A whole different atmosphere in the Miami area …State Road 997, also known as Krome Avenue is a road far away from the hustle and bustle of the center of Miami.

“Placita Los Girasoles”
Vegetables on sale at “Placita Los Girasoles” 

It is also a gateway to unexpected food adventures: Farmer’s Markets, amazing local homemade foods, pony rides and even a winery! We were just driving on a lazy Saturday with no particular agenda. Our first stop was a place called “Placita Los Girasoles”, a very charming and rustic establishment. This is a market that grows and sells its own vegetables, grills corn right in front of your eyes and makes the most divine tamales I have ever tasted. A tamale is a corn-based dish with different fillings and steamed or boiled in a leaf wrapper. The one we had was filled with bits of pork, so deliciously seasoned and tender, it melted in our mouths. It was served with guacamole and a tomato salsa, slightly piquant, enough to add an extra bite to this already creamy and appetizing delight.

Tamal de Puerco at “Placita Los Girasoles”
Tamal de Puerco at “Placita Los Girasoles”
grilled corn
Grilling corn at “Placita Los Girasoles”

After our mini-banquet we shopped for peppers to use for our dinner. The produce here is abundant and so fresh that I was going a little food-crazy.

We continued driving around the area and ended up at a winery, in Florida?  We had to stop to investigate. It is shocking that I have been living in Miami for so long and did not know that we had locally made wines, right in our backyard. When I think of wines I think of grapes in Europe, South America and South Africa, not Homestead in Miami. The wines from Schnebly Redland’s Winery are made from local Florida fruits, the Avocado wine being my absolute favorite.

Schnebly Redland’s Winery
Schnebly Redland’s Winery

Next and final stop was “El Toro Tacos Mexican Restaurant”. Tacos were in order after our expedition. They were filled to the brim with grilled beef and served with the chunkiest guacamole ever. In addition, the dish was swimming in a lake of refried beans.

Tacos at El Toro Taco Restaurant
Tacos at El Toro Taco Restaurant
Even more tamales, this time at Tacos at El Toro Taco Restaurant
Even more tamales, this time at Tacos at El Toro Taco Restaurant

This was a memorable and repeatable experience.  I suggest that you make the effort to discover the hidden treasures at the edge of Miami.

You can also ride ponies and horses in various places
You can also ride ponies and horses in various places

* No contact info here, just take Krome Avenue and drive, drive, drive !

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