Stanton South Beach: An Oasis In The Midst Of Miami’s Madness

The South Beach, Miami neighborhood can be a lot for those not used to its beach-y hustle and bustle. It can even be sensory overload for those of us who have come to expect the business of it. But during a recent trip to this South Florida gem, I became hip to a bit of an oasis in the city.

My most recent trip to South Beach served as my first introduction to the South of Fifth neighborhood (or “SoFi” if ya nasty…okay, not really). South of Fifth is more of a residential area, so it isn’t nearly as fast-paced as other neighborhoods on the beach. Although it’s far quieter than other parts of South Beach, the SoFi neighborhood is still home to lots of restaurants, plenty of beach, and the newly-renovated Stanton South Beach

The Stanton South Beach is where I had the pleasure of staying, during a press trip to South Beach in November. Also, you may recall a mention of their Happy Hour (at Lolo’s Surf Cantina) in a past blog post

There’s tons of great food in South Beach, but unfortunately what gets thrown at you is over-sized/overpriced margaritas and seemingly Applebees-inspired eats. That being said, the Stanton South Beach is one to look out for thanks to its culinary options. Simply put, their current restaurant, Lolo’s Surf Cantina serves up good food. I know that sounds super bare bones, but it’s true. Take for instance their Mayan Dip. It’s made using pumpkin seeds and is served with fresh veggies. Simple, but also eat-an-entire-bowl-by-yourself worthy.

The menu at Lolo’s also features boneless chicken, whole snapper, and prime NY strip dishes that come with house-made sauces and tortillas. The snapper is quite the looker, but my personal favorite was the boneless chicken. It’s flavorful, juicy, and a little house-made salsa drizzle really sets it over the top.

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Miracle Atlanta: The Holiday Pop-Up Bar You HAVE To Visit

Returning to Atlanta for its second year is Miracle On Monroe, the holiday pop-up bar that’s as cheery as it is Lushworthy. From the tabletops covered in wrapping paper to the Christmas lights that fill nearly every inch of the ceiling, this place oozes holiday spirit, but in a good way. In addition to its original location off of Monroe Drive (next to Landmark Midtown Art Cinema), Miracle now has a second location: Miracle Two The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. I’ve yet to visit the new location in Buckhead, but I can say that the Monroe spot is super cozy, in space and feel.

As far as booze, Miracle features several signature cocktails ($12) and shots ($5). My personal favorites were the “Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r” and “Christmapolitan.” A clear ode to the Die Hard franchise, the “Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r” was a pleasantly sippable combination of Barbados rum, cachaca, overproof rum, purple yam-coconut orgeat, and pineapple. And with additions like cranberry sauce and rosemary, the Christmapolitan (pictured above) was festive both visually and taste-wise. Shots are available in “Naughty” (cinnamon and bourbon) or “Nice” (rum, peppermint, and chocolate). 

Both Miracle On Monroe and Miracle Two The Shops Buckhead Atlanta will be open until December 24. 

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Sampling The “2nd Best Old Fashioned” At Atlanta’s ASW Distillery

As an Old Fashioned lover, I immediately became curious after reading about ASW Distillery’s “2nd Best Old Fashioned.” If you’re a little taken aback by the title, don’t worry, it came about after a patron at ASW happily made the shady declaration after taking a sip of the Old Fashioned served at the distillery. It does make for a pretty funny story, and an incentive for the cocktail curious, like myself. So, I recently paid a visit to the ASW Distillery to try out their take on the Old Fashioned. First off, the space is amazing. Hues of blue and lots of wood surround the open bar/lounge space.

As far as the “2nd Best Old Fashioned,” it’s definitely a solid Old Fashioned. It’s got a nice amount of kick thanks to the Fiddler Unison Bourbon, and there’s just the right amount of sweetness. The latter of which is where most Old Fashioneds fail, in my opinion. And if you’re interested in checking out the “2nd Best Old Fashioned” for yourself, you can either visit the ASW Distillery, or try out one of these variations they’ve created on the “2nd Best Old Fashioned.”

“2nd Best Old Fashioned” Recipe No. 1

INGREDIENTS

2 oz Fiddler Unison Bourbon
⅓ oz Simple syrup
5 drops 1821 Prohibition Aromatic Bitters
5 drops 1821 Tart Cherry Saffron Bitters
Splash Fresh orange juice
Orange peel (for garnish)

“2nd Best Old Fashioned” Recipe No. 2

INGREDIENTS

2 oz Fiddler Unison Bourbon
2 tsp warm water
1 tsp raw sugar
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Orange wedge (for garnish)

“2nd Best Old Fashioned” Recipe No. 3

INGREDIENTS

2 oz Fiddler Unison Bourbon
2 tsp Fig cordial
1 tsp Balsamic vinegar
Regan’s Orange Bitters
Lemon peel (for garnish)

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4 Ways To Live Like A Lushworthy Local While Visiting Miami

If like me, you’ve found yourself having visited Miami on several occasions, but frequently visiting the same locales, this list’s for you. During a recent press trip to South Beach, I was lucky enough to visit places, and take part in activities I normally wouldn’t have on my own. From there, I was inspired to create a list for the Lushworthy traveler looking to enjoy Miami like a local.

Enjoy A Rose Sangria With A View At PAMM

If only all museums offered views of Biscayne Bay and restaurants with craft cocktails, we’d probably all be much smarter (and Lushworthy). In addition to its vast collection of art, the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) offers an inviting outdoor area, complete with chair hammocks and an outdoor sitting area for its restaurant, Verde. Although its cocktail menu is somewhat limited, Verde does up the ante with creativity. The Rose Sangria and White Peach Margarita are among the boozy options on their cocktail menu. But with options like Sausage And Ricotta and Butternut Squash + Fig, the pizza menu is the real star of the show at Verde.

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Recreate The Migos Themed Cocktails Featured At H.O.M.E. By Martell

Martell Cognac, the oldest French Cognac house, threw yet another super Lushworthy, “you-just-had-to-be-there” event in Atlanta. Last week’s H.O.M.E. By Martell event in Atlanta served as one of a series of Martell events that have taken place in cities across the country. Migos rapster, Quavo served as performer for the evening. Additionally, the Atlanta rap trio served as inspiration for the cocktails featured at H.O.M.E.

If you happened to have missed out on the event or just want to recreate the cocktails at home, I took note of the recipes to all the Migos-centric cocktails featured. My personal favorite was the “Bad & Boujee” (pictured above). It reminded me of a cognac-based Old Fashioned, which is one of my go-to cocktails. 

Check out the recipes below, cheers!

Huncho Punch

Martell Blue Swift
Cranberry Syrup
Ginger
Lime Juice

Datway

Martell VSSD
Carrot Juice
Coconut Milk
Simple Syrup
Vanilla
Nutmeg

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Drink Amarula Cream Liqueur & Help Save African Elephants, It’s That Easy

It’s always great when you can be Lushworthy while also supporting a great cause. Amarula Cream Liqueur, which is crafted from the fruit of the Marula tree in South Africa, has partnered with WildlifeDIRECT to help raise funds to protect African elephants.

Together, the two have made it super easy to contribute to their newly-launched, “Don’t Let Them Disappear” campaign. For my folks based here in the United States, all you have to do is purchase a bottle of Amarula, and $1 will be donated to WildlifeDIRECT. Easy as pie. Funds will be used to support WildlifeDIRECT’s on-the-ground conservation efforts in Africa. The “Don’t Let Them Disappear” campaign has already begun, and will conclude at the end of 2017.

Thanks to Amarula and WildlifeDIRECT, it looks like we now know what you’ll be gifting your animal-loving, boozy friends for the holiday season.

To create some momentum for Amarula and WildlifeDIRECT’s campaign, myself and other bloggers were gifted with a safari-themed care package. I did an unboxing on Instagram Stories, and those who watched seemed just as excited as I was. I’m in love with the Kente cloth I was gifted, and the elephant stirrers are everything. 

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