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This month we’re profiling exotic fruits you can find all over Miami and how to eat them.

Today we want you to check out this funky fruit called a soursop. Most of us in the 305 know it as a guanábana.

It’s native to the Caribbean and Central America and grows well in areas with lots of humidity, like sunny SoFlo. It kinda tastes like a banana but also has a citrus kick to it and you can find them at local fruit stands.

Some people think making tea with its fruit leaves can help with digestion and reduce inflammation. But at the very least, the guanábana is delicious in smoothies and milkshakes.

Read more about it, and how to make your own bomb milkshake, here. And if you have your own delicious or creative ways of enjoying this fruit, check out our video on the guanábana and share your tips there!

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First date jitters. Amazon is touring the 20 cities who are finalists for its second headquarters, and the cities are obsessively analyzing the company for clues on how to plan the perfect 48-hour visit. Apparently Amazon’s got a rep for being “a frugal ass company,” so a lot of cities are nixing the lavish dinners that are the norm for these types of corporate scouting trips and heading to “edgier” neighborhoods. Details are under wraps, but we really want to know what’s on Miami-Dade’s 48-hour agenda. (WSJ)

Ch-ch-ch-changes. We got a peek at plans for the North Beach Yard and they’re looking exciting: the Wynwood Yard offshoot will have up to two-dozen mobile food and drink concepts, 20 shops, a couple static restaurants in shipping containers, and a brick-and-mortar community center for wellness, fitness, farming, and sustainability classes. The city will vote on the Yard’s proposal on May 1, and if they get a thumbs up, the spot will open its doors in early 2019. (The Real Deal)

Hold up. Two local urban planners have a proposal for FIU: Maybe instead of building another bridge to lift pedestrians above the chaos of 8th Street, the street itself should be redesigned to be safe enough you don’t need a bridge to get across it. (Fun fact: There have been 2,200 car crashes on that corridor in the last four years.) As the university continues searching for answers about the bridge collapse, the planners sketched out what a safer street would look like. (CityLab)

Nothing is sacred. Our beaches are pretty much the only bit of prime real estate in the 305 that remains open to the public. While technically the beach areas behind hotels, condos, and residences usually belongs to those entities, something called “customary use” allows the public unrestricted access to the beach simply because they’ve pretty much been using it  forever. But that may be changing – Gov. Rick Scott just signed a bill blocking local governments from passing laws to make sure that the beach remains open to the public. (Miami New Times)

Keeping it in the family. Immediately after a modified “resign to run” law went into effect last week, requiring anyone holding local office to resign that seat if he or she runs for Congress, County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro resigned so he could run for Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s seat. The county just set May 22 as the special election date to fill his seat and his wife, Zoraida Barreiro, has already announced her candidacy. You’ll prob recognize the name of the only other candidate so far, too: Alex Diaz de la Portilla, who comes from a big wig political family and is a former state senator. District 5 includes parts of Little Havana, all of Downtown, and most of Miami Beach. (Miami Herald)

Payback. Us locals know much of Ocean Drive is a majorly overpriced tourist trap. But the poor tourists don’t, and Miami Beach has long struggled with the question of how to handle all the businesses that rip them off. Seems like they’ve come to a decision: the city just shut down La Baguette until July and told the restaurant to come with a new menu (with reasonable prices) and to handle its alcohol code violations. (Miami Herald)

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Things to do



🍷Test how well you know your wine (Design District)

🚘 Discuss the sharing economy and our cities (Allapattah)

🎤 Belt it out at karaoke for music nerds (Wynwood)

🏳️‍🌈 Visit the PAMM for free and celebrate Pride (Downtown)

👖 Upcycle your denim and jam at a silent disco (Little River)


🌃 Dance under the Stars on Giralda Avenue (Coral Gables)

🎧 Pod Saves America hits the 305 (Downtown)

🎸Get folksy with Keith Johns at the Yard (Wynwood)

😴 Grab your pajamas (and your kids) and recite poetry under the stars (South Beach)


🍺Celebrate craft beer at the Sprung! Beer Festival (Wynwood)

🎷Enjoy a day of jazz on the lawn (Liberty City)

🚲Bike the Underline (Various locations)

🛠️Get your inner maker on at the Maker Faire (Downtown) through 4/8

🚣Jam, eat, and drink on the historic Miami River (Downtown)

🖼️Follow a local artist’s journey back home (Opa-locka)


🏳️‍🌈The Miami Beach Pride Parade. ‘Nuff said. (South Beach)

✍️Make your own comics (Pinecrest)

🍖Grill and chill at the BBQ Festival (Wynwood)


🚶Talk about what it takes to make Miami more connected and more livable (Various locations) Through Friday

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