Carpe Diem: Key West

The colorful road to Key West is paved with happiness. Driving on Overseas Highway is anything but dull. You will be tempted to make endless pit stops on your way down. Given the drive from Miami will take almost four hours non-stop, stopping too often will significantly delay your arrival. I can’t blame you, though. […]

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La Fresa Francesa: por l’amour de familia & food

2016 Right off Okeechobee Road and located in a tiny strip mall, I drove by the area daily during my teens when I lived nearby. Back then, I frequented the park across the street during the holidays. As it turns out, the annual Christmas Lights display is still held at Triangle Park by the City of Hialeah. As I […]

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Bāzí

Being a Chef Pirolo fan (formerly of Scarpetta & Macchialina, amongst others), I quickly scooped up a reservation at Bāzí shortly after it opened at The Marlin Hotel in South Beach. You won’t find any spaghetti at this classics-meets-modern Asian restaurant. For once, this is a good thing. If you visited the space back when MIX South Beach (good riddance) was there, […]

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The Happiest Place on Earth: Napa Valley

Contrary to popular belief, the happiest place on earth is NOT Disney World. Not even close. The happiest place on earth is Napa Valley. What’s not to love? The sum of perfect weather, food, and wine equals pure joy. Neatly nestled within acres of distinct wineries, Napa Valley is also home to some of the best restaurants nationwide. If you love to eat and drink to your heart’s desire, this is the perfect place to visit year round. A very HAPPY one at that.

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Parrot Cay, Secret Place of Bliss

Turks and Caicos is not a destination I had planned on visiting this year (or ever again). The last time I visited was over a decade ago. That first trip was a glamorous, work related one which involved working out, make up artists, hairdressers, professional calendar photo-shoots, and a lot of dancing. The previous year I had visited Jamaica for the same reason: “work.” I was so in love with Jamaica then that the thought of Turks and Caicos did not wow me as much.

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