Hey guys! Sorry we haven’t been on lately but boy, have we got something good for you! Recently, us forks plus our two special guests, my mom and grandpa, went to a wonderful and diverse restaurant in the Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables, Florida.
This restaurant does an amazing job of bearing open arms to people with eating preferences (vegans, gluten-free eaters, etc.) or disorders (Celiac’s Disease, gluten intolerance, etc.) while making food that is innovative, mouth-watering, and just plain gratifying! Not to mention, as shown in the first picture, they also provide blankets in case you get cold because it tends to get chilly in there. How cool is that!
Above is a little glimpse of the menu.
Let’s start with the appetizer, probably my favorite dish and definitely my mom’s favorite. Pictured above are homemade tostones, which are so good they don’t even need anything on them! Even so, the strawberry pico de gallo on top with shredded parmesan makes it all the better. I was hesitant to try them because I was not sure I would like the strawberry pico de gallo, but in the end I found it was so good, I could eat it by itself!
Next, we tried the kale salad, which was one of Cata’s favorites. It is another dish that was so colorful and flavorful with unlikely ingredients that combined into one tasty salad. It’s composed of pecans, dried cranberries, kale and carrots, with a side garnish of sliced green apples. Can you say yum?
Another delicious appetizer was the trio of cheese calzone with a side of jam. The three cheeses were: ricotta, goat, and mozzarella cheese. This wasn’t on the lunch menu, but we were still lucky enough to try this amazing dish.
There were two renditions on the organic quinoa vegetable pad-thai. The first one was the gluten-free version of it, which is a little bit different because it doesn’t have the peanut sauce because the peanut sauce not gluten-free. The second one was the regular pad-thai for my grandfather, which included everything listed on the menu above. I had tried a little bit and I was definitely not disappointed.
The dish above was the Angus Churrasco Wedge Salad that Cata ordered, which came with Roquefort bleu cheese and applewood smoked bacon. The meat was cooked so perfectly, it was unrealistic! The wedge salad on the side was also very delicious.
This one was Ami’s order. She ordered the Sea Salt Salmon, which I didn’t get to taste she devoured it so fast! According to her, she’s not a fan of salmon, but it was her favorite dish by far. “The peanut sauce on top was SO good! It was sweet, salty, tangy, and brought the whole dish together!” says Ami. Too bad she ate it all before I could get my hands on it!
For dessert, we got a lot more than we bargained for! The caramel flan absolutely blew me away! And our very special host, Rafael Guzman, showed us an amazing presentation trick, which is to put any utensil on a plate, such a the fork, and dust it in any spice or powder fit for your dish for an easy, beautiful presentation!
Last, but certainly not least, it’s an assemble-it-yourself dessert complete with cinnamon, whipped cream, strawberries, and a warm, gooey, chocolate chip brownie. The best part is that you can make your own dish complete with your own design and plating! Doesn’t that sound delicious?
I’m Elise Frias, signing off!