Aug 4, 2008

Law school and the NC bar exam now behind Erin, my first year at Duke nearly done, and our twelfth anniversary coming next weekend, we have decamped to Miami Beach for five days of sun and sand.

Vacation for a workaholic takes a bit to ease into, but after a run along the boardwalk, buffet breakfast, and six hours under a beach umbrella listening to half a dozen European languages being spoken around me, I think I’ve got the hang of it.

Dinner tonight was perfect balance to the day. Erin was simply gorgeous, and we found our way (at the recommendation of Michael Ruhlman) to a great restaurant, Michy’s, named for its talk-of-the-town chef, Michelle Bernstein.

Her menu was fun to peruse, and even better to taste. We had half orders (tapas sized) of the Peruvian-style ceviche (yellow tail, shrimp, bay scallops with corn on the cob, popcorn and toasted corn kernels); summer peach salad (arugula, Maytag blue cheese, crispy smoked bacon, balsamic vinaigrette); white gazpacho (pureed Marcona almonds, grapes, cucumbers); creamy polenta (truffle poached egg, bacon bits, Parmesan cheese); wild sockeye salmon (Spanish garlic almond sauce, pickled garlic, cucumber-grape salad), and snapper Francaise (boniato mash, mojo beurre blanc) and bread pudding for dessert. We very much enjoyed a bottle of Tilenus Pagos de Posada Mencia 2000 Bierzo, and a glass of moscato with dessert.

All in all, a fantastic day.

Anton Zuiker

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