Friday, August 1, 2014

#ThankYouMiami for Distinctively Different Neighborhoods - Coral Gables

Welcome to Part 5 of our series, "#ThankYouMiami for Distinctively Different Neighborhoods", where Miami locals take us on a journey of their respective neighborhoods and tell us what they love about it, what they hate about it, and why their neighborhood makes them say #ThankYouMiami. Access the rest of the series here.

In this feature, Miami-based style and beauty blogger Tatiana Ceballos shares with us what makes Coral Gables such a special neighborhood. Tatiana was born in Colombia and lived in several countries before setting up shop in Miami. On her newly launched blog, Own Your Glam, Tatiana celebrates the beauty of being a unique and independent woman, as well as the sense of “self” that living in Miami has brought her. Through her writing, she candidly and comically shares the Own Your Glam perspective and encourages her readers to adopt the mantra as a state of mind. Her blog also celebrates our beautiful Magic City so we are excited to have her share her passion for her neighborhood, which she says holds a special place in her heart.

1. What distinguishes Coral Gables from other Miami neighborhoods?
Coral Gables is unlike other Miami neighborhoods because it shares the Miami "fabulousness and feel” but it is more laid back and has a bohemian energy. It is not as hectic as Brickell or as busy as South Beach, but it maintains their classy, upscale beat. We have fabulous shopping and a variety of yummy, locally-owned restaurants like CaffĂ© Abracci, Lokal, Chocolate Fashion, and Latin Burger.

The beauty of Coral Gables is accentuated by fantastic Miami sunsets. Photo credit: Tatiana Ceballos.

2. What makes Coral Gables "SO Miami"?
The beautiful people, the amount of fantastic local restaurants (check out Eating House), and the stunning landscape. I love the perfectly lit palm trees along Miracle Mile and Ponce De Leon! Coral Gables is also centrally located. It is minutes away from other Miami staples such as Brickell, Downtown Miami, the Marlins Park, South Miami and the beach.

Tatiana loves explore the beautifully landscaped streets of Coral Gables. Photo credit: Tatiana Ceballos.

3. What do you like least about Coral Gables?
The parking (ugh). We also have some crazy noises in the middle of the night thanks to our stray cats and the occasional music-inclined homeless at the park near my building. Super. Creepy.

Coral Gables' excellent shopping makes up for its oddities. You have heard us talk about Miracle Mile gem, My Best Friend's Closet in #ThankYouMiami for Great Fashion Finds.

4. What is the strangest thing you have seen in Coral Gables?
The crowd at Tarpon Bend on a Friday night, LOL.

5. What about Coral Gables makes you say #ThankYouMiami?
#ThankYouMiami for the lush, green scenery; the small-town feel despite being in a big city; the quiet streets; and, the beautiful historic houses. Coral Gables is home to some of my favorite places in Miami including The Village of Merrick Park, the Venetian Pool, the historical Coral Gables Library, the iconic Biltmore Hotel, and the stunning Church of the Little Flower.

The serene, palm tree-lined streets of Coral Gables give this beautiful city a small town feel. Photo credit: Tatiana Ceballos.

What do you like or dislike about Coral Gables? What is your favorite place to visit? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami! Are you an expert on your neighborhood? Share with Miami what makes your neighborhood distinctively different! You could be featured in an upcoming segment of this series.

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