16 January 2008

Lunch at TiramesU, South Beach

For my reports on our South Beach vacation, I’ve focused on the places we had dinner. But I have to give a short post on one lunch that we had.

The restaurant was TiramesU, located on Lincoln Drive. The tables spill out into the pedestrian mall. Several of the tables are next to a fountain. The day was hot and beautiful. The fountain was so appealing. We just had to eat there.

We don’t usually eat very heavy at lunch time. So we split the daily soup special and a salad. Linda had a glass of Pinot Grigio and I had an Italian beer – Peroni. The soup was a carrot spinach soup. It was very good. I expected it to taste like a squash soup, probably because the bright orange color resembled squash. But the flavors were light with a nice blend of carrot without being overpowering. The salad also was very good – very fresh and flavorful. No dressing, just served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to your taste.

But besides the food, we loved being on the mall next to the fountain. Families would stroll by and the kids would want to stop and look at the fountain. Fashionistas (and fashionista wannabes) made the scene. One of those corny human statues was attracting gawkers on the other side of the fountain.

At the table next to us, apparently a U.S. family was hosting a foreign exchange student. They ordered the Caprese salad to share for the table. It was a beautiful big plate of luscious tomatoes and creamy white mozzarella. Four big pieces, enough for everyone.

At another nearby table, a family of Italians (probably tourists?) were enjoying a very large lunch. We watched as the servers brought plate after plate of food which was quickly devoured.

Great food. Great people watching, and a lot of fun.

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