Real.Life.Basic Outlet, Serious Find

 

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A terrific new addition to outlet stores in Miami features contemporary classic accessories for office, bathroom, kitchen and entertaining. It’s RLB Outlet and it’s the retail shop of the adjacent hotel and restaurant supplier, Real.life.basic. Items are design minded and quality ,and come in a variety of materials including wood, porcelain, stainless steel, acrylic, bamboo and glass.

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Best Farmers Markets

Now is one of the best times of the year to go to Miami farmers’ markets, the peak of the growing season. And just in time, we’ve curated our list of the best of the crop from all around town. In many of them you can also find local crafts people selling everything from soaps and candles to home decor items; home made jams, jellies, breads and pastries; stands offering tantalizing light bites for breakfast or lunch; and in the case of Lincoln Road, antiques and collectibles. Check out our five picks.
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Battle of the Baguettes, An Event

Love baguettes? How about other breads? If so, or just want to do something different this Sunday, head to The National Hotel, Collins Avenue’s elegant and cinematic Art Deco hotel. It’s the Baguette Battle Miami, a “best baguette” competition on Sunday, March 17th from noon to 3 p.m.and it’s open to the public. Created by French Morning, the first digital French magazine in the United States, the event will gather South Florida’s top bakers and over 200 foodies. Since 2016, French Morning has hosted the annual Baguette Battle in Miami at The National Hotel, followed by the first Croissant Battle Miami in 2018.
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Cafe La Trova

I know I’m probably going out on a limb here, but so be it. I said it. Café La Trova in Little Havana raises the bar on Cuban food and ambiance in Miami. Not surprising since it’s the labor of love of famous chef Michelle Bernstein and another award winner, bartender and mixologist Julio Cabrera. It  has the whole package – an authentic bar complete with the Cuban bartenders in traditional “Cantinero” attire and an enticing cocktail menu, delicious Cuban classics and Latin American riffs on the classics, live music several days of the week, and very good, friendly service. It gets a crowd of all ages including not the usual clientele on Calle Ocho — what I call the casually elegant  “blue blazers”.
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You’re Invited: Special Event March 13

Ever consider starting your own blog or just interested in what the perks are of being a blogger? Do you have questions on food, fashion, culture or entertainment in Miami (and I’ll talk “off the record” as well)? Join me for a complimentary Happy Hour with drinks and light bites as I give a talk on Miami’s hot spots. I’ll also share tips on growing a blog on Wednesday, March 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. We’ll also do a drawing on wonderful gift items including gift certificates to a fave “go to” restaurant with friends, North Italia (see my review) and more!  Can’t wait to see you there! Read on for more details.
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Nu Deco Ensemble, A Gem

When a good friend told me about Nu Deco Ensemble I had thought it was about contemporary music as in atonal, lacking in melodic verses (think Philip Glass). Not my thing. Was I ever wrong. True, as they say, it has classically trained musicians for the most part, but traditional classical music is part of the repertoire that also blends it with all or a combo of pop, jazz, and big band sounds. Sometimes works include art and media collaborations.  The conductor is cool, young, and exudes enthusiasm. The audience of all ages was loving it as did I. We went once, enjoyed it so much, that the next day booked tickets for the next concert, a Global Cuba Fest.
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Mandrake Miami, A Stunner

If designers Versace and Christian LaCroix were to collaborate on a restaurant with an Asian inspiration, the look of Mandrake would be the outcome. Then add in culinary alums of NOBU, Blue Ribbon Sushi and Chotto Matte, and you have the delicious dining part of the equation. Finally, add in the “buzz” quotient of Kiki on the River, from where the owners hail, and you get the picture. Mandrake on 23rd Street in South Beach is a stunner, and the food is delicious too.
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The Citadel Miami Opens

Now there’s still another reason to go to Little River — The Citadel Miami. And when everything they have in the works is completed, it could very well become a destination in its own right. It’s billed as an all-day dining, shopping and entertainment destination in Miami’s historic Little River District. Check out some of the delicious eats at its food hall.
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