seafood paella

Recently, a couple members of the Hungry Crew joined me in checking out one of Miami’s seafood hotspots, Rincon Escondido Tapas, located at 2697 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33137. Rincon serves traditional Spanish and Argentinean cuisine in a tapas style and has quite the reputation for their seafood paella.

THE RESTAURANT

Rincon has the classic “hole-in-the-wall” appeal. Everyone knows that hole-in-the-wall restaurants have the best eats. Outside, there is seating on a raised concrete patio. Inside, Rincon is cozy, with small tables clustered about that can be rearranged depending on the size of your party. It also had an eclectic décor. Rincon is perfect for casual dining, no reservation is necessary, unless you want to order Rincon’s most popular dish: the paella. It’s a good idea to call ahead if you want to order that dish. All of their food is made to order and the paella – which comes with either chicken or seafood – takes about an hour to prepare.

THE FOOD

seafood pallea
The paella is a must try at Rincon, but call ahead if you and your party don’t want to wait for this dish. It takes about an hour to prepare. Photo: Rincon 

Rincon’s seafood paella (“Paella de Mariscos”) is a traditional paella with shrimp, squid, mussels, and clams. One order typically feeds two people, but the Hungry Crew and I ate to contentment and had leftovers – which tasted even better the next day. The presentation of the dish was mouthwatering, the aroma was delicious. It was flavorful, but a bit salty. Luckily, we each had a glass of white wine sangria to cleanse our pallets.

While waiting for our seafood paella, we indulged in some tapas. We ordered the grilled squid (Chipirones a la Plancha), cod fish croquettes (Croquetas de Bacalao), and sautéed garlic shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo).

Before the tapas arrived at our table, the owner served us a small bowl of potato salad as a starter. I usually don’t like potato salad that isn’t made by my mother, but Rincon’s potato salad was tasty. It was well seasoned and not overly creamy.

As we were finishing the potato salad, the grilled squid arrived with warm bread on the side. The grilled squid was not big on flavor. However, the oil based sauce that it was served in was delicious with the bread. Next came the codfish croquettes and OMG they were fantastic! The four pieces were just enough to wet our pallets. Shortly before the seafood paella came out, the sautéed garlic shrimp arrived with more warm bread, it was delicious. The shrimp was well seasoned and perfectly cooked with a kick of spice.

 

Grilled squid served in a buttery lemon sauce.

We ended our meal on a sweet note with flan–a creamy custard dessert popular in Spain. It was divine. The flan’s consistency was perfect and was not overly sweet.

BOTTOM LINE

Overall, I would give Rincon Escondido a rating of four out of five shrimp. It’s a great place to enjoy scrumptious seafood in Miami while hanging out with friends or a casual date night.

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Traveling is one of our favorite pastimes. Nothing is more exhilarating than a new adventure, a change of scenery and amazing experiences you will never forget. But what’s most thrilling? Exploring foods unlike any other we have experienced. That is where the idea for Traveling While Hungry came from.

Traveling While Hungry is a group travel series created for the millennial traveler who wants to take in a new city or country while embracing the native foods of the area. And while it isn’t possible to stop into every great restaurant in town on a one-day trip, it is possible to get a sampling of some of the best foods a city has to offer. Who wants to eat junk food on their entire vacation? Or spend unnecessary coins on hotel room service? Not us. And do not even think about finding a restaurant on your own. Searching for a place to eat via never-ending Yelp reviews is just plain time-consuming. 

Because the focus of this travel series is placed on good food, not just the destination, you can uncover hidden restaurants you wouldn’t otherwise know about. Hitting the road every once in a while to treat yourself to deliciously unique foods is the best. 

The plus is that you do not have to do it alone. During our trips, you can eat whatever your little heart desires with individuals who love food just as much as you do. You will be with people from all walks of life and a variety of interesting places. You can be as spontaneous as you want all while developing new friendships. It takes away the anxiety of traveling and dining alone. 

Want more information on our next stop? Be sure to head to our Facebook group for all the latest updates and discussion.

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When you think of Philadelphia, your mind probably goes to its infamous cheesesteak. And we don’t blame you; it is a mouth-watering staple. However, you’d be missing out if you thought the food adventure ends there. Philadelphia is also known for a bevy of delectable cuisine that is not only fun, eclectic and tasty, but it won’t break the bank either. We’re talking soft pretzels, hoagies, barbecue hot dogs, Italian rolls and so much more. Don’t want to simply take our word for it? Come and join us for the next installment of our Traveling While Hungry Series as we make a much-needed stop in the City of Brotherly Love.

Departing from Manhattan on April 8, attendees will travel via bus to enjoy all the food Philly has to offer. One ticket covers a full day at the Philly Farm and Food Fest, where you can devour Mid-Atlantic eats (and some boozy libations), share in great laughter and create authentic connections with fellow foodies. And trust us, you’ll have plenty of time to venture out of your taste bud comfort zone. In addition to a cheesesteak run (yum!), the day will include an opportunity to explore the tastiest brunch spots, hit up the Italian Market and take part in the prohibition mixology tour. But no worries! We’ll be hanging as group so you’ll never be alone. Food truly brings people together and you’re guaranteed a memorable experience that will last a lifetime.

Tickets are available for purchase for $147.00 per individual. Please visit link to RSVP and get more details here. Each attendee will also get a Must Eat Guide to help get the most out of their trip. Sound like fun? See you soon!

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Revolution Tacos Korean Short Rib
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In my latest trip to Philadelphia, I was on the hunt for the best tacos and came across Revolution Tacos. It was a close walk from my hotel, so I figured why not go check it out? It was early afternoon and I walked in anticipating a long line. There were only a few people ahead of me so I was beyond pleased. After all, my stomach was begging for some grub.

What I loved about the menu, was that they weren’t afraid to play around with ingredients. From cauliflower tacos, to braised pork ribs and duck confit, my eyes widened over the options. Revolution Tacos also offers burritos, empanadas and rice bowls so there’s defintely something for everyone. Before I ordered my two tacos, I had to get a jarrito. Jarritos are popular Mexican sodas and they pack a punch in flavor. It was so refreshing to kick back and wait for my order with my jarrito in hand.

Revolution Tacos Jarrito's

Finally, the Korean short rib and Chipotle BBQ brisket tacos were ready for me and my sweetheart. Because we ordered two tacos each, it was perfect to mix and match without having to share. The short rib was lathered in the aoli sauce. It didn’t cause for a mess and it was sticky against the tortilla. The meat was tender and paired well with the freshness of the cilantro sprinkled over it.

Revolution Tacos Korean Short Rib

However, the Chipotle BBQ Brisket tacos stole the show. I’m not a huge fan of slaw but the crunchiness of it, with the heat of the jalapenos, just made it a bite worth bragging about. There was an additional crunchy texture brought to the table by the crispy shallots. This diminished the original qualities the shallots would normally have, which I’m not a huge fan of. It was instead replaced for texture and allowed the other flavors to blossom. Revolution Tacos had to have served me one of the best tacos I’ve ever had. The chicken was also dipped in a sauce that served up a kick and it was a happy marriage in between the tortilla. I plan to return again.

Revolution Tacos Chipotle BBQ Brisket

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After traveling to Chicago, Atlanta and Miami, I came across these 3 must try restaurants. It’s hard enough finding a great place to eat when you’re traveling but we’ve made it easy.

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Breakfast Club London Pancakes
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Not too interested in indulging in an English Breakfast, I sought out the Breakfast Club in London. All of my London friends said it was the must eat brunch spot and the line outside was my confirmation. Greeted by bright colors and a vibrant staff, we knew were in for a treat. Now we just had to figure out how many pounds to tip. Managing the conversion was only getting harder by the day.

Breakfast Club London

They don’t offer mimosas so we were stuck with fresh orange juice. Feeling refreshed and sober, I prayed that the food will make up for it. We were in close quarters towards the back of the establishment but it wasn’t overbearing in the least. The closer to the kitchen, the sooner the food will get to us, right?! We started with a shared plate of the pancakes, that looked too good to pass up. Layered in vanilla cream and berries, it was perfectly made for two. We originally saw the dish over at another table which only solidified our order. A bit of a messy dish, these pancakes couldn’t stand a chance.

Breakfast Club London Pancakes

But, I wasn’t going to leave without ordering the chorizo hash. After all, the pancakes was to share and this, was not. What I loved most about the hash was the comfort it brought me during every bite. Heavy chunks of chorizo and plenty of colorful flavors danced around my plate and taste buds. The poached egg was as close to perfect as it could be. It broke apart over the dish and melted right into the potatoes.

Breakfast Club London Hash

This went on until we couldn’t consume anymore food. But one thing to know, is that The Breakfast Club is worth the wait. If you plan to go, be sure to download a currency converter app. Pretty sure we did end up tipping too much after all.

Big Ben London

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