5 Things to Do in Miami on Rainy Day

I think our weather has not been reminded that we live in the Sunshine State. We’ve had a rainy stretch since summer! Given that today is rainy and gloomy, I thought this article from HauteLiving.com was ideal for those of you who want to maintain Miami’s cool vibe while staying dry.

Here are their recommendations: SOURCE: HauteLiving.com

1 Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Some people might say head to Aventura Mall. We say, head to the Fountainebleau where the valet will protect your blowout from the rain and you can spend the day shopping at Ida and Harry, eating at our favorites, Mina 74 or Hakkasan and getting pampered with back-to-back treatments at Lapis Spa.
4441 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, Florida, 33140

2 Pérez Art Museum Miami

Stay inside a masterpiece by Herzog & de Meuron all day long. Shop the gift shop, which is full of cool art-pop treasures, and take in the best of contemporary and modern art. Afterwards, have a light lunch at Verde while you watch it rain over the bay. A bad day turned good indeed.
1103 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132

3 A 3-hour Lunch

It’s not as though you really need an excuse to have an extended lunch, but if you do— this is it. Our rainy-day favorites are ones where the indoors is the place to be and have a nice little valet situation where you won’t get a drop on your Louboutins. Try Zuma, Cipriani Downtown Miami, or db Bistro Moderne for nice long lunches, with maybe a martini or two.
Downtown Miami

4 High Tea at the Biltmore

We’re not really sure how the English do it —having another meal between lunch and dinner—but we like it. So put on your Sunday best and head to the Biltmore to take high tea. That means cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off, petit fours and all types of tea from darjeeling to English breakfast. And just so you know, high tea is even better after a long day of shopping in Coral Gables.
1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

5 Paragon Grove 13

If we’re gonna go to the movies, it better be the best ones. Right now, that’s in Coconut Grove at The Paragon theatre. As the movies go, it’s pretty darn nice. There are VIP sections, leather seats, bar & lounge, and premier state-of-the-art auditoriums with reclining seats and food service. Now, if you can just find a movie that’s as good as these theaters.
3015 Grand Ave # 322, Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Home For Sale In Coconut Grove: 3810 Wood Avenue

A new Coconut Grove listing located at 3810 Wood Avenue went on the market moments ago.  The home is located in Coconut Grove’s private, gated enclave Ye Little Wood. The community is comprised of of 31 homes on a picturesque, winding road punctuated by a canopy of oaks and banyans.Carole Smith - 3810 Wood Ave-29-Web  The four bedroom, four bath home is illuminated by natural light and…it’s stunner! Recently updated with Italian porcelain wood floors, impact glass, new pool, kitchen & baths, the home really is move-in ready. The issue might be that once you move in, you won’t want to venture out! It boasts luxurious bedrooms and the master bath resembles a 5 star resort with its spa tub & a steam shower.  Additionally, the lush patio space is quintessentially South Florida. Really…you may not want to leave.Carole Smith - 3810 Wood Ave-7-WebCarole Smith - 3810 Wood Ave-1-WebCarole Smith - 3810 Wood Ave-13-Edit-WebAlexTphoto.com - Carole Smith - 3810 Wood Ave-21-WebCarole Smith - 3810 Wood Ave-14-Web

But if you must… Ye Little Woods is located across the street from the Kampong and is an easy walk to the Coconut Grove Village center. Hope you enjoyed the pictures above but to really capture 3810 Wood Avenue’s essence make an exclusive appointment by calling 305.329.7770. Offered at $1,799,000, see more property details here.

– Originally posted on: http://veryspecialhomes.com/2014/07/19/coconut-grove-home-for-sale-3810woodave/#sthash.UV57GqBq.dpuf


Coral Gables Real Estate Update: 7028 Mindello Street

There’s a new opportunity to live in Coral Gables’ coveted Platinum Triangle. Make an appointment to preview 7028 Mindello Street and you’ll instantly be impressed with its curb appeal. Set on a corner lot on a peaceful cul-de-sac, this beautiful 6 bedroom home reveals its self as the pristinely maintained home it is.

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A handsome fireplace grounds this sunlit, open living & formal dining area which boasts gleaming wood floors. The large eat-in kitchen is spacious but the stellar family room with wet bar may be the gathering spot in this home. Built-ins and the exposed wood ceilings makes this living area warm and inviting. The pool area might tempt you as well!

Make an appointment today and tour this must see 4,039 square foot Platinum Triangle home offered at $1,799,000. Click here for more details on 7028 Mindello Street in Coral Gables.

Originally Posted on veryspecialhomes.com


Hungry For a Piece of Home

My dear friends’ daughter, Lauren, has a terrific cooking blog. She was kind enough to offer to guest post here today. What a treat!

GUEST POST: Coconut Macaroons with Chocolate Drizzle

Growing up in Miami I was constantly surrounded by delicious food.  Both at all of the fabulous restaurants peppered throughout the city and at home.  (My mom is an absolutely incredible cook, and her food rivals any restaurant cuisine!)
When I moved to Orlando eight years ago I started cooking frequently and learned to re-create many of the delicious, eclectic dishes I still crave from


My parents moved into a beautiful house on the edge of Coral Gables and Coconut Grove a few years ago.  I visit them often and love to test new recipes on them while I’m home.  I was reminiscing about Coconut Grove and created this recipe for Coconut Macaroons.

Chewy bites of shredded coconut complemented by a dark chocolate drizzle. They’re the perfect dessert to finish a meal or cure a sweet tooth any time of day.  And they remind me of home sweet home.

Recipe originally posted at hugsnkitchen.com

View Recipe Here

Hugs, kisses + yummy dishes… xoxo,


Hmmm. Maybe this will make it to Memorial Day menu. Thanks for sharing Lauren!