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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

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

12 Apr

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Some South Beach History

April 12, 2013 | By |

There is a lot of history spread out all over South Beach, thanks in large part to the efforts of the Miami Design Prevention League. Be sure to walk along Ocean Drive and take in its former splendor and history.

If you are a movie buff like myself, you have probably watched the 1983 film, “Scarface”, at some time or other. Scripted by Oliver Stone, this Brian de Palma updating of the old gangster story is now regarded as a classic. An old English teacher of mine referred to it as basically RICHARD III with a lot of coke.

When Fidel Castro opened up the harbour at Mariel in May 1980 to allow 125,000 Cubans to join relatives in the US, he took the opportunity to export some of the country’s toughest criminals.

Al Pacino’s character, Tony Montana’s arrival in the Art Deco District of Miami Beach was shot on Ocean Drive at 7th Street. The ‘Sun Ray Apartments’, where Montana’s brother is dismembered by chainsaw, has been revamped to become Johnny Rocket’s, 728 Ocean Drive between the Beacon and Colony hotels near 7th street.

Go ahead and walk up the stairs and maybe knock on the door where the scene took place in ’83. Don’t be scarred, the chainsaw wielding Columbians are long gone, and at the writing of this post the apartments above Johnny Rockets were up for lease, so I don’t think anyone will answer.

26 Mar

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Design Miami

March 26, 2013 | By |

Design Miami is the global forum for design. Each fair brings together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce. Occurring alongside the Art Basel fairs in Miami, USA each December and Basel, Switzerland each June, Design Miami/ has become the premier venue for collecting, exhibiting, discussing and creating collectible design.

Design Miami/ is more than a marketplace for design, where the world’s top galleries gather to present museum-quality exhibitions of 20th and 21st century furniture, lighting and objets d’art. Each show balances exclusive commercial opportunities with progressive cultural programming, creating exciting collaborations with designers and design institutions, panels and lectures with luminaries from the worlds of design, architecture, art and fashion, and unique commissions from the world’s top emerging and established designers and architects.

By continuously expanding and enriching its programming, Design Miami/ seeks to not only satisfy the demand for a high-end design fair, but also to broaden awareness of modern and contemporary design, fuel the market for collectible design, and provide an exciting yet accessible destination for collectors and enthusiasts alike.

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25 Mar

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Winter Music Festival

March 25, 2013 | By |

History of the Conference

It was founded in 1985 by then DJs and Record Pool Directors Louis Possenti and Bill Kelly. Held annually in Miami Beach, Florida, the Winter Music Conference, or “WMC” as followers of Electronic Dance Music call it, hosts around 100,000 people[citation needed]. The first Winter Music Conference took place at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott February 19-21, 1986 with approximately 80 dance music industry insiders in attendance. The event festivities are presented across Miami Beach andDowntown Miami. A major event is the International Dance Music Awards. The event commands a major international draw with around 38% of attendees coming from outside the United States.[1] The conference serves as a platform for many underground and indie artists from over 70 different countries who spend the conference at events and panels; it is also a medium used by several entrepreneurs and consumer electronic companies to present their businesses and technological developments.[1]

The WMC & The Recording Academy began in 1996 – a partnership presenting The Producers Forum, a gathering of legendary artists.[2] Waxpoetics Magazine, JBL, and Stanton sponsored the first International Record Collectors Show in 2007.[1] In 2009, the WMC introduced the first annual WMC VJ Challenge at The Miami Beach Resort & Spa with celebrity hosts, judges, and VJs from various parts of the world hosted by VJ Psyberpxie and Felix Sama.[2] This inaugural year of the competition resulted in Sergey Lobodln(Moscow, Russia), walking away with the top winner prize.[3] In 2010, the VJ Challenge was expanded into two areas of competition; Video Mixing and Audio/Visual Mixing. The 2010 VJ Challenge winners were AeonChild (Boulder, Colorado) in the video category and Eclectic Method (London/NYC) in the Audio/Visual category.[4] The Miami Beach Resort also received the performance of the RoboMusic Demo in which Funkstar De Luxe and RoboProfessor (Henrik Hautop Lund) create live interactive compositions of RoboMusic.