Each time Crys and I travel, we try to find hidden gems, unique experiences and interesting people — a penchant we picked up from our father years ago. During our recent trip to Miami for Hispanicize’12, we decided it was time to finally start sharing some of our finds. This is the first in our new “People To Know, Places To Go” destination series.
People To Know
Executive Chef Kenneth Williams
(Amuse Restaurant, Casa Moderna Hotel, downtown Miami)
Being a vegetarian with a tomato allergy means I can sometimes become a bit of a “problem child” when dining out in group settings, especially when the meal is the kind of masterful orchestration found at a private chef’s tasting. Needless to say, I was a bit worried about how the evening would play out. But, within seconds of introducing himself, Chef Kenneth acknowledged my dietary needs and reassured me that I’d have a great evening. A sigh of relief and one look at the creative display in front of us, and I happily plunged into the culinary adventure.
Places To Go
South Beach, Biscayne Bay, Anywhere There’s Water
I know this seems horribly obvious, but we cannot emphasize how fabulous life on the water is in Miami. Growing up as East Coast babies who often flocked to the South Atlantic, we spent so much time in, on and around the ocean that you might accuse us of being mermaids. So, we know that we are absolutely biased when it comes to the water, but this trip reminded us how much we love the Miami aquatic scene.
April is a bit early to expect a hot day at the beach. Despite the nip in the air, we couldn’t resist a quick dip in the chilly waters and a peaceful nap on the comforting sand. But, it was our night life on the water that made the difference this time. For the bloggers attending Hispanicize’12, McDonalds chartered the Venetian Lady, which ventured out onto Biscayne Bay for an evening of fab-ness. Let’s just say Mickey-D’s knows how to throw a good party. The skyline view was stunning, the entertainment was perfect and the yacht’s interiors were classy — down to the design of the bathrooms (which are usually the worst part of being on a boat).
So, how can you re-create this evening for yourself? Well, that’s not difficult in Miami. Boats are everywhere. The Venetian Lady does host dinner cruises. While the yacht will be the same fabness that we experienced, the format will be different — more like a restaurant on water. If you’re looking for something more personal or for a more relaxed vibe, try a sunset sail on a Catamaran. A quick web search will yield some great options around town — most of which are in the $50 to $100 range. And, if you keep an eye on Miami Groupon, you might do even better on the pricing. No matter what your budget, be sure to set aside a bit for one romantic, relaxing evening on the water.