Shireen’s Spotlight: Novecento

Shireen’s Spotlight: Novecento

Shireen’s Spotlight: Novecento

Shireen’s Spotlight: Novecento

Shireen’s Spotlight: Novecento

Shireen’s Spotlight: Novecento

What:

Novecento at The Shops of Midtown, 3201 Buena Vista Ave, Miami Florida 33127

Why:

When I first sank my teeth into Novecento’s Beef Empanada, I knew instantly I was about to have an outrageous Spotlight love affair — and, well, I was right. I tried the Chicken & Cheese Empanada next and wow! The crust, which was baked to golden perfection, was just a precursor to its inside ooey-gooey deliciousness.

Before I devoured my next appetizer, the bar sent over its most popular drinks. I loved the Moscow Mule (made with vodka, ginger beer and lime) because it was strong and smooth, but the Scottish Lemonade really knocked my socks off (made with scotch, whiskey, apple juice, basil leaves and fresh lemon juice.) I enjoyed the unusual taste of the Le Poire’, too (made with vodka, lime juice, black pepper and simple syrup.) If you’re adventurous, this drink’s for you.

The Pulpo A La Parrilla (grilled octopus with prosciutto) was my next starter. It was extremely tender and the Potato Confit it’s served with gave it a great complimentary texture. The Tuna Tartar with Shrimp (Tartar De Atun y Camaron,) made with tuna, shrimp, cherry tomatoes, avocado, scallion, mozzarella, caviar and marinated in a soy/balsamic vinaigrette, was a carnival of fresh flavors. For a little crunch, mini-toasted baguettes are served on top. The combination is incredibly tasty. 😋

My main course arrived in all its meaty Ribeye glory (served with roasted sweet potatoes and sautéed spinach.) The steak was beyond delicious and cooked to my exact liking – medium well; despite being well-cooked, it was still tender and juicy. I can’t remember the last time I had such a great steak. For dessert…

I had the Trio consisting of Flan, Crepes and Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Belgium Chocolate Ganache and Chocolate Ice Cream. This yummy plate, which is big enough to share (I could hardly put a dent in it,) was sinfully amazing. I liked the Lava Cake best. The food at Novecento is exceptional and I like the atmosphere, too.

I went last Friday evening for Spotlight and the mood was relaxed, casual, but at the same time, chic. The restaurant describes itself as a “European Cafe with an Argentinian flair.” I couldn’t agree more, but you have to throw in its Italian sensibility. They hand-make killer pasta and take their love of wine seriously. With that being said, here’s the bottom line: there’s something for everyone at Novecento and that’s why it’s one of my favorite things. Cheers!

When:

Monday-Friday 12pm-11pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-1am.

Where:

In Midtown Miami on the corner of NE 32nd Street & Buena Vista Boulevard. There’s a parking garage conveniently located across the street from the restaurant and the rates are pretty decent for Miami.

If you’re in good with the asphalt Gods, perhaps you can nab a spot on the street. If so, just make sure you feed the meter because the parking police are ruthless in this part of the city.

www.novecento.com
Instagram: @novecentomidtown, Twitter: @900Midtown, FB: Novecento Midtown

To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.Francois De La Rochefoucauld
James Woodley Photography
Produced by Shireen Sandoval
Styling: Jackie Kay
wardrobe provided by www.VChicStore.com
Grooming: Odett Hernandez
Digital Editor: Jessie Neft-Swinger
Editor: Matthew “The Moscow Mule” Auerbach

Shireen’s Spotlight: Midtown Oyster Bar

Shireen's Spotlight: Midtown Oyster Bar

Shireen's Spotlight: Midtown Oyster Bar

Shireen's Spotlight: Midtown Oyster Bar

Shireen's Spotlight: Midtown Oyster Bar

What:

Midtown Oyster Bar, 3301 NE 1st Avenue, Miami Florida 33137

Why:

Midtown Oyster Bar is this amazing little boutique restaurant carving its own seafood niche into the heart of Midtown Miami. With a dimly lit bar, nautical stylings and a menu that would make Jacques Cousteau proud, its mission is to serve the freshest of fish and a mind-blowing array of raw oysters.

I arrived at the cozy eatery last Friday night after co-hosting Deco Drive and the place was comfortably crowded. As soon as I walked onto the patio, I was quickly greeted with a refreshing glass of Sparkling Rosé.

That wasn’t the only sipping I would do. I started Spotlight with their Basil Martini (which was incredibly unique) and White Sangria with Apples (which was just as pretty as it is tasty).

An assorted platter of oysters on the half shell (with two jumbo shrimp) were the first things to arrive at the table. With fresh horseradish, cocktail sauce and a silky mignonette dip, I tried an East Coast smattering of 2 Pleasant Bay, 2 Black Duck Salt and 2 Navy Point oysters.

From the West Coast, I slurped my way through 2 Arcadias and 2 Kumamotos. I enjoy salty oysters most (which are usually from the East Coast), but the sweet ones were just as good. All were incredibly fresh and easy-to-eat. My photographer, James, claims he “doesn’t like oysters;” well, I think he changed his mind after knocking back a few like a seafood-eating pro. His form was a straight-up 10, impressive for a novice.

The Spanish Octopus (served with chickpeas, rosemary coulis & bread chips) was an interesting dish. I always hear the key to cooking octopus is to do it slow and steady, so it’s not chewy or tough. In my opinion, I think it’s also about the quality of the actual octopus. Midtown Oyster bar has both; making this dish tender and delicious.

I tried two main courses, starting with Fregola Sarda (sardinian grain pasta, seafood ragu, fresh basil) and a Lobster Roll served on homemade toasted bread with a side of French fries. The pasta was hearty and provocative (with a yummy mix of sea creatures), but the Lobster Roll? It rocked my world. If I wasn’t trying to be lady-like, I would have asked for seconds.

Everyday, Midtown Oyster Bar serves a special dessert. Lucky for me, I got to try the Mascarpone Lemoncello Cake. #StopThePresses this was amazing, a must-try if you have a sweet tooth. Of course, I washed it down with a shot of Limoncello.

I love this eatery because it’s intimate and takes its namesake seriously, serving up some of the best oysters I’ve ever eaten in Miami and that’s why it’s one of my favorite things.

Where:

Midtown Oyster Bar is located in the heart of Midtown, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of boutiques, restaurants and bars. Street parking is next to impossible in this area (unless Lady Luck is on your side), but the good news is, there are a couple of large garages right by the restaurant which are decently priced and definitely walkable.

Also, there’s a valet across the street that services a handful of restaurants. Your best bet, though, is to UBER and get dropped off curb side. That way, you can enjoy your evening without worrying about the drive. Cheers!

When:

Monday-Thursday 12pm-11pm, Friday-Saturday 12pm-12am & Sunday 12pm-10:30pm.

Eating a raw oyster is like French kissing a mermaid.Tom Robbins
midtownoysterbar.com
IG: @mobmiami, FB: Midtown Oyster Bar, Twitter: @MOBMiami
James Woodley Photography
Wardrobe & clutch by www.KokoPalenki.com
Styling by me!
Editor: Matthew “The Spanish Octopus” Auerbach

Special thanks to Annabelle Bovet

Shireen’s Spotlight: Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

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What: Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, 2550 N.W. 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida 33127

Why: In honor of Art Basel 2014 (which begins next week,) Shireen’s Spotlight is shining its light on the fun, fabulous and always artistically inspiring Wynwood Kitchen & Bar. The bustling, busy restaurant consists of two large rooms and a massive outside patio area. No matter where you sit, you’ll always have a view of the most beautiful and provocative art the city has to offer. The food is served mostly tapas-style and is best shared with friends.

My favorite is the Ropa Vieja Empanadas; they’re worth every single, delicious, fried calorie. It’s served with an amazing, mouth-watering cilantro cream sauce. The Pork Belly plate is a close second and is served with a healthy lentil salad. WKB has the most spirited, high octane drinks, too. The Wynwood Inferno is by far my favorite. It’s a bold mix of Don Julio Silver Tequila, jalapeño, cilantro, passion fruit and lime juice. Hit this place after your holiday shopping; it’ll keep you in a high-spirited mood all night long.

Where: In the uber-artsy neighborhood of Wynwood. This particular district of Miami  is bursting at the seams with jaw dropping graffiti, provocative museums and dozens of eclectic galleries featuring local, national and world-famous artists.

The restaurant sits proudly on the corner of North West 2nd Avenue, the major road that runs through this inspirational mecca.

Parking gets a bit crowded at night, but there’s a $7 valet just a few doors down. I suggest, though, to take your walking shoes and enjoy the famed “Wynwood Walls” before or after dinner. It’s a fun, romantic and interesting way to check out art and get a bit of exercise.

When: Dinner / Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-11pm, Friday-Saturday 5:30pm-12am the bar is open until 1:00am

Reservations 305-722-8959
www.wynwoodkitchenandbar.com
Twitter: @WKBMiami
IG: @WKBMiami
FB: Wynwood Kitchen & Bar 

Editor: Matthew Auerbach
producer: Jessie Rosario
writer: Shireen Sandoval
photographer: t4two photography

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Now, go be fabulous!