When you think about happy hour at a Mexican restaurant, what images come to mind? For me, it’s usually eating bottomless chips out of a sombrero, 2×1 pitchers of margaritas (made with a mix, not fresh), and some tacky mariachi music blasting in the background. In a word, cliché. Well that all changed for me after a visit to Porfirio’s on South Beach.
This past Friday, a gaggle of our friends, family, and followers joined us to celebrate our one year blogiversary. It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year already, and what a delicious year it’s been! We can’t thank you enough for all the support you’ve shown us over the past year as Mitch and Mel Takes Miami morphed from a speck of an idea in our brains into the creative outlet and true labor of love that it has become.
Happy New Year foodies! We’ve officially made it to 2015 and we’re super excited to see what’s in store for us in the year ahead. But, before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we wanted to take one final look at the foodie year that was 2014. Our first year of blogging was a blast and here’s a recap of some of our favorite bites, sips, and overall discoveries.
In my time, I’ve been lucky enough to experience a myriad of tastings. I’ve done my share of wine sipping in Napa and I worked for a liquor company that allowed me the opportunity to do tastings abroad with everything from rum and vodka to whisky. #blessed
However, when Mitch and I got a special invitation to check out our new neighborhood coffee shop, not only to see the space but also to participate in a cupping coffee session, I burst with excitement. Coffee tasting was a first for me and I was stoked.
It was All Hallows’ Eve in Miami and on a quiet street in Wynwood amongst dark warehouses and closed art galleries, people were gathering for a social dining experience known as Dinner Lab. With a menu created and prepared by Chef Andrew Gerson, Brooklyn Brewery’s mad culinary scientist, the party guests were in for a scary meal… Scary good that is!
Beautiful Miami weather, good beer, fresh, local food, a delicious meal. What do all these things have in common? Besides combining to make a perfect Sunday Funday, they describe my afternoon yesterday at Paradise Farms in Homestead where Brooklyn Brewery mashed up with the team from The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions for Dinner on the Farm.
Halloween is one of Miami’s most eclectic and eccentric nights on the event calendar, and with this year’s festivities falling on a Friday it’s sure to be an extremely frightful (and hopefully fruitful) affair. With just under 10 nights to go until witching hour, we’ve put together a quick round-up of some of the Magic City’s spookiest spots for you to wine and dine the night away. Read on for a variety of specials, set-menus and other special treats for the occasion.
In Miami we don’t do anything half-assed. We go big, or we go home. For instance… We don’t have one measly restaurant week; we have Miami Spice, a two-month promotion showcasing the very best of Miami cuisine! We don’t limit ourselves to one spa month; Miami Spa Month lasts for two months, despite its name! We don’t host just any old food or art festivals; we host the South Beach Wine & Food Festival and Art Basel Miami Beach! We don’t have normal economic downturns; we launch all-out fiscal crises, especially when it comes to real estate booms and busts! (OK, so maybe that last one wasn’t the best example.) And finally, we don’t just do your run-of-the-mill pub or restaurant crawls; we do tapas journeys!
Amongst the hustle and bustle that is Brickell, with its never-ending construction, noise and South American buzz, Red Bar stands quietly and unassumingly across from Mary Brickell Village. If you’re not on the hunt for a great cocktail, you’ll miss it. It’s a very small space with dim lighting that resembles the set of a 1980s party. The whole place brings about a sense of nostalgia to the days of neighborhood bars, were locals ruled and unpretentiousness was a must.
Miami oenophiles, listen up! This Thursday Soho Beach House is hosting the first ever National Verdejo Day in conjunction with Spanish Wines of Rueda. Verdejo, which is a variety of wine grape that is grown in the indigenous Rueda region of Spain, was initially used to make Sherry-like wine but over the years evolved into a fresher style of white wine. The Verdejo wines are known for being dry and soft with great character and aroma. We’re pretty convinced Verdejo will make it to heavy rotation on our choice of refreshing summer drinks. Although the Verdejo concentration varies per wine, Rueda’s top category of wine, Rueda Superior, must contain at least 60 percent Verdejo; the very best wine is 100 percent Verdejo. Have we mentioned we like our drinks strong?