The Sand Box

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So, at my stay at 1 Hotel South Beach, I completely enjoyed the Rooftop Bar, but on their main pool deck, they also have amazing dining as well.

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The Sand Box offers cantina-style poolside dining by Tom Colicchio, with an exceptional view of the beach. You can sit at the bar, or have the option of lounging underneath a cabana to enjoy your beverage and food.

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To drink, I ordered their Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita. Made with fresh watermelon and jalapeño, you get just the right balance of a refreshing, sweet drink with a kick of heat from the peppers. Basically, it’s heaven. 

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Then to start, I had their Guacamole with Chips. The guac is rich and creamy, with hints of citrus, bringing out the flavor of the avocado. The chips were the perfect, crispy, shovels to scoop up the guac, adding a nice balance of salt and crunch. 

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For my entree, I had the Pescado Tacos (yuca-crusted Lionfish, black kale slaw, avocado and chipotle-lime aioli). I loved these small, but mighty, tacos. I really loved that the Lionfish, light, flakey and tender, was crusted in yuca, giving it a bit of a bigger crunch. The only thing I’ll say about the fish, is that I wish there was a touch of salt or seasoning to the yuca, to give it a little boost to enhance the mild flavor of the fish. But, I will say, that the black kale slaw with the chipotle-lime aioli was actually the star of this dish. It added a nice texture, a crunch and creamy combo, and a really zesty zing from the lime that really complimented the mild flavor of the fish. 

The Shorts:
Name: The Sand Box
Location: 1 Hotel South Beach, 2341 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Without a doubt. The view is killer, and Mexican inspired food is one of my most favorite cuisines.
Would I recommend it? For sure. Warning: you may not want to leave the hotel ever. And, I guess, why would you? Beach, pool, drinks, food, done. 

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Cafeteria

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So, I’ve lived in NYC for 8 years now, and one of the most magical things about living in NYC, is the 24-hour dining experience. Yeah, that’s where my standards are at. When I moved here, I was quickly introduced to Cafeteria in Chelsea. I’ve been going for years and always have a great experience.

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For the past 15 years, they’ve been serving American comfort food with a modern twist. And yes, of course, morning through night, through morning again. Unlike your typical 24-hour diner, this restaurant is anything but drab and boring.

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I’ve had a number of things here before, but this time around I ordered their Veggie Burger (Spicy Cucumber Yogurt, Garden Slaw, Multigrain Brioche Bun, Hand Cut Fries). I’ve had some crappy veggie burgers (many of you probably think that veggie burgers are crappy enough on their own), but I really liked theirs. First off, you can taste the difference pieces and components that go into the burger as opposed to some mystery patty. It has a softer texture to it and really nice flavor. There’s some creaminess and crunch added on top from the slaw, and the multigrain bun is soft and pillowy. Can’t forget about the fries either, they’re deliciously seasoned with the perfect combo of crispness on the outside and soft potato center. 

The Shorts:
Name: Cafeteria 
Location: 119 Seventh Avenue, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Well, after 8 year, if I stopped now, that would be weird. 
Would I recommend it? Yup. And the best part is, you can go…whenever you want.