Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Week: Doughnuts and Dr Smood

The first week of 2016 is a busy one. Brace yourself with a Monday pick-me-up in the form of a doughnut. Head to the Salty Donut pop-up in Wynwood today for a maple-and-bacon or mimosa-style doughnut. Tuesday, try something different by exploring Miami's best vegan options at one of many eateries offering plant-based dishes. Celebrate hump day with a Mexican-style feast at Cantina La Veinte. Be sure to try a handful of chef Santiago Gomez's favorite dishes. End the week with a visit to Dr Smood, a healthy fast-food outpost in Wynwood offering salads, sandwiches, and vegan pastries.


Doughnuts at the Salty Donut
Though the Salty Donut's official location won't be open till February or March, you can grab one of its handmade craft doughnuts at the pop-up in Wynwood (29 NW 24th St.). Try the maple-and-bacon doughnut or elect for the limited-edition mimosa-style variety made with brioche dough and covered in champagne glaze. Pair the treat with a hot or cold brew from Relentless Roasters, available at the pop-up.


Go Vegan in 2016 
As we journey into the new year, challenge yourself by trying something new. After Seed Food & Wine Festival made national news, vegan eateries began popping up all over the place, and meat-focused chefs started incorporating more plants into their menus. These ten vegan dishes — found in a diverse array of eateries (not all of which are vegan or vegetarian) — will please even the most salad-averse diner. 


Experience Gourmet-Style Mexican Dining at Cantina La Veinte 
For chef Santiago Gomez, there’s more to cooking than creating tasty food. He says it’s about fusing one culture with another by making dishes that represent both origin and destination. The new-wave Mexican eatery, helmed by Gomez, offers upscale Latin American favorites with a splash of Miami flair. When crafting new dishes, Gomez adapts his cooking style to Miami’s gastronomic scene. This is evident in a handful of recently added menu items. Gomez suggests the caldo de camaron, a Mexican-style shrimp and tangy chile guajillo soup; the tostadas de atún, made with fresh tuna marinated in a yellow pepper-lime-soy sauce; and the callos de hachasellados con arroz poblano.


Healthy Fast-Food at Dr Smood (2230 NW Second Ave.)
The name Dr Smood stems from the words "smart" and "food," and the company's slogan is "smart food for a good mood." That's why every item sold is color-coded based on six health benefits that a team of researchers has mapped out. Order at the counter or pick up a cold-pressed juice or a prepared salad from the fridge. You can also grab a raw and vegan pastry that's made with pulp from the store's juices. Made-to-order items include "power salads," "power sandwiches," and "energizing dressings." Though no dairy products are served at Dr Smood, sandwiches with turkey, prosciutto, tuna, and crab are offered. Breakfast is served all day and includes raw oats with various toppings and a fruit coulis. Coffee- and espresso-based drinks are also available with nondairy milk options, referred to as "mylk."

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