Since we’ve passed the Memorial Day mark, we feel pretty confident in saying that summer is officially in full gear. All Miami natives know that summer is almost unbearable and A/C is a definite must. So when we find refreshing treats to cool us under the summer sun, we like to spread the word. That’s the case with Robeks new smoothie menu items called Spa Inspired Creations.
Despite being one of the southernmost cities in the country, Miami is not what you’d consider a true part of the “dirty South.” Miami is much more of a blend between Latin America and the Northeast, a rare city whose identity has nothing to do with its geography. That said, the Southern food trend has been going strong here for years now, with both upscale takes and down home joints popping up all over town. The newly-opened Brother Jimmy’s BBQ in South Miami has found a place somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, offering up serious Southern-style barbeque fare in a relaxed, yet clean and classy environment.
What’s better than a delicious plate of food with an ice-cold beer? Well, Brewery Ommegang has developed a whole culinary competition based on a firm belief that great beer deserves great food. Now in its third year, the nationally acclaimed HopChef event nurtures and celebrates the beer and food-loving community, and this Monday visited our fair city for the first time ever as part of an eight city nationwide tour.
We’re huge coffee fans at MMTM and admittedly drink one too many cups of coffee a day. When we heard Nespresso was having a coffee tasting tour across the country with a stop in Miami to promote their new VertuoLine product, we got all giddy. This last Sunday, we headed over to their first stop in Miami at Aventura Mall to see what the buzz was all about.
Last week MMTM was invited to an intimate Flor de Caña rum tasting and food pairing in the cool and understated SoFi bar, Radio. What started off as a pop-up bar in early 2013 has transformed into a local favorite, beaming with craft cocktails and laid-back ambiance. With dim lighting, home décor, and a pool table to keep a friendly game going, Radio has become one of Miami’s hidden libation gems.
Let’s be honest here people. Contrary to popular belief, Calle 8 is not a hotbed of modern culture. Sure they’ve got some historical mainstays (i.e. Versailles), artistic activities (i.e. Viernes Cultural) and even some up-and-coming hotspots (i.e. Azucar Ice Cream Company), but those are few and far between compared to the joyerias, check cashing stores and peluquerías. Now don’t get me wrong, I love me some Calle 8 (and don’t want any hate mail), but the perceived hub of Latin society in our city could use an upgrade.
Since moving to Miami eight years ago, I’ve wanted to attend the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, but always found an excuse not to go. Too touristy, too crowded, too expensive. Maybe I was just scared of my own daunting perception of what I thought it would be. Well, regardless of all that, this year the excuses finally ran out. I’m now part of a dynamic food blogging duo and it would just be flat out wrong not to cover South Florida’s largest, and arguably one of the nation’s most important culinary celebrations, showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. The time had finally come to see what this shindig was all about.
I embarked on the Miami Brew Bus tour on a Sunday Funday with boyfriend in tow and high expectations. The absolutely perfect 70-degree weather gave us false hopes that we were invincible and that a full day’s consumption of beer would somehow be justified. Needless to say, we drank too much beer (responsibly, of course) and were right in thinking our day of playing tourists in Miami would be a total hit.
Since I first heard about the Cochon 555 event a few years ago, I’d dreamt of the day that I would have the opportunity to sample the succulent swine selections served up by Miami’s best chefs. Well, last night my dream became a reality as I checked another item off of my foodie bucket list. The Kosher kids might not agree, but this Jewish boy was most definitely in hog heaven.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner we’ve put together a quick round-up of some of the Magic City’s most romantic spots for you to wine and dine your special someone. Whether you’re looking for a flashy option on South Beach, something more classic in Coral Gables or just a fun night out for the single ladies in Brickell, we’ve got you covered. Read on for a variety of specials, set-menus and other special treats for the occasion.