Bienvenidos a Miami

Bouncin in the club where the heat is on
All night, on the beach till the break of dawn
I’m goin to Miami
Welcome to Miami

Most folks venture to Miami on Spring Break with a group of friends…my first trip to the magic city was with two of my aunts and my lovely grandma. While I wasn’t surprised by the blue skies and warm water, I was pleasantly surprised by the delicious food scene this city has to offer. Check out some of my favorite places below:

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These are the very happy faces of folks who just ate a plethora of delicious Peruvian food at Miami’s Chalan on the Beach. The restaurant was cozy and the staff was warm and welcoming. Definitely try the ceviche (served with giant kernels of Peruvian corn)! We all enjoyed seafood dishes; everything was tender and flavorful. I’d absolutely go back if I return to Miami!

Another place to check out is YUCA – young urban cuban american. The mango mojito was soooo delicious and my oxtail tacos were really good too. We all shared a really delicious appetizer of bacon wrapped dates (you can’t even taste the dates; it’s mostly chorizo and ground beef on the inside – yummmm). This spot is located on Miami’s popular Lincoln Road where you’ll find tons of shops and eateries.

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Looking for a great place to drink? My boyfriend pointed me in the direction of Wet Willies. With four alcoholic slushy flavors to choose from (sex on the beach, shock treatment, attitude improvement and call-a-cab), everyone will be pleasantly intoxicated. I went with one of my aunts and we each sampled all four; we decided to go with the best tasting (and strongest in terms of alcohol content), Call-A-Cab. It tasted dangerously just like a cherry Italian ice…

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Looking for traditional Cuban cuisine? Definitely check out Havana 1957. Our waiter was super knowledgeable and friendly, and the food was soooo good. My aunts and grandma all went with the Havana 1957 Specialty Especialidad de la Casa which was a roasted chicken dish. I had to be the black sheep and get something different so I ordered a kiwi mojito and the Chicken Fricassee Casserole. The portions were plentiful and all of our dishes were tender and flavorful. I was too busy eating to snap pics, but trust me it was gooooood.

Other good spots to check out include:

Nexxt Cafe – Try the crab hash! Or the Monte Cristo French Toast!

Juice & Java 

The Social Club

Moshi Moshi Sushi 

Oh and DEFINITELY buy the coconut patties…they’re everywhere and they’re DELICIOUS.

IMG_5152I could definitely get used to the beach life!

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie