Amending the Past at Momi Ramen

Strange coincidences seem to be the theme of my 2014. Instead of progressing naturally towards the future, my life seems to have come to a temporary halt to peek back at what I’ve left scattered behind – unfinished business all over the globe. Opportunities for closure seem to present themselves readily and I, recognizing them…

A Bizarre Menu at The Bazaar by José Andrés

Miami’s nightlife has a characteristic flashiness about it which can turn tacky at the snap of a finger. But after a few too many years of being surrounded by the dingy and the smug, the always quite dark nightlife of Boston, I have actually come to appreciate a little bit of juicy, loud pizazz and…

A One Night Stand with the Flavors of Juvia

On the first night of my trip to Miami a few weeks ago, I begged my dinner companion to take me to a place representative of the cliché Miami experience. My flight had just barely made it out of Boston because of what at that point had been the 5th or 6th slushy, disgusting snowstorm of…

Lunch at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

Chef/Owner Michael Schwaertz clearly had a mission in mind when opening Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in 2007 – to source local as often as possible and establish enduring partnerships with suppliers, to visit the origins of his ingredients and keep track of their seasonal variations (even if from out-of-state), to have a life story ready…

Stone Crab and Oysters at The Dutch

This past weekend found me in Miami, for the first time in a long time, walking under an overcast but bright sky and reminding every little previously hibernating part of my body of the existence of palm trees, of warm humidity, of sea breezes and of the magnificence of a warm hand around your own,…