There are two things that Miami Beach seems to have a lot of these days: constant change and Italian restaurants. Many Miami natives sometimes wonder whatever happened to the quirky SoBe they knew back when Gianni Versace held court there, and it seems as if for the non Miami Beach resident, every subsequent visit to the southern reaches of Collins Avenue reveals more change, more commercialization, and a sense of frustration. As much as we may not like to hear it, there seems to be no going back to the 90s for Miami Beach, and the few remnants of 20th century seem to get polished up and renovated one by one almost every day. Then there are the denizens of Italian restaurants dotting almost every imaginable storefront and hotel lobby, apparently making South Beach a chic, sexy little Italy of the 21st century. There are, obviously, a great deal of bad restaurants, a great many more mediocre ones, but still enough fantastic Italian restaurants to warrant at least an occasional visit for any foodie. A recent dinner at Dolce in the newly renovated Gale South Beach showed that all the change on SoBe can actually be a good thing and that Miami Beach continues to be a destination for some of the best Italian fare.
Last week, country music star Trace Adkins joined Maxwell House and volunteers to help renovate the Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Drops of Good: The Maxwell House Community Project is put together by Rebuilding Together and brings together loyal Maxwell House drinkers and communities that could use their help.
The project has helped to create safe and healthy homes and communities. The Urban Ministry Center was voted by the public to be one of the three community centers receiving the makeover of a lifetime, with up to $50,000 in renovations, from Maxwell House. Trace Adkins helped out with the project and was also on hand to cut the ribbon to officially unveil the completed work. Check out Trace in action!