A New Taste of Talde

By Mitchell Nover

Early last year, Mel raved about her experience at Talde Miami Beach (4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach), praising the restaurant’s wide variety of Asian-American dishes served up in an eclectic, Brooklyn-esque environment, as a “progressive fusion of Asian and American dishes that took [her] out of [her] comfort zone.” Now, about a year and a half later, I had the opportunity to get my own taste of  Talde, which recently launched a new menu featuring a heavier focus on classic Chinese-driven dishes, of course with the Dale Talde spin we’ve all become accustomed to. Despite the changes to the menu, I’m here to tell you that Mel’s take still rings true.

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Pork Chops

The Cochon555 U.S. Tour stop in Miami is the one time each year that some of our best chefs are challenges to show off their pork chops in a skills competition to raise awareness and generate education around heritage breed pigs in support of local family farms. Brady Lowe’s fantastic event – now in its seventh year and always one of our favorites – benefits a great cause and serves up lots of good food and tons of fun.

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#FoodieFriends – Meme Menu

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.

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#FoodieFriends – Nick Pena

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.

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Pig Out!

As you’ve all read by now, last year’s Cochon 555 event left me in a state of porcine euphoria – pure hog heaven! Needless to say once this year’s competition dates and lineup was announced my mouth started watering immediately. This would be my second year at Cochon 555 (the event’s 7th consecutive and 5th in Miami) and I was 100% certain that I was ready, prepared, and willing to crush it. I mean, I’d had a full year of blogging under my belt, basically making me a professional eater. So, when the day came this past Sunday, I was determined to pig out. And you know I did…

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Modern Chinese Comes to Midtown

There’s a new kid on the block in Midtown. Blackbrick, the latest endeavor from Chef Richard Hales, focuses down his modern take on pan-Asian cooking (see Sakaya Kitchen & Dim Ssam a Go-Go) to cover one of America’s most beloved cuisines – Chinese food.

If you were thinking that modern Chinese means trendy décor and trendy ingredients, you’d be wrong. The only modern thing that those restaurants offer is a more expensive version of the normal food you can get from any takeout joint. On the flip side, Blackbrick’s modern offerings are more along the lines of providing its diners with a quality, chef-driven menu that highlights local and organic ingredients.

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