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Traveling Librarian Eats Her Way through Miami Beach

Recently on vacation I spent a lot of time doing two things:

  • Reading
  • Eating
  • Drinking wine

Ok that might be 4 but wine goes with eating so, it really counts as one. Math.

I figured that you might like to know what I do when I’m not reading. Here are snaps of the meals we enjoyed on vacation in SoBe (South Beach Miami, ya’ll)!


Yellow Snapper at Essensia Restaurant (part of our hotel). With some yummy something something corn and tiny tomatoes. Yum.


Desayuno included a $24 buffet (REALLY) all you can eat. But still, all I could eat was lox and bagel. And coffee. And maybe some warm soy milk. And some fresh squeezed Florida OJ. And maybe some fresh fruit. But that’s it. Outside on the lanai (like Golden Girls)!


That evening, at The Matador Room, I devoured the snapper. Covered with something something and lots of yummy other things. Note, that is NOT cheese, because we are lactose intolerant. Also please note that I don’t know why they call it the Matador Room, I did not see ONE person dressed in those cute lil skinty pants.


Oh yeah. Mr Pam and I shared some crab little something ballies. Yumtastic.

Then we went back to our hotel to enjoy happy hour.


If absinthe is good enough for the likes of Oscar Wilde, then why not Pammy Pam?

The next night I guess I didn’t take a pic of my food. I was too busy watching the flamenco dancer.  I want one.

The next morning, however, we traveled down the street to the Tropical Cafe for the Tropical desayuno.


I surely must be a Cuban at heart, cuz all meals should come with french fries, non?


I don’t know where this is, but Mr. Pam had this. A tabbouleh salad with salmon. I was prolly too busy sucking on more snapper.


Another night we went to Espanola Road and ate pasta. Oh the yummy pasta with little lamby meat sauce. Yum!


Dude enjoyed this farro pasta from Picolo Cucina. He can have the cheese. I cannot. He said it was yummy but needed meat. Carnivores, oy!!


Breakfast at Marketplace at The Edition is served very lovely. Who knew sunny side eggs could look this hoity toity and taste so yum?


Snacking later back at The Palms, I tasted this crab or shrimp something with trout roe and crackers. According to our very upset young server, it may or may not have contained cream cheese. While I went upstairs to rest, Mr. Pam enjoyed the fish taco.


That whole escapade was on the house since they mistakenly may or may not have given me dairy.

That night for dinner I rallied and noshed on more meat:


Baires Argentinian Grill on Lincoln Road mall. 8 oz of Yum. I’m sorry. I’m weak.

So. wow. we ate really well, thanks to a little bit of research and asking around. Great meals.

I’m full until Thanksgiving.

Have you ever eaten at any of these restaurants? What’s your experience been?



Long Shot by Mike Piazza

I know what you’re thinking: why is An Unconventional Librarian reviewing a book about sports? Because I love baseball?

longshotNot really. More because there is a lot of local Philadelphia references in the book that many people will enjoy.

Long Shot by Mike Piazza is his autobiography that hits the stores this week.  And if you know anything about Piazza, you’ll know he’s from the Philadelphia region, Norristown and Phoenixville areas, specifically.

That’s where I get involved. Piazza’s family has long standing ties to this area.  As you read the opening chapters you’ll see how Piazza’s grandfather and father grew up during the hard times of Norristown in the early 20th century.  Hard times is probably an understatement.  Poor and hungry.  Not exactly what you think of when you think about Mike Piazza, right?

But what you learn from their meager family beginnings is that the family instilled a work ethic and family unity that positively affected Piazza’s success. I can’t speak to Piazza’s baseball career because I know very little about the sport, but what I’ve learned from his autobiography is that he became smitten with the game as a little guy and Dad’s work ethic and pushiness turned Piazza into the famous ball play and potential Hall of Famer that he is today.

In addition to lots of stats and baseball information, the book includes delightful family photos that make the book feel more like sharing a family scrapbook than a famous autobiography.  Let me rephrase that, a family scrapbook that contains photos of Tommy LaSorda, and other famous ball players.

Wednesday, February 13 my bookstore, Towne Book Center & Cafe, will host Mike Piazza for a book signing.  I’ll be sure to get my copy signed and impress him with my knowledge of baseball, which up until now, has involved beer, popcorn, and hot dogs.

I can’t wait!