The Whet Palette Podcast: Miami Restaurants, Wine, and Travel

The Whet Palette Podcast: Miami Restaurants, Wine, and Travel

I’m a Cuban-American writer and podcaster passionate about food, wine, and travel. Follow my colorful South Florida adventures as I review Miami restaurants, and spotlight local chefs and somms. I am a Michelin dining enthusiast, but nothing is off-limits. After all, I was raised on pan Cubano, cafecito, and pastelitos. Never a dull moment around here. From my "palette" to yours...Cheers! Brenda


November 14, 2023 58 mins

Our dishing and dining means you get the real unfiltered scoop as we experience it. The hubs, Lawrence, returns once again and joins me to review every visit and offer his perspective. We have spent the last several months returning to many Miami favorite restaurants.  In this episode, we will highlight which ones continued to impress, and also discuss the few who greatly disappointed.

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Natural wine enthusiast Karina Iglesias talks all things vino and Miami in this special addition to my SOMM LIKE IT HOT series.  

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All around Florida badass.

Chef Norman Van Aken needs no introduction, really. His contributions to the Florida culinary community have been and continue to be endless. As the founding father of New World Cuisine, he once upon a time created an identity for Florida from which to launch and never looked back.

Listen in as I chat with Norman about his upcoming TV project, Norman...

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Owner of the OG Miami food blog, Food for Thought,  FRODNESOR on all things social media, cofounder of the Cobaya Miami underground supper club, and an occasional food writer for publications around town, attorney David Rosendorf stops in to discuss his long-lived love for Miami food.

What prompted him to launch the blog and Cobaya Miami? How does he summarize the change in the Miami food scene since he began writing abou...

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August 20, 2023 57 mins

A candid look at some of the Miami restaurants we recently visited.

68. Mosaico by Maurizio Farinelli
Le Jardinier
Tam Tam
Queen Omakase
La Mar Miami
Casa Mariano
75. La Cosecha Argentinian Steakhouse

Most of the Miami restaurants discussed in this episode are small operations that, for better or worse,  left a big impression.

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Why are Broward residents making lines to score Italian Chef Nunzio Fuschillo's baked goods? I won't gatekeep any longer. The secret is officially out and these are the magic words:  Cooper City. Gas Station. Effe Cafe.

In this episode, we discuss Nunzio's journey to South Florida, his deep ties to Miami culinary royalty (and Hialeah), the Michelin Guide Florida and beyond, plus his ongoing quest for qualit...

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Restaurateur, Content Creator, and Social Curator Gina Pelaez stopped in to chat, and chat we did.

We explore her food journey and the creation of the Miami Food Family brand. Naturally, we Hialeah gals also discuss its history and ongoing growth, Miami's food influencers, the hot South Florida restaurant scene,  the flighty nature of food hall concepts, Broward's need for more y mucho más. Somehow, we even mana...

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June 13, 2023 52 mins

An up close and personal look at some of the Miami restaurants we recently visited. Buckle up, butter cup! We discuss it ALL. 

61. Queen
62. Zeru
63. MaryGold's Florida Brasserie
64. Walrus Rodeo
65. Avra
66. Calle Dragones
67. Maty's

As usual, we candidly review each restaurant without holding back. Which new restaurant captivated "the hubs" enough to name it the best o...

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I am pleased to introduce you to Laura DePasquale, a Master Sommelier, wine educator, and Senior Vice President of the Artisanal Wine Division at Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits.

Laura's inspiring journey in the wine industry is nothing short of captivating. From her beginnings as an artist to becoming a trailblazer in the wine world, Laura has truly led the way for others. 

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The MICHELIN Guide came to town to unveil Florida's new BIB Gourmand and One Star recipients at LoanDepot Park. I was fortunate to attend and witness all the action from beginning to end. Listen in as I give you an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse of the ceremony and share which restaurants made the cut and which ones didn't retain their spots.

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Guest Chef Ashley Moncada of the new Brasserie Laurel shares some insight into the restaurant's concept with the Ariete Hospitality Group, her quest for heat, love of butter, and her "Mini Mike" monicker. But, don't fall for her coy demeanor. Moncada is a confident beast in the kitchen, ready to capture your full attention and, hopefully, shine bright under a new Michelin star soon.

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Guest Chef Danny Ganem of Miami's Fiola dishes it all. His quest to be the best he can be, as a father, chef, and mentor, leaves no stone unturned. Focused and methodical, Ganem is slowly paving the way to a brighter future.

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This episode tackles all things MICHELIN Guide Miami, as I see it, based on my dining experience: 82 restaurants, 219 stars, and counting.

  • What is the meaning of the MICHELIN Guide stars?
  • How does South Florida compare to other cities and Europe?
  • Should any restaurant be removed from the list?
  • Who should be ranked up from a Bib Gourmand to a star or two?
  • What is the scoop on the new additions already posted by the Guide?
  • Wh...
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Tune in as I candidly chat with the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) president and CEO, David Whitaker, about Miami's current culinary spotlight. 

  • Bon Appétit’s April issue naming Miami their “2023 Food City of the Year” – the first time they recognize an entire city.
  • The upcoming MICHELIN Guide Florida selections in May.
  • How do these accolades directly impact our community economically?
  • What is Miami’s o...
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We already know Miami is a hot zone for craft cocktails and beer. Know what else is happening? The wine scene! Follow along as I continue my SOMM LIKE IT HOT blog section and continue a podcast crossover featuring some of South Florida’s buzziest swirlers, sniffers, and tasters.

Meet Sarah Phillips of the Wines by Sarah: wine educator, writer, and event producer. 

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March 11, 2023 54 mins

Kicking off the podcast's Season 2 with a close look at some of the Miami restaurants we recently visited and you, the listener, wanted to hear about the most.

55. Brasserie Laurel
56. Beauty and the Butcher
57. QP Tapas
58. Rancho Patel
59. Eating House
60. Tambourine Room

As usual, we candidly review each restaurant without holding back. Which one will earn a Michelin star? Which one ca...

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The PALETTE AWARDS are for the TOP 22 MIAMI RESTAURANTS I feel offer the most well-rounded and top experiences. I reserved, ordered, photographed, ate, and paid at these restaurants. No one asked nor paid me to do so. Supporting our local restaurants brings me joy, and I am passionate about Miami’s food scene. Did your favorite make my list?

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Listen in as I chat with Miami chef Pedro Mederos of Kojin (now rebranded as The Chef's Counter at Hachidori Ramen). From South Florida to California's wine country and everything in between (culinary school, Taco Bell, love, Singlethread, Alter, dumplings, Miami diners, omakase, Michelin, D&D, Pokemon, and babies), we discuss it all. Phew! Got that? 

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October 23, 2022 85 mins

This episode is brought to you by WINE ACCESS and its MICHELIN GUIDE Wine Club.

A candid look at some of the restaurants we recently visited.

Once again, the hubs and dining partner-in-crime, Lawrence, joins me as co-host for this developing Miami restaurant review series.

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47. Zitz Sum
Leku Miami
Forte dei Marmi
Cafe La Trova
The Gibs...

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October 10, 2022 118 mins

Up close and personal with Miami Chef Timon Balloo. Listen in as we take a deep dive into all things Balloo. How did food shape his life, and guide his journey to where it is today? Take a look behind the curtains as he bares all during this candid, heartfelt, and spirited interview.

What exactly is lunchbox culture? Does he eat to live or live to eat? What is it about black coffee? Who killed Ling Ling? What does he lov...

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