Miami is to me...
Love books and movies, walking and bike riding, quiet restaurants with good wine by the glass.
Both my favorites have closed. ;( I don't want to jinx any others.
Cape Florida on Key Biscayne
Miami Science Museum
Seaquarium, Pinecrest Gardens (formerly Parrot Jungle)
Best walks: Snook Alley, the trail behind Chapman Field Park (but I don't recommend it at night); nature trail across Old Cutler Road from Matheson Hammock/Fairchild Tropical Garden; Hammocks Park
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Posted on Wed, 09.23.2009 @ 11:11Some of the hotels offer free shuttles to the airport. I haven't done this myself, but I have been on the shuttle when people just parked at the hotel and jumped on the shuttle.... Read more
Posted on Wed, 09.23.2009 @ 11:08This is such great info. You need to know when it's worth your time to keep circling for parking spaces or not. How about similar tips on airport parking, now that there are valets at both of them? Is it worth it, even when I have time? Or should I park in the garage? Or use the off-site parking lots?... Read more
Posted on Thu, 04.16.2009 @ 11:46Sounds like fun!
Posted on Tue, 06.24.2008 @ 10:32You did an Iron Man? Wow. P.S. The Herald printing equipment is actually on the upper floors. I think it's the only newspaper in the country like that, so in case of rising waters we can still print it. Only our cars will float away, since the garage is under the building. ... Read more
Posted on Mon, 05.26.2008 @ 13:07After all these years, finally made it into this restaurant after purchasing a gift certificate at a silent auction for the Nonviolence Project. Best dish at our table of 6: chicken with black bean sauce. Most surprising: "Rainbow beef in a fruit shell", which was pepper beef, but with yellow, orange and red peppers, served in a hollowed out pineapple. Everything was good. We liked the chocolate after-dinner mints, and fortune cookies, but wished they served complimentary green tea. ... Read more
Posted on Wed, 05.21.2008 @ 09:18Nice view.
Posted on Fri, 05.16.2008 @ 15:35What does 'muddle' mean?
Posted on Fri, 05.16.2008 @ 15:34Hey... Legislature changed its mind at last minute. They're not banned.
Posted on Wed, 05.14.2008 @ 10:10One year we took our canoe up and down all the canals and waterways throughout the city. Amazing adventures and sights. And you left out a great place for eco-adventures... Deering Estate. ... Read more
Posted on Tue, 05.06.2008 @ 10:19Thanks for the tips. We'll definitely check them out
Posted on Fri, 05.02.2008 @ 13:58Stopped off here on the way back from the Corporate Run for a beer. (Our corporation failed to provide any!) Nice view of the water, friendly if slow service, though our first server didn't really speak English. But we were bad customers, just had one beer, no food. This is one of those places where the tip is included on the bill... heads up.... Read more
Posted on Fri, 05.02.2008 @ 13:56Thanks for the invite!
Posted on Mon, 04.28.2008 @ 12:31Great guide... there are other places with music, of course. Another in South Miami is Tobacco Road. And several in Coral Gables have live music now, including Fritz & Franz. ... Read more
Posted on Thu, 04.17.2008 @ 13:25Wonderful fresh fish, cooked any way you want it. You do sort of feel like you fell into a time warp where all the patrons are from pre-Castro Miami. But at least they know good food when they taste it, right?... Read more
Posted on Thu, 04.17.2008 @ 13:24I ordered tilapia, even though my fisherman son has always warned me against it. But it's on all the menus, so I finally gave in to my curiosity. (Besides, we don't want to diminish the wild salmon supply too much, do we?) It was awful.... Read more
Posted on Thu, 04.17.2008 @ 13:21It would never have occured to me to dine here, but I took a friend's advice and did. The lamb meatloaf was terrific. Next time I'll eat indoors, though.... Read more
Posted on Thu, 04.17.2008 @ 13:20This place was SO MUCH FUN. Our large party of 10 got to sit in back in a very cozy booth that felt like our own little room. No one ordered ouzo, but they served some to us anyway, on the house. ... Read more
Posted on Thu, 04.17.2008 @ 13:18This is a great place for lunch, too. They have some sort of rare beer that my companion raves about, and specials were excellent. I've never been there when it's crowded. Hope they can survive!... Read more
Posted on Thu, 04.17.2008 @ 13:17I had a red Thai with chicken. It was delicious, but more like soup (way more sauce than ingredients.) I wish I had gotten the "Create a stir" like everyone else. Don't sit too close to the kitchen on a warm day. The flames that shoot up periodically really heat things up. And one warning: the parking is woeful. If there is no school in session, you can usually find a place across the street at Ponce Middle School.... Read more
Posted on Mon, 04.14.2008 @ 09:41You forgot Pinecrest Gardens, formerly Parrot Jungle (before it moved to Watson Island and became the Disney-fied Jungle Island and lost its soul). It's on Red Road and SW 112th Atreet, and -- it's FREE. No parrots (except for those macaws that escaped and decided to stay and now fly free in the neighborhood), but the incredible hammock, with its larger-than-life trees and plants and its new foliage, tended by the Village of Pinecrest, is still amazing. It makes for a tranquil walk. And there's a splash-and-play area if you bring along a child who's young enough to get you in.... Read more
Posted on Wed, 04.09.2008 @ 14:29One thing to say: Turkey Leg Jones.
Posted on Thu, 04.03.2008 @ 08:50I can't believe I'm the first to review this classic Miami event. I have one thing to say: Turkey Leg Jones.
Posted on Mon, 03.31.2008 @ 12:11I saw this program at the Arsht Center, and Nightspot was amazing. High energy, emotional performance. The costumes, music, lighting, and choreography were so compelling. And from the audience response, I wasn't alone in being blown away. Too bad the first half of the program was so bland in comparison. We felt like we were watching dance class.... Read more
Posted on Mon, 02.18.2008 @ 14:33Tried this on a Saturday night at 6:30 and we were the first ones there. Had the blueberry wheat beer (excellent) and the mahi mahi (spicy but good). Loved the decor and intimate mood. I would go back. (But I must correct the critic... it isn't "texmex" in the usual sense. More like "gourmet high desert"... I mean, piñon nuts and portobello mushrooms?... Read more
Posted on Mon, 01.28.2008 @ 11:12We dined here for the first time over the winter holidays with a huge party of 15, and the service and food were excellent. The yellow curry was out of this world.... Read more
Posted on Mon, 01.28.2008 @ 11:08This place can be great, and it can be terrible. Maybe that day the chef was on vacation. Anyway, the beer is good and the food can be. It gets too loud at the usual hours for conversation, but if you are in it for the music and beer, it's great.... Read more
Posted on Mon, 01.28.2008 @ 11:06I'm surprised at the low rating here... I have always had good food and good service here, and it's a delightful setting. Well, stay away. It can be my secret.... Read more
Posted on Mon, 01.28.2008 @ 10:59This is my favorite restaurant in South Miami. It's not too loud, not too expensive, the atmosphere is warm and inviting, the service good enough, the food excellent. Try it.... Read more
Posted on Wed, 01.23.2008 @ 17:15This place is so crowded that nobody goes there any more.
Posted on Mon, 12.10.2007 @ 11:27If you've never seen jai alai, you must go to the fronton, even (especially) if you have no intention of betting. It's fast and exciting, and cheap entertainment if you aren't losing any money.... Read more
Posted on Mon, 12.10.2007 @ 11:25I suggest the Metrorail/Metromover option for getting to the game. Parking at the Metrorail stations is plentiful at the times you need to go... and much cheaper.... Read more
Posted on Fri, 11.16.2007 @ 15:38This show is so overwhelming, not to mention the dozens of other art shows around the county at the same time. Can't recommend all of it highly enough. You probably can't afford to buy anything, but it sure is fun to look. At the people AND the art.... Read more
Posted on Mon, 10.29.2007 @ 10:22My kids' favorite was always Monkey Jungle. They spent sweaty hours putting peanuts in the little dishes.
Posted on Mon, 10.29.2007 @ 10:21Watch out for snakes on cool summer evenings, when they come out to chill. There is a big problem with pythons that were released by pet owners when they got too big, and they started breeding.... Read more
Posted on Mon, 10.29.2007 @ 10:18And don't forget the amazing performances during ARTS Week, when the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts brings winners of its talent search to Miami. It's always in January.... Read more
Posted on Mon, 10.29.2007 @ 10:17Crandon is great for snorkeling and wading to find marine life. Look for the 'holes' near the pilings.
Posted on Mon, 10.29.2007 @ 10:15When my kids played baseball, there were often children of Heat players (and children of O.J.) on their teams. I have to say pro athletes behave better than most other parents while attending these games. No yelling at the umpires, coaches or kids on the other team. I guess they know from experience the kids are just there to have a good time.... Read more
Posted on Mon, 10.29.2007 @ 10:08I'm amazed at how the Mile has updated itself, attracted new crowds, managed to get restaurants and shops to stay open later at night. It's a great place to go.... Read more
Posted on Mon, 10.29.2007 @ 10:03How about some over-30 places in the suburbs, which is where we over-30s tend to hang out. Closer to home, in case the babysitter needs us.
Posted on Mon, 10.29.2007 @ 10:02I recommend Bin 18 on Biscayne Boulevard for pre-theater glass of wine and lunch or dinner. Also City Cellar in Coral Gables is rarely crowded, even on Friday nights.... Read more