Highlights from Key West

April 23, 2013

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I made a quick stop in Key West last week. What a lovely island full of great people! It reminded me of my visit of Hawaii back in October but it’s definitely easier to get to Florida ;) Considering it’s only 140km away from Cuba, the weather is amazing too. I only had the chance to stay for 5 hours approximately, including a 3h30 catamaran trip to snorkel in their intense deep sea. I never had to deal with waves that high but it was all worth it to see the only living coral barrier reef in the United States!

For the little time I had to shop, I discovered two great places:

Kermit’s Key West Lime Shoppe

Kermit Carpentier’s key lime shop is simply amazing! From key lime jellybeans to key lime meat marinade, you will find a gift for any type of person. Of course, the most important item sold is definitely the key lime pie. I picked up a slice that I ate later and instantly regretted not getting a second portion!

Peppers of Key West Hot Sauce Store

My second stop was at the biggest hot pepper sauce store I have seen in my life. The four walls are covered with different types of pepper sauce, it definitely felt like paradise! The middle of the store has a big counter where it is possible to do tastings to find the perfect match for you.

I sadly couldn’t buy any normal size bottles so I ended up leaving with 2 packs of different spicy popcorn (!!) and a travel size bottle of The Hottest Fuckin’ Sauce.

I’m sure there are many more cool little stores like these and I can’t wait to get back to discover them. Do you have any recommendations?


Written by Sofia Shendi who lives and works in Montreal, as the CTO of Tastet. Join me on Twitter

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