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TripAdvisor | | May 2015

This TripAdvisor owned blog featured Essensia Restaurant after doing extensive industry research and traveler feedback. The result is the most loved and most talked about restaurants Miami, and Essensia has been recognized on the list of Top Restaurants Worth Traveling for!

Aventura Magazine| Dining Guide| January 2015

This time of year, Essensia featured dishes with ingredients and herbs that are fresh from our Organic Chef’s Garden. Read about a few of them here.

Miami Magazine| The Guide | January 2015

Essensia Restaurant is featured in Miami Magazine’s The Guide for one of the best Miami Beach Restaurants for Farm-to-Table fare.

Ocean Drive Magazine | Grown in Miami | August 2014

Miami burgeoning urban farming scene turns forsaken land into farm-to-table excellence, and offers both growers and diners more than just an exquisite meal.

CBS4 | Taste of the Town| August 2014

There’s a new summer program gaining popularity at Essensia Restaurant. Flourish, a yoga, spa and dinner series  pairs yoga with healthy eating.

The Miami Herald | Scene in the Tropics | July 2014

SNL cast member Keenan Thompson dines at Essensia Restaurant. | Eat and Omm at The Palms | July 2014

Read about the new yoga, spa and garden-to-table dinner series that takes place at The Palms hotel every Wednesday from 6-8pm through September 30 and the 2nd Wednesday of the month there after.

The Miami Herald | The Savory Menace | July 2014

A venomous fish with destructive habits has surfaced as a tasty meal at several South Florida restaurants. See Chef Julie Frans recipe for Lionfish Watermelon Gazpacho when you read more about this article here.

South Florida Luxury Guide | The Guide | June 2014

A list of luxury restaurants in South Florida.

The Miami Herald | Essensia Chef Julie Frans Shares her Thanksgiving Recipes | November 2013

Let’s be honest, cooking a full Thanksgiving meal is a lot of work. While the rest of Miami hurries to Publix for last minute shopping, the smart people will take one good look at their list of ingredients needed – and with just a quick telephone call (or click of the mouse), Thanksgiving dinner reservations will be made without so much as breaking a sweat. Read more about Chef Julie’s Thanksgiving recipes and influences here.

Masala EATS Miami | Chef Julie Frans – A True Inspiration | May 2013

We all know how crucial it is to cultivate healthy eating habits in kids so that they become second nature once they are adults. That is easier said than done as children are surrounded by fast food outlets and school lunches are often tasteless and carbohydrate-oriented. The Palms Hotel & Spa is involved in spreading the word about wholesome foods and invited a kid’s yoga camp and scheduled a visit for a garden tour/tasting with Chef Julie Frans.

National Geographic en Español | Restaurante Essensia: The Palms Hotel & Spa | February 2013

Porque este catorce de febrero es importante recordarle a esa persona especial lo importante que es en tu vida… Este día de San Valentín, The Palms Hotel & Spa en Miami, Florida deleitara a su clientela con una variedad de platos hechos por el Chef Julie Frans quien intentará capturar esta época romantica.

Ocean Drive | Chef Julie Frans on Miami vs. California | September 2012

Learn why Julie Frans thinks that the farm-to-table trend is gaining momentum in Florida. | Deco Features: Essensia Restaurant | September 2012

Summer may be winding down but that doesn’t mean summer’s most filling promotion is Miami Spice is 2 months long, which means we have 26 more days to enjoy. Tonight we’re checking out a restaurant where the food is familiar but you probably never prepared it like this. – September 2012

Some of our favorite local celebrity chef heroes are coming together Avengers-style for the greater good of breakfast at Miami-Dade County public schools. Learn which chefs will be featured here. | September Spice Dishes at Essensia | September 2012

Miami Spice is an annual restaurant promotion that showcases the very best of South Florida’s cuisine organized by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB). | Why? Creative, organic, farm-table cuisine | September 2012 reveals why dine at a farm-to-table restaurant. From the gazpacho to the scrumptious mushroom risotto, every dish at Essensia is masterfully prepared using the freshest ingredients. – August 2012

We all know how crucial it is to cultivate healthy eating habits in kids so that they become second nature once they are adults. That is easier said than done as children are surrounded by fast food outlets and school lunches are often tasteless and carbohydrate-oriented. | Spice it up this Miami Weekend at Essensia| August 2012

Essensia Restaurant at The Palms Hotel & Spa revamps its Miami Spice dinner menu for the month of September.

Miami New Times – July 2012

Miami’s become a fledgling gourmet city, and chefs de cuisine from across nation (and world) head to our sunny shores to join our foodie renaissance. Discover Essensia Restaurant at the Palms Hotel & Spa here.

Maimi Culinary Tours – July 2012

Chef Julie Frans, of the Palms Hotel & Spa, is committed to sharing her knowledge with the community and spreading the message of the importance of eating healthy and putting the rainbow on your plate.

The Miami Herald – May 2012

In this Miami Herald edition of Deals and Doings, Tour Essensia’s Chef’s garden every Wednesday at 5pm at The palms Hotel & Spa.

The Food – – May 2012

A Food-e review of Essensia’s Farm to Table menu items.

Sun Sentinel – April 2012

Restaurants Go Green! Owners accross South Florida are now growing their own herbs and vegetables. Essensia Restaurant in Miami Beach is the latest restaurant to go this route. Learn all about Chef Julie Frans oceanfront herb garden here.

Sun Sentinel – April 2012

A fresh approach: Restaurant gardens take root. Across South Florida restaurants are growing produce in patio containers or in raised beds out back. Download PDF

Eater Miami – April 2012

Explore, & Eat Your Way Through Julie Frans’s Garden. Starting Wednesday, April 18 at 5 p.m. and taking place every week thereafter, The Palms Hotel & Spa along with Essensia chef Julie Frans will take you on a free tour through the hotel’s organic garden. Frans will also pick some ingredients harvested in that garden and prepare a tasting served with a sample of wine for her hungry tourists. Lear more here.

Miami New Times – March 2012

Essensia Tropical Tour: New Gardens With a Side of Vino. Beginning this Easter, take a garden tour at Essensia and learm about the great herbs that are used in every dish at Essensia Restaurant.