A perfect thing to do in summer and with guests from out of town is a unique sunset cruise Miami called Seabirds on the Bay. And there’s not only one coming up July 27, but it’s a full moon cruise!Thanks to a tip from a loyal reader and good friend, Francinelee, I found out about this gem of an outing. And by the way, be sure to scroll down to the end of every blogpost and see the images from Instagram, some exciting ones that don’t make their way into the blog since there are only two posts a week.
This month on the sixth anniversary of MiamiCurated I’m happy to launch the new, more contemporary design with more images and along with it, a mobile friendly site which a lot of you mentioned you wanted. Love to hear your comments, suggestions! Thank you for your readership and loyalty! Kicking off the new design is a post on Farmer’s Table.
It’s that time again, spa lovers! Miami Spa Month 2018 when spa treatments and services typically costing $200+ are reduced to set prices as low as $109 along with value added features ranging from fitness classes, and extra treatments to your own tiki hut on the beach. New this year is hot addition, The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel and Residences at The Surf Club. We’ve narrowed down all the offerings and curated a list of ten just for you. Happy Spa Month or actually months since it’s for July and August.
July in Miami is going to be a great one! From the first-ever PARAISO at FUNKSHION event for Miami Swim Week, a five-day festival honoring Ernest Hemingway and a Cuban music concert, to the 20th Annual Mango Brunch, Shakespeare by the Sea and more, there’s so much to do and see. On top of that, we’ve rounded up a bunch of year-round activities that we think would make an excellent addition to your summer to-do list.
There’s a lot of boasting these days about being farm-to-table, buying locally and through specialized purveyors. I tend to think it’s often just talk. One restaurant, Essensia Miami, has always been true to that mission, even having a garden steps from the restaurant’s terrace where they grow their own herbs, eggplant and even shishito peppers. And now they have a new chef, Ilde Ferrer, who brings his varied and impressive background at Le Bernardin, French cuisine and seafood; the Setai, Asian; Union Square Café, American; and Ortanique, Caribbean, to the table. The result is dishes that are creative, while bringing out the flavors of the ingredients. And two of the dishes are earmarked for my roundup of Best of the Year.
Since my return from the long trip, I’ve been making up for lost opportunities, out on the eating trail. Here’s juicy Eating News for the month — a serious find for fruit pie lovers (and just in time for July 4th), great lunch and happy hour deals, a Russian restaurant and nightclub, new restaurant and eatery openings you’ll want to know about.
It’s not even peak travel season yet and many places are packed. In fact, I just read in a report by IATA (Intl. Air Transport Assn) that 204 airports worldwide are running out of capacity to accommodate additional flights! Plus, as companies put in more technology, there are fewer people at hand to help out. But if you love travel, you adapt, and “survival tactics” need to come into play. Here are some of my tried and true travel tips 2018, and others I learned after a recent eight city trip. Love to hear your suggestions and comments as well, as I know a lot of you out there are well traveled.
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.
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 surprises, revelations and curious observations I thought you’d enjoy reading about (even if you’ve been there before), with images of course.