Saturday, February 11, 2017

City Guide: Miami Beach

~ Bienvenidos a Miami! ~
Sometimes you need a little sunshine in the middle of February, a break from the breakneck pace of work in Silicon Valley, and you need to go on a mission to find Pitbull in Miami, Florida.

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Where to eat:

  • Bodega Taqueria y Tequila – great taco truck with a hidden bar through a faux-bathroom, open late, get ALL the tacos
  • Yardbird Southern Table – looking for good southern cooking? stop here and order the biscuits, the fried chicken, etc.
  • Sweet Liberty Drinks + Supply Company – really superb cocktails
  • Pubbelly Sushi – skip the noodle bar next door, this place doesn't take reservations but it's worth any wait
  • The Lido Bayside Grill – located at The Standard, come from breakfast, lounge by the pool, stay for the frosé

  • Located in Wynwood
  • The Salty Donut – fancy, artisanal donuts, get there early before they sell out
  • Coyo Taco – easy little taco spot that you MUST stop at, perfect lunch after donuts
  • Wyndwood Kitchen + Bar – great little dinner spot, split everything


Where to stay:

tip: Check out what's available on One Night.
  • The Raleigh Hotel – my vote for best pool in Miami, frozen mojitos too!
  • The Standard Hotel
  • The Betsy
  • Nautilus Hotel
  • Casa Tua
  • Shelborne South Beach
  • Urbanica Hotel – inexpensive little boutique hotel, great if you're working from Miami


Where to venture:

  • Wynwood – see the walls, visit the art galleries, do some shopping
  • Ocean Drive – the main strip in Miami, the north is full of hotels and the south end has lots of bars and clubs
  • The Beach – because, duh. Even in February, the sun was out, temperature was in the mid-70s, and it was a vacation


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Friday, February 10, 2017

Best of 2016

Year after year, I extend the deadline later and later to compose this post. I have gone from writing this in December with great eagerness, to reluctantly typing this in mid January, under the influence of cold medicine and The National. Scratch that... it's now February and my influences are again cold medicine + the tunes of Ezra Bell.

Maybe its just that 2016 was such a good year, a year of no normal days, that it's quite hard to grasp how much happened, how many places I visited and how many memories transpired?

I have oftentimes used this post as a means of introspection. How did the past year go, what lessons and mistakes and joys did I learn, and what changes do I want to make in the year ahead? But as it is February, and my mind is incapable of providing the the answers... I'll just shrug instead.

So with that lame attempt at an introduction, here are my favorite photos of 2016. Special thanks to Hannah for helping me narrow down 8000 photos to 183 photos to just 32. Re: the photography, I guess I like landscapes and the back of people's heads.

THE BEST OF YEARS PAST

Best of 2015            Best of 2014            Best of 2013           
Best of 2012            Best of 2011            Best of 2010           

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