Shireen’s Spotlight: Kone Sushi

Shireen's Spotlight: Kone Sushi

Shireen's Spotlight: Kone Sushi

Shireen's Spotlight: Kone Sushi

Shireen's Spotlight: Kone Sushi

Shireen's Spotlight: Kone Sushi

What:

Kone Sushi, 247 SE. 1st Street, Miami, Florida 33131

Why:

KONE is no ordinary sushi restaurant; it’s Japanese food fused with a Brazilian flair. If that sounds adventurous, well, it is, but it’s an adventure totally worth taking. For me, KONE was and is nothing short of spectacular. In fact, your tastebuds will never be the same, especially if you love fresh fish and food with a kick.

The place itself is sleek, modern and no-nonsense. Their red and black Japanese-inspired decor is highlighted with rich dark woods and the main dining area is flanked by two working bars (one for sushi, the other for adult beverages).

For the record, their drinks aren’t just pretty, they’re blended to perfection. I started Spotlight with two of their homemade Sakerinhas, which is Gekkeikan Sake, fresh fruit and sugar (pictured are the Strawberry and Lychee). I also tried the Berry Bliss (it tasted like a yummy red wine spritzer) and the Sobe Saketini (reminded me of a cosmo, but lighter and smoother).

The Rock Shrimp appetizer was the first food to arrive at the table and it was one of my favorites (made with shrimp tempura, spicy sauce, massago and scallions). The Ceviche Sampler was just as impressive with yellowtail, octopus and shrimp (mixed with onions, mango, cilantro and a spicy house sauce).

There was a Hawaiian portion of the ceviche, too (salmon and tuna cubes soaked in sesame oil, soy sauce, red onions, scallions and pineapple). If you prefer less fuss and more straightforward fish, the Jo Jo Trio (three pieces of sashimi: salmon, tuna and yellowtail) is fresh and delightful. For my main course…

I started with the Pure Protein roll, which is great if you’re watching your waist. It’s a roll with NO RICE (it has salmon, tuna, shrimp and kani rolled in soy paper). The Maguro Tataki (lightly seared tuna with sesame seeds and yuzu house sauce), was tasty, but the Salmon Special was a surefire stand-out (made with thinly sliced salmon, sesame seeds, jalapeño and ponzu sauce). For my last main, I pledged my heart to the Love Park (a warm tempura roll made with salmon, kani, cream cheese, avocado and scallions).

For dessert, I tried Kone’s signature SingleBites (mini waffle cones filled with ooey-gooey goodness served with ice cream). You can get an order of 3 or 6; you just have to pick your own fabulous filling. I liked the fudge, Nutella and grated coconut and caramel. This dessert alone is worth the trip to KONE. It’s one of the most fabulous sweets I’ve ever tasted.

The fresh fish, creative combinations and exceptional quality of the food makes KONE Sushi one of my NEW favorite things. I can’t wait to go back. Cheers!

Where:

KONE is in downtown Miami on a busy block, but there’s a parking garage conveniently across the street. I parked on the fifth floor, took the elevator back to ground level and walked across the street to KONE. The night I went, the parking was 10-bucks (because there was an event), on a normal night it could cost a little more. When I go back, I’ll definitely Uber.

When:

Monday-Thursday 11:30am-11pm, Friday 11:30am-12am, Saturday 12pm-12am & Sunday 5pm-10pm.

Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.Miyamoto Musashi

www.KoneSushi.com
Twitter: @KoneMiami IG: @konemiami FB: Kone Miami

*Kone Sushi is the official sushi provider of AAA & Miami Heat Flagships, Dewars Lounge and Suites.

James Woodley Photography
Producing: Jessie Rosario & Shireen Sandoval
Styling: Jackie Kay
Wardrobe by Ted Baker, Fuzzy purse by BCBG, Shoes from Koko & Palenki
Editor: Matthew “Ooey-Gooey” Auerbach

Shireen’s Spotlight: Bull Market American Bar & Kitchen

Shireen's Spotlight: Bull Market American Bar & Kitchen

Shireen's Spotlight: Bull Market American Bar & Kitchen

Shireen's Spotlight: Bull Market American Bar & Kitchen

Shireen's Spotlight: Bull Market American Bar & Kitchen

Shireen's Spotlight: Bull Market American Bar & Kitchen

What:

New brunch menu items at Bull Market, 210 SW 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL. 33301

Why:

“Bull Market” is the perfect kind of place to spend a lazy weekend afternoon; eating, drinking and just having a good time with friends. Besides being voted “Best Brunch” by New Times (in 2015), they’ve recently updated their brunch menu, providing good eats for a great price. Here are some of the mouth-watering reasons you should check it out…

They have a killer Bloody Mary bar (you make your own drink – just the way you want it). I take mine extra spicy with olives, bacon and cheese. Their Grilled Cheese Flights is a modern day twist on a traditional favorite and who needs a lot of money when you can munch on the “Millionaire Burger?” Okay, maybe you’ll need a few dollars to pay for it, but MAN, it’s mind-blowing.

I started Spotlight with three drinks: a tasty (and majorly stacked) Bloody Mary, a refreshing Mimosa and one of their famed cheeky drinks called: “The Panty Dropper” (made with Nolet’s cucumber gin, house made strawberry lemonade and basil).

Haha! I totally get it now. The drink goes down so easily, after a few rounds you’ll be doing waaaay more than just dropping your panties. More like dancing on the table and, perhaps, even scribbling your phone number on the bathroom wall. Bring a designated driver, so you can enjoy it. On the food side…

The Lobster Eggs Benedict was creamy and delicious (with Maine Lobster, freshly poached eggs, served on a toasted English Muffin). The aforementioned Millionaire Burger (Angus beef, maytag blue cheese, port wine sauce, grilled mushrooms and crunch onion frizzles) was my absolute fav thing on the menu, but the Grilled Cheese Flights (mini grilled cheese sandwiches served with shots of roasted tomato basil) were a close second. Yup, just like mom used to make, but way better. Don’t tell her I said that.

What’s weekend brunching without a heaping helping of French Toast? I had BM’s hand-dipped challah bread, coated in Captain Crunch cereal and topped with a house-made berry glaze. This plate is perfect if you’re a sweets-eater or you’re just looking to balance out something salty. I love ordering two dishes with my boo. He gets sugary, I get savory and we share. It’s the best of both worlds.

For dessert, you can’t go wrong with Bull Balls (doughnut holes served with caramel/chocolate dipping sauces and shots of milk). This is the bomb-dot-com and when mine arrived at the table, they were so fresh, they literally melted in my mouth. Nothing like some fried dough to end a great brunch.

Bull Market has a really cool, laid-back atmosphere, highlighted by a rustic bar look. It reminds me a little of the hipster bars/restaurants in Austin, Texas. Lucky for me, though, it’s in South Florida and serves up amazingly creative food, along with some traditional favorites and that’s why it’s one of my favorite things.

Where:

Bull Market is located downtown Fort Lauderdale in an area known as Riverfront. It’s busy on the weekend, but street and lot parking are plentiful. I love making a day of it, because the restaurant is a block or so away from the IMAX Theatre. Brunch and a matinee? Now you’re talking. Cheers!

When:

Monday-Sunday 11am-2am, Brunch Saturday & Sunday 11am-3pm

A bull market is like sex. It feels best just before it ends.Warren Buffet

www.bullmarket.com
Twitter: @BullMarketFL
IG: @bullmarketfl
FB: Bull Market @bullmarketfl

James Woodley Photography
Styling/Producing: Jackie Kay
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Fox Purse: www.V73.com
Editor: Matthew ” Bull Balls” Auerbach

Shireen’s Spotlight: Klima Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Klima Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Klima Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Klima Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Klima Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Klima Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Klima Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Klima Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Klima Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Klima Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Klima Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Klima Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Klima Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Klima Miami

What:

Klima Restaurant & Bar, 210 23rd Street, Miami Beach, Florida 33139

Why:

Klima is one of the most beautiful spaces I’ve seen in a long time. I would even go as far as to say, it’s one of the most gorgeous restaurants I’ve ever seen in my life (and I’ve been around the globe a few times.) Its interior is a wonderful blend of Scandinavian modernity mixed with the warmth and flair of a Spanish villa.

It’s the kind of place people linger in to fully enjoy their dining experience, not just eat and head for the door. I started my evening off at Klima’s inviting, open-air bar, where I tried a few specialty cocktails. The Pisco Sour was delicious and the Mint Julep knocked my socks off. Both were refreshing and unique, which seems to be the best way to describe everything on the menu.

Even though the place is touted as a “Spanish” style restaurant, it seems to be influenced by a myriad of places, especially the Mediterranean. I eagerly tried two appetizers: The Tuna Toast (flavored with chipotle, leek and lime) and the Oysters (with Ponzu Sauce and Salmon Roe.) Both were clean, fresh and delicious.

My favorite, though, was the Fennel Carpaccio Salad (made with burrata cheese, kalamata olives and dried tomatoes.) I loved it because it was zesty and crisp. For dinner, I let the powers that be choose, which always scares me a little because I’m such a picky eater, but the Veal Stuffed Paccheri, Porto & Parmesan did NOT disappoint. I’m not big on veal, but the flavor and texture of the plate was amazing. Even though the sauce appears to be hearty, it was actually light and fluffy.

My entire experience at Klima was really so delightful. I enjoyed the interior, the amazing art and the delicious food. I think this place has what it takes to stay around for a long time and that’s why it’s one of my favorite things.

Where:

Klima is located in South Beach, but away from the madness of Ocean Drive. It’s on the sleepy corner of 23rd and Collins (right where Tosca used to be.) They say it’s a tough area, as in there’s not a lot of foot traffic, but the place was jammed packed with high-spirited customers when I was there. The restaurant offers valet, but there’s also a public parking lot beside the building that always seems to have space and that’s always a special treat in Miami.

When:

Monday-Sunday 6pm-2am (the kitchen closes at 12:30am)

For Reservations call: 786-453-2779 or email reservations@klimamiami.com
IG: @klimamiami
FB: Klima

My weaknesses have always been food and men – in that order!Dolly Parton

Blouse & Skirt: Ted Baker
Belt: BCBG
Shoes: Koko & Palenki

Editor: Matthew Auerbach
Producer: Jessie Rosario
Writer: Shireen Sandoval
Photographer: James Woodley

Shireen’s Spotlight: Aruba Beach Cafe

Shireen's Spotlight: Aruba Beach Cafe

Shireen's Spotlight: Aruba Beach Cafe

Shireen's Spotlight: Aruba Beach Cafe

Shireen's Spotlight: Aruba Beach Cafe

Shireen's Spotlight: Aruba Beach Cafe

Shireen's Spotlight: Aruba Beach Cafe

Shireen's Spotlight: Aruba Beach Cafe

Shireen's Spotlight: Aruba Beach Cafe

Shireen's Spotlight: Aruba Beach Cafe

What:

Aruba Beach Cafe, 1 Commercial Blvd. Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida 33308

Why:

If you like a really great frothy, fruity tropical drink, crispy Coconut Shrimp to die for and Macho Crab Nachos so fantastic, you’ll forget your name when you bite into their gigantic, gooey goodness…well, Aruba Beach Cafe is definitely going to be your new favorite place.

You’ll see me there on any given day, stuffing my face with the aforementioned delights, not to mention downing my share of their killer Margaritas. Believe you me, they’ve mastered the blend; extra salt included.

This fabulously funky seaside eatery is not only a South Florida mainstay, it’s the kind of joint that sinks into your bones and becomes part of your personality. I guess, what I’m trying to say is – it’s not just a restaurant, it’s an experience and for some, a way of life.

Aruba’s laid-back beach attitude, mixed with the sun, surf and sand, is a recipe for sheer happiness. Other stand-out items on their menu include: Caicos Conch Fritters, Twin Cabo Fish Tacos, Seafood Quesadilla, Seafood Fra Diavolo and the Key West Fried Shrimp.

Each and every time I’ve dined there, I’ve had the most amazing, friendly, courteous service. If you decide to go on a weekend, make a day of it. Hang out on the beach and when you get hungry, turn around and Aruba’s will be right behind you. Surf’s up!

Where:

Aruba Beach Cafe is located in the lively little town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. It’s the kind of place that makes you wanna slow down and remember what you love about life. When you walk down the street, you’ll see people enjoying a scoop of ice cream, walking hand-and-hand with a loved one, sipping on a drink at an outdoor restaurant, sitting on one of the city’s bright colored beach benches or just hanging out to watch the sun dance its way til dusk or dawn.

Aruba’s is located off the town’s main cul de sac, right by the famous Anglin’s Fishing Pier. Street parking can be tough on the weekend, but Aruba’s has a pretty well-oiled valet that doesn’t take a thousand years (like when you dine on South Beach.) What’s more, waiting for your car isn’t so bad, because you get to enjoy the view of the bustling, beautiful beachside town.

When:

Mon-Tues 11am-1am, Wed-Sat 11am-2am, Sunday 9am-1am

www.arubabeachcafe.com
Twitter: @arubabeachcafe
FB: Aruba Beach Cafe
reservations: 954-776-0001

The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul. Wyland

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Sweater: Arden B, Aventura
Jewelry: L’George Designs & Jill Zaleski
Shoes: Ted Baker

Editor: Matthew Auerbach
Photographer: James Woodley
Writer/Producer: Shireen Sandoval