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The Kaufmanns craft a variety of sausages each week, including the Venison, augmented with Berkshire pork belly, whiskey and cherries, and the French-inspired Campagne, a heady blend of Berkshire pork, the Kauffmans own bacon, garlic and thyme. A gleaming meat case shows off roaster chickens from Lake Meadow Farms in Ocoee, Fla., and cuts of Florida Wagyu-style beef. Keep an eye on the Proper Sausages website (propersausages.com) for each weeks offerings. For immediate gratification, order from the takeout menu of sandwiches made with choice meats from the store. And choose from a small but well-curated selection of craft beers and small-farm wines. Just dont forget: its the meat thats the star here. (Proper Sausages, 9722 NE Second Avenue, Miami Shores; 786-334-5734.)
Diana Aquino opened The Market in April because she was tired of driving to get the foods she craved: There wasnt a neighborhood place to get juices and healthy foods in the Gables, where I live, especially on weekends. Her family owns Green Gables Café, the restaurant, but Aquino was interested in creating a re-imagined, modern day convenience store of sorts, a place of wholesome provisions. Aquino teamed up with chef Glenn Rice to create a simple menu of juices, soups and sandwiches that can be eaten at the small counter or taken to go. Here, the shelves highlight fresh produce, local products like piquant pickled green papayas from Verde Gardens Farm in Homestead, and Pop Nature coconut-lime popsicles. Locals check on Facebook to see what imaginative sandwich offering will appear each day. Many of the sandwiches are served on local Zak the Baker organic sourdough bread. A cooler holds to-go containers of chilled soba noodle salad and Rices addicting gazpacho.
A blackboard behind the tiny prep area highlights vibrant, tangy juices like the popular Balancer, made with apple, cucumber, kale, romaine lettuce, celery and lemon juice. The Market also serves smoothies, like a rich-tasting carrot and almond milk combo called Whats Up Doc? Ever the modern day food purveyor, Aquino prefers to call them blended drinks: Smoothies sounds so 1990s. (The Market, 300 Aragon Avenue, Suite 130, Coral Gables; 305-448-4330.)