Big Easy Winebar & Grill is a Delightful and Delicious Discovery

By Mitchell Nover

When’s the last time you had a hankering for some good, old fashioned South African food? If you’re like me, that answer is never. Well, that is, until I dined at Big Easy Winebar & Grill (701 S Miami Ave, Miami). Adding another random twist is the fact that the Big Easy concept is inspired by Golf-icon Ernie Els. That’s right, the name comes from his nickname — no South African-Creole fusion happening here. Anyway, confusion aside, once you step inside the Brickell City Centre restaurant, you’ll be greeted by warm wood tones, an extremely friendly and helpful staff (more on that later), an unpretentious yet sophisticated vibe, and a culinary experience that is most definitely unique and unlike anything else you’ll find in the current Miami food scene.

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Foodie Friday – Local Edition

Hi, foodies! In the immortal words of Justin Timberlake:

That’s right, we’re almost halfway into 2017 and inching closer and closer towards the quiet (and oppressively hot) Miami summer months. But, that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty of action taking place in our local food scene. Don’t believe it? Well, just check out our monthly news round-up below and see for yourself. Enjoy!

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Point Royal Reigns in Hollywood

By Mitchell Nover

Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is a pretty regal man. Not only is he a Food Network noble, but everything about him just has an air of stateliness about it — from his style to his slow and steady speech cadence. Anyway, all of this is to say that there’s no surprise his new venture at the Diplomat Beach Resort, Point Royal (3555 S Ocean Dr, Hollywood), personifies that same majestic vibe, offering guests a classically elegant look and an elevated dining experience.

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FIREHOUSE MRKT PRESENTS: TANDEM, BY TRICILO

By Sophia Costabal

Question: What’s the best way to celebrate the fact that Miami is going to be getting its very own European-style food market?

Answer: By launching a three-part collaborative dinner series leading up to the grand opening; in the very location of the market-to-be!

Miami’s historic Fire Station No.2 will soon become the FIREHOUSE MRKT (1401 North Miami Avenue, Miami), featuring two restaurants, a cafe bakery, a salumeria and a dispensa (aka a tapas bar), among other things. Yes, that is a lot of Spanish inspired fare. Why? Because this passion project is the vision of the chefs behind the Spanish hit restaurant Triciclo, Javier Goya and Javier Mayor, who also happen to be opening a new restaurant, TANDEM by Triciclo, inside FIREHOUSE MRKT this September.

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Foodie Friday

Happy Friday, foodies! We made it through yet another week, and there’s a ton of food and fun awaiting us this weekend. Mel is in Colombia, while Mitch and team hold down the fort here in Miami. Do you guys have any fun plans? While Mel enjoy her arroz con coco, you might find us around town at MKT in Wynwood, The Avenue pop-up at the Midtown Garden Center, Les Dames d’Escoffier Tropical Brunch at Pinecrest Gardens, or Lekoké Sunday Brunch at, you guessed it, Lekoké. We hope to see you some of you around! In the meantime, check out our Foodie Friday link pack below. Enjoy!

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Miami Tastemaker – Dorothee Rubin

Dorothee Rubin —
President,
Les Dames d’Escoffier, Miami Chapter

A passionate international entrepreneur, Dorothee Rubin enjoys the success and challenges of diverse businesses. Throughout her career she was worked as a developer/builder, farmer, USDA food producer, art dealer, culinary historian, culinary arts instructor, and as an enthusiastic volunteer in multiple charities. In addition to all that, she splits her time between Miami and Paris (along with her husband), was a childhood friend of Julia Child (!!!), and now serves as President of the Miami Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, an international, invitational service organization comprised of professional women in food, beverage, farming, and hospitality whose goals are education, advocacy and philanthropy.

The Miami chapter’s dynamic membership includes bakers, caterers, chefs, consultants, cooking teachers, farmers, food stylists, home economists, journalists, publicists, restaurateurs, retailers, specialty purveyors, and winemakers. This Sunday, they will be hosting their 9th Annual Tropical Brunch at Pinecrest Gardens featuring a stellar lineup of Dames caterers, chefs, hospitality teachers, farmers, and restaurants owners. Tickets are still available and cost $50 per adult and $25 for young adults, ages 10-16 years old. Children under 10 are free.

Before you enjoy Sunday’s brunch, learn a little bit more about Dorothee below…

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Good Old Yardbird

By Melanie Galarce

You’ve probably heard of a little known restaurant in South Beach by the name of Yardbird Southern Table and Bar (1600 Lenox Avenue, Miami Beach) as the accolades have amounted since the establishment opened up in 2011. The fresh and inventive (yet authentic) take on Southern cuisine has kept the restaurant with a never-ending waiting list and awards that range from James Beard finalist to Bon Appétit’s 50 Best New Restaurants. We tend to forget how lucky we are to have this little gem, but I’m here to give you a friendly reminder that it’s time to head back.

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Foodie Friday

Welcome to this week’s edition of Foodie Friday! We’re so excited that the weekend awaits and that we’ll have some down time to relax and eat at leisure. Maybe we’ll make a beach visit and odds are we’ll be cheating on our diets a time or two. April is slowly coming to an end and the summer feels like it’s just around the corner. Do any of you have any fun summer plans? Apart from eating tons of ice cream, we’ll be working on a few fun things we can’t wait to share with you over at MMTM. In the meantime, we leave you with a few fun foodie links from around the web. Enjoy!

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Dashi at River Yacht Club Dazzles with Delight

By Caitlin Marino

There’s something exquisite about the simplicity of Japanese cuisine.  Maybe I say that because layers of excessive toppings or sauces aren’t needed to create refreshing, soul-filling food? Less is more when it comes to this cuisine. Thankfully for Miamians, we have Dashi (401 SW 3rd Ave, Miami) to shine in on our city’s ever-growing culinary playing field. Tucked away inside River Yacht Club, the 80-seat restaurant offers spectacular river views and dishes so impeccably presented you’d think it was art.

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Spring Break Brunching at Brasserie Azur

By Mitchell Nover

If you’ve ever been to the South of France, you know it’s a very unique experience. From Nice to Marseille to Saint-Tropez, the Côte d’Azur, the cities feel more like small beach towns that are somehow able to both offer feelings of casual comfort and ultra luxury. Brasserie Azur (3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami) is a great representation of that vibe, bringing a taste of the French Riviera to Midtown Miami.

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