We touched a lot of bases during our whirlwind tour of Miami this week. We caught up on the city's tunes, learned about potential beach reads and poked around the Wolfsonian Museum's impressive collection of vintage postcards. And, yes, we called out some of our favorite places to eat, sleep and be merry.
We knew we would miss a few, and thankfully many of you responded to our Facebook and Twitter call for fresh ideas on what we can all do next time we find ourselves in South Beach.
A few of you guys mentioned Yardbird as a great Miami restaurant, Twist as the place to start a night and 1111 Lincoln Road as a place to experience the city's thriving architecture and design scene firsthand. And we agreed, but it's always nice to know that we have our finger on the local pulse.
Reader David Lobianco pointed us to Miami's Design District, home to upscale interior shops like Laure de Mazieres and Jonathan Adler and retail giants like Dior Homme and Cartier. While in the neighborhood, stop by The Mandolin Bistro, a suggestion from David Stark, head of David Stark Designs.
Brent Battles advised we spend a romantic date night at Sylvano's. And reader Patricia Gardner wrote that we should try a few dishes at The Forge. The menu there includes Parmesan truffle french fries, slow roasted duck and an ample raw bar. El Carajo International Tapas and Wines also came highly recommended for a lighter bite.
In terms of hotels, we're told The Clay Hotel fits any budget, while the luxury SLS Hotel South Beach also received some love.
The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (pictured at the top of the page) were suggested more than a few times. And Facebook friend Oncle Bobby told us to pay close attention to Modern Miami Architecture while roaming around town. That's a movement that followed Art Deco by three or four decades, depending on the building, and is defined by what some refer to as a nostalgia for the future, as seen in Fontainebleau Hotel's space base-inspired windows (pictured). They're buildings constructed around the atomic age's vision of what the year 2000 would look like. It didn't quite turn out that way. Maybe one day.
Until then, we're always looking for more Miami hot spots to explore, though, so keep your ideas coming.