4 Miami Spice Newcomers to Try

July 29, 2014 | by Lane Nieset

These first-time Miami Spice participants are aiming to please with some of the most diverse menus around. 

1826 Restaurant and Lounge in Miami.

1826 is serving up Florida-inspired dishes for Miami Spice. 


Chef Danny Grant's Spice menu at 1826 Restaurant & Lounge is centered on in-season local ingredients, with dishes like the Florida avocado salad with grapefruit and hearts of palm; poached Florida grouper with shrimp, saffron, and potatoes; and yellow fin tuna tartare with heirloom tomato, black olive, and basil. Diners start the four-course meal with a snack; choose from hen egg black-garlic custard, beef tartare cornets, smoked salmon mousse, or a leek croquette. 1826 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-763-8860 >>Read More


There's an App for Ordering Bottle Service at Home

July 23, 2014 | by SAMANTHA NEUDORF

Throwing a party and running low on the most important ingredient: the booze? Download THIRSTIE for delivery within the hour. 


When it's inconvenient for you to run out to the nearest liquor store (i.e. your guests have already arrived), or you're tired of scouring Miami for your favorite bottle, there's an app you'll want to have ready on your laptop, iPhone or Android device. THIRSTIE lets users order spirits for home delivery from its partner liquor stores in your area—think Seamless, but for alcohol only.

THIRSTIE launched in Miami earlier this month after serving thirsty residents of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Download the app or visit THIRSTIE.com, enter your home address, and scroll through beer, wine, and liquor in stock within your delivery range. Users can narrow down the list by liquor type or search for a particular spirit. Then simply place your order (delivery services vary slightly by location and hours), have your ID ready, and your booze will arrive within an hour. 

New Yorkers got the first taste of THIRSTIE when it was created back in February. The idea was to keep cocktail culture alive in the city by bringing bottle service to customers' homes, according to CEO Devaraj Southworth. The choice to bring THIRSTIE to Miami was easy thanks to the city's energy and excitement. "Miami sets the trends for the mixology scene, with both mixologists and venues offering the newest techniques and cocktail offerings," Southworth told us. "We wanted to launch THIRSTIE in a city that truly knows how to enjoy themselves." 

THIRSTIE users will soon be able to find specific bottles from home. "We are planning to offer a wish list feature for special-request bottles in the near future," he said. Cheers! 


National Tequila Day at Bulla Gastrobar; Summer Tasting at Toscana Divino

July 22, 2014 | by Lane Nieset

Where to toast summer this week in Miami.

Enjoy Bulla Gastrobar's Spanish Margarita on National Tequila Day.

Enjoy Bulla Gastrobar's Spanish Margarita on National Tequila Day. 

National Tequila Day at Bulla Gastrobar

If tequila is your spirit of choice, show some love on National Tequila Day (July 24) at Bulla Gastrobar. Bartenders will be whipping up a special Spanish Margarita—a blend of Cazadores Reposado, Grand Marnier, amontillado sherry, lime juice, and agave nectar—during happy hour in honor of the holiday. 2500 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 305-441-0107 >>Read More

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