This past weekend, I hit Miami for the first time. Loved it! I didn’t do much touristy stuff, as I was staying with a native, so that was nice too. We hit up bars, hookah bars, clubs, restaurants… we did it all. For lunch on Saturday we chose a random place on South Beach and got HUGE drinks, and just sat and people-watched for a few hours. We went to Asia de Cuba for dinner on Saturday, and then the lobby bar at the Fontainebleau. For brunch on Sunday we hit Big Pink.
The food at Asia de Cuba was magnificent. There were three of us and we far over-ordered, which allowed us really to get a taste of everything. The fish was fresh and properly done, with some interesting flavors, and concepts. We had a lamb dish that was also delicious, and well cut. The vegetables were all nicely done, none overcooked or over-flavored.
The Big Pink was a wonderful experience. It’s exactly what I always imagined in Miami, and on top of that, the food is good. I had pasta, and AK had matzah brai. All of it was great, and the people were nice.
The bar at the Fontainebleau is beautiful, and buzzing at midnight, although the crowd begins to thin at about 1:30. We met some really interesting people, including two Saudi men, there on vacation. The drinks were good too, with a relatively large selection, and a good selection of drinks with muddled fruit (a personal favourite).
All in all, I would say that Miami is definitely a place I could visit again.