Miami Spice Monday: Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar

By Mitchell Nover

#MiamiSpiceMonday in October, you ask? Well, thanks to Hurricane Irma, the GMCVB has decided to extend the restaurant program through October 31st as part of the #MiamiNow campaign with the goal of celebrating the best of Miami’s tourism industry and offer an unprecedented value for visitors and locals alike. And here at MMTM headquarters, we’re celebrating even more because that means we still have time to share one of our favorite Miami Spice experiences year in and year out, courtesy of Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar (11510 SW 147th Ave, Miami).

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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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Keeping the Faith

By Mitchell Nover

It’s no secret that Barley is one of my favorite restaurants in Miami (see: Exhibits A & B), so, needless to say, it hasn’t been easy waiting for the new-and-improved American Brasserie to reopen in its new Downtown Dadeland location later this year. Luckily for me, and all of you, chef/owner Jorgie Ramos has been keeping himself busy with a pet project called Faith & Pizza, a little pizza joint (also in Downtown Dadeland) that serves up near-perfect pies, great gastropub grub, and a plentiful portion of philanthropy.

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Peruvian Takeover Continues in Kendall

Not-so-Breaking News: Peruvian food is delicious and it’s taking over the Miami food scene. Just this week, Melanie told us about brunch at Divino Ceviche. And over the past two years, we’ve featured more than our fair share of Peruvian restaurants – from the old standards like Sabor a Peru to the newer GK Bistronomie. Well, there’s another new kid on the block with the arrival of Pisco y Nazca at the Palms at Town & Country in Kendall.

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Barley Does Breakfast for Dinner

“Breakfast for dinner.”

Growing up, hearing my mom utter those three words was all it took to take me to a state of euphoria. Scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes, French toast…all perfectly delicious options in the morning, but eating them at night? That’s just a next level kind of situation. There’s something about those feelings of defiance and rebellion; the fact that you’re eating something that’s traditionally meant for daytime consumption after dark. It’s the stuff that dreams are made of. Pure bliss.

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Seafood in the Suburbs

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.

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Chef’s Corner – Adrianne Calvo

Adrianne Calvo, Chef/Owner, Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar
Filled with the love for food at a young age, Adrianne Calvo focused her efforts on her one true aspiration: Gourmet cuisine. At age 30, Chef Adrianne is owning and operating her own restaurant, Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar; has published two cookbooks, Maximum Flavor and Driven by Flavor Fueled by Fire; appears on a weekly TV segment on NBC6’s Live Miami; and has participated on Food Network’s original series Chopped. In 2013, she was awarded “Restaurant of the Year” by Miami Magazine’s People’s Choice Award, named Cordon D’Or’s “Chef of the Year,” and was a winning chef at a national culinary competition by Alluette and Il de France. Not too shabby! Along with her accolades, Chef Adrianne has been able to give back to the community through her Make It Count Foundation, collaborating with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital to help children suffering from cancer.

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Holy Cao!

I have a confession to make: I know NOTHING about chocolate. I know that I like it and what my preferences are but that’s about it – there’s white, milk and dark and it tastes really freaking good. Is there more? Well, I should actually say that I used to know nothing about chocolate because my recent visit to Cao Chocolates in Kendall changed all of that. I purchased a chocolate tasting on Groupon without really knowing what to expect, really just looking for an excuse to gorge myself on chocolate for an evening. However, to my surprise, what I got was a brief yet informative beginner’s guide to training, led by owner/chocolatier Ricardo Trillos.

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