Miami Is For Lovers: Part Three

July 9, 2013

All good things must come to an end and sadly our last day in Miami was one of those. I could not leave the city without taking John for a walk along Lincoln Road, with its weekend markets, art galleries and a wide variety of shops and restaurants. Of course, summer is not really the most enjoyable time to go and take a walk around in the heat, so we kept ducking into galleries and shops for air conditioned breaks.

Lincoln Road Miami

Lincoln Road

man and dog When we passed Britto Central, I was suddenly reminded of this iconic artist and how much I had enjoyed his work back when I lived in Miami. Romero Britto’s colorful paintings and resin figures are well-known internationally. I’ve been inside his Lincoln Road gallery several times, but never once lucky enough to be there when  Britto himself was present. On entering, we immediately struck up a conversation with one of the gallery staff members, who excitedly told us that “the artist is here today.” Now, I do enjoy Britto’s works but I am not such a huge fan of the artist that I know what he looks like. As I usually do when encountering a celebrity, I stood over in the corner and stole shy glances around the room at the various possibilities until I could finally find a photo of him hanging on a wall to solve the mystery. In the meantime, I checked out his various works around the gallery, especially enjoying  the ones depicting cats. My favorite of the day was a gem-crusted cat Mona Lisa.

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In the meantime I also texted Andi, who threatened to turn their car around and come straight over. By the time she got back to me asking for an autographed piece, the man was gone. The woman we had been talking to chastised me gently for not going over and saying hello, but I am just too shy to speak to celebrities, especially those who I don’t know much about personally. But it was still electrifying just to be in the same room with such a great artist.

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After a bit more of a wander down Lincoln Road and more people-watching and gallery-hopping, we returned to the hotel. As we waited for our taxi to the airport our thoughts drifted to the incredible meal we had eaten the night before at The Bazaar, chef José Andrés’s outpost in South Beach. Fancy tapas probably best describes the cuisine, which diners enjoy under the decorations of Philippe Starck. What can I say about such a delicious meal? Dish after dish of delightful morsels were placed before us, shared and savored over even more delicious conversation with our friends. As we bid Miami farewell (for now), I’ll leave you with the photographs of those… the bazaar miami menu

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  • Laura

    Miami does sound lovely, it’s one of the places I really want to go and visit. I do love your blog posts. I started reading them after searching for info about Norway. I’ve been in Bergen six months now and your tips have really helped me. :)

    • inspiringtravellers

      That is such a nice compliment, Laura – thank you! =)

  • Andi

    I can’t freaking believe I missed Britto!!!!!!!! How does that happen? :(

    LOVE your food pics! Just amazing!!! Gosh, even though so many things went wrong Lucas and I had the BEST time seeing you two. Lots of love!

    • inspiringtravellers

      So did we…counting the days until next time! xoxo

  • Sara Louise

    That meal looks absolutely divine!

    • inspiringtravellers

      Tasted divine too! =)

  • Krista

    How fun to see an artist you admire so much! :-) Your meal looks absolutely stunning! What incredible presentation. :-)

    • inspiringtravellers

      Those dishes were, indeed, too beautiful to touch…we did though =)

  • Jemma

    Miami looks like a really romantic place. Glad that you enjoyed your vacation there with your special someone. The food looks really delicious and now I’m hungry. :) That monkey tray holding the bill looks so hilarious!

    • inspiringtravellers

      So cute, isn’t it? I love it when restaurants incorporate special touches like that…

  • Emily in Chile

    I have heard only great things about Bazaar in LA – didn’t know until Andi mentioned it that there’s one in Miami too! It looks like it lives up to the hype with all those yummy dishes.

    • inspiringtravellers

      Jose Andres seems to have restaurants everywhere. We ate at Jaleo in Vegas and it was quite different than Bazaar – a little more casual, but still amazing!

  • Cathy Sweeney

    I don’t know of Britto’s work, but sounds like I ought to check it out. Fancy tapas, indeed. What a feast!

    • inspiringtravellers

      I wish I could have posted photos of his work but it isn’t allowed inside the gallery!

  • Sophie

    Mmm… all the food looks so yummy. Is that cake in that third last photo?

    • inspiringtravellers

      No, it was actually some kind of savory “sandwiches” with, I think, blue cheese…

  • Jennifer

    Wow, that meal looks incredible! I’d love to visit Miami one of these days, hopefully sooner rather than later.

    • inspiringtravellers

      I hope for sooner too for you =)

  • Mike Carlson

    Miami is one of the best place I’ve been. I especially love to hop from one gallery to the other and enjoy every piece of artwork I see.

    • inspiringtravellers

      Isn’t it wonderful?

  • Life Leaps

    Born in South Miami, I thank you for such a shining tribute to the Magic City! It truly is such a wonderful, green, and vibrant place to live. And your photography is truly amazing! Thanks for the visual treat. Once the right circumstance presents itself, we want to move to the Lincoln Road area. You chose a wonderful spot!

    • inspiringtravellers

      I lived there for four years awhile back and really enjoyed my time – happy you enjoyed the post! Thanks =)

  • Heather

    That looks like a fabulous meal! We’ve dined at Jose Andres’ restaurants in DC and they are some of our favorites. Will have to try this place next time I’m in Miami!

    • inspiringtravellers

      We enjoyed Jaleo in Las Vegas as well…

  • Carmen Cristina

    Great shots! I loved your take on Miami, I have also recently been there, no longer being single, and I got to see it through different lenses.

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