Day 628: Miami Beach

Rachel, Day by Day

Day 628: Miami Beach

Welcome to Miami Beach! I went there back in June with Melissa, Christina, and Brittany. It was a great, long weekend with them! We got there on a Saturday and went straight to our hotel, The James Royal Palm. It was a very nice hotel; the above photo is the view from our room! It was just beautiful. We walked around the town for a bit and stopped at a cafe, called Aroma Espresso Bar, nearby for lunch. I ate a delicious salmon sandwich. Mmmm. we then headed over to the beach! Here’s a beautiful photo for you:

Day 628: Miami Beach

The ocean water was so clear and the sand was beautiful! We spent a lot of time in the water and laying in the sun. The beach was really crowded, too! Sometimes I wish I lived along a beach like this. After spending a lot of time in the ocean, we decided to check out our awesome hotel pool. Here it is!

Day 628: Miami Beach

The pool was great and the water was nice and relaxing. There’s Brittany, Mel, and Christina on the left side! After swimming for a bit, we decided to go back to our room and get ready for dinner. We found a cool outdoor restaurant called Finnegan’s Way. It was awesome! We were trying to find a place with TVs so I could watch the Blackhawks game. Thanks, ladies! Here’s a cool photo of the restaurant:

Day 628: Miami Beach

I ate a pretty good salad with some shrimp and Brittany and I split a bottle of wine. We watched most of the game at the restaurant, but I’m pretty sure they lost that game, so I didn’t want to watch the whole thing! We then walked around and then hung out back at our hotel. I showed the ladies my wedding video since they were in it a lot!

On Sunday, we started out the day participating in a food tour throughout the city! It was really awesome. We went to five different amazing restaurants and sampled some food at each place. Our tour guide was a nice girl and we basically went on a walking tour with her through the city to these restaurants. I liked walking around and seeing everything! We first stopped at the cafe at Books and Books; we ate some really good black bean hummus, avocado salsa, corn salsa, and ceviche. Here’s a photo of the delicious food we almost finished:

Day 628: Miami Beach

Our second stop was Abuela’s Cuban Kitchen. We had some sort of pastry dessert and had some Cuban coffee. I knew it was strong since my dad drank it all the time, but WOW! It really is strong. But really delicious! I kind of want to drink it more often and I’ll probably be more awake then! I had to get a photo at this restaurant, so here you go! (You all probably know this already, but my dad was born in Cuba!)

Day 628: Miami Beach

Our third stop was at Boteco Copacabana, which has yummy Brazilian food. Mmmm. We tried some really good croquettes for an appetizer and cashew juice. The juice was interesting; it was slightly sweet but good! Our fourth stop was at Chalan on the Beach, which has Peruvian food. My mouth is starting to water with all of this food talk! We tried some really good lamb and ceviche. I was so full at this point! But, we had one more stop! We went to The Frieze, which has amazing sorbet and ice cream. I tried coconut sorbet and I loved it! Here’s a photo of us at the end of the tour.

Day 628: Miami Beach

After the tour, we went back to the pool and the beach! It’s hard to avoid both of them in Miami. I felt so relaxed swimming in the water again. I think I fell asleep on the beach, too. After swimming until we were pruney, we got ready for dinner and ate at a restaurant called Venue Cafe Beach Club. We sat at a table on the sidewalk; it was fun people watching! There are a lot of restaurants with outdoor seating on the sidewalk, which is cool. We all got giant drinks; I got a mojito! Here’s another photo for you:

Day 628: Miami Beach

The mojito was good, but it was definitely too much for me! After dinner, we went to The Clevelander rooftop terrace for some dancing and clubing! I had a great time. The music was awesome! Most of the selection was from the 90s and it was hard not singing along. They played Ooh Boy by Real McCoy, Ghetto Superstar by Mya,  Mo Money Mo Problems by Biggie Smalls, and so on. It was awesome! What a fun day! Oh, here’s a photo of the view below from the rooftop terrace:

Day 628: Miami Beach

On Monday, we went to Starbucks and shopped around in the morning. We also went back to Abuela’s Cuban Kitchen for some lunch. It was delicious! I got a little emotional; I don’t think I’ve been to a Cuban restaurant in years. I ate some good ropa vieja, plantains, and black beans and rice. Everything tasted so authentic and wonderful! I kept thinking of my dad, in a happy and sad way. I’m glad I was there with my friends, though! It was their first time experiencing Cuban food. Here’s a photo of me with black beans!

Day 628: Miami Beach

Since it was our last full day, we had to go back to the beach and pool! We spent most of the afternoon there, which was great. The water was beautiful yet again. Here’s a photo of the four of us!

Day 628: Miami Beach

I have to add this other one below of Brittany and me; I like how the wave is coming up behind us! There weren’t that many waves, but when they showed up, they were definitely a surprise!

Day 628: Miami Beach

Fun times! After hanging out by the beach and pool, we had our last dinner back at Boteco Copacabana, one of the stops on the food tour. I tried sangria with white wine for the first time ever and I really liked it! Here’s a cute photo of Mel and Christina at dinner:

Day 628: Miami Beach

Cute!! For dinner, I ate this really good salad and I think there was salmon in it. This restaurant was on a cool street called Espanola Way; it was a cute little street with a bunch of restaurants and sidewalk seating. I really like eating dinner outside! Here’s a photo of all of us:

Day 628: Miami Beach

After dinner, we got some gelato across the street from a place called Milani. It was really good! I had some chocolate gelato. We then played some Phase 10 out on the patio at the hotel and drank some malibu and pineapples. It was a fun end to the night.

I had a great time on this trip! It was fun hanging out with these three ladies; I really do miss them a lot. And I’m really glad we got to go on this trip together. I wish I could hang out with them more often. I miss you ladies! Thanks for a fun time in Miami Beach!

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