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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NE (Nina Eberlijn)
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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Architecture, Arts and Culture, Local Web Sites, Miami, MiMo, Off the Beaten Path

Nina’s Pulse

Each Concierge has their pulse on their cities. For the Mandarin Oriental this is so important that we have a Concierge Standard stating that “we give our guests superb recommendations based upon our first hand knowledge and meticulous research.” This requires us to explore our city, eat out, visits museums and take public transportation. Basically, just about anything a tourist would do.

North Shore Dog

A Normandy Isle dog makes usage of the MiMo breeze blocks so he can see who is passing by, Photograph by Andrew Kaufman.

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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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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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