No, seriously, don’t try and change anything or they will kill you. OK, fine they won’t kill you, but they will tell you that you aren’t allowed to change a DAMN THING about your order.
I took a stroll over to Umami Burger in South Beach recently and chose the Veggie burger, known as the Miami Earth Burger. This delectable choice comes complete with avocado, red pepper flakes, butter lettuce, tomato and Goat Cheese. I am NOT a huge fan of goat cheese. The strong taste seems to overpower and really I need to be in a “goat cheese” mood to enjoy it in my food. This time, I didn’t have much of a choice.
I was pretty surprised to learn that I am not able to change the cheese that comes with the burger I’m paying for. The waitress was very nice (as was most of the staff) so I simply said “OK” and asked for no cheese. She then told me she’d bring me a side of Cheddar. So I’ll put together my own sandwich, no big deal.
When the manager brought out our sweet potato fries, which was very kind, I asked him about the side of cheese that never came out. He then explained that Umami Burger makes their own buns, burgers, cheese, etc, and that everything is put together in a very “Special” way, so altering something like the cheese would throw EVERYTHING OFF make the whole thing taste bad. He then proceeded to explain what goat cheese tastes like. “Sir, I know what Goat cheese tastes like and that’s why I don’t want it, thanks. Can I just have a side of cheddar, separately?” I asked nicely. Then with a very smug, “Manager from Office Space” type of smile-face he just said “No, you can’t.” and walked away. I was so shocked all I could do was laugh.
The Miami Earth burger was tasty, I will say that. Now, since I know food,what tastes good together, etc, I KNOW that some cheddar cheese would have been so good with it. The veggie burger was made with black beans. The bun was a little sweet and crispy. There was avocado involved. I mean, in what scenario does cheddar cheese not fit in with these things?! Honestly, someone please tell me when. I’ll wait.
And it’s like what, only the Umami Lords know what tastes good? For the record I got the goat cheese on the side, and alone it wasn’t too bad, but on the burger it was actually not good. NOT GOOD. Just the sheer fact that they seem so smug and self-assured that no one is allowed to disagree with their cheese selection is infuriating. Oh and my burger had ONE teeny smushed tomato; I was scared to ask for a normal amount of tomatos since they might have kicked me out at that point. Also, I tasted no Red Pepper flakes, which were listed on the menu. Just Saying.
My friend Lynn got the Classic Umami burger and it looked pretty great. I don’t eat meat so I’ll take her word for it- but the caramelized onions and parmesan cheese crisp seemed to really set it off. Maybe they need to try a few variations of their coveted Veggie option and then decide which one they will force on the non meat eaters. Of course I wasn’t at all forced to eat there, but I wanted to. After hearing such rave reviews from my friends and peers, I actually suggested the restaurant to my friend. I wanted to believe. But I guess I’ll leave that to the carnivores.
1080 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
After a successful opening weekend, Red Rabbit Presents their second installment of BASE at Space Nightclub. This time they come to us with DJ’s Benzi and Oh Snap!!. Both bringing their own twist to the electronic Trap element, I’m curious to see how the two will transform the room. Click below to listen to their sound and be prepared to clap, clap , clap.
34 NE 11th St Miami, FL 33132
It’s been a while since we did a Window Shopping Wednesday, but this Pre-Fall 2013 collection of Chanel Boy bags deserves some tear-soaked recognition. Ranging in price from just over $3,000 to more than $5,000 these bags are not for the light of pocket. However, they are so gorgeous and ornate, you guys have to at least see them. Some in detailed Baroque-esque leather, some adorned with chain-mail , some in Pony-hair and all in the iconic flap shape, I want every single one.
Feast your eyes below. And if you can afford it, or chose not to eat for a couple months, head over to Chanel and browse the shop!
Images via BilliDollarBaby
I think it’s important to take a little time out of your day every now and then and look at art. Wether it’s street graffiti, fine art in a museum, or drawings your little sister did in school, it’s good for you. Each piece took someone time to think, feel and create something from scratch. Art can be such an overused, cliché and annoying word, but at the end of the day, there’s beauty in it. I stumbled on an article showcasing pieces (some paint, some sculture, etc) that are so deep into Realism they look like actual photos. Some of the blew me away. They are below. Enjoy.
Sculpture by Ron Mueck
Painting by Thomas Arvid
Pedro Campos Oil Paint
Gregory Thielker Oil Paint
Kelvin Okafor Graphite Pencil
Lee Price Oil Paint
Bryan Drury Oil on Wood
Gottfried Helnwein Oil and Acrylic
Omar Ortiz Oil Paint
Kim Ji-hoon Pencil
Mike Bayne Oli on Wood
Every Miami’an has been there. Space Nightclub in Downtown Miami on 34 NE 11th St.. You’ve either done an all-nighter and ended up at its infamous after-hours party or have been induced into the party scene when you were 18 (or maybe younger) and visited the various rooms as a newbie. “Space has always been ahead of its time, more than just being a staple in Miami nightlife, Space has served as the pulse for the dance music scene in this city for over a decade,” says Shane Vernon from Red Rabbit Presents, a communication firm specializing in event management and creation. We can’t deny that we haven’t had a good time at Space, but as we grew up and moved on from the Downtown clubs of Miami, Space has consistently stood tall on a block that has a constant rotation of nightclub turnover. Known for its large-scale parties and various rooms offerings, Space is actually an amazing Miami club staple with consistency and reputation.
Now, Space Nightclub continues to revolutionize the clubbing experience and has brought on the event management company Red Rabbit Presents to re-brand their Hip-Hop room at the club, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. With the current state of hip-hop constantly evolving, Hip-Hop has become extremely diverse. The idea is a return back to fundamentals, a return back to the BASE – and with that comes the new identity for the Hip-Hop room called BASE. They already have DJ’s like Luminox, Gent & Jawns, DJ SLiiNK, Salva, and Green Lantern booked – I think their going in the right direction. “With the cyclical nature of music, we are getting to witness this electronic music influence fuse together with Hip-Hop, and many other genres, to give birth to all kinds of new music on a daily basis.” Hip-Hop isn’t 50 Cent and Puff Daddy anymore. Hip-Hop has changed dramatically and continues to everyday – that’s why the re-branding effort comes as a refreshing and impressive change for Space. For an established Downtown club to be able to accept change and welcome a “new” genre of sorts into their main room is almost never heard of. Where do we get to hear EDM trap in Miami? Even smaller clubs that try it are scared to embrace its rookie-ness and end up turning to more commercial music to ease their generic crowds.
Who should check out the new Hip-Hop room at Space I asked Shawn. “Anyone with an open mind… Music holds no prejudice, no stereotypes, and no judgements. BASE is built on those same principles. So in my eyes, the ideal BASE attendee would carry those same traits close to their heart. It’s about having a love for music, a passion for a good time, and a respect for everybody.”
I like this. A new Hip-Hop room updated with 2013 ideals. I don’t want to hear that damn Fat Man Scoop drop that’s asks you, “if you have a hundred dollar bill put your hands up!” – that’s outdated and old. Lets turn to the future and embrace the trends! I’m over hearing the same tired records. No more “Poison” by Bell Biv Davoe for God’s sake.
Check out the first installment of BASE this SATURDAY with LUMINOX.
What: 8&9 Clothing “Artist Series” With Freeway x the Renaissance Summer Fest Pre-Party At The Showroom
Where: The Showroom By 8&9 Clothing
When: Friday June 7th
Address: 7814 NE 4th Ct. Miami,FL 33138
Friday June 7th, Miami based 8&9 Clothing company will host it’s sixth Artist Series event with Philly hip Hop artist Freeway along with the pre-event for “The Renaissance Summer Fest” which features some of Miami’s upcoming artists. The RSVP event will be held in the company’s private showroom from 6-9 pm. Fans will have the opportunity to meet Freeway, the artists of The Renaissance Fest, network with some of Miami’s tastemakers along with checking out all of 8and9′s latest clothing. Beverages provided by Remy Martin VS and music provided by South Florida’s finest.
Freeway, along with Diamond D will be performing on June 7th at Rick’s Bar for the Miami Pro Am event which is from June 7th to June 9th. Doors open at 9pm. Tickets available HERE.
The Renaissance Summer Fest will be held at Finnegan’s in Brickell. the event features performances by Prez P, Lucci, RansomNote x Art Klub, Motive, Flight School Preps, Glocky Davis,Phresh James, J. Nics, Lil Champ Fway, Denzel Curry, S Dot Braddy, Philo B and Vurn. doors open at 5pm and event ends at 11pm. Tickets available HERE
For more information on The Showroom, Freeway meet & greet or The Renaissance Fest, ask 8and9 on twitter @8and9 email showroom(at)8and9(dot)com or text 305.747.1706.
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Happy Monday everyone.
While people are stuck at their desks, miserable in their cubicles or wherever they work, I present something to listen to to make our day a little better. We here at 2DopeBitches constantly get music submissions and it’s a mission to try and hear them all, let me tell you. No complaints though, because we get to experience new music from hungry, hardworking up and comers who are tackling their own PR and marketing along with working their 9-5′s all while making the music they are passionate about. That’s dedication. And sifting through the masses we often come across some real talent budding in So Fla.
Enter JR. The 21 year old Broward County native has been working hard on his 14-track mixtape, titled “Make My Mark,” dropping June 25th. His single, “The Good Life,” is an honest, gritty explanation of his struggles and dreams. I love his calm yet confident flow, wich reminds me of J Cole. The beats are well produced and the content is witty. Take a second to listen to “The Good Life” and feel free to check out his Reverb Nation page for more! Watch out for JR’s mixtape, produced by Royal Audio Tunes.
With all the legislation and political outrage/protests for and against medicinal Marijuana kind of becoming old news, are people just not really caring about who smokes what anymore? I recently read an article about the effects of the plant on women’s health, but the first thing that stuck out in my mind wasn’t what it may or may not do to my feminine body, but that no one is upset about how accepted it is.
I think that’s pretty dope.
Finally, the one vice that is
pretty much non-addictive is seeming to slowly be taking it’s rightful place in society. I mean, people can get addicted to cigarettes, coffee and alcohol legally, but may go to jail for intending some earth-grown, non-chemical leaves? Well, not so much anymore. It seems that the laws are starting to change on the topic of simple possession.
22 states have carved out legal protections for pot users, ranging from decriminalization in some places [such as Alaska, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island] to medical exemptions in others, to outright legalization in Colorado and Washington. (Article, Wiki)
After reading the Refinery29 article, I suppose I learned a little bit. You actually CAN have withdrawal symptoms if you are a heavy smoker and then stop cold turkey (I don’t smoke so I can’t attest to this.)
“Marijuana withdrawal is subtle. If you’re smoking every day and you suddenly stop, there are symptoms — decreased sleep, irritability, decreased calorie intake — that people don’t tie to stopping marijuana.” That’s because, she says, the withdrawal is not an immediate response. The onset of symptoms doesn’t begin until the day after a person stops smoking, and it doesn’t peak until three or four days later — too late for most people to connect the two.” (Article)
Even with that said, I’m sure it won’t make people lay off the green- it may just answer a few questions like why you couldn’t sleep well for a few days. It’s interesting that the spin of this article was based on how women specifically are affected by Marijuana- the answer seems hazy. Other than possibly lowering one’s fertility, the effects seem to be about the same. However, the marketing may start to change. As the legalization of weed seems to be on it’s way (it’s still a federally illegal, btw,) the push may start leaning towards the shop-savvy sex. Cannabis scented candles and Anti-Aging Weed Treatments anyone?
Why does this album remind me of The Love Below? If you’re not a long time reader of the blog then you probably don’t know I’m the hugest fan of Andre 3000′s The Love Below and live and die by its lyrics and composition. From it’s psychedelic mind wandering melodies to its catchy funk chorus hooks, the New Coast Blues EP is a surprise package of modern blues and hip-hop. Incredibly well produced and mastered, this EP caught me by surprise.
Well-Bred Delinquentz is an independent Hip-Hop duo from South Florida consisting of ‘Bass’ (Sebastian Carandang) and ‘Kid Zordon’ (John Diaz). They originally started by the name of ‘The Putty Pal Program’ as a comedy rap duo, during High School, in 2007. They have released 7 projects as the Well-Bred Delinquentz. They are currently still working on more projects, such as self-produced mixtapes, albums, and visuals.
I’m all for hip-hop that really isn’t hip-hop and this can pass as alternative and even indie rock and funk at times. Along the lines of XXYYXX with actual lyrics it’s the kind of music that takes you on an actual sonic journey. I love it, and if you have time the small six track EP is enough to keep on repeat as you work on your computer and realize its played 10 times. Yeah, It’s good.
Always delightfully surprised to see Miami, or in this case Naples locals create great quality products. You have a new fan.
I love Miami. This city is open territory for all things entertainment, creative, and the arts. So its natural that someone would want to bring fashion into the mix and create a film festival that primary focuses on the fashion industry and the people, places, and ideas that fuel it. Taking place at the O Cinema right in Wynwood on September 12-15, 2013, the festival will showcase documentaries, shorts, and narratives films — produced both locally and internationally. Theres something for film and fashion lovers alike.
“Our overall mission is to collectively evolve and diversify the way we experience fashion in our community and expand the dialogue on fashion as a thematic extension of the arts. Fashion is much more than clothes. Fashion is an artistic and creative lifeline for many,” says Grace M. Castro, Founder of the Fashion Inspires More.
The festival is the brainchild of Fashion Inspires More, a fashion infused non-profit Miami-based community arts organization formed in 2013. By creating collaborative projects that intermix fashion with multiple art disciplines including film, photography, writing, and design they are able to educate the public on various causes, opportunities, and overall culture within the industry.
Featuring an exclusive kick-off party, a film costume and photography exhibit, guest speakers, a fashion show, pop-up shops, and a closing party celebrating the festival’s anticipated success the event sounds like a fun week for all the fashionistas in Miami. It’s for a great cause benefiting the Fashion Inspired More arts organization and encouraging energy in the South Florida culture community. Love to see people doing great and unique things for a positive cause.
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