Eating Well + Conversation

Villa Azur

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is where can I eat well that’s not noisy? It seems that restaurants get noisier by the day.Why? Could it be that it’s Miami’s love of a party scene with dining complete with DJ’s? I asked two “foodie” gurus for their opinion on the “why”. And then I listed my “go to” places for good food and conversation,  ending with what to do if your heart is set on a restaurant you know will be noisy, but you really want to check it out. Read Full Post & Comments »

Apartment Gardening +


Have you always wanted to have a lovely garden on your apartment balcony?One with little to no maintenance? And better yet, have someone choose the plants with your direction, do the plantings, and then take care of them? It has taken five years of my searching,  but I’ve finally found someone who fits the bill, thanks to a good friend. And now I have my garden of paradise – it’s modest, but lovely. Here’s how you can make this happen and also tips on apartment gardening. And she does succulent and orchid arrangements too. Read Full Post & Comments »

Eating News August

What will be in store at new Bachour Bakery in Coral Gables, and much more


Wine flight Wednesday in the Grove, an Israeli inspired hummus haven by the folks from Federal Donuts, uber pastry chef Antonio Bachour’s exciting plans in Coral Gables,new Southern brunch at Bird & Bone,  the latest on three story Italian eating hall La Centrale and more in Eating News for August. Plus, updates on Miami Spice. Read Full Post & Comments »

Buzzy Happy Hours Around Town

Sorso by Scott Conant


By Jennifer Agress

Looking for a new way to celebrate “golden hour” ? Miami has plenty of spots where you can fuse sunset views with tasty, sometimes reduced-priced drinks and people watching to boot. Here are our seven picks:

Karen’s note: For more happy hours that get my thumbs up, click here.

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Med Culinary Tour with Panarea Sea Grill

Crudo di branzino, Mediterranean seabass with pink peppercorn, garnished with radish fennel salad on a wine map of the Med


More regional Italian and Eastern Med restaurants are opening in Miami and happy to say, the large majority are reasonably priced. Plus, they bring exciting new dishes and taste sensations, and wines from regions that are otherwise unrepresented in Miami restaurants. One of the newest entrants is Panarea Mediterranean Sea Grill named for one of the Aeolian Islands near Sicily. Pristine and undeveloped, its waters are known for seafood which informs the menu here, and its craggy hills for super size capers. The laid back, casual seaside ambiance and very friendly service, makes one think that this neighborhood restaurant could have been plucked from Panarea’s coast. Luca Delogu, the owner, hails from Rome but grew up in Sardinia and the chef, Claudio Sandri, who’s from Torino, Italy, and has appeared on The Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,”  is recognized by the Italian Culinary Federation as a “Master Chef.” Read Full Post & Comments »

Karen’s Kudos August



Yours truly wearing the Mua Mua doll inspired by Coco Chanel. Note the strand of pearls and Chanel type jacket.


You’ll love a special find from Miami Swim Week, designed in Italy and made in Bali (not swimwear). Then there’s money saving wine news, and sure fire beauty products that are tested and proven by yours truly, a beauty product skeptic, in this month’s Karen’s Kudos. Read Full Post & Comments »

Not the Same Miami Spice Picks, 2017 – Part 2


Pied a Terre


By Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly


Here’s part 2 in the series of new top restaurants participating in Miami Spice 2017, and  not the usual picks to put on your list: For part 1, click here. Note that menus can change. Read Full Post & Comments »

Not the Same Miami Spice Picks, 2017 – Part 1

Bazaar Mar by Jose Andres


By: Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly


Who’s ready for Miami Spice 2017? Bigger and better than ever, this year’s edition has 239 participating restaurants. The format is the same as always: for just $23 and $39, respectively, you can get three-course lunch and dinner menus from some of Miami’s top (and priciest!) restaurants. And new this year, brunch is also on the menu—diners can get a three-course brunch for just $23.This year we’ve taken a new spin on the promotion with not the usual players. So you’ll find new talked about places, a supper club, another top steakhouse you may want to try, a dining as party spot,  and even a solid choice for vegetarians.  While classics like Zuma, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Milos, Palme d’Or and Red, the Steakhouse are all reliable options, newer hotspots like Brad Kilgore’s Alter and Michael Schwartz’ Fi’lia, and those listed below promise to show you a new side of the Magic City. Part 1 of a two part series. Read Full Post & Comments »

Fabulous Friday: Monkey Muffin


You may have heard of the cruffin, a cross between a croissant and a muffin, a bakery item that took San Francisco by storm in 2014, then spreading to the East Coast. It starred in an earlier Fabulous Friday. On a recent trip to Portland, Oregon, I was smitten by another West Coast pastry standout — the  Monkey Muffin from Grand Central Bakery. The next pastry craze perhaps? Read Full Post & Comments »