I have been so lucky to be traveling up a storm this summer. In July, I headed down to Miami, FL for three days to celebrate my grandmother's 90th birthday. Before the festivities began, I was able to sneak in few meals at new restaurants.
When I touched down at MIA, my sister picked me up (thanks, Emmy!) and we headed straight to her new house. She and her husband just bought their first place and I couldn't wait to see it.
Post-home tour, we zipped over Coconut Grove for lunch. I have always enjoying bopping around the Grove and I've had some exceptional meals there - Green Street, Peacock Garden Cafe, Spillover. On this particular day we decided on Boho, a Greek restaurant I was excited to try.
Doesn't this exterior make you feel like you're in Europe?
We didn't sit outside (it was boiling hot), but in cooler temperatures, I would have loved to dine at this cozy table (complete with back pillows).
Just by the front door you can check out the menu. Note the doggy water bowl to the right.
We opened the door and I gasped. First, because the air conditioning felt amazing and second, because I immediately fell in love with this tropical wallpaper!
After I took about 20 pictures of the wallpaper, it was time to peruse the cocktail menu.
I decided on the white strawberry sangria. It was ice cold, just the right level of sweet and super refreshing.
To begin, we shared the eggplant carpaccio, topped with arugula and pine nuts. How beautiful is this serving plate?
The eggplant (which is hidden under all that arugula) was thinly sliced and soaked in a miso vinaigrette. My sister called it, "luscious." We both really liked the crunch of the pine nuts against the smooth texture of the eggplant.
For the main course, she selected the quinoa salad with shrimp. It had avocado, tomatoes, cucumbers, oranges and a citrus vinaigrette.
When the bowl first arrived, she was underwhelmed. That is until she discovered all the avocado and oranges were buried at the very bottom! As she ate, she added, "The salad was served chilled, which was great on this humid day. The shrimp were fresh, tender and perfectly cooked."
I was obsessed with the bowl the quinoa came in. It reminded me of my yellow bowls from West Elm.
I went with the portobello mushroom sandwich on ciabatta bread. It came stuffed with mozzarella cheese, arugula, tomatoes and basil pesto.
This was the right ratio of ingredients so that every bite was tasty and it wasn't messy to eat. The pesto was the star of the sandwich with a strong basil flavor.
At this point we were both very full, which was a shame because right at the top of the dessert menu was something I definitely need to experience in life: a Nutella calzone.
If you're headed to Miami, plan to enjoy at meal at Boho. The atmosphere is adorable, the food is fresh and you know that Nutella dessert is calling to you!