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Cvltvra in the ME Hotel

Dining in the lobby of a hotel or condo is becoming a thing in Miami…and I have no problem with that. Not when it’s places like Cvltvra in the ME Miami Hotel in Downtown Miami. I’ll admit, at first the name took me a while to figure out, just exactly how is it pronounced, but once I got a look at the place… Continue reading

Aloft brings boutique, contemporary hotel to Aventura

Attending the grand opening of Aloft Aventura a while back, I was immediately impressed at the boutique, contemporary hotel that had come to an area that desperately needed one. I was drawn to the streamlined, clean-lined lobby, relaxed bar and seating area and lovely pool.

I recently returned to tour the hotel and fell in love with it all over again. I was… Continue reading

The Confidante Dinner Club is a fancy dining affair

The monthly dinner series at The Confidante on Miami Beach is an elegant soiree held in The 1930s House on the property, a private, outdoor Spanish-style bungalow originally built as a one-bedroom family home.

A nice aside that we learned, at one time the building we dined in was located across the street from The Confidante and at one point, picked up by… Continue reading

Booze it up at No. 3 Social’s Dim Sum Sunday Brunch

No. 3 Social is this cool rooftop spot in the Wynwood Arcade complex and now you can go there and booze it up on a Sunday while enjoying dim sum bites during their Sunday brunch.

I went there recently with my best friend and we enjoyed our “very Miami” experience, lounging comfortably on patio seating sipping on cocktails and nibbling on dim sum… Continue reading

Pubbelly Sushi debuts revamped menu

There’s a reason Chef Jose Mendin has been nominated for a James Beard Award five times and can manage a restaurant empire without batting an eye. It’s his passion for coming up with exceptional menu items that keeps him at the top of his game and he came up with 15 new ones at his seven-year-old Pubbelly Sushi in Sunset Harbour on Miami… Continue reading

Fratelli La Bufala

Since 2005, that’s what it says when you arrive and also go on their website. In other words, they’re an institution on South Beach. The no-nonsense, white cloth table, simple Italian eatery is as homemade as it comes.

It’s so difficult to pick from their extensive menu but the pizza is a must and so are any of the pastas.

Fried mozzarella

Forget… Continue reading

El Vez Sip & Dip a fun night of cocktails and guac making

Happy hour at El Vez in the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale is one happening spot. On a recent Tuesday night I was there for their Sip & Dip event and the place was packed. I can see why too, who wouldn’t want to drink margaritas and munch on tasty Mexican bites just across from the ocean.

Basil Bomb

The evening started out… Continue reading

St. Regis Bal Harbour’s elegant wine vault is ideal spot for wine pairing dinner

Walking into the wine vault at the St. Regis Bal Harbour I was awe struck at its beauty. The impressive collection of wine plus the five-course dinner paired with Castello Banfi wines was an evening not soon to be forgotten.

Luciano Castiello from Castello Banfi.

Luciano Castiello, Ambassador of Castello Banfi presided over hosting duties along with St. Regis Sommelier Dave Gerardu. After… Continue reading

Lunch at Three is a feast for the eyes and stomach

Earlier this month, Chef Norman Van Aken re-opened his Three Restaurant at the Wynwood Arcade for lunch. We were treated to a tasting of a variety of his dishes and as always, they were beautifully presented. Oh…and they tasted fantastic too.

Hitting up their bar first, I enjoyed a tasty gin cocktail that was better with each sip. As we were led to… Continue reading

Three-course lunch menu at Cantina La Veinte’s a great deal

…and you shouldn’t miss out on it. Chef Santiago Gomez and his staff are working their magic in the kitchen at Cantina La Veinte and at $25 for three courses, you’re gonna want to make several visits to keep trying new items.

I’d been to Cantina a few years ago and loved it but had forgotten about their beautiful bay front view.

When… Continue reading