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The Crépe Connection Café, Paris in West Kendall by Ray Raposo

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Our most recent visit on a Friday night
The Crépe Connection Café is a delicious little piece of Paris, France on the Tamiami Trail in West Kendall. Once you walk inside, the warm decor filled with items and photos of iconic Parisian scenes and the wonderful aroma will magically transport you to Paris. There’s an eclectic mix of tables and decorations which add not just charm, but you’ll realize you’re not in some typical chain restaurant.
From their dinner crepes to their dessert crepes, all are created with a variety of savory fillings and an assortment of sweet toppings. All dishes are made right there in their open kitchen. They consistently provide delicious handmade crepes cooked individually on traditional french crepe irons. They also feature salads and sandwiches, and the most imaginative homemade soups you’ll ever taste. All their ingredients are high quality using only organic produce, fresh beef and free range chicken. They offer all kinds of coffees, expressos and different flavored syrups to add to any drink. There are also teas, beer as well as a variety of unusual wines and mixed drinks. My wife and friends enjoy an occasional Cosmo, although the cappuccinos are our favorite anywhere.
One of my favorite dinner crepes is the Tropical Chicken with pineapple chunks and diced ham with sautéed onions and mushrooms. Another is the grilled Teriyaki Steak crepe, also with sautéed onions, peppers and mushrooms. Or the Chicken a la Fromage which is topped with cheese, mojito and a vidalia onion sauce. You can custom order any of the dishes to suit your particular tastes in ingredients. When in the mood for a sweet dessert crepe, the Dirty Monkey, filled with sliced bananas, chocolate or caramel and topped with powdered sugar and whipped cream, is one of my favorites. Several other crepes featuring strawberries are also excellent. For a flaming show you can order the Suzette Flaméed, where the crepe is submerged in fresh orange and lemon juice, topped with Grand Mariner, cinnamon and sugar and set a flame. My mouth is watering just thinking about these incredible treats. And trust me all these outstanding meals will give you the French-Paris taste experience, at a much more affordable price! They also offer a Two for $25 Tuesday: Two eat for $25. which includes two side salads, two entrées and one dessert with ice cream to share.

 

Owner and chef Gleny Saavedra has been making these delicious meals here since they opened their doors in September 2006. Adding to the warm, home like atmosphere, has been getting to know Gleny, her tech-wiz husband Juan (Johnny), their two studious daughters and her Mom. All of them have helped out around the cafe in one way or another over all these years.

Owner and chef Gleny Saavedra at work
You can bring your laptop or use one of their computer stations as they offer free internet access through a secure wireless/wired broadband connection. It’s a great safe place to surf the internet, catch up on news or get some work done while enjoying a tasty drink. They also have a large book collection you can browse while you wait for your meal while listening to music. They also offer a Kid’s Menu as well as Take-Out if you can’t stay and enjoy the wonderful cafe ambiance.
We’ve been enjoying The Crépe Connection Café for 12 years now, we often bring family members and friends, most of whom end up going back on their own after discovering this wonderful place where you’ll be transported to a quaint Paris bistro every time.
My photo of Paris’ Eiffel Tower.

One of my all time favorite photographs I’ve taken hangs on their wall, it’s a night shot of Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero… Visiting The Crépe Connection Café always takes me back to Paris, France, my favorite city to visit. Don’t miss it.

The Crépe Connection Café is located at 14264 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL
For small parties you don’t need reservations, for Private Events, hours and other information call 305-485-0085.
You can check out their website for a complete menu at www.crepeconnectioncafe.com

It is time! The Fashion Institute is now accepting registrations for its Fall B Course

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Sophie Miller Flaunter

The Fashion Programs is a complete program designed for creative individuals that want to gain complete knowledge of the fashion industry.

This 20-course program plus internship time, covers courses on each of the fashion design disciplines, including Sewing, Pattern Making, Fashion Design, Draping, Grading, the Fashion Business, and Textiles, in order to provide students with the foundation they need to develop a career in the industry. The students will finish the fashion program by making a 3- 5 looks collection during the last 4 months of the program for the runway fashion show at the graduation ceremony.

Photo by: Clem Onojeghou

As a student, you will earn access to fashion related events and activities, including student invitations for the Fashion Group International South FL and tours to garment factories in Miami.

Our small, hands-on classes are held at our facilities located inside Las Flores Plaza, just 2.7 miles away from the Miami International Airport and 4.4 miles from Downtown Miami. The Fashion Program class schedule is designed to work around people’s different schedules. We offer classes either twice a week (weekday’s schedule) OR Saturdays. Each class is 3 hours long.

Weekday morning classes:

  • 10 AM – 1 PM
  • Evening classes from 6:00 PM- 9:00 PMS
  • Saturday classes from 9:00 AM to 4:00PM (One-hour lunch break)

For more information contact: info@fashionSfl.com. The Fashion Institute of South Florida | 2624 NW 20th ST. Miami, FL 33142 | 786-332-4624 | | www.fashionsfl.com

How Digital Marketing Transformed One Bank Executive’s Life

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Photo by Tim Bennett

Hello BizHackers!

This week I’m telling the stories of three Miami business owners who are Striving for Something Bigger.

Today I want to introduce you to Lula Folgosa.

Lula Folgosa
Realtor at Keller Williams

Lula was born in Cuba. She moved to the US in 1959… then to Spain… then to the Philippines. While her family kept moving in search of a better life, Lula longed for a stable home.

After a career at Citibank as a Regional Vice President for Marketing, Lula decided to pursue her true passion: To help people, particularly immigrants, find a stable home.

“It’s why our parents sacrificed and moved here,” said Lula, a realtor at Keller Williams. “My happiest time is when I give a family a key to their first home.”

But like many realtors, Lula struggled to find potential buyers. The traditional techniques of fliers, cold calls and open houses just weren’t working. She took BizHack’s course to learn a new approach. Under the guidance of her marketing coach, she built a sleek new landing page and an email sequence that communicated her passion for the job. The leads started rolling in, and haven’t stopped.

My advice to realtors looking to use digital advertising to attract more buyersTake a similar approach to Lula. Ditch the template used by your brokerage firm and create a customized landing page for each of your new property listings.   Your page needs to be attractive and easy to read, with photos and videos.

Photo by Tim Bennett

And it should have a conspicuous form where interested buyers can input their contact information to learn more. Then spend advertising dollars promoting the listing using Facebook and Google ads that direct people to the landing page. That in addition to everything you usually do: email alerts, open houses, fliers and calls. In this way, you’ll be able to attract new prospective buyers and stay in touch with your network of existing buyers.

Now Lula uses Facebook ads to promote all of her properties. And her social media outreach landed her a new $1 million listing. 

 This course transformed my life,” Lula said. “I learned not only all the techniques of social media but a lot about myself. I truly recommend it to anyone who wants to succeed in their business.”

Tomorrow I’ll share the story of former Burger King marketing exec Kim Miller, who’s now helping restaurants of all sizes franchise.

More soon,
Dan

Empowering South Florida’s business!

About the Author: Dan Grech is  the founder of BizHack  an accelerated learning program that offers programs in-person and online to train small business owners and entrepreneurs in the technology tools for marketing and sales that will allow them to grow their business and accelerate their career.
Check out his work at: BizHack Academy
Digital Marketing Training
dgrech@bizhack.co

 

Escuela de Estudios Avanzados anuncia Sesiones de información para estudiantes de décimo grado del Condado Miami-Dade

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Photo by Jonathan Daniels

Escuela de Estudios Avanzados del MDC anuncia sesiones de información el 29 de septiembre y el 6 de octubre

 Los estudiantes actuales de décimo grado del Condado Miami-Dade con un promedio académico mínimo no ponderado de 3.0 puntos pueden solicitar matrícula, y pudieran ser elegibles para incorporarse si satisfacen todos los requerimientos del programa, como obtener una calificación mínima en el examen de aceptación de college de SAS. La matrícula es limitada. Si la cifra de solicitantes elegibles supera la cantidad de espacios disponibles, se realizará una selección al azar para aceptar estudiantes.

 

SAS acepta a solicitantes de escuelas públicas, privadas, parroquiales y chárter del Condado Miami-Dade. Además, numerosos estudiantes que se instruyen en casa eligen a SAS para culminar sus estudios secundarios y comenzar su transición al college.

Los estudiantes pueden lograr una experiencia auténtica de college, debido a que sus cursos de matrícula dual de college y sus cursos secundarios de Ubicación Avanzada (AP) se llevan a cabo en los campus del MDC. Todos los cursos de enseñanza secundaria son de nivel AP, excepto Pre cálculo e Investigación. Además, reciben colegiatura gratuita, libros de texto, y si son elegibles, transporte en autobuses escolares y Metrorail, financiado por las Escuelas Públicas del Condado Miami-Dade.

SAS, calificada por Niche como la Mejor Secundaria del Sur de la Florida en el 2018, está ubicada en cinco campus del MDC: Homestead, Kendall, Norte, Oeste y Wolfson. SAS fue designada recientemente como “The Collegiate High School” del Condado Miami-Dade, y los cinco campus han recibido la calificación de escuelas “A” que otorga el estado de la Florida.

La Escuela de Estudios Avanzados (SAS) del Miami Dade College (MDC), llevará a cabo sesiones de información/solicitud de matrícula en dos campus del MDC los sábados 29 de septiembre y 6 de octubre, para el curso escolar 2018-2019. SAS es una escuela secundaria colegiada en la que los alumnos concluyen sus dos últimos años de secundaria, asistiendo al MDC, y, en la mayoría de los casos, obteniendo simultáneamente el diploma de enseñanza secundaria y el de Asociado.

A continuación, la programación de información/solicitud de matrícula

  • Campus KendallSábado 29 de septiembre, a las 9 a.m.,11011 S.W. 104th St. Edificio 7, Centro Deportivo.  (Los estudiantes interesados en asistir a la SAS en los campus Kendall, West, o Homestead Campuses deben participar en esta reunión)
  • Campus Norte, Sábado 6 de octubre, a las 9 a.m.,11380 N.W. 27 Avenida, Lehman Theater
  • Campus Wolfson, Sábado 6 de octubre, a la 1 p.m.,300 N.E. 2da Avenida, Salón 1261

Para más información, póngase en contacto con Dennis Lindsay, llamando al número telefónico 305-237-0510 o visite el sitio web de SAS, sas.dadeschools.net.

 

 

 

¿Cansada últimamente?

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Photoby: asdrubal-luna

¿Cansada últimamente?

La mejor manera de incrementar tu energía y mejorar tu salud es enfocándonos en su cuidado de adentro hacia fuera. Los factores que agravan nuestro bienestar físico comienzan desde nuestra alimentación, nivel de stress, hasta el nivel de actividad que mantenemos.  Toma en consideración estos consejos a continuación que te ayudaran a mejorar tu energía y apariencia física:

Photo by: blair-fraser-

1. Cambia tu dieta

Sin lugar a dudas comer todo aquello que es natural es la clave para activar nuestro sistema de adentro hacia fuera.  Elimina toda comida procesada y alta en sodio.  Aquellos alimentos que provengan de una lata, caja o empaque no son convenientes para tu cuerpo por su alto nivel de preservativos.  Opta por comer comidas frescas y  preferiblemente crudas, como vegetales y frutas.

 

Photo by: anh-nguyen

2. Trabaja a mejorar tu stress

Todos sabemos que el stress es una de las causas principales de sobre peso y enfermedades.  Evita el stress en lo posible o modéralo por medio de ejercicios, meditación y por supuesto, con una buena alimentación.  No olvides que una mente descansada genera más rendimientos en todas sus actividades mentales por tanto busca actividades que te permitan desconectar de la rutina diaria.  La meta es usar como método preventivo todo aquello que te pueda causar placer. Enfócate en actividades sociales, espirituales  o un hobby que promuevan tu bienestar emocional.

 

Photo by: clem-onojeghuo

3. Ejercita tu cuerpo a diario

Cuando haces ejercicios en combinación con una dieta balanceada, no solo bajas de peso y te sientes mejor sino que estas eliminando toxinas  y esto a su vez aumenta tu energía física y disminuye tu nivel de stress.

 

Una ayudita extra, recuerda:

  1. Toma agua para eliminar toxinas y mantener tu cuerpo hidratado,
  2. Elimina o minimiza el consumo de alcohol,
  3. Toma te verde a diario después de cada comida,
  4. duerme un minino de seis a siete horas,
  5. Baila, Canta y juega para agilizar tu cuerpo y tu mente; y finalmente
  6. Elimina personas toxicas de tu vida, estas roban tus energías y causan stress.

 

Hasta la próxima y no olvides ser feliz!

Chiqui Rodriguez

The French Châteaux of the Loire Valley by Ray Raposo

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Châteaux de Chambord is the largest chateaux of of the Loire Valley

After a few days in Paris, four of us, our friends Rick and Marilyn, my wife Peg and I rented a car and drove southwest to visit the historic Châteaux of the Loire Valley. 

There are 42 Châteaux mostly located in the historic towns of Amboise, Angers, Blois, Chinon, Montsoreau, Nantes, Orléans, Saumur, and Tours along the Loire River in France, just a couple hours southwest of Paris. Chateaux is a term used to describe anything from a hunting lodge to a residence, we might say mansion or palace, of important people. 

Approaching Amboise from across the Loire River

The Loire River flows through a gorgeous green landscape and these marvelous Renaissance palaces, castles and fortresses. They are the real jewels of the area located mostly between the towns of Tours and Blois. Besides the numerous chateaux, the surrounding deep forests with deer and wild boars, plus area’s wine regions, add to the large tourist interest in the Loire Valley.

The sun sets on beautiful Amboise, the Chateau is high in the distance
We visited three of these towns starting with the picturesque village of Amboise. The Royal Château d’Amboise sits on a hill overlooking the whole countryside, the town below and the Loire River. The Renaissance designed building and gardens were rebuilt in 1492 by Charles III.
Château d’Amboise
Château d’Amboise
Village and St. Hubert
View of village
The lovely Amboise streets with the chapel in background
Rick in Amboise
Amboise night falls
Walking at night
Nighttime Amboise

The current chateau d’Amboise is but a quarter of the original size of this palace. Tapestries and royal furnishings are still displayed inside the now smaller palace. The town below is quite charming with lovely shops and restaurants lining the narrow cobblestone sidewalks. King Francois I brought an older Leonardo da Vinci, the Italian Renaissance master, and had him stay at the nearby Chateau Clos-Lucé where he lived for 3 years. Some like Clos-Lucé, the stone and brick building built in the 1470s, even more than the royal residence. It also has a secret underground entrance used by the King when visiting da Vinci to see his many inventions, some of which now sit in the park grounds surrounding the chateau.

Chapelle de St. Hubert
Leonardo da Vinci’s tomb
A monument to da Vinci
Chateau Close-Luce

It might surprise you to hear, but Leonardo da Vinci, who died in 1519, is actually buried in a tomb in the small Chapelle de St. Hubert on the Château d’Amboise grounds. We used the town of Amboise as our base camp, staying in a nice hotel, enjoying the town’s many restaurants, with outdoor sitting, while visiting the surrounding area.

Rick, Marily, Peg and Ray with the Chateaux de Chenonceau arching across the River Cher.
About a twenty minute drive from Amboise is the Chateaux de Chenonceau. Of all these incredible chateau, I had always wanted to see the beautiful Chateaux de Chenonceau most of all. The Chateaux de Chenonceau arches across the River Cher. Known as the ladies’ Chateau as it was the only one built by a woman, Katherine Briconnet, and lived in by the Dames de Chenonceau. King Henri II originally purchased it for his mistress, Diane de Poitiers in 1547. At that point the chateaux did not cross the river, originally the back part was just a wooden bridge. It was when Catherine de Medici, the King’s wife, took it over after his death in 1559 and built the two story gallery over the river. It is said that with memories of her native Florence and perhaps the Ponte Vecchio that the present form took hold.
Chateaux de Chenonceau
Chateaux de Chenonceau
Chateaux de Chenonceau
Chateaux de Chenonceau

 

Chateau de Chenonceau and gardens

The inside the chateau Chenonceau there are tapestries and paintings by Rubens and Poussin adorning the various rooms and the long grand gallery. The large gardens on either side are lovely as well with many flowering plants and walkways for you to enjoy.

Chenonceau gardens
Chenonceau gardens
Chenonceau gardens
Chenonceau gardens
Looking out a balcony of the Chateaux de Chenonceau
You can tour both the inside of the chateaux, peer out the balconies and wander the walkways of the extensive flower filled gardens. A smaller tower sits by the chateau.
Châteaux de Chambord building is colossally massive building
Just under an hour drive from Amboise is the Châteaux de Chambord. It is indeed the largest chateaux of them all with over 400 rooms and perhaps the second most beautiful. The chateau is the biggest attraction in the whole region. The Renaissance inspired architecture with Leonardo da Vinci’s influence, shows perfect symmetry with fairy tale towers topping the large fortress-like main structure. The construction took 20 years, finishing the chateau around 1539. It was originally a hunting lodge for King Francois I, although he never lived in the chateau. Other kings after him stayed there including Louis XIV, the sun King of Versailles fame.
Inside Chambord
Inside Chambord
Inside Chambord
Atop Chambord

Make no mistake when you hear hunting lodge, this Châteaux de Chambord building is colossally massive and deceives the eye from a distance seeming smaller than it really is.

The very large Châteaux de Chambord in the distance with dry fall leaves on the ground
Last year, after months of work, they have added some lovely formal gardens to the large front grassy area as you approach the chateau improving the overall beauty of Chambord.
A stone bridge approaching Chambord 
While there are over 300 chateaux in the area, other popular Loire Valley Chateaux you might want to visit include Chaumont, Villandry, Beauregard, Blois, Cheverny, d’Ussé, d’Azay-le-Rideau and Sully-sur-Loire. Some of these chateaux have wonderful water surroundings.  Although I recommend driving, you can visit the area from Paris via train perhaps staying in Tours or Bois then finding a ride to each site, Chenonceau has a train station right near the main entrance. 
A church sits near Chateaux de Chambord
Having been fortunate enough to visit this area and these chateaux, it certainly makes one want to visit again to see more of these marvelous French treasures of the lovely Loire Valley. 
Le Labyrinthe, an English Garden hedge maze outside Chateaux de Chenonceau

After our time in the Loire Valley area, we drove south, first to Lyon then on to the towns of Avignon and Arles before continuing to the French Riviera and further east into Italy. But that’s a story for another time. Hope you get to enjoy this beautiful historic area of France.