Niki Takes On Miami

Miami is so full of fun things to do, but when you are in town for only two nights, it becomes tough to choose what to do next.

My friend and I went on a foodie/art getaway.  We planned a really cool itinerary and I ended up coming home with a cold, but we had such a good time, I’d say it was worth it.

Budget Chic

Theres so many hotels to choose from in Miami.  When I’m looking for a place to stay while on a short vacation, I always consider the fact that I wont be in my room for much of the time.  Yes,  I do want something comfortable and cozy but I don’t need an elaborate setup.   Rooms are just for sleeping, right?  Since I was traveling with just one friend, we decided  The Berkeley Shore was perfect for the occasion.

 

Perfect quaint hotel, one block from the beach

Roof-Top pool
Room with city view

Art Basil

If you have never had the opportunity to go to Art Basil, definitely put that on your list of things to do.  The art district is alive with people who create magic and every year artist come from all over the world and create new work to display.  The energy from the people here make you what to stay forever and never go home.  We actually missed the Basil by a few days and did not get to attend any of the shows or cool parties, but we did take the tour of the art district and I took a ton of pictures to share with you.

Art District. Cool vibes

One of my favorites…obviously!

Tribute to Stan Lee

My friend Aaliyah

Lunch At Trulucks

Aaliyah and I both felt the craving for crab legs!  I love a good seafood restaurant, unfortunately the all you could eat buffet started at 5 and we arrived a bit early at 3, so instead we settled on beautifully made drinks!  Trulucks is a very classy eatery downtown Miami.  The wood covered walls and glass enclosed wine cellar gave a very nice ambiance for our afternoon lunch.  I sampled some hors d’ oeuvres  while my trusty sidekick spared no expenses and ordered oysters and shrimp.  If you stop into this place order the Shrimp Primavera Flatbread and the Mai Tai One On.  The flatbread was so delicious and it hit the spot.  I’m not a drinker so the drink was a bit strong for me, nevertheless you could tell it was prepared with love.

Lovely atmosphere right on the bay.

Cocktails

 

Dinner at Joes Stone Crab

I wish I had better pictures to offer you, however my hands were too dirty with my food.  Let me just try to explain how popular this place was.  It was a Tuesday night and we walked to the restaurant because the air was nice.  On the walk as you look into the other bars, nothing was full.  South beach looked like a typical Tuesday night. When we arrived at Joes, there were no tables available and we had about a 15 min wait.  The house was jammed packed and everyone seemed to be dining on crabs or oysters.  The food here was fantastic.  I wish I had more cash to spend I would have ordered the snow crab legs, as they were in season.  I really enjoyed the food here.  With your meal you are served an assortment of ward bread and garlic butter.  Beware!  The bread is addictive and filling.

 

 

Dinner at Barton G’s

 

I’m going to keep it 100 with you.  Barton G’s was not my favorite and I would never go there again.  The food was ok.  The drinks were better but for the price, you definitely are paying for the experience.

Aaliyah had the Buddahlicious which is a drink that arrives with a Buddah presentation.  It’s a martini with pear vodka.  That was really cute.  My drink was the the Sabrinatini which was vodka with a champagne popsicle.  It was not tasty to me but again I’m not a drinker so if you like alcohol, you may find it tasty.  The drinks were $30 a hit which in my opinion is to much to pay for anything that you drink.  Just sayin’

My main course was the beef short ribs and beets.  That was adequate.  The meat taste as though it was over cooked. Aaliyah had the Blooming Sea Bass which you see in the picture above.  She said it taste divine but the fish kept throwing me off.  The meals were about $50 a plate.  Then desert was this cotton candy confection made to look like Marie Antoinette’s head.  Another $50 bucks for that.  Since we were on a time limit and was heading to the night garden, we took Marie’s head and placed it in the bag so we could eat it later.  After the short ride to the park, the head had turned into a small sticky ball of sugar.

If you are having a special event or a child’s birthday, maybe that would be a cool place to go.

The Night Garden

This was the best display of lights I have seen in a long while.

The NightGarden at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is Making Miami Magical this Holiday Season from World Red Eye Films on Vimeo.

http://www.thenightgarden.com/

 

 

 

Peace and Love

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