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Wynwood


Miami's hipster art enclave

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Wynwood


Miami's hipster art enclave

Less than 6 miles east of South Beach east of I95 and south of I195 cloistered in amongst run down warehouses and unkempt single family houses is the Wynwood art district of Miami. The roughly two square miles of Wynwood houses over 70 galleries and museum with a smattering of cafes and restaurants inhabited by the ultrahip well-to-dos seemingly on migration from the northern winters. Or put it another way, Wynwood is Miami's deconstructed version of Brooklyn

So what exactly is there to see and do in Wynwood? Well for one, it serves as natural getaway for those hungover from the Miami glitz and glam. You trade body art for public art and ecstasy for espressos. What strikes you first is the uncomfortable feeling that you've just entered the "bad part" of Miami. As you look for parking you start seeing what seem to be restaurants and bars that would be more apt in a place like San Fran or Brooklyn. After a few blocks you start seeing beautifully intricate graffiti and wall art. Some of the pieces span entire buildings, some span the block. Every street is littered with galleries, museums, and cafes. Certain places are a combination of all three. Each gallery has its own unique collection of art in different mediums, styles, and from all over the world. 

Depending on your appetite and tolerance for art, you could spend hours just going from gallery to gallery. But for me though, the art out on the street was more interesting. The contrast between this man-made art island and the relative squaller of the neighborhoods around it is fascinating. You feel compelled to want to believe that the art is helping the community that surrounds it but in the back of your mind you have this sinking feeling that the only people that it's helping are the art dealers. Nevertheless, you can't help but be impressed with the quantity and quality of the art that is available.

Miami is great when is comes to food and that's been universally acknowledge, however, sometimes it's good to switch it up a bit. Instead of fusion and fine dining, Wynwood is low key, simple, and honest. Not to say that the food is pedestrian, plain, or unpalatable, quite the opposite really. There is genuinely good authentic BBQ, a rustic taqueria, and classic Italian fit for Long Island. The dozen or so restaurants in the area do nicely intertwine itself with the vibe with art and the neighborhood.

If you're in Miami for more than a weekend, take half a day and spend it in Wynwood. Get away for a bit. See the other side of Miami. Even it isn't exactly historic, it will at least provide a nice distraction from all the fun and sun for a day.

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Brooklyn Winter


Everything in February seems a bit more miserable than the rest of the year

Brooklyn Winter


Everything in February seems a bit more miserable than the rest of the year

Winter in the city. It's a love hate thing. The first snow fall always makes you smile. You can feel "the holidays" coming. Everyone becomes instantly nostalgic. Then the second, third, tenth snow fall comes and you wish you could trade your sister for a bungalow on a beach somewhere. You silently curse your fate as you trudge through dirt-filled slush in your finest "going out" clothes freezing your ass off. Everything in February seems a bit more miserable than the rest of the year. But then April comes. Then the chairs and tables, as if coming out of hibernation, find their way back onto the side walks. You find yourself ever thankful that the kiss of Spring has once again lifted the curse of winter. It is in these first few days that your love hate thing with winter in the city renews its lease for another year.

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Old Fashioned


I like mine with rye. Matter of fact, I'm liking mine with rye while proofing this sentence.

Old Fashioned


I like mine with rye. Matter of fact, I'm liking mine with rye while proofing this sentence.

I'm not sure when I started drinking old fashioneds but over the last few years it has become my go-to cocktail whenever I'm too lazy to try anything new or when I just need something solid. Old Fashioneds are not that complex: bourbon or rye, bitters, sugar, maraschino cherry, water, and optional orange wedge. However they are incredibly easy to fuck up. And badly at that. Luckily there are few really good bartenders here in Boston but I've had my fair share of bad ones to match. These days I tend to judge a bar/bar tender by the quality of their old fashioned.

The old fashioned is a manly drink but with drinkability. Very few people I know who've tried it have hated it (minus the poorly prepared ones). Quite a few people have said that it's too strong to enjoy easily but I think that is an endearing quality that you learn to love.

The increase in popularity of the drink has to be attributed to at least in some small manner to the popularity of Mad Men. You'd have to specifically thank Don Draper. If it's good enough for Don, it's probably good enough for you.

ere's a great article by Slate on the history of this fantastic drink. Go out and get one after you read the article.

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Lonely Tower


New York I love you but you're bringing me down

Lonely Tower


New York I love you but you're bringing me down

New York, I miss you. It's been over 5 years since I've left but it still feels like yesterday. It was not always easy. It wasn't always fun. But it was always what I thought it would be. How many things in life can you say that about and still love them? Yes, New York, I still love you even if I might never come back.