Miami started out as a bust. Seriously. I took the red-eye flight from LA because I had fully expected to sleep on the plane. Why? Because I always sleep on the plane. Well…except this time. As if we (Kristen and I) weren’t tired enough, our room was not ready when we arrived at the hotel. Oh Shore Club, you really failed us on this one. Had one of your staff not informed us the day before that we would have no issues with an early check-in, we wouldn’t have been so upset that our room wasn’t available when we got there at the crack of dawn. What is even more irritating was that the front desk told us that the standard check-in time was 3pm. Guess what happened when we came back from lunch at 3:30 and tried to check in to our Oceanview room? We were told it wasn’t ready. It wasn’t ready until 5pm! *sigh* At least the room was clean and they provided their guests with Malin + Goetz products. I think I am going to stay at the SLS next time. Yes, I am quite high maintenance when it comes to hotels.
Our extremely clean room. Is the purple suppose to be art?
After napping for four hours in our temporary standard room, we ventured out to Cafe Charlotte for lunch. At least Yelp didn’t fail us, the food was great.
Our very first grilled beef empanda.
Entraña skirt steak. Not a fan of the yucca fries here though.
After lunch, we walked around a bit and found a cute tree to look at while we ate our coffee & straciatella gelato.
The cute tree.
After Evey and Joanne arrived, we dressed up a bit and went to dinner at Ola. The restaurant was on the pricier side, but the service, ambiance and food was well worth it. This may be a little silly, but I think one of my favorite dishes was their cheese bread. It was gluten-free too!
I think this was the mixto ceviche with squid ink. I could be wrong, I wasn’t really paying attention. There were way too many ceviche choices on the menu.
Mystery meatballs. I don’t really care what it was made of because it was delicious.
Raspado de pato. Duck breast served with crispy rice. I didn’t try the rice so I don’t know if it was really crispy or not. The duck was pretty amazing though.
Puerco Asado. Braised pork.
The next day was my idea of a relaxing vacation. I spent the entire day out on the beach under a huge umbrella, listening to the sound of the ocean and reading on my Kindle. Surprisingly all the food and beverages served on the beach were also quite decent. Expensive, but decent. For dinner, we decided to have Cuban food at Puerto Sagua, which was recommended by practically everyone we talked to about Miami. After the first bite of my Ropa Vieja, I knew why this place was so popular. I think I could eat dinner here every night.
Huge potato balls. I prefer Porto’s.
Ropa Vieja. Cuban style shredded beef.
Chuletas De Cerdo Frita. Fried pork chops.
Friscase de Rabo. Oxtail stew.
Another spot that was highly recommended was Yardbird. All restaurants should do bacon the way Yardbird does bacon. Fun atmosphere, great service, and delicious food. This was probably the best brunch I had all year.
It’s beautiful, isn’t it?
Also beautiful, no? The biscuits were delicious. Oh and look at the little jars with the butter and jam. So cute.
According to Evey, their Mint Julep was awesome. Note to self, ask for Blanton’s.
I ignored the special and asked for the BLT Benedict Cast Iron Casserole. Yep. I did. It had bacon!!!
Have you ever seen grits look this gorgeous? Too bad I don’t like grits.
Mama’s Chicken Biscuits.
Cox Farm Alabama Char-Grilled Hanger Steak. So good, Kristen was speechless.
Butter lettuce and grilled mango salad.
Great company, great beaches, delicious food. I had a blast in Miami. I really hope we can make this an annual trip.