Burger King’s Yumbo Is Back After 40 Years

Burger King's Yumbo

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:

Yumbo Sign on ebay

Yumbo Sign on ebay

Fat Maggie’s – Lakeland, Florida

Fat Maggie's - Lakeland, Florida

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.

Kitchen Sink Chili

Kitchen Sink Chili

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Smokehouse Burger w/Cheddar Cheese & Bacon

Smokehouse Burger w/Cheddar Cheese & Candied Bacon

Fat Maggie's - Lakeland, Florida

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

Banana Pudding with Whiskey Whipped Cream

Ginny Lou's Nutella Cheesecake

Ginny Lou’s Nutella Cheesecake

I missed this photo opportunity somehow when I walked in.

A Classic Shot from The Sandlot

A Classic Shot from The Sandlot

Get Fat At:

Fat Maggie’s
1037 Dixieland Mall Lane Lakeland, FL 33803
863-937-8962

Fat Maggie's on Urbanspoon

Tis The Season For Creme de Vie

Creme D'Vie - Los Bobos

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:

Bolivia: Socumbe
Brazil: Gemada
Chile: Cola de mono or Colemono
Colombia: Sabajón
Dominican Republic: Ponche Crema
Ecuador: Rompope
El Salvador: Rompope
Guatemala: Rompope
Mexico: Rompope
Nicaragua: 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.

There’s also a great recipe for Creme de Vie on the My Big Fat Cuban Family blog.

Make sure to enjoy with your family & close friends.

Ask The Beast Column #3 November 26, 2014

You can catch the Ask The Beast Column here on Burger Beast every Wednesday

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 @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

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

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??

BB: my bud Jamie of the blog Burgers by the Beach (which you should check out) suggests you try Taverna Kyma in Boca for the Lamb and Relish for the Buffalo


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.

Culver's Cheese Curds

Culver’s Cheese Curds


*yup, I said that.

NEW 2015 Burgie Awards Category – Best Orlando Burger

Burgies Poster 2015

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):

B&B Junction

B&B Junction


Graffiti Junktion (Multiple Central Florida Locations):

Graffiti Junktion

Graffiti Junktion


Oblivion Taproom (Orlando, FL):

Oblivion Taproom

Oblivion Taproom


Ravenous Pig (Winter Park, FL):

Ravenous Pig Burger

Ravenous Pig


Teak (Orlando, FL):

TEAK's Bacon Cheese Burger

TEAK


That One Spot (Ocoee, FL):

That One Spot's Burger

That One Spot

VOTE NOW

BB Contest – Cirque Du Soleil’s Amaluna Tickets

Burger Beast Contest

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

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.

Cirque Du Soleil - Amaluna

Cirque Du Soleil - Amaluna

Cirque Du Soleil - Amaluna


Two folks will win two tickets each. Rafflecopter will randomly choose two winners on Tuesday December 2nd. Enter below.

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If you’re planning on buying tickets anyway, click on the image below and save $25 per ticket:

Cirque Du Soleil - Amaluna

Burger Beast Burgie Awards Voting – UPDATE

Burgies Voting

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.

Voting ends on January 7th, 2015.

Make Your VOTE Count!

Best Miami-Dade County Burger

  1. Pincho Factory
  2. Shake Shack
  3. Latin House
  4. Swine Southern Table & Bar
  5. The LoKal
  6. Bourbon Steak

Best Broward County Burger

  1. BurgerFi
  2. Rok:Brgr
  3. Charm City Burger Company
  4. Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox
  5. Georgie’s Alibi
  6. Relish

Best Food Truck Burger

  1. Jefe’s Original Fish Taco & Burgers
  2. Jersey Dawg
  3. BITE Gastrotruck
  4. Woody’s Burger
  5. Munchie’s Snack Shack
  6. Da Burger Shack

Best Non-Traditional Burger

  1. Burgtober Burger – Pincho Factory
  2. Green Chili Cheese Burger – OTC
  3. 50/50 Burger – 180 Degrees at DRB
  4. Kimchee Burger – Box of Chacos
  5. Cheek Burger – Tongue & Cheek
  6. Chorizo Patti – MEAT Eatery & Taproom

Best Hot Dog

  1. Pincho Factory
  2. Jersey Dawg
  3. Frankie Dogs
  4. Sweet Dogs
  5. HotDogOpolis
  6. PS561

Best Dessert

  1. Night Owl Cookie Company
  2. HipPOPs Handcrafted Gelato Bars
  3. Sweetness Bake Shop & Cafe
  4. Swine Southern Table & Bar
  5. Fireman Derek’s Bakeshop
  6. Marlie’s Delights

Best Food Blog

  1. Fatgirl Hedonist
  2. South Florida Food & Wine
  3. Food for Thought Miami
  4. The food-E
  5. MIAbites

Food Truck Invasion – Best Miami Food Truck

  1. Ms. Cheezious
  2. El Rincon del Coqui
  3. Don Mofongo
  4. Il Fiorentino
  5. Los Chamos
  6. Mulberry 1965

Food Truck Invasion – Best Broward/Palm Beach Food Truck

  1. The Rolling Stove
  2. FOAR
  3. HipPOPs Handcrafted Gelato Bars
  4. Curbside Gourmet
  5. Spring In Roll Out
  6. PS561

Food Truck Invasion – Best Taco Food Truck

  1. BC Tacos
  2. Jefe’s Original Fish Tacos & Burgers
  3. Nacho Bizness
  4. Taco Fresh
  5. The MexZican Gourmet
  6. Box of Chacos

Best Restaurant

  1. OTC
  2. Blue Collar
  3. FINKA Table & Tap
  4. Blackbrick
  5. Haven
  6. Lucali

Best Sandwich

  1. Pan con Bistec – Cuban Guys
  2. Buffalo Chicken Sandwich – Pincho Factory
  3. Tripleta – El Rincon del Coqui
  4. SoHo Sweet Cheeses! Grilled Cheese – New York Grilled Cheese Company
  5. Miami Sandwich – Luis Galindo Latin American #1
  6. Pan con Tortilla Callejera – El Mago de las Frita

Best Local Food Chain

  1. Flanigan’s
  2. BurgerFi
  3. Sports Grill
  4. La Carreta
  5. Shorty’s Bar-B-Q
  6. Sergio’s

Best Wings

  1. Sports Grill
  2. Hole in the Wall Pub
  3. The Filling Station
  4. Keg South
  5. King’s County Pizza
  6. Bulldog Barbecue

Best 24 Hour Eats

  1. Chico’s
  2. Royal Castle
  3. Pinecrest Bakery
  4. Karla Bakery
  5. Yambo
  6. Pinolandia

You Must Stop In At BurgerQue In Ft. Myers

BurgerQue - Fort Myers, Florida

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.

BurgerQue - Fort Myers, Florida

Chili Cheese Dog w/2 Sides

Chili Cheese Dog w/2 Sides

Chili Cheese Dog

Chili Cheese Dog

Tots

Tots

Bacon Mac 'N Cheese

Bacon Mac ‘N Cheese

Seasoned Fries

Seasoned Fries

Jalapeño Cornbread

Jalapeño Cornbread

DoubleMeat DoubleCheese Burger

DoubleMeat DoubleCheese Burger

Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast Burrito

Sausage Gravy on Chips

Sausage Gravy on Chips

Get BurgerQue’d:

BurgerQue
Facebook: BurgerQue
3852 Cleveland Avenue Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-277-5700

BurgerQue on Urbanspoon

Krispy Krunchy Chicken Opens Up In Little Havana

Krispy Krunchy Chicken - Little Havana, Florida

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.

Krispy Krunchy Chicken - Little Havana, Florida

Krispy Krunchy Chicken - Little Havana, Florida

Krispy Krunchy Chicken - Little Havana, Florida

Krispy Krunchy Chicken - Little Havana, Florida

Krispy Krunchy Chicken - Little Havana, Florida

Krispy Krunchy Chicken - Little Havana, Florida

Krispy Krunchy Chicken - Little Havana, Florida

Krispy Krunchy Chicken - Little Havana, Florida

Krispy Krunchy Chicken - Little Havana, Florida

Krispy Krunchy Chicken - Little Havana, Florida

Krispy Krunchy Chicken - Little Havana, Florida

Gas Up & Eat:

Krispy Krunchy Chicken
in the Sunflex Gas Station
1599 W Flagler St Miami, Florida 33135

Jen Karetnick’s Mango Cookbook & a Meta Feta-Stuffed Lamb Burger Recipe

Mango by Jen Karetnick

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

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds ground lamb
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced oregano
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced mint
  • 1 egg
  • 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

Directions:

  • 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.

Stuffed Lamb Burger

Green Mango-Dill Tzatziki

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  • 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.

Ask The Beast Column #2 November 21, 2014

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 @ServantOnIce on Twitter: What are my chances of getting a date with FatGirl Hedonist??

BB: Not likely, plus why would you want to? *She smells like cabbage.

An especially tanned FGH

An extra tanned FGH


Question from cossiewill on Instagram: UM or FSU?

BB: Who serves better food at the stadium?


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.

Lila's Desserts - Flan


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:

Flan-FGH-FDPies


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?

BB:I really regret not eating at Holeman & Finch Public House when I was in Atlanta recently and getting the Burger.


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

A&G Burger Joint’s A&G Melt, my favorite


* For the record, Fatgirl Hedonist smells like Hialeah not Cabbage.

How About A Two Guys Ghetto Burger?

Two Guys Restaurant - Miami, Florida

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.

Two Guys Restaurant - Miami, Florida

Two Guys Restaurant - Miami, Florida

Two Guys Restaurant - Miami, Florida

Two Guys Restaurant - Miami, Florida

Hot Wings

Hot Wings

Bacon Cheeseburger

Bacon Cheeseburger

Cheese Burger

Cheese Burger

Overtownin’ It:

Two Guys Restaurant
1205 NW 3rd Ave, Miami, FL 33136
305-374-1141

Two Guys on Urbanspoon

Holiday Cocktail Recipes from FINKA Table & Tap

FINKA Logo

With Thanksgiving right around the corner here are 4 Cocktail Recipes from FINKA Table & Tap created by their Mixologist Eddie Fuentes that should do you some good.

Pumpkin Rum Old Fashioned

Pumpkin Rum Old Fashioned

Pumpkin Rum Old Fashioned:

  • 1 Dash Angostura Bitters
  • 1 Dash Angostura Orange Bitters
  • .5oz Homemade Pumpkin Pie Syrup
  • 2oz Caliche Rum
  • Orange Twist
  • Toasted Marshmallow
  • Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage:

  • 2oz Caliche Rum
  • .75 Squash and Pumpkin Spice Syrup
  • .75 Fresh Carrot Juice
  • .25oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 Dash Chocolate Bitters

Garnish: Roasted Marshmallow with Orange Twist


Harvest

Harvest

Harvest

  • 2oz Caliche Rum
  • .75 Concord Syrup
  • .75 Fresh Lime Juice
  • .5oz Egg White

Garnish: Concord Grapes with Edible Flower and Black Peppercorn


Cranberry in London

Cranberry in London

Cranberry in London:

  • 1oz Bombay Sapphire
  • .75oz Cranberry Hibiscus Syrup
  • .5oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 3oz Brut Champagne

Garnish: Filthy Black Cherry with Lemon Twist and Fresh Cranberry


All Cocktails were created by Mixologist Eddie Fuentes from Finka Table & Tap in Miami.

Second City Smoke Crowned Best Burger For 2nd Year In A Row

Second City Smoke - World Food Burger Champion 2014

Second City Smoke must serve a killer Burger cause to win the World Food Championship’s Best Burger two years in a row is no easy feat.

If you’ve got some time on your hands, you can see the entire line-up of competitors on the World Food Championships page.

2014 World Food Championship Winners:

Bacon World Champion: Ricardo Heredia

World Barbecue Champion: Sweet Smoke Q

World Chef Challenge: Steven Grostick

World Chili Champion: Ray Bogart

World Dessert Champion: Laurie Figone

World Pasta Champion: Suzanne Clark

World Recipe Champion: Half Baked Hippies

World Sandwich Champion: Kelli Fairchild-Cochran

World Seafood Champion: Terry Reinhardt

*picture courtesy of Droolius

Ask The Beast Column #1 November 19, 2014

My peeps & mi gente, keep the questions coming. Column #2 of Ask The Beast will be up next Thursday November 22nd


Question from bmendez17 on Instagram: Thinking of going to Blackbrick tonight. What do I HAVE to order?

BB: Based on my last three visits to BlackBrick I’d go with Fried Chicken & Garlic Dumplings, Spare Ribs in Black Bean Sauce, Explosive Chicken Chili Wings, Vegetable Egg Roll & Veggie and Hot Oil Fried Rice.

Veggie Fried Rice

Veggie & Hot Oil Fried Rice from BlackBrick


Question from Helen Gynell on Facebook: What’s your favorite Action Movie, and what do you snack on at the movies?

BB: I had to really think about it and even though it has some supernatural elements, Raiders of the Lost Ark. I remember sitting at a cinema in Coral Gables watching it with my Dad as a kid and closing my eyes during the end sequence which creeped me out. Anyone who’s been to a movie with me knows the answer to the second half of your question hands down, Buncha Crunch & a fountain Coca-Cola.


Question from recneps305 on Instagram: Where can I get the best croqueta preparada?

BB: This is not as easy of a question as it appears. I’m going to give you two places and let me explain myself before you think I’m copping out on giving a single best. One will be with one of the frozen brand Croquetas you can find at all cafeterias and another will be with a homemade Croqueta.

I really like El Mago de las Fritas‘ take on a Croqueta preparada served on a toasted Cuban Roll with Catalina Croquetas, Julienne Potatoes, Onions, Ham, Swiss Cheese & Special Sauce.

El Mago's Croqueta Preparada

El Mago de las Fritas’s Croqueta Preparada

Even though it’s only a few weeks old I love love love the Croqueta Preparada at Barley & Wich. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the homemade Croquetas in the sandwich won Croquetapalooza.

Croqueta Preparada (Lechon Asado, Croquetas, Ham & Swiss Cheese)

Barley & Wich’s Croqueta Preparada (Lechon Asado, Croquetas, Ham & Swiss Cheese)


Question from Jeff through the BB Blog Form: Can you get me the recipe for the 4 Cheezy My Neezy from Mr. Good Stuff?

BB: It’s not really that tall of an order. I can actually:

4 Cheezy-My-Neezy

4 Cheezy-My-Neezy

4 Cheezy-my-Neezy by Mr. Good Stuff Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2-1/2 cups of warm Water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 cups of pre-cooked white Cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup Mozzarella, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Provolone, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Cheddar, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Blue Cheese, crumbled
  • Vegetable Oil for frying

Directions:

  1. Pour the Water in a bowl.
  2. Add the Salt and dissolve.
  3. Slowly add the Cornmeal.
  4. Knead until smooth.
  5. Add the Mozzarella, Provolone, Cheddar and Blue Cheeses.
  6. Form balls with your hand or an Ice Cream scooper
  7. Fry in oil on high heat until golden brown.

Question from Melanie through the BB Blog Form: Do you really eat everything that you write and post about?

BB: Now THAT is an excellent question. Do I try everything? Absolutely. Do I eat the entire dish? The short answer is no, not always. There are factors that I might not mention on my posts like for example how many people I’m with which is generally how I’m able to order an excessive amount of dishes.


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The Ask The Beast Column Is A Go

Thinking BB

Have you ever wondered why some Food Truck went out of business? Where an idea for a certain dish from your favorite restaurant came from? Who’s the Best Burger Chef in South Florida? Are so and so really related? What’s that person like?

Here’s your chance!

I’ve got a new weekly column called Ask The Beast where you can do just that! Every Wednesday right here on the Burger Beast Blog I’ll answer 5 to 10 questions.

Tweet me, Facebook me, Instagram me, Google + me with the hashtag #askthebeast or just send the question through the form below:

Josh’s Deli – Surfside, Florida

With a couple of friends in town from the UK I wanted to take them to eat something they can’t find across the pond. What could make an impression? And then it hit me, Josh’s Deli.

Chef Josh Marcus, who was also the creator of the unfortunately very short lived MB Brewhouse and the now legendary Chow Down Grill is the man with the plan at Josh’s Deli.

It took me a little bit to wrap my mind around the idea of the unorthodox Josh’s Deli as Evan Benn of the Miami Herald called it. Josh makes his own Bagels, has a Matzo Ball French Onion Soup on the menu plus the excellent & different Pizzas made on Bagel dough every Thursday (Pastrami & Brussels Sprouts is killer).

I’m never been a “Jewish Deli” guy but I do love Sandwiches, big beef ones too. They have them here too like the Jewban (Pastrami, Pork, Pickle, Swiss). It was really Josh’s Deli that created my fascination for Pastrami Sandwiches. My parents are giant fans of his Pastrami Sandwiches.

I feel that I’ve never shown Josh’s Deli the love it deserves. I hope this post changes that and you’ll check it out for yourself. There is something for everyone on the menu done by a chap named Josh who’s doing things his way and helping to make the Miami Food scene diverse, different and delicious. Way to go dude.

Here’s a sampling of some of the Food I’ve had at Josh’s Deli over the last couple of years:

Krunchy Spicy Tuna Latkes (Potato Pancakes) w/Sriracha Cream Cheese

Krunchy Spicy Tuna Latkes (Potato Pancakes) w/Sriracha Cream Cheese

Latkes (Potato Pancakes) w/Apples

Latkes (Potato Pancakes) w/Apples

Everything Bagel w/Egg, Cheese & Pastrami-spiced Bacon

Everything Bagel w/Egg, Cheese & Pastrami-spiced Bacon

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Hand Cut Pastrami Sandwich

Hand Cut Pastrami Sandwich

Potato Pancakes w/Lox

Potato Pancakes w/Lox

Cappuccino

Cappuccino

Regular Bagel w/Egg, Cheese & Pastrami-spiced Bacon

Regular Bagel w/Egg, Cheese & Pastrami-spiced Bacon

Bacon topped Muffin

Bacon specks on aMuffin

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Pastrami Knish

The Jewban (Pastrami, Pork, Pickle, Swiss)

The Jewban (Pastrami, Pork, Pickle, Swiss)

Poutine (Cheese Curds, Gravy over Fries)

Poutine (Cheese Curds & Gravy over Fries)

Matzo Ball French Onion Soup

Matzo Ball French Onion Soup

Pastry

Apple Pastry

Pastrami Frita Burger (10% Ground Bacon, 80% Ground Chuck, 10% Pastrami Chunks, Caremelized Smoked Onions & Craque Sauce)

Pastrami Frita Burger (10% Ground Bacon, 80% Ground Chuck, 10% Pastrami Chunks, Caremelized Smoked Onions & Craque Sauce)

Pastrami Frita Burger

Pastrami Frita Burger

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Pastrami Wrapped Date

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Pizza

Bagel Pizza

Pastrami Bagel Pizza

Pastrami & Brussels Sprout Bagel Pizza

More Than A Deli:

Josh’s Deli
9517 Harding Ave Surfside, FL 33154
305-397-8494

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Kreating Kombucha Fermentation Workshop This Thursday

Fermentation Workshop

My bud Tom (who you may remember from Copperpot’s) is a smart & talented dude. This is the type of guy you want to learn from and you’ll have an opportunity as his Kreating Kombucha Workshop will teach you all about fermentation this Thursday at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.

The Garden invites local foodie entrepreneur Tom Wilfong as the guest speaker for this workshop on basic fermentation. Learn how you can create your own kombucha, kimchi and other foods with the power of microorganisms! Tom will break down the chemical process that occurs and touch on the science you need to know to be successful. Then, go home with your own fermentation creation, recipes, and taste some of Tom’s homemade honey wine.

$10 / Garden Members
$15 / Non Members

Register online or call the Garden at 305-673-7256 to reserve your space.

Limited tickets available.

The Details:

Kreating Kombucha Fermantation Workshop
at Miami Beach Botanical Garden
Address: 2000 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Phone: 305-673-7256
Date: Thursday November 13th, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Top 10 Chicken Dishes in Miami

Top 10 Chicken Dishes

Originally this was going to be a list of the Best Chicken Tenders in Miami but I ended up stuck at 5 so I switched gears. I thought, sometimes I’m not in the beef kind of mental state and only poultry will satiate my cravings. If I had to, gun to head come up with my 10 favorite Chickens in dishes in Miami, what would they be? So here you have it.

The 10 Best Chicken Dishes in Miami are in alphabetical order by dish name.

1) Buffalo Chicken Sandwich – Pincho Factory (Coral Gables & Westchester): Most Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches around town are breaded and deep fried, not this guy. A grilled Chicken Breast topped with Bleu Cheese, Buffalo Hot Sauce, Turkey Bacon on a squishy delicious roll….I’ll take two!

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich -Pincho Factory

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich – Pincho Factory

2) Chicken Crisper Sandwich – The Rolling Stove Food Truck: Imagine this my food friends, a sandwich made of Chicken Tenders breaded in Cap’n Crunch Cereal, a house-made Slaw, Cheese & Onions. The regular Chicken Crisper Sandwich is excellent but ask for the off menu Buffalo Chicken Crisper and have your pants blown off, no hooker needed.

Chicken Crisper Sandwich - The Rolling Stove Food Truck

Buffalo Chicken Crisper Sandwich – The Rolling Stove Food Truck

3) Chicken Parmesan Hero – Kings County Pizza (North Miami Beach): I don’t think you’re ready for the full picture of this beauty and a beauty it is. The first time I ate the Chicken Parmesan Hero from King’s County I got down on knee and proposed to it. Two years later we’re still engaged and I get can’t enough of her. Quality ingredients always equals excellent results.

Chicken Parmesan Hero - King's County Pizza

Chicken Parmesan Hero – Kings County Pizza

4) Fried Chicken – Caporal Chicken (West Kendall): There are a bunch of people in Washington Heights, NY who hate us for having their iconic Fried Chicken in our town. Caporal Chicken is open til Midnight so there’s no excuse, you gotta make your late night munchies run for some of their grub. Make sure to post your pictures on instagram & use the hashtag #washingtonheights to make them jealous.

Fried Chicken Breast - Caporal Chicken

Fried Chicken Breast – Caporal Chicken

5) Panko Crusted Chicken Tenders – Big Pink (Miami Beach): MY first thought on seeing the Chicken Tenders at Big Pink was, what kind of Pterodactyl sized Chicken did these come from? These fellas are mammoth, who would have thought I could have snuck in two quasi wisecracks about extinct animals. The Panko Bread curbs add some crunch to the tenders and that Mustard Sauce for dipping is just divine.

Pank Crusted Chicken Tenders - Big Pink

Pank Crusted Chicken Tenders – Big Pink

6) Polla a la Milanesa – El Exquisito (Little Havana): This pounded thin breast of Chicken, lightly breaded, fried and then topped with the same quality Ham & Swiss Cheese that makes their Medianoche so good is my #1 Milanesa. Alex, the owner from El Exquisito is in love with me so he created a semi-secret version of this in Sandwich form with Cantimpalo (Chorizo)……oh….you better ask for it!

Milanesa de Pollo - El Exquisito

Milanesa de Pollo – El Exquisito

7) Pulled Hen, Buttermilk Dumplings, Zellwood Corn, Fresh Greens & Parmesan Gravy Soup – The Local Craft Food & Drink (Coral Gables): I could imagine that if I ever found the fountain of youth it would be filled with this soup cause after I had my first cup I was doing one arm push-ups and pull-ups like nobody’s business. I was dancing around like MC Hammer in that Addams Family Groove video. It’s that good.

Pulled Hen & Dumpling Soup - The Local Craft Food & Drink

Pulled Hen & Dumpling Soup – The Local Craft Food & Drink

8) Roasted Chicken – La Brasa Rotisserie & Grill (Westchester & more): I drove by La Brasa a million times before I finally stopped in and was wowed by the rotisserie Chicken. The skin is highly addictive so if you can trick anyone into giving up theirs you should. Do not share.

1/2 Chicken - La Brasa

Roasted 1/2 Chicken – La Brasa

9) Signature Chefen – 3 Chefs & A Chicken (Westchester): Originally, most folks wrote off 3 Chefs & a Chicken as only a Chicken Kitchen knock-off. It is but they’ve done the impossible, bested the original. They use farm raised, antibiotic free Chickens to make their Cheféns (platter of chopped up Chicken Breast & Rice). The Signature Chefén with only Chicken & Yellow Rice is my dish here with a couple of Curry Mustard to drizzle, don’t overdue it on the sauce, enjoy the Chicken.

Signature Cheféns - 3 Chefs & A Chicken

Signature Cheféns – 3 Chefs & A Chicken

10) Special Grilled Wings – Sports Grill (Kendall & more): You can’t mention Chicken without bringing up Wings and you can’t bring up Chicken Wings in South Florida without mentioning Sports Grill. The Wings are fried & grilled, tossed in their Sports Grill sauce then later lightly washed in Worchester sauce, about as perfect as it gets.

Special Grilled Wings - Sport's Grill

Special Grilled Wings – Sport’s Grill

10 Plus 1) Nasi-Lemak (Singapore) – Coconut Rice, Soft Cooked Egg, Grilled Chicken w/Sriracha – FOAR Food Truck: Of course I was gonna throw in an eleventh dish. Chicken isn’t the main component of the Nasi-Lemak but a spoonful capturing Rice, Egg, Chicken & Sriracha will make you realize how important it is. Dear FOAR, I am afraid to say Nasi-Lemak for fear of a horrible mispronunciation.

Nasi-Lemak (Singapore) - Coconut Rice, Soft Cooked Egg, Grilled Chicken w/Sriracha - FOAR Food Truck

Nasi-Lemak (Singapore) – Coconut Rice, Soft Cooked Egg, Grilled Chicken w/Sriracha – FOAR Food Truck

PDQ Opens In Miami-Dade County, Sweetwater Area

I’ve eaten from 4 different PDQs (Flagler, Ft. Lauderdale, Oakland Park & Wellington) throughout South Florida now and I can unequivocally say they’re 100% consistent. I’ve had Chicken Tenders and the Spicy Buffalo Tenders Sandwich at every one and never been let down.The Fresh-Cut Fries and the Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade are also part of my regular order.

I had lunch at the just opened PDQ in Sweetwater (at Flagler & 101st) with my parents. I was able to try the Crispy Turkey Sandwich my Mom ordered. It’s good but I’ll stick to my Chicken or add some Sweet Heat Sauce to it. I’m also looking to try the grilled versions of both the Chicken and Turkey Sandwiches very soon.

I didn’t order any of the fresh baked Cookies but did take home a Heath Shake for my wife and the seasonal special shake Apple Pie. You’re given one of those thick straws and after putting my mouth muscles to work I can see why. Great little chunks of apple would come through, it’s the equivalent of a 3D movie in shake form.

It doesn’t even matter if my last comment made any sense to you, if you love Chicken then you’ll love PDQ. Do it to it.

Menu Page 1 (click to enlarge)

Menu Page 1 (click to enlarge)

Menu Page 2 (click to enlarge)

Menu Page 2 (click to enlarge)

trio of Chicken Tenders

trio of Chicken Tenders

Buffalo Tender Sandwich w/Fresh-Cut Fries

Spicy Buffalo Tenders Sandwich w/Fresh-Cut Fries

Buffalo Tender Sandwich

Spicy Buffalo Tenders Sandwich

Crispy Turkey Sandwich

Crispy Turkey Sandwich

Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Sweet Heat Sauce

Sweet Heat Sauce

Chicken Lovers Unite:

PDQ
10121 West Flagler St. Miami, FL 33172
305-257-3032

Keurig 2.0, What Do You Guys Think? #HelloKeurig

Keurig 2.0

I’m a fan of all things Coffee. At our house, the kitchen area is my domain and we’ve got all of the Coffee machines lined up like a display at a store (so cool). My wife Marcela would love for me to shrink the amount of inventory I’ve got but I just can’t do it.

I’ve been a Drip Coffee Machine guy, a Tassimo guy before converting, a snooty French Press dude, a Cuban Cafetero and I also dabble in Nespresso (which I use to make Lattes) but Keurig is my go to Coffee Machine. I use it multiple times daily.

When I heard Keurig had moved onto a new Keurig 2.0 my first thoughts were pretty much the same as I’m sure everyone else, is this a ploy to make me get rid of my current machine and buy a new fangled one with some minimal upgrades?

And I was wrong.

After reading through the press release (which I posted below for your reading pleasure) a couple of the new features really excite me. The first is the opportunity to make either a single cup or carafe (4 cups of coffee). It’s great for us whenever we have some friends over. You will need to buy a different K-cup for the Carafe option but that’s to be expected. On the price tip, the Carafe averages about 10 cents or so cheaper per cup if you’re keeping that kinda score at home.

The one other feature that really caught my eye was the strength control. I’m an extra bold coffee freak and I don’t need no weak brew around me. If I wanted dirty water I’d drink the one I boil my hot dogs in. Actually…that was really gross, I take that comment back.

I haven’t bought the Keurig 2.0 yet so I of course can’t speak with 100% certainty on functionality. I’m excited to own one and I can’t wait for my wife to read this and surprise me with my very own Keurig 2.0 (in annoying childish voice). I’m making space on my counter for it as we speak.

Press Release from August 25, 2014:

WATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (Keurig) (NASDAQ: GMCR), a leader in specialty coffee, coffee makers, teas and other beverages with its innovative brewing technology, continues to change the way consumers in the United States and Canada brew coffee at home with the release of the new Keurig® 2.0 hot beverage brewing system. This weekend, Keurig® 2.0 made its debut on Keurig.com and national retailers’ websites, as well as at the flagship Keurig® Store in Burlington, Mass., where consumers can be among the first to experience the new system in person. Roll-out at retail partners nationwide will follow in the coming weeks.

Keurig® 2.0 is the first Keurig® brewer to brew both a single cup and a four-cup carafe from a Keurig® brand pack. This innovation delivers everything consumers know and love about Keurig – and more – with game-changing performance and function, unprecedented beverage choice, simplicity and convenience, and timeless design appeal.

“Our new Keurig 2.0 system is the next innovative step for our hot beverage brewing system,” said Brian Kelley, President and CEO of Keurig. “Eleven years ago, we revolutionized the way consumers brewed coffee in the home with a single cup system, and we’ve used the knowledge and expertise we’ve gained along the way to form the basis for continued innovation. We’re thrilled to have changed the game yet again by offering consumers the ability to brew a variety of sizes, from a single cup to a carafe, and choose from more than 290 varieties from more than 50 brands, all within one system, Keurig 2.0.”

In addition to brewing both a single cup and a carafe, Keurig 2.0 is the first Keurig brewer to feature Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology™, which enables the brewer to recognize the inserted Keurig® pack and optimize to the recommended, customized setting for that particular beverage. The Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology ensures that the Keurig 2.0 system delivers on the promise of excellent quality beverages, produced simply and consistently, every single time.

“We’re confident that Keurig 2.0 is going to extend the Keurig appeal to an entirely new group of consumers, including those for whom a single serving of coffee isn’t always enough, and we’re excited to show them how Keurig can change their hot beverage brewing experience as it has for so many already,” continued Kelley. “We’ve heard from Keurig owners and non-owners alike that the ability to brew a carafe of coffee is important to them, whether they’re entertaining or just looking to experience a larger beverage quantity in the morning before heading out to work. We look forward to bringing Keurig simplicity and quality to an even broader group of consumers by now offering the ability to brew both a single cup and a carafe with Keurig 2.0.”

The Keurig® 2.0 system is available in the K500, K400 and K300 series. All systems offer the ability to brew both a single cup using a K-Cup® pack – more than 290 coffee, tea and other hot beverages from more than 50 brands, including Green Mountain Coffee®, Starbucks®, Dunkin’ Donuts®, Snapple®, Lipton® and Peet’s Coffee & Tea – and a carafe using the new K-Carafe™ pack. In addition, all Keurig® 2.0 brewers sold will include a plastic Keurig™ 2.0 carafe in the box. A stainless steel Keurig™ 2.0 Thermal Carafe is available for purchase as an accessory ($29.99 SRP).

The Keurig® 2.0 K500 Series ($189.99 – $199.99 SRP) features ten brew sizes ranging from four to 30 ounces. It offers an 80-ounce illuminated water reservoir, Keurig’s largest to date, and an extra-large color touchscreen display with customizable wallpaper and a variety of programmable controls, including strength control, auto on/off, auto brew K-Carafe™ pack, programmable clock, a favorites settings option and a customizable night light. The K500 series also offers a hot water on demand feature.
The Keurig® 2.0 K400 Series ($159.99 – $169.99 SRP) offers nine brew sizes ranging from four to 30 ounces and a 70-ounce illuminated water reservoir. Other key features include a color touch display with customizable wallpaper and programmable controls, including auto on/off, auto brew K-Carafe™ pack, strength control, customizable clock and a favorites setting.
The Keurig® 2.0 K300 Series ($139.99 – $149.99 SRP) features nine brew sizes ranging from four to 30 ounces with a 60-ounce water reservoir. It also offers a grayscale touchscreen with strength control and an illuminated water reservoir.
For more information, visit Keurig.com.

*I was in no way paid for this or given anything in exchange to write about the Keurig 2.0.

Mangia Mia’s The Smasher Recipe

Mangia Mia Food Truck

In 2011 just as South Florida’s Food Truck engines were warming up Mangia Mia showed up on the scene. The great folks (the late Patrick Murdock & his wife Kim) behind the original incarnation of the Mangia Mia Food Truck featured this irresistible sandwich called The Smasher, a smashed Meatball Sandwich on toasted Garlic Bread. Here’s your chance to recreate this beauty!

MARINARA SAUCE:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 6 ounces tomato paste (no-salt-added)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 14.5 ounces crushed tomatoes (no-salt-added)
  • 1 cup water
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 bay leaf

SAUCE DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat a medium-sized saucepan over med-high heat.
  2. Pour the oil into the pan and swirl to coat the bottom.
  3. Cook the onion and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes until onion is soft, stirring occasionally.
  4. Whisk in tomato paste, parsley, sugar, Italian seasoning, basil, salt, red pepper flakes, and black pepper.
  5. Reduce heat to med-low and cook for 4 minutes, stirring often.
  6. Stir in remaining sauce ingredients.
  7. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil.
  8. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

MEATBALLS:

  • 2.5 ounces Italian breadcrumbs
  • 7 cloves garlic, ground
  • 2/3 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper, ground
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ounce Ketchup
  • 1.5 pounds fresh ground beef (88/12)

MEATBALL DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except for the ground beef.
  • Mix well, then add ground beef and mix again thoroughly.
  • Roll out mixture into 20 equal meatballs.
  • Cook in oven for 30 minutes.

Mangia Mia's The Smasher

THE SMASHER:

Makes approximately 4 servings

    • 1 large loaf garlic bread
    • Marinara Sauce (above)
    • 5 cups Mozzarella cheese, grated
    • 20 Meatballs (above)
    • 2 cups Parmesan cheese, grated

THE SMASHER DIRECTIONS:

  • Divide garlic bread into sandwich portions.
  • Toast one side of each half on the grill.
  • Spread a layer of marinara sauce on the toasted side of the bread, and then add ¼ of a cup of Mozzarella cheese on top.
  • Take two meatballs and smash them with a large spatula.
  • Place them on top of the Mozzarella cheese.
  • Add a little more marinara sauce on top of the meatball then add another ¼ cup of Mozzarella cheese.
  • Place the sandwich back on the grill and toast the un-toasted sides of the bread.
  • Remove from grill, sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top and serve.

A Look At Barley & Wich

A few things happened to Jorge & Jorgie Ramos’ B&S Gastropub since I was last here in early September. In October, due to issues tied to construction B&S Gastropub could not continue to operate in its current form so the restaurant shut down. At the end of that same week B&S Gastropub competed at Croquetapalooza and took home the win. Which created a question that needed answering…..a very important one…..where can we eat these winning Croquetas?

Within a couple of weeks B&S Gastropub was rechristened Barley & Wich. They’ve got a new mantra that they live by, “When Life Gives You Lemons; Make a Badass Sandwich Shop” and once you eat here you’ll see that they’re right…..Yes, the Croquetas are on the menu too.

There is a lot to choose from and it can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out what exactly to eat. Your best bet is to bring a bunch of folks to share a slew of dishes or come extremely hungry.

Can I share something with you? The Croqueta Preparada needs to be enshrined in the Sandwich Hall of Fame. If there isn’t one I’ll go and create it right now.

The Elena Ruz is another one to look out for with its Duck Confit, Goat Cheese, Bacon, Dark Cherry Mostarda & Arugula on pressed slightly crusty bread. Incidentally, Chef Jorgie Ramos will be serving this sandwich at South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Medianoches & Mixology next year.

Barley & Wich is open Tuesday through Friday 5PM-12AM, Saturdays 6PM-12AM and closed on Sundays & Mondays, kitchen closes at 10:30PM daily. Valet Parking is free which is great cause regular parking is a bit of nightmare otherwise.

Menu (click to enlarge)

Menu (click to enlarge)

Menu (click to enlarge)

Menu (click to enlarge)

Aged Serrano & Manchego Croquetas

Aged Serrano & Manchego Croquetas

Pulled Pork Sweet Potato Tots

Pulled Pork Sweet Potato Tots

Wings

Wings

Tomato Bisque & Grilled Cheese

Tomato Bisque & Grilled Cheese

Barley & Wich - Kendall, Florida

Barley & Wich - Kendall, Florida

Croqueta Preparada (Lechon Asado, Croquetas, Ham & Swiss Cheese)

Croqueta Preparada (Lechon Asado, Croquetas, Ham & Swiss Cheese)

Beef Cheek Cheese Steak (Velveeta Cheese)

Beef Cheek Cheese Steak (Velveeta Cheese)

Elena Ruz (Duck Confit, Goat Cheese, Bacon, Dark Cheery Mustarda & Arugula)

Elena Ruz (Duck Confit, Goat Cheese, Bacon, Dark Cherry Mustarda & Arugula)

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Churro Bites

Churro Bites

Oh yes, one last thing, starting next Wednesday November 12th Barley & Wich will be open for Lunch from 11:30AM-2:30PM.

Barley & Wich Lunch

Get Barley & Wich’d:

Barley & Wich
9059 Sw 73 Ct Miami, FL 33156
305-397-8678

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