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robots in chinaJINAN, China – Service with a smile also comes with an electronic voice at the Dalu Robot restaurant, where the hotpot meals are not as famous yet as the staff who never lose their patience and never take tips.

The restaurant, which opened this month in Jinan in northern Shandong province, is touted as China's first robot hotpot eatery where robots resembling Star Wars droids circle the room carrying trays of food in a conveyor belt-like system.

More than a dozen robots operate in the restaurant as entertainers, servers, greeters and receptionists. Each robot has a motion sensor that tells it to stop when someone is in its path so customers can reach for dishes they want.

The service industry in China has not always kept up with the country's rapid economic growth, and can be quite basic in some restaurants, leading customers in the Dalu restaurant to praise the robots.

"They have a better service attitude than humans," said Li Xiaomei, 35, who was visiting the restaurant for the first time.

"Humans can be temperamental or impatient, but they don't feel tired, they just keep working and moving round and round the restaurant all night," Li said.

Inspired by space exploration, robot technology and global innovation, the restaurant's owner, Zhang Yongpei, said he hopes his restaurant will show the world China is a serious competitor in developing technology.  "I hope this new concept shows that China is forward-thinking and innovative," Zhang said.

As customers enter the dimly lit restaurant lined with blinking neon lights to simulate a futuristic environment, a female robot decorated with batting eyelashes greets people with an electronic "welcome."

During the meal, crowds of up to 100 customers, are entertained by a dancing and talking robot that looks more like a mannequin with a dress, flapping its arms around in a stiff motion.

Zhang said he hopes to roll out 30 robots — which cost $6,000 each — in the coming months and eventually develop robots with human-like qualities that serve customers at their table and can walk up and down the stairs.


Associated Press reporter Chi-Chi Zhang in Beijing contributed to this report.


Tweet Chef Michelle Bernstein’s SRA. Martinez is now open for Sunday Brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. “Brunch is something we’ve always wanted to offer at SRA. and the timing was finally right to do it. We’re excited about it and hope our diners will feel the same way,” said Ms. Bernstein. The à la carte menu is composed of small plates ($5-$8) such as bacon-wrapped dates, crispy artichokes and croquetas as well as delicious new deviled eggs topped with crispy jamon Serrano. Salads ($8-$15) run the gamut from sweet potato pound cake topped with house-made goat’s milk ricotta and local honey to shrimp tossed with a zesty cocktail sauce and avocado. Egg dishes ($6-$11) include classic steak and eggs, huevos rancheros and Spanish tortilla as well as a Florida farm omelet with squash blossom, Arrowhead spinach and melted tetilla; as well as Eggs n’ Grits – creamy grits served with poached eggs, Tabasco butter and ham broth. Sandwiches ($10-$14) list croque sra. with fried egg and Jamon Serrano and a brisket sandwich, and Indulgences ($12-$14) include fried chicken with waffles and maple syrup; gooey cream and banana-filled brioche French toast; lemon ricotta pancakes dusted with powdered sugar, served with lemon curd and strawberry jam; and spiced crab cakes with a refreshing orange and avocado salad. For side dishes ($3-$6) expect chicken and apple sausage, house-cut fries with BBQ spice, sautéed kale and choclo con chiles. SRA. Martinez is located at 4000 NE Second Avenue. Dinner is served Monday – Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 6:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Sunday brunch is offered from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Valet and metered street parking available. Telephone: (305) 573-5474.


dinner paradiseGabriele Marewski of Paradise Farms Organic announces another season of al fresco Dinner in Paradise with a stellar line up of Miami's best chefs and world class wines paired with each course by  Shari Gherman, Sommelier and President of the American Fine Wine Competition and the Gold Medal Wine Tour.

This year's new additions to the roster of chefs include Chefs Timon Balloo of  Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, Chef David Bracha of the River Oyster Bar and Chef Jason Prevatt of  Preston’s Brasserie at the Loeuw's South Beach.

The dinners — five courses made with local, organic products — are scheduled from December 12 through February and begin at 5 PM with a cocktail reception followed by a sunset farm tour conducted by Gabriele around the  five acre organic paradise with fruit trees, edible flowers, mushrooms, and fragrant herbs.    

Dinner in Paradise was created in 2005 by Gabriele Marewski and James Beard Award winning chef Michael Schwartz of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink to raise money for worthy causes and create awareness of local farms, cuisine and chefs. This year the proceeds benefit The Urban Oasis Project (, a not for profit organization whose mission it is to make fresh local food available to every one.  Paradise Farms' Ready to Grow garden beds will be installed in Liberty City and homeless shelters that house children in Miami Dade County.   

Dinners begins at 6 PM.  March & April dinners will begin at 7PM with the cocktail reception at 6PM.  Cost:  $165.50 . For schedule of chefs, information and to make reservations:   visit      



The festivities begin on Wednesday, February 2, with a keg party and live performances by Hoosha followed by London Heights and DJ’s all night.  Complimentary cocktails and beer will be served from 9 to 11 p.m. to the screening of rock & roll flicks such as Streets of Fire and Rock & Roll High School .  Vinyl & Kai Gastropub & Rock Spot will launch their newly created and designed menu (an actual gatefold record and vinyl drink menu) of Tequila-Lime Seared Scallops, Slow Braised Smoky Short Ribs, Bayou Seafood Orzo Jambalaya, Homemade Fish & Chips, Lamb Shank Sheperd’s Pie, Grilled Vegetable Pasta,  Mac Daddy n’ Cheese and more.  RSVP required to

On Thursday, February 3,  there’s a Talent Quest, Nation Karaoke Search hosted by Karo-King.  A $200 cash prize will offered to the best male and female singers ($100 each).  On Friday, February 4:  live local bands including Garabato and Brand Name Punk and on Saturday, February 5: a Retro Edition of the Breakfast Club - the only After Hours party on South Beach with live performances by Stuka and The Tremends. It all culminates on Sunday with the 2011 Super Bowl Bash.

Vinyl & Kai Gastropub & Rock Spot 1131 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, 305.531.2640  





The 65-seat Caffe Da Vinci which opened in Bay Harbor Islands in 1994, reopens after 5-months of renovation with new owners, new looks and a new menu by Executive Chef, Jose Cadavid.   

A late-night lounge will double as Bay Harbor's first-ever supper club with a full-service bar, live entertainment and an eight selection small plate menu. 

The contemporary Italian menu is now spiked with takes on molecular gastronomy, while keeping the tried and true risottos, homemade pastas and ravioli dishes like Lobster Ravioli drizzled in a shrimp cream sauce ($19.99). Fish and meat options include Rossini Filet Mignon with pâté de foie gras and black truffle in a Barolo sauce. ($45.99 for 16oz/ $35.99 for 8oz; Carpaccio Dueto with swordfish and Wagyu Kobe beef; and Zuppa di Mare alla Cioppino with fresh mussels, shrimp, calamari and salmon in a spiced marinara sauce with ciabatta bread ($27.99).  

 Caffé Da Vinci, 1009 Kane Concourse in Bay Harbor Islands. Restaurant and lounge are open daily for lunch 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and dinner from 5 p.m. to 10: 30 p.m. with extended lounge hours until 2 a.m.  305.861.8166 or visit

On Wednesday, November 10, at 5 p.m., Talavera Restaurant owners Eduardo (Lalo) Durazo and Chef Oscar del Rivero kick-off the Margarita Lab, Talavera’s new weekly happy hour with specials on signature cocktails and fresh Mexican fare as well as on the wide selection of tequilas, mezcals, Mexican beers and Mexican and Spanish wines..  

Every Wednesday from 5 p.m.- 9 p.m.  Individual, oversized shots from the “lab” will be specially priced at $3 and the Six Flavor Margarita Sampler ─ a sampler featuring a margarita for each of Talavera’s six signature flavors: strawberry, tamarind, lime, watermelon, cilantro, and mango ─ will cost $16, along with  complimentary tastings of menu items, including Sopes de Hongos con Huitlacoche (fresh corn masa with corn truffle, shiitake mushrooms, pico de gallo and goat cheese), Sopes de Chilorio (fresh corn mesa served with slow-cooked pulled pork and pico de gallo), and Sopes de Pipian Verde (fresh corn masa served with chicken breast in a pumpkin seed sauce with cilantro, lettuce, serrano chiles and cumin.)  

Talavera Restaurant, 2299 Ponce de Leon, on the corner of Giralda,  305.444.2955

mercaditoFollowing Miami Spice, Mercadito Midtown continues with the “Veintidos” lunch menu at $22 dollars per person and the “Treinta y Cinco” dinner menu at $35 dollars per person─ both four courses served family style with one specialty cocktail per person. 

On the menu guacamoles, ceviches, and a variety of tacos such as Chef Sandoval’s pork carnitas tacos with  Michoacán-style braised pork with chile de árbol coleslaw, toasted peanuts; carne tacos with rosemary marinated skirt steak, potato-rajas fundido, and avocado and the popular pescado taco, with tilapia, chile poblano, and tomatillo-garlic mojo. The list includes side dishes and desserts such as flan de cajeta, tres leches, and morenita de chocolate to name a few.

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Mercadito Midtown is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and The taqueria, adjacent to the restaurant, offers take-out and delivery service from 11a.m. to 10p.m.   Midtown at 3252 NE First Avenue.   786.369.0430.

asia de cuba restaurantasia de cuba foodJeffrey Chodorow and Morgan Hotel Groups restaurant Asia de Cuba are offering a $45 prix fixe dinner with menu options including appetizers, entrees and desserts ─ with dishes such as the calamari salad ‘Asia de Cuba,’ miso cured Alaskan Black cod and Chad Sui beef short ribs ─ and a $10 Valet discount. Dinner is offered 7 days-a-week Sun - Thurs 7PM-11PM and Fri - Sat 7PM-12AM.

The $28/person revamped brunch from 11AM–3PM features a selection of Asia de Cuba’s signature dishes along with chef’s selections including Ropa Vieja “Vaca Frita Style”, Spanish Style Breakfast Tortillas, and a variety of chilled salads and Asian crudités. For an additional $25 guests can indulge in an all-you-can-drink Mimosas option. Valet is also discounted to $5 with validation from Asia de Cuba from 12pm-3pm. All brunch guests are invited to stay and join partygoers after brunch to the famous ondrian Sundays pool party.  Asia de Cuba, Mondrian South Beach, 1100 West Avenue, Miami Beach,  (305) 514-1940 .     

Nicola and Fabrizio Carro, Italian twin chefs/owners of Quattro Gastronomia in South Beach and New York City  are offering an exclusive Truffle Menu now through December 2010, in celebration of Italy’s Truffle Season. “The qualities of our white truffles from Alba are personally guaranteed due to the fact that we source and select the truffles directly from Langa,in the Piedmont” notes chef Nicola Carro.”  All plates come with two (2) grams of Alba white truffles shaved on top, including Fontina Cheese Fondue ($48) , Poached Egg Yolk and Toasted Biova Croutons ; Tartare Di Filetto All’Albese -- Tartar of Fillet Mignon, Artichoke Salad and Crispy Parmigiano Reggiano ($55);  “ Langhe” Tagliolini in Italian Butter Sauce($75); Risotto with Piemontese Toma Cheese;  Veal Scaloppini in a Truffle Wine Sauce, Spinach Flan ($85)

Quattro Gastronomia Italiana is open for lunch Monday – Friday from noon to 3:15 p.m.;  and dinner, Monday – Friday, 6:00 p.m. to midnight and Saturday and Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. – midnight  1014 Lincoln Road on South Beach and (305) 531-4833.   


daniel bouludThe biggest splurge at the London Restaurant Festival is a pop-up restaurant in the London Eye ferris wheel. Each night, a single capsule is set up for dinner service by the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Richard Corrigan, and Angela Hartnett. While the other capsules remain dark, guests enjoy a multi-course meal, with one course served per half-hour rotation. Guests split the $16,000 expense ten ways (that’s the number of seats at the capsule’s table), but Daniel Boulud’s dinner was a little different. “A couple that just had a baby booked the whole bloody capsule,” festival director Simon Davis told us. “The husband paid the 10,000 pounds and said, ‘Look I only want it for the two of us — just me and my wife.’”

Initially Davis and his festival co-founder Fay Maschler were a bit nervous about telling Boulud he'd be coming across the pond only for two people (“It's an opportunity for Boulud who just opened his own restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental here to introduce to ten people his food,” says Davis, who also worried about seating two at a table for ten: “I didn’t want them to be like Henry VIII and his wife sitting at two ends of the table!”). But Boulud didn’t mind making it an intimate affair. “I [was] particularly excited [to] be the only restaurant cooking for just two people, so the cabin belong[ed] to us,” Boulud told us over email. “For the first time I [was] chef, maitre d’, host and the entertainment all at once!”

Boulud's five-course dinner included a course of royale of langoustine, artichoke dices, celery, truffle, and truffle foam puff pastry laces. Another course: Paupiette of Dover sole a la ciboulette, pain grille, cauliflower and caviar. “This may be my only opportunity to cook at such a great height,” Boulud told us. “I'm sure it will offer a better view than the Bar Boulud kitchen. I only wish New York had a wheel like this!”

Hey, no one’s stopping him from doing sausages and beer on the Wonder Wheel.

Read more: Daniel Boulud Serves a $16,000 Dinner for Two, in a Ferris Wheel -- Grub Street New York


 A mystery ride to a glamorous annual Florida Heart Institute fundraising event.

On Friday morning, November 5, fifteen or so glistening limousines will be parked in front of Neiman Marcus at The Village of Merrick Park to pick up groups of about 150 ladies dressed to the teeth,  having a Champagne breakfast reception.  None of them knows where they are heading, other than the fact that they are going to have a mystery ride culminating in a fabulous lunch. Watch a clip from last year’s event on NBCNews. 
After the morning’s reception with plenty of Champagne and an informal fashion show at Neiman Marcus in the Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables, each group of 10 ladies will be escorted to the limos and will be handed a sealed envelope containing the name of the mystery restaurant — one of the top notch restaurants and renowned chefs in Miami who will host a fabulous multi-course “heart healthy” lunch paired with wines.
The chauffeured limos will then return the happy guests to Neiman Marcus at The Village of Merrick Park where each participant will receive a gift bag. 
This is part of the Florida Heart Institute Driven to Dine event, a fundraiser to prevent heart disease.
The ladies will meet at Neiman Marcus, 2nd Floor, St. John Knits, Village of Merrick Park at 10:00am and will return at 2:30pm(ish). The cost is $1,500 per limo or $150 per person. For reservations, contact: Sallie Byrd at 305.674.3020, ext 5823. For more information:

 On Saturday, October 30,  Chef Dewey LoSasso of The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar will present a six-course “Fall in the North and South”-themed dinner for 80 food enthusiasts at the James Beard House in New York’s Greenwich Village.  “There is no other platform like the James Beard House,” said The Forge’s owner Shareef Malnik.

The menu will marry the Forge’s dishes with seasonal  creations such as Montauk striped bass and chanterelle strudel, Everglades wild boar crostini, Island Creek Oyster ; Lobster in Two Manners with calabaza blossom and with Pompano Beach ricotta, spiny lobster, wild arugula;  Maine lobster peanut butter & jelly with toasted brioche, chopped peanuts, onion marmalade;  Mutton snapper “in a bag” with  white Alba truffles and Homestead vegetables and Filet mignon with herbed frittata, roasted lila onions, purple haze carrots.

On Wednesdays and Thursdays The Forge offers a 3-course menu for $55 prepared by chef Dewey LoSasso paired with wine flights by sommelier Gino Santangelo .  432 41st Street, Miami Beach,   305.538.8533   



From Friday, October 15, through Monday, November 15,  Solea at the W South Beach is offering a three-course prix fixe dinner menu special for $45 and specials on wines.  Executive chef Michael Gilligan, executive sous chef Steve Acosta and pastry chef Antonio Bachour have put together a series of menus showcasing Solea’s favorites such as gazpacho Andaluz with lemon shrimp confit;  Grilled flatbread topped with roasted eggplant, bell peppers and seared ahi tuna; green beans with Jamón Ibérico and foie gras, wild mushrooms and sherry vinaigrette, and almejas a la plancha – Manilla clams and garlic-parsley oil. Solea, inside the lobby of the W South Beach hotel at 2201 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach. (305) 938-3111.

  Sip & Spa at The Palms is back every Thursday from  6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  with half off all appetizers and cocktails and a complimentary Chandon Rose Brut station between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and half-off all spa services from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Complimentary mini spa treatments and an Aveda retail area will also be available on the Essensia Lounge Terrace. Valet parking is $9.00 for Sip & Spa guests and complimentary if combined with dinner at Essensia Restaurant. The Palms Hotel & Spa3025 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140 305.908.5458                


To celebrate the start of the 2010-2011 Stone Crab season,  beginning Tuesday, October 19th and every Tuesday,  14Thirty-Five, the martini bar at Four Seasons Miami offers an all you can eat stone crabs for $65 per person.  They will serve 25 wines by the glass, 17 types of beer and a large selection of high end cocktails, rums, scotch, tequilas and cognacs as well as a large selection of cigars.

14Thirty-Five at the Four Seasons Hotel Miami  at  1435 Brickell Avenue,   is open daily from 4pm. For more information about 14Thirty-Five's Stone Crab Tuesday's please contact 305-381-3190 or or(305) 965-0235.

 Every Thursday and Friday night in October and November beginning on October 14th,  guests can enjoy dinner, dancing and kick back with the classics and crooners  of the ‘40s, ‘50s ‘60s and ‘70s  at the penthouse-level Carmen’s Restaurant At the Top of the Bridge, the  Bridge Hotel this October.  The cost: A prix fixe three-course Italian themed menu prepared by Chef Dudley Rich and a show for $49.95 (tax and gratuity included) or just the show for $15, or a Prix Fixe dinner and dancing for $40.  

The Bridge Hotel, 999 East Camino Real in Boca Raton. To make reservations, check showtimes, and for more information about the Fall Series at Carmen’s At the Top of the Bridge, call 561-886-4570, or online at  

Whether you root for The Eagles, The Jets or The Dolphins, West Palm Beach’s quintessential burger joint, Grease Burger Bar, welcomes football fanatics every week for their Sunday Tailgate Party. From 11:30am – 2:00pm patrons can watch their favorite teams and Fantasy Football players on 14 flat screens while enjoying $1 Sliders, $1 BBQ Chips, $5 Mimosas and $5 Bloody Marys. From open to close, Grease also offers $12 buckets of domestic beers and of course their full menu of hand-shaped 10oz juicy award-winning burgers, salads, chicken sandwiches, wings and all the sides you’d expect at your neighborhood watering hole. Grease is located at 213 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach FL, 33401 | 561.651.1075 |


Through October 17th Legal Sea Foods’ Oyster Festival offers featured menu items and special events including: Shellfish Shindig ‘shuckout’, Mollusk Mania tutorial, Bivalve Brew ‘haha’ beer tasting and Sip, Slurp and Sup wine dinner.

 Legal Sea Foods is located at 6000 Glades Road at Town Center in Boca Raton.  Call 561-447-2112 for Oyster Festival information and event reservations.  For more information about Legal Sea Foods and events, please visit

Through October, Por Fin offers power lunch specials available Monday through Friday for $19.50 and $23.50. To check out their menu: 2500 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL 33134 305-441-0107

 Starting October 1, Monday-Saturday from 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Emeril’s Miami Beach is offering a 2-course lunch for $20, with a choice of appetizer an entrée or entrée and dessert.  Emeril’s Miami Beach, on the lobby level of the St. Moritz Tower of the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, 1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139. To make a reservation (305) 695-4550.

On  Sunday, October 17th, from 3 to 6 p.m. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill will host the First Annual Ceviche Throwdown in collaboration with Miami International Wine Fair, in support of the Louisiana fishermen.

Some of Miami's top chefs — Timon Balloo of SUGARCANE raw bar grill; Douglas Rodriguez of Ocean; Jonathan Eismann of Fin; Kris Wessel of Red Light; Andrea Randazzo of The Water Club; Phillip Bryant of Norman's 180; Juan Chipoco of Ceviche 105; Tim Andriola of Timo; and Dena Marino   among them — will prepare 11 different ceviches paired with white and bubbly wines  to be tasted by the public and judged by a panel of judges.   

Advance tickets are available for purchase online at  for $40 and at the MIWF fair grounds (Miami Beach Convention Center, Hall C  ).  Tickets at the door: $50 per person. All proceeds from that day will be donated to Friends of the Fisherman, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to help Louisiana's fishermen in their greatest time of need.  This event will also serve as the official closing party for MIWF. 

SUGARCANE raw bar grill,3250 NE 1st Avenue,Miami, FL,  


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