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Shopping: Everywhere you go in Miami there are shops, boutiques, stores and galleries to tempt your indulgence.
Transportation: (You need a car for this trip)
Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) – Your connection to more than 500 stations in 46 states. For online information and train schedules visit www.amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)
Birding Opps: Info for our birding friends. In and near Miami you can see these species: Monk, White-winged, Yellow-chevroned, Blue-crowned, Mitred, and White-eyed Parakeets; Chestnut-fronted Macaw; White-fronted, Orange-winged and Red-crowned Parrots, Spot-breasted Oriole.
South Florida Birding Locations and directions are provided by (tropicalaudubon.org/).
Eco Adventures (miamidade.gov/ecoadventures/expedition_sfl_birding.asp) can provide your birding tour.
Another option is with our friends at Birding Pal (birdingpal.org/fl.htm).
Day One: Your first stop is the Bass Museum of Art – W-Su: 12-5, 2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, 305-673-7530. Closed until Fall, 2016.
The permanent collection of the Bass Museum of Art spans more than five hundred years and four continents.
It includes Renaissance and Baroque paintings, Rococo court paintings and English portraiture, contemporary photography and Asian art.
Notable artists are in the museum’s collection as well as an altarpiece by Italian Renaissance masters Sandro Botticelli and Domenico Ghirlandaio.
Next visit the Kampong – M-F: 9-4, Guided Tours (Sept-June): W & Sa: 10:30 and Noon, 4013 Douglas Road, Coconut Grove, 305-442-7169
You’ll find this amazing oasis tucked in metropolitan Miami. Highlights include a baobab tree from Tanzania that weighs almost 50 tons and the historic home of the legendary plant explorer David Fairchild.
Lunch is at Joe’s Stone Crab – Oct 15 to Mid May, L: Tu-Sa, D: Nightly, 11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach. Unless you don’t mind long waits we suggest lunch at Joe’s, no reservations, Get here early!
It’s easy to order here. You get the large or if they have them jumbo stone crab claws. Their breads are memorable. Add a salad or a side but save room for their key lime pie.
The Marguiles Collection at the Warehouse – W-Sa: 11-4, 591 NW 27th St, 305-576-1051
The collection of Martin Z. Margulies spans significant movements in art from Abstract Expressionism through Pop, Minimalism, and Conceptual Art to monumental sculpture. The collection now numbers some 4,500 works.
Whether you need gas or not you need to visit El Carajo International Tapas and Wine – M-W: 12-10, Th-Sa: 12-11, Su: 1-9, 2465 SW 17th Ave, 305-856-2424
When you see the BP station you have found your wine adventure of the day. If you don’t need gas, park your car and enter the station and just keep walking to the rear where you will find El Carajo.
One of the other oddities is their pricing policy. If you are having the wine here with their wonderful food add ten bucks to the price for a corkage fee. International is the operative word for both their wine and their food.
This isn’t dinner so we suggest some tapas such as: the cod salad, the fried squid, the shrimp in garlic sauce or the chorizos in a Spanish cider sauce.
A glass or two of the ’06 Tinto Pesquera Crianza or the Catena Malbec will do it.
Tonight you’re going to have fun at Pubbelly – D: Tu-Su, 1418 20th St, Miami Beach, 305-532-7555
You could start with some oysters and/or stone crabs. We definitely like the sweet and sour sweetbreads with pineapple, peppers, scallions and cilantro.
Another show stopper is the rabbit and carrot dumplings with carrot chutney, walnuts and ginger bisque.
They have a big beer and wine selection. We favor the Full Boar Red from Paso Robles.
Day Two: Wake up at the News Café – B,L,D: Daily, 800 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, 305-538-6397
The special is two eggs with News Fries and your choice of bacon, ham, sausage or turkey.
Other choices include three styles of Eggs Benedict, huevos rancheros, omelets and quiches.
The Lowe Art Museum – Tu-Sa: 10-4, Su: 12-4, 1301 Stanford Dr, Coral Gables, 305-284-3535
The Lowe’s permanent collection is a reflection of Miami’s multicultural population, and helps bridge cultural gaps in the Miami community.
The Lowe maintains 11 collecting departments which are: Art of Africa, the Ancient Americas, the Ancient Mediterranean, Central and South America, Egypt and the Near East, Europe, the Native Americas and the Pacific Islands.
The Myrna and Sheldon Palley Pavilion for Contemporary Glass and Studio Arts at Lowe’s houses a $3.5 million glass collection with masterpieces by Dale Chihuly, Richard Jolley, William Carlson, Howard Ben Tré, José Chardiet, Dan Dailey, Michael Glancy, Harvey Littleton, Steven Weinberg, Stanislav Libenský, and Lino Tagliapietra
Wolfsonian FIU – Th-Tu: 12-6, F: till 9, 1001 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, 305-531-1001
The Wolfsonian collections comprise approximately 120,000 objects from the period of 1885 to 1945—the height of the Industrial Revolution to the end of the Second World War.
The collection includes furniture, industrial-design objects, works in glass, ceramics and metal, rare books, periodicals, ephemera, works on paper, paintings, textiles and medals.
Lunch is at Zuma – L & D: Daily, 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, 305-577-0277
A good start is the rock shrimp tempura with lime and chili mayo or the sea bass sashimi with yuzu, salmon roe and truffle oil.
Then we recommend the rice hot pot with wild mushrooms and vegetables or the roasted lobster with shizo-ponsu butter.
Choose your favorite sake. We like the Konteki. Dessert is the green tea and banana cake with coconut ice cream and toffee sauce.
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) – Tu,Th,F,Sa: 11-5, W: 1-9, Su: 12-5, 770 Northeast 125th Street, 305-893-6211
The Museum of Contemporary Art is known for its provocative and innovative exhibitions.
The permanent collection includes important works by many well known artists.
Let’s take a stroll along Lincoln Road with a stop at Juvia – L & D: Daily, 1111 Lincoln Road, 305-763-8272
Scoot up to the Penthouse for fantastic views and nibbles. Try one of these: oysters with chili black beans and crispy shallots, the lobster salad with baby greens and avocado or the sautéed foie gras with grapes, pineapple mango chutney and hazelnuts.
Wash it down with a mojito.
Tonight it’s Pascal’s on Ponce – L: M-F, D: M-Sa, 2611 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, 305-444-2024
For your first course they have a wonderful bouillabaisse soup with mussels, scallops, potatoes and rouille on toast or braised short ribs and swiss chard ravioli with nicoise olives.
Enjoy a glass of Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Rose.
For your main go for the lamb chop, braised shoulder and merguez with artichokes and pomme dauphine or the veal tenderloin with a parsnip puree, vegetables and herbed polenta.
The ‘10 “La Storia” Zinfandel from Trentadue Winery will do fine. Dessert is the bittersweet chocolate soufflé with chocolate ganache.
Day Three: Breakfast is at the venerable Green Street Café – B,L,D: Daily, 3468 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, 305-444-0244
Lots of different pancakes, French toast, omelets, fruits, eggs and muffins and on and on. Some people are here every day and you’ll see why.
It’s important to see Vizaca Museum & Gardens – W-Su: 9:30-4:30, 3251 S Miami Ave, 305-250-9133
Vizcaya has been described as “the finest private house ever built in America”, built by James Deering heir to the Deering Harvester Co.
It is a National Historic Landmark. The museum features the main house with 34 decorated rooms showcasing over 2,500 art objects and furnishings.
On its ten acres are European-inspired formal gardens, a significant orchid collection totaling 2,000 specimens and 25 acres of endangered primary growth forests.
Next let’s visit the Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation - Dec: 4-8: 9-6, Dec-May: W-Sa: 10-6, 95 NW 29th Street, 305-573-6090
The RFC is exhibited within a 45,000-square-foot repurposed Drug Enforcement Agency confiscated-goods facility.
The collection is constantly expanding and features such well-known artists as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker and Andy Warhol.
In addition to displaying internationally established artists, the RFC actively acquires exhibits and champions emerging artists working at the forefront of contemporary art.
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink is today’s dining choice – L & D: Daily, 130 NE 40th St, 305-573-5550
Let’s see, do we start with the chili chicken wings and creamy cucumber or the black grouper ceviche with avocado, citrus, papaya and cilantro?
A glass of the Riesling, Müller-Catoir, Pfalz, Germany 2011 would go with either.
That crispy rice cake with chorizo, Florida rock shrimp, chili aioli and egg looks awesome.
Another good choice is the slow roasted and grilled beef short rib with roasted cipollini onions, romesco sauce and hazelnuts.
We like the Armenier, Châteauneuf du Pape, France 2006. For dessert you can’t beat the maple pecan pie with crème fraiche sherbert.
Until next time, best wishes and happy travels,
Dick & Dee Welge
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