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January 2018 - MiamiCurated

Antidote: Slow Fashion Chic

Mix and match handbags by Eli Grita


Miami is woefully lacking in European fashion boutiques or those with a European fashion sensibility. I’m not talking about the now ubiquitous global luxury brands. But the individually owned, one of a kind, upscale boutiques you find in places like the St.Germain area of Paris, Barrio Salamanca in Madrid, and Brera in Milan ( not the four figure pricey kind). So it was with great pleasure I came across Antidote one of the newest of Wynwood shops,  which features multiple designers  with a point of view. Everything has to be eco conscious and ethically made, and the designers passionate about artisanal practices. She calls it slow fashion chic and I’d add with a serious element of  cool. Read Full Post & Comments »

Miami Got Lucky, Literally

Ramen with pork belly


Move over New York and Los Angeles Asian food snobs. Yes, Miami got lucky with new Asian food marketplace, 1-800-LUCKY. OMG is the food ever delicious. If I closed my eyes I would think I was at a street market in Singapore. Find seven food vendors from Hong Kong and Japan to Miami’s own,  a Karaoke Bar,  and Wynwood’s first convenience store. Eat across Asia with buns, wok classics, peking duck, ramen,  shrimp dumplings  and Taiyaki Japanese ice cream. Read Full Post & Comments »

MiamiCurated Wants To Take You to Dinner

Pied a terre’s own estate bottled wine


You can win a four course dinner for two with wine pairing (a $360 value) at  top Miami restaurant Pied a Terre. Second prize is a $50 gift certificate for Amazon.com. It’s easy — JUST CLICK HERE. Fill out the quick survey questions (all) and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win. Entries must be received by January 24.  Winners will be drawn and announced by January 31.

Look forward to hearing from you. Good luck!

About Pied a Terre: This intimate French restaurant in the Cadet Hotel in South Beach could be right out of the French countryside in its décor and cuisine. The menu is developed and staff trained by a Michelin star chef.  Ingredients are of the highest quality, the food and presentation shine, and service highly professional under the direction of the talented Patrick Gruest. It has perenially been on my list of favorites in Miami.


January Events for All Tastes

Master Chef Dinner with Michael Schwartz, the best farm produce from Swank Farms, all in a lovely farm setting


This month brings a serious new foodie event to South Florida’s calendar, along with the return of other events you won’t want to miss — for music, food, culture,  art, and garden lovers. Read Full Post & Comments »

Cream, Ice Cream Parlor and Cafe

Unicorn Poop Sundae


Cream, Ice Cream Parlor and Café  took me back to my childhood. Actually, it’s better than any ice cream hangout I can remember. Besides the scrumptious ice cream, the place is fun, whimsical, comfortable and unlike any other place in Miami. With good reason it has built up a dedicated fan club of all ages – millennials going there on a date, groups of friends and families, and grandparents with their grandchildren. The “look” itself is definitely part of the story, but first let’s talk about the main event – the ice cream. Read Full Post & Comments »

My Favorite Restaurants of 2017

BarMeli 69, photo courtesy of MiamiNewTimes


The most frequently asked question I get is what is your favorite restaurant in Miami.  So I decided to answer that question for all of you readers. There’s one caveat. It’s a list of eleven since I have favorites for different reasons – do I want a steakhouse, Asian,  festive/party scene, Italian, French, Mediterranean?  As we all know, the restaurant business is tricky. Especially in Miami, the service and food can change from one day to next with a departing chef, transient wait staff, economics, etc. That being said, if and when you go to these places, hope they’re the best possible dining experience for you too. Enjoy! Read Full Post & Comments »