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
what i ate wednesday: eurotrip edition
if you follow me on instagram [and if you don’t, what are you actually doing?], you probably already have a little bit of insight into what my diet looked like while i was in europe. basically, for 10 days straight, my diet consisted primarily of beer, some type of carbohydrates, heavy cream, and cakes or pastries. i was able to sneak in a few salads here and there and yogurt with muesli is pretty much everywhere for breakfast, but fresh fruits and veggies are few and far between. i wasn’t even in countries that really understand the concept of vegetarianism, but thankfully, most restaurants had at least one vegetarian option on the menu. i want to recap all of my european adventures here on the blog, so i thought i would start off with some of the most epic things i ate while in germany, hungary and austria and do a what i ate wednesday post. and please don’t judge me based on what you are about to see! it’s all about balance and enjoying life, not perfection, remember?!
münich: bier, brezn, repeat
i’m not sure if any of you have ever been to oktoberfest before, but woah. what a crazy couple of days. i don’t think i have ever consumed as much beer in one weekend as i did at oktoberfest. the picture below pretty much sums up what i ate/drank all day, e’ry day while we were in münich celebrating oktoberfest. the beer [served only by the liter] is so good, and a little stronger than American beer, which can definitely be a recipe for disaster, and the pretzels or “brezn” are just out of this world. crispy on the outside, soft and doughy on the inside with just the right amount of salt. they really put those sh*tty new york city street pretzels to shame.
there is one traditional german dish, spätzl, that is not only vegetarian friendly, but just so happens to be smothered in cheese, so this clearly has “kelsey” written all over it. spätzl is basically a small dumpling-like egg noodle that is extremely hard to describe, but so, so good. if you’re ever in a country where this is a specialty, you absolutely have to try it.
budapest: desserts, desserts, + sugar soaked cucumbers
budapest is easily one of the most beautiful cities i have ever been to. the views, the architecture, the river… everything is so picture perfect. throw in some seriously epic desserts and i’ve found one of my favorite european cities yet. below is a plum pie served with a side of vanilla ice cream and yes! a fruit garnish! the crust of this pie was unlike anything i have ever had and the plum filling… just, wow.
another highlight of my dessert tour of budapest was this hungarian specialty, a nut pastry with sabayon, a very light, whipped custard.
on the non-dessert side of the spectrum, nearly every restaurant we ate at served some variation of a traditional hungarian cucumber salad… cucumbers soaked in vinegar and sugar, and then covered in sour cream and paprika… and i ordered this at almost every meal. i plan on playing around with this and giving it a healthy spin, so keep an eye out for a recipe soon!
vienna: carbs + cakes
we were only in vienna for a day and a half, so we just had time for one truly traditional viennese meal. for our last meal of vacation, we went to café central based on a recommendation from a friend and really just went h.a.m. café central is famous for their desserts [with very good reason], but their dinner menu was fantastic, as well. we had a few bottles of wine with dinner [note the wine stained tablecloth below… oops!] and i had a salad [small victory!] with traditional square viennese noodles.
for dessert, we all had something different so that we could all try a little bit of each other’s selection for the full experience. i ordered a raspberry-yogurt-poppy seed cake which was very unique… i don’t think i’ve see a cake like this anywhere else… and it was awesome. i also sampled two different chocolate cakes and a mousse-filled chocolate dome. let’s just say that café central lived up to their reputation.
as fun as it is to try new foods and indulge in the local cuisine in new places, by the end of the trip i was dying to just eat a salad and drink a green juice. you better believe that i have done both of these things every day since i’ve been home. i’m definitely feeling the side effects of all of the alcohol, sugar, and white carbohydrates, but it was so worth it and i’m confident that i’ll be back to feeling normal within the next day or so… it’s only wednesday and i already notice a difference!
what are some of your favorite food-centric cities? have you found an international dish that you just can’t get enough of? i would love any recommendations… i never know when my travels will be taking me next!
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