Monday, March 30, 2009

For you Penny Picker Uppers

I know how much you guys like freebies so here's another one.

Cici's Pizza is dropping millions of pennies near there stores and on the back of thousands of them they have freebies to their buffet. Just look for a penny, pick it up, and check the back of it for a marked sticker stating the prize.

The pennies that are taken back will be donated to Big Brothers and Big Sisters Club of America.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


I received a flyer last week announcing Robeks grand opening which is this Friday, March 27 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Robeks is a smoothie/juice bar featuring an assortment of fruit, exotic, and power smoothies. Also on their menu are fresh juices like orange, apple, carrot, etc. and a small selection of healthy meals.

For their grand opening they will offer a free 12 oz. Strawnana Berry Smoothie and other free items, while they last. They are located on 3695 W 18 Avenue in Hialeah.

I've never tried out the place but I guess I will on Friday and claim my free smoothie. Times are tough so take advantage of this freebie!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Your Hialeah Moment

Taken on 49 street a van with a wall AC unit. Aren't wall AC units made for walls as in house walls? I thought so myself, but there is always someone inventing and showing it off on 49 street. I apologize for the bad picture and my own car interior in the way but I was trying to drive and not crash.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Generacion Y

It's Friday and the first day of spring. With a new beginning, I'd like to introduce you to a blog I've recently discovered and can't stop reading ever since. It is honest, riveting, and courageous.

Generacion Y, or Generation Y is a blog created by Yoani Sanchez, a citizen of Cuba who blogs about everyday life on the island, its Castro regime, and the freedom the citizens of Cuba do not have. Sanchez began the blog in 2007 by dressing up as a foreigner/tourist and going into hotels to use their computers and internet. Just as she hid herself in public, she remained anonymous on her blog until one day she posted her name and picture. For this I admire her courage, especially living in a society where going against the Cuban government or uttering the word “Fidel Castro” in public is a ticket to jail.

The blogs name, Generation Y, comes from a trend of baby names given at the time she was born. Throughout the 1970’s - 80’s the trend was to name babies beginning with the letter “Y,” hence Yoani. In her blog she writes about how she is tired of living under the government and rules of Castro. Sanchez goes into great detail of what life is like on the Island, depicting the rights of people that are violated by the government, including that of censorship. She addresses the daily struggles of scarce food, jobs taken away from citizens, the rules of Castro, and most importantly that under these rules no one is ever alone nor free.

Eventually word would spread around and her blog is now blocked in the island of Cuba. She manages to update by e-mailing entries to friends living outside of Cuba who then post. It is surprising that until this day she has not been thrown into a jail cell for her courageous acts.

Generacion Y is now translated into 15 languages and received 14 million hits in a single month. Yoani Sanchez has received several awards for her blog, including a spot in Time’s New Magazine list of 100 most influential people of 2008.

Her blog is addicting, honest, funny, poetic, moving, and most importantly heroic. I was not born in Cuba, nor have I ever visited the island but I come from a Cuban family that have shared their stories with me. Stories of family owned grocery markets and property that were all taken away from them, specifically human rights. Sure I get tired of hearing my father go on about how "when Cuba is free everyone will return" and how it's this or that and the Cuban talk shows. If no one has changed it thus far it will possibly remain the same for decades. What I do know, is that change has to start somewhere, and Yoani and her blog are helping define it.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Robert Is Here

After visiting R.F. Orchids on Sunday, El Sosio and I proceeded to Robert Is Here.

Robert Is Here was established in 1960 by a man named Robert. When he was just a young boy his father sent him on his way with a couple of fruits and orders to sell all of them. After a failed attempt, his father sent him out the following day and placed signs around him that read "Robert Is Here." That day he sold all of the fruits he had on sale, and the catchy name "Robert Is Here" was born for the famous produce spot.

Robert Is Here sell different fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade jellies, hot sauces, juices and snacks. When first approaching you may notice the long lines which is all for their famous and delicious fruit milk shakes. The produce stand has attracted much of the media throughout the years, and was nominated the Best Farmers Market in 2006. At the back of the store they have a farm with animals and benches for seating. Both locals and tourist come to visit.

Here are my favorite photos of our visit.

Celebrating their 49th anniversary this year!

On the weekends their is live entertainment. I didn't catch his name but he was pretty good with his guitar and harmonica.


I had the Mamey milk shake and El Sosio had the Strawberry Mango. Both were fresh and delicious!

Gobble Gobble!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

R.F. Orchids

R.F. Orchids is home to a diverse species of orchids. The nursery is a beautiful tropical garden where all types of orchids are sold to the public. Located in Homestead and part of the Redlands, these tropical plants can range from $10-125 dollars, the most expensive being the rare orchid. The nursery is open Tuesday - Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. They offer private tours of their gardens, on Saturday and Sunday only at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and is located at 28100 SW 182 Avenue, Homestead FL 33030.

This past Sunday, El Sosio and I headed to the Redlands to visit R.F. Orchids. We were taken back by the beauty that these plants have to offer. There were so many breeds of orchids that neither one of us had seen before which left us in awe. If I wasn't short on money, I would've walked out of there with more than one orchid. Some orchids were on sale for a very reasonable price considering the health and size. Way better quality and price than Home Depot or Lowe's has to offer.

As soon as we walked in an employee greeted us with lemonade.

The table in the back had a sale on orchids. Only $15 and as you can tell they are huge!

I wanted these really bad! They are rare spider orchids that can grow 2-3 feet tall.

Orchids are placed on barks of tree to resemble nature for them.

This orchid is cross pollinated.

While roaming around the nursery we noticed some orchids had what looked like feathers or blown cotton on them. This is the plant causing that, which is found in the gardens. Part of the Ceiba family, aslo known as silk cotton tree.

I apologize for overwhelming with the amount of photos but I simply could not stop taking pictures. Like I said, it truly is a beautiful place, even for the non orchid lovers.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Deals around town

Listen up savage beast of freebies/deals. There are a couple of great deals being offered around town so take advantage of them.

Arby's: Buy a drink and get a free Roastburger sandwich. The deal is good only through March 9, so hurry up. For the coupon copy and paste this to your internet search bar.

Bank of America account holders: Show your Bank of America credit or debit card and you can get into Museums around town and other U.S. cities for free this weekend March 7 & 8, April 4 & 5. Participating museums include, Morikami Museum at Delray Beach, Museum of Discovery & Science and Museum of Art in Ft. Lauderdale, Miami Art Museum, Miami Childrens Museum, Miami Science Museum, and Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, South Florida Science Museum in West Palm Beach.

Starbucks: They're offering a pairing deal for $3.95. Offers include, tall brewed coffee with a choice of one of either an artisan bacon sandwich, artisan ham sandwich,reduced-fat turkey bacon sandwich, sausage sandwich OR tall caffee latte with reduced-fat cinnamon swirl coffee cake, or perfect oatmeal. This offer is only for a limited time and is not included at Barnes and Noble.

Jamba Juice: JJ is introducing their new oatmeal made with organic oats with a "Jamba Economic Boost" offering the oatmeal for a $1 up until March 31. Here's the coupon:

For more promotions and freebies visit

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

What to do this weekend

There's no excuse for not having anything to do this weekend, as there are lots of events happening around town and for FREE!

Carnaval on the Mile is running all weekend long (March 6-8). Free! Family friendly. Beginning Friday the carnaval will kick off a concert at Ponce Circle Park, starting at 6p.m.-11p.m I suggest you check out a band called Conjunto Progresso which will go on stage at 8 p.m. These guys play a mix of Cuban, latin jazz, and sing in Spanish. On the site you can find all information, including entertainment lineup for the bands:

Saturday the Carnaval opens at 10 a.m.-midnight. Again the event is FREE and will feature numerous stages with different artist going on at different times. There will be plenty of art/artists, music, and food. Some of the bands I suggest for all of you are: Afrobeta (3:15 p.m.) and Suenalo (7 p.m.) going on at the Lejeune stage, and Locos Por Juana (9 p.m.) at the North Main Stage.

The carnaval goes on until Sunday, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. If you can’t check out the bands Saturday, make sure to check out Suenalo at 4:30 pm. And Locos Por Juana at 7:10 p.m.

Suenalo at Jazid: Suenalo will be performing at Jazid on Saturday, starting at 11 p.m. These guys are a very talented group of musicians that play a mix of Dominican hip-hop, rumba, Cuban sumba, and American funk. The lead singer signs in both Spanish and English. Believe me, these guys will have you on the dance floor in no time and they really know how to put on a show. Definitely one of the local bands to see live in Miami. Cover is probably $10 and drink specials are $4 kamikazes and lemondrops. I.D. needed for entrance. More info:

Sunday: The Antique Market is going on at Lincoln Road Mall in Sobe. Free event. Pet friendly. Beginning at 10 a.m. If you’re buying something from vendors then it will cost you. There will be lots of vendors selling different antique materials. The farmer’s market is probably open and will feature different fruits, vegetables, and flowers for sale. And for lunch, there are plenty of restaurants along Lincoln. I suggest Van Dyke CafĂ©. For more info:

I hope all of you attend an event! Feel free to share your experiences on here too.

Monday, March 2, 2009


This little guy showed up in our yard 2 weeks ago and who knows how long he's been around without being discovered. He's been living off the grass and carrotts we feed him. After being around us for a few days, he's already getting use to us, sitting/running right by us and eating from our hands. Hopefully another animal won't eat him for dinner. He's right on time for Easter, too.