It’s the end of the month and we’re continuing our Foodie Friends series that kicked-off last month by highlighting another Miami foodie that we simply adore. Her name is Cassie Glenn, and she’s the driving force behind Yelp Miami. She’s a Colorado transplant that made her way to Miami for college and once done, decided to stick around our sunny neck of the woods.
A few weeks ago, we met Cassie at Uvaggio in Coral Gables; it’s the coziest wine bar on Miracle Mile with live music that set the scene for a laid-back night of wine, good food and even better company. Read on to learn more about Cassie’s love of food, travel and of course, Yelp!
What is your favorite thing about Miami?
The cultural diversity! After living in Spain for a year, I wanted to return to America without actually feeling like I’m in America… Miami was the only place that can give me the best of both worlds!
What are your top 3 Miami restaurant/bar picks?
Oh boy… Bulla for the great food and even better beer sangria, Bombay Darbar because I love Indian, and Ortanique because I can always count on a satisfying meal (and mojito).
Which Miami neighborhood best personifies you?
South Beach because it’s fast paced, never boring and has a little something everybody can relate to.
Other than Miami, what foodie city would you like to live in?
Boulder, CO because it’s a super cool town with very innovative chefs and restaurants touting a heavy emphasis on the local factor. Also, I really miss Tex-Mex and mountains!
How did you get into blogging Yelping?
When I first moved to Miami, I found myself relying on Yelp to lead my friends and I to not just restaurants, but mechanics, hairdressers and even house cleaners. I started as an intern back in 2009 and once my internship was over, I stayed active on Yelp as an Elite member in Miami, NYC and Madrid! The community manager role was always my dream job.
Describe Yelp Miami in three words.
Useful, Fun, Evolving.
How do you stay informed about the Miami food scene?
Twitter! I follow all of my favorite local publications on there like the New Times, Miami.com, Edible South Florida, and, of course, food bloggers. Also, just word of mouth. I’m always talking about food in Miami!
What is your foodie motto?
“People who love to eat are always the best people” – Julia Child
What are some of your non-food-related hobbies?
Anything to stay active whether that’s through running, paddle boarding or going to the gym. I also love to travel and support my Miami Hurricanes!
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A European picnic-style spread of cheese, charcuterie, dark chocolate and a bottle of wine with good company.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Teleporting so I would never have to deal with Miami traffic or fighting to find a parking spot.
If you only could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
What a depressing question! I guess I would go with sushi because I don’t seem to ever tire of it.
Who is your favorite chef and why?
Chefs are my A-list celebrities and we have some great local personalities! I’m smitten by Chef Aaron Brooks’ Aussie demeanor. Every time I see him out cooking, he appears to be having a great time! Oh yeah, his food is pretty tasty, too.
What food trend are you most into right now and what food trend would you most like to go away?
I’m into chef collaboration dinners that seem to be popping up on the regular. It’s cool to witness that sense of camaraderie in the restaurant community. I’d be fine seeing the “small plate” concept start to fade. I’m all for authentic Spanish tapas but I feel like too many other restaurants are making it difficult to decide whether you’re supposed to order multiple small plates or regular-sized meals!
Do you cook? If so, what’s your favorite dish to prepare?
I love to cook when I can! I make a mean chicken enchilada dish with some homemade guac.
Cheers to our #FoodieFriends and their own great adventure around our city