Saturday, February 22, 2020

El Rey de las Fritas not only has an amazing interior but also makes one of the best Cuban-style burgers 🍔in Miami!

Full video: https://youtu.be/uCrA6TR513I

We visit @reydelasfritas in our YouTube STREET FOOD BURGER BATTLE: MIAMI STYLE video and taste and clinically compare different fritas, a popular #streetfood from Cuba 🇨🇺 , sold from little #food carts known as Puesto de Fritas.

Not only do we eat a Cuban style #burger (“Frita Original”) from every stop, but we rate each one in a head-to-head burger battle.

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Our latest video "STREET FOOD BURGER BATTLE: MIAMI CUBAN STYLE" is live on our Youtube channel!

Our latest video "STREET FOOD BURGER BATTLE: MIAMI CUBAN STYLE" is live on our Youtube channel! 


In this STREET FOOD BURGER BATTLE: MIAMI CUBAN STYLE we taste and clinically compare different fritas, a popular #streetfood from Cuba, sold from little #food carts. Not only do we eat a Cuban style #burger on this tour from every stop, but we rate each one in a head-to-head burger battle. 

Places we visit and have fritas at include: 

1. El Mago de las Fritas: 5828 SW 8th Street (Calle Ocho) Miami, Fl
2. El Rey de las Fritas 1821 SW 8th Street (Calle Ocho) Miami, Fl
3. Frita Domino La Original: 936 SW 67th Avenue Miami, FL
4. Luis Galindo's Latin America Cafeteria: 898 Red Road (SW 57th Ave near Calle Ocho) Miami, Fl 

Be sure to watch to the end for the final score of this epic burger battle! 

Our rescue dog, Hudson @hudsonpittienyc comes along with us as we travel around Miami and even shares some fritas with us! 

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Chef Henderson "Junior" Biggers has been working at Stephen's Deli since 1957

Chef Henderson "Junior" Biggers has been working at Stephens since 1957 when he was only 20 years old and now sits at the front of the house slicing pastrami and corned beef to order at "Junior's station"!
Full video: https://youtu.be/MO6MdU8egMQ

Stephen’s Delicatessen was founded in 1954 and specializes in homemade pastrami which is boiled for 3 1/2 hours and also sells corned beef sandwiches and matzoh ball soup.  It is the oldest operating #Jewishdeli in Miami.

We visit @stephensdeli1954 in our YouTube MIAMI INSIDERS FOOD TOUR: ULTIMATE LOCALS GUIDE and not only see its original interior but also its exterior and even get a classic NY egg cream!

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Churchill’s Pub is often referred to as the CBGB of the south and has been home to more live shows than almost any other venue in the Miami area.

We visited and featured this iconic #divebar on our HAITIAN FOOD & VINYL RECORDS of MIAMI YouTube video. We go inside and check out its #graffitiart covered walls . 

Full video: https://youtu.be/H47wpw3smgU 

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Jose Pena and his fruit 🍌🍉 🥥🍍and vegetable 🌶🌽 truck which also sells homemade Cuban tamales!

We visited Jose in our MIAMI INSIDERS FOOD TOUR YouTube video and not only purchased a bag of 8 limes for only $2 but also learned about a type of tropical winter squash called calabaza (look on bottom left of the truck for it!)

Full video: https://youtu.be/MO6MdU8egMQ 

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Stephen’s Delicatessen was founded in 1954

Stephen’s Delicatessen was founded in 1954 and specializes in homemade pastrami which is boiled for 3 1/2 hours and also sells corned beef sandwiches and matzoh ball soup.

Full video: https://youtu.be/MO6MdU8egMQ

It is the oldest operating #Jewishdeli in Miami. We visit @stephensdeli1954 in our YouTube MIAMI INSIDERS FOOD TOUR: ULTIMATE LOCALS GUIDE and not only see its original interior but also its exterior and even get a classic NY egg cream! Stephen's Deli • To see more of the interior of this #delicatessen and the special “Junior’s station” where chef Henderson “Junior” Biggers hand slices 🔪 the pastrami, please watch and subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel (direct link in bio and Instagram story).

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Royal Castle was established in 1938 by a William Singer.

This location opened in 1958 when it was one of more than 150 Royal Castles in Florida, Georgia and Louisiana and is now the very last one remaining!

Full video: https://youtu.be/MO6MdU8egMQ

We visit this @royalcastlemiami in our YouTube MIAMI INSIDERS FOOD TOUR: ULTIMATE LOCALS GUIDE and not only see its original interior but also have their classic combo of a burger 🍔 and fries 🍟.

• To see more of the interior of this #vintage burger 🍔 joint and to hear more about its fascinating history including its relationship to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, please watch and subscribe to our JamesandKarla YouTube channel (direct link in bio and Instagram story).

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Our latest video "MIAMI INSIDERS FOOD TOUR: ULTIMATE LOCAL'S GUIDE" is live on our Youtube channel!

In our MIAMI INSIDERS FOOD TOUR: ULTIMATE LOCALS GUIDE we visit many great neighborhood #food spots which are well known by locals and not overrun with tourists and discover the best pastrami, corned beef, hamburgers, french fries and Cuban #pizza along the way.

We even visit two historic food businesses (not on Miami Beach) which have been operating for over 60 years!

Our rescue dog, Hudson @hudsonpittienyc comes along with us as we travel around #Miami sampling amazing food as only a food insider would.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Photography and video from our visit to Veselka :: Beceлкa for 6sqft, including the process of making pierogi from start to finish!

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/pierogis-borscht-and-ukrainian-history-behind-the-scenes-at-east-village-restaurant-veselka/

"21,000 pierogis, 2,500 latkes, and 110 gallons of borscht–that’s how much Veselka is serving up each week. But it’s impossible to quantify how many memories have been made at the famous East Village Ukrainian restaurant, which has been in operation since 1954. Whether it’s grandparents who remember going to what was then a small candy shop and newspaper stand at a time when the East Village was a thriving Eastern European community, or counter-culture icons of the 1970s, or club kids of the ’90s, or the NYU students of today, you can bet that nearly every New Yorker has some story of enjoying a meal at Veselka."



Jephson Drugs in Coral Gables, Florida

Jephson Drugs in Coral Gables, Florida has a gorgeous #neonsign which was installed in 1940 when the Jephson family took ownership of an existing pharmacy located on Ponce De Leon Boulevard in the Coral Gables neighborhood of #Miami.

Because "Coca Cola" is a trademarked name, the Miami Florida branch of the Coca Cola Bottling Company leased the #signage to the drug 💊 store. The pharmacy moved from its Ponce de Leon location in 1979 and could not take the huge and heavy #neon sign with it.

Thankfully the Coca Cola Bottling Co. @cocacola arranged and funded its removal and donated it to HistoryMiami Museum in downtown Miami @historymiami where it is presently on display!

• We were lucky enough to get a personal tour of this wonderful museum with the Executive Director, Jorge Zamanillo. Not only is this incredible @coke_archives #signage on display (you can walk around it and see it from both sides) but the HistoryMiami Museum also has on display the neon “B” from the original Burdines store which was located in downtown Miami and many other interesting artifacts and archival items including the Spitz projector from the former Miami Space Museum , a historic Seminole dugout canoe 🛶 and even a Haitian boat and a Cuban raft that brought refugees to Miami. We highly recommend visiting!

#throwbackthursday #cocacola #signsunited #signagedesign #signgeek #foundinmiami #miami🌴 #ig_signage #everything_signage


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Lolo Reskin, owner Sweat Records, an amazing indie vinyl record shop in Little Haiti will be celebrating its 15 year anniversary next month.

Full video: https://youtu.be/H47wpw3smgU

We visited and featured this shop on our FOOD & VINYL RECORDS of MIAMI YouTube video. We not only go inside and check out its vast selection of vinyl but also speak with the owner, Lolo Reskin about its history and the Sweat Records Records label they have.

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Awesome Sweat Records, an amazing indie vinyl record shop in Little Haiti will be celebrating its 15 year anniversary next month.

Full video: https://youtu.be/H47wpw3smgU



We visited and featured this shop on our FOOD & VINYL RECORDS of MIAMI YouTube video. We not only go inside and check out its vast selection of vinyl but also speak with the owner, Lolo Reskin about its history and the Sweat Records Records label they have.

 To hear more about this record store and why Iggy Pop @iggypopofficial is a huge supporter of it, please watch and subscribe to our channel as will be posting new videos weekly, highlighting small unique businesses in NYC and now Miami (aka the 6th borough of NYC).

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Twa Zom Fo Botanica in the Little Haiti 🇭🇹neighborhood of Miami.

We visit this interesting Haitian Botanica (Twa Zom Fo is Haitian Creole for Three Fake Zombies) in our latest YouTube HAITIAN FOOD & VINYL RECORDS of MIAMI video.

Full video: https://youtu.be/H47wpw3smgU

We go inside and speak with the owner, Lucy who sells Voodo, herbal and traditional remedies and spirituality items used in the religion of Haitian Voodoo.

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Our latest video "HAITIAN FOOD & VINYL RECORDS: MIAMI" is live on our Youtube channel!


In this HAITIAN FOOD & VINYL RECORDS tour of MIAMI, we visit the Little Haiti neighborhood of #Miami and stop in many historic #food shops with ties to Haiti and also visit a Haitian Botanica which sells Voodoo and spirituality items.  Not only do we eat delicious Haitian food on this tour but we also visit an indie #vinyl record store and go crate digging but we also have a chance to meet and speak with the record store owner and also stop in at a historic dive bar and underground music venue in Little Haiti.

Places we visit in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami, Florida include:

1. Piman Bouk (New Florida) Bakery: 46 NE 62nd Street Miami, Fl
2. Sweat Records: 5505 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, Fl
3. Chef Creole: 200 NW 54th Street Avenue Miami, FL
4. Twa Zom Fo Botanica: 175 NW 62nd Street Miami, Fl
5. Lakay Tropical Ice Cream: 91 NE 54th Street Miami, FL
6. Churchill's Pub: 5501 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, Fl

Our rescue dog, Hudson @hudsonpittienyc comes along with us as we travel around Miami sampling amazing Haitian food!
Many thanks to Lolo Reskin of Sweat Records who you can follow on Instagram @sweatrecords

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Tom’s Laundry NYC or what’s left of it.

We love encountering “ghost signs” left behind from a previous business and this old #laundromat in NYC is no exception of fabulous timeworn #signage and a beauty in decay #storefront.


Thursday, February 6, 2020

Thank you Museum at Eldridge Street for including our book "STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face of New York" on your "PICKLES, PODCASTS & PIZZA: VALENTINE’S GIFTS FROM THE LES" List!

Full list: https://www.eldridgestreet.org/blog/pickles-podcasts-pizza-valentines-gifts-from-the-les/?fbclid=IwAR0_AffbvCMSlhT4jp7MyFuL2_SzK8y88UA7toihcF-5uA1v_FL5H53PL4I 


"For Your Friend Whose Instagram is Full of Quirky City Photos  Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York is the holy grail for anyone obsessed with old New York, storefronts or vernacular design. James and Karla Murray’s vibrant photographs are paired with thoughtful insights from business owners and New Yorkers about what makes our local communities so special.

Also – we can’t miss the chance to mention that James and Karla have also taken some stunning photos of our sanctuary for the blog 6sqft. 

Book available in large format or ‘mini’ size on the Murrays’ website."


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Sanchez Cigars on West 30th Street in Manhattan specialized in handmade #Cuban cigars.

We loved its hand-painted window lettering and especially the adorable cigar caricature waving 👋 with white gloves on!






• • We just visited a wonderful Cuban cigar shop in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, which also specializes in hand-rolled cigars, while filming our MIAMI TASTE OF CUBA: FOOD TOUR & CULTURE YouTube video and found it that it takes more than a year and a half to become a cigar roller in Cuba.

Full video: https://youtu.be/lWumCjPAYh4

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Guillermina Hernandez, the owner of Los Pinarenos Fruteria, Calle Ocho, Little Havana neighborhood of Miami

We met the amazing Guillermina Hernandez, the owner of Los Pinarenos Fruteria, which has been in business since 1963 on Calle Ocho in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, while filming our MIAMI TASTE OF CUBA: FOOD TOUR & CULTURE YouTube video.
Not only did we have a delicious cortadito ☕️(basically a short version of a Cuban café con leche) with Marvin Tapia @mrmiamimarvin a community organizer for Viernes Culturales @viernesculturales while at this #Cuban Fruteria but also visited some other great shops and cultural landmarks with him.

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Monday, February 3, 2020

The Little Havana neighborhood of Miami is about the closet you can get to #Cuba🇨🇺 both in a figurative sense and geographically without actually leaving the U.S.A.

 We spotted this gorgeous Almendrones, which is what a #vintage car is called in #Cuba while filming our MIAMI TASTE OF CUBA: FOOD TOUR & CULTURE YouTube video.

Full video: https://youtu.be/lWumCjPAYh4

In this episode we visit some unique #Cuban spots with Marvin Tapia @mrmiamimarvin a community organizer for Viernes Culturales @viernesculturales

• To see more Cuban shops and places we visit along #CalleOcho (SW 8th Street), please watch and subscribe to our channel (direct link in bio and IG story) as will be posting new videos weekly, highlighting small unique businesses in NYC and now Miami (aka the 6th borough of NYC).


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Our latest video "MIAMI TASTE OF CUBA: FOOD & CULTURE" is live on our Youtube channel!

Full video: https://youtu.be/lWumCjPAYh4

In this MIAMI TASTE OF CUBA: FOOD & CULTURE tour, we visit the Little Havana neighborhood of #Miami and stop in many historic shops with ties to #Cuba and have delicious #Cubanfood and coffee and watch hand-rolled Cuban cigars being made.

We also speak and walk around the neighborhood with Miami native, Marvin Tapia @mrmiamimarvin, a community organizer for Viernes Culturales, who works to preserve Latin Art & Culture in Little Havana with festivals along Calle Ocho (Sw 8th Street) the third Friday of every month.

Not only do we eat delicious Cuban food on this food tour but we also visit Hispanic cultural landmarks including the Calle Ocho Walk of Fame and Domino Park and have a chance to meet and speak with Cuban exiles and activists including Brigid Baker, a choreographer and owner of 6th Street Dance studio, which offers free workshops, lectures and community programming.

Many thanks to Marvin Tapia who you can follow on Instagram @mrmiamimarvin

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Our latest video "MIAMI TASTE OF CUBA: FOOD & CULTURE" is now live on our Youtube channel!


In this MIAMI TASTE OF CUBA: FOOD & CULTURE tour, we visit the Little Havana neighborhood of #Miami and stop in many historic shops with ties to #Cuba and have delicious #Cubanfood and coffee and watch hand-rolled Cuban cigars being made.

We also speak and walk around the neighborhood with Miami native, Marvin Tapia @mrmiamimarvin, a community organizer for Viernes Culturales, who works to preserve Latin Art & Culture in Little Havana with festivals along Calle Ocho (Sw 8th Street) the third Friday of every month.

Not only do we eat delicious Cuban food on this food tour but we also visit Hispanic cultural landmarks including the Calle Ocho Walk of Fame and Domino Park and have a chance to meet and speak with Cuban exiles and activists including Brigid Baker, a choreographer and owner of 6th Street Dance studio, which offers free workshops, lectures and community programming.

Places we visit in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, Florida include:

1. Los Pinareños Fruteria: 1334 SW 8th Street Miami, Fl
2. Havana Classic Cigar: 1419 SW 8th Street Miami, Fl
3. La Esquina De La Fama: 1388 SW 8th Street Miami, Fl
4. Maximo Gomez Park: 801 SW 15th Avenue Miami, FL
5. Francisco Cazañas (El Manicero): Peanut Vendor on Calle Ocho
6. Calle Ocho Walk of Fame: SW 8th St. between 12th & 17th Ave.
7. La Camaronera 1952 W. Flagler Street Miami, Fl
8. 6th Street Dance Studio 1155 SW 6th Street Miami, Fl

Our rescue dog, Hudson comes along with us as we travel around Miami sampling food and even gets some freshly roasted peanuts from the El Manicero!

Many thanks to Marvin Tapia who you can follow on Instagram @mrmiamimarvin

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With Valentine’s Day coming up in 2 weeks, we started thinking about the restaurants where we first went on dates many years ago and one of them was Gino’s on Lexington Avenue.

This restaurant was opened in 1945 by Gino Circiello. Gino's specialized in moderately priced #Italian 🇮🇹food 🍝 and was known for its tomato-red wallpaper printed with 314 leaping zebras 🦓 . Ed Sullivan and Frank Sinatra often dined at Gino's aka Gino of Capri.

Gino passed away in 2001 at age 89 and his long-time waiter, Salvatore Doria, took ownership of the restaurant along with the chef, Michele Miele.

Sadly, they were forced to close the this historic restaurant in 2010 when their rent was increased by $8,000 a month to over $30,000 a month.

A cupcake cafe with an ATM-type cupcake dispenser (Sprinkles Cupcakes) took over the #storefront.

• • Please let us know what special NYC restaurant or bar you first had dates with or met your current sweetheart 💕.

If we have a photo of it (and we have thousands of restaurants and bars in our collection) we will post it and dedicate it to you and your loved one!