First off, I can’t believe that this is August. What happened to July??? We have a vague memory of fireworks…
If you follow my posts you are aware that last fall Christopher and I made a concerted effort to achieve some semblance of balance. Because we are self-employed, work days can be long as things are often project-orientated rather than an hourly wage. We love what we do but after so long in the trenches we realized there was burn out because we weren’t prioritizing US in the mix. We chose Sunday as a day to walk away from the computer and just have fun. South Florida is full of outdoor things to do that are away from the beach(which I love!) and vary in cost. Groupon is amazing because you can usually find interesting places to eat at a discount, or new things to try.
We have traveled all over the United States and utilize Yelp for awesome food choices. We have never been let down, though the outside of the place might seem sketchy, Yelp offers honest reviews.
Which brings me to the point of the blog lol–since we have moved from Lauderdale by the Sea we are looking for local places to try. Christopher put in a Yelp search and Barn Bites came up–five miles away, we’ve never heard of it, but why not? Chicken and waffles, mimosas–let’s go. Siri did not mention that she was taking us to a Farmer’s Market. But not just any market–this place is huge. As we search for a spot we decide to stick with our plan to go with the flow and see what happens but it looks like a fair ground that might be food trucks–we aren’t sure, and the area is fenced so you can’t see what is going on.
Sundays are the days of adventure so we find a space at the end of a long driveway because the parking lots are all full. I had forgotten my phone and decided to just leave it otherwise I would have pictures but here is the link:
We walked inside and were blown away by all of the competing smells of BBQ meat, spicy Mexican food, egg dishes, organic foods, Thai, Salvadorian, and Venezuelan–which is where we were hooked for barbecue beef, arepas, tostones and roasted corn on the cob. After our amazing meal, we realized this was just the outside of the market and there was so much more to be discovered inside. We didn’t find Barn Bites, our original destination, until after our BBQ, a coconut smoothie, a craft beer from Biscayne Bay, a local beer–a mango mimosa and pulled pork samples. Vats of olives, pickles and homemade mozzarella cheese…fresh fish, and so much produce. There was no way we had room for anything else though we found the Barn Bites booth and decided immediately that we will be coming back. The chicken and waffles were golden!
I highly recommend this place if you are in South Florida and looking for something unique and fun to do–five minutes away, but it felt like we were in a different country. We found out that Gordon Ramsey actually filmed a segment at the market!
I hope that you are enjoying your summer, wherever you are, and taking advantage of the beauty around you. If it is too hot for adventure, then maybe relax in the shade with a glass of whatever refreshes you, and dive into romance
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