I was in Miami last month to photograph this year’s BlogHer Food and arrived ahead of the conference to get a feel for this city. Over two days, I spent an afternoon in Little Cuba with this Walking Tour as my guide. I found the neighborhood underwhelming overall, with little to offer in terms of street life. However there are delicious cafecitos and refreshing coconut juice to be had on Calle Ocho, and if you’re lucky, the friendly locals at Maximo Gomez Park may offer you a share of their Colada while they wait their turn at dominoes.
I spent another afternoon on a food tour of South Beach with Miami Culinary Tours. Over the span of two hours, we had ceviche, churros, pizza, gelato, empanadas and a shot of Cuban espresso, all comfortably paced on a walk around the neighborhood with detours to admire the art deco gems on Ocean Drive.
The week ended with a rousing closing party at BlogHer Food to celebrate yet another successful conference. Held at the Cafeina Wynwood Lounge, in Miami’s Design District, the venue was an inspired space, having an edgy Modern-Industrial aesthetic in a lush, tropical environment. It doesn’t hurt that their mojitos are utterly delicious as well. Definitely one of the better ways to end a full week of observing, composing and shooting.