Miami Spice 2016/ Top 5 Must Tries

Here is your chance to indulge and truly experience the taste of South Florida beginning August 1st through September 30th.

Miami Spice is finally here and foodies from all over South Florida are rejoicing as more than 250 restaurants offer the best of the best with 3 course offerings at only $23 for lunch and $39 for dinner. With so many different menus to choose from, I narrowed it down to my top 5 must tries of this years Miami Spice for Lunch and for Dinner:

LUNCH: $23 ( Drinks, tax & gratuity not included)

94th Aero Squadron Restaurant 

With views overlooking the Miami International Airport, 94th Aero Squadron is a refreshing change of scenery that you might just not want to miss this Summer. Their Miami Spice Lunch Menu offers 3 options for appetizers and 5 options of entrees , giving every picky eater a variety of dishes to choose from. The Beer Cheese Soup is a must try, being one of their signature items since 1974! Lunch is typically served from 11:00am – 4:00pm, and will be offered Monday – Friday.  ( Not in the mood for Miami Spice? Try their Champagne Sunday Brunch! Carving, pasta, and omelette stations, plus fresh seafood and dessert buffets galore)

1395 NW 57th Ave, Miami, FL 33126

Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant & Wine Bar

I am just going to go ahead and be 100% honest here, this is by far my favorite restaurant in South Florida! A true hidden gem, nestled in the heart of Kendall, Chef Adrianne’s is a true reflection of how someones passion for food can be tasted in every dish and every bite! Ladies and gentlemen if you want flavor, presentation, ambiance and taste bud magic, than I implore you to try Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant & Wine Bar. The Miami Spice menu offers 3 choice of appetizers, and 4 entree choices. A Dark Chocolate and Nutella Croissant Bread Pudding with Vanilla ice cream is the only real choice you need when it comes to the dessert option. If this is your first year giving Miami Spice a try, then make Chef Adrianne’s your first choice. Lunch is available from 11am-2:30pm Tuesday – Friday & Saturdays beginning at 12:00pm. I promise you wont regret it. (Reservations are highly recommended)

11510 SW 147 Avenue
Miami, Fl 33196

Phone: (305) 408-8386
              (305) 408-8388

http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/chef-adriannes-vineyard-restaurant-and-wine-bar/34544

 

 

DINNER : $39 ( Drinks, tax & gratuity not included)

 

Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar

If fun bold flavors is what you are craving, than Pisco Y Nazca might be what you are looking for. Located in The Palms at Town & Country, this fairly new eatery serves Peruvian dishes with a modern twist. If you are a fan of seafood than the Ceviche Tropical would be your choice of appetizer along with their Pescado Andino ( Sanpper Filet with a creamy huacatay sauce. Their Miami Spice menu includes your choice of one of 5 appetizers , 5 entrees , and 2 desserts. Great spot for socializing while enjoying great tasting dishes! Miami Spice dinner menu is being offered Monday – Sunday (hours vary)

The Palms at Town & Country

8405 Mills Drive, #260
Miami, FL 33183
Next to Blue Martini
TEL 305-630-3844

http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/pisco-y-nazca-ceviche-gastrobar-kendall/36233

El Cielo Restaurant 

This is the only restaurant on the list that I myself have not actually tried. I decided to include it because after carefully reading through the menu and studying other articles about this place, I realized how intrigued it had me. This truly seems like a one of a kind experience of combining molecular gastronomy techniques with fine dining.  I am a firm believer that food can reach so many other senses in the body and when done right can take you through both a cultural & culinary journey. El Cielo is offering both a Lunch and Dinner menu for Miami Spice. From what I have been able to gather, the portions are small, so if you need Flinstone dishes, than this might not be the place for you. Now if you are like me and want to dabble more on the adventurous side than why not give this place a try. Their Miami Spice Menu includes things like Choco Therapy and a Spicy Cheese Ice cream w/Guava sauce & Crocanticos of Pistacchio.

31 SE 5TH St, Brickell On The River North Tower

Miami, Florida, 33131

Phone: 305 755-8840

http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/el-cielo-restaurant/117911

CHRISTY’S

A local landmark of 35 years, Christy’s was the very first restaurant that I had ever tried during Miami Spice month 10 years ago! Now there are a few reasons why this fine dining establishment has been around for as long as it has. Romantic ambiance, chic sophistication, and a menu that is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters, Christy’s is a must try during this years Miami Spice. The Lobster bisque, one of the appetizer choices in their Miami spice menu, has been one of my favorite dishes for its savory and creamy flavor. Perfectly cooked Filet Mignon , and a beautiful baked Alaska are some of the traditional dishes that you would expect to find at this premier steakhouse. This is the right choice for a date night or even to sit back and enjoy live jazz at their piano bar! Their Miami Spice menu is being offered Monday – Saturday, with dinner beginning at 5:00pm.

3101 Ponce de Leon Blvd

Miami, FL 33134

Phone: 446-1400

http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/christys-restaurant/100703

 

To check out the full Miami Spice Menus of the restaurants mentioned above as well as all participating restaurants, please follow the link below!

http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/special-offers/monthly-deals/miami-spice-month/participating-restaurants

Remember, there is no rush. Take your time and savor every bite!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sense Beach House

You’ll be steps away from the beach and soaking up the sun during your stay at the Sense Beach House  boutique hotel.

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It had been a while since the hubby and I had taken a mini staycation so I was very excited when we got the opportunity to stay at Sense Beach House for a weekend.

Considering that I rarely spend time in the Miami Beach area, I was not sure what to expect from this boutique hotel located on Ocean Drive. Sense Beach House turned out to be exactly what we needed and so much more!

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Guest Rooms:

With a total of only 18 guest rooms, this quaint and laid back hotel had us feeling like we were personally being catered to 24/7. The staff was attentive, friendly, and ready to help with any questions or request that we might have had. They offer 2 main rooms, the Blue Room and the Sand Room.

We stayed in the Sand Room, double bed, with the beach view! The room gave us a sense of serenity and tranquility. Each room features a 46-Inch Flat-screen TV, minibar, Free Wi-fi and an in room safe deposit box.

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Hotel Highlights:

Sense Beach house offers cocktail hours, depending on the weather, in The Oasis, rooftop pool and lounge area. The bar area serves anything from beer to mixed drinks and wine.

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The Oasis itself has a very 1960’s feel to it and is perfect if you are not really in the mood for the beach and would rather just enjoy the hotel amenities.

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The pool does not have any set hours so my husband and I were able to take an impromptu swim at midnight, which showcased just how charming the lighting and ambience were in the Oasis.

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If you do choose to spend your time in The Oasis , then be sure to order food and drinks to complete the experience, as the hotel provides this type of service to all its guests.

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Sense Beach House is conveniently located less than a block from the beach and is surrounded by restaurants, lounges, and bars.

One of my favorite things about the hotel was their restaurant, The Local House, which offers American style cousine with a fun and tropical twist. The food was fresh, colorful, and tasty. The menu ranges from hearty meals to lighter options if you are trying to stay healthy.

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Need to Know:

Metered parking is available throughout the area, or you can choose to Valet for $30 a night during your stay.

The hotel offers free wine from 6pm-7pm on certain days of the week, but you can check with the concierge.

Guests laundry services are available.

Room Service is available

Walking distance from the beach

Walking distance from restauraunts, bars, and popular attractions

I assumed that because most guests want to experience the beach, The Oasis area is usually available and perfect if you want to get away from it all.

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From the Art Deco, to the modern feel of each room and hallway, Sense Beach House is the perfect Miami Beach destination if you want to live like a local, indulge your senses, and just relax. I truly can’t wait to book my next stay.

 

SENSE BEACH HOUSE

400 OCEAN DRIVE, MIAMI BEACH, FL 33139

PHONE 305.538.5529

FAX 305.590.5495

INFO@SENSEBEACHHOUSE.COM

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Sweet Melody Crafted Ice Cream

A true artist, Mike Romeu takes Sweet Melody Crafted Ice Cream to another level of originality and imagination that is sure to please all your senses!

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Have you ever spent days and days making up flavors of ice cream that no one’s ever eaten or heard of before?

I could never imagine that my favorite cheese, Brie, could be turned into a delectably sweet, rich, and creamy ice cream called “Let it Brie”.  But these are the types of imaginative and succulent flavors that Sweet Melody chef and owner, Mike Romeu has been crafting in his very own kitchen. It came as no surprise to me after having the pleasure of trying Sweet Melody Ice Cream that this 8 month company was rapidly growing into its own business and winning the hearts of ice cream fans all over Miami.

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Sweet Melody had originally started 8 years ago when Mike and his then fiancé, Elena, were inspired by their grandmothers and Cuban roots to create unique yet familiar flavors of ice cream. Sadly, Elena passed away in July 2009 and with that, their dream of sharing their culture and creativity in the form of ice cream came to a halt.

After some time Mike decided that it was only right to continue to pursue that dream he once shared and make it into a reality. Using his daughter as an inspiration, Mike brought about Sweet Melody, named after his daughter and of course his love for music. (If you look at the list of flavors you will see how much of an influence music truly is to his own art)

Sweet Melody truly is special. Its variety of flavors is a reflection of Mike’s passion and ingenuity.

The dairy used for the ice cream is hormone free and sweeteners are GMO free as well. Mike doesn’t use stabilizers or artificial flavors or colors (exceptions are noted such as Jack and Coke flavor which has Coca Cola). The highest quality Belgium chocolate and vanilla bean is used to prepare Sweet Melody ice cream.

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I was lucky to try an array of flavors from Sweet Melody’s list of 22! Flavors like Gorgonzola Jam, Cherry Darling, Churros con Cajeta, Let it Brie, and Bourbon Pecan were as satisfying as they were beautiful.

I have to say that my favorite was the Let it Brie, baked brie ice cream with apricot jam swirl, silvered almonds and diced apricots. It is a perfect balance of sweet and savory combined in a creamy, cool spoonful of goodness! I am being biased because I am not only a huge fan of brie, but an even bigger fan of the Beatles who are reflected in its name.

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Like the Let it Brie flavor, Gorgonzola Jam is a bit sharp in its taste, and I would only recommend it to those that are not only cheese fans, but can handle adventure in their ice cream. Bourbon Pecan and Cherry Darling both live up to their names and leave your mouth watering after every bite.

Sweet Melody is currently being served in two restaurants located in Coral Gables:
Trust & Co. and Caffe Vialetto. The ice cream typically runs out before anticipated and orders are growing each week. Mike is also working on new and eccentric flavors every week for places like the YVE in Downtown Miami and even looking to collaborate with Misha’s cupcakes. The Peach Lavender Amaretto is one of his newest creations and is already generating some buzz!

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Sweet Melody is also available for delivery and pints range from $8.00 – $12.00. There is definitely something for everyone when it comes to Sweet Melody Ice cream, though none is ever ordinary.

And why would you want ordinary! In a place that has constant 90 degree weather, tropical views, and an array of latin cultures, Sweet Melody showcases Miami’s best features.

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Mike Romeu’s passion for his art is evident in every bite of heaven that you take from Sweet Melody’s Ice Cream. Flavors full of spices, aromas and enchantment, Sweet Melody is a must try for every ice cream and food lover alike.

( Do yourself a flavor and start with a pint of “Me So Corny” . I promise you will thank me later! )

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Sweet Melody Crafted Ice Cream

Mike Romeu- Owner/Chef

mike@sweetmelodyicecream.com

Instagram: @Sweetmelodyicecream

 

Flavor List

Blueberry Pecan Cheesecake                                                                   

 Blueberry cheesecake ice cream spiced pecans and graham cracker crust pieces. Roasted pecans spiced with ginger, allspice, nutmeg add an exotic flair to traditional NYC comfort food.

Lemon Ginger                                                                                             

Fresh ginger ice cream with Meyer lemon, candied ginger and toasted walnuts. Turkish bay leaves, Madagascar vanilla bean and a touch of organic honey round out the flavor profile.

Stout’s Honor                                                                                             

Chocolate stout ice cream with ale nuts & toasted sesame sticks. It’s like an entire Happy Hour in a pint! The stout flavor is pronounced with chocolate and coffee notes.

PB & J

Peanut butter ice cream flavored with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla. Swirls of grape jelly throughout make for a nostalgic and comforting flavor combination.

Let It Brie                                                                                                 

Baked Brie ice cream with apricot jam swirl, slivered almonds and diced apricots. A classic flavor combination at dinner parties everywhere.

Bourbon Pecan                                                                                         

Pecan and bourbon ice cream with roasted butter pecans and a hint of saltiness.

Leave the Gun. Take the Cannoli.                                                           

Cannoli cream filling flavored ice cream packed with roasted pistachios, Belgian chocolate chips and cannoli shell pieces throughout.

Kiss From a Rose                                                                                     

Roasted strawberry and rose flower ice cream with pistachios for added brightness.

Indian Summer                                                                                        

Kashkaval cheese ice cream with garam masala and brandy soaked currants. Kashkaval is a sheep’s milk cheese from India with nutty and slightly salty notes. The garam masala and brandy soaked currants transport you to the land of bold spices and add a complex layer of flavors.

Gorgonzola Jam                                                                                       

Gorgonzola ice cream with homemade apple-fig preserves and candied walnuts throughout. The Gorgonzola leaves a clean finish on the palate that is just the right amount.

Arroz con Mango                                                                                      

Coconut toasted rice pudding ice cream with a hint of cardamom and house made mango puree swirl

Elena’s Heavenly Chocolate Cake                                                                         

Rich dark chocolate ice cream with brandy, dark chocolate cake pieces throughout, roasted cherries and cherry reduction. It’s for serious dark chocolate lovers!

Cinnamon Hazelnut Coffee Crunch                                                     

Cinnamon and hazelnut coffee ice cream with toasted hazelnuts and homemade cinnamon cookies. The flavor gets more complex and rich with every spoonful.

Me So Corny                                                            

Sweet Corn ice cream with mascarpone, roasted blueberry puree & bacon-almond brittle

Cherry Darling                                                                                            

Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream with swirls of roasted cherries and sticky cinnamon almonds.

Carrot Cheesecake                                                                                     

Carrot Cheesecake ice cream maChude with 100% organic carrots, bourbon soaked currants & spiced walnuts

Bo & Jo’s Guava Cream Cheese                                                                 

Guava and cream cheese flavored ice cream with diced chunks of sweetened guava and guava swirls throughout. A traditional Cuban snack flavor inspired by my grandmother.

Jala-Peńo Biz-Ness                                                                                    

Jalapeño and orange ice cream with hints of lemon and orange zest sprinkled in. A clean citrus burst with a bit of fragrant heat makes for an incredibly well balanced summer flavor.

Churros con Chocolate                                                                               

Hot chocolate flavored ice cream with hints of cinnamon and cayenne for a little spice and heat. Swirls of goat’s milk cajeta throughout and chunks of cajeta soaked homemade churros with cinnamon sugar coating.

Churros con Cajeta                                                                                    

Churro flavored ice cream with Grade A Madagascar vanilla, organic Vietnamese cinnamon, goat’s milk cajeta and cajeta soaked churros in every bite

Avocado Have It (V)                                                                                  

Avocado ice cream made with coconut milk, chunks of 85% dark chocolate and pink peppercorns. The peppercorns add pops of intense flavor that bring everything together.

Chai My Coconut  (V)

Coconut ice cream spiced with cardamom and ginger. Toasted cashews melt into the ice cream and combine with the spices to explode on the palate.

(V) – Vegan

Trust and Co

A Fresh and fun take on fine dining, Trust and Co surprises you with every bite!

Going into Trust and Co I could already feel a very cool and casual vibe in the air. They had a live performer which seemed to bring everything together so perfectly and gave the restaurant a touch of a fun yet relaxing atmosphere.

I had already heard so much about Trust and Co’s eclectic dinner menu and was so excited that I was going to try Brunch, so it didn’t surprise me when I discovered that Trust and Co’s brunch menu was absolutely delicious and exciting.

I started with an order of the popular Bacon and Date croquettes with their house made membrillo compote. If you are in the mood for something savory than this is definitely the right way to start your brunch. Crunchy, cheesy and delightfully satisfying.

 

I of course had to try one of Trust and Co’s signature cocktails, the Trust Mojito. It is the perfect brunch pairing that has a refreshing feel with every sip.

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I was very happy with my choices for the main course. I say choices because I couldn’t just try one dish!

I usually go for a classic eggs benedict for breakfast or brunch so I decided to try Trust and Co’s Pork Belly Benny. This was no ordinary eggs benedict. The poached eggs and smoked pork belly blended so well that it melted in my mouth with every bite. The dish is flavorful yet not overwhelming and if you are a fan a pork you will surely love it.

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I asked our server, Mike, to make my second choice of entrée one of his own favorites and he did not disappoint!  The Breakfast Cassoulet was as tasty as it was visually colorful! Organic eggs, roasted tomato sauce, Irish cheddar and torn corn were a treat for my palate. They top it off with  Zak’s toast that is buttery,crispy and perfect for dipping. It definitely showcases Trust and Co’s integrity, quality, ability and passion for great food.

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I somehow managed to have room for dessert and tried the Coconut Cake a la mode. This was the right amount of indulgence to end my afternoon. The cake is moist and you can taste the fresh flakes of coconut with a sweet and milky flavor. I have to also mention that the ice cream that it was paired with was OUT OF THIS WORLD! Sweet corn ice cream with roasted blueberry puree and bacon-almond brittle. If I could take a bucket home with me I would have.

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I really enjoyed my experience at Trust and Co. The environment has such a great energy and is full of life. Employees are friendly and knowledgeable, add that with the fact that their food is not only yummy but truly special with fresh ingredients and an almost farm to table feel. I can’t wait to go back!

 

 

Trust & Co.

2 Aragon Ave

Coral Gables, FL

33134

305 444-7433

Monday – Friday: 11am – 2am

 Saturday – Sunday: 11:00am – 2am

 

 

Oh My Gosh Brigadeiros

The first Chocolate Brigadeiro boutique of it’s kind in Florida, Oh My Gosh indulges your sweet tooth with what is known to be a national icon in Brazil.

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I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I first walked in to Oh My Gosh Brigadeiros. I knew I was going to be trying out gourmet chocolates, but I had no idea what a brigaderio was or what it really consisted of. The smell of vanilla and cocoa immediately caught my attention.  I was greeted by Luciano Brilho, the owner of Oh My Gosh Brigadeiros, who was happy to introduce me to the concept of what a brigaderio was.

A common and very popular Brazilian delicacy, the brigadeiro is made from condensed milk, powdered chocolate, butter and chocolate sprinkles to cover the outside layer. It makes up a big part of the Brazilian culture and is present in innumerable occasions: from birthday parties for children to more luxurious parties.

Luciano explained to me that eating a brigadeiro is said to give people a familiar sensation because it is a way to remember happy times spent with family and friends. He wanted to bring this sense of culture and familiarity to South Florida and was truly passionate about making sure that everyone could experience this tradition for themselves.

At this point I was even more excited to try my first brigaderio! I started with their traditional milk brigadeiro accompanied by their ever so popular Cappuccino with a ring of Nutella!

 

PhotoGrid_1460858807775OH MY GOSH were the only words that I could use to express how I felt after taking my first bite, which is why it is so perfect that this brigadeiro boutique would hold that name. I could taste the condensed milk and the blend of rich chocolate that surrounded it. It truly is a perfect combination and at no point was it ever too sweet! It was just perfect.

The brigadeiro itself is offered in more elaborate forms where the preparation includes high quality ingredients, giving it a higher status of a gourmet dessert.

OMG Brigadeiros offers a total of 19 flavors, 14 of which are gluten free and 1 that is vegan. I was lucky enough to try more than half and each one had a different feel, taste and smell. But each one was delightfully sinful yet so perfectly innocent! ( I was in a total state of ecstasy )

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If you can’t swing by the shop, than you can always order and they ship nationwide. They are currently working on a delivery system for all of Miami Dade County and I couldn’t be happier with that news.

 

Oh My Gosh Brigadeiros caters to all different kinds of events and they can customize to fit your needs.The environment is relaxed and you can pretty much smell, taste and feel the sweetness in the air.

 

These days, a confluence of forces from the culinary to the entrepreneurial have sweetened the scene to new heights, and Oh My Gosh Brigadeiros is no exception . If you have yet to try this charming chocolate brigadeiro boutique, I highly recommend you treat yourself to a box or two . I promise that it will be a taste like no other !

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Oh My Gosh Brigadeiros

2771 Coral Way

Miami, FL 33145

305 456-8378

Facebook: /omgbrigadeiros

Instagram: @omgbrigadeiros

DONUT DIVAS Food & Fun

There comes a certain point where we are no longer interested in attending our local Fair for its rides and entertainment, but purely for the sole purpose of enjoying the variety of sweet sweet indulgences that it has to offer.

Donut Divas brings the best part of this experience into one restaurant that has a touch of carnival fun.

The moment you park your car outside of this establishment, you are welcomed with the sweet aroma of funnel cakes and deep fried oreos. It truly is, at least for me, a childhood dream come true.

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And that is exactly the casual vibe that you get once inside. The staff is always friendly and ready to help in the case that you aren’t sure if you want to pair your bacon cheese fries with waffle ice cream sandwiches or beignets topped with ice cream. The options are endless, which is what makes Donut Divas so special. The ambience is colorful and entertaining. It is the perfect venue for kids and even adult parties!

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From Turkey Legs to Cotton Candy, if you have craved it or dreamed about it, I guarantee Donut Divas has it!

There is no surprise that as a lover of bacon and cheese, my favorite thing on their menu is their Bacon Cheese Fries. Be sure to try them and pair them with deep fried snickers. Try a little bit of everything whenever you visit and you won’t be disappointed

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Every time I visit Donut Divas I am overcome with a feeling of joy and excitement because I know that the experience will always be one that I remember.

 

 

DONUT DIVAS & Fun Foods

5779 SW 8th Street

Miami, FL 33144

305 456 5975

Open : 11:00am- 11:00pm

Redlander Restaurant

Schnebly’s Winery has added a fresh new restaurant that offers farm to table dining experience.

   Since 2003, Schnebly’s Winery has offered South Florida a one of a kind experience, featuring the brightest and most unique flavors of wine you could possibly imagine. What better way to keep the tradition of using local and fresh ingredients than by adding a new edition to their team and introducing The Redlander Restaurant. Led by Chef Dewey LoSasso, my dining experience at the Redlander was anything but ordinary!

 I am going to get straight to the point and say that from beginning to end, my taste buds were overjoyed by each plate that was brought to the table.

I went to two different extremes with the appetizers and had the Mahi Mahi Ceviche and the Crispy Guava Chicken Wings. The ceviche was fresh, light, and had a great balance of citrus and spicy flavors, accompanied with an avocado and corn mash.

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As for the wings, I don’t want to be biased, since I like everything extra crispy, but they were definitely my top choice in appetizers. Smothered in sweet yet tangy Guava, the wings had a perfect texture and every bite was as succulent as the first. (oh and crispy!)

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I probably should have gone on the lighter side when it came to my entrée, but who are we kidding! The Pork and Grits dish was on the heavy side, but if you are looking for comfort and flavor, then this is the dish for you! The creaminess of the grits with the intense juicy flavor of the pulled pork had me on cloud nine!   The Redlander Burger had an interesting hint of mint and pepper to it and went really well with the coleslaw and fries.

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Now if you are adventurous like me, you will not go wrong with the Avocado Flan Brulee for dessert. The avocado and flan combination has a refreshing, sweet and velvety taste to it. However, if you are not one to eat sweet avocado, then I suggest the Flourless Chocolate Torte. It was rich in chocolate flavor and fudgy for those of you who are skeptical about the “flourless” part of the dessert.

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I highly recommend that you try The Redlander Restaurant when vising Schnebly’s Winery for a close to home, fresh, farm to table experience.

                  Remember, there is no need to rush! Take your time and savor every bite.

* TAKE ADVANTAGE!!

The Redlander restaurant is currently promoting their Miami spice menu, giving guests a chance to experience a 3 course meal at $23.00 per person for lunch and $39.00 per person for dinner. (Non-inclusive of tax, service, and beverages.)



The Redlander Restaurant
Phone: (305) 242-1224
Address: 30205 S.W. 217th Avenue, Homestead, FL 33030
Kitchen Hours:
Thurs: 11:30am - 4:30pm
Fri-Sat: 11:30am - 10:30pm
Sun: Noon - 6:00pm

 

 

Hot Cocoa French Toast

Make your Holiday morning a Yummy one by trying this easy Hot Cocoa French Toast recipe using Natily’s Organic Hot Cocoa!!

 

Ingredients:

For the Hot Chocolate:

4 tablespoons of Natily’s Organic Hot Cocoa

½ cup of evaporated milk

½ cup of Regular whole milk

1 teaspoon of condensed milk

 

For the French Toast:

6 slices of butter bread

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup of mini marshmallows

1 cup of chocolate morsels of your choice

  • Whip cream/chocolate syrup/and powdered sugar as optional toppings

 

Directions:

  1. In saucepan, heat the hot cocoa, evaporated milk, and whole milk on medium heat. Remove from heat before it begins to boil (no more than 5-8 minutes)
  1. In large bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla extract and stir for about a minute.

     3. Add the hot cocoa, and teaspoon of condensed milk into the egg                mixture until it is completely blended in.

  1. Add the marshmallow and chocolate morsels to the bread and create 3 sandwiches using the slices of bread, pressing down on each crust corner to create a tight seal.
  2. Heat a large pan over medium to low heat for about 2 minutes and spray with PAM Butter
  3. Soak the Chocolate morsel/marshmallow sandwiches individually into the Hot Cocoa/egg mixture and leave for about 15 seconds each
  4. Transfer the sandwiches to the pan and cook each soaked side for about 2 minutes each On medium-low heat), making sure that the mixture does not dry up 100%.
  5. After each sandwich is cooked ,cut diagonally. Makes a total of 3 hot cocoa French toast servings.
  6. Plate and top with powdered sugar, whipped cream and chocolate syrup!

                                                              ENJOY!!

 

  • A special thank you to Natily’s Organics for their rich, creamy, and smooth hot cocoa blend!                                    

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Panaderia 20 de Julio

After moving to a completely new area in Kendall, I decided it was time to explore and check out the few breakfast options that were available to me. In this exploration I stumbled upon a small, almost hole in the wall, Colombian bakery called Panaderia 20 de Julio.

    As someone who comes from Colombian roots, I always tend to be a tad bit picky about restaurants that claim to be serving authentic Colombian couisine. I have to say that Panaderia 20 de Julio did not disappoint!!

   I started off with a simple Bunuelo, a small fried doughy ball that consists of queso fresco (curd white cheese), that had just been taken out fresh from the kitchen. I could already see that the color was absolutely perfect, having a golden crispy looking outside. The bunuelo was just as it should be, buttery, cheesy, crunchy on the outside and with a fluffy sponge like texture on the inside.

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 I paired my bunuelos with a guanabana milkshake. Guanabana is a massive green fruit with a white fleshy inside. Its flavor is a combination of strawberry and pineapple with sour citrus flavor notes contrasting with an underlying creamy flavor similar of coconut or banana.

I have to admit that the Atmosphere at Panaderia 20 de Julio took me back to time spent in Colombia during my childhood, having breakfast at the corner bakery right before walking to school.

But it wasn’t just the cheesy bunuelos and milkshakes that have made me a loyal customer, it is their housemade aji ( Colombian hotsauce) and the chicharron platter that have me coming back almost every morning ! Chicharron, or fried pork belly, is a very popular side dish in some of Colombians most popular meals. Chicharron, however, can also be a great addition to your breakfast! Dip your chicharron into some spicy aji, and you will have an explosion of fresh hot flavors!

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Panaderia 20 de Julio lives up to its Colombian roots and serves a variety of popular Colombian dishes, drinks and desserts.   

 If you are looking for a change from pastelitos and sweet morning breakfast treats, than I highly suggest that you try Panaderia 20 de Julio, where you will get an array of baked options as well as full on breakfast platters ranging from $1.25 to $8.50.

         Remember there is no need to rush! Take your time and savor every bite!

 

 

Panaderia 20 de Julio

15415 SW 137th Ave, Miami, FL 33177

(305) 378-9428

Hours: 6:30am-9:00pm