French food at Cafe Bastille in Miami for lunch
French food at Cafe Bastille in Miami for lunch
Mercato was my favorite place to be at and I really do recommend checking this place out when you're at the Design District.
This was the day when I told Jarren to pull over to the private parking lot, park our car, get out of our car and enjoy looking at the Wynwood Walls. I remember this day very well like it was yesterday. Honestly, it was the best and the worst experience.
We just finished eating at this French place in downtown and when we were driving back to our AirBnB, I really wanted to take pictures of the Wynwood walls. Of course, that time, it was blazing hot AND humid. Best of both worlds, obviously. But I still wanted to take pictures. I mean, come on, when's the next time I'm going back to Miami?
So we got out of our car, enjoyed looking at each painting. In 3 seconds, my body was covered in this moist humidity and I was just so itchy all over. I looked at my legs, and bam, there it was, I was covered by mosquito bites!
Great place to go to to really check out. Each artwork was amazing. I would've enjoyed it more if there wasn't any mosquitoes, but I still had a great time!
It felt like a dream finally going back to Miami, Florida. At first, before my parents dropped me off at the airport, I was getting super nervous about the whole "going to Miami" with Jarren thing. I even wondered if I will have a good time there.
Previously, Jarren and I have been debating to go to Tokyo, Japan to celebrate our 3 year anniversary and also as his college graduation gift, since he just recently graduated. I haven't been back in Miami for 18 years and it's kind of embarrassing when I tell people that I was born in Miami, but know nothing about it. Anyways, last minute plan, we decided to go to Miami, got round trip standby tickets for American Airlines and BAM, we're both at the airport sitting there and waiting to go to Miami.
I got to the airport around 9ish in the morning, and our flight was at 11:50 AM. The airplane ride to Miami from San Francisco Airport took about 5 - 6 hours. Also, Miami's time zone is 3 hours ahead of us. So, when Jarren and I finally got to Miami, it was already around 9 PM.
like we were, get AirBnB. It's really cheap, we got ours for like $79 a night for the whole week, it rounded up to about $600 total. We stayed a couple of blocks by the Design District and you can pretty much walk anywhere if you don't care about the heat and the humidity.
Another thing is that, I don't really recommend renting a car. Yeah it's cool having your own car to drive around in Miami, but the thing is, you have to pay for parking almost everywhere, and if you don't have to drive far to get to someplace, I really recommend taking Lyft or Uber. It's so much cheaper. Jarren and I ended up just taking Lyft Line in the end and it was only like $3 - 4 dollars a ride. Renting a car is around $200 - 300 and you have to fill up the gas tank in the end when you return the car.
I'll be posting places in Miami I've been to in separate blog posts so if you were interested in going to Miami and don't know where to go, you can always check out the places that I've been to and decide whether you want to go there or not!
Since Jarren didn't want to write a review on the AirBnB site for our location we stayed at, I decided to write it on here. I rate the place we stayed at a 3.5 stars if possible because we totally loved it, BUT, there were some flaws that I need to point out.
We stayed at a private AirBnB, that means the owner is not there and the place is just to ourselves. Anthony, the owner of the apartment, is a great guy. He seemed really nice and approachable for questions whenever needed.
Everything looked exactly like the picture he posted on the AirBnB site that we booked. The place also was really close to everywhere we wanted to go to: South Beach, Design District, Wynwood Walls... so on so forth.
Anyways, the place was great. When I first walked into the room, I fell in love. The place is pretty small, but everything seemed so cozy, there's also AC behind the bed. One thing that I didn't like about the AC placement is that it's right there when we're sleeping, and you shouldn't have cold ass air blasting your head at night or else you can have a slight chance of waking up sick the next morning.
So, what really made me kind of disappointed about this place is that two nights before we were about to leave, I realized that the bed actually had some problems. I sleep on the inside near the wall area and every morning I wake up, I see so many bug bites on my legs--a total of 10!! IN ONE NIGHT!! I thought it was the mosquitoes (which I did get bit by a lot of, while admiring the Wynwood Walls.) I, at first, thought it was bed bugs, we checked the bed, and there was none. Then, I realized the patterns on my skin was flea bites. So there were fleas near the walls of the bed. How do I know this? Jarren never got bit by mosquitoes or fleas. He'd only get one or two and I'd get like 10-15 in one day. And out of the two times I switched places with Jarren when we were sleeping, those were the only two times he got bit. They were also on his legs. Nowhere else.
I walked around, browsing the kitchen. Checking the kitchen cabinets and drawers, there were actually utensils, a small stove to cook food (if you're on a budget this would be perfect), pots and pans, paper towels, toilet paper, Swiffer duster, a small microwave on top of the empty clean fridge, coffee brewer, two cute coffee cups, plates, bowls, cups... yeah you get the point.
Lastly, I didn't take a picture of the bathroom. But when we walked right in, there was this ghastly smell coming from the bathroom--the smell of stained piss. Which was weird because the bathroom looked so clean and tidy, yet there was that reeking smell of piss. I had to close the door every night in order to not have it travel at night to our bed.
Other than that, the place is great. I know I pointed out two flaws, but Jarren and I really enjoyed the place we were staying. The location is also really nice and safe. Also, Anthony responds back to questions immediately. So if you're not sure of something, don't be shy to ask him questions!