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15 Places That Prove There’s More to Miami Than South Beach

Sure there is tons of fun to be had in South Beach — beautiful people, trendy nightspots, great beaches — but get trapped in those two and half miles and you’ll miss out on the best of what Miami has to offer.

Little Havana

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Rumor has it, if you are Latino and don’t visit Little Havana, the ghost of Celia Cruz will haunt you in your dreams. Actually, that sounds like fun. Either way, you should visit.

Versailles Restaurant

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Venetian Pool

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Don’t miss out on what many consider to be the most beautiful pool in the world: the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables. It’s a freshwater pool with Italian architectural flourishes and waterfalls.

El Mago de las Fritas

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El Mago, who won’t reveal his secret recipe, is doing something right: his fritas, Cuban-style burgers, were featured in an episode of Burger Land. Oh yeah, and some guy named President Obama has been there, too, ’cause YUM!

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Club Deuce

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Club Deuce is a divey spot near South Beach. It’s been around since 1926. Best part? Their happy hour is really, really long, like 11 hours long.

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Churchill’s Pub

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Since opening in 1979, Churchill’s Pub in Little Haiti has been a popular hub for live music.

The Broken Shaker

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Head over to The Broken Shaker where the menu of cocktails changes almost daily. The drinks are handcrafted with elixirs, infusions and herbs and spices picked from the Broken Shaker’s own garden.

Design District

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The Design District is a “neighborhood dedicated to innovative fashion, design, architecture and dining experiences.” Translation: if you dig and can afford luxury living, this is for you.

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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

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For a second you’ll wonder if you are in Italy during the Renaissance, but check your phone’s GPS – it’ll remind you that you are in present day Biscayne Bay at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Check out all sorts of European treasures from the 16th to 19th centuries.

Little Buenos Aires

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In just a 10-block radius you can easily be transported to Argentina. Sip a cortada, have a delicious steak and listen to some old guys argue about Boca Juniors and River Plate.

The Kampong

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In Coconut Grove you’ll find The Kampong, a beautiful botanical garden with a wonderful selection of cultivated tropical fruit such as kaffir oranges, elephant apples and bael fruit.

Wynwood Walls

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An ever-changing display of free, outdoor urban art is located at Wynwood Walls, a warehouse district turned large canvas.

Pérez Art Museum

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Pérez Art Museum is housed in an award-winning building by architects Herzog & de Meuron and a must-see for it’s permanent collection of 20th and 21st century art from around the world.

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A Florida Doctor Is Being Charged with a Hate Crime After Assaulting a Latino Man at a Supermarket

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A Florida Doctor Is Being Charged with a Hate Crime After Assaulting a Latino Man at a Supermarket

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It’s an unfortunate reality that Latinos face immense amounts of racism in America. Case in point: a Florida doctor is facing hate crime charges after assaulting a Latino man at a supermarket.

According to police, a 58-year-old woman followed a Latino man out to the parking lot, keyed his car, smashed his phone, and punched him–all the while hurling racially-charged insults at him.

The altercation happened on Jan. 20th at a Publix supermarket in Hialeah, Florida–a town with a large Latino population. It all started when the victim, an unnamed Latino man, asked Dr. Jennifer Susan Wright to maintain social distancing in Spanish. After she ignored him, the man repeated the question in English.

It was at this point that Dr. Wright, who is an anesthesiologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center, became incensed and began muttering curse words under her breath. After the man left the grocery store, Dr. Wright followed him out to the parking lot.

She began to verbally berate him, calling him a “spic” and telling him “we should have gotten rid of you when we could.”

According to the police report, she also said: “This is not going to be Biden’s America, this is my America.” The woman then took her keys out an began to “stab the victim’s vehicle with her keys” while telling him to “go back to his country”.

The man took out his phone to call 911 and the woman allegedly punched him, causing him to drop his phone. When he bent over to pick his phone up, she allegedly kicked him and tried to stomp on his phone.

The woman fled before the police came, but she was arrested on Feb 12th at her home in Miami Springs.

The woman was initially charged with tampering with a victim, criminal mischief and battery with prejudice. The “hate crime” charge was later added, elevating the crime to a felony.

According to reports, Wright posted her $1000 bail and is now awaiting trial. Mount Sinai Medical Center released a statement saying that Dr. Wright is “no longer responsible for patient care” after assaulting a Latino man.

According to the Miami Herald, neighbors know Dr. Jennifer Wright as an ardent Trump supporter. Her social media pages are riddled with far-right, Pro-Trump memes and photos of her posing in a MAGA hat. She even uploaded a post that read: “It’s Okay To Be White.”

We can all agree that it’s “okay” to be white. It’s okay to be any race. We cannot, however, all agree that it’s okay to be a violent, racist bigot. We hope the victim has recovered and we hope Jennifer Wright will face justice.

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In A Post-Covid World, Here Is Where You All Said You Want To Travel

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In A Post-Covid World, Here Is Where You All Said You Want To Travel

Covid put a stop to our travel plans for 2020. After almost a year in lockdown, we have had time to plan fantasy trips and explore the world. We asked you where you wanted to visit and here are some of the places you all can’t wait to see.

Argentina

Argentina offers something for everyone. As on of the southernmost countries in the world, Argentina offers natural sights that will make nature lovers swoon. Into architecture? Cities like Mendoza offers a look at the art-deco style that will make you feel like you are back in time. Don’t forget to try to make a trip down to Ushuaia, the End of the World for a spectacular view.

Cuba

Cuba is a tricky one but a beautiful place to see. The country is filled with old buildings and cars that make it feel like a time capsule. Now, the island is old because they are oppressed and don’t have much. But you can always find ways to make sure that you help people of the island instead of giving the money to government approved businesses.

Costa Rica

This is about as wild and wondrous as it gets. Costa Rica will give everyone a chance to really be one with nature. The Central American country is a rainforest oasis with nature everywhere you look. The country prides itself on how development is not encroaching on nature and has even outlawed zoos and aquariums.

Honduras

Honduras is an underestimated place to visit. The food and people are warm and inviting. There has been some unrest in the country in recent years and a series of hurricanes has devastated the population. Tourism is a great way to bring money into a place the needs it. Just don’t take advantage of them while you are there.

Mexico

Mexico is a country filled with wonders new and old. You can experience the ruins of some of the oldest civilizations and bask in the modernity of Mexico City. The food is as diverse and vibrant as the people with delicious moles in Oaxaca and experimental fusions in Mexico City. Valle de Guadalupe is home to some farm to table restaurants and exquisite wineries. It truly is a journey of the sense if you take time to see the country.

Colombia

Colombia is one of South America’s gems. After years of internal conflict, the nation is growing and quickly becoming a destination. Bogotá and Medellín are great but make it a point to visit Cali. The city is one of the place everyone should visit if they make their way to Colombia.

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