Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Not Even the Tip

Danny Meyer, purveyor of the overrated burger chain Shake Shack, has announced an end to tipping at his group's restaurants. Probably about time this happened. We'll see if it catches on. In Miami, especially in the most touristy neighborhoods frequented by Europeans unaccustomed to our traditional system of compensating restaurant workers, there is often a gratuity already added to the check. Servers seem to be disappointed when the "additional gratuity" line is left blank, so we'll see if that's the case going forward.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

RIP Yogi

Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded.

-Yogi Berra

RIP to the master of the malapropism. I hope all the people whose funerals he attended go to his.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Parks and Rec

"I think there are no great cities without great public space. Great cities have great parks and museums. In Miami, we are seeing that for the first time." - Marc Sarnoff



Thursday, March 5, 2015

Dolphins in the Shade

'Bout time they got some shade on the seats at Joe Robbie Stadium, I mean Pro Player Park, I mean Pro Player Stadium, I mean Dolphin Stadium, I mean Dolphins Stadium, I mean Land Shark Stadium, I mean Sun Life Stadium.

Of all of the upgrades to Sun Life, the shade is really the only thing that appeals to me, since all of the other stuff is a distraction from the very purpose of the building. Notice the seats that don't even face the field. I just don't get why people do stuff sometimes.

But the shade! In September and October, when I have witnessed players' vomiting on the field from the extreme heat (it can be near 90 degrees in late October here, btw), the shade is indeed a luxury, though, it will ironically be best in the cheaper upper deck seats, and those near the field will be just as sunny as always. D'oh! Good thing those people can retreat to the indoor lounges to watch the game on TV just like most people will be doing on Sundays!

Pretty cool video of the transition here -

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Totally Not Sweet

From the Washington Post

Food in general is tough to make money on. Restaurants have long relied on the mark-up they tack onto drinks, not grub, to boost profits. As food costs soar, that reality has only become more true, because there's a limit to how much people are willing to pay for different parts of their meal. For many mid-scale restaurants, that limit is $30 for entrees, no matter the ingredients, Todd Kliman noted recently in the Washingtonian. For desserts the ceiling is much lower, and much less flexible, says Cowen.

"Dessert needs good ingredients to taste good, but you can't psychologically convince people to pay even $20 for dessert," Cowen said. "You can't really go cheap on it, but you really can't charge extra either."

I was just last night enjoying one of my favorite desserts and thinking to myself "it's probably tough to make money selling desserts." Sure is. I always check the check for errors, whether in my favor or not. That's the right thing to do. I saw that they charged us $8.25 for an item listed on the specials board for $5. Didn't want to beat them up over $3.25 on a night when the restaurant, one of my favorites in Miami, was totally empty aside from us.

Tough business!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Free Froyo Friday!

You may have noticed that there is unlimited demand for nail salons and frozen yogurt places where you put the toppings on yourself (as in, you do it yourself, not that you put the toppings on your head or something) and then get hit with a bill for $8 when they weigh it at the end. It's not like you can put stuff back at that point and now you realize you probably served yourself way too much when you just wanted a snack to tide you over till dinner and now you're either going to stuff yourself till you feel sick or end up throwing $3-4 in the trash. Good times!

Well, dear readers, it's time for some payback.

When we write about stuff over here at EIM, people listen, err, read. To wit -

Hi Colin,

I read your piece on National Hot Sauce Day and thought you might be interested in this awesome deal next week happening on National Frozen Yogurt Day.

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt (www.menchies.com), the fastest growing frozen yogurt brand, is celebrating National Frozen Yogurt Day (Friday, February 6) with FREE FROZEN YOGURT!

From 4 to 8 p.m., frozen yogurt fans can visit ANY Miami Menchie's location to claim their free 6 oz. cup* of frozen yogurt with any flavor, any toppings (*one per guest). On top of that, everyone will also get a voucher for 20% off their next visit at any Menchie's. 

Here are a few Miami Locations:

Kendall Market Square
11740 SW 104th Street
Miami, FL 33186
Miller Crossing
15798 SW 56th Street
Miami, FL 33185

University Center North
1309 B SW 107th Avenue
Miami, FL 33174

Sunset Drive
5744 Sunset Drive
South Miami, FL 33146

Would you be interested in sharing this tasty deal with your readers?


It appears from my brief googling of the subject of "free froyo," all those other yogurt places are running similar promotions. You know the places: Yogurtland, Yogurpassion, Yogo, YOURgurt, Yogurmerica, No Gurt No Glory, Gurts "R" Us, etc. I just made all of those up.

If I were homeless, I would definitely be checking out free froyo day. I hope y'all have smartphones and subscribe to this incredibly informative blog.

You're welcome!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

National Hot Sauce Day

We didn't need to remind you, we know, we know. Everyone knows that National Hot Sauce Day is right after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. No disrespect is intended to MLK. In his honor, we're posting our favorite pop Birthday Song, written by Stevie Wonder as part of the effort to lobby our nation's political leaders to adopt the holiday. You might be surprised to learn that MLK Day was signed into law fairly recently in 1983 and first observed in 1986. And it wasn't until the year 2000 that all 50 states celebrated it. Funny how you have to write "the year 2000" and not just "2000" or it sounds weird...

We're pretty sure that MLK loved hot sauce so he'd probably be honored to know it's celebrated on January 22nd, which is weird, because March is National Sauce Month. Good to know, right? Try to unlearn that, we dare you. If there is one thing we here at Eat It, Miami hope is our legacy, it's that our readers push out some meaningless info from their brains so as to retain this tidbit. We can't stress enough that March is National Sauce Month. Crystal Hot Sauce, our personal favorite, is the official hot sauce of the New Orleans Saints, which makes sense since it's made in Louisiana. Have you ever heard the Louisiana song by Aaron Neville? It's beautiful. It was written by Randy Newman (and sounds like all of his other songs. You know how Randy Newman thinks that everything is terrible and there's nothing all of us poor regular folk can do because some mean rich guy is keeping us down. In case you can't tell, we're not that keen on that message.), but it's pretty touching when sung by the mellifluous Neville.

If you've ever inspected the nutrition information on a bottle of hot sauce, you've seen that most of them are made with just a few ingredients: hot peppers (red chili pepper, cayenne, habanero, jalapeño), vinegar, salt, and sometimes a variety of other spices like garlic or paprika.

And then there's Tabañero. Wait a minute! Why is there an "ñ"??? Habanero doesn't have one! God I hate when people do that. It's like using "I" when you should just say "me." Like, hey why don't you come over to Jane and I's house for dinner. Oh dear Lord. Habanero doesn't have an ñ and neither should Tabanero.

Henceforth I shall ommit the ñ. Moving along...

I was sent a bottle of Tabanero by a marketing/PR/whatever dude named Mike. This stuff is delish. It's just a little bit sweet, due to the introduction of Agave nectar. which cuts the spiciness of the habanero peppers and bite of the onions. The recipe also includes carrots (like some of my favorite tomato sauces), key lime juice, and grapefruit seed extract. It's a winner. Try it.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Food News

This suggests you probably shouldn't be eating a ton of fast food -


And we may well be the greatest country on earth, but that doesn't mean we're the best at everything. There's a ton that other countries do a lot better and we should emulate them. To wit, school lunches -


Thursday, January 15, 2015

I Love Philly Like a Brother

I have three brothers, so I know brotherly love.

And Philly knows how to treat a brother. More on that later...

They also have this cool statue of Rocky, but it's not at the top of the museum steps like it is in Rocky III, but it is close by. Finally! I was there for business in 2004 and was devastated to arrive at the iconic steps and find no Rocky. My cousin who lives in Philly had no idea what I was talking about. Women!

Speaking of women, the smart ones know that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. And the fine folks at Visit Philly were kind enough to make me about 1000 times more fond of their city by overnighting me a couple of Cheesesteaks from this ingenious website, www.goldbely.com. Goldbely will overnight you a specialty dish from a bunch of different restaurants across the U.S. Think Primanti Bros from Pittsburgh (yikes, Philly probably HATES them) or Key Lime Pie from Florida.

This is pretty much the best gift you could get a man. I am having trouble thinking of a better one. My wife was like "oh I guess a guy would like that." Totally. She got me tickets to the upcoming Seinfeld show. Maybe that's about as good.

Key to the Goldbely order were the instructions that arrived with my cheesesteaks (from Jim's btw). To prevent a really dry sandwich in the oven, you're instructed to keep it wrapped in foil. Excellent advice I will be heeding in the future.

So my 2015 started out totally awesome, as you can tell.

Thanks Philly!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Why 2k?

Eating out is bad for you. That's why you should only do it once in a while. Most of your meals should be prepared at home. They put TONS of salt in restaurant food, not to mention LOTS of butter/other fats (like lard! [pig fat, yum]), and this yields outrageously high calorie totals in one meal that you should be spreading out over an entire day.

To wit: What 2,000 Calories Looks Like

The lesson:

“People who cook eat a healthier diet without giving it a thought,” Michael Pollan recently told Mark Bittman, both authors and advocates of the cook-it-yourself diet. “It’s the collapse of home cooking that led directly to the obesity epidemic.” The magic of the diet, its advocates say, is that it doesn’t mean skimping on portions or going without meat, eggs, cheese, alcohol or dessert.