Dating On Vacation: Miami

 

 

People always seem to be surprised when I tell them I date when I go on vacation. The truth is that, Love, isn’t just in your hometown. When someone tells you there are millions of fish in the sea, they mean in the entire world, not just around the corner from where you live. When you travel to a place you’ve never been to before, you should completely immerse yourself into the community and the into culture–that means meeting new people. You’ll be shocked to find out that you have a lot in common with people you’ve never met before. The guy next to you has had his heart broken. The girl ordering coffee in front of you just lost her job, and she’s trying to keep some sort of semblance of her daily routine. Everyone has a story, everywhere you go. When you start becoming open to the idea of meeting new people, you’ll start to realize that dating on vacation is just like dating at home–only better. It’s better than dating at home because, well, you’re not at home. Most likely, you’re not stressed about your job, you aren’t worried about money, and you’re hopefully in a place that makes you happy. I can’t think of a better environment to date in than on vacation.

Everyone always asks, “How do you meet someone on vacation?” The answer is simple, the same way you meet people at home. Whether it is talking to people when you’re out, or that you’re going on dating apps, there are plenty of single people out there. The key to successfully dating on vacation is knowing what you want. Are you just looking for fun, or are you looking to spend some time with someone special? Being transparent with what you want can definitely help you both not send any mixed signals. In Miami, I began talking to a guy named Alex. He was staying in the city because he would be running the 2018 Miami Half Marathon two days after I met him. What started off as just talking over the phone, became something more. He invited me to dinner the next night. Knowing I was an Italian, Jersey boy, he picked an Italian restaurant called La Locanda in South Beach. Both of us had never been there before. When we were seated, we noticed the overwhelming amount of Italian that was being spoken. He spoke both English and Spanish fluently, and I spoke English and French. Instead of leaving, we sat down and attempted to speak Italian. We tried something new–and we tried it together.

Trying new things, in a new place, with someone new is not only fun, but I truly believe it is the key to happiness. Its confronting the fear of the unknown and then feeling accomplished after you’ve tried it. All night, as we got to know each other, we laughed over our horrible attempts at reading Italian entrées off the menu. We had such a good time together, that Alex had asked me out for a second date the next day. Of course, I said yes. Together the next day, we walked along the ocean in Miami, and we took pictures of everything the city had to show us.

“Look at that, Daniel” he would point and say to me in his exotic Spanish accent.

Showing me around, not only allowed me to experience Miami more intimately but, I really began to get to know him more intimately as well. I struggled to decide whether I was falling in love with Miami, or falling in love with him. There is no doubt in my mind that there is something special about meeting people when you’re on vacation. It becomes more than just a trip, captured in photos you’ll eventually post on social media when you finally get the time to. That city, that trip now becomes a moment in your life that will forever stay within your heart. “But how do you say goodbye,” everyone asks. The answer is once again simple–you don’t. A little piece of you will now remain in that city, always yearning for your return. No “goodbyes,” only , “see you soon.”

Meals & Mixes: Miami Edition

15th & Vine Kitchen & Bar: 485 Brickell Ave, Miami

Someone once told me, “Brunch in Miami is a religion,” and let me say, God Bless brunch at 15th & Vine Kitchen and Bar. Located on the 15th floor of the W Hotel, you’ll find yourself struggling to decide what is better: The food, the view, or the $15 bottomless mimosa deal. I was sure to enjoy all of the above. While brunch is nothing without a great drink deal, the food at 15th & Vine, also provided an experience far beyond the floor to ceiling windows. With a 180-degree view of both the city and the crystal blue waters surrounding Miami, it was no wonder why me and my friends had such a grand experience. The Fried Chicken and waffles entrées gave an elegant twist to the typical southern comfort meal. Drizzled with a truffle honey and sprinkled with fresh red pepper flakes, this meal was both flavorful, and something to remember. As the drinks kept flowing, and the food kept on coming, the service was top-of -the-notch as well.

Brunch is served Saturday & Sunday from 11AM to 3PM.

To check out their brunch menu, go to their WEBSITE.

RedBar Brickell: 52 SW 10th St, Miami

Lit solely by red lighting, you’ll find yourself feeling more than just tipsy after a few drinks at this unique bar in downtown Brickell. The sensual atmosphere provides an interesting experience, that will stick with you for days. With concoctions created by Miami’s best bartenders, visitors will be in for quite the treat. Some of their signature drinks include their Watermelon Blossom, and The Strawberry Bee. Both cocktails provided a sweet taste of Miami, as they were both made with fresh fruits and a little extra liquor if you tip your bartender a little over 20%. And by chance your phone is dying, this bar provides wireless phone chargers for all customers sitting at the bar.

Open from 5PM–3AM.

Check out their cocktail menu, food menu, and daily specials on their WEBSITE.

Dolores but You Can Call Me Lolita: 1000 S Miami Ave, Miami

I remember walking by this restaurant and immediately being fascinated by two things. For starters the name of the restaurant was enough to catch my eye. It’s long, but made me want to know more. The other thing that had my attention was the beautiful rooftop patio that had views of the entire street. With plants everywhere, plenty of ambiance and a staff that seemed to be having a fun time at work, I knew I had to go in. Upon being sat, I noticed the smiles on everyone’s faces. Families enjoying their mid afternoon lunches, and coworkers dressed up going over business matters all while having a drink. My favorite was their Coconut Mojito. Made with fresh coconut shavings, and a splash coconut milk, this wasn’t a drink that stayed in the cup very long. As for the food, all was flavorful and delicious. To keep your bill down, try to order some food off the ‘Tapas’ section of their menu. The portions are generous, and you get to try a few more things rather than one dish. My personal favorite was the “Huevos Rotos.” All in all, this is a great place to experience on your trip to Miami.miami31

Open from 10AM to Midnight – every night.

For more information on their food, drinks and events, check out their WEBSITE

Let’s Make Your Moments

Growing up I was very fortunate to travel a lot. I was blessed with a mother who yearned for adventure, and she taught me to do things differently.

We would go to Florida like many families did, but instead of going to Disney World, she would take me snorkeling with Manatees in the Crystal River. She took me to Jamaica one summer and instead of staying at the resort, we spent the days cliff diving, exploring small towns, immersing ourselves in their culture, and meeting with local people.

In other words, my life has never been lived on the beaten path. Being adopted, I never quite knew my roots, but only what I made for myself. So instead of creating a normal life, with the inspiration of my mother, I have decided to create something much more meaningful – a life full of magical moments. With that in mind, I decided to create Project Moments. 

Going to ordinary places doesn’t have to be ordinary. This guide is to help you find places off the beaten path; Places where you won’t meet tourists, but people from the land; Where you can learn something about culture, and more importantly about yourself.

This is an anecdotal guide to finding your next moment in life.

Wherever it may be, we want to create the best day of your life, every day of your life. Focusing on travel, local food, fashion, music, tips, opinions and stories from people around the world, Project Moments aims to help you create moments – not itineraries.

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