Plate: Healthy Miami Cuisine

At Miami's Plate, you can count on delicious, homemade soups, wonderfully fresh salads, hearty sandwiches, tasty smoothies, and healthy wraps. The ambiance is welcoming and cheerful, and the wait staff is friendly and attentive. Stop by Plate for a deliciously wholesome breakfast, like a breakfast wrap with eggs, ham or turkey, a bagel sandwich, or a plate of eggs your way. For lunch, order up a great Veggie Burger, a Mojo Grilled Chicken Sandwich, or a Classic Club with ham, turkey, bacon, and cheese. As for the popular wraps, patrons like the El Rancho with grilled chicken, tomato, and ranch dressing, the Q-Ben with turkey, picadillo, brown rice and baby greens, as well as the Royal India with curried chicken and coconut brown rice. Plus, great daily specials are always available, too. Plate is open Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.

2105 Coral Way
Miami, FL 33145
(305) 854-1888
 
 

DIY: 4 Recycle and Upcycle Craft Projects

If you like creating and crafting, but also strive to be eco-friendly, here are some great projects for you. All these DIY projects are fun, easy, and "green." And don't worry about heading out to the store for a bunch of supplies: most of these projects can be created from stuff you've probably got around your home.

DIY Wine Cork Placemat

Coffee Filter Paper Flowers

Recycled Cardboard Kitty Pad

Create A Terrarium from Mason Jars

Petit Rouge: Traditional French Cuisine

For tasty French fare in Miami, head to Petit Rouge for amazing food and great service. Inside, you'll find a charming ambiance, and great food such as starters like Tarte Flambé – a thin crust tart topped with crème fraiche, caramelized onions, and bacon, and classic French Onion Soup and Moules Marinee – steamed PEI mussels in white wine. For dinner, enjoy Confit de Canard – crispy duck leg with potatoes, Filet Mignon with green peppercorn sauce, and Saumon Provencal – pan seared Scottish Salmon. Round out your meal with delicious side dishes like Steamed Asparagus, French Green Beans, Whipped Potatoes, or even French Fries. Peruse the robust wine list, and select the ideal glass for with your meal, and after dinner check out the delectable classic French desserts. To ensure that you get a table, reservations are suggested. Petit Rouge is open Mondays through Saturdays from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

12409 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33181
(305) 892-7676
 

Wynwood Walls: Warehouses Are Now Works of Art

Visit Wynwood Walls to get inspired. Back in 2009, Tony Goldman transformed this warehouse district into an impressive piece of larger than life art. Today, the warehouses are decorated with amazing art and graffiti. When you have a free afternoon, head to this section of Miami, and wander around to take in all the different genres of art that are represented here. You'll see everything from cartoons and pop art, to graffiti and more. Plus, on the first of each month, all the galleries here are open for Art Walk with a DJ playing, which is always great fun. As you would expect, Art Walk can get very busy, and parking can be hard to come by. While you're here, if you get hungry, stop in at Wynwood Kitchen and Bar for delicious Latin-inspired fare. 

Wynwood Walls
2528 Northwest 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 722-8959
http://www.yelp.com/biz/wynwood-walls-miami

Improve Your Kitchen: 3 Easy, Low-Cost Ways

Is your kitchen in need of some TLC? We've compiled a few budget-friendly ideas that are easy to do, and will help you to organize and improve the functionality and aesthetics of your kitchen!  

Get Organized
Even if you don't have a lot of money to spend, you can find useful, inexpensive storage solutions for everything from pots and pans to spices and staples. Stores like The Container Store, CB2, Ikea, and Bed, Bath, and Beyond offer numerous options for freeing up counter and shelf space by organizing more efficiently.

Think Usability
This idea's basically free — all it costs is a little time: you can make your kitchen much more functional and pleasant to use by storing frequently used items in easy-to-reach places. If you love your rice cooker so much that you use it daily, keep it on the counter. Don't use the fondue pot you got as a gift? Store it away.

Eye-Catching Accents
Even if you can't change the sink, cabinets, and appliances, you can spruce up your kitchen inexpensively by adding some colorful, eye-catching accent pieces. You can find things like trivets, spoon rests, and teapots in a variety of hues and styles.

Blue Collar: Southern Comfort Food

Classic Southern comfort food gets a modern twist at Miami's Blue Collar. This petite eatery, with open and airy interior with light wood floors, big glass windows, and white chairs, serves up tasty food with quick, friendly service. Blue Collar is known as a great family restaurant, where all can enjoy delicious, hearty food. The menus are overflowing with Southern favorites as well as American classics, such as cheeseburgers and grilled cheese. For a traditional plate, start with an order of the Shrimp and Grits with cheese, bacon, and New Orleans style BBQ sauce. If you're a fan of succulent duck, order the Duck "McMuffin" topped with duck bacon, gouda, a duck egg, and duck au jus. Also, make sure you read over the chalkboard offerings for the daily specials. If you can, save room for a tasty serving of the homemade Bread Pudding for dessert. 

Blue Collar
6730 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 756-0366
http://www.yelp.com/biz/blue-collar-miami

The Cheese Counter: For The Love Of Cheese

For an outstanding gourmet sandwich or to purchase a wedge of artisan cheese, head over to The Cheese Counter. For a lovely meal, dine in the rustic bistro section of the store, where you can enjoy a menu with a great selection of sandwiches and salads made with a creative mix of ingredients and quality cheeses, of course. If you're a fan of great cheese, opt for one of the tasty cheese plates — you can choose your own combination of cheeses from over 100 cheeses and accompaniments to match. On nice days, take your meal or snack outside in the garden, and people watch as you dine. Once you're finished eating, peruse the store, where you can purchase an array of cheeses, breads, spreads, and more. Plus, samples are plentiful, so you can try before you buy! Visit the website for a schedule of events like cheese tastings. 

The Cheese Counter
3451 Northeast 1st Avenue
Miami, FL 33137
(786) 220-6681
http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-cheese-course-miami

The Federal: A Contemporary Dining Experience

The Federal is a contemporary, American tavern in Miami. Inside this modern bistro, you'll find a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere, friendly service, and a delicious menu of American dishes that are both classic and innovative. When it comes to the food, you'll be treated to plates like Pan-Roasted Black Bass, New England Lobster Roll, Fisherman’s Stew, Pan-Roasted Airline Chicken Breast, Grove Farms Lamb Burger, Federal Steak, and Venison Sausage. Round out your meal with traditional, hearty sides like Freshly Shucked Corn, Whipped Potatoes, Creamed Collard Greens, and Crispy Brussels Sprouts. Start your meal with a charcuterie platter of artisan cheeses and cured meats. Or, visit on Sunday for brunch, and enjoy unlimited mimosas for $16 while you fill up on a tasty variety of breakfast items. The Federal is open daily for dinner, and for brunch on Sundays.

5132 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 758-9559
 

Michy’s: Upscale Comfort Cuisine

At Michy's in Miami, diners are treated to upscale comfort food. At the helm of this eatery is owner/chef Michelle Bernstein who makes use of fresh, local seafood and seasonal ingredients from local producers to craft a delicious menu of amazing comfort food dishes. At this brightly decorated bistro, you can enjoy appetizers such as White Gazpacho, a delectable chilled blend of white grapes, marcona almonds, and cucumbers; Peruvian-style Ceviche, Tuna Tartare; Heirloom Tomato Salad; as well as classic Duck Confit. As for the main dishes, you can enjoy Short Ribs, Whole Yellowtail Snapper, Seared Halibut, and Lemon Ricotta Gnocchi. If you can't decide what to get, ask for the family-style tasting menu, and let Chef Michelle treat you to an array of delectable dishes. If you can, save room for one of the delectable desserts, like Deep Fried Pineapple Pie with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.

6927 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 759-2001 
 

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink: A Vibrant Miami Bistro

This sophisticated Miami bistro is known for finely crafted dishes prepared with fresh, local ingredients. At Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, start your meal with a specialty cocktail, or craft beer, as you peruse the menu of savory dishes like Steamed Mussels, Chili Chicken Wings, and Crispy Hominy with Chili and Lime. Patrons raves about the delicious, well-prepared food, such as the Wood-oven Roasted Swordfish, Bone-in Ribeye, and Whole Poulet Rouge Chicken. For a weekend treat, visit for Sunday Brunch where you can partake in an array of tasty dishes like Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Duck Confit Hash, Breakfast Pizza topped with smoked bacon, Monterey Jack cheese, and eggs, and Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder with Cheese Grits. If you're able, try to save some room for one of Pastry Chef Hedy’s amazing desserts, like the Peach Hungarian Shortcake or the Brown Butter Cake with bing cherries. 

130 NE 40th Street
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 573-5550