Coffee Trends and Why Miami's Panther Coffee Provides a Farm To Table Experience

Coffee Trends and Why Miami's Panther Coffee Provides a Farm To Table Experience

On this episode of The Barron Report, brought to you by Kabbage, Paul Barron discusses coffee trends with Panther Coffee's co-founder Joel Pollock. The pair also dives into the impact the Miami-based specialty coffee roaster brand has had in South Florida. Be sure to check out the show notes below for more details about the episode!

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Art Brews Business at J. Wakefield and Wynwood Brewing

Art Brews Business at J. Wakefield and Wynwood Brewing
  • David Rodriguez and Adrian Castro of Little Havana's Union Beer Store take us to the most iconic Wynwood breweries.

  • Wynwood Brewing and J. Wakefield Brewery show us how the vibe of Miami's Wynwood art permeates the craft beer neighboorhood.

On this episode of Beer Artisan, were exploring Miami’s famed art neighborhood, Wynwood, and the craft beer businesses that have popped up out of its art scene.

The Union Beer Store was started by husband and wife duo, David and Cici Rodriguez. The pair had been close to the beer scene for years and one year ago decided to strike out on their own and create Union, a beer store/bar with a fun, super laid-back vibe. With more than 300 different beers in their cooler, they offer locals and tourists a wide range of tastes to explore. Adrian, David’s right-hand man, helms the bar at Union, helping visitors choose the right brew. So it only made sense to have David and Adrian show us around the Wynwood neighborhood.

First up, J. Wakefield. John Wakefield got started brewing with a $50 Mr. Beer homebrew kit gifted to him by his wife. Slowly but surely, the hobby transformed into a lifestyle and brewing beers on his stove evolved into a jam-packed production facility producing a number of unique brews. John tells us how he combined his life as a beer geek with his life as a Star Wars geek to create his incredibly designed, Star Wars themed tap room which highlights the work of a number of local artists and adds to the incredible vibe you can only find in Wynwood.

Next, it’s on to Wynwood Brewing, Wynwood’s first brewery. Started by Luis G. Brignoni, Wynwood also incorporates local artists’ work into the design of the space. Luis invited local artist Lola Blue to design bottles for the brewery, further cementing the relationship between Wynwood art and its businesses. Wynwood has won a number of Great American Beer Festival medals and is aiming to churn out 12,000 barrels of beer this year thanks to help from the Craft Beer Alliance.

 

Brignoni made a deal with the CBA in which they would have a 24.5% stake in the company (the threshold for still being defined as "craft" by the Brewers Association) and in return, help grows the production and distribution of Wynwood Brewing brews. This has opened up their tanks, allowing Wynwood to be more creative with their in-house production.

If you’ve never been to Wynwood, you should give it a visit ASAP. Just listen to our Wynwood Guide, Robert William de los Rios from The RAW Project. But if you can’t, watch this episode of Foodable’s Beer Artisan for a journey through the art-driven neighborhood to learn more about its history and vibe.

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Foodable Labs Releases Miami's Top 25 Restaurant List

Foodable Labs Releases Miami's Top 25 Restaurant List

Hey there Miami! Did you miss us?

Foodable Labs is back to share the updated Miami Top 25 list. This compilation is based on a large consumer sample set and it has provided us with an exciting restaurant list that features 17 new spots to check-out.

What is great about Miami is the fact that it has something for every palate.

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Uber Eats— "...A Necessary Evil" ?

Uber Eats— "...A Necessary Evil" ?

Is the food delivery service market lopsided?

Apparently, it is. Or, at least, in Miami, where Uber Eats launched its delivery services in the summer of 2016.

“From some restaurants, [Uber Eats] takes a 33 percent cut,” reports “Miami New Times.” “And though other delivery services, such as Postmates, Amazon, and GrubHub, take a smaller percentage, many restaurant owners say Uber’s market share makes its service a must-have, whatever the cost.”

So what is it exactly about Uber Eats that makes some restaurant operators think it’s indispensable?

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Former Versace Mansion Pours 24 Karat Gold Margaritas in Its Onyx Bar

Former Versace Mansion Pours 24 Karat Gold Margaritas in Its Onyx Bar
  • Miami Beach's Versace Mansion has a storied past but its present is just as luxurious.

  • 24 karat gold tile line the pool at the Villa Casa Casuarina, matching the opulence of the double king beds found in the hotels many boutique suites.

The opulence of the Villa Casa Casuarina was established during its former existence as the Versace Mansion. But not even a fraction of the lavishness has been lost since it was purchased and transitioned into a boutique hotel by the Victor Hotels Group in 2013. The pool is embedded with thousands of gold tiles, the breezeways are dotted with intricate fountains, and in Gianni Versace's former kitchen there now lives a cozy bar, exclusive to guests of Gianni's, the hotel's private restaurant. 

Watch the episode above for some awe-inspiring views and mouth-watering cocktails that live up to the mansion's luxurious past. 

Cocktail No. 1: 24 Karat Golden Margarita

Recipe:

  • Allaire Aged Crystal Tequila
  • Grand Marnier
  • Lime juice
  • Simple syrup
  • Orange juice

Cocktail No. 2: Passion in the Mansion

Recipe:

  • Passion fruit infused vodka
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Citrusy infused syrup
  • Top with champagne
  • Garnish: Passion fruit seeds, dragon fruit

Cocktail No. 3: Julep Spoon of Cilantro

Recipe:

  • Cilantro
  • Organic agave nectar 
  • Angostura bitters 
  • Homemade spicy bitter  
  • Woodford Reserve Rye
  • Garnish: Hand full of cilantro
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Miamians Line Up for Artisanal Desserts at The Salty Donut in Wynwood

Miamians Line Up for Artisanal Desserts at The Salty Donut in Wynwood
  • Miami's The Salty Donut shop pours Chicago's Intelligentsia Coffee while serving up maple bacon desserts.

  • Hand-crafted, artisanal donuts fit in with the art scene found near Wynwood Walls.

The Salty Donut began as a mission to bring handcrafted, artisanal doughnuts to Miami. Owners Andy Rodriguez and Amanda Pizarro traveled across the country for these desserts and wondered why Miami didn’t have them.

“We realized that Miami is usually at the tail end of a lot of gastronomic trends and we just really wanted to do something that was for our city. Bring a little bit of culture that we didn’t have from other places around the country to our city...because I feel like Wynwood is part of the town, part of Miami that’s most accepting to kind of different things,” Rodriguez said.

Prior to having their storefront, “Salty,” as it is affectionately known, was trying to keep up with their customers' insatiable demands from a pop-up truck. Even now that they have been able to move into their storefront, The Salty Donut regularly has lines stretching down the street and often sells out of doughnuts before the business day is done — not surprising, due to its widely varied consumer base.

“I think we’ve got kids [who] are super trendy and kinda fashion-forward. I think we’ve got, you know, grandmas and grandpas that are 80 years old that come in and get our doughnuts,” Rodriguez added.

With quirky items like the pancetta, cheddar, and cornbread cake doughnuts and classics like the traditional glazed buttermilk, Salty offers a treat for every flavor profile. The menu is thanks in part to veteran pastry chef and The Salty Donut Executive Pastry Chef Max Santiago. With his 20 years of experience, Chef Santiago can change his menu regularly.

“Whenever anyone asks me, ‘You do just doughnuts?’ I don’t do just doughnuts, I do desserts,” he said.

And those desserts are just as pleasing to the eye as they are to the stomach. As customers walk in to satisfy their doughnut craving, many can’t help but stop to snap a shot for Instagram or Facebook.

Watch this episode of REACH Miami to see what all the fuss is about at The Salty Donut.

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Liquor Sales Ban May Impact This Major Tourist Destination

Liquor Sales Ban May Impact This Major Tourist Destination

On Wednesday, Miami Beach Mayor, Philip Levine, announced he is running for governor of Florida. The news comes as residents of the popular tourist destination are to vote on the politicized and polarizing Ocean Drive liquor referendum proposal on Nov. 7.

The measure would require businesses located between 5th and 15th street along Ocean Drive to stop alcohol sales after 2 a.m. Currently, sales are allowed until 5 a.m at the beachfront destination.

This week, on Halloween Day, a group against the 2 a.m. Alcohol Sales Ban— mostly hospitality industry professionals— gathered outside City Hall to protest the ban. Many cite possible job layoffs and the inability to make enough income.

Miami Beach commissioners were scheduled to discuss the Florida International University (FIU) Ocean Drive study on Oct. 31, which was funded by the City of Miami Beach. The agenda was postponed to be discussed on Dec. 13, well over a month after residents vote for or against the ban.

As reported by "Miami Herald," “The decision to approve the $85,000 study by FIU’s Metropolitan Center came just days before the beginning of early voting and three weeks before Election Day, Nov. 7.”

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Small Kingdoms: The Pubbelly Boys and Their Culinary Empire in Miami

Small Kingdoms: The Pubbelly Boys and Their Culinary Empire in Miami

We are well-aware that being an operator with just one concept isn’t easy. Then it often takes years of hard work, blood, sweat and tears to expand to a culinary empire with several concepts. 

Foodable’s Small Kingdoms series highlights the restaurant groups, whether they are emerging or well-established. with multiple successful concepts in one specific area.

The Pubbelly Group is based in Miami and has three founding partners. Often referred to as the Pubbelly Boys, Chef José Mendín, Andreas Schriner, and Sergio Navarro– have a Small Kingdom of restaurants in South Florida that foodies, especially those that love pork, can’t get enough of.

Pubbelly Noodle Bar, Pubbelly Sushi, Pawn Broker, PB Ysla, and even the Food Republic, a restaurant which is on Norwegian Cruise Lines­– are all operated by the Pubbelly Boys.

We decided to sit down with Chef José Mendín to learn what it takes to create multiple thriving concepts and what advice he has for inspiring restaurateurs.

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Chef Diego Oka Makes his NYC Restaurant Debut

Chef Diego Oka Makes his NYC Restaurant Debut

The beloved Miami chef Diego Oka is making a move to New York City!  But don’t worry Miamians– it’s only temporary!

Oka will be showing off his culinary mastery at pop-up event at the Restaurant Asiate from October 2 to 6. Chef Oka has dazzled diners at the restaurant La Mar at the Mandarin Oriental in Miami, but for five days he will be bringing Peruvian flavors to Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City. 

During the first week of October, Oka’s cuisine will be presented through a four-course lunch and a six-course dinner.

So what will Oka be serving up to lucky NYC diners?

Some of the dishes on the pop-up menu include the Arroz la Mar, which is wok-prepared aji panca, aji amarillo, scallops and jumbo shrimp topped with criolla sauce and huancaina; the Cebiche Elegante, which is fluke, lobster, sea urchin in a spicy leche de tigre, choclo, cancha and sweet potato; and the Chica Morada Sorbet, which is Peruvian purple corn infused with cinnamon and cloves, served with Pisco. 

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How These Restaurants are Making Extra $$$ on Saturday’s Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight Night

How These Restaurants are Making Extra $$$ on Saturday’s Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight Night

Saturday night is often one of the busiest evenings for restaurants, but this Saturday boxing fans may be opting to stay home to watch one of the most anticipated boxing matches in history. 

The highlight of the evening is the Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Conor McGregor fight at 8:55 p.m. The broadcast starts at 6 p.m. on Showtime with a 10-round cruiserweight fight between Andrew Tabiti and former champion Steve Cunningham prior to the Mayweather and McGregor fight.  

The national anthem will be sung by pop star Demi Lovato and each boxer certainly knows how to make an entrance. For example, Justin Bieber has accompanied Mayweather in the past. So it’s safe to say, this is kind of of a big deal.

While some diners will be hosting parties on their own, others (who may not have Showtime at home) will be visiting restaurants that are hosting boxing events, airing the fight for theirs guests.

Want to see what restaurants in your area are showing the fight? Joe Hand Promotions outlines the viewing areas by zip code.  

How popular do restaurants that have viewing parties really get? Apparently, it’s not uncommon for it to get packed.

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