Welcome to this week’s edition of Foodie Friday! We’re so excited that the weekend awaits and that we’ll have some down time to relax and eat at leisure. Maybe we’ll make a beach visit and odds are we’ll be cheating on our diets a time or two. April is slowly coming to an end and the summer feels like it’s just around the corner. Do any of you have any fun summer plans? Apart from eating tons of ice cream, we’ll be working on a few fun things we can’t wait to share with you over at MMTM. In the meantime, we leave you with a few fun foodie links from around the web. Enjoy!
By Caitlin Marino
There’s something exquisite about the simplicity of Japanese cuisine. Maybe I say that because layers of excessive toppings or sauces aren’t needed to create refreshing, soul-filling food? Less is more when it comes to this cuisine. Thankfully for Miamians, we have Dashi (401 SW 3rd Ave, Miami) to shine in on our city’s ever-growing culinary playing field. Tucked away inside River Yacht Club, the 80-seat restaurant offers spectacular river views and dishes so impeccably presented you’d think it was art.
By Mitchell Nover
If you’ve ever been to the South of France, you know it’s a very unique experience. From Nice to Marseille to Saint-Tropez, the Côte d’Azur, the cities feel more like small beach towns that are somehow able to both offer feelings of casual comfort and ultra luxury. Brasserie Azur (3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami) is a great representation of that vibe, bringing a taste of the French Riviera to Midtown Miami.
Hey, foodies! Welcome to the first Foodie Friday link pack of April. We are fully in the midst of spring and have so many fun things lined up for you here at MMTM headquarters. Along with our contributing writers, we’ve been busy visiting and reviewing new menus at some of our favorite Miami restaurants as well as checking out new establishments to give you all the scoop on what’s going on in our foodie community. While we get all organized for the great spring content that’s to come, we leave you with a few fun foodie links from around the web. Enjoy!
By Santi Cardona
I’ve been to quite a few Grand Lux Cafes in the past, and they never disappoint. For those that don’t know, Grand Lux Cafe is a sister concept to the Cheesecake Factory empire that boasts many similarities. Essentially, Grand Lux Cafe has the menu size, consistency, and execution of a Cheesecake Factory with more culturally-diverse food options and a slightly more upscale ambiance. South Florida has three locations (all at large malls), but I was lucky enough to try the one at Aventura Mall (19575 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura).
Chef Jose Mendin —
Founding Partner & Chef,
The Pubbelly Group
As the child of “food enthusiast” parents and a great-grandmother who was a cooking instructor, Chef Jose Mendin was born into a heavy food culture, though it wasn’t until he went off to college and needed to prepare his own meals that he realized his adoration for cooking. To that end, Mendin left his home in Puerto Rico to go to cooking school at Johnson & Wales University in Miami. After graduating in 2001, his continued passion for food and learning carried him into an extremely successful career. He was part of the opening team at Nobu, Miami and later Nobu, London, and used these foundational Asian influences to parlay the opportunity into a job at SUSHISAMBA Miami. After two years, he was appointed to Assistant Corporate Chef, overseeing all of the brands U.S. locations, which included the 2008 opening of the award-winning SUSHISAMBA, Las Vegas at the Palazzo.
While recognizable U.S. concepts like Mosaico adorn Mendin’s resume, his pursuit to learn in an international kitchen is perhaps what he regards as most influential in his culinary training. Stages in Spain, working under chefs like Jesus Ramiro and Juan Pablo Felipe, were creative processes that forced him out of his comfort zone and later played a role in the menu development at Mercadito, as opening chef of their Chicago and Miami outposts. While in Spain, he worked in Michelin-starred restaurants, cooked for the prince of Spain, and learned how to revitalize ancient recipes, by maintaining the integrity of a dish’s roots and infusing it with modern touches.
Today, Mendin is a hometown hero in his native San Juan and adopted Miami. Alongside his business partners Sergio Navarro, Andreas Schreiner, and Juan Fernando Ayora, he has taken numerous culinary concepts to critical acclaim and has been a recognized semi-finalist of the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef South” for five consecutive years from 2012-2016. When not in the kitchen, you’ll find Chef Mendin spending time with his fiancé Ali and his two sons, Ian and Noah.
Foodie friends, can you believe we’re already 25% in to 2017??? The first few months of the year are always a whirlwind around here with food festivals and restaurant openings, and a ton of special foodie events. While not letting up completely, things are starting to slow down a little bit as we start to approach the summer months and we’re happy to bet getting a little bit of a reprieve. That said, there’s still plenty to see and do, eat and drink this month. Below is our regular round-up of the best of the Miami food scene this month. Enjoy!
By Melanie Galarce
Raw Juce (959 West Avenue, Miami Beach) has been a staple in Palm Beach Gardens for a while but it wasn’t until recently that this organic, cold-press juicing establishment made its way down to Miami. Today, Raw Juce has eight locations across South Florida including Aventura and South Beach. I recently visited the latter location and felt renewed after trying their organic, locally-sourced menu of juices, smoothies, açai bowls, and salads.
By Santi Cardona
Cochon555 is no newbie in Miami and, this year, it came back bigger and better than ever. After four previous installments, this pork-centric event made it to the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach in hopes of pitting five chefs against each other, duking it out to be named the Prince or Princess of Porc.
Hi foodies! Welcome to another edition of Foodie Friday! We hope you all had an amazing week with a few cheat meals sprinkled here and there. Earlier this week our friends at The Hungry Post won Best Food & Drink Influencer in Miami at the JWU Zest Awards, and we couldn’t be happier for them. That’s what’s so great about the foodie community, we’re all family and when one wins, we all win! Another thing to celebrate? The weekend. Here’s a few fun foodie links from around the web to get you started. Enjoy!