It’s kind of fitting to be writing this review during Halloween week, the one time of the year that Americans collectively come together to keep dentists in business for another year. As a thirty-something adult, I can’t really get away with trick-or-treating anymore, and I have to limit my partying to those really important dates (birthdays or bust), but there are times when it’s fun to just throw caution to the wind and feel like a kid again.
I’m a sucker for Mediterranean food and I always have been. For the most part, however, my frame of reference with this type of food has been relegated to homemade falafel (for a third grade school project), late-night street shawarma in Spain (oh, college), and lunching on kibbeh, kafta, and shish tawook at the Daily Bread Marketplace. By and large, Miami doesn’t offer a lot of upscale, refined, finer dining Mediterranean dining options. Enter Byblos…
Happy Friday, foodies! In case you didn’t notice, this week we dedicated our blog posts to the South Beach Seafood Festival with our MMTM Giveaway and Red Fish Grill review. Well, for this edition of Foodie Friday, we’re keeping the trend going with a foodie link pack discussing all things seafood. Enjoy, and hope to see you on the beach next week at the Festival!
The South Beach Seafood Festival is back on October 24th! The festival, which celebrates South Florida’s best seafood creations, also serves as the unofficial kick-off to Miami’s globally-recognized annual Stone Crab season. On October 24th, thousands will flock to 7th & Ocean Drive on Miami Beach to experience the seasonal selections of Miami’s top chefs and restaurants during the all-day festival. The South Beach Seafood Festival also features live music, culinary and mixology demonstrations, a kids zone, health village, and VIP hospitality benefits.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is kind of like a really good friend that you, for whatever reason, just don’t see all that often. You still think about them a lot and even talk them up to your other friends. Sometimes new friendships take up more of your time or maybe it’s that they live a little too far outside your local radius (sorry South Beach, you’re just not my go-to neighborhood anymore). In any case, you still consider them to be one of your best friends and, for me, Yardbird is no different. When anyone asks me what one of my favorite restaurants in Miami is, I almost always say Yardbird. I just don’t actually go there that often anymore.
When I first graduated college I worked at a PR firm on Lincoln Road and there was only a finite amount of ‘good’ that came from those very long 8 months of my first gig. Amongst them, was that I met my partner in crime, Mitch, and the second was discovering Lime, a then a small shack on the infamous Alton Road with really damn good (and fast) Mexican food. Of course, we all know Lime now for its ubiquitous locations across Miami, but its original home still brings back fond memories.
When restaurants move from one location to another in relatively close proximity, I get a little apprehensive about the future of the business. Does a 15 minute drive really make a difference? So when I found out the little Alton Road Sushi gem, Kone, had made a move, I visited with the hope that everything remained intact to their South Beach location, but I was wrong. The change of scenery somehow managed to make this favorite among locals an even better sushi spot.
Who doesn’t love Miami, right? For all of us who have the pleasure of calling the Magic City home, we often find ourselves saying “Thank You, Miami!” Well, our latest #FoodieFriend says that pretty much on a daily basis with her blog, wait for it… #ThankYou Miami.
With a focus on fashion, food, travel, and, of course, Miami, Margarita Wells has been publicly thanking her city for the past two years. Through her writing, she hopes to inspire others to live for the moment and celebrate the wonderful features our city has to offer. Sounds pretty good to us!
Recently, the Liberty Entertainment Group opened up a second Cibo Wine Bar in South Beach (the first was established in Coral Gables a few years ago) and when I heard about their Italian Bubbles + Brunch offering, I thought I’d give it a try because at $35 per person for food and champagne specials, how could you go wrong?
Forgive us for waiting until Wednesday to post our recap, but it took a few days to digest all that took place during this year’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival – literally and figuratively!
SOBEWFF weekend can be a foodie’s dream, but it is also a tough nut to crack. Strategy is key; make use of your personal connections, find free events, take advantage of online discounts and deals, and pick one or two big ticket items to splurge on. #somuchtoeatsolittletime