A Year In Miami Food

December 31, 2012

So 2013 is within reach and so far we've survived a presidential election, a Superstorm Hurricane, Michael Phelps' (and his freakishly long torso) last swim in the Summer Olympics and the Mayans (unless they're running on Miami time, then we're all screwed). This was a busy year for America and on a local level, South Florida was busy as well. People throughout South Florida stood in voting lines for hours showing their commitment to democracy. After the Summer Olympics everyone and their abuela either knew Dannell Leyva personally or was friends with his cousin, ex-boyfriend girlfriend or high school classmate. Florida gained its first EVER openly gay politician when Miami Beach voted in David Richardson to a House seat. The Miami Heat won the championship leading to impromptu street parties from Hialeah to Calle Ocho. Many people dusted off their casuelas and took to the streets (myself included) in a prideful celebration that lasted until the early morning cops showed up. Last (but most definitely not least) are the Miami parody videos that everyone could relate to; Sh*t Miami Girls Say (part 1 and 2) were a hysterical hit that had people quoting them for months to come, “What's your cheapest pink wine?”

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December 17, 2012

In need of a Christmas gift for the pork lover in your life? Well, I've teamed up with P.I.G Inc Apparel, a locally owned apparel company created for foodies/chefs/lechon lovers, to give away a few of their awesome chef inspired t-shirts! Up for grabs are one of each of the following shirts:

Enter for the contest BELOW! You can tweet once a day for additional entries! Winners announced THIS FRIDAY!!

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Crackers Casual Dining Brings Southern Cooking to Miami Springs

December 14, 2012

A couple of friends from high school had been telling me about Crackers for a while. My friend Olga encouraged me to go every chance she got, then another friend started to tell me about their fried chicken and cherry pie. Finally, I decided I needed to give it a shot. Actually I gave it three shots.

White Chocolate Dipped Key Lime & Pistachio Biscotti Recipe For The Food Blogger Cookie Swap!

December 12, 2012

I decided to join the 2012 Food Blogger Cookie swap because I wanted to meet other food bloggers through out the country. However, I didn't realize it would lead to me publishing my first recipe. I wish I could take the credit for this recipe, but the truth is I can't. The original recipe comes from Hedy Goldsmith's cookbook, Baking Out Loud. Hedy is a true inspiration to anyone who loves desserts and her cookbooks makes any home cook feel capable of making restaurant grade desserts. I made a few adjustments to the recipe to make it more of my own.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

White Chocolate Dipped Key Lime & Pistachio Biscotti

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1cup sugar
Zest of 3 key limes
1 ½ cup of lightly salted pistachios
2 extra large eggs
1 extra large egg yolk
Juice of 1 key lime
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 11oz package of ghirardelli white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and position rack in the center of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Burgers-N-Broads Calendar Giveaway!

December 7, 2012

I've teamed up with Burger Beast to give away 3 of his Burgers-N-Broads calendars (just in time for the holidays!). If you like burgers and boobs broads, this is the calendar for you! Burger Beast recently unveiled his boobalicious burgerlicious calendar in November and the calendar features 12 local hot ladies at 12 local burger joints!

All the details on what restaurants were featured in the calendar and how to purchase the calendar is available here.

Entering is ridiculously easy and the winner will be randomly chosenand announced on Monday!!

Get to it!

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Sabor a Peru Also Has Sabor a Crappy Service

November 30, 2012

So I've gone to Sabor a Peru a couple of times now and I'm left with mixed feelings. It's a small place in the same building as Salsa Fiesta on US1 and 29th st in Miami. Every time I had driven passed it, I couldn't help but notice how many people were at this tiny restaurant. So I had to check it out for myself and although the food is good, the waitresses are definitely lacking a little something called “customer service.” So I'm on the fence, what do you do when the food is good, but the service sucks?

Pincho Factory Gets An Extreme Makeover

November 28, 2012

Saying Pincho Factory has had a face lift is a terrible understatement. Saying Pincho Factory has undergone an Extreme Makeover including Brazilian butt lift, lipo and a new hair do would be more befitting. I was able to sit down for a couple of minutes with the extremely busy, Nedal Ahmad to give me the run down on all the changes going on at Pincho Factory. Get all the details on all the new changes here!

Fritanga Burger From Pincho Factory
Restaurant Details:
Pincho Factory
(305) 631-2038
9860 SW 40th St
Miami, FL 33165

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Vote For Chef Adrianne & Win $100 To Her Restaurant!

November 26, 2012

It's time for another giveaway! This time it's a little more complicated, but the prize is a $100 gift certificate to Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar, which I've written about before.

As some of you may know, Chef Adrianne Calvo is participating in the Master Holiday Chef Challenge, which is a a national chef recipe competition featuring 14 chefs from throughout the U.S. People (like yourself) can vote for their favorite chef from now until December 12, 2012. The participating chefs are as follows:

Adrianne Calvo (Miami)
Matt Selby (Denver)
Brian McCracken (Seattle)
Dana Tough (Seattle)
Kevin LaCivita (Richmond, Va.)
Jason Barwikowski (Portland, Ore.)
Jared VanCamp (Chicago)
Chai Chaowasaree (Honolulu)
Tim Spinner (Philadelphia)
Rob Wilson (Laguna Beach, Calif.)
Jordan Wakefield (Atlanta)
Robert Sisca (Boston)
Ryan Jaronik (New York)
Monica Pope (Houston)
Jonathan Merritt (San Francisco)

As you can see, Chef Adrianne is the only person representing the 305 in this national competition, so we need to help a sista out!

Feeling Fruity Thanks to FruitFlowers!

Last week I got an amazing fruit basket from FruitFlowers to review and all I can say is "WOW!" This massive fruit arrangement was not only delicious, but visually impressive. I received their Sleigh Bells arrangement with chocolate dipped strawberries just in time for the holiday season. The pineapples were carefully cut in the shape of a flower, slices of kiwi acted as rose buds for the strawberries, melons were carefully sliced and all were mouthwateringly delicious.

Photo Courtesy of FruitFlowers.com

100 for 660 Giveaway!

November 15, 2012

A while back I wrote a post on the great brunch I had at 660 at the Angler's Resort. The restaurant has a new executive chef, Carlos Torres, a brand new Spanish/Latin American fusion menu and the best pan de bono I've had in the US. That being said, I've teamed up with this delicious restaurant to simply GIVE AWAY a $100 gift certificate to 1 lucky winner! Now I know you're wondering, "Mija, how do I win?!" and the answer is easy!
Participants must complete the following in order to be eligible to win:

1. Jump over to Twitter and follow @FatgirlHedonist AND @AnglersResort

2. Send a tweet that states the following:

"I want to win $100 from @AnglersResort and @FatgirlHedonist!! http://tinyurl.com/100for660"

3. Just sit back and wait!
A winner will be chosen at random on Friday November 23, 2012 at 3:00pm. The lucky winner will be announced on Twitter.

 Now get out there and tweet!

Common Threads: Teaching Miami's Youth How To Cook And Be Healthy!

November 14, 2012

For those of you that follow my hijinks on Twitter, I've been tweeting about and volunteering at Common Threads events for a couple of months now. A question I get consistently asked is, “What is Common Threads? Is it a clothes store?” The answer is “It's not a clothes store!” I decided to sit down with the new Miami Program Manager for Common Thread, Jeanne Necessary, to shed some light on what exactly this amazing non-profit organization is doing in Miami.

  Students with Chef Michelle Bernstein at the World Festival. Photo courtesy of Common Threads

Authentic Thai Food Hidden in Doral

November 13, 2012

I've been consistently hitting up this little spot in Doral for lucnh and it's about time I share it with you. It's called Doral Thai Restaurant and I should warn you, it's pretty addictive. When I fist visited, the first thing that caught my attention was the giant line of people waiting outside the restaurant during a busy lunch hour. I decided to pull in and check it out for myself. The small restaurant sits about 50 people and this place was bursting at the seems during a busy Thursday lunch rush. Big crowds aren't always a clue that a restaurant is good, but it was definitely enough to pique my interest.

Good Mexican Food Does Exist Outside of Homestead!

November 5, 2012

On one of my recent lazy Sundays, my friend and I found ourselves driving down US1 from Fort Lauderdale looking for food. I was craving Mexican food, but didn't have the energy to drive to BFE Homestead. I then remembered Cheen Huaye in Aventura had good Mexican food, but it had been a long while since I had been. It was was definitely time to revisit.

We walked up to a relatively busy restaurant and sat inside because it was way to damn hot to sit outside (sitting outside in Miami heat is only for tourists and masochists). We were promptly served housemade chips and salsa. I loved the salsa, they fire roast their own rajas and make this smokey, lightly spicy salsa all on their own. Definitely inhaled these and could not stop eating them.


October 31, 2012

Most people love burgers and I am most definitely one of them. I love all types of burgers, spicy, cheesy, loaded with weird ingredients, or plain jane burgers. You just can't go wrong. So when I was approached to be a judge for the upcoming Burgerlicious event, I was not only excited, I went ahead and scheduled an appointment with a cardiologist. The Burgerlicious event is put on by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and kicks off Miami Live Music Month.

Cheeseburger from 

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Eat At These Places If You Love TETAS!

October 3, 2012

I know most people think about Halloween when they think about the month of October, but what some don't know is that October is also all about Breast Cancer Awareness! Several South Florida restaurants are doing their part and donating proceeds to breast cancer organizations throughout month. If you like healthy boobs (or boobs in general for that matter), then be sure to check out these local vendors that are donating proceeds to the cause!

To get the list of places participating in Pinktober, jump over here!

660 at the Angler's Hotel is Rocking Out a New Chef & New Brunch Menu

September 27, 2012

I had been to 660 at the Angler's about a year ago when the restaurant was under a different chef. A shitty parking situation and not-so-great food led to me never returning, until now. I try to stay away from South Beach as much as humanly possible. Between the pata sucias making their early morning walks of shame to the myriad of tourists that drive worse than Hialeah residents, South Beach tends to be tremendo shit show.

I decided to give it another shot and luckily my friend was willing to check it out with me. We made our way to South Beach early and were able to find parking at a cheap $1.75 an hour. I mumbled to myself, “Mira que le ronca el mango a esta gente,” and paid $4.00 for a little over 2 hours, de pinga. We made our way into the Angler's hotel. The restaurant itself offers a lot of outdoor/lounge seating for the tourists that want to be seen, pero con el calor que hay my ass went indoors. The indoor decoration looks plush and fancy, yet comfortable. Our waiter, John, was very accommodating and took the time to explain the entire menu including their bottomless mimosas. I will admit that the mere mention of 'bottomless mimosas' made me want to shout, 'DASSIT!” but I had to regain control of myself. I settled on some bottomless house coffee and decided the mimosas would be better enjoyed when I have a designated driver.

We started off with some freshly baked cheese bread, Pan de Bono for my fellow Colombianos. It was served with house-made Guava Butter. Now the cheese bread was probably the best cheese bread I've had outside of Medellin. It was piping hot and fresh out of the oven. It was was firm and slightly crisp on the outside then doughy and cheesy on the inside. Slather on that delicious guava butter and you officially had a morning O-face. Once we were done with the pan de bono, we held that guava butter hostage on our table and made sure it didn't go anywhere.

After having a complete breakdown of our menu, I decided to go with their Torreja Sandwich. Now I should mention, their menu has definitely changed quite a bit. The menu now offers several items with a lot of Spanish/Latin flare. We were also warned that the dishes were large portions, so to be sure and order accordingly. Back to my torrejas, the menu specifies that the Torreja Sandwich comes with dulce de leche, condensed milk, fresh berries and queso fresco... wait, what? The queso fresco through me off completely, but I was intrigued so I decided to give it a shot. The torrejas came assembled as a sandwich with dulce de leche generously slathered all over the insides and dusted with confectioner's sugar, queso fresco and fresh berries over the top. On the side there were small tubs filled with condensed milk and maple syrup to add at your leisure. The torreja itself was slightly crisp on the outside, then soft and warm on the inside. The queso fresco gave the whole dish a little bit of saltiness that played well with the dulce de leche (almost like a salted caramel flavor). All in all, this dish was a diabetic's worst nightmare, but in the best way imaginable. Since I had the hostage guava butter, I made sure to add some of that to each bite. All I can say is wow! The Guava butter sky rocketed the entire dish to brunch nirvana. This was some of the best french toast I've had in a very long time and there was so much going on that I didn't even bother with the maple syrup. I know I'll be back for this, soon.

My friend went with their Benedicto; their take on eggs benedict with short rib, tomato salsa and scallion hollandaise on a Cuban roll. The eggs benedict also come with a side of papitas and mixed green salad. The eggs were perfectly poached, the short rib was well seasoned and ridiculously tender. The Cuban roll was fresh and soft, so soft that it fell victim to the tomato salsa, making the bread a little soggy in some parts. The tomato salsa had a bit of heat that gave you a nice wake up call. The papitas were 660's take on home fries and they were yummy. Not only were they perfectly seasoned, piping hot and slightly spicy they went perfectly with the Benedicto. Now I will mention, with all this deliciousness on one plate, my friend didn't even glance at the mixed green salad.

We left 660 happy and full. Not only was the food and service great, the prices were reasonable (even for South Beach standards). If you're looking for a fun place for Brunch in South Beach, or want to feel posh without breaking the bank, be sure to check out 660 at the Angler's and the creations Chef Torres has to offer.

Restaurant Details:
660 at The Angler's
(786) 594-5811
660 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Vegan Cookies That Make You Say Om Nom Nom

September 18, 2012

This week’s spotlight is on Om Nom Nom vegan cookie company. This local start-up company is the brain child of Anthea Ponsetti and has been in existence for a little over a year. The name may sound familiar because this cookie has been making its way around the block. Om Nom Nom cookies are currently being sold at several places through out south Florida, including Panther Coffee. They’re also being sold in Denver and in due time they’ll be available in California and throughout the east coast. This is definitely a start-up company on the rise, but how did it all start? Well Anthea was kind enough to meet with me and give me the chisme.

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Burritoville Should Be Called Microwaveville

September 15, 2012

There are several things Hialeah needs like a good sushi restaurant, a good mall, a bagel shop, restrictions on how many chickens a person can own in a private home and a good Mexican restaurant.  I was hoping that this post would be a positive one, but alas that ain’t finna happen. I thought I had found a solution to one of Hialeah’s many problems when I stumbled upon Burritoville in nearby Miami Springs, but man was I wrong. I went twice for lunch to make sure I got a good idea of what the place was like and the picture I put together was store-bought and preheated crap. The place itself is cute, located in the center of a small shopping plaza with a lot of outdoor seating, but we all know looking cute ain’t everything.

On my first visit, I went with their Jamaican Jerk Steak burrito. Now don’t ask me what Jamaican jerk seasoning has ANYTHING to do with Mexican cuisine, pero all I know is that it didn’t taste that bad. Now the menu boasts that this burrito is “very spicy” and it comes filled with refried beans, Spanish rice, jack cheese and sweet plantains. The burrito was rolled up like a giant taquito with both ends oozing out its contents. I took my first bite and bit into a cold plantain, lovely. The steak tasted fresh and was hot, but not "very spicy" by any standard. The slight sprinkling of cheese wasn’t even melted in the burrito. The rice and refried beans were warm, at best. I’ve always had a thing about refried beans; they give me the heebie-jeebies and remind me of something I’d find in a baby’s dirty diaper. I digress, the rice, refried beans and plantains all tasted decent and had they been made fresh or left in the microwave a bit longer, they might’ve been better.  I was left disappointed, but I didn’t want to give up on this place yet. 

The inside of the burrito... yummy looking, no?

Initially the service was attentive, but as my meal progressed it shifted from attentive to forgetful. Asking for more water was like engaging in the battle of Tabasco. When I first sat down, I was brought some tortilla chips and salsa. The waitress did mention their salsa is homemade and I did notice chunks of fresh tomato and cilantro. At first, the waitress was nice, but once my meal was served it was as if she no longer wanted to be bothered. I had to fight the urge to tell the waitress, “Oye vieja, la propina todavia no se ha dadoMiraver si te pones las pilas.” For my non-spanish speaking amigos that translates to, “Excuse me ma’am, but your tip hasn’t been given just yet. Prompter service would be appreciated.”

On my second and final visit, I decided to go with their Chicken Tacos al Carbon. They are supposed to be marinated chicken tacos with guacamole,sour cream and pico de gallo served with a side of Spanish rice and those pesky refried beans. You have the option of having your tacos on corn or flour tortillas. I asked my shitty lovely waitress which one was homemade and was told neither, so I just went with the flour tortillas.  Now I know I ain’t Mexican, but thanks to Taco Bell I think I know what a taco is supposed to look like. What I got were three flour tortillas rolled up like enchiladas and topped with guacamole (that is also store bought), sour cream and pico de gallo. The contents of the flour tortillas were warm, tasteless and unseasoned chicken breast. That chicken had absolutely no flavor and was obviously the previous night’s leftovers.  This time around the refried beans were cold and had a stingy sprinkling of unmelted cheese. The Spanish rice was the best part of the meal, it was actually warm and flavorful, but good rice isn’t enough to make me go back to this place.

I decided not to even wait for the check since I had the unfortunate luck of getting the same waitress. I left my money on the table and walked off. The best part was having the waitress catch me as I was walking away (she probably thought I skipped out on the bill) to ask if I wanted anything else. Of course I didn’t want anything else. I took my hungry ass to Casa Marin in Hialeah and ate a Cuban sandwich, which is probably what I should’ve done in the first place. Until then, I wait patiently til someone (or myself) opens up a good Mexican restaurant in/near Hialeah.

Don’t bother with Burritoville, if you want Mexican food close to Hialeah go to Taco Bell before hitting this place up. Not only was the food cold and reheated not fresh and lacking flavor, saying the service was poor is an understatement. 

Restaurant Details:
(305) 863-2224
1 Curtiss Pkwy
Miami Springs, FL 33166

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No Slowing Down for Copperpots!

September 13, 2012

Copperpots is a locally owned startup company owned by a young couple, Vanessa Safie and Tom Wilfong. Copperpots has been in existence for less than a year, but in that short time they’ve gathered a cult following for their ingenious creations. You can find their concoctions at a couple of local establishments including Sweetness Bakeshop, Lokal Burgers & Beer and Pincho Factory. What are their creations, you wonder? Bueno, they’re in the jam business for now, making inventive jams like Pineapple Five spice, Red Onion Marmalade and Spicy Mango Jam from locally accessible fruits and veggies. However, they’ll be expanding all too soon. They’re starting to spread their wings and branch out into the savory world. For the last two weeks they’ve been selling their addictive homemade Sriracha hot sauce. I was lucky enough to catch these two for a quick interview to see what they’ve got up their sleeves and what they’re currently got cooking.

To read the interview go HERE!

Garages, Love Boats & Whales

September 7, 2012

This past weekend my boyfriend and I headed to Fort Myers to see friends and catch some well deserved R&R. In the process we tried to check out some local restaurants and see what the town has to offer. This post will cover three of the locally owned and operated places we hit up.

First up is Ford’s Garage, they’re the small town cousin of Miami’s Burger & Beer joint, specializing in burgers and over 200 craft beers. This was our second go-around at Ford's Garage. On our first visit I went with truffle fries, pulled short rib mac & cheese and their American standard burger. The American standard comes with a black angus burger topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickle on a sesame seed bun. On the first visit I was a little disappointed, my burger looked like a hockey puck was over cooked, the mac and cheese was all mac with no cheese. Seriously, the driest mac and cheese I’d ever had. However the pulled short rib over the top of the mac & cheese was delicious. My truffle fries on the other hand were great and were topped with pecorino romano cheese. From what I’ve heard, when this place opened up it was hands down the best burgers around, my boyfriend even felt they were the best he’d had. Over this past weekend, we tried to give them another shot. They were better this time around, but not phenomenal. I got the American standard again to be able to compare and although my patty was cooked to order, it was still missing something. Even our friends that frequent this restaurant have said that there are times when it's great and others when it's not. Overall, this place seems inconsistent when it comes to their food.

Their beer on the other hand is on point, a huge selection and a neat decor with a vintage Ford car bar.  The place has a great vibe and tons of potential with over 16 burgers to choose from, but it’s been my experience that they’re a hit or miss, but worth giving a try just for the extensive beer selection.
Restaurant Details:
Ford's Garage
(239) 332-3673
2207 W 1st St
Fort Myers, FL 33901

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Up next we’ve got The Beached Whale, a restaurant right on Fort Myers Beach (think of Miami Beach's Collins Ave.) with a sports bar feel and tons of seafood options. Their top floor is dedicated to a full bar and outdoor seating over looking the beach and people on the street. Personally, I loved that all their bottled beers come in a Beached Whale koozie. However, if you have a shell fish allergy, think twice before checking this place out! We got some appetizers including buffalo shrimp, beach bread and mussels. The mussels came in a tomato based/vodka-esque sauce and they must've been great because they were gone in minutes. The beach bread is a baguette smothered in garlic and butter then topped with cheese and diced tomatoes. The bread was deliciously fattening and I don’t regret eating half of it at all. The shrimp looked great, but 5 lonely shrimp for $9 was a bit steep.

 When it came time for our entrees I went with a grouper sandwich; the menu states you can have it blackened, fried, crunchy (covered in corn meal) or broiled, but due to my allergy I can only have the grouper broiled. The fillet was really tender and lightly seasoned, only issue was there was some connective tissue still on the fillet. I got it with buttered, parsley potatoes, they were slightly under-seasoned but still good.  My boyfriend went with their fish tacos which he mentioned tasted great and the fish was fresh, but 2 tacos for nearly $16 he too found a bit steep. I suppose the pricing is due to the proximity to the beach and being mostly a touristy area. My friend's Cuban sandwich seemed good even though it wasn't on Cuban bread, but I did notice her picking pieces of meat off the sandwich, so I can't vouch for it!

Check this place out for their vibe and for great people watching (who knew Fort Myers Beach had so many pata sucias?). Their seafood is fresh, but a bit on the pricey side for what you're getting due to the location.

Restaurant Details:

The Beached Whale
(239) 463-5505
1249 Estero Blvd
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

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My good friends from Copperpots had suggested Love Boat Ice Cream right before heading to Fort Myers. Come to find out our friends that live up there are also big fans of this homemade ice cream shop. Even though we were full from our feast at The Beached Whale, we found some room for ice cream. We made our way in at the perfect moment, because seconds after we walked in a wave of people marched in behind us. The place itself is cute, almost like an old house from the 70's on the side of the highway.

With over 50 homemade ice creams to choose from with flavors like, Blueberry Cheesecake, Rocky Mountain Raspberry and old classics like Cookies N Cream, it was hard to narrow it down. The girls behind the counter humored me and let me try a few before settling on a small cup of Jamocha Almond Fudge. Holy hell, was that delicious and fresh! Every single bite had chunks of almonds, swirls of fudge and the mocha flavored ice cream was great all by itself. Now I know I asked for a small cup, but I don't think these people know what the definition of 'small' is because my cup included 4 generous scoops of ice cream. Now for those of you that know me personally, you may be saying, "Aren't you Lactose Intolerant?" The answer to that is, "Yea, and what?" This tub of ice cream was worth every second of lactose induced agony. My boyfriend went with their old school favorite, Rocky Road. This one didn't disappoint either, very rich with chucks of marshmallow, almonds and choclatey goodness. Our two friends both went with milkshakes, I got a small sip of their Cookies N Cream shake and my knees damn near buckled, but this may have been from the shooting stomach pains caused by my Lactose intolerance.

Rocky Road

Jamocha Almond Fudge
Be sure to make this a MUST if you're ever in Fort Myers or driving through. Don't be shy and try the different flavors!


Restaurant Details:
Love Boat Home Made Ice Cream
(239) 466-7707
16229 San Carlos Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33908

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