February 13th, Galentine's Day
, celebrates three important things: waffles, women, and the wise words of Leslie Knope, Amy Poehler's character on the hit TV show Parks and Recreation
who created the holiday in 2010. But though the event began in fictional Pawnee, it's time you celebrated the unofficial holiday in real life.
Galentine's Day, as Knope explains it, is the ultimate female friendship celebration. "Oh, it's only the best day of the year," she gushes. "Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It's like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas."
From breakfast with your amigas
to yoga, here are the ten best ways to celebrate Galentine's Day in Miami.
1. Breakfast at Jimmy’s Eastside Diner. Parks and Recreation
Is it really Galentine's Day if you aren't eating waffles?
's Leslie Knope once said, “We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn’t matter, but work is third." There's no better place in town to "kick it, breakfast-style" with some waffles (or frittatas) than at one of Miami's best all-day breakfast spots
, located in the MiMo district. Much like JJ's Diner on Parks and Recreation,
Jimmy's serves up breakfast any time of the day. Gather your girls, grab a seat at one of the classic diner's maroon booths, and celebrate Galentine's Day, breakfast-style. Jimmy’s Eastside Diner, 7201 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-754-3692; yelp.com/biz/jimmys-eastside-diner-miami.
2. Spend the Day at the Standard.
You should be poolside.
Photo by Chris Carter
February 13th is all about "ladies celebrating ladies." Where better to do that than the chic, retro hotel on Island Avenue in Miami Beach? Splurge on a day pass ($75 Monday to Thursday, $125 Friday to Sunday) and enjoy the hotel's infinity pool with an underwater sound system, Roman waterfall hot tub, indoor DIY spa treatments, and more. After you've spent your day relaxing harder than Paris Hilton, join author and executive producer of Writing Class Radio
, Andrea Askowitz, for Standard Love Stories
February 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. You might find inspiration for your "personalized 5,000-word essays to each of your friends on why they're all awesome" a la Leslie Knope. RSVP for Standard Love Stories here
. The Standard, 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-1717; standardhotels.com.
3. Wine Tasting at Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery.
Get your drink on.
Photo by Adam Hendel
Spending hours on end stuck in Miami's gridlock each day gets real old. After fighting that traffic, you'll need a glass, or five, and a serious escape from the real world with
your girls. Spend your day eating and drinking
at Miami's best escape from reality.
Head to the winery's grandiose tasting room and take a seat at the unique barrel tasting bar. The Ultimate Wine Tasting ($12.95 per person, plus tax) will get you and your alcohol-seeking babes five one-ounce pours of table wines made from tropical fruits such as mango, lychee, guava, passionfruit, and carambola.You'll even get to keep the glass and get half off your next tasting if you bring it back. Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery, 30205 SW 217th Ave., Homestead; 305-242-1224; schneblywinery.com. Winetastings cost $12.95 plus tax per person.
4. Canoeing and Kayaking at Oleta River State Park.
Spend Galentine's Day in nature.
Paddle it out with your "beautiful tropical fish" (which is among "Leslie Knope's top eight terms of endearment
") at Florida's largest urban park, located on Biscayne Bay. Explore this incredible slice of paradise and catch a glimpse of wildlife as you ride through scenic mangrove trails and into the waters of North Biscayne Bay. The park also offers off-road bike paths, cabins, pavilions, a beach, a fishing area, picnicking, and more. Pro tip: Bring lots of bug spray. Oleta River State Park, 3400 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach; 305-919-1844; floridastateparks.org/park/Oleta-River.Admission fee is $6 per vehicle (two to eight people) and $4 for single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle. Visit bgoletariveroutdoor.com for rental prices.
5. Coral Castle Museum. Getting dumped sucks. Getting dumped the day before your wedding sucks even more. After Edward Leedskalnin got dumped by his fiancé the day before they were to get hitched, he spent the next 28 years building Coral Castle, a kooky monument to his lost love. The five-foot-tall, 100-pound, heartbroken Latvian man didn't use outside assistance or large machinery to help him carve and sculpt over 1,100 tons of coral rock, according to Coral Castle's site. Did he use magnets? Extraterrestrial technology? To this day, no one knows. Be sure to take a guided tour and learn more about the history of the mysterious monument that was dubbed the best South Florida tourist trap that actually doesn't suck by New Times. It's bizarre, and your girls need to witness this piece of weird Miami history, stat. Coral Castle, 28655 S. Dixie Hwy., Homestead; 305-248-6345; coralcastle.com. Admission is $18.