Wag Wednesday: Diego Oka & Awki

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Since starting the blog, 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 Diego Oka, Executive Chef at La Mar by Gaston Acurio, and his golden doodle, Awki.

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YAKU by La Mar: What a View

The Brickell skyline is one of Miami’s nicest views, and YAKU by La Mar gives guests a front row seat to the spectacle. Located on the Northern Terrace of La Mar by Gaston Acurio, YAKU provides a more low-key experience than its upscale brother; it’s ideal for Peruvian cocktails and small bites instead of a full-on meal. If you love La Mar — we do — you’re certainly going to love YAKU.

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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 9, 2016

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December 9, 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.

Here’s your weekly dose of nom.

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La Mar: New Menu Items + Old Favorites = A Good Time

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If you were to ask us where to go for brunch on a Sunday, La Mar by Gastón Acurio at the Mandarin Oriental would be one of our first recommendations. The Brickell Key restaurant’s brunch, which we tried last year, was — and continues to be — one of the best weekend deals in town. An extensive buffet spread and unlimited pisco sours? Yes, please.

But it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that we finally stopped in for dinner. Chef Diego Oka has been traveling the globe lately, and he’s come back and put all that worldly inspiration onto the plate. We were fortunate enough to take part in a 12-course affair that highlighted classic La Mar dishes as well as some new additions (shout out to Chef Oka for the hand-written menu).

Twelve courses is a lot, so we’ll keep this short and sweet. Cue the food porn.

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