Shireen’s Spotlight: Artisan Beach House Restaurant & Lounge

Shireen’s Spotlight: Artisan Beach House Restaurant & Lounge

Shireen’s Spotlight: Artisan Beach House Restaurant & Lounge

Shireen’s Spotlight: Artisan Beach House Restaurant & Lounge

Shireen’s Spotlight: Artisan Beach House Restaurant & Lounge

Shireen’s Spotlight: Artisan Beach House Restaurant & Lounge

Shireen’s Spotlight: Artisan Beach House Restaurant & Lounge

Shireen’s Spotlight: Artisan Beach House Restaurant & Lounge

Shireen’s Spotlight: Artisan Beach House Restaurant & Lounge

What:

Friday night dinner at the chic and sophisticated “Artisan Beach House” — with a killer view and a glamorous oceanesque atmosphere.

Why:

I’ve always loved the north edge of Bal Harbour, the exact spot where the bay and ocean intertwine like old friends. It’s one of the most beautiful places in Miami.

Even the rock jetty has a part of my heart, as I once lived in the neighborhood. I used to walk there every morning, getting some much needed “outdoor” exercise. I’m locked in a TV studio all day, so I always relish my time outside.

On my daily outings, I used to daydream that something special would open shop in the area: a stylish place where I could watch the sunset with a cocktail in hand while enjoying dinner.

Well, sometimes, dreams do come true…

The “Artisan Beach House Restaurant & Lounge” — helmed by Executive Chef, Paula Dasilva — has boldly claimed my favorite spot in the Magic City and it couldn’t be more perfect. The light and airy eatery is snuggled into ‘The Ritz-Carlton’ also known as “One Bal Harbour.”

If you’ve never seen this part of Miami before, it should definitely be on your South Florida bucket list. It’s exquisite and now, it has a restaurant to match its beach-y seaside glamour, which I experienced in all its glory on a busy Friday night…

I started Spotlight with a “French 75” — a cognac drink (with hints of banana liqueur, spicy simple syrup, lemon and sparkling wine), it went done smooth and eazzzzy. Speaking of, the “Gin Fizz” does, too. It’s also a real looker, making it hard not to snap a pic to post on social media. Along with dry gin, thyme and lime, it’s made with aquafaba soda, which gives it that fabulous frothy finish.

If you’re more of a whiskey-slash-bourbon lover, their “Old Fashioned” is one of the best I’ve had (made with Japanese Whiskey, ginger vanilla syrup, black lemon bitters and aromatic bitters). One swig and you’ll be transported to a dimly lit bar in New York City. With one hand on your drink and an eye on the door, you’ll be ready for a night of mystery in the city that never sleeps. I digress…😎

As far as food, the menu is interesting and diverse, inspired by different cultures and peppered with as much local ingredients as possible…

The “Housemade Lonza, Coppa & Rabbit” (served with seasonal jam, artisanal cheese & bread) is an impressive and beautiful Charcuterie spread. I loved the salty flavors paired with the sweet jam.

If you’re an “Octopus” lover (which is a big trend in food right now,) you’ll die over this dish. It’s succulent and tender; served in a yummy cilantro sauce with vadouvan carrots and yogurt.

My two favorite dishes of the night: “Bacalao Croquettes” & “Clams & Mussels”. OMG, the croquettes are divine little balls of heaven served on preserved lemon mayonnaise with pickled okra. The clams and mussels are a bowl of succulent goodness (served in a minty salsa verde sauce.) The charred bread that comes with the bowl is perfect for dunking or soaking. Mmmm… can’t wait to have it again.

If meat is your thang, the “Lamb Chops” are ridiculously good, served with fava beans, english peas and mint. I had it with a side of charred spicy garlic Broccolini, which I highly recommend.

Cleansing one’s palette is a must, especially when faced with a “Chocolate Martini” 😋 and it was only a brief hint of things to come.

Hello, “Salted Caramel Panna Cotta,” where have you been my whole life? Made with caramel popcorn, chocolate and caramel cream and served in a mini mason jar, you’ll be beyond smitten.

And last, but not least: a delicious twist on a local favorite, “Churros” served with Nutella and coffee ice cream. You’ll be powerless when that first sugary fried breadstick hits your lips; good thing there’s an entire basket of them.

The “Artisan Beach House” is a stylish place where I can watch the sunset with a cocktail in hand while enjoying dinner (without daydreaming) and that’s why it’s one of my favorite things.

Where:

Artisan Beach House inside the Ritz-Carlton
10295 Collins Ave.
Bal Harbour, FL 33154

res@artisanbeachhouse.com
305-455-5460

When:

Monday – Sunday 6am-11pm
Lounge: 4pm-Late
Happy Hour is daily 4pm-7pm

Be Social:
FB: @artisanbeachhousemia
IG: @artisanbeachhousemia
Twitter: @ABHMiami

www.artisanbeachouse.com

Every man is the artisan of his own fortune.Appius Claudius Caecus
James Woodley Photography
Styling: Jackie Kay
Wardrobe: www.bananarepublic.com/
Arm Stacks: www.goodluckcharmsmiami.com/
Hair & Make-up: Odett Hernandez
Digital Editor: Jessie Neft-Swinger
Editor: Matthew “Old Fashioned”Auerbach

Summer Chic

Summer Chic

Summer Chic

Summer Chic

Summer Chic

Summer Chic

Summer Chic

Summer Chic

Summer Chic

Summer Chic

What:

Looking chic in the South Florida summer heat with Scarves & Swimsuit Covers by designer Carlos Marrero.

Why:

Have you ever seen that “Sex and the City” episode where Carrie Bradshaw makes fun of women who wear hair scrunchies?

She basically tells her boyfriend that women in Manhattan don’t wear scrunchies because they’re too sophisticated. They get in a fight over it — even break up.

Her boyfriend thinks it’s nonsense, mainly because he’s just written a book featuring a female protagonist who, yes, wears a scrunchy. Carrie ribs him for it. He obviously can’t take the criticism.

At the end of the episode, they agree to meet at a bar to work things out. As they stand there waiting for their drinks, a beautiful woman walks by and sure enough, her hair is tied back with a scrunchy.

They glare at one another as they overhear the woman explain she’s from Georgia and is only in NYC for a couple of days to go sight-seeing. There’s more to it than that, but you get the gist.

After that particular episode, I rummaged through my accessory drawer and trashed all of my cloth hair ties. Then, in dramatic fashion, I looked myself in the mirror and vowed to NEVER EVER wear a scrunchy again. After all, I was grooming myself to be one of those chic city women, who would leave their mark on Manhattan (scrunchy-less).

And, I did.

I got married, moved to the city, dabbled in television, shopped, ate and socialized my way through the five boroughs without ever once wearing a scrunchy. I was so proud of myself — until my life started to unravel (pun intended.)

My marriage fell apart, I got incredibly depressed and on a whim, decided to leave New York. In hindsight, it probably wasn’t the best decision, but I was good at running away; I inherited that trait from my mother.

After moving back to South Florida, I did what most normal people do: clean, organize, grocery shop and go to the drugstore. That’s when I saw it, squished between the shower caps and fake eyelashes in Aisle 1: a large pack of multi-colored scrunchies.

They seemed to be illuminated by a higher power, but I knew it was just the cheap overhead lighting playing tricks on me. I stood there, just staring at them, powerless. Who was I? And why in God’s name would I judge myself or anyone else for that matter for wearing a scrunchy? I felt ridiculous.

I threw the pack in my basket, paid and went home. The next day, the ever-so reliable scrunchy, once again, became part of my life and not only was I proud of it, I knew…

I was a changed woman.

The same thing happened to me a few years later, when I met designer Carlos Marrero, who doesn’t like it when you call him a designer. He prefers: “Renaissance Man.”

In 2015, the Renaissance Man and I worked on “Wrapped & Bagged,” a blog featuring his new scarf and purse collection.

Although I had always loved a good scarf, I shied away from them because I thought they made me look old, outdated and, even worse, like a washed-up news reporter or old-time anchor. Think Connie Chung in the mid 90’s.

I’m not gonna lie, I judged people who wore them, too. Yes, like that snotty Carrie Bradshaw character who, despite being an IT girl, didn’t understand the true meaning of fashion: unadulterated self expression. Even if that meant wearing a scrunchy or a scarf.

Then, like a cool summer breeze, Carlos blew into my life.

The one-time fashion illustrator, who used to sketch images for magazines like Glamour, Cosmo and Vogue, showed me what real scarf fashion was all about.

His brilliant idea of taking his fabulous fashion sketches and transferring them onto quality scarves breathed new life into my accessory game. Move over, Hermes! The best part — I didn’t have to sell a kidney to buy one.

Everything he makes I adore: the minimal, colorful and outrageous. He’s all about energy, vibe and glamour. I have a drawer full of his creations (a happy Buddha, beautiful boho flowers, a detailed Hamsa, intricate mosaics and more.) I wear them everywhere and with just about anything.

Now, Carlos is expanding his line; introducing a capsule collection of bathing suit cover-ups. He’s always had a penchant for sophisticated beauty and it’s easily conveyed in his new pieces.

Don’t miss Deco Drive tonight at 7:30 & 11:30pm, as we get the FIRST LOOK at Carlos’ new beach-to- cocktail clothing. Being “Summer Chic” has never been so easy and stylish thanks to the Marrero Collection and that’s why scarves, scrunchies and pool cover-up’s are one of my Favorite Things.

Where:

marrero-collection.myshopify.com

Be Social:
IG: @camarrero
FB: @marrerocollection
Twitter: @camarrero

Not all Superheroes wear capes…some wear Scarves.anonymous
Shot on location at the beautiful Loews Miami Beach Hotel, which has just undergone a magnificent 50 million dollar transformation. The new St. Tropez inspired oceanfront pool-scape includes private and adult-only cabanas. I can’t wait to go back for some serious rest and relaxation.
Check out its amazing amenities here: www.loewshotels.com/Miami-Beach.

IG: @lowesmiami
FB: @LowesMiamiBeach
Twitter: @Loews_Hotels #MiamiBeach

reservations: 305-604-1601
Toll Free Reservations: 855-563-9744

Loews Miami Beach Hotel
1601 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33139

Special thanks to Linda Villafane

Photographer: James Woodley Photography
All scarves by Marrero Collection
off-the-shoulder black dress: @covetiqueclothing,
White top and palazzo pants: @FilomenaFernandez,
Black one shoulder dress by Nibatti,
Silver & Gold Sandals by @jasandalco.
Hair & Make-up: Odett Hernandez
Digital Editor: Jessie Neft-Swinger
Editor: Matthew “Ever-So Reliable”Auerbach

Shireen’s Spotlight: Naked Crab

Shireen’s Spotlight: Naked Crab

Shireen’s Spotlight: Naked Crab

Shireen’s Spotlight: Naked Crab

Shireen’s Spotlight: Naked Crab

Shireen’s Spotlight: Naked Crab

Shireen’s Spotlight: Naked Crab

Shireen’s Spotlight: Naked Crab

Shireen’s Spotlight: Naked Crab

What:

An early weekend dinner at one of the newest seafood hot spots in Fort Lauderdale: NAKED CRAB.

Why:

If you’re a South Florida foodie, then you definitely know about Chef Ralph Pagano.

Not only is he crazy-good at what he does (case in point, the popular and always crowded “Naked Taco” on Miami Beach,) he also has a personality fit for the movies. With the intensity of “The Godfather” mixed with the humor of “My Cousin Vinny”, he’s a complete joy to be around.

The guy has more one-liners than Chris Rock doing stand-up on an HBO special. He also radiates the kind of warmth typically found in a true New Yorker — interested and interesting. Not that I’m gushing or anything.

If you don’t know about him…

After cooking on TV with the lot of them (including Gordon Ramsay and Bobby Flay), he built his own local food empire. With his solid reputation and extensive restaurant knowledge, he just keeps getting better and better.

His latest baby, NAKED CRAB, on Fort Lauderdale’s famed Seabreeze Boulevard, is a direct reflection of his continued success…

The restaurant, which is located inside “B Ocean Resort”, is light and airy but at the same time, hip and moody; with edgy chalk art on the inside and sexy colorful murals on the outside. If Fort Lauderdale and Miami had a baby, it would be NAKED CRAB; all of its good parts, anyway.

I started my spotlight experience with some light and salty “Shrimp Chips” and washed them down with a “Red Dragon Spritz” (which has some complicated ingredients). The most important part, though, is the Satsuma Shiranami Sweet Potato Shocu A.K.A sweet sake (add in some cointreau, Thai Chili Hibiscus simple syrup, lemon juice and Prosecco) and you’ve got yourself one helluva drink.

At least until your “Bangkok Slushy” arrives (made with tequila, cointreau, mango, tamarind and lime juice). You’ll feel like a giddy kid when you’re sucking it through its big straw. Just make sure you’re not overzealous: brain freeze is still a real thing and so are drinks that “sneak up on you.”

My favorite adult beverage of the day was the sophisticated “Geisha Martini” (made with Kettle One Citron Vodka, Awa No Kaori Rice Sochu, jasmine green tea simple syrup, lemon juice and fee brothers grapefruit bitters). Everyone at the table tried guessing its ingredients, but failed. We did, however, succeed in polishing it off. If you like the unique and unusual, this drink’s for you.

When our “Tuna Nachos” arrived, I was a little surprised, because it wasn’t what I was expecting. Instead of tons of food piled on a plate (which is the usual nacho experience), it was polished and pristine (made with jalapeño soy glaze, crispy wonton and wasabi aioli). It was EXCELLENT. This is a must-try on the menu. I also enjoyed…

The “Lobster Knuckle Sandwich” which was generously stuffed with chunky Maine Lobster Salad. This is perfect for the person who likes bread with their seafood. It comes with a side of chips, too.

AND (drumroll please)…

Talk about getting the royal treatment!!! The “Royale” was rolled out…

Served with half dozen oysters and clams and 4 JUMBO SHRIMP, I thought I’d died and gone to seafood heaven. I’m not kidding when I say the shrimps were as big as my head.

Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but “Holy Seafood, Batman!” They were impressive, to say the least. I doused them in hot sauce and fresh horseradish and gobbled them up like a dead man walking. #GetInMyBelly

If you love the Florida Keys, then “A Key Party” is a creatively cool dish you’d enjoy. With a pound of large stone crabs, cracked conch and crab-topped snapper, it screams “dazzling tropical get-a-way.”

Last but not least, “The World Famous Crabster” was presented and it was nothing short of awe-inspiring. Looking back at it, I think it needed a marching band grand entrance or something 🙃…

I’ve never said a crab was beautiful, but there’s a first time for everything. “The Crabster” is a “beautiful” 5 pound Alaskan King Crab heartily stuffed with shrimp, crab and lobster (served in a beurre blanc).

Honestly, it was so ridiculously good, I don’t think my usual flowery adjectives could do it justice. It’s definitely a rich and decadent celebration of seafood. I thoroughly enjoyed it and don’t think I’ll ever eat anything as over-the-top again (until I go back next week 😁).

After a second round of the “Bangkok Slushy” — we got an unforgettable fire show at our table, while our cheeky server flaunted his “Bananas Foster”-making skills. He topped the dessert off with heath bar, M-&-M’s, coconut and Oreo’s. You don’t have to have all the toppings, but we told him: “treat us right”…lol. As if?!!

Well, there’s no doubt about it, I’m a huge fan of Chef Ralph and “NAKED CRAB” is a seafood lover’s dream. It serves a good steak, too. You know, if you’re more of a meat and potatoes kind of person or if you long for the “Surf & Turf” thing.

At “NAKED CRAB”, you’ll not only enjoy the great atmosphere, you’ll dine on extremely fresh seafood and sip on yummy creative cocktails and if you’re really lucky, Chef Ralph will tell you a joke or two, and that’s why it’s one of my Favorite Thing’s. Cheers!

Where:

Naked Crab at B Ocean Resort
1140 Seabreeze Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL. 33316

When:

Monday-Sunday 7am-11pm

Be Social:
FB: Naked Crab @ncrabfl
IG: @nakedcrabftl

Make a reservation:
954-727-7090

www.nakedcrabfl.com

The crab that walks too far falls into the pot.Haitian Proverb
James Woodley Photography
Producing & Styling: Jackie Kay
Wardrobe: www.laboudoirmiami.com IG: @laboudoirmiami
Hair & Make-up: Odett Hernandez
Digital Editor: Jessie Neft-Swinger
Editor: Matthew “The Naked Editor” Auerbach

Wings of Summer

Wings of Summer

Wings of Summer

Wings of Summer

Wings of Summer

Wings of Summer

Wings of Summer

Wings of Summer

Wings of Summer

Wings of Summer

Wings of Summer

Wings of Summer

What:

A whimsical morning exploring “Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden” in Coral Gables, with a beautiful butterfly experience inside the “Wings of the Tropics” exhibit at The Clinton Family Conservatory.

Why:

Tears filled my eyes when I walked through the pressure-locked doors at the butterfly exhibit inside “Fairchild Tropical Garden.”

Partly because of the breeze the doorway created, but also because of my emotional vulnerability.

I was still dealing with the trauma of James and Rigby being attacked by three unleashed Rottweilers. I wrote about the horrific event in my last blog (Life is Beautiful).

Even though it happened almost two weeks ago, I still couldn’t shake it. James wasn’t quite himself either and don’t get me started on Rigby; just looking at the poor thing is painful.

So there I was, still feeling unhinged about life, when I walked into one of the most special things I’ve ever experienced — “Wings of the Tropics” — one of “Fairchild Garden’s” most popular exhibits. Simply put, it’s a sea of exotic butterflies. It’s absolutely magical.

The exhibit, which is lush with greenery, has a long path winding its way through an exciting journey of nature. As you walk through, you see hundreds of exotic butterflies dancing, fluttering and sometimes landing right on top of you. They apparently like the taste of human sweat. It’s a salt thing.

I was lucky enough to experience what they call a “release”, where they carefully place butterflies on your arms and shoulders. It was exciting to see them so closely and feel the pitter-patter of their feet against my dewy skin. The conservatory is kept extremely warm and humid, recreating their natural environment. OMG, I had no shortage of salty sweat, meaning the winged ones loved me, hence the blog entitled “Wings of Summer.”

After experiencing the release, I realized I had been completely in the moment. Present. Even if it was brief (and it was), I somehow managed to escape the deep sadness I had been feeling after the dog attack. James and Rigby are my everything and when they got hurt, I felt helpless and for whatever reason, I was angry, too. Nature was comforting me. Extending a healing branch, if you will.

When I left the conservatory, I felt a slight shift in my demeanor and enjoyed touring the garden grounds. There’s so much to see and do: with 83 acres of lush tropical plants, trees and everything in between, it truly is a one-of-a-kind experience and for good reason…

In 1938, the garden was carefully curated by the late Dr. David Fairchild. The famed plant explorer went all over the world to procure what you see in the garden today. Conserving the world of tropical plants isn’t easy, but he built it allowing everyone to enjoy what he loved and man, is it spectacular!

Over the years, I’ve written quite a few blogs on butterflies. One of my more popular ones, “45 Days and Nights of Black Butterflies”, was about healing after being sick with GBS. I repeatedly dreamed of butterflies all around me, coming out of me. I would float, flutter and eventually free myself of illness.

After I became well, I developed a healthy obsession with what the winged ones represent: transformation, resurrection, change, hope and life.

Having a chance to see the butterfly exhibit meant more than I can possibly explain. It’s hard for me to tear-up; as an entertainment reporter/host I’ve see a lot in my life. It was a crescendo of happiness. Also…

The metaphor isn’t lost on me: holding the beauty of life and then releasing it isn’t just about healing, it’s about enduring and becoming a better person in the process.

And that’s why “Wings of Summer” is one of my Favorite Things.

PS. James is getting better, still a bad puncture on his left hand and his knees are finally scabbing up. Rigby? Well, he finally got his stitches out and is playing with a few of his new toys. 👫🐶❤️

Where:

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road
Coral Gables, Florida 33156
(NORTH ENTRANCE)

When:

Monday-Sunday: 9:30am-4:30pm

Admission: Seniors 65 & over $18, Adults $25, Kids 6-17 $12, Children 5 & under Free
Fairchild Members: Free
(for more information: 305-667-1651)

Be Social:
FB: @FairchildGarden
IG: @fairchildgarden
Twitter: @FairchildGarden

www.fairchildgarden.org

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.Audrey Hepburn
Photographer: James Woodley Photography
Butterfly Dress: ETXART & PANNO, MIAMI — IG: @extartpannous
Butterfly Ring: Jill Zaleski Custom Jewelry — IG: @jillzaleski
Vintage Flower Earrings: A gift from my mother (who was gifted them by her mother)
Hair & Make-up: Odett Hernandez
Digital Editor: Jessie Neft-Swinger
Editor: Matthew “Salt Thing” Auerbach

Shireen’s Spotlight: Big Easy Wine Bar & Grill

Shireen’s Spotlight: Big Easy Wine Bar & Grill

Shireen’s Spotlight: Big Easy Wine Bar & Grill

Shireen’s Spotlight: Big Easy Wine Bar & Grill

Shireen’s Spotlight: Big Easy Wine Bar & Grill

Shireen’s Spotlight: Big Easy Wine Bar & Grill

Shireen’s Spotlight: Big Easy Wine Bar & Grill

Shireen’s Spotlight: Big Easy Wine Bar & Grill

Shireen’s Spotlight: Big Easy Wine Bar & Grill

What:

An adventurous Friday night dinner at the best South African restaurant in Miami —”Big Easy” — inside Brickell City Centre, downtown Miami.

Why:

If you think “Big Easy” is a New Orleans type of eatery, think again.

It’s SOUTH AFRICAN…

And named after professional golfer, Ernie Els, who was bequeathed the nickname, “Big Easy,” because of his smooth golf swing, but that’s not all…

Somewhere during his massive rise to fame and fortune, the world-prominent golfer developed an unadulterated love affair with wine and food.

Which is why his creative partnership with “Big Easy” (located on the third floor of Brickell City Centre) is a total no-brainer or as the kids say, a “Hole in One” — sorry, couldn’t resist a good golf pun. 😀

The menu, which is authentic South African cuisine, is chock-full of unique and interesting choices, easily reflecting the heart and soul of the “Rainbow Nation.”

With romantic lighting, rustic decor and a beautiful bar, you’ll feel transported to an earthier place like, say, Johannesburg, where Ernie happens to be from.

Because of the restaurant’s eclectic backdrop, it was hard picking the perfect place to start my Spotlight experience. I settled on their moody lounge, featuring exposed brick walls, comfy low-sitting sofas and bright green throw pillows.

My first drink of the night, a “White Lightning” — was something I’d heard of but never tasted. In England, it’s more of a cider/moonshine thing; in South Africa, it’s called firewater (made with Leblon Cachaca rum, ginger, cucumber and mint.) This drink definitely packs a powerful yet refreshing punch. If you’re adventurous, try it, you’ll like it.

Next, I swigged on a “Smoking Barrel” — which was thick, bawdy and (of course) smokey. I loved its presentation (made with Big Easy Red, Jura whiskey, Clove and Sandeman Ruby Port.) I’m still trying to figure out how they catch smoke in a glass and serve it. It’s definitely keen bartending chemistry. I also tried the mysterious and sultry, “Black Magic” (with vodka and blackberry.) It’s one of those drinks that makes you feel like you’re in on a secret when you’re partaking.

Instead of another cocktail, the staff suggested I try something from their extensive wine list and why not? Mr. Els, who makes his own adult grape juice at his vineyards east of Cape Town in Stellenbosch, has a lot to choose from.

I sipped on a spicy bold red blend, which easily complemented my first appetizer, “Cowboy Candy” A.K.A Pork Belly ‘Lollipops”.

What’s not to love about braai (roasted meat) smothered in barbecue sauce with a rich bacon flavor? Hello, lovah. This was my favorite of the night.

The “Mini Crab Cakes” were tasty, too (served with apple, slaw and curry aioli.) I’m a sucker for “Fried Green Tomatoes” and “Big Easy” does em’ just right, topped with goat cheese and a sweet tomato chutney.

If you prefer something healthier, the “Caesar Salad” is excellent (made with baby romaine, blistered tomatoes and white anchovies.) I’m a snob when it comes to this kind of salad because it’s easy to do wrong and hard to do RIGHT. This Caesar was fresh, well-balanced dressing-wise and beautiful.

I love being a food explorer and the “Angry Duck Curry” was something I’d never tried before. It was spicy and welcoming, with tender duck breast, red madras curry and yummy basmati rice.

If you enjoy white fish, the African spice-crusted “Corvina” is a great choice. Light and sweet, it’ll leave you wanting more. It’s served on a bountiful bed of risotto verde, which I loved.

Despite doing the food blog for some time now, I’ve never had the privilege of tasting Tomahawk
steak. At “Big Easy” they serve “Dry-Aged Tomahawk Chop” (the mother of all steaks!) When they wheeled it out (yes, I said wheeled it out,) I squealed like a kid in a candy store. MAN!! It was BIG and smelled ridiculously amazing.

Because of its gi-normous-ness, it’s perfect for sharing, plus it comes with two sides (I recommend the Brussel sprouts and roasted cauliflower.) I really enjoyed how they serve the steak with a personal table presentation, slicing it right in front of you. The meat itself was freaking fantastic: tender, juicy and one of the best thing’s I’ve ever tasted. Definitely, one of my new “Favorite Things”.

If you know anything about South African culture, you know how important a good barbecue, which they call Braai, truly is. The “Big Easy Braai” encompasses all the flavors of the popular custom, served with South African farmer’s sausage, a 12-ounce Top Sirloin, double lamb chops and Nigerian prawns (plus two sides.) Be still my beating heart. This is another shareable plate.

The Nigerian Prawns, btw, were the bomb-dot-com. I like the diversity of the Braai because it has a little bit of everything: there’s something to keep everyone at the table happy and who doesn’t like that?

After what seemed like a feast fit for a KING, I tasted two decadent desserts: “Nutella Bread Pudding” and “Apple Strudel” both excellent and served with vanilla ice cream.

I’d love to give you all the juicy ingredients, but the desserts weren’t on the menu and it’s worth throwing caution to the wind and going with your server’s suggestion.

If you long for a different kind of experience, with creative/high quality food and great drinks,”Big Easy,” isn’t just “par for the course”, it’s ready to serve you the South African way and that’s why it’s one of my Favorite Things.

When:

Sunday-Thursday: 11:30am-11:00pm
Friday-Saturday: 11:30pm-Midnight

Where:

Big Easy
Brickell City Centre
701 S. Miami Avenue, Suite 339A
Miami, Florida 33131

www.bigeasy.miami

Be Social:
IG: @bigeasymiami
FB: @BigEasyMiami

If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far go together.African Proverb
James Woodley Photography
Styling: Jackie Kay
Wardrobe & Accessories: www.Vchicstore.com
Hair & Make-up: Odett Hernandez
Digital Editor: Jessie Neft-Swinger
Editor: Matthew “BasMatty” Auerbach