Blue Ribbon Raises the Bar on Asian Cuisine

Sushi and fried chicken are two of our favorite foods. Any menu that has either one is sure to excite us. At Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill inside The Plymouth Hotel, our excitement reached a new peak. The Asian eatery, which has sister locations in Los Angeles and New York, features both items along with an array of other mouthwatering goodies to quell your appetite.

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The Local Craft Food & Drink: Weekend Brunch Done Right

Coral Gables is undergoing a transformation. Since last year, the Gables Streetscape construction project has been turning two of the city’s main arteries — Miracle Mile and Giralda Avenue — into more pedestrian-friendly destinations. Local restaurants would ultimately benefit from expanded outdoor dining space and other improvements meant to attract customers.

Unfortunately, the process has been anything but smooth for Giralda Avenue. Because of numerous delays, the usually busy strip was an active construction site (and an eyesore) for months after its scheduled completion date; the place was a ghost town. As a result, several businesses shuttered and others hung on — and continue to hang on — by a thread. Thankfully, construction is just about complete and a grand opening celebration is planned for mid-September.

We’re celebrating for another reason, though: It’s no longer a mission to get to The Local Craft Food & Drink for their awesome brunch.

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Federal Donuts Opens in Wynwood

Two of our favorite foods are donuts and fried chicken. At Federal Donuts in Wynwood, we can have them both. The Philadelphia-bred concept from James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov has moved into 250 NW 24th Street and taken the neighborhood by storm with yummy donuts and super-crispy fried chicken.

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Bird & Bone: More Than Just Nashville Hot Chicken

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Few foods excite us like fried chicken. There’s something about the juicy bird and crispy skin  … omg brb drooling all over the keyboard right now.

Where were we? Oh yeah, fried chicken. We love it and its many iterations — hot chicken included. Earlier this year, Miami got a taste of hot chicken at Wynwood Yard from Richard Hales (Sakaya Kitchen/Blackbrick) and his latest concept, Bird & Bone. The popup has since made a permanent move to The Confidante and taken over the old Seagrape location.

With the bigger space comes a bigger menu filled with Southern favorites beyond the bird. Make no mistake: The chicken is the main attraction (and rightfully so), but you’re going to want to try a little bit of everything … and you should.

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#FindMeAHomeFriday: Maya – Talde

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Korean Fried Chicken from Talde on Miami Beach

“I’m 11-year-old sweet-as-could-be Maya. I haven’t had it easy lately, being bounced around from home to home. But I’m in a loving foster home now waiting patiently for my FOREVER home!

I get along with everyone, love to be by your side, and enjoy walks. I am blind but that doesn’t slow me down one bit; I’m full of energy and spunk. I am always happy and have one of the biggest pug smiles that you have ever seen.”

Maya is such a great companion and can offer so much to someone who is willing to open their heart and their home to this beautiful girl; she’s a happy girl who has not let life get her down. All this sweet girl needs is someone to love her, and someone she can love back forever.

If you can open your heart and home to her, she will be your new best friend! So head on over to www.compassionatepugrescue.com and fill out an adoption application for her!

#FindMeAHomeFriday is a campaign by Compassionate Pug Rescue and Miami Food Pug to help South Florida pugs find a forever home. Each Friday this month, we will be photoshopping a rescue pug available for adoption into an MFP food picture. For more details on the original campaign, visit the campaign page.