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Forte dei Marmi, A Star


Calamari tagliatelle with caviar


2017 is going to end on a culinary high note for me discovering top new entrants and — I’m going out on a limb here, the best Italian restaurant in Miami. This was welcome after a dry spell in exceptional dining. Last week you read about Sakura736. Now it’s all about Italian cuisine and Forte dei Marmi Miami. I’ve dined at Forte dei Marmi three times in 60 days and I can’t wait to go back. The space was formerly occupied by Cavalli and prior to that Danny Devito’s place, both of which were short lived. Heading up the kitchen is two star Michelin chef Antonio Mellino and his talented son chef Raffaele which right away speaks to the seriousness of the restaurant venture. But sometimes Michelin star cuisine can be precious or too studied. Not so here. It veers to classic cuisine, but with a creative twist and slow food culture, and  some totally new dishes here in Miami. Read Full Post & Comments »

The WOWs: Art Basel Miami 2017

Chairs by Reinaldo Sanguino of The Future Perfect, seen at Design Miami (and sold out!).


From 5 feet long fish that fair goers float in the air, machine guns made of typewriters,an oh so chic champagne spout from Moet,  to stunning paintings, jewelry and furniture —– the WOWs I found, Art Basel Miami  2017. Here’s a photo gallery of the creative, clever, fun, or beautiful (or all four) from various art fairs, the Design District, and Design Miami. Read Full Post & Comments »

Sakura736, a Fave


Hotate a la parmesan


If you read my blogpost on the best dishes of 2017 you saw the Sakura Roll from Sakura736. Actually, three dishes could have made the list. When the word gets out about the restaurant, , it’s my prediction it will be one of the hot spots in town. It’s well located on what is becoming a prime foodie destination with Joe’s Stone Crab, the new Stubborn Seed, Milos, and Red the Steakhouse all within a few blocks of one another and had a sophisticated, attractive crowd the night we went. Sakura736 features Nikkei cuisine, the first in Miami. It’s the convergence of Japanese and Peruvian traditions which emerged thanks to the immigration of Japanese to Peru. Read Full Post & Comments »

Miami + Ft.Lauderdale Holiday Events 2017

By Kayla Louttit and Yours Truly


December is here, which means the holiday season is officially in full swing! From Fort Lauderdale’s Winterfest Boat Parade and the Polar Express Train Ride to Australia’s hit sensation The TEN Tenors singing holiday hits, we’ve curated our top picks for special festivities to enjoy this holiday season in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. First up is Mistletoe and Martinis at Deering Estate December 8. Read Full Post & Comments »

Best Desserts 2017


Brutal Chocolate Cake from Tatel


This year only nine desserts qualified for my “best desserts Miami 2017”, but do they ever qualify! Also included are a few from my travels. If you’re going to a holiday party, you might consider bringing two of these which you can order.  Seriously yummy! Read Full Post & Comments »

Not to Be Missed Art Basel Events, Parties – Part 2

Le French Design: No Taste for Bad Taste


As the saying goes, sometimes the best is last, and in this case of Art Basel Miami events 2017, parties, wait until you read Part 2. If you missed Part 1, click here. Read Full Post & Comments »

Not to Be Missed Art Basel Events, Parties Part 1


Experiential art installation, the guest room reimagined, in The Forum of The Miami Beach EDITION, by artist and award-winning stage designer, Es Devlin.


By: Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly


Put on your finest, Miami! The Magic City’s hottest art event of the year, Art Basel, is coming back to sunny South Florida just next week. And when it does… the whole city gets ready for it. Are you?! When you’re done with the art tents and looking for something new and interesting, try these events below. They’re sure to make your Art Basel 2017 one to remember.Watch for Part 2 later  this week! Read Full Post & Comments »

Gablestage: Becoming Dr.Ruth (Westheimer)


Dr. Ruth Westheimer herself will be at the Thursday night performance (November 30) of “Becoming Dr. Ruth”, now at Gablestage at The Biltmore Hotel. The play is a fascinating look at the several lives, loves, challenges and successes of the famous Dr. Ruth Westheimer who broke ground with her warm, candid and outspoken advice about sex and relationships starting in the 80’s. The German-born, Jewish immigrant to the US became famous as a sex therapist, media personality, actress and author. She is the author of close to 40 books on different topics about sex and sexuality. Read Full Post & Comments »

Frank Stella Exhibit, a WOW


Crowds would be lining out the door and tickets hard to come by If the current Frank Stella exhibit at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale was in New York City. It’s a blockbuster that’s not to be missed. Frank Stella: Experiment and Change, spans the 60-year career of this preeminent artist,who emerged as part of a generation of American artists excited by, driven and challenged by Abstract Expressionism. Read Full Post & Comments »

13 Best Dishes 2017

Sakura Roll from Sakura736 photo by William Oberheiser


Here are my picks for best dishes in Miami for 2017. As you’ll read, most of the dishes are light bites, starters or comfort food, an interesting commentary on where most of the excitement is today in menus. Seafood is heavily represented not because I prefer it to meat — in fact, a thick beefy Prime steak is one of my celebration meals — but because the seafood dishes were the most exciting.  They cross all borders — from European and Asian to Middle Eastern. The bottom line, is they’re all standouts. Most of the restaurants featured have been reviewed in the blog if you want more information. Just click on the link. Read Full Post & Comments »