The product of my recent overconsumption of wanderlust has left me with life's essentials: a basic white tank, skinny jeans, skyscraper heels and a leather coat. Upon traveling to the arctic (or what America likes to call the Midwest in January), it's needless to say that I did a terrible job at packing for such weather. It would seem that I have not learned my lesson from living up there for over 17 years, but I digress.
And so here I am, open-toed and all, in Miami Beach once again. Now that I'm back in the Magic City, it's only suitable that I share some of my favorite go-to spots to hit up post-traveling.
Mexican food and I have had quite an extensive love affair ever since I can remember. My entire pregnancy is sheer proof of that, but one of the newest taco spots in Miami Beach is a combination of a backyard food truck fused with a hidden gem (the bathroom door actually leads to an after hours lounge). Try the Pescado with Grilled Mahi, Charred Pineapple Slaw, Picked Onions, Cilantro, and Chipotle-Cotija Dressing for a sweet $4.50. Boom. I just blew your mind.
Sunday is undoubtedly considered the dedicated day of brunching; however, one of the greatest parts of this place is its ability to understand the value of a Saturday brunch. With its 1930s New York style chandeliers and burgundy leather walls, it carries a "local Miami" aura that I became instantly amused with after my first visit. The low down: the champagne and bloody mary's, for those of you so inclined, flow until 4pm every Saturday. Food wise, you need to get involved with the tuna tartar (with truffle-soy vinaigrette), sweet potato fries, and the seared North Atlantic salmon salad.
The quintessential modern and contemporary art museum is a must-see every second Saturday of the month, as it exhibits international artwork from the 20th and 21st centuries at no charge. The architecture is exceptional, and it comes equipped with outdoor swings and lounge chairs with a beautiful bay view of Miami.
The way to my heart is obviously through french macarons, and Ladurée has the absolute best tasting selection ranging from salted caramel (my favorite) to Marie Antoinette, Praline, and Pistachio. Whenever I'm perusing Lincoln Road after a long trip, this is the perfect pick-me-up treat.
Korean restaurants are few and far in Miami, and the closest one that I've spotted was in North Miami (which closed years ago). I've secretly been dying inside from the lack of Korean food in the area that I live in, but alas, the time has come. The Drunken Dragon is a Asian gastropub with Korean barbecue-style tables and tiki-themed cocktails, that serves up goods until 6 a.m. on weekends. The hot spot has everything from twice fried chicken to white kimchi, Shanghai style fried rice, D&D fries and octopus.
What I'm rocking:
Jacket ℅ GUESS
Top by ZARA (similar style here)
Jeans ℅ dl1961
Shoes by ZARA (similar style here)
Sunglasses by Gucci (similar style here)