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☕ Where to drink your coffee and eat it, too

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Drink your coffee and eat it, too

Old Station Cafe is bringing Miami flair to Calle Ocho without the usual Miami prices. The colorful patio is hard to miss, and the food is hard to resist. Their guac toast (just $4.50) is served on Cuban bread with all the fixings, their pan con lechon ($5) is slow-roasted overnight, and if you have room for dessert, prepare to have your cafecito, and eat it, too.

Co-owner Tommy Iglesias says the cafe’s goal is, “to bring affordable meals to the locals, just like Abuelita makes at home.”

Hear more from Tommy in our video profile.

And if you want to hang with us IRL in Little Havana, be sure to grab tickets to our Living in Little Havana event. See you on May 15!

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What Miami is talking about

The political turmoil in Venezuela reached a breaking point yesterday as interim President and opposition leader Juan Guaidó made a move with supporters, protesters, and some military forces to push Nicolás Maduro out of office.

The situation quickly turned violent as Maduro’s security forces battled against pro-Guaidó protesters, and at one point an armored vehicle crashed into a group of protesters in eastern Caracas.

Here in the states, several politicians — most notably U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott — offered their support to Guaidó and the citizens following his lead. And Scott suggested immediate U.S. military involvement, saying that current efforts weren’t “aggressive enough.”

Here in SoFlo, Venezuelans gathered at cafés and restaurants to watch the situation unfold. Many of them were in support of Guaidó but also watched with a mix of hope and fear over what yesterday’s “Operation Liberty” could mean for the country.

In other news…

Are you so glued to your phone that you’re worried about the new texting while driving bill? Well, here’s a look at what will actually change when Gov. Ron DeSantis makes the law official. In short: The ban that’s already a state law will become a primary offense (like driving over the speed limit is now), you can still use your phone at a red light, and officers can start citing drivers starting next January. (Tampa Bay Times)

A company called Arkup has developed a home that’s meant to withstand powerful hurricane-force winds, to stay high above rising seas, and be powered by solar energy. One pricey catch? The high-tech houseboat has an asking price of about $5.5 million. (Miami Herald)

If you’ve checked out drag brunch at the Palace Bar on South Beach, then you know it’s a one-of-a-kind experience. And the restaurant just got some national love this week as one of OpenTable’s top 100 brunch restaurants in America. Salute to the performers who slay all day as crowds enjoy steak and eggs. (Miami New Times)


Things to do

Check out this event from our advertiser, Miami New Drama.

🎤 True stories brought to life with music Through May 19: Part musical, part documentary, full of life. Experience the show “Viva La Parranda!” on stage at the Colony Theatre.

Our Partner Events

🎸 Thursday: Catch Sol + The Tribu performing live at the Yard (Wynwood)

🎲 Thursday: Check out a political party and find common ground as part of 10 Days of Connection (Little Havana)

🎉 Friday – Sunday: Celebrate Wynwood Yard one more time in its current space, at Yardfest (Wynwood)

🗣️Wednesday, May 8: Come hear and share stories about second chances for 10 Days of Connection (Little Havana)

✌️ Through Saturday, May 11: Take your own mindfulness challenge in the fourth annual Cushion Crawl, which includes 21 meditations in 21 spaces around Miami (Various locations)

🌴 Saturday, May 11: Check out local DJs at Life House Little Havana’s “El Vinyl” tropical party (Little Havana)

🎥 Saturday, May 11: Catch a free outdoor screening of Spike Lee’s classic “He’s Got Game,” as part of the Black Lounge Film Series (Overtown)

🖼️ Saturday, May 11: Check out the work of more than 250 artists across Miami-Dade in Fountainhead’s inaugural edition of “Artists Open (Various locations)

Want to partner with us? Here’s how that works.

Around town


🏰 Test your Disney knowledge at this trivia night (Wynwood)

😂 Get your lol on at this free comedy night (Downtown)

🍷 Enjoy some wine and words at this open mic night (Allapattah)

🎸Kick of 10 Days of Connection with Jam Night at the Yard. (Wynwood)


👯 Party with some of Miami’s most fabulous at Double Stubble (Wynwood)

🎶 Check out Connan Mockasin live at The Ground (Downtown)

😋Nom on some pizza and check out a latte-art competition (Coral Gables)

🤝 Play political bingo and find common ground at this 10 Days of Connection party (Little Havana)

🎥 Watch the documentary “No Small Matter” and join a convo about kids’ futures in Miami (Coral Way)


🖼️ Celebrate First Fridays at the ICA Miami (Design District)

📷 Check out the closing party for this black Miami photography exhibit (Opa-locka)

🎥 Bring the fam to this outdoor screening of “Coco” (Midtown)

🎸 Catch some live music at the Normandy Fountain (North Beach)

🎨Check out the Seven Fires art exhibition — Through May 19 (Design District)

🙏 Get a little more zen with this guided meditation (Buena Vista)


🍪 Do some baking at the historic Montgomery Botanical Center (Coral Gables)

🚮 Join this zero-waste beach clean up and drink free beer (Virginia Key)

👾 Check out a Star Wars-themed roller derby showdown (Miami Springs)

🎮 Test your Super Smash Bros. skills at this tournament (Wynwood)

📷 Check out this exhibit showcasing life in Cuba during the ’30s and ’50s (Downtown)

🎥 Catch a late-night screening of “Spaceballs” (Coral Gables)


🌱 Nom on a vegan brunch at MUCE (Little Haiti)

🛍️ Shop local at the Giralda Plaza Market (Coral Gables)

📚 Bring the family to the Little Haiti Book Festival (Little Haiti)

♨️ Enjoy some BBQ by the pool at Shaker Sundays (South Beach)

💃 Party at the Yumbrella Food Hall to the sounds of PALO! (South Miami)

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag @thenewtropic on Instagram.

One more thing…

In case you missed it above, we’ll be hanging at the political party event tomorrow night at Ball and Chain as part of 10 Days of Connection!

Hope to see ya there. Have a great Hump Day, Miami. 😎

– The New Tropic

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