Yardbird – A Twist on Fried Chicken

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The first thing I noticed upon being seated at the extra large farm table at The Yardbird Southern Table and Bar in Miami Beach was the sign hanging over the bar that said, “There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love fried chicken and communists.” I’m pleased to say I’m the former, and if you’re a fried chicken lover, then The Yardbird is the place for you.

Meals are served family style so our waitress encouraged us to order a variety of dishes that we could share. Ordering Llewellyn’s Fine Fried Chicken was a no brainer. After all, the fried chicken is their specialty. The “27 hour” recipe creates a crispy yet moist dish and the spicy Tobasco honey provides a perfect sauce for dipping.

However, our group unanimously chose Mama’s Chicken Biscuits as our favorite dish. Fried chicken served on a biscuit with honey and pepper jelly…heavenly! We also ordered two sides of macaroni and cheese, another hit; but I wish we’d ordered a side of fries. The House-Cut Fries are served with buttermilk dipping sauce and “bacon salt” which sounds delicious.

Shrimp N’ Grits, Jar of Corn Bread, Cinnamon Apple Hand Pies, and Chocolate Chunk Sour Cream Coffee Cake are just a few more items on the Brunch Menu I’d like to try. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday starting at 10:00 am with an 11:30 am opening for lunch on weekdays.

Going to Miami? Then a trip to the Yardbird is a must!

 

A Sculpture of Love and Anguish

The Sculpture of Love and Anguish
A Sculpture of Love and Anguish

The Holocaust Memorial located in Miami Beach leads visitors through a series of exhibits providing an emotional and detailed history of Holocaust events. The center piece of the memorial, A Sculpture of Love and Anguish, is a dramatic bronze sculpture of a 42-foot arm stretching toward the sky in a plea for remembrance. An Auschwitz number on the outstretched arm on which 130 human figures cling provides a powerful image.

In addition to the central sculpture, a series of smaller sculptures depicting figures in anguish surround the arm reaching toward heaven. The Garden of Meditation and the Arbor of History with panels documenting historical events, the Wall of Memory, and the Lonely Path provide reminders of the fate of more than six million victims of the Holocaust.

This was not a scheduled part of our recent trip to Miami, but we made a U-turn after passing the memorial so we could get a closer look. The memorial is located only blocks from South Beach between 1933-1945 Meridian Avenue, and it’s certainly worth a visit.

Take an Art Deco Walk in Miami Beach

IMG_1004Lucy Tobias’ 50 Great Walks in Florida peaked my interest in the Art Deco Walk in Miami Beach. Finally, after talking about taking this walk for years, we finally found time to go to South Beach and take a self guided tour of the Art Deco district, the first 20th century neighborhood recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.

In her book, Lucy takes the official guided tour of the Miami Design Preservation League. They offer 90 minute tours daily at 10:30, but of course, we decided to try it on our own following the Miami Walking Tour: Art Deco District I found on the National Geographic website. Their easy to follow guide includes 13 buildings on Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue with a short detour down Lincoln Road to a popular pedestrian-only outdoor mall.  We skipped the mall, but walked the Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue section locating the Carlyle, Sagamore, Delano and many others not included on their list.

According to the National Geographic guide there are more than 800 structures, mostly built between 1923 and 1943 with historical significance in the district, and I love their description:

The fanciful pastel buildings, with porthole windows, ship-like railings, sleek curves, glass blocks, shiny chrome, and gleaming terrazzo floors are prime eye candy.

We’re already planning our next trip to further explore the area. Another walk is in our future, this time in the evening, with the addition of the neon lights. Maybe we’ll even break down and pay the $20 to join one of the guided tours since tours gain access to the interior of buildings and visit roof top pools. Walking, the beach, and art all in one place!