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Month: November 2016

Eating aboard the Celebrity Infinity

Eating aboard the Celebrity Infinity

Celebrity Cruises prides themselves on their high class service and cuisine. But is this true? Well, I set sail on the Infinity to see for myself. While I wasn’t too impressed with the main dining options, some of the specialty restaurants served fantastic food.

One of the restaurants available for the suite guests was Luminae.

luminae

Luminae serves high end American cuisine. They aim to serve the top ingredients in the most modern presentations possible. Pictured above was their take on the classic opera cake and ice cream. I suggest going there for breakfast and ordering the smoke salmon plate that comes with creme fraiche and caviar!

Qsine is another specialty dining option.

qsine

At $45 dollars a head, you can experience one of the most modern dining presentations served a sea. Everything ordered at Qsine is selected by the diner off of an iPad. This being said, if you want your martini shaken, just shake the iPad! All of the dishes have a unique spin that you must try for yourself!

Now let’s talk bars!

martini-bar

The Martini Bar is just a cool place to be at! The whole bar is made of ice to ensure your drinks stay cold! As seen above, the bartenders are masters of the craft! Just be prepared to wait a little while for your drink.

Jarly Box

Jarly Box

 

Jarly box is a subscription service box offered to the Miami and New York City area. They choose one local bakery to source pastries from each month. They then box up a package perfectly crafted for you, and hand delivery it every month to your doorsteps. No box is ever the same; this ensures a sweet surprise every month! One box is designed to be enough for 6 desserts ( or 4 if you’re like me)! I got the privilege of getting OMG Brigadeiros in my last box. They are a local Miami bakery that serves brigadeiros, traditional Brazilian chocolate truffles made with sweetened condensed milk. This specific box came with about 12 of their truffles. Jarly’s boxes are always at least a $25 value, but you pay $20 for each box. If you want to try them out, they can be ordered at https://www.jarly.me/. To get 50% off your first box use my code: FoodFinds50 .

Big Pink- Miami Beach, Fl

Big Pink- Miami Beach, Fl

Well the name says it all… the Big Pink serves up huge portioned diner food in a retro rose colored building. Walking in, I immediately noticed that half the patrons at the restaurant were local police officers. I always take this to be a sign that the food is going to be good. Why? Cops always find the local spots with good home cooking, and this was no exception. The menu boasts diner classics with a modern spin, such as: TV dinners, fried chicken and waffles, and the mac ‘n cheese burger. This burger is the dream for anyone who has ever experienced the munchies. It starts with a 10 ounce patty, topped with homemade mac n’ cheese, and garnished with BBQ chips. If this doesn’t make your mouth water, then I don’t know what will. However, the prices are a bit steep, so make sure to bring a friend and split the entrees. The portions are large enough, and they don’t charge a sharing fee!

The Alchemist- Wilton Manors, Fl

The Alchemist- Wilton Manors, Fl

I will be the first one to admit that I am a coffee addict… and in fact, a coffee snob. I know I shouldn’t be so picky, but I am. I would describe myself as an experienced explorer, no, not in the rain forest, but in the world of coffee shops. I love checking out hole in the walls, whose menus boast unique espresso beverages and pastries (its actually become a hobby of sorts lol)! The espresso has to be smooth and flavorful, and the Alchemist does just that. They roast their beans right outside on the patio. So warning, if you are not a fan of the smell of coffee beans you may want to sit inside. The Alchemist is the perfect place to drink great coffee and enjoy the beautiful weather. They have a colorful, landscaped patio that is even dog friendly! On top of it all, the iced drinks are served with coffee cubes to prevent the drinks from getting watered down. Every detail is carefully considered and executed.

LOBA- Miami, Florida

LOBA- Miami, Florida

Tucked away on the side of Biscayne Blvd you will find LOBA. They serve up revamped American fare in a cozy environment tailored with distressed wood and old books. As soon as you walk up to the restaurant, you are greeted with a familiar Wynwood mural of a wolf by the door (which should definitely hint that you are in for a treat)! Now on to the food…I was lucky enough to try the brunch menu, and oh my gosh, it was good! The two best things I tried, and are pictured above, were definitely the LOBA burger and Popeye’s Ambition Omelet. The bacon gave the burger just the right amount of saltiness, and who can ever go wrong with the fried egg? Ok…let me just say, if you are a fan of spinach then hands down go for the omelet. It was jam packed full of sautéed peppers, cheese, and of course, a boat load of spinach! The experience had a perfect ending with the check delivered inside of an old book to complete the meal!

Farmer’s Table- Boca Raton, Fl

Farmer’s Table- Boca Raton, Fl

Anyone who has ever been to South Florida knows there is definitely a lack of farm to table restaurants in the area. Luckily, Farmer’s Table is changing that. They serve up healthy cuisine that is never fried or microwaved, all using local ingredients! This ensures your food is as fresh as possible. Coming from somebody who has vegetarian friends, I know how hard it is to find somewhere that is accommodating to their diet. Farmer’s Table goes above and beyond to provide vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Even their cakes and ice cream are vegan! But let’s not forget the meat lovers; some of the most popular menu items are their bison meatloaf and tuna sandwich! However, my personal favorites are the spasta with meatballs and caprese salad. This is probably because they both feature their house made mozzarella, which is hand stretched twice a day! Don’t forget about dessert though, with over 15 options you truly can’t go wrong!

Icebox Cafe- Miami Beach, Fl

Icebox Cafe- Miami Beach, Fl

Icebox Cafe is everything anybody could ever want all wrapped up in one place. From salads to cake, they have it all! Icebox serves health conscientious American fare with a twist. My personal recommendation is to take advantage of one of their healthier entree choices and then splurge on their house made cake! However, if you are able to make it out there for brunch, you have to try their lemon ricotta pancakes. It tastes just like a decadent butter cake, but without all of the sugary frosting! In addition to the mouth-watering food, you have the pleasure of dining in a fantastic ambiance. The cafe is upscale yet humble with all the right Sunday brunch vibes!