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Best Dinner Value in Town

It’s arguably the best dinner deal in The Magic City. No surprise then that the restaurant was packed on a Monday night in the usually slow tourism period right after New Year. Word is getting out about the incredible six course dinner with wine pairing for $79 per person (plus tax and tip) at Estiatorio by Milos. As is always the case with Milos, everything was top quality and even though the restaurant was crowded, we and our friends felt as if the waiter only had eyes for us. Service was excellent. Plus, there was no din, so conversation was easy. And now why it was so good….
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Day Trip from Miami: A Perfect Day

Nothing prepared me for Brightline, the train that travels between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. And I’ve been on my share of trains from Singapore and India to Europe and of course the USA. It was an important part of a perfect day trip from Miami (or from Fort Lauderdale) to Palm Beach that included a fascinating new discovery, an exhibit by famed photographer Edward Steichen, gourmet lunch in an elegant outdoor courtyard, a beautiful “winter” day, great friends, and all with comfort, convenience, and totally hassle free.
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Wellness Getaway+ Indulgence

Feeling like you want to start 2019 on a healthy note, get in shape physically, spiritually and mentally, and in great style? Here’s a terrific opportunity, and readers get a 25% discount off of the all inclusive rates (so everything costs less)! The scoop: From January 24 – 26, the posh 5 star Grand Velas Los Cabos on Mexico’s West Coast will host its 2019 Wellnessing Getaway with industry leaders, healthy cooking and nutrition workshops, tools for practical meditation, yoga and fitness classes, and much more. Want to combine it with indulgence? There are five gourmet restaurants on site including one headed up by a two star Michelin chef, uber luxe suites, private butler service and premium liquors and fine wines (plus a tequila and mezcal bar) . All that is included too.
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Garcia- Nevett, New Chocolate Destination

Miami is coming into its own in having fine chocolatiers. The newest, in Pinecrest, is the first retail operation for Garcia Nevett. It’s named for two Venezuelan sisters who bring with them an impressive set of International awards. And then there’s a workshop where you can observe not only chocolate making, but also, one of the sisters hand painting chocolate Christmas ornaments. Find all kinds of temptations for chocoholics, from bombons and decadent cakes to ice cream toppings and even an XL chocolate chip cookie. And you can have a coffee or hot chocolate while you’re there.
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Miami New Year’s Eve Picks

A reader posted a question on AskKaren about ideas for Miami New Year’s Eve, which I’m sure a number of you will be wondering about too. So to help you comb through Miami’s long list of options, we’ve rounded up our favorite NYE dinners, some with serious entertainment, and other special ideas. They’re at different price points including free admission, all happening at South Florida’s hottest restaurants, hotels and venues. Here they are:
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Best of Art Basel 2018

Just when I think there can’t possibly be anymore events, happenings and fairs in Art Basel Miami week, 2018 turned out to be the topper. It’s probably easy to do a week of 24/7 art, design, food and lifestyle happenings and never repeat an event or a venue. Fortunately, some of the offerings launched this week will become permanent, and many of the museum shows are around for the first quarter of 2019. I’ve indicated which you’ll be able to see beyond the Fair week. In any case, here are some of my favorites in fashion, design and art this year because they’re highly creative, fun, handsome, clever, skillful, or all of the above.
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New Fave for Pan Asian Food

A new fave for uber tasty food, a comfortable and Miami experience, and fair prices is Vagabond Sushi Bar & Market . Now don’t think it’s yet another sushi place, this is Pan Asian. In fact, my standout picks were not sushi. It’s not surprising the place is solid – it’s the brainchild of Amir Ben Zion, formerly of sushi hot spot Bond Street and Miss Yip. He created what he calls Vagabond Village at the Vagabond Motel Miami with the restaurant, pool and bar, and “Brigitte”, a social/billiard room with cocktail and full bottle service.
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