#TastyThursday : #Breakfast +Beach=Bliss! #PrestonsMarket #LoewsMiami @Loews_Hotels

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Last Saturday, after my wonderful morning at Exhale spa, I decided to dine at Loews Hotels Miami Beach because of convenience of location (right next door, same property) and to check out their brand new terrace while eating real ‘good for you’ food for breakfast.
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What do I mean by real good for you? On the menu there are plenty of healthy options to choose from such as fresh cold pressed juices, gluten free dishes, and quality organic food . Our waitress assured us that “nothing is fake, everything is real, including her.” Ha!

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Although the dining area was beautiful, my guest and I were happy to sit on the covered terrace with a view of the pool, and ocean. After being offered morning beverages such as coffee and freshly squeezed Florida orange juice, we headed inside to feast our eyes on the breakfast buffet. Almost all of my favorite morning indulgences were featured on the spread. Even a special little buffet for children was available because “Loews Loves Kids“.
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While the buffet choices looked amazing and the made to order omelet station seemed to be calling my name, I did not indulge (but my guest did and she enjoyed the variety of options and the quality of food on the buffet). I opted to get an egg benedict dish because Saturday April 16 was National Eggs Benedict Day ! Preston’s Market offers a unique twist on a traditional Eggs Benedict called the Market Eggs Benedict. Its served on country bread toast, made with organic eggs, avocado, braised short ribs, and mustard hollandaise.
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We had great service, a terrific view, delicious food and quality time. I left with my stomach full and my heart happy! If you are planning a visit to South Beach or live in South Florida and planning a Staycation, Book Now thru 7/10/16 for the Rise & Dine Special! To take advantage of Loews Best Rate and daily complimentary breakfast buffet for two, enter promo code LBRDIR when booking.
Now that’s SobeSavvy!

#SobeSavvy Presents #BeachyBrunches ! Vol 11: @YBSouthern @50EggsInc #SundayBrunch #MiamiBeach #SouthBeach #Miami

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The great jazz musician Charlie Parker’s nickname was ” Bird”. Shortened from “Yardbird”. He once said of his nickname; “I got the name Yardbird because I was crazy about eating chicken: fried, baked, boiled, stewed, anything. Down there in the South, all chickens are called yardbirds. Every house has some.”

Something so ubiquitous as chicken may seem to some to be a plain bland boring staple of a food choice. These naysayers have NEVER stepped foot in Yardbird Southern Bar and Grill restaurant in Miami {and now also in Las Vegas} http://runchickenrun.com/ They take their chicken so serious that their website states:

“Our chicken is 100% natural with no steroids or hormones and is American Humane Association Certified. Our labor of love begins with a 27-hour brining process, then we dredge it in our secret recipe of spices and flour, followed by the final step of frying to perfection.”

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They have turned chicken into, well.. REALLY good chicken ! My family and I decided to see how they did Sunday brunch this past week. I knew how popular they were so we arrived by 10am and were seated promptly. They have terrace tables on the side of the restaurant but September heat in Miami is still stifiling so we opted to sit indoors. Their interior is best described as a beautiful huge country kitchen/dining room. Just like Miami’s denizens, it is stylish and attractive.

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We had a window seat and I ordered a mimosa and the hubby ordered one of their signature cocktails. They has a bourbon selection like no other. It is REALLY extensive, but he wanted something with whiskey. So he got the Watermelon Sling.It was served in a old fashioned mason jar. White whiskey, fresh pressed watermelon juice and lemon . Served with a rosemary stalk. Nice touch and it was refreshing on such a warm Sunday morning.

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Carlos, the general manager came over to assist with breaking down their brunch menu. Certain items are available for brunch and lunch/dinner, but some specific items are brunch only. We were famished so we decided to have some fun and order a number of different dishes.

We started with something I was very familiar with…brisket. We had the :

Smoked Brisket
pickled onion & cucumber
smoky tomato jam, house-made

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Having spent time in Texas, I know brisket and I know the pretenders pretending to make brisket. This is no pretender ! Brisket so tender it just dissolves in your mouth. The tomato jam and pickled onion went great on it. This was addictive so you have been warned.

Our palate now fully online, we ordered their signature entrée :

Chicken ‘n’ Watermelon ‘n’ Waffles
honey hot sauce, chilled spiced watermelon
vermont sharp cheddar cheese waffle, bourbon maple syrup

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Ladies and gents this is chicken unlike ANY other. Beyond description. Uber juicy, bursting with herbs and spices. The cheese infused waffle is uniquely tailored to be the Bonnie to the chicken’s Clyde. The bourbon maple syrup is divine. Watermelon was the cool side to both of these.

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Our next entrée victim was off of their “Mama’s Biscuits” portion of the menu. We had the multi layered gargantuan

Egg & Sausage Biscuit
fried egg, house-made sausage
‘merican cheese, heirloom tomato

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I found it impossible to take a civilized bite out of this. I have a feeling it was designed to be a “improper” kind of dish. Too big to properly bite so you just dive in wherever you see an opening !! So I deconstructed this behemoth and indulged in good ole fashion slicing and dicing. Sausage is obviously not mass produced but hand made. This dish is like when all different players come together for perfection. It took me back to my Grandma’s kitchen in Maryland when she pieced together breakfast favorites to make a meal. Incredibly good.

Next up was one of my favorite dishes when I am visiting south of the Mason Dixon Line. We had :

Shrimp n’Grits
seared shrimp, roasted tomatoes, virginia ham, nora mill grits, pbr chicken jus

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Reminded me of being in low country around Savannah, Ga. Subtle flavors that just meshed together well. A really well thought out dish done with country flair.

As if all of that food was not enough , we finished our tour of the south with :

Cinnamon Apple Hand Pies
house-made vanilla bean ice cream

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I describe it as really small empanada like pastry puffs filled with apple delights ! Served still warm with their homemade vanilla ice cream. Delightful end of our culinary journey .

Usually very popular restaurants end up not living up to diners’ inflated expectations. Yardbird is the exception. They deserve all the praise and almost cult like following of their return guests. Not resting on their laurels seems to be their key to long term success..

I hope this YARDBIRD manages to fly for a long time to come.

#Miami, Dine #RosaMexicano ,Elevate Your #TacoTuesday ! ~ @RosaMexicano Review by #SobeSavvy .com

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Taking up the ground floor of the iconic 1111 Lincoln Rd garage building sits Rosa Mexicana. http://www.rosamexicano.com/miami

Adjacent to the movie theatre, it is the perfect place to have dinner or lunch prior or post movie. Is it a “chain” restaurant? Yes, but you would never know it by the quality of food and service. It feels more like a high end independent restaurant in Ciudad Mexico. Inviting décor..not too dark and not too bright. Their menu runs the gamut, from Mexican street food to dishes curated to perfection by their executive chefs.

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Their long bar with views of various flat screens makes this the perfect place to watch the game on Sunday or the news after work at their renowned Happy Hour. The tequila choices here are quite expansive. It is a sort of tequila hall of fame. Some are great with cocktails and some high end ones are what I call sippin tequilas. Complex as any wine. Their bartenders go through a vigourous vetting process prior to being hired. They can educate any novice on tequila choices that fit your mood. We had a pitcher of sangria and the pomegranate margarita. Both were awesome.

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Their guacamole is iconic. It is made tableside from scratch right in front of your own eyes. In the processed bottle and canned world we inhabit, this was refreshing. Hass avocados are peeled and tomatoes, onions, herbs and spices are hand blended. You can request mild, medium or hot. We decided one medium and one mild. Both were mouth watering and went great with the warm tortilla chips. In Oct they are celebrating an event called “Guactoberfest”. So if you are a “guac” lover be sure to stop by.

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We decided to get a broad spectrum of their most popular dishes. Pork carnitas, Tacos camarones, Pollo with plantains and Mexican corn. Each choice stood out as individual perfection. It helped to soak up all that Sangria !! My daughter loved to cherry pick out the fried shrimp so she was ecstatic. The hostess gave her a kids packet of coloring book and crayons. Rosa Mexicano loves kids and families and it showed .

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We “forced” ourselves to try some dessert. The churros were out of this world. With a trio of dippin sauces we ended up fighting over the last one !! The raspberry tres leches and peanut butter/chocolate molten cake was rich and divine. Our visit to Rosa Mexicano was apleasurable one to say the least.

Viva La Mexico !!

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@ExhaleSpa ‘s #Massage..Just what I Kneaded ! ~ #SobeSavvy .com Recaps #ExhaleSpa #southbeach #miami @Loews_Hotels

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Stress….We’ve all experienced it. It’s something that I as a mom, wife, woman, have to manage on the daily.

Yesterday was a day I needed or shall I say “kneaded” some me time, some breathing room and some relaxation.

So I took a deep breath and headed to : Exhale Spa .

Located inside the Loews Hotel Miami Beach Hotel, in the resort’s historic St. Moritz tower, exhale features 16 spa therapy rooms, large full-amenity changing rooms with a steam room and whirlpool, a mani-pedi lounge, Glam & Go express blow dry bar hair services and an expansive gym with a mind body studio, where guests can experience exhale’s transformational Core Fusion and yoga classes.

Exhales’ full menu of spa therapies allow guests to revive and restore with signature restorative massages, award-winning rejuvenating facials, nail care, waxing and eastern healing therapies. Additionally, exhale South Beach’s Well-being Boutique carries the best of the best in fitness and yoga apparel, face and body products, well-being goods and gift items. Both hotel guests and local Miami residents alike are welcome to enjoy exhale South Beach. Memberships to exhale’s mind body studio classes are also available. 

Upon arrival, I received a warm welcome from the front desk reception. After filling out the necessary forms, I was escorted past the Buddha decor to the changing room where a robe and slippers awaited me. Once changed, I lounged in the zen room where the have a variety of hot teas, juice, fruit, and magazines to enjoy.

My therapist Clemencia led me to her room for my 5:30pm appointment for a 60 min DEEP TISSUE massage. This massage focuses on those overworked muscles living well below the surface with this intensely therapeutic massage and is designed to relieve pain associated with muscle knots, heavy physical activity, and everyday stress. This therapy is deliberate and customized, targeting specific areas in need of relief and is also available as a couples massage in select locations.
I really enjoyed the heated bed, the smell of the room, the spa music selection and the product used during the massage. Clemencia was very thorough and kind which made me feel comfortable throughout my entire service.

See here for a List of Exhale Spa Therapies/Massages and to book your next appointment!

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@TheBetsyHotel presents #SOBEWFF VIP Happy Hour w/ @Lee_Schrager & #Sobewff2015 Cigars & Spirits @CigarAficMAG #theBetsyHotel~Recap by #SobeSavvy.com

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The rooftop of The Betsy Hotel is a great place to enjoy the magnificent views of South Beach and served as a magnificent backdrop for two of the SOBEWFF events attended by Barry Heigh of SobeSavvy.com

On February 19, 2015, invited guests and media joined Founder and Director of SOBEWFF Lee Brian Schrager at the Director’s VIP Welcome Happy Hour during the 2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE.  This kick off event included hors d’oeuvres by BLT Steak at The Betsy, Rose wine and cocktails provided by Botran Rum. 
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On February 20, 2015 , Barry returned to The Betsy Hotel for a sophisticated evening with Cigar Aficionado and Whisky Advocate.  Tickets to this event called Cigars & Spirits was won by me via Yelp Miami Contest but awarded to him for the Ultimate Guys Night Out ! Guests lounged on the rooftop and sipped exclusive, rich and lustrous bourbons, whiskies, scotches, and tequilas from the Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida portfolio.  Attendees also got to experience the aroma and flavor of some of the finest selections of premium cigars while also learning from the specialists on hand about what makes each spirit distinctive and flavorful and each cigar exceptional and superior. Appetizers and desserts were served (by BLT Steak at The Betsy). 
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Photo Credit:  Barry Heigh

@BreweryOmmegang #FiveCubed (5³) Presented by @HauteDining ~ Photo Recap by #SobeSavvy

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On Wednesday, February 18, Foodies and Beer Enthusiasts kicked off Miami Food Week 2015 at Five Cubed (5³), a new culinary event sponsored by Brewery Ommegang, presented and produced by Haute Dining.

The event, expected to blow the minds and tantalize the palates of attendees, featured 15 marquee chefs each creating a dish to pair with a select Brewery Ommegang beer, ultimately escalating the ecstatic flavors of each culinary creation.

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Five Cubed introduced food lovers to great beer, and beer lovers to great food, in a stimulating social setting, held on the 7th floor of 1111 Lincoln Road with a 360 degree breathtaking view of Miami Beach. Guests sampled food prepared by 15 culinary purveyors and complemented by Brewery Ommegang beer. Five Cubed is the event where premium Brewery Ommegang beer and spectacular cuisine collide.

The 200 Five Cubed VIP guests enjoyed a 5-course sit-down dinner, immediately preceding the main event, to be served at a royal table. Debuting at 6:00 p.m., dinner will be prepared by Sean Brasel, Alex Chang, Johnny Sheehan, Adrianne Calvo and Brad Kilgore, each preparing a specially selected dish to pair with a Brewery Ommegang beer.

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Starting at 8:00 p.m., the main event showcased the culinary talents of all 15 chefs with Brewery Ommegang selections at tasting stations in the sky high above Miami Beach. The evening featured the chic sounds of DJ Danny Stern. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Little Lighthouse Foundation. 

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Enjoy these photographs taken during the main event !

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#SobeSavvy Presents #ThePowerofHappyHour Vol 8 Let’s Cicchetti @SienaMiami #FromScratch #SienaTavern DAILY #HappyHour #SouthBeach

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Seeking: a grown up happy hour happily devoid of frat boys and full of quality food and hand crafted cocktails. The Answer: Siena Tavern’s new happy hour.

This new powerhouse of a new restaurant has already proven itself to be the spot for those who want a top notch italian dinner with inventive and classic dishes by executive chef Fabio Viviani. Hubby and I visited last week to see what all the fuss was about. The cocktails are curated by the crew at the renowned Broken Shaker Bar. Moscow Mule, house sangria and take on a Limoncello called…Cocello was delicious. What are you washing down with these cocktails ? How about a new East Coast vs West Coast feud ? OF OYSTERS ! Siena Tavern has a plethora of bi coastal oyster choices..they vary depending on the time of year but be assured they are as fresh as oysters can be. Time to get your food and drink on.

Available daily ( Saturday and Sunday included) between 6 to 8 p.m. Appetizers like Hamachi and Tuna Crudo for $7. Frito Misto,Salami or cheese boards are also listed. We had the Prosciutto Pear pizza for $9. Our waiter went into detail to explain how they had to revamp their dough recipe from what they use in their Chicago restaurant. Miami humidity is no friend of dough. Having managed a famous pizzeria in Baltimore, Md , I judge pizza by it’s dough. Siena Tavern gets an A+. Combine that with the $2 oysters, $7 house cocktails, glass of wine of the day and drafts for $4 and you have a really happy happy hour.

We finished our happy hour with a flight of gelato and of course their infamous Bombolini donut like pastry.

Happy hour can be enjoyed at or around the bar and also on their beautiful terrace.

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Happiness is Daily Happy Hour.

Photographs of @Funkshionfw @shopstylemafia #funkshion #StyleMafia Recap by #SobeSavvy

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On November 5 – 9, Funkshion Fashion set up its tents between 21st and 22nd Street Collins Avenue, Miami Beach for its tri-annual five day event !

Funkshion Fashion Week Miami Beach  is known for providing an intelligent innovative platform for progressive, established and emerging designers to showcase their collections to media, celebrities, international buyers and select style makers. The shows are geared towards designer diffusion collections and innovative lifestyle brands.

SobeSavvy.com was able to go behind the scenes as Style Mafia prepared for its Fall 2015 Runway Presentation, which was shown on Friday November 7, 2014.

Enjoy these photos from the show!
Photo Credit: Barry Heigh

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Rise and #Yoga ! @ExhaleSpa #SouthBeach #Miami @Loews_Hotels ~ Recap by #SobeSavvy

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I am usually awakened by my three yr old daughter, or South Beachers coming in from a night out but on Wednesday October 15, I took the opportunity to greet the rising sun by experiencing Exhale Spa’s athletic and mindful yoga class. Exhale is the leading lifestyle brand in spa and wellness and known for their custom-created classes geared towards reviving and restoring the mind and body. That was exactly what I needed! 

Exhale South Beach is located at Loews Miami Beach Hotel, 1601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Fl 33139. I selected their Sunrise Exhale Vinyasa Yoga class, which was held on the outdoor terrace of the St. Moritz Building. It was the perfect location to let the restoration of the ocean and its breeze carry me thru the practice.

Led by Amy Steiner, this class wakes up your body and mind with a fluid yoga practice and breath-based meditation, setting the tone for a great day ahead. Per the website,  www.exhalespa.com ,

This class offers a flowing practice appealing to students who have yoga experience and are comfortable with yoga postures and sun salutations. Exhale Vinyasa Flow integrates breath and movement, inner and outer alignment, and strength and flexibility. Class is accompanied by music for a rejuvenating and balancing effect.

The class was intimate and allowed for the instructor to provide any necessary corrections that were needed. No matter your faith or fitness, yoga is for everybody! I felt very comfortable in the environment and knew I was in good guided hands. Anyone taking a class has the opportunity to use the amenities at Exhale, but alas I had to return to my 3yr old and start our day. But at least I was going into my day with a different perspective and more calming approach thanks to Exhale! 

Enjoy these pictures I was able to take prior to getting my warrior pose on! Namaste ! 

‘Lovely’ Leslie Heigh ~ Freelance Photojournalist/ Bon Vivant Blogger ~ Follow @IJust_LoveThis
#SobeSavvy

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