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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Miami Spice Newcomers to Try Post Hurricane Irma

Photo Courtesy Of Elena Vivas

Photo Courtesy Of Elena Vivas

In the wake of Irma, where ruble dresses the streets and electricity serves as currency, Miami is gallantly finding its way back to normalcy; and we have never been hungrier.

As hurricane snacks dwindle and stale, locals are in search of a stiff drink, good meal and strong AC. Thankfully, Miami Spice offers just that.

Miami Spice is the coveted sampler platter of South Florida’s restaurant year. Every August and September, hundreds of top-ranked eateries slash their prices and foodies flock to their tables like it’s Black Friday. Prix-fixe menus crafted by world-recognized chefs— in other words, a tableau of signature dishes that will cure your Irma blues.

Being the new kid on the block is never easy, and for these Miami Spice newcomers Irma has definitely served as the proverbial bully, cutting their premiere short. Not to fret, Miami Spice has been extended till the end of October, plenty of time to welcome these newbies to your Miami Spice round-up.

Please note that some menu offerings may have changed subject to the storm.

Tacology

This place offers much more than just tacos. Chef Santiago Gomez offers a mercado or “station” dining style, which employs preciseness and expertise for every dish. To start choose the octopus ceviche, topped with pico de gallo or the mini guacamole for the less adventurous. For your entree, I highly recommend the lobster tacos, butter poached and topped with black beans and rich chipotle sauce. The special rib eye tacos are also notable. They are crested with spicy chorizo, crispy chicharron and salsa. The fattiness of the chorizo and crunch of the chicharron are a delightful union for the senses. Wrap-up your evening with the creamy, cinnamon-rich arroz con leche, this rice pudding is the perfect remedy to soothe all that self-inflicted pain from Tacology’s many hot sauces.

Photo Courtesy Of Elena Vivas

Photo Courtesy Of Elena Vivas

Photo Courtesy Of Elena Vivas

Photo Courtesy Of Elena Vivas

Phuc Yea

This place offers a unique marriage of Vietnamese and Cajun spices; gristle-rich flavors juxtaposed to Vietnamese crispness. Although Phuc Yea is a newcomer to Miami Spice, owners Cesar Zapata and Aniece Meinhold are veteran Spice purveyors with their former eatery The Federal. Phuc Yea’s premiere offering includes a thorough collection of appetizers like country-fried oysters, jelly fish crudo and crispy imperial roll. The menu continues to impress with Cola confit duck, lemongrass chicken, peppercorn churrasco and vegetable curry. The fun continues with your choice of fried rice, chilled spicy beef noodles or mangoes and cukes. Phuc Yea’s hearty selections will leave you, well… saying Phuc Yea!

Photo Courtesy Of Elena Vivas

Photo Courtesy Of Elena Vivas

Pinch Kitchen

El Portal’s hidden gem. The off-beat kitchen that houses a clean menu of locally sourced produce and sustainable proteins kicks off the season with an underground, off-spice menu. Pinch’s prix-fixe menu includes their “K-town Guac”, a creamy guacamole blended with kimchi and topped with bulgogi. Options for entrees include their signature Fideua, an aromatic pasta permeated with cockles and fish, a hearty and rustic dish perfect for sharing. Although the scallops are not included in their prix-fixe offering they are worth sharing; tender morsels blanketed with fragrant beef sauce beneath cauliflower puree. Chefs John Gallo and Rene Reyes’ food truly displays the farm-rich, free-spirit that Pinch embodies, and best of all, their natural wines won’t give you a hangover. Cheers to that!

PHOTO COURTESY OF ELENA VIVAS

PHOTO COURTESY OF ELENA VIVAS

PHOTO COURTESY OF ELENA VIVAS

PHOTO COURTESY OF ELENA VIVAS

Gili’s Beach Club

Lastly, this restaurant is for the hands-on diner who doesn’t mind doing some of the work. The restaurant offers a lava stone experience where entrees are delivered on hot stones allowing patrons to cook their dishes to their likeness. Offerings include skirt steak, organic chicken and jumbo shrimp, accompanied by paella style rice, steak fries or chorizo potato salad, along with an assortment of sauces. Conclude your unique evening with house-made key lime pie or a sinful snickers cake. This beachside eatery is the perfect escape post Irma.

Thank you to all the local restaurants offering post-Irma deals and refuge for Miamians. We will rebuild one bite at a time!

Dade Night Dining: The Most Romantic Restaurants to Visit in Miami

Dade Night Dining: The Most Romantic Restaurants to Visit in Miami

Summer date nights shouldn’t conform to the four corners of a $39 prix fixe menu; especially when Miami has a plethora of restaurants that serve affordable food– with a complementary side of romance. 

Isn’t there nothing more disappointing than taking your date to a “froufrou” steakhouse only to discover you’ll have to choose between chicken or fish. Save the embarrassment and your Amex by trying one of these eateries that are sure to set the mood. 

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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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Ella’s Oyster Bar: The New Pearl of Little Havana

Ella’s Oyster Bar: The New Pearl of Little Havana

Calle Ocho is a must-see in Miami, known for its cultural flavor and it’s rich in Latin American heritage. The clanking of tiles and bongos can be heard from Domino Park, all the while nearby tourists can be found with hand-muddled mojitos in their grip. The unique neighborhood is the home to an array of family-owned food markets, local artwork and the best Cuban bread under the sun.

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