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First Taste : International Smoke

If you haven’t been to Aventura Mall lately, it’s become a food hot spot. It is officially a destination for everyone who loves food. Joining restaurants like Shake Shack, Tap 42, Poke 305, Genuine Pizza, Pubbelly Sushi and more is the latest edition to Aventura Mall’s new wing, International Smoke.

International Smoke is a collaboration between Ayesha Curry and Chef Michael Mina. The inspiration for International Smoke came from their discovery that the word “Barbecue” has different culinary interpretations internationally.

At International Smoke, they try to re-create that special feeling reminiscent of a backyard barbecue, where you get to experience a variety of different flavors and cultures with family and friends. With locations in San Francisco, San Diego and Houston, International Smoke is a welcome addition to Miami at the Aventura Mall.

On the menu at International Smoke, you could find Smoked St. Louis Cut Pork Ribs, Smoked Burrata, Bone-In Short Rib, Smoked Salmon and more. One thing you will find a lot of at International Smoke is smoke. Not just smoke to add flair to a dish, but smoke to give it that international taste and a special final touch.

I would definitely give International Smoke a try. You and your stomach will be very satisfied with the results.

Check out the full menu here.

I checked it out for myself recently and here are some the dish I ate.

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Upland Miami : Revisited

Back in 2016, Upland Miami opened it’s doors in the South Pointe neighborhood in South Beach. At first, you might think, not another New York import, but Upland Miami was different.

Upland Miami comes from Chef Justin Smillie and restaurateur Stephen Starr. Upland Miami is a copy of its New York counterpart including the jars of lemon on the wall. Upland is a California meets Italian menu. There is pasta, pizza, a great burger and so much more at Upland.

Upland Miami has been open in Miami for over 2 years now and diners are still flocking to this awesome restaurant.

Upland Miami is located at 49 Collins Avenue and is open for dinner and brunch.

Recently, I got a chance to go back to Upland and revisit items on their ‘Greatest Hits Menu.’ These ‘Greatest Hits’ menu items are still on the menu today and a must when visiting Upland Miami. This is exactly what I would eat at Upland Miami every time I visit. It is the perfect menu in every way and the burger and ice cream are a must for me every time.

Check out the photos below:

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First Taste : vista

As a food blogger in Miami, I am always looking to find that secret dinner spot that would be perfect for a random night out or even date night. As it turns out, that spot exists in the Upper Buena Vista area and it goes by the name of vista.

vista is located between the Design District and the Buena Vista neighborhood. vista is Italian cuisine with a twist. vista comes to us from Roberto Bearzi and wife Fiorella Blanco, who are the team behind Italian restaurant Fratelli Milano.

The name vista, which means “view” in Spanish and Italian, is symbolic of the restaurant’s mission to introduce patrons to a new perspective on their more traditional Italian cuisine.

At vista, there is something for everyone on the menu. From charcuterie and artisan cheeses to oysters with mango, mignonette and even a roasted chicken with orange sauce and golden potatoes. One of the standouts that everyone is going to love is the house cut fries with melted raclette cheese.

Check out the full menu here.

The space at vista is also beautiful. There is an indoor dining room, a stunning outdoor patio and a rooftop terrace that is worth grabbing a drink at either before or after your meal. Brunch is also available at vista.

vista is located at 5020 NE 2nd Ave. in Miami.

Here are some of the dishes I had at vista, when I visited a few weeks ago:

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First Taste : The Citadel

When it comes to food halls in Miami, I would say Miami has an over abundance of them at the moment. Lucky for Miami’s newest, The Citadel, they stand out in a crowded space of food halls in Miami.

The Citadel is Miami’s biggest food hall and is located in Miami’s Little River neighborhood. The ground floor of The Citadel is the food hall with 15 restaurant vendors and a bar. The Citadel is also home to a rooftop bar opening soon, a retail and maker space and office space for a communications company.

The Citadel literally has something for everyone including those picky eaters.

Here’s where you could eat from:

  • 33 Kitchen – Peruvian food
  • Ash! Pizza Parlor – Neapolitan pizza from the owners of Stanzione 87 in Brickell
  • Bachour – Pastries from chef Anthony Bachour
  • Bianco Gelato – Italian gelato shop
  • Palmar – Modern Chinese
  • Il Nuts – Roasted Israeli nuts, seeds and snacks
  • Manjay – Caribbean Cuisine
  • Meet ‘n cheese – Charcuterie
  • Rare Burger – Burgers by 33 Kitchen
  • Sakaya Kitchen Pop-Up by chef Richard Hales
  • Taquiza – A Mexican taqueria from chef Steve Santana
  • Vice City Bean – Coffee Bar

The Citadel is easily my new favorite food hall and it’s definitely worth a visit ASAP. If you’re worried about your little ones, don’t The Citadel is 100% kid friendly.

I’ve gone twice and can’t wait to visit again.

Here are some of the dishes I’ve had:

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First Taste – Sanguich de Miami

So it’s not often, I talk about Cuban food on the blog. So when I do, you know it has to be good.

Sanguich de Miami is here to become your new obsession. As you have probably seen on my Instagram account, I am obsessed with Sanguich. It has officially become one of my favorite places in Miami.

The Cuban sandwich is a Miami staple and sure you could get a Cuban sandwich anywhere in this city, but nothing like the one at Sanguich de Miami. Maybe it’s the house cured ham or the house made pickles, but to truly understand what I mean, you have to go and try it for yourself.

Not only is the Cuban sandwich, my favorite Cuban in the city, but the other sandwiches on the menu are just as amazing. The Media Noche is incredible, followed by the Pan Con Bistec and I cannot forget the Pan Con Lechon.

Wash all those sandwiches down with a Cuban shake, some croquettas or even a nice Colada.

Stop wasting time and check out Sanguich de Miami today and tell them The Food-E sent ya.

Because I am clearly obsessed with this place, I’ve pretty much had the entire menu, so check out some photos of all the amazingness you’re missing out on at Sanguich de Miami.

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First Taste : Pez Miami

If you have been looking for Baja-Med cuisine in Miami, you don’t have to go far because Pez has just opened in Downtown Miami.

Pez comes to use from Chef Javier Plascencia. Pez cuisine comes from Tijuana and infuses food with Mexican and Mediterranean flavors.

On the menu at Pez, you could find tacos, tostadas, and more. The wine selection at Pez is great too. You’ll find wines straight from Mexico and a great selection of tequila and mezcal.

Check out the full menu here.

A few weeks ago, I got a chance to check out Pez for myself, along with one half of Mitch and Mel Take Miami, Mitch.

Check out some of the dishes we had:

Pez Miami is located at 20 West Flagler St. in Downtown Miami.