You see I've always been a huge fan of the classic Cuban sandwich, but here in the DC area it's difficult to find one that's both delicious AND authentic. Within 3 blocks of my house I can get some of El Salvador's finest pupusas, and Bolivia's wonderful salteñas, but this area lacks a really good Cuban restaurant. (If you happen to know of one, PLEASE leave a comment and tell me about it.)
I booked our flights and a hotel room and it was decided. We were going to Miami. Fast forward to April 21. Our flight was to leave National Airport at 11am. I was sound asleep at 5am, dreaming of ham and pork and pickles and spicy mustard all pressed between two pieces of hot crispy baguette, when all of a sudden I awoke to the sound of my phone ringing. I groggily answered while trying to clear my throat, only to hear an automated message from an airline (that shall remain nameless) telling me our flight was cancelled due to an engine malfunction. I don't think I've ever been more livid. Thankfully, my house is only five minutes from the airport and there were some open seats on a flight leaving at 7am. We threw our bags in the back of a cab and we were on our way.
|Jerry's Famous Deli - This SoCal staple also has a SoBe location.|
|Duck wanton and chicken samosa|
|Avocado wantons with sun-dried tomatoes, pickled red onion and fresh cilantro. Served in a puddle of soy sauce with green onion and both black and white sesame seeds.|
|Thai tacos - There were three on the plate when the waiter brought them, but one was already down the gullet before we could get the camera out.|
What was I talking about at the beginning of this verbose post? Oh right, Cuban sandwiches! Our last night in Miami (also my birthday), my wish finally came true. I had the best Cuban sandwich of my life at Lario's on the Beach. Not only that, but I had the privilege of enjoying with with some friends who happened to be in town. I didn't manage to get a picture of the perfect Cuban, but I assure you, it looked as phenomenal as it tasted.
If you made it this far without falling asleep or dying of boredom, below is a reward in the form of some more visual stimulation.