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Drink This: South Beach Punch

Get the recipe for a sweet and spicy citrus cocktail inspired by SoBe.

July 26, 2012

South Beach Punch

Grey Goose is rolling out a new series of regionally-inspired punches perfect for summer soirées. Each punch is made with ingredients inspired by a locale. Our favorite happens to be the South Beach Punch, made with L'Orange Flavored Vodka, red grapefruit juice, red chili water, and agave nectar. The crisp, fruity vodka nods to Florida’s famous citrus and the chili water reps our fiery flare and warm weather. The agave nectar balances out the beverage, adding just the right amount of sweetness. Try it out at your next barbecue or brunch.

South Beach Punch

5 parts Grey Goose L’Orange Flavored Vodka
4 parts fresh-squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice
3 parts red chili water*
1 part agave nectar

Add all ingredients into a punchbowl and stir well. Chill for two hours and serve over ice. Garnish with grapefruit slices.   

*Red chili water: Cut three chilies in half and steep with seeds in three parts hot water with for ten minutes. Strain and serve.



Miami Gets Olympic Fever

There’s no need to cross the pond. Watch the games and get your fill of fish and chips right here in Miami.

July 26, 2012

The London 2012 Olympics begin July 27 and continue through August 12

Pub Grub at Lantao Sandbar and Social Club
The Surfcomber's funky fusion eatery is celebrating the games with daily Olympic coverage and gastropub plates. British bites include the spiced, shaved beef pub sandwich, smasher cakes with horseradish crème, and beer-battered fish and chips. Starting July 27, each day will welcome a new gin special, as well as Pimm's Cup pitchers for $30 and frozen Pimm's Cups for $10. 1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-604-1800; lantaorestaurant.com

Beach Games at Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
The Ritz is mixing brawn and booze in a beachside version of the London Games, dubbed "A Ritzy Summer Olympics." Join the Dune Lounge staff on Sunday afternoon as they hit the sand for table tennis and weightlifting competitions. Kappa Pisco will pour sips to keep things cool. 455 Grand Bay Dr., Key Biscayne, 305-365-4500; ritzcarlton.com

Opening Ceremonies at Sunset Lounge 
The Mondrian's bayside lounge will host an opening ceremony viewing party on Friday, July 27 (4 PM). Sunset's world-class mixologists have crafted an Olympic-themed cocktail menu that includes the Lolo Lychee Martini, Gold Medal Mojito, and Judge's Choice Jalapeño Margarita. Make a weekend of it and book the Olympian package, offering a complimentary "breakfast of champions," passes to Equinox South Beach, and cocktails during the opening party festivities. Ring the hotel and mention the special for additional details. 1100 West Ave., Miami Beach, 305-514-1500; mondrian-miami.com

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Limited Edition Tacos

Try chef Douglas Rodriguez's delectable duck tacos before they're gone.

July 25, 2012

Chef Douglas Rodriguez's smoked duck leg tacos

This week will be taco lovers’ last chance to savor Miami chef Douglas Rodriguez's signature smoked duck leg tacos on Mercadito’s Tacos for Strength menu. Known for his restaurants—Ola at Sanctuary and D. Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean—Rodriguez garnishes his duck tacos with refried beans, epazote, and virgin salad.

Five percent of all Tacos for Strength sales go directly to Share Our Strength, a national non-profit working to end childhood hunger in America. Each month, Mercadito invites a new chef to create a signature taco for the year-long initiative. Servings include four of the featured, one-of-a-kind tacos ($16.50). Chicago chef Giuseppe Tentori will inspire next month’s Tacos for Strength selection. 3252 N.E. 1st Ave., Miami, 786-369-0430



Spotted at Swim Week

From Kim and Kanye to Bravo housewives from up and down the east coast.

July 25, 2012



Q&A: Andrew Zimmern Tours Miami

The fearless eater talks about filming Bizarre Foods America in Miami.

July 24, 2012

Zimmern digs in at Joe's Stone Crab

International gastronome and Travel Channel host Andrew Zimmern recently hit the streets of Miami to film an episode of Bizarre Foods America. Along for the ride were superstar chef Michelle Bernstein and nightlife impresario Nicola Siervo. The episode, which aired July 23, featured local favorites including El Palacio De Los Jugos, The Dutch, and WALL. Here, Zimmern gives his take on Miami's ever-growing culinary scene.

What about eating in Miami surprised or impressed you the most?
ANDREW ZIMMERN: Being the capital of South America, unofficially of course, I am phenomenally impressed by all the Nicaraguan cafeterias, Cuban lechonerias, and Brazilian steakhouses. I am also on the flip side very impressed by the insane maturity on the tabelcoth dining scene these days.  

Which Miami chefs do you feel are changing the way the city eats and why?
AZ: Well, the NYC Collective—Portale, Carmellini, Conant, Zakarian, etc.—are all doing amazing things, but I think Michelle Bernstein represents the soul of [Miami], from a food perspective.

What are you favorite local haunts and hangouts?
AZ: The beach, Joe's Stone Crab, The Dutch, and Michael's Genuine Food & Drink are all fun.



Swim Week: Lisa Blue Puts on a Show

Blue’s show included headdresses, flamenco dancers, and a well-seated front row.

July 23, 2012

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim got off to an entertaining and energetic start with a theatrical runway show by Lisa Blue at Miami Beach's The Raleigh Hotel on Thursday, July 19. The 40-look show encapsulated four distinct looks.  

The show began with draped suits reminiscent of a Grecian sea goddess in white, blue, and gold hues. Dancing with the Stars alum Karina Smirnoff then led a siren set of models clad in flamenco and gypsy-inspired fashions. Smirnoff wore an off-the-shoulder top with red ruffles and a matching sarong as she danced down the catwalk. Smirnoff was followed by flamenco dancers suited in similar silhouettes and models rocking looks with combined inspiration from the iconic American rebel and Spanish bombshell.

Burke's third grouping screamed midcentury pin-up flair, flaunting sweet stripes, modestly cut one-pieces, tropical florals and nautical stripes, and screen prints. Models sported voluminous beach waves, bouffant updos, and ’50s hair-bows. The show wrapped with a ceremonious nod to the Year of the Dragon. Models paraded down the runway in suits with dragon graphics, headdresses (via Miss G. Designs), and even dragon wings.

Spotted sitting front row was Smirnoff's Dancing with the Stars co-star Brooke Burke-Charvet with husband David Charvet, as well as singer Christina Milian and Real Housewives Alexia Echevarria and Marysol Patton. Guests gathered at the hotel pool post-show for a cocktail party with passed hors d’oeuvres and Moët Ice Imperial Champagne.



Rosé Dinner at db Bistro Moderne

Daniel Boulud and executive chef Mathieu Godard embrace la vie en rosé.

July 20, 2012

Mathieu Godard and Daniel Boulud

db Bistro Moderne will marry blushes and bites at family-style dinner with rosé pairings on Tuesday, July 24. Curated by sommelier Christopher Lindemann, the wine list will descend from northern Rhône, Provence, and Languedoc. Acclaimed French chef Daniel Boulud and recently appointed executive chef Mathieu Godard will host the four-course feast of branzino with saffron-tomato vinaigrette, Australian rack of lamb, and more. A welcoming reception will begin at 6:30 PM, followed promptly by dinner seating at 7 PM. Tuesday's French fête is $99 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. 225 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-421-8800



Couture Cocktails at The Bazaar

The ultimate place to cocktail during Swim Week? The SLS Hotel, of course.

July 19, 2012

The Bazaar's culinary chops may be the center of Miami's attention, but its quirky cocktails should not be overlooked. José Andrés and his team have cleverly updated classic cocktails while introducing flavorful new signatures and nodding to Miami’s melting pot culture.

The Bazaar's twist on the classic Cuba Libre ($16) dons Mexican Coca-Cola and El Dorado premium aged rum with a cinnamon stick and lemon garnish. The popular Hemingway's Mistress ($16) is a modern daiquiri served with a fun sugar lipstick tube alongside. (Much better than the traditional sugared rim, if you ask us.) We'd especially suggest the Hemingway drink today, on National Daiquiri Day. These lively libations can be enjoyed during dinner or at the hotel's Bar Centro. SLS Hotel, 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach



Weekend Recommender: July 19-22

A charity Swim Week fashion show, Cirque du Soleil premiere, and more!

July 19, 2012

Cirque du Soleil's "Dralion" premieres this Friday night

Style Saves Fashion Show & Fundraiser
Thursday, July 19, 9 PM
Kick off Swim Week with Style Saves as they celebrate their one year anniversary with a chic soirée and fashion show at Soho Beach House. The Miami-based foundation helps underprivileged youth "dress for success" with stylish and appropriate school clothes. Tickets are $100 in advance and $125 at the door. 4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; stylesaves.charityhappenings.org

Cirque du Soleil's "Dralion"
Friday, July 20, 7:30 PM
Cirque du Soleil's "Dralion" premieres tonight at the Bank Atlantic Center, promising an engaging spectacle of acrobatic arts and ancient Chinese customs. The show will run through June 29, with tickets beginning at $35 for adults. 1 Panther Way, Sunrise, 954-835-7000; cirquedusoleil.com

André & Dorine
Saturday-Sunday, July 21 & 22
The International Hispanic Theatre Festival is in full swing at the Adrienne Arsht Center. This weekend, the stage welcomes André & Dorine, which takes an intimate look at a weathered couple battling Dorine's Alzheimer's diagnosis. This contemporary piece of mask theatre hails from Spain's Kulunka Teatro. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org



Foodie-Friendly Concerts

Palo! headlines the PAX Cheese Ball and Harry's Pizzeria pops up at Soul Fest Weekend.

July 18, 2012

Harry's Pizzeria will serve a special menu at Soul Fest Weekend

Friday, July 20, 8 PM
Afro-Cuban funk band Palo! will headline PAX's inaugural Cheese Ball, an all-night celebration of all things dairy. Guests will enjoy a complimentary cheese plate and cured meat samplings while mingling with fellow foodies. PAX kicks up the evening's “cheesiness” with a cheesy outfit and pickup line contest. The CubanCube Food Truck and Sosa Cigars will also partake in the festivities. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door. 337 S.W. 8th St., Miami; paxmiami.com

Soul Fest Weekend
Friday-Saturday, July 20 & 21
The Stage is ringing in its second annual Soul Fest Weekend by flying in New Orleans jammers Glen David Andrews and The Iguanas. Local boys Ketchy Shuby will join the Bayou's best on stage while LEBO paints live art. Michael Schwartz's Harry's Pizzeria will serve an exclusive festival menu alongside mixologist Ryan Goodspeed’s one-of-a-kind "Soul Shots." 170 N.E. 38th St., Miami, 305-576-9677; thestagemiami.com 

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