ALL NEW SUSHI SAKE – BISCAYNE OPENS

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On May - 5 - 2017ADD COMMENTS

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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estefankitchen-performanceseries-eblast-may5th-041817Palm Court Performance Series

Tomorrow evening at 5:00 p.m. the Miami Design District presents another successful installation of the Palm Court Performance Series. The event will feature a live performance from Emily Estefan. Fresh off tour in New York, Los Angeles, and Austin, the music soul child will be performing music from her critically acclaimed album Take Whatever You Want, that recently debuted on four Billboard charts (including R&B, Heatseekers and Indie).

FREE RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/palm-court-performance-series-produced-by-emilio-estefan-tickets-33533942926?aff=erelexpmlt

 

Via Emilia 9…Authentic Italian on South Beach

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For one the most authentic Italian meals in town, head to Via Emilia 9, a family owned, charming restaurant near Lincoln Road, where all of the pastas are made by hand and you can watch the Sfoglina’s detailed process while you dine. She will even customize the filling of your stuffed pastas-assuming you stick to the regional ingredients.

 

The menu is authentic- only dishes  from  the Emilia Romagna region are served and all ingredients except for the  fruits, vegetables, flour and eggs are imported from Italy.  The dishes are hearty and you can taste the freshness of the ingredients.

 

Start with a plate of cured meats and cheeses and tortellini in broth, then delight in one of the tasty pasta dishes. Our favorites included: the Cappellacci do Zucca (pumpkin stuffed pasta) and the Tagliatelle al Prosciutto di Parma (Tagliatelle with Parma Ham). An assortment of Italian wines is available and offered at discounted prices during happy hour.

 

In the  tradition of true Italian cooking, Via Emilia’s open kitchen allows guests to view the pasta making and cooking process, which results in a delightful experience. The restaurant is chic and cozy and has a little market where you can buy authentic Italian products.

 

For more information visit:  http://www.viaemilia9.com.

 

 

Escape to Italy

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On April - 30 - 2017ADD COMMENTS

By:  Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Few places are as rich with both, history and natural beauty as Italy. From varied landscapes including rugged mountain terrain, sapphire oceans, verdant valleys, vineyards and bustling cities- Italy’s got it all.  Lest we forget the beautiful and vibrant people, and the food… Mama Mia- the food!  A lifetime of visits would hardly be enough to take in the magnificence of this spectacular country, we’ve created an itinerary of favorite experiences in ten days.

 

Rome

Stay

Luxury hotels abound in Rome. When traveling on a budget, especially with a family, Trilussa Palace Hotel Congress & SPA offers clean, comfortable accommodations with plenty of rooms and the most attentive staff in all of Rome. They will help you with any and all tour and restaurant accommodations 24/7. The daily gourmet breakfast buffet is the perfect start to every long day of sightseeing. The hotel is located just a short tram ride from the heart of Rome- where you can walk to all of the major attractions and a short walk to Trastevere- where you can find numerous authentic restaurants, bars and shops, where the locals hang out.

 

Aperitif and Relax

Hotel de Russie is part of the Rocco Forte collection. The outdoor garden is stunning and flanked by the hotel’s very own orchard! Via del Babuino, 9

 

Dine

Meridionale (Trastevere)This chic yet quaint restaurant boasts 1960s decor- you will feel like you are eating in your Nonna’s kitchen. Pastas are exceptional- the best in Rome. Service is attentive and the prices unbeatable.

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Women of Tomorrow Gala brings together Miami’s Influencers

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On April - 27 - 2017ADD COMMENTS

image007By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

More than 400 stylish guests gathered at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for the Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program Galaon March 4, to celebrate 19 years of mentoring in South Florida.

The evening commenced with an elegant cocktail reception, where guests had the opportunity to mingle and bid on luxury items and experiences, followed by an extravagant dinner in the ballroom and a night of dancing to the sounds of Soul Survivors – who truly know how to pack a dance floor. The most touching moment of the evening, was the candle-lit procession of young women impacted by the work of Women of Tomorrow, who joined supporters for a special moment of gratitude. Read the rest here »

6e2a5888-eea7-400e-9579-6124db32de37Rittenhouse Row 2017 Spring Festival Preview Party

On Wednesday, May 3, join Rittenhouse Row for the 2017 Spring Festival Preview Party presented by Capital One, featuring cuisine from Rittenhouse Row’s best restaurants, cocktails from their best bartenders, informal modeling of spring trends from Rittenhouse Row member boutiques and salons, and a silent auction with Rittenhouse Row experiences and merchandise. Tickets are $75 per person for general admission, $125 for Patron tickets. Those who purchase Patron tickets will receive access to the VIP area at the Spring Festival on Saturday, May 20st, which offers snacks and cocktails from from 12-5. Tickets can be purchased by visiting, https://rittrow.ticketleap.com/the-2017-rittenhouse-row-spring-festival-preview-party/

 

 

 

The Runway for CHOP

The Runway is a contemporary lunchtime fashion show curated by Philadelphia’s trendsetters and tastemakers, and it is a featured event of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Daisy Days campaign. The Runway will highlight styles from some of the city’s top boutiques and designers including Joan Shepp, Kirna Zabete, Skirt, among others. Local celebrities and Hospital supporters will be modeling the clothes in support of the organization. The event will take place on Tuesday, May 16, at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. For more information or to purchase tickets visit: http://choprunway.org/

 

misoBig Hats and Bow Ties MISO Brunch

Miami Symphony Orchestra, Music Director and Conductor Eduardo Marturet along with Suzy Buckley Woodward, Carolina Lanao, and María Celeste Arrarás, Tina Carlo, Irene Korge invite you to their annual MISO Brunch, this Saturday, April 29 at PAO Restaurant at Faena.  The host committee includes: Michelle Areces, Barbara Becker, Criselda Breene, Iran Issa-Khan, Gabriela Rachadell de Delgado, Sam Robin, Athina Klioumi, Anick Vorbe. Wear your most fashionable chapeaux as you enjoy an afternoon of delicacy with grand company. Buy your Tickets at EVENTBRITE or Call the MISO Office (305) 275-5666. *A PORTION OF TICKET SALES WILL BE TAX DEDUCTIBLE

 

 

 

The Miami Beach K9 Knights Regatta

The Miami Beach K9 Knights announced they will sponsor a joint event Regatta with the various Police Department Marine Patrols representing the six Police Departments from South Beach to Bal Harbour this Saturday, April 29th starting at 3:30pm in North Beach. The Regatta will commence at the North Beach Police sub-Station, where 38 Knights will board 6 Police boats to cruise the Miami waterways to experience the working perspective of the Marine Patrols. The boats will eventually reach Palm Island, where all will be greeted by our gracious hosts Knights Lindsay Smith and Marc D’Ge at a Cocktail Reception in their beautiful home.At the Reception, guests will join up and mix with two to three of the nine Police canines that were already purchased by the Knights over the past four years.Temporary Website: www.miamibeachk9knights.com.

Ariete Summer Sips

Coconut Grove’s favorite neighborhood spot, Ariete, adds the perfect summer sips to its recently launched Happy Hour menu – The Cocktail Float as well as complimentary Sunset Shots. The Cocktail Float is the ultimate throwback to the ice cream float from your childhood, all grown up. A blend of house-made ice cream, Not Your Father’s Root Bear, Fernet Branca and Luxardo, The Cocktail Float is the ultimate spiked ice cream indulgence. Also new on the Happy Hour menu is the Sunset Shot; patrons will receive a complimentary shot of the bartender’s choice each day at sunset as part of Miami’s Support Local initiative (one per person, at the bartender’s discretion). The shot will be served to all guests sitting at the bar during Happy Hour at the exact time the sun sets each day. With a Happy Hour available Tuesday – Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Ariete is the perfect spot to enjoy after work cocktails & craft beer (priced at $8 for beer and $10 for cocktails) including the French 75 (Flor de Caña, lemon juice and Proseco) and The Girl from Ipanema (Cachaca, ginger beer, lime & basil), among others. Pioneering their unique blend of farmhouse cuisine with trail-blazing Latin influences, the creative minds behind Ariete, restauranteur Jason Odio and Executive Chef Michael Beltran, have carefully curated the perfect lite bites menu to accompany the decadent cocktail offerings. Menu items are priced at $10 or under and include Fritas with chorizo and potato sticks on a potato roll, Grilled Oysters, Ariete Oxtail Nuggets, Smoked Salmon Sliders and the restaurant’s signature Chug Burger. For more information visit www.arietemiami.com or call 305-640-5862.

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