Thursday, May 28, 2015

#ThankYouMiami for Fashion - Summer Look Inspired By Jose Cuervo

This past weekend, we evacuated the Memorial Day mayhem for which Miami is known for the tranquil, salty shores of Key Largo. We spent a beautiful three days relaxing with friends, boating, cooking and, of course, enjoying refreshing cocktails. For today's post, at your request, we sharing more Miami fashion with a new personal style story for our "#ThankYouMiami for Fashion" column. The look we share is a casual one that is composed of some of our favorite finds for summer. It is on trend, easily customizable, and inspired by the unique design of the new Jose Cuervo "Reserva de la Familia" bottle. Read the excerpt below and click on the photo for the full feature.

Would you wear this outfit? What are your go-to pieces for summer? Where do you draw the inspiration for your summer outfits? What is your favorite color for the season? Where will you be traveling to in the summer months? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

#ThankYouMiami How-To: Renting or Buying in Miami

One of the questions we get asked most frequently about Miami life is whether it is affordable. It is a determining factor for everyone who wants to know if the Miami dream is within their grasp. If you're already a local, you witnessed rental rates increase substantially in the past few years - we're talking $1,500 for a 300 sq ft studio - and, still, available rentals disappeared like hot cakes. In fact, according to Zillow, rents in Miami rose nearly 2.8 percent from January 2014 to January 2015.

As your friendly Miami informant, we are in the process of cooking up a Resources page to help locals and visitors alike navigate Miami more easily. In the interim, we want to share with you one of the resources that will be featured on the page: Zillow's Miami Home Prices and Values. Why is this information important? Because the Breakeven Horizon currently shows that renters should consider buying in Miami if they plan to live here for more than 1.7 years. Even if you cannot afford to buy, this information will help you better understand the local market and make more informed decisions about your living situation.

In our opinion, regardless of what the real estate market looks like here, if you want to make the Miami dream happen, you can make it happen. As Sir Nike once said, "Just do it." It just takes a little creativity, patience, and perseverance. For us, it meant living in a dingy studio on Washington Avenue until we found our dream home on Ocean Drive and, from the photo above, you can see that our view was well worth the wait. So, if you ever need advice, check back for our Resources page or Ask Us!

Do you rent or own? How did you find your rental? Is there a real estate agent you recommend for Miami newcomers? Do you have any advice for someone looking to move to Miami? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

Friday, May 22, 2015

#ThankYouMiami for (Travel) Fashion

Today's "#ThankYouMiami for Fashion" column is a short and sweet travel style post dedicated to all of those escaping the Memorial Day Miami mayhem. Read the excerpt below and click on the photo for the full feature, including four travel style looks.

Are you traveling this weekend? Where are you going? If not, how do you prepare for Memorial Day weekend? How do you prepare for traveling? What is your go-to travel look out of the four we presented? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

#ThankYouMiami How-To: Get Your Bikini Body Back with Davidson's Eggs

Last week we joined a dozen food bloggers and experts at the Biltmore Culinary Academy kitchens for an egg focused cooking class with celebrity chef Brooke Williamson. Chef Brooke is best known for being the Top Chef: Seattle runner-up, competing and winning Knife Fight, and for being the youngest female chef to cook at the James Beard house. In addition to her professional accolades, she’s an egg magician. In just two hours, she took eggs from breakfast blah to an all-dish staple AND she kept us from burning down the Biltmore Hotel. Has there ever been a more accomplished woman?

At the “Egg Mixer”, which you can relive through our photos below, Chef Brook used Davidson’s eggs to whip up an appetizer, entrée, dessert, and cocktail. All four dishes were delicious and relatively simple to cook. But, while we enjoyed the eating part the best, the preparation process was priceless because Chef Brooke revealed three tips for cooking eggs that vastly improve their taste, texture, and ease of use.

Monday, May 18, 2015

#ThankYouMiami Talks Our Favorite Six Miami Beach Restos

As you've noticed from our Instagram, we're on a short hiatus exploring the Northeast. But, rest assured Miami, we've been thinking about you the whole time. We promise!

One of the things we miss most from our Miami routine is the delicious suite of dining options. There are six Miami Beach restaurants in particular for which we've got a soft spot due to their ambiance, service, and/or exquisite food. And, because we're generous bloggers, we've shared the goods with Hometown Tourist and, today, we're sharing them with you. Read the excerpt below and click on the link for the Hometown Tourist feature. Bon appetit!

UPDATE: The same day we published this post we received the very sad news that La Gloutonnerie has closed and will reopen as a new concept. We have opted to leave this short description of all of the amazingness it brought to SoFi with the hopes that the revamp will bring all this and more.

What are your favorite restaurants in Miami Beach? In Miami? What do you like most about the restaurant(s)? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!