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 »

No Name Chinese Restaurant

Grass Fed Tenderloin, Oyster Sauce, Sesame Seeds, Broccoli Rabe and Garlic, Bib Lettuce

 

By Eleanor Hoh

No Name Chinese was started by frustrated Chinese food lovers, Heath Porter and Craig DeWald, partners from Coral Gables’ Uvaggio Bar & Restaurant fame.  Together with Colombian Executive Chef, Pablo Zitzmann and pastry chef and wife, Natalia Atuesta, they’ve made us proud. Anyone who has lived where there’s good Chinese food laments about Miami’s lack of it and I couldn’t agree more. No Name Chinese set out to turn that around and succeeded with flying colors.

Staycation FL Keys, What’s New

 

Bungalows Key Largo, Keys’ first all inclusive resort

 

It’s a great time of year to go on a Staycation to the Florida Keys – much less traffic, off season hotel rates, and no problem getting a reservation at choice spots. This year it’s even better with everything from new hotels Key West including a luxury all inclusive, the Keys’ first; more excursions and attractions by land and sea; and places to grab a beer or mojito and enjoy the sunsets. And get this, a new Hemingway Literary Day Trip to Havana from Key West International Airport. Here’s the scoop: Read Full Post & Comments »

Bartender in a Box

 

 

By Irene Moore and Yours Truly

 

 Need a drink? How about 12? I was thrilled to discover Shaker & Spoon Cocktail Club, a monthly cocktail subscription box that delivers a craft cocktail experience to your home with beautifully curated ingredients, recipes and techniques for mixing the perfect drink every time. Think Blue Apron for cocktails! Great for gifts. Read Full Post & Comments »

Exciting New Fashion Designers

One of a kind design by Claudia Gontovnik

 

Thanks to a new friend I met at my recent reader event – Chuky – I got plugged into new local fashion designers Miami and came up with some great discoveries. Must admit, I also did some damage to the pocketbook, an “occupational hazard” of being a blogger. The finds – three Latin American designers — are in the emerging Little River area which is a growing hub for creatives and art galleries. Read Full Post & Comments »

New Hot Spot: Chotto Matte

Photo by World Redeye

 

If I were to give the formula  for a  successful restaurant in Miami I’d say good or very good food,  a party atmosphere (or if not party, at least very “buzzy”), and attractive décor. Of course, a must is professional management, which is usually a restaurant group. Witness the staying power – no small thing in this town – of Baoli, Bagatelle, Zuma, and then there’s the relatively new La Petite Maison. Now there’s a new  addition to the list from London that promises to be a serious hot spot – Chotto Matte Miami . Chotto Matte is high power – the management and culinary team, the eye popping décor, and the elaborate menu offerings. Read Full Post & Comments »

Mother’s Day Miami

Seersucker Social at Vizcaya

 

By Jennifer Agress

 

From Mothers Day brunch Miami and dinners to tea and a Seersucker Social at Vizcaya, here are our picks for celebrating Mom on this special day. Check out the list for every palate and price point. Read Full Post & Comments »

May Events for All Tastes

Faena Grilling Masterclass

 

By: Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly

 

Lots of May events Miami  , from free music performances and chef-led cooking classes, to historic film presentations, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and various art events. Looking for something new to do in the Magic City? Try one of these events, listed below. We love them—and we think you will, too! Read Full Post & Comments »

La Moderna Italian Restaurant

 

Vesuvius Negroni photo by Gyorgy Papp

 

We’ve passed by La Moderna Miami Italian Restaurant & Cocktail Bar  numerous times. There’s always a good sized crowd, especially at the bar, so we decided to see what the appeal was and booked dinner. It’s a neighborhood favorite— plus it gets its share of Italians, always a good sign.  Read Full Post & Comments »

Happy Hour Deals at Top Restaurants

Caviar Russe

 

By Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly

 

It’s no surprise that dining out in Miami is becoming increasingly costly. Have you been wanting to try some of Miami’s top (and expensive restaurants) for less? Here’s your chance, with our picks of happy hour Miami deals at some of The Magic City’s priciest restaurants. Read Full Post & Comments »