Sweet Things: Cosi Duci Bakery – Boca Raton, FL

Friday evening I dreamed that I was at cake camp. Seriously. It was amazing. I was in a cute little cabin and spent my days sampling all types of assorted desserts, but mainly the baked and frosted variety. I’m wondering if this was a flashbacks from the wonderfully decadent “Let Them Eat Cake” event last week, but I digress… As luck would have it, that afternoon I logged onto Twitter and saw at the very top of my feed a link to the Best Dessert in South Florida. Of course, I immediately clicked and it took me here.

(Insert drumroll like sound here)…The best dessert in South Florida is at Cosi Duci in Boca Raton!

I made a snap decision to head over to Cosi Duci immediately and see what all the hype was about, and I wasn’t the only one. Within minutes of entering the bakery/café and perusing their assortment, three other new customers walked in and mentioned seeing the article and began making their selections as well. Each dessert, pastry, cookie, and biscotti was presented so lovely it was a difficult choice to decide which were coming home with me. In the end I selected the following: 1 apricot croissant, 1 rum ball rolled in coconut, 3 mini anise cookies, and 4 biscotti in the following flavors: papaya coconut lime, pistachio, pecan white chocolate and chocolate orange.

The apricot croissant was very crispy, flaky, and sweet. Not too buttery or “sticky” as some sweet croissants can get. It was the perfect texture and filled with a thick gooey apricot center.

The rum ball was very moist and cake-like with a good sweet rum flavor. It wasn’t overpowering and the coconut topping added a little bit of crunch which was very nice. These also come with an optional pistachio or cocoa powder if you prefer instead of coconut.

The mini anise cookies were very flavorful. These would pair perfect with either a shot of espresso or Earl Grey tea.

The biscotti were also a perfect consistency, firm with a good crunch, but not solid. These are perfect on their own, or also dipped in coffee or tea. I paired the papaya coconut lime with a tropical tea blend. The bits of dried papaya in this biscotti made it extra good. Next I sampled the pistachio biscotti with my current favorite tea, samuri chai mate. This biscotti’s pistachios perfectly complemented the richness of the mate, and was just slightly sweet, which I loved. Finally I tried the pecan white chocolate and chocolate orange biscotti. I had each of these without a pairing because they were so delicious on their own, but could see them easily alongside a vanilla latte or cappuccino. Both were absolutely scrumptious, but the chocolate orange was my favorite.

The hype was right. Cosi Duci is fabulous! Check it out for yourself at; Cosi Duci Bakery, Plum Park, 141 NW 20th St., Boca Raton, 561-393-1201, cosiduci.com.9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturay, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

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Rocco’s Tacos – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

After an unsuccessful trip to Miami to track down the food trucks on Friday, Foodies on the Fly headed north to Ft. Lauderdale. Our new destination, Rocco’s Tacos-1313 East Las Olas Blvd (954-524-9550), the recently opened Mexican restaurant and Tequila bar on Las Olas. After two hours in the car we couldn’t wait to try the infamous eatery.

We arrived around 2pm, were quickly seated, and started our order with Tableside Guacamole ($12). Unfortunately ours was prepared out of sight, a disappointment but overlooked once we started dipping the lightly seasoned tortilla chips into the wonderfully prepared creation. (Side Note: Rocco’s guacamole and chips make everything better!)

The two items ordered included the Spinach Salad with Honey Lime Chicken and the Durango Combination entrée. Two very different options, picked since they were something we haven’t tried at the other two locations.

The Contenders!
Durango Combination ($14) BBQ pork tostada, crispy tortilla bottom layered with a mound of juicy, smoked pulled BBQ pork, topped with a light dash of sour cream sauce and pickled red onions. Skirt steak taco, soft tortilla filled with grilled skirt steak, lettuce, pico de gallo, cilantro, pickled red onions & cotija cheese (This cheese is so good!). Quesadilla con queso, tortilla filled with chihuahua cheese and grilled. Very delicious on its own, but top it with some guacamole and BBQ pork YUM!

Spinach Salad with Honey Lime Chicken ($12) Cabarales Blue Cheese, crispy bacon, thinly sliced green apples, watercress, red onion and red chile vinaigrette. The creamy blue cheese, crisp apples and tender honey lime chicken was a flavorful combination and definitely recommended if you are looking for a lighter option for lunch.

The verdict:
Rocco’s tableside guacamole and chips alone are reason enough to visit, but their pork is hands down, the best in South Florida. It is so moist, flavorful, and delicious. Aside from our picks, Rocco’s serves tacos, burritos, hamburgers, and much more. A must try if you are looking for a casual Mexican restaurant with a fun atmosphere in Ft. Lauderdale. For more information, check out their website!

 

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RACKS Downtown Eatery + Tavern – Boca Raton

After a leisurely Sunday afternoon at the International Polo Club watching Bendabout versus Equuleus in the Ylvisaker Cup tournament, from the new Nespresso Grand Pavilion, I worked up quite an appetite. Only one item would satisfy this hunger; the perfect crab cake!

I had the perfect restaurant in mind as well, RACKS in Mizner Park, Boca Raton. This sleek eatery always delivers the finest comfort food and this Sunday was no exception. Full of lump crab meat and light on the filler, soft golden crisping on the outside and paired with a savory remoulade sauce… Matched with a glass of Pinot Nior was the fitting end to a luxurious day.

Try out Racks at:
402 Plaza Real, Mizner Park
Boca Raton, FL 33432
(561) 395-1662
http://www.grrestaurant.com

Or make your own crab cakes with this recipe from my friend, Chef Rachelle Boucher.

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