Archive for the ‘Palate’ Category

Loretta and the Butcher

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On January - 11 - 2022


Tucked away unsuspectingly in Coconut Grove’s bustling Commodore Street, Loretta and the Butcher is a quaint and charming cafe/restaurant that serves simple, albeit expertly prepared dishes hailing from Argentina and the Mediterranean, as well as a wide array of unique wines. The brainchild of longtime friends and coworkers, Mariano Codaro and Costa Grillas, who met  in Miami in 2007 and worked  together for almost a decade before teaming up to open up their dream boutique restaurant: where residents from the community could feel at home and enjoy a great meal at a fair price with impeccable service. Loretta and the Butcher is that dream fulfilled!

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Taste of the SLS- a Culinary Celebration

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On November - 19 - 2021

On November 11th, SLS South Beach, hosted Taste of SLS South Beach, an evening of unique culinary experiences. The star-studded culinary celebration brought together award-winning chefs from across the world affording guests a taste of the very best of SLS properties in one glamorous location and an exclusive performance by award-winning producer Mark Ronson.

Encompassing culinary and mixology experiences staged throughout the resort, an exclusive performance by Mark Ronson topped the event along with culinary collaborators: Dario Cecchini (Carna), Sara Aqel (Fi’lia), Katsuya Uechi (Katsuya). The event paired gourmet food and beverage offerings with exciting entertainment at one of Miami Beach’s hottest properties along with access to its entire beachfront amenities and afterparty at Hyde Beach Club.

Presented in collaboration with Chase Sapphire®, Red Bull, Danone, Lavazza, and ALL – Accor Live Limitless, guests enjoyed hand-crafted cocktails and energetic refreshments from Red Bull & Lavazza as they appreciated never-ending culinary creations by SLS’s participating restaurants and mixology concepts.


Head to the SLS for Miami Spice

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On September - 15 - 2021

The Bazaar by Jose Andrés

September heralds the end of summer and the beginning of football season, cozy evenings and PSLs. But it also affords foodies the opportunity to experience the menus at some of Miami’s top restaurants at a fraction of the cost thanks to Miami Spice. The swanky SLS hotel on Miami Beach currently offers the Miami Spice menu at its two top tier restaurants- The Bazaar by Jose Andres and Katsuya. Both offer the Miami Spice menu Sunday-Thursday evenings for just $42, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

The Bazaar by Jose Andres 

From the moment you enter the expansive dining room at The Bazaar- you know you’re in for a special treat. Helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef José Andrés, the restaurant offers a vibrant mix of sophisticated cuisine and a playful indoor-outdoor space designed by Philippe Starck.

As part of the Miami Spice promotion, diners can mix and match from an array of special five-course menus. Guests can choose between favorites like salmon roe “Bagels and Lox,” yucca “churros,” Cuban coffee-rubbed churrasco with passion fruit, and lots more. In essence, two guests dining together have the opportunity to experience ten of Andres’ masterful dishes. Our favorites included the chicken croquetas- a bit of Spain in every bite and the Gazpacho Patricia, (named after its creator, who happens to be Andres’ wife); the best we’ve tasted this side of the Atlantic. Not to be missed are the Pisto, the Brussels Sprouts or the Traditional Flan.

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Get Inspired at LaMuse Cafe

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On December - 16 - 2019

LaMuse Cafe & Restaurant brings something to the table every day of the week. The overwhelming response to LaMuse’s seven-day-a-week brunch sparks the French cafe-inspired haven to launch post-work happy hours and dinners on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Nestled inside the eastern wing of Avant Gallery at the Epic in Downtown Miami, LaMuse is a space bursting with European cafe vibes. From the flower-adorned ceilings to the vine-covered gates separating guests from the hustle and bustle of the city, LaMuse is a quick trip to Europe without so much as booking the flight. The space was personally envisioned and designed by owner and Avant Gallery owner/gallerist Dmitry Prut, who also curated the art at David Grutman’s Swan and Bar Bevy.

The restaurant, which houses a premier coffee bar, wine bar, and craft cocktail bar is open 7 days a week for brunch and lunch. Whether inside at one of the gallery seats or al fresco beneath Miami’s towering skyscrapers, LaMuse Cafe & Restaurant remains one of Miami’s multi-dimensional locations: ideal for “creative power lunches,” a watering hole with a surprisingly cultural edge for happy hour crowds, and a quaint spot for couples searching for a romantic date night locale.

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Mama Joon Brings Veg-Forward, Mediterranean Fare in a Chic Setting

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 4 - 2019

Set in a beautiful atrium with a backyard waterfront patio on the Collins Canal, Mama Joon features vegetarian-forward, homestyle Mediterranean cuisine with a strong Lebanese influence.

Located in the sprezzatura atrium of the hotel, Mama Joon is a refreshingly inviting, family-style restaurant that draws inspiration from the Lebanese background of Life House Founder and CEO, Rami Zeidan. When creating the menu for Mama Joon, Rami sat with his stepmom, who is like a mother to him, and handpicked some of their favorite family recipes. The new recipes, now with a Miami twist, came to life collaboratively with the local culinary team, Executive Chef Harry Capacetti from Matador Room and Bar and Restaurant Director, Hakien Pagan, from the EDITION Hotel at the helm.

“We take great pride in creating and delivering on elegant, high quality food and drinks, and seek to serve the people, not just the elite. We’re really excited to partner with Rami and the Life House team to make Mama Joon an accessible experience,” said Chef Capacetti.

From the same brand that brought Miami Life House, Little Havana and Cuban-inspired Parcela Cafe, Mama Joon continues to showcase the brand’s refreshingly authentic and creative approach through the development of another locally inspired restaurant and bar.

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Check out Power Bowls and Tostadas at LIME FRESH

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On February - 26 - 2019


Florida based,fast-casual Mexican restaurant concept, LIME Fresh Mexican Grill now offers six new menu items – three new Tostadas and three new Power Bowls.  

Prepared with LIME Fresh Mexican Grill’s fresh, never frozen ingredients, guests can choose from three different Tostadas: a classic Mexican meal of toasted corn tortillas topped with a variety of meats, beans, cheese, and/or vegetables. The Fiesta Beef; Black Bean and Guacamole and Chipotle Chicken Tostada are all fresh and tasty.  

Power Bowls are also delicious and satisfy big appetites. The Gringo Power Bowl is made with perfectly season Ground Beef, topped with Rice, Black Beans, Onions, Peppers, Grilled Corn, Cheddar and Jack Cheese, Pico De Gallo and Sour Cream. SoFlo Power Bowl is made with all-white-meat Chicken Breast, Rice, Lettuce, Salsa Verde, Pico De Gallo, Black Bean Salsa, House Made Pickled Vegetables and Tortilla Strips. Asada Power Bowl is made with Marinated Skirt Steak, Rice, Black Beans, Caramelized Onions, Pico De Gallo, House Made Salsa Asada, Cotija Cheese and Tortilla Strips.






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