Wow. The South Florida blogosphere was humming this afternoon. So we have a solid evening Sift for you AND the SFDB Weekend Widget has come to life in the right sidebar just in time for the Labor Day Weekend. Enjoy!
A- Redland Rambles compares produce at a local market and a "corporate" store and gets the expected results.
Overall, I have to give Whole Foods credit for making a good effort to support local growers. They are doing an OK job of sourcing local fruits this summer. But, by the looks of things, their produce people could use training on how to handle delicate specialty items. And of course, there’s just no comparison to shopping at the neighborhood farmer’s market, which has plenty of extremely fresh, locally sourced items!B- Blue Martini "is by no means terrible," according to Boy Writes Miami.
Blue Martini consistently looks like a casting call for Desperate Housewives and Sex and the City. I don’t frequent this place much. I can honestly say the words “hey, I know, let’s go to Blue Martini!” have never left my mouth. It just feels too “chainy” for me. It’s like the Chili’s of lounges. There’s one in Kendall, that’s the easiest way for me to explain it.C- Spokes 'n' Folks comments on the growing pains for Critical Mass.
To come at this from another angle, let me say that group riding requires a certain discipline -- and the larger the group the more discipline is needed. Each rider needs to take responsibility not only for the safety of self but also for the others. Designated pace-setters, corkers, and other cool heads are important, even in a ride that de-emphasizes leadership. Please don't be a hothead or a showoff.D- Worst Pizza is hoping that At's A Pizza's performance during their recent review was the product of a bad night.
My first bite wasn’t anything special. The sauce tasted pretty cheap, and without proper flavoring. The Crust was decent in taste, but not very positive in consistency. The cheese was definitely the best part of this slice. It was cooked right, tasted right, and melted just right.E- BurgerFi hits a home run with the boys from Burgers by the Beach.
This is now our favorite local spot! You've got to get down to BurgerFi in Delray Beach (right on the corner of A1A & Atlantic Ave). They have a great selection of Craft Beers! And when you're there, save room for dessert. Their custard/shakes are out of this world...F- Advertise with South Florida Classical Review because they kick classical butt.
As we start our fourth full season, it is clear that South Florida Classical Review has become the undisputed leader in covering the regional classical music scene. From Palm Beach to Coral Gables, we provide the smart, informed and comprehensive classical coverage that no newspaper or website can equal.G- uVu Blog recounts their recent Dining in the Dark experience at City Hall.
Everyone entered the dining room holding on to a designated waiter. The staff was trained to accommodate the unique diners. I was introduced to my seat, my napkin, my water and wine glass.H- The recent weather pattern has Go Hydrology! thinking more of the Pacific Northwest.
Touch became my first security blanket. I caressed everything around me to know what I was surrounded, included the woman next to me, which I later found out was Mary Jo Almeida-Shore from Miami Socialholic.
Let’s concentrate on the food. I was nervous at first not knowing what we will be eating. A previous email asking us about allergies or any diet restrictions reassured me a bit, but I was still not sure how to manage a knife and a fork in the dark.
I- Bark Bark Woof Woof remembers Skitz the Cat.
Even though I grew up in a house with cats, I'm more of a dog person. But Skitz was my friend. Normally very shy in the presence of strangers, whenever I went to Bob's house, she would see me and give me her version of a greeting: a shrug and occasionally a squeak. When Bob and Ken traveled, I would stop by the house to feed her, and while it was rare for her to greet me as I came in -- she had her favorite places elsewhere in the house -- she would come out as I put out the food and querulously inquire as to when the food would be ready.J- Eye on Miami is wondering whether is still safe to go out and eat in Miami-Dade County.
Will I go to Joey's or Luna Star at night anymore? Probably not. I have been going to trendy restaurants in the downtown at night. I don't think I will anymore. The police have to do better. In the case of Wynwood, this is a struggling new neighborhood trying to find its footing. There should be a policeman on foot at night. They say the incidents are isolated but tell that to a customer looking for a place to eat...won't fly. This is deadly PR.K- Beached Miami scored tickets to this year's Optic Nerve but they say it wasn't all that.
Culled from 144 entries, the 18 films in the Optic Nerve XIII lineup offered little to move my heart, though quite a few set my foot impatiently a-tapping. I would have loved to experience at least one realized story in the bunch, but the festival’s curators evidently don’t believe short films can or should sustain a narrative.L- Political Cortadito takes on Miami Voice chair and political consultant Vanessa Brito.
After all, Callahan is paying Brito $4,500 a month, according to campaign finance reports, for something. All political operatives have just raised their eyebrows or dropped their jaw. Brito is a newby and $4,500 a month is way out of her league. She is robbing Callahan blind. They say this. Not Ladra. But Ladra knows that the gypsy con artist is totally capable.