Wednesday, November 9, 2022

The 22nd Annual Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival Is Back

 Guess what time it is?


Tickets are officially on sale for the 22nd annual Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®) taking place February 23-26, 2023. Widely recognized as America’s favorite gourmet gathering on the beach, the four-day Festival returns to the sand with more than 100 events spanning Miami-Dade and Broward counties. For the 22nd installment, Food Network personalities, Grammy-winning musicians, and more than 450+ chefs and wine and spirit producers will come together for an unforgettable celebration comprised of walk-around tastings, intimate dinners, late-night parties, brunches, lunches, master classes, wine seminars and more!

The Festival kicks off on Thursday, February 23 with iconic chef, restaurateur, television personality and cookbook author, Emeril Lagasse, as he hosts the 16th annual Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons® with a special performance by Grammy-nominated country music group, Midland.

Sprawling several blocks on the sands of South Beach, the Festival’s two iconic open-air tasting tents – North Venue and Grand Tasting Village – return to showcase the nation’s most talented chefs and lifestyle personalities who are supported by more than 1,200 student volunteers from Florida International University. Events include:

From Overtown to Wynwood to Hallandale Beach and the Miami Design District in between, the Festival has curated a series of events to showcase the vibrant local cuisine and culture of these neighborhoods and the profoundly important role they have had in shaping the South Florida of today. Event highlights:

There is nothing like the Magic City by day and the Festival put together a sensational line-up of brunches and lunches to shine a light on the bright and vivacious scene. Those looking to shop and dine should snag seats at the Bal Harbour Shops ACCESS: Fashion Show & Luncheon hosted by Geoffrey and Margaret Zakarian which will feature a fashion show presented by Balmain, the Parisian Fashion House. Two-time James Beard Award winner Mashama Bailey will take over the Festival’s headquarter hotel, Loews Miami Beach, to host Our Sunday Table: Brunch with The Grey and Friendspart of The NYT Cooking Series featuring an eclectic roster of local and national chefs. A piece of Nashville’s “hot chicken” empire will make its way to Miami with a Lunch hosted by Hattie B’s taking place at SGWS Wynwood. Lunch hosted by Cédric Vongerichten and Tyson Cole at Wynwood hotspot, Uchi, will showcase both chefs’ layered approach to multi-cultural cuisine as they deliver a menu with fresh, exotic flavors of the East. Pablo Zitzmann and Wilson Tang will team up to host a Dim Sum Brunch at Coral Gables outpost, Zitz Sum, recently awarded a Bib Gourmand by The Michelin Guide. Close out the weekend at the North Beach Bandshell with an extravaganza of epic proportions – Drag Brunch hosted by David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harrisfeaturing Miami’s very own Athena Dion and the queens from the R House Wynwood’s show-stopping weekend drag brunches. Following the brunch, will be the first annual Tea Dance and Drag Show hosted by Kalen Allen with a special performance by Thelma Houston, the Grammy-winning Motown legend who’s slated to perform a set of chart-topping hits alongside the one and only Symone, season 13 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Guests looking to sharpen their cooking skills alongside the experts should snag seats to one of the Festival’s Master Classes! Choose from a variety of classes such as a Pierogi-Making Master Classhosted by Martha StewartSushi-Making Master Class & Lunch at Gekkō MiamiCroqueta-Making Master Class with Eileen and Jonathan AndradeBBQ-Making Master Class and Lunch hosted by Smoke & DoughDumpling-Making Master Class hosted by Temple Street Eatery, a Master Class and Happy Hourhosted by Flour & Weirdoughs and more! Wine enthusiasts looking to master their inner sommelier can choose from one of the Wine Spectator Wine Seminars taking place throughout the weekend at the Eden Roc Miami Beach.

The Festival’s crown jewel, Tribute Dinner presented by Capital One and part of The NYT Cooking Dinner Series, will take place on Saturday, February 25 and honor the outstanding accomplishments of the culinary community’s beloved and iconic Alex Guarnaschelli, along with Alexandre Ricard of Pernod Ricard. 2018 Tribute Dinner honoree, Bobby Flay will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening and a stellar cast of chefs including Eric AdjepongAntonia LofasoScott ConantAyesha NurdjajaDuff Goldman and Geoffrey Zakarian will serve up dishes to pair perfectly with some of the finest wines from the Pernod Ricard portfolio.

A plethora of unique one-night-only collaborations hosted by some of the country’s most critically acclaimed chefs and paired with a variety of high-end wines and spirits from the Festival’s exclusive provider, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, will accent this year’s Intimate Dinner Series. Participating chefs and personalities include Giada De LaurentiisTommaso De SimoneJuan-Manuel BarrientosManeet ChauhanMichael SymonAndrew ZimmernKatie ButtonZak SternGabriel KreutherEsther ChoiTimon BallooJet TilaAntonio BachourBrooke WilliamsonJonathan WaxmanLindsay Autry and Marc Vetri.

To date, the Festival has raised more than $34 million in support of its educational mission to cultivate future leaders of the hospitality industry at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University (FIU). Between SOBEWFF® and its sister NYCWFF, more than $48 million has been raised to benefit the respective charities of each Festival. Beyond the funds raised, both Festivals draw attention to the vibrant dining cultures of their respective cities, provide economic stimulus in their communities, and serve as a platform to drive awareness and engagement for a wide array of philanthropic activities.

The complete line-up of events for the 22nd annual Festival is now available online at sobewff.org. Stay up to date all year long by following along with the #SOBEWFF hashtag on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

See you there.. 


Thursday, November 3, 2022

Treat Your Mind Body and Soul at Boho House Miami

Raise your hand if you need a little unwinding and bohemian vibes.  I hear you and I got the spot for you. Boho House Miami, located at 111 NE 20th Street, has a beautifully designed ambiance that awakens your senses and soothes your soul. 



We checked out Boho House for dinner and drinks recently and we loved the place. The moment we stepped inside, we felt like we were in the middle of a jungle just steps from the bustling city. The decor is eclectic yet cozy and the scents of incense quiet the mind. 


But let’s get to the food and drinks. The mixologists here know how to bring it on. We had a hard time narrowing down which cocktails to try because the menu has so many interesting ones. If you’re into the sweet libations, you must try the Sha Sha Sha, a very special concoction made with Grey Goose and Moet. I also recommend the Guavarita. It’s not only pleasing to the eye, but also the palate. Two other favorites were the Dancing with Lobos and Passion from DeSolas. 



Now what about the bites, you ask? They are fun, tasty and I love that you can share them. It’s a great way to experience all this place has to offer. Check out their Salmon Tartare and Foie Gras Terrine. Both are delicious.



The Bacon Wrapped Dates are an excellent balance of sweet and savory and the Spinach Empanadas are just the right amount of crispy. If you’re crazy some queso, the Quesadillas are a cheesy must try that you don’t want to miss.



We left some room for dessert and I’m glad we did. We really enjoyed the Sweet by BOHO and Frudeco. You know me and my chocolate fascination. This one is one I’m going to think about for a long time. Another great thing about Boho House, is that it really lights up at night with great music and a communal environment.


Check out BOHO House Miami real soon and let me know if you love the experience as much as we did. For a live action view of Boho House and more awesome Miami spots to visit, follow me on Instagram at @adventuresofthefoodaholic.

Saturday, October 8, 2022

Brunching Never Looked So Good - Timpano Las Olas

Popular Fort Lauderdale Italian Restaurant Tímpano Las Olas has revamped their dining experience with a new look, a new menu, and a brunch that takes the meal to a whole new level.



The brunch menu is extensive and absolutely delicious. We started with the Prosciutto di Parma Antipasti which was served with caciocavallo cheese, pickled vegetables and Tuscan bread. Excellent presentation and palate-pleasing taste. I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoyed the Cured Salmon Crostini. Not only was it plated beautifully but the salmon was so fresh and amazing, I chewed very slowly to make the moment last longer. 



Tímpano offers three different Eggs Benedict on their brunch menu. We ordered the Florentine Benedict, which sounded very original since it was served with pesto hollandaise. We were right! The flavor combination was outstanding. We also ordered the Shrimp & Grits. My favorite dish!  I will make another trip to Fort Lauderdale just to have it again. 



Dessert is an amazing experience as well. You are going to love the presentation of their menu. It definitely followed suit with the rest of the meal and continued to impress. We had the Chocolate & Banana Tart which comes with a nice tableside surprise and the Countrystyle Burnt Cheesecake, recommended by our server. A big thank you because it truly was out of this world good.






Along with a menu of original cocktails, you can select the Mimosa Bottle Service for an excellent price. It comes with a bottle of Prosecco and your choice of two different juices. We chose the Strawberry Mango and the Peach and had a party going at our table.




Hurry over and enjoy Timpano Las Olas at 450 E. Las Olas Blvd. You want to see my adventure up close and personal? Click here for the live-action reel. For more brunch ideas and other great food, wine and travel fun, subscribe to this blog, Adventures of the Foodaholic, and for videos, reels and more mouthwatering pictures, follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook


Thursday, August 18, 2022

Miami Spa Months at The Trump Spa in Doral

The clock is ticking…  Miami Spa Months is coming to a close and you don’t want to miss being pampered for such a great price! 




How many of you have simply forgotten how to relax or you just feel like you don’t have time to do it? Here’s where you want to go to change all that: The Trump Spa at the Trump National Doral. They offer fantastic treatments for all three of the Miami Spa Months promotion price points: $109, $139 and $199.






I experienced the It Takes Two to Mango massage and it was Nirvana. Almost fell asleep… Just imagine 50 minutes of therapeutic delight consisting of light and long strokes, where your senses are enveloped in the soothing properties of mango and pineapple as you drift away in bliss.  And the relaxation doesn’t end there. Spend the day enjoying their excellent spa facilities or relax by the pool chilling with a Pina Colada in hand. 









There’s nothing like enjoying some well-deserved self-care and following it up with a dip in the pool surrounded by lush gardens. Talk about disconnecting! 





For a menu of their offerings or to make a reservation, visit their website. Master the art of relaxation but hurry before it’s too late… 


Saturday, August 13, 2022

Miami Spice Pick Number 3: Casablanca on the Bay

It’s time for another Foodaholic Miami Spice Pick of the Week and this time we’re spicing things up on the bay. Casablanca on the Bay is offering an incredible Miami Spice menu where the portions are huge and the flavors are even bigger.





Right from the start, you can tell Casablanca on the Bay pulled out all the stops for their Miami Spice Menu. For starters, we enjoyed the Beef Tostones and the Tuna Tartar. A little land a little sea and we were ready for more. But wait….. we also had a Half Dozen oysters to get in the mood and not only are they part of the Miami Spice Menu, but they are also free on Wednesdays. Don’t everybody rush out there at once now.









The entrees are just as amazing and hard to choose from, but we decided on the Seafood Au Gratin and the Ribeye. Two totally Foodgasmic experiences and each one took our adventure to a new height. I’m actually salivating a little as I think about it. The Seafood Au Gratin is a seafood and cheese lovers delight packed with broiled fish, crabmeat, shrimp, calamari, and potatoes mixed with creamy bechamel sauce and mozzarella cheese. The ribeye was tender, juicy and grilled to perfection with red wine bourbon reduction,  then served with mashed potatoes and asparagus. 







A few sips of cocktails later and we were ready for dessert. Did I mention their desserts are homemade? You definitely want to try the Chocolate Spillover (it’s so original in its taste and presentation) and the Guava Cheesecake. They are insane!! 








I must add that Casablanca’s cocktail menu is very creative and we thoroughly enjoyed every libation we had. That’s right… there were several. If you want a kick.. try the Hot & Smoky Mezcal. It’s memorable. And of course… you have to experience their signature Mojito. Outstanding! I can go on and on but… I think it’s better if you taste it all for yourself. 







You know what else is fantastic at Casablanca on the Bay? The service. Everyone makes you feel very special and makes the experience really stand out. Can’t wait to return and savor their brunch!!! It’s also part of Miami Spice. Stay tuned for the details very soon. Be sure to follow me on Instagram at Adventuresofthefoodaholic for videos and more foodporn, along with other Miami Spice picks.


For more information on Casablanca On the Bay, or to make reservations, visit their website here.