Hospitality
The Mark, the building we stayed in (booked through VRBO), is located in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood (think high rises in a financial district). It houses a semi-formal restaurant & bar on the waterfront by the name of Crazy About You. We enjoyed dinner here our first night (Wednesday night the restaurant was packed with well dressed Floridians… attendance by locals are always a good sign), and sided with to go orders Friday afternoon. We did not meet the landlords of the condo face to face because concierge worked as the mediator (keys to apt.). However, I do believe it is relevant to point out that one of the landlord’s name was, Faustino. How amazingly Floridian does that sound??? Not meeting him directly allowed me to surface up some pretty funky stereotypes that would make for some pretty perfect characters on the next telenovela filmed in Miami. No offense to FAUSTINNNOOO (but this name does call for a dramatic pronunciation…try it… let the “N” roll off your tongue).

Crazy About You Bar... Peep the Trump creeping
Crazy About You Bar… Peep the Trump creeping
crazy-about-you-entrance
Dark & Sultry Entrance
"Groupie" pics @ Bar
“Groupie” pics @ Bar

Wrapping Friday Up
Ok, so day 2 in Florida involved browsing, a smidge of shopping, spray tanning, and a nice hefty dinner. To partake in our Friday ventures we took off on foot. We found a boutique driven mall close by in the afternoon, stayed indoors in the afternoon to let our spray tans settle, and concluded the day by finding a lively pier in an area named Bayside Marketplace.

Dinner at a place called Tradewinds (in Bayside Marketplace)
Tradewinds ended up being a nice place to observe the nightly party boats. The spunky passengers all appeared to know how to have a good time. We were the second to last table to be seated though, and it was clear that they were closing at 11pm (hence… get there earlier if you’re a slow eater… which is not something I myself have a problem with).

Tuna Filet
Tuna Filet
Surf & Turf
Surf & Turf
Fried Shrimp Dinner
Fried Shrimp Dinner

 

& Let me Explain the Spray Tan…
Not going Orange in the Orange State
Orange capital of the world is also one of the spray tan capitals of the world. However, lets make it clear that the two should not be intermingled. While a good tan can give you that perfect honey color that allows you to glisten under the UVs, the orange colored residue that can come with some bad spay tans is not the ideal.

Florida Orange - (image by Pat Lewis)
Florida Orange – (image by Pat Lewis)

Spray Me Up Falen 
Fortunately for my mother (who is an avid spray tan consumer) and I, the spray tans we took part in Friday afternoon in our condo were not of the orange colored kind. By simply googling spray tans in Miami, my mother was able to come across a company by the name of Valet Tan. A woman by the name of Falen (She has her own blog by the way), conveniently appeared at our door step with a makeshift tan tent and setup. The result, a perfect spray tan that appears orange free (don’t knock it till ya try it people).

 

Spray Tan Kisses
Spray Tan Kisses
Valet Tan
Valet Tan

 

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