Road Tasted

Key West: Welcome to the Conch Republic

Key West, baby! Jamie and Bobby Deen go as far south as they can and land in what many call the Conch Republic. First up, the boys hit the Blonde Giraffe and sample Key Lime Pie on a stick dipped in chocolate and frozen. Owner Tania Beguinati, a native of Brazil, won her first Key Lime pie contest in 1999, which led her to open up six more Blonde Giraffe’s in Key West alone! What better way to truly sample Key West than with some fresh seafood taken directly from the waters off the keys! Master chef Dave, of the Conch Republic Seafood Company, treats the boys to fresh grouper in Juju sauce with callaloo. The pan-seared grouper is drizzled with a passion juice reduction sauce and served with a side of callaloo, a vegetable native to the Bahamas. The boys never had it so good—and it only gets better. They head to Henrietta’s, where the coconut strip was born. Just like folks eat only the top of a muffin, Henrietta learned early on that family and friends ate only the top portion of her coconut cake, hence the coconut strip was born. A small strip of dough and coconut is baked into a crispy yet most delicious dessert. (Episode: RD0104)