If you haven’t been to the Eden Roc in awhile, time to go. The revamped lobby décor does Morris Lapidus proud with the iconic design updated, but true to the original in style, lighting and mood. A theatrical underlit bar in the round, punchy red lamp shades, dramatic crystal chandelier, and of- the- minute floral arrangements makes for a special setting for an enticing pre- dinner cocktail. But there’s another reason to go – 15 Steps restaurant , 4525 Collins Ave, Miami Beach (T.305-531-0000)
An upcoming trip to China, the temple of the highest end counterfeit handbags, sparked my interest in learning more about how to tell a knock off from the real thing, and also find out about penalties abroad. Read Full Post & Comments »
by Steve Deitsch
Wearing a great suit can make you feel like a million bucks. And a luxury suit, like a classic suit from ultra high-end Italian designer Kiton, can set you back in the neighborhood of $7,000 – $10,000, although they can go much higher for bespoke suits. But with a little ingenuity, a sartorial gentleman can get luxury clothing for a lot less. Read Full Post & Comments »
Walking past the Nespresso store on Lincoln Road I saw the poster for VertuoLine, their first ever combo machine that makes large cup American coffee as well as their legendary espresso. As far as I’m concerned, Nespresso makes the best machines when you take into consideration the ease of use and cleaning, design, quality of the coffee and varieties of coffee. Plus, they’re always coming out with new flavors. So the idea of a combo machine with the possibility of making full cups sent me immediately through the hallowed doors.
First off, let’s talk about the design. Sleek, contemporary, a work of art, in colors including fire engine red (my choice), chrome and black.Then the capsules themselves. Mr. W said they remind him of Faberge eggs. I think they’re a dead ringer for the semi spherical colorful pastries of Parisian patissiers Hugo & Victor (now in Miami, read my earlier review) Whatever, they’re great fun and light up any morning. The mechanism works the same whether you make a full cup or espresso. The difference is in the size of the premeasured capsule. For those of you who are already Nespresso users, you’ll find new varieties of coffee — four Grand Crus in all ranging in intensity from 4 to 11 (11 is the most intense). In the American coffee there are 8 varieties, from 4 to 8. The one in particular I liked was the half and half – half caf and half decaf. Both the espresso and regular coffee have the requisite foamy top called “crema”, a mark of a great cup of coffee. They also suggest if you like milk in your coffee, to put it in first and pour the coffee over it. The machine is super easy to use, and I mean super easy (hallelujah not to have to wade through a complicated manual).
Bottom line, I’m hooked. The machine costs $299. Large capsules are $.95 each and espresso are $.75 each.
Want to know more and try it out? From April 12 to the 27th Nespresso will have a PopUp offering an interactive VertuoLine experience at the Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd. You’ll be able to see the machine and better yet, based on questions and an algorithm they’ll tell you which coffee is for you.
For last season and so far this year no play at Gablestage has rated less than a “Very Good”, most have been “Excellent”, but The Mountaintop, winner of the prestigious 2010 Olivier award given to London theater, gets the ‘Outstanding”. Hearing that the subject was Dr.Martin Luther King, I thought it’d be a historical narrative. Wrong. It’s really about ‘Michael”, the man (Martin’s Christian name) – his insecurities, challenges, and above all, the fear he faced when he got up everyday. “I feel we put Dr. King on a pedestal. By showing him as an ordinary person, we feel we can go out and do extraordinary things,” Katori Hall, the playwright was quoted in the Miami Herald as saying.
The Mountaintop imagines an encounter between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a maid at Memphis’ Lorraine Motel on the night before King’s 1968 assassination. It’s 90 minutes without interruption, and the time flies as the story evolves, taking unexpected twists, building to a crescendo. In the end, there is some historical and social perspective, but mostly, it challenges us all to “take his baton” and do our part to make the world a better place. The production runs until April 13. Don’t miss it.
Miami has some very good bars but not sure about great ones. As you readers probably know, I do love the bar in the lobby of the Fontainebleau as it’s so iconic Miami with the Morris Lapidus design, fluorescent colors, people who go there (club types, conventioneers, regular tourists) and views. But besides that, there’s room for another star. The new MO Bar + Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental is making a play for the title and, when the word gets around, it has a good shot at getting it. And then there’s the new restaurant, La Mar by Gaston Acurio.
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It only comes around once a year, and if you haven’t gone, here’s a super fun night out. Get this — classical and contemporary works played by the New World Symphony followed by a late night lounge with a DJ in the concert hall. I went last year and if I were free, would put it on my “to go” calendar without hesitation. Read Full Post & Comments »