Need your knives sharpened? I just discovered a “go to” place, Sin Rival Cutlery, at 1140 W.Flagler St. (T.305-545-5577). Three generations dating first from Cuba have been sharpening the knives and scissors of chefs, butchers, and barbers — hundreds a month. Took my knives there and in 48 hours they were ready for prime time. They charge $5 to $7 per knife, depening on the length of the blade. They also sell knives from Switzerland and Brazil (Mundial brand). They also imparted some wisdom along the way: yes, it’s ok to put your knives in the dishwasher provided they don’t have wooden handles. How do you know a knife is sharp? It should cut a fresh tomato with ease. Between professional sharpening they recommend using a steel blade to keep them sharp.
If you haven’t been to ICA, the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, 61 N.E. 41st Street, put a visit on your “to do” list. And even if you have been, if you haven’t taken a tour, the visit doesn’t count. Often conceptual, contemporary art needs professional explanations, and that’s what you get in their daily tour. The 45 minute tour is at 1 p.m. and it’s free (as is the museum admission). The collection has first rate works by leading artists worldwide which vary by exhibit — from Roy Lichtenstein, and Philip Guston to George Segal, Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., until 10 pm. on Friday; closed Mondays.
Lots has been happening at Dadeland Mall since the end of last year, and it’s worth a visit to check out the new shops, eateries, and there’s another really good reason: Microsoft and Apple. Unlike other locations around town, they are usually less busy. I used to take classes at Apple there on Sunday morning at 11. It was a breeze to get there, plenty of parking, and the class wasn’t jam packed. Appointments for support at both are also easier to snare. The Mall offers free yoga on Sunday mornings and get this — first timers get a free yoga mat. Love that touch. But back to the retail and restaurants. By spring, ten new spots will have opened. These include Shushop, an affordable shoe store where the emphasis is on fashion and appeal to 20 to 30 year olds; Garota, a clothing store for the same demographic. It’s the dream of popular Venezuelan fashion blogger, Carolina Silva’s; Minoti children’s fashion apparel from the UK; and finally, my favorite that I know from Europe, Intimissimi women’s lingerie from Italy. It’s contemporary, sophisticated and affordable — panties from $11, bras from $15.
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