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Authentic Indian Cuisine in Sunny Isles – Copper Chimney

12 Sep

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In the corner of a Sunny Isles strip mall there is a hidden gem of authentic Indian food that should truly be on everyone’s best of Miami list. Copper Chimney is amazing, hands down the best Indian food in Miami! Copper Chimney specializes in Tandoor (clay oven) dishes. The food is spicy; the kind of spicy where your tongue is burning but you still can’t stop eating because it is so delicious. Unless you like your dishes with a lot of heat, ask for mild. We went for medium, it was almost too hot to handle but with the spice came an irresistible burst of flavor.

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Copper Chimney is family owned. The owners are gracious hosts who clearly have a lot of pride for the quality of both food and service. Bollywood movies play in the background while patrons feast on simmering dishes, succulent sauces and baskets of fresh naan. Here is a link to Copper Chimney’s menu, check it out before you go because there are over 50 delicious Indian dishes for you to choose from.

For those of you who feel that Sunny Isles is a little out of your way, there is still hope. I was told Copper Chimney plans to open a second location in Downtown Miami, which we are very excited about.

Enjoy!

DH

Copper Chimney

18090 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

(305) 974-0075

Wine and Food Festival 2013

21 Feb

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February is world known as the month of love. In Miami Beach a love specifically for food and wine takes form as the Wine and Food Festival (WFF). This year WFF will be held during the weekend of February 21-24. WFF 2013 promises to be bigger and better than ever before. You may have noticed the banners popping up over the McCarthur causeway (and well… everywhere else) announcing the appearances of food personalities such as Guy Fereil and Paula Abdeen. WFF has a talent for bringing in all of our favorite culinary celebrities and allowing us to observe them as they work their magic in person by attending events such as BBQ & The Blues, Carnivorous Dinner, Swine & Wine, The Grand Tasting Village, Tribute Dinner, and Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best.

WFF should be treated as a five course meal because every event (such as a film screening of my favorite food documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” hosted by Anthony Bourdain, Garden to Glass held in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Amstel Light Burger Bash hosted by Rachel Ray and Celebrity Chef Golf Tournament hosted by José Andrés at Turnberry Isle Miami) is as impossible to pass up as the next. Purchase tickets on the official WFF website and do it ASAP because tickets are selling like hot cakes. This year’s festival ends with a closing ceremony featuring a cook off and concert between Ziggy Marley and Guy Fereil! Happy WFF 2013!

Foodie Finds: Jugo Fresh

23 Apr

My first job at 15 years old was at the Smoothie King on Alton road.  As a result, I have always been a smoothie connosieur of sorts, constantly on the look out for the best smoothies.  After a recent discovery, I can happily announce that the search has ended – Jugo Fresh officially earns the crown for the best smoothie on the beach.

Located on 20th St. (between West Ave. & Alton Rd.), Jugo Fresh is an organic juice bar/smoothie bar in the hot new area off purdy Lounge.   This spot is unlike any other juice or smoothie bar in that it uses a cold-press system that can take up to 45 minutes for just one serving of juice!  The result is an unpasteurized and “alive” juice that contains five times as many nutrients as regular juice.

Despite having a menu with more than 20 beverages, I think it could use one or two more “mainstream” fruit options…but the bottom line is that these “foodie”-style smoothie blends are delicious and nutritious.  They’re on the pricier side but definitely worth the price tag.

Other mentionables include a cool vibe and very knowledgeable staff that is more than happy to answer any of your questions about the blends and their ingredients.  And if you’re looking for a way to detox, Jugo Fresh also features a 3-day juice cleanse with free delivery on Miami Beach.

Conveniently located right next to Foot Works (an amazing running store) and just around the corner from Green Monkey (my favorite yoga studio..post coming soon), Jugo Fresh is the perfect post-yoga smoothie/juice spot.

Happy juicing,

DH

Miami Must: Wynwood Art Walk

13 Apr

Street Art and Graffiti at Wynwood Walls

Whether you’re an art aficionado or just appreciate a great people-watching crowd, Wynwood Art Walk is definitely a MUST in Miami.  Held every second Saturday from 7-11pm in Wynwood (an artsy spot nestled between Downtown Miami and the Design District), Art Walk is essentially a smorgasbord of art, food, music and mingling.  If you haven’t yet checked it out, be sure to catch the next one this Saturday [tomorrow], April 14th.

Outdoors dining at Wynwood Kitchen and Bar 

These days, there’s so much to take in and see at Art Walk with over 60 art galleries, art complexes and collections in Wynwood [check out the Miami New Times’ guide to 8 “unmissible” shows this Saturday here].  But one thing you cannot miss is The Wynwood Walls –  an open-air “art park” featuring incredible murals of street art and graffiti [see top photo for a glimpse].  Take a stroll around the park, stop by the outdoor bar for a drink, groove with local DJs, and check out the black-light bus that’s like a time warp to the 70’s.

Artwork inside Wynwood Kitchen and Bar

 While you’re feeding your soul with art, why not feed your stomach?  Wynwood Kitchen and Bar is a great spot located right at the Wynwood Walls.  Or, if you prefer to eat and walk, hit up the food trucks for an incredible array of cuisine, from tacos to falafel to burgers and grilled cheese.  Check out the full food truck lineup for this Art Walk here.

Checking out a gallery with friends at Art Walk.

Caipirinhas food truck parked at Art Walk.

Although Art Walk technically ends at 11pm, the party definitely doesn’t stop [this is Miami, after all].  If you’re looking for some “after hours” fun, check out Wood Tavern for a chill bar experience, Bardot for a party atmosphere, or Cafeina for a lounge ambiance.

The main area of the Wynwood Art Walk is between 20 St & 36 St and from NW 2nd Ave to NE 2nd Ave. – if you plan on driving, get there early for best parking.

Have a great weekend!

DH

[All photos shot by Lindsay Rubens]

Foodie Finds: Eating House

9 Apr

“Fried Chicken Thighs”: Photo via miaminewtimes.com

The latest foodie hotspot to hit the Miami scene is Eating House, a “pop-up” restaurant in Coral Gables.  Despite its popularity in other major cities, the pop-up restaurant is a relatively new concept to Miami.  Essentially, a pop-up restaurant is a temporary restaurant that “pops up” in an already existing restaurant space.  It’s a great way for young chefs to gain exposure and experiment without the financial risk of opening a restaurant.

At Eating House, local Miami chef Giorgio Rapicavoli (who you might recognize as the winner of “Chopped” on the Food Network) has taken over dinnertime at Cafe Ponce, a quaint eatery in the Gables that serves only breakfast and lunch.  And by the looks (and taste) of it, it won’t be long before Giorgio sets up shop in a permanent spot of his own.

“Homestead Tomatoes”: Photo via yelp.com

The ever-changing menu consists of about a dozen small plates meant to be shared (although you won’t want to – the food is too good).  I went with a small group and we ordered one of every item on the menu  – and asked for a second (okay, and  third) of dishes like the fried chicken thighs and waffles, korean BBQ brussel sprouts, homestead tomatoes, braised short rib, and the duck breast.

But be sure to save room for dessert: treats like the “breakfast” (two words: coca puffs) and the “dirt cup” (salted Oreo crumbs? GENIUS) are too good to pass up.

“Breakfast”: Photo via http://bvsc.tumblr.com/

Eating House is open from 7pm-1am, Tuesday through Sunday.  Be sure to check it out before it closes up shop late this summer – you’ll be sad you missed it!

Miami Happenings: Sony Ericsson Open and Miami Beach Fashion Week

21 Mar

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It’s officially Spring and Miami is buzzing – but it’s not just the fratastic college spring-breakers and Winter Music Conference dance music fanatics making all the noise.  With the onset of March in Miami comes a handful of events to keep your schedule jam-packed –  whether you’re an Avicci fan or not.

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One of Miami’s best spring events (and biggest sporting events) is the Sony Ericsson Open.   Drawing more than 200,000 spectators every year, the Ericsson features the world’s top-ranked 96 men and 96 women in singles matches (think: tennis stars like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Serena and Venus Williams, and Maria Sharapova), and the top 32 men’s and 32 women’s teams in doubles matches.  Running from March 19 through April 1, the tournament takes place on Key Biscayne at the historic Tennis Center at Crandon Park, located at 7300 Crandon Boulevard.

In addition to the tennis action, the Ericsson offers some fantastic options for foodies.  This year, the tournament is serving up local cuisine prepared by five leading James Beard Award Winning Miami chefs who will rotate throughout the Tournament: Chefs Sam Gorenstein, Kris Wessel, Michelle Bernstein, Norman Van Aken and Hedy Goldsmith will feature signature items along with local favorites including a daily fish, sushi and Kobe beef burgers.  Delicious food and sports – where do I sign???

Also kicking off this week is the 14th annual Miami Beach International Fashion Week.  Not to be confused with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim which takes place in Miami every summer, Miami Beach International Fashion Week is a 5 day event running from March 21-24, 2012 and is considered the largest Latin American and international designer event in the U.S.

The event draws top emerging designers from all around the globe to showcase their talent to an international audience at the Miami Beach Convention Center.  This year’s event features 55 designers from 25 countries, as well as a guest appearance by Dionne Warwick to discuss her life and style at a media seminar. The seminar takes place this Friday at 3pm in the “Fashion Theater” at the Convention Center.  The seminar is free and open to the public.  Tickets to the runway shows are $25 and $50, and day passes range from $50 to $500.

More information about the event’s schedule can be found at the official website here.

What’s on your radar for the rest of March?  Leave me a message and spread the word!

DH

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