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Ah, the Miami Weekend Away from the Kids

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A May 2001 trip to Miami by Ivy

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Quote: This 30-something year old couple used to live in South Miami, but never got to appreciate trendy South Beach, known to many as SoBe. Here was our chance: a weekend away from our two young sons in a place where umbrella drinks and sunshine are always in abundance.

Ah, the Miami Weekend Away from the Kids

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Don't miss out on the fantastic Cuban food, if you visit Miami. Oh, and a stroll down Lincoln Road is just wonderful. I remember when it wasn't, so perhaps I can appreciate it more than most. However, it's a pedestrian-only street that is loaded with outdoor cafes/terraces. Eating or drinking there is a must!Quick Tips: Oh, what a mistake we made, renting a car. The traffic is so horrible in Miami. We had wanted to get nostalgic, visiting some of our old haunts in Homestead and South Miami. While I love those places, it was more relaxing just to stay put. Plenty to see in walking distance on the Beach side, and cabs and public transportation aren't so hard to use.Best Way To Get...Read More

South Seas Hotel

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Hotel | "South Seas"

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When I booked my reservation at the South Seas, I was sure that I had found paradise: A Tiki bar right alongside a pool that overlooks the beach. Well, that''s close to reality. The pool doesn''t quite OVERLOOK the beach, but it is right up against it, and unfortunately, I must sadly admit that the Tiki bar didn''t make very good drinks. If you want them tasty or strong, have your drinks elsewhere, because they were weak and uninteresting, which is quite a crime in the world of umbrella drinks, if you ask me. That said, this hotel is located right where you want to be, and the price is right for this neck of the beach. I HIGHLY suggest that you seek out a hotel around 17th Street because so m...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 22, 2001

South Seas Hotel
1751 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
(305) 538-1411

Mark's South Beach

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Restaurant

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If you like great food in a restaurant that feels like you're in the heat of the action, you will probably like Mark's. Mark's opened up in an original location north of this area and received rave reviews even from Bon Appetit magazine. We had eaten at the northern location and fell in love with this restaurant. When we planned our vacation to SoBe, we were ecstatic to hear of this location, but unfortunately, this was a very different beast, aside from the food. Expect to have your food accompanied by house music, and perhaps loud and drunken clientele seated nearby. It's a bizarre experience unless you're expecting it to have really fine food. I'm talking about sesame seed-encrusted sea bass, ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 22, 2001

Mark's South Beach
1120 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
(305) 604-9050

Puerto Sagua

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Restaurant | "Puerta Sagua"

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If you are looking for authentic Cuban food, you could go to Versaille where the old Cuban men hang out during the afternoons with their cafe cubanos and cigarettes, talking politics and women. Or, you could also visit Puerto Sagua...any time of the day. This restaurant, open 24 hours, has THE most wonderful Cuban food in Miami. Yeah, you can get the traditional dishes like ropa vieja or you can get stupdendous Cuban sandwich. Warning: If you don't have someone to share the Cuban sandwich with, order a Media Noche (midnight snack-size). It's a little more reasonable in size. Best recommendation for meals here: I always end up ordering the same thing anymore. Cuban sandwich with eithe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 22, 2001

Puerto Sagua
700 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
(305) 673-1115

Pollo Tropical

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Restaurant

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I feel sorry for anyone who DOESN'T get to try Pollo Tropical. This place has fast-food Cuban, and they do it so well that often the line is quite long to get served here. Locals love this place, and that's why it's thriving. You can't go wrong with their chicken that is grilled to perfection and served at $2.99 for a quarter chicken. With side dishes, you can get it for $3.69. Which are my favorites? Ah, their black beans and rice are top notch. If you haven't had Cuban style yuca with its buttery garlic sauce, you might try it here. But they also have yuca fries, fried plantains and congri rice (red beans and rice cooked together). Everything is great, and apparently, they've expanded their ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 22, 2001

Pollo Tropical
2611 Okeechobee Blvd
West Palm Beach, Florida 33409
(561) 688-0578

Pizza E Via

Restaurant

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You can't go wrong with pizza outside in a place that's ideal for people watching. The pizzas are sold piece-meal with theme names. No choosing from a list of ingredients. Instead, you are ordering the Margherita or the Siciliana, etc., with descriptions for each on the menu. The restaurant also includes other Italian foods, especially pasta. I can't say I'd recommend their Caesar salad, but their pizzas were great. The carafe of Chianti also seemed a good deal at $7. However, the most memorable part of the meal was just absorbing Lincoln Road. It was a Sunday night, most of the tourists had gone home for the weekend, and the locals took over. Plenty to see.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 22, 2001

Pizza E Via
826 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
+1 305 538 0803

Shorty's Bar-B-Q

Restaurant | "Shorty's"

Shorty's Bar-B-Q Photo, Miami, Florida
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Come in and feel like you're eating at the dark, smokey camp lodge. Patrons sit at long wooden tables and wait in line to do so because this is the best BBQ you will find in the state. Shorty's looks and smells like a BBQ joint ought to and surprisingly, it's set amidst strip malls and palm trees, making its rusty exterior stick out like a sore thumb. You won't find any tranquil pastels or house music in this place. But fear not, because you will find outstanding ribs, and shredded pork sandwiches, phenomenol baked beans and cole slaw and even a tasty piece of key lime pie. If they forget to give you a jar of their homemade smoke sauce, be sure to ask for it to accompany your meal. I think it'...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2001

Shorty's Bar-B-Q
11575 Southwest 40th St
Miami, Florida 33165
+1 305 227 3196

Fruit and Spice Park

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Attraction

Fruit and Spice Park Photo, Miami, Florida
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God, how I adore the Fruit and Spice Park. When we lived in Miami, we visited the park often because it is just so unusual. If you're not a plant nut (no pun intended), don't bother, but if you really love encountering different, new foods and plants, you will probably enjoy this place. It is so far off the beaten path that you probably won't go there unless you have a rental car. That's too bad. However, if you have a rental car, it's worth the 45-minute drive down to Homestead. Cost is $3.50 for adults and the park offers guided tours three times a day. If you're lucky you might catch the park at a time when it is hosting a festival. The Thai Asian Festival is great, and we happened upon the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 22, 2001

Fruit and Spice Park
24801 Southwest 187 Ave
Homestead, Florida 33031
+1 305 247 5727