Archive | October, 2012

___Japanese Market___ Great Asian Cuisine in Normandy Village (Part 3)

31 Oct

Let’s get one thing straight, although this place is called The Japanese Market it is actually a sushi bar that happens to be set in the front corner of a very authentic Japanese market. Now ask yourself, how could a place that is hard to find, confusing to look up, and only open from 11:30AM to 6:30PM gain a cult following of sushi lovers? Well the answer should be obvious. The sushi is incredible!

I typically have my phone glued to my ear during lunch breaks, but the rules here are strict, no phones, no pictures, and reservations are encouraged because space is always limited at this sought after sushi bar. The hours are equally strict, Wednesday to Saturday 11:30 AM – 6:30 PM, Every Sunday 12:00 PM – 5:30 PM.

The chef takes great pride in his work. The sushi rice is masterfully prepared and each piece of fresh fish is placed atop in a surgeon-like manner. Authentic, delicious, and bargain prices make this hole-in-the-wall an underground foodie favorite.

(The above picture was pulled off of their website in order to respect the “no phone” policy)

The Sushi Market is located at 1412 79th Street Causeway

Hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11:30 AM – 6:30 PM and Every Sunday 12:00 PM – 5:30 PM (closed Monday and Tuesday)

Call 305-861-0143 for reservations.

Japanese Market Sushi Bar is definitely a local’s favorite, check it out!



_______BENIHANA_______ Great Asian Cuisine In Normandy Village (Part 2)

22 Oct

Benihana first opened in 1964 on West 56th Street in New York City by 25-year-old Hiroaki “Rocky” Aoki, an Olympic qualifying wrestler who started the restaurant from $10,000 dollars that he saved from his job driving an ice-cream truck in Harlem.   Aoki’s concept of  meals theatrically prepared by a knife-wielding, joke-telling chef enabled Benihana to gain a reputation for unbeatable fried rice and entertainment that soon drove the likes of Muhamed Ali and The Beatles to take a seat around a Benihana Teppanyaki table (Teppan meaning “steel grill” or “griddle” and yaki meaning “grilled” or “broiled”).

Since then Benihana has grown to 79 locations throughout The Americas including my lifelong favorite Benihana located at 1665 NE 79 Street Causeway.

“Benihana Birthday” an old school experience that is priceless.    I remember as a little kid thinking this was the best of the best for a bday experience. We are talking singing chefs, funky ice cream sundae and a Polaroid custom Benihana picture….and it never gets old!  Benihana is a childhood favorite that I like to return to a few times every year and definitely worth mentioning/visiting.
Check out for a full list of menu items and other locations.  It doesn’t really matter what you order as a main dish, just remember your stomach only has so much space, be sure to give the fried rice priority.

The 79th street Asian food scene is booming but Benihana was the original.  Good big, Go Hibachi!


Danny Hertzberg featured on HGTV’s “The Perfect Place” at 5pm tonight!

21 Oct

A few months back I had the honor of showing my good friends, Jared and Stacey Galbut, three gorgeous real estate properties around Miami.

As we checked out these fantastic locations and the equally amazing neighborhoods that surround them we were joined by a great film crew.  With the footage that the crew was able to get, HGTV’s new series “The Perfect Place” was born and the first episode airs tonight!

Please tune in to HGTV at 5PM EST.  I truly appreciate your support and I hope you enjoy watching “The Perfect Place”.

Again, the episode airs tonight at 5pm but if you just can’t wait that long, check out this sneak peak video!


Miami HGTV  Channel guide:

Comcast: channel 61 

Atlantic Broadband channel 57




Great Asian Cuisine In Normandy Village (Part 1) SAWADDEE THAI

8 Oct

Miami may not have a China Town like NYC or San Fran…but we do have an emerging Asian community on 79th street between Biscayne Blvd. and Collins Ave. This post will be the first of a three part series featuring Asian cuisine gems hidden in the quiet neighborhood of Normandy Village.
Sawaddee Thai is a place that had been mentioned to me by a few friends and after seeing the Yelp reviews I was sold.  Tucked away on a side street right off of 79th (6968 Bay Drive to be exact) this hole in the wall is amazing!  Although Yelp lists the ambience as “casual” I would opt to use words such as funky, bizarre and unique when describing the area.  Dimly lit by hanging lantern lights paired with Asian knickknack, including an interesting Buddha figure carrying an electric ball, you certainly don’t feel like you are in Kansas anymore.  The place is very small and authentic (I mean a 16 seat capacity small and so authentic you can barely understand your waitress).  With five years in business Sawaddee remains one of the best kept foodie secrets in Miami.

We started our dining experience by ordering a plate of spring rolls to munch on while we thoroughly looked over the menu.  Once the spring rolls hit the table I knew I had not been led astray by the recommendations to stop here.  Service was quick and before I knew it Vegetable Pad Thai and Ginger Pineapple Duck had quickly landed a spot in my stomach and a permanent spot as my new favorite authentic Thai restaurant.  Call (305) 866-8111 now for delivery.  If you try any other items on the menu please leave a comment about it on my blog.

*Heads up, Sawaddee doesn’t serve alcohol but you can B.Y.O.S (bring your own sake)

Stay tuned for more news on the best Asian Cuisine on the beach!


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