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Looking around, it’s hard to tell that it’s Sunday night on South Beach.  It’s bumpin’ out there – music, drinks, dancing.  And we’re in bed, reading and computer-ing.  Hey, it’s a babymoon, after all!

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After a long nap and a peanut butter sandwich (eaten in bed… one of the luxuries of staying in a hotel – crumbs don’t count!), we headed out for a swanky dinner.

 

We debated our options on Yelp and Urbanspoon before selecting the Tudor House.  The head chef is Geoffrey Zakarian, the winner of The Next Iron Chef Super Chefs.  I knew it was gonna be good!

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We split a bunch of small plates and side dishes instead of ordering traditional entrees.

 

We started off with amazing French fries, warmed olives, and watermelon, feta, and basil bites.  I loved how Tudor House combined upscale dishes with traditional American fare.

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Watermelon bites were the best.  Feta and watermelon is a KILLER combo.

 

And then, Brussel sprouts and beets.  I expected simple steamed veggies, but the Brussel sprouts were caramelized and mixed in a creamy cheese, and the beets were charred.

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I’ve always thought dining on South Beach was challenging – most restaurants are greasy, run-of-the-mill, and expensive as all hell or upscale, pretentious, and expensive as all hell.  Tudor House was positively perfect.   A real gem.

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We briefly debated hitting up the winter festival – a huge outdoor party that we’d been looking forward to all day – but we decided we’d really rather just go to bed early.  Hah.  My, my.  How times have changed…

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  • Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions March 4, 2012, 10:48 pm

    Your meal looks incredible!! I would never convince my husband to share such a thing with me though :)

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  • Erin Margaret March 4, 2012, 11:03 pm

    Aww, growing up really is so much fun. When I went to the beach this past summer it was so different from years past. I’m so thankful for quiet nights now in my older years! (Yeah, I’m 26 but I partied hard when I was a teen)

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    • CaitlinHTP March 4, 2012, 11:03 pm

      Haha I agree. It’s not so bad!

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  • Sana March 4, 2012, 11:10 pm

    I already feel old :) And I will be 23 this month.

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  • Elisabeth March 5, 2012, 12:02 am

    I LOVED Geoffrey on Next Iron Chef & I love watching Chopped when he’s on – I’d love to go to one of his restaurants :)

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  • Sara, Food Blogger on a Diet / Ms. Adventures in Italy March 5, 2012, 4:18 am

    I mentioned on your last SoBe post that I was in Miami last month, but we actually stayed at Dream (where Tudor House is located). We never tried the restaurant since we wanted to venture out & we were a big group, but every time I had to authenticate on the wifi Geoffrey’s face welcomed us…it got kind of annoying (perhaps another reason we had an aversion to the restaurant), so it’s good to know the food was good! We missed out this time.

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  • Haleigh March 5, 2012, 5:56 am

    I’ve never been to South Beach, I’d love to go someday though. Enjoy your babymoon :)

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  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon March 5, 2012, 7:11 am

    That place really does look like a gem! I’ve only spent about 3 hours in south beach but my impression was definitely that the healthy and good food options were quite limited!

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  • Tara March 5, 2012, 7:33 am

    Sounds really good! Have you ever been to the Haitian restaurant Tap Tap? Heaven for a vegetarian…or anyone!

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  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed March 5, 2012, 7:54 am

    Those pictures are awesome, so much color! I’ve never been to Miami.

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  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats March 5, 2012, 8:47 am

    Haha it’s a baby moon, not a bachelorette! No shame in an early bedtime.

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  • Beth March 5, 2012, 9:11 am

    Congrats on baby!! I am a little behind. I hope things are going well! Get ready for the best day of your life!!!

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  • Claire March 5, 2012, 11:25 am

    I am currently a Student at UMiami, and seeing the image of the U on your gym shorts scroll by in your banner has made me a reader of your blog!

    The amount of races you have run has truly inspired me. I have done numerous half marathons but have always gone back and forth with the whole 26.2 miles.

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    • CaitlinHTP March 5, 2012, 11:32 am

      Go Canes!!!!

      Half marathons are pretty epic too!

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  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 5, 2012, 1:41 pm

    Looks like a fantastic meal! I definitely need to try that watermelon + feta combo this summer. I’m a big fan of mango + feta, so I’m sure I’ll like it too!

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  • JenATX March 6, 2012, 10:47 pm

    times have changed for me too! i would for sure have gone to that winter festival two years ago but now sometimes reading in bed sounds so nice :)

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  • Amelia @ Eating Made Easy April 4, 2012, 12:17 pm

    Funny enough I went into labor on our babymoon! Luckily we were only 20 minutes from the hospital because there was not much warning time – Lucy came fast!

    This looks so perfect, glad you enjoyed :)

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