Locals Share What Gives Miami Its Distinct Flavor

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Locals Share What Gives Miami Its Distinct Flavor

Sitting down for lunch at Miam Cafe in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami Photo: Miamcafe.com

Big cities mean tons of options, which unfortunately can be overwhelming when you’re hard pressed to find the best. To share what gives Miami its distinct flavor, we’ve assembled an A-team of insiders: some of our favorite Krrb members and resident influencers with knowledge on where to go and what to pick up. Get ready to meet the team!

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Erika Rodriguez of La Succulenta started out by planting leftover succulents from her wedding in all sorts of items she found around her house to give them a second life. After a friend suggested she become a vendor at local markets, Erika became hooked and has been doing so since! (ER)

Maria Andy Tettamanti is a journalist who writes for The Miami Herald and Miami.com, as well as contributing to The Huffington Post. She started her personal blog, The Wordy Girl to share all of her personal favorite trends in fashion and design. Follow her Instagram account for major Miami envy! (MT)

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Tya Tiempetch is the owner of The Rabbit Hole, a vintage shop. Tya keeps her store stocked with items that she loves rather than being concerned about designer labels, curating a unique array of vintage items up for grabs. Not in Miami? Feel free to shop online or via her Instagram. (TT)


Locals Share What Gives Miami Its Distinct Flavor

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How would you describe Miami to someone who was visiting the city for the first time?
ER: I always like to say Miami is its own country. As cliché as it sounds, Miami is a one of a kind melting pot of different cultures; a city with many different nationalities and cultural vibes. It’s amazing!
MT: Miami offers the best beaches, nightlife and cultural mix. It truly stands apart from the masses!
TT: Beyond the white sandy beaches and South Beach glitz and glam, Miami is also an international city. A lot of different cultures to explore as well as international cuisine and art.

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Miami is a foodie’s heaven! What are the must have foods to have in the city?
ER: Miami really is a foodie’s heaven; your options are endless but you can’t visit the city without enjoying some authentic Cuban food like a “Media Noche” sandwich or arroz con leche with extra cinnamon and a cafecito.
MT: This ones tough but I’d say stone crabs and key lime pie from Joe’s, the ravioli at Il Gabbiano and the octopus at Mandolin Aegean Bistro.
TT: Stone crabs, Cuban sandwich, Cuban coffee and all the different ethnic foods!

Locals Share What Gives Miami Its Distinct Flavor

Locals picking up some food at Tacos and Tattoos Photo: Miaminewtimes.com

What are your own personal restaurants/cafes/bars?
ER: During the week you can usually catch me at Raw Juice, enjoying a Detox shot and an Almonds are Forever Smoothie. On nights when I want a break from cooking, my husband and I enjoy eating patacons (fried plantains) at Tacos & Tattoos. My mouth waters as I type this!
MT: I eat really clean now so I lunch often times at KC Healthy Kitchen and Dirt. My favorite spot for coffee and work meetings is Miam Cafe in Wynwood. As for bars, I enjoy Soho Beach House.
TT: Some of my favorite Miami spots are Naoe, Naiyara, Panya Thai, Zaika, Cake Thai, and Alter.

With an abundant amount of designers and artists in Miami it must be hard to choose, but any favorite local designers or shops?
ER: When I think of artist, two women come to mind: Jenny Perez and Didi Contreras! Their work mesmerizes me! My favorite local shops include Deva Om Spiritual Boutique for all my spiritual needs, Nurbana 305 for new treads and Belle Bellina when shopping for all the kiddos in my life!
MT: I adore Miami-based designers such as ALEXIS, Eberjey and Ximena Kavalekas. My favorite mall is Bal Harbour Shops because they have the best shop selection in the city.
TT: Muse Inspired Living is a beautifully curated lifestyle gallery in North Miami Art and Design District. Alessandra Gold designs awesome sneakers out of her spot on Lincoln Road. Krelwear does really cool tropical knitwear.

Locals Share What Gives Miami Its Distinct Flavor

The interior of local shop Nurbana 205 Photo: Thefashionbuffet.com

Miami is a city known for its overall style. What are your favorite aspects of the fashion trends that you see?
ER: Miamians have such unique styles. When it comes to trends—anything goes!
MT: Our style is more colorful and sexier than most other places. Personally, I love that we embrace bold hues, punchy prints and shorter hemlines.
TT: The typical Miami fashion has a natural element of sexiness that comes with the climate we live in. I always adore how the especially stylish and creative people do their own unique brand of sexy and effortless chic with vintage pieces.

If you were meeting up with friends, what would the agenda look like?
ER: Our day would begin with some cafecito and pastelitos (cuban coffee and pastries) from La Carreta . We would then make our way to Miami Beach to soak in some of the hot Miami sun. After some time in the beach, we would head over to Wynwood for some food, drinks and local artistry.
MT: We would meet at Soho Beach House or The Standard for a pool or beach day—add a lot of rosé to that! We love laying out in the sun and catching up this way.
TT: We would be trying out a new restaurant before enjoying an art walk or a jazz night on the last Friday of the month by MOCA museum in North Miami or second Saturday of the month art walk in Wynwood. If its Sunday, a brunch then Lincoln Road Antique Market!

Locals Share What Gives Miami Its Distinct Flavor

The exterior of MOCA in Miami Photo: News.artnet.com

Miami is known for it’s nightlife. What are the latest trends when it comes to music and local performers? Anybody good we should check out?
ER: These days I’m more of a homebody, but when I do want to enjoy a night out on the town I make sure to check out the Prism Music Group culture guide to see what events are happening. Current favorite local performer: Yoli Mayor .
TT: Luna Star is a unique Miami venue which hosts the more subtle local performers and open mic night in an intimate setting. It is a very personable spot that has been there for 20 years. The vibe is super laid back with good food and drink menu.

Locals Share What Gives Miami Its Distinct Flavor

The exterior of Luna Star Cafe in Miami Photo: Nicole-chance.com

The interior design style of homes in Miami must be different from what we see up here in New York. How you describe the interior trends you are seeing right now?
ER: From eclectic to traditional, Miami has it all! I’ve always been a Mid-century lover so I’m happy to be seeing more of this trend in Miami.
MT: Miami homes vary in so many ways. Some may be influenced by the Caribbean boasting lots of colors and patterns. Some are minimalist and all white a la Philippe Starck. My home is inspired by Key West, so you can see we’re all over the proverbial map!
TT: Miami is at its heart a resort town. Most Miami interior trends I notice are light, bright, and colorful—like the Florida sun!

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