Imagine standing eye level with a giraffe, holding out your arm for parrots to land on, or touching the head of an endangered rhino. At Zoo Miami, these experiences happen every day, fulfilling the institution's mission of encouraging the conservation of wildlife. More than 2,000 animals—from chimps to tigers to koalas—populate the African exhibit, Asian exhibit, Australian exhibit, and the most recent addition, the Amazon & Beyond exhibit. Many of the individual exhibitions don't use cages, but are instead bound by moats throughout more than three miles of walking trails. This setup allows guests to get closer to animals as they romp in their habitats. More than 1,200 plant species populate these habitats, which are re-creations of the animals' native environments.
Guests can use free WiFi to download a free mobile app for iPhones and Androids. The app then delivers functions such as location beacons so that family members keep track of one another, show times, and GPS-enabled maps that show the nearest dining venue or restroom. Transportation options within the zoo range from an air-conditioned monorail to tram tours, which provide behind-the-scenes insights such as which animals have recently had babies, what they named the babies, and each baby's first word. Developed specifically for kids, a children's zoo offers camel rides and a playground.
For one weekend each year, the flavors and sounds of Peru waft up from the Southern Hemisphere to the streets of Miami. PeruFest USA celebrates Peruvian culture with two full days of food, live music, and contests while also shining a light on other Latin cuisines. Visitors can attend quinoa-cooking demonstrations and classes and enter contests for dishes such as ceviche, which uses citric acid to cook fish rather than the usual method of stuffing hot coals in their gills. Meanwhile, youngsters can attend their own cooking classes, see the elegant gait of the Peruvian Paso during a horse show, and boogie alongside their parents as they watch international dance routines.
Having worked production for major television networks, Bob and Rachelle decided to apply their talents to the more personalized task of preserving memories trapped on outdated formats. They do all the work in-house at DTV Home Movie Transfers, including transferring VHS, 8 millimeter, and Super8 contents onto DVDs. To craft a professional product, they also edit footage for smoother playback and create custom artwork for the DVD cases. Services also include audio transfers, as well as custom video presentation and mass-copying of DVDs and CDs.
As a young girl, Monica Castillo was walking home when she realized she was being followed by a neighborhood cat, which then waited outside her house until she reemerged. The cat, a feral stray, allowed her to pet him, and eventually, adopt him. Monica’s mother, Francie, recounts this tale often, claiming that after this experience, Monica declared emphatically that she wanted to be a "doggy doctor," and never strayed from that path. After immersing herself in volunteer work, Monica attended school to become veterinary tech, a title she has held for the past four-and-a-half years. In 2011, the mother-daughter team opened Pepe Le Pooche Resort & Spa to better prepare Monica for her continuing education in veterinary school and to care for animals with kind attention and respect for their needs."Dogs know when they are being treated well," says Francie. To this end, she surrounds herself with staff members who were raised by animals or just have an affinity for them. Le Salon and Spa at Pepe Le Pooche hosts a crew of groomers who all hold certifications and have experience working around the particulars of different breeds, such as which prefer the scissors over a comb and which relish well-groomed mohawks and hair dye, upon request. Pepe Le Pooche's onsite boarding and daycare facilities are cage-free, meaning dogs have free rein of play areas for most of the day, and hunker down in 1 of 10 large suites at night. Staff members stay on watch around the clock to ensure pets’ safety and play classical music to keep them calm. The resort does not have the capacity to board felines, but they are welcome to stay for daycare. The crew also plans all aspects of dog parties, from procuring the cake to hosting a blowout bash complete with party favors.
The Joint's expert chefs revamp dietary staples into cleverly devised comestibles, satiating culinary curiosity within a sports pub setting. The menu packs more surprises than a magician's airline luggage, featuring delectable fare such as the Mahi tacos ($10.99) or the Joint pizza ($11.99 for a 10"), which coats a crispy, cheesy circumference with grilled chicken, bacon, goat cheese, and mozzarella drizzled in truffle oil. Buns halt the outward expansion of toppings bent on plate domination, blockading the fried eggs and applewood-smoked bacon of the Hangover burger ($10.99) or the peanut butter, fried plantains, bacon, and marshmallow fluff that compose the Crazy Elvis burger ($10.99).