|Showing off his talent|
|Welcome to Lazuli Lounge|
|Entertainment at Anniversary Soiree|
But it wasn't just the 10 year anniversary the Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove was celebrating, but also the unveiling of their newly renovated lobby lounge: Lazuli Lounge. Themed after the blue gemstone, Lapis Lazuli, it is the perfect combination of sultry elegance and Bohemian rich design. The lush, waterfront surroundings of the area, and the iconic peacock of Coconut Grove serve as its inspiration, while the hues of blue, violet and green intertwine with the plush, comfortable couches; capturing the essence of the community . Outside, the focal point is the breathtaking cascading fountain, setting the mood for a tropical, romantic evening or an invigorating night out with friends. The ample seating area is complemented by warm fire pits that create an inviting atmosphere. It is in this very lounge that I set out on my culinary adventure.
|Sushi Culinary Station|
On Thursday nights from 6pm-9pm, Lazuli Lounge comes alive with a different culinary station each week, cigar rollers, specially-priced cocktails, domino trainer, and a fabulous DJ spinning some serious tunes. You know the love affair I have with sushi, so the minute my eyes gazed over to the sushi boat, I knew I was in paradise. The sushi was fresh and the presentation was phenomenal. I grabbed a plate, watched the cigar roller do his thing, and staked out the domino tables, anxiously awaiting the moment I would show off my skills.
|Sushi Sushi and more Sushi|
|Chicken Chorizo Empanadas|
|Prosciutto and Blueberry Flatbread|
|Shrimp, Beef and Chicken|
We had a fun evening at the Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove and I can't wait to return to enjoy more of their culinary stations on Thursday nights. Their new lobby lounge is a wonderful way to unwind, have some interesting conversation, and indulge in delicious food and libations. Oh by the way, my domino partner and I showed our opponents just why women are the best Domino players.
For more information and for pricing on the Thursday night events at Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne, you can call 305 644-4680 or visit them online at http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/CoconutGrove. As for the parking during this event, Valet is free with validation.