December 2018 Newsletter
Vol. 6 No. 23
Thank you to our map sponsors:
NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS
Jungle Island Hotel

"The owners of Jungle Island have submitted a proposed design for their promised hotel to Miami planners, hitting the first in a series of benchmarks under a voter-approved deal that would transform the struggling Watson Island theme park into an eco-adventure-oriented resort."

MEMBER NEWS
Mexican BonFire
Recipe courtesy of South Pointe Tavern

1oz Dobel Humito
1oz Averna
0.5oz Cointreau
0.5oz Condensed Milk
2oz Cold Brew Coffee

  • Add all ingredients to a mixing tin
  • Add ice and shake 20 seconds
  • Strain into a glass jar
  • Garnish w/ burnt marshmellow
Surfside Events
Aventura Mall
Holiday Hours

December 14th - 23rd: 9a - 10p

December 24th: 8a - 6p
December 25th: CLOSED

December 31st: 10a - 7p
January 1st: 10a - 9:30p
Lincoln Road

Yoga on Lincoln Road; Offered 10 a.m. Sundays and 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Euclid Avenue and Lincoln Road. Yoga classes are free and dog-friendly, and kids are encouraged to join in on the fun.
New Hours of Operation

Wednesday to Sunday: 10am to 5PM
Monday & Tuesday: Park Closed.

*Note that VIP Tours and SuperFlight are still operating Monday and Tuesday. VIP’s are available at 10am and 1PM and SuperFlight from 10am to 8PM
BIRTHDAYS
12/10 Brooke Price, Royal Palm
12/13 Joaquin Pastora, Hotel Colonnade
12/15 Miguel Fleites, Carillon Hotel
12/17 Marci Fermin, Boca Raton Resort
12/18 Maria Miller, Hyatt Regency
12/19 Christian Gamarra, Dream Hotel
12/19 Carlos Ayala, Mandarin Oriental
12/21 Rosa Rosario, FAENA
12/22 Mariana Malek, Trump Inter.
12/23 James McGlaughlin, Nobu
12/24 Claudine Benavides, Biltmore
12/31 Louis Lennis, 1 Hotel
EVENTS
Santa's Enchanted Forest
November - January 6
Tropical Park, Miami, FL

The largest holiday theme park in the world, Santa’s Enchanted Forest is happening again this season at Miami's Tropical Park. Enjoy carnival rides, shows, games, a 92-foot tall Christmas tree and more than three million Christmas lights. Ride the ferris wheel, a roller coaster or play in a fun house. Single day and season passes are available. Children ages 2 and under are free. The park is open from November until the beginning of January 2019.
Deering Holiday Wonderland
December 1 - 31
Miami, FL

Tour the elegant and historic Deering Estate located on the edge of Biscayne Bay when it’s festively decorated for the holidays and decked out in beautiful Christmas lights. Highlights include story time and photos with Santa Claus (Saturday, December 8th), Festival of Trees evening stroll (Wednesday, December 12th), as well as the Holiday Champagne Bay Cruise (Sunday, December 16th).Admission is $12 for adults and $7 for children ages 4 to 14. Special events like the Holiday Bay Cruise are $35 per person.
Dec 4 - 9
Various Locations, Miami, FL

Some 268 of America’s top galleries and art museums will be showing us what they’ve got at annual contemporary art bonanza, Art Basel Miami Beach 2018. Since launching in 2002, Art Basel has become North America’s premier art fair, so expect amazing contemporary paintings, films and videos, sculptures, drawings, photography, digital art and installations from more than 4,000 artists—you might even see them if you can tear yourself away from the parties and buzzing rooftop bars.
Pinecrest Gardens Night of Lights
December 14 - January 1
Pinecrest Gardens
Pinecrest, FL

Pinecrest Gardens transforms into a holiday wonderland  illuminated by thousands of spectacular and sparkling holiday lights. The event presented by Live Like Bella, a foundation for childhood cancer, features pictures with Santa, carnival activities, pony rides, story time, performances by the Miami Royal Ballet and Christmas music by the Greater Miami Youth Symphony and FIU Chorus. Tickets are $5 per person and children under 2 are free. Pinecrest Garden members are also free.
Thank you to our index sponsors:
SPORTS
Miami Dolphins
vs. New England
12/09: 1:00pm
Florida Panthers
vs. Boston
12/04: 7:00pm

vs. Colorado
12/06: 7:00pm

vs. New York Rangers
12/08: 7:00pm

vs. Toronto
12/15: 7:00pm
Miami Heat
vs. Orlando
12/04: 7:30pm
ARTS & CONCERTS
Adrienne Arsht
Performing Arts Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
South Florida Concert Venues
AmericanAirlines Arena
BB&T Center
Cruzan Amphitheatre
Bayfront Park
Fillmore Miami Beach
Hard Rock Stadium
FEATURED RESTAURANTS
Swan
90 NE 39th Street
Miami, FL 33137
305-704-0994

Swan is the perfect addition to bustling city Miami. The Ken Fulk-designed restaurant features executive chef  Jean Imbert’s  Modern Chic cuisine , a menu that focuses on local ingredients and clean eating with a global influence.
The Jim and Neesie
3120 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140
786-496-5730

Located inside the new Generator Hostel, The Jim and Neesie serves up plenty of frozen drinks and low ABV cocktails along with dishes like ceviche, burgers, pastas and more, all in a hip yet approachable setting.
Ono Poke Shop
2320 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127
786-618-5366

Poke shops are becoming a dime a dozen in this town, but Ono Poke stands out from the pack. Led by a Makoto vet, it features a selection of poke bowls plus create-your-own varieties in a fast causal, Hawaiian themed setting.
FABULOUS 4
Knausberry Farm: OPEN

Over the years—along with the strawberries—assorted baked goods, vegetables, and ice cream have become available for sale at Knaus Berry Farm.
Knaus Berry Farm also has U-Pick strawberries and tomatoes
Super Flight: Jungle Island

Perfect for your first time experience. Get suited up and go through flight training with our experienced crew. Warm up and stretch pre-flight, then hop aboard and experience your 2-minute flight with the help of an instructor.
Special equipment provided: Flying suit, helmet, goggles, gloves, and earplugs.
Spearfishing in Miami

The sea of Miami is characterized by clean waters and variety of fish that inhabit coral reef and shipwrecks. Learn with Jorge Mario, Cuban spearfishing national champion and expert guide.
Santa's Enchanted Forest

The largest holiday theme park in the world, Santa’s Enchanted Forest is happening again this season at Miami's Tropical Park. Enjoy carnival rides, shows, games, a 92-foot tall Christmas tree and more than three million Christmas lights. Ride the ferris wheel, a roller coaster or play in a fun house. Single day and season passes are available. Children ages 2 and under are free. The park is open from November until the beginning of January 2019.
COOL APP
Gweek
Ever thought about trying to improve your speech? Gweek is here to help you do that. With Gweek, you’ll record a minute or so of yourself talking, after which the app will give you a score out of 100, recommending ways that you can improve your speech to be more clear and concise. The app is perfect for public speakers, or simply those that want to get a little better at speaking in general.
WALL OF FAME
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The Diplomat
Charlie Phynes Garcia

What made this stay so special was Charlotte from the Concierge at the Diplomat. I received a text from Charlotte literally as I was getting off the plane at the Ft Lauderdale airport. She asked me what she could do to help during my stay. I was looking for an early check in for a special occasion. Charlotte really went above and beyond to make this stay incredible for this special occasion.
Credits

SFCA President & CEO: Miguel Pena
Editor: Joey Oros

We hope that you enjoyed this edition of Maestro.