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Vagabond Market Dinner - Miami

Frodnesor | Nov 16, 2008 07:53 PM

OK, not actually dinner AT the Vagabond Market, rather, dinner FROM the market. We stopped by today and got to spend a little more time. Confirmed that all the produce is Florida grown. The lady set up at the front of the indoor area had a nice selection - 3 different kinds of eggplant, green beans, a few different kinds of hot peppers, several herbs (rosemary, thyme, mint, sage, cilantro, lemongrass), some lettuce mix, sorrel ... There was also another guy set up selling local-grown tomatoes, w/ a few different varieties - grapes (sweet enough to just eat out of hand), romas, and smallish round ones (resembled a Holland tomato). The mozzarella guy was set up there, as was the Uruguayan steak guy, and it all started looking like a meal to me.

We bought a couple beautiful eggplant (a purple & white striped variety) and bunches of a few different herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage) for $5, 4 tomatoes for $1 (!!!), a mozzarella for $10 (that seemed pricy), and a couple of the grass-fed strip steaks (12 oz steak for $12) and brought our loot home for dinner. Eggplants sliced thin and sauteed, layered w/ some sliced tomatoes and mozzarella and baked; steaks sprinkled w/ some smoked salt and quickly pan-seared and sliced tagliata-style; herbs chopped and blended into some butter to top the steaks. All really good stuff.

The steaks - Uruguayan grass-fed beef from "Gaucho Ranch" - were really full of flavor. They do taste more meaty and minerally, maybe even "tangy," than your average corn-fed beef. You do need to be careful about overcooking them, I found about a minute less per side than I usually do worked fine. I didn't find them tough at all which is an occasional complaint about grass-fed beef. I guess I can understand why some people are put off by grass-fed beef but if you don't mind your beef actually tasting like something, you'll probably enjoy them.

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