Last Wednesday, I splurged on telling you all about Mesamar’s amazing culinary tour. So to liven your Monday morning, I decided to do a second post on the impressive cocktails I enjoyed during our dinner a few weeks ago. Nothing better to beat the Monday blues that a plethora of booze to get you dreaming about the weekend again.
We all like to get away every now and again, but it’s not always easy (or affordable) to just pick up and go away on a vacation…or even a staycation, for that matter. Sometimes all you need is a day away from your normal routine to disconnect, refresh, and get your mojo back. Thankfully, the Viceroy Miami has some great deals this summer geared specifically for Florida residents, and I was lucky enough to get a little taste of one a few weeks ago.
Memorial Day is now long gone and that means that summer is officially in full swing. The good news is that it means a lot of beach time and bbq’s loom in the near future. The bad news? “Summer body” is a thing and in order to indulge unapologetically, I have to be consistent at exercise.
Tomorrow is the day when Americans celebrate all things Mexican. The paradox is hard to decipher, so we don’t really try. A quick search on Wikipedia sheds insight into the Cinco de Mayo history and one finds that the date is observed, “to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.” So, no Cinco de Mayo is NOT the Mexican Independence which happens to land months later in September.
This past week we had the pleasure of attending VeritageMiami’s Craft Beer and Fine Wine Tastings. The annual event brings together a who’s who of more than 3,000 wine, beer, spirits and food lovers from all across South Florida along with top sommeliers, notable chefs, prestigious wineries, winemakers and breweries and an impressive lineup of auction lots all to benefit the South Florida community via United Way of Miami-Dade, which supports programs in our community that are focused on improving the education, financial stability and health of our residents. Here’s a quick recap of our food and drink filled adventures…
Wynwood is now ubiquitous with coffee shops, restaurant and hipsters. It has become the destination for urban art and sidewalk poetry. Few things surprise us in the neighborhood that brought eccentricity and culture to our beloved city, so when we ventured to BrickHouse we expected another dive bar, with okay drinks and a bar menu that we thought would leave a lot to desire. But that’s what we love about this neighborhood, it continually proves us wrong. So when we tried a myriad of drinks that were both innovative and flavorful we were impressed, but it was the food at this self-proclaimed “Drinking Den” that knocked it out of the park.
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Once upon a time, I visited Batch Gastropub in Brickell and was a bit skeptical after my dinner. At the time, the restaurant had just opened and I’m widely aware that this sometimes means there will be a few quirks to fix after opening day. It takes time to get into a rhythm that works for both the staff and the customers.
After moving to Miami I naturally started to get lots of visitors from up North, but there was one annual guest that I always looked forward to receiving more than any other – my grandma, Mimi. She had been making the yearly winter pilgrimage from New Jersey to South Florida for years, but now that I was around she would take time out of her itinerary for me to pick her up in the beachside town where she was staying in Palm Beach or Broward to drive down to Miami Beach and spend the day together. We would go to the movies (for nap time), nosh on tongue sandwiches at the now defunct Jerry’s Famous Deli, and just enjoy our quality time together. She would tell me stories of her days as a young woman during WWII when she spent a summer on South Beach with her friend working at the war office on Lincoln Road and eating banana sandwiches.
Forgive us for waiting until Wednesday to post our recap, but it took a few days to digest all that took place during this year’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival – literally and figuratively!
SOBEWFF weekend can be a foodie’s dream, but it is also a tough nut to crack. Strategy is key; make use of your personal connections, find free events, take advantage of online discounts and deals, and pick one or two big ticket items to splurge on. #somuchtoeatsolittletime