It's the night before Friday and the SFDB May Post of the Month voting continues on through Sunday. Make sure you vote sometime in the next few days if you haven't already. Here's your almost Friday evening Sift...
A- Here's a list of Father's Day specials in Coral Gables from, you guessed it, Coral Gables.
B- Miami Dish provides us their take on this past weekend's Pizza Crawl.
Anthony’s was out of broccoli rabe, so we substituted arugula. I enjoyed my pizzas here more than I have on previous visits to Anthony’s (in Fort Lauderdale). I think it’s because I’m not a fan of “pizza well done” and the crusts on these pizzas were soft and doughy compared to the charred base Anthony’s usually prepares. While others in the group were disappointed with the underdone pizzas, I was pleasantly surprised.C- Brickell Life is wrestling with the state of politics today.
My concern is that if the Obama administration fails miserably, I’m not confident the current incarnation of the Republican Party would be a credible alternative. I can’t vote for Sarah Palin and we all know that nobody needs Ralph Nader running the big show. Heck, John Goodman’s movie character King Ralph would make a better alternative. Unfortunately the current state of the Republican Party is akin to many Detroit automakers – their product line has not changed and the majority of Americans aren’t really into what they’re selling anymore. Bring back a Regan-esque candidate and you have me paying attention again. Heck, get Charlie Crist to run and I’ll probably vote across the aisle. I did after all vote for him as Florida’s Governor along with Jeb, despite the Democratic tag on my voter registration.D- On My Block has some info on something called the Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop. It's basically mass transit with a twist.
E- South Florida Classical Review informs us that we can catch violinist Giora Schmidt, a one-time student of Itzhak Perlman, Sunday, at the University of Miami’s Gusman Hall.
Schmidt was born in Philadelphia to professional musicians from Israel. He picked up the violin at four, progressed quickly and entered Perlman’s summer music program, moving on to Juilliard’s pre-college and then entering the famous conservatory as a full-time student. Now at age 26, he is establishing himself as a touring virtuoso, with concert, recital and chamber music performances.F- AshAndBurn has a few photos from inside the very unique Skyline nightclub on South Beach.
G- UVu Blog talks to a South Florida vampire.
Elijah then stepped out and my first impression surprised even myself. He looked for the most part a normal looking guy, wearing jeans, a black shirt, black hat, sunglasses and shoes. The only thing unusual about the look of him was his nails were painted black, four of his teeth, two on the bottom and two on top, were chiseled so that they were more sharpened, and the tattoo he had on his face.H- Worst Pizza is all fired up about the latest Men's Health review of pizza choices.
Then they mention Pizza Hut. Let me tell you the difference between Pizza Hut and Dominoes...Pizza Hut has chairs and a salad bar. Otherwise, I’m pretty sure they use the same ovens and same cut-rate minimum wage labor to produce their cardboard with pepperoni on it.I- Coconut Grove Grapevine feels the need to clarify his comment that "the Grove is the anti-South Beach."
Many South Beach tourists come to Vizcaya, but they don't realize that a mile or two south is a whole village awaiting them. They are here already, we just need them to come in that extra mile.J- I Shot The Chef makes some pita bread and shares the recipe with us.
So when I say we need to promote ourselves as the anti-South Beach, I basically mean, let's let the tourists know there is a day trip alternative to the partying, beaching and wildness, if they choose to partake in that.
K- Interesting thoughts about some of the men who claim reverse discrimination are offered up in this Incertus post.
I'm talking to the Rush Limbaughs and Lindsay Grahams and Pat Buchanans primarily here, but I think anyone who is, like me, white and male, might be able to take a little something away here.L- Take a walk through Mary Brickell Village with Miami Condo Investments if you can stomach the badly watermarked photos.
The whininess about reverse racism popped back into the public sphere about two seconds after Sonia Sotomayor was nominated to the Supreme Court.
That's why I have so little patience for the types of people I started this post talking about. They're white men who act as though no one ever extended them a helping hand to get where they are, that their white-maleness never did them any favors (don't get me started on those people so clueless as to argue that their white-maleness has been a hindrance), that they made it to where they are completely on their own. It would be comical if it weren't so insidious, if it didn't appeal to a group of people who've shown themselves to be capable of great violence--white men with no sense of just how lucky they are.