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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

The intriguing Sapore di Mare in Coconut Grove by Ray Raposo

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A group of family members went for lunch to Sapore di Mare in Coconut Grove this week. Giorgia Calabrese and Matteo Paderni opened this seafood restaurant with an Italian flavor about 4 years ago. They’re devoted to serve the freshest and most seasonal fish and shellfish sourced from both the Mediterranean and waters worldwide. Besides seafood their menu also includes a short selection of meat to round out the extensive offerings.

The daily Specials board

Many of their dishes are made special for the day, a blackboard high on the wall lists those menu selections. Most of these dishes are usually the most expensive items they serve.

Our large family group

 

The restaurant has a number of shiny wooden tables that they can arrange separate or together for larger groups. With lots of windows, as they’re on the end of the building, and mostly white walls and a beachy mariner decor, it’s bright and upbeat inside.

The covered and semi-enclosed outdoor back area

They also have an ample seating area with a large canopy in the back of the restaurant.

Writer Ray and part of the lunch group

We tried several dishes and everyone was pleased and more than delighted with their orders. We started with a dish of Frittura di Calamari which many tried and enjoyed. My main dish was the Tagliatelle alla Boscaiola, pasta with Porcini mushrooms and cherry tomatoes and it was delectable. Tagliatelle pasta are a traditional type of pasta from the Emilia-Romagna and Marche regions of Italy, they are long, flat ribbons similar in shape to fettuccine. Several of us ordered a special dish of Branzino, a Mediterranean white fish they served with artichokes. Usually just on the dinner Menu, but they serve it for lunch if you ask.

Another terrific tasting Mediterranean fish dish was served with an arugula salad with cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. Another lovely salad featured Tiger Shrimp or langostinos. One of us ordered and loved the classic Frutti di Mare, a Tagliolini pasta with red sauce, clams, mussels and shrimp. We also tried and enjoyed the special Veal Scaloppine al Limone with artichokes and vegetables. We also tried a Cacio e Pepe, a traditional Roman pasta prepared in a wheel of pecorino cheese. “Cacio e Pepe” means “cheese and pepper” in several central Italian dialects. Other items on the Menu include a fish soup of the day, several Spaghetti dishes, grilled wild Salmon, and a Tagliata de Manzo with sliced NY Steak. For desert a homemade Cannoli and a small tasty peach cobbler were both enjoyed.

Their extensive wine list features over 100 selections to pair perfectly with their dishes. They also offer Catering services, deliveries within 4 miles and host special events. Their Lunch prices range from the high teens to the 20s with some special dishes costing quite a bit more. This is not an inexpensive place, but you get the quality you pay for. If you love Italian inspired seafood dishes, you should give Sapore di Mare a try.

All smiles while waiting for their entrees

Sapore di Mare, Italian Seafood Restaurant & Catering Services

Located at 3111 Grand Avenue 3, Coconut Grove, FL 33133, a block west of CocoWalk. They’re open daily for lunch from 12:00 pm – 3:30pm and for dinner from 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm. You can phone them directly at 305-476-8292, or visit their website at saporedimaremiami.com

Valet parking is available and some parking in the back. There’s also public parking lot across the street.

Three satisfied customers

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