As the host of Univision’s top-rated entertainment news program, Raúl “El Gordo” De Molina is one the most well-known media personalities in the Hispanic world. His Emmy Award-winning show, “El Gordo y La Flaca,” which is on weekdays at 4 p.m., receives more viewers in its time slot than ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX combined.
Though he is best known for his colorful and outgoing coverage of some of the most-watched televised events (including the Latin Grammys, the World Cup, and his annual New Years Show in Times Square), Raúl is also known for his best-selling book, “La Dieta del Gordo,” which details his 60-plus pound weight-loss and tips for healthy eating.
He’s a Miami legend, and a celebrity in his own right, and he is a regular contributor for The Huffington Post food column. So who better to offer advise on what’s haute in Miami?
Where were you born ?
How long in Miami:
Since I was 16 years old (35 years)
TV anchor, Univision Network El Gordo y La Flaca, self declared food expert
Michy’s and Michael's Genuine Food
Su Shin Izakaya in Coral Gables
Best Ethnic Food:
Hy Vong, Vietnamese on 8th St
Fratelli Lyon in the design district. For more formal, Il Gabiano.
Best place for late night dining:
Versailles in Little Havana and GiGi in Wynwood
Baked Alaska and bread pudding at Michy's
Best place for a romantic date:
Escopazzo on Washington Avenue
Best Sunday brunch:
Michaels Genuine Food
Soho Beach House and Cafeina in Wynwood.
Best place for a power business meeting:
All-around favorite spot in Miami:
The views from the condos south of 5th street looking towards downtown Miami
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Ritz Carlton, Key Biscayne
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Etro in Merrick Park and The Webster in South Beach.
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Vintage Jules & Watches in the historic Seybold Building downtown
Favorite Charity Event:
Voices for Children Gala at the Mandarin Oriental
Favorite Cultural Event:
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Miami International Film Festival
Best Aspect of Miami:
That it’s multicultural...and the ocean!
For the view: Smith & Wollensky; for the steak: Gotham Steak at the Fontainebleau
Pizzeria Blu in South Miami
Michael's Genuine Food
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Waiting for the new MAM
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Coral Gables and The Freedom Tower