Miami Spice Monday: Gili’s Beach Club

By Mitchell Nover

Gili’s Beach Club (18001 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach) is not your typical casual beachfront eatery. Serving up sophisticated Mediterranean-inspired fare like whole grilled fish, grilled lobster tail, and paella, the restaurant foregoes the the typical fried offerings that have, for some reason, become so popular on the sand. Making meals even more interactive, Gili’s features a “Lava Stone Experience” menu where guests grill their own food the table on a scorching 700-degree lava stone.

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Miami Spice Monday: BLT Prime

By Mitchell Nover

What’s in a name? Unfortunately for BLT Prime (4400 NW 87th Ave, Doral) it means an affiliation with a certain President of the United States thanks to its location inside the &@%!# National Doral Miami hotel. Despite the name on the outside of the building, however, nothing comes between me and a good meal. So based on Mel’s recommendation from last year, I ventured into enemy territory to give it a try.

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Miami Spice Monday: La Mar by Gaston Acurio

By Sophia Costabal

I have to start off by saying that I am a sucker for Peruvian food. There is something about the combinations of flavors and the heaping amounts of citrus in that cuisine that really tickles my taste buds. So, naturally, when I found out that I would be heading to La Mar (500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami) to get a first-hand look at their Miami Spice menu, I giggled like a little 9-year-old girl that has just found out she’s going to Disney to eat a Micky Mouse Ice Cream Sandwich (Me as a little girl. True Story).

Five of Chef Diego Oka’s culinary masterpiece creations in one night? Stick a Peruvian fork in me because I’m done. Literally. I didn’t even have room to eat the glorious dessert (in its entirety). Nine year old me would have been disappointed.

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Foodie Friday

Hi foodie friends, it’s officially Fri-Yay and the last one for September. Can you believe it will officially be October tomorrow? (Mel’s birthday month!) We also officially wrapped up another season of our #MiamiSpiceMonday series earlier this week and we say au revoir to the culinary program that we love so much. However, the end of Miami Spice also means the beginning of busy season for restaurants, and you can rest assured that we will be covering it all for you. We hope your October gets off to an amazing start this weekend, and leave you with a few fun foodie links from around the web. Enjoy!

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Foodie Friday

We’ve made it to another edition of Foodie Friday. This week Mel traveled over to the West Coast and got a small taste of what fall weather should feel like. Our sincere hope is that the weather starts to feel a bit more like fall, which made its official debut yesterday. If you haven’t already indulged in a Miami Spice meal, we would encourage you to do so  rather soon since this special time of year is coming to an end next week. Remember to check out our #MiamiSpiceMonday series to get a few ideas. In the meantime, we leave you with our weekly fun, foodie link pack and wish you a wonderful weekend. Enjoy!

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#MiamiSpiceMonday – Zest

By Mitchell Nover

The scariest 12 words during Miami Spice season are: “Sample menu. Changes daily. Call or check our website for daily menu.” Well, for me anyway. In case you haven’t noticed in my previous reviews, I’m a planner. I thrive on belaboring the decision making process, especially when it comes to selecting a Miami Spice menu, and the fear of the unknown is all too real. That said, for some reason this year I’ve been throwing caution to the wind with the #FOMO winning out over the #FOTU. My most recent example of this was my Miami Spice dinner at Zest.

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#MiamiSpiceMonday – Tamara’s Bistro at The National Hotel

By Mahogani Jones

The National Hotel is known for its legendary grace, Art Deco style, and Miami Beach’s longest infinity-edge pool. The only descriptor that must never be omitted from their identity is its extraordinary restaurant: Tamara’s Bistro. From colorful mosaic ceilings to exceptional service, the character and vivacity of Tamara’s Bistro radiates throughout the room from the moment you arrive. And that’s not even the best part of the venue. The degustation menu at Tamara’s Bistro is like none other. Just when you thought exploring new interpretations of contemporary international cuisines was enough to satisfy your stomach, Chef Matthew adds a “Miami twist” to each menu item that’s sure to have your taste buds singing high praises.

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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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#MiamiSpiceMonday – RED, The Steakhouse

By Mitchell Nover

RED, The Steakhouse and I have very different interpretations of what Miami Spice should be. For me, Miami Spice is all about the simplicity of a $39 fixed price menu, featuring 3 options for 3 courses, allowing restaurants to show off their best to diners who may not normally be able to frequent them. RED, on the other hand, throws it all out there, with their rotating menu themes, multiple course options, and add-ons and upgrades galore. It’s a difference in ideology that is worlds apart, but that’s also what’s great about Miami Spice (and dining opinions, in general); at the end of the day, it’s all about the food. And, since I’m never one to pass up a good meal, I gladly accepted an invite to check out RED’s huge variety of Miami Spice menu options.

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