First of all since this is primarily a knitting & crochet blog I have to list the Knitting Garden as one of the places to see in Miami. It is located in the gorgeous Coral Gables area, right down the block (or two) from Miracle Mile, (which I have blogged about before but will re-visit in another post).
The owners label the Knitting Garden as a "fine knitting shop" and it IS!! This shop is FULL of fluffy, wonderful fiber goodness in all of the saturated colors that I LOVE!! During my visit a class was being conducted so not wanting to disturb the teaching, I hung back a little but have plans to return some time in the coming weeks. Plus, I wasn't sure about parking and had parked in a 30 minute spot. THIRTY MINUTES to browse a yarn store? Yea, right. I'll be back now that I have the parking scoop and lay of the land.
In addition, my pictures were a bit blurry so I definitely have to return so I can share the cuteness. Here you see the ONLY wide shot I got is blurred. Yep, I HAVE to return.
Texture Bite II came along too.
This is such a charming, welcoming store with a seating area in the middle and long conference-type table in the back for classes to meet around. The staff were friendly but allowed me to browse on my own without suspicion, which allowed me to drink it all in during the first visit. And was there ever a lot to absorb. I am already looking forward to returning, this time perhaps with a list.
The next thing I want to talk about is food; specifically PIZZA. My husband and I LOVE Mom & Pop restaurants that have been around long enough to have a history. That's what Ciro's Italian Restaurant is all about. The place is tiny but warm and welcoming. The staff make it their business to recognize returning customers, how NICE!! Sorry but there are so many establishments that don't seem to encourage this.
My husband & I ordered the smallest pizza they make and it was enough for at least 3 adults but being the pigs that we are, we ate all but one slice. Guess what's for breakfast this morning?
The sauce was wonderful and not overpowering or sweet, like some chain restaurant pizza and the toppings were piled high, as you can see. Only they were cooked through. I have had loaded pizzas before but sometimes the toppings aren't cooked all the way. While I love raw vegetables on salads, I want my pizza toppings cooked. The dough was soft on the top and lightly crunchy on the bottom. Perfection.