Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Cafe Bites‏ from New Times

Need proof that Miami’s dining scene is hotter than ever? Check out Miami Beach’s revamped Fontainebleau resort, where five of nine planned restaurants have opened. On the roster: Chef Alfred Portale’s luxe beef emporium, Gotham Steak, offers dishes up carnivorous vittles such as a 40-ounce porterhouse for two and Wagyu beef; Italian soul food wünderkind Chef Scott Conant’s Scarpetta with legendary pastas (his spaghetti with basil and tomato won raves from New York food critics), and the sleek sushi bar Blade, boasts night-glow menus and a lengthy list of sake-infused cocktails. Bonus: You don’t have to be a guest at the hotel to enjoy the culinary bounty. New Times food critic Lee Klein has more here.

Get ready to wok and roll Tuesday from 6:30 p.m.to 9:30 p.m. when local wok master Eleanor Hoh hosts her crash-course in healthy Asian cooking at the Grateful Palate (817 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale). Using simple idiot-proof techniques, she teaches students how to make four simple, yet flavorful meals using a cast-iron wok and minimal ingredients. Easy enough for beginners to follow while still useful for seasoned home chefs, this class will have you wokin’ like a pro. $65 with wines, Tiger Beer, and Fiji water. RSVP to wokstar at eleanorhoh.com or call 305-865-9297.


Miami will soon be home to Sushi Samba’s Sugarcane Lounge. But until that opens, check out a preview at the pop-up lounge and restaurant (3250 NE 1st Ave, Suite 101 in Midtown), which will be held this week in conjunction with the Japanese graffiti art show Ginzatropicalia. The exhibit and lounge open Thursday, December 4 with a party scheduled for Saturday, December 6 at 7 p.m.

If you’re jonesing for some art, but lack the patience for the mega-behemoth that is the main Art Basel fair, head to Project 131’s opening of Paradise Lost at Buck 15 (707 Lincoln Lane, 305-534-5488) Wednesday night at 9 p.m. Before you catch the work of 12 artists interpreting Milton’s epic poem at this graffiti-embellished lounge, grab dinner downstairs at Miss Yip Chinese Café (1661 Meridian, 305-534-5488) where traditional dim sum and Cantonese faves such as black bean fish and lo mein should fortify you.

Lee Klein reviews the famed Joe Allen, and Short Order, our food blog, cleans up after your Thanksgiving mess.

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