When you think of Miami, what do you think of? A place to catch some rays with a frosty beverage in your hand and miles of sandy beaches at your feet? A place where salsa dance beats and international flavors create a tangible energy and sizzling nightlife scene? This is the Miami you see in the movies and hear about in songs. This is the Miami that everyone knows.
But Miami is so much more than this — especially when it comes to food. Go ahead and have that frozen piña colada, but don’t stop there. There’s a whole world of cuisines out there, from the Latin fusion bites that chef Eileen Andrade is cooking up in West Kendall to kosher babka, made in a spare industrial space in the Wynwood Arts District.
And it’s impossible to talk about food and Miami in the same conversation and not think of chef Michelle Bernstein. The James Beard Award winner, author, and Miami native has garnered wide acclaim for her simple yet flavorful approach and has pretty much become a household name over the years.
She still keeps busy in the kitchen with her café, Crumb on Parchment, in the Miami Design District, which she runs with her husband and business partner, David Martinez, and she’s also the host of local Channel 10’s SoFlo Taste and the Emmy award-winning series Check, Please! South Florida on PBS. In other words, she’s an expert on South Florida cuisine and an obvious choice to share everything there is to love about Miami.