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The weekend is almost here, and we’ve put together a list of bars for you to visit. Whether you’re into divey spots with stiff drinks and a great beer selection or elevated lounges where bartenders sling cocktails using housemade shrubs, aromatic essences, and top-shelf spirits, we’ve got you covered. 

The Mighty Tavern

If you’re looking for a casual watering hole with great food, great beer, and strong tasty drinks, look no further than The Mighty. Boasting a new food and cocktail menu, this neighborhood favorite is the perfect spot for a low-key Friday or Saturday night. The beer selection is extensive, and the new cocktail list includes options like smoked old fashioneds, cucumber martinis, and a cheekily named Stimulus Strawberry Margarita. Happy hour runs weekdays from 4-7 p.m. and includes classic cocktails for $6.95, draft beer and house wine for $5.95, and shots for $4.95.

Details: The Mighty is located at 2224 SW 22nd St, Miami. For more information, visit www.themightymiami.com

The Broken Shaker

The atmosphere at this Miami Beach mainstay is casual and fuss-free, but the drinks can only be described as elevated. Now open Wednesday through Sunday from 5-11 p.m., The Broken Shaker serves up drinks like the Classic Randy, a gin-forward creation made with grapefruit rice reduction, citrus, and soda water, and the tequila-spiked Smilie, blended with ginger-Tumeric agave and lime juice. Pair your sips with some of their awesome bar bites, like sesame-pickled cucumbers or shawarma fries. 

Details: The Broken Shaker is located at 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach. For more information, visit www.freehandhotels.com/miami/broken-shaker

Spanglish Craft Cocktail Bar + Kitchen

Located in Wynwood, Spanglish calls itself “equal parts alchemy, fun, and artistry.” Now reopen for dine-in, it’s one of the best places to grab a bite and drink if you’re looking for a laid-back evening filled with flavor. From the cocktail list, we love cafetera old fashioned (made with cigar bitters and cold-brew coffee reduction), the negroni tiene tumbao, and the fizzy Grape Gatsby. Enjoy yummy dishes while you imbibe, too — the croqueta buns are amazing, and the coconut shrimp ceviche is the perfect refresher on a warm South Florida afternoon.

Details: Spanglish Craft Cocktail Bar + Kitchen is located at 2808 N Miami Ave, Miami. For more information, visit www.spanglishmiami.com.

SAAM at SLS Brickell

The swanky lobby bar at SLS Brickell is known for its delicious vintage-inspired cocktails hosts happy hour from 5-7 p.m. on weekdays, featuring $8 specialty and house spirit cocktails, $4 beers, and $7 house wines. Sip stirred and neat classics like negronis, sazeracs, and vieux carres, or opt for a shaken French 75 or Cloud 9 — all while snacking on delicious bites like meatballs with whipped ricotta, fried bocconcini, and crispy calamari with Aleppo chile, lemon, and caper aioli. 

Details: SAAM at SLS Brickell is located at 1300 S Miami Ave, Miami. For more information, visit www.sbe.com/nightlife/saam/brickell

By Amanda Mesa, Contributing Writer

Fernando Quinzaños and his husband, Alfonso de Bustos, have been involved in fashion and philanthropy all their lives. Their passion and eye for design and quality extend to Casa Fête, a Miami-based atelier founded by Alfonso that specializes in created stunning dessert and grazing tables for parties, and, most recently, a selection of decadent rosca desserts that are gorgeous as they are delicious. Fernando Quinzaños, who co-owns Casa Fête with Alfonso, sat down with us to talk about making high-end desserts in Miami, how the pandemic has affected catering and events, and why everyone should jump on the rosca train.

When did you open Casa Fête here in Miami? What was the process like? 

Fernando: Casa Fête opened a little over a year and a half ago. It was a complicated process for being new to the country, but at the same time very exciting and challenging. A process full of learning and, above all, challenges. We have learned the different ways of celebrating and customs of all the nationalities in Miami.

Casa Fête opened its doors over a year ago with a different perspective. We were dedicated to catering and dessert tables. But our new market aims to [satisfy] different needs — especially with our newly launched rosca desserts. Being in a different country, we had the privilege of adapting our concept to a new and exciting market. It was a learning experience for us, adapting to all of our clients’ needs, different personalities, and different cultures, but we are very excited to provide our clients with the best of our abilities. 

What is the vision behind Casa Fête? Can you tell us a little more about what you offer and what the inspiration is behind your creations?

Fernando: Casa Fête is located in Miami, a multicultural city with significant Hispanic influence. Our passion for gastronomy has allowed us to create greatness from the most sophisticated details. A showcase and celebration of an ingredient-led mosaic of cultural diversity demonstrate the highly skilled technique and relentless drive that has become our trademark.

How has the pandemic affected your business?

Fernando: The pandemic has affected all the world. However, we have had the opportunity to innovate and create a new venture for our business within the unfortunate pandemic we are all living with. The pandemic has affected us all, [forcing us to] adopt new manners when hosting gatherings and social events. Roscas desserts have given us the opportunity to open to a different market, where we have grown, and people have been very receptive to our services of hand delivering while observing social distancing, and our attention to detail.  

What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced operating during the pandemic and lockdown?

Fernando: Casa Fête’s main priority is following the mandated rules of social distancing. We were used to being in contact with the client in a very professional and personal way to achieve their most desired objectives. We have tried to preserve our company’s attention to detail with roscas. Our logistics have changed and so far, we are very satisfied with what we have accomplished. 

Do you have any plans for the future of the business?

Fernando: Our vision for the future is to offer our clients different flavors of roscas, including a store dedicated to making roscas and similar treats, while keeping our essence of catering and dessert tables. We would love to become the first  “Maison du Haut dessert” in the Miami area! Keep your eyes open for updates via @casafete!

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What makes Miami such a great city to operate a business like yours? 

Fernando: The multicultural market that Miami offers us makes us very excited. We have introduced to the market a new alternative to desserts. Casa Fête offers our customers a quality dessert with very attractive and unique packaging. We believe all customers deserve the best experience. 

How did the idea come about for roscas? 

Fernando: Roscas are something that we have appreciated and tested all of our lives. A new twist has been done to the original recipe and it’s something that excites our customers. Our delicious and innovative flavors have given us the opportunity to show the world of this delicious dessert. We can’t share the secret, but invite you to taste our delightful roscas. 

How did you and Alfonso make the transition from fashion events and philanthropy to high-end desserts? What was the transition like? 

Fernando: We have always had a great passion for the mix of event planning, pastries, and creativity, but unfortunately in Mexico for many reasons, we could not carry out our dream. That is why, when deciding to start this new business in Miami, we changed our profession and made our dream come true.

Can you tell us about your candy/dessert and grazing table offerings?

Fernando: Casa Fête offers the best dessert tables, a refined and elegant way to enchant a celebration where people can gather around small cakes, sweets, and fun delicacies designed with a matching theme.

Have you seen more people looking to host events at home since the pandemic began?

Fernando: Of course! The way of doing events is changing completely. The new trend is intimate events, with few people, hosted at home. Roscas can be the best dessert to complement such events. People will never stop celebrating, they will only change the way they do it, maintaining the elegance and taste for good pastries and of course…the styling of the tables.

What are some of your bestsellers, and can we look forward to any special creations for the holidays?

Fernando: We continue to create flavors, and special edition seasonal roscas will be offered to our customers for the holidays! Imagine a limited edition [collection] of our most beloved holiday flavors in one of our unique roscas. Don’t forget to order soon!

Award-winning pastry chef and author, Antonio Bachour, recently announced the addition of his second location, Bachour Restaurant & Bar, in Downtown Doral. Slated to open in early November, the new 4,750-square-foot space will offer a full-service menu helmed by Chef de Cuisine Clark Bowen, elevated cocktails by Zabdi Cobon, and a wine list of affordable global gems curated by Robert Delarosa. Guests will, of course, also find Bachour’s own signature baked goods and desserts (which fans can currently savor at his Coral Gables location and Timeout Market in Miami Beach. The World’s Best Pastry Chef gave us the inside scoop on his new concept, how business has fared during the pandemic, and how he and his team have adapted along the way. 

Can you tell us how the business has fared for you during the pandemic? How did the shutdowns affect you, and how did you adapt?

Bachour: Fortunately, for us, our Coral Gables location is situated in the courtyard of the 2020 Salzedo building, allowing us to continue to service our patrons while adhering to the CDC and local guidelines. Because of this, our takeout and retail bakery business performed well even at the initial phase of the pandemic while other restaurants endured major hardships. We were also quick to adapt by implementing the Codina Cares program, created by developer Codina Partners, which ensured our staff, guests and vendors were always protected from potential exposure.

Did you have to pivot in any way to adjust to this new normal? What are some of the biggest challenges you faced, and what are some key lessons you’ve taken away from it all?

Bachour: The biggest challenge was to be able to provide good service and maintain our standard while taking all the necessary measures to assure the safety of our guests and employees.

Bachour’s Manjari Entremet; Photo/Martin Morcillo, Smash Pixel Studio

How long have you been planning to expand the Bachour Restaurant and Bar concept? Why Doral?

Bachour: We’ve been planning the Bachour Restaurant and Bar concept for about a year. The success of Bachour Restaurant and Bakery in Coral Gables led to our decision to open in Doral. In addition to that, we also have built-in support from the community there and accessibility for patrons from surrounding areas. 

What’s it been like planning an opening amid a pandemic? Are you doing anything differently this time around that you might not have had to consider during “normal” times?

Bachour: We have kept a positive attitude throughout as we know this is going to pass eventually and people will be able to resume their normal lives. We are grateful to be able to provide a safe and welcoming place for our patrons to come out to and enjoy a good time.

Photo/Martin Morcillo, Smash Pixel Studio

How did you and Chef Bowen go about creating the menu for the new Downtown Doral location? What was your inspiration and vision? 

Bachour: When Chef Herbert and I met Chef Bowen, we knew that his passion and talents were the right fit for our Downtown Doral location. I was in search of a mix of sophisticated, tasty, and well-balanced dishes that complimented my desserts, and Chef Bowen understood that. Our shared vision led to the creation of our contemporary American menu featuring a full-line of viennoiserie, boulangerie, tartines, sandwiches, salads and main courses as well as Bachour’s signature petit-gateaux, macarons and bonbons.

What was the vision behind Zabdi Cobon’s cocktail program? Have you worked with Zabdi before? If not, how did that partnership come about?

Bachour: Personally, I have not collaborated with Zabdi before. He was commissioned by Robert Delarosa, our general manager for Bachour Restaurant Doral, to create a cocktail list with an emphasis on creativity and modernized classics with a Latin flair. Zabdi and Robert Delarosa had previously worked together in the Design District.

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What was it like working with Robert Delarosa to curate a wine list that’s not only good but also affordable? 

Bachour: Robert and I go way back. We worked together at the St. Regis Hotel many years ago. We wanted to create a list that not only paired well with the food but had enough versatility and value for our diners. The idea was to create a globally inspired list that encompassed breadth and range for any dish or diner’s taste profile.

Are you optimistic about the future of Miami’s culinary scene, and how do you think we’ll evolve for the better?

Bachour: I think that Miami is on its way to becoming one of the best culinary destinations in the United States.

Amanda Mesa, Contributing Writer

Interview and words by the Lincoln Eatery‘s Alan Roth

A few months back, an associate pointed out Kaleigh Gardner’s Instagram page, @itsthepizzaslut. Of course, I started to follow her out of sheer curiosity. Who doesn’t love a good pizza page? My wife was suspicious of the name at first, but after talking to Kaleigh, I quickly learned she is a pizza maker who loves to learn about and eat pizza. She takes what she does very seriously. 

I chatted with Kaleigh so we could get to know her before she cooks at our charity Pizza Party benefitting the Parkinson’s Foundation at the Lincoln Eatery in South Beach on October 16th. This laid-back, indoor-outdoor benefit event will run from 6-8 p.m. Attendees can register online here — the cost of admission is one pizza pie order for $25. All proceeds will benefit the Parkinson’s Foundation. The Lincoln Eatery is located at 723 North Lincoln Lane, Miami Beach.

Where you from?

Kaleigh: I was born and raised in Florida! Born in Port St Lucie, and moved to the beachside of a small town, Vero Beach, during my childhood. Then to Orlando for high school, traveling across the country and out of the country throughout. I just turned 25 this summer! 

Have you always loved pizza?

Kaleigh: Food, in general, has always had my whole heart. And I truly did [love pizza], but I didn’t eat a lot of it as a kid. Neither of my parents are fond of pizza, and I remember Fridays specifically we would go to a little spot for pizza called Frank & Al’s. And when I turned 18, I ate it every day for two years, almost. 

Is your family in the food business?

Kaleigh: Yes! Both of my parents are chefs! My mom is currently a food and beverage director here in Florida.

What’s your favorite pizza spot?

Kaleigh: That’s a tough one! I have eaten at almost 500 spots across the world…I would say a Neapolitan place, but instead, let’s say an NYC-style spot. I frequently fly to NYC for a slice or square of Frank’s pizza from Mama’s TOO! 

What’s your favorite type of pizza?

Kaleigh: I would say Neapolitan-ISH pizza! It’s thin and crispy, but puffy and airy. I love when the crust is what shines. 

Do you make pizza for yourself at home?

Kaleigh: Of course! I’m always experimenting with my sourdough and different styles of pizza, flavors, toppings. You can literally never learn enough about pizza.

What’s your ultimate goal relating to this pizza journey?

Kaleigh: I just want to really be a bright voice in the pizza and food community! I want everyone to love pizza as much as I do; share my passion and love for pizza with other pizza makers or even people who solely just wanna indulge in good food. I love the taking over of restaurants, pop-ups, and collabs across the country so far. But who knows — maybe [I’ll have] my own brick and mortar one day! 

What kind of reactions have you received from your name?

Kaleigh: I’d say it’s a hit or miss right off the bat. It definitely gets attention. But, as you get to know me or even talk to me for a minute while I’m slinging a pie for you or sharing my story, the word “slut” shouldn’t even cross your mind. I’ve traveled for the past four years eating and learning about pizza in every aspect, which is why I called myself and my brand that. 

Do people take your pizza making serious?

Kaleigh: I hope so. I think they do. I’ve learned and worked with some of the greatest people in the industry. All different types, and processes, cause every single person does everything differently, down to dough, to the way you top or fire it in the oven. So I really wasn’t just eating pizza the past four years, but always asking to learn or stretch a pie. And I’ve taken all that and really just started practicing and letting my creativity take over. I hope my passion really shines through, and that my true colors and reason for loving pizza and making it for others shows! 

What are you thoughts on Miami?

Kaleigh: I have NEVER had a bad time in Miami! So I’m super stoked to be coming down to make some pizza for everyone, as well as for a great cause. 

Yes, it’s still warm and muggy here in Miami — but menus around the city are changing, even if the leaves and weather are not. To help you get in the spirit of the season, we’ve rounded up three fall-inspired cocktails you can start enjoying now.

SLS Brickell

As we inch closer to Halloween, head to SLS Brickell for a Bloody Sunrise, made with tequila, orange juice, and grenadine added to resemble blood. Or stop by the hotel’s SAAM Lounge for a Spiked Apple Pie (the drink, not the dessert), crafted with Maker’s Mark Bourbon, spiced apples, ginger beer, apple cider, and orange liqueur, and garnished with an orange slice and rosemary sprig. You can even order it punch-style for a get-together with your family and friends.

Details: SLS Brickell is located at 1300 S Miami Ave, Miami. Visit their website for more information. 

Bulla Gastrobar

Say “hello” to fall with a brand new cocktail from Bulla Gastrobar. Their aromatic Bianco Negroni is a riff on the summertime favorite that blends wild herbs with Campari, Bombay Dry Gin, Cinzano, and Bianco Vermouth, all garnished with a caramelized orange slice. Pair your tipple with new fall menu items like hearty short ribs served with caramelized onions and tender scallops paired with cauliflower puree, herb-marinated oyster mushrooms, and chorizo vinaigrette. 

Details: Bulla Gastrobar has locations in Doral, Coral Gables, and South Miami. Visit their website for more information.  

Make a Salty Smoked S’mores Boulevardier at home

Fitz Bailey, a mixologist for Coopers’ Craft, came up with this delicious recipe. Just one sip will transport you to a cozy cabin in the woods. Keep drinking to hear the whistling autumn wind and the snap and crackle of flames in your imaginary hearth. 

What you need:

1.5 ounces of Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve Bourbon (100 Proof)

1 ounce of Campari

1 ounce of sweet vermouth

0.5 ounce of creme de cacao

3 dashes of chocolate bitters

A pinch of sea salt

How to make it:

First, rim the side of a glass with melted chocolate; before it hardens, roll the glass in powdered graham cracker. Light a marshmallow on fire and cover it with the rocks glass to capture the smoke. In a cocktail shaker, stir all the ingredients together with ice, then strain the cocktail into the glass. Garnish with the speared smoked marshmallow and serve immediately. 

By Amanda Mesa, Contributing Writer

Here in Miami, finding good Latin food is easy — but this week, we want to show some love to three standout restaurants serving up dishes that would make your abuela proud. In the continued celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, head to one of these beloved local spots this weekend and treat yourself to some serious sabor. 

El Rinconcito Latino

This Salvadorean-owned favorite has locations across South Florida, each equipped with takeout windows if you want to take your food to go. We’re torn between the lechon asado and the picadillo here; both are worth trying. For dessert, go healthy-ish (okay, not really) with a casco de guayaba con queso — that’s a guava shell filled with cream cheese. 

Details: El Rinconcito has multiple locations. Access details on each location, its menu, and more here

La Ventana Authentic Colombian Restaurant 

If you’re craving Colombian food, head to this South Beach spot. Start with crispy patacones topped with guac and your choice of chicken or churrasco. Or go all out with the Mi Tierra, a stacked sampler of Colombian flavors that includes marinated meat, Colombian chorizo, pork belly and fried egg. For dinner, we like the Bandeja Paisa. It spotlights Angus entraña steak, red beans, sweet plantains, fried pork belly, an arepita, and plenty more. 

Details: La Ventana is located at 710 Washington Ave., Suite 2, Miami Beach. For more information, call 305-673-0912.

Farolito Miami

If you love great Peruvian food, you’ll find it at Farolito Miami on Coral Way. Incredible ceviches, tender lomo saltado, a tasty, golden-fried jalea that feeds a whole family, and a salsa huancaina you’re going to want to drizzle on everything are just some of the signature items that keep locals coming back long after their first visit. Pair your meal with some Inca Cola or chicha morada, made with corn harvested from purple corn harvested in the Andes.

Details: Farolito Miami is located at 2885 Coral Way, Miami. For more information, call 305-446-4122.

By Amanda Mesa, Contributing Writer