February is our kind of month. By now, we’ve all moved past our “New Year, New You” resolutions (better luck next year!) and are back to full-blown gluttony. Here in Miami, February is especially gluttonous. After the traditional Super Bowl gorgefest and Valentine’s Day decadence, we’ve only got a couple of short weeks before the South Beach Wine & Food Festival rolls into town. And, in between all of that, we’ve got a whole bunch of new restaurants, menu offerings, and special events to indulge in. As per usual, we’ve rounded them up for you below. Enjoy!
Zia Yusuf is the co-founder and co-CEO of Velocity, the leading premier digital hospitality service providing users with direct access to a curated selection of the world’s best dining experiences. Originally established in London in 2014, the mobile app is now dually headquartered in New York and has expanded to several other cities in the U.S. including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami.
Prior to Velocity, Yusuf was an executive director at Goldman Sachs. His experience as a valuable member of the equities department provided him with the skills to identify key ingredients that make successful business and how to enhance their bottom lines.
Yusuf currently spends his time in between London and New York. We recently caught up with him to learn a little more about Velocity and why he set his sights on the Miami market.
As we all know by now, Miami has been really coming into its own over the past few years, with a community that is coming together more and more over a collective love and desire for cultural and culinary creativity. On the food front we’ve seen a new crop of restaurants opening up, concepts are highlighting local ingredients and flavors, and our food festivals are focusing less on celebrity and more on local talent. Leading that charge for years now, has been Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog, chef/owner of gastroPod Miami and creator of the popular PIG (Pork is Good) events that for the past six years has brought together some of Miami’s most exciting chefs to showcase the power of the mighty pig. But now, he’s set his sights on a different protein: fowl. And, this past Saturday this group of hungry gourmands gathered together for a delicious game of Duck Duck Goose in Wynwood.
It’s hard to believe that it’s already time for our final blog post of the year. We’ve officially made it to the end of 2015 and what a year it’s been! In our second year of blogging we dined and drank our way across Miami, making lots of new #foodiefriends along the way. As excited as we are for what 2016 has in store for us, we thought we should take one final look back at the foodie year that was 2015. Enjoy!
Everybody loves PK Banks. He moved to Miami from NYC almost 2 years ago, leaving behind the world of investment banking to start Meme Menu, a restaurant discovery app and restaurant mobile publishing platform that uses the power of images and curated content to make dining decisions easy.
This edition of #MiamiSpiceMonday is a special one. It’s not only our last Miami Spice review since the season comes to an end, but we’ll also be sharing a lunch experience rather than the dinner journeys we’ve been telling you about for the last two months.
This review takes us to heart of Wynwood and a 65-seat restaurant by the audacious name of Alter. It’s the brainchild of Chef Brad Kilgore, who sports an impressive resume that includes gigs at J&G Grill at Bal Harbour and Azul.
We’ve only actually met Nick Pena once, although it feels like we’ve been friends for a while. That’s because Nick (aka Nick on the Radio) has been gracing our airwaves for years as part of the Mack with Nina and Nick show on Y-100. Then, when we got into the food blogging game, we started to see Nick around a lot of the same events we were attending. That’s because Nick has a second alias – Nick the Food-e. Needless to say, the guy’s got a lot going on, so it was very nice of him to make some time out of his busy schedule to meet with Mitch at The Rum Line for this month’s edition of #FoodieFriends.
Brian Nasajon, Executive Chef/Owner, Beaker & Gray
A Miami native, Brian Nasajon was born into a family where a love of food and an appreciation of culinary arts were household values. Exposed to global flavors as a young boy, Chef Nasajon’s favorite memories include observing his grandfather’s every move as he expertly grilled asado – a staple of any Uruguayan household.