Friday, October 07, 2016

09/08 - 09/22 - Florida Heat


Another vacation in the Sunshine State Florida. I know that's complaining on a high level, there are definitely worse places on earth you can spend your time.

This time we took a flight to Miami where we grabbed our rental car and moved to our first stop in Fort Lauderdale. On the way to Fort Lauderdale... well, just around the corner from the airport... we made a quick stop in Little Havana, Calle Ocho at El Mago de las Fritas to try their famous Frita. There another burger place not far away from there, called El Rey de las Fritas, this one was on the schedule to be visited before our departure two weeks later. According to the well-known, Miami-based foodblogger Burger Beast this is the best place for a Frita! At the end of our trip I knew that I have to agree with him...

BTW... for this report, don't expect any infos about sightseeing etc... this time we only did some shopping in the outlets of the Fort Lauderdale area before we moved to the west coast of Florida where spent the rest of our time in a beautiful house with our own pool. Therefore you'll see here more or less just pix of food, beer and cigars...

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As I said before, the first 2.5 days were filled with shopping activities in the different outlets but we also spent one evening at a nice BBQ and burger place that I still had in mind from our last visit, ROK:BRGR in Fort Lauderdale. Their range is really nice and after a delicious BBQ at Tom Jenkins (pix will follow later as we have been there a second time), we were in the mood for some greasy burgers in the evening. I decided for a Kobe style beef pattie (and I guess that it is a Wagyu) just with some pickles, cheese and bacon to get the pure flavor... and it was amazing! As a side we had some truffeled french fries which were tasty too... the grated Parmesan on top made the difference. I had this before in Germany too but the overloaded it with Parmesan which was a killer for the taste. Sometimes less is more!





After our shopping marathon we changed the location to Cape Coral where we stayed for another 11 nights in a house. Of course it was way too big for us but on the other hand it was the smallest house that we found. The price was reasonable, so... no reason to complain!

During our time in Cape Coral we did not much besides some relaxing, cooking and smoking good cigars... maybe some cold beers from time to time... our friends Elli and Seth also spent us a visit and we enjoyed a very nice day together! Seth brought some dry aged Ribeye steaks which were really outstanding good...


















On the way from Cape Coral back to Miami we made another stop in Fort Lauderdale at Tom Jenkins BBQ...





After a quick and really small lunch in Fort Lauderdale we drove down to Miami but before dropping off our rental car we decided another wellknown Frita place in Miami called El Rey de las Fritas. And for us it was a big disappointment: the pattie was heavily oversalted, the sauce was flawless, the fried potatoes tasted like rancid fat. Definitely the worst burger I had in the last two weeks. I was very close to go to El Mago again but after that desaster I wasn't in the mood for any more food...



All in all we'd a very good and relaxing time, I am sure that it wasn't the last time that we took a house instead of a hotel room.

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