The final day in Miami was upon us and man had it been an amazing ride so far. Our plan for the day consisted of going to Vizcaya Museums & Gardens, followed by the Venetian Pool and lastly a stop at Calle Ocho. Our first stop, Vizcaya Museums & Gardens was the former villa and estate of the businessman James Deering. The villa was interesting but it was the surrounding gardens which won my heart. The gardens were beautiful manicured and included several fountains and beautiful sculptures. While I did not care for the actual history, I admired the property for its greenery and the work in keeping it so beautiful maintained. So do yourself a favour, and make sure to check out Vizcaya the next time you head to Miami.
After wandering through the grounds of Vizcaya, it was time to soak in the sun and so we headed to the Venetian Pool in the Coral Gables District. This pool is a public pool which has a lovely man-made waterfall and places to lounge around while you get your tan on. After spending the last two days at the beach but not being brave enough to venture into the water, the pool was the perfect way to perfect my swimming skills. After lounging around here for some time, we headed out our final stop of the day: Calle Ocho.
Now I’m going to be real with you in that Calle Ocho didn’t do much for me, but what they did have going for them was honestly the best food I had during my trip. Calle Ocho is Miami’s Cuban district and it was here I had some delicious Cuban cuisine. We went to Old’s Havana Cuban Bar & Cocina where I ordered the Lechon Asado with beans and rice and fried plantain. It was absolutely delicious. To top it all off, the staff serving us were an absolute delight. Unfortunately, I did not get any photos at the Venetian Pool because water and phones don’t mix and at the restaurant I was too hungry to pause and take a photo of the food. But, enjoy all the images of Vizcaya and just believe me when I say Old’s Havana is absolutely worth every single dollar. This concluded our trip to Miami and it was perfect way to unwind after a stressful few weeks. Thank you Miami for your hospitality and while you broke my bank account you were worth every penny.
Waking up with absolutely no responsibilities or obligations has got to be one of the best feelings in the world. As your eyes begin to open, the time on your phone reads 11:00 am. Now, usually this would be a cause for alarm but not today. Today, it’s all about relaxation mija. The only preoccupation is deciding if you should go to the beach first or later. We decided on heading to the Wynwood Art District first. The Wynwood Art District is an area of Miami where everywhere you turn there are murals on the walls. The art, however, is not limited to the walls, but covers every available space imaginable including the sidewalk itself. This district is a place for freedom of expression and it is here you get a sense of the emotions and feelings that run through Miami. You see joy, elation, and celebration but you’ll also see sadness and pain. It is the human experience conveyed through this artistic expression. It was here we spent some time appreciating the artwork and seeing how the swampland and vibrancy of Miami were blended together within art. The soul of Miami was found here and I recommend that anyone who comes to Miami needs to visit Wynwood before leaving.
After immersing ourselves with beauty, we concluded our visit by heading to Coyo Taco. As someone with a love for tacos, these were absolutely delicious! Another plus, the awesome Frida Kahlo painting in the women’s washroom. Following this, we headed to South Beach for the second day in a row and got our tan on. With the sun shining bright and Spotify playing in the background we were all set to relax for the rest of the day.
As the day drew on, we began our hunt once again for food and stumbled upon Il Bolognese on Ocean Drive. I don’t know if its just because I was hungry from all the sunshine and walking, but man the food was delicious. Afterwards, we headed back home to prepare for our night out at El Patio Wynwood. El Patio proved to be just what we needed. Its offered Latin tunes in a cute rustic setting. Our promoter of the night, Chally was an added blessing and as a result it was the best night we had in Miami. So, if you like Spanish music, make sure to check out El Patio and become the dancing superstar you were destined to be.
After a brutal few weeks with assignments back to back, it was time to treat myself to another vacation. And so, when reading week came around it was time to pack my bags and head to Miami, Florida. With the temperatures in Canada being incredibly frigid, the warm weather was very much welcomed.
Upon arrival, our first order of business was to get some food in our bellies. First stop: The Sugar Factory. The sugar factory is more than just a candy store. It is a restaurant with a huge menu and even bigger drinks. It seems that in America the mentality is go big or go home, and man oh man did these drinks deliver! My friend and I shared the Watermelon Patch drink which was a fruity, fizzy delight. After our delightful drink and filling our bellies with quesadillas, it was time to head over to South Beach.
The purpose of this trip, unlike many of my other trips was to simply go with the flow. And so, that is exactly what we did. My best friend and I lounged on South Beach and began working on our tan. While we were there various promoters reached out to us regarding different club events that were being hosted, which meant the night was about to be all expenses paid. Woohoo!
After the beach, we went to get some dinner and eventually headed back to our place to squeeze in a power nap before letting the night commence. The itinerary for the night: Rockwell Nightclub followed by 11even Nightclub.
I’m going to be completely honest in that I have never really been big into party scenes. However, being in Miami I had to suck it up and head out to see what the hype was about. First stop: Rockwell.Now Rockwell personally wasn’t my thing, it was a lot of private booths with very little room to dance. And while I was privy to being in these private booths, I honestly just wanted room to dance. In addition, the music during that night was almost exclusively hip hop. So after awhile, it was time to head to 11even. What I liked about 11even was the enormity of it. The place was massive and included performers dancing upon a stage which was super cool. After our night out, it was time to get a post-club meal at The Tavern. I’m telling you that this 24/7 eatery had some of the best damn fries and coconut shrimp ever! They were the perfect ending to our first day in Miami. Stay tuned to hear the rest!