While the Miami Dining Examiner can be a little envious of friends leaving for northern climates over Thanksgiving, there are plenty of reasons to rejoice over staying put in the 305.
Here are some of the many reasons it’s great to be a Miami resident over the Thanksgiving week this year.
Stone Crabs! If diners can’t make it to Joe’s or Montys, there’s always the option (for a small fortune) to buy them at a local seafood market. Traditional sides include Joe’s tomatoes, fried sweet potatoes, creamed spinach, cole slaw and, of course, Joe’s mustard sauce is a must.
Miami residents are blessed with weather warm enough to allow them to grill or smoke a turkey, instead of slaving over a hot stove. Marinate the bird in mojito for a Cuban twist on the traditional favorite.
Starfruit is in season
While here in Miami, there aren’t apple trees filled with fruit, carambolas, bananas and oranges are at their peak. The starfruit, when sliced, make a beautiful garnish for holiday meals.
Picnic at the beach
While Miami residents aren’t likely to have bonfires, they can have picnics on the beach. Wine and seafood are the perfect mix, while watching the sun set.
Key Lime pie
Key Lime pie for dessert. Pumpkin, pecan and apple are traditional favorites for Thanksgiving, but there’s nothing like the mix of tartness and creaminess of the local Key Lime pie.
While Miami residents might not be sipping hot apple cider by the fireplace, we have enough Cuban coffee to fuel the MIA. Cuban coffee can be found at Cuban restaurants, at walk up pass throughs (like Blue Sky) and even at Cuban funeral parlors.
Miami street vendors
While we don’t have chestnuts roasting like they do in New York City, we do have vendors selling limes, avocados and onions on the street. Hello guacamole!
Stuffing AND black beans and rice
Miami residents can have stuffing AND black beans and rice. A delicious and different appetizer to try is a fried plantain, topped with sour cream and a dollop of caviar. Yummy!
If residents think it’s great to be a Miami Hurricane, the ‘Canes play their last home game this Saturday at 7 p.m. Tailgating is a necessity unless game goers want to take their chances on stadium fare. If residents can’t make it to that game, they can host (or attend) the other exciting games taking place on Saturday. Big rivals UF and FSU play at 3:30 and Alabama/Auburn play at 7:45. Game on!
There’s more fun for us residents, while half of Miami’s gone. It’s the perfect time to try a new restaurant out. The Miami Dining examiner has loved La Mar (pictured) and Seven Dials and would like to try Mignonette, Orange Blossom and Sea Salt and Pepper.