Grown Kitchen Uses Cross Utilization to Make Organic Food Fast

Grown Kitchen Uses Cross Utilization to Make Organic Food Fast
  • Grown’s Shannon Allen stops into Foodable to talk cross utilization and healthy, organic fast food.

  • The Mediterranean Vibe can be made into a salad, sandwich or wrap, making these dishes fast and cost effective.

What's your vibe? Today on our Smart Kitchen set we welcome grown-woman (Founder of Grown), Shannon Allen. Grown is a truly healthy fast food restaurant. Everything in their restaurants is organic and every meal is available for order through their drive-through windows.

Their restaurant is a little different, and not just because of the nutritional information. Grown offers food in accordance with it's "vibes." You can get a salad, a sandwich, or a wrap in one of many "vibes" which are essentially different flavor profiles. And these vibes are just one of the secrets allowing Grown to offer such high-quality meals in less than 4 minutes. On today's episode, Shannon shows us the Mediterranean vibe and all the delicious, organic ingredients that go into it, while discussing her mission with Paul. 

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Art Brews Business at J. Wakefield and Wynwood Brewing

Art Brews Business at J. Wakefield and Wynwood Brewing
  • David Rodriguez and Adrian Castro of Little Havana's Union Beer Store take us to the most iconic Wynwood breweries.

  • Wynwood Brewing and J. Wakefield Brewery show us how the vibe of Miami's Wynwood art permeates the craft beer neighboorhood.

On this episode of Beer Artisan, were exploring Miami’s famed art neighborhood, Wynwood, and the craft beer businesses that have popped up out of its art scene.

The Union Beer Store was started by husband and wife duo, David and Cici Rodriguez. The pair had been close to the beer scene for years and one year ago decided to strike out on their own and create Union, a beer store/bar with a fun, super laid-back vibe. With more than 300 different beers in their cooler, they offer locals and tourists a wide range of tastes to explore. Adrian, David’s right-hand man, helms the bar at Union, helping visitors choose the right brew. So it only made sense to have David and Adrian show us around the Wynwood neighborhood.

First up, J. Wakefield. John Wakefield got started brewing with a $50 Mr. Beer homebrew kit gifted to him by his wife. Slowly but surely, the hobby transformed into a lifestyle and brewing beers on his stove evolved into a jam-packed production facility producing a number of unique brews. John tells us how he combined his life as a beer geek with his life as a Star Wars geek to create his incredibly designed, Star Wars themed tap room which highlights the work of a number of local artists and adds to the incredible vibe you can only find in Wynwood.

Next, it’s on to Wynwood Brewing, Wynwood’s first brewery. Started by Luis G. Brignoni, Wynwood also incorporates local artists’ work into the design of the space. Luis invited local artist Lola Blue to design bottles for the brewery, further cementing the relationship between Wynwood art and its businesses. Wynwood has won a number of Great American Beer Festival medals and is aiming to churn out 12,000 barrels of beer this year thanks to help from the Craft Beer Alliance.

 

Brignoni made a deal with the CBA in which they would have a 24.5% stake in the company (the threshold for still being defined as "craft" by the Brewers Association) and in return, help grows the production and distribution of Wynwood Brewing brews. This has opened up their tanks, allowing Wynwood to be more creative with their in-house production.

If you’ve never been to Wynwood, you should give it a visit ASAP. Just listen to our Wynwood Guide, Robert William de los Rios from The RAW Project. But if you can’t, watch this episode of Foodable’s Beer Artisan for a journey through the art-driven neighborhood to learn more about its history and vibe.

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Breakfast 2.0

Photo Credit: Modern Luxury Miami

Photo Credit: Modern Luxury Miami

It's been said repeatedly that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  And just like anything else in Miami, if you're going to do something, you might as well do it right. Lucky for us Miamians, our city is a cultural smorgasbord with tons of variety when it comes to dining.

Modern Luxury Miami recently unveiled its Top 5 picks for Best Breakfast - from breakfast dumplings [pictured] to croissants.  View the list here, and prepare to indulge.