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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The wheels on the bus go round and round

I embarked on the Miami Brew Bus tour on a Sunday Funday with boyfriend in tow and high expectations. The absolutely perfect 70-degree weather gave us false hopes that we were invincible and that a full day’s consumption of beer would somehow be justified. Needless to say, we drank too much beer (responsibly, of course) and were right in thinking our day of playing tourists in Miami would be a total hit.

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Chef’s Corner – David Sears

David Sears, Executive Chef, Sushi Samba Coral Gables
A while back, we shared with you guys the amazing experience we had at Sushi Samba Coral Gables. With a glowing review, we decided to further explore the magic behind the kitchen and have a Q & A with Chef David Sears, who’s leading all culinary efforts at the new Coral Gables hotspot. Sears may be the new head honcho in charge, but he’s no newbie to the culinary world. He’s an established chef who’s led the team at Temple Orange at the Ritz Carlton Palm Beach as Chef de Cuisine and was crowned winner of the reality TV chef series, Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell on the Food Network; all this among a series of other well-deserved accolades under his belt.

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Hog Heaven

Since I first heard about the Cochon 555 event a few years ago, I’d dreamt of the day that I would have the opportunity to sample the succulent swine selections served up by Miami’s best chefs. Well, last night my dream became a reality as I checked another item off of my foodie bucket list. The Kosher kids might not agree, but this Jewish boy was most definitely in hog heaven.

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February’s First Foodie Friday

We can’t believe it’s February already, which means MMTM has officially been in business a whole month – eek! Where does time go? Thanks for tuning in for a whole 4 weeks. Here’s to hoping you join us on a journey of pure gluttony and love for our beloved Miami!

Here’s a round-up of our favorite food articles around the web…

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