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lax2mia Feb 13, 2010 02:29 PM

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.

  1. Frodnesor Feb 14, 2010 11:16 PM

    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.

    www.foodforthoughtmiami.com

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    1. re: Frodnesor
      Icantread Feb 15, 2010 10:10 AM

      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.

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        Nick Feb 15, 2010 10:20 AM

        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."

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          pilches Feb 15, 2010 12:50 PM

          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
          The Chowfather Feb 15, 2010 11:49 AM

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

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            lax2mia Feb 15, 2010 12:10 PM

            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.

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              The Chowfather Feb 15, 2010 03:16 PM

              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

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                lax2mia Feb 16, 2010 06:31 AM

                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. dmo305 Feb 15, 2010 08:31 AM

        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. gblcsw Feb 15, 2010 08:42 AM

          Has anyone found fresh (not frozen) shrimp??

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          1. re: gblcsw
            culinarynomad Mar 25, 2010 12:20 PM

            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.

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            sobeiam Mar 31, 2010 07:33 AM

            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.

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            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
              gblcsw Mar 31, 2010 11:56 AM

              Also Marky;s has great caviar and fois gras!

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              talos126 Apr 1, 2010 12:11 PM

              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
                Frodnesor Apr 1, 2010 02:15 PM

                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.

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                Pizzavolante
                3918 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL

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                  talos126 Apr 2, 2010 01:38 PM

                  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 ...

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                    mikek Apr 3, 2010 05:36 AM

                    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.

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                    mialebven Apr 1, 2010 09:00 PM

                    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: http://mangoandlime.net/2010/03/08/me...

                    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. :)

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                    llevin1 Apr 2, 2010 01:12 PM

                    I am looking for tins of goose fat. Used to be able to find it at Fernando's but their quality is gone now. Also, anyone know of a great selection of good olive oils?

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