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Have you heard of persons inviting people to their home for a gourmet meal with a charge? [moved from Miami - Ft Lauderdale board]

I've experienced this in Costa Rica about 7 years ago. An American couple on a tight budget would invite people once a week to have a full meal in their home. The couple were fairly well known for doing this.

I've seen this subject crop up a few times. Here's some articles touching on the subject. There's a book on it too.
I've also heard of people getting together in kitchens to cook off a bunch of food to share so they can stock their freezers for the month. They rotate the kitchens and make a party out of it. I've thought of doing that myself.

Jul 02, 2010
sobeiam in General Topics

South Beach Cuban Food

Went to Cha Cha Cha Grill on 15th just off of Alton Road. Simple, good food cooked rather healthily. Not greasy, not overly salted with me being able to get a side of grilled veggies with my Vaca Frita. Really enjoyed the food there. The bean soup of the day, gallega I think, was very, very good.

Sourcing McDonald's Beef [split from Miami board]

Here's what found out. Snopes is one of those myth debunker Web sites. They track down urban myths and try to suss out how they started and if there's truth to the matter. According to their research McDonald's went overseas for SOME of its beef because it could not find enough low-fat beef. I am not sure how it works re: the butcher but from my understanding if you start with a lower fat cut it is going to be lower in fat. If your cows are raised to have lower fat, for example grass fed, you will have lower fat meat.? I could be wrong.

Jul 02, 2010
sobeiam in Chains

Which are the 'Best of the Best' restaurants in Miami South Beach right now?

On 20th Street right near Publix is Barbu, an organic tapas restaurant with vegetarian entrees. Very, very casual. I will not comment on the food as I know the owner so don't want to be biased. The menu is on the Web site.

Shake Shack in SOBE

I've eaten at several of Danny Meyer's restaurants, all very good, but avoided Shake Shack as long as I lived in NYC because whenever I thought of it it was mealtime, meaning huge waits on line. I finally got around to trying a shake, that's all I wanted and is all I ever wanted from Shake Shack when I lived in NYC, and must say it was very good. I had the Fair Trade Vanilla - thick, not too sweet, Very good. I had an order of fries on the side. I know, heart attack city, but while the fries were good they were nothing really to write home about. I prefer the fries at Five Guys. I will head over again to try the hamburger soon. Unless, of course, there's a line. Then I won't wait.

Also, regarding McDonald's hamburgers. I had no idea and have looked online to be surprised by the fact that one reason McDonald's buys some of its meat overseas is that American beef is TOO fatty!! I don't know for sure if this is true but interesting starting point for more research.

Trader Joe's?!?

I think the issue comes down to different tastes. Sorry if that sounds really snotty/snobby but I can go into a low income, not dirt poor mind you, neighborhood in NYC and have a better selection of foods - organic/regular/ethnic than here. And I believe it is a con job by Publix if you think its cheaper than other stores. As noted above that TJ sells basil from FL cheaper in DC than Publix does down here. Yes, I think Publix's brand is cheaper but unless I was on welfare I would never do that. After starting to read labels I am really clear about what I do and don't want in my foods. I try to buy whats on sale at Whole Foods or the store brand, shop at Costco or trek to farmers markets such as the one in Hollywood- I will NEVER shop at Wal-Mart. Costco pays its employees the highest in the industry, has very low turnover and gives decent bennies. I really try to be careful about who gets my dollar these days. I never shop at Fresh Markets - I don't consider that a foodie store. It has very limited selection and is very expensive. You would think with what they were charging they'd offer a better selection or choice re: organic, grass fed/sustainable products I hear Whole Foods is opening another store eventually so there must be a market for the stuff. Whole Foods is in several areas in Florida as is Fresh Markets. I don't think it just boils down to money.

Fresh Market
2640 S Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33133

Trader Joe's?!?

I just feel the competition is good for everyone plus I have heard very good things about it as an employer. I like making good choices that are based on value, products, convenience and ethical treatment of employees. I know I can't have everything but when I can I try to make a good choice all around. Plus, I like a good selection of natural and organic products. Epicure and Fresh Foods just don't cut it in those departments. I won't shop at Epicure because I have heard that it treats its employees very badly starting with no vacation. If I am wrong on the latter please enlighten me.

Gou Lou Cheong

Do you have a phone number? I am sometimes up in that area and would like to call to make sure they are open before I drive by. Also, the exact address? Please. :)

New places on South Beach

Any word when Shake Shack is opening? I passed by Lincoln Road awhile ago and the windows were papered up. A check online revealed nothing.

I read somewhere that Brother's BBQ, from NYC, is opening on Alton Road - I think I read it will be at Quarterdeck's spot. True?

Did that pizza place on West Avenue near 10th Street close? What a waste of space that was. Why do people spend money on rent, kitchen equipment, etc and can't even figure out how to market themselves. OK, good pizza to start would have been good but with some marketing even bad pizza can be sold. I just don't understand.

South Beach Cafe
121 5th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Trader Joe's?!?

Fresh Market's is opening on South Beach, there are 3 different Publix's on South Beach, there's a Whole Foods and Epicure . . . So what is holding up Trader Joe's? I know it doesn't have to be South Beach but in the Miami area? Has anyone heard word of Trader Joe's coming here or anywhere in Florida? I know there's been rumors but the ones I know about are pretty old. So has anyone heard anything recent?

Fresh Market
2640 S Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33133

South Beach Cafe
121 5th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Sakaya Kitchen - Midtown Miami

I went the other night and was extremely pleased. I am from NYC and have despaired in finding good Asian food other than Sushi. I had the pork buns and the fried softshell crab buns - delicious. The spicy mayo could've been spicier for the softshell crab. As some noted, the orange-honey ribs were too sweet, not cloying, but on the sweet side for my tastes. The Korean Wings are fantastic. Just delicious - spicy, with light crispy breading. I had the ginger broccoli, fully expecting the traditional kind but was pleasantly surprised with either brocolli rabe or asian version of brocolli. That was great but expensive for the serving size. Overall, I was very satisfied. The prices weren't crazy. Its in a high rent area and the food is of excellent quality. Sakaya goes for quality ingredients - local or organic where it can. As for the packaging? A little inconvenience to spare more plastic from going into the garbage dumb is fine with me. It really is a minor inconvenience in the grand scheme of things.

Food finds (non-restaurant) around MIA/FLL

Marky's on 79th Street in Miami - russian specialites, all kinds of cheeses and Jamon Iberico de Bellota (which I think is available at Laurenzo's - can't believe its at Costco - not hiking to Kendall tho as much as I love it), Cheese Course (a bit overpriced) in Design District (original I think is in Wellington), Whole Foods in Aventura cheese dept (excellent selection), Gran Forno (bakery) on Las Olas in Ft. Lauderdale (best damn bread this side of Italy, pastries are good too). There's an Asian market near Miramar, will post name later, and another one on 163rd street, will get name later - all kinds of sauces, noodles, teas, etc. I am sure I will think of others and post later.

Cheese Course
1679 Market St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33326

Las Olas Cafe
922 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Peruvian resto -Downtown Miami

Has anyone tried D'Lima yet at 27 N Miami Avenue. I recently tried Peruvian at a hole in the wall on Coral Way and loved it. I now want to try many different Peruvian places. My South American friends tell me Peruvian food is considered to be the best. Is Francesco's really worth going to? Its been recommended but I am not so sure.

Coming to Miami for a couple days need some recommendations for food

Don't go to Puerto Sagua or Bongo's, especially this time of the year - lots of tourists on the Beach and they will packed. Food's not so great either. Same for David's on the Beach as well. Enriqueta's is great for what it does - pressed Cuban sandwhiches, cafecitos, cafe con leche etc. I love their sandwiches. Be prepared it get's busy during lunch. Yi Ya's on 79th is very limited food wise, good for coffee and pastry. The nabe you are in is not known for Cuban food. Not Cuban but to to Red Light since you are already at the hotel and go to Michy's down a short bit on Biscayne. I heard Cafe Toscana is good, right near Michy's. Otherwise, you have to venture a bit from where you are to get Cuban - hope you have wheels, Miami's really spread out. I agree with Frodesnor that Latin Cafe 2000 is just OK.

6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138

Puerto Sagua Restaurant
700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Red Light
7700 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

180 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

New Yawkers in Fort Lauderdale SE 6th Street Area

Hi, a friend of mine and I, living in South Beach, are headed to Cinema Paradiso just off US 1 on SE 6th street in Fort Lauderdale next week. Any suggestions for us for good food at good prices? We are going on a Monday night. We like most foods except Indian. I am treating as my friend is heading back to NYC for the summer, a snowbird, so want something more than just hamburgers or sandwiches. Would love places like Hi-Life, Cafe Sharaku etc but they are not open on Mondays. Any suggestions?

New York foodie coming to Fort Lauderdale

For casual coffee and dessert, pre-made sandwiches (small selection) or bread for make your own sandwiches go to Gran Forno on Las Olas -DELICIOUS!! I drive up from Miami every 2 weeks to load up on real Italian desserts and breads. I am from NYC and the bread in Miami STINKS! Too soft, no flavor, yuck. Gran Forno's sandwiches are on ciabatta bread, again delicious, but very small selection on sandwiches as this is mainly a bakery.

South Florida

No, I am talking about the tool bar where they have a key for restos & bars. When you move the cursor over it a list drops down and South Florida or Miami are not listed. Curious about that. New to chowhound so thanks for the above links. I had found those before but was wondering about the dropdown not linking to Miami for restos & bars.

Jun 29, 2009
sobeiam in Site Talk

Miami Restaurant Recommendation

Thanks for mentioning Old Lisbon. I am fairly new to the area, moved down a year ago from NYC, and have passed the resto many times wondering if it is any good. I will definitely give it a try. Any one know of any good Jewish delis in South Florida? I am willing to drive to Fort Lauderdale if necessary. I have a hankering for a pastrami on rye. BTW, I can recommend a really great bakery in Fort Lauderdale on Las Olas. The bread is amazing and the pastries are really, really good. As good as any I've had in New Yawk. Gran Forno 1235 Las Olas. Very, very good.

South Florida

How come there isn't section for South Florida area restos? There are some nationally known restos here as well as a large number of restos of varying types of cuisines. I really think that South Florida deserves its own space.

Jun 29, 2009
sobeiam in Site Talk