Brickell, History, Miami, Miami River

“It may seem strange to you, but it is the dream of my life to see this wilderness turned into a prosperous city.” Julia Tuttle

The Miami River is the oldest natural landmark in town. Once upon a time, Julia Tuttle's residence was located on the north side of the river. This is a view of the south side and Brickell City Centre at the end of 2014. Most likely when checking it out now, some additional towers will have gone up.

The Miami River is the oldest natural landmark in town. Once upon a time, Julia Tuttle’s residence was located on the north side of the river. This is a view of the south side and Brickell City Centre at the end of 2014. Most likely when checking it out now, some additional towers will have gone up.

Julia Tuttle, considered the Mother of Miami, founded our city. She was not allowed (as all women in those days) to vote when the City of Miami was incorporated in 1896

Julia Tuttle

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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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Miami, On A Budget, Public Transportation, Service, Travel Tips

The Bus

For the last ten years, I have been traveling by public transportation. Seven out of those ten years, I traveled from Miami Beach to the Mandarin Oriental, located on Brickell Key, south of Downtown Miami and the Miami River. Rain or shine, weekday or weekend, Thanksgiving or Christmas Day, I was at the bus stop at 5:30 AM to be on time for my 7:00 AM shift. I would place my bicycle on the bus rack and then bike back in the afternoon.

On Christmas Day, around 6:00AM, just before turning onto the MacArthur Causeway,  while still being on Alton Road, I suddenly realized that I was the only passenger left on the bus. December 25, 2012.

On Christmas Day, around 6:00AM, just before turning onto the MacArthur Causeway, while still being on Alton Road, I suddenly realized that I was the only passenger left on the bus. December 25, 2012.

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Concierges are masters of planning, logistics and creating guests’ travel itineraries. We like to plan ahead, but we always tell our guests to keep some time open in their travel itinerary. One day, you might want to sleep in and finish reading those magazines that you brought with you on the airplane. Another day, you might want to return to that particular neighborhood, called Wynwood. On your earlier visit, a few days ago, you found its street art murals so colorful and so bright, just like the Miami sky and sunlight. Now you are curious what more is there to see and do in Wynwood.

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Casual Dining, Food and Drink, Graffiti, Italian, Miami, Off the Beaten Path, Street Art, Wynwood

A No Agenda Adventure

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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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Asian, Casual Dining, Food and Drink, Jamaican, Mediterranean, Miami, Off the Beaten Path

Going Grocery Shopping

The colors of B&M market on NE 97 Street, Miami.

The colors of B&M market on NE 97 Street, Miami.

B & M Market
Family owned by Sheir and Nafeeza Alishawarma, B & M Market Restaurant and Roti Shop has been in business for over 25 years. It is the perfect place to buy all your spices for your jerk chicken. You can also try their oxtail stew, curry goat, stew beef and any of their homemade roti’s. Nafeeza makes a fantastic banana carrot nut cake too!
219 NE 79th St, Miami, FL 33138
(305) 757-2889

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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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