Posted 09/01/09

Jennifer Rodriguez: Miami, Florida

Jennifer Rodriguez: Miami, Florida
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Jennifer Rodriguez, Olympic Long Track Speedskater and two time bronze medalist, is a proud Cuban-American who hails from Miami, Florida. Since her last appearance at the 2006 Torino Olympics, her third Olympic berth, Jen has faced some daunting, major life challenges that would have made a lesser person give up altogether. Among Jennifer’s greatest struggles was the heartbreaking loss of her mother, and biggest fan, Barbara Rodriguez, who passed in June 2009 after a sixteen-year battle with breast cancer. With true aplomb, Jen courageously rose to the task at hand, winning the 2009 World Cup. Rodriguez, a determined champion, continued to train hard, and earned a coveted sport on the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Team!

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The Concierge Questionnaire: Jennifer Rodriguez,  Olympic Speedskater

What is your favorite word to describe Miami? Melting pot.

What word best reflects the people of Miami? Diverse.

What is the most creative, spiritual or emotional place in Miami? The sunrise over the ocean.

What is your favorite outdoor activity in Miami? Wakeboarding and cycling. Wakeboarding in the ocean! I like Marine Stadium, otherwise I just go to a lake at my friend's house. For cycling, Key Biscayne is nice, as well as around the Miccosukee Golf Course in Kendall Lakes.

In 1992, after Hurricane Andrew, Miami Marine Stadium was officially condemned. Originally built in 1963 for powerboat racing, a coalition has been formed promoting the refurbishing of Miami Marine Stadium.

Miami Marine Stadium:
on the Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia Key Park, in Key Biscayne Bay.

Miccosukee Golf Course and Country Club:
6401 Kendale Lakes Drive

What is your favorite indoor activity in Miami? Going out to eat. So many awesome restaurants… A family favorite for us is Sergio's on Coral Way. It’s a very casual Cuban restaurant. We go there a lot.

Sergio's: 3252 Coral Way
Please visit Sergio's for additional information on their three “Cuban comfort food” restaurant locations!

What is your favorite sound or noise in Miami? Parrots flying overhead in the morning.

What is your favorite smell or taste in Miami? Cuban food. I love sandwiches, so the media noche (roast pork sandwich) is my favorite. I also like bistec empanizado (breaded and fried steak) and ropa vieja (shredded steak in a tomato sauce). Of course cafe con leche (coffee or espresso and hot milk) and tostada (bread that may be dipped into coffee) is a must!!! Croquetas de jamon (fried ham fritters), tostones (unripe and fried plantains) and pastelitos de guayaba (guava pastery) are good treats as well.

What drink best reflects Miami? Mojito. I'm more of a beer girl; I actually don't really drink hard liquor. But if one were to think of Miami, I feel a mojito would come to mind!

A Mojito, a cocktail with Cuban origins, is traditionally made of white rum, powdered sugar or sugar cane juice, lime, sparkling water, and crushed fresh mint. It's served in a highball glass over ice.

What song or type of music best reflects Miami? Salsa. I don't really know how to dance salsa, but I love the music. It just makes you want to move. I'll listen to La Kalle 98.3FM when I'm in the salsa mood. They play some catchy stuff.

If Heaven were Miami, what would God say to a visitor when they arrive at the Pearly Gates? Make sure to lock your car doors and have fun!!!

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