Finally, we were on our way to Miami! It wasn’t too far of a drive from Tampa Bay– just across the state horizontally– so we took our time in the morning and rolled on in to the Miami area mid afternoon. Of course, at this point in time this girl needed to do some shopping. We’d been in the car for three days now. THREE! And shopping is a recreational activity of sorts for me. An opportunity to exercise both self control and my walkin’ legs. A stress reliever. A mood booster. And lucky for me, the largest outlet mall in the country happened to be on the way. (Ok, it was really “on the way”… insert exaggerated quotation marks… but Tyler graciously acted as though it were right next door to our resort.
But guys. When I say this is the largest outlet mall, I mean the LARGET outlet mall. EVER. It was so overwhelming I don’t recall actually purchasing anything. But don’t worry. We went back a few days later after resting up and replenishing our shopping reserves. We walked away with just a few things…
Since we stayed in Miami for a whole week before starting on the road trip back, there are a lot more events (though none are shopping!) to cover. Not to mention all the delicious meals we ate and found worthy of iPhone documentation. So to help this post along, I’ll try to just hit some highlights.
We had dinner one night at The Rice House of Kabob. If you think this dish looks dry, it kind of was. Still tasty though, and seemed authentically ethnic which was odd since it was also promoted as a very standard chain restaurant.
We spent an afternoon at the zoo. It was my pick as top honeymoon excursion, which I always feel the need to apologize for or explain away or minimize when I tell someone. But hey… it was where I wanted to go.
We went out one night to a brazilian steakhouse, and felt utterly out of place snapping away with our phone, so here’s just one awkward shot of me pretending to toast Tyler. Oh and by the way, the food was delicious. Divine. And for once we were good about eating until we were satisfied, instead of stuffing ourselves silly. Which probably made us look like a couple of rich kids who didn’t know the value of an all-you-can-eat steak buffet. But we do. We just also know the value of going home and still feeling good an hour later.
We were staying at a resort in a spacious condo, which allowed for cooking some of our own meals. It also allowed for going out and enjoying their pool or other amenities. Like miniature golf. Clearly… I’m a pro.
It is at this point in time that I must interrupt and state that I have realized all these photos are of me. IT’S NOT MY FAULT! I promise I would love to share the spotlight, but Tyler– totally uncharacteristically– took over the photo-snapping on the honeymoon. It’s also his iPhone, so that played into it. Just please excuse the lack of man photos!
Another evening we ventured into a different part of Miami to eat at Shake Shack (apparently the East Coast’s version of In-N-Out Burger) and stroll around the University of Miami’s campus. The hot dog was delicious, but I would say it falls short of my recent California burger experience. And since Tyler is a hardcore In-N-Out fan, everything else falls short for him.
Another fun sports coincidence encountered on our honeymoon was the coinciding NBA play-offs between none other than our home-state’s Indianapolis Pacers and our vacation destination’s Miami Heat! Despite the fact that neither of us are huge basketball fans, we kept up with the back-and-forth games on television and enjoyed the thought that Hoosiers everywhere were jealous of our location. On the night of the final game, we set out to watch the action over dinner at a local bar. We were quickly cured from our momentary insanity though when we drove by the packed parking lots of
potentially indubitably rabid Heat fans. We opted instead for a quiet meal at a nearby Mediterranean place. Yummy hummus and yummy dishes.
Because we had pretty rainy and cloudy weather during our Miami stay, we opted for some fun indoor events on the off days. One of our favorites was seeing a 3D movie in the IMAX theatre. It was Star Trek, and while I was initially hesitant, I was pleased in the end. Tyler was sold from the beginning. (Excuse the poor photo quality here!)
And because I feel like this post is starting to drag on, here is a large deposit of photos… you get the idea of what we’re doing! Mostly me… eating! First the barbecue place, then the oreo and milk in the parking lot, finally a famous Cuban restaurant and it’s famous pork sandwich and plantain chips. (That last one was Tyler’s first place pick from the whole trip!)
And to finish, I’ll leave you with a glimpse of our one day spent in the heart of tourist Miami– South Beach. We walked along the beach, ate organic super subs, sipped cappuccinos and savored gelato. Honeymoon perfection.