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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.