Departures is an American lifestyle magazine published by Time Inc.
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NoteStreams By Departures
Everyone agrees. Miami is America’s hottest metropolis, our current conurbation of cool, but it hasn’t always been that way. When I first checked out Miami, back in 1980, the city was universally denounced as a pariah destination—unfashionable as well as doomed.
Esquire magazine sent me down there because I was a war correspondent. My assignment: to figure out what the hell was going on in the erstwhile palm-fringed paradise that all of a sudden had become America’s most notorious dateline. The first thing I discovered, as you still discover today, is that Miami is full of surprises. It just isn’t what you expect.
The Internet has done nothing if not bring the world to our fingertips—and our pantries. In a click, we can source caviar from Russia, Wagyu beef from Japan, saffron from Italy—fulfilling our palates' latest whims in an instant. But finding what you’re after and enjoying the experience of the search don’t always go hand-in-hand—especially when it comes to the bar cart. Thankfully, two online retailers make the experience of shopping for rare and high-end spirits as pleasurable as drinking them.