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Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille. Fort Lauderdale

Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille. Fort Lauderdale

    Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille 620 East Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 954-467-2555                ...

 Tamarina, Brickell, Downtown Miami. The sophistication of simplicity

Tamarina, Brickell, Downtown Miami. The sophistication of simplicity

     TAMARINA , 600 Brickell Avenue, Miami  - 305-579-1888 The sophistication of simplicity

  The District Miami, Buenavista, Design District

The District Miami, Buenavista, Design District

    The District Miami 190 NE 46th St. (corner 2nd Ave.,), Buenavista, Miami, FL. 33137 305.573.4199  

  Basil Park  in Sunny Isles, FL

Basil Park in Sunny Isles, FL

  Basil Park, Sunny Isles, North Miam Beach 17608 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles The magic of good food with Chef Tim Andriola      

 Beauty and the Feast. Fort Lauderdale

Beauty and the Feast. Fort Lauderdale

  Beauty and The Feast 601 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale   954-567-8020                                             ...

Pied-à-Terre Restaurant at The Cadet Hotel, South Beach

Pied-à-Terre Restaurant at The Cadet Hotel, South Beach

  Pied-à-Terre Restaurant at The Cadet Hotel, South Beach 1701 James Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139 305-531-4533,   Outstanding menu served in a world apart with all the quaintness of a posh private home ...


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After a multi-million dollar renovation the InterContinental Miami is re-opening its lobby level restaurant in late-October as Toro Toro with Chef Richard Sandoval at the helm, a concept modeled after Sandoval’s Dubai Toro Toro, which was named “Best Latin” and “Best New Restaurant” by Time Out shortly after opening in mid-2012.     

Toro Toro is Chef Sandoval’s Pan-Latin interpretation of a contemporary steakhouse with chef de cuisine Rodolfo Cuadros  and food and beverage professional Michael J. Savitt as GM.  The menu (average price per person will be $25 for lunch, $65 for dinner ) is varied. In addition to a buffet and a selection of meats carved tableside rodizio-style, there is an array of small plates, cold and hot, such as snapper sashimi or Hamachi sashimi tiradito ; and a Peruvian-style ceviche de mariscos as  well as arepas filled with shredded short rib, guacamole and crema fresca (Latin-style sour cream) and a wild mushroom coca flatbread topped with arugula, goat cheese, caramelized shallots and truffle oil.

The menu expands to signature entrees such as an achiote BBQ salmon as well as arroz con mariscos– saffron rice, chorizo, calamari, shrimp, scallops and mussels; burgers like pork belly burger garnished with slices of ripe avocado and chipotle mayo and turkey burger with a chipotle BBQ sauce, habanero coleslaw, sliced avocado and smoked gouda cheese; and sandwiches on freshly-baked bread including a vegetarian-friendly, roasted vegetable ciabatta sandwich with grilled vegetables, chimichurri, queso fresco and arugula.

The dessert  menu lists Obleas Toro Toro, pastry wafers layered with house-made cajeta (caramelized sheep’s milk); raspberry mint suspiro comprised of raspberry mint sorbet with baked meringue and an almond butter cracker; flourless hazelnut chocolate cake served with buttermilk ice cream and apricot compote and crispy churros, among others.   The restaurant’s beverage menu includes sexy,  hand-crafted, Latin-inspired cocktails, made with ultra-premium spirits and a well-curated collection of fine wines from around the world, available by the glass or bottle. 

A James Beard Award nominee, Sandoval  is no stranger to South Florida’s culinary scene; earlier this year he opened a successful fast-casual dining concept in Brickell: Kokoriko Natural Rotisserie.  Beyond the Toro Toro and Kokoriko concepts, Sandoval is the chef/restaurateur behind over 34 successful restaurants worldwide, including New York and DC. Toro Toro Miami is the fourth collaboration between Chef Sandoval and Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc., the owner of the InterContinental Miami and 17 other upscale and luxury hotels and resorts in North America and Europe  

Toro Toro’s, ¡Olé!   adjacent to the restaurant serves an impressive breakfast menu overseen by hotel executive chef Alexander Feher¡Olé! will also be available for private parties.   

Slated to open late-October 2012, Toro Toro Miami is located on the lobby level of the InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza in downtown Miami (adjacent to Bayfront Park).  Open seven days a week, the restaurant will offer lunch service from noon to 3 p.m., dinner – along with a not-to-be-missed Happy Hour – starting at 4 p.m. The restaurant will remain open Sunday – Wednesday until midnight and Thursday – Saturday until 1 a.m. The bar will be open every night until 2 a.m.  ¡Olé!, will serve breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to11:30 a.m.  Sunday Brunch to be announced at a later date. Valet and street parking will be available.      (305) 372-4710; Catering for Toro Toro (305) 372-4713; 

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Fresh Local Delivery Options Expand

If you are on the verge of venturing into the unfamiliar territory of grocery delivery, we have you covered. We ordered from Amazon Prime, Walmart, Instacart, Shipt, and Tampa Bay Organics, compared their services, and would like to share our experience with you.

While the results from all of them were quite similar for us, your experience might be entirely different. Read on to find out how the delivery services stacked up against each other and choose to give some of them a try.Amazon Prime
Lots of people love Amazon delivery service simply because they already are Prime members and are paying membership fees. If you are just like most of us and use Amazon for everything from kitchen mats to cat food, you will love this service at no additional cost.

If you are not a member, keep in mind that Amazon Prime now costs over a hundred per year or $13 per month. Students get a nice discount and pay just ½ of regular price per year or $6.49 per month. If your grocery order is more than $35, you won’t pay any delivery fee, just $5 tip. It will cost $7.99 to expedite the order.

Pros: prices are reasonable, similar to what you would pay at Whole Foods and Publix in-store. The delivery is timely, as requested, and the drivers are courteous.

Cons: the selection of products is a lot worse than in an actual store - you won’t find many kinds of gluten-free bagels or any other dietary specialties. The order is was packed in so many bags that we had to think what to do with all those bags

Wal-mart, just like its competitor Amazon, has its own team of people to handle online orders. Delivery is usually outsourced through partners. Personal shoppers pick and pack your groceries in participating locations before they get in-route to you.

There are no membership fees, but you will pay delivery fee that depends of the time of the day. The minimum order is $30. The highest delivery price is $13 at busy afternoon time and then goes down to $9.95, $7.95, and even $6.95. Drivers don’t accept tips, so don’t even try.

Pros: Wal-mart lets you schedule grocery pick-up for free during the same app ordering process as with delivery. You are free to change your mind about delivery method and don’t have to start your order over. The prices are very compatible with competitors and other delivery companies.

Not many people might expect this, but Wal-mart products rivaled those of Publix and Target – the meat was very fresh and juicy, apples probably the crispiest in all Florida.

Cons: you should plan your delivery in advance, it won’t work if you will decide to order groceries later in the day and expect to get them that same evening as the delivery will be scheduled for the next morning.

The service includes Publix and Aldi, as of recently. Instacart uses their own employees to do the shopping for you, in other words, they don’t work for Publix or Aldi, they work for the app. Publix is pretty open about the fact that some Instacart prices are higher than in the store. With some fees and slightly higher overall price, the bill can get bigger than Amazon or Wal-mart very fast.

The best thing is that Instacart can be used without becoming a member. First-time users get free two week trial and not pay $6 delivery fee, which can be increased during busy times. Your shopper can also get stuff from PetCo and Costco, so multiple store order is possible. This is amazing when you don’t have to drive to many different stores or make separate orders for each online.

Annual membership fee for InstaCart Express is $150 or $15 per month without contract. Members don’t pay delivery fees and the automated tip is just around 10%, which is surprisingly low.

Pros: great choices of stores, multiple stores available, so you can get everything via one order. While Amazon restricts its delivery inventory and Wal-mart can’t rival the choices of a few stores, Instacart does it all. More stores are likely going to be added as time goes on.

The food received was great and the service was right on point.

Cons: You have to use the app quite often to justify the steep annual fee. If you are ready to do grocery delivery more than actual physical shopping, then go for it. If you will still want to enjoy grocery shopping the old-fashioned way, try something else.

Shipt works with Target and Winn-Dixie. Shipt is also owned by Target since last year. The way this company works is very similar to Instacart, but the fees are a lot cheaper. You have to be a member to get services and you can test drive it for free for 2 weeks before deciding.

The membership is $100 per year or $8.25 per month. If you don’t want to get trapped into a contract, it’ll be $14 per month. The minimum order is $35; otherwise you will be charged $7 for delivery. Tip is not required, but advised, just to be nice to your driver.

Pros: it’s cheaper than Instacart and the prices are compatible with all major grocery stores. Shipt is your cheaper option with similar results.

Cons: you can shop only at one store per order. Target is not big on groceries, but if you will want to get something at Winn-Dixie too, you will have to open another order and reach another $35 to avoid delivery fee.

Tampa Bay Organics
This local company focuses on delivering fresh, organic, locally-grown produce right to your door, in meal prep boxes. This young family business creates new menu each week based on what’s available locally and currently in-season. You can also make the order totally your own to fit your needs and diet choices. You can substitute fruits and vegetables just the way you like it.

Some delivery options are hard-to-find anywhere else – raw dairy, grass-fed beef, and various organic vegetables. This is above just simple convenience and serves to educate people about back-to nature food.

You can choose a small, medium, or large box and set up your custom delivery schedule. It really doesn’t get more “farm-to-table” than this!

In conclusion, all apps offer sales and in-app coupons, but they all are a far cry from actual paper coupons. If you are not ready to give up this vital method of savings, you might want to use Amazon as your back-up plan and stick to trips to your favorite grocery store.

If you are ready to go completely delivery-only route, Instacart will do it best. Shipt will be cheaper, but still solid.

If you want to give delivery a try, but don’t want any membership commitments, go with Wal-mart and see how you like this biggest Amazon competitor services.

Finally, if you live in or near Tampa Bay and want to enjoy the freshest possible produce, try Tampa Bay Organics.

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