#MiamiSpiceMonday – Tamara’s Bistro at The National Hotel

By Mahogani Jones

The National Hotel is known for its legendary grace, Art Deco style, and Miami Beach’s longest infinity-edge pool. The only descriptor that must never be omitted from their identity is its extraordinary restaurant: Tamara’s Bistro. From colorful mosaic ceilings to exceptional service, the character and vivacity of Tamara’s Bistro radiates throughout the room from the moment you arrive. And that’s not even the best part of the venue. The degustation menu at Tamara’s Bistro is like none other. Just when you thought exploring new interpretations of contemporary international cuisines was enough to satisfy your stomach, Chef Matthew adds a “Miami twist” to each menu item that’s sure to have your taste buds singing high praises.

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#MiamiSpiceMonday – RED, The Steakhouse

By Mitchell Nover

RED, The Steakhouse and I have very different interpretations of what Miami Spice should be. For me, Miami Spice is all about the simplicity of a $39 fixed price menu, featuring 3 options for 3 courses, allowing restaurants to show off their best to diners who may not normally be able to frequent them. RED, on the other hand, throws it all out there, with their rotating menu themes, multiple course options, and add-ons and upgrades galore. It’s a difference in ideology that is worlds apart, but that’s also what’s great about Miami Spice (and dining opinions, in general); at the end of the day, it’s all about the food. And, since I’m never one to pass up a good meal, I gladly accepted an invite to check out RED’s huge variety of Miami Spice menu options.

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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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Always Sunny in SoBe

Over at MMTM Headquarters we’re big fans of the foodie favorite Top Chef. When any alumni of the show decides to bring their culinary creations to our city, we jump with joy. Spike Mendelsohn, one of said former alumnus from season four, brought his skills to The Hall, a new Miami Beach hotel concept located on 15th and Collins that recently opened by hotel chain Joie de Vivre. The hotel has a certain je ne sais quoi that sweeps you off your feet with charm, easily translating into the courtyard that plays hosts to Mendelsohn’s restaurant.

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Sarsaparilla Surprise

For those of you who don’t know, sarsaparilla is a soft drink, originally made from the Smilax regelii plant, that was popular in the United States in the 19th century. Confused yet? What that has to do with the new American dim sum restaurant at The Shelbourne hotel on South Beach, I have no idea. I also know that I don’t really care because this place is amazing. After a recent menu tasting, I’m signing up for a lifetime membership to The Sarsaparilla Club.

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Truffle Madness at Cafe Des Arts

On a Monday night not too long ago, our #foodiefriend Sara invited us to Café des Arts in South Beach. We didn’t know much about what to expect, but what we did know was that a truffle dinner had been prepped to welcome us. That was reason enough to get us uber excited.

Café des Arts is a concept started by Pierre-Antoine Navarro and his partner Philippe Carteau who together have opened restaurants all over France. The restaurant has a lush, cool patio where we dined on a perfectly crisp February night. Inside, you’ll find progressive art with graffiti of iconic names like Albert Einstein and one of my fashion heroes, Bridget Bardot. We were totally smitten upon arrival but it wasn’t really until we sat down for dinner that our bellies fell head over heels in love.

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SOBEWFF 2016: A Learning Experience

In MMTM’s three years of blog-istence, we’ve had three very different experiences as it relates to the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. It’s one of the most exciting times of year in Miami (for us foodies, anyway) and we love that we’ve been able to have had such different takes on it so far. Our first year was all about seeing our favorite Food Network Stars and making the most of discounted tickets and free events. Year two was more about highlighting the local chefs and restaurants we’d come to love and getting into as many events as possible. And this year, our third time around, was about seeing a different side of SOBEWFF, not biting off more than we could chew, and maybe, just maybe, learn a thing or two.

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DIRT Brings Clean Eating to South Beach

Imagine a world where food can be healthy, fast, and tasty at the same time! No, this isn’t the plot line of some freaky food-fetish flick, it’s an actual thing. And it’s right here in Miami at the new South Beach fast casual hotspot, DIRT. Located on Fifth Street between Collins and Washington Avenues, DIRT’s mission is simple and straightforward: to create innovative, delicious, healthy cuisine that you can feel good about putting into your body. That’s right, DIRT is here to bring clean eating to the Magic City.

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Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli Shows Off Her Softer Side at Driftwood Room

I’m not gonna lie, I was a little intimidated to eat at Chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s Driftwood Room. I’d eaten in celebrity chef-helmed restaurants before, but never dined on the dishes of an Iron Chef or a Chopped judge. I’ve been a fan of hers for a while, but she’s always kind of scared me a little bit. Her TV persona is that of a chef who is never one to mince words or hold back in expressing her opinion. Maybe I thought that all of this perceived hardness would transfer over to her cooking and that it would be too much for me? In any case, once I set foot in the stunning outdoor terrace, I immediately felt at ease and ready for the elegant yet relaxed dinner that awaited.

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MMTM’s Best of 2015!

It’s hard to believe that it’s already time for our final blog post of the year. We’ve officially made it to the end of 2015 and what a year it’s been! In our second year of blogging we dined and drank our way across Miami, making lots of new #foodiefriends along the way. As excited as we are for what 2016 has in store for us, we thought we should take one final look back at the foodie year that was 2015. Enjoy!

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