Rando Review: Panther Coffee

A few years ago my husband and I stumbled upon one of the best coffee shops here in Miami – Panther Coffee. We had always been looking for a cool place to grab a coffee and hang out, but had never found one until we ran into the husband-and-wife owned shop.

Joel Pollock and Leticia Ramos Pollock have made sure that every cup of coffee is special. Each cup of coffee is actually brewed on site, in small batches, each of which have their origin in farms personally-selected by the pair. 

What I really love about Panther Coffee is there are so many ways you can get your coffee brewed – Clever, French Press, Hario V60, Chemex, Vacuum, and, of course, they have Cold Brew. 

So if you are looking for a coffee shop where you can grab a delicious cup of coffee and read a book, or work on your laptop then this is the spot for you. They currently have two locations and are opening up their third in Little Haiti, so stay tuned.

Locations: 2390 NW 2nd Ave., | Miami, FL 33127
                1875 Purdy Ave., | Miami Beach, FL 33139
Website: http://www.panthercoffee.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/panther.coffee.7?fref=ts 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/panthercoffee 

Wynwood store

Wynwood store

Iced Americano

Iced Americano

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

The Best Cuban Sandwich in Miami

I was born in Miami and I am Cuban-American so it is fair to say that I have had my fair share of Cuban sandwiches. From growing up eating every weekend at La Carreta to those weekends when you end up at Sergio’s – I have tried a few. 

But there was something very special when I saw the Cuban sandwich from Enriqueta’s. 
At first you walk in and realize that you are literally eating in a hole in the wall restaurant in the middle of Midtown and Wynwood, but you can smell the appetizing aroma of the place from across the street.

At first I was going to put together a list of the best Cuban sandwiches in Miami, but I decided this sandwich merited its own post. When you get the Cuban the first thing you realize is that the cheese is simply oozing out of the sandwich, literally. You open it up just to see what goodness it is made out of and you see your ham, pork, cheese, mustard, pickle and two croquetas. Oh and did I mention that the Cuban bread is toasted to absolute perfection?

If you haven’t tried the Cuban sandwich from Enriqueta’s then I suggest you make a trip out there this weekend. It is so worth it. And if I were you I would pair it with a Materva. This is heaven my friends. 

Location: 186 NE 29th St. | Miami, FL 33137
Website: https://plus.google.com/100781141645160464365/about?gl=us&hl=en

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Rando Event: thefood-e Happy Hour at Buns & Buns

Buns & Buns is one of the newest additions to the South Miami area and I have been dying to try it for months! Come join me this Friday from 7-9 p.m. at thefood-e happy hour at Buns & Buns!

Check out what they will be offering to those who attend the event!

•    $3 Draft and select bottles of beer

•    $6 COCKTAILS
- Sangria
- O'Pama
- Bunosa Mimosa 
- Blueberry Cobbler

•    $4 BITES
- Mini Burger (fontina cheese / bacon / wilted watercress / special sauce)
- Spinach Poofs (tahini / manchego cheese)
- Truffled Cheese Fries
- Corn Fritter (beer batter / sumac / lime / garlic aioli)
- Mini BBQ Pulled Pork Buns (cabbage slaw / pickled onions / aioli)
- Hot Nutella Buns (chocolate / vanilla / raspberry-pomegranate sauce)

Just a quick side note - I will probably be trying one of each of the bites mentioned above.

P.S. We will also be celebrating my birthday ;)

Location: 5748 Sunset Dr. | South Miami, FL 33143
Website: http://www.bunsandbuns.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bunsandbuns 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BunsAndBuns 

Also make sure to follow thefood-e!
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefoode 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefoode

 

Photo courtesy of: the food-e

Photo courtesy of: the food-e

Photo courtesy of: the food-e

Photo courtesy of: the food-e

Photo courtesy of: the food-e

Photo courtesy of: the food-e

Rando Review: Insomnia Cookies

Imagine this. It’s 2 a.m. and you are starving. But you don't feel like having a legit meal – you want cookies! The long wait is finally over. Insomnia Cookies has finally made landfall in Miami!

Insomnia Cookies is probably what heaven feels and tastes like. When you enter the small store you are greeted by the smell of fresh baked cookies. You have the option of either getting a regular sized cookie, a deluxe cookie, a cookie sandwich, or a cookie with a scoop of ice cream. The coolest thing about Insomnia Cookies is they will deliver these cookies directly to your doorstep until 3 a.m.!

How was this amazing concept born? In 2003 Seth Berkowitz started baking and delivery warm cookies to students late night on campus at the University of Pennsylvania for those who were hungry. Now Insomnia Cookies has more than forty locations in the states and is also starting to offer catering for those businesses that want to be the coolest on the block. 

Take a look at the delicious cookies I tried when I stopped at Insomnia Cookies for the first time – s'mores deluxe cookie, chocolate peanut butter cup deluxe cookie, white chocolate macadamia cookie, and a chocolate chunk cookie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. So out of control, and so delicious. 

Location: 1227 Washington Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139
Website: https://insomniacookies.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/insomniacookies 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/insomniacookies/ 
Instagram: http://instagram.com/insomniacookiesofficial/ 

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Insomnia Cookies

Insomnia Cookies Menu

Insomnia Cookies Menu

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Insomnia Cookies Tray

Insomnia Cookies & Ice Cream w/ Milk

Insomnia Cookies & Ice Cream w/ Milk

Rando Review: SoFi Café

Last weekend I was invited to try out this new spot in South Beach – South of Fifth to be exact (SoFi), and I think I have fallen in love. We are always looking for that healthier option for breakfast and lunch that is not only great for your body, but is also quick and doesn't break the bank. SoFi Café is that place for you.

This café offers an array of delicious and nutritious foods. I want to start off by telling you about their acai bowls, which are out of this world. I tried two – the Power Bowl and the Ultra Bowl. The Power Bowl is really great for pre or post workouts or even for breakfast. It is filled with acai, bananas and peanut butter, plus they top it off with granola. And then their Ultra Bowl will blow you away. The acai they use is organic straight from Brazil. The consistency is very different from other acai bowls that are icier and not creamy.

For those who want something more on-the-go then you have to try their juice selection. I fell in love with their Life Potion, which has pineapple, orange juice with a hint of strawberry and honey, and to top it off ginger! And for those that love carrot you have to try their Orange Warrior, which has orange, carrot juice, pineapple, and apple. So good.

If you live in the area or are just looking from something nutritious and delicious to fill your belly then you have to check out SoFi Café. And for those that live on the beach they deliver up to 41st!

Location: 500 S Pointe Dr., Suite 180 | Miami Beach, FL 33139
Website: http://sofi-cafe.com/#!home 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sofi-Cafe/496791473785245 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sofi_Cafe 

SoFi Cafe

SoFi Cafe

Power Bowl & Life Potion

Power Bowl & Life Potion

Ultra Bowl

Ultra Bowl

Orange Warrior

Orange Warrior

Me and the manager (Angela) & owner (Matias).

Me and the manager (Angela) & owner (Matias).

Your 5 Go-To Summer Cocktails

It’s pretty 50/50 whether or not you had a great week or a crappy week. No worries – whether you totally killed it in a meeting with your team this week, or your best friend just moved away for another job opportunity I have some cocktails you have to try this summer.

Drink responsibly. And just like my friend The Most Interesting Man in the World would say – “Stay thirsty, my friends.”

The Broken Shaker – Root Beer Old Fashioned

2727 Indian Creek Dr. | Miami Beach, FL 33140

I really can’t talk enough about this bar, which is now serving yummy treats as well. Every time I go I not only have a great experience, but I also try their Old Fashioned special, and right now they are featuring their Root Beer Old Fashioned. They serve their old Forester Bourbon with a house root beer reduction and sarsaparilla bitters. Say hello to your childhood.

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Blackbird Ordinary – Bearded Bellybird

729 SW 1st Ave. | Miami, FL 33130

You have to love Blackbird. Seems like I am there for happy hour every month. Where it's located is a bit strange but once you’re inside jamming to the band that is playing you kind of forget where you are. If you are a coffee lover then you must try their Bearded Bellybird – love the name! It’s a combination of whiskey with Licor 43, almond syrup, and Panther Coffee, of course. This is not for the faint of heart.

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Rose Bar at Delano – Tequila Mockingbird

1685 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Looking for something even more hard hitting yet still refreshing? The Tequila Mockingbird is your man. Made with Avion Silver, pineapple, pink peppercorn syrup, a dash of lemon juice, and topped with sage leaves you can’t go wrong. Plus you’ll be at the Delano!

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Haven Gastro-Lounge – Fever

1237 Lincoln Rd. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Now if you’re into spicy drinks you have to try their Fever made with prosecco, lychee, pear, and jalapeño. This drink is great for summer – spicy yet sweet!

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The Corner – The Aristocrat

1035 N Miami Ave. | Miami, FL 33136

Last, but not least, I know we are all trying to get “skinny” for the summer, right? So for those that are still on that diet try The Corner’s The Aristocrat. You still get your cocktail, which has gin, cucumber, lemon and sage, but without the hundreds of calories. You might want to also check out their food menu. Just saying, it’s pretty delicious. 

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Rando Review: Riviera Focacceria Italiana

I am going to start this review my admitting that I am not a big pasta eater, but when my family wanted to try out this new restaurant in Midtown I was in, and boy am I glad I went. It was hands down one of the best and most satisfying meals that I have had in Miami. The food was fresh and homemade, and the service was flawless. I would go again and again.

For the first course we started with one of the biggest reasons why people flock to this restaurant – their Focaccia di Recco – two layers of incredibly thin dough filled with imported stracchino cheese. Warning: Once you try you will be hooked. We also tried their Focaccia de Recco con Pesto, which is made with their delicious homemade pesto sauce.

And even if pesto sauce isn’t your thing I highly recommend you try their Mandilli di Seta al Pesto. Their handkerchief style pasta with authentic pesto sauce (made with organic sweet basil, pine nuts, a touch of garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and Parmigiano cheese) is out of this world. I literally couldn't stop eating it.

And for those who don't want to venture into the pesto then try their Pansoti al Sugo di Noci – pasta that is stuffed with spinach, ricotta cheese, chard, Italian herbs, spices, and Parmigiano cheese. Or their Polpo Riviera – a lighter option with octopus, diced potato, celery, olives, cherry tomato, topped with extra virgin olive oil.

And, last but certainly not least, the dessert. We tried their Sacripantina and Mousse di Pistacchio. Both of them are so incredibly delicious you won't be able to put your spoon down.

If this hasn't made you incredibly hungry then there may be something wrong with your palate.

 

Location: 3252 NE Buena Vista Ave. | Miami, FL 33137

Website: http://www.rivierafocacceria.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Riviera-Focacceria-Miami/260482507454811

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RivieraFocaccia

Focaccia Di Recco

Focaccia Di Recco

Focaccia De Recco Con Pesto

Focaccia De Recco Con Pesto

Mandilli Di Seta Al Pesto

Mandilli Di Seta Al Pesto

Pansoti Al Sugo Di Noci 

Pansoti Al Sugo Di Noci 

Polpo Riviera

Polpo Riviera

Sacripantina

Sacripantina

Mousse Di Pistacchio

Mousse Di Pistacchio

Rando Review: Eating House Miami

When Eating House Miami opened up shop last year I tried to get in for brunch one weekend, get this, without a reservation. Needless to say I couldn't get in because it was packed! A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to get in to celebrate a birthday, and I have to tell you it was an absolutely delicious and flavorful dinner.

Disclaimer: I went with a group of people so please don't think I ate all of these appetizers, entrees and desserts on my own, but I will tell you I tried each and every one.

For appetizers we had the out of this world burrata, grilled carrots and, of course, the queso frito. If you are like the hundreds of people out there on a diet and you only want to try one then you have to try the queso frito. It is more than worth it. The cheese literally melts in your mouth. Did I mention there is smoked guava involved?

When it comes to the entrees you should order a few so you can try some of the top performing dishes like the lamb vaca frita, short rib and for the pasta lovers the pasta carbonara. I personally am in a love affair with the short ribs.

And to top it off, even if you are about to explode, you have to try one of their desserts. Everyone always tries the dirt cup, which has nutella, cookie crumbs and pretzels (salty but sweet). Oh and the bread pudding is also heaven on a plate.

Honestly, anything you have at Eating House Miami will have your taste buds dancing. I am 100% sure you won’t be disappointed. Eat up!

 

Location: 804 Ponce De Leon Blvd | Coral Gables, FL 33178

Website: http://www.eatinghousemiami.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EatingHouse305?ref=br_tf

Twitter: https://twitter.com/eating_house

Burrata

Burrata

Grilled carrots

Grilled carrots

Queso frito

Queso frito

Lamb vaca frita

Lamb vaca frita

Short ribs

Short ribs

Pasta carbonara

Pasta carbonara

Dirt cup

Dirt cup

Bread pudding

Bread pudding

Rando Review: Sriracha House on Miami Beach

Last week I got to try one of the newest restaurants to hit Miami Beach – Sriracha House. This really cool spot has food that is inspired by exotic flavors from Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines – and let me tell you, they definitely got it right. Sriracha House presents flavorful, balanced, modern cuisine inspired by the open-air street markets of Southeast Asia's urban food scene - naturally healthy and made to order with the freshest ingredients. 

At Sriracha House you essentially build your very own wok bowl. You first chose your base – it can be anything from egg to udon noodles, or jasmine and brown rice. Then you choose your protein, they even have vegan chicken! Then my favorite part, the add ons. You have everything from shitake and button mushrooms to cashews, toasted sesame seeds, and my favorite roasted peanuts. Last but not least you have to choose from 10 sauces to add into your wok bowl.

Now which drink should you pair with your wok bowl, you ask? Simple. They have several craft beers to choose from (I had a Native Lager), Asian beer and, of course, bubble tea. My personal favorite is their passion fruit tea, which was so refreshing to have on a hot Miami night.

Last, but certainly not least, you have to try their shaved snow. I must admit that this was my first time trying this dessert, but I was pleasantly surprised. Their strawberry shaved snow with mango popping boba was so good I couldn’t stop eating it.

All in all I am in! With great food and service you really can’t go wrong!

In case you were wondering what I had I created a bowl with egg noodles and a stir-fry egg with beef. Then I added button mushrooms, bok choy, broccoli, bell peppers, and roasted peanuts. Lastly I topped it off with some tasty sauces – Taiwanese Oyster, Japanese Teriyaki and a dash of Chinese Sweet & Sour. Don’t judge. I love sauces. 

 

Location: 1502 Washington Ave. | Miami Beach, 33139

Website: http://www.srirachahouse.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SrirachaHouseMiamiBeach

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SrirachaHous

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The 5 Croquetas You Must Try

I don't know about you but growing up in Miami croquetas were a part of their own food group. You have your veggies, your fruit, your meat and, of course, your croquetas. With that being said I pretty much try croquetas everywhere I go. If they are on the menu I am trying them.

Here is a short list – I could go on for days – of some of the croquetas you have to try one rainy Saturday afternoon.

1.     Bread + Butter: For several reasons this place has become my favorite Coral Gables hangout. They have all of my favorite foods – homemade pastelitos, their version of a frita and, of course, their croquetas. All I am going to mention about these beauties are that there are made to taste exactly like you are biting into a media noche. Enough said.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Islas-Canarias-Restaurant/199423360075451

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2.     Islas Canarias: These have got to be top on my list. I have been having these bad boys for so many years I don't even remember when I had my first one. If you haven’t tried one of these you must. Eat one in between soda crackers and another one with a dollop of ketchup. ¡Que delicia!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Islas-Canarias-Restaurant/199423360075451

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3.     Dolores but you can call me Lolita: These croquetas literally melt in your mouth. I would recommend that you don't share if you are a croqueta connoisseur like me because the batch comes with about 5 or 6 and they are pretty bite sized. These Serrano ham croquetas are definitely something you can write home about.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DoloresLolitaMiami

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4.     Sergio’s: When you go to Sergio’s you could literally make a meal from just croquetas. And, no, don't judge. You can most definitely do this and I guarantee you no one at Sergio's will look at you funny. These are absolutely amazing. Like their tagline says, “Get your hands of my croquetas.”

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SergiosRestaurants  

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5.     Versailles: This place is the headquarters of everything Cuban culture. If you haven’t tried one of their croquetas then you haven't lived the full experience. I would pair it with a cortadito con leche condensada. Like I always like to say –if you are going to do it then do it big.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VersaillesMiami

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