Tuesday, August 8, 2017

La LeGGenda Pizzeria Napoletana (South Beach)



As my longtime readers know, I am a huge pizza fan. Unfortunately, South Florida is loaded with awful pizza and I've tried my fair share of it while searching for great pies. And make no mistake, there are some very impressive pizzerias in town now.  Well, you can add another one to that list.  To the top of the list!  

La Leggenda opened recently on the eastern side of Espanola way on South Beach.  Behind the pizza oven, which was imported from Naples where he owns another pizzeria, is Giovanni "La LeGGenda" Gagliardi.  Yes, he is a pizza legend and world champion of Neapolitan pies.  Believe the hype.  


When I posted my updated Best Pizza Rankings a couple of months ago I indicated that La LeGgenda had just opened and I suspected that they would be ranked very high on my next list. That was because Giovanni was previously at Ironside Pizza and I ranked them second in South Florida while he was there.  His pizza is that good.  The sauce, cheese, dough, crust and overall flavors all excel.  The non pizza items I've tried have been very good too.

If you are a pizza fan like me you need to run to La LeGGenda.  Their menus is not posted online so I posted the pizza menu below.   




Margherita STG - Best Traditional Pizza in the world Award -  Pizza World Championship, Parma 2012.  Mozzarella di bufala campaign DOP, San Marzano tomato sauce and basil.






Pasta E Palate - pasta mist with potatoes and smoked provoke di buffalo campana DOP












224 Española Way, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Monday, August 7, 2017

Shimuja Ramen Bar - Miami & Davie




Ramen fans of Miami I have a must do spot for you.  I've been several times over the past few months and everything has been good to great with no exception.  I posted some shots on my Instagram feed but did not write a post about it because it was only operating as a pop up inside the popular Brickell bar Baby Jane.  However, word on the street is that it will have a permanent home at Baby Jane moving forward.  Additionally, they are in the process of opening a second location in Davie, Fl.  

I'm not a ramen expert but I enjoy it and have had my share over the years. Shimuja is up there with the best in town.  Flavors are strong and well balanced.  Yes, it's super hot in Miami right now but you will not regret taking down chef Keiichi Maemura ramen along with his other dishes that are equally as good.  Plus, you can cool down with one of Baby Jane's cocktails.  

Shimuja opened as a ten seat ramen shop in Kagoshima, Japan in 2011.  They'e expanded to three locations in Kagoshima and won Best Ramen in 2015.  Award winning ramen in Miami, sold!

 If you haven't been, go.  If you have been, you know.  





Pork dumplings in shiro shoyu soup with scallions, sesame seeds, and spicy sesame oil are a must get dish every visit.  The dumplings are great and the broth is full of flavor.




Pictured above is the Kagoshima Special Ramen which is $5.00 more than the other ramen on the menu but it was worth the price. The Kagoshima Special is made with wavy thin noodles with a thick pork broth, topped with scallions, sprouts, extra kikurage mushrooms, seared half-boiled egg, burdock, cabbage, carrots, seaweed, and extra chasu pork.  

Also available are Tonkotsu and Shiro Shoyu Ramen at $15.00





Cucumber in sesame salt sauce is a great way to get your palate ready while you wait for that ramen.




Another winner is their Chasu Bowl and a great value at $7.00.  Rice topped with Chashu pork, “kinshi” egg, lettuce, scallions, seaweed, “Kabayaki” sauce, and Sichuan pepper.  

I was so excited to try  the Mentai Bowl that I forgot to take a shot.  Same with the Chasu Pork buns which may be the best in town.  

The Mentai Bowl features rice topped with spicy cod raw, “kinshi” egg, scallions, seaweed, and spicy mayo.

Unfortunately, I have not tried the Japanese-style Fried Chicken which is marinated in special sauce.  I hear it is excellent too.





Saturday, July 22, 2017

Chef Collective - Paul Qui & Daniel Burns 7.25.17 at Pao

Chef Daniel Burns via Faena

















As you are aware by now, I am a big fan of Chef Paul Qui and his restaurant Pao at the Faena Hotel.  Paul is a passionate and creative chef and when he is in town (Miami) he is always looking to create special experiences for his guests.  Thus, he started a Chef Collective series where he brings in his talented chef-friends from out of town as well as locally to collaborate on a one night tasting menu.  I've been to several of these and they are fantastic and interesting meals.  Trust me, you will not leave disappointed.

Up next is Chef Daniel Burns on July 25th at 7pm.   If you're not familiar with Daniel all you need to know is that he spent three years as pastry chef at Noma after spending time at The Fat Duck and St. John.  He subsequently opened the Momofuku Test Kitchen.  In 2013 he opened a seasonal tasting menu restaurant in Brooklyn called Luksus which became the first restaurant to earn a Michelin star without serving wine.  His dishes were only paired with beer.  Unfortunately, Luksus recently closed but his popular craft beer bar Tørst remains open.  

This Chef Collective should be a good one too.

Tickets are $95.00 and can be purchased via Tock HERE.

If you missed my recaps of Paul's killer Cobaya dinner followed by his omakase dinner two days later or his fantastic kaiseki dinner with Yoshi Okai from they are linked below.

Cobaya Experiment

Omakase Chowdown

Kaiseki Dinner with Yochi Okai

OG Thai with Chanthong (photos)


Pao by Paul Qui
3201 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Dogfish Beer Dinner at Market 17 (7.25.17)


Dog Days Of Summer
A Craft Beer Dinner at Market 17 with Dogfish Head

Tuesday 7:00pm, July 25, 2017 at Market 17

4 course dinner with Dogfish Head Brewing, one of America's most respected craft beer brands. A representative from Dogfish Head will be in house to elevate the food & beer pairing as well as answer any questions you may have about their beer making process.

Advance Tickets
65.00 PER PERSON
All Inclusive
Ticket price goes to 75.00 on July 24.

Purchase Here



MENU

Namaste
Welcome Drink

Saison Du Buff

Herb Roasted Farm Chicken Breast Herb Tip Salad, Fresh Chevre Cheese, Shaved Carrots, Pickled Pearl Onion, Toasted Pecans, Green Goddess Dressing

Romantic Chemistry IPA

Togorashi Seared Rare Yellowfin Tuna Sesame Sticky Rice, Crispy Beluga Lentils, Pickled Diakon, Red Cabbage, Cucumber, Fresh Peaches, Ginger Soy Glaze

Indian Brown

Slow Smoked Grassfed Beef Brisket Chermoula Roasted Sweet Potatoes, House Smoked Bacon, Grilled Okra, Sautéed Zucchini & Yellow Squash, Charred Eggplant Pudding, Chimichurri

Lupu-Luau IPA

Key Lime Parfait Coconut Cake, Key Lime Mousse, Graham Cracker Bits


Market 17
1850 SE 17th St.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tour de France Wine Tasting at Brava by Brad Kilgore 7.17.17




This Monday only, sample unique wines in the spirit of the "Tour de France" paired with lite bites from the BRAVA by Brad Kilgore team. 

Our partners at Vineyards to Table, SommSelections and Wine by the Bay will pour wines from different stages in the race and even do some side by side competition.

Stage 1: Loire Valley 
Sancerre Sauvignon vs Chenin Blanc

Stage 2: Burgundy
The best appellations in the world for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Stage 3: Provence
Bandol the best village in France producing: THE BEST ROSE

Stage 4: Cahors
Where Malbec was originally produced and this one is certified organic

Stage 5: Bordeaux 
What is the difference between left and right bank 
Merlot or Cabernet?

Stage 6: Paris
Let's finish on the Champs Elysee with some unique Cabernet Francs bubbles not yet in the US 
The race is on, space is limited! 
6pm | $25pp

For reservations:

Brava by Brad Kilgore |
1300 Biscayne Blvd, Second Floor, 
Miami, FL 33132

Byblos & Fooq's Dinner 7.24.17




On Monday, July 24th, Byblos Miami’s Executive Chef Stuart Cameron will collaborate with Fooq's Executive Chef Saul Ramos to create a special Mediterranean inspired 4-course menu at Byblos.
For $65++pp guests can partake in this family style meal with an optional wine pairing for $25++pp. See menu below.
Tickets available on Tablelist.



FIRST COURSE
 

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EGGPLANT MEATBALL

Smokey eggplant + manchego cheese
+ date & pomegranate molasses


CHANTERELLE MUSHROOM PIDE

Garlic + goat cheese + urfa pepper


SECOND COURSE
 

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GRILLED OCTOPUS

White hummus puree + farro salad + mint
yogurt drizzle


RUMP TARTAR

Burnt eggplant + black garlic + labneh
+ za’atar


THIRD COURSE
 

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LAMB SHOULDER KORESH

Crispy jeweled rice + fresh herbs


HUMMUS

Oxtail + fresh chickpeas + aussie truff les


FOURTH COURSE
 

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PERSIAN SUNDAE

House made saffron + pistachio rosewater
gelato + dates + pomegranate molasses
+ crème


TAHINI PARFAIT

Sesame wafer + date molasses + pashmak







BYBLOS
1545 COLLINS AVE
MIAMI BEACH, FL 33139