Four Seasons Food Truck Hits Miami: Try the Aussie Cubano

Categories: Street Eats

All photos by Carla Torres
Aaron Brooks slings his Aussie cubano.
If you happened to be jogging through Brickell Avenue last night, you might have encountered something strange: a food truck stationed outside the Four Seasons and a pop-up bar a few feet away serving coffee cocktails and flutes of prosecco.

It was a preview party to celebrate the five additional days the Four Seasons food truck would make rounds in the Magic City. Inside, Edge Steak & Bar executive chef Aaron Brooks slung Aussie cubanos and Miami burgers for passersby and Brickell's young professionals who came out to support the roving truck.

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Ms. Cheezious Croqueta Monsieur Will Ooze With Deliciousness Tomorrow on Calle Ocho

Photo by Carla Torres
Monsieur, is that you?
Imagine a world where a croqueta preparada and a croque-monsieur met, fell in love, and had a baby. Not only would that sandwich would be bilingual in Spanish and French, but it would also change the croqueta game forever.

That's exactly what the folks who own the roving grilled cheese truck Ms. Cheezious have done with their newest creation: the croqueta monsieur.

That's right -- croqueta effing monsieur.

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Four Seasons Food Truck Comes to Miami; Edge Steak & Bar Hits the Streets

Categories: News, Street Eats

Courtesy of Four Seasons
When you think of a brand like Four Seasons, street food doesn't necessarily spring to mind. But come Thursday, that perception might change. This is because the Four Seasons Food Truck East Coast tour concludes with a five-day visit to the Magic City.

Yep. Four Seasons has a food truck, and it has traveled the country, hitting up the West Coast last year in its inaugural run and now showing the East some love as part of its second road trip through the States.

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Critical Mass: Cycling Ice-Cream Chef to Offer Halloween Treats Tomorrow

Sear'N Gears
Critical Mass, the monthly cycling frenzy with more than 2,000 participants, will take place tomorrow. And Aleric "AJ" Constantin, the chef who made headlines in July after police arrested him for selling ice cream without a license, will offer Halloween-inspired treats.

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Whole Foods Aventura Street Food Festival: Indoor Food Truck Tomorrow

Indoors Street Food. Come on in!
Miami is known for outdoor eats. Food trucks revolutionized the Magic City's street food scene four years ago, and now they're going indoors. At Whole Foods for a day anyway.

Whole Foods Market in Aventura is celebrating Miami's street food scene by transforming their store into a street food festival tomorrow from 5 to 8 p.m.,= and you're invited.

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PBR: Pub Bike Ride on Saturday

courtesy of Edgar Garcia
Remember when Critical Mass started and took the Magic City by storm? Now it's a citywide event where more than 1,000 people, sometimes including Gabrielle Union and D. Wade, ride 14 miles collectively to a finish line with Miami's own first ice cream bicycle. What you didn't know is that there's another bicycle event that's been going on for quite some time and hasn't really gotten much recognition. The PBR Crawl -- Pub Bike Ride -- is celebrating its one-year anniversary this Saturday, June 29, with bar hopping on wheels, which is exactly what they do every month.

Starting at 7 p.m. bikers and drinkers will gather at The Corner for a low-paced ride -- you are drinking and cycling after all -- with nothing but positive vibes and responsible drinking. Oh and there's eating too, so be sure to bring your appetite and your tires -- full of air.

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Calle Ocho 2013, Dish-by-Dish (Pictures)

For the past 35 years, loyal denizens have gathered every March to party in the street and support the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana. The popularity of the massive Carnaval Miami has afforded the Kiwanis Club the ability to help improve the lives of underserved kids. Though the attractions range from an arts village to stages featuring some of the biggest names in music, there is one thing nearly every attendee partakes in -- the food.

Short Order traveled the entire length of the massive 19-block festival, stopping to chronicle the tastiest treats we could find. Right off the bat, the highlight of our day came at "Cuzn Tim's" food truck with his unbelievable fried lobster tail (below). Doused in garlic and cooked until just the right amount of tender, the tail is to be eaten slowly so as to savor the delectable flavor. Tim's, which can be found at all the popular food truck rallies in South Florida, also featured delicious wings, fish, crabs and shrimp. Tim and crew cater special events and can be reached at 954-485-0637.

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- The Music of Calle Ocho 2013

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Santa's Enchanted Forest: Top Ten Things to Eat and Drink

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As Miamians, this time of year can be a little tough. Thanks to our balmy weather and eternal sunshine, seasonal spirit can be hard to come by. So like good little elves, locals flock to Santa's Enchanted Forest to bask in some semblance of holiday cheer.

Dubbed the world's largest Christmas theme park, the spot has been inspiring intense emotions amongst locals for 30 years. But whether you love it or hate it - you can't deny that it's as Christmasey as our city gets.

Locals will espouse various reasons for their annual attendance -- the wild animal shows, the carnival rides, the twinkly lights, etc.

But you're a Short Order reader, so we know the real reason you shell out the admission fee, endure screaming children and hike five miles from the parking lot: the eats. While it may be greasy, overpriced and hopelessly messy - carnival food is also undeniably delicious.

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Labor Day Barbecue Tips from Miami's Top Pastor and Grillmaster

More focus on the barbecue, less on the decor makes for a better rack.

It can sometimes be hard to find Mark Gibson -- the pastor-turned-grillmaster and owner of Ribs-2-Go catering -- among the swarm of candy colored food trucks rolling around Wynwood. It's easy, however, to smell him.

He's not on Twitter nor did he even want to be mentioned by name when, with Labor Day approaching, he offered some grilling tips for those with less (wo)man hours spent over the pit.

Gibson moved from Compton to Dania Beach in 2006 as a full time pastor. In 2009 he was transferred to Miami, but only for part-time preaching. He started selling barbecue to his Liberty City flock and later began hitching a metal cage with a built-in grill to his white Ford E Class pickup. You can usually find him around Wynwood and the Design District on weekends selling slabs of ribs, pork brisket, and smoked chicken thigh. At the moment you can find him outside Wood Tavern on Sundays during their "Backyard Boogie." It's not the prettiest of mobile food operations, but it's a no gimmicks, good eatin' kind of operation that has staying power.

Here's some barbecue wisdom:

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Taste of Brickell Coming March 26

​We Miamians just can't get enough of these food festivals, huh? Sharpen your knives and shine your spoons because on Saturday, March 26, we've got another new one popping up: Taste of Brickell. Over 50 local restaurants and vendors will be shoveling out samples at 1201 Brickell Bay Drive (that's between The Mark and The Jade) from noon to 10 p.m., including the new Boiler House, Truluck's, Chophouse, Kosta, and Cittadeli.

Festivalgoers can also expect a live concert (starting at 1 p.m.), cooking demos, a kids' zone, art expo, and, yes, a wine garden tasting tent. Tastings begin at noon so you'll have plenty of time to digest your breakfast before the sampling onslaught.

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