Picks for Lunch in Fort Lauderdale


By Kayla Louttit


On the hunt for a new place for lunch in Fort Lauderdale? From seafood and authentic Italian to deli, Vegan and waterfront dining, here are six choice picks at different price points: Read Full Post & Comments »

Serious Travel Deals Auction until Dec.4


The Society of American Travel Writers (the world’s largest organization of travel writers and communicators)  is having its annual online auction from now until December 4 with serious deals awaiting. Read Full Post & Comments »

Art Basel News You Can Use – Part 2

Arts Encounters participants with Nick Cave’s student and “Soundsuit” in Jack Shainman Gallery’s booth last year


Time sensitive — a food and art event tonight and the answer to navigate the highlights of Art Basel. Part 2 in the series of News You Can Use. For Part 1 click here. Read Full Post & Comments »

Toscana Divino Per il Vero Italiano*

Seafood carbonara from the “Moderna” menu


Toscana Divino Miami, has always been a Miami classic, the place to go for excellent, authentic Italian fare (per il vero italiano, for true Italian* says even my Italian foodie friends). You can always count on professional service that comes from owners along with a top manager working the restaurant, and a casual yet stylish ambiance that the Italians are known for. And now, under the direction of new executive chef Andrea Marchesin from Treviso, there’s a welcome addition : a new complementary menu they call “Moderna” that combines unlikely ingredients with classic dishes, uses new technologies, and unexpected plate presentations. The new menu is equally exciting and delicious, making choosing between the traditional and modern a serious dilemma Read Full Post & Comments »

Guayaba y Chocolate


It’s so refreshing to find a shop, a hotel or whatever that’s authentic and has a sense of place. Usually it’s that way because the owner has a passion and it shows. And so it is with Guayaba y Chocolate, the passion of Maria-Waleska Vivas and her cousin, Alejandra Bigai, the owner of  successful chocolate shop Romanicos on Coral Way. Maria was working as a diplomat at the United Nations in New York City, but she always wanted to have her artisanal sweets shop that would showcase tropical fruits and tastes, and use the finest 65%  criollo chocolate from Venezuela, her place of birth (interestingly enough, despite the difficult economic situation in Venezuela,the artisanal chocolate industry continues to grow). Now her dream has come true at 1603 SW 8th Street  in Little Havana. Read Full Post & Comments »

Art Basel News You Can Use – Part 1


By Kayla Louttit


Art Basel Miami 2016 is nearly upon us! Art Basel Miami Beach is North America’s most comprehensive international contemporary art fair, with 269 galleries from 29 countries showcasing works by more than 4,000 artists. This year’s show will be held from December 1-4, 2016. Satellite art and “lifestyle” happenings surrounding the main event continue to grow each year, starting ever earlier. Here are some of the special events curated for you and other news you can use,  from  the opening processional performance of the Faena District in Miami Beach and an exhibition of French lingerie, to an Art Week Package at Acqualina Resort & Spa and the opening of the American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora. Plus practical tips in this, Part 1. Read Full Post & Comments »

A New Twist on Thanksgiving


Want to cook at home for Thanksgiving this year but looking for something different? How about turkey with a Mexican twist as in turkey with mole courtesy of  the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya*? Here’s the recipe: Read Full Post & Comments »

Picks for Thanksgiving Dinner 2016

Courtyard of The Setai Hotel


By Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly

Give thanks this holiday season at some of Miami’s leading restaurants, where you can kick back, enjoy a delicious feast, and hand off the responsibility of roasting that turkey to one of the Magic City’s top chefs. This Thanksgiving, a bevy of fine South Florida dining establishments have created special menus just for the food-centric holiday — from Coral Gables and Downtown Miami, to Miami Beach. Here are our eight picks for Thanksgiving Miami: Read Full Post & Comments »

Karen’s Kudos November

The former studio of architect George Fink whose houses will be featured in the Villagers House Tour


This month’s Karen’s Kudos brings a return of the Coral Gables Villagers House Tour, what’s being billed as “Miami’s first true food hall” called MiamiCentral , an online site that should help greatly with holiday shopping and hostess gifts, and an artsy cocktail to kick off Art Basel season. Read Full Post & Comments »

New Chic European Fashion Boutique


Affordable, stylish, European fashion isn’t easy to find in Miami fashion boutiques. Enter Spaniard Beatriz Carrillo for whom fashion is a passion, who decided it was time to bring some of Europe’s finer, lesser known designers to the Magic City. So Carrillo opened her own boutique, Pool Lab Show,  at 376 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, bringing select pieces from each of her favorite designers in Spain, France, Italy, Hungary, Portugal, and the Netherlands. Carrillo has an eye for fashion that is at once contemporary, classic, feminine, and very wearable. Read Full Post & Comments »