#MiamiSpiceMonday – Lekoké Wine & Bites

By Melanie Galarce

There’s a common misconception that to take full advantage of the Miami Spiceculinary program the experience should be over the top, lavish, and slightly outside your comfort zone. However, I’m here to share an experience that was quite the opposite. You might already be fully aware that both Mitch and I are slightly biased to a small, understated, and slightly under-explored wine bar on 8th Street called Lekoké. We could write a four-page love letter to this quaint wine bar, with a collection of quirky, antique household items and a floor-to-ceiling collection of booze, but it’s the food, and, specifically, it’s Miami Spice-inspired menu that recently gave me a new reason to brag some more about this small gem.

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Falling for Uvaggio’s Fall Menu

I’ve been a fan of Uvaggio since it first opened on Miracle Mile about a year ago. I love the small feel, the bright and warm ambience, the live music trickling in from the sidewalk, and the extensive and interesting wine list. That said, I’ve only really visited a handful of times and those visits have usually been on the shorter side; more drinks with friends or night caps than a full dining experience.

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Crazy About Cardón y el Tirano

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…

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#Foodie Friends – Yelp Miami

It’s the end of the month and we’re continuing our Foodie Friends series that kicked-off last month by highlighting another Miami foodie that we simply adore. Her name is Cassie Glenn, and she’s the driving force behind Yelp Miami. She’s a Colorado transplant that made her way to Miami for college and once done, decided to stick around our sunny neck of the woods.

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Corso di Cucina in Coconut Grove

I think one of the true signs of adulthood is cooking for yourself. The process starts in college and consists of slapping a chicken breast on a George Foreman Grill and serving it up with some instant couscous (and that’s only when you actually muster up the willpower to take a night off from your favorite burrito joint, pizza place, or fast food spot). The next step, in your 20’s in your first apartment, is mastering the art of frozen ingredients that you buy in a cloud of excitement and awe while eating free samples for lunch shopping at Costco. Well, now that I’m making my way towards 30-something (32, to be exact), I strive to follow real recipes, make full meals from scratch, and use fresh ingredients from the local farmer’s market. So, when I heard about a cooking class at La Bottega Sociale Enoteca in Coconut Grove, I threw caution to the wind and set out to tackle the art of la cucina italiana.

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