Miami Spice Just Arrived

I am eager to tell you that Miami Spice just began! Every year in the months of August and September, the most trendy and exquisite Miami restaurants offer a three-main-course menu featuring popular dishes at reduced prices. The brunch and lunch cost $23 and dinner $39.

There are more than 200 restaurants participating in the Miami Spice.

How can you make the best decision and try the most delicious dishes?

I have created a list of the top 3 restaurants that are worth to visit for the three occasions: brunch, lunch, and dinner. Let’s take a look at them!

SeaSpice

I have always been a fan of this place because of its fun atmosphere! Sunday brunches in Sea Spice are a day party that never stops. However, this time I went for the food. Let’s check what I ordered.

For the appetizers, we had the tomato and yellow pepper gazpacho, and the plantains wrapped in bacon filled with chorizo. Yes, you read well. Filled with CHORIZO. My boyfriend is a food lover; he just loves to try new things and experience different flavors. That’s why he chose the plantains. And guess what? They tasted incredible! The sweet and salty combination was delicious. He likes to call it the newer version of dates wrapped in bacon – an iconic appetizer of the Pubbelly Station. They both have that bittersweet contrast but with a different texture.

For the main platter, we both had the truffle ravioli with gorgonzola and pear. This combination is one of my favorites in the world. It’s like an explosion of flavors melting in my mouth. The rich aroma of the cheese and pears was hard to resist. Together, they produce a taste unlike any other.

The size of this plate is a little small. Ravioli servings usually have five to six pieces. But with dessert, you should be satisfied. We had a peach and champagne cold cake, and a mango mouse with a touch of basil and crumbled cookies on top. Both of them were a delicious selection. Our favorite was the mouse!

SeaSpice participates in the Miami Spice in the following days. For brunch, Saturdays and Sundays. For lunch and dinner, from Tuesdays to Fridays.

Komodo

Komodo features an Asian-modern-fusion cuisine with outdoor eateries and a Brickell-type nightlife experience. This delicious restaurant participates in the Miami Spice from Mondays to Fridays for lunch and dinner.

For the lunch menu, Komodo offers five appetizer options which include edamame, shrimp tempura, and watercress and calamari salad. I recommend the colorful salads. They are both refreshing and full of flavor; perfect for the summertime in Miami.

For the main entree, my two favorite options are the salmon bowl with kale and red quinoa, and the tahini chicken with peppers and peanuts. Since I am a salmon lover and a fan of the Asian cuisine, this bowl blew my mind. However, the tahini sauce with the peanut touch made this chicken one in a million. They are both mouthwatering selections, especially for those who like this type of season.

Since the hot weather in Miami is more powerful than ever, gelato is always a good option for dessert. The texture was soft and creamy. It comes in three different flavors: green apple, blueberry, and raspberry.

Kiki On The River

Located in the Miami Downtown area, this modern-greek-cuisine restaurant offers a wide selection of mouthwatering dishes and an amazing view of the river to be enjoyed from its garden-like setting with a glass of wine. Kiki participates in the Miami Spice from Monday to Friday at dinner time and changes its menu every week.

For appetizers, the restaurant offers both cold and hot dishes with five different options. Since I went with my boyfriend, we got to choose two appetizers. He chose the marinated octopus, and I chose the Greek grilled cheese platter with a side of salad. The octopus was tender and grilled to perfection; its flavor was out of this world. I highly recommend it. On the other side, the cold appetizer was tasty and refreshing. As you may know, Greek cheeses have a strong flavor and hard consistency. This exquisite selection combined with the raw veggies made this plate, one to remember.

For the main course, we had the t-bone savory lamb steak and the roasted rosemary chicken with spices. I must say that my favorite was the lamb. Cooked medium, tasted delicious with lemon roasted potatoes. The chicken was also a good selection. The Mediterranean touch gave it an amazing flavor.

We had pistachio baklava for dessert – one of my boyfriend’s favorite. The puff pastry was crispy and sweet. The last layer was full of pistachio and melted caramel. And yes, it tasted as good as it sounds. If you are a fan of Mediterranean cuisine and romantic views, Kiki on the river is MUST visit!

 

I hope you like it, and I encorague you to enjoy of this annually event! Great food cannot be missed!

 

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Miami Swim Week 2017

Miami Swim Week 2017 is here!

On Friday, July 21st, Silvia Ulson introduced her 2018 collection to the public at the W on South Beach, Miami. This resort collection included the denim trend that I have mentioned in the past, as well as high-waist swimsuits in silver, gold, and navy blue.

The Brazilian designer played with fabrics made of different materials such as crochet. Most of the swimsuits were one piece with pronounced necklines, and the models had head wraps with fruit details. Also, the models wore pink and red sandals with long laces intertwined resembling gladiators. The entire look was an amazing vision.

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Photos from Cece Feinberg PR

Another of my favorite collections in Miami Swim Week 2017 was KOA’s collection. This brand presented two-piece and one-piece basics in dark, nude, and pale pink tones. The fashion show began with a model wearing a bikini featuring sea shells as the top piece, while other two models pretended to be mermaids swimming in the W’s pool. The following designs were bikinis with V necklines, one-piece swimsuits with floral fabrics, and classic triangular bikinis in a dark green.

SWIMMIAMI Koa Swim 2018 Collection

SWIMMIAMI Koa Swim 2018 Collection

SWIMMIAMI Koa Swim 2018 Collection
Photos from Cece Feinberg PR

The last show of the night was KAOHS. KAOHS models looked like combat warriors wearing long fishnets and military boots. This collection was all about risky swim pieces in bright colors such as yellow, blue, red, and pink. The high-waist bikinis and V deep bottoms were the protagonists of the night. These are some of the most trendy features in swimwear right now, and we will see them everywhere next summer!

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Hope you enjoyed this Miami Swim week insight as much as I did!

 

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Road Trip: Hopping three cities in a row

Remember last’s week post? The three options that I suggested for Memorial Weekend? Well, today I’ll share my choice — the road trip!

There is nothing more exciting than a road trip. The beautiful landscapes, the wind caressing my face and that feeling of anxiety in the pit of my stomach.

The first city I visited was Saint Augustine — the oldest city in the USA. St. Augustine is covered by a blanket of pink flowers and red tile roofs. Its architecture is from the Spanish colonial period; there are cathedrals, museums, and even a castle! The San Marcos Castle. That was my first stop.

When I stepped foot on the suspension bridge of the castle, I was amused. The view of the castle and the Matanzas Bay was out of this world. I had never seen such a blue sky. On the outside, the castle looked like a fort. It was built with stones placed on top of each other. On the other hand, the interior was hollow. The castle had a large courtyard in the center, and the rooms were located on the sides. In addition, there was a second floor with a wonderful view. The canons were launched from the top of the castle during that period.

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Once I finished visiting the castle,  I went to walk the place. There were tons of little restaurants and shops on the streets of St. Augustine. Everything looked so local, so cozy, very European. For lunch, I had the opportunity to eat in “The Columbia,” one of the most famous restaurants over there. This place captured my heart in the moment that I entered. It is literally a colonial house with tons of tables and chairs. It has a huge patio with a fountain in the center; I was lucky enough to sit there.

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I spent the night in Jacksonville. The jazz festival was taking place at that moment in the main area of the city. The music was great. I must say that Jacksonville surprised me. This city has views that take your breath away. Especially during the night; all the lights from the huge buildings reflect on the river and create an awesome landscape.

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Next stop: Savannah! Savannah is a city full of history. The best part is that all the locals work hard to keep the historic side intact. Next to some bus stations, there are tiny horse figures that used to indicate the parking places for the horses — during that period horses were the means of transportation.

Walking around the place, I saw a French cafe located at the end of a black bridge. Cafe M is a little French coffee shop that offers a huge variety of croissants, quiches, macarons, and New Yorkers’ favorite, CRONUTS. The main area of Savannah is River Street. It has plenty of local restaurants, bars, and shops with an exceptional view of the river. Over there, the Georgia Queen Cruise departs. This is a cruise tour around the city that offers lunch, dinner, and brunch.

Moreover, The Bohemian is a five-stars hotel with a rooftop bar. I am from Miami, what can you expect? I’m always down for wonderful views and breathtaking experiences. Another thing that I LOVED about Savannah was the green color. There is green everywhere. Savannah counts with 24 squares with huge green trees, flowers, and fountains. My favorite one was the Forsyth Park. This is a great place to jog or set up a picnic and relax.

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Before driving back to Miami, I stopped in Saint Augustine for the second time. I couldn’t leave without trying the local vodka and wine, right?

The Saint Augustine Distillery is a small business with huge potential. They make their own bourbon, vodka, rum, and whiskey. I went for a tasting, and I ended up learning how to prepare a Moscow mule — my boyfriend’s favorite drink and definitely mine to be.

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On the other hand, San Sebastian Winery offers 14 different wines and serves white, red, and rose. Lucky me, I had the opportunity to try eight of them! The wine tasting was amazing. They had citric, sweet, and dry wines. Every single one of them could be the perfect companion for a special meal. Also, they gave us crackers to clear the previous flavors in our tongue and be able to taste the wine properly. Everything was well prepared. It was an awesome experience. Just careful on your way out, you might be a little tipsy after a few glasses.

This was the last stop of my fantastic weekend. The rest: five hours of driving with good company and great music.

Hope you like it!

 

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Memorial Weekend: Last-minute Getaway

As we all know, Memorial weekend is around the corner. And what does that mean? A short vacay! Wohoo! Sounds good, right? But if you are like I am, and you take forever to make a decision and finally book a flight ticket to somewhere, you are already late.

According to a Times Union’s article written by Eric Anderson, the highways and hotels will be busier than ever, and more people will fly. AAA is predicting 39.3 million people traveling 50 miles or more, which is the highest figure since 2005. I mentioned this fact because of two reasons. First, we need to be conscious about our budget and see how much we are willing to spend on a three-day trip. And second, we should dig into other options. Even though we are late, we can still have an awesome weekend.

I have thought about three different and budget friendly options that we can do.

1- Camping on the beach

Miami is full of beautiful beaches that permit camping. The one that I recommend is located in Oleta River State Park, North Miami. This place has several islands that have enough space to set up the whole camp, and they are pretty private. Also, this park has kayaking! One of my favorite outdoor activities. We can do kayaking while watching the sunset on the beach. At night, make a bonfire and cook some marshmallows to eat delicious s’mores. And finally, have a nice breakfast with the sun rising.

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2- Go on a road trip!

What better way to enjoy a weekend than going on a road trip with all your friends? Florida is a state that has many exciting cities. For those of us who live in Miami, Orlando, Gainesville, Naples, Jacksonville, are places nearby. Since all these cities are close to each other, we can easily visit more than one. We could book a hotel in Jacksonville, and on Sunday drive to St. Augustine – the oldest city in the United States. This city is known for the Spanish castle San Marcos and its beautiful and relaxing beaches.

3- Meet our city

I have lived in Miami for almost three years. There are so many places that I haven’t gone yet, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. This weekend can be a great opportunity to explore the wonderful places that we haven’t visited because of lack of time, or work, or whatever the reason is.  Why don’t we make a list of the top 5 places that we are dying to visit here in Miami? I’ll start!

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see_and_taste_plateWhich one is your favorite option? Next week I’ll share mine with you!!

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Non-tourist Guide in NYC

 

Have you ever been to a place in which everything seems new even though you have already visited it? I have, and I cannot stop imagining myself there… eventually.

New York is one of the most visited places worldwide. Not only because it’s a fashion capital, but also because it has so much culture and diversity that’s irresistible. I had the opportunity to go last weekend, and it was AMAZING. Since I have been in Manhattan before, I decided to spend most of my time in Brooklyn, especially in Williamsburg. Today, I will propose you a non-tourist guide around NYC. Here, you won’t find visits to the Empire State Building nor trips to the Statue of Liberty; this guide is for adventurers who love to be surprised.

If you are like I am, the first thing that you think when you wake up is food; so let’s start there. One of the best places to have breakfast in this fabulous city is Eataly located at Flatiron at 200 Fifth Avenue. The concept of this place is great because it’s a market-style shopping in which you can buy fresh home-made pasta, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and chocolates, while you have lunch at the different Italian restaurants. And as far as I’m concerned, the delicious crêpes from the Nutella bar are for dessert!

Moreover, this awesome market counts with a rooftop restaurant that is sponsored by La Birreria. The greatest part of this rooftop is that it changes according to the seasons. For instance, the winter’s restaurant is called Baita, which recreates the Italian Alps. The place is decorated with green pines, rocking chairs and a huge cabin in the middle. This is a MUST stop to make. I highly recommend it, especially if you enjoy Italian food.

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The next stop: Chelsea. Chelsea is well known for its artistic mood; it’s full of galleries, restaurants, bars, and lounges. My favorite place in Chelsea is the High Line Park. Before, it used to be just some old train track, but now is an elevated park with tree-lined paths and a bunch of greens and loungers to rest and enjoy the view. I have always been a fan of green parks and sunset walks, so for me, this plan is more than perfect.

Once you finish enjoying the view, you can take the elevator downstairs and go to the Chelsea market. The concept of this market is similar to Eataly, but at the same time, they are way TOO different. The decoration of this place is unbelievable; when you go inside you feel that you are underground. Everything is darker, there are pipelines everywhere; there’s even one that is “broken” and pours water.

The Chelsea market counts with a variety of restaurants with different types of food. There is one specialized in seafood – the lobster is great. There are hamburgers, vegetarian sushi, the #1 Tacos in NYC, Mediterranean food, etc. The restaurant in which I ate is called Giovanni Rana. This place is recognized for its pasta; they even have a pasta bar, and you can decide which type of pasta would you like to have (tagliatelle, tortellini, ravioli, etc.) and choose any sauce. Since I’m a salmon lover, I ate a salmon with grilled veggies and lentils. The combination of the three tasted like heaven, simply delicious.

 

Now, the sun is going down, so let’s start to prepare the plans for tonight. If you like to take risks, and you feel like crazy is your thing, then you definitely need to stop at Pana. Pana II Garden is an Indian restaurant that offers a whole different experience. The place is basically a hallway -just getting to your seat would be a challenge- full of colorful lights, flowers, and flags from all the countries. The environment is fun and amusing; it’s noticeable that people are enjoying themselves. The food is pretty good; I recommend the lamb tikka bhuna masala, the butter chicken and the lamb tandoori. I admit that the waiters are not the nicest people alive, but I believe is part of the experience, and maybe… if you are lucky, they could let you be the DJ of the place. And if it’s not on Snapchat… does it really happen?

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On the other hand, if you don’t feel like going wild for the night, you could just go to Sel Rrose. This lounge-bar place is amazing. The drinks are out of this world. Since I’m a wine person, drinks with champagne, red wine and prosecco always get my attention. My favorites are called “Lavender Piscine” and “The Hunter.” Sel Rrose is a place to have one or two drinks with a few appetizers while you enjoy the atmosphere and the music; that’s it. Otherwise, your wallet may regret it.

Sunday! Sundays are my favorite day because they mean brunch and mimosas. And what better way to spend a Sunday than with a bottomless brunch? Right in Williamsburg, there is a restaurant called Baby’s All Right that offers bottomless mimosas for $34 during 90 minutes. The environment of this place is kind of retro and hipster; the walls have blue paper-wall with a bunch of pictures and a DJ located at one of the corners. The entry that I ordered is called “Wake and Bake”; it included two poached eggs, spinach, toasts and smoke Gouda on the top with Hollandaise sauce. It tasted as good as it sounds.

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Later, I ended up at the rooftop of Withe Hotel. The view was amazing; you can see all NYC from there. I really loved the place and its atmosphere. So I said good-bye to New York with one hand – the other was holding my drink!

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Hope you enjoy it!

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