Over the past year of blogging, we’ve gotten to meet some really cool people at different restaurant tastings and food-related events around town. We’ve enjoyed getting to know our fellow food bloggers and on the last Foodie Friday of each month, we’ll introduce some of them to you. We call them our #FoodieFriends!
Our first #FoodieFriends are Geoff Anderson and Dianne Rubin – better known as the dynamic duo behind Miami Food Pug. We love a good gimmick and these guys definitely have one! Who doesn’t love cute dogs, right? But, in all seriousness, Geoff and Dianne are more than just a pretty puppy face; they are super creative and have a really interesting perspective on the Miami food scene. We recently caught up with them over some traditional British pub food at The Seven Dials, one of their regular haunts, to get to know them a little better…
How did you get into blogging?
Geoff: I have a degree in communications (with an emphasis in journalism) so writing comes natural. I’m a digital marketer, too, so it comes with the territory.
Dianne: I started blogging while working for a local film and entertainment site called InfamousKidd.com. I initially helped them out at movie screenings and gradually I was asked to write movie reviews and then weekly pieces. The site evolved into ThisIsInfamous.com where I still write a daily column.
Describe your blog in three words.
G: Pugs. Food. Miami.
D: Miami. Food. Pugs.
What are your top 3 Miami restaurant/bar picks?
G: Currently, they would have to be The Seven Dials, Swine, and 180 Degrees at the DRB. They have been consistently good, particularly Seven Dials (which is practically our second home).
D: The Seven Dials, Chatime, Miami’s Best Pizza.
How do you stay informed about the Miami food scene?
Reading. We read a ton of local food websites including Short Order and Eater Miami. You also learn a lot just by walking around the city and exploring.
Which talent would you most like to have?
G: This isn’t so much of a talent, but I would like to have the ability to eat whatever I want without gaining weight. My metabolism isn’t what it used to be. ☹
D: Adoptive Muscle Memory, the ability to replicate movement after observation, like Monica Dawson on Heroes. Then I could do practically anything with very little practice.
Who is your favorite chef and why?
Chef Andrew Gilbert from Seven Dials. Everything that man touches is gold. The team at Seven Dials never fails to impress us – that’s why we are there every other day.
Other than Miami, what foodie city would you like to live in?
G: Chicago. We originally came up with the idea for MFP there and were impressed by the wealth of delicious food. They have everything from little hole-in-the-wall donut shops to Top Chef-caliber restaurants. It’s great, and I would probably gain 500 pounds if I lived there. #YOLO
D: NYC or LA. Both are such exciting cities that have just as many amazing high-end restaurants as they do awesome little hole in the walls and food trucks.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
G: Coffee, a good book and my bed.
D: Bubble tea, a large NY style pizza, a comfy bed, a big TV and a Netflix queue filled with good TV shows and movies.
If you only could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
G: The steak frite wrap at OTC.
D: Bubble tea.
What food trend are you most into right now and what food trend would you most like to go away?
G: The trend has been around for a while, but I love pop-up restaurants and bars. They are a great opportunity for chefs/bartenders to go out of their comfort zones and try something new. Most recently, I was extremely impressed by the Puerto Rican pop-up La Lechonera at Pubbelly. Keep them coming!
D: Chicken and waffles and pretzel buns need to go away. Far too many places are making chicken and waffles and doing it poorly. Pretzel buns make everything way too salty and are rarely buttery enough to counteract the saltiness. I think pretzels are best eaten as is.
What is your foodie motto?
G: “I just don’t want to look back and think, ‘I could have eaten that.’” – Anonymous/Geoffrey Anderson
D: “If you are what you eat, then I only want to eat the good stuff” – Remy the Rat, Ratatouille
What is your favorite thing about Miami?
G: There’s never a shortage of things to do or check out. Brickell, Wynwood, Coral Gables… Each neighborhood is full of opportunities to explore. There are no dull moments in Miami.
D: The weather and the great mixture of cultures and people in the city.
Cheers to our #FoodieFriends and their own great adventure around our city!
Mitch & Mel