Pincho Factory

The Pincho Factory is on the top of the list if you are craving a burger.  Their unique twist on the bun grabbed my attention and I had to try it!  Two fried plantains hold together a juicy burger that you wont want to put down.  Now add sweet potato tatter tots and I was in heaven.

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In addition to the wonderful food, the story of how the Pincho Factory began is just as good.  I love seeing families create legacies through hard work and a dream…. and that’s what cousins Nedal and Otto did.  The Pincho Factory created core values that can be felt when you walk through the door, they are “more than writing on the wall, these are words we live by.”

  1. DO THE RIGHT THING AT ALL TIMES
  2. CUSTOMER SERVICE SECOND TO NONE
  3. QUALITY NEVER COMPROMISED
  4. CREATE A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
  5. BE CREATIVE AND OPEN MINDED
  6. BUILD A POSITIVE TEAM AND FAMILY SPIRIT
  7. BUILD RELATIONSHIPS IN THE COMMUNITY
  8. INTEGRITY AND TRANSPARENCY

We could feel these core values when we visited the Westchester – Miami, Florida location.  We actually felt like we were celebrities when we walked in.  The staff was friendly and engaging, which is a huge step above most quick service restaurants today.  All the way from ordering our food to eating the last bite of our juicy hamburger, the staff checked on us and made sure that we were in deed having a wonderful experience.

I’ll be back in Miami in December and you bet I’ll be back at the Pincho Factory.  You should also make plans to stop in on your next trip to Miami too.  For the full Pincho Factory menu click here.

 

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

Recently I visited the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens in Fort Lauderdale and it felt like I had be transported back to the another era… and possibly even another planet.  Lush tropical landscape fully encapsulated the estate while native Floridian lizards sunned themselves in the light peaking through the palms.  Brilliant bright yellow paint glistened off of the Bonnet House -trimmed with beautiful royal blue drew my eyes near.

Construction beginning in 1920 spanned over 20 years by Frederic Clay Bartlett, an American artist from Chicago, and his wife Helen Birch Bartlett.  Fredric created his interpretation of a Caribbean-style plantation house and the Bonnet House was named after the bonnet lily that grows on the property.  The property was initially a wedding gift given by Hugh Taylor Burch, Helen’s father.  The newlywed couple traveled the world and were avid art collectors which is reflected in the home and makes the tour of the Bonnet House that more intriguing.  A interesting fact about the construction of this estate is that the art studio in the home was the first building to be completed, naturally, given the couples love of art.

Six years after Helen Birch Bartlett’s death in 1925, Frederic remarried to Evelyn Fortune Lilly.  There were many interesting things about Evelyn, but the one that stands out the most was her pet monkeys.  Evelyn acquired pet monkeys after a local club, LeClub, who had 30 to 40 monkeys at the establishment closed. The monkeys were released and sought refuge at the Bonnet House.  It is rumored that today there are still a monkey or two roaming the property.

The Bonnet House Museum & Gardens spans 35.4 acres, including 100 feet of beach, located on the coastal barrier island protected by the mainland from tides.  The Bonnet House estate and the Taylor Birch State Park are a final reminder of the natural environment that made up the barrier islands in 1920.   In 2015, the estate acquired a total of 700 feet of beach front to host special private events and weddings without having to get special permission from the city.

Today the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens provides a rich piece of history unique to Fort Lauderdale and is also a venue for weddings and special events.  If you are planning to visit Fort Lauderdale stop by the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens for a whimsical tour and then take a long walk up the beach imagining what it might have been like in 1920 and living at the Bonnet Estate.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

Continuing my love and passion for agriculture around Texas and beyond, I was pleasantly surprised to find rich agriculture history during a recent trip to Florida when I visited the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.

In 1940 a young graduate of New York University formed a farming colony called Yamato, an ancient name for Japan.  The name comes from the students homeland of Miyazu in Japan.

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Although the colony was not a success in the end the young graduate probably never dreamed that today the farming colony has been transformed into a museum and garden.  It is a place for local Floridians and tourists alike can experience to be Japanese arts and culture.  With over 7,000 Japanese art objects and artifacts, the Morikami Museum and Garden was a beautiful and enriching cultural experience.

 

Beyond it’s sheer beauty, my enjoyment of the museum and gardens partially comes from my desire to visit Japan.  It is on my list of overseas travel because it unknowingly has a special place in my heart.  My parents were stationed in Japan during Vietnam and as a child I grew up hearing about my parents cultural experiences abroad.  Beautiful photos of past times in Japan made me long for a similar experience of adventure and the need to experience another culture.

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I recommend visiting the museum and gardens on a Sunday, shortly after your brunch at the Sundy House.  If you missed my recap of our bottomless mimosas and tropical stroll through their gardens click here and read all about the brunch that will change your life.

Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
4000 Morikami Park Road
Delray Beach, FL 33446

Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-5pm
Closed Mondays and major holidays

Adults – $15
Seniors – $13
Children – $9

 

Henry’s Sandwich Station

Henry’s Sandwich Station is what I envision every deli and bakery to be like in small town middle America.  Walking up to the counter to order, you will be stopped in your tracks by a bakery display case filled with pies and all things sinfully sweet.  I would have pressed my face to the glass, but I’m an adult – I think?

Located in Fort Lauderdale, Henry’s Sandwich Station is a great atmosphere for a quick lunch with friends or business partners.  From dine-in to takeout – they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the restaurant is kid friendly.

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Photo Credit:  Henry’s Sandwich Station Facebook Page featured the outside of the building and really captured the atmosphere of the sandwich shop. 

 

Once you’ve made the hurdle past the pie shop, you are greeted by a decadent array of choices on their sandwich menu.  Choosing which sandwich to devour was a challenge because every sandwich sounded truly amazing.  From sandwich spreads, such as cranberry goat cheese jam and truffle mayo, all on homemade hoagie rolls, my eyes were bigger than my stomach.

I found myself asking the question, “how do I choose?”  My go to sandwich at a deli has always been turkey and if there is bacon I’m sold.  So that’s what I did, I went with good old turkey on a hoagie… one of the best decisions of the day I might add.

My list is long, but Henry’s stays on it for my next trip out to Fort Lauderdale.  Stop by and give it a try!

xx-Jennifer

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Milk Money Bar | Kitchen

Tucked away in a trendy Fort Lauderdale neighborhood, Milk Money Bar & Kitchen’s catchy name (that I wish I would have thought of first) has a hip vibe with a coffee bar, cozy dine-in experience and hand-crafted cocktails.  All bases are covered from espresso to cauliflower buffalo wings to a treasure chests full of boozy treasure.

Interior photos sourced from Milk Money Bar | Kitchen website 

If you like buffalo wings, but you’re watching your waist line, trick your taste buds with the Cauliflower Buffalo Wings I could have eaten them for days.  A tad spicy, but nothing I couldn’t handle, I’d like a bucket to go please!  I also tried their Farmhouse Burger that apparently was so delicious I didn’t have the time to take a photo, so you’ll have to take my word for it.

Let’s pause and talk about the craft cocktail masterpieces at Milk Money… The SAILOR TO PIRATE  comes in an actual treasure chest and when opened it pours out smoke creating a unique experience to the bar.  The Sailor to Pirate is created with Oak and Cane Rum, Simple Syrup, Aromatic Bitters, Pina Colada Ice Block and Cinnamon.

If rum isn’t your style, I sipped on (ok I did not sip, possibly gulped) AL CAPONE’S SOUTHSIDE FIZZ.  I’m not sure if it was the promise of Prosecco or the thrill of the name, but the drink was filled with Bulldog Gin, Prosecco, Fresh Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Sliced Cucumber and a Mint garnish.

If you’re in the mood for a little espresso with your meal or a chaser to your cocktail, they have you covered.  Warsaw Coffee Company is conveniently located within the walls of Milk Money Bar | Kitchen.  Although I didn’t get to enjoy their espresso or weekend brunch during my trip to Fort Lauderdale, the menu looked amazing.   See their full breakfast, lunch dinner and cocktail menus here Milk Money Bar | Kitchen.

 xx- Jennifer

Sundy House

A tropical and historical step back into the early 1900’s; the Sundy House Restaurant, Boutique Inn and Botanical Garden in Delray Beach, Florida stole my heart.  The Sundy House is already back on the list for any future trips to Delray Beach – and here’s why…

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Beautiful brick pavers lead the way to the entrance of the Sundy House restaurant where we began our morning enjoying their famous Sundy House Brunch.  Every sense was triggered, as we found our seats in the Sundy House dinning room.  With every sip of the endless mimosas – the taste of crisp bubbles filled our mouths, a solo vocalist’s voice echoed through the tall ceilings and the aroma of freshly prepared waffles and crepes filled the air.

Brunch spanned two rooms, ranging in delicious traditional breakfast foods to a charcuterie station, seafood, fried chicken, mac & cheese, desserts, and ice cream.  If you would like to indulge in this tasty feast of a brunch be prepared to pay $75 per person (adults), plus tax and gratuity.  My recommendation would be to make a reservation and note the the max seating time is 2.5 hours due to the high demand.

After brunch we took our mimosas and strolled out into the tropical gardens to experience the lush greenery, statues, and water features that spanned throughout the boutique inn courtyard.  Although we did not stay at the Inn, we agreed that we would come back very soon.

Not far from the Sundy House is Downtown Delray Beach where you will find streets lined with shopping, art galleries, dining and nightlife.  This charming little seaside town was full of life and friendly, it’s a great place to have a romantic getaway or even take the family.

Happy Travels – Jennifer