You Win Some, You Dim Sum

By Mitchell Nover

Phuc Yea (7100 Biscayne Blvd, MiMo) is the brainchild of husband and wife team, Chef Cesar Zapata and Aniece, of The Federal fame. But, did you know, that Phuc Yea was actually their first restaurant collaboration? That’s right, the Viet-Cajun concept (yes, you read that right) was born back in 2011 as Miami’s first pop-up restaurant, and now this true labor of love is back in full-force with its own permanent space and an innovative Vietnamese inspired, Cajun influenced menu that is “phucking” fantastic.

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Foodie Friday

Cheers, foodies! Here we are again to greet a much-awaited Friday, and what’s even more exciting is that it’s not just another #TGIF moment, but rather the official weekend of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. The entire MMTM staff has assignments ready to go and we’ll have coverage for you of all the foodie happenings taking place this weekend. We hope you’ve also planned to check out one of the foodie events taking place around South Florida, but in the rare case that you haven’t, you can live vicariously through our social channels! While you get SOBEWFF prepped here are some fun links from around the web to kick things off. Enjoy!

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South Pointe Tavern Meets South Beach

By Melanie Galarce

South Pointe Tavern  (40 South Pointe Drive, #109, Miami Beach) is a self-described cozy cocktail bar that serves a myriad of spirits, craft beers, and wine. Along with your drink of choice you can enjoy small bites, ceviches, charcuterie, and more. The South of Fifth tavern offers a corner wrap-around terrace and an indoor area with exposed-brick walls to cool off during the warm Miami winters.

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Chef’s Corner – Roberto Dubois

Chef Roberto Dubois —
Executive Chef,
Vagabond Kitchen and Bar

Chef Roberto Dubois became passionate about food by learning to cook from his grandmothers and working as a teenager in his father’s restaurant. He learned the art of butchering and the finer aspects of organic gardening, which led him to later open his own restaurant. He enrolled in culinary school in El Salvador where he graduated as Valedictorian of his class. After graduating, Chef Dubois traveled around the world learning different types of cuisines, continuing to gain experience through stints at restaurants like Juvia, Makoto, Juniper on the Water, Klima, and Azul at the Mandarin Oriental. Since June 2016, Chef Dubois has brought his talent to Vagabond Kitchen and Bar, where he focuses on giving guests quality food with the freshest ingredients and aims to enhance the MiMo district with amazing food, drinks and ambiance.

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Foodie Friday

Happy Foodie Friday! We hope you all had an amazing Valentine’s Day with your SO or an equally great day if this year you celebrated with friends, or even better yet – solo. Now that we have the holiday under our belt, we’re getting psyched about all things South Beach Wine & Food Festival, which kicks off next week and makes us think twice about the amount of food that we consume as human beings (we tend to outdo ourselves every year). While we hit the gym in prep for our next foodie holiday, we leave you with a few fun foodie links from around the web. Enjoy!

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Lolo’s Surf Cantina Lands in Miami

By Melanie Galarce

Lolo’s Surf Cantina is a restaurant located South of Fifth (161 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach) spearheaded by chef/partner Richard Ampudia who has been nicknamed “the Godfather of Mexican Street Food.” Neatly tucked away on the corner of the newly renovated Stanton South Beach, Lolo’s Surf Cantina serves Mexican food with family-style plates and a gastropub feel.

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Bird is the Word at Bird & Bone

By Mitchell Nover

At The Confidante Miami Beach, Bird & Bone (4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach) is the latest brainchild from Chef Richard Hales (of Sakaya Kitchen and Blackbrick fame). Designed to highlight the best of the American culinary landscape, the menu reflects the heart and soul of traditional country cuisine with locally-sourced ingredients from independent small farms and organic butchers that illuminate Chef Hales’ passion for Southern dining.

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Foodie Friday

Happy Friday, foodies! Can you believe we’re already in mid February? We hope you’re having an amazing 2017 and are enjoying tons of foodie adventures. With that said, have you made Valentine’s Day plans with your significant other? Remember to check out our restaurant picks for this year while you still have a few days to lock in a reservation. In the meantime, we encourage to savor another glorious weekend in South Florida and we leave you with a few fun links from around the web to get you in the mood for some grub. Enjoy!

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MMTM’S 2017 VALENTINE’S DAY PICKS

For all of you food lovers out there, we’ve got the perfect poem for you:

“Roses are red, pizza sauce is too. I ordered a large, and none of it’s for you.” 

– Anonymous

OK, so while we’re sure many of you wouldn’t hesitate to spend a nice, quiet evening home alone with a large pizza, some of you may be looking for a slightly more romantic Valentine’s Day dining experience this year. If so, you’re in luck because we’ve rounded up some great V-Day options for your perusal below. Whether you’re looking to impress your loved one with a fancy dinner, head out to a bar with your best girls or guys, or anything in between, Miami’s got you covered this year. Enjoy!

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Dolphin Mall Culinary Tour

Words By Caitlin Marino
Photos By Victoria Cruell

As you have read in a few previous reviews (here, here, and here), Dolphin Mall has recently made significant efforts to expand and renovate the shopping destination’s dining game. Now accounting for nearly 40 restaurants, Dolphin Mall has an option for every kind of craving you might have. Since there’s a possibility you might be taking a Valentine’s Day mall trip in the near future for your significant other, I’ll walk you through a Dolphin Mall culinary tour de force so you can enjoy a well-deserved pit stop to refuel before tackling your day-long shopping adventures.

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