The Whet Palette: Miami Restaurants, Wine, and Travel

The Whet Palette: Miami Restaurants, Wine, and Travel

I’m a Cuban-American writer and podcaster passionate about food, wine, and travel. Follow my colorful South Florida adventures as I review Miami restaurants, and spotlight local chefs and somms. I am a Michelin dining enthusiast, but nothing is off-limits. After all, I was raised on pan Cubano, cafecito, and pastelitos. Never a dull moment around here. From my "palette" to yours...Cheers! Brenda

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November 23, 2022 120 min

Listen in as I chat with Miami chef Pedro Mederos of Kojin. From South Florida to California's wine country and everything in between (culinary school, Taco Bell, love, Singlethread, Alter, dumplings, Miami diners, omakase, Michelin, D&D, Pokemon, and babies), we discuss it all. Phew! Got that? 

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This episode is brought to you by WINE ACCESS and its MICHELIN GUIDE Wine Club.

A candid look at some of the restaurants we recently visited.

Once again, the hubs and dining partner-in-crime, Lawrence, joins me as co-host for this developing Miami restaurant review series.

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47. Zitz Sum
48. Leku Miami
49. Forte dei Marmi
50. Cafe La Trova
51. The Gibson Room
52. Ghee
53. Lido Restaurant at The Surf Club
54. Sexy ...

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October 10, 2022 118 min

Up close and personal with Miami Chef Timon Balloo. Listen in as we take a deep dive into all things Balloo. How did food shape his life, and guide his journey to where it is today? Take a look behind the curtains as he bares all during this candid, heartfelt, and spirited interview.

What exactly is lunchbox culture? Does he eat to live or live to eat? What is it about black coffee? Who killed Ling Ling? What does he love to order...

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September 13, 2022 51 min

A candid look at some of the restaurants we visited in July. This episode has it all: a speakeasy omakase, a new and impressive tasting menu, lackluster Mexican eats, rebel sushi, pricey crab, approachable sushi, and even rambunctious Lebanese eats. 

Once again, the hubs and dining partner-in-crime, Lawrence, joins me as co-host for this developing Miami restaurant review series.

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Kojin
TUR Kitchen
Los Fel...

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Join me on an all-new episode of my Miami Chef Spotlight series. Guest Michael Beltran of Ariete Miami discusses his colorful journey to a shiny and new Michelin Star.

What did it take to get there?  What are his future plans?  Listen in as Beltran reflects and inspires his team to always strive for more. Stay to learn about his passionate Miami food media takes, the tales of a 2nd-grade troublemaker, and why pigs must fly.

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A candid look at some of the restaurants we visited in June. 

Once again, the hubs and dining partner-in-crime, Lawrence, joins me as co-host for this developing Miami restaurant review series. 

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Phuc Yea

L'Atelier de Jöel Robuchon

Ariete

The Surf Club

Korner 67

Lion and the Rambler


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Listen in as I kick off the all-new Miami Chef Spotlight series. Guest Chef James Friedberg discusses his starry journey to Miami and provides an inside look at his work and commitment to Miami's first 2 Michelin-starred restaurant,  L'Atelier de Jöel Robuchon.

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A candid look at some of the restaurants we visited in May. Miami food and beyond...

Via Emilia 9
Sexy Fish
LPM Restaurant and Bar
Nave
Uchi
Blue Collar
Ishilima

Once again, the hubs and dining partner-in-crime, Lawrence, joins me as co-host for this developing Miami restaurant review series.

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It happened! South Florida is officially home to 11 Michelin-starred and 19 Bib Gourmand restaurants. Now that I have decompressed from all the excitement, I am ready to unpack it all for you, as requested.

  • Were my predictions correct?
  • Who am I happy to see on the Guide's list?
  • Is there a restaurant(s) I feel should not be starred yet?
  • Who did the Michelin Guide snub? And why?
  • And, inquiring minds want to know, why is Los Felix on t...
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    We already know Miami is a hot zone for craft cocktails and beer. Know what else is happening? The wine scene! Follow along as I continue my SOMM LIKE IT HOT blog section and begin a podcast crossover featuring some of South Florida’s buzziest swirlers, sniffers, and tasters.

    Meet Adrian Lopez of the Ariete Hospitality Group: wine director for Coconut Grove's Ariete and Nave and also managing partner of the upcoming The Allocati...

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    A candid look at some of the restaurants we visited in April. Miami food and beyond...

    Lido Restaurant at The Surf Club
    Luca Osteria
    La Fresa Francesa
    Kaori
    Portosole
    Macchialina

    Once again, the hubs and dining partner-in-crime, Lawrence, joins me as co-host for this developing Miami restaurant review series.

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    Corey Artanis’ journey to South Florida happened somewhat serendipitously. Paved with plenty of ups and downs, the path he took picked up cult-level interest and support, way before his dream of a brewery came true. His relentless focus and passion for bringing “unconventional ales for unconventional palates” led the way. 

    I sat down with Artanis to discuss the challenges and triumphs of opening 3 Sons Brewing Co. in Dania Beach, an...

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    April 20, 2022 41 min

    A candid look at some of the Miami restaurants we visited in March:

    Butcher's Club (Palm Beach Gardens)
    Boia De
    The Katherine(Fort Lauderdale)
    Bourbon Steak
    Sushi Yasu Tanaka

    Once again, the hubs and dining partner-in-crime, Lawrence, joins me as co-host for this developing Miami restaurant review series.

    Dale! Click play to listen!

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    Supporting my podcast i...

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    We already know Miami is a hot zone for craft cocktails and beer. Know what else is happening? The wine scene! Follow along as I continue my SOMM LIKE IT HOT blog section and begin a podcast crossover featuring some of South Florida’s buzziest swirlers, sniffers, and tasters.

    Meet Juan Carlos Santana, beverage director of The Bastion Collection's L' Atelier de Joël Robuchon in the Miami Design District. We love a successful ...

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    Get the scoop on one of my long-time favorite Miami restaurants, Coconut Grove's Ariete by Cuban American chef Michael Beltran. He has successfully captured the art of beloved Cuban-inspired soul food created with an impactful, ambitious hand: Spanglish fine dining and beyond.

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    From my palate, to yours,

    CHEERS!

    Brenda


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    March 7, 2022 64 min

    An honest and candid look at some of the Miami restaurants we visited this February:

    Stubborn Seed
    Forte by Chef Adrianne
    Chotto Mate
    Nossa Omakase
    Perl
    Caviar Russe
    Ariete
    Orno

    Once again, the hubs and dining partner-in-crime, Lawrence, joins me as co-host for this developing Miami restaurant review series.

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    From my palate, to yours, CHEERS!

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    February 22, 2022 7 min

    Miami's most elevated and authentic omakase experience hides on Brickell Key. NAOE restaurant by Chef Kevin Cory offers a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable journey for food enthusiasts looking to try the absolute best. Find out why this gem has been around for 13 years with no signs of slowing down, especially now that the Michelin Guide is headed to South Florida!

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    February 6, 2022 53 min

    A quick, honest, and candid look at some of the Miami restaurants we visited this January:

    Zitz Sum
    Michael's Genuine
    Osaka Nikkei
    Fiola
    NIU Kitchen
    Mandolin
    Sunny's Steakhouse

    Meet the hubs and dining partner-in-crime, Lawrence, as he debuts as my co-host for this new and developing Miami restaurant review series.

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    From my palate, to yours, CHEERS!

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    In this third episode, I discuss the Michelin Guide's upcoming arrival to Miami.

    Listen in as I take a very close look at the TOP 15 THINGS TO KNOW about the guide in general and Miami as a food town. What is our emerging style? What will this mean for South Florida? What are some of the most misunderstood statements made about the guide? Who should and shouldn't be awarded a star? Do we have any restaurants that would qual...

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    Learn about the detailed process that goes into choosing my Top 21 Miami Restaurants.

    I reserved, ordered, photographed, and ate at all of these spots. No one asked nor paid me to do so. Supporting our local restaurants brings me joy, and I am passionate about South Florida's food scene. A lot of careful thought went into the naming and placement of each honoree.

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