Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile

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Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Sun, 06/23/13 8:36 PM
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A few weeks ago I was on a 3 day weekend trip to Miami.
I've promised to do this trip report before it even started and my life has been incredibly busy that I can barely stand to look at a computer screen. 
 
One thing before I begin, all of these photos are untouched. I did not have time to photo shop them, they are raw. So if they all don't look clear and pristine then c'est la vie...
 
Saturday June 1
 
I left  TF Green on a non stop flight to Ft Lauderdale... After arriving and waiting in a longer than what I would consider normal line for my rental, I made my way to the Hotel in Doral just west of Miami Airport and met up with Travelin Man and his buddies Amanda and Brian..
 
Travelin Man and company had just gotten into town the night before to catch the the beginning of the Marlin's series against the Mets.
 
ironically our first stop was in the direction from whence I came
 

 
Le Tub
 
In Hollywood, just south of Ft Lauderdale
 
 

 

 
 
Probably the only toilet themed burger joint in the country as if you couldn't already tell..
 

 
I was actually relieved to know that we wouldn't be sitting on the pot as we were eating our meals..

Seating options are indoors our .....we chose to sit outside...and be forewarned...

 

 
at your discretion...
 
As we arrived we were joined by two additional friends of the Travelin Man..
 
Since I'm back in the tropics. the whole microbrew thing just doesn't make sense here...however...
 
 
 
 

 
 
This does! 
 
Although there are several menu options...It's the burgers that you want. I've never been here before but I know that Le Tub has made several "best burgers in the country" lists and I was completely looking forward to some ground cow...
 

 
I ordered mine medium, and opted for the basics with swiss cheese.. As my lunch arrived, I observed that those for those who ordered swiss, our burgers arrived "smashed" while those that ordered  american (or was it cheddar) received a  more photo worthy burger...But forget the aesthetics....this was one fine burger worthy of what could be a best burger award of the year....I can't say it's the best the burger I ever had (that distinction still goes to The Sport Bar and Restaurant in Livingston MT) but it certainly lived up to it's expectations and then some....
 
Observing this sign when I first walked in
 

 
I beckoned to its call..
 

 
I ordered a slice of Key Lime Pie for the table to share...
As you can tell by the color, this is the real deal...It was cool and refreshing...but I'll admit I'll take the Le Tub burger over their pie any day...
 
After lunch...I admired this nice view of the Causeway just next door to Le Tub
 


 

 
Finally  I am arriving at what is once again my last official ballpark that I've never been to...
This was my first view of Marlins Park in Miami as we arrived...
 

 
Home of the newly named "Miami Marlins" this is the second season for the brand new ballpark, built right over the now demolished Orange Bowl... The Marlins Ballpark offers a retractable roof...Considering that we were going to expect a typical June Miami day (90 degrees with lots of humidity and a guaranteed down pour sometime in late afternoon) the roof was closed..
 

 
Once inside the  ballpark, a stop at the Bobblehead Museum was a must..
 

 
Not only do they feature ballplayers past and present...
 

 
 

 
but they feature their mascots as well...
 
There were a couple of unique features about the ballpark...
 

 
The state of the art scoreboard...
 
 

 
The aquarium (with fish) behind home plate...
 

 
and this tropical beach...Whenever one of the Marlins score a home run, the marlins circle around and water spouts upwards into the air... 
 
And for your listening and dancing pleasure.... the ballpark even has it's own South Beach nightclub 
 

 
The Clevelander....an offshoot of the original South Beach location..
 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 
The game itself was a good one......if you're a Marlins Fan...However the two Mets fans sitting besides me certainly didn't think so....With very poor offense...I believe this was the game when the Mets scored one run towards the end of the game...avoiding a complete blow out... 
All I kept thinking was I couldn't believe this was the same team that swept my Yankees earlier that week!
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
Look like I had a couple of disappointed Mets fans to console at the end the game...
 
After the game...we headed to South Beach for dinner...
 
Much more to come...
 
but I'll leave you with the Marlins Mascot..
 

 
Billy Marlin 
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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Sun, 06/23/13 9:14 PM
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Marlins Park is without doubt an engineering marvel, but it is an aesthetic disaster.
 
If you must, put a frigging dome over Camden Yards, PNC, or the Fens and you might have something.

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Sun, 06/23/13 9:37 PM
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but.....but........Miami is not in the Midwest, so you're not allowed to eat burgers there.......
 
who are you, and what have you done with WJ?

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Mon, 06/24/13 12:06 AM
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Okay--so I'm a bit bummed after the recent Giants' series with the Marlins, but c'est la vie.  The bobblehead museum looks like fun and is a great idea.  Some of ours lately have been kinda off, though--they don't look like the person at all and/or have strange expressions on their faces. 
 
That key lime pie looks outrageous.  I want to think it was perfect--not to sweet, not too tart.

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Mon, 06/24/13 1:16 AM
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Only Major League Ballpark with a Minor League Team!

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Mon, 06/24/13 7:25 AM
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TJ
 
I have absolutely no idea what you're talking about...
 
love2bake
 
Stay tuned...The key lime pie gets even better...

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Mon, 06/24/13 9:08 AM
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Oh....and the rest of the report will have more "regional flare"

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Mon, 06/24/13 9:22 AM
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OK Dale, With your added commentary on regional specialties, I expect to see-
1. Florida "Stuffies" where the stuffed clam is run over by jet-skis to resemble "Cuban" sandwiches.
2. A flat piece of flapjust called a "Juannie-Cake" after it R I Namesake.
3. Let us know when you arrive at a destination, and find it closed. That is bound to happen considering the company you keep.
Looking forward to your report !!

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Mon, 06/24/13 9:28 AM
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Foodbme


Only Major League Ballpark with a Minor League Team!


Major-League Ball Park! 
 
Yikes! 
 
It's like the numbingly symmetrical Three Rivers/Riverfront/Busch stadia of the Sixties and Seventies with a dome thrown over it. 
 
Kinda like "The BOB" Chase Field.  You have a pool, Miami has an unsightly, moving whatever. 
 
At least Enron Field Minute Maid Park has a Crosley Field-like hill that comes into play.
 
Miami really missed some bets when they didn'y step up and sign Cespedes and Puig.

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Mon, 06/24/13 9:37 AM
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.....and plenty of Cuban coffee!

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Mon, 06/24/13 7:52 PM
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Saturday June 1 Continued
 
We made our way to South Beach....although it was raining our spirts weren't dampened (Ok, at least MINE werent)
 
I was looking forward to a re visit of Puerto Sagua.
 

 
Ironically my last visit was with TTM 7 years prior..Irionically I've been going here for years probably since 1989 or 90, although until 2005 I simply knew it as "one of those Cuban joints on Collins Avenue" when I revisited after much hype here on the Roadfood Forum . well now in 2013 it seems we can change the name to "probably the only Cuban joint left on Collins Avenue"...
 
When we arrived right smack in the middle of dinner time, we  encountered a decent line of folks waiting for a table. We opted to sit at the U Shaped counter.
 

 
The menu offers a large and diverse selection of good, guality Cuban Food....
 

 
Loaves of fresh Cuban bread arrived at the table...
 
I was also in the mood to try something different...I remember over 15 years ago I had the opportunity to try a Mamey Ice Cream Cone in Le Calle Ocho..
 

 
This time I ordered a Mamey (pronounced "MAH-may") Shake. TTM tried some of it as well and we agreed if we were to provide a description of this sweet n creamy concoction, picture a peach and a mango mating and producing a child....you'd likely end up with a "Mamey" 
 

 

 
My gripe about black bean soup is that sometimes it can be too salty or just lacking in flavor.. This is quite the opposite.
 
And the boys ordered a round of "Maduros" 
 

 
The truly outstanding part of the meal was the main course. TTM, Brian and I all ordered the same thing. And it took about 45 minutes to prepare but it was well worth the wait...
 

 
 
The Seafood Paella....Loaded with sea creatures including scallops, squid, clams, fish, shrimp and even Lobster... The portions were so huge that we probably would have been better off sharing...However we  each took nearly half of our meal back to the hotel..

Puerto Sagua  to me will always be the definitive Roadfood stop whenever I'm in Miami...
 
Instead of partying it up on Ocean Drive (like I suggested)   we decided to head back to the hotel after our meal at Puerto Sagua....
 
Much more to come...
 
 
 
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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Mon, 06/24/13 9:50 PM
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Too bad you weren't there during the NBA Finals!
You could have partied with LaBron!

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Tue, 06/25/13 6:01 AM
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ba-dum-BUMP!

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Tue, 06/25/13 3:07 PM
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Long time lurker here....
I finally found the nerve to sign up today...
 
Just want to say WJ that you should have much more comments.. You embody the true spirit of road food.
 
Your trip reports are the best on here

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Tue, 06/25/13 3:26 PM
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Thanks for sharing. I love your trip reports.

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Tue, 06/25/13 4:36 PM
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We are frequent visitors to the Miami area, and are looking forward to these reports.   Puerto Sagua is one of our favorites.  It's close to the best, if not the best, Cuban restaurant is the area. 
 
Glenn and Janet
 
 

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Tue, 06/25/13 8:02 PM
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eatmandsmile and mikeam- thanks I'm flattered  and welcome to Roadfood eatmandsmile
 
Glenn and Janet 
 
Yes, Puerto Sagua is truly my "must go to place" whenever I'm in Miami besides Joes Stone Crab ( when they're open seasonally)
 
I'll continue with the report tomorrow.
I've been very very busy at work and I'm drained... I haven't even had a chance to look at the new trip reports from others...Just want to finish this report before I begin my next (and last big trip) of the year next Tuesday..
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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Tue, 06/25/13 8:40 PM
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Welcome to Roadfood eat'mandsmile. WJ's reports are great, as you said.        

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Tue, 06/25/13 9:15 PM
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Welcome eat'mandsmile! You are so right about WJ's reports! I always enjoy them!

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Tue, 06/25/13 10:27 PM
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Dined at Le Tub in January and loved it!  We went deeper into the menu after spending a nice time discussing the menu with 6 Canadians just off a back to back set of cruises.  The seafood salad is not to be missed, perhaps the best I have had anywhere.  The marinated shrimp are huge, firm and ice cold.  We did the burger, fries and pie also.  My burger was a top 5'er...strong recommendation for this place!

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Tue, 06/25/13 11:02 PM
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Glad you got to visit before it disappears under the Sea!
http://www.greenoptimistic.com/2013/06/24/miami-flooded-under-sea/

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Wed, 06/26/13 6:55 PM
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Thanks MH and Agnesrob
 
Chi Town Diner
 
Who knew that Le Tub was more than just burgers!...We did observe a couple next to us share some Chili and Crab Legs (later on this same couple ironically ended up parking right next to us at the gas station near the balllpark) What a bizarre coincidence!

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Wed, 06/26/13 7:30 PM
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Sunday June 2
 
I got up a little extra early to take the 20 minute drive to Coral Gables to check out a Coffee House that's received some hype around the internet...Pasion De Cielo 
TTM decided to join me while the young ones slept...The cool thing about this place (besides the atmosphere) is you get to choose the country your single origin coffee,. and it's prepared individually, not a pourover place but the same as you would prepare an espresso. I chose Cuban, TTM chose Hawaiian. They even had Jamaican Blue Mountain. My Cuban coffee was superb...It was quite strong and flavorful....and I was quite impressed...
 
We returned to the hotel and the rest of the crew were up... 
TTM did some research and he picked a place in Hialeah for breakfast..
 

 
Chico's
 
With a pretty full parking lot, things seemed to be promising
 

 
And with a menu primarily in Spanish, it appears TTM may have hit a home run..
 
After perusing the menu, we all thought...."steak and eggs" aka "El Super" why not???
Beginning with warm crusty Cuban Bread  (probably the best of the trip)

 
I probably could have made a meal of just this on my own
 

 
and a carafe of cuban espresso for our cafe con leche, reminded me of what one elderly cuban fellow said to me  a couple of decades back...."strong enough to make the rooster crow"
 

 
onion and parsely mix would accompany our steaks...
which speaking of...
 

 
Arrived shortly thereafter..Although fries normally accompany the meal, I chose Maduros (fried Plantains)
instead.. This was a well seasoned Palomilla Steak..Not the best quality...But you get all of this for $7.00..Although little English was spoken, with the friendly service and excellent value, I would certainly return...
 
What to do after breakfast???? Well, perhaps another ballgame....
 

 
A return to Marlins Park was in order...
 
We got there early enough to check out pitching practice in the bullpen...
 
Also this window displayed an unobstructed panoramic view of downtown Miami...
 

 
Although you can say it was just another day at the ballpark, you see it really wasn't...Today was a special day....
 

 
It's Jewish Heritage Day....
And yes they were passing out complimentary Kippah's which both TTM, Brian and I proudly wore on our heads...I believe TTM has photo...What set this day apart from all other days was that the Kosher concession stand was packed!
 
So how are the Mets going to fare against the Marlins today???
 

 

 
 
 
Unfortunately for TTM, Brian and Amanda....not much better than the day before...Although there appeared to be a glimmer of hope in the latter innings....that's all it was...just a glimmer.....
 
Much more to come...


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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Wed, 06/26/13 9:11 PM
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Pretty sad attendance for major league baseball.

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Thu, 06/27/13 8:55 AM
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Davydd


Pretty sad attendance for major league baseball.

Agreed,
This stadium holds just over 30k
The 1st day we were there they announced 15k attendance, we looked around and said "no way". It was probably 1/3 full. The Paw Sox here in RI have more attendees, selling out just about every game (even weekday games)

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Thu, 06/27/13 9:04 AM
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The phrase that was dropped at the ballpark was "come on down....there's plenty of good sections still available!"
 
I am sure that I have the photo of which WJ speaks. I will see where it is and post.

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Thu, 06/27/13 9:46 AM
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wanderingjew


Davydd


Pretty sad attendance for major league baseball.

Agreed,
This stadium holds just over 30k
The 1st day we were there they announced 15k attendance, we looked around and said "no way". It was probably 1/3 full. The Paw Sox here in RI have more attendees, selling out just about every game (even weekday games)

Corporations buy season tickets and many of those tickets get unused but counted in attendance number announcements. And of course there are the usual independent no-shows and a goodly portion of people coming and going to concession stands and restrooms. But still...

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Thu, 06/27/13 10:45 AM
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No, the stadium is empty and the Marlins have poor corporate sponsorship in the area. They have taken to periodically closing the entire upper deck of what is already one of the three or four smallest ballparks in major league baseball.
 
The only good news of all of this is that if your team is in from out of town, you can probably get cheap tickets to the game.

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Thu, 06/27/13 7:00 PM
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Sunday June 2 Continued
 
Before I continue, I did not provide my assessment of the New Marlins Ballpark. Although it's a feat of Architectural Engineering and an Improvement over Joe Robbie Stadium (or whatever it decided to call itself in any given year) come to think of it ANYTHING was an improvement over Joe Robbie Stadium...there were no new grounds broken in terms of originality...Although it would have been nice to have been there when the roof was open....I don't think I'll be adding this to my list of favorite ballparks....
 
We had one last meal to share together before TTM and friends took off back to Hooterville...
I'm proud of TTM, he had mentioned a restaurant in little Havana that he wanted to check out (I forgot the name of it) but before going he actually checked out the hours and found out they were closed on Sunday... I still think it would have been more fun  to spontaneously go and  find it closed.....That would have made my weekend. Instead Miami Don to the rescue...Unfortunately due to a communication glitch (his fault, not mine) we did not get to see Miami Don that weekend. Although I did text him earlier for a recommendation of a good Cuban sandwich... and he led us here...
 

 
El Latin American Cafeteria
 
Similar to Rays Pizza, Original Rays Famous Rays, Ray's Famous in NYC, there are many Latin American Cafeteria's strewn throughout Miami, however this apparently is the original....
 

 
 

 
 
I ordered their specialty- The Cuban Sandwich...I had a choice of regular or large- how often do I have a Cuban Sandwich, the glutton in me ordered a large...

 
 
The sandwich was obviously humungous and was probably one of the better Cuban Sandwiches I've had. The bread was crusty and dense and full of roast pork and ham. They even included a complimentary plantain chip to go along with my sandwich
 

I also ordered a side of moros or black beans and rice combination...
 
TTM ordered some type of pork dish and Brian ordered a really good looking but messy looking sandwich. I don't remember what it was...
Service at El Latin American Cafeteria was indifferent, quite the opposite of Chico's earlier this morning...I would still go back to try that sandwich that Brian had...
 
After dinner (or late lunch) TTM and crew dropped me off at the hotel and we departed ways...

I headed to my new hotel right in the heart of Coral Gables...Parking at the hotel was a premium- $18...
The meters run until midnight- I opted for the $12 parking garage since I didn't plan on driving anywhere till the next morning (incidentally the next morning the gate was open- there was no attendant and I ended up paying nothing)
I took a brisk walk during the warm muggy evening around Coral Gable's famed miracle mile- their shopping and entertainment district... I passed several bars hoping to find a good local brew- I ended up at a bar/ restaurant famous for their Korean Tacos and  sat down to a refreshing Lager from the Florida Beer Co. out of Melbourne- irionically exactly where TTM and friends were heading back too.. As it turns out TTM even knows the owner...
After my beer and my walk- I headed back to my hotel .....
 
One final day....on my own....by the end of the weekend... 
 

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Thu, 06/27/13 8:23 PM
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It just goes to show you Miami Don knows his stuff. Did you get his hamburger recommendations?

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Fri, 06/28/13 8:56 AM
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Davydd


It just goes to show you Miami Don knows his stuff. Did you get his hamburger recommendations?


He certainly does...
Stay tuned....

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Fri, 06/28/13 11:11 AM
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fritas?

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Fri, 06/28/13 4:09 PM
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fritas?


yes

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Sat, 06/29/13 7:19 AM
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Excellent stuff, WJ.  Man, I really could go for a Cubano right now!  Thanks!  Looking forward to the rest...

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Sat, 06/29/13 10:31 AM
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WJ, I always enjoy your travelogues.  Keep it up!

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Sun, 06/30/13 7:52 PM
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Thanks Billyboy and catosaurus
 
Hope to complete the final chapter this evening...

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Sun, 06/30/13 8:50 PM
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Monday June  3
 
My last day in Miami as I fly home that evening...
 
It was a brief walk from my hotel- just around the corner, to the coffee house I enjoyed so much the day before- Pasion del Cielo - and another cuban coffee..
 
On the way I took snapped some photos of some of the classic architecture.
 

 
   
 
Since it would be a while before having breakfast - thought some of these would hold me over
 
 
Ok, it may not be the real deal- but it was certainly different...
 
I didn't have a conventional breakfast since I couldn't fit it in...
I did stop at a place recommended by by both Miami Don and buffetbuster
 


 
El Mago de la Fritas
on the outskirts of Little Havana
I parked on a residential street behind the strip of shots. I couldn't help but notice a couple of roosters on the side of a house strutting their stuff and crowing (perhaps they had some cafe con leche?)
Since I can never be too full of coffee, I ordered a cafe con leche to start..
 

 
It was ok (not as good as Chico's) but that's not what I'm here for.....
I came for this...
 

 
The fritas- a well seasoned burger with thin, crispy potatos or fritas...I'm going to be honest- it was fine but I don't think I'm as enthusiastic as buffetbuster or Miami Don was. It was a little too carb heavy for me...
I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it....And the guy who was in the photo with buffetbuster was the one who prepared my fritas...
 
Now it's off to South Beach, this is where I will be spending the rest of my day before flying home...
 

 
Parking is always brutal in South Beach, I found some parallel parking in one of the residential neighborhoods which I believe was free till 4 or 5pm- I'll be long gone before then...
 
Since TTM and his crew didn't want to go to Mango's Tropical Cafe on Saturday evening, then today was the perfect opportunity- just as they're opening...
 
 
 
Although it was too early for entertainment....no one can leave South Florida without at least one Pina Colada...
 

 
quite refreshing for this incredibly warm, sticky day...
 
Afterwards I walked along Ocean Drive, as well as the beach...
 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
South Beach in my opinion is a mere shadow of its former self...A glorified tourist trap...I first saw it heading that way back in 2002 and my suspicions were correct on my next visit back in 2005...The uncomfortable humidity didn't make things better. I walked for several miles along ocean drive and Collins Avenue and it wasn't pleasant...

As I headed to my car- I stopped for a  late lunch at another old favorite- First recommended to me by Greymo back in 2005... It was truly a hit..
 

 
Tap Tap
 
A Haitian restaurant. If I was still doing restaurant reviews this would be included...a true Roadfood gem
 
 

A couple of years after my last visit, I discovered while on a date with a Haitian girl that a "Tap Tap" is a jitney or a cab...The restaurant is well decorated with paintings depicting the Haitian Landcape...
 

 
This is a "Tap Tap"
 

 

 

 
 

 
Warm, crusty bread comes with the meal..
 

 
Like last time I started my meal with the Pumpkin Soup...a consomme just loaded flavor..
 

 
pik liz is a spicy condiment offered on each table.

 
I also ordered the Conch Creole....It comes with rice and a fried plaintain. For a buck extra I opted for the spinach in coconut sauce in lieu of the rice and it was well worth it..
 

 
Like last time the fried plantain was the least memorable part of the meal..
 

 
The spinach in coconut sauce made me feel like I was truly in the tropics- limp but flavorful spinach drenched in a nutty coconut sauce...
 


The conch was not chewy at all- actually almost tender brought out by the piquant creole sauce and enhanced by by the spicy pik liz
 
 I had one last stop to make before leaving south beach... But since I was short on time and the humidity was miserable I decided to drive..
 
Earlier in the day I did some last minute research to find some of the best Key Lime Pie in South Florida..
I found this 
Normally without a doubt I wouldn't hesitate to go to Joe's Stone Crab- unfortunately they were (and still are) closed for the season...
So I came here instead...
 

 
The Ice Box Cafe
I sat at the counter- this is actually my view...
Started out with a better than average cappuccino...
 

 
and.....
 

 
What a way to end a 3 day weekend trip to Miami....I still have dreams about this orgasmic slice of heaven...
 
I headed back to Ft Lauderdale Airport...Changed planes at BWI (Baltimore)....with an hour layover, time for dinner right across from my gate at....
 
Obrycki's


When in Rome (or Baltimore)
 

 
a very ordinary and overly breaded crab claw sandwich.....oh well.......
 
I was home by 11:30 pm....
 
I'm heading for my last big trip of the year on Tuesday evening...  
Not sure if I'm going to  do a trip report.... as the responses weren't very high on this one...
 
I know alot of you are probably going to be very happy to hear this, but perhaps its time to move on..... 
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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Sun, 06/30/13 8:57 PM
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A great write WJ and even though the humidity was a issue, it appears that your stops were outstanding.  Who says WJ does not write about coffee each and every write????
 
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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Sun, 06/30/13 9:25 PM
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There have to be alot of folks on here (like me)  that don't
comment,  but read every word.
Keep on writing....I'd miss ya.
 
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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Sun, 06/30/13 9:56 PM
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Mmmm...  Key lime cookies are a fine choice for breakfast!!  The pie looked fabulous, too. 
 
Interesting interior to Tap Tap--lots to look at while having a drink and waiting for food. 
 
Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Mon, 07/1/13 12:16 AM
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Please do a trip report WJ. I always look forward to reading them and the haitian restaurant would be a marvelous addition to the review section. Thanks for sharing. I'll try to comment more often because I do want to see your trip reports
 
 

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Mon, 07/1/13 7:22 AM
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WJ- I love your reports and most always comment. I have been waiting for the finale. This food you ate is new to me, and have read and looked in earnest! I have noticed that in summer people are out and about and participation on this site tends to be lower. Don't stop your reports, that would be a travesty to all who love you here.

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Mon, 07/1/13 9:39 AM
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I for one would also feel sad if you stopped doing trip reports.  I can tell you that anytime my wife and I take a trip I spend a good deal of time searching old trip reports from you and Cliff to make a list of places to go.  And the end of the year reports are like research gold when I travel.  I do understand that they are a lot of work but please don't think that that work goes unappreciated.
 
Thanks for giving me a some new things to look forward to in Miami.

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Mon, 07/1/13 10:31 AM
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WJ, are you sure that was a crab claw sandwich at Obrycki's?  Underneath all the breading it looks like it is a soft-shell crab.

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Mon, 07/1/13 10:33 AM
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Dale, you should have let me know you were passing thru.  I would've brought you carry out from G&M.
 
This is the first time I've gotten a good look at the Marlin's ballpark.  No, it's not retro like our Camden Yards, and shouldn't be,  but it looks fine to me, and outstanding in that the seat placements are optimized for viewing a baseball game, which after all, is the buildings purpose.    I'm particularly referring to the leftfield seats which are angled to the infield ala Fenway.   In Camden Yards the leftfield seats provide a wonderful view of the outfield bleachers and the warehouse.

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Mon, 07/1/13 12:09 PM
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I too enjoyed the report and appreciate the work that went into it.  Too bad the burger at El Mago de la Fritas didn't seem all that great.  I managed to get away from the corporate food at a business seminar in Coral Gables a couple of years ago and have the burger, and I thought it was really good.  (But circumstances kept me from seeing Miami Don that week, unfortunately).  I do recall that the people working there could not have been any more pleasant, which also made for a good meal.  I'm glad the trip was a good one.

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Mon, 07/1/13 12:24 PM
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I loved the shots of South Beach. About 100 years ago (it seems to me now) my grandmother used to spend the winters there, with my grandfather flying down via Eastern Airlines every other weekend. All those hotels were set up for the elderly Jewish women from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut with small refrigerators and stoves in the rooms. In the evenings they'd sit around in front of their hotels kibitzing. Whenever I hear about South Beach now I can't help wondering what those old ladies would think if they knew what had happened to their nice, quiet winter neighborhood.

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Mon, 07/1/13 3:25 PM
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What a great report! I'll have to keep those places in mind if I make it that far south in Florida. Hope you keep doing trip reports, too. I always enjoy seeing your reports!

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Mon, 07/1/13 3:30 PM
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I live vicariously through your travels and dining!  Keep it rolling WJ! 

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Mon, 07/1/13 3:39 PM
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WJ...I always enjoy your Reports and the pics are great. Keep it up, you know how to do it well. I did not respond to this one because I lived in that area in the late 80's for a year or so and lets say I have not many fond memories. In my opinion a "Great place to visit, but...."

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Mon, 07/1/13 8:43 PM
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Paul
 
with all the regional cafe con leche and cuban coffee- how could I not write about coffee?
 
Mr Chips

My restaurant review days are long gone. I simply do not have enough time in the day. I promised one more a while back but haven't completed  it yet. After that it's over if things should ever change, I would reconsider but I don't see that happening in the near or distant future.
 
Ivyhouse
 
You are correct, that is a soft shell crab (it was still bad) that's what happens when I try to do Laundry and a trip report at the same time.
 
signman
 
you could have thrown me a couple across the security screening line.
 
Buffalo Tarheel..
 
I thought the Fritas was fine, but since my time in Miami is so few and far between, there are other things I like even more... I'm glad I did have the opportunity to try one..
 
MH
 
With my visits over the years here is a chart of where south beach went
 
89-90 Snowbirds and retirees meet hip and trendy
 
97- retirees gone- hip and trendy in full swing
 
02- hip and trendy going bye-bye- tacky and chains making an appearance with old school south beach disappearing.
 
05-06 Tacky and chains in full swing  
 
13- Ditto
 
Everyone else-
Thanks for your kind words. I guess I've been more sensitive than usual because things have been very busy at work and it's left me exhausted...
 
 

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Mon, 07/1/13 9:08 PM
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Perhaps you should get out of town...soon, like tomorrow!

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Mon, 07/1/13 10:25 PM
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wanderingjew


I know alot of you are probably going to be very happy to hear this, but perhaps its time to move on.....
That's crazy talk.  Your trip reports and other contributions would be greatly missed.
 
Since you're in the insurance business I can understand why your job might be kicking you in the teeth right now...seems like there's a major disaster every other week these days.

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Tue, 07/2/13 6:49 AM
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The only moving on you need to do is to your next wonderful trip!  I live for your trip reports!  I long for the day I will be able to visit some of the places you portray in your reports.  AND, you have even given me an appreciation of and interest in baseball fields!  Keep it up!  Please!

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Tue, 07/2/13 6:55 AM
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WJ, I always read your trip reports and this one was great - as usual! I'd visit these Roadfood places for the cafe con leche and Cuban sandwiches alone. But right now I have to go google pik liz.......

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Tue, 07/2/13 8:58 AM
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I come on roadfood almost daily but rarely do I "sign in" but my favorite section is the "Trip Reports" so please keep sharing with us..I read every post & enjoy all the lovely pictures everyone shares....Thank you :)  

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Tue, 07/2/13 2:03 PM
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The end has come so it's time for me to post.
 
A little baseball heavy for me but love the food pictures, descriptions and choices.
 
That picture of the Swiss Burger I believe is your finest photograph to date.  Makes me want to take a bite!
 
Thank you for opting for the spinach side.  I want to recreate that dish. Someone else will have to eat the tomatoes but I like the color it adds to the finished dish.
 
That last slice of Key Lime Pie....  UNFAIR!  It's so far away!
 
Good report, Dale... as always.

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Tue, 07/2/13 2:10 PM
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wanderingjew




MH

With my visits over the years here is a chart of where south beach went

89-90 Snowbirds and retirees meet hip and trendy

97- retirees gone- hip and trendy in full swing

02- hip and trendy going bye-bye- tacky and chains making an appearance with old school south beach disappearing.

05-06 Tacky and chains in full swing  

13- Ditto



 



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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Tue, 07/2/13 10:08 PM
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Dale - It is the stress of work that has you thinking like that.  Your trip reports are the highlight of everyone's reading and enjoyment.
 
I know it takes a long time to crop and enhance the photos and then post them and then add the dialogue, but to us it is worth the effort.
 
Your insight into the area you are travelling to is amazing as is your lust for coffee.
 
Tap Tap - Reminded me of my time in Haiti as a missionary.  To get anywhere they would crowd 40 to 50 people into one of those death traps and ZOOM off they went.
 
It also painfully reminded me of why I no longer ride horses....
(my last horse ride in Haiti in 1991, the horse committed suicide)
True story
 
Please keep posting your trip reports, pretty please with coffee beans on top!

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Re:Marlins, Moros, Mamey and the Miracle Mile - Wed, 07/3/13 9:08 AM
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mar52

That picture of the Swiss Burger I believe is your finest photograph to date.  Makes me want to take a bite!
It definitely looked like an excellent burger but the seafood paella would have to be at the top of my list, with a bowl of black bean soup for a starter.
 
WJ, I see that Jose Fernandez was the Marlin pitcher in your first game.  I don't know how much you know about him but he's only 20 (a Cuban refugee) and looks to have a bright future.  Too bad he didn't get matched up against Matt Harvey; that would've been a great game for fans that appreciate pitching!

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