Museum of Ice Cream: Instagram Heaven for Miami Ice Cream Lovers

Museum of Ice Cream: Instagram Heaven for Miami Ice Cream Lovers

The Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC) is everything you never knew you wanted in the ice cream world of your dreams. 

The exhibit, located in Miami Beach, is the fourth one for co-founders Maryellis Bunn and Manish Vora. Thanks to their cult-like following and found-success in cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, the duo finally made its way to the Magic City.

Celebrities like Beyoncé and Gwen Stefani have furthered the museum's popularity by sharing the experience on their social media accounts. Even if you've visited the museum elsewhere, each city expresses its own culture and identity— no exhibit is the same. 

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Foodable Labs Ranks South Florida's Top 10 Restaurants for 2017

Foodable Labs Ranks South Florida's Top 10 Restaurants for 2017

South Florida has an evolving, ever-growing culinary scene, which makes it THAT much exciting to keep up with. This Top 10 list features some of Miami’s Top 25 veterans, but here we are taking a closer look to learn more about the top five restaurants. Read below to learn overall scores for all ten restaurants!

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Zuuk Mediterranean Brings Bold Flavorful Bowls Paired with Addicting Made-in-House Dips to Brickell

Zuuk Mediterranean Brings Bold Flavorful Bowls Paired with Addicting Made-in-House Dips to Brickell

Miami is the ultimate melting pot, where different types of people and cultures blend together as one.

This is why oversees concepts often make their debut in the U.S. by expanding first in this especially culturally diverse city.

But local restaurateurs are also gaining traction in the market with concepts that appeal to adventurous foodies looking for ethnic tastes.

The team that brought My Ceviche, a south American fusion seafood-focused fast casual concept with six stores in the Miami area, decided to introduce a new fast casual to the Miami market.

Enter Zuuk Mediterranean.

The first store in Brickell opened in April and serves Mediterranean-inspired items. This style of food appeals to today’s diners (millennials, in particular) because it offers an array of flavorful healthy choices.

Like My Ceviche, Zuuk has create-your-own bowls and pita wraps, along with other nutritious offerings like fresh-pressed juices and Boylan Bottled soda. The restaurant also prides itself on not using a fryer to prepare any of the food offerings.

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Learn How to Make Nikki Beach's Most Popular Cocktail for #NationalRumDay

In honor of National Rum Day, the luxury beach club Nikki Beach is offering their most popular cocktail for half off.

Nikki Beach Daybeds

Yes. You guessed it.

It’s the mojito. The cocktail will be available all-day for just $7.

Nikki Beach Mojito

But what’s a mojito without a lively atmosphere?

This popular Miami Beach destination combines the elements of music, dining, entertainment, fashion, film and art into one. With its Southern French style, iconic white day beds, and lively DJs and dancers, Nikki Beach is sure to surpass expectations.

In case you’re not in Miami, but would still like to enjoy a Nikki-Beach style mojito, here’s what you need:

Ingredients:

  • Mint
  • Sugar
  • Lime
  • Rum
  • Club Soda

Instructions:

  • Muddle the mint, sugar and lime together
  • Rum and ice are then added and shaken
  • Top your drink with club soda and fresh mint leaves

Cheers!

#HappyNationalRumDay

Stadiums Are Amping-Up their #FoodGame

Stadiums Are Amping-Up their #FoodGame

In some ways, once football season begins, the stadium becomes the second home of a dedicated football fan. Traditionally, it’s a place where family and friends gather together to cheer on their favorite team to victory, but some would argue that good food and beverage make up a big component of a positive game-day experience as it is watching the home team win.

As consumers become increasingly immersed into food culture they are demanding better quality food and diverse choices throughout the restaurant industry— football concession stands are no different and feel the same pressures from fans.

At the Hard Rock Stadium, choices beyond hot dogs, burgers, and fries are available in multiple floor levels with local restaurants and recognized chefs flocking over to Miami Gardens to showcase their selections.

However, because Miami is so diverse, it only makes sense that transplant concepts, like Fuku— a fast-casual concept featuring spicy fried chicken from New York’s popular Momofuku Group — would also be featured at the stadium.


Fuku at Hard Rock Stadium is celebrity chef David Chang’s first venture into South Florida, but it’s the third time he opens one of his fast casual concepts inside an establishment that features sporting events (Fuku can also be found inside Citi Field stadium and Madison Square Gardens arena in New York).

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Make the Most of Your Sunday Funday with Mina’s Mediterraneo's Brunch

Make the Most of Your Sunday Funday with Mina’s Mediterraneo's Brunch

Brunch has become weekend sacrament and the hallmark of our Sunday Fundays.

However, determining where to “brunch” is often passionately debated within our group chats and text message exchanges. One must not only please the palate with unique vittles, but also maintain an endless stream of mimosas.

For those who seek diversity with their side of bacon, Mina’s Mediterraneo is the brunch you’ve been hunting for.

This eclectic eatery located in Miami’s upper eastside serves a medley of Mediterranean cuisine with novel combinations of Egyptian, Middle Eastern, Italian, French and Turkish flavors.

The hearty dishes are representative of the owner’s heritage, which channel her grandmother’s recipes. The dining room’s open-format is reminiscent of a family room,  with that nostalgic comfort akin to your mother’s kitchen table.

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The Most Loved Pizza Brand MOD Pizza Expands to Florida

The Most Loved Pizza Brand MOD Pizza Expands to Florida

 The fast casual pizza market in Florida is about to get more competitive because MOD Pizza is planning on opening four locations in 2017. Even before the first stores are opened, the brand is planning to expand in the state with more stores in 2018.

BBX Capital announced this week that the first location will be in Parkland and it is expected to open in late September at 7171 N. State Road 7.

To celebrate, the store will be donating 100% of all pizza sales on its opening day to a local non-profit.

"MOD Pizza is the original superfast pizza experience and has already established itself as a leader across the country. MOD Pizza also has a presence in the U.K.,” said Jarett Levan, president of BBX Capital in a press release. “We look forward to opening our first MOD store in Parkland and introducing the local market and the state of Florida to this great fast-casual pizza experience." 

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Is Home-Cooked Food Better For Dogs? Dishes For Dogs Thinks So!

Did you know there is a kitchen tucked inside Miami's Wynwood neighborhood that is solely dedicated to making food for your furry friends? It’s called Dishes For Dogs, or DFD, for short. But don’t get it twisted! This is not a dog restaurant.

“We’re a kitchen that, you know, cooks and manufactures...dog food using USDA certified human-grade ingredients,” says Mason Fox, co-owner of DFD. “We are just making food so that people can come in and buy it and increase the quality of their dog’s food.”

The idea for DFD was inspired by a toy-sized, playful Pomeranian named Ripley, who had a few health issues. After some research by Michael O’Rourke, founder of Dishes For Dogs and Ripley’s owner, he knew that home-cooked meals would be the best option for his canine friend. O'Rourke turned out to be right and Ripley is currently healthy and happy as DFD's mascot.

Consequently, after identifying this specific need in the dog food market for home-cooked meals, he decided to build a business around this concept and partnered up with Dr. Shmalberg, a board-certified veterinary nutritionist, to perfect the recipes.

“Regarding the creation of the menu, ...the nutrition guided everything,” Fox adds. “We gave Dr. Shmalberg full freedom to create just the most appropriate and balanced meal that he could make, using different proteins.”

Dishes For Dogs currently offers six balanced meal varieties made with only USDA certified ingredients, avoiding all preservatives and fillers. The recipes include different vegetables mixed with one of the following proteins: beef, turkey, lamb, chicken, salmon, and wild venison. The recipes are formulated to provide specific benefits, such as: supporting a healthy immune system, digestion, and maintaining current health, which includes brain function, skin/coat health. There are gluten-free and grain-free options available, as well. Finally, they also provide two meals formulated for dogs with skin problems made with braised buffalo and coconut cod.

The food is sold in individual frozen packages that can be thawed at home and portioned according to your dog’s size.

DFD is also the first dog food company in the country to partner up with UberEATS to provide fresh home-cooked, ready-to-eat meals for dogs. And if a customer wants to stock up on meals for the week or month, they can order the frozen packages and have them delivered through the app.

"We're hoping to convince people that we are capable of helping, because we really do believe that," Fox affirms.

Avoid the Fight, Grab the Right Bite

Avoid the Fight, Grab the Right Bite

By Kerri Adams, Editor-at-Large

With less than two weeks until Valentine's day, you may be quietly (or not so quietly) panicking about what to do to impress your favorite lady or gent. 

If procrastinating has not produced the miracle idea you have been praying for, don't feel ashamed. 46% of people start shopping for a gift in early February, so you are not alone. 

But, nothing to fear Foodable reader! We are here to guide you on how to avoid the fight and grab the best bite. 

Check out the video above where people in Miami's Wynwood share their past Valentine's Day experiences, featuring the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Nonetheless, Valentine's Day should be all about love and creating memorable experiences.

"People don’t always get what they want on Valentine’s Day, and that’s because most people shop for their significant others without the input of that person. Most often, people receive candy, chocolate and cards on this heartfelt holiday, when what they really want is an evening out or an experience," writes "Entrepreneur."

So without further ado– here are some dos and don’ts to consider when planning your dining experience. 

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Miamians Line Up for Artisanal Desserts at The Salty Donut in Wynwood

The Salty Donut began as a mission to bring handcrafted, artisanal doughnuts to Miami. Owners Andy Rodriguez and Amanda Pizarro traveled across the country for these desserts and wondered why Miami didn’t have them.

“We realized that Miami is usually at the tail end of a lot of gastronomic trends and we just really wanted to do something that was for our city. Bring a little bit of culture that we didn’t have from other places around the country to our city...because I feel like Wynwood is part of the town, part of Miami that’s most accepting to kind of different things,” Rodriguez said.

Prior to having their storefront, “Salty,” as it is affectionately known, was trying to keep up with their customers' insatiable demands from a pop-up truck. Even now that they have been able to move into their storefront, The Salty Donut regularly has lines stretching down the street and often sells out of doughnuts before the business day is done — not surprising, due to its widely varied consumer base.

“I think we’ve got kids [who] are super trendy and kinda fashion-forward. I think we’ve got, you know, grandmas and grandpas that are 80 years old that come in and get our doughnuts,” Rodriguez added.

With quirky items like the pancetta, cheddar, and cornbread cake doughnuts and classics like the traditional glazed buttermilk, Salty offers a treat for every flavor profile. The menu is thanks in part to veteran pastry chef and The Salty Donut Executive Pastry Chef Max Santiago. With his 20 years of experience, Chef Santiago can change his menu regularly.

“Whenever anyone asks me, ‘You do just doughnuts?’ I don’t do just doughnuts, I do desserts,” he said.

And those desserts are just as pleasing to the eye as they are to the stomach. As customers walk in to satisfy their doughnut craving, many can’t help but stop to snap a shot for Instagram or Facebook.

Watch this episode of REACH Miami to see what all the fuss is about at The Salty Donut.

Coyo Taco Doesn't Cut Corners When It Comes to High-Quality, Modern Mexican Food

Coyo Taco resides inside Miami’s revitalized neighborhood of Wynwood, a district that was transformed through graffiti art by visionaries Tony Goldman and Jeffrey Deitch.

Coyo, as locals call it, is one of the most popular fast-casual modern-Mexican cuisine concepts in the area. It features outdoor seating with four royal blue, communal-style picnic tables that sit eight people comfortably, along with large umbrellas for a sun-and-rainproof experience. The simple industrial style that reigns the interior of Coyo allows its open kitchen to take center stage, where guests can watch the hard-working staff prepare their food from the comfort of their high-top table or booth seating.

Executive Chef Scott Linquist, a Los Angeles native who spent most of his professional career cooking Mexican food, has based the Coyo Taco menu on authentic Mexican flavors and cooking techniques, but has modernized it to fit everyone — from the casual foodie to the health-conscious or vegetarian guest. 

Their corn grain tortillas are hand-pressed and cooked on-site every hour throughout the day. It’s no surprise Coyo’s philosophy, which is "todo fresco," means “everything fresh.” They incorporate this philosophy to everything they do inside the restaurant/bar and out in their commissary kitchen by using fresh and local ingredients.

“We are not cutting corners in the processes… our duck carnitas [Carnitas De Pato], is a process of doing a confit with a duck leg for hours at a really low temperature. Whenever we do our Cochinita Pibil, Yucatan-style pork, it’s for 12-hours, we cook it overnight wrapped in banana leaves. We do barbacoa with short rib with a similar process. So, we’re not cutting any corners,” Linquist said, who just opened his own restaurant in partnership with entrepreneur Aaron McKown, called Olla.

Coyo is also home to a “secret” bar past a light blue door located at the far end of the restaurant. It serves specialty, crafted drinks with fresh ingredients — specializing in margaritas— and is open every day of the week except on Sundays.

Linquest assures that the margs and the tacos are not the only items that make an impression on Coyo’s guests, but also the sound quality to their not-so-secret back room.

“In this small 12,000 square-foot space, we have some really powerhouse equipment to really put out great sound, so that attracts a lot of DJs that can come back and play in the bar for an intimate audience,” Linquist added.

To learn more about Coyo Taco, check out our first REACH Miami video episode above!