Sunday, August 28, 2011

More Beach & Zoo Trip

It is Thursday morning & it is a bittersweet day for me. My first set of goodbye's will begin later today, but we have planned to go back to Hallandale beach & then the Miami Zoo, so I am making the best of it.
We got to the beach early, and I'm glad we did! The ocean was gorgeous!! We were able to swim for a while and we saw small fish swimming by, it was great! Sooooo much better than the Jersey Shore!



I would've taken pics of the small fish too, except the I accidentally broke my waterproof camera a week before vacation :/ just my luck.
After being at the beach for about 3 hours or so, we went to the pool at the Westin Diplomat so the kids can enjoy that a bit, and so I could get dressed for our afternoon trip to the zoo! When we left, we stopped at a local Cuban & Mexican place for lunch. I thought there tacos were good, big & stuffed to the max making them very messy, but they were good!


After lunch we headed to the Miami Zoo, something my husband wasn't thrilled about but still went along with it for the kids' sake :D I adore my hubby, I really do torture him with these trips, knowing how much he hates to be out in the heat! Hehehehe!


I love the flamingos.......



Tigers were up first, and I totally love the white tiger....beautiful!!

Moving on, there were plenty of other animals to see:gators, lions, elephants, monkeys-one who looked like he was posing for the pic,LOL, and many other animals who's names I can't remember.





Its amazing how big this place is! I don't recall going to a zoo bigger than this one, although I may have!





So much to see, we were regretting not renting one of the family bikes they had at the entrance!





It was a great but exhausting day! There were some ugly clouds, but we got very lucky that it didn't pour while we were in the zoo. We headed back to my grandparents' to pack & say goodbye :'( Went back to my dad's to spend our last day of vacation!








Friday, August 26, 2011

Larios Lunch

So we left the Seaquarium at 1pm. It was a good time, but a bit small.....it actually made me want to go visit Seaworld even more. Maybe we'll do that next year...LOL, keeping my fingers crossed :)

We didn't eat lunch at the Seaquarium because I was dying to eat at Gloria Estefan's restaurant, Larios on the Beach. Took us 20 minutes to get there and I'm so glad we went!

The place was nice, I loved the decor. I've been to Bongos in Orlando, but Larios was different. I also think the food was better.

First up were drinks....I got a mango mojito....which has now become my fave drink!

Then we ordered lunch! The kids got burgers, they can be so picky! Laz ordered a churrasco with moro, which is a skirt steak with rice with black beans. I ordered shrimp in mango sauce with white rice. It was amazing!!! Everything was delicious!!



After lunch it was time for dessert. I couldn't leave without trying out a sweet treat, LOL!
I got tres leche cake & Laz got flan with coconut....the kids ordered chocolate icecream.




This is a place that has made its way to our "must go again" list! Every time we travel to Miami, we will have to make a stop here. It was great--the ambiance, drinks & food--everything!!




After a great lunch, we needed to take a walk & since we were in South Beach, why not enjoy the scenery a bit!



Its time to go home and just in time, as we were driving it started raining! Back to Hialeah to see my grandparents and rest up for another busy day!

Grocery shopping b4 a hurricane :/

Big mistake going out for my regular grocery shopping! This place is a madhouse, people must think they will be stranded at home for days!!! Lines are never this long & BJs is never out of milk or bread on a Friday! This is ridiculous!!

Atleast we are checking out now so we were quick. Next stop, liquor store:) its going to be a long weekend!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

South Miami Fun

So now we are in Hialeah, and the first day was all family time! My kids & hubby were bored to death, but I was having a great time catching up with my grandparents & uncle & aunt! They really are awesome!
Tuesday morning we were up early--I had an early appointment to meet up with a friend from Jersey and go to the Westin Diplomat Spa for a massage. This was my first time & it was amazing! I have definitely got to go again, it was so relaxing. The place was beautiful too!
While I was getting my massage, my hubby took the kids and went to visit an old friend who had moved into that area many years ago. So when I was finished, he left the kids with me so they can play with my friend's kids and he spent more time with his friend.



After this we went back home & planned out the next day. We decided to buy tickets to some local attractions, we really needed to stay busy. So, I found a great deal online where I paid 1 price and got into 3-4 different places.

Wednesday morning we were up early again, and headed to the Miami Seaquarium. I've been there, but I was a child the last time I went and they've updated the place a bit.


The kids were excited, especially my daughter. She loves all this stuff, LOL! First thing we did was pose for pictures with some locals :)


After these pics, we stopped for a few more & then off to see the first dolphin show!



After this show, we walked to see some more fish, and more fish, and then some manatee & birds, then more fish, some seals, and more fish :)





The manatee were kinda cute....I forgot that we had also seen some turtles & stingrays!





We continued on to see more areas of the park, it wasn't a huge place but under that Florida heat, it was large enough!

After the shark tank we saw alligators & more animals......








Before we saw the seals we were able to catch Lolita & 5 dolphin show....it was lots of fun!










Now its time to feed the sea lions.....


A few more tanks and then it was time to leave & grab some lunch!