By Mitchell Nover
Hi there, foodies! It’s the last MMTM blog post of 2017, and I’ve saved the best for last. You may have heard me mention it twice on the WTF? Where’s the Food? Podcast as my favorite meal of the year; yes, I’m talking about Stubborn Seed (101 Washington Ave, South Beach), the new home of Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford and longtime friend Chef Joe Mizzoni. This dynamic duo is collaborating to bring a new take on Modern American cuisine in Miami. Playing with different textures and flavors in the kitchen, they’ve creating a rich menu that features natural, seasonally-sourced ingredients. The concept encourages guests to share and explore, as the chefs revitalize foods and dishes that are often known for their approachability and serve them up in a unique and exciting way.
Michael Shikany, CEO, SHIKANY Hospitality
If you’ve missed Chef Michael Shikany as much as we have since his eponymous SHIKANY abruptly closed earlier this year, don’t fret because Miami’s maven of modernist cuisine is coming back soon, in a big way. Although he’s keeping his lips sealed regarding the opening of his next restaurant venture – Algorithm – he’s dropping hints on Instagram and picking up steam on the Miami scene yet again, beginning with next month’s FLIPANY Chefs Up Front event at the Biltmore.
I have to admit that when I first heard about Cardón y el Tirano, a new Latin restaurant in Little Havana, I didn’t really pay much attention. One day I happened to be driving down Calle 8 and saw the sign in an old shopping center near Versailles and thought, “Oh, that’s where that place is,” without really giving it a second thought. Nonetheless, as a still-relatively-new food blogger, I’m always looking for new off-the-beaten-path restaurants to try, so when approached by Chef Francisco Anton himself to come in for a taste, I went ahead and accepted. What did I really have to lose anyway? Needless to say, I went in to my dinner reservation not exactly having the highest of expectations…
Any Miami native – or anyone who has lived here for an extended period of time – has undoubtedly heard the phrase “South Beach Chic.” The definition is usually confusing and often means different things to different people, but it has generally been meant to describe a style of atmosphere or dress for Miami events and happenings. And, more often than not, the physical interpretation has been anything but chic. Well, I’m pleased to announce that I recently discovered the new chic in Miami and it has made it’s way off of South Beach and onto the mainland – Wynwood, to be exact, home of SHIKANY.