Friday, April 22, 2011

Field Trip: Miami

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We're back!  Miami is a complete 180 degrees from our lives in Boston, and I loved every minute of it.  First off, it was 85 degrees every day.  Every day!  Personally, my favorite part was at night where it cooled off to about 75 but had a nice little breeze.  It was perfect to walk around town in a dress and open-toed shoes. 

We spent a lot of time with John's two friends who live a bit north of Miami, and who I was meeting for the first time.  Always a bit nervewracking but they were very sweet and took us to the Everglades on one of the jam-packed days.  Also, you will have to excuse this recap because breakfast was free in the hotel, and I often forgot to take pictures of all the restaurants.  I promise to get better, practice makes perfect, after all. The first night was spent eating at a small Mexican restaurant at the end of Ocean Drive.  What I do remember there was the $4 margarita mondays.  That's about all I remember.
Yuca Frita
Tuesday, we spent the day down in the Everglades and had dinner at a cuban restaurant with John's friends, M and P.  I had never had cuban food before, but it was delicious.  I had a skirt steak with moros (a mix of rice and beans) and sweet plantains.  John had Viejo Ropa (a ground beef dish) and fried plantains that were amazing.  We had an appetizer of fried yuca dipped into a cilantro-sour cream-garlic dip.  The appetizer and fried plantains were to die for, and I will definitely be attempting their recreation as soon as I can find all these ingredients!
Cubano served with Plantain Chips
Wednesday John and I got to check out the beach by ourselves, and I had planned for us to spend our last night at Emeril's South Beach Restaurant.  John was excited by the cuban restaurant from Tuesday but really wanted a Cubano.  This one was really good and at 700 Collins Avenue, a short walk from the hotel.  It was called Puerto Sagria.  The vanilla milkshakes were honestly the best milk shakes I have ever had in my entire life.  Definitely try one, even if you just stop and get one to go.  They are worth twice what we paid. 
Finally, it was time for the piece de resistance, Emeril's Restaurant.  Honestly, when you go, don't you sort of expect to be let down?  I mean it's always that you save up this money to spend at a restaurant and you come away feeling like, eh?  
Salumi Plate
Well, Emeril's was the exact opposite.  I was nervous at first but everything John and I tried, we couldn't stop eating.  I didn't try any of Emeril's "traditional" dishes, sticking instead to homemade and locally sourced ingredients.  The one exception was the Salumi Plate (above).  It was packed with Italian cheeses, homemade baguette, and 4 different types of salami.  I loved the chicory they put with it and they also topped it with some rock salt (which I found to be a little too much).  John and I literally fought over the last piece of copa!  For this Italian-American girl, it was all I could ask for.

Our dinners came next.  Mine was the grouper with fingerling potatoes, asparagus, and fava beans (left).  John's was an andouille crusted red snapper (right).  YUM!  His was a little spicy on a bed of peppers and potatoes.  Both were delicious. 

For dessert, we settled on the trio of house ice creams because by that point, well, we were just full.  The ice creams were all delicious too.  It was the perfect end to a perfect trip.
Until the next time my oven is on... 

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