More Coral Gables Prado Entrance Pics!

There has been a ton of traffic on the Prado fountain pic posts, probably mostly people looking to decide if they would like to shoot their wedding, quinces or graduation pics there.  Well I’m glad to be of assistance and have a few more great pics that might help anyone who is on the wall, so to speak…

As always click for a bigger pic!

Coral Gables Prado Entrance Bougainvillea

Prado Entrance Bougainvillea

Coral Gables Prado Entrance Steps

Steps to the Fountain

Coral Gables Prado Pergola Sky View

Pergola Sky View

Coral Gables Prado Pergola Ground View

Pergola Ground View

Coral Gables Prado Entrance Plaque

Commemorative Plaque

Published in: on April 28, 2011 at 6:00 pm  Comments (1)  

2011 Gallery Nights to get Coral Gables Trolley Service

This year the wonderful tour of galleries and eateries in Coral Gables know as Gallery Nights will get a special service of the Coral Gables Trolley to take patrons around to the different galleries and restaurants.  The E-Newsletter from the City of Coral Gables reports that a special Trolley with an orange paintbrush painted on the side will be circulating the various venues (complete list below) from 6-10pm on Gallery Nights, which are the held on the first Friday of the month.  So the first one will be on May 6, 2011 which is not this Friday but the next so get ready!

I think its a great idea, another way that The City Beautiful supports the arts!

In case you have never seen one, here is  picture of the Coral Gables Trolley from the City of Coral Gables Website

The Coral Gables Trolley

The Coral Gables Trolley in front of City Hall

Here is the list of stops for the Coral Gables Gallery Night Trolley!

Ca’ d’Oro Art Gallery
135 S. Lorenzo Ave, Suite 130

Cernuda Arte
3155 Ponce de Leon Blvd.

RDZ Fine Art
37 Merrick Way

ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries
169 Madeira Ave.

H. Benitez Fine Art Gallery
305 Alcazar Avenue, Suite #4

Books & Books
265 Aragon Ave.

Coral Gables Museum
285 Aragon Ave.

550 Biltmore Way, Suite 111

Alhambra Antiques
2850 Salzedo St.

The Guayabara Lady
485 Biltmore Way

Nube Coffee Bar
475 Biltmore Way

DeLeon Fine Art
219 Miracle Mile

Victoria’s Gallery
293 Miracle Mile

The Americas Collection
214 Andalusia Ave.

Sacassas Fine Arts
2910 Ponce de Leon Boulevard

Klara Chavarria Contemporary Art
2912 Ponce de Leon Boulevard

Jorge M. Sori Fine Arts
2970 Ponce de Leon Boulevard

Artrageous Gallery
Village of Merrick Park
330 San Lorenzo Ave., Suite 2305

Published in: on April 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

I’m Fascinated with The Lion’s Mouth Fountain!

Every time I drive past the Lion’s Mouth Fountain at the Coral Way entry to Coral Gables I want to stop and take a picture of it… It is so cool it makes me feel like I’m living in Ancient Rome, or perhaps what was more intended: Ancient Spain.  Its is beautiful and powerful and the fact that it is always working shows you something about the City of Coral Gables.  Well today I had some time so I took a few more pics, enjoy!  Click the pic for full size view!

Coral Gables Lions Mouth Side View

Lions Mouth Side View

Coral Gables Lions Mouth Water Drops

Lions Mouth Water Drops

Coral Gables Lions Mouth Sunshine

Lions Mouth Sunshine

Published in: on April 23, 2011 at 4:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Biltmore in Coral Gables to host Royal Wedding Event

The world famous Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables is hosting a Royal Wedding Event on the day of the event next Friday 4/29/2011, reports The Palm Beach Post.  The event will run from 1-3pm and will be in the Granada Ballroom.  According to the article, the guests will be treated to English Royal tea as well as a bit of a fashion show modeling the Wedding Suite collection at Nordstrom Coral Gables.  The event is also going to introduce the new weddings website for the Biltmore Hotel:

I for one am appalled!  Has The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables forgotten so soon about the Red Coats and Paul Revere?  So surely I jest in the old English tradition!

The event is a great idea, a very creative way to showcase the benefits of being married at The Biltmore, one of the most beautifully classic hotels in the world in my very humble opinion.  Hopefully the royal wedding goes off without a hitch, which is to say they will be successfully hitched.

This is a great pic of The Biltmore that I found on Wikipedia, you can find its author there, he has taken a bunch of great photographs and put them all under free license as long as you reference the owner, gotta love the Internet!

The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables

The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables

Published in: on April 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sheika the Akita Chases Squirrel up Tree (Big Surprise)

Just a bit west of Coral Gables there is a great park called Tropical Park.  Tropical Park actually used to be the home of horse racing in South Florida before Calder race course opened and they closed Tropical Park Race Track in 1972, I plan to detail this park in a later post.  The park is great because it is so huge but for me mostly because it has a great dog park.  The park has two off leash zones, one for small dogs and one for big dogs.  Sheika fits well into the big dogs category.  She is still only about 18 months old so I am still socializing her with other dogs.  This is very important for Akitas because they tend to want to beat the crap out of other dogs if they are not well socialized at an early age.  So I keep Sheika on a leash most of the time for now while she meets the other dogs and gets used to “playing nice”.

This pic is of Sheika chasing a squirrel up a tree (don’t worry I wouldn’t let her hurt the squirrel) as you can tell she still thinks she might be able to climb up the tree.  Unfortunately, I did not have the camera ready when she literally did try to climb up a palm tree after another squirrel!

Published in: on April 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm  Comments (1)  

Coral Gables Street Ambassadors

The Coral Gables E-News from the Official City of Coral Gables Website reported that on Monday April 11, 2011 the city began the Coral Gables Ambassadors program.  This is a program where 4 of the city’s meter readers wear special orange shirts that say “Ask me I’m a Coral Gables Ambassador” and apparently you are able to walk up to them and ask them questions about things in and about Coral Gables.  They are also trained in CPR and First Aid which is always great to have around.   They will be wearing the orange shirts and driving their orange cars so if you see them walking around say hi and see how they respond, I am going to try and find one this week and put them to the test!  What test?  I’m not quite sure but it will probably involve me making up some questions that I don’t even know the answer to.  Maybe have they ever heard of

All kidding aside I think it is a great idea for the community, as a matter of fact they should train everyone in CPR and First Aid, especially the entire staff at Houston’s, since that is where I spend most of my time and will almost certainly need their services!

I will let you know if I am able to encounter one of the four Coral Gables Street Ambassadors so check back soon!


Published in: on April 13, 2011 at 1:55 pm  Comments (2)  

Fairchild Tropical Garden gets $4Million for new facility

The Miami Herald reports today that Fairchild Tropical Garden in Coral Gables has received a gift of $4Million from 2 NY Philanthropists who have a vacation home in Miami Beach.  This is great news for the Garden and for the City of Coral Gables.  The Garden has long been a center for botanical excellence but has recently begun offering a wider variety of cultural treats for the eyes and ears.

Many will remember the Chihuly Exhibit from a few years ago where the famed artist filled the Garden with his beautiful glass sculptures…here is a link to some great pics.   It does not say how long the construction of the new facility will take but a building that size should not take more than a year or so at the most.  When it is complete they will be able to host even more events to the delight of Coral Gables citizens and anyone who loves plants and art!

This is a link to the Fairchild Tropical Garden Website

Here is pic of part of the Chihuly exhibit at Fairchild…

Published in: on April 11, 2011 at 5:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Coral Gables Cultural Events through April 2011

One of the best things about Coral Gables is that there are always several cultural events going on!  Here is a list of some of the best events coming up this week and through the end of April.  These are some of the best events from the website, but there are many more, visit the site to see them all!  We try to go to as many events as possible, we are hopefully going to the Classic Car show on the 17th and we are definitely planning on going to the Fairchild Tropical Garden Food and Garden Festival on the 30th!  Hope to see you there!

  • April 10: Bring your family and friends and enjoy authentic Afternoon Tea in the Garden. This event takes place at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, at 3 p.m. Guests are treated to scones, savories and desserts. Tea service begins at 3 p.m. at the Jean DuPont Shehan Visitor Center Ballroom. Tickets cost $27 for Fairchild members, $37 for non-members and $17 for children under 12. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
  • April 11: Dade Heritage Trust will be holding its Annual Preservation Awards Ceremony at Miracle Theatre. The ceremony honors individuals, organizations and restoration projects that have excelled in preserving Miami’s historic places. Reception with refreshments will follow the presentation. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for Dade Heritage Trust members and $35 for non-members. Miracle Theatre is located at 280 Miracle Mile. For more information or to make reservations, call 305-358-9572.
  • April 12: Por Fin Restaurant and Lounge, and the Italian Dante Alighieri Miami Society will host an Evening of Fine Dining and Wine. Renowned Italian-American winemaker Peter Figge will present his California award-winning wines which will be paired with dishes created by Por Fin Executive Chef Luis Quant. This special event will take place at Por Fin, 2500 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event cost $75, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Seating for this event is limited. For more information or to make reservations, call 305-441-0107.
  • April 13: Dine Magazine and Norman’s 180 have teamed up to host a series of wine classes on Wednesdays through May. If you have trouble knowing what wine to pair with food, enroll in the Wine and Food Pairing class. Patrick Sullivan will cover the following topics in this class: pairing guidelines, the all-time greats, spice is nice, sweet beginnings, tasting is knowing, Earth to wine and more. The class is held at Norman’s 180, 180 Aragon Avenue, from 6 – 8 p.m. Tickets cost $34 and will include the wine and light hors d’oeuvres. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here or call 561-313-2110.
  • April 14: The annual United Way Miami Wine & Food Festival brings together some of the top chefs and wineries for culinary lovers to enjoy. This event takes place in the Village of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Avenue, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. More than 60 wineries and 20 restaurants will be on hand. There will also be live music and a silent auction. Tickets cost $75 for general admission. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
  • April 15 – June 15: The art gallery that brought “Pink Snails” to Coral Gables announces a new exhibition. The creative images of artist Francesco Lopez will be on display at Galleria Ca’ d’Oro in Coral Gables, a gallery that highlights Italian and European art in the US. His latest installation titled “Visioni di Roma” features various contemporary photographs created by combining familiar imagery, realism and nature. The work was inspired by the artist’s love of Rome. Galleria Ca’ d’Oro is located at 135 S. San Lorenzo Avenue, suite 130. For more information and exhibition hours, click here.
  • April 15: Galleria Ca’ d’Oro in Coral Gables celebrates the opening of its latest exhibition with an Opening Night Reception. The event will celebrate the new exhibition titled “Visioni di Roma” by artist Francesco Lopez. The reception begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. The artist will be in attendance. Located at 135 S. San Lorenzo Avenue, suite 130, Galleria Ca’ d’Oro highlights Italian and European art in the US. To make reservations to attend, call 305-534-0081 ext. 14 or email
  • April 16 – 17: The American Cancer Society is set to hold the 2011 Relay for Life of Coral Gables at Merrick Park, across from City Hall, from 12 p.m. until 6 a.m. This signature event aims to gather the Coral Gables community to fight cancer together. Relay Teams will fundraise throughout the year and participate in a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of the American Cancer Society. Those who have been touched by cancer are honored during the Luminaria Ceremony. For more information, or to become a sponsor, contact Alyssa Meyer at 305-779-2847.
  • April 16: The Villagers Inc. is hosting their popular Villagers’ Historic Hunt. Participants will crisscross Miami-Dade trying to decipher devious and challenging clues to historic sites. The hunt starts where the Villagers organization was born, Douglas Entrance/Puerta del Sol, 800 Douglas Entrance, at 4 p.m. Win or lose, come celebrate after the hunt with cocktails, a silent auction and dinner at Euro Table, also located at Douglas Entrance, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the hunt cost $25 or $55 to attend the dinner as well. For more information or to make your reservations, call Kendell Turner at 305-431-4343 or email at
  • April 17: The Antique Automobile Club of America presents an Antique Car Show. The show takes place on Miracle Mile from Le Jeune Road to Salzedo Street at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wander through the street looking at antique cars. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 305-439-0910.
  • April 22: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden celebrates Earth Day with free admission into the garden. Besides free admission, there will be many educational kids’ activities, gourmet food trucks, and special discounts for new members. At 3 p.m. in the Garden House, Books & Books will feature a special Earth Day book signing with author Joel M. Curxon presenting his book Light Fading: Reflections of the Imperiled Everglades. This event is also free of charge. Fairchild Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, click here.
  • April 27: Dine Magazine and Norman’s 180 have teamed up to host a series of wine classes on Wednesdays through May. Andrew McNamara, Wine & Spirits Specialists Manager for Premier Beverage and one of only 170 Master Sommeliers in the world, will teach you How to Taste Wine. The class will help you describe the taste and learn why you like or dislike a particular wine. All wines are served blind and together and you’ll have to figure out what they are. The class is held at Norman’s 180, 180 Aragon Avenue, from 6 – 8 p.m. Tickets cost $34 and will include the wine and light hors d’oeuvres. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here or call 561-313-2110.
  • April 29, 30 and May 1: The Cathedral of St. George will be hosting the annual Middle Eastern Festival. Enjoy Middle Eastern food and pastries, a bazaar with souvenirs and jewelry during the day and live musical performances, including classic folklore and cultural dance performances, at night. The festival is open from 11a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday, with an admission price of $10 after 6 p.m. on Friday and $15 on Saturday. On Sunday, the festival is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. St. George Cathedral is located at 320 Palermo Avenue. For more information call 305-444-6541 or click here.
  • April 30: Come see what’s cooking at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden during our celebration of fresh foods and the garden they grow in. At this year’s Food and Garden Festival, gather new tips and recipes from the ever popular culinary demonstrations led by local chefs using local products. Meet growers and buy fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. This event takes place Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fairchild Gardens is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road. Garden admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for children ages 6-17. For more information, click here.
Published in: on April 6, 2011 at 11:18 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Country Club Prado Entrance

This is one of the most beautiful sites in Coral Gables, it is almost always occupied by at least one or two photographers taking pictures for various reasons…it is easy to see why…in 2010 the City of Coral Gables completed an $860,000 renovation of this gorgeous landmark and today it is better than ever!

Published in: on April 4, 2011 at 3:04 pm  Leave a Comment