There is more to Miami than rice and beans and Cuban sandwiches. Miami has not one taste but an array of them, an immense multicultural collection of good things to eat and drink.
What does Miami taste like? Like pan con lechón, churrasco, tacos, ceviche and flan. Like chirasi, arepas, roasted chicken, key lime pie, cortaditos, mojitos and Jamaican patties. The list of options of food to choose from is endless.
The flavor of this versatile city resides in the many foods that it has adopted and adapted from the tables of the world, in the willingness to experiment and try new things.
From its beginnings as a little settlement along the Miami River to the vigorous international city of today, Miami has represented for many a place to begin a new life, an opportunity for a better future. People from the Caribbean, South and Central America have flocked to Miami and influenced the local gastronomy, creating a potpourri of interesting and flavorful dishes, making Miami a must-place-to-visit on any food lover’s list.
Miami has a great variety of dishes with Cuban influence, the largest Hispanic population in the city. My favorites are Bistec de Palomilla (beef round steak marinated in garlic, lime juice, salt and pepper then pan-fried), Arroz Imperial (a rice casserole) and black beans and rice, a special comfort food for me. Mojitos are also a favorite, made with mint, rum, sugar, lime, and club soda; mojitos are the perfect cocktail to start the weekend.
Dishes from Argentina, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Peru, Haiti, Jamaica, India, Italy and the Caribbean are also prevalent. What would Miami life be without empanadas (stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried), ceviche (fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juices, such as lemon or lime, and spiced with ají or chili pepper), arroz con pollo (Classic dish of Spain and Latin America, browned chicken cooked with rice, onions, garlic, and tomatoes) or soupe joumou (a mildly spicy pumpkin soup native to Haitian cuisine)? Miami is no culinary desert.
The versatility of gastronomy invites you to visit this city – it is well said that the cuisine of a place is a sample of the way of life of the people who live there. Here you can find establishments varying from small Latino coffee shops to refined and stylish international cuisine restaurants.
With its wide array of cultures, languages, lifestyles, and festivals, multicultural Miami and Dade County represent one of America’s most vivacious and exciting communities. This is well reflected in the food and drink, a carnival of flavors not to be missed.
Here is a recipe that is easy to make and delicious!
ARROZ IMPERIAL MIAMI STYLE RECIPE FROM NYDIA’S MIAMI KITCHEN
Video Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx1N_-fLKls