I think you're going to like reading your evening Sift tonight. I had a lot of fun putting it together. Here we go...
A- Eater Miami takes a look inside CATCH Miami.
Serving dinner starting tonight, CATCH Miami is located at the James Royal Palm hotel but in its own space adjacent to the lobby with a retro "Shorecrest" sign on the art deco building. Step inside the bi-level space designed by ICRAVE for a downstairs bar, sushi bar, and high-top tables with a very South Beach vibe that fits the location.B- Worst Pizza checks out Pummarola Pizza in the Town Center Mall food court and says it's darn good. And he didn't even get free drinks and dessert this time around.
But for a wood fired pizzeria in a mall food court, Pummarola is worth checking out. It isn’t as good as Scuola Vecchia, but it is satisfying enough for the location it is in. It is far better than California Pizza Kitchen at the other end of the Town Center Mall.C- I know you've all been waiting patiently for the 2012 real estate report for Surfside. The wait is over tonight...at Miamism.
Pummarola Pizzeria Town Center Mall in Boca Raton gets 6 out of 8 slices.
Surfside is one of the best recuperated real estate markets in South Florida with no distressed inventory and increasing prices as well as low inventory of homes for sale. There are no homes for sale under $200,000.D- I've found that South Florida Classical Review is a stickler for proper audience etiquette, as this post reviewing Itzhak Perlman's recent recital in Fort Lauderdale.
Although audience members are always asked to silence cell phones in a pre-concert announcement, something needs to be done about people whipping out their smart phones and cruising the web or checking email and texts during performances. Those sitting in the right upper orchestra Monday were treated to the sight of two men, one writhing in boredom, taking out their phones every few minutes to check for messages and continually distracting everyone sitting behind them.E- Curbed Miami links to an article that follows up on the Design District trees that created such a stir when they were recently torn down.
The Biscayne Times dug into the mystery of the butchered oak trees at Oak Plaza in the Design District and discovered they had been rotting away for years since the plaza's construction, and that the demolition was just the death blow.F- Although true burgerphiles will probably cringe, Foodalogue veganizes a Cuban frita burger...and it looks pretty good.
To veganize the burger and yet keep to the Cuban palate, I substituted rice and beans (black) for the meat. Each component was cooked separately and aggressively seasoned — including about a teaspoon of chorizo seasoning in the rice. I used avocado as a binder to hold the rice and beans together and to add a little fat. Once I formed the burger, I put it in the freezer to set for about 15 minutes before frying.G- Culture Designers provides a nice profile of Wynwood's Gramps and includes some comments from some of the artists whose works are featured there.
Like Gramps himself, Gersten’s got a gift for building the sorta place in the sun that’s fun for everyone. And, like all the gentlemen and -women who built this city, he knows the most fun comes by welcoming everyone under the sun. But while Gersten’s reverence extends to all Miamians, he’s particularly keen on aligning with the like minds most responsible for giving Miami its shine. And amid the echoes of Mac’s Club Deuce and fragments of Jimbos, you’ll also find imprints of such esteemed local talents as Johnny Laderer, Mike Del Marmol and Brian Butler, whose massive gator mural harks back to his mass appeal “Get Lost”, the Fordistas-backed exhibition that went down around the corner at Product/81 — and which put putt-putt golf into a whole new realm.H- The Miami Bike Scene posts their free 2013 Critical Mass Calendar.