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July/August Taste Spotlight


July/August Taste Spotlight

By Carla Torres | June 23, 2015 | Food & Drink

The latest in Miami dining news.

Culinary Climax

“We have to work with what we have,” says David Rustarazo, executive chef at Klima Restaurant and Bar. Before landing in Miami, the Catalonian toque honed his skills at the famed Coure in Barcelona. At Klima, a 70-seater resembling a private bungalow perched on the coast of Spain, Rustarazo is staying true to his Mediterranean roots while simultaneously paying respect to the Magic City’s indigenous catch and harvest. Think vibrant tuna-belly salad with tomatoes and spring onions, and local red snapper with farm vegetables, Peruvian causa, and Florida orange glaze. For a true taste of Spain, indulge in the half-cooked egg with French-style potato Parmentier and bits of Iberico ham—it’s wildly decadent. 210 23rd St., Miami Beach, 786-453-2779

Chic Confections

What do you get when a high-end Italian fashion house joins forces with the crème de la crème of French patisseries? A limited-edition gift box set designed by legendary label Emilio Pucci and filled by the world’s most famous macaron maker, Ladurée. Pucci’s kaleidoscope of colors and geometric prints keep eight of the made-from-scratch and light-as-a-feather meringue-based sweets beautifully encased. Among Ladurée’s signature flavors, a two-tone lemon and rose Pucci macaron has been exclusively blended for this special collaboration between two storied maisons. Bon appétit! 1118 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 786-275-6621

Mango Mania

Out of the more than 1,000 varieties of mangoes harvested across the globe, 200 grow in South Florida. See the largest collection in the world during Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's 23rd annual International Mango Festival, July 11 and 12. Take home your very own tree, bid on hundreds of exotics at the one-of-a-kind mango auction, or indulge in Sunday’s mango brunch, where Miami chefs will whip up tropically inspired dishes. 10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami, 305-667-1651

Spice Things Up

A cocktail at DB Bistro Moderne.

During the annual two-month promotion dubbed Miami Spice, sample three-course meals from renowned chefs, some of whom change their offerings every week. Over 100 participating restaurants will offer lunch for $23 and dinner for $39, August 1 through September 30.

Sushi Bet

Should you fnd yourself dealt a lucky hand at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, use your winnings for a meal at Kuro. Helmed by Executive Chef Alex Becker, the craft kitchen dishes out innovative Japanese fare and extraordinarily fresh sushi: Think corn kakiage tempura, uni kishimen noodles with osetra caviar, wagyu tacos, and black sesame-seed panna cotta with nori sponge crumble and ginger gelée. If you want to see how a 300-pound tuna goes from sea to table, grab a seat at the chef’s counter. 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-585-5333

Photography by: photography by KLIMa MIaMI (KLIMa); JuLIan SchLoSSer/taKaproductIon (Ladurée); MIchaeL pISarrI (Kuro); getty IMageS (Mango)