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The Gramercy, Popular New Brasserie in Coral Gables

The Gramercy on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables has a crowd pleasing formula with its ambiance and American brasserie style menu, in great favor these days judging by the growing number of new restaurants featuring the elevated comfort food. A difference here is a contemporary spin along with a sushi menu helmed by a former Nobu chef. It’s a solid outdoor dining choice, too.
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Shoes Glorious Shoes (and Handbags)👠👟🥾👜

Mr. W and I have some fine, favorite shoes bought here and in our travels (and in my case a handbag too) that were in need of different kinds of restoration and repair. We’re talking everything from a gash in the front, serious black scuffing, and fading suede, to discoloration and changing well worn handles on a Louis Vuitton tote. To the rescue, a very impressive new high-end service that formerly was only available to the likes of luxury brands like Tom Ford, Ferragamo and Chanel. And not only that. Going way beyond shoe repair in Miami, they’ll make you a pair of custom sneakers, paint sneakers with your own design, protect your leather goods including the iconic soles of Louboutin shoes and more. Plus, now there’s a welcoming online promotion with a 50% discount off of services for first time clients.
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Best Palm Beach Restaurants

With each trip to Palm Beach I make new dining discoveries, though always returning to one uber favorite. It’s not surprising about the new finds, as PB is continuing to evolve as a dining destination, with new entrants boasting beautiful people watching and fine dining credentials, “modern coastal cuisine”, of the moment cuisines and the ubiquitous Mexican tacos. But PB also likes the retro thing, which I admit I really enjoy when it’s done right. So here are my picks of the best Palm Beach restaurants for your day trip or Staycation. And in case you missed the earlier post, click here on an updated list of New Things to Do in Palm Beach.
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Updated: New Things to Do in Palm Beach and More!

Since the pandemic started I’ve been to Palm Beach four times, the latest visit lasting four days. Sometimes the visit includes beach time but usually not, and I always find new discoveries like bike and walking tours, lots of eye candy, manage to do damage shopping, and fine dining,. Plus, now with the popups of major New York art galleries, the reopening of the Norton, Society of The Four Arts and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, top cultural offerings too. Here are my recent finds, places to put on your list of things to do and in part 2 coming up, look for a list of restaurant picks, some tried and true, and others new.
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11 Best Desserts in Miami 2020

In a time when many of us crave comfort food and desserts especially figure in big, I had to weigh in once again on my best desserts in Miami of 2020 (plus, you readers know how I love dessert). Though with COVID -19 closures and challenges, there were fewer restaurant openings this year that yours truly went to, there were still 11 standouts covering categories of ice cream, cake, pies, and even a milkshake as dessert. You’ll see that some selections are more over the top than in years past. But after all, we have to indulge where we can this year. And if you’re looking for great desserts offering home delivery, check out the link at the end. Enjoy!
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CHICA Restaurant Miami, Fave Latin Food

I first tried Chef Lorena Garcia’s food as tapas at a fashion and food event at Bal Harbour Shops in 2019. CHICA restaurant Miami was one of several featured and one of my favorites. So it was good news to hear her restaurant featuring cuisine from all over Latin and South America with her own accents was reopening in the MiMo district. And what a welcome surprise to find not only delicious food with new twists, but also, an attractive ambiance with several open air seating options. CHICA is a welcome addition to Miami’s Latin food offerings, and stands apart from the others that tend to feature a single Latin cuisine.
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