- Shanea Rakowski
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About Shanea Rakowski
I may not be a professional writer, but I consider myself a professional eater. I love to eat, read about food, travel, shop, take in the arts, and explore new places. Focusing mostly on Toronto, my home base, Miami, my second home and New York and Italy where I travel to the most, while also featuring other places I'm fortunate enough to visit, I'll share with you my most savoury tidbits along the way.
Shanea Savours: Valentino Italian Cucina in Ft. Lauderdale
I always tend to drive south for dinner and I have many of my followers ask me for recommendations for restaurants north of Miami, so I decided to venture to Fort Lauderdale for a change. I’ve always heard great things about Valentino Cucina Italiana, at 620 South Federal Highway. Ft. Lauderdale has never been known as a mecca for fine dining; it’s always had a shortage of sophisticated restaurants. Well, now it has Valentino where Chef/Owner, Giovanni Rocchio is creating some expertly prepared Italian dishes with a modern twist...
Shanea Savours: Mignonette Uptown
The latest venture from Chef Daniel Serfer, the man behind Blue Collar restaurant, and the first Mignonette, has just opened Mignonette Uptown. It’s a boon to the area, drawing patrons from North Miami and it's environs.
Serfer’s restaurants are no frills, no attitude type of comfort food with a nostalgic vibe. Even though it was a quiet opening, people have found their way here quickly. The reason is simple – its fresh seafood and oyster bar...
Shanea Savours: Pinch Kitchen
We really enjoyed a fabulous dinner at Pinch Kitchen located at 8601 Biscayne Blvd. The Chefs John Gallo and Rene Reyes have a wonderful provenance...Now they have opened this delightful homey, quaint and cozy little restaurant. You can tell they cook with passion as it shines through in all the well-cooked and flavorful dishes.
Pictured: Chocolate soufflé served inside a carved-out orange, with creme anglaise.
Shanea Savours: Kaori
Patrons are in for a treat! Kaori by Walter Marino is Miami’s first 360-degree cinematography dining experience. The space is so aesthetically pleasing, with cutting edge technology, art, music and scents. The food presentation is most beautiful, a complete knockout in the terms of creativity.
Dubbed the “Millionaire Chef,” for creating the most expensive dish for an Arabian prince, Italian Chef Walter Marino has landed in Miami via Ibiza. This is his first restaurant and he has really gone above and beyond in the culinary entertainment area...