Miami Beach

Walk down The Alley for authentic Italian eats

The Betsy Hotel is already one of Miami Beach’s most recognized and unique properties. Known as a boutique arts hotel, their cultural programming and art exhibitions are revered and rivaling that reputation are the restaurants.

Their newest eatery is The Alley whose menu was closely curated by Executive Chef Danny Ganem and award-winning Chef Laurent Tourondel who conceptualized the menu that Ganem brings… Continue reading

Sweet Liberty’s a gem in quiet SoBe area

Away from the craziness that can be South Beach (even though c’mon we all know we still love it, I mean what’s not to love?), quietly doling out masterful cocktails and food is Sweet Liberty.

Walk inside and you’re immediately enveloped in an environment of exposed silver ducts overhead, a huge fully stocked bar, old school red leather booths, funky mismatched chairs and… Continue reading

Juvia desserts and champagne as pretty as the view

There’s no question that the view from Juvia is breathtaking but equally beautiful are their desserts. Of course, their menu is a carefully curated blend of French, Japanese and Peruvian cooking styles. That means, plenty of nigiri, crudos, a duck foie gras and several other internationally-inspired dishes.

But for one evening, they focused on their desserts and the tasting menu prepared by Pastry… Continue reading

Matador Room at The Miami Beach EDITION

Stepping into The Matador Room’s sunken oval dining room with a restored elegant 1950s chandelier overhead, the throwback glamour inside The Miami Beach EDITION’s restaurant is a definite change from the traditional hotel spot.

Maitake mushroom appetizer

Sweet pea guacamole with chips

The menu here is just as impressive as the decor, created by world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.  Like the crispy, meaty… Continue reading

Menu at this tavern reaches down to your soul

Probably because at Soul Tavern in South Beach’s Sunset Harbour neighborhood, the all-vegetarian menu is so rich and soulful you’ll never miss the meat. And that’s exactly what I told Jason Gordon, founder and owner of this warm, inviting and yes, soulful restaurant.

Gordon smiled when I said that and then proceeded to bring out dish, after dish, after dish of the many… Continue reading

Oysters at the Red The Steakhouse? Shucks yeah

What a surprise to arrive at a steakhouse and be presented with oysters for shucking. It was an interesting twist but a welcome one, especially given that there was a fun lesson about oysters and the different varieties being presented that evening.

Chef Peter Vauthy Red The Steakhouse demonstrating the art of oyster shucking.

That’s what happened at Red The Steakhouse where dinner… Continue reading

Feast fit for a king at InterContinental Miami’s Toro Toro

It’s so fun to discover hidden spots just about anywhere, but especially in an iconic Downtown Miami hotel and in the basement. That’s where we dined for a Miami Spice preview dinner at InterContinental Miami’s Toro Toro Restaurant.

Before dinner commenced, we were told where we were sitting is the only chef’s table in Downtown Miami that’s next to the kitchen. The… Continue reading

Finger lickin’ goodness at Bird & Bone

When the name Chef Richard Hales becomes associated with a restaurant it’s a pretty sure bet the food will be extraordinary. Already familiar with his Sakaya Kitchen and Black Brick Chinese, Bird & Bone was the only one I hadn’t tried.

Just like he immersed himself in Asian cooking methods for his other two restaurants, Hales traveled through the southern United States when… Continue reading

Preserving Miami Beach, one house at a time

I’ve known about the Miami Design Preservation League since the late 1980s when I used to receive information about their meetings and efforts while working as Calendar Editor at Miami Today. Heck, I remember sitting at the Carlyle, one of the few places that had been re-done and was open back then, and having lunch with a friend who lived on the still… Continue reading

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