During my Spring Break Jonty and I decided to take a trip to Miami to scope out the edible possibilities. We knew that the United States was a great destination for all things food. Although I go to Miami once a year during Winter break, I decided that it was time Jonty experienced this for himself. We basically dedicated our entire trip to satisfying our taste buds. This is going to be a long post with many pictures because it is crucial that we leave almost nothing out. Keep in mind we were only there for a week!
DULCE DE LECHE CHEESECAKE!!!! This is not only my all time favourite cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory, but I would say it is my favourite thing to eat overall! The smooth, silky, creamy consistency and swirls of caramel truly make my mouth water just at the thought of it.
As for savoury dishes at The Cheesecake Factory, this is my pick-Chicken Picatta. This dish comes with chicken breasts, topped with angel hair pasta in a creamy lemon sauce with mushrooms and capers (I usually hold the capers). Jonty decided to go for the Shrimp Scampi. Lightly battered shrimp tossed in a cream sauce, served with angel hair as well.
As we continued eating our way through Miami, we decided to give The Cheesecake Factory’s sister company, The Grand Luxe a try. Pictured here we have calamari, shrimp, and assorted vegetable tempura, cheeseburger sliders, and no burger is complete without a side of fries. Next of course comes dessert. These beignets are one of their made-to-order desserts which are to die for. The hot, sweet dough dipped in either vanilla, chocolate or strawberry sauce was quite the party in our mouths.
My grandparents were also in Florida while we were so they insisted on taking us out for dinner. We went to a restaurant called DiSalvos. We ordered a fried platter for the table which included fried calamari, fried mozzarella, and fried ravioli. Also pictured is one of my favourites, a chicken pesto spaghetti.
According to my grandparents, a trip to Florida is not complete without visiting Moe’s for breakfast. It is a very casual deli with food that will not disappoint. We have here scrambled eggs with salami and home fries.
Jonty’s birthday happened to fall during our vacation, so I decided to take him to one of my favourite South Beach spots, Sushi Samba. Pictured here is a Brazilian skirt steak cooked to a juicy medium perfection alongside tuna tar-tar tacos. As well we have a classic necessary dish (in my opinion), the rock shrimp tempura which is slathered in a spicy creamy yet tangy sauce.
It is nearly impossible to leave Florida without indulging in a piece of their world famous key lime pie. Most restaurants have their own version and recipe, but my favourite and highly rated is the one at Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami Beach. The combination of the buttery graham cracker crust and the smooth lime filling makes for one perfect ending to any meal.
After long days lounging by the pool and browsing through malls, it definitely works up an appetite. Flashback diner is open 24 hours and is always a great spot for a late night bite. Featured above is the classic grilled cheese with crinkle cut fries.
My addition to the meal was this giant milkshake and key lime pie, yet again. I requested a cookies and cream milkshake, which they did not have so I settled on chocolate. However, when the waitress brought it over, she told us that she secretly concocted a cookies and cream milkshake just for us. It was delicious and we are ever so thankful!!
A truly unique, elegant and extraordinary experience! Barton G serves every dish with a wild presentation. Pictured here is the popcorn shrimp served in a popcorn container along with what else than real popcorn. The dessert is a colossal warm brownie stuffed with cheesecake and topped with ice cream, strawberries, and whipped cream!!! I think that speaks for itself. It is such a jaw-dropping experience to watch the waiters deliver your food, along with everyone else’s in the restaurant.
Jonty and I have eaten countless burgers. However, this is one of our faves. The thick, juicy, cooked to perfection burger at Le Tub in Hollywood, Florida is a must-eat. Listed number one in GQ Magazine for “Best Burger” and featured on Oprah, it definitely lives up to its hype. This restaurant is a very casual outdoor scene on the intracoastal with picnic tables and water in serve-yourself picnic jugs. It is seat yourself, and the wait time for a burger is usually close to one hour. The menus are folded, handwritten white paper, the cutlery is plastic, and they only take cash. This place is like no other, truly unique and perfect for a sunny, warm Florida afternoon, or gorgeous evening.