Ernesto has me hunkered down with my Epicure favorites - MIA BCH
Swiss from SWISS
Sour Dough Baguette
Prime Veal Meat Sauce (which I just used to make an awesome Baked Ziti, with Mozz, Pecorino Romano, and alotta Ricotta)
Peruvian Purple Olives
McKenzie from Sonoma
niiice, just the tip of the iceberg! feel free to turn us on to yours.
is there a better market in south beach??? or anywhere close??? EPICURE ALWAYS CURES ME...it'll put a well worth it dent in your wallet for sure, but hey, we're chowhounds, no?
Happy to hear ole Ernie blew his load early!!!
Viva la Florida!
You heard right BBV! Serious gourmet sh@t! Their Prime Meat dept is duanting because they don't even put prices on anything! You know what they say...if you have to ask...you can't afford it! I think they'd be doing themselves a huge favor to just post their price per pound for both meats and seafood. People would then at least be able to do a quick mental check as to whether or not they "really" need that Veal Chop or hunk of Seabass, or massive Shrimp, or Stone Crabs...
I was hoping to find a nice laundry list of other goodies people pick up when dashing thru the Epicure.
As for Whole Foods or Fresh Market and how they compare to Epicure...it's all rather subjective. You will definately find things in Epicure that the other two do not offer...such as exotic chesses, pates, meats (such as goose). The place is truly phenomenal. And had I unlimited $$$ I would blow off Publix completely. Another landmark market down here in the MIA which I trust you visited is: Lorenzo's in NMB...it does not have the pazazz of Epicure and lacks in certain areas and in fact excels in others, but it truly is an epicurian delight.
Nope, I've never been to Lorenzo's. I'm a poor student who is originall from Kendall, so driving all the way to NMB for grocery-shopping would have been unthinkable. I bet it is awesome, though.
We have a Fresh Market near me (north of Orlando) as well as Whole Foods -- I went once, briefly, but ought to check it out again.
Great produce -- you can find anything (like shallots, meyer lemons sometimes, whatever's in season, organic stuff). Great bakery -- they have all sorts of goodies. They also have delicious "home made" soups by the quart.
But then there's the $9 jars of pasta sauce and fru-fru (clear!) bottles of $40 super-duper olive oil and it just gets silly fast. Pick and choose, people...
So -- yes, it is extremely expensive, but that's what you pay for excellent fresh produce and bakery goods. And it's worth it.
As for Whole Foods, my problem with them has always been the hippy-dippy aisle of unproven herbal supplements with wordy disclaimers, Yoga magazines, and on and on -- i.e. things marketed to you because you think you are an earth-conscious granola-eating unique snowflake, not because you have any sense or understand what makes food taste good.
I like the Fresh Market on Bayshore Drive in the Grove. They have a great deli, fresh seafood, good meat -- though I haven't been able to find pork shoulders, and they have those sprayer things in the produce section that means you have to dry off your cilantro. It's like Epicure without the copper teakettles and olive forks.
In the end, if you know what you want, any of these places is pretty good -- they just have weak spots...
You know, even though I grew up in Miami, I never made it to the beach very often so I've never been to Epicure. Is it really as great as I've heard in the past? How does it compare to Whole Foods, for example? I hear it's extremely expensive (not unlike Whole Foods), but it's all "that serious gourmet shit," to quote Pulp Fiction.
In honor of Ernie, I may drink the following concoction tomorrow:
1 part light rum
1 part dark rum
Combine in shaker and strain frothy over ice.
I call this my Hurricane, but I may rename it a Tropical Storm for tomorrow since we're currently under a warning.