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So… I am back from miami… with good news and bad news…

Bad news first – My favorite restaurant in Miami was Los Quijotes. It was owned by a chef that was born not far from my moms birthplace. He had great food… I mean really good. Last time we visited he told us that he wasnt sure how long he could survive with the economy. Well… we went to visit him and his place is closed. After eating at many many “Spanish” places in Miami, I can tell you that his spot was very true to its roots. I am very sad to see them go.

Another of our usual haunts was Casa Pansa. This spot was owned by Miguel… a Spaniard from Madrid. The food was ok, but we went there for the show. He had a guitarist and 2 flamenco dancers that were from Sevilla. They put on a hell of a show. His spot is closed down as well….sad.

Good news? Very short… found new distributors. Yay!

Now the personal stuff….

huevos

Pan fried potatoes… fried eggs… pan seared chorizo link. Typical Spanish breakfast, and one you can get in Miami if you know where to go. Delicious.

Patas

An entire wall of different kinds of cured Spanish ham. Its ok to drool.

sammich

A sandwich of white chorizo and manchego. I make white chorizo at 13G as a special sometimes, but to find it cured on a slab of bread in Florida is pretty rare.

tabla

A traditional Tabla. A finished piece of wood used as a cutting board for cured meats and cheeses. This one has 18month Manchego, Jamon Iberico, Chorizo, and Lomo (cured pork loin). It was off the chain.

bitterkas

Holy crap… Bitter Kas. I havent seen this stuff since I left Spain. Its a tonic of herbs to help digestion that is carbonated and canned. Its only good if you like bitter herbs.

postres

Too full for dessert? Thats fine… take these handcrafted Spanish pastries with you. We did.

Dach

The local Miami wildlife… a spotted Dach… cuz I love dogs.

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  1. Stephanie
    July 8th, 2010 at 14:39 | #1

    Pretty please tell us where you go for Spanish favorites when you don’t want to make them yourself. :-)

  2. Frederick
    July 11th, 2010 at 10:56 | #2

    Yay! You’re back, we’re back, and its time to eat! That photograph of the tabla is the closest thing to ham-porn I’ve seen in a while. LOL I’m not traveling again for at least three weeks so I will be making reservations soon.

    I don’t suppose your new distributors can supply you with any quail or duckling? I had a spectacular pato braseado (duckling in berry sauce) in Segovia which is keeping me up at night. And before you ask, yes I did have cochinillo several times.

  3. July 22nd, 2010 at 17:41 | #3

    Yessssssssss!!!!!!!! DROOL!!!

  4. Chef
    August 10th, 2010 at 21:33 | #4

    @Stephanie

    For Spanish favorites here in Jax? If I dont want to cook it myself? Thats easy, Mom’s house.

    @Frederick

    Yes Frederick, I can get them both!

    @Cari Sanchez

    I know right!!!

  5. manny garcia
    August 22nd, 2010 at 16:57 | #5

    I tried to make it without a reservation. No luck I’m from St Aug. FL. If you have an E mailing
    list please add me . In the works to open a Spanish bistro in St Johns County South.

    Manny,

    Saw you on Guy’s show and realized I had tried to make it to 13 G . Can’t wait to try it.

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