This past week we had the pleasure of attending VeritageMiami’s Craft Beer and Fine Wine Tastings. The annual event brings together a who’s who of more than 3,000 wine, beer, spirits and food lovers from all across South Florida along with top sommeliers, notable chefs, prestigious wineries, winemakers and breweries and an impressive lineup of auction lots all to benefit the South Florida community via United Way of Miami-Dade, which supports programs in our community that are focused on improving the education, financial stability and health of our residents. Here’s a quick recap of our food and drink filled adventures…
Wynwood is now ubiquitous with coffee shops, restaurant and hipsters. It has become the destination for urban art and sidewalk poetry. Few things surprise us in the neighborhood that brought eccentricity and culture to our beloved city, so when we ventured to BrickHouse we expected another dive bar, with okay drinks and a bar menu that we thought would leave a lot to desire. But that’s what we love about this neighborhood, it continually proves us wrong. So when we tried a myriad of drinks that were both innovative and flavorful we were impressed, but it was the food at this self-proclaimed “Drinking Den” that knocked it out of the park.
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Once upon a time, I visited Batch Gastropub in Brickell and was a bit skeptical after my dinner. At the time, the restaurant had just opened and I’m widely aware that this sometimes means there will be a few quirks to fix after opening day. It takes time to get into a rhythm that works for both the staff and the customers.
After moving to Miami I naturally started to get lots of visitors from up North, but there was one annual guest that I always looked forward to receiving more than any other – my grandma, Mimi. She had been making the yearly winter pilgrimage from New Jersey to South Florida for years, but now that I was around she would take time out of her itinerary for me to pick her up in the beachside town where she was staying in Palm Beach or Broward to drive down to Miami Beach and spend the day together. We would go to the movies (for nap time), nosh on tongue sandwiches at the now defunct Jerry’s Famous Deli, and just enjoy our quality time together. She would tell me stories of her days as a young woman during WWII when she spent a summer on South Beach with her friend working at the war office on Lincoln Road and eating banana sandwiches.
Forgive us for waiting until Wednesday to post our recap, but it took a few days to digest all that took place during this year’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival – literally and figuratively!
SOBEWFF weekend can be a foodie’s dream, but it is also a tough nut to crack. Strategy is key; make use of your personal connections, find free events, take advantage of online discounts and deals, and pick one or two big ticket items to splurge on. #somuchtoeatsolittletime
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.