Foodie Friday

Hey foodies! We’ve made it to another Friday and another weekend to celebrate all things life (and food, of course). Is anyone getting ready for Halloween? Can you believe we’re about two weeks out? We’re so pumped to dress up, but more importantly to eat wayyyy too much candy and satisfy our sweet tooth. We hope you have some fun fall plans this weekend that include a very good meal and an even better glass of wine (or other preferred sin). In the meantime, we leave you with a few fun foodie links from around the web. Enjoy!

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Graziano’s: The Gold Standard for Argentinean Cuisine

By Melanie Galarce

Graziano’s has long been recognized locally as the “gold standard” for Argentine steak and cuisine. With several locations in Miami including Bird Road, Brickell, Coral Gables, and Hialeah, this is the steakhouse that consistently delivers top-notch quality food and has been a staple in our community for quite some time. I hadn’t visited in a while so when we got an invite to check our their Coral Gables location (394 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables), Mitch and I jumped at the opportunity to revel in a good steak meal. 

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Peace, Love & Hogfish at Chef Michael’s in Islamorada

By Mitchell Nover

Despite the lack of power and A/C that many Miamians had to deal with after Hurricane Irma, all things considered, our city fared pretty well during the storm. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for our neighbors to the south in the Florida Keys. It’s been tough to hear about the destruction they faced, however the good news is starting to trickle in and, as of October 1st, the island chain is officially back open for business and happily welcoming visitors and tourists. Of course there’s still a lot of work to be done, and considering The Keys are a special place for a lot of us up here in Miami, it’s important that we do our part to help stimulate the local economy.

So, here I am, trying to do my part by recommending a great discovery I made on a trip down to Islamorada back in July in the hopes that you’ll soon make a visit. Chef Michael’s (81671 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada) is a New American seafood restaurant that serves up polished dishes in an upscale, island-style setting.

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Foodie Friday – Local Edition

Hi foodies, October is here! And what a relief it is to be done with September… This last month was a tough one, what with Hurricane Irma and its effects here in South Florida, in the Keys, and across the state. Not to mention the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where many of our friends and family live, and the earthquake in Mexico, which also touched many of our loved ones. That said, we’re moving forward, onwards, and upwards, and there’s a lot to be thankful and look forward to. An extension of Miami Spice through the end of October, for one. There’s a lot going on this month in Miami, including a number of ways our foodie community is coming together to help those still in need. For all that and more, check out our monthly round-up of local foodie news below. Enjoy!

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Shooters Steps it Up

By Santiago Cardona

Those familiar with the pre-2014 iteration of Shooters Waterfront (3033 NE 32nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale) remember the concept as one of bikini-clad parties, lots of alcohol, and somewhat sub-par bar food. While a concept such as that one is always fun (who in South Florida doesn’t love beach-themed parties?!), quality of the menu tends to suffer, as most creative resources are allocated to making sure people are having fun. February 2014, the more mature Shooters Waterfront opened under new ownership and renovations. Along with some stunning visual changes, the menu became more refined and upscale. It was quite the drive for me coming from Miami, but I was delightfully surprised with what I sampled.

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Miami Spice Monday: Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar

By Mitchell Nover

#MiamiSpiceMonday in October, you ask? Well, thanks to Hurricane Irma, the GMCVB has decided to extend the restaurant program through October 31st as part of the #MiamiNow campaign with the goal of celebrating the best of Miami’s tourism industry and offer an unprecedented value for visitors and locals alike. And here at MMTM headquarters, we’re celebrating even more because that means we still have time to share one of our favorite Miami Spice experiences year in and year out, courtesy of Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar (11510 SW 147th Ave, Miami).

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Foodie Friday

Happy Friday, foodie friends! Can you believe we’ve officially made it to the end of September? How and when did that happen? Although we won’t lie and express our sincere gratitude that the month has come to an end (considering we had disruptions like Irma and we saw our friends in Puerto Rico and Mexico go through some really tough times) it feels bittersweet that we’re coming to the end of 2017. But there’s always good news to celebrate! In our case, the extension of Miami Spice in Miami until the end of October – heck yes! We’ll continue our #MiamiSpiceMonday series as well so that you can keep considering your options, but in the meantime we leave you with our Friday link pack and wish you an amazing weekend!

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Brunch Bonanza at Bird & Bone

By Melanie Galarce

Do you guys remember that time that Mitch told you all about dinner at Bird & Bone? The restaurant, a self-proclaimed contemporary countryside farmhouse, offers soulful Southern cuisine through locally sourced ingredients from independent farms and organic butchers (so you feel a bit less guilty about the indulgent meal). Mitch might have told you all about the dinner, but on a rather steamy Sunday morning, I ventured to Bird & Bone’s home at The Confidante (4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach) for brunch and was equally as impressed by the quality of the menu.

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Miami Spice Monday – Villa Azur

By Mitchell Nover

One of the (many) reasons I love the Miami Spice program is that it gives Miami foodies permission to step out of their comfort zones and experience restaurants that they might not visit on a regular basis. Once you break down the wall of price obstacles, suddenly other taboos fall by the wayside as well. Such is the case with my recent trip to Villa Azur (309 23rd St, Miami Beach). The chic French-Mediterranean restaurant and lounge is a place where people go to see and be seen, and that, in general, is not my regular scene. However, emboldened by my new Spice season sensibilities, I decided to give Villa Azur a shot, even if only for the people-watching.

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