DAILY BITES
Blade Is Back In Business

One of the most exciting additions to the famous Fontainebleau Hotel's many renovations, is the arrival of their beloved sushi restaurant, Blade Sushi. Earlier this month, the Fontainebleau welcomed back Blade Sushi in its new location, alongside Vida, the Hotel’s American brasserie.

The space is very modern and arranged with rounded booth seating, with breath taking views of the Fontainebleau grounds. The central sushi bar is the focus point of the space shared with Vida that will be headed with not one, but three master sushi chefs, Yoshiro Kamago, Deden Bandi, and Diego Ng. All three chefs have trained under sushi masters including Nobu Matsuhisa and Morimoto. Their skills definitely shine through Blade’s newly created menu which features classic Asian flavor with inventive dishes that is signature to the Fontainebleau.

IN THE BOOTH
MyBack, My Favorite

Good music, beautiful people and the hottest thursday night party, what more could you ask for? The Swedish Duo Myback, consisting of John Dahlback and Albin Myers brought an abundance of people to the FontaineBleau’s Lobby on Thursday night. Joonbug Miami had the opportunity to sit down and chat with the duo Myback before leaving for the next stop on their North American tour.

Who or what inspired you to become a producer?

John Dahlback: My cousin Jesper who is a Swedish pioneer showed me the way when I was just 14 years old.

BEST OF
Best Of: Easter Brunch

We've all been there. Waking up Easter morning only to immediately dread the mundane mid-morning meal with your in-laws. But your traditional Easter brunch doesn't have to be an excruciatingly boring event. Come celebrate Easter at some of the hottest restaurants in South Beach.. This ain't your grandma's Easter brunch!

Fontainebleau: Bring the kids to the Fontainebleau on Easter Sunday. While brunch will be served by two of the property's restaurants (Scarpetta and Vida), the resort will host an Easter Egg Hunt at 2pm for children 6 and under and 3pm for kids 7-12. Both restaurants offer brunch at $75 per person, $37.50 for kids 4-12, and children under 4 eat free. Scarpetta from 11am-2:30pm, Vida from 10am-3pm. 4441 Collins Avenue. (305)674-4660

Eden Roc: Come join Executive Chef Paula DaSilva at the soulful farm-to-table 1500• at Eden Roc Renaissance. This buffet-style menu is priced at $65 per person (including endless mimosas), $19.95 for children 5-12, and kids under 5 eat free. Brunch will be served from noon to 3pm, and includes egg decorating for the kids.Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach, at 4525 Collins Avenue. (305) 674-5594

Eos: The spectacular 15th floor view and Mediterranean-accented cuisine makes Eos at Viceroy Miami a wonderful departure from the Easter brunch norm. Along with breathtaking views of the city, this stylish space (create by acclaimed designer Kelly Wearstler) offers a special brunch that includes unlimited mimosas. Pricing set at $60 per person, $35 for children under 12. 15th floor of Viceroy Miami, 485 Brickell Avenue. 305-503-4400

BEHIND THE PLATE
Behind the Plate: Chef Thomas Connell, Part II

Being the Executive Chef of the Fontainebleau in beautiful Miami Beach is a title of prestige all to itself. Living up to that title as Chef Thomas Connell does is quite a achievement that calls for great notice. In this part II of our interview wit Chef Thomas Connell, we ask him a few more personal questions, as he lets us in on his road to success and even a jaw-dropping mishap.

When did you know you wanted to cook for a living?:

"Actually, I remember as early as the first grade when our teacher asked us to draw a picture of what we wanted to be when we grew up, and in my picture I had drawn myself cooking. When she asked what it was I said 'I want to cook when I grow up.' So I knew from a very early age that I wanted to do this. By my sophmore year in High School, I already had my next school picked out, the Institute of Culinary Arts in Palm Springs. That was an intense ten month program after I graduated High School and then when I was 19, I went to the Culinary Institute of America in New York and graduated with a very rounded education from there."

BEHIND THE PLATE
Behind The Plate: Chef Thomas Connell of The Fontainebleau

One can’t help but think of the famous Fontainebleau when Miami comes to mind. Originally opened in 1954, the Fontainebleau has been, for decades, the destination for tourists on vacation as well as the locals for a night out on the town. Now with its celebrated renovations, once again the Fontainebleau remains as Miami’s most notable icon. With its ever-popular clubs like LIV and Arkadia, the Fontainebleau has now become a playground for the young and hip as well as the older and wealthier of Miami. One can only imagine, as well, that this historic hotel would only choose the best to run the show. And choose the best they did! Six months ago, the noteworthy Chef Thomas Connell came into the Fontainebleau as their new Executive Chef and since then has overseen every culinary aspect of their massive hospitality operations. A huge and critical feat, no doubt, and Joonbug Miami got a chance to see just how Thomas Connell manages it all- including mixing fine dining with Miami’s hottest nightlife.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Matzo Madness at LIV

Miami’s large Jewish population makes it rather easy for observant Jews to navigate through a secular world without so much as a second thought. However with Passover right around the corner, the issue of Kashrut becomes amplified, and for those of us who take advantage of the amazing Miami nightlife, it can be somewhat of an issue. Well leave the tears for the salt water on the Seder plate because LIV nightclub is freeing us from the Halachic bondage we observant partiers find ourselves in during Passover! On Thursday, April 21 LIV nightclub in the Fontainebleau will be hosting their Matzo Madness party. The club has gone to great lengths to make sure that everything is “kosher” – the mixing guns will be put away to ensure no cross contamination and the bar will be stocked with kosher for Passover booze. By giving us the opportunity to celebrate without worry, the club has also created one of the biggest events for young, hip, Jews to meet, mingle, and have a good time. Who knows, you may just meet the right guy or gal to bring home to mom and dad.

Table reservations are strongly suggested. For reservations contact MIAMI@JOONBUG.COM

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Passover Pool Party at Arkadia

Passover is here and its time to party! The Fontainebleau has a slew of Passover friendly events that are perfect for those of us who fear breaking Kashrut while letting loose during the eight days of Passover. On Friday, April 22 Joonbug will be hosting a Passover Pool Party at the hotel’s world famous Arkadia Pool. The festivities start at 1 PM so you’ll have plenty of time to party before sundown and Shabbat roles around. They will be serving all kosher for Passover liquor as well as bottled mixers so you don’t have to worry about any cross contamination from the bar. Music will be provided by Miami favorite's Jacomino and Ryan Skolnick. We may not have made it to Jerusalem this year but at least we’ve got the Arkadia Passover Pool Party at the Fontainebleau to help us celebrate the passage from slavery to freedom… so let’s get to celebrating… l’chaim!

Table reservations are strongly suggested. For reservations contact MIAMI@JOONBUG.COM

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Kaskade at LIV

Miami Music Week will peak on Friday, March 25 with the long anticipated start of Ultra Music Festival. Joining in on the craziness is LIV, of course, bringing you the hottest after party. "When the festival ends, the party begins", so join Kaskade, along with Digital Lab, at LIV for the official Ultra carry on. Table reservations are strongly recommended.

LIV at The Fontainebleau

4441 Collins Ave

Miami, FL 33140

For Table Reservations Contact MIAMI@JOONBUG.COM

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Erick Morillo & Friends at Arkadia

Subliminal Records Party brings Erick Morillo & friends for Miami Music Week. Join the madness underneath the Fontainebleau on Thursday, March 24. Hosted by Erick Morillo, he will be bringing us sounds from Harry Romero, Jose Nunez, Shawnee Taylor, Richard Grey, Eddie Thonieck, Markus Binapfl and Juan Kidd. This intimate night club fills up quickly, so table reservations are strongly recommended.

Arkadia at The Fontainebleau

4441 Collins Ave

Miami, FL 33140

For Table Reservations Contact MIAMI@JOONBUG.COM

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Axwell at LIV

Miami Music Week will continue its madness at LIV on Thursday, March 24. This Thursday night party is going to be epic with Axwell performing. Joining the DJ booth as well will be, Adrian Lux, David Tort, and Cedric Gervais. If this line up isn’t crazy enough, special guest Tinie Tempah will be in attendance. Table reservations are strongly recommended for one of the hottest parties of Miami Music Week.

LIV at The Fontainebleau

4441 Collins Ave

Miami, FL 33140

For Table Reservations Contact MIAMI@JOONBUG.COM