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Savor the Avenue: A Fabulous Annual Event in Delray Beach

16 restaurants … 1000 people … a mile-long dining table down the middle of an otherwise busy street … and another great evening! This was my 4th consecutive year attending Savor the Avenue  – and I’m already looking forward to next year! Continue Reading

The Epicurean: A Hotel Dedicated to “The Good Life” with a Little Bit of Whimsy

Walking into the Epicurean lobby one gets an immediate sense of the attention to detail that went into the development of this unique property that tickles the palate, literally and figuratively.

It’s not your average reception area — wine racks are desks and the ceiling and walls were made with crates from Bern’s Steak House’s legendary wine collection. Although, you could just as likely be met curbside by a wandering host who will welcome you and check you in with an iPad. Continue Reading

Food and Art are on the Menu in Wynwood: A New Miami Culinary Tour

Miamians know. Art Basel devotees know. Wynwood, a formerly downtrodden, low income, somewhat industrial and small neighborhood bordering Midtown and the Design District, went through a gentrification over the past decade. Years ago, people drove through this area with their windows up and doors locked. Today, they flock in and walk around. It’s a destination, a hot spot for foodies and lovers of art.

Enter Miami Culinary Tours. As you may recall, I’ve written about their Little Havana and South Beach tours, both of which are thoroughly enjoyable, so I was thrilled when they recently announced a new culinary tour of Wynwood. It’s a wonderful way for locals and visitors alike to become acquainted with the area and try a multitude of restaurants. Continue Reading

South Beach in Bites | A Culinary and Scenic Tour

South Beach is figuratively much larger than its size. In fact, it’s geographically small — occupying the southern most point of Miami Beach — but it’s huge in the diversity of its people, architecture, and culture! Continue Reading

Tastemakers at Mizner Park, Boca Raton

It’s coming … two nights of food, wine, cocktails and entertainment featuring 11 participating restaurants on Tuesday, 9/24 and Wednesday, 9/25 (6:30-9:30 pm). Continue Reading

Still the Godfather of Nuevo Latino Cuisine: de Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean

I’ll admit it. I’m a fool for “Nuevo Latino” as witnessed by the many times I’ve dabbled in that category on this site.

In fact, a lot of my fearlessness and creativity in the kitchen was inspired a long time ago by a few chefs like Douglas Rodriguez. He’s the undisputed “Godfather of Nuevo Latino” and a member of the critically-acclaimed Mango Gang that revolutionized the Floribbean concept in the late eighties-early nineties.

Over the years, I’ve been to at least 4 of his restaurants (Yuca, Patria, OLA and this one), each multiple times — and his Nuevo Latino cookbook is one of the few cookbooks that survived my move from New York to Florida (and is still with me after 3 more moves in FL). It’s a treasure.

Yes, I’m fan. Let me show you why. Continue Reading

Savor-the-Avenue 2013: It’s Still Great!

You may remember all my photos and gushing about this event in 2011 and 2012. Well, I’m back to gush once again.

Savor-the-Avenue is an exciting annual foodie event. The main street of trendy Delray gets closed for about a mile while 1000 people dine al fresco on one never-ending table. But, although it’s one long communal table, each restaurant decorates their section and vies for the ‘best table’ award. Continue Reading

Fifty Shades of Green: The Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

St. Patrick’s Day — the world becomes a sea of green and everyone, Irish or not, celebrates. Even I put on a green t-shirt and set off for my first St. Patrick’s Day parade. I know. I’m a little old for it to be ‘my first’.

I walked the parade route up and down several times and had a surprisingly good time taking photos but then after 3 hours, I pooped out and left … before the parade actually started. Here’s a few photos and a fun and colorful slideshow of the festivities (pre-parade). Continue Reading

¡Bravo! to Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant, Delray Beach FL

How do you rate restaurants? What’s your criteria? I realized last night when I visited the newly-opened Ceviche that I have a 3-prong criteria*, specifically Atmosphere, Food, Beverages. Let me show you how this restaurant hits all the marks.

*It’s a given that cleanliness and service are paramount. Continue Reading

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