The South Florida blogosphere was buzzing today. This evening's Sift tops out with the most items of interest we've had thus far for a Sift in the short lifespan of this blog. There is some real good stuff, so sit back, relax and check out the following compositions.
A- Carlos Miller does it again and provides us great footage, and some humorous commentary, from Little Havana on the day of Fidel Castro's resignation.
B- Habla Mierda, the blogger with the AK in his residence, goes all Cute Overload on us.
C- A house is moved in Hallandale and Critical Miami has a couple photos.
D- When Eye on Miami rants, look out. This time it's on a tear against the Miami Herald's local reporting.
E- Is FDOT raiding the coffers intended for Tri-Rail? Yes, says Transit Miami.
F- Don't mess with sailfish in Florida, according to this post by Southern District of Florida Blog.
G- Coconut Grove Grapevine finds the breakfast cafe he's been complaining about the Grove not having.
H- MenuPages Blog: South Florida has the scoop on the "upscale Chinese" restaurant about to hit Miami Beach.
I- Mango&Lime mulls over whether the South Beach Wine & Food Festival is truly worth the time or the money based upon her past year's experiences.
My first time at the festival was in 2004 when I went to the then OleoMed Grand Tasting Village on Miami Beach with a friend from out of town. At the time, it was $60 to attend for one day if I recall correctly — this year it’s $187 and sold out. The tasting was far from glamorous. I stood on the sand out in the glaring sun watching cooking demos, and then lined up with hundreds of people outside the tasting tent only to be herded around the tasting tables like cattle by other eager tasters. There were also those people who would park themselves in front of a table and drink or eat away like they had never had food in their lives.
J- Burnett's Urban Etiquette has a recent tale from the streets of SoFla...
Mrs. B and I were sitting outside a Starbucks the other evening, when another patron left, climbed into his car and started to drive away. He made it maybe 40 feet, when a different customer began to back his car out of its parking space, blocking the path of the first guy. The first guy, an older gent in a BMW leaned on his horn but didn't back up. The second guy, a younger man in a Firebird, must not've heard the horn, 'cause he backed right into BMW guy's bumper. BMW guy jumped out of the car and began yelling at the younger guy, calling him a stupid S.O.B. The younger guy replied "Eff you, you stupid (piece of male reproductive anatomy)! I didn't see you." So for the next two minutes they called each other names, with the younger guy looking like he wanted to flee, and the older guy taunting him by waving a wad of cash and threatening to call the cops. They both walked away then, like boxers going to their respective corners. Miraculously, about five minutes later they climbed out of their cars, approached one another, shook hands, traded info...just in case that invisible scratch later materialized on the BMW, apologized sheepishly for how they'd spoken to one another, and they both drove off. Amazing. This is Miami. Under "normal" circumstances, I might have ducked under my sidewalk table in anticipation of one of them whipping out a gun.
K- Miami-Dade Dems points out that SoFla congressional races are getting international attention.