Going Dutch

By Mitchell Nover

At this point, who hasn’t heard of the greatness that is a meal at The Dutch (2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach)? A Miami Beach mainstay, this modern American restaurant has held its place nestled inside the W South Beach hotel for years with some great chefs sharpening their skills and their knives, under the guidance of award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini, while serving up classy, creative, and consistently good food along the way.

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Bullish On Brunch at Matador Room

By Santi Cardona

When I think of Matador Room (2901 Collins Avenue), I think of Caribbean/Latin/Spanish influenced meals in a somewhat elegant setting designated to special occasions. That’s why it was so much of a surprise to realize that the brunch is just as much a must here as their dinner is. If you’ve ever been here for any dinner, you’d know that every dish Jeremy Ford (Top Chef champion, by the way) throws your way is going to be absolutely drool-worthy. Normally, brunch in some of the bigger South Beach restaurants is an afterthought, and that’s what makes brunch at Matador Room so special. Chef Jeremy Ford and his team have put just as much effort into their brunch menu as their lunch and dinner, and that makes anything here a winner in my book. 

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A Fowl Feast in Wynwood

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.

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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 – 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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Beer and Wine Lovers Unite at VeritageMiami 2015

This past week we had the pleasure of attending VeritageMiami’s Craft Beer and Fine Wine Tastings. The annual event brings together a who’s who of more than 3,000 wine, beer, spirits and food lovers from all across South Florida along with top sommeliers, notable chefs, prestigious wineries, winemakers and breweries and an impressive lineup of auction lots all to benefit the South Florida community via United Way of Miami-Dade, which supports programs in our community that are focused on improving the education, financial stability and health of our residents. Here’s a quick recap of our food and drink filled adventures…

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