Villagers House Tour 2016
The former studio of architect George Fink whose houses will be featured in the Villagers House Tour


This month’s Karen’s Kudos brings a return of the Coral Gables Villagers House Tour, what’s being billed as “Miami’s first true food hall” called MiamiCentral , an online site that should help greatly with holiday shopping and hostess gifts, and an artsy cocktail to kick off Art Basel season.

It’s the season and we’re off and running with house and garden tours starting with some of Coral Gables’ most beautiful and interesting historic homes. The annual Villagers House Tour on December 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is themed around the architecture of George Fink whose designs range from Old Spanish to Tropical Modern. Five homes are featured and visitors can walk or drive between the properties. Also in store is a holiday boutique with food items for sale and a quilt raffle. Tickets are $35 and only available by advance purchase by November 22. For more information click here. Proceeds go toward the preservation and protection of historic sites.


Voltaggio Brothers to launch Monger in Miami at MiamiCentral food hall

More details are surfacing on the massive new downtown development called MiamiCentral to include retail, office, residences and the Brightline train service opening next year. On tap will be what they’re billing as a “the first true Miami food hall” called Central Fare. Fifty thousand square feet will house six restaurants and more than 20 food and retail purveyors.The headliner at the hall will be a 10,000 square foot casual restaurant and bar by Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, both known for their time on Bravo’s Emmy-winning season of “Top Chef”. They’re calling it a guest-driven restaurant concept with an interactive menu allowing guests the ability to curate their own meals, similar to selecting from a grocery shopping list. The name Monger (by the Voltaggio Brothers) was chosen to reference experts in each part of the dining experience — the fish monger, the meat monger, the produce monger.” Other eating offerings will include Azucar Ice Cream Company; Blackbrick Chinese; Doggi’s; Miami Smokers; Romanicos Chocolate; Rosetta The Italian Bakery; and Toasted Bagelry & Deli. For the latest, visit and



Anything that helps save time especially this time of year gets my kudo. So I was pleased to discover a new website that let’s you shop at leading department stores and “name stores” from the US and UK at different price points. Categories range from kitchen, beauty, home and garden and food to grooming, fashion and accessories for men and women.The search criteria allow you to choose the item by your minimum and maximum price or whether you only want sale items. For instance, need a makeup brush? Check. A gift for men? Check. Gourmet basket for a client? Check. Your toaster broke and need a new one? Check. Customer reviews are included, and there’s no shipping charge from now until December 21. Free returns too. Stores range from Saks, Nordstrom and Bloomies to TJ Maxx, Sears, TopShop and UK’s Miss Selfridge, Karen Millen and L.K. Bennett.



Warhol Mule
Warhol Mule for Art Basel at Bagatelle Miami

Don’t you love originality and creativity? I sure do. Get this, a cocktail for Art Basel served in a Campbell’s soup can. Not just any can, it’s the iconic one made famous by Andy Warhol, one of the  leading figures in POP ART. A favorite dining and party spot, Bagatelle Miami just came out with the Warhol Mule, a drink made with Ketel One Orange, fresh strawberry, ginger beer and lime. It’s $17 and is only offered from now through Art Basel.  What fun!


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