On the downside into the weekend, readers. Here's your Hump Day Sift.
A- Conversations that Americans have and Obalesque [allegedly] listens to.
B- It was all about pop-up restaurants at Miami Dish today: there's the discussion about what they are, where they are and what they hope to accomplish here and then there's the chin scratching about whether they've worn out their welcome here.
Pop-ups are a good way for newer and younger chefs to test the waters in their own kitchen space. Pop-ups are also a way for newer restaurateurs and chefs to prove their worth to potential investors. There are also opportunities for menu creativity and restaurant branding.C- I am so relieved. I can finally get my Prada on in the Design District, according to Curbed Miami.
Adding to the mix of too-expensive-for-you-and-me shopping destinations in the Design District that had their act together enough to open for Art Basel, is Prada, which opens today.D- South Florida Food and Wine gives us a close up and personal of the new Celebrity Reflection cruise ship.
Let’s begin with the all-a-buzz “Reflection Suite” a 1,600+ square foot suite that accommodates six. The Reflection Suite is Celebrity’s first two-bedroom suite, complete with a unique ocean-view bathroom with a floor to ceiling glass shower that projects out over the edge of the ship. This glass shower gives guests the illusion of floating above the ocean. The shower has been outfitted with a special glass for privacy. The ‘smart glass’ or electrochromatic glass is powered with technology that converts the glass from clear to opaque. Showering with the fishes yes, peek-a-boo paparazzi no.E- Cool. A new vegetarian place on Washington in South Beach...at Eater Miami.
Just off Lincoln on Washington Avenue, Maoz is a, you guessed it, vegetarian spot with vegan and gluten-free offerings. It's also certified kosher. Falafel pitas or salads ring in under eight bucks and come with unlimited toppings from the salad bar and sauces. They've even got sweet potato fries, fresh juices, and vegan soups on the cheap too.F- Bark Bark Woof Woof remembers jazz great Dave Brubeck, who passed on today.
I first heard Dave Brubeck in the fall of 1966. I was sitting in the front seat of our brand new 1967 Ford Country Squire. It had an eight-track tape player and Time Out was one of the first tapes my mom bought for the new car. I was mesmerized. To this day I can’t hear cuts from that album without thinking of that car, those days, and that music that became a part of my music appreciation. So naturally when I got my own version of that station wagon twenty-three years later — right down to the navy blue paint and fake wood grain — I got Time Out on cassette, and when I got my first car with a CD player, it was one of the first discs to go into the console.