Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Food Editor of the Miami Herald and Beer Expert, Evan Benn is teaming up with J. Wakefield Brewing and The Federal for a Cinco de Mayo beer and food feast. Chef Zapata's five course menu is below along with the six beer pairings. Tickets are $65.00 and can be purchased HERE.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
|Alex & Norman via The Vagabond|
Chef Alex Chang is teaming up with chef Norman Van Aken to host a “Four Corners of the World” series of dinners at MiMo’s Vagabond Restaurant & Bar. The series kicks off on Cinco de Mayo (May 5th), showcasing signature dishes from Mexico with future events showcasing Japan, Peru and India.
Seatings are at 7:00 and 9:30 pm; prix-fixe menus are $130 each (food only) or $190 (food and wine pairing) inclusive of tax and tip. You can buy tickets HERE
May 5, 2015
Vagabond Restaurant & Bar
7301 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Chef Daniel Serfer of Mignonette and Blue Collar is partnering with Chef Deme Lomas of the Catalan-inspired Niu Kitchen for a ten course meal on April 27, 2015 at Mignonette.
Spanish label Cerdá, Llanos y Cía will be pairing the dishes with some of their great wines.
The dinner is $150 per person (including gratuity and wine pairings).
A reception with passed hor d'oeuvres will begin at 7PM.
Reservations are required: (305) 374-4635.
Mignonette is located at 210 NE 18th Street, Miam.
Two of my favorite things, The Kentucky Derby and Crawfish. And Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is throwing a Derby party with a crawfish boil. Yardbird will also be serving up some Derby specials, like a Big Ass Mint Julep for $10, to help wash those crustaceans down.
They will be doing a crawfish boil every Tuesday night from May 12- July 28. Run Crawfish Run.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
It's Burger Week and I'm long overdue for an updated ranking. I cut way back on my burger intake over the past year but the primary reason for the delay is that I didn't have any new burgers that cracked the list. That changed recently thanks to three burgers. One is a burger from the past that has recently resurfaced in Wynwood and Aventura Mall.
I take these rankings very seriously. The restaurants that made the list are sourcing quality meats and using great blends. Let me make one thing very clear. My burger rankings are similar to my pizza rankings. Forget the crazy toppings. I'm about the blend, seasoning, execution and bun. That's it. Medium rare unless the chef suggests otherwise.
I decided to limit this list to Miami instead of including all of South Florida as usual.
There are 8,765 places serving burgers in Miami. These are The Fifteen Best plus ties.
Let's do this:
1. Shake Shack
2. Michael Mina 74
3. Bourbon Steak
4. Wolfgang's Steakhouse
5. The Cypress Room
6. Proper Sausages *also available retail*
8. Blue Collar
10. Swine Southern
11. db Bistro Moderne
12. The Dutch
13. Michael's Genuine
14. Tongue & Cheek
15. Edge Steak & Bar
15. The Vagabond
15. Pincho Factory
To Eat List - Lure,
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
This is a great overall restaurant but make no mistake, Chef Alex Chang and his food are the primary reason to go. And go often.
Miami may not be familiar with the name Alex Chang but you should be and I bet you will be really soon.
In a nutshell, Alex started a popular underground restaurant in his apartment while attending USC (hmmm sounds like he has a Cobaya in him…) It was called Paladar, a reference to the home operated restaurants in Cuba, and he charged a whopping $15.00 for three course tasting menus. I'm hoping his squid ink and roe pasta dish makes the Vagabond menu.
After graduating he traveled and trained at reputable spots around the world before settling in at Animal Restaurant where he cooked under South Florida natives Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo.
His dishes at The Vagabond are diverse, creative and bold. They also exhibit finesse and restraint. His flavors are balanced and devoid of the ubiquitous Miami heavy hand. And his dishes are not pretentious. He's young and aggressive and that may result in some misses along the way but that's okay. The triples and home runs are well worth the risk.
Still not sold? Watch the trailer for the documentary on Paladar below and then watch the movie. Then go while you can still get a reservation.
Alex and The Vag are on the verge of blowing up.
You can watch the documentary in its entirety on Amazon
Recent visits featured great dinner and brunch dishes. I enjoyed them all.
Sun shrimp & Anson Mills blue corn grits, Benton's bacon, poached egg.
Cured ocean trout Smørrebrød, rye bread, cucumber, dill, poppy seed.
Soft scrambled eggs, fines herbs, EVOO.
Sun Shrimp Hash, nduja, fennel, poached eggs.
Stracciatella, leek oil, country bread.
Tsukune Sandwich (best sandwich in town) tare, nori, scallion, pickled cucumber.
Dry aged burger, potato bun, American cheese, b&b pickles, onions, remoulade.
Smoked Fish Huarache, salsa campechana, lime.
Roasted baby carrots, mole, hazelnut, yogurt, za'atar.
Foie Gras Torchon, loquat, fermented honey & Japanese milk bread.
Ricotta Gnocchi, kale butter, breadcrumbs, savoy cabbage.
Pan seared beef heart, warm duck egg yolk, shiitake mushrooms.
Pork Tonkatsu Sandwich, yuzu kosho sauerkraut, spicy mustard.
Blistered cauliflower, grilled goat's milk, smoked trout roe.
Sweetbread milenesa, swiss, country ham vinaigrette, mustard frill.
Rabbit leg piccata, nasturtium caper, blue oyster mushroom, potato purée.
7301 Biscayne Blvd North Miami, FL 33138
Friday, April 10, 2015
50 Eggs Sommelier Daniel Toral and Swine Southern Table & Bar Chef de Cuisine Jacob Anaya are throwing a Swine and Wine Dinner on April 14 at 6:30pm.
The dinner is featuring the Rieslings of Maximin Grunhaus, from the Mosel in Germany, along with special guest Carl Von Schubert, owner & winemaker.
Tickets are $85 and include drink pairings (exclusive of tax and gratuity).
Amuse: Smoked Florida Shrimp tomato water, cilantro oil
1st Course: House-Made Cold-Smoked Cobia pickled radish, compressed mango, citrus puree
2nd Course: Riso Con Carne 12-hour cooked beef brisket & pork shoulder, Swank Farm fresh beans, roasted corn 63° duck egg
3rd Course: Flintstone Beef Rib 12-hour roasted low and slow, smoked potato puree salt-grilled baby beets, papaya BBQ sauce
Dessert: Smoked Peach Cobbler textures of peaches, rum-raisin ice cream
Swine is located at 2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd in Coral Gables.
Reservations can be made by calling 786.360.6433.
Thursday, April 9, 2015