Brett & Kate
Brett, Kate and Toby
Where do you live?
How long have you lived in the area?
Since early 2010
Where are you originally from and what brought you to town?
We’re from Australia. Both from small towns – but we lived and studied in Sydney for about ten years before moving to Miami. We got married at the end of 2008, Brett was offered a job in Miami at the end of 2009 and within a month we had packed our apartment into a shipping container and moved. Neither of us ever having been to Miami before. Toby, our little American, was born in 2013.
Please share about what you do for a livelihood or what keeps you busy during the week?
Brett is a biomedical engineer. Did you know there are life-saving artificial hearts being made in Miami Lakes? Neither did we! Kate is a family physician turned stay at home mum.
How often do you come to the market?
Every other week.
Do you have a market ritual? If so, please describe.
We certainly do. Our preferred order of operation is: 1. Pick up bread, pastellito and croissant from Zak (‘s Dad, usually), 2. Place order for sausage sandwiches at Babe Froman 3.LNB for a “Zappa” (Sapodelicious smoothie), a couple of jars of Tumeric Tonic, and maybe some bananas 4. Pick up sandwiches, 5. Look for a seat and then settle for the gutter 6. Eat 7. Climb a tree
What’s your favorite thing to buy at LNB Grovestand and why?
Tumeric Tonic. If you’ve tried the Tumeric Tonic, you know why. It’s refreshing, thirst-quenching and as delicious as it is good for you.
What have you made with ingredients bought at LNB Grovestand?
We try our hand at our own smoothie creations and enjoy jackfruit straight from the freezer (easy and delicious popsicles).
What’s your favorite thing to buy at other stands at the market?
As above, we love baked goods from Zak, sandwiches and bacon from Babe Froman, honey from Keez Beez (specifically – Red Mangrove, by the gallon, for Toby), flowers from the always-friendly Sidney and pottery finds from the ladies from The Falls .
A+W: The pottery is from members of the Ceramic League of Miami. After meeting them at the market, we enrolled in one of their classes and learned how to ‘throw’ bowls and cups. We have a bunch of things in our house that we made. It’s a fun class and a romantic partner activity (in a Ghost kinda way).
For parents: A favorite activity we enjoy with our kids?
Most mornings Kate and Toby can be found at Salvadore Park in the Gables, and most evenings we can all be found enjoying a very slow walk around our neighborhood. Toby rides his bike, and we follow with a beer and wine in hand.
We also love Fairchild Tropical Garden, especially the Butterfly Garden and the Bianco Gelato popsicles sold in the gift shop.
The best deal at the market is:
Flowers from Sidney (Kate is a big advocate for fresh flowers in the home).
If you’re after a gallon of honey….
I wish the market had:
Craft beer/ homebrew
Better demarcation of regular, recyclable and compostable trash cans.
Most-frequented local restaurants and what dish to order:
Eating House. Get the heirloom tomato and “coconut ice” salad, their beef tartare and never miss a “Dirt Cup” for dessert.
For special occasions, I go to:
We’ve enjoyed Alter in Wynwood; don’t wait for a “special occasion”, just go.
Do you have a family recipe that you would be willing share?
Spaghettini with Lemon, Prosciutto and Chili
We’ve eaten this pasta dish at least once a week for, quite seriously, the past fifteen years. It’s fresh, light, quick to prepare and, if you refine your technique, leaves almost no washing up. Two bowls to prepare and the same two bowls to eat it in. We gave this recipe to a friend of ours and he cooked it for his girlfriend. She’s now his wife and, yep, we’re taking the credit for that. (Check out the recipe below)
A worthy splurge:
Tickets to a Heat playoff game
Is there a question that you would like to ask the LNBs?
How much crack is there really in the tonic?
A + W: There is no added crack in the tonic.
Is there a question that you would like to ask the community?
Does anyone have recommendations for a general contractor to refurbish our dilapidated garage?