Miami Food, Dining & Restaurants

 Shanea Savours: Made in Italy Gourmet (Wynwood)

The brainchild of native Italians Pietro Monelli and Francesco Belcaro, Made in Italy Gourmet is a restaurant, wine bar and 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. The building, originally a large warehouse, was marvelously transformed into what I can only describe as a scene out of a Tuscan village...

Pictured: The stuffed ravioli was in a sinfully rich and creamy mushroom sauce topped with truffle oil. I need to do a few more sit ups tomorrow.

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 Shanea Savors: Blackbrick

Blackbrick 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...

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 Duck Duck Goose Wows in Wynwood

Chefs, mixologists, philanthropists and other fowl-loving foodies gathered for the first ever Duck Duck Goose, created by Jeremiah Bullfrog, chef/owner of gastroPod Miami and mastermind behind the popular PIG (Pork is Good) event. Bullfrog and his cadre of 12 knife-slingers showed off their creativity and skill with locally raised and pastured fowl, and included a lineup of South Florida culinary stars. The event, attended heavily by local restaurant and bar industry honchos, raised funds to benefit The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida.

Pictured: Babe Froman's Scotch duck egg

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 Shanea Savours: Marion Restaurant

...Marion bakes all of their own breads and ours was perfection. It was so good in fact I took home a few different loaves from their market. They sell a lot of their food and pastries to go.

We tried their signature dish of rotisserie chicken and was quite impressed. The rotisserie comes from France and the chickens from Marlin farms in upstate New York. The farm wins awards for the best chickens and I can see why...

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 America’s Best Breakfasts by Lee Brian Schrager

Lee Schrager's new book, "America's Best Breakfasts: Favorite Local Recipes from Coast to Coast," launched with a bash at the Magic City Casino. More than 400 passionate gourmands gathered for a benefit brunch to celebrate cookbook number three from Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival founder and director Lee Brian Schrager.

South Florida is well represented in America'a Best Breakfasts with several local recipes, and they were all on-hand to help mark the occasion.

Pictured: America’s Best Breakfasts author Lee Brian Schrager and Chef Allen Susser of The Café at Books & Books enjoying Susser’s crispy matzo brei with tangerine ginger marmalade and sea salt.

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