On paper, the Miami New Times Iron Fork Miami Spice Kick Off is one of the elite culinary events on Miami’s social calendar. It combines the opportunity to taste signature dishes from dozens of local eateries, a cooking competition that features some of our city’s top chefs, a philanthropic partnership that brings awareness to child hunger, and, best of all, offers a sneak peek at some of the finest menus to be featured during the Miami Spice program. As foodies, we’ve attended the event in the past with differing experiences and relative mixed feelings, but were looking forward to attending this year’s bash – our first as food bloggers – with an open mind and new point of view.
Hey MMTM readers! Welcome to the first Foodie Friday of August, which means the beginning of the end for summer. The last few months will soon be a glittery memory of bbq’s and swimming pools. We here at MMTM are getting ready for some fall foodie adventures to share with you. In the interim, we urge you to enjoy the last few weeks of long daylight and summer food staples and will leave you with some fun links from around the web. Enjoy!
I think one of the true signs of adulthood is cooking for yourself. The process starts in college and consists of slapping a chicken breast on a George Foreman Grill and serving it up with some instant couscous (and that’s only when you actually muster up the willpower to take a night off from your favorite burrito joint, pizza place, or fast food spot). The next step, in your 20’s in your first apartment, is mastering the art of frozen ingredients that you buy in a cloud of excitement and awe while eating free samples for lunch shopping at Costco. Well, now that I’m making my way towards 30-something (32, to be exact), I strive to follow real recipes, make full meals from scratch, and use fresh ingredients from the local farmer’s market. So, when I heard about a cooking class at La Bottega Sociale Enoteca in Coconut Grove, I threw caution to the wind and set out to tackle the art of la cucina italiana.
Gabriel Orta, Co-founder, Bar Lab and Broken Shaker
Gabriel Orta has been working in the food & beverage industry for over 12 years. A great passion for the art of the crafted cocktail and its potential to transform experiences brought Gabe and, business partner, Elad Zvi together in 2009 to form Bar Lab. Soon after the duo opened Broken Shaker, first as a pop-up, where they creatively adapted of some of the world’s most classic cocktails into new and exciting concoctions, becoming nothing short of a phenomena – and a permanent fixture on Miami Beach.
Today we bid adieu to Foodie Fridays in July. Where has the summer gone? We’ve been busy on summer adventures, whether with food or travel, but we always manage to keep busy and bring you the best in eats – locally and abroad. We also hope you’ve enjoyed our Summer Giveaways…more to come, we promise! We’ll take this opportunity to give you a mid-year thank you for being so awesome to us these first few months of MMTM and leave you with a few fun foodie links from around the web.
Hey MMTMers, it’s time for the next installment of our series of summer giveaways! And, what says summer more than ice cream? Ice cream is a favorite of kids and adults alike to cool off on warm summer days, and to celebrate National Ice Cream Month this July we’ve teamed up with Nielsen-Massey Vanillas for a special giveaway centered around one of the hottest dessert trends of the summer: the homemade ice cream sandwich.
Welcome to the dogs days of summer. Where the humidity hates your hair and the rain comes without a flinch every day at 3 pm. These are the semi-dreaded summer days in Miami. It’s always hard to understand why the rest of America is so enamored with summer when the season for us is slightly miserable. Regardless of the incredibly dull routine of summer, we recommend taking shelter in your favorite restaurant or making it a point to discovery a culinary gem in your neighborhood. There’s always an upside! So while you plan your next restaurant rendezvous, we leave you with a few foodie links from around the web!
Kickstarter campaigns are ubiquitous nowadays. Veronica Mars is coming to a theatre near you and entrepreneurs everywhere rejoice that the Internet is making their dreams come true in increments of $5, $25 and $100. But, most importantly, the crowdfunding site is also to thank for Miami’s new bread master, Zak the Baker.
Bryan Canales, Radio Bar
In our innagural Behind the Bar post, we featured Ryan Goodspeed, Beverage Director of The Genuine Hospitality Group. Today, we are highlighting bartender extraordinaire Bryan Canales of Radio Bar in SoFi. His personality is much like what you’ll find at the bar: cool, relaxed, hip and so much fun. He’s a Miami native who has been with the Menin Hospitality group since it acquired Radio Bar, which has fast become a favorite among Miami locals. Read on to learn more about Bryan’s take on the bar scene as a Miami native, and why sharing an Old Fashioned with Abraham Lincoln would be right up his alley.