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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Tigertail + Mary is a lush neighborhood retreat

You've probably seen the large Botero sculpture, "Mujer Vestida," at the corner of Tigertail + Mary - well, that's part of Tigertail + Mary, the new restaurant which opens Friday, May 24.

James Beard Award-winning chef-restaurateur Michael Schwartz is owner of the new restaurant, he also owns Harry's Pizzeria in Center Grove and started in 2007 with Michael's Genuine Food & Drink in the Design District. 

“Coconut Grove feels good I think because it doesn’t try too hard to be something. It is consistently, 100 percent itself, full of good energy and honesty. Food should be this way, too,” he explains. 


A Miami native, Executive Chef Stephen Ullrich’s menu includes Oysters with mignonette; Steak Tartare with smoked egg aioli, fingerling potatoes, chives; Charred Snap Peas with whipped ricotta, ham, mint, and lemon; Fideos with chorizo, littleneck clams, sea beans, and saffron aioli; Mashed Fava Pizza with ramps, snap peas, asparagus, fontina cheese; Sea Trout with crispy black lentils, herbs, yellow curry; and Slow-Roasted Curried Lamb Shoulder ‘Thali’, part of a Family-Style section with larger dishes perfect for sharing, served with assorted pickles and sauces, brown basmati, and paratha. Pastry Chef Antonia Grandberry delights with ease in desserts like vegan Pavlova with key lime curd and mango pineapple-coconut sorbet and Rhubarb Crisp with strawberry and quinoa honey oat gelato.

Partnering with Miami-based, nationally-recognized craft cocktail experts Bar Lab, Tigertail + Mary’s bar features a well-rounded list of cocktails. Rhubarb + Soda takes a flagship aperitif, Campari, and brightens it with the zing of rhubarb and strawberry for a twist on the classic Americano with Cocchi Torino and soda water. Tigertail Daiquiri combines coconut fat-washed white rum with Cocchi Americano, lime juice and fennel syrup. Bottled cocktails provide a perfect pour, including Salty Dove with Paloma lovers in mind, but here with blanco Tequila, lime juice and a house made grapefruit tepache, a bright, fermented mixer with pineapple. Guests can enjoy a rotating selection of Florida beer at the bar’s two taps, rounded out with a cross section of approachable local and American craft beers in a range of styles.

The restaurant is cultivating a small, raised bed garden with the guidance of urban farmer and Little River Cooperative founder Muriel Olivares. Freshly planted this summer, the garden has peppers, shiso, basil, sweet potato and more to make the best of Miami’s year-round growing season.

Nicole Kelly, long-time General Manager at The Genuine Hospitality Group, will oversee Tigertail + Mary.


Opening hours of operation will be dinner hours to start: Friday and Saturday from 5:30 – 11:30 pm and Sunday through Thursday until 10:30 pm. The restaurant’s café will open soon for breakfast including coffee and bakery items, as well as grab and go sandwiches and drinks. Brunch and lunch service at the restaurant will soon follow this summer. The restaurant’s myriad spaces are available for events, including a chef’s table at the open kitchen and a private room with A/V capability. 

The American Contemporary dinner menu features items like oysters, sea trout, along with pizza and pasta, there is also suckling pig, NY Strip, chicken, burgers and there is a large selection of fresh vegetables including charcoal-grilled artichokes, roasted carrots, charred escarole, grilled leeks, asparagus, and marinated green cabbage.

Valet parking is available in addition to metered street spots and a nearby garage. 

Reservations can be made by calling 305.722.5688, emailing reservations@tigertailandmary.com or via Open Table through tigertailandmary.com. Walk-ins are always welcome.

Tigertail + Mary, located at 3321 Mary Street.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Playhouse project is not fully funded

The following letter was sent by Architect Richard Heisenbottle to the Mayor and Commissioners on Tuesday afternoon. Heisenbottle has alternative plans for the playhouse.

Good afternoon Mayor Suarez and City Commissioners,



For the past few days I have been working through the construction costs for the Playhouse Foundations Alternative Preservation Scheme for the Playhouse with SKANSKA USA.  This has led me to question how the County was preparing to fund the Arquitectonica Playhouse plan, so I texted my old friend Art Noriega to get clarity on who was funding what.  What I found out was startling and I feel compelled to share it with you and the other Commissioners as I don’t believe that any of you or the general public are aware. I have outlined what I have learned below.

Every County presentation to the City Commission, to lower Boards and to the numerous public meetings, have included Gimenez/Spring’s categorical statements that the Arquitectonica plan is fully developed, fully funded and ready to go.


The County Mayor made the statement, “We have the money available to restore that corner of Coconut Grove.” I believe that statement to be a misleading untruth. In fact Michael Spring and Mayor Gimenez appear to have been materially misleading. Rather than being a theater arts or historic preservation driven project, this is a developer driven project and both the public and the City Commission need to be made aware.  In the County plan, 33% of the space is for theater related purposes, 67% is given over to office and retail space. Not for Arts Education, Not for a Bahamian Cultural Center, Not for Affordable Housing.


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US Flags are up!

The US Flags went up Tuesday morning, a bit earlier than usual. They have been going up on Flag Day, which is June 14, but now they are up earlier, in time for Memorial Day, which is May 27.
Summer is coming!


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The return of Mail Art; be a part of it

In 2009, the Windisch-Hunt Gallery had a "Mail Art" exhibition. People sent Mail Art to AnnaMaria Windisch Hunt and it ended up being a show at the gallery. One time a guy sent a red high heel shoe in with stamps on it, and it arrived! The mailman was as thrilled as AnnaMaria with the surprises that arrived each day, people from all over the world participated.

Mail Art is just that -- art sent through the mail. You can see all the stories and photos we posted on the Mail Art in 2009 here, including the red high heel. The Grapevine formatting was a bit different so the photos may overlap a bit.

AnnaMaria is doing it again, but this time in Lake Worth. If you would like to participate, please send your mail art to: Congratulations, City Hall, 7 N. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth Beach, FL 33460.
                                           
The mail art may be envelopes or post cards. Please don't put anything inside the envelopes, they won't be opened. The deadline for all arrivals is August 10, 2019.

This is open to everyone. 

For more info, please email lakeworthart@gmail.com, and please put "mail art" in the subject line.


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A little Woman's Club history

I was speaking with the ladies at the Woman's Club, they were telling me so much about the history.

One funny thing is that if you read the minutes from over the years - yes, they have all the original minutes locked up and safe - you'll see them discussing the same issues in 1891 that they discuss today. The club was started as the Housekeeper's Club that year by Flora McFarlane and other pioneers of the time.  The current clubhouse was built in 1924. The ladies names line the streets today - McFarlane, Gifford, Frow, etc.


Public domain photo

Ms. McFarlane ran the schoolhouse which was built in 1887, she taught classes 1889-1894 and organized the Coconut Grove Housekeepers Club, oldest federated women's club in Florida. The Club met in this building till 1894. The building was located at 2916 Grand Avenue, across from where the Mayfair Promenade is today; sort of where the parking lot is across from that. The actual building was moved to the Plymouth Congregational Church property, where you can see it today at 3400 Devon Road.

Originally, the Woman's Club encompassed the Sonesta property and it went all the way down to the water's edge - where the Sailing Club is today. South Bayshore was not there and the big front lawn reached the water.


The land was divided and unfortunately up until this day, developers are always approaching the club, they wish to buy it and make waterfront condos on the spot.


This new address sign was made by club member Yudit Orlando. What's extra special about it is that the broken mosaic pieces are old, historic tea cups from the club, saved from over the years.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

City Commission Should Override Mayor’s Playhouse Veto

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

The playhouse, as a large venue, has failed financially five times in its 91-year history. If we ignore this simple fact and allow well connected individuals to impose their will through political pressure (nothing new to the playhouses history) then we will repeat the folly of the past, and yet this time with the most far reaching consequences. 

As a Candidate for Commissioner of District 2 and former Chair of the Coconut Grove Village Council I’ve had a front row seat to the long-running playhouse drama.

In 2014, as the county began the lengthy process of securing a lease with the State of Florida -- satisfying all liens, developing a business plan, identifying a proven theater operator and educational component -- the Village Council, at my request, received a presentation from Miami Dade County’s Director of Cultural Affairs, Michael Spring. We were impressed with the county’s plan then; I remain impressed now.

Over the past four years, the County has done its due diligence by gaining approvals from City and County boards, and by gaining the support from local businesses, foundations, preservation groups and the Village Council. It has held countless meetings to hear residents’ concerns, it has overcome a litany of legal and regulatory obstacles, and most impressively it has engaged in robust public debate without stooping to incivility and deceit. 

The County plan has the funding in place to complete the project. A competing plan does not. Given the opportunity to raise fund for this alterative vision, supporters came up woefully short. Donors did not come forward, and the plan proved untenable.

I urge the City Commission on this Thursday to override the Mayors Veto and let the playhouse project move forward so that we can begin the revival of great regional theater in Coconut Grove.

Thank you,

Javier Gonzalez
Coconut Grove

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Large turnout for for Grillin N Chillin

Lately, there have been so many events happening in Coconut Grove, that is feels like old times! On Sunday, Grillin N Chillin took over Peacock Park and it was a fantastic event. 

Did you see our Grapevine logo as you entered? We were proud to be a sponsor of this well-attended event. We're almost getting burned there by the SWARM logo. SWARM threw the party as only they can - first class.

It was free to enter, and they were handing out free drinks all over the place, but of course the main event was BBQ. BBQ and liquor. What could go wrong?


Nothing.

First let me say, we got there early, so these photos look sparse, but later in the day, the park was full of people, like all of the beer and food festivals usually are - a very successful event.



It started slow and built to thousands of people showing up by late afternoon, on what was a hot day. 

There were plenty of tables and plenty of vendors serving everything from BBQ chicken to ribs, to brisket and more. BBQ, beer, sides, and dessert were available all day long from variety of different vendors, ranging from Korean BBQ, Memphis, Texas or Kansas City barbecue to the well-known Brazilian Churrasco and Argentine Parrillada. It was a meat-lovers paradise.

The Knob Creek BBQ + Mixology Bar, shown here, had samples of their aromatic Rose on Rye sample specialty cocktail,  and they had smoky creations (what else at a BBQ?). Their Bourbon Brunch cocktail was quite popular.

The stage at the far end had live acts playing all day with big talents like Whiskey All-Stars, Tilt, Marquise Fair, and Jay Valor.


There were too many contests to keep track of from the The Kitchen Lab & BBQ Rib-Off to the Hot Dog Eating Contest. There was also a Mac n Cheese competition.
The Pit was a pop-up BBQ-infused sports bar, right in the center of the park, which complemented the live music lounge. 









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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Starseed Music and Arts Festival at The Barnacle

On Saturday, June 8, Vie Boheme is presenting Starseed at The Barnacle, a music and arts festival. This is a unique fusion of artists from across multiple platforms. Starseed combines a fully curated art exhibit with a talent-packed live music line-up showcasing the city’s best local artists, alongside a beautifully tailored vendor market, local food, installations, and digital creations.

A Starseed is said to be an advanced being that originates from a distant star or far away galaxy and incarnates here on Earth. At some point in their existence, Starseeds wake up and remember their earthly mission. So what is their mission and why do they come here? For the same reason many of us do—to assist this planet and all its sentient beings in the awakening and ascension process.

Inspired by this concept, Vie Boheme has curated an incredible line-up of artists and musicians that they consider to be the very best Starseeds.


Vie Boheme Productions believes that artists have the power to change the world. With this intention, they assembled a team of unique artists across multiple platforms: musicians, composers, dancers, artists, photographers, designers, singers, filmmakers, and writers. A meticulously selected powerhouse of talent brought together to raise the bar in creativity and break down barriers between industries.

Vie Boheme builds every project from the ground up from concept design, production, art/music curation, and live performances. They set a new standard in event production that unites artists and inspires innovation. Founder Naomi Serret, built a successful career that spanned over 12 years as a professional dancer, choreographer, and artistic director of full theater productions. After more than a decade of mastering her craft, Naomi decided to expand her creative pursuits to the art and music industries. 

Artists include Marvin Delgado, Joao Romero, Jude Rosario and Alvin Hernandez. Just a few of the many musicians include Jimmy Levy, Ru Gracia, Alexander Gold, The Hoy Polloy, Psychic Dove and Isaiah Spain and there are so many more.

The Starseed Festival is from 2 to 10 pm on Saturday, June 8.

The first wave of tickets are $25 now, get them today here before they go up to the next wave.


The Barnacle is at 3458 Main Highway.

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Prevent an overdose, save a life

A two hour training class on preventing an overdose with a certificate of completion  is being held at Shake-A-Leg next week. On Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25, there are three classes being held.

Friday - May 24 - 6 to 8 pm
Saturday - May 25 - 10 am to noon and 1 to 3 pm.

Those 15 and over may participate, for those under 18, parental consent is required.

The course is free, but you must register beforehand, there are no walk-ins.

Please contact Luis Garcia to register at: 954-859-4696 or email luisgarciafla2@gmail.com

Shake-A-Leg is at 2620 S. Bayshore Drive.

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The Playhouse saga is a complicated mess

There are so many mixed emotions regarding the Coconut Grove Playhouse.

County Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued a statement regarding the City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez’s veto of the City Commission’s action in support of the County's plans.  Mayor Gimenez stated, “Today, we are more committed than ever to making our project to bring great theater back to Coconut Grove a reality. We are fully restoring the 1927 iconic and historic front building of the Coconut Grove Playhouse and returning great dramatic theater to this place where theater began in our community. We have worked hard to celebrate the history of the Coconut Grove Playhouse, to revitalize this important gateway to the Grove, and to respect the village scale and ambiance so important to Coconut Grove’s business district and the adjoining West Grove residential neighborhood.


"In spite of these repeated and deliberate delays and roadblocks, we will pursue every means available to us to fulfill our promise to make the Coconut Grove Playhouse a place where our families and kids can once again enjoy the arts for generations to come. It is the right thing to do."


In spite and out of spite?


Mayors Suarez and Gimenez met late Friday afternoon over coffee. Gimenez was unwilling to compromise. Suarez offered an additional $10 million from the city to add to the $20.5 million the County already has for the project, but it was declined by Gimenez, unless they can go ahead with their demolition project.


Many people don't like Arquitectonica and if they were not part of the equation, there might not be so much of a fight against the County's plans. But then again, the County seems to be more interested in building up the property and adding the playhouse as an afterthought only because they are required to put a playhouse on the property. If that was not a requirement, there is doubt that there would be any theater as part of the plans.

The parking garage is a major issue with businesses in the Grove. People resent the sale of the Oak Street garage to the Terra Group, who made it an office building and took away valuable parking. And just recently many parking spaces were taken away from street parking, there are many more spaces gone than originally mention in this article.  Add the parking spaces gobbled up by the valets and there is a problem. Parking is scarce. The new garage at the playhouse is desired so badly by local businesses that many don't care what happens with the playhouse, just as long as the garage is built. The two are tied together because they are both on the same parcel of land, so as the playhouse goes, so goes the garage.

It's a mess no doubt. The line is drawn. There are those who want the Playhouse, one of the last remaining pieces of history in the Grove, to remain in tact. There are those who want to build chrome and glass on the property and there are those who want a new garage at any cost.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Update on Grilln N Chillin

Grillin N Chillin which is this weekend, is now only on Sunday, May 19, rather than Saturday and Sunday.

Please make a note of it. It's Sunday at Peacock Park - 11 am to 7 pm.


The details on the event are here.

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Mayor Suarez vetos Commission vote on Playhouse

Mayor Suarez addresses crowd across from Playhouse

On Friday morning, Mayor Francis Suarez held a press conference in front of the Coconut Grove Playhouse. The results - the Mayor vetoed the recent vote by the City Commission who agreed 3-2 to approve the appeal by the County regarding their plans to build a new playhouse.

"I have decided to exercise my veto. This decision is based on a variety of factors; the overriding factor is preserving one of our most historical and precious assets in the City of Miami," he said Friday morning.

He read from a 2005 designation report on the theater that said "the Playhouse was to be Miami's most elaborate theater with the largest seating capacity of any theater in Miami."

The City's HEP Board denied a certificate of demolition to the county, which recommend knocking down most of the structure and rebuilding it. That brought the county before the City Commission on an appeal, on May 8. Many favor the plans of local architect 
 Richard Heisenbottle, who has a history of restoring historical buildings without destroying them. The County's plans were almost a whole other project, with a small playhouse thrown in as an afterthought because that was required.

Now it's back to the Commission on May 23, where a vote of 4-1 is needed to undo the veto.


In the past, the Mayor stated, “We have to understand how we got here. And I think it's important. Number one, there are three cultural facilities that I want to save under my leadership as mayor, the Playhouse, the Gusman Center, and the Miami Marine Stadium, and I'm committed to those three things. Secondly, you have to understand the County has had a horrible track record with these kinds of facilities. They were overrun; I think it was a $200 million overrun with the Arsht Center, a $40 million overrun with the Frost Museum, and now we're in this dilemma where they have done nothing for 5 1/2 years with the Playhouse."

Here is the Mayor's full veto letter.






Photos by Harry Gottlieb

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Kennedy Park ribbon cutting and shore clean up

Join Commissioner Ken Russell, the Coconut Grove BID, and  the City of Miami Parks and Recreation Department for the Kennedy Park Walkway Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Park Clean Up on Saturday, May 18. 

Mangrove Forest ecosystems serve a special function as essential shoreline stabilization features as well as providing habitat for many forms of life. Let’s make a difference by preserving and protecting our parks and important coastlines.

Volunteer Day Main Tasks:

Marine Debris Removal and Park Clean up
Important Volunteer Information:

Registration begins at 8:30 am, Project will begin at 9:30 am.  

Please Bring:
Refillable water bottle. Stay hydrated and be prepared to work outside.
Closed-toe shoes are required. 
Dress comfortable and wear clothing you don’t mind getting dirty or wet.
A hat, sun block, and insect repellent (recommended)
Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult
All clean up supplies (garbage bags, protective gloves, buckets) will be provided.

Register here.

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Peacock Park will be transformed back to the 1960s

The block parties have been so successful, they have moved around from Fuller Street to Main Highway to Florida Avenue and now the next one, a rather large one is in Peacock Park. It's a Tribute to Woodstock, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It takes place on Saturday, June 1. 

Thanks to the Coconut Grove BID, the Summer of Love is being revived and a special time in history will be honored at the park, which was a large part of the actual hippy culture back in the 1960s, Peacock Park was ground zero in Miami for the culture back then.


Shira Lee will perform

Peacock Park will be transformed into a day of peace and music. Swing by for outdoor festivities to kick off the summer with great vibes, live music, artisan vendors, art activations and all the things we love to gather for. The free event is from 5 to 8 pm. Wear your tie dye!

Enjoy two special '60s tribute sets by Miami’s very own musical songstress, Shira Lee. Expect to hear folk, jam, and rock-fueled adaptations of Woodstock classics and more. Explore art, kids activities, and refreshing summer eats & drinks while you take in the happy Grove neighborhood.

Free with RSVP, dogs and children welcome.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Bingo night at The Woman's Club

Bingo Night at Woman's Club of Coconut Grove is Thursday, May 23. Bring your family and friends, doors open at 6:30 pm and Bingo begins at 7:00.

Admissions is $5 for adults and children under 12 play free. It's $1 per card with a minimum of 5 games.

Refreshments and snacks will be served and there are great prizes and gift certificates.

The last game will be a $1000 cash prize with full bingo card of 46 numbers called.

Parking is $3 flat rate at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. 

All proceeds benefit the Woman's Club of Coconut Grove, celebrating 125 years.

The club is located at 2985 S. Bayshore Drive, for info: 305-446-2909.

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Miami's largest BBQ fest is at Peacock Park

Grillin N Chillin is coming to the Grove this weekend. Enjoy great food, family fun, and refreshing cocktails at Miami's largest free BBQ Festival Sunday, May19.

Enjoy live music from some of South Florida's biggest talents: Whiskey All-Stars, Tilt, Marquise Fair, and Jay Valor.

The event is from 11 am to 7 pm. And yes, it's free to enter!

Enjoy a "Rose on Rye" sample specialty cocktail and explore the "Bourbon Brunch" and "BBQ Peach Smash" smoked brunch-inspired bourbon-based cocktails, garnished with delicious BBQ-inspired treats like a fried waffle, grilled bacon, and bacon-wrapped peach.


Featuring:

Knob Creek BBQ + Mixology Bar - Aside from sampling their aromatic Rose on Rye sample specialty cocktail, explore smoky creations such as their Bourbon Brunch cocktail, maple syrup and bourbon-based cocktail garnished with grilled bacon and fried mini waffle! Excite your palate with a BBQ Peach Smash, an invigorating summer refreshment featuring muddled peach, refreshing ginger beer and a splash of lime topped with a bacon-wrapped peach garnish.

Live Music - Catch the killer lineup! Whiskey Allstars and Tilt Marquise Fair and Jay Valor.

The Kitchen Lab & BBQ Rib-Off - South Florida’s premier pitmasters take the stage as they smoke the competition at the Grillin N Chillin BBQ Rib-Off.

Hot Dog Eating Contest- Enter to compete in an all-out hot dog eating contest for a special prize. 

Mac N Cheese Competition - Chefs and Mac N Cheese connoisseurs will be competing to see who makes the BEST mouthwatering mac and cheese in south Florida.

The Pit – our pop-up BBQ-infused sports bar complemented with our live music lounge. 

Hot Dog Zone - we love our pups! Bring your furry friends to Grillin N’ Chillin where they can enjoy a playground and treats just for them.

Lost in the Sauce - The biggest sauce bar you’ve ever seen.

Family Fun Zone:- Bounce houses, maze’s, and entertainers for your little carnivores. 

Miami’s Biggest BBQ Selection - BBQ, beer, sides, and dessert are available all day long from variety of different vendors, ranging from Korean BBQ, Memphis, Texas or Kansas City barbecue to the well-known Brazilian Churrasco and Argentine Parrillada.

RSVP for your free Drink
Pick up your free "Rose on Rye" specialty sample cocktail with an RSVP. Its a Knob Creek Rye with prickly pear and pomegranate garnished with smoked sage and chili bitters. 

Grillin N Chillin is at Peacock Park.


Whiskey All-Stars perform live.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Should men be joining the Woman's Club?

Two or three men are now part of the Woman's Club of Coconut Grove. Should they be allowed to join and what is the purpose?

The club, started in 1891 has always denied men's entry, although it was never against the bylaws. But what is the purpose of men joining the club?

Many of the female members feel it is a slap in the face to the history of the club, and Flora McFarlane, who started the club, but in this day and age is it not proper to allow anyone to join?

I do know that two of the men are developers, who one can guess, want to eventually get onto the board to be able to dictate the sale of the club one day, but then again, women developers could easily join the club and do the same thing.


What do you think? Should men be permitted to join the Woman's Club of Coconut Grove?

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People don't like the little Smart Cars

Daimler, the German car maker will stop selling the little Smart Cars in America next year because Americans don't like them.

People who want a small car for a quick trip prefer to take Uber's, which is easier and in many cases cheaper. And here with the free trolley and the Freebee, it makes no sense to use the car for local runs.

Remember when we were flooded with them? These little Cars2Go took up all the parking spaces in the Grove by dumping them in the Center Village, which of course, no one used, so they took up valuable spaces all day.

The big thing these days are the scooters. The Bird scooter company now had a plan where you can rent them for $24.99 per month for unlimited use. I'm not sure how the monthly plan will go over, but the minute-by-minute plan seems to work great around here; any time of day or night you can see people on scooters around the village and many ride in pairs or groups. The normal rate is $1 to unlock the scooter and then 10 to 30 cents for every minute of riding.

With the monthly service, the scooter will be brought to you, so you don't have to search them out like you do with the minute rate.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Yappy Hour is at The Spillover on Wednesday

Stop by The Spillover for Yappy Hour on Wednesday, May 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Enjoy Happy Hour al fresco with your two and four-legged friends for drinks, small bites, and treats.

This month’s Happy Hour specials at Spillover include:
$1 oysters
$5 select apps
$4 beers
$7 wines
$7 well cocktails
$10 select cocktails

Complimentary Doggy Food – Yeyo’s Chicken and Rice or Marmadukes Meatloaf.

The Spillover is at the Mayfair Promenade.

Yappy Hour moves around the Grove and is at a different location the third Wednesday of each month.

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Pinot Noir wine tasting at Vinos in the Grove

May is Oregon Pinot Noir month and this Thursday, May 16, Vino's in the Grove is having a wine tasting. 

Their lineup is:
Willakenzie Rose
Willakenzie ‘Triple Black Slopes’
Willakenzie Estate Pinot
Hartford Court ‘Warrior Princess’
Siduri Willamette

Enjoy this guided session for $25 (which can be applied to any bottle purchase of these amazing select wines post tasting). They are limited to eight guests so purchase a reserved spot in store or be sure to arrive early!  

The event starts at 7 pm.

Vino's is at 2889 McFarlane Road.

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A delicious taste of gourmet Argentina

At first I noticed the sign - Rustica - and thought that Pizza Rustica moved into the Grove, but this is better. Rustica is a new Argentinian gourmet fast food restaurant. They are tucked in the former Present Bakery and 33 Kitchen space, at 3195 Commodore Plaza.


Ficundo Villagra (left) and William Sirrino, owners.

I met William Sirrino and Ficundo Villagra, the owners of Rustica.

They freshened up the space and it seems much larger. There is a nice size menu starting with a breakfast menu and going all day. They are open seven days from 7 am to 11 pm.

Freshly baked goods, back in Rustic's kitchen.

There are a lot of sandwiches, made on their own freshly baked bread, they also bake pastries right on premises. Sandwiches include Lomito Completo, which is ham, cheese, eggs and more; there is Lomito Pollo, a ham and chicken sandwich, lots of meat including Milanesa and Chorizo, salads, and even their version of the hamburger. There's an eggplant sandwich with a sunny side egg on top, there is a burger with guacamole, ham, cheese, egg and more!

Pastries consist of croissants, cookies, pies, empanadas and more; there are freshly made shakes and lots of coffee. William tells me that they have five other locations in Argentina.

Rustica is a nice addition to the neighborhood.




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Monday, May 13, 2019

What's up with the parking situation; or lack of it?

Recently Grand Avenue was resurfaced and it looks beautiful. But I noticed that in the process, they removed parking spaces. It seems like every time a street scape project is done, parking spaces are eliminated. Another two or three were taken away on Grand in front of Sapient. Notice the markings in front of the car here? Well, those diagonal lines were spaces until last week.


You can see here, there is a sign at the left, where parking would begin, in front of that sign is bus drop off, not city buses, but the big red buses, which don't come through the Grove anymore due to all the construction and navigation they have to do to just get through the streets, so extra bus standing spaces are not needed.


You can see it better here in this photo, we are looking the back of the sign that indicates everything on the side of that sign is a parking space, only notice the street markings now. Are they made for mopeds or scooters?  Across the street up a bit, there are two more spots blocked. You can't see them here but they are in the upper right of this photo.

There is a lack of reliable mass transit in the village, so parking spaces are important.

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