Green, Miami, Off the Beaten Path, Outdoors, Sports, Travel Tips

The River of Grass, Florida’s Everglades

One of Florida’s unique destinations is the Everglades National Park, a World Heritage Site, a national treasure and Florida icon. Unlike most of the National Parks in the USA, it has a remarkably flat landscape (you will see no mountains, canyons, or hills) made up of a shallow sheet of fresh clean water spread across an infinite prairie of sawgrass. The river flows slowly from Lake Okeechobee in a S/SW direction into Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Florida’s signature puffy clouds provide for stunning visuals as the majestic cloud formations reflect off the wetlands. This is what all of South Florida looked like just over a hundred years ago. It is the only subtropical preserve in North America and the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles live side by side.

Everglades Pelicans

Pelicans gather at the backwoods of Flamingo, the southwestern tip of Florida, located in the Everglades National Park, Photo by Andrew Kaufman.

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Concierge ABC, Tipping, Travel Etiquette

For Love or Money

A Concierge favorite is the movie For Love or Money. There are not too many movies where the main movie character is a Concierge. Sometimes you might see a movie scene with a Concierge; of course, always wearing the Clefs d’Or Keys or answering a phone behind the Concierge Desk in the lobby of an upscale hotel. In For Love or Money, the lead character however, is a Concierge, named Doug Ireland, who is played by Michael J. Fox.

For Love Or Money

Michael J. Fox in For Love or Money, Photo by Universal Pictures.

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Food and Drink, Italian, Miami

Knock-Out Gnocchi

Ah, la bella Italia…. I am fully enamoured by this awe-inspiring country’s landscapes, its sexy & stylish people, and the most delicious food on earth. If my birth certificate didn’t say Argentina, I would have guessed I was born in Italy, probably in a little town called Sperlonga. If it weren’t for Italian cuisine, I don’t know where I’d be today…for its value as the most delicious food and also the fact that it’s my only forté in the kitchen (much to my boyfriend’s enjoyment). As much as I love to make great pasta though, I (like most women, I think) much prefer to go out and enjoy someone else’s home-made cooking.  Thankfully, Miami offers some of the best Italian I have come across from San Francisco to New York, and from Argentina all the way to Italy.

Gnocchi Bolognese at La Lupa di Roma

Gnocchi Bolognese at La Lupa di Roma, Photo by Andrew Kaufman.

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Green, History, Miami, Off the Beaten Path, Outdoors, Sports

Biking through Miami’s History

Biking in Miami is a near life and death experience. This might be a bold statement but I think I know because I grew up biking in the Netherlands. The Netherlands happens to be one of the most bike friendly countries in the world. Most people bike to work, school, the supermarket, the library, or at night to a restaurant or a club. Bikes are the first thing tourists notice when they visit Amsterdam or any other city in the Netherlands.

SoBe Bike Girl

SoBe Bike Girl, Photo by Andrew Kaufman.

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