More different things to do in November, Don de Fleurs for unique presentations of preserved roses, new free service in Coconut Grove, terrific pizza deal,  and elegant cuff links as a homage to Miami, all in Karen’s Kudos this month.

Wish more areas did this…..Valuable new free service— you can now ditch your car and ride free on the FREEBEE in Coconut Grove. Jump on, call ahead or download the app. Drivers will also serve as ambassadors so you’ll have your own on board concierge. The service runs Sunday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday until 11 p.m. Could Coral Gables be next?

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One of the homes on the Villagers Tour. This by architect Alfred Browning Parker.


Kicking off the house and garden tour circuit is the Villagers Annual Holiday House Tour on Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Themed “Architectural Gems – South of Sunset”, the tour features six homes in South Miami and Coral Gables. Guests will also enjoy a gift boutique, the popular Attic Treasures vintage shop, light refreshments, and a raffle of a hand-crafted flamingo-themed quilt commemorating the historic Hialeah Race Track. Click here for a link to view more info about the quilt. Members of The Villagers will be on hand explaining each home’s distinctive history and features. Visitors drive in their own vehicles between the properties. They suggest carpooling where possible.Tickets are $35, advance purchase only, no ticket sales day of the tour. Online purchase through Paypal (or credit card), no later than 5pm November 29 or by mail. Proceeds support the preservation and protection of historic sites in Miami-Dade County.

Miami Big Sound Orchestra at MOCA


Free jazz the last Friday of the month at MOCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art. Mark your calendar for November 30 for the Ashley Pezzotti Jazz Quartet and December 28 for The Miami Big Sound Orchestra. For more information about “Jazz at MOCA”, visit: Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA), 770 NE 125th Street.



$10 pizza at Fratelli La Bufala in November, Mondays only


$10 for a 10 inch pizza. Yes, you read correctly. Popular Miami Beach spot Fratelli La Bufala is offering Pizza Mondays for the month of November. Choose from 20 Neopolitan pizzas — rosso (with tomato sauce), bianchi (white cheese) or calzone– each just $10. They’re regularly $9 to $16. Wine is a great value too — $8.50 for a 6 ounce pour or from $33 for a bottle. Signature pizzas include the Casertina with sausage, broccoli rabe, mozzarella and basil; Napoli, tomato sauce, anchovies, capers and basil; Parmigianella, tomato sauce, mozzarella, eggplants and basil;Tartufo, mozzarella, mushrooms, sausage, truffle oil and basil; and the classic Margarita. Off the pizza menu there’s a selection of pastas, salads and sides.  Fratelli La Bufala, 737 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach (T.305-532-0700).

Eric Markow and Thom Norris, Summer Zenith Kimono 2013


Unbeknown to many, the glass art collection of the Lowe Art Museum is one of the leading collections in the country. If you haven’t been to the Myrna and Sheldon Palley Pavilion for Contemporary Glass, go before January 27. Besides their permanent outstanding collection, there are two exceptional temporary exhibits in honor of the Year of Glass. The first comprises approximately sixty works of stunning contemporary glass from leading practitioners, including Dale Chihuly, Dan Dailey, Michael Glancy, Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová, Linda MacNeil, Dante Marioni, Billy Morris, Yoichi Ohira, Tom Patti, Preston Singletary, Therman Statom, Lino Tagliopietra, and Toots Zynsky — all from the world-class collection of Florence and Robert Werner. That is joined by the work of one of Murano, Venice’s leading glass maestros Giampaolo Seguso with the never before exhibited Giardino dell’Anima (Garden of the Soul series).


You’re going to love these preserved rose arrangements in stunning signature boxes. They are even carefully spritzed with an organic essential oil with the original scent. Miami’s first specialty flower boutique company, Don de Fleurs, now offers these beauties. Choose color treatments ranging from multi colored to gleaming gold, silver and rose gold metallic. You can customize the box and rose design and even have a message on the top of the box. And get this, an acrylic de fleurs collection features the preserved roses in clear, acrylic boxed with crystal knob that can be used to store invitations, jewelry, and makeup.

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Preserved roses last for up to one year and require no water or maintenance. Prices range from $39 for a single rose to $499 for a large bouquet. Same day delivery in South Florida if orders are made before 10 a.m. Nationwide delivery as well. And for the traditionalists, yes, they offer fresh roses and other floral arrangements too. Fresh roses last for up to two weeks. For more information, click here or call 1-800-386-5611. 


Missed the sold out Aegean Secrets dinner given by Les Dames d’Escoffier South Florida chapter? Here’s another top event, “A Journey Through the Five Elements” at star Vegan restaurant Soul Tavern tomorrow, November 13. The menu includes mushroom ceviche, hemp nut crusted edamame cakes, beet gazpacho, black risotto and guava cheesecake, paired with  “Detox Earth Herbal Elixir” . No ordinary dinner this in any way, the evening begins with with a Tibetan Prayer Ceremony at Soul Tavern’s Tibetan Prayer Wheels, led by Dr. Jason Gordon, owner of Soul Tavern. Tradition says that by turning a wheel inscribed with a prayer, we send the prayer into the universe.  The prayer wheels at Soul Tavern contain the prayer, OM MANI PADME HUM: “May all sentient beings find ultimate happiness.” Price is $85 per person. Soul Tavern, 1801 West Avenue Email Robyn Webb at to secure your spot!


Michael Kanners Jewelry who is the king of unusual, attractive and creative cuff links just came out with his latest creation, a homage to Miami. Just in time for the holidays, he created these stone crab cufflinks. They’re hand carved from Madagascar chalcedony with angel skin coral on the spring backs, all mounted in 18 karat gold. Price? $6400.  For more information, email;  Telephone USA: +1 917 912 1302; Telephone Monaco: +33 (0)6 40 62 01 41.




  1. This is great Karen! So many interesting things to do! Will catch up when back from Houston! You are our favorite “Blogger!”

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