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Plus boba tea, bundt cakes, and more.
The New Tropic

🏝 Coming soon to Wynwood: A foodie oasis

Plus boba tea, bundt cakes, and more.

Happy Monday folks — Miami Food Pug here, back for our latest New Tropic takeover.

Hope you’ve brought your appetites to today’s newsletter: We’re still in the middle of a global pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped new restaurants from opening up left and right. If you’ve been lucky enough to avoid the “quarantine 15” so far, that might be changing soon as more and more eateries enter Miami’s culinary mix.

Here’s what you can expect to see popping up over the next few weeks and months...

🐶 What Miami Food Pug is talking about 

Mo’s Bundt Cakes taste as good as they look. 😋 | Want to see your own picture in this space? Tag either #thenewtropic or @thenewtropic to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @miamifoodpug)

What are the biggest headlines in food right now?

Variety is the spice of life, and locals will soon have even more dining choices to choose from. 

The Oasis is scheduled to open in Wynwood later this month, and it’s already poised to be a new hot spot. The 35,000+-square-foot venue will feature a wealth of culinary concepts, including Buya Dumplings + Buns (from the team behind nearby Buya Izakaya), Mr. Mandolin (fast-casual Mediterranean food), and New York’s Prince Street Pizza. The Oasis will also house a fitness studio, retail stores, and more. 

Over in Doral, more details have been announced about the forthcoming Shoma Bazaar food hall. The place has already been fully leased, and many local favorites are among the tenants. Familiar names include Eating House, Ella’s Oyster Bar, Ash Pizza, Doce Provisions, and InRamen. Shoma Bazaar is expected to open sometime within the next few months. 

And Chef Adrianne continues to expand her food empire with a new restaurant in Coral Gables called Forte. The Italian eatery is taking over the former Cibo Wine Bar location on Miracle Mile, and guests can expect Sicilian-inspired fare. Forte is slated to open sometime in April. 

Have you eaten anything good lately?

On weekends, Coral Gables’ MKT Kitchen hosts Li’s Dim Sum, a popup by chef Raymond Li (ex-Palmar). On the menu: XO rice and egg; cold Shanghai noodles; pork, shrimp and vegan siumai; and smashed cucumbers — to name a few specialties. The menu is constantly changing, so every experience is different (yet consistently delicious). Check out their Instagram for hours and specials. We’re excited to go back for the Szechuan ropa vieja very soon. 

The new Japanese takeout and delivery concept Bubusan is another highlight. Based out of South Beach’s Azabu, Bubusan offers hearty omakase boxes jam-packed with nigiri, rolls and other delights; the packaging is top-notch, too. And that tuna pizza is ::chef’s kiss::

What’s a food product that blew your mind 😱?

While exploring Palmetto Bay, we stumbled upon Kimchi Mart. It’s an Asian grocery store, and we discovered our latest obsession there while perusing its selections: frozen instant boba tea. While we’re wary of anything with the word “instant” in it, we decided to take a chance — it was only $5 after all. The DIY tea was one of the best decisions we’ve made (no joke), and if you’re fans of boba tea, it’s better than any that we’ve encountered at shops across Miami — except for maybe Chatime at Sunset Place (RIP). The grocery store is also home to some tasty mochi ice cream. If you’re in the area, definitely stop by. 

What are you reading?

One story that warmed our hearts was Miami New Times’ feature on Derek Gonzalez, the founder of Pilo’s Street Tacos. He’s committed to becoming one of the largest employers of people with developmental disabilities, or as he prefers to call them, “special abilities.” Gonzalez’s mission was inspired by his aunt Pilo, who had Down syndrome.

Question: Can influencers and food writers coexist? Dish Miami spoke to a number of folks in food media — including one-half of your loveable Miami Food Pug duo — to get their take on the current food coverage landscape. The piece is an in-depth look at transparency and other pressing issues facing the media realm today. 

What local business are you supporting?

Mo’s Bundt Cakes. Words can’t do justice to how delicious these cakes are, so we’ll just link you directly to their Instagram. Can’t decide which sweet to get? Let us help you with one word: Nutella. 

Promotion from Baptist Health

🍍 COVID-19 FAQ with Baptist Health

Put your wallet away and save those dollars for travel, movies, charity donations, concerts, a rainy day … basically everything we missed in 2020. 

At this time, the government is covering the cost of the vaccine so there is no cost to the patient/recipient.

See the FAQs on their COVID-19 resource page

🎉 A giveaway for you

The New Tropic's latest giveaway is taking things seaside with a gift card to Seasy. (📸: @seasycoralgables)

This week we’ve partnered up with Seasy, the newest eatery on Miracle Mile, to offer a delicious giveaway for you, our dear New Tropic readers. Situated in the heart of Coral Gables, Seasy serves up healthy seaside Mediterranean fare and traditional Italian cuisine for brunch, lunch, and dinner.

Enter here for your chance to win a $100 gift card to spend on flavorful fish, pasta, tapas, and veggie dishes. Your taste buds will be transported out of the 305 and smack dab onto the sandy white beaches of the Italian coast. 🏖

Promotion from The Deering Estate

📸 MIQUEL SALOM: ICTUM OLIM IV

The Deering Estate presents ICTUM OLIM VI, an exhibition of alumitypes (tintypes on aluminum foil) by artist Miquel Salom through April 10.

Learn more and order your tickets today

Today

♻️ Envision a more resilient 305 with Miami Dade College's virtual five-day Sustainable Cities Symposium taking place April 5 through April 9 (Online)

Tomorrow

🐊 Learn just how crucial the Everglades is to Florida's ecosystem during the Families For Everglades virtual event (Online)

Wednesday

🌲 Meet like-minded conservationists, sip on cocktails and learn how you can get involved during The Young Everglades Patrons inaugural event (Online)

🌊 Hear all about climate resilience in South Florida and the Caribbean during the University of Miami's inaugural Coastal Resilience Symposium (Online)

Thursday

🍝 Savor tasty pink pasta sauce and snag IG-worthy pics by reserving a table at Alla Vodka Pop-Up Shop between April 8-10 (Wynwood)

😂 Crack a smile and share some chuckles with comedian Kaycee Conlee during the latest Laughter in the Gardens (Pinecrest)

👛 Join The Women's Fund Miami-Dade for its annual fundraiser Power of the Purse featuring speakers Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Jane Fonda, Aja Monet, and others (Online)

🗣 Get educated on the Sunshine State's history of racial violence during "Strange Fruit in Florida," the latest episode of The Black Florida & Voices of Change webinar series (Online)

Friday

⚖️ Join the Dade County Bar Association along with keynote speaker Mayor Francis Suarez at the 11th Annual Bench and Bar Conference (Online)

📸 Take a virtual tour of downtown Miami with curator Carl Juste and photographer C.W. Griffin as part of the exhibition "Urban Tranquility: Photographs by C.W. Griffin" (Online)

Saturday

✏️ Immerse yourself in a comprehensive one-day boot camp detailing tech design work during BrainStation’s Intro Day (Online)

💙 Celebrate Autism Awareness Month with the Miami Children's Museum during this drive-thru event — up to 200 families will receive free sensory goody bags on a first-come, first-serve basis (Watson Island)

Sunday

🎹 Enjoy an afternoon of swinging piano, sultry vocals, and sassy humor with Grammy-nominated artist Judy Carmichael (Cutler Bay)

🐕 Be well

And we’ll see you back here in two weeks for more savory Miami food developments.

Stay safe, 

Miami Food Pug

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