Chopped judge, TV personality and the man behind plenty of the country's top restaurants, Scott Conant, is back in South Florida with his newest concept, Corsair, inside Aventura’s Turnberry Isle Hotel. Chat Chow TV sat down with the charming chef to learn more about Corsair, its inspiration and what rituals he has for his restaurants.
The welcoming restaurant located close to the property’s massive golf course plays off its maritime-inspired name with a warm palate and interior tones designed by popular designer Meyer Davis.
“It’s a celebration of sorts of this area,” Conant adds about the design.
The restaurant serves a blend of Mediterranean and local flavors to create its unique spins on dishes like a deconstructed lasagna, polenta waffles and porcini braised veal. For the beverage program he enlisted California’s Rob Floyd who has set up bar programs for the SLS in Hollywood and several of Conant’s restaurants.
As for his other popular restaurant on Miami Beach, Scarpetta, that has produced some of Miami’s top chefs including Macchialina’s Mike Pirolo and Top Chef’s Nina Compton, he says they are all good friends still and enjoy getting in the kitchen together.
“It’s nice to know we can bring the band back together and play some cover songs,” Conant says with a slight laugh.
Want to know what Conant’s favorite indulgence is? Or what ritual he has at every restaurant of his? Watch the video above to find out.
Threefold Cafe, Coral Gables’ newest all-day breakfast spot, serves up a unique combination of Australian dishes with a Florida twist. Opened this Summer by two Melbourne transplants, Teresa and Nick Sharp, they offers diners a taste of their native Australia dining philosophy with fresh local food. Chat Chow TV sat down Teresa to find out more about the restaurant, its extensive coffee offerings and some of the restaurant’s top dishes.
The pair relocated to Coral Gables after Nick was transferred for work. Missing Melbourne’s “off the charts” coffee the duo decided to open Threefold Cafe. All the coffee is sourced locally from Panther Coffee with all the baristas professional trained on-site by their coffee “Yoda” from Panther Coffee.
The menu encompasses their love of breakfast featuring dishes made with plenty of free range eggs, Zak the Baker bread and lots of creativity. Some top sellers according to Teresa are the “Pope Benedict” served on top of hash browns instead of English muffins; the “Smashed Avocado” bread and the “Not So French Toast” — a savory take on a classic breakfast dish.
Curious what lunch offerings Threefold offers? Or where they source their products from? Find out all that and more in the video above.
Tea is making its mark in Miami with the help of the newly opened Ticety on Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile. The tea-centric shop and restaurant carries organic tea from around the world. Chat Chow TV sat down with the store’s partner Damien Ceulemans to learn more about the concept, how it sources its tea and interesting decor.
Ceulemans said him and his two partners got the idea for a tea store while visiting Miami from Europe. They noticed that there was a void in the market with very few places offering a quality tea selection. Once they saw tea’s popularity rising, especially with the sale of Teavana to Starbucks for hundreds of millions of dollars, they decided now would be the time and settled in Coral Gables to open Ticety.
The store carries loose leaf teas in three different “flushes” that are determined by the time of year and size at which they are harvested. The teas can be served hot or cold and Ticety also offers a variety of sandwiches, salads and pastries to accompany them.
The tea selection isn’t the only thing wowing customers. The store’s unique decor with two living plant walls complete with hundreds of plants add a a different, serene twist to the stores unique atmosphere.
Wonder what the difference between a first, second and third flush is? Or which classic dish Ticety adds truffles to in order to make it extra special? Find out all that and more in the video up top.
When you think of West Kendall, dining hub doesn’t typically come to mind. That is quickly changing though with the addition of Finka Table & Tap from the family behind Islas Canarias and the popular CubanCube food truck. Chat Chow TV sat down with the restaurant’s head chef and owner Eileen Andrade to learn about her inspiration for the restaurant, the cocktail program and why they chose to make its home in Kendall.
The restaurant is the brick-and-mortar variation of the CubanCube food truck with the addition of a plenty of seating and an extensive bar program, created by the guys behind Bar Lab Elad Zvi and Gabe Orta. Bar manager Eddie Fuentes oversees the drink program that offers ten different cocktails and a tap room with eight different rotating brews, which the neighborhood is quickly embracing.
“The reaction has been really good,” Andrade adds about the drink program. “We’re running out of beer every day.”
Living and growing up in Kendall, Andrade realized that she would go to the other side of town to drink and eat so she decided to open her restaurant in the area, right down the street from her family’s restaurants, to bring more dining options to the area.
“Kendall needed something different,” adds Andrade. “CubanCube was something different but we wanted somewhere people could come whenever they wanted.”
The restaurant serves a unique blend of Cuban, Peruvian and Korean cuisine with fun inventive twists on classic dishes. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner now but has plans in the near future to launch a brunch, happy hour and late night menu.
Curious where Andrade gets her inspiration from? Or what famous film prop is on display at the restaurant? Find out these things and more in the video above.