Ultra Music Festival in Miami

5 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon voyage, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  6 minutes

Panorama of Bayfront Park © Robert Giordano/cc-by-sa-3.0

Panorama of Bayfront Park © Robert Giordano/cc-by-sa-3.0

Ultra Music Festival (UMF) is an annual outdoor electronic music festival that takes place annually in March in Miami, Florida. The festival was founded in 1999 by Russell Faibisch and Alex Omes.   read more…

Doral in Florida

6 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  4 minutes

CityPlace © Ven-Lib/cc-by-sa-4.0

CityPlace © Ven-Lib/cc-by-sa-4.0

Doral is a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. One of 34 municipalities in the county, it is located 5 miles (8 km) west of Miami International Airport and 13 miles (21 km) west of Downtown Miami. Doral occupies 15 square miles (39 km²) bordered on the west by the Ronald Reagan Turnpike and the Florida Everglades, on the north by the town of Medley, on the east by the Palmetto Expressway and on the south by the Dolphin Expressway and the city of Sweetwater. The city is part of the Miami metropolitan area of South Florida. As of the 2020 census, Doral had a population of 75,874, up from 45,704 in 2010.   read more…

Key lime pie

3 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  6 minutes

Key lime pie © Peter Veldhuizen

Key lime pie © Peter Veldhuizen

Key lime pie is an American dessert pie. It is made of lime juice, egg yolks, and sweetened condensed milk. It may be served with no topping, topped with a meringue topping made from egg whites, or with whipped cream; it may be cooked in a pie crust, graham cracker crust, or no crust. The dish is named after the small Key limes, which are more aromatic than the common Persian limes, and which have yellow juice. The filling in a Key lime pie is typically yellow because of the egg yolks. The pie is related to the English Lemon Meringue Pie.   read more…

Miracle Mile in Coral Gables

11 June 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida, Shopping Reading Time:  3 minutes

Miracle Theater © flickr.com - Rob Olivera/cc-by-2.0

Miracle Theater © flickr.com – Rob Olivera/cc-by-2.0

Miracle Mile is a 0.503-mile-long (0.810 km) section of Coral Way between LeJeune Road (SW 42nd Avenue) and Douglas Road (SW 37th Avenue) in Coral Gables, Florida. It is the main east-west road through the city’s downtown central business district, consisting of many shops, financial institutions, restaurants and arts institution. The LeJeune Road end of Miracle Mile is anchored by the Coral Gables City Hall.   read more…

Pérez Art Museum in Miami

9 January 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  8 minutes

© flickr.com - Dan Lundberg/cc-by-sa-2.0

© flickr.com – Dan Lundberg/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)—officially known as the Jorge M. Pérez Art Museum of Miami-Dade County—is a contemporary art museum that relocated in 2013 to the Museum Park in Downtown Miami, Florida. Founded in 1984 as the Center for the Fine Arts, it became known as the Miami Art Museum from 1996 until it was renamed in 2013 upon the opening of its new building designed by Herzog & de Meuron at 1103 Biscayne Boulevard. PAMM, along with the $275 million Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science and a city park which are being built in the area with completion in 2017, is part of the 20-acre Museum Park (formerly Bicentennial Park). In 2014, the museum’s permanent collection contained over 1,800 works, particularly 20th- and 21st-century art from the Americas, Western Europe and Africa. In 2016, the museum’s collection contained nearly 2,000 works.   read more…

Miami Modern architecture (MiMo)

14 December 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Architecture, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  7 minutes

Bacardi Building in Edgewater © Averette/cc-by-3.0

Bacardi Building in Edgewater © Averette/cc-by-3.0

Miami Modernist architecture, or MiMo, is a regional style of architecture that developed in South Florida during the post-war period. The style was internationally recognized as a regionalist response to the International Style. It can be seen in most of the larger Miami and Miami Beach resorts built after the Great Depression. Because MiMo styling was not just a response to international architectural movements but also to client demands, themes of glamour, fun, and material excess were added to otherwise stark, minimalist, and efficient styles of the era. The style can be most observed today in Middle and Upper Miami Beach along Collins Avenue, as well as along the Biscayne Boulevard corridor starting from around Midtown, through the Design District and into the Upper Eastside.   read more…

Hialeah in Florida

30 November 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  4 minutes

Taco Bell © flickr.com - Phillip Pessar/cc-by-2.0

Taco Bell © flickr.com – Phillip Pessar/cc-by-2.0

Hialeah is a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida. With a population of 223,109 as of the 2020 census, Hialeah is the sixth-largest city in Florida. It is the second largest city by population in the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,198,782 people at the 2018 census. It is located west-northwest of Miami, and is one of a few places in the county—others being Homestead, Miami Beach, Surfside, Bal Harbour, Sunny Isles Beach, and Golden Beach—to have its own street grid numbered separately from the rest of the county (which is otherwise based on Miami Avenue at Flagler Street in Downtown Miami, the county seat).   read more…

Portrait: Hamilton Disston, industrialist and real-estate developer

26 October 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Miami / South Florida, Portrait Reading Time:  8 minutes

Hamilton Disston © Florida Memory Archives

Hamilton Disston © Florida Memory Archives

Hamilton Disston was an industrialist and real-estate developer who purchased four million acres (16,000 km²) of Florida land in 1881, an area larger than the state of Connecticut, and reportedly the most land ever purchased by a single person in world history. Disston was the son of Pennsylvania-based industrialist Henry Disston who formed Disston & Sons Saw Works, which Hamilton later ran and which was one of the largest saw manufacturing companies in the world.   read more…

Lummus Park in Miami Beach

1 July 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks Reading Time:  4 minutes

Lummus Park © Pietro/cc-by-sa-3.0

Lummus Park © Pietro/cc-by-sa-3.0

Lummus Park is a 74-acre (30 ha) public, urban park in Miami Beach (Miami-Dade, Florida), on the Atlantic Ocean. The park is on the eastern side of Ocean Drive, from 5th to 15th Streets. When redesigned and improved in the mid-1980s, it became part of the project for the redevelopment of what is now the Miami Beach Architectural District of South Beach.   read more…

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