Are you a Julia? Do you know a Julia? Are you confident in your ability to find a Julia? Well, then you might be interested in this deal. In honor of its anniversary, The Julia, a very cute South of Fifth boutique hotel, is offering anyone with the first name Julia 20 percent off bookings, which means you can find a room for as low as $88 a night. In addition to the initial 20 percent, Julia guests will also enjoy complimentary breakfast, a wine and cheese happy hour and beach chairs—all because your parents decided to name you Julia. Remember to thank them for that, by the way. The deal is valid now through September 30 for any trip through December 15, 2018. A two-night minimum stay is required. Just use the code “Julia” when booking and be prepared to either show ID upon check-in or have a very convincing wig and backstory. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
A post shared by Mitch & Mel Take Miami (@mmtakemiami) on Aug 6, 2018 at 4:50am PDT Miami Spice has officially arrived. Each week we’ll be zeroing in on a specific restaurant we think deserves to be on your Spice hit list. This week: Lobster Bar Sea Grille. Dishes that look like science experiments. Fish we can’t pronounce. Nitrogen-infused foams and playful takes on this and that. Don’t get us wrong—we’re suckers for all that showmanship. But after enough of those sort of dinners, you start to crave something classic that requires only a fork and knife and not a bachelors degree in organic chemistry. The South of Fifth restaurant Lobster Bar Sea Grille knows what you mean. And from the dazzling art deco building it calls home to the menu full of surf and turf heavyweights, it delivers nostalgia via more than one of your senses. That’s why we’re giving Lobster Bar Sea Grille our Spice of the week honor. In addition to being a pleasantly decadent meal, this is a great place to bring a parent or friend who may be a little skeptical of more fantastical culinary affairs. When to go: The Miami Spice menu is offered daily for dinner only. Dinner service runs from 5:30pm to 11pm Sunday through Thursday and 5:30pm to midnight on Friday and Saturday. What to order: With seven appetizer choices and eight entree options, you have your work cut out for you. Personally, we’re here for the seafood, so we love the jumbo lump crab cake to start. If you have a dining partner, do a t
Fri 17 Taste of the Yard Summer is generally slow for food happenings except at the Wynwood Yard. Every Friday through fall, the outdoor market and event space let’s you create a custom tasting experience. Grab a ticket and eat your way through the yard’s food trucks, sampling dishes like tacos, empanadas and more. Arrive at 5pm and take advantage of free admission to the incredible Rubell Family Collection across the street. Sat 18 Saturday in the Park with Gass & Vine and Cazadores Tequila Glass & Vine’s outstanding Saturday brunch turns up with help from—what else?—tequila. Cazadores takes over the Coconut Grove restaurant with a live band, lawn games and flowing tequila cocktails. RSVP online and receive a free welcome drink. Cheers to that! Femmebot Fantasy The best of Miami’s drag scene collides with everyone’s favorite underground pop star Charli XCX at what’s sure to be a very wild party and concert. Femmebot Fantasy is happening at Downtown’s 1306, so you can bet this is going to be an intimate sweaty affair. Style Saves: Back-to-School The last weekend of summer before school starts is bittersweet, especially for families who can’t afford the new loot—sneakers, pencils, backpacks—that makes kids excited to start the whole learning routine all over again. Thankfully, every year, fashion nonprofit Style Saves steps in and helps thousands of local families gear up for the school year. Join them, DJ Irie and others for a day of fun and giving back, featuring ac
In Underrated Miami, we take a look at very cool Miami things that, for some strange reason, we don’t seem to appreciate as much as we should. Smack dab in the middle of Biscayne Bay, almost exactly between Downtown and North Miami, lives a very charming little island called North Bay Village. Perhaps you’ve been? Most locals have at least passed through the neighborhood on their way to and from Miami Beach. But a lot of people probably don’t think much about North Bay Village, which is a darn shame because this tiny place deserves much more than a passing glance from the passenger seat. You’ll find North Bay Village in the center of the 79th Street Causeway. You really can’t miss it (unless you veer off the bridge and go flying into the ocean, in which case you have bigger problems to worry about at the moment). North Bay Village is a best-of-both-worlds sort of place. You’ve got old-school North Beach to the east and the blooming Upper Eastside to the west—not that you need to commute to either if you don’t want to. Stay put on North Bay Village and you’ll find some great food and drink options. The recently opened 222 Taco is a casual, tasty spot where you can grab some tacos while taking down the best margaritas in the whole city. Across the street from the splashy 222 Taco, you’ll find Shuckers, a beloved waterfront bar and restaurant that—unlike many waterfront dining options in Miami—won’t cost you a bajillion dollars to enjoy. You also have the infamous dive bar Ha
Ever notice that influencers seem to always be eating, drinking and living better than you? Yeah, us too—and we want in. So each week, we ask one of these in-the-know Miamians to share their access and answer a city-centric burning question. Who makes the best mojito in Miami? Gio Gutierrez of Chat Chow TV gives us the lowdown on three of Miami’s most delicious mojitos. “I love mojitos, so this is going to be a tough one. Instead, I’ll give you three completely different options on where to imbibe Miami’s unofficial drink all around our Magic City. Planta in South Beach makes a kombucha mojito with muddled fresh berries and berry kombucha, which I love instead of club soda for a vinegary kick. At Estefan Kitchen, you can have a Havana mojito, which is basically a classic but with Havana Club Clásico (the dark rum) for a mojito with more flavor than your average one. And yes, a sugarcane stick comes with it. Or you can order a Chusma Fina, which is a classy mojito topped with Martini & Rossi Prosecco. Lastly, for my favorite authentic mojito, look no further than Ortanique on the Mile in Coral Gables. They teamed up with Bacardi and added a little of what they call “Ortanique magic” to create an award-winning cocktail. One taste and you’ll know why this is the ultimate mojito—in my humble opinion. Enjoy this classic Cuban import in our perfect paradise. ¡Salúd!” A post shared by Chat Chow (@chatchowtv) on Jun 26, 2018 at 2:55pm PDT Want more? Sign
Being between the ages of 13 and 22 can be tough sometimes. Your teens and early 20s are not exactly known for their serenity, as you either already know or are about to find out. So, perks are a welcome relief for that demographic. Culture Shock Miami is a local program that offers quite a bit of perks to those between age 13 and 22: tickets to a whole bunch of shows and cultural events for just $5. No strings attached. It’s that easy. Culture Shock Miami is a project from Miami-Dade County’s Department of Cultural Affairs, and its goal is to incentivize a new generation of Miami cultural consumers to get out there and consume some art. It does so by offering them dirt cheap tickets. Go take a look at Culture Shock Miami’s website to see what deals are available. Choose from events at Gablestage, Just the Funny, the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center and many more. Plus, anyone eligible for the $5 ticket can purchase an additional ticket for $5 as well so they can bring a friend or have someone a tad older accompany them. The program says it has sold over 100,000 since its inception in 2004. Shows coming to town this season include Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom, Currents by Mayumana and In To America. Go pick up some tickets now and get your teen out of the house. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Miami Spice has officially arrived. Each week we’ll be zeroing in on a specific restaurant we think deserves to be on your Spice hit list. This week: Boulud Sud. The name Boulud is a Pavlov's Bell for most tuned-in eaters. And that’s because French chef Daniel Boulud has had a long career of making folks drool—from New York to Singapore. In Miami, his most recent effort, the Mediterranean Boulud Sud, maintains that lovely tradition of salivation. Boulud Sud Miami (there was already a pretty famous Boulud Sud in New York) debuted at the beginning of 2018 as a replacement for Boulud’s DB Bistro Moderne. This is the restaurant’s first Spice and—after stuffing ourselves to a dangerous capacity on a recent visit—we can confidently say they have nailed it. When to go: Boulud Sud offers its Miami Spice menu for both lunch and dinner. Lunch is offered Monday through Friday (noon to 2:30pm) and dinner is offered Monday through Saturday (6pm to 11pm during the week and 6pm to midnight on Friday and Saturday). What to order: Boulud Sud’s Spice menu rotates every two weeks, so you’ll probably need to improvise a bit. However, we’d be willing to bet the seared Mediterranean branzino will be sticking around. It’s a house specialty and—though a bit of an obvious choice—you need to order it. It’s perfect. Why we love it: Some fine dining restaurants in Miami phone it in for Miami Spice. Boulud Sud isn’t one of them. The menu here is a delicious (and quite filling) journey through the fl
Remember the Museum of Ice Cream? Of course you do. That inexplicable traveling Instagram attraction was probably all up in your respective feeds when it came to town at the end of last year. Its pink walls and sugary aesthetic was just about impossible to miss. Unless you did miss it—which was understandable considering tickets ran about $40. But you may have yet another chance to check out the MOIC (the ice cream, at least) when its traveling cherry-covered food truck stops in Miami tomorrow. We’ll be the latest stop on its tour across the country, where it’s been giving guests complimentary tastes of the seven ice cream flavors the MOIC will soon be selling in Target stores everywhere. While we have confirmed the truck will be in Miami tomorrow, we still don’t know where exactly it will be. We will update this story as soon as we find out, and you can check the MOIC website first thing tomorrow to see an update on hours and location. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Fri 10 Rituals at Aventura Mall The luxury bath and beauty brand from Amsterdam makes its official Miami debut this weekend. Check out its new shop-in-shop location inside Macy’s at the Aventura Mall (its first in Florida) and you’ll be rewarded with all sorts of freebies on opening day, including a deluxe goodie bag for in-the-know shoppers (you!). Wine and Clean at the Wynwood Yard Charcoal and HaloVino give you a reason to pick up trash in Wynwood: free wine. Meet at the Wynwood Yard for snacks and a reusable tumbler from HaloVino filled with wine. After that, you’ll stroll the neighborhood collecting trash and make a final stop at Mason Eatery for another splash of vino before heading home with your free tumbler (and the general good feeling of doing something for your community). Sat 11 Venezuelan Food Wine & Spirits Festival Asado negro, pabellon criollo, arepas as far as the eyes can see—Venezolanos, are your stomachs rumbling? The Venezuelan culinary fest descends on Doral, which means an evening of drinks, dancing and of course, all the delicious Latin American cuisine you can handle. 10395 NW 41 St, Suite 101, Doral. Free Family Fun Day at HistoryMiami What to do with the kids when it’s one zillion degrees out? Take them to HistoryMiami for a full day of freebies before school starts—from tours and workshops to activities. At 2pm, museum educators give a complimentary tour of the institution’s core exhibition, “Tropical Dreams: A People’s History of South F
Creativity is a requirement if you want to survive in Miami’s dessert game. Taiyaki Miami is luring Instagram-hungry customers with adorable fish cones and unicorn floats. St. Roch Market stuffs its vegan matcha soft-serve into a little coconut and over in the Design District Soraya Kilgore is treating her sweets like small-scale science experiments at MadLab Creamery. Not to be left behind, local Miami baker Courtney Kohout of Courtney’s Cookies has something up her sleeve: two special CBD-infused cookies, the “Chill Out” and “Nighty Night.” “We wanted to infuse our cookies with CBD because it perfectly aligns with our core values around health and wellness,” says Kohout. “I definitely feel the effects from both our Chill Out (25mg CBD) and Nighty Night (50mg CBD; 3mg melatonin) cookies. They do exactly what their names suggest.” CBD has become a darling of the growing wellness industry, a soon to be billion dollar industry by some estimates. Like most buzzy remedies without an extensive body of scientific studies under its belt, CBD is attributed to providing relief from a whole host of things. There is some good evidence that forms of CBD can actually help treat epileptic seizures. Others claim it has helped treat chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia and nausea among other things. A post shared by Courtney's Cookies (@courtneyscookies) on May 21, 2018 at 3:52pm PDT CBD isn’t as mysterious as it sounds. Also known as cannabidiol, it’s one of many compounds f
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