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Key lime pie
Everywhere you go in Florida, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find key lime pie on the menu. And we couldn’t be happier about that, to be honest. This concoction of key lime juice and condensed milk, buried under a mound of fluffy meringue is just delicious. Did you know…
If it’s good enough for Barack Obama, it’s good enough for us. Head over to El Mago de las Fritas for one of the president’s favourite Fritas – a Cuban interpretation of the hamburger, with a mixture of fried and raw onions, potato strings and a dollop of ketchup. A bit of trivia for you…
If you happen to find yourself feeling a little peckish whilst cruising through Miami, then this is the snack for you. The Cuban sandwich, stuffed full with delicious ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese and mustard, is guaranteed to satisfy your hunger pangs. What makes a GREAT Cuban sandwich?
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Key Lime Pie
Did you know that every restaurant in the Florida Keys (especially in the city of Key West), serves Key Lime Pie? Key limes, which are native to Malaysia, look like confused lemons - smaller than a golf ball and with a yellow-green skin that is sometimes dappled with brown. Aficionados argue relentlessly about the correct way to make one - meringue on top, whipped cream, or neither? Cook, or leave the filling uncooked? The one thing that everyone agrees on is that under no circumstances should green food colouring be added.
The key to a great Cuban Sandwich lies in the submarine-style layering of ham, roast pork, cheese, and pickle between a sliced length of Cuban bread and, of course, the way it’s grilled. A great Cuban sandwich is grilled in a sandwich press (called a plancha) until the ham, pork, and pickles are heated in their own steam. The greatest sin in Cuban sandwich preparation is too light a press; a heavy-handed press merges all the juices and flavours together while still achieving the desired crunchy crust.
Most commonly found in South Florida, the Frita originates from the streets of 1930s Cuba. Street food carts with propane-fuelled stoves would line the street selling Fritas to hungry customers. An original frita cubana pairs Cuban bread with a beef patty, seasoned with cumin, paprika, and pepper. Some add chorizo, whereas others cover the beef with a hamburger bun. Despite slight variations, Fritas are always deep-fried with grease-slicked julienned potatoes, and topped with beef.