Miami Tastemaker – Zia Yusuf

Zia Yusuf is the co-founder and co-CEO of Velocity, the leading premier digital hospitality service providing users with direct access to a curated selection of the world’s best dining experiences. Originally established in London in 2014, the mobile app is now dually headquartered in New York and has expanded to several other cities in the U.S. including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami.

Prior to Velocity, Yusuf was an executive director at Goldman Sachs. His experience as a valuable member of the equities department provided him with the skills to identify key ingredients that make successful business and how to enhance their bottom lines.

Yusuf currently spends his time in between London and New York. We recently caught up with him to learn a little more about Velocity and why he set his sights on the Miami market.

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Foodie Friday

Hi foodie friends, it’s officially Fri-Yay and the last one for September. Can you believe it will officially be October tomorrow? (Mel’s birthday month!) We also officially wrapped up another season of our #MiamiSpiceMonday series earlier this week and we say au revoir to the culinary program that we love so much. However, the end of Miami Spice also means the beginning of busy season for restaurants, and you can rest assured that we will be covering it all for you. We hope your October gets off to an amazing start this weekend, and leave you with a few fun foodie links from around the web. Enjoy!

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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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Foodie Friday

It’s that time of year when the sweltering summer begins to die down only to welcome weirdly named hurricanes to our neck of the woods. Miami is no doubt a very special place to harbor extreme weather. We usually like to retreat to the comfort of a restaurant and eat our worries away. Not sure which establishment will be the chosen one this weekend, but with Hermine looming in, we’ll be sure to indulge in a culinary feast somewhere cozy. Do you have any plans for this stormy weekend? We hope you take full advantage of a weekend with little expectations and eat to your heart’s desire. In the meantime, we leave you with this week’s fun foodie link pack to kick things off! Enjoy!

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A Quick Stroll Through Havana

By Sophia Costabal

Growing up in Miami, I ate a lot of Cuban food. If my family and I weren’t frequenting the likes of Casa Romeo or Versailles, then I was over at my friends’ houses where their abuelitas had literally spent the whole day cooking in their batas. The menu line up would look a little like this: rice and beans, mojo, bistec de palomilla, and flan.

Yum, just thinking about it makes my mouth water. There is something about Cuban food that feels like my childhood; it tastes like home. It really is the perfect Miami comfort food. So, when I was told I was going to Havana 1957 for the opening of the new location on Ocean Drive, I was a bit skeptical. I mean, Miamians don’t go to South Beach to eat Cuban food, we go to Calle Ocho. But, alas, I made the trek over to the Beach to see if Havana 1957 could stand up to Abuela’s cooking.

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Foodie Friday – Valentine’s Day Edition

Hey foodies! It’s officially Valentine’s Day weekend and Sunday is the big day! For us, that basically means another excuse to stack up on sweets and make dinner reservations. Although truth be told, we tend to hibernate on Valentine’s Day since we’re not into the crowds or pre-fix menus. However, to make things sweeter for you, we’ve gathered some Valentine’s Day inspired foodie links to share with your sweetheart. We wish you a weekend full of love, cocktails, and of course food! Enjoy!

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2016 Deserves a FAB Brunch Celebration!

It’s officially 2016 and we’re back in business. We hope you all had an amazing holiday and are ready to eat your way through 2016. To kick-off the new year, we’ve got a perfect place to break your new year’s resolution! It’s a FAB spot in Sunny Isles at the Sole Ocean Resort & Spa by the name of Fresh American Bistro, otherwise known as F.A.B.

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Foodie Friday – Art Basel Edition

Happy Foodie Friday friends! Welcome to first Friday link pack of December. How did that happen? 2015 is officially a few weeks away from coming to an end. Before we get majorly nostalgic about what an amazing year it has been for us and our blog, we’re going to share our fun Foodie Friday link pack that’s all Basel inspired. Apart from being the luckiest city in America because we have the chillest winter (not to be confused with chilliest), we also get to play host to the most important art fair in the world – Art Basel. And while art is a matter of perspective, our favorite type of art has always been food (totally an art.) Below are a few links to get you in the mood to pair art and food and celebrate all things Basel in Miami. Enjoy!

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Izzy’s Brings a Taste of New England to South Beach

Toto, I don’t think we’re in South Beach anymore.

Forget Oz… Izzy’s Fish & Oyster is bringing a taste of New England cuisine to the Miami culinary scene, infusing its SoFi location with a Cape Cod feel. Izzy’s is the brainchild of Jamie DeRosa, one of our favorite Miami chefs and the mastermind behind the dearly-departed Tongue & Cheek (R.I.P.) For those who have visited New England, the concept of Izzy’s is meant to evoke memories of sunny days, balmy nights, sandy toes, and bellies filled with fresh seafood. For those who haven’t, it’s meant to be an introduction to the classic flavors of New England cuisine. Either way, the driving passion is to create a memorable local seafood and beverage dining experience, serving traditional New England fare in a cool, fresh and hip South Beach setting.

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