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CUBAN-INSPIRED COCKTAILS MEET CONTEMPORARY CUISINE

CUBAN-INSPIRED COCKTAILS MEET CONTEMPORARY CUISINE

Culinary

Published 9/5/19

By Daisy CabreraAs Hispanic Heritage Month is upon us, we’re thrilled to feature an old school meets new school restaurant that sits in the heart of Little Havana - Café La Trova. Showcasing Cuban and globally-inspired dishes with a unique, modern approach, it’s headed by the renown Maestro CantineroJulio Cabrera alongside James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein and her restaurateur-husband David Martinez. The Cuban-born Cabrera, who grew up watching his father bartend, found his calling as a “Cantinero” - an expert bartender who thoughtfully creates craft cocktails while fashioning the drinking experience into a stylish and sophisticated one. His resume is worldly, extensive and impressive: working across multiple countries, winning several cocktail competitions, and representing top shelf spirits. The result of his collaboration with Chef Bernstein at her previous establishment, Sra. Martinez was prestigious recognition as “one of the 100 best bars in America.” …

Two Month Miami Spice = Twice As Nice!

Two Month Miami Spice = Twice As Nice!

Culinary

Published 8/8/19

By Daisy CabreraEnough to whet any foodie's appetite, GMCVB hosted an exclusive Miami Spice Kickoff & Heritage Showcase on July 31 at Jungle Island. Miami Spice is part of their Miami Temptations year-round program which includes Miami Arts & Heritage Months, Miami Health & Wellness Months, Miami Attractions & Museums Months, Miami Hotels Months, Miami Spa Months and Miami Entertainment Months.“Over the course of 18 years, the ‘Miami Spice’ program has evolved into a culinary movement celebrating the best in Greater Miami’s food scene” said GMCVB President and CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME. “We’re thrilled this program not only gives diners the opportunity to sample signature dishes by world-class chefs but also offers exceptional seasonal savings to visitors and locals alike.”The well-attended sneak preview of the two-month culinary celebration was buzzing with excitement, art activations, and hungry guests visiting rows upon rows of restaurant …

Caribbean305 was a night of carousing, cuisine and culture

Caribbean305 was a night of carousing, cuisine and culture

Culinary

Published 7/1/19

By Daisy CabreraThe 3rd annual Caribbean305 on June 22 was a festive representation of the region’s offerings: warm hospitality and generous smiles; traditionally-dressed moko jumbies stilt walkers; deliciously elevated culinary bites; refreshing handcrafted cocktails; and colorful Carnival dancers in head-to-toe bright feathers, and shiny sequins.“This year, Caribbean305 is in a new venue - Mana Wynwood - as it allows us to accommodate for the growth we have seen with this event year after year,” said Matthew Cooper, Chief Marketing Officer for Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA). “Wynwood is one of Miami's most eclectic districts known for dynamic street art and as an enclave for Caribbean immigrants, so it was the perfect location to showcase a new and improved Caribbean305. As well, this year we had some wonderful national companies as sponsors, including Monster Energy and Belvedere.” Also new to the event was the ‘2019 Contemporary Caribbean Individual …

SUN, SAND, SEA AND SULTRY RUM RECIPES

SUN, SAND, SEA AND SULTRY RUM RECIPES

Culinary

Published 6/28/19

By Daisy CabreraFrom India, Japan, Mozambique and Australia to France, Spain, Denmark and Germany - rum is made around the world in more countries that we can count. As the first branded spirit ever made, the top-selling rums hail from across the Caribbean and Latin America regions. Puerto Rico leads the way, producing over 70 percent of rums sold in the U.S.July 21 would have been Ernest Hemingway’s 120th birthday. The great writer was a big lover of mojitos, and rum in general. In fact, a Cuban bartender created the “Papa Doble” drink in his honor, which Hemingway referred to as a “Double Frozen Daiquiri” and famously wrote, “This frozen daiquiri, so well beaten as it is, looks like the sea where the wave falls away from the bow of a ship when she is doing thirty knots.” In his honor, and in celebration of National Rum Day on August 16, we gathered up some hand-crafted cocktail recipes from beloved Latin restaurants for your enjoyment.Tucked away in South Beach, …

DUCK DUCK GOOSE: A FEAST OF FLAVORFUL FOWL

DUCK DUCK GOOSE: A FEAST OF FLAVORFUL FOWL

Culinary

Published 6/28/19

By Daisy CabreraBirds of a feather flock together... and so they did! Local foodies gathered ‘round to celebrate a galore of creative, mouth-watering bites as a stellar lineup of masters threw down.The all-star headliners read like a marquis of gastronomic gurus:• Brad Kilgore (Kilgore Culinary, Brava by Brad Kilgore, Kaido, AMA, Alter, Ember)• José Mendín (Pubbelly)• Brian Mullins (Ms. Cheezious)• Scott Linquist (Coyo Taco)• Nicole Votano (FOH Inc.)• Douglas Rodriguez (Alma de Cuba)• Clark Bowen (Boulud Sud Miami)• Fabian Di Paolo (Cvltvra)• Melanie and Jason Schoendorfer (Babe’s Meat Counter)• James Strine (Trophy Room)• Andrew Zarzosa (Yuzu)• Nando and Valerie Chang (Itamae)• Steve Santana (Off Site)• Tom Bils and Joshua Gonzalez (Mama's Boys)• Alex Meyer and Luciana Giangrandi (La Pollita)• Santiago Gómez (Cantina la 20)• Carlos García (Obra Kitchen Table)• Pablo Zitzmann (No Name Chinese)• Alissa Frice (Frice Cream)• Sasha Ullman …

UNCORK A SUPERB TIME AT THE BLIND MONK

UNCORK A SUPERB TIME AT THE BLIND MONK

Culinary

Published 6/28/19

By Daisy CabreraGeneral Manager and Cicerone Jason Hunt describes the overall concept, “When Ben Lubin started The Blind Monk, he wanted to create a transportive, Zen-like place where guests can come, relax and forget about the stresses of the outside world.” Since opening nine years ago, the bar has committed to excellence - constantly improving their menu offerings, staff knowledge and level of service.What began as an offbeat wine bar on a quiet downtown side street has become one of the leaders in the fine wine and food scene in the county. Today, The Blind Monk is recognized as one of the top 15 wine bars in the nation by Travel & Leisure. Here you’ll see beers that you don’t see at most bars - new and seasonal releases, and classic craft and import beers. With a spectrum of different beer styles, they spotlight beers that are chosen as world-class examples of their style. In turn, The Blind Monk’s eclectic and artisanal food philosophy presents a thoughtful …

A COCKTAIL CONNOISSEUR’S IDEA OF HEAVEN?  DRINK MIAMI!

A COCKTAIL CONNOISSEUR’S IDEA OF HEAVEN? DRINK MIAMI!

Culinary

Published 6/28/19

By Daisy CabreraAnd, what an incredible oasis of creative libations it was. Off we merrily go! Throughout the property’s rooms, bungalows, courtyards, gardens and upstairs at 27 Restaurant - leading brands served up interactive stylish settings, dynamic décor, and completely decked-out experiences paired with specialty drinks much to the delight of 750 guests. As travelers were transported through the uniquely different encounters, collecting passport stamps all the while, they enjoyed showcased craft cocktails that highlighted the very best Miami has to offer.Co-founders and partners Gabe Urrutia and Giovanny Gutierrez said, “DRINK Miami says a lot about how Miami's drinking culture has evolved. Many always thought of Miami as a vacation spot with big colorful frozen daiquiris and mojitos, but we house some of the best bars in the world. Miami is a melting pot of cultures that lends itself to think outside the box, and create some extraordinary tastes and flavors. Look at our …

HERE PIGGY PIGGY! COCHON555 WAS A PORK LOVER’S DREAM COME TRUE.

HERE PIGGY PIGGY! COCHON555 WAS A PORK LOVER’S DREAM COME TRUE.

Culinary

Published 6/28/19

 For the 7th year, the national Cochon555 competition returned to Miami on May 19 to serve up a gourmet experience in an entertaining and inspiring setting. Founder Brady Lowe shared: “Miami is one of the stops that we love. It has always been very welcoming to the tour and continues to grow year after year. It brings another twist to our tour as it is one of our more Latin-influenced stops, which we love to include the diversity into our lineup for Grand Cochon.”The hyper-local competition featured five chefs cooking five whole heritage breed pigs, alongside five sommeliers and five barkeeps. Beyond showcasing talent, the organization highlights the agricultural importance of heritage breed pigs and promotes local family farming. Not sure what a heritage breed pig is? Lowe explains, “Consumers should understand that the difference between commodity pork and heritage breed pig are: heritage breed pigs are raised in pastures, free roaming, are fed specific feed depending …

Wine Spectator's Grand Tour Miami Was a Whirlwind of Wine

Wine Spectator's Grand Tour Miami Was a Whirlwind of Wine

Culinary

Published 6/28/19

They say life is too short to drink bad wine, and we couldn't agree more. Known as the world’s leading authority on wine, Wine Spectator uses a 100-point rating scale to determine the qualities of a wine, and “outstanding” wines are those rated 90 points or higher.Naturally, Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour Miami presented only the very best of the best - “outstanding” flagship wines from 244 leading wineries across 17 countries. Seasoned experts poured their exceptional wines, and offered valuable insight on their estates and wine-growing regions. >From grape to glass, there was much to learn here.“Wine Spectator's blind tasting methodology is designed to eliminate bias and preconceptions about what a wine *should* be and instead to focus on what's in the glass. Our tasters consider the different elements of a wine and how they fit together--the flavor range, the structure, the style--and we try to describe these components to our readers in the tasting note and with the …

At the Table With Miami's Top Chefs

At the Table With Miami's Top Chefs

Culinary

Published 6/28/19

By Daisy CabreraThe New York Times named Chef Michelle Bernstein “One of Miami's Culinary Stars” and we couldn’t agree more. A Miami native of Jewish and Latin descent, she is a leading author, philanthropist, caterer, and Emmy award winner: PBS 2’s Check, Please! South Florida and ABC 10’s SoFlo Taste. With husband David Martinez, the chef and restaurateur embarked on her latest endeavor - Café La Trova. Hailed as “One of America’s Best New Restaurants” by GQ, the Cuban-inspired bar and café in Little Havana combines innovative and traditional Cuban-style and technique. Chef Bernstein is a James Beard Award winner.Lots of buzz surrounding Chef Hemant Mathur, and with good reason. The impressive Tandoor master, who is fluent in five languages, has graced prestigious eateries in Jaipur, Delhi, Kolkata, Berlin, and worked as a private chef in Mexico. In NYC alone, Chef Mathur opened Tamarind, Diwan Grill, Amma, and two Michelin-starred restaurants - Devi and Tulsi. …

FOODIE DIARIES - MERCI CAFÉ BOULUD, MERCI.

FOODIE DIARIES - MERCI CAFÉ BOULUD, MERCI.

Culinary

Published 4/2/19

By Daisy CabreraOriginally built in 2003 and redesigned in 2015, the timeless fine-dining restaurant matches the landmark’s sheer glamour, warmth and intimacy. And, the romantic and posh courtyard is an open-air oasis complete with statuesque palm trees, an elegant fountain and plenty of tropical foliage. Café Boulud’s gourmet French-American cuisine (with a loving nod to South Florida) is as upscale as its swank, nostalgia-inducing setting. You wouldn’t expect anything less from the world-renowned chef and iconic visionary hailing from Lyon who has enjoyed a four-decade career including: building a global gastronomic empire, earning multiple Michelin stars, authoring numerous books, and winning several James Beard Foundation awards among his many achievements.Headed by the highly recognized and award-winning Executive Chef Rick Mace - who has worked alongside Boulud for years - let’s obsess over the exceptional, seasonal ingredient-driven cuisine. But, before we …

FOODIE DIARIES - Café Prima Pasta is as Old School Italian as it Gets

FOODIE DIARIES - Café Prima Pasta is as Old School Italian as it Gets

Culinary

Published 3/26/19

By Daisy CabreraGrazie Café Prima Pasta for always being our go-to. With its plentitude of outdoor and indoor seating, a daily happy hour, charming hospitality, expert service, and endless Italian dishes to devour, it’s no wonder this popular establishment continues to wow almost three decades later.Family-owned and operated, the award-winning Café Prima Pasta is headed by Gerardo “Gerry” Cea (Founder) overseeing operations alongside Fabian (brother), Arturo (father) serving as Executive Chef, and Carla (mother) baking fresh breads and desserts daily. They consider their staff of 50 “family.”“When we first opened in 1993, it was a cash only restaurant that sat 28 and served beer and wine,” said Gerry Cea. “Today, we seat 150 across four different dining areas and offer a full bar.” The eclectic décor and dim lighting makes this cozy, full-service eatery feel like home - everything from decadent chandeliers, Moroccan lamps and wood ceiling beams to hanging …

Miami’s food halls  are a feast for the palate

Miami’s food halls are a feast for the palate

Culinary

Published 7/11/18

By Daisy CabreraFoodies rejoice! From sweet, savory, and salty eats to saturated, succulent and spicy dishes – Miami is a bon viveur playground of gastronomy. With the smorgasbord of food halls popping up, it’s quite easy to stuff yourself with whatever you fancy. First thing’s first – let’s explore the massive 40,000 square foot Italian food haven known as La Centrale. No passport needed to tour its three levels, 14 different restaurants and eateries. This is home to handpicked gems spanning food and wine regions (Sardinia, Tuscany, Sicily, Piedmont, Veneto, Puglia, etc.) Ciao bella!The ground floor is an Italian piazza with grab-and-go street food stations, and an outdoor terrace to bask in the warm sun. Roticceria has paninis and mini calzones waiting for you. At Focacceria, enjoy minestrone with a piadina classica. Insalate is salads galore, and add truffle cream, and crispy pancetta to those greens!The Expresso bar offers much more than macchiatos; such as …

Caribbean305 was all about island hopping – no passport needed!

Caribbean305 was all about island hopping – no passport needed!

Culinary

Published 6/28/18

By, Daisy CabreraThe timing was simply perfect as June marks Caribbean-American Heritage Month. And, since Miami is the gateway to the Caribbean, it serves as the perfect backdrop for a flavorful fête of all things Caribbean!"Caribbean culture is so important in Miami because it's deeply rooted here. I feel like we are an extension of the Caribbean itself. Our people, the music, the food, the agriculture, and the traditions,"stated Chef Adrianne Calvo, South Florida ambassador for Caribbean305.While the lively and colorful Caribbean is world-renown for its beautifully picturesque landscapes, the distinct islands offer an equally lively and colorful array of varied cultures and gourmet delicacies.An extravaganza of unlimited culinary bites and tasty cocktails, all set to live entertainment, is a foodie’s idea of heaven! And, luckily for Caribbean305’s “vacation-mode” attendees, 16 Caribbean destinations showcased their best cuisine: …

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