Rooftop Bar At 1 Hotels

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This past week, I was in Miami for a little vacation and escape from the never ending NYC winter. I stayed at the brand new 1 Hotels South Beach, which was totally breath taking. Everything there is focused on sustainability, organic and eco-friendly materials, and offering farm to table with some of their dining options. They currently have three dining offerings on premises, and the adjoining Beachcraft opening as well.

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The hotel is one of the only (if not the only) in Miami Beach to host a rooftop pool, and a gorgeous one at that. The Rooftop Bar there serves drinks and a menu of raw seafood, salads, burgers and a little dessert too. I started with a lovely glass of Rose to kick things off, going perfectly with the warm weather and cool breeze surrounding.

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Next, I ordered the Tomato Salad (watermelon, arugula, cypress point loblolly cheese, cancha, balsamic). It’s a smaller portion, but so light, refreshing and filled with flavor. Tomato and watermelon salads are usually a common summer salad with feta cheese, but I really liked the pairing of the loblolly cheese, giving it a bit of a sharper, less salty taste and adding a nice dynamic between the sweetness of the watermelon and tomato, the acidity from the balsamic and the bit of crunch of the cancha (pretty much a fancy version of corn nuts).  

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I also had their Sliders (wild salmon, pickled mustard seeds, horseradish, brioche). Now, I was a little surprised when these arrived with cheese on them, since it wasn’t in the description, and even more, what kind of cheese it was, but I was so hungry I didn’t even bother to ask. I will say, it was tasty, so I can’t complain, but should probably be added to the menu description. The brioche buns are buttery and soft, adding a nice richness to the little tender salmon burgers, which get a bit of a kick from the horseradish. 

The Shorts:
Name: Rooftop Bar
Location: 1 Hotels 2341 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Now, to get to the roof, you need to be a guest at the hotel, so, it’s technically not open to the public. But, I had an incredible stay there, so, next the time I’m back, I’ll be up there in a second. 
Would I recommend it? Absolutely. The view of the beach is gorgeous, the rooftop is beautiful, and the food and drinks are really great. 

Felice Caffè

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Another spot definitely worth checking out is Felice Caffè in Ipanema in Rio. If you’re looking for a bit of a more upscale, chic vibe, with a great wine list, this is where you’ll need to go. They also offer a really nice outside patio, which is where we sat.

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We started off with a nice bottle of Rose, and I ordered a couple of appetizers as a meal. First, I had the Mahi-Mahi Sashimi (tamarind, passionfruit, cucumber, radish, dill, sprouts). This was really great, the fish tasted fresh, and I really like the accompanying components, a bit of sweet and crunch to mix up the texture. 

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Then, I had the Tuna Tartar (soy sauce, chili, fresh herbs, ginger). I enjoyed this was as well. The soy sauce and chili gave the tuna a nice, savory quality with just a tiny bit of heat. 

The Shorts:
Name: Felice Caffè 
Location: Rua Gomes Carneiro, 30 – Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, the vibes are great. Grab a table outside on the patio and sink into a nice bottle of wine.
Would I recommend it? Yes, it’s right by the beach too, so, after, take a nice stroll along the beach side.