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  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 ...

L’echon Brasserie opens at the Hilton Cabana Miami Beach Hotel

  L’echon Brasserie, the Hilton Cabana Miami Beach Hotel    6261 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach,  786.483.1611. A seaside, French-style brasserie with the Latin touch

La Mar by Gaston Acurio at The Mandarin Oriental Miami

  La Mar by Gaston Acurio at The Mandarin Oriental Miami 500 Brickell Key Dr.Miami, FL 33131. Downtown Miami.  (305) 913-8358 the quintessential modern Peruvian experience, on the waterfront


What's New

  • Stripsteak by Michael Mina opens at Fontainebleau Miami Beach...
  • Mignonette, another oyster bar, opens in South Wynwood...
  • Graspa Group opens Midtown Oyster Bar...
  • CVI.CHE105 on Lincoln Road mars glory of Peruvian cuisine...
  • Moye opens on Brickell, Specializing In Apulian Cuisine...
  • Miam Café & Boutique opens in Wynwood Arts District...

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; 

The Buzz

  • The Traymore Gin Bar launches Happy Hour, Miami Beach...
  • Patricia Yeo new Executive Chef At Khong River House, Miami Beach...
  • Gelato Go opens third location in Miami Beach...
  • Norman Van Aken to open cooking school in April 2015...
  • Miami vs. Palm Beach: Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival’s Street Food...
  • Cecconi's $4 to $7 Happy Hour, Miami Beach...
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Food & Wine News

  • Rapper Jay-Z acquires luxury Champagne brand Armand de Brignac...
  • Beaujolais Nouveau 2014 to be released on Nov 20... 
  • Food Network Star opens Casting Call, Nov. 15, in Miami... 
  • Chefs: register to win $10,000 at Annual Grand Chef Throwdown Competition... 
  • Saffron farming is revived after 200 years in Saffron Walden, Essex, UK... 
  • SOMM Journal and The Tasting Panel open essay competition for wine writers...
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-- Chefs and scientists team up to make Japanese food even more delicious (from the Wash Post)
-- The Gelato World Tour, Rimini, Italy, September 5 - 7, 2014
--Seven Tips for Planning a Wine Vacation by Michael Green..       
 -- Peru: A land of wonders, Part I - II and III   
-- Chef Heston Blumenthal to launch restaurant at
Heathrow Airport, London...

mendoza gauchos
  -- Harvest Fest, Mendoza, Argentina  
-- Bellavista, Santiago Chile, artistic, bohemian...
--  Brussels, Belgium : cool, fun and modern...
--  Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem, Israel


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A wine lover’s day in heaven!  Vega-Sicilia celebrates its 150th anniversary...
Drinking your wine and keeping it too with Greg Lambrecht, Inventor, Founder and Chairman of Coravin System...
Winemakers Bo and Heidi Barrett of Barrett & Barrett, Napa CA -  the superstars of the American wine world...
Gradis'Ciutta, delicious wines from Collio, Italy, so great with food...
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Chef John Moeller:Dining at the White House—From the President’s Table to Yours
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Jen Karetnick, author of MANGO will be at the International Miami Book Fair, Nov. 16 - 23


Jennifer McLagan, author of Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor, with Recipes 

Allen Salkin author of From Scratch: Inside the Food Network

Janet Fletcher, Planet Cheese, on enjoying eating cheeses and lactose intolerance.







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