Food and Drink


Popular Vegan Food Concept and Restaurant Set to Make a Stop in Miami As Part of Fifty City Tour
Miami, FL – On Sunday, February 23Slutty Vegan, the 100% plant-based burger restaurant that has become a national food phenomenon, is coming to Miami for a one-day, pop-up shop/restaurant. This is part of their “Gettin’ Slutty” tour, which is now in it’s second year.
The popular food brand and concept, created by Pinky Cole, will be serving customers from 2pm – 8pm at Bar One Miami on 520 West Ave., Miami Beach, FL  33139.
“Over the past year, we have impacted Atlanta in a huge way with our fast-casual junk food that is completely plant-based,” says Founder/Owner, Pinky Cole. “Every day, people are standing in line for hours to experience the juicy goodness of our plant-based burgers and we look forward to bring the experience to Miami.”
Last month, Slutty Vegan celebrated the one-year anniversary of the opening of their brick and mortar location in Atlanta. 
Fans of Slutty Vegan include Tyler Perry, Will Packer, Tiffany Haddish, Taraji P. Henson, Iyanla Vanzant, Keisha Lance-Bottoms, Porsha Williams, Jermaine Dupri, Meagan Goode, Cory Booker, Jidenna, Lena Waithe and more.
Blogging Black Miami gives a special shout out to Cole. Last year, she and another entrepreneur, Stacey Lee, collaborated to pay it forward and pay off the remaining debt for 30 students at their alma mater, Clark Atlanta University. We like helping businesses that help the community so don’t miss the pop-up on Sunday. 
Other cities on the fifty-city trek include: Durham, Charlotte, Charleston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and more.


Celebrating HERstory - Join the Conversation and Celebrate Women's History Month - Thurs. March 10 @ Noon

Dear Blogging Black Miami Readers,

Join me at this community event celebrating Women's History Month. I am honored to be included on the diverse panel of women leaders. Thanks. See you there! 


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The Professional Development Institute, a division of the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade and Monroe, invites you to join us in Celebrating HERstory: a curated panel in honor of Women’s History month. As a workforce of predominantly women serving predominantly women, we have so much that we can learn from each other. 

On Thursday, March 10, 2016, in honor of Women’s History Month, we are hosting a diverse panel of women who are Entrepreneurs, Clinicians, Journalists, Educators and CEOs from South Florida. Each will share HERstory on how she became a woman who leads.   

The March Café theme aligns perfectly with the 2016’s national focus for Women’s History Month: “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government”.  ‘Recognizing the dignity and accomplishments of women in our families and those from other backgrounds leads to higher self-esteem among girls and greater respect among boys and men. The results can be remarkable, from greater achievement by girls in school to less violence against women, and more stable and cooperative communities. The impact of women’s history might seem abstract to some, and less pressing than the immediate struggles of working women today. But to ignore the vital role that women’s dreams and accomplishments play in our lives would be a great mistake. We draw strength and inspiration from those who came before us – and those remarkable women working among us today. They are part of our story and a genuinely balanced and inclusive history recognizes how important women have always been in American society.’ 

The Cafes are held at our 2555 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables office from 12 noon to 1:30 pm and everyone is invited. RSVP to [email protected] to reserve your seat. 


Telling Our Story in 2015! Negotiating Hope...Shout Out Saturday--Ramone Davis

Educator; school administrator; author and businessman 

Dr. Steve Gallon III

Dr. Steve Gallon III creates a weekly post on his Facebook profile he calls "Shout Out Saturday". Through his storytelling, an effective teaching method for all ages, he gives praise and recognition to young black men doing great things in the community. The contributions and hard work of these young men do not receive high-profile coverage from mainstream media but are worthy of such.

Here is Dr. Gallon's post from yesterday in its entirety. Thank you Dr. Gallon!


Negotiating Hope...Shout Out Saturday--Ramone Davis

It's "Shout Out Saturday." 

Shout back to you Ramone Davis. 

In this time of peril, profiling and unfair criminalization of young Black males (some thought it okay to use their images as target practice) I am proud to see unpublicized hope in Ramone Davis. 


Ramone Davis
Ramone Davis

This young brother is positive, humble, and hardworking in pursuing his business flow in the heart of Liberty City. He's also well educated--attended Miami Northwestern and Florida Memorial University. 

Growing up many of us were too often taught that college degrees mean jobs and not businesses--taught to only work for a business or bureaucracy and not own or control one. He's learned and applying lessons from both. 

In these days of young brothers gunning each other down in the streets of Miami its a blessing to see a young brother building his business up in these same streets---choosing business over bureaucracy. Being an entrepreneur requires special skills and qualities---discipline, focus, organization, and self-drive. These combined reflect character. There aren't any clocks to punch in and out of or a set schedule to follow other than the one you make. You're your own clock and as Dee Lancy says--you have to "go get it." 

Each morning Ramone does. He is in the heart of Liberty City not negotiating with his customers but negotiating "hope" that has been too often lost and hard to find in the area among small, minority business owners. Yet, still, he maintains his and barters it to move closer to his hopes and dreams. 

Let's support each other's goals, hopes, and dreams, and businesses large and small. 

Keep your head up, Ramone Davis. Stay the course. Finish your race. And keep dropping the best loaded conch balls---with shrimp, crab, and conch--in the country right on 54 street and 19th avenue. Call in advance to make sure they are piping hot and you don't have to wait--305-771-1147. The lemonade is great too. 


Loaded Conch Balls
Loaded Conch Balls


Maybe the media will do a story on this! Maybe not. 

Give your "Shout Out" this 
Saturday to someone you know who is quietly and without much fanfare or fame making a positive difference in the community, in your life or the lives of others.

Enjoy your MLK weekend! 



P.S.    Because of Dr. Gallon's ringing endorsement, I stopped by yesterday to try the loaded conch balls. Since seafood is expensive and the conch balls were reasonably priced, I was curious about this business's costs and profit margin. I didn't get a chance to talk to the owner because he wasn't in.

Here's what I can tell you though. The place is not fancy, the best description for it is probably a "hut" for take out orders only. It is just west of The Church of the Incarnation on NW 54th Street and 19th Avenue in Miami, on the same property as a gas station now used as a car wash. (I must post on the car wash at a later time.) 

One of the things that turns me off about a business is poor customer service. The product offered can be the bomb but if the service is lousy, I'm no longer a customer and I'll make sure my friends know about it also. Well, poor customer service is not an issue for this place. The young man who prepared the food was super friendly and accommodating.

The food was presented well. The ample portion size (it was enough for two people) and just right combination of seafood and batter let me know the business owner is on his game when it comes to the bottomline of dollars and cents. The food was tasty and the free drink with the special was a nice touch.

Ramone Davis has a great thing going and he's employing another young black male. That is commendable and impressive. As Dr. Gallon mentioned, too many of us, especially with college degrees, are conditioned to be workers and not employers. The only way to true equality will involve economic equality and we do have a lot to overcome in that arena. I do hope that folks in the black community will understand the requirement to support businesses in our community. Ramone's business can only improve if WE help him to do so.  

Ramone Davis, thank you for doing what you do and thank you, Dr. Steve Gallon III, for giving him a shout out. By the way, to my brother Dr. Gallon, it's 2015, YOU are the media --- there's nothing like citizen journalism.

Peace...Love...Prosperity in 2015 and beyond.





Meat Lover's Rejoice: Morton's Steakhouse Celebrates National Filet Mignon Day with $1 Filet Sandwiches


Enjoy a first class experience without the first class price tag


On Wednesday, August 13, Morton’s The Steakhouse locations nationwide will celebrate National Filet Mignon Day with $1 filet mignon sandwiches in the bar area all day. Patrons can enjoy various bar bites with their sandwiches, including Morton’s crowd-favorite parmesan truffle matchstick fries or crisp iceberg wedge bites.

Morton’s offers diners “The Best Steak… Anywhere,” serving only USDA prime-aged beef. Besides steaks, Morton’s offers diners fresh fish and seafood, and hand-picked produce. For more information on Morton’s The Steakhouse, visit



Presented by the Opa-locka Development Corporation


On Tuesday, May 6th, the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) hosted their first COOKING MATTERS Grocery Story Food Tour. The OLCDC invited residents to participate in a guided grocery story tour to help families get educated on how to buy healthy, affordable foods.


The guided food tour, presented by Flipany was held at Winn Dixie Super Market in Miami Gardens. Flipany’s mission is to empower youth and their families through physical activity and nutrition education programs while raising awareness and creating policies for a healthier community.


Through the COOKING MATTERS tour attendees were able to learn what foods were healthy to purchase, how to read food labels, how to identify whole grains and how to be strategic about doing their groceries all while sticking to a budget. After the tour they each received a free workbook full of tasty recipes and simple tips on buying healthy, low-cost foods, a free reusable grocery bag and free calculator to keep handy when doing their shopping.


The COOKING MATTERS tour is part of the OLCDC’s ongoing efforts to revive the city of Opa-locka and educate their residents and make sure no child goes hungry. The OLCDC plans to host another food tour in the fall.









The FAMU Rattlers take over Miami! “Rattlers in the Gardens Weekend” Oct. 9 -11

The trash-talking is in full effect as the undefeated FAMU Rattlers come to town to challenge the nationally-ranked University of Miami Hurricanes Saturday night at LandShark Stadium in Miami Gardens.

The home of the original orange and green and the swagger masters are ready for the challenge and the Marching 100 will surely be crowd favorites with their post game performances at LandShark and on Sunday at Harris Field in Homestead.

Here's a schedule of activities with more to follow.


The Miami-Dade Chapter

of the

Florida A&M University National Alumni Association

and the

City of Miami Gardens



“Rattlers in the Gardens Weekend”





Rattler Meetup and Welcome Reception

Legends Lounge – 9th floor

El Palacio Sports Hotel & Conference Center

21485 NW 27th Avenue

Miami, Florida  33056

5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Admission: FREE

FREE Hors d’oeuvres




Scholarship Breakfast

Honoring Dr. Julian White and the

Incomparable Marching 100 Alumni

El Palacio Sports Hotel & Conference Center

21485 N.W. 27th Avenue

Miami, Florida  33056

8:00 a.m. – 11:00a.m.

$25 each or $250 for a table of 10




FAMU Rattlers vs University of Miami Hurricanes

Land Shark Stadium

Miami Gardens, Florida

Time: 7:00 p.m.


Rattler Victory Meetup

Legends Lounge – 9TH floor

El Palacio Sports Hotel & Conference Center

21485 N.W.  27th Avenue

Miami, Florida  33056

After the game…. until




Clash of the Titans

FAMU Marching 100 and

South Florida’s Best High School Marching Bands

Harris Field – 3:00 p.m.

1034 N.E. 8th Street

Homestead, Florida

Tickets: $15.00 - 305-835-0321


Contact: Romania Wilson[email protected]   or



South Florida Spelman Alumnae to Salute Bernadette Poitier at Scholarship Fund-Raiser



Presented by: South Florida Spelman College Alumnae Association


3:00 PM – 7:00 PM








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