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Friday, September 04, 2015

"A Sense of Place" featured at art exhibit

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery is having a gallery reception on Saturday, September 5 called "A Sense of Place." Marilyn Valiente, Mai Yap and Freda Tschumy will have their art featured.

The reception is from 7 to 10 pm at 3390 Mary Street, suite 128, at the Mayfair Atrium. 

"The paintings in this exhibition are part of my reflection series," says Marilyn. "They focus on reflections of nature on water. Reflection is an allegory to an integral part of my profession as a psychotherapist and a water color artist."

At left is "Reflections" by Marilyn Valiente.

The Drum Circle will be on the other end of town in front of The Barnacle (3485 Main Highway). Join them from 7:30 to 10:30 pm. Dance, drum, hula hoop and more.


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Boost your child's talent and knowledge of music

Miami Conservatory of Music is enrolling students for General Music Program and Youth String Ensemble. Classes start Tuesday, September 8.

These two exiting music programs to boost students' talents and knowledge of music. Classes will be taught by "A" list teachers and prices are very affordable. 

General Music Program or "The Program"  provides a solid music foundation for children from the 2nd to 5th grades on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 - 6:30 pm. It include keyboard, choir, music theory, ear training and much more.

Saturday "Youth String Ensembles" immerses your child in a group environment that includes classes playing a range of repertoire, master classes, and foundations of music.  

For complete details and fees please call 305-442-2283 or visit miamiconservatoryofmusic.com

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A Fitness Challenge Front-Runner!

The challenge has been on this month at Fitness Together! The gym hosted a challenge through the month of August to see which client could train the most sessions with the least cancellations for a cash prize of $300. One of the front-runners in the competition is a dedicated Fitness Together client, Jessica Blumberg. Jessica, who works for an advertising company in the Grove, trains at the Fitness Together gym an average of four times a week. 

As a young professional with a busy schedule, she works out at Fitness Together because she likes the one-on-one, private setting with their personal trainers, and she feels more accountable to not miss a session than she would attending a fitness class or working out on her own. With a job that can be taxing at times, Jessica finds that working out in the mornings is a great outlet for her to de-stress and start her day on a great note.

As someone who has made fitness a key part of her life, Jessica gives her advice on how to keep health a priority for anyone. “You have to make a commitment, and stick to it. Coming to Fitness Together in the mornings is just part of my routine now, and with a job that can get stressful, it’s an outlet for me and I feel better about my whole day when I start it here.”

Although the results are not quite in for the Coconut Grove Fitness Together challenge, Jessica’s commitment to coming to her sessions makes her one of the leaders in the competition. For more information about Fitness Together, check out www.fitnesstogethermiami.com. They are a private, personal training gym in Coconut Grove and South Miami. Stop in or give us a call to try a free session today.

Coconut Grove: 3333 Rice St Suite 101  |   305-648-2202 
South Miami: 5829 SW 73rd St Suite 2  |  305-665-3694

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Thursday, September 03, 2015

Coyo may not be coming after all

So, I am quite embarrassed about the Coyo story this morning. Apparently an upscale taco place is coming but it is not Coyo. Maybe I've been out in the sun too long. It is quite strange how I got the story. It's almost as if I was set up, but I wasn't.

Two Sundays ago, early in the morning, I ran into a local Grove restaurant owner. He mentioned to me that Coyo was coming to the Johnny Rockets space. He said they have been working on the place at night. I have known this guy for over 10 years, he is always spot on with the news. I did not hear him say Coyo but I didn't say anything at the time because I wanted him to keep talking and not clam up if I said I didn't know. He just spoke as if it was a fact that everyone in the village knew.

The next day, I texted him and I asked him what the name of the place was again. He texted back Coyo Taco. So there I had that. I looked up Coyo and saw what a big deal it was and I got excited. The Grove needs this. I had seen activity at the Johnny Rockets location and I know they have been wanting to get some action on that corner. After the gym the following Sunday, I walked by to check the permits on the door to see what I could find out. There were none.

I then did what I would normally do and what I do with all new businesses, I emailed Coyo. I emailed three times and never received a response. I called, but the manger or owner was never around. I prefer emails because I can just copy and paste their response and I get it perfectly word for word.


I asked one other person in town who I knew and she said something about a high end taco place opening, in October, but she didn't know any more info.

So I then emailed the BID, PointeGroup and others who would know. I just played it off as if it was common knowledge saying, "Hey, I heard Coyo Taco is opening, when is opening day?" I did not receive one response. Not one. 

Now keep in mind we all know each other, we are friends or frenemies and deal with each other daily, to receive not one reply, not even, "You're wrong," or "You're crazy," told me a lot.

After trying for a week or so, I finally grabbed a friend and we headed to Coyo for lunch. I asked a few of the workers about coming to the Grove, they did not know. I saw a manger and started a conversation with him. I didn't ask his name because I didn't want to tell him my name, as he might remember it from my email about the opening and it seemed like no one wanted to talk about it.

I told him how I loved the tacos and I asked him about coming to Coconut Grove. He said they were coming. I mentioned the former Johnny Rockets space, he said they were working on it now. I asked him about opening day, he said, "Wait a second, let me go find out." He walked to the back, he was gone about five minutes, I don't know if he asked someone else, if he looked at a calendar, if he talked to a contractor, I don't know. He just came out and said, "It's a secret." I asked him why and he said because there would be massive crowds if he told me, they want a soft opening. I asked him if it would be by the end of the year, He said, yes, it would be in about a month. So I figured October, since the other person told me high end taco place in October.

That's how I got the story. I was also told that they are not using their real name on the lease and a middle man is handling the deal. That is done daily with corporations and LLCs, etc.

I do plan on going back to Coyo and asking the guy what he was talking about when he spoke with me. Because the whole thing is very strange.

I found out first when a local newspaper contacted me and asked me about it because they had spoken to the Coyo manager. As usual, they were taking my story and making it theirs, a common occurrence which is why it was so important that I have the story first.

I then received an email from the PR person for Coyo and she said they did look around the Grove and they are looking to expand, but not to the Grove. So I have my head hung low, I have never deliberately posted erroneous news before. All roads lead to Coyo, but I guess not. The good news is that something is happening and it is called a high end taco place, so let's see how it plays out. I apologize for the confusion. It won't happen again. I do find it interesting that when the Grapevine speaks everybody listens. The whole city, not just the Grove is in turmoil over this. Coyo is just that great.

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Teacher Workshop at Vizcaya

Explore issues of survival relative to a complex, multi-faceted historic site that serves as an international cultural heritage destination at the Teacher Workshop - "Issues in Preservation" at Vizcaya on Saturday, September 19 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. 

Participants in this workshop will explore preservation as it relates to Vizcaya's collections and architecture. Teachers will return to Vizcaya with their students for a new media-based pilot program that will also include dedicated classroom lessons and resources. The workshop targets teachers working with 9th- through 12th-grade students only. 

The workshop is $20 per person, limited to 25 participants, and includes breakfast, lunch and all materials. Complimentary bus transportation and museum admission for up to 35 students are awarded to each participant upon completion of the workshop. 

Information: wendy.wolf@vizcaya.org or 305-860-8435.

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Coyo Taco coming to Coconut Grove

HOLD ON, THIS MAY NOT BE ACCURATE. READ THIS.

One of the best, if not the best taco places in Miami is coming to Coconut Grove. Coyo Taco is setting up shop at the former Johnny Rockets space at Grand and McFarlane. There will be life on that corner again! It's still up in the air whether they will use the name Coyo Taco, but it makes sense, since it's a well known name with a large following.

Chef Scott Linquist is the star at Coyo Taco; he uses locally sourced items and makes the organic food the best around. I was there for lunch at the Wynwood location yesterday (2300 NW 2nd Avenue). I had the best fish taco I have ever eaten. The salads are huge, and healthy. There is a big staff and everyone is very happy and pleasant. Their next door neighbor in Wynwood is Panther Coffee, so they should be right at home in Coconut Grove with Panther being practically across the street.


The plan is to open the Grove location by October and the idea is to have it as a pop-up restaurant. It may be around six months, it may be around two years. It's up to the leases in the area as the plan for the building is to have that whole corner from the Goose around to the pizza place, be one large restaurant with a liquor license.

The manager at Coyo told me that they are coming to Coconut Grove and that he expects long lines in the Grove, same as in Wynwood. I believe him. Coyo is an experience, it's not just a grab and go place. It's where the neighborhood meets and eats. The way it works is you order from their large menu, then sit down with a number at your table, sort of like Fat Burger does. They bring the food over and you enjoy. Wynwood has some small tables but there is a very large shared table in the center of the room, sort of like Panther Coffee in Wynwood has. 

This is very exciting news for Coconut Grove. It's an upscale taco place with reasonable prices. The tacos come in pairs, it should possibly be three, to fill you up, but I guess a pair gives you the opportunity to try something else great on the menu.

Just recently Conde Nast Traveler called Coyo Taco one of the Best Restaurants in Miami. From the article: "At Coyo, you'll find guacamole 'smashed to order,' tortillas handcrafted on site, and fountain sodas spiked with tequila. Nab a communal table seat with a trio of tacos, including quinoa-queso fritters, carnitas de pato (crispy duck), and cochinita pibil(slow roasted pork shoulder, achiote, habañero pickled onions)."

Their menu is here.


So we can add Coyo Taco to the new restaurants soon to open in Center Grove; along with Coyo is The Spillover, the highly anticipated seafood place by LoKal, which will be at the Mayfair Promenade; Glass & Vine, from The Eating House people, opening at The Glass House, Harry's Pizzeria, another Wynwood favorite, opening on McFarlane Road at the Engle building, across from Coyo and Farinelli 1937, similar to Harry's opening at Grand and Commodore Plaza.

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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Bee the Keeper at Rosh Hashana event

In honor of the Jewish New Year, Skylar Mai Hebrew Montessori invites the community to a unique experience on Sunday morning, September 6, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. 

On Rosh Hashanah it is customary to dip apples, and challah bread into honey to signify our desire to be blessed with a sweet, joy filled New Year.

“What’s the Buzz?” is an upbeat, informative presentation that provides insight into the world of the honeybee. The symbiotic relationship between man and bees, the tools of the trade, and the life cycle of the bee are all part of the show.

The event is at Chabad of the Grove, 3713 Main Highway, for info: 305-445-5444.

Activities include:

The Bee Dance, Honeycomb Uncapping, Honey Tasting, Beeswax candle making and more.

$10 for adults
$5 for children

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KarKowska Sister to perform in Grove

The KarKowska Sisters Duo concert is a special afternoon performance that will showcase both the piano and violin virtuosos.

The concert will be held from 3 to 5 pm, Sunday, September 20 at the Miami Conservatory of Music at the Mayfair Promendae. Although tickets for the event are free, donations are encouraged, with all the money collected benefiting the Miami-based child abuse-prevention organization Children’s Survival Network.

The KarKowska Sisters Duo is an award winning, internationally acclaimed ensemble that in addition to a recital and chamber music repertoire performs extraordinary programs of virtuosity and laughter, full of beautiful music, unforgettable stories and comedy.

Anna, virtuoso violinist, and Kasha, concert pianist, graduated from the Julliard School of Music in New York City and the Chopin Academy in Warsaw. The Duo has recorded for Polish, Mexican, and American Television and Radio. They have also thrilled audiences at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Olympia Theater at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, National Grand Theater in Warsaw and National Center for the Arts in Mexico City.

Miami-based Children’s Survival Network’s mission is to prevent child abuse. It partners with local communities to provide Child Abuse Prevention programs and maintain an ongoing campaign of public awareness.

For Dr. Marc Greenfield, who heads Children’s Survival Network, the event is a glorious opportunity to enjoy an evening with some of the most exciting and vibrant music being played live. The sisters are known for both their humor, love of life and exhilarating performances.

“The KarKowska Sisters Duo will showcase a wonderful afternoon of music that will lighten the soul, and lift hearts and minds,” said Greenfield, President and Clinical Director of the Children’s Survival Network. “We were fortunate to have the KarKowska Sisters Duo donate their time, and we hope the community will come and support us as we continue to work to prevent child abuse and help those affected by it.”

For tickets and to donate in advance to Children’s Survival Network, call 305-458-4900. For more information on Children’s Survival Network, please visit childrenssurvivalnetwork.com.

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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Volunteers needed for the Grove Bed Race

I was on the committee for years, but never understood where all those people came from on racing day, you know, the time keepers, the Pit Row helpers and the rest. Now I see. The Coconut Grove Bed Race is asking for volunteers. All sorts of positions are open for November 7th's races.

Here is the form for you to volunteer. See you on the track!

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Don't judge a book by its cover

In August 2006, I wrote about this Moorish house that was being built which is near the bridge to Grove Isle. I called it ugly and not fitting in with the neighborhood. This is the picture I took that day. A seven months later, in March, I ran into a guy at the Gifford Lane Art Stroll, that was 2007, he told me that he was the brother of the guy building the house and he agreed with my assessment, but this week, Curbed Miami ran a bunch of photos of the house and it looks like the brother of the owner and I may have been wrong. Most of it is nice. Below if one of the photos of the kitchen, courtesy of Zillow. See for yourself here, there are lots of photos, one better than the next.


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Monday, August 31, 2015

The Center Grove may be shifting

I wrote about the Scotty's Landing mess and it dawned on me that if the new Grove Harbour is built, the center of Coconut Grove may shift, at least regarding visitors. The new project will most likely be the prime spot for visitors mostly because it will be something new and shiny.

Quite often, I am asked by a wandering tourist, usually two questions - where is Versailles restaurant and where are the restaurants on the waterfront? I also am a bit concerned about the Grove Harbour project bringing a lot of traffic to 27th Avenue. Will it become a non-stop highway of cars heading into and out of the new restaurants and stores? Maybe, maybe not.

Right now the tour buses stop at City Hall. The tourists get out, walk around and they take lots of pictures of downtown Miami from that vantage point, past Scotty's Landing, over the bay. If the new restaurants are built, they will stay. They may not come into the Center Grove.


I remember when I was a kid, Commodore Plaza was the center of town, then it moved to CocoWalk and Mayfair and now it seems like it's shifting back to Commodore, but if the Grove Harbour project is built, everything will shift - not blocks, but a mile!

I am surprised that the current business owners in the Center Grove have not said anything, about the new project since they will be the most affected. I've been asked to come by the commissioner's office to see a new rendering of the project. Maybe I can get a better idea of it after seeing that.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Helping Moussa


Moussa Zamir a well-known Grovite is fighting cancer and the doctors are optimistic that he will get well, but he needs helping paying his bills - rent, utilities, etc. There is a GoFundMe page set up to help out here.

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Book release party for Arva's new book

The University Presses of Florida is publishing Arva Moore Parks' new 400 page book, "George Merrick, son of the south wind," about the founder of Coral Gables. 

"There is a lot of Coconut Grove history in it because of Eunice Peacock Merrick and the Merrick’s early years in what was then called 'the Coconut Grove back country.' "

The book release party is Thursday, October 15 at the Coral Gables Museum, at 6:30 pm.

Arva is a long-time Miami historian. There was quite a full house at the release of her Coconut Grove book, with photos and the history of our area, in 2010 (look for me on page 126).  

She is the former chief curator, interim director, and chair of the Coral Gables Museum. She is the author of numerous books on Florida history, including The Forgotten Frontier: Florida through the Lens of Ralph Middleton Munroe and Miami, the Magic City and our favorite, Coconut Grove. It was a full house in 2010 when the book premier party took place at The Bookstore in the Grove. Look for the book still a big seller at the bookstore (look for me on page 126).

The Coral Gables Museum is at 285 Aragon Avenue in the Gables. The event is free and open to the public.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Shell Shacked Cuban sandwich

We were talking about a Cuban restaurant. Well, you can get a nice Cuban sandwich at Shell Lumber's food truck!

From Shell: "Meet our EL CUBANO! Busy afternoon? Need to fuel up for lunch? Then try out this fully loaded grilled sandwich - with fresh pork, ham, swiss cheese, and pickles! • Treat yourself to this brand NEW item from our menu and many others, available now at our new Shell Lumber Food Truck: SHELL SHACK!"

Shell Lumber is at 2733 SW 27 Avenue. The truck is open weekdays and Saturday. 

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St. Hugh announces concert series

St. Hugh announced its St. Hugh-Steinway concert series for 2015-16. 

The first event is Friday, September 25, where four stars of popular music stages and opera productions will sing Jazz, Love Songs and Broadway songs. Roberto Berrocal, Ricardo Velásquez, Miguel Delabarca, Jennifer Zamorano and Gretel Ortiz are performing.

Ricardo Velásquez has performed Bel Canto and operatic repertoire for several years in Spain, Germany and Panama, singing with orchestras and in recitals, to stellar reviews.

Miguel Delabarca is a recording artist with Grammy Record Producer Humberto Gatica, who has worked Michael Buble, Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson & Josh Groban. Miguel’s music style is a combination of Andrea Bocelli and Michael Buble.

Jennifer Zamorano has performed with the Florida Grand Opera, Miami Summer Music Festival, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera New Jersey, Vero Beach Opera, Gold Coast Opera, Amici del'Arte, Pro Arte Grateli, Hispanic Lyric Theatre and the Miami Lyric Opera. Critics comment that “Soprano, Jennifer Zamorano, is one of the most exciting up and coming young singers in today’s operatic realm. She involves the audience with her vocal legato and her powerful, rich and sultry voice with sparkling top notes.” 

Grethel Ortiz has appeared in several South Florida theater productions. She has worked with Martha Picanes, Mirta Medina, Jorge Hernandez, Tania Marti, Ada Bejar, Nestor Cabell, Grateli’s production of “La Verbena de la Paloma”, and with New Century Dance and Pepe Dance Companies dancing flamenco, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, salsa and ballroom.

The St. Hugh agenda:

Friday, Sep 25 - VOICES  
Jazz, Love Songs & Broadway 
Ricardo Velasquez, Miguel Delabarca, Jennifer Zamorano, Grethel Ortiz

Friday, Nov 20 - AISHA SYED, Violin
Debut at 11,  now a remarkable virtuoso at 26.

Friday,  Feb  5 - Arturo Chacon-Cruz, Tenor
Rave reviews, powerful, lyrical, breath-taking. 
              
Friday, April 8 - Roberto Berrocal, Piano 
Virtuosity and warmth brought the audience to its feet.

Tickets start at $30 and $45 per performance and go up to $1000 for a founding membership. Info here. Season tickets are just $110 to $160. 

St. Hugh is located at 3460 Royal Road. For info: 305-318-5008.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Miami Boat Show protest is Saturday

While the Miami International Boat Show may be pushing plans forward to relocate to Virginia Key, dozens of environmental and community groups are coming together to stop it with a ‘Save Virginia Key’ rally on Saturday, August 29.   Thousands of protesters are expected to attend. Their message to the city is that public land is not up for the highest bidder.

Miami's Voices for Conservation is hosting the event, members from The Sierra Club, Tropical Audubon Society, Biscayne Bay Coalition, Urban Environmental League of Greater Miami, Village of Key Biscayne, etc. will be out in full force to urge City and County leaders to move the boat show away from Virginia Key, which houses Miami’s most sensitive and prized ecosystem. This rally comes just weeks after the Boat Show illegally cleared 500 feet of protected mangroves to pave way for its relocation. 

According to Laura Reynolds of the Tropical Audubon Society, the public has been shut out of a process that will use public land and cost taxpayers millions. Additionally, it flies in the face of the publicly approved Master Plan which promised redevelopment of the Marine Stadium, public waterfront access and year-round green space.

The rally is Saturday, August 29, 2015 @ 10:00 am at 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway.

Activist Charles Corda sent out a few emails claiming that the Miami Rowing Club, which is right near the Marine Stadium/Boat Show property, has been told to close for the day. He blames the City for doing this and namely Commissioner Sarnoff.

I called the Commissioner's office and spoke with Ron Nelson, Sarnoff's chief of staff. He said he knew nothing about Sarnoff or the City sending out a threatening letter and as a personal member of the Rowing Club himself, he said the club is not against the Boat Show, that they look forward to the show and the Flex Park that will be part of the property. Ron said that the club may even have a tent at the boat show sharing info about their club.

An email that went out from the Miami Rowing Club is below, it seems that they are concerned about their relationship with the city. So it's all about them receiving compensation for the inconvenience of the Boat Show and about renewing good terms with their city lease. It is interesting to note that the email states that "the City met this morning and has made the decision . . ."



          "MRC WILL BE CLOSED THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 29TH
The City met this morning and has made the decision to close the facility due to the silent protest and demonstrations. We have been advised, and you may have received,  notice that there will be a demonstration this Saturday in our basin to protest the effect of the Boat Show on Virginia Key. 
The MRC Board does not support this protest and we want you to be aware of the important reasons why.  
THE SECURITY OF MRC'S FUTURE COULD BE COMPROMISED The club is working out the details of the renewal of our agreement with the City as well as potential compensation for the inconvenience of the Boat Show and we don't want to endanger that process as it greatly affects the club's future.  The agreement is up for renewal next month and negotiations have commenced.   
INDIVIDUAL ACTION MUST NOT BE AS A MRC MEMBER Any membership participation in the demonstration would not be viewed positively and could endanger our ongoing negotiations with the City.  Having said that, the club can't, and won't, prevent anyone from expressing their personal opinion.  If you join in the demonstration, please do so as an individual and not as a member of MRC.  
We hope you will respect and be considerate of the club's position. " 

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Enjoy burlesque at Vinos in the Grove

Vinos in the Grove will hosting burlesque and cabaret on Saturday, August 29 in the Red Room Art Gallery, on their second level. The show is from 9 to 11 pm.

Enjoy classic burlesque, cabaret, and wine. This month, Vinos is featuring Sofia LUNA, Aurora Natrix, and Morgan La Rue, as well as master of ceremonies Rio Dios Mio.
There is a $5 cover and a one drink minimum. Bottle service and tables are available as well. Seating is limited.

For more information and to RSVP: email t.s0623@yahoo.com or call 305-442-8840.

Vinos in the Grove is located at 3409 Main Highway.

photo courtesy Vinos

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Will late night bar closings come back?

There are rumblings going around that the new office workers in the Grove want the late night bars back. Someone from one of the ad agencies asked me the other day about it. And then someone else chimed in. They wondered if the new commissioner coming into office in November would change the Coconut Grove bar closing times back to 5 am now that a much younger crowd is part of the Grove.

Someone from Sapient said that he heard the whole mess about 3 am/5 am was really about getting business into Midtown Miami and now it's time to bring it back to the Grove. I don't think that was the issue back then and I really don't see the bar closing times changing now. The only bar that is still around that had the late night hours and lost them is Mr. Moe's and they eventually got their late night hours back. The other four bars went out of business due to the time change.

But the Grove is changing fast, new residents are moving in and a much younger crowd is here during the day and evening. Many have moved to the Grove to be closer to work. And many of them will hopefully be voting in the next election. So it may be something the candidates may want to address.

Ironically, The Goose closed too soon. I think with all the ad agency people right across the street, it would have been an excellent hang out with the pool tables, craft beer and food. It wasn't a late night spot but it was almost made for office workers who would pop in and out all the time.


One interesting note is that Mr. Moe's has a Teresa Sarnoff for Commissioner sign in their window. Interesting in light of what went on over the years. I sort of resent this in a way because I took the side of Mr. Moe's and fought for them when I didn't have to and so did many others and then for them to behave like nothing happened is sort of strange. 

"Strange Bedfellows" are words that come to mind. I know it bothers people because I didn't see the sign, but others have, and they've texted and emailed it to me. I've reached out to Mr. Moe's but received no response.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Science, Art and Cinema at Science Museum

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science invites art aficionados and science enthusiasts to attend the inaugural Science Art Cinema on Saturday, August 29 at 7:00 pm. This event is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The evening will feature 16mm science and science fiction films, fused with performances and multimedia presentations curated by Kevin Arrow, the museum's art and collection manager; Barron Sherer, the museum's media archivist; and Dr. Jorge Perez-Gallego, the museum's resident astronomer and exhibition developer.

Tickets for this event are $15 online or $20 at the door. There is a limited quantity so make sure to make your purchase early!

For more information & to buy tickets: call 305-646-4200 or go here.

The Museum is located at 3280 S. Miami Avenue.

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Try Fornaro's superstitious dish

That special day is coming to Fornaro Restaurant, which happens every 29th of each month. They serve a special dish once a month. The superstitious Gnocchi Della Fortuna dish (shown here) stems from a legend dating back to the 8th century where placing money under a plate symbolized wishes of prosperity. Therefore, on the 29th of each month, guests are invited to honor this ritual with a symbolic gnocchi entrée. 

In addition, the menu has been completely revamped and is now over 12 pages long. 

Fornaro Italian Restaurant is located at 2750 SW 26 Avenue.

Presently, they are only open from 6 to 11 pm, Tuesday through Sunday. 


You can reach them at: 305-668-8888.

Steamed mussels in white wine, basil and garlic.

Check out the full menu here.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

It's organic, healthy and it's a drive-thru

Remember when I said it would be so cool to have a healthy drive thru restaurant? Well, it has happened, only not here. It's in California. A place named Amy's Drive Thru with organic, healthy food. They have veggie burgers and organic burritos, broccoli cheddar mac and cheese, tomato and green onion mac and cheese, organic vegan pizza and so much more.

I want to go there.

Story here.

Image from their Instagram page @AmysDriveThru

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Worth the weights

Runners, walkers, and cyclists are not hard to come by in Coconut Grove. In such a beautiful area, it’s hard to stay inside to get your daily exercise. However, many of these cardio enthusiasts may be missing a vital part of their healthy routine: weight training. Just because bowling-ball sized biceps aren’t your goal doesn’t mean you should skip the weight room. Here are just a few reasons to incorporate weights into your regular exercises:

You can lose up to 40% more fat

Of course you can lose weight by running marathons, but doing cardio not only burns fat, but also muscle. Although losing muscle is nice to see on the scale, it does not necessarily improve your mirror appeal and can actually let you gain the weight back sooner. Adding weights to your exercise routine will help you retain the muscle and still drop the fat.

You’ll burn more calories

Because your muscles will require extra energy to rebuild themselves after weight-training, you will burn more calories, even when you are parked on your couch. You will also be using more muscle energy during your workout, which again, means more calories burned.

You’ll smile more

Along with exercises like yoga, research has shown that people who lift weights regularly have better overall attitudes and outlooks on life.

You’ll get into shape faster

Circuit training with weights incorporates the heart pumping benefits of cardio and the muscle challenging benefits of weight training. Adding this type of exercise into your routine will help you reach your goals without wasting your time.

For more nutrition and fitness tips and information, check out Fitness Together Miami. We are a private, personal training gym in Coconut Grove and South Miami. Stop in or give us a call to try a free session today!

Coconut Grove: 3333 Rice St Suite 101  | 305-648-2202 
South Miami: S. Miami Municipal Garage  |  5829 SW 73rd St Suite 2   | 305-665-3694 

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