Food-Truck Fave: Save Some Coin on Miami's Best Organic Sorbet

One perk of living in Miami is that refreshing, cool treats never feel unseasonable. More than that, with so much local, quality produce, there's no need to slurp on processed popsicles or imported ice-cream. Down here, we can do better.
Take one of our favorite mobile eateries, husband-and-wife duo Tessa and Nick Mencia's Real Sorbet, for instance. After making frozen edibles for friends and family up north and paying their dues at New York's cult-favorite Van Leeuwen ice-creamery, the Mencias headed down to Dade to realize their sorbet-scooping dreams. All-natural fantasy flavors they've brought to life with our local produce include jakfruit, a boozy mango mojito, and – yum! — Florida cranberry.
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Though the sorbet-savvy Nick, Tessa, and their eco-friendly truck are hard to pin down, you can check out their locally produced frozen desserts at their sidewalk carts. Also, if this post has you hankering for a taste, just mention it when you buy and receive $1 off Real Sorbet's take-home, hand-packed pints. Just keep up with their location on Facebook and Twitter. Don't forget to click through to check out the mouth-watering scoops (and Nick and Tessa, too!).
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"Two recent fan favorites are our Florida cranberry, made with local Roselle — a perennial herb and a cousin of hibiscus that creates both the tart flavor and intense scarlet color of northern cranberries. We combine it with Appleton Rum VS for a splash of depth and fun! Another favorite is our dark chocolate tangerine with candied tangerine specks, made with cute baby tangerines from Bee Heaven Farm, a certified organic farm south of Miami."

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"When it comes to where we scoop, we opt to blaze our own trail. We go where it's hot, and we stay until our freezers are empty or the sun goes down. We prioritize a pure and clean product, and it was important to us to serve it in a way that was equally clean. We had a noise-free, emission-free, electric eco-cart custom-built to keep our footprint small and allow us to be as close to our customer as possible. We can be indoors, outdoors, in a building, on a boat, wherever."

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"We love creating sorbets that look as spectacular and unique as they taste, and with the wide range of tropical fruits that grow in the Miami area, the flavor possibilities are endless. We exclusively use organic and pesticide-free produce in combination with filtered water and pure cane sugar. Our sorbets are dairy-free, vegan, cholesterol-free, and low-calorie. We work with fruit in season, which reflects the diversity and wonder of South Florida where you have Latin, Caribbean, American, African, and European cultures swirling around you all the time."

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"After learning the frozen-goods ropes, we moved down to Miami Beach (even though Tessa is a born and bred New Yorker) so we could make sorbets with local, tropical fruits year-round. We both come from artistic backgrounds [Ed Note: Tessa is in the visual arts, and Nick plays country music], and we like to think that we make sorbet with an artistic sensibility."

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