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The Whet Palette Miami’s Cuba Under the Stars: Rumba Buena y Un Guaguancó

While Latin Grammy winner Amaury Gutierrez powerfully belted Yo Sé Que Es Mentira, a cast aluminum pot arrived for each guest. Singer Luis Bofill sang a medley of old Cuban classics like El Bodeguero, Cachita, Homenaje a Benny Moré, and Castellano Que Bueno Baila Usted. Minutes later, two-time Latin Grammy winner Albita joined in for the grand finale segment by first appropriately honoring nuestra reina, Celia Cruz, in a slow and emotional Aunque me cueste la vida. Camarón que se duerme, se lo lleva la corriente.

The Whet Palette Brilliant and Bountiful, Boia De! (Miami)

n’t constraining ourselves to one specific idea of Italian food, but all the items on the menu you can easily recognize as something in the range of traditional to inspired by something  Italian cuisine.” Bianca Sanon, Boia De’s opening wine director, was a recent feature on my SOMM LIKE IT HOT series, highlighting Miami’s vibrant and growing wine scene. He has a very similar style to Bianca as far as his focus on natural or low intervention selections, but where he differs is skewing more on new and exciting labels versus Bianca, who had a very well-rounded list of new and classic wine producers. For the dining scene in general, it would be a great boon for the city,” says Meyer, when I asked their valued opinion, knowing Giangrandi and Meyer both have extensive Michelin-starred fine dining backgrounds.

The Whet Palette SOMM LIKE IT HOT: Alessandra Esteves

Once she finished her WSET Diploma Level 4, she decided to start Florida Wine Academy and also recently opened 305 Wines. WSET Level 4 Diploma, FWS, CSW, Master of Rioja, Champagne Master Level, and currently a Master of Wine candidate. I am a big fan of the series, and I think the more people know about wine, the better for the industry. In a Covid-19 world, we see people shopping for more affordable wines and being more careful when selecting regions and grapes.

The Whet Palette Top 50 2020 Sips by Mr. Whet Palette

My part is to (1) not touch the food until Brenda has photographed it, (2) occasionally hold a flash, and (3) pick the vino! If we’ve learned something this year, it’s to enjoy life to its fullest despite the roadblocks and detours. Our passion for wine helped bring some normalcy during the quarantine days, and pleasure once dining out returned. We don’t necessarily agree on every ranking here (just like he has his ideas on what the Top Bites should be- ha!), but we agree that every single one of these sips was exceptional and highly recommended.

SOMM LIKE IT HOT: 🍷 A real made-in-Dade Miami somm with Hialeah and West Kendall sass... ya tú sabes! Her knowledge, passion and excitement over wine is contagious: the perfect definition of G E N U I N E. Meet: Amanda Fraga @quepasamanda 🟠 LINK to post IN BIO. #TWPwine #SOMMlikeitHOT

When in ⛵️ Key Largo... 🔸TUSCAN TRUFFLE🔸 at C&C @woodfireats featuring an entire menu off ONLY the Neapolitan wood-burning oven. Mozzarella, mortadella, black truffles, ricotta, truffle oil #CandCWoodFiredEats

🔸NORI FURAI🔸 Salmon, shrimp, avocado, crispy nori, Nikkei teriyaki #OSAKAMIAseries

🔸Canard à l’Orange🔸 (1/2 duck, confit style, with orange sauce) Gluten free Served with potatoes and fresh veggies. 🍊🍊🍊 #ESCARGOTBISTROseries

A little breeze, a lot of pasta @surfclubrestaurant check out their shaded beautiful outside seating area! #SURFCLUBseries

🔸TUNA FOIE🔸 Seared foie gras, Nikkei teriyaki, Maldon salt. #OSAKAMIAseries

Dinner with this old @darioushwinery friend this past weekend Perfect for those extra hot Miami summer daze! 🔥😜 #TWPwine

Can’t ever get enough of @phucyea 🔸PY NOODLE & CAJUN FRIED RICE🔸 #PHUCseries 🔥🔥🔥

🔸Cracked Conch Eggs Benedict🔸 @keylargoconchhouse English muffin, 3 poached eggs, sliced tomato, golden fried conch, topped lobster & conch ceviche and hollandaise sauce.

A little lobstah action by @prezzoboca 🔸FRUTTI DE MARE🔸 Maine lobster tail, jumbo shrimp, calamari, mussels, clams, linguine, tomato seafood broth.

🔸Chilled Cucumber Soup🔸 @lezoobalharbour green apple, radish, marcona almonds #LEZOOseries

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