Wire Magazine Issue 8.2022 Miami Spice Dining Program and Model Drew Harper

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ISSUE #08 | 08.25.22 DISPLAY UNTIL 09.28.22

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DREW HARPER

MIAMI SPICE 2022



PUBLISHER’S CORNER R HOUSE WYNWOOD PUTS THE SPICE IN MIAMI SPICE Welcome to our annual Dining Delicious Miami Spice special issue. I dined at eight delicious restaurants to sample some of the many mouthwatering offerings from the eating houses participating in the 2022 Miami Spice dining program. I recommend that you try them all. One restaurant in particular stood out to me for putting the spice in Miami Spice by delivering a delectable dinner menu, vibrant atmosphere, live music and outstanding drag shows – R House Wynwood. I had a super fun night dining at R House this past Saturday and highly recommend experiencing their very unique and very Miami dining experience with live entertainment. During the months of August and September, this year’s Miami Spice brings you prix fixe, three-course meals at some of the best Greater Miami and Miami Beach restaurants for $28 for lunch/brunch and the option of $45 or $60 for dinner – which is a new addition to the program. Participating eateries range from traditional favorites to MICHELIN-recognized restaurants that deliver a wide range of international flavors from the most delightful cuisines from around the globe in our very own backyard. I suggest visiting ilovemiamispice.com to browse through all the restaurants and their most current menu options, in order to choose your favorites. More than 200 participating restaurants from over 20 neighborhoods throughout Greater Miami and Miami Beach are ready to serve you. According to David Whitaker, President & CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, “Miami Spice continues to evolve through the introduction of elevated menu options with currently 19 of our MICHELINrecognized restaurants and new dining experiences from more than 35 recently opened restaurants or first-time program participants.” I had dinner at Abbale Telavivian Kitchen, Bourbon Steak, Hakkasan, Isabelle’s Grill Room & Garden, Lion & The Rambler, Patio Isola, R House Wynwood, and TUR Kitchen for this special Dining Delicious issue of Wire Magazine. Also in this issue, we feature cover model Drew Harper from Mississippi with hot photos taken by our partners at Photo Studio Miami. Check out his interview and read what Drew wants to share with our readers. In closing, I want to invite you to get a free Wire Magazine subscription by visiting wiremag.com/free. Bon appétit! Cheers,

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BOURBON STEAK

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ABBALE TELAVIVIAN KITCHEN 864 Commerce Street. Miami Beach

Photos by rmstudiocorp. Provided by Bourbon Steak

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I have always enjoyed dining at this delicious American steakhouse famous for its signature butter-poached steaks and duck fat fries. James Beard award-winning chef and renowned restaurateur Michael Mina created an eating house with smoky mirrored glass and artistic gilded finishes that delivers excellent cuisine and craft cocktails. You can also choose from a selection of over 850 wines from their Wine Spectator award-winning cellar to complement your dinner experience.

Abbale Telavivian Kitchen, from hospitality entrepreneurs Omer Horev and Sam Gorenstein, is located in a charming house in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood. This restaurant brings the flavors and spices of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine to our city. The Abbale dinner menu has an expanded grill section and a selection of dishes that include healthy, fresh items featuring the melting pot of flavors found throughout the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Our dinner appetizers were Salatim with baba ghanoush, hummus and abba’s pickle; and Grilled Peach & Halloumi with watermelon, herbed labneh, pickled fresnos, poblano and sumac dressing. The entrées were Lamb Kefte with charcoal tahini, grated tomato, chermoula and herb salad; and Grilled Branzino with preserved lemon tapenade, olive oil, sea salt and arugula salad. Tahini Gelato with baklava crumbles; and Warm Medjool Date Sticky Cake with feta-caramel sauce and whipped labneh satisfied our dessert cravings.

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Our appetizers included a truly delightful Golden Tomato Gazpacho with avocado mousse, basil and brioche crouton; and Hamachi Crudo with watermelon, mango, mint and tarro root. The 7 Oz. New York Strip Prime with roasted sweet corn chimichurri; and Whole Fried 10 Oz. Semi-Boneless Poussin with black truffle gravy were our entrées, accompanied with Mac & Cheese Black Truffle as a side. For desserts, we enjoyed the Chocolate Hazelnut Tart with dark chocolate namelaka, hazelnuts, Nutella cream and raspberry sauce; and Tropical Key Lime Pie with toasted meringue, graham cracker and mango sorbet.


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TABLE OF CONTENTS: 1. DINING DELICIOUS: MIAMI SPICE Our annual Dining Delicious Miami Spice special issue previews eight delicious restaurants participating in this year’s dining program.

4. DINING DELICIOUS: ABBALE TELAVIVIAN KITCHEN AND BOURBON STEAK

10. DINING DELICIOUS: HAKKASAN AND ISABELLE’S GRILL ROOM & GARDEN

11. DINING DELICIOUS: LION & THE RAMBLER AND PATIO ISOLA

12. DINING DELICIOUS: R HOUSE WYNWOOD AND TUR KITCHEN

16. FEATURE: COVER MODEL DREW HARPER Check out our interview of cover model Drew Harper and enjoy his hot photos by Photo Studio Miami.

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MIAMI SPICE DINING HAKKASAN

ISABELLE’S GRILL ROOM & GARDEN 3300 SW 27th Avenue. Miami

4441 Collins Avenue. Miami Beach

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MICHELIN-starred Hakkasan, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach resort, is a luxurious restaurant with a mouthwatering menu that is a modern interpretation of authentic Chinese cuisine. Classic and innovative signature dishes are crafted with the finest ingredients and traditional expert techniques. Our appetizers were the Dim Sum Basket with chicken shui mai, chive shrimp dumpling, black pepper duck with pumpkin dumplings, and spinach beef dumpling; and Jasmine Tea Smoked Beef Short Ribs. For our entrées, we savored the Peking Duck (Half) plus a side of Hakka Noodles with mushroom and chives; and the Crispy Orange Chicken plus a side of Yeung Chow Fried Rice with X.O. Sauce (Shrimp & Beef). For dessert, we enjoyed the Chocolate Maki Roll with lychee, wakamomo, finger limes and goji berry gels; and the Mango Custard with yuzu meringue, coconut snow and passion fruit rocks.

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Isabelle’s Grill Room & Garden in The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove was named in honor of Isabella Peacock, who was one of the Grove’s earliest settlers. We had dinner in the beautiful outdoor garden terrace surrounded by over-sized planters and lush green landscaping, sitting at a natural wood table on white and taupe woven chairs with plush cushions, plus the relaxing sounds of a waterfall in the background. Our sumptuous dinner started with the Feta Bruciata with blistered tomatoes and lemon agrodolce; and the American Waygu Carpaccio with dijon truffle vinaigrette, aioli, Manchego and salt cured egg yolk. The Faroe Island Salmon with signature hash, romanesco, green pea tendrils and bell pepper crema; and Fresh Pappardelle with seasonal mushrooms, charred onion and Meyer lemon were delicious entrées. Our desserts were the Coconut Mousse with Valrhona 64% chocolate crémeux filling and vanilla sable; and the Passion Fruit Crème Brûlée with vanilla bean olive oil cake and tropical fruit.


LION & THE RAMBLER

804 Ponce de Leon. Coral Gables

MIAMI SPICE DINING PATIO ISOLA

6789 Biscayne Boulevard. Miami

Photos by rmstudiocorp. Provided by Lion & The Rambler Photo by Rafa Carvajal

Lion & The Rambler is a creative, modern American restaurant that is the culmination of Chef/Owner Michael Bolen’s lifelong dream, where you can enjoy techniquedriven, detail-oriented cuisine offering simple modern American or Californian dishes. The food is prepared with difficult-to-find ingredients from some of the most respected purveyors from around the world. This eatery offers a tasting-counter restaurant format while providing you a custom-made and intimate dining experience like no other in town. Our appetizers were the White Asparagus Ajo Blanco with sungold melon and pickled cherry; and Yellowtail Crudo with passion fruit, chile and summer herbs. For entrées, we enjoyed the Koji-Aged NY Strip with charred onion and Imagine Farm's Watercress; and the Pork Short Ribs with heirloom polenta, white cheddar and plum. For dessert, we had the Strawberry Ice Cream with ricotta mousse and Harpke's anise hyssop; and Peach Ice Cream with pink lemon and honeycomb.

Acclaimed chef/restauranter José Mendín and Executive Chef Santo Agnello transformed the former La Placita into Patio Isola. This delicious alfresco Italian eatery serves comfort cuisine in the heart of Miami’s MiMo district, and is the sister restaurant to the very-popular Casa Isola in Miami Beach’s Sunset Harbour. We started our delectable dinner with the Arancini Isola; and the Meatball Salad. Our entrées were the Rigatoni Alla Vodka, perfectly prepared al dente; and the Chicken Parm. We then savored the Tiramisu and Coconut Pannacota for desserts. All Italian comfort food indeed!

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MIAMI SPICE DINING R HOUSE WYNWOOD

TUR KITCHEN

259 Giralda Avenue. Coral Gables

2727 NW 2nd Avenue. Miami

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R House Wynwood is a contemporary restaurant and bar famous for its soulful, Latin-inspired menu that puts the spice in Miami Spice by delivering a delectable dinner menu and weekend drag brunch with a vibrant atmosphere, Saturday night live music and outstanding drag performances. We had a fabulously fun Escandalo Saturday night dining experience at R House with very Miami live entertainment and delish craft cocktails. Our dinner began with the Appetizer Sampler including a Mojo Pork Empanada with roasted maiz and feta, a Pollo Enchilado Arepa with chili chicken and avocado-tomatillo salsa, and a Toston Palmita with grilled hearts of palm, avocado, heirloom tomato pico and cilantro crema. The entrées from La Parrilla included Grilled Mojo Octopus with chimichurri fingerling potatoes, charred baby heirloom tomatoes and jalapeño-cilantro salsa; and Grilled Lamb Chops with red tomatillo sauce, chimichurri, molho a campanha, maduros and arroz moro. Dessert was a very flavorful Pineapple Tres Leches.

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Restaurateur Luis Villanueva very accurately explained that “TUR Kitchen offers a warm and welcoming ambiance, consisting of top service and great flavors, delivering a pleasant gastronomic experience for friends and family." This contemporary, ingredient-forward restaurant took us on a captivating journey of the food and drinks from the Mediterranean basin. The elegant dishes brought together authentic flavors from this region of the world and modern techniques, while putting an emphasis on using locally sourced ingredients. Our appetizers were Manti with Turkish dumplings of lamb, labneh, tahini, sumac and pistachios; and Burrata with San Marzano sorbet, nasturtium, elixir gel and crumbs. The two entrées were Lamb Chops Moroccan mint tea infused with carrot puree, crispy Yukon potatoes and green peas; and Bluehouse Salmon mi-cuit with asparagus velouté, sprouts, aquafaba aioli and tomato confit. For desserts, we loved the Phyllo Napoleon with crispy phyllo, cardamom-allspice smoked chantilly, coffee and berries; and the Kunafa, with phyllo, rose water, Armenian sweet cheese, pistachios and berries.


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Rafa Carvajal: Where are you originally from and where do you live? Drew Harper: I was originally born in Mississippi, but raised in Dallas. I currently reside in Orlando. RC: What do you do for work? DH: Currently, I’m a dancer for a Hunk-OMania, a wrestler and full time model.

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RC: How do you stay in shape? DH: Eating clean and being consistent in the gym. I try to stay away from fried and fatty foods, and focus on eating mainly lean meats and greens. The gym is my second home. Generally, I work out two times a day, 5-6 times a week for about two hours a day. RC: What are your favorite three exercises when you work out? DH: I love doing super sets, and my three favorite muscles to train are chest, arms and legs.

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RC: What do you enjoy the most about modeling for photography? DH: All of the different ways I get to see myself… Often times, I’m placed in wardrobe that I would never think of wearing myself, and turn out loving the look! So it has definitely changed my dress style and helped influenced my fashion choices tremendously. RC: What is your favorite food? DH: Most definitely seafood! I don’t think there is a single thing in the ocean I wouldn’t like. RC: What is the biggest dream you would like to achieve? DH: Buying my mom a house.

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RC: What do you like to do when you have free time? DH: I enjoy going to the beach, the movies, meal prepping, and just relaxing by the pool. RC: Where can Wire Magazine readers follow you? DH: My Instagram is @itsdrewharper, my Facebook is Drew Harper and my Twitter is @drewharperxxx. Be sure to also check out my onlyfans.com/drewharperxxx account for NSFW content.

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