South Beach- Miami
Instead of going to work this week, we decided to go fly to South Beach, Miami. A friend is getting married in Florida on Friday so we decided to make a fun trip out of it. First up was frolicking on South Beach:
Besides having a great beach- Miami Beach has amazing Art Deco architecture. The old hotels on Ocean Dr. across the the ocean have had great upkeep, that has stayed true to the era from which they came.
Me and the big clock: (Happy Birthday to my brother!)
South Beach was the home of the late Gianni Versace. His $100 million dollar mansion and prime real estate on Ocean Dr. looks like it is a restaurant now.
Gay-friendly South Beach likes to show off its true colors.
We wandered around on Ocean Dr. for a while. The restaurants that line the sidewalks are pretty pushy trying to persuade customers into a mojito as big as your head.
We saved our mojito drinking for dinner time. Havana 1957 on Espanola Way was our destination.
Espanola Way is a 2 block long street that is pedestrian only. Restaurants here line along the sidewalks for relaxing outdoor dining.
There was nothing relaxing about Havana 1957 though- it was packed! They were turning people away with waiting times over 90 minutes. Luckily I thought ahead and snagged a reservation.
The mint salad (really a mojito) was refreshing! Holy mint, Batman!
The house special at Havana 1957 is the roast chicken with a special sauce, rice, fried plantains, black beans, and a salad. The best chicken I have had in a long time. And you can’t go wrong with fried plantains.
I ate close to half and gave the rest to BC. He ordered the pork and raved about it.
We walked off our dinner finding more interesting architecture and Art Deco buildings.
The Miami Beach post office:
Walgreens was my favorite!
More warm weather fun coming up!
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