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Food-venturing in Miami: Day One

A few months ago (more like a year ago), my cousin and I waited around an hour to get tickets for an Adele concert online, and luckily enough, we scored them, though they were to a show in Miami. The initial plan was to head down just for the concert and make the drive back to Orlando (because I’m such a good little student), but luckily two of the coolest people from my old school recently moved down to Miami, so we decided to turn it in to a mini-vacay. And hey, I can’t remember the last time I took a trip somewhere to simply relax, so this came at a right time. Here’s just a sample of some of the small eats we had throughout the day – and really, I’d recommend all of it.

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

After a relatively short drive down, we decided to head down to the Wynwood District for a couple of artsy-fartsy Instagram photos and good eats, which really, often go hand-in-hand. We started at this cozy tapa place called Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, and thankfully, we sat outside (for natural light, AKA, cool food photos).

Queso Frito
Photo by Jedd Marrero
Photo by Jedd Marrero

We chose four tapas, but this one was definitely the highlight for me, and it really boils down to the fact that it was, at its very core, fried cheese. Right on top was some paprika sausage, garnished with crispy cilantro and drizzled with salsa rosada. The cheese itself seemed like queso fresco, though it definitely could be a simple mozzarella as well. The sauce added a slight creaminess that paired well with the crunchy and spicy bite of both the sausage and cheese. Point is, few things tasted as good as this tapa did.

Succotash
Photo by Jedd Marrero
Photo by Jedd Marrero

Nothing against you beautiful plants, but typically I’m not a huge fan of entire plates of various veggies. This succotash, however, was a very big exception – it featured edamame, choclo (which tasted very similar to hominy), and a chipotle aioli, with corn nuts and cotija cheese on top. My only concern was there wasn’t enough corn nuts to provide a crunch throughout each bite, but it did make it a more interesting guessing game to see if you would be blessed with a crunchy nugget of goodness per bite (or not).

Tuna Tartare
Photo by Jedd Marrero
Photo by Jedd Marrero

I’m a huge, huge fan of raw fish, and this tartare definitely fit the bill. Perhaps it was the avocado crème fraiche or the dijon soy that the tuna was soaked in, but the resulting flavor was one that was sweet, rich, and refreshing. The cucumber strings didn’t do much for us, but any dish that uses micro basil (or any micro herb, quite honestly) deserves a gold star in my book.

Azucar Ice Cream Company

We then took a drive to Little Havana, and, in typical Florida fashion, got a few scoops of ice cream. And, despite it totally being 60° and raining, it was just as enjoyable as any scoop on a summer’s day.

Abuela Maria: Guava and cream cheese ice cream. Cuba's equivalent of the Filipino Guava and Mais Queso?

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The bottom was abuela maria, which almost tasted like a deconstructed guava cheesecake. The pink scoop was plain guava, while mine on the right was cafe con leche, which had the perfect mix of coffee flavor and crunchy chocolate cookies.

Let’s be real though – all of these dishes were great and all, but nothing we ate compared to seeing Adele live later that evening. Though they came close…

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