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¡Nuestra Casa es Su Tienda! El Pais

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
– Leonardo da Vinci

As featured in El Pais this week, nuestra casa is “the” setting fit for exploring hedonistic pleasures:  all muscle, no clothing, which we’d like to think includes Miami’s best shopping!

Welcome to Babalu at 11 11 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.


Babalu Miami is the first point of arrival to Lincoln Road as parking visitors to 11 11 arrive on the Ground Floor Passageway, left. 11 11 Lincoln Road at evening rendering, right.

Babalu is located in the heart of the contemporary vibe in South Beach, the iconic  Herzog & de Meuron-designed world- recognized retail, dining and parking structure.

Wanna Play Hookie? The best lunch deal at The National Hotel

Playing hookie takes on a whole new dimension in South Beach and its not just for kids!  From now through the end of September, The National Hotel is offering a Lunch & Pool special at $19.39 to celebrate their birth year, yes you guessed it, 1939.

The salad buffet billows with a selection of crispy lettuces and grilled vegetables, cheeses, cold cuts and lots more, just pick and mix, make your own. To follow, a selection of hot dishes awaits. The selection changes daily and may include fish, chicken, pasta or truffle mashed potatoes, always a surprise and always freshly prepared. Finish off with a stop by the dessert cabinet, keep it light with fresh fruits, indulge with creme brulee or have both! Who’s watching?!

Last but not least, since you are already truant by this point why not naughty it up a cool quenching drink… or two. For only $10, imbibe in limitless Mimosas or selected beers.

After lunch – and that extra drink that you really shouldn’t have had – cool yourself off by the pool or hang out by the ocean. Enjoy the fantasy, reality can wait…


Monday to Friday from 12 to 3 p.m.

National Hotel

1677 Collins Avenue  Miami Beach, FL 33139

(305) 532-2311

Flipping Pink

“Picasso had his pink period and his blue period.  I am in my blonde period right now.”  – Hugh Hefner

Over the past couple of centuries, the associations of pink and blue have flip-flopped as relating to gender.

Real Men Wear Pink

Wikipedia explains the gender-role flip of pink over the last century. Interesting read…

An article in the trade publication Earnshaw’s Infants’ Department in June 1918 said: “The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.”[18] From then until the 1940s, pink was considered appropriate for boys because being related to red it was the more masculine and decided color, while blue was considered appropriate for girls because it was the more delicate and dainty color, or related to the Virgin Mary.[19][20][21] Since the 1940s, the societal norm was inverted; pink became considered appropriate for girls and blue appropriate for boys, a practice that has continued into the 21st century.[22]
Don’t be shy, child.  If it feels good, throw it on!

D.I.Y. Paradise

Whether in Miami, Maine or Manila, Paradise Found is simple as Home Economics 101.


  • 2 Kiwis
  • 1 Banana
  • 2 Mandarin Oranges
  • Your favorite plate


  • Flood Light (for full effect)
  • Chinese Umbrella

Paradise on a Plate

Follow the very simple visual instructions in the photo.

Try this in your own home and you’ll be in Paradise Realm.

No Sous Chef needed.

Got balls!

Meatballs that is, just like mama used to make. Well, not quite, but if you enjoy comfort food, The Meatball Joint on 1570 Alton Road, Miami Beach offers what only the perfect meatball can deliver: a warm and delicious morsel of joy to make you feel right at home. And its affordable, too…

Meatbals with Classic Fire-roasted Tomato Marinara and Garlic Bread

First your balls – you get 4 with any choice of Classic Italian (beef and pork), South Beach (turkey) or the West Hollywood (vegetarian with eggplant) and remember to ask for the daily special.

Then choose your sauce of Classic Fire-roasted Tomato Marinara, Fredo (a delicious Alfredo variation) or Drunken Mushroom, head-spinning I know…

Finally, select your side of Garlic bread or Mixed Green Salad or add mouth-watering melted cheese for only $1.

That’s your basic, but you can also choose to sandwich your balls inside a white or whole wheat baguette, sliders (3 each + $0.50 extra cheese) or the Sammy (3 meatballs smashed on focaccia bread $9).

Greg and I both opted for the Classic Italian with Fire-roasted Tomato Marinara ($9).  Greg chose extra cheese ($1) with side salad and I indulged in garlic bread.

The Meatball Joint offers a selection of cold beers and wines to crown your perfect meatball moment.

The verdict?  A delicious must-try!  But just in case she might be reading, I must say noone ever beat mama’s balls!

The Meatball Baguette Sandwich with the Cherry Tomato, Mozzarella Balls and Basil Salad

The Meatball Joint is open every day

Monday to Thursday  Noon – 5pm

Friday to Sunday: Noon – Midnight

1570 Alton Road – Miami Beach, FL 33139

305 695 9441

Designer Coke

Spotted in downtown Helsinki the Jean Paul Gaultier Citroen designed for Coca Cola.

Who said that horizontal stripes make you look fat?

Natural Beauty

Our furry friend Wiya, freshly shampooed and smelling au natural.  Always commando style!

Get the look with Rahua. 100% organic natural ingredients. It’s for people but dogs love it too!

Missoni Fash Mob

If you were one of millions of Missoni-manic shoppers who left empty-handed after standing in line outside, inside (and online) on September 13 when Target (we say tar-jay) instantly sold out their limited-edition Missoni-for-Target line, boo-hoo no more.

Get your Missoni fix at Babalu Miami, and get your stripe on! Buy original.

In New York for Fashion Week, designer Margherita Maccapani Missoni Tweeted her 14,000+ followers not to buy the [Target] items on eBay: “You guys! Very silly to buy #missonifortarget on ebay for 3 times the price!! For that money go out and get M Missoni, and you’ll avoid looking all the same.”

Do it. Lounge in luxo style on the beach or poolside on a cush Missoni100% cotton velour beach towel. With names as Jamelia, Giacomo, Luca or Lola, each one measures 40″ x 71.” Big as a bed. Soft as one, too. Shown here with leather, easy-to-carry harness.

At home after a long soak in the tub, wrap up in a Missoni hoodie bathrobe. Get one for you-know-who, too. Divino!

Babalu sez


Days before daddy’s birthday on August 11, Brooke Hogan did some serious shopping at Babalu. The reality-show star of “Brooke Knows Best” spent two hours picking out the perfect surprise package for papa. How do you show someone named Hulk that you care?

Let us count the ways:

  • “I Love You” Bloomsberry chocolate
  • White Ray-Ban wayfarers
  • Two pairs of AuskieBum League swimwear (one blue, one orange)
  • Esteban Bois de Plume eau de toilette
  • Leone Pure licorice
  • 1 bag of Cracker Jacks
  • Whose Hair? book by Christina Christoforou (Hulk’s on p. 90)

As an homage to Christoforou’s splendid collection of hand-drawn illustrations of hairstyles of the rich & famous, we give you our very own heady puzzle.

Whose Hair?!?

(Hint: He loves dogs.)

* Tune in to October’s blog-zine for the answer.

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