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Entertainment Reporter & Host of NBC6 "In The Mix" Roxanne Vargas has teamed up with author Maruchi Mendez to create a must do guide for those ready to take in the rich flavor and diversity of Miami, one of the most vibrant cities in the country. 100 Things to Do in Miami Before You Die gives you the inside track to the best spots, from popular to obscure, in the metro area. Discover festivals that garner international attention, ideal places to sip and socialize, historic sites, and international shopping destinations – not to mention places where you can throw down a game of dominos while sipping a café. Written by two Miamians for locals and visitors alike, this guide will help you make the most of a family vacation, romantic getaway, or escapade with friends. So strap on your salsa shoes and experience the magic that Miami has to offer!
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As a long-time New Yorker moving to Miami, I quickly realized two things:
A. There is a better chance of a Miami cab accepting credit cards than finding crispy Pizza in this town.
B. The nine years of Spanish I took in school means absolutely nothing.
The latter has proven to be a problem in various situations, often ending in a hilarious albeit horrifying story. The former? Well I have my moments and miss New York, and those moments often focus around a lack of delicious dough-based foods.
So I set out to find New York in Miami. All of the places I loved and all of the things I loved to do – minus the whole its-freezing-and-I-live-in-a-5th-floor-walk-up.
My first full day in Miami I decided to take a stroll and find my “neighborhood” spot for coffee. I ended up with three cortaditos, and a condition I can only describe as minor heart attack. Thankfully, I discovered Panther Coffee – reminiscent of my beloved Ninth Street Espresso. Both with unique, bold coffee blends and a dedicated following of hipster coffee-enthusiasts.
I’ll be honest. The bars in Miami sort of scare me – they claim to be bars, but most are cleverly disguised dance clubs. And my dance moves? Nobody wants that. Luckily I’ve been able to scout out a few that remind me of home.
The Corner : Despite the obvious likeness in names, if you are a fan of Spitzers Corner in New York’s LES, you’ll love this intimate and dimly lit craft-beer wonderland full of New York transplants.
Broken Shaker: I can only describe this as the Tropical Death & Co. of Miami. Never overcrowded, semi-elitist and you feel like you are the most important person in the world. Because your cocktail, just yours, was made with extra precision and care.
Regent Cocktail Club & Rec Room: Part Raines Law Room, Part Bowery Hotel Bar Lobby , The Regent Cocktail Club’s bow-tie wearing bartenders and old-timey drink menu make you question if those jeans you wore were an appropriate apparel choice. Afterward, head downstairs to New York’s No. 8 sister lounge, Rec Room. Minus the membership-card and crowd of amazonian Euro-models you’ll actually have a chance of getting in to Amy Sacco’s retro lounge.
The Filling Station: You’ve been to the Patriot in New York, probably after some sort of ZogSports kickball league that you solely joined for the post-game dive-bar $8 pitchers and $1.75 burger. Lucky for you, on the days that all you want is a tall boy and cheesy tots, yes I said cheesy tots, the Filling Station is there for you.
GET YOUR EAT ON
Missing New York staple Lure Fishbar in Soho? Then you should try, well, Lure Fishbar. The Loews Hotel New York transplant may not have the same subterranean yacht interior - but it’s consistent menu, outstanding Bash Burger, and larger-than-life-personality Chef Capon working the room may have you questioning what city you are actually in after your third glass of rose.
Let me guess. You’re questioning life based on the lack of Ramen options in Miami. It may be 90 degrees outside but that won’t stop us New Yorkers from sweating over a bowl of steaming hot noodle soup. Well good news: Momi Ramen exists. And it’s good. Really good. The noodles are thicker than your beloved Momofuku, but the earthy pork belly-laden broth brings you right back to why you used to wait a nonsensical 50 minutes for a seat at the Noodle bar.
Eat your Veggies: There is nothing better than Westville’s never-ending list of daily farm fresh veggies on their menu board. Well that and their frozen, mint lemonade prosecco. Blue Collar comes close. REAL close. With it’s low-key vibe and menu full of daily veggie sides – you’ll be back for brunch, lunch and dinner.
My Big Three: Pizza Pies. Calzones. More Pizza Pies. I didn’t forget about my crispy pizza claim. Just like the cab driver who miraculously takes a credit card without a fight, the pizza at Lucali is perfection, nearly identical to it’s Brooklyn original. The open-air kitchen, candlelit interior, and four-item menu make you feel like you’re back in Caroll Gardens fighting Jay & Bey for a table.
OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULD BE DOING
LISTEN: New York has some pretty amazing Music Venues and Concerts. My favorites include Beacon Theater & Hammerstein Ballroom where I’ve seen the likes of Band of Horses, The National, and Eddie Vedder. If you’re missing NY’s music scene, then head to The Fillmore in Miami Beach. The acoustics and vibe are killer– but best of all most shows are first-come seating. And in Miami that means if you show up on time, you are actually early. And if you show up late, well you’re still on time. Either way you can score a front row center orchestra seat.
WATCH: Summers in New York mean Outdoor Movie Screening Galore. Missing the overcrowded HBO Bryant Park Film Festival lawn? Well you’re in luck. Miami has a Drive-in. A DRIVE-IN! Grease. Cry-Baby. Ferris Bueller’s Day off. The Big Lebowski. The Princess Bride. With a movie line-up like this, I’ll probably just fill my trunk with popcorn and leave it there. Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-in.
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Rosario Dawson had no problem keeping up with the constantly wisecracking Chris Rock in Top Five.
The 35-year-old actress (Seven Pounds, Sin City, Rent) plays Chelsea Brown, a reporter with The New York Times who is assigned to spend the day with Rock’s character, Andre Allen, a washed-up comedian who is promoting a violent slave drama called Uprize and planning a wedding to a high-maintenance reality star (Gabrielle Union in a frosted wig and killer nails).
Much of the movie — the title refers to Allen’s penchant for asking friends their five favorite rappers — features Rock and Dawson walking the streets of New York City.
The two travel literally up and down, from SoHo to Harlem, where Allen was raised. In actuality, Rock grew up in Brooklyn; Dawson the Lower East Side. Warning: They talk like many New Yorkers: Quickly.
We caught up with the actress at the Mandarin-Oriental Miami Hotel:
You guys really got around in this movie.
For a small indie, we were everywhere: Union Square. On the streets. In the subway. All the spots. A real New York movie. But that’s what you do when you’re in the city. But I tell you, it wasn’t that easy during the summer with people all over the place. No.
Right. What was it like shooting in the middle of all those city dwellers? They weren’t extras.
It was funny. I remember shooting a scene, and one of those double-decker tour buses drove by. They all must have been speaking to each other because after that, more buses kept coming by, taking pictures as if we were safari animals, screaming ‘Chris Rock!’ You’d hear them on the microphone [baritone, imitating tour guide], ‘And to your right, there is Chris Rock shooting his latest movie.’ We were like, can we just finish the shot?
There was so much conversation between you two. How big was the script?
I added way more dialogue, so much. I had to. I told him: ‘This is important. Chelsea would say this. She’s smart. She has to let you know how smart she is.’ The banter between us a lot of the time was us just talking really fast about various topics. We worked on a lot of stuff together that stayed in. That’s the way Chris and I talk in real life. We are great friends, but believe me, we agree to disagree very often
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