Although this contemporary South American market/café has a counter for eating in, its strong suit is party-perfect take-out. Components include an excellent bakery (with pastries and breads housemade by a Uruguayan chef whose years of experience in a Manhattan French bakery are evident); a counter of prepared foods, ranging from elegant Argentine tea sandwiches to full entrées; a cheese case; and market shelves packed with global gourmet products. Most unique is a mini butcher shop, which sells "preselected parrilladas" -- the classic Argentine mix of skirt steak, flap meat, short ribs, chicken, sweetbreads, chorizo, and blood sausage -- either raw and grill-ready or, for a pittance more, cooked and accompanied by vegetable sides and bread. Other meats, including pork loins and elaborate stuffed/rolled matambres, are also available. Whatever you choose, food comes packaged in elegant thermal bags that keep it warm, or cool, for hours.
Tis the season! In Miami that means not only the time for Art Basel, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's Eve parties, but also barbecues. While the rest of the country freezes, we get to grill in our swimsuits. Only problem is, after... More »
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