Miami’s latest round of restaurant openings includes a brand-new fried chicken joint, a dinner club-style Chinese restaurant, a new flagship location in Wynwood for Fireman Derek’s.
1601 Drexel Ave., Miami Beach
Amaris Jones is many things: chef, influencer, fashionista, community organizer, and restaurateur. Jones has returned to the world of commercial kitchens with the recent launch of Chick’N Jones, her modern fried-chicken concept inside Time Out Market. When it comes to the menu, Jones will lead you down a path to health as easily as she can tempt you with a dish that’s rich and satisfying. As a personal chef to Rick Ross, she credits her wholesome cooking to the rapper’s 80-pound weight loss. Jones is also the mastermind behind the loaded hot taco fries featured on OWN’s Food Fantasies. At Chick’N Jones, she offers the best of both worlds with fried chicken available in sandwich form, by the bucket, or atop a kale salad. You can pair everything with an order of her grilled green tomatoes finished off with crispy shallots. Open Wednesday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m; Friday from 4 to 11 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.
2545 N. Miami Ave., Miami
Pie master and entrepreneur Derek Kaplan has officially closed the original Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop — to make way for a larger, one-of-a-kind Miami dessert destination. The shop has relocated to an all-new Wynwood location, where cakes, pies, and savory items now have their own separate display cases for a more customer-friendly experience. Kaplan is also offering his own line of hand-churned ice cream inspired by the bakery’s long list of goodies (his Coconut Grove shop has been slinging frozen cups of creamy goodness since September 2020, shortly after he graduated from Penn State University’s Ice Cream course). A state-of-the-art kitchen will be hidden in the back, where brownies, cookies, and other items will be baked onsite with pies and cakes made daily at Kaplan’s Little Haiti bakery. Staying true to its Wynwood roots, the new location has an industrial, artsy feel with décor in sync with the laid-back atmosphere. Guests can expect Instagrammable neon signage and a handpainted, pie-themed mural stretched across walls.
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Halloween 2021: Miami’s best spooky cocktails to get you in the spirit
Spooky season is officially upon us. And what Miami lacks in autumn leaves and cool weather, we sure do make up for with over-the-top creepy cocktails.
This year, South Florida’s bartenders have conjured up some killer libations strong enough to revive even the deadest of Halloween spirits. From ghoulish black tipples to vampire-approved potions, trick or treat yourself to one (or all) of the Halloween-inspired drinks on this list.
8455 NW 53rd St, Miami
The Doral Yard’s not-so-scary spiked cider, the Apple Jack O’ Lantern, combines Jack Daniel’s apple whiskey, Fireball, and apple cider served with a cinnamon stick and dried apples ($10). Each sip will transport you to a Fall wonderland brimming with pumpkin patches and hayrides. Snag the refreshing sip throughout the month of October.
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Your ultimate travel guide to Miami Beach — hotels, activities, restaurants, and more￼
Miami Beach: Just those two words evoke steaming sun, sexy beaches, exuberant nightlife, celebrity chefs, mixologists offering their talents, stunning hotels, culture and arts, and shopping opportunities — all encased within historic art-deco, Miami Modern, and Mediterranean Revival architecture.
It’s amazing to think that only a couple of decades ago, Miami Beach — specifically the historic neighborhood South Beach — was known as “Heaven’s Waiting Room.”
Today, the city has earned itself a different nickname: the “American Riviera.”
The name hints at a playful paradise where it’s impossible to experience the city all at once — especially as the pace and demand create new venues and opportunities for entertainment.
The best way to explore Miami Beach is to follow the lead of the roughly 3.5 million annual visitors — by returning again and again.
Getting to and around Miami Beach
Founded in 1928, Miami International Airport (MIA) is the leader in flights to and from Latin America and the Caribbean.
In fact, the transit hub hosts more than 100 airlines and is the nation’s third-busiest airport for international airports.
About 60% of those who visit Miami arrive via MIA, which is about 13 miles from the heart of South Beach.
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Miami Book Fair is back with a street fair and in-person events
Miami Book Fair is back — and this edition will include in-person events.
Last year, the beloved annual event that draws thousands to Miami Dade College’s downtown Wolfson campus took place virtually, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There were no live author readings, no delightfully greasy arepas to eat.
No streets packed with happy readers clutching tote bags stuffed with real, made-from-dead-trees books.
No Clifford the Big Red Dog hugging starstruck little kids with painted faces.
This year the fair, which runs Nov. 14-21, is a hybrid, a blend of in-person and online events that brings the fair closer to what it was before our story took an unfortunate turn in 2020.
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