Miami! Land of spice, sunshine, palm trees and passion. A vast canvas where our past meets our present and we all come together and bring our history into one large “caldero”. From September 15th to October 15th we are inviting you to dive a little deeper and get to know the colors and flavors of our past for Hispanic Heritage Month. Take your senses on a journey to embrace and bask in our “Latinidad” a little closer.
Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to reflect and remember who we are, where we come from and the contributions we have birthed. Smell the fragrances of Little Havana, taste our grandmothers spices through traditional meals and find the pieces of our stories up and down 8th street. Here are some of the corners around town where I will be heading to take a closer look.
First things first, “EL CAFECITO”. Nothing says good morning and welcome better than grandma’s first “Greca” upon rising. Find yourself a little “Ventanita” around town and order a taste of the fields. Coffee is an invitation into the heart and soul of Hispanic culture, a seat at the table and depending on whose table you are sitting at the colors of your “Tacita” will change. Cafe con leche, cortadito, cafecito, colada, un negrito are some of the many gifts our cultures have given us. Here are some ventanitas where you can find cafecitos made with amor: Tinta y Cafe , Versailles, White Rose Coffee and Enriqueta’s.
Next up, time to deep dive into who we are. Take a stroll into The American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora. An establishment dedicated to showcasing the art, culture and history of the exiled cuban community. The museum will be showcasing a not to be missed Celia Cruz exhibit illuminating the artist and women that played in the radios of all our homes. Details here.
One of the elements the Spaniards brought with them to the New World in the 16th century were (as your moms may know them) platanos, guineitos, platano verde etc… A now staple and fundamental ingredient in the hispanic household is “el platanito”. We have all grown up with a variation or preparation of plantains and here are some of the key locations that have perfected traditional recipes that stood the test of time. For your mofongo, mangu, platano maduro, patacon, tostones cooked to perfection head over to Milly’s Restaurant. A traditional Dominican & hispanic hole in the wall located on Calle Ocho. It’s no surprise this establishment has catered the Miami Marlins for countless years. If you’re ready for a little innovation meets rich bold flavors stroll into El Otro Tiesto. Strategically located in the heart of Midtown Miami, this Dominican Japanese hideout has a play on Dominican Sushi and yuquita frita that will have you coming back for more, GUARANTEED.
To end your night be sure to swing into the North Beach Bandshell October 12th for a unique and moving night with Tito Puentes Jr. and Melina Almodovar two Puerto Rican American artist that bring traditional latin music to life at one of our favorite venues. Tickets here.
If you’re looking for a slower evening under the stars be sure to set some time aside to be blown away in just under 15 minutes! At downtown’s Micro Theater Miami you will find a wide array of rotating theatrical productions Thursday through Sunday. Each intimate play only host 15 guest and are only 15 minutes long. These outstanding works of art of written , produced, and performed by mainly Hispanic and Hispanic American creatives. For a more immersive experience, Amparo is supposed to be one of the most multi-sensory and emotional rides happening in Miami. The theatrical experience is presented by Havana Club Rum and follows the passionate story behind the now classic rum and how it made its way to our shores from surviving a revolution to booming success from the ground up. Enjoy!
Photo: Miami Eater
Cover photo of Amparo Experience.
Dominican native Sascha Rijo landed in Miami circa 2009 as a wonderer. Since her inception in the Sunshine state she has evolved within the world of lifestyle luxury hospitality. After a 7 month solo world tour, she recently returns diving into film and television production as a freelancer. Sascha can be found watching movies or contributing to Dominican & Florida Film Festivals.