Category Archives: Travel & Miami

Second Sundays at Faena Forum Are Back September 10th

Second Sundays at Faena

Second Sundays at Faena Forum are back. Enjoy a participatory art installation by assume vivid astro focus starting Sunday, September 10th from noon to 10 pm. The event is free and open to the public. It will feature special performances by TM Sisters and Miami Quad Squad as well as a new musical experience curated by Paperwater. Read on to learn more and to register for the free event.

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Recipe: Seaspice’s Power Waffles

Seaspice Power Waffles Receip

I wish I could tell you that I’m the kind of mom who wakes up on Saturday mornings to put together Pinterest-worthy power breakfasts for my family. But I’m really more of a McDonald’s drive-thru kinda lady. Still, there are those of you out there who can whip up a beautiful, delicious, and healthy breakfast like it’s nothing. And to you, I say, “Seriously. Why. You’re making me look bad.” For the rest of us who need a cheat sheet to achieve that level of excellence I only ever saw Mary Poppins attain, here’s the recipe for Seaspice’s Power Waffles.

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Behind the Scenes at Cirque du Soleil OVO

cirque du soleil ovo behind the scenes rehearsal miami

Cirque du Soleil rolled into town over the weekend with their new touring show, OVO. We were lucky enough to be invited to a behind-the-scenes look into their rehearsal day before the show on Friday and snapped some photos backstage. The arena was packed with everything from costumes and sewing machines to exercise equipment for the performers. It’s truly a fascinating world even before anyone steps foot on stage. Take a look behind the curtain of OVO just ahead.

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“If These Hats Could Tawk” Opens July 13

Irene Williams "If These Hats Could Tawk"

Spend just a few minutes in Miami and you’re well aware that there’s no shortage of color in the spectrum of our characters. Our locals, whether born-and-bred or transplants, are not afraid to make a statement. So was the legacy of Irene Williams. Anyone who grew up in Miami knows the ’80’s and ’90’s were an eccentric time for our city. Now, in a pop-up show that aims to celebrate what would have been her 100th birthday, If These Hats Could Tawk is bringing that colorful eccentricity to the forefront.

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Magique at Faena Hotel Miami Beach: A Very Sexy Night Out

Magique at Faena Miami Beach
The Magique Dancers at Faena Hotel Miami Beach // Courtesy photo

First things first, it’s been a very long time since my husband and I went out to do anything that falls under the category of sexy/fun/sophisticated and/or exciting. I wish I were joking or exaggerating the truth for the sake of good commentary, but the fact is that we are going on eight years of marriage and the past four of those have been spent parenting a very independent child. So it is without any reservation that I can admit to you, my dear readers, that when the invitation to a sexy magic show at Faena Hotel Miami Beach showed up in my inbox, I was not only confused (really – I checked to make sure they meant me), but nearly leapt through the screen to RSVP and secure our spot.

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Luxe on a Budget

Biltmore-Hotel-Pool

Miami is known for many things, but being budget-friendly isn’t necessarily one of them. Still, being born and raised in this city within pretty modest means will undoubtedly make you a bit of a deal hunter, like it or not. And if you’re one of the tribe that believes nice things don’t necessarily always have to be out of reach, then it’s likely you’ve figured out some of these tips for yourself. Continue reading

A Few Favorites…

Bubbles & Ink Blog by Alicia Palma

It’s been about six months since I started writing for MasterCard. They reached out to me as a result of coming across my blog and liking my writing (yay!) and offered me the opportunity to write a few articles for their Priceless Cities blog from a local’s perspective. What began as a twice monthly gig has now become about 6-8 pieces per month that have not only helped me sharpen my writing skills (writing for yourself can get a bit too comfortable), but have also allowed me the opportunity to explore my city with a fresh perspective. The results of which have led me to discover some great new spots, as well as revisit some of my favorites. Here are some of my top choices.

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Spa Days: Acqualina in Sunny Isles Beach

Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach, FL

While the rest of the country shovels its way through snow, I feel almost guilty pulling up to the palm trees and ocean views that welcome me at the beachfront Sunny Isles location Acqualina calls home. There are rows of Rolls Royce lined up on the sides of the valet ramp, not unlike other places in South Florida. What is rare, however, is the peaceful respite that takes me in once I walk past the front desk and make my way to the spa. I’m welcomed with mint tea and and a fresh towel for my face and hands. And for the first time in about an hour and a half of traffic and typical Miami congestion, I am able to really exhale.

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Couture Dining at Romeo’s Cafe

Romeo's Cafe Miami Chef Romeo Majano on Bubbles & Ink Blog

Chef Romeo Majano sits across from me in a dimly lit room with rich wood paneling and bottles of wine lining the walls. He’s comfortably sitting in his chair, relaying stories of his career trajectory over glasses of wine to me and my husband, who are drinking in both with the kind of reserved awe and excitement I imagine one would usually experience in the presence of a celebrity. Which, I suppose, Chef Romeo could be considered.

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