Miami Journals

Takin' the Heat

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A March 2004 trip to Miami by Ally

B.E.D. Photo, Miami, Florida More Photos
Quote: After several freezing weeks in NY, I was due for a warm-destination getaway. A quick trip to Miami was the fix I needed to indulge in some sun and delicious food.

Takin' the Heat

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Overview

Mural in Banana Republic Photo, Miami, Florida
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Miami is one of the few places in the United States where English as a first language seems to be the minority, as compared to Spanish. The city wasn’t always like that; Miami started off as a vacation/resort destination in the 20s when Art Deco architecture was perfected. In the 1960s, Cuban refugees immigrated to escape Fidel Castro’s communist regime. Since then, Latinos from Venezuela, Peru, and many other countries have adopted this Florida hotspot as their home. The best places to visit are: South Beach (for the beaches, shops, and clubs), the Villa Vizcaya (beautiful mansion) and wherever you are in Miami, you MUST try some of the local Cuban, Haitian, and other Latin foods. If you have ...Read More

Surfcomber Miami South Beach, A Kimpton Hotel

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Hotel | "Doubletree Surfcomber"

Surfcomber Miami South Beach, A Kimpton Hotel Photo, South Beach, Florida
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Apparently, not all Doubletree hotels are alike, thank goodness, as demonstrated by this beachfront property! We were able to use some Hilton points for our stay in this lovely South Beach hotel. This Art Deco building sits on the beach and features valet parking, a beautiful lobby, a cafe by the gated pool area, and free padded lounge chairs and umbrellas right on the beach! With such comforts, guests would rarely want to spend time in their bedroom, which is a standard hotel bedroom, offering nothing extraordinary. The only true detail that proved I was actually staying in a chain hotel was the fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie, which I receive upon arrival. It was interes...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 26, 2004

Surfcomber Miami South Beach, A Kimpton Hotel
1717 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
(305) 532-7715

B.E.D.

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Restaurant

B.E.D. Photo, Miami, Florida
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Deciding to splurge only once or twice on our trip, Tina & I picked B.E.D. (Beverage-Entertainment-Dining) as our first indulgent evening. You may want to dress to impress for this sexy, luxuriant restaurant/bar to get past the velvet rope (without a reservation) and to get yourself some notice. Some female clients fiercely compete to expose the most in a tight “dress.” Only the most rico-suave men get their attention. Though we weren’t looking to score, or even to impress, we had fun watching the other people, hearing vibey music, and enjoying French cuisine while sitting/lying atop a comfy, pillow-surrounded, plush, queen-size bed (sorry, no blankets). Yes, I said a bed...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 31, 2004

B.E.D.
929 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
+1 305 532 9070

Yambo

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Restaurant

Yambo Photo, Miami, Florida
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One of our best meals was at Yambo, a 24-hour Nicaraguan restaurant with a décor to compete with TGIF. English is not spoken here so we tried our best to just follow the natives. Similar to a fast-food counter in the mall, you can see most of the pre-cooked food upfront, behind a glass window, for easy point-and-ordering. I ordered a plate of tacos de pollo, a side of plantains, and said “Si” to any question they threw. The heavy plate came with a good dose of cabbage salad and sour cream, rice, beans, and three “tacos,” which turned out to be what I usually think of as big taquitos. Boy, was it tasty and much too much for me to finish! The sweet fried plantains were heavenly. Drinks, we discov...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 31, 2004

Yambo
1643 Southwest First St
Miami, Florida 33130
+1305 649 0203

Delano Hotel Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Delano"

Delano Hotel Restaurant Photo, Miami, Florida
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The best special meal of SoBe to be had was Sunday Brunch at the swanky Delano Hotel. You'll feel like a star sitting on the open patio, taking in the sun, feeling the ocean air, and listening to the harp music floating up from the grass below. Somewhat pricey, by the looks of the buffet, you'll understand why. Fresh shrimp cocktail, squid salad, made-to-order omelettes, Belgian waffles, French beignets, roast leg of lamb, loads of fresh fruit, including papayas and strawberries, and an extensive table of desserts! The most interesting was the chocolate mousse with a hint of fresh peppermint. Besides the obvious culinary delights, the setting of this Ian Schrager-owned, Paul Starck-d...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 26, 2004

Delano Hotel Restaurant
1685 Collins Ave
Miami, Florida 33139
(305) 672-2000

CocoWalk

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Attraction

CocoWalk Photo, Miami, Florida
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Popular among locals as well as tourists, the outdoor CocoWalk plaza and the surrounding neighborhood is an exciting activity center of retail shops, restaurants, bars, and includes a large AMC movie theatre. Both families and flirty fun-seekers keep the marketplace busy from morning until late at night. Amazingly enough, the many clothes, jewelry, and shoe stores (this is THE place for sandals) stay open until 10:30PM, which is ideal for safe and pleasant after-dinner walks. There’s a mix of upscale boutiques and chain retailers, like Banana Republic. One such shop, Koko & Palenki, carries a nice selection of evening shoes, including the latest Stuart Weissmans. There is always music of so...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 31, 2004

CocoWalk
3015 Grand Ave
Coconut Grove, Florida 33133
+1 305 444 0777

Miami Design District

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Attraction

Miami Design District Photo, Miami, Florida
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Design District One of the most obvious signs pointing you to Miami’s Design District is the corner of the Living Room Building (see picture below). Decorated in the city’s bright trademark palette of pink and orange, one can sit on the gigantic concrete couch and enjoy a large, open window "painting" on the wall. The area has been the city’s center of design since the Art Deco era and was recently renewed in the 1990s. Unfortunately, on the Monday that we visited, we did not get to see such rejuvenation; the streets and shops were astoundingly empty. Red leather sofas, plastic space-age chairs, ingenious swiveling nightstands and tables fill the stores of the quiet Design District. T...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 26, 2004

Miami Design District
North Miami Avenue to North East 2nd Avenue
Miami, Florida

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Ally

Ally
New York City, Afghanistan