Last week my Dad was in town so we were busy being tourists at home. After living in three cities that are fantastic places to visit (New York, Jerusalem, Miami) I think we have sort of figured out how to do the “staycation” thing. It changes depending on who we are with, but my Dad is pretty easy going and mostly just wants to hang out. The week’s activities were pretty much up to us, which sounds great, right!? Making it a little more complicated are my kids’ personalities; Ben needs to be out of the house most of the day, and Ella is a home body. Ben takes everything as it comes and adapts easily to many situations. Ella likes predictability and routine. I did not make them this way, they are who they are and I do my best to see them as they are and help them navigate the world. It is impossible to please everyone (hello life lesson!) so we do our best to meet in the middle. We ended up having one main outing day to meet my friend Shannon who was in the Keys on vacation. The Miami-Dade public library offers limited numbers of free passes to attractions such as museums and gardens, and we were able to get one to Vizcaya, a former mansion turned museum near Coconut Grove. Shannon drove up to meet us and we embarked on a day of enjoying the sights at the local landmark.
I had no idea what Vizcaya was, which served me well because I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it is directly on the water! I was wondering why it was so windy until I walked around the corner and saw this:
No promises on accuracy, but this is the story of Vizcaya as I understand it:
A wealthy business man wanted to create a beautiful reconstruction of ancient classical villas to show off his wealth and excellent taste. Instead he created a super tacky mish-mash of architectural styles which is amazing, gaudy, beautiful, and terrible.
I am a self-trained personal chef who dabbles in catering and I love to find simple ways to create beautiful, nutritious meals. I have been a raw-foodist, vegan and vegetarian at various points in my life, and am now a devoted omnivore with a Kosher kitchen. I was born in Vermont, grew up in New Jersey, and currently live in Miami, by way of Jerusalem and the Bronx. I have two beautiful children, and a wonderful, appreciative husband who can also cook, when I let him in the kitchen. I have moved across the globe and back, twice, with my husband and son, most recently when I was thirty six weeks pregnant with my daughter. I derive inspiration from Attachment Parenting, Positive Discipline, and many hours of introspection.
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