Carmen Trigueros is the chef behind La Bottega by Carmen, her Italian-style enoteca in Coconut Grove with culinary influences of Spain’s Basque region, Provence with hints of Miami’s local flair. Guests can select their favorite Super Tuscan red, uncork it, and have a glass while watching Chef Carmen exhibit her skills in the open kitchen. After all, Trigueros is a classically trained chef, who worked at Fouchon, Ritz Hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant L’Espadon in Paris, with Daniel Boulud and at elBulli. Trigueros has been featured in Bon Appetit, Gourmet and Vogue’s Trend Watch for her esteemed catering business she started in Philadelphia, so those evolving dishes at La Bottega by Carmen are really something to savor. Here are her favorite places to hit when she’s not in the kitchen.
Where were you born ?
I was born in Guatemala City, Central America.
How long in Miami:
We established Miami 4 years ago and founded the Trigueros Group. I was in the Philadelphia and New York Area for 27 years.
Brickell in downtown Miami
Chef, Event Designer, Food Stylist, Restaurant Concept Development.
La Bottega by Carmen Trigueros, Calamari, La Cava WIne Club. The Trilogy of our Restaurants in Coconut Grove.
Best Sunday brunch:
The Ritz Carlton in Key Biscayne. They have a wide selection of pastries, live music, beautiful scenery and decor. It's the perfect to start your Sunday.
Best place for a power business meeting:
Il Gabbiano in Downtown Miami. They have great water views, excellent professional service and a consistent menu. It's also easy to talk business there.
All-around favorite spot in Miami:
The Canyon Ranch in Miami Beach, I can spend all day there taking classes, having services at the spa, and enjoying organic healthy food at their restaurant. While I'm there I'll be reading books or newspapers, enjoying the beach and hit their happy hour by the pool.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
SLS in South Beach. We love the decor, is vivid, young, refreshing to be there.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Bal Harbor Shops. We find everything we need there and we have the chance to visit our partners in Carpaccio, the Italian Restauranteurs who bring style in the city.
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
I usually get fine jewelry in my international travels. Locally we prefer to purchase from private jewelers like Samuel Getz
The Sports Club LA in the Four Seasons Hotel.
The Capital Grill, always consistent, classy and elegant.
The Spa at the Sports Club LA of Miami in Brickell, which services the Four Seasons Hotel.
What makes this market so special?
The international cultures and how we see each other the same, intermixing ideas from all over the world. The dance, music and event productions adds a hot flavor and it's a chic Tropical City with the glamorous style of a cosmopolitan flair.
Rik Rak at the Sports Club LA
If money was no concern, what is your favorite property for sale today?
If I had a choice to buy any piece of real state it would be in Europe in the South of France or Tuscany. Those would be appealing to my family.