5 Miami Burgers You Must Indulge In

Ok, so let’s talk burgers. Burgers can really be a thing of beauty. Some of them come piled high with goodness, while others may be packed with deliciousness. One never knows. What I want to share with you may make you salivate a little, so be careful where you read this post.

Pincho Factory 
30 Giralda Ave. | Coral Gables, FL 33134

What you are eating: There is no question that when you go to Pincho you are getting their glorious Toston Burger. That thing is pure heaven. In between two tostones you have your patty, jack cheese lettuce, tomatoes, and homemade cilantro sauce.

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El Corral 
1111 SW 1st Ave. | Miami, FL 33130

What you are eating: If you haven’t been to El Corral then you are truly missing out. Have you ever had a burger with pineapple? Here you are eating their Hawaiian Corral, which is topped with a slice of pineapple, melted mozzarella cheese, lettuce, ketchup, and mayo.

Photo courtesy of: El Corral

Photo courtesy of: El Corral

Kush Wynwood
2003 N Miami Ave. | Miami, FL 33127

What you are eating: I am personally obsessed with the Frita Burger. This burger is served with guava jelly, melted Gruyere, stuffed with potato stix, crispy bacon, LoKal sauce and then pressed down. Honestly out of this world. And I would get it with sweet potato fries.

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Earls Kitchen and Bar
7535 N Kendall Dr., #2510 | Miami, FL 33156

What you are eating: Get excited because the Fenway Burger is going to blow your mind. It is filled with battered onion rings, red pepper relish, aged white cheddar, arugula, and a hand smashed patty. This thing is the bomb diggity. 

Photo courtesy of: Zagat

Photo courtesy of: Zagat

Burger & Beer Joint
1766 Bay Rd. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

What are you eating: If you don't know by now I love BBQ. The Thunder Road at Burger & Beer has your Angus beef, applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, and, of course, your BBQ sauce. Heaven.

Photo courtesy of: Yelp

Photo courtesy of: Yelp

6 Miami Restaurants To Celebrate Thanksgiving

For those of you who aren’t very fond of cooking the big turkey and putting together all the fixing’s then I have an offer you can’t refuse. Check out the list below, which features six Miami restaurants who want to make your Thanksgiving a very memorable one!

db Bistro Moderne
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way | Miami, FL 33131

They are inviting families to enjoy a three-course, prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner prepared by Chef Jason Pringle that is sure to satisfy from start to finish. The festive menu is filled with seasonal dishes such as the delicious Traditional Roast Turkey, cornbread stuffing, citrus cranberry marmalade and all the trimmings. Embracing the giving season, db Bistro Moderne will be sending each guest home with a complimentary Turkey Sandwich to-go, to enjoy the following day. That sounds pretty awesome to me.
 
COST:
Adults: $60
Kids 12 & Younger: $35
(excludes Tax & Gratuity)
 
WHEN:
Thursday, Nov. 27th
12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Lounge Opens at 12:00 p.m. (a la Carte Thanksgiving Menu available in Lounge)
Lunch | Dinner Service starts at 12:00 p.m.
Last Seating at 8:00 p.m.

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Turkey hash

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Bianca at Delano
1685 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Round up the family and let Chef Luciano Sautto take the stress out of your holiday celebration with a lavish Thanksgiving feast. Crafted by Chef Luciano, the 3-course dinner begins with a choice of Fregola Con Vongole E Cozze with fregola pasta, steamed clams and mussels and saffron brodo or Roasted Delicata Squash with homemade ricotta, Italian greens and toasted pumpkin seeds. For an entrée, Chef is offering either a modern take on traditional Boneless Roasted Organic Turkey with Italian herbs, bourbon gravy and candied sweet potato or the more adventurous Bistecca Alla Fiorentina, a 26-oz. T-bone steak marinated with garlic and herbs served with roasted elephant garlic and truffle mashed potatoes. The meal rounds out with an indulgent Duetto, pecan and pumpkin pie with Fior di Latte gelatto. 

COST:
$65 per person 
 
WHEN:
Thursday, Nov. 27
7 p.m. - 11 p.m.

For additional information and reservations, please visit here.

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Florida Cookery

1545 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

At Florida Cookery, delight in a home-style Thanksgiving dinner with a special pre-fixed menu in a fun, family-friendly setting by the beach. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving plate filled to the brim with Florida Cookery-styled Smoked Turkey Breast and a Turkey Confit Leg, Sage Gravy, Cranberry Relish, Country Style Green Beans, Homemade Sausage Stuffing, Whipped Potatoes, and Goat’s Cheese and Macaroni Gratin. Top off your dinner with pumpkin pie a la mode. Florida Cookery will also offer a Thanksgiving buffet fitted with its own carving station, delicious sides and desserts, and fun desserts for children, including a turkey shaped cookie decorating station and mini pumpkin cupcakes with brown sugar-cinnamon frosting.
 
COST:
The dinner and buffet are $45 per person plus tax and gratuity. 
Advanced reservations are recommended.
 
WHEN:
Thursday, November 27
Brunch: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Shore Club
Terrazza

1901 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Overlooking Shore Club’s scenic, Moroccan-inspired pool and gardens, indulge in a traditional Thanksgiving feast in a palm tree accented, tropical setting at Terrazza. In addition to a whole oven roasted turkey, Terrazza’s Thanksgiving menu features a choice of Turkey Roulade and Turkey Confit or Traditional Roasted Turkey, as well as Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Kale Salad, sides – including Homemade Bread Stuffing, Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes and Jalapeño Cornbread – and dessert, a choice of Pumpkin Pie or Butternut Squash Bread Pudding.
 
COST:
$49 per person plus tax and gratuity
(Includes soup, salad, sides and choice of entrée and dessert)
  
WHEN:
Thursday, November 27th
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dinner: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

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Il Mulino New York South Beach
840 1st Street | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Il Mulino New York South Beach is set to host a lavish Thanksgiving dinner this year at the celebrated Italian eatery. The prix fixe menu begins with a light appetizer of Fresh Mozzarella with grilled vegetables. For an entrée, guests can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal of Roast Turkey with natural juices, Chestnut Stuffing with sausage and Green Beans Marinara crafted in Il Mulino's signature elegant style. The dinner rounds out with a savory dessert of Pumpkin Cheesecake accompanied by American coffee and tea. Il Mulino welcomes those wishing to forego the stress of holiday cooking to enjoy an exquisite family-style meal where everything is taken care of. 
 
COST:
$50 per person

WHEN:
Thursday, Nov. 27
5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.

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IKRA Restaurant & Lounge
16850 Collins Ave. Suite 106-a | Sunny Isles, FL 33160

The international kitchen has crafted a traditional prix fixe menu that includes ten appetizers, two entrees, three sides and two desserts. For guests can nosh on small appetizers of Traditional Pumpkin Soup in a bread bowl topped with pumpkin seeds, Traditional Cold Cuts from the farm with a homemade ham and tongue platter, a Duo of Smoked Salmon and Gravlax, Sautéed Potatoes, Caprese Salad, Pickled Tomato & Cucumber, Herring Napoleon, Arugula Salad and Eggplant Salad. Entrees include a Sliced NY Strip served with grilled vegetables and Traditional Turkey with green bean casserole. The meal rounds out with Traditional Pumpkin Pie and a Fruit Platter for dessert. Each dinner comes with a complimentary Thanksgiving-themed cocktail, and the restaurant will feature live entertainment by Mischa Botsman and music by Johan throughout the night.
 
For additional information and to RSVP, please contact 305.974.0081.

COST:
$75 per person
 
WHEN:
Thursday, Nov. 27
7 p.m.

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7 Signs That It Is Fall In Miami

Photo courtesy of: Smarter Travel

Photo courtesy of: Smarter Travel

Let’s be honest, fall in Miami is by no means like fall in the Northeast. I lived in Connecticut for a while growing up and it was completely acceptable to wear your UGG boots with a windbreaker in October. When I came back to Miami and it went down to 75 degrees I remember seeing all the girls take out their sky-high black boots, blazers and scarves. So how do you know when it’s fall in Miami? Let me enlighten you.

1.    For starters the boots come out. On October 1st you get to work and you immediately notice that 99.9% of the women that work in your office are wearing boots – hopefully, not UGG boots though. 

2.    Even though these ladies are wearing boots they are still going to the beach. Gotta love Miami Beach in the fall.

3.    The scarves / dark lipstick / hey look at my new floppy hat #selfies skyrocket. Don't believe me? Go to Instagram and serach the hashtag #miamifall and you will see exactly what I mean.

4.    Everyone is posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Yelp, Foursquare, Snapchat, and Vine that they are going to Knaus Berry Farms. I am guilty of this. I love those cinnamon rolls. 

5.    One day it could be 65 degrees outside in the morning as you are walking into work, and when you go outside to enjoy the great weather for your lunch break it’s suddenly 85 and humid.
 
6.    Everything is pumpkin. Everything. Pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin cake, pumpkin bread. Hope you like pumpkin. 
 
7.    Last but certainly not least, all the girls are rushing over to Starbucks to make sure they grab their red cups with their pumpkin spice latte, and then, of course, post it on Instagram. #starbucks #starbucksredcup #omgitsfallinmiami

7 Miami BBQ Spots You Have To Try

I am a BBQ kind of girl. I am that girl who asks for extra sides of BBQ sauce to put on absolutely anything and everything at restaurants, and even at home. This being the case I have been to many BBQ joints in Miami, and can tell you a thing or two about what you should be ordering.
Warning – you will get hungry after reading this post!

Pride and Joy BBQ
2800 N Miami Ave. | Miami, FL 33127

What you should be eating: For an appetizer the bowl o’ burnt ends is an absolute must. Hands down. If you are with a party of 4 or more than you have to get the BBQ board, which comes with everything your little heart could dream of – full rack of St. Louis and baby back ribs, ½ BBQ chicken, ½ lb. of brisket, ½ lb. of pulled pork, their delicious cornbread, PLUS two sides.

  Photo courtesy of: Yelp

 

Photo courtesy of: Yelp

Brother Jimmy’s
900 S Miami Ave. | Miami, FL 33130

What you should be eating: Their nachos are legit – packed sky high with goodness, with your choice of pulled pork, chicken or brisket to top it off. Then you have to get their southern style ribs, which are smoked with Brother Jimmy’s Memphis-style rub. 

  Photo courtesy of: the305.com

 

Photo courtesy of: the305.com

Swine Southern Table & Bar
2415 Ponce De Leon Blvd. | Coral Gables, FL 33134

What you should be eating: Swine’s devil eggs are award winning, you have to order them for an appetizer. And for the main meal you are trying the swine burger. This thing is epic. It has short rib, brisket, smoked pork blend homemade dill pickle, thick-cut house-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, American cheese, and their special sauce. My advice? Be close to a bed for nap time.

  Photo courtesy of: Burger Beast

 

Photo courtesy of: Burger Beast

Sparky’s Roadside BBQ
204 NE 1st Street | Miami, FL 33131

What you are eating: The pulled pork at Sparky’s is out of this world. You are going to get that with your choice of two sides, which I would recommend you order the sweet potato mash and the fries (which are perfectly crunchy).

  Photo courtesy of: Yelp

 

Photo courtesy of: Yelp

Uncle Tom’s BBQ
3988 SW 8th Street | Miami, FL 33134

What you are eating: This place goes back to 1948 so you can rest assured that they know what they are doing when it comes to BBQ. If you are into brisket then this is the place for you. Did I mention you can get a side of Texas toast? Oh, plus chili cheese fries – if you’re into that sorta thing.

  Photo courtesy of: Burger Beast

 

Photo courtesy of: Burger Beast

Bulldog Barbecue & Burger
15400 Biscayne Blvd. | North Miami, FL 33160

What you are eating: This place is insane. So many mouthwatering options. But if I were you I would stick with the either their biscuits – like their BBQ sandwich, which has your choice of pulled pork, brisket or pulled chicken and Carolina slaw. Or you could always get their honkey tonk woman burger, which has pulled pork, cheddar cheese, fried pickles, cole slaw, and their house sauce. Boom!

  Photo courtesy of: Table Log

 

Photo courtesy of: Table Log

Shorty’s Bar-B-Q
9200 S Dixie Hwy | Miami, FL 33156

What you are eating: Shorty’s is a Miami institution. Here you are eating either their ribs or their brisket or both. And as far as sides go, you must get their garlic bread. No ifs, ands or buts.

  Photo courtesy of: Miami New Times

 

Photo courtesy of: Miami New Times

5 New Bars To Visit In Miami

Everyday really cool places are popping up all over Miami – from Little Havana to South Beach – these bars are bringing anything and everything any Miamian or tourist could ask for.

So read, grab a cocktail and enjoy!

Ball & Chain in Little Havana
1513 SW8th St. | Little Havana, FL 

The building where Ball & Chain is was actually constructed back in the 1930s in the middle of the Depression, when construction was at a complete standstill. But in 1967 it became a furniture store until now. The bar will now return back to its glory days by serving us pastelito-infused drinks, tons a great Cuban music… oh and did I mention they have a Calle Ocho Old Fashioned, which has aged rum, demerara sugar, tobacco bitters and leaves?

Photo courtesy of: Miami Tickets

Photo courtesy of: Miami Tickets

The Rum Line on South Beach
Lowes Hotel | 1601 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 

You have to keep an eye out for this bar. It is set to open at the Lowes sometime this fall – I will definitely keep you updated. When you get to this outdoor bar you will be able to have original recipe cocktails like their punches in scorpion bowls, hand-shaken daiquiris, and nautical-inspired libations made with housemade mixers. Some of their featured drinks their dark & stormy with spiced Santa Teresa añejo, fresh lime, and ginger beer; and their All Hands on Deck with Scarlet Ibis rum, falernum, honey, pineapple, mint, lime. Get excited this is going to be good, my friends.

Photo courtesy of: Digest Miami

Photo courtesy of: Digest Miami

Drawing Room in Miami Beach
Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach
1801 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL

I understand that you might be hesitant in checking out the Drawing Room because it’s part of a hotel, but wait until you go inside. Just having opened a little over a month ago this super cool lounge offers really crafty cocktails created by Albert Trummer. He is mixing up 10 secret herbal elixirs – like the Opium Essence and the Herbs & Oils from Ancient Italian Monasteries. He also has what he calls the Stress Reliever – the Gin & Tonic from the Market, which has Bombay Sapphire Gin, Herbal Bitterm and it’s infused with select herbs and cucumber. I’ll take two.

Photo courtesy of: Miami City Social

Photo courtesy of: Miami City Social

Vagabond Hotel Pool Bar in Mimo
7301 Biscayne Blvd. | Miami, FL

“She is The Vagabond Hotel. And she’s waiting for you. Vibrant. Creative. Fun. A newly renovated cosmopolitan mix of all things hassle-free, she’s an urban goddess who lives by her own rules. So from the minute you step into her vibey retro-luxe lobby to the moment you reluctantly say your goodbyes, be prepared for a whirlwind love affair.” You can now enjoy delicious cocktails like their Vagabond Collins, which has vodka, lemon and lime juices and simple syrup with Angostura bitters. 

Photo courtesy of: Miami New Times

Photo courtesy of: Miami New Times

ARTCade in Miami Beach
235 12th St. | Miami Beach, FL

This place is so awesome. Imagine this. You have a craft beer or whisky in hand and you are playing a game of PAC-MAN. Yes, this is real. The newest bar to hit Miami Beach has everything you could ever want in an arcade, except there aren’t children running around and it is totally acceptable to drink. Jackpot!

Photo courtesy of: ARTcade 

Photo courtesy of: ARTcade 

4 Creepy Things To Do For Halloween

Halloween may just be my favorite holiday. For most Miamians it’s an excuse to buy the skimpiest costume they can find and prance around in super high heels. But for this Miami girl that’s not the case – I like to be scared (hence why I went to Halloween Horror nights). 

For those of you who want to be scared see below for four creepy things to do for Halloween. Oh, and you just might want to bring an extra pair of… you know what.

House of Horror Amusement Park
Miami International Mall
1455 NW 107th Ave. | Doral, FL 
Price: $15 – $25

This is actually the largest haunted house in South Florida. It’s where the apprehension of torment meets the release of terror through the climax of a fully realized scream. Thirty rooms of soul-crushing panic will make the $25 ticket price money well spent. After you complete the haunted house, you can then go on some of the carnival rides, which are pretty creepy themselves. 

Photo courtesy of: House of Horror

Photo courtesy of: House of Horror

Terror in the Jungle
Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail | Miami, FL
Price: $45 – $55

Talk about scary. Let me set the scene for you… A plane carrying toxic bio-chemicals from a research lab in Mexico flew off course and crashed into the ruins of the Aztec city surrounded by a lush tropical jungle. The bio-chemicals mutated the jungle life and local Indians into half dead creatures who feed on all the living things. The Aztec Indians prayed to their gods for forgiveness and instead, the Gods unleashed their demon called the HUNTER, which devoured everything living in its path.  Welcome to – Terror in the Jungle.

Photo courtesy of: Jungle Island

Photo courtesy of: Jungle Island

Escape the Quest
1234 Washington Ave. | Miami Beach, FL
Price: $60 – $100

The game is simple. You are placed in a mental hospital, apartment or prison. You are given clues to solve puzzles. And you have just 60 minutes to escape the room, or else… Have you ever seen the movie SAW? “The jigsaw piece that I cut from my subjects was only ever meant to be a symbol that that subject was missing something. A vital piece of the human puzzle. The survival instinct.” Jigsaw, SAW 2.

Photo courtesy of: Escape the Quest

Photo courtesy of: Escape the Quest

Welcome to Elm Street: A Freddy Double Feature
O Cinema Miami Shores at Miami Theater Center
9806 NE 2nd Ave. | Miami Shores, FL
Price: $20

"One, two Freddy's coming for you. Three, four better lock the door." Since its debut in 1984, Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street has burned itself into the terrified brains of generations. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie O Cinema will be hosting a double feature showing both A Nightmare on Elm Street and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. Get excited – it's going to be pretty scary.

Photo courtesy of: Opinion Movie Goer

Photo courtesy of: Opinion Movie Goer

5 Delicious Reasons To Go See The Dolphins

Who would have thought you could watch an awesome football game and eat delicious food at Sun Life Stadium at the same time. How could this not make you excited? I mean I know we all love to have a hot dog with a soda, but Sun Life has really stepped up their game.

Now that football is in full swing I want to give you five foods you must try – not all at once, unless you are on a Man vs. Food episode. 

BurgerFi 
Where: Section 130
What: BurgerFi Cheeseburger

This juicy burger is served on a BurgerFi potato roll with American cheese, lettuce and tomato. Yum.

Photo courtesy of: Matt Meltzer

Photo courtesy of: Matt Meltzer

Crumb on Parchment
Where: Section 213
What: Kale and quinoa salad

You know there is always that person in the group who is on a “diet.” This yummy and nutritious salad is filled with mangos, chayote, and peanuts in a chili lime vinaigrette. Did you know this was brought to us by Michelle Bernstein?

Photo courtesy of: Matt Meltzer

Photo courtesy of: Matt Meltzer

Cuban Guys
Where: Section 425
What: Cuban sandwich 

Who doesn't want to eat a Cuban sandwich while watching a Dolphins game? This is perfection. This sandwich has all the essentials – ham, mojo-seasoned roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, and Cuban bread. 

Photo courtesy of: Matt Meltzer

Photo courtesy of: Matt Meltzer

Footlong New Yorker
Where: 110, 125, 128, 131, 141, 153, 156, 210, 218, 227, 229, 238, 246, 404, 419, 432, and 451
What: Footlong hot dog

I know some of us just really want to eat a hot dog, and you can pretty much get one in every corner at Sun Life. You can get it with sauerkraut, spicy brown mustard and you can even top it with some chili cheese. Just make sure to be near a restroom at all times.

Photo courtesy of: Matt Meltzer

Photo courtesy of: Matt Meltzer

Bokamper’s
Where: Section 328
What: Homemade mac & cheese balls

Holy crap. Seriously. Do you see this? How amazing is this? Talk about comfort food, this one takes the cake. These deep-fried cheese balls are dusted with panko crumbs and atop Italian dressing.

Photo courtesy of: Matt Meltzer

Photo courtesy of: Matt Meltzer

8 New Coral Gables Happy Hours

Photo courtesy of: Tasting Table (Uvaggio Restaurant & Wine Bar)

Photo courtesy of: Tasting Table (Uvaggio Restaurant & Wine Bar)

Happy Hump Day, my friends! Congratulations to making it to the middle of the week. Now, in order to keep that motivation alive let’s talk about where you should be going for happy hour – whether it’s today, tomorrow or Friday! 

Here are a few new Gables spots you have to check out:

BurgerFi
136 Miracle Mile

What’s the deal: Fridays from 3pm to close: enjoy half off your beer with the purchase of any burger.

Casa Mofongo
130 Miracle Mile
What’s the deal:
Weekdays from 4-7pm: $1 beers

Lhardy Kitchen + Bar
301 Miracle Mile
What’s the deal:
Weekdays from 3:30pm-7pm: Draft beers for $4, select wines by the glass for $5/ by the bottle for $18, well spirits for $6 and specialty cocktails for $7.

Open Stage Club
2325 Galiano Street
What’s the deal:
Monday-Thursday from 6-8pm: Half off well and house drinks / Wednesdays: $4 champagne, $5 Cuba Libres / Friday: half off well drinks, $5 Cuba Libres, $5 appetizer + drink deals, complimentary beer

Pardo’s Peruvian Cuisine
2312 Ponce de Leon Blvd
What’s the deal:
Monday $5 wine all day / Tuesdays: $3 beer all day / Wednesdays $4 Pisco all day / Thursdays: $15 bottles of wine all day / Friday: 2×1 drinks from 12-7pm

Pummarola Pizzeria
141 Aragon Avenue
What’s the deal:
Weekdays from 3-7pm: $2 Peroni and house wines

Spritz of Coral Gables
2305 Ponce de Leon Blvd
What’s the deal:
Wednesdays half off all bottles of wine

Uvaggio Restaurant & Wine Bar
70 Miracle Mile
What’s the deal:
Monday-Saturday from 5-7pm: Complimentary bar snacks, $6 glasses of wine, half off draft beers. Bottle of wine + cheese/ charcuterie plate for $30

5 Things To Know About Halloween Horror Nights

As the sun starts to make its descent the monsters come out to play… And this year Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando definitely doesn't disappoint. As you walk into the Universal theme park immediately you are greeted by the eeriness of the park after hours – not to mention you will find yourself already in a “scare zone” where you are guaranteed to flinch or scream. 

I personally love Halloween Horror Nights and have been going for several years, and this year was no different. There are a few things I want you to keep in mind when you go up to Orlando for this spooktacular event.

1.    Get there on time (6:30 p.m.). This place will get packed. Go and grab a quick sandwich at the Bread Box, which just opened in July. You will feel like you have been transported back to your childhood kitchen or favorite street corner deli. They offer cold and hot sandwiches, a delicious Nutella milkshake and they even have Twinkies!

Photo courtesy of: Orlando Informer

Photo courtesy of: Orlando Informer

2.    Go to your #1 go-to haunted house first. Whether you are dying to check out Halloween, which is just like entering Michael Myers room from the movie, or you want to experience The Walking Dead: End of the Line – then go straight to that line. The wait time can go from 30 minutes to two hours in no time.

Photo courtesy of: Halloween Horror Nights

Photo courtesy of: Halloween Horror Nights

3.    You have to check out Dollhouse of the Damned. I know it may sound creepy, and that’s because it is, but you have to check out this house. No matter what you say everyone is scared of that one doll that is still cooped up in your closet, and this house brings that fear to life. There are life-sized babies, dead ballerinas, and you might even say it smells a little like… feces. 

Photo courtesy of: Theme Park Insider

Photo courtesy of: Theme Park Insider

4.    Visit the scare zones. These might be my favorite. All of a sudden you find yourself in a street filled with people, smoke and all you hear is screaming. If you watched the movie The Purge then you need to go check out that area. The actually reenact parts of the movie – and they might choose you.

Photo courtesy of: All Around Orlando

Photo courtesy of: All Around Orlando

5.    Pick one ride to go on. You figure you are in Universal so you should go on one ride, right? But only pick one because the lines can get really long and remember the #1 reason why you went there – to be scared.

The 5 Best Outdoor Dining Spots in Miami

Now that the weather is starting to cool down, well almost, it's time to discuss where you should be going for the best outdoor dining in Miami!

Scotty’s Landing
3381 Pan American Drive | Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Who doesn't absolutely love Scotty’s? I have been going to this restaurant for as long as I can remember and eating their onion loaf with a dolphin sandwich and French fries. The onion loaf is literally a loaf of fried onion, which is absolute perfection, by the way. And you have to pair this with either a nice cold Pepsi or a beer. Plus you get to stare out at the Grove Key Marina while you eat. Go around sunset and you be able to get some pretty awesome pictures. Maybe even a selfie or two.

Photo courtesy of: Sail Miami

Photo courtesy of: Sail Miami

Berries in the Grove
2884 SW 27th Ave. | Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Keeping it in the Grove area you have to check out Berries. They are actually in the process of expanding but still have a pretty sweet set up. They have an awesome little patio area in the middle of the restaurant where they open up the skylight so you can feel the breeze and stare right into the night sky. They also have some pretty delicious specials everyday – I would try their sushi and wood oven pizza. Also, did I mention they have an off-the-chain brunch?

Photo courtesy of: Yelp

Photo courtesy of: Yelp

Smith & Wollensky
1 Washington Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

For those of you who are less on a budget then you have to stop here. Now that the weather is going to start getting a bit cooler, hopefully, you can sit outside while you enjoy a mouth-watering piece of steak. Smith & Wollensky is located right on South Pointe Park, one of the nicest spots in South Beach. For the best view you should go upstairs to the patio deck, which over looks the Miami Harbor.

Photo courtesy of: Smith & Wollensky

Photo courtesy of: Smith & Wollensky

Perricone’s
15 SE 10th Street | Miami, FL 33131

This little gem can be found in the heart of Mary Brickell Village. I do have to tell you it gets pretty packed on $10 Pasta Thursday’s! Either way this place is really cool. When you enter the restaurant you find yourself in a small marketplace you might find on the Italian countryside. Once you go in you can either sit inside or in the patio area surrounded by lights. I would obviously recommend the pasta as this is an Italian restaurant, but I do have to say I am a little obsessed with their chicken salad that comes with their homemade balsamic vinaigrette. 

Photo courtesy of: Trip Advisor 

Photo courtesy of: Trip Advisor 

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
2550 NW 2nd Ave. | Miami, FL 33127

I really like the restaurant, not only for the food but also for the art. When you go to Wynwood Kitchen & Bar you have to go through the inside so you can see all the beautiful art they have, but then you must sit outside. You will find yourself in the middle of Wynwood Walls. That means that after you munch on things like their tuna ceviche, braised short ribs or vaca frita you can walk around the walls and admire the art. It's a pretty awesome experience.

Photo courtesy of: Travel Squire

Photo courtesy of: Travel Squire

7 Signs You Are At Miami Columbus Day Regatta

We have finally made it to that infamous weekend we all know as the Columbus Day Regatta. Having gone to high school at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, or OLLA (go Bobcats!), I knew this weekend very well. I will start this conversation by saying that I never went. A little too ratchet for me…

Anyways, here are a few signs that indicate you are in the middle of this regatta madness.

1.       You find yourself thinking these phrases: complete chaos, that’s so ratchet and did I really just see that?

2.       You start at your friend’s boat then you float over to your cousin’s boat, then you end up on your cousin’s best friend’s boyfriend’s dad’s boat. Confused yet?

3.       If you are at the regatta that means you are sipping on a loaded Corona. What is that you ask? Step 1: Remove half of the beer from the glass. Step 2. Add vodka in its place. Step 3. Shake. Step 4. Drink up!

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4.       Everything is DALE! Want a shot? DALE! Want a Coronita? DALE! Everything is game here. Everything.

5.       When you look around you are probably seeing girls dancing on the bow, or the front of the boat. You are probably also seeing people funnel beer, and possibly a girl fight. Please promise me that if you see a girl fight you will play Brooke Valentine’s “Girlfight” song in the background.

6.       You may also see people drinking watermelon infused vodka, straight out of the fruit.  

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7.       Essentially the Columbus Day Regatta is like any other boat event times 10.

Did I miss anything? Make sure to add it in the comments!

3 Miami Spots to Check Out for Oktoberfest

Grovetoberfest Coconut Grove

Grovetoberfest Coconut Grove

Every year I look forward to October. Not just because of the semi-promise for a cooler breeze, but because of Oktoberfest. I love grabbing a big boot filled with Warsteiner and a pretzel while listening to German music. Can you ask for more?

Well the time is among us once again and there are a few places I think you should check out. Prost! or cheers, my friends!

Fritz & Franz Bierhaus
60 Merrick Way | Coral Gables, FL 33134
Dates: October 2 – October 12

Who doesn't go to Fritz & Franz during Oktoberfest? This year they are celebrating their 20th annual Coral Gables Oktoberfest with event contests, celebrity beer-stein holding contests and even a raffle to benefit The Woody Foundation (a foundation that raises funds for research and treatment of people with spinal cord injuries). For those of you who want to sip on some authentic German craft beers, munch on Bavarian food and listen to traditional Munich music then this is your spot.

Wynwood Brewing Company & Ritz-Carlton Beer Garden
3300 SW 27th Ave. | Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Dates: October 18th and 19th from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.

How cool is this! Our favorite Wynwood Brewing Company has teamed up with the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove to bring to us probably the classiest Oktoberfest beer garden of the year. The beer garden features German-inspired tapas that include chicken schnitzel sliders with tomato jam, cabbage slaw, and warm German fingerling potato salad. You will also be able to munch on beer-braised grilled bratwurst with sauerkraut and soft warm pretzels served with beer in porter cheddar soup. Oh and did I mention there is dessert? You can try their Belgian beer cookies with orange icing or and apple strudel!

You can then pair all of this delicious food with Wynwood’s La Rubia, Pop’s Porter or their special holiday brew, the Wyntoberfest. Perfection.

Wynwood Brewing Company Wyntoberfest

Wynwood Brewing Company Wyntoberfest

Chicken schnitzel slider

Chicken schnitzel slider

Beer braised grilled bratwurst w/ fries

Beer braised grilled bratwurst w/ fries

Grovetoberfest 
Peacock Park
2820 McFarlane Rd. | Coconut Grove, 33133
Date: October 18 from 2:30 - 7 p.m.

This might be the most scenic Oktoberfest celebration you will go to. In the heart of Coconut Grove sits Peacock Park, which will be filled with over 7,000 beer lovers from across the world. This festival will have over 300 beer styles from several breweries. They will also have their Kitchen Lab where you can learn beer-cooking tips, Miami’s Best Homebrew Contest, Beer Tasting 101, and live music all day long!

Eat and Drink While Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For many people all over the nation October has a strong meaning for them. Some people have personal ties to breast cancer while many others know individuals who have suffered from this disease. During the month of October there are many restaurants that are giving you the opportunity to eat and drink while supporting the cause. Pretty awesome!

Porfirio’s Restaurant 
850 Commerce Street | Miami Beach, FL 33139
               
Porfirio’s is known for having some pretty delicious authentic Mexican food. Even though they respect the flavors of yesteryear they still add a creative touch of bold flavors and carefully select their ingredients. During the month of October they will be offering three unique alcoholic beverages to accompany three mouthwatering appetizers. The selection of beverages will include Rose Pink Lemonade with Vodka, a Watermelon Margarita and a Pink Lychee Martini. Appetizers will include Degustacion de Ceviches, Queso Maria Sabina, and Carnitas de Pulpo. 

Each drink will be paired with their corresponding appetizer. Porfirio’s will donate 20 percent of proceeds from their Pink menu to the Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Affiliate. The Pink menu will be running from October 6th to the 31st.

Porfirio’s Restaurant Pink Lemonade Vodka

Porfirio’s Restaurant Pink Lemonade Vodka

Porfirio’s Restaurant Watermelon Margarita

Porfirio’s Restaurant Watermelon Margarita

Porfirio’s Restaurant Lychee Martini

Porfirio’s Restaurant Lychee Martini

Shore Club
1901 Collins Avenue | Miami Beach, FL‎

To support the cause the Shore Club is going pink by offering a seasonal pink cocktail called the Raspberry & Rose Gin Rickey. 20% of each $14.00 cocktail purchased will benefit the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on raising awareness about the disease and mobilizing Floridians to advocate for research funding, quality healthcare for all. They be will serving this drink all month.

Check out the recipe below to this fabulous drink so you can make it for your own pink-themed happy hour at home!

Raspberry & Rose Gin Rickey
1.25 oz Plymouth gin
.25 oz simple syrup
4 muddled raspberries
3 slices muddled limes
Dash of rose water
Garnish with one raspberry

Shore Club's Raspberry & Rose Gin Rickey

Shore Club's Raspberry & Rose Gin Rickey

Rocco’s Tacos
See below for addresses

Rocco’s is bringing back their “Tacos & Tatas Tuesdays” for the entire month of October. All five Rocco’s Tacos locations will donate a percentage of their Taco Tuesday sales to breast cancer research via Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 

On Tacos & Tatas Tuesdays, for $14.99 per person, guests can indulge in all-you-can-eat tacos including Rocco’s signature chicken, pork, steak, beef, mushroom, shrimp or mahi tacos, each outfitted with all the fixings. The special is available every Tuesday from open to close and drinks specials start at 7 p.m. including tequila drinks & shots, margarita pitchers, Mexican beers and Tito’s vodka drinks.

Locations:
Fort Lauderdale - 1313 Las Olas Boulevard | Fort Lauderdale, FL
Boca Raton - 5250 Town Center Circle | Boca Raton, FL
West Palm Beach - 224 Clematis Street | West Palm Beach, FL
Palm Beach Gardens - 5090 PGA Blvd | Palm Beach Gardens, FL 
Orlando - 7468 West Sand Lake Road | Orlando, FL

5 Delicious Brunch Spots In Coral Gables

Chocolate Fashion French Toast Photo courtesy of: Trip Adivsor

Chocolate Fashion French Toast

Photo courtesy of: Trip Adivsor

Who doesn't love brunch? There are even Instagram accounts, like Bitches Love Brunch, that dedicate themselves to bringing you the best of the best in the brunch scene. There are tons of places you could check out for brunch, but I want to bring you the best from Coral Gables because lately Downtown Gables has been booming with great new spots to try. Brunch on my friends!

Pincho Factory 
30 Giralda Ave. | Coral Gables, FL 33134

What you should be eating: For lunch you are having the toston burger, but for brunch you are eating the pastelito burger. Yes, this is real. And even maybe pair it with some nutella waffles.
What you should be drinking: Definitely a mimosa. 

Swine Southern Table & Bar
2415 Ponce De Leon Blvd. | Coral Gables, FL 33134
What you should be eating:
You should definitely be eating the swine burger, which has short rib, brisket, American cheese, dill pickle, lettuce, tomato, thick-cut bacon, and Swine’s special sauce.
What you should be drinking: Either a mimosa or bloody mary, your choice. 

Chocolate Fashion
248 Andalusia Ave. | Coral Gables, FL 33134
What you should be eating:
Here you are having either their eggs benedict, or their Spanish omelet with a side of ham. And then for dessert you have to eat their French toast. After all, they are a French bakery.
What you should be drinking: They have some pretty delicious coffee. I would pair this with either a hot or cold iced latte, depending on what you are feeling.

Lhardy Kitchen + Bar
301 Miracle Mile | Coral Gables, FL 33134
What you should be eating:
This restaurant is new to the scene, but nevertheless still has a good brunch. You should eat their breakfast pizza. 
What you should be drinking: 2 for 1 brunch cocktails!

Talavera Cocina Mexicana
2299 Ponce De Leon Blvd. | Coral Gables, FL 33134
What you should be eating:
If you are looking for something a bit more spicy then you should try the chilaquiles rojo con chorizo, or maybe the huevos a la Mexicana! 
What you should be drinking: Try their margarita pitchers for just $9.

3 Miami Juice Spots To Check Out

The Juicery Bar

The Juicery Bar

Everyone in Miami is on a health kick. Whether people are trying to eat paleo or gluten free we are all looking to lead healthier lifestyles. I want to share with you some pretty cool juice spots in Miami you have to check out soon. Not only do they have good for you menu items, their juices and food actually tastes good! 

The Juice Spot
1800 SW 1st Ave., #104 | Miami, FL 33129

As I am sure you all know this juice spot is owned by Savannah James, Lebron James’ wife. She started this place with her trainer David Alexander with a mission to create a healthier Miami community. Besides having some pretty awesome juices for those who want to start a cleanse, they also have a great food menu, which includes their version of an oatmeal filled with blueberries and strawberries.

Jugo Fresh
1935 West Ave., #102 | Miami Beach, FL 33139

When I moved to Miami Beach I knew I had to try Jugo Fresh. They have some pretty unique juice combinations you won't be able to find in other juice spots. For example, one of their “deep green” juices is Ya Fui Green, which has cucumber, romaine, spinach, dandelion, sunflower sprouts, parsley, lemon, and grey sea salt. Way too cool to be a juice.

The Juicery Bar
635 Brickell Key Dr. | Miami, FL 33131

This has to be my favorite juice spot in Miami. In the heart of Brickell Key owners Mariela and Vanessa wanted to open a juice spot that was not only filled with nutritious, good for you items, but also delicious! Besides having a pretty long list of natural juices and smoothies Mariela also bakes homemade goods that are to die for. Like her apple cinnamon muffins. A perfect afternoon treat!

5 Best Wine Bars in Miami

Photo courtesy of: City Never Sleeps

Photo courtesy of: City Never Sleeps

Who doesn’t love sipping on a nice glass of Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Blanc while nibbling on some cheese? It’s the middle of the week so you should treat yourself and visit one of these stellar Miami wine bars to unwind. You deserve it.

Lagniappe
3425 NE 2nd Ave. | Miami, FL 33137

Lagniappe is truly magical. You walk into a small set up where you see a chalkboard with the daily food and wine specials, and more than likely on the left-hand side there is a band playing (they have live music every night). After you order your food and get your bottle of wine, which by the way they have over 150 wine and beers to choose from, you go outside to sit on the patio which is filled with hanging lights. Now all you need is good company and you are all set.

El Carajo International Tapas and Wine
2465 SW 17th Ave. | Miami, FL 33145

When you drive into the BP gas station you would never expect to fine one of the best restaurants in Miami. Not only does El Carajo have delicious tapas, but they also have a great wine selection – and I am talking about the good stuff. They have wines like Cakebread Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, Numanthia and Duval-Leroy Brut. While you are sipping on your glass of wine make sure to try some of their tapas like their chorizo al vino and Suprema de Bacalo a la Vizcaína.

The Cellar Club at the Biltmore
1200 Anastasia Ave. | Coral Gables,  FL 33134 

Whether it was to enjoy sitting by the pool, or to enjoy a great brunch I am sure you have been to the Biltmore once or twice. Now, I introduce you to The Cellar Club. Located in the lower lobby of the Biltmore Hotel this wine bar not only serves coffee, fresh fruit and pastries in the morning, but they also offer over 100 wines by the glass and a light bar menu. Check out the website for monthly event listings.

The Cheese Course
3451 NE 1 Ave., #100 |Miami, FL 33137

I absolutely love the Cheese Course. Whenever I am in Midtown I always try to stop by. They have delicious French baguette sandwiches and really yummy salads. Besides having great food and a large selection of cheeses they also serve wine. They have an ever changing rotation of wines that can be purchased by the glass or by the bottle. For those of you that are looking for a wine bar on a budget this is your spot.

Cibo Wine Bar
45 Miracle Mile | Coral Gables, FL 33134

If you are in the Gables area then you have to check out Cibo. They have a 7-page wine menu with more than you could ever imagine. They have wine from France, Spain, South America, and Italy to name of few. Not only do they have a great wine selection, but they have some pretty delicious bites to munch on. Like their polenta fries with gorgonzola dip or arancini rice balls studded with ragu and melted mozzarella. Yum.

 

15 Miami Restaurants To Check Out For Mexican Independence Day

Photo courtesy of: Miami and Beaches

Photo courtesy of: Miami and Beaches

I am hoping you know that Mexican Independence Day is not on May 5th, Cinco de Mayo. But just in case you didn't know it’s actually tomorrow and a ton of restaurants are celebrating! 

Authentic Mexican Flavours Month invites Miamians and tourists alike to participate in a month long chance to win round-trip tickets to Mexico and tons of other surprises. All you have to do is take a picture with the “Authentic Mexican Flavours Month” menu at any of the participating restaurants below, post it on Facebook using #saboresautenticosdemexico-miami and recommend the dish you loved the most.*

Look out for special offers when you visit these restaurants tomorrow!

•    Talavera Cocina Mexicana
•    Casa Frida
•    Tenango’s Taqueria 
•    Casa Maya Grill
•    Don Burrito
•    Tequiztlan
•    Porfirio’s
•    La Mexicana Cantina & Grill
•    Las Cazuelas Mexican Cuisine
•    La Migaja Mexican Bakery
•    Viva Mexico
•    Cancun Grill
•    Puerto Vallarta Mexican Bar Grill
•    Guacamole by Chef Omar
•    Los Magueyes Mexican Restaurant

*The winner will be announced on October 1st. 

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7 Common Misconceptions About Miami

There are millions of misconceptions about Miami, and having lived in Miami most of my life I am very familiar with several of the ones listed below. Do you feel the same?

1.    When you find yourself talking to a non-Miamian and you tell them you live on the beach they say, “Well, why aren’t you tan? Don't you spend all of your time laying out in the sun?”

Photo courtesy of: I'm Not Obsessed

Photo courtesy of: I'm Not Obsessed

2.    Some people think that since there are many Latinos here, non of us speak English. Yes, my friend, we do.

3.    When you say you are a Miami Heat fan the haters and fangs come out. Everyone thinks we are bandwagon fans. What about those fans who started with the Heat back in the 80s?

Photo courtesy of: Bleacher Report

Photo courtesy of: Bleacher Report

4.    We are constantly in party mode. I know there are many people out there that basically spend their life at LIV, but that doesn't mean we all are like that.

5.    It never rains. Tell these people to come check us out for more than a day in August or September and you might notice it isn’t sunny in Miami amigos.

6.    To go off #4 – it’s spring break all the time – parties, bikinis and martinis all day. We do have to work, you know.

Photo courtesy of: World Red Eye

Photo courtesy of: World Red Eye

7.    Last, but certainly not least, when outsiders learn of the word “chongo/a” they think we all are supposed to fit that stereotype. I will admit that back in middle school I wanted my mom to buy me a gold bracelet from the jewelry store inside the Publix. That’s all I am going to say. 

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Photo courtesy: Miami New Times

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5 Hot Miami Happy Hours

Photo courtesy of: Tongue & Cheek

Photo courtesy of: Tongue & Cheek

Let’s be honest, it’s Wednesday so if you don't already have a happy hour planned then you are definitely thinking about it. Whether you plan on going tonight or Friday I thought I would share with you a few happy hours here in Miami for you to check out.

So go ahead, read and decide, and then send that Outlook invite to all your friends.

Bread + Butter
2330 Salzedo St. | Coral Gables, FL

If you haven’t noticed this hot spot in the Gables then you are missing out. Chef and owner Alberto Cabrera teamed up with mixologist Rob Montero to launch a killer Gables happy hour. Every Monday from 5 – 7 p.m. you can eat treats like their B+B pickles, warm peanut cones, empanadas with goat cheese and toston tostadas topped with chicharrones for $3 to $5. For drinks you can have their rotating cocktail of the week for $3 and half-priced beers and wines.

The News Lounge
5580 NE 4th Court | Miami, FL 33137

I am sure you have been to The News Lounge late at night for little get togethers, but now I want you to try it for happy hour. From 5 – 9 p.m. every day you can eat things like their hummus, chicken skewers, meatballs, sliders and even dates for about $4 - $6. Plus they offer $3 bers, $5 wines, and $6 mojitos. Oh yea.

Doraku
900 S Miami Ave. | Miami, FL 33131

This spot is not necessarily new but I wanted to make sure you have checked it out because their specials are pretty awesome. From 5 to 7 p.m. you get $4 sake, $3 California rolls, $2 edamame and $5 lychee martini (amazing, highly recommend this).

The Corner
1035 N Miami Ave. | Miami, FL 33136

A while back I told you these people had killer cocktails, but I never mentioned that they also have a pretty sick happy hour. From 4 – 8 p.m. every Monday through Friday you can get a can of beer for only $3 – everything from Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale to Magic Hat #9. Oh, and did I mention that their PBR drafts are only $2?

Tongue & Cheek
431 Washington Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Not only do they have an awesome Miami Spice Menu going right now, Tongue & Cheek also has a happy hour that you must check out. From 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday you can eat their $2 cheek sliders, poutine topped with braised brisket for $8, or even their crispy pig ear lettuce wraps for $8. Then you pair that with their $4 beers or $8 cocktails and you can call it a night.

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10 Signs You Are A True Miamian

Let’s be honest there are a ton of impostors out there that say they are from Miami. Oh I went to UM or FIU, so that must mean I am a true Miamian, right? Wrong! There are definitely a few experiences you have to go through to really be able to hold a conversation with someone and say, “I am from Miami!”


1.    You have been stuck in a complete gridlock on the Palmetto. 

2.    One of your favorite phrases is, “What do you think of life?” 

3.    You have survived a category 5 hurricane, and at the same time you have had hosted a killer hurricane party. 

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4.    You have taken 4 highways to get to your final destination – you take 195, and get I-95 to get to the 836 and then finally you take the 826 (this is legit the story of my life).

5.    When someone speaks to you in Spanglish you know exactly what they are saying.

6.    You have been towed at least once. 

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7.    You have gone to the beach and experienced the true ratchetness of South Beach. 

8.    You have experienced the craziness we call ULTRA. 

9.    You have been on a trip to visit a Gringo friend in another city and tried to kiss everyone on the cheek to say hello. This probably turned into a real awkward situation. 

10.    You have eaten an entire box of pastelitos by yourself. Possibly with a café con leche in your other hand

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