Miami, Florida: Day 3

August 2, 2013

One of my favorite things about having stayed at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel were the gorgeous panoramic views of Miami offered from the room’s balcony.  The weather during our trip thus far had been on the rainy side, so when we awoke on our final day and saw a sun-filled sky we could not have been more happy.  It seemed like a sin to return home without a tan!

The four of us decided to rent a cabana again, as the pool was a bit too crowded for our taste.  Although this time, we all actually ventured out onto the beach in between our tropical drinks and afternoon snack of churros.

After hours upon hours of sun worshiping, we then headed to a restaurant I had been dreaming about visiting for a long time: The Bazaar.  I am a huge fan of Chef José Andrés and had heard nothing but rave reviews about his award-winning Miami restaurant.  It was the perfect place to end our quick jaunt to Florida on an extremely high note.

My husband Lucas and I knew we would like the restaurant before even trying anything, because they offered a drink with Fernet — a delicacy that is beloved in Argentina.

The Bazaar’s tapas menu is a delicious blend of Andrés’ Spanish heritage, tradition, and ingenuity with influences from South Beach’s local Latin flavors.  We wished we could have ordered one of everything (although we did come pretty close).

“Bagels and Lox” Salmon Roe and Dill Cream Cheese

Chistorra, Patatas Fritas, and Quince Alioli

“South Beach Chips” Yucca, Plantains, Yogurt, and Tamarind

Conch Fritters with a Liquid Center

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Oysters a la Gallega, Potato, Olive Oil, Pimentón 

“LN2 Caipirinha 5” Brazilian Cachaça, Fresh Lime, and Sugar Frozen by Using Liquid Nitrogen.  Table Side Service.

Sautéed Shrimp, Garlic, Parsley, Lemon, and Guindilla Pepper

Seared Scallops, Toasted Pine Nuts, and Pedro Ximénez

Baby Japanese Peaches, Fresh Burrata, Hazelnuts, and Arugla

Frozen Blue Cheese Sandwich, Lemon Marmalade, and Walnut Bread

Jamones y Quesos

Yuca “Churros” with Peanut Butter and Honey

Sadly, because we had eaten so much already, none of us had room for even one bite of dessert.  However, my philosophy on traveling is to always leave a destination not having done everything you had originally set out to accomplish.  This way you will always have a reason to return!

By the time we walked back to our hotel, we were not quite ready to end the night and say goodbye to each other just yet.  We decided to get another round of drinks at a bar on Collins Avenue.  We all agreed that despite our frustrations with the service we encountered in Miami, it was still the perfect place to have celebrated Lucas’ Birthday and our friendship.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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44 thoughts on “Miami, Florida: Day 3

  1. Traveling Ted

    Happy belated birthday Lucas! Looks like a good time was had despite the service and the rain. I agree, you don’t want to see everything on a given trip in order for a reason to return.

  2. Terra

    I visited Miami when I was little, my Grandpa lived in Dade County. I loved visiting my grandparents every year, Florida is beautiful! I love reading all your fun adventures, and how fun all your friends were in town too! I am a HUGE fan of Chef Jose, so I am a bit jealous, everything looked delicious:-). Hugs, Terra

    1. Andi Perullo de Ledesma Post author

      I would have loved visiting my Grandparents if they loved in Miami too!!! I thought about you when we were at The Bazaar, because I knew of all of my friends you’d appreciate the food there the most!

  3. Rika | Cubicle Throwdown

    My goodness, what a meal!! Happy birthday Lucas! Miami is an incredible place to spend a birthday, I had a fake early birthday there before I left in February and then celebrated again in Roatan… hey, why not do it twice? 😉

  4. Nicole

    It’s about 5 in the morning where I’m at (ungodly hour, I know). But all those pictures of the food makes me hungry enough to rise n’ shine. And eat!! 🙂

  5. sarah jacob

    Woo Miami !!! Love the beaches ,food ,bars actually Miami have everything which made it perfect tourist attraction …Really nice post .

  6. Emily in Chile

    That last drink is ridiculous! And the food at Bazaar looks awesome in Miami as well as in LA – sadly I haven’t been to either, but I’ve seen several LA-based food bloggers’ posts. Someday!

      1. Katie @ Domestiphobia

        She’s moving to Chicago! I went to Florida a couple of weeks ago to help her move her stuff to my place (packed our two cars FULL). Then she stayed at my place last week to dogsit will Justin and I were in California and Oregon, and now we’re headed the rest of the way to Chicago on Sunday!

  7. Thomas

    Love the photos Andi. Living in Delray Beach I usually go down and make a day out of it so I have never stayed at Loew’s before. Those drink really are huge aren’t they? Were you able to finish them? What type of camera do you use – i can never get my photos to come out so good.

    1. Andi Perullo de Ledesma Post author

      Thank you so much! Where is Delray Beach? I’ve never heard of it! Yeah, the drinks were WAY too big and definitely were not able to finish them. I shoot with a Canon 7D. What do you shoot with?

      1. Thomas

        Delray is just North of Boca Raton FL. I usually finish my drinks…lol. Actually I just use my Iphone for now. Need to get a camera though.


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