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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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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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