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Cafecito Recipe

Serves 4

1 ¼ cups water

1/3 cup Cuban espresso coffee (Café Bustelo or Pilon)

¼ cup sugar 

Recipe Credit: Robyn Webb

On the of the stops at the Wynwood Art District Food Tour we make is at 11 Fires Cigars for a shot of Nespresso coffee to celebrate 305 Cafecito brake.


100 Fires Cigars, is a modern cigar shop with locations at Dadeland Mall, in the art-centric neighborhood of Wynwood, and with its newest location in the heart of Little Havana at Marlins Park.

Frank Martinez, owner of 100 Fires Cigars, explains why he chose WYNWOOD as the location for the 100 Fires store: “We opened 100 Fires Cigars in Wynwood to appeal to those seeking the quintessential Miami experience at a landmark location. Wynwood is a neighborhood steeped in rich arts and culture, and smoking a puro, or cigar, is every bit a part of Miami’s rich cultural history.”

Martinez is quite familiar with that tradition. His ancestors were producing Cuban cigars on the island as far back as the 1920s in Viñales Valley, located in the province of Pinar del Río, an area renowned for its rich and flavorful tobacco. Combining his heritage and family lineage with a play on words, Martinez named his chain of cigar shops after the Cuban city of Cienfuegos – literally, 100 Fires. Mixing Cuban tradition and contemporary tastes is what makes 100 Fires stand apart from other cigar shops. The hip atmosphere at 100 Fires is enhanced by mid-century modern furniture, creating the feel of a lounge rather than a subdued, stuffy cigar store. As an homage to the original Miami Orange Bowl Stadium, the Miami Marlins’ cigar lounge has the “M” from the original Miami Orange Bowl sign on display, making it a must visit for any true sports fan and the Wynwood location will display the original W.


We are Miami's Official Cafecito Break! JennyLee Molina and C3V Co-Founder, embarked on the ambitious task to make 3:05 the official time for cafecito of Miami-Dade County in April of 2012. In April of 2013, 3:05 Cafecito became official in the City of Miami!

 The idea came about to unify the Cuban coffee culture and create and on-line community that would enjoy sharing this mutual love for Miami's nectar. You don't need to be Cuban to enjoy it or even from Miami but Cuban coffee drinkers understand the culture. The window of a Cuban restaurant is the original social network. It is where, on any hot afternoon, you might find a relative, an old friend, the Mayor of Miami or Dwyane Wade. Sharing a colada is an act of friendship and solidarity. What is Miami without cafecito?

 Because we are a proud city that loves cafecito, we feel it is appropriate that 3:05 be proclaimed Miami’s Official Cafecito Break Time. All over Miami, Cuban Cafecito time is catching on! So Miami, let’s kick that “2:30 feeling” at 3:05. Join us as we create a movement of caffeinated awesomeness!

 Join the movement by liking 3:05 Cafecito on Facebook or following us on Twitter/Instagram @305Cafecito! Tag your cafecito moments on with #305cafecito and let's share a cafecito!


100 Fires Cigars offers 8 Grand Crus, from the Nespresso line of coffees. Every Grand Cru in the range is the product of a complex process of selection, assembly and roasting. The Nespresso Grands Crus are categorized by cup size and level of intensity. You can enjoy an excellent cup of coffee to suit your taste, whatever the time of day with a delicious cigar - or participate in the Latin tradition of dipping your cigar end into a warm delicious coffee.

RISTRETTO ORIGIN INDIA - Intense and spicy

Ristretto Origin India is the marriage of the finest Arabicas with a hint of Robusta from southern India. It is a full-bodied coffee, which has a powerful character and notes of spices.
• Intensity: 10


Connoisseurs of Italian espresso will appreciate it without milk. The intense body and remarkable lingering taste of this Grand Cru. Composed exclusively of South American Arabicas, Ristretto cloaks its strong personality with a dense and smooth crema. It is best enjoyed strong in a small, half-filled cup.• Intensity: 9

ESPRESSO FORTE - Round and balanced

Pure Arabica from Brazil, Central and South America, this espresso is characterized by its rich taste and elaborate aroma.• Intensity: 7

LUNGO FORTE - Elegant and roasted

100% AAA SUSTAINABLE QUALITY™. Lungo Forte is a thick and velvety, rich and intense Lungo variety. It is obtained exclusively from South American farms independently verified by the Rainforest Alliance and is a 100% AAA Sustainable Quality™ Grand Cru.• Intensity: 4

If you’ve ever been to Miami, the norm is to try the cafecito here. Whether you buy it at your nearest Karla Bakery, or if someone is kind enough to give you a thimble-sized sample, then it is enough to say that you have tasted an important staple of Miami culture. Cafecito, which is essentially cuban espresso made in a cafetera and with espuma (sugar froth), is not only a fundamental thing to drink, but rather a social tradition that every Miamian has participated in. This little pick-me-up is robust with the flavors of finely ground espresso beans packed into the cafetera, and is typically very sweet depending on the ventanita you get it from. It is very conventional that someone from the office brings back a styrofoam cup filled with cafecito and shares it with the whole office -- even with the people working down the hall. This routine lingers because it helps keep Cuban tradition stay alive. Most Miami dwellers are Cuban, who have fled from Castro’s regime; and although they have left their country, they still preserve their culture by drinking cafectios.

    It is needless to say that drinking cafecitos is beyond a delicious routine that inhabitants of Miami participate in; it has now transformed to a social movement. Miami PR maven, JennyLee Molina, has taken a traditional habit to the next social level. Now, the official time to drink cafecitos are at 3:05, in honor of Miami’s area code, and to hashtag #305cafecito via facebook or twitter. Join us from anywhere in the world with a cafecito in your hand by hashtagging your next update on whichever social platform, or both!

Written by Miami Food Blogger: Caroline Shalabi

Welcome to Little Havana, a vibrant neighborhood nestled in the heart of Miami, bursting with Cuban culture and rich history. From its colorful streets adorned with stunning murals to its flavorful cuisine and lively entertainment scene, there are plenty of things to see and do in this lively district. Whether you're a local looking for a fun day out or a visitor seeking an authentic Miami experience, Little Havana has something for everyone. Get ready to embark on a journey through this culturally rich district, as we highlight 16 must-do activities that will make your visit unforgettable.

See Little Havana on our guided Food & Cultural Tour, Miami’s #1 food tour experience!

The Best Restaurants in Little Havana

1) Versailles Restaurant

Hailed as the “World's Most Famous Cuban Restaurant,” Versailles has been a pillar of Cuban cuisine and culture for over 50 years. Since its establishment in 1971, Versailles has become a cherished gathering place for Miami's Cuban exiles, serving as an unofficial town square. The restaurant boasts an extensive menu that preserves the rich heritage of Cuban cuisine, making it a favorite among celebrities, politicians, and the media. In 1998, Versailles expanded to include an on-site bakery, ensuring that all pastries, breads, and desserts are freshly made from scratch. Enjoy a pastelito and a cafecito at its famous “ventanita” walk-up window.

2) El Pub

Photo courtesy of: El Pub Restaurant

Graced by an iconic six-foot rooster statue at the entrance, the menu at El Pub is a celebration of Cuban flavors from beef empanadas and ham croquettes to lechon asado and picadillo. The true star is the Cuban sandwich, and its cousin, the delicious Media Noche. Don't miss the opportunity to savor their strong and sweet Cuban coffee standing at “la ventanita” outside on the corner. Order a cortado to share with friends in thimble-sized cups, or get yourself a frothy cortadito. The restaurant's walls are adorned with memorabilia that reflects an idealized Cuba of the past, featuring laminated articles from vintage newspapers and magazines, with a particular focus on baseball, Cuba's beloved pastime.

3) Azucar Ice Cream

Azucar Ice Cream is an artisanal ice cream and sorbet boutique that draws inspiration from the diverse cultures and hot subtropical climate of South Florida. With a passion for Latin-Caribbean flavors, they craft their ice cream confections just like their abuela used to make. Azucar uses high-quality, all-natural ingredients, sourcing ruby red mamey from Los Piñarenos fruit stand across the street, and sweet platanos maduros hand-prepared from El Nuevo Siglo grocery store around the corner. They prioritize locally grown, seasonal fruits and vegetables from South Florida farmer's markets and Redland, Florida growers whenever possible. Savor unique and delightful flavors inspired by the neighborhood, such as Abuela Maria and Café con Leche.

4) Old’s Havana Cuban Bar & Cocina

Photo courtesy of: Old’s Havana Cuban Bar & Cocina

Old's Havana Cuban Bar & Cocina transports its guests back to a pre-revolutionary era with its vintage decor and live music, capturing the lighthearted spirit and passion of Cuba. As the self-proclaimed "La Casa del Mojito," it offers an exceptional mojito experience, named the city's Best Mojito by the Miami New Times. Made with freshly muddled mint and a selection of 29 aged rums, the mojitos are a true delight. The restaurant is also famous for its quintessential Cuban sandwich and succulent lechon asado, showcasing the flavors that define Cuban cuisine.

5) Party Cake Bakery

Photo courtesy of: Party Cake Bakery

For a sweet treat, head to Party Cake Bakery, a family-owned bakery where you can indulge in delectable pastelitos made by hand in their open kitchen. Located next to the Bay of Pigs Memorial and under the iconic mural dedicated to Cuban singer, Celia Cruz, Party Cake Bakery is a family-owned business started in the 1980s by Cuban exiles, Juan and Olga Montano. Still at the helm today, their bakery now has multiple locations around the city, operated by their children and grandchildren. Don’t miss trying their signature pastelitos de guyaba!

Get a taste of Miami’s best Cuban Food on our Little Havana Food & Cultural Tour!

The Best Entertainment on Calle Ocho

6) Ball & Chain

Photo courtesy of: Viernes Culturales

With a history dating back to 1935, Ball & Chain is a legendary venue that has preserved its vintage charm while evolving over the years. The original pine ceiling witnessed performances by renowned artists like Billie Holiday and Count Basie. This lively establishment features two stages that consistently offer fantastic jazz and spirited salsa music. Ball & Chain is a place of celebration, where jazz melodies fill the air, flamenco dancers captivate the crowd, and salsa dancing lessons add to the vibrant atmosphere. The Cuban theme extends to the food and drinks, with classic mojitos, bananita daiquiris, and unique concoctions like the Calle Ocho Old Fashioned and the Miami Mule, which incorporate local flavors.

7) Viernes Culturales

Viernes Culturales, Little Havana's celebrated monthly event, is a must-attend street party and gallery walk. Taking place every third Friday along Calle Ocho between 13th and 17th Avenues, it has been a cultural celebration for over 20 years. Immerse yourself in Latin-Caribbean culture with lively pachanga music, captivating art exhibits, and exhilarating live performances. This family-friendly festival showcases the talents of over 30 local artists and artisans, inviting you to explore the diverse art galleries along Calle Ocho.

8) Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center

Cubaocho Museum and Performing Arts Center in Little Havana is a cultural gem, embodying the neighborhood's arts renaissance. This vibrant space brings together art, music, dance, cigars, and mojitos. Explore the museum's extensive collection of pre-revolution 19th and early- to mid-20th century Cuban art while enjoying a cocktail. The venue also features a research library, a café bar with an impressive selection of rums, and live entertainment that ranges from salsa bands to Latin jam sessions and Cuban jazz legends. With the option to purchase artwork, indulge in a drink, and experience captivating live music, Cubaocho is a must-visit destination.

Activities & Attractions in Little Havana

9) Cuba Tobacco Cigar Co.

Cuba Tobacco Cigar Co., a family-owned and operated business, carries on the rich tradition of Cuban cigar-making. After the nationalization of their tobacco fields and factories in Cuba, the Bello family immigrated to Miami, where they revived their cigar heritage. Since 1994, they have been crafting cigars in Little Havana using the finest tobacco and traditional techniques. With five generations of experience, Cuba Tobacco Cigar Co. maintains their commitment to producing some of the world's finest cigars, upholding their old standards and preserving their Cuban cigar-making legacy.

10) Futurama 1637 Art Building 

Photo courtesy of: Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

Located on Calle Ocho in Miami's Little Havana, the Futurama 1637 Art Building is not your typical gallery. Established in 2011, it serves as a hub for over 42 local and international artists from places like Argentina, France, Peru, and Ecuador. With twelve artists having their studios on-site, visitors can witness the creative process firsthand. The gallery offers an immersive experience, showcasing unique and original artworks. Additionally, Futurama actively engages with the community through events like free art classes, the Umbrellas of Little Havana festival, and the Cafe con Arte collective exhibit.

11) Rooster Statues

When exploring Little Havana, be sure to get your selfies with the iconic rooster statues that have become a beloved symbol of the neighborhood. Based on the late sculptor, Tony Lopez’s design, these funky and often themed Calle Ocho Roosters first arrived in 2002, and since then, over 70 similar sculptures have been scattered along Calle Ocho and Flagler Street. As you stroll through the area, you may also encounter live roosters, or gallos, crowing atop the sprawling roots of the ceiba tree.

12) Little Havana Food & Cultural Tour

Experience the renowned [Little Havana Food & Cultural Tour] by Miami Culinary Tours, where you'll delight in famous Cuban delicacies and discover the cultural history of Cuban exiles. Sip authentic Cuban coffee at a walk-up ventanita, witness the art of expert cigar rolling, and indulge in the best homemade Cuban sandwich around. Taste the flavors of Calle Ocho as you savor the finest Cuban cuisine, including pastelitos de guayaba and fresh-pressed tropical juices from a generations-old frutería. Immerse yourself in the vibrant art, history, and culture of Miami's beloved Cuban community. With accolades like being named the #1 food tour in Miami and making TripAdvisor's Top 10 Experiences in the World for four consecutive years, this tour is not to be missed.

Check availability for our top-ranked Little Havana Food & Cultural Tour!

History of Little Havana

13) Bay of Pigs Monument

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Located on Cuban Memorial Boulevard and Calle Ocho, the Bay of Pigs Monument is a historic site that pays tribute to Cuban freedom fighters. One of its most iconic features is the Eternal Torch of Brigade 2506, honoring the soldiers who bravely fought during the Bay of Pigs Invasion. The monument also showcases the Virgin Mary statue, Nestor "Tony" Izquierdo, a Cuban map, and a bust of General Antonio Maceo. Additionally, the boulevard recognizes courageous journalists who openly criticized Castro's regime. While exploring, you'll come across a majestic Ceiba tree adorned with candles placed by followers of Santeria.

14) Domino Park

Photo courtesy of: Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

Nestled on the corner of SW 14th Avenue, Máximo Gómez Park, affectionately known as Domino Park, is a hidden gem on Calle Ocho. Cuban retirees gather here to play dominoes, sip Cuban coffee, and engage in lively conversations. With its domino-decorated walkways, benches for spectators, and a vibrant mural by artist Oscar Thomas, this park exudes a true sense of Latin energy and camaraderie.

15) Los Pinareños Fruteria

Photo courtesy of: History Miami Museum

For over 60 years, Los Pinareños Fruteria has been a beloved open-air fruit market in Little Havana. This family-run mom-and-pop shop, founded by Guillermina Hernandez and her late husband from Pinar del Rio, Cuba, offers fresh fruits, coconuts, sugarcane, coffee, juices, and fresh tropical fruit smoothies, like the famous batido de mamey. It's a place where you can experience the authentic flavors of Little Havana and be greeted by "la abuela de Pequeña Habana" herself. Don't forget to say hello to Chucha, the adorable Vietnamese pot-bellied pig who resides behind the market!

16) Bay of Pigs Museum & Library

Photo courtesy of: Miami Herald

The Bay of Pigs Museum & Library, also referred to as the Brigade 2506 Museum, is a significant memorial dedicated to the veterans of the Bay of Pigs Invasion. The museum houses a small yet captivating collection, and visitors are guided by the actual veterans who participated in the failed CIA-led operation. It offers a unique opportunity to learn about this historic event from those who experienced it firsthand.

Join us on our award-winning Little Havana Food & Cultural Tour!


JUST BREW IT: The Ultimate Guide to Celebrating National Coffee Day in SoFlo

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Bebito’s Cafecito

Celebrate National Coffee Day at Bebito’s Cafecito at Time Out Market Miami with traditional Cuban coffee selections. Paying homage to family and heritage, Bebito’s Cafecito showcases Miami restaurateur Jason Odio’s take on Cuban-American favorites with a modern, health-forward twist. The brew is offered in all traditional forms including a signature cafecito, traditional café con leche, and many more variations. Non-dairy customizations like almond and coconut milks are offered as well. Pair your coffee with a crave-worthy croissant assortment of chocolate, almond and dulce de leche, guava and cheese pastelito, vegan banana bread. Hours of operation are 11AM to 6PM. For additional information about Bebito’s Cafecito, please follow @bebitoscafe and @timeoutmarketmiami. Time Out Market Miami is located at 1601 Drexel Avenue on Miami Beach.

La Boulangerie Boul’ Mich

For over a decade, La Boulangerie Boul’ Mich has been a go-to destination for those seeking freshly-made French and Latin baked goods and artisanal creations, perfectly executed coffee beverages, and a vast menu of sweet and savory dishes from 24/7 breakfast, gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, soups, homemade pasta and more. With six locations throughout Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, the restaurant and bakery genuinely cover all of the bases stretching across all three meal periods. National Coffee Day is Thursday, September 29 and La Boulangerie Boul’Mich invites you to celebrate with a free coffee of your choice with every purchase of their limited edition branded coffee mugs ($16). Guests can enjoy the perks of a 10% discount on all future coffee purchases with the mug for a year! (Valid until 9/29/2023) For more information visit:

La Cocina Cocteleria

Launched in 2019 and connected to Kush Hialeah (formerly Stephen’s Deli), La Cocina Cocteleria is THE cocktail bar in Hialeah and like all-things-KHG pays homage to its host city with a dazzling decor equal parts tribute and 305 fever dream. On National Coffee Day, visit La Cocina and order yourself a the Nooo Que Bueno; inspired by Valsan — a well-known, oh-so-Miami department store selling a mix of products including jewelry, cosmetics, clothing, and fragrances — the drink is as one-of-kind as its influence, a heady mix of Brugal 1888, sweet vermouth, cold brew coffee, and tobacco bitters. La Cocina Cocteleria is located at 1000 East 16th Street in Hialeah, Florida. It is open Fridays and Saturdays from 7PM to last call. Telephone: (305) 887-8863;

R House

It’s National Coffee Day on Thursday, September 29 and what better way to celebrate this holy grail bean than in a unique way? Instead of drinking your coffee, R House Wynwood encourages you to commemorate the holiday with their unquestionably delicious arepas. Now what does an arepa have to do with coffee? R House offers a Coffee-Braised Short Rib Arepa ($14) so tender it melts in your mouth and is topped with pico de gallo, cilantro cream and crispy onions. Pair this delicious dish with a R Espresso Martini ($15) made with Van Gogh Espresso Vodka, Baileys, and Kahlúa. R House is located at 2727 NW 2nd Avenue in Wynwood. The restaurant is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday; Drag Brunch is offered at 11:30AM and 2:30PM on Saturdays and Sundays. Telephone: (305) 576-0201;

TUR Kitchen

Coffee enthusiasts are well accustomed to the positive impact that a cup of caffeinated goodness has on our everyday lives. On Thursday, September 29 TUR Kitchen is honoring National Coffee Day by serving their signature dessert coffee “It’s Way Of Life'' at a discounted price ($15); made with double espresso and cocoa elixir (Manjari chocolate, cloves, allspice, black pepper). Their coffee is created with 100% Arabica beans, served to guests freshly roasted on a weekly basis by a local roaster, which provides the freshest coffee experience. The final result is a silky, smooth, nutty and rich coffee. The “Way of Life'' is a celebration of coffee to honor the different traditions of each country in the Mediterranean, where coffee is seen as a way of life and used to share the best moments with friends and family. TUR Kitchen is located at 259 Giralda Avenue in Coral Gables. Lunch is served Monday - Friday from noon to 3PM and Saturday & Sunday from noon - 5PM. Dinner is served Monday - Thursday from 5PM - 10PM, Friday & Saturday from 5PM - 11PM and Sunday from 5PM - 9PM. Happy hour is also available Monday- Saturday from 5PM - 630PM. For more information please visit or call (786) 483.8014.


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Best Miami Happy Hours

Summer in Miami is a great time to gather with friends and loved ones over special food and drink offerings. From eclectic all-day menus to sophisticated experiences, please find our selection for Best Happy Hours below. We would love to host you at any of these venues, please contact us to coordinate coverage.

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Diplomat Prime

South Florida’s highest luxury boutique steakhouse Diplomat Prime offers a sophisticated selection of cocktails and beer, along with a wide array of varietals. A private dining room in the wine cellar is available for small and big parties.

The menu features a wide array of Champagne and red and white wines by the glass, along with a selection of whiskey, bourbon, tequila, and cognac options. Cocktails highlights are the Fleur de Paradis Hendricks, a blend of St-Germain, fresh grapefruit juice, fresh lemon juice, Orange Bitters, and homemade syrup topped with Champagne and the Manhattan Up, a concoction of Remy Martin XO, Antica Campano, and Angostura bitters.

Bar Menu
Wine Menu
Food Menu
Open Wednesday - Saturday 5:30PM - 10:30PM

The Hotel Bar

The Hotel Bar at the Diplomat Beach Resort offers classic cocktails made with fresh juices such as the Hollywood Spice, which mixes Espolon Blanco Tequila, Passion Fruit juice, Lime Syrup, and Habaneros Bitters. Another favorite is the Matched Set, a blend of Bacardi Superior Rum, coconut, matcha, lemon and soda.

The indoor/outdoor Hotel Bar also has a wide selection for wine lovers and beer enthusiasts. With lounge seating overlooking the Atlantic, it is the perfect bar for a solo, romantic, or friendly happy hour gathering.

Bar Menu
Open Daily, 11AM - Midnight.


A beachfront Latino bar and restaurant, Playa at the Diplomat Beach Resort features a traditional rum and tequila bar, along with fresh juiced cocktails. The outdoor poolside restaurant offers a lunch and dinner menu that includes cocktails by the glass and shareable pitches such as the Dragon Fruit Mojito mixed with Bacardi Dragon Berry rum, dragon fruit, mint, and lime syrup; and the Playa 75 mixed with Gray Whale gin, orange, St. Germain, and sparkling wine.

Bar Menu
Lunch Menu
Dinner Menu
Open Daily 11:30AM - 8:30PM
Kitchen closes at 8PM
Drink Service continues to 8:30PM

Diplomat Beach Resort
3555 S. Ocean Dr., Hollywood
954-602-8331 | @DiplomatBeachResort

Vista Pool Bar

Summertime at Novotel Miami Brickell is Summer done right. Check out its tasty weekday Happy Hour, The daily Happy Hour at the Vista rooftop bar takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. and includes a variety of $7 bites from cheeseburgers to crabcakes to falafel. The drink menu starts at $5 for beer & wine and $8 cocktails. Cocktail highlights are the Novotel Blackberry Lemonade mixed with tequila, lemon juice, triple sec, and blackberry syrup; the Cafecito Loco, a concoction of rum, espresso, Liquor 43, and simple syrup; and the tropical Maracuya Spritz, a combination of Aperol, prosecco and passion fruit ($8 each).

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Pubbelly Sushi Launches Innovative Beverage Program Highlighting Brand’s Signature Hyper-Creative Fusion of Japanese and Latin Flavors

The Menu Features Ten New Cocktails and Will Kick-off With A Month of Exciting Festivities.

(Miami, Fla.) — August 1, 2022 — Ten new delicious and refreshing cocktails will make their debut at Pubbelly Sushi starting Monday, August 1st as part of the renowned Miami-based brand’s new beverage program. The innovative cocktails reflect Pubbelly’s signature bold fusion of Japanese and Latin flavors, making the award-winning gastropub Miami’s must-visit destination to drink up and cool down this summer and beyond.

Already a go-to for their famous daily happy hour, Sunday brunch, and Instagram famous (and thoroughly decadent) #ButterKrabRoll, Pubbelly Sushi is offering yet another reason to visit one of their four locations which include Aventura Mall, Brickell City Centre, and Downtown Dadeland.  Enjoy your favorite Latin-and-Asian fusion eats with one of the following 10 new eclectic cocktails, including modern takes on old-world classics and fresh, globally inspired new concoctions using the freshest of ingredients and only premium, top-shelf spirits:

Lychee Passion Colada ($17): 6 o’clock gin, don q rum, sake, lychee, coconut, passionfruit, citrus

Kumquat Mojito ($17): Don Q Rum, Kumquat, Shiso-mint, Jalapeno Tincture

Pubbelly G&T ($18): Atian Gin, London Essence Elderflower Tonic, Kaffir Lime, Pink Peppercorn, Juniper

Watermelon Basil Margarita ($17): Jose Cuervo Tequila, Basil, Watermelon, Citrus

Ichigo Old Fashioned ($17): Four Roses Bourbon, Strawberry, Citrus, Agave, Orange Bitters

Nashi Tokyo Mule ($17): Deep Eddy Vodka, Nashi Pear, Mint Green Tea Syrup, London Essence Ginger Beer, Citrus

What A Cute Tea ($16):B Wheatley Vodka, Jasmine Tea, Raspberry, Citrus

Shiso Miami ($18): Maestro Dobel, Shiso, Cucumber, Egg White, Jalapeno Tincture, Citrus

Kiss The Fish ($18): London no. 3, Lemongrass Syrup, Curaçao, Lychee, Citrus

La Chula ($16): 400 Conejos Mezcal, Jose Cuervo Tequila, Watermelon, Ancho Chili, Citrus

Cafecito Espressotini ($18): Brugal 1888, J F Hayden’s Coffee, Demerara, Cacao, Crema

Embracing the unexpected is part of Pubbelly Sushi’s DNA, so to accompany the daring new beverage program, various far-east-inspired events will be taking place throughout the month. Inspired by Japanese slot machines, Pachinko Time offers guests the golden opportunity to sample Pubbelly Sushi’s new cocktails in shot form Monday through Friday from 6-7PM. During their renowned daily Happy Hour, guests will be kept guessing as a selection of cocktails will be accompanied by special, rotating surprises (hint: look for the QR code underneath). Additionally, Pubbelly Sushi’s high-spirited Obon Festival parties, in celebration of the annual Japanese holiday honoring ancestors that have passed on while welcoming in new spirits, will take place every Friday night in August at a different location. The colorful festivities will also include live entertainment, games and prizes inspired by the beloved yearly event to welcome Pubbelly’s new spirits.

For more information on Pubbelly Sushi’s new cocktails, please visit

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Founded by five-times James Beard Award Semi-Finalist Jose Mendin and renowned Chef Jorge Mijangos, Pubbelly Sushi is South Florida’s eclectic neighborhood gastropub offering a hyper-creative fusion of Japanese and Latin inspired dishes. Since its debut in 2010, Pubbelly has established itself as a locals’ favorite where patrons can indulge in high-quality affordable dishes within a relaxed and casual setting. The forward-thinking Japanese gastropub has been well embraced by the South Florida market, winning the highly acclaimed Miami New Times Reader’s Choice Award for “Best Sushi” in 2020 and Time Out Miami’s Love Local Award in 2021. Pubbelly Sushi’s extensive menu is characterized by umami flavors and inventive offerings ranging from appetizers to the brand’s legendary Robata Grill and an array of unique “Pubbelly Rolls” including the brand’s Instagram famous Butter Krab Roll.

The highly acclaimed local restaurant chain currently operates a total of five locations including Aventura, Brickell City Centre, Downtown Dadeland, Miami Beach, and Doral at the newly debuted Shoma Bazaar. For more information, please visit:


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The Holidays Have Never Been More Deliciously Guilt-Free: Eat Me Guilt Free Debuts
Limited-Edition “Festive AF Holiday Bundle” and More Holiday Gift Ideas

‘Tis the season to indulge – guilt free! Eat Me Guilt Free baked up three delicious gift ideas to make the holidays sparkle for everyone on your list this season.

Just in time for sleigh bells and sweater weather, Eat Me Guilt Free launched its limited-edition “Festive AF Holiday Bundle,” perfect for anyone who adores sweets that they can feel good about putting into their bodies. Eat Me Guilt Free is also offering its monthly Eat Me Guilt Free subscription and the Flavor of the Month subscription this holiday season. Give the gift that keeps giving – guilt free baked goods – all year long.

Eat Me Guilt Free’s baked goods offer a protein-packed, low-carbohydrate ratio, making them a healthier alternative to traditional snacks. The brand never sacrifices taste or texture when creating original recipes.

“Festive AF Holiday Bundle”

The “Festive AF Holiday Bundle” includes holiday staples with a twist to make the holiday sweeter for a friend or loved one.
12 Eat Me Guilt Free Holiday Cheer Brownies
A custom “naughty is the new nice” holiday ornament
Can’t resist candy canes
A full-sized stocking, ideal for stuffing
Eat Me Guilt Free signature lip-shaped cookie cutter (because who doesn’t love lip-shaped cookies?)
An embroidered Santa hat with the EMGF logo

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Islas Canarias Restaurant & Bar Known As The Creators of Miami’s Favorite Croqueta Celebrates 44 Years with Its Annual Event Croqueta County

In celebration of 44 years of Islas Canarias and one year of Croqueta County™, the croqueta giant will take over the city for the 2nd year in a row, this time bigger than ever, with exclusive pop-up events and a social media campaign, aimed to show appreciation to the community that has continued to support the restaurant’s famous croquetas. Croqueta County™ will be a week-long pop-up event that will bring the iconic croquetas to everyone at different locations throughout Miami-Dade. After all, the 44 years of Miami’s favorite Croqueta by Islas Canarias is a feat worth celebrating. In celebration of both milestones, Croqueta County™ will bring the iconic croquetas to everyone, croqueta lovers can spot the Croqueta County™ food truck where they can claim two free croquetas (while supplies last), launching September 17, 2021, at Unbranded Brewery from 6 PM - 9 PM. The next pop-up will take place at the Freedom Tower on September 20th from 12 PM - 2 PM, it’s final stop will be September 22nd and announced via Instagram @croquetacounty. The celebration concludes on September 25, 2021, where everyone can enjoy a massive Anniversary Party at Islas Canarias Restaurant & Bar.

Islas Canarias Restaurant and Bar, the establishment that brings everyone Miami’s highly-coveted croquetas and the yearly sold-out Valentine’s Day heart-shaped croqueta boxes, turns 44! Islas Canarias Restaurant is known for its traditional plates with family original recipes from Cuba in a casual yet elegant atmosphere inspired by the European architecture of 1950s Cuba. The eatery ends their tour around the city with an Anniversary Party at Islas Canarias Restaurant. Croqueta County™, a concept created by

Islas Canarias, will be throwing a massive anniversary party on Saturday, September 25th from 3 PM - 6 PM, where guests can enjoy bites from their food truck, Mojitos sponsored by Havana Club Rum, Cafecito sponsored by Bustelo, a special Islas Canarias X Unbranded Brewing Croqueta, and a pop-up tented-lounge with Croqueta County™ merchandise including a new baby line “Croquetica County™”. Merchandise is also available for sale as part of Croqueta County’s first anniversary and the official launch of the online store, Where croqueta lovers can purchase t-shirts, toddler tees, and baby onesies that include a free sticker with purchase. The outdoor tented area will be an experience like no other, with a lounge and bar for all to enjoy! To RSVP for the 44th-anniversary party and final Croqueta County celebration visit this link.

The campaign has incorporated hashtags such as #croquetacounty and #miamisfavoritecroqueta and dedicated handles that include @croquetacounty and @islascanariasrestaurant.  For more information on the week-long event, visit . For more information on Islas Canarias Restaurant & Bar visit


About Croqueta County:

Islas Canarias Restaurant is a family-owned and operated restaurant, established in 1977 by the late

Raul and Amelia Garcia and currently run by their daughter Nancy Andrade and her husband Luis Andrade. Raul’s secret family recipe for the Islas Canarias Croqueta has been the wonder, icon & favorite in Miami for over 40 years. This recipe has been preserved throughout the years and is now in the hands of his grandson, Jonathan Andrade, who is creating new and innovative ways to continue the love for this beloved Croqueta. Together with the restaurants his granddaughter, Eileen Andrade, has established where these croquetas are now incorporated into dishes, the Andrade family has built a community of Islas Canarias Croqueta lovers by staying true to their roots.

About Islas Canarias Restaurant:

Islas Canarias Restaurant is a family-owned and operated restaurant, established in 1977 by the late Raul and Amelia Garcia and currently run by their daughter Nancy Andrade along with her children Eileen and Jonathan Andrade. Raul’s family recipes have been preserved throughout the years under the careful watch of his children and grandchildren. The family has served generations of locals and tourists alike with the same quality service and attention to detail as its founders. Using the finest ingredients, Islas Canarias Restaurant aims to prepare quality, traditional plates from the family’s original recipes from Cuba. With a casually elegant atmosphere inspired by the European architecture of 1950s Cuba and the friendly ambiance of personnel that always recognizes a familiar face, every experience is pleasant when complimented by deliciously authentic Cuban & Spanish cuisine.

little havana art

Little Havana is more than just a place to dine, shop, imbibe and generally have a ball. While the choices of attractions to experience are copious, from trying Cuban cuisine at the Little Havana Food & Cultural to visiting Agustin Gainza Arts And Tavern, all of them are beautifully encased into one giant art gallery. Everywhere you look in this animated district there is aestheticism. Besides the masterpieces from famed artists, you can appreciate that this neighborhood will even elevate its utilitarian planters and receptacles to colorful and snazzy museum quality.

What’s unique about the craftsmanship in Little Havana is that each piece of art tells a story. And that tale is in the eye of the beholder. For while the talent of the Little Havana virtuosos is to effectively share their deepest emotion, the true measure of these artisans is their ability to empower their wide-eyed fans the freedom to interpret the original parable through their own lens.

And who better than to offer their very own personal perception of Little Havana art than my fellow guides at Miami Culinary Tours. So, I chatted with these vast vessels of knowledge as they shared their passion for the different artworks that spoke the most to them.

“I believe an artist is a product of their environment,” says painter Magnus Sodamin of his vivid, botanical artwork, which is heavily influenced by his Miami surroundings. That’s why guide Gina N. has chosen a bold, huge mural painted by this beloved artist as one of her favorites. “I love this piece because it links the neighborhoods of Wynwood and Little Havana together as Mr Sodamin has splashed his talents across both vicinities where I love to tour around my guests”, says Gina. “The entire wall sits at the 1600 block, the western entrance into the heart of the commercial center of Little Havana, a perfect greeting to the area.”

“The piece has a colossal black background with tropical flowers painted in mostly orange, red and green with Magnus’ signature style of dripping paint. Magnus paints with his surroundings always in mind. He often visits Miami’s Fairchild Botanical Gardens where Mother Nature has an art showing daily”, Gina exclaims enthusiastically. She goes on to say, “When you look at his works it conjures up feelings of a rainy tropical afternoon with nothing to do but listen to the sound of the watery drops and maybe sip on a cafecito and munch on a pastilito, so having this large mural based in Little Havana is so very fitting.”

After you follow Gina’s directions to enjoy art with a side of rich Cuban coffee and a delicious Cuban pastry, mosey from the Magnus Sodamin mural right across the street to enter the well-known Agustin Gainza gallery for a peek at a painting cherished by guide Ria C. Located at 1652 SW 8th Street, silver-haired Cuban artist Agustín Gainza and his beautiful wife Ester operate not only a popular gallery, but the space is also a cozy taverna. As you loll yourself into the relaxed rhythm of this shop with a well-mixed mojito in hand, be sure to ask Little Havana’s cherished couple for a view of Ria’s favorite series, “Las Moninas.”

“The series “Las Moninas” is one of my favorite collections in his gallery, it features, as Agustin says-“Mulatto girls blazing with tropical colors and lights”. He says these women were inspired by the painting of Velazquez, “Las Meninas”, Ria explains.

“One of the women in this series is named “Rubi” and she is my favorite because she stands confident and proud adorned in a colorful dress and headdress in a ballerinas pose ready to dance. The vibrant colors and shapes in her outfit are representative of the many colors of the Caribbean. Whenever I see Rubi’s portrait it brings a smile to my face, it makes me stand a little taller, and fills me with confidence that I can carry more than I think I can.”

Ria goes on to say that the gallery is a must-do stop on any Little Havana itinerary. If you have a chance to visit a few galleries, make sure this one is on your list. Not only will you get to appreciate the famous Las Moninas series, but you might find yourself inside this glorious atelier for many hours as there is so much that Agustín and Ester want to share with you. You might also have the chance to revel in a painting in progress, as this is also Agustin’s working studio. Have a good chat with him and you’ll learn his prismatic pieces are his way of telling his journey from Cuba to the US-a fascinating story that comes as an extra treat for visiting the Gainza’s salon.

Stay in the same block and you’ll stumble on the works of Molina, the objects of guide Jen P’s affections (1634 SW 8th Street). The artist, Mr. Molina, is one of the 125,000 Cubans that came to Miami in 1980 on the Mariel Boatlift. He spent his first twenty years in New York and then moved to Miami in the year 2000.

“While walking the streets of Little Havana one can’t help but admire the art. This especially holds true with the gallery of Mr. Molina. The paintings in his gallery have always carried a spell over me. The large oil on canvas in Mr. Molina’s window literally stops me in my tracks,” Jen says dreamily.

“His signature style focuses on the eyes of the subject. He extends the eyes out in a horizontal fashion drawing attention to the windows of the soul. Mr. Molina’s art provokes an ethereal feeling. His bold colors and repeated patterns can take one very far away. They are bewitching as equally stabilizing. I believe this juxtaposition is his secret weapon in drawing the viewer in.”

Jen urges to view the painting currently in the window, simply titled Earth & Ocean. “It draws a parallel reference to the island and sea surrounding Cuba. Although Mr Molina says some might refer to the painting as
Yemoja, a major water deity from the Yoruba religion.”

Mr. Molina paints the Gods and Deities of the Yoruba religion, often referred to as Santeria. The artist also points out he paints all the beauty of his Island from the Cuban culture to the flora, fauna and farmers and so much more.

As you exit this shop, spend the rest of your time in Little Havana gazing upon guide Lana O’s street art recommendations. “Little Havana is full of meaningful art pieces, some cheerful and optimistic, others-sarcastic and even socially tragic. Of my favorites to share with my guests are the signature colorful tiles on the walls of the buildings that are so often taken for granted just because they belong to the neighborhood so organically”, Lana says.

These street art pieces are authored by Nelson and Ronald Currás, twin brothers
who arrived to Miami in 1980 from Havana. They were influenced by a Herrera Zapata primitive art ceramics exhibition when they were young and thus discovered their calling was art. The pieces can be found scattered throughout the main drag of 8th street and are adorned with all the symbols of Cuba one can imagine-from tropical flowers, fruit, bongos, cigars, coffee, dominoes and Orishas ( deities in the syncretic religion of Santeria) to El Malecón, the legendary esplanade that stretches for 8 kilometers along the coast in Havana.

“What is unique about the brother’s style is that as true twins and mirror reflections of each other, left-handed and right-handed, the brothers would work on the same piece with four hands. The final result never was only Nelson’s, more precise and geometric, or Ronald’s, more flowing and romantic-it was their piece together. I love their style because it reminds me of Cuba with its bold colors. The tiles speak to me because the primitive imagery is as old as the history of humanity”, Lana says.

Close to the magnificent works of Lana’s adored Brothers Curran, you’ll find my two favorites stretching across the entire northwest wall of Azucar Lane at 15th Avenue and 8th Street. To me, Little Havana is a profound study of contrasts. There are very young residents strolling arm and arm with their elderly abuela; boisterous music contrasts sharply with the whispery voices of those paying respects at the solemn Cuban Memorial Boulevard; gargantuan plates of Cuban ropa vieja diametrically oppose thimble-sized portions of cafecito-these stark contradictions makes my heart sing. And so I am most at home in Little Havana when I gaze upon the two very different murals facing each other on this wall, one by Reynaldo Artires and one by Daniel Fila.

The first masterpiece graffiti by Artires ( it’s called “masterpiece” because it takes up a huge amount of wall space, has at least three colors and goes way beyond mere words as in more standard graffiti art). This mosaic-like piece called “Amor al Arte” or love of art, depicts much happiness. It captures the joy of Cuban exiles making their home in America more comfortable by bringing their own traditions to their new habitat. Dance, music and love of life is portrayed in this stunning work. My interpretation of Artires’ intention is to show how the Cuban community freely expresses their passion for the “art of life.” This is the spot I end my tours because my groups have spent their last few hours engrossed with a community that wears their upbeat emotions on their sleeves. This sunny and memorable tour de force by Artires summarizes their visit to this community so very well.

In opposition to the joviality that Artires invokes, the second mural on this wall by Miami-born Daniel Fila ( he is also known as Krave) creates a deeper mood. He is a multifaceted artist whose work ranges from mural installations to figurative and abstract paintings, animations, and urban sculpture. The danger, intrigue, originality and urgency associated with graffiti would become one of the central themes in his development as an artist. Fila started to paint potent images to set himself apart. Although much of Fila's street art can be found throughout Wynwood and the Miami Design District, Fila has ventured into Little Havana's burgeoning art scene with this mural entitled "Ladies in White" which means “Damas de Blanco.”

Damas de Blanco is an opposition movement in Cuba. It was founded in 2003 by wives and other female relatives of jailed dissidents. The women protest the imprisonments by attending Mass each Sunday wearing white dresses and then silently walking through the streets in Cuba. The color white was chosen to symbolize peace. For me, Fila’s work is so different than the Artires mural because instead of symbolizing bliss, this piece is about true sorrow. It is the sadness that Cubans carry heavy in their hearts. But being such gregarious and warm people, their melancholy about the Ladies in White movement is something they will discuss with you only when prompted. Interestingly, Fila refers to himself as a "Miami boy". He doesn't have Cuban lineage. But, he was so moved by the story of the "Ladies in White" that is why he painted the mural in honor of them.

For an ideal spot to end your art journey through Little Havana, take a step right around the corner from the Artires and Fila jewels and duck into Azucar, the area’s most famous ice cream emporium. Grab your scoop of Cuban ice cream and return the crowning accomplishments to take a seat under the shady tree that separates the two works of art from each other. Once rooted in place, slowly savor your frozen treat as you reflect on all the artistic creations you have seen and start conjuring up your very own special interpretations of your favorites.

By Robyn Webb

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