Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Fine Dining on an Airport Runway (Well, Almost!) #PricelessMiami #MC

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Although we live only a few blocks away from Miami International Airport, we sometimes forget that it even exists except when we need to take a flight. Last weekend we participated in a Miami Spice event at the 94th Aero Squadron, a restaurant that overlooks the MIA runway. Watching the planes land just feet from us got us excited about planning another vacation! We are MasterCard holders, which allows us to take advantage of Priceless Miami dining experiences such as this one. Miami Spice has been around for 12 years and is a fabulous way of trying out different participating fine restaurants in our city at a fraction of the cost. As foodies, we enjoy Miami fine dining and it feels good knowing that almost all of the restaurants we go to accept MasterCard. Also, another perk we receive as MasterCard holders is bonus miles we use every time we fly, which is a lot these days! We can't wait to use those miles for our next trip.






The 94th Aero Squadron has been around since we were little kids. Located near a major highway, Cristy would see it everyday on her way home from school. For some strange reason, she thought it was a witch's house! Perhaps because there isn't anything like it in Miami. This building is actually a replica of a World War I French farmhouse. According to our very knowledgeable server, Roberto, it was built by a pilot, hence the aviation theme to the restaurant. From the moment you enter the property, you are greeted by 1940s era music playing and lush tropical landscaping. We just loved the quaint decor of the gardens outside. 




Once inside, the hostess escorted us to our table with a clear view of Miami International Airport's runway. We made reservations at 6 p.m. and were able to take full advantage of the view during the day, at sunset and at night. Although some aspects of the restaurant are a little outdated, the ambiance was romantic and warm. There was even a gas fireplace in the foyer although it was 99 degrees outside! If you are lucky, you will even see a cargo train pass right by your window! We didn't get the opportunity to see that, but we did see plenty of commercial airplanes land and take off. Perhaps the most unique thing about 94th Aero Squadron are the headphones available at the tables where you could listen to the air traffic controllers at the airport. 


We ordered from the Miami Spice menu, which is only $39 per person. That included an appetizer, an entree and a dessert. It was a lot more food than we are accustomed to eating, so we tried a little bit of everything and took the left overs home.


Michael ordered escargot to start. We've had this many times in our life, even in Paris, but we have got to say that this one was one of the best we've had. Perhaps in part because each buttery snail was topped with a pastry puff. Pastry puffs are always a good idea. 



Cristy ordered the beer cheddar soup because it is listed on the menu as a staple item. They have been using the same recipe since 1974. It had to be good, right? Of course it was! We were not disappointed! Cheese and beer together is also always a good idea. It was creamy, yet very light at the same time. We only had a few spoonfuls in order to save room for the entrees, but it could easily disappear in a few minutes. It's really good.



As his main entree, Michael ordered the steak and mashed potatoes. The meat was perfectly cooked and had wonderful grill marks on it, which make it better somehow. The mashed potatoes were fluffy and light. The vegetables tasted great, but they were cooked in butter, and anything tastes better with butter!



The salmon baked with pecans, herbs and Panko crumbs that Cristy ordered was fabulous. We need to recreate this at home! We had never thought about pairing salmon with pecans before, but it was a great combo. The nuts had a nice bite to them and the salmon had a perfect amount of seasoning from the fresh herbs on top of it. She ordered a baked potato and vegetables as her sides. Both were good as well. 




For dessert, we ordered the coconut flan and the cheesecake to share. The cheesecake was probably the winner, just because it was very velvety and smooth. You could really taste the cream cheese. The flan was also satisfying, but we weren't fans of the coconut shavings on top. 





To top it off, we each ordered coffee. Cristy had a cappuccino and Michael had an espresso. We loved the presentation of each of the dishes and even the coffee looked great!



After dinner, we went outside to take in the views of the airport at night. The restaurant has three separate patios in the back that are surrounded by beautiful oak trees, a lake and twinkling white lights. There's even a fire pit (not that we need it in Miami), which made it even more romantic. We sat back, relaxed, took pictures and talked about our next trip. Where are we planning on going? You need to continue to follow our blog to find out! We'll take suggestions below too!

If you are like us and into fine dining, exclusive invitations to events like this one, traveling, arts and entertainment, you should really look into becoming a MasterCard holder to enjoy the benefits of Priceless Miami! For more information about Priceless Miami click on the link!

16 comments:

  1. those escargot really look much more plump and delicious than we had ever seen...such a relaxing holiday :-)

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  2. escargot in puff pastry sounds so decadent!

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  3. Amazing food, that coconut flan looks unreal!

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  4. What a fantastic restaurant to dine at - all the dishes look so delicious but I was most intruiged but the escargot in puff pastry! What a fun post about a wonderful evening that you both had!

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  5. What a lovely dinner! Dishes look so good! And the view is amazing from that window.

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  6. I've never really wanted to try Escargot before but that looks delicious! What a fun dinner, love that you can listen to traffic control!! Maybe if I cross my fingers enough, MasterCard will bring a Priceless site to my area! Thanks for sharing! #client

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    1. Thanks Sara! It was a great experience and we are thankful we are #Mastercard holders and can take advantage of these events!

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  7. what a fun place and great food, you two are adorable

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  8. What a fab experience! Thank for your participation in this campaign! #client

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