Beer and Beats: Heineken Music Fest
The Heineken TransAtlantic Fest brings a bevy of international bands to Miami.
April 12, 2011
Heineken TransAtlantic Festival headliners Bomba Estéreo
The Heineken TransAtlantic Festival plans to blur the lines between Latin-American music genres for the ninth year in a row (all beer-guzzling connotations aside). Bands from Mexico, Brazil, Brooklyn and Colombia will sample everything from Latin funk and hip-hop to dub step, electronic beats and cumbia. Though the launch party takes place April 14 at Grand Central (697 N. Miami Ave., Miami), the rest of the festival’s events occur throughout the month at various Miami venues.
New Piano Bar: The Burgundy Room
The Dolce Group puts a new spin on classic concept.
April 01, 2011
The Dolce Group’s Lonnie Moore, Mike Malin and celeb investors Ashton Kutcher and Wilmer Valderrama just debuted a new kind of piano bar. The Burgundy Room—located in Crazy Pianos’ former CocoWalk space—serves tasty bites against a backdrop of live music and nightly DJs. 3015 Grand Ave., Miami
The Perfect Pie
Pucci’s Pizza offers a March-only pizza and beer special.
March 01, 2011
March Madness at Pucci’s Pizza means a large Brooklyn-style pie and a six-pack of beer for just $25 through March 30. And if you’re Pucci’s 500th fan on Facebook, you’ll win a complimentary pizza party for 50. 1535 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
The Villa’s Hot New Chef
Jeff O’Neill inspires a tempting new menu at the lavish Villa dining room.
March 01, 2011
With a résumé that includes training at New York’s Culinary Institute of America and stints at Le Cirque, Charlie Palmer’s Aureole and Daniel Boulud’s Daniel and Le Bernardin, it’s no surprise Jeff O’Neill has been named top chef at The Villa by Barton G. He’s worked with super-innovative owner Barton G. Weiss to develop an inspired menu of refined Continental cuisine (think whole Dover sole, foie gras and maple-glazed barramundi with lobster, papaya and a ginger broth). 1116 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach
Miami Restaurant Finds
We took a quick eatery tour of Miami to find what’s new and noteworthy.
February 03, 2011
Tuna tartare with wasabi cream at Town Kitchen & Bar
Start your culinary tour of Miami this month by taking in bay views from the new Rickenbacker Fish
Company on Virgina Key. Then move on to the Coral Gables culinary scene, which is definitely growing: Owners of Town Kitchen & Bar in South Miami have recently opened Sake Blue—a new sushi lounge with more than 30 sakes, walls festooned with dragon paintings and a 38-foot bar. Starting mid-month you can also stop by Route 9, a brand-new American bistro with Floridian flair.
South Beach favorite Jimmy’z Kitchen has opened a second location in Wynwood. Cervecería 100 Montaditos, which hails from Spain, has jumped the pond and landed in Miami’s Midtown nabe, offering more than 100 different sandwiches. Sustain and Sra Martinez recently added brunch to their repertoire. And later this month, Cafeina and Gigi will unveil their own Sunday dining options. Cafeina promises a booze-filled, laid-back day complete with a table-side, make-your-own Bloody Mary bar, DJs Ess & Emm spinning tunes, and Launch Arte Market all on hand.
Photograph by Max Zagales Photography
Lo de Lea Argentinean Grill takes meat lovers to paradise.
January 18, 2011
Lo de Lea crispy cayenne salmon fresco
Lo de Lea Argentinean Grill—one of the Upper Eastside’s exciting new spots—combines Italian, French and Spanish influences with a great selection of Argentine beef cuts, chicken, pastas, seafood and salads. Share the double-order parrillada Lo de Lea: mollejas (sweetbreads), chinchulines (chitterlings), chorizo bombón (Argentine sausage), morcilla bombón (blood sausage), asado de tira (short ribs), vacío (flank steak) and salchicha parrillera (crispy sausage), all served with rosemary roasted potatoes and mixed greens. 7001 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-456-3218
The Design District welcomes Vino & Olio.
January 12, 2011
Tortellini di Cacio e Pepe
With rustic Tuscan cuisine and olive oil straight from his family’s farm, chef Andrea Mennichetti is upping the Italian ante at Vino & Olio in the Design District. 139 NE 39th St., Miami
A new cookbook explores the neighborhoods of the Florida Keys.
January 04, 2011
In a quest to find the most soulful items deep in the savory bend of South Florida, Linda Gassenheimer’s The Flavors of the Florida Keys plumbs the passion behind the most distinctive neighborhood dishes of this little-explored culinary landscape. booksandbooks.com
Johnnie Walker pours us a cocktail.
December 09, 2010
Johnnie Walker, the world’s best-selling whisky, also happens to make some delicious cocktails. Known for its colorful portfolio of labels, the spirit shares some of its concoctions here—from a classic Rob Roy to a wasabi and green tea-spiked Green Label Sky. Pick your color and get mixing
Red Label: Blood and Sand
½ oz. Johnnie Walker Red Label
1 tbsp. orange juice
½ oz. sweet vermouth
½ oz. fresh cherry syrup
Orange peel for garnish
Add the Johnnie Walker, orange juice, vermouth and cherry syrup to a shaker filled with ice. Shake until cold and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with orange peel.
Black Label: The Perfect Rob Roy
2 oz. Johnnie Walker Black Label
¾ oz. sweet, dry vermouth
1 dash orange bitters
Lemon twist for garnish
Add the Johnnie Walker, vermouth and bitters to a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir until cold and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with lemon twist.
Green Label Sky
1.5 oz. Johnnie Walker Green Label
.25 oz. wasabi paste
Garnish with 2 cherries
Add the Johnnie Walker, wasabi paste, cherry juice and green tea to a shaker filled with ice. Shake until cold and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with cherries.
Gold Label Frost
1 oz. Johnnie Walker Gold Label
5 oz. Apple cider
Dash apple bitters
Lemon peel for garnish
Add the Johnnie Walker, apple cider and apple bitters to a Collins glass filled with ice and stir. Garnish with a lemon peel.
Drink alone, on the rocks or neat.
Dom Pérignon makes the holidays even brighter.
December 09, 2010
If you are going to pop a bottle this holiday season, you might as well do it right with a beautiful limited edition Warhol-inspired bottle of Dom Pérignon ($157). The unique collection of three bottles, each with a distinct label in red, blue or yellow, pays homage to the iconic colors regularly used by Warhol. The tribute was inspired by one of Warhol’s diary entries, in which he mentions bottles of Dom.