Every American city should have a French bakery. In Miami, that bakery is the Buena Vista Deli. The bakery is owned by Corentin Finot, a long time restauranteur, and Claude Postel, a seventh generation French chef. One of Claude’s forefathers was a chocolatier at the French court. The antique chocolate molds, decorating the walls of the bakery, are testimony to his family legacy.

Buena Vista's buttery, crunchy, and flakey croissants.

Buena Vista’s buttery, crunchy, and flakey croissants.

I love the Buena Vista Deli. The croissants are buttery, crunchy and flakey. According to a Parisian, who I once met, the croissants taste even better than the ones in Paris. If you have a sweet tooth, try the chocolate croissants.

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Bakeries, Buena Vista, Casual Dining, Design District, Food and Drink, French, In the Know, Miami, Off the Beaten Path

Finding France in Miami’s Buena Vista

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Let's go to El Rey de las Fritas!

Let’s go to El Rey de las Fritas!

Concierges always keep an eye on their cities, what is happening, what is new, what is a local staple and what has flavor enough to go on an adventure. I became curious about El Rey de las Fritas after seeing a segment on the Travel Channel. One of my Concierge colleagues, fellow founder of the Concierge Friends and Social Club, suggested we would go. She has a Cuban heritage and grew up with El Rey. I was thrilled because I could not have had a better insider guide.

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Casual Dining, Cuban, Diners, Food and Drink, In the Know, Little Havana, Local Flavors, Miami, Off the Beaten Path

El Rey de Las Fritas

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Arts and Culture, Graffiti, In the Know, Miami, Street Art, Wynwood

Special Delivery from 004CONNEC

If you find yourself in Wynwood to check out Miami’s ever changing street art scene, stop by at the 004CONNEC Urban Art Supplies & Gallery. You can pick up some spray paint cans just in case you wish to leave your own mark in Miami or you can enjoy the coolest collection of graffiti model trucks!

Special Delivery by Reds from Few and Far Women.

Special Delivery by Reds from Few and Far Women.

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Architecture, Arts and Culture, Footnotes with Kevin Doran, History, In the Know, Miami

Polly Lux de Hirsch Meyer

The sun moved above the horizon, a small group of ibis poked around in the wet grass and green parrots chirped in the coconut palms overhead. Homeless worked furiously to snooze a few more minutes while Nikes tapped past their heads on early morning jogs. Cafes on Ocean Drive served the first customers of the day and a small group of tourists in Lummus Park studied the architecture in the warm morning light. Their intense curiosity about how so many buildings had been built during the depths of the Great Depression, when supposedly everyone in America was broke, required an explanation.

Majestic Hotel

Majestic Hotel, vintage postcard, courtesy of the Miami Design Preservation League.

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Footnotes with Kevin Doran, History, In the Know, Miami

Footnotes with Kevin Doran

Tour Guides, like Concierges, have ongoing love affairs with their cities. In everyday events and every new thing they recognize the historic conditions that made it possible and the possibilities they imply for the future. And they love to connect the dots! The dots paint a picture of the soul of the city that is always complete but never completed. Like the Buddhist proverb that says a man never steps in the same river twice, one thing that is certain is that Miami is never static.

Kevin Doran Two Foot Tours

Kevin Doran, cultural and heritage tour guide, teacher and founder of Two Foot Tours.

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Food and Drink, In the Know, Italian, Local Flavors, Miami

Magical Ice Cream Days

With year round sunshine, it is always a great time for ice cream in Miami. This is very different from the Netherlands, the country I grew up in. Ice cream stores are only open in the summer and close for the winter months.

I am extremely fond of ice cream. It especially reminds me of my childhood summers and walking to the local Italian ice cream shop around the corner. It was my first ever paying job when I was 16 year old. I was hired according to the owner, because I looked Italian enough even though I did not understand anything of what he or his Italian speaking family were saying. The great thing about working at an ice cream store was having ice cream every day! After that summer, I also ended up with some big muscles in my right arm from all the scooping I did.

The Frieze

The Frieze with their frieze style logo, just of Lincoln Road in South Beach, Photograph by Andrew Kaufman.

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Casual Dining, Food and Drink, In the Know, Miami, Trends

Rolling thru Miami’s Food Truck’s

Miami locals are on the scene following and participating in the latest food truck craze and it is good! If you are a visitor to our city, you should definitely get in on the action if you like things easy and not too fussy. I have seen up to 25-30 food trucks offering everything from delicious taco’s to cupcakes to braised pork with tater tots. Some of Miami’s best chef’s have come up with very creative fast and healthy gourmet street food that is sure to tempt anyone’s palate. Their locations are in local neighborhoods ranging from Downtown, North Miami, Kendall and so forth. Let’s hit the road and search for your next memorable grub…

MSC Food Truck

The mischievous Ms. Cheezious, coined Miami's sexiest food truck, Photo by Ms. Cheezious / Gary James.

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Casual Dining, Food and Drink, In the Know, Miami

Not your typical Burger

A good ole American burger has long been a staple of American society. Today, there is a burger craze that may surpass the one of the 1950’s and 60’s, with new burger spots popping up throughout the US, and especially here in Miami. These new burger bars offer something different than any regular fast food place. They tend to focus on gourmet burgers with unusual ingredients making a great combination of flavors and with some killer accompaniments.

Hotel California at the BnB Joint

Hotel California, Photo by the Burger & Beer Joint.

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