By Mitchell Nover
Colombians know how to throw a party (if you were at, saw any pictures of, or heard any stories about Mel’s wedding in Cartagena, you know). The team at Pueblito Viejo (8285 SW 40th St, Miami) is no different, offering up a truly unique Miami experience and an amazing cultural find in Miami if you’re open to exploring outside of your comfort zone. That first look inside is certainly something you’ll never forget; it’s extreme sensory overload with with tchotchkes literally hanging from the ceiling. But once you get over your initial shock, start bopping to the Latin pop tunes, laughing along with the live troubadour roasts/performances (I think I was referred to as a Harry Potter look-a-like, which, complement appreciated), and give yourself over to the sweet smells of fried Colombian food, you realize you kind of never want to leave.
We’re officially in to Week 2 of 2017, but we’re not quite ready to say goodbye to 2016 just yet and are taking one final chance to reminisce about our “Year in Food” in 2016. In looking back at some of our best bites (and sips) across Miami this past year we’re adding in a few more opinions this time around, with some favorites from our new contributing writers as well. 2016 was a great year of growth for us here at MMTM Headquarters and we couldn’t have done it without them. We’re excited to let you get to know them even better in the year to come. And, of course, we couldn’t do any of this without you… Thanks, as always, for following along on our foodie adventures.
Miami’s top bars and restaurants are ready to raise a glass to 2017 with prix-fixe dinner specials, festive celebrations, and midnight toasts to celebrate the New Year. Join in the decadent celebration, and check out our top picks for where to eat (and drink) out on New Year’s Eve in the Magic City. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged as the city’s top tables will book up fast. Unless you’ve already got plans to hang out with Justin Bieber…
By Melanie Galarce
There’s a common misconception that to take full advantage of the Miami Spiceculinary program the experience should be over the top, lavish, and slightly outside your comfort zone. However, I’m here to share an experience that was quite the opposite. You might already be fully aware that both Mitch and I are slightly biased to a small, understated, and slightly under-explored wine bar on 8th Street called Lekoké. We could write a four-page love letter to this quaint wine bar, with a collection of quirky, antique household items and a floor-to-ceiling collection of booze, but it’s the food, and, specifically, it’s Miami Spice-inspired menu that recently gave me a new reason to brag some more about this small gem.