Archive for the ‘Palate’ Category

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.






For more information and updates, visit or follow LIME Fresh onFacebook:,Instagram: @LIMEfreshmexicangrill and Twitter: @LIMEfreshmex.

Green Plate – Chic Asian Bistro in Doral

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On October - 31 - 2018

Green Plate Asian Bistro is a chic, farm/sea-to-grill Asian restaurant cuisine in the heart of Doral. Unsuspectingly stylish, Green Plate serves outstanding food and drinks in a lively setting. Premium meats and seafood are served a la carte and tapas style. Dishes include traditional recipes from all over Asia, utilizing seasonal ingredients- “cooked just one step short of craziness.” So expect delightful surprises.

Not to be missed are the Umami Dynamite Roll- a show stopper! The chemistry involved in this dish leads you to Umami which means “pleasant savory taste” in Japanese  The fried rice, created with the wok hei method “essence” to truly capture all of the flavor profiles.

If you can only visit Green Plate on one day of the week, head there on Sunday for brunch. Chef Jay Lam shares, “We are South Florida’s only high-end Asian buffet on Sundays. We offer a unique beverage program that combines artisan sake cocktails and molecular homemade sodas and all of the top dishes are included in the buffet menu.”

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A Night of D’USSE at Red

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On October - 31 - 2018

On Wednesday September 12, Miami Socialholic had the chance to meet with D’USSE Cognac’s Cellar Master, Michel Casavecchia, at Red the Steakhouse, while he was visiting Miami from Cognac, France. D’USSE Cognac is a byproduct of a partnership between Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Bacardi Limited and while Jay-Z leads global strategy for the brand, it is also Michel’s unrelenting commitment to creating D’USSE’s bold, unique flavor that has made the drink a universal sensation. So, we had the opportunity to sit down with Michel and find out exactly how we can “drink like Jay-Z and other VIPs.”
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Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On October - 8 - 2018


By: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Fans of fine dining rejoice! Award-winning churrascaria, Texas de Brazil celebrates its 20th anniversary by offering its original pricing from way back in 1998. For the next couple of days you can enjoy the elevated dining experience at a bargain price of $28.50 per adult for the regular dinner menu. This includes Texas de Brazil’s full, rodizio-style menu which is available from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Monday, October 8 and Tuesday, October 9. Children ages six to 12 dine for $14.25; kids three to five dine for $5 and those under three dine for free. Read the rest of this entry »