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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8 Responses to “a miami weekend and spoon fed winner announced”

  1. 1
    RJ Flamingo — March 7, 2011 @ 10:37 pm

    Sounds like you had a great weekend – happy to have played a small part. 🙂

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    Thank you for sharing these wonderful pics, MJ! Looks like you had a great time!

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    Lynda — March 8, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    Great photos MJ – now I want to go there!

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    Kelly @ Evil Shenanigans — March 8, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    Looks like you had a great time!

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    JulieD — March 9, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

    Looks like a wonderful weekend. I can’t wait to meet you and Renee, one more month!

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      mj (merry gourmet)
      mj (merry gourmet) — March 9, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

      I’m so looking forward to it, Julie!

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    Eleanor Hoh (Wok Star) — March 11, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

    MJ, enjoyed dim sum w/ you, hubby & Renee, thx for incl us in your short stay! Your camera took some great shots!

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      mj (merry gourmet)
      mj (merry gourmet) — March 12, 2011 @ 10:13 am

      Thanks, Eleanor! It was so nice to meet you finally. We’ll definitely have to do it again some day.

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