It is not everyday that your daughter graduates from High School. My Chicken #1 did it and the whole family was very, very proud. The actual ceremony took place at the University of Miami (my alma mater) and it was very grandiose. The best part, other than the immense pride I felt, was to see the happiness on her face – she never, not even for a minute, stopped smiling.

Issa & Papa graduation 2 Of course, no celebration is complete without food. We first went to Cheesecake Factory in Coconut Grove to have lunch with the family and then we had a second feast at Garcia’s Seafood Grill & Fish Market. Norma Torres (one of my dining companions, fellow blogger and friend) was in town and we could not miss the opportunity to get together for this special occasion.

The Chickens with Norma
The Chickens with Norma

The Graduate had to order The Grilled Lobster which was accompanied with enough melted butter to bake a whole cake.

Grilled Lobster
Grilled Lobster

The little one had the ubiquitous Chicken Fingers with Fries.

Chicken Fingers
Chicken Fingers

I had the Grilled Conch with Parsley Potatoes – always a winner. The salad that came with it was so pretty!

Grilled Conch with Parsley Potatoes
Grilled Conch with Parsley Potatoes

Pretty Salad 1

Such a pretty salad!
Such a pretty salad!
Fresh Oysters
Fresh Oysters

Desserts were Key Lime Pie and Guava Mango Cheesecake.

Desserts
Desserts
A mini-feast
A mini-feast
Grilled Fish with Yellow Rice and Fried Plaintains
Grilled Fish with Yellow Rice and Fried Plaintains
CONGRATULATIONS!
CONGRATULATIONS! Photo by Bryan Benoit, my bro.

Garcia’s is right next to the Miami River and has a cool, relaxed vibe that is unbeatable. It was a good place to celebrate Issa’s great achievement.

4 comments

  1. It all looks wonderful — the food of course but, more importantly, the accomplishments of our children and the ability to share those momentous occasions with family and friends.

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