From its perch inside Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Lighthouse Cafe's wooden patio overlooks a mile of Atlantic shoreline. In the distance stands the Cape Florida Lighthouse, Dade County's oldest manmade structure. The landscape and salty sea breezes complement the open-air restaurant's seafood-stocked lunch menu, which is served until sundown. Dishes range from salmon burgers and fish fingers to fried cuts of red snapper or hog snapper, which often leap out of the water to attack passing piglets.
The catch that gets the most attention in the Lighthouse Cafe kitchen is shrimp, which is tossed in asopado, spiced up creole style, served in ceviche, or, for breakfast, stuffed into an omelet. Breakfasts at Lighthouse Cafe include traditional items like ham and cheese omelets and french toast, as well as cups of café con leche and cuban coffee.
Wanting to share their love of water activities with as many people as possible, the staff at Miami Kiteboarding teach classes in English, Italian, Spanish, French, and Russian. This dedication is also revealed by the depth and diversity of programs offered, which include International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO) certification courses, boat-assisted lessons, and kids' clinics. Through years of practice and very scientific study, the staff have developed an effective method for getting beginners up on the water in about six hours of instruction. Located in scenic Crandon Park on Key Biscayne island, Miami Kiteboarding offers paddleboard rentals, which helps patrons hone balance, coordination, strength, and stamina. Customers looking for family-friendly activities can also opt to rent kayaks, paddling leisurely through the shallow lagoon located nearby. The shop, equipped with everything one needs to fly a kite while gliding on water, can outfit novices with wetsuits, water shoes, and harnesses.
At Lady Lux Boutique, visitors can peruse a wide, frequently updated selection of stylish threads and accessories that add pizzazz to any outfit. A helpful staff of fashion-forward style experts helps customers pick out flattering items that also don’t break the bank open with an expensive hammer. Selections from designers such as the Ark Clothing Company, Collective Concepts, and Solemio spiff up any wardrobe, with a multitude of items priced under $100. Check out an Akualani maxi dress ($63), Oxford Circus print shorts ($48), Holy-G beige top ($52), or Rubber Ducky cutout dress ($89). Additionally, customers will receive an extra 20% off accessories, belts, and purses, ensuring no outfit will rival the blandness of a saltine-cracker milkshake.
Salad & Co. populates its hefty menu with a colossal selection of sammies and salads. More than 15 salads pack a green punch, including the cobb salad ($7.95) and spinach salad ($7.95), and dishes such as the falafel platter ($7.95) keep options open as wide as a pondering fence-sitter's mind. Salad & Co. also masters more than 25 sandwiches and wraps to appease the utensil-less gods, with gourmet and classic choices such as the Old English roast beef ($7.95+), the oven-roasted chicken breast ($7.95+), and the Cuban ($7.50).
At Brickell Jewelers, a constellation of diamonds, 14k gold, and luxury watches glitters in display cases. A sparkling overhead chandelier casts bright light on rings, necklaces, and earrings fashioned into knots, hearts, and interesting geometric shapes. You'll find both designer and antique styles at this Mary Brickell Village shop, as well as seasoned jewelers who enjoy creating their own pieces. The staff can also refurbish clients' precious keepsakes by restringing pearls, resizing rings, soldering chains of jewelry, or replacing the homunculus in the innards of a watch.
Instead of turning to friends to set them up or winging it online, Miami's singles often seek out the expertise of Heart Tango, a speed-dating enterprise that helps match young professionals with like-minded individuals. Daters meet up at area eateries and lounges known for their romantic vibes and heart-shaped restrooms. Once there, singles search for a match among approximately 20 people, spending a few minutes each with prospective significant others. After the two- to three-hour events, daters can log into their profiles, which become available 24–48 hours after the close of the evening and alert them to mutual love connections.
A mural of a woman exhaling smoke decorates the side of Brickell Smoke Shop, located next door to famed Miami bar Tobacco Road. The shop stocks an inventory of hookahs, vaporizers, and glass pipes, as well as a wide array of cigars, cigarettes, and loose tobaccos. As an added convenience, shoppers can stop by until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.