I’m a big fan of renting an Airbnb in a city if I’m going to be there for more than a handful of days. It allows me to get a better lay of the land, cook and generally be left to my own devices. There is also no one knocking on my door to ask if I’d like my room clean (generally, I do not). It is not lost on me that I cannot entirely shake off my younger, European backpacker-spirited self. So, we did so in the Coral Gables neighborhood, about a 20 minute drive from South Beach, and I highly recommend it.
Truthfully, we didn’t cook all that much this trip, but we did make most of our breakfasts and lunches at home, because we wanted to be by the pool. We also had the loveliest experience at the Fresco y Más grocery store where the cashier wouldn’t allow us to check out without using a loyalty card and called upon the gentleman in back of us to use his as clearly we were not local.
This postcard from Miami includes some eating and drinking highlights from the trip as well as a shopping list (with meal ideas), which stocked us throughout the week. Wine and beer not included!
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El Carajo : Holy moly this was the best surprise! I woke up one morning and told Helen I really wanted to walk somewhere local for lunch and she already had me covered. It takes a lot to relinquish control on eating trips, but I trust Helen. She told me two words - tapas bar and gas station.