Southern Kitchen Brunch
Southern Kitchen Brunch
Smoked Brisket Hash with Fried Egg and Chimichurri from Howard Kleinberg, Bulldog BBQ
Avocado Toast from Frederic Delaire, Loews Miami Beach Hotel
Nashville Hot Chicken Biscuit and Gravy from John Lasater, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
Sautéed Chicken Livers and Cornbread from Tren-ness Woods-Black, Sylvia’s Restaurant
Duck & Waffle from Kenichi Tajima, Mountain Bird
Breakfast Taco from Roberto Espinosa, Tacodeli
Orange and Olive Oil Cake, Pink Champagne Cake and Spice Cake from Anne Byrn, American Cake
Whiskey Buttermilk Pie with Tipsy Berries from Elizabeth Karmel, Carolina Cue To-Go
With the lovely Trisha Yearwood
With Chef Art Smith
The past two years we’ve enjoyed the all-day gluttony of the SOBEWFF Grand Tasting Village. But this year we decided to switch things up and opted to spend Sunday morning with country queen Trisha Yearwood at the Loews Miami Beach hotel. We not only filled up on delish southern eats and bourbon Bloody Marys, but we also got to watch the Grammy Award-winning singer perform a few songs! Here are our favorite bites of the day.
My Top 5 Bites at the Southern Kitchen Brunch
(described in 3 words)!
#5 — Pulled Barbecue with Zucchini Fritter:
Smoky. Moist. Spicy.
from Trisha Yearwood, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen
#4 — Signature Honeybee Doughnut:
Sweet. Flaky. Decadence.
from Karen Muirhead, Honeybee Doughnuts
#3 — Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Maple Biscuit and Sawmill Gravy:
Crispy. Tender. Substantial.
from Chef Art Smith, Blue Door Farm Kitchen
#2 — Key West Pink Shrimp and Grits:
Meaty. Creamy. Fresh.
from Jeffrey McInnis and Janine Booth, Root & Bone
#1 — Fried Shrimp Gumbo and Carolina Gold Rice:
Rich. Deep. Roux.
from Mike Lata, FIG
Seafood Gumbo and Boiled Crawfish
The 3-Way Oysters
Buffalo Fried Gulf Shrimp Po’Boy
It’s officially Mardi Gras season, and so I felt it was only appropriate to finally share with you about my love affair with Shuck N Dive. Situated in a nondescript shopping plaza off Federal Highway near downtown Fort Lauderdale, this lively Cajun café is one of our favorite restaurants in all of South Florida. The interior is decked out in LSU and New Orleans-style knick-knacks — and there’s always either zydeco music blasting through the speakers or a sports event shown on the bar’s TVs. My husband has also noted the “flashy”, shall we say, Bourbon Street photos that adorn the men’s bathroom walls.
This has to be the restaurant we’ve visited the most since moving to Miami. And we can’t get enough of their food. We have our standards, like the 3-Way Oyster Platter (Black n’ Blues, Oyster Rockefeller and Oysters Bienville) and the pork boudin, which is flown in from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, a small town across the way from where I was born. There are also a few items we’ve tried only once, but overall enjoyed — fried pickles, naked chicken wings, red beans and rice. The “Larry” Cobb salad delivers a huge portion topped with chicken and Gulf shrimp, and during season they typically have boiled crawfish, most of which have been decent size.
I enjoy their hearty portion of crawfish etouffee, albeit it’s a creamier version than those you’ll find in Louisiana — and nearly every time I go to Shuck N Dive I have a cup (or bowl) of either their Country Gumbo (pulled chicken with andouille and okra) or their seafood gumbo (shrimp and sausage), which is probably my favorite dish they serve. Nine times out of ten my husband orders the fried gulf shrimp po’boy — he also asks for it to be tossed in buffalo sauce, which adds some nice heat to an already overstuffed sandwich.
A couple Abita or Nola Brewing beers and some Zapp’s chips, and you feel as though you’re in any old roadside dive in Louisiana. But here you won’t find a drive-thru daiquiri stand or snowballs for dessert. When we can’t make it to my hometown of New Iberia, Louisiana, or I’m not up for cooking my Cajun family’s recipes, Shuck N Dive certainly delivers that taste of home, no matter how far away.
Wynwood Culinary Tour
I highly recommend Miami Culinary Tours!
R House Drag Brunch
Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop
Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop
Kenny and I eating pie at Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop
Made in Italy Gourmet
Our goofy group had a blast!
For my birthday last month, I gathered a crew of my family and friends for a walking food tour through Miami’s art-centered Wynwood neighborhood with Miami Culinary Tours. We strolled through the colorful Wynwood Walls district, learning about the local artists and their eclectic street artworks. Our informative guide led us to an assortment of five local eateries in the area, where we ate everything from empanadas and fresh ceviche to key lime pie and cannoli. Pretty much everyone agreed the ropa vieja empanadas from Wynwood Kitchen was our favorite bite of the day. All in all, everyone really enjoyed themselves — especially the live drag show entertainment at R House — and we hope to take the Little Havana tour sometime soon!
STOP #1: WYNWOOD KITCHEN
Ropa vieja empanadas, tequenos, maduros and Wynwood Brewing’s La Rubia
STOP #2: GK BISTRONOMIE
Mahi mahi ceviche (not pictured: hand-crafted Pisco Sours)
STOP #3: R HOUSE
Yellowfin tuna tartare, short rib sliders and jalapeno margaritas
STOP #4: FIREMAN DEREK’S BAKE SHOP
Key Lime Pie!
STOP #5: MADE IN ITALY GOURMET
Cannoli with a chocolate drizzle