New Fashion Find, Concept Store

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Miami’s fashion scene continues to have exciting, fresh new talent thanks to the growing number of Latin American designers coming to the Magic City. The latest showcase for young Latin talent  – no fewer than 40 designers for women and men – is Artbition.  I found it from a tip from an always stylish friend who used to be a personal shopper for the rich and famous in town (even better, for her own fashion, she likes clothes and jewelry that don’t break the bank). Read Full Post & Comments »

Hungry Harvest

 

Get fresh fruit and produce delivered direct to your door (no outside pickups required) with new purveyor Hungry Harvest. The point of difference is that it’s “rescued” produce that would otherwise not be eaten because the farmer or wholesaler over planted or overbought, or because of minor cosmetic flaws. They’re offering readers $10 off too on signup. Read Full Post & Comments »

Miami’s Best Dumplings

Tanuki

 

In honor of the recent National Dumpling Day, I started researching places for the best dumplings in town. At first, the idea was just for a list, not identifying which was the top place.And then I discovered Tanuki on Alton Road. OMG, hands down the very best dim sum in the Magic City. So here’s the scoop on Tanuki and a list of other good bets and variety — from Wagyu beef and chive and crab meat, to crispy chicken, mushroom and potato, shrimp, and edamame.  Note that places where I’ve tried the dumplings are highlighted in blue; the others are recommendations from foodies in town with special credentials on Chinese food. Get ready to drool! Read Full Post & Comments »

Best Caterers’ Fab Table Settings

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I checked in at Social Miami’s “Behind the Magic: Second Annual Tablescapes & Culinary Experience” for some serious eye candy on a rainy yesterday at SoHo Studios in Wynwood, and eye candy it was. Read Full Post & Comments »

Unique Cultural Series: Ojala Inshallah

Sachal Ensemble: Song of Lahore

 

Serious kudos go to MDC Live Arts for what sounds like an extraordinary and thoughtful series of cultural events designed to explore the global diversity of Muslim culture. The Spanish word Ojala means” I wish” or “I hope so” and drives its meaning from the Arabic phrase “insha’Allah or God willing. The promotional brochure explains that the word is a ” reminder of the Moorish impact on the Spanish language and Hispanic identity shared by many of greater Miami’s residents. The objective of the series is to celebrate Muslim and Middle Eastern and North African communities as a valuable part of Miami’s richly diverse culture” with events of all the performing arts by stars in their respective fields. It kicks off Saturday, October 7. Read Full Post & Comments »

Karen’s Kudos October

Birthday gift from Bocas House

 

This month’s Kudos go to exciting cultural exhibits including a roller dancing rink as art October 8, advances on Art Basel, luxurious indulgence for him and her, and a new Coral Gables spot for an OMG mega milkshake. Read Full Post & Comments »

Eating News – September

(right to left) Pinsa Romana – mozzarella and basil and Valencia with mozzarella, octopus, olives, chickpeas, and lemon-mint dressing.

 

Mozzarella making class, “Wines and Cheeses from France” happenings at Whole Foods , Zucca Miami Spice pick for your list, and other foodie news you won’t want to miss in this month’s Eating News. Read Full Post & Comments »

Wellness Travel with Miami’s Own Food Stars

Grand Velas Los Cabos

 

 

Need to de-stress? Want to get in shape for “the season” or just learn new tools for delicious, and healthy eating and lifestyle? Miami’s own food stars , Robyn Webb, culinary instructor at the Wellness Center of the University of Miami and Wok Star Eleanor Hoh will work their culinary magic and teach new skills at upcoming wellness weeks at Grand Velas Resorts luxury all inclusive resorts  in the Riviera Nayarit and Los Cabos along with Rebecca-Louise, an international fitness personality and adventure traveler . And how about this – wellness seminars, fitness sessions, juice therapy, spa, therapeutic concerts, personal trainer, and a two star Michelin chef from Amsterdam .Guests can opt to stay in one of the resorts wellness suites designed to renew one’s body and mind in every way possible with everything from complimentary massage and special amenities. The Wellness travel getaways will be held from October 4-7 at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and November 22 – 26 at Grand Velas Los Cabos. Plus, I’m offering readers a 25% discount! Read Full Post & Comments »

Miami’s Best Bars

Le Sireneuse

 

By: Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly

 

Until recently Miami hasn’t had many really great bars. Now with notable new entrants on the scene that have raised the “glamour” quotient, happily others are stepping up their game, and then there are the classics that are always a good choice. Here’s the latest on the top bars Miami. Read Full Post & Comments »

6 Household Tips I Learned During Irma

 

Hopefully most of you had little or no damage during Hurricane Irma, though heaven knows we all experienced the anxiety, stress and fear. We ended up going to Orlando and staying with the parents of my son’s good friend from high school.  It turns out that the mother, Amal (we now all know that name thanks to George Clooney), is an incredible fountain of amazing household tips and shortcuts, plus she’s a star teacher. In fact,  I felt as if I had gone to “HU” as in household university. They’re all quick, easy, and low cost. Happy to share “what I learned during Irma”, six household tips you’ll love — food prep shortcuts, cleaning, and a terrific milk frother and cappucino maker, plus more. Read Full Post & Comments »