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It’s been a while since we discussed the changes to Downtown Disney over at Walt Disney World. Fast-forward two years later, and plenty of developments have been made. But this latest announcement may be the most exciting one of all: Get ready for an Indiana Jones-themed bar.
All together now: "YES!"
Per IGN, this awesome-sounding place will be known as Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar. Apparently that dude — Jock Lindsey — was the pilot (and snake owner) from Raiders of the Lost Ark. And no, we didn’t remember that either.
Public Transportation / Miami Travel / Florida Travel / Trains / Airports / Airport News / Train Travel / MIA / → All Tags
Good news for those looking to head into or head out of Miami, as another of the area’s commuter trains has finally linked itself up with the airport.
Earlier this month a new Tri-Rail station opened up at Miami International Airport’s transit hub, and that means passengers are now just a short people mover ride away from the terminals and concourses.
We recently reported on the opening of Key West’s newest hotel, The Gates, and now we learned of a delightful food truck parked permanently outside: The Blind Pig with a motto of “Small Bites Done Right.” Sadly we couldn’t make it to the Southernmost Point to taste for ourselves, but we have a very reliable foodie who assures us the small bites are indeed done right.
The Blind Pig serves breakfast from 7:00 to 11:00 am while lunch and dinner is available from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. To start the day one might opt for the Hotsy Totsy Taco, a breakfast taco of scrambled eggs, aged cheddar cheese, pico de gallo and avocado slices ($4). For lunch try the Flapper in a Wrapper – a grilled chicken wrap on a whole wheat tortilla with wildberry mint vinagrette, arugula, crushed apples and herb feta ($7). Then come back for dinner and order its namesake, The Blind Pig: smokey pulled pork meat, aged cheddar cheese with cider barbecue glaze and sweet onions served on pretzel bread ($7).
Then there is the I.R.S. (irresitable snacks) section of the menu ($4 each) with items such as truffle popcorn, devils on horseback, salt and vinegar hand-sliced chips and fries with parmesan cheese.
We venture to say this is not your typical food truck. So get yourselves on the nearest highway heading south and don’t stop until you reach the Conch Republic. First stop? The Blind Pig.
[Photos: The Blind Pig]
Retro Travel / Florida Travel / Miami Travel / Throwback Thursday / Miami Beach Travel / Cruise Travel / → All Tags
Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
How much was a 10-day Bahamas cruise over 60 years ago? Well, you have your answer in the ad above, placed in Playboy in 1960. It advertises a voyage on a Windjammer sailing ship, departing Miami, with stops at Bimini, the Berry Islands, Nassau, Havana, Abaco, Cay Sal, and Grand Bahama all for $175 per person.
Cruise Travel / Cruises / Celebrity Cruises / Royal Caribbean / Ships / Spa Travel / Caribbean Travel / Travel News / Selfies / → All Tags
Relax. This story is not about Selfie Sticks.
With the ferociously brutal winter almost behind us, this contributor decided to take some desperately-needed recuperating time, not just for my hunched-over, heat-starved body but for my rattled, over-worked brain as well. I really needed to unplug both mind and spirit.
The only way to prevent me, however, from sneaking an illicit peek at my emails and “only answering a few” was to book a cruise where that privilege costs a pretty penny. Ergo, I found myself on Celebrity Cruises’ Reflection, their newest ship on the block.
Celebrity has keyed into a traveler's need to disconnect and so they teamed up with Randi Zuckerberg, former Facebook and current Editor-in-Chief of Dot Complicated, and big advocate of finding a tech-life balance. The two brands came up with a series of spa and wellness treatments that encourage you to Take Care of YourSelfie. Clever marketing name aside, I didn't need to be told twice.
Rental Cars / Cars / Road Trips / Hertz / Florida Travel / National Car Rental / Avis / Budget / Driving / → All Tags
The annual migration out of Florida has started yet again, and that means it is now a wonderful time to take a one-way rental car road trip. Companies from Hertz to National need their vehicles elsewhere for the spring, and they’re offering up rental rates for as little as $10 per day—and no drop off fee!
Hertz calls their promotion Florida Drive Out, and they’re asking renters to pick up a participating vehicle from both airport and neighborhood locations in Florida. After that travelers are free to drop off their cars in spots all along the east coast from places like Georgia to Maine.
The rates are good between April 6 and June 30, but just remember that RQ ICFLT1 is what to enter into their site. Get the full details from the folks at Hertz right here—they’re even doing something out of Arizona!
March is almost here and in Key West, Florida that means one thing: the spring breakers are coming! Assuming you’ve matured out of the rowdy party-hearty mentality, there are perfect places to have a good time in Key West – without feeling like you’re starring in Animal House. Here are three suggestions:
Dinner at Santiago’s Bodega in the Bahama Village is a delightful experience that should be started with the spicy shrimp bisque before moving on to a selection of hot and cold tapas such as yellow fin tuna ceviche, beef short ribs and the petit lamb rack. The desserts are similarly spectacular, especially the bread pudding, drizzled with caramel bourbon glaze and topped with English custard ice cream. The atmosphere is laid-back and unique – look for the sign outside that says: Sangria-N-Beef Inside.
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Miami's Wynwood district has become the city's epicenter of art but, ironically, the neighborhood's middle school has no arts programs for its 600 students, due to budget cuts.
Last year, the Wynwood Arts District Association and WynwoodMap.com brought together a group of non-profits, corporate partners, local businesses, artists, and city officials with the common goal of not only bringing color to the Jose De Diego Middle School's stark white walls, but to create a long term fundraising campaign that will finance a new arts program at the school.
The RAW (Reimagining Arts Wynwood) Project was launched during Art Basel in December 2014 as an army of more than 30 world-renowned arts - including David Walker, Pixelpancho, Anthony Lister, RYCA, D*Face, Jaz, LezaOne, ABSTRK, Shark Toof, Santiago Rubino, and Derek Hunter - covered JDD's exterior walls with large-scale, one-of-a-kind murals.
And now you can make it a stop on your next trip to Miami. Jose De Diego Middle School, located at 3100 NW 5th Ave in Miami, welcomes the public to tour the grounds, view the murals, take photos and, most importantly, donate to their cause.
To make a donation, visit crowdrise.com.
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Snow? Slush? Ice? Never heard of it. Unless it comes in the form of a slushy, boozy drink. Welcome to Miami, where it's a sunny 75 degrees in the middle of winter and the arrival of The Season means that the town is full of the bold, the beautiful and the highly entertaining.
Here are five ways to get into the swing of things here on South Beach:
Airline News / Airlines / New Routes / Eastern / Eastern Air Lines / MIA / → All Tags
Remember Eastern Air Lines? Well they’re back, and they’re getting ready to take to the skies once again. They’re not exactly the airline you remember from the 1980s, as technically they’re a whole new carrier and operation—they just scooped up the old name and associated intellectual property.
As with most new airline operations there’s always a little risk, but so far so good for the planes and people over at the new Eastern. They are looking to get 20 new planes into the hangar, and just the other day they received the very first one of them—a Boeing 737-800 complete with a nice looking livery with a nod to the past.
Cruise fans could soon have a new favorite TV show.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, showrunners Matt Williams and David McFadzean are working on a cruise ship comedy, called Port of Miami, for NBC.
Art Travel / Street Art Travel / Airports / MIA / Miami Travel / Art Basel Miami / Awesome Stuff / LAN / Airlines / → All Tags
Does it seem like everyone and their moms are in Miami right now? The deluge of social media streaming from The Magic City is all due to this week's hosting of Art Basel Miami Beach, the US branch of the modern art world's massive annual fair.
Seeing as nearly every single artist, patron, and onlooker will have spent some time at Miami International Airport in their lives, let alone this week, it's only proper that MIA star in its own Art Basel masterpiece.
The team at marsdesign Miami have applied their "Pixorama" style to the airport, depicting it in their eBoy series as a city itself, both venue and active participant in the vibrance of Miami as a whole. The mix of pixels and panorama is here inspired by MIA's sheer volume: "With 40 million passengers, 37,000 employees and 1,000 flights per day, MIA is a platform generating great energy from and to these people associated with the level of professionalism that you can expect from an American airport."