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New Meetup: A Taste of Haitian Culture

From: Tamara
Sent on: Saturday, March 6, 2010 1:13 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Pageturners: A Miami Book Club for Women!

What: A Taste of Haitian Culture

When: Saturday, March 20,[masked]:00 PM

Tap Tap Haitian Restaurant
819 5th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Tap Tap, a cherished local institution, is located on Fifth Street in South Beach. Part restaurant, part art gallery and cultural center, Tap Tap, founded in 1994 by Haitian documentary filmmaker Katherine Kean, features authentic Haitian "home cooking" and a dazzling collection of culturally interpretive art by some of the island's most acclaimed masters, who flew to Miami to leave their unique marks on the town for their friend and fellow artist from a different medium.

While it's a neat thing that Tap Tap showcases Haitian art, music and culture, the most significant thing about the place is its consistently excellent rendering of simple and classic food from the small island nation that shares Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. Night after night, Tap Tap turns out reasonably-priced Haitian fare so authentic it could be served on any family dinner table from Port-au-Prince to Petionville, and even into the countryside, without objection.

For starters, Tap Tap offers a wonderfully rich pumpkin soup with leeks, cabbage, celery, potato, carrot and the root vegetable malanga. Appetizers include malanga fritters or grilled goat tidbits with a watercress dipping sauce, or avocado filled with herring. Salads include an avocado and tomato salad with onion, olive oil and lime; a beet salad with potato, hard-boiled egg and watercress, or a house salad with mango, watercress, carrots and mixed greens. Main dishes include stewed goat, fried pork chunks, stewed beef with okra, conch in Creole sauce, stewed chicken, or the exotic spaghetti with herring. House specialties include a whole steamed fish in lime sauce, or deep-fried without a sauce; shrimp in Creole sauce, or shrimp in coconut sauce. Grilled dishes include fresh catch of the day, goat, chicken, conch or spiny lobster. Popular Haitian desserts include sweet potato pie, coconut pudding, and banana fritters.

Come join us as we take a culinary trip to Edwidge Danticat's Haiti!

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