Handbag Pick for Resort Wear

Clemence Goudard, owner and designer of Good People


Looking for a handbag that’s perfect for resort wear and travel – something that is light, chic, and won’t break the bank so you can buy it in more than one color? Not surprisingly I found it at a PopUp shop at a stylish Mykonos themed party at Villa Azur restaurant. Read Full Post & Comments »

Cuba Travel Guide 2017: How to and Picks

At Fusterlandia, a tile “village” by Jose Fuster who has been called Cuba’s Gaudi. Pictured in front of a tile mural of Granma, Granma is the yacht that was used to transport 82 fighters of the Cuban Revolution from Mexico to Cuba.


Been thinking about going to Cuba on your own? It’s easier than you think, wonderful, and everyone couldn’t have been friendlier. Just back from five days and already thinking about a return trip. It’s a good idea to go now before what is sure to be, as one of the tour guides said, an “avalanche” of tourists. Here are my tips if you’re planning to go: Read Full Post & Comments »

Eating News March – Part 1


Scallops with pesto at Level 1 photo by William Oberheiser


Eating news this month features new restaurants to watch for, great ladies’ night deal, new Greek dining options, dining promo at always delicious spot SUGARCANE, and last but certainly not least, a review of new Brickell eatery and entertainment spot, Level 1 Miami. Part 1 in a two part series. Read Full Post & Comments »

Karen’s Kudos March

Ermanno Scervino


Karen’s Kudos this month brings the first Miami meditation center, a to die for high fashion boutique from Florence for men and women , place to shop where designer discounts are 70 to 90%,  exhibit of 21 Israeli artists on the subject of “Wonder Woman”, and a rare visit to South Florida by Doctors without Borders. You won’t want to miss these hot tickets: Read Full Post & Comments »

Quality Meats Miami: a Relook

Tiradito of mackerel, one of the menu items from the new chef


Quality Meats Miami is one of my preferred places  for a special occasion. As you know, when the top chef changes, it could be a bad thing or a good thing, even when a restaurant is part of a leading management group which tends to have more quality control than independents. So when I got word about a new Executive Chef Daniel Ganem on the scene, off I went to the Miami Beach steakhouse to check it out.  For Ganem, this new position represents a return to his Miami roots where he has worked at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, BLT Steak, Bourbon Steak and Aqua. Read Full Post & Comments »

VB, Casual Sartorial Elegance from Rome


VB from Rome is a wonderful new addition to Miami men’s boutiques. The clothes remind me of the casual sartorial elegance of George Clooney, international sophisticates, and top art gallerists. And better yet, the price tags are mostly three figures. Read Full Post & Comments »

Mykonos’ Finest, One Day Only, March 12


Been wanting to go to Mykonos to check out the legendary party scene, globally renowned DJs,  and the new post modern Greek cuisine?  Here’s your chance in Miami — for one day only, brunch and dinner, on March 12. Read Full Post & Comments »

A Must Do for Donut Lovers March 30


Mojo Donuts, last year’s award winner photo courtesy of New Times Broward-Palm Beach


If, like me, you love donuts, you will not want to miss the second annual festival devoted exclusively to one of America’s favorite sweets on March 30th. Called Donuts!2017, it’s South Florida’s only donut festival and was a sellout last year. Find your favorite classics (glazed, jelly) and creative combos such as Kentucky bacon bourbon beyond your wildest imagination. Plus, you can eat donuts to your heart’s content as they’re unlimited. Last year over 14,000 were served!  Donuts! 2017 will take place on Thursday, March 30th, from 6p.m. – 10 p.m. at MAPS Backlot – 342 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127. Read Full Post & Comments »

A Picnic in Miami


When was the last time you had a picnic in Miami? Now doesn’t that sound like a wonderful idea, especially this time of year when it’s cool and comfortable? The always innovating top chef Peter Vauthy of one of my “go to” restaurants, Red The Steakhouse, has come up with suggested menu ideas and for you shrimp lovers, shares one of his most popular shrimp recipes. Read Full Post & Comments »

Worth a Detour: Works by Saudi Arabian Female Artist

Manal Al Dowayan_Misunderstood Sounds


How many times do we get to see art by a Saudi Arabian artist, and a woman no less, in Miami, even at Art Basel?  Interestingly enough, the invitation to the opening of “I Am Here”, the exhibition of photography, installation and mixed media by Manal AlDowayan came on the heels of my having read a fascinating article about the new Saudi Arabian  editor of Vogue Arabia. Read Full Post & Comments »