Posts Tagged ‘dadeland’

Super Bowl Weekend

My parents flew in on Thursday night with our adorable dog! We saw Molly Simms running through the airport being chased by creepy men who had photos of her they wanted her to sign, very weird. The crowd at the airport was large due to the arrival of Super Bowl attendees. We waited and waited while some alarm continued to go off by us until Jules finally got delivered on the “oversize baggage” area. I think she was pretty excited to see Cameron and me.

We came home to give my parents a tour of our place and feed Jules, then it was off to South Miami for sushi at Sushi Maki. They just added to their menu, and I recommend the Tower appetizer that was a martini glass full of tuna, salmon, avocado, and a hint of citrus and soy sauce and the Whole Foods Roll, which was salmon, tuna, hamachi (yellowtail), a little spicy mayo, and masago- YUM. I will definitely return. We ran into Cameron’s teacher and the principal of his school while there even, they were walking outside. Now they met my parents and me, haha.

Friday we drove up to Hollywood, an area my dad visited a few times as a child for vacation. The weather was less than ideal and poured off and on the entire day. It would go from pouring to sunny to pouring in a matter of minutes! Despite this, we got out to see the beach and endure the wind. We drove down A1A along the water all the way to South Beach, another area my parents wanted to see. They thought about going there Saturday, but I figured with the Superbowl crowd it would grow increasingly worse as the weekend progressed. What I didn’t expect was for the crowds to already be very… lively? It was tough to get there and find parking, and then we wandered Ocean Drive, which they blocked off for the crowds. Tide handed out all kinds of free things like stain release and remover and hung clothes lines everywhere, free Pepsi was everywhere too, and people were handing out flyers and hassling you to attend their 2×1 happy hours (at noon, by the way) and lunch and breakfast specials. They all seemed pretty similar, and it was difficult to find Colts fans among the loud and drunk Saints fans everywhere. Also, all the girls handing out flyers were mostly dressed in tiny white outfits to get you inside, and it rained a lot… bad choice of color. We ate dinner in Aventura mall at the Rosalia Trattoria for some Italian fare and met Dad’s friend who lives in Boca Raton.

Saturday we explored Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, UMiami, and Dadeland with them. We finally got a vacuum, which is more necessary than ever since Jules is back. We got a Eureka one that claims persistence with pet hair, so it better be! It came with an attachment especially for furniture. We ate dinner at Monty’s right on the marina in Coconut Grove. Monty’s is a seafood restaurant with great clam chowder, fried anything, and live music. The place is huge, open, and great for drinks too.

Sunday was brunch at Coral Bagels up the street and off to the airport, where their flight got delayed. They timed it so that they would have plenty of time to get home and watch the Superbowl. However, you know what they say about the best laid plans… the flight was delayed for 2 whole hours, and I told them if the flight was oversold and they offered vouchers to call me and get the heck out of there. They remained and flew home anyway, and our family friend Katie went to set up their Tivo for them so they could rewind and see the entire Superbowl. My poor dad was upset about all of it I’m sure, but I think the win made up for it in the end. We went to a party and of course got stuck in completely stopped traffic… I wanted to cry. There was some big accident on the turnpike, and we did not move for a long time and missed at least 30 minutes of the game. Boooo. We probably missed the same amount as my parents. We went to Meagan’s, the girlfriend of Cameron’s classmate, and their family had a huge food spread for the game! Po boys, nachos, meatball subs, potato skins, cookies, cakes, drinks… WOW. What amazing hosts and what a great time! Most everyone there rooted for the Saints, and I did because of Reggie Bush, Sedrick Ellis, and Billy Miller (USC football alums!). I liked the Budweiser ads, E*Trade ads, the Dexter Dodge ad, and the Google ad. Something that spoke to me was the Harry Potter ad for the new theme park at Universal Orlando… Must go there. Why was there such a large amount of ads with men in their underwear? Unnecessary. I hope all the Super Bowl crowd leaves soon because traffic is a lot worse! Go away!!!!

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The First Real Weekend in Coconut Grove!

This weekend felt more like a weekend. Friday we decided to stay in for the night, eat tamales, and play Super Mario. Nothing too fancy, but another enjoyable date night! We finally beat the first level, and hopefully I get better at the game overall because I am horrible! My nephew, who is 6, beat the first four levels alone and right away. One day, maybe I will be as good as him at Super Mario.

Saturday, it was raining and cold again. We even used the heat! We hung out, organized more, and enjoyed our time in together. We drove to the gym that day because there was no way we were walking in the cold rain! That night, we had plans to meet up with my awesome old roommate, Krista, and her boyfriend, Bryan, and go to dinner at Chicago’s Steakhouse in the Grove. For the night, they were offering $20 for unlimited deep dish pizza, house wine, and beer.  The pizza wasn’t fabulous, but the wine was coming, the Cowboys game was on, and the company was fun! We really enjoyed our night with them and it didn’t hurt that the Cowboys won.

Sunday, it was off to Dadeland Mall, Dadeland Station, and The Container Store. We found our necessary Container Store purchases, then went to the mall to wander around and explore it. It was huge and crowded, probably due to the unfortunate weather. After that, it was another return to Target (twice in 8 days, eek!) to check off another list we made on items we need. Afterwards, we tried to go to sushi in the Grove, but things were dead! Tons of restaurants were closed and people weren’t really walking around much at all, I think due to the fact that it was just way too cold for people to walk around in our area.

Back to the job hunt…