I should have known it was going to be the typical Monday where bloggers turn to their computers to write after shunning them all weekend. So here is your typically full Monday evening Sift.
A- Restaurant Gal gets us going this evening with a story of tourists and sunrises.
“I guess it’s like a summer vacation,” my new regular continued. “Hard to shake the idea of summers off when your school days are over and you have a real job,” she continued as I poured her a second cup of coffee. “For me, it’s spring break. Can’t not take it,” she shrugged.B- Carlos Miller and former Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler attorney, Mike "Cigar Mike" Pancier, have filed suit against 50 State Security.
“What are you up to today?”I asked my new regular. She was traveling alone, I knew, but that was about all I knew.
“Oh, I’m not sure,” she replied, almost absently, and a sudden silence ensued, during which she pushed back an imaginary stray strand of her cropped gray hair and stirred a second sugar into her steaming coffee. “What would you do?” she asked, suddenly looking right up at me.
Eight months after I was battered and assaulted by a security guard on the Miami-Dade Metrorail for videotaping inside a train station, I filed a lawsuit seeking damages.C- Writer Gabrielle Calvocoressi is from LA and will be attending the O, Miami poetry festival this coming weekend in Miami, a city that she loves. according to this Q&A she did with Beached Miami.
The suit was filed today at the Miami-Dade Courthouse by my attorney Michael Pancier, who also happens to be a talented nature photographer.
Seeing as you had all these intense experiences in Miami, does the city factor into your poetry?D- Find out how Chow Down Grill makes their soy sauce and tofu at Mango&Lime.
GC: Miami does function in my artistic life now. I don’t necessarily think of it as, I would go to this place and these dangerous things were happening. But I felt like I was going to a place both foreign to me and really magical. It looks different, it smells different. Even when I was little, I could look at Miami and realize there were places that were really different from where I grew up. It seemed that there was so much possibility.
The things that were happening on screens while I was there — whether the screen of a television or the way a window can look like a screen when you look through it — those had an intensity and a tenor that I think really affects my work now. The way, for example, that color saturates my work, and the way media and political events figure in my work. I think my relationship to that really did being in Miami.
The bins with the soybeans, flour and yeast then go up in the rafters “because oddly enough, it has the right temperature, it has good air flow and the humidity is about 60 percent.” Mold starts to grow and after about two weeks the paste that forms is placed in a salt solution. That’s where the process ends for six months save for a stir every three or four weeks.E- Turns out that lawyers are just as big of a-holes when they deal with other lawyers, as this post from South Florida Lawyers demonstrates.
After the six months, the liquid is filtered, pasteurized and placed into small oak barrels from where it’s poured into the sauce bottles that sit on the tables and counter at Chow Down. The result is not the dark-colored soy sauce that you buy at the supermarket. This sauce is a light brown hue.
F- Random Pixels notes a deafening silence after the latest Miami shooting.
Commissioner Dunn, who hoped to stop the violence with prayer, has been uncharacteristically silent on the shooting of Smith-Brown and her son. Not a peep.G- FTL Collective visits The Field and catches the Hot Rod performance.
So too, the Herald. Not a word about the shooting in our paper of record.
Also quiet, members of the community where the shooting happened.
Other than telling police that the shooters were on bicycles, no one has provided the cops with a detailed description according to William Moreno of the Miami Police Department.
And that's strange.
Overall, I give Hot Rod an A+ for performance and look and a B+ for voice, no complaints.H- All Purpose Dark gets a special preview of Makoto at the Bal Harbour Shops.
In addition to a pretty solid performance, The Field serves quite the yummy dishes. This trip we enjoyed the corned beef and cabbage, obviously, coconut shrimp (I know, but it sounded so good, and was), Irish Potato Soup, and Country Bread. The corned beef was nice- juicy, tender, and filling (enough for two meals). The soup, one of my favorites, was rich and creamy- all that you’d dream of in a potato soup. I could easily order a bowl and call it a meal in itself.
The space is grand (200 seats) but the vibe is laid-back. Good for a power lunch, great for a date, fine for an early dinner with kids. It feels like the middle ground between Zuma and Gigi - not quite as pricey or stuffy as Zuma, yet not as rough around the edges (or filled with tattooed hipsters) as Gigi.I- We continue with the restaurants, this time South Florida Food and Wine lunches at Michele's Dining Lounge in Fort Lauderdale.
The menu is American classic with a contemporary spin offering items such as Grilled Caesar Salad, Foie Gras with housemade blackberry sauce, Harissa-style sautéed Mussels and Pan Seared Branzino infused with Mediterranean flavors. The wine list is predominantly California with nice choices of French and Italian wines.J- Babalu Blog and a lot of their hard right extremist brethren have a hard time discerning sarcasm from the truth, according to Bark Bark Woof Woof.
K- It looks like Rick Scott is pulling a Carlos Alvarez but will anyone besides The Reid Report notice...or care.