I live in Midtown so Biscayne Boulevard is the friend I love to hate. Over the last few years I’ve seen it grow exponentially, but the food scene still yearns for more – with the exception of very few restaurants including Sabor a Peru. It’s safe to say that I have never made my way down 29th and Biscayne and found Sabor a Peru empty. The tiny Peruvian restaurant on the strip mall that sits on this street is consistently busy and ridiculously packed. Every time you go, you’re bound to find a wait (breakfast, lunch or dinner). However, I offer four words of encouragement: worth the damn wait.
Piyarat Potha Arreeratn (aka “Chef Bee”), Oishi Thai
Chef Bee was born in the small town of Ban Sankhohiang in Northern Thailand, on the Laos and Myanmar border. Atthe age of 18 he moved to the United States to study at the University of Central Florida in Orlando after which he decided to move to Miami to pursue his passion for cooking. Having no formal experience, he worked his way up the ladder, getting his start in the restaurant industry as a dishwasher, a busboy, and a foodrunner at several Miami area restaurants before landing a sushi chef position at Nobu. Since then, Chef Bee has not looked back and opened his own restaurant, Oishi Thai, in 2005 in North Miami. The restaurant – as well as Chef Bee – quickly became a favorite of diners and critics alike and has received a variety of accolades, including placements on the Miami New Times “Best of Miami” and CitySearch’s “Best Miami Thai Food” lists; a number one rating in the esteemed Zagat Guide; and three and a half stars from the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
We’re still trying to recuperate from Monday’s festivities here at #MMTM. We tend to be overachievers when it comes to food and booze, and St. Patrick’s Day always gives us a false sense of Irish entitlement. With that said, we’re thinking of seriously indulging in food this weekend – you know, to even out the damage.
We leave you with a few foodie links to discover.
We’re starting a new series this week on #MMTM that parallels our Chef’s Corner series. Aptly named Miami Tastemaker, this series will showcase the people in Miami who are sometimes behind-the-scenes but have equal culinary force as some of the more renowned chefs in our town. As Miami continues to experience a rising and promising food scene, these people are the drive behind some of our city’s most innovative food concepts.
As a lover of Ramen (and, no, I’m not talking about the microwave stuff we all used to eat in college), Momi Ramen had been on my radar for a while. Maybe it was the mixed Yelp reviews or the somewhat inflated prices, but for some reason the place just never made it to the top of my list. Subconsciously I think I didn’t want to be let down by another faux-Japanese restaurant in Miami. I mean, what’s with all the Thai-Japanese restaurants in this town anyway? Those cuisines and cultures have nothing to do with each other! But, I digress…
You made it to Friday! And the entirely good news is that this Monday won’t suck nearly as much as other past weeks because it’s Saint Patrick’s Day (a.k.a let’s all pretend we have Irish roots and drink insane amount of booze). We’re pretty much on board with all drinking holidays (responsibly, of course!) To celebrate the luck of the Irish, we’ve dedicated this week’s Foodie Friday to all things St. Patrick’s (and a few events taking place this weekend around Miami) enjoy!
The food truck craze seems to have hit a point of saturation. We see them everywhere and as Mitch mentioned here, it looks like the trend seems to have plateaued. So when I came across a food truck that actually caught my attention and had me inspecting the menu with utter detail, I knew I had hit turkey jackpot…. sans Thanksgiving.
Carlos Navarez, Head Chef, Imperia
Chef Carlos Navarez has been named the head chef at the newly launched Imperia Miami. The restaurant hosts a hybrid concept that caters to the hustle and bustle of Downtown Miami during business hours, but also offers the coveted nightlife experience that Miami is so famously known for. He was trained at the culinary program at Monroe College in Bronx, NY in 2004, and after a few years of culinary experience, Chef Navarez landed the lead Grill Chef at Peter Luger Steakhouse, which was acclaimed by Food Network at one point “Americas Best Steakhouse.” Other notable gigs for Chef Navrez include Lead Cook at David Burke & Donatella and Sous Chef at one of the top 5 grossing restaurants in America by Zagat, Blue Water Grill.
Fridays always make everything brighter and better. It’s the same way we feel about food. Food always makes life easier…tastier. Do you have any fun plans this weekend? We’ll be roaming the streets of our dear city in search of an awesome restaurant to share with you.
Here are a few links from around the web to get you excited.
Let’s be honest here people. Contrary to popular belief, Calle 8 is not a hotbed of modern culture. Sure they’ve got some historical mainstays (i.e. Versailles), artistic activities (i.e. Viernes Cultural) and even some up-and-coming hotspots (i.e. Azucar Ice Cream Company), but those are few and far between compared to the joyerias, check cashing stores and peluquerías. Now don’t get me wrong, I love me some Calle 8 (and don’t want any hate mail), but the perceived hub of Latin society in our city could use an upgrade.