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22 Jul

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La Sandwicherie

July 22, 2013 | By |

This French owned eatery is a definite gem, serving up French savoir-faire on South Beach since 1988. The best and freshest gourmet sandwiches are what they are best know for and keeps people lining up in front of this small sandwich window bar that oozes with style along with their infamous French vinaigrette.

However, don’t let the laissez-faire style fool you. The place runs like a well oiled machine. The service is great and fast and well worth watching your single sandwich artist work his magic as he rapidly assembles all of the sandwiches and salads himself.

The neon sign reads, “Victory Served”, and that they certainly do. Their stacked up sandwiches and loaded colorful salads are packed with freshness that will leave you feeling like a “Champion”. No surprise that these guys have been winning the crowds over, night after nigh,t well into the morning hours (5am).

Great smoothies and shakes are also on the La Sandwicherie menu. Situated just west of Collins, on 14th street, it”s a must, for anyone visiting South Beach.

http://www.lasandwicherie.com/sobe/index.html

WillOnSoBe

22 Jul

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Serendipity 3

July 22, 2013 | By |

Everyone raves about the frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity on Lincoln Road, but I think this is more of a girl thing and over rated due to a movie of the same name with Kate Beckinsdale and John Cusack, that sparked a craze.

This place is a little overpriced as they charge roughly ten bucks for anything sweet including $22.50 for cheesecake.

The original location is in New York and they have a location in Las Vegas, I guess the only other places along with Miami where you can get away with charging these prices.

WillOnSoBe

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22 Jul

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THE FRIEZE – Ice Cream and Sorbet

July 22, 2013 | By |

 

Since 1987 The Frieze has been manufacturing the best, all natural, super-premium ice cream and sorbet made fresh daily at the corner of Lincoln Road & Michigan Avenue.

A featured stop on the “Miami Food Tours”, The Frieze was voted Best Ice Cream 2012, by the Miami New Times. The friendly staff will let you sample as much as you please before deciding on your choice of the many yummy flavors to choose from.

My favorites: Dulce de Leche, Cherry Vanilla, Rum Raisin, Key Lime Pie, Champagne Sorbet

http://thefrieze.com/

WillOnSoBe

22 Jul

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Le Tub – Hollywood, Florida

July 22, 2013 | By |

This place is just north of Miami Beach and probably the only reason to go to Hollywood, Florida. I usually don’t like to leave the beach, but for Le Tub I will always make an exception.

Nothing is more American than a good Hamburger and no place is more American than Le Tub. Built entirely with driftwood and ocean borne treasures gathered by the owner, this place takes eco-friendly to a whole new level, long before using reclaimed wood became chic.

No place reminds me of America, quite like this place nestled on highway A1A. Put together on the barren land of an old Sunoco gas bar that was closed by the energy crunch of the early 70’s, it is everything America used to be.

Located at 1100 North Ocean Drive, you will have a hard time finding this place, as it has no signs unless you count the piece of beach wood with the name painted on it. The great food has kept the crowds coming back and spreading the word for years.

In 2006, GQ Magazine voted Le Tub the best burger in America, and they were featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Quite the feat for a 13 oz patty of ground top sirloin that gets served up on a styrofoam plate, a plain white bun and some lettuce and tomato.

It is well worth the trip to Le Tub and one I look forward to every time I am in the Miami Area. The place has never disappointed me. The burger is a must, but do try the mouth watering Gumbo Shrimp, crab legs, or the fish catch of the day sandwich. If you have the room for desert, their Key Lime Pie is made on premise with fresh limes.

This place is South Florida cuisine at its best, reminding me of my winter Florida vacations long ago. Unpretentious, downright good eating and a place where the great food does not rely on the mesmerizing vista of the inter coastal waterway that it overlooks.

Try grabbing a seat overlooking the water and your in for an experience that will leave you speechless and one that will come up in your thoughts every time you bite into a hamburger again. Just remember, it will be tough to match up to Le Tub.

http://www.theletub.com/

WillOnSoBe

20 Jul

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Joe’s Stone Crab House

July 20, 2013 | By |

Miami Beach has its share of glitzy overpriced restaurants, and I am afraid
that Joe’s Stone Crab is one of them. But don’t take my word for it, the place has been featured on several food shows and has been bringing them in since 1913. One of South Beach’s original restaurant’s. Very few have been around as long as Joe’s.

Maybe I’m missing something here or I have been spoiled with great Canadian east coast lobster, or mouth watering seafood that I have experienced while travelling through my parents native Portugal.

Don’t get me wrong I have had some great seafood in southern Florida. In fact for just a fraction of the ticket at Joe’s, I would prefer the seafood soups offered up at the local Whole Foods on Alton road & 10th street. Their lobster bisque, Key’s conch chowder or clam chowder don’t fall short to Joe’s.

Should you decide to be one of the many to visit the historic Joe’s Stone Crab for yourself, they are located at 11 Washington Avenue, in the beautiful South of Fifth (SoFi) neighborhood.

WillOnSobe

09 Jul

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The Van Dyke Cafe

July 9, 2013 | By |

One of my favorite restaurants on Lincoln Road Mall has to be the Van Dyke Cafe, located at 846 Lincoln Road on the corner of Jefferson Avenue. From the same purveyors of the famous News Cafe on Ocean Drive, The Van Dyke Cafe, offers up a great vantage point for some serious people watching in a charming European setting.

Happy hour is a great time to give them a try, Monday through Friday from 5-7:00 pm. In my opinion, you won’t find a better plate of fried calamari on the beach. ($6.00)

I love this place early in the morning, for coffee and a light breakfast, but if you are a lover of live Blues and Jazz, head upstairs for some great nightly performances. You are sure to have a great time here, but drinks will run you about $14 each outside of happy hour.

Happy Hour Specials: mojitos $6, fried calamari $6, draft beer $3, Sangria $4

www.thevandykecafe.com

WillonSoBe

16 May

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Café Versailles

May 16, 2013 | By |

Spend any amount of time in South Miami and you will quickly notice that it is very rich in its diversity of cultures. South Beach in particular, is a flavourful mix of cultures that come together in this exotic paradise. As you walk on the beach or go for a stroll, you will hear many of the different languages of the world. This mix of cultures makes this place all the more interesting as it draws in people from all over the world.

One such culture that that adds to the spicy dish that is Miami, and cannot be ignored is that of Cuban Americans. One can’t help but notice the influence Cuban’s have on South Florida and in particular, Miami. In fact, one has to understand the role Cuban’s have played in making up this diverse community called Miami in order to really get a sense for this place. Alongside the blonde, and blue eyed Floridians with permanent beach tans, Cubans are at the heart of Miami.

And there is no better place to get a pulse on the Cuban community, than the Versailles Cuban Restaurant. Soon after it opened its doors in 1971, Versailles quickly became the gathering place for Miami’s Cuban exiles.

Go their for the best Cuban food in town, the best “cortaditto” (espresso with milk), and deserts you just can’t resist. My favourite is the dark caramel flan, which I have on a few occasions driven over the bridge from South Beach into town for.

Upon my first visit to Versailles,I walked into the traditional open window café where you come as close to Cuba while in the U.S.A. I was greeted by a local that immediately welcomed me to this cultural meeting place. “Benvenido” he said, welcoming me to this place, as though he was the owner of the establishment. I later realized that he was just a patron, but that this was no ordinary place. This place was special and was home to the community of Cuban American’s.

I don’t want to sound overly pariotic, I am a Canadian after all, but this place embodies “the American dream’. And although the Cuban men in double pocketed white shirts spend hours in front of the old open café window, talking politics, one can’t help but appreciate the freedom that has made America what it is today.

Every time I am down here, their is a story, still to this day, of the ordeal and danger that Cubans take on as they appear on the local news with images of dozens of Cuban escapees huddled together in makeshift rafts. We see the ones that thankfully make it to the American shore, but Versailles Café pays honour to the men and women that never had the chance to realize their same freedom.

The Versailles restaurant and café is located in Little Havana and worth the visit. On most afternoons, a charming older gentleman dances to the sounds of Cuba with his lovely mannequin partner, that never misses a step.

I recommend the Versailles Classico, and you cannot leave without having a café Bustello cortaditto with a dark mouth watering caramel flan.

WillonSoBe

16 May

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Picnics in the Park

May 16, 2013 | By |

Every apartment has a picnic basket, a blanket, light plates, and cooler bags for you to use whether you are taking in a movie on Wednesday night under the stars, or out for a picnic and day of relaxation in South Point Park to watch the sun set over Fisher Island.

25 Mar

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Where to eat in South beach

March 25, 2013 | By |

I once asked a perceptive, professional observer of Miami’s South Beach restaurant scene why the restaurants there were often so mediocre, generally emphasizing flash over substance—I had just walked out of a place in which extravagant presentations and dramatic, dry ice induced clouds of steam diverted attention from really terrible food.  His answer was that presentation was everything, it’s what the crowd there wanted,  at least on South Beach. (Elsewhere in town, chefs like Michael Schwartz of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink and Michelle Bernstein at Michy’s were turning out serious food to appreciative diners.)

If you wanted to stay on the beach but eat really well, then, your choices were limited. But that is certainly changing. Some good new restaurants are imports from New York such as Andrew Carmellini’s The Dutch in the W South Beach or Los Angeles  (Jose Andres’ The Bazaar at the new SLS South Beach)  but others are home grown and ambitious. One of the best:  Florida Cookery at the new James Royal Palm, local chef Kris Wessel’s homage to the area’s cooking on its own, not fused with other cuisines, with some dishes derived from a cookbook published in the 1940’s that he found in his grandmother’s kitchen.  A Floridian whose family goes back 100 years in the area and who previously operated the Miami restaurant Red Light Little River, Wessel is both a James Beard Award dinner and perhaps even more impressive, a winner of the combine crazy ingredients- into- a- winning dish Food Network show “Chopped”  and his dishes are gutsy, vibrant, full of flavor. Favorites from a recent dinner: sticky Guanabana glazed ribs with green papaya slaw, conch chowder, slow braised oxtail and spiny lobster in a dry sherry bisque with green garlic zucchini. The only glitch was the South Floridastaple key lime pie—apparently the pastry chef altered the crust of Wessel’s grandmother’s recipe making it too tough but it was due to be changed back to the original. That’s good news since the filling was perfect, just the right balance between tangy and sweet.

Up Collins Avenue a few blocks from Florida Cookery, another new restaurant is aiming high in quality level as well as price. Tosca won’t win any awards for a light carbon footprint but its menu promises the best ingredients in the world—and they are, indeed, coming in from all over the world: pure Pata Negra Jamon aged 36 months from Spain, 100 year old Aceto Balsamico di Modena from Italy, blue lobsters from Brittany, A5 grade Kobe beef from Japan along with ingredients from artisan producers in the U.S.  To combine them in preparations worthy of their provenance,  executive chef Didier Elena signed on after 20 years with Alain Ducasse, most recently at Adour in New York. The restaurant’s showoff offering: an 11 course tasting menu featuring toro crudo, fettucine with white Alba truffles, Kobe ribeye, etc. It’s very impressive and there isn’t a dry ice vapor in sight.

Article found at forbes.com