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Downtown Diva

Paul Rubio | May 28, 2013 | Articles

STAY
Mandarin Oriental, Miami
We’re loving this summer’s promo at the most awarded hotel in Miami. The be-all and end-all of Bayside modern elegance is now accessible to more than just deep pockets, thanks to the Insider Offer—which includes a tricked-out room, American breakfast for two (valued at $60) and complimentary valet parking (valued at $35). Rooms from $259, mandarinoriental.com/miami, @mo_miami

B2 Miami Downtown
The new value-oriented B2 brand has opened its first hotel in the heart of downtown Miami. Functional, yet stylish, the 243 guest rooms are perfect for those who don’t plan on lingering in their rooms 24/7, but want an amazing night’s sleep (their Blissful Beds are the bomb), free Wi-Fi and a great location. Bonus: It’s especially convenient for games and concerts at American Airlines Arena. Rooms from $129, bhotelsandresorts.com, @bhotelsresorts

EAT & SIP
Azul
If you feel like treating yourself, go for gold at Azul— the restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami, known for producing and housing the city’s most renowned chefs. Currently helmed by the supertalented Jacob Anaya, Azul is utter foodie fantasia, with dishes like mouthwatering Hawaiian tuna poke (arguably our favorite raw tuna dish on the East Coast) and the decadent lobster pot pie. mandarinoriental.com/miami, @mo_miami

World of Beer – Midtown Miami
North of Downtown, it’s beer on steroids at the latest installment of the growing Florida World of Beer empire, with more than 500 different bottles and 50 rotating drafts of craft beer. The joint is smack in the center of the hip Midtown district. It’s bring-your-own-food , but you can easily get take-out from the six ethnic restaurants surrounding the beer garden. wobusa.com/locations/midtownmiami.aspx, @wobmidtownmiami

Biscayne Tavern
Fresh takes on American comfort food—like oyster po’boys, grilled cheeses and burgers—headline the menu at the latest restaurant by Jeffrey Chodorow of China Grill Management fame. Save room for the piping-hot, gooey chocolate chip cookies that are served with an old-fashioned cardboard carton of milk. Mmm, mmm, good! biscaynetavern.com, @biscaynetavern

Temaris
The obscure ancient Japanese culinary technique of temaris is experiencing a revival—but not in Japan, as you might expect. In downtown’s Brickell neighborhood, this method of crafting bite-size spheres of rice, protein and eclectic toppings is revolutionizing the area’s sushi scene and scoring huge points with foodies. temaris.com, @temarismiami



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