Andrew Nelson is a writer for National Geographic Traveler magazine. This past weekend he was in Miami on a curious assignment. His mission? Without any research or planning, he’d land in Miami and crowdsource the trip through Twitter. The experiment worked, and soon locals in-the-know began following him and making recommendations. On Saturday night, tips from helpful food bloggers led him to the MGFD food bar, where he enjoyed a meal and a view. The story will be in the magazine sometime early next year, but here’s the experience chronicled from his BlackBerry lens. Andrew used the hash tag, #andymiami, if you’d like to find out where his trail of cyber crumbs took him on Twitter, and here is his preview on the National Geographic website (beef tongue gets a shout out!) But where in the world will Andrew be next? Follow him @andrewnelson.
We love this time of year. Things are buzzing, and creativity is in the air… It’s Art Basel in the Miami Design District! The strange and beautiful are afoot, even in our walk-in at MGFD! Steaming octopi chilled out this afternoon before tonight’s service, when it will be chargrilled and served with a salad of gigande beans, roasted peppers, green olives, and torn herbs.
Sage Deli in Hallandale, arguably the most authentic kosher NY-style bagel place in town, has kindly been making custom plain minis for our house smoked salmon dip with bagel chips, plated below by Sous Chef Prudent. Also, second from top, Hedy’s homemade granola parfait with fresh berries (on the side, not pictured) and Greek yogurt. And last but certainly not least, the delicious red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting and shredded coconut. The whole pastry gang, including assistants Amy and Thais, was in this morning churning out these beauties. Thanks ladies!
Meet Eric Larkee, our new sommelier at the restaurant. His new carafe program opens bottles on our wine list that may not normally be available by-the-glass. The carafe amount is more than half a bottle at less than half the cost — great for couples that start off with glasses of white or sparkling, larger tables that want a bit more wine, or just anyone looking for a half bottle.
Uncorked: Duckhorn Vineyards 2006 Napa Valley Merlot
Duckhorn is well known for their Merlot. This one packs dark fruit flavors like blackberries, cassis and plum, with chocolate, violets, and graham cracker crust.
Carafe price: $40 ($90/bottle)
Pairing suggestions: Short ribs, grass-fed beef
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 2002 (he hails from Neenah,) Eric moved to New York City, holding multiple positions in some of Manhattan’s top fine dining destinations, ultimately serving as beverage director and maître d’ at the Michelin starred-Wallsé. Upon relocating to Miami, he worked as sommelier at Au Pied de Cochon before joining the Michael’s Genuine staff.
“There is an endless amount of information to possibly learn,” says Eric of the job of sommelier. “It is a balance of teacher, businessman, connoisseur, restaurateur, but most important – listener.”
Find him in our dining room Tuesday through Saturday nights!
The Chiltern Hills, Southeast England, via Algo’s photostream on Flickr