Once the host of the PGA Tour's Miami Open, Miami Springs Golf and Country Club's 6,785 yards of well-groomed, tree-lined terrain once cradled the spiked footsteps of golf greats such as Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen. Begin a day of visceral divot-tearing and surreptitious lie-improvement with a stint at the grass-tee-box driving range, where 70 driving-range balls willingly explode off club faces and land with ballistic grace on targets positioned at varying distances. Mature trees loiter throughout the course, halting wayward drives and placing a high premium on fairway placement, which becomes even more critical on the back nine, where the flowing streams of a canal claim ill-guided orbs and provide aquatic passage for golf carts hoping to abscond to Cuba. The course reaches its climactic crescendo on the par-4 17th—the hardest-rated hole from all three tees—where woodlands claim any misses to the left and some players will have to abandon drivers to stay short of the intervening stream, leaving them with a lengthy second shot to a large and well-fortified green. The course layout offers a thorough outline of each hole, including advice on how to approach each shot and placate territorial flagsticks.
The Healing Factory instructs youth ages 5–17 on proper breathing, simple yoga stretches and poses, and meditation, and provides holistic instruction in art, dance, and nutrition. While practicing yoga and meditation, young participants learn to balance their physical bodies, their emotions, and the unwieldy scales of justice through specific exercises and deep-breathing techniques. Regular yoga practice can also enhance concentration and information retention, and meditation can help reduce violent urges and improve kids' abilities to resolve conflicts. La Luchi would like to purchase yoga mats for graduates of the Healing Factory program to encourage them to continue to nurture their newfound meditative practices at home.
Founded in 1999, Just The Funny Theater hosts a rotating roster of improv and sketch teams, and also opens its stage to standup comedians. The theater’s comedic cast members have numerous credits from local theater productions. Just The Funny also offers classes in the improvisational arts and sketch writing, during which instructors dispense the comedic skills they’ve learned from their own training with such groups as The Second City, Upright Citizens Brigade, and The Groundlings.
CrossFit is “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement” that uses fitness techniques such as squatting, lifting, and running in combination with kettlebells, medicine balls, and cardio to rapidly tone up muscles. The skilled CrossFit trainers encourage small-group classes to constantly push their limits in each high-intensity, 45-minute class.
Based on empirical research and used by professional athletes, including the Florida Marlins, the CrossFit program propels its practitioners toward extreme fitness. CrossFit 101 is a set of eight classes with a no-nonsense but accommodating attitude—all exercises can be modified to take physical limitations into account.
A women-only studio, IronFlower Fitness caters to female fitness needs with a hip, expansive selection of classes, including a variety of dance, yoga, Pilates, and boot-camp sessions. At the one-hour pole-dancing classes, held once a week for a six-week session, ladies will burn fat and perfect their shimmying skills while also increasing strength, flexibility, self-confidence, and the likelihood of stunning haughty street signs into submission. IronFlower offers classes at seven different skill levels, so dancers can strut their stuff in the class in which they feel most comfortable and challenged. Between pole meet-and-greets, ladies can continue to set unwanted calories ablaze in any of IronFlower's group fitness classes, such as the hip-hop dance class or a spinning session.
The breadth of the Atlantic Ocean doesn't impact the reach of Alfredo Patino. As the chef and owner of Bin No. 18, the Miami-based chef draws inspiration from the casual cuisine of European bistros while using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients and contemporary technique to lend a bit of New World flair to the ever-changing menus. French, Italian, and Latin American flavors appear throughout Chef Patino's cuisine, adding a global scope to the regionally rooted dishes.
Shareable platters of imported European cheeses and cured meats are served alongside Latin staples, including octopus salad, as well as classic Italian entrees made with homemade pastas. But recreating time-honored classics isn't the only thing that Chef Patino does. He also demonstrates a willingness to experiment by fusing New and Old World influences. This culinary whimsy is evident in the kitchen's modern interpretation of a Cuban sandwich—complete with slow-roasted pork, brie, and fig sauce—which earned a spot on Food & Wine magazine's list of the Best Sandwiches in the U.S.
And much like the European bistros that originally inspired Chef Patino, Bin No. 18 features an extensive wine list. Like his menu, the wine list takes a global approach by including bottles from Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Hungary, Greece, and Austria, as well as Argentina, New Zealand, South Africa, Washington State, California, and Oregon. This variety of options ensures that numerous pairing options are available for diners looking to enjoy a glass with their meal or collection of small plates. CBS Miami was also impressed by the selection, placing Bin No. 18 on its 2011 list of the Best Wine Bars In South Florida.
The Old World inspiration shines through a bit more clearly in the restaurant's décor, which skews more toward a rustic, yet refined ambiance as opposed to a nouveau vibe. Wooden wine barrels sit beside tables with avocado-green chairs, occasionally doubling as small side tables. At the same time, the collection of crystal chandeliers dangling from the ceiling adds a bit of classical elegance to the space.