About Chris O
Lives in London
Since Aug 2007
Hi. I’m Chris, an American freelance creative living in London. I keep busy working as a blogger, photojournalist, community manager, consultant, curator and more. The opportunities and challenges keep getting bigger, better and more meaningful for me every year! I’m having so much fun. Favorite destinations are many and my list of must-see places to visit seems to get longer the more I travel! I’m a huge fan of Lisbon, Istanbul and Queenstown – to name but a few preferred repeat locations. I also love heading back to the States every chance I find and cannot get enough of the Deep South – Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas – and Hawaii holds a particularly special place in my heart as well. And even though I’ve been based in London for years, it and the whole of Britain still yield myriad wonders for me.
This Little Havana institution is the world's most famous Cuban restaurant (according to the owners anyway). It's probably the world's largest Cuban restaurant too. Along with the bakery and takeout area, Versailles seats more than 350 people. And because it's popular among local Cuban exiles and tourists alike for its connection to anti-Castro politics, the vast majority of these 350-plus seats are filled most of the time too. But it's not just the chance to dine like a local in a historic setting that draws 'em in – the food is excellent. Versailles' Cubano, as you might expect, is a classic.
It's no wonder why this bustling South Beach eatery is popular with the Miami Beach Cuban community. At Las Olas Cafe, the Cubano is epic and the coffee is high grade jet fuel (delicious too). Portions are ample, prices are low (especially for SoBe) and service is brisk (if brusque).
Nowhere near as flashy as most of its SoBe competitors, this stalwart of the Collins Avenue strip nevertheless knows how to reel 'em in: with a solid reputation for excellent food, efficient service and a no-nonsense approach to dining. Puerto Sagua's Cuban sandwich is the definition of comfort food. Whether you wander in for breakfast, lunch, dinner or that all important post-clubbing fourth meal, this is the place to soak Miami Beach's cosmo atmo - minus the glitz. Visiting celebrity chefs, vacationers, snowbirds, club kids and locals of all stripes... everybody seems to love this place.
One of Florida's most sensational restaurants, Toro Toro restaurant at the Intercontinental is probably as good a reason as any to head into Downtown Miami. Helmed by Chef Richard Sandoval, the upmarket Pan Latin chophouse and bar has been wowing patrons in high style since it opened just a few years back.
A tour of Miami's first distillery, Destilería Canéca, is a great way to support local industry. Set in the trendy Wynwood neighborhood, Destilería Canéca is the birthplace of Florida's own Miami Club Rum, a new-to-market spirit that is already pulling in the awards. Made from South Florida sugarcane and other locally sourced ingredients, the hand-crafted nectar is smooth, sexy and great for mixing.
Situated at the nexus of Wynwood, Midtown, and the Design District, Lagniappe is a New Orleans-style wine bar and live music venue with a large outside eating area and grill. The beer selection and wine list are excellent - as is the backdrop of live jazz performed most nights.
A casual all-hours eatery in the MIMO district. Blue Collar serves a large and largely crowd pleasing assortment of comfort food favorites, including some of Miami's best burgers and “an unprecedented variety of vegetables.”
Yee haw! This popular South Beach eatery stays true to Miami's Deep South geographic location, serving up fried chicken, big fluffy biscuits, and one of the most satisfying breakfasts in town.