One of the mornings I had free, ‘The Mother’ and I went for breakfast at Tropical Beach Café. This place was recommended by the staff at the hotel where we stayed. It’s a Cuban restaurant, family run and offers great breakfast at terrific prices, compare to hotel breakfast.
I wanted something relatively healthy, have been eating quite a lot of bad food, as you do when you are on a work trip, so opt for Clara Salchicha (USD5.99) – egg white, sausage and toast. Generous serving of egg white, the sausage was a little oily for my liking and the fries, well so much for me being healthy! I’m not used to having fries in the morning, so it was a little weird but no doubt I had some. Who can say no to fries?
‘The Mother’s’ meal was SO much better and I had serious food envy! He ordered the chorizo toasted sandwich and it was divine! Toasted focaccia, it burst with flavours and I couldn’t help but keep asking for another bite. I am pretty sure I ate half of his sandwich… Whoops.
Service was friendly, and I think total bill came to USD12 which I thought was very reasonable! Food wasn’t too bad, but I think their toasted sandwiches are infinitely better than the eggs.
Later that day, after I sat on the beach whilst my work colleagues played beach volleyball, we went to Sunset beach for a stroll and some lunch.
‘The Mother’ had walked past Espanola Way and thought it was cool, so we went there had a stroll and stopped for some Mexican food at Oh Mexico. Again, not sure why we picked this place, I would have liked some Cuban food but there weren’t any Cuban restaurant in sight.
We weren’t overly hungry but wanted something to nibble on. Started with complimentary corn chips with guacamole and salsa dip. I love corn chips with guacamole so this was a winner.
We started with Quesadillas (USD 9), tortilla filled with queso fresco, pasilla roasted, and add chorizo for an extra USD 3. I love quesadillas, but this was extremely salty – the chorizo was uber salty. However, eaten with salad and guacamole, it made it slightly better. Shame though, as I really do like a ‘good’ quesadillas.
Also ordered a serve of the chicken taquitos (USD 9), chicken rolled in tortillas, shaved lettuce, onions, queso fresco, japaneo, tomatillo-avocado salsa. These I thoroughly enjoyed, the taquitos were crunchy and the chicken pieces were wonderful and fresh. Probably my favourite out of the two.
Service was friendly, food was good – if only the quesadillas weren’t so salty!
Miami reminded me a little bit of the Gold Coast, where the night life is a must. Unfortunately, considering it was a work junket, what happens in Miami will stay in Miami! We had fun though… that’s all I am going to say and that’s pretty much it on Miami. Next stop… HAWAII! Yay!
GA’s ratings: Tropical Beach Café: 6.5 / 10
2891 Collins Street
Miami Beach, Florida, 33140
GA’s ratings: Oh Mexico: 6 / 10
1440 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL, 33139
I have never been to Miami before, so wasn’t sure what to expect! Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to roam around Miami either, was here for a work offsite and spent most of the time on Miami Beach!
Not complaining, as we had a great time, team bonding session which includes getting into teams and Beach Olympics! Obviously I wasn’t able to participate much, no strenuous exercise, so I spent most of the time cheering and sitting on the chairs trying to get some sort of tan!
I did have half a day, which I spent with ‘the Mother’. ‘The Mother’ came with me, and he did see more of Miami than I did. We walked on Sunset Beach, apparently you haven’t seen Miami until you have been to Sunset Beach. I can see why, very busy, lots of vibe, and lots of restaurants. I love the beach though, pity I was in no shape to wear a bikini!
We arrived quite late at Miami, our flight was delayed which meant I missed out on having dinner with work colleagues. We checked in, and ‘The Mother’ and I went for dinner by ourselves at Café Prima Pasta. Not sure why we went there, think it was from the lonely planet.
The place was packed when we rocked up at 9pm, we waited for about 5 – 10 minutes for our table before we were seated. The menu had a lot of pasta, it was very Italian and thankfully pasta was what I wanted.
Started with complimentary bread and olive oil.
I am a true sucker for ravioli and saw they had Agnolotti Rosso (USD 16.95) – pasta stuffed with spinach and ricotta in a creamy pink sauce – how can I refuse creamy pink sauce? Ten perfectly round ravioli, each filled with ricotta swimming in creamy pink sauce. The pasta was cooked to perfection and the sauce a wonderful compliment. I really enjoyed this dish and it was exactly what I wanted!
‘The Mother’ had the Spaghetti Gamberi (USD 18.95), whole-wheat pasta with shrimp in a fresh pomodoro sauce. I am not sure why he picked wheat pasta, I didn’t particularly liked the pasta but the pomodoro sauce was lovely and definitely tasty. Obviously he was hungry, and couldn’t wait for me to take pics!
Unfortunately, I was too full and exhausted for dessert, but we did get complimentary chocolate. I can’t for the life of me remember what kind they were, think they were just dark chocolate.
Service was friendly and warm. Great Italian food at reasonable prices, we definitely enjoyed our meal.
After the cold in NYC, I for one was definitely looking forward to some warm weather!
Café Prima Pasta
414 71st Street
Miami Beach, Florida 33141