By Santiago Cardona
I’m all for the thought that Mexican food should be affordable and not fussed up. Don’t take this the wrong way, I’m in no way saying that it’s a cuisine that is not deserving of utmost care and sophistication. It’s honestly one of my favorite cuisines in the world, but it is hard to justify paying quite a penny for what is normally more affordable. Cantina La Veinte (495 Brickell Ave, Miami) has the idea of upscale Mexican down pact, providing diners with an elegant ambiance while maintaining the integrity of the food. Walking in, you get a feeling of grandiosity while perusing the decor. This place is downright gorgeous. When you add the mariachis, margaritas, and beautiful Brickell waterfront views, you’re in for a treat.
By Sophia Costabal
Question: What’s the best way to celebrate the fact that Miami is going to be getting its very own European-style food market?
Answer: By launching a three-part collaborative dinner series leading up to the grand opening; in the very location of the market-to-be!
Miami’s historic Fire Station No.2 will soon become the FIREHOUSE MRKT (1401 North Miami Avenue, Miami), featuring two restaurants, a cafe bakery, a salumeria and a dispensa (aka a tapas bar), among other things. Yes, that is a lot of Spanish inspired fare. Why? Because this passion project is the vision of the chefs behind the Spanish hit restaurant Triciclo, Javier Goya and Javier Mayor, who also happen to be opening a new restaurant, TANDEM by Triciclo, inside FIREHOUSE MRKT this September.
Santiago Gomez de la Fuente, Executive Chef, Cantina La Veinte
Cantina La Veinte’s Executive Chef, Santiago Gomez de la Fuente, is a talented young toque who offers a playful, yet sophisticated approach to traditional Mexican cuisine. His dishes reflect his passion for taking the rich offerings of Mexico’s agriculture and transforming them into contemporary masterpieces.