Supporter vs. Influencer

I support the people who make and serve great food, great coffee, great wine or cocktails and great art or design. I guess I should I say, I support the folks who make what I consider “great” - as everyone’s reviews are intrinsically subjective. It is, however, very important to me to use my “voice” or words to send the attaboys & attagirls to the folks I think are changing our city.

In a nutshell, that’s the only kind of “influence” I want to have.

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In praise of Honest Food

Over-adornment is always open to ridicule.

There’s a reason why you don’t chrome out everything on your vehicle or wear all of your jewelry at once.

Although bling’d-out food may appeal to your eyes (and followers), honest food reaches your soul.

When chefs make dishes to honor a memory from childhood, it feels honest. And you can taste it.

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Community

If you had moved away from Miami in the last few years, you would have missed a resurgence in the Food & Beverage scene here that has been nothing short of world-class. We are living an incredibly lush moment. We have a number of creative mixologists and serious Somms. Our specialty coffee and tea community - that didn’t exist pre 2010 - is growing in both depth and options. And chefs have embraced the region’s roots, fruit, myriad cultures and growing season in a way that makes for a dizzying array of options on any given night.

That story gets told and posted about frequently.

But the real story is Community.

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