There were lots of posts in the South Florida blogosphere today so why take any more of your time with a boring intro...here's your evening Sift.
A- Gun Free Zone continues his vigorous defense of Trayvon Martin's killer by alleging that the latest sexual molestation accusations against Zimmerman are being contrived by the prosecution...or something...and he also posts a photo of himself that, well, explains a lot.
B- Food for Thought shares his thoughts about the state of dining in Miami today.[Don't miss the ruminations in the comments section.]
I would have to go back to 2006-07, when Michelle Bernstein and Michael Schwartz first really began to truly express themselves at Michy's and Michael's Genuine (both restaurants, appropriately, eponymously named) to think of a time when there have been more restaurants that I'm genuinely excited to dine at.C- Both Arterpillar and Salty Eggs have extensive collections of images from Saturday night's Red Eye event in Lauderdale.
D- Curator Dina Weinstein guest blogs at Beached Miami and recognizes what would have been the 100th birthday of author, New Yorker cartoonist, and long-time Miami Beach resident Syd Hoff.
A new show at the Miami Beach Regional Library celebrates author, New Yorker cartoonist, and long-time Miami Beach resident Syd Hoff (1912-2004), best known for the kids’ books Danny and the Dinosaur (1958) and Sammy the Seal (1959). In what would have been his 100th year, Syd Hoff: Finding Home showcases Hoff’s life and work with photographic reproductions, text panels, and dozens of little known and out-of-print works from the curator’s collection, the Miami Dade Public Library Florida Author collection, and The University of Miami library.E- The prosecution makes an offer to Carlos Miller in his court case and Miller laughs it off.
Still insisting that I am guilty of resisting police on the night of my last arrest, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office is offering me a plea deal where I would shoot and edit a promotional video for the county in exchange for them not prosecuting me.F- Curbed Miami has more info on the new restaurant and shopping annex that is being built at Dadeland.
The rather ridiculous promotional message being put out is that they're creating "Dadeland's South Beach sidewalk experience..."G- It looks like Tudor House is on its way out, according to Eater Miami.
It's the beginning of the end for Tudor House at the Dream Hotel as executive chef Jamie DeRosa has officially worked his last day in the kitchen.H- Sex and the Beach drops in on Miami puppeteer Pablo Cano.
If idle hands are the devil's tool, then there must be a way to explain the devilish, ironic and slightly naughty characters in Cano's repertoire. Nimble fingers work not only into the maneuvering of the puppets but into the engineering of their creation.I- South Florida Food and Wine has quite a collection of wine and food events that are happening around South Florida over the next couple weeks.
J- Bark Bark Woof Woof takes an in-depth look at why someone would and wouldn't vote for Mitt Romney.
The problem with that is that he doesn't have the likability qualities of the president. Poll after poll show that even people who disagree with him on policy matters like Mr. Obama personally, especially compared to Mr. Romney's klutzy people skills, verbal gaffes, Etch-A-Sketch changes to his positions, and his complete unawareness that he comes across to people as the caricature of the rich plutocrat. You can't tell your friends that you really told off the NAACP to vote for the other guy to keep getting free stuff while you're taking a $77,000 tax write-off for your pet horse and expect to come across as anything but out of touch. As much as I think elections should not be about which one you want to have a beer with, it still is a question that matters to a lot of people who vote, and Mr. Romney comes across as not the guy you work with but the guy who laid you off.K- Eye on Miami doesn't care much for the Herald's Best Block contest.
The reasons we don't have great blocks in Miami is the same reason we can't prosecute Congressman David Rivera for clearly running a Ponzi scheme out of his back political pocket: laws that sound like they do the right thing -- on zoning, permitting and development -- are designed to fail just like the campaign finance laws that should put Rivera and the other scammers in jail. In point of fact, the Florida legislature -- run by Rivera's cronies from Miami-Dade -- just eviscerated state planning authority for growth management. What's left? The Great Block Contest?