A Leading New Spa at 1 Hotel & Homes


1 Hotel & Homes South Beach is becoming one of the hot spots in town, almost always “buzzy”. They keep upping the ante, first snagging Tom Colicchio to oversee their restaurant, then getting a top New York boutique  to move in, going after the cool crowd with the rooftop pool and restaurant Watr (see my writeup on Sunday Funday), and most recently,  opening the first US outpost of luxe UK Bamford Haybarn Spa, a welcome addition to spas Miami. Read Full Post & Comments »

Downtown Miami Discoveries


Lost Boy Dry Goods


By Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly


These days,  there’s so much going on all around Miami that it’s easy to overlook new places to shop, eat or play in up and coming parts of town. Such is Downtown where we discovered gems well worth a visit (on Monday you read about Area Code 305 Sports for the best sneakers).  Better yet, have lunch and do your own walking tour. Read Full Post & Comments »

Valentia, a Spanish Gem

Grilled artichoke with Jamon Iberico and fried egg


Despite the big farm to table movement in the US, it’s still not easy to eat food products that have real taste, even in pricey restaurants. The kind of restaurants one finds in Greece, Italy and Spain — simple food where the natural flavors shine. At Valentia Miami, an import from Valencia in Spain, the potatoes taste like potatoes, the meat has a beefy taste, and the fish is fresh as can be. Plus, the chef has the right touch with the seasonings. The restaurant, at 1450 Brickell Ave, Phone: (786) 542-8098 opposite the Four Seasons Hotel, is attracting a growing and loyal clientele with next to no PR, social media or advertising. It’s word of mouth from happy diners who also appreciate the very good quality and value. Read Full Post & Comments »

The Place for Sneakers

Not your usual Converse for hipsters


Now you have the eye popping workout clothes (Equilibrium Activewear)  and you need the sneakers to do them justice. Or you have plain Jane clothes and want a comfortable yet fashionable statement. The best of the Miami sneaker stores for men and women? Area Code 305 Sports in downtown. It features 1200 styles. Not just workout shoes for training and running, but also casually elegant Euro-style suede Pumas, a metallic number in different colors designed for Kim Kardashian, sport shoes for soccer and tennis, and print and even a turquoise Converse model for hipsters (the Converse and long flaired skirt look).  Also find New Era sports team and Oakley caps, sport sandals and colorful flip flops, Jennsport backpacks, and athletic wear for men including Adidas for 40% off. Plus, they’re offering a reader discount. Read Full Post & Comments »

Where to Have Sunday Funday in Miami

The Mondrian South Beach


By Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly


Here in sunny South Florida, we love a good party – and we love them day or night. Case in point? Our fabulous Sunday Funday parties. If you’ve never had a Sunday Funday before (or at least haven’t done a pool party Miami style), checkout our list of sexy spots below. From yachts and DJs, to good food, endless champagne and poolside dancing sometimes until 2 a.m., they’re sure to make your last day of the weekend epic enough to power you through the week that follows. Read Full Post & Comments »

Eye Popping Workout Clothes


Whenever I wear the workout clothes (which by the way, also work for going out for a casual lunch or doing errands) I got at new Brazilian shop Equilibrium Activewear, I get compliments. Even from people in my gym populated by Latin fashionistas. The vibrant colors , feminine and creative designs are no less than eye popping. Read Full Post & Comments »

Olla Miami, a Real Mexican Find

Duck mole


Editors note: This restaurant is now closed.


When I met Scott Linquist shortly after the opening of Coyo Taco in Wynwood he impressed me with his knowledge of and passion for Mexican cuisine. He told me how he took fellow restaurateurs on culinary tours to Mexico, and his plans for an authentic Mexican restaurant in Miami. He realized his dream at Olla Miami which opened late last year in South Beach, and it’s a “joya” (jewel). Don’t think Tex-Mex as in tacos, burritos and the like. This is the real thing in an ambiance that recalls cantinas one sees throughout the country – weathered timber walls painted in earth tones, hammered tin chandeliers, and mellow lighting.  Read Full Post & Comments »

Valentine’s Day, Singles-Style

STK Miami


By: Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly


Don’t have a Valentine this year? Don’t fret because Miami has plenty of ways to celebrate Valentines Day Miami 2017 for singles, girlfriends and guys outings . Here are our favorites for 2017 (even some for a pre-Valentine). And don’t miss the end with a list of ways to pamper yourself for under $100. Read Full Post & Comments »

Miami Fashion News

Vintage Chanel handbag with its own covering for the rain at WGACA


More Miami fashion news, Part 2, including an Australian and Brazilian favorite from last year’s Miami Swim Week, a shop with the largest variety of hats in Miami (and inexpensive too), and a new vintage store that attracts the likes of Chloe Sevigny, Pharell , Kendall Jenner and David Beckham. For Part 1, click here. Read Full Post & Comments »

9 Miami Restaurants with Live Music

By Kayla Louttit


Do you like to dine and groove? We’ve rounded up nine Miami restaurants with live music, some with dancing and show, where you can also count on good to great food, and at different price points. Note: please call to check the show and entertainer before going as schedules can change. Read Full Post & Comments »