Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Joey's

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In a momentary lapse of judgment and a little guilt, I lent someone my camera. It's in great hands but I want it back because iPhone pictures are t3h suck. Anyway.

I've become quite the restaurant picking nazi. Luckily, my friends don't mind as long as they know in advance how many "monies" it is.

$ under 15
$$ 15-30
$$$ 30-45
$$$$ 45-65
$$$$$ 65-you did this to yourself you gluttonous fool

I just made that up but that seems about right.

This place is two monies. Except that that prosciutto and mozzarella appetizer was $16. Major ripoff and not nearly as good as Mai Tardi's. Our bill was $45 so you do the math.

Service was awesome and Italian which I appreciated since this is an Italian restaurant. The waiter thought my veal tortelloni took too long so we got free tiramisu. How romantical. Especially since I didn't think the food took long at all. Would I come back here? No.

& I'm afraid no margherita pizza will ever beat Keste's in NYC.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Fort Lauderdale Beach

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Very high temperatures forced many into (onto?) the beach this weekend. We chose to go to Fort Lauderdale to avoid the Ultra Music Festival crowds and traffic at South Beach. My skin is now a more acceptable shade of green due to the much needed vitamin d.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I have an addiction, sir!

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1. I obviously choose wines based on their labels.
2. Fire roasted shrimp. Super delicious, if I do say so myself.
3. Why I probably shouldn't be your gardener.
4. New sheets from West Elm waiting to be spruced up with some throw pillows.
5. Mini peanut butter cupcakes from Starbucks. The frosting is the best consistency and tastes just like diabetes. Highly addictive.

The pictures on the post below were taken with my old Canon. Dude, what a difference! This makes me happy. I'm off to brunch. Have a happy Sunday!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

La Sandwicherie

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I either got the wrong menu item or played it all wrong by going to La Sandwicherie while sober. I had the chicken salad on a croissant with a Miami Sunset smoothie. Meh, not enough chicken, too much salad. I made the mistake of getting their French vinaigrette which I'm pretty sure has horseradish in it. I don't think there is a flavor in this world that I hate more than horseradish.

The sandwich was good and the ingredients were really fresh but it wasn't 5 stars on Yelp good. Maybe 2.5. I would say I'd give La Sandwicherie another shot because it's a huge local favorite in Miami Beach but with Shake Shack a few blocks away, I highly doubt that.

Monday, March 21, 2011

28

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Celebrated Boots birthday with wonderful friends, steak and delicious cake from Edda's at Hillstone, the restaurant formerly known as Houstons.

I was a lot annoyed that after an hour and a half wait, we were told our party wouldn't be seated together but Boots had a great time and that's all that really mattered.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

First & First Southern Baking Co.

This is a cute breakfast/lunch spot if you happen to find yourself in downtown because you suddenly realized you need to buy gold by the pound or you know, if you work there or whatever.

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If the Eau de Hobo won't make you lose your appetite, sit outside. You're sure to see some characters.


& wishing a big happy birthday to my Boots! Can't wait to celebrate with you and a big Hawaiian rib-eye tonight.

1st&1st is located on 1st & 1st. Isn't that something?

mai tardi

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It was late Sunday night and I had spent about 6 hours helping Raul pack up his belongings (he's leaving Brickell and heading to Doral). I use the term "helping" loosely since it was more like laying on the couch and taking advantage of his wifi while occasionally looking up to aggressively suggest he throw out old clothes he'd been hoarding since high school. He may have even had a pair of these lying around too. Shit is serious. We needed a break from the ugly and were hungry so we ventured to Mai Tardi.

I decided I liked this place upon arrival. It's in the sleek Design District and the outside seating is romantic without really trying to be. Service blew but I'm oddly patient with waiters. Waiters and old people. That's it.

We had:
Caipiwi - I like bubbles and I like kiwi.
Prosciutto e Mozzarella - You can't screw this up if you tried.
Gnocchi al Ragu de Ossobucco - Very filling. Nice taste but I wouldn't order it again.
Bistecchina alla Griglia - Not the best skirt steak but I think I've begun to accept polenta now.

Great location, delicious drinks, decent pricing and $3 valet.

Word.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

El Rey De Las Fritas

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I've lived here 17 years and only recently thought to myself, "What proper South Miami resident has never had a Cuban frita?"

I'm not gonna lie, I was a little put off by the meat being such a bright red but I told myself to stop being a jackass and enjoy it. It was good and I loved the crunch from the potato sticks and the fact that they use toasty Cuban bread but it was nothing out of this world. However, the mango shake was the perfect accompaniment and hit the spot.

I prefer the Dominican version of the burger over the Cuban one. I also prefer a Dominican man over a Cuban one but that's a whole other story.

I do love pastelitos de guayaba though.

El Rey De Las Fritas

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Morgan's: Revisited

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Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day but either I'm up way too early and the mere thought of eating at 5:30am makes me want to barf or I'm stuck at school with shitty options like pizza flavored Combos and decide to skip it altogether.

Enter the weekends where it's totally acceptable if not highly encouraged to sleep in and drag your lazy ass to brunch. God bless America!

I ordered the smoked salmon eggs benedict this time around and we got an order of raspberry flatcakes for the table. Smartest thing we did. If you saw us eating, you'd think we weren't taught any manners. We attacked those things like savages (savages, savages, barely even human!). Please order these, text me, don't call me - I hate talking on the phone, and tell me you're in love with them too. It'll make my day.

Monday, March 14, 2011

A whole lotta nothing

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Can you believe that after 8 days of not having internet/cable, when I finally got it back I got a virus? & now that that is taken care of, my router decided to die? If it's not one thing it's another!

I haven't really been up to much though. My weekdays revolve around school, starving myself and scouring Craigslist for decent apartments in the upper west and upper east side. My weekends are usually limited to not starving myself, crossing things off my "To do in Miami" list (mainly food related, of course) and spending time with my loves. My days are very predictable but I'm enjoying it. I'm trying to soak up as much Miami before I give it the ol' boot. That's right, New York City is less than 3 months away! It's surreal and scary and exciting and...scary and exciting.