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22 Jul

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La Sandwicherie

July 22, 2013 | By |

This French owned eatery is a definite gem, serving up French savoir-faire on South Beach since 1988. The best and freshest gourmet sandwiches are what they are best know for and keeps people lining up in front of this small sandwich window bar that oozes with style along with their infamous French vinaigrette.

However, don’t let the laissez-faire style fool you. The place runs like a well oiled machine. The service is great and fast and well worth watching your single sandwich artist work his magic as he rapidly assembles all of the sandwiches and salads himself.

The neon sign reads, “Victory Served”, and that they certainly do. Their stacked up sandwiches and loaded colorful salads are packed with freshness that will leave you feeling like a “Champion”. No surprise that these guys have been winning the crowds over, night after nigh,t well into the morning hours (5am).

Great smoothies and shakes are also on the La Sandwicherie menu. Situated just west of Collins, on 14th street, it”s a must, for anyone visiting South Beach.

http://www.lasandwicherie.com/sobe/index.html

WillOnSoBe

22 Jul

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Serendipity 3

July 22, 2013 | By |

Everyone raves about the frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity on Lincoln Road, but I think this is more of a girl thing and over rated due to a movie of the same name with Kate Beckinsdale and John Cusack, that sparked a craze.

This place is a little overpriced as they charge roughly ten bucks for anything sweet including $22.50 for cheesecake.

The original location is in New York and they have a location in Las Vegas, I guess the only other places along with Miami where you can get away with charging these prices.

WillOnSoBe

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22 Jul

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THE FRIEZE – Ice Cream and Sorbet

July 22, 2013 | By |

 

Since 1987 The Frieze has been manufacturing the best, all natural, super-premium ice cream and sorbet made fresh daily at the corner of Lincoln Road & Michigan Avenue.

A featured stop on the “Miami Food Tours”, The Frieze was voted Best Ice Cream 2012, by the Miami New Times. The friendly staff will let you sample as much as you please before deciding on your choice of the many yummy flavors to choose from.

My favorites: Dulce de Leche, Cherry Vanilla, Rum Raisin, Key Lime Pie, Champagne Sorbet

http://thefrieze.com/

WillOnSoBe

22 Jul

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Le Tub – Hollywood, Florida

July 22, 2013 | By |

This place is just north of Miami Beach and probably the only reason to go to Hollywood, Florida. I usually don’t like to leave the beach, but for Le Tub I will always make an exception.

Nothing is more American than a good Hamburger and no place is more American than Le Tub. Built entirely with driftwood and ocean borne treasures gathered by the owner, this place takes eco-friendly to a whole new level, long before using reclaimed wood became chic.

No place reminds me of America, quite like this place nestled on highway A1A. Put together on the barren land of an old Sunoco gas bar that was closed by the energy crunch of the early 70’s, it is everything America used to be.

Located at 1100 North Ocean Drive, you will have a hard time finding this place, as it has no signs unless you count the piece of beach wood with the name painted on it. The great food has kept the crowds coming back and spreading the word for years.

In 2006, GQ Magazine voted Le Tub the best burger in America, and they were featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Quite the feat for a 13 oz patty of ground top sirloin that gets served up on a styrofoam plate, a plain white bun and some lettuce and tomato.

It is well worth the trip to Le Tub and one I look forward to every time I am in the Miami Area. The place has never disappointed me. The burger is a must, but do try the mouth watering Gumbo Shrimp, crab legs, or the fish catch of the day sandwich. If you have the room for desert, their Key Lime Pie is made on premise with fresh limes.

This place is South Florida cuisine at its best, reminding me of my winter Florida vacations long ago. Unpretentious, downright good eating and a place where the great food does not rely on the mesmerizing vista of the inter coastal waterway that it overlooks.

Try grabbing a seat overlooking the water and your in for an experience that will leave you speechless and one that will come up in your thoughts every time you bite into a hamburger again. Just remember, it will be tough to match up to Le Tub.

http://www.theletub.com/

WillOnSoBe

22 Jul

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Wynwood Art District

July 22, 2013 | By |

South Beach and more in particular Lincoln Road Mall has fallen victim as one of the latest casualties of gentrification. Speak to any South Beach old timer with even a spark of imagination and you will quickly pick up on a tone of hostility towards being displaced by the runway models and wealthy Europeans that followed them to take over a road that no longer resembles the creative art avenue it once was.

Their is an amazing transformation going on in a town called Wynwood off the beach and on the other side of the bridge, thanks to the vision of Wynwwod Art District’s founder Tony Goldman.

Wynwood is home to over 70 art galleries, museums, bars, restaurants, and the world’s largest collection of street art. The walls themselves are breathtaking and add a refreshingly new and raw depth to the Miami art scene. It’s like walking through a majical fantasy village or walking through a well curated museum, and a must see if you are a fan of street art.

“Art Walk”, occurs every second Saturday of every month between the hours of 6pm to 10pm and extending throughout the night. The night features Art Gallery openings, food trucks, and a great celebration of the Miami Art scene, as thousands of people take to the streets.

I loved taking in Second Saturday at Wynwood, and found myself constantly shooting pictures with my Nikon, and realizing that these great pieces of self expression would not be there forever. I felt guilty in a way for selfishly securing their timelessness and stealing an element of raw and in the moment care free spirit of freedom that the work embodies. Nonetheless, these are works that should be seen and appreciated in person.

As gentrification moved the art scene to Wynwood, just one evening there and I could see the writing on the wall, that it won’t be long before this new generation of young artists and entrepreneurs have to find a new home themselves, just as the artists of South Beach before them.

Wynwood is also referred to as “Little San Juan”, and commonly known as “El Barrio” as many Puerto Ricansbegan immigrating to this Miami neighborhood from the island and northeastern cities in the 1950s.[3] Puerto Rican-owned restaurants, shops, markets and other businesses align the streets of Wynwood. Recently, however, the neighborhood has seen a push towards gentrification with increased investments and developments. The Midtown Miami development built in the mid-2000s, brought renewed attention to the area, and previously abandoned warehouses have begun to be occupied by artists, restaurants, cafés, and lounges. Art and fashion are major elements of Wynwood, as Wynwood has a large fashion and textiles industry, primarily along NW 5th Avenue, in the Wynwood Fashion District.

It is roughly bounded by North 36th Street (north), North 20th Street (south), I-95 (west) and Northeast First Avenue (east).

wynwoodmiami.com/home
thewynwoodwalls.com

 

WillOnSObe

 

20 Jul

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Joe’s Stone Crab House

July 20, 2013 | By |

Miami Beach has its share of glitzy overpriced restaurants, and I am afraid
that Joe’s Stone Crab is one of them. But don’t take my word for it, the place has been featured on several food shows and has been bringing them in since 1913. One of South Beach’s original restaurant’s. Very few have been around as long as Joe’s.

Maybe I’m missing something here or I have been spoiled with great Canadian east coast lobster, or mouth watering seafood that I have experienced while travelling through my parents native Portugal.

Don’t get me wrong I have had some great seafood in southern Florida. In fact for just a fraction of the ticket at Joe’s, I would prefer the seafood soups offered up at the local Whole Foods on Alton road & 10th street. Their lobster bisque, Key’s conch chowder or clam chowder don’t fall short to Joe’s.

Should you decide to be one of the many to visit the historic Joe’s Stone Crab for yourself, they are located at 11 Washington Avenue, in the beautiful South of Fifth (SoFi) neighborhood.

WillOnSobe

20 Jul

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The Standard Spa

July 20, 2013 | By |

The Standard Spa is one of the most magical spots of all on South Beach with its opulent pool and Lido Restaurant overlooking an amazing water font vista of Biscayne Bay, situated on lovely Belle Isle. It is a throwback to Miami’s Golden Age, and just a short visit will leave you feeling like you are on a tropical island paradise.

The heart of the hotel is the pool and hydrotherapy area, an ode to communal bathing as social sacrament. The outdoor aquacade encompasses a plunge pool, a hot tub, and a 12-foot-tall, three-inch-wide column of falling water. DJ-spun music plays through underwater speakers in the chlorine-free Sound Pool. In the clothing-optional mud baths, guests can slather one another with “golden body mud.” Arbors of sea-grape trees, night-blooming jasmine, and Moroccan palms are intended to create “pockets of contemplation.” Scattered about the lawn are more convivial arenas, such as a set of immense, pie-shaped wicker lounges flanking a small fire pit. Just off the courtyard is a Tyrolean-style wishing well, a kitsch holdover from the Lido days. Just off the Lobby is the hotel library with an assortment of eclectic and ever intriguing titles.

The new Standard is rooted in the genius of the late architect Morris Lapidus, a visionary of excess- and accidental post-modernist- who defined opulence some more than 50 years ago with the Fontainebleau. Lapidus also put his trademark baroque spin on the facade of the Lido, with the name of the hotel writ large in jaunty yellow neon. The building is rightfully a protected icon, with the Lido lettering remaining intact with the customary upside-down Standard sign.

Lapidus, through his unique design contributions, fought the good fight, in keeping South Beach from turning into Anywhere, U.S.A. Sadly and ironically, one of his last clients was a local Fuddruckers chain.

In the end, to last as long as the Lido, the Standard only needs to stay out of its own way and embrace Biscayne Bay, a lulling expanse of pure beauty that makes natives fall in love with Miami all over again. The Standard’s own hotelier, Andre’ Balazs insists he is resolved to keep the party small and quiet. “This little neighborhood of cottages, with the sounds of birds and children playing, is like nothing else in America,” he says, sipping a glass of wine as night falls and the skyline of downtown Miami glimmers across the bay. “It’s lost in time, unbelievably charming. The vibe doesn’t need music: the idea is to turn down the volume, not step into it.”

http://standardhotels.com/spa-miami-beach

09 Jul

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South Beach Local Bus Route

July 9, 2013 | By |

Climb aboard an air-conditioned bus for just 25₵ per trip and ride in comfort with stops all along Washington Avenue. Buses run every 13 to 20 minutes daily, stopping at popular destinations throughout SoBe.

Click here to view an image of the South Beach Local Bus Route.

Check out the SoBe LOCAL Bus map (pictured) outlining the buses travel route.

http://web.miamibeachfl.gov/visitors/scroll.aspx?id=14134

WillonSoBe

09 Jul

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The Van Dyke Cafe

July 9, 2013 | By |

One of my favorite restaurants on Lincoln Road Mall has to be the Van Dyke Cafe, located at 846 Lincoln Road on the corner of Jefferson Avenue. From the same purveyors of the famous News Cafe on Ocean Drive, The Van Dyke Cafe, offers up a great vantage point for some serious people watching in a charming European setting.

Happy hour is a great time to give them a try, Monday through Friday from 5-7:00 pm. In my opinion, you won’t find a better plate of fried calamari on the beach. ($6.00)

I love this place early in the morning, for coffee and a light breakfast, but if you are a lover of live Blues and Jazz, head upstairs for some great nightly performances. You are sure to have a great time here, but drinks will run you about $14 each outside of happy hour.

Happy Hour Specials: mojitos $6, fried calamari $6, draft beer $3, Sangria $4

www.thevandykecafe.com

WillonSoBe

08 Jul

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Fishing in Miami Beach

July 8, 2013 | By |

No trip to Florida’s “Gold Coast” can be complete without rewarding yourself to some great Atlantic fishing. The experience of being out on the open water looking inland at the Miami skyline will be one you won’t soon forget.

South Beach’s, South Point Marina has a boat that goes out daily but I prefer making the short trip to climb aboard the Kelley Fleet on 108th street. These guys have been at it since 1957 when Captain George Kelley started his fleet of full service leisure fishing vessels.

Go to their website, www.miamibeachfishing.com/index.htm and print or mention the coupon offer. For a mere $38.00 you will be treated to a rewarding day of fishing the great Miami waters. Check their schedule, but I like the 1:45pm departure time.

Conveniently close to South Beach, take Collins Avenue (A1A) North to 108th street, pull over to your left or Bay side into the Haulover Park Marina, one of the few free parking lots on the beach.

Don’t forget to send us a picture of your big catch. Here’s mine.

WillonSoBe