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Love food? Miami’s best fusion restaurants

August 17, 2015
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Although Miami has an indisputable Latin flavour to it, but step inside some of our favourite South Beach restaurants and you’ll find dishes with mouth-watering aromas from all over the globe. Are you brave enough to try all five? Strap yourself in for a culinary world tour…!

 

Juvia

Located at the very top of the famous 1111 Lincoln Road building, the views at Juvia will take your breath away – especially if you can get a table at sunset. True fusion food, you’ll be tasting hints of Japanese, French and Peruvian flavours,  with beautiful raw fish dishes (try the tuna). Be warned, the prices make it a “special occasion” spot, and be sure to reserve in advance, this rooftop resto is always packed.Juvia Miami 

Sushi Samba

The name gives it away – Japanese and Brazilian dishes (with a little peruvian influence thrown in for good measure) shine at this colourful, You’ll see sushi, churrasco, ceviches, tiraditos and anticuchos on the menu, which you’ll want to wash down with a tangy caipirinha, followed by a glass fo sake for the true fusion experience!. For dessert, we recommend Sushi Samba‘s warm churros with a pair of spiced caramel and Peruvian chocolate dipping sauces.Sushi Samba Miami Fusion Restaurant

Balans

Grab a tableon the shaded outdoor patio of this British import for an easy, breezey Miami-style brunch.  The asian fusion menu features favourites like Thai salad and sweet potato soufflé with leeks and garlic, while the lobster spaghetti has been described as “unforgettable”. However, it’s the sweets that are the real stars of Balans – try the white chocolate cheesecake or the apple tart with sour cream ice cream.Balans Miami Restaurant

Tamara

If you’re looking for the mediterranean fare and sophistication of the French Riviera, you’ll find it at Tamara, inside the National Hotel. Elegant and innovative fish dishes (among others) are served up in this classy Art Deco-style dining room. Take a table outside for great people-watching and a view of the pool.

 

 

 

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The Restaurant at the Setai

If you’re looking for something really special (and have the budget to go with it) step into the stunning Setai hotel, whose restaurant is known amongst foodies in Miami for it’s unbelievable flavours and culinary artistry. It’s global-fusion at its best, with everything from delicate duck consomme, to light shrimp mousse. The free-flow champagne brunch is the most sophisticated buffet you’ll ever have the pleasure of lining up for.Setai-Restaurant-Miami

 

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Staying in Miami Beach? The Top 5 Outlet Malls for Shopaholics

August 10, 2015
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Sure, we’d all like to pretend that we shop at the high-end designer stores, or those unique indie boutiques, but let’s be honest – a big part of the fun of shopping in South Beach is hitting up all the great outlet malls, and bargain-hunting to your heart’s content – are we right?!

So, if the phrase “steep discounts” makes your heart flutter, memorize these addresses, then take yourself on a shopping spree without the guilt trip!

 

Dolphin Mall

A short drive from Miami Beach, Dolphin Mall offers a traditional pairing of mall stores and 92 outlet shops, featuring all the classics including Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, GAP, Levi’s and DKNY. This is great choice if the weather’s looking iffy, as it’s completely indoors. Try to go during the week as weekends can be seriously packed.

 

Sears Outlet

Located in North Miami Beach, the Sears outlet stores are the place to go if you’re looking for more than just fashion. Homewares and linens are seriously affordable here, as are small appliances (finally get yourself that juicer!)

 

Sawgrass Mills

One of the biggest when it comes to sheer choice of stores and brands, the Sawgrass Mills is a slightly longer trip (it’s located in Sunrise, FL) but well worth the journey. There’s more than shopping here too – stop in at the gameroom, movie theatre, and even a “Barbie Dreamhouse Experience” perfect for kids. The dining options here are really great – try to grab a seat at the Wolfgang Puck restaurant for world-class fare.

 

Florida Keys Outlet Centre

If you’re thinking of venturing out to the islands, then you can combine your sightseeing with a trip to the outdoor Florida Keys Outlet Center in Florida City, Homestead-Miami, just before you hit the causeway. The outlet mall has beautiful Spanish architecture and all of the stores have friendly staff and good discounts. Another plus: this spot will allow you to bring your pet with you! There are 55 different stores ranging from specialty shops to name brand stores

 

Palm Beach Outlets

For the serious bargain hunter willing to travel, head north along the coast to Palm Beach, where you’ll find another 100+ outlets to fulfill your spending urges. The modern, breezy walkways feature everything from Converse to Tommy Hilfiger, and the atmosphere when the place lights up at night adds to the atmosphere. Fuel your spree at the food court, or stock up at the adjacent Whole Foods before feeling way too full and buying running gear at the Nike store.

 

And if that doesn’t keep you and your credit card busy for the entire length of your stay, we don’t know what will! Our top tips? Go early, wear comfortable shoes, and keep a bottle of water with you at all time. Shopping is heavy work!

 

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Travel and Learn: Cool Classes to Take in Miami

July 16, 2015
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There are so many pluses to taking a class while on vacation: you can learn new skills, make new friends, and find something totally different to do (lying on the beach isn’t everyone’s South Beach dream). Because of the awesome cultural diversity of the area, you’ll find all kinds of cool classes you can drop  in on – we’ve dug up some of the best ones, so click on the links below, and find your new niche!

 

The Art of Dance

Dancing is a part of the local culture in Miami, and there is an impossibly long list of classes for many different types of dance. If you’re going to try out a Latin dance class, check out Salsa Fever, a local Salsa club that meets on the second floor of a Cuban Restaurant on Miami Beach. Their classes happen every Wednesday and Friday, so you can have fun learning and dancing Salsa in a fun social setting where you get deals on drinks and awesome Cuban fare. If you’re looking for something even more unique, why not try out SoBe Pole Dance? Also on Miami Beach, this studio offers Zumba, Pole Dancing, Strip Cardio, and a huge list of other interesting Dance Cardio classes that you can do without realizing you’re even working out.

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Make a Vase

If you’ve been dying to learn about using a pottery wheel since you saw Ghost or just want to learn a new practical type of art, pottery classes would be an excellent choice for you. Working with clay isn’t as easy as it sounds, but taking a class like the ones at the Ceramic League of Miami are the perfect place to start. You can take your skill level from 0 to 100 with their thorough 2 ½ hour classes, working with a huge spectrum of mediums and methods. You could even enroll your kids or join up with your partner.miami classes  

Get in the Water

You can’t live by one of the most gorgeous beaches in the world without taking a class in the water. Grove Scuba‘s lessons are very involved classes to attend, but they’re also the perfect thing for people who really want to learn something that they can cross off their bucket list. You’ll get to learn all of the safety rules, laws, how to work the equipment, how to dive, and everything in between while enjoying the sights beneath the surface.

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Catch a Cooking Class

Cooking is a phenomenally diverse skill, so even if you consider yourself to be quite the foodie, there are always going to be a few things the world can to teach you about cuisine. Pop-up cooking classes like the ones that Edge Bar near Biscayne Bay offers during the Summer are a great way to keep your mind active while learning a new dish or techniques you’ve never heard of before. If you’re looking for more ethnic flavors, the Indian Cooking classes from Ayesha’s Kitchen are in depth and extremely informative. You also get to eat what you cook, so don’t pass this up if you love Indian Cuisine.

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A Knack for Acting

Even if you’re just interested in doing it for a kick or to learn something new, Miami has a lot of different places that offer acting classes. One of the best is Miami Acting Studio. Their classes happen twice a week, and students have the opportunity to use actual on-screen sets, do extensive camera work, and will follow The Method, a highly effective philosophy that most working actors use today. These classes are for all levels of experience, and although they are supposed to help prepare participants for the working world of acting, they can also be taken for fun. It’s exciting to learn a form of art you’ve always been curious about, so give it a shot!miami-acting-class

 

There are just too many fun classes in Miami to list, but these are a good start. Those who are fairly active will enjoy moving their bodies to hot music while those who are looking for a quiet evening of learning a hands-on skill can appreciate the culinary and sculpture classes. The important thing is that you learn something of personal value and have a blast doing it, so get out there, and broaden your outlook!

 

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5 Reasons Why Brazilians Should Go to Miami Beach

April 7, 2015
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Brazilians are quickly becoming well-traveled when it comes to vacationing in the US, and no city is more popular than Miami! It makes sense though doesn’t it? Crystal blue water, white sandy beaches, and that certain flavor of music and food that makes people want to dance the night away and eat to their heart’s content.

Yes, Miami Beach brings the party, but it also has other huge points that make it an attractive place for Brazilians to visit, and we’ve got it figured out. It’s the hospitality that allows tourists to communicate with their guides and hosts, the amazing shopping, and so much more! Read on to find out why Brazilians love coming to Miami Beach…

 

Portuguese-Speaking Hosts, Guides, etc.

Because so many Brazilians are coming to Miami each year, businesses and tourist operations have decided to start offering their services with guides and leaders who speak Portuguese. This is an important aspect of travel that most people can’t understand unless they’ve traveled to a place with an entirely different language.

Miami Beach 411 has Portuguese tours for the Everglades and Miami itself, so you can have a blast while listening to something other than one of those clinical headsets with pre-recorded info on it. Having the ability to understand all of the facts and information that’s being conveyed makes a huge difference. It’s also a thoughtful way to let a specific subset of tourists know that they’re valued, and Brazilians are definitely valued visitors in Miami Beach.

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Affordable Timeshares and Vacation Properties

Brazilians are looking North when it comes to purchasing real estate, and even if it’s just a timeshare or vacation rental, Miami Beach is full of properties in condo complexes, apartment buildings, and other beach front properties, and they’re quite affordable when compared to staying in a hotel. The other clincher here is that most of these are right where the action is on Miami Beach, so you’ll be able to go out for dinner in a flash, use the building’s fitness facilities like they’re your own, and hit the nightclubs without being too far away to walk back to home base. Just think about having a place you can come to for a portion of every year! 

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The Shopping is Awesome

We all know how much you love shopping! Well, everyone loves shopping, but we know that Brazilians happen to have a taste for fine things, and Miami Beach has a few hot spots to check out that are definitely worth a look. Lincoln Road Mall is a unique outdoor boulevard and mall with all kinds of vendors and shops that range from budget to high end, and there are also pubs and restaurants for when you hit a slump and want a few drinks and lunch. This mall is also close to a lot of hotels, so it makes perfect sense to make a day of it here. Aside from Lincoln Road, you can also find boutiques on Collins and Washington Avenues as well as Espanola Way. It’s a veritable feast for the eyes and your closet!

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Luxury Spa Experiences on the Beach

Miami Beach is a big tourist destination, but it’s not Sao Paulo, so Brazilians will love how quiet and peaceful the beach can be at times. Where does one find peace while on the beach? The luxury spas with and resorts with private beaches are a good place to start.

The Palms Hotel & Spa is one of these sanctuaries that you can visit over a single day or use it as a place of retreat and rejuvenating body treatments both for singles and couples. The Spa is a part of Aveda, so it’s top notch, and you can get a couples massage under a tropical gazebo outside overlooking the beach in addition to the other cutting edge treatments for your face, body, and sanity. There’s no better way to de-stress!

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Electric Nightlife

Much like the guided tours and other businesses that have chosen to make Brazilians feel welcome by learning more about them and their culture, nightclubs are following suit by holding fun Brazilian themed events and celebrations. Restaurants are also trying to join the club by offering up dishes that are native to Brazil, and there are even places that serve exclusively Brazilian fare.

Everyone knows that Brazilians live life with passion: passionate dance, passionate food, passionate music…these are all things that the nightlife out in Miami Beach are all about! Mansion is a good place to start. They’ve got events, a glorious sound system, light shows, and VIP service that you can bank on. One can easily do a club crawl to almost every club on the strip in a single evening or split it up into different stretches. It’ll be a blast no matter what!

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It’s prtty clear that Miami Beach is the place to be if you’re coming from Brazill. The nightlife, vacation rental opportunities, and spas are just a few of the pros for why you might want to take a flight north. There’s also the Art Deco District and a lot of opportunities to have fun out on the water too. Bring your family or come out with friends. SoBe is here and waiting with open arms!

 

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Great Places for People-Watching in Miami

March 16, 2015
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Sometimes you want to lie on the sand and soak up the sun. And sometimes, you just want to take a break from the beach while in Miami, because, let’s face it, sometimes you really want to sit with a cold drink ogle other people and make up convoluted stories about them based on their tiny dog or ridiculous outfit.

Here are some of the best places to go in Miami and South Beach for people-watching, because, let’s face it, Miami is a treasure-trove of weird and wonderful locals (and visiotrs!) If you’re in any way creative, you should definitely take notes – this could be the beginning of an amazing art project or novel!

 

Española Way

This history-rich community is full of Spanish culture. The street is narrow and lined with cafe-style outdoor seating at each restaurant as well as a number of great shops that offer culturally significant artwork, trinkets, and souvenirs. You can take in a macchiato while watching tourists and locals pass, and when it’s all over, you can meet with the rest of your entourage for dinner at one of the trendy Latina restaurants in the diverse neighbourhood known as Española Way.

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The Miami Beach Boardwalk

Of course! What better place to do some people-watching than from a bench on the Miami Beach Boardwalk?! There are literally miles of paths, boardwalk, and beaches to settle down with a good book or your camera, and there are always loads of tourists and locals walking around. If you go further south towards South Beach, you may see a few celebrities, and there’s a yoga class held on the beach several times a day that you can play spectator at if you get bored of sitting around looking at people simply walking by. Be prepared for some beautiful beach bodies that may make you want to get on the rollerblade bandwagon.

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Lincoln Road

They call it a mall, but Lincoln Road in SoBe is a Miami hotspot with a huge gathering of shops, cafes and bars. This is the perfect place to pull up a chair on a the patio of a restaurant and sip a Strawberry Daiquiri while watching the throngs of visitors go by. There are sometimes street performers in the area too, which are also fun to stare at for a while. The cool thing about Lincoln Road is that you can do a little souvenir search in between lunch and your afternoon sugar fix. If you end up indoors for a coffee later, try to grab a window seat or a booth with a clear visual of the street outside.

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Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

If you want to get away from the beachfront, get down to the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. After you’ve spent some time looking at the exhibits, go out into the garden and find yourself a place to sit and look at the flowers, trees, the bay, and the people who are out there to do the same. It really is a peaceful time in the garden, and its far less noisy than other places you’re going to go.

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Zoo Miami

The Zoo Miami is another treat of a place to people-watch. You can sit down in front of an exhibit or enclosure and watch people feed the giraffes or look at the other wildlife there. It is a bit touristy, but it’s a different piece of scenery to enjoy with interesting animals to watch too. Just promise you won’t try to reach the depth of a primate’s soul through their eyes, that’s actually kind of dangerous.

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The Art Deco District

You can always find a great place to set up in the Design District or the Art Deco neighborhood of Miami Beach for looking at people. The Art Deco District is known for the interesting architecture of each building and is home to some of the hotels on the beach. You can always find a place to chill out and watch the museum and art gallery crowds come and go as well as designers and artsy folk who live and work in the area. The Art Deco Weekend in January is always a great time to go down to this area for a festival celebrating the area and its contribution to art in Miami.

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That’s a pretty substantial list of places to take a time out from the action and centre yourself  – or play people-watching bingo and try to find at least one crazy person, one body builder, one aspiring actress, one artist and one tired tourist. It’s a whole day’s amusement – and it’s completely free!

 

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What to Look For in a Miami Vacation Rental

March 3, 2015
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Hotels, B&Bs, and hostels aren’t the only places to find accommodation for your perfect vacation. Apartment rentals can be the best decision you’ve ever made – they offer more privacy and square footage, so they can be a much better fit for some travellers. Sure, it can be a little unnerving to commit to vacation rentals like a house or apartment when you’ve always booked a hotel, but take the plunge and you’ll be so glad you did.

Just let us give you the inside scoop on what to look for in an apartment for your next vacation in Miami, and you’ll know exactly what to ask when you start making those calls.

 

Do Some Comparison Shopping

Every knows that Miami aint cheap, but apartment prices can be surprisingly comparable with hotel rates. Check around first with the hotels you would stay in. See what the area of your room would be, and check out the location. Then, do the same with the apartments you’ve scoped out. You’ll likely find that the square footage of your hotel room is going to be less than that of most rentals you look at.

It’s also important, and especially when it’s mom, dad, and the kids, to see about a bedroom for you and your partner to share. Nothing kills the mood more than spending every waking (and sleeping) moment with your entire brood mere feet from you. Right there, you will eliminate a lot of the hotel rates due to the price for a suite being a bit higher. Even a one-bedroom apartment will often have a pull-out sofa bed and sleep four people.

 

 

Location Matters Too!

Miami is a big city, so if you plan on staying at the beach for the entire time you’re in town, look for hotels and apartments either directly on the beach or close by. If you have a rental car, you can look at options a little bit farther from your stomping grounds, but remember that rental car mileage and fuel costs will rack up a bill by the end of your trip, so if you want to be near lots of shopping, restaurants and attractions other than just sand and water sports, you might want to look for something in an area with more of what you want nearby.

 

 

What’s Included?

If you’re going to choose an apartment over a hotel, figure out what’s included in your stay. You might have heat, hot water, and a full kitchen, but do they have wi-fi, a locked lobby door, or dishes to eat off of? What about parking? Is there a pool on site? Laundry? These kinds of things are important clinchers for where you’re going to stay because the minute your 10 yr. old figures out that there isn’t any Nickelodeon, you may be sorry, and your partner will sleep a lot better if they know that your rental car isn’t being busted into on the street outside as you sleep. Air conditioning is a must in Miami too, so if any apartment still doesn’t have it, keep looking!

 

Complex Rules

There will be rules you’ll need to consider when vacationing in an apartment or condo. For instance, some complexes will allow pets, but only certain ones, certain sizes of pets, or on an approval-only basis. There will also probably be a policy for the building in regards to smoking, and you would be  surprised how many complexes are disallowing smoking on patios as well as indoors.

 

Yet another good thing to make sure of is the orientation of the building. Some apartment buildings are adult-oriented or for ‘mature tenants only’, which is important in terms of respect for the peace and privacy of permanent tenants. – and since Florida is a popular retirement destination for a lot people, you will need to verify that kids are allowed in the building you hope to stay in if you plan on bringing them with you.

 

What Are the Fees?

Nothing comes for free, and while some of the pricey hotels offer great complimentary amenities, you may find that a vacation rental is a great contender due to their price being initially higher with minimal fees. Some rental companies will charge renters parking, cleaning, and admin fees. There are others who will create a surcharge that takes care of a small portion of the annual condo fees, garbage collection, water bill, and maintenance charges. Don’t forget to ask about security deposits and pet deposits too. No one wants to be surprised when they show up for the keys.

 

Go With a Reputable Company

You can’t always know for sure what you’re getting into when you rent a vacation home from afar, but you can do a few things to ensure you don’t lose your money or end up getting a raw deal. Going with an agency that specializes in vacation rentals is the perfect safety screening.

Get online and check the user ratings on the owner or company, and see what people had to say about the apartment when they returned from their trip. Most owners are also able to provide references to back up their apartment photos or profile too.

 

 

See? It’s actually really simple to find out how to book a sweet apartment for your vacation. You just need to shop around, look in the right places, and ask the right questions. Do these things, and you’ll be able to make a more informed decision about where to stay. Hopefully it’s a place with a fantastic view by the best restaurants and cool decor! Happy Travels!

 

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5 Cool Things to do in Miami – Other than the Beach

February 19, 2015
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Maybe it’s a little chilly. Maybe you’ve spent the first half of your vacay lying on the sand. Or maybe you just really like to discover new foods, activities and sights when you’re on vacation?

Well, rest assured you can do all of these things, and more, when you stay in South Beach. It may be famous for parties and poolsides, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find weeks and weeks worth of awesome culture and history. Here are some of our favourites:

 

Museums and Galleries

Have you heard of Art Basel Miami? Well, even if you haven’t, you could guess from the abundance of art galleries and incredible street murals that this part of the world has become a mecca for artists, designers and collectors. Wander the small galleries and showrooms in Wynwood for a taste of local up-and-coming talent, or take in one of the big guys – The Miami Museum of Contemporary art or the Miami Art Museum – for some world-famous names. If you prefer a little history, check out the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a beautiful European-style estate surrounded by lush sub-tropical forests and walkways.

 

Tours

If you’d rather someone else did the research for you, just book a tour! Miami has something for everyone – bus tours, segway tours, bike tours, boat tours, food tours, seaplane tours, architecture tours and even ghost tours! Check out sites like Viator, Miami City Sightseeing, and Art Deco Tours for a selection that will keep even the pickiest visitors happy!

 

Food

Miami is a paradise for foodies, whether they’re the kind of foodies who like to grab an authentic cuban sandwich from a kiosk, or sit down to a molecular gastronomy tasting menu. You can take an organised culinary tour to get a little taste of everything, or check out our previous posts on fusion food, brunch spots, and Cuban restaurants for inspiration!

 

Out on the water

Just because you don’t want to hang around on the beach, doesn’t mean you don’t want to experience a cool ocean breeze, does it? Why not try your hand at a totally new activity – like deep sea fishing or scuba diving – or just sit back and relax on a catamaran ride or an airboat on the everglades. YOu can spot manatees, crocodiles, and a few interesting locals on your ride!

 

Perfect your people watching

If you’re not in the mood to make bookings or plans while on vacation, then you should put on some comfy shoes and take a stroll down Miami’s 4-mile boardwalk. You never know what you might come across, from street performers to minor celebrities. Feet feeling tired? Rent a bike or a scooter and glide along on two wheels. And if you prefer a bird’s eye view – then you shouldn’t go home without trying parasailing over South Beach – it’s an unforgettable experience.

 

Hungry for more ideas? Scroll back through this blog, we have so many great posts on the best Miami music venues, classes, parks, sports stadiums, and shopping spots. So restless spirits rejoice – you could spend a whole week here and never set foot on the beach once!

 

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Best cuban restaurants in Miami

February 13, 2015
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If you’re drooling over the thought of empanadas con jamon, un cafecito, and some pan con bistec, but can’t afford the plane ticket to Cuba, fear not! You can get exceptional, authentic cuban food right here in Miami – and there are so many spots to choose from you could eat out for a month and still not hit them all. Still, if you’re willing to try anyway, start with these gems:

 

Chico’s Restaurant

A real neighborhood institution – If you’re on a budget then get your thrifty self over to Chicos in Hialeah, where you can get 25 croquetitas (small fried rolls of deliciousness) for around $5. And if you’re hungry for more, you’ll find chuletas, lechón asado, and, on the weekends, rabo encendido (if you’re not familiar with these, order them anyway, and enjoy the surprise) And then throw in an arroz frito, or cuban fried rice, You won’t be sorry.

 

Havana Harry’s

If you’d rather your dinner served amongst lively regulars rather than scores of tourists, this is your place. Situate in the Coral Gables neighborhood, Havana Harry’s is famous for its subtle twist of classic Cuban dishes. Try the fried plantains covered with pulled pork and barbecue sauce, or go for the chicken in a tangy tamarind and mango sauce. There may be a wait for a table, but you can enjoy a cocktail as you peruse the menu and work up an appetite!

 

Puerto Sagua

Looking for a tasty plate in the wee hours of the morning? Puerto Sagua, a hole-in-the-wall eaterie  in Miami beach is the perfect way to end your night, especially if you’re not ready for the party to end (things get load after midnight!). Grab a hearty grilled Cuban sandwich or give in to the sweet, creamy tres leches dessert. It’s cuban comfort food at its finest.

 

Asia de Cuba at Mondrian South Beach

If you’re looking for upscale, fusion Cuban then get your beest threads on and book a table at Asia de Cuba. Prepare to be wowed by dishes llike made-to-order ceviche, and Cuban coffee-crusted rib-eye with mandarin orange, gingered sherry butter and yuca mojo fries to name just two exciting choices. Don’t miss the cocktails either – fans love The Cuban Missile, a combination of brown, aged and honey rums, Cherry Heering liqueur, freshly squeezed orange and lemon juices. If that doesn’t get you in the mood for salsa, nothing will!

Plan the Perfect Valentine’s Day in South Beach Miami

February 3, 2015
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Let’s be real: although it’s the perfect day to get closer to your better half, Valentines Day is also an occasion for high expectations. Get it right, and you’ll be a hero for the rest of the year, but mess up and it could spell doom for your relationship. No pressure!

The key to knowing how to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day is knowing your partner. Their likes, dislikes, interests, and personality should be taken into consideration when creating the perfect evening for two. This is one date night where attention to detail pays off big time, so cover these bases and you’ll be golden.

 

Start With Apps

No, not the kind on your smartphone, but the kind you order at a restaurant. The reason you should do this instead of ordering a full-out meal is fairly obvious. You want to make this night last, and it won’t last very long if you order a bottle of house red and set up camp at a restaurant. A big part of having the perfect Valentine’s Day is creating a slow burn. Order a full meal and you’ll have blown your budget and be uncomfortably stuffed within an hour or two. Not good. Try a romantic restaurant like Cafe Prima Pasta just before their dinner rush, and order a hot and cold appetizer to share. Try a plate of Calamari and Bruschetta or do a salad and a hot app. Your night’s just getting started so keep it light so you don’t crash mid-date.

 

Do Something Fun

Now that you’ve had a nibble and enjoyed a drink or two, head over to a place where the two of you can do something fun together. Movie buffs will love heading to a theater to see a film. Independent film nuts will love the Miami Beach Cinématique with its historic feel, intimate screening room, and vintage design. For those who crave a bit more adventure can check out a place like EscapeQuest for an hour long game to see who can work together to solve puzzles and escape from a prison cell. Unconventional? Yes, but it’s a great way to build your connection and have fun doing it. If you’re looking to do something blissful and relaxing, you can stroll down the beach completely free of charge, or you can book a couples massage at Tao Spa. Their couples package is very affordable in comparison to the rest of the area and will loosen the both of you up for the next stop in your evening.

 

Something Sweet for My Sweet

After fun comes dessert, and nothing is more romantic than grabbing ice cream, sharing a milkshake, or having something devilishly decadent. Head to a gelato shop with tons of flavors like Gelato-Go for a quick and easy gelato on a cone or in a cup. If you’re hungrier than a piece of cheesecake can fulfill, you can share a dinner plate at Yardbird Southern Bar & Grill. Yardbird is a Southern food restaurant with delicious desserts and amazing meals. Lots of visitors are in love with their Chicken and Waffles, Red Velvet Cake, and the Bourbon. Try to keep away from heavy or sleepy foods like ribs. You’re not done yet.

 

Drinks and Music

The perfect end to the perfect evening involves drinks and music. End yours at a relaxed bar like The Broken Shaker. The cocktails and easygoing atmosphere will help wind it all down, and there are a few quiet corners in the venue where you can chat before heading home. Try a few different cocktails or surprise your lover with something new from their expert and innovative menu.

 


There you have it! The perfect plan for Valentine’s Day. You don’t have to follow the formula to a tee, but remember to take the framework into account as well as what you and your partner enjoy doing most. The point is to really milk it. It’s one day of the whole year, and you can have a blast with your loved one in lieu of gifts. Make it a night to remember and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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South Beach in Springtime: Events and Activities to Ease You Into Summer

January 30, 2015
Miami Beach

Need a break from the Northern Winter? We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – South Beach is the quickest and easiest place to grab some balmy weather, awesome activities, and incomparable nightlife. There’s so much happening this Spring on SoBe, but luckily, we’ve done the legwork for you. Whether you’re into cultural diversity, live music, or simply getting back into shape, there’s something below for you. Check out some of the Must-Do activities then give in and book that flight!

 

Miami Carnaval

Celebrate the sounds, tastes, and sights of Latin culture with the annual Carnaval on the Mile, which happens each March on SoBe. This festive weekend event features a huge art walk with Latin flare, merchants with handcrafted wares, and a talented lineup of musical acts on three separate stages, so every corner of the party is grooving along from morning ‘till night.

 

Take a Sea Cruise

Indulge your senses a little and take off for a few. Short cruises like the 3 or 4 night excursion from Miami to the Bahamas with Royal Caribbean are a great way to refresh yourself and take a well-deserved time out. As mentioned, the cruises only last a few days, so you can take a Monday and a Friday off and come back completely rejuvenated. Bonus: they’re also extremely affordable mini-getaways from Miami.

 

Flex Your Inner Self

There probably aren’t many things out there that are quite as zen and easygoing as a beachfront yoga class. Namaste your way to total relaxation with free yoga classes with certified instructors from Third Street Beach Yoga. This company has been doing yoga for free for a number of years, and they have never charged for classes. Bring a donation or a positive attitude and you’re set for a session of body-bending bliss.

 

Get Spa’d Out

Lay back and let the pros take care of your body! Destress with the spa visit to end all spa visits at the Spa at Shore Club. Lay on the terrace and enjoy the sounds, smell, and warmth of the ocean breeze as you receive a full body massage and facial. You can also get manicures, pedicures, and possibly one of those seaweed body wraps that’s supposed to leach the toxins from your body. Your skin will glow and you’ll be completely at ease by the time you’re done.

 

Do Some Good

Doing charity work is an important aspect of life that can be done without doling out a ton of cash. You don’t necessarily have to raise thousands of dollars, but why not do your part by participating in the events? Gather up some friends, and sign up for AIDS Walk Miami, a 5k walk/run that begins at the Botanical Gardens in Miami Beach, and ends with a huge celebration back at the starting line. There will be a number of refreshments to cool off with and they give out free massages after the main event winds down, so you can have fun while supporting a worthy cause!

 

Dance the Night Away

The nightlife on South Beach is unstoppable, and the parties are just getting started in the Spring. Why not go out for drinks and live music at a Jazz club like Jazid on Washington Avenue in Miami Beach. The laid back atmosphere and beachy music by local and national artists will knock your socks off without getting too out of hand. The club features R&B, Reggae, Jazz, and other world music. Tuesdays is Karaoke Night, so if you really want to let your hair down, take a few friends and gang up on a Gloria Estevan hit. Big laughs and great times.

 

You’ll never be short of something to do in a place like South Beach. There are far too many interesting sights and people to pack it all in, but the suggestions above are a great jumping off point for a killer springtime vacation. What are you waiting for?!

 

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