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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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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Hotels always have a front and a back of the house. You can compare the back of the house with going backstage at the theatre. As the traveler you will never see the back of the house. This is where you find the employee entrance, the employee hallways (at the Fontainebleau Hotel the employee hallways consisted of a fascinating labyrinth in the hotel’s basement where I often got lost), the employee elevators, the employee uniform room, the employee locker room, the employee cafeteria, the laundry room, the loading docks, offices and lots of storage areas. My favorite storage area is where Housekeeping keeps its soaps, shampoos and body lotions. This area always smells so good. In the employee hallways you will further find all types of message boards with postings celebrating the employee of the month, employee schedules, shopper report results, announcements of upcoming trainings to hotel rules and laws.

Canang Sari, a collection of daily offerings for sale at the Pasar Badung in Den Pasar. Bali has changed so much in the ten short years since I have been there last. There are more motor bikes, cars and hotels. But the Balinese people still have their customs and rituals. Daily offerings are made to express gratitude and to honor the gods, the ancestors and the underworld creatures. It is a serene undertaking and clears the mind and heart. Photograph by Andrew Kaufman.

Canang Sari, a collection of daily offerings for sale at the Pasar Badung in Den Pasar. Bali has changed so much in the ten short years since I have been there last. There are more motor bikes, cars and hotels. But the Balinese people still have their customs and rituals. Daily offerings are made to express gratitude and to honor the gods, the ancestors and the underworld creatures. It is a serene undertaking and clears the mind and heart. Photograph by Andrew Kaufman.

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Asia, Bali, Beyond Miami, Body Mind Soul, Concierge ABC, Indonesia, Tipping, Travel Etiquette, Travel Tips

The Ladies of the Back of the House

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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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