Miami Weekend

Jessica Mackin-Cipro

I spent the weekend of February 28 in Miami. It was beautiful. It was a family trip to visit my sister, who is living in Nicaragua. Miami is a good in-the-middle meeting spot for us.

Our hotel isn’t worth mentioning. I had stayed there seven years ago and I remember it a lot newer and shinier. Maybe it didn’t do well in the hurricane? Whatever the case, time has not been on this hotel’s side. But the good news was we were across the street from a few really wonderful resorts, where we managed to spend most of our time.

We visited Faena, one of Miami Beach’s most fantastic venues, for breakfast at the Veranda restaurant. If spending $26 on eggs is wrong, then I don’t want to be right. There’s also nothing better than an after-breakfast morning walk on the beach, complete with photos of Miami’s signature, colorful lifeguard stands.

The Palms Hotel also provided a wonderful respite. The hotel houses the relaxing Aveda Spa and with any 50-minute treatment grants you access to its pool and beach. My much-needed aromatherapy massage was just what the doctor ordered.

The Miami Beach EDITION was also a favorite. Its Matador Bar provided us with the perfect glass of wine before dinner. The walls of the bar feature photographs from French photographer Lucien Clergue’s Matador series. Market at EDITION, the hotel’s main floor restaurant, created by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, was the perfect Sunday night dinner spot before we headed back to the chill in New York.

We had a few other fantastic meals while in Miami Beach. (We didn’t have a chance to explore any other areas, since we were only there for two days.) First stop, after dropping our bags, was my favorite restaurant in Miami — Dolce Italian. If you have the chance, go for the happy hour (or lunch, or dinner).

Another great find was Cleo at The Redbury, a Mediterranean restaurant, for dinner on Saturday night. From the flaming skillet halloumi (yes, please!), to the Brussels sprout chips, every dish (all of which are meant to be shared) was spectacular.

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