushroom Risotto (oh my) with a Porcini Cream Sauce or an 8 oz. served au natural.

Now you know the Miami Spice dinner menu includes an appetizer and a dessert for $39 so we started off with the Fleming's Salad, which by the way was phenomenal. It was their seasonal salad and it was a delicious mix of fresh greens, candied walnuts, dried cranberries, tomatoes, onions, and herbed crostini drizzled with lemon vinaigrette. Ideal foreplay for the fun that followed.





For a minute, I stumbled on my determination at a carnivorous dinner because their Miami Spice menu also offers Crab Cakes with a Red Pepper Sauce. The enticing aroma of perfectly seasoned meat took over, however, and I decided to go for the 6 oz cut over the mushroom risotto. I'm glad I did. The steak was exquisitely seasoned, and cooked just like I wanted- juicy and slightly rare in the center. The risotto was moist and complemented all the flavors on the plate. I closed my eyes while I chewed and wanted the moment to last forever.




To end our foodielicious adventure, we ordered the White Chocolate Bread Pudding. O-M-G that was a spiritual experience. The bread pudding had the perfect texture and just danced off of our tongues with the vanilla ice-cream. Bravo...




I highly recommend a visit to Fleming's for a taste of their Miami Spice menu. Make a day of it in Coral Gables. For more information, visit their website or call 305-569-7995.


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