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First Taste : International Smoke

If you haven’t been to Aventura Mall lately, it’s become a food hot spot. It is officially a destination for everyone who loves food. Joining restaurants like Shake Shack, Tap 42, Poke 305, Genuine Pizza, Pubbelly Sushi and more is the latest edition to Aventura Mall’s new wing, International Smoke.

International Smoke is a collaboration between Ayesha Curry and Chef Michael Mina. The inspiration for International Smoke came from their discovery that the word “Barbecue” has different culinary interpretations internationally.

At International Smoke, they try to re-create that special feeling reminiscent of a backyard barbecue, where you get to experience a variety of different flavors and cultures with family and friends. With locations in San Francisco, San Diego and Houston, International Smoke is a welcome addition to Miami at the Aventura Mall.

On the menu at International Smoke, you could find Smoked St. Louis Cut Pork Ribs, Smoked Burrata, Bone-In Short Rib, Smoked Salmon and more. One thing you will find a lot of at International Smoke is smoke. Not just smoke to add flair to a dish, but smoke to give it that international taste and a special final touch.

I would definitely give International Smoke a try. You and your stomach will be very satisfied with the results.

Check out the full menu here.

I checked it out for myself recently and here are some the dish I ate.

Feat/ WTF? - Where's the Food? Podcast

Catching up with Chef Richard Hales

Not even a little brain surgery could stop Chef Richard Hales from going back to work. On this episode of WTF? – Where’s the Food? I catch up with Chef Richard Hales at his newest project, The Sakaya Kitchen Pop-Up at The Citadel Miami (2:15).

Chef Hales had some serious health issues at the beginning of the year, but that didn’t stop him from bringing more Asian food to Miami. We talk about the new pop-up, life and what else he has in store for Miami, including info on his new concept.

Plus, I give you another dose of Food News (22:35).

This is episode 15 of season 2 of the WTF? – Where’s The Food? Podcast.

Photo: Karli Evens

A big thank you to The Halal Guys for sponsoring today’s episode.

Feat/ First Taste

First Taste – Sanguich de Miami

So it’s not often, I talk about Cuban food on the blog. So when I do, you know it has to be good.

Sanguich de Miami is here to become your new obsession. As you have probably seen on my Instagram account, I am obsessed with Sanguich. It has officially become one of my favorite places in Miami.

The Cuban sandwich is a Miami staple and sure you could get a Cuban sandwich anywhere in this city, but nothing like the one at Sanguich de Miami. Maybe it’s the house cured ham or the house made pickles, but to truly understand what I mean, you have to go and try it for yourself.

Not only is the Cuban sandwich, my favorite Cuban in the city, but the other sandwiches on the menu are just as amazing. The Media Noche is incredible, followed by the Pan Con Bistec and I cannot forget the Pan Con Lechon.

Wash all those sandwiches down with a Cuban shake, some croquettas or even a nice Colada.

Stop wasting time and check out Sanguich de Miami today and tell them The Food-E sent ya.

Because I am clearly obsessed with this place, I’ve pretty much had the entire menu, so check out some photos of all the amazingness you’re missing out on at Sanguich de Miami.

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First Taste : The Daily South Beach

Searching for an all-around restaurant that can make everyone happy isn’t exactly the easiest thing. But leave it to me to let you know that this Miami staple has a second location that is larger than the first and better than ever.

The Daily Creative Food Co. is where you should stop at. We all love The Daily from their first location on Biscayne Blvd. Their great breakfast, sandwiches, and so much more, make The Daily a Miami staple. Well if you didn’t know, they opened a bigger South Beach location a few years ago and I think this is the perfect time to check it out and see why I believe The Daily is better than ever.

The Daily’s South Beach location has been open for a few years now, but most people wouldn’t even know it. Their South Beach location is spacious and easy to get to, which makes for the perfect way to give The Daily a re-visit.

I recently took my own advice and decided to visit their South Beach location to remind myself why The Daily is so great.

Here are the dishes I ate:

The Daily Creative Food Co. is located at 959 West Avenue in Miami Beach.

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First Taste : Duck and Dim Sum Sundays at NOVIKOV Miami

There’s nothing more I love than a good Peking Duck and Dim Sum for a Sunday Funday. Lucky for you and I, Novikov makes our dreams come true.

Every Sunday for $49, two guests share half a Peking duck, plus ten assorted dumplings like Spicy Prawn Moneybags, Saffron Sweet Corn Dumplings, Chicken & Morel Siu Mai, Shrimp & Cilantro Dumplings and Kimchi Wagyu Dumplings. Not to worry, if you’re looking for more tasty bites, the entire menu is available as well. I suggest adding a Wasabi Martini to your order.

This is such a great deal for one of my new favorite restaurants. If you have never been, this is the perfect time to check it out for yourself. I promise, once you go, you will want to come back over and over again.

A few weeks ago, I got a chance to experience Duck and Dim Sum Sunday for myself and I cannot wait to come back. Novikov did bring me a few extra bites, but you cannot go wrong with anything at Novikov Miami.

Here are some of the dishes I had:

Novikov is located at 300 South Biscayne Boulevard in Downtown Miami.

Feat/ Features

Disney got an upgrade with the B Resort & Spa

When you come to think of finding the perfect place to stay at in the Walt Disney World area, you tend to have a lot of options. But, I am here to help guide you in making that perfect decision. That decision is pretty simple.

The B Resort & Spa is where you want to stay at.

The B Resort & Spa is located on the strip of hotels they call the Disney Springs Resort Area. If you haven’t been to Walt Disney World in a while, Disney Springs is the new Downtown Disney. The B Resort & Spa is your answer to a modern and sophisticated resort in the Walt Disney Area. The B Resort & Spa is an official Walt Disney World Hotel, so you know all the great benefits you get by staying at a Walt Disney Hotel, you get those as well at the B Resort & Spa.

The B Resort & Spa offers complimentary shuttles to and from the parks, FastPass+ access, Extra Magic Hours, family flexible rooms, a spa and on-site dining at their restaurant, American Kitchen Bar & Grill.

With all the B Resort & Spa has to offer, why stay anywhere else.

I got a chance to experience how great the B Resort & Spa was for an entire weekend late last year. I headed up to Orlando to cover the Epcot Food & Wine Festival and partnered up with The B Resort & Spa to showcase why it was the perfect place to stay when visiting Walt Disney World.

When first entering the lobby, you are don’t even get the feeling you are in Walt Disney World. You are greeted with a waterfall, blue lighting and modern furniture that pops and screams fun.

I checked into the hotel and headed up to room. The room was spacious, comfortable, bright and open just like I like my hotel rooms. Not only is this room perfect for me, but I thought it was perfect for families as well.

One thing I really love about The B Resort & Spa is the location. You are in walking distance to Disney Springs, so you can do some shopping, dining and more. But if you don’t feel like walking or driving, you can head right downstairs to the American Kitchen Bar & Grill.

The American Kitchen Bar & Grill is located inside the B Resort & Spa. You walk into the restaurant and you find this 1950’s Ford Pickup that is used as a living garden that they harvest all the greens and herbs from everyday. On top of that cool pickup inside the restaurant, the menu has literally something for everyone. There’s burgers, steaks, salads, seafood, you can’t go wrong. Plus the drinks are great too.

Instead of heading over to Disney Springs, I decided to dine at American Kitchen Bar & Grill and you know what I made the right decision.

Here are some of the dishes I ate:

It’s so awesome to have American Kitchen Bar & Grill right downstairs at The B Resort & Spa.

The next morning I woke up and headed downstairs to pick up my complimentary shuttle to take me to Epcot for the Food & Wine Festival. The best part about these shuttles is you don’t need to worry about paying for parking or finding your car after you’re tired from the parks. You just walk over to the stop and within a few minutes your ride is there. Plus you don’t need to worry about drinking and driving when attending the Food & Wine Festival.

I arrived at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival and started to eat and drink my way around the world. Here are some of the dishes and drinks I had:

After all that fun, it was time to head back to the B Resort & Spa to wine down for the evening. I took the shuttle from Epcot back to the B Resort, freshened up and walked over to Disney Springs for some shopping. At the end of the night, I was tired and didn’t want to walk back so I simply went to the bus stop for B Resort & Spa and took the shuttle right back to the hotel.

The complimentary shuttles are so convenient and awesome at the B Resort & Spa, that it makes my decision so much easier when looking for a place to stay next time I make my way up to the Walt Disney World area.

The next morning I grabbed some coffee at The Pick-Up, the downstairs coffee shop at the B Resort & Spa, grabbed my bags and headed back home to Miami.

The B Resort & Spa has so much to offer that you have to make it your destination and place to stay when visiting Walt Disney World. You won’t regret it. The B Resort & Spa is where you can ‘Just B You!’