(32 posts)

The North Miami Public Library has more than books

A library for everyoneYou can check out more than just books at this library 🧘Posted by The New Tropic on Wednesday, August 7, 2019We spent weeks in North Miami drinking “The Wine of the Tropics,” eating 30 kinds of homemade cheese, and singing at a bar where drinks are named after the regulars. On our […]

North Miami / August 6, 2019

Luna Star Cafe’s owner puts the mom in ‘mom ‘n’ pop’

She puts the "Mom" in Mom-and-PopLuna Star Cafe's regulars haven't missed a week in 23 years.Posted by The New Tropic on Friday, July 19, 2019Alexis Sanfield puts the “Mom” in Mom ‘n’ Pop. The Luna Star Cafe has been in business since 1996 and Alexis he considers herself as “out of the box” as her […]

North Miami / July 22, 2019

Meet your local cheesemakers

Meet your local cheesemakersMimmo's makes specialty cheeses on the daily – by hand.Posted by The New Tropic on Thursday, July 18, 2019Ten years ago, Bruno Ponce started making mozzarella from home with the help of YouTube and his friend Mimmo. Just a few years later, he opened Mimmo’s Mozzarella Market and Cafe, where he makes […]

Food / July 18, 2019

NoMi’s coffee roasters (and pizza makers)

NoMi's coffee roasters (and pizza makers)They're brewing "The Wine of the Tropics."Posted by The New Tropic on Tuesday, July 9, 2019Ever seen a Sivetz in action? This fluid-bed coffee roaster works overtime at Alaska Coffee Roasting Co. in North Miami where your cup of joe is roasted and brewed to order. First established in 1993 […]

Food / July 9, 2019

The little bookstore that could — and did

The little bookstore that could – and didFor the multilingual bookworm.Posted by The New Tropic on Friday, July 5, 2019Little Haiti’s Libreri Mapou has been recognized as a Haitian cultural institution by the Library of Congress, and has one of the largest collections of Haitian literature, poetry, and history books outside of Haiti. What started […]

Little Haiti / July 5, 2019

Meet Miami legend Serge Toussaint

Meet 305 legend Serge ToussaintMeet Serge, Little Haiti's resident muralist.Posted by The New Tropic on Tuesday, June 18, 2019Serge Toussaint is a Haitian-born artist and muralist who’s been painting storefronts and walls around the 305 since 1994. If you don’t already know him by name ($erge), you’ve definitely seen his work if you’ve ever driven […]

Art / June 19, 2019

Flavors of the Caribbean

Flavors of the CaribbeanGuess how old this menu is?Posted by The New Tropic on Friday, June 7, 2019Sheir and Nafeeza Ali have owned and operated Little Haiti’s B&M Market and Roti Shop for over 25 years. Nafeeza’s the chef while Sheir runs the register, and the grill.  They serve Caribbean cuisine, and Nafeeza makes everything […]

Food / June 10, 2019

In the city, off the grid

In the city, off the gridWanna stay in a treehouse at a certified wildlife habitat? Go here. 🌴Posted by The New Tropic on Thursday, May 30, 2019Almost half a century ago, Ray Chasser bought a small piece of land in Little Haiti that was just big enough for him to play volleyball and have a […]

Little Haiti / May 31, 2019

What’s up in Little Havana: Life House

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Little Havana THE PLACE: Life House Hotel is Little Havana’s first boutique hotel, and it’s not just for travelers. It’s for locals who want to live like they travel here. The courtyard feels more like a backyard with its plants, hammock, and edible garden. The cafe, Parcela, offers a modern take on Latin cuisine—inspired […]

Business / May 8, 2019

Avocado toast on pan cubano? Yes, please

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Little Havana THE PLACE: Old Station Cafe is bringing that Miami flair to Calle Ocho without those Miami prices. The colorful patio is hard to miss and their food is hard to resist. The guac toast (just $4.50) is served on Cuban bread with all the fixings, their pan con lechon ($5) is slow-roasted […]

Drink / May 2, 2019