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!
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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
Hi foodies! We hope you had an amazing week, but aren’t you glad it’s all over and you have Friday to celebrate? We sure are. We can’t wait to savor the last few days of summer, which in Miami feel especially nice. We’re dreaming of the day when we finally start to feel a bit of relief with a light breeze and a drop in humidity. And you know what gets us even more excited? Outdoor dinning, of course. While we start piling up the options for Miami’s upcoming perfect “fall” weather, we leave you with a few fun foodie links from around the web!
By Mitchell Nover
While many restaurants boast a Mediterranean title, most usually focus on one specific area such as Greece, Spain or Italy. Panarea Mediterranean Sea Grill (11052 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami Shores) – named after the second smallest island of the Aeolian chain of volcanic islands in Italy and considered the heart of the Mediterranean – is bucking that trend by offering patrons a true representation of Mediterranean cuisine with dishes from southern Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel and northern Africa.
By Melanie Galarce
We’re back to regular programming here at MMTM headquarters and hope that you and your loved ones are all safe after Hurricane Irma.
Remember that time we told you all about Fooq’s (1035 N Miami Ave, Miami), the quaint and posh (yet unassuming) little spot in Downtown Miami, and their dinner and brunch offerings? Recently, I headed back to this little spot to check out their Miami Spice menu and I’m here to tell you, you’ll want to pay a visit before the end of the month too.
Hi foodies! We took some time off earlier this week for obvious reasons with Irma making an unwanted appearance in our beloved Miami. We’re slowly, but surely trying to get back into our regular programming and it’s our hope that you too are starting to find some normality in your routines. Most importantly, we hope that your families and your homes were spared from any harm.
Some people like to talk bad about our city, but we like to think that we’re the best in the country. No one is really from Miami, and yet we’re all from the Magic City. We come together to help each other regardless of nationality, language, age, etc. We’re there for each other in tough times and we rebuild. And what’s even more impressive is that this all happens with the magic of a cafecito or a pastelito. We wouldn’t change home for any other place in the world and we’re just lucky to share it with foodies like you! We leave you with a few fun foodie links from around the web to help you plan for a much better weekend than the last. Enjoy!