Saturday, August 22, 2015

SPF Saturdays at the Four Seasons

Having an epic summer in Miami doesn't just happen, it takes some planning. Like who you are going to invite to that super fun boat party, or what hotel pool you are going to hit up next and... what to eat during these incredibly hot days. Lucky for you, these last two conundrums can be solved with my latest discovery: SPF Saturdays at the Four Seasons

Barbecues are great and all, but summer is all about lighter options like ceviche, oysters, and lobster, which is exactly what the Four Seasons is offering at this poolside event. Standing for Seafood + Pool + Four Seasons, SPF Saturdays offers guests an afternoon by their tropical pool deck enjoying fresh coastal cuisine, a new raw bar and a southern-style Seafood Boil. The weekly event takes place every Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and concludes Labor Day weekend. 

Looking to spend a Saturday afternoon away from the beach for a change, I decided to check it out with a friend last week and let me tell you, the experience was great!

The beautiful raw bar was set up by the pool and offered hundreds of freshly shucked east coast oysters and Florida clams, peel-and-eat Key West shrimp, corvina crudo, lobster and a variety of fish and shrimp ceviche. Prices ranged from $2.50 per clam to $18 for a half-pound-serving of shrimp. 

Promptly at 1:30 p.m. the southern style Seafood Boil commenced. The coastal dining experience created by Chef Jose Gamez began with a light salad, followed by family-style servings of lobster, pink shrimp, Florida clams, mussels and crawfish simmered in Cajun-style spices, and accompanied by  corn, golden potatoes and house made smoked sausage. 

This was my first time having a traditional Southern style Seafood Boil, and I loved it! The lobster was juicy, plump and tender, and the rest of the seafood was top notch. When all the seafood was gone we practically cleaned up the pot by dipping our bread into the broth, which was full of delicious spices.
Light and spicy salad served family style
Close up of all the delicious ingredients of the Seafood Boil! The lobster and the house made sausage were my favorite!
After all that food (OK, and maybe a few glasses of rosé) we were ready for a nap, so we took advantage that the event includes access to the pool and just laid by the water in the shade... the perfect ending for our little day-cation. 

VIDEO: Watch me eat all the dishes served at SPF in this video interview by Deco Drive!
Tickets are required for the Seafood Boil and are available here for $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and include access to the two resort style pools. 

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