If a Missouri-headquartered chain restaurant opens in a big box shopping center in the Miami suburbs, does it make a sound? In the case of Devon Seafood + Steak, the answer is yes. After opening with a bang a year and a half ago the buzz hasn’t died down, and when we heard that the restaurant was launching a Saturday lunch service we decided the time was right to venture out of the trendy culinary confines of our regular neighborhood spots and head on down to Kendall to see what all the fuss was about.
Miami oenophiles, listen up! This Thursday Soho Beach House is hosting the first ever National Verdejo Day in conjunction with Spanish Wines of Rueda. Verdejo, which is a variety of wine grape that is grown in the indigenous Rueda region of Spain, was initially used to make Sherry-like wine but over the years evolved into a fresher style of white wine. The Verdejo wines are known for being dry and soft with great character and aroma. We’re pretty convinced Verdejo will make it to heavy rotation on our choice of refreshing summer drinks. Although the Verdejo concentration varies per wine, Rueda’s top category of wine, Rueda Superior, must contain at least 60 percent Verdejo; the very best wine is 100 percent Verdejo. Have we mentioned we like our drinks strong?
It’s safe to say, Miami is now in full blown summer mode. Long days of humid, hot weather and random 3 pm showers. We love to to complain about the rather monotonous weather, but let’s be honest, Miami treats us pretty damn good during winter; a few hot showers won’t kill anyone. We’re dreaming about indulging in summer beach days, ice-cold beer and refreshing meals. So while we brainstorm an action plan, we leave you with a few cool food links from around the web. Enjoy!
Since we’ve passed the Memorial Day mark, we feel pretty confident in saying that summer is officially in full gear. All Miami natives know that summer is almost unbearable and A/C is a definite must. So when we find refreshing treats to cool us under the summer sun, we like to spread the word. That’s the case with Robeks new smoothie menu items called Spa Inspired Creations.
I was recently invited to attend The OBIEs: A Taste of South Florida and as the burgeoning foodie that I am, I – despite the drive to Fort Lauderdale (the horrors!) – jumped at the chance to attend what I thought was another night of culinary competition amongst more than 30 South Florida restaurants and eateries. Little did I know that the event was about much more than food.
May officially comes to an end this weekend. We get very nostalgic when we realize that 2014 is going by way too fast! So, we’ll spare you the tears, and instead we’ll share a few fun foodie links from across the web and wish you an extraordinary weekend that hopefully includes some delicious treats. Enjoy!
As a Miami native, I have a strong affinity for Cuban cuisine. My parents are Colombian, but I feel slightly territorial about the Cuban culture and food – nothing will ever take the place of cafecito, pastelitos or pan con lechon for that matter. You can take the girl out of Hialeah, but you will never take the Hialeah out of the girl (proudly so!)
We’ve not only made it to Friday, but to a long Memorial Day weekend, which is pretty rad. We have no major plans other than being bums, catching some rays, and eating tons of food. So we’re pretty much getting ready for an amazing few days. We hope that you have an equally kick-ass weekend and take a few minutes to remember the heroes that have fought for our country and have made our world a safer place. Cheers to all those who have served our country, we salute you!
We leave you with a few foodie links from around the web. Enjoy!
We seldom get to write about lunch experiences, but I recently had a lot of time off and took it upon myself to check out a few lunch spots worthy of writing about and sharing with you. The most standout location to-date was OTC (Over the Counter.) Among the myriad of restaurants that fill up the streets of Brickell, few seem to stand out these days, but OTC is no doubt a shining star.
Jamie DeRosa, Chef/Owner, Tongue & Cheek
Chef Jamie DeRosa fell in love with cooking as a child, making paella with his grandmother. Those hours spent learning her tricks and picking up the basics of simple, rustic cooking laid the groundwork for a passion that would take him as a young adult to Johnson & Wales University in Miami. In addition to his formal schooling, Chef DeRosa has also received some amazing on-the-job training from many of the country’s best chefs, including James Beard award-winners Allen Susser and Wolfgang Puck; Master Chef Joachim Splichal; and Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian. Chef DeRosa opened Tongue & Cheek on South Beach in April of 2013 and, just over one year later, thanks to the approachable, ingredient-driven, American menu it continues to be one of the city’s go-to culinary hotspots.