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Miami Fashion News – Part 1

A recent “recon” mission (as in reconnaissance to check out new shops, eateries, etc) to Brickell City Centre revealed some great new fashion destinations for men and women, European shops that are beachheads in the USA. They’re not your usual global luxury brands. And don’t we love unique, especially when they’re not over the top pricey. The shops I mention are ones I liked (in fact, alas, I did some damage). One is French, another Italian, and a third from Spain with their own brand and others from Europe as well.
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Home & Garden Tours in South Florida – Part 2

South Florida is a haven of modern amenities, like popular beaches, non-stop nightlife, and a bustling food and drink scene, but its also has a series of home and garden tours that give us a beautiful glimpse into history. From Homestead all the way up to Palm Beach, read below for some of our favorite home and garden tours in South Florida – all of them are as enchanting as they are informational. This is Part 2 in a two part series. For Part 1 click here.
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Lettuce & Tomato (not what you think)

I’m beginning to think that arguably the best variety and quality for value restaurants are happening in the North Miami Beach/Aventura area. Not talking fancy or “buzzy”, but the kind of places that are ideal for a midweek meal or something casual and not pricey on the weekends. A very good example is a gastropub with an unlikely name of Lettuce & Tomato Miami. From the name, one would think it’d be a vegetarian or health food restaurant. Not, except that there are solid vegetarian options. More about the name later. Let’s get down to the food. This place is truly a neighborhood gem and is definitely worth the trip if you’re near the Aventura Mall, FIU, or other points north.
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Rave Review for DOA

As soon as I walk in the door of a restaurant I can usually tell if I’m going to like it. Of course, it helps if my expectations are high, as in the pedigree of the owner or chef. And so it was with DOA Miami, the new venture of Arjun Waney who is the restaurateur behind Zuma and Coya. DOA is the first of many Waney has planned, much as he expanded with Zuma which is now in major capitals around the world. What speaks volumes is if he accepted outside investors, I would invest. He has a winning formula, earning DOA a rave review.
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Palm Beach Art Fair Jan.12-15

The Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair (formerly called Art Palm Beach) is back this weekend, from January 12 to 15. This year there are 60 exhibitors from diverse cities and countries ranging from Berlin and London to The Hague, Tokyo and Venezuela representing Post War artists. It’s from the organizers who spearhead Art Miami and numerous other art fairs. Have a favorite artist? You can check to see if works of that artist will be represented on the Fair’s website (bravo, a welcome feature). Also on tap are other special exhibits to easily keep an art lover happy.
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