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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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Americans Are So Fed Up With The Pandemic They’re Willing To Give Up Sex To Travel

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Americans Are So Fed Up With The Pandemic They’re Willing To Give Up Sex To Travel

What do you miss most about pre-COVID life? Is it eating out at restaurants? Going to the club to perrear? Or is it traveling? For many Americans, it seems like the number one answer would be traveling. In fact, a huge number of Americans miss traveling so much that they would be willing to give up sex just to be able to go on a trip right now. 

So just how many people are willing to give up sex for a trip right now?

According to an informal survey conducted by travel site Trivago, a whopping 38% of Americans say they’d give up sex for an entire year to go on a trip right now. And that’s a poll of 2,000 people! 

“After a year that changed everything, it’s clear that modern travel has been profoundly altered, perhaps forever. As the vaccine rollout continues and restrictions begin to lift in parts of the globe, eager travelers everywhere wait patiently for the clear signal to be able to get away and adventure once again,” Trivago shared in a statement alongside its survey results. “The results reveal significant desires to travel, including what consumers would give up, what they’d like to do and where they’d like to go, as well as why they’d like to get back on the road.”

But it wasn’t just sex…Americans are willing to give up a lot that they care about for a trip.

Beyond finding out that more than one-third of Americans would give up sex for a year, Trivago also found that one in five people would give up their partner to travel now, and one in four said they’d give up all their savings. Additionally, nearly 50% of respondents in the U.S. said they’d happily give up their job to hit the road again.

Why are people so willing to give it all up for a few vacations?

“More than 80% of those surveyed somewhat or strongly agree that travel is a part of a well-rounded life,” Trivago added. “The concept of travel as a form of self-care/wellness and to expand one’s perspective is one that continues to grow.”

It noted, in both the U.S. and the UK, a substantial majority of respondents said that being prevented from traveling freely is one of the worst aspects of the pandemic and that because of the pandemic this is the most they’ve ever felt like traveling.

But hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer. Although international travel is still largely discouraged by governments around the world, some level of travel is starting to return to normal. But until we have the COVID-19 pandemic under control, it’s important we do our part to keep everyone safe. Things like staycations, domestic trips, and even taking a virtual vacation. While it may not be entirely the same thing, at least you won’t have to give up all the good parts of life to get it.

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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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