Jaguar Sun: Your New Favorite Bar

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There’s a new bar in (Down)town: Jaguar Sun. Located on the ground floor of the X Miami Apartments, this new watering hole — named after a collection of short stories by Italo Calvino — is helping turn the neighborhood around. Those of us who work in the area (::raises hand::) don’t feel the need to rush home at 5 p.m., and residents have less of a reason to head to Brickell for some good times.

We’ve been here probably 20 times already, and each time the place is full of new faces and regulars. No surprise there: Word is getting out that Jaguar Sun is the place to be.

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Cream Parlor: A Home Away From Home

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Step inside Cream Parlor and try not to smile — it’s impossible. The MiMo/Upper East Side eatery will take you back to a time when grownup responsibilities were nonexistent.

“Everything here is a memory or a moment in time for us,” says Co-Owner Johnny Tsokos. “When my wife Ainsley and I designed the place, we wanted to make sure everyone felt comfortable. We wanted to create those moments for others.”

They’ve succeeded with one of the most charming cafes in town.

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Chef Dena Marino of MC Kitchen: The Design District’s Culinary Trailblazer

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Back in 2012, MC Kitchen first opened in the Design District. Three years later, this Italian eatery is still going strong while many of its neighbors have shuttered their doors. In an area not exactly known for long-lasting tenants, MC Kitchen’s longevity is a testament to the quality experience awaiting diners inside 4141 NE 2nd Avenue.

It’s a quality experience that we’ve partaken in several times during the last month. After first meeting Chef Marino at a Common Threads community event and pulling some mozzarella with her, we had to visit her restaurant, try out the food and find out more about her and this Design District gem. So that’s exactly what we did.

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Crumb on Parchment’s Jessica Hernandez: A Rising Star

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If you haven’t heard the name Jessica Hernandez in South Florida’s food scene or seen her decadent work on the Instagram account @Jessi_Bakes, it’s just a matter of time. The Crumb on Parchment pastry chef has made quite the name for herself since first falling in love with baking at a young age. Her demeanor is just as sweet as her treats, which we discovered when we met a few weeks ago to talk about all things baking.

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