Tag Archives: Miami

Miami Spice is Back!

I usually don’t need any encouragement to try a new restaurant, especially in these quieter days of summer when the restaurants are less crowded, specials abound, and I think service is better. I also don’t need much encouragement to spend a couple of days visiting restaurants in Miami, one of the country’s greatest restaurant cities. But during August and September ...

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The Broken Shaker

The Broken Shaker is a little bar that will remind you of Havana. Located in the Freehand Hotel off Indian Creek in South Beach, it’s the epicenter for mixology in Miami Beach.  Mixology is the art of creating a cocktail to suit you and is responsible for reviving the prohibition cocktail and the use of gin. Broken Shaker makes you feel like ...

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Some of My Favorite South Beach Hotels

Maybe it’s just me but it feels like Miami’s South Beach has changed. Perhaps we’ve both gotten older and wiser, but we seem to appreciate each other a little more these days. I no longer feel confused and unwelcome, like I’ve stumbled into a private party that I wasn’t invited to, and South Beach hotels and restaurants, while still seriously ...

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I love Miami Spice

Hungry for Southwest Florida Sharon Kenny, Special to news-press.com 12:04 a.m. EDT August 6, 2014 Once again for the months of August and September, Miami Spice heats up Florida’s biggest restaurant city. This year there are more than 170 restaurants participating in the program, which kicked off last week. Miami Spice started as a way to bring in local customers ...

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Restaurant design notes

I’m always looking for trends, new ideas, the latest and greatest in restaurant design.  Miami restaurants are always a great source for ideas.  I saw this wall treatment in the Orange Blossom Cafe on Collins Avenue this weekend.  It’s a hand-drawn design on all the walls in the restaurant done in gold-colored felt marker!  It was gorgeous.

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Swimsuit Week in Miami

I know I’ll elicit a lot of sympathy here but boy was it crowded this weekend in Miami for Swimsuit Week!  I went to support a friend Nikki De Marchi who was exhibiting her swimsuit designs for the first time at this enormous show.  It takes over the entire Miami Beach Convention Center, plus satellite shows at the W Hotel and ...

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Katy Perry concert notes

Went to see Katy Perry in concert last week at the American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami.  As always the venue was fantastic.  Got great seats on stubhub.com –almost on the aisle and no one behind us.  It’s so easy to get in and out of this arena –it’s my favorite concert venue. Only glitch was the show didn’t start ...

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Where to Eat in the Everglades?

Turns out a bear was also anxious to eat at Joanie’s Blue Crab Café just before I got there last week. The screen door had been shredded, and some of the furniture on the patio had been disturbed. Hey the crab cakes are just that good! If you drive east on Highway 41 to Miami, I’m sure you’ve seen Joanie’s. ...

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