Thunderstorms may have rocked much of Miami-Dade County last night, but the wet weather wasn't enough to keep the winos from joining French-native Florent Blanchet in celebrating the two year anniversary of his W Wine Bistro .
"Any excuse for a party," grinned Blanchet between monster-size gulps of bubbles -- Laurent Perrier to be exact. He wasn't the only one throwing back the good stuff.
About 50 people crammed into the tiny space (next door to Barton G in the Design District) and gluttonously guzzled free-flowing champers and nibbles. Since opening with former partner Eddy Le Garrec in March 2005, Blanchet has amassed a loyal following of winos and foodies, many of whom showed up to show some love for the good old grape.
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Even the homeless dude wandering around outside stopped in.
We all know how fab the area is becoming and the odds of running into a pipe smoking cracky are slim, but the region is still rife (or rank, perhaps?) with local flair.
For example, step outside of the euro-inspired bistro with a slice of prosciutto in hand and a full glass of bubbles, place them on the table while reaching for a cigarette, and, voila! -- a shoeless guy will pop out from behind a lamppost and thieve the lot.
Cheers! --Joanne Green