4th Of July Roundup 2015

4th of July, 2015

  • 4th of July Barbeque 7/4/15

    4th of July Barbeque
    Saturday, 07/04/2015 – 11:00 am – 04:00 pm
    invite4JULYNEWFresh American Bistro
    17315 Collins Ave,
    Sunny Isles Beach, Florida 33160
    Webpage Link
    Cost: Free

    Fresh American Bistro announces its 4th of Julycelebration with an all-American barbeque. The menu, curated by Fresh American Bistro’s Executive Chef Philippe Ruiz, offers a creative twist on all-American favorites including pork and beef sliders, Baby Back Ribs and macaroni and cheese. Guests will enjoy live music while watching classic American films screened on the projector. Additional fun will include a build-your-own strawberry shortcake bar and sparklers station. Jim Beam and will be serving up classic American cocktails including Bourbon Lemonade.

  • 4th of July BBQ at Fresh American Bistro 7/4/15

    4th of July BBQ at Fresh American Bistro
    Saturday, 07/04/2015 – 11:00 am – 04:00 pm
    Fresh American Bistro
    17315 Collins Ave,
    Sunny Isles Beach, Florida 33160
    None Link

    Fresh American Bistro announces its 4th of Julycelebration with an all-American barbeque. The menu, curated by Fresh American Bistro’s Executive Chef Philippe Ruiz, offers a creative twist on all-American favorites including pork and beef sliders, Baby Back Ribs and macaroni and cheese. Guests will enjoy live music while watching classic American films screened on the projector. Additional fun will include a build-your-own strawberry shortcake bar and sparklers station. Jim Beam and will be serving up classic American cocktails including Bourbon Lemonade.
    WHEN: Saturday, July 4th from 11:00 – 4:00 p.m.

  • 4th of July “Grigliata Italiana” 7/4/15

    4th of July “Grigliata Italiana”
    Saturday, 07/04/2015 – 06:00 pm –
    4th-of-JulyToscana Divino
    900 Brickell Avenue,
    Miami, Florida 33130
    Webpage Link
    Cost: Menu Items starting at $8

    “Grigliata Italiana” Italian Style Barbeque at Toscana Divino will start at 6 PM with Happy Hour. Select cicchetti will be offered for $8 and will be prepared outside on the grill, like NY Style Skewers. Come socialize outside around the BBQ while enjoying cold beers and cocktails. After happy hour, the grill will stay open and they will be serving a mixed meat platter for $24. For more information, please call: (305) 371-2767.

  • July 4th At Palace 7/4/15

    July 4th At Palace
    Saturday, 07/04/2015 – 07/05/2015 07:00 pm – 12:00 am
    4thofJuly2revisionPalace Bar
    1200 Ocean Drive,
    Miami, Florida 33139
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    4th of July is coming and the Palace wants you to celebrate the FREEDOM to be you, right here with us! Like most major holidays, Ocean Drive is closed and the greater SoBe population will be out and about enjoying all the beach has to offer. Starting at 4PM, DJ Sushiman will be pumping out the beats to set the mood for our Equali-T Dance leading into a full night of festivities! Palace’s hilarious “Mouth of the South” drag entertainer, Miss Tiffany Fantasia will be hosting the fun joined by the Palace cast of Queens to provide you visual stimulation while you toast to LIBERTY, move to the music, and dine on our classic American pre-fixe menu, all in anticipation of the fireworks show. When the clock strikes 9PM, you’ll have the perfect seat to watch the fireworks pop and toast to the FREEDOM to be you.
    4th of July is one of or busiest holidays so make sure you lock in your reservation ASAP, as tables are limited.

    For Table Reservation visit our website: http://palacesouthbeach.com/reservations/

    We’ll see you at the Palace on the 4th, Kings & Queens of Miami!

  • 4th of July at Jalapeño Mexican Kitchen 7/4/15

    4th of July at Jalapeño Mexican Kitchen
    Saturday, 07/04/2015 – 05:00 pm – 09:00 pm
    JMKVenueJalapeño Mexican Kitchen
    530 Ocean Dr.,
    Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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    From 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., on Saturday, July 4 Oceanfront eatery Jalapeño Mexican Kitchen will be celebrating Independence day in full summer mode serving up chicken, pork and steak tacos ($4 each) on the grill as you enter the restaurant.

    Red, White & Blue “Liberty Vice” cocktails ($5) will be offered all day, layering the restaurant’s signature blended Strawberry Daiquiri and Piña Colada with a Blue Curaçao Floater.

    Guests can also enjoy a front-row view of Miami Beach’s legendary firework show – beginning at 9 p.m.

    Jalapeño Mexican Kitchen|530 Ocean Dr.|305.534.2124|#JMKFourth

  • Fourth of July at Clevelander South Beach 7/4/15

    Fourth of July at Clevelander South Beach
    Saturday, 07/04/2015 – 06/07/2015 11:00 am – 05:00 am
    july4_flyerClevelander South Beach
    1020 Ocean Drive,
    Miami Beach, Florida 33139
    Buy Tickets Link
    Cost: Free Pool Party, Rooftop tickets starting at $130

    Clevelander South Beach is doing Fourth of July like only we can. Kicking things off with our famous Splash pool party and a patriotic-themed model showcase, guests will enjoy drink specials all day. Leading into the evening, two rooftop parties will offer the best views of the Miami Beach and surrounding area fireworks shows. Open bar and food packages are available, so go to Clevelander.Wantickets.com for ticket information!

  • Dirty BBQ at Thompson Miami Beach 7/4/15

    Dirty BBQ at Thompson Miami Beach
    Saturday, 07/04/2015 – 12:00 pm – 07:00 pm
    DIRTY_BBQ_6Thompson Miami Beach
    4041 Collins Ave,
    Miami, Florida 33140
    None Link
    Cost: Free

    One of Miami Beach’s favorite hangouts, Thompson Miami Beach, is celebrating the Fourth of July with a poolside Dirty BBQ. The cookout will be all-American with a Thompson twist, featuring messy favorites from Dale Talde’s Asian-American TALDE restaurant (opening late summer at Thompson), like the famous Kung Pao Chicken Wings with buttermilk ranch (5 for $8 or 10 for $10) and Korean Fried Chicken as a plate (1 pc, $10) or bucket ($25). Signature July 4th BBQ staples like hot dogs and burgers will also be grilled up poolside — with a lengthy list of toppings for guests to make their wieners and burgers as traditional or “dirty” as they like. Side dishes will include a hearty potato salad, grilled corn, baked beans and coleslaw.

    Guests can wash it all down with $5 beers; $25 buckets of beer; and $7 drink specials including Kelvin slushies — and take a dip in one of the hotel’s two oceanfront heated pools, while enjoying sounds from a live local DJ. Admission is free. Thompson Miami Beach is located at 4041 Collins Avenue. Cabana and bungalow rentals are available; please call 786-605-4041 and ask for the Director of Fun.

  • Hola Saturdays: July 4th Edition 7/4/15

    Hola Saturdays: July 4th Edition
    Saturday, 07/04/2015 – 09:00 pm – 03:00 am
    Screen-Shot-2015-06-29-at-1.11.38-PMCavalli Restaurant & Lounge
    150 Ocean Drive,
    Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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    Cavalli & Nicolas Clichy Coeur De Roy invite you to Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge for our special “Hola Saturdays” party—July 4th edition! The party starts at 9 p.m. with a delicious Italian dinner in the restaurant followed by music and drinks in the lounge. Enjoy beats by DJ Luigo and a very special live performance by Colombian music sensations Kary Musa & Noel Montano! Catch the best view of the fireworks and celebrate this independence day in style at South Beach hotspot Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge!

    WHAT: Hola Saturdays July 4th Party at Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge

    WHEN: Saturday, July 4th at 9 p.m.

    WHERE: Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge
    150 Ocean Drive
    Miami Beach, FL 33139

  • City of Hialeah Independence Day Celebration 7/4/15

    City of Hialeah Independence Day Celebration
    Saturday, 07/04/2015, 05:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    gmTed Hendricks Stadium
    4800 Palm Avenue 
    Hialeah, Florida 33012
    More Info Link
    Cost: Free

    Celebrate with family and friends and experience this vibrant, dynamic city at its best. Join City of Hialeah for an evening of fireworks, live entertainment by Albita and DJ Nancy Starr, food, kid zone and much more.

    Independence Day Celebration on July 4th, 2015 in the Ted Hendricks Stadium at 5pm

  • Fourth at The Falls 7/4/15

    Fourth at The Falls
    Saturday, 07/04/2015 – 07/04/2015 12:00 pm – 05:00 pm
    FourthofJulyThe Falls
    8888 Southwest 136th Street,
    Miami, Florida 33176
    More Info Link
    Cost: Free

    This Independence Day, Saturday, July 4th holiday, The Falls will be open REGULAR SATURDAY HOURS from 10AM-9PM for your shopping pleasure*.

    Celebrate FOURTH AT THE FALLS with a full-day of FREE 4th of July family fun starting at Noon by Guest Services!

    Event Schedule:

    12PM-1PM – Balloon Artist
    1PM-2PM – Face Painting
    2PM-3PM – Snow Cones
    3PM-4PM – Airbrush Tattoos
    4PM-5PM – Juggling Stilt walker Uncle Sam!
    5PM-8PM – enjoy live music in Center Court by REMYZ band

    Shoppers will receive an American flag to take home and all Kidgits members will receive a 4th of July goodie bag!

    Check out all the great Independence Day deals at stores throughout the mall.

    * Movie theater and restaurants have extended hours, please contact them directly for hours of operation.

Where to Be July 3-July 9

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” post on our blog to make sure every day of the week has some sort of cultural event to check out. We hope that you all can come out into the community and learn and commemorate some influential people and events around Miami!

1940s USO Swing Dance 7/3/15

1940s USO Swing Dance
Friday, 07/03/2015 – 07/04/2015 08:00 pm – 12:00 am
3363 NE 163rd St,
North Miami Beach, Florida 33160
Eventbrite Link
Cost: $10 Advance, $15 At the Door

Come on out and dance with us on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of every month!

Celebrate the 4th of July a day early at our 1940s Style USO Swing Dance. Dress in Red, White, & Blue, 40s style, or wear a uniform from your favorite branch of military service.

If you’ve never tried Swing dancing before, this is the perfect night for you! Take the lesson and let the dancing and merriment begin! No partner is necessary! We recommend that you wear comfortable footwear that won’t fly off your feet so you can dance with us all night.

Bring your own refreshments, or donate $1 or $2 per refreshment.

8:00p-9:00p Introduction to Swing Lesson
9:00p-12:00a Social Dance
East Coast Swing, Charleston, Lindy Hop, and Blues


Bring your friends and make new ones!!! We’ll see you on the dance floor!!!

Saturday July 4th

4th of July Barbeque 7/4/15

4th of July Barbeque
Saturday, 07/04/2015 – 11:00 am – 04:00 pm
invite4JULYNEWFresh American Bistro
17315 Collins Ave,
Sunny Isles Beach, Florida 33160
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Fresh American Bistro announces its 4th of Julycelebration with an all-American barbeque. The menu, curated by Fresh American Bistro’s Executive Chef Philippe Ruiz, offers a creative twist on all-American favorites including pork and beef sliders, Baby Back Ribs and macaroni and cheese. Guests will enjoy live music while watching classic American films screened on the projector. Additional fun will include a build-your-own strawberry shortcake bar and sparklers station. Jim Beam and will be serving up classic American cocktails including Bourbon Lemonade.





Thursday July 9th

Film: La Belle Vie: The Good Life 7/9/15

Film: La Belle Vie: The Good Life
Sunday, 07/09/2015 – 06:00 pm – 08:30 pm
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
One East Las Olas Boulevard,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
None Link
Cost: Free with admission

La Belle Vie: The Good Life is a story about a Haitian-American filmmaker, Rachelle Salnave’s journey to discover her Haitian roots by examining the complexities of the Haitian society as it pertains to the overall political and economic dichotomy in Haiti. Using her own personal family stories interconnected with capturing the voices of Haitians and experts overall, this film chronologically uncovers the rationale behind its social class system but also how it has affected the Haitian American migration experience as well.

Free with admission. RSVP: email or 954-262-0204.

Art and Business. Cuba and Miami.

Often what happens in Cuba effects life 300 miles away in Miami. Nora Gamez Torres of the Miami Herald sat down with Jorge Perez to discuss the reopening of Cuba-US relations and how Miami’s and Cuba’s eminent art scenes will complement to each other and contribute to the growth of both epicenters of iconic art. See the article below to read the interview in full.

After trip to Cuba, Jorge Pérez talks art and business


Miami developer and arts patron Jorge Pérez, chairman of The Related Group, recently returned from the Havana Biennial art festival. It was his second trip to the island.

“We’ve been trying to open the gates of communication between Havana and Miami through art, which is apolitical most of the time: It doesn’t have anything to do with politics and is only an exchange of ideas,” he said in an interview with el Nuevo Herald.

Here is a translated excerpt from that interview.

Q. You’re helping Cuban artists “break the ice” in regards to U.S.-Cuba relations?

A. First, it’s magnificent for Cuban artists to be recognized internationally. Curators, museum heads, gallery owners from all over the world, attended the Biennial. The Galeria Continuo, an Italian gallery among the best in the world, is going to set up an office in Havana. They represent great international artists, also Carlos Garaicoa, who is one of the Cuban artists who has found the most success outside of the island. For Cuban artists, it’s very important. We bought several pieces for the PAMM, nothing political, very abstract.

Q. Stephen Ross, who co-founded The Related Group with you, made headlines upon his return to Cuba and his announcement that he didn’t see great investing opportunities there. Do you share this opinion?

A. Neither Steve Ross nor myself held any meetings with Cuban officials to decide or learn if they’re promoting real estate or not. Those were just impressions from what he saw in Havana. What Steve said is, it will be a long time before he invests in Cuba because the infrastructure is in such bad condition.

Q. What would have to happen so that a group such as yours would decide to invest in Cuba?

A. I have a somewhat different opinion from Steve Ross. I think that countries and cities can change in a very rapid way. That’s what’s happening in Eastern Europe. If they opened the Cuban market completely, there could be changes quickly. As of now, even if I tell you that it’s good or bad to invest, it’s impossible to invest because it’s illegal. If you’re an American company, you can’t invest because of the embargo and because the Cuban government doesn’t allow private investments in that sector. If I wanted to sell condominiums in Cuba, which I don’t, I wouldn’t be able to be the owner of the property, so I wouldn’t be able to sell them.

I can’t even buy a house, so to talk about investing is something that right now doesn’t make sense because many things have to happen: first, for relations to open completely — and they haven’t even opened embassies yet; after that, for laws to be created for American investments to be able to become a reality. I wish that could be done quickly, but the truth is that it’s not something I see in the near future.

Personally, what I would like the most is to work on a project that would aid the historic rehabilitation of Havana. It’s a shame and it gives me tremendous sadness to see the precious buildings, to see a city, which could be the most beautiful in Latin America, falling apart and with very little money for renovations. I’d like a nonprofit to do something to help in that rehabilitation, which is so necessary.

Q. Do you have any plan designed for that rehabilitation?

A. No, we go to Cuba to see art, to immerse ourselves in art and in the people. With all the difficulties that there are, the people have always been kind to us. They treat you in a spectacular way; you feel at home. You go to other places in South America and Asia — especially where there’s a lot of poverty — and you’re looking at a house and they immediately close the door. In Cuba, they tell you come inside and the houses are in a state of disrepair and people give you a cup of coffee. They’re so amicable and it makes me feel so much pride to have Cuban ancestry.

I would love to be able to help, once relations between the countries open up, to be able to help in Cuba’s development and do so without making any money.

Q. Would the luxury hotel industry have potential in Cuba?

A. I think that if they allowed it, it would end tourism in the rest of the Caribbean because it has beautiful beaches, a polite people, an exceptional landscape, some of the most beautiful architecture in the Americas. It has everything tourists want.

The embargo doesn’t affect the United States, not even minimally; all of Cuba’s economy is smaller than that of Miami-Dade County, and the ones who suffer the most are Cubans. If you talk to them in the street, they’re the ones most interested in the opening of a free market in their country.

Q. Have you thought about how you can help re-urbanize Havana?

A. Yes, I’ve thought about it a lot. Like I told one of my friends, “I wish they would let me be the developer for all of this. I think I could change Havana in 10 or 20 years.”

Q. Many people are concerned that populations will be displaced in the process of urbanizing Havana.

A. Every time there are investments, there will be those who lose out. But I’m a capitalist and I believe that free investments are the best way to generate jobs and regenerate Havana. If the government didn’t want to lose the properties, they could do a long-term lease. Whether they’re going to change laws to allow this, that I don’t know. I’m not involved in politics but I would love for it to happen. I’ve opposed the embargo for a long time. I think it doesn’t help anyone except for the Cuban government and certain political sectors in Miami. It damages the Cuban people.

Q. This is the second time you’ve visited Cuba. What were the greatest changes between your first trip in 2012 and your recent visit?

A. There’s good and bad. The good: a lot of private industry, more little places to eat, more little hotels. The bad: too much destruction. Visiting is both happy and sad at the same time, but I love to go, I love to go dancing there. We went to the House of Music, to a small but very impressive jazz place. There are problems in those places because there’s a slew of women standing outside them who I imagine that for a little amount of money … those are problems that happen in poverty.

Q. But with this level of poverty, luxury condominiums seem to be part of a faraway future?

A. If they opened things up and I could build a luxury condominium in Vedado, I would sell them in two hours here in Miami. Cubans in Miami would be the first to buy. In Miami, 80 percent of the people we sell to are foreigners. Havana is a city very similar to Miami. … There’s good music, good theater, good ballet.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/biz-monday/article25650241.html#storylink=cpy

#ThankYouMiami for Fashion – Perfume Perfection at Babalú


We apologize for the fashion silence these past few weeks. We have been extremely busy writing about the food, travel, and culture that comes in droves in late spring. But, rest assured, we have been diligently keeping up with our local fashion happenings, amping up for Miami fashion season, and naturally thinking of you the whole time.

Latest on our radar is news from Babalú Boutique in Miami Beach – you know, the unexpected surprise beneath the stairs in the 1111 Lincoln Road building (the Herzog and De Meuron garage) that stands out with its neon lights and eclectic yet luxurious inventory. In a testament to its founders’ limitless creativity, the chic boutique recently added a cozy room to its small footprint that houses a beautiful perfume bar and an interactive tool called the Perfume Genie that helps you find your favorite fragrance. As perfume amateurs, we were intrigued by the new expansion and the unveiling of its resident magical technology so we bribed our closest friends with bubbles to come check it out with us last week. [Read more…]

Photographs of Coral Gables Restaurant Week 2nd Annual Blogger’s Crawl by Mr Q 305

This year, the bloggers started the crawl by getting together at BULLA GASTROBAR , winner of the 2015 Taste of the Gables Award.

Bulla Gastrobar welcomed us with a choice of white or red Sangrias both of which were full of fruit flavor, talk about the perfect refreshment on a hot Florida June afternoon.

Then the tasting began…

Our sampling menu consisted of:

Salpicón de Mariscos: Grilled octopus, jumbo lump crab meat, shrimp, bell peppers, fresh lemon, oregano and olive oil. This combination of seafood flavors was simply amazing!

Huevos Bulla: Homemade potato chips, Serrano ham and potato foam drizzled with truffle oil. These eggs were just the perfect appetizer.

Bulla Sliders: Homemade garlic herb bread, beef, pork, veal, oyster mushroom patties, piquillo peppers, caramelized onions, crimini port reduction, tetilla cheese, and Portobello fries. This is actually a James Beard Foundation Burger and winner of The Taste of the Gables Award…need we say more?

By this time we were all excited and ready to continue.

Next stop on the list: BRICKTOPS right across the street.

Field Greens Salad: Mixed baby greens, tomatoes, carrots, onions, mushrooms and focaccia croutons with a homemade house vinaigrette.

Hearts of Romaine Caesar: Hearts of Romaine lettuce with grated parmesan and focaccia croutons with homemade Caesar dressing.

The Wedge Salad: Bib lettuce, thick cut bacon, red onion and blue cheese.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken: Pan sautéed chicken, chopped tomato, capers and lemon beurre blanc

Scottish Salmon: Salmon lightly seasoned and simply grilled. So simple and yet so good!

Prime Sirloin Meat Loaf : Meat loaf made from prime sirloin and topped with a chili sauce glaze. Quite possibly the best meat loaf we’ve ever tasted.

Baby Back Ribs: Danish Baby Back Ribs topped with chipotle barbecue sauce. The ten hour slow cooked process is evident in the meat fall off the bone/melt in your mouth texture.

OBBA SUSHI was our next destination.

They served a wonderful sushi sampler consisting of:

Crispy Canapés: Crispy rice with steamed shrimp, cilantro, scallions, sun-dried tomatoes, spicy mayo and Yuzu Oil dressing.

Yellowtail Guacamole Tartar: Yellowtail, masago, avocado, shizo, sesame, sriracha, micro greens, cucumber and ginger Yuzu.

Obba Sandwich: Shrimp tempura, spicy crab salad, avocado and chives with spicy katzu mayo.

Banana Tempura: Batter fried banana.
Then it was on to BOOKS & BOOKS CAFE where they treated us to a delicious

Shrimp Avocado Tartine: Fresh shrimp, avocado, tomato, basil pesto, garlic aioli on grilled Ciabatta. We washed down with a great-bodied Uintaite BaBa Black Lager.

Our last stop was LA TABERNA GIRALDA, a quaint Spanish style tavern. The offerings:

Croquetas Cabrales: Cabrales cheese croquettes.

Chips de Berenjenas y Miel: Eggplant Chips sprinkled with honey.

Perfecto de Solomillo de Cerdo: Roasted pork tenderloin with caramelized onion and aroma of rosemary.

It was a perfect ending to a perfect evening.

Don’t forget that Coral Gables Restaurant Week ends June 28th so you better hurry and try to capitalize on all the wonderful tastes that the City Beautiful has to offer.

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#ThankYouMiami for Fashion – Palms in Panama

Thanks to our Instagram, it is no secret that we love palm trees and we love Panama. Palm trees make an incredible print and they are an integral part of Miami’s iconic image. Panama is a gorgeous country and a no brainer destination for Miami locals. In the spirit of our summer, we wanted to combine both of our tropical obsessions by sharing some photos we shot during our last trip to surf Panama’s Pacific Coast.

Huge props to Hotel Playa Cambutal for being our home away from home in Panama when Miami’s as flat as an ironing board. For a surf family like ours, there is really no better place to escape to than a beautiful hotel on an empty beach with nearly year-round surf.


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Photos by Anthony Jordon of Lulu’s Miami Grand Opening

A grand opening party was held at Lulu’s Nitrogen Ice Cream shop in Downtown Miami. Visitors to the shop shared games, tunes, sweet giveaways (liiiiike some super sick Lulu’s T-shirts illustrated by Miami’s Brian Butler), and tons of ice cream. Go check out their new spot when you get a chance and bring all of your friends!