Posts tagged ‘Miami Beach’

August 19, 2011

Pizza Fusion for Vegan Pizza

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

After months of wanting to go to Pizza Fusion to try their Vegan Cheese pizza and Gluten Free crust, we finally went last night.  The service was extremely friendly, the decor light and airy and the prices fairly normal.  This place seemed like a great place to chill on a Friday night and spend time with friends, there was even a couple near us drinking wine in rather large wine glasses.

The pizza itself was tasty, very light on the salt (but there are salt shakers there so don’t panic!) and I didn’t feel bloated and disgusting afterwards.  I chose the Spinach and Artichoke pizza on Gluten Free crust with the vegan cheese.  It wasn’t overwhelming or dripping in oil which was a healthy surprise.   We drank Green Tea which was served with Truvia packets (bravo for them). I will definitely be going back for seconds.

For more information on Pizza Fusion, it’s menu, etc. please go to http://www.pizzafusion.com.  They have locations in the following states:

California
Colorado
Connecticut
Florida
New Jersey
Ohio
 
I give them four carrots for not compromising on healthy options!
 
*Note that the Gluten Free crust does have egg- if you are vegan, please be sure to ask for the vegan crust.
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June 20, 2011

Thai Coconut Curry at Tamarind Thai Restaurant

by jem614

by Jessica Michael

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If the picture looks delicious, it’s because it is.  Tamarind Thai Restaurant is a little hole in the wall restaurant on Normandy Drive just over the 79th street Causeway in Miami Beach.  On Sunday afternoon, the only person waiting on you is a pretty, older, Thai woman who is very intent on serving you well.  The ambiance is a little cheese with a little sophistication wrapped into one (if that can be done).  The artwork on the walls could be described as “uneventful” but I don’t think that’s the fault of the restaurant.

I chose the Coconut Curry Tofu with basmati rice that turned out amazing.  It was very spicy but coconut curry is supposed to be that way!  The curry was rich and saucy and I was sad to run out of rice to pour it on.  The only complaint I have is that the curry would have been better with some more vegetables as it was a bit soupy and the tofu could have been a little less crispy but besides that, it was the best tasting Coconut Curry I have eaten in a long time.  They do have quite a few vegetarian options and even have two on their lunch specials menu which ranges from 6.99 to about 10.00.

This restaurant is Zagat rated and is supposed to have THE BEST empanadas?  Odd that a Thai restaurant has been recognized for it’s empanadas but I guess you just need to check it out and see for yourself!

They also apparently have some cooking classes that you just have to try out!  Their website is a plethora of information on their restaurant and Thai Cooking. Go to http://tamarindthai.us/ for more information and tell them Veg On The Run sent you!

They get four carrots for great service and yummy curry!

June 15, 2011

South Beach Takes a Spin with Greener Transportation

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

While I may be a Miami local, for some reason I always fall into the touristy areas when it comes to weekend outings. I think it’s just the lure of living in a vacation destination. Regardless, I am absolutely ecstatic to say that Miami is now competing with larger, greener cities by introducing the DecoBike program. Tourists and Miami Beach locals alike can now easily and affordably maneuver through the crowded streets of South Beach, on rented bicycles that are available at terminals throughout the city.

What I love about the program is firstly, the affordability. For a quick ride around the city, whether for exercise or just to enjoy the ocean air, is only $5 an hour. And if you decide you want to stay out longer, keep the bicycle up to 24 hours total for $4 per 30 minute increment. Yes, this can get VERY expensive if you keep it out for too long, however this program is really meant as a means of transportation. There are docking stations located throughout South Beach and up into parts of North Beach, therefore just dock it wherever you head and pick it back up when you’re ready to jet off again.

What I also love about this program is the iPhone app they have. It shows all the different stations, on a map so they can be easily found, and also how many empty slots (for dropping off) or bikes are available to pick up. Here are some screenshots, it really is a very user-friendly interface:

         

My only qualm is that on my most recent trip, I did have a problem docking the bike (I wasn’t sure if it registered as being returned, and they charge you $675 for a lost bike). When attempting to dial the telephone number on the actual docking station, I found it was disconnected. I looked on the app and the website, and to my dismay they were all the same number, all disconnected. It has now been a couple of weeks since then, and I was not charged anything more than I should have been. All is well, but I hope they fix this soon.

Overall, DecoBike has been a welcome addition to the area. It is a fun way to spend an afternoon, a good way for tourists to see the sights and a great way to have cheap transportation for beach residents. If you are a resident of Miami Beach, they have a pass that is $15 month that offers unlimited 30 minute rides. However, I have spoken to many people in the area and the passes take a while to get and you are still charged the $4 per 30 minutes over if you forget to dock the bike. I think this is a great step towards independency from cars on the beach and I applaud Miami Beach for supporting this effort. This program is still in its infancy, and as it grows I’m sure the kinks will be worked out.

Miami Beach DecoBike:  http://www.decobike.com/index.php

UPDATE 17 JUNE 2011:

DecoBike (via Twitter) has advised that they were having troubles with Atlantic Broadband, but their telephone line is now working properly.

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