This post is a bit of a mash-up.
Dinner in Miami: I had a fantastic dinner last night at Senora Martinez, Michelle Bernstein's new restaurant in the Design District.
Like Michy's, it serves her same Spanish influenced food, this time tapas style. Most plates are between $7 and $18 and are meant to be shared. Best dish was foie gras with brown buttered apples and pulled braised pork--ridiculously good. Desserts were okay (churros with spicy chocolate sauce were good) but nowhere near the level of what Hedy Goldsmith is doing at Michael's Genuine (about fifty feet away).
Aquavit: I recently had the opportunity to try aquavit. It's a Scandinavian drink that is usually distilled from potatoes, much like vodka. After fermenting it is usually flavored with herbs or spices (caraway, cardamom, cumin, anise, orange/lemon peel, fennel or dill). It's normally around 40% alcohol by volume. The name comes from aqua vitae, Latin for "water of life." It tastes similar to vodka but punches you in the face a bit more.
NYC Restaurant Week: January 25 to February 7 is restaurant week in New York City. About 240 restaurants will be offering $24.07 lunches and $35 dinners, both three-course, prix-fixe. Some great restaurants are participating, including A Voce, Aureole, Gotham Bar and Grill, Bar Boulud, Aquavit, DBGB, Le Cirque, Morimoto, The Red Cat, Jean-George, Telepan, and The River Cafe.