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Recipe: Raw Pecan Pie by Vegan Chef & Author Mark Reinfeld

Categories: Holidays

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Courtesy of Mark Reinfeld

Christmas is right around the corner, which means it's time to nail down that dinner menu if you don't want to be poring through Pinterest when you should be opening presents.

And in the name of feeding your guests something healthier than cream pies or ice cream sundaes, nutrient rich is the key phrase when it comes to dessert. Vegan chef and author Mark Reinfeld has a recipe for a killer raw pecan pie that's both healthy AND delicious. Check it out after the jump.

See also: TCBY Now Serving Almond Nog Fro-Yo for the Holiday Season


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Miami Beach Nobu Will Be World's Largest Nobu Restaurant and Bar Lounge

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Nobu Hospitality
Rendering of Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc.
The much anticipated opening of Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach is coming along, with further information being released by Nobu Hospitality.

The project, a partnership between chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert DeNiro, and Hollywood producer Meir Teper, will open in 2015, as part of a multi-million dollar vision to revitalize and re-launch the Eden Roc as the premier resort in Miami Beach. The nautical-shaped Morris Lapidus-designed hotel was once the playground of the rich and famous, with luminaries like Elizabeth Taylor, Ernest Hemingway, Frank Sinatra, and Robert DeNiro himself, sunning, sleeping, and carousing there, but newer and shiners hotels and renovations, including the spectacular Fontainebleau Miami Beach overshadowed the Eden Roc in recent years.

The Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach is the second U.S. hotel under the Nobu Hospitality brand. Similarly, Nobu Hotel opened at Cesars Palace Las Vegas in February 2013 with special non-Vegas-like features including a welcoming in-room tea service featuring green tea and a special rice cracker that has been imported from Nobu's hometown in Japan, according to Forbes.

See also: Is Eden Roc Turning Into Nobu Hotel?


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Michelle Bernstein's Seagrape: A Florida Brasserie Helmed by Michelin-Starred Chef de Cuisine Steven Rojas

Categories: First Bites

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All photos by Carla Torres
Remember the Mad Men episode where Don Draper travels to California and tries on this other life -- one filled with banana leaf lawn chairs and retro vintage pool homes? Walk into Seagrape, Michelle Bernstein's restaurant at the newly renovated Thompson Hotel, and you'll feel like you're in California of that era.

But then a patterned pathway leads you through the lobby and into the 250-seat "Floridian Brasserie," where a green marble horseshoe-shaped bar provides Seagrape's first and lasting impression. Walk past it and into the retro tropical dining room separated by geometric space dividers. Relax on one of the celeste-colored booths, or sink into one of the bright yellow mod chairs. You might not want to open the mangrove-textured menu, but if you don't, you'll be missing out on all the locally inspired cuisine that Seagrape proffers. Think local catch ceviche, heirloom tomato with whipped burrata, and housemade garganelli.

See also: Michelle Bernstein's Seagrape and Crown Room at Thompson Miami Beach Now Open

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Former Makoto Cook Brings Thai Street Food To MiMo

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Zachary Fagenson
Roast duck soup at Cake Thai Kitchen ($12).
The 28-year-old chef and owner of Cake Thai Kitchen, Phuket Thongsodchaveondee, learned to cook in south at his father's hotel in the idyllic southern Thai beach town for which he's named.

"This is just street food, something Thai people would eat quickly on the way to somewhere," he says.

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Miami's Best Eats And Drinks This Weekend: Selfies, Beer, Bacon, Brunch, and Festivus

Categories: Weekend Guide

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Siena Tavern
Have a bloody good holiday!
Christmas is almost here and you're probably at your wit's end from weeks of shopping, eggnog, and Mariah Carey singing All I Want for Christmas is You.

Take a break from the madness! Flee the mall and meet your friends for brunch, a classic cocktail (made to order), or a beer (with bacon). When all else fails, air your grievances at The Abbey's annual Festivus celebration.

Festivus (for the rest of us) starts now.

See also: Christmas Dinners in Miami

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Porfirio's Brunch Buffet: All You Can Eat Tacos, Carnitas, and Pozole

Categories: Brunch Report

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All photos by Carla Torres
Mexican garnishes for tacos
There's not exactly a shortage of brunches in this town. There is, however, a shortage of Mexican brunches. Especially those with unlimited carnitas tacos and mole. Enter Porfirio's, the upscale Mexican restaurant perched on South of Fifth.

Porfirio's introduced brunch about a month ago, and while the idea of never-ending tacos sounds like just the right Sunday hangover cure, we're not entirely sure it's worth the $55 price tag. Short Order was invited to try Porfirio's decadent brunch spread.

See also: Brunch at Vintro Kitchen & Bar: Unlimited Raspberry Points and Kumamotos, Seafood Paella, and Lamb Chops

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Five Best Egg Substitutes for Holiday Baking

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24 Oranges Flickr/cc

Open up a holiday cookbook, and eggs feature prominently in most recipes. Cookies, cakes, pies -- you name it, it's got an egg in it. Eggless eaters are often left struggling for substitutions.

But switching out the eggs is getting easier than ever, with new products hitting the market and time-tested stand-bys doing the job just as well. Here are five vegan egg substitutes for your holiday baking needs.

See also: Mariana Cortez of Bunnie Cakes Talks Cupcake Wars, Vegan Baking, and Valentine's Day


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Beer for Hanukkah: He'Brew ReJewvenator is a Mashup of Belgian Ale and Concord Grape

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Laine Doss
Mixing grape and grain for Hanukkah!
Growing up in Brooklyn, my parents had a bar. Purchased through the Macy's catalog, it was a small octagon end table that opened up into a place to store bottles and glasses. Though they were quite proud of their swanky addition to the avocado green sofa they had purchased the year before (covered in the requisite plastic), their spirit collection left much to be desired.

I still remember the contents: a bottle of Wild Turkey (used mostly for toothaches); Cherry Heering; Creme de Menthe; Gordon's gin; some Dutch chocolate liquor in a fancy ceramic bottle; and a few bottles of Manischewitz Wine.

The Manischewitz was consumed mostly during holidays and family get-togethers, like Passover and Hanukkah. My family would drink the sweet elixir from small cordial glasses and I would get a glass of grape juice. Once, after much begging, I was given a sip of the kosher wine. It tasted exactly like what I was having -- cloyingly sweet and grapey, with a hint of tartness.

See also: Blue Collar's Latkes Named Among the Country's Ten Best for Chanukah


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TCBY Now Serving Almond Nog Fro-Yo for the Holiday Season

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All photos by Hannah Sentenac

Like pumpkin is to fall, eggnog is to winter. The rich, traditional Christmas treat is everywhere for the next couple weeks. But for non-dairy drinkers, the cream and eggs mean it's out of the question.

TCBY, however, has a vegan alternative. Almond Nog Fro-Yo is now available in select stores, and it's everything you'd want in a healthier holiday treat.

See also: Vegan Coconut Milk Froyo Now Available at TCBY


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Christmas Dinners in Miami

Categories: Holidays

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Edge Steak & Bar via Facebook
Celebrate Christmas with good food and wine.
Christmas is almost upon us. It's usually one of the few days out of the year that even restaurants close to allow employees time with family and friends.

But, since we're in a major city, there are still a host of establishments that remain open to feed hungry tourists (and locals) who prefer to let someone else stuff the goose and make the figgy pudding. Here are some of Miami's best restaurants serving up delicious Chiristmas meals. Best to call ahead to confirm special hours and to make reservations.

See also: Shaquille O'Neal Bakes Holiday Cakes in an Easy Bake Oven (Video)


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