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Thursday, December 15, 2011

In the Whole History Of This Blog I Have Always Been Behind...

No excuses.  You don't want to hear it.  Just bring on the food.  These pics seem so long ago that I will have to research the names of places if I can find them!

Miami Subs.  We used to love this place in college.  I think the menu was more... subby back then.  It is after all called... "Miami Subs".  Now it's Miami Subs, Pizza & Grill (some are Plus).   It also has Arthur Treachers Fish & Chips, Kenny Rogers Roasters and Breyers Ice Cream.  How's that for irrelevant antiquated food franchises all packed in one.

 So there are 4 subs on the menu.  Italian, Meatball, Turkey and Tuna salad.  That's it.  And there's the gyro plate, which I ate a lot of when I lived in good ole Tallahassee.  The FP got it on this occasion.

The gyro meat was dried out.  That always sucks.  I ate most of his seasoned fries.  I have always gorged on these fries, and I did that night too!

Here is my lovely italian sub.  I'm not a big mayo fan, but whoever made it, that sub artist, put just enough on it.  The italian dressing is one of the reasons I like this sandwich.  And it also had tomato, lettuce, jalapenos and banana peppers.  I know it's just a sandwich at a weird chain restaurant, but I really gobbled this sucker up!  Unfortunately, ever since, I have been chasing the sub... no one else has made it nearly as good since - too much mayo, not enough italian dressing, and no hot peppers!

So, here is my dilemma.  Never mind.  I found my receipt.  Limon Y Sabor.  Peruvian.  We took our first drive around Miami that day.  It was weird, because the FP had a corneal ulcer (yum), basically a scratch, so I drove.  I am so horrible at driving around unfamiliar territory.  But I did, and we didn't die. I drove all the way down Miami Beach.  It's so weird.  The areas where it's skyscraper condos on either side is very claustrophobic to me.  I hate being surrounded by skyscrapers.  But the other areas are beautiful.  I don't mind if there are tall condos on one side of the street, but not both.

Anyway, we got hungry, so we stopped at the first place that looked good.  Peruvian always looks good.

So I got the tamales de cerdo.  This was a really good tamale.  It was very soft.  Not as pillowy as El Salvadoreno, but still, nice and creamy.  Mexican tamales seem to be so much firmer, and need lots of sauce.  This was really good with the little vinegary vegetables.  Soooo good.

The FP wanted a house salad.  That's what he got.  Salad.

I got the yucca frita a la huincaina.  So, it's this weird cold cold cheese sauce.  Weird.  Cold cheese.  I'm still not sure what I think of it!

Ceviche de pescado.  Really good, a mix of juices and spices.  I love the fresh lightly cured ceviche like this.  Nice peruvian corn on the cobb!  There was something with peruvian corn, that I thought about getting, and I had wished I did.
The place was big and empty, but I didn't see any reason for it to be empty!

So, there are a wealth of restaurants right in our neighborhood.  So many.  But even we don't have the time to try them all, and we certainly don't have the money to - especially now.  But, it's difficult to really cook in this apartment, so we have been spending more than we should on eating out.  There is this Cuban restaurant that is about a mile from the apartment, called A Touch of Cuba.  It should be called a Full On Grab of Cuba.  I mean, it's this little cafe, and it seems sooooo Cuban.  This guy who appeared to be the owner was sitting chatting with some cuban police officers.  The server seemed weeded, even though there was not really anyone there.  The sandwich board for the specials was still on top of the counter taking up all the space.  We ordered, and it took forever.  Some other people started coming in, and she was swamped!  Finally our food came.

We both got cuban sandwiches.  So, they tasted good, but they weren't really pressed.  They were good, but more like a french baguette sandwich.

We also got an order of congri.  It was really good.  The FP said it was the best he's ever had.  It was nicely seasoned, and the beans were cooked in with the rice at some point, rather than just mixed together at the end.  Yum.

So, another cuban restaurant.  This one is a local chain that is everywhere.  The menu cover informed me that the family came from Cuba and decided to open a restaurant, with no experience.  So, the patriarch learned to cook, the matriarch ran the front and the kids helped.  Years later it's a multi outlet chain!   It's called Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine.   So, they gave us garlicky garlic bread to start.  I was hungry, so I ate it.

I got the churrasco.  Skirt steak with a really wonderful chimichurri sauce.  And nice sweet plantains, rice and great black beans.  I think the FP said they were the best black beans he had ever had!

Here's his green hoodie with his ropa vieja and rice, beans and plantains.  It was so tender and had soaked up a lot of sauce.  Although the sauce was a little on the thin side, the shredded beef was excellent.

It's refreshing to go to a chain restaurant that actually has delicious food!   So there you have it.  Some of the contents that have taken a wild flume ride through our digestive systems here in South Florida!

Miami Subs
there's one in every square mile around here

Limon Y Sabor
3045 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33137

Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine
there's one every 10 square miles around here


caninecologne said...

wow, so many choices for ethnic food! at least you have decent cuban!

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the food ho said...

There are a lot of choices, but I think we are going to miss Sab E Lee and Ba Ren!