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Missed SOBEWFF? You can still have some of our favorite eats.
We ate for days, how about you? Not to make you jealous or anything but last week was damn delicious. Check out the food events we attended, what we ate and where you can score these dishes.
King’s Hawaiian presents the Taste of Aloha and Art of Tiki Cocktail Showdown Hosted by Anne Burrell
By: Sarah Dunn
Anne Burrell, host of Worst Cooks in America on the Food Network, hosted the Art of Tiki at the Surfcomber Hotel. The festive, Tiki themed event featured some of America’s top bartenders as well as Hawaiian-inspired bites from Miami and beyond.
Favorite Dishes: As we expected, there were several poke dishes on Friday night, and one of our favorites was the Spicy Ahi Tuna from PokeBao in Coral Gables. We couldn’t get enough of the fresh yellowfin tuna served with furikake rice, masago, fuego mayo, green onion, sesame seeds, and avocado. Jeff Williams of the Surfcomber’s own Social Club did not disappoint with his Korean Hoisin-Braised Short Rib with spicy pickled coconut and toasted sesame seed. Each bite was richly satisfying and the sesame seed created the perfect balance of texture. However, the most unforgettable dish of the night was the Huli Huli Chicken Sausage from Dog Haus in Pasadena, California. The chicken sausage was accompanied by poi-oli, pickled dragon fruit and crispy chicken skin, and served in a King’s Hawaiian “bun”. We’ll take the Hawaiian version of a hot dog in a bun any day!
Favorite Drink: We were impressed with all the creative Tiki drinks we tasted at the event, but our favorite was Employees Only’s “Dead Chef Walking Swizzle #2”, which tasted like a watermelon Jolly Rancher. Garnished with a watermelon cube and a pirate flag, the cocktail featured Banks 5 Island Rum, Bacardi Reserva Ocho Rum, watermelon shrub, lime juice, simple syrup, and pineapple juice.
Takeaway: If you missed this event you can get a taste of the Miami dishes at Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill, PokeBao, Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar, Poke 305, Kaori by Walter Martino, St. Roch Market, Social Club at the Surfcomber, Toro Toro, Shelley’s, and Sushisamba.
Tacos After Dark at South Beach Wine & Food Festival
By: Jennifer Barrios
Tacos & Tequila, a better pair does not exist. This last Thursday we celebrated National Margarita Day honoring our favorite kind of booze and late night munchie at South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Tacos After Dark. TACO about a fiesta, this late-night event was presented by Tequila Cazadores and hosted by Chef Rick Bayless in a breezy poolside setting at the Loews Miami Beach. The event brought together the best of the best taco tastemakers who delivered their creative takes on delicious handheld bites.
Favorite dishes: From lechon to carne to pollo, the options were endless and all mouthwatering. Our favorite tacos were a tie between Cantina La Veinte’s “Dobladitas de Jaiba” which had soft shell crab dunked in a flavorful jalapeño sauce AND Taquiza’s “Cochinita Ahumado” featuring tender smoked pork cheek, pickled onion and salsa pibil. Pair those with endless tequila and you’ve got yourself a party.
Takeaway: If you missed Taco’s After Dark this year, don’t worry! We heard this SoBe Wine & Food Festival fan favorite will be making it to the line up again next year. Even better, you don’t have to wait until 2019 (or even until Taco Tuesday) to get your taco and tequila fix. You can make your way to Cantina La Veinte’s outdoor glitzy patio in Brickell any day of the week and get the “dobladitas de jaiba” alongside margaritas for the table.
Heineken Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons
By: Sabrina Pimentel
Last weekend Miami’s foodies hit South Beach to experience the best dishes from the most talented chefs worldwide. We attended Heineken Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons with over 30 burgers to taste! Guests sampled slider portions, funky side dishes and of course lots of beer. Guy Fieri hosted the event this year, which guaranteed lots of laughs during the award ceremony.
Favorite dishes: Our favorite top 3 burgers were the Byblos Burger, Lokal Burger and Morimoto Burger. The Byblos Burger was an interesting twist to the burger with chemen, butter pickles, sabzi sauce, Idaho golden Greek grilling cheese and served with a side of kibbeh poppers. The Lokal Burger was infused with Guava jelly, melted Gruyere, potato sticks crispy bacon and a secret sauce. The Morimoto Burger came all the way from Napa with a tempura fried beef patty and kimchi!
Takeaway: If you really want to attend a #SOBEWFF event this is the one you cannot miss! The prices range from $250-$350 depending on VIP or general admission and you’ll definitely get your money’s worth. The panel of judges, including Andy Cohen, @foodgod Jonathan Cheban, David Grutman, renowned fashion designer and cookbook author Zac Posen, Food Network personality Marc Murphy, and influencer Lele Pons voted for this year’s Schweid & Sons The Very Best Burger Award. The winner is right here in our backyard of Coral Gables, Swine Southern Table & Bar. The Swine Burger had short rib, brisket, house-smoked pork belly and special sauce on a Martin’s Potato Roll. We must mention the side of chicharrones with brisket rub to complete the winning plate.
By: Diana Rodriguez
Expectant Hungries stood in line since 10:30 PM, wristbands on, ready to walk into Española Way for the block party presented by Thrillist. Guests came from every corner of the city to munch on mini Cuban sandwiches, croquetas, sliders, and anything else they could get their grippy hands on. World-renowned Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten hosted the night while Action Bronson jammed to his beats with a wine glass in one hand and his smoke in the other.
Favorite dishes: Our favorite bite was the New Zealand Lamb Slider by Lightkeepers in Key Biscayne. Topped with gouda cheese, caramelized fennel and a hot chili pepper paste, this was definitely the late night action we hoped for. Duffy’s Sports Grill also delivered a full spectrum of flavors in one small dish with their Seared Big Eye Tuna. There was a little of this, and a little of that, but mostly a refreshing bite to counter the Al Pastor tacos and paella we had stuffed our faces with. For the sugar rush, we hit up Sweetness Bakeshop for some milk and cookies. The milk tasted like it had been infused with fruity pebbles and the chunky sugar cookie was the right amount of chewy and just the right size to dip in the cup.
Takeaway: If you missed out on Midnight Eats, there’s always next year. Joking! Don’t wait that long. Order some Croquetas Preparadas from Dos Croquetas tonight, or head to La Santa Taqueria at the Midtown Garden Center for some authentic Mexican tacos.
Goya Foods’ Swine, Wine & Spirits
By: Victoria Certain
If you love swine in any form and some wine to down it with, this is the SOBE WFF event for you! There was plenty of lechón, pork belly and other piggy varieties to go around! Swine, Wine and Spirits included some of Miami’s favorite chefs/restaurants and their creations using pig.
Favorite Dishes: Some of our favorites included Chef Adrianne’s pork roll (and ribs because we got to try some when she was chopping that baby up), jalapeño cornbread with smoked duroc pork by twisted fork kitchen, Les Banh Amis’ pork belly banh mi, Tacology’s tacos al pastor and much much more. This event is definitely one you won’t want to miss if you’re into swine and handcrafted drinks or wine. Plus it took place in the emblematic Biltmore hotel with great music, always a plus in our book.
Takeaway: Be sure to keep this event in mind when the next SOBE WFF comes around. Run to tacology and order yourself some tacos al pastor or visit Chef Adrianne’s and order some crispy braised kurobota pork belly, YUM! Swine crisis averted.