Little Havana/Calle Ocho Travel Guide
Jorge: Azucar is located in a decidedly can't-miss-location in the heart of little Havana...
Glenn: ...the mega-sized cone that adorns the front of Azucar can be seen a block away, in a downpour!
Raúl: The owner, Suzy Batlle dishes up some great ice cream in all of my favorite Cuban flavors.
Jorge: Sure, you can get many of the standard "American" flavors here -- chocolate, vanilla, rum raisin, strawberry, and pistachio, but you can get those anywhere.
Raúl: When you come to Miami, it's all about going Latin and we suggest you introduce your jaded Midwestern taste buds to some great tropical flavors.
Raúl: Batlle dishes up all of our favorite fruit flavors, including guava, passion fruit, coconut, mamey, mango -- even avocado.
Jorge: Even more enticing are flavors like mantecado, a rich Cuban ice cream that traditionally contains no vanilla; the mandatory dulce de leche, cuatro leches cake, and a plátano maduro that does banana one better with the more complex yet subtle flavor of sweet plantain.
Glenn: One flavor to look for: guarapiña -- a combination of sugar cane juice and pineapple.
Raúl: Even I had never seen that one before!
Glenn: We were introduced to the shop by a friend who brought us the store's signature dish, a combination of mantecado ice cream, galletas de María cookies, strips of guava paste, and chunks of cream cheese. Wow!
Jorge: The ice cream is based on a recipe from Batlle's grandmother from Cuba, but it's the creative flavors that Batlle has concocted that really makes this place shine.
ATMOSPHERE: Very casual
HOURS: Sunday through Wednesday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. | Thursday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
DRESS: Very Casual
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