“It’s celebration of the South,” said John Kunkel, CEO of 50 Eggs, the company behind Swine Southern Table & Bar, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, and Khong River House.
Here, students can expect innovative twists on authentic Southern cuisine.
While Swine’s sister restaurant, Miami Beach’s Yardbird, focuses on chicken, the menu at Swine, as the name suggests, puts the spotlight on the pig.
The 16-ounce pork porterhouse — an all-natural Duroc chop, with pickled cabbage, Yukon gold potato confit and applesauce — goes for $32.
After a drive south on the Turnpike, the aroma of fajitas, tamales and enchiladas wafts from several Mexican restaurants in Homestead that provide visitors an authentic experience, from the food to décor.
La Cruzada Taqueria, at 331 Park Place, offers $1.89 tacos, $3 tostadas and breakfast for $4.99. North from there, on 436 Krome Ave., is Antojitos Mexicanos, where patrons can get an all-you-can-eat buffet for $6.99 on weekdays and $7.25 on weekends. The menu includes traditional favorites such as tacos, enchiladas, tamales and tostadas.
Miami is a relatively young city. But it has a colorful history, the relics of which continue to attract locals and tourists alike. Spring breakers have an opportunity to get a glimpse of Miami’s history by taking Michael Pearlman’s Secrets of Downtown Miami walking tour.
Highlights include the site where the Coppertone Girl used to hang near Biscayne Boulevard and Fifth Street, the historic Palm Cottage where Henry Flagler’s Royal Palm Hotel employees resided, Miami’s first skyscraper and a hidden elevator.
Pearlman, who has held the tour before, said that more locals than tourists attend.
“It’s going to be places that, I think, people don’t realize are in downtown Miami,” said Pearlman, a HistoryMiami tour guide and educator. “There are all these hidden treasures people don’t realize are still there.”
The two-hour walking tour, which is held through HistoryMiami, will begin at 11 a.m. Monday. Patrons are to meet in front of the HistoryMiami museum, 101 West Flagler Street. For more information, visit www.historymiami.org/tours/walking-tours.
Spring break means ditching the college T-shirt and sweatpants for something trendier. While The Recycled Closet, at 13843 South Dixie Hwy. in Palmetto Bay, offers deals on brands such as Betsey Johnson and Gucci, The Rabbit Hole, at 17032 West Dixie Hwy. in North Miami Beach, offers clothes not found at chain stores at the mall.
“You’ll find things that nobody else has,” said Tya Tiempetch, who runs The Rabbit Hole with her husband, Wei Lin.
The duo takes several trips every year, visiting auctions, flea markets and estate sales to pick clothing, belts, purses, shoes and jewelry that are retro and yet could be comfortably worn in the modern day.
“We have to pick stuff that is still good quality and with a style that would work with today’s lifestyle,” said Tiempetch. She shuffled through clothes hanging on a tightly packed rack and pulled out a pleated light-green dress sold for $47. “Like this dress is a 1960s dress, but it’s not an old-lady dress. It could be on the runway nowadays.”
Runway styles are also available at The Recycled Closet, which sells second-hand clothes in good condition.
Like many other college students, Patricia Contreras, who attends Miami Dade College, is on a tight budget. So to save money while still donning the latest styles, she has become an avid shopper at the consignment store.
“They have nice and affordable clothes here, and it’s not too over-worn,” said 18-year-old Contreras, of Kendall, as she looked through racks carrying clothing by Betsey Johnson, Forever 21, Gucci, Guess, Juicy Couture and Lucky Brand.
For spring breakers, “we have dresses, skirts, shorts and beachwear,” said owner Jennifer Kaloti. “College students love us because of our prices.”
The store has bins, known as the “dolla holla” bins, offering items starting at $2 — perfect for college students on a budget.
Contreras doesn’t only buy clothes at The Recycled Closet — she consigns, too. That means that when the stubbed bra she dropped off recently sells, she will receive 40 percent of the selling price — money she can either keep or use as store credit.