Carissa Chesanek

Correspondent

  • Miami, FL, USA

Carissa Chesanek is a correspondent who lives in Miami and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. She has her Master’s in Journalism and is involved in the Writers’ Network of South Florida. An avid eater and expert diner, she has used her fascination with food to write culinary-inspired pieces for various publications including CityEats.com, Dining Out Magazine, Zagat Survey and Gayot.com. When she’s not busy eating, Carissa works as the Miami Editor with Rundown.com, a locals guide to must-see places and happenings, and finishing up her first novel. Follow what she’s up to on her website, www.carissachesanek.com.

  • On June 24, 2013
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    Where can you get the best view of Miami?


    When it comes to getting a picturesque view, Miami has plenty to offer. Whether you’re sitting inside the Epic Hotel overlooking the bay, or you’re relaxing at Dune Burger Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne taking in the stunning ocean view, there’s ample sightseeing here in this city.

    However, in order to get the best view of all that Miami has to offer, you’ll need to hit up Juvia in South Beach. Sitting pretty on top of a Lincoln Road garage, Juvia is an elegant garden penthouse restaurant that offers not only a panoramic view of Miami, but also shells out a gorgeous design of deep purples and tasty French and Asian food -- especially the Lobster Salad doused in passion fruit and sea scallops Plancha with garlic chips.

    Whether you choose to sit outside with the warm evening breeze or opt to relax inside with the AC, you’ll enjoy getting a truly breathtaking view of the city.
  • On June 24, 2013
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    What should I pack for a trip to Miami?


    Ready to head to Miami, but are unsure of what exactly to bring with you in your travels? While everyone differs on what they decide to bring on their tropical getaway, here are a few essentials that are a must.

    Make sure to bring lots of sunscreen. The sun is hot here throughout the year, so no matter what season you plan on traveling to Miami, you’ll need to bring that SPF with you and apply it liberally. A ChapStick with sunscreen in it is also a good idea. Carry it around in your pocket or handbag and apply it when you’re walking around, not just while at the beach.

    Light, airy clothes. Whether you’re walking around Lincoln Road at night or you are hitting up the beach during the day, you’ll want some lightweight clothes to wear. Stick with cotton sundresses, shorts, linen pants, and short-sleeve tops. If you are traveling here in the winter, be sure to bring a light sweater just in case the evening drops down to somewhere in the mid 60’s.

    Moisturizing body lotion with aloe. After a long day out in the sun, your skin might really feel it. Be sure to bring a moisturizing body lotion you can slather on after your shower. One with shea butter or aloe should do the trick without making your skin feel to greasy.

    A swimsuit and coverup are going to be your wardrobe of choice while here, so plan accordingly. Most of your days will most likely be spent on the beach so bring a few bathings suits and cute coverups to lounge around in or to hit up a local beach bar for a mid-afternoon cocktail.

    Bright, colorful going out clothes are also a must. While you’ll want lightweight coverups for the beach and hanging out during the day, you’ll want some fun items to wear at night including colorful, body fitting dresses and bright tops paired with dress shorts or a mini.
  • On June 18, 2013
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  • On June 3, 2013
    Carissa Chesanek answered the question: Carissa Chesanek

    What are the best Cuban restaurants in Miami?


    Miami is known to provide tons of delicious Cuban food. With its very distinct Caribbean and Spanish flavors, Cuban food is always supplying the taste buds with something spicy and unique. If you’re in the mood for some authentic cuisine, here are a few places to try in this Magic City.

    Casa Larios
    Get all the authentic dishes at this South Miami staple including yummy polenta wrapped in corn husk, marinated shrimp with jalapeno peppers, breaded Cuban steak served with melted cheese, alongside some of the best Mojitos around.

    Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop
    Known as one of the best sandwich shops serving out topnotch Cuban sandwiches, this no-frills Wynwood eatery is home of other fine tasteful creations too, such as the steak sandwich with potato sticks, beef steaks and fries, along with an amazing omelet sandwich with eggs and ham.

    Islas Canarias
    Serving only delicious homemade menu items that offer traditional international cuisine inside a delightful space, featuring anything from the chicken filet stuffed with seafood to the oxtail served in a wine sauce.
  • On June 3, 2013
    Carissa Chesanek answered the question: Carissa Chesanek

    What is Miami’s dining scene like?


    From celebrity chefs providing topnotch cuisine, to beautiful waterfront spaces shelling out stunning ambiances, Miami’s dining scene has it all and continues to grow.

    While South Beach offers some staple restaurants for all to enjoy including Prime 112, Red, The Steakhouse, and Juvia, the beach isn’t the only place to grab a decadent bite in Miami. There are so many hotspots in the area to enjoy, such as heading over to the Design District for Michael’s Genuine or Harry’s Pizzeria for one of the best pies around.

    Midtown Miami, also known as area slightly equivalent to New York City’s Meat Packing District, also has lots of eateries to choose from such as Sugarcane, The Cheese Course, and Mercadito, all of which also offer a thriving Happy Hour scene.

    And while Midtown might be the place to go for bites and cocktails, Little Havana is home of the best Cuban cuisine with both intimate restaurants for dating and easy-going simple eateries for a quick bite.

    Miami continues to grow with its dining scene, offering patrons delicious places to eat from extraordinary chefs and restauranteurs around.
  • On June 3, 2013
    Carissa Chesanek answered the question: Carissa Chesanek

    What are the best clothing boutiques in Miami?


    There’s plenty of shopping to do here in Miami, from vintage clothing stores to trendy offbeat boutiques. Whatever you’re looking for in terms of fun places to shop, there are plenty of Miami boutiques to get your fix.

    Fly Boutique
    Sitting perfectly on both Lincoln Road and on Biscayne Boulevard, Fly Boutique is a small shop that has some pretty big finds. When you shop here, you’ll be able to score some amazing vintage pieces for the wardrobe that will be sure to add something fun and fresh anytime of the season.

    Alchemist
    Located right in the parking garage off Lincoln Road, the Alchemist holds a super trendy modern space for their fantastic designer labels. Find items from topnotch brands including Isabel Marant and Proenza Schouler.

    Guy & Girl
    Not only will you be able to pick up some new duds for the wardrobe here at Guy & Girl, but you’ll also enjoy finding items for your living space here too. This small elite boutique that sits directly inside the Shelborne Hotel, offers funky must-have accessories that also include adorable sunnies and funky bow-ties.
  • On June 3, 2013
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    Where are the best cocktails in Miami?


    Looking for great cocktails inside a super cool space? Well, Miami has just what you’re looking for when it comes to trying tasty concoctions inside some awesome bars and lounges. Here are just a few of the many spots to try.

    Regent Cocktail Club
    Inside this retro Havana-inspired lounge, you’ll find a sexy decor with mixologist dressed in suits, serving up carefully crafted (and very potent!) drinks such as the Hemingway.

    Juvia
    Sit up on top of this swanky penthouse with stellar views of Miami while you sip on beautiful cocktails including the Cucumber Cooler and Purple Rain.

    The Setai Miami Beach
    There is nothing classier than sipping on a drink alongside the elegant bar in The Setai Miami Beach with a beautiful backdrop of their courtyard and signature tasty cocktails like the Chili Passion Martini.

  • On June 3, 2013
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    Where are the best places to go dancing in Miami?


    When it comes to dancing, Miami has plenty to offer both its locals and its visitors. From salsa, to house beats, there are tons of places to go to enjoy dancing the night away. Hit up any of these places for some of the best dancing that this city has to offer.

    LIV Nightclub: For those who are looking for the best-of-the-best in terms of dance spaces, LIV Nightclub in the Fontainebleu has just what you’re looking for with topnotch DJs and swanky decor.

    Twist: One of the biggest and best gay nightclubs in South Beach, Twist offers dancing, drinking, and tons of entertainment all night long.

    Purdy Lounge: A staple in Miami, Purdy Lounge is a no-frills space with cheap cocktails, a plethora of different music genres, and tons of insane dancing.

    Nikki Beach: Anyone who wants to dance around in a bathing suit all day by the water will be sure to enjoy hitting up Nikki Beach right on Ocean Drive for primal dancing and people watching.
  • On June 3, 2013
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    What are the best festivals in Miami?

    Miami Book Fair
    There’s always lots to do here in Miami, and with the warm, sunny weather year round, it’s always ideal for an outdoor festival. Here are some of the top festivals held here in Miami to check out.

    Art Basel Miami Beach: People from all over, come to check out Art Basel not just for the engaging creative scene, but also for the parties and artist mingling.

    Miami Book Fair: Writers, authors, and bookworms flock the streets in downtown Miami come November to enjoy sifting through excellent deals on books and checking out fun and engaging author events and signings.

    Food Network’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival: Foodies from all over come to South Beach in February to check out top celebrity chefs cooking up delicious cuisine alongside fun and exciting after parties.

    Miami Spice Restaurant Month: From August to September, everyone who loves good food and dining in fancy restaurants, enjoys this month since all the best eateries in the area offer cheap three-course lunch and dinner menus.
  • On May 31, 2013
    Carissa Chesanek answered the question: Carissa Chesanek

    What is the hottest nightclub in Miami?

    LIV Nightclub
    Trying to narrow down the absolute hottest nightclub in Miami is quite a challenge. Since there are so many different places to go, ranging from extravagant scenes to chill hangouts, it’s tough to just pick one specific club that is the best-of-the-best. However, most people can admit that LIV Nightclub in the Fontainebleau Miami Beach is one club that everyone loves. Not only is this club fancy and situated inside an equally swanky hotel, but it is definitely the hangout for  some serious A-listers. World-renown DJ’s are always spinning and celebrities have been known to not only party here, but also host some topnotch events too. But be prepared to wait in line behind the velvet rope inside the hotel’s lobby. This is the place to go and be scene so they won’t let you in unless you’re decked out in your finest. There’s also a relatively high cover charge, but once you get inside it’s definitely an experience worth entertaining.
  • On May 31, 2013
    Carissa Chesanek answered the question: Carissa Chesanek

    What is the hottest nightclub in Miami?

    LIV Nightclub





    Trying to narrow down the absolute hottest nightclub in Miami is quite a challenge. Since there are so many different places to go, ranging from extravagant scenes to chill hangouts, it’s tough to just pick one specific club that is the best-of-the-best. However, most people can admit that LIV Nightclub in the Fontainebleau Miami Beach is one club that everyone loves. Not only is this club fancy and situated inside an equally swanky hotel, but it is definitely the hangout for  some serious A-listers. World-renown DJ’s are always spinning and celebrities have been known to not only party here, but also host some topnotch events too. But be prepared to wait in line behind the velvet rope inside the hotel’s lobby. This is the place to go and be scene so they won’t let you in unless you’re decked out in your finest. There’s also a relatively high cover charge, but once you get inside it’s definitely an experience worth entertaining.
  • On May 31, 2013
    Carissa Chesanek answered the question: Carissa Chesanek

    What is the hottest nightclub in Miami?

    LIV Nightclub











    Trying to narrow down the absolute hottest nightclub in Miami is quite a challenge. Since there are so many different places to go, ranging from extravagant scenes to chill hangouts, it’s tough to just pick one specific club that is the best-of-the-best. However, most people can admit that LIV Nightclub in the Fontainebleau Miami Beach is one club that everyone loves. Not only is this club fancy and situated inside an equally swanky hotel, but it is definitely the hangout for  some serious A-listers. World-renown DJ’s are always spinning and celebrities have been known to not only party here, but also host some topnotch events too. But be prepared to wait in line behind the velvet rope inside the hotel’s lobby. This is the place to go and be scene so they won’t let you in unless you’re decked out in your finest. There’s also a relatively high cover charge, but once you get inside it’s definitely an experience worth entertaining.
  • On May 31, 2013
    Carissa Chesanek answered the question: Carissa Chesanek

    What is the hottest nightclub in Miami?

    LIV Nightclub










    Trying to narrow down the absolute hottest nightclub in Miami is quite a challenge. Since there are so many different places to go, ranging from extravagant scenes to chill hangouts, it’s tough to just pick one specific club that is the best-of-the-best. However, most people can admit that LIV Nightclub in the Fontainebleau Miami Beach is one club that everyone loves. Not only is this club fancy and situated inside an equally swanky hotel, but it is definitely the hangout for  some serious A-listers. World-renown DJ’s are always spinning and celebrities have been known to not only party here, but also host some topnotch events too. But be prepared to wait in line behind the velvet rope inside the hotel’s lobby. This is the place to go and be scene so they won’t let you in unless you’re decked out in your finest. There’s also a relatively high cover charge, but once you get inside it’s definitely an experience worth entertaining.
  • On May 31, 2013
    Carissa Chesanek answered the question: Carissa Chesanek

    What is the hottest nightclub in Miami?

    LIV Nightclub







    Trying to narrow down the absolute hottest nightclub in Miami is quite a challenge. Since there are so many different places to go, ranging from extravagant scenes to chill hangouts, it’s tough to just pick one specific club that is the best-of-the-best. However, most people can admit that LIV Nightclub in the Fontainebleau Miami Beach is one club that everyone loves. Not only is this club fancy and situated inside an equally swanky hotel, but it is definitely the hangout for  some serious A-listers. World-renown DJ’s are always spinning and celebrities have been known to not only party here, but also host some topnotch events too. But be prepared to wait in line behind the velvet rope inside the hotel’s lobby. This is the place to go and be scene so they won’t let you in unless you’re decked out in your finest. There’s also a relatively high cover charge, but once you get inside it’s definitely an experience worth entertaining.
  • On May 31, 2013
    Carissa Chesanek answered the question: Carissa Chesanek

    What is the hottest nightclub in Miami?

    LIV Nightclub
    Trying to narrow down the absolute hottest nightclub in Miami is quite a challenge. Since there are so many different places to go, ranging from extravagant scenes to chill hangouts, it’s tough to just pick one specific club that is the best-of-the-best. However, most people can admit that LIV Nightclub in the Fontainebleau Miami Beach is one club that everyone loves. Not only is this club fancy and situated inside an equally swanky hotel, but it is definitely the hangout for  some serious A-listers. World-renown DJ’s are always spinning and celebrities have been known to not only party here, but also host some topnotch events too. But be prepared to wait in line behind the velvet rope inside the hotel’s lobby. This is the place to go and be scene so they won’t let you in unless you’re decked out in your finest. There’s also a relatively high cover charge, but once you get inside it’s definitely an experience worth entertaining.