Thursday, February 09, 2006

Things I miss about Miami - Part I

Companion to my Growing up Cuban series (for which part III comes this weekend!), this series will focus on things I miss most about Miami now that I live about 1400 miles away.... contrary to popular belief it is not the weather!

1. Cuban Restaurants - the ability to eat good Cuban food anywhere, anytime. The smell of garlic, onion, cumin, and roasted pork in the air as the perfume of the city. Some of my favorites include:

Frijoles Negros at Pollo Tropical - don't laugh. Add a little chopped onion and some white vinegar and you wouldn't know they are fast food. Don't knock it 'till you've tried it.

Vaca Frita de Pollo at Mojitos or Havana Harry's - big portions, big on taste....I can still taste the garlic.

Sopa de pollo at La Carreta - small, medium, large it doesn't matter. Give me enough limones and we are good to go. Will cure any cold, upset stomach, cold temperatures and even make you feel at home.

Vaca Frita with Congri at Lario's (Mall of the Americas) - every Thursday. Loaded in garlic, it was for me the best Vaca Frita and Congri around period. No arguments, no discussion. Even better with some Mariquitas as appetizer - even more garlic in the Mojo. Not apt for a romantic evening. Perfect if you thing Dracula may drop by.

And last but CERTAINLY not Least My favorite.....drumroll please:

Boniato relleno de tasajo at Versailles - this just has no words, leaves me speechless, makes me yearn for my Abuela's cooking, and is a must of every visit I make to Miami. If you have never tried this dish, you just do not know what you are missing. Best when eaten with Moros con Cristianos (Arroz Blanco y Frijoles Negros) and Maduros Fritos, specially when they are so ripe that they ooze sugar when fried and hence caramelize and stick to your plate.

So, what's your favorite Cuban food dish and from which Miami Restaurant?