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Month: December 2016

Best Coffee Spots in South Florida

Best Coffee Spots in South Florida

Best Coffee- Switchbox

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Switchbox roasts their beans in house. The majority of the time this can lead to a weird bitter tone in the coffee, well not here! The espresso is so smooth and flavorful. Everyday the shop serves a unique barista inspired creation. Even their mocha is used by melting down cacao into the espresso as it brews!

http://switchboxcoffee.com

Best Vibe- Brew Urban

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Brew Urban is located in a recording studio right off of the Ft.Lauderdale train tracks. The walls are lined with books and wood. It is practically hipster central. Every detail is carefully chosen to create a perfect aesthetic. The pastries are beyond amazing! However, I find that their coffee can have a little bit of a bitter taste.

Best Food Choices- Atelier 3

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Atelier 3 is the whole package all in one; it is an art gallery and coffee shop! I think what makes them stand out is their food! The chef creates new items all the time. My favorite is definitely the Italian Panini. The coffee is fairly good as well!

Best Specialty Coffees- Mister Block

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Mister Block is located in the Wynwood Art District. They serve your traditional coffees along with interesting drinks such as nitro cold brew, eggnog coffee, and cold pressed juices! If you are feeling extra fancy… combine the nitro cold brew and eggnog!

http://misterblockcafe.com

Best Selection of Beans- Pasion del Cielo

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Pasion del Cielo truly is a coffee lovers paradise! They have over 20 countries of origins that you can choose your bean from. If you are feeling adventurous, you can make your own blend and do a shot of espresso from Brazil and Jamaica all in the same drink! If you are hungry, make sure to get the smores brownie!

http://pasiondelcielo.com

 

Bocas House- Doral, Florida

Bocas House- Doral, Florida

This past weekend I was invited for a media tasting at Bocas House. I didn’t have too many expectations going into the meal, except for the fact that I knew these milkshakes had to be good. I mean, the hype alone was enough to get me to go. I brought along a friend, and we immediately noticed the long line of people waiting outside for a table. Some people might get upset when they see this, but for me… it’s a good sign! We sat down and were greeted with beautiful glasses of sangria.

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I notice the details. Not only do I notice them, but I appreciate them. Well, this sangria had a baby fork in it! Genius! It made eating all of the sangria soaked fruit that much easier! Shortly after this, the appetizers were brought out. We tried the tequenos, yellow pepper mac & cheese, and pulpo al grill. Normally, I would say that whatever had the most cheese, would be my favorite. However, that was not the case. The octopus was the star of the show. It was seasoned to perfection.

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As we finished devouring the octopus (which is pictured above), the entrée came out. I am a huge steak fan. Oddly, people frequently ask if I am vegan ( I guess because I enjoy going to Whole Foods and am kind of hipster). Well, the answer is NO. I love steak with a passion. So, when I was greeted with a 52 ounce Tomahawk, I was in heaven!

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Not only was the steak great, but so were the truffle fries and Argentinean sausage that came with it! I really wanted to eat it all, but I had to save room for their infamous milkshakes. As we waited for them to come out, I became more and more full! I decided to power through when I saw 3 glorious milkshakes come out! I was able to try their holiday shake along with their signature Nutella and 3 leches milkshake! I was a fan of them all. My only complaint is that by the time the masterpieces were delivered, they were a little runny for my taste.

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Overall, my takeaway is to come hungry and you will leave happy. I enjoyed the dinner more than the milkshakes! The must orders are the Pulpo al Grill and the red sangria! Feel free to check out the menu here-  http://bocashouse.com

Miami Culinary Tours- Wynwood

Miami Culinary Tours- Wynwood

This past weekend I had the privilege of attending the Wynwood tour hosted by Miami Culinary Tours.  The tour stopped at 5 different restaurants (GK Bistronomie, Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, Mister Block, Fireman Derek’s, & Made in Italy) and ventured into the walls and galleries. The tour lasted about 2 1/2 hours. Every restaurant stop was around 20 minutes in duration. The patrons got to sample anywhere from 1-3 of the restaurants most popular dishes. Below you can read the full descriptions of all the dishes sampled!

 

GK Bistronomie

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Above: GKB offers an outdoor seating area connected to the sushi bar

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Above: Pork belly taquito- gruyere cheese, pickled onion, guacamole, chipotle aioli

GKB serves Peruvian food with a flare. The vision all started with the executive chef Rafael Perez. Chef Perez is well known for his fresh flavors combined with classic South American cuisine. He has run restaurants that were included in the Top 300 in the world! GKB has a very relaxed vibe while still maintaining an elegant atmosphere.

gkbistronomie.com


Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

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Above: The outdoor dining is one of the few that are actually located within the gates to the walls.

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Above: From left to right- Tequeno (mozzarella filled puff pastry with avocado crema), Sweet plantain with Mexican crema, and Chicken ropa vieja empanadas

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar is described as Miami cuisine. It pulls from many different ethnicities to create an American/Spanish blend! Not only do you experience amazing food, but striking art as well!

wynwoodkitchenandbar.com


Mister Block

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Above: Beef empanadas with a spicy tomato dipping sauce

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Above: The door outside the café sports their signature top hat logo.

Mister Block is a quaint Wynwood coffee shop that serves Latin inspired food. Personally, I would suggest their seasonal eggnog nitro cold brew. The nitrogen adds an extra level of creaminess that otherwise couldn’t be achieved.

misterblockcafe.com


Fireman Derek’s Bakeshop

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Above: The signature sign hangs outside the small bakeshop

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Above: Signature key lime pie made with fresh lime juice

Fireman Derek’s is a unique place that has become a Wynwood staple. Derek was a regular old Miami firefighter who had a passion for baking. This passion has now become a successful business. It originally started as a food truck but the demand became so great that it is now a storefront.

firemanderekspies.com


Made in Italy

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Above: The interior sports wooden tables and safes full of wine.

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Above: Homemade cannoli’s filled with fresh ricotta.

Made in Italy is not only a gourmet market, but a restaurant as well. They serve a variety of wine, espresso, cheeses, and signature Italian meals. As soon as you walk through the door, you can see the chef stirring up a pot of authentic red sauce!

madeinitalygourmet.com


Overall, Miami Culinary Tours is a unique experience that I would definitely recommend. However, if you are a local like myself, then be prepared to eat mainly authentic Miami food. Most of the cuisine served was from a Latin heritage. This is great for the tourist to be able to experience what Wynwood is all about! Try to plan some extra time to explore either before or after the tour. Since it is only 2 1/2 hours long, you don’t have much time to “stop and smell the roses”. The tour company also offers locations in both South Beach and Little Havana. If this is something that interests you, make sure to check it out at https://www.miamiculinarytours.com/tour/wynwood-food-tour/ .

Providence’s Top Coffee Shops

Providence’s Top Coffee Shops

This past week I traveled to the beautiful city of Providence. It is known as such a great city for restaurants, but what about coffee shops? Well, I decided to check out for myself! Below you will find my top three choices for a good cup of joe!

1.Bolt Coffee Company

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Bolt is located inside of the Dean Hotel. The first floor is occupied by all of the local hipster companies, while the hotel lobby starts on the second floor. Bolt serves your traditional coffees along with unique barista specialties. I was taken back by the limited selections of milks (almond or whole); however, the barista was quick to explain that the reasoning was because they source from a local dairy farm. All together, Bolt is a great choice for someone on the go in the city looking for just a good cup of coffee.

2. Coffee Exchange

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The Coffee Exchange is located in the outer districts of the city. I went at about 5pm on a weekday and couldn’t find a seat. This place is always happening. From college kids to business men, this coffee shops serves as a great place to sit down, have a drink, and get some work done. The coolest part is the fact that you can choose from over 20 origins of coffee beans!

3. The Coffee Grinder

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So technically the Coffee Grinder is located in Newport, not Providence. However, it was just too good to leave out! The tiny shop is located right on the end of the wharf. It has limited seating inside the place. This is not too much of a turn away considering the bounty of Adirondack chairs they have on the pier overlooking the water!