Remember when I went to Miami and the Keys with Ashley and Jared from Sugar & Cloth and then I never shared the photos from my trip?!
Whoops! I've been meaning to share these photos from our vacation for a while now, but I've been so preoccupied with holiday stuff that it slipped my mind until now. Today is the day though!
Well, sort of. These are just the photos from the first half of our trip (in Miami). I'll be sharing the Keys photos next week. But today is all about Miami.
So, if you're hoping to take a trip to the sunshine state anytime soon, I have a whole bunch of suggestions and recommendations for you. Here's my travel guide for Miami, Florida...
The first and second day we were in Miami, we walked up and down Ocean Drive, taking pictures of all the art deco buildings and people watching, which was fun. And we popped over to the beach on the other side of the street too. Lots of interesting characters walking those beaches. It was pretty entertaining.
We stayed at Hotel Victor the whole time we were there, which I really liked. The location was perfect (right on Ocean Drive and directly across the street from the beach). Plus, the beds are SUPER comfortable and the marble bathrooms are pretty impressive.
We walked a lot on this trip. Like A LOT! So the hotel location really came in handy, since it was relatively close to almost everything we wanted to check out. AND there is giant candy store and restaurant downstairs called Sugar Factory. We ate lunch here one day and we all basically lost our minds.
The menu here is insane! If you're a sugar fiend like I am, you'll feel right at home here (and probably never want to leave). They have giant goblet cocktails covered in candy (I like the mai tai) AND a menu option that involves 24 scoops of ice cream and sparklers! Which you may remember from my Instagram.
Other good food and drink spots include Yardbird // 1930s House // Bodega // Traymore // Cecconi's // and Verde. They're all very good and the majority are actually pretty good photo op spots too, if you're into that sort of thing.
Verde was one of my favorite restaurants on our trip because it's on the water and attached to The Perez Art Museum, which is amazing! I would highly recommend you go to the museum and then eat at the restaurant. If for no other reason than to take photos of the building and the amazing landscape architecture.
Aside from eating (and drinking) morning, noon, and night. We also made out way to Wynwood Walls. I know, I know. Everyone suggests Wynwood Walls as a place to check out if you're in Miami. But Jeff and I had never been and Ashley and Jared were down to go, so we went. There are tons of walls to check out. Surprisingly, most of the murals are outside of the official 'Wynwood Walls'. But either way, it was pretty damn cool.
Naturally, I took a ton of photos. Probably too many to add here on this already super long post. So, I'll do a separate post on Wynwood tomorrow. Check back for that.
Strangely, we didn't spend much time at the beach while in Miami. But we did dip our toes in the water and manage to get all sandy trying to take jumping photos in front of this yellow and white checkered shack on the beach. So, that counts. Right?
Photography by Brittni Mehlhoff
Have you ever been to Miami? What places did you love visiting while you were there? Did I miss anything major?
Lately, I've bene drinking chai lattes like it's my job. I think its all the spices...it just smells and tastes like fall and the holidays. You know? And since it's been a while since my last popsicle recipe, I thought it would be fun to turn my favorite fall drink into popsicles.
I tried a few different recipe options (coconut milk, cream, etc) and finally landed on the perfect combo. Chai and ice cream! Aside from the ice cream part though, I think a lot of the reason why it's so good has something to do with the chai I used. And what chai might that be?
I partnered with Brooklyn company, Dona Chai, to make these bad boys and their chai tea concentrate is seriously the best I've ever had. Not to mention, they have amazing packaging. So, it looks like I'm hooked at this point and you might be too. If you don't know about Dona Chai already it's a (super) delicious chai tea concentrate, made with whole spices that are ground fresh and steeped in small batches to ensure consistency and quality. More info here.
And that's the chai that went into these popsicles! Sounds pretty good right? Here's the ingredients list...
Ingredients: (makes 10-12 popsicles)
- 16 oz Dona Chai chai tea concentrate
- 4 cups of vanilla or french vanilla ice cream
Measure 4 oz of Dona Chai and evenly distribute the concentrate into the bottom of each popsicle mold. *This step isn't required, but it's how I was able to achieve the ombre look you see in the photos, so I thought I would mention it.
Then, measure out your ice cream and allow it to soften at room temperature for 10-15 minutes. You want it to be soft / melty enough to go into the popsicle molds without any trouble. Then in a large bowl, mix the ice cream together with remaining 12 oz of Dona Chai.
Pour the ice cream chai mixture into individual popsicle molds and freeze for 45 minutes. Then, remove from the freezer and insert popsicle sticks. Put back in the freezer for 4-6 hours or until completely frozen.
Once the popsicles are ready to eat, you can easily pop them out of the popsicle molds by running them under warm water for 30-60 seconds to loosen them up.
You should totally try these for Thanksgiving (or even Christmas). Definitely a unique way to serve up some festive treats for the holidays.
P.S. In case you're curious to try Dona Chai in another way, you can make a chai latte with equal parts Dona Chai and milk (serve hot or cold). Love this stuff! Can you tell that I'm obsessed?!
Photography by Rachel Brewer
Recipe and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Are you a chai tea drinker? Think you'll give this popsicle recipe a try?
This post is in partnership with Dona Chai. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.
It's been an intense week in the studio, trying to get projects wrapped up before Thanksgiving next week. So, I'm pretty excited about the weekend. What about you?
Before heading out though, I have a handful of DIY projects for you to try. Let me know which ones are your favorites.
1. statement wall art DIY in 30 minutes
2. the prettiest holiday bouquet
3. funfetti pie crust recipe from Studio DIY
4. double knotted pony tutorial from The Effortless Chic
5. hand lettered DIY message pillows
6. image transfer gift wrap DIY from Lovely Indeed
Hope you have a great weekend.