Miami Vice

We have not posted for a bit, mainly because we have been busy with shows, but we are now on our holidays in Miami.

We flew out from Manchester, where Alison had booked us into the Escape Lounge in Terminal 1, I must say this was slightly disappointing, it was a bit grubby, there were no windows so you could have been in an anonymous room anywhere, a view of the airport would have been nice.  There was tea and coffee from a self service machine and Carlsberg larger in the fridges, orange and apple juice and you could get a G & T etc from the bar, but if you wanted a Buck Fuzz or Prosecco it was extra, if you wanted full in English, it was extra!  There were  sausage butties, so I ordered one, it was one and a half sausages on a barm! Alison got some fruit and yogurt from the buffet which was nice and there were some small Danish pastries, but these ran out quite quickly and took some time to be filled up.

As usual at the airport it was a lot of hurry up and wait.  The flight itself was fine if a little bumpy in places aIMG_1594nd even in economy there was enough leg room for me!  The food was by James Martin and for airplane food it was ok, the main meal was BBQ chicken with a macaroni cheese, there was a chocolate millionaire mouse and cheese and biscuits. We were met at the airport by our friends Julie and Antonio who whisked us back the their place and it wasn’t long before we were eating and having a few drinks by the pool.

We spent most of the morning and early afternoon of the next day lazing by the pool, although I did help out by doing a bit of yard work!   In the afternoon Julie took us to Coral Gables, where we had a walk with some great views of Miami,

on the way back we called at Pinecrest Wayside Market for some lovely shakes.

After getting changed we went to the Sonesta Coconut Grove for cocktails and views over Miami, Alison and Julie both had mojitos, Antonio a G&T and I had a rum punch.IMG_1601.jpgFrom there it was off next door to the Peacock Garden Cafe for a meal. The girls both had grilled organic chicken breast stuffed with goats cheese, roasted garlic and tomatoes and fresh basil served with roasted veg, which they both said was very nice, we boys had angel hair pasta, with diced tomato, roasted garlic, fresh basil and goat cheese, mine with added grilled organic chicken breast and Antonio’s with spicy shrimp, unfortunately Antonio’s pasta was cold so he had  to send it back, but when it came back it was fine, for desert Alison and I shared a chocolate brownie.

To drink it was Bud light for Antonio, pinot grigio for Alison and Julie and I had a Key West Sunset Ale from the Florida Beer Company, which was an ok amber beer, but nothing special.  From there it a was back home to bed.

The next day, after picking up the hire car (from here on in known as The Beast), was spent on South Beach enjoying the sun, I even went in the sea!  In the evening we all went to Dolores but you Can Call Me Lolita, where the concept is you choose your main from a price selection and the starter is included. Julie had the Huevos Rotos (fried potatoes and onions and top with lightly sautéed chorizo poached eggs) with Smoked Mozzarella and Pesto, Alison and Antonio the Caes-Art Salad “Shaken, not Stirred” this came in a big Mason Jar the waitress added the dressing at the table and shook the jar!  I had the Asian Vegetable Spring Rolls with sweet chilli dipping sauce, they were all nice and tasty.

For mains Alison and I had the Angus Grilled Churrasco, chimi-churri and chorizo infuzed yucca mash, Julie had Lobster Stuffed Peppers and Antonio Yellow Fin in batter.  The food was ok apart from the fact that mine and Alison’s steaks were over cooked. We then went to The Rusty Pelican on Key Biscayne, for G&Ts and a Dark and Stomy and a great view of the Miami skyline across the water.  IMG_1626From there it was home to bed, as the next day we were off to Key West.

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