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Feb 13, 2010 02:29 PM

Food finds (non-restaurant) around MIA/FLL

Figured I'd start a stream on any interesting gustatory finds at area markets, delis, etc. since I'm always tripping on these things but never had a good vehicle to tell others who might be interested.

I'll start off with something I came across at Costco today. Jamon iberico de bellota. That's DE BELLOTA people! These pigs were raised eating better than most of us, and the price of the ham proves it. $30 for 4 oz. at the Costco in Kendall.

Also a recent find at Costco, Coca Cola from Mexico. Made with sugarcane instead of corn syrup. You'll notice the difference in mouthfeel. Like drinking a sweet Diet Coke.

That's what I got. We'll see if this thread holds up.

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  1. One of our diners at the Cobaya Gras dinner was raving to me about World Market in Hallandale. Judging by the delicious Eastern European beers he let me taste, which were procured from there, I'd say it's worth a visit.

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    1. re: Frodnesor

      Is this the same "World Market" mish-mash store that used to be a bit further west? used to have all sorts of great random finds.

      1. re: Icantread

        That World Market is a (very) different store.

        Another good find is guanciale at Laurenzo's in NMB. The sign behind the counter actually says something like "the magical bacon of Rome."

        1. re: Nick

          That's funny because about six monhts to a year ago I asked them if they had guanciale, and they didn't even know what it was. I'll have to revisit.
          I used to order fennel pollen online, but they now carry it at Epicure.

        2. re: Icantread

          No, that was the Cost Plus chain that closed the Pembroke Store

          1. re: The Chowfather

            There's one in Wellington and Naples. WTF, we're behind the ball to Wellington and Naples as far as Cost Plus goes? Used to be a go to place for imported stuff. Location was awful as that mall looks to be a death trap for businesses.

            1. re: lax2mia

              I thought it was a cool store. Enjoyed the wine and food sections. Location was awful though. They would have been better off East like the new Village of Gulfstream

              1. re: The Chowfather

                Agree. They're everywhere on the West Coast. Just think they picked an awful location for their first store in S. FLA. Gulfstream or even Midtown would've been a better location.

      2. Not such a huge find, but solid nonetheless... Publix 'deli' has started carrying their own line of Hummus which is head and shoulders above the other hummus you can buy at the grocery store. Not saying its better than the real thing from a middle eastern place, but for publix, its really good. You can find it by the rotisserie chicken section.

        1. Has anyone found fresh (not frozen) shrimp??

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          1. re: gblcsw

            Plenty of seafood markets have fresh Florida shrimp, coming from Key West. I get mine at Fish Peddler on Commercial Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Whole Foods on Federal Hwy in Fort Lauderdale has them in 21-25 ct., also Key West.

          2. Marky's on 79th Street in Miami - russian specialites, all kinds of cheeses and Jamon Iberico de Bellota (which I think is available at Laurenzo's - can't believe its at Costco - not hiking to Kendall tho as much as I love it), Cheese Course (a bit overpriced) in Design District (original I think is in Wellington), Whole Foods in Aventura cheese dept (excellent selection), Gran Forno (bakery) on Las Olas in Ft. Lauderdale (best damn bread this side of Italy, pastries are good too). There's an Asian market near Miramar, will post name later, and another one on 163rd street, will get name later - all kinds of sauces, noodles, teas, etc. I am sure I will think of others and post later.

            Cheese Course
            1679 Market St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33326

            Las Olas Cafe
            922 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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            1. re: sobeiam

              Also Marky;s has great caviar and fois gras!

            2. Had to create an account just to post this. My wife and I recently discovered Mozzarita in Deerfield. They make their cheeses fresh. I'm really picky when it comes to cheese (especially Mozzarella) and they have the best I've had locally.

              Kind of a strange place to go to though, it's basically a warehouse.

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              1. re: talos126

                They make very nice mozzarellas - Vito Volpe's cheeses (he's the cheesemaker) are available at other places too. I think you can buy them at Pizzavolante in the Design District, and it's even possible Whole Foods carries them. Often at farmers markets too.

                3918 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL

                1. re: Frodnesor

                  I've seen them once at Whole Foods but they were cheaper buying directly from him. Thankfully my wife works a mile from there so I can have her grab it during the week.

                  On a side note, any recommendations for a good farmer's market in West Broward (Plantation/Sunrise/Weston area)? Or am I going to have to travel a bit further ...

                  1. re: Frodnesor

                    I saw them yesterday at Milam's Market in the Grove. They also carried a couple of the Cowgirl Creamery products from out in CA. Really good stuff too.

                  2. re: talos126

                    Speaking of cheese, I am really loving the goat cheese that's made locally in the Redlands that goes by the brand/vendor Hani's Mediterranean Organics. Mango&Lime did a good job posting about this:

                    I thought the cheese was fresh tasting, light, not salty, not too strong/pungent. Just right, creamy and tasty that I'm spreading it on everything I own. :)