While dining at Bianca during our The List event, photographer and longtime Ocean Drive contributor Iran Issa-Khan regaled me with stories of her colorful trip to Thailand
The other day, despite being surrounded by Miami’s luxury and condo boom, I saw a Cooper’s hawk flash across the street and catch a dove. It reminded me of how our town can be full of surprises, whether that means being cut off in traffic by a guy too self-absorbed to use a turn signal (actually not surprising), or spotting a new and stunning mural in Wynwood. I think this may be due to the fact that Miami is made up of so many colliding realities: North, Central, and South America; Overtown; downtown; South Beach; tropical and urban; ocean and land. It makes for an amazing jigsaw puzzle.
Maybe that’s one of the reasons we call it the “Magic City.” We are never a fixed entity. We’re a town for migratory birds and people, immigrants, true locals, models, tourists, artists, con artists, those hiding, those seeking. We just said ciao to the floral-shirt-clad Boat Show crowd, and in a minute we’ll be saying hola to spring breakers, WMC-goers, and Sony Open tennis fans.
It’s easy to stick to a routine, or stay within your jigsaw piece, yet now more than ever, you’d be a fool to miss the mélange. There’s a serious spike in new and highly creative businesses, bars, and restaurants. Case in point: A buddy recently turned me on to some utterly delicious sausage from Proper Sausages, a local start-up selling at the Upper Eastside Farmer’s Market. That night I met friends for a drink at Gramps, a new bar in Wynwood, which reminded me of old bars in New York, replete with booths designed for actual conversation, as opposed to the isolation of bottle-service sign language. The bartender poured me something I’d never had, a smoky whiskey from Utah called High West Campfire—think charred pineapple, pine embers, and tobacco. Plus, to cap it all off, as I drove home, the driver in front of me actually used his turn signal! This town really is full of surprises. Now go have some.
Ocean Drive celebrated with spring fashion issue cover star Eva Longoria at Cavalli Miami.