The Fashionista’s New Beverage of Choice


When I was growing up and went out on dates, the drink to get was inexpensive Portuguese Roses called Mateus or Lancers. We ordered it and thought we were so, well, continental. A girlfriend reminded me that when the bottle was empty we put a candle in it to use as a centerpiece.  And then for many years I never heard much more about Rose, nor did I see it drunk a lot until a few years ago at a South Beach hot spot where magnums of French Rose on ice were the drink of choice of the Eurosuave crowd. Since then, it’s coming into its own here. In France, Rose surpasses white wine in popularity, and exports to the US increased 40% in 2013 and 32% last year. Read Full Post & Comments »

Best Dishes of 2015

Ravioli ai Porcini with Champagne Truffle Cream Sauce


You’ve read earlier about my choices for the best desserts of 2015 and now it’s time for my best dishes of the year. Probably one of the most interesting new developments in 2015 is that the restaurants or eateries are spread out all over town — from the predictable South Beach and Brickell to Wynwood, MiMo (Biscayne Blvd),  Sunny Isles,  Downtown and Aventura, which shows how the Magic City is really coming into its own on the restaurant scene. Note that the dishes are not listed in any special order. Read Full Post & Comments »

Menina Shoes, a Steal

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When a good friend who used to head up international public relations for Armani and Versace and another friend with fine taste told me about Menina Step and its ballerina flats I took notice. Not only did they say they were handsome and a quality product, but also, a steal. Little did I realize what a steal. Read Full Post & Comments »

Fabulous Friday – “Diamond” Tequila


Now here’s a different show stopping hostess gift for the holidays, or just to self gift, especially if you love Mexican food and drink. Maestro Dobel Diamante Tequila has just come out with wow packaging to house its heavily embossed bottle inspired by 19th century apothecary vessels. The container looks like a drum and in fact, complete with drum sticks and a canvas like top, can be played like one. And then there’s the “liquid gold” inside – ultra premium Dobel “diamante” (diamond) tequila, the first of its kind that’s multi-aged. Here’s the story: Read Full Post & Comments »

A New Movie Viewing Experience

Movie theaters are challenged these days to get viewers away from home and tuning in to TV series, Netflix or whatever. Some theaters have tried wooing patrons with promises of food and bar service in reclining chairs. The idea is very good, but when I’ve gone they never fulfilled the promise. Until now. The iPic Theater Miami whose concept  originated in Australia’s Gold Coast is what I expected and more. The eight theater venue has a gastro lounge with outdoor terrace complete with firepits, DJ on weekends, and mixology as show. Serious fun. It’s a destination to spend an evening or afternoon. Plus, you can reserve your seats. For you Star Wars fans, they have showings in 2D and 3D on Christmas Day from 10 a.m. to 11:15 p.m.! Read Full Post & Comments »

Millennial Slang To Know For 2016


With any  multigenerational events, words are bound to crop up that are part of the new urban vocabulary (it happened to me during Thanksgiving). It’s important to be “in the know”, so here’s a guide to millennial slang 2016 my son helped me with, so you can navigate the new lingo . Love to hear, too, if you have anything to add (or subtract)! Read Full Post & Comments »

Miami is Turning Brown


By Steve Deitsch
For those people who detest the oversized, baggy, plain look of many men’s clothes, here is an early Christmas present…

Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, this is clearly something we should all be celebrating…
The fairly new (founded in 2007) London-based fashion house Orlebar Brown Miami has just opened a pop-up store – its first and only beachhead in the United States – at Bal Harbour Shops. Read Full Post & Comments »

Unusual Choices for Christmas Dinner

Roast suckling pig stars at Bellmont Spanish restaurant


By Jennifer Agress


If you want something different for Christmas dinner this year, we’ve picked some less conventional choices — from a “Feast of the Seven Fishes” and Spanish “cochinilo” (roast suckling baby pig) to Modern Asian and a take away dinner from one of Miami’s leading caterers. Read Full Post & Comments »

Fashion and Culture Finds – December

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Miami boutiques, culture finds — here are  “go tos” for December including a place to repair your costume (now called fashion) jewelry. Read Full Post & Comments »

Coming Up Roses at New Microtheater Miami


Once again I’m amazed at everything that’s going on in Miami that’s to be discovered at every turn. My newest offbeat discovery is  a hidden-away treat that’s just one block north of Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. It’s Microtheater Miami, the site of seven unusual “theater” spaces that are graffiti painted shipping containers in an unlikely space right outside the Centro Cultural Espanol, 1490 Biscayne Blvd.  Not only are the spaces micro, but also the plays: 10 to 15 minutes each. Read Full Post & Comments »