The Big 2015 Picture | A Genuine Instagram Year in Review

Falafel with tahini sauce & pickled red onion

This year’s top earner was a Michael’s Genuine classic, just as it should be. One of my all time favorites, falafel with tahini sauce & pickled red onion!

It was a great year in food and drink at The Genuine Hospitality Group! Please enjoy what you voted our top dishes in 2015 according to likes, thanks to #2015bestnine and a little extra investigative elbow grease.  What did we learn?  Pasta  (#mgfdpasta) as a Michael’s Genuine menu category attracts the most consistent likes above 200, with the majority of posts occurring after 6PM. While the #elladailydonut takes the cake at our Palm Court café, Michael’s Triple Threat Avocado Toast, @breville-pressed panini specials, and um, ROSÉ!, are all Palm Court perfect.   Porterhouse and onion soup are feeling the love at Cypress Tavern… and cocktails in coupes courtesy Head Bartender @DavidFerree.  Harry’s Pizzeria’s most popular posting day is Wednesday, meat-topped pizza reigns supreme, a side of cuteness is always welcome, and drumroll please… #HPDesignDistrict takes the win for most popular post of the year with a Bacon, Caramelized Onion, Ricotta, Mozzarella and Fontina special pie!  See you in 2016!


Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

Harry's Pizzeria

Harry’s Pizzeria


Ella Pop Cafe

Cypress Tavern

Cypress Tavern

#SOBEWFF Reflections and a Recipe: The Chicken & The Egg Together at Last

This past week was filled with food and fun at the 14th annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival.  In true Michael Schwartz fashion, The Genuine Hospitality Group participated in a few genuine ways. There were the pre-parties — our two pop-up dinners unaffiliated with the festival but tied to it in spirit and in genuine people like Chris Cosentino and his motley crew (Jonnatan and Zach!) at Harry’s for Cockscomb Pizzeria. There was the amazing human Richard Betts and his Carla, to keep us on our toes with wine, tequila and mezcal at The Wine Room, and a pool game or three at Club Deuce.

Then we participated in two festival events, the first of which was Michael’s at the Perez Art Museum Miami with Cobaya, Zimmern & Co., and of course more San Francisco shenanigans. Then Hedy closed out with Death by Chocolate on Saturday night, as sweet a finish as it gets with Dallas, Devin and Kump, all documented by Tess. Saturday night was also our last unofficial festival activity at Taquiza, a taco stand for the purists. Ellie Groden, former TGHG all-star summed it up best with her Instagram:

step 1. ask some of the best chefs in miami to make a taco.
step 2. show up with @chefmschwartz and all the chefs send you their tacos
step 3. eat all the tacos.
I think I ate them all twice. @midtownchinese was my fave. thanks @taquizamiami #tacoheaven #sobewff and thanks the rest of you for already having dinner @tamazonn @thebillyharris @jackiesayet @jen_davidsonnyc @ericsaltz

Now you can make Roel’s guest taco at home, with the recipe below. And visit Taquiza, too, for housemade tortillas from blue masa, ground daily using responsibly sourced Masienda landrace corn from Michoacán, Mexico.  We like it fried up in Totopos with guac and a pint of Gringolandia Super Pils from 5 Rabbit Brewery.  Oh, those beautiful baby blues.

Roel’s Chicken Adobo Tacos with Egg Salad

makes 12 tacos

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1 pound Chicken Thighs, bone in and skin on
1 large Spanish onion, sliced thin
4 garlic cloves, sliced thin
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
½ cup soy sauce
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
2 fresh bay leaves
1 star anise
2 large organic brown chicken eggs
1 Roma tomato, seeded and chopped
1 red onion, shaved
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
Shaved radishes for garnish
Cilantro for garnish
1 dozen Corn Tortillas for serving

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add the oil so it thinly coats the bottom of the pan. Season the thighs with salt and pepper. Just as the oil begins to smoke, add the chicken skin side down and sear until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes. Turn the heat down to medium-low, and add onions, garlic and tomatoes. Let them sweat, cooking until the onions are translucent but not browning, about 5-7 minutes. Add the soy sauce, vinegar, bay leaves, star anise and 1 cup of water and gently simmer for 1.5 hours or until the chicken is tender and the liquid reduced until mostly evaporated.

While the chicken is braising, make your egg salad. Fill a 2 quart pot with water and bring to boil. Gently lower the eggs into boiling water. After 7 minutes use a slotted spoon to transfer the eggs into an ice bath and allow the eggs to cool. Softly tap the egg against a counter to crack the shell and carefully peel. If the shell is supremely stuck, run the egg under cold water to loosen. Pass the eggs though a metal strainer to slice. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix the eggs, tomato, onion and vinegar, and season with salt and pepper.

Remove the thighs with tongs to a plate to cool, then shred and mix the tender chicken back in with the braising liquid. To assemble the tacos, place a ½ cup of the chicken on a warm tortilla top with egg salad mixture and garnish with radish and cilantro. Enjoy!

A Slice of Genuine Life in Cheeseburgers & Fries

Cheeseburger and fries.  Those two little words have been uttered BILLIONS of times around the world. A good cheeseburger can be hard to find. Luckily, we make GREAT cheeseburgers and ADDICTIVE fries across Genuineland and we wanted to take a closer look. Each of Michael’s restaurants — Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink, Harry’s Pizzeria®, Restaurant Michael Schwartz and The Cypress Room — put out a beautiful burger (okay, a meatball is not a burger, and we LOVE Harry’s for it!) From having it your way, to Shake Shack going public, we thought it was about time Genuine burgers had their collective 15 minutes. Below we breakdown this menu staple at each of our restaurants and indulge in our subjects.  It’s a virtual cross section of Genuineland, as seen through meat goggles.

The Sidekicks Fries


 The Burger Breakdown


Restaurant Michael Schwartz at The Raleigh Hotel – “The Girl Next Door”

Chef: Molly Brandt
Meat: Black Angus ground chuck (81%/19% Lean/Fat ratio)
Bun: Sesame brioche
Standard: Butter lettuce, beefsteak tomato, red onion
Optional: Cheddar (pictured), Gruyere, American cheese, blue cheese
Fries: Skin on Idaho, hand-cut, in-house
Ketchup: Heinz 57
Why? For those who don’t want a burger to be all about the meat, this is the one! All the layers are in perfect balance.  Plus that pool!  Just wait 30 minutes before jumping in!


The Cypress Room – “Miss Fancy Pants”

Chef: Roel Alcudia
Meat: Ground chuck beef (75%/25% Lean/Fat ratio) with dry aged trimmings
Bun: Housemade bun developed from Harry’s Pizzeria pizza dough
Standard: Onion marmalade inside, butter lettuce and sliced heirloom tomatoes to the side, with a skewer of cornichon and baby heirloom tomato
Cheese: Jasper Hill Landaff, a raw cow’s milk cheese made in New Hampshire and finished in Vermont
Fries: Idaho potatoes are skinned, boiled, poached in oil and then fried
Why? This is the burger to indulge! When we cut the center, it just oozed juice! 


Harry’s Pizzeria – “The Class Clown”

Chef: Daniel Ramirez
Meat: 50% ground Angus chuck, 25% ground pork shoulder, 25% ground veal, plus brioche breadcrumbs, herbs and egg for binding
Fries: Italian stoneground polenta, parmigiano, garlic and parsley
Ketchup: “Spicy ketchup” made with Heinz 57, caramelized onions, garlic, jalapeños and cilantro
Why? Did you know Michael first put polenta fries on the menu during his Nemo days?  “The spicy ketchup is just weird!” he explains.  “It was after I worked at Chinois… and my training prior to that was Italian. So a lot of my food at Nemo was this mashup between Italian and Asian.” They’re great alone, but the perfect complement together! Snackable and satisfying! Click here for the recipe from Michael’s cookbook!

16331924310_c7e56e4ac4_oMichael’s Genuine Food & Drink – “The Bad Boy”

Chef: Niven Patel
Meat: Harris Ranch black Angus ground chuck (80%/20% Lean/Fat ratio)
Bun: Toasted brioche from La Parisienne
Standard: Bibb lettuce, heirloom tomato
Optional: Vermont white cheddar (pictured), Danish blue, house smoked bacon
Fries: Skin on Idaho, hand-cut, in-house
Ketchup: Heinz 57 
Why? The Original! This is the first genuine burger! After 3 years at his Miami flagship, this bad boy also graced the pages of Chef’s cookbook. Click here for the recipe!

Genuine Instagrams | A Year in Review

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@blogdaflavia’s wood oven roasted local fish got the most likes this year of Instagrams posted about MGFD! “Tem que manter a dieta pelo menos um dia! 😜😜 #fish #salad”

2014 has been quite a ride for The Genuine Hospitality Group, from our new raw bar at HQ and the announcement of our second Harry’s Pizzeria®, to the opening of our first of three Michael’s Genuine® Pubs with Royal Caribbean.  Thank you so much for making Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink the 4th most popular Miami food/drink place on Instagram in 2014 according to MyFab5 via the Miami Herald. We feel the likes!

With the year coming to a close we decided to spread the love and take a look back through our Instagram accounts to highlight moments in the not-so-routine daily routine that got you most excited @mgfd_mia, @mgfd_gcm, @mghomebrew@harryspizzeria, and @thecypressroom.  So, without further adieu, here are the most popular posts by number of likes and comments. Fair warning, this will make you hungry!

Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink Miami — In 2014 we posted 1,566 times!

Here are our top 5 most liked:

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Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink Grand Cayman — In 2014 we posted 608 times!

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And the most commented:

Michael’s Genuine® Home Brew — In 2014 we posted 184 times!

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And the most commented:

Harry’s Pizzeria® — In 2014 we posted 1,193 times!

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The Cypress Room– In 2014 we posted 573 times!

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