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Back Into the Frying Pan

Fall has just arrived in Georgia, and we’re leaving it behind to go back to mid 80° weather. Weekend reunion with the brothers and their wives in Satellite Beach followed by a visit to Miami and the Everglades.
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  • Day7

    Lulu's Neighborfood - Coconut Grove

    October 30 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

    Since we’ve got leftovers in our condo fridge from both Yardbirds and Farinelli 1937, we decide to go out for happy hour and then return to the condo to finish them off. One last lovely night in the grove, on Lulu’s patio. Enjoying the breeze that has been ever present in the evenings during our visit and people watching, which included a group of runners in Halloween costumes.Read more

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    Key Biscayne

    October 30 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Not wanting to leave a stone unturned we drove over to Biscayne Bay. Our timing could’ve been better as we got there right as the HUGE catholic school was dismissing. Seems a number of the children here are picked up by golf cart instead of taking a bus or walking home. And speaking of homes, they were all VERY pricey. Brian’s watch repair friend Daniel, was a pilot for Eastern back in the day and was stationed in Miami. He lived in Biscayne Bay and was curious if his very modest home was still standing. Armed with the address, we were able to locate it we think. Heaven only knows what the modest home would sell for nowadays.Read more

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    Naked Taco

    October 30 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Lunch after our Art Deco tour. Naked refers to the fact that you can get your tacos with lettuce instead of a hard or soft tortilla shell. Food filled the void but for the most part was not memorable. But the restaurant was nice and cool which was even more important after walking for two hours in the heat.Read more

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    Art Deco Walking Tour - South Beach

    October 30 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    The Miami Beach Architectural District (sometimes called the Art Deco District) contains the largest concentration of 1920s and 1930s resort architecture in the United States. The buildings constructed in the 1920s were designed almost exclusively in the Mediterranean Revival style, while those built in the 1930s are in the Art Deco, International, or Moderne styles. The area is well known as the district where Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace resided, and was murdered, in a mansion on Ocean Drive.

    We took a 2 hour tour offered by the Art Deco welcome center. Learned a lot about the history of Miami Beach from its beginnings to now as well as how the Art Deco District came to be placed on the National Register Listing. Learned a lot especially about the characteristics that define each style including Art Decos Rule of Three. Plus our somewhat older lady tour guide gave us a great new term - she pointed out a spot where people often take "faceys" ("selfies" are SO yesterday).
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  • Day6

    Farinelli 1937 - Coconut Grove

    October 29 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Farinelli 1937 is an authentic Italian pizzeria that compliments the old world flavors and traditions of Strada in the Grove and increases the temperature to 800°F in our two custom-made copper-coated wood-burning ovens. They start by preparing our high quality dough with our very own recipe and travel all over Italy for their ingredients. The result is a combination of both classic Italian and regional pizzas with our own special touch.

    Just love visiting places off season and during the week when it’s not crowded. We were able to have our pick of tables on their patio. Our Venezuelan waiter was also the manager and delightful to talk to.

    There was an extensive wine list with wines being grouped together according to their characteristics. Succulent whites, sexy rose, gold and rich reds. I decided to go with a Pinot Grigio which was amazing, but my waiter asked if I had ever had the “amarone zeni in veneto.” When I said I hadn’t, he replied, “Tonight you try the amarone!” And. Fought me a sample post haste. It was very good and had the weather been cooler I’d have loved a glass of that.

    Brian and I each ordered a salad and then shared a pizza (see below for descriptions). Simple, beautifully prepared Italian food. Heaven.

    Insalata di Mare
    Shrimp, calamari, baby scallops, chickpeas, red onions, EVOO, lemon

    Spinaci
    Baby spinach, gaeta olives, pine nuts, raisins, shaved parmigiano, lemon mustard dressing

    Prosciutto e Fich
    24 month aged parma prosciutto, caramelized onions, parmigiano, gorgonzola, candied walnuts, figs, thyme
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    Sugar Rooftop Bar - Brickell/Downtown

    October 29 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    We were told that this was the best spot to enjoy a sunset in Miami from above. Beautiful rooftop bar, but the views were not as good as we’d anticipated. You had to reserve seats on the perimeter of the balcony. Perhaps had we been seated there the views would’ve been better.

    Brickell is the city's financial center, where glittering business towers and luxury condos tower over Biscayne Bay. Rooftop bars and surf 'n' turf grills cater to the banking and business crowd, while the art galleries and fashionable boutiques in the Brickell City Centre attract chic locals. The Brickell Avenue Bridge spans the Miami River and has views of the waterfront Miami Circle park and archaeological site.Read more

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    Wynwood Walls

    October 29 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Known for its many colorful murals, Wynwood is one of the city’s most happening districts. Wynwood Walls is an outdoor museum showcasing large-scale works by some of the world’s best-known street artists. The surrounding streets have converted warehouses housing craft breweries and funky art galleries. A hip young crowd frequents the neighborhood’s chic clothing boutiques, stylish bistros and late-night bars. Needless to say, we weren’t part of the hip young crowd.Read more

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    Wynwood Kitchen and Bar

    October 29 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    After our air boat ride, it was time for lunch. So, we headed to the Wynood district for lunch. They describe themselves as serving Latin inspired global cuisine. We shared several small plates: guacamole with house made chips, Patacon Sliders which were mini beef burgers topped with fontina cheese and served between to crispy plantains instead of a bun (delish) and chicken empanadas. The empanadas, however, weren’t nearly as tasty as the ones we had in Little Havana. Brian enjoyed his tuna tartare.Read more

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    Coopertown Air Boat Tour - Everglades

    October 29 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Had to check this one off our list. No trip to Miami would be complete without an air boat ride in the Everglades. Thankfully, I had earplugs cause it was really noisy. A few alligator sightings but no other wildlife, save the ones the ones they had in their “zoo” for lack of a better word. Got to hear and see one of the resident alligators doing his mating call. And at the tours end, got to hold a small alligator named Toby, which made the trip totally worthwhile for me. There are beautiful walks and even a tram ride that are highly recommended, but with the heat we decided to save that for next time.

    Everglades National Park is a 1.5-million-acre wetlands preserve on the southern tip of the U.S. state of Florida. Often compared to a grassy, slow-moving river, the Everglades is made up of coastal mangroves, sawgrass marshes and pine flatwoods that are home to hundreds of animal species. Among the Everglades' abundant wildlife are the endangered leatherback turtle, Florida panther and West Indian manatee.
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