Spring Chicken, the Next Shake Shack?

The Country Club sandwich, a standout

 

Spring Chicken, 1514 South Dixie Highway, is one of the newer entrants in the hot fast casual restaurant category. The Coral Gables eatery is the first of four to open this year. Other locations on the way include Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale (opening in June) and Miami International Airport. John Kunkel, the owner of 50 Eggs, who also owns Yardbird Southern Table & Bar on South Beach, is betting on the appeal of the Yardbird fried chicken as the cornerstone of the Spring Chicken Miami concept. The now famous fried chicken made the restaurant a James Beard Foundation Semi-finalist for “Best New Restaurant,” and a Bon Appétit “Top 50 Best New Restaurant in the U.S. And wait until you try the country club sandwich with sugar cane lemonade. Read Full Post & Comments »

Fabulous Friday – $800 Scoop of Ice Cream

 

Leave it up to Dubai, the land of over the top, to have an ice cream cafe with the world’s most expensive scoop at over $800. It’s Scoopi Cafe’s Black Diamond Sundae. Read Full Post & Comments »

A Provocative Show at MOCA Miami

Papier mache dresses by Marielle Plaisir

 

If you’re in the Bal Harbour area, it’s definitely worth a detour to see the current exhibit, Acta Non Verba, at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA Miami) by French-Guadaloupean artist Marielle Plaisir. The exhibit features paintings, drawings, textile/fiber installations, and tableau vivant performances that capture intense visual experiences. The exhibition addresses both historical and personal issues about colonialism, domination, and the construction of identity. The show’s highlight includes an installation of paper mache dresses mounted on wire frames that are then illuminated and suspended in air.The exhibit is appealing in a provocative kind of way, and is sure to conjure up deep thoughts and emotions, very different with different viewers.  Read Full Post & Comments »

Best New Happy Hours 2016 Part 1: Miami Beach

Hurao

 

By Kayla Louttit and Yours Truly

 

Since our last posts on happy hours, five great additions have come on the scene that are well worth noting. We’ve rounded up our picks, Part 1, for the best in happy hour Miami Beach. Stay tuned for Parts 2 and 3 featuring other parts of town. Read Full Post & Comments »

Edite Mode, Fashion and Shoe Boutiques

 

I wouldn’t have expected to find  independently owned (as in not global branded) stylish boutiques in CocoWalk in Coconut Grove. Thanks to a fashionista friend, Edite Mode moved to my radar screen to check out. Read Full Post & Comments »

The Sarsaparilla Club

Fried chicken

 

Finding a very good restaurant where the prices aren’t budget busting on South Beach is a challenge. And finding one with not your usual menu selections,  very creative without sacrificing taste, even  harder. Think carrot and  beet tartare with tomato sorbet instead of the trite tuna tartare; corn 4 ways – grilled sweet corn, cornbread butter, cornbread rumbles and lemon popcorn; and pork bun with housemade bacon. All  of that is just in the “American” dim sum trolley, a clever conceit for serving light bites. That’s one of the new South Beach restaurants,  The Sarsaparilla Club, the work  of chef partners Jeff McInnis (formerly of Yardbird)  and Janine Booth who both also own New York City’s Root & Bone. Read Full Post & Comments »

Grown, “Real Food, Cooked Slow for Fast People”

 

At lunch the line was out the door with people waiting to get into Grown Miami, the hot new organic, fast casual restaurant by basketball star Ray Allen. Why the crowd? As I described to Shannon Allen, his wife, if I took away the sustainable paper plate my food came in and plated the perfectly cooked, moist grilled wild salmon, quinoa salad and garlic brussel sprouts at home, dinner guests would think I had prepared it in one of my better culinary moments. The credo at this South Miami eatery is “Real Food, Cooked Slow for Fast People”. And it is real – organic, quality ingredients, super fresh, and gluten free. It even smells fresh. Read Full Post & Comments »

Miami Fashion News

 

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This month’s fashion news brings a combo art gallery and  fashion popup for men and women with over 20 designers,  lovely new shoe collection at Menina Step (and still a deal), and a wonderful, not to be missed, film about the annual ball of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s  Costume Institute which has been called the “super bowl of fashion”. Read Full Post & Comments »

Karen’s Kudos April

Michele Oka Doner exhibit at the Perez Art Museum

 

This month’s Karen’s Kudos is an unusual assortment of finds — from an exhibit of internationally famous artist and designer Michele Oka Doner at PAMM, and unlimited classes for honing computer skills and troubleshooting for $149 for the year,to cut rate home delivery services for household and grocery items and — get this, gas. Read Full Post & Comments »

Staycation PB – Part 2

 

When the rich snowbirds leave South Florida in April for points North,  many clean out their closets and get rid of cocktail dresses and gowns that were worn in “the season”. Heaven forbid one should wear the same dress for two seasons. The upshot of that? It’s an ideal time to go fashion hunting at consignment shops from Jupiter and Boca Raton to Palm Beach and Wellington.  At some of the shops you’ll find antiques and collectibles as well, and there’s a consignment shop too for men. Where to go? Here’s a list put together by colleagues at Discover the Palm Beaches. Love to hear if you have any others as well! Read Full Post & Comments »