This weekend, I went vegan.
The Seed Food & Wine Festival made its way to Miami and I was lucky enough to experience this incredible event. A jam-packed weekend of healthy fun, the very first plant-based food festival gathered a giant crowd of fabulous non-meat eaters!
The big day of the weekend took place on Saturday at Mana Wynwood where we spent hours walking, talking and eating. In my opinion, every day should be spent like this. As an avid tuna tartare and cheese burger eater, I was a bit nervous of what to expect. Was I going to be starving all day? Was I going to like the food? The beverages? It turns out, I absolutely loved every single thing.
Hundreds of brands set up booths inside this giant space.
This was the perfect opportunity to discover your new favorite all-natural popsicle, gluten-free doughnut, non-gmo snack and snap a photo or two.
Scroll down to see just how much fun we had at Seed Food & Wine!
Photos by Christine Michelle
Miami is well known for being a foodie town with a thriving, vibrant social scene. That affords us lots of opportunity to experience new restaurants with great cuisine and electric atmosphere on a weekly basis.
I've been looking to one restaurant opening in particular, Apeiro Kitchen & Bar.
Conveniently located in one of the hottest new Miami neighborhoods, Apeiro Miami is my new favorite hot spot for modern Mediterranean food and signature cocktails.
I'm always on the lookout for a new happy hour spot, and Apeiro is my new go-to. With a beautiful patio, well-stocked bar and a great staff, Apeiro Kitchen & Bar is a must for drinks with the girls, date night with that special someone or Sunday brunch after a long night out. You're going to love it!
It's finally fall - which means it's festival season!
SEED Food & Wine Festival is one event to which I am particularly looking forward.
Presented by Whole Foods Market, SEED is the first ever plant-based food and wine festival, and it's happening here in Miami November 18th-22nd.
I'm not going to lie, I love a good cheeseburger. Nevertheless, in anticipation of this event, I figured I'd try going completely veg - at least for the afternoon.
I scooped up my coworkers during our lunch break, headed downtown to the new Whole Foods Market - part of the awakening of the 24 hour version of our great city. We figured it was appropriate to explore the fruit and vegetable aisle, as well as the wine selections. Who knew there were so many fabulous options when it comes to living a plant-based lifestyle.
I'm so excited for SEED. I know it will be a weekend full of enlightening events, new friends and maybe even a new vegetarian lifestyle for myself.
Join me at SEED and purchase your tickets HERE
My friends and I are definitely The Ladies Who Lunch.
I believe in social eating. So, I find any excuse to grab my crew and discover a new fabulous restaurant in town. Sometimes, the best way to spend "your time" during the day is sitting outside enjoying appetizers and a salad bigger than your face. This week, we did just that. We hightailed it over to Books & Books Café and enjoyed a satisfying and delicious afternoon on Lincoln Road. The food is always fabulous and the people watching provides unsurpassed, non-stop entertainment.
Oh, and after we finished our meal, we headed inside to explore the book selections -- or maybe it was to hide from the rain.
It's hurricane season in Miami, which means more rain, extra humidity and fewer beach days.
Growing up in Florida, the rain and the heat have stopped bothering me and I've learned how to embrace the predictably unpredictable weather. Sometimes, on a rainy day, I embrace the 'Netflix and Chill" situation. However, when it's Saturday and you've been working all week, sometimes you need to leave the house and enjoy yourself for a bit, despite dreadful weather.
This particular rainy day demanded dessert. Giving in to the mandate, we headed south to Lincoln Road, an outdoor pedestrian shopping mall, totally inappropriate for bad weather - but home to one of the best ice cream spots in Miami.
The Frieze is a local classic.
I've been coming here since I was a little girl and I swear it gets better every time. We stopped in for a scoop of chocolate with rainbow sprinkles, which seemed to overcome the rainy day.
For my indulgent excursion, I wore a bohemian chic dress paired with my favorite hidden wedge boots. I loved my beauty look, courtesy of Beauty for Real. I used their self tanning body lotion, Total Glo, and the lip pencil that is a miracle worker.
If you happen to be in Miami on a rainy or even a sunny day, be sure to stop by the Frieze and treat yourself to what will immediately become your new favorite ice cream.
A nice, long lunch break in the middle of the work week surely energizes one for the stresses to come. If you're like me, trying new new places and new menus are a great way to explore your local neighborhoods.
I'm lucky enough to work in one of the coolest parts of Miami: Wynwood.
An artsy little borough, located down north of our exploding Downtown, new restaurants and shops pop up daily and it's almost my “mission” to try them all.
When it comes time for lunch, I grab my coworkers and head outside to discover a new favorite spot. Coyo Taco has been in the neighborhood for almost a year now, but it seems to get better every single time. We had to have the tacos and of course, topped off our meal with delicious popsicles that helped beat the heat.
Take advantage of that hour “recess” at work and try some place new with your friends. Nothing makes a work day better than enjoying your meal with some fabulous friends.