Before we get to the Sift, I have a few new blogs to introduce and one to remove from the SFDB blogrolls.
- Actually, A Pretty Good Guy was on the SFDB blogroll for a while before he took about 3 months off and I discontinued following him in mid-March. Now he's back and says he's here to stay. So, once again, you'll find him on the SFDB South Florida Blogosphere blogroll.
- The Faux Foodie is a foodie blog based in Miami that has been alive and kicking for about a year. As you might expect, content centers around food and drink, but every now and then, Faux Foodie wanders off someplace else and gives us a [pun alert!] taste of life away from the dining room table. There's a lot of culinary resources to be found in the sidebar as well as the blogrolls.
The Faux Foodie uses the Blogger platform and is Twitter-equipped for your pleasure. Posting is inconsistent but it appears as though it's picked up from what it was in its original year.
You can find The Faux Foodie in the South Florida Foodie blogroll.
- Hialeah is in the house with On My Block. Jessica is a Hialeah resident and not afraid to admit it [hey, chill out...just kidding...sorta].
On My Block is another blog that uses the Blogger platform. Looking back in the archives, there are posts about trips to Shark Valley, Robert Is Here, R.F. Orchids, each accompanied by plenty of pictures and narration. Born in November of 2008, On My Block posts about once a week on average, although every now and then Jessica gets crazy and ups that by a post or two.
If you're looking for a bargain, On My Block periodically posts a good deal around town when they see one.
To all the new blogs, welcome to the SFDB blogroll!
On to your Monday evening Sift...
A- All the paper has been filed in Carlos Miller's criminal case and it is posted for your review.
Today I filed my reply brief to his answer brief, which he filed in response to my original appeal brief. Now it’s up to a panel of three appellate judges to review the appeal to see if I have grounds for a reversal.B- Random Pixels was there today as The Raven continued to run.
At 5:07, with an ESPN camera crew in tow, the Raven made his way across the beach to the lifeguard stand.C- MiamiNights has loads of pictures from the WMC.
And as a formation of 15 brown pelicans flew overhead the Raven spoke, "Well, I guess you all wanna know."
"Yeah," the faithful answered.
"I'm gonna run," said the Raven.
"But," he added, "if i don't feel good one day, I might just do six miles instead of 8."
D- Heavy duty stuff from Jaded in Paradise.
I’m about to breakdown. I’m breaking. I’m f*cking [-Ed.] up. I don’t want to do anything but go out at night and drink.E- Sra. Martinez is a big, big hit with Brickell Life.
At the age of 28, I thought that my parents getting divorce would have no effect on me. I was wrong. I’m in pain, deep emotional pain and I don’t know who to talk to. I’ve been holding it all in the past six months since they made the announcement and right now, my emotions are exploding.
The place really delivers and we're coming back for more. Restaurant has seemed to really hit its stride as waitstaff and kitchen we're flowing seamlessly.F- Local Motion Miami does a bang up review of the Amanda Palmer concert at Lauderdale's Culture this past weekend. Three, count 'em three, video clips are included.
So okay, while the food is great and ambiance superb, what will also keep me coming back for more is perhaps the best bar I've had drinks at in Miami. It's not the Deuce or Fox's Inn, that's for sure. And while the Deuce and Fox's have their special place in my heart and for the rest of South Florida in the know, the bar at Sra. Martinez is true mixology.
She sang a total of ten songs at the most. But she charmed the audience with a generous number of smiles, stories, and jokes. In fact, the personal nature of her performance – laced with details about her favorite type of pancakes and how badly she wants to get dropped by her record label [see the video below] – made me forget I was in a club. Instead, I felt like I was visiting a friend who happens to be a musician and in between conversation, she played piano and sang some great songs.G- Good Morning, America visits Miami and forgets where they are, according to MenuPages Blog: South Florida.
H- Food For Thought takes issue with a Miami New Times article that FFT says unnecessarily dramatizes the slaughtering of pigs at West Miami-Dade farms.
The alarmist tone of the article is perhaps best demonstrated by this little nugget, describing a police raid on a farm in west Kendall - "among the meat found in refrigerators was what appeared to be neatly packaged horse flesh." (Gordon Ramsay would be proud.) A full 600 words later it's revealed that "what appeared to be horse meat was found by inspectors to be beef." Well - that sort of changes things a bit, doesn't it?I- Daily Cocaine asks are French chefs making a comeback?
J- Residents of the Grove are apathetic, according to Coconut Grove Grapevine.
A handful of people do all the work. The rest don't want to be bothered.K- We've all been where The TinyJEWELBox was yesterday.
My son, using a "dont look now" voice, says, "ummm, Mom, ummm, there's a lizard on your windshield." So I SLOWLY looked over, and there's a huge lizard sitting on my driver's side windshield wiper. I nearly had a coronary.L- Incertus has some interesting commentary on anonymous blogging.
So here I sit--lizard peering through the windshield right at me, window down, light about to change. For once, gratefully, I didn't disintegrate. And the only reason that I didn't was because I knew that if I took my eyes off of the lizard for even once second, he would scoot right into my car through the open window. And then I knew I would freak out.
I understand the desire to stay anonymous online. When I started blogging just over five years ago, I tried to stay anonymous myself--I chose an obscure pseudonym, and I scoured every post for traces of information that might lead to my personal identity, and it didn't work. I slipped up and a troll from another site started appearing here in the comments calling me by my first name and making comments about Amy. It was more than a little nerve-wracking, and I almost shut the blog down. But the lesson it taught me was that there really is no way to stay anonymous online if someone is determined to out you, and that it only takes one douchebag in a sea of people of goodwill to ruin that. And the web is full of douchebags. Enter at your own risk.A. Men.