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.
Earlier this week we sat down with Mr. Miami for a few drinks and bites at Ball & Chain – in one of his favorite Miami neighborhoods, Calle Ocho. Marvin kept us entertained with all sorts of interesting Miami anecdotes and gave us new reason to go out and explore a few local spots unbeknownst to us. We chatted with Miami’s unofficial ambassador about his favorite Miami restaurants, pick for most notable chefs and why he loves this city so much. Read to learn more!
What is your favorite thing about Miami?
It would have to be the cultural diversity. So many different peoples living together, sharing traditions and foods.
What are your top 3 Miami restaurant/bar picks?
Top 3 restaurants: Michaels Genuine, 27 and Garcia’s on the river.
Top 3 Bars: The Broken Shaker, The Regent Cocktail Club and Ball & Chain…and any bar at The Thompson Hotel. (I like to drink)
Which Miami neighborhood best personifies you?
That’s a good one. I would have to say all of them because I’m cool like South Beach, edgy like Wynwood, and real like Little Havana.
Other than Miami, what foodie city would you like to live in?
Honestly, I’m not sure I would be able to live in another city but, if I absolutely had to, I think it would be Chicago. I was just there and thought it was pretty awesome.
How did you get into blogging influencing?
I wanted to show that there is so much more to Miami than south beach and highlight the cultural diversity that makes our city so unique.
Describe your blog social media posts in three words.
Informative – Exciting – Miamense (very Miami like or being of Miami)
How do you stay informed about the Miami food scene?
I’m lucky enough to call some of Miami’s top chefs and culinary media expert’s friends and I just bug them about all the new chismes (gossip) going on. Basically, soy bien chismoso!
What is your foodie motto?
What are some of your non-food-related hobbies?
I love to travel, I really enjoy the great outdoors and playing sports like basketball and futbol (soccer) and spending time with family and friends.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A sunny day, sitting at the edge of one of the Stiltsville houses on Biscayne Bay, with a cold MG Home Brew in my hand and my wife and friends by my side.
Which talent would you most like to have?
The talent of never getting full and never gaining weight. Is that too much to ask?
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
One thing for the rest of my life?! That’s not funny guys!
Who is your favorite chef and why?
There are a couple but, Chef Jimmy from 27 probably has one of the best stories to culinary “stardom”. From waiter, to line cook to now head chef at one of Miami’s best and most popular restaurants. Very proud to call him a friend and if you haven’t had his cooking, you must try it soon! He does an incredible job at bringing home cooking style to Miami Beach.
What food trend are you most into right now and what food trend would you most like to go away?
- Love locally sourced ingredients.
- I could do without “deconstructed” dishes.
Do you cook? If so, what’s your favorite dish to prepare?
I make a mean PB&J!
Cheers to our #FoodieFriends and their own great adventure around our city!