COMING SOON!!!!! OUR HAUNTED HONEYCATION Honeycation: A Honeycation is a Vacation and a Second Honeymoon combined. The term was originally coined by a woman who resides in the state of Florida whose name is Julie Lancaster-Whann. That would be ME!…
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
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Hurricane is a Blue Mustard Betta Fish
If you look closely you can see his mouth here.
It kind of looks like he’s smiling. 🙂
Betta Fish are from Asia. They live in the rice fields. The males are more beautiful than the females. The males also build the bubble nests for the babies. They make beautiful bubble nests. It also means they are happy.
Before I purchased Hurricane from the pet store I already had the fish tank, and had it prepared for when I brought him home. Meaning, that I already had the fish tank, and the sand, as that is a very comfortable ground for any fish. I also had the drops that you place in the water to soften it to make it habitable for them. I even had in place the shells so that Hurricane would have something to look at and even a hiding place or two.
When you have the bowl ready for your new betta, then you make the purchase from the pet store. I tend to carry a small cooler in my car at all times, and a few hand towels. That enabled me to have something to safely transport Hurricane, and Miranda, home in. (Miranda is our other betta fish.) Without worrying about them falling over in my car on the way home and possibly dying.
When you do get your fish home, immediately place the entire container with the fish in it, in the fish tank where they will be living. You need for them to acclimate to that water temperature naturally. If you just dump them in the bowl, they may die. There needs to be a transition.
You can see the example in the photo above.
After about 20 minutes I dumped Hurricane in his new home and he loves it! After all, anything is better than that small container he was kept in. And I do view it as “rescuing” him from the pet store.
The photo at left is Hurricane eating his pellets of food. I feed him twice a day, about 3-4 pellets at a time. From what I know there are two betta fish foods. One is flakes, the other is pellets. I buy the pellets and I am told that the pet store used the pellets as well so therefor you should buy the food they already eat. You can ask the pet store which brand they are feeding them.
Miranda left, Hurricane right.
(Two different bowls.)
Betta fish are fighting fish. They will fight to the death. Which is why you keep them in separate tanks. You also need to keep them out of sight of each other. Otherwise they can become very stressed out and can harm themselves.
Hurricane in the Kitchen
Although the fish tank bowl is magnified, and Hurricane looks larger than he actually is, a betta is recommended being in a tank twice this size. But, as I see it, it is better than being in that cup in the pet store.
A betta fish life span is usually two years. However, his life span depends on how he was treated prior to arriving at the pet store. And, how he was treated at the pet store while he was there, and then how he is treated once he arrives at your home. All these factors play into how long he/she will live.
Hurricane is an extremely friendly betta fish. My son’s girlfriend Mackenzie is quite attached to him. So is my son’s friend Jason. They were both amazed at how friendly that Hurricane is and they were amazed at how he can interact with you. How he recognizes your face when you come over for a visit. Betta fish do have personalities that you can become quite attached to. The only way you will ever understand is if you acquire one yourself. 🙂
Give a betta a home!
Julie and Hurricane
p.s. I named him after the Spanish word Huracan. Meaning Hurricane.
If you would like to know some of our past betta fish then click on their web posts below: