a miami weekend and spoon fed winner announced

Note: The winner of Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life by Kim Severson is announced at the bottom of the post. If you’re impatient, scroll down to the end to find out who will receive this wonderful book.

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We spent the weekend in Miami for my medical school reunion (ten  years!). The reunion was held at the stately Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. We’d visited the hotel for a couple of wedding receptions in the past, but we’ve never stayed there before. It was both elegant and comfortable, and I’d go back in a heartbeat. Plus, the shower had the best water pressure of any hotel I’ve ever stayed in. That alone is reason to go back.

While we were in Coral Gables, we visited old haunts – including our old condo on Majorca Avenue. A festival for Carnaval was going on downtown on Miracle Mile, and we took advantage of the warm, breezy weather and wandered in and out of the art vendors’ tents. A highlight of the trip – besides catching up with people I had not seen in ten years – was getting to meet a couple of food blogging friends, Reneé and Eleanor, over dim sum.

Here are some photos of our 36 hours in Miami. You can click through each photo to go to my Flickr photostream for more details.

biltmore pool

biltmore hotel



more meats

spring rolls

dim sum

dim sum


biltmore hotel


And, the giveaway results? By a random number generator, the winner of Kim Severson’s Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life is:

Congratulations, Sherri. I’ll be contacting you soon for your shipping details. You’ll love the book!

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13 Responses to “silent sunday: scenes from rosemary beach”

  1. Leigh — July 31, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    I’m going to take you along to photo-document all of my vacations from now on. I had no idea you were taking such gorgeous pictures the whole time! I had a blast and miss it already!

  2. Liren — July 31, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

    Utterly charming…looks like a wonderful time! And mouthwatering, too – that chocolate dipped bacon is calling my name.

    Welcome home!

  3. tami — July 31, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

    Photos of things like a frosty glass of Rose, a bottle of Brancott (there’s one currently in my fridge), shrimp & grits and boiled peanuts has confirmed to me that you are, in fact, related to me. 🙂

    So glad to have a chance to share in your wonderful week – thanks for letting us all have a glimpse at your photos.


    – t*

    • Merry-Jennifer

      Merry-Jennifer replied: — August 1st, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

      We need to be spending more time together. Seriously.

  4. WOW – that looks like the perfect place to take a vacation!! I am noting this one for a place to visit. Your photos are great and the food looks fantastic. That chocolate covered bacon is just simply over the top, but in a good way. 🙂

  5. Amy — July 31, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

    Beautiful photos! I can’t wait to get to the beach 🙂

  6. tina — August 1, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

    Beautiful! Could this be the place for our next family reunion?

    • Merry-Jennifer

      Merry-Jennifer replied: — August 1st, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

      That would be a dream! If we can convince everyone, I’m certain I can find a good house, at a good value.

  7. Cooks_Books — August 2, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

    The beach … the food … the architecture … the beach. Simply from looking at your photos, I feel like I just took a mini-vacation. Thanks!

  8. sweetsugarbelle — August 2, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

    Looks like heaven. Mouth watering he whole time! Except boiled peanuts. My bf from Pensacola loves them but I think they taste like half cooked beans lol. Headed to Flickr to enjoy more 🙂

  9. Brian @ A Thought For Food — August 4, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    Oh how I could use some time like this! Looks so rejuvenating!

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  11. paula hennig — August 13, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    The secret is out now! There’s no place quite like the Emerald Coast and I’m lucky enough to live nearby. The shrimp and grits a ya ya at Great Southern are to die for…

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