Tonight was definitely an experience! We went to celebrate our very good friend’s birthday (which was last Wednesday) to possibly the fanciest restaurant I’ve ever set foot in, let alone eaten at –Nobu Sushi at the Eden Roc in South Beach, not far from Lincoln Road. The three of us met our other friends there.
I was really out of my element at first in such a fancy place. 😥 So even though I was trying not to get anything expensive so as not to burden anyone (since I know at a place like this someone else is paying for me) I ended up getting a martini, just anything to loosen me up a bit. It ended up being one of my favorite things that I had.
It had pineapple and peach flavors. I loved it.
Somehow, I ended up not taking any food photos. My favorite thing that I ate was the first one, and I have no idea what it was called, but I think it involved fried cubes of rice and some raw tuna. I also really liked the tempura avocado, and I tried sashimi for the first time and that was great too.
I had an amazing time and enjoyed myself a lot, but truly, that has far more to do with being together with our friends. I enjoyed the food, and the overall experience. I tried many new things. But later when I knew of the bill (we were very generously treated, to put it in the mildest of terms) I was so stunned. I can’t imagine spending so much on food, even for five people, and I’m not what you’d call careful with money. 😅 It was extremely good, but it was also just… food? I don’t know, maybe I’m not refined enough to appreciate such things to the full without worrying about the expense.
However our birthday boy definitely had a good time and that was by far the most important part of the evening.
Afterwards, we went to the beach behind the restaurant/hotel for a while. I think this was my favorite part and it was something I badly wanted to do. I was able to get a nice picture.
There was no moon and the beach was in almost pitch black darkness, even more so than when it was just me and our friend in Miami Beach last Wednesday. There’s something about it that I find both unsettling and entrancing. I could just look at the sea forever when it’s like that, and you can’t see where the water meets the sky very clearly because the sea is rough and the water and sky so black other than the foam of the waves. It’s this entire other world, right there down below and in front of you, so forbidding and dangerous, even though it is so close. It was very windy, and if I licked my lips I could taste the salt in them.
Writing this, I wish I could still be there now. But I don’t feel the same way about the sea in the daytime. I still like it, though.
On the walk back to the car, somehow one of our friends spotted this hermit crab with his apparent night vision (this was taken shining a light on it, I’m not sure how he saw it at all beforehand):
What absolutely tickled me is that if I’m not incorrect, this little guy had taken up residence in a Zachrysia Provisoria shell (a Brown Cuban snail shell, the ones of which I’ve recently adopted a rout). In spite of the blurriness, it’s a bit more clear in this photo if you know what to look for:
After dinner the three of us came back to the house to hang out for a couple of hours. I’m too exhausted for words, but very happy. Tomorrow I have a lot to do, so I’m gonna get to bed.