We Have a Winner! New Contest Starts August 1

We have a winner for our comment contest for July! And our new contest starts August 1 with a new prize, lunch for two* at leading Brazilian steakhouse, Fogo de Chao in South Beach. Read Full Post & Comments »

Delectable Desserts at The Dutch

Donuts and churros


Andrew Carmellini’s The Dutch at the W South Beach  has made it into this blog recently for being one of the top spots for beautiful people watching. And now it’s earned another prime spot for its desserts, thanks to the unpretentious Executive Pastry Chef, Joshua Gripper and his sous chef  Jackie Marshall. Considering his haute pastry pedigree Chef Gripper has a lot to be pretentious about — Daniel Boulud restaurants in New York, Michelin two star restaurant Oustau de Baumanniere,  Eleven Madison Park,  and Gotham Steak in Miami. Read Full Post & Comments »

Essensia Miami Spice

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A salad “sandwich” with the “bread” being oh-so-thin sweet potato poached in carrot juice, filled with a nest of baby greens, red grapes, Maytag blue cheese and slivered tomato, all topped in a light, champagne poppy seed vinaigrette. Cauliflower “steak” with sweet potato fettuccine, yellow bell pepper and chimichurri.  Or, for meat lovers, short rib braised in red wine with crunchy polenta and confit baby carrots.

You probably got the picture now. Highly creative and brilliant way with vegetables. These are some of the dishes by Chef Venoy Rogers III on the  Essensia Miami Spice menu at The Palms Hotel & Spa, 3025 Collins Avenue (T.305-908-5458). Read Full Post & Comments »

How to be a Haute Hostess

Give Me Sugar Haute Hostess Apron


Want to look fab when you cook? Check out these new Haute Hostess aprons for him and her that bring “haute couture” to the home in four models by Elizabeth Scokin, former fashion model turned designer and event planner. Read Full Post & Comments »

Fabulous Friday: Pretzel Dress


Even if you don’t like pretzels, you have to admit this pretzel dress is pretty darn fabulous. Read Full Post & Comments »

6 Best Fort Lauderdale Happy Hours

By Kayla Louttit


Looking for a choice spot for drinks and a lite bite (also for  a reliably good lunch or dinner) in Fort Lauderdale? Here are my six picks. In the heart of downtown, you’ll find  these top spots on Las Olas Boulevard (and one nearby), home to many world-class shops, restaurants, bars, art galleries and hot spots. Plus, Las Olas is minutes away from the city’s top attractions including Broward Center for Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale Beach, Museum of Discovery & Science, NSU Art Museum and more. Read Full Post & Comments »

Fave Finds: Miami Swim Week Photos


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Miami Beach was more than hopping this past weekend with show upon show for Miami Swim Week — entrants from Australia and Brasil to  India, Kenya and Peru besides the usual suspects (the USA, UK, Brazil and others). The trends? Lace and more lace, in royal blue, canary yellow, pink, you name it. Julian Chang‘s fashion entries were tops in this category.  Bright colors, especially fluorescents and iridescence were burning up the runways, and then there were the de rigeur blingy sandals that won’t quit, especially the gladiator models.  The main events were held in the Convention Center and in tents across from the W Hotel, a second and more exclusive show called La Cabana. Here’s a look at Miami Swim Week 2015 photos,  my fave fashions and products: Read Full Post & Comments »

Caudalie Spa, Unique Wine Treatments, Opens


A French spa featuring Vinotherapie, using the  antioxidant powers of grape and grapevine, caught my attention in the late 90’s. A visit to the spa, Les Sources de Caudalie, in Bordeaux,  has been on my “to do” list ever since. Though a trip to Bordeaux isn’t the same as having the treatments in Miami, now we have our chance at the Caudalie Boutique Spa at Aventura Mall where the 650 square foot boutique spa recently opened. Also, this month Co-founder Mathilde Thomas debuts a book, “The French Beauty Solution: Time-Tested Secrets to Look and Feel Beautiful Inside and Out “(Gotham Hardcover, July 2015) which features an easy 3-day grape cleanse that European aristocrats have been using to detox for hundreds of years. Read Full Post & Comments »

Eating News July 2015

Lemon lavender cupcakes                                                          Photo courtesy of Ellen Kanner


Twenty restaurant closings, dinner and vaudeville at Bianca, brunch with olive oil pairings (now that’s something different), special cocktail and music nights at Coya, gourmet vegetarian dinner party, what’s new at Dadeland Mall eating spots , check out news on miami restaurants for July. Read Full Post & Comments »

STK Miami, a Steakhouse with a Difference

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Heaven knows we’re not lacking for good steakhouses in Miami. And new ones keep coming on the scene. But here’s one with a difference, plus it has some of the best, beefiest steaks in town. Read Full Post & Comments »