It's Almost Friday, readers. Check out the Weekend Widget in the right sidebar and get your weekends squared away. Your evening Sift is served.
A- Beached Miami posts a nice assortment of Instapix Pic of the Week selections.
B- Burger Beast recommends the Short Rib Grilled Cheese & Poutine at Rok:Brgr.
C- If you like mysteries, Salty Eggs has a list of writers appearing at the Miami Book Fair that you might be interested in.
While everyone loves a good mystery, it’s a genre overrun with writers, which makes it hard to decide who’s worth your time. To assist you, we’ve compiled a list of five mystery writers, both debut and established, who are participating in the Miami Book Fair this weekend and worth checking out. No matter what you’re looking for — from financial thrillers to highbrow mystery to the historical — we’ve found something for you.D- Hello, I'm Scott hung out at an Irish pub on South Beach with some Democrats on Election Night and tells us about it.
After seeing all the glum pictures of losers across the internet, I thought it might be nice to see some pictures of winners. Fun night. Although, I really thought I was going to get punched when they learned that not only did I not vote but that I wasn’t even registered.E- Curbed Miami posted, by my count, 15 times today but their post on the soon-to-open Gale and Regent Hotel on South Beach is the one I've gone with in tonight's Sift.
The hotel, which actually has the laboriously long name of Gale South Beach And Regent Hotel (we predict that not lasting long) is the merging of two historic art deco buildings, the Gale and the Regent, into one building with a ginormous addition built (where else?) right on top. Picture a full-size cruise ship pool deck lying on top of two art deco masterpieces.F- Kris Wessel's new restaurant on South Beach is highlighted by Eater Miami.
While his first restaurant Red Light Little River closed last week, this week holds promise as his new South Beach restaurant Florida Cookery is now soft open at The James Royal Palm hotel.G- South Florida Classical Review raves about Seraphic Fire's latest program.
The choir surpassed even some of its finest previous offerings at Wednesday night’s performance at St. Jude Melkite Catholic Church. Enhanced by the outstanding acoustics of the venue in Brickell Avenue’s condo canyon, the Seraphic singers exhibited corporate solidity, clarity and tonal luminance. Quigley’s meticulous direction was alert to pulsating lines and inner voicings, channeling minute details as well as the grand musical arcs.H- Transit Miami reports that some large trees at the site of the former Mai Tardi in the Design District were cut down today to make room for development, although one commenter claims that they were dying anyway.
Even more shocking, these trees were not dug up to be replanted elsewhere, but literally hacked to splintered bits. We’ll post a picture of the remaining stump tomorrow with the help of daylight.I- Eye on Miami wonders if Miami-Dade voters were suppressed by income level.
But for now, we are left to mourn the last remaining natural beauty in this historic heart of Old Miami – and to ask: Craig Robbins, how could you let this happen?
Even though faced with the potential of the first African American U.S. President losing, the African Americans in lower income areas did not vote in high numbers: Is it voter suppression by income? I saw the same trends in the 2008 election (see comments for numbers) when Obama was first elected. What can be done to help minorities vote in greater numbers? If a minority president couldn't do it, what can?