Hello foodies and welcome Fri-yay! We’re so excited that the unofficial start of the holiday season is next week. Thanksgiving (one of our most favorite holidays ever) is less than a week away which means we get to stuff our faces with food and it’s totally normal and acceptable. How can you not love Thanksgiving? You basically gather to eat tons of delicious, wholesome food and just give thanks for everything you have. No gifts, no expectations, just lots of gratitude and food. Sounds like we should try to squeeze in a few more holidays like that. We wish you and your loved ones a gluttonous day of joyous gratitude and we hope you take this weekend to prep and unwind. In the meantime, enjoy a few fun foodie links from around the web that we’ve gathered for you!
By Melanie Galarce
Lutum (1766 Bay Rd, Miami Beach) is a casual American eatery serving South Florida inspired fare in Sunset Harbour. It’s comfort food at it’s best, located where the popular Burger & Beer Joint once stood. Lutum, which means “dirt and soil” in Latin, is the antithesis to the type of restaurant we’ve been seeing pop up in the Sunset Harbor neighborhood; it’s cool, chill, and affordable.
By Santiago Cardona
I’m all for the thought that Mexican food should be affordable and not fussed up. Don’t take this the wrong way, I’m in no way saying that it’s a cuisine that is not deserving of utmost care and sophistication. It’s honestly one of my favorite cuisines in the world, but it is hard to justify paying quite a penny for what is normally more affordable. Cantina La Veinte (495 Brickell Ave, Miami) has the idea of upscale Mexican down pact, providing diners with an elegant ambiance while maintaining the integrity of the food. Walking in, you get a feeling of grandiosity while perusing the decor. This place is downright gorgeous. When you add the mariachis, margaritas, and beautiful Brickell waterfront views, you’re in for a treat.
Hi, foodies! We’ve officially made it through another work week. It’s Fri-Yay and we’re loving every minute of the dropped humidity, light breeze, and incumbent holiday season. We’ve unapologetically started listening to Christmas music and may or may not have started planning our Thanksgiving dinner menu (#guilty). This time of year is just our absolute favorite. This week’s foodie link pack has all sorts of fun stuff to get you in the mood for the holidays, including the new food court line up at Aventura Mall and a Thanksgiving menu maker. We hope you have a great, relaxing weekend, and get some time to sneak in an amazing meal. Enjoy!
By Caitlin Marino
As if I haven’t expressed it enough, I have the biggest obsession with Italian cuisine, so when MMTM got the invite to visit Forte dei Marmi, you can only imagine how thrilled I was to check it out! Throughout my journey of veganism, one of the most important lessons I’ve learned is to never compromise on high-quality, organic, and fresh products (regardless of whether the meal is vegan or not.) Forte dei Marmi (150 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach) specializes in just that – incomparable fresh ingredients – which, in part, has earned acclaimed chef Antonio Mellino two Michelin stars. Upon arrival, you’re greeted by the jaw-dropping décor designed to recreate the vibes of an elegant resort in a seaside Italian city. Impressed would be an understatement and we had only just step foot in.
November is here! We are anxiously awaiting the gluttony of Thanksgiving at the end of the month, but even more importantly we’re also looking forward to the arrival of Mel’s little foodie! We’re so excited to be welcoming baby Nathaniel to Team MMTM. That said, we still have a few weeks to go before we get there, and there are plenty of food-related events and activities to keep us occupied in the meantime. With that, we leave you with our monthly local news round-up below. Enjoy!
By Santiago Cardona
Yeah, yeah. We get it. The milkshakes at Bocas House are decadent, delicious, and Instagram worthy. While this is all true, please don’t let the shakes be the only reason you go there. Like most of you, I only thought of Bocas House as “that place with the milkshakes.” But truth be told, I was extremely impressed with the quality of the food on a recent dinner at their new Coral Gables location (2 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables).
Hey foodies, we’ve officially reached our last Foodie Friday of October! How did that happen? We can’t believe the year is all coming to an end so soon but we will do our best to indulge in every bit that’s left of 2017. Did you all enjoy the perfect crisp Fall day (or hours) we got to experience earlier this week? How perfect was the weather for a cup of coffee (or wine) outdoors? We get so giddy knowing there’s more of that coming in the next few weeks as Fall officially arrives in our beloved Miami. While we dream of cooler days and outdoor dining, we leave you with a few fun foodie links from across the web. Enjoy!
By Mitchell Nover
Colombians know how to throw a party (if you were at, saw any pictures of, or heard any stories about Mel’s wedding in Cartagena, you know). The team at Pueblito Viejo (8285 SW 40th St, Miami) is no different, offering up a truly unique Miami experience and an amazing cultural find in Miami if you’re open to exploring outside of your comfort zone. That first look inside is certainly something you’ll never forget; it’s extreme sensory overload with with tchotchkes literally hanging from the ceiling. But once you get over your initial shock, start bopping to the Latin pop tunes, laughing along with the live troubadour roasts/performances (I think I was referred to as a Harry Potter look-a-like, which, complement appreciated), and give yourself over to the sweet smells of fried Colombian food, you realize you kind of never want to leave.
By Melanie Galarce
Plomo Tequila & Taco Bar (230 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables) is the first of its kind in Coral Gables: a cool, unassuming taco bar in the heart of Miracle Mile that offers really good Mexican food and even better drink specials every day of the week. The restaurant has a cool retro Mexican ambience (think Calavera paintings on the walls) and vibrant décor reminiscent of a Mexican speakeasy.