Tag Archives: South Beach

Let’s Bring Uber to Miami!

11 Jul

new_uber_logoI had heard a lot of buzz about Uber and I am now glad to say that I just had a first-hand experience using the transportation app on a recent trip to New York. I was about to take a cab into the city when my friend Stevie suggested that I use Uber, he said “Uber is paramount to the invention of the wheel in terms of an advance in modern transportation”.  I gladly listened to his advice.  It took less than five minutes to download the app, put in my credit card info and like magic (BAM!) an Uber car appeared.  For those of you who don’t know, Uber is an incredible taxi/car service which fully functions via an app.

This is how Uber works:

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  • When you open the Uber app, you choose between a taxi, a black car, or an SUV.
  • The base price, price per mile and price per minute will then be displayed.  The app will also give you a price quote based on your destination.
  • Uber uses GPS to show your location as well as the closest car option.  Based on your car choice and location, it will give you a fairly accurate time estimate of the driver’s arrival.
  • Uber will then display a picture of the driver you choose along with his/her rating (five stars being perfect) so you know exactly who is coming.
  • Should you need to contact the driver, you have the option to either call or text message the driver.
  • Once the driver is on his way, you can watch as a small car inches towards your location on the map.
  • A text message alerts you that your driver has arrived.
  • The best part comes next: When you reach your destination, simply exit the car and your credit card is charged the fare + 20% tip.  You do not need to sign anything, make change, or even show your credit card.
  • Immediately after the trip has ended, you will receive a text message receipt of the exact amount charged.

As a result from the rating service, the drivers are all very courteous and pick you up in extremely clean cars.

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Here is the bad news.  Although Uber wants to come to Miami, our current taxi/car service regulations do not allow for the service to operate here.  I say if it is good enough for NYC and if it is good enough for San Francisco, then let the service operate and have the market decide!  The taxi situation in Miami is a disaster, particularly at peak times and busy weekends which is exactly when Uber is most useful.  It is well known that Miami has a bad reputation for dirty taxis and equally as many rude drivers.  Uber is the yelp of transportation and forces accountability on a broken industry.

This is not just a blog post about a great service but a call to action for anyone in Miami who has ever waited over an hour on a rainy night for a taxi, for anyone who has ever had to walk 30 block on New Year’s Eve and for anyone who has sat in a foul-smelling cab with no AC and a rude driver.  Please follow Uber Miami on twitter and support them in their quest to bring this great service to Miami. 

Sincerely,

DH

Best Slice of Pizza in South Beach

7 May

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If there is one food I pride myself as an expert with, it has to be pizza! During my college days, I even wrote an in depth research paper on the history of pizza. Although NYC has us beat on the best slice, Miami Beach does have some great options!

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    Bella Napoli Pizzeria is a Hertzberg family favorite. Since 1980 Bella Napoli has been bringing in the locals and it’s a known hang out for Miami Beach police officers and south beach locals. It’s a delicious go-to hole in the wall spot, family owned and operated. I like their pizza and they have a good chicken cacciatore but the real highlight is their minestrone soup, they make it from scratch. Plus the pizza seems to travel well with delivery. So that’s Bella Napoli, nothing fancy, plastic checkered table cloths and that kind of thing.
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    Piola, really good salads. Cool place to eat. Have a glass of wine and a pizza. Their pies are thin, crispy and come right out of the wood burning oven. The pizza is best eaten at the restaurant as it doesn’t seem to travel very well. Maybe because it’s so thin? Who knows, but it is good!
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    I also like Pizza Fusion. Similar to Piola with good salads and GREAT pizza that also does not travel well… at all. However, on the plus side they only use organic ingredients and even have a gluten free option!
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    Primo’s south of fifth is a Miami Beach original and is open until 5am on the weekends. Primo’s boasts that their pizza is a “Product of Brooklyn” and the big (greasy) New York style slices are great.
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    Pizza Rustica first opened on Washington Avenue and has now grown to a couple of locations nationwide. Not my style but I have to put it on the list just because they have such a large cult following. You’ll find square pieces done in an almost Chicago like style. Pizza Rustica is open nearly 24 hours and seems to be enjoyed by locals and tourists alike all day (and night) long.
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    Lucali is a very new addition to the pizza scene, recently opening a second location straight from Brooklyn to Miami Beach’s growing Sunset Harbour area. Very cool décor, cool vibe, cool place, but that is an expensive pie! It’s a 27 dollar pizza and an extra three dollar charge for each topping so I think I ended up with a 33 dollar pizza. It was a pretty good pizza and I enjoyed it but the jury is still out on this one.
  • This last spot to make the list isn’t exactly on South Beach but if you are up to a short drive, Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza is hands down the best pizza in Miami. It’s crispy and can be complimented with great sides, great salads and they make amazing baked chicken wings…the chicken wings are really really good, on par with the pizza. I don’t think they deliver but they do take out. Perfect Sunday night kind of spot.

Enjoy your new found pizza joints and as always please leave comments and suggestions, I will be glad to see them!

DH

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Swine Southern Table and Bar – Guest post by Stephanie Wajsman

24 Apr

It’s the new place to see and be seen in Miami. Reservations are booked for months and already glowing reviews are being spread. So what’s this next trendy Miami hot spot? Swine, a BBQ restaurant from the creators of Yardbird and Khong River House.

Swine Southern Table and bar in Coral Gables

Swine Southern Table and bar in Coral Gables

Now let’s get this straight—BBQ and Miami are not a great fit together. I hail from the great Atlanta, Georgia and went to school in gamecock country (South Carolina for all the college sports illiterate folk) so I’m fairly up to speed on the difference between great BBQ and imitation BBQ.

Moving down to Miami was a BBQ culture shock. When I first moved to Brickell and started walking around to get to know the area, I saw Brother Jimmy’s. I immediately was intrigued. How did this BBQ place get to Miami? Is it any good? Obviously, I tried it out that night. You know those movies that have the servers dressed up to please the tourists and their food is nothing like what they advertise? That was Brother Jimmy’s and an “Oh Brother” it was. I felt like Jennifer Anniston and her “flair” were going to come up behind me and bring the check. I was heartbroken. I figured if I ever wanted to have the BBQ I have grown accustomed to, it would have to be when I crossed the Georgia-Florida line. Luckily I was wrong.

14-Hour House Smoked Brisket

14-Hour House Smoked Briske

The redneck-flannel-down-and-dirty-BBQ made its way down to Miami in the form of a posh and popular restaurant aptly named Swine. Despite our 10:30 reservation (all that was available on a Saturday night), the place was crowded and loud enough so that you knew people were there but quiet enough so you could carry a conversation. But really, enough about the place—let’s get to the food.

My favorite kind of BBQ has always been brisket, so we went with the Black Angus Burnt Ends as our appetizer. It. Was. Amazing. Perfectly tender and juicy with an authentic BBQ sauce. Add in the fried cornbread and dare I say they were the best burnt ends I’ve ever had.

Our main meal was the ribs. Now you may want to ask me, “Stephanie, if your favorite is brisket, why go with ribs as the main and brisket as the appetizer?” Well, let me answer that for you: the place is called Swine. How was I going to go with something other than pork the first time eating there? And people, I got it right. Next time, sure I’ll get the 14-hour smoked brisket; but this time the ribs were absolutely necessary. Again, cooked perfectly and full of flavor (And not that gross smoky flavor that tends to infiltrate the meat but a real made-in-my-backyard-next-to-the-moonshine flavor). It’s something you can’t describe but you feel. Trust me—it sounds crazy but go get you some ribs and brisket (and wash it down with some whiskey) and get for “y’all” to become a part of your vocabulary.

-Stephanie Wajsman

The best desserts of South Beach

23 Jan

This is a post for those with a sweet tooth. Dieters beware!

If you are still reading this get a piece of paper and a pen (or grab your iPhone), you are going to want to take notes.

Danny Hertzberg’s Guide to Dessert:

  • First off I love Joe’s key lime pie.  I like it ice cold with whip cream on top.  Good anytime of the day. Joe’s Key lime pie is way up there in my favorite desserts.

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Joe’s Key Lime Pie Miami

 

  • The deconstructed espresso tiramisu at Macchialina is off the chain in a melt-in-your-mouth kind of way.  It really shouldn’t even be labeled as a tiramisu.

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Tiramisu at Macchialina

 

  • The cherry pie at Epicure is unbelievable.  You may even be tempted to eat just the crust.  The blueberry and apple are both good but it really is all about their cherry pie.

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The cherry pie at Epicure

 

  • Oh! And Epicure’s raspberry rugelach (pronounced roo-ga-lock) is amazing, amazing, amazing.  If you have never had rugelach Epicure  is the place to try it and I would recommend the raspberry.

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Epicure on South Beach

  • Last but most certainly not least I really have to mention the Frieze.  Ice cream is a dessert staple for many of us and nobody, I mean NOBODY does it better than the frieze.  The ice cream is so good that they have been open for 25 years and in South beach and that makes it a classic. When you stop by you really have to try the cappuccino chip and take home a pint of the peanut butter sorbet mixed with the chocolate sorbet, it will be gone by morning.

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The Frieze Ice Cream On South Beach

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The Frieze Ice Cream On South Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feel free to leave comments with your favorite desserts; we are all in this together.

DH

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1475 North View Drive

9 Jan

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5 Bedroom 6 Bathroom (2 additional powder rooms) classic Miami Beach two-story waterfront home on prestigious Sunset Island I. Contemporary & elegant interior, marble & hardwood floors. Exquisite, luxurious finishes & appointments throughout. Very large master suite with office, morning kitchen. walk-ins, large bath. Loggia flanked courtyard with separate gym house, large kitchen with Miele & Sub-Zero stainless steel appliances, mini bar with built-in tap. Outdoor is great for relaxing or entertaining, covered areas, pool, yard space, dock. Most rooms with views.

Price: $7,900,000

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-DH

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Danny Hertzberg

20 Dec

Watch the Danny Hertzberg Bio Video

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As one of the leading Continuum Real Estate Agents in the boisterous Miami Real Estate Market, Danny Hertzberg has already attained the level of success generally reached by those twice his age. As a member of the leading luxury real estate sales team known as The Jills®, Danny has already reached a remarkable level of sales production in a very short time period. Recently, he was featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 list as an industry leader, as well as on CNBC’s financial news program, Squawk on the Street, showcasing Miami’s most expensive luxury properties. He was honored by Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s Miami Beach Office as the 2010 “Outstanding Breakout Performer of the Year” for reaching an incredible level of sales production after just his first full year in the industry. In 2011 he was nominated for the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce R.E.A.L. (Real Estate Achievers & Leaders) Awards for two categories, single family homes and condominiums.

Danny, a Miami Beach native, completed a joint JD/MBA degree at the University of Miami. He earned a magna cum laude Bachelor’s degree in 2005 from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he majored in political science. He also studied abroad at the Universidad del Salvador Law School in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as Universidad Complutense in Madrid, and is fluent in Spanish. Danny has a unique understanding of print and online advertising as well as a particular expertise in social media marketing. While studying for his Master’s in business administration at University of Miami, Danny developed innovative marketing strategies.

He is constantly seeking the latest technological advantages to market properties on an international level. Danny played a primary role in creating the concept called Social Media Hotspot, a technique which utilizes collaborative efforts in order to harness his team’s social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Small World etc.). This technique has allowed Danny to expose properties to over 10,000 people in under an hour.

In addition to real estate, Danny is active in the following organizations: Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, AIPAC, and the Miami Beach Tax Payer’s Association. Danny is a leading member of the Miami AIPAC Club and has been invited this year to be a featured speaker at AIPAC’s Saban Leadership Seminar in Washington D.C. He also supports and contributes to the following organizations: Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Best Buddies, Susan G Komen Foundation, Florida Bar Foundation, Lawyer’s Project, and Children’s Legal Services.”

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