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The Palate: New York Bites

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On April - 6 - 2016
Bedford & Co

Bedford & Co

While no strangers to surviving on Pop Chips and power bars in years past, this year we took time to actually enjoy some savory bites in the Big Apple. We were treated to absolute delicious joy at the newly opened Bedford & Co., Delicatessen and Black Tap.  Bedford & Co. offers modern comfort food in a warm, speakeasy style atmosphere. Delicatessen serves cocktails and creative dishes to please every palate in a bustling restaurant. Black Tap indulges those burger and shake cravings from lunchtime until the wee hours of the morning. All three of these restaurants provided much- needed  Fashion Week refueling.


Bedford & Co

With its dark leather paneled walls and beautiful wood flooring John DeLucie’s newest restaurant, Bedford & Co., features contemporary wood-fired American cuisine with a vintage New York feel. Known for his vast array of small-plated comfort food, DeLucie offers a variety of seasonal dishes that are meant to be shared. The dinner menu offers grass fed meats and free-range poultry and sustainable seafood, as well as his famous truffle mac and cheese, all prepared with care over the natural wood-burning grill that sits within the open kitchen. Bedford and Co.’s long bar sets the tone for a remarkable evening, as you enter tthe cozy restaurant. With a speak-easy feel, the antique mirrored and warm veined marble transports guests to the prohibition era, serving libations such as the Proibito, Negroni, and Capri. Bartenders serve cocktails along with coasters that state, “Write drunk, edit sober.”



Delicatessen brings international comfort food to the crossroads of SoHo and Nolita, serving familiar favorites with a twist for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night, creating a friendly neighborhood vibe. The menu focuses on quality and creativity, reflecting Executive Chef/Partner Michael Ferraro’s Italian heritage and classical French training. Dishes like New England Lobster Sliders, (we ordered a second round) atop house-made buns with crisp, cured bacon, complement Italian-inspired hearty recipes like Giorgio’s Meatballs, with pecorino and burrata cheeses, along with delectable basket of truffle fries. Chef Ferraro’s macbar, located adjacent to Delicatessen, brought nine varieties of macaroni & cheese to the menu. Guests can choose anything from The Classic, a blend of American, Cheddar, and Swiss cheeses, to spicy surprises like the Mayan Chipotle, with chicken diablo and chihuahua cheese and indulgent treats Mac Lobsta’ and Mac Quack.


South Florida’s Multicultural Dining Scene

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On March - 8 - 2016


By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

South Florida’s culinary scene is as multicultural as its residents and visitors. Over the past several years, the ethnic food that forms part of daily life in Miami—the Cuban ventanita, Chinese takeout, the rare but occa­sional Jewish deli, neighborhood Italian joint—has risen to a new and exciting level. Every day, restaurateurs and chefs are making new strides with remarkable entries into the market. While this proliferation reflects the evolution of South Florida’s multicultural population, it is also the result of experimental diners who are seeking an elevated dining experience, beyond a traditional, authen­tic cultural meal.

“There has never been a better time to be a food lover in South Florida,” Larry Carrino, president of Brustman Carrino Public Relations, proudly avers. “For food enthusiasts, it’s a great time to be here—we have everything at our fingertips.” Carrino explains that twenty years ago, before culture and media (which are inextri­cably linked) influenced the food scene in Miami, his former busi­ness partner, Susan Brustman, would joke about having to go home to New York to get a good meal. The food culture that started in the 80s has grown leaps and bounds. Restaurants of note have become interesting, beyond just putting out good food. In the 80s, options were basic. In the recent past, chefs and their food have become precise, delivering an elevated dining experience.  Read the rest of this entry »

Juniper on the Water

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On February - 21 - 2016

imageJuniper on the Water, a hidden gem located off of the Intracoastal Waterway, offers diners an unforgettable view and a unique ambience. Whether looking to hear great live music, catch a glimpse of the romantic Intracoastal waterfront, or enjoying the elegant dining room inside, Juniper on the Water will surpass all expectations.

About a year ago, owners Scott, Sho and Chris put their heads together and transformed an industry passion into reality. Juniper, meaning strength and “to bloom or flourish”, symbolizes the vision, heart and culinary passion combined by the owners. Read the rest of this entry »

Pasta Vino- Just like Nonna used to Make

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On September - 29 - 2015


Pasta Vino Miami is a hidden gem nestled in a quaint shopping center in North Bay Village. If you didn’t set out looking for it, chances are you’ve driven down the causeway and missed out on this fantastic neighborhood spot. Here, executive Chef and Owner Yiannis Devert prepares authentic Italian cuisine, with a twist.

Chef Devert uses his classic French training along with his Greek and Italian background to prepare a menu of unique dishes as well as daily specials that run the gamut of French, Greek and even Thai cuisine. Chef Devert’s passion for his craft is evident as he busies himself between the kitchen and interacting with his customers, excitedly blending dishes and offering customers something creative and memorable that keeps them coming back for more. Must-try dishes include the eggplant parmigiana, Risotto al Funghi, lasagna, vongole white, homemade pizzas and the Veal Scalopina al Fungi. And don’t forget the fantastic chocolate mousse cake and authentic Tiramisu for dessert.

Pasta Vino offers unbeatable deals that make the high-quality cuisine even more irresistible–daily happy hour from 5-7 PM with 25% off drinks and dinner; “Buy One Get One 50% off Pizzas;” and delivery options that include a complimentary bottle of Italian wine with any order above $80.

Pasta Vino Offers lunch, dinner, happy hour and delivery and is located at 1624 NE 79th JFK Causeway, North Bay Village.

Byblos- More is More

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On September - 19 - 2015


By: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

We suspected Byblos was going to be something extra special when we attended the opening celebration in June, which featured everything from exquisite bites and drinks to a full concert by Marina and the Diamonds; on-the-spot poets and an A-list crowd. But we had no idea just how extraordinary this jewel of a restaurant would be. Fast forward a month later and we were treated to one of the most elegant, unique and outstanding dining experiences to date. Most noteworthy is the attention to detail that is prevalent throughout the entire Byblos experience- from the attentive staff (Arturo spoiled us) to the beautiful and eclectic, traditional one-of plates and silverware to the rituals, such as the French press service- served in antique tea cups; tableside spirit infused cold tea trolley and the desserts which are served atop a silver platter. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Miss: Miami Spice Sizzles in 2015!

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On August - 31 - 2015

Now on its 14th year, the Miami Spice Restaurant Program, the popular restaurant promotion organized by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), offers diners an accessible way to experience more than 190 of the finest restaurants in the region, including 54 new 2015 participants. Miami Spice kicked off in August with dining deals that include lunch priced at $23 per person and dinner priced at $39 per person. Prices include an appetizer, entrée and dessert, and exclude alcohol, tax, tip and service charges. The celebrated restaurant program will continue to bring the heat up through September, presenting savvy diners with tempting culinary experiences at unbeatable prices. Miami Spice is proud to partner with Citibank, Stella Artois and Terrazas de los Andes on this year’s program. New participating restaurants include Tom Colocchio’s Beachcraft, CENA by Michy, Cleo, Corsair by Scott Conant, Coya, El Cielo, Fooq’s, Izzy’s Fish & Oyster, Klima Restaurant & Bar, Marion, Market at Edition, Morimoto, Piripi, Prime Fish, Quality Meats, the Redlander Restaurant at Schnebly Winery, Seagrape at Thompson Miami Beach, the Social Club, Stripsteak by Michael Mina, Tantalize Miami, Tamarina, Vagabond Restaurant and Bar, Via Verdi Cucina Rustica and Vintro Kitchen & Bar.


Additionally, the GMCVB has partnered with OpenTable, a leading online restaurant reservation site, throughout September to promote Miami Spice and the participating restaurants in Greater Miami and the Beaches. Residents and guests can visit the GMCVB’s dedicated website – – which serves as a one-stop shop for additional information on the various dining experiences by neighborhood, restaurant menus and participating days, hotel packages culinary events and more.


koneKone Spiced Up Menu

For those who want to take advantage of an even better price than that of Miami Spice- head to Downtown Miami’s Kone sushi restaurant. Throughout September, Kone Sushi will offer a special “Spiced Up Menu” for only $30 per person. The special will include five mouthwatering courses, including appetizers such as Miso Soup and/or House Salads and fan favorites: Rock Shrimp, Fish Carpaccio, Master Ohata Roll (Mo Roll- shrimp tempura, avocado, cream cheese, scallions topped with roasted salmon masago and cusabi sauce.) in addition to the MO roll- we recommend ordering our favorites- the Crunchy Monster and the Shaggy Dog. Don’t forget dessert- three sweet little kones or Nutella Pie. Yummy! Voted Miami Beach’s “Best Sushi” for two years in a row, the Brazilian inspired restaurant will have your taste buds tingling with excitement. Don’t miss this phenomenal opportunity to enjoy this great meal with family and friends until September 30. For more information, visit:



Swine Serves up Southern Hospitality and Spiceswine

Upscale southern restaurant, Swine Southern Table & Bar has debuted 3-course Miami Spice menus for both lunch and supper, featuring seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients in dishes that showcase their signature Southern cuisine. Highlights on the dinner menu include: 1855 Black Angus Burnt Ends -creamy cornbread, Swine BBQ sauce, spiced corn nuts; Low & Slow Ribs – competition rub, cider vinegar mop, homemade pickles, and the decadent Death By Chocolate – rich chocolate brownie, chocolate pudding, chocolate ice cream, chocolate sauce, Coco Puffs- all for only $39 per person, Sunday through Thursday. Lunch favorites, proved at $23 Monday-Friday include: Fried Green Tomato or Crispy Pork Caesar Salad; Swine Burger – (one of the best burgers in town) short rib, brisket, and smoked pork blend, thick-cut house-smoked bacon, pickle, lettuce, tomato, American cheese, Swine special sauce, and Jack & Cookies – freshly baked cookies, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee honey milk.
Additionally, in conjunction with the Miami Spice menus, Swine is also offering their Summer of Wine specials, featuring an exclusive list of wines $30 and under, through September. These wines serve as a great complement to the Miami Spice menu and are available to guests dining with the regular menu, as well. To see the full Swine Miami Spice menus, visit:




E0EB27C1-4FFC-4D7C-A291-C27FB106306CRiver Seafood & Oyster Bar

If you haven’t been yet, now is the perfect time to plan your trip to Chef Bracha’s River Seafood & Oyster Bar as this year’s Miami Spice event is well underway! The iconic downtown Miami seafood restaurant has stood its ground since 2003 serving loyal patrons seven days a week. The River Oyster Bar uses the freshest product available to create a menu of dishes reflecting Chef Bracha’s decidedly modern twist on classic seafood cuisine. The restaurant has earned critical acclaim and has become a major downtown Miami dining destination.

The River and other Miami hotspots will be offering three-course lunch and dinner special meals until September 30th with lunch priced at $23 and dinner $39. A sneak-peak at the dinner menu includes: a Creamy Sea Urchin Polenta, Spiny Lobster Flatbread or Oyster Ceviche for appetizers; Sea Scallops a la Plancha, Fisherman’s Grouper Stew, Large Braised Shortribs for entrée, and the New York strip-priced at just $30 that rivals those served at the best steak houses in town; and for dessert, the Meyer Lemon Cheesecake, A Slice of Summer Sundae or Peanut Butter Mousse. These mouth-watering choices offer a diverse selection of some of the River’s favorite dishes.


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Mary Jo Almeida-Shore,Jose Almeida,Maryanne Salvat
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