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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

ROK:BRGR is rockin’ a new brunch menu

The recently debuted Saturday brunch at ROK:BRGR was a delight to discover and made a fun afternoon out. It’s cool that Saturday brunch is now a thing there so…with my trusty sidekicks (the BFF and my daughter) we set out to try as many of their brunch dishes as possible.

We surveyed the menu and after much consideration, because it was really tough… Continue reading

Lovely afternoon with Tibetan Monks at the Coral Springs Museum of Art

Discovering the Coral Springs Museum of Art during a lunch with Tibetan Monks was an enchanting, enlightening and zen-like experience. Honestly, I fell in love with the grounds of the Museum even before I stepped through the doors.

Star Memorial to MSD students


Stone memorial for MSD students

The quiet, peaceful garden was filled with installations including star cut outs hanging from… Continue reading

Cooking with Norman Van Aken was a thrill and you can too!

For a while now, I’ve been very excited to see Chef Norman Van Aken back on the Miami food scene. Love his Three at Wynwood Arcade where I enjoyed a wonderful lunch a few months back. Imagine my excitement then, to cook with Van Aken himself!

I’m all smiles with Chef Norman Van Aken.

That’s what you can do too at In The… Continue reading

Here’s some Poison you’ll love being exposed to

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Science Museum has devised an ingenious way to present the vast history of poisons in their latest exhibition The Power of Poison: From the Depths of the Sea to Your Own Backyard, by tackling the subject from several angles.

Bet you don’t think of poisons as a possible protective barrier, but for many animals they are, 0r… Continue reading

Essensia debuts menu by new Chef de Cuisine Ilde Ferrer

Getting to experience Essensia Restaurant’s new menu by newly-appointed Chef de Cuisine Ilde Ferrer was a treat. Meeting Chef Ferrer and hearing first hand about his passion for cooking the new seasonal menu, was a downright thrill.

The farm-to-table movement he’s leading at Essensia, which is located inside The Palms Hotel & Spa, is a culinary approach that’s inspired by nature. Chef Ferrer… Continue reading

It was a joy to discover the gems of quaint Wilton Manors

It was great to visit Wilton Manors, lovingly known as “The Island City” after many years of being away. I wasn’t entirely familiar with the area except for a few visits several years ago.

The day-long tour was a memorable one filled with stops at eateries, bars, a health food spot, coffee shop and artists village and boat ride along one of the… Continue reading

Tap 42 keeps expanding, this time to Aventura Mall

Having been to the Midtown location a couple of times and thoroughly enjoying it, I wanted to check out the new Tap42 location in Aventura Mall.

The restaurant is situated in the mall’s new wing with a wonderful view. Right past the hostess stand are nice roomy booths and the large bar with plenty of seating. Plenty of windows provide lots of natural… Continue reading

10-course dinner at One Door East is a feast for the eyes

Recently, five chefs joined forces in the kitchen at Fort Lauderdale’s One Door East for a 10-course dinner with wine pairings that was a feast for the eyes.

Chefs Timon Balloo from Sugarcane, Xavier Torres from Drunken Dragon, Carlos Garcia from Alto, Clay Conley from Buccan and Ricardo Chaneton former chef de cuisine of the 2-Michelin star Mirazur in France worked their magic… Continue reading