Since I first heard about the Cochon 555 event a few years ago, I’d dreamt of the day that I would have the opportunity to sample the succulent swine selections served up by Miami’s best chefs. Well, last night my dream became a reality as I checked another item off of my foodie bucket list. The Kosher kids might not agree, but this Jewish boy was most definitely in hog heaven.
It seems like only yesterday that Food Trucks were all the rage here in Miami. Anywhere you looked, you couldn’t help but run across these innovatively delicious restaurants-on-wheels, conveniently found on strategic street corners offering gourmet “fast food” options for local foodies and families alike. Nowadays, it seems the fervor has subsided and finding a truck isn’t as easy as it once was. So, what happened?
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner we’ve put together a quick round-up of some of the Magic City’s most romantic spots for you to wine and dine your special someone. Whether you’re looking for a flashy option on South Beach, something more classic in Coral Gables or just a fun night out for the single ladies in Brickell, we’ve got you covered. Read on for a variety of specials, set-menus and other special treats for the occasion.
When was the last time you dined at the ubiquitous bottomless brunch in Miami without having to sacrifice a little something? I’m always petrified (slight exaggeration) to try these all-inclusive meal deals. Whether it’s the location, food selection or quality, it seems that I have to compromise on something if I’m looking for endless mimosas and a top-notch experience. However, fret no more because that’s all changed with Toro Toro. Renowned and award-winning Chef, Richard Sandoval, has aptly brought his signature Latin American cuisine to South Florida in hopes of converting us all to fans and restoring our faith in the hybrid meal consumed on weekends.
Brunch tends to be my favorite meal of the weekend. It’s the combination of breakfast (which houses my favorite food items) thrown in with some mimosas – we all know cocktails make everything better. It’s also the sad realization that Monday is looming and that the workweek is about to begin. The latter usually makes me want to max out the brunch experience and Casabe 305 Bistro had just the fix.
As we mentioned during our first Foodie Friday post, we threw ourselves a little shindig last Friday night to celebrate the official launch of our new blog. We all know that in Miami people find any excuse to throw a party together, right? Our small gathering was a true love fest as we, along with our friends and family, enjoyed a tasting of some fine wines courtesy of Old Vines Wine & Spirits and snacked on some delicious guava cupcakes provided by Sweet Treats by Jacks. Take a look at the gallery below for a few highlights…
To dine or to brunch, that is the question… OK, so maybe it’s not the question (a la Hamlet), however often times when a new restaurant opens it can be hard to decide when to first go: for dinner or for brunch.
I recently experienced this very serious dilemma when Tongue & Cheek arrived on the South Beach scene earlier this year. So, of course, I did what any logical (?) person would do and visited on back-to-back days – Friday night for dinner and Saturday morning for brunch – thanks to two great Gilt City tasting menu deals.
Below are my thoughts as to which experience is more worth your while:
There’s a new kid on the block in Midtown. Blackbrick, the latest endeavor from Chef Richard Hales, focuses down his modern take on pan-Asian cooking (see Sakaya Kitchen & Dim Ssam a Go-Go) to cover one of America’s most beloved cuisines – Chinese food.
If you were thinking that modern Chinese means trendy décor and trendy ingredients, you’d be wrong. The only modern thing that those restaurants offer is a more expensive version of the normal food you can get from any takeout joint. On the flip side, Blackbrick’s modern offerings are more along the lines of providing its diners with a quality, chef-driven menu that highlights local and organic ingredients.
Happy New Year! We’re so excited to be launching our new blog in 2014! We met as co-workers seven years ago, have worked at three different jobs and traveled the world together, and our friendship only continues to grow.
Setting out on this endeavor has been a long time coming, but it was only a matter of when. It’s the physical expression of collaboration, camaraderie, love for the city we call home, and mutual passion for food.
Welcome to Mitch & Mel Take Miami!
Mitch & Mel