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Where to dine in Miami this Valentine's Day

February is filled with so much to do in South Florida for a foodie. As if our minds aren’t already constantly occupied with the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, we have Valentine’s Day to think about next week. If you’re lucky enough to have someone with whom to celebrate it, you probably know that a romantic dinner can truly take this day of love from simply romantic to truly memorable. While attempting to make a gourmet, multi course meal at home is an honorable feat, sometimes it’s best to let some our best chefs work at the food while you enjoy each other’s company. In case you haven't already made plans, here are some of Joonbug’s picks in Miami for Valentine’s Day dinner:

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Oak Tavern to Open in Design District

A recent stroll down the streets of Miami’s Design District - especially when one hasn’t strolled down those streets in quite a few months - can reveal some surprising changes. While design still rules in this area of Miami, the kind of design that is on display is changing. It is still a mecca for interior designers and industrial design aficionados, and favorites like Luminaire, Fendi Casa, and Ligne Roset are still present. However, the district is now becoming home to far more many creative venues than just furniture, kitchens, and baths. Christian Louboutin, Hermès, Chloé, and Cartier are among a few of the names making one of Miami’s most fashionable areas even more fashionable, and along with the the designer sofas, shoes, handbags, and baubles, is a treasure chest of fabulous eats from local favorite, Michael’s Genuine, to upscale Greek eatery, Egg & Dart. Among the most exciting eateries to make an appearance in the Design District is Oak Tavern, which plans to open its doors to Miami’s eager foodies this November.

RESTAURANT 101
The Genuine Brunch
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Kreiss Grand Opening with Alonzo Mourning, Benefits The Honey Shine Mentoring Program

Miami's Design District is soon to have one more Fancy Furniture showroom as part of its collection. Kreiss, a fourth-gen family business famed for creating the "California Look" will host a Grand Opening Celebration on Tuesday, January 10th from 7-9 PM. In addition to being the first to peruse their three new collections, guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and sip eco-conscious cocktails courtesy of VeeV. (RSVP Kreiss@taraink.com or 305.864.3434 ext. 199)

THE HOT SPOT
More Places to Enjoy During Art Basel

Downtown/Wynwood/Design District

Food Truck Round-Up

Imagine this: Food trucks plus Art Basel at the Adrienne Arsht Center. It’s the lunch of Michelangelo himself… sort of. Anyway, the food trucks won’t go unnoticed for the 10th anniversary of Art Basel this year and you can catch up with mostly all of them this Friday, December 2nd from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Don't miss the live performances and interactive art! Enjoy the art on the street and on your plate.

1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown

305.949.6722

Wynwood Kitchen and Bar

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Vespa-ing Through Wynwood

Weekend mornings can be rough, usually (not so) welcomed with a splitting headache and a full stomach of liquor from the night before. The only two possible things motivating us to get out of bed could be the beautiful weather outside and a greasy, hangover-cure brunch. Well, Miami’s Roam Rides is giving us some motivation to drag ourselves out of bed and indulge in something besides the sand… but they’re throwing in the French toast.

Roam Rides has just recently launched Miami Art Tours, which is an opportunity to hop on a Vespa and tour the Wynwood Art District. Just located 15 minutes away, the tours take riders across the Venetian Causeway and up into Wynwood and the Design District. So get comfy on your Vespa and choose from three different types of tours:

FOOD + DRINK
Fast Food Takes On A Whole New Meaning!

Gallery Walk is a monthly Miami event, abundant with standout art, eccentric fashions and most importantly to us foodies-FOOD TRUCKS! This new "meals on wheels" obsession has taken over, bringing a whole new edge to this already rakish event. With almost a dozen different cuisines to choose from, everyone’s cravings are guaranteed to be fulfilled. You can choose anything from a simple yet tasty grilled cheese sandwich to dim sum inspired treats.

Knowing this fabulous mixture of art and food happens only once a month I decided to indulge. I pulled away from my usual gallery hopping routine and entered into food truck extravaganza mode, treating myself to several courses of delicious bites . Luckily, I had some friends join me on my Saturday night food binge, meaning more to try! First I started off at Latin Burger and got the Macho Burger with avocado sauce, which was deliciously pleasing. After having my burger I had to stop by Montaco, originally from Montauk, NY but spending the warm winter in Miami. I ordered a taco that was filled with fresh fish, cilantro, tomatoes and chipotle mayo. My third course was prepared at Dim Ssäm A GO GO owned by Saskaya Kitchen, a delicious eatery in midtown shops. I ordered a pork belly sandwich that was made to perfection. Guiltily, we were so overwhelmed and excited about this hot new food concept that we almost forgot to appreciate the multitude of art around us. This new food phenomenon was more than satisfying.

DAILY BITES
Walk This Way!

The month of March is a never-ending array of events and more than legitimate reasons to enjoy a night out on the town. We have Winter Music Conference, Ultra Music Festival and not to mention the ultimate of all party weeks, SPRING BREAK, to indulge ourselves in! But where do you go to find a melting pot of South Florida’s culture at its finest? The one and the only “Gallery Walk”, a monthly event held in Miami’s thriving Wynwood and Design District.

CAKE O LICIOUS
Miami Launches International Fashion Week

The Miami International Fashion Week officially began with the Opening Gala, held on February 25, 2010. The event was held at the Gary Nader Fine Art Gallery, located in Miami's fashionable Design District. The event featured models, local restaurants, a silent auction, and a performance by pianist Julian de la Chica.