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Divino Ceviche on Giralda Plaza in Gables is doing its own version of Miami Spice

The traditional Miami Spice promotion which runs from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30 features multi-course meals for $23 at lunch and $39 at dinner. However, Divino Ceviche the popular Peruvian restaurant on Giralda Plaza in Coral Gables has their own “Divino Spice” of a three-course dinner for $29.

At the preview dinner they served up these dishes family style where we sampled three… Continue reading

Escape to Asia with a Chinese/Japanese fusion at Novikov

There’s lots of construction still going on in Downtown Miami’s Met One Building but walk past the dust and make your way to Novikov. You can brush off the dust later, trust me, you won’t regret it.

Right away, POW you’re greeted with a colorful sculpture which is just before you reach the hostess stand. You’ll want to capture this striking tall piece… Continue reading

You’ll have your head in the clouds with the dreamy food at El Cielo

The Chef at El Cielo, Juan Manuel Barrientos, is a pretty big deal, I mean he was recently featured in an issue of American Airlines’ in-flight magazine American Way Magazine. That’s because the Colombian-born’s innovative menu has created quite a buzz in Miami’s restaurant scene.

OK, so they’ve got this chocolate therapy course where melted chocolate is poured all over your hands.… Continue reading

Chef at Atton Brickell’s Lima has his finger on the pulse of Peruvian cuisine

Close to, but far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Brickell sits a modern boutique hotel Atton Brickell. That’s where you’ll find Lima, a restaurant where the Peruvian cuisine is passionately created by Chef Kyriacos Petrou.

Right on the corner of 15th Road and SW First Avenue, and just minutes from where I grew up, Atton features a wonderful rooftop pool… Continue reading

St. Roch Market joins the growing Miami Food Hall trend

They’re like a food court but with sophisticated food and cooler surroundings. Food halls are all the rage right now and why not? They’re great for when you’re not sure what you want to eat but you’ve got to curb that hunger.  I recently visited the one in the Miami Design District’s upscale Palm Court. But first, I lingered under the Buckminster… Continue reading

Bartenders are slingin’ first-rate cocktails at La Moderna

The Sunset Harbour neighborhood on Miami Beach shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. Aside from an enviable restaurant scene, their cocktail game is ridiculously on point, especially at La Moderna.

Already known for authentic Italian cuisine, La Moderna’s bartenders are slingin’ equally stellar cocktails behind the bar. And they’re having a blast making their unique creations.

They recently unveiled a brand new… Continue reading

Views and open kitchen rival the delicious food at Obra Kitchen Table

Brickell Bay Drive is the quieter street with a wonderful waterfront view, that runs parallel to the always bustling Brickell Avenue. It’s also where you’ll find Jade at Brickell Bay Condominium, home to Obra Kitchen Table.

Open Kitchen (Facebook)

Venezuelan Chef/Owner Carlos Garcia recently opened the restaurant where besides the food, the star attraction is the open kitchen with wrap-around counter seating for… Continue reading

Chotto Matte Bento Box is a stack of Peruvian/Japanese fusion

I have to admit, I had a tough time finding Chotto Matte, probably because it’s down an alley and faces the off ramp of a parking garage. This made the arrival even more intriguing.

Also, the fact that the sign for the restaurant is in clear plexiglass against a white wall.

But what a sight when I did find it. Walking up to… Continue reading

Sofi’s Local House is great for brunch and lunch

Sense Beach House in the South of Fifth neighborhood of Miami Beach, sits quietly on the corner of 4th and Ocean Dr. Yes, one block walk and you’re at the beach. Walk into the hotel off that corner and you’re inside their restaurant The Local House.

The sunny windows throughout provide a fantastic view of passersby and small glimpses of the clear blue… Continue reading

Aloft Hotels making a splash in Miami with art show and new restaurant

Surely you’ve seen Aloft Hotels becoming more prominent in Miami with locations in Brickell, Doral, Dadeland, Coral Gables and by Miami International Airport and it’s no surprise. Probably because they’re more than just hotels, but also sites for art exhibitions and home to great restaurants.

“Stiltsville” by Gabriela Benatar

Currently at Aloft Miami Brickell you can take a trip around Miami, right from… Continue reading