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Lazy Days- an Essential Keys Destination

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On July - 11 - 2018

Kick back, relax and have the best food  in the Keys at Lazy Days, in the heart of Islamorada. Lazy Days offers  top notch oceanfront dining and a laid-back atmosphere. Situated right on the sand, Lazy Days invites guests to stay for a while and delight in a wide variety of seafood dishes and fresh catch prepared Lazy Days style: Panko-crusted and drenched in key lime butter and garlic sauce. There are other unique and delicious preparations as well, such as Lorenzo style- sautéed and topped with a crab cake, key lime butter and béarnaise sauce. Hungry yet?

The menu also includes burgers, pastas, alligator bites, cracked conch and lots of other other island favorites. For a small fee, Lazy Days will cook your catch and serve it in a beautiful platter along with signature sides. It’s no surprise this place gets packed every day. Happy hour is especially fun, when you can enjoy food and drink specials while sitting in Adirondack chairs facing the water as you listen to live music and watch the sun set.

Located near Robbie’s, where guests delight in feeding giant tarpon and also next door to Bud and Mary’s Marina- ground zero for sport-fishing charters, Lazy Days is the best place to eat after enjoying nearby adventures. 

Whether you are driving to or through the Keys for the day, or plan to stay a while Lazy Days is definitely worth a visit.


 

Lazy Days

79867 Overseas Highway

For more information visit: http://www.lazydaysislamorada.com.

 

Barton G. The Restaurant – Now THAT’s “Dinnertainement”

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On May - 2 - 2018

By:  Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Thrill seekers no longer need to jump out of a plane, scale Mount Everest or go for a dive among Great Whites to push the boundaries of their imaginations and achieve that adrenaline rush.  A simple visit to Barton G. The Restaurant will provide all of the adventure that one can fathom – and then some. Barton G. is the Cirque de Soleil meets Ultra Music Festival meets the Indy 500 of the dining world- with the quality and flavors of a Michelin-Starred restaurant.

It’s no surprise that renowned restaurateur and special event impresario, Barton G. Weiss, creator of the extraordinary Barton  G. The Restaurants is the trendsetter in his field.  Creator of the liquid nitrogen cocktail and #foodporn, Barton is continuously looking for new ideas that are 100% original. “I live to create shockingly delicious and awe-inspiring dining and event experiences. Every day is a celebration.”

It’s also no accident-as this magic happens scientifically, thanks to an on-site engineer who helps with the development and execution of the outrageous dishes.

Guests are treated to a multi-sensory experience where they interact with fellow diners as collective gasps and Instagram moments are shared each time an over-the-top dish ceremoniously comes out of the kitchen.   Read the rest of this entry »

Best Places to Grab Lunch in Miami – From Wynwood to Miami Beach

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On April - 6 - 2018

Le Chick

Wynwood’s newest restaurant is now open for lunch. Le Chick offers elevated comfort food and craft cocktails perfect for your next lunch break. Grab a seat at the kitchen counter and make sure to keep an eye out for the exclusive lunch menu items including the Tomato Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Basil, sliced Almonds and Manchego; Avocado Toast topped with Ricotta, Radish, Cilantro and Lemon Lime Vinaigrette; and the mouth-watering Pulled Rib Bun made with Baby Back Rib, BBQ sauce, Iceberg Lettuce, Red Onion, Cilantro and Pickles (pro tip: add Fried Egg). Of course, don’t forget to try the chicken which comes fried or rotisserie style. 

Tues-Sun: Lunch 12PM

 

Quinto la Huella – 5th Floor at EAST, Miami

Can’t decide on what to have for lunch? Let the spread of meats, salads and sides at Quinto la Huella’s Chef’s Table inspire your next lunch break. Whether you need to grab a quick lunch or prefer to linger a little longer, the Chef’s Table at Quinto la Huella in EAST, Miami is the perfect weekday retreat with savory selections like the Wood-Oven Langoustines with Curry Potatoes and Octopus A La Plancha with Potatoes Confit and Paprika. Priced at $21 per person, you won’t find a better lunch deal in Brickell. Don’t forget to grab a glass of wine! 

Tue-FriChef’s Table 12PM-3PM | Buffet style $21+ per person

Reservations: dine@quintolahuella.com or 786-805-4646

 

The Miami Beach EDITION  

MARKET

Part patisserie, part boulangerie and part salumeria, Market features counters serving everything from Prosciutto & Gruyere Pizza, and Florida Red Snapper Ceviche to wines by the glass and pressed juices. The café-style dining room overlooks bustling Collins Avenue and is the perfect location to take a lunch break. Try one of Market’s newest menu additions including the Broccoli Soup with Thai flavors, Coconut and Lime and Spring Pea Pizza with Smoked Mozzarella, Pickled Chillies and Mint or the classic Kale Salad with Serrano Pepper, Croutons, Mint and Parmesan dressing.  

Sun-Mon: Lunch 12PM-6PM

Reservations: 786-257-4600

 

Le Pain Quotidien

Start your day off right with a nourishing lunch with friends and family at our communal table while enjoying items like the Spicy Shrimp and Avocado Toast topped with Corn Salsa and Chipotle Aioli or the delicious and filling Baker’s Lunch with your choice of Gazpacho or Soup of the Day, half Avocado Toast and Quinoa Taboulé Salad. In the mood for a salad? Try the Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai with a wonderful mixture of Red Peppers, Cabbage, Arugula, Toasted Cashews and Cilantro and Sesame-Cashew dressing. Don’t forget the refreshing Watermelon Cooler that’s always the perfect drink to pair with any choice.

Sun-Mon: Lunch 12PM-6PM

 

Skorpios

Located in the epicenter of Miami’s popular Midtown neighborhood, Skorpios combines signature Greek cuisine with South Florida flare. Join us for lunch and enjoy a wide selection of fresh Mediterranean fare that will have you yelling Yia Mas in no time! Priced at $27 per person, the lunch special includes your choice of one hot meze, one cold meze, one entree and one dessert. Signature menu items include TzatzikiHummus with Oven Baked Lamb,Chicken SouvlakiButterflied Cipura FishHomemade Baklava and Fresh Berries with Rose Water & Yogurt Foam.

Mon-Fri: Lunch, 11:30AM – 4:00PM 

Reservations: www.skorpiosmiami.com or 786-329-5905

 

COYO Taco

Miami’s freshest Mexican street food experience, COYO Taco, should be your next lunch break stop. Guacamole is smashed to order and tortillas are handcrafted on-site in an authentic Mexican tradition. Enjoy the Pulpo Taco with Charred Octopus, Salsa Veracruzana and Pickled Jalapeños or try something sweeter like the Pastor de Pollo Tacowith Chicken, Roasted Pineapple and Onions. No matter the dish, know our ingredients are 100% natural. Make sure to grab an Aguas Fresca and a Margarita to wind down while you enjoy some delicious tacos.

Opens Sun-Mon: 11AM

 

1111 Peruvian Bistro 

Whether your crave a hot, steamy, tasty pork bao,a traditional Peruvian Ceviche and Tiradito or some Nikkei cuisine, 1111 Peruvian Bistro in the heart of Brickell is the place to go.  This casual eatery with outdoor seating boasts a busy dinner crowd but is quiet and quick for lunch. You may want to go for lunch and stay for dinner- it’s THAT good. We loved the sweet sticky shrimp appetizer (the secret is the sweetened condensed milk), the bao and the traditional lomo saltado, but everything was fresh and delicious.  The neighborhood bistro is the perfect representation of international Peruvian fusion. The wide variety of causitas, ceviches, to Nikkei Makis and other Peruvian Inspirations are offered at affordable prices.

Lunch starts at 12 PM and valet parking is conveniently located in the Axis building, which also houses the restaurant. 

1-800-LUCKY

Inside the spacious and lively 1-800-LUCKY marketplace are seven different vendors for you to choose from, both local and international, each serving different Asian-inspired dishes. From Lotus + Cleaver’s Chinese BBQ and dim sum, to Hayato Miami’s Japanese ramen and sushi, to Poke OG’s Hawaiian-inspired poke bowls and Instagram-worthyTaiyaki ice cream, whatever you want to eat, 1-800-LUCKY will be sure to satisfy your cravings. Don’t forget to go to the outdoor patio where you will have the opportunity to grab a drink at the bar, relax in the lounge seating and enjoy live music from an eclectic variety of artists.

Opens Sun-Mon: 12 PM

 

 

Point Royal is on Point

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On May - 17 - 2017

By:  Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

When an Iron Chef invites you to dinner, you cancel all plans. When said chef happens to be Geoffrey Zakarian, you know you are in for the experience of a lifetime.  Needless to say that dinner at Point Royal at the newly renovated Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood Beach was nothing short of extraordinary.  While it goes without saying that the food is exceptional, the

coastal American restaurant, is as welcoming, elegant and larger-than-life as chef/partner  Zakarian himself. Picture an expansive, perfectly-lit space with a soothing color palate of earth tones, gold and gradient hues of blue, illuminated by enormous lanterns and filled with comfortable, cozy booths so well-positioned that there isn’t a bad seat in the place.

 

But the real star at Point Royal is the food. The menu features snacks, starters, items to share and a variety of meat, seafood and poultry dishes, including a daily catch and raw bar selections. For starters, the seafood is caught and served fresh daily, and only of the utmost quality. Start with one of the seafood towers and a few snacks. The 12 oz Alaskan king crab leg  crab croquettes with the “comeback sauce” will make you want to do just that.  The GZ butter poached lobster roll is the best we’ve tasted this side of Maine, complete with the specially-baked and buttered grilled bun and chunks and chunks of lobster dressed minimally with Coleman’s mustard- as it should be. The roasted Maine diver scallops were another favorite and beef lovers will enjoy the dry aged New York strip or the pomegranate glazed short rib. But the great news is that no matter what you order, you are sure to have an extraordinary experience. Save room for dessert. Standouts include chocolate budino and the key lime pavlova.

Don’t forget to sample some of the craft cocktails, as GZ is well-known for his expertise when it comes to creating creative concoctions, to which any fan of The Kitchen will attest.

 

Point Royal serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.  For information and reservations visit: 

http://www.pointroyal-fl.com.

 ALL NEW SUSHI SAKE – BISCAYNE OPENS

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On May - 5 - 2017

DSC_8626Sleek, Modern and Earthy Design Demonstrates the Mature Version of the Local Sushi Empire 

The newest location of Miami’s own hip and happening sushi empire, Sushi Sake—Biscayne, opened April 2017, across from the American Airlines Arena at 900 Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami is already packing the house and wowing guests. The 390-seat, 3,500 square foot indoor/outdoor locale unveils a sleek, new design for the concept within its impressive dining room with a large, seated sushi bar, wine cellar, communal table and wrap-around Oasis Terrace boasting incredible views of Biscayne Bay and the vibrant Miami skyline. The downtown location is also the first in the company to have a fully appointed bar with plans to institute a craft cocktail program in the works.

 

The original location of the late-night neighborhood sushi den revered for its tasty Japanese and pan-Asian cuisine, extensive sake list, excellent service and upbeat ambiance, opened eight years ago, to immediate success in a strip mall in Kendall. Since then, the family-owned operation has opened a total of 14 successful locations. “We are so thrilled to have opened our 14th location in the heart of downtown Miami, right across from the home of our favorite team, The Miami Heat,” exclaims Owner Angel Aguayo.  “The downtown location is our largest and nicest yet, and we are psyched to show off our updated concept and sleek design. Sushi Sake fans will love our refreshed earthy, and modern decor, and new friends will embrace what so many have come to love over the last eight years.”

 

Revered for consistency of quality, the menu showcases hot and cold Meat and Vegetarian Appetizers ($5-$15) including Pork Gyoza, deep fried or steamed; Beef Tataki – lightly seared meat in ponzu sauce and scallions; Yukke – thin slices of raw beef in kimchee sauce; Ebi Ten – a combination of shrimp and vegetable tempura; Ika – deep-fried squid; and vegetarian options such as Cheese Maki – deep fried cheddar pastry; Sweet potato tempura; and Aged tofu – deep- fried soybean curd with a special sauce; as well as cold Appetizers from the Sushi Bar ($10-$16), such as Wahoo Tataki – lightly spiced seared wahoo served with ponzu sauce, scallions and sesame seeds; Spicy Conch – thinly sliced conch served with sweet vinegar kimchee sauce and sesame seeds; and Hamachi Jalapeno. Sushi, Sashimi ($4-$6/piece) include Unagi (EEL), Ebi (shrimp), Wahoo, Tuna, Salmon, Tamago (Sweet egg); and Hamachi (Yellow Tail). They also offer a 20-piece Chef’s Choice of sashimi for $36.00. Temaki and Hand Rolls ($5-$7) include California Eel, Salmon Skin, Spicy Tuna and JB, among others.

 

Signature and traditional Sushi Rolls ($5-$17, $25) are fun and frivolous showcasing nearly 40 choices including, the Black Jack roll – half tuna, half eel, with avocado, asparagus and masago; and the Spicy Conch – conch, asparagus, cucumber, masago, sesame seeds and spicy sauce; with odes to our neighborhoods such as the Calle Ocho – ham croquettes, avocado, asparagus, topped with sweet plantains and potato sticks served with eel sauce; and Kendall Roll – tuna, hamachi, salmon, white fish, krabstick, masago and avocado; as well as our sports teams, including Marlins – seared scallops, asparagus, and krab salad, topped with thinly sliced scallops, avocado and tempura crunch; Dolphins – fried white fish fillet, cream cheese, avocado and krab salad, topped with baked hamachi and served with eel sauce and tempura crunch; and Miami Heat – shrimp tempura, cream cheese, krab salad, topped with baked salmon, spicy mayo and crunch. A Chef’s specialty Lobster Roll – ($25) has lobster temp, asparagus, cucumber and avocado, topped with special crunch, tobiko, a touch of spicy mayo and eel sauce; and the Lobster Blast ($35) is a lobster three ways dish with lobster roll, fried lobster and lobster sautéed with mushrooms, served with eel sauce, spicy mayo, tobiko and tempura crunch.

 

Hibachi Specials such as scallop, seafood, teppanyaki (mushroom) and Deluxe Treat with filet mignon and cold water lobster tail; Katsu Dinners ($6-$19) featuring chicken, shrimp and fish; Teriyaki ($19-$26) with choices of salmon, steak, scallop, lobster, fish and more, along with Fried Rice and Noodle Specialties, as well as Salads, Soups and Desserts, round out the extensive menu.

 

A massive change from the dark, red and black interiors of the Sushi Sakes that have come before, Sushi Sake – Biscayne dons a more modern and comfortable décor. Clean, simplistic and light, the large dining room is awash in neutral colors with hints of slate and charcoal. Round Edison bulbs are draped over the hostess stand below the black, exposed ceiling. A sit-at sushi station allows diners to watch the sushi chefs at work, while a 20×20-foot wine cellar displays 600 bottles of red and white and bubbles. Buddha statues bless the room filled with light wooden tables and charcoal leather chairs. A walkup bar showcases the fully-appointed liquor selection, while vats of infused sakes decorate the black granite bar top. A communal, or VIP table, seating 10, is located along the small rear wall that is dressed in gold wall paper with blooming cherry blossom trees. Walls have been left mostly empty to make way for projector screens to show games, videos, etc. Floor-to-ceiling doors line most the corner restaurant, providing views to the lush wrap-around Oasis Terrace and twinkling lights of downtown Miami. Outside, eclectic tables and chairs sit among lavish foliage, providing privacy from the street without blocking the scenery of sparkling Biscayne Bay. Two large koi ponds flank the street entrance to the terrace and main restaurant doors, creating a truly tropical feel.

 

A Monday- Friday, 4-7 p.m. Happy Hour, offers select cocktails, beers, wine and sake at half price, as well as half off all hot appetizers and Thai donuts, and specials on select rolls. Plans to incorporate a Japanese-inspired craft cocktail program are in the works.

 

Sushi Sake – Biscayne, located at 900 Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami, serves lunch and dinner, Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m.- midnight and Friday and Saturday, from 11 a.m.-5 a.m. Affordable valet parking is available with validation from the restaurant. Telephone: 305.285.3232, Website: www.sushisakemiami.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/sushisakemiami, Instagram and Twitter: @sushisakemiami.

 

 

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SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill Hits the Strip

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 15 - 2017
Jeremy Yoza, General Manager presents The Duck and Waffle

Jeremy Yoza, General Manager presents The Duck and Waffle

Miami favorite, SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill’s award-winning Executive Chef & Partner Timon Balloo has brought his culinary genius to the Las Vegas Strip. Diners are transported to a tropical paradise with an open fire grill, a raw bar, and a traditional kitchen where the creations are anything but traditional. The menu is an assortment of small plates and larger platters that you may not want to share. Some of our favorites included the Pig Ear Pad Thai, Goat Cheese Croquettes, and the Bacon Wrapped Dates, and those were just the appetizers. The main dish that really left an impression was the Duck and Waffle. Not only was it beautifully presented, but delicately fileted for us to enjoy the perfect bite of egg, duck and waffle along with a mustard seed maple syrup. Absolutely decadent. SUGARCANE is a welcome addition to the Venetian’s Restaurant Row and will be opening a third location in Brooklyn. For more information visit: https://sugarcanerawbargrill.com/

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