#MiamiSpiceMonday – SUSHISAMBA

By Caitlin Marino 

We all know SUSHISAMBA as a well-known staple of Miami Beach’s famous landmark, Lincoln Road. You’ll always find outdoor dining tables under the enormous, and now iconic, orange umbrellas packed with natives and international travelers who all simultaneously sit outside to enjoy the novelty of people watching. On a warm September night, I headed over to try a few of the “Signature Items” as well as the specially-curated dinner menu highlighting the best of Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian cuisine fusion for their Miami Spice menu created by Executive Chef Cesar Vega.

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Foodie Friday

We’ve made it to another edition of Foodie Friday. This week Mel traveled over to the West Coast and got a small taste of what fall weather should feel like. Our sincere hope is that the weather starts to feel a bit more like fall, which made its official debut yesterday. If you haven’t already indulged in a Miami Spice meal, we would encourage you to do so  rather soon since this special time of year is coming to an end next week. Remember to check out our #MiamiSpiceMonday series to get a few ideas. In the meantime, we leave you with our weekly fun, foodie link pack and wish you a wonderful weekend. Enjoy!

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SoCal, So Good

It’s safe to say that the crew over at MMTM headquarters has an established affinity for tacos. If I could, I would probably assign a food group to the universe of tacos and justify ungodly consumption of said food. However, much to my dismay, tacos have been done before, a million different ways, and it’s increasingly difficult to find any novelty in a taco shop or feel like it’s not trying too hard. That said, the trend lingers on and every few months it seems we have a new taco place popping up. Most of these restaurants are pretty darn good (and some are mediocre,) but every now and then you stumble across one in particular that is so good, it makes you want to put on a sombrero.

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#MiamiSpiceMonday – Zest

By Mitchell Nover

The scariest 12 words during Miami Spice season are: “Sample menu. Changes daily. Call or check our website for daily menu.” Well, for me anyway. In case you haven’t noticed in my previous reviews, I’m a planner. I thrive on belaboring the decision making process, especially when it comes to selecting a Miami Spice menu, and the fear of the unknown is all too real. That said, for some reason this year I’ve been throwing caution to the wind with the #FOMO winning out over the #FOTU. My most recent example of this was my Miami Spice dinner at Zest.

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Foodie Friday

Cheers to having made it through another week, and can you believe it’s already mid-September? Sometimes we get so caught up in our daily lives that we need to take a second to breathe it all in. The start of fall is officially next Thursday, and although we won’t feel much of a change in weather, we will live vicariously through food and embrace things like pumpkin and soups as they make our way into our menu picks. While we dream of a fall breeze making its way to Miami, we leave you with a few fun foodie links from around the web. Enjoy!

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1111 is a Peruvian Grand Slam

By Caitlin Marino

Upon arriving to 1111 Peruvian Bistro, I was delighted to find an elegant and sophisticated lounge with a friendly staff, which gave me the initial impression that there was a clear attempt to blend the relaxed environment of a casual tapas bar with the elegance of a high-end restaurant. I was welcomed, alongside many patrons who were also ending their workdays, with a similar need to relax and eat! The kitchen was fully visible and the intimacy of the restaurant was felt throughout. Once settled, it was time to recall what I knew of Peruvian cuisine, and learn more about 1111 which promised a novel twist on traditional dishes.

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#MiamiSpiceMonday – Lekoké Wine & Bites

By Melanie Galarce

There’s a common misconception that to take full advantage of the Miami Spiceculinary program the experience should be over the top, lavish, and slightly outside your comfort zone. However, I’m here to share an experience that was quite the opposite. You might already be fully aware that both Mitch and I are slightly biased to a small, understated, and slightly under-explored wine bar on 8th Street called Lekoké. We could write a four-page love letter to this quaint wine bar, with a collection of quirky, antique household items and a floor-to-ceiling collection of booze, but it’s the food, and, specifically, it’s Miami Spice-inspired menu that recently gave me a new reason to brag some more about this small gem.

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Foodie Friday

Although this was a short week, we’re so incredibly thankful that it’s Friday. Weekends can never come around fast enough. Do you guys have any fun foodie plans this weekend? We’re headed back to one of our favorite spots, Pinch, to go check out their acclaimed brunch. We can’t wait to share the experience with you in the next few weeks! In the meantime, we’ll leave you to celebrate another Friday with our foodie link pack. Enjoy!

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OCIO Italian Restaurant is Full of Surprises

By Mitchell Nover

I’ve recently been asked by a lot of different people what my favorite Italian restaurant in Miami is, a question I’ve struggled to find a decent answer to. Maybe it’s all the great variations on Latin food that we enjoy, but some other cultural cuisines (like Italian or Chinese) just aren’t as good as those that can be found in other cities around the country. We either get uber fancy and expensive or a little too cheap and kinda gross. Anyway, when recently visiting the newly-opened OCIO, I wasn’t exactly expecting to find an answer to the “favorite Italian restaurant” question.

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