Mira Five Stars


When we walked into Mira Five Stars and saw the sumptuous decor, my first thought was maybe this restaurant would be about show and not substance. What I happily found was food and a dining experience that matched the quality of the surroundings, plus Mirko Caldino,  the talented Executive Chef from Liguria who has worked at Putin’s dacha outside of Moscow. Even better news is they’re offering luncheon and dinner prixe fixe menus that offer quality and value as an introduction to the new restaurant. Read Full Post & Comments »

Russia Surprises

From lilacs and tulips to iris and narcissus, spring flowers were everywhere in Moscow and St. Petersburg


What will World Cup visitors to Moscow find? All I can say is nothing prepared me for the Russia I saw on my recent trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg with New York Times Journeys in coordination with Abercrombie & Kent, one of a terrific series of educational trips led by a bureau chief, editor or contributor to the Times joined by guest lecturers.In this blogpost I’ve chosen not to describe many of the tourist sights – you can find that in any guidebook or travel article. Here are Russia travel surprises, revelations and curious observations I thought you’d enjoy reading about (even if you’ve been there before), with images of course. Read Full Post & Comments »

Fabulous Friday: Cafetera Ring

The Cafetera ring


A perfect gift for the person who can’t get enough coffee. Works too for those of us who like jewelry that’s sure to be a topic of conversation. It’s the two inch tall sterling silver ring that’s a “cafetera”. Yes, you got it right – it’s styled like a Cuban coffee machine, complete with a lid that you can raise, created by Santayana Jewelry. Read Full Post & Comments »

Bucket List: Azerbaijan

The Old City and in the distance the futuristic three Flaming Towers


Azerbaijan, little known even to the well traveled, conjures up images of the exotic, perhaps a little “wild and wooly” and as only being for the intrepid traveler.  What’s it like? Images tell it all along with some fascinating facts about Azerbaijan travel. Read Full Post & Comments »

Our Favorite Lunch Deals

Bulla Gastrobar


By Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly


Looking for a wonderful spot for lunch Miami that’s also a deal? Here are our eight favorites around town. Most aren’t cheap, but considering the stylish settings, service, quality of the food and you get three courses, they offer value for the money. Plus, you get a chance to try hot spots that are a lot pricier at night. Happy lunching! Read Full Post & Comments »

Miami’s Most Stylish Bars

Dragon Lounge at Katsuya


By Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly


Drinking is a sport here in the Magic City, but only the most in-the-know locals know where to go to do it right at the top bars Miami. For a night out (or even just a happy hour!) that fuses good drinks with surroundings designed to dazzle, sip on something sophisticated at these stylish Miami bars, below. Cheers! Read Full Post & Comments »

June Events for All Tastes

Redlands Summer Fruit Festival


By: Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly


The beat keeps on in Miami in June with lots of events. Our picks for the month: from the first ever Coral Gables Culinary Month, French Fete de La Musique and Redland Summer Fruit Festival, to a special flamenco performance of the famous “Amor Brujo” and astronomy happening.  We love these things to do Miami —and we think you will, too! Read Full Post & Comments »