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.

Out and About: #TheButler Screening and #MiamiSpice at Jaguar

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So last night Jojo, Naty and I went to see the Butler Screening in Coconut Grove. We allllllllllmost didn’t make it, well they allllllllmost didn’t make it for being SLOW but luckily they showed up before the doors closed. For those who have been living under a rock, here is a quick synopsis of the movie that I didn’t write.

Director Lee Daniels (Precious) teams up with Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Danny Strong to tell the remarkable story of White House butler Eugene Allen (played by Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker), who served eight U.S. presidents over the course of 30 years, and witnessed sweeping social change during his three decades of service at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. ~ From Fandango

I usually evaluate a movie on the feeling that I have when leaving… Unfortunately the lasting impression 2 hours later was “Oprah, you looked good girl”.

This was a star studded cast of African American actors (and non-African Americans too #noshade) that I was very happy to see. It is a movie that I would support and encourage others to see solely on those attached to it (I’m being honest). BUT critically I am not here for it (as the kids say). It was a over simplified portrayal of what I am sure were dynamic people. The characters were extremely two dimensional, as if the audience would be too ignorant to appreciate any nuisances. It took what could have been a more powerful piece and maybe it “just another civil rights movie with a bigger budget”.

It has done one thing, which is make me want to read on the actual man… his actual family… and actual circumstances. If he upon more research is as linear as his character makes him out to be then I will amend my review.

But you sure looked good Madam Oprah.

SCALLOP NORMA (pictured) Served over sweet potato, corn, spinach and hearts of palm

SCALLOP NORMA (pictured)
Served over sweet potato, corn, spinach and hearts of palm

Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar and Latam Grill 

3067 Grand Ave

Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Menu Choices:

SCALLOP NORMA (pictured) Served over sweet potato, corn, spinach and hearts of palm
SHRIMP MANGO VERDE (pictured) With cilantro, lime, celery and serrano peppers
BRASILIAN VATAPA (pictured) Brazilian style seafood stew with mahi mahi, shrimp, calamari and coconut milk
PALOMAS DE CAJETA (pictured) Walnuts, bananas and mascarpone cheese wrapped in a crepe and topped with vanilla ice cream and dulce de leche
FLAN DE QUESO (pictured) Topped with rich caramel

Food: Swoooooon inducing. My eyes literally rolled in the back of my head as I tasted the Scallop Norma. The citrus flavor of the Shrimp Mango Verde was also very good (Of course I had to nibble off one of my girls’ plates).  But beware my sensitive loves, the vatapa will burn your mouth off… in a good way… if you are into that kind of thing *gulp*. I only wish they had made mention of that before I ordered it because it was a bit too much for me.

SHRIMP MANGO VERDE  With cilantro, lime, celery and serrano peppers

SHRIMP MANGO VERDE
With cilantro, lime, celery and serrano peppers

Here’s a bonus: For those of us who enjoy and little sip sip, you receive a complimentary signature cocktail with your Miami Spice dinner. Score!

Service: Tim was amazing and so was the tall bald guy whose name we missed. They were a joy and extremely enhanced the WHOLE dining experience. A great contrast to the abysmal service we received at De Luca.

Environment: Nice sized venue, with seating inside and out. On the outskirts of Cocowalk which allows for pleasant people watching without too much noise.

What to Wear: It is really up to you. You will see those in the shorts and sandals, you will see others celebrating their anniversaries. This is the Grove, get it how you feel

Overall: Super Strong 4.75 

Would I go again?: Yes!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday to @kristiweb – 28/28+3 Progressive Dinner

First let me say thank you for the birthday wishes. I was happy to turn 28 for another year. I normally don’t talk about my birthdays on here (I’m pretty sure I am not lying… might have to rewind to last year to be sure) but I just had to let you know that I finally did the progressive dinner party that I have been talking about forEVER. It was one of my LGTBSide suggestions from the new year.

For those who don’t know, and didn’t want to click the link to see my original post, a progressive dinner party is one where you go between several houses having different courses along the way.  How cute is that!  Now I knew second one that I wouldn’t be able to do the party like that. Miami is a large city and none of us live within walking distance of each other, barely driving distance. So I decided to do it in the Wynwood area’s restaurant row.

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First stop was Bar Louie

3201 N Miami Ave #106 Miami, FL 33127

Menu Choices:

To be honest all we had there were cocktails but it was definitely a great place to start. I had the DIVA (of course!). It tasted like Snapple but after 2… or was it 3… we were all on board.

Service: The waiter was very nice and snapped the first of many pictures of the night.

Environment: It’s a bar… a fancy sports bar but a bar nonetheless. It was perfect as a night-starter, and would serve as a cool place to unwind or catch “the game”.

What to Wear: I did mention it’s a bar right… use your own judgement.

Overall: I want to say 3 1/2 … but I’m not sure why

Would I go again?: Yes… o_O

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Next stop was to 100 Montaditos

3252 NE 1st Ave #104 Miami, FL 33127

Menu Choices:

In case the name didn’t tip you off there are literally 100 small sandwiches to choose from. You pick 1 or  2 (or 4 like my greedy butt) and they make them to order.

Food: Really good. Don’t over-order though. There is a lot of bread going on. I ended up picking out the meat toward the end. Oh but don’t waste your time with the Sangria… it was meh at best.

Service: No service to be honest. You place your order and pick it up at the window.

Environment: Small venue.  It is kinda of cramped to be honest but I guess they are banking on the fact that you won’t be there very long.

What to Wear: Very Wynwood… very do your own thing.

Overall: Eh. It’s coolish. I’ll give it a 3 for what it is

Would I go again?: Sure why not…

20130727_220047Then on to Machiya.

3252 NE 1st Ave #116 Miami, FL 33127

Menu Choices:

Asian inspired

Food: Freaking amazing. We ordered a table full of food and picked at each other’s plate. Highlights for sure were yummy duck spring rolls (pictured), Crispy Gyoza (if you eat pork) and any of the sushi rolls. Did I mention the drinks are delicious? Chiiiiiiiile I had Red Lotus. Get into it!

Service:  Stevi was really sweet and helpful. No complaints at all

Environment: Minimalist decor. Gorgeous.

What to Wear: You can really wear whatever you want in Wynwood but this place does allow for a bit of fabulous.

Overall: Super strong 4.

Would I go again?: We all kind of love it! We will be back.

New ImageAnd last but certainly not least, Feverish Pops

3252 NE 1st Ave Miami, FL 33127

Menu Choices:

It’s not your mama’s popsicle. Natural, gluten free and DELICIOSO. They even have adult flavored beverage.

Service: Since they let us try almost every flavor they are A+ in my book

Environment: Cute. Love the pops of art on the wall.

What to Wear: Really *blank stare*

Overall: I want to say 3 1/2. Love the concept. Love that it is a Black owned Woman owned business but by the time we got there they didn’t have any “adult beverage” pops left.

Would I go again?: Yes, I want my mojito pop!

 

20130727_183323So that’s it. I want to say a special thank you to my besties for always supporting my birthday plan whims. Some I’ve known for almost a decade, others I’ve known barely a year. All have blessed me in their own way.

I want to thank Lynn and iCandee for the amazing party at Eros Lounge that ushered in my 28th (again) birthday.

I want to thank my lezzie loves who came out to show out. Besitos to my Mila and her girls for having me acting ALL OUT OF CHARACTER

I would be remiss not to say thank the very hot, VERY MARRIED woman who was on in town for business and almost got the business before I saw the ring… yeah that’s it.

Until next year…. here’s a hint… it will be Love Boat themed.

 

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.