Caribbean Influences Abound in Essensia’s New Menu

A lot has changed since our last visit to Essensia. Former Executive Chef Venoy Rogers has moved on, and Executive Chef Julie Frans is now leading the kitchen. Chef Frans is no stranger to the restaurant at The Palms Hotel & Spa: She’s back at the helm after taking a two-year break that included plenty of travel around the globe. What you see on the seasonal menu is inspired by these journeys.

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Good Riddance, 2016: Where to Celebrate the New Year

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2017 is almost here, and it can’t come soon enough. It’s been a crazy year in our country and abroad: an insane election, notable celebrity deaths and a ton of other events that are memorable for all the wrong reasons. Odds are that you need a drink (or five).

Where are you celebrating the end of 2016? If you still need plans to ring in the New Year, check out our extensive lineup of local events below. Details are subject to change, so make sure to contact the venue beforehand. Happy New Year!

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Nom News: December 23, 2016

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December 23, 2016

Each Friday, we compile South Florida food-related news and events that we couldn’t fit on the site earlier in the week, as well as other local news that piques our interest. Want to be included in next week’s roundup? Shoot us an email at bark@miamifoodpug.com.

Please note that Nom News is taking a break next week. The Friday roundup will return January 6. Without further ado, here’s your weekly dose of nom.

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Essensia Restaurant + Lounge Welcomes Summer With Bright and Beautiful Dishes

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To say that Essensia is a great restaurant would be an understatement. Nestled inside The Palms Hotel & Spa, this upscale Mid-Beach restaurant fuses global influences for flavorful dishes that delight the senses. After trying out their latest seasonal fare and getting a sneak peek of their Miami Spice offerings, all the praise in our previous review still stands — and then some.

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Wag Wednesday: Jeremy LaFave & Bentley

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Over the past year, we’ve interviewed many members of the hospitality industry, and one constant among the interviewees has been a profound love for their pets. We thought it would be great to share this love with our readers. That’s why we launched an ongoing feature called “Wag Wednesday” to showcase industry peeps and their pets. Know someone who wants to be featured? Email us at bark@miamifoodpug.com.

This week, we’re featuring Jeremy LaFave, Assistant Director of Food & Beverage at The Palms Hotel & Spa and Circa 39 Hotel, and his Yorkie, Bentley. Read more