By Melanie Galarce
Zucca (162 Alcazar Ave, Coral Gables) is a stylish place for house-made pastas, steaks, and other Italian fare, with wine and inventive cocktails that recently opened up inside the Hotel St. Michel.
Every now and then we get invited to foodie events that are amazing reminders of why we love our Miami foodie community. Uvaggio’s Somm Slamm was exactly that; a one-of-a-kind experience dreamt up by the wine bar’s co-founders Heath Porter and Craig DeWald that offers guests a fun-filled night of gourmet foods, gracious company and unique wines.
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.
Happy Friday, foodie friends! Did you enjoy our Instagram takeover last night with Chef Spike Mendelsohn at Iron Fork Miami? Huge kudos to Chef Spike for being such an awesome foodie and joining forces with us for all the behind-the-scenes footage. Now that Iron Fork is under our belt, you know what that means? Miami Spice officially kicks off this Sunday and we can’t wait to start sharing all the delicious foodie spots that we’re totally digging this year. We hope to have new places to share and old favorites to tell you about again. We will officially be bringing back our #MiamiSpiceMonday series where, every week for the next two months, we highlight one of our favorite spots, so be on the lookout this upcoming Monday. In the meantime, we leave you with our fun Foodie Friday link pack. Enjoy!
This post is the first of its kind at MMTM headquarters. We want to venture outside our comfort zone of restaurant reviews and attempt a home cooked meal and the importance of the right wine to accompany said meal. Remember that time we introduced you to Tatiana Nessier, brand ambassador for Alamos Wines? We were smitten with Tatiana and intrigued by the Alamos wine portfolio, so a few weeks ago, I decided to have Mitch over for a quaint BBQ at my house while my Chilean husband grilled away to pair a perfect meal. My job was infinitely easier: ensure that all guests had their glasses fully quipped with Alamos Malbec, and make a decent attempt at playing the hostess with the mostess.
Tatiana Nessier, Brand Ambassador & Sommelier, Alamos Wines
Tatiana Nessier was born in Northern Argentina’s remote and breathtaking Salta region, well known for its concentrated wines and rugged landscape. Partway through her university studies is when her passion for wine took root, and what began as a casual interest in the topic soon blossomed into an all-consuming course of study. Tatiana stepped away from her formal university coursework for two years to dedicate herself to sommelier studies at the Escuela Argentina de Sommeliers, where she learned the science of deductive tasting and mastered subject matter covering global wine regions, varieties, classic producers and trends. In 2012 she began working with the wines of Catena in Mendoza, hosting trade guests at the winery, and today represents Alamos wines at home and internationally.
After living and traveling in many places, Tatiana finds her current home in Mendoza—overlooking the spectacular Cordón del Plata with the Uco Valley just beyond—the perfect place. She enjoys gathering there with friends for asado, traditional Argentine BBQ, with which she frequently pairs Alamos Special Selection Malbec. When cooking, another favorite pastime, Tatiana likes making empanadas salteña, a classic dish hailing from her homeland which finds a terrific accompaniment in the crisp, refreshing character of Alamos Torrontés.
Hey foodies! It’s officially Valentine’s Day weekend and Sunday is the big day! For us, that basically means another excuse to stack up on sweets and make dinner reservations. Although truth be told, we tend to hibernate on Valentine’s Day since we’re not into the crowds or pre-fix menus. However, to make things sweeter for you, we’ve gathered some Valentine’s Day inspired foodie links to share with your sweetheart. We wish you a weekend full of love, cocktails, and of course food! Enjoy!
Can anyone believe that January is officially over? While we’d like to get nostalgic about it we’re pretty stoked about all the wonderful things to come in 2016, including this weekend. We’ve been full speed with the Miami culinary scene the last few weeks since it’s officially in its high season. All kinds of cool places are popping up and we’re doing due diligence to check these out in order to share our highlight reel (and steer you in the right direction.) While we continue to grub and justify it via our blogging duties, we leave you with our last Foodie Friday link pack of January. Enjoy!
Hey foodie friends! Welcome back! Here’s an official “Happy New Year” from the MMTM family. We hope you thoroughly ate your way through the holidays and are amped for the foodie year ahead. We’re back in full swing after taking a small blogging break and we hope you are ready for all the awesome that this year will bring! We leave you with the first official Foodie Friday link pack of 2016 and wish you nothing but a year of health, happiness and lots of delicious eats. Enjoy!
October is in full swing and we’re about a week away from the holiday of candy mecca, Halloween. Not exactly sure how we’ll survive the sugar rush that’s in store for the next few days, but we’ll attempt to go easy on the candy (maybe). On a more optimistic note, the weather has started to cool and the fun breeze that’s out and about has made outdoor dinning a possibility. We Miami foodies rejoice with the possibilities to come. Do you guys have an outdoor foodie plans this weekend? We’ll be getting some last-minute candy and prepping for our Halloween costumes. Before you start to plan your own end-of-October extravaganza, we leave you with our fun foodie link pack. Enjoy!