Behind the Bar – Tatiana Nessier

Tatiana Nessier, Brand Ambassador & Sommelier, Alamos Wines
Tatiana Nessier was born in Northern Argentina’s remote and breathtaking Salta region, well known for its concentrated wines and rugged landscape. Partway through her university studies is when her passion for wine took root, and what began as a casual interest in the topic soon blossomed into an all-consuming course of study. Tatiana stepped away from her formal university coursework for two years to dedicate herself to sommelier studies at the Escuela Argentina de Sommeliers, where she learned the science of deductive tasting and mastered subject matter covering global wine regions, varieties, classic producers and trends. In 2012 she began working with the wines of Catena in Mendoza, hosting trade guests at the winery, and today represents Alamos wines at home and internationally.

After living and traveling in many places, Tatiana finds her current home in Mendoza—overlooking the spectacular Cordón del Plata with the Uco Valley just beyond—the perfect place. She enjoys gathering there with friends for asado, traditional Argentine BBQ, with which she frequently pairs Alamos Special Selection Malbec. When cooking, another favorite pastime, Tatiana likes making empanadas salteña, a classic dish hailing from her homeland which finds a terrific accompaniment in the crisp, refreshing character of Alamos Torrontés.

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First Foodie Friday

Hey foodie friends! Welcome back! Here’s an official “Happy New Year” from the MMTM family. We hope you thoroughly ate your way through the holidays and are amped for the foodie year ahead. We’re back in full swing after taking a small blogging break and we hope you are ready for all the awesome that this year will bring! We leave you with the first official Foodie Friday link pack of 2016 and wish you nothing but a year of health, happiness and lots of delicious eats. Enjoy!

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Byblos is A-mezze-ing!

I’m a sucker for Mediterranean food and I always have been. For the most part, however, my frame of reference with this type of food has been relegated to homemade falafel (for a third grade school project), late-night street shawarma  in Spain (oh, college), and lunching on kibbeh, kafta, and shish tawook at the Daily Bread Marketplace. By and large, Miami doesn’t offer a lot of upscale, refined, finer dining Mediterranean dining options. Enter Byblos…

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Chef’s Corner – Francisco Anton

Francisco Anton, Chef/Owner, Cardón y el Tirano
A native of Isla Margarita, Venezuela, Chef Francisco Anton moved to the U.S. when he was 16 years old. After growing up between Louisiana and earning a business degree in Orlando, he decided to follow his passion for cooking and went to live and work in NYC. After stints in Brooklyn and Manhattan, he came into his own under Maximo Tejada who taught him how to merge his flare for Latin cuisine with French technique. After a few years, Chef Anton moved to Miami and, before opening Cardón y el Tirano, worked alongside Michael Shikany at SHIKANY and was also heavily recruited to work with Alex Chang at the Vagabond. Instead of continuing on a path of working for others, however, Chef Anton decided to follow his dreams and open his own restaurant, offering a contemporary take on more traditional menus from all over Latin America.

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#FoodieFriends – Santi Cardona

Santiago “Santi” Cardona is a name you might not know, but you should. As a writer (see Miami Culinary Tours, Haute Dining), baker (check him out on Instagram and at Buttercream Cupcakes & Coffee), and restaurant industry veteran (having worked at Lokal and Kush), he’s pretty much a renaissance man of the Miami food scene. Most importantly, however, Santi is just an all around nice guy and we couldn’t be more thrilled to share some insights into his background and Miami food picks with you in this month’s #FoodieFriends interview. May also happens to be Santi’s birthday month so be sure to wish him a happy belated!

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#Foodie Friends – #ThankYou Miami

Who doesn’t love Miami, right? For all of us who have the pleasure of calling the Magic City home, we often find ourselves saying “Thank You, Miami!” Well, our latest #FoodieFriend says that pretty much on a daily basis with her blog, wait for it… #ThankYou Miami.

With a focus on fashion, food, travel, and, of course, Miami, Margarita Wells has been publicly thanking her city for the past two years. Through her writing, she hopes to inspire others to live for the moment and celebrate the wonderful features our city has to offer. Sounds pretty good to us!

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#FoodieFriends – Miami Food Pug

Over the past year of blogging, we’ve gotten to meet some really cool people at different restaurant tastings and food-related events around town. We’ve enjoyed getting to know our fellow food bloggers and on the last Foodie Friday of each month, we’ll introduce some of them to you. We call them our #FoodieFriends!

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MMTM’s Best of 2014!

Happy New Year foodies! We’ve officially made it to 2015 and we’re super excited to see what’s in store for us in the year ahead. But, before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we wanted to take one final look at the foodie year that was 2014. Our first year of blogging was a blast and here’s a recap of some of our favorite bites, sips, and overall discoveries.

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MMTM’s Thanksgiving Picks 2014

Thanksgiving… Arguably, America’s #1 foodie holidays. A day to relax, reflect, give thanks, and EAT! While Mitch heads up north to Maryland, Mel will be holding down the fort here at home in Miami. Regardless of the location (and weather), there are a few things our celebrations will most definitely have in common: family, football, and food. However, even though we’ve both got our plans set, we know that many of you are looking for a place to go out to eat because sometimes it’s just easier to leave the cooking to the professionals. So we’ve put together a quick round-up of some of the Magic City’s best Turkey Day deals and menus. Whether your prefer to dine in or take out, be sure to make your reservations or place your orders now…before it’s too late!

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Miami Tastemaker – Danielle Chang

Danielle Chang, Founder, LUCKYRICE
Danielle is an award-winning media entrepreneur. Prior to launching LUCKYRICE in 2010, she was CEO of Vivienne Tam, a fashion company. She was previously the founder and publisher of Simplycity Magazine and Simplycity.com as well as the U.S. head for Assouline, a French creative advertising agency. A graduate of Columbia University with a BA in Art History and a MA in Critical Theory, Danielle has also worked for Goldman Sachs, The New York Times and as a Professor of Contemporary Art History. Born in Taiwan, Danielle created LUCKYRICE to share her life-long affinity for Asian cuisine and lifestyle.

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