It’s officially the last Friday of September. We’re Fall lovers over at MMTM headquarters, even though we don’t have changing seasons, the Fall has always been our favorite. Something that makes us even more excited about this time of year? All the amazing restaurant openings that are lining up and taking over our city. From Midtown, to Miami Beach and the Gables, it seems that hot spots are popping up everywhere and we can’t keep up! Do you guys have any favorites that you’re dying to try? We’re particularly stoked about Seagrape and Campania. Most importantly, we can’t wait to check them about and tell you all about them. But in the interim, check out our Friday link pack to get you excited about the weekend!
First things first; this post is not about a lemonade stand. The title is a metaphor for what happened to me the other night when I was met with a change of dinner plans that turned into a great, unexpected dining experience. So, let’s start at the beginning…
Fabio Viviani, Chef/Culinary Personality/Restaurateur/Cookbook Author, Siena Tavern Miami
You know him and love him from Bravo’s Top Chef, but Fabio Viviani is more than just a sexy Italian accent, killer smile, and charming personality. Yes, he appeared on two seasons of the hit culinary competition show, was named “Fan Favorite,” and even starred in his own spinoff show, Life After Top Chef, but Chef Fabio has possessed a passion for food since his childhood, growing up in Florence, Italy.
Happy Friday everyone! Are you all as excited as us that we survived this week? And when did it become September 19? Time went by way too fast, and we’re now in the full midst of football season which we non-apologetically will say is our favorite time of year. Yes, Mitch and Mel love football almost as much as they love food. There’s so much to see on TV and so little to do other than plop on your couch on Sundays and pig out on all things bad for you. That pretty much sounds like our kind of party. So we encourage full indulgence during football season, but in moderation (kinda, sorta.) The one thing we do encourage fully is that you read our foodie link pack below and have an amazing weekend!
When one thinks of Cuban food in Miami, Ocean Drive doesn’t not immediately come to mind as a go-to destination for an authentic meal. Ocean Drive may actually be the antithesis of anything authentic in Miami as it’s better known for tacky establishments that target the throngs of tourists that visit our fair city every day. As the Miami culinary scene continues to grow, the gap is widening between trendy and quality cuisine, with focus returning to the classic Cuban joints of Little Havana (e.g. El Exquisito, El Rey de las Fritas) as well as a new crop of modern takes on Cuban restaurants (e.g. Finka Table and Tap, Bread + Butter) that are popping up all over Dade County. Well, Larios on the Beach, an Ocean Drive mainstay since opening in 1992, is working hard to bridge that gap by recently debuting a new menu and new look to attract tourists and locals alike to its beach-front digs.
Are you “hungry like the wolf?” What about the she-wolf? LOBA’s head she-wolf, Jessica Sanchez, and her team of Lobavores have been wowing diners since opening in MiMo a few months ago and has partnered with MMTM to offer you the exclusive chance to win a taste of her new Gastropub hotspot!
Big ups to you for making it through the week. Few things are as sweet as Fridays and the possibilities that lie ahead of the weekend. Do you have any fun plans scheduled this week? We’re reading this book before the movie comes out and it’s all sorts of amazing, so we’ll probably hang out near a pool and soak up some sun while we finish the book. Do you have guys have any cool plans this weekend? We’ll leave you with a foodie link pack that will maybe help you brainstorm weekend plans! Enjoy.
In Miami we don’t do anything half-assed. We go big, or we go home. For instance… We don’t have one measly restaurant week; we have Miami Spice, a two-month promotion showcasing the very best of Miami cuisine! We don’t limit ourselves to one spa month; Miami Spa Month lasts for two months, despite its name! We don’t host just any old food or art festivals; we host the South Beach Wine & Food Festival and Art Basel Miami Beach! We don’t have normal economic downturns; we launch all-out fiscal crises, especially when it comes to real estate booms and busts! (OK, so maybe that last one wasn’t the best example.) And finally, we don’t just do your run-of-the-mill pub or restaurant crawls; we do tapas journeys!
Labor Day usually marks the end of summer and we’re cool with that. We’re actually cool with anything that promises to bring cooler weather back to Miami, which has been particularly hot these last few weeks. The end of August always seem slow and stagnant, but we’re excited about the Fall, which we subconsciously attribute to new beginnings and the start of the much anticipated holiday season. So while we dream about cooler days and Christmas (we’re about 120 days away), we leave you with a fun foodie link pack to enjoy before the weekend!