Thursday, July 29, 2010

Preview of Dishes at Miami Spice Kickoff

Two very similar events are going on this week. If you play your cards right you can eat and drink from over 50 fine restaurants without actually setting foot in one. Tonight there's Taste of the Nation and Saturday there's the first ever Miami Spice Kickoff. Tickets are a great deal - $35 in advance, $50 at the door. Curious what 35 ducats gets you? Take a look at some of the small plates the Miami Spicers will be offering.

Tuna Tartar - A Fish Called Avalon
Roasted Veal Leg w/ Rosemary Potatoes - Ago
Tomato Water Shot, Corvina, Balsamic Cloud Floater - Area 31
Beef Short Rib on Wonton Chip - Asia de Cuba
Hamachi, Avocado, Hearts of Palm w/ Yuzu vinaigrette - BLT Steak
Florida Sweet Corn Soup, Peeky toe Crab, & Piquillo Pepper Relish - Bourbon Steak
Golden Gazpacho w/ Key West Shrimp & Coriander - Gibraltar
Caviar, Smoked Duck & Salmon Mousse - Kaspia

More info on purchasing tickets here.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

North Miami Ave Fest and Fin Menu

The western edge of the Design District is celebrating their North Miami Ave-ness with a block party tonight. Sort of like gallery night, but only one one street and a few blocks long. Fin's offering a special menu tonight as well, see below.

Saturday July 24, 2010

Complimentary Welcome Snack
Maine Lobster and Tomato Broth And Popcorn Shrimp With Ginger Tartar Sauce

First Course
Ceviche/Local Yellow Tail - Watermelon, Chilies, Rice Vinegar, Citrus 9
Six Iced Totten Bay On The Half Shell/Puget Sound, Washington State
Mignonette, Tabasco, Lemons 18
Crab Cake Maryland Style – Mayonnaise, Mustard, “Joe’s” Style Mustard Sauce 12
Spicy Shrimp Curry - Jasmine Rice, Celery, Bananas, Fermented Chili, Coconut Water 14
New England Corn “Chowder”/Florida Corn 8
Goat Cheese Salad – Mixed Greens, Dried Cherries, Red Wine Vinegar, XVO 9

Steamed Halibut / Juneau Alaska
California Chardonnay, Crushed Tomatoes, Coriander, Sea Vegetable 27
Rockfish / Gulf Of Alaska – Day Boat
Thin Fillet Lightly Browned in Organic Olive Oil
Preserved Lemon Risotto /Lemon Grass Nage 25
Wild Striped Bass / Virginia Coast
Basil Lemon Veloute, Lemon-Dill Basmati Rice Pilaf 25
Long Line Ling Cod / Oregon Coast
Pan Butter Roasted, Potato Puree, Edamame / Green Apple -Caper Beurre Blanc 25
Texas Style Pit-Roasted Beef Brisket, Whipped Potatoes, Chimichurri 20

Caesar Salad 8
Green Salad, Corn Bread Croutons – House Herb Vinaigrette 7
Organic Idaho Potato Gratin 8
Wood Roasted Parsnips and Beets – Parsley Infused Oil 7
Curried French Lentils 6

Lemon Tartlette 8
Warm Apple Crumble 7
Crème Brulee 6
He Original Warm Chocolate 9 Please Order In Advance Bomb ( 15 Minutes )
At FIN Rest Assured You Are Being Served The Finest
Safe Water Seafood From My Most Responsible Vendors
Jonathan Eismann - Chef Owner And Brian Bell and Ervin Bryant Restaurant Chefs

Friday, July 16, 2010

In the Kitchen with Michael Psilakis

If you've ever watched the Food Network show "Chopped" you know Chef Michael Psilakis is one serious dude. He doesn't smile much, he's a bit tough on the contestants (they usually deserve it) and he looks like he doesn't want to be there.
Which is cool. I get it. He's a chef. He should be in the kitchen, around food, shiny pots and sharp knives. But given his intensity I wasn't sure what to expect when I arrived half an hour late to a media tasting in the back of the house at Eos. Chef was expounding on the consistency of a particular ricotta cheese as I slinked into a bar stool. I expected him to call me out, junior high-style with a "Well look who decided to join us..." Thankfully, he did not. Instead, he proceeded to feed me plate after plate of delicious food over the course of an hour, which is its own punishment, in a way.

The occasion was the debut of his new "bistro e," a restuarant-within-a-restaurant at Eos. Basically, it's a new breakfast and lunch menu. Call it a new name, slap some different t-shirts on the waiters, and voila - new micro-staurant. We tried most of the menu, which you can look at here. Standouts include the lamb burger, the asparagus salad topped with truffle vinaigrette, the grilled branzino and the home made potato chips (above). The portions are big and some of the food is too messy to eat in front of your boss (like the short rib tostada topped with a poached egg, below) but it all tasted great and most of it is made using local or seasonal ingredients.

He was still tweaking menu items and probably changed a ton of things after our dinner that night but it seems like a solid lunch option downtown. The (hyper-branded) e³ | daily special is a good deal. For $15 you get three courses like corn jalapeno soup, a ridiculously rich grilled cheese BLT, a full-size dessert AND a pint of beer.
Yeah, clearly this won't last forever.
And it's offered on the weekends.

11am-4pm daily, 485 Brickell Ave, 305-503-0373.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Beach Ball Festival This Weekend

Support your favorite bar tender in a Dodge Ball tournie while sipping samples of rum. You could do worse on a Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Standard Sounds with Cleveland Jones

Swim Week kicks off tonight with a slew of fashion events (I'll be a the Fontainebleau consuming far too many calories; bikinis tend to make me hungry) but if you're in the mood for something chill, this weekly music party at the Standard seems nice. It debuts tonight with $7 cocktails.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Cabana Sundays @ The Raleigh

The Raleigh recently kicked off a weekly Sunday afternoon party that’s a cross between a Hampton’s pool shindig and a summer day in Ibiza. Claim a table at the outdoor restaurant and order a pitcher of mojitos before you take to the ping pong tables set up amidst the lanterns and lounge chairs. There’ll be organized volleyball tournaments the last Sunday of the month in July and August so start practicing your award-winning serve now.

Sundays, 4-11pm,1775 Collins Ave, 305-612-1163.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Friday Happy Hour @ Cafeina

It’s easy to make a meal of new $7 happy hour menu at Wynwood’s hipster haven. Start off with their hockey puck-sized crab cakes and move on to mini Kobe burgers and tuna tacos. Beers and well drinks are half-off (making them $4-$6) as are coffee-inspired cocktails like the Café con leche martini (coffee infused vodka, Amarula Liqueur, creme de cocoa).

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Ice Cream Madness @ The Tides

La Marea, the restaurant at The Tides, launches their swanky ice cream cart service today in honor of July aka National Ice Cream Month. I swung by yesterday and sampled some of the flavors Chef Gonzalo Rivera is churning out this month.
I must have tried 16 scoops but I lost count after the third variation on vanilla (Indonesian, New Guinea and Mexican vanilla bean to be exact). Basil was my favorite, after that white chocolate bread pudding impressed. Dulce de leche had the creamiest texture. Mojito sorbet the most refreshing zing and Chocolate Mole with huckleberry sauce the most unique with a spicy bite tempered by the sweet fruit sauce.

Chef makes the ice cream using using an anglaise base (eggs and cream) and then adds the flavors – fresh fruits, herbs (basil) or sauces like the Mexican mole made with chipotles, chilis, star anise and garlic.

In terms of cocktails they're playing around with frozen variations on classic like a grasshopper with vanilla ice cream and muddled mint, caipirnhas with basil ice cream and strawberries, champagne with a scoop of mango sorbet and Cointreau with vanilla for a creamsicle drink.