Holy Cao!

I have a confession to make: I know NOTHING about chocolate. I know that I like it and what my preferences are but that’s about it – there’s white, milk and dark and it tastes really freaking good. Is there more? Well, I should actually say that I used to know nothing about chocolate because my recent visit to Cao Chocolates in Kendall changed all of that. I purchased a chocolate tasting on Groupon without really knowing what to expect, really just looking for an excuse to gorge myself on chocolate for an evening. However, to my surprise, what I got was a brief yet informative beginner’s guide to training, led by owner/chocolatier Ricardo Trillos.

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Cozy Casabe

Brunch tends to be my favorite meal of the weekend. It’s the combination of breakfast (which houses my favorite food items) thrown in with some mimosas – we all know cocktails make everything better. It’s also the sad realization that Monday is looming and that the workweek is about to begin. The latter usually makes me want to max out the brunch experience and Casabe 305 Bistro had just the fix.

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Foodie Friday

We made it to the weekend and it’s Friday, Friday (think Rebecca Black.) Here’s another link pack that’s sure to keep you salivating and help lead you into Monday regret.

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Chef’s Corner – Aaron Brooks

Here at MMTM we don’t claim to be culinary experts. We love food, we love our city and we love to explore the best of both so we can share our impressions along to you, our readers. That said, sometimes it’s nice to get an insider’s opinion so we’ve enlisted some of Miami’s most talented and successful chefs to help us out. Twice monthly, we’ll be bringing you different chef interviews to provide a closer look inside the minds, and kitchens, of Miami’s best and brightest.

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MMTM Launch Party

As we mentioned during our first Foodie Friday post, we threw ourselves a little shindig last Friday night to celebrate the official launch of our new blog. We all know that in Miami people find any excuse to throw a party together, right? Our small gathering was a true love fest as we, along with our friends and family, enjoyed a tasting of some fine wines courtesy of Old Vines Wine & Spirits and snacked on some delicious guava cupcakes provided by Sweet Treats by Jacks. Take a look at the gallery below for a few highlights…

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Festival Falls Flat in Aventura

Last Sunday I had the opportunity to attend the first annual Aventura Wine & Food Festival held at Gulfstream Park. As a new foodie blogger, I jumped at the opportunity to discover some of the restaurant offerings up in North Dade County, outside the friendly confines of Coral Gables, Midtown and South Beach. With more than 50 restaurants and wines promised for exposition, I have to say I was genuinely excited for my Sunday Funday outing. Unfortunately, I have to report that the experience did not match the excitement.

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Foodie Fridays!

Happy Friday, Miami foodies!

Apart from scouring the streets of Miami for good grub, we’re also slightly addicted to the Internet. Yes, we’ve fallen victim to all sorts of Internet discoveries, trends and sensations.

We’re starting a new series on MMTM called Foodie Fridays. We’ll do a round up of the coolest things we’ve found online – all food related – and share with you as reading material to kick-off the weekend. We hope you guys enjoy reading these posts as much as we enjoy finding them.

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Eccentric Excellence

Timo’s at the Villa Mayfair has it all. From contemporary stylings to delicious food, this Coconut Grove restaurant features hip décor inside and out, a sleek bar with an extensive selection of wine, beer and cocktails, and a comprehensive and eclectic modern American menu. It’s kitschy, yet fashionable. It’s trendy, yet tasteful. I can only imagine that if it were located on South Beach and not in it’s semi-hidden spot behind the Mayfair Hotel it would be overflowing with throngs of foodie hipsters. Thankfully it’s not, and, at its heart, Timo’s is still a neighborhood joint; a new Grove favorite just for those in the know.

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GastroPub Growing Pains

Amidst the holiday buzz, we decided to check out Batch GastroPub, the latest restaurant to pop up in Brickell (two blocks south of Mary Brickell Village.)

I feel pretty confident in saying that this place is going through a tad bit of an identity crisis. I realize that a GastroPub is a fusion of high-end cocktails (mostly beer) and food, but there’s a consistency in that concept that I just didn’t feel at Batch. I’m not sure if its aim is to be a pub with its big screen TVs, a restaurant with its sit-down service and excess of tables, or a lounge with its DJ and loud music off to the side. I’m all for celebrating and embracing hybrid concepts and ideas, specifically a damn good GastroPub in Miami, but Batch feels like it’s trying to be a lot and ends up being nothing.

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T&C Taste Test: Dinner vs. Brunch

To dine or to brunch, that is the question… OK, so maybe it’s not the question (a la Hamlet), however often times when a new restaurant opens it can be hard to decide when to first go: for dinner or for brunch.

I recently experienced this very serious dilemma when Tongue & Cheek arrived on the South Beach scene earlier this year. So, of course, I did what any logical (?) person would do and visited on back-to-back days – Friday night for dinner and Saturday morning for brunch – thanks to two great Gilt City tasting menu deals.

Below are my thoughts as to which experience is more worth your while:

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