Loving Lunch at 1111 Peruvian Bistro

By Santi Cardona

When restaurants create separate lunch menus for their restaurant, they do so under the impression that lower priced (and sometimes lower quality) lunch items will help drive regular visits from locals in the area. Sometimes, these lunch menus serve as afterthoughts for restaurants, relying on just sandwiches, soups, and salads to cater to the hungry worker. I recently got invited to sample the lunch menu from 1111 Peruvian Bistro (1111 SW 1st Ave #106d, Miami), and truth be told, I was shocked at how complete, engaging, and well thought out it was.

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Bocas House Coral Gables: It’s More Than Just Milkshakes

By Santiago Cardona

Yeah, yeah. We get it. The milkshakes at Bocas House are decadent, delicious, and Instagram worthy. While this is all true, please don’t let the shakes be the only reason you go there. Like most of you, I only thought of Bocas House as “that place with the milkshakes.” But truth be told, I was extremely impressed with the quality of the food on a recent dinner at their new Coral Gables location (2 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables).

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A Bigger, Bolder Barley

By Santiago Cardona

Welcome to Barley, the newest focal point of Downtown Dadeland. Some of you may be saying that this restaurant has existed in Miami for a few years now, and that is true. But the thing is, it just moved to a new location, and this joint has received a major upgrade that is in line with any Kardashian facelift.

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Putting Peru on the Plate

By Mitchell Nover

There’s no doubt in my mind that Peruvian cuisine is the star of the Latin food world. Widely varied and nuanced, it pulls influence from numerous cultures (Inca, African, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, and more) and regional cooking styles (Andean, Caribbean, Coastal Pacific, Amazonean). Unlike other one note (albeit delicious) Latin cuisines, Peruvian food offers layers upon layers of flavor technique that continue to surprise me the more I experience them. Luckily for me, and for all of us, those experiences are happening more and more often. Here in Miami, in addition to many other cities around the world, Peruvian restaurants continue to pop up on the dining scene, with each one offering up delicacies just different enough from the last.

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1111 is a Peruvian Grand Slam

By Caitlin Marino

Upon arriving to 1111 Peruvian Bistro, I was delighted to find an elegant and sophisticated lounge with a friendly staff, which gave me the initial impression that there was a clear attempt to blend the relaxed environment of a casual tapas bar with the elegance of a high-end restaurant. I was welcomed, alongside many patrons who were also ending their workdays, with a similar need to relax and eat! The kitchen was fully visible and the intimacy of the restaurant was felt throughout. Once settled, it was time to recall what I knew of Peruvian cuisine, and learn more about 1111 which promised a novel twist on traditional dishes.

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#MiamiSpiceMonday – Novecento

By Caitlin Marino

This week’s edition of #MiamiSpiceMonday brings MMTM to one of my favorite Miami establishments – Novecento. Known for its family-friendly environment, Novecento has maintained a great relationship with Miami locals and has expanded its South Florida presence to four locations over the past decade. The original Brickell location opened in 2004 and has been delighting patrons ever since with a charming ambiance both inside and outside on a quaint patio, tempting taste buds with exquisite Argentine, Mediterranean, and Pan-Latin flavored signature dishes.

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La Mar – A Peruvian Love Story

By Melanie Galarce

Few restaurants in Miami offer the opulence and culinary experience that La Mar does. The restaurant that carries the name of celebrity chef Gaston Acurio helms locations in Mexico City, Colombia, Chicago, and San Francisco, as well as in our own backyard inside the Mandarin Oriental located on Brickell Key. With killer views of Miami, the restaurant is spearheaded by Diego Oka, a seasoned chef of Peruvian and Japanese decent who has more than 10 years of experience working with the brand. Oka is the kind of guy you want to be best buds with, not only is his demeanor cool and down-to-earth but he’s firing up the best of novo-Andean and Asian-Peruvian fusion at his La Mar gig. That’s the type of food you should expect to enjoy, including traditional seafood ceviche in the form of small, tapas-style and large plates.

In mid-June, the team at La Mar invited us to try their new menu and we were blown away. The dishes are thoughtful and offer a fresh take on Peruvian cuisine classics. To follow is our vivid recap of the fusion rendezvous.

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Pinch Miami is Making a Big Splash

When partners John Gallo and Rene Reyes decided to open up Pinch Miami, it would turn out to be a place in which the synchronization of working together for more than 10 years (Casa Tua and Pubbelley among some their gigs) would come to fruition. Their new American eatery located on Biscayne Boulevard, near one of our favorite hidden neighborhoods, El Portal, is the perfect addition to this up-and-coming area and a reflection of their magic as partners. The small, cozy spot has enough charm to swoon any cynic over and the food is equally as appealing.

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33 Hits The Grove

Coconut Grove has a special place in my college heart. When I would take trips back home from Gainesville, I could always find my tribe in the Grove. I probably drank one too many Moose Juices and Mr.Moe’s in my day, but The Grove sorta became the hangout spot when in Miami during my college days. In my adult life, I can probably count the times I’ve made it back to to little nook, and a handful of them have been for bridal showers at Peacock Garden Cafe. (I’m sure I’ve just aged myself.) Needless to say, all reminiscing aside, it has left a lot to desire for the grown up foodie in search of some good food.

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