The Three Best Restaurants of 2018 in Miami

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After getting back from a three day weekend, I realized just how bad my cooking tastes. I’ve been eating at Miami restaurants all week, and my palate has adapted to that of a more sophisticated cuisine. In layman’s terms, I’m used to eating good food instead of bad food. I’m going to list each restaurant I went to, because they’re all my favorites.

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I’ll start off with Cardon Y El Tirano, which translates directly to “something and the tyrant”. I’m not sure what cardon means. Anyways, this restaurant is found near the East Coral Gables in Miami. The main reason I always eat at this restaurant is because there’s so much to order on the menu, so I always have a reason to come back. There’s no such thing as a picky eater at Cardon Y El Tirano, because they literally have something for everybody. Among my favorites are the yuka balls, soft shell crab buns, lechon dumplings, and tostones picanha.

Keep in mind that this is a gastropub, which essentially just means that it’s a higher-end restaurant and bar. Not just a plain pub, a gastropub. Cardon Y El Tirano specializes in tapas, which are spanish appetizers. The style of food here is Venezuelan, so you get a variety of foods that you wouldn’t normally find at a Mexican restaurant or Cuban restaurant. I appreciate that the owner would take risks and pick a unique style of food that most people aren’t accustomed with, because it absolutely paid off in the end.

The end result was one of my favorite restaurants in Miami. All of the waiters are very professional from what I’ve seen, and I have even seen them easily handle a few situations that went south. People can be very hard to reason with when it comes to food, but the waiters at Cardon Y El Tirano are very experienced. They act like it, at least. In addition, the wait staff is also friendly and helpful.

I needed assistance when ordering the first time, because the wide selection was a bit overwhelming for someone who is accustomed to fast food and P.F. Chang’s. My waitress suggested the salmon tacos, which are to die for if you haven’t tried them yet. I would be surprised if anyone reading this article hasn’t been to Cardon Y El Tirano yet, because the restaurant is always packed. Somehow the owner manages to keep the Miami restaurant’s interior feeling very open and roomy.

The music wasn’t played too loudly, and the interior was well-lit, so this would also be a great restaurant for business meetings. I made sure to let the manager know my thoughts on Yelp in a very good review, but it would probably take you a while to find it if you looked. There are a LOT of positive online reviews for this Miami restaurant.

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Crazy About You Restaurant & Lounge has a name almost as long as its menu. Not literally, of course, because then it would only be about a sentence long. This time around, you’ll be eating right on the coast of the Miami South Channel, so make sure to order your food to go. Miami has a lot of beautiful scenery, but there’s nothing like eating on the shoreline. Beaches will always get packed because Miami is a tourist trap and giant vacation destination, but you can always just sit on a bench and eat your food with a friend.

Again, don’t be afraid to scour the menu and try lots of different things. I can sum up how amazing the menu is in three words: calamari flat bread. Might sound unappetizing to anyone who hasn’t tried it, but I assure you, once you try it you will be hooked as well. All of the dishes that I have ordered in the past tasted very fresh, and you feel as if the chefs really care about each person who comes into the restaurant.

They wouldn’t serve bad food to a friend, so why should you be any different? Sanitation must be paramount in the owner’s M.O., because this restaurant is a health inspector’s heaven. To give an example, I’ll tell you guys a personal story from my first visit. Halfway through my meal, the owner came up to my table and made sure that my glass was full and I was also enjoying my meal. I told him the latter was very true, and asked if I could spectate for a while in the kitchen as long as I didn’t get in the way.

It was a strange request, but he agreed anyway. Under his supervision, of course. Wouldn’t want me to steal the secret recipe or anything. Someone should alert the nearest Miami Hood Cleaning business, because they’re about to have some stiff competition. Make sure to leave your thoughts in a review online, like all the other amazing reviews.

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Last but not least, there’s Pho 79. If you want to talk about fresh ingredients, there’s nothing like an Oriental restaurant. Everything on the menu is equally great, so I don’t have any favorites. Probably a dish with pork in it, because that’s my favorite type of meat. Out of the three restaurants, I think Pho 79 was my favorite to eat inside of. Even though it’s located near Florida International University in Southwest Miami, I haven’t once considered getting my food to go.

I love how helpful the waiters are, but at the same time they also let you eat in peace. A lot of restaurants go too far in either leaving you alone when your glass is empty and the waiters are ignoring you. On the flip side, I have also been to a couple restaurants where it seemed like the waitress wanted to sit down and tell me her whole life story. Pho 79 strikes a good balance, and definitely earns all of its very good online reviews. Very good restaurants overall, and there’s a reason I have kept coming back time and time again.

Foreign languages and culture

For the past two weeks, we have been discussing foreign language and culture in my english class. We’ve had discussions in a broad variety of topics, ranging from internet memes to how we should solve the problem of languages dying off. Unfortunately, I thought this was an english class. Instead, we always have to talk about things that aren’t relevant. The worst part is, we spend all class discussing these things so we don’t really learn anything about the english language. In fact, we have actually spent more time learning about the negative aspects of the english language than learning about its systems or uses.

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Today we talked about how a language dies every 14 hours and how there are three main languages that “bully” others, in essence.Those languages were english, spanish, and chinese. I failed to see how languages dying was a bad thing, but maybe that’s just me. Isn’t it a good thing that people can communicate with the same codes? It brings people closer together, in my opinion. Not directly, but in a more abstract way. If nobody is speaking those languages anymore, it’s probably a good thing. They still have to be able to communicate with others to function in society. If the language is dead, then there’s no point in trying to speak it anymore because there is nobody else to communicate with through that code. I never really voice my ideas in class because I really don’t care about it. My buddy in Vegas used to always tell me how he felt about class. I remember always talking about the current subject at hand and then getting in trouble. We actually called the other night, and he was telling me how much he loves operating his las vegas liquor license business.

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I talk a lot in economics because I really love that class, but english is just a bunch of complaining that the world is falling apart. I apologize if my articles always seem like I’m complaining and cynical, but I have more negative thoughts than positive. Doesn’t mean I’m unhappy, just means I disagree with my surroundings. Culture just happens to be one of my least favorite topics, because it just doesn’t interest me. My english teacher has been all over the world and immersed himself in all these european and asian cultures, so he tries super hard to open up our eyes to other experiences.

Why Selena Gomez is the best

I have four words for you. Wizards of Waverly Place. It may be more of a young girl-oriented show, but my sister and I used to watch Wizards of Waverly Place when it originally aired. The stories of young wizard Alex Russo and her struggles with both her family and her friends captured everyone’s heart, both young and old. She was both talented and extremely gorgeous, with a promising career ahead of her in the music industry. She’s definitely better than Ariana Grande. Justin Bieber’s busy in Canada getting arrested, so it’s up to Selena to steal the spotlight. Even though she was on the Disney channel which centers around music, there wasn’t really and singing in Wizards of Waverly Place.
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The show was about how Alex Russo dealt with her daily life as a teenage girl. She had two brothers and a moth and father, who all lived in the upstairs of a sandwich shop. They all worked at the shop, however. I think she dated a vampire at one point but it could have been a werewolf. All I really remember is that he was English and probably super attractive by a young teenage girl’s standards. She was so good that the show lasted for multiple seasons and even had its own movie. I honestly can’t remember the title of the movie, but it was likely the Wizards of Waverly Place Movie. The story of the movie was that the family was on a vacation in Hawaii and they were having some personal issues with each other, so Alex wishes that her parents had never met.
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If Selena is ever in Miami, she’s covered by the miami hood cleaning pros who work there. Her wish comes true for some reason (I wonder what it’s like) and her parents begin to fall for other people, so she has to go locate this mystical idol thing and bring her parents back together before she and her siblings disappear permanently. Sounds pretty complex, but it’s a good thing she’s an amazing actor. There were lots of other good actors in the movie, too.

Service Businesses Make Great Money on the Internet


My specialty in web work is small business websites for ‘service’ companies.  What does that mean?  Well, a ‘service’ company is any company that needs their potential client to realize that they need some sort of work or service done and that they will call into that company to get a quote or set an appointment.

How to tell if you have a service company:  do all (or nearly all) of your clients call you to set an appointment or ask for a bid for your services?  Then most likely, you’re in a service business.

What makes that different?  Well, if you had the other type of business that is popular, a ‘brick and mortar’, you most likely have a storefront or a shop where you expect peoples first experience with you is by them visiting.

What difference does it make on the web?  Well, in a ‘brick and mortar’ business, your website is more of a ‘presence’ site.  Which is a website that is designed to get the viewer to come to your shop or to order a product online.  Whereas a ‘service company’ website is more of a site designed to elicit a specific response, which is to pick up the phone and call for services.

Let me show you a couple examples.  Look at the website for Macy’s .


The site has a single purpose: get you excited about what is going on at Macy’s. Notice this: no obvious phone number.  In fact, if you want to call Macy’s, you have to dig relentlessly through the site to find a phone number to call.

Now, compare that to a ‘service company’.  Like this Reno carpet cleaning company.

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See the difference here.  The phone number is displayed large and proud – just begging you to make the call.  They even have a click to call button to make it easy to dial.

The process is simple. You found our website. We are selling you on our capability to do good work, and we’re asking you to do the next step, which is to simply phone us.

Does this work?  Oh, hell yes.  When you see the difference in a website for a service business that makes the mistake of putting a ‘brick and mortar’ presence website up instead of a smart service business site, it can be hundreds of phone calls per month more.

One of my clients in Reno, Nevada was getting 2-3 phone calls per month off their website.  When we rejuvenated it and structured it to drive phone calls, they started getting 150-200 calls per month requesting quotes for services.  Just think about that.  How much better would your business be if you had 100+ people calling you for quotes each month?

Is it time for you to restructure your web presence?  I can advise you or do the work for you.  Just give me a call at (775) 544-1112.  My name is JR and I’m here to help service businesses maximize their potential.  Call me today with questions or to get a free review of your web presence.