The Great Escape: Miami


The Great Escape: Miami


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Cheryl Tiu is a lifestyle journalist, content creator, food and beverage consultant, and entrepreneur, born and raised in Manila, Philippines and is now currently based in Miami.
She founded the events and consultancy platform Cross Cultures , which promotes the exchange of cultures through food, working with chefs from Michelin-starred and World’s 50 Best restaurants, as well as private kitchens and food movements. She is the co-founder of Proclamation Gin, a small batch gin from the Philippines, made from the finest sampaguita flowers handpicked by women farmers. She is a Tastehunter for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and World’s 50 Best Bars. Her bylines have appeared in Forbes, The Infatuation, Wine Enthusiast, CNN Travel, and more.

Where do you take someone for a perfect 24 hours in Miami?

I would take them through the different neighborhoods of the city. Often, people think Miami = South Beach but it’s so much more than that. An early morning stroll on the beach before a Cuban breakfast at Enriqueta’s in Wynwood (which opens at 7AM); or Argentinean empanadas and medialunas at Panizza Bistro on Miami Beach (opens at 8AM) or a soulful Southern brunch at Rosie’s in the Little River neighborhood (opens 9AM, Thursdays to Sundays).

From then, a walking tour of Wynwood’s outdoor murals and street art before checking out neighboring Miami Design District’s fashion boutiques and public art. A gallery that I think is really special is the De la Cruz Collection which houses the private art collection of Cuban-born American businessman Carlos de la Cruz and his wife Rosa, and is open to the public free of charge. Lunch at the Design District would be at Itamae, which serves umami-laded Peruvian-Japanese dishes, or at MIA Market, a food hall with a range of options like nigiri-focused Sushi Yasu Tanaka or Israeli-inspired plates at Jaffa.

Little Haiti. Image courtesy Cheryl Tiu

The afternoon would explore the Little Haiti neighborhood, and a quick drive through Brickell, before pre-dinner drinks (aka happy hour) in downtown Miami, and depending on the libation of choice, could do Jaguar Sun for cocktails, or natural wine at NIU Wine or Margot Natural Wine Bar . For dinner, I would recommend any of the restaurants recommended above. If live music is a preference, Café La Trova, offers nightly “La Trova Style Music” and is a treat over dinner. A nightcap at one of the city’s top hotel bar programs, Champagne Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Surfside, would be a great way to end the night.

If time and weather permit, I would also recommend seeing Miami by boat, as it truly is a special experience.

What’s your essential Miami restaurant list?

La Mar by Gaston Acurio at Mandarin Oriental Miami

In no particular order:

Niu Kitchen
Boia De
Paradis Books & Bread
La Mar by Gaston Acurio at Mandarin Oriental
Café La Trova
Silverlake Bistro

What three places are topping your bucket list for culinary destinations?


Just for travel overall, I am very interested in exploring the -stans—Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. I am fascinated about learning more about Central Asian culture, and the architecture is gorgeous! Also, Korea! I have never been and thanks to the world of K-drama, it’s become one of my bucket list destinations.

Culinary-wise, as I stopped eating meat two years ago (I’m currently pescatarian), I have been fascinated with vegan-friendly cities. My most recent trip to London surprised me on how abundant vegan options are. From this standpoint, I am interested in visiting Chiang Mai, and (re) visiting Portland and Bali.

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