Monkitail: Modern Japanese Cuisine Comes to Hollywood

When we used to think of Hollywood, great food was one of the last things that came to mind. It wasn’t until we stumbled upon The Diplomat Beach Resort earlier this year that our mentality changed. The sprawling property is a quality dining destination — one that’s home to over a handful of fun restaurants. Want Italian? Craving a burger? In the mood for seafood? There’s everything here.

Monkitail, the resort’s latest addition, further cements the site’s status as a culinary powerhouse. The Japanese gastropub is the brainchild of Philadelphia-based chef and restaurateur Michael Schulson, who’s known for his Asian concepts like Double Knot and Sampan in the Northeast. With Monkitail, Schulson has another hit on his hands.

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MFP’s Picks of the Month – January 2017

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If you haven’t noticed, we go out to eat a lot. It’s sometimes hard to keep track of the best spots we’ve visited each month (and week and day). That’s why we’ve decided to put together a monthly list of our top picks. You can expect restaurants both young and old on this list — we’re always discovering new spots on our foodie adventures.

Here are our top picks for January 2017.

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NaiYaRa Introduces New Menu Items

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When we first visited NaiYaRa, Chef Piyarat Potha Arreeratn aka Chef Bee had just opened this ode to Asian street fare in Sunset Harbour. A year has passed since then, and Chef Bee has introduced many new dinner items to the menu (and he has plenty more in the works).

Although the menu has changed, the experience hasn’t. These latest additions continue to deliver the value, flavor and satiety that diners have come to expect from the fare at this Miami Beach hotspot.

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Sweet Liberty’s Sunday Brunch: Always a Good Idea

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Brunch is quickly becoming our favorite meal, and Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company is a big reason for that. The widely acclaimed bar — it’s topped lists by The Miami New Times, Playboy and The Spirited Awards — recently debuted a brunch service that’s one heck of a good time.

Why do we love it so much? There’s everything we want in a brunch here: boozy cocktails, hearty food and a fun playlist that takes us back to the West Coast.

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Casa Noble and Macchialina Team Up for Dinner

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Earlier this week, Casa Noble Tequila and Macchialina joined forces for a Spaghetti Western-themed dinner that paired four tasty tequila cocktails with four equally tasty courses by Chef Michael Pirolo. Throughout the night, guests enjoyed flavorful dishes that shined the spotlight on an Italian favorite: Prosciutto di Parma.

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