Zenith Art & Fashion

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Yours truly in wearable art by Zenith Art and Fashion — a hand painted canvas dress (note detail at the inside hem), and their fab leather handbag in a metal cage. Seen here at the AWOM gala.

 

A much welcome new addition to the Miami art gallery and boutique scene is Zenith Art and Fashion. They feature no fewer than 38 fashion designers and emerging and established artists represented from over 24 nationalities. Fashion Institute of Technology grad and co founder Carla Cid de Diego is one of the designers. The Spanish American womens wear designer’s creds include crafting costumes for the Florida Grand Opera and Duende Ballet Espanol . Exclusive to Zenith, she designs limited-edition leather handbags in precious metal cages crafted by her father, Fernando Cid de Diego. Her father’s metalwork is owned by the likes of Queen Sofia of Spain and the White House (bought by the Clinton Administration). These are serious, handsome handbags, part of a collection of wearable art and accessories. Plus, Zenith has an 8,000 square-foot outdoor sculpture garden which can be rented for events.

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Thanksgiving Miami 2018 – Part 1

Give thanks this holiday season with some of South Florida’s most popular restaurants and caterers, where you can kick back, feast with your family and friends, and let one of the Magic City’s top chefs do the cooking. Boasting seasonal menus curated just for Thanksgiving Miami 2018, these culinary standouts reach every corner of Miami and beyond, from Key Biscayne and Coconut Grove, to Brickell, Miami Beach, South Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Whether you want to eat out, or gather your loved ones and stay in, here are our favorite places and ways to break bread this Thanksgiving season. Part 1 is restaurants and part 2 is caterers and takeout.
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Mexican Restaurant with a Difference

It seems like every month another taco place opens in Miami. Many are very similar in menu and décor, as in rustic, with an open kitchen, and not much in style. Not so with the very successful Mexican born and bred La Cerveceria de Barrio which opened in late August. I can easily see why it’s so successful – a seafood slant, original menu items which hail from seven regions in Mexico, very good service, and a casual décor that’s “alegre” (joyful) and fun. Plus, for my taste, the guac is the best in town, which you can team up with housemade corn tortillas. Plus, there’s a 20% discount for Miami Dade county residents!
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Happy Place Donuts

As you’ve probably read, Dunkin Donuts is dropping the “donuts” in its name and who knows what else. But donut lovers near fear. There are plenty and I mean plenty of donut places to choose from. The Salty Dog, Mojo Donuts, Honeybee Donuts, Lovely Donuts, Velvet Creme and of course Krispy Kreme (did I leave out any?). Business must be good, as Salty Dog and Mojo are expanding with new outposts to come this year in South Miami. Though as good as all these are, my newest favorite by far is Happy Place Donuts on Espanola Way In Miami Beach. And would you believe they have ham and roasted turkey donut sandwiches, donut sandwiches and sundaes and more!
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A “Must” for Garden Lovers

“Magical” is the word Jesse Druko uses to describes his garden and ten acres of grounds, which also happens to be one of the top nurseries in the Miami area. I also found the gardens romantic, wistful, and serene, with their meandering paths that lead to new discoveries at every turn, the koi filled pool that could have been plucked from Savannah, and the ponds that he also “choreographed” with lush vegetation. He’s a font of knowledge, advice, and is a great story teller. So you won’t want to miss his upcoming talk at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden this month besides either.
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Feel Good Story: Taste of Immokalee

Do you know where Immokalee is? I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t. It’s in Collier County on the West Coast of Florida. Population 24K+, it’s an agricultural region populated by seasonal workers and immigrants, and happens to be one of the poorest areas in the state. Now, thanks to the benefit corporation, Taste of Immokalee (TOI), there’s an uplifting, hopeful story that’s tied in with delicious sauces and salsa that are sold in Publix.
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