Christmas is sneaking up on us and if you are still not in the Christmas spirit, I have the perfect solution for you — go see the Nutcracker. The magical performance of the ballet will transform you away from your everyday life to a happy place filled with excitement, charm, and glamour. It was my first time experiencing an American ballet and the very first time to see the Nutcracker, and I can’t believe it took me this long.
My dear friend Elizabeth, who saw the Nutcracker few times before, was as excited as I was and kept telling me how much I am going to like it.
We arrived at the Adrienne Arsht Center earlier so we can take our time, and I was excited to see the inside of the Ziff Ballet and Opera House since I had never been there before. Much to my disappointment they didn’t allow any cameras inside and didn’t allow any photography during the performance, I guess I can understand that. A little bottle of Moet champagne fixed my gloom about “no camera” rule, and we did our best trying to take few pictures with our iPhones. The Opera house was full of people of all ages, and I enjoyed watching little girls all dressed up in their best dresses, some wearing their mother’s pearls and some with their dolls in hand, all excited with what they are about to see. As we got to our seats, my excitement grew, and I couldn’t wait for the performance to start.
It was absolutely beautiful! The costumes, ballerinas, all of the decorations and effects were amazing. They did a fantastic job. The “Dance of the Snowflakes” was one of my favorite. I could have watched these petite beautiful ballerinas dancing in the snow all night. I use to dream about being a ballerina, but now I dream that one day I will have a daughter who would love ballet as much as I do and she can be a little ballerina herself so I can come and watch her perform. How amazing would that be?! 🙂 Since they don’t allow any photography during the performance, I am sharing few pictures that I got from Adrienne Arsht Center website.
Two hours of magic and I was in the perfect Christmas mood, along with a big appetite; it was dinner time! I picked a new place to me in the Miami Design District which had good reviews, so we decided to try it. In ten minutes drive, we got transformed from our winter wonderland of the Nutcracker to a beautiful tavern in Greece. Inspired by the tavernas of Aegean coastal towns, Mandolin Aegean Bistro was opened by husband and wife team Ahmet Erkaya and Anastasia Koutsioukis in Miami in 2009 serving homemade recipes from Greece and Turkey. What sold me on this place was their outdoor patio that really makes you feel like you are somewhere in Greece. It was Sunday night at 9 pm, and the place was packed, so make sure you make a reservation, which you can easily do online. We were starving by this point and wanted to try everything, so we decided to order few different appetizers and one main to share.
We started with the grilled octopus which was super tender and delicious. Then we had a Turkish sampler of hummus, tomato, and muhammara with bread. The tomato one was too good, and I had to stop myself from overeating it. Next came grilled prawns, which I am highly recommending to try, it was so fresh and yet so simple that we ate them so fast and didn’t even use the side sauce for it. For our main course we shared a whole medetrinian sea bass grilled with olive oil, lemon and oregano which we paired with a side of sauteed spinach. The sea bass was very fresh and delicious.
This is why I love Greek food so much; it’s so fresh and so simple that it taste so delicious without all the extra sauces and overuse of spices. You enjoy real food and real flavor. To end our beautiful dinner, we ordered a Turkish coffee and a greek yogurt topped with walnuts, pomegranate seeds and honey. I will be back here again for sure but next time during lunch time or brunch. Well it was an amazing and magical Sunday night for me, and I hope you enjoyed reading my story about it.
Outfit Details: BCBG Dress & Clutch, Valentino Shoes, Michael Kors Watch
LOCATION: MIAMI ~ DECEMBER 18, 2016