There was a fair amount of reaction in today's SoFla blogosphere to the rejection of Miami 21 yesterday and you'll find some of it in your evening Sift. Have a great Friday night, folks? Stay outta trouble!
A- Remember when Republicans whined about comparisons of Bush to Hitler? Yeah, so does Incertus.
B- Coconut Grove Grapevine comments on the contentious Miami 21 issue and best I can figure, he's against it because Mayor Manny is for it.
I am beginning to like the changes I see in City Commissioner Joe Sanchez. His "no" vote yesterday on Miami 21 shows he is not going to follow Manny Diaz's questionable record as mayor. Concrete Manny, as he is known. "Green Mayor" in his dreams.C- Speaking of Mayor Manny, he doesn't disguise his extreme disappointment in his latest blog post.
For the moment, we are unclear as to next steps. However, I am very clear in my deep concern that last night's Commission action is a sign of things to come, a return to the old Miami of politics as usual.D- Random Pixels links to a great St. Petersburg Times profile of photographer Clyde Butcher that includes a great video.
E- Eye on Miami takes a look at who is behind the organized protests at local town hall meetings that discuss healthcare.
The organized Town Hall Takeovers are far from average middle class Americans. Consider one example from the Maddow archive. She discusses the website Reccessrally.com whose organizers include Ned Ryan, former speech writer for W., a field director for Bush-Cheney '04, and a raft of DC conservative lobbyists. The Sam Adams Alliance includes the former director of Illinois Republican Party. Let Freedom Ring includes the money man behind ads that supported burning images of 9/11 to promote the Iraq War, funding for the Swiftboating of John Kerry. Another group, Americans for Prosperity includes Art Pope, a millionaire and far right activist for whom the North Carolina Republican Party named its headquarters. The national chairman of Americans for Prosperity? David Koch, owner of the largest private oil company in US and the 19th richest man in the world.F- The Chowfather gives Yakko-San a big thumbs up.
On Sunday, I went with an order of tuna sashimi which is always super fresh and outstanding. I also went with an order of Nasu Buta Miso Itame a/k/a Asian eggplant, pork, miso sauce. This may be my favorite dish there. The flavors are perfect. Another favorite of mine is the grilled pork belly. It's not a large portion so I knew I would be fine. However, they had a pork belly stew that the waiter highly recommended. It was great but a huge piece of pork. Last up was angel hair uni, ikura (fresh sea urchin & salmon roe). Sooo good.G- Miami Photo posts a nice interview of restaurateur Michelle Bernstein.
Cooking in Miami?H- Bark Bark Woof Woof shares his thoughts on Mel Martinez quitting.
The Miami dining scene is only getting better. It has been sort of slow developing but what a difference a few years makes.
Not only do we still have the amazing talents of our own chefs like Allen Susser, Mark Militello, Cindy Hutson, and Tim Andreola but we now have accomplished chefs that have recently arrived like Scott Conant, John Critchley at Area 31 and Alfred Portale.
We have delicious, small local restaurants like Hy Vong, La Camaronera and Garcia's. I just wish we had more of these gems. More really good hole in the walls, great Chinese food, Thai food, and Mexican grub. These are the restaurants that truly make a city a city.
I would be really surprised if [Crist] appointed someone prominent like Jeb Bush, or someone with ambitions for the full term; perhaps someone retired and basically bland like Clay Shaw. That would keep the race in 2010 open so that he could win the seat in an election and confer an aura of legitimacy on his term.I- The Reid Report has a video clip and some comments on a recent town hall meeting that got a little disorderly in Tampa.
J- After getting stranded at Atlanta Airport, Sex and the Beach begins her trek back to Miami by bus but not before spending some time in downtown.
Earlier, when I finally arrived above ground at Peachtree Station -- the elevator ride was probably longer than a minute -- I met a uniformed tourism ambassador who helped me figure out where to eat and what to do in three hours.K- 305 has a good time at Hofbräu-Munchen on Lincoln Road.
I wish Miami had these kind of folks patrolling downtown and the beaches. And as for random strangers are concerned, I had not one, or two, but three friendly folk who stopped and asked if I needed help when I looked a bit lost. Miami: I think you might learn a little from Atlanta when it comes to public transportation and helpful residents.
And they have a good selection of beers. Some of them come on the small side (a half liter) while others are on the larger side (enourmous mugs of frosty ale and boots filled to the brim! Someone told me they were two gallon boots? I'm not sure but they're huge!). Everytime I've been here it's been on the quiet side, but this past weekend it was loud and fantastic.
The group at the table next to us, after they had finished their boots, started to try them on. It was hilarious, although the server did not think putting the glass boots on their feet was all that funny.