Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A Fresh Start

Hi stranger, it's good to talk with you again after so long! How have you been? On my end I have been busy working on new projects and tackling new challenges. For example, I took on new responsibilities at work (and started a corresponding career blog) and began training to run my very first marathon this April in Paris (and started a corresponding running blog).

I have also been traveling a lot. Since mid-December, I have spent four out the nine weeks abroad, which is why I haven't been writing here much—I have been very disconnected with everything going on at home. But, the next five weeks I have no trips planned so I'm going to use that time to reconnect with Miami and give this blog a fresh start.

Like before, my time in the 305 will be dedicated to sharing with you the best our city has to offer. Unlike before, I plan to bring you a more balanced offering of food, fashion, culture, travel, events, etc. I am particularly excited to highlight Miami's cultural programming because I have discovered that not many people know it exists. Meanwhile, Celeste and I have been relishing in the stellar performances of the Miami City Ballet—most recently she attended and loved the opening night of Program Three—and the Colony Theatre.

There are also entirely new worlds I have discovered that I am looking forward to introducing to you. Like, did you know Miami has an airsoft scene and hosts airsoft military simulation (or, MilSim) events? I didn't either until I went to Doomsday Airsoft's Operation Overwatch 4 last November and afterward joined an airsoft team. I also became a South Florida National Park Ambassador, a program through which I will be exploring one of our national parks each month and sharing stories of my visits, as well as cool, behind-the-scenes stories about each park.

After nearly seven years, this blog is turning a new leaf. I'm excited to bring you new stories and introduce you to a new, different version of Miami each week, starting with a story about Biscayne National Park next Sunday. Talk then!

Image via Joah Spearman

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

#ThankYouMiami How-To: Immersing Yourself in Miami Art Week/Art Basel 2017 Like A Local

I can't believe another year of Miami Art Week is already upon us. It feels like only a few months ago we were perusing the long maze of art at the Miami Beach Convention Center and painting our own Bob Ross renditions at the Super 8 art giveaway in Wynwood. Alas, yesterday kicked off the week with its signature luxury parties and starting today, the fairs begin to open.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

#ThankYouMiami for Fun Dating Options - The VIP Singles Club

Rumor has it Miami is a terrible place for single people. My girl friends say so. My guy friends say so. Heck, even this article says so. For a city with nearly 500,000 residents and 15.7 million visitors, you would think finding a partner would be like shooting fish in a barrel. However, based on the feedback I hear from all of you, if you're looking for love, Miami is not where you want to be.

Over the last two years, I have been conducting a pretty informal observational study of why I think Miami's dating scene leaves a lot of room for improvement. Rather than launch into the War and Peace-length tirade I know I am capable of, I plan to tell you the key to improving your chances at finding love—or at least have a good time looking for it. (That said, if you are interested in hearing my thesis over drinks, prepare your liver and then reach out to me. I've organized my thoughts into a coherent, albeit long argument with supporting evidence, statistics and the works.)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Thank You Miami For Brunch - The Cabana Club at Nautilus Hotel

At times, we forget what a spectacle our city truly is. Right within the precincts of our backyards lies the kind of destinations we often travel to find. Whether you’d like to admit it or not, Miami Beach is a world-class destination often overlooked by its own people. As if refusing to be tourists in our own city, we leave many wonderful places unexplored.

The Nautilus Hotel on Collins Ave is one you’ve probably heard about during Swim Week and other weekends alike, but probably wouldn’t think of visiting on any unassuming Sunday morning. Because, let’s face it, hanging out in hotel lobbies are activities all-night club goers indulge in. Right?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

#ThankYouMiami How-To: Giving Back On Give Miami Day 2017

Open up your wallets, folks - it's time to give back to our beautiful community! Starting tonight at midnight, Give Miami Day is back. That means 24 hours of donating to your favorite local non-profits, knowing that prizes and matching contributions will multiply the impact of your donation to toward the issues you care about.
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