Hello from South Beach!
(Since so many people have askedâ€¦ yes! Iâ€™m staying Naked Faced on the beach. 100% all in!)
Our vacation is going very well so far, despite rainy and windy weather in Miami. I think weâ€™re both just so pleased to be here and away from the grind that we just donâ€™t care if the chilly temperatures followed us down from North Carolina!
How can you ever be disappointed to be on Ocean Drive, anyway?
I love art deco architecture. Love it.
Last night, we stayed at our friendsâ€™ Lisette and Dannyâ€™s house. Iâ€™ve known Lisette since I was 13 years old, and we were college roomies together. We spent a few hours catching up on her porch and then headed to a part of town called Brickell for drinks (virgin for me, of course), music, and food.
We woke up early and wolfed down breakfast before driving to the beach.
So, I was born and raised in Miami, clockinâ€™ in 18 years before I escaped the big city for the north. Iâ€™ve been gone (save for short trips) for nearly a decade. When I tell people Iâ€™m from Miami, I know they envision the South Beach version of Miami, not the more affordable and livable residential area that I grew up in. Truthfully, even when I lived just 20 minutes from the beach, I hardly ever went. Being in Miami for vacation is kind of strange because everything seems familiar and new, like I lived here but never actually saw 1/2 of the city.
We started off our morning by hitting the beach.
Unfortunately, it began to rain about 40 minutes in.
We sought cover from the storm and wind gusts in a bar.
Sprite for me, Baileyâ€™s for him.
Twenty minutes later, it was safe to hoof it to Lincoln Road, a walking mall. The walk â€“ about 2.0 miles in total â€“ was definitely our exercise for the day.
We found a â€“ get this â€“ Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian fusion restaurant. Random collection, but it was REALLY tasty.
I had a brain fart while ordering and ended up with far too many dishesâ€¦ and yet I managed to eat it all with a little help from Kristien.
Edamame to start.
Well, I also got a salad to start (told you I had a brain fart while ordering).
For my entrÃ©e, I combined a few side dishes, like plantainsâ€¦
And perfectly seasoned black beansâ€¦
Very tasty, indeed.
Whew. No wonder Iâ€™m in need of a nap. Weâ€™ve done a lot today already. And weâ€™ve got big plans â€“ the baby bump is going dancing â€“ so I better rest up. Hope your Sunday is fun, too!
Is it strange to go back to your hometown? Or comforting? Or both?