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Guayaba y Chocolate is a dream. The dream of Alejandra Bigai, a Venezuelan-American chocolate maker consistently ranked amongst the top US small gourmet chocolatiers, and her social anthropologist cousin María Waleska. Guayaba y Chocolate is also an adventure that has taken both girls on a discovery journey into the everyday flavors of Miami. Behind every chocolate, behind every piece of candy and macaron there is wonder at the explosive diversity of this city, at the trajectories of the men and women who inhabit it and, most of all, the fantastic way in which culture and gastronomy blend to produce the richest flavors and the tastiest sensory experiences. At the heart of their business is, of course, chocolate. Their bonbons are hand made everyday at the production facility of Romanicos Chocolate, their mother brand. They sell only high quality confections made in small batches with the best ingredients available and our chocolate bars are gluten free, lactose free and suitable for either vegans or vegetarians. Guayaba y Chocolate opens at 1603 SW 8th St. Here is more infomation about Guayaba y Chocolate :


According to New Times :

"The shop is minimalistic in style to better showcase the variety of sweet treats inside. The idea to open a store in the area has been brewing in Bigai's head for seven years, and this was actually her fifth attempt at doing so. When a friend tipped her off that an antique store was closing in the center of la pequeña Habana, she jumped at the opportunity to call the space her own. The shop features bonbons, truffles, dry fruits, bark chocolate, and cookies. Flavor profiles also expand on regular milk chocolate with twists like guava and cream cheese, pistachio and honey, cayenne pepper, and passionfruit. Prices range from $1.50 to $31.60." written by Christian Portilla.


According to Yelp :

"You can buy chocolates by the piece, or in box sets (as with most chocolate shops). The nice thing about these boxes is that they have distinct 'themes'.  For example, one -- decorated with marine fish on the box and on the chocolates themselves -- are filled with tropical fruit centers. The other, 'Nostalgia Habanera' comes in a box vaguely reminiscent of a cigar box and inside features guava and cheese filled chocolates shaped like dominos, as well as coffee chocolate confections. The shop has limited seating (although there is a place to sit for two near the door). They also have macarons and other sweets. As mentioned, a key item is that the chocolate is produced by the owner, so this isn't a place that is just reselling chocolate you can find just anywhere. And you can tell she takes great pride in her chocolate, as the quality is very good." written by Ian (rates 5 stars).


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We can understand stiffing taxpayers with a $2.6 billion invoice for a shiny new stadium. We can't even really blame the Miami Marlins for refusing to chip in for millions in parking taxes while dropping nine figures on high-priced free agents. Hey, if our county officials are so inept that you can get away with it, why not?

But firing the jiggly guys who for years have entertained fans for negligible pay? That's just cold. 

When the Marlins baseball team moves to Little Havana in the spring, the Manatees -- the team's plus-size male dance troupe -- will not be invited.

The team is trying to keep the decision quiet, but several current and former big dancers confirmed it to Riptide, and one of them even started a Facebook page to try to change the team's mind.

"Save the Manatees" has 147 supporters. "It's cold," says Angel Villarreal, better known as the booty-shaking, 280-pound Chubbalicious. "We stood by them when times were tough and got people to go to the stadium. Now the Manatees are getting the rug pulled out from under them."

We hear the Mermaids -- the Marlins' stripper-esque lady cheerleaders -- are also getting their hot pants revoked. Sean Flynn, the Marlins marketing executive who oversees the troupes, did not return Riptide's call for comment.

The Manatees have been getting down since 2008. A couple of them are classically trained dancers whose voluptuous frames precluded them from traditional gigs. Some, like the 400-pound "Tiny," became pseudo-celebrities at Sun Life Stadium. ("You got to move on with life," says Tiny-- real name Nelson Dean Clark, Jr.-- who is heading to California to train to be a Border Control agent.)

For the first couple of seasons, when the Marlins worked the guys 30 games plus a weekly three-hour rehearsal, they were paid only with a pregame buffet. Later, the team added a nominal payment of $40 to $50 per game.

But the Marlins' unspoken reasoning is clear. Now that it's a true big-league team -- thanks to a royal fleecing of taxpayers -- the bush-league sideshows are being ditched. "We danced at the groundbreaking of the new stadium," says Wesley "Mac" Boozer, formerly the Scottish-themed Manatee. "It's interesting now that it's come to fruition, we've been disowned."

Laments the Manatees' 65-year-old elder statesman, Abraham "Big Rev" Thomas, who used to gyrate his 311-pound frame in a top hat and tails: "I think it's kind of crazy. I thought most of the people enjoyed the show."


Source: Miami New Times

Hundreds gathered in Jose Martí Park yesterday in Little Havana, tromped east on Calle Ocho into Brickell then paraded through downtown Miami in a protest march that heard just as many "Sak ap fets?" as "Que bola aseres?" alongside chants of "End The Fed," and "If you can hear my voice, you are a part of the 99%." Click through for the photo highlights.

A strong police presence guarded the march from angry rush hour motorists stuck in traffic. Orange plastic clappers, carnaval whistles, and multiple bullhorns created a festival din less charged by anger than excitement at voicing dissent. Aged couples, babies, and the youth of South Florida politically activated the landscape, and we were there to document some of the action, which ended with a rally at the Government Center.


Source: Miami New Times



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