Yossef Roasting Co. Brings Nuts, Dried Fruits, and Other Israeli Goodies to Miami
A girl walks into a nut store, and it's all it's cracked up to be.
Photos by Carina Ost What a bunch of nuts.
I noticed Yossef Roasting Co. while cruising West Dixie Highway after visiting the neighboring Israeli deli, Etzel Itzik. Unfortunately, my first visit to this 4-month-old store was during Pesach (Passover), when most of the items weren't available for purchase. I got a whiff of the exotic spices emanating from the covered self-serve bins and was hooked.
When I returned after the holiday, I was greeted by Yossef himself. Naturally, I had a lot of questions about his nuts.
Yossef says the three most popular varieties are the enormous sunflower seeds -- like something steroid-jacked baseball players would spit -- watermelon seeds, and pumpkin seeds. Fortunately, swallowing watermelon seeds won't make you grow a watermelon in your belly, and they were unusually delicious.
The nuts are roasted in the back of the store. If you're expecting one of those circular roasters you see at fairs and carnivals, that's not what they have here. Those are automatic, and Yossef roasts by hand, checking on them and turning them several times.
There are plenty of gummy candies and imported chocolates, but when it comes to Israeli sweets, it's all about halva. The varieties of these sesame-seed sweets come direct from Israel, and a small piece is all you really need.
But if nuts, seeds, and sweets aren't enough, try the other trail-mix staple, dried fruit. The dried pineapple here is a real treat -- it arrives from Costa Rica via Israel.