The MediterrAsian Way by Trudy Thelander and Ric Watson


Eating out and eating well for your body doesn’t usually go hand in hand. But one of Miami’s most popular new restaurants, MILA—located in the heart of South Beach—is proving that what’s good for your taste buds can also be good for your wellbeing. MILA’s specialty you ask? MediterrAsian cuisine!

MILA owners Gregory and Marine Galy, who both grew up in the south of France, say that MILA’s ‘MediterrAsian’ cuisine is first and foremost inspired by traditional Asian and Mediterranean eating practices. “They are both tasty, nutritious, and embrace a deep cultural significance for enjoying life,” – The Galy’s.

Don’t take our word for it –Emmy award-winning television journalist Jennifer Valoppi and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model Kate Bock have both seen dining in at MILA. Its success has also led to a second MediterrAsian restaurant, KAORI, opening in Miami. The new two-story restaurant nestled in the heart of downtown Brickell is already proving very popular.

The MediterrAsian food trend is new to Miami, but this way of eating has been gaining popularity worldwide since 2013. A European study by German scientists from the University of Kiel found that a MediterrAsian diet can mimic the longevity-boosting benefits of severe calorie restriction (which is known to increase lifespan) without having to restrict calories.  That’s because the same biological process that happens when you severely restrict calories can be mimicked by eating foods rich in potent antioxidants called polyphenols. And the traditional Mediterranean and Asian diets are both very rich in polyphenols, which can slow cellular aging, reduce inflammation and boost metabolism.

The MediterrAsian Way

Scientists concluded that a MediterrAsian diet combining the polyphenol-rich foods of the Mediterranean diet as well as the Asian diet “may be a promising dietary strategy in preventing chronic diseases, thereby ensuring the health and healthy aging.”

Not long after this research was published, the more good news about the MediterrAsian diet came out via a study by Italian scientists from the University of Pavia, which found that a MediterrAsian diet improves blood cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of heart disease.

In recent years the MediterrAsian diet has been championed in America by respected chef Tiffany Poe, who has collaborated on several New York Times bestselling cookbooks. In a series of articles for her Tulsa World food column, Tiffany wrote about discovering the benefits of MediterrAsian eating after reading the acclaimed cookbook, The MediterrAsian Way. “I’m always looking for a culinary adventure to take my kids on and the MediterrAsian way of cooking has given me just that—an endless culinary adventure,” she said.

Popular MediterrAsian restaurant in Alabama, Noja, has hosted famous guests including Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro and says their MediterrAsian inspired menu has greatly benefited a lot of their customers: “We have heard many success stories from guests who began the diet after eating at NoJa, and the diet has changed their lives!”

Even Fitbit has picked up on the MediterrAsian diet trend. In a recent post on the Fitbit blog, clinical nutritionist Amirah Rahmat recommended a MediterrAsian diet to help improve blood cholesterol levels.

According to registered dietitian Caroline Fernandes, one of the biggest benefits of the MediterrAsian diet is how easy it is to follow. She observed that her patients said they did not feel like they were on a diet, in the restrictive sense of the word, but instead easily transitioning to a new lifestyle that involves flavors, foods, and seasonings with a harmonious blend

MediterrAsian food has become a hot trend in Miami, mainly due to the opening of the acclaimed MediterrAsian restaurant, MILA, in South Beach (, and more recently KAORI MediterrAsian restaurant in Brickell.

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