After spending my last two weekends away in Pittsburgh (one for business, one for fun), it felt good to stay local this weekend. I didn’t end up sitting on the couch and doing nothing except have a big Dexter marathon like I originally planned; instead I had a good time getting out, eating and enjoying the simple things in my native South Florida.
Friday evening after work, I went to one of my favorite happy hours- a 90-minute vinyasa flow class at Yoga Fox in Delray Beach. After yoga, Jeremy and I decided to go out for dinner and I was set on trying something new. We ended up at Fish Shack in Pompano Beach, a restaurant that was recommended to us by a friend. If she had never checked in and posted an awesome review of it on Facebook, I would’ve never known the place existed. It’s a little hole in the wall, tucked away in a residential neighborhood in an old, beat-up plaza next door to a convenience store. If I hadn’t been forewarned about what it looks like on the outside, I’m not sure I would have gone in.
Fish Shack may be a little sketchy on the outside, but I’m really glad we went in because the food was incredible. The menu mostly consists of local, fresh seafood dishes at extremely reasonable prices. We ordered buffalo shrimp, fried Ipswich clams and the catch of the day, a red snapper. At our server’s recommendation, we got it garlic butter-style lightly blackened. Everything was fresh and delicious, and it only came to about $46. That same meal would have easily cost $100 in downtown Delray Beach. I am now a big fan of Fish Shack and I’m looking forward to going back and trying the rest of the items on the menu.
Saturday morning was the kickoff to this season’s Delray Beach Green Market, which is now held in Old School Square each week. Jeremy came home with two baskets full of fresh local produce, and we had the most incredible brunch- cinnamon buns and Caprese sandwiches of fresh bread, basil, Roma tomatoes and handcrafted burrata mozzarella.
Last Saturday night was also the second Saturday of the month, which means that it was Art Walk in the Wynwood district of Miami. Each month thousands of people come to Wynwood for a night of art, food, drinks and music in the streets. The galleries and local businesses stay open later than usual, and dozens of food trucks are parked in a huge lot near NW 21st Street and NW 2nd Avenue. I personally go because I enjoy sampling lots of little snacks from the trucks (unfortunately I have yet to see more than one food truck in Delray at a time) and being inspired by all of the incredible art, both in the galleries and on the streets. The people-watching is pretty intellectually stimulating as well.
Before heading to Wynwood, Jeremy and I stopped by one of my old stomping grounds, Lincoln Road. I went to “Lincoln” almost daily for the five years that I lived in South Beach and I really miss it sometimes. It felt great to visit one of my favorite book stores/ happy places in the world, Taschen, and to eat the sweet and spicy edamame from Doraku that I always seem to crave. While I don’t really miss living in Miami, I miss the little things like that. My friend Nadia, who was my first roommate in Miami, also happened to be in town for the weekend (she now lives in Orlando) and she met us at Doraku. It was nice to sip lychee martinis just like old times and catch up with her.
Maybe it was the all the food I ate, or maybe it was the lychee martini (most likely the martini), but I did not want to wake up early on Sunday morning at all. I had originally wanted to so I could join and support Jeremy for part of his long run. He’s currently training for the New York City marathon, and he wakes up around 4 a.m. every Sunday to do his long run of the week along A1A. Last week he ran 20 miles! Instead I slept until 9:30, went to the gym and put the treadmill on the 5k setting. Once I got warmed up, I ran the 5k with no problem, and kept running until I had gone six miles. Not too bad for waking up feeling rough.
The rest of my Sunday was spent just taking it easy. Jer and I went to visit my grandfather and have dinner with him, and then over to visit his grandmother. When we got home I finally had my Dexter marathon on the couch, went to bed early and started my week off feeling fantastic. Here’s to a great and productive week!