Foodie Friday – Local Edition

In case you couldn’t tell from the oppressive heat and sweltering humidity, summer has officially arrived in Miami. We’re a week into July and our holidays have all run out until we reach Labor Day in early September. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to celebrate this month in the Miami Food Scene. We’ve got new restaurants continuing to pop up, special menus being rolled out, and foodie events galore – including a special appearance by your friends Mitch & Mel during Pinch’s National Grilling Month collabs. But more on that, and much more, below in our monthly local news round up. Enjoy!

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MMTM’s New Year’s Eve Picks

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…

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MMTM’s Chrismukkah Picks

This year’s holiday season is doubly joyous, with Christmas and Hanukkah overlapping for the first time in a while. However, double the fun also means double the work, with the preceding weeks full of gift wrapping, cocktail parties, cookie swaps, tree cutting, candle lighting, and nights of home decorating. So, why not save some energy with a relaxed holiday meal prepared for you by some of the city’s finest chefs and cooks? Miami eateries are offering a number of delightful dining options, including prix-fixe dinners, buffet spreads, a la carte options, and prepared meals ready for you to take home. Read on for our picks of some of the great restaurant meals that can be enjoyed, fuss-free, during Hanukkah and Christmas – a.k.a. Chrismukkah.

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Foodie Friday – Local Edition

Guys, it’s November! We can hardly believe that we’re fully in the throes of #HalloThanksMas, but such is life. This is a pretty intense month for us at MMTM Headquarters with Mel furiously prepping for The Latin GRAMMYs show in Las Vegas on November 17th and Mitch recovering from his brother’s wedding last weekend and heading out on the road for a few work trips as well. While we may not be around much, there’s actually so much taking place that we’ve separated out a special Thanksgiving round-up that we’ll have for you next Wednesday. In the meantime, here’s our round-up some of the best foodie events taking place this month. Enjoy!

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Foodie Friday – Local Edition

Well, that was certainly an exciting first week of October! Luckily, we missed any major issues with Hurricane Matthew down here in Miami, and now we’re ready to look forward to the remainder of the month and all the fun, exciting, and delicious foodie happenings that it has in store for us. Below is our monthly round-up of what October is bringing – from Oktoberfest to Halloween and everything in between. Enjoy!

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Pinch Me, I’m in Brunch Heaven

By Melanie Galarce

Once upon a time, we fell head over heels for Pinch. We told you all about our wonderful dinner at the quaint little restaurant a few months ago, about how much we loved its charm and its effortless menu full of creativity and innovation. So when we heard that the critically-acclaimed, yet cozy spot was starting to serve brunch, Mitch and I flocked to the restaurant to gluttonously indulge in what we knew would be a fantastic meal.

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Estrella Damm Chef’s Choice 2016 – Midtown Edition

Last year we told you all about Chef’s Choice, a very cool foodie initiative that Spanish beer, Estrella Damm, was hosting in our city, giving culinary programs like Miami Spice a run for their money. The Chef’s Choice program is back for its second run in Miami and is stronger than ever. With curated menus by some of Miami’s most highly regarded chefs, the program offers a Mediterranean-inspired 3-course meal paired with an Estrella Damm beer at 46 of Miami’s top restaurants. Each menu is unique, but all include an appetizer, an entrée featuring rice (this year’s theme), and a dessert.

The Estrella Damm team was ever-so-kind to give us, along with a few of our foodie friends, a sneak peak of this year’s menus with tours across Midtown and Brickell. I indulged many times over in the Midtown tour and its FIVE stops, and I’m still not sure how I managed to eat all five meals and survive. Below is a really quick recap of what you can expect at some of our favorite Midtown spots as part of the 2016 Chef’s Choice Menu.

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Pinch Miami is Making a Big Splash

When partners John Gallo and Rene Reyes decided to open up Pinch Miami, it would turn out to be a place in which the synchronization of working together for more than 10 years (Casa Tua and Pubbelley among some their gigs) would come to fruition. Their new American eatery located on Biscayne Boulevard, near one of our favorite hidden neighborhoods, El Portal, is the perfect addition to this up-and-coming area and a reflection of their magic as partners. The small, cozy spot has enough charm to swoon any cynic over and the food is equally as appealing.

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