Tuesday, September 27, 2011

guest post: From Cuban Medianoche to Cafe Cubano, bite by bite in Little Havana

Whether you live in the land of fun and sun or are just visiting...wouldn't you love to take a little tour of Miami?  A little foodie tour?  I know I would.  Please welcome Grace of Miami Culinary Tours as she gives us a glimpse of the Little Havana Food Tour
Little Havana, a small neighborhood in Miami, is a place where visitors and locals can find some of the most savory traditional Cuban dishes. Here is where families cook Cuban dishes with recipes that have been passed down through the generations. Take for example El Pub Restaurant owned and operated by Heliodoro Coro who came from Cuba more than 40 years ago. At the age of 85 years old, Heliodoro still makes the Cuban Medianoche every morning at the sandwich station. 
This Cuban Medianoche crafted with superb skills by Heliodoro has the classic ingredients; pork, ham, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles. The difference between the Cuban sandwich and the Medianoche is that the latter is done with a sweet bread as the dough has egg yolks. It is said that is called "Medianoche" which means midnight in Spanish because workers at cigar factories used to make the sandwich at midnight after a hard day of work. Of course in Cuba the sandwiches were not called Cuban sandwiches just sandwiches. The difference between Italian or French bread and Cuban bread is that Cuban bread has lard. The bread is very soft inside and the crust unusually thin.

At the Little Havana food tour, participants get to taste an array of Cuban dishes including Heliodoro's famous Cuban Medianoche. The tour visits three restaurant landmarks in the neighborhood as well as small eateries and food shops to savor the local flavor.
...wish I was in Miami, enjoying a Cuban Medianoche right this minute!  Thanks so much to Grace, and if you can get out to take this or another of the Miami Culinary Tours, I'd love to hear about it!