Miami For The Weekend: Part Two

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I cannot believe it has been two weeks since my trip to Miami. I’m already ready for my next trip, but first I have a few more tips + suggestions for your next trip to MIA!

South Beach

South Beach is everything you would think it would be. It’s beautiful, the water is the perfect greenish blue, the sand is white, and the sun is always shining. It looks just like the pictures you see online if not better.

I decided to get up early Friday morning to head to the beach, because I read that it gets pretty crowded, and I wanted to avoid the rush. We made pit stop first for a nice breakfast at Front Porch Cafe which was right off the beach. The wait was about 10-15 minutes, but we scored patio seating so it was worth it. I ordered the Granola Pancakes – they were actually really good and the dish came with a side of fruit.

After breakfast was the beach! We decided to rent a cabana and chose Boucher Brothers. There are several Boucher Brothers located throughout the beach, but we went with the one by Loews Hotel (16th and Collins). We were lucky to get a cabana with a queen size bed, a tent, and two chairs for $100. At $25 per person, I didn’t think that was a bad deal! The rental is for the day, so you can stay as long or as little as you would like.

*For parking at the beach, I would recommend parking at the parking garage at 16th and Collins. The rates are reasonable and you are extremely close to the beach.*

Wynwood Walls

I am so disappointed that I didn’t get to experience all of Wynwood. This was the only thing that I really wanted to do the entire trip. Wynwood Walls is an outdoor art museum featuring street murals from artist all over the world. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see much of it during the day as it was night time when we got there, but I was impressed with the little that I did get to see. If I am ever back in Miami, this will definitely be my first stop.

We had dinner at this really cool restaurant called SuViche. The sushi was delicious. My mom, who is not a sushi eater, ordered a roll and was very impressed. Be sure to check this place out during your visit.

Perez Art Museum Miami

Perez Art Museum Miami, also known as PAMM, is a contemporary art museum. The space was open and bright. The pieces were very beautiful and full of meaning. I was under the impression that it would have been more 3D, but I think that I missed the exhibit that I thought I was showing up for. Overall, it was a great experience! There is free entry every second Saturday of the month – otherwise it is $16 per adult. We parked at the lot across the street for a couple of bucks.

*Miami Suggestions + Recommendations:*

Brunch at Lulu In The Grove – This was my favorite place to have brunch. It was located in Coconut Grove which is such a beautiful area. The trees are gorgeous and you feel as if you’re in a tropical country driving down the streets of Coconut Grove. I ordered the Nova Benedict – it was phenomenal! Brunch on the patio was the perfect Saturday morning to people watch and hang with my girls.

Ocean Drive: This area is LIT! This is where you will see just about any and everything! People in their fancy cars cruise the streets, tourist hang out on the patios, and people party and day drink at the beach. I would avoid eating or having a drink in this area. We stopped for a drink at one of the local restaurants and the drinks were overpriced and under poured. My whiskey on the rocks was about $15!

Lincoln Road Mall: This is a South Beach shopper’s paradise. If you’re looking to do some shopping after a day at the beach, this is your place. This is an outdoor mall, so it’s nice to pop in and out of stores to cool off and shop. Stores range from Armani to Forever 21.

YardBrid Southern Table +Bar: With over three thousand reviews on Yelp, I had to give this place a try. The wait was about an hour or so, which was okay because it is right down the block from Lincoln Road Mall.  I ordered the shrimp and grits which did not disappoint. My mom and cousin ordered the chicken – it looked delish! The food was a little pricey, but it was our last meal so I wanted to have something nice for my mom’s birthday. This is a very nice restaurant, so if you’re looking to dine somewhere elegant and sophisticated, this is a perfect spot!

Getting Around: We flew into the Fort Lauderdale airport and rented a car at Budget. The rental was a total of $65. Flying into Fort Lauderdale is often cheaper than flying into Miami. The drive is quick and easy!

Where to Stay: We stayed in Coral Gables which is about 15-20 from South Beach. Miami is very expensive, so I would recommend staying wherever you feel would give you the most out of your trip. Our Airbnb was perfect and we were able to Uber for a reasonable amount!  Sign up with Airbnb today and get $40 off  your first stay! Airbnb – $40 Off

 

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Miami For The Weekend: Part 1

Ball and Chain, Blogger, Little Havana, Miami, Travel

Known for its diverse culture, beautiful beaches, beachfront resorts, Cuban flair, cultured nightlife, and amazing seafood, Miami is the little piece of paradise that everyone should experience.

I only had about three days in Miami (which I learned is not enough), so I wanted to squeeze in as much as I could. Although Miami is known for the food, nightlife, and beach, there is so much more to see!

Day 1: Little Havana + Calle Ocho

Little Havana is Miami’s Famed Cuban neighborhood with some of  the best Cuban food, coffee, and bars. My favorite thing about this neighborhood was the culture. The people were friendly and inviting, there was a lot of history there, and I loved seeing the little markets that sold fresh fruit and juices. I have never been to Cuba, but I felt as if it would look and feel similar to Little Havana.

Ice cream at Azucar Ice Cream Company

Azucar, which means sugar in Spanish, is very well known in Little Havana. They are an all natural ice cream company that uses local fruits and vegetables from local farmer’s markets to make their ice creams. Azucar was inspired by their abuela (grandmother) who traveled throughout South and Central America determined to make ice cream out of every tropical fruit she found along the way. A huge portrait of Celia Cruz was displayed inside. Celia was a Cuban singer of Latin music who has a popular song called “Azucar“. I was impressed with this place – even more after I found out that they had dairy free options!! The watermelon mint sorbet in a waffle cone was delish!

Domino Park

More mature Cubans can be found here sipping coffee, smoking a cigar, and playing dominoes. Domino Park is a thirty-five year tradition and Little Havana landmark. It’s a cute little gem!

Little Havana Cigar Factory

I am not a cigar smoker, but when in Miami you must or at least you must visit a cigar shop. I like the initial smell of cigars, but after so long they start to get a little strong for me. I didn’t buy one to smoke, but it was nice to pop in and see all of the different varieties. The building had some nice graffiti on the side too, which you all know I love.

Dinner at Perricone’s Marketplace & Cafe

Deemed as South Florida’s best Italian restaurant for two decades, Perricone’s definitely did not disappoint. The aura alone was enough to impress me. It was absolutely gorgeous and featured low lighting with a tropical rustic feel and lots of greenery. Thursday is the only day that you cannot make reservations, because they offer Pasta Thursdays where select dishes are $10. I ordered the Capellini with Shrimp and it was delish! I was a little nervous, because I have been trying to consume less meat, but this place was worth it! A must while in Miami. Parking is $6 for valet and you can valet with your waiter.  *This restaurant is in the Brickell area (not Little Havana) *

Ball + Chain

After dinner, we went back to Little Havana, because I could not miss going to Ball + Chain. I think I got there around 10 ish and they were still doing the salsa lessons. The place was already packed. The bar is smack in the center of the room and on the sides there are tables that are “reservation” only. There is a small stage for live bands as well as the famous pineapple shaped stage in the back for bigger performances. Couples danced beautifully alongside the bar which was very fun to watch. I could watch them all day! I ordered a whiskey shot for me $12 and a tequila shot for my mom $10. The night ended with a guy asking me to dance and teaching me how to salsa, along with a La Pachanga performance.

Miami: The Morning Of 

Blogger, Miami, Travel

I can’t believe my trip to Miami is finally here!! I’m so excited to get there and see my family! My morning started at 4:10 AM! The only time I like waking up that early is when I’m catching a flight, so getting up was a piece of cake today! 

Getting to the airport was easy – it took about twenty ish minutes to get there. I got through security like a breeze – ten minutes tops, and I didn’t have to take off my shoes! Yessss!! 


I was a little nervous for some odd reason. Maybe I’m just anxious to get there?Maybe because I’m flying alone and had to actually read the signs of where to go and what to do? I don’t travel alone often, but it feels good to depend on yourself for something so small as getting to your boarding gate.

I arrived at my gate early and had about forty minutes to kill before my flight, so I decided to jot down my thoughts. 


I was lucky to get a seat up front, but the only downside is that it’s a middle seat (mehh) and I’m between a family of five or six who’s literally turnt to the max already. Boy, they are fun fun! The dad is super friendly and offered to help me lift my bag into the overhead. Apparently, he’s meeting his family of twenty-two in Miami to party! I swear the guy has spiked his coffee – I’m not judging…I’m more so wishing I had done the same. Oh wait, he just offered me a drink coupon! WIN! I didn’t take it though – it’s a bit too early and I can’t show up to get my rental with whisky breath. *le sigh

My flight is just a little under three hours, so I get to listen to one of my favorite podcast on Spotify: Death, Sex, & Money! If you’re into podcast and topics as such, you should definitely check this one out!

Thanks for reading, 

Jesser The Adventurer 

Miami, here I come!

Blogger, Miami, South Beach, Travel

I am really excited today, because I am actually getting ready for my vacation. I am traveling to Miami with my mom and my two cousins – the ultimate girls trip! This is my first time traveling with family, so I’m even more excited about it.

A few months ago, I surprised my mom with a trip to MIA for her 50th birthday. If you haven’t seen the footage, check out the clip on my personal Instagram page. It was a sweet moment that I am glad I got to capture. I decided to do this for my mom, because I know she wanted to do something special for her big day – I hope this trip does not disappoint. I will say that this was not the easiest  trip to plan, because she left everything detail up to me. I’m used to planning trips for myself based on what I want to see and do, but it’s challenging to plan a trip for your mom especially in Miami when all you do is eat, drink, and party! I hear the city doesn’t sleep!!

Any who, this is my first trip as an adult with my mom, so I am eager to see how well it goes. I told her that my cousins and I would drop her off after dinner so that she could sleep, and we would go out to the clubs. She insisted that she would tag along with us – we shall see. *wink* Haha it’s going to be an adventure for sure, and I am ready!!

Take a look at what to pack for South Beach!

What's In My Bag

See below for a few tips/things that I use while traveling:

  1. Roll Don’t Fold – this method comes in handy because if you’re like me and you like to carry on your bag, you save so much room by rolling your clothes verses folding them. Even if you are checking in a bag this will give you more space for shoes, blankets, or other essentials.
  2. Claim Your Luggage: How many times have you been waiting at baggage claim for your  bags to start rolling around along with all of the other hundreds of bags that are circling around? Maybe that’s never happen to you, because you’re like me and carry on or maybe you’re that person with the bright color bag that’s hard to miss. However, if you are one of the 90% of people who have dark colored cloth material luggage, an easy way to distinguish your bag from everyone else is to mark it. Although I carry mine on, I still like to mark my bag by tying a piece of cloth to the handle. I’ve used a bright orange handkerchief before, and that was was hard to miss. Anything would work though – I’ve even used some old fabric left over from a pillow I was making.
  3. Portable Chargers: I always carry a portable charger with me when traveling. Between Instagram, Snapchat, and capturing photos, you’re bound to use a lot of your battery. Why rush back to your hotel when you can adventure more and charge your phone while doing so. My favorite brand is Anker. Their chargers are nice and sleek, they come with a little bag, and they don’t take up a lot of space.
  4. Water Bottle: If you know me, you know that I go nowhere without my water bottle – literally, nowhere. It is like an accessory that I must have access to at all times. If I go to the grocery store, I have it. If I travel, I have it. If I…well, you get the picture. 🙂 I prefer stainless steel bottles, because they are easy to clean and not plastic. These typically last longer too. My favorite is the MIRA bottle. What I love most about this water bottle is that it keeps my water icy cold. Even in this hot Texas heat, I always can depend on my Mira bottle for a nice cool refreshment. Stay hydrated while you travel with MIRA!