Fabulous Friday – Oh So Romantic

Photo courtesy of Vienna Insider


A dozen long stem red roses, rose petals in your bathtub, a box of rose candies — the kind Marie Antoinette loved. All romantic, but what about having a rose bush dedicated to you, complete with a personal message of love and affection and your name, in a rose garden in the center of a major capital  city? MiamiCurated reports on location in Vienna. Read Full Post & Comments »

Dashi, Japanese Cuisine At Its Best


Dashi Miami, the new 80 seat Japanese restaurant that opened as part of the River Yacht Club, showed up on my radar screen through its stunning food images on Instagram. The reality lived up to my expectations as I discovered on a recent visit to this culinary temple of Executive Chef Shuji Hiyakawa a protégé of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto (and for my taste, a protégé that has possibly surpassed his mentor). The presentation is exquisite, with a liberal use of edible flowers and microgreens, and the food is refined, delicious, and exciting. They call it “progressive Japanese cuisine”. Then there’s the privileged setting, riverside, with floor to ceiling window walls that open up to river breezes and allow full views of our dramatic Miami sunsets. Read Full Post & Comments »

Eating News May – Part 2

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Eating News May, Part 2 brings a top spot for ice cream just in time for summer, a lobster salad that’s healthy, low cal and delicious from Lukes Lobster Miami, Nespresso’s decaf lungo,  and home made tomato sauces that will spruce up any protein or pasta dish. For Part 1 click here: Read Full Post & Comments »

New Picks for Miami Entertainment


by Jennifer Agress

A refined night out doesn’t have to begin or end with dinner—and here in Miami, we have plenty of ways you can stay entertained until late into the night. Don’t know where to go? Read below for our six new picks for Miami entertainment — for before, during and after dinner (or skip dinner!). Read Full Post & Comments »

Staycation Miami


With spring here it’s time when we locals start to go swimming in the ocean,  enjoy less traffic in Miami Beach, and fewer crowds in restaurants. It’s also the time hotel rates drop. So, thought we, why not go on a “staycation” in Miami Beach for the weekend. We’d do things like spend the afternoon at the beach, go bike riding on the promenade, check out a new deli, go to a new restaurant and entertainment venue and take in a movie. Sounds like fun? It was. And, we should say, we wanted to stay at a prime South Beach location (23rd and Collins) but not pay prime hotel prices. We didn’t care about the “see and be seen” place to be.  Our destination, the Gates South Beach. Read Full Post & Comments »

Eating News May- Part 1

Le Sirenuse Miami


News you need to know about our drinking water, wine based activities in the Design District, a new Korean find in the Wynwood area, first look at Le Sirenuse Miami at the Four Seasons and more in Eating News for May, Part 1. Read Full Post & Comments »

Fabulous Friday – $25K Taco



A $25,000 USD taco? Yes, you read right. It’s yours at the uber luxe Grand Velas Los Cabos in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I’m proud to say that the idea for the world’s most expensive taco was that of yours truly (my public relations firm). The brilliant execution is owed to the resort’s  Executive Chef Juan Licerio Alcala. So what’s in this taco, what’s a fitting rare tequila to go with it,  and has anyone bought it? And if you want to check out the resort that made it all happen, I’m offering special rates for readers! Read Full Post & Comments »

Mother’s Day for Different Tastes

A Lavender brunch with star chef Andy Bates


What’s your (or your mother’s) pleasure? Here are choices for all tastes including a most unusual lavender brunch, music for the celebration, a chance to learn something new, and more. Two picks are on Saturday and others on MDay. For more choices for brunch, in case you missed it, my recent post on 7 new picks and an earlier roundup of classic choices. Read Full Post & Comments »

Via Emilia 9, Authentic Slice of Emilia Romagna

Tagliatelle with prosciutto


All of a sudden there seems to be one new Italian restaurant after another opening, the way Asian themed ones seemed to be the culinary category du jour in the past few years. Most are pizzerias + limited entrée offerings with regional cuisines of Liguria, Naples, and Tuscany well represented . Now we have a very different Italian culinary experience with the family owned and operated Via Emilia 9 in South Beach. Walk in the door and you’ll find yourself transported to an authentic eatery in Emilia Romagna, the land known for its gourmet products ranging from balsamic vinegar and parmigiano reggiano to prosciutto, lasagna, bolognese sauce, and mortadella.  Read Full Post & Comments »

Fabulous Friday- Jaguar XKSS

Photo courtesy of The U.K.Telegraph


Jaguar Classic just unveiled an all new XKSS, just nine units designed to the exact specifications of the iconic model created in 1957.  It goes for a cool $1.4 million. Read Full Post & Comments »