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Report on our week eating in Miami with thanks for your suggestions--long

rmanna | Dec 30, 201102:28 PM

We are just back to frigid Boston after having a wonderful week in your city exploring and eating. Thanks to all of you for your help; it made a huge difference.

We loved Sakaya kitchen which was very close to where we stayed. It was so tasty and reasonably priced that we had one lunch and one dinner there. The 2 large short rib tacos were fabulous-- meaty, spicy, citrusy and crunchy. We also really liked the spicy tator tots, cracklin duck sandwich, Saw woo spicy Korean shrimp, ginger brussel sprouts and dae ji spicy pork croquestas. GiGi was also delicious, especially the beef brisket and duck buns; roasted Brussel Sprouts and Cauliflower with bacon and soy; soba noodles with spicy peanut and scallion; and duck fried rice. In the same area, we had some quick, good breakfasts at Brooklyn Bagels-- egg and cheese bagels were $3 and really good bagels--and Angelina’s which had delicious omelets, grilled cheeses, café con leche; and excellent frozen yogurt—the dulce de leche, strawberry, and vanilla were especially good.

We had a delightful, leisurely dinner at NeMesis, at which we sampled most of the Chews for Jews Christmas menu. The food was creative and very good although the portions were rather modest. Even so, we totally enjoyed Britt and Micah’s hospitality and the eggrolls, scallop coins, spicy pork, bison, and duck fried rice were terrific.

We made it to Garcia’s but they had run out of food at 7:30pm. Instead, we had Harry’s pizza. They had terrific combinations and flavors—bacon, gruyere, caramelized onions; rock shrimp, lemon, escarole; pork, fig, fontina—but the dough needed something more to hold up the toppings. Also one pizza was pretty burnt, not just oven char. Meatballs were great and the polenta fries were tasty. It seemed pricy for what it was.

From Laurenzo’s market, we got fantastic asiago gnocchi and a light, bright marinara sauce, and very good lasagna to cook for xmas eve, along with good prosciutto, and serviceable gorgonzola and taleggio. The pistachio and the chocolate canoli were quite good too. The fruit stand was underwhelming but did supply a meager salad.

Sra Martinez was stellar; great service and food. We really enjoyed the octopus, artichokes, corn with lime, garbanzo stew, and bone morrow. The paella was quite tasty but so small that we giggled when it arrived; must be how you all keep your figures. So not even trying to accomplish that, we went for the fabulous chocolate marshmallow sunday and churros. Yum!

Twice we tried to eat at Enriquetas. No signs were up, no phones were answered. No food to be had--so sad. We ended up by virtue of proximity eating at Puerto Sagua in South Beach, mostly average but really good Cuban coffee, grouper sandwich, and killer caramel coconut flan.

Buena Vista bistro’s food was disappointing. A $24 entrée of scallops had 3 medium sized rubbery scallops with no sear; my grouper was just okay. We were also unimpressed by the crab cake, caprese salad with unripe tomatoes, and tuna tartar. The accompanying ratatouille and the fries were delicious though. Another day, we tried the BV Deli, sadly, our opinion didn’t improve. It took forever to get a quiche that was already cooked and in the case. Nicose salad was unusual but good; leek quiche and chicken quiche were fine but with soggy crust --incredible given that it took almost 45 minutes to arrive.

Even with the few hiccups, we are very grateful to you for all of your help and suggestions. We hope we can return the favor if you get to Boston, LA, or Chicago. Happy New Year!

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