September 21, 2017

Copetin :: Toronto

Toronto's Copetin has a buzz and a cool vibe. And, more importantly, the food is bursting with flavour and every dish is exciting in a different way.
September 7, 2017

Zen Restaurant :: Toronto

Zen Restaurant in Toronto aims to preserve the culture of Japanese cuisine, providing excellent service and beautifully prepared dishes using fresh, unique ingredients. It exceeded our expectations and lit up my umami sensors.
August 23, 2017

Montgomery’s Restaurant :: Toronto

Montgomery's Restaurant has steadily become known by those "in the know", featuring Canadian dishes with local ingredients, many sourced from the Mennonite community.
August 16, 2017

Dizengoff :: Miami

Dizengoff in Wynwood, Miami serves simple, elevated food at affordable prices. Their freshly made hummus and tahini are creamy and dreamy.
August 11, 2017

El Rey Mezcal Bar :: Toronto

El Rey Mezcal Bar in Toronto serves well-curated drinks and fun Mexican bar snacks in a cheerful environment.
August 10, 2017

Dashi :: Miami

Dashi in Miami's River Yacht Club serves beautifully presented dishes that tempt all the senses with equally beautiful views. I don’t think you will be disappointed!
August 4, 2017

Mandarin Oriental Hotel :: Milan

At the Mandarin Oriental in Milan all your senses will be pampered in this sumptuous, prestigious and stylish hotel.
August 4, 2017

Seta :: Milan

Seta is one of Milan's best dining destinations. It sets the bar high, with original, conceptual Italian dishes that not only look stunning, they also taste it.
August 3, 2017

Ristorante Cocchi :: Parma

Dining at Ristorante Cocchi in Parma may have been my favourite meal in Italy this year. It was a sumptuous experience in regional cuisine. It exceeded my wildest expectations.
August 2, 2017

Metamorfosi :: Rome

Metamorfosi in Rome delivers an exceptionally good meal of fusion cuisine with an eclectic, international feel. It's a special restaurant in every respect. Highly recommend.
August 1, 2017

JK Kitchen :: Capri

JK Kitchen Restaurant & Terrace in Capri delivers a level of luxury, charm, style and attention to detail that creates a truly special evening.
August 1, 2017

Skippa Restaurant :: Toronto

Using the best ingredients and some serious skills, Skippa in Toronto is a success story about how hard work can pay off. Each course had a different layering of flavours.
July 27, 2017

Osteria Francescana :: Modena

Osteria Francescana in Modena, IT serves modern Italian cuisine in a sophisticated setting. It's the ultimate stage for Chef Massimo to showcase his supreme talent.
July 19, 2017

Ristorante Berton :: Milan

I have never seen such a beautifully designed, chic restaurant in Italy before as Ristorante Berton in Milan.
July 17, 2017

Dry :: Milan

Dry is a contemporary spot in Milan with a unique combination of pizza and mixology. It became so popular they added a second location.
July 16, 2017

Hosteria Giusti :: Modena

Hosteria Giusti in Modena, Italy is very authentic, focusing on regional and classical dishes of pure Emilia cuisine. We were truly enamored with this delightful spot.
July 14, 2017

Ristorante Da Danilo :: Modena

Da Danilo in Modena, Italy is a family run restaurant where the food is made the same way as it was 50 years ago. It's an unexpected surprise.
July 13, 2017

Ristorante Da Giacomo :: Milano

I know when I book Ristorante Da Giacomo in Milano I will always get a consistently good meal. It is an old Milanese trattoria that is tried and true with a kitchen that is well-executed.
July 4, 2017

Sud Forno :: Toronto

Everything is extremely fresh at Sud Forno in Toronto. One fabulous treat is the bombolini, an Italian sugar donut with fillings of Nutella or crema.
July 2, 2017

La Palma Restaurant :: Toronto

Toronto's La Palma is a new fun restaurant with respectable food. The menu is Italian at heart with a California sensibility.
July 1, 2017

Estia :: Toronto

Estia is Toronto's new "it" restaurant of the moment. The emphasis is on fresh, simple, uncomplicated dishes, that are cooked well. And really, isn’t this just what people are looking for? The restaurant is chic, and sophisticated with a hip vibe.
June 28, 2017

Gabriel Kreuther :: New York

If you go to Gabriel Kreuther in New York be prepared to be wowed. The chef presents inspired tasting menus in an impressive setting.
June 20, 2017

Motel Morris :: New York

Motel Morris in New York Motel is not a motel, it's a restaurant in Chelsea with an ode to the 1960's motel culture.
June 19, 2017

Augustine :: New York

Augustine restaurant in New York is stunning. You would never know it just opened in November of 2016. It looks like it is right out of Belle Époque Paris.
June 14, 2017

Avra Madison Estiatorio :: New York

Avra Madison Estiatorio in New York is a new "it" restaurant serving upscale traditional Greek cuisine, conveniently located across from Barney's and the shops on Madison Avenue.
June 14, 2017

Eleven Madison Park :: New York

The meal was indulgence – a culinary adventure that was expertly served in a magnificent art deco setting. Everything that adorned the plates was thoughtfully conceived and gorgeously executed.
June 12, 2017

Bake Shoppe :: Toronto

The Bake Shoppe in Toronto will make you happy and nostalgic, and provide comfort that makes you want to buy all these scrumptious creations.
June 11, 2017

Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva :: Phoenix

Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva offers refined tasting menus and a la carte dishes featuring carefully sourced ingredients, and bold flavours, some dishes using more than twenty varieties of chilies.
June 11, 2017

Match Restaurant and Cocktails :: Phoenix

Located in the new Found:Re Boutique Hotel, Match Cuisine and Cocktails was on Phoenix Magazine list of promising Valley restaurants. But less than 6 months in, this attractive restaurant had already lost its chef, ouch!
June 11, 2017

Fat Ox :: Scottsdale

A restaurant that has been generating a lot of buzz in Scottsdale is Fat Ox, a mega restaurant that opened in November 2016 at 6316 North Scottsdale Road under the leadership of Chef Matt Carter, previously of Zinc Bistro and The Mission.
June 8, 2017

Binkley’s :: Phoenix

Dining at Binkley's in Phoenix was one of my most memorable experiences that I won't soon forget. Without a doubt, it is the best restaurant in the city.
June 8, 2017

Lavelle : Toronto

The views are wonderful and the music is chill – relax in a cabana or a day bed, and order bottle service. If you don't travel or have a cottage, this is a nice little refuge from the maddening crowd, and it is right in the city.
June 5, 2017

Gloria :: New York

One of the things I love about New York is that are no shortage of wonderful little neighborhood restaurants everywhere you look. One such gem, new to the scene is Gloria.
May 31, 2017

Rotisserie Georgette :: New York

Georgette Frakas has herself a great brassiere that serves French fare, and serves it to a well-heeled upper east side crowd. As the New York Post said, "it is something to cluck about".
May 30, 2017

Tratto :: Phoenix

Chris Bianco, the James Beard award-winning chef, who has a national reputation for pizza has himself another winner, with his newest venture, Tratto in Phoenix, AZ.
May 28, 2017

Virtu Honest Craft :: Scottsdale

Virtu Restaurant, in Scottsdale, opened four years ago in 2013. That same year they were named Best New Restaurants in America by Esquire Magazine and they have also received a James Beard nomination. I thought I needed to check out the place and see for myself.
May 25, 2017

Ocotillo Restaurant :: Phoenix

Ocotillo in Phoenix is the quintessential modern Arizona eatery. They are a new gold standard, capturing the hearts of locals and tourists alike.
May 22, 2017

Canis :: Toronto

All the dishes at Canis in Toronto have simple descriptions on the menu, but when you receive the food you see how complex each dish is, with many components to them.
May 20, 2017

Lobster Sea Grille :: Miami

I am not exaggerating when I say that the lobster at Lobster Sea Grille in Miami is the best damn lobster I have had in eons. My table all raved about the quality and execution.
May 20, 2017

Lake Inez :: Toronto

One of the reasons I think Lake Inez in Toronto is jam packed and so popular is the hands on approach of the owners, who constantly come by to see how everything is going.
May 16, 2017

Atlas Restaurant :: Toronto

Doug Penfold's new Toronto restaurant, Atlas, features dishes inspired by the his travels to Morocco and the Atlas Mountains. The cuisine presents a rich tapestry of spices and herbs, textures and tastes.
May 15, 2017

La Banane :: Toronto

Since returning to Toronto from Miami, one of my most anticipated new restaurant openings has been La Banane. In a few short months it has become Toronto's "it" restaurant.
May 9, 2017

Grey Gardens :: Toronto

Toronto's Grey Gardens is fresh, seasonal and creative. A neighbourhood place where you can drop by for a drink and snacks, or stay for dinner.
May 1, 2017

Bar Ape :: Toronto

Bar Ape uses refined recipes and serve an artisanal, handcrafted from scratch, gelato bar. The flavours are intense and the mouth feel is sinfully creamy.
May 1, 2017

Flora Bar :: New York

The Upper East Side crowd gets to feast on bold flavours and textures with unique interpretations of dishes. The plates are small, but inventive and elevated with a complexity that isn't expected.
April 28, 2017

Valentino Italian Cucina :: Ft. Lauderdale

At Valentino Italian Cucina in Ft. Lauderdale Chef Giovanni creates expertly prepared Italian dishes with a modern twist using fresh, high-quality ingredients in all that he prepares.
April 26, 2017

Rina and Alice :: Jerusalem

Jerusalem Chefs Rina and Alice have created a tasty and inventive menu in their modern and cozy restaurant. We were happy to have this option on a Saturday afternoon in Jerusalem.
April 25, 2017

Forte dei Marmi :: Miami

At Forte dei Marmi in Miami they go to great lengths to bring you the flavours of the Amalfi coast, using high-quality ingredients, exceptional regional specialties and inventive Italian cooking in a beautifully presented in a relaxed and vibrant setting.
April 18, 2017

Harry’s Char Broil & Dining Lounge :: Toronto

Harry's Char Broil & Dining Lounge in Toronto is like stepping back in time, I felt I was entering a greasy spoon from the 60's.
April 17, 2017

Mashya Restaurant :: Tel Aviv

The emphasis is on freshness, combined with high quality ingredients and sophisticated cooking techniques. The dishes are creative and showcase a modern cuisine focusing on Moroccan and Mediterranean influences.
April 16, 2017

The Norman Hotel :: Tel Aviv

The Norman Hotel is elegant and sophisticated and the staff is courteous, respectful and well-trained. It offers 24-hour concierge service, high-end interiors, and great personalized customer service. A stunning new addition to central Tel Aviv.
April 13, 2017

Brothers Food and Wine :: Toronto

The emphasis is on fresh, local, simply prepared food. The menu changes on a whim, so you may not find a favourite dish again but you will certainly be surprised and pleased at the offerings.
April 10, 2017

Tatel :: Miami

Tatel's opening in Miami has been eagerly awaited by many. After all, global superstars and restaurant partners Rafael Nadal and Enrique Iglesias, and basketball star, Pau Gasol, are ambassadors for the Spain-based project, along with business entrepreneurs Abel Matutes and Manuel Campos Guallar. The first Tatel restaurant has become one of the trendiest restaurants in Madrid.
April 9, 2017

Turkiz Restaurant :: Tel Aviv

Turkiz is a lovely restaurant with a creative menu of fabulous food. Of course, the highlights here are unquestionably fish and seafood creations. The name, "Turkiz" means, "turquoise", which is perfect for the spot, and since opening in 1991 they've been really packing them in.
April 7, 2017

Plant Food and Wine :: Miami

It is simply amazing what the kitchen can do with fruits, vegetables, nuts, seed, flowers and seaweed. Is it for everyone? No, but you will get an unexpected array of foods you never thought possible made with masterpiece presentations in a tranquil oasis.
April 5, 2017

Le Sirenuse at the Surf Club Four Seasons :: Miami

Now here's the perfect combination – Miami's Four Seasons Surf Club and iconic restaurant Le Sirenuse from famed Positano, Italy have partnered together.
April 3, 2017

Estefan Kitchen :: Miami

It took great pains to write this review because I love Gloria Estefan. Emilio was in the house when we were here, and you can see how nicely he treats his staff. I also love the idea of marrying food and music, as long as both are excellent.
March 27, 2017

HaSalon :: Tel Aviv

Chef Eyal is known for his flair at each of his restaurants but HaSalon epitomizes his philosophy of fresh food of the highest quality. The experience is a combination of texture, smell, taste and proper execution.
March 22, 2017

Bakehouse Brasserie :: Miami

The selection is outstanding at Bakehouse Brasserie in Miami. Everything is made fresh each morning and tastes amazing. I couldn't be happier, who doesn't love brunch?
March 20, 2017

Popina Restaurant :: Tel Aviv, Israel

Everything about Popina in Tel Aviv is experience driven: from the ingredients to the immaculate plating and modernist methods. Choose a variety of dishes to taste all the flavours and cooking styles. It was definitely my best meal in Israel.
March 17, 2017

Pierchic Restaurant :: Dubai

Pierchic Restaurant in Dubai is surely one of the most romantic restaurants you will find. It is situated at the end of a long wooden pier with captivating views across the Arabian Gulf.
March 15, 2017

La Petite Maison :: Miami

There's a buzz to La Petite Maison in Miami. The place exudes luxury, charm and style. They've really gone to great lengths in terms of hospitality, bringing in staff from the Dubai and London locations to assist the opening. If they can just refine the food, the discriminating clientele will return in droves.
March 11, 2017

Abraxas Tzafon :: Tel Aviv

Abraxas Tzafon is a unique, innovative and really fun spot. Everything we ate was absolutely given thought to in terms of flavour and presentation. Expect well-executed dishes, served in a relaxed atmosphere.
March 9, 2017

Armani Hotel :: Dubai

The first hotel from fashion designer Giorgio Armani resides in the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, in the heart of downtown Dubai. You couldn't ask for a better location with direct access to the world's largest shopping mall.
February 25, 2017

Sarsaparilla Club :: Miami

The vibrant menu showcases farm fresh, conscientiously-sourced, truly soul-nurturing dishes. This one is worth a visit. The chefs' passion and creative expression is reflected in their cooking.
February 23, 2017

Stanzione 87 :: Miami

The pizza at Stanzione 87 in Miami cooks in an Italian wood burning oven in under 90 seconds. The pie is soft, elastic, tender and fragrant with a sauce that tastes perfect.
February 21, 2017

The Restaurant Commandments by Alan Richman

Loving Alan Richman's 30 commandments for making restaurants—and any dining-out experience—better in GQ. Spot on! Check them out here.
February 17, 2017

Art Wynwood :: Miami

Art Wynwood has returned to Miami for its sixth edition. The fair features diverse artwork from galleries around the world. The five-day fair will continue through February 20th, 2017.
February 16, 2017

Cream Parlor :: Miami

At Miami's Cream Parlor expect generous hospitality, by owners who believe in their business, their community and their patrons, in a quaint, well priced, and inviting mom and pop operation. They are bringing their unique sense of style and favourite home recipes and serving them up all day long in their cozy environment.
February 15, 2017

Bazaar Mar :: SLS Brickell, Miami

Bazaar Mar by Jose Andres at SLS Brickell offers a vibrant overwhelming mix of sophisticated and whimsical cuisine, in a playful, Mediterranean interior. The emphasis is on fresh fish from local and Caribbean waters. It is a meal to remember.
February 13, 2017

Bal Harbour Anniversary Celebration :: Miami

Bal Harbour celebrated in style on February 12th, with over 2,000 people strong taking part to toast the 70th Anniversary of the village. It was the perfect night to come out and enjoy a special concert, party and fireworks right on the beach near the jetty behind the Ritz Carlton, Bal Harbour.
February 10, 2017

Tanuki :: Miami

Tanuki in Miami is lively, and colorful, with graffiti-covered walls, reclaimed wood and yellow leather banquets with blond wood tables and digital lights accenting a long wrap around bar. Samurai swords decorate the walls. The central focus of the room is a seven-foot statue of a Tanuki, a Japanese talisman said to bring good luck.
February 7, 2017

Cafe Roval :: Miami

Miami has a new "secret garden" – a romantic, lush oasis that doesn't feel like Miami but a little like Hawaii. Our evening was relaxed, intimate, and aesthetically appealing. They are open daily from 4pm till midnight and will soon be adding a Sunday brunch.
February 6, 2017

Blue Ribbon Sushi :: Miami

Blue Ribbon Sushi has a brand new spot inside the Plymouth Hotel at 336 21st Street in Miami. Here they will service the hotel with an all-day food and bar program as well as a poolside menu.
February 2, 2017

Pubbelly Sushi :: Brickell City Center, Miami

I am a big fan of the Pubbelly Group and in particular their sushi restaurant. I was happy to hear they were opening at the Brickell City Center at 701 South Miami Avenue. It is so refreshing to see malls like Bal Harbour and Brickell City Center opening quality restaurants.
January 31, 2017

Artisan Beach House :: Bal Harbour

At Artisan Beach House in Bal Harbour, Miami,say the food is rustic, but that's being modest. The dishes may read like comfort food but they are ambitious and infused with dynamic, energizing flavours.
January 26, 2017

A New Year in Miami PR – Social Miami & Miami Beach Woman’s Club

On January 25th, 2017 Melanie Cohen of Social Miami together with the Miami Beach Women's Club and Creative Edge Parties, hosted an event to celebrate "A New Year in Miami PR".
January 24, 2017

Mignonette Uptown :: Miami

Mignonette Uptown in Miami is no frills, straightforward, simple, quality seafood in a comfortable and laid back atmosphere. I am always excited about the birth of a new restaurant, especially under the capable hands of Chef Serfer.
January 24, 2017

Toscana Divino :: Miami

Miami's Toscana Divino offers a selection of traditional Tuscan and "moderna" fare. The dishes are unexpected and sophisticated. The chef believes in providing quality, flavour and freshness in the artisanal approach of "Fatto in Casa".
January 18, 2017

Ferraro’s Kitchen and Wine Bar :: Miami

On a whim, I decided to try a new spot that I had heard nothing about. Located at 1099 NE 79th Street is a hidden gem you may not have heard of but you will be glad that you are now. Ferraro's Kitchen and Wine Bar is sure to impress.
January 17, 2017

Luke’s Lobster :: Brickell City Centre

Luke's Lobster rolls in Brickell City Centre are the real deal, with ultra-fresh wild-caught Maine lobster. An exciting new addition to the Miami food scene, if you are a lobster fan it is not to be missed. The food made me hum, I will return!
January 15, 2017

Phuc Yea :: Miami

Phuc Yea was one of Miami's first pop-ups. It's since reopened in the trendy MiMo district. I would call the restaurant a mash-up of Vietnamese and bold Cajun flavours. The owners and staff were friendly and courteous and so it pains me to report I was not a big fan of the cuisine.
January 13, 2017

The Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary :: Miami

The Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary allows collectors, art connoisseurs and art world luminaries alike the opportunity to admire or acquire investment quality blue chip contemporary post-war works by International galleries.
January 10, 2017

Casa Gioia :: Miami

I recently discovered Casa Gioia (which translates to "house of joy") in Miami – my new favourite bakery for 2016/2017. Everything is truly exceptional, artisanal and unique. It's a new local treasure for me, "sharing joy one bite at a time".
January 10, 2017

Bar Mar :: Toronto (CLOSED)

Peruvian cuisine is among the most varied and best in the world. Each region has its own local culinary treasures depending on the climate and landscape, including influences from the indigenous population including the Incas as well as cuisines brought from Europe including Spain, Italy, and Germany. There can also be influences from Asia and West Africa as well.
January 9, 2017

Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami is the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida and the only tropical zoo in the US. It's crowd pleasing for the young or old alike and a delightful way to spend a day.
January 8, 2017

Shoushin Restaurant :: Toronto

Shoushin Restaurant in Toronto only uses the best, purest and most authentic ingredients. The chef's methods are very exacting and you can taste the difference, with wild caught fish and handmade wasabi.
January 7, 2017

Fantail Bakery & Café :: Toronto

Fantail Bakery & Café in Toronto has a warm comfortable atmosphere – it's a perfect neighborhood spot. It's family owned and operated by a New Zealand family.
January 6, 2017

Tarbell’s :: Pheonix, Arizona

Tarbell's in Pheonix, Arizona consistently serves good food and keeps me coming back time and time again. The chef has a solid grasp of new American favourites and puts an upscale spin on them.
January 5, 2017

SumoMaya :: Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale's SumoMaya was created by Chefs Matt Zdeb and Hisao Andy Suzuki. Together they celebrate cuisines of Mexico and Asia, with a unique seasonal fusion cuisine.
January 4, 2017

Cardon y El Tirano :: Miami

Cardon y El Tirano in Miami is creative, flavourful and eclectic. It's not all about the glitz like so many places, instead, it's modernizing the local food scene by bringing new, interesting choices to locals and tourists alike.
January 3, 2017

Via Emilia 9 :: Miami

Chef Cacciatori works magic at Via Emilia 9 in Miami, a little gem of a restaurant. The food is soulful and luscious. I love fresh pasta so I decided to go with a four-course pasta tasting.
January 3, 2017

Harbord Bakery :: Toronto

Harbord Bakery is an institution, one of the few left in Toronto. Shopping here is an experience, it makes you feel like you are a kid again. They make THE best challah in the city!
January 2, 2017

J&J BBQ :: Toronto

J&J BBQ in Toronto is dishing up some pretty amazing barbecue. Because of them, I might become a convert to this style of cooking, or even an addict! Their meats have light rubs, minimal sauce and lots of wood smoke flavour.
January 2, 2017

Tropical Chinese Restaurant :: Miami

What else does a Jew do on Christmas Day when everything else is closed? Go for Chinese food, natch! Tropical Chinese is the real deal. It's authentic Chinese cooking, where everything is hand-crafted from scratch, since 1984.
December 31, 2016

Brava :: Miami

Every dish at Chef Brad Kilgore's Brava in Miami is like a work of art. The menu is unique and authentic with elevated presentations, and the design is elegant with a sophisticated ambiance.
December 29, 2016

Bird and Bone :: Miami

We had dinner at the Bird and Bone, under the tutelage of Chef Richard Hales. He is the chef who also helms Blackbrick and Sakarya Kitchen. Hales' interpretation of American cuisine takes it to another level. I prefer this restaurant to Yardbird.
December 27, 2016

Paulie Gee’s :: Miami

Brooklyn's Paulie Gee's has come to Miami. The crust is thin, but not soggy, and nicely charred and tender, just the way I like it. Every month they collaborate with another restaurant to incorporate what they are known for into a pizza.
December 27, 2016

Anet Gesualdi Macarons :: Toronto

Anet Gesualdi Macarons in Toronto creates artisanal French macarons of the highest order. They are super fresh, with an amazing flavour profile and many unique rotating flavours.
December 26, 2016

People’s Eatery :: Toronto

People's Eatery in Toronto is fun, trendy and delicious! A great place to come with a few people so you can order lots of dishes. They are doing a bang up job with their diverse eclectic menu by Dustin Gallagher (a former Top Chef contestant).
December 25, 2016

Upland :: Miami

Upland Miami is an offshoot of the New York restaurant with the same name by restauranteur Stephen Starr and his Chef Justin Smillie of Il Buco. At Upland the food showcases Smillie's rustic/comfort food and seasonally influenced fare.
December 24, 2016

Olla :: Miami

Olla in Miami has only been open for two weeks as of writing this review and I think they are doing an excellent job here. The chef is Marcus Samuelsson. He was friendly and very welcoming, and let me tour his pristine kitchen. Boy, it's hot back there.
December 24, 2016

Barnsteiner’s :: Toronto

Consider Barnsteiner's in Toronto if you are in the mood for some home cooked food, but you don't feel like cooking. People who are intimidated by trendy restaurants, or menus where they can't find anything that they would dare try, this is your place.
December 23, 2016

Nichi’s Sweet Confections :: Miami

With the opening of Nichi's Sweet Confections, people in Bay Harbour, Bal Harbour, Surfside and North Miami can rejoice! There is finally a bakery serving delightful, made-from-scratch baked goods! It's really filled a void in the area (and in my stomach ...).
December 23, 2016

Leña Restaurante :: Toronto

Leña in Toronto is a recent venture by the O&B Group. Located in the new Saks 5th Ave, it's quite striking and sophisticated for a restaurant within a department store. They have many restaurants from Canoe, Auberge de Pommier, Jump, Luma, to the O&B Canteen.
December 22, 2016

Greta Solomon’s :: Toronto

Leslieville is a really cute area of Toronto, reminiscent of the West Village in New York. Once a seedy part of town, now interesting restaurants and stores are popping up everywhere. Another new addition to this area is Greta Solomon's.
December 21, 2016

Nadege Patisserie :: Toronto

At Nadege Patisserie all the pastry are like little jewels, beautifully crafted and showcased edible art. Toronto you will fall in love.
December 21, 2016

Daits Bar :: Toronto

Daits Bar is a new, truly unique food experience in Toronto. The dates are not only attractive looking, but feature a dynamic variety of notable flavour combinations. Treat yourself or someone special.
December 20, 2016

Chabrol Restaurant :: Toronto

Chabrol Restaurant in Toronto really feels like you are in a small Parisian bistro or wine bar. I am so happy to have the addition of this new place in the Yorkville area. They are packing them in and reservations are hard to come by, so book early.
December 20, 2016

Kinton Ramen :: Toronto

The first cold day in Toronto I immediately ran to Kinton Ramen on 396 Church Street. They have about 5-6 locations throughout Toronto and are part of the Guu and Kinka Family of restaurants. My favourite place is Ja Bistro.
December 20, 2016

Ja Bistro :: Toronto

Ja Bistro in Toronto has good dishes with a modern twist, served up in a beautiful but simple unpretentious manner. The fish is fresh and of high quality.
December 19, 2016

Noorden :: Toronto

Toronto's Noorden is the perfect spot for a light snack and drinks, or a full on dinner. The pop up will be closing when their lease comes up in mid 2018, but maybe we can convince them to move to another location.
December 17, 2016

Oh My Gosh Brigaderios :: Coral Gables, Miami

Located close to the Miracle Mile, "Oh My Gosh", is the perfect name for this Miami sweet shop because that is what you say when you will bite into your first brigadeiro.
December 13, 2016

Mina’s Mediterraneo :: Miami

I think people visit Mina's Mediterraneo because the staff is friendly, the garden is pretty and on Saturday's they have live entertainment. It is cheap and cheerful, but I also need great food to return ...
December 12, 2016

The Faena Forum :: Miami

Now Miami doesn't have to wait for its annual art week. The Faena Forum will host a wide range of happenings throughout the year within the absolutely dazzling 21-century cultural center.
December 7, 2016

Le Coq Rico :: New York

Le Coq Rico New York's poultry taste better than your average birds. They might just serve one of the best roast chickens this side of Paris.
December 6, 2016

Dôa :: Miami

For me "Dôa" means, "dead on arrival". Cool place, but you've got to upgrade the food and service. I am too old for this and was very disillusioned.
December 6, 2016

Ugo Rondinone’s Miami Mountain :: Art Basel

Day or night, Ugo Rondinone's Miami Mountain at Art Basel is an iconic, landmark installation.
December 5, 2016

Fendi Truck :: Art Basel, Miami

Fendi has arrived at Art Basel. If you head over to the Design District you can shop and selfie with Fendi's cherry red, customized three-wheeled Italian truck from the 1940's.
December 3, 2016

Paradigm Kitchen :: Miami

Miami's Paradigm Kitchen serves "clean soul food", and they serve it with a smile. It's no wonder when I visited during lunchtime the place was doing brisk business – the food is really good and crowd pleasing.
November 30, 2016

Great People Watching :: Art Basel 2016

Sometimes the live art is more interesting than the actual art.
November 30, 2016

SCOPE Miami Beach :: 2016

The 16th edition of emerging art fair, SCOPE Miami Beach has begun along with Miami Art Week. It's a lot of fun.
November 30, 2016

Art Miami :: 2016

Art Miami is the first week of December, showcasing significant art works from the 20th and 21st centuries by some of the world's most respected galleries.
November 29, 2016

Roselle Desserts :: Toronto

Everything I tried at Roselle Desserts in Toronto was outstanding. They make delicious French-inspired desserts, and as their slogan says, "desserts make you happy". Well their desserts certainly do!
November 28, 2016

Fi’lia :: Brickell, Miami

Fi'lia in Brickell, Miami is a play on the Italian word, "figlia", which means "daughter" – Chef Michael Schwartz two daughters. He has expanded his operations and opened this restaurant in partnership with the Related Group. It is located on the main floor of the SLS.
November 27, 2016

Diwan :: Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

Diwan in the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto has an elegant interior with floor to ceiling windows that fill the restaurant with natural light and look out onto a lovely patio and garden. The place was full on a Saturday lunch, so I suggest reservations on a weekend.
November 26, 2016

Nodo :: Toronto

St. Clair Ave West in Toronto is home to many neighborhood restaurants. A new one in the area is Nodo Hillcrest, located at 794 St. Clair Avenue West. This is Nodo's second location.
November 24, 2016

STK :: Toronto

STK in Toronto is a large, impressive, even sexy restaurant in the former Studio Cafe. This is a place to mingle, meet and greet.
November 23, 2016

Butter Avenue :: Toronto

Butter Avenue in Toronto brings sweet goodness to the neighbourhood. Brother/sister owners, Calvin and Tina are a passionate and dynamic duo.
November 23, 2016

Ji Restaurant :: Toronto

Ji Restaurant in Toronto calls itself an Indian gastropub-style food. They are aiming for a more casual take on Indian food. The menu is divided into sharing plates, buns and bowls.
November 18, 2016

Crudo :: Phoenix, Arizona

Crudo is Chef-Owner Cullen Campbell's imaginative eatery, serving small plates including his fabulous silky crudos. Phoenix seems to have quite a few restaurants located in strip malls, though it is unexpected to find an upscale restaurant that impresses.
November 17, 2016

Buca Yorkville :: Toronto

The food is never boring – it's truly unforgettable. When people ask me, what is my favourite restaurant in Toronto, Buca Yorkville is always on the top of my list. I am seriously impressed with the level of food, the knowledgeable and friendly staff, the high-end crowd and the remarkable creativity of the menu. Rob's food is a modern approach to dining without being gimmicky. Long live the king.
November 14, 2016

The Rolling Pin Bakery :: Toronto

The main thing is there is an astounding array of sweet retro treats that makes me nostalgic. Now I have a reason to drive north of Bloor so I can get me a fix and add some comfort as well. They take sweets to the next level.
November 14, 2016

Covina Restaurant :: New York

New York's Covina restaurant has a very casual vibe – a relaxed but nice atmosphere. Covina has a U-shaped bar, colourful banquette seating, and an open kitchen with a copper tiled pizza oven. Everything coming out of the kitchen is rather good, some of it even quite creative. The menu is a playful mix of a Cal- Med dishes.
November 12, 2016

Carisma Restaurant :: Toronto

I am always seeking out new restaurant spots and I forget to revisit some of my favourites. I am embarrassed to say that is has been years since I have been back to Carisma, but you would never know it from the warm greeting we received from owners, Margi and Michael Pagliaro..
November 11, 2016

The Candy Bar :: Toronto

The Candy Bar is one of the best sources of candy and chocolate in Toronto. They offer unique treats you won't find elsewhere. They offer a wide range of sugary delights, and you don't have to be a kid to love these sweet thrills and yummy goodness. It is overwhelming but I guarantee the shop will delight.
November 11, 2016

Zest Restaurant and Market :: Miami

We experienced a warm welcome from the minute we walked through the doors. Cindy's menu features a beautiful range of ethnically diverse and seasonally driven dishes that spotlight her culinary approach to global cuisine. Still, I could detect some of her signature Island flavours in many of the descriptions on the menu.
November 8, 2016

Rasa :: Toronto

The crowd is mostly young and hip, and there is a boisterous and energetic feel to it. The night I dined there, actress Jodie Foster was in the house too. I had been a couple of times when it first opened but I admit I hadn't been back in quite a while. I have to say even though I enjoyed it then, I think the kitchen has improved even more.
November 7, 2016

Rosen’s Cinnamon Buns :: Toronto

James Beard nominated journalist turned baker, Amy Rosen, spent months on end testing and perfecting the perfect cinnamon bun. Unsurprisingly, she's created a truly excellent product. The spirals of sticky, yet light and fluffy brioche pastry dough have the perfect crust on the bottom and are topped with a light glaze. I had mine right out of the oven, and Amy was there personally glazing my order.
November 5, 2016

Squish Candies :: Hudson’s Bay, Toronto

It is so easy to get addicted to this high-end candy. They also offer chocolate, licorice, marshmallows, hard candy and jelly beans. There are also bags of squish mixes. Know a good dentist? I do!
November 4, 2016

Foxley Bistro :: Toronto

Foxley Bistro remains as busy and beloved as ever because of the spot on execution of the dishes and the prices are moderate yet the food is so interesting. So even with all the competition on Ossington, Foxley's is here to stay.
November 2, 2016

Nota Bene Restaurant :: Toronto

Nota Bene is not only the best restaurant in the Entertainment district, it is one of Toronto's best restaurants. It always exceeds my expectations and has stood the test of time.
October 31, 2016

Glass and Vine :: Coconut Grove, FL

Glass and Vine in Coconut Grove was created by Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, a James Beard Award nominee and winner of the Food Network's show, Chopped, and Grove Bay Hospitality Group. The indoor/outdoor 200 seat restaurant is located in the heart of Peacock Park.
October 30, 2016

Casa D’Angelo :: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

The menu is quite large with unique takes on Tuscan-style cuisine, plus the waiters ramble off a number of nightly specials. The servers are polite, knowledgeable and provide great recommendations based on your preferences. Chef Angelo Elia still cooks in the kitchen and occasionally greets familiar guests.
October 28, 2016

Art Toronto 2016

Art Toronto 2016 features a carefully selected roster of Canadian and International modern and contemporary galleries. The show is on till October 31 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center.
October 28, 2016

Caren’s Rosedale :: Toronto

The restaurant offers a classic French cuisine like onion soup, bouillabaisse, mussels, steak tartare, duck confit, coquilles Saint-Jacques and herb crusted lamb. We were pleasantly surprised to have such a nice neighborhood spot that was so deliciously satisfying.
October 27, 2016

Park Restaurant :: Montreal

For me, the restaurant was hit and miss, and more on the miss side of things. The rolls were beautiful looking, but not at all traditional.
October 25, 2016

Maple Leaf Tavern :: Toronto

Everything at Maple Leaf Tavern in Toronto is made in-house. Other restaurants take note: you can really taste the difference here. I appreciate their effort and the quality of ingredients.
October 24, 2016

Sweet Jesus :: Toronto

I am a big fan of soft serve ice cream, and I heard a lot of hype about Sweet Jesus ice cream in Toronto since last fall. People are flocking here, and it was even busy in the cool months.
October 23, 2016

L’Express :: Montreal

L'Express in Montreal is charming, lively, and, I think, the closest I've found to a true Parisian-style bistro in North America. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, the cuisine is well-crafted – based on creating rich flavours using simple ingredients. It's a great option for a bite after shopping on Rue Saint-Denis.
October 18, 2016

Pi Co. :: Toronto

Pi Co. is Yorkville's new grab-and-go place in the Bay and Bloor area at 1200 Bay Street. The verdict? Not bad. I think they will do very well at this spot and I predict this will be the first of many locations.
October 17, 2016

D Liche Cupcakes :: Montreal

D Liche doesn't cut corners and it shows, they have really hit a home run with their product. The triple chocolate was off the charts delicious. It was moist, dense, intense in flavour and incredibly rich. It was not your average cupcake, surpassing the many previous versions I have tried. The cupcake "bar" has been raised.
October 14, 2016

Lettuce and Tomato Gourmet Gastrobar :: Miami

I have my friend Fenwick to thank for recommending I try a new spot at 17070 West Dixie Highway in North Miami. I am often asked for suggestions for not-so-fine dining, reasonably priced neighborhood restaurants that also serve great good. I think the newly opened Lettuce and Tomato Gourmet Gastrobar fits the bill.
October 11, 2016

Bachour Bakery and Bistro :: Miami

Bachour Bakery and Bistro in Miami is great for breakfast, lunch or brunch. Be sure to leave room for one of Bachour's breathtaking creations. He was a 2016 James Beard Awards Outstanding Pastry Chef semifinalist.
October 8, 2016

Joe Beef :: Montreal

Montreal has a rich food culture which we have enjoyed exploring on our short trip there. One of the toughest reservations to snag was at the iconic restaurant Joe Beef at 2491 Notre-Dame West. We actually had to use connections to get in. It didn't help that it was voted the #4 best restaurant in Canada in 2016.
October 6, 2016

Big Tuna Poke Bar :: Toronto

Big Tuna Poke Bar in Toronto is no doubt one of the first in a wave of poke shops that is sure to flood the city. Recommended! Affordable and cheerful!
October 5, 2016

Bergen Hill :: New York

Look for the Chase Bank on the corner and Bergen Hill is in the same building off a side street. It's a great neighbourhood spot. I haven't seen this kind of creativity and execution from a kitchen in a long time.
October 3, 2016

Shanea’s Miami Restaurant List for 2016-2017

Miami’s dining scene keeps getting better. Let me introduce you to last season’s favourites, new restaurants and my most anticipated for the Fall and Winter of 2016-2017 ...
September 29, 2016

Food Dudes Pantry :: Rosedale, Toronto

All the food is well-seasoned and they are not afraid to add some spice to some dishes, which I find refreshing. The staff was super friendly, engaging and helpful. The lines move quite fast, and the pacing of the buffet style service was pretty sound. I predict it will be a mainstay of the area and service hungry Torontonians.
September 27, 2016

Planta Restaurant :: Toronto

Planta in Toronto is a great option for vegetarians and healthy eaters, but it doesn't cater to this group exclusively. I don't fall in those categories and I enjoy eating there. It is just an amazing alternative with tasty food, in a pleasant setting in a great Yorkville-area location.
September 22, 2016

The Montreal Museum of Fine Art

The Montreal Museum of Fine Art is one of the most impressive museums in North America. I especially enjoyed the modern art, sculpture garden, and Canadian art sections. Worth a visit when visiting Montreal.
September 20, 2016

Brasserie T :: Montreal

I was so wowed with my experience at Toque in Montreal that I had to go to the other establishment that is overseen by Chef Normand Laprise, Brasserie T, located next door to the Place des Arts.
September 20, 2016

Toque :: Montreal

The tasting menu is always a surprise. They won't tell you what it is in advance. They only ask if you have any allergies or aversions.
September 19, 2016

Artists for Peace and Justice :: Toronto

On September 12th internationally renowned artist and philanthropist Peter Tunney opened his first exhibit in Toronto. He brought 55 new pieces and also created live art right on the streets of Toronto in support of Artists for Peace and Justice.
September 15, 2016

Betony :: New York

This is truly a foodie experience. Everything is well executed. Not only is it a warm and welcoming atmosphere, the food is adventurous and creative, and the servers are professional and attentive. They really catered to us and made us feel special.
September 14, 2016

Dizengoff :: Chelsea Market, New York

The new Dizengoff location in Chelsea Market, New York, is one of the most exciting new restaurant openings this year. I tried a few extra toppings that they were kind enough to bring out for me from the back and they were fabulous and added another dimension to the hummus.
September 13, 2016

Different Shades of Capri Blue :: Italy

Always dreaming of beautiful Capri.
September 13, 2016

Ardo Restaurant :: Toronto

Folks, we have a winner. Ardo is open for lunch during the week and dinner Monday to Saturday. Toronto needs more places like this. I am totally enamored with Ardo.
September 8, 2016

Quinto Huella :: Miami

There really were no standouts except for the amazing Smashed Potatoes. I would rather come for a drink at the bar, but the food doesn't seem to stop the people from coming. The place was packed and the crowd was beautiful.
September 8, 2016

Dandylion Restaurant :: Toronto

Dandylion Restaurant in Toronto has consistently been on top lists of places to dine in Toronto. The approach to the contemporary, yet eclectic menu seems simple, but there is a complexity to each dish. The food is truly thoughtful and creative.
September 8, 2016

Seven Lives Tacos Y Mariscos :: Toronto

Seven Lives Tacos Y Mariscos in Toronto serves Tijuana style tacos. I like the blackened mahi-mahi the best. Sean Riehl, a former San Diegan, opened this humble shop, and I can tell you business is going gangbusters.
September 7, 2016

L’Amico Restaurant :: New York

You can't win them all, and sadly, Chef Laurent Tourondel's newest restaurant in New York was a big disappointment for me. This is actually the second restaurant by the celebrated Chef that did not live up to expectations. The other was now the closed Market Restaurant.
September 6, 2016

Stick With Me Sweets :: New York

Everything in the shop is made in house – you can view the kitchen through a glass window and see the work first hand. I was told it is a three-day process to make the bonbons. They are the most beautifully hand-painted chocolates I have ever seen. They are almost too pretty to eat ... notice I said, "almost" ...
September 2, 2016

Unscripted Bal Harbour Art Focus :: Bal Harbour, Miami

Bal Harbour Unscripted Art Project gives you the chance to meet your neighbours over a glass of wine, while enjoying an educational evening together. Through Unscripted I've been able to visit exclusive, private art collections and hear fascinating talks from some of the world's leading art experts.
August 28, 2016

Seven Lives Paleteria :: Toronto

There seems to be a new trend hitting the streets of Toronto – the Paleteria. A Mexican frozen treat, it’s similar to an American popsicle, but […]
August 25, 2016

Quality Eats Brunch :: New York

The Grilled Nueske's Bacon was a dream come true for bacon lovers. Inch thick slabs that Bartlow serves with a smear of crunchy peanut butter, jalapeño jelly and minced Granny Smith apples.
August 23, 2016

El Celler de Can Roca :: Girona, Spain

I was impressed with the level of technical precision, and the elaborate, complex dishes. But was I blown away? Was each dish brilliant? Unfortunately, neither was not the case for me. Of the 22 small bites, I would say 4-5 were standouts. The rest were merely good. There were was a lot of theatrical value, flavour explosions and original dishes.
August 23, 2016

The W Hotel :: Barcelona, Spain

There are a few good options of where to stay while in Barcelona. It may depend on if you want to include a beach vacation as well as a city vacation, or whether you want to be in the center of things, close to shopping and the historical sights.
August 15, 2016

JK Place Capri :: Italy

JK has one of the largest pools on the island, with clean, comfy chairs and shade if needed. We are pampered at the pool by Michele, who looks after all our needs. The crowd is a great mix of young and older, from celebrities to jet setters to CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.
August 11, 2016

Mugaritz :: San Sebastián, Spain

This year the restaurant was named the 7th best restaurant in the world by San Pellegrino. This rating baffles me. The food really lacked flavour, creativity and taste. Some dishes were bland, or fishy or sour tasting. You can imagine my huge disappointment. The food just wasn't appealing.
August 8, 2016

Pakta Restaurant :: Barcelona, Spain

We could choose from two tasting menus – a fifteen course plus four desserts, or a twenty course with five desserts. We chose the larger menu to get the full experience. Each dish was artfully presented and explained to us as well as the history of its origin.
August 8, 2016

Tickets :: Barcelona, Spain

Our evening had so much attention to detail in a fun ambience where we really felt welcome. Every dish was creative, whimsical and unique. Tickets is a palette adventure with everything cooked to a toothsome delight. It was an unforgettable experience, and a must visit for anyone interested in food. My favourite meal in Barcelona!
August 3, 2016

Seed & Mill :: New York

As you may know by now, I am always looking for new, unique discoveries – especially the delicious kind. Well, I believe I found another to share with you. Let me introduce you to Seed & Mill in the Chelsea Market.
August 1, 2016

Hotel Maria Cristina :: San Sebastián, Spain

I found the Maria Cristina to be the grande dame of San Sebastián. A landmark hotel, it has been transformed and restored to its former glory.
July 27, 2016

J.K. Place Roma :: Italy

If you are seeking a unique and indulgent city experience in a superb location, the J.K. Place Roma is unsurpassed in Rome – it has an abundance of style and a staff that exudes warm hospitality.
July 21, 2016

Culinary Travel with Delectable Destinations

If you are tired of large group, canned itinerary trips, and instead seek a smaller group with a more attentive host, and a slower pace where you can savour local tastes – this may be just the thing for you.
July 20, 2016

Arzak Restaurant :: San Sebastian, Spain

Just about everything was memorable, but one dish in particular that I loved was the roasted lamb loin over a nut and Armagnac spread accompanied by yucca and “guitar” shavings which envelop the whole dish in a light cypress aroma. This was placed on a video screen tablet that had flames shooting out. The roast pigeon with potato feathers was quite a standout too. Every mouthful brought joy to me. Food as art, just pure bliss.
July 18, 2016

Etexebarri :: Axpe Valley, Spain

It was cooking in its purest form and a dining experience I will never forget. The food was accessible and uncomplicated, yet cooked with precision, and a kiss of smoke. Truly a dining experience I will never forget.
July 13, 2016

Ufficio Restaurant :: Toronto

Everything we tried was a home run at newly opened Ufficio Restaurant in Toronto. It was fresh, tasty, and seasonal. The cooking was quite sophisticated and well-executed. You have got to try their grilled homemade focaccia bread!
July 12, 2016

Guggenheim Museum :: Bilbao, Spain

Photos from a recent trip to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.
July 12, 2016

Pintxos :: San Sebastián, Spain

The food here is quite simply the reason I chose to visit in and of itself. I could spend a week here sampling the food and not get bored. However, I only had four days and I had to figure out how to pace myself. The pinxtos culture of grazing as one walks from bar to bar, lends itself perfectly for this.
July 7, 2016

Upland :: New York

The restaurant has a nice ambience with dark green leather banquettes, navy lacquered painted ceilings, and copper shelves stocked with backlit wine bottles and jars of preserved lemons. The menu is large with lots of choices. It is divided into pizza, one: small plates, two: pastas, three: mains, and vegetables.
July 6, 2016

Sugarfina :: Aventura Mall, Miami

The candies are quite unique. Try the champagne gummy bears made with Dom Perignon, and single malt cordials. The packaging and presentation is beautiful. I love their customized bento boxes, where you can choose the selection. They also make great personal or private gifts, and party favours.
July 5, 2016

Bar Reyna :: Toronto

Bar Reyna – the new project of the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of View the Vibe, Nicki Laborie – is located at 158 Cumberland St. in Toronto's trendy Yorkville area. The best dish of the night was the falafel bowl. I liked the crispness of the falafel.
June 30, 2016

Tattoos :: Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

The show explores the 5,000-year-old world of tattoos, inked by some of the most respected tattoo artists in the contemporary world. The show features photos, artifacts, documentary films, demonstrations and silicone reproduction of body parts that have been commissioned by some of the world's most renowned artists.
June 28, 2016

Booyah Ice Cream Parlour :: Toronto

The ice cream wars are in full swing now that summer is here. Celebrating their second season is a new contender called Booyah, located at 16A Vaughan Rd, south of St. Clair.
June 28, 2016

Chihuly Exhibit :: Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

The 7-month exhibition features some of his most impressive pieces, providing an opportunity to see and explore the full range of his artistic achievements by immersing visitors in the beautiful environments created through his extraordinary vision and talent. This show is not to be missed.
June 27, 2016

Archimallows :: Toronto

Archimallows appeal to kids as well as the sugar addicted adult in all of us. His flavours and designs are ever changing and come in a myriad of shapes and sizes. We are lucky that he is Canada's candy man.
June 25, 2016

Perrin Paris Handbags :: New York

Family-owned and operated Parrin Paris also has boutiques in Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong. The bags are very fashion forward and structured, elegant and ladylike, perfect for the modern woman who appreciates high style and craftsmanship. Tres chic.
June 24, 2016

The Bar at Alo :: Toronto

The food at the bar at Alo in Toronto was quite impressive and creative, with a unique medley of flavours. I enjoyed being able to eat well, in a casual but tasteful interior.
June 22, 2016

Sadelle’s :: Soho, New York

This may be a Jewish inspired restaurant but you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy it, as witnessed by the crowds lining up to get in on the weekend. Make sure you reserve well in advance as this is probably one of the hottest brunch tickets in New York right now. It has a trendy vibe, with a young handsome crowd and solid food offerings.
June 21, 2016

Impero Cafeé :: New York

It is Scott Conant's pastas that remind you of why he became famous in the first place. His Pasta Pomodoro is a signature dish. Such simple ingredients but it is the best tomato pasta you might ever have.
June 21, 2016

Bar Begonia :: Toronto

Bar Begonia is located at 252 Dupont in Toronto. The space was sitting empty for quite some time, and then I saw renovations taking place and a cute, smiley emoji sign going up, but with no name facing the street. Of course, this piqued my curiosity and I had to check it out. It's a Parisian style restaurant with a special focus on cocktails, that serves lunch and dinner 7 days a week.
June 16, 2016

Beaker and Gray :: Miami – Revisited!

There wasn't an empty seat in the house at Beaker and Gray Miami. The place was hopping, the food was excellent and the bar was busy pouring its famous craft cocktails all night. This has definitely become one of Miami's best and busiest new restaurants this year.
June 16, 2016

Concession Road :: Toronto (CLOSED)

The Chef is Japanese but classically trained in French cooking. He worked with Jamie Kennedy as a sous chef at Crush Wine Bar, and you can tell when you eat the twice-fried French fries. This neighbourhood bistro is a French restaurant with a modern flair and some global influences.
June 14, 2016

Hacher and Krain :: Toronto

Sourced from 8 different countries for their style, craftsmanship and quality – if you are a passionate chef, a skilled cook or just demand the best equipment in your kitchen then you owe it to yourself to check out Hacher and Krain knives in Toronto.
June 9, 2016

Cafe Monarch :: Scottsdale, Arizona

The chef has a passion for what he does and you can see and feel it in the attention to detail. How he can create such wonderful food in such a tiny kitchen is a wonder to me. This place lives up to its reputation with great quality food and service in a romantic setting.
June 7, 2016

Shanea’s Latest on SocialMiami

Did you know Shanea is a contributor to SocialMiami.com? Click through to see some of her latest reviews.
June 6, 2016

Interview with It’s Droolworthy – Curator of the Divine

It was an honour to be interviewed by It's Droolyworthy! Here's a tease: ID: What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far with the blog? SS: Doing a blog is a lot of work, long hours and way too much eating. It is also rewarding to get instant feedback and watching your followers grow. Seeing so many talented chefs, artists, and business people in various fields who are so creative. I have seen thousands of other people who share my interests and passion through social media. I have learned there is a growing interest in elevated food experiences. People want to be engaged and more educated about food than ever before.
June 6, 2016

Sel :: Scottsdale, Arizona

My last night in Arizona I saved Chef Branden Levine's brand new restaurant Sel. Each plate we tasted was carefully executed and boasted sophisticated and bold flavours. This restaurant is a welcome change from the casual eateries in Arizona. The Chef's mission is to change the way people dine here, and he is doing an excellent job of it.
June 2, 2016

The Gladly :: Pheonix, Arizona

Named one of Phoenix's best new restaurants, The Gladly takes familiar fare and adds a playful and decadent twist. Great presentations and food pairings. Recommended!
June 1, 2016

Piano Piano :: Toronto

When I return I want to try some wood fired pizza, but it did look a little too charred for my taste. Our neighbours seemed to be enjoying their veal parmesan. There is even a cheeseburger on the menu and I presume that it must be good as well.
May 31, 2016

Bar Raval :: Toronto

Sip, taste and laugh the day or night away – Toronto needs more unique places like Bar Raval! The intimate space can hold about 40 persons. It's tight, crowded and fun. You eat with your hands or toothpicks. The dishes are small so you can try a lot of things, and the menu is weighted heavily on seafood. We tried a lot of delicious dishes including the canned scallops, razor clams and serrano ham with manchego cheese. Things were fresh, flavourful and well seasoned.
May 25, 2016

Ariete :: Miami

Ariete is a contemporary American restaurant with an indoor/outdoor space. It had a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere with a good looking bar, stone floors and a lot of warm wood.
May 24, 2016

Christian Dior Boutique :: Miami Design District

I have never seen Miami with a store so beautifully designed, with such rich interiors and innovative pieces of art within. For me Christian Dior has always been a visionary and one of France's best designers. Now he has a store in North America that befits his luxury goods.
May 21, 2016

The Brain Project Exclusive Sneak Peek Party @ Bulgari :: Yorkdale, Toronto

Nathalie Diamantis of Bulgari, flew in from New York to oversee the evening. Champagne was flowing and chef Victor Barry of PIANO PIANO was there to greet guests and supervise the wonderful hors d'oeuvres being passed around.
May 19, 2016

Cactus Club Cafe :: Toronto

I am always reluctant to try a "chain" restaurant, but Toronto Life Magazine named Cactus Club Cafe in their top new 20 restaurant issue. I have to say I don't agree with all their top choices either, but we decided to give it a try.
May 18, 2016

Bagel Bar East :: Miami

A neighbourhood staple for many, this place is always packed. Their bagels – some of Miami's best handmade, still rolled, boiled and baked in shop – are in available 17 varieties.
May 11, 2016

Rice Cream Shoppe :: New York

If you are looking for a real indulgent treat, look no further than the Rice Cream Shoppe in NYC. It's a wonderful addition to the neighborhood and a great concept. The cookies and cream, the rocky road and the chocolate hazelnut are all recommend 😋. I found the texture thick and very creamy but not too sweet.
May 10, 2016

Fring’s :: Toronto

I would say the food is fusion with comfort food thrown in. I love you Susur and Drake, but for me the food fell short and didn't live up to all my expectations. I decided to go on a Sunday night when things were more relaxed. But you know, the place got rather busy even on a Sunday night.
May 6, 2016

Art Chat with Teresita Fernandez :: Bal Harbour, Miami

Unscripted Bal Harbour held another interesting Art Chat on April 28th, 2016, at the St. Regis Hotel in Bal Harbour. A full house came out to hearMr. Franklin Sirmans, the director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), and a curator, writer and educator, interview world renown artist, Teresita Fernandez.
May 5, 2016

PB Station (CLOSED) :: Miami

This is the Pubbelly boys first restaurant off the beach. Considering it has only been open a few weeks you would think they would be present to make sure things were running smoothly. I kept reading that this restaurant is like nothing you've seen before. Well, I hope not nor do I wish to see it again.
May 3, 2016

Stubbe Chocolates :: Toronto

Stubbe's create some of Toronto's best chocolates by pairing good chocolate with traditional and non traditional flavours. You can taste the quality and craftsmanship in every bite. Indulge or buy someone a gift, you'll thank me later.
May 1, 2016

Bobbette & Belle Artisanal Pastries :: Toronto

The space was quaint and homey, and bright and airy with a vintage feel to it. The pastry shop really is adorable and there are tables to eat in or you can take out. In their well-stocked display cases they offer things like, French macarons, the prettiest buttercream cupcakes, pastries, scones, cookies, tarts, and birthday cakes. You can wash these down with coffee, pressed espresso, teas and use their free wifi.
April 30, 2016

Carbone Restaurant :: New York

It is nearly impossible to get a reservation at Carbone in Manhattan, NYC. In fact, getting in is like winning the lottery. Now I see why – it was fantastic, why did I wait so long to come here?
April 28, 2016

Baker and Scone :: Toronto

For two years now my nose has led me into Baker and Scone at 693 St. Clair Avenue West. The fresh baked aromas wafting out of this pretty little shop are unbelievable. In fact, I think this bakery is the best thing to happen to this area of St. Clair (I know some will say it is the Stockyard Restaurant).
April 27, 2016

Momofuku Nishi :: New York

David Chang challenges our taste buds and brings food to a new level. He takes some of my favourite dishes and makes them new and unique.
April 25, 2016

Flock, Rotisserie and Greens :: Toronto

This is what people want – superfood ingredients, vibrant dressings, chicken that is locally-sourced and cooked well in an efficient amount of time. Presto, Cory Vitello has a hit on his hands with more locations to come.
April 20, 2016

Casa Tua :: Miami

Why has this place been popular since day one? First, it feels like you are dining in someone's private home. The background music is chill. Note I said background music – not the blaring, can't hear yourself think kind that is so popular these days. The crowd is trés chic, the ambiance is sophisticated, elegant and romantic. It's difficult to get a reservation, and it certainly has an air of "snob appeal" ... though some might consider it rudeness, than anything.
April 16, 2016

Figo Restaurant :: Toronto

It's one of the better places in the entertainment district, but it was underwhelming and fell a bit short for me. I would still go back and I would try it for brunch as well. It has the potential to get much better and I hope it does. And it doesn't seem to detract from customers – the place was buzzing on a weeknight.
April 13, 2016

Kaori by Walter Martino :: Miami

Patrons are in for a treat! Kaori is Miami’s first 360-degree cinematography dining experience. The space is so aesthetically pleasing, with cutting edge technology, art, music and scents. The food presentation is most beautiful, a complete knockout in the terms of creativity.
April 11, 2016

Black Brick aka Midtown Chinese Restaurant :: Miami

Black Brick Midtown was one of our favourite new restaurants last year, so I thought it was worth returning again to see if the cooking and service still lived up to my expectations. I am happy to report that we had a delicious meal there.
April 8, 2016

Los Fuegos :: Faena Hotel, Miami

This is Francis Mallmann's first venture in the United States. One of Argentina’s best-known chefs for preparing Haute-French food, his new vision led him to cooking with wood fires the way he saw gauchos and Indians cook in Patagonia.
April 5, 2016

Unscripted Bal Harbour Art Access Tour :: Miami

I decided to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and I chose to visit the private art collection of Attorney Alan Kruger and his wife Judge Amy Dean. Their collection ranges from contemporary Latin American Art from the Brazilian Neo-Concrete movement (1959-1961) to contemporary installations. The hosts were very generous to open their beautiful apartment and to curate their eclectic collection to us.
April 4, 2016

Sushi Garage :: Miami

Set in a former auto body shop, they have kept the original garage doors – hence the name. The place looks cool and there was quite a buzz. That may die down once the excitement of a new place opens, especially when they are not delivering a good product.
April 1, 2016

Fooq’s :: Miami

The food is Middle Eastern/European comfort food. I am sorry but I can't agree with a lot of reviews that liked the food, I found it very disappointing.
March 31, 2016

La Sirena Restaurant :: New York

I am a huge Mario Batali fan and I was very excited to try his new venture with his partner Joe Bastianich. I loved the menu. There has been lots of buzz about this mighty duo, and for good reason. They are already packing them in here – I can't wait to return.
March 28, 2016

Vaucluse Restaurant :: New York

I was a little nervous to try Vaucluse because Pete Wells slammed it in his review in the New York Times. But, I am a Michael White fan. The menu was a mix of traditional and contemporary takes on French cuisine. There were dishes like chilled seafood, pates, beef tartare, foie gras, chicken, duck, pork and lobster dishes. He also has daily specials and things like quiche on his lunch menu.
March 27, 2016

MC Kitchen :: Miami

Quiet and more elegant, MC Kitchen stands out from many other restaurants in this area. It's uber-talented Chef, Dena Marino, was an Iron Chef alumni. The food is what I would call modern Italian cuisine with inventive takes on Italian classics.
March 25, 2016

French 27 :: Miami

A very sophisticated eatery featuring both steaks and seafood, the restaurant is very beautiful and dramatic. I wish the food would live up to the decor and service. It is not that the food is terrible it just did not wow us.
March 25, 2016

Zuma for Brunch :: Miami

Zuma, for years, has been a favourite restaurant of mine. They serve weekend brunch from 12-3, at a cost of $95, $135 and $350. We tried the first two options and quite frankly the $95 option is the way to go. The buffet is HUGE. Please come hungry.
March 23, 2016

Shanea’s Social Miami Weekend

Last weekend Shanea took over Social Miami's Twitter to share her food and fun adventures.
March 23, 2016

Shanea’s Top 20 Tastiest Dishes :: Winter 2016, Miami

20 Most Delish Dishes in Miami – El Cielo, Beachcraft, Pubbelly, Myumi Food Truck, Pinch Kitchen, Le Zoo and More. I tried to do a top 10 list, but I just couldn’t narrow it down! The truth is, I have dined out every night for 3 ½ months ... I've tried a lot of dishes, to say the least!! Here's some of my favourites (including honourable mentions (I know, I'm bad ...)).
March 22, 2016

Sneak Peek – Bachour Bakery and Bistro :: Miami

Antonio Bachour, James Beard award nominee and one of the city's most acclaimed pastry chefs (from Bal Harbour St. Regis) has teamed up with Henry Hare, the former chef of Eating House (a favourite restaurant of mine) to launch this delicious new spot. One of the perks of my job is having a little extra pull. Chef Antonio came outside to greet us and warmly invited us inside.
March 21, 2016

Jazz in the Gardens 2016 :: Miami

We attended with friends of Usher and got to enjoy the concert backstage and up close. Let me tell you, these artists put on a stupendous show. The highlight of the evening was meeting Usher – he was a true gentleman, very friendly and humble. His wife and manager, Grace Miguel, treated us like rock stars. Amazing evening!
March 21, 2016

Boaz Vaadia Installation at the Residences at Armani Casa :: Miami

On Wednesday, March 16th, Israeli-American sculptor, Boaz Vaadia, celebrated the reveal of his installation at the new Armani development in Sunny Isles Beach.
March 19, 2016

Art Boca Raton :: Florida Atlantic University

Considering it is the first year for this small show from the organizers of Art Palm Beach, it was well attended. I also thought there was a good cross-section of international galleries exhibiting modern, contemporary and emerging art from the 20th and 21st centuries. Local galleries like, The Baker Sponder Gallery and Vertu Fine Art, were also present. I was surprised to notice that Rosenbaum Gallery wasn't there to support their city's first art fair, as their main gallery space resides in Boca Raton.
March 18, 2016

Shanea Now a Contributor for SocialMiami.com

We're excited to announce that you can now find Shanea Savours Miami restaurant reviews on SocialMiami.com. To celebrate becoming a Contributor, @ShaneaSavours is taking over @SocialMiami's twitter this weekend as an introduction to their 50k+ follower family.
March 17, 2016

Drunken Dragon :: Miami

When I first visited Drunken Dragon, after it opened, I was in love with this new concept of sharing plates and Asian fusion food. I looked forward to returning to see if it was still how I remembered it. If it is your first time visiting it make sure you take the address with you as the restaurant is signless and has blacked out windows. Located in a seedy strip plaza, the sign above it says, "Market".
March 16, 2016

Alter Restaurant (take two) :: Miami

We opted for a chef's tasting at $65 for five courses, two appetizers, two mains and a dessert, which is a relative bargain. It works out to $13 per course. Yes they are tiny portions but each dish is labour intensive and has good quality ingredients. I think for a first time here that is the way to go so you can sample some of Chefs Brad Kilgore’s cooking. But a la carte is also an option. The wine list was also quite reasonable. We enjoyed a bottle of Whispering Angel Rose that went well with our dinner. Please note the prices have not increased in the past year.
March 14, 2016

The Big Fish :: Miami

I liked my Insalata di Salmon, which was fresh tasting and perfectly grilled. They serve Lavazza coffee and it was prepared like espresso we get in Italy. In addition, they gave us a tiny glass of limoncello. I don't think I would run back but it wasn't a total disappointment. We also really enjoyed dining al fresco.
March 13, 2016

Alinea :: Miami

Alinea has been on my list for years. More than just a dinner, it's performance art. Innovation at the highest level, and a science project all rolled into one. For me, personally, it was a phenomenal food experience. A well conceived and show-stopping menu, the dishes are beautiful, yet experimental, complex and labour intensive, each executed with precision.
March 13, 2016

Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968 :: NSU Art Museum, Ft. Lauderdale

Exploring the complex and ever-changing story of Italian high fashion (alta moda) through a contemporary lens, the exhibit highlights stunning garments designed by Italy's biggest names. What I found most interesting was how many of the creations are still relevant. It is a small exhibit, but it is one worth visiting.
March 11, 2016

Cipriani Downtown :: Miami

For the past few years one of Miami's top hot spots and a magnet for celebrities, hipsters, and fashionistas has been Cipriani Downtown, located at 465 Brickell Ave in the Icon Building. The gorgeous nautical-themed dining room, designed by Michele Bonan, is backdropped by the beautiful bayside setting – one of the most stunning in Miami.
March 10, 2016

Gary Nader Fine Arts :: Miami

We were told we were standing in the middle of the largest private gallery space in the world. Gary Nader Fine Arts specializes in Latin American Art, but the collection includes Modern and Contemporary Masters. For me, I was most impressed by his HUGE collection of Botero sculptures, paintings and drawings. The manager said it was the most extensive, privately-owned collection of Botero in the world! It was mind blowing.
March 9, 2016

SuViche :: Wynwood, Miami

Unfortunately, SuViche, is going to go in my pass section. The first strike was the lack of cleanliness. This usually means a dirty kitchen as well. All might be forgiven if the food was great but I am sorry to report it was mediocre.
March 9, 2016

Art Wynwood, 2016 :: Miami

Miami is really becoming a cultural destination with the World Symphony, the Opera House, The Adrienne Arsht Center, The American Airlines Arena, Art Basel, and Art Miami, the Boat Show and so on. There is always something to do. One thing I always look forward to is Art Wynwood.
March 8, 2016

Marion Restaurant :: Miami

Marion is a restaurant with the flavours of the South of France and elements of Spain, Greece and Italy. Located in the Brickell area. It's a little tricky to find but worth the effort.
March 7, 2016

Destination Fashion 2016 :: Bal Harbour, Miami

The evening held lots of surprises. The organizers really outdid themselves, there was so much going on. It was a who's who of celebrities, philanthropic icons, business leaders, fashionistas and exhibitionists. The people watching was off the charts. The evening was co-hosted by Gloria and Emilio Estefen, Tommy Lee Jones and his wife Dawn, and Christian Slater and his wife Brittany.
March 7, 2016

F 27 Ice Cream :: Miami

A cool concept has opened at 7610 NE 4th Ct., in the same courtyard as Ironside Pizza. At F27 they serve customized ice cream using liquid nitrogen to freeze the it to 27 degrees Fahrenheit. They operate specially designed machines to enable them to use liquid nitrogen, which is injected into the ice cream liquid base. This is a flash freezing process that causes water crystals to be the smallest, achieving a velvety, creamy and smooth texture.
March 7, 2016

Blue Collar :: Miami

You know how sometimes you crave a simple meal, you don't feel like getting dressed up and you just want something good but unfussy, well I would like to suggest Blue Collar on 6730 Biscayne.
March 6, 2016

NaiYaRa Restaurant :: Miami

We started with some rolls, like the NaiYaRa Roll, which was probably my favourite. It contained salmon belly, cucumber, avocado and truffle oil. The presentations were all pretty, but if you know good sushi, you are mostly getting pretty rolls. Is the quality of the rice or the fish transporting? No. It is more designer rolls, which is fine.
March 5, 2016

Japanese Market, Sushi Deli :: Miami

Hidden in a dingy market where the staff is not so friendly and the place has lots of rules – no phones, no takeaway, no second orders – the Chef works sushi wonders. The best rolls for me weren't even on the menu but thanks to an insider I knew what to order. Now I can share this information with you ...
March 4, 2016

Myumi :: Miami

The best part about Myumi, a charming food truck in Wynwood, Miami is the sushi, it's so fresh tasting and the chef explains where each piece comes from. It could be Alaska, Japan, Boston, Florida , Scotland etc. The menu rotates based on availability. The meal is quite traditional, there are no gimmicky surprises.
March 4, 2016

The Salty Donut :: Wynwood, Miami

I have read rave reviews about the newly opened Salty Donut so naturally, I had to give it a try. The Miami born craft donut shop is currently operating out of a trailer at 29NW 24th St. This this their temp pop-up location is before opening in the Wynwood Arcade once construction is complete.
March 3, 2016

KYU :: Wynwood, Miami

We only went for lunch but I can't wait to go back for dinner later next week to try the American Southern barbecue technique of slow cooking, and smoking. We saw the chef select some wood that was piled on the side so he can start smoking some meat – he said takes up to 14 hours.
March 2, 2016

Made in Italy Gourmet :: Wynwood, Miami

Made in Italy Gourmet has a wine bar and a retail market with items such as oils, sauces, pasta, and Italian artisanal products. There is also an Italian wine library with over 2,000 bottles in all price ranges. And don't forget the cheese and cured meat counter. Their motto: Taste, Live, Share. They really follow these ideals.
March 1, 2016

Cantina la Veinte :: Miami

We visited Cantina la Veinte for the first time last year. It is located at 495 Brickell Avenue on the ground level of the Icon Brickell. It is owned by Mexico's largest hospitality group, the Cinbersol group. They obviously have deep pockets because this is not your average Mexican joint. It is a 210 seat Mexican showcase, with a black onyx bar, antiqued mirrors, black and white tile floors, dark wood paneling, and shelves with copies of tasteful Mexican artifacts. The space is quite glamorous, the waiters are well dressed, and the crowd is hipsters or wannabes ready to make a dent in their wallet.
March 1, 2016

Stubbs and Wootton :: Palm Beach, Florida

Palm Beach Luxury footwear boutique, Stubbs and Wootton is a located at 1 Via Parigi, in a shopping alley off of Worth Avenue. They have been purveyors of handmade artisan-crafted slippers, loafers, espadrilles and sandals since 1993. They are made in Spain and have since opened stores in New York, Southhampton and Palm Beach.
February 29, 2016

100% Capri :: Bal Harbour, Florida (and all the chic destinations around the world …)

I have been visiting Capri for over 25 years in a row, and one of my favourite shops is 100% Capri. It is a luxury lifestyle brand shop owned, run and designed by my friend Antonio Aiello. He is suave, charming and multi-talented. His luxe brand of stores is now becoming a worldwide chain with locations in the poshest of places including St. Bart's, the Graff Estate in Cape Town, Dubai, Rome, Mykonos, Florence, Beverly Hills and Bal Harbour to date.
February 27, 2016

New York City’s Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings for 2016

Here's my list of must-try's for 2016. Comment with some of the spots you are dying to try!
February 25, 2016

Marker 88 :: Islamorada, Florida

We decided to take a day trip to the upper Florida Keys. I didn't have a lot of information on where to stop for lunch so I decided to try Marker 88 at 88000 Overseas Highway. It has been popular since the late 60's and it is one of the few restaurants located on a natural beach with ample outdoor seating.
February 23, 2016

Dirt / Eat Clean :: South Beach, Miami

I heard about a new place in the heart of South Beach, called Dirt at 232 5th St. (between Washington and Collins). It bills itself as a new "fine food" served fast, dining experience. They serve high-quality, nutritious food quickly and affordably.
February 21, 2016

Traymore Restaurant :: South Beach, Miami

Not every restaurant is trendy or a scene. A restaurant doesn't have to be hot to be good. The Traymore Restaurant at the Art Deco Metropolitan by Como hotel isn't cool but it it is low key, warm and inviting.
February 19, 2016

Hyde Beach Kitchen and Cocktails :: Miami

To be fair I have only been here once and I couldn't sample all the dishes I would have liked to. The ambience is relaxed and sophisticated with a nautical beach chic look. There is lots of wood , stone floors, an open kitchen and a lovely outside bar area and patio that would be glorious on a nice day. It was closed for our dinner for some reason and it was an icebox inside the restaurant, strike one. They try to seat us at the worst table next to the kitchen entrance and by the waiters station, strike two.
February 17, 2016

El Cielo :: Miami

I am embarrassed to admit I had never heard of El Cielo although it has been open for a year. A friend who lives in Florida told me I should give it a try. I have to say our dinner has far surpassed anything I have had in Miami this year.
February 15, 2016

Shanea’s List for Restaurants in New York City 2016

Here is my list of restaurants that I want to try this year, or that I have already tried and enjoyed.
February 13, 2016

Sharron Lewis Design Center :: Miami

I discovered Sharron Lewis Design Center in 2014, but the shop has been around since 1999. The showroom is located at 1601 NE 2nd Avenue, south of the Design District at 16th Street in the historical Franklin building,
February 11, 2016

Bagatelle Restaurant :: South Beach, Miami

The meal started with toasted French bread and a divine creamy truffled cheese. I had the jumbo lump crab salad with avocado, mango jalapeno, and cashew, in a curry dressing with cilantro and toasted coconut. It was a glorious dish.The Maine lobster salad was equally good and it was set on a bed of organic quinoa tabouleh, with preserved lemon, citrus segments and fresh mint. The seafood ceviche was good but on the spicy side.
February 10, 2016

Pie Eating Contest :: Florida Keys

Driving down to Key Largo and Islamorada was not just for the scenery (which itself could take home a medal). We went with a purpose in mind, to have a Key Lime Pie tasting and to declare a winner.
February 9, 2016

27 Restaurant and Bar at the Freehand :: Miami

Located in a historical home from the 1930's, at 2727 Indian Creek Road on the property of the Freehand Hotel, the 27 Restaurant and Bar is open for dinner daily, with brunch served on weekends.
February 8, 2016

Coyo Taco :: Wynwood, Miami

Coyo Taco is located in the heart of Wynwood at 2300 NW 2nd. Avenue. In is in between Panther Coffee and Freshii. There was a lineup outside the door so I decided to see what all the fuss was about.
February 7, 2016

The Naked Taco :: Miami

This is a Mexican restaurant in case you couldn't guess from the name. This is the third incarnation in the last few years at this spot, and it may not be the last. The Miami Herald gave it 2.5 stars which is a pretty decent rating, so I was intrigued to try it.
February 5, 2016

Ni.Do. Caffé :: Miami Shores

Ni.Do. Caffé first opened about five years ago in the MiMo area of Miami to rave reviews. I loved the food and the casual ambience there. However when I ate there several months ago it wasn't up to its typical high standards. So it was with trepidation that I tried the new location at 11052 Biscayne Blvd.
February 3, 2016

Crumb on Parchment :: Design District, Miami

Whenever I am shopping in the Design District in Miami I almost always make a quick pit stop to 3930 NE 2nd Avenue, to have lunch at celebrity super chef Michelle Bernstein's bakery/cafe, Crumb on Parchment.
January 31, 2016

Pao Restaurant at the New Faena Hotel :: Miami

The menu is divided into four sections. Crudo, small plates, rice and large format dishes. There is also a section called Binchotan service, where they grill meats, fish and seafood table-side.
January 29, 2016

Nest Casa :: Bal Harbour Shops, Miami

One of my favorite shops in Bal Harbour is Nest Casa. They are purveyors of exceptional gifts. Yes they are extremely expensive, but where else can you find such lines as Baccarat, Hermes Table, Kelly Werstler, Missoni Home, St. Louis Crystal and Riva to name a few under one roof in Miami.
January 27, 2016

Serge de Troyer Collection :: Miami

I have driven past this shop so many times in MiMo, on my way to the Design District or to Wynwood, and have always wanted to stop in to check it out. The windows always piqued my interest. So I finally decided to drop into Serge de Troyer at 6323 Biscayne Blvd; and I am so glad I did. I wanted to buy out the entire store and redecorate my condo.
January 25, 2016

Cypress Tavern :: Miami

I am apologizing in advance to everyone who will be upset when I tell them I have never been a fan of the James Beard award-winning Chef, Michael Schwartz. I have never found his food that appealing to me. I have also never cared much for his two other restaurants in the Design District.
January 24, 2016

True Loaf Bakery :: Miami

I have searched high and low to find a great bakery in Miami for years, but to no avail. Thankfully in 2013, True Loaf Bakery opened in the Sunset Harbour area at 1894 Bay Road a couple of doors down from Lucali Pizza. Yes for those of us on the beach it is a schlep to drive all the way there but let me tell you, it is worth it. I just load up on a large order and freeze a large portion of it.
January 24, 2016

Garcia’s Seafood Grille and Fish Market :: Miami

I have been wanting to try Garcia’s for years. After all it is on Michelle Bernstein’s top ten list and she gave it rave reviews. I […]
January 24, 2016

Komodo Restaurant :: Miami

Even though it just opened right after Christmas, Komodo at 801 Brickell, is already making a name for itself. A collaboration between restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow, of China Grill fame, and nightlife impresario David Grutman, of LIV, Komodo is a beautifully-done, trendy yet high-end, contemporary Southeastern Asian restaurant.
January 23, 2016

Art Palm Beach :: January 20-24, 2016

Celebrating its 19th year, ArtPalmBeach is the premiere mid-winter contemporary art fair on Florida's Gold Coast.
January 18, 2016

StripSteak Restaurant :: Miami

I am a huge fan of Michael Mina's restaurants. He always seems to know what people want, great food and equally matched service. Strip Steak is no exception to this rule.
January 16, 2016

The Matador Room :: Miami

There are very few restaurants left in Miami where you can put on a suit and a dress these days. The Matador Room in Ian Schrager's Miami Beach Edition Hotel is an exception. Located at 2901 Collins Avenue, it's a stunning, sunken circular space, to mimic the feel of a bull fighting arena, with high ceilings, and artwork of famous Matadors and their costumes. Inside is very elegant and refined. I also love dining outside on the terrace surrounding the beautiful pool. It has a romantic, tropical feel which is very sexy. The crowd is dressed to the nines.
January 15, 2016

Zak the Baker :: Wynwood, Miami

I was a fan of Zak the Baker before he opened his bakery/cafe in trendy Wynwood. I have had some of his fabulous breads in some of Miami's top restaurants. Most recently I enjoyed his breads at Beachcraft and Cypress Tavern.
January 14, 2016

Izzy’s Fish and Oyster :: Miami

Located at 423 Washington Avenue, between 4th and 5th St., Izzy's Restaurant serves New England fare in a cool, hip South Beach setting.
January 14, 2016

Ironside Pizza :: Miami

Shh, I have a little place to tell you about but don't tell too many people, I want to be able to get a table. It is off the beaten track in an artsy complex that houses architect and design firms. If you go to Biscayne Blvd heading south turn right at 79th street and drive a couple of blocks in you will run right into the Ironside complex. At 7580 Northeast 4th court in the Little River District, park your car in the lot for free and wander inside this complex till you find Ironside Pizza.
January 12, 2016

Josh’s Deli :: Miami

This is not your parents deli, but Jewish comfort food with a twist. On a street full of lots of Kosher restaurants it is refreshing to see a restaurant that serves some traif.
January 10, 2016

Mandolin Aegean Bistro :: Miami

Whenever I am visiting Miami I try and eat lunch or dinner at Mandolin Restaurant. The food is great, but even more so there is something about this historic 1940's restored house that I find charming. Located at 4312 NE 2nd Ave, in the Buena Vista neighbourhood just north of the Design District.
January 8, 2016

Food Trucks :: Haulover, Florida

Are you coming here to eat gourmet food, no. But, if you are looking for great family fun, where the kids can run around in a big open space and jump in blow up slides and dine alfresco, you can't get much better than this. The parking is free and there is a DJ spinning tunes. You can pull up by boat as well.
January 6, 2016

Pinch Kitchen :: Miami

We really enjoyed a fabulous dinner at Pinch Kitchen. You can tell they cook with passion as it shines through in all the well-cooked and flavorful dishes.
January 5, 2016

Driftwood Restaurant :: Miami

The Driftwood Room is the work of New York Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, the Food Network Star Chef of Butter Restaurant and the China Grill. Located in the newly renovated and restored Nautilus South Beach at 1825 Collins Avenue, the restaurant is quite attractive, but weather permitting I suggest dining on the large terrace. It has that beach inspired feel and reminded me of St. Bart's.
January 5, 2016

GK Bistronomie :: Miami

In the heart of the Wynwood district on a very interesting street at 218 Northwest 25th Street (it is worth checking out the stores and art warehouses in the area) is a industrial looking space with a wide open kitchen.
January 2, 2016

Proof Pizza and Pasta :: Miami

If you don't mind going to a restaurant that is super casual, with simple decor, ugly art work, and a no frills kind of place but has really good food at reasonable prices then I recommend Proof Pizza and Pasta. It is located at 3328 N. Miami on the corner of 34th street, which is in Midtown and not too far from the Wynwood district. Don't let me scare you, it is still an inviting space and clean.
December 29, 2015

Talde Restaurant :: Miami

The experience of Talde Restaurant in the Thompson Hotel on 4041 Collins Avenue, starts at the entrance. It's cool, you feel like you are going through some graffiti strewn back alley. The dining room has a large shipping container in the center of the room and has banquets as part of it. There is a lot of hand painted graffiti throughout. The music is VERY loud, making it hard to talk. The majority of the music is hip hop. Overall the atmosphere is fun and casual.
December 26, 2015

Via Verdi Cucina Rustica :: Miami

We had the pleasure of eating at Via Verdi and we were impressed with the food as well as the warm welcome from the Carro brothers and their staff. A special shout out to Fabrizio who really made our dinner very special with his meal suggestions and conversation.
December 23, 2015

Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop and Cafe :: Wynwood, Miami

I have been curious to try Fireman Derek's Pies for quite some time as he has been getting a lot of press. It is located at 2818 North Miami Avenue in Wynwood. You can feast here on all things sweet.
December 23, 2015

Goyard, Bal Harbour :: Miami

Bal Harbour, home to some of Miami's most high end boutiques has now added the French luxury leather goods brand of Goyard to its roster. This store is only one of a handful of stores outside Paris. This is the first free standing boutique in the Southeastern United States.
December 22, 2015

The Surrey Hotel :: New York

Everyone greets you with a friendly hello. The Surrey is situated in a beautiful and refined uptown location. It is across from the Carlye hotel and among many elegant shops, and galleries and museums. The hotel boasts a Daniel Boulud restaurant, and the as you can imagine, the food is wonderful.
December 22, 2015

Burgers and Shakes :: Miami

Sometimes you just don't feel like getting dressed up or like spending a fortune on dinner, but you still want some delicious food. This is when we go to Burgers and Shakes at 7401 Collins Ave. You can't miss the place it is located on the corner and it always has a lineup. This small joint is popular for a reason, The food is good and the prices are right.
December 21, 2015

Trattoria Sostanza :: Florence

We came to Florence for a day trip last summer and I tried to find a classic Florentine Trattoria. On the advice of Elizabeth Minchelli in her book Eat Italy , she raved about Trattoria Sostanza on Via Porcellana 25. So off we went on our adventure.
December 21, 2015

Ms. Cheezious Restaurant :: Miami

My love affair with grilled cheese started in my early childhood. That is why I would seek out the Ms. Cheezious Food truck seen around Miami and Wynwood the last several years. It was voted best food truck in Miami for many years.
December 21, 2015

Beaker and Gray Restaurant :: Wynwood, Miami

Only open three weeks, Beaker and Gray is already making an impression with their global cuisine tapas and their craft cocktails. Located at 2637 N. Miami Avenue in Wynwood. The standout dishes for us were the Spanish Octopus served cold, the Pumpkin Gnocci with pork rib and the Oxtail and sweet potato .
December 21, 2015

Hamilton on Broadway :: New York

If you are visiting New York and you have a chance to see one Broadway play, I highly recommend Hamilton. It will blow you away!
December 21, 2015

Hermes Flagship Store :: Miami

The iconic French luxury house of Hermes has just open their permanent store in the Design District at 163 E. 39th St.; not far from where their temporary store was.
December 19, 2015

Dear Family and Friends –

I have some exciting news to share with you! On the suggestion of many of you I have decided to start a blog for my restaurant and destination reviews from home to around the world. Over the last couple weeks I have been with a designer to launch the blog (for those who were wondering why you haven't heard from me lately, now you know why!) and I am here to invite you to the virtual unveiling!
December 16, 2015

My Beloved Capri

Our FAVOURITE thing to do is rent a private boat and driver (through the concierge), he will take you around the entire island and drop you off for lunch at La Fontelina beach club if you do a half day, or if you do a full day try Recommone(near Narrano on the mainland) restaurant La Conca del Sogno -waiter Alfonso, and after return to Marina Grande…always the BEST day of the trip!
December 16, 2015

Cecconi’s :: Miami

Cecconi's has been packing them in since its opening around 5 or so years ago. It is located just before a curve on 4385 Collins Avenue just south of the Fountainbleau.
December 16, 2015

Shanea’s List for New Restaurants in Miami and Her Old Favourites 2015-2016

Best old favourites and new loves.
December 16, 2015

The Continental Restaurant :: Miami

There have been many new restaurant openings in Miami since the summer. One of the new ones is The Continental on 2360 Collins Avenue at 23rd street.
December 16, 2015

Beachcraft Restaurant :: Miami

Last year the Matador in the Edition Hotel was the THE new hot spot in Miami. This year I predict the newly remodeled One Hotel and its new restaurant Beachcraft will be wildly popular.
December 16, 2015

Bazi Restaurant :: Miami (CLOSED)

Bazi restaurant (CLOSED) at 1200 Collins is another new restaurant that opened recently in Miami. It is located in the lobby of the beautiful Art Deco Marlin hotel.
December 16, 2015

Byblos :: Miami

Byblos Miami is an off shoot of the Toronto original, set in the Shorecrest Tower of the Royal Palm South Beach. It is located at 1545 Collins Avenue.
December 4, 2015

NOBU Eden Roc :: Miami

Judging from our experience tonight, the New Nobu Eden Roc will be one of Miami's new " Hot Spots" to dine at. The restaurant is located inside the Iconic Landmark Eden Roc Hotel at 4525 Collins. The new Nobu is an improvement in looks from the Shore Club or even the New York restaurant.
November 22, 2015

Great People Watching :: Art Miami 2015

PHOTOS
November 16, 2015

Miku Restsurant :: Toronto

We tried a newly opened restaurant in the RBC Water Park Place called Muki. It is located in Toronto's Harbour front area at Bay and Queens Quay.
October 22, 2015

The Oberoi Udaivilas, Hotel :: Udaipur, India

One of the world's most visually stunning hotels is the Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur, India. Most remarkable is the landscaping on 30 acres, the gardens, the pools and the fountains.
October 22, 2015

Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel :: Jophpur, India

If you were to ask me what my absolute favourite hotel in the world would be I would have to say it may just be the Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel in Jophur, India. It is THE ultimate dream resort/hotel.
October 22, 2015

TheTable Restaurant :: Mumbai, India

After three weeks of continuously eating Indian food while in India we desperately were ready to try a Western meal. We went to TheTable on our last night in India. It was the only time we dined outside of a hotel and we felt comfortable doing so. It is located in the Kalapesi Trust building, not too far from the Taj Hotel in Mumbai.
October 21, 2015

Oberoi Amarvilas and the Taj Mahal :: Agra, India

PHOTOS
October 20, 2015

The Spice Route Restaurant :: New Delhi, India

The Spice Route Restaurant is one of the many restaurants located in the historic Imperial Hotel of New Delhi. What makes it stand out from all the other restaurants for me is the ambience.
October 15, 2015

Bukhara Restaurant :: New Delhi, India

The cuisine is called North Western frontier food which is now the Pakistan and Afghanistan border. The food is rich and heavy. Most dishes are based around meat but there are a few vegetarian options. It serves renown Kebobs, which are some of the best we tried in India.
October 8, 2015

Oberoi Hotel :: Agra, India

Considering the hotel is over ten years old it is in pristine shape. Clean and beautiful principal rooms as well as guest rooms. Ours was on the smaller side but lacked for nothing. Every room has a view of the beautiful gardens and pools and best of all the Taj Mahal.
September 23, 2015

Cena Restaurant :: Miami (CLOSED)

Michelle Bernstein finally reopened her restaurant after a renovation. This was a highly anticipated meal for us. The restaurant is no longer called Michy's but it is now Cena. The restaurant is very cool looking, it is a 60's modern look of old Miami.
September 16, 2015

The Grill at Bal Harbour :: Miami

We enjoyed a wonderful lunch at The Grill at Bal Harbour – situated on the second floor of the mall, just up the escalators and straight to the back. I suggest making reservations now that everyone has discovered the restaurant.
September 16, 2015

O’Lima Restaurant :: Miami

We started our meal with "Pisco Sours" a traditional Peruvian cocktail that is so goooood! I had the Ceviche Misto and David had the Grilled Ceviche, a dish that the Chef invented for his wife who doesn't eat raw fish. Both were excellent choices.
September 16, 2015

Ustav Restaurant :: Toronto

I have walked by this restaurant a million times but never thought about giving it a try. But since we are going to India we thought we would have a refresher course in Indian food.
August 23, 2015

Scaramouche Restaurant :: Toronto

I decided to write a review of an oldie but a goodie. Scaramouche has been a consistently good restaurant for over 3 decades. It is one of the truly classic iconic restaurants of Toronto. When you have a special occasion to celebrate there are not a lot of restaurants that come to mind.
August 23, 2015

The Polo Bar :: New York

One of the hardest tables to book in New York last year was the Polo Bar on 1 East 55th st. We were happy to grab a 10:30 pm reservation, which worked out perfectly after our Broadway play. As you descend down the stairs into the dining room everyone turns to see who is entering this " clubby" restaurant.
August 22, 2015

Yasu Restaurant :: Toronto

Dined at Toronto's Yasu restaurant on 81 Harbord st. It is a tiny place, minimalist, understated with clean modern lines, and relaxed ,holding about 13 people. It opened 15 months ago.
August 22, 2015

Chevalier Restaurant :: New York

The beautiful new Baccarat Hotel opened in New York this year near the MOMA on 30 West 53rd. I highly recommend you try the bar with its Baccarat crystal chandeliers, decanters and glassware. It is a good place to go for drinks before or after dinner.
August 22, 2015

Restaurants Napa 2015

Of course everyone wants to try The French Laundry at least once in your life. So go ahead, beg your concierge or use a connection to try and get you in. We have been twice and I wouldn't go back again.
August 16, 2015

Alter Restaurant :: Miami

I really looked forward to Dining at this restaurant more than any other this trip down to Miami. The Miami Herald gave it rave revue and 4 stars.
August 16, 2015

Untitled at the Whitney Museum :: New York

Untitled a restaurant by Danny Meyer recently opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art in the Meatpacking District of New York.
July 23, 2015