ask Jessica about
coffee shop • art galleries • asian food
What do you do and why do you do it?
I created the Palmpress coffee press, a personal craft coffee press for hot and cold brew coffee (www.palmpress.coffee). The idea started as a way to improve my coffee ritual, and it led me on a journey to learn about people and their day to day. I learned that good coffee is sometimes as much about the break you give yourself, or the memory of a city where you bought the beans, as it is about the quality of ingredients and brewing technique. I'm proud that Palmpress can play a part in giving people that moment. It's a reminder to really taste your coffee, and to not miss good things.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Right now, probably the Big Little Lies soundtrack.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
I'm going 90s - I loved Boy Meets World, Fresh Prince
Name some spots in Miami that are good for a Tinder date.
I missed the Tinder scene but I'd say Lagniappe for drinks and live music, Perez Art Museum for an activity, All Day for a coffee, KUSH for beers, and NIU Kitchen or Fooq's for an awesome dinner.
Who’s your hero and where in Miami would you take them out for a serious hang?
One of my entrepreneur heroes is S'well founder Sarah Kauss. I'd suggest the Perez Art Museum (both their indoor and outdoor space is beautiful) and ask her a million questions!
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I don't shop often, but when I do it's sort of spontaneous. The last shirt I bought was from a men's store in Vegas while out with my husband. Generally I prefer to shop at boutiques like Frankie in Miami's Sunset Harbour neighborhood.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Gotta appreciate every neighborhood for what it is.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Maybe just walking around without an agenda, especially because I love the weather here. I really liked that about NYC, being on foot all the time and letting the day develop step by step. I guess since Miami's more of a car town, I don't make enough of a point to stroll around as much as I'd like to.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Miami and where did you get it?
More so an event than a dish, but I'm going with Zuma's seemingly endless brunch (Japanese). At about $95pp it's way more affordable than a non-brunch at Zuma, and it's absolutely delicious. There's a raw bar, noodles and soups, yummy meats, sushi and sashimi, hot entrees, rice pots to share, refreshing dessert, and all the drinks - notably the Zuma iced tea with sake.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Miami that you particularly like?
I love the Martini Bar at the Raleigh hotel. It's cozy and classic.
What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Miami? How much did it cost and what did you get there?
Nobu. A lot of sushi, black cod with miso, wagyu beef. I didn't see the final bill!
What restaurant in Miami looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Cake Thai Kitchen at 7919 Biscayne Blvd - it kinda feels like you're eating in a small old convenient store or something. The food is indeed amazing and it's BYOB. I do hear they're renovating, though! You can also check out the new-ish Wynwood location that's rather awesome.
Where can you get the best cocktail in Miami? Which one do you like?
I really liked the cocktails at Cypress Tavern, but unfortunately it recently closed. Other great spots for cocktails: martini bar at the Raleigh, Regent Cocktail Club at the Gale, Employees Only, Broken Shaker.
Where would you take your partner in Miami if you wanted to really pamper them?
I'd treat them to a weekend at the St Regis in Bal Harbour. Ocean-front room + day villa + spa appointments + non-stop room/villa service!
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Hmm I recommend finding a Trader Joe's and hunting down their mini peanut butter cups, then try to not eat the whole tub in a couple days.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Miami?
If you're new to Miami I think it's worth popping through the touristy areas like Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road at some point, but there's definitely way more to the city.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Miami?
Probably the Design District. It's a sleepy neighborhood with super high-end retail that most people can't shop at, however! I think it's a nicely designed area and I like going for the views. The architecture is low and feels more charming. More food spots and approachable retail are coming in, as well as the new museum for Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. I just think it's the perfect little neighborhood to grab a coffee, walk around, swing on the swings at Palm Court, pop into ICA Miami or PRIMARY gallery, and grab a drink or pizza at one of the Michael Schwartz restaurants.
What are the Miami spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
This is hard, but maybe the South Beach and Wynwood areas. South Beach: Even if touristy nightlife isn't your thing, it's worth walking along Ocean/Collins Ave just to experience a bit of the hype :) Enjoy the beach, pop into iconic hotels, check out the Bass Museum, then walk north a few blocks to the Broken Shaker for drinks. Uber/Lyft across the bridge (enjoy the water views!) to Wynwood: This young neighborhood represents part of the evolved Miami. Expect to see art-covered buildings, plenty of galleries and places to grab a bite, a Saturday market, and great energy.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Miami. How do you spend it?
I'd meet friends at Soho House, Broken Shaker, or Lagniappe (indoor/outdoor places where you can eat, drink, and be merry).
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
We'll always have Paris. Walkability, history, architecture, bread, art, endless inspiration.