Top Four Best Miami Restaurants

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After spending a couple years living with family in Miami, I have come to the conclusion that I am qualified enough to give detailed responses on what the best restaurants in Miami are. Here goes.

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First up comes the best Sushi in Miami, conveniently located within the walls of NAOE. NAOE is in Brickell, just east of downtown Miami. There are three main boxes I have in my head that I like to check off whenever I visit a new restaurant in Miami. I always begin with the service. Luckily for me, all of the staff was smiling and ready to help anyone. They worked in a timely manner and even assisted me with using my chopsticks, because I somehow still haven’t learned how to properly use them.

While waiting for my food, I read the online reviews for NAOE at Yelp. From what I had experienced so far during my first visit, I agreed with the man positive reviews I read. After reading through a few good reviews, the food arrived. Quicker than most restaurants, but that’s just how NAOE rolls. That should be their tagline, because of sushi rolls. Check off the second box, which was the quality of the food they provided me with. NAOE’s menu has greater variety than most sushi restaurants, even in Miami with so many high-end restaurants around. Subsequently after eating, I made my way to NAOE’s bathrooms.

Not because of how my body was reacting to their food, but because my final box is sanitation. My aunt used to work as a health inspector, so I know what to look for. I even asked the management to let me take a peek behind their kitchen, to which they obliged. Most places are too suspicious as to why, but it’s always interesting. The kitchen was up to code, per usual, even their kitchen exhaust hoods. Those are one of the biggest risks of operating a commercial kitchen, because grease fires can destroy everything. Luckily for NAOE, this restaurant is covered by a top-notch Miami hood cleaning company. From what I could see, of course.

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Next, we move onto a completely different genre of restaurant: barbecue. Bulldog Barbecue has been my favorite since first moving here, and they’re always surprising me with new and interesting dishes that still manage to surprise me in some way each time. Bulldog Barbecue is located near the FIU Biscayne Bay Campus in Miami . The interior may seem barebones, but the minimalist qualities prevent it from getting overcrowded with people and noise.

Nothing is worse than eating at a restaurant where the waiter needs you to repeat yourself because they can’t hear over everyone else’s voices. Again, the three boxes: service, quality, cleanliness. Any old barbecue joint can have waiters that smile and happily assist you. But not every barbecue restaurant in Miami can give you personal suggestions from the menu, knowing exactly what kind of cooked meat will fit your bill. I ordered brisket, my personal favorite, and the meat was so soft and tender that it practically melted in my mouth.

I couldn’t have asked for better brisket at the most expensive barbecue restaurants in Miami, and this was actually affordable! Upon inspecting the table and seating before I got settled, cleanliness was definitely a key factor in Bulldog Barbecues M.O.. If there was a fourth box for getting good reviews, Bulldog Barbecue would have to check that one off twice over. Six stars out of five, if that’s even possible. I’m just a huge barbecue guy.

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For people with a more “delicate” palette, or anyone who isn’t into eating barbecued meat, there is the Alloy Bistro Gourmet. Alloy Bistro is another restaurant located in downtown Miami, meaning that you never have to go very far to find quality food. But I’ll save that discussion for later in the review. This one’s more of a Mediterranean-themed restaurant, which is always welcome. Miami restaurants can always use more variety.

Luckily, all the variety you need is found in Alloy Bistro’s menu. Now, I’m not huge on dessert, but one of the waiters cajoled me into getting the fried pineapple ice cream. Not my finest moment, but I can always jog it out tomorrow morning. Anybody looking to eat at another one of Miami’s hidden gems will not be disappointed by this restaurant. Upon further reflection, I should really add my own opinions to the many positive reviews this restaurant keeps getting.

The ambience created by Alloy Bistro’s perfect lighting and decor made it a real treat just to sit inside of, especially for someone like me who isn’t accustomed to eating at such finely decorated establishments. In addition, it’s located smack dab in the center of downtown Miami so you’re within close proximity of everything after getting a nice meal. Really recommend this place and its food.miami mexican restaurant florida

Finally, the fourth place I would recommend is Jacalito Taqueria Mexicana. Jacalito Taqueria is found within the brightest spot in all of Miami, the East Coral Gables. Admittedly, I agree with a lot of the good and bad in the reviews. People are saying at first it appears to be a dive, but then it’s almost like you’re opened up to a whole new world upon entering. I’m not very immersed into Latin American culture, but the wait staff and other customers really make you feel like you’re part of this big family that’s always happy to see you whenever you eat there.

The food somehow managed to top the atmosphere a well, which I hadn’t previously thought possible. If it is a dive, then it’s the cleanest and friendliest one that I’ve ever been to. Pork tacos are my favorite because my friend’s mom used to make them for us as little kids, and Jacalito Taqueria took me back instantly.

Their food is on par with the greatest Latin restaurants in Miami, and all at an affordable price. If you’re looking to be included in the family, or just plain want some great tacos with the tastiest meat you’ve eatne, I would absolutely recommend eating at Jacalito Taqueria in Miami.

Graphic novels as a form of art

Lately we’ve been learning about graphic novels in my English class. Contrary to popular belief, we have actually began to learn things that are relevant to English. Right now we’re reading this book about the Iranian Revolution in the late 70’s. For some reason we had to watch a 20 minute video beforehand that detailed the many uprisings and rebellions there have been in the Middle East. Muslims aren’t really interesting enough to watch a documentary about them. The book is called Persepolis, and it’s more of the story of a girl who’s trying to understand the Revolution and why she’s being separated from her friends. The only person I can talk to about it is my friend who lives in Vegas. We only get to call on occasion, but he always tell me how nice business is with his las vegas special use permit company going on.

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It’s probably hard for a small child to wrap their head around the idea of multiple religions being at war with each other. Especially when her parents are protesting and she sees them as heroes, but everyone else perceives them as rebel scum. Then we studied the optical illusions behind imagery in graphic novels, and they tried to be all tricky and thought-provoking. It’s the epitome of condescension, which is really hard for me to tolerate. Being talked down to by someone who studied “liberal arts” for multiple years is pretty. Major in a real topic. It’s also kinda tough for me to relate to the story, because I stopped believing in God a long time ago.

 

short term rental permitsI understand all the symbolism and morality stuff behind it, but I don’t believe in any higher beings. People always think that atheists worship the devil or something. But they’re forgetting that we don’t believe in him, either. I don’t really like to call myself an atheist anyways, purely because of the negative connotation that comes with it. The bright side is that graphic novels aren’t a political issue, like language or oppression, so I don’t have to disagree with everything my teacher says anymore. As Glen Cook stated, “Every ounce of my cynicism is supported by historical precedent.”

Cameras can be fun.

waterfallI’ve always been a camera person or ‘shutterbug’ but I’ve never had very good cameras.  Now with the advent of digital SLR’s, aka DSLR, I’m excited.  I bought my first one about 8 months ago and I can’t put it down.  My experiments in lens choices, exposure settings, and even software for adjusting and retouch – have led me down a road of discovery that has me more enamored than even what happened to me with the personal computer.

So I shoot pictures. Lots of pictures.  And some are great and some are horrible.  But thank goodness that it’s all digital.  I get to see the outcome quickly and readjust for making improvements on the shot and trying again.  While I do this, I learn more and get more of a sense for aperture and exposure and composition.  All of which are the real variables in photography.

galena-creek-lake-tahoe-nvMy choice of camera for my first DSLR is a Canon EOS 5i Rebel.  Love it.  I’ve picked up a couple extra lenses and the only lens that I still feel would be important to have is an adjustable wide angle.  The issue with getting this lens is the near $500 price tag. Gulp.  But I really need it because most of my shots are wide scenic shots.  So this lens would improve my shots a lot.  The owner of the carpet cleaning company that I use frequently is a shutterbug too.  He’s kind of funny because he’s into action shots like motorcycle racing or horse racing, etc.  I’ve seen some of his shots and they’re incredible.  But ask him to take some carpet cleaning or carpet repair pictures, and they look mediocre at best.

lake-tahoe-eastshore-hdrSince I live in the Reno Lake Tahoe area, most of my pictures are of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains.  I belong to a Facebook group called ‘You are Probably From Lake Tahoe’ and the group wall is littered with Tahoe photos from people trying to be professional photographers.  The works they publish here are getting old. Seems like the same stuff gets added all the time.  Really not much new shows up.  So I hope to think of some new pictures to take.  Kind of give Tahoe a more original look.  Some of the shots I’m doing now are in HDR and are pretty interesting.  I’ve also been trying some dark filters and opening the aperture up for longer times to do a motion blur of water.  That’s been pretty fun.

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The $6000 car adventure begins

I don’t know why I feel like talking about this – but I really want to talk about it.  I bought a $6000 car the other day.  It’s a Volkswagen Jetta TDI.  If you know Volkswagen, you’d probably know that a TDI is a turbo diesel engined car.  VW is not the only car company that uses that designation, some of the other German car companies, in particular, use that.

So, the back story is that a young woman was driving this car through Reno Nevada when the engine blew up.  Seems that she’d been ignoring maintanence on it and was overdue for a timing belt (hell, I didn’t even know that diesel engines had a timing belt).  But, she blew it up either way.

Her father just said to leave the car with the repair shop and go by a new car.  So my friend Marvin, who owns the shop, got title of the car and rebuilt the engine.

So, here was this white Jetta with a near perfect interior, and a very good exterior, and a brand new powerplant.  I had to have it!.

Now, I did discover one issue – the windshield is brand new and does not have any tint.  Neither do any of the side windows.  I contacted a new car window tinting company, Reno Tahoe Window Tint to get a quote.  They came up with $185 to do all the windows and a strip across the front window.  I think it’s a good price, I just feel funny doing this kind of work to my beater car.  But, it’s Reno and a good window tint will save me in the heat of the summer.

Tonight, I did notice that I have a parking light lamp out.  I hope it’s alot less expensive to replace than the one on my BMW.  That thing was a ridiculous $350 to replace.  Crazy!