Learn How to Make Nikki Beach's Most Popular Cocktail for #NationalRumDay

In honor of National Rum Day, the luxury beach club Nikki Beach is offering their most popular cocktail for half off.

Nikki Beach Daybeds

Yes. You guessed it.

It’s the mojito. The cocktail will be available all-day for just $7.

Nikki Beach Mojito

But what’s a mojito without a lively atmosphere?

This popular Miami Beach destination combines the elements of music, dining, entertainment, fashion, film and art into one. With its Southern French style, iconic white day beds, and lively DJs and dancers, Nikki Beach is sure to surpass expectations.

In case you’re not in Miami, but would still like to enjoy a Nikki-Beach style mojito, here’s what you need:

Ingredients:

  • Mint
  • Sugar
  • Lime
  • Rum
  • Club Soda

Instructions:

  • Muddle the mint, sugar and lime together
  • Rum and ice are then added and shaken
  • Top your drink with club soda and fresh mint leaves

Cheers!

#HappyNationalRumDay

Stadiums Are Amping-Up their #FoodGame

Stadiums Are Amping-Up their #FoodGame

In some ways, once football season begins, the stadium becomes the second home of a dedicated football fan. Traditionally, it’s a place where family and friends gather together to cheer on their favorite team to victory, but some would argue that good food and beverage make up a big component of a positive game-day experience as it is watching the home team win.

As consumers become increasingly immersed into food culture they are demanding better quality food and diverse choices throughout the restaurant industry— football concession stands are no different and feel the same pressures from fans.

At the Hard Rock Stadium, choices beyond hot dogs, burgers, and fries are available in multiple floor levels with local restaurants and recognized chefs flocking over to Miami Gardens to showcase their selections.

However, because Miami is so diverse, it only makes sense that transplant concepts, like Fuku— a fast-casual concept featuring spicy fried chicken from New York’s popular Momofuku Group — would also be featured at the stadium.


Fuku at Hard Rock Stadium is celebrity chef David Chang’s first venture into South Florida, but it’s the third time he opens one of his fast casual concepts inside an establishment that features sporting events (Fuku can also be found inside Citi Field stadium and Madison Square Gardens arena in New York).

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Dade Night Dining: The Most Romantic Restaurants to Visit in Miami

Dade Night Dining: The Most Romantic Restaurants to Visit in Miami

Summer date nights shouldn’t conform to the four corners of a $39 prix fixe menu; especially when Miami has a plethora of restaurants that serve affordable food– with a complementary side of romance. 

Isn’t there nothing more disappointing than taking your date to a “froufrou” steakhouse only to discover you’ll have to choose between chicken or fish. Save the embarrassment and your Amex by trying one of these eateries that are sure to set the mood. 

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Miami Spice is Back and Here Are the Restaurants on the Foodable Top 25 List That Are Participating

It’s summertime and the livin' is easy in South Florida, except for the fact that it’s blazingly hot and humid. Fortunately, August isn’t only one of the hottest months of the year in terms of the weather. It also happens to be one of the hottest months for the restaurant scene.

Why is that? It’s because Miami Spice begins August 1st!

This is a two month-long restaurant promotion, where the best restaurants in the city offer three-course meals at significantly reduced prices. Lunch or brunch is about $23 and dinner is $39.

It’s definitely a great time to try those pricier restaurants that you have never been to and have been dying to try.

Not to mention, restaurants in downtown Miami’s city aren’t the only ones participating. Many restaurants in different Dade county cities, including north Miami, Aventura, Doral, Coral Gables, and much more are serving Miami Spice menus.

Not sure which restaurants to visit? Well, we are here to help! 

Foodable’s Miami Top 25 Restaurants ranking, pulled from Foodable Labs social data, highlights the local gems that local foodies can’t get enough of. Through Social Restaurant Visits, we are able to track which restaurants are getting the most social traction and foot traffic. 

For example, Yardbird saw the highest daily average of SRVs at 25.6 and had 793.6 SRVs total for the month of July. We will be measuring how the SRVs fluctuate during the Miami Spice months. 

Several others Miami Top 25 restaurants that continue to land on our list are participating in Miami Spice! Check out the map below to see the many restaurants that have made it on our coveted Top 25 ranking.

We also decided to revisit the restaurants that we have delicious footage from and to take a look at some of the best restaurants heating things up and getting (Miami) spicy during August and September.

La Mar by Gaston Acurio 

This waterfront restaurant known for its Peruvian fare with Andean and Asian flavors landed at No. 1 on our last Miami Top 25 Restaurant ranking. Located at the chic Mandarin Oriental in Brickell, the restaurant will be serving a Miami Spice lunch menu from Monday to Saturday and a Miami Spice dinner menu from Monday to Thursday.

Some of the lunch menu items include the Tiradito Bachiche, an appetizer featuring scallops in 22-month aged parmesan cheese with leche de tigre, basil oil, garlic chips and fake fish skin and the Cachetes de Ternera, an entrée with veal cheeks, aji panca, chicha morada sauce, lima beans, mushrooms, and roasted cippolini onions. The dessert is the Paleta de Lucuma, which is ice cream made with “Peruvian’s favorite fruit.”

As for the dinner menu, it has the same items as the lunch items mentioned, but diners also have two options not on the lunch time menu.

There’s the Paiche Charapa an appetizer with amazon anticuchera, banana tacacho (traditional banana garnish from the Peruvian amazon), smoked bacon, sachaculantro chutney and the Picante de Mariscos entrée, which is a sea food stew with creamy spicy aji amarillo, golden potatoes, botija olives, and quail egg. The dinner Miami Spice menu also has a different dessert option, the La Pina, which is coconut ice cream with dulce de leche foam, ginger jelly and orange sauce.

27 Restaurant & Bar

If you are looking to indulge in some elevated American fare, the No. 2 Top 25 Miami eatery, 27 Restaurant & Bar is also participating in the Miami Spice program.

Located at the hip Freehand, this eatery is only serving a Miami Spice dinner menu that is available from Monday to Thursday and also on Sunday.

The current posted Miami Spice menu gives you a choice of one of the three appetizer options, one of the three entrée options, and one of the three dessert options.

To give you a taste of the menu, you can pick the Lamb Ribs appetizer, which is a Denver Co Lamb, with pomegranate molasses, and pickled cauliflower. For an entrée, you can get the Daily Catch of the day with coconut-curry broth, ancient grains, and avocado. Then to finish the meal off, there is a delicious warm brownie as a dessert option.

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

Arguably one of the best Miami restaurants in town, this Top 25 Miami Restaurant list veteran, is another American eatery serving a Miami Spice Menu through September 30.

Chef, owner and James Beard Award winner Michael Schwartz has created a menu made up of locally sourced comfort food and unforgettable desserts. The menu also changes daily and the restaurant hasn’t announced its Miami Spice menu, probably because it will likely change several times.

So if you are looking to be surprised and to get some drool-worthy food porn pics, Michael’s Genuine is the place. Also, there is an impressive Happy Hour menu available from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Bar with bar snacks, oysters, cocktails and wine.

The Forge

Another Top 25 Miami Restaurant veteran, The Forge is a swanky restaurant serving upscale New American farm-to-table fare. Its executive chef Julia Doyne has created a 65-item menu and some of the items have made its way on the Miami Spice menu.

The Forge has only a Miami Spice dinner menu, but it’s available every day of the week. Some of the options include the Wild Mushroom Ravioli, an appetizer with goat cheese and green asparagus. Diners can also pick from entrees like the Canadian Salmon with lemon potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, topped with a smoked paprika vinaigrette, or the Petite Filet Mignon with bbq rub, collard greens, smashed red bliss potatoes, and smoky jus, or the King Crab Risotto with summer corn and black garlic.

For chocolate lovers, there’s a Grasshopper Chocolate Lava Cake with mint chocolate chip ice cream and cocoa nib soil.

Check out some of the other restaurants participating in Miami Spice below!

Want more? Since we have the inside scoop in the Miami food scene, we will be releasing more data following the Miami Spice program. Stay tuned for details about which Miami Spice restaurants got the most social traction during August and September. 

Make the Most of Your Sunday Funday with Mina’s Mediterraneo's Brunch

Make the Most of Your Sunday Funday with Mina’s Mediterraneo's Brunch

Brunch has become weekend sacrament and the hallmark of our Sunday Fundays.

However, determining where to “brunch” is often passionately debated within our group chats and text message exchanges. One must not only please the palate with unique vittles, but also maintain an endless stream of mimosas.

For those who seek diversity with their side of bacon, Mina’s Mediterraneo is the brunch you’ve been hunting for.

This eclectic eatery located in Miami’s upper eastside serves a medley of Mediterranean cuisine with novel combinations of Egyptian, Middle Eastern, Italian, French and Turkish flavors.

The hearty dishes are representative of the owner’s heritage, which channel her grandmother’s recipes. The dining room’s open-format is reminiscent of a family room,  with that nostalgic comfort akin to your mother’s kitchen table.

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The Most Loved Pizza Brand MOD Pizza Expands to Florida

The Most Loved Pizza Brand MOD Pizza Expands to Florida

 The fast casual pizza market in Florida is about to get more competitive because MOD Pizza is planning on opening four locations in 2017. Even before the first stores are opened, the brand is planning to expand in the state with more stores in 2018.

BBX Capital announced this week that the first location will be in Parkland and it is expected to open in late September at 7171 N. State Road 7.

To celebrate, the store will be donating 100% of all pizza sales on its opening day to a local non-profit.

"MOD Pizza is the original superfast pizza experience and has already established itself as a leader across the country. MOD Pizza also has a presence in the U.K.,” said Jarett Levan, president of BBX Capital in a press release. “We look forward to opening our first MOD store in Parkland and introducing the local market and the state of Florida to this great fast-casual pizza experience." 

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Miami’s First Beach Chair Food Delivery Is Here: Q&A With EazyO App Founder Brett Benza

Miami’s First Beach Chair Food Delivery Is Here: Q&A With EazyO App Founder Brett Benza

The new EazyO app is changing the way people enjoy beach days in Miami. The city’s first beach chair food delivery service is now offering customers the opportunity to order lunch, beverages and cocktails conveniently from their cellphones for delivery directly to their beach/pool chair or towel.

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Ella’s Oyster Bar: The New Pearl of Little Havana

Ella’s Oyster Bar: The New Pearl of Little Havana

Calle Ocho is a must-see in Miami, known for its cultural flavor and it’s rich in Latin American heritage. The clanking of tiles and bongos can be heard from Domino Park, all the while nearby tourists can be found with hand-muddled mojitos in their grip. The unique neighborhood is the home to an array of family-owned food markets, local artwork and the best Cuban bread under the sun.

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Izzy's Fish and Oyster Dives into Fort Myers

Izzy’s Fish and Oyster, a Miami Beach staple, is packing up its clams and digging into the west coast.  

Named after Chef and Partner Jamie DeRosa’s daughter, Izzy’s is a little piece of New England right here in the sunshine state. The menu features New England Clam Chowder, Lobster Rolls and handmade Whoopie pies– all of which transport you to the Cape and remind you of when times were more simple. The opening of Izzy’s second location was celebrated with fanfare, but as DeRosa says opening isn’t always as simple as it sounds.

Using his experience from his past restaurant openings, DeRosa has been able to successfully navigate the waters of opening a new location. “Having the concept similar here to Miami is important, but we also have embraced the local market here with the farms and the seafood and the local Gulf shrimp that we’re bringing in and the local Gulf crab meat,” said Chef DeRosa. Knowing the difference between the Miami market and Ft. Meyers market played a big role in how they opened. For example in Miami, restaurants often keep things under wraps until the great unveiling but in Fort Myers the Izzy’s team invited neighbors and friends into see and be a part of the process.

interior of the new Izzy's Fish and Oyster
opening day food prep
opening day smiles

On opening day, it was clear to anyone watching the team work how much love went into settling into the new Ft. Meyer’s restaurant.

DeRosa's advice for anyone trying to open their own space? “Make sure you have the right space, the right location, the right team and you know, financially you’ve got to be very well prepared for delays, for construction, for permitting, and for carrying costs. But most importantly you just have to make sure you love what you do.”

Learn more about both Izzy’s Miami and Izzy’s Fort Myers and all the delicious bites they’re serving up!

BRAVA By Brad Kilgore Is Proving Art and Cuisine Go Hand In Hand

BRAVA By Brad Kilgore Is Proving Art and Cuisine Go Hand In Hand

If you’ve been paying any attention to Miami as of late, then you’ve probably noticed that the city was once known predominately for its beautiful beaches and electric nightclub scene, is quickly solidifying its reputation as a vibrant cultural mecca.   

Fortunately for restaurateurs, with great art, theater and cinema, also comes the demand exceptional cuisine. That’s why it comes as no surprise that when Brad Kilgore, Food & Wine Magazine’s 2016 Best New Chef in America, was offered the role of culinary director for a fine dining restaurant located at the center of Miami’s arts district, at the peak of his career, he jumped at the opportunity.

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