First and foremost, thanks to the old gods and the new for sparing Miami from Hurricane Matthew's path. We're extremely grateful our beaches, our roads, our homes and our people look like they did before the storm skipped past us, allowing us to return to business as usual. In fact, III Points successfully kicked off its first day yesterday. (Yes, due to the storm, the festival lost one headliner but none of its killer vibes were damped by the news and tonight Thievery Corporation is going to bring it!) Today the 'Canes are playing against FSU and we're going to be right in the thick of it, eating a bajillion hot dogs and yelling our orange and green hearts out. Last but not least, Miami Beach's Ciclovía is still go for tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Washington Avenue. The entire street will be closed from 5 to 16 Street for biking, skating, jogging or walking and is a great way to soak up the outdoors after the 48 hour storm quarantine.
The last event that we attended pre-storm was the SoBe Seafood Festival's Chef Showdown Preview on the Dream Hotel's rooftop. (You may recall that we attended the chef competition preview last year and loved it.) Unlike previous years, 2016 was all about tequila because Herradura is one of the title sponsors and new to this year's Chef Showdown is a Herradura bartender competition. In addition to the delicious shrimp, tuna, surf n' turf, taco, lobster and other food competitions, you'll also get to sample and vote for the delicious cocktails that come out of the competition! Plus, you'll also get access to the Casa Herradura Experience which is coming to Miami especially for this event. (Here's a post describing what you can expect at a Casa Herradura Experience.)
At the preview, there were ample Herradura samples (read, shots) and delicious margs to go around, which we enjoyed with our #foodiefriends as we collectively fought each other for the passed Naked Taco bites. Seriously, whenever a tray of food came out, it was like the "Mine. Mine. Mine." seagull battle from Finding Nemo. In fact, thanks to our #foodiefriend Amber Bond we expertly positioned ourselves under a tree right where the food was coming out so we could have first dibs. The food went so quickly so our food photos from the night are the worst but take our word for it, you want it all. Every. Last. Bite. Grab your tickets ("thankyou20" for 20% off) before it's too late. After all, the SoBe Seafood Festival is only two weeks away!