June 25, 2014

Weekend recap {Fort Lauderdale and Miami}

Florida. Was. Awesome. I spent this past Thursday night through Sunday afternoon in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area, visiting my friend Jasmine who's been living there for almost a year. (I appreciate when my friends move away to cool cities for new jobs = new places for me to visit.)

Getting to Florida was a little bit of a struggle because of weather delays. But as soon as I arrived, none of that mattered and Jasmine and I took some selfies before grabbing a bite to eat.

We ended up snacking at 100 Montaditos, a Spain-based restaurant with some locations across the U.S. Funny thing is, this was one of our favorite spots when Jasmine and I studied abroad in Spain a few years ago.

The beautiful view from Jasmine's apartment in Fort Lauderdale.

Me, Jasmine, and her friend Marissa before heading to Miami on Friday afternoon.

My favorite photo of us from the weekend :)

The Miami skyline is beyond gorgeous - I couldn't even get all of it in one photo. I really wish Atlanta had some water nearby like this.

Friday night, we ate at Burger Fi for dinner. It was my first time trying it and I loved their quinoa burger! They just opened a new location in Midtown Atlanta so I will be visiting and blogging about it soon.

Loved this photo of Jasmine from Friday night in Midtown Miami - the street art and murals in their art district are incredible. 

Loved these spray painted quotations along the sidewalks around Midtown Miami. We went out to this place called Wood Tavern. It was super crowded and a cool spot.

Saturday morning started a little late, but we made it out of the house in time to get brunch at a place called Tap 42. Fort Lauderdale knows how to brunch. The set up of Tap 42 and the menu was insane. 

I finally decided on their White Chocolate Strawberry Pancakes. I did not want to stop eating these, so delicious. Literally my favorite ingredients combined into one meal.

After brunch we headed to Miami Beach. But ugh, it started raining and storming so our beach trip was short-lived.

Luckily, Jasmine has a friend who lives in Downtown Miami and we stopped by his place to chill and wait out the rain. Such a sweet view.

While still in Miami, we went to an area called Brickell to grab food and drinks and walk around. I love the different neighborhoods and buildings in Miami. You can definitely feel the diversity of cultures and Spanish influence throughout the city. This particular area really reminded me of Europe with all of the outdoor seating - loved it!

At a restaurant in Brickell (don't remember what it was called!) I had these brussels sprouts. Maybe the only healthy thing I ate this weekend, and the tastiest.

Sunday morning we had brunch at a different spot called The Foxy Brown in Fort Lauderdale. We did have to wait a while, but it was so worth it. I was determined to try these s'mores waffles. Just look at them - waffle pieces covered in burnt marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers. Sugar rush and great last meal in Florida before heading to the airport to fly back to Atlanta.

It was a much needed trip. As much as I love working and Atlanta, I needed a change of scenery and a break from work. I'm feeling completely refreshed this week after my vacation and happy to be back home!


  1. Looks like you had an amazing time! It certainly is a perk to have friends in cities like this to host when you go out of town. Such a privilege! The friends and I are planning a trip to Miami towards the end of the summer and I cannot wait! Your photos made me all the more anxious, lol.

    -Chymere // ShesSoEclectic.blogspot.com

  2. Glad you enjoyed your trip! Miami is one of my fav US cities to visit. It always does seem to rain at least once every time I am there though.... those brunch menu items look delicious!!!!

  3. The trip sounds like fun... it is awesome to catch up with old friends this way ;)

    I love those spray painted quotes on the walls too... that is nice and inspiring :)

  4. Beautiful cities + friends is a perfect recipe for super fun time
    Your fav pic is really good , it look like both of you are smiling from your hearts
    Loved the black maxi
    Keep in touch

  5. you're making me want to travel!! looks like a blast

  6. I can't wait til I go back to Miami sometime this summer and some of the places you ate at I didn't get to try but I will be trying on my return back!

  7. Um, please stop it with your amazing food finds (s'mores waffles!?!?) and cute clothes! What a fun girls' trip.

  8. Mmm that Spanish food and those s'mores waffles look SO delicious! It looks like you had a wonderful Florida trip :)


  9. Sounds like such a fun mini vaca with friends! I totally get your love when you can go visit someone who lives somewhere new, my cousin lives in Chicago and I take every opportunity possible to go visit him!

  10. First off, you look AH-Mazingggg! Like...refreshed! I adore you in maxi dresses girl, please get some more in your life so I can get my life!!!

    Secondly, the FOOD looks soooo delish! I do miss Miami for the Spanish flavour and I think my next trip there will be with my bestie. We do a mean girls trip =D

    So glad you had fun!

    Eesh | The Other Side of Paradise

  11. This looks like such a fun trip. Rain rain go away, we don't need you around when we want to go to the beach.
    Loving your blue and yellow necklace. Details please, I want that yellow for an outfit coordination idea I have for a family photoshoot next month. Please share where you got it.

  12. This looks like an amazing trip! I'm in love with the collage you made with your friend as well as your trip fashions, girrrrl, you got it goin' on!


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