Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Heavenly

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Blue Heaven
is the most popular place to go to for breakfast in Key West. & with menu items like lobster eggs benedict with key lime hollandaise (!), surf & turf benedict (filet & lobster) and that amazing, uh-mazing banana bread, I can see why so many people love this cozy place. If I lived in Key West, I'd be a regular here. The atmosphere is so relaxing and...country.

Can you tell I'm completely enamored with Key West? I'm already planning the next trip because I have no more pictures to share with you and I know you're all bummed about that. Or maybe because I heard Blue Heaven's key lime pie is one of the best...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sloppy Joe's

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Sloppy Joe's
is a must. It's been around for over 74 years and the atmosphere is classic Key West. Usually, shorts and flip flops will make you stand out as a tourist but it's the universal uniform here.

Its Duval Street location and live band performances make it the perfect rest stop to escape the Florida sun for a cold drink and of course, a sloppy joe!

Key Lime Pie Crawl

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1.
Key Lime Pie Co.
2.
Kermit's
3.
Key Lime-N-More

Finding the best key lime pie in Key West was a priority for me this weekend. It's my favorite and
Blond Giraffe had my heart but not only did they close their Miami store, they've permanently closed the rest of their shops.

I visited three places and they were so similar that I'll spare you all the details. Kermit's was my "favorite". Key Lime Pie Co. and Key Lime-N-More had pretty much the same mediocre pie. It's pie so I'll eat it but these places are definitely no Blond Giraffe.

I'll continue my hunt but if you find yourself in Key West, just go to
Mattheessen's and get yourself one of their massive chocolate chip cookies. They're chewy, warm and have the perfect ratio of chip to dough. & if you still have a key lime craving just go to any Publix and get their key lime cheesecake in the bakery section. It's good stuff.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Key West

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I really love Key West. Although it's just three hours away, I've only been a handful of times.

Key West is known for it's lazy atmosphere, infamous Duval Street bar crawls, beachy houses with cute porches and free-roaming chickens and roosters.


The only things on the agenda for the weekend were relaxation, lots of seafood, key lime pie and sun sun sun.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Lately

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1. Chilean Sea Bass Nanbanzuke at Doraku on a rainy Friday night. So good it didn't need carbs.

2. Finally found a bottle of Skinnygirl Margarita. & it was only $11. I'm going to stock my fridge with these babies.

3. They don't look it but these
shoes are so damn tall my hamstrings and calves have been sore since Saturday.
4. Friends and I went on a frozen yogurt run. I don't care for frozen yogurt but I had a craving for shutin shweet so I satisfied it with free samples. Score.

5. Cuties and studying for an ecotourism midterm in bed. Zzzz.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Arbetter

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I attended kindergarten through third grade in Passaic, New Jersey. Mario J. Drago #3 school.


Everytime the cafeteria served hot dogs, one of the gym teachers would go up on stage (the cafeteria was also the gym/auditorium - lols) and chant "Hot dogs, hot dogs, wow, wow, wow! Eat 'em up, eat 'em up, chow, chow, chow!" I'm not even kidding. Sometimes students and lunch ladies joined in on the festivities. It's true when they say that the education system in the north is better than the south. When I started 4th grade here in Miami, well, you can imagine my disappointment when hot dog day came around and no one sang me that soothing lullaby throughout my meal.

Complete bullshit.


Anyway.
Arbetter's on Bird Rd. has been around for almost 40 years. Do they have the best hot dogs? Fuck no, but this place is a Miami institution. Just look at that radioactive cheese!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Think of me in the depths of your despair.




I'm in love with this song. You should hear me murder those high notes.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

My reputation precedes me

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I very often get asked for restaurant recommendations. I even get asked about restaurants in New York by...people who live there. I find it extremely flattering that people trust me with their mouths.

Here's a list of my favorite non-shitty restaurants with some added must go to spots* if it's your first time in Miami (meaning, if you're from Miami, don't bother. You probably eat this stuff or something similar on a regular basis).


Breakfast/Brunch
:
Morgan's
- Everything I've had here has made me do the "mmm, mmm" hand on your stomach, eyes closed, happy dance. Get the raspberry pancakes. The french toast and fries are really good too. Expect a wait.
Icebox Cafe
- Tiny spot off Lincoln Road popular amongst the gays. Don't come here and get anything traditional. They have really decadent menu items like guava & cream cheese stuffed french toast. I've heard their desserts are all great but I wouldn't know. Sad.
Green Street Cafe
- Casual place filled with locals in Coconut Grove. Simple items but they're executed really, really well. Great place to people watch.

Lunch:

Shake Shack
- Shack burger. Fries. Key Lime Pie, Oh My concrete. Do it.
Andiamo
- Awesome pizza in North Miami. Brooklyn Special (pepperoni/sweet peppers) is my favorite.
El Rey De Las Fritas*
- I'll give this place a shoutout for being very true to Cuba Miami. If you're a tourist, go here.
El Palacio De Los Jugos*
- or here. Try one of the natural juices.
Latin House Grill
- My favorite food truck. Their "muffin tops" (sliders) are the best. If they have their Balls To The Walls (deep fried brownie topped with condensed milk), dude, you're in for a treat. & diarrhea but I promise it's so worth it.

Dinner:

Sustain
- I just like this place.
Paquito's
- Best Mexican food I've had in Miami. I'm partial to the enchiladas verde.
Pubbelly
- This place reminds me of something you'd see in NY. Their menu centers around pork. I dig the dumplings.
Meat Market
/Prime 112 /STK - All amazing steakhouses at the beach. Take your pick. Try the lobster and crab cakes at Meat Market, the peanut butter smore's at Prime 112 and the lil big mac's at STK.
Sushi Samba
- Loooove this place. Put on your slut shoes and order the tuna tiradito and the red snapper with coconut rice. It's on Lincoln Road but sit inside.
Doraku
- Sushi Samba's easy little sister. Cheaper, just as delicious but not as sexy.
Barton G
- Not necessarily for the food but for the experience. Their presentations are over the top. Lobster pop-tarts served in a toaster. Martini's smoking with liquid nitrogen. This place is fun and one of a kind.

Dessert!:

Churromania
- You can't come to Miami and not have a churro. The street vendors are more authentic but this place lets you fill and drizzle with nutella, guava, caramel, etc. so they win.
Buttercream Cupcakes
- My favorite cupcakes in Miami. Vanilla with chocolate frosting or guava.
Karla Bakery*
- Cuban bakery. Try my beloved pastelitos de guayaba. You should probably get a croquetta too. Acere.
Cakes by Edda*
- Local bakery. They sell their famous wedding cakes by the slice. & they're good. & I want one.

[picture of Morgan's brioche french toast with the lightest, creamiest butter I ever did have]

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Lately

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1. An organized house keeps me sane. My latest obsessions are drawer organizers and those skinny, velvet hangers. They help clear up so much space in your closet and everything hangs at the same length! (!!!)
2. Bikes rented by the hour on Lincoln Road. This is now on my to do list.
3. I went to see the Vagina Monologues (in Spanish). It was hysterical. Although, I don't know if I'd recommend you go see it with your mother. Actresses faking orgasms can get awkward. Cringe.
4. To say I'm addicted to Starbuck's mini chocolate/peanut butter cupcakes would be a major, major understatement. I have to talk myself out of turning into every Starbucks I see. I'm not very persuasive on weekends.
5. I gave in to the controversialy ugly Toms. I see them as an investment for the days I have to run (walk...a lot) errands in the city. Exclamation point.

Monday, April 11, 2011

SHACK ATTACK!

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My friend's second language is English. No matter what she's told, she really believes Shake Shack is called "Shack Attack". I find this very fitting.


My Shake Shack cravings come suddenly and must be handled with utmost urgency. So I had a burger and fries for breakfast on Saturday morning...and nobody got hurt.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Apartment Hunting

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I've barely just really started searching and I'm already stressed. It seems almost impossible to find an apartment in a nice area for a decent price. & Craigslist (hello, no fees) should not allow people to make eleventybillion posts of the same apartment. I swear everytime I click on new listings, it's the same crusty apartment over and over again.

Annoying.

All I ask for is a clean kitchen and bathroom and no checkered tiles!

& maybe a walk-in closet

& a washer/dryer

exposed brick (I'm a fan) would be swell


& a freaking doorman would be sweeeet


It's begun. Are you ready?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Lately

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1. Creepy, very tall statue overlooking the dinner table at
Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
2. Spent Sunday in the park BBQing, frisbeeing and chocolate caking.
3. Lindt makes really good hazelnut chocolate. Better than Godiva. Sh.
4. Early & relaxing breakfast in Coral Gables at
Norman's 180. It was nice to be up and out earlier than the masses and see a different, serene side of this usually busy neighborhood.
5. I've been obsessed with Zara ever since I found out their pants fit me. I'm a midget so it's hard for me to find pants that I can't sweep floors with. These are green. What's up.