It’s a Colombian Party at Pueblito Viejo

By Mitchell Nover

Colombians know how to throw a party (if you were at, saw any pictures of, or heard any stories about Mel’s wedding in Cartagena, you know). The team at Pueblito Viejo (8285 SW 40th St, Miami) is no different, offering up a truly unique Miami experience and an amazing cultural find in Miami if you’re open to exploring outside of your comfort zone. That first look inside is certainly something you’ll never forget; it’s extreme sensory overload with with tchotchkes literally hanging from the ceiling. But once you get over your initial shock, start bopping to the Latin pop tunes, laughing along with the live troubadour roasts/performances (I think I was referred to as a Harry Potter look-a-like, which, complement appreciated), and give yourself over to the sweet smells of fried Colombian food, you realize you kind of never want to leave.

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Graziano’s: The Gold Standard for Argentinean Cuisine

By Melanie Galarce

Graziano’s has long been recognized locally as the “gold standard” for Argentine steak and cuisine. With several locations in Miami including Bird Road, Brickell, Coral Gables, and Hialeah, this is the steakhouse that consistently delivers top-notch quality food and has been a staple in our community for quite some time. I hadn’t visited in a while so when we got an invite to check our their Coral Gables location (394 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables), Mitch and I jumped at the opportunity to revel in a good steak meal. 

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Peace, Love & Hogfish at Chef Michael’s in Islamorada

By Mitchell Nover

Despite the lack of power and A/C that many Miamians had to deal with after Hurricane Irma, all things considered, our city fared pretty well during the storm. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for our neighbors to the south in the Florida Keys. It’s been tough to hear about the destruction they faced, however the good news is starting to trickle in and, as of October 1st, the island chain is officially back open for business and happily welcoming visitors and tourists. Of course there’s still a lot of work to be done, and considering The Keys are a special place for a lot of us up here in Miami, it’s important that we do our part to help stimulate the local economy.

So, here I am, trying to do my part by recommending a great discovery I made on a trip down to Islamorada back in July in the hopes that you’ll soon make a visit. Chef Michael’s (81671 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada) is a New American seafood restaurant that serves up polished dishes in an upscale, island-style setting.

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Shooters Steps it Up

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.

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Miami Spice Monday: Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar

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).

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Miami Spice Monday – Villa Azur

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.

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Enjoy A Taste of the Mediterranean Coast at Panarea Mediterranean Sea Grill

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.

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Miami Spice Monday: Fooq’s

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.

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