It’s officially a festive Foodie Friday for all Miamians with the South Beach Wine & Food Festival in full gear. Are you guys as excited as we are? We’re assuming that since you’re all full-fledged foodies like us, you already started the festivities last night, and while you’re celebrating, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to keep up with our #SOBEWFF adventures! While you finalize your foodie weekend plans, we leave you with some fun foodie links from around the web. Enjoy!
A few weeks ago you read about Mitch’s experience at Siena Tavern for dinner and although his first impression was one of disdain he gave it a second shot and was surprisingly satisfied. A a good review the second time around, we ventured to Siena Tavern for brunch in hopes of a repeat performance.
Love is in the air! We all know the fastest way to a foodie’s heart is through their stomach, so here at MMTM headquarters we’ve put together a list of picks of the best places to eat this Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re looking for romance, dining solo, or going out with a group of friends for an anti-Valentine’s meal, we’ve got you covered! Read on for a variety of specials, set-menus and other special treats for the occasion.
When you think about happy hour at a Mexican restaurant, what images come to mind? For me, it’s usually eating bottomless chips out of a sombrero, 2×1 pitchers of margaritas (made with a mix, not fresh), and some tacky mariachi music blasting in the background. In a word, cliché. Well that all changed for me after a visit to Porfirio’s on South Beach.
Over the past few months it has been made abundantly clear that I am a huge fan of Chef Fabio Viviani (see: Chef’s Corner, The OBIEs Recap, MMTM Giveaway, Best of 2014.) From watching him on numerous seasons of Top Chef and then meeting him in person and talking to him on the phone, I was chomping at the bit to finally get a taste of his food at his new South Beach restaurant.
When one thinks of Cuban food in Miami, Ocean Drive doesn’t not immediately come to mind as a go-to destination for an authentic meal. Ocean Drive may actually be the antithesis of anything authentic in Miami as it’s better known for tacky establishments that target the throngs of tourists that visit our fair city every day. As the Miami culinary scene continues to grow, the gap is widening between trendy and quality cuisine, with focus returning to the classic Cuban joints of Little Havana (e.g. El Exquisito, El Rey de las Fritas) as well as a new crop of modern takes on Cuban restaurants (e.g. Finka Table and Tap, Bread + Butter) that are popping up all over Dade County. Well, Larios on the Beach, an Ocean Drive mainstay since opening in 1992, is working hard to bridge that gap by recently debuting a new menu and new look to attract tourists and locals alike to its beach-front digs.
Bryan Canales, Radio Bar
In our innagural Behind the Bar post, we featured Ryan Goodspeed, Beverage Director of The Genuine Hospitality Group. Today, we are highlighting bartender extraordinaire Bryan Canales of Radio Bar in SoFi. His personality is much like what you’ll find at the bar: cool, relaxed, hip and so much fun. He’s a Miami native who has been with the Menin Hospitality group since it acquired Radio Bar, which has fast become a favorite among Miami locals. Read on to learn more about Bryan’s take on the bar scene as a Miami native, and why sharing an Old Fashioned with Abraham Lincoln would be right up his alley.
Jamie DeRosa, Chef/Owner, Tongue & Cheek
Chef Jamie DeRosa fell in love with cooking as a child, making paella with his grandmother. Those hours spent learning her tricks and picking up the basics of simple, rustic cooking laid the groundwork for a passion that would take him as a young adult to Johnson & Wales University in Miami. In addition to his formal schooling, Chef DeRosa has also received some amazing on-the-job training from many of the country’s best chefs, including James Beard award-winners Allen Susser and Wolfgang Puck; Master Chef Joachim Splichal; and Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian. Chef DeRosa opened Tongue & Cheek on South Beach in April of 2013 and, just over one year later, thanks to the approachable, ingredient-driven, American menu it continues to be one of the city’s go-to culinary hotspots.
Last week MMTM was invited to an intimate Flor de Caña rum tasting and food pairing in the cool and understated SoFi bar, Radio. What started off as a pop-up bar in early 2013 has transformed into a local favorite, beaming with craft cocktails and laid-back ambiance. With dim lighting, home décor, and a pool table to keep a friendly game going, Radio has become one of Miami’s hidden libation gems.