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Fleece and Scarves… in Miami?

My posts for last week are not up on WeeklySauce yet, but I think they’ll be up soon- my latest topics are cooking with goat cheese, drinking on a diet, and vacationing in Vegas and Whistler. I have been wearing my North Face daily. I don’t know what these people are talking about, but so far it is still completely the opposite of warm. The wind is biting and  it is weird.

I’m becoming jaded from staring at a giant Mac all week. My laptop seems like Jules right now, the runt of Macs. Jules finally took a trip to our new vet becuase she’s been really sick :(. Turns out she has an intestinal infection. Jules is definitely like our child, and we both felt so badly that we couldn’t help her get better on our own! She is on three different antibiotics, and is well on her way to being the same bright-eyed healthy pup she used to be. When she is well again, I will try to take her to work for “puppy Friday”. I think she will enjoy running around with Bailey and Bentley all day. The Chinese food from Chef Tian Express was fantastic Chinese take-out, and it was exactly what I wanted. I got my fill of egg-drop soup, sweet and sour chicken, fried rice, and pepper steak. I will go back there when the craving strikes, especially for the price! The Chinese food there was way cheaper than Los Angeles, but you have to say “No MSG”. I’m coming to learn that Miami is sort of slow on the uptake- they still allow texting and driving, smoking in bars, and don’t care about MSG yet. Restaurants in L.A. have signs on their windows with “NO MSG” in lights so you’ll come in there. They’re just a bit more conscious about health I guess.

The work week was sometimes stressful, but I came out all right. Even when the day gets bad, it is nice to know that my coworkers are there to make me laugh so hard I cry during our lunch break, even if it’s because they’re making fun of my lunch. I went to my first book club meeting Tuesday, and we met at my new favorite haunt, Jaguar Spot. I have been here for such a short time, yet I have been there three times now! Vista, the leader of my book club, goes there every other Tuesday for a large order of ceviche and a mango martini. Their food is truly out of this world, largely Latin influenced, and completely delicious. We discussed Doctor Zhivago with one other person, a boy, and all three of us live in the same area. They are also Miami transplants and warned me that living here takes some getting used to, but they all enjoy it here. The guy has lived in Dallas AND was born in Los Alamitos! Hahaha. They saw different things in the book that I missed, and I too brought a different viewpoint to the discussion. I am so glad about my decision to join a small book club that does not read just fluff- it was refreshing to be surrounded by intelligent people who can discuss reading!

Last night we went to Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill, which is a new tapas place in Midtown. According to my coworker Spencer, “Midtown is a good place to get mugged.” It is an area that borders an unsafe neighborhood and is “becoming gentrified”. However, Krista lives there and it is an upcoming area with shops, bars, restaurants, and lofts/apartments/condos upstairs of it all. Sugarcane is known for their drinks- a mojito, The Spice of Life, and … The place was PACKED due to the promotion of Yelp! Drinks. Yelp! Drinks was an event over March 1st-7th and it featured 15 restaurants promoting 3 drinks each at half price. We had a great time there and are planning on going to the Everglades with Krista and Bryan soon!

Today we are preparing a big dish of Bahamian macaroni and cheese for a barbeque on the beach we will attend with people from Swatch. The main dish is a roasted pig, which I will not touch. They told us to bring sides and drinks, and we are making something I can make my main dish since Cameron and I both know I won’t go near, haha. We will head to the grocery store soon for the stuff. I am contemplating making a pie too… we’ll see. Did I mention it is really cold out? We are going to hit up Latin Burger on the way, one of Miami’s gourmet food trucks that is in the neighborhood today. This one has Latin-influenced burgers, tacos, fries, and special sauces for fries. They are starting to develop more gourmet food trucks just like Los Angeles… I hope they get a grilled cheese truck here too!

“He must be excited if he forgot his teeth!”-16 & Pregnant quote of the day. Article about my obsession with the show to follow soon…

Old Friends and New

Old Friend Friday

Friday, I got to pick up Cameron’s brother Brandon at the airport at 12:30. It was my first experience at the Miami International Airport, and it is similar to LAX in that it is circular and obnoxious to navigate/ nowhere to sit and wait for a minute for a person. However, that said I found Brandon on my second attempt circling and head to Coral Gables for lunch at CPK. One focaccia sandwich later, we headed back to our duplex. I showed him the place and then we unpacked his belongings from the trailer and put them in my car. His new storage unit is in Medley, FL. I can tell you this much… I do not foresee a return to there for any  of us anytime soon. Medley is an industrial city with a small population. The woman working at the storage unit set up a beauty area with her friends in the office.  I overheard that they were highlighting someone’s hair. Very bizarre.

We came home and prepared ourselves for dinner while Cameron was out exploring the world of Cuban food with his classmates. He brought home some leftovers, and I asked what they were. “Tons of pork!!! I told them you wouldn’t touch it, but they made me bring home leftovers anyway.” Apparently, he tried about 3 kinds of pork, and he loved it all. Two of his classmates are Cuban and thus know what to order and where to go for real Cuban food. I still want to try it myself, but not the pork. The stringy texture of pork freaks me out.

We met two friends of the Weiss family for dinner. Granville is a Bahamian who visited for the weekend and then Lauralynn lives in Kendall and just completed building a house in the Bahamas. We ate dinner at a place in Coconut Grove called Jaguar, which is known for its ceviche spoons. Cameron and I each tried one, and mine was spicy! They were delicious, tiny, and just a taste of what’s next. I recommend trying them as an appetizer, but the dinner dishes are large too. I tried the Mambo Mango Salad with seared tuna for dinner. The dressing was cilantro-lime-jalapeno vinaigrette, avocado, mango, and more tuna than I could consume! Cameron had poblano pepper and chicken quesadillas. Jaguar is one of the best restaurants in the Grove, and I can say without hesitation that it lived up to the hype.(sp

Afterwards, we went out in South Miami at two bars with live bands. The first was a rock band at Bouganevillia (sp?) and the second was a blues band at the Titanic. The two bars and South Miami are apparently a UM party area. I also heard Coconut Grove is too, which should change things once they return to school this week. I don’t like that you can smoke inside bars, it is disgusting. Miami is a bit behind the times in that sense, and hopefully that will change while we’re here. Titanic brews their own beer (one of two places in Miami to do so) and has live music nightly. I think it will be a good place to return to once school picks back up and it isn’t so dead.

New Friend Saturday

Cameron and I went to pick up our metal bed frame finally out in Cutler Ridge, which is down Dixie Highway about 20 miles. Neither of us wanted to drive in his truck without AC on a day when it finally was warm., but we had to get it done. I called ahead of time, and then we trekked out there only to find out the frame was simply not there. They offered me no explanation for our pre-paid piece other than, “It’s just not there, but we can order another one.” Thanks?? They won’t deliver it to our place, but since they messed up they offered to ship it to their location in Dadeland, and I will pick it up tomorrow. I don’t understand how paid for bed frames go missing, but such is life.

We came home, hung out, watched the latest Jersey Shore episodes, and waited to meet Cameron’s classmates for dinner. We went to a pizza place with the largest pizzas about 3 minutes away from us, called Calusa’s. A whole small pizza is 14″. 14″ is usually a large pizza under normal circumstances. Cam and I got a slice of green bell pepper and a slice of mushroom between the two of us. They take each piece and cut it in half… and I still couldn’t finish my portion! We went to Moe’s later in the evening, which is famous for “Moose Juice”. Moose Juice has 3 types of Bacardi, a few types of juice, and is a giant beverage that tastes like candy. Yummmmmmm. I enjoyed meeting Cameron’s classmates and 2 new girls! It was refreshing and I look forward to more enjoyable nights hanging out with them.

Sunday brought rain, gym time where I got to watch the Cowboys flounder, and lounging. I hope that Dexter wins all the awards its nominated for tonight at the Golden Globes– John Lithgow especially deserves that Globe for his creepy portrayal of the Trinity Killer. Currently, I’m trying to figure out what’s for dinner and if I’ll make it to the end of the awards show (11 pm our time, seems so late!)…