Karen’s Kudos


Kudos this month go to new bake at home cookie mixes by uber chocolatier Norman Love, a neighborhood Venezuelan eatery ideal for casual midweek meals (delivery too), different doings with BritWeek Miami, and GableStage’s new thoroughly fun offering. Read Full Post & Comments »

And the Winning Entry Is……

Serious creativity was on tap for the entries to the MiamiCurated contest to name a new blogpost category. Thanks to all of you who participated and for the good ideas. Close to 80 different ideas were submitted either in  private emails to me or in public comments on the blogpost. Read Full Post & Comments »

Coral Gables Tour of Kitchens, Feb. 6

You’ve done the garden tours, house tours, so how about a kitchen tour? And not just any kitchen, this Coral Gables Tour of Kitchens 2016 is back again this year, on February 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m . Read Full Post & Comments »

Palmeiras Beach Club

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People often ask me to recommend restaurants with a water view, especially when they have friends coming to Miami from out of town. Alas, in many cases you have to settle in the food department to get the view. And then there’s the choice of going for a “buzzy”  place or one that’s serene, so you can enjoy the beauty of nature. The terrace of La Mar by Gaston Acurio has a lovely water and city view, and the food is very good, especially if you order well. Il Gabbiano is also a good bet, though be sure to ask the price of daily specials. You can also eat well at Seaspice and Modern Garden on the River which I put in the “scenester” (as in a person who frequents a social or cultural scene) category. The River is a also good bet for visitors who have done the South Beach thing. Read Full Post & Comments »

Destination Fashion with Pitbull


Like Pitbull? Check. Fashionable people watching? Check. Top of the line shopping (or window shopping)? Check. Then Destination Fashion Miami at Bal Harbour Shops which comes just every two or three years is for you. Read Full Post & Comments »

Gourmet Garage Sale Jan.30 + More


On Saturday, January 30 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., the Galleria of the Coral Gables Museum , 285 Aragon Avenue, will become a marketplace of gourmet and professional kitchen, bar and entertaining items, from pots and pans to dishes, small appliances,  and more. All are gently used and donated by either members of Les Dames D’Escoffier Miami or some major Miami hotels. Plus, it’s for a very good cause. Come by and say hello as I’ll be helping out at the event.  Read Full Post & Comments »

Eating News, Finds – January

Miami Beach Botanical Garden’s Taste of the Garden


One of the lushest times of the year at The Miami Beach Botanical Garden is also the time of the annual Taste Of The Garden Event...this year on Thursday, January 28th.  Here’s your chance to enjoy a magical evening on The Great Lawn in the Garden with tastes from premier restaurants such as Red Ginger, Via Verdi and Apiero along with Ken Lyons’ Lyons and Lyons Catering and his Petite Marche on South Beach plus many more.  There are also wines and cocktails to match plus beer by Estrella Damm.  If that isn’t enough, there’s entertainment and a fabulous silent auction (snag deals from some of Miami’s top restaurants, etc.)  And it’s all for a good cause, The Miami Beach Botanical Garden.  The event is 6:30 to 9:30 P. M., $90 per person and $85 for Garden Members BEFORE January 25; $100 after that and this includes complimentary valet parking.  Tickets may be purchased on line at mbgarden.org or call The Botanical Garden at 305-673-7256. Read Full Post & Comments »

A New Level for Art Palm Beach Week: Jan.19-24


When my research started on the upcoming Art Palm Beach 2016 , Jan.20 to 24, my thinking was that it’d be a news short, one of the “finds”. But the more I read, the more I saw it was more extensive this year, going well beyond the usual fair at the Palm Beach Convention Center to encompass almost a week of events. Not only are there 85 exhibitors from 21 countries and sculpture exhibits on the Center plaza, but there are complimentary daily lectures, artists’ presentations, film screenings and hands on demonstrations. Plus, numerous area art institutions in the County are staging their own star exhibits, some of which start on January 19 and run into February. Read Full Post & Comments »

A Mexican Cafe to Put on Your List

Lettuce wrap with skirt steak


Cantina La Veinte, 495 Brickell Avenue (T.786-623-6135),  has been one of the restaurants I go back to the most for Mexican food Miami — one time for an elegant dinner complete with mariachis to celebrate a girlfriend’s landmark birthday, other times with groups of friends for lunch or dinner.  I’ve known there was a Cantina La Veinte Deli and Cafe downstairs next to the River, but never went there, assuming it was about getting a sandwich and coffee or a pastry. Wrong. It turns out  this is one of the neighborhood gems for a casual bite with food that’s very fresh  and super tasty. Read Full Post & Comments »

Jaya, New Gem in The Setai

Peking Duck


It’s about time Hakkasan had some serious competition in the Asian cuisine department. Welcome Jaya, the new modern Asian restaurant in The Setai, 2001 Collins Avenue (T.855-923-7899). But there’s a new twist. Jaya’s concept is inspired by the silk and ancient spice trading routes, so that means regional specialties from Southeast and Northern Asian cultures. Read Full Post & Comments »