Foodie Friday – Fourth of July Edition

It’s America’s birfffday, peeps! It’s also a national holiday for bbq, lemonade and all the usual summer suspects. And, what’s a birthday without birthday cake? So on this patriotic edition of Foodie Friday, we want to wish America a Happy Birthday and leave you with a few ideas from around the web to make this an extra festive foodie holiday. Enjoy!

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Tapas That Raca!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I am a tapas tyrant traditionalist. I’m willing to admit that I may take my love of tapas to the extreme sometimes, but after having lived in Spain and fallen in love with all things Spanish it’s just a guttural reaction at this point. I’m all for the “small plates” trend, but if you’re gonna call yourself a “tapas” restaurant, you better have your duende on point. Anyway enough with the therapy session, my point with all this is that when I heard this past March that the team behind the extremely popular and super innovative Eating House was going to open a tapas joint in MiMo my brain just about exploded with a plethora of mixed emotions.

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Miami Tastemaker – Jessica Sanchez

Jessica Sanchez, Chef/Owner, LOBA
This week in our Miami Tastemaker series we highlight a restaurateur who’s the mastermind behind the recently opened (last Friday!) MiMo restaurant, LOBA. Jessica Sanchez is the 28 year old who has single-handedly made this restaurant a reality. From designing the logo and menu, to physically ordering décor and hiring the staff in conjunction with the FIU school of Hospitality, Jessica has done it all.

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Foodie Friday

We’re exactly one week away from Fourth of July Friday. A long weekend looms close by and gets us all sorts of giddy. We’re well into summer and life always tends to slow down when the sun sets at 8 o’ clock, the kids are out of school and we spend most of our time outdoors. Summer is just pretty badass. Something else that kicks major butt? Our MMTM Summer Giveaways! Check back on the blog soon as we’ve got some great freebies coming your way. In the meantime, enjoy a few fun foodie links from around the web!

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REDBAR – The Unsung Hero

Amongst the hustle and bustle that is Brickell, with its never-ending construction, noise and South American buzz, Red Bar stands quietly and unassumingly across from Mary Brickell Village. If you’re not on the hunt for a great cocktail, you’ll miss it. It’s a very small space with dim lighting that resembles the set of a 1980s party. The whole place brings about a sense of nostalgia to the days of neighborhood bars, were locals ruled and unpretentiousness was a must.

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Foodie Travel Planning with Yonderbound

If you’re like us, planning a vacation is usually based on two important factors: where to eat and where to sleep. Once these bookends are established, the rest of the itinerary somehow seems to fall into place. So, when we were asked by Yonderbound, a new travel planning and booking tool, to take a look at their website we thought it was a great opportunity to try and bring together our love of food and travel.

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Foodie Friday

Welcome to another edition of Foodie Friday! We’re in the midst of summer and our sincere hope is that you’ve given up on your bathing suit diets and are fully indulging in summer favorites like BBQs and popsicles. Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? We’ll be laying low and searching for a refreshing summer spot to share with you while Miami shows off to all the summer tourists. We leave you with a fun pack of foodie links – enjoy!

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Two favorite words: Chocolate Fashion

Chocolate Fashion: a small pastry gem that serves breakfast and lunch daily. Whether you’re enjoying a menu of gourmet offerings or a customized cake of delectable taste, Chocolate Fashion is Coral Gables’ artisanal bakery and restaurant, which unassumingly puts everyone else to shame.

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Chef’s Corner – Ryan Harrison

Ryan Harrison, Chef de Cuisine, Taperia Raca
New Jersey native Chef Ryan Harrison always had a hunger for impeccable food. At an early age, he set forth on a mission to become an influential part of the restaurant industry and has been on quite a remarkable culinary journey in the process. A graduate of CIA, Chef Harrison has worked alongside and received guidance from some of the country’s best chefs, including Chef John Besh, Chef  Michael Mina, and Chef Jason Cichonski.

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Foodie Friday

It’s finally Friday and this weekend we have extra reason to celebrate. This Sunday is Father’s Day and we get to cheer on all the awesome Dads in our lives. It goes without saying that there’s no such thing as a party without food. Since Dads are the face behind the grill, and grilling is a staple of summer, this Foodie Friday is dedicated to – you guessed it – all things summer grilling. We hope you have an amazing weekend with Dad and, most of all, that you bond and indulge over food! Enjoy!

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