Mira Five Stars

 

When we walked into Mira Five Stars and saw the sumptuous decor, my first thought was maybe this restaurant would be about show and not substance. What I happily found was food and a dining experience that matched the quality of the surroundings, plus Mirko Caldino,  the talented Executive Chef from Liguria who has worked at Putin’s dacha outside of Moscow. Even better news is they’re offering luncheon and dinner prixe fixe menus that offer quality and value as an introduction to the new restaurant. Read Full Post & Comments »

Russia Surprises

From lilacs and tulips to iris and narcissus, spring flowers were everywhere in Moscow and St. Petersburg

 

What will World Cup visitors to Moscow find? All I can say is nothing prepared me for the Russia I saw on my recent trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg with New York Times Journeys in coordination with Abercrombie & Kent, one of a terrific series of educational trips led by a bureau chief, editor or contributor to the Times joined by guest lecturers.In this blogpost I’ve chosen not to describe many of the tourist sights – you can find that in any guidebook or travel article. Here are Russia travel surprises, revelations and curious observations I thought you’d enjoy reading about (even if you’ve been there before), with images of course. Read Full Post & Comments »

Fabulous Friday: Cafetera Ring

The Cafetera ring

 

A perfect gift for the person who can’t get enough coffee. Works too for those of us who like jewelry that’s sure to be a topic of conversation. It’s the two inch tall sterling silver ring that’s a “cafetera”. Yes, you got it right – it’s styled like a Cuban coffee machine, complete with a lid that you can raise, created by Santayana Jewelry. Read Full Post & Comments »

Bucket List: Azerbaijan

The Old City and in the distance the futuristic three Flaming Towers

 

Azerbaijan, little known even to the well traveled, conjures up images of the exotic, perhaps a little “wild and wooly” and as only being for the intrepid traveler.  What’s it like? Images tell it all along with some fascinating facts about Azerbaijan travel. Read Full Post & Comments »

Our Favorite Lunch Deals

Bulla Gastrobar

 

By Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly

 

Looking for a wonderful spot for lunch Miami that’s also a deal? Here are our eight favorites around town. Most aren’t cheap, but considering the stylish settings, service, quality of the food and you get three courses, they offer value for the money. Plus, you get a chance to try hot spots that are a lot pricier at night. Happy lunching! Read Full Post & Comments »

Miami’s Most Stylish Bars

Dragon Lounge at Katsuya

 


By Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly

 

Drinking is a sport here in the Magic City, but only the most in-the-know locals know where to go to do it right at the top bars Miami. For a night out (or even just a happy hour!) that fuses good drinks with surroundings designed to dazzle, sip on something sophisticated at these stylish Miami bars, below. Cheers! Read Full Post & Comments »

June Events for All Tastes

Redlands Summer Fruit Festival

 

By: Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly

 

The beat keeps on in Miami in June with lots of events. Our picks for the month: from the first ever Coral Gables Culinary Month, French Fete de La Musique and Redland Summer Fruit Festival, to a special flamenco performance of the famous “Amor Brujo” and astronomy happening.  We love these things to do Miami —and we think you will, too! Read Full Post & Comments »

Art Trips from SoFL Museums

One of the trips offered by the NSU Art Museum

 

By Josie Gulliksen and Yours Truly

 

Did you know that many of the leading South Florida Museums are offering curated art tours with access to exclusive collections, behind the scenes tours, and talks by art historians? They include domestic and international destinations ranging from Rome and Florence to Peru, Los Angeles, Asia, the Biennale and possibly even the Congo!  Most are offered to upper level members and donors. Here’s what coming up for later this year and early 2019. And if you plan to do your own art inspired trip, there’s a site I just discovered that features the best private art museums and foundations around the world. Read Full Post & Comments »

Eating News May

Rotisserie chicken at Le Chick photo courtesy of Time Out Miami

 

 

Get ready for lots of  Eating News this month. Read about a fave new spot for comfort food in Wynwood straight from Amsterdam, another newcomer to the Brickell area with American and Venezuelan favorites, Malibu Beach Miami at the Nobu Eden Roc, famed chef Thomas Keller’s new restaurant opening, sure- to- be- a- new hot spot Novikov,  and more “light bites” you’ll want to know about.  Read Full Post & Comments »

Do’s and Don’ts of a Spray Tan

 

With all of this rain we’re having getting a tan is a challenge. Plus, with ocean temperatures more comfortable for us locals, and with that, more beach days, thoughts turn to looking good in our bathing suits  and  a full body spray tan. Having seen too many people with the “orange” look, I talked to Fabiola Trujillo of Sobe Tan, one of the top tanning salons Miami and a celebrity favorite, for a list of everything you’d want to know about getting a great spray tan. Read Full Post & Comments »