Magic happens all the time – if you slow down enough to feel it. I fell unabashedly in love with Mandolin Miami – an Aegean restaurant founded by husband and wife Anastasia Koutsioukis and Ahmet Erkaya – in one of those moments…
In March I flew to Miami with my family, with every intention of visiting Mandolin, because I absolutely love Mediterranean food, and had been hearing about the place from my foodie friends. When the plane landed I got on my phone to make a reservation, and sitting in my inbox was the sweetest note from Anastasia herself! She was writing to say she was a fan of EyeSwoon, an old fan of my husband Victor’s music, and inviting us to Mandolin as her guest any time we were in Miami! M A G I C.
That night we shared the most incredible meal together – discussing our love of food and design, our philosophies on love and life, and the journey of finding your truth and your voice. I felt like I truly saw this beautiful woman and she saw me. Our ideas about the simple things in life – about pouring your heart into making things beautiful from your plate to home, even if it takes more time because that’s what gives life integrity – were one and the same. I have no doubt; we were meant to swoon together! And I was certainly meant to eat the Ah-Maze-Ing food at Mandolin.
Mandolin captures the best of Mediterranean – Anastasia is Greek and Ahmet is Turkish, two cultures with deep-seed ancient rivalries, but these lovebirds have overcome that. I felt transported to an island with the vibrant blues of Greece, the bright pink of Bougainvillea, and the twinkling of tiny lights. And the food! A plethora of veggies, daily homemade yogurt and breads, grilled octopi and prawns, and the most succulent lamb – all intertwined with the flavors of Turkish and Grecian love! Mandolin whisked me away to that place, and made me, and my palette, swoon.
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