A Nail Hardener That Works!


Believe me, I’ve tried everything to have long fingernails that don’t peel – from commercial products that claim to be nail strengtheners like Nailtique and a  Colombian product Quimica Alemana, to organic polishes and eating gelatin. In my desperation, I’ve even cooked up home made remedies like infusing oil with garlic. As you can imagine,  in my case, the culprit isn’t doing the dishes or heavy duty house cleaning. It’s – well, genes or whatever. So an email  about new nail products was met with skepticism, but  at the same time, hope springs eternal. And in this case, my hopefulness was borne out with success. Read Full Post & Comments »

La Parisienne Artisanal Bakery and Cafe


A reader gave me this tip about a French bakery Miami – La Parisienne Artisanal Bakery & Cafe , saying it had a French baguette to be reckoned with. And so it is, as I found, baguettes that are coveted by the likes of dbBistro Moderne, Michael’s Genuine and the St. Regis Bal Harbour. Parisienne owner and French owner Embarek Alibey has a passion for his work and it shows. When he designed his café and bakery it was with windows into the bake shop so one can observe the crusty loaves of goodness being made and another window showing the machine that grinds the organic flours. Read Full Post & Comments »

Best Desserts Miami 2016- Part 3

Creme brulee at Baoli


The best desserts Miami 2016 started out as one blogpost but grew to three due to the stellar candidates. Read on and see for yourself. And if you missed earlier picks, click here for Part 1 and Part 2. Read Full Post & Comments »

Miami New Year’s Eve 2017: Events, Parties


Miami’s “Orange Drop”, La Gran Naranja for New Year’s Eve


By: Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly


Looking for Miami New Year’s Eve 2017 events, parties, concerts? Here’s our curated list of the best choices including a “Winter Wonderland” at The Delano Beach Club,  special doings at Prime 112,  free concert with Pitbull and Miami’s very own “ball drop” — or “Orange Drop, and another concert with Billy Joel. For dining picks, Part 1, click here. Note that all prices are exclusive of tax and gratuities. Read Full Post & Comments »

Miami New Year’s Eve 2017: Dining


By: Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly


Don’t know where to celebrate Miami New Year’s Eve 2017 ? If you want to ring in the New Year with great food and drinks, head to Miami’s different dining options, divided by price for you, below. This list contains some of our favorite restaurants in the Magic City. Note that all prices are exclusive of tax and gratuities. Looking for events, parties, and things to do for New Year’s Eve? Check out tomorrow’s Part 2. Read Full Post & Comments »

Best Desserts Miami 2016 – Part 2


Best desserts Miami Part 2, more of the sweet goodness. And if you missed Part 1, click here. Stay tuned for Part 3. Read Full Post & Comments »

Fabulous Friday: An Uber Gift for a Foodie


Looking for an uber holiday or birthday gift for the trophy child or grandchild who’s a foodie? Read Full Post & Comments »

Best Desserts 2016 – Part 1

Celebrating my birthday with a signature sundae at Bagatelle


2016 has been a banner year for desserts. So much so that my annual list of the best desserts Miami is in two parts. Here’s part 1 and prepare to drool even if you don’t have a sweet tooth! And in case you missed it, click here for the best dishes of the year. Read Full Post & Comments »

A “Divine” Comedy at GableStage


All too often plays or films billed as “comedy” are black comedy — grim, sad and sometimes ironic. And almost always, I don’t find them funny.  So it was with great delight I enjoyed a real comedy as in you laugh, at GableStage, with its current production “An Act of God”. By David Javerbaum,  head writer of Comedy Central’s  “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” , it’s great fun, light and  witty, thoroughly enjoyable all the way. Read Full Post & Comments »

Best Miami Christmas Lights; Fort Lauderdale Too


Editor’s note, Dec.2017: For this year’s holiday lights, events, click here.


By Kayla Louttit and Yours Truly

Where to see Miami Christmas lights 2016? And how about Fort Lauderdale? Beyond neighborhoods, there are plenty of places  in South Florida to embrace the spirit of the season by enjoying festive decorations and spectacular holiday light displays by land and sea. The following are five top attractions to consider adding to your “must-see” list this holiday season,  including (new this year) a Chinese lantern festival, and a holiday cruise,  all located in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area. Read Full Post & Comments »