It's impossible to explore all of Miami's cultural, culinary, and entertainment hot spots in one day?unless you're attending Palette Miami. The annual shindig corrals a wide swathe of Miami's tastes, sounds, and sights onto the sprawling green spaces of Biscayne Boulevard. There, visitors can sample cuisines from restaurants including Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, Pride and Joy Bar B Que, and Mina's Mediterraneo, then pair them with a beer and saki tasting.
In between bites, participants can peruse goods from local vendors and take in some live entertainment. U2 tribute band U2 by UV adopts the cool swagger of the Irish rockers on hits such as "Even Better Than The Real Thing" and "With or Without You," while Elvis impersonator Pelvis mashes classic Elvis songs with classic rock tunes to create a musical fusion not found since rap-polka.
Restaurateur Mark Soyka had big plans for the building he purchased at 5556 NE 4th Court: finally creating a garage for his vintage car collection. Over time, however, Mark was bitten once again by the restaurant bug, and in May 1999, he opened his namesake eatery there instead. Rather than classic rides, the space is now filled with chandeliers, abstract paintings, and the sounds of live jazz every Friday and Saturday.
Soyka's chefs pay homage to their elegant surroundings by crafting upscale versions of classic comfort foods. Alongside parmesan risotto and a balsamic-fig reduction, for instance, they serve slow-roasted short ribs marinated overnight under a night light that wards off scary dreams. Sriracha r?moulade and cucumber slaw crown the salmon burger, while spinach and ricotta fill vegetarian ravioli. To complement the critically lauded cuisine, bartenders mix nearly 20 cocktails, from standards such as moscow mules to margaritas spiked with jalape?o-flavored vodka.
More than just another in a long line of single-serving food trucks, Dolci Peccati Gelato has gained a reputation for their solidly flavorful sugary treats. Tracking the motorized eatery through social media is the norm, with customers scoping out their latest destination and lining up to grab a taste of homemade gelato. Offered in dozens of flavors that go far beyond the usual, this colorful array of artisan gelatos runs the gamut from dirty strawberry, a strawberry and jalapeño jelly mix, to sweet corn and cheese. Simpler offerings might include coconut and limone ginger mint are equally popular, alongside staples like vanilla, chocolate, pistachio, rum raisin and mint chip. The smooth texture of the gelato can be served in floats, popsicles, sandwiches and frozen cakes, and weight-conscious eaters can opt instead for the sorbet.
Located within the KnockOutZone gym, Go Go Green doesn't just aim to replenish athletes after workouts. In addition, they strive to promote a healthy lifestyle for all with cold-pressed juices and made-to-order smoothies packed with super fruits, protein supplements, and chia seeds. In addition to drinks, they serve up daily specials such as turkey burgers, sandwiches, and protein pancakes topped with organic fruit, as well as a selection of gluten-free baked goods.
Calming breezes waft throughout Uvas Restaurant, emanating from the sea wind drifting across the patio lounge and the refreshing drafts from the dining room’s air conditioning. The aromas of chorizo simmering in spicy chardonnay broth and sizzling Angus beef mingle with these gentle gusts, filling the 1920s Mediterranean-style building with the robust fragrances of European dishes. Chefs swaddle burgers in focaccia, fill empanadas with sweet plantains and fresh mozzarella, and, for brunch, souse poached eggs in hollandaise sauce and top vanilla pancakes with strawberries and white chocolate shavings. They serve up mimosas and champagne with late morning dishes, while pouring an extensive selection of international wines at dinner.
For $15, today's Groupon gets you $30 worth of authentic Italian cuisine and drinks at Casa Toscana Ristorante. Located in the Upper East Side of Miami, not far from Tuscany, this bona fide ristorante Italiano features pastas from scratch, a majestic wine wall, and silverware. The quaint and cozy eatery sets the mood to recreate the infamous Lady and the Tramp pasta-cooking scene. You can use your Groupon toward a romantic dinner or Sunday brunch (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and bask in the free parking.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.