You know what’s really good? The Esponnrú at Pastelmania.
What is an Esponnrú, you may be asking yourself. It’s a Sponge Cake Rusk unlike most of the ones you will find out there, this one is moist. Pastelmania sells them 5 to a pack and they go down perfectly with a Cafe con Leche (Warm Milk with Espresso).
WARNING: Do not set the bag of Esponnrú on the couch when watching TV or on your desk when you are surfing the web, you will eat them all. I know this from experience.
For you lucky ducks in the St. Petersburg area of Florida, this Wednesday December 17th at 3PM Locale Market opens up. What is Locale Market you say?
Imagine two Chefs (James Beard Award-winning Michael Mina & Cookbook Author Don Pintabona) whose friendship has created a culinary marketplace where you can enjoy fresh pasta and gourmet cheese samplings from the handmade pasta station, cold-pressed juices featuring locally sourced produce, hot-pressed Panini sandwiches fresh off the grill, delectable hand-made chocolates and more.
Chef Michael Mina & Chef Don Pintabona
Locale Market will also feature seasonal, organic and local ingredients as well as artisanal foods. Best of all, there will be made-to-order prepared and semi-prepared foods which leads into what I was really trying to tell you about, the St. Petersburger:
“It fires on all cylinders!! Flavor wise. It’s rich, smokey, earthy, salty, sweet and subtly spicy. Texturally, it’s soft, chewy, and crispy. It keeps the palate engaged to the point that when it’s gone, you wish you had just one more bite.” – Chef de Cuisine Jeffrey Hileman, creator of the St. Petersburger
Chef de Cuisine Jeffrey Hileman w/the St. Petersburger
What’s in this bad boy? A house-ground dry aged beef patty from Locale’s dry age program. It sits on top of a bed of crisp shredded Romaine from Faithful Farms, 20 Miles south in Palmetto. The lettuce is tossed in “secret sauce.” The patty is topped with melted smoked Gouda, double-smoked crisp bacon from Miami Smokers Urban Smokehouse, caramelized onions and mushrooms and melted ‘Merican Cheese. It’s all housed on a brioche bun baked at Locale’s Bread Box bakery.
I am normally inclined to remove any type of shredded green from my Burger but I don’t think that’s gonna happen this time since it’s tossed in secret sauce. Just looking at that Burger makes me feel like jumping in my car and driving over for one right now.
Behold…..The St. Petersburger
The St. Petersburger is the signature sandwich of a five burger program at The Grill inside Locale Market created by Chef de Cuisine Jeffrey Hillman.
Here’s some news for you Panther Coffee fanatics who live in Hialeah & Kendall, Sweetness has Panther Coffee. You can now cease those long and lonely trips to Wynwood, Coral Gables or wherever else you make you long & lonely trips to get Panther Coffee from.
Please remember who told you this information first aka you owe me one.
Every summer my family rents a home in Marco Island for a week. At some point, normally early on I get impatient and go for a drive through Naples. A year ago I drove by Sandy’s Cuban Cafe with plans to hit it up but it was closed for the day by the time I went back. So I waited…….almost an entire year for another attempt. This time I made it.
I walked in and was greeted by the Cuban soft drink trio of Ironbeer, Jupiña and Materva. I took this as a good omen of things to come.
We started with some Croquetas of the boxed non-homemade variety. I’m ok with that cause hell, they’re good. I wasn’t surprised to hear that they were out of Ropa Vieja for the Sandy’s Nachos since it was late in the day. They were closing up shop in 30 minutes so I settled for some Shredded Pork as a replacement, not a bad trade off. Sandy’s Nachos are made of Mariquitas (Fried Plantain Chips) instead of the usual Tortilla Chips. The Mariquitas are topped with Picadillo (Seasoned Ground Beef), Pico de Gallo, Cheese and in my version, Shredded Pork. I say Yes, order them if you get a chance.
The Medianoche came with a side of Mariquitas. It was right on point with its toasted sweet bread and melted Swiss Cheese. No complaints here. The Frita came on a Burger Bun with those canned potato sticks that I dread. If we were to ignore those factors, mostly the sticks, the patty itself was very good. This Frita, with a little dressing up could be a contender.
I finished off the late lunch with a Cafecito or Espresso as the Starbucks acolytes call them. No dessert for me as the floor was getting wiped down around me. We were now 10 minutes past closing time so I took that as a sign it was time to go even if that wasn’t meant as one. I’m hoping next year to try out their Cuban Sandwich and Flan but I’ll arrive earlier, I promise.
There is only one Royal Castle Restaurant left from the Miami chain. It’s located at 2700 NW 79th Street and still open 24 hours a day. Royal Castle was founded by William Singer in 1938 way before Burger King opened up its first Miami outpost in 1954. It was the original Miami Chain.
In April of 1967 Royal Castle announced during its quarterly report to Stockholders:
“The opening of a new type of quick service restaurant that will be more fully automated then the present kind, with more self-service by the customer.”
The Miami News – April 24th, 1967
A few months later in July of 1967 an ad appeared in the Miami News looking for “Restaurant Personal” and Managers for future locations. The address was listed as 167th Street and N.E. 6th Avenue in North Miami Beach.
The Miami News – July 18th, 1967
The Miami Times and The Miami News both ran stories about the opening of Royal Carousel in August of 1967. It was touted as the first Electronic Restaurant in the Southeast. The idea was that you come in, place your order at a Master Console (as the Miami Times called it) and then it would be cooked and packaged by the Royal Carousel machinery.
The food deviated from the Royal Castle menu with items like French Fried Shrimp, Specially Breaded Chicken, & Hush Puppies. I found it most interesting that they served a “Charbroied Super Double Hamburger with Special Sauce” since Royal Castle cooked their Sliders on a flat top.
I also noticed the mention of the air conditioned dining room which was not the norm for fast food in that era.
The Miami Times – August 18th, 1967
The Miami News – August 24th, 1967
I can not find any evidence to support how long Royal Carousel lasted or if it even expanded past the original location in North Miami. It seemed like a great idea that didn’t pan out.
Hope you enjoyed this Throwback Thursday post about Miami’s Burger past.
If you’ve got anything you may remember about Royal Carousel please leave a comment below, I’d love to hear about it.
Question from Cristina through the BB Blog Form: Hi! So my question is about mac & cheese. My husband still dreams about the jalapeño mac from the former Smoke’t on US1, and claims that no one else’s has ever come close. Should he get over it? Should we try and get the recipe out of the chef? Or do you have a favorite mac & cheese that might make him forget about Smoke’t altogether?
BB: Let’s answer this multi-parter together.
It’s good to dream.
He should not get over it but keep that in a special place in his gut.
If you know the Chef I’d ask him for it. I’m pretty sure he’d be happy to hand it over. If not f’ him.
Vega’s Burger Bar’s Mac N Cheese in the front, Chili in the back, Mix for an unbelievable experience
Grandmas Mac & Cheese w/Bacon & Jalapeño from That One Spot
Question from ciento treinta ocho through the BB Blog Form: Royal castle or Krystal? Which is better?
BB: If you know me I’m all about the Locally owned Food scene and Royal Castle is part of that history. It’s not a tough choice, just take a look at both Sliders below. Which would you rather have?
Royal Castle Slider – BB’s Choice
Question from Kali Bensaadon through the BB Blog Form: Why does Randy Fisher hate croquetas?
BB: Randy Fisher produces amazing events throughout the United States with his company CREaM (Culinary Related Entertainment and Marketing) including the legendary Burger Bash at the South Beach & NYC Wine & Food Festivals. Now that I’m done giving his company a plug I can answer the question.
One day I noticed Randy didn’t share my enthusiasm for the Miami Icon, the Croqueta. He does not hate Croquetas but I don’t think he understands the fascination people in Miami have with them. This of course led to a “Randy Fisher Hates Croquetas” rant at my birthday party in front of my friends and family.
I’m pretty sure he didn’t attend Croquetapalooza for fear of what may have happened that day in front of all of those Croquetaholics when I was on stage. He claims that he couldn’t make it because it happened to coincide with the NYC Wine & Food Festival, a likely story. To think he scheduled those events the same week as Croquetapalooza so he could get out of it is unbelievable.
Thanks to Kali, Senior Partner at CREaM for sending this in. Oh and yes, Randy Fisher Hates Croquetas. Spread the word. Use the Hashtag #randyhatescroquetas
Question from Alex Blanco through the BB Blog Form: Have you ever eaten at Alabama Jack’s? You have to try the chilicheese fries.
BB: Wait a second, isn’t that a Seafood place? Chili Cheese Fries huh? Next time I’m down in Key Largo I’ll go there just for that.
Question from Brenda through the BB Blog Form: Have you tried Category 3 burgers? Excellent!!
BB: I can’t say that I have.
Question from Jean through the BB Blog Form: Yo Beast! I work in Downtown and I’ve been hankering for a solid bowl of chili. Is there such a place in existence around here that would do me right?
BB: Do you right? Are we really talking about Chili here? If The Filling Station had not closed down I would have sent you to have a Bowl of theirs and we would have been rejoicing right now. Another great option would have been Tobacco Road but then again, they’re gone too. So I’m gonna have to cheat & send you to Brickell to have the Home-style Texas Chili from Burger & Beer Joint.
Question from Jason Schoendorfer through Facebook: Do you know anything about the 109 Burger Joint opening up in the old A&G spot? Specifically if anyone from A&G is involved? I sure am craving a croqueta burger but I’m afraid this might be some knock off crap.
BB: The 109 Burger Joint is owned by family of Alex Parra, the Chef & creator of A&G Burger Joint and their Burger creations. The relationship breakdown between them caused the closing of A&G Burger Joint. I don’t want to get into specifics since they went to court over the situation but A&G Burger Joint will rise again and could be making its first re-appearance at Burger Beast Event in the nearish future. You can bet on that.
Question from Wil Wheaton through the BB Blog Form: Dear Sire Beast, If the Miami Food scene were a comic book what would be the super powers and cryptonite of the following characters? Fat Girl Hedonist Michael Schwartz Lee Schrager Nedal Ahmed Mercy (El Ray) Richard Hales Jim Heins Gretchen Schmidt Steve Simon Mrs. Beast That creepy guy with the pencil thin eyebrows
BB: Great question but bad spelling of Kryptonite. It’s obvious whoever wrote this knows me well since the folks were all great choices.
Let’s do this.
FatGirl Hedonist (Blogger) – The power of Chonga-ness, weakened by Fine Dining Food Bloggers
Michael Schwartz (Chef) – The power to turn everything into gold, weakened when restaurants not named after him
Lee Schrager (Founder of SoBe & NYC Wine & Food Festivals) – The power of dynamic event ideas, weakened by the thought of too few people in SoBe White Tented events
Nedal Ahmad (Owner of Pincho Factory) – The power of connecting with people, weakened by the thought of A&G Burger Joint’s Nica Burger
Mercy Gonzalez (Owner of El Rey de las Fritas) – The power of positivity, weakened by El Rey de las Frita copycats
Richard Hales (Owner of BlackBrick & Sakaya Kitchen) – The power of flavor, weakened by twitter battles with other Asians
Jim Heins (Owner of Latin Burger & Taco Food Truck) – No lo conozco
Gretchen Schmidt (edible South Florida) – The power of spreading the local love, weakened by the thought of a comb
Steve Simon (Food Truck Invasion) – the power of spreading food trucks events throughout all the land, weakened by dealing with the food truck owners throughout the land
Mrs. Beast (aka my wife Marcela) – Hell no, I’m not answering this one.
You know what’s real good? The Duroc Bacon at Miami Smokers Urban Smokehouse in Little Havana.
Miami Smokers is all about doing things right. They use Heritage Breed Pigs from Berkwood Farms, & in the case of this Bacon a Duroc. There are no antibiotics or hormones….well you know…..let them tell you:
To create Miami Smokers delicious charcuterie and smoked meats, we source some of the best pork raised in the USA. All of out products are made with Heritage Breed pigs. Raised humanely and feed wholesome diets. Your food can only be as good as the products you start with. Berkwood Farms is a coalition of independent family farmers is the largest American supplier of 100% pure heirloom Berkshire pork and the only farmer-owned company with national distribution. Berkwood Farms producers raise their animals in a healthy, environmentally friendly manner, and have all committed themselves to a strict code of responsible and humane animal husbandry. They follow a firm set of protocols that are practical, humane, and very sustainable.
Miami Smokers Urban Smokehouse
The Duroc Bacon is available in half pound packs or as part of their dynamite BLT Sandwich. There’s also some Bacon snacks like Bacon Jerky, Candied Bacon and some Bacon Rice Crispy Treats called Toasted Krispy Treats. There was a great Spicy Thai Sausage on the menu one of the days I stopped in and I’ve ordered a few slices of Duroc Bacon to snack on before too.
Miami Smokers Bacon can be found at Azucar as part of a few of their Ice Cream creations, Eating House & LoKal Burgers and Beeramongst others. They should also find a permanent home in your kitchen creations if you wanna next level your food, know what I’m sayin?
Slicer from 1919
James, Smoke Whisperer
Wall Art Concept by Krave Art, Figure by Raymond Gems Adrian
Chef Alberto Cabrera just opened up Little Bread in Little Havana. This comes just a couple of months shy of Bread + Butter Counter‘s 2 year anniversary, B+B is his other restaurant. Sandwiches are more my speed and that’s what Little Bread is all about.
Menu (click to enlarge)
The Sandwiches at Little Bread are serious business, just take the Pulpeta(without a dissertation, it’s a Cuban-style Meatloaf) for example. The Pulpeta is made of Ham with an Egg center & topped with Mojo Onions, Tomato Marmalade & Provolone Cheese. My first thought was why not Swiss Cheese but it would overpowered what’s going on here.
The Pan con Bistec (which is already legendary in my book) is shaved Roast Beef, Shallot Fondant, Julienne Potatoes, Tomato & a house-made Aioli. Do not ignore the Media Noche Croquetas (not Croquettes as the menu states) which which were carried over from Bread + Butter Counter, they are a must have.
I normally lean towards the *traditionalist side of things which is why I held out on eating the “Classic Cuban” Sandwich which has Salami, a Tampa Cuban Sandwich ingredient. My next visit will include the properly spelled Elena Ruz (Malta Laquered Turkey, Whipped Goat Cheese, Berry Compota, Bacon, Swank Arugula) and the Choripan & Peppers (House Chorizo, Rustic Apple Romesco, Red Mustard Frill).
Pan con Bistec Sandwich
Medianoche Club Sandwich
Medianoche Croquetas, I ate these at home
There’s a nice selection of sweets from the Guava Pound Cake to the smaller Coquitos (Passion Fruit & Shaved Coconut Macaroons) and the Cremitas de Leche w/Bacon & Sea Salt (not pictured).
Guava Pound Cake
Guava Pound Cake
In the next couple of weeks expect Daily Sandwich Specials and a BBQ Sunday Brunch added plus multiple visits from me, lol
*If I’m such a traditionalist what am I doing ordering a Media Nocha Club? I didn’t think it would have Lettuce & Tomato and really re-thinking my thought process that was pretty dumb of me to think that.
Question from Mandy Baca through Email: Are there any healthy food trucks in Miami? If not, how come?
BB: In Miami proper there’s Health Nut on Wheels. You can also find Veggie Xpress doing Vegan (my wife Marcela is a big fan) plus there’s a new one that just rolled out recently whose name escape me. I really don’t think folks in Miami attending a Food Truck event are looking for healthy.
Veggie Xpress Wrap
Question from stuffwithjess through the BB Blog Form: I live in North Miami and work in the grove. One of my biggest morning issues is finding a place to get a simple and easy breakfast to go on my way to work. Something that takes no more than 7 minutes from the moment i get out of my car and get back. Enriquetas is already a regular spot but parking there is often times difficult.
BB: One key factor missing here is the time frame. Proper Sausages (Miami Shores) opens at 10AM and makes a killer breakfast sandwich. I’m a big fan of the Pan con Tortilla (Omelette Sandwich) from Sergio’s(32nd & Coral Way) and that appears to be in your work route too.
Sergio’s Pan con Tortilla
Question from Kim North through the BB Blog Form: Are the food trucks going to be at art basel on Friday?
BB: You can find a bunch of Food trucks in the lot (210 NW 22nd Ln) run by that weird guy with the pencil thin eyebrows. They’re calling it the “Top 21 Trucks” but in reality it’s the first 20 Food Trucks to pay $1100 plus plenty of poor quality food in tents Event.
Question from Bobby Ricigliano through the BB Blog Form: Have you ever won an eating contest?
Question from CapitanEh through the BB Blog Form: Will there be any more BBtrips in the future? Those pics from your last one looked heavenly.
BB: Wow! You’re going way back, almost 5 years.It’s kinda funny you ask that cause I’d really like to do another one and have been heavily considering buying a Shuttle Bus. This question might be just what I needed to push me into doing it.
Burger Tour 2010 – Back of T-Shirt
Question from amante de la hedonista through the BB Blog Form: Mr. Beast, I have been trying to meet Fat Girl Hedonist for years now and have been unsuccessful. Can you give me some tips? Where does she hang out? Can you give her my number? Also, do you know if she has webbed toes? I’ve always wanted to be with a woman with webbed toes and if she does, lordy it would make my day!
BB: As is evidenced by all the Fatgirl Hedonist questions I receive, apparently she’s got a bunch of folks obsessed with her. I’m not giving you shit but she does indeed have webbed toes and a black heart. Alright, I changed my mind, here’s her #786-476-8197
You know what’s really good? The Ave Maria Cookie from the Night Owl Cookie Co.
Listen to this description: Guava cookie dough mixed in with crunchy Maria Cookies and white chocolate chips. Topped with Maria Cookie crumbles, Guava pieces and finished with a Cream Cheese Frosting drizzle.
It sounds incredible and guess what? It is. I don’t think I’ve had a Cookie that comes even close to the greatness of this Cookie.
For those of you outside of their delivery area who are always whining & crying about it there might be some good news on the horizon for ya. Guess…….go ahead……no really guess…..you guessed right, Night Owl Cookie Co is opening up a store in beautiful Westchester aka my part of Miami in the next few weeks.
The Yumbo Hot Ham & Cheese Sandwich is back on Burger King menus starting Tuesday December 2nd. The Yumbo is American Cheese, Black Forest Ham, Lettuce, & Mayo on a toasted hoagie Bun. It does look slightly different than in the 70s when it was served in the regular round Bun they use for Burgers. How do I know? Someone on ebay is selling an old Yumbo sign, check it out:
I was pretty sure I had written down the address wrong when I was trying to find Fat Maggie’s. It turns out that they’re around the corner from the main street, partially hidden. The moment I found it I felt as if I had located the back to my long missing TV Remote, a feeling of relief and exhilaration.
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While my wife Marcela is looking over the menu I ask for the Buffalo Chicken Dip. I had already scoped out the menu online earlier in the day for when the moment of truth would finally come.
She decides to share the starter which is code word for I’m having of some of whatever you’re ordering. There’s a Smokehouse Burger on the menu so it’s a no brainer I’m hitting up this puppy. I go Brioche Bun, Cheddar Cheese, & Candied Bacon with a side of Kitchen Sink Chili.
It’s a great Burger but I made the mistake of adding the Candied Bacon which I think hurt the overall flavor of it. One bite in I remove the Candied Bacon and save it to have as dessert. I’m not a sweet Burger kinda fella.
I’m busy eating and pondering the existence of my Burger life when I look up to find Marcela doing some damage to the Chili. The truth is that as much a love Chili I’d give it up for a bigger portion of Burger but I’m sure I didn’t need to tell you that. The Chili is perfect for the Flour Tortilla Chips from the Buffalo Dip by the way.
Dessert is Marcela’s area of expertise so we order both the Banana Pudding with Whiskey Whipped Cream and Ginny Lou’s Nutella Cheesecake. Both would have made perfect endings to our meal but Ginny Lou’s definitely takes the Cake (nyuk nyuk, yes a Three Stooges laugh).
Banana Pudding with Whiskey Whipped Cream
Ginny Lou’s Nutella Cheesecake
I missed this photo opportunity somehow when I walked in.
A Classic Shot from The Sandlot
Get Fat At:
Fat Maggie’s 1037 Dixieland Mall Lane Lakeland, FL 33803 863-937-8962
Your friendly neighborhood Tony Bobo with a bottle of Creme de Vie
With the Holiday Season upon us it also means that holiday drinks are in full bloom. Most folks you know are probably picking up their Eggs Nogs at Publix or through the Farm Stores drive-thru but not me, I’m a Creme de Vie kinda guy. Creme de Vie or the Creme of Life is the Cuban Egg Nog with Rum.
Many Latin American countries have their variation on this drink:
Chile: Cola de mono or Colemono
Dominican Republic: Ponche Crema
El Salvador: Rompope
Puerto Rico: Coquito
Venezuela: Ponche Crema
We (as in my family not the entire Cuban community) get our Creme de Vie from Los Bobos in Doral where a one liter bottle will run you about $25.
Question from @MIACulinaryTour on Twitter: If you would have to recommend 1 Cuban restaurant to someone who is visiting Miami, which one would it be?
BB: There are many Cuban restaurants that I frequent but my favorite and the one I always suggest to out of towners is Luis Galindo Latin American #1 (57th & 8th Street). It’s also my parent’s favorite too.
Luis Galindo Latin American’s Sandwich Prep Area
Question from Roy Martinez through the BB Blog Form: Hey Beast! South Florida has a great food scene. In your opinion, what, not too eclectic, cuisine is seriously under-represented down here? Oh, and big ups to Chunks!!! Tell him I said hello!
BB: I was a little thrown off by your use of the word cuisine at first. My answer may shock you since I’m closely associated with it but I really think that the South Florida Food Truck scene is in need of some excitement. Where’s all these great fusion and original foods that I see all over the country? The answer? Not here unfortunately.
Question from smcj through the BB Blog Form: Where can I get good, old school pan cubano? The kind you buy in the morning and it’s stale at night y con la tirita de palma.
BB: I’m not so sure that what you’re looking for exists any longer. I asked the fountain of Cuban information Tony Bobo from Los Bobos and he confirmed that. If I ever do come across one, I’ll update this answer or sing it from the highest of highs also….You didn’t ask but I like to get my Cuban Bread from Pastelmania in Little Havana.
Question from Mr.BadWeed through the BB Blog Form: 2 Part Question. Part 1, what would be your dream menu of App, Main and Dessert? All places possible old and new.
Part 2, what beer would you wash it down with?
BB: First of all, great name. Second of all, let me prepare you for what’s going to be a very boring dream menu. I’ll go with a beef only sauce heavy Chili to start with; some roasted, then grilled & fried Chicken Wings in a buttery hot sauce that would make me cry; a double thin patty Cheeseburger smashed & cooked on a flat top with thick crispy Bacon & toasted Challah bread and finally a warm Apple Crumble for dessert topped with a scoop of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Beer? I’d go local with La Rubia from Wynwood Brewing Company.
Mrs. Smokeys Real Pit Bar-B-Q’s Chili
Question from Jeanie through the BB Blog Form: Hi Mr. Beast, I’m hoping you can help me. I used to go to Bogarts @Boca to get a yummy lamb burger but sad to say they took it off the menu I live in Coconut Creek ( near pompano ) and I was wondering do you know any restaurants who serves lamb burgers? Also I like buffalo burgers as well. So any suggestions for either or both burgers??
Question from M. Perez through the BB Blog Form: Whats Fat Girl Hedonist like in real life? Is she a bitch or is she nice?
BB: *A nice bitch.
Question from SmileMaker through the BB Blog Form: Do u ship the cheese curds to Orlando area? If so, how much?
BB: Alright, I’ll bite……currently we only ship to the South Florida market but we have plans to expand. Would you be interested in our new line Cheese Turds? They were created exclusively for Dogs who can’t enough of Cat shit but want the flavor profile of a nice creamy cheese.
I visit the Orlando area so much that it makes sense that I add this category. So here it is, what I believe are the 6 Best Burgers in the Orlando area, vote and one will take away a Best Orlando Burger Burger Beast Burgie Award (that was more than a mouthful) in early 2015.
B&B Junction (Winter Park, FL):
Graffiti Junktion (Multiple Central Florida Locations):
La gente from the upcoming Cirque Du Soleil show Amaluna have given me two pairs of tickets to the upcoming show which premieres December 11th. Of course, rather than be greedy and keep them for myself I’m having a Burger Beast Contest to give the BB Readers the tix.
Here’s a little bit about the show:
Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honors femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next.
In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young men washes ashore the island, triggering an epic and emotional story of love between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor. But theirs is a love that will be put to the test and the couple must face numerous demanding trials before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony.
Amaluna is a fusion of the words ama, which refers to “mother” in many languages, and luna, which means “moon”; a symbol of femininity that evokes both the mother-daughter relationship and the idea of goddess and protector of the planet. Amaluna is also the name of the mysterious island where this magical story unfolds.
Two folks will win two tickets each. Rafflecopter will randomly choose two winners on Tuesday December 2nd. Enter below.
Voting for the 6th annual Burger Beast Burgie Awards end in a little over a month. You’ve still got some time to get in your votes and make a difference. Below are the current standings as of Monday morning, November 24th at 10AM.
Yes, this is s sneak peak into who is currently winning, someone with a number one next to their name means they currently have the most votes for that category.
I fucking love BurgerQue! There I said it. I got it out of my system.
Yesterday was my yearly pilgrimage to BurgerQue, that’s 4 times if you’re keeping count at home. Since my last visit they added a Beer Garden with a great outdoor seating area. You can still walk up to the window or drive-thru to go too.
Chunktronics had never been to BQ & in true Chunktronics fashion orders the BQ Burrito. He always seems to order the oddest thing on the menu. You’d think he’d have a Burger or some Que but as my Mom would say, to each their own. He did have the Chips with Sausage Gravy.
Side Note: The Sausage Gravy at BurgerQue is ridiculous. ::::MUST ORDER:::::
I had the can’t miss Chili Cheese Dog and the DoubleMeat DoubleCheese Burger. The “Standard Dressing” at BurgerQue is Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo, Lettuce & Pickle. I opt out on the Lettuce & Pickle. I really do need to expand my Burger horizons here cause there are some other dynamite sounding patties on the menu.
I also take a to go order of a Brisket Sandwich (dinner later), Pulled Pork Sandwich (snack on the drive back) and 1/2 rack of St. Louis Style Ribs with a heavy char for my wife at home. You would not believe the amount of self control it takes to not ravage those Ribs with that intoxicating smell everywhere in the car.
Don’t put yourself through what I just did. I say you head out to BurgerQue, sit in the Beer Garden and enjoy your entire meal there.
You can only hope one day that when you pull into a gas station for a fill up you end up walking out with a box of Fried Chicken too. At the Sunflex Gas Station (16th & Flagler) in Little Havana you can now pick up some Krispy Krunchy Chicken.
Most definitely worth ordering is the Fried Chicken (duh!), Chicken Tenders, Honey Biscuits & the Boudin Balls (Cajun Sausage & Rice). So now you know and knowing is half the battle.
Gas Up & Eat:
Krispy Krunchy Chicken in the Sunflex Gas Station 1599 W Flagler St Miami, Florida 33135
If you’re a Mango fan then you should already know about Jen Karetnick’s new book Mango. Not only is Mango the book filled with tons of Mango recipes, Jen also discusses the best ways for picking, preparing, and eating mangos. In other words, you’ll be immersed in Mango (which is great thing).
You can her at the Miami Book Fair International this Saturday November 22nd doing a presentation & signing for Mango at 12:30pm.
Here’s a recipe that she thought would be perfect for the readers of the Burger Beast blog. Enjoy!
Meta Feta-Stuffed Lamb Burger
Serves 4 or 6
2 pounds ground lamb
1 tablespoon fresh minced oregano
1 tablespoon fresh minced parsley
1 tablespoon fresh minced mint
Salt and pepper to taste
10 ounces feta cheese
1 mango, diced (use 2 mangos if fruit is small)
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 or 6 flat breads
1 cup Green Mango-Dill Tzatziki (see below)
1 large Vidalia onion, grilled
2 heirloom or beefsteak tomatoes, sliced
In a large, non-reactive bowl, mix the lamb with the herbs, egg, and salt and pepper.
Divide into 4 or 6 mounds, depending on how large you want your burgers to be.
Divide 1 mound in half and flatten each side in a rough circle.
On one side of the pair, place a small pile of feta cheese and top it with mango.
Place the other side on top of its partner and pinch the edges shut to form a whole burger.
The cheese and mango should now be sealed inside.
Repeat the process for the rest of the burgers.
Heat the grill to desired temperature.
Grill burgers to medium rare.
While they are cooking, with a pastry brush, oil the flat breads and season them to taste with salt and pepper. Lightly grill them on each side.
Remove the flat breads from grill.
On one side of the flat bread, brush generously with Green Mango-Dill Tzatziki.
Add the burger. Top with rings of the grilled onion and a slice or two of tomato.
Fold into taco shape.
Repeat with the rest of the breads and burgers. Serve immediately.
Green Mango-Dill Tzatziki
Makes 4 cups
1 32-ounce container of Greek or plain, nonfat yogurt
1 mature green mango, peeled and seeded
1 English or hothouse cucumber
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch fresh dill
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Using coffee filters or paper towels, drain the yogurt and set aside. If using Greek yogurt, skip this step–it’s thick enough.
In a food processor, shred the cucumber and mango. Drain well in coffee filters or paper towels, squeezing out the moisture with your hands.
Chop the dill and mix together.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the yogurt with the garlic, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper.
Fold in the mango-cucumber mixture.
Although the Tzatziki can be served right away, it tastes better after marinating in the refrigerator for a day, giving the flavors time to marry and settle.
A Different Cultivar:Fold in ripe mango for juicier results, or try both green and ripe fruit for contrast.
Special Thanks to Jen Karetnick for allowing me to reprint this recipe, picture courtesy of Valerie Sands/V. Sands Photography.
You can catch the Ask The Beast Column here on Burger Beast starting next Wednesday November 26th and every Wednesday after that. Don’t forget to send in your questions using the form below or using the hashtag #askthebeast on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google +.
Question from @ParadiseCups on Twitter: Ever had a PB & Guava Creme sandwich?
BB: Nope and I plan to keep it that way.
Question from Zach Fagenson on Facebook: Which Miami chef would prevail in a guava jelly wrestling deathmatch?
BB: I guess who they were competing against would matter but I’d be all in on Chef Jamie DeRosa of Tongue & Cheek.
Question from @thekingofpersia on Twitter: Can you get the recipe for crab taquitos from pescados unidos?
BB: I reached out to Chef Kevin Dreifuss and he gladly sent along the recipe for the Crab Taquitos. It’s a shame Pescados Unidos isn’t around anymore but be on the lookout for his new spot called Hungry Bun’s Craft Sausage & Beer opening in Hollywood, FL soon.
Question from @TheDrillSgt26 on Twitter: How do I make my food truck grow to be the BEST BURGER Spot ? When everybody want a hotdog.
BB: I’d say, shape your Burgers to look like a Hot Dog and give them the best of both worlds. Boom! Please send at least a 10% of Burger Dog sales to Burger Beast P.O. Box 260664 Miami, FL 33126
Question from Butterloaf69 through the BB Blog Form: What’s the best thing you have eaten that is no longer possible to get.
BB: The Flan from Lila’s Restaurant which closed down in 2001. The packaged version that exists in supermarkets nowadays does not taste like the same thing to me.
Question from Disgruntled in Doral through the BB Blog Form: I was at your recent event Croquetapalooza, and I must say what a great event. I just had one problem. How could you give an award for best Flan to a Non-Cuban? What a disgrace to all Cubans everywhere. usted debe enterrar su cabeza en la vergüenza
BB: Hmmmm……this comment seems to remind me of this oldie but goodie Twitter conversation between Fatgirl Hedonist & Fireman Derek’s Pies:
Question from Josh Pattek through the BB Blog Form: What would you say is the best breakfast spot around with good corned beef hash, and I’m not talking about the canned stuff?
BB: What about Roasters’ n Toasters in Kendall? You see how I answered a question with a question. You see how I did that?
Question from Jason through the BB Blog Form: If you could have a meal in any restaurant of your choice in the world…..where would you go and what would you order?
Question from @mklopez on Twitter: Hey @BurgerBeast can you reach out to the guys from old #AGBurgerJoint and find out if they have plans to return?
BB: I asked Chef Alex Parra, owner of A&G Burger Joint and his exact response was “For the moment we don’t have any plans to but maybe next year”. If you’re looking for Chef Alex Parra you can find him at the Nordstrom Cafe Bistro in the Village of Merrick Park Mall.
A&G Burger Joint’s A&G Melt, my favorite
* For the record, Fatgirl Hedonist smells like Hialeah not Cabbage.
I was heading to Wynwood for a lunch meeting when I drove right by a banner in Overtown that caught my eye, it mentioned a Ghetto Burger. On the way back home a few hours later I snapped a picture and put it up on Instagram as a reminder that I had to return.
My friend el Comelon is with me and we arrive right at 10:55am a few days later. We were under the illusion that they open for breakfast but they’re a lunch & dinner spot which opens at 11AM. It appears to be a takeout joint as there are really only two seats & a table to sit down at. One last thing, it’s a total dive which is part of its charm.
We ask for our Ghetto Burgers all the way, one of them with Bacon and an order of Hot Wings. Comelon tried to add a Cheese Steak but they’re out. In conversation while we’re waiting we think about adding the Oxtail and Fried Chicken to our order. Next thing we know the food is ready and we take our seats.
The Wings are serviceable with a nice not too hot spice that comes back to haunt your lips afterwards.
The Ghetto Burger comes with American Cheese, Pickle, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Ketchup, Mustard & Mayo. I take a bite and it brings me back to my childhood. I peel away the Lettuce, Tomato, Onions and Pickle after the first mouthful and eat the Burger the same way Abuela would make me my Burgers back in the day. You can’t buy moments like these and it makes me glad we decided to stop in.
Two Guys’ Ghetto Burger is a great homemade Burger with no pretense. I wish there were more spots like this still around. And since there aren’t, it makes this find that much better.