Happy hump day blogosphere!
I’m hitting those midweek doldrums hard today and to escape the monotony of rainy Baltimore, I thought it would be a great time to recap my January vacation to Miami. It was a fabulous trip with the hubby where we spent as much time as possible on the beach soaking up some sun. We pretty much only left the shore for sustenance and let me tell you we ate and drank aplenty.
The culinary highlight by far was dinner at Jose Andres’ The Bazaar. The swanky restaurant is in South Beach at the SLS Hotel. As a big fan of Jose Andres’ DC restaurants, we were excited to give this tapas spot a try. The menu has a lot of the more traditional Spanish tapas dishes you find at Jaleo with the addition of more internationally inspired small plates. Everything we tried was fabulous: creative and interesting without being to froufrou or pretentious.
I was blown away by the Yuca “churros” which we ordered last and served as out dessert. The slightly sweet yuca was served with peanut butter and honey and was so, so good. My second favorite dish was the Iberico sliders which were meaty and delicious. Other favorites were the Dragon Fruit Ceviche (a little disappointed that they were out of the scallop ceviche) and the Kueh Pai Ti which is described as “Singapore’s Favorite Street Food”. The presentation of both dishes was great: the ceviche actually looked like a dragon fruit due to the hibiscus foam and the street food looked like little edible baskets. We also tried the octopus romesco, chicken with black garlic sauce and the brussels sprouts – all fantastic! Yes, there were only two of us. Yes, we stuffed our faces. And the Jasmine’s Margaritas hit the spot to wash it all down.
Other vacation activities:
- Window shopping and people watching on Lincoln Road.
- Shuffleboard. Things got very competitive.
- Exploring Ft. Lauderdale.
- Lobster mac and cheese at the Tipsy Boar.
- Video blackjack at Gulfstream casino.
- Shopping at Charming Charlie because we don’t have one in Baltimore.
- Going for a run and spotting a giant iguana.
On past trips to Miami we’ve:
- Visited the Miami Zoo
- Water Taxi to Ft. Lauderdale
- Burgers at Le Tub
- Amazing Italian food at Kitchenetta
- Shopping on Española Way
- Fancy dinners at Michael’s and J&G Grill
- Josh’s Deli for amazing pastrami and corned beef
All in all it was a great vacation! And now I just want to go back…
Have you been to Miami? What is your favorite thing to do there?