Foodie Friday

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.

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Lekoké is A-OK

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.

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Dinner at The Dome

The Dome is a quiet, quaint and unassuming spot in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Miracle Mile. If you’re not looking, you’re bound to miss it. The concept is based on sustainability, and it is the first and only LEED Certified restaurant that you’ll find in Coral Gables. To go along with its green accolades, The Dome hosts an impressive menu of Latin fusion cuisine and bespoke cocktails. When visiting The Dome, you’ll find menus on iPads and a plethora of weeknight specials (think Wednesday’s Art Night with a selection of $5 bar bites or Karaoke Fridays with $1 champagne for the ladies and reverse happy hour, among many more.)

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Foodie Friday

Kids, that’s a wrap for February. Can you believe that tomorrow is March 1st? WTF! For our friends up north that means spring might finally come to the rescue. For us in Miami, that means we can officially start thinking beach and summer, and even better, summer food! Perhaps we’re being a tad bit premature, but in no time our weather is bound to get really, really warm. We’ll try not get ahead of ourselves, and maybe hone in on March holidays like St. Patricks Day, where we find an excuse to drink green beer for our non-Irish ancestors. In the meantime, here’s link of fun foodie links around the internet.

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Chef’s Corner – Nina Compton

Nina Compton, Chef de Cuisine, Scarpetta
A native of St. Lucia, Chef Nina Compton has trained in French, Caribbean and Italian kitchens (and she’s also a  fellow Sandals alumna). She has worked under renowned Chef Daniel Boulud and now lives in Miami where she is the Chef de Cuisine for acclaimed chef Scott Conant at Scarpetta at the Fontainebleau on Miami Beach. A self-proclaimed “gnocchi queen,” Nina always keeps Maldon salt, good olive oil, lemon, calabrese chilies, and either pancetta or guanciale on hand. Nina strongly believes one should enjoy the moment whenever they are cooking, a belief that was recently put into practice during her time on Bravo’s hit cooking competition show, Top Chef. Nina did Miami extremely proud, coming in as the first runner up as well as being named the show’s “Fan Favorite.”

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Sandwiches & Sweets: My First SOBEWFF

Since moving to Miami eight years ago, I’ve wanted to attend the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, but always found an excuse not to go. Too touristy, too crowded, too expensive. Maybe I was just scared of my own daunting perception of what I thought it would be. Well, regardless of all that, this year the excuses finally ran out. I’m now part of a dynamic food blogging duo and it would just be flat out wrong not to cover South Florida’s largest, and arguably one of the nation’s most important culinary celebrations, showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. The time had finally come to see what this shindig was all about.

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Foodie Friday

This weekend, Miami becomes the country’s food Mecca. The South Beach Food & Wine Festival makes its way to our hood and locals flock to celebrate. We suggest getting mentally prepared for the myriad of food events that will take over our city. There’s really no better way to get to know a city than through its food and its people, and because this event brings the best of both world’s together, Miamians should rejoice in bliss. Caution: the festival is a foodie’s paradise and our diet’s worst nightmare.

Here’s our round-up of the coolest food articles roaming the Internet…

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Say, Cheeeeese!

She’s hot, steamy and going around town…serving delicious, cheesy creations. Ms. Cheezious is one of the many food trucks that have taken over the Miami Food Truck scene in the last few years. A little sexier and more risqué than your other cheesy food truck selections, this Ms. offers a variety of bold flavors in unexpected combinations that leave you wanting more.

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Teaching Tapas

For those of you who know me personally, by now you know that I’m a major Hispanophile (read: I have an obsession with Spain). I lived and studied in Spain and, if I’m being honest, I would move back in a heartbeat (well, maybe I’ll wait for the economy to turn back around). However, until I’m able to make my way back to the madre patria, I’m always on the lookout for new Spanish restaurants and experiences and recently found one: Personal Tapas Cooking Classes!

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Valentine’s Day Foodie Friday

It’s the day of love, and this Foodie Friday is dedicated to all things Valentine’s. It’s a day of glory for American consumerism…and love.

At MMTM, we like to hibernate at home with our significant others, as we’re a tad bit hesitant of the long waits and pre-fix menus. That said, our cynicism allows for it all: cheesy Valentine’s Day cards, the L-word and the infestation of all things red and pink. We’re also lucky enough to spend this day with people we truly love and can’t imagine life without (moment of mushiness.) So here’s to champagne, cheese and lots of chocolate!

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