It’s not always possible to get away during the summer, but breaks are much needed in the long, hot Miami days. Break up the weekend routine and take daytrip exploring Coral Gables. Spend the day relaxing with low-key movies, music and great, modern food all around.
Brunch at Eating House
Start a lazy Sunday with brunch at Eating House, a no-frills restaurant that focuses instead on the quality and construction of food. Eating House began as a pop-up restaurant in Coral Gables as a collaboration between Food Network Chopped winner Giorgio Rapicavoli and his childhood friend Alex Cassanova. It has since become a permanent restaurant and a staple for many Miami foodies.
The menu changes daily, but brunch dishes range from carrot cake waffles, served with carrot pudding, Vermont maple syrup, whipped cream cheese and spiced streusel; to a bulgogi pork sandwich with Napa cabbage, cucumber, scallions, guava hoisin sauce and sesame fries; and Cuban bread torrejas (French toast), served with a guava and Ironbeer syrup, whipped cream cheese and Maria cookie sugar. Drinks include Tang mimosas, with Tang powder and sparkling wine, and champagne cocktails with the Italian aperitif Cocchi, Yuzu orange and grapefruit.
Eating House accepts credit cards, but not American Express. To make a reservation, email email@example.com or call 305-448-6524.
Eating House is at 804 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables. For more information visit eatinghousemiami.com.
Foreign film at Coral Gables Art Cinema
Wind down from brunch with a movie at Coral Gables Art Cinema, which features up-and-coming independent and foreign films in its single-screen theater. The art cinema, which opened in 2010, also regularly screens musical performances and theater productions. Most recently they showed several performances of National Theatre of London’s The Audience starring award-winning actress Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II. It also occasionally features family friendly movies.
Current films include Pedro Almodóvar’s I’m So Excited!, a Spanish-language film with subtitles starring the likes of Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz and Javier Cámara. The film is running through the weekend. There will also be two special screenings of Flamenco shows Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., featuring the world renowned Antonio Gades Company. Upcoming films include Woody Allen’s film, Blue Jasmine, which premieres Aug. 9.
Coral Gables Art Cinema is at 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. For more information visit gablescinema.com.
Live Music at Books & Books
Walk across Aragon Avenue to Books & Books after the film for a quick drink and some live music before dinner. Musicians play in the courtyard of the bookstore every Friday and Saturday night starting at 7:30 p.m. The cafe serves beer and wine so relax and enjoy the music at the only hour when it’s tolerable to be outdoors in Miami. If there is a little extra time, take a minute to peruse the shelves of this independent bookstore, and look through the many specialty art books and local history stories. Books & Books also hosts dozens of author events a month, with speakers nearly every day.
Books and Books is at 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. For more information visit booksandbooks.com.
Bulla Gastrobar opened its doors in February in the former, much-loved Por Fin spot by the same owner, Carlos Centurion. The tapas gastrobar was inspired by tapas restaurants in Spain, which is famous for its simple and tasty plates. Even the restaurant’s name embodies the motherland – bulla is slang for chatter, a favorite pastime of Spaniards. The décor is more laidback than Por Fin’s was, with dark wood floor, bare tables and a chalkboard along the back wall.
The Spanish restaurant’s menu is separated into four categories: embutidos (cured meats), quesos (cheeses), tapas y raciones (small plates), platos familiares (larger plates). Dishes range from the traditional jamon Serrano (Serrano ham) and patatas bravas (crispy potatoes with spicy sauce), to the ensalada de pulpo, with grilled octopus, heirloom tomatoes and cucumbers. Enjoy your dinner with a sampling off the extensive wine list, or a glass of house-made sangria. Or go a little crazy with one of Bulla’s specialty cocktails, like the Spanish Margarita with Cazadores Reposado, Grand Marnier, Amontillado sherry, lime juice and agave nectar.
Bulla Gastrobar is at 2500 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables. For more information visit bullamiami.com.