Spice of Love cocktail (Taken with Instagram at Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill)
Last week I went to Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill. It seriously is one of my favorite restaurants in Miami. It’s owned by the proprietors of Sushi Samba, so you know it’s good. I first went to Sugarcane for an NYU alumni happy hour. I loved it so much that I took my aunt and uncle there for brunch when they were in town a few months ago. So on my way back from the Captain America screening in Coral Gables, I decided to make a little pit stop at Sugarcane for some tapas and cocktails.
I finally tried one of their signature cocktails (pictured above) called the Spice of Love (made from delicious fresh jalapeno, passion fruit puree, mango essence, Sveda and Cointreau). All in all, as delicious as it sounds. TRY IT (or any of the other signature cocktails if you make it to Midtown Miami). I
t’s the perfect place for drinks, a bite with friends, a date, or for out of towners. And I highly recommend the bacon wrapped dates. They are TO DIE FOR.
Today my friend suggested we take a slight out of the way lunch in order to experience the deliciousness that is Rio Cristal As someone who grew up with Mexican food, I’m always a little bit suspicious of other hispanic cuisines. Not because I don’t think they will be equally delicious, but sometimes I make the mistake of comparing them to my grandmother’s cooking.
According to my friend, “anyone that’s from Doral or south knows about Rio Cristal”. You definitely would have to be a Miami native to know about this place. It’s located in a generic looking shopping center and would easily be something I would drive by without even noticing. The fact that the server recognized my friend when we walked in after not being there for YEARS is a testament to the wonderful service at this place.
Our server gave us a small salad (basically just a bowl of lettuce with dressing) to start while we made up our minds on what to order. While my friends went for the bistec empanizado (breaded steak), I opted for (what I thought) was a smaller meal and went with two tamalitos and a side of rice and beans.
As you can see, it is still a PLETHORA of food, and I ended up only eating one of the tamales. Although they are smaller than normal size, they are still incredibly filling. All in all the meal was delicious, and you can tell that this is the real deal. My meal cost me just under $10 (and had I only gotten one tamale, it would’ve been $2 cheaper). I would definitely go back and recommend it to anyone wanting authentic Cuban cuisine.
Rio Cristal is located at 9872 SW 40th St in Miami
About a week ago, I saw a tweet about the (sort of) exclusive Chevy Pizza Crawl. I say “sort of” only because really anyone can participate since those vying for spots are picked at random. So low and behold, after reading about them on Twitter, I was selected to participate in the Chevy Pizza Crawl 4 (a combined effort of @ChevyFlorida and @Lapp, who runs WorstPizza.com).
The concept: about a 15 or so social media geeks are selected to not only test drive and carpool in various Chevrolet cars & trucks, but we make their way to several pizza joints across South Florida. Not only do we test drive cars and eat pizza, but we tweet about it (although if you’re in the driver’s seat, NO TEXTING OR TWEETING). Needless to say, I had a fun day ahead of me.
We met up at Ed Morse Chevrolet in Sunrise to get our fancy t-shirts and our Twitter handle name tags. After we prove we have a valid driver’s license and sign a waiver, we greet each other and pretty much make a mad dash for the vehicles. Among the cars were two Chevrolet Cruzes, a Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, and (though technically not a Chevy but still in the GM family) a Cadillac Escalade Hybrid (and may I add, FULLY LOADED Escalade, retailed in the $88K range). I think everyone and their mom wanted to try the Escalade, so I went into the Tahoe…
Whew! This has been quite a whirlwind week. Between work and social activities, I had quite the busy couple of days. Not that I’m complaining. Two of those days were taken up by NYU Alumni events down here, both of which I attended.
The first was at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. As you can probably detect by that sentence, it was primarily comprised of elderly alumni (no joke…I think I might have been one of ten people under 50). But they did have a professor give an interesting lecture on globalization and immigration. While I was there, one of the NYU representatives let me know of a Recent Alumni Happy Hour happening in Miami the next day. NOW THAT’S more my language.
So I went to Sugarcane in midtown Miami:
If you haven’t been here yet, I highly recommend it. GREAT atmosphere for business dinner or date. I have to admit I didn’t try any of the food, minus the appetizers they had for us (including some delicious sushi!). But all in all, I loved the ambiance and the staff. Not to mention I got to meet some follow NYU alum over a few drinks.
I’d rather be cruising (Taken with Instagram at MacArthur Causeway)
I took this photo on my way back from a Citybuzz shoot at Soul Cycle in Miami Beach. I love crossing the MacArthur Causeway and seeing the cruise ships. Although I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wish I was on one of them EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
Britto artwork (Taken with Instagram at The Shops At Midtown Miami)
I decided to walk around the shops in Midtown before a happy hour I was attending. I have to say, I love the area and kind of fell in love with the neighborhood. Sure, if I take a wrong left turn I might feel a little unsafe, but overall, I’d love to live here. Now if only my social life didn’t revolve around Fort Lauderdale…
One of my goals in life is to run a half marathon. I’d say a full one, but at this point in my life I can’t fathom running 26.2 miles. SOOOO, I dream of the day I run a half marathon. I’ve been eyeing the Disney Half Marathon on Saturday, January 8th, but I haven’t gotten the guts to sign up yet. As of now, it’s at 77% capacity, so I still have time.
Then I got an e-mail about this half marathon in Miami Beach next month:
IF ONLY I thought I could get my butt into 13 mile shape in a month! I’d do it just for the medal (and to see people race in costume).
When I think about this, my hands almost get too clammy for words.
everyone is waiting on the edge of their seats to see where these three end up. everyone here in miami is almost too certain they’ll end up playing for the heat. now, i’m not the biggest basketball fan, but i can’t imagine the trifecta going to any team all together. maybe 2 of the 3, but not all of them. then again, i’m wrong about this sorta stuff all the time.
hola friends (see me, trying to be all bilingual and stuff?). i’ve decided to start a blog about all things miami. this is partly due to the fact that when i moved here, i wasn’t privy on where to find information of happenings and stuff in the south florida area. so for all of you who have lived here a long time or have become a recent south florida transplant, i invite you to check out beyond miami. hopefully it gives you a few good ideas of places to go and things to check out. and if you have any questions, submissions, or suggestions, e-mail me at email@example.com. enjoy!
1440 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139-4110
i spent a majority of my weekend in miami beach (for work reasons). i have to admit, while i don’t mind the occasional visit to the area, i try to avoid it (so much that i purposely live about 30 miles from it). but as mentioned, my co-workers and i spent a weekend in a hotel on washington avenue, so when it came to lunch one day, one of them recommended oh mexico on the corner of washington and esplanade.
pros: good location (beginning of cute pedestrian walkway), good people watching (if you sit outside), breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus
cons: a bit expensive for what it is, waiter did not inform us of gratuity that was already included
overall, i enjoyed my food, but the overall experience was only halfway decent. for once, we went around 11:30 (still breakfast time). my co-worker wanted to order lunch, which he couldn’t do until 11:45, so as a consequence, his food came out about 20 minutes later than everyone else’s. so that was inconvenient. also, the waiter didn’t inform us gratuity was already included, to which my boss said had he informed us, he would’ve added additional gratuity. and as for the prices, it was a bit too expensive for what it was, but then again, you’re in south beach. soooo, yeaaaaah.
one of the (many) things i miss about nyc: the great white way. that’s right, i love musicals. not that i’d go to a broadway show all that often (maybe once a year?), but i loved having the option of knowing i could go whenever i wanted (bank account permitting, of course). plus, TKTS was always an affordable option if i wanted to take in a show (i believe my mom and i bought tickets to see a chorus line that way).
luckily, i don’t live in the boonies and i have the adrienne arscht center in miami and the broward center for performing arts in fort lauderdale to help fill the void of musicals and performing arts. one musical i never got the chance to see in nyc (but wanted to badly) was spring awakening. in fact, i remember my roommate and her mom went to go see it one night and i was insanely jealous. but fret not, there is a touring production of spring awakening and it’s currently in miami! i know, it’s not the same thing, but i’m OBSESSED with it lately. i’ve been listening to the soundtrack nonstop (when i’m not listening to songs on ‘glee’). in fact, my obsession with seeing the musical has grown because of me watching ‘glee’. lea michelle and jonathan groff originated two of the roles in spring awakening on broadway and now they’re co-stars on ‘glee’. the show only goes until this saturday, so maybe i’ll try and see it then. otherwise, i’ll have to wait for the revival.