Do We Love It: ARMILLARY GRILL AT INTERCONTINENTAL AT DORAL MIAMI #MiamiSpice edition

20130830_131202ARMILLARY GRILL AT INTERCONTINENTAL AT DORAL MIAMI

2505 NW 87TH AVE.
DORAL, FL 33172

Menu Choices:

SAUTEED SHRIMP WITH WARM FLOUR TORTILLA (pictured) Onions, Garlic, and Tomato
BAY SCALLOPS AND BLUE CRAB SALAD TOPPED WITH AVOCADO (pictured) And Grapefruit Sections
PLANTAIN CRUSTED SNAPPER (pictured) Mashed Potatoes and Steamed Broccolini
INDIAN-SPICED GRILLED SUPREME CHICKEN (pictured) Warm Salad of Wilted Spinach and Chickpeas
OPERA CAKE (pictured)
RICE PUDDING MOUSSE (pictured)

Food: Something in my spirit said… don’t do it. You won’t like it. Runnnnn. But the menu said “Come hither my child” like a slivering snake. And that one sentence will be the only exciting part of this review. The food was meh at best. The shrimp with the tortilla has a over-powering citric taste. The bay scallops and blue crab salad was underwhelming. The plantain crusted snapper was bland to the point that my companion refused to eat it. I lucked up with the Indian-Spiced Grilled Supreme Chicken that was actually quite flavorable. Thank goodness! And the dessert which you know I love… I hated. I got one scoop in and decided to push back from the table.

Service:  Marginal. In a crowd of people self-serving at the buffet, you would have thought the only plated table would have received more personal service. You would have been mistaken. She wasn’t horrid but I don’t remember her name either. *shrugs*

Environment: It’s located in the Intercontinental at Doral. Nice enough environment as hotels go. Could use a bit of updating.

What to Wear: You are in a hotel, and not a fresh hip hotel… a regular… meh hotel. Come as you are.

Overall: Struggle 2. (My companion refused to let me give them 2.25)

Would I go again?: Not if I were paid… well maybe if I were paid.

All pictures were taken by my trusty iphone Samsung. No they didn’t compensate me for the post and… yeah that’s it.

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Do We Love It: MIXT PERUVIAN-JAPANESE CUISINE #MiamiSpice edition

menuMixt Peruvian-Japanese Cuisine

7209 SW 59TH AVE.
SOUTH MIAMI, FL 33143

Menu Choices:

As the name suggests there is an interesting mix of traditional Peruvian food and a wide array of sushi rolls. It was not a pairing I would have ever thought of but they make it work very successfully.

EMPANADAS* (pictured) 
GYOZA (pictured) Asian Peruvian dumplings, served with Peruvian style ponzu
ACEVICHADO ROLL (pictured) Shrimp katsu, avocado, topped with tuna and acevichado sauce
AJI DE GALLINA (pictured)  Shredded chicken breast cooked with cream of aji amarillo and nuts
THAI DONUTS (pictured)
SUSPIRO LIMEÑO (pictured)

Food: Ok I am still stuffed and it’s been a full 24 hours… I’m not kidding. There was a heartiness to the meal that definitely sneaks up on you. The food has a homemade taste that made me question if they had kidnapped someone’s abuela and had her slaving in the back. I was really satisfied when I left there and I only hope that when I come back a few weeks or few months from now they haven’t “grown out of it”.

Service:  I am sure the waitress we had has little to no experience in the restaurant business. She rushed through the meals to where I was still noshing on my appetizer while Naty already had her entree. They didn’t have clean plates so we had to wait while the washed them… one plate at a time. I know this sounds like I am complaining but surprisingly I’m not. They have only been open 2 months so I understand they are getting their footing together. I did love how she brought us a dessert that wasn’t even on the Spice menu simply because she wanted us to experience all their desserts. BIG PLUS!!!

Environment: First off, it dig that it has a trendy look with it’s lime green walls (which if you have ever been to my house you know is a High 5).

BUT this space is tiny… like used to be a froyo shop 3 months ago tiny. The tables are extremely small to where there were a lot of times that the ladies and I were like…. “where are we going to put our water glasses?” lol. They are going to have to get bigger tables to go with their big taste…. I’m not eating out of my lap next time.

What to Wear: This is South Miami… wear whatever you like. It is down the street from the University of Miami so there is an inherent laid-back feel that comes from a college environment.

Overall: Strong 3.75

Would I go again?: It is definitely a gem that I look forward to trying again.

*The empanadas are not on the Miami Spice meal but were a well enjoyed addition*

All pictures were taken by my trusty iphone Samsung. No they didn’t compensate me for the post and… yeah that’s it.

Do We Love It: Tap Tap Haitian Restaurant

20130711_222307Tap Tap Haitian Restaurant

819 5th St

Miami Beach, FL 33139

Menu Choices:

Wide-range of selections from the Tap Tap salad to Legumes to Fish to Goat.

Food: Yes Lawd! If you know me you know I have an affinity for goat. Every time I see that on the menu at a Caribbean restaurant it is my “when in doubt” meal.  They didn’t have the stewed goat that I had my last visit so I had the Taso Kabrit (fried goat tidbit with spicy creole dipping sauce). I was going to save this as a “tip” BUT by fried they don’t mean “southern fried”. You are not going to get a crispy layer, so if that’s what you are looking for you might be disappointed. It was definitely a homemade taste, which I can appreciate. Is is the height of culinary mastery? Not so much.

Service: I wasn’t fall awed by the service, but we really didn’t give him much to do. The orders were taken well, and came out promptly. That’s good in my book.

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Love the wall art pieces

Environment: I can go on and on about the environment. From the outside you have no idea about the rich vibrant world you are going to embark on. From the painted chairs, to the beautiful wall murals (that I could have stared at all day), it is a great space. The band was great and definitely made you swear you are on the short of Port-au-Prince.

What to Wear: Whatever your heart desires but you can really leave the body cons in the closet (it’s not that kind of party)

Overall: Strong 4.

Would I go again?: It is definitely on my Miami recommendations for friends, because the locals already know about it.

A couple of tips:

1. There is a live band on Thursday that definitely heightens the whole experience.

2. They are known for their Mojitos…. kinda sweet but does that dang thing.

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Taso Kabrit (fried goat tidbit with spicy creol dipping sauce)

All pictures were taken by my trusty iphone Samsung. No they didn’t compensate me for the post and… yeah that’s it.

Do We Love It: Restaurant Orsay @orsayjax

ESCARGOTS Mushrooms, lemon, garlic, butter

ESCARGOTS
Mushrooms, lemon, garlic, butter

Restaurant Orsay

3630 Park Street

Jacksonville FL 32205 (In the Avondale Area)

Menu Choices:

Amazing… let me say that again amazing french cuisine. For you healthy foodies, they also have a gluten-free menu which my date was very pumped about.

Food: Drool-inducing. No really. After we had the escargots, we actually had them bring us an order of just the mushrooms in the lemon, garlic butter sauce. It appears we were the first to ever ask for that (maybe they will call it the K Word special… no? Oh.) The entrees didn’t disappoint either my seared sea scallops were divine.

Literally the whole night, my date kept saying “Wow! Wow! Wow!” and she wasn’t even talking about me for most of them. *POW*

SEARED SEA SCALLOPS Artichoke puree, pickled fresno peppers, fresh herb salad, roasted hazelnuts

SEARED SEA SCALLOPS
Artichoke puree, pickled fresno peppers, fresh herb salad, roasted hazelnuts

Service: From the host to the bartender to the wait service to the dishwasher, everyone was great (No, I don’t really know if the dishwasher was great but I’m sure they are). Extremely attentive, personable, accommodating. This was the best service I have received in a quite a long time.

Environment: You feel like you are in a well-kept secret. The decor is not imposing and welcomes an intimate conversation. This is not a place for the kiddies (even though there was one or two children with their families). It is definitely perfect for date night, or even dinner with the girls. And yes they are very LGBT friendly – or at they least they were to these two Ls.

What to Wear: No explicit dress code but it’s always nice to turn it up a notch. If you are going to be casual chic, no worries there is outside seating. (Yes I put you outside ha!)

Overall: Super Strong 4.5

Would I go again?: If I’m nice maybe I’ll get taken back… If I’m naughty I guess I will take myself back.

VANILLA BEAN CRÈME BRULEE Traditional garniture

VANILLA BEAN CRÈME BRULEE
Traditional garniture

A couple of tips:

1. Make sure to call (or go on opentable) for a reservation. All the foodies of Jacksonville know about this place so you might be left in the cold if you try to walk in without one.

2. Tell them how you feel. They have a strong presence on Facebook and Twitter. You can also get info, see the menus and all that good stuff on their website.

All pictures were taken by my trusty iphone. No they didn’t compensate me for the post and… yeah that’s it.

Let Me Get A Taste… Love Miami Spice

Well howdy to the 5 people who clicked on here thinking this was going to be one of my erotica posts… it’s not.

But you can go check out one of my oldies here. There is sex and slurping involved I promise….

I guess the picture WAS a bit misleading. I actually don’t even know what the picture I have attached is about. I googled “Miami Spice” and found a half naked brown woman… I was good with that. She could be curing cancer for all I know. If you are interested in learning more about this picture go over there.

DON’T FORGET TO COME BACK

For those who don’t live in Miami, Miami Spice is an annual event where some of the area’s best restaurants create fixed-price menus for dinner and lunch. It is definitely a fattie… I mean foodie’s favorite time of year. This year I had a very aggressive plan to hit up 10 new spots but that didn’t happen *insert a sad face here* but I did try a respectable 8.

So this post is for the ladies who only talk to me in and around Sweetheat/Sizzleher/HerWinterparty wanting suggestions on where to eat *side  eye* take a look here so we can skip the small talk. (Yes, you).

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