For our 1st anniversary, my husband and I took a quick trip to Miami. We found $80 round trip direct flights from Raleigh! We landed in Miami at 8am Sunday morning and flew out at 8pm on Tuesday night. Although it was a very fast trip we packed in a lot of amazing food and drinks.
Brunch in Coconut Grove at Greenstreet Cafe. I’m not sure if frosé was invented in Miami or not but it is definitely popular and I was very down for it. Bonus points on this one because it had actual flowers in it. The avocado toast was great. The patio was surrounded in greenery. A perfect first stop after landing in Miami. After brunch we went to the Coconut Grove Art Show and saw a ton of incredible art.
Champagne lunch in Brickell at Moxie’s. We still had some time to kill before we could check into the hotel so we found a spot to drink champagne on a patio. Brickell is a swanky area so we watched expensive cars drive by us. It was across the street from the SLS LUX Brickell which we were admiring. The wouldn’t be the last beautiful SLS property we saw on our trip.
Cadillac Hotel in Miami Beach. Brian picked this hotel out and booked with points and we loved it. The view from our room overlooked the ocean. We drank my favorite rosé champagne on the patio while talking about our goals for the next year of our marriage.
On Monday we hung out at the pool for a while and walked on the beach. There are two pools on the property, one of which is adults only which we loved. Our hotel restaurant was called Bungalow by the Sea and it was cute. We had tiki drinks and tuna poke nachos with fluffy wonton type chips.
Later we took the Trolley and found some random places.
Taco Taco was where we got off the trolley because it looked like it had a fun patio. I accidentally ordered a $30 margarita because they asked if I wanted small, medium or large and this was the medium. We got nachos as well but didn’t eat many because we had seen a cooler spot across the street at the beautiful SLS hotel.
Dolce Italian Miami was our next spot while we were on the waitlist for dinner. This was the best frosé because it was made with Whispering Angel rosé. We ate salmon tartare and beef carpaccio. Loved it!
The Bazaar by José Andrés was the restaurant we had been waiting for. We didn’t even know what we were about to experience. The options on the menu were exquisite. Our server Alexa guided us through the choices and gave us suggestions. Everything was mind-blowing. The menu plays on the Singapore connection that Miami has related to the Art Deco architectural revolution in the 1930’s. There are also influences from Latin American and Caribbean cuisines. Every course was innovative and delightful. We had foie gras, caviar, Iberico ham, uni, shrimp, tuna and pork belly in one meal. I’m still not over how incredible every dish tasted. The margarita had salt foam instead of a salt rim which I didn’t even know was possible. This restaurant wasn’t even in our Miami plan but we found it wandering around and could not be happier that we did! This was the perfect celebration for our 1st anniversary.
On our last day we hung out at the pool for a while and jumped in the ocean before leaving. We didn’t want to leave the hotel and get back to our normal lives.
Before leaving for the airport we went to explore the Wynwood neighborhood which is full of street art. It was National Margarita Day so we celebrated! We hit La Tiendita and Manda for snacks and margs. We also stopped at La Sandwicherie for a delicious sub.
We absolutely loved our quick time in Miami! The art deco vibe of South beach was beautiful. I can’t wait to go back and explore even more.