Eating House, it has been around for a good solid year, and I finally made it a point to check it out (delayed reaction on my end). I made reservations for a group of girlfriends (get ready to make a nice line out the door otherwise) and sat down promptly at 8pm on a Friday night.
We finally made it! It’s the weekend and a holiday weekend at that. Sunday is Mother’s Day and we want to take a moment to wish all the amazing, brave, adventurous women who also happen to be mothers (hardest job in the world) a special shout out and virtual hug. Seriously, you all rock. Have an amazing weekend and enjoy a few food links from around the web and a list of restaurants that are having cool Mother’s Day brunches, if you’re a terrible procrastinator!
Despite being one of the southernmost cities in the country, Miami is not what you’d consider a true part of the “dirty South.” Miami is much more of a blend between Latin America and the Northeast, a rare city whose identity has nothing to do with its geography. That said, the Southern food trend has been going strong here for years now, with both upscale takes and down home joints popping up all over town. The newly-opened Brother Jimmy’s BBQ in South Miami has found a place somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, offering up serious Southern-style barbeque fare in a relaxed, yet clean and classy environment.
Over our first few months of blogging, we’ve introduced you to Miami Tastemakers and secured you exclusive reservations at the Chef’s Corner. Today, we kick off a new series that takes you Behind the Bar with some of our city’s best bartenders. Just as our city’s culinary scene has grown more diverse over the past few years, so has the cocktail culture. No longer solely a hotbed for overpriced, oversized, and downright nasty drinks (I’m looking at you, Ocean Drive), the Magic City now boasts a plethora of fine drinking establishments from the sophisticated cocktail club, to the craft beer hangout, to the hipster wine spot, to the underground dive bar. So, step up and pick your poison #MMTM readers… Cheers!
Happy May, MMTM readers! Monday is a big, big day for all people who know nothing about Mexico and too much about drinking. That’s right, it’s Cinco de Mayo. We feel pretty confident that Miami has made this a sacrilegious holiday because we peeps like to booze in the 305. That said, this Foodie Friday is dedicated to all things booze, why not? Enjoy and mentally prepare for next week!
What’s better than a delicious plate of food with an ice-cold beer? Well, Brewery Ommegang has developed a whole culinary competition based on a firm belief that great beer deserves great food. Now in its third year, the nationally acclaimed HopChef event nurtures and celebrates the beer and food-loving community, and this Monday visited our fair city for the first time ever as part of an eight city nationwide tour.
We’ve discovered a culinary shopping gem and the moment we found it, we knew we had to blog and share it with you. EVOOBOTTEGA, EVOO which stands for Extra Virgin Olive Oil, is the first olive oil tasting store in Miami. As a Miami native, the concept seemed brilliant (I’ve never seen anything like it) but after some research it seems like they’re all over the US – even Florida!
Hope you all had a great, productive week because it’s now officially Friday and the weekend kicks off. In fact, it’s the last Friday of April and we’d give you a big spiel about how 2014 needs to slow down and take it easy, but we’ll save you the lecture. What we’ll do instead is share some of our favorite food finds from around the web and wish you a fun, indulgent weekend!
I know what you’re gonna say… “Do we really need another Latin-Asian fusion restaurant?” If I’m being honest we probably don’t, especially in downtown Coral Gables where there are at least 10 different Sushi, Latin or fusion options to choose from. But, whether we want them or not, they just keep popping up – the latest being Ikura Sushi Lounge, located in the middle of “Restaurant Row” (aka Giralda Ave.). Now, don’t be fooled, Ikura is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. I recently had the opportunity to check it out, and this place is putting up a serious fight to make a name for itself and stand out from the crowd.
Alan Hughes, Chef/Owner, The Embassy of Well Being and Debauchery
The passion for food has been inherent in Alan Hughes since childhood; from the early beginnings working as an apprentice with Argentina’s premier chef Francis Mallmann to the international kitchens of Europe and the Americas. Never one for conformation, Chef Alan is always on a quest for continuous education, learning new trends and techniques along the way. Chef Alan recently opened The Embassy of Well Being and Debauchery, a gastropub located in Buena Vista East just north of the Design District. However, Chef Alan is more than just a chef extraordinaire with mad catering skills. He’s also a wine aficionado, world traveler, international man of mystery, fierce rocker, singer-songwriter, guitar player, artist and overall extreme character.