Miami’s Best Bars

Le Sireneuse


By: Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly


Until recently Miami hasn’t had many really great bars. Now with notable new entrants on the scene that have raised the “glamour” quotient, happily others are stepping up their game, and then there are the classics that are always a good choice. Here’s the latest on the top bars Miami. Read Full Post & Comments »

6 Household Tips I Learned During Irma


Hopefully most of you had little or no damage during Hurricane Irma, though heaven knows we all experienced the anxiety, stress and fear. We ended up going to Orlando and staying with the parents of my son’s good friend from high school.  It turns out that the mother, Amal (we now all know that name thanks to George Clooney), is an incredible fountain of amazing household tips and shortcuts, plus she’s a star teacher. In fact,  I felt as if I had gone to “HU” as in household university. They’re all quick, easy, and low cost. Happy to share “what I learned during Irma”, six household tips you’ll love — food prep shortcuts, cleaning, and a terrific milk frother and cappucino maker, plus more. Read Full Post & Comments »

Oh So Useful Flight Essentials

4-in-1 color coded adapter


With travel the hassle that it is these days, I’m always on the lookout for products that make the whole process easier, more comfortable and stress free. Here some terrific travel and flight essentials I heard about from Travel + Leisure and plan to get: Read Full Post & Comments »

Things to Do Miami: September

Special free performance at the Arsht Center during DWNTWN Art Days


By Josie Gulliksen


Perhaps it’s a good idea to take a break from watching the forecast, and worrying about any impeding “weather patterns” to focus on what to do in our lovely Magic City. September has plenty of offerings that showcase our museums, Downtown Miami, luxurious hotels and our love of fashion. Part 1 of a two part series. Read Full Post & Comments »

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 Summer Happy Hours

Sorso by Scott Conant


By Jennifer Agress

Looking for a new way to celebrate “golden hour” this summer? Miami has plenty of spots where you can fuse sunset views with tasty, sometimes reduced-priced drinks and people watching to boot. For a summer of happy hours you’ll want to repeat, spend August hopping around these spots below.

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 »