As expert curators, our editors know a good thing when they see it. Chef extraordinaire Antonio Bachour, which we welcomed into Time Out Market Miami with his eponymous bakery Bachour, was one of those incredible finds. This week, the rest of the country took note of what we knew all along as Esquire named Antonio Bachour Pastry Chef of the Year. The nod is part of the magazine’s Best Restaurants of 2019 list, where Bachour is touted for his "wildly creative sweets" served at his Coral Gables restaurant and at the Market. Not that we ever needed a reason to tear up a Bachour croissant, but this weekend we’ll be celebrating with a few more of his beautiful confections than usual. Congrats! Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
The network that introduced us to the joys of getting doused in neon green goo hits the road with an immersive experience this December. (When was the last time you read that phrase?) Nickelodeon’s Slime City, opening at the Aventura Mall, is a gigantic pop-up installation where kids and their families will have the opportunity to play with slime, get slimed and even make their own sticky substance to take home. The 20,000-square–foot space will be located across the way from Zara and include interactive areas such as the Great Wall of Slime that visitors may clime, the Slime Bubble-Torium, with lots of floating orbs, and Slime Central, where guests will have the honor of getting covered in oodles of the green substance. (Don’t forget to Instagram it!) Slime City runs from December 6 through January 20, and tickets are on sale now at nickslimecity.com. And because we’re sure inquiring minds want to know, we’re not sure whether the slime is organic, or gluten-free or safe for kids with allergies. But we’re sure it’s going to be tons of character-building fun—so take your little ones anyway. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
The epic literary event known as the Miami Book Fair returns for its 36th years with nearly 600 authors in attendance (Joyce Carol Oates, Susan Rice and Ibram X. Kendi, among others). It’s seven days of readings, book signings and shopping, which is daunting if you’ve never braved the festival. Here’s what to know before you go. 1. Show up early. Free parking goes fast, as do the good seats if you’re headed to an author event, which is general admission. 2. Plan ahead. Readings and talks require tickets, and they do sell out. Visit miamibookfair.com for a list of dates and authors and the opportunity to buy in advance online. 3. Look for signed copies. Books & Books gets visiting authors to sign copies throughout the year and sells them at the street fair for the same price. 4. Think free. First-time authors, student writers and other rising talents hand out free copies of their work at the street fair. Keep an eye out for what could be the next great American novel. 5. Hit up The Porch. Featuring a beer bar by Biscayne Brewery and live music, The Porch (at NE Second Ave and NE 3rd St) is the perfect spot to take a reading break. 6. Go international. Explore the world with the festival’s programming in Spanish via the IberoAmerican Program and Caribbean-themed ReadCaribbean events in Creole and French. 7. Find Waldo. Yep, the one and only master of hide-and-seek is taking a turn in Miami. Stop by the Children’s Alley on 11/22 at 10 am to join the hunt. Bonus Tip:
Do you have a serious sweet tooth? Are you, like so many of us, constantly on a quest for your next fix of digital accolades in the form of likes, comments and reposts? Gone but certainly not forgotten, last year’s Museum of Ice Cream in Miami Beach brought its four floors of life-size cones, sparkling scoops and rainbow-colored, environmentally questionable sprinkles to the Miami masses. Even if you didn’t physically visit its hallowed halls, the experiential “museum” was impossible to avoid on social media for months. This holiday season, there’s a brand new mini-theme park popping up in Aventura Mall, and it’s giving the old “mother of all selfie spots” a run for its money. Beginning November 26, Candytopia’s glistening candy sculpture garden, massive marshmallow pit and other over-the-top interactive confections will take over the mall’s third-level Treats Food Hall. Crafted by global candy artist Jackie Sorkin (who once starred in a TLC reality show called “Candy Queen” so you know her stuff is camera-ready), Candytopia has already delighted over 1.4 million guests across the country, including in Santa Monica, New York and San Francisco. The new Miami location will be Candytopia’s tenth to date, featuring its most popular attractions plus a new collaboration with fashion brand Alice + Olivia that includes free co-branded Ring Pop lollipops and limited edition Candytopia-inspired Alice + Olivia tees ($60 for adults, $40 for kids). Look, but please don’t lick the imp
We’ll give credit where it’s due: New Yorkers make the best pizza. But Miami has been inching on the competition ever since Brooklyn pizza darling Lucali opened its second restaurant in Sunset Harbour six years ago. Now, owner Dominic Cavagnuolo is preparing for yet another move: Brickell. He’s taking the essence of Lucali, updating the concept to something better suited for the fast-paced financial district, and changing its name. DC PIE CO. is a speedier Lucali to put it simply, featuring an identical menu only in a digital format that allows customers to order and pay right from a tablet on their table. “It’s the same great menu and vibe but we’ve integrated technology into the experience. If you need to be in and out because it’s lunchtime then you’re not stuck there waiting,” says Cavagnuolo. Besides speedier service, pies will get smaller, going from Lucali’s traditional 18 inches to DC’s 15-inch pies intended for solo diners and couples looking for a quick bite. DC PIE CO. opens at 1010 Brickell Avenue, Suite 200, later this month. In the meantime, we caught up with owner Cavagnuolo and talked about his favorite places in Miami and what customers can’t get enough of at Lucali. On where he goes for a night out: La Petite Maison. That is my go-to. I really like the vibe in there and service is on point. My order? The escargot and the entrecote steak. On the sleeper hit at Lucali: The meatballs are delicious. They’re all-Black-Angus beef meatballs and we prep them fr
Lincoln Road has long been a popular destination for Halloween and this year it’s shaping up to be even better: Time Out Market Miami, located steps away from the busy strip on Drexel Avenue, is celebrating with a dayslong party. Stop by every day through October 31st to sip the ghoulish Vampire’s Weakness, a Dracula-inspired cocktail made with scotch, Campari and Carpano Antica and featuring a gory lychee topper (we promise it tastes better than it looks). Drink in hand, perk your years to Halloween tunes you’ll hear playing all week long. And if you’re really feeling festive, tuck into one of the holiday specials like the Franken Berry pancakes at Eating House. On October 26, the Market gives kiddos a headstart on this year’s trick-or-treating with a straight-up candy extravaganza. Each of the 18 eateries will be handing out sweets specially handpicked to go with their menus—think Vietnamese treats at Pho Mo, gummy burgers and fries at Kush and ice-cream flavored lollipops at Azucar. Trick-or-treating happens between 3pm and 8pm. On Halloween Day, when everyone books it from the office to Lincoln Road before chaos ensues, the Market gives you the perfect excuse for a pit stop: free make-up. The folks from Glam Squad will offer complimentary Halloween makeup from 5 to 7pm. The mini sessions last around 20 minutes and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Halloween comes but once a year thanks to Time Out Market’s extended celebration, this might be the firs
The financial slump between summer and winter is real—you blew your cash on a European vacay in August and now you’re strapped and saving for the holidays. But thanks to the GMCVB, there’s no reason to become a shut-in during October and November while you recoup some dough. Miami Entertainment Months are part of the visitors bureau’s annual Temptations program that includes other citywide deals such as Miami Spa Months (July and August) and Miami Spice (August and September). The program runs October 1 through November 30, and most specials need to be redeemed online at www.miamiandbeaches.com, which is also where you’ll find a list of participating spots. Talk about convenience. For the next two months, festivals, Miami move theaters and big-ticket sports games, plus a long list of other places to go for entertainment in Miami (like E11EVEN!), offer discounted admission, transportation perks and other worthy deals intended to make you want to GTFO and see the city no matter what state your bank account is in. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Having a brick-and-mortar restaurant is nice—just ask the folks who own food trucks and drive around Miami traffic all day. But owning a restaurant and avoiding any sort of social interaction with customers is even nicer. Two Miami restaurants that have managed that hospitality feat—serving the public, but avoiding them altogether—are El Chino Taco and El Taco Loco. Juvia Group’s Sunny Oh, the chef/partner behind South Beach restaurants Juvia, Sushi Garage and Sunny Poké, created El Chino Taco as an homage to his Korean roots and experiences cooking Latin American cuisine in Miami. The Asian-inspired selection includes tempura shrimp, a Japanese sausage quesadilla with kimchee and spicy pork tacos dressed with wasabi aioli. Green, jasmine and oblong teas are available to order with your meal. Over in Downtown, El Taco Loco draws from the coastal town of Tulum for its taco Mexican dishes. Try the poké or the blackened shrimp for something light and reminiscent of a beach vacation, or go for the convenient combo back that features best-sellers like chorizo and chicken. Wondering what the difference is between a virtual restaurant and a taco restaurant? One is customer-facing and offers delivery while the other is exclusively delivery. The full menus for both eateries are available online and can be purchased via UperEats, Postmates, GrubHub and DoorDash—basically everywhere food is sold that doesn’t require you to put pants on to procure it. Photograph: Courtesy E
Welcome to our new video series, The Grilling, where we put a different culinary star from Time Out Market Miami in the hot seat. Just don’t expect a typical, straightforward interview. We grill the chefs while they make a popular dish from their menu, and the questioning doesn’t stop until the dish is done and plated. This time, Christian and Domenica Plotzczyk from Salt & Brine, Michael Beltran from Leña and signature chef Jeremy Ford answer our burning questions. Watch the full series below! Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Sea levels are rising, but new development along Miami’s extensive waterfront doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. In the always hot Brickell neighborhood, Una Residences is primed to become the first new condominium in the particularly exclusive Park Avenue area in a decade, and more over-the-top than all of its neighbors. Not only is Una set to become the tallest building along its stretch of Biscayne Bay waterfront, but its striking, wavy facade, private marina and luxury pedigree are sure to place it among the city’s most coveted new real estate projects. Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture—distinguished for its innovative skyscraper designs like Saudi Arabia’s “mile-high” Jeddah Tower—the building’s exterior boasts some seriously sexy curves inspired by the timeless Italian design of the iconic Riva yacht. Each of Una’s 135 residences will have its own private elevator entry leading up to floor-to-ceiling bayfront views framed by a soft palette of teak, walnut and natural stone accents. Apart from its private boat marina, amenities will include daily spa, fitness and recreational activities backed by the team behind luxury hospitality brand Aman, a favorite of A-list stars and wealthy elites (Brad Pitt, Kanye West, DJ Tiesto and countless other celebs have vacationed at their properties). Developer OKO Group has already begun the work of dismantling and tearing down the site’s existing building at 25 Bay Tower, an 11-story condominium built