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Miami's Caracas Bakery is no longer a secret among foodies

MIAMI – Have you ever come across a place that is considered an insider tip among foodies? Well, Caracas Bakery in Miami's MiMo district is exactly that place.

Founded by father-son duo Manuel and Jesus Brazon, this place is more than just a bakery, it has a lot of everything to offer.

Manuel, an experienced chef, passed on his culinary wizardry to Jesus, who fell in love with baking, especially sourdough.

“My father taught me a lot and I have been experimenting with sourdough at home for a decade.

Then in 2018, I thought, ‘Why not open a store?’” Brazon said.

Fast forward: Caracas Bakery's sourdough has become a sought-after commodity, gracing the tables of Miami's best restaurants. Their second location offers more than just baked goods. Think complete meals, crispy croissants and delicious Danish pastries. And let's not forget that Jesus was recently nominated for the prestigious James Beard Award in the Bakery category. His secret for perfect baking? A bit unconventional, he admits.

“Yeah, I never did the whole culinary school thing. I learned it by reading books, but baking is tricky. You have to set things like the temperature precisely. So I did some research and then went to YouTube,” he said.

As loyal customers begin their mornings at Caracas Bakery, Jesus can't help but express gratitude for the neighborhood's constant support.

“They come in with their dogs and they already know their commands. It's like a morning ritual from 8 to 10 a.m. where all the locals get their feed before the rush. This means a lot to us,” he said.

Now to the good: the tasting. First, the breakfast platter with Caracas Bakery's famous sourdough toast, vegetables, bacon and eggs that, thanks to Jesus' special technique, are so soft that they practically melt in your mouth.

“Hands down, these are the best eggs I've ever tasted. No joke. So fluffy, so aromatic. And that hint of avocado with Maldon salt on top? Perfection,” gushed CBS Miami’s Lisa Petrillo.

Next, there's a turkey club like you've never tasted before, complete with oven-roasted turkey, homemade seasonal jam, brie, mayonnaise and vegetables. And then the highlight: Jesu's pastries, each a nod to authentic French baked goods.

“After my trip to France a few years ago, I knew exactly what I wanted to create. Those almond croissants? They transport you straight to a Parisian café. Light, crispy, airy and that butter! “Just divine,” said Petrillo.

Caracas Bakery opens its doors seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., closing at 2 p.m. on Sundays

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