By Mitchell Nover
One of the (many) reasons I love the Miami Spice program is that it gives Miami foodies permission to step out of their comfort zones and experience restaurants that they might not visit on a regular basis. Once you break down the wall of price obstacles, suddenly other taboos fall by the wayside as well. Such is the case with my recent trip to Villa Azur (309 23rd St, Miami Beach). The chic French-Mediterranean restaurant and lounge is a place where people go to see and be seen, and that, in general, is not my regular scene. However, emboldened by my new Spice season sensibilities, I decided to give Villa Azur a shot, even if only for the people-watching.
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!
Foodies, we made it through February and survived another SOBEWFF (albeit with a few extra pounds on the scale). But, just because the King of Food Festivals is over, that doesn’t mean we can stay in our food coma for much longer. March is truly coming in like a lion with plenty of new openings, special offerings, and more foodie events hitting us hard all month long. From Cork & Fork to Cochon555 to Donuts! and much, much more, let’s keep our belts loose and enjoy another gluttonous month here in the Magic City – the beach bod can wait. Below is our local Foodie Friday round-up for your perusal. Enjoy!
For all of you food lovers out there, we’ve got the perfect poem for you:
“Roses are red, pizza sauce is too. I ordered a large, and none of it’s for you.”
OK, so while we’re sure many of you wouldn’t hesitate to spend a nice, quiet evening home alone with a large pizza, some of you may be looking for a slightly more romantic Valentine’s Day dining experience this year. If so, you’re in luck because we’ve rounded up some great V-Day options for your perusal below. Whether you’re looking to impress your loved one with a fancy dinner, head out to a bar with your best girls or guys, or anything in between, Miami’s got you covered this year. Enjoy!
A few weeks ago MMTM was invited to an intimate Rum Diplomático rum tasting at the ultra luxe Villa Azur on Miami Beach. The exclusive tasting, led by Diplomatico Rum’s Master Distiller, Tito Cordero, provided an opportunity for a select few (us included!) to get a first taste of the newly-released-to-the-South-Florida-market Single Vintage 2000, as well as the brand’s flagship Reserva Exclusiva and the top-of-the-line Ambassador Selection.