Normally Tuesday’s are my least favorite day of the week. This week was anything but standard.
My amazing mom drove down to Miami on Tuesday night to visit, but mainly to take my Wednesday morning Spin class. I’ve been teaching since my freshman year and she finally got her butt down to a class :) Tuesday night we went to dinner in South Beach, which is not part of the normal routine when my family visits. Even though my school has the word “Miami” in it, the campus is located 25+ minutes from actual “Miami.” As part of my “make the most of senior year” goal I want to visit downtown and South Beach more often. My mom was all for that plan.
We went to Lido Restaurant & Bayside Grill at The Standard Spa. The Standard is a chic hotel with well-known locations in New York City and LA. The hotel was more secluded than I expected and pretty distant from the strip of famous hotels on the beach. One of the first things I saw after walking into the hotel was the yoga and fitness class schedule. The sunrise yoga on the docks sounded incredible!
The decor was quirky but trendy (if you can picture that). Sleek and modern with a distinguishing vibe. Lots of odd-shaped chairs filled with (probably rich) people wearing bathrobes and reading books. And then there’s me…
I didn’t take this photo but here’s a picture of their pool from their website.
The view from the restaurant is what made the dining experience spectacular. The food was pretty good but not the best I’ve ever had (said in Drake’s voice, obviously). It was a little overcast but we still caught the sunset and saw tons of jet skiers, paddle-boarders and boaters. Must be nice…*sigh*
My mom ordered the avocado and green apple gazpacho to start, which came with blue crab. It was gluten-free so I tried it. NOT the best I’ve ever had.
For our entrees she got the “Living Lasagna” (raw vegan lasagna made with zucchini, eggplant, basil, cashew cheese and other vegetables). I had a few bites and liked it a lot. I ordered the Branzini (sea bass) with asparagus. Winner winner.
We wandered through the hotel and spa before driving back to my apartment. Pretty much the best Tuesday night I could have asked for. I already have a list of other restaurants that I want to try the next time she visits. Let’s just say I won’t be going without my parents anytime soon ($$$$).
As for spin, other than my first class it was the most memorable one I’ve taught. It was cool for her to take MY class because it’s usually the other way around (she’s a group ex instructor and PT). Next time I’ll have to drag my dad to a class…I’m sure he’s laughing right now.