Do We Love It: MIXT PERUVIAN-JAPANESE CUISINE #MiamiSpice edition

menuMixt Peruvian-Japanese Cuisine

7209 SW 59TH AVE.
SOUTH MIAMI, FL 33143

Menu Choices:

As the name suggests there is an interesting mix of traditional Peruvian food and a wide array of sushi rolls. It was not a pairing I would have ever thought of but they make it work very successfully.

EMPANADAS* (pictured) 
GYOZA (pictured) Asian Peruvian dumplings, served with Peruvian style ponzu
ACEVICHADO ROLL (pictured) Shrimp katsu, avocado, topped with tuna and acevichado sauce
AJI DE GALLINA (pictured)  Shredded chicken breast cooked with cream of aji amarillo and nuts
THAI DONUTS (pictured)
SUSPIRO LIMEÑO (pictured)

Food: Ok I am still stuffed and it’s been a full 24 hours… I’m not kidding. There was a heartiness to the meal that definitely sneaks up on you. The food has a homemade taste that made me question if they had kidnapped someone’s abuela and had her slaving in the back. I was really satisfied when I left there and I only hope that when I come back a few weeks or few months from now they haven’t “grown out of it”.

Service:  I am sure the waitress we had has little to no experience in the restaurant business. She rushed through the meals to where I was still noshing on my appetizer while Naty already had her entree. They didn’t have clean plates so we had to wait while the washed them… one plate at a time. I know this sounds like I am complaining but surprisingly I’m not. They have only been open 2 months so I understand they are getting their footing together. I did love how she brought us a dessert that wasn’t even on the Spice menu simply because she wanted us to experience all their desserts. BIG PLUS!!!

Environment: First off, it dig that it has a trendy look with it’s lime green walls (which if you have ever been to my house you know is a High 5).

BUT this space is tiny… like used to be a froyo shop 3 months ago tiny. The tables are extremely small to where there were a lot of times that the ladies and I were like…. “where are we going to put our water glasses?” lol. They are going to have to get bigger tables to go with their big taste…. I’m not eating out of my lap next time.

What to Wear: This is South Miami… wear whatever you like. It is down the street from the University of Miami so there is an inherent laid-back feel that comes from a college environment.

Overall: Strong 3.75

Would I go again?: It is definitely a gem that I look forward to trying again.

*The empanadas are not on the Miami Spice meal but were a well enjoyed addition*

All pictures were taken by my trusty iphone Samsung. No they didn’t compensate me for the post and… yeah that’s it.

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I do like lesbians… I almost forgot (and a little #MiamiSpice of course)

20130818_135412Now this is going to sound bad…. I am telling you now. THIS IS GOING TO SOUND BAD… but I’m not a fan of lesbians. I don’t hang out with lesbians. I don’t really go to lesbian establishments. I am not a part of any lesbians organizations (read: cliques). I don’t really have more than 5 close lesbian friends. I just… no thank you. I am making a scrunched face at myself while I write this but it’s true.

(Sidenote: this is going to be one of those posts where the word lesbian is used a lot…. maybe I should try to switch up the terminology to break it up.) 

When you start dealing with lady lovers there is an inevitable level of drama that I can’t be bothered with. I would say it’s a woman thing but no no no the whole vagina connoisseur component takes it to a level. It’s a “who dated who, but is dating who now” environment. It’s a “well you know she has kids, she’s only been out for 2 months, I think she still talks to her ex-husband” environment. There are so many levels on one upmanship that it makes me look at people crazy. I don’t know much about building bonds, but having an open disgust is not normally the best way to start.

So yesterday while I finally had lunch with one of those “Speak in public, Follow on Social Media” acquaintances from around town I was not expecting much. I was honestly more excited about the food. This is definitely episode of “KK Doest’t Know Best”.

After some crazy communication screwup, we finally met at Fish Fish Miami, a local seafood market/restaurant. First things first, as I suspected we had to do the sapphic rain dance. The sapphic rain dance is a term I use when two newly connected lesbians (I couldn’t think of another term except muff diver which I think is derogatory but I’m not sure) go through the who do you know, who did you date, have we shared secretions questions. Thankfully no red flags went up, so we made it through appetizers. We talked and laughed about ourselves and our mannerisms through the main course. It was clear within minutes, there was absolutely no chemistry between us. No one got wet (tears… or otherwise), so the dance came to an end.

20130818_202819After lunch, we ended up going back to hang at her apartment. It was there that I really enjoyed her company. I think wine and one’s own surrounding does that. We talked a lot more casually (and loudly). Jammed to music, India Arie is an instant friendship maker in my opinion, and played the stupidest game in the world. And yes it is only stupid because I lost…3 times. Has anyone else played Phase 10? It’s stupid lol. The only thing that raised an eyebrow was I did notice she made a few dips to the bathroom to make calls… but it’s her house and she is grown so cool.

So in between her whooping me in this STUPID game and several glasses (read: bottles) of wine, Lesbian #2 calls and Lesbian #1 invites her to stop by. Now I know Lesbian #2… but I don’t KNOW Lesbian #2. She is one of those been around a minute ODs (figure it out for yourself) that everyone has met at least once. I SHOULD have made an exit at that time, but I was tipsy and didn’t feel like driving. I am so glad I stayed. Lesbian #2 added a really fun addition to the dynamic. By the end of the night we were all laughing (a little louder than before), eating AMAZING ceviche and playing dominoes where I redeemed myself. I also found out the calls Lesbian #1 was making in the bathroom were to Lesbian #3. Lesbian #3 I also know… but I don’t KNOW. She has actually been to my house weirdly enough but that’s its own story. She was nice the 5 seconds I spoke with her which is all that matters in my book.

We are all actually supposed to hang out next weekend and play cards… or so we said. Could KK actually have new lesbian friendlies? Whodathunk…

Fish Fish Miami

13488 Biscayne Blvd

North Miami, FL 33181

Menu Choices:

ROCK SHRIMP With chipotle dipping sauce (pictured)
JUMBO SHRIMP SCAMPI Over linguini in white wine and butter sauce (pictured)
ASSORTED FRUIT WITH VANILLA ICE CREAM (pictured)

Food: Meh. Overbattered seafood is not my favorite thing. I enjoyed my Rock Shrimp well enough but her calamari was not to my liking. The Jumbo Shrimp Scampi looked good BUT the chef went a bit of overkill with the sauce to where it almost had a soup consistency. The shrimp itself was very tasty so I ate that. My dessert was fruit and ice cream. I like fruit and ice cream… yeah. She really enjoyed her key lime pie (I should have gotten a spoonful).

Service: He was personable. Not memorable but at least personable.

Environment: It is a strip mall of sorts but it is very lovely once you get inside. I really enjoyed the decor.

What to Wear: it seems to be one of those places where is honestly depends on the time of day. It was very casual during the day but I am sure at night with candlelight it could be one worth stepping it up for.

Overall: 3.

Would I go again?: If I were in the area, but I wouldn’t make the commute for it.

Sip and Serve: H.O.P.E Homeless Event and #MiamiSpice at De Luca Wine and Food

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This weekend ended up being a comedy of errors, all my best laid plans went to pot. I didn’t make it on the Bimini cruise with my girls or to the super amazing Pridelines Youth Gala benefiting Youth LGBT in Miami. The only shining star in my whole weekend was being able to get together with my girls and attend the H.O.P.E. Homeless event.

Every other month on the second Saturday, the parishioners of Miami Beach Community Church and other civic groups get together to benefit the area homeless population. There are areas where they can pick out clothing, toiletries, and shoes. Volunteers cut hair, medical and legal professionals donate their time, and hot meals are served.

We laughed and joked with them, even though Kimmy had to slap one’s hand (don’t ask!). We were blessed by them much more than they were blessed by us. I know I spoke with some people that are interested in coming next time. See you in October!!!

Miami Beach Community Church 
500 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(Entrance on the alley on Pennsylvania Avenue between 16 Street and Lincoln Road)
7:00 AM – 10:30 AM
If you are interested in donating or volunteering your time, you can contact them directly or hit me kristi at thekword dot com.

De Luca Wine and Food

530 Lincoln Road

Miami Beach, FL 33139

Menu Choices:

BRUSCHETTA (pictured) Tomato, basil, X-VOO
GRILLED CHICKEN PANINO (pictured) Prosciutto, mozzarella, roasted peppers, basil
CREME BRULEE (pictured)

Food: Bruschetta is hard to mess up. My grilled chicken panino was really good. The girls had all positives about their menu picks as well…

Service: Slow. Horribly slow. We were the first people there and it took forever for everything! Slow for drinks. Slow for appetizers. Slow for entree. Slow for Dessert… get the picture.

Environment: Inside and outside seating. Everyone sits outside. You have prime people watching real estate as you are on Lincoln Road mall.

What to Wear: It is really up to you. You are on South Beach. You will see everything from swimsuits to stilettos.. and in most cases at the same time.

Overall: … Sigh 3 with extreme reservation.

Would I go again?: Meh.

Do We Love It: Tap Tap Haitian Restaurant

20130711_222307Tap Tap Haitian Restaurant

819 5th St

Miami Beach, FL 33139

Menu Choices:

Wide-range of selections from the Tap Tap salad to Legumes to Fish to Goat.

Food: Yes Lawd! If you know me you know I have an affinity for goat. Every time I see that on the menu at a Caribbean restaurant it is my “when in doubt” meal.  They didn’t have the stewed goat that I had my last visit so I had the Taso Kabrit (fried goat tidbit with spicy creole dipping sauce). I was going to save this as a “tip” BUT by fried they don’t mean “southern fried”. You are not going to get a crispy layer, so if that’s what you are looking for you might be disappointed. It was definitely a homemade taste, which I can appreciate. Is is the height of culinary mastery? Not so much.

Service: I wasn’t fall awed by the service, but we really didn’t give him much to do. The orders were taken well, and came out promptly. That’s good in my book.

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Love the wall art pieces

Environment: I can go on and on about the environment. From the outside you have no idea about the rich vibrant world you are going to embark on. From the painted chairs, to the beautiful wall murals (that I could have stared at all day), it is a great space. The band was great and definitely made you swear you are on the short of Port-au-Prince.

What to Wear: Whatever your heart desires but you can really leave the body cons in the closet (it’s not that kind of party)

Overall: Strong 4.

Would I go again?: It is definitely on my Miami recommendations for friends, because the locals already know about it.

A couple of tips:

1. There is a live band on Thursday that definitely heightens the whole experience.

2. They are known for their Mojitos…. kinda sweet but does that dang thing.

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Taso Kabrit (fried goat tidbit with spicy creol dipping sauce)

All pictures were taken by my trusty iphone Samsung. No they didn’t compensate me for the post and… yeah that’s it.

Do We Love It: Restaurant Orsay @orsayjax

ESCARGOTS Mushrooms, lemon, garlic, butter

ESCARGOTS
Mushrooms, lemon, garlic, butter

Restaurant Orsay

3630 Park Street

Jacksonville FL 32205 (In the Avondale Area)

Menu Choices:

Amazing… let me say that again amazing french cuisine. For you healthy foodies, they also have a gluten-free menu which my date was very pumped about.

Food: Drool-inducing. No really. After we had the escargots, we actually had them bring us an order of just the mushrooms in the lemon, garlic butter sauce. It appears we were the first to ever ask for that (maybe they will call it the K Word special… no? Oh.) The entrees didn’t disappoint either my seared sea scallops were divine.

Literally the whole night, my date kept saying “Wow! Wow! Wow!” and she wasn’t even talking about me for most of them. *POW*

SEARED SEA SCALLOPS Artichoke puree, pickled fresno peppers, fresh herb salad, roasted hazelnuts

SEARED SEA SCALLOPS
Artichoke puree, pickled fresno peppers, fresh herb salad, roasted hazelnuts

Service: From the host to the bartender to the wait service to the dishwasher, everyone was great (No, I don’t really know if the dishwasher was great but I’m sure they are). Extremely attentive, personable, accommodating. This was the best service I have received in a quite a long time.

Environment: You feel like you are in a well-kept secret. The decor is not imposing and welcomes an intimate conversation. This is not a place for the kiddies (even though there was one or two children with their families). It is definitely perfect for date night, or even dinner with the girls. And yes they are very LGBT friendly – or at they least they were to these two Ls.

What to Wear: No explicit dress code but it’s always nice to turn it up a notch. If you are going to be casual chic, no worries there is outside seating. (Yes I put you outside ha!)

Overall: Super Strong 4.5

Would I go again?: If I’m nice maybe I’ll get taken back… If I’m naughty I guess I will take myself back.

VANILLA BEAN CRÈME BRULEE Traditional garniture

VANILLA BEAN CRÈME BRULEE
Traditional garniture

A couple of tips:

1. Make sure to call (or go on opentable) for a reservation. All the foodies of Jacksonville know about this place so you might be left in the cold if you try to walk in without one.

2. Tell them how you feel. They have a strong presence on Facebook and Twitter. You can also get info, see the menus and all that good stuff on their website.

All pictures were taken by my trusty iphone. No they didn’t compensate me for the post and… yeah that’s it.

Do We Love It?: Dreams Deferred: The #SakiaGunn Film Project Directed by @chasferatu

913841_10151613153787394_1589115426_oHappy Mother’s Day to All and a special Happy Mother’s Day to our own Crys. Hope you are having a great one.

Yesterday, KK posted about the 10 year anniversary of the murder of a young sister named Sakia Gunn. She mentioned that her story was retold in a documentary name “Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project”. We are still trying to track down a copy of the full film but until then please check out the trailer here.

Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to her mother and all mothers who have lost their children.

Support the project online:
Check out the film’s facebook page here.
Follow the director Charles Brack on twitter @Chasferatu

Do We Love It? @MGLFF edition: First Date [short film] by Be Steadwell starring @330_music and @lyrikkmashairi

mglff Happy Sunday! We are working on our Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2013 final recap now. Here is a sneak peek: This was one of the best festivals we have attended to date!

One of my favorite segments this year was the Women’s Short Program. There were some definite highs and lows (more on that later), but one of the clear crowd pleasers was First Date by director Be Steadwell. Check it out here and let us know “Do We Love It?”.

Support the artists and stalk follow them on online:

Director: Be Steadwell

Actors: Amanda 330 Carter (@330_music) and Lyrikk Mashairi (@lyrikkmashairi)

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