I am back from a vacation. We spent four nights in Miami Beach and four nights in Mexico City. One of the nights we were in Miami Beach was my birthday; to celebrate we had dinner at The Bazaar, a Jose Andres restaurant.
Andres is a well known chef who has had legal issues with Donald Trump. He has also done a lot of humanitarian work for Puerto Rico and other places following hurricanes and natural disasters. The Bazaar is at the other end of the economic spectrum from hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico. Many of the restaurants in Miami Beach are in hotels; The Bazaar is in the SLS hotel.
There was a strict dress code; my husband had to return to our hotel to change from his sandals to closed toed shoes. I did the same for good measure. The server, Louis, was nice but very obsequious. He kept calling me Miss Amy. The food, served tapas style was excellent but very expensive. The whole meal, including drinks and dessert, cost $220 . A single piece of caviar, which we didn’t have, was $85. A shot of Tito’s vodka was $19. At a package store, you can buy a 750 ml bottle of Tito’s for the same price.
There is a dichotomy between Andres’ charitable works and the prices at some of his restaurants. I really don’t know why a meal should cost several hundred dollars. My personal preference is for less expensive food in a more relaxed atmosphere. While in Miami Beach we ate at another restaurant, Orange Blossom. The food tasted great and was half the price of The Bazaar. The place hada cozy yet romantic ambiance.
Here are some pictures from our trip:
View from the 18th floor of our hotel
My whole family at my niece’s wedding