5 Top Wine Bars To Check Out In Miami

Lekoke Wine & Bites

Lekoke Wine & Bites

Besides eating food I really do enjoy a nice glass of wine. Whether it’s a cold “wintery” night in Miami and I am in the mood for a Cabernet, or maybe I want something a bit fruitier – Miami definitely has some awesome options when it comes to wine bars. What’s even better is all these wine bars have a really nice food menu too!

Uvaggio Wine Bar
701 Miracle Mile | Coral Gables, FL 33134

You guys have heard me talk a bit about Uvaggio, the newest wine bar to hit the Miami scene. This cozy, intimate wine bar is perfect for those who are looking to take that special someone on a date, or even if you are just looking for a night out with your girlfriends. The coolest part of Uvaggio’s concept is they pride themselves with pairing each of their dishes with the perfect wine, so it is guaranteed you will be drinking all night long.

Happy Wine
For info on their locations click here.

I have known about Happy Wine forever. Not only do they have a large variety of wines to choose from they have a great menu of food. Not to mention that you can eat their world famous paella every Friday at their Coconut Grove location, and every Saturday at their Calle Ocho location. This stuff is good. Oh, and did I mention that Monday through Wednesday it’s “Champagne Afternoons,” – from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. a glass is $5, and from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. it’s $6. Can’t get better than that.

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

This one has to be my favorite. 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.

Lekoké Wine & Bites
1225 SW 8th St. | Miami, FL 33135

If you drive too fast down Calle Ocho you will miss this Little Havana gem. I went for the first time for Mitch & Mel’s blogaversary party and it was love at first sight. You walk in and you immediately notice the hundreds of wine bottles that line the restaurant. If I were you, I would order a glass of red wine and order their table mixta plate, which comes with mixed meats and cheeses. Truly a heavenly experience. Perfect for a date or a birthday party with friends.

Wine Vault
3201 North Miami Ave., #105 | Miami, FL 33127

Now, if you are in The Shops of Midtown Miami shopping the night away and all of a sudden you realize you are in dire need of a glass of wine and some delicious flatbread (I would go for their prosciutto, but that’s just me) – then you are stopping by the Wine Vault. Not only do they have a great selection of wine, but they also have beer for that man in your life.

5 Spots to Watch Super Bowl XLIX In Miami

Batch Gastropub pretzel bites

Batch Gastropub pretzel bites

This Sunday is the biggest day in football all year. A day where rivalries are at a peak, and emotions are high. So here is the deal, whether you are rooting (or betting) on the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLIX I want to give you a few cool spots where you can eat some pretty awesome food, and enjoy the game.

May the best man win!

Where: E11EVEN Miami
            29 NE 11th St. | Miami, FL 33132
When: 6 – 10 p.m.
Why: Picture this – a full open bar, a delicious barbecue tailgate catered by Pride and Joy BBQ, and two huge LED screens, a 32 ft. and 16ft. with surround sound to watch the epic game. Pride and Joy will be cooking up wings, ribs, burgers, hotdogs and pulled pork sandwiches in their smoker. Oh, and after the game you can keep the party going with E11EVEN’s famous cirque du soleil inspired performances!

Where: Bodega Taqueria y Tequila 
            1220 16th St. | Miami Beach, FL 33139
When: Doors open at 4 p.m.
Why: Guests will enjoy mouthwatering tacos, 5 for $20 Peroni buckets and half-off margaritas. The margaritas come in either pineapple, mango, watermelon, pear, passion fruit, or strawberry flavors. Plus there will be a complimentary chips and salsa station. Yes, please.

Where: Shore Club South Beach 
            1901 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139
When: Pool party starts at 1 p.m. | Watch party is from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Why: Who doesn't want to be poolside and watch the Super Bowl in the ever-famous Redroom? You will enjoy specials like their hotdogs, Black Angus cheeseburgers, chicken wings, and shrimp tacos. Plus their drink specials will include pitchers of beer and Tito’s Vodka bottles. 

Where: The Butcher Shop
            165 NW 23rd St. | Miami, FL 33127
When: Get there before the game at 6 p.m.
Why: I personally love The Butcher Shop. They are going to be hosting a Super Bowl Party special, which features 30 wings and a pitcher of Mahou for only $35. Can’t get better then that, right? Plus they have tons of TV screens so you have plenty of room to watch the game. 

Where: Batch Gastropub
            30 SW 12th St. | Miami, FL 33130
When: Get there before the game at 6 p.m.
Why: These guys have so many TV’s you aren’t going to know which one you should watch the game on. Plus Batch also has an awesome beer on tap like the Funky Buddha Floridian, and Harpoon UFO White. Besides having an awesome cocktail and beer selection you can feast on food like truffle cheese fries, warm pretzel bites and the Divine Swine pizza.

7 Miami Coffee Houses To Get Your Caffeine Fix

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Let’s face it, it’s Wednesday so you probably need a serious pick me up to get you through the rest of the work week, and I am here to help you. I love coffee almost as much as I love food, and that’s a pretty serious thing. This means that I have been to a coffee shop or two in Miami, and I want to give you a few of my favorite spots that I think you should definitely check out this week.

Panther Coffee
*Click here for full list of locations

This is by far one of my favorite coffee shops in Miami. What you are ordering when you stop by any one of their locations is their cold brew. They are actually now distributing their coffee to several restaurants in Miami, that’s how good it is. Oh, and you should pair it with one of their backed goods – maybe a cookie!

Café Curuba
2626 Ponce de Leon Blvd. | Coral Gables, FL 33134

This café is pretty new to the Coral Gables, and there aren’t many like it in the area. You can stop by and pick up either a cold brew coffee, or a coffee that’s brewed to order – by either a clever or French press. And for those of you who liked tea try their Curuba Blend, which comes with rose petals, lemon myrtle, hibiscus, and ginger.

Café Demetrio
300 Alhambra Circle | Coral Gables, FL 33134

Did you know that Café Demetrio was Coral Gables first coffee house? The original concept when they opened the café was a place where poets, intellectuals, artists, and working citizens could spend the afternoon with a good cup of coffee – just like the 18th century. I personally like to order their lattes when I am here, so delicious. Oh, and you have to pair it with their homemade coffee cake.

Versailles Restaurant
3555 SW 8th St. | Miami, FL 33135

You know I had to add Versailles! I have been going to that “window” since I can remember with my dad. Here is where you are going to get the perfect Cuban coffee and cortadito (get it with evaporated milk). When you order your coffee you have to pair it with either a pastelito de guayaba y queso or a croqueta. 

Pasion del Cielo
*Click here for full list of locations

If you are looking for a place where you can get together with classmates and study for the big exam then this is your coffee spot. Pasion del Cielo also has several locations, and the one that is right in front of Dadeland Mall is pretty big and perfect for a meeting of the minds. The cool thing about Pasion is that you can taste coffees from several different countries – anything from Colombia to Jamaica Blue Mountain.

Nespresso Café 
1111 Lincoln Road Mall  | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Now if you are looking for a coffee house that is crazy fancy, but still offers really delicious coffee then you have to check out Nespresso. You can choose from 16 different crus with notes like spicy, floral, woody, malt, and honey. I would order a cappuccino, and maybe even check out their light fare menu.

Crossfit Soul Bulletproof Bar
2900 SW 69th Ct. | Miami, FL 33155

You are probably thinking, “Wait, this is a Crossfit gym, isn’t it?” And you are correct! This is actually where I have been working out for almost four years, and they have recently added a coffee bar to their awesome list of offerings. Besides being able to pick up a great post-workout smoothie you can also try Bulletproof coffee, which has Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee, MCT oil and Kerrygold unsalted grass-fed butter. You might think that combination is weird, but the idea is all these ingredients together help you feel lean, focused and energized throughout the day.

6 Spots You Must Visit This Year In Miami

Abuela Maria ice cream from Azucar Ice Cream Company

Abuela Maria ice cream from Azucar Ice Cream Company

It’s still January so that means that 99.9% of us are still trying to be as productive as we can this New Year. This means we are still religiously going to the gym, eating healthy, making sure to stay in contact with friends, etc. Well, as you are putting together your list of to-do’s – places to eat and visit during 2015 – I want to help you out by giving you a few of my favorite places. These Miami spots are definitely worth the visit.

1.    If you have never been to Knaus Berry Farm then you are truly missing out on big things. What I am referencing to when I say big are their glorious cinnamon rolls. This place may be out in Homestead, but once you take that first bite out of that roll the you completely forget about the drive. 

2.    Since you are already in the area make at stop at Robert Is Here for the best milkshake you will have all year. They have everything from your strawberry to papaya banana, which is my personal favorite.

3.    Many people live in Miami, but have never taken the time to actually walk down Calle Ocho in Little Havana. I know that’s crazy, right? When you are walking down this historic street make a quick stop at Azucar Ice Cream Company and order the Abuela Maria ice cream. You won’t regret this decision. They also have a special flavor right now called Bourbon Buns, which is made with the cinnamon rolls from Knaus Berry Farm and bourbon!

4.    Have you ever actually walked or run down the boardwalk in Miami Beach? The boardwalk goes from about 46th street all the way down to 23rd, and it’s such an awesome view if you go during sunrise or sunset. Great location for the perfect #selfie!

5.    If you are looking for an awesome newly renovated bar to check out then you have to go visit my friends over at Ball & Chain in the heart of Little Havana. These guys not only have awesome music but they are serving up some pretty sweet cocktails and bar bites.

6.    If you are looking for some new restaurants to check out then I suggest you visit the following: Downtown Bistro, Buns & Buns, Riviera Focaccia Italiana, and Little Bread Cuban Sandwich Company. Just a few of my favorites, which you should add to your list.

7 Best New Bars in Miami 2014

The Rum Line Punch

The Rum Line Punch

Last year was definitely a great one when it came to new restaurants and bars in Miami. We had new hot spots like Little Bread Cuban Sandwich Company pop up in the heart of Little Havana where we were able to eat a delicious Cuban sandwich, and then we had restaurants like Downtown Bistro where just by walking in we were transported to Paris (order the Croque Madame!).

Besides the new restaurants in Miami there were also some really awesome new bars that are definitely worth a mention or two.

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 has 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? If you have never been this is a must!

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

This is one of my new favorite spots in Miami Beach. When you first walk into to this magical bar you immediately notice that the furniture is full on Tiki bar status. The cocktails are off the chain. They have Lure Fishbar’s Robert Ferrara serving as the bar director, and he has put together an outrageous menu of cocktails you won’t believe. The menu is split between old school and new school cocktails. I would suggest you try the Zombie No. 305, which has Bacardi Byr, Olmeca Altos Tequila, Lemon Hart 151, Kronan Swedish Punch, Donn’s Mixx #2, Line, and Grenadine. Epic.

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. 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.

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.” Here you can now enjoy delicious cocktails like their Vagabond Collins, which has vodka, lemon and lime juices and simple syrup with Angostura bitters. 

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. This new spot in 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!

Better Days in Brickell
500 Brickell Bldg | Miami, FL 

There honestly isn't a more chill bar in the area than this one. When you first walk in you immediately feel cozy and at home with the decor. The coolest part, besides getting unlimited free popcorn, is that there are games for you to play all over. My personal favorites are dominos and jenga. For those of you who like tequila I suggest you try their Cinco de Bandito cocktail, which has Casamigos Reposada Tequila, fresh lime juice, and it's topped off with salt and grapefruit soda. Perfectly light and refreshing!

Uvaggio Wine Bar in Coral Gables
70 Miracle Mile | Coral Gables, FL 

This is definitely my favorite new wine bar in Miami. Right in the heart of Downtown Coral Gables, Uvaggio is a small, yet quaint wine bar that doesn't disappoint. Craig DeWald and Heath Porter (owner and managing partner) have come straight from California with a wealth of knowledge in wine. Besides having a great selection of wine they have some pretty awesome food too. Without a doubt you have to try their braised beef short rib and salt cod croquetas.

10 Things You Can Buy When You Shave $100 Off Your Budget In Miami

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Let’s be real, we are in a world of saving money. So now I pose this question – what would you do if I told you that you could save $100 a year if you switched over to the Dollar Shave Club, where you choose one of their three great razors, they get delivered right to your door every month, and you could cancel any time?

I started thinking…what would I do here in Miami with an extra $100 bucks in my pocket, and this is what I came up with.

1.    90 guava pastelitos from Versailles
2.   50 coladas from your favorite Cuban window
3.   50 scoops of Abuela Maria ice cream from Azucar Ice Cream Company
4.   20 cups of cold brew from Panther Coffee
5.   9 Ginger Snap Old Fashioned’s from The Broken Shaker
6.   10 dozen cinnamon rolls from Knaus Berry Farm
7.   30 fritas from Rey de las Fritas
8.   10 acai bowls from Ten Fruits
9.   9 Croque Madame’s from Downtown Bistro
10.  10 orders of media noche croquetas from Bread + Butter

Can you tell I love food?

What would you do with an extra $100?

3 Miami Day Trips That Are Worth The Drive

Not sure if you are following what I do on a daily basis on my Instagram, but by this point you know I love Miami, and I love food, right? Over the holiday I decided to take a day trip down to the Redlands and Florida City area of Miami-Dade. You might be thinking, “What’s all the way in BFE?”

Knaus Berry Farm
15980 SW 248th St. | Homestead, FL 33031

Over 55 years ago two brothers, Ray and Russell, began raising strawberries and they set up a small stand to sell them to the locals. Over the years the business has not only grown, but now you can go pick your own strawberries and pick up the most delicious, mouth-watering cinnamon and pecan rolls you will ever taste in your life. No joke. People drive hours to pick up a dozen rolls and their strawberry milkshakes. It’s more than worth it.

Cinnamon rolls

Cinnamon rolls

Cinnamon pecan rolls

Cinnamon pecan rolls

Cheese bread rolls

Cheese bread rolls

Robert Is Here
19200 SW 344th St. | Homestead, FL 33034

I had recently found out about this fruit stand operating in Florida City, which is open 7 days a week. When you walk in you are immediately greeted by the colors and smells of the perfectly ripe fruit they sell. If you look around you will see they have set out samples for you to try. Besides the fruit, jams, and guacamole they also sell milkshakes and smoothies. I am not going to lie, the papaya banana milkshake I had at Robert Is Here was by far one of the best drinks I have ever had. Plus they have a petting zoo out back, which is a ton of fun!

Milkshake menu

Milkshake menu

Papaya banana milkshake

Papaya banana milkshake

Sonny’s BBQ
33505 South Dixie Highway | Florida City, FL 33034

The pitmasters at Sonny’s BBQ do not play around when it comes to BBQ. These guys know what they are doing. My personal favorites right now are their BBQ pulled pork and pulled chicken. These guys have perfected it. The meat is perfectly seasoned and smoked, plus some parts of the meat are crunchy from the smoker so you get a little bit of that char grilled taste. So out of control. You have to try Sonny’s.

Photo courtesy of: Sonny's BBQ -- Pulled pork

Photo courtesy of: Sonny's BBQ -- Pulled pork

Photo courtesy of: Sonny's BBQ -- Pulled chicken

Photo courtesy of: Sonny's BBQ -- Pulled chicken

2015 New Year’s Resolutions for Miamians

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So it’s the first week of the New Year, which probably means that somewhere on your bathroom mirror you have a list of a few resolutions. I bet you some of them include – loosing weight, staying in touch with friends, and either getting a raise or a promotion. Am I right? 

Either way, I am here to give you a list of a few things to keep in mind of what you can do this New Year in Miami. 

1.    Stop eating so much brunch and get into shape. After all the delicious food and family gatherings we ended 2014 with we are all in need of a little body shaping. See below for a few of my personal favorites when it comes to getting in shape.

Crossfit Soul: This is by far, my favorite Crossfit gym in Miami. The owners and coaches are extremely dedicated to their members, and are willing to go the extra mile to see you supersede goals. They have some awesome promotions going on this month so head over to their website ASAP!

Skanda Yoga: If you are looking for something not as intense but still good for the soul then this is your yoga studio. Don’t let this small one room yoga studio tucked away on a side street in Brickell fool you. The instructors are hardcore and will help you get into the poses and whip you into shape.

2.    Drink less and do a juice cleanse. We all want to clear our body from all those toxins – what I mean is all that food and alcohol you drank last year. 

Jugofresh: These guys are awesome. They went from one shop in Miami Beach to now more than 5 stores in Miami-Dade. They have different cleanses depending on how active you are during the day.

Ten Fruits: I am loving this new juice bar, now with two locations. They have three levels depending on how much of a juice cleanse pro you really are – the cleanse starter, sustaining cleanse, and the cleanse professional. 

3.    Don’t eat so many Cuban sandwiches and eat a bit healthier. You all know by now a girl can eat. I live to eat, but I also know that every now and then I need to give my body good, clean food – and the restaurants below offer just that.

Choices Café: When you visit these guys anything and everything is delicious and organic, but my personal favorite is the mental. This bad boy comes with a lentil patty, black beans, quinoa, pico de gallo, plantain, sautéed onion, cheese, avocado, and tahini sauce. You can get it as a wrap, gluten free wrap, collard wrap, a salad, or a bowl. 

Green Gables Café: This guys are committed to serving organic vegetables and fruits; free-range, grass-fed, hormone-free, and antibiotic-free meats. My personal favorite dish is their black bean veggie burger – it comes with tomatoes, romaine lettuce, and garlic aioli on a multigrain burger bun with sweet potato home fries.

5 New Year’s Day Brunches in Miami

Photo courtesy of: Siena Tavern

Photo courtesy of: Siena Tavern

Ok, so let's be honest with each other here. After you wake up – at like 1 p.m. on January 1, 2015 – you are going to be in need of not only some serious aspirin and water, but also brunch! Lucky for you brunch is a big deal in Miami, so several hot spots will have their doors open waiting for you – possibly with a bloody mary or mimosa, if you’re up for it.

The Butcher Shop
165 NW 23rd St. | Miami, FL 33127
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

You will be feasting on things like smoked bone-in rib bacon & eggs, salmon benedict, walnut crusted French toast – and, of course, bottomless bloody Igor’s, mimosas and white sangria. 

La Mar by Gaston Acurio
500 Brickell Key Dr. | Miami, FL 33131
11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Here you are enjoying mouthwatering cuisine by Chef Diego Oka. Something you should definitely try is their Peruvian-style steak and eggs. Total deliciousness. 

Siena Tavern
404 Washington Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Start of the year right with some stone crab benedict, steak & eggs, caramelized waffles and tiramisu French toast. Oh, and if you are into sweet treats try their monkey bread, and that is all I will say about that. Plus, there will also be bottomless mimosas and bloody Mary’s!

Khong River House
1661 Meridian Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139
Noon – 4 p.m.

If you are looking for something a little bit different for your taste buds then you should stop here. They will be serving things like their Thai street omelet with lemongrass-cured salmon, and their hangover burger, which is topped with a sunny-side-egg, of course.

Edge Steak & Bar
1435 Brickell Ave. | Miami, FL 33131
11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Looking for something fancy then this is your spot. Edge is serving a brunch style buffet, which includes barbecue grilling stations, oysters, and a pretty intense dessert table.

5 Delicious Organic Miami Eats

Let’s be honest here – I bet you that most people reading this post right now haven’t exactly eaten very healthy these past few weeks. Well, you know…with Halloween and all those Snickers and Reese’s, and then there was Thanksgiving. Oh, and the holiday parties!

I am here to give you a few healthy options to check out over the holiday season so you don't completely inflate like a hot air balloon! 

Green Gables Café
327 Alhambra Circle | Coral Gables, FL 33134

There was a time when I was eating here once a week. If you go for lunch you will probably have to wait a few minutes for a table, but it’s totally worth it. They are committed to serving organic vegetables and fruits; free-range, grass-fed, hormone-free, and antibiotic-free meats. My personal favorite dish is their black bean veggie burger – it comes with tomatoes, romaine lettuce, and garlic aioli on a multigrain burger bun with sweet potato home fries. Those fries though…so good.

Photo courtesy of: Green Gables Cafe

Photo courtesy of: Green Gables Cafe

GreenLife Organic Bistro
104 Giralda Ave. | Coral Gables, FL 33134

This spot is absoletly perfect for those that work in the Gables area. Having been open only a few months they have a pretty nice steady flow of traffic. The locals are coming to not only have their cold pressed juices like the FCK Cancer (kale, spinach, lime, cucumber, and granny apples), but also for their daily organic specials and delicious soups. Oh, and did I mention they also serve Panther coffee cold brew?

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Ten Fruits
2516 Ponce de Leon Blvd. | Coral Gables, FL 33134

I am newly obsessed with Ten Fruits, which just opened not too long ago in Coral Gables. After a workout I stopped by and picked up a papaya jungle, which has papaya, mango, carob, coconut and almond milk. Boy did that hit the spot. I also recommend you pick up a delicious acai bowl. My choice? I would order the acai coco bowl - it has toasted coconut on top! 

*See my Tastemade video review here!

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Choices Café
711 NW 27th Ave. | Miami, FL 33125
(Opening Jan. 2) 2626 Ponce de Leon Blvd. | Coral Gables, FL 33134

The mental lentil is the first item under their signature dishes. This bad boy comes with a lentil patty, black beans, quinoa, pico de gallo, plantain, sautéed onion, cheese, avocado, and tahini sauce. You can get it as a wrap, gluten free wrap, collard wrap, a salad, or a bowl. I can’t express that happiness I feel when I eat this wrap. I can only hope you feel the same when you visit Choices!

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My Ceviche
1250 S Miami Ave. | Brickell, FL 33130
(Coming soon to Coral Gables!)

I can’t live without My Cevhice’s tacos. They are essentially make your own tacos. You can choose from fish, shrimp (which is what I get), octopus, or raw tuna. You can get your tacos with soft flour or corn tortilla, or as a lettuce wrap. Then they are served with pickled red onion, queso fresco, radishes, cilantro, and lime spiced corn chips (so good!). For those who don't like tacos then get the ceviche bowl!

Photo courtesy of: Miami.com

Photo courtesy of: Miami.com

7 Miami Spots To Ring In The New Year

Photo courtesy of: Island Mix

Photo courtesy of: Island Mix

The thing that I really love about my city is that there is something for everyone. Whether you want to ring in the New Year in one of the hottest clubs in South Beach, or you just want to enjoy a delicious meal with family and friends – Miami has it all. And I have put together a few spots you should check out depending on how you want to welcome 2015!

For those who are looking for something free and for the whole family.

Bayfront Park
Here the party starts at 8 p.m., and the festivities include a dance party with Funky Frank, fireworks and a countdown to midnight with “The Big Orange” ascending to the top of the adjacent InterContinental Miami hotel.

Lummus Park
If you want to head over to the beach then go to Lummus Park on 8th St. and Ocean Drive where the party starts at 9 p.m., and will include live music and fireworks at midnight. Plus there are tons of spots to grab a beer, or three along, the way!

For those of you who are foodies like me.

You know that Miami’s restaurants are stepping up their game for New Year’s Eve, and for those of you who want to end the year eating some delicious food you have so many options. Keep in mind that most of the restaurants below offer two seatings. One is going to be around 6:30 – 7 p.m., and another will be around 9 p.m. The later seating is always more expensive because it usually includes a champagne toast and a few other festivities.

If you are looking to check out restaurants in Miami hotels then you should look into: Michael Mina 74, Gotham Steak, Scarpeta, DB Bistro Moderne, and Zuma.

If you would rather stay away from the hotel scene then you should look into: The Federal Food, Drinks & Provisions, The Rusty Pelican, The Meat Market, or the Biltmore’s New Year’s Eve 2014 Gala, which should be spectacular.

Stay tuned for a full review on Uvaggio's New Year's Eve dinner, coming soon!

For a full list of restaurants and their special New Year’s Even menus click here.

For those of you who would rather just drink and get rowdy. 

Let’s be honest, Miami is so known for its parties, so get ready for some pretty epic bashes. 

Nikki Beach Miami
Peace, Love & Music

Who doesn't love Nikki Beach? For the 31st they are hosting a vintage-inspired soiree with food by Chef Brain Molloy, live entertainment, party favors, and your very own private fireworks display – with a champagne toast, of course. For those of you who want to reserve your spot click here

Miami Nice 2015 New Year’s Day Winter White Yacht Party
I have done this before – rang in the New Year on a yacht. It’s pretty awesome. Celebrate the first night of the New Year on a four-leveled yacht with VIP areas for bottle service, eight flat-screen TV’s, an open air promenade, music by DJs Prince and Snap, and complimentary light buffet. You can’t get more epic then that. For tickets click here.

Clevelander South Beach
You are always guaranteed an epic party at the Clevelander for New Year’s Eve. This year their theme is a futuristic wonderland. What does that mean, you ask? Well essentially they will have sexy LED robots and crazy light displays. Weird, crazy and epic all at once. For tickets click here.

For a full list of parties for New Year’s Eve click here.

*P.S. Keep in mind, when you wake up a bit hungover on January 1st that many restaurants will be hosting brunch. Just what you need to get your year started on the right foot!

5 Reasons To Visit Clandestino Pub

Sometimes when you visit Miami Beach your senses are on overdrive. There is a restaurant or bar in every single crevice, so it can get overwhelming really quickly. And sometimes you just want a really smooth cocktail or a hoppy beer, while listening to chill jazz music, am I right? Well, Clandestino Pub is the perfect spot not only for those visiting Miami, but also for those Miamians who are looking to just kick back and relax.

For those of you who have never visited this pub I want to give you a few reasons why you must go this weekend.

1.    When you first walk in you immediately notice the amount of spirits and the infinite cocktail selection. They carry over 50 hand picked craft spirits plus a craft beer menu that would put any other bar to shame. There is definitely something for everyone.

2.    Each night of the week they have either a local DJ or band play. They feature some of the most unique live acts in South Florida, really specializing in local-bred bands.

3.    They have some pretty killer cocktails. And when I mean killer I really mean it. This Mexican owned pub knows how to kick your ass with a spicy cocktail. If you are looking for something to really fire up your insides you are trying either “El Jefe” (Ilegal Joven Mezcal, Tamarindo, Ancho Reyes, Chile, Lime), or the “Diablito” (Jalapeño-infused Pierde Almas, Hibiscus, Passionfruit, Agave). 

4.    Mexican urban artist SMITHE just created a pretty awesome mural during Art Basel – his first in Miami Beach. Want to know what else? This guy has painted murals in Germany, France, Belgium, UK, and Spain just to name a few. 

5.    It’s located in South Beach. I know for some people they read or think of the words “South Beach” and they immediately start sweating. But these guys are right off the 395 exit with some great parking right out front. My friends, it’s definitely worth the effort to visit the Miami New Times “Best Bar in South Beach in 2013."

SMITHE Mural

SMITHE Mural

El Jefe (Ilegal Joven Mezcal, Tamarindo, Ancho Reyes, Chile, Lime)

El Jefe (Ilegal Joven Mezcal, Tamarindo, Ancho Reyes, Chile, Lime)

Diablito  (Jalapeño-infused Pierde Almas, Hibiscus, Passionfruit, Agave)

Diablito  (Jalapeño-infused Pierde Almas, Hibiscus, Passionfruit, Agave)

Garibaldi (Montelobos Mezcal, Campari, Cochi Americano, Orange)

Garibaldi (Montelobos Mezcal, Campari, Cochi Americano, Orange)

Frida (Del Maguey Mezcal, Grand Poppy Fresh Watermelon, Rosemary)

Frida (Del Maguey Mezcal, Grand Poppy Fresh Watermelon, Rosemary)

5 Must Do Miami Events This December

At this point you should have completely recuperated from all the “baseling” you did last week. Between the art, culture and food I am sure your brain and taste buds have been on overdrive. Even though Art Basel is over there is still a ton of fun stuff you can do this December in Miami.

Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna 
Dec. 11 – Jan.25

After the remarkable success of TOTEM in 2013, which I went to go see of course, Cirque du Soleil has returned to Miami with one of its newest touring shows, Amaluna, which premiers on December 11 (until January 25) under the iconic blue and yellow Big Top at Sun Life Stadium. Written and directed by Tony Award-winning director, Diane Paulus, Cirque du Soleil's 33rd production Amaluna is a celebration of love and a tribute to the work and voice of women.

Photo courtesy of: Cirque du Soleil

Photo courtesy of: Cirque du Soleil

Miami Celebrates “I Did” Divorce Party
Dec. 11

Divorce Coach Debbie Martinez invites singles to celebrate new beginnings and toast an ex ‘goodbye’ during her second Divorce Party taking place at Ball & Chain Miami on Thursday, December 11th from 6-9 p.m.  Martinez hosted “Miami’s first divorce party” earlier this summer and had such tremendous positive feedback; she decided to make it a quarterly event.

Photo courtesy of: Huffington Post

Photo courtesy of: Huffington Post

Buskerfest Miami 2014
Dec. 12

This is a street performance festival! They will be placing over 40 performance groups at the stops of the Metromover’s Inner Loop, as well as new walkable locations in-between stations. Full festival details, including artist lineup are available when you click on “Bukerfest Miami 2014” above.

Photo courtesy of: Buskerfest Miami

Photo courtesy of: Buskerfest Miami

Y100 Jingle Ball
Dec. 21

If you are telling me that you don't want to spend a Sunday night listening to Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris, Pharrell, Iggy Azalea, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, MAGIC!, Charli XCX, Jessie J, Rixton, Mary Lambert, Kiesza, Becky G, Jake Miller and Shawn Mendes, with special guest host Nick Jonas – then there must be something seriously wrong with you. To purchase your tickets click here!

Photo courtesy of: BB&T Center

Photo courtesy of: BB&T Center

Orange Bowl 2014 – Mississippi State vs. Georgia Tech
Dec. 31

How cool is it that Miami (Sun Life Stadium) is hosting the College Football Playoffs? Welcome to the Orange Bowl Mississippi State and Gerogia Tech. We are excited to have you in the Sunshine State!

Photo courtesy of: Fan Sided

Photo courtesy of: Fan Sided

6 Things To Do During Miami Heritage Month

In case you didn't know December is Miami Heritage Month! When people think of Miami a few things that may come to mind are – glamour, beaches, tan, beauty, and the list goes on. Many people tend to forget that before all the glitz and glamour Miami had a very rich history.

During the month of December you are invited to unravel the hidden cultural gems in our city and learn how Miami came to be how it is today.

Tower Theater
1508 SW 8th St.

This historic theater, built in 1926 and transformed into an Art Deco gem by architect Robert Law Weed in 1931 for the Wometco Theater chain, was a popular neighborhood theater with its Saturday morning matinees and special events. The theater’s shiny steel spire greeted the Cuban refugees when they first landed on the streets of Little Havana in 1959. Now owned and beautifully restored by the City of Miami, Miami Dade College operates the theater and provides dance and theater performances, as well as film and art exhibitions.

Tower_Theater

United States Post Office and Federal Courthouse 
300 NE 1st Ave.

Designed by Phineas Paist, Harold D. Stewart and Marion Manley, Florida’s first licensed woman architect, the courthouse reflects a marvelous fusion of the Mediterranean and Neo-Classical styles. Completed in 1934, the building is faced with oolitic limestone and contains a magnificent mural by Denman Fink in the central courtroom. It has been the venue for many major court cases, as well as Senator Estes Kefauver’s Select Committee on Crime hearings in the 1950s.

Old_Miami_Federal_Bldg

Alfred I. Dupont Building 
169 E. Flagler St.

Designed by Marsh and Saxelbye in 1937, this structure is Miami’s only Art Deco skyscraper and a representation of Depression Moderne architecture. It resembles the buildings comprising Rockefeller Center in New York City, which were also created in the same era. During World War II, it served as headquarters for the Seventh Naval District, whose charge was to guard the waters and shorelines against Nazi submarine attacks. They now rent out the building for parities and weddings!

Alfred_I_DuPont_Building

Booker T. Washington Senior High School 
1200 NW 6th Ave.

The original masonry building opened in 1927 and was the first public school in South Florida to provide recognized 12th grade education for Black children. It was integrated in 1966 and became a middle school. The original building was torn down and a new school designed by Robert Bradford Browne was constructed, preserving the original entrance. In 2001, Booker T. Washington once again became a senior high school.

Booker_T_Washington_Senior_High_School

The Barnacle 
3485 Main Highway 

This State of Florida historic site is Miami’s oldest home in its original location. The Barnacle, designed by owner Ralph M. Munroe in 1891, offers visitors the opportunity to almost re-enter the “Era of the Bay” before Henry Flagler’s railroad came to Miami in 1896 and sparked rapid development. Often called the “Father of Coconut Grove,” Munroe was a pioneer photographer, author, sailboat designer and environmentalist. This is a really cool spot, and highly recommend you check it out if you have never been!

The_Barnacle

Coral Castle Museum 
28655 S. Dixie Highway

Coral Castle is one man’s unique monument to his “sweet 16” girlfriend, who broke their engagement. Without any assistance, Ed Leedskalnin spent 20 years building the castle using more than 1,100 tons of coral rock. The nine-ton gate can be opened with a light touch of the hand. 

Coral_Castle_Museum

8 Best New Miami Restaurants of 2014

Let’s be honest, this year was a great year for Miami restaurants. It seemed like every other day a new awesome spot popped up – all the way from South Miami to Miami Beach. In light of Thanksgiving I think we should all be thankful for these delicious new offerings. If you haven’t visited some of these new Miami restaurants this year then end the year with a bang, and make sure to get out there and eat all you can possibly eat!

Downtown Bistro

114 SE 1st St. | Miami, FL 33131

What you are eating: Every dish here is so full of flavor. What I recommend is you eat the escargot. This quaint French bistro knows what they are doing. Even if you are an escargot virgin – like I was before I visited this restaurant – you must try them! I also recommend the Fried Goat Cheese Medallion and Short Rib Ravioli.

Fried goat cheese medallion

Fried goat cheese medallion

Lhardy Kitchen + Bar

301 Miracle Mile | Coral Gables, FL 33134

What you are eating: Here you are eating the Salisbury meatballs. These meatballs are one of kind, my friends. They are unagi glazed meatballs that sit on homemade mashed potatoes with sautéed peppers and bacon. Yes, I said bacon. Then you are eating their chicken sandwich, and don’t think this is like any other ordinary sandwich. They put a delicious twist on theirs, which is stuffed with grilled ham, crispy bacon, fried egg, sliced tomatoes, and arugula with balsamic glaze. Insane. On my favorite sandwiches, by far.

Chicken sandwich

Chicken sandwich

Seasalt & Pepper

422 NW North River Dr. | Miami, FL 33128

What you are eating: This place is all about the seafood, and I highly recommend you eat one of their casseroles. My personal favorite is the Chilean Sea Bass, which comes with a truffle mushroom crust and Yukon potatoes. So delicious.

Chliean sea bass

Chliean sea bass

Buns & Buns

5748 Sunset Dr. | South Miami, FL 33143

What you are eating: You have to start your experience with the Spinach Poofs. Even though they are “technically” a side you can definitely get them for your appetizer. These heavenly poofs made of spinach, chives and manchego cheese are pure deliciousness. Then you are eating the Knife & Pork Burger with caramelized onions, wilted watercress, their special sauce, and I added an egg – of course. I add a fried egg to everything.

Knife and Fork burger

Knife and Fork burger

Riviera Focaccia Italiana

3252 NE Buena Vista Ave. | Miami, FL 33137

What you are eating: Even if pesto sauce isn’t your thing I highly recommend you try their Mandilli di Seta al Pesto. Their handkerchief style pasta with authentic pesto sauce (made with organic sweet basil, pine nuts, a touch of garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and Parmigiano cheese) is out of this world. I literally couldn't stop eating it. And for those who don't want to venture into the pesto then try their Pansoti al Sugo di Noci – pasta that is stuffed with spinach, ricotta cheese, chard, Italian herbs, spices, and Parmigiano cheese. Or their Polpo Riviera – a lighter option with octopus, diced potato, celery, olives, cherry tomato, topped with extra virgin olive oil.

Mandilli di Seta al Pesto

Mandilli di Seta al Pesto

KUSH Wynwood

2003 North Miami Ave. | Wynwood, FL 33127

What you are eating: You must order the ever enticing frita burger, which is served with guava jelly, melted Gruyere stuffed with potato stix, crispy bacon LoKal sauce. Wow. I mean really. I would also add sweet potato fries with it.

Frita burger

Frita burger

Sriracha House

1502 Washington Ave. | Miami Beach, 33139

What you are eating: Here you get to build your own wok bowl with whatever your heart desires. What did I have? I created a bowl with egg noodles and a stir-fry egg with beef. Then I added button mushrooms, bok choy, broccoli, bell peppers, and roasted peanuts. Lastly I topped it off with some tasty sauces – Taiwanese Oyster, Japanese Teriyaki and a dash of Chinese Sweet & Sour. Don’t judge. I love sauces. 

Wok bowl

Wok bowl

L’echon Brasserie 

6261 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33140

What you are eating: These guys are known for their pork and seafood. You need to eat their Pan con L’echon. The perfectly crisp pork is pressed in between the most moist brioche bun you have ever tasted. Then you are having the Cabana Grand Plateau. This more than grand plate comes with 12 oysters, 5 chilled shrimp, 5 chilled mussels, ½ Maine lobster, the ceviche of the day – and seasonal mignonette, classic cocktail, yuzu dijonnaise, warm butter, and lemon. You might need someone to roll you out of the restaurant.

Pan con lechon

Pan con lechon

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.

Pincho_Factory_Toston_Burger_Coral_Gables

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.

Frita_Burger_Kush_Wynwood

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.

Turkey hash

Turkey hash

Turkey sandwich

Turkey sandwich

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.

Bianca_at_Delano

James Royal Palm
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.

Florida_Cookery_Patio

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.

Shore_Club_Terrazza_Outdoor

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