Cuban Oxtail Stew! (and Miami Post!)

As many of you may know now, I went to spring break in MIAMI! This is one of the last spring breaks I will ever have as a student and I really have never done it that big before. We went to the beach, saw the alligators in the Everglades, ate tons of food, relaxed, sightseed, day clubbed and night clubbed, and drank. Everyone was such a blast and made this trip memorable.  Thank you to you crazy fools!

Easter Brunch on yacht around Miami!
Inside LIV
Dancer at MANSION
Expensive Red Bull Vods

So a little bit more about Miami: it is a totally different vibe than Cali. or even Vegas. (Now I know this may not be the case during ULTRA because so many Cali kids and west coast people go). The vibe there is much more relaxed, chill, European. No ragers like us, barely any dancing, and especially no twerking. Even the fist pumping wasnt punching the sky like we know how to do. haha! But they do play a lot of European style trance so it was nothing that I was really used to. The clubs there are beautiful, but I have to say LIV underwhelmed me-it was a mix between the Grand and FLUXX. I totes expected it to be like XS or something. Nope. We also went to STORY, which was aight. But MANSION was by far the funnest club and very unique. Cool dancers, everything was so flashy and show-y and they only serve top-shelf- our red bull vods were made with Belvedere and were $25. hahha! We went to the RX pool party at the Shelborne, and it basically was very chill and no one splashed water around or danced or raged like at Encore Beach Club haha. One thing I learned on this trip was the best way to cure a hangover is to drink coconut water before you go to bed and to never go out so early- 1am is still early. BEST THING EVER!

Me running away from the alligator bc I was too scared to hold it!
Cuban coffee-Cortadito
Bulldog! (Margarita and 2 beers)

The food in Miami is AMAZING. Every meal we had was delicious. Notable mentions: La Sandwicherie (went there 5 times during our stay and got the Salmon, Prosciutto, Mozzarella one), Puerto Sagua (delicious Cuban food, which inspired my obsession with oxtail stew), Cuban coffee called Cortadito (brown sugar sits at the bottom of the espresso cup and the espresso drips onto the sugar, creating a sweet paste. More espresso drips and creates this delicious foam on top. One order of it can feed 3 people- that’s how strong it is!), and lots and lots of potato balls, pork, and black beans! The ceviche at My Ceviche we had was delicious, but somehow I got food poisoning from it. No one else did though so I still recommend it to anyone who goes to Miami! More pictures on my facebook!

Beautiful blue water

Oxtail Stew

2 pounds oxtail
olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 can tomato sauce [15 oz can]
1/2 cup red wine [I used Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon)
1 1/2 cup beef broth
1 russet potato, cut in chunks
4 carrots, cut in chunks
1. Rub some flour on the meat.
2. In pan, heat up olive oil. Brown the meat. Put in pot.
3. In same pan, place peppers, onions, potato, garlic and carrots. Cook on med-high for 5-7 min.
4. Place the veggie mixture into pot with meat.
5. Add the spices, bay leaves, tomato sauce, red wine, beef broth, peppercorns. Bring to boil.
6. Once boiling, turn heat down to low. Simmer for 3-3.5 hours for fall off the bone meat!
7. Serve with side of rice, and/or plantains!
My version!
Puerto Sagua’s version!

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