Panther Coffee

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Coffee. Fuel. Life. I need it, and was on the search for a really great cup while I was in Miami. So, I headed over Panther Coffee In Sunset Harbor. 

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This locally based coffee shop specializes in the small-batch roasting of coffee beans, and preparing finely crafted beverages. I ordered a Cappuccino, which was just what I needed. Nice flavor, and a beautiful little heart in the foamed milk. 

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They also have an amazing looking selection of cookies, so, I obviously had to get one. I went for their S’Mores Cookie, because, duh. It’s about the size of a small child’s face, and super delicious (the cookie, not a child’s face). It has a nice, slight crispness on out outside, and a soft, chewy center, riddled with chocolate chunks, graham and tiny bits of caramelized marshmallow. 

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I got creative with it and made a S’Mores S’Mores Cookie with some Birthday Party Squish Marshmallows. It was off the charts. 

The Shorts:
Name: Panther Coffee
Location: 1875 Purdy Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure, the space is open, bright, and you can tell they take a lot of pride in making each coffee.
Would I recommend it? Yes, a great spot to grab a cup, and definitely when it’s accompanied by a giant cookie. 

Balthazar

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So, I feel like 2015 is my year of visiting places that have been around for a while, that I’ve, for whatever reason, yet to go. Balthazar has been around for almost 20 years, which is often a rarity in NYC, let alone anywhere. Well, I finally made my way over to SoHo to check out their brunch. 

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Reservations are definitely recommended, since they’re hardly available, if you don’t have one, you’ll most likely have to wait. But, if you want to pick up some of their pastries and breads, you can just pop into their bakery right next door to get your fix. Otherwise, you’ll enter the grand, open dining room for some traditional bistro fare. 

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I ordered the Smoked Salmon (with crème fraîche and toasted brioche). The presentation was really nice, with diced egg white, herbs, yolks, and capers and onion on the side. This was a really lovely dish, the salmon was fresh and flavorful, and the brioche bread was light and buttery. 

The Shorts:
Name: Balthazar 
Location: 80 Spring Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, the atmosphere just has a special feel to it and the service is wonderful.
Would I recommend it? Yes, I’d make sure to snag a reservation before going, because, who likes to wait anyway? And if you’re not in for the whole thing, check out their bakery next door.