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
“LN2 Caipirinha 5” Brazilian Cachaça, Fresh Lime, and Sugar Frozen by Using Liquid Nitrogen. Table Side Service.
Baby Japanese Peaches, Fresh Burrata, Hazelnuts, and Arugla
Frozen Blue Cheese Sandwich, Lemon Marmalade, and Walnut Bread
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.
That food looks sooooooo good! I am drooling right now. What a way to celebrate!
Hahaha I was drooling when I was editing the pics!!! 🙂
Mmmm….that meal was divine!!!
The food looks amazing! And how big is that cocktail?! Lol.
Hahaha isn’t that huge??? Poor hubby couldn’t finish it all. 🙁
I’m so glad you got to experience Bazaar! The meal I had at the original one in LA years ago is still at the very top of my list.
That’s so awesome! I definitely want to check out more of his places.
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.
He says thank you!!! It was definitely a good time. You know me, I don’t let anything get in the way of ruining a trip. 😉
Hehe I see they have the rum swizzle on the menu!!!
How cool is that???
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
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!
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? 😉
Yes! You so deserve two Birthdays!!! My hubby says thanks!
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!! 🙂
Haha 5AM!!! Go back to sleep dear!
Woo Miami !!! Love the beaches ,food ,bars actually Miami have everything which made it perfect tourist attraction …Really nice post .
Thanks so much!!! 😉
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!
You would LOVE it! Oh how I hope we can go there together one day. <3
Every piece of that food looks (and I imagine tastes) absolutely incredible!
Hahaha thank you and yes sooo good!!!!
mmmmm everything looks insane!
That it was darling!
So fun!! Now that is a big margarita! I love fried plantains! Keep enjoying
Haha yes it was HUGE! He couldn’t even finish it all. Thanks!
You are such a talented food photographer! I need to work on that, my food photos always look kind of gross 🙂
Thank you sooo much!!! Shooting food is SO hard, because lighting is always difficult.
So gorgeous and delicious – now I’m craving churros something fierce. 🙂
Hahaha so sorry! If it makes you feel any better I crave them like every day! 😉
Those conch fritters look amazeballs. Now I’m bummed my sister’s moved out of south Florida!
They were SO good! Where did she move to?
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!
Oh wow what a huge move, that’s awesome! And it sounds like you’re such a great sister for helping her out. Hope all your trips were AMAZING!!!
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.
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?
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.
Ah okay, now I can picture it in my head! Haha I usually finish mine too, but these were HUGE. The iPhone takes awesome pics!!!
Oh my goodness, so much yummy Spanish food!! Happy bday to your hubs!
It was riiiiiiico! He says gracias!!!
My first time visiting your blog and this post has me drooling all over my computer screen!!! That food….yum!! Miami is gorgeous!!
Hahaha sorry for making you drool! 🙂 So glad you enjoyed the pics! Miami is definitely gorgeous!!!