Michael Symon proved he's a force to be reckoned with at the 2014 South Beach Wine and Food Festival Burger Bash with his fourth People's Choice Award win. Shake Shack nabbed the Judges' Award.
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Serious Eats shined the spotlight on Hedy Goldsmith last fall, giving out copies of her recently released cookbook Baking Out Loud: Fun Desserts with Big Flavors. Now Goldsmith has been nominated for a James Beard award in the pastry chef category for her work at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink. I met Goldsmith at the fabulous Feast Portland event last fall and was immediately taken by her desserts, so I was excited when a recent trip to Miami afforded me the opportunity to taste some of her latest creations.
Bobby Flay won the People's Choice Award at last Friday's South Beach Wine & Food Festival Burger Bash for his potato chip-topped green chile cheeseburger.
The menu says it comes with "pierna desmenuzada, mojo y cebolla"--what you're getting is roast pork (shredded leg meat, specifically), mojo sauce, and diced onions on Cuban sandwich bread. The bread is cut lengthwise, and the assembled sandwich is cooked in a press, yielding crispy top and bottom crusts.
After a long night of dancing, people would stop for a medianoche, so named as an allusion to the time it was often eaten. At midnight. The pressed, toasted sandwich is made with a sweet egg bread similar to challah or Hawaiian bread. The filling is lechón, slow-cooked marinated pork, ham, cheese, pickles, butter and mustard.
When James Beard award-winning chef Michael Schwartz opened Michael's Genuine Food & Drink in Miami in 2007, he brought traditional American comfort food to a city often associated with Cuban and Caribbean cuisine. The Philadelphia native is blooming in Florida, asserting his influence over the local, seasonal ingredients often passed over by other Sunshine State chefs and using them to create inspiring, accessible food. Here are Michael's top five Miami burgers.
Congratulations to Michael Symon of Cleveland's B Spot for winning the People's Choice Award at last Friday's South Beach Wine and Food Festival Burger Bash for the third year in a row. This year he made the Porky Burger, a pork and bacon burger topped with pulled pork and coleslaw. Last year he won for his Yo! Burger topped with fried salami, provolone cheese, shasha sauce, and pickled onion; the year before he won for his Fat Doug burger topped with Swiss, pastrami, and coleslaw.
The lunch menu at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink features a wide range of satisfying sandwiches, from burgers to falafel to housemade pastrami. Don't overlook the housemade country pâté sandwich ($13) featuring a generous chunk of rich, homemade pork pâté pressed inside a crusty, lightly toasted country French baguette.
Located in the back street of Washington Avenue on Miami Beach, this sandwich spot is acclaimed to be one of the best in Miami. The open-air bar setting with the simple, vibrant-colored decor gives off a casual mix of French and Miami feel. Saucisson Sec ($7.40) is the most popular on the menu and is filled with paper-thin salami and fresh brie cheese.
Though less well-known than the touristy Versailles restaurant, Puerto Sagua is still a must-go for Cuban food in Miami. Don't get intimidated by its location, where many high-end, chic restaurants cluster—this is as cheap as a great sandwich in Miami Beach can get. There's nothing complicated about this authentic Cuban: ham, Swiss cheese, mustard, and another layer of roast pork stuffed in slightly toasted Cuban bread that resembles French baguette, but tastes fattier, with crispy edges.
The concept at Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill is built into the name. What isn't necessarily implied is that the majority of the dishes fall under the tapas umbrella. And nothing says happy hour like tapas. Tapas were, after all, Spain's brilliant answer to "how can you keep bar patrons sober enough to keep drinking longer?"
Pizza Rustica dominates the Miami slice scene in South Beach with three outlet locations, all within walking distance of one another. Large, thin Sicilian-esque slabs are what populate their cases. The display of colors from all the toppings is enough to put you in a hypnotic pizza trance.
When thinking about Michael Schwartz, the James Beard award winning chef and owner of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, it's important to take into consideration where his restaurant is: Miami. The city of beaches, bikinis, blender drinks, and more recently the South Beach Diet, it's often associated with "Florribean" cuisine, the Caribbean style of cooking using Florida produce. But when Schwartz opened Michael's in 2007, he brought his own Florida-centric take on American food to Miami. This week we've got our hands on his newly released cookbook, Michael's Genuine Food—enter to win a copy here.
Congratulations to the winners of last night's Amstel Light Burger Bash at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival in Miami. For the second year in a row, Michael Symon won the People's Choice Award, this time for his Yo! Burger topped with fried salami, provolone cheese, shasha sauce, and pickled onion. He also won the award for Best Dressed Burger. The Yo! Burger is available at Symon's Ohio-based burger joint, B Spot (reviewed on AHT last year).
Last night at the end of a fundraising trip, President Obama visited the over 25-year-old Cuban burger joint El Mago de las Fritas in Miami. He ordered one frita and five fritas with cheese, says Burger Beast. [via NBC Miami]...
It's always ice cream weather in Miami, but even if it weren't, that wouldn't stop droves of locals from waiting in line at Jaxson's. A true fixture—it's been around since the 1950s—Jaxson's delivers far more than the best ice cream in the greater Miami area.
Today the New York Times takes a look at Shake Shack's expansion plans next year. The upcoming New York City locations are in Soho at Prince and Mulberry Streets, on the Upper East Side at East 86th Street near Lexington...
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