Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Riverside Market Plantation (Craft Beer Fans)

Riverside Market PLANTATION logo JPG

Great news for craft beer fans in West Broward.  Fort Lauderdale favorite, The Riverside Market recently opened its third location in Plantation.  The 2,300 square-foot space will seat up to 70 people, making it the largest location.  Hours of operation will be from 8 am to Midnight, daily.

Husband and wife Julian Siegel, a former real estate developer, and Lisa Siegel, a former school teacher, opened the first Riverside Market at 608 SW 12th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale in 2008. In 2015, they opened their second location, Riverside Market South, at 3218 SE 6th Avenue. The duo now look forward to opening Riverside Market Plantation with business partners and real estate developers, Moshe Mizrahi and Benjamin Mizrahi. 

The Riverside Plantation will offer 24 beers on tap, and an  assortment of 650 cans and bottles. With the Riverside Market’s “honor system”, customers grab what they please and pay at checkout. The bottle cap-lined coolers will also hold family-friendly items such as specialty sodas, kombucha and fine teas.

There is also a  full kitchen serving Fish Tacos ($10), Carolina Pulled Pork ($8), Margherita Pizza (small $10, large $15), Vegetarian Wrap ($8) and a selection of artisanal cookies including Red Velvet ($2). There is also a grab-and-go cooler stocked with salads, sandwiches and other easy eats.

6900 Cypress Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33317

Mon – Wed 8am to 10pm
Thur – Fri 8am to 12am
Saturday 9am to 12am
Sunday 9am to 10pm

Friday, December 1, 2017

Cerda, Llanos y Cia Wine Dinner at Proof 12/2/17

Wine fans or Miami, this looks like an interesting night.  You know Chef Flit will deliver an outstanding meal and you can learn more about the winemakers HERE.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Bourbon Steak's 10 Year Anniversary !! 12/11/17

A Decade with Bourbon Steak

This December Marks Bourbon Steak's 10 year anniversary and they are celebrating big! 

December 11th 7-10 pm  

Live music, cigar rollers, all you can drink beer, wine, champagne, specialty cocktails, passed canapés and food stations highlighting their "Best of the :last Decade" favorites.  


Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina
19999 West Country Club Drive
Aventura, FL 33180

Saturday, November 11, 2017

P.I.G. 8 with Jeremiah Bullfrog & Friends 11/18/17

PIG 8 Pork is Good
An all-inclusive food and cocktail celebration of everything oink and delicious

Miami’s own Chef Jeremiah, with a star-studded lineup of South Florida’s most inventive purveyors of haute cuisine, gourmet street food and craft cocktails.
**Participating Chefs See Below

Saturday November 18, 2017
3 to 7 PM EST

Little Haiti Cultural Complex
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137

General Admission: $50 TICKETS

PIG 8 Participating Chefs

Jeremiah Bullfrog, Fork it
Jonny Hunter, Underground Butcher (Madison, WI)
Sam Mason Oddfellows (Brooklyn, NY)
Jared Heider Cochon Butcher (New Orleans)
Rick Mace, Café Boulud WPB
Michael Paley, Amara at Paraiso MGHG
Will Crandall, Michael Mina’s StripSteak
Roel Alcudia, Mandolin
Steve Santana, Taquiza
James Strine, Grato WPB
Cake, Gaijin Izakaya
Josh Gripper, The Dutch Miami
Niven Patel, Ghee
Brian Mullins, Ms Cheezious
Scott Linquist, Coyo Taco
Danny Ramirez, The Westchester
Andrew Zarzosa, Yuzu
Kurtis Jantz, Preferred Hotels & Resorts
Babe Froman Fine Sausages
Alissa Frice, Frice Cream

Featured mixologist: Abigail Gullo Compere Lapin New Orleans

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.