Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Yardie Spice, Homestead

My wife and I had a business meeting in Fort Lauderdale and on our way home I suggested we pick up dinner in Homestead. Usually my wife is the social secretary but I am proud to say this was my idea. Actually this was my second visit to pick up food here, the last time on my Vespa ride to the Everglades in the summer. It was, we both agreed, a good idea.
Yardie Spice (LINK) is easy to find if you look for it on the east side of Krome Avenue as you come into Homestead from the south end of town, just south of the busway. Its a classic hole in the wall, unpretentious and offers good value for great Caribbean food. JP and his wife own the place  and with their mixed backgrounds from Haiti and Jamaica they offer food from both distinct cultures. Next time I will order Griot (pro: gree-oh!) which is a dish of fried pork chunks with spices Cubans could only dream of...
We had a Jamaican beef patty to share and took our hefty load back to the car to make several meals over the next couple of days. Caribbean food is based on rice and beans of course, poor people's food, but where Cuban and Puerto Rican food is relatively spice-free Jamaica and Haiti spice their food up. Goats are survivors in  poor economies and their meat is a staple, slightly gamey like lamb but rich in a curry or when jerked (rubbed with Jamaican spices). We had jerked chicken and curried goat dishes, and as always they were delicious.
Cheyenne got a walk in the lovely industrial suburb of Homestead so she was happy before the two hour drive home...
 ...and we got to eat Caribbean food, a rare treat in our home. This stuff reminds me of sailing the British islands of the Caribbean, curried goat in wraps, called roti in Grenada and St Vincent, mofongo a weird crushed plantain mound sold as a side dish in Puerto Rico and wild chicken curries in the British Virgin Islands on sailing vacations. 
But here we were home at last, with cold beer and a warm dog and the pleasure of bringing the outside world in, on our own plates.