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BACK TO SCHOOL KIDS' DINNER SPECIALS AT CREPES & CO., CORAL GABLES
In addition to their regular menu, Crepes & Co. is offering a Back to School Dinner Special. Children’s menu for $5.97 will be served to kids under 12 who dine with their parents or other adults. Parents will be offered a complimentary glass of wine with the purchase of an entree. The kids’ menu includes goodies such as chicken and cheddar cheese or ham and cheese crêpes, and desserts like flan with caramel sauce; dulce de leche and burnt-sugar crêpes; brownie cup with vanilla ice cream and chocolate. Crepes & Co. is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and dinner Wednesday through Saturday from 6:30 to 10 p.m. 276 Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables. 305-446-4545.
MANDARIN ORIENTAL, MIAMI ROCKS WITH DECADENT WEEKEND PACKAGE
As celebrities and the rich and famous descend upon Miami to attend the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards to be held at the American Airlines Arena on Sunday, August 28, 2005, Mandarin Oriental is offering everything from in-room spa pampering to personal butlers and VIP gifts for guests to enjoy over this star-studded weekend.
An exclusive “Miami All Access” pass for $29,000 includes a three-night stay (Rate is subject to availability, based on single or double occupancy and inclusive of tax. Additional supplements may apply) valid from Friday, August 26 through Monday, August 29, 2005. . “Based upon the incredible demand from last year’s awards show for unusual requests for over-the-top services, we created this fantasy rock star experience,” said general manager Jorge Gonzalez . The three-night “Miami All Access” package includes: Accommodation in one the hotel’s two presidential suites with a full bar set-up -- The Oriental Suite, atop the 20th floor, features a living room with working fireplace, multimedia screening room with state-of-the-art electronics, grand piano and wraparound balcony; The Mandarin Suite features a gourmet kitchen, oversize plasma screen TV and its own private spa--; a chilled bottle of Cristal Rosé Champagne with Beluga caviar on arrival; a chauffeured Hummer for three days; personal butler on 24-hour duty; nightly turndown including tailor-made bath rituals with scents of exotic flowers and aromatherapy oils; daily signature spa treatments per person per stay for late-night party goers; a six-course tasting menu dinner for two at Azul restaurant special prepared by Chef Clay Conley with sommelier wine selection and VIP seating; private beach cabana including Spa Bento Box Lunch and unlimited soft beverages and fresh fruit for the duration of the stay; Two martini cocktails at M-Bar; $300 Gift certificate for a pair of “Rock & Republic” jeans at Neiman Marcus; a Beach “Survivor” Kit including Sun protection and designer his and her swimwear, Dolce & Gabbana beach towel, Gucci Horsebit Logo sunglasses for her and Dior Metal Aviator shades for him all to be packaged in a Mandarin Oriental, Miami Spa beach bag engraved with Swarovski crystals; and more goodies. For more information log on to www.mandarinoriental.com.
FLAVORS OF AN EMPIRE, THE ART OF PERUVIAN CUISINE THROUGH AUGUST 31, SONESTA HOTELS IN COCONUT GROVE AND SUNNY ISLES
This month of August, Sonesta Hotels of Florida in cooperation with the Sonesta Hotels Posadas de Inca of Peru, the Consulate General of Peru in Miami and Club de peruanos present "Flavors of an Empire." The culinary festival will feature menus of traditional and contemporary Peruvian specialties prepared by Chef Kurtis Jantz of Trump International Sonesta Beach Resort in Sunny Isles, Chef Christopher Cramer and guest chef Rafael Piqueras-Bertie one Peru’s star chefs and the Executive Chef of the Sonesta Hotels of Peru- Posadas del Inca. “Chef Piqueras is currently traveling around the world showcasing Peruvian food on behalf of the Peruvian government. He is currently in China with Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo,” said George Cozonis, General Manager of Sonesta Coconut Grove. In 2003, Chef Piqueras, who worked at “El Bulli ” under the famed Ferran Adria, was named one of the Top Twelve Best Chefs of the World representing Latin America in the International Gastronomy Summit in Madrid. www.flavorsofanempire.com
“The cuisine of Perú is one of the most sophisticated of South American cuisines with its fusion of Spanish, native Indian, African, French, and Asian influences,” said Chef Cramer who worked with Chef Piqueras-Bertie in Lima. The month-long menu will offer items such as Martini de ceviche ($10), a Seafood ceviche topped with yellow-pepper froth; Tiradito de lenguado Nikkei ($9) Thinly-sliced flounder in Peruvian-Japanese marinade, served with sweet potato, deep-fried cancha or Peruvian corn & yucca chips; Aji De Gallina ($17), a traditional Peruvian comfort food with shredded chicken in creamy yellow-pepper sauce, garnished with fresh cheese, olives, peanuts and hard-cooked egg; Lomo Saltado ($21), the most traditional of Peruvian dishes: a stir-fry of beef with tomatoes and onions, seasoned with soy sauce and flambéed with Pisco with a side of fried potato sticks and white rice. For desserts( $7): Suspiro a la limeña de lúcuma y chocolate bitter and Huevo Chimbo, a Pisco doused version of Baba au Rhum.
The Peruvian menus will be featured at: Panorama Restaurant, at the Sonesta Hotel & Suites Coconut Grove, 2889 McFarlane Road in the heart of Coconut Grove. . Reservations: 305-447-8256. Full menu is available for lunch and dinner.
Neomi's Grill, at Trump International Sonesta Beach Resort in Sunny Isles, 18001 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles. Reservations: 305-692-5600. www.MiamiRestaurantMonth.com.