Saturday, July 4, 2015

Highlights of the week + happy 4th of July

I had a pretty fun week that included playing foosball, drinking beers and eating chicken wings at a Irish pub with friends. I've kept my promise and I've been cooking more at home. The whole cooking process is relaxing! I like to make experiments in the kitchen and the other day I made something I called a omeletadilla, which is an omelet inside a quesadilla, basically. I'm going to tweak the recipe a little bit and show some pictures. Such a good breakfast!

Wishing everybody a good 4th of July ! Any plans? I'm hoping to catch the firework at the beach. 

Xoxo, m. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

highlights of the weekend + happy monday

Happy Monday! Last week, I took a field trip to Ft. Lauderdale. Here's a few of my favorite things from that day:

The beach! It was too hot to be outdoors, but next time I definitely want to go in the water.

Lunch at Louie Bossi, where we had one of the best pizzas of my life: wild mushrooms with parmiggiano reggiano + smoked mozarella di buffala + and truffle oil. It was insane.

Next time, I want to try this wine bar and cheese  house: Cheese Culture. It looked really good.

Hope you have a great week! It's been so hot here in Miami Beach, in the 90s with a feeling of 99F. Yikes.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

highlights of the week

The past few weeks of going out, working long hours and not sleeping enough finally caught up with me and my body screamed for rest. I decided to take it easy this week, and I've been eating a lot of healthy home-cooked meals, like lentil soup and spinach and banana smoothies. I've also been taking naps which have proven to be miraculous.
In the pictures above, you can see my breakfast from the other day, a pretty bike I saw by my house, and the 11/11 parking lot on Lincoln Road at night. Isn't it something? I really love my city.

Enjoy the rest of the week, it's almost Friday!

Monday, June 8, 2015

places i love: under the mango tree

Today, I woke up feeling hungry and decided to go grab a late breakfast at a juice bar near my house: Under the Mango Tree. I've been meaning to check out this place after reading great reviews on Yelp, and gladly, it did not disappoint.

This juice bar is earth friendly, and besides juices and smoothies, they offer acai bowls, melts and coffee. It's very small, but they do have a seating area. I had a spicy kale melt, and a green juice, and both were excellent. I'm so happy I've found this place; I will definitely be a regular here.

Under the Mango Tree714 6 St, Miami Beach FL

Images: Monica Aguinaga

Friday, May 22, 2015

highlights of the week + happy memorial weekend

This week has been all about procrastinating! Sad, but true. I went swimming and it felt great to get in the water and stretch those muscles. I've found that if I don't plan my workouts, I just find excuses not to exercise, so I've been making schedules. I'll go swimming again tomorrow, and I'll ride my bike on Sunday morning.
Memorial Day weekend gets pretty crazy here in South Beach, so I'm planning in staying indoors most of the time.

Signing off, and wishing a great weekend.
xoxo, monica

Images: Monica Aguinaga

Monday, May 11, 2015

City Guide: Key West

Ever since I went to Key West a few years ago, I've been dreaming about going back. My mom and I decided to spend the past weekend there to celebrate her birthday and we had a blast! Here's what we did:

We got there Saturday morning and headed straight to grab some brunch. We went to Croissants de France on busy Duval St. I had scrambled eggs on a croissant with potatoes and an amazing mustard sauce. Coffee was good and the beignets were amazing. Didn't have time to snap a picture because I ate it all in 2 seconds.

At Croissants de France,

After that we settled in our little hotel room and decided to go for a walk around town. Key West is a sight for the eyes, with its adorable conch houses in pastel colors.

Colors of Key West.
Color inspiration everywhere,
We got thirsty and decided to stop for a drink at Sloppy Joes, an iconic bar where Ernest Hemingway used to hang out. We had beers and mojitos while listening to live music.

After that, we decided to check out Ernest Hemingway home and we took a interesting guided tour.

After some more walking, we had an early dinner at Mangia Mangia in its charming patio. We both had spaghetti with clams (so good!), wine and key lime pie.

At Mangia Mangia.
Key lime pie & espresso.

Then, we hurried to Mallory Square to catch the sunset, and it was breathtaking. Definitely one for the books.

A sunset to remember.

Next morning, I woke up early to swim in the hotel pool and then we had a yummy breakfast at Camille's. I had eggs Benedict and my mom had pancakes. Also, coffee (obviously).

I told you Key West is a color fest.
We decided to check out the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory and I was blown away. You walk into this greenhouse and hundreds of butterflies fly around you. It truly was magical.

This is me being in awe at the butterflies.
There were also flamingos!

We took a cute little trolley around town and it was a nice break from all the walking. On Sunday the weather was perfect, sunny with a nice breeze.

We stopped for a drink at Captain Tony's Saloon, another old bar with a lot of history, and we played foosball while sipping beers.

Before heading back home, we grabbed a light lunch at Conch Republic Seafood Compnmy, overlooking the marina. I had conch fritters and a key lime mojito. I was a happy camper.

The ride back home was awesome, since we had the chance to catch one of those dreamy Florida sunsets. It was so nice to take a weekend off and relax for a bit. As you know, I'm all for breaking the routine, and this trip certainly did.

Daydreaming about this very same idea.

On my soon-to-happen trips? Snorkeling in Islamorada and visiting St. Agustine, the oldest city in the U.S.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

highlights of the weekend

I spent the most wonderful weekend celebrating my mom's birthday in Key West! I took a lot of pictures and I still have to edit and organize them.
Stay tuned for my second city guide of Key West, coming later this week!