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🍷 The South Beach Wine & Food Festival is poised for a big comeback

Plus, delectable dumplings, decadent drinks, and more.

By Geoffrey and Dianne at Miami Food Pug

Happy Monday, everyone – Miami Food Pug here, back for our latest New Tropic takeover.

2022 is already making our mouths water with the impending return of an iconic food festival in its usual February slot. We’ve got some big news to share, so let’s get right to it.

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What’s the biggest 305 food news right now?

Foodies, rejoice: tickets are officially on sale for the 2022 South Beach Wine & Food Festival. It’s taking place from February 24-27, and attendees can expect to rub shoulders with top Food Network talent like Guy Fieri, Richard Blais, Rachael Ray, and Anne Burrell among other celebrated chefs.

Because we’re still in the middle of the pandemic, COVID-19 protocols will still be in place. Guests will have to complete health screenings prior to attending and there will be a capacity limit in effect; mask usage is also strongly encouraged. Click here to see the full event lineup.

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten lately?

Haochi at Union Beer Store. The humble Little Havana pop-up has come a long way since it started out with only a handful of dumplings on the menu. Now it’s serving up full-fledged bites like shrimp chow mein, dandan noodles and snow pea stir fry — all of which are delicious AF. We can’t wait to see what Haochi’s resident chef Victoriano Hernandez cooks up with an actual kitchen at Union’s next project, Union Park, a restaurant/dog park concept coming next year. In the meantime, you can find Haochi at Union on Sundays through Wednesdays and Fridays. 

Where can I get a good drink in Miami-Dade?

For months, we’ve been hearing people rave about The Champagne Bar at Four Seasons Surfside, but had never made it out there — until now. It’s like stepping through a time machine back into a beautiful, bygone version of what Florida hospitality used to look like. The bar recently debuted a new menu with drinks inspired by The Surf Club’s iconic themed parties such as Derby Day (an ode to the Kentucky Derby) and the Fiesta in Rio (self-explanatory). 

Be warned, these cocktails aren’t cheap — they’re $25 a pop. But you get what you pay for… and you’re paying for the best.

For something a little more affordable, check out the new drink menu at 1-800-Lucky, where sake coladas and prickly pear sours are abundant. The whimsical offerings pack a punch and some, like the Panda Highball, even come in cool glasses that will have you reaching for your phones to take a photo. And at $13 each, your bank account can breathe a little easier.

What are you watching right now?

We’ve been getting into the holiday spirit and enjoying Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi. The show recently premiered a series of holiday episodes, and one of them — “Mojo-ho Christmas” — has the Top Chef host celebrating down here in Miami. The episode features some notable culinary figures in the 305 — including Ariete’s Michael Beltran and Caja Caliente’s Monica Leon — who share insightful anecdotes about Nochebuena and the Cuban community of Miami. 

What are you reading? 

In case you haven’t heard, Zitz Sum is one of the hottest restaurants in Coral Gables right now, and the Miami Herald did a whole piece on the Asian-inspired eatery that’s worth a read. After the crazy year-and-a-half that the food scene has had, it’s refreshing to see a pandemic success story — and this is definitely one of them. If you’re a Herald subscriber, you can read the story here. If not, you can check out the highlights by visiting the Zitz Sum Instagram page.

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🇫🇷 Celebrate the life of influential artist and activist Josephine Baker with Alliance Française Miami Metro (Online)

🤘 Rock out with your neighbors and enjoy free live music during The Doral Yard's multi-day YardFest Thanksgiving bash — taking place Wednesday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 28 (Doral)


💻 Connect with Miami Tech at Freehold during a Thanksgiving Eve gathering complete with complimentary wine, beer, signature cocktails, and pizza (Wynwood)

😂 Have a laugh with comedian Brittany Brave during The Lincoln Eatery's latest stand-up comedy showcase (Miami Beach)

💃 Dance like it's 1989 during Sweat Records' annual '80s Prom featuring live performances by The State Of, Ordinary Boys, and much more (Wynwood)


💿 Score some musical deals that'll sound sweet on your ears and wallet during Sweat Records' RSD Black Friday and Small Business Saturday celebrations (Little Haiti)

🌮 Give a gift, get a free taco during The Lincoln Eatery's Toys for Tacos event benefiting Toys for Tots (Miami Beach)


🍻 Indulge in great brews, live music, and good vibes at Veza Sur's annual #HechaEnMiami fiesta (Wynwood)

⚡️ Lace up and dance the night away during the North Beach Bandshell's Beach Skate featuring a DJ set by the godfather of electro music, Arthur Baker (North Beach)

🎸 Listen to sweet sounds by singer-songwriter DeBlois Milledge during a concert at Tropical Audubon Society (South Miami)

🐕  Talk soon

We’ll be back in two weeks — until then, eat well and prosper.

See you around,

Miami Food Pug

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