For the next few days this blog is going to take you all on a tour of South Florida – Miami, Key West, and West Palm Beach beginning with today’s post about Miami. I feel like I should mention that initially this was an all girl trip to the Breakers in West Palm Beach courtesy of the great people at Garden of Life, but the last few days of 2013 turned into a great adventure with lots of spontaneity, new places, and new and old friends.
One week before I was supposed to leave for Palm Beach I was having dinner with friends and by happenstance one of them, Andrew, was going to be in Miami around the same time I was going to be in Palm Beach. He suggested that I fly in a day early and go to the Dolphins game with him because he was going alone. I immediately jumped on the bandwagon, invited my friend Michelle (Miss Florida USA from my year), and we had the tickets booked within two hours. This didn’t dawn on me until afterwards:
Prime 112 refers to themselves as the first modern boutique steakhouse. Located in the bottom of Miami Beach’s first hotel, Brown’s Hotel, Prime 112 is a cool mix of historic and modern.
Apparently everyone in Miami loves the historic and modern because we had a 10:30 reservation and weren’t seated for 2 hours… but we didn’t mind too much because there was champagne… and bacon…
When we were seated, my eye was immediately drawn to the part of the menu that listed the numerous types of butter you can order with your steak including gorgonzola, cabernet goat cheese, truffle, smoked bacon and onion, etc. (I don’t keep to vegan and gluten free when I’m on vacation if you couldn’t tell… ) I also loved their “accessory” menu:
Andrew is the best/worst person to have dinner with because he wants to order every single thing on the menu and I feel like we almost did… including escargot which they forced me into trying. Interesting fact: I HATE seafood and for some reason in my head snails go into the seafood category. I was very dramatic about the entire ordeal as shown below:
I’ll be honest, the escargot tasted like butter, which as explained above, I LOVE – but the texture was pretty much exactly what you would imagine. Check another interesting food off the bucket list. I don’t have as many great pics of dinner as I wish I did, but here are a few more pieces of our smorgasbord:
We had big plans to go out that night but by the time we finished dinner it was 2:00 in the morning and we were in an intense food coma. Andrew is also the biggest Dolphins fan in history and this was going to be his first home game so he wanted to be nice and rested for the game. Luckily, we had an authentic Miamian (Is that a word?) and Cuban to introduce us to this the next morning:
Behold: Cuban coffee aka the strongest, sweetest, and most addictive coffee you will ever taste. There are two types: cafe con leche (with milk) and cortadito (without). We opted for the cortadito (pictured above) and it is served just like you see – small and with mini cups for sharing because it is THAT strong – but SO good. Michelle and I each had one mini cup and Andrew really went for it drinking the rest and wanting more! We were REALLY ready for the game! (Sidenote: I really really really want to go to actual Cuba.)
One (of many) things that make Sun Stadium so unique is that they have a nightclub inside the stadium. LIV Nightclub is inside the Fontainebleau Hotel… and inside their football stadium …and it is raging at 1 PM which was so bizarre and funny to me, but it was fun to see!
Y’all know how much I love restaurants and food and the first thing I thought of when I knew I was coming to Miami was Cuban food. The only other time I was in the Miami vicinity was when I flew through on my way to Key West and my boss at the time and I scheduled our layover so that we could go to a Cuban restaurant.
Michelle and Aaron suggested Larios On The Beach which is Gloria Estefan’s restaurant and it exceeded every expectation I had. We found out that another friend from Nashville, Bobby, was in Miami, so we invited him to join us. (This detail becomes important later.)
Every. single. thing. we ate was my favorite thing. Take me baaaack! While chatting at dinner, Bobby mentioned that he was playing a show in Key West for New Year’s Eve with another friend of mine and invited the girls and I to come down. I was immediately excited about the idea of going to Key West (love it there!), but had my doubts that I would be able to convince my friends to drive 5 hours to get there… (Spoiler alert: we went – stay tuned!)
Other honorable mentions from Miami include: