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New Food and Public Art Tour at the Miami Design District

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Miami has a new walking tour that takes place in the Design District. It is a food tasting experience and public art appreciation tour conceived by Miami Culinary Tours. The new tour exposed us to many new and happening developments in the Design District. The number one thing is the many new food destinations that have opened up. The first being the St. Roch Market place. It is  somewhat a food court with the culinary hubs by some really creative chefs. We also went to an affordable wine shop at the second floor of the Palms, where we had this amazing trendy Rose wine. Our favorite was the all in one Puerco Asado bowl downstairs at Esteban’s Kitchen. We were surprised at how  Esteban’s Kitchen made a creative twist to a traditional dish so common in Miami. This was very unexpected and was our favorite dish of the day. Comes with a Yuca puree, carmelized onions, cheese (we are guessing) and paired with your choice of red or white wine. We went to a bunch more stops, look through the photos below to see more.

Puerco Asado with Yuca Puree at Esteban's in Miami Design District

Puerco Asado with Yuca Puree at Esteban’s in Miami Design District

Although it is a walking tour, we would recommend this as a rainy day activity as we did that day. It was nice and relaxing walking in the rain through the narrow streets and corridors of the Design District. Our tour guide Mirka had positive attitude which also added to the pleasant ambience. Rain or shine we recommend this Miami Culinary Tour’s Design District for everyone. We really think you’ll get a lot for your money as you get part Food Tasting, Public Art and picture opportunity tour at one of Miami’s most happening neighborhoods. One big heads up, if you are allergy to seafood you’ll be missing out on 3 stops. So keep that in mind. 

Here is a run down of how your tour’s itinerary.

The first stop is the St. Roch Market, a contemporary, multi-chef driven food hall, that came to Miami by way of New Orleans. Some of the best chefs in the Miami food industry will delight your palette with their creations. Then certified sommeliers at the Abaco tasting room will introduce you to a perfectly chilled rosé from their exclusive wine collection.

The Estefan Kitchen is the first Cuban restaurant in the Miami Design District. Personally invited by Craig Robins, Gloria and Emilio Estefan have brought their warm, Havana-style dining experience offering traditional favorites that pair Cuban flavors with the glamour and vitality of the Miami Design District. Here you’ll taste Miami Culinary Tour’s favorite dish paired with the perfect wine.

In between stops, cleanse your palette at MadLab, Soraya Kilgore’s new pink-hued palace in the Design District. The pastry chef for award-winning restaurants like Brava and Alter, Kilgore creates decadent ice-cream in classic and seasonal flavors that can be paired with more than 30 toppings. The delicious treats made on-site are simply out of this world.

As you stroll down Jade Alley, a small offshoot from Paseo Ponti – the walking street that runs through the heart of Design District – take a moment to sample the tacos at La Pollita, one of the best-kept secrets in Miami. Combining their 16 years of restaurant experience, most at Michelin-starred restaurants in NYC, top chefs Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer bring tacos to a whole new level.

Top off your culinary experience with a little adult indulgence. Aubi & Ramsa, a 21-and-over shop, serves alcoholic ice-cream in flavors such as Highland Truffle, an ice cream crafted with Belgian chocolate and Macallan 12-year single-malt Scotch. Their line is the result of years of exploration, refining and commitment to a novelty that has no match.

The Design District Food Tour is available throughout the summer on Saturday and Sunday afternoons or evenings and daily in high season.  The fee is $89 for adults and $69 for children 7 – 13. Ticket price includes all of the food equivalent to a full meal and a guided tour of the area.  


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History Miami Launches New Exhibition Line Up featuring Street Art

Langston Longley, Vanessa Navarro, Jorge Zamanillo, John ShubinMIAMI (March 19, 2018) – HistoryMiami Museum launched its exhibition, Avenues of Expression: Street Traditions in Miami, with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts. This one-of-a-kind exhibition opened to a crowd of 500 guests at an opening reception on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 6-9 p.m.

Through artifacts, video interviews, interactive displays and recreated environments, the exhibition inspires visitors to get street smart and discover the world around them. The ten-month exhibition is open to the public now through Sunday, January 13, 2019.

The launch party kicked off with cocktails by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, “Miami Style” bites and entertainment from DJ Le Spam as 25 tall bikes circled the event. The tall bikes are one of the many features of the actual exhibit showcasing slices of character seen on the streets of Miami.
A 20 person Junkanoo band flooded the plaza, energizing the crowd and playing their instruments as hundreds of onlookers snapped photos, streamed live on Facebook and Instagram and danced to the Bahamian beats.

The Bahamas Junkanoo Revue of Miami’s colorful costumes are on proud display at the entry way of the exhibition which highlights other Miami art and traditions, including a cafecito machine, murals by some of the city’s most well-known street artists, muffler art and clothing worn by well-known drag queen Tiffany Fantasia, as well as visuals of vehicle customization, parades, religious practices and items focusing on political and social issues affecting South Florida and more.

Throughout the exhibition, visitors are invited to pick up a phone and listen to stories told from the people highlighted in the exhibition. For example, Fantasia speaks of a confrontation with a preacher on the streets of Miami during a Gay Pride Parade while street muralist Serge Toussaint explains how his family finally supported his craft as an artist only after he appeared on CNN painting a mural.

“Miami is the ultimate melting pot and the street traditions seen throughout the exhibition show we are unique and have flavor like no other city. From items that surround a home showcasing religious beliefs to 30 foot high murals on the side of a building to focusing on a legendary Coconut Grove ‘”Icees” vendor in one of the original food trucks in the nation, we have a collection that can only be seen across the streets of South Florida,” said Jorge Zamanillo, Executive Director of HistoryMiami Museum. “It’s all the slices of Miami in one location like never seen before.”

This exciting new exhibition allows visitors to discover the street traditions hiding in plain sight on Miami’s avenues, where the vibrant, raw pulse that fuels this city is felt the most and where Miami’s diverse communities converge and interact. It also highlights the people who bring creativity and meaning to these practices, all of which help to give Miami its unique mix of characteristics and identities.

“Avenues of Expression” is open through January 13, 2019, at HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-375-1942; historymiami.org. Admission costs $10, or $8 for students and seniors, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, and free to museum members and kids under 6.

For more information on the exhibition, please contact Michele Reese at mreese@historymiami.org.
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The Historic National Hotel Launches its New Entertainment Lineup (video recap)

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Something different to do in Miami Beach for a night outing with your loved one is the new Live Jazz Band at the intimate Blues Bar at The National Hotel, The Blues Bar  showcases the hotel’s new weekly live jazz performance by David Attelan and The Magic Vocals. To celebrate this new weekly performance, The National Hotel’s Blues Bar’s has also launched new era inspired cocktails. Our favorite being of course is The Hotel National and the Purple Rain cocktail pictured below.


Guests will enjoy an intimate evening of smooth sounds by a star-studded contemporary artist lineup, including Miami’s award-winning composer and producer, David Attelan. We are at grate time at the unveiling of National Hotel’s entertainment and cocktail. Below is a video recap created by ArtofMiami’s Harold Rosario with original music overlay by David Attelan. Press Play!


Valet parking is available at

The National Hotel 

1677 Collins Ave,

Miami Beach, Florida.

Kendall Police Hosts Community to a Bash!

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Kendall Police Hosts Community to a Bash!

While driving by 117 ave in Sunset we saw and unusually decorated Police Department Building in Kendall and decided to stop by and see what was going on. To our luck the Kendall District Police Department was hosting their annual Open House. It was more like a party than a typical open house. They had music blasting, people dancing and FREE food from sponsor vendors. All in all it was a nice event hosted by the Kendall Police Department. We did this video Recap to show the fun we had.

2017 Highlight Footage by ArtofMiami

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In 2017 we were blessed with many adventures and experiences. We capture many of them with the new Sony a6500 camera. Watch our recap video of the best footage from 2017 and live it through our lens. Press play.


Mambo Madness a Straight Cultural Party at the Miami Design District (Video Recap)

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We had a great time at Mambo Madness a traveling Cuban golden era concert. Unlike other Miami Art Week events that are of the “meet and mingle” type, Mambo Madness was a straight up party, that kept with the theme of “Art Week” by showcasing Cuban Art yet also exploring the culture and music that brings our Miami  latin community together. Check out this recap video we created of The Mambo Madness. Press play and see you next time. For more on Mambo Madness or  how to be a sponsor check out their site at www.themambomadness.com

Pix from Mambo Madness

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art of miami at Palm Courts in Miami

art of miami at Palm Courts in Miami

“Art Basilando” Local Miami Artists to Be Featured at the Miami Home Show 9/1-9-4

“Art Basilando” with Little Havana Artists at the Miami Home Show!

(1) MED RES Diana 'Didirok' Contreras - Patience

Diana ‘Didirok’ Contreras – Patience

“Art Basilando” with Little Havana Artists at the Miami Home Show!

Miami, FL…August 15, 2017… The Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show in collaboration with Viernes Culturalespresents, “Art Basilando” – an artist encounter exhibit featuring the works of twelve artists from the Little Havana Art District.

The Miami Home Show takes place from September 1-4 at the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center.

“Art Basilando” depicts the colorful souls of twelve Little Havana artist who, through different styles and textures, create a cohesive trajectory of heritage, history and artistic expression. The viewer is bedazzled by color and bold imagery, but should look deeper into the artist’s canvas. Unfold the dichotomy of an artist’s soul: worlds past and present; elation and deep sadness; surreal and real; darkness and light.

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Eliott Prada – from Faith and Iconic Women series

Participating artists are: Katey PennerSantos MendezDidi MarchiGonzalo Borges, Annie M.Diana ContrerasPhil AvelloMildrey GuillotEliott PradaGiselle FajardoMayomelz (Mel Pichardo), Omar Corrales Mora. The showcase is curated by Pati Vargas, Director of Viernes Culturales.


“We are very proud to have participated in At Home with Art since its launch in 2015,” states Pati Vargas.  “Basilando is of course, a play on words. However, it defines what I think makes Miami’s art community very unique: we are out on the streets creating and communicating our message, while having fun. We love participating at the Home Show because it gives our artists an opportunity to help people understand their work. When they get to know the story behind a work of art, they fall in love with it. No longer is it just something that matches the décor or an investment, it is a connection and understanding between collector and artist.”

(“Basilando” is a slang version of vacilando (vacilar): a Spanish term for the act of wandering when the experience of travel is more important than reaching the specific destination.)

Participating artists are selected through a submission process based not only their abilities in the visual arts, but also their contribution to the South Florida arts community.  To date, over 100 South Florida artists have participated in the Home Show’s #AtHomewithArt artist encounter program.

Visit www.homeshows.net/artists.html to read more about each participating artist.

Where, When and Contact Information

Miami Beach Convention Center
1900 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL
(just east of Meridian Avenue at 17th Street)

September 1-4, 2017
Friday 6:00 – 10:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday 12:00 – 10:30 pm
Monday (Labor Day) 12:00 – 7:30 pm

@FLHomeShows #FLHomeShows
Facebook Eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/582281218562198/

$10.00 adult admission and $1.00, 11 and under (online and at the Box Office); Save $3.00 on adult admission when purchasing tickets online by August 31st, 2017.




Fontainebleau Miami Beach vs Diplomat Resort by Curio – Which to book? (video recap)

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We did extensive research in search of a perfect hotel to spend a staycation (vacation near your home). Our criteria was a hotel near Miami with great ocean views and also an awesome pool was imperative to our decision. We narrowed down to two Hotels near the Miami area. The Fontainebleau Miami Beach and the Diplomat Resort in Hollywood. Both have private access to the beach, unlike other hotels which you have to cross a highway to get to the ocean. Both sport amazing pools that are big and unique in their own way. After much consideration we decided on the Diplomat Resort. The incredible double deck pool with its see through bottom was a key selling point. But most of all the Diplomat Resort’s ocean front rooms are parallel to the ocean making for a more direct view to the ocean. Check out a video recap of our time at the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood.

Conclusion: Both are great Hotels that why these where the two contenders but for the reasons mention above the Diplomat Hotel is a better bang for your buck. All opinion are my own. We at ArtofMiami.com were not compensated in any way for the opinions mentioned.


The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood Curio Collection By Hilton,

3555 S Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

Runner Up

Fontainebleau Miami Beach,

4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140


New Restaurant Spot in City Place Doral

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friendly staff at The Cheese Course Doral

New Restaurant Spot in City Place Doral

If you haven’t been to the new Doral City Place yet, than you must. Its pretty cool and new hangout spot close to the Miami International Airport. I stop by yesterday and was happy to see that parking is free for the first 1 hr and a half. There I ran into this unique European style cafe that specializes in exported cheeses and house soups. Stop by and try out some FREE samples. They even let you sample the soups. Dont be shy, they are really nice. THE Place is call and its right next to the BurgerFi. Here some pix.

The Cheese Course

 3585 NW 83rd St #108,

Doral, FL 33122


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all pics by Harold Rosario Photos www.haroldtheartist.com


Must Know Before You Go to Universal’s Volcano Bay

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Something You might not know and its imperative in order to get in the park or have a good time is that the park actually opens at 8 am. The trick to getting into Volcano Bay is to get their super early. It says the park opens at 9am but it actually opens a 8am. The rides do not start working till 9am. This is something most people don’t know. We got there at 7am and a line was already formed. We finally got thru and it was so much fun. Also buy your ticket ahead of time. You can go the day before like we did or use their app. Here is a link. 

Our Experience at Universal’s Volcano Bay- A Horrible Experience Turned Good

Volcano Bay is the new theme park by Universal Studios in Orlando. Its a Polynesian themed water park located in what used to be Wet n Wild. We went there on the busiest time of the year, July 4th. Not only are all the kiddos out for the summer but so are their parents for Independence Day Weekend.

Our very first experience at Volcano Bay was horrible! We got their at 3pm and could not ride any of the rides because of the non stop rain. We were totally bummed out, specially since the ticket clearly stated “no refunds.” After  lots of  nagging from my wife to customer service and beg for a refund, I finally went and gave it a try with low hopes in mind. To my surprise Volcano Bay gave us a complimentary pass to come again when ever we chose and even gave us our parking for FREE. We were so happy to see them have some compassion for our situation.

Taking the advice of one of the employees we came back the next day at 7 am. The park Opens at park rides start at 9 am but the park opens at 8. When we got to Volcano Bay, the security line was already huge! Took us about 30 minutes to make it to the buses.  And after waiting for another 30 minutes for some beach chairs, we were on our way to some Family Fun.

Things we loved.

First of all the no wait system they have is very efficient and organized; we had no hassle even with he busy holiday. The rides are great to bond as a family as most of them are 4 to 6 seaters. Our favorite one was Krakatau, a 4 seater inflatable canoe that propels you up and down and through the 200 foot Volcano at the Park. But lastly we all agreed that it is underpriced for what you get. I mean the rides are much more fun then Disney World, which we had went the day before. You get to ride more rides than at other theme parks because of the no wait system. You also get to beat the Florida heat, which is nothing to play with in July,

Volcano Bay was an awesome park, affordable and fun for the family. When we got home got and woke up the next day, we spend the entire day chatting about our experience, reminiscing  and reliving the fun we had.

Like always, all my opinions are my own. We were not paid or compensated by anyone for the content of this post. Hope you go to Volcano Bay!

If you want to extent your vacation to a road trip, check out this post of our road trip itinerary we developed.

Check out this recap Video of our time at Volcano Bay.

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