If you live your life online or you happen to watch TV, then it’s a safe bet that you’ve heard of Twitter. It’s a social networking site, second only in popularity to Facebook, that you can access through the web or through a convenient phone app. Here, regular Joes can speak directly to stars, columnists, organizations and friends by following them on Twitter. Luckily for Miami foodies, the hard work has already been done. Skip the search and find out the 10 best foodies, food trucks and chefs to follow in Miami.
South Florida Burger Overload
This is a burger lover’s blog started by UPS worker Johnny Carrascal. His site always has pictures of the best burgers and wings to tempt your taste buds, regardless of whether the restaurant is a four-star or a dive. The only thing he discriminates against is taste. He’s also an active Twitter user so feel free to send him your suggestions on your favorite food spots. More than likely, he’ll answer you back.
This is the original burger blog by über-foodie Sef Gonzalez. Don’t let the name fool you though. His blog covers anything comfort food and usually includes calorie-laden concoctions that will either remind you of momma’s cooking, your uncle’s weekend barbecue or great fair food fodder. His work has been featured locally in respected publications like the Sun Sentinel and even includes local television appearances. The distinction of “Burger Beast Approved” is given to best the comfort-food finds in Miami and some are even awarded the prestigious and exclusive “Burgie Award.”
Miami Food Trucks
Miami Food Trucks is the second blog started by self-proclaimed Burger Beast, Sef Gonzalez. His Twitter page is your personal food truck GPS. It also provides links to his blog where you can find reviews on your favorite food trucks. If that’s not enough, there is even a free food truck tracking app available for your iPhone or Droid. It certainly takes the hard work out of following all of the food trucks yourself.
Miami Culinary Tours
Miami Culinary Tours is great for both locals and tourists. It provides walking and riding tours where participants get tastings of Miami’s local fare from the best local hot spots. The Twitter account updates you on the best local delights, like the Cuban sandwich, and informs you about available tours. Try any of the restaurants recommended on your own or treat yourself to a tour. The choice is yours but either way, you won’t be disappointed.
Chef Michelle Bernstein is well known for new-American-style food featured at her local eatery, Michy’s. Her Twitter account keeps fans of her food informed about their favorite Miami restaurant and other events in her life such as her appearance on “Top Chef” and her personal line of cookware. In June 2012, her other Miami-based restaurant with a Latin theme, Sra. Martinez, closed its doors and fans got to directly tweet her their condolences. However, you can best use Twitter to tweet your compliments to the chef after a memorable meal at Michy’s.
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Linda Gassenheimer is Miami’s version of a culinary dictionary. She has written seven books, is a food columnist for the Miami Herald, makes frequent TV appearances on The Food Network and blogs on her website, Dinner in Minutes. Her Twitter page highlights the best eats in Miami and keeps her fans up to date on all of her recent appearances and latest musings. Her Twitter page is a must for any south Florida foodie.
Lauren Pulitzer’s Twitter page is perfect for the Miami vegan or anyone looking for a natural approach to eating. Food, while delicious, is not always good for you and can sometimes create ailments or America’s biggest problem, weight gain. With this in mind, Pulitzer became a personal chef/caterer to teach an alternative way of cooking that will nourish the body, not harm it. Her Twitter page gives you her cooking class itinerary, little tidbits about her life and information about the food that she offers.
Miami Food Lovers
The name explains it all. Miami Food Lovers is a blog started by Tony Guerra that offers reviews of Miami restaurants, chefs and kitchens. His Twitter page is basically a list of restaurant events, deals and reviews. Guerra is very active on Twitter and welcomes new suggestions, so hop on over to his page to suggest a restaurant that he might not have heard of. He even invites his followers to dine with him. Just check his page for times and locations.
Cobaya Miami is an underground website and is a great spot for experimental foodies. It offers guinea pig experiments where if you sign up and pay a predisclosed fee, you will be treated to a night with fellow foodies that may include either a prix-fixe menu or a family-style menu. The locales range from your high-end restaurants to the obscure. Either way, it’s a great way to socially interact online and then continue that interaction into the real world.
The Chowfather Twitter page is the sister website to cobayamiami.com. It is a blog spot that features all-things food in Miami, and there is a great deal of social interaction since tweets go out several times a day. Here you can find great pictures from high-end restaurants with very little dialogue commenting on the food, apart from the recommendation. You can also find out the latest information on your favorite Miami restaurant or chef.
Niema Hulin was born in Newark, NJ but raised in Lexington, South Carolina for the bulk of her formative years. In 2002, she moved to Miami after graduating from the University of Florida. Since then, Niema has worked in film, television and commercials as a Production Assistant and Production Coordinator. Some of her films have included Bad Boys II and I Am Number IV. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.