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CNNGo in Miami: From Italian gardens to Little Havana

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

by Adeline Chen

Miami (CNN)From the shores of South Beach to Little Havana to the graffiti filled alleyways of the Wynwood District, the experiences Miami offers are as varied as the individuals that call Miami home.

Cuban born TV personality Ismael Cala walks CNN through the zen gardens of Villa Vizcaya and reminisces about his childhood over a plate of the Cuban staple, picadillo.

Chef Lorena Garcia shows us around the ever-changing Design District and tastes the fusion of Latin American flavors at her favorite Miami restaurant.

We end our journey with Jorge Gomez, a member of the Grammy-nominated band Tiempo Libre, to find out where he goes to get the best Cuban cigars and mojitos in town.

Here is just a glimpse of where we've been:

El Palacio de Los Jugos

It's a grocery store that brings the sights, smells, and sounds of street markets from all over the world to the heart of Miami.

Steaming trays of Cuban staples entice hungry shoppers while a man cracks coconuts open for thirsty patrons.

Local families incorporate this place into their routine, grabbing seats on the massive patio to have a meal.

Our favorite was the simple but delicious chicharrones, tender pieces of pork belly fried to salty perfection.

El Palacio de Los Jugos, 5721, W Flagler St., Miami; +1 305 264 8662

Ball & Chain

Ball & Chain is a watering hole whose roots go back to the Depression-era 1930s.

While most hit South Beach for their evening entertainment, the nightclub has been a go-to for decades amongst musicians and locals alike.

On any given night, the venue is hosting live performances on two stages, one trending towards salsa and the other towards jazz.

If you're a fan of discovering local artists -- and great mojito -- while traveling, Ball & Chain offers some of the best music the city has to offer.

Lorena Garcia, chef

Ismael Cala, journalist

Jorge Gomez, musician, Tiempo Libre