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Love food? Miami’s best fusion restaurants

August 17, 2015
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Although Miami has an indisputable Latin flavour to it, but step inside some of our favourite South Beach restaurants and you’ll find dishes with mouth-watering aromas from all over the globe. Are you brave enough to try all five? Strap yourself in for a culinary world tour…!

 

Juvia

Located at the very top of the famous 1111 Lincoln Road building, the views at Juvia will take your breath away – especially if you can get a table at sunset. True fusion food, you’ll be tasting hints of Japanese, French and Peruvian flavours,  with beautiful raw fish dishes (try the tuna). Be warned, the prices make it a “special occasion” spot, and be sure to reserve in advance, this rooftop resto is always packed.Juvia Miami 

Sushi Samba

The name gives it away – Japanese and Brazilian dishes (with a little peruvian influence thrown in for good measure) shine at this colourful, You’ll see sushi, churrasco, ceviches, tiraditos and anticuchos on the menu, which you’ll want to wash down with a tangy caipirinha, followed by a glass fo sake for the true fusion experience!. For dessert, we recommend Sushi Samba‘s warm churros with a pair of spiced caramel and Peruvian chocolate dipping sauces.Sushi Samba Miami Fusion Restaurant

Balans

Grab a tableon the shaded outdoor patio of this British import for an easy, breezey Miami-style brunch.  The asian fusion menu features favourites like Thai salad and sweet potato soufflé with leeks and garlic, while the lobster spaghetti has been described as “unforgettable”. However, it’s the sweets that are the real stars of Balans – try the white chocolate cheesecake or the apple tart with sour cream ice cream.Balans Miami Restaurant

Tamara

If you’re looking for the mediterranean fare and sophistication of the French Riviera, you’ll find it at Tamara, inside the National Hotel. Elegant and innovative fish dishes (among others) are served up in this classy Art Deco-style dining room. Take a table outside for great people-watching and a view of the pool.

 

 

 

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The Restaurant at the Setai

If you’re looking for something really special (and have the budget to go with it) step into the stunning Setai hotel, whose restaurant is known amongst foodies in Miami for it’s unbelievable flavours and culinary artistry. It’s global-fusion at its best, with everything from delicate duck consomme, to light shrimp mousse. The free-flow champagne brunch is the most sophisticated buffet you’ll ever have the pleasure of lining up for.Setai-Restaurant-Miami

 

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Top Terraces in South Beach, Miami

June 13, 2015
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One of the best ways to take full advantage of the idyllic South Beach environment is through relaxing on a stunning terrace. It’s the perfect way to spend time outside and admire view, enjoy a drink, and meet with colleagues. Once you find that perfect spot, it can be your personal paradise. Whether it’s a rooftop or beachside patio, we’ve got only the best of the best South Beach terraces to recommend!

 

HIGHBAR

With an infinity pool, lush landscaping, and a clean, modern white design, HIGHBAR is the ultimate glamorous Miami pool party. This oasis features private cabanas with flat screen TVS, surround sound systems, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Even better is a 2 for 1 happy hour from 5-8pm, every day. Don’t forget about the view – an impressive stretch of the Atlantic Ocean brings a sparkling backdrop to the already sensational surroundings.Rooftop bar South Beach Miami

Terrazza

Dine al fresco at Terrazza, where breakfast and brunch are the main features of this casual, yet dazzling Italian restaurant. Every Sunday is a special Ladies Brunch from 11am – 4pm that offers unlimited mimosas, Bellini’s, Bloody Mary’s, and of course a tasty brunch with items like lemon ricotta pancakes. The terrace overlooks the infamous Shore Club infinity pool and creates an impressive dining experience in the bright morning sunlight.Terrasse South Beach Miami

 

C-Level Rooftop Terrace at the Clevelander Hotel

It’s hard to beat the 360-panoramic views of the C-Level Rooftop Terrace. From here, you can see the glittering Atlantic Ocean, Ocean Drive, Lummus Park, the Miami skyline, and the Port of Miami. It’s easy to lose track of time basking in the sunlight or enjoying the nightlife, featuring some entertaining live performances from Thursday to Sunday. What kind of performances? Try international DJs, dancers, and a fire-breathing stilt walker!Clevelander hotel terrasse Miami

Juvia

This penthouse-level terrace brings phenomenal, sweeping views of South Beach to the lucky patrons inside. With an enticing menu built on a coordinated blend of French, Japanese, and Peruvian cooking styles partnered with gorgeous décor and regal purple-on-white accents, Juvia’s terrace ambiance is unparalleled.Terrasse South Beach Miami

 

Sunset Lounge

Sunset Lounge is the pure embodiment of a romantic atmosphere. Watch the sunset as you revel in the good vibes created by the mood-fitting music, expertly crafted cocktails, and an appetizing menu selection. Happy hour is from 6-9pm, but you’ll want to stay the entire night in Sunset Lounge’s carefully thought out spaces, which has a lobby bar and lounge, poolside area, and private cabanas.Miami Terrasse sunset

 

South Beach’s terraces bring a piece of paradise to everyday life. The only problem you’ll have is trying to find the time to visit all of these places!

 

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Fine Dining in South Beach? Try These Restaurants

May 7, 2015
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South Beach might just be the tropical destination for the luxury experiences. Frequented by tourists, South Beach has hundreds of high end nightclubs, boutiques, and hotels. With a myriad of places to eat at, navigating the restaurant scene can be confusing. Luckily, we’ve found some of the best fine dining establishments to try whenever you’re down at South Beach!

 

Pied à Terre – French

French cuisine is usually the first thing people think of when someone mentions “fine dining”. Being the only restaurant in Miami to serve contemporary French food, Pied à Terre follows up on the promise of an exceptional and authentic dining experience. They focus on quality, fresh, and flavourful dishes, with classical French cooking techniques. As French cuisine typically does not incorporate creams or uses minimal amounts of butter, you can be sure you’re getting a light and healthy meal.Delicious food Miami beach

 

OLA – Latin American

With a mouth-watering selection of ceviches, tempting entrées, and Latin cocktails, it’s hard to resist trying out this neighbourhood gem. If you like bold flavours look no further because this establishment has won numerous awards based on just that. Not only that, the atmosphere of the restaurant gives off a warm and comfortable feel. Wonderfully spiced and charmingly served, Latin American cuisine will win anyone over.Delicious Tacos Miami Beach

 

Katsuya – Japanese

A spirited chorus of “Irashaimase”, a classic Japanese greeting, will welcome you as you enter this sleek and modern establishment. Traditional Japanese cuisine is given a fresh twist here, with speciality signatures like crispy rice with spicy tuna, Katsuya ceviche, and the sunset roll. Served as small platters, it allows guests to have a taste of many different items from the menu. Complementing their enticing dishes is a team of mixologists who have created award winning cocktails, notably the spicy concoction known as the Burning Mandarin.Delicious Sushi in Miami Beach

 

1826 Restaurant and Lounge – American

A truly upscale dining experience, Trophée Passion gold winner Chef Luke Bergman brings his refined culinary palette to the forefront with a modern American menu. Everything you order is not only delicious, but a marvel to look at as well. Try out the octopus a la planche or zucchini blossoms as a starter, the Long Island duck duo for an entrée, and finish off with one of their many gorgeous desserts.Delicious meal Miami beach

 

Osteria Del Teatro – Italian

Osteria Del Teatro is no beginner when it comes to praise, awards, and famous guests, being more than 25 years in business. Their quaint Italian pasta and seafood has been continually praised for its excellence and quality, and the service is attentive and friendly. The small size of the restaurant gives it an intimate feel, and numerous positive food critiques have made this place an iconic part of South Beach.Delicious Shrimp Miami Beach

 

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Get to know…. Miami Design District

November 20, 2014
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Done with the beach? Ready to explore a little? Well, why not pencil in a date with the design district? It’s perfect for when you need a little retail therapy (or, ok, window shopping) and want to explore a little outside of South Beach. As a bonus, from Dec 3-7 this year, the district is hosting an Art Basel satellite event, ‘Design Miami’, where Designers, collectors, dealers and curators from around the world will participate in lectures, exhibits and design installations.

 

Not quite as trendy or well-known as Wyndham, but better looking and more interesting than downtown Miami, this northern corner of midtown boasts over 100 galleries and showrooms (who open their doors for popular art nights two nights a month) as well as antiques dealers, creative spaces, and upscale design and fashion retailers like Luminaire Lab, Ligne Roset, Christian Louboutin and Louis Vuitton. Think of it as a lesser-known (for now) Lincoln Road.

 

If your wallet doesn’t stretch to a prada purse, then you can while away a few hours at home excellent restaurants like Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink (try the passion fruit caipirinha) and the open-air Mandolin Aegean Bistro, where traditional Turkish and Greek house specialties will transport you to a balmy seaside café no matter what the weather.

 

When you’ve had your fill of gallery browsing and window shopping, head south to Wynwood, north to explore Little Haiti and the historic 1920s Buena Vista neighborhood, or take a peek at the wealthy Upper East Side neighborhoods to the east.

 

Love fish? Top seafood restaurants in South Beach

July 27, 2014
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There are few things more disappointing than sitting on a gorgeous oceanfront restaurant, only to find out that the tasteless seafood in front of you has been frozen solid between the moment it was caught and ended up on your plate. There’s no doubt about it, the best seafood is fresh seafood. If you want to enjoy seafood where the chefs know to accentuate the natural flavors of the sea without overwhelming, then check out these excellent seafood restaurants in Miami Beach.

A Fish Called Avalon

The historic Avalon Majestic hotel hasn’t changed a great deal since the architectural resurrection across Miami Beach. The indoor restaurant and tiered dining patio are relaxed and inviting; the use of quality local ingredients really make the dishes here stand out, and while there’s a limited wine list available, there is no doubt that even the more discriminating connoisseur will find a selection or two. For a menu and reservations, go to their official website.

Joe’s Stone Crab

This South Beach restaurant has been an institution since the early 1900s, serving the distinctively sweet claw of the stone crab. While there’s been expansion and renovation, the concept behind Joe’s Stone Crab remains gratifyingly simple. Because no reservations are accepted, it may be a lilttle wait for a table, so come moderately hungry and build your appetite in line. Learn more about Joe’s here.

La Gloutonnerie

If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you combine traditional French cuisine with the joie de vivre of modern Miami, visit La Gloutonnerie and find out for yourself. The crabs, shrimps and Oysters are world class, but the homemade croissants also deserve a special mention. You can learn more about the menu or make reservations on the official website.

Poseidon Greek Restaurant & Outdoor Lounge

Just as La Gloutonnerie infuses seafood with traditional French gastronomy, you can enjoy authentic Greek cuisine and wonderfully fresh seafood at Poseidon. With the combination of Greek starters (think pita platters and assorted spreads), Greek music in the background, and an assortment of different seafood options, there is no denying that Poseidon impresses. Make reservations on their site.

AltaMare

Even though the original location was more of an ‘insiders’ secret, the new, more expansive space has given AltaMare the attention it deserves. The main focus is fresh fish, with a spotlight on locally-sourced seasonal produce. With a wide selection of wines and simple yet sophisticated contemporary fare, AltaMare is certainly worth a visit. Their specials and menu are listed online.

Awesome Miami Activities You Never Considered

January 15, 2014
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When people think about Miami they normally default to the sun, sea and sand vision of this popular southern destination – and if you’re staying in one of our apartments in South Beach, then you know how exciting this part of the city can be. But there is so much more to this little corner of Florida, with something to satisfy everyone from art lover to surfer chick. Here are some activities you never knew Miami was great for:

Hiking: With it’s tropical flora and plentiful wildlife, Miami is perfect for nature-lovers and hiking enthusiasts alike. Check out Ash Creek Park, the site of a Tequesta Indian village between 500 B.C. and 1300 A.D., or the Anhinga Trail in the Everglades National Park, where you’ll have no trouble spotting alligators sunning themselves by the waterfront.

Food: You may be aware of the myriad of incredible restaurants in Miami – but there’s only so many times a day one can eat out. Fill in the gaps with food tours and cooking classes. The highly rated excursions at Miami Culinary Tours include tastings and trivia for lots of different neighborhoods, while Ayesha’s Kitchen offers up something a little different – Indian cooking classes guaranteed to get your tastebuds tingling.

Adventure Sports: Ever heard of a flyboard? Well, it’s a jetpack that goes on your feet – think snowboarding on air – and you can do it right here in Miami! With training from a skilled instructor and a little practice, you can surf the sky or go underwater – all with the exhilarating propulsion of your own personal jetpack.

Boating: Could there be a more romantic way to see Miami than from a sailboat at sunset? Join one of the Biscayne Bay tours which stop at exotic islands and beautiful bird sanctuaries, or splash out and charter a boat for a luxury getaway to the Florida Keys.

History: Miami was a hot destination long before the Kardashians went shopping there. Join one of History Miami’s walking tours and learn all about the art deco architecture of South Beach, the cuban influence in Little Havana, and the botanical gardens by the Collins Canal.