Archive | April, 2012

Foodie Finds: Jugo Fresh

23 Apr

My first job at 15 years old was at the Smoothie King on Alton road.  As a result, I have always been a smoothie connosieur of sorts, constantly on the look out for the best smoothies.  After a recent discovery, I can happily announce that the search has ended – Jugo Fresh officially earns the crown for the best smoothie on the beach.

Located on 20th St. (between West Ave. & Alton Rd.), Jugo Fresh is an organic juice bar/smoothie bar in the hot new area off purdy Lounge.   This spot is unlike any other juice or smoothie bar in that it uses a cold-press system that can take up to 45 minutes for just one serving of juice!  The result is an unpasteurized and “alive” juice that contains five times as many nutrients as regular juice.

Despite having a menu with more than 20 beverages, I think it could use one or two more “mainstream” fruit options…but the bottom line is that these “foodie”-style smoothie blends are delicious and nutritious.  They’re on the pricier side but definitely worth the price tag.

Other mentionables include a cool vibe and very knowledgeable staff that is more than happy to answer any of your questions about the blends and their ingredients.  And if you’re looking for a way to detox, Jugo Fresh also features a 3-day juice cleanse with free delivery on Miami Beach.

Conveniently located right next to Foot Works (an amazing running store) and just around the corner from Green Monkey (my favorite yoga studio..post coming soon), Jugo Fresh is the perfect post-yoga smoothie/juice spot.

Happy juicing,

DH

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Sneak Peek: Behind the Scenes of ABC’s Nightline

19 Apr

Me with ABC’s Matt Gutman taking a yacht tour of Miami Beach

Yesterday I had the exciting opportunity of filming a segment for ABC’s Nightline.  Although I don’t want to give too much away, I can tell you that it involved a penthouse condo at the Continuum South Beach, and a yacht tour of Miami Beach.  It was great working with Matt Gutman and the ABC crew, and I can’t wait to see the finished product.  I’m not certain yet when it will air, but it will likely run in the next few weeks.  Stay tuned for more details!

Matt Gutman filming on the yacht

Showing Matt the penthouse at the Continuum

Me and real estate investor, Alejandro Diaz Bazan

Miami Must: Wynwood Art Walk

13 Apr

Street Art and Graffiti at Wynwood Walls

Whether you’re an art aficionado or just appreciate a great people-watching crowd, Wynwood Art Walk is definitely a MUST in Miami.  Held every second Saturday from 7-11pm in Wynwood (an artsy spot nestled between Downtown Miami and the Design District), Art Walk is essentially a smorgasbord of art, food, music and mingling.  If you haven’t yet checked it out, be sure to catch the next one this Saturday [tomorrow], April 14th.

Outdoors dining at Wynwood Kitchen and Bar 

These days, there’s so much to take in and see at Art Walk with over 60 art galleries, art complexes and collections in Wynwood [check out the Miami New Times’ guide to 8 “unmissible” shows this Saturday here].  But one thing you cannot miss is The Wynwood Walls –  an open-air “art park” featuring incredible murals of street art and graffiti [see top photo for a glimpse].  Take a stroll around the park, stop by the outdoor bar for a drink, groove with local DJs, and check out the black-light bus that’s like a time warp to the 70’s.

Artwork inside Wynwood Kitchen and Bar

 While you’re feeding your soul with art, why not feed your stomach?  Wynwood Kitchen and Bar is a great spot located right at the Wynwood Walls.  Or, if you prefer to eat and walk, hit up the food trucks for an incredible array of cuisine, from tacos to falafel to burgers and grilled cheese.  Check out the full food truck lineup for this Art Walk here.

Checking out a gallery with friends at Art Walk.

Caipirinhas food truck parked at Art Walk.

Although Art Walk technically ends at 11pm, the party definitely doesn’t stop [this is Miami, after all].  If you’re looking for some “after hours” fun, check out Wood Tavern for a chill bar experience, Bardot for a party atmosphere, or Cafeina for a lounge ambiance.

The main area of the Wynwood Art Walk is between 20 St & 36 St and from NW 2nd Ave to NE 2nd Ave. – if you plan on driving, get there early for best parking.

Have a great weekend!

DH

[All photos shot by Lindsay Rubens]

Foodie Finds: Eating House

9 Apr

“Fried Chicken Thighs”: Photo via miaminewtimes.com

The latest foodie hotspot to hit the Miami scene is Eating House, a “pop-up” restaurant in Coral Gables.  Despite its popularity in other major cities, the pop-up restaurant is a relatively new concept to Miami.  Essentially, a pop-up restaurant is a temporary restaurant that “pops up” in an already existing restaurant space.  It’s a great way for young chefs to gain exposure and experiment without the financial risk of opening a restaurant.

At Eating House, local Miami chef Giorgio Rapicavoli (who you might recognize as the winner of “Chopped” on the Food Network) has taken over dinnertime at Cafe Ponce, a quaint eatery in the Gables that serves only breakfast and lunch.  And by the looks (and taste) of it, it won’t be long before Giorgio sets up shop in a permanent spot of his own.

“Homestead Tomatoes”: Photo via yelp.com

The ever-changing menu consists of about a dozen small plates meant to be shared (although you won’t want to – the food is too good).  I went with a small group and we ordered one of every item on the menu  – and asked for a second (okay, and  third) of dishes like the fried chicken thighs and waffles, korean BBQ brussel sprouts, homestead tomatoes, braised short rib, and the duck breast.

But be sure to save room for dessert: treats like the “breakfast” (two words: coca puffs) and the “dirt cup” (salted Oreo crumbs? GENIUS) are too good to pass up.

“Breakfast”: Photo via http://bvsc.tumblr.com/

Eating House is open from 7pm-1am, Tuesday through Sunday.  Be sure to check it out before it closes up shop late this summer – you’ll be sad you missed it!

Sneak Peek: My Weekend in Negril

5 Apr


 

Last weekend I took a spontaneous trip to Negril, Jamaica for a little R&R. Just a 1.5 hour flight from Miami? It’s a no-brainer if you’re looking for an easy getaway and something a little different. I’ll be posting more details soon about where to eat, what to see, and where to play in Negril. But in the meantime, enjoy these pics I snapped and ask yourself why you’re not there right now.

 

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