what i ate wednesday: south beach edition
one thing that i really love about miami [aside from the obvious] is the food. you might not realize it [i definitely didn’t before], but there are so many amazing and unique places to eat in south beach. i’ve heard the same is true for miami proper, but i’ve never been there, so i can’t personally speak to that, but here is a what i ate wednesday recap of some of the best things i ate this past weekend.
breakfast at juice + java:
this is easily one of my favorite spots in south beach. it’s located within walking distance from where we stayed and they have an amazing selection of fresh, healthy options [including a lengthy juice/smoothie menu]. i started the day out with the “hangover remedy” juice [apple, lemon + ginger… which i later added vodka to and enjoyed poolside] and veggie eggs [tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach + cheese] with some avocado and pita bread on the side… and an iced coffee… because duh.
tacos + margartias at huahua’s:
this. place. was. amazing. i think i could subside on only tacos for the rest of my life if i had to. it’s a really low-key, grab-and-go style restaurant, but definitely worth hitting up if you’re ever in south beach. i had the hongos magicos taco [charred portobello mushrooms, grilled veggies, + spicy tofu crema] and the guaco taco [grilled veggies, fried avocado + spicy tofu crema]. no words. and also a margarita… because margaritas are my favorite.
dinner + sake bombs at fung ku:
we did a lot of sake bombs here, so i was a little distracted/drunk and not focusing so much on the food, but the pad thai with veggies was pretty good.
cocktails at the w hotel living room bar:
the cocktails at the w hotel’s living room bar are on a whole other level. while they aren’t cheap by any means, the atmosphere and the unique drinks on the menu make it totally worth it. i had the siddhartha [pictured; a mix of vodka, gin, lemongrass + coconut milk] and also tried the cucumber collins.
breakfast at maxine’s:
i’ve eaten at this restaurant more times than i would like to admit, but this was the first time i tried their breakfast. i’m a sucker for poached eggs, and the shashuka had a little kick to it and was nice and light for starting the day with!
cold-pressed green juice from juicee:
they had these green juices available at our hotel which was literally a godsend. the green lover was perfect… fruity and refreshing, great for detoxing the morning after a night out!
basically everything at naked taco:
okay. i saved the best for last and i wish i had more pictures from naked taco because the food here was just totally out of control. upon arrival, we were told there would be a small wait and to make up for it were going to be offered free champagne at the bar while we waited… so basically they immediately won me over. the menu is incredible. they really play with the “naked” theme well. their slogan is “the best taco you ever ate out” so that along with cheeky additions to the menu such as the option to “get wet!” and the prompt to “ask about our rim jobs!” you can get a feel for the atmosphere of this place, which i personally thought was really fun. we had pitchers of margaritas, guac and chips, queso dip and nachos to start with… and i ate a big fat veggie burrito [pictured above] and obviously chose the options to “get wet” a.k.a. smother the damn thing in sauces, extra cheese and sour cream. need i say more?
to conclude this edition of what i ate wednesday, if you find yourself in south beach anytime soon, the must-eat/must-drink places are as follows:
must-eat: naked taco
must-drink: w hotel living room bar
honorable mention: juice + java
i know that “motivation tuesday” doesn’t have as nice of a ring to it as “motivation mondays” does, but i’m improvising this week! i was in miami over the weekend sans laptop and my flight home was cancelled due to the snow that came through new york again [and yes, i’m beyond over it]. i’m a day behind this week, but absolutely not complaining. i’ll take an extra day in the sun over this cold any time.
i had a great weekend in south beach and it was so nice to escape the cold and do basically nothing aside from eating, drinking and lounging by the pool/at the beach for three days… that’s a lifestyle i could definitely get used to! i’ll fill you guys in tomorrow on all of the amazing meals i ate with a “what i ate wednesday” post, but for now… let’s get to motivation [monday] tuesday!
this is something that hits pretty close to home for me. do you ever have thoughts about things you would love to do or try, but the confusion around how to make it happen just freaks you out, so instead of trying you just stay comfortable, living your day-to-day life, going through the motions and justifying it because going after what you want is too scary and might not work out? i can certainly answer “yes” to that question.
but the thing is, staying comfortable and deciding to not take chances doesn’t get you anywhere. it only keeps you where you’re at. If that’s what you want, great! but if you know… if you feel like there is something more out there for you… you have to make the choice to take a chance so that the change can happen. it might not be easy, you might have to struggle at first, but guess what? struggle creates interesting people and there is no better way to grow as a person and figure out what you want in life than to take chances and work your ass off to make sh*t happen.
starting this blog was a leap of faith for me. it was something i had wanted to do for a while, but it’s scary to put yourself out there because you never know how other people will react. i’m so happy i did it. this blog has become my outlet and at the end of the day, the opinions of others are just background noise.
if there’s something you want to do, go after it. don’t sit around and wait for opportunities to fall into your lap. they won’t. you’ll never know what could have happened unless you try and you don’t want to ever look back and wonder “what if?”
some things keeping me going on this “monday” …
1) wanderlust inspiring lists.
2) today’s louise hay daily affirmation…. kind of appropriate, right?
3) food52. because who doesn’t need some cooking inspiration?
i hope you have an amazing week… what will you decide to take a chance on?
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