Caught in Bimini, Bahamas

You know that vacation spot your family goes to every year? That one place that you look forward to for weeks? And no matter how many years pass, it will always have a significant place in your life? Well, my special spot is Bimini. What started as a small island that only fishermen knew about, has now turned into one of the most popular vacation spots for all Miamians.

DISCLAIMER – I do miss the good old Bimini days when no one knew about the island, and there were only 10 of us there playing “catch the crabs” with the Bahamian locals. But hey – I cant’ be selfish forever.

I can go on and on bout how beautiful the island is forever, but since I know most of you reading this already know that, I’m going to let you in on even more little secrets that aren’t on all the resort itineraries or website.

Radio Beach

This beach is the real one. There’s about a mile of white, soft sand with no tourists, no chairs, no partying. This is what the original Bimini was all about.

Make a right onto the street right after the straw market in town, and go up the road until you see the beach right in front of you.

Edith’s Pizza

Homemade pizza made by the one and only, Edith, is not made like your average pizza. The dough is actually Bimini Bread (THE BEST!!!) and the toppings are out of this world.

My personal fav: Lobster Pizza

If you haven’t had Bimini Bread, you haven’t been to Bimini.

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Joe’s Conch

Something amazing about the Bahamas? Being able to watch the locals catch the conch and make you salad or fritters right in front of you. Joe has had his little shack for about 20 years, and it’s still the best conch on the island.

Make sure to leave your mark on the wall! Ask them for the permanent marker!

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Caught in New York City

I can give you a “touristy view” of the city, but… what fun is that?!
See everything New York City offers while enjoying the exhilaration of riding the waves! New York Harbor Jetski is only a short train ride away from the NYC, and you leave to explore Manhattan- from the water- at Pier 13 in Hoboken.

 

Ultimate Bucket List Trip: South Africa

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If you could take one vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go? South Africa was my family’s top choice.

Because I have written a lot on the topic of once-in-a-lifetime vacations, adventures, and “Bucket List” experiences, I’ve been blessed to be able to visit some of the most interesting places in the world, from Ibiza to Dublin to skydiving and skiing in the Swiss Alps, and thinking about all of the places I’ve been, I realize how hard it is to top South Africa.

The main reason people tend to go on vacation to Africa is to go on safaris and see all the wild animals the massive content offers. But, South Africa offers far more to see and do than “just” safaris. In South Africa, you really can have it all – and with the favorable exchange rate and cost of living, it is a bargain, especially for food, drinks, and shopping! What was even better than all of this? The impeccable service. We stayed at the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa during our time in Cape Town, and were treated like nothing less than royalty.

Cape Town, South Africa

While the quality of wildlife might be equaled in other places, the quality of the experience is not: South Africa has by far the best collection of luxury safari lodges. We stayed at the private game reserve of Kapama Karula. We had our own personal waiter for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as our own game ranger and tracker for all 5 days!

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Going to Africa was most definitely the best experience – and trip, I’ve ever had. There are not enough words to explain how incredible our two weeks in South Africa were, but here’s a recap video of our trip that could give you just a little glimpse. As well as the day by day itinerary we had!

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South Africa from rebecca fernandez on Vimeo.

Thursday:
Dinner at The Harbour House in the V&A Waterfront

Friday:
Table Top Mountain
Abseiling 130 meters then hiked back up
Long Street & Kloof Street
Dinner at Azure

Saturday:
Breakfast at Old Biscuit Mill
The Winelands, Stellenbosch region
-Rust en Vrede vineyeard
-Delaire-Graff vineyeard
-Lanzerac vineyard

Sunday:
Great White Shark Cage Diving
12 Apostles Spa
Dinner at The Butcher Shop & Grill

Monday:
Cape Point
Cape of Good Hope
Boulder’s Beach- Penguin Colony

Tuesday:
V&A Waterfront
Dinner at The Test Kitchen
(7-course tasting menu and a wine pairing, #28 restaurant in the world)

Wednesday through Saturday:
Kapama Karula Private Game Reserve

RAY ALLEN’S “GROWN” MIAMI RESTAURANT

Grown Miami from rebecca fernandez on Vimeo.

Former Miami Heat player Ray Allen, and his wife Shannon, opened Grown, a new fast-food concept in South Miami. Developed by the couple, Grown is said to be “real food, cooked slow, for fast people,” meaning it fuses a farm-to-table concept using organic, local, and nutritious ingredients with the essence of a fast-food locale.

COACHELLA 2016

COACHELLAWhat do you get when you put hundreds of thousands of people clad in a mixture of boho chic and hipster attire in a desert over a two-weekend span to party to all types of music?

You get one of the most popular festivals in the world—COACHELLA!

This year was my first time going to Coachella. Although, I’d heard about how amazing the experience is, I had no real expectations when I first arrived in the desert. The less expectations the better, right? Well… it was even more than I could have imagined!

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Stiltsville

“Stiltsville” is a village of sorts situated about a mile south of Cape Florida in Biscayne Bay. It’s an iconic Miami landmark,  but somewhat hard to get to since it’s surrounded by water. These homes were built in the shallows on stilts starting in the 1930’s and the number of structures peaked at 27 during the freewheeling Stiltsville heyday. After many decades and a few hurricanes, there are currently only seven remaining wooden structures and all are now part of Biscayne National Park.

Not many people know about it unless they frequent Biscayne Channel by boat.  These “shack-like wooden structures” just sit there, like monuments in the landscape, a landscape of ocean blue.

Stiltsville had a very colorful past, hosting fishing, drinking and partying clubs during Prohibition, the first of which was the Calvert Club, later followed by the infamous original Quaterdeck Club and Bikini Club, but now it offers boaters, and locals, a different view of Miami.

For more information about Stiltsville’s past and how to get there, visit here.

KOMODO MIAMI

Komodo: a three-level, indoor-outdoor, Asian-inspired restaurant that seats about 275 people. This is the description of Miami’s newest hotspot that is not only a restaurant, but a lounge as well!

David Grutman, owner of mega-nightclubs LIV and Story, is the man behind the concept, along with Jeffrey Chodorow, who’s best known locally with his work with China Grill management. The menu is self-described as “Asian cuisine designed to take guests on a culinary journey of the Marco Polo trail.” Translation: expect dishes like dim sum, peking duck, tuna porterhouse, wasabi shrimp and of course, plenty of cocktails.

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Grutman isn’t exactly known for doing things low key, and Komodo is no different. The three-story, 17,000-square-foot space features plenty of teak, 40-foot-high red ceilings, and lots of greenery.

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Miami Music Week 2016

MIAMI MUSIC WEEK
Once a year, Miami gets even louder (yes, it’s possible) for an entire week. It’s known as Miami Music Week, and it has become one of the world’s greatest migrations for dance-music lovers. MMW officially starts tomorrow, so it’s time to start drawing up your game plan. Below is our official MMW 2016 party and concert guide for each day, straight from the Miami Music Week website.

On The City Slicker’s Instagram I’ll also be posting some under the radar events happening around Miami.

And trust me…there’s way more to MMW than just Ultra!

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TIDAL X CHANGE: WIN LIL WAYNE CONCERT TICKETS

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Who wants to go to a Lil Wayne concert?! Well, I’ve got a great way for you to be able to do that, and also do some community service. How?
 TIDAL, a global music and entertainment platform, has partnered with Lil Wayne to promote community service among college students with the  Social Wave For Change initiative. 
And, here’s how you can enter for a chance to see Lil Wayne live right in your city.
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Here’s all you have to do:
Any undergraduate student currently enrolled in a 4 year university can participate from now through February 29th. You have to publicly post a photo or video of you doing a community service act on either on TIDAL‘s Facebook wall or on your own instagram page. You must use the hashtag #TIDALXCHANGE, mention your school name, and tag a friend.
Other participants so far have posted pictures of them doing things like volunteering at animal shelters, donating clothes, and working at food drives. Show your love for your community on the gram and win big. Seems like a win-win situation to me!
A panel of judges selected by TIDAL will review all submissions and choose the finalists – and once the finalists are announced, the general public will vote on the winner. The all participants are eligible for a 3 month subscription to TIDAL, finalists will receive a silent disco event for their school, and the winner will receive…A LIL WAYNE CONCERT NEAR THEIR SCHOOL! (yes, you heard me right!)
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Oh, and if you win, you better invite me. Please?
If you have any more questions, comments or concerns regarding the challenge you can read more about it here.

This post is sponsored by TIDAL and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The City Slicker possible!

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One Stop Glam Beautique

Have you ever heard of a place where you can get your nails done, your hair done, your eyebrows done, get a massage, and shop the bestttt wardrobe?! Well, now you have! Christie Pea Beautique is the answer. We all have busy schedules, and sometimes it feels like just making time to get a manicure can be tough. This place helps you get all your pampering needs done at once!

Plus, Christie Pea has the absolute best customer service you’ll ever receive! I never want to leave when I’m there. Christina Ruiz, the beautiful owner, opened the salon in March of 2012, and wanted her oasis to be an escape where ladies could enjoy royal treatments in a clean environment.

For a list of full treatments and location, go to Christie Pea’s website!