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Lo que no mata engorda

What doesn’t kill you makes you fatter and that will most likely happen in Little Havana. Between the cigar shops and chicken statues you’ll find easily some of the best blends of Cuban and American flavors. Taken from abuelita’s recipe book and reshaped and rebranded into something vaguely familiar.


Ball and Chain

Our first stop in Little Havana was Ball and Chain, with it’s lounge seats, center bar, unique rustic/Cuban décor, we felt quite at home and when the band started playing we knew we were on to something good. Our drinks quickly arrived, I had dessert first with a Pastelito Daquiri, light and refreshing with it’s namesake pastry on top. Delicious! Brings me back to PR and enjoying a small pastelito in the San Juan Streets. Megan had a drink called Call me a Cooler, while it was nice it is definitely meant for those with a serious sweet tooth. The menu is very basic but that doesn’t stop it from being easily the best food we had that day, Megan had an order of Cuban Style Quesadillas, covered with cilantro and a light avocado crema, it was given a little pop of spice with it’s Aji Amarillo. I had Chicharrones, for $9, which seemed like a lot for the meal but reasonable for Miami prices, they were well worth it. Each piece was crispy, and full of flavor that popped. Good food, good drinks, combined with the atmosphere Ball and Chain was perfect.

 


¡Azucar!

Pop out of Ball and Chain and directly on your right you are greeted with a comically large ice cream cone. This belongs to ¡Azucar! a small ice cream shop with 24 flavors (not including their seasonals) that will make you laugh and have a bit of curiosity as to what the flavors are. Thankfully you can get samples. Megan was already stuffed at this point so the ice cream was all mine. I chose a single scoop of Abuela Maria, their signature. Made with guava, cream cheese, galletas Maria, and their fresh vanilla ice cream. It’s absolutely delicious. It is a must see in Miami. Take the day and search for it, thankfully ¡Azucar! isn’t exactly hiding.

 


El Exquisito

Well the coffee was. For my non-Spanish speakers the name means Exquisite. This is where we had our new favorite beverage, The Colada. It’s a small coffee served in a Styrofoam cup with 6-8 shot glasses, it’s meant to share as it is about 8 shots of Cuban-style espresso. It’s strong, wakes you up in a minute and I’m sure this is what gave Pitbull the energy to go from Mr.305 to Mr.WorldWide. We had a couple different coladas but El Exquisito’s topped them all, strong and sweet. We’d love the recipe if they’d be kind enough.

 

 


Little Havana’s cuisine is perfect for anyone who wants a real taste of latin flavor, the culture and vibes there are welcoming and complete the Miami trip. Don’t spend all your time in South Beach when Little Havana is right around the corner.

 

Finding your tribe

Your vibe will attract your tribe.

For the longest time I waited for my tribe. Someone who complemented my personality and wanted to do everything with me. Many failures have passed and eventually I just thought fine, I’ll go it alone. Now of course, my best friend, is currently in Australia and I believe she helped me grow in more ways possible. She is to me, the catalyst of who I am today. So when she left, I was left to find a tribe again. I did it the same way I did before. I traveled for a bit, and gave out my true energy, never faking it, and now my tribe is slowly coming together. People I feel comfortable with, people who energize me rather than drain me, and people who are ready for any adventure that comes our way.

The Everyday Adventure

If you’re reading this, chances are you have a passion for travel, an intrinsic need to gain new experiences, and the willingness to learn more about this world. We aim to fill our lives with plane tickets to exotic destinations, backpacking trips through historic cities, and journeys up mountains with indescribable views. Funnily enough, no one ever talks about the time “in-between.” The time spent working crazy hours to fund these trips, the mornings spent forming ideas, the nights spent sharing stories of trips taken elsewhere, and of course… the days spent seeking adventure in small, simple ways.

Yes, you read that right. An adventure doesn’t have to be across an ocean, it can simply be found down the street. It’s the appreciation of the finding the “new and exciting” in everyday life. It’s the split second decision to change the “plan” and play mini golf in heels in 90 degree weather instead of shopping in a mall. It’s the mindfulness to try every item on the menu of the restaurant you love, or its dropping all sense of familiarity and trying a whole new place all together. It’s getting to know someone new, making a friend, sharing a story. It’s recognizing when someone you love needs inspiration and discovering news way to reach them. It’s taking a leap of faith, when maybe you don’t have much (or any) to begin with.

If you think about, and I mean really think about adventure cannot be defined. It has no set time or place. It’s meaning is fluid, omnipresent and more often than not, occurs “in-between.” So make sure not to wish this time away, enjoy the process of deciding where to go next, reorganizing life, or adjusting back to your job. Because the reality is that our world is full of wonder, and we are privileged enough to be woven within this universe. So let’s keep our eyes open and believe in the adventure of life with our entire heart.