Chef Adrianne Calvo: "I've Never Been One to Follow Trends"

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All photos by Carla Torres
It's been seven and a half years since Adrianne Calvo first opened Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant & Bar and much has changed, both in terms of her culinary development and the industry.

"When I opened we had a similar menu to the one we have now where everything was farm-to-table, organic, and locally sourced produce or grass-fed beef," says the chef. "Everyone told me I was crazy."

See also: Dining in the Dark at Chef Adrianne's: Enlightening!

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Josh's Deli to Begin Dinner Service: Escargot Pasta and Bone Marrow Pizza

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Bill Wisser
Josh Marcus is ready for the fall weather.
You know how to tell fall is right around the corner? Josh Marcus, Josh's Deli's owner, decides to fire up the wood burning oven.

"I'm going to the Grand Canyon for a few weeks and when I get back, it won't be that hot anymore. That's an important aspect of cooking with a wood burning oven," Marcus says.

The chef/restaurateur will return in late October from a journey that will take him on a culinary and spiritual journey though the United States. Then, Josh's Deli will open for dinner from Thursday - Sunday evenings, starting October 23.

See also: Josh's Deli: Reubens, Jewbans, and More

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Eating House, Broken Shaker Alum Steve Santana Opening Miami Beach Taqueria

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Courtesy of Steve Santana
Taquiza's tortillas.
If you've ever visited the Broken Shaker, Eating House, or become pork-drunk during one of Jeremiah Bullfrog's special events you might've noticed a quiet guy with glasses and short-cropped hair doing some heavy lifting.

His name is Steve Santana, and next month he's opening Taquiza, a pocket-sized Miami Beach taqueria that will serve traditional Mexican fare -- think huitlacoche (a corn fungus), nopales (edible cactus), and squash flowers -- on house nixtamalized and pressed tortillas.

See also: Tiny Taqueria Serves Miami's Most Authentic Carnitas

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Montefiore Café: Kosher With a Twist of Lemon and Parsley

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Courtesy of Montefiore Cafe
The atmosphere is what you might expect from a kosher restaurant in Mid Beach: an Israeli having a pressed bagel sandwich while talking business on his cell phone, two Orthodox women wearing tichels (kerchiefs) on their heads and donning casual uniforms of long denim skirts.

Located at 41st Street and Prairie Avenue, and situated in the heavily Jewish neighborhood of Mid Beach, Montefiore Café is a no-frills dining spot that has a variety of menu options, from salmon burgers and sandwiches to Israeli dishes like shakshukka and Jerusalem bagel toast.

Montefiore is a certified-kosher restaurant, and for all the gentiles out there, that means you can't mix dairy products and meat.

But you can't have a café without an American cheeseburger on the menu, so the chef, Mike Rodriguez, puts a twist on an old favorite: the American cheeseburger with all the usual accompaniments but made with a salmon patty instead of the red meat variety.

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La Michoacana Paleteria y Neveria Redefines Frozen Delights as it Helps You Survive Summer

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Zachary Fagenson
Cucumber and chili, and corn paletas.
In a low-slug strip mall near Krome Avenue in Homestead, the steel-and-glass front door of La Michoacana Paletería y Nevería swings open into an orange-and-gray-tiled shop. A half-dozen flat-screen TV sets blare Spanish-language news and telenovelas as you make your way to a long display case holding row after row of ice pops and cream bars. The $2 frozen treats (cash only) come in a rainbow of flavors, such as blended mamey, sweet tomato salsa, or rompope -- a popular Mexican drink similar to eggnog with ground almonds instead of booze.

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The Vagabond Hotel's Pool Bar Is Open for Business

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Paul Schroeder's Vagabond Collins.
The much-anticipated pool bar at Vagabond Hotel is officially open for business. The place received its liquor license just this week and is ready to welcome the neighborhood and hotel guests in the newly renovated, retro-luxe space.

While the pool is open to hotel guests only, the hotel's bar will be serving classic American cocktails to guests and locals alike. Beverage manager Paul Schroeder makes the Vagabond Collins with vodka, homemade lemon lime juice, and simple syrup with angostura bitters.

"We are bringing ingredients in-house and making all our own juice, grenadine, and simple syrups," said Schroeder. He added that there would be no molecular gastronomy at the bar, just simple classic cocktails, and that guests will be impressed with the happy-hour prices and operating hours, which are still in the works.

Regular prices for cocktails range from $12 to $14 with well drinks priced at $10. The pool bar hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Developer and preservationist Avra Jain told us she is taking special care to keep the noise down out of respect for neighbors.

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Ocean Deli Market in South Beach: Try the $5 Lunch Box

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Photos by Carina Ost
This box is $5.
South Beach may have copious amounts of overpriced restaurants, but if you want the best deal in town: follow the construction workers.

Ocean Deli is a neighborhood bodega with liquor, snacks and substantial subs made with Boar's Head meat. But something funny happens during the lunch hours. Hoards of workers head to the glass case and point to things to fit in a white box. They then ignore the main line and head to the door, giving a guy who is like a bouncer a five-dollar bill and exiting with their box in a plastic bag. It is a secret society of inexpensive made-to-order lunch boxes.

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The Mighty Stands Out With a Funky Lineup of House-Made Sausages

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Zachary Fagenson
The Nearly Vegetarian at The Mighty filled with risotto, mushrooms and chopped walnuts.
There seems to be a gastropub on every Miami street corner nowadays. Anyone can order Nueske's applewood-smoked bacon, fill a cooler with offbeat craft beers, and cover the walls with red brick.

That's as far as most places take it. But at The Mighty, a pocket-size spot on Coral Way once occupied by neighborhood watering hole Jada Coles, chef Fernando Echevarri stuffs a sausage casing with a creamy blend of tender risotto studded with crunchy toasted walnuts
and meat-like cubes of earthy roasted mushroom.

See also: The Mighty: A Coral Gables Craft Beer, Cocktail, and Sausage Bar Opening in May


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Burgerlove in Brickell Key: For the Love of Honest Food

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All photos by Carla Torres
There is no such thing as too many burgers, except maybe when you're trying to make up your mind on which one to order at Burgerlove, the newest addition to Brickell Key.

Burgerlove opened this past Tuesday and is the brainchild of Vanessa Diaz, who also owns the Juicery Bar next door. Diaz wanted to bring something to the island that was healthy but indulgent. "There's lot of kids and families here," she says. "Burgers seemed like a natural fit."

See also: Choices Kitchen Hosting Free Cooking Class Featuring Field Roast Grain Meats

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Why Wynwood Is Miami's Best Dining Neighborhood

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Photo by Carla Torres
Wynwood, why you so cool? Even in this scorching summer heat, you keep us refreshed with all of your laid-back bars that don't overcharge for drinks. When I've gone over my limit and need something to sober me up on the weekends, you stay up late like a doting mom and comfort me with shroom buns and pillows of corn bursting with chicken salad and avocado. And on weekday morning, just the aroma of your freshly roasted coffee beans gets my creative juices flowing.

Sure, you're still growing and developing, but I think you've come a pretty long way. You have a vibrant personality, you are prolific in art, you are particular about what you eat, and you are a beer snob. You even make your own bread. One might say you're the ultimate hipster. But you know better than to label yourself anything, which is why you've got all of these great nicknames -- the Arts District, Wynwood, Midtown, Edgewater.

All of which together make up the best dining neighborhood in Miami. Here are more than ten reasons why.

See also: Sunset Harbour Is Miami's Best Dining Neighborhood, and Here's Why

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