Babe’s Meat & Counter, located south on US1 in the Palmetto Bay neighborhood of Miami, has been a not-so-secret neighborhood treasure almost since it opened in 2018. While it is a full service butcher shop with fresh cuts of meat, sausages, and deli goods, their fame grew because of their sandwiches; more specifically Babe’s Burger,… Read More The Croqueta Diaries: Babe’s Meat & Counter
Back in 2015, my cousin decided he wanted a traditional Cuban noche buena (Christmas Eve) dinner. No American-style dishes. I don’t know what inspired this imposition of Cuban pride but this, self-identified, gringo was offended. I’d always had an uneasy relationship with my Cuban heritage and, besides, this is a family where everyone’s favorite holiday… Read More How NOT to make a Cuban sandwich
It’s easy to feel out of place in some restaurants in Miami. It’s a town with too many trendy neighborhoods and an evolving roster of chic restaurants vying for the attention of celebrities, the upscale youth flush with tech money, and the pretenders upholding an Instagram lifestyle they can’t afford. Luckily, Sanguich, with its cheeky… Read More The Croqueta Diaries: Sanguich
The Cuban sandwich isn’t a miracle of flavor and texture. It’s hearing a Taylor Swift song that makes you sob into your T-shirt as you mumble, “she knows me, she knows me,” as you play it over and over in fits of ecstasy and memory. The Cuban sandwich was birthed from the calloused hands and… Read More I can’t abide by the Tampa Cuban sandwich
Every family has those easy meals they can throw together in a few minutes after a long day. Cuban-American families are no different and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have some low-key love for arroz con huevos (fried eggs with runny yolks and rice) or tortilla (actually a tortilla española which is a thick… Read More The Croqueta Diaries: which frozen brand croqueta is best?