Sundays are best spent doing nothing. Or browsing the local art markets. Miami Flea is a monthly event that happens every third Sunday of the month, curated by the Arts and Entertainment District. It is a celebration of the local arts and the creative community. Intrigued, we headed out for this free event.
The atmosphere is very open and chill. Local artisans and creatives set up to showcase their work, alongside local musicians on a live stage and local food trucks.
I felt at home, all at once. It reminded me of a not too distant year or two where I was busking at art and craft markets in various parts of Melbourne. It seems local art culture is not just unique to Australia, most recently in Singapore but all across the world. Here in Miami, there seems to be an explosion of culture fuelled by the nearby Wynwood's Design and Art District.
Naturally, I found myself drawn towards the food trucks! Just three days from my first experience, this came as a nice reprise. This time it was donuts, ice cream sandwich and artisan hot dogs. WHAT!!!!
We started with donuts because there was a long queue! Being part kiasu Singaporean, we didn't want to miss out in case it sold out. And because long queue, must be good. It was relatively fast moving. We waited about 10 minutes under the sun. People were buying boxes of 6 or more! We just got two, because, sugar and calories. Plus, we have a no binge rule.
Long queues must mean the food is good, right?
We decided on the intriguing Guava Cheese and the Tie Dye. The Tie Dye was made specially for the Miami Flea. It's pretty much a really soft glazed donut with visual steroids in colours. What really got me was the Guava Cheese, which inspired this other frankenstein creation in my kitchen. I've never really encountered guava in pastry till arriving in Miami. It's a cuban thing, I was told. The Guava Cheese donut is a blend of guava and cheese, obviously, injected into the heart of a glazed donut. It was amazing! Guava paired with cheese is a typical after dinner cheese and cracker party favourite. We just had some of those a few weekends ago at a friend's mama's house. Kinda like figs and cheese. This handcrafted donut hits all the right notes for me. I am so loving it!
Doggie Style Miami Hot Dogs
We thought we'd just settle for maybe more desserts, but these hot dogs kept parading past us like they were in a beauty pageant, we had to give in to the temptation.
We thought we'd try their basic Miami Classic since it is a classic but they had ran out. Wow, it's that good huh? We were recommended the 'Merica Dog and it was the most compact little dog packed with flavour and texture. It was a clever little artisanal hot dog in a bun with crunchy potato chips sprinkled atop. Which, I thought was so sinfully clever. The meat was just amazing, unlike a typical salty sausage you'd expect. It was a surprisingly mild angus ground beef wrapped in bacon and you can taste the sublime meat texture without the bacon overpowering it. Which was a nice surprise. The bread was just perfectly soft and makes such a good marriage with the sausage and rest of the elements - flame torched cheese, mayo, ketchup, salsa and potato shoe string chips topping. Yum!
And of course, we finish up with ice cream. I've been following these guys on Instagram for a while now but haven't got myself down to Wynwood due to the zika outbreak, which I hear is under control now.
And if you aren't following Wynwood Parlor on their instagram, you should. They have created these ice cream sandwiches that looks so good, you want them on your feed.
We settled for the mint chocolate chip cos it wasn't listed on the menu and we were told it's a new one they will be bringing out and it not officially on their standard menu yet. Of course we caved. I'm such a push over.
I love it when some takes a classic and put a spin on it without killing it. This was it. The simplest ice cream sandwich with a crunchy cookie and just the right refreshing chocolate mint as you would expect. Simply lovely way to finish our Sunday evening as the sun set over the horizon. It was really nice as the weather cooled off so our ice cream did not melt as it would in a hot summer. Gave us time to savour this perfection.
Asian Australian food adventures in and out of the kitchen. Around the world. Like an oyster searching for it's pearl.