Where to Stay
I’ve been to Miami four times in the last three years. Three of those times, I stayed in hotels that were DEPLORABLE. Although we didn’t spend Arab money, we certainly weren’t doing Motel 6 status either.
This time, we rented a condo. It’s called the Knickerbocker and is located on the edge of 3rd and Collins. It was gorgeous:. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathroooms, and a fold out couch. I video’d but have no idea on how to convert it into something wordpress can work with, so please settle for this pic. Check the happiness! We found it! From now on, I’ll be staying here.
Here is the link: http://www.swoleenterprizes.com/catalog/item/5079824/6163598.htm
What to Eat
Pizza is one of my favorite foods… always has, always will be. It was hard finding good food, but I think I have it down to a science, keep it simple. One of the servers told us that they keep food bland because it is a tourist area and there are so many different cultures they are catering to. I am a simple gal, so these places are far from Ritzy, but they are good, all the same.
The Big Pink: http://www.bigpinkrestaurant.com/
(my first year, I met Bobby Valentino here. LOL!)
11th Street Diner: http://www.miamibeach411.com/Restaurants/11stdiner.html
Fantastic food and HUGE portions. You must try the Croque Monsieur.
Primo Pizza: http://www.yelp.com/biz/primo-pizza-miami-beach
Not only is the owner GORGEOUS, but this is the best pizza I’ve ever had! I think I ate there four times during our stay.
Where to Shop
First of all, I hate shopping, so I try to stay out of the mall at all costs. What I love about the strip are the quaint shops that you catch, just walking around. I like this Indian store called Passage to India, which has the prettiest authentic jewelry. I believe it is located on 13th and Washington (don’t quote me, but I know it IS on Washington!) We also walked down to Lincoln Mall Road where we saw this interesting character:
Where to Party
Since we were celebrating my 28th birthday, our main goal was to have some good nights.
Don’t come in here lookin casket sharp. This is not one of those places… It’s more like a daytime drinking spot. I love that it is open and you can watch people There are a ton of slushes to choose from and we always ask for an extra shot!
We went here Friday for Dwayne Wade’s party and had the best time. My friends saw him a couple of times inside (I saw nothing with Patron glazed eyes), but we took blurry pics of him as we were in line and he pulled up and in Vitamin D Milk Maybach (corny? I know, but hey, you don’t get stars in Kentuckiania!)
Sexy, fashionable atmosphere. You don’t have to worry about anyone fighting because you “stepped on their Js.” It’s really dark and they are couches everywhere. This is where you need to be on Saturday.
Love Hate Lounge: http://www.lovehatemiami.com/
This has to be my favorite place ever! It is owned by the guys of Miami Ink and is the best spot to go to on Sunday. They play old school hip hop and raggae etc. The DJ is crazy! Promise I lost ten pounds from dancing. (and my eyes aren’t lazy…. that’s from the shots!)
I must be honest. “I gots to do it!”
I visit Club Opium every time I go, but this time, they were closed. We were instructed to go to their sister club, which is Prive. First of all, you are supposed to come early in order to get in. Me and my girls did this and watched as some pip squeak belittled a Sheik about his religion and girls threw themselves on him to gain entrance. There were us and one other black woman in line, in a sea of exotic Indian browns and pure whites. We watched him ignore us. We couldn’t quite figure it out… we’re nice looking women. It was getting chosen last for Dodgeball teams.
We later learned from a random guy who walked us to Cameo that if you’re black, you basically can’t get into that club until Tuesday. Disgusting! I won’t be going there again.
I hope I’ve convinced you to go… please do! This is my favorite place in the world…. There are so many other perks, including the beach and good old people watching!