Bienvenidos a Miami

Bienvenidos a Miami

Bouncin in the club where the heat is on
All night, on the beach till the break of dawn
I’m goin to Miami
Welcome to Miami

Most folks venture to Miami on Spring Break with a group of friends…my first trip to the magic city was with two of my aunts and my lovely grandma. While I wasn’t surprised by the blue skies and warm water, I was pleasantly surprised by the delicious food scene this city has to offer. Check out some of my favorite places below:


These are the very happy faces of folks who just ate a plethora of delicious Peruvian food at Miami’s Chalan on the Beach. The restaurant was cozy and the staff was warm and welcoming. Definitely try the ceviche (served with giant kernels of Peruvian corn)! We all enjoyed seafood dishes; everything was tender and flavorful. I’d absolutely go back if I return to Miami!

Another place to check out is YUCA – young urban cuban american. The mango mojito was soooo delicious and my oxtail tacos were really good too. We all shared a really delicious appetizer of bacon wrapped dates (you can’t even taste the dates; it’s mostly chorizo and ground beef on the inside – yummmm). This spot is located on Miami’s popular Lincoln Road where you’ll find tons of shops and eateries.


Looking for a great place to drink? Check out Wet Willies. With four alcoholic slushy flavors to choose from (sex on the beach, shock treatment, attitude improvement and call-a-cab), everyone will be pleasantly intoxicated. I went with one of my aunts and we each sampled all four; we decided to go with the best tasting (and strongest in terms of alcohol content), Call-A-Cab. It tasted dangerously just like a cherry Italian ice…

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Looking for traditional Cuban cuisine? Definitely check out Havana 1957. Our waiter was super knowledgeable and friendly, and the food was soooo good. My aunts and grandma all went with the Havana 1957 Specialty Especialidad de la Casa which was a roasted chicken dish. I had to be the black sheep and get something different so I ordered a kiwi mojito and the Chicken Fricassee Casserole. The portions were plentiful and all of our dishes were tender and flavorful. I was too busy eating to snap pics, but trust me it was gooooood.

Other good spots to check out include:

Nexxt Cafe – Try the crab hash! Or the Monte Cristo French Toast!

Juice & Java 

The Social Club

Moshi Moshi Sushi 

Oh and DEFINITELY buy the coconut patties…they’re everywhere and they’re DELICIOUS.

IMG_5152I could definitely get used to the beach life!

Spread kindness and cheer, xo



Y’all I’m taking it back to the Stone Age and I’ve never felt better. I just deleted my Snapchat and two of my three — yes, THREE — Instagram accounts. And by “deleted,” I mean DELETED.


I didn’t just remove the apps, or temporarily disable my accounts…they are GONE. Well, besides Rudolph’s Instagram, but he’s an adorable dog and his followers love him so…

Why the sudden move to purge these social media accounts?

I was actually inspired by fellow blogger, Audra and THIS post she recently penned.

When I look back on my life, am I really going to care about how many likes I got on a certain photo or how many followers I had? I sure hope not. I want to remember the people, the experiences, the moments that left me completely speechless. The times when I took in everything there was to see and made the most of it.

I love every point she makes and I couldn’t agree more. I have my reasons for keeping Facebook (it’s how I keep in touch with my bf who is currently in JAPAN of all places for the next two years) and I’ve actually found Twitter useful for networking (go figure). Plus, I like using FB and Twitter to share these blog posts with folks who aren’t on WordPress.

Tomorrow, I’m leaving for Miami with my grandma and two of my aunts; I found myself thinking about the photos I’ll take and the amazing memories we’ll have from this all girls trip.

And I don’t want to spend my time filtering through the filters of Instagram and Snapchat.

I’ll have my phone, sure, but I plan on keeping it off most of the time. I’ll bring my DSLR camera to capture candid moments because that’s something I enjoy doing. I love photography and videos and being my family’s so-called historian…but I don’t want to feel the need to upload and share every moment with everyone in my social network just to be ‘liked.’ Because guess what? I’m loved and I already know that, and that’s all that matters. And guess what? So are you. And you can live without all this social media too. #ImpromptuRhymeTime

It’s going to be a while (if ever) till I break from #RandomHashtags. But I’m off to a start. My point is, while it’s good to want to share your experiences with others, don’t let all the social media craziness get in the way of the actual experience. Live your life for YOU, not for the Insta.

Spread kindness and cheer, xo