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The Hungry Post’s Jose Loor came over with breakfast to chat with us about proudly showcasing Latin America, how he started The Hungry Post and what he’s hungry for in South Florida lately.

Q: The Hungry Post has become one of the biggest food blogs in Miami, and our personal go-to for restaurant recommendations; how did it all start?

A:  Initially, The Hungry Post was a newsletter meant for our closest friends. The three of us have always had a passion for food and were always being asked for our recommendations from friends in Miami. So out of that, our newsletter was born and it became bigger than we ever thought.

Q: You guys stand out among the million and one food blogs that have surfaced in recent years, what is it that makes you guys different?

A: I think we remained very in-line with how we started, which is as friends recommending great food spots to other friends. We don’t review restaurants, we recommend them. If we don’t like a place we don’t write about it. You can be sure that if we’re recommending a place it’s because we’ve tried and loved it.

Q: The Hungry Post’s mission is very proudly Latino, why do you think it’s important to emphasize this?

A:  Upon beginning this venture we realized there wasn’t any restaurant information out there catered to the young professional Latino community in Miami. Other outlets felt more strict. With our website and instagram we can be more flexible and creative which appeals to a younger crowd.  We also see cross cultural mixes as an asset, and Miami itself is a melting pot of different cultures, just in our core team we each represent 3 different countries, I’m from Ecuador and my partners are from Colombia & Venezuela.

Q: Speaking of your team, we couldn’t help but notice you’re “bendito entre todas las mujeres” as they say. How does it feel to be the only guy on your team?

A: I’m all for women entrepreneurs and I totally enjoy working with my team because they are very detail oriented & creative so we complement each-other well in that way.  On the other hand it can be tough at times because women are very complex and there’s always a lot of passion in the room which I see as both a bonus and a challenge.

Q: So you started as a newsletter, became a popular instagram account then a blog and now event hosts. What is the thought behind doing these events?

A: Well we found that a ton of people wanted to try all the restaurants we recommend and these restaurants in turn wanted to get to know their potential clientele so it really seemed like a natural fit.  It’s also been great to be able to interact with our followers, our events have even become almost a foodie matchmaking session.  We have one confirmed wedding where they met through Hungry Post!

Q: So we’ll add Matchmakers to your resume! So what do you see as the next step from here?

A: Growth in other cities! We want to become the go-to place for restaurant recommendations. We’re working on conquering NYC next and from there, who knows, maybe the world.

What are we having for Breakfast with a side of Ciénaga?

In true cross-cultural fashion we have... an amazing mix of Colombian & Venezuelan arepas with classic brunch fare. My favorites are from Bocas Grill and Bar and Saman Arepas. The classic cheese, lomo saltado, and Sifrina arepas are what everybody in Miami craves for breakfast.

Can’t be brunch without… Pizza. My favorite is Stanzione 87 because the owners are the nicest people in the world and they’ll let you tweak the pizza to your liking. They’re one of my Hungry Post firsts so they’re near and dear to my heart. It’s also not brunch without Nutella. The day doesn’t start without... coffee and OJ. Pasion del Cielo has amazing coffee but I went for La Boulangerie because they deliver. And this egg selection? Rancheros from La Boulangerie and poached on avo toast from Healthy and Happy Café.
Personal breakfast favorite? Tostones topped with churrasco, cheese, avocado and saauuuuuuuce from Saman Arepas.

 

Jose gives us his take on the Miami Food Scene:

 

In the Miami food scene any restaurant must have at least one dish with Latino influence. In my experience, it’s a must for success lately.

Q: Even for breakfast?

A: Breakfast in Miami now has huge Latino influence. It used to be classic brunch with a Cuban twist but there’s influence from everywhere in LatAm nowadays.

Q: What's the best "classic" Miami Restaurant?

A: I’m tempted to say Café Versailles (what could be more Miami than the classic Cuban spot), but Joe’s Stone Crab owns a piece of my heart.

Q: What's the new-hot place to take someone on a date?

A: Amarat Paraiso. Hands down. It opened recently in Edgewater yet it’s already a must.

Q: Name a few up and coming Miami areas for foodies:

A: Edgewater, that whole Vagabond hotel area, Little Haiti and definitely Coconut Grove with the revamp that’s being done.

Q: Give us three places that a tourist in Miami must eat at:

A: I’m a fan of hidden gems and holes in the wall. So I’ll go for Lung Yai Thai Tapas, where every dish is amazing; Matsuri, that’s delicious and has the benefit of fair pricing; New Kitchen, for great Spanish food in the downtown area; and I’ll throw in Sapore di Mare because I can’t pick just three and not have an Italian one.


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A Pop-quiz with Jose Loor

Gift to give: Your Precolombino earrings because they’re not rings.

Gift to get: The painted Panama Hats because they’re Equatorian (like me) and they’re very practical especially in Miami.

Postmates versus UberEATS: UberEATS!

Best takeout for Netflix & Chill: Stanzione 87

Best takeout for a romantic dinner at home: Harry’s Pizzeria or Joe’s To Go

Favorite cuisine: Italian

One dish: Raviolis

Thoughts on dessert pizza: Glorious, but only if fresh and hot (like Stanzione 87).