Saturday, December 8, 2012

South Beach with Alli Ludwick November 2012

My annual trip to South Beach, somewhere between my 10th - 15th time. Just resting up for the end of year and planning for a very exciting 2013, if the world does not end.

To read about some of my more interesting trips to South Beach click on these links:

South Beach 2008 visit to the Everglades

South Beach 2009 Big Bill Ludwick's daughter Alli joins us

South Beach 2010 nothing exciting except dinner with Alli Ludwick

Some highlights of this trip besides spending most of the time hanging at the pool.

Dinner at The Restaurant at the Setai. What a great experience, great service, the most exciting part of the restaurant was the way the flavors of the food were so distinctive.

The girl band I mean boy band "One Direction" was signing autographs at the local F&M store and watching the people in line to get autographs was kind of funny. It makes you think what motivates the human mind.

The biggest highlight was having dinner with Big Bill Ludwick's daughter, Alli Ludwick. You may remember from last year that Alli was planning on going to the Summer Olympics in London. Alli at the time was a Junior at the University of Miami running on both the Track and Cross Country teams, plus she is a very accomplished swimmer. Everything fell into place and Alli not only went to the Olympics she was there for both Swimming and Track events. I think one of the very few collage athletes. We ate at a new restaurant called Juvia, it is on the rooftop of one of the tallest buildings on Lincoln Road. The food was a trinity of French, Japanese and Peruvian cooking. Having great food, great views and hearing all about Alli and the Olympics was the highlight of the trip.

The most disappointing part of the trip was a restaurant in the past we have always enjoyed called the Barton G. The Barton G is no longer up to South Beach Restaurant Standards, the service was great, but the food and atmosphere had a lot to be desired. We have crossed the Barton G off our list of must do's in South Beach.

I am now off for some skiing in Colorado before another trip to Africa where I will be breaking either very good news of very bad news to my village, depending which side of the line you live on.



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