9/16/19 - 8 minute read
By: Alicia Rinaldi
La Terraza Café and Bar, located in the luxurious JW Mariott offers patrons a casually elegant dining experience while overlooking bustling Brickell Ave. Whether or not you’re staying in the hotel, the opulent atmosphere and the friendly & accommodating staff will make you feel like royalty.
Fun fact: The JW Mariott’s logo is the Griffin—a mythical creature symbolizing the strength and courage of a lion and the soaring flight and vision of the eagle. It is placed in each hotel to watch over the hotel’s treasures, employees, and guests.
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Miami Spice Menu
Since many of the dishes on La Terraza’s Miami Spice menu are seafood, we recommend ordering a white wine to go along. We had the Kris Pinot Grigio— it’s bold and fruity but clean and refreshing on the palate.
Many of the chef’s recipes are inspired by his family’s trips to the Florida Keys. After sampling crab cakes at almost every restaurant in the Keys with his wife, he’s figured out the most palate-pleasing flavor combination. While other chefs use egg in their recipes, he prefers to use mayonnaise to give the crab cakes a soft texture, Panko to add some crunch, and red onions & pepper for a hint of sweetness. The caper aioli sauce made simply with fresh capers, mayo, and lemon juice, takes the crab cakes to a whole new level!
If crab cakes aren’t your cup of tea, the beet & goat cheese salad is a colorful alternative unlike any salad you’ve ever seen. This tower of alternating gold and red beets layered with creamy goat cheese is a feast for the eyes, while the infusion of Sherry vinegar & sundried tomato vinaigrette make it a feast for the palate.
KEY WEST STYLE CRAB CAKE: old bay spice lump crab ,fennel slaw, caper aioli
BEETS & GOAT CHEESE SALAD: sundried tomato vinaigrette, frisée , shaved radishes
The crab cakes weren’t the only item on the menu reminiscent of a trip the Keys. If you’re a seafood lover, you MUST experience the Florida Keys Mix Grill Seafood! This seafood sampler gives you a little bit of everything—Key West lobster tail, seared scallop, grilled shrimp, and a salmon fillet. It’s served with a french-style lemon beurre blanc sauce, made by reducing wine with citrus and cream. The side of baby vegetables completes the dish’s artistic presentation—like a modern sculpture, each vegetable was placed with purpose.
After braising for 14 hours at a low temperature of 140 degrees, the short ribs are fork-tender and melt in your mouth. The meat’s accumulated juices and red wine transform into a richly flavored demi-glace. It pairs well with its side of baby vegetables and mashed potatoes.
The third entree option is seared U10 scallops. U10 means that there are less than 10 of these scallops in a pound! These jumbo scallops have a mildly sweet flavor and perfectly caramelized crust. They are served with a red pepper coulis with a hint of tomato for a bold, Spanish style flavor. Accompanying the scallops is a creamy wild mushroom risotto adorned with delicate Brussels sprout leaves.
14 HOURS BRAISED SHORT RIB: baby vegetables, mashed potato, red wine reduction
FLORIDA KEYS MIX GRILL SEAFOOD: key west lobster tail, scallop, shrimp, salmon fillet, lemon butter sauce
SEARED U10 SCALLOP: wild mushroom risotto, baby brussel sprouts, red pepper coulis
When it comes to dessert, sharing is caring! Between you and your date, split a scoop of vanilla gelato and a slice of decadent chocolate layer cake for a doubly sweet finish. Or you may prefer a refreshing lemon sorbet as a suitable compliment to your seafood meal.
DOUBLE CHOCOLATE GATEAU: double chocolate gateau 2 layers; strawberry streak and extra chocolate sauce
LEMON SORBET: light and creamy
VANILLA GELATO: made with fresh vanilla bean
9/9/19 - 5 minute read
By: Alicia Rinaldi
Barsecco is still a relatively new Brickell spot after replacing Segafredo in 2018, but it has quickly become a neighborhood staple.
You’ve probably seen their iconic neon signs all over instagram, including the famous “I’ve snorted, smoked, and fuk’d everything Miami has to offer.”
Designed by the masterminds behind Bodega and KiKi on the River, this farmhouse-glam restaurant feels like it came straight out of a fairytale. Glitzy chandeliers draped with vines illuminate the bar, and the enchanted forest vibe is complete with a TREE in the middle of the restaurant!
The outdoor patio has a casual “pull up a chair” vibe that’s great for seating big groups at brunch or happy hour and even making new friends. Their full DJ setup makes Barsecco the perfect venue for a good time, whether it’s a hump-day happy hour, Saturday night on the town or even a Sunday puppy brunch!
We’re giving away a Miami Spice dinner for 2 at Barsecco!
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Miami Spice isn’t just in August—you can get your hands on Miami’s best food for 2 whole months! Lunches are $23 and dinners are $39 for a 3-course fixed price menu at some of the best spots in the 305!
Miami Spice Menu
Barsecco’s menu has a little bit of everything, and a sample of their unique offerings are included on the Miami Spice menu.
Did you know that Barsecco gets its name from its signature drink menu, featuring 7 home-made cocktails all topped off with prosecco? Enjoy your Miami Spice meal from 4-8 pm to sample their happy hour menu, too!
I LOVED the serrano croquettes! They are crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside, and they come with 2 dipping sauces. The sriracha aioli is a natural flavor match, while the mixed berry preserves are a little more adventurous but I loved the unexpected combination of flavors.
If you’re trying to stay healthy, the avocado salad is also a great choice! Sometimes arugula can be bitter, but this arugula tasted sweet and fresh. The salad is garnished with orange slices and has hidden tomatoes underneath!
AVOCADO SALAD: fresh smashed avocado, arugula, red onion, radish, roasted tomato vinaigrette
SERRANO CROQUETTES: sriracha aioli, housemade mixed berry preserves
We couldn’t decide what to order for our entrees between the clam fettuccine, wild Atlantic salmon, and the NY strip steak - those are all personal favorites! But since we had steak at Barsecco for Miami Spice last year (and it was delicious!) we wanted to try the other two.
The clam pasta actually competes with my parents’ recipe (and I don’t say that often). The fettuccine is cooked to perfection—not too al dente—and flavored with the tasty clam sauce. They even give a spoon for twirling (shoutout to the Italians reading this)! And look at all the clams you get! I love playing with my food so anything I get to twirl and pick up with my hands is the perfect meal for me.
The salmon dish had a beautiful presentation. It comes on a bed of spaghetti squash and fingerling potatoes. Smeared across the plate is Calabrian chili agri dolce, a sweet and tangy sauce. Try it on the potatoes! Last but not least, the salmon is so juicy and tender. I’ve never seen salmon so pink!
PASTA ALLE VONGOLE: homemade fettuccine, littleneck clam, white wine
WILD ATLANTIC SALMON: pan roasted fingerling potatoes, sauteed squash & zucchini strings, calabrian chili agri dolce
We ended our dinner with tiramisu and a mojito — not a classic combo, but we couldn’t resist when we saw the mojito has real sugar cane! Tiramisu comes from the Italian phrase meaning “pick me up” or “cheer me up,” presumably because coffee is a main ingredient. It was so light and the perfect ending to our Miami Spice meal.
TIRAMISU: Barsecco signature sweet coffee, lady finger cake, mascarpone cream
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