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Katherine Cordero, the talented designer and owner of the shop bearing her name, was a charming and welcoming hostess at last week’s summer Miamicurated event in Wynwood and a great time was had by all. Over wine and delicious Mexican nibbles, everyone was awed by the creativity and talent of our host, the bold statement jewelry, and the reasonable prices. And many of us walked away with welcome new additions to our accessories that will surely be show stoppers. Here’s a look at some of the party goers, some sporting Katherine’s creations. And thank you Katherine for a memorable evening.

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Semilla: A Top Happy Hour

Heaven knows, there’s no lack of happy hours in Miami. Everyone is liking the value on food and beverage, the live entertainment, and the socializing thing. What’s your pleasure? A romantic happy hour? See our list. The “in” one of the moment? EAST, Miami. An older business crowd? TruLuck’s. Asian, Peruvian, steakhouses, Italian, French cuisine and more, take your pick. And they’re all around town. The newest addition to the list, and one of the best, offers delicious food, a large variety of choices, exceptional value, and the chef happens to have a Michelin star pedigree. Plus, Friday Night happy hour starts at 5 p.m. and lasts till closing. It’s Semilla, 1330 Alton Road (T.305-674-6522).
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Uvaggio Wine Bar
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Restaurant Wine: Getting the Best Value

Eat out at better restaurants and I’m sure you’ve seen the big inflation in wine prices. In fact, if you have two glasses of a good wine your wine can easily end up costing more than the Miami Spice dinner menu. What to do? I interviewed Heath Porter, co-owner of Uvaggio Wine Bar, who was formerly Director of Wine and Spirits for some of the leading resorts in the US including the Greenbrier and Sea Island, and has devoted himself to wine education for his advice on restaurant wine lists and how to get the best value. Here are the questions and answers:
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Caviar Russe, an Outstanding Lunch

Those of you of a certain age, lovers of Jackie Kennedy and caviar will remember Jackie’s caviar diet. Said to watch her weight “with the rigor of a diamond merchant counting his carats,” she was known for eating a meal a day – a single baked potato stuffed with Beluga Caviar and sour cream. All this came to mind as I went to check out the new jewel of a lunch and dinner spot, Caviar Russe Miami at the Four Seasons, 1441 Brickell Avenue (T.305-902-6969) and found an outstanding prix fixe lunch, what they call the New NY Power Lunch.
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Our Not-to-be-Missed Reader Event, Aug.24

If it’s not on your calendar yet, take note! Next Wednesday, August 24 is the MiamiCurated fab accessories happy hour reception at Katherine Cordero,219 N.W. 20th Street (T.786-296-6490). Even if you’re not in the market to buy, you’ll enjoy the creative eye candy — earrings, necklaces, bracelets and beach coverups that are all handmade and one of a kind pieces from this Venezuelan designer. The event is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and there will be prosecco and light bites.
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Jaya: Miami Spice

Over the years The Setai’s highly professional service and well attired staff have never faltered. And we know that maintaining consistent service in Miami is anything but easy. The design of their spacious, comfortable restaurant Jaya with large well spaced tables and handsome open kitchen is still as appealing as ever. And then there’s the cuisine under the talented Executive Chef Mathias Gervais, showcasing all matter of Asian dishes – from Indian, overseen by their Indian Executive Sous Chef, Vijay Veena, to Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese dishes. If you haven’t been there, or have been wanting to return, Miami Spice is the time.
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Sushi Garage: Miami Spice

For Miami Spice, I thought I’d try a newcomer to the scene. Being the sister restaurant to South Beach’s Juvia was enough of a pedigree for me to want to give Sushi Garage a try, and what better time than Miami Spice. More casual than its Lincoln Road relative, what the two have in common is very attractive design that makes use of natural elements – fresh plants as décor, light natural woods, simple lines, with an airy garden feel. It’s also very much a neighborhood place, attracting all ages and lots of families for a midweek dinner. With its long bar that stretches almost the length of the restaurant and the comfortable vibe, it’s a place I could see myself going to for a dinner alone as well. And stay tuned at the end for a quick look at my Spice menu picks.
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Travel Survival Tips 2016

Predictions are that leisure travel from the US will increase in double digits this year. On top of that you have a growing percentage of Asian travelers. Right now 120 million Chinese are traveling outbound . So even if the percentage doesn’t increase by much with fears of terrorism, imagine the numbers hitting the skies and sights. I’ve put together a list of travel survival tips 2016 based on a series of trips I’ve taken this year in South America and Europe which can help make for smoothe (or at least smoother) vacations. And a tip you probably didn’t know about – how to be a guest at a wedding overseas.

Predictions are that leisure travel from the US will increase in double digits this year. On top of that you have a growing percentage of Asian travelers. Right now 120 million Chinese are traveling outbound with France and Italy in the top ten destinations. So even if the percentage doesn’t increase by much, imagine the numbers hitting the skies and sights. I’ve put together a list of travel survival tips 2016 based on a series of trips I’ve taken this year in South America and Europe which can help make for smoothe (or at least smoother) vacations. And a tip you probably didn’t know about – how to be a guest at a wedding overseas.

Predictions are that leisure travel from the US will increase in double digits this year. On top of that you have a growing percentage of Asian travelers. Right now 120 million Chinese are traveling outbound with France and Italy in the top ten destinations. So even if the percentage doesn’t increase by much, imagine the numbers hitting the skies and sights. I’ve put together a list of travel survival tips 2016 based on a series of trips I’ve taken this year in South America and Europe which can help make for smoothe (or at least smoother) vacations. And a tip you probably didn’t know about – how to be a guest at a wedding overseas.

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Miami Spice 2016: Bourbon Steak+Corsair

In this, Part 3 of my Miami Spice coverage, I’m focusing on Spice menus I’ve tried and the dishes at each that I recommend. Why these in particular? Different reasons — in the case of Bourbon Steak and Corsair their Spice menus are always reliably excellent. Jaya in the Setai Hotel offers fine Asian cuisine that’s tough to find around town, very professional service, and moderate noise level for relaxed conversation. Then there’s newcomer Sushi Garage, the sister restaurant of Juvia, which I’ve been wanting to try and this was a good opportunity. For the next 3 days you’ll read about each of them. Day 1 – Bourbon Steak and Corsair.
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