Dining & Nightlife
Miami is the city chosen for La Mexicana Cantina & Grill to open its doors to market rich in culture and customs. The strategic location chosen for La Mexicana Cantina & Grill, puts it close to a public of residents and tourist who daily walks the streets enjoying the varied cultural and business. La Mexicana Cantina & Grill in charge of providing quality and service of a classic restaurant in Miami with a reputation for bringing people together for unforgettable experiences. It pride itself in serving authentic Mexican cuisine in a relaxed and sophisticated setting in the heart of Brickell in Miami. Celebrate everything that is wonderful about Mexican cuisine by experiencing La Mexicana Cantina & Grill.
La Mexicana Cantina & Grill offers an impressive array of traditional Mexican dishes sure to please even the most discriminating palate. Indulging on home-made tortilla chips and fresh salsa or traditional tacos. Carefully prepared entrees such as a Enchiladas or Fish Fillet Veracruzana, try traditional tortilla soup, which compliments any meal. Also at La Mexicana Cantina & Grill offer an amazing assortment of imported beers, cocktails, and margaritas.
Miami’s 2nd Annual LUCKYRICE Festival presented by Bombay Sapphire East and hosted by Iron Chef, Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Schwartz took place on Friday, November 15 at The Raleigh Pool and Oasis. In addition to the hosts, participating restaurants included Katsuya, Khong River House, Juvia, The Setai Grill, Hakkasan, the Bazaar by Jose Andres, SushiSamba and, the return of everyone’s favorite pop up, Phuc Yea! by The Federal. Guests came dressed in chili pepper red and ready for a spicy night of savoring bites and globally spirited cocktails from over 20 of Miami’s finest chefs and mixologists spilled out onto iconic Raleigh’s pool and the beachfront oasis.
LUCKYRICE Festival is celebration of edible and drinkable Asian culture, including authentic night market street food and creative chef-driven dining and cocktails. This year Asian-meets-Latin was be the directive for the festival’s bites, and 8 celebrated mixologists who created 16 different cocktails with Bombay Sapphire East, which is is infused with Asian botanicals, Vietnamese Black Peppercorns and Thai Lemongrass. Also served were Asahi Beer, Wines from Bordeaux, Champagne Nicholas Feuillatte and Bruce Cost ginger ales.
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South Beach is missing a venue that encompasses a restaurant and entertainment lounge, featuring nightly performances that range from Jazz and Blues to Cabaret. ”Arena Lounge is a relaxing and inviting venue, we’re giving guests a full ‘experience’ that goes beyond just going out for dinner,” said manager Mauro Silva. Located in lower South Beach, on Washington at 6th Avenue, Arena features a café style lounge at the entrance with bar stools, high-tops and a casual dining bar menu. Deceptively quaint as guests enter, the rear of the venue is an expansive club atmosphere with plush banquets, a performance stage, DJ Stage and cabaret style dining.
Special performers at Arena will include master percussionist Sammy Figueroa, a twice Grammy nominated musician for his superior work in the Best Latin Jazz category. Sammy Figueroa has long been regarded as one of the world’s great musicians. He has played on countless records, providing the rhythmical framework for hundreds of hits. He is a fuild performer able to play in a multitude of styles, from R & B to rock to pop to bebop to Latin to Brazilian to New Age. Some of the performers scheduled are the ‘Rene Toledo Quintet,’ who will serve as the Arena Lounge Band, with special appearances by Hali Kayloni. Toledo was born in Cuba and has studied guitar since the age of ten. He participated in hundreds of recordings with renowned artists that include Miley Cyrus, Celion Dion, Ricky Martin, Mark Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, and Gloria Estefan, to name a few. Toledo has been awarded 5 Grammy certificates for his work on songs that have garnered multiple Grammy awards.
Kayloni’ style was perfected by studying under many great musicians as well as her many influences including Bob Marley and Erika Badu. From an artist who’s self proclaimed favorite tune to perform Peggy Lee’s “Fever” and her newest single titled “Cherry Pie,” you know her performance will be memorable.
In the kitchen is Florida native Chef Eduardo Rodrigues. Rodrigues has spent time in the kitchens of prestigious restaurants throughout South Florida including, most recently, at the National Hotel, the Grand Bay Club on Key Biscayne along with venues on Fisher Island. Rodrigues’ selection of global eclectic cuisine will features dishes that include Linguini A la Fruto ($20), di Mare Shrimp A El Ajillo ($17), and a house specialty, Paella Valenciana ($22). Chef Rodrigues uses locally sourced ingredients along with those brought in from around the world.
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Hess Select South Seafood Festival a first of its kind, recently launched their inaugural crowd-pleasing seafood event on Saturday, October 19, 2013, on Ocean Drive in South Beach, and helped kick-off Miami’s premiere stone crab season, featuring a wide array of signature seafood cuisine in full South Beach-style. The event, attracting nearly 7,000 locals and visitors to South Beach, featured over 70 sponsors, mini café’s from 10 hand-selected high-end local restaurants, full bars, live entertainment, retail fun, kids zone, fitness fun by Equinox, interactive activities sponsored by Warren Henry Land Rover and Goya, and the Badia Spices Demo Zone with demonstrations from local chefs and mixologists throughout the event.
Each exclusive participating restaurant proved to be a hit among event-goers, with students from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Miami, assisting with the event preparations. Participating restaurants included: Tarpon Bend, Red the Steakhouse, City Hall, A Fish Called Avalon, CJ’s, and Catch, among others.
The Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival was hosted by CI Management and CI Foundation in partnership with Hess Select and Premier Beverage, along with Bacardi, Stoli, and Herradura, and presented by Gold Coast Beverages and Blue Moon, Peroni, and Crispin. The event has successfully created a buzz among the foodies in Miami, and has proved to be a sensation for all food-lovers and party-goers alike, with something for everyone to write home about.
The weekend kicked off on Thursday with a limited seating dinner for major event sponsors at the Miami Beach staple, Joe’s Stone Crab. The evening was celebrated with an educational experience in Jesse’s Private Room by General Manager, Brian Johnson, along with tables filled with Joe’s signature menu items at each of the four-courses, including several pounds of fresh stone crabs and more. Dinner included a spectacular educational pairing experience at each course featured by Premier’s Master Sommelier, Andrew McNamara, who educated guests on a variety of Hess Collection wines, andJuan Diaz, of Tenth and Blake Brewery, added additional information throughout the evening about Blue Moon, Peroni, and Crispin, and how each beer pairs with seafood. Celebrations continued into Friday with a signature three-course seafood experience dinner hosted down the block at Smith and Wollensky before kicking off the event on Saturday, October 19th, at 11:00am, on 9th Street and Ocean Drive, in South Beach.
A portion of all event proceeds helped support the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Education Foundation as well as CI Foundation. Both entities focus on educating the future leaders of our community to continue celebratory traditions such as this one.
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Vida Lexus and Venue Magazine invited VIPs to celebrate the diverse flavors of Latin America with food and cocktails from some of Miami’s best restaurants. Once again, ”Sabor de Lujo” united some of Miami’s favorite Hispanic restaurants, renowned mixologists and taste masters in a unique setting to delight guests with diverse foods and cocktails from all over Latin America.
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Taverna Opa Hollywood - already know for great food, great atmosphere and a lot of fun – 15th anniversary celebration was no exception. The evening featured DJ, live percussionist, belly dancers, zorba dancing, fire show, and Greek Gods! Opa emphasize in the traditional combination of great Greek food, following the unique Greek recipes from back home in Greece along with celebration.
A veteran restaurateur, Peter Tsialiamanis opened the Taverna Opa in Hollywood in 1998. He envisioned the restaurant as the embodiment of the Greek spirit of Opa – a gathering place for guests to celebrate the basic elements of life – good, simple food, drinks and music enjoyed with family and friends. That vision holds true today, and the combination of “Ouzo Meze and Celebration” gave wings to one of the fastest growing and highly successful restaurant concepts in South Florida.
The combination of great food and celebration created a new meaning for the concept of dining. A different approach that energizes and gives the diner a different dimension of entertainment. Previous dining norms are broken, spirits are lifted, with every single broken plate and every single napkin in the air. The symbioses of traditional with modern is what Taverna Opa promotes as the most rapidly expanding concept in the United States.
Swank Southern Kitchen celebrated grand opening with drinks, food, and good ol’ southern hospitality. Guests had a chance to meet team, chefs, and artists behind Swank, and snap a shot in their photo-booth for Swank wall of fame.
Swank is 200 seat indoor/outdoor Southern-inspired eatery and bar featuring kicked-up versions of down-home dishes in a setting fit those looking for that Southern hospitality everyone loves. Oscar Ferriera, of Soi Chinese in Miami, has rounded-up a team of chefs from some of Miami’s best kitchens including Swine Southern Table & Bar, Pubbelly, Nemesis, and Tuyo, to develop the menu for this Southern-inspired eatery which features modern twists on traditional Southern flair.
They create versions of traditional southern food, including chicken and waffles drizzled in a marshmallow-sage sauce, pork chops marinated in sweet tea, alligator chili, fried green tomatoes with basil chimichurri, smothered wings in a spiced red eye gravy. The restaurant will also offer a host of signature cocktails and a large selection of beer on tap, served at a chilling 36 degrees.
The interior features murals by Daniel Fila and 2alas, two talented street artists who are capturing the spirit of vintage Americana on the walls of the space with depictions of icons like Johnny Cash, John Wayne, and the repeal of prohibition. A mural of John Wayne surveys the dining room, and a wooden stage is set with old Western decor, including a worn leather saddle and small herd of cattle.
Box Park Miami is changing the way South Floridians look at food one bite at a time. Spaniard Santiago Rodriguez, who spent 15 years with the world-renowned Nobu Restaurant Group, knew he needed to shake the up Miami’s culinary landscape by introducing farm fresh, locally-found foods that will not only tantalize taste buds, but question the quality of food we eat day-to-day.
Located in the heart of Brickell, the 76-seat restaurant, designed by acclaimed interior designer Valerie Pasquiou, showcases trendy yet understated décor. The central focus of the restaurant is the open-air kitchen where you’ll find Executive Chef Matt Hinckley who doesn’t mind pushing the boundaries of people’s perception of food. Executive Chef Matt Hinckley’s true talents reside in creating unique dishes with fresh, seasonal, and locally-found foods.
The menu offers a wonderland of flavors to include the Fried Alligator, three-month Aged Duck Confit with Sweet Potato Hash, Spiced Chickpea Stew, Seared Guinea Hen, and Grass-Fed Bone-In NY strip. The Seared Scallops is a superstar in the making. Box Park Miami also offers a twist on the traditional, as they offer a brick oven pizza topped with smoked octopus and nduja. Vegetarians will find a home at Box Park Miami as numerous composed meat-free dishes are featured like the Ancient Grain Salad, which is made with freekeh, quinoa, goji berries, beans, sprouts, and raw nuts. The menu at Box Park Miami is a constantly changing canvas which features seasonal offerings from Mother Nature.
Box Park Miami officially opened its doors on October 1, 2013 with “grand tasting” featuring a presentation by City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, live music, cocktails, and a delectable tasting of the Box Park Miami menu, including an official ribbon cutting ceremony. In attendance were celebrity guests Tomi Rose, David Pulley, Patricia Delinois from Style Network’s “Hot Listings Miami” along with artist Luis Bofill among many others.
Box Park is open from 6:00PM-11:00PM on Tuesdays-Thursdays and 6:00PM-12:00AM on Fridays and Saturdays, and brunch from noon to 6:00PM and lunch running Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday commencing October 2, 2013 from noon to 3:30PM.
So Cool Events & Quest Drape teamed up again to bring us “VSO3: Viva Glam” at Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach. As always guests enjoyed entertainment, light bites and drinks done glamorously.
So Cool Events provides stylish high-quality party furniture rental and décor all designed to make your next event extraordinary. Quest Drape has a reputation of delivering quality with professional results, and providing quality products with 24 hour customer service.
Guests joined “Gallery Nights” special edition “Noches de Galerias” for first event in September, featuring the work by acclaimed local artist Ramon Aular. VIPs had a chance to meet & greet the artist at Dragon Lounge. Katsuya featured some amazing new menu items with Hispanic flair during the Hispanic Heritage Month (September 16 – October 14). One new menu item will be launched every Monday in “Noches de Galerias” and will be highlighted in the menu the entire week! This week was debut of the Latino Roll.