I put on my toque and apron to became a chef for the day and mingle with Food Network stars during last weekend’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival. At the Florida Travel + Life-sponsored Barilla Interactive Lunch, held at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, my dining partners and I took turns mixing and stirring fish soup, hanger steak with polenta and a scrumptious bananas Foster.
The waiter places a sliced strip steak resting in a cast iron pan accompanied by a cone stuffed with Parmesan truffle fries on the table. The meat is seasoned with salt, pepper and savory herb butter. It’s perfect. If you’re like me — and most Americans — a good steakhouse is where you go when you’re on the hunt for a hunger-pleasing meal. That’s what I found — and much more — at Miami Beach’s Gotham Steak, a pricey choice, that is by far the crown jewel in the Fontainebleau’s stellar lineup of restaurants.
On any given day, turning up the driveway towards the majestic Breakers is anything but ordinary. But at holiday time, the 500-foot Main Drive is the beckoning yellow brick road leading to Oz. The glow of thousands of elegant white lights that embellish the palm trees is nothing short of spectacular.
On a recent visit to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar on Sand Lake Road in Orlando, I was delighted to discover that it's more than a steakhouse. In fact it's a popular gathering place to kick off an evening with drinks and appetizers--especially when they’re priced at $6 each till 7 pm.
I was swooning over aromatic white truffle oil drizzled on thinly sliced fresh yellowfin tuna. Best part, it wasn’t a dream. I was actually dining at one of the most sultry settings I’ve ever eaten sushi in known as the Bond Street Lounge at the Townhouse Hotel. It’s quite a scene for hipsters. Besides having a bite, my plan was to check out the new Rooftop Lounge designed by my dining companions, Perry Tortorelli and Ricardo Raphael of Details at Home.
I had an entertaining evening recently at RA Sushi in Palm Beach Gardens located at Downtown at the Gardens. Asked to be a judge at a charity event involving inspired sushi rolls, I was all in. There were four sushi rolls created by four charities: South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County and Make a Wish Foundation of Southern Florida. RA Sushi, with its swanky red and black interior, was buzzing with volunteers from these noteworthy charities eager to have their sushi deemed the crowd fave.