Work took me over to Miami Beach today where I got to have lunch and share a few minutes with Ipanemic. Good stuff. Here's your rather large evening Sift.
A- Sex and the Beach rescues a royal tern and provides some important info to readers who might find themselves in a similar situation.
I don't know why, but I am always finding injured birds. The tern's eyes were pitch black, so dark yet I could feel it speaking to me with its gaze. The innate intelligence of birds speaks far louder than words. I'll admit, I cried a little. I'm sure it was hanging on and in pain or maybe beyond pain, resigned to this surreal experience.B- The American Masterworks String Festival is coming to Miami Beach, according to South Florida Classical Review.
The American Masterworks String Festival is a five-day series of concerts, lecture-demonstrations and master classes at the school’s Miami Beach campus and the Colony Theater. [Carson] Kievman has attracted several renowned artists for this event: cellist Matt Haimovitz, violist Kim Kashkashian and violinists Lara St. John and Khitruk.C- Random Pixels takes the Miami Herald to task for their prioritization of what some may say is an important local story and singles out a reporter for a little additional criticism.
D- PB Catch is opening in Palm Beach, according to Eater Miami.
PB Catch's kitchen will be executed by chef de cuisine Aaron Black, a local, preparing such seafood standards as a seared jumbo sea scallops appetizer served with summer beans, oyster mushrooms in an orange broth, a macadamia nut and zucchini crusted grouper entree, a Maine lobster roll, and a complete raw bar.E- Check out the Thanksgiving feast [and the beautiful salad] that Redland Rambles had down in the Redland.
We devoured three turkeys — two organic and one conventional. Two of those were smoked by Robert Barnum over Australian pine wood (and if you throw enough money at him, he’ll smoke something for you too). One organic turkey was split in half and oven roasted by Margie Pikasky. I’ve never seen a bird cooked that way, but it was quite good, flavored with Tuscan seasoning. We also had a Smithfield ham with a honey mustard glaze.F- Beached Miami stopped by Pulse, Scope, and Seven and stayed long enough to collect some rather bizarre images.
G- Belle Isle Blog provides a look at the brand spanking new Fresh Market that opened today on Miami Beach.
The impact of Fresh Market on our neighborhood should be interesting. The new building has a parking garage above (and parking is sadly lacking in the neighborhood), and the prepared foods and fresh produce could pose real competition to both Publix and Epicure.H- I can identify with Justice Building Blog.
I- More charts and graphs as Go Hydrology! marks the end of hurricane season.
The 2011 Hurricane Season is tied for the third busiest on record with 19 total storms, 7 of them hurricanes and 3 of them major hurricanes, i.e., Category 3 or higher.J- Check out all the new and upcoming burger places that Burger Beast has listed.
What made it unremarkable in our collective psyche is that none of them made landfall in Florida. It’s now been six seasons since a hurricane strength storm made landfall in Florida.
Shake Shack: They’re already open but I can’t pass up any opportunity to mention the Shack. I’m excited as they are going to be opening their 2nd SFL location near me in the former spot of Smoke’T and JJ’s American Diner before that. I’d wish them luck but I don’t think they need it.K- Gun Free Zone takes his turn at critiquing the Herald by pointing out that the paper is failing to carry out their liberal agenda by including overweight people in a picture of a Little Havana food line...or something.
Shula Burger: I’ve had burgers at Shulas’ 347 Grill and thought they were great. The question is whether a whole Shula Burger concept will work? The 1st location opens up in Islamorada on December 8th, 2011.
L- Under the Sun profiles 1950's Miami pinup model photographer Bunny Yeager.
Back in the 1950s, pin-up model Bettie Page posed for some of her most classic photos here. Her black bangs, red lips and playful gaze were a hit in the pages of Playboy. These images were created by local model turned photographer Bunny Yeager. Clotilde Luce reported on the woman behind these icons of 1950s fashion and photography and her recent discovery by the art world.M- Spokes 'n' Folks brings up biking a Keys trail but his description on how to get down to there from Miami-Dade makes me wonder how desperate one has to be to do it.