It’s the most wonderful time of the year…! Wait, maybe that’s Christmas. Anyway, although the song may be referring to something else, for us Miami foodies, Miami Spice is most definitely one of the most anticipated occurrences on our calendars. It’s a magical time when Miami’s best restaurants offer up mouth-watering promotions consisting of three-course meals at reduced prices ($23 for lunch; $39 for dinner) that showcase the very best of Miami cuisine.
Did you know that August this year had five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays? The next time that the 2014 calendar repeats itself is in the year 2025, so we’re going to play freaky superstitions around here today and assume you’ll be doing something extraordinary to celebrate an event that won’t happen for another 11 years. We’ll even play devil’s advocate and say you should leave your diet behind and celebrate the last hurrah of summer with all sorts of guilty indulgences. Why not? But before you go all foodie frantic on us, enjoy our round up of fun links to kick-start the weekend.
Taylor Hicks, Owner/Creator, Taylor’s Ultimate Gourmet Sauces
Taylor Hicks was born and raised in Miami amongst a family of wonderful, talented cooks that is truly representative of our city’s gastronomic melting pot. His paternal grandfather, an Idaho native with a palate for Italian food, married a Peruvian woman of English descent. His grandmother created her own cookbook, and starting in college, his father begin to use it as his culinary inspiration. The book was recently published and handed down to Taylor. Taylor’s maternal grandparents were from Georgia and North Carolina and were excellent cooks specializing in Southern dishes. His grandfather also loved preparing Italian food, and perfected many dishes while visiting Italy. Inspired by how these different influences of cooking has brought his family together, Taylor created Taylor’s Ultimate Gourmet Sauces, a line of sauces and salad dressings that blend the Southern cooking of his mother’s family with his father’s Peruvian influence.
Happy Friday MMTM readers! We’re so excited for the weekend, especially since this was quite the week for us all in Miami with school kicking back into full gear. Parents rejoiced, kids mourned and life for those of us that kept working all summer long basically got a little more hectic with the insurmountable amounts of back-to-school traffic. We know it will take a few weeks to get back into full school gear, but in the meantime, we leave you with a fun foodie links to spruce up the weekend! Enjoy!
If you’ve ever been to a baseball game, and even if you haven’t, you’ve probably heard the famous 7th Inning Stretch song, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, in which there’s a line that says “Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks…” Back in the day – the song was written in 1908 – that was the food of baseball, but in more recent times attending a baseball game has become much more of a full-blown experience and, of course, food plays a major role in that. From specific concessions like Boog’s Barbecue at Baltimore’s Oriole Park at Camden Yards (home to the Orioles, and my personal favorite) and Ben’s Chili Bowl at Nationals Park in DC, to classic items like the Fenway Frank at Boston’s Fenway Park and the Dodger Dog at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, most Major League stadiums now have their own food identity. Here at home, in its third year of existence (and under the skilled management of sports and entertainment restaurateur juggernauts, Levy Restaurants), Marlins Park’s culinary line up is knocking hits out of the park and, as an avid baseball fan and food lover, when I got the invite to visit for a tasting tour of the stadium my response was a no-brainer.
Food can bring some of life’s great pleasures. For us, it provides a reason to gather with family and friends, allows us to explore cultures and flavors different from ours, and serves as a creative outlet from the doldrums of daily life. That said, food is not always our friend. We’ve all heard the famous saying, “You are what you eat” and, in a perfect world, we could eat whatever we want, whenever we want. Unfortunately, in today’s day and age of processed foods, dietary restrictions, and a seemingly endless list of potential allergies, that’s just not the case.
We’re officially now midway through August and, guess what? We made it through another week. Fridays really are the best. Do you guys have any fun foodie plans this weekend? We’re hoping to catch the new foodie film, The Hundred Foot Journey because let’s face it: Spielberg, Oprah and food make for a damn good combo. Helen Mirren doesn’t hurt either. We confess, we rarely make it to the movies these days, but we know summers are the home of blockbuster films. Any cool movies you’ve seen? Perhaps this weekend should be dedicated to dinner and a movie. If you decide to take us up on the recommendation, let us know how it goes, but first enjoy our fun foodie link pack below!
As we mentioned during our last Foodie Friday post, one of our other loves, apart from food, is film. When we can indulge in both simultaneously, we find ourselves giddy with joy. That was the case with The Hundred-Foot Journey, the new Walt Disney and DreamWorks film by a few producers you may have heard of; do Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey ring a bell?
Dena Marino, Chef/Partner, MC Kitchen
Chef Dena Marino debuted MC Kitchen in Miami’s Design District back in 2012. The cuisine speaks to her rustic Italian approach, showcasing modern techniques through the use of seasonal organic ingredients, house-cured meats and sausages as well as house-made cheeses and pastas. Hailing from Aspen, she was celebrated for her work at the hot spots D19, Ellina and Ajax Tavern, and has received accolades from the likes of Aspen Magazine, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Gourmet, and Wine Spectator. She has also appeared on a number of food TV shows, most notably as a challenger to Masaharu Morimoto on Iron Chef America.