I heard my first thunder and saw my first lightening of the year out in Doral this afternoon, folks. You know that summer is banging on the door. Joy.
Here's your hot and sticky evening Sift.
A- Mayor Manny shows us the effect Earth Hour 2009 had on the appearance of the city.
B- Matt Meltzer, writing for Miami Beach 411, shares his thoughts on the Marlins stadium deal.
I like the Marlins as they are now. I like being able to go to a game, pay nothing for a ticket, sit wherever I want and not have to deal with crowds. You think a stadium is somehow gonna turn Miami into a sports town? Think again. As a Marlins fan, yeah, I’m kinda excited to get a park closer to home. But as a logical human being, I see nothing good coming out of this. You heard it here first.C- I loved this Miamism Pix photo taken from inside a house on Miami's Upper East Side.
D- Superb post over at Eye on Miami on what it's like in Key West these days.
On Duval Street, the T-shirt capital of America’s southernmost city, retailers are loathe to say how bad things are. This is where the golden goose was cooked to a crisp, long ago. During the housing market bubble, that started earlier in Key West than nearly anywhere else in the nation, the government went on a wild spending spree; building numerous monuments to itself. But the city made its mark catering to the lowest common denominator forms of mass tourism and failed to protect either the waters or the reef or the fish. It is filled with discount shoppers and other scavenger species. $69 a night. There have been fires of suspicious origin. Stores are closing , with entire inventories and fixed assets snuck out the back door before morning.E- Random Pixels has the skinny on a new French restaurant opening near Joe's on South Beach.
F- I Shot The Chef makes lasagna from scratch. Yes, even the pasta. You gotta see it.
This was my first time making pasta at home. I’ve made it when I was in culinary school, but that was 10 years ago. I had to use three and a half eggs instead of the two called for in the recipe. Must have been because I had large eggs, not the jumbo size in the recipe. I definitely realized how much it helps to have a pasta roller. Seriously… I have sore arms as I type this. I couldn’t get the dough as thin as I would have liked, but it turned out good enough.G- Some Cranky Guy played tag with a Lotus on his way home from work today.
H- A bunch of SoFla personalities are going to be in attendance for tomorrow night's Celebrity Happy Hour at the Parrot in Lauderdale, according to The Chowfather.
I- The South Florida Traveler checks out Valentino's in Fort Lauderdale.
Giovanni Rocchio runs the show here and creatively presents everything that comes out of his kitchen. You won’t find the typical Italian dishes here such as pasta covered with red sauce, fettucine alfredo and chicken alfredo, but you are more apt to find a new twist on tradition such as their calamari. Instead of fried calamari, you will receive grilled calamari served with artichokes, pepperocini, radicchio and chili oil - definitely making every bite a memorable play on flavors.J- I've seen this photo elsewhere in the blogosphere and I am so glad I am able to link to it locally at Incertus.
K- SFDB gets some link love from Smashed Frog.
L- Ipanemic has a whole bunch of fresh, new photos posted.