Welcome to “Old” Miami
I had originally entitled this post “Vintage Miami” because I wanted to harken back to those lovely old days of Miami in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. But the name “Vintage Miami” kept bothering me. It just didn’t sound right. It just didn’t feel right. The title just kept nagging at me. And when something nags at me I know I need to pay attention to it. So, I slept on it and woke up with term “Old” Miami. That’s it! “Old” Miami!
Therefore, “Old” Miami it is!
I hope to bring to this post overtime, some “old” recipes that were popular back in the day. The food that was eaten in restaurants, a bit of the Art Deco District culture. Miami has always been a very unique melting pot, an outpost, a gateway where the Cuban, Haitian, Bahamian, Salvadoran, Jamaican, Latin, Colombian, Caribbean cultures collided and mixed with our own American culture, which is yet another unique melting pot of it’s own. But this post is going to be about Miami, and Florida, but the culture in south Florida is different from the culture in central Florida, and northern Florida. We may be one state but each part of the state is different. Something I find very appealing. I hope that you will think so too!
And, Welcome to “Old” Florida,
Also, check out our Old Florida Food Post:
Moon Over Miami
Miami Club Rum, Lemon Drop Flavoring, and a Lemon
When I saw the beautiful Miami Club Rum bottle it was the inspiration for this drink. It was Miami retro all the way! So, I searched through our stash of goodies here at home and found the lemon drop flavoring. I liked the color, very subtle, and probably a main ingredient in a lot of alcoholic drinks that were served in Old Miami. All that was left was to add a large round Moon ice cube and a lemon wedge.
A Round Ice Cube “Moon” and some Vintage Photos…. Perfect!
The stretched out Bracelet belonged to my Grandmother, she bought it in Florida and she wore it a lot.
Florida Slimcados and Key Lime’s
Nothing but Smashed Florida Slimcado’s and Key Lime juice.
Sometime all you need is to taste the food as it really is without adding all the other ingredients.
Add some chips and you are there!
Papaya and Florida Avocado Salsa
w/ Platano Chips
3 Florida Avocados (or 6 Mexican Avocados) Florida Avocados are much larger.
1 Large Papaya (Seeds removed)
2 Medium Tomatoes
1 Medium Red Onion
1-2 Jalapeno Peppers (Deseeded)
2 Habanero Peppers (Deseeded)
3 Garlic Cloves
3 Limes (Juice and Zest)
1 t. Ground Cumin
1/2 t. Salt (I used a Florida Spice Salt Blend)
1/4 t. Freshly Ground Black Pepper
You will need a blender here.
First wash and chop your tomatoes into chunks and add them to the blender. Same with the Red Onion, Jalapeno Peppers, Habernero Peppers, and Garlic Cloves.
You want to pulverize this until you get a mushy mess.
There is always that one thing that will adhere itself to the side of the blender and never get ground up when we want it to. 🙁
Initially I just used 2 Florida Avocados but changed my mind near the end of the recipe and added a third one. You just want to scoop the meat out of the shells and add it to the blender.
Just add it to the blender.
Remove the seeds from a large Papaya, and scoop the Papaya out and into the blender as well.
Now we have a fully loaded blender.
Here is where I added my 3rd. Florida Avocado.
It’ also at this stage where I add the Florida Salt Blend, Freshly Ground Black Pepper, and Ground Cumin.
It’s also time to add the juice of 3 limes and all the zest to the messy mush in the blender. Give it a few more turns and then it is ready to pour into a bowl or two. Just add some sort of dipping chips or veggies and you have a great and healthy appetizer.
Salsa and Chips at Casa Whann