Miami Food, Dining & Restaurants

 Shanea Savours: Le Zoo by Stephen Starr

Le Zoo restaurant by Stephen Starr is a French Brasserie with Mediterranean style dishes, with about 200 seats including indoors and outside patio. They offer classic bistro fare, such as, good, crusty French bread, French onion soup, steak tartare, steak and frites, chicken paillard, moules and frites, warm shrimp salad, cheese plates, and a good selection of charcuterie. There is also a nice seafood selection, such as crab, lobster, shrimps, oysters and stone crabs.

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 Shanea Savors: Sugarfina

Aventura Mall in Miami keeps getting better and better. Now a new shop has opened on the lower level called Sugarfina. This is Florida’s first Sugarfina shop which now joins their 16 other retail locations. Sugarfina is a luxury candy boutique for grown-ups, featuring 150 plus gourmet sweets from small artisan candy makers from around the world. It was named the best candy shop by Food and Wine.

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 Foodie Find: Blue Matisse Restaurant

Fresh, Peruvian-inspired specialties are a feast for the eyes – as well as your taste buds - at Blue Matisse Restaurant in the InterContinental at Doral Miami. Offered Monday through Friday for lunch, the small-plate delicacies, featuring daily ceviche specials, are drawing a dedicated audience of those who live and work in the City of Doral.

Peruvian-born Yoel Salini, the InterContinental Doral Miami’s Food & Beverage Manager, is responsible for the the success of Blue Matisse Restaurant’s reinvented luncheon buffet...

Pictured: Peruvian Japanese Nikkei Tuna Causa

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 Joy Wallace’s Strawberry Shortcake

Celebrate the 4th and wow guests with Joy Wallace's recipe for Strawberry Shortcake made with ginger scones, warm berries and vanilla ice cream. Delicious!

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 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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