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Head to the Coconut Grove Arts Festival

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On February - 17 - 2023

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival, one of the most fun and artistic social events of the year, takes place this weekend, from Saturday February  18- Monday, February 20. Over 80,000 attendees from across the region will pass through the festival gates to experience one of the nation’s top outdoor, fine arts festivals, which dates to 1963. This iconic South Florida event will showcase 285 internationally recognized artists who were selected during a blind-jury process based solely on artistic merit. Fun for the whole family- this year’s festival promises to be the best one yet.


Saturday, February 18: 10 AM 6 PM

Sunday, February 19: 10 AM 6 PM

Monday, February 20: 10 AM 5 PM


2700 S. Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33133


Tickets online from $20 per person per day;


Paperfish Sushi- a “Must” on Española Way

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On January - 17 - 2023

Paperfish Sushi brings its popular Japanese-meets-Peruvian flavors to historic Española Way on South Beach after achieving great success with its award-winning Brickell location. Neatly tucked away amid pastel Mediterranean-style buildings, Paperfish South Beach presents its signature, creative flavors to visitors of the vibrant pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare. Rooted firmly in Japanese culture, while offering a bright, buzzy appeal, Paperfish invites diners to enjoy seasonal sushi, small plates, and specialty cocktails. 

Attention to detail, a tenet of Japanese tradition, is prevalent from Paperfish’s clean, contemporary style to its artfully crafted dishes. A soft glow emanates from the bar and sushi counter, embracing the dining room, which flaunts a palette of natural materials and handcrafted ceramics, offset by towering pink cherry blossom trees. Outdoors, a terrace adorned with Japanese street signs and string-lit trees offers an idyllic backdrop for a program of delicate and specialized cuisine, artfully combining old and new world appeal. The decor, dishes and cocktails beckon a multitude of Instagram posts!

Unique to the South Beach Paperfish location is Executive Chef Michael Asalie’s Ichiban Sando which won the 2022 South Beach Seafood Festival’s “Battle Sushi.” The Ichiban Sando (#1 sandwich) is comprised of  “bread” made of crispy rice- filled with spicy tuna, avocado, crab salad, and clarified garlic butter- crafted with Chef Michael’s wizardry, which makes its sum so much more than its parts. This dish is an absolute must- as is the Miso Black Cod, which is freshly caught and marinated for  48 hours in a house-made miso sauce.

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MISO Takes Over Peacock Park

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On January - 14 - 2023

MISO- The Miami Symphony Orchestra will once again host a free concert at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove on Saturday January 14, 2022 at 6:30 pm. Pack a chair or blanket, picnic and a fellow music lover to enjoy some of the most beautiful music ever written and performed. Maestro Eduardo Marturet is sure to delight and surprise audiences as per usual.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Disney’s Aladdin at the Arsht Center Wows Audiences of All Ages

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On January - 4 - 2023

A magic carpet ride of brilliant performers, stunning costumes, creative set design and special effects and beautiful music, Disney’s Aladdin is funny, entertaining and a joy to experience.

The plot, lyrics, humor and set are intended to appeal to young audiences, (ages six and up are recommended) while, at the same time, engaging and delighting adults.

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MCM’s Not So Scary Halloween Returns

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On October - 12 - 2022

We are thrilled to report that after a long hiatus, the Miami Children’s Museum is bringing Halloween’s most fun event to South Florida! The annual Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash, Co-chaired by Cheryl & Michael Jester and Kelly & Chris Melchiondo, will be held on Sunday, October 16th from 1PM to 5PM.  
Dress in your favorite costume and get ready to trick or treat throughout the Museum’s 17 galleries! This family friendly costume bash, sponsored by Terra, features an extravaganza of activities. There’s mini pumpkin decorating, spooky arts and crafts, a taste tempting lunch, character meet & greets, and much, much more! For those who dare, our renowned Haunted House is back and better than ever. 
All tickets can be purchased in advance at:  Early “Bat” admission is $60.00 for non-members and $50.00 for members through September 30th. Afterwards, it will be $70.00 for non-members and $60.00 for members.  Children under two do not need to purchase a ticket. The Museum is closed for the event and the only entrance is through the purchase of a ticket.   
All funds raised for the event will directly support the Museum’s educational programs, ensuring the highest quality educational and arts programming for South Florida’s youth and families. 

For more information and to purchase tickets:




Instagram:    @miamichildrensmuseum 

Twitter:        @MiChiMu 

YouTube:      Miami Children’s Museum 

 For questions contact the Museum at 305.373.KIDS (5437) or  

Your Culinary Adventure Awaits at Neya

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On September - 15 - 2022


Set in a dark, sexy space with beautiful furnishings and sultry decor, Neya provides simple elegance in both its ambience and its unique and abundantly flavorful menu offerings

Neya’s modern Israeli menu, influenced by Spain, North Africa and Levant is filled with dishes that are as authentic and absolutely delicious, as they are fun to pronounce. Your best bet is to ask the dynamic hostess and attentive server to recommend favorite dishes, or better yet, to surprise you.

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