Friday, May 30, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Kobe Club Miami is now offering a six course Wagyu tasting menu ranging in prices from $95.00-$165.00 per person (tax and gratuity not included). Prepared by executive chef Tim Nickey, the six course menu begins with an “Amuse” of Kobe hot dog in puff pasty; followed by Kobe Club beef tartare prepared with American, Australian & Japanese Wagyu; diver scallop & braised American ‘Kobe’ short rib with roasted chanterelle mushrooms; and American ‘Kobe’ beef cheek ravioli in a truffle broth.
For the main entrée, diners get a choice of Wagyu strip loin (which determines the price of the menu): American Wagyu, 4 oz ($95); Australian Wagyu, 4 oz ($135); or Japanese Wagyu, 4 oz. ($165). All dishes are served with a side of hash browns with lobster, chorizo, red bell pepper & caramelized onions. Kobe Club’s signature desserts: beehive baked Alaska with honey ice cream; chocolate caviar with sweet vanilla blinis & raspberry crème fraiche; or assorted homemade sorbets.
Kobe Club Miami is open for dinner, Tuesday thru Thursday from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM; Friday and Saturday, 7:00 PM to 12 midnight. 404 Washington Avenue (next to China Grill), Miami Beach, 305-673-5370
To showcase his new menu, The Setai’s Executive Chef Jonathan Wright, has introduced "Summer at The Setai," a four-course, multiple choice prix-fixe menu for $55. The menu begins with a dim sum selection followed by small plates, noodles, and salads such as warm grilled Thai beef salad ; warm mushroom salad with soba noodles & truffle vinaigrette; and chicken with galangal, kaffir, lime leaf and oyster mushrooms simmered in coconut milk. Entrees list from cinnamon glazed salmon, bok choy, cucumber and lime salad and BBQ Kurobuta pork with five spice, honey, dry sherry and chinese wine, to Cantonese style thick rice noodles, black mushrooms, napa cabbage skirt steak. And for desserts: traditional Asian, Thai and Indian specialties.
The new Sommelier Dwayne Savoie , formerly of Karu & Y, is offering "Hidden Values From Around The World," an extensive fine wine collection of 55 bottles of wine priced at $55. The Setai, 2001 Collins Avenue, Miami, (305) 520 6000. www.setai.com
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
No Charge for tastings!
This wine was harvested with a high ripeness and some noble rot from the two oldest vineyards in the Herrenweg. After a slow fermentation, it remains slightly sweet, and shows powerful roasted, nutty, almond flavors on the nose and the palate.
Retail $21.99 BTG $8.00
A deep ruby garnet color, full of character with aromas of ripe cherry and lush dark berry fruits. Well-focused and solid, silky smooth it delivers beautiful layers of fruit and spice, minerals, and just a subtle backdrop of terroirs.
Retail $19.99 BTG $7.00
Concentrated aromas of blackcurrants and plums are integrated with lifted floral notes and underlying hints of savoury mushroom and toasty oak characters. A lush, full-bodied Pinot Noir with well integrated tannins and nice acidity. Ripe cherry and plum dominate the palate, supported by subtle hints of rich coffee. 100 per cent new and used French oak lends elegance, structural support and savoury smoky notes.
Retail $21.99 BTG $8.00
Ripe, slightly candied fruit aromas, concentrated tart red cherry flavors and spiciness.Retail $21.99 BTG $8.00
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Published in Notable Openings
Befitting its location in the trendy Design District, the new Mediterranean Brosia has an eye-catching setting complete with an alfresco courtyard featuring an ancient white oak tree and dramatic mosaic mural backdrop; reasonable tabs are a plus (163 39th St. NE; 305-572-1400).
Also in the Design District, the upscale Japanese bistro Domo Japones bears the hip stamp of an owner from Bond St. Lounge and Miss Yip and a trendy menu offering dishes such as veal-cheek gyoza; stylish quarters adorned with racy art depicting naked models, easy-on-the-eye servers and a killer soundtrack add to the lively package (4000 Second Ave. NE; 305-573-5474).
Named for its edgy Upper East Side neighborhood and the motel-with-a-past where it’s located, Red Light, a waterside New American with regional leanings, has New Orleans–reared, eco-conscious chef Kris Wessel in the driver’s seat; he’s generating traffic with a menu of down-home takes on barbecue, seafood, burgers and ribs served in a tiny, diner-style space enlivened by touches like orange faux-lizard bar seats (Motel Blu, 7700 Biscayne Blvd.; 305-757-7773).
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Colonel John is currently 4-1 and should go off in that range. 5-1 would be a tempting win play.
Long shots- Court Vision is currently at 15-1. He is a closer and could make this interesting
Visionaire is 20-1 and a real sleeper.
The pick- Colonel John gets the nod.
Exacta Box- Colonel John, Court Vision and Visionaire. I may add Big Brown to the Exacta in case he is the real deal...
Thursday, May 1, 2008
1. Richard- clearly the favorite and he will be very hard to beat.
2. Dale- He should make it to the finals unless he implodes one week.
3. Antonia- consistently good and has a shot to win.
4. Stephanie- She's had a couple of bad weeks now but she's been in my final four for weeks so I will keep her here.
wild card- Andrew