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Review : Crumb on Parchment

I would say it only took us about 5 months to finally make it to try Crumb on Parchment.

The reason it took us so long was because the hours are 8:30 a.m. thru 5:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. We here at thefood-e.com have other jobs and pretty much work the hours Crumb on Parchment was open.

So during these long 2 weeks of holidays, we had some time off and knew we needed to go to Crumb on Parchment.

Crumb on Parchment is a bakery/café from Michelle Bernstein. It is located in the Design District right across the street from Michelle’s other restaurant, Sra. Martinez. Crumb is setup in the middle of this mall type building. Think of it as a really good food spot at the mall and we mean really good.

Crumb on Parchment has 10 sandwiches, breakfast items, salads, soups, and of course baked goods. We decided to order a couple items off the menu and split them. We ordered the Hot Split Pea soup, Chicken Salad Sandwich on Ciabatta bread with the side of the couscous salad, and the Pulled Rotisserie Chicken Sandwich.

The hot split pea soup wasn’t like your average split pea soup. It is very good and filling. If you’re a fan of split pea soup, you will like the different spin on Crumb’s version of it.

The Chicken Salad Sandwich was awesome. Fresh homemade chicken salad was the star of this sandwich. The crunchy bread mixed with the homemade, creamy chicken salad sandwich made it a winner. The side of couscous salad threw us off guard. Not expecting it to be great, it was beyond that. The couscous salad was a great refreshing side dish. Light, tasty, and lemon-y is a great way to describe this dish. We highly recommend this as a side with your sandwich.

Finally the real winner out of the bunch: the Pulled Rotisserie Chicken Sandwich.

The Pulled Rotisserie Chicken Sandwich comes with roasted pears, caramelized onions, arugula and goat cheese. The sandwich is creamy, smokey, tangy, and crunchy. All these flavors in your mouth at the same time… now that’s a party. The goat cheese gives it that creamy and tangy taste. The smokiness flavor comes from the pulled chicken. The crunchiness comes from the awesome Ciabatta bread. There was no question this was our favorite sandwich. We promise you, you won’t be disappointed with this sandwich.

We were pretty full after all that, but we knew we had to try a cookie or brownie or something from the baked goods on the counter. They have everything from brownies to cheesecakes; all their baked goods look amazing and homemade. We decided to try a chocolate chip cookie. Let’s just say, we should have gotten two or three or maybe even four.

If your looking for a great lunch spot in the Design District, do us a favor and just head to Crumb on Parchment. This place is amazing and worth the long wait it took us to finally try this place out. You will not be disappointed. We loved it so much; we have already gone a second time.

For more information on Crumb on Parchment, visit them on Facebook.

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Review : Edge, Steak & Bar

At some Miami restaurants, you leave unhappy. You leave thinking to yourself, “that was not worth all the money I just spent on dinner!” Well at the brand new Edge, Steak & Bar, that was not the case.

Edge, Steak & Bar is on the seventh floor of The Four Seasons Miami in Brickell. We went for dinner. We were greeted with all smiles and we were seated in a booth near the bar.

General Manager Peter Triolo Jr. came by the table and brought us some of their signature cocktails: “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, Catwalk, and Ginger Brickell.”

Executive chef Aaron Brooks then came out to say hello and give us a small introduction to the restaurant and the menu. He then told us he was going to bring us out a couple appetizers to try out.

We started with a sample all of their signature tartars (pictured): Corvina (baby cucumber, green apple, celery leaf yellow pepper sauce), Beef (angus tenderloin, traditional garnish pickled mustard seeds), Scallop (salsa criolla, virgin olive oil opal basil), and Ahi Tuna (pickled shallots, watermelon, mint). We had heard so much about these tartars and they sure lived up to all the hype. Every single one was different and unique. You can try them all for $18, which isn’t a bad deal considering they are all so awesome! If you come to Edge, Steak & Bar and you don’t really want an appetizer we recommend you get the tartars, you won’t regret it.

Next Chef Aaron Brooks brought out the Calamari (calamari a la plancha, tomato, chorizo, salsa verde) and Wahoo Tiradito (sliced and marinated, saffron vinaigrette, fried olives). Both were amazing. The calamari and chorizo mixed together is a match made in heaven. The chorizo is thinly sliced and brings such a rich flavor to this dish. It’s unlike anything I have ever had. The Wahoo Tiradito is a different dish. It’s basically raw fish in this amazing saffron vinaigrette with Heirloom Tomatoes and the fried olives. Such a simple dish, yet so awesome. This indeed is another great appetizer.

After all that, we hadn’t ordered our main courses yet and we’re ready to roll out of the restaurant. So our waiter came back and began to take our order. We ordered the ‘Edge’ Burger (creekstone farms, ground beef, Vermont cheddar, chef’s pickles, house cut fries), Boston Cut Prime Strip Steak (6oz), Butcher’s Cut Filet (7oz), Sautéed Spinach and Chorizo And Cheddar Croquetas with romesco sauce. WOW! That’s a lot considering we are in the beginning stages of a food coma.

After about 15 minutes and another round of drinks including wine and a piso sour this time, our main courses arrived. Both the Boston Cut Prime Strip Steak and Butcher’s Cut Filet were cooked to perfection. Both seasoned perfectly, there’s no question these steaks were amazing. You can’t go wrong with a steak here. And the steaks are very reasonability priced. Both steaks cost under $25 each, which if you ask us, it’s a great deal! We got the Tamarind BBQ and Classic Béarnaise sauce with out steak and both were awesome. The Tamarind BBQ sauce is a little sweet and tangy, but a great dipping sauce for any steak.

The ‘Edge’ Burger (creekstone farms, ground beef, Vermont cheddar, chef’s pickles, house cut fries) was awesome as well. It’s more than just a burger. It was cooked perfectly and the Vermont cheddar made this an easy winner. This burger could easily compete in any burger competition and easily win.

As for the sides, we ordered the Sautéed Spinach and Chorizo And Cheddar Croquetas with romesco sauce (pictured). The sautéed spinach was just ok. It was our least favorite dish of the night. I mean let’s be honest, it was just spinach. Nothing crazy about it, just your normal sautéed spinach. Now the Chorizo and cheddar croquetas are well worth it. Small balls with crushed chorizo and cheddar, then fried make this a great side dish. If you only order 1 side dish, get the croquetas .

At this point in the dinner, the food coma has arrived and is really ready to roll on out of here, but our great waiter came by and asked if we cared for some dessert. Now you know we couldn’t say no, so we went for the Cheesecake Lollipops (gianduja, nutella meyer lemon, raspberry vanilla, dulce de leche) and a Molten cake with malted ice cream.

The cheesecake lollipops are a must. If you’re looking for a small great dessert, this is for you. The order comes with three lollipops and is enough to satisfy your craving for something sweet.

The Molten cake with malted ice cream was pretty amazing. The molten cake might be your normal molten cake, but the malted ice cream is a whole different story. Think of vanilla ice cream and whoopers candy having a baby and they created the malted ice cream. That’s exactly what it tasted like and when pairing it with some molten cake you got a winner.

Overall, Edge, Steak & Bar is a great, outstanding new restaurant. We consider it somewhat of a hidden gem at the moment, because not many people might know it’s right there at the Four Seasons in Brickell. They got great drinks, great food, and great prices. Not to mention a killer happy hour. The tartars in itself are worth coming here.

Executive chef Aaron Brooks is doing something great here. We highly recommend you come visit Edge, Steak & Bar, you won’t regret it.

For more information or the full menu on Edge, Steak & Bar, click here.

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Review : CoolHaus Food Truck

In the last year, the food truck scene in Miami has blown up to epic proportions. Well a couple weeks ago, Miami got a new one.

This isn’t your normal, everyday food truck. This is a food truck offering nothing but homemade ice cream sandwiches.

The food truck’s name is CoolHaus.

CoolHaus is an aluminum wrapped truck offering nothing but homemade ice cream sandwiches. CoolHaus not only offers your usual ice cream favors, but unusual ones too.

CoolHaus runs a simple operation. You choose your own cookies and ice cream filling and enjoy. CoolHaus started in Los Angeles and has trucks in New York, Austin, and Miami.

After attempting to find the truck for the last couple of weeks, I got a chance to have some of CoolHaus’ goodness during Art Basel weekend. I can simply tell you it was well worth the wait.

After checking out all the flavors of cookies and ice cream available, I decided to try a simple Red Velvet Cookie with Tahitian Vanilla Bean ice cream on one visit and a Nutella Toasted Almond ice cream in between two Snickerdoodle cookies on my other visit. “WOW!” Within the first two bites I knew this was my favorite food truck in Miami.

 

 

The Red Velvet cookie with Tahitian Vanilla Bean ice cream sammy was awesome. The cookies have that “homemade” taste to them and aren’t hard. The cookie was perfect. The Tahitian Vanilla Bean ice cream was also another winner. Hands down the best vanilla ice cream I have ever had. End of story.

My Snickerdoodle cookie with Nutella Toasted Almond ice cream sammy was just heavenly. I am a huge fan of Nutella so I knew this would be amazing. Again the cookies were amazing. The ice cream was even more amazing. The Nutella Toasted Almond ice cream was unlike anything else I have ever had. The perfect mix of Nutella and toasty almonds made this my new favorite ice cream. Throw in the Snickerdoodle cookies and I got the best darn homemade ice cream sandwich I have ever had. In my opinion.

Plus all the sandwiches come with an edible wrapper that you could eat and believe me I did.

There are plenty of more flavors of cookies and ice creams on the truck like Super Peanut Butter, Brown Butter with Candied Bacon, Guinness Chip, Potato Chip and Butterscotch, and more.

For the full selection of cookies and ice cream, click here.

We would highly recommend CoolHaus to anyone looking for something different in the food truck scene or with a sweet tooth. The food truck scene right now is full of burgers, pinchos, cupcakes and more, so it’s awesome to see a different type of truck come to town and offer things no one has right now.
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Review : Morgan’s Miami

One of Miami’s newest hidden gems!

That’s the one line we think describes what Morgan’s is. With locations in Midtown Miami and now South Beach, this is one place not to be missed.

For weeks and weeks, some friends of mine kept insisting that I needed to go to Morgan’s for Sunday brunch and go have their ‘Chicken & Waffles.’

So we finally did just that.

One Sunday morning, we decided to go check out Sunday brunch at Morgan’s Miami at the Midtown location. From far, Morgan’s looks like someone’s house. It’s a two-story lavender house with the striped black-and-white awnings and large wrap-around terrace. Inside is a whole other story. Dressed in all white and wood tables, Morgan’s has an industrial, hip, and trendy look to it. You can dine in the large outdoor terrace, inside on the first floor near the bar, or upstairs. Upstairs has about four different rooms, which can also be setup for private family dining. (Contact Morgan’s for more information on private dining.)

The menu is pretty simple, yet awesome. There is something for everyone. From French toast to Eggs Benedict to Chicken and Waffles, Morgan’s has what you’re looking for: Modern Home-Style Comfort Food.

After looking over the menu, we decided to go for the ‘Pillow Light Brioche French Toast, Chicken and Waffles and an Omelet.’

To drink, Morgan’s has the usual Sunday Funday Brunch drinks. Sangria, Mimosas and Bellini’s. All, which are available in a glass or pitcher size.

We got some coffee, Sangria, and a Bellini.

The service here is relaxed, polite and awesome.

After about 10-15 minutes our food began to come out and there it was, their world famous ‘Chicken & Waffles.’ I was in heaven. (Pictured) At first glance, you might think “Wow! That’s big enough to share.” Well don’t! You don’t want to share these ‘Chicken & Waffles.’

I have only tried chicken and waffles once before at another restaurant. Morgan’s has completely changed that. The fried chicken was cooked perfectly. The maple syrup goes perfect with the chicken as well. The waffles were not to hard and not to soft, just right! The ‘Chicken & Waffles’ is delicious. If you have never tried ‘Chicken & Waffles’ and have been thinking about it, think no more. Head out to Morgan’s and order this!!!

Everything else including the French toast and omelet were awesome too. The French toast tasted so light and fluffy and definitely another one of my favorites. The French toast is huge and can definitely be shared by two people. The omelet comes with a side of potatoes (so good) and come with your choice of 2 fillings like tomatoes, peppers, onions, chorizo, spinach, arugula, bacon, and 7 choices of cheeses.

At the end of your brunch, Morgan’s Miami can be described in 2 words: food coma! Morgan’s is delicious, scrumptious, and simply awesome. If you’re looking for an amazing brunch spot, look no further than Morgan’s. Tell your friends, take your friends you will not regret it. Morgan’s Miami is definitely Miami’s Modern Home-Style Comfort Food spot. Morgan’s will easily become your new favorite brunch restaurant in Miami.

Click here for the full menu.

For more information, visit themorgansrestaurant.com.

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Review : Salsa Fiesta (Pembroke Pines)

Located in a brand new shopping center in Pembroke Pines, lies this new “hip & trendy” Mexican restaurant. It’s called Salsa Fiesta.

We know the one in Miami has been opened for a while now, but the new one in Pembroke Pines recently opened a couple months ago.

We decided to go pay it a visit to see what it was all about.

Once you walk thru the doors, their outstanding modern, hip, trendy decor, and their ‘hip’ music greet you. Plus don’t forget about their world famous salsa bar.

You then get in line, grab a menu and try to figure out what you want to eat. The menu has everything from tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, soups, salads, burritos, quesadillas, and nachos. Let’s not forget the margaritas, beer, wine, dessert, and my favorite the ‘Hot Tamale Salsa.’

So, it was finally our turn to order and we went with the ‘Chicken Fiesta Fajita, Mexicano Burrito,’ an order of the ‘Hot Tamale Salsa’ and their signature beer ‘Agave Wheat,’ which is brewed on-site.

After ordering, you find a table and they give you a card to place on the table, which lets employees know what table to deliver too. Pretty cool if you ask me.

We first got the ‘Hot Tamale Salsa,’ which comes with chips. The flavor of the Hot Tamale Salsa is something that is unexplainable. So good, so rich, so different. I would say this is one of my favorite dishes on the menu. I have never had anything like it and I highly recommend this.

We then got our ‘Chicken Fiesta Fajitas’ and the ‘Mexicano Burrito.’

The ‘Chicken Fiesta Fajitas’ comes with chicken, roasted onions and peppers, and a side of sour cream, guacamole, and pico de gallo with your choice of flour, corn or whole-wheat tortillas. With the fajitas, you also have the option to substitute the roasted onions and peppers for mushrooms and sautéed onions, which we did.

The ‘Chicken Fiesta Fajita’ is pretty much like your average fajitas you find anywhere else. You get plenty of chicken, sour cream, and guacamole, but their pico de gallo is out of this world. If you like fajitas, you won’t be disappointed with this dish.

We then got our ‘Mexicano Burrito.’

All burritos come with your choice of chicken, beef, carnitas, steak, fish, or veggies. The ‘Mexicano Burrito’ comes with beans, roasted corn, onions, cilantro, Monterey jack and cheddar cheese. You also get a choice of flour or whole-wheat tortillas and either brown or cilantro-lime rice.

The tacos and burritos are available to get as a solo or platter. Solo contains just the burrito and the platter comes with pico de gallo and chips.

We got the ‘Mexicano Burrito’ platter with steak and cilantro-lime rice. This is not your average burrito; it’s very flavorful. All the flavors coming together in this burrito make it easily one of my favorites. The steak was marinated and cooked perfectly. The cilantro-lime rice was awesome, (even though Chipotle will always have my favorite cilantro-lime rice.) There’s no question, Salsa Fiesta does this burrito right. As I ate my way thru the burrito, I began to put some pico de gallo and left over ‘Hot Tamale Salsa’ in my burrito. This made it even better, bite-by-bite. This burrito is definitely one not to be missed.

(After checking out the menu again, before leaving we noticed they have a ‘Hot Tamale Burrito,’ which we will definitely try next time.)

Let’s not forget the salsa bar! There was a lava salsa, which consisted of red cabbage, a tamarind salsa, salsa verde, and a regular red salsa. To be honest, we totally forgot about it and will give you a full review next time we go back. Oops!

Overall, Salsa Fiesta is pretty darn good Mexican food. We understand it’s not really authentic, but who cares it tastes good and doesn’t put weight on your wallet. We recommend you check out Salsa Fiesta in Miami or Pembroke Pines; you won’t be disappointed!

Check out the full menu here.

Salsa Fiesta – Inside the Cobblestone Plaza
14914 Pines blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL

Photos: Salsa Fiesta

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Review : Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

So everyone has been talking about this new restaurant in Miami called Yardbird. I will admit even we added into the hype. So we knew we had to try it.

Finally last friday night, we went in for a taste.

Yardbird describes itself as”.…a down-to-earth joint that preaches the gospel of good food and good company.” Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is the new home to Miami’s own celeb chef, Jeff McInnis.

For starters, the decor and vibe of the restaurant is pretty much spot on. You feel like your in the South. You feel at home. The vibe is a vibe you don’t find at a lot of restaurants, but Yardbird had it.

The menu is pretty simple. It is divided into 3 sections : Small Shares, Big Shares, Sides to Share.

From the ‘Small Shares’ section, we had the Mama’s Chicken Biscuits, which is composed of Bell & Evans fried chicken, pepper jelly, housemade buttermilk biscuit.

 

These chicken biscuits were amazing. Everything about this dish taste homemade. The dish was simple and had all the perfect flavors, which made this one of our favorite things off the menu by far instantly. They come with two biscuits per order and after eating just one, you might just want one or two more.

We then went on to the ‘Big Shares’ menu, where we had Shrimp n’Grits, which is composed of Florida shrimp, crisp Edwards VA ham, Adluh stone ground grits, Highland Brewing Company, NC Gaelic Al.

 

Again, this dish was pretty epic. The grits were just perfect. The shrimp cooked to perfection. Everything about this dish worked. The only complaint about this dish is that isn’t big enough for two people. One person could easily eat this dish. Again, when you have some ‘Small Shares’ before, this dish would be just fine for two people, but the average person who just gets a ‘Big Shares’ plate to split with two people might be disappointed.

If you are going to Yardbird and just want to split one ‘Big Shares’ plate get the Llewellyn’s Fine Fried Chicken, 1/2 Bell & Evans bird, “27-hour” recipe, with cheddar & chow chow waffle, spicy Tupelo honey and citrus pepper watermelon. This dish is definitely big enough to share for two people.

From the ‘Sides to Share’ section, we decided to try their Macaroni and Cheese, which is composed of torchio pasta, Grayson, VA cheese, crispy herb crust.

This side dish was definitely worth it. By far one of the best Macaroni and Cheeses I have had. From the first bite, you can tell this was made at the open kitchen right behind us. Nothing was frozen or pre-cooked somewhere else and just warmed up at the restaurant.

After all that amazing food, if you still got room for dessert, you should get some. All their desserts vary from day-to-day and are made by hand by Pastry Chef Peter Merrill. That night, they even had a bacon ice cream but we decided to have a red velvet cake with carrot sorbet.

Even though we didn’t have any more room for this, we ate it all. It was that good. It tasted as if it had just been made for “me.” Now you would think carrot sorbet would taste weird, but it didn’t. It was extremely good and again was made right in-house.

Yardbird also has a great craft beer and wine menu and includes some innovative signature cocktails. One of the more interesting cocktails on the menu is the Pork Chop cocktail, a citrusy based bourbon drink with a dash of Dijon mustard.

Yardbird has had many South Florida foodies going crazy to come in for a try and it did not disappoint.

Overall, Yardbird is amazing. It might just be one of our new favorite restaurants in South Florida. Everything about this place is homemade. The staff could not have been more friendly and well trained. Yardbird did not disappoint and is highly recommended for anyone wanting to try something NEW! Yardbird lives up to its name.

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