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There’s nothing like a cool, frosty treat to give you respite from sweaty Miami summers (and most other seasons here for that matter) and to make you feel like a kid again – the bright colors and the cold, yummy goodness dripping down your fingers as you lick down to the crunchy cone. Take a break to treat yourself at one of these top five ice cream and popsicle spots in Miami.

Morelia Gourmet Paletas

A paleta is a popsicle and Morelia’s are definitely not the push-pop or plastic snip-top kind from your childhood. These are gourmet Mexican paletas made with fresh ingredients into 16 flavors like pistachio, mango, Belgian chocolate, banana filled with Nutella, and many more. Dip and top your paleta with signature toppings like s’mores, marshmallow fluff torched and Nutella drizzle. So many choices mean you never have to have the same paleta twice. Morelia is even selling Do-It-Yourself Paleta Kits for a fun family activity from home! Choose a four or eight-pack kit, which comes with your choice of paleta flavors and different dippings and toppings.

Several locations: Coral Gables, Wynwood, Aventura Mall, Surfside, Hollywood; Coming soon: Aventura Commons, Coconut Grove, Doral, Lincoln Road. paletasmorelia.com

Nabati

Saving the planet while eating ice cream turns a guilty pleasure into guilt-free pleasure. Nabati’s homemade, 100% plant-based ice cream is made from scratch using only organic ingredients like cashews and coconuts, and superfoods. Their creamy, delicious ice creams come in intriguing mix of flavors like Golden Scoop (ginger, tumeric, coconut, and cinnamon) and Shnickers (rich chocolate with peanuts and caramel); traditional flavors like brownie and strawberry; and even vanilla mango almond and cookie dough laced with CBD. Milkshakes, smoothies and bowls on the menu will guarantee you stay cool all summer long and feel good about doing it.

Pickup and delivery only; order by calling (305) 456-2114; 317 NW 25th Street, Miami; nabatiicecream.com

Chug’s Cuban Diner

Ice cream is not the first thing that comes to mind at a Cuban eatery, but at Chug’s their homemade ice cream is part of the charm. Executive Pastry Chef Devin Braddock melds local, seasonal and classic ingredients to whip up one-of-a-kind flavors like the Snacc Attack, made with Captain Crunch cereal, toffee, and chocolate pretzels; Coconut Hazelnut Praline, Strawberry Malt, Jojo Black Tea & Duck Fat, and Creme Fraiche Stracciatella. Chug’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. so grab a croqueta, Cuban sandwich, or abuela’s plate any time and take some of that ice cream to go.

Takeout and limited outdoor seating; 3444 Main Highway, Coconut Grove; (786) 534-8722;  chugsdiner.com

Ladyfingrs Popsicles

Ladyfingrs’ colorful, outdoor push carts and festive popsicles will draw you in as you stroll through Miami’s Design District or Aventura Mall. There’s a surprise in every bite of these natural, handmade gelato pops filled with the freshest local fruits (Coconut Water and Fruits – a summer favorite) and other unique treats – like an entire Oreo or an edible purple orchid petal in the Lychee Rose Water. Order them by the box with an assortment of flavors for local delivery or you can even order ahead for curbside pickup of single pops at the Design District cart. Get creative and snap a pic before you enjoy them because they look as good as they taste.

Design District (152 NE 41st Street): push cart located right next to the Prada Store; Aventura Mall (19501 Biscayne Boulevard): push cart located at the new wing of the mall, 1st floor, outside area by the Sling Tower and restaurants. Order online or by calling (305) 970-9252; ladyfingrs.com

Bianco Gelato

In Italy, gelato is a tradition, and you can get a taste of it right here in Miami. Bianco Gelato’s old-fashioned gelato is made in small batches locally for authentic, handcrafted flavors. They have several vegan and low-sugar options made with stevia and other organic, Kosher-certified ingredients, and steer clear of GMO’s, artificial ingredients and chemicals. Vegan popsicles can also be found on the menu with refreshing flavors like pineapple and mint, lemon and mango, perfect for a hot day. Stop by one of their three locations (open daily 1 to 9 p.m. for takeout) or order delivery of pre-packaged pops and small cups of ice cream a day in advance. 

Locations in Bal Harbour Shops (9700 Collins Avenue), Coconut Grove (3137 Commodore Plaza), The Citadel foodhall (8300 NE 2nd Avenue); call or text (305) 458-4455 to order delivery biancogelato.com

By Estefania Garcia, Contributing Writer

The W South Beach’s signature restaurant, Mr. Chow, had recently reopened until it had to briefly close its doors again last week due to a minor electrical fire. While we wait for the famed Chinese restaurant to welcome us back August 1, we can create one of its savory dishes at home. This easy-to-make recipe will make a perfect addition to your Fourth of July menu.

5 Spice Tofu Salad

Serving size: 4

Ingredients: 
Approx. 1/2 package dried tofu (or 2 big pieces)
1 stalk celery
1/2 tsp red pepper
2 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp hoisin sauce
1/2 tsp chili oil
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp Tabasco®
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp garlic chili paste
1/2 light soy sauce
Pinch of crushed dried chili 

Cooking method:
1.     Peel and slice celery. Remove the pepper’s seeds and slice.  
2.     Boil tofu in salt water for five minutes, then let cool and slice.  
3.     Add minced garlic, sesame oil, hoisin sauce, chili oil, Tabasco®, Worcestershire
sauce, garlic chili paste, light soy sauce and crushed dried chili to sliced tofu and
mix. 
4.     Finally, mix in the sliced celery and sliced red pepper.

This year’s 4th of July might be remembered for watching fireworks from home and restrictions on gathering, but that’s no reason you can’t get out there (responsibly) and celebrate our American freedom – with masks and social distancing, of course. Here are four recommendations for spending the summer holiday enjoying liberty, delicious food and libations.

The Deck at Island Gardens

The Deck at Island Gardens will be celebrating with a weekend happy hour and holiday-themed menu specials. On July 4, dine on classics with a twist: lobster rolls, kobe beef sliders and there’s nothing more American than chicken wings and hot dogs. Sunday’s popular brunch offers salty and sweet options: lobster eggs benedict, berry pancakes, or the ultimate American creation – the Deck’ed Out Burger. A Sparkling Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday will leave you refreshed as you take in the serene view from the ample al fresco dining area covered by shade, with outdoor fans to keep the breeze flowing.

888 MacArthur Causeway, Miami; (786) 627-4949; islandgardens.com

Joia Beach

A hidden paradise awaits at this beach restaurant on the far end of Jungle Island. Dine on a European-inspired menu with views of crystalline waters and the iconic Miami skyline. Make a date of it by starting with a visit to Jungle Island – strolling through nature exhibits and encountering wildlife – and ending with a romantic meal at Joia Beach sharing small plates of fresh halibut crudo, Turkish octopus and gambas al ajillo. Don’t miss out! Due to COVID-19 restrictions they are limiting dining hours to Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m. by reservation only.

1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami; (305) 400-7280; joiabeachmiami.com

The Taurus Coconut Grove

If the 4th of July isn’t enough reason to celebrate, how about your 101st birthday? In honor of both, The Taurus (formerly Taurus Beer & Whiskey House) is throwing itself a party with plenty of drink specials throughout the day including bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s for $25 (noon to 4 p.m.) happy hour cocktails (4 to 8 p.m.) and $15 buckets of PBR (8 p.m. to 2 a.m.). From noon to 4 p.m., the Lazy Oyster pop-up will be at Taurus serving premium oysters (please note oysters are limited). The Ariete brunch menu will also be available for dine-in at Taurus.

3540 Main Highway, Miami; (305) 529-6523; taurusbeerandwhiskey.com

Fireman Derek’s

With two locations in Wynwood and Coconut Grove (walk over for dessert from The Taurus!), head to Fireman Derek’s for a slice of Flag Pie. Made with their signature hand-rolled flour crust, a glorious combination of blueberry and strawberry pie filling spread evenly atop a thick cheesecake layer, jam-packed with summer berries and decorated to honor our flag’s stars and stripes, it will leave you seeing fireworks. It’s only available for purchase on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 so run, don’t walk.

Coconut Grove: 3435 Main Highway, Miami; (786) 502-2396; Wynwood: 2818 N. Miami Avenue; (786) 703-3623; firemandereks.com

By Estefania Garcia, Contributing Writer

Born and bred in Miami of Cuban descent, Chef Angel Leon’s passion for cooking developed early in life. He learned hard work and discipline while helping out in his grandparents’ bakeries. At 17 Leon began his professional career at Azul at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami, under James Beard award-winner Michelle Bernstein. By his early 20s, Leon was working under his mentor, renowned Chef Pascal Oudin. After a short stint in New York, Leon returned to Miami and was tapped by Timon Balloo as opening Chef de Cuisine for Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill and then was part of the opening team for Daniel Boulud’s DB Bistro Moderne (re-named Boulud Sud.) In 2014, Leon joined Seaspice Brasserie and Lounge as its Executive Chef.

Dining Out: How did the chefs on your path to Seaspice influence your career?

Chef Angel Leon: I am grateful and honored to have worked with great chefs that influenced my career, each one leaving an imprint in my DNA of cooking: the French technique that Chef Pascal Oudin instilled in me, the burst of flavors that Chef Michelle Bernstein engraved in my taste memory and the passion for learning true ethnic flavors that I learned from Chef Timon Balloo.

DO:  Tell us about the evolution of the menu at Seaspice since you became Executive Chef?

Chef: We have evolved to bring Miami a menu full of globally inspired influences and the highest quality fare. Our team has traveled the world, dined at the finest restaurants, explored cuisines and flavors from around the globe with the intention of producing a menu that truly embraces classic gastronomy with a modern flare. 

We have the highest standards for every ingredient in every dish we prepare. This starts with sourcing the finest organic produce, grass-fed, sustainable, certified Prime meats and Japanese A5 Wagyu beef. As we’re known for our incredible seafood dishes, we source both locally and flown fresh from seas around the world such as the Mediterranean, North Sea and Sea of Japan.

Our menu is at the core of the Seaspice dining experience. Guests may initially come for the ambiance and the views but they return time and time again for the decadent fare. 

DO: What is your one essential tool in the kitchen?

Chef: As a chef we are craftsmen and take our tools seriously. My favorite tool is my rational oven. 

DO: Why do you think Seaspice is a must-dine experience along the Miami River?

Chef: Well, obviously the location, the atmosphere, the wide selection of food, wine, entertainment and the passion that the Seaspice family projects.

DO: As a Miami native, how have you seen the city’s dining scene change?

Chef: It’s fascinating to see how the food culture has evolved and how Miami continues to strive to be a world-class culinary destination for combinations of flavors you can’t find anywhere else.

By Josie Gulliksen, Contributing Writer

Any savvy South Floridian knows Miami Spice is the best time to try out all the great local restaurants you’ve had on your list. After all, deals like these only come once a year. And this year, Spice is running for a record four months — from June 1 through September 30. To help you start planning your local dine around, we’ve put together a list of some of the best spots to try right now, from big hotel names to hidden gems that should be on your radar.

Hotel haunts for the flavor-chasing staycationer

Katsuya South Beach

Katsuya

If you’re looking for a delicious fusion of Latin American flavor and traditional Japanese robata and sushi, Katsuya is just the spot. This iconic restaurant at the SLS Hotel in Miami Beach has so many knockout dishes, like their crispy rice with spicy tuna, vegan watermelon tartar, tangy jidori chicken, and No Soy Sushi selection — and they’re all on the Miami Spice dinner menu. What’s more, their Dragon Lounge hosts a daily happy hour and a Sunday sake special, so time your visit around one of these events.

Katsuya South Beach is located at the SLS Hotel South Beach, 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. For reservations, call (305) 455-2995.

Los Fuegos at Faena

Steak lovers, “meat” your match. This Miami Beach favorite by Argentine grillmaster Francis Mallmann serves up an unforgettable “asado” experience that shines a spotlight on locally sourced ingredients and expertly prepared steak dishes. You can taste your way through some of the menu’s top-rated options at Miami Spice prices for both lunch and dinner, like organic chicken paillarda, branzino “a la plancha,” and the famous Los Fuegos churrasco steak. 

Los Fuegos is located at Faena, 3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. For reservations, call (786) 655-5610

Fontana at The Biltmore

Hands-down one of the most romantic restaurants to enjoy date night al fresco, Fontana at The Biltmore specializes in Italian-inspired cuisine paired with a head-spinning wine list that spans the globe. Their Sunday Champagne Brunch is legendary, but if you just want to drop by for a low-key multi-course meal at a great price, you should definitely stay tuned for more information on their upcoming Miami Spice offerings. 

Fontana is located at The Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. For reservations, call  (305) 445-1926.

Bourbon Steak at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

When it comes to the classic American steakhouse experience, Bourbon Steak at Turnberry Isle Hotel is a winner. Most foodies know it best for its butter-poached steaks and duck fat fries, and the plush decor and glitzy ambiance are the perfect way to dress up any special occasion dinner. Right now Bourbon Steak is serving up an amazing Miami Spice dinner menu that includes their signature New York Strip Rossini as one of the options, plus plenty more delicious choices. Come early or linger after your meal with a few cocktails at the bar, where the vibe is as chic and dreamy as the drinks themselves. 

Bourbon Steak is located at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa, 1999 W Country Club Drive, Miami. For reservations, call (786) 279-6600.

Nikki Beach

You won’t find it inside a hotel, but as far as staycations go few places in Miami are as transportative as Nikki Beach. The original outpost of the iconic brand that has become a mainstay throughout the world, Nikki Beach makes guests feel like they’ve been whisked away to the beach clubs of St. Tropez. Head there now and order their Miami Spice lunch menu, offered Monday through Friday for just $25. Must-try items include the burrata Caprese, the tempura shrimp tacos, and Nikki Beach’s famous chicken satay.

Nikki Beach is located at 1 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. For reservations, email reservations.miami@nikkibeach.com.

StripSteak by Michael Mina at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

While dinner at Michael Mina’s award-winning concept is always delicious, StripSteak’s Miami Spice menu offers a well-rounded tasting experience at a great price. Appetizers include options like the BLT wedge salad and shrimp served with a Bombay Sapphire cocktail sauce, and entrees include your choice of miso salmon, slow-braised short rib (our pick) and roasted chicken. Finish your meal with a serving of cool key lime pie or the decadent bananas foster bread pudding. 

StripSteak is located at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. For reservations, call (877) 326-7412

Zuma Miami at Kimpton EPIC Hotel 

Dinner is always an event at Zuma, but we’ve long been fans of their power lunch, beloved by local movers and shakers for years. This Brickell mainstay has brought back its Miami Spice lunch menu, so you can dig into a specially priced feast that includes options like wagyu gyoza, chicken karaage, grilled salmon teriyaki, yuzu pie and more. For $10 extra, you’ll enjoy a sommelier-selected pairing of red or white wine and sake, or you can try two exclusive Miami Spice cocktails priced at $12 each. 

Zuma is located at 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami. For reservations, call 305-577-027

Il Mulino New York at Acqualina Resort & Spa

This beautiful oceanfront restaurant at the Acqualina Resort and Spa will whisk you away to Abruzzi, Italy with every sip of wine and bite of burrata. Drop by during the day to enjoy their Miami Spice lunch menu poolside, or come by in the evening for their Miami Spice dinner menu. Each offers foodie favorites, like the polpette di ricotta, hearty cavatelli, fileto di manzo alla Fiorentina, and torta di ricotta, just to name a few. 

Il Mulino New York is located at Acqualina Resort & Spa, 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. For reservations, call (305) 466-919

Local gems for the neighborhood foodie

Amare Ristorante

Amare Ristorante Debuts in South Beach, Showcasing the Flavors & Spirit of the Amalfi Coast

Family-owned and celebrated for its authentic Italian cuisine, Amare Ristorante has been a go-to among locals for decades. It’s currently serving a Miami Spice dinner menu that includes tasty apps like gamberi e fagioli and carpaccio di tonno, mains like tagliatelle bolognese, pollo al rosmarino, and branzino ai ferri, and desserts that include a classic homemade tiramisu and a summer-perfect panna cotta made with blueberry custard. 

Amare Ristorante is located at 1 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. For reservations, call (305) 731-6999

Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante

Sardinia is a great option whether you’re dining with friends, family, or your significant other. Located in Sunset Harbour, this Med-inspired gem focuses on simple, authentic Sardinian food like wood oven-baked veggies, sumptuous selections from a mozzarella bar, a salumeria and formaggi menu, and more. They’re serving Miami Spice menus for lunch and dinner, and each one features great options like the house fregola and arancini, the cartoccio of the day, a refreshing Caprese salad, and the chef’s selection of dessert. 

Sardinia is located at 1801 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach. For reservations, call (305) 531-2228.

Blue Collar

Located in Miami’s MiMo district, this no-fuss local eatery features homestyle comfort food that hits the spot — like tostones topped with vaca frita, savory pork and beans, crispy conch fritters, jambalaya, and more. If you dine now during Miami Spice, you’ll enjoy a specially priced three-course meal made up of any apps, entrees, and desserts off the regular menu. 

Blue Collar is located at 6730 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. For more information, call (305) 756-0366.

Palat

One of the top restaurants in Miami’s burgeoning Buena Vista neighborhood, Palat specializes in modern Italian cuisine and tasty contemporary dishes that feature fresh-caught seafood, homemade pastas, and more. They’re currently offering Miami Spice menus for lunch and dinner, each with four dishes to choose from in the appetizer and entree sections and two tantalizing desserts options. 

Palat is located at 4702 NE 2nd Ave., Miami. For reservations, visit opentable.

Cafe La Trova

Here’s a restaurant that will make you feel like you’re truly on vacation. With its stunning decor and live music every night, it’s a taste of golden-age Havana right here in Little Havana. Their Miami Spice dinner menu features delicious dishes like sweet corn and chicken empanadas, jamon serrano croquetas, lechon con chicharones, skirt steak ropa vieja, the local catch of the day, and creamy, custardy flan. 

Cafe La Trova is located at 971 SW 8th Street, Miami. For reservations, call (786) 615-4379.

Diya Indian Kitchen

If great Indian food is what you’re craving, pencil in a meal at family-owned and operated Diya Indian Kitchen in Sunset Harbour. You’ll find plenty of vegetarian options and street food selections on their Miami Spice dinner menu, like aloo bravas, eggplant barta, dhaal tadka, chana masala, and more. Desserts bring a little bit Latin inspiration into the mix — we love the Kashmiri flan and the Ras Malai tres leches. If you’d rather enjoy your food at home, Diya is offering pickup. 

Diya Indian Kitchen is located at 1766 Bay Road, Miami Beach. For reservations, call (305) 763-8948.

Estiatorio Milos

Taste your way to the isles of Greece at Estiatorio Milos in Miami Beach’s charming South of Fifth neighborhood. The stars of the menu here are the seafood dishes (like the ceviche and grilled octopus), but you’ll also find plenty to rave about when you try their lamb and steak options. Food is served family-style and many items are prepared right at your table. Estiatorio Milos will be offering a Miami Spice menu soon — keep checking their website and social media for updates. 

Estiatorio Milos is located at 730 First Street, Miami Beach. For reservations, call (305) 604-6800.

Esotico 

It’s all about tropical tipples and Polynesian-inspired dishes at Esotico. Ask for their Miami Spice dinner menu and you’ll enjoy a welcome cocktail called the Bali Hali — a fizzy blend of rum, rosé brut, and the house Hanalei mix — plus your pick of mouthwatering dishes ranging from beef cho cho to Hawaiian fried rice to Makuahine banana bread pudding. And that’s not all — if you prefer to order goodies from Esotico, the restaurant is currently offering tiki cocktails to go Monday through Friday from 4-6 p.m.

Esotico is located at 1600 NE 1st Ave., Suite 102, Miami. For reservations, call (305) 800-8454.

Restaurants are adding Spice menus every day, so keep checking back for updates and more information. 

By Amanda Mesa, Contributing Writer

Just because traveling abroad this summer is on hold doesn’t mean we can’t take a trip to trendy holiday destinations like France and Italy with our palates. The boot-shaped Mediterranean country and its iconic neighbor have plenty of beloved and delicious dishes that you can now enjoy locally. We’ve compiled a star-studded list of eateries to satisfy all your Med cravings.

FRESH & HOMEMADE

by Michelle Wallace

Ravioli di Pesce

Nestled in The Marlin Hotel, you’ll find Osteria del Teatro, a restaurant that’s been serving up fresh pastas, breads and desserts – all homemade daily – for more than 30 years. This Northern Italian restaurant prides itself on using only the finest and freshest ingredients, making it a favorite amongst locals and tourists alike. Start off with a delicious assortment of bread followed by plates piled high with standout favorites like the fettucine alla carbonara, pappardelle ai granchi, and ravioli de pesce. Round out your meal with a selection from the dessert case including a flourless double chocolate cake or a vanilla bean crème brûlée.

REASON TO CELEBRATE

by Caner Kocamez

Bringing the Amalfi Coast flair to Miami Beach, Amare offers guests southern Italian classics and Mediterranean flavors. For those who want small bites and a cocktail, the restaurant’s happy hour is available and offers plenty of crowd-pleasers. On the weekend, brunch lovers will enjoy Amare’s Sunday brunch. The restaurant’s perfect location in the heart of the South of Fifth neighborhood makes it an ideal destination to relax, unplug and indulge.

A CULINARY JOURNEY

by Caner Kocamez

Sardinia’s charcuterie

A beach staple, Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante has been welcoming diners with restaurateur Antonio “Tony” Gallo and Chef Pietro Vardeu’s vision for years. Although the restaurant is popular for happy hour, the best way to experience what Sardinia has to offer is to enjoy the tasting menu. A multi-course culinary journey, the menu combines dishes like arancini and paella di mare. Every dish is paired with an outstanding glass of Italian wine.

THE FRENCH RIVIERA

by Caner Kocamez

There are not many restaurants that can create a unique atmosphere to completely transport you to another place. Located at the heart of Miami Beach’s chic South of Fifth neighborhood, Call Me Gaby manages to make you feel like you’re vacationing in the French Riviera. The outdoor patio is decorated with striped umbrellas, colorful pillows, light wood furniture, candles and flowers, which capture the true spirit of southern France. Complementing the ambiance, the menu offers appetizers like carpaccio di bresaola and burrata alongside plenty of pasta entrée dishes and homemade gourmet pizzas.

EXQUISITE CUISINE

By Sara Liss

Miami Photographer

Villa Azur, a popular French-Mediterranean spot, is known for its exclusive lively experience featuring avant-garde parties, eclectic entertainment, performers and themed decor. But it is the exquisite cuisine that brings guests back to those plush sofas and gorgeous courtyard. Dishes like ahi tuna in a sweet pepper-almond sauce and ravioles in truffle cream exhibit an elevated approach to French cuisine. It all pairs nicely with the restaurant’s signature cocktail, made with G.H. Mumm Brut, raspberry purée and limoncello.

The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF) has created “Sip with #SOBEWFF”, a FREE 20-part virtual, live mixology and educational series that’s bringing South Florida’s top bartenders, mixologists and spirits experts straight into your kitchen. The hands-on cocktail-making experience is hosted by Gio Gutierrez from Chat Chow and optional donations benefit the SOBEWFF® and FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund.

Ben Potts of Beaker & Gray

The initial “Sip with #SOBEWFF” lineup includes an all-star cast:

  • Classic Cuban Cocktails featuring Cantinero Julio Cabrera of Cafe La Trova (June 19)
  • Impressive Cocktails and The Art of the Pour featuring Mixologist with Ben Potts of Beaker & Gray (June 26)
  • Red, White and Booze: A Celebration of American Cocktail featuring Tyler Kitzman of Mama Tried (July 1)
  • Gettin’ Tiki With It featuring Daniele Dalla Pola of Esotico Miami (July 10)
  • Classic Italian Cocktails featuring Mixologist Valentino Longo of Le Sirenuse Miami (July 15)
  • Magic City Cocktails featuring Bobby Gilardi of Ariete Hospitality Group (July 17)
  • Modern Tropical Drinks featuring Will Thompson of Jaguar Sun (July 24) and more!
Julio Cabrera of Cafe La Trova

The 60-minute “Sip with #SOBEWFF” series, which airs weekly, is broadcasted from SGWS Wynwood, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits’ state-of-the-art multi-purpose hospitality and education center. Register for your FREE virtual seat here. Optional donations will benefit the SOBEWFF® & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund that provides immediate financial support to independently owned and operated restaurants and bars impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. To date, the Fund has raised more than $1.6 million and granted more than $1.5 million to more than 500 local restaurants in South Florida.

As a third-generation vintner, Gérard Bertrand has established his wines among leaders in the wine world. This month, he’s releasing the second vintage of the exquisite Clos du Temple rosé. Named the best rosé in the world by The Global Rosé Masters, the wine is elevating and reimagining rosé in a way only the illustrious winemaker can. 

Embodying the posh Mediterranean lifestyle, Clos du Temple rosé is the perfect wine to kick-off summer this month. Delivering an exceptional balance of freshness and minerality, the rosé is a combination of four red grape varieties (Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, and Grenache) and one white variety (Viognier). This unique blend gives the wine its character and differentiates itself from the crowded rosé market. Aged in new French oak barrels for six to eight months, the wine then slips into its brilliant bottle before it makes its way to your summertime table. 

To celebrate this elegant vintage, the biodynamic pioneer is also releasing Clos du Temple rosé as an exclusive magnum for discerning wine enthusiasts ready to elevate their summer sips.

In honor of National Rosé Day (which is tomorrow, June 13!), we sat down to chat with the winemaker himself about his brand and this exciting new pink release.

Photo by Marie Ormières

Tradition and history mean so much to you and the brand. Why is that?

History and tradition are essential to understanding where we are today and where we might go tomorrow. Of course, at any time, one combines the technologies of the present with the wisdom received from the past in order to progress to the future. History demonstrates that our region was the source of great wines that were enjoyed all over France and other parts of Europe. We have inherited that legacy, as well as countless practices and details about growing grapes and making wonderful wines, from our ancestors. 

There was a period starting 50 years ago, in which this old knowledge was forsaken for the supposed certainties of “modernity.” The land was treated like a laboratory and wineries like factories. Consequentially, nature was damaged, and people in our region lost track of how good our wines could be. Fortunately, we have awakened to the fact that “modernity” offers us tools, but old history gives us the resilience and techniques to move forward. That’s the essence of our practice of biodynamics: gleaning the lessons of past generations and technologies of the present for the health of future generations. 

Clos du Temple is grown in Cabrières. What makes this region so great for rosé wines?

This area has been recognized since the 14th century as one of the finest places in France for rosé. Making great rosé demands several elements: First, one needs beautifully ripe grapes that express complex aromatic components and a range of pure fruit flavors. Then, one needs fresh acidity, followed by a strong, though limber structure, especially for wines that are meant for aging. Finally, one needs a sense of the place from which the wine comes; a combination of sensations like minerality and herbaceousness. 

The vineyards of Cabrières are blessed to provide all these elements. For one, its hilly terrain allows vineyards to face south and southwest, offering extended exposure to sunshine which allows grapes to grow fully and evenly—and their altitude, between 700 to 800 feet above sea level, facilitates cooler temperatures at night that freshen the vines. The soils underneath are a place of contact between limestone and schist. Limestone absorbs winter rains like a sponge, making water available to vines during the dry months, and with their high pH, the soils ironically help produce grapes with higher essential natural acidity than normal in warm climate regions like the Languedoc. Schist is fragmented soil that allows vine roots to dig deep in search of nutrients and more water. Moreover, our vineyards are planted with five grape varieties that excel on our lands, including Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Viognier, and Grenache.  

How is this wine embracing your belief in biodynamic farming?

One can be proud of biodynamic farming for the good it does the earth, but when it comes together in the vineyard—and then in the wine—it is something really special. For us, in a place as special as Clos du Temple, biodynamics provides the balance that allows wines to resonate with every nuance their terroir can offer.  

The bottle is so sleek without a paper label. How did you decide on this design?

Its shape is of a temple based on the anciently-recognized proportions of the ‘golden ratio.’ It has a square base and its punt, or the indentation on the bottom, is a square pyramid, representing the earth. Etched golden filigrees represent the mountains behind the winery and are reminiscent of what might surround the entrance of a temple. The royal blue script is a reference to Louis XIV, who was a great lover of the wines from Cabrières and who commissioned them to be served at Versailles.  

Photo by Marie Ormières

What makes this wine special and unique?

Clos du Temple is a wine that was born after great study: of history, of terroir, of technique, and of philosophy. These are expressed by the layer of flavors and nuances present within the wine, all of which are presented with finesse. In terms of procedure, the winemaking—that is, what follows after excellent viticultural practices—is distinctive for its unique blend of five grapes, four black and one white, all contributing an essential element to the whole. The wine is then aged in oak barrels for several months. That’s unusual for rosé, but inoculates the wine for a long life. 

By: Christie Galeano-DeMott

Father’s Day is just around the corner, but if you haven’t made plans yet, don’t panic. We’ve rounded up seven of our top spots to celebrate the dad(s) in your life. It doesn’t matter if your favorite father figure prefers to keep things casual with comfort food that hits the spot, or is all about dialing up dinner in an upscale setting — you’ll find a balanced mix of family-friendly, fuss-free, and fancy feasting in this list of South Florida restaurants. Some of them are evening offering Father’s Day specials ahead of the official holiday, so you can treat dad all weekend long.

Ariete

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Helmed by Chef Michael Beltran, this beloved Coconut Grove restaurant will offer all your favorite dishes from its a la carte menu, plus an exclusive offering to celebrate Father’s Day. Three guests can enjoy the Parrillada Ariete, which comes with grilled chicken breast, morcilla, and a grilled NY Strip steak paired with creamed yucca, salad, anchovy butter, and a house-made steak sauce — all for $125. Treat dad to a tasty cocktail from the drink list, like the rum-forward Dimelo Viejo or the whiskey-spiked Papa’s Old Fashioned. 

Ariete is located at 3540 Main Highway, Coconut Grove. For reservations, call 305-640-5862.

Bourbon Steak

Sometimes, there’s no better way to celebrate a special occasion than with a classic steakhouse dinner — and Bourbon Steak at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa is just the spot if you’re craving an elevated Father’s Day meal. Celebrate early on Friday, June 19, or Saturday, June 20, and take advantage of a complimentary bourbon cocktail with the purchase of an entree from 6-10 p.m., plus additional drink specials and specialty Bourbon Steak cigars when you buy a bottle of wine (available at 20% off). If you order a ribeye steak, you’ll also get a complimentary side dish of your choice. 

Bourbon Steak is located at 19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura. For reservations, call 786-279-6600 or visit OpenTable.

Zucca

If the father figure in your life loves great, authentic Italian cuisine, you should definitely consider sitting down to a meal at Zucca in Coral Gables. This beautiful local gem is all about tasty twists on classic Italian dishes — like airy cheese-stuffed zucchini blossoms, savory salumeria, hearty homemade pasta in exquisite sauces, and top-rated Old World wines. The cocktails also live up to the hype, so make sure to treat dad to a drink that spotlights his spirit of choice. 

Zucca is located at 162 Alcazar Avenue, Coral Gables. For reservations, visit https://www.zuccamiami.com/reservations/.

The Butcher Shop Garden & Grill

Now open again for dining in, The Butcher Shop in Wynwood will be celebrating Father’s Day with a slew of specials — like an eight-ounce Mini Fat Freddy Burger for $20 to pair with your favorite local brew, as well as BBQ grilling kits and packages you can take home with you if you’d rather treat the family to a backyard bash. The best gift for fathers with a deep love of meat? Anything from The Butcher Shop’s butcher retail case, which showcases exquisite cuts of USDA prime black Angus beef, hormone-free chicken, homemade (and home-smoked) sausages, dry-aged meats and more. 

The Butcher Shop Garden & Grill is located at 165 NW 23rd Street, Miami. For reservations, call 305-846-9120.

Fi’Lia

You’ll find the ultimate Father’s Day brunch at Fi’Lia, located at the SLS Brickell. The restaurant’s Miami Spice Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., and includes two courses and a dessert for just $25 per person (we especially love the charred eggplant toast and the chocolate and dulce de leche sandwich). Treat dad to unlimited mimosas or Bloody Marys for an extra $25 on top that. 

Fi’Lia is located at 1300 South Miami Avenue, Miami. For reservations, call 305-239-1330

The Ocean Grill at The Setai

The open-air Ocean Grill at The Setai has reopened for lunch, and it’s a great place to celebrate Father’s Day pool- or beachside. The menu here spotlights global delicacies like Spanish octopus, truffle pizza, Mediterranean branzino, yellowfin tuna tartare and more. You’ll get to soak up stunning views of the hotel’s infinity-edge pools and Miami Beach’s beautiful shore in every direction as you enjoy your meal.  

The Ocean Grill at the Setai is located at 2001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. For reservations, call 855-923-7899.

Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann at Faena

The Asado Brunch hosted every Sunday at Los Fuegos is legendary, and the perfect way to treat someone to an unforgettable — and delicious — Father’s Day. For $115 per person, you’ll enjoy all the tender slow-cooked meat, succulent seafood, Argentine delicacies like empanadas, and decadent desserts to satisfy any sweet tooth. You’ll also get to sip bottomless pitchers of mimosa, sangria, or Bloody Mary cocktails for two hours.  

Los Fuegos is located at 3201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. For reservations, call (786) 655 5600.

Restaurants all over Miami are collectively breathing a sigh of relief and throwing open their doors for in-person dining once again. They have adjusted to comply with all CDC, county and city guidelines—and there are many. Reducing their capacity to 50% and maintaining a six-feet space between tables will mean reconfigured dining areas and a little more elbow room. These restaurants put the new measures in place to welcome us back and ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable dining experience. 

Alloy Bistro

After spending months indoors, this modern Italian eatery feels like a Mediterranean oasis in Downtown Miami. Dine in the cozy courtyard or indoors, by the open kitchen, where you can watch the chefs create each dish from scratch. They’re doing a cycle of sanitization every 30 minutes and every time a table is turned over. Guests can now scan a QR code to see the menu on their phones. 

154 SE 1st Avenue, Miami; (786) 773-2742; alloybistro.com

Seaspice

Seaspice’s al fresco dining area (which overlooks the Miami River) and their indoor space have been redesigned to create a more intimate setting. Party size will be limited to six guests per table and all will be required to wear masks, except while seated. Lucky for us, they also used the two-month shutdown to elevate their menu, redefine their beverage program and undergo deep cleanings and staff training to safely provide the best-possible dining experience.

422 NW North River Drive, Miami; (305) 440-4200; seaspice.com

Cibo Wine Bar

Take a stroll down Miracle Mile and stop for fresh Italian apps paired with a refreshing rosé in the large, covered patio of this popular wine bar. Sunday brunch, which was previously buffet-style, is still being worked out, but they are open for business otherwise. They are limiting capacity to 25%, screening temperatures for both staff and guests and using enhanced cleaning procedures, disposable menus, touchless payment options and plexiglass barriers throughout for extra care. 

45 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; (305) 442-4925; cibowinebar.com

Old Lisbon

Locations in Coral Way, South Miami and Sunny Isles are now open, so head there for their famous bacalhau dishes or giant platters with all the fresh seafood you can handle. They have trained their staff in safety protocols and have added social-distancing signs, hands-free sanitizers, touchless-lid garbage cans and plexiglass at hostess stations. 

1698 SW 22nd St, Miami, (305) 854-0039; 5837 Sunset Dr, South Miami, (305) 662-7435;
17100 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, (305) 974-0038

Riviera Focacceria

Located at the Shops at Midtown, this Italian restaurant specializes in Ligurian cuisine. They create traditional dishes using ingredients found locally and imported weekly from Italy; so when you try their famed focaccia cheese, you know you’re tasting the real deal. With reduced personnel, they are easing their way back into dine-in service to ensure each guest has a quality experience. Hospital-grade cleaner was used to sanitize before re-opening and hand sanitizers will be placed at each table. 

3252 NE Buena Vista Boulevard, Suite 110, Miami; 786-220-6251; rivierafocacceria.com

The Deck at Island Gardens

The Deck boasts one of the best views in Miami from their ample, all-outdoor dining area! They are almost ready for their grand re-opening on June 6, which will come with a new summer menu. All china, silverware and glassware will go through two dishwashers, or you can opt for disposable glasses, plates and utensils. Alas, their popular Sunday buffet-style brunch won’t be back during phase one of re-opening, but look for new à la carte brunch favorites with more to come as part of its Miami Spice debut.

888 MacArthur Causeway, Miami; (786) 627-4949; islandgardens.com

By: Estefania Garcia