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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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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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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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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Breaking the Rules at Brunch

The concept of brunch is simple and brilliant. Combine two equally important meals for a hybrid that involves lots of booze and easygoing vibes (all of which usually happen during the weekend.) I’d like to think the whole thing was built around breaking the rules and I happen to really dig that. As so, when I heard the Peruvian hot spot, Divino Ceviche, was kicking off brunch at their Coral Gables location, I rejoiced with Sunday Funday glee and was curious to see what a Peruvian style brunch would look like.

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GK Bistronomie Puts Art and Flavor on the Plate in Wynwood

The Wynwood Arts District just got a little artsier with the arrival of the new GK Bistronomie. GKB is bringing food art to the neighborhood best known for its street art, offering visitors something to admire on the plate and savor on the palate.

GKB is a Peruvian-inspired restaurant with flares of Asian and other Latin cuisines. Helmed by acclaimed chef/owner and Peru native, Rafael Perez, the restaurant and bar has been making an impact during its first few weeks on the scene, providing the area with a much-needed, elevated dining establishment.

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Chef’s Corner – David Sears

David Sears, Executive Chef, Sushi Samba Coral Gables
A while back, we shared with you guys the amazing experience we had at Sushi Samba Coral Gables. With a glowing review, we decided to further explore the magic behind the kitchen and have a Q & A with Chef David Sears, who’s leading all culinary efforts at the new Coral Gables hotspot. Sears may be the new head honcho in charge, but he’s no newbie to the culinary world. He’s an established chef who’s led the team at Temple Orange at the Ritz Carlton Palm Beach as Chef de Cuisine and was crowned winner of the reality TV chef series, Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell on the Food Network; all this among a series of other well-deserved accolades under his belt.

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