Wynwood Art Walk & Food Trucks
Saturday, Feb. 13, around 6pm onwards
2nd Saturdays of the month
Food trucks located NW 2nd Ave/NW 23rd st.
For more details.
Culinary Pavilion at Coconut Grove Art Festival
Don’t be fooled by shot of me on their site, I used to present there but no longer, boo. Photographer is my buddy, ha, ha!
How about cooking at home together?
We all know dessert is what makes Valentine’s Night special, so try my mom’s tastiest banana fritters!
Remember, the setting is EVERYTHING!
Counter Culture Nights: Chinese New Year
Tuesday, Feb.16, 6pm *****
RSVP mandatory for Salon Talk, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Miami Ironside Main Event Hall
7610 NE 4th court, Upper Eastside, FL 33138
Salon Talk curated by OKKIO will showcase 3 speakers including yours truly. There’ll be festive food, music, art /design and a pop-up store to buy OKKIO’s unique objects from talented Taiwanese designers.
Speakers from Miami’s Chinese community…
Eleanor Hoh – Wok Star blogger, and cooking teacher
Elliot Lee – Liaison Director for American Da Tang Group
Sylvia Lu – Expert and founder of Feng Shui Institute
Dim Sum Bar by Chef Richard Hales (so thrilled Richard will be part of this, thank you!)
Black Brick Restaurant and Sakaya Kitchen
Miami Ironside is an amazing 10 block community full of creatives and designers. There’ll be music, food and many activities throughout from 6-9pm.
HOH WOK CLUB: Chinese New Year at BAZI
Sunday, Feb. 21, 4-6pm *****
Details, menu, reservations here.
I’m bringing my HOH WOK CLUB to celebrate Year of the Monkey with family and friends and enjoy some Asian Italian fusion cuisine at BAZI. Get the details and make your reservation ASAP…I just attended their own NY dinner last night with lion dance and boy it was a lot of fun.
Ayurvedic Cooking Class at ALNO
Sunday, Feb.28, 12-4pm
Sign up here.
Cook for your personal dosha and create a sacred kitchen. I attended this class a few weeks’ ago and was a lot of fun. I learned to make ghee, paneer and other yummy dishes using spices in Ayurvedic cooking. Both Ann Harrison and Chef Sabrina Dora Lopez were a delight.
Kung Hei Fat Choy, the Year of the Fire Monkey started TODAY, February 8 and festivities continue till February 22. So what’s the significance of Chinese New Year?
Chinese New Year gives you another chance to wipe the slate clean and start over if you’ve fallen off the wagon with your New Year resolution. It’s an opportunity to start new ways of doing things and kick old habits.
Traditionally, Chinese New Year is a time to spend with family and friends and celebrate LIFE! Eat foods that bring you luck, good health and prosperity (see list below.) Do new things that bring you happiness. Most importantly, cook at home more often and invite friends over. This is something I plan on doing more myself.
If you’re a Monkey, don’t listen to the superstitions surrounding your future and wealth, otherwise it’ll affect your behavior! For a roundup of Year of the Monkey, it’s traits, compatibility, predictions of fame and fortune, celebrities who are Monkeys.
These dishes symbolize luck, good health and prosperity, let us know if they worked!
Pineapple Fried Rice, an all time favorite and most commonly requested dish
Buddha’s Delight, a vegetable side dish that goes well with anything
Don’t want to cook? Come join my HOH WOK CLUB for a Chinese New Year feast at BAZI, Sun. Feb.16 at 4pm for a delightful 3 course dinner at $50 incl. tips and tax!
Want to experience a Chinese New Year Festival?
Here are some Miami restaurants celebrating Chinese New Year, contact them to find out about menus etc. and order some of those good luck foods…
Hakkasan (my HOH WOK CLUB celebrated there last year for a superb yum cha!)
Bazi – their own event, Wed. Feb. 10, $75 incl. lion dance
To celebrate the Year of the Monkey, I’m excited to announce my HOH WOK CLUB gathers for a Chinese New Year Asian dinner with an Italian spin at Bazi, located inside the historic Marlin Hotel, Sunday, February 21st from 4-6pm for $50 including tips and tax, what a steal! Only
50 69 lucky guests get to join me inside the dramatic dining room with red and gold accents, replete with elegant tufted banquettes, sleek pendant lighting, artfully shaped bonsai, and a massive dragon with glittering golden scales.
Bazi will offer guests a festive communal dining experience rich with traditional Asian touches. Diners can get their year off to a lucky start by enjoying menu items such as long noodles served to symbolize longevity, house made dumplings for prosperity and more, see menu and how to make your reservations below! Do not delay because once the
50 69 spaces are gone, that’s it, see you there! We got the upstairs intimate lounge as well, yay.
I went to their own Chinese New Year gathering with lion dance last week and sat at the bar, it was so much fun! I got to meet the neatest people and hang. Here are many of the dishes you’ll be having. See all the cozy couches and lounge areas you can sit at if you prefer not to be at a table.
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HOH WOK CLUB is a celebration of Asian culture and cuisine. One of the main reasons I created it was to introduce folks to good Asian cuisine run by smaller, independent family owned restaurants and help spread the word. Find out more about HOH WOK CLUB.
Visit Bazi for more details.
Here are details, you know the drill, you’ll be prepaying directly to BAZI…
When: Sunday, Feb. 21: 4-6pm, lunch starts 4:15pm SHARP!
What: Celebrate Chinese New Year of Monkey with an Italian Asian twist!
Where: Bazi Restaurant at the Marlin Hotel, 1200 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Fl 33139
Cost: $50 includes tips and tax
Max: 50 lucky guests
Reservations and prepay: Bazi Reservations if any problems, call Bazi directly, tel: 305) 695-0101
Parking: Valet $15 OR public garage on 13th and Collins.
KUNG HEI FAT CHOY!
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Mandarin Oriental Hotel
New Happy Hour at La Mar Gaston Acurio
Every Thursday, starting Oct.15: 4-7pm
$8 cocktails, $8 Peruvian bites by Chef Diego Oka
Unwind after work with creative cocktails and bites with stunning views of Biscayne Bay with lively DJ music. Contact email@example.com or (305) 913 8358.
Saturday, Oct. 17 – Oct. 18, 9:30-4:30pm, $8 pp
I’m honored to be invited to judge a Chef’s Challenge with 2 super writers, Galena Moscovich and Sara Liss. So, come out Oct.18, Redland Grow Fest is a celebration of all local things, edible, green and growing! There’ll be music, workshops like fermenting and lots to see and do for the whole family. See you there…Schedule + tix here
Moon Cake with Afrobeta
North Beach Bandshell
Sat. Oct.17, 6-9pm, FREE, RSVP required
Celebrate the end of summer and the release of Afrobeta’s new album Dream About You! Enjoy ice-cold beers & cocktails, food trucks, live art and more! There are a many stories surrounding the history of moon cakes and their relation to the Chinese Lunar Festival. During September, when the moon is in its apex and shining its brightest, people around the world gather to celebrate the Autumn harvest and eat delicious mooncakes…so let’s do it Miami style. Details here.
Hakkasan, Fontainebleau celebrates Golden Week
Now till Sunday, October 18
$138 pp + + (minimum of two diners must order the menu)
Golden Week will be an upscale traditional Chinese feast. To start, enjoy a supreme dim sum platter of abalone shumai with caviar; Crispy Eggplants with dried fish floss and more. Entrees include braised Boston lobster in superior stock; wok-fried rib-eye beef with lotus root and black pepper and fried rice with diced abalone. For an indulgent dessert each guest will receive a bag of golden macaroons. All sounds YUMMY! Details here.
Coconut Grove Seafood Festival
Sunday, October 18: 11am-7pm
Celebrating waterfront living and fill of the freshest, tastiest delicacies of the sea with bushels of shrimp, oysters, crawfish, lobster, clams and fresh fish. Head over to “Grove Wharf” – a farmer’s market meets seafood – where experts can help select for you. There’ll be a constant stream of live music including calypso, steel drum, reggae and Island Escapism and nautically-themed art, jewelry and decor. Details here.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Thursday, Oct.22, 6-7:30pm
$35 pp with electic Peruvian bites from La Mar and a signature cocktail
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Hess Wines presents South Beach Seafood Festival
Features live music, culinary and mixology demonstrations: An Evening at Joe’s; Cooking & Cocktails; Chef Showdown; kids zone, health village, and VIP areas as well as a sports bar showing the day’s college football matchups right on the sand. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Community Initiatives Foundation’s EAT SMART, a program with youth nutrition and childhood development by providing healthy weekend meals and frequent outdoor activity in Miami Beach. Details here.
Embrace the Esquire Brunch with a Purpose
Friday, Oct.23, $25 pp
Please join Embrace the Esquire at eména spa in the Design District for a delicious brunch and mimosas. They will donate all proceeds to a local not-for-profit organization that is working to fight breast cancer and raise awareness for breast cancer, a disease which affects so many women in our community. I love this group of women attorneys who organize these events. It’s a great way to network with them. Details here.
Tantalize: Special Menu and Pink Cocktails for a good cause!
Now till end of October
$45pp ++ incl. lounge show from 8pm onwards, it’s a deal
Special menu and pink cocktails, all for a good cause. Choose the yummy lamb foie gras meatballs! I really enjoyed the chef’s innovative cuisine. A percentage will benefit Sandy Miller Breast Cancer Foundation. Details here.
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August 1 – September 30
Miami Spice is here! It’s a great way to get introduced to restaurants you normally would find a bit pricey. Lunches run $23 and dinner $39 for 3 courses. Be sure you reserve and mention Miami Spice menu and notice the list on their site is divided for lunch and dinner! Not all restaurants are doing both.
We were invited to a tasting at Quality Meats and it was off the charts! This restaurant would be my top pick if you are an carnivore! Here’s what I thought about it!
Also check New Times and Miami Herald for their take on Miami Spice!
Another of my favs is Hakkasan not so much for their dim sum since they already do a super weekend dim sum lunch for about the same price but for dinner, it’s a steal! Take a look at my last HOH WOK CLUB gathering at Hakkasan for Chinese New Year Yum Cha and everyone adored it, what a deal.
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Feast Miami: Vegan Flavors of India
Sat. August 15, 6-9pm
FEAST Miami is a series of vegan pop-up events at art venues to financially support new & emerging creative projects. Artists & small arts organizations are invited to present a simple proposal for an art project. A group of panelists will select FIVE (5) finalists to present their project at FEAST. The eventgoers will vote for the project to be funded.
Projects are innovative, feasible and impact the community. The meals will be healthfully prepared with organic and locally sourced foods by Chef Loren Pulitzer of Meals That Heal.
Pecha Kucha: Obscura
Wednesday, August 26, 6:30-10pm
Deauville Beach Resort
PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps — just about anything, really — in the PechaKucha format of 20 seconds talk to 20 slides.
PechaKucha Miami in collaboration with Fordistas will feature six local luminaries who will bring to life some of the city’s lesser known stories in short presentations less than six minutes each. Won’t you join us for a night of Miami Obscura?