Perricone’s Marketplace & Cafe

The boyfriend and I are all about date night. Especially ones that include delicious food and a captivating atmosphere. This weekend we decided to change our scenery a bit and head over to Brickell (we live in Kendall…if you’re from here, you know.) where we had dinner at Perricone’s Marketplace & Cafe. I had never been before, but this used to be my boyfriend’s favorite lunch spot.

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The tomato stuffed mussels were one of the best I have ever tried. The tomatoes added texture and meatiness to the mussels without taking away from the actual seafood taste. The white wine sauce was exquisite with their toasted bread. (Between us, I had seconds on the bread.)

Wine.jpgSpeaking of white wine… This Robert Weil Riesling was one of the smoothest Rieslings I have ever tried. It was not as sweet as many others I’ve had and it went well with my meal despite me breaking one of the cardinal rules of wine and food.

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I had red meat and white wine. *shame* I was in the mood for lamb chops and was a little concerned with these because they are pistachio crusted. The pistachios added so much flavor to the lamb and the crunch didn’t hurt either. I always order my meats medium rare and it’s RARE that they get that right anywhere, but they did get it here.

The only downside was dessert. The Key Lime Pie was not my favorite. So much so that I returned it and I never ever do that at restaurants. My waiter felt bad because he saw my face of disappointment and offered to exchange it for a tiramisu, apparently his favorite, and it wasn’t half bad.

Apparently the Cannolis are where it’s at.

Totally recommend stopping by and enjoying a meal here. The ambiance is very pleasant and the staff is both accommodating and sweet. Overall a lovely experience.

-T.

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Dollar Shave Club

It’s quite funny how word of mouth works better than any form of advertising or marketing. At least in my opinion. Catchy phrases help too, but they have to be groundbreaking such as “Can you hear me now?” from Verizon or “Have it your way!” from Burger King to actually make an impact.

For a few years now I have noticed a multitude of pins on Pinterest talking about a subscription service for razors. I really did not pay any mind to it and continued buying, what I thought, was a better quality razor simply because it was specifically designed for women.

Until January of this year when a friend of mine came over to my office for a meeting and started talking about her 2017 Resolutions. One of her resolutions was to simplify her life by making life work for her instead of her working for life. She started doing this by outsourcing many of her chores. Of course, these come with fees and can get a bit expensive but she went shopping before she made any decisions. I was looking around for a birthday gift that my boyfriend would benefit from and the epiphany hit me when she mentioned Dollar Shave Club.

Dollar Shave Club is a subscription service for razor blades but they offer many other products that we use on a daily basis. For example, shaving cream and lotions. They even offer products for your hair. Now, I have not tried them but my friend is in love with her hair mousse from their brand. You receive an email at the end of the month asking you to approve what you are going to receive in your next shipment. A typical shipment includes four blades and your first kit comes with a razor handle that could go to war for you. It’s only $6 a month and I can honestly tell you that neither the Boyfriend nor I are going back to drugstore razors.

We love knowing we don’t have to go out to buy razors and that we’re receiving quality blades each month for just $6! It is a no-brainer. We are saving time and money. We have fresh blades every week and our skin isn’t irritated. You can try it out for free! Just head on over to Dollar Shave Club.

Father’s Day is coming up and we all know Dad enjoys a close shave. *hint hint*

**Disclaimer: This post is neither sponsored nor was I paid to have a certain opinion of Dollar Shave Club. They only know me because I subscribe to them, but that’s probably their computer knowing me and not actually anyone at the company. I did not receive any free products or money for this post.**

-T.

What to Pack for Universal Studios – Orlando

Universal Studios and Island of Adventure theme parks are fun and filled with many memories to be made. You get to pretend you’re flying with Harry Potter, slaying mummies or bouncing around with little minions. This past weekend my family and I got to enjoy two incredibly wonderful days at the Universal parks in Orlando. During these days I took notes on what I really needed in the parks.

I went with three boys and they all require different types of attention. Universal allows you to bring in food and drinks from outside, but there are exceptions. You cannot bring alcoholic beverages or food that requires reheating. Guns and weapons of any kind are an obvious no as well. You are allowed to bring in a soft cooler, but no hard plastic ones.

Snacks

  • Mini Water Bottles (We prefer the Costco brand.)
  • String Cheese
  • Turkey Pepperoni
  • Pistachios
  • Pretzels
  • Gum/Mints

Traveling with kids is traveling with three surprise boxes. You never ever know when someone is going to get hurt and need some sort of first aid item. In my backpack we had quite a few items.

First Aid/Survival Items

  • Band-Aids & Neosporin
  • Anti-Itch Cream (for mosquito and other bug bites.)
  • Sunscreen (Face & Body)
  • Chapstick
  • 1 Face Towel per person (For sweating and water rides.)
  • Extra shirt/shorts/socks per person. (I rolled them into the bag and we were dry after the water rides.)
  • Sandals (I only packed these for two of the kids because they asked me for them.)
  • Portable Charger
  • iPhone charger cables with cubes for the wall (The Jimmy Fallon ride has plugs that you have access to.)
  • Hair brush
  • Lanyards (For park passes)
  • Sunglasses
  • Medications

We rented a double stroller each day and it helped a lot with carrying the bags and cooler around.

Enjoy your next theme park trip!

-T.

5 Yummiest Desserts in Miami

Once upon a time there was a version of me that was not a fan of dessert. Then I became an adult and learned how magical wine is, specifically Riesling, and well I started liking sweets shortly after that. In this post I will be sharing my Top 5 Favorite Desserts in Miami. They are in no particular order and they depict almost all parts of Miami.

Warm Cafe con Leche — Rusty Pelican

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Lord Jesus. My favorite way to drink coffee…in a dessert. The cake tastes like Cuban coffee without the jolt. You get two scoops of cookies and cream ice cream over a bed of crushed Oreos. Topped off with powdered sugar and a scroll of white chocolate. So warm and decadent. I don’t even have words for this. Everyone likes a warm cake with cold ice cream, except this includes a Miami classic. The Rusty Pelican hit it out of the park with this one.

Balls to the Wall — Latin House Grill

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Guy Fieri from Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives paid this place a visit and I went the very next day. We only went for the dessert because we couldn’t believe that there was such a thing. Again, combining hot and cold but this is on another level. This is a triple chocolate brownie covered in funnel cake batter and fried to perfection. It sounds overwhelming but it tastes like you got everything done on your to-do list.

Nutella Milkshake — Bocas House

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I honestly admire whomever could drink this in its entirety. This has ice cream, Nutella, brownies and powdered sugar. It is the thickest milkshake I have ever had and it requires a straw so big you might confuse it with a PVC Pipe.  So delicious and so worth the trip from Kendall to Doral — if you live in Miami, you know the traffic situation. They have two other shakes on the menu and they are just as amazing.

Red Velvet Cake — Riviera Country Club

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We met by chance and I have been dreaming of this cake ever since. I am not a fan of cakes covered in glaze, but this is beyond anything I’ve ever enjoyed. The cake melts in your mouth and the buttercream in between layers is a confectionary delicacy. There is nothing wrong with this beauty. Nothing.

Key Lime Pie — Islamorada Fish Company

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Technically this is not in Miami, but this has to be on here because this is my favorite Key Lime Pie. The crust is made of cashews and peanuts. The actual pie is sweet and sour but not something that dries out your teeth. It is so creamy and wonderful. Worth the drive from Miami to Islamorada even if you hate the beach. Every time I go down there, I make sure I stop and get myself a slice of this perfect pie. Not even Harry Hamlin’s pie could beat this.

-T.

Casablanca Seafood Bar & Grill

Miami is evolving right under our noses. Parts of Miami many would never ever dare step around are now becoming the latest and greatest parts of Miami. A couple nights ago, we had dinner at Casablanca Seafood Bar and Grill — a seafood restaurant right on the Miami River. We did not have to wait to sit down even though the place was full.

Personal note: I very rarely eat at a seafood restaurant that does not have a fish market attached to it. I am happy to report that Casablanca has a fish market right next door and $5 valet parking.

My signature drink everywhere is the Mojito. You can’t go wrong with it, yet so many bartenders do. We ordered a dozen oysters and these were pretty big. Their cocktail sauce says “tangy” on the menu and they’re not kidding.

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The lobster bisque also has a kick to it and large chunks of lobster. I could have had a whole pot of this lobster bisque. It was creamy and hearty all at once. We also ordered the Middleneck Clams which are cooked in white wine sauce.

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For my main course I ordered the Seafood Au Gratin — which left a lot to be desired. You will never hear me complain about too much cheese, but this had almost no seafood with lots of potatoes and an interesting version of fontina cheese. The texture of the cheese doesn’t go well with the seafood.

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We will definitely be going back to Casablanca’s because those oysters and clams were incredible. Our waitress was the sweetest as well as the other staff members that took care of us.

Follow me around Miami on Instagram — @miamiobsessed

-T.

Norwegian Sky Weekend

A couple weeks ago my better half and I enjoyed our first cruise together as we celebrated our 2nd anniversary. I wanted to share a few photos and what I thought about the Norwegian Sky cruise ship.

The itinerary was Miami, Nassau, Great Stirrup Cay, and back to Miami. The first day we enjoyed Nassau and all its little shops. Something that really stood out to my boyfriend and I was that they make FRESH Conch Salad at Senor Frogs. Now, when I say fresh I mean they make it right there next to your table. Oh my was this delicious. Their margaritas aren’t bad either. In fact, they’re really good.

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That night was the “White Hot” party which requires that you wear white. So few people actually participated in this, which actually made me sad because my boyfriend and I went all out in our white outfits.

Great Stirrup Cay was not what I expected at all. It was incredibly disappointing. I’ve been to Coco Cay by Royal Caribbean, which is right next to Great Stirrup, and  we were pretty tempted to swim over. The island is a bit boring and rather plain for a company like Norwegian Cruise Line. The food was not the best, either. I just appreciated the view.

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You have to admit that these Bahamian shades of blue are unlike anything else in the world. That night we dressed up super fancy and again were one of the few.

A few things I really liked about the ship were:

  1. People were so incredibly nice all around. From the staff to the passengers. Such pleasant human beings.
  2. The active work on protecting folks from disease through the encouragement of hand washing and providing hand sanitizer (note: did not appreciate that some staff members sprayed it all over my clothes.)
  3. The photographers do some incredible work.
  4. Freestyle Cruisin’ and Dinin’.
  5. ALL YOU CAN DRINK.

The ship/company definitely needs to improve on:

  1. The food. I’ve been on multiple cruises before. Some more high-end than the others and the food has never been an issue. This ship lacks variety and taste.
  2. Great Stirrup Cay. The whole thing.
  3. Wi-Fi service. We paid for it and while it worked on my boyfriend’s phone, it didn’t want to work on mine.

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Before I end this post — because we live in a world that assumes before they investigate — this post is not sponsored and we paid for this lovely vacation with our own hard earned money.

I do, however, want to thank Norwegian Cruise Line for the wonderful cruising experience and for taking care of us during our anniversary.

Happy Travels!

-T.

Long Time Coming…

*inhales*

*exhales*

Feels so good to be able to write again. For a while now I have been wanting to come back to the blogging world, but something did not feel right. The juices were not flowing in the way I needed them to in order for me to produce quality material for the ever so demanding digital world.

If you have not guessed it by now, the blog is intended to be about Miami and how I experience it. I am obsessed with Miami. The Floridian Miami…where it’s sunny all the time and you can always find fresh Cuban bread. Miami is my hometown. I was born and raised in the 305 before there was such a thing as a 305 at the beginning of a phone number. Traveling the world is something I enjoy and I plan on sharing those experiences here as well.

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I am your typical Miami-Cuban. If my life/childhood were a reality show, it would resemble “Que Pasa U.S.A.?!” Croquetas are a food group to me and you will almost never see me with a Starbucks cup in my hand, but you can count on me having a white styrofoam cafeteria cup with cafe con leche (clarito y con azucar.)

The idea of showcasing Miami to the world, through my eyes, came to me when I was finally old enough to experience Miami to its full effect. It started with an Instagram account — @miamiobsessed — and now I felt it was time to inch my way into the blog world again. This is not my first rodeo, but hopefully it will be a more satisfying one.

Welcome to Miami Obsessed.

-T.