Friday, July 31, 2009

Hand Crafted Beer Tasting @Hollywood Vine 7/31/09


Friday, July 31st 2009

7-10 P.M

Amy Marcoux of Shipyard Brewery will be hosting a voyage into “beer geekery”. Come out this Friday for a comprehensive tasting of 8 awesome beers representing each of the major styles used in the world’s finest beers. Admission is $5 which will apply to the purchase of any of the beers tasted, in store or for takeaway.

Hollywood Vine

2035 Harrison Street

Hollywood, FL 33020


954-922-7660 fax

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Wine Dinner Bourbon Steak 8/11/08

This one sounds like another wine dinner winner...

For the second consecutive year, BOURBON STEAK Miami, a Michael Mina restaurant, has been awarded Wine Spectator’s coveted “Best of Award of Excellence” for its extensive list of over 900 selections. Celebrate with Sommelier Matthew Turner and Executive Chef Gabriel Fenton over a four-course gourmet wine-paired dinner on Tuesday, August 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Menu highlights include a crispy skin striped bass with ricotta gnocchi and chanterelle mushrooms to start;

Sonoma Liberty duck served with toasted quinoa, Belgian endive and tangerine;

an American Kobe beef duo of rib eye and short rib with sauce bordelaise, cipollini onions and a foie gras emulsion;

and carrot cake accompanied by a cream cheese sorbet, raisin purée and candied walnuts.

Each dish infuses herbs and spices picked fresh from the on-site chef’s garden.

Wine selections include a 2006 Domäne Wachau Riesling from Austria, a 2006 Two Worlds Pinot Noir from Germany & Oregon, a 2006 Craggy Range Te Kahu from New Zealand, and a Boston Bual from Portugal.

COST: $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity, complimentary valet

Monday, July 27, 2009

Two Wine Winners

I normally only post about wines that offer a good value but wanted to share with you the last two wines I tried since both were great. As I've previously advised, I'm not a huge white fan but they are almost always a must for me with seafood. If you enjoy sauvignon blancs, I would recommend looking for the 2007 Célestin Blondeau Sancerre Cuvee des Moulins Bales. This is a really nice old world S Blanc that is refreshing and crisp. You should be able to find this in the $25.00 range.

The second one may be harder to find but it deserves mentioning because it was outstanding and one of the more enjoyable wines I've had this year. It was a 1998 Domaine Alain Hudelot-Noellat Clos de Vougeot. Unfortunately, you will not be able to find this for $25.00 but it is splurge worthy if you see it.

Domaine Alain Hudelot-Noellat Clos Vougeot

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Pinot Noir Dinner @ Michy's 7/28

Michelle Bernstein & Pinot Noir, doesn't get much better than that..

michy's summer wine series
michy's presents
Exploring Pinot Noir

Welcome at the Bar
Rose of Pinot Noir by Adelsheim Vineyard, Willamette Valley 2007

Bruleed Wild Salmon Tiradito with Lentil Salad
Pinot Nero by Abbazia di Novacella, Alto-Adige 2006

Softly Poached Egg Ravioli, Artichoke Spinach "Dip" Filling
Volnay, Clos des Chenes 1er cru by JM Gaunoux, Cote de Beaune 2004

Duck Breast, Crispy Duck Rillette, Rhubarb and Celery
Beaune, Vignes Franches 1er cru by Louis Latour, Cote de Beaune

Grilled Nectarine Salad, Aged Cheddar, Torta de Aceite Cookie
Pinot Noir, Tous Ensemble by Copain, Anderson Valley 2007

$75 per person (not including tax, gratuity)

Tuesday, the 28th of July 2009
7:00pm promptly
For reservations call 305.759.2001
6927 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33138

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

4 wines + 5 Tapas @ Sra. Martinez 7/20/09

It's Better than a Wine Dinner

Gramona Winery and Senora Martinez present
Four Wines and Five Tapas, Upstairs
Join us, upstairs, Monday, July 20th from 7:30pm - 8:30pm for a tasting of four wines from Spain's leading Cava producer, Gramona, along with five passed tapas. We will be featuring Gessami (Muscat blend) 2006, Cava Imperial 2004, Cava Celler Batlle 1998, as well as the debut of Gramona's zero dosage Cava, III Lustros 2001. Participants who make a reservation for dinner following the tasting, will receive a 25% discount on a bottle of Gramona from our wine list. Reservations recommended.
Monday, July 20th, between 7:30pm and 8:30pm
$35 per person, not including tax and gratuity
305.574.5472 for reservations
(Please specify if you'd like a dinner reservation after the tasting)

Senora Martinez
4000 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

Monday, July 13, 2009

Mitolo Wine Dinner @ Neomi's Grill 7/28/09

The menu for this wine dinner sounds great. Mitolo Winemaker, Ben Glaetzer will be at Neomi's Grill located in the Trump International Beach Resort (Sunny Isles) on July 28th @ 6:30.


Giacomo~ King of all Jesters

a few small bites to compliment his magical acts, juggling and story telling

hoping to continue his alleviation of boredom through humor

oyster, grilled strawberry, lime; avocado~ banana block, Mitolo evoo

compressed watermelon, rose water; king ivory salmon rillettes, peach chutney

chicken liver faux gras, ‘nervy’ blood orange

Jester Rose 2008 , McLaren Vale

‘The Queens Players’

back to back courses encouraging intellect, comedy

and a touch of politics creating a taste teasing ballad, Jester style

Tarlton’s cherried duck

balsamic dried cherries, whipped cherry cola

shiraz orbs, cedar syrup, red bean cake, pickled ginger flower

Jester Shiraz 2006 , McLaren Vale

Monarco’s monkfish

beurre rouge monté, spiced ankimo torchon

salmiak beet puree, raspberry~ golden raisin gel, flower tempura

Jester Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 , McLaren Vale

Italian vines migrate to Australia…

chicken ham ‘on the bone’

culatello ham, pancetta, organic chicken confit , Mitolo evoo drizzle

roaring 40’s blue marble, summer pea salad, Italian fig jam

G.A.M. Shiraz 2006 , McLaren Vale

Australian wagyu… Italian essence

12-hour ribeye, broccoletti di rape, sweet potato kumera

blueberry drops, tobacco chocolate cremoso, espresso crumbs, truffle

Reiver Shiraz 2006 , Barossa Valley

torta di nocciole

hazelnut , liquid chocolate squares, mocha pudding

elements of cassis, black currant & forest berries

Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 , McLaren Vale

Date: Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Time: 6:30pm Reception 7:00pm Dinner

Reservations: Neomi’s Grill at Trump International Beach Resort (305)-692-5770

18001 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles, FL 33160

Price: $79.00 all inclusive (includes tax & gratuity)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Recession Pagne

I like Champagne when I'm celebrating, I like champagne when I'm eating sushi or stone crabs and really like champagne when the kids go to bed... That said, I'm normally not a huge sparkling/prosecco/cava fan. I like the real deal. Give me Blue Top, Feuillatte, Piper Heidsieck etc. and I am happy. However, I popped open a bottle of Piper Sonoma Brut and was pleasantly surprised. This goes for approximately $14.00 and is a sparkling bargain. It's the closest sparkling to champagne I've tried. Check it out.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Underground Food Group

Okay, this is an idea I have had for a while now but have been too busy to really carry out. Well, I feel like the timing is right to move forward with the idea/concept. In a nutshell, I would like to start a small underground group of food lovers who will essentially become guinea pigs for local chefs looking to try out new dishes and creations on food lovers during their off hours.

Reality- this would need to be a very small group of hard core diners willing to meet and eat after hours and sample whatever the chef of the day wants to serve. The group would be limited and closed. I foresee us meeting after dinner service ends on week nights and on off days.

It should be a win win for everyone involved. It will be a great opportunity for the chef to test, sample and tweak new creations with food lovers. Obviously, we would cover the cost of the meals and we could bring our own wine. No-brainer for chefs involved and we would get to sample awesome food with a small group of fellow enthusiasts.

I'm going to delete this post shortly in order to protect the integrity of the "underground" nature of the event and to keep the group small. Please email me if you are seriously interested.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Petit Rouge, North Miami

I had a really enjoyable meal over at Petit Rouge in North Miami. Petit Rouge is a new French Bistro owned by Chef Neal Cooper. I was not familiar with Chef Neal but was looking forward to trying Petit Rouge after seeing the menu and hearing good things about his prior spots, Neal's and Il Migliori.

The restaurant is small (I think there were seven or so tables inside and a few more outside) and charming with a comfortable, neighborhood feel to it. The service was outstanding and refreshing to see.

The menu starts with nine Hors d'Oeuvres ranging in price from $12 to $19. Offerings include seared Hudson Valley foie gras, ris de veau aka, crispy sweetbreads, salmon tartare with creme fraiche and caviar, a tasting of five cheeses, escargot, steamed Mediterranean mussels and head on Key West Pink Shrimp cocktail. How do you pick one???

The menu also has a classic onion soup as well as a chicken consomme laced with black truffels and foie gras and covered with a puff pastry. That sounded really tempting.
They also offer six salads ranging from the classic caesar to a warm goat cheese salad.

There are seven entrees plus three steak frite options ranging in price from $19 to $34. Steak fans can order a finely chopped filet mignon tartare or opt for a skirt steak with caramelized shallots. The third option is a filet with a peppercorn sauce. Other choices are pan seared Scottish salmon, crispy duck leg confit, sauteed calves livers, sauteed dover sole and Idaho trout, a rack of lamb and Poulet Rouge a semi boneless half chicken. Sides ranged from macaroni and cheese to steamed asparagus, haricots verts, french fries and potatoes cooked in duck fat.

We started with very nice fresh French bread. After deliberating over the menu options I went with the crispy sweetbreads and calves liver. The sweetbreads were prepared perfectly and served with a caper sauce. They were very smooth and a real treat. The sauteed calves liver was served with caramelized onions and mashed potatoes. This was another enjoyable combination. I didn't sample the duck confit but I was told it was good.

They also feature a reasonably priced wine list with most choices being French. I noticed several bottles in the $28 to $35 range which is always nice to see. They also had several by the glass options but the bottles appeared to be the better value. I'm not sure about their corkage policy.
I wasn't familiar with most of the reds on the list and opted for a familiar name and selected the 2006 Joseph Drouhin Laforet burgundy @ $35. It was on the light side but fine and drinkable plus CWife enjoyed it.

Again, I really enjoyed the ambiance, service, menu selections and of course the food. I'm looking forward to going back soon in order to continue working through the menu. My first experience was very good and showed real promise.

Petit Rouge on Urbanspoon

12409 Biscayne Blvd
North Miami, FL 33181

Saturday, July 4, 2009

July 4 MiMo Deals

MiMo Magazine has coupons for restaurants and services for July 4th.

Deals include:

Free glass of wine or Sake at Moshi Moshi

Free salsa & chips at Ver Daddy's

Free glass of sangria or bellini with any main course at Le Cafe Bistro.

15% off bottle of wine with any order at Casa Toscana.

Free glass of wine or beer with any main course at Anise Taverna.

Rent one, get one free at New Concept Video

Free glass of wine with any meal at Uva 69. (Free tapas and $6 drinks during happy hour, 4 to 8 p.m)

Free dessert with any two meals at Metro Bistro.

2-1 wines by the glass from 6 to 8 p.m. and 30 percent off American wines with dinner @ Wine 69

News Lounge is offering free bbq 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, July 4.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Carnegie Deli hits the Design District

No no the Carnegie Deli isn't opening in the Design District BUT Pastrami fans can get their fix over at Michael's Genuine during lunch for their KILLER pastrami sandwich. No exaggeration here, I seriously couldn't put it down expect for when I shoved it in my wife's face to try. Mmmmm mmmmm!!!!!! The Pastrami is homemade and topped with red cabbage slaw, thousand island dressing and served on nice ciabatta. The bread didn't get in the way of this awesome combo. I think there may have been a small amount of cheese in there too.
The chicken liver crostini was the obvious starter... All that was missing was a Dr. Brown's. My grandfather would have enjoyed this.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Steak 954 The Sequel

As promised I returned to Steak 954 and this meal was OUTSTANDING. I Started with the Kobe sliders, one was topped with caramelized onions and the other topped with Gruyere cheese and both served on brioche buns. Both were very tasty.

I had to give the ribeye another shot because I really couldn't figure out why my first one was bland. This one was PERFECT. Super tender, nicely trimmed, flavorful and expertly seasoned. It doesn't get much better than this one. I needed something green so I passed on the potato options this time and went with the creamed spinach. Another winner. The cream was light which allowed the fresh spinach to stand out.

The service was top notch without being in your face annoying.
Now I can highly recommend this spot.

Steak 954 on Urbanspoon

Florida’s Sexiest New Steakhouse is in… Fort Lauderdale

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Slow Food Dinner @ Lola's on Harrison

Slow Food Glades to Coast
and Lola's on harrison present
Slow Food Glades to Coast
and Lola's on harrison present

Thursday July 9th 7:00pm

Cocktail Reception

Watermelon-Organic Mint Saketini
Spicy Local Mango-Ginger Martini
Nectarine-Grapefruit Cooler

Hors D'oeuvres

Yucca-Rock Shrimp Croquettes
Maytag Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Puff Pastry
Grilled Peaches Wrapped with Mint and Prosciutto



Chilled Florida Avocado Soup with Local
Organic Cilantro Crème Fraiche

Paired with Native Brewing Company Native Lager


"Cracked" Conch Salad with Local Jalapeno, Coconut, Key Lime
Swank Farms Heirloom Tomatoes and Red Bibb Lettuce

Paired with Gordash Beer Company Holy Mackeral


Herb Marinated Grass Fed Flat Iron Steak, Boniato and Sweet Potato Au Gratin Sauteed Swank Farms Rainbow Swiss Chard
and Green Peppercorn Sauce

Paired with Native Brewing Company Eleven Brown Ale


Local Orange Angel Food Cake with Caramel Sauce
Passion Fruit and Mango Compote

Paired with Dessert Spritzer