Free and cheap things to do this weekend

The Miami River continues to be a working waterway has also become a spot to party and dine. Celebrate it this weekend at the annual Miami River Day festival plus, there’s plenty going on at Bayfront Park, in Coral Gables and as always, on Miami Beach.

Yoga at Bayfront Park (Facebook)

Bayfront Park/Museum Park

When’s the last time you went to a yoga… Continue reading

Zucca brings Italian flair inside boutique hotel

I was quite surprised when I attended a media tasting at Zucca and realized as I arrived that it was inside the boutique Hotel St. Michel, an iconic fixture in Downtown Coral Gables.

Curious to sample the Italian fare inside this French-themed hotel, the restaurant’s contemporary look was quite inviting. We settled around the bar for what would be a barrage of family-style… Continue reading

Authentic Mexican eats in a colorful setting at Tacology

I’d never been to Brickell CityCentre but found myself going there for the first time recently for a tasting at the Mexican eatery Tacology. Located on the fourth floor of the Brickell semi-open-air shopping and dining complex (it’s tough to call this place a mall) it was time to try so much more than just tacos.

Walking into this place you’re greeted by… Continue reading

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This Weekend

Chop Suey: Mandarin Oriental Chinese New Year Celebration Feast your eyes on exotic Asian ribbon dancers against a soaring Miami skyline backdrop. Chow down: Sip champagne poolside, then dig into Szechuan-style short ribs and chocolate dragon ball cake. Fri 7p. Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 500 Brickell Key Dr., Downtown (305-913-8358). Free entrance; dinner $85-$135. Nearby: Gordon Biersch; Taverna Opa; Blackbird Ordinary

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Chef’s heating it up in the most unlikeliest of places

If you’ve lived in Miami for a while or are that rarity, a NATIVE like me, and love to read, chances are Books & Books is a place you’ve visited oh…once or twice maybe. However, one thing that doesn’t come to mind when thinking of this place is gourmet food but that’s just what Chef Bernie Matz is dishing out at the Lincoln… Continue reading

La Lupita’s An Example Of Great Mexican…Ole!

There are no wide hats, terracotta colors or any other brightly colored décor that we’ve come to expect when entering a Mexican restaurant at La Lupita. If anything the interior of this spot is the antithesis of that with simple white décor and only paper placemats on tables and walls covered with large scale color photographs of scenes from the country to remind… Continue reading

So Much Better Than The Drive Thru, Quicker Than A Leisurely Lunch

Sometimes sitting down to a full restaurant lunch just isn’t an option but zipping through the drive thru, well, it isn’t great either. That’s when I love to pop in to a casual bakery or good semi-gourmet eatery where they’ve always got savory as well as sweet goods. Living in Miami these types of places are everywhere and there are more than just… Continue reading

Miami’s A Mecca For Waterfront Dining

Living in Miami my entire life, (yes, I’m a native which always baffles people when they ask me because there aren’t many of us), it’s never been difficult to find a waterfront restaurant, be it casual or elegant. Honestly, the casual ones are much cooler and offer pretty much the same view.

One of my all-time faves is Scotty’s Landing in Coconut… Continue reading

Miami Design District Eateries

The Design District has become a hotbed of residential living, like the ultra modern and cool Midtown condominiums near and around the open-air Midtown Miami shopping area as well as dining, they’ve even got an area called “restaurant row,” which continues to thrive and grow.

It’s only fitting then that someone as hot in the chef world… Continue reading

Suviche – Downtown Miami

The cuisines of Peru and Japan are expertly represented in the menu at Suviche, one of the Brickell area’s newest eateries. The unique concept of blending the two cuisines came from wanting to serve the freshest possible food from two regions that are never represented together.

A trained sushi chef prepares the colorful and creative items in an open kitchen where diners can… Continue reading