Fabulous Friday: Wetsuit for Office and Surfing

True Wetsuits


With this new wetsuit for men, you can wear it to work in the morning and to surf in the afternoon — no need to change. It’s the latest wrinkle in clothes for leisure and work.  There’s also a tuxedo version. Read Full Post & Comments »

Rhino Doughnuts & Coffee

By Kayla Louttit


Extraordinary certainly describes Rhino Doughnuts & Coffee, the South-Florida based gourmet doughnut shop with three current locations in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Boca Raton and Sunrise. From chef-made classic flavors like Chocolate Ganache and Colored Sprinkles to bold offerings like Maple Bacon, PB&J and S’mores, their variety of decadent doughnuts offers an elevated foodie-type experience of a favorite sweet treat.  Also find out about a revival of a classic doughnut shop in Miami Read Full Post & Comments »


Guggenheim museum, a magazine collage by Vik Muniz


A good friend has been talking to me for sometime about doing a New York City version of MiamiCurated. Finally, I took the first step – registering the domain. So there’s now a NewYorkCityCurated.com and I’m looking for an Associate Editor to get it launched. In the meantime, here are some finds from a recent visit. Read Full Post & Comments »

5 Fun Things to Do in Miami: October

Taylor Swift (Photo by Scott Barbour/TAS/Getty Images for TAS)


By Jennifer Agress

Snowbirds are coming back, the weather is starting to cool, and the city is gearing up for “The Season” with fun things to do in Miami this month — from a Taylor Swift concert and Ikebana workshops, to glass blowing classes,  foodie events, and a one day sanctuary and yoga meditation retreat. Check out our picks below, curated just for you:


Taylor Swift: THE 1989 WORLD TOUR

When: October 27th

Where: American Airlines Arena

Cost: $36.50+


The GRAMMY-winning, beautiful and inspiring ‘girl next door’ herself, Taylor Swift, is coming to Miami for her “The 1989 World Tour.” Bringing her hot dance moves, incredible voice and popular hits — like “Style,” “Shake It Off,” and “Love Story” — with her, Taylor Swift is sure to rock the Magic City like she never has before. To purchase tickets for the event, click here.

Hollywood Hot Glass

Learn to blow glass at Hollywood Hot Glass

Hollywood Hot Glass

When: Whenever You Want

Where: Hollywood Hot Glass

Cost: Private Lessons, $100+


Ready to get creative? Head to Hollywood Hot Glass, one of the largest and most “hands-on” glass studios on the East Coast to learn how to blow your own piece of colorful glass art. Offering everything from private lessons with renowned artists, to free live demonstrations, group sessions, and a gallery of artist-blown pieces to purchase and take home for yourself, Hollywood Hot Glass promises a cool, different and interesting experience sure to bring out the true artist in you. Hollywood Hot Glass is located at One Young Circle, Hollywood, FL 33020.

Taste Paradise Key Biscayne

Taste Paradise Key Biscayne


Taste Paradise: Key Biscayne’s Version of Miami Spice

When: October 9th – 25th

Where: Participating Restaurants

Cost: Casual Dining (Breakfast, $10, Lunch, $15, Dinner, $25) and Fine Dining (Breakfast, $15, Lunch, $20, Dinner, $35)


Coming to the shimmering sands of Key Biscayne for the first time this year, Taste Paradise will bring together some of Key Biscayne’s best restaurants for a worldwide culinary tour . Hosted by the Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center — and featuring top restaurants like Cantina Grill at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Ayesha Saffron Indian Restaurant, Milanezza, Francesco’s at the Towers, The Golden Hog and more — this two-week event invites locals and tourists alike to enjoy haute breakfast, lunch, dinner and special brunch pre-fixe menus for a reasonable price. For more information about Taste Paradise, visit www.tasteparadisekb.com.


The Palms Hotel & Spa

Sanctuary Yoga and Meditation retreat

Sanctuary Yoga and Meditation Retreat

When: Sunday, October 11, 9:00 AM to 3 PM

Where: The Palms Hotel & Spa

Cost: $95

Sanctuary is a one day yoga and meditation retreat in nature at The Palms Hotel & Spa. Treat yourself to a mindful oasis with Vanessa Scotto and Amy Dannheim. This one day retreat is said to reawaken your soul with nourishing yoga sessions, guided earth meditations, peaceful time relaxing at The Palms’ lush tropical gardens, pool, and beach, and a healthy and delicious lunch from Essensia Restaurant.
Also included is pool and beach access and 25% off AVEDA spa treatments (reserve in advance). For more information, click here.



Ikebana class at OLLI of the U of M


When: Tuesday, October 27th, 3 PM

Where: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Miami

Cost: $20 Material Fee


Ikebana is the praised Japanese art of flower arrangement, and at the University of Miami’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), those interested in learning how to do it themselves now have a fun opportunity to do so. Led by Grand Master Mieko Kubota, the President of the Ikebana International Miami Chapter 131, this workshop is perfect for beginners and experienced artists alike. To register for the workshop, call 305-284-6554. Seating is limited to the first 15 people who register.


Post Event Photo Gallery: Rock the Casbah

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Missed the Rock the Casbah party at ImperioJP? Here’s a photo gallery of some of the party goers — MiamiCurated readers and the shop’s friends and clients. Read Full Post & Comments »

One Stop for Broadway Theater Reviews

New Broadway theater site


You’ve read here about a terrific one stop review site for movies, Metacritic. And now, finally, there’s a new one for New York theater — Broadway reviews as well as Off and Off Off Broadway. It scores shows that run for more than seven days based on a wide and weighted array of critic reviews and audiences can also rate the shows as in popular site TripAdvisor.They say they cull information from over 500 sites.  And there’s more. Read Full Post & Comments »

Hot Ticket in Miami #5

Tokyo Blue Miami, a top concierge’s hot ticket pick


By Irene Moore

What are Miami’s hottest restaurants? Which are the ones that concierges, the REAL insiders, recommend? Here is the fifth  tip from another of Miami’s top hotel concierges, Jorge Rocha from the Viceroy Miami. For hot tickets 1-4, click here.

What is the “Hot Ticket” Restaurant that you recommend (other than the one in your hotel)? The restaurant that I highly recommend to my guests is called Tokyo Blue. It’s an Asian Fusion restaurant/Ultra Lounge that blends Japanese, Thai, and Peruvian-American cuisine. They have great sushi, with a sushi river which is a conveyor belt going around with fresh sushi. The seabass will melt in your mouth.

How does a hotel guest get an in-demand reservation? The best tip would be to speak to your concierge, who usually has contacts with the managers or hostesses.

What time is best to go? They have a wonderful happy hour menu until 7pm and Friday nights they have a live DJ.

What is the best night to go? Thursday nights they have live music from 9pm until 2am.

Which is the best table? It’s a small restaurant so there are great tables by the window or you can sit right by the sushi moat.

What’s the crowd like? The restaurant morphs into an Ultra Lounge for the after-dinner crowd and those who want a cool late night scene after exiting the game or concert at nearby AAA Arena. Blue lights, a blue acrylic floor and that blue-lit sushi river make it even cooler.

Tokyo Blue Miami, 139 NE 3rd Ave., Miami, FL 33132, 786-406-6670.

Thanks to:

Jorge Rocha

Chief Concierge

Viceroy Miami




5 Fashion and Food Finds

KruZin sneakers


One of the questions in my new feature Ask Karen was how I get my inspiration for blogposts. One of the best ways is just walking around and looking at storefronts, especially in South Beach, where you can find an unexpected jewel next to a tacky hookah or fast food shop. Here are some finds from recent outings, from a neighborhood Mediterranean gem and some of the best fried chicken in town to Miami boutiques offering custom espadrilles, high fashion sneakers from soon-to-be-very-hot Brazilian designer Alessandra Gold, and a Parisian import. Read Full Post & Comments »

Join me at Rock the Casbah Sept. 30


A themed day to evening, ROCK the CASBAH at IMPERIOjp, 7500 N.E. 4th Court, will combine a love of travel, unique fashion finds from all over the world, exotic Middle Eastern nibbles, music and dance; cocktails; and more on September 30 starting at  1 p.m. Join me and other readers and friends of owners Jessica (ex investment banker) and Gabriella at this Silk Road party (I’ll be there from 5 to 9 p.m.) and what promises to be an interesting group of people as well. Read Full Post & Comments »

Travel Compression Socks for Flying

Years ago I bought my first pair of travel compression socks for flying and have been praising the day ever since. I wouldn’t dream of taking a flight over 3 hours without them. And then I also wear a pair the first day when walking to get over jet lag. Recently it was time to buy some more. Who can sort through all of the choices?  To the rescue, a fellow travel blogger Sue Reddel of Food Travelist wrote an excellent guide she allowed me to share with you readers. Read Full Post & Comments »