Continuing our series on finding Chinese food in cities without a historic Chinatown, we now move on to Miami.
Interestingly, most of the Chinese food in Miami is Cantonese, with authentic non-Cantonese food quite rare. This is contrary to the current trend in most other Chinese American communities where the influence of Cantonese food has greatly receded. All the more unusual, the only other locales in the United States where you see such a bias towards Cantonese food are in the historic core Chinatowns of cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, and New York, all of which were founded by Cantonese immigrants over 100 years ago. Because Miami never had a historic core Chinatown, something must be vastly different about Miami’s Chinese populace, but what? Anecdotal evidence points to the Miami Chinese community being originally founded by Chinese from Cuba, many of whom fled after the Castro regime came to power. The Cuban Chinese community was exclusively Cantonese, and they were joined by Chinese from New York who came to Miami during the era that Cantonese restaurants were still dominant in the Big Apple. (more…)
With fresh fish so easy to come by, it can be hard to sift through Miami’s slew of sushi options to find the true diamonds in the rough. These four locations that will please your taste buds in ways that only the highest quality fish and perfect vinegar-to-rice ration can.
Traveling with kids is not easy. Any parent can tell you this. Navigating the restaurant scene can be daunting for even the most seasoned travelers, but throw a kid or two into the mix and the task of finding the perfect place to eat can become mission impossible. Even if you have the perfect kid (I, like many other parents out there, like to think that I do), dining out with a small child poses quite a difficult challenge.
I still remember the conversations I had with my fiancé, Daniel, before we got married. “We’re still going to travel,” we said. “We’re still going to go out to eat. We’re not going to stop just because we have kids.”
Before we had our daughter Dhalia, my husband and I loved to get away from the harsh Northeastern winters and travel to Florida to get some much needed sunshine and seek out the best seafood restaurants. We continued the tradition once Dhalia came into our lives, and luckily as an infant, she would often sleep peacefully next to us in a car seat at the restaurant. “We’re doing it!” we’d whisper happily, clinking glasses of margarita. Then she got a little older and we had to work a little harder at it. And things changed. Dramatically. (more…)
October 15 marks the start of Florida stone crab season, a special time for the southeastern United States. Perhaps the most sustainable crustacean, Florida stone crabs are unique because once they are wild-caught, only one claw is removed, the crabs are returned to the water, and the claw regenerates. The stone crab’s ability to easily lose its limbs is an evolutionary mechanism to escape from predators. Full regeneration takes about three years. (more…)