Every American city should have a French bakery. In Miami, that bakery is the Buena Vista Deli. The bakery is owned by Corentin Finot, a long time restauranteur, and Claude Postel, a seventh generation French chef. One of Claude’s forefathers was a chocolatier at the French court. The antique chocolate molds, decorating the walls of the bakery, are testimony to his family legacy.

Buena Vista's buttery, crunchy, and flakey croissants.

Buena Vista’s buttery, crunchy, and flakey croissants.

I love the Buena Vista Deli. The croissants are buttery, crunchy and flakey. According to a Parisian, who I once met, the croissants taste even better than the ones in Paris. If you have a sweet tooth, try the chocolate croissants.

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Bakeries, Buena Vista, Casual Dining, Design District, Food and Drink, French, In the Know, Miami, Off the Beaten Path

Finding France in Miami’s Buena Vista

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NE (Nina Eberlijn)
Concierges are masters of planning, logistics and creating guests’ travel itineraries. We like to plan ahead, but we always tell our guests to keep some time open in their travel itinerary. One day, you might want to sleep in and finish reading those magazines that you brought with you on the airplane. Another day, you might want to return to that particular neighborhood, called Wynwood. On your earlier visit, a few days ago, you found its street art murals so colorful and so bright, just like the Miami sky and sunlight. Now you are curious what more is there to see and do in Wynwood.

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Casual Dining, Food and Drink, Graffiti, Italian, Miami, Off the Beaten Path, Street Art, Wynwood

A No Agenda Adventure

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Let's go to El Rey de las Fritas!

Let’s go to El Rey de las Fritas!

Concierges always keep an eye on their cities, what is happening, what is new, what is a local staple and what has flavor enough to go on an adventure. I became curious about El Rey de las Fritas after seeing a segment on the Travel Channel. One of my Concierge colleagues, fellow founder of the Concierge Friends and Social Club, suggested we would go. She has a Cuban heritage and grew up with El Rey. I was thrilled because I could not have had a better insider guide.

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Casual Dining, Cuban, Diners, Food and Drink, In the Know, Little Havana, Local Flavors, Miami, Off the Beaten Path

El Rey de Las Fritas

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Asian, Casual Dining, Food and Drink, Jamaican, Mediterranean, Miami, Off the Beaten Path

Going Grocery Shopping

The colors of B&M market on NE 97 Street, Miami.

The colors of B&M market on NE 97 Street, Miami.

B & M Market
Family owned by Sheir and Nafeeza Alishawarma, B & M Market Restaurant and Roti Shop has been in business for over 25 years. It is the perfect place to buy all your spices for your jerk chicken. You can also try their oxtail stew, curry goat, stew beef and any of their homemade roti’s. Nafeeza makes a fantastic banana carrot nut cake too!
219 NE 79th St, Miami, FL 33138
(305) 757-2889

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Asia, Bali, Beyond Miami, Food and Drink, Indonesia, Local Flavors

The Art of Jackfruit

Once upon a time, I was a student at Andalas University in Padang, Sumatra. I was living with an Indonesian family and I was lucky. My host mother was an outstanding chef. She knew all of my favorite Indonesian dishes that I had grew up with in the Netherlands and had some secret recipes herself. In my three months as a summer student, I gained five kilo’s. My host mother thought I was too skinny. She also wanted to be sure my mother back home knew she had taken excellent care of me.

Jackfruit at the Pasar Badung in Den Pasar, Bali, Photograph by Andrew Kaufman.

Jackfruit at the Pasar Badung in Den Pasar, Bali, Photograph by Andrew Kaufman.

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Food and Drink, In the Know, Italian, Local Flavors, Miami

Magical Ice Cream Days

With year round sunshine, it is always a great time for ice cream in Miami. This is very different from the Netherlands, the country I grew up in. Ice cream stores are only open in the summer and close for the winter months.

I am extremely fond of ice cream. It especially reminds me of my childhood summers and walking to the local Italian ice cream shop around the corner. It was my first ever paying job when I was 16 year old. I was hired according to the owner, because I looked Italian enough even though I did not understand anything of what he or his Italian speaking family were saying. The great thing about working at an ice cream store was having ice cream every day! After that summer, I also ended up with some big muscles in my right arm from all the scooping I did.

The Frieze

The Frieze with their frieze style logo, just of Lincoln Road in South Beach, Photograph by Andrew Kaufman.

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Food and Drink, Green, Local Flavors, Miami, Seafood

Stone Crabs, a Florida Delicacy

Stone crabs are a Florida delicacy. They are named for their hard, stony, rust-colored shells. If you happen to visit Miami during stone crab season, which runs from October 15 through May 15, they are a must try. Stone crabs mean as much to our state as the blue soft-shell crab does to Maryland or the lobster to Maine.

What makes stone crabs ecologically interesting, is that their claws regenerate. When the stone crab is caught, the fisherman only takes one claw. He then releases the stalk-eyed crustacean back into the water and a new claw will grow back in 12 to 18 months. Stone crabs can regenerate their claws three to four times. The Monterey Bay Aquarium considers the Florida stone crab fishery sustainable and a “Best Choice.” Like we mentioned, going green, being green, is easy and fun and this time, it is delicious too.

Stone Crabs

Stone crabs are a Florida delicacy and sustainable seafood, Photo by Andrew Kaufman.

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Casual Dining, Food and Drink, In the Know, Miami, Trends

Rolling thru Miami’s Food Truck’s

Miami locals are on the scene following and participating in the latest food truck craze and it is good! If you are a visitor to our city, you should definitely get in on the action if you like things easy and not too fussy. I have seen up to 25-30 food trucks offering everything from delicious taco’s to cupcakes to braised pork with tater tots. Some of Miami’s best chef’s have come up with very creative fast and healthy gourmet street food that is sure to tempt anyone’s palate. Their locations are in local neighborhoods ranging from Downtown, North Miami, Kendall and so forth. Let’s hit the road and search for your next memorable grub…

MSC Food Truck

The mischievous Ms. Cheezious, coined Miami's sexiest food truck, Photo by Ms. Cheezious / Gary James.

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Casual Dining, Food and Drink, In the Know, Miami

Not your typical Burger

A good ole American burger has long been a staple of American society. Today, there is a burger craze that may surpass the one of the 1950’s and 60’s, with new burger spots popping up throughout the US, and especially here in Miami. These new burger bars offer something different than any regular fast food place. They tend to focus on gourmet burgers with unusual ingredients making a great combination of flavors and with some killer accompaniments.

Hotel California at the BnB Joint

Hotel California, Photo by the Burger & Beer Joint.

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Food and Drink, Italian, Miami

Knock-Out Gnocchi

Ah, la bella Italia…. I am fully enamoured by this awe-inspiring country’s landscapes, its sexy & stylish people, and the most delicious food on earth. If my birth certificate didn’t say Argentina, I would have guessed I was born in Italy, probably in a little town called Sperlonga. If it weren’t for Italian cuisine, I don’t know where I’d be today…for its value as the most delicious food and also the fact that it’s my only forté in the kitchen (much to my boyfriend’s enjoyment). As much as I love to make great pasta though, I (like most women, I think) much prefer to go out and enjoy someone else’s home-made cooking.  Thankfully, Miami offers some of the best Italian I have come across from San Francisco to New York, and from Argentina all the way to Italy.

Gnocchi Bolognese at La Lupa di Roma

Gnocchi Bolognese at La Lupa di Roma, Photo by Andrew Kaufman.

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