Pizza Party

By Mitchell Nover

I know that May is National Hamburger Month and National BBQ Month, but artificial foodie holidays be damned… I’m in the mood for pizza! So, when it comes to pizza, we all know that Miami is not New York, and that’s perfectly fine. I get it, people looooove NY pizza. There’s something in the water, yada yada yada. But, how about a little diversity, foks? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, that’s what makes Miami’s food scene so great: diversity in food. Including, you guessed it, pizza. That’s why I’ve but together a quick round-up of some of my recent Miami favorites – from a classic Cuban pizza joint to a a couple of new Neapolitan outposts to, yes, a NYC-style hipster hangout. Bet you can’t get that combo in the Five Boroughs, can you?

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SoCal, So Good

It’s safe to say that the crew over at MMTM headquarters has an established affinity for tacos. If I could, I would probably assign a food group to the universe of tacos and justify ungodly consumption of said food. However, much to my dismay, tacos have been done before, a million different ways, and it’s increasingly difficult to find any novelty in a taco shop or feel like it’s not trying too hard. That said, the trend lingers on and every few months it seems we have a new taco place popping up. Most of these restaurants are pretty darn good (and some are mediocre,) but every now and then you stumble across one in particular that is so good, it makes you want to put on a sombrero.

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1111 is a Peruvian Grand Slam

By Caitlin Marino

Upon arriving to 1111 Peruvian Bistro, I was delighted to find an elegant and sophisticated lounge with a friendly staff, which gave me the initial impression that there was a clear attempt to blend the relaxed environment of a casual tapas bar with the elegance of a high-end restaurant. I was welcomed, alongside many patrons who were also ending their workdays, with a similar need to relax and eat! The kitchen was fully visible and the intimacy of the restaurant was felt throughout. Once settled, it was time to recall what I knew of Peruvian cuisine, and learn more about 1111 which promised a novel twist on traditional dishes.

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#MiamiSpiceMonday – Novecento

By Caitlin Marino

This week’s edition of #MiamiSpiceMonday brings MMTM to one of my favorite Miami establishments – Novecento. Known for its family-friendly environment, Novecento has maintained a great relationship with Miami locals and has expanded its South Florida presence to four locations over the past decade. The original Brickell location opened in 2004 and has been delighting patrons ever since with a charming ambiance both inside and outside on a quaint patio, tempting taste buds with exquisite Argentine, Mediterranean, and Pan-Latin flavored signature dishes.

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La Mar – A Peruvian Love Story

By Melanie Galarce

Few restaurants in Miami offer the opulence and culinary experience that La Mar does. The restaurant that carries the name of celebrity chef Gaston Acurio helms locations in Mexico City, Colombia, Chicago, and San Francisco, as well as in our own backyard inside the Mandarin Oriental located on Brickell Key. With killer views of Miami, the restaurant is spearheaded by Diego Oka, a seasoned chef of Peruvian and Japanese decent who has more than 10 years of experience working with the brand. Oka is the kind of guy you want to be best buds with, not only is his demeanor cool and down-to-earth but he’s firing up the best of novo-Andean and Asian-Peruvian fusion at his La Mar gig. That’s the type of food you should expect to enjoy, including traditional seafood ceviche in the form of small, tapas-style and large plates.

In mid-June, the team at La Mar invited us to try their new menu and we were blown away. The dishes are thoughtful and offer a fresh take on Peruvian cuisine classics. To follow is our vivid recap of the fusion rendezvous.

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No One Puts Baby in a Corner

By Melanie Galarce

I tend to have a nostalgic gravitational pull towards all speakeasy bars. I’m not sure if it’s the allure of finding the hidden gems or maybe the thrill of the concept’s origin during prohibition that appeals to me. In either case, the team behind Coconut Grove’s widely popular Ariete, have a new hit on their hands with Baby Jane, which stands in the midst of the growing Brickell landscape.

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Poké 305 Pokes into Brickell

Over at MMTM headquarters, we love catching on to new culinary trends before the masses jump in. And, of course, we make sure to share these with our readers. Such is the case with poké, the raw fish salad served as an appetizer in Hawaiian cuisine, which is quickly becoming a food staple in South Florida.

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MMTM Giveaway: Estrella Damm Chef’s Choice 2016

We told you we had something big up our sleeve! We couldn’t tease you all week long without giving you a chance to experience the Estrella Damm Chef’s Choice 2016, so we’re bypassing our traditional #FoodieFriday posts for an MMTM Giveaway. That’s right, we’re giving away a Chef’s Choice meal in each of the neighborhoods we toured: La Mar in Brickell and Brasserie Azur in Midtown.

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Estrella Damm Chef’s Choice 2016 – Brickell Edition

By now you’ve read all about Mel’s Chef’s Choice Tour of Midtown. If your mouth hasn’t stopped watering yet, you might want to get an extra napkin because now it’s my turn to tell you all about my deliciously divine tour of Brickell. So as not to be left behind, I set out to get a sneak peek of what Estrella Damm had in store for Miami’s famed business and downtown districts. With stops at Coya, Toro Toro, Tuyo, and 1111 Peruvian Bistro, it was a true tour de force of hops and rice (in case you didn’t know, this year’s Chef’s Choice theme is “rice” meaning each Chef’s Choice entrée is pairs the Mediterranean beer with everyone’s favorite grain).

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MMTM’s Mother’s Day Picks 2016

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, foodies! And, while we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves prior to Friday’s Foodie Friday – Local Edition post, we thought it best to prepare for this coming Sunday – the one day each year where we quit our whining, complaining, and pestering and treat our moms they way they deserve to be treated. Yep, that’s right, you officially have five days left to make your Mother’s Day reservations and as our gift to you, to help you prepare your gift to her, we’ve compiled a list of ten dining options that are sure to make Mom smile this weekend.

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