An All American Summer at Michael’s Genuine® Begins with Burgers & Brats for Fourth of July Week & Miami Spice

Lychees arrived and mangos are beginning to hit now, but the true sign of summer is when monster calabaza of all shapes, sizes and coats of paint roll in, a jaunty color guard roll for Michael’s Genuine ingredient wall.  Well, they’re here, and so are two opportunities to take advantage of the season at our flagship: Fourth of July Week specials and Miami Spice.

Jaunty alright.

Burgers & Brats for Fourth of July Week — From Monday, July 2 to Sunday, July 8 for lunch and dinner only, Chef de Cuisine Tim Piazza is bringing back his cheeseburger of 2017 National Burger Month fame and adding a dog companion.  The All American Double Cheeseburger includes 2, 4oz patties, American cheese, bacon, shredded lettuce, sliced tomato and pickles on a Martin’s potato roll for $22.  In the dog department we have Bratwurst with sauerkraut and mustard on a Martin’s potato bun for $16 with choice or fries or greens.  At dinner, it’s plated with grilled sourdough.  We fancy.

Miami Spice — From August 1 to September 30, enjoy weekly-changing 3-course prix fixe menus. MGFD will offer lunch for $23 Monday through Thursday and dinner for $39 Sunday through Thursday, including supplements from our regular menu at special prices for those who partake in this annual city-driven restaurant promotion. Highlights include Crispy Okra with pimento cheese, Steak Salad with kimchi, butter lettuce and peanuts, and Marinated Cherry Tartine with roasted shallot, fresh ricotta and thyme. For lunch, it’s really just about the return of the Falafel Wrap. Having gone down the Instagram rabbit hole to no avail, we take solace in beholding her soon once again for all the world to see and enjoy.


Amara at Paraiso is Spectacular on July 4th with a Miami Backyard BBQ & Biscayne Bay Fireworks View

You ain’t seen nothing yet.  Biscayne Bay has unfurled some pretty dramatic sights since Amara at Paraiso opened in January, from dreamy sunsets to electric summer storms.  But a week from this Wednesday, that all floats to the wayside when our quintessential Miami waterfront restaurant gets lit for the first time with unimpeded access to our city’s fireworks displays across the bay… and so much more to celebrate summer’s favorite holiday for food!

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., taking both reservations and walk-ins for indoor and outdoor seating, chef Michael Paley adds a succulent line up of “Backyard BBQ” specials a la carte as a supplement to the also available regular dinner menu. The outdoor bar and grill are fired up for the occasion.  So is sommelier Amanda Fraga, with Veuve Clicquot Brut “Yellow Label” Champagne by the glass for $15.  DJ Savy Fontana joins us later on to set the mood.

Guests can also order La Caja China, a whole pig roasted under the coals served with accompaniments and choice of fire-kissed bread or tortillas, or go for a bold, exotic twist on American classics in a Chorizo Cheeseburger with smoked paprika aioli or Butifarra hot dog with pickled veggie slaw. Grilled Oysters, Grilled Corn, and Watermelon Salad with mint and spiced pepitas, make it a meal.

Crossing of Biscayne Bay featuring all AmericanMaker’s Mark and a fresh Mexican mixer.

Enjoy a commemorative special cocktail in The Crossing of Biscayne Bay for $13, the spark that happens when bourbon meets housemade horchata, a magic agua fresca of rice, sugar and cinnamon, topped with a crispy orange.  Buckets of Cusqueña are available 5 for $20, or $5 a bottle. Whether you join us on the lounge chairs at the beach or cozy up to a booth inside, it’s going to be a festive night!

Amara at Paraiso is located at 3101 NE 7th Ave in the Paraiso District of Miami’s East Edgewater neighborhood. For reservations, please call (305) 702-5528, email or visit Open Table here.

Baby, You’re a Firework!

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It’s Hedy Goldsmith’s birthday, y’all!  And while we’ve got barbecue and fireworks on the brain, she’s mixing up all kinds of ice cream recipes, because it is the eve of Independence Day, but also National Ice Cream Month.

To celebrate, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink HQ in the Design District is putting a new ice cream dessert on the menu each week.  This week it’s affogato! The delicious Italian dessert screams summertime, combining my two favorite things, ice cream and espresso. Hedy makes it sing with a shot of Panther Coffee, brown butter breadcrumbs and fresh fruit like cherries and raspberries.  Next week, look for ice cream sandwiches, just the thought of which had me doing my happy dance in the pastry station.

And since we know Hedy loves to dance the line between sweet and savory, she offers you here a recipe for tomorrow, the happy summer holiday of hot dogs, American flags, sun burns and cold beer.  Cheers to keeping your eyes safe from the smoky barbecue and your kids as happy as your friends!  Thanks to Hedy for always keeping our childhood favorites at heart.  Happy Birthday baby, you’re a firework!

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All Weller & Good: Our Old Pal & a Bourbon Update Steve-Style

Steve Berry, bourbon connoisseur, at a tasting he hosted at his apartment including some of the new Bourbons at our bar in Miami.

Happy Fourth of July, friends and comrades! We’re celebrating with America’s spirit and transporting you to the Blind Tastes Speakeasy. That’s where Michael and some friends gathered last week with our good buddy Steve Berry, a trusted Bourbon advisor and honorary member of team genuine to whom we come often (and him to us!) to compare notes and taste some Bourbon. We last checked in with him here on the blog in September of 2010 so clearly we are due for an update. And timing couldn’t be better, especially since Beverage Director Ryan Goodspeed has added a few kicking labels to our (at least 51%) distilled corn shelf, in addition to our first barrel aged cocktail!

This story begins one night last fall in Grand Cayman, an unlikely setting since the brown liquor you’ll typically find cascading going down easy is distilled and aged from sugarcane. Michael, Ryan and myself were settled up to the bar, a usual occurrence, but this night was special. Michael had an idea to swap bourbon for the gin in a classic Negroni. I think this was around the time we did our first pop-up at Harry’s Pizzeria with Gabrielle Hamilton, whose everyday negroni is with Noilly Prat but on certain occasions the Carpano Antica, depending on the weather! After a few different versions altering the proportion of sweet and dry Vermouth, he nailed the Old Pal (or was it the Old Pill?) with Bulleit Bourbon, Campari, Dry Vermouth, Carpano Antico, and Orange Bitters.

Aged to perfection, our first barreled bourbon cocktail hits the menu tonight

It wasn’t until Cochon 555 that our old friend, an American Negroni some might say, reared its glorious head once again, this time flowing from a Hudson Whisky barrel, which you can find now as Michael’s Twitter profile picture.

Well, this Old Pal is back, and now it has aged 3 months and is killing it. Steve-approved, of course. Make its acquaintance at the bar in Miami for the first time tonight (!!!), and get the scoop with Steve’s commentary on our new Bourbons, below. There you’ll also find pictures from the Speakeasy, including one of a killer mango snack Michael concocted that I hope – hint hint – shows up at the restaurant, too!

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