Corsair’s Creative Brunch

By Mitchell Nover

Looking for a new take on brunch? Well, the 52 by CORSAIR, the new signature brunch at Turnberry Isle’s CORSAIR Kitchen + Bar (19999 W Country Club Dr, Aventura) is a creative mix of buffet standards and rotating weekly a la carte menu that is waiting to be discovered. Served from 11:30AM to 3PM on the weekends, the $45 per person package includes unlimited buffet access, choice of a made-to-order brunch classic, and bottomless mimosas or bloody marys.

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PB Burger is Back to Benefit the Blended Burger Project

By Mitchell Nover & Melanie Galarce 

For a second year in a row, Pubbelly Noodle Bar (1418 20th St, Miami Beach) has partnered with The James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project to raise awareness for and benefit the project’s mission of healthy and sustainable cooking. This year the series will feature an all-female chef lineup of guest chefs serving up their Summer Burgers from June 5th (today) through August 3rd. Guest chefs include: Susan Ungaro, President of The James Beard Foundation, Roxanne Vargas of NBC 6-in-the-Mix, Alejandra Cangas of The Hungry Post, Chef Lorena Garcia, Chef Michelle Bernstein, Chef Ingrid Hoffman, Chef Dena Marino, Chef Janine Booth, and Laine Doss* of the Miami New Times.

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Lightkeepers Beams at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

By Melanie Galarce

On March 1, the team at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne opened their newly renovated oceanfront restaurant, Lightkeepers (455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne). With modern, beachside décor, Lightkeepers aims to bring to life the history of Key Biscayne. Executive Chef Raul A. Del Pozo crafted an inviting menu influenced by the local fresh seafood and the fertile soils of the Florida Keys. A few weeks ago, Mitch and I were treated to a sneak peak of the newly launched menu and indulged in a tasting that left us dreaming of an endless escape by the sea.

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Lechón Lunes: Monday Night is the Noche de Lechón at Bulla Gastrobar

By Caitlin Marino

As a staple in the Coral Gables culinary scene and having recently expanded to a second location in the ever-growing Downtown Doral area, Bulla Gastrobar (5335 NW 87th Ave, Doral) is pushing to the forefront with a new, exciting offer to make Mondays the day you look forward to the most. “Que? Who looks forward to a Monday?” you say? Ladies and gentlemen, I present: Noche de Lechón. Yes, a night specifically dedicated to honoring Miami’s favorite dish, and – how I like to think of it – a reward for surviving the hardest day of the work week.

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Taking the Via Emilia 9 Route

By Melanie Galarce

Via Emilia 9 Ristorante Italiano (1120 15th St, Miami Beach) is a charming Italian restaurant on South Beach that offers authentic regional cuisine – all ingredients are imported from Italy with the exception of fruits, vegetables, flour and eggs. This modern, yet rustic and charming place has received notoriety from some of our faves like Anthony Bourdain who said, “the pasta at Via Emilia is much, much better than good.” It’s that kind of testimony that goes a far way in our little foodie book and gets us excited about our growing foodie community in Miami.

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POKÉBAR Raises the Poké Bar

By Mitchell Nover

Poké restaurants have been popping up all over Miami for the past year or so. It’s a bubble that’s bound to burst, but the new PÓKEBAR (1558 S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables), across from the University of Miami campus, seems to have staying power. The first sign is the fact that the restaurant is owned and operated by a 21-year-old college student. Yes, Cristian Marquez opened a damn restaurant while still studying for a degree. Overachieve, much? The second sign of POKÉBAR’s potential for longevity is Cristian’s clear concept and dedication to quality product. He’s not just out to make a buck; this is his dream, and it comes through in the food. That means in sourcing his fish, he aims to use the best and most sustainable raw fish he can find while still maintaining a reasonable price point. This philosophy also extends into all areas of the restaurant’s offerings – from produce to sauces.

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Pizza Party

By Mitchell Nover

I know that May is National Hamburger Month and National BBQ Month, but artificial foodie holidays be damned… I’m in the mood for pizza! So, when it comes to pizza, we all know that Miami is not New York, and that’s perfectly fine. I get it, people looooove NY pizza. There’s something in the water, yada yada yada. But, how about a little diversity, foks? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, that’s what makes Miami’s food scene so great: diversity in food. Including, you guessed it, pizza. That’s why I’ve but together a quick round-up of some of my recent Miami favorites – from a classic Cuban pizza joint to a a couple of new Neapolitan outposts to, yes, a NYC-style hipster hangout. Bet you can’t get that combo in the Five Boroughs, can you?

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Can’t Get Enough of La Fresa Francesa

By Melanie Galarce

There’s a little spot in Hialeah that is bringing French cuisine to Miami and it’s pretty much all the rage. And yes, you read right – Hialeah. In a city of big names and superfluous restaurants, this mom-and-pop shop in the most unexpected of places is showing all foodies in Miami that great food comes from dedication, love, and a little innovation. At La Fresa Francesa (59 W 3rd St, Hialeah) you’ll find a French fare with a Miami influence and I can’t get enough.

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Big Easy Winebar & Grill is a Delightful and Delicious Discovery

By Mitchell Nover

When’s the last time you had a hankering for some good, old fashioned South African food? If you’re like me, that answer is never. Well, that is, until I dined at Big Easy Winebar & Grill (701 S Miami Ave, Miami). Adding another random twist is the fact that the Big Easy concept is inspired by Golf-icon Ernie Els. That’s right, the name comes from his nickname — no South African-Creole fusion happening here. Anyway, confusion aside, once you step inside the Brickell City Centre restaurant, you’ll be greeted by warm wood tones, an extremely friendly and helpful staff (more on that later), an unpretentious yet sophisticated vibe, and a culinary experience that is most definitely unique and unlike anything else you’ll find in the current Miami food scene.

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