Mojitos & More at the Mall

By Mitchell Nover

Following the success of its Bayside Marketplace location, Mojitobar (2602 Sawgrass Mills Circle, Suite 1219, Sunrise) has opened a second location at the recently renovated Oasis at Sawgrass Mills in collaboration with one of Miami’s most notable celebrity chefs, Douglas Rodriguez. Mojitobar is famous for its Latin flare, live music, energetic DJs, dancing and mixologist-quality, hand-muddled mojitos.

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A Quick Stroll Through Havana

By Sophia Costabal

Growing up in Miami, I ate a lot of Cuban food. If my family and I weren’t frequenting the likes of Casa Romeo or Versailles, then I was over at my friends’ houses where their abuelitas had literally spent the whole day cooking in their batas. The menu line up would look a little like this: rice and beans, mojo, bistec de palomilla, and flan.

Yum, just thinking about it makes my mouth water. There is something about Cuban food that feels like my childhood; it tastes like home. It really is the perfect Miami comfort food. So, when I was told I was going to Havana 1957 for the opening of the new location on Ocean Drive, I was a bit skeptical. I mean, Miamians don’t go to South Beach to eat Cuban food, we go to Calle Ocho. But, alas, I made the trek over to the Beach to see if Havana 1957 could stand up to Abuela’s cooking.

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Foodie Friday

Happy Foodie Friday, friends! Have you felt the amazing breeze that’s been lingering in Miami these last few days? We’re slightly obsessed with the fact that Fall is starting to make an appearance (albeit small) in Miami. Do you guys have any fun foodie plans this weekend? Any fall food that you’re extra excited about making or eating? This is undoubtedly one of our favorite times of year, so we hope you go outside, enjoy the drop in temperature (and humidity) and start savoring fall at its fullest. However, before you do so, enjoy this week’s foodie link pack!

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New Look Larios

When one thinks of Cuban food in Miami, Ocean Drive doesn’t not immediately come to mind as a go-to destination for an authentic meal. Ocean Drive may actually be the antithesis of anything authentic in Miami as it’s better known for tacky establishments that target the throngs of tourists that visit our fair city every day. As the Miami culinary scene continues to grow, the gap is widening between trendy and quality cuisine, with focus returning to the classic Cuban joints of Little Havana (e.g. El Exquisito, El Rey de las Fritas) as well as a new crop of modern takes on Cuban restaurants (e.g. Finka Table and Tap, Bread + Butter) that are popping up all over Dade County. Well, Larios on the Beach, an Ocean Drive mainstay since opening in 1992, is working hard to bridge that gap by recently debuting a new menu and new look to attract tourists and locals alike to its beach-front digs.

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C’est très magnifique, asere!

Blink and you’ll miss it. The Neighborhood Bistro is a true hidden gem in the heart of Coconut Grove nestled in a tiny shopping center off of Bird Ave. Known almost exclusively to Grove locals, this little hole-in-the-wall has been serving up mostly traditional French cuisine for about two years now.

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