Papa Hemingway would no doubt have loved representing this formidable gutsy rum. Papa Pilar Rum was inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s spirit of adventure and recently made its launch at the Miami Rum Festival. Their inaugural Dark & Blonde varieties of the spirit were born from the finest rums and represent a complex blend, utilizing various ages and sources of rums from the Caribbean, Central America and the U.S.A.
In all honesty, I haven’t really eaten at Bocce Bar (3252 NE 1st Ave., Wynwood, 786.245.6211) in Miami. Yep, it’s a fun place that we discovered by accident. We were invited to an event close by and were just looking for a watering hole to enjoy until the event opened its doors. I know Sugarcane (next door) and I’ve always enjoyed the food there but we just wanted a couple of drinks, two bar stools and some service in a calm spot.
Wine Depot 555 in South Beach has been around for a couple of years now, but it’s morphing. Frenchman Emmanuel Pelletier has taken over the establishment’s reins, remodeled the distinctive wine depot and modernized it to entice the SoBe crowd. Gone are the couches and coffee tables. Now the bistro boasts an ample, romantic 2,500 sq. ft. outdoor restaurant under the moonlit sky as well as a huge wine cellar interior that is reminiscent of wine tasting places found throughout the French countryside, and an impressive horseshoe stainless steel bar that overlooks the high-top barrel tables.
Formerly known as Liebfraumilch, Blue Nun has successful morphed into an easy-drinking, semi-sweet German wine which is presently distributed in 65 countries. Patrick Franz-WilhelmLangguth, CEO of the brand said, “Balance of the sugar and acidity in our product is very important to us. We have a unique method of processing the selected grapes, known as Sichel Superior Vinification which ensures us of the highest quality of grapes from our own vineyards.”
The popular Culinary Pavilion at the 51st Coconut Grove Art Festival, which took place recently, was a hit with foodies who no doubt enjoy art but also love to see top-notch chefs prepare their famous dishes, step-by-step and explain their specialties up close and personal. Live demonstrations provided entertainment and education for guests of all ages. This year’s chefs represented successful restaurants and hotels from South Florida and included several nationally recognized authors, local celebrities and guest presenters.