PB Burger is Back to Benefit the Blended Burger Project

By Mitchell Nover & Melanie Galarce 

For a second year in a row, Pubbelly Noodle Bar (1418 20th St, Miami Beach) has partnered with The James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project to raise awareness for and benefit the project’s mission of healthy and sustainable cooking. This year the series will feature an all-female chef lineup of guest chefs serving up their Summer Burgers from June 5th (today) through August 3rd. Guest chefs include: Susan Ungaro, President of The James Beard Foundation, Roxanne Vargas of NBC 6-in-the-Mix, Alejandra Cangas of The Hungry Post, Chef Lorena Garcia, Chef Michelle Bernstein, Chef Ingrid Hoffman, Chef Dena Marino, Chef Janine Booth, and Laine Doss* of the Miami New Times.

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Chef’s Corner – Jose Mendin

Chef Jose Mendin —
Founding Partner & Chef,
The Pubbelly Group

As the child of “food enthusiast” parents and a great-grandmother who was a cooking instructor, Chef Jose Mendin was born into a heavy food culture, though it wasn’t until he went off to college and needed to prepare his own meals that he realized his adoration for cooking. To that end, Mendin left his home in Puerto Rico to go to cooking school at Johnson & Wales University in Miami. After graduating in 2001, his continued passion for food and learning carried him into an extremely successful career. He was part of the opening team at Nobu, Miami and later Nobu, London, and used these foundational Asian influences to parlay the opportunity into a job at SUSHISAMBA Miami. After two years, he was appointed to Assistant Corporate Chef, overseeing all of the brands U.S. locations, which included the 2008 opening of the award-winning SUSHISAMBA, Las Vegas at the Palazzo.

While recognizable U.S. concepts like Mosaico adorn Mendin’s resume, his pursuit to learn in an international kitchen is perhaps what he regards as most influential in his culinary training. Stages in Spain, working under chefs like Jesus Ramiro and Juan Pablo Felipe, were creative processes that forced him out of his comfort zone and later played a role in the menu development at Mercadito, as opening chef of their Chicago and Miami outposts. While in Spain, he worked in Michelin-starred restaurants, cooked for the prince of Spain, and learned how to revitalize ancient recipes, by maintaining the integrity of a dish’s roots and infusing it with modern touches.

Today, Mendin is a hometown hero in his native San Juan and adopted Miami. Alongside his business partners Sergio Navarro, Andreas Schreiner, and Juan Fernando Ayora, he has taken numerous culinary concepts to critical acclaim and has been a recognized semi-finalist of the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef South” for five consecutive years from 2012-2016. When not in the kitchen, you’ll find Chef Mendin spending time with his fiancé Ali and his two sons, Ian and Noah.

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SOBEWFF Goes Local

By Mitchell Nover, Melanie Galarce, Santi Cardona, Monique Gonzalez, and Mahogani Jones

Despite the fact that the South Beach Wine & Food Festival has been held in Miami for 16 years now, it hasn’t always represented the local chefs, restaurants, and flavors that our city has to offer. In recent years, however, we’ve noticed a shift towards the highlighting of more of the best and brightest of the South Florida foodie community. Never has that been more evident than this year’s Festival. Instead of events being all about Food Network stars, most events are now fronted by our local culinarians with the celebrity chefs playing the role of supporting players. And, you know what? It’s a beautiful thing.

Add to that the expansion to more neighborhoods and communities off of South Beach and the growing number of “unofficial” ancillary events, and it seems that SOBEWFF has officially gone local. With so much ground to cover this year, here at MMTM Headquarters we also felt the need to activate part of our own local team of foodies to help us cover multiple aspects of the weekend’s activities. The below is a team-effort recap of our 2017 SOBEWFF experiences. We hope you enjoy our take on the 2017 South Beach Wine & Food Festival!

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MMTM’s Best of 2016!

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.

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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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Pawn Broker is Raising the Roof

By Mitchell Nover

Miami is severely lacking in rooftop bars. What NYC manages to master with only 3-ish months of warm weather, we somehow neglect to take advantage of with our endless summers and gorgeous views. I’m sure there are numerous reasons for this, but the biggest is most likely Miami’s non-existent downtown scene. Rooftop bars (at least in my mind) are most often associated with bustling metropolises and business people riding elevators to the top of a skyscraper for an afterwork cocktail among the clouds – quite the opposite of the pool and beachside hotel bars of which there are a plethora on Miami Beach. Well, in hopes of what will become a growing trend (and a revitalization of Downtown Miami), the Pubbelly Boys have taken their talents from South Beach with the creation of the Pawn Broker at the Langford Hotel.

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Foodie Friday – Local Edition

…and just like that it’s June. Summer is unofficially here, but don’t tell that to our thermometers. The good news is that with the arrival of the high temperatures comes the departure of the tourists and our town once again becomes a haven for locals. To that end, we’ve once again curated a list of some of the top new restaurants, special menus, seasonal offerings, and foodie events to try this month – catered for us lovers of heat, humidity, and all things Miami. Enjoy!

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