Hey there foodie friends, we’ve made it through what has felt like an eternal week with these gloomy Miami days and non-stop rain. We’re so excited that the weekend is here, even if the weather persists we’ll at least get to grub on some take-out and snuggle in bed while watching Netflix. In the meantime, we leave you with a few fun foodie links from around the web to lighten things up a bit! Enjoy.
By Mitchell Nover & Melanie Galarce
For a second year in a row, Pubbelly Noodle Bar (1418 20th St, Miami Beach) has partnered with The James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project to raise awareness for and benefit the project’s mission of healthy and sustainable cooking. This year the series will feature an all-female chef lineup of guest chefs serving up their Summer Burgers from June 5th (today) through August 3rd. Guest chefs include: Susan Ungaro, President of The James Beard Foundation, Roxanne Vargas of NBC 6-in-the-Mix, Alejandra Cangas of The Hungry Post, Chef Lorena Garcia, Chef Michelle Bernstein, Chef Ingrid Hoffman, Chef Dena Marino, Chef Janine Booth, and Laine Doss* of the Miami New Times.
By Melanie Galarce
On March 1, the team at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne opened their newly renovated oceanfront restaurant, Lightkeepers (455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne). With modern, beachside décor, Lightkeepers aims to bring to life the history of Key Biscayne. Executive Chef Raul A. Del Pozo crafted an inviting menu influenced by the local fresh seafood and the fertile soils of the Florida Keys. A few weeks ago, Mitch and I were treated to a sneak peak of the newly launched menu and indulged in a tasting that left us dreaming of an endless escape by the sea.
You guys, where has the time gone? June is here and so is the sweltering heat and humidity that accompanies the summer months in Miami. Good thing for us, there’s plenty of foodie fun to partake in – mostly in the comfy confines of the air conditioned indoors. On that note, check out our round-up below for the best of the Miami food scene this month. Enjoy!
By Caitlin Marino
As a staple in the Coral Gables culinary scene and having recently expanded to a second location in the ever-growing Downtown Doral area, Bulla Gastrobar (5335 NW 87th Ave, Doral) is pushing to the forefront with a new, exciting offer to make Mondays the day you look forward to the most. “Que? Who looks forward to a Monday?” you say? Ladies and gentlemen, I present: Noche de Lechón. Yes, a night specifically dedicated to honoring Miami’s favorite dish, and – how I like to think of it – a reward for surviving the hardest day of the work week.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend, foodies! Do you have any fun plans for the holiday? Mel is off to Spain for the weekend and Mitch is basking in the sun to get the perfect tan as he’s also heading to Europe in the next few weeks. We hope you all have a great holiday and officially kick-start summer with a trip to the beach and indulge in tons of summer food like hot dogs and hamburgers. In the meantime, we hope you get some time to cool off, spend time with your loved ones and drinks tons of lemonade (or beer)! We leave you with a few fun foodie links from around the web and wish you a great, long holiday weekend. Enjoy!
Kiko Suarez —
Host, Que Riko con Kiko
Roberto “Kiko” Suarez is the host of Que Riko con Kiko, an in-depth look of delicious food to enjoy. The segment airs every Friday on Telemundo 51’s 5AM, 6AM, and 11PM hours, as well as on NBC 6 every Tuesday at 11:30AM. A larger-than-life Cuban teddy bear, Kiko brings everything “riko” (i.e. good, delicious, and fun) to your TV, featuring hot restaurants, menu items, chef interviews, and pure awesomeness. He also also produces the Emmy-nominated A la Carta with Mariana Rodriguez, which highlights some of the best restaurants and cuisine in South Florida.
In celebration of National Burger Month this month, Kiko has always partnered up with the folks at Pinch Kitchen to develop his own burger collab. Kiko’s burger will be available all week this week (through Sunday) for lunch and brunch alongside the classic Pinch Burger.
By Melanie Galarce
Via Emilia 9 Ristorante Italiano (1120 15th St, Miami Beach) is a charming Italian restaurant on South Beach that offers authentic regional cuisine – all ingredients are imported from Italy with the exception of fruits, vegetables, flour and eggs. This modern, yet rustic and charming place has received notoriety from some of our faves like Anthony Bourdain who said, “the pasta at Via Emilia is much, much better than good.” It’s that kind of testimony that goes a far way in our little foodie book and gets us excited about our growing foodie community in Miami.
Hi foodies, hope you had a great week and are celebrating that it’s Friday! Do you have any fun plans this weekend? We’re so excited that Memorial Day is just around the corner although we’re sorta, kinda dreading that it marks the official start of summer, which means unbearable weather for us in Miami. We hope you have a summer getaway lined up that involves the beach for some cooling down and, of course, tons of summer food to sabotage your summer bod, haha! We leave you with a few fun foodie links from around the web and wish you an awesome weekend!
By Mitchell Nover
Poké restaurants have been popping up all over Miami for the past year or so. It’s a bubble that’s bound to burst, but the new PÓKEBAR (1558 S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables), across from the University of Miami campus, seems to have staying power. The first sign is the fact that the restaurant is owned and operated by a 21-year-old college student. Yes, Cristian Marquez opened a damn restaurant while still studying for a degree. Overachieve, much? The second sign of POKÉBAR’s potential for longevity is Cristian’s clear concept and dedication to quality product. He’s not just out to make a buck; this is his dream, and it comes through in the food. That means in sourcing his fish, he aims to use the best and most sustainable raw fish he can find while still maintaining a reasonable price point. This philosophy also extends into all areas of the restaurant’s offerings – from produce to sauces.