A few years back I kept hearing that Macau was the new and improved Las Vegas. My interest was piqued. I enjoy going to Las Vegas but there are only pockets that I like spending time in. Currently, profits in Macau are plunging but when I was there they were in full swing. Luckily, I happened to be there during their annual Feast of the Drunken Dragon, which featured the Drunken Dragon Parade. If someone hadn’t explained to me that this was only an annual event then I would have left Macau telling everyone that was a non-stop party… I was just there at the right time. Fortunately the party has arrived in Miami Beach in the form of a Korean barbecue restaurant and it is non-stop. Look for a neon red sign that simply reads “Market” on Alton road. The exterior is a deceptively unassuming tribute to the Latin supermarket that used to occupy the space. Inside it features tables equipped with communal grills for diners to fire their meat at will. Their high quality food and cocktails make it a magnet for foodies and cocktail fiends alike. The ambiance is pure “hot spot.” Unless you are the quarterback of a winning Super Bowl Team or the highest scorer on one of the NBA Playoff teams… you are going to need a reservation on a Friday night.
There are very few people who love going to the gym. Anyone who disagrees with that can take a look at the statistics of obesity in the United States. The people who do love the gym are blessed with a life of looking good and enjoying the process. I hate those people. The rest of us rely on distractions. Going to Anatomy at 1220 in Miami Beach makes me feel like I am walking into a Hotel Lobby… not a gym. I like Hotel Lobbies, some of the best nights of my life have started with a check in.
An elegant facility aside, Anatomy is dedicated to serious athletic performance. You will have all the best equipment at your disposal for sessions of self-inflicted torture. It is the Ritz Carlton of Gyms and an excellent place to start the night.
Bowling is a simple game to understand. You roll the ball down the lane and hope you knock over as many pins as you can. It’s not like chess or poker that require hours of explanation and years of practice to have a good time. Bowling allows you to put together a group of friends at any time regardless of their sex or athletic ability and have a good time. Not only is bowling a good time for everyone invol
ved but it is a “sport” that can also be played just as well with a little alcohol in your system. Basement Miami is an adult playground with a bowling alley more likely to attract the wild at heart than the serious bowler. Its sound, lighting, luminescent bowling balls and midnight bowling leagues are nothing like your bowling alley back home. They have a White Russian appropriately titled “The Dude” in honor of bowling’s most iconic anti-hero. Take my advice, leave the hyper competitive serious bowlers at home… Basement Miami is for anyone looking to reconnect with their inner child without having to break any laws.
For a while there getting good Mexican food in Miami was tough. When Mercadito in Midtown opened it was my go-to spot for tacos and margaritas. Unfortunately it closed out of what seemed like nowhere and left me high and dry. I am ashamed to say I spent a few Cinco de Mayos eating Italian food and drinking their margaritas. I don’t know who opened Bodega or how long it has been there but it is my savior. It is everything you want Mexican food to be in 2015. They understand the tradition of authentic Mexican street food but they aren’t afraid to take changes and try new flavor combinations. I can tell you from my experience ordering tacos from a family run taqueria in Ensenada Mexico… this is as authentic as it gets. Now that we have talked about their food it’s time to talk about their secret. There is a blue porta-potty with the word “Baños” written on it. Through those doors you will find a large speakeasy lounge perfect for entertaining out of town guests. I guarantee anyone who isn’t from a large city will leave with a diary of Snapchat phots posted. I don’t imagine you or your guests will ever be as excited to walk into a porta-potty again.
Anyone can call him or herself a Decorator. Moving furniture around and choosing wallpaper does not require any validation or higher learning. Being an Interior Designer is something entirely different. It is a title that must be earned by validating your skills through an accredited education. Nest is the ultimate weapon for Interior Designers on the hunt for European furnishings and décor. It’s like the restaurant in
town where all the chefs go to eat dinner on their night off. Nest is where you go if you want the pieces that will take your pad to the next level. Anything you buy here will most likely end up being the most complimented piece in your space.
Studies have shown that smokers are far less likely to become killers than everyone else. It isn’t the nicotine that prevents killing sprees but the fact that smokers take a few minutes out of every hour to just sit and do nothing. There is something to be said about taking some time out of every day to sit and chill. While on a vacation in Jamaica a few years ago I picked up the local habit of stopping whatever I was doing at 3pm to have tea. Time varies around the world but the premise is the same… break time. Small Tea in Miami makes afternoon tea accessible all day (7:30am to 10:30 to be exact). They do Tea to perfection and to its maximum variety. I highly recommend stopping in daily for your ritual chill out but if you can’t make that happen you can load up on your favorite and chill out at home. If coffee is for closers then Small Tea is for the people who have already made it.