Fabulous Friday – Wine Lover Gift


I had thought a corkscrew is a corkscrew, except if it’s especially easy to use and functional. But I was disavowed of this when the  Roberto Cavalli design was brought to my table for viewing at a recent dinner at his Miami restaurant and lounge (see the review). Read Full Post & Comments »

Essensia Miami

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If I were to award the prize for the best vegetables at any restaurant in Miami, there would be no hesitation about my choice  — Essensia, 3025 Collins Avenue, T.305-908-5458. It’s not just the sourcing of the products – following the farm to table approach – but also, the creativity of the pairings and the global influences. Read Full Post & Comments »

Gyu-Kaku Miami Japanese BBQ

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My new friend and wok cooking guru Eleanor Hoh, “wok star”, is one of my respected sources on Asian restaurants in Miami. She told me about Gyu-Kaku, 34 SW 13th Street (in the Infinity), T.305-4008915, a Japanese barbecue restaurant in the Brickell area.  I had also heard it was fun and affordable from some other people. Read Full Post & Comments »

Drinking Your Way Through Miami Spice 2014

Essensia La Dolce Vita


Want to make the rounds through Miami Spice 2014, but don’t have the budget? Keep your wallet happy without compromising your social life by drinking your way through Miami Spice with a different cocktail for every night of the week! Budget? $99. plus tip.  Try these signature cocktails and/or others that are Spice specials. Read Full Post & Comments »

Fabulous Friday – Hermes Clutch

A tough choice, between a black Hermes croc clutch and a Dior croc with heavy metal hardware both. They were both featured in the Wall Street Journal fashion magazine, one of my favorite lookbooks. The Hermes won the day but in case you want to see the others, click here. The price? $16,300.  Here are some other handbag picks from past posts, a Lady Dior and a Devi Kroell.

And if you like heavy metal hardware, check out these Giuseppe Zanotti leather boots with chains.


TFal OptiGrill, a Gadget Worth Having


After my last move and discovering once again kitchen gadgets and equipment not only did I not use, but I had forgotten I had, I resolved to be very selective with what I buy. Then my Panini press, which was a present, broke. This story has a happy ending for me and you– as in a contest with a prize drawing. Read Full Post & Comments »

The Setai Spa + Experience

Spa Suite


One of those perfect days in Miami. It all started with a divine cortadito  on Calle Ocho, one of the best in town. Then went on to The Setai for what was truly a spa + an experience. And all this for the spa month price of as little as $99 depending on the treatment you choose. Read Full Post & Comments »

Cavalli Restaurant Miami

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Cavalli Club, 150 Ocean Drive, T.305-695-4191,  is a fashionista’s restaurant fantasy offering high style and a menu you can imagine Italian star designer Roberto Cavalli himself would have his private chef make at home (or shall we say homes)? Read Full Post & Comments »

Save the Date for Serious Eye Candy: Oct. 7


I’m always on the lookout for fabulosity and found it at a party for Vogue Brasil . It showed itself on Isabelle,  one of the best dressed women I’ve seen in Miami, who was wearing earrings it turns out her mother creates in Colombia. Read Full Post & Comments »

Best Miami Happy Hours 2014 Part II: Miami Beach & Midtown


Cecconi’s, Miami Beach


Here’s Part II of my picks for the best Miami happy hours 2014  in different parts of the city, this time Miami Beach and Midtown. If you missed it, here’s Part I covering Brickell Avenue, Coral Gables and South Miami. All were chosen for their delicious food, buzzy atmosphere, the deal, and a decided plus is entertainment.

Miami Beach

Haven Gastro-Lounge

1237 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | (305) 987-8885

For a more fun atmosphere and something offbeat, check out Haven Lounge, right off of Miami Beach’s iconic outdoor mall and party spot, Lincoln Road. Neon lights, nitro ice cream and southern hospitality, Haven is a modern day lounge with upscale comfort food. Happy hour at Haven is every night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a selection of craft cocktails, like Fever, made with lychee, pear, Prosecco and jalapeno, for $7. Haven knows some people just need a nice beer after a long day at work, so they also offer a selection of 12 beers for $3.50 each. For dinner, Haven offers special rolls on their happy hour menu like spicy tuna ($7), cucumber truffle ($5), and kalifornia ($7).


1330 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | (305) 674-6522

This is the outpost of Michelin star, Chef Frederic Joulin, his venture into gastropubs.  The only thing better than Semilla during their regular business hours is Semilla during happy hour, at the U-shaped bar from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. everyday, with a menu of selected items at $6 each at the bar. Items vary from pot stickers, organic chicken, Blue Pointe oysters, shrimp tempura,  to passion fruit bellini’s, Florida draft beers and more.


Soho Beach House Miami 4385 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140 | (786) 507-7902

A classic Italian restaurant in the clubby SoHo House with outposts in hot spots from London and New York to Venice, Cecconi’s has a romantic setting and is the place for people watching.Happy hour specials include $4 finger foods like eggplant caponata and basil crostini and meatballs, made with san marzano tomato sauce. Drink specials include $7 select specialty cocktails and wine. Happy hour at Cecconi’s is every Tuesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.




3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33137 | (786) 369-0353

Located in the heart of Midtown, Miami’s very own little version of New York’s trendy SoHo district, SUGARCANE has a fusion menu with heavy South American and Japanese influences.  SUGARCANE’s happy hour is in the bar area only on Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with $5 American Wagyu Sliders , $3 edemame or marinated olives, $6 shrimp tempura sushi rolls and $7 Octopus aho Panca. Share $25 sangria pitchers or $35 mojito pitchers or get your own $7 specialty cocktails, wine or beer.

Oak Tavern

35 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137 | (786) 391-1818

Chef David Bracha has been part of the Miami dining scene since 1992, when he opened 411. Since then, he opened River Seafood & Oyster Bar and has recently made Oak Tavern his latest venture, which got its name from the giant oak tree that graces its outdoor patio. The modern American gastopub has a welcoming bar with happy hour drink and snack specials nightly from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Specials include $5 well drinks, beer and wine as well as half price oysters.

Contributions to blogpost by Sami Aponte


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