At the beginning of the year, we set out on a mission to introduce you to some of the food bloggers/writers/lovers that we’ve been lucky enough to meet at different restaurant tastings and food-related events around town. After months of bringing you insights into the origins of their foodie favorites and fanaticism, we realized that we haven’t really given you the opportunity to get to know us like you’ve gotten to know them. So, for our final #foodiefriends post of the year, we bring you Mitch & Mel: #BFFs (Best Foodie Friends).
Everybody loves PK Banks. He moved to Miami from NYC almost 2 years ago, leaving behind the world of investment banking to start Meme Menu, a restaurant discovery app and restaurant mobile publishing platform that uses the power of images and curated content to make dining decisions easy.
Sara Liss is a Miami-based freelance journalist, who has pretty much done it all. She has worked as a journalist in the Middle East, reporting for the Associated Press Jerusalem Bureau and Time Out Istanbul, she was the co-founder and editor for UrbanDaddy Miami, and she regularly contributes articles related to the Miami dining and design scenes to local and national publications. She has been published in Miami Modern Luxury, 944 Magazine, The Miami Herald, miami.com, Florida Travel + Life, Home Magazine, and About Travel, among others. She’s also the co-founder of the Saffron Supper Club, a roving pop-up dinner club exploring the food and culture of the Middle East.
We’ve only actually met Nick Pena once, although it feels like we’ve been friends for a while. That’s because Nick (aka Nick on the Radio) has been gracing our airwaves for years as part of the Mack with Nina and Nick show on Y-100. Then, when we got into the food blogging game, we started to see Nick around a lot of the same events we were attending. That’s because Nick has a second alias – Nick the Food-e. Needless to say, the guy’s got a lot going on, so it was very nice of him to make some time out of his busy schedule to meet with Mitch at The Rum Line for this month’s edition of #FoodieFriends.
On this edition of #FoodieFriends we’re indulging in the world of Hedonist/Shedonist. We recently met up for a Miami Spice dinner at Toscana Divino with Ari Kane, who co-founded the fun-loving blog with Daniella Veras. While they’ve recently grown their team to include stories from like-minded collaborators, on this night it was all about Ari.
On this month’s edition of #FoodieFriends, we’re highlighting one of our favorite Miami influencers, Marvin Tapia also known as Mr. Miami Marvin. Marvin has aptly become Mr. Miami for very good reason, he’s consistently well informed on all things sunny and bright in Miami, documenting the latest trends in food, music and culture. Apart from his cool demeanor, Marvin is indicative of “curiosity meets cool.” He documents his adventures across our city on both his Twitter and Instagram accounts for our viewing pleasure. Marvin is the equivalent of a real-time feed of Miami’s most happening events, always in the know of the best restaurant openings, specials and of course hidden gems.
Santiago “Santi” Cardona is a name you might not know, but you should. As a writer (see Miami Culinary Tours, Haute Dining), baker (check him out on Instagram and at Buttercream Cupcakes & Coffee), and restaurant industry veteran (having worked at Lokal and Kush), he’s pretty much a renaissance man of the Miami food scene. Most importantly, however, Santi is just an all around nice guy and we couldn’t be more thrilled to share some insights into his background and Miami food picks with you in this month’s #FoodieFriends interview. May also happens to be Santi’s birthday month so be sure to wish him a happy belated!
In our fourth installment of Foodie Friends, we’re highlighting one of our favorite food blogs, RandoMiami and the fun, charismatic gal behind the blog, Katy Coffield. We’ll preface her Q&A by stating that this 25-year-old knows how to have a good time and keep you well entertained. When we caught up with Katy earlier this week, we laughed, we drank, we ate, and then we laughed some more. We enjoyed drinks at Ball and Chain, and after having cocktails as appetizers, we somehow justified making our way to dinner at the ice cream mecca Azúcar where we all indulged in some Abuela Maria.
Who doesn’t love Miami, right? For all of us who have the pleasure of calling the Magic City home, we often find ourselves saying “Thank You, Miami!” Well, our latest #FoodieFriend says that pretty much on a daily basis with her blog, wait for it… #ThankYou Miami.
With a focus on fashion, food, travel, and, of course, Miami, Margarita Wells has been publicly thanking her city for the past two years. Through her writing, she hopes to inspire others to live for the moment and celebrate the wonderful features our city has to offer. Sounds pretty good to us!