We women certainly enjoy seeing well dressed men and in fact, many of us help choose clothes for husbands or boyfriends (and have an opinion on the subject!). At the same time, I thought it was time that MiamiCurated featured a Fabulous Friday choice for men’s style, especially since 40% of my readers are men. Read Full Post & Comments »
Few people could pull off a sophisticated supper club that’s at the same time unpretentious and casual. That is, few besides Thea Goldman. And add to that an eclectic mix of people, very good food and an intimate, romantic atmosphere (seats 40), and you have a winning formula. Thea’s Supper Club is in what is now a convenient albeit outlying area, 1951 NW 7th Avenue (corner of 20th St.). T.305-777-3777.
You’ve heard it before. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. But bet you haven’t heard this one. Read Full Post & Comments »
As many of you know, brunch is a popular institution up north. Of course, particularly in winter in New York, Chicago or other points north, there’s no competition from the beach, boating,or other outdoor activities. So, brunch has been slow to catch on here with primarily luxury hotels offering the weekend special or, at the other end of the spectrum, middle of the road eateries. Now, happily things are changing with more solid options of fine fare, quality service, reasonable prices, and attractive surroundings.
One of those new options we tried out was The Oceanaire Seafood Room, 900 South Miami Avenue, in Mary Brickell Village (t.305-372-TUNA). With large tables spaced well apart, leafy trees for shade, and professional service in a café atmosphere, it’s a delightful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. But of course, the food needs to be up to Miamicurated’s picky standards, as well it is. First, the menu offers a well chosen selection heavy on the seafood selections, from oysters, mussels and crab cakes, to seafood salads (love the seafood cobb with crabmeat and shrimp), caviar, and the freshest of fish served grilled or broiled.
After all, though, this is brunch so we had to throw carb caution to the wind and try the breakfast style selections. Our favorite hands down, and one of Chef Roc’s picks, was the fried chicken and Belgian waffle with maple syrup. The chicken was filleted and perfectly fried, crispy without a hint of grease, and tender inside. To my surprise it was an exciting counterpoint to the waffle and syrup. We longed for more. Then, we tried the seafood scramble — scrambled eggs, crab, shrimp, smoked salmon and onions, rich with chunky pieces of lump crabmeat. We decided to pass up a house specialty and crowd favorite, the Oceanaire jumbo lump crabcake benedict (a little rich for our tastes), but didn’t forgo the Nueske farms breakfast meat platter with sausage, Canadian bacon and oh that Nueske bacon – thick, rich in flavor, and well charred. In a caloric orgy (no dinner for us), we also had some hashed browns and to be “healthy”, assorted vegetables.
Desserts aren’t on the menu (thank goodness) and we didn’t even ask. Two espressos and we were on our way, walking home on a fine winter day and ready for a siesta. Brunch at Oceanaire Seafood Room averages about $30 a person including a mimosa or bloody mary, tax and service (higher for fish entrees).
Miami is full of cultural gems, the challenge is finding them. I found the latest one thanks to a friend who is a serious jazz buff. It’s jazz station WDNA’s monthly Jazz History Talks. This free series is in the station’s studios at 2921 Coral Way held on the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. through May. And there’s one tonight!
“This lecture series is a part of a broader learning initiative for the purpose of educating the public about Jazz. The lens of history is only one vantage point from which Jazz can be studied,” says series curator and WDNA 88.9FM Board Member Jim Gasior. The series offers the opportunity to learn about jazz from musicians and scholars who share insights, expertise, and stories focusing not only on jazz history, but also on how to be an effective listener. Here’s the lineup including a talk this evening:
February 25, 2014
Rodolfo Zuñiga, Drummer, Professor
“Bird, Diz, and Monk” A closer look at the music of the founders of Bebop.
March 25, 2014
Shelton “Shelly” Berg, Dean University of Miami Frost School of Music, Pianist, Composer.
“The Great American Songbook – Great art in small packages” From a small group of mostly immigrant musicians, born around the turn of the 20th century, sprang a remarkable art form of compact songs derived from a limited body of musical material. These songs changed history and world’s consciousness.
April 29, 2014
Dr. Ed Calle, Miami Dade College Music Business Professor, and Two-Time Latin Grammy Nominee
“John Coltrane – The Man, Music, and Legacy” The Music and Legacy of John Coltrane explores and celebrates Coltrane’s monumental musical contributions and their empowering influence throughout the jazz continuum.
May 27, 2014
Jim Gasior, Jazz Pianist and Educator, New World School of the Arts
“1959 and the proliferation of Jazz styles” What’s so special about 1959
Before or afterwards, grab a bite at neighborhood ethnic restaurants Jardim de Portugal or Old Lisbon (both have terrific sardines) or Peruvian eatery Farolito for a wonderful evening out. You can check out my earlier reviews for more information.
Being in the travel business for many years I’ve tried numerous brands of luggage and price categories, from New York’s purveyor of luxe leather goods T. Anthony and Tumi to Halliburton’s aluminum case and lower cost models like Delsey and Atlantic and more. I had just about given up on finding “the” luggage, when I had a serendipitous episode.
Walking up New York’s Madison Avenue a window caught my eye for the adorable Swarovski encrusted travel boxes. I went into the shop, Hides in Shape, (555 Madison Avenue, T. 800-786-4804) ending up buying one of the boxes and got into a conversation with the owner Harry Chatmajian about travel. He asked me if I knew about the German made Rimowa suitcases that are favored by celebs ranging from Milla Jovovich, Diane Kruger, and Bradley Cooper to Tom Morris, design editor of style icon Monocle magazine. Then he proceeded to give me a demo, taking a side of a suitcase and folding it. Now that got me interested.
It turns out that the company has been around since 1898 and you could arguably say it’s the Mercedes Benz of luggage. Depending on the model, they’re made of virgin polycarbonate or aluminum, which are exceptionally light (as little as 7 pounds for a 29” model) and durable (in this month’s Departures magazine they write “it could withstand a stampede of rhinos’). Obviously they won’t tear, and if they do happen to get dented, can be pushed back into shape. Plus, all models come with a five-year guarantee. Not only will Harry repair a case from his workshop on site, but also he’ll ship it back for free.
But there’s much more. In several of the models there are flex dividers with mesh pockets which serve to compress clothes and hold them in place, as well as ensure there’s maximum capacity. A combination lock allows for maximum security, and my favorite feature is a concealed, popup strap that will hold a large tote, briefcase or handbag. Double wheels with ball bearings make the case almost fly when you turn it around, and also wheeling it upright very easy if that’s what you like. And the look — suitable for any fashionista. In the top line called Topas, there are metallic shades. And speaking of the Topas line as well as some of the polycarbonate cases, the telescopic handle was designed so it stops wherever you want it to rather than at predestinated places. My favorite are the colors of the best selling Salsa Air line – pink, baby blue, purple, white and more. There are 7 lines in all and a complete line of six pieces includes a makeup case with dividers. Each suitcase comes with a leather tag with silver or gold embossing with your initials compliments of Hides in Shape, a lovely detail.
Harry told me they’re the largest seller in the country, easily selling 15 to 20 cases a day in store or from their website (you can also see the boxes I mentioned). I bought a piece of the luggage and took it home with me and enjoyed every minute. Now I’m spoiled and definitely plan to add to the set.
Isn’t it wonderful that we have the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), this year running March 7-16! The problem is that with 93 feature films and 28 short films (from 38 countries no less), most of us don’t have the time, patience or expertise to choose which films to go to. Read Full Post & Comments »