Miami – Our Trip to South Beach

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Hola! We’re back from our long-weekend vacation in South Beach, Miami. Last month as we sat bundled in blankets on our couch staring at the mountain of snow in our front yard, we decided we needed a vacation with sun! So, we booked a trip to South Beach right there. Nothing like being spontaneous!

We did everything we wanted. We lounged on the beach, soaked up the sun, went paddle boarding, floated in the rolling waves, drank tropical cocktails, checked out the tan cabana boys,  sat and people watched (South Beach is the place for people watching. Man with a boa constrictor around your neck, we’re talking about you!), and ate incredible food at inspiring restaurants.

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Our hotel, the Hilton Cabana, was right on the beach. Perfectly blissful.

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This acai bowl changed our lives. Not even exaggerating. A friend recommended we check out Under the Mango Tree, a juice bar and cafe. We both had the “marley bowl”, which was acai blended with berries, almond milk, peanut butter and spinach, and topped with sliced bananas, strawberries, coconut flakes and granola. We went there both Thursday and Friday for breakfast during our stay. A-maz-ing.

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We had dinner at the Standard Hotel restaurant on Thursday evening, and sipped on the “botanist,” a cocktail with gin, cucumber, fresh dill, and sparkling water. So refreshing.

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The restaurant was right on the ocean. We watched the blazing orange sun disappear behind the South Beach skyline.

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Our last night we dined at The District Miami, whose chef was a James Beard semi-finalist in 2014. The cuisine is contemporary Pan-American and is really diverse. The restaurant has a trendy modern vibe. It feels like a hip neighborhood hang-out.

We started with vino.

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Complementary cornbread rolls, a precursor to the incredible meal ahead. They were warm and melted in our mouths. Our server must have noticed how we thought the rolls were crazy delicious because he immediately brought us more.

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We shared a beet salad with pickled raspberries, pea shoots, toasted hazelnuts, drizzled with a balsamic reduction on top of whipped goat cheese. Woah baby.

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We also devoured the shaved roasted brussels sprouts dish. The brussels were tossed in a fig reduction sauce with chopped almonds and cranberries.

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For the main course we both ordered the Cajun jerk cobia, a meaty white fish. It was served on top of mashed purple potatoes, along with a palm of hearts salad. Loved the vibrant flavors and colors!

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Here’s to another great double dipper trip in the books!

Happy double dipping!

A Great End to 2013, Welcome to the New Year!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year dear friends! 2013 is over and so is our 3 month hiatus from the blog-o-sphere. Even though we haven’t connected on our little internet space here, life has been good and 2014 is off to a fantastic start as well.To give you a glimps of what we’re talking about, here’s how we ended 2013 and welcomed the New Year. And to reassure you that we’re still committed to this internet friendship, we have some mouth-watering recipes that will make your friends say, “so good! what the heck is in thaaaat?!”  

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We spent a wonderful Thanksgiving with the whole fam at the cabin, Loon Lodge.

Cousins

Cousins, say cheeeese!

Thanksgiving Turkey

And now say, Turkey! Look at that big guy. Cooked to perfection on Mom’s Weber grill. Yum.

Family!

The happy Zimmerman clan.

Christmas Cousins

All the cousins cozy on the couch.

1st Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas! We celebrated our first Christmas in our new home, the Blue Door. We decorated the tree with ornaments that we had received as gifts over the years and for a creative touch we added pheasant feathers, real ones from Dad the hunter.

Cozy by the Tree

We loved how cozy the living room felt with all the lights.

Christmas at the Blue Door

This ornament was a gift this year. The Blue Door! Every year growing up our grandma would give us ornaments that her neighbor had hand painted. We’ve received surfing santas, basketballs, Swedish horses, but this one is our favorite. It’s so special and a great way to remember our first Christmas at the Blue Door!

God Jul Time

God Jul to all!

Festive Eats

We enjoyed festive snacks…

Holiday Indulgences

and sweet holiday treats.

Christmas Cousins

The cousins again! Merry Christmas!

Climbing Fences

And as a respite from all the parties, we enjoyed peaceful sister winter walk in our neighborhood.

Snow Angels

And made snow angels in the front yard (after shoveling 6 inches!).

Ice Beauty

We reveled in the beauty of winter. You have to take in the scenery when the temperature is -20 below zero!

Fun with Friends

We ended 2013 by celebrating the marriage of two close friends from college. It was a beautiful wedding and we couldn’t have thought of a better way to bring in the New Year than with friends, laughter, dancing, and love. Cheers to 2014!