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The Aventura Market: Organically Grown for Over 20 Years

September 3, 2020

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For over 20 years, the Aventura Market has functioned in support of the local community, giving shoppers the perfect setting to explore exotic foods and handmade goods from local businesses while escaping the Florida heat.

Aventura Market showcases a diverse array of cuisine, fresh produce and desserts from dozens of vendors — many of whom prioritize the use of natural and organic ingredients – in addition to handcrafted clothing, décor and accessories for the whole family.

From sweet to savory and everything in between, here are a few Aventura Market vendors refreshing and enriching the lifestyles of our shopping center’s diverse customer base.

El Coco Loco Frio

For those looking to quench their thirst and enjoy a tasty antioxidant boost, look no further. A market staple for over five years, El Coco Loco Frio has been a favorite among guests for its revitalizing coconut water and fresh, tropical fruits.

“We started selling acai bowls a couple of months ago, and customers have loved it,” noted Owner and founder Irila Marquez, who started Coco Frio in Aventura Mall four years ago after coming to Miami from Cuba.

Other menu favorites include the Cocada—a shake composed of Venezuelan coconut, including the meat, water and milk, which is then blended with condensed milk. A vegan version of the shake is also offered.

Ciabella Bakery

Montreal natives Franco Morency and Nathalie Game saw Miami as a prime market for a new vegan concept.

“About four years ago, we decided to bring natural, vegan bread to Miami since there weren’t many options in the city at the time,” noted Morency.

Known for its delicious, vegan breads and spreads, Ciabella Bakery utilizes all-natural, rustic ingredients that give customers a fresh taste of the globe. Breads like olive ciabatta are among the customer favorites, and the bakery also offers a handmade vinaigrette and olive tapenade imported from Greece.

Ciabella Bakery is now open in a new, permanent location in the Food Hall with an expanded menu…stay tuned!

The Ceviche and Guacamole House

Offering fresh food with an authentic Peruvian kick, The Ceviche and Guacamole House started 12 years ago as a family business before quickly gaining popularity throughout South Florida.

“As Peruvians, we are very known for our ceviche, and I am from the North of Peru where ceviche was created,” said owner Alejandra Cruzado. “A few years ago, many customers didn’t even know what ceviche was, and now they line up for it every Saturday!”

Cruzado utilizes only haas avocados—due to their flavor and creamy texture—that are cultivated at the perfect ripeness for guacamole. Other popular menu items include fiery salsa and cooling ceviche with fresh fish.

Artpie

Artpie was founded by Monique Font Delacroix, an accomplished pastry chef who has revolutionized the concept of the meat pie since 2005.

“One of my grandfathers was a cordon bleu chef, so food was always in our family,” said Delacroix, who gained her culinary skills at top institutions in France and Italy.

Artpie offers more than 40 flavors and combinations, including vegan and vegetarian options, all of which are named after “grand dames” and made with vegan dough. For example, the “Audrey Hepburn” includes mushrooms, mozzarella and a blend of secret seasoning – as well as traditional meat pies with delectable fillings like crème patisserie, chorizo, and organic turkey.

“We make it so every customer has a menu item they will like,” noted Delacroix.

Each pastry is handmade using high-quality, organic ingredients and pairs well with the café’s specialty coffee, wine, beer and other natural beverages.

Artpie will also debut a permanent location in the mall in the coming weeks.

Doughnut Break

This eatery was birthed from a simple yet bold aspiration: to bring a true, gourmet donut to the United States—with a European twist.

“Our donuts are different from others because we do not use any chemicals, preservatives or colorants—everything is made with natural products in a 24-hour span,” said Owner and Founder Eduardo Hernandez.

Customers flock for standby flavors like lemon meringue and Boston crème, in addition to signature offerings like the “Donut Croissant,” made with dough in the shape of a croissant and filled with crema catalana—a Spanish dessert cream similar to crème brulee.

Two to Cake

With its use of fresh, Kosher ingredients and artful cake designs, it’s no wonder Two to Cake has been so popular since coming to The Aventura Market last year.

We grew up in a family that loved to bake and cook,” said Baker and Co-Owner Rezitl Karni. “Our business started with cookies and macaroons and soon expanded to cakes—it grew so fast!”

Two to Cake offers a variety of other handmade treats, such as gourmet cake pops, decorated cookies and its best-selling macaroons.

To shop these and other vendors, visit The Aventura Market, located in Center Court, every Saturday and Sunday during mall hours.

Call (305) 935-1110 or Click Here to learn more.

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