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An artisanal ice cream boutique

This week my friend Texas and I took our little cowboys with us on our weekly exploration of Miami (weekly exploration described here).

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We took in a little Cuban culture and visited Azucar Ice Cream Company on the “main street” (8th Street) in Little Havana, less than 10 minutes from my  house.

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Azucar is an artisanal ice cream and sorbet boutique.  Normally I would not indulge an ice cream parlor by repeating their marketing material’s fluffy words, but the creator of Azucar went to Penn State’s Ice Cream University and has her  abuela’s (grandmother’s) passion for creating tropical ice cream flavors “tattooed on her soul”, y’all. These Latino sabores are for real!

The Cafe Con Leche (coffee and Oreo) was to die for and the Elvis(peanut butter and banana) looked fabulous too. My little niños did not venture too far from chocolate and vanilla and honestly, I think both flavors could have received a gold medal for best in their class they were both just perfect (oh the fruity sorbet looked wonderful, but even so I always go for the chocolate, it’s just who I am).

So fellow Miamians if you haven’t been to Little Havana since last July (when they opened), run! Azucar is the ice cream bomb.

And to all the others, when you find yourself in this corner of paradise, Azucar is the sp0t where you can get a little taste of Heaven!

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Find all of the information that you need on Azucar here on their website.

Tyler Florence’s pulled pork sandwich recipe

I have had great luck with Tyler Florence’s recipes. I can’t think of one that did not turn out great, and this slow cooked pork shoulder in the oven did not disapoint. I made this recipe for a large group of 12 adults and 8 children and plan to make it again from my Memphis native in-laws, which should tell you it is good because I would not serve these barbecue experts a shoulder that wasn’t spectacular.

We did not use Tyler’s barbecue sauce recipe below because my husband likes to make his own and he says he will not share his secret recipe (I think because he doesn’t know what it is… his sauce is great, but always turns out different, so I think he just wings it!). I’m sure Tyler’s is great though!

Finally, putting the cole slaw on the sandwich really makes it perfect. I did not take the time to make homemade dressing but used fresh cabbage and Marie’s Cole Slaw dressing found in the refrigerated aisle of most grocery stores that I have been too, and it was great.

Ingredients
Dry Rub:
3 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon dry mustard
3 tablespoons coarse salt
1 (5 to 7 pound) pork roast, preferably shoulder or Boston butt
Cider Vinegar Barbecue Sauce:
1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
1 cup yellow or brown mustard
1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
12 hamburger buns
1 recipe Spicy Slaw, recipe follows
Pickle spears
Directions
Mix the paprika, garlic power, brown sugar, dry mustard, and salt together in a small bowl. Rub the spice blend all over the pork and marinate for as long as you have time for, as little as 1 hour or up to overnight, covered, in the refrigerator.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

Put the pork in a roasting pan and bake for about 6 hours. Basically, roast the pork until it’s falling apart and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 170 degrees F.

To make the barbecue sauce: combine the vinegar, mustard, ketchup, brown sugar, garlic, salt, cayenne, and black pepper in a saucepan over medium heat. Simmer gently, stirring, for 10 minutes until the sugar dissolves.

Remove the pork roast from the oven and transfer to a large platter. Allow the meat to rest for about 10 minutes. While still warm, take 2 forks and “pull” the meat to form shreds. Using 2 forks, shred the pork by steadying the meat with 1 fork and pulling it away with the other. Put the shredded pork in a bowl. Pour 1/2 of the sauce on the shredded pork and mix well to coat.

To serve, spoon the pulled pork mixture onto the bottom 1/2 of the hamburger bun, and top with the spicy slaw. Serve with pickle spears and the remaining sauce on the side.

They really do taste just like Oreos

I’ve always liked baking better than crafting. I have a closet full of craft potentials in the guest room, but when our new friends came over this afternoon while their mom was getting her hair high-lighted I just wasn’t in the mood for scissors and glue. Then I came across this recipe on “My Kitchen Addiction” blog and thought “A-HA” homemade OREOS, much more fun on a rainy day!

I lost a few of my helpers to a lizard hunt outside, but it was a lot of fun!

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And the best part is THE COOKIES WERE SO GOOD! EVERYBODY loved them and said they tasted exactly like the real thing!

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ps. I wasn’t sure what “Dutch pressed chocolate” was, but I found this on the grocery shelf and it worked perfectly

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Run Chicken Run- more fabulous food from Yardbird

It is such a fun week! 4 different trips to the airport to pick-up visitors. My mom arrived yesterday morning just in time to baby sit when my friend Leslie arrived later that day (that is what she said she wanted to do “I just want to spend time with the kids…”

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A new friend recommended that Leslie and I start our evening with a cocktail at Juvia on Lincoln Road in South Beach because it “has a great view.”. Wow, Kelly wasn’t kidding- this 11th story outdoor bar was amazing!

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Next, we walked less than half a mile to Yardbird. Recently, I wrote about the fabulous desert my husband brought me from a work event and I’ve been dying to try the full meal.

We were in Heaven. Leslie and I loved every bite.

We started with the BLT fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese. This combination was amazing. The battered thick cut green tomato was so delicious with the slightly spicy pimento cheese, thick cut bacon and lettuce.

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Shrimp and grits is one of my favorite dinner dishes and Jeff McInnes’s version at Yardbird did not disappoint. The thicker cut grits were a great compliment to the beautiful shrimp and salty cured ham.

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We really enjoyed this locally grown 5-bean green medley. It was spiced just enough to enhance but not mask the beans flavor and we loved this lighter dish as an accompaniment to the richness on the rest of the table.

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We finished our meal with a homemade biscuit with butter and honey. And I would be doing you a disservice if I did not tell you how much we enjoyed the service- our cute waiter Carlton was awesome! He did not hover, but was extremely attentive and shared great stories about the chef and his life that made our experience that much more fun (those of you that have dined in South Beach before know the great value of good service).

It was really a perfect night. Great view. Great food. Great friend.

Small town feel in the Magic City

For the last two weeks I’ve been trying to make all of our necessary doctor and dentist visits so me and my three amigos don’t have to all go together on these trips once summer begins (one of my least favorite things to do is sit in a 2×2 foot examining room with 3 restless children).

Usually, I am racing to an appointment and then rushing back to school and don’t have time to shop between all of our new patient paperwork.

Near Dadeland Mall in Kendall (a suburb South of Miami), where my new doctors seem to cluster, I kept driving by this grocery store that peaked my curiosity because it looks like it belongs in small town Mississippi instead of the Magic City.

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Today, on one of my last trips I allowed extra time to stop and shop, and I am really glad that I did.

They had a large selection of speciality items, prepared food and beautiful produce.

The rotisserie chicken was better than any other we’ve tried in Miami, and the Coconut Lemon and Irish cream cupcakes that we split for dessert from the bakery were fabulous!

I can’t wait to go back to the doctor!