Shana Tova!

In what is most definitely a blanket generalization of Miami geography and cliche- Miami is where most of the hispanic community is based and on Miami Beach you come across a more transient crowd, but also it’s a high Jewish population.

So with that said when we were looking for preschools there was 1 or 2 Catholic options, but we wanted Montessori and we settled on this great preschool based out of a Temple.  I’m not very religious (we can discuss this later) but I come from a long long line of very rule abiding Catholics.  As you can imagine- this was a problem for certain members of my family.  But for us it wasn’t.  The school was packed with love and God is God people.

Well let’s circle back to the point.   We had been living on the beach for a couple years at this point, and right around Rosh Hashanah our car rides were filled with songs about apples and honey and Shabbat Shalom and we were happy.

Rosh Hashanah morning my daughter wakes up so excited and runs out of her room saying “Shana Tova mama Shana Tova, when are we going to Temple?” (Shana Tova means “a good year”).  I realized in the moment that it may have come time for a little talk.  Before I could get a round to it there was a knock at my door. I walk over and open it up.

There before me is a man dressed in a button down, dress pants, a hat and a full beard.  “Shana Tova” he begins, “Is your family Jewish?”  Traditionally these men are going around collecting money on the holiday.

“Good Morning,” I reply, “no I’m sorry we aren’t but…” I couldn’t finish my sentence before my daughter has come running to the front door.  She looks up at him smiling eyes wide open, “Shana Tova Rabbi!”

The man looks back at me in disgust like I am a dirty liar.  I laugh nervously, “No you see we send her to the Temple down the…”

She cuts me off again, “I love your Shofar” {for those who don’t know it’s a Ram’s horn used in certain Jewish ceremonies}.  Now this guy is looking at me.

I only had one thing left to say at this point, “Let me go get my checkbook”.

Madrid Food Tour

Everybody vacations differently.  Some people would come on a trip to Madrid, itinerary in hand with a plan for each part of their day.  They would have their day trips arranged, and a list of all the sites they want to see and each day would be filled with taking it all in.  I love these kinds of people. They’re so thoughtful and organized, and their planning is commendable.    

My husband and I are similar to these itinerary people, but just a little different.  Our itinerary for new cities is almost exclusively restaurants. Madrid was no different. Our game plan going in was to go eat at as many of the restaurants, throughout the different neighborhoods as we could, and whatever we could walk around and see after as we walked off the bread was a plus.

In the 30 days we were there, we ate at just about 30 restaurants.  I’m not going to bore you anymore with an intro. Let’s get down to it.  The first 6 were my top absolute must go to places. Everything else I will leave at your discretion.  I will say there is no going wrong in Madrid. It’s a magical land where even the most obscure empty restaurants, are filled with delicious food. 

Our Top 6

  • La Castela: Our first few days in Madrid were very blurry, but upon our very strong recommendation from our Landlord “Harrison Ford loved it here” we stumbled in.  It was love at first bite. The staff is made up of a group of close knit guys who have no interest in talking to you outside of taking your order, their hard to get attitude only made me love it more.  Their absolute must have dish is the Milhojas de Ventresca- we went back four times and had it each time. It is that good.  
    • Nutshell: no reservations, standing room or if you are lucky you can grab a bar stool, not kid friendly, $$
    • What we had: We sampled almost their entire menu, and I can tell you that you cannot go wrong.  I would say the Garbanzos salteados con Langostinos, Solomillo con Foie, and the Arroz Meloso con Pulpo and Calamar were my favorites.  Check them out HERE for more information. 
  • Triciclo: This gastro restaurant came highly recommended by locals and friends of ours who make it their business to know food.  I always come weary to gastro bars, in fear that it would go too far trying to be different. This place blew me away. Each dish was light and fresh, and took me by surprise with flavor.  The menu varies depending on what is available seasonally, but I would tell you to trust your server. To get more information or book a table click HERE
    • Nutshell: reservations available and suggested for dinner, if your kids are adventurous could work, $$$
    • What We Had: Shrimp wonton, Tuna Tartar, Sea Bass Carpaccio, Solomillo, Cannelloni Stuffed with truffle mushrooms and ricotta, and a rack of lamb 
      • To be clear I am very aware we overdid it here.  It was our only chance to come and everything was as amazing as it sounded.
  • Ten Con Ten: As soon as the automatic sliding glass door opens into this gorgeous wrap around bar scene, you know you are somewhere special.  We stepped into Ten con Ten for lunch one day, after receiving countless of referrals, and were taken by how beautiful it was and then blown away by the food.  I’m a sucker for truffle and an even bigger sucker for truffle on pasta. Naturally this place had me at hello, so much so we returned for dinner a week later.  
    • Nutshell: would suggest reservations, especially if you go for dinner as this place becomes a little bit of a scene (so fun to watch).  Very pricey- many people were there with their kids so it’s up to you.
    • What we had: Besides the black truffle risotto which we had both times because it makes me feel closer to God, we also loved the Pulpo (grilled octopus) “Pedreidro” Asado, Arroz Frito Con Pato (duck fried rice), as well as the Solomillo Asado a la Pimienta (Sirloin with Black Pepper Sauce), and would highly recommend a plate of their Iberico.
  • Los Juevos de Lucio: A light walk off the Plaza Mayor, down a charming cobblestone road you will find this charming place made for egg sluts such as myself.  As you might have picked up on, this place is THE place for juevos (eggs) rotos. You can order them over almost anything, we obviously did Iberico, because while most people have told me they got sick of it- I did not.  Check them out HERE for more information
    • Nutshell: casual, need reservation for dinner, good for kids, $$
    • What we had: Los Juevos con media racion de jamon, Pulpo braseado 
  • Street XO:  We were told by all of the foodiest of the foodies we knew that this place was a must try.  They open for lunch at 2 and the line starts to form around 1:30. That’s right, a line. Can you even imagine a place that is so delicious Madridians stand in line for the table, early! We were able to get a seating at the bar, and it was one of the coolest meals I’ve ever had.  The spin on Spanish food was different from almost anything else we had. The restaurant is really edgy and has Japanese grunge decor. The staff is also very edgy but majorly into food. We let the waiter walk us through the menu, and everything was delicious. 
    • Nutshell: casual, get in line at 1:30 worth the wait, $$, not kid friendly
    • What we had: Uzusukuri, Curry Japones, and whatever else the chef recommended
  • La Kasa– came highly recommended to us from the owner of Casa Di Vino, and it was for lack of a better word, divino.  The restaurant is modern and beautiful, and the staff was excellent.    
    • Nutshell: Even at lunch they were completely slammed, and made us feel lucky we could get a high top by the bar.  I would definitely suggest reservations. $$ I didn’t see any kids while we were there.
    • What we had: the Bunuelitos de Idiazabal (fried cheese), Gazpachuela, Mejillones de Bouchot Con Salsa Cafe de Paris, Corvina Macerada en Achiote, and the Lomo de Corzo Asado con Mole Poblano.  I would suggest any of these dishes, with the exception of the Corvina which while interesting to try wasn’t exactly up my alley. You can check out the rest of their menu or make a reservation on their website HERE.  

Cochinillo:

“Suckling pig” is a common dish served in a lot of restaurants in Madrid and all of the surrounding areas.  I am told that the absolute best one, according to many of the emails I’ve received, and almost all Madridians that I spoke to, is in Toledo (a nearby town accessible by a 45 minute train ride) and it is called Los Cuatro Tiempos.  However in Madrid you can find some pretty delicious variations. It’s typically served with roasted potatoes and is fall of the bone delicious with the crispy skin that just brings that added level of melt in your mouth deliciousness. We went to:

  • La Taberna Del Capitan Alatriste: more of a local scene.  Casual with an old Spanish vibe.  The menu here was very kid friendly and fairly priced.  I would make a reservation just in case, HERE is their website. 
  • Sobrino de Botin: Oldest restaurant in the world.  I swear- can’t make this up. It’s on a beautiful street in the center of Madrid, and the cochinillo does not disappoint.  Also casual, but some people dressed up. Kid Friendly and a little more pricey due to the “oldest restaurant in the world” tourist appeal.  Definitely make a reservation- find the website HERE

Pollo Asado

When it comes to this dish, Madrid don’t play.  I want to point out to you, that I may be biased.  I am irrevocably in love with Spanish cooking, so to me their pollo asado (roasted chicken) is perfection.  Something about this dish, maybe it’s the magnificent way the skin of the chicken has just browned, creating just the right amount of crisp as it falls off the bone and is swimming in perfectly seasoned drippings.  Is it hot in here? Whew! Sorry, I sort of just lost myself in that moment. Two of the best places to get your hands on some finger licking good chicken: 

  • Casa Mingo: It opened its doors in 1888, and the decor has maintained the original main features with wood paneling, a view of their bottles and barrels.  The barrels are for their world renowned cider. It is a very local scene. Everyone comes here and places an order for the chicken, with a side of bread.   For our little family of 5 we ordered two whole chickens and not a single piece of chicken was left over. Our kids begged to go back for more.
    • Nutshell: Very casual, great price, and absolutely delicious. Reservations aren’t necessary and you can visit their website HERE.
  • Limbo: Located inside a hostel right off Plaza Mayor and near Mercado de San Miguel, Limbo is almost a more modern Casa Mingo.  I would called it the hipster Casa Mingo. It has a real young scene, even a space for live music, and the design is very modern with an open space concept.  The chicken here is on par with Casa Mingo. The appetizers and sides are also really creative takes on classic dishes. Would also recommend the ribs.
    • Nutshell: Casual, kid friendly, $$, and you can make reservations HERE.

Markets or Food Halls 

  • Platea: located in the higher end Salamanca area, Platea is a 2 story “gastro leisure space” food hall filled with different stands offering classic and a modern take on tapas.  For those who want a more formal experience there is a restaurant with full service on the first floor, where you can order from the menu of the surrounding gastro pubs surrounding the seating area.  It was a great experience with the kids, and also one of our first. They host live music and also have a “el club” for those who are looking to be without kids. Check out the website HERE
  • Mercado Los Mostenses: Our amazing food tour guide, Margit, introduced us to this amazing market one of our first weekends in Madrid.  Filled with different stands of different meats, seafood, fruits, vegetables and more. Most stands being run by the same family who has done so for generations.  The pride and care that goes into each slice of jamon or each bocadillo de pulpo was overwhelming and needless to say delicious. Only open on the week day and a must if you can make it. 
  • Mercado de San Miguel: I am going to say something about this mercado that is not going to sit well, it was one of our worst experiences in Madrid.  While beautiful, it seems to be just a shadow of its former self. While they seem to have led the food hall trend, I feel Mercado de San Miguel has become a victim of its own popularity.  Whether the vendors have a hard time meeting the demand of the number of customers they are receiving, or they are just phoning it in- I can’t tell. But it was rather expensive and the scene was very touristy.  I spent most of the time worried about where my kids were. I would not recommend when there are other more authentic, less hectic places to see. 
  • Mercado de Paz: If you can only do one food market, this is the one I would pick.  Also full of vendors whose families have been doing this for generations, it also has Casa Dani a small little popup restaurant with hands down the best tortilla I have ever had in my life.  Along with other little popups and different shops filled with locals, and really gives you more of an authentic experience.  

Places We Tried and Loved…

The biggest food takeaway from our time in Madrid is simple, you can’t go wrong.  We had a lot of recommendations to go off of, but when we felt like just venturing out we were never disappointed.  Every place has its own personality and style. The thing that remains is that it is all made with fresh ingredients by people who just get what it’s all about- great food.  Here are a few more places some that were referrals and some that we just stumbled into. All amazing:

  • La Palma 60: the best croquettas of my life
  • Bodega Rivas: the most tender fried octopus 
  • Cafe di Vino: her wine and Cava selection are amazing, and a mean ensalada Rusa
  • Couzapin: the fabada of my dreams
  • Gerardo: solomillo off the grill that was to die for
  • Laredo: they had a dish with a scallop on a rice cracker that made me tear up
  • La Barilla: fresh seafood, it was solid
  • Taberna Triana: a truffle juevos rotos dish that I could have eaten once a day forever
  • Catapa: arroz meloso (risotto) with rabo that I can still sometimes smell in my dreams

Are You Smarter Than a 3rd Grader?

We are smack in the middle of the 5th week of school.  This back to school season has been especially intense.  I feel like everything is moving 100 mph, and I have no way of slowing anything down.  Every day is a new juggle and I’m throwing balls into the air and just trying to catch whatever ball is coming down to throw it back up. 

What has been particularly grueling about this back to school season is homework.  

I’ve been doing homework for 4 years now.  Yes, it’s “their” homework, but we all know that it’s really ours.  My oldest is in third grade now and it finally happened.  I knew it was coming too, the writing had been on the wall since the end of last year. 

There I was making dinner in the kitchen.  Blake (my oldest) was sitting at the table completing her math packet, when she called me over for help.  “Mommy I don’t understand how to get this answer,” she says so sweetly, so innocently.  I read the question, and right there in that moment I knew.  I knew I had no flipping idea how to do it.  I had to look my sweet little daughter right in the eyes and say “let me see what google says.” 

I thought I would at least make it to 5th grade before I started struggling with her homework, or at the very least  up to fractions.  I always hated fractions.  But this 3rd grade homework had me. 

What was worse? I also couldn’t figure it out with a google search, texting my smartest friend, or Alexa.  Now I had to sit back and cross my fingers my husband also couldn’t figure it out, and I wasn’t the only adult who could not do 3rd grade math in my house.  He did know how to do it by the way, which I was obviously happy about so that she could get an explanation.  However, it was not a blow my ego was ready to take. 

So if you need me, I will be completing my 3rd grade math workbooks behind the scenes trying to catch up.  

My Bia Life is #momcare

Self care is trending. Can I get an Amen? The problem is, as a mom, it’s really hard for me to make time to take care of myself.

That is why when I find a products or service that make it easier for me to handle my insane schedule, while not sacrificing myself (entirely)- I jump! When I heard of My Bia Life, I was obviously very into it. Full disclosure, the founders, Dr. Janelle Vega and Dr. Shasa Hu are friends of mine. However even if they were not friends of mine, I would be all over this service.

What My Bia Life does is take out all the scheduling appointments, waiting rooms, and traffic out of a dermatologist visit. Once you arrive at their website, you create your account, provide them with some information on your skin, and upload a few photos.

After that either Dr. Vega or Dr. Hu will contact you within your patient portal. In this conversation she will explain to you what your skin looks like it needs, and recommend to you the medical grade skin care products to use based on the information you provided. To make it even easier, once you have reviewed it and come to an agreement, you will receive a beautiful package to your home with all your goodies.

Here is my favorite part. It’s mom brain proof. One of my biggest issues was not knowing what to use or how to use it! To make this easy for even the zombiest of all zombie moms, each product is marked for whether you need to use it in the morning or night and is numbered in the order you should use it. Genius!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your skin regimen, you can always contact Dr. Vega or Dr. Hu through the portal. Otherwise you will have follow-ups every 3 months.

Somewhere between soccer, car pools, tutoring, homework, dance class, basketball, and every single other obstacle thrown at parents during the week, it is not easy to find time to just do something for me.

This skin care routine has been a little peace in what is usually a very chaotic day. The best part, is it works for me, and I don’t have to leave my house to know I’m getting great care.

If you want to try My Bia Life, Dr. Vega and Dr. Hu are offering 15% off for the next month when you type “CristyBia” at checkout.

SW 39: Are You Smarter than a 3rd Grader {9.18.19}

We are smack in the middle of the 5th week of school.  This back to school season has been especially intense.  I feel like everything is moving 100 mph, and I have no way of slowing anything down.  Every day is a new juggle and I’m throwing balls into the air and just trying to catch whatever ball is coming down to throw it back up. 

What has been particularly grueling about this back to school season is homework.  

I’ve been doing homework for 4 years now.  Yes, it’s “their” homework, but we all know that it’s really ours.  My oldest is in third grade now and it finally happened.  I knew itwas coming too, the writing had been on the wall since the end of last year. 

There I was making dinner in the kitchen.  Blake (my oldest) was sitting at the table completing her math packet, when she called me over for help.  “Mommy I don’t understand how to get this answer,” she says so sweetly, so innocently.  I read the question, and right there in that moment I knew.  I knew I had no flipping idea how to do it.  I had to look my sweet little daughter right in the eyes and say “let me see what google says.” 

I thought I would at least make it to 5th grade before I started struggling with her homework, or at the very least  up to fractions.  I always hated fractions.  But this 3rd grade homework had me. 

What was worse? I also couldn’t figure it out with a google search, texting my smartest friend, or Alexa.  Now I had to sit back and cross my fingers my husband also couldn’t figure it out, and I wasn’t the only adult who could not do 3rd grade math in my house.  He did know how to do it by the way, which I was obviously happy about so that she could get an explanation.  However, it was not a blow my ego was ready to take. 

So if you need me, I will be completing my 3rd grade math workbooks behind the scenes trying to catch up.  


xx
Cristina 

Bahamas Relief

It’s been about two weeks since Hurricane Dorian barreled through the Bahamas leaving the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco completely destroyed.  The loss of life, and the damage to the homes and landscape are devastating. 

In a world with so many distractions and a news cycle that has already given us new tragedies and other things to focus on, it is easy to lose the momentum we had at the beginning, but we must continue relief efforts.  If you were wondering how you could still get involved I updated THIS post with drop off locations for donations and other organizations that are still collecting monetary donations and supplies in Miami. 

I encourage you even if you don’t live in Miami to donate even $1 to help rebuild these islands and give its beautiful people some assistance during this time of need.   

https://www.bahamas.com/relief?mc_cid=46b9468d67&mc_eid=[UNIQID]

Standouts of the Week

Fall TV is here! It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  All of our favorite shows are coming back, and to make that even sweeter we also get to see all the new shows networks have been working on.  Apple is now producing it’s own content, and they have the much anticipated The Morning Show starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell. Facebook has also jumped in the TV game, with a few shows set to premier. To see a list of all the shows returning and what we can expect click HERE for the slideshow.

Vaping Bad.   Don’t give me credit for the headline, it is straight from the New York Times.  Apparently with the string of lung related illness and death from the use of vaping, the authorities got involved and can trace the origin of these illicit cartridges to two brothers in Wisconsin.  As they are being referred to now as the Walter White’s of the weed game.  Full article HERE.  Please smoke responsibly.

Hustler’s Movie.  Based on a true story, Jennifer Lawrence and Constance Wu bring to life the tale of the Score strippers that began to steal over hundreds and thousands of dollars from the men that came to see them in the club.  Click HERE for the trailer and click HERE to hear the story from some of the real hustlers.

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What is a weekend? My weekend will consist of the Downton Abbey movie which premiered last Friday.  If you have not seen the series, I have to ask, what else have you been doing! It seems like an uppity British drama, but you would be wrong.  It is an uppity British comedy with some drama that you just cannot get enough of.  Maggie Smith is a treasure, how dare you take her for granted?! 

Seriously, and I cannot stress this enough, watch that show.  Then make plans with me to go watch the movie! To watch the movie trailer click HERE

Also for those who did watch the show, the castle where Downton was filmed will be available to rent on Air BNB, as of October 1.  If you decide to rent it, I only request that you extend an invitation.  Find that HERE

TV Addict Update  

As we have established, time and time again, I watch too much TV.

What’s on my list to watch next? We are currently watch Succession and cannot get enough.  It is so well written, and intense but we love it! Will keep you posted.
Have a suggestion? Let me know

Good Omens: (Amazon) Based on the book “The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch”, (written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett) the show starts modern day with the demon Crowley (David Tennant) and the angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen), who have been friends, literally since the beginning of time. You see they met at the beginning of life on Earth… to continue reading click HERE 

Incompetent
1: not legally qualified
2inadequate to or unsuitable for a particular purpose
3 alacking the qualities needed for effective action
bunable to function properly

i.e. When it comes to 3rd grade math, I am incompetent.
sorry Kris Jenner no longer lets Kanye tweet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJQOajIxXrk&mc_cid=46b9468d67&mc_eid=[UNIQID]
Jimmy and Jennifer Lopez come in like a #wrecking ball to bring us another history of music video dance filled with #therightstuff #chandeliers I mean #youcanttouch this so go watch #byebyebye

Good Omens

Nutshell: Amazon. 6 Episodes. Michael Sheen, dark satire, hilarious and so smart. If you are easily offended (particularly over religion) don’t watch it, but you would be missing out.

CB Rating: 8.9

Based on the book “The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch”, (written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett) the show starts modern day with the demon Crowley (David Tennant) and the angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen), who have been friends, literally since the beginning of time. You see they met at the beginning of life on Earth and were sent here to be the eyes on the ground for their respective sides. They start to grow accustomed to life on Earth, and therefore want to stop Armageddon instead of pushing it forward as they were assigned to do.

With so many obstacles and characters in their way. This show is brilliant. The premise is genius, and the acting from Michael Sheen, David Tennant and special appearances by John Hamm and others takes it over the top.

Watch it on: Amazon Prime

Starting: Michael Sheen, David Tennant, John Hamm

Trailer: Click HERE

Baby Teeth

He lost his tooth today.  There he was sitting in my favorite super hero pajama that he still sometimes wears even though the pants don’t even reach his ankles anymore and his shirt doesn’t cover his belly.  One second he was dipping his pancake in syrup (he’s a dipper- don’t judge), and the next he was saying “my sharp tooth fell out”.  

My baby lost his tooth today.  Just typing that sent me down a rabbit hole of emotions.  Each day is filled with monotonous tasks, redundant arguments over homework or bed time.  Motherhood is such a bloody battle between wanting to freeze time and wanting to put them to bed.  Then something small, like when your baby, your last baby, loses his tooth. You realize that somewhere between wrestling them into pajamas, driving them to soccer practice, helping glue a school project they are all growing up.  The growth is so subtle, so tiny, that if you blink you will miss it- but it’s there. 

It felt like a small stab to my gut.  That tooth was just a little bit of my baby falling out, and being replaced by a permanent big boy tooth.  He is slowly but surely getting bigger.  

Would you judge me for keeping this tooth hidden away deep in my jewelery box? Forever? Creepy? 

Are these the little moments that prepare you to let them go for real down the line? 

Hurricane Dorian Relief

If you’ve ever had the high honor of visiting any island in the Bahamas, then you know. You know that these islands are filled with a high frequency of peace. Naturally the terrain just culminates in something majestic.

If you have been to the Bahamas, you know there is no debate, the water here is beyond reproach. It is the most beautiful shade of turquoise and it stretches beyond what your eye can see, and it is perfectly transparent. Simply said the Bahamas is a creation that could only be done by a higher being.

If you have been to the Bahamas, you have met some of the faces that fill these islands. They are always there to greet you. Happy to talk about what is going on in the island, the fishing, the ocean, the food. They carry a knowing smile, as if they have figured out that the key to life is not so much about material things, but about breathing in sea air and enjoying life for what really matters.

Last week Florida was put on high alert that a “catastrophic” category 5 hurricane was on track to slam into the east coast of our state. I regret that while we were kept safe, Hurricane Dorian parked over these magical islands for 24 hours. Relentless. Ripping roofs off homes and businesses. Flooding other parts of the islands, forcing people out of their homes on flotation devices, and even submerging parts of the island completely.

The images of these islands, or what is left of them are haunting. We have to move. Here is a list of some of the businesses and volunteer movements that are already gathering supplies and taking action. Get involved however you can. Whether it be volunteering at one of these centers to organize supplies, dropping off the hurricane supplies you have at your home, or even just buying some of the supplies off the Amazon wish lists.

Monetary Donations

The Bahamas

The island of the Bahamas has set up a website that you can access where you can make a monetary donation, check for supply lists, and get relief updates. Check it out HERE

Island of the Bahamas Hurricane Relief Homepage


Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean has pledged $1 Million to Bahamas relief, and has also set up the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) to provide disaster relief to the Bahamas, and has promised to match all donated funds up to $500,000. You can make a donation HERE

United Way

United Way is working around the clock and has partnered up with many local businesses to provide drop off locations.

Volunteers are what they are really looking for to help sort and pack the supplies they are receiving. If you want to VOLUNTEER you can do so through their website HERE

To donate to their efforts in the Bahamas you can do so HERE

Drop Off Locations and Amazon Wishlist for Supplies

Any and all donations are welcome. However in this situation, it is important to check for what the requests are being made by the official government of the Bahamas or the organization you are choosing to donate to. It prevents any waste, and allows for efficiency in organizing.

Stick to lists provided by the government of the Bahamas or the organizations themselves when donating goods. Rescue workers don’t want supplies to go to waste.

Official Items Being Requested [* indicates extreme need]

As stated above, it is important to check the lists for what items are being requested, and what is also considered urgent. These are local organizations that are currently collecting supplies and have partnered with the proper Bahamian authorities to deliver supplies. Check the due dates, as some of these deliveries are taking place within the next few days!

Miami Dade Cares

Miami-Dade County is spearheading relief efforts for the residents of the Bahamas, where various islands have been hit hard by Hurricane Dorian’s devastating strength. We are moving quickly and counting on our community’s generosity to receive and deliver critical supplies requested by Bahamian government officials.

You can also buy supplies from Miami-Dade County’s Amazon wish list and items will be delivered to the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds drop-off location.

They still need volunteers at any location from 9 AM-9PM until further notice but you must RSVP to do so click HERE:

Drop Off Locations for Donations:

RAV Bahamas Relief Fund

RAV has been working with the Miami Dade Fire Department as they are at capacity for donations, so please if possible redirect your donations directly to them, you can also find their Amazon Wishlist HERE

Update: They are filling containers and doing another run to the Bahamas in the next couple of weeks. At this time they do not need volunteers, but any and all donations still make a difference.

Drop Off Location: 8040 SW 69th Avenue

Water

  • Purified Water
  • Canned Goods
  • First Aid Items
  • Blankets/Sleeping Bags
  • Portable Generators
  • Plastic Tarpaulin
  • Debris Removal Tools
  • Portable Outdoor Lamps
  • Water Purification Kits
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries- Paricularly D
  • Medical Supplies
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Pampers, Baby Wipes, Baby Formula
  • Sanitary Napkins
  • Basic Hygiene Kits
  • Wood
  • Chainsaws
  • Can Openers *
  • Gas Containers
  • Trash Bags
  • Sunscreen

Global Empowerment Mission

Is the official bstrong (for all my Housewives fans that is Bethenny’s charity) disaster relief charity and they are getting directly involved in supplying relief to the Bahamas. You can click HERE to donate directly or you can drop off the requested supplies at

Update: Still collecting

Miami: Sacred Space Warehouse: 340 NE 59th Terrace

Broward: American Horse Trails Ranch: 4828 SW 198 Terrace

Palm Beach: Smith,Gaskill & Shenkman PA 11891 US Hwy 1

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BahamasStrong

Operated by the City of Miami, is collecting hurricane relief supplies for affected areas in the Bahamas.

They are requesting:

  • Water
  • Canned goods
  • Can openers
  • Mosquito spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Diapers
  • Baby formula
  • First aid items
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Small generators

Drop Off Locations:

  • Greater St. Paul AME Church: 3680 Thomas Ave
  • Christ Episcopal Church: 3475 William Ave

Fire Station dropoff times are from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM

  • Fire Station 1: 144 N.E. 5 ST
  • Fire Station 2: 1901 N. MIAMI AVE
  • Fire Station 3: 1103 NW 7 ST
  • Fire Station 4: 1105 SW 2 AVE
  • Fire Station 5: 1200 NW 20 ST
  • Fire Station 6: 701 NW 36 ST
  • Fire Station 7: 314 BEACOM BLVD
  • Fire Station 8: 2975 OAK AVE
  • Fire Station 9: 69 NE 62 ST
  • Fire Station 10: 4101 NW 7 ST
  • Fire Station 11: 5920 W. FLAGLER ST
  • Fire Station 12: 1455 NW 46 ST
  • Fire Station 13: 990 NE 79 ST
  • Fire Station 14: 2119 S.W. 19 ST
  • MRC Building: 444 SW 2 AVE

Bahamas Relief

Update: Still collecting any and all supplies, but especially clothes for XL and products and toiletries for the elderly. A plane is leaving today but there is another one going out next week.

Supplies Needed:

  • Purified Water
  • Canned Goods
  • First Aid Items: bandaids, antibacterial ointments
  • Blankets/Sleeping Bags
  • Portable Generators
  • Plastic Tarpaulin
  • Debris Removal Tools
  • Masking Tape
  • Power Strips
  • Portable Outdoor Lamps
  • Water Purification Kits
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries- Paricularly D
  • Medical Supplies
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Pampers, Baby Wipes, Baby Formula
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Basic Hygiene Kits: shampoo, conditioner, soap, mouthwash, tooth brush, tooth paste, shaving cream, razors
  • Wood
  • Chainsaws
  • Can Openers *
  • Gas Containers
  • Trash Bags
  • Sunscreen
  • Clothing in all sizes
  • ***XL Large clothing

Drop Off Locations sponsored by ISHINE 365

The Plymouth Miami: 318 21st Street Miami Beach

The Citadel: 8325 NE 2nd Avenue

The Core Group

The Core Group is collecting monetary donations for relief efforts they are making to the Bahamas next week. They are currently only accepting monetary donations and those cane be made HERE.

Sea Hunter along with UNITS of Miami and Mena Travel

Sea Hunter will be running a UNITS Container filled with supplies they are requesting tarps, batteries, flash lights, any toiletries, generators, medicines for adults and children, first aid kits, clothing and construction.

Location: 3907 SW 67 Avenue

Update: 9/18/18: no longer collecting

Menin Hospitality along with the Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Requesting:

  • Purified Water
  • Water Containers
  • First Aid Items
  • Portable Generators
  • Plastic Tarpaulin
  • Debris Removal Tools
  • Portable Outdoor Lamps
  • Water Purification Kits
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries- Paricularly D
  • Portable Radios
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Pampers, Baby Wipes, Baby Formula
  • Sanitary Napkins
  • Deodorant, Toothbrush/Tooth paste, Soap

Drop Off Location: Bodega 1220 16th Street Miami Beach, FL

Update: No longer collecting