I didn’t do a lot of sketching or visiting places that are on a tourist’s must-see list in Miami. But one place I went to each morning for my coffee was the Cuban Bakery, Versailles. It opened at 8am and all three days that I was in Miami, I was there for my morning cup.
This picture? I’m posting it because it made me happy to be wearing flip flops in December: it just seemed right.
Here’s what I learnt: If you go early, there’s no queue. Tourists box their breakfast munchies, locals get it on a plate. Tourists get a big coffee, but the one in the little styrofoam no logo cup is the best. And the empanadas? Order them fried not baked. Ham&cheese and spinach are both yum!
The lady in the maroon shirt at the center of the sketch below? I saw her yesterday too. The staff said she’s there every morning and sits at the same table, ordering the exact same thing.
Back again on day 3 for my cafe con leche evaporada and flan. I loved the flan it was the creamiest I’ve ever tasted.
And a note to self: gotta get back to Duolingo and learn some Spanish. I had so many things I’d have loved to chat with the staff about and it would have been so much more fun to chat even if I spoke a pidgin version of the language.
Here are previous posts in this series of sketches from Florida. Part 1: Sanibel Island, Part 2: Palm Trees, Part 3: Fishing Boats, and Part 4: The Everglades
And for a fun comparison, here’s a post of my sketches from Florida from 12 years ago.