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Contents Hello, Spring! z April 2014
DEPARTMENTS 42 E D I T O R’S L E T T E R 44 E D I T O R’S P I C K S 51
AV E N T U R I S T Jewelry Box 51 Show your impeccable taste by giving Mom the perfect present. Hot Sheet 52 Just Live’s sporty style lands at Turnberry; shop Moroccan at The Bazaar Project; news about the new South Florida Holocaust Museum; and more. Local Color 58 Cool de Sac; Lisa Aportela.
It’s Just Chelsea
Chelsea Handler brings her unique, no-holds-barred brand of humor to the Ninth Annual South Beach Comedy Festival.
Moms That Rock
Meet six women who have mastered the art of raising stand-out kids while balancing a series of challenges, from illness to divorce to careers. It’s that time of year again for lucky moms to savor their swag, so deliver accordingly.
Quick Change Artist
Function & Style 62 Five pieces that are stunning on their own, but sure to be even more inviting in your living environment. The Mix 64 Pups from Tea Cups; summer camp essentials for kids; a new luxury residential property; and more. The Last Wordy 72 Enjoy a spring fling with The Wordy Girl Maria Tettamanti.
146 EATT H I S
Michael Mina 74.
149 D I N I N g g U I D E 164 S O C I A LST U D I E S 176 D I g I TA LAg E
April 1st isn’t the only fools day this month.
Celebrate spring romance—or any romance—with a getaway to Antigua’s Carlisle Bay. Designer and TV personality Krista Watterworth redesigned a South Florida home in just a few short months.
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In the Swim
Suiting up in style is a cinch in swimwear, shoes and accessories that are hotter than the South Florida sun.
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Well, technically, it is spring—but here in south Florida, as we know, we really only have two main seasons: hot and not as hot. hot lasts longer than not as hot—around 7 to 8 months— starting now. Which is why we’re already trotting out the swimwear for the fashion shoots, the bright makeup (bye-bye vampy lip; hello neon pink), and even lighter menu options (partly in preparation for donning the swimwear). While spring calls up images of pastel colors and birds chirping, it’s also when Mother’s Day rolls around, and so of course, to give plenty of shopping lead time, we’ve included our annual Mother’s Day gift guide in this issue, one month in advance. (actually, if you count the fabulous hardware sparkling all over the “Jewelry box” page, there are two gift guides in this issue.) also in that tradition we’ve got our “Moms that rock,” and this year’s group is one of the most impressive ever. in addition to looking fabulous, these women have mastered the art of balancing challenges both personal and work-related while raising remarkable children who would be sources of pride for any parent, in a time when doing so is arguably more difficult than ever. but before we skip too far ahead to May, back to this month: the ninth annual south beach comedy Festival is back, and headlining this year’s event is the deliciously sassy chelsea handler. everybody loves chelsea—except, perhaps, those who find themselves the punchline of her jokes—but chances are, you’ll never end up in that position, so jump online and grab your tickets to see her on april 4th. and in the meantime, read “it’s Just chelsea”, starting on p. 80. enjoy the issue.
And one guest you need to invite is the stretchable Renegade Cluster Bracelet in rose gold from Stella & Dot (it also comes in silver and yellow gold)—it’s the perfect stacking piece. $59; at stelladot.com.
Hey, they work for her: Skincare must-haves from KORA Organics by Miranda Kerr replenish moisture and keep skin glowing all summer long. Luxurious Rosehip Body Oil ($64), Tinted Day Cream ($62), and Foaming Cleanser ($52); available at koraorganics.com.
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The Rose Petal Bangle by Lauren G Adams combines 18K gold plating with pavé CZ’s for sparkle and a marbleized red enamel finish. $225; at laurengadams.com.
Splurge on these18K black gold dangling star earrings with rose-cut oval and pear-shaped blue sapphire centers and round diamonds. $9,150; at Levinson Jewelers, Fort Lauderdale, or visit levinsonjewelers.com.
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To Market Flavorish opens on the Upper eastside in MiaMi.
Feeling European Upgrade to sartorial splendor at vicoMte a. Feeling fancy? Time to get your French on. Vicomte A., the ready-to-wear brand founded by native Frenchman Arthur de Soultrait—who started out in the fashion biz selling ties door to door in wealthy parts of town when his first job in the U.S. didn’t work out and he needed money for a plane ticket home—is now in South Beach. These aren’t your average dress duds; the majestic name bespeaks the label’s designs, which are described as “slightly irreverent” and symbolizing a “nod and a wink” to the aristocracy. Launched nine years ago, Vicomte A. has developed its range to now offer a full wardrobe—shirts, ties, pullovers, polo shirts, trousers, skirts, and even childrenswear, eyewear, shoes and watches. Come experience true elegance. 638 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.535.8822; visit vicomte-a.com. 52
Everybody loves a new gourmet market, but this one’s even more appealing. The intimate nature of Flavorish, with its carefully curated selection of craft beers, wine, cheese, olives, fresh bread and sandwiches, quiche, cookies, prepared dinners—you get the drift—makes it even more of a draw than some of the larger stores of its kind, and now it’s open on the Upper Eastside of Miami, where it will most likely be even more appreciated. 7283 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.754.8787.
BrUce springsteen graces soUth Florida with his presence this Month. The Boss is back. Get your tix now to see ageless rock and roll wonder (can you tell there’s love there?) Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band live in concert at the BB&T Center on April 29th. At press time, tickets were still available. And a bonus announcement: On April 19th, Springsteen will release American Beauty, a special Record Store Day 12-inch vinyl EP from Columbia Records that contains four previously unreleased original songs that almost made it to his latest album, High Hopes. Die-hard Springsteen fans will want the collector’s item, which can be found at select independent record stores, as it contains “American Beauty,” “Mary Mary,” “Hurry Up Sundown” and “Hey Blue Eyes.” Tickets for the concert are available at bbtcenter.com; to find out where the EP is sold, visit recordstoreday.com/venues.
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The Past Remembered There’s much To Take in aT The new holocausT DocumenTaTion & eDucaTion cenTer in Dania Beach.
Get set to check out the new 26,000-square-foot Holocaust Documentation & Education Center. Designed by renowned designer Patrick Gallagher and located in a former vacant warehouse, the new facility will house thousands of eyewitness taped testimonies of survivors, liberators, rescuers and others, an extensive collection of documents, photographs and artifacts, a teacher resource/reference center and research library, a state-of-the-art video facility, a bookstore and a traveling exhibition space to bring the latest exhibits to the community and the permanent exhibition that will tell the full story in both English and Spanish. To raise funds for the new HDEC, King Jewelers is hosting a cocktail reception, auction and raffle, with 100 percent of proceeds from the evening benefiting the center, on April 24th from 6 pm to 8 pm. To RSVP, call 305.935.4900 or email email@example.com; for information on the new center, visit hdec.org.
anD Do iT in easy, Breezy, sporTy cloThing you’ll love. Now there’s another shopping option available to guests and visitors to Turnberry Isle Miami: Hallandale Beach-based Just Live sporting and active apparel is now available at the resort. The brand, which is dedicated to “inspiring positivity and living life to the fullest”—something we’re all about here in South Florida—is offering its men’s and women’s tees, zip-up jackets and hoodies and fitness wear, which range in price from a very affordable (something else we are all about, even if we are spending time at Turnberry Isle) $30 to $49. The goods are available at the Pro Shop, or check them out ahead of time at justlive.com.
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InStyle and NineWest have gotten together to collab on InStyle for Nine West, a collection of purses, shoes and accessories that launched in Miami in March. It’s the first time the collection will be available here, and to kick it off, InStyle’s accessories director Leah Karp came to town, styling models and showcasing the magazine’s top tips for achieving the must-have spring look from head to toe. This is the first editor-designed partnership between the magazine’s editors and the footwear brand, and prices for items in the line range from $79-$109. Check out the goods at Nine West stores around South Florida or visit ninewest.com. 56
And yet another unique boutique has joined the diverse roster of retailers settling into the Miami Design District: The Bazaar Project has opened its doors to style-conscious shoppers seeking home décor items and accessories from around the world. Turkish entrepreneur Yeliz Titiz has curated a collection of merchandise that speaks to her extensive travels to farflung destinations—Asia, Scandinavia, her home country—and fashion experience, all displayed in an 800 square-foot space. Titiz has assembled an eclectic mix of Turkish rugs and soaps, jewelry, photographs, coffee table books, embellished and skin handbags, men’s moccasins, decorative pillows and The Bazaar Project’s own private label of robes, vintage kilims and home accessories, along with Titiz’s own jewelry line, Sura. “I have been blessed to discover a variety of unknown and emerging artists throughout my travels,” says Titiz, “from the unnoticed merchant lurking within an Indian souk to a craftsman who calls a remote village on a European mountaintop home—and The Bazaar Project is where these memories and talent can be introduced to a larger audience. She calls it “a love letter to every corner of the world I’ve visited.” A letter we can’t wait to voraciously read. 4308 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, 786.703.6153.
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aventurist | local color At Cool de Sac, parents can enjoy a good meal while their children blow off some steam.
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Cool de Sac finds the secret to success for pleasing kids and parents alike.
Jose Luis Bueno, founder and Ceo of Cool de sac and a father of three, was facing the same problem as many of today’s parents: he was constantly on the hunt for fun, safe and educational places to take his kids that were also enjoyable for him. finding one spot that met all of his criteria proved nearly impossible. The few indoor playgrounds that existed just wouldn’t do. and so, Cool de sac was born, not only to fill Bueno’s needs, but the needs of parents everywhere. What began as a single innovative restaurant and children’s entertainment center at The shops at sunset Place in south Miami—a location that is now closed—soon spread north to dolphin Mall and The Village at Gulfstream Park. since signing master franchise agreements, Cool de sac has quickly become a worldwide trend. Locations in Mexico City and Bogotá, Colombia, are now open, and another 23 restaurants across seven countries will have opened by this time next year, including spots in Qatar, singapore and Panama. When asked about the lightning-fast expansion that has occurred since Cool de sac hit the scene in 2006, Bueno remarked, “We believe this success can be attributed to our…model that encourages a fun, interactive and healthy dining experience for every member of the family, and truly differentiates our brand from competitors.”
The concept behind Cool de sac is simple: Please kids and their parents, too. Too often parents are left sitting in uncomfortable chairs, eating stale pizza, impatiently waiting for their children to climb, jump and scream their way through obstacle courses, bounce houses and ball pits. Cool de sac has changed the game, and in addition to providing children with plenty of fun, it also provides parents with a full menu of healthy and tasty fare and, perhaps key to an afternoon with the kids, a comprehensive beer and wine list. dishes run the gamut from options like tuna tartare and margarita shrimp salad to churrasco steak. nutritious options are extended to the kids’ menu as well, which offers sides of applesauce or carrot sticks in addition to the ubiquitous french fries. Clever chefs even sneak sweet potato and carrot purée into the mac and cheese. The dining options are just one reason parents are able to enjoy themselves at Cool de sac. They can also rest assured that their kids are partaking in educational activities while there. a variety of different play stations ranging from arts and crafts, building blocks, computer games, a discovery zone and more offer children a way to flex their creative muscles in different problem solving activities, many of which also encourage team-building skills and social interaction. But best of all, each station has dedicated team members that staff the area, engaging the children and assisting them with whatever they may need so mommy and daddy can actually finish dinner before it gets cold. and there’s no need to worry about safety. Cool de sac has thought of that, too. each parent-child pair is outfitted with matching bracelets, so there’s no chance of little ones leaving the premises unsupervised. While much of Cool de sac’s business is made up of mommies bringing their toddlers for playtime, there are a number of other ways parents can enjoy Cool de sac with their mini-mes. Birthday parties are a natural fit for the restaurant-cum-play zone. Party packages include everything from invites to party favors, and if parents aren’t satisfied with one of the many themes available, the staff will happily collaborate to create new ideas. for parents who need something more consistent, there’s also a range of 45-minute workshops designed specifically for children from one to five years old like shake, rattle & roll and the Cool sports Clinic, as well as the latest Cool food Workshop, which goes directly into local schools to introduce students to the basics of health and nutrition. despite its overwhelming popularity, the success of Cool de sac shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. after all, it’s grounded in something we all know quite well: To win the affection of children, first win the affection of their parents. Cool de sac, 500 seabiscuit Trail, #1050 at The Village at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, 954.399.9953; cool-de-sac.com.
aventurist | local color Lisa Aportela
By Jennifer Leslie Kramer
Lisa Aportela is making over Miami, one house at a time.
Looking over her body of work, a mix of modern elegant designs with bright, edgy pops of color and texture, it’s hard to believe that Lisa aportela found her calling in an antique warehouse in new Jersey. “my mom came back from argentina with a container of antique furniture and various décor items,” recollects aportela. “She opened a warehouse soon after that. being by her side through the whole process really opened my eyes. even though the styles are polar opposites, i discovered my passion and developed my own look from there.” Since graduating from berkeley College in Paramus, nJ, and joining the american Society of interior designers (aSid) aportela has been making quite a name for herself, not only here in miami, but also in her native new Jersey. “i’ve been working with clients for seven years, helping them with everything from furniture design and residential and business projects to turnkey vacation properties.” and aportela’s experience isn’t limited to interior design. “i’m happy to do it all, from soup to nuts,” she says, adding that she has worked closely with general contractors when the job calls for more intensive renovations. in fact, this often proves to be the case when dealing with clients that partake in the turnkey design
branch of her business. “many of my clients hire me to renovate and/or design their vacation homes from top to bottom. whether it’s a more straightforward process limited to interiors or completing all the custom work that may be required in a new build, we get it all done,” she remarks, “down to the nitty-gritty details of sheets and towels.” Thanks to the wonders of technology, oftentimes, aportela doesn’t meet her clients until the project is complete. This is typically the case when she is tapped by former clients and connections in new Jersey, or even snowbirds with a recent South florida purchase. “i do a huge amount of virtual business. all of my plans are virtual, 3d plans and i get a lot of business through houzz,” the online design portal that allows users to create virtual inspiration books as they comb through portfolios, work samples and reviews of thousands of professionals. “as long as i have proper plans, a solid budget and an open line of communication with my clients, anything is possible. They like knowing they can send me the keys and that i’ll deal with everything, so when they’re ready to move in or vacation in their new home, the only thing they need to worry about is getting here.” aportela is a natural fit for South florida. born to Cuban parents, she is bilingual, and has already been flexing her creative muscle for local Univision television personalities. in addition to being close to her roots via a heavily hispanic demographic, like most northern transplants, she can’t get enough of the weather. “miami really is a tropical playground,” she says. “it’s got style and brightness. it’s a beautiful modern city that is always on the pulse of the latest and greatest.” while she is always cognizant of putting her clients’ needs and tastes first, aportela abides by her own design rules, which may come in handy for those taking on a redesign of their own. “a successfully designed room has four aspects: wood, metal, glass and soft fabric or materials,” she says, “and then, of course, a finishing touch of sparkle, which can take shape in a fabulous chandelier.” on the same note, she adds, “Color goes a long way in making any room feel luxurious, but lighting is key to really transforming the space. There are an endless number of items you can bring into a room, but proper lighting is crucial to be able to appreciate them.” another necessity? The touch of a professional— someone who knows the importance of a well designed home. “People don’t understand how significant their home is in the grand scheme of things,” aportela asserts. “it’s where they raise their family and make memories. it’s essential that it reflects not only their design aesthetic, but who they are and how they want to live.” Lisa aportela, 305.710.7048; lisaaportela.com.
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Hexagon-printed soft gray chenille over a white linen blend perfects The Grayson chair from Crate & Barrel. $1,099; at Crate & Barrel, Hallandale Beach, or visit crateandbarrel.com.
Art and function combine in Jonathan Adler’s Toklas Console Table, handmade from solid panels of limed oak with burnt oak accents and brushed brass legs. $2,500; at Jonathan Adler, Miami Design District, and at jonathanadler.com.
Alexander McQueen’s “Poppy Night” wool aubusson wallhanging for The Rug Company dramatically magnifies the floral bloom to the point of abstraction. $6,495; at therugcompany.com.
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Each colored element of the Goccia vessels is shaped as an individual glass bubble, then joined early in the glassblowing and shaping process to create the teardrop forms. Available in three sizes and six color combos. $1,320-$1,760; at vetrovero.com.
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As business partners, Eleonora Bonfini and Donna Piro have built an empire based upon their love of all things four-legged. Launched in 1999, TeaCups specializes exclusively in t-cup (under 5 lbs. at adult weight) and toy breed dogs. But it’s more than just a business to its owners. Bonfini is so devoted to the health and safety of her charges that potential owners have to pass an extensive screening process to ensure they can provide the best possible care for such a fragile pooch, and clients are required to sit through a 45-minute orientation to learn how to properly care for the newest member of their family. The on-site boutique portion offers everything imaginable to indulge your pet, ranging from a $5 training treat to a $4,000, one-of-a-kind gown and custom beds. Their grooming facility, Pets Are People Too—Piro’s brainchild—is equipped with Forever Steel appliances that continuously pump 100 percent fresh air into the groom and holding rooms, where six master groomers perform 75 to 100 grooms daily. Last year, the duo moved to a newly renovated 6,000-square-foot locale and introduced Splash, an exotic saltwater aquarium that specializes in exotic fish, coral and invertebrates. Bonus: In addition to purchasing a pup at TeaCups, you can also adopt a dog through Glimmer of Life, their non-profit, no-kill rescue organization dedicated to saving the lives of neglected, abused, sick and injured animals whose devastating health conditions would have caused them to be euthanized anywhere else. For more information, call 954.985.8848 or visit teacupspuppies.com.
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Maybe you only go to the eye doctor when you need a stronger scrip or you’ve got pink-eye. But there’s plenty more to eye care, and with modern medical advances, the methods for treating eye conditions have multiplied. “Some of the most common eye conditions we treat include dry eye syndrome, ocular allergies, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye disease,” says Dr. Anil Vedula, co-founder of Aventura Eye Specialists with Dr. Aarup Kubal. “We offer many novel treatments for the most common eye conditions and are a part of many clinical trials.” They also offer free LASIK and laser vision correction consultations, so if you’ve been dreaming of ditching your contacts or your glasses, here’s your chance to see if this procedure is right for you. “As volunteer assistant professors of ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, we’re trained in three different platforms for laser vision correction and provide patients with the service that best optimizes their vision,” says Dr. Vedula. Aventura Eye Specialists is located at 20197 NE 27th Ct., Suite 370, Aventura; call 786.955.6256 or visit aventuraeye.com.
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As the economy grows, so does the number of buildings comprising the Miami skyline. Some are brand new; others are undergoing facelifts—like 151 at Biscayne. The pair of residential towers with spectacular views of the Sunny Isles skyline, natural preserves and the Atlantic Ocean is undergoing a major transformation. To wit: The exteriors of both towers are being refinished, the lobbies have been redesigned with new landscaping and entertaining space, and plans are in the works for a new tennis court, fitness center, locker rooms, clubroom and pool, along with a guardhouse providing 24/7 secure access. Two- and three-bedroom residences inside average 1,800 square feet and feature open designs with great rooms, kitchens and living areas that spill out to the balcony, with tempting appointments like marble baths and gourmet kitchens with Italian cabinetry and granite countertops. But you needn’t imagine what all this splendor looks like—the new model units (and the sales center) are open now, so call 866.692.9777 or visit 151atbiscayne.com.
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Leg Up The Goldman Vein insTiTuTe can help GeT your your Gams GorGeous for summer. Aventura Mall is growing yet again—with a significant expansion that will include a new three-level, 241,000-squarefoot retail wing and parking garage, the construction of which is set to start this year. Meeting the needs of Aventura Mall’s increasingly fashion-centric visitor base will be a focus of the new expansion, according to Jackie Soffer, principal of Turnberry Associates, owner and manager of Aventura Mall. “Continued resurgence in the real estate market and tourism growth have led to significant increases in the number of affluent Miami shoppers, specifically at Aventura Mall,” says Soffer. “We’ve had tremendous demand from retailers and simply don’t have enough space to satisfy their needs.” The mall opened in 1983 and over the past 30 years has been a key component in the city’s residential and tourism growth. A 1997 expansion doubled the shopping center’s footprint, and in 2007 Nordstrom and a three-level wing of upscale stores was added. At 2.7 million square feet, the mall is already one of the largest in the country and draws nearly 30 million visitors every year. Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., 305.935.1110; visit aventuramall.com. 68
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Blogger Maria Tettamanti—AKA “The Wordy Girl” of thewordygirl.com— dishes on her lusts, musts and ones to watch.
Now that the pesky polar vortex has bid us adieu, I’m all about embracing spring’s solar vortex. Yes, with the weather reaching a steadfast sunny disposition, I’ve got easy and breezy shorts, caftans, hats, kimonos and more on my mind. Here’s what I’m eyeing for April, fellow fashionistas: (1) Distressed-denim shorts: Ideal for running errands to hitting the beach, well-worn denim shorts are it. And the grungier the better, as indicated by this American Eagle version. (2) Floppy hat: Protect your mug (and Botox bucks!) from the sun with this Aerie straw hat. Channel your inner Kentucky Derby girl while you’re at it. (3 & 4) Airy tops and frocks: Calypso St. Barth has boho chic on lockdown— this hippie-ish dress and blouse are perfection. (Not to mention, I could totally see Kate Hudson wearing these with aplomb.) (5) True blue bikini. A tried-and-true bikini is a must. Vix’s newest ripple triangle top and bottom fits like a glove. Watch your back, Kate Upton! (6) Statement earrings: Jazz up any look with these turquoise Lia Sophia stunners. They have “effortlessly chic” written all over them. Plus, they won’t break the bank. (7) Mirrored aviators: While mirrored lenses seriously mess up one’s selfie game (travesty, I tell you!), they’re still de rigueur. I dig this pair from American Eagle. (8) Message tee: If your tots are anything like mine, this Wildfox children’s tee speaks the unmitigated truth… in style! (9) Yellow-gold accessories: I blame the showy Shahs of Sunset cast for my recent obsession with all things yellow gold. These Rocs Anonymous baubles are gilded goodness. (10) Pastel crossbody: Now trending? Pastels! This Asprey Morgan Mini Handbag in powder-blue suede bullskin is everything. (11) Beach-friendly handbag: Splendid just launched their first-ever handbag line. This textured yellow tote beckons me to la playa with copious piña coladas in hand. Cheers! CREDITS: 1. American Eagle shorts available at ae.com. 2. Aerie floppy hat available at aerie.com. 3 & 4. Calypso St. Barth top and dress available at Calypso St. Barth, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour and calypsostbarth.com. 5. Vix bikini available at vix.com. 6. Lia Sophia earrings available at liasophia.com. 7. American Eagle aviators available at ae.com. 8. Wildfox children’s tee available at Bloomingdale’s, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, and wildfox. com. 9. Rocs Anonymous accessories available at rocsanonymous.com. 10. Asprey handbag available at Asprey at the Setai, 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, and asprey.com. 11. Splendid Maldives tote available at Splendid Aventura, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, and splendid.com.
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It’s JUST CHELSEA Funny girl Chelsea Handler brings her unique, no-holds-barred brand of from-the-heart humor to the South Beach Comedy Festival.
Chelsea handler was born in livingston, new Jersey, to a Jewish dad and a german-born mother, and was raised in reform Judaism. even her reflections on those early days of her life come across as one-liners. “we lived in this nice Jewish neighborhood,” she once told a reporter of her childhood. “everyone had Mercedes and Jaguars, and i was going to school in a Pinto.” twenty years ago, when she was 19, she moved to los angeles to pursue an acting career, and two years later, decided to become a stand-up comedian after telling her story about a dUi to a class of other offenders, who found it funny. Fast forward to 2007 and the debut of Chelsea lately, the comedian’s own halfhour, late-night comedy series on e!. over the past seven years, the show has become a major hit; it’s broadcast daily on the e! network in the U.s., the UK, Canada, australia, germany and new Zealand. Fans tune in to watch handler and her guest panel of fellow comedians rag on celebs who are in the day’s headlines, then cap off the night by interviewing—and usually, skewering in someway—an a-list celebrity guest. “the worse the guests are, the more pathetic they are, the funnier the show is,” handler has said of the key to the show’s success.
That success has taken Handler’s career in various directions, from movie appearances to a TV show based on her best-selling 2008 book Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea (the show was titled Are You There, Chelsea? and only aired for one season), in which Handler starred, plus three more New York Times best sellers. Three years ago, Handler’s publishers gave her her own publishing imprint (Borderline Amazing/A Chelsea Handler Book), with which she signed a three-book deal; the first, in 2011, was called Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me, in which her coworkers and family members discuss various things Handler has done. It also hit number one.
But even with all that, Handler has continued to entertain audiences with her stand-up. In 2007, Handler joined Comedy Central’s “StandUp Comedy” tour across the United States, and this month, she’s headlining the Ninth Annual South Beach Comedy Festival April 4th as part of her “Uganda Be Kidding Me Live” tour, based on her book of the same name (a collection of crazy travel essays, just released this past March). If the success of the tour is anything like her 2011 “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang” tour three years ago, which was extended three times, drew more than a quarter of a million fans in 44 markets and grossed more than $16 million, and the subsequent “Lies That Chelsea Handler Told
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Handler told Piers Morgan: “You’re a terrible interviewer. You can’t even pay attention for 60 seconds.”
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Me” tour the following year, which sold out in 20 markets, the girl has got it made. “It’s all of my travel stories, starting with a safari I did with five of my friends,” Handler told the Huffington Post about her latest book. “We went to Africa two years ago and we had a ridiculous time. And while I was there I was like, ‘I have to start writing this stuff down.’ It’s just a bunch of idiot American girls going to foreign countries and making asses out of themselves. So I thought, ‘Someone should write about this.... Wait, I should!’” Chelsea lovers can’t get enough of her brutal honesty and sarcastic commentary, on display nightly on Lately, even though it sometimes gets her into trouble. Not that she cares. It’s her stock in trade, after all. On a recent episode of the justcanceled Piers Morgan Show on CNN, she sparred with the host mercilessly, and the interview grew tense when Handler told the British newscaster, “You’re a terrible interviewer. You can’t even pay attention for 60 seconds,” prompting Morgan to retort, “Well, you just weren’t keeping my attention.” The exchange became heated as Handler responded, “That’s not my problem. This is your show. You have to pay attention to the guests that
you invited on your show. It doesn’t matter how interesting I am. You signed up for this job.” Handler then took a swipe at Morgan’s show by remarking, “Maybe that’s why your job is coming to an end.” Boom. Shocking people with her candor is Handler’s trademark, and it’s no put-on. Asked in the same interview if she ever lies, she readily admitted, “Oh, I lie all the time. It depends on what I’m trying to get out of. Oh, oh! I was in Barcelona and this guy had come to see me from London and I lied to him about having to go to a friend’s surprise party in Barcelona. I don’t have any friends in Barcelona. I made up her name—her name became Vivian—and she had a husband and she had a daughter by the end of the trip named Molly. All of this to get out of going to dinner with somebody. And my friends were like, ‘You know you can just say you don’t want to go to dinner? You don’t have to make up an entire family.’ But I was like, ‘It’s just easier that way.’ But now that it will be on The Huffington Post, I’m sure we won’t have any problems.” It’s that brand of delightfully devilish humor that has colored her persona, which isn’t really a persona at all—it’s just Chelsea.
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Laura Kozelouzek Age: 47 Founder and CEO Quest Workspaces, Miami and New York City Mom to Jordan Sotomayor, 10 My tiMe with My son is sacred for me; i make sure i am present and focused when we are together. while my company demands a lot of my time, Jordan knows he comes first. i started my company so that i would have the flexibility to be a very involved mom, but that often means working late at night after putting Jordan to bed. i also include Jordan in my work, visiting locations, explaining the company goals and by feeling part of it, he not only understands when i need take conference calls and travel, but often tells me how i should run the company! LESSONS TAUGHT & LEARNED above all, i wish for my son to be happy and fulfilled—for me, that makes for a successful life. i also stress the importance of being kind, giving and respectful. it’s important for me to set an example and to live life with passion, enjoy the moment, have fun and laugh a lot together. i also emphasize confidence, believing in himself, always “going for it” and doing the right thing. CHALLENGES FACED Luckily, i realized early on that my son has a mind of his own, prefers to lead and is an extremely independent thinker, and so am i. these traits can make parenting a challenge. so i decided to work with him instead of clashing. i empower him to make many decisions on his own, and we discuss and sometimes negotiate to get the
outcome. with important matters, when it has to be my way, i explain why and he respects that. in many ways, i parent Jordan the same way i manage my team, and it’s very effective. FAMILY TIME we are very active and love adventure. we are water sports fanatics—waterskiing, jet skiing, kayaking, boating and scuba diving. we also love snow skiing, rollerblading and biking. we love to be outdoors, but when inside, we can spend hours playing rummikub or building puzzles. travel is very important to us and we ski out west every year and love to experience new countries and cultures. this summer we toured seven countries and 14 new cities. ME TIME Like most working moms, finding time for myself is tricky. But when i do, spending time in nature is where i find peace and recharge. i love hiking, skiing, biking, and horseback riding, and when exercising i find it clears my head. CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK My son looks exactly like his dad, but has my personality. it’s usually so much fun to watch, except for the stubborn trait that we both share. he is very social and silly, and loves to make others laugh and throw parties. i used to own a restaurant and Jordan definitely shares the “hospitality” trait. at four years old he was our chef, and by the age of five, he was trying to bartend for tips. he loves to lead and has an entrepreneurial mind, conceiving new business ideas weekly, which really excites me, since my first business was a coffee stand at the age of 12. magazine.com 91
KIM RUDDY Age: 41 Full-time mom & Lupus patient Davie Mom to Braden, 17; Kailyn, 15; Emmit, 5
When I am not too sick to get out of bed, I manage to show my kids how to live strong and that no matter what life brings their way they can be happy and still find a smile, that it’s our lives to make the most of. LESSONS TAUGHT AND LEARNED I teach my kids that respecting others and others’ feelings and showing love will help them make a successful life for themselves. Our greatest challenge for all of us has been my illness, along with my daughter being diagnosed with the same illness. We’ve talked a lot about how we can get through it and we all agreed that handling it with compassion, understanding and a great deal of patience was going to be our greatest gift and joy to keep one another happy
ME TIME I don’t take much time for myself, but when I do I enjoy seeing a movie or going to a sporting event, or some alone time by the pool listening to what I actually want to listen to on my iPod instead of what they want to listen to (insert smile)! CHIPS OFF THE OLD BLOCKS My oldest, Braden, is a clone of his father (former Miami Dolphin Tim Ruddy) in every way, from school to sports to simply living a clean and happy life. My middle child and my only daughter, Kailyn, takes after me; she enjoys being around people and is very outgoing. My youngest is adopted, but has taken on a bit of both his father and myself—he is loud and outgoing like his mother but is very focused and kind like his father.
ELIZABETH MEJIA Age: 52 President/CEO, Communities in Schools of Miami, the nation’s leading dropout prevention program Miami Mom to Elyssa Linares, 28, and Raquel Mejia, 25
I have always felt that balance in life is critical. Because of that, I have always been protective of my time. Although it probably wouldn’t work for everyone, in my case I am very good at compartmentalizing. When I’m at work, I’m focused on work, and likewise, when I’m at home I’m 100 percent focused on my family. Just as I limited my work distractions in the evenings, I also limited my children’s activities and television time. LESSONS TAUGHT & LEARNED I have emphasized that life is a gift and should be lived every day as fully as possible and not wasted with negativity, anger, bitterness and regrets. I taught the girls that when all is said and done, all we have is family, so we need to be there for each other at all times. Relationships, power, and material things will come and go, and all we have left are the memories we’ve made for ourselves and the memories we left in others. So we need to make beautiful ones and learn from the negative ones. CHALLENGES FACED As a mother, my greatest challenge has been seeing my daughters go through difficult relationships. This happened after they both went away to college, so it took me by surprise because I thought my job was “done”. It was hard feeling their pain, and I had to remind myself to support them while maintaining my boundaries. I believe they overcame the struggles by trusting me not as a mother, but as a woman who could be a friend and confidante. I’m honored that I earned that privilege. TOGETHER TIME We live for vacations. It doesn’t matter where we go—just going away together and exploring. Road trips are the most affordable way to do that. We love the camping, the family dinners, and just exploring the areas and events around us. ME TIME I’m an avid reader. There is a book with me at all times. A minute of reading is enough to relax me. I also enjoy drawing, but I need to get back to that. My husband and I like our movie time together as well. I still like to dance, even if it’s in the living room with my hubby. CHIPS OFF THE OLD BLOCK Elyssa, my eldest, is like me in the sense that she’s very verbal and likes to discuss things. She’s very family-oriented and a take-charge person who organizes opportunities to bring people together. But she’s like her dad in her intensity. She’s a perfectionist, detailed, and emotional like him. Raquel, my youngest, is my “chicle”—“gum” in Spanish. She likes cuddle time and is less verbal. She’s like me in that she can take things in stride but she’s more of a type B and needs her “couch potato time” like her dad while I like to go, go, go. However, we are the same in how we view things. She’s realistic and practical and has a calming presence like myself—very affectionate. She’s a big picture person like me versus a detailed person. We often laugh that we’re both a bit of an airhead. magazine.com 93
DEBBIE MARTINEZ Age: 54 Divorce Life Coach/Florida Supreme Court certified family mediator Miami Mom to Andrew, 18, and Emily, 17
I was a stay-at-home mom for 11 years before I got divorced. Two years after that, I launched my own practice, Transformation thru Divorce, to help other people going through divorce. Going from a stay-at-home mom to putting in a lot of hours away from home was an adjustment for my children, but we always talked to each other about how we were feeling with this change. Communication was important. Through it all, my children learned resiliency and how change can come at any point in one’s life, and how well you roll with the punches depends on your perspective. LESSONS TAUGHT & LEARNED From the time my children were little, I taught them compassion for others and how giving of yourself can be so fulfilling. Now that they are young adults, we constantly talk about what will make them feel like they are living their purpose and being happy with who they are and not what they have. Living in Miami and being exposed to the luxury lifestyle here can make it somewhat difficult to keep them grounded,
but I always try to have conversations about the simple things, values and staying in touch with their heart. OVERCOMING CHALLENGES By far, the divorce and all that it brought has been and continues to be a challenge. But through adversity comes strength and growth. We have learned to communicate better, practice more patience, problem solve and most of all, we have learned a deeper meaning of acceptance. ME TIME I have learned that I need time to myself. Being a single mom, feeling guilty about taking that time was a biggie, but I’m a better person all around for taking it. I’m an avid tennis player and I like to write, spend time with girlfriends and I love finding new activities to try. CHIPS OFF THE OLD BLOCK I do see quite a bit of me in my children on many levels including their respect for nature, compassion, love of animals, sense of humor and spirituality.
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CHIPS OFF THE OLD BLOCK Oh, these girls could be from two different planets. I don’t even send them to the same school. My oldest has a lot of my personality, but—as proof there is a God—she’s so much better than I’ll ever be. She’s an environmentalist, assertive and she cracks me up. My youngest is a lot like my husband, which is why we get along so well. She’s a vocalist, so she shines on stage and spends more time listening in person. They support each other, but they are each focused on their own, individual goals.
NANCY KARP Age: 45 CEO, Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design Miami Beach Mom to Jordan, 17, and Aden, 11 I have always worked, and I believe balance is the most difficult aspect of being a working mother. I left my career in marketing and PR when Jordan was turning one, and started working with my husband [architect Kobi Karp] and focusing on building the firm and our brand. Jordan would come to work with me, yet my work schedule always revolved around him. Since my boys are six years apart, it was very different when Aden was born. My attention remained focused on Jordan and Aden came along with us everywhere. I prioritized my time, which is a key element to balance. My boys know they are my priority day in and day out, whether it’s a runny nose or a performance at school or basketball and lacrosse games. LESSONS TAUGHT & LEARNED We hold a high moral ethic when it comes to giving back. My two boys have been part of many programs in the community, where they can be in firsthand contact with less fortunate people and see how blessed they are, and experience the feeling of giving back. Jordan is very engaged in lacrosse and extracurricular activities that both benefit his outlook on his future and help people in need. Along with Breakthrough Miami, Jordan developed an inner-city program that teaches at-risk inner city youth the game of lacrosse, earning him a Silver Knight nomination. Aden loves playing basketball. He’s also is a natural-born thespian. He has been in a movie and numerous plays. Through his acting abilities he has entertained the elderly at nursing homes. This is so rewarding for him since he is using his passion as a way of giving back. FAMILY AFFAIRS Tradition is very important to us. We take a ski trip at Christmas, travel abroad in the summer and pick a different place every Thanksgiving to visit with the same group. ME TIME Exercise is my medicine. Keeping up to date on social media is important to me, as is researching topics of interest. But honestly my favorite time is the time spent with my children; there is nothing that comes close. CHIPS OFF THE OLD BLOCK I see so many of my traits in Jordan—he is super type-A: very structured, fiercely competitive, extremely selective about whom he calls a friend, and always striving for perfection. Challenges are learning experiences for Jordan, not obstacles. He sets goals and will make sure he achieves them. Aden’s personality, on the other hand, is very much Kobi. Just like his father, people young and old are drawn to Aden. He can converse with anyone about anything. He is a showman, an entertainer, like his father when he presents projects. Aden has a natural ability to connect with people when he’s in a conversation or on stage. He is so much fun to be around. 98
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Katson Beach, perfect for lounging about or getting into watersports; kids build sand castles at the shore; the pool at Carlisle Bay; the property’s boat takes guests on snorkeling expeditions.
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: The torchlit entrance of Carlisle Bay at sundown; an elegantly set table at the breezy, open-air in-house restaurant, Indigo on the Beach; the view through Indonesian doors into East Restaurant & Bar, considered one of the island’s best restaurants.
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Interior designer and TV personality Krista Watterworth redesigned this Mediterranean-inspired home into a cool subtropical retreat. By Linda Marx
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The sophisticated salon with views of the swimming pool is an ideal family gathering spot. The horizontal stripes on the wall are Watterworth’s signature style.
Utilizing her talents for combining a classic look with contemporary living, designer and tV personality krista watterworth redesigned a south florida home in just a few short months. located in Palm beach gardens’ mirasol country club, a haven of natural preserves and pristine lakes, krista watterworth knew her native floridian client wanted to take advantage of the clean outdoor environment. so she concentrated both on the home’s spacious interior and its glorious outdoor space. “my style is classic contemporary with simplicity and clean lines,” says watterworth, who joins rapper rob Van winkle in staging his south florida million-dollar mansion on tV’s the Vanilla ice Project (DiY network). “i wanted the home to be fresh and alluring with a cozy, classic feel. my goal was to modernize the mediterranean flavor by utilizing the history and classic detailing.” watterworth is a former snowbird who studied at the Parsons school of Design in new York and holds a masters of fine arts from the new school. she moved to Palm beach county with her husband and two young children after selling the family’s northern apartment to prominent attorney alan Dershowitz. she has also teamed with robert irvine to design restaurants around the country on the food network program restaurant impossible and has worked with the hgtV shows save my bath and splurge & save. now her company, krista watterworth Design studio, is focused on south florida residential work, including the 2014 red cross Designers show house located in Palm beach county, which had her participating with a group of independent designers who reimagined the interiors of a historic home. magazine.com
THIS PAGE: In the kitchen, open shelving allows the china to be showcased. The barstools are finished in chocolate wood, while hanging lamps feature a rustic rope detail. OPPOSITE: The media room and kitchen are part of one large great room space ideal for family fun.
watterworth likes to work with a clean canvas, often choosing gray and white tones with touches of glamour. she says her favorite design choices can be unexpected, like mixing and matching metal and wood finishes and using horizontal stripes. she enjoys updating the mediterranean flavor found in many south florida homes, which drew her to the mirasol project. for this young family of five, she tackled a choice renovation. the husband is in wealth management and his wife is a stay-at-home mom. the 5,000-squarefoot house has four bedrooms and three baths with a beautiful backyard featuring an outdoor kitchen, swimming pool and whirlpool bath. since the home was built in 2003, watterworth felt it needed some major changes to modernize the look and feel. “i set out to make the space both classic and contemporary 124
and take advantage of the wonderful outdoor space, because people virtually live outside down here.” but there were plenty of challenges, which watterworth accepted when she signed on for the project. for example, a sunken bar lounge in the great room dated the house, so she had it removed. she also tossed the faux painting (plaster work), removing it from walls, ceilings and light switches. in an effort to open up the house, she took some major steps in the dining room, which had exposed brick and was too dark. “i wanted to delete and refresh—basically, start over,” she says. “we took the walls out and used a clean, fresh color palette. we opened the house dramatically.” another challenge was the abundance of dark cherry cabinetry in the children’s playroom. watterworth felt it required a more playful style, so she tore out at least
A brown drifted-oak table from Restoration Hardware dominates the dining room. The end slipper chairs are upholstered in Duralee Navy; side chairs are made of rustic gunmetal. A Dripping Capiz chandelier from Horchow has cascades of handcut white capiz shells individually attached to the steel framework. The Galaxy Star Iron Mirror is from Arteriors Home and transforms one wall; the dominant beach scene on the other wall was hand-painted by a local artist.
A door in the master bedroom leads to the pool. The custom upholstered bed is from Bassett’s Manhattan collection in onyx and pewter linen. Above, the Starburst wall mirror was inspired by a mid-century antique. The white square on the wall adds architectural detail to the room without overdoing it. The floor is made of hand-scraped wood. Leather Louis XVI armchairs have weathered oak finishes.
half of the cabinets and refinished what remained in white. “i wanted the room to be fun yet sophisticated, and whimsical for the kids,” she says. she also added some eye-catching yellow, a color that pops in the room and helps certain features stand out. the kitchen, which is part of the great room space, is a favorite place for the family to gather because it is beautiful, comfortable and functional with an italian marble floor. since the client loves to cook and entertain, watterworth spent a great deal of time perfecting it. all family members like the idea of a white kitchen so the designer did her best to satisfy. she reused cabinets but reconfigured them and created a great deal of open shelving for display. this way, showcasing the wife’s collectibles adds color and texture to the white environment. watterworth also made better use of countertop space using beautiful white carrara (folo) marble. and she
improved the flow of the room by adjusting the bars so all are the same height, which gives the area an open, even feeling. there are hanging lamps and dark bar chairs with other touches of contrast via color throughout the space. “opposing forces make the room breathe,” she believes. for the media room, the living part of the great room space next to the kitchen, the client wanted deep seating for casual living replete with modern detail. here watterworth was able to use her favored gray tones to create clean lines and cool tones. “everything can’t be white,” she laughs. the salon was a favorite room for watterworth to work on because she was able to use her signature horizontal stripe along the wall. in this instance, she used a bold interpretation to make a point. “this is a simple yet sophisticated room with a preppy feel that has great views of the pool and backyard,” she says. magazine.com 127
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OPPOSITE: The children’s playroom is the former home office put to better use. “We took out the desk and built a murphy bed with a comfortable mattress,” says Watterworth. The decal is whimsical and matches the vibrant Baby Spire yellow chair. The circular off-white shag throw rug is easy to clean. BELOW: The outdoor area is divided into vignettes. The family likes to have lunch on the pair of Restoration Hardware sofas. “These sofa cushions are great for outside living,” says the designer. “The fabric is perfect because the light colors are fade resistant.”
“i used my horizontal stripe to create a needed focal point. i love what it did for the room.” outside is a virtual paradise carved out for different purposes. watterworth planned seating spaces for dinner parties and utilized other areas for easy florida living with the pool and hot tub as targets for fun and relaxation. Using a largescale coffee table between a pair of couches, she created a vignette that was both attractive and functional. “i like large coffee tables, because the family members eat lunch out there by
the pool and need to be comfortable,” she says. “i treated the outside as a very important part of the home.” the end result of this renovation was gratifying for all. watterworth interpreted her clients’ sense of style and gave them a space that was both classic and contemporary and wouldn’t become stale over time. “i was happy with the renovation, and the clients were over the moon,” says watterworth. “in fact, the wife was crying with happiness.” magazine.com 129
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Local seafood and stellar service shine at Michael Mina 74.
DEEP in ThE unDErBEllY OF MiAMi BEACh’S FAMED FOnTAinEBlEAu sits a series of saltwater tanks totaling 60,000 gallons, built specifically to house a variety of fresh seafood shipped in from abroad or reeled in locally off the deck of Bleaufish, the property’s private commercial fishing vessel. it brings back the bounty of the Florida seas, much of which eventually make its way onto the roving raw bar that grandly parades through the dimly lit aisles of Michael Mina 74, the latest iteration from the acclaimed chef who brought us Bourbon Steak some years ago. The shellfish cart includes all the heavy hitters: oyster shooters buoyed by a Bloody Mary mix, Maine lobster, mammoth nigerian prawns, Kumamoto oysters and a tuna poke bathed in a spicy sesame oil. And then of course, there are the local options—jumbo Stone Crab claws and plump Gulf shrimp. Create your own seafood platter from these delicacies, or if you’d prefer, choose instead from the raw bar portion of the menu, which includes Mina’s famous tuna tartare, a complete caviar service, or the duo of ceviches, a can’t-miss. While they may not garner as much attention as some of the other selections, it’s here where Mina’s masterful and playful pairing technique shines. Served with shrimp crackers, the octopus, shrimp and Satsuma dish is light and bright—the definition of a refreshing ceviche—but it’s the Pompano with coconut and Key lime mousse that’s the star of the show. The sweet creamy topping is an unexpected delight in the dish and brings real island flavor to the fresh catch. When you’re ready to move on to warm dishes, it would behoove you to glance over the appetizers. it takes only a moment to surmise that the path to larger entrées and MM’s Classics, which include the impressive Maine lobster pot pie, is worth a quick diversion. Start with the lamb meatballs, tender two-biters accompanied by pillowy ricotta gnudi and sweet date chutney. Go ahead, construct the perfect bite; we won’t judge—the meatballs and dumpling are served in pairs, after all. What next? The Maine lobster pasta is tempting, as is the octopus à la plancha and Chanterelle and truffle tart for a real umami punch, but your best bet is the grilled quail and foie gras. Cinnamon and jerk spices immediately invade your senses as the plate arrives with a flourish. Don’t bother knife-and-forking it; this pair of tiny quail legs and breasts beg to be eaten out of 146
CLOCKWISE: Salt-baked beet and hazelnut salad, Michael’s tuna tartare, and hamachi poppers are on the menu at Michael Mina 74 at the Fontainebleau.
hand, followed by a bite of buttery foie and sweet mango. Entrée options are edited, and a good portion of them are straight from the sea. Take your pick from pompano, cod, swordfish or snapper. Our vote goes to the red snapper bathing in a pungent red curry broth, accompanied by a giant scallop and sticky fried rice cake. Throw caution to the wind and tip the remaining broth into your mouth; it’s no coincidence the chef chose to serve it in a bowl. There may be one single misstep on Mina’s menu: the inconspicuous placement of what may be the restaurant’s pièce de résistance: truffle donuts topped with a flutter of Parmesan cheese. The crisp exterior yields a satisfying crunch while its center remains light and airy. Tucked away at the bottom of the menu as a “side”, these intensely flavored fried delights would make a satisfying and savory ending to your meal. You’d never forgive yourself if you emerged from your food coma without trying one of these babies. Don’t say we never did anything for you. Michael Mina 74 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach is open for dinner Sun.-Tues. from 6 pm to 1 am and Wed.Sat. from 6 pm to 12 am. The late night menu is offered Wed.-Thurs. from 12 am to 2 am and Fri.-Sat. from 12 am to 4 am. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.674.4636; Fontainebleau.com/web/dining/michael_mina_74.
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prime FisH Located in the former Nemo space—the renowned restaurateur’s original South Beach haunt—Myles Chefetz’s newest resto focuses on Florida’s favorite cuisine and completes the South of Fifth Prime triumvirate, which launched more than a decade ago, a.k.a. a lifetime in restaurant years. Fresh seafood is served à la carte and combined with creative sauces and butters. Diners are encouraged to pick their pleasure from selections like Hawaiian Big Eye tuna, red fish, Yellowtail snapper, branzino, Wild King salmon and Chilean sea bass and then request the manner in which they would like it prepared: sautéed, blackened, grilled or steamed. Take it one delicious step further with any number of sauces, like D.C. mambo, hollandaise, chimichurri, or sweet soy; butters such as Prime Fish cajun, chipotle lime, foie gras, smoked bacon & onion truffle, and chapeaux (a fancy French word for toppings) such as bacon & cheddar, crab or lobster Oscar, goat cheese chive or fried egg. And of course, Chefetz wouldn’t forget his meat eaters who can still indulge in steakhouse faves like filet mignon, Colorado rack of lamb, veal chop, New York strip or a juicy Porterhouse. 100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.532.4550; mylesrestaurantgroup.com.
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BourBon steak — At Turnberry Isle Resort, 19999 W. Country Club Drive, Aventura; 786.279.6600. Michael Mina’s contemporary American steakhouse serving topnotch cuts of meat as well as delectable lobster pot pie, truffle mac and cheese and barbecue pork short ribs, along with outstanding desserts.
BurgerFi — 18139 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305.466.0350; burgerfi.com. Natural Angus burgers with no hormones or antibiotics, all natural hot dogs (try the chicken apple), fresh cut fries and yummy cupcakes for dessert make this a must-stop
Big City tavern — 609 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.727.0307; bigtimerestaurants.com. Smack in the heart of Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Big City Tavern is one of those places where you love to hang out and watch the world—and people—go by while indulging in some good food.
CasCata grill — 19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura; 786.279.6800. This gem located inside Turnberry Isle focuses on Mediterranean-style cuisine with island influences infusing fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables from the resort’s on-site chef’s garden. Picturesque views of the property’s golf course and cascading waterfall are an added bonus. eating House — 804 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 305.448.6524; eatinghousemiami.com. The permanent answer to the pop-up restaurant’s popularity, this brunch and dinner spot redefines inventiveness with Cap’n Crunch pancakes, General Tso’s Oxtail, and desserts like the Dirt Cup, containing whipped Nutella, pretzels, salted caramel, chocolate crumbs and vanilla ice cream. magazine.com 149
diningguide FISH FISH — 13488 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786.732.3124; fishfishmiami.com. Chef Oscar Quezada from Mexico serves up wild caught, sustainable fish, clams, oysters, crab and Maine lobsters cooked any way you like, plus there’s a raw bar and happy hour. gIlI’S BeacH cluB — 18001 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305.692.5777; Delights on the menu here include a variety of caviars, salads with everything from scallops to tropical fruits and marshmallow sauce, South African lobster tail with drawn butter, and sweets, plus lots of wine and champagne by the bottle or the glass, specialty cocktails and full bottle service. Haven gaStropuB — 1237 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305.987.8885; havenlounge.com. Famous for its libations, including a vast selection of wine and beers, this little eatery is a local favorite and a draw for its light fare including crudos, skewers, innovative sliders (including lamburger, with lavender-coriander honey, apple-fennel slaw and ouzo mustard) and sweets like nitro ice cream with mix-ins. HouSton’S — 17355 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach, 305.947.2000; hillstone.com. Bustling, popular spot on the water that’s a favorite of the business crowd for lunch and families for dinner. Chicago-style spinach dip, delicious burgers, and roast chicken are among the stars. HowIe’S top dog — 5021 S. State Road 7, Suite 209, Davie, 954.792.8686; howiestopdog.com. Casual Chicago-style eatery serving up classic Chicago fare that explodes with flavor. Indulge in the famous Chicago Dog and Italian beef sandwich, gyros, salads, burgers, sausages and more, but the hot dogs are the star here. KItcHen 305 — In the Newport Beachside Resort, 16701 Collins Ave., N. Miami Beach, 305.749.2110; kitchen305miami.com. Trendy, clubby, and throbbing with activity, this place serves up good food, too— including all-you-can-eat stone crabs in season as well as salads, flatbreads, pastas, seafood, ribs and burgers. Meat MarKet MIaMI BeacH — 1915 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305.532.0088; meatmarketmiami. com. Chic, contemporary décor sets the scene for top cuts of meat, fresh seafood (including delicious, cedar-scented hamachi), exotic offerings like WoodRoasted African Pheasant and creative sides. Don’t miss the pistachio crème brulee for dessert. 150
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earlS KItcHen + Bar Although Canadian-based Earls is one of the most successful family-owned restaurant groups in North America, Miami is just getting a taste of all it has to offer, and so far, we like what we see. The menu has something for everyone, and focuses on authentic, global seasonal cuisine and craft cocktails made with freshsqueezed juices, handmade syrups and served in fun glasses like honey bear jars and teapots. Locally sourced dishes made specifically for South Florida appetites include Cobia Ceviche with avocado, radish, oven dried tomatoes, cucumber and pine nuts in a tangy citrus broth. Vegetarians and gluten-free diners have been considered as well with dishes like the Thai Vegetable Bowl, comprised of toasted quinoa, ginger, crispy onions, peanuts and carrots in a coconut and lemongrass broth. And for those diners who want to dig in to a big juicy burger or steak, Earls has got you covered. The Bronx Burger is topped with beer-battered onion rings, red pepper relish, aged white cheddar and arugula. Whatever you decide, be sure to leave room for Warm Chocolate Sticky Toffee Pudding served in a candy snap basket with vanilla bean gelato. Terrace Dining at Dadeland Mall, 7535 N. Kendall Dr., Miami, 305.667.1786; earlsrestaurants.com.
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SwEEt NECtAR CHARCOAL GRILL & SPIRItS The latest gem from Trust Hospitality Group, the team behind Sunny Isles’ Rouge Waterfront Dining and C Lounge & Cigar Bar, is a casual welcoming venue replete with farm-style décor including reclaimed wood tables, mismatched café chairs and menus made to resemble a vintage newspaper. The eclectic menu offers a little bit of everything and a number of dishes feature traditional Japanese flavors and cooking methods, most noticeable in the roasted Brussels sprouts, charred to sweet perfection in a Kimchee vinaigrette; plump and sticky Kalamansi sweet and sour chicken kabobs; seasonal roasted veggies that sing with a sweet soy glaze, and the Korean-style Dinosaur Beef Short rib, literally falling off the mammoth bone on which it’s served. Other standouts include a creamy lobster mac and cheese with can’t-miss chunks of everybody’s favorite crustacean and, from the well-stocked raw bar, the Ahi tuna carpaccio complemented by the powerful punch of a black truffle chimichurri. Homemade S’mores, served on a lazy Susan and accompanied by mini gas burners, are a fun way to end the meal, but the real star is the deconstructed apple pie, which is accompanied by mini jars of homemade cinnamon ice cream, sweetly sautéed apples and freshly fried donuts. 1017 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.761.2122; sweetnectarbuzz.com.
MICHAEL’S GENUINE FOOD & DRINK — 130 NE 40th St., Miami, 305.573.5550; michaelsgenuine.com. James Beard Foundation Award Winner for Best Chef Michael Schwartz never loses steam, offering up inventive, bold, flavorful dishes for brunch and dinner, innovative cocktails and jaw-droppingly good desserts courtesy of pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith. MIStER COLLINS — ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa, 10295 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305.455.5460; mistercollins.com. Focus is on American classics like Prime New York strip, Pop’s Pork Chop, and True Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes. Noteworthy starters include the basket of cheese biscuits and cornbread, guacamole with yuca chips and crispy baby artichokes. MICHY’S — 6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.759.2001; michysmiami.com. Upscale bistro from celebrated chef Michelle Bernstein who serves what she calls “luxurious comfort food” including crispy fried poussin, ceviche, and braised short ribs using local, seasonal ingredients. 152
PILAR — 20475 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305.937.2777; pilarrestaurant.com. Brasserie comfort classics and fresh seafood take center stage at this modern American resto. Stop by for brunch, lunch or dinner and enjoy dishes like Mahi a la Plancha, Nanny’s Brisket and Linguine & Shrimp. PRIME 112 — 112 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305.532.8112; mylesrestaurantgroup.com. Myles Chefetz’s famed steakhouse has been around for eight years, a lifetime for any South Beach restaurant, and it’s still always packed. Locals, tourists and celebrities alike come for the famed chopped salad, truffled lobster mac ‘n cheese, rum-baked sweet plantains and even the chopped salad. But beef is the star here, from an 8-oz. filet mignon to a 48-oz. Porterhouse, served with savory sauces and butters to drive up the crazygood meter a notch. RED, tHE StEAKHOUSE — 119 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.534.3688; redthesteakhouse. com. Top-of-the-line steaks and chops so tender you can cut them with your fork come with sauces
and toppings like Horseradish Crème Fraiche and seared foie gras and black truffle demi; sides stand out, particularly green beans with pepper flakes, pancetta and pine nuts. And that’s barely scratching the surface. REStAURANt MICHAEL SCHwARtz At tHE RALEIGH — 1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.612.1163; sbe.com. James Beard-winning Schwartz does it again. expect high-quality ingredients whipped into pleasures such as Harvey Cedars Fish Stew, Pan-Roasted Indian-Spiced Tenderloin with mango chutney, grilled local swordfish, sides like braised greens with pine nuts and currants, and snacks such as crispy hominy with chili and lime. Five-star cocktails and Hedy Goldsmith’s desserts. SANtA FE NEwS & ESPRESSO — 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305.861.0938; santafebalharbour. com. Specializing in appetizers, delicious continental meals, paninis, salads and sandwiches. Relax with a glass of wine or an acclaimed espresso while reading from the selection of international newspapers and
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tudor houSe reStaurant — 1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.534.8455; tudorhousemiami. com. Simple yet fantastic flavor profiles imbue everything from a side of Brussels sprouts with shaved apple and prosciutto to ricotta gnudi with heirloom beets, to sweet endings like housemade Oreos with coffee hazelnut milk and Johnnie Walker Black Label and a popcorn milkshake with salted brown butter and chocolate hazelnut crisps. VeSPer aMerican braSSerie — 1801 Collins Ave., The Shelborne, Miami Beach, 305.341.1500; shelborne.com. Borrowing its name from one of James Bond’s choice-cocktails, this casual fine dining escape is a mix of ‘50s glamour and mysterious charm. Guests can dine indoors at the café or poolside patio. At night, Vesper transitions into an elite dining spot. Notes of exclusivity, seduction and salacious comfort food waft throughout. wynwood kitchen & bar — 2550 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, 305.722.8959. Artsy and affordable, this mural-embellished eatery in the Arts District offers up creative salads, Latin delights like Ropa Vieja empanadas, grilled chicken, pan-seared fish and artist-inspired cocktails, including including the Kenny Scharf: dry gin, Cointreau, blueberry jam, lemon juice, simple syrup, a splash of soda, thyme and blueberries. yard houSe — 601 Silks Run, The Village at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, 954.454.9950, yardhouse.com. An upscale-casual eatery featuring 130 taps of imported, craft and specialty ales and lagers. Whether you’re in the mood for a grilled burger and a pint of your favorite ale, or seared ahi and a chilled martini, they have something for everyone. yardbird Southern table & bar — 1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach, 305.538.5220; runchickenrun.com. Killer Southern specialties like Shrimp and Grits, Fried Chicken and Waffles, Fried Green Tomato BLT and to-die-for macaroni and cheese are only made more scrumptious when paired with one of the outrageously good Bourbon drinks, like The Porkchop: citrus juice, apple cider, Benchmark Bourbon, Dijon mustard and fresh thyme.
iii ForkS — 501 Silks Run, Suite 1130, The Village at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, 954.457.3920; iiiforks.com. Modern steakhouse with a stylish decor and lively bar and lounge. Beef, chops and seafood are the foundation of the menu, which also offers burgers and salads for lunch.
Chinese china biStro at waterwayS — 3565 NE 207th St., Aventura; 305.936.0755. Glatt Kosher eatery with an extensive selection of appetizers, soups and salads, meat, fish, chicken and duck, noodles and rice dishes, sushi and desserts, including low-carb offerings, wines and drinks. chriStine lee’S — 901 South Federal Hwy., The Village at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, 954.457.6255, christinelees.com. Christine Lee’s became famous for its Miami Beach location, but this menu has some modern, non-traditional fare on it such as a Gulfstream salad with grilled shrimp and feta cheese and open prime steak sandwich. draGon city — 6708 Stirling Road, Hollywood, 954.894-8393. Looks can be very deceiving. If you’e not concerned with decor, this place is perfect for a foodie who wants authentic Chinese food. Choose from an Americanized menu or one with authentic specialties (ask for the red one). Mr. cheF’S — 18800 NE 29th Ave., Suite 10, Aventura, 786.787.9030; aventurachef.com. This newly renovated eatery serves authentic Chinese cuisine with dishes from the north and south regions of China, including Peking duck, Dim Sum, Mongolian beef, lettuce wraps and more. Open for lunch and dinner daily. P.F. chanG’S — 117455 Biscayne Blvd., N. Miami Beach, 305.957.1966; pfchangs.com. Gourmet Chinese for vegetarians, carnivores, children and everyone in between. Gluten-free choices available, a kids’ menu, desserts (try The Great Wall of Chocolate, or Banana Spring Rolls), Happy Hour, and a huge menu.
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BAGEL COVE RESTAURANT & DELI — 19003 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305.935.4029 A bustling bagel haven popular for breakfast, lunch and early dinner serving up specialties like challah French toast, smoked fish platters and matzoh ball soup, plus authentic New York bagels baked fresh daily.
BRASSERIE LA GOULUE — 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305.865.2181; lagouluebalharbour.com. French bistro serving authentic French fare in an intimate European atmosphere, from bites like a classic Croque Monsieur to prixe fixe dinners and lunches.
BAGEL wORkS — 18729 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305.937.7727; bagelworks.com. Bagels here are made daily from scratch, their smoked fish is hand selected, and fresh, chopped salads are nothing short of huge. And don’t forget to check out their beautifully assembled platters.
DB BISTRO MODERNE — 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305.421.8800; dbbistro.com/miami. Daniel Boulud has won the hearts of Miamians by combining his mastery of traditional French dishes with a modern twist, including a $34 burger that consistently wins rave reviews—and repeat customers.
MO’S BAGEL & DELI — 2780 NE 187th St., Aventura; 305.936.8555. Known as Aventura‘s unoffiical meeting hot-spot, this New York Kosher-style bagel and deli joint boasts delicious hand-rolled bagels, delectable Israeli salad, stacked sandwiches, and a case full of fresh baked goodies to take with you. Private room for parties, and specialty catering also available.
JUVIA — 1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305.763.8272; juviamiami.com. A trinity of French, Japanese and Peruvian cooking styles merge under the collaboration of three talented chefs using the freshest ingredients they can find. Sip a cocktail at the beautiful backlit amethyst gemstone bar, nosh on warm or cold appetizers, and enjoy creatively designed entrees.
PAUL BAkERY — 450 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305.531.1200 and 1800 Sawgrass Mills Circle, Sunrise, 954.846.0344; paulusa.com. Paul was founded in France back in the 19th century and today maintains the tradition of serving topnotch French style savory and sweet pastries, salads, soups and sandwiches all prepared fresh on the premises. RENDEZ-VOUS BAkERY & BISTRO — 17851 Biscayne Blvd., Sunny Isles Beach; 305.936.1440. Baked goods, sandwiches and salads served in an indoor/outdoor French-style cafe. VILLA AZUR — 309 23rd St., Miami Beach, 305.763.8688; villaazurmiami.com. Dazzling interiors, a cozy courtyard, a tucked-away wine room (La Cave D’Azur), and authentic Frenchinspired fare make for a memorable dining experience, whether with friends or a deux. Beef tartar, foie gras with strawberry marmalade and toasted brioche and veal filet mignon are among the many choices, all of them perfectly prepared.
163 Ponte Italian Restaurant features modern Italian cuisine from the comfort of a casual dining experience. Passionate about the fresh, lively flavours and ingredients of modern Italian cooking, our chefs create menus with innovative takes on the best of traditional Italian dishes. All menu items are made in-house from fresh ingredients, including our desserts. 163 Ponte Italian Restaurant is the premier dining destination for those seeking a modern, upscale look, homemade pastas and fresh, seasonal ingredients.
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International Barock MiaMi — 1412 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 786.691.1020. A sleek décor, refreshing and creative cocktails, and delicious offerings like crispy pork confit and filet mignon served with purple mashed potatoes make this spot a winner. LE PiNE — 1052 Kane Concourse, Bay Harbour Islands, 305.861.1059; lepinerestaurant.net. Mediterranean specialties including falafel, baba ghannouge, shawarma and fried kibbeh. Also features traditional Lebanese cuisine including foul moudamas, malfouf, and labneh to name a few. rougE — 3957 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 305.944.9997; rougewaterfront.com. Enjoy global cuisine with a beautiful view of the Intracoastal, whether for dinner any night of the week or weekend champagne brunch. Worth trying: the aphrodisiac-infused desserts and specialty cocktails. SugarcaNE — 3250 N.E. 1st Ave., Miami, 786.369.0353; sugarcanerawbargrill.com. Executive
Chef and partner, Timon Balloo, was recently nominated by Food & Wine as “The People’s Best New Chef,” while the restaurant itself was tapped as a semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant by the James Beard Foundation. If that’s not reason enough to check it out, we don’t know what is! Toro Toro — 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, 305.372.4710; torotoromiami.com. Chef Richard Sandoval combines Latin American dining with a trendy NY ambience, serving up luscious cocktails, ceviche, croquettes and other small plates both hot and cold, and grilled meats, seafood, lamb chops and more..
Italian 163 PoNTE — 3933 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach; 855.434.3095; sopranocafe.com. Italian/steak/ seafood family-style restaurant situated on the waterfront in North Miami, with an open kitchen, extensive wine list and warm environment.
aLBa SEaSidE iTaLiaN —17315 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 786.923.9305. Chef Ralph Pagano and his team create fresh pastas, seafood and prime steaks in an oceanfront setting. Don’t miss out on the “Affogato,” the house signature dessert. Enjoy specialty cocktails made by one of the pool bartenders, where the rum float is always available. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. aNTHoNY’S coaL-FirEd PiZZa — 17901 Biscayne Blvd., 305.830.2625; anthonyscoalfiredpizza. com. Sandwiches, salads, chicken wings and burgers are available, but pizza is the star for lunch and dinner. Specialty pies include the Philly Cheesesteak and the Eggplant Marino. BELLa LuNa — In the Aventura Mall, 19575 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura; 305.792.9330. Salads, pastas, beef, chicken and fish dishes have been the staple for the past 10 years; there’s also a bar where you can enjoy drinks and appetizers. Brio TuScaN griLLE — In the Village at Gulfstream Park, 600 Silks Run, Suite 1205,
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enhanced with toppings like braised fennel with basil and caramelized onion, pesto and homemade ricotta, mozzarella, pecorino, or rock shrimp, grilled lemon, manchego, scallion and cilantro.
CARPACCIO — In the Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave.; 305.867.7777, carpacciobalharbour.com. A longtime favorite of the well-heeled crowd, with consistent favorites such as angel hair pomodoro and Caesar salad.
Il MulInO new yORk — Inside Acqualina Resort and Spa, 17875 Collins, Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305.466.9191; ilmulino.com. The South Florida outpost of the famed New York eatery brings us the impeccable service, ambience and cooking techniques it built its reputation on, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
DOlCe ItAlIAn — In the Gale Hotel, 1690 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786.975.2550; dolceitalianrestaurant.com. Classic Italian eats such as pizzas and pastas fill up the extensive menu, along with modern twists on old favorites, such as short rib ravioli. Steaks, roasted fish, seafood and antipasti round it out.
luCA bellA — 19088 NE 29th Ave., Aventura; 305.792.2222. Mickey Maltese, former owner of Matteo’s, brings New York family-style dining to Aventura. Enjoy classics like baked clams and chicken scarparello, or try new creations by Chef Hugo such as wild mushroom ravioli in porcini cream sauce or baked stuffed mussels Luciano.
HARRy’s PIzzeRIA — 3918 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 786.275.4963; harryspizzeria.tumblr.com. Housemade dough is spun into discs of delight and
PesCeCAne RIstORAnte – 9551 Harding Ave., Surfside, 305.861.1060; pescecaneristorante. com. Classic Italian dishes are created from
select products that are imported exclusively for preparation here in this warm and elegant yet social atmosphere. PIzzA ROMA — 19090 NE 29th Ave., Aventura, 305.937.4884; PizzaRomaAventura.net. This casual neighborhood favorite is known for its huge selection of pizzas, but there’s plenty more to choose from as well including wings, salads, hot and cold “bullet” sandwiches, pastas, chicken dishes and seafood. For a sweet Italian finish, try a Zeppole, fried dough that’s light as a feather. PRIMe ItAlIAn — 101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.695.8484; mylesrestaurantgroup.com. Just across the street from its sister resto and hipster scene Prime 112, this represents the elegant dining experience at its best, with pastas, seafood, and its famous softball-sized Kobe meatballs stuffed with sausage and ricotta. As it should be in a place such as this, Sinatra serenades in the background and the martini list is as extensive as Old Blue Eyes’ appeal.
SICILIAN OVEN — In the Promenade Shops on Biscayne and Ives Dairy Road; 305.682.1890; The sicilianoven.com. An extensive menu of Sicilian specialties includes wood fire and gourmet pizzas, pastas, pannettas, wood oven roasted chicken wings, and authentic specials such as Eggplant Reggiano and Fire Roasted Shrimp Palermo. Full wine list and beer selection available. SOLItA — 1032 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.357.2616; solitalasolas.com. Traditional Italian specialties such as antipasti, salads, pizzas, pastas, chops, beef and seafood are served in a romantic, modehere in the heart of Downtown Las Olas. tIMO REStAURANt & BAR — 17624 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305.936.1008; timorestaurant.com. A cozy favorite hangout of locals and visitors alike, where Chef Tim Andreola whips up simple but flavorful small and large plates from fried oyster salad to lobster risotto, wood-oven fired pizzas, whole roasted yellowtail and pasta specialties. A lively bar is always buzzing. tRAttORIA IL MIGLIORE — 2576 Miami Gardens Drive, Aventura; 305.792.2902; ilmig.com. Handpainted murals on the walls, cozy ambiance and delicious Tuscan-style bread start you out; finish with entrées such as snapper francese and fresh fettuccine with mushrooms and white truffle oil followed by authentic Italian zuccotto for dessert. tRAttORIA ROSALIA — 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305.792.2006. Authentic and simple but delicious Italian dishes such as spaghetti and meatballs, seafood salad dressed in olive oil and lemon, minestrone, pizzas, and chicken marsala. VIC & ANGELO’S — 150 Ocean Drive, Miami, 305.531.0911; vicandangelos.com. The restaurant’s signature coal oven pizza, formulated from ancient starter dough that includes natural Maldon salt, natural cane sugar and Grana Padano cheese imported from Italy, has won awards. VItA REStAURANt & LOUNGE — 1906 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.674.8822; vita-miami.com. Surrounded by trees strung with garden lanterns, it’s isolated from the hubbub of the busy streets that surround it and is as ideal a choice for dinner a deux as it is for a group night out.
Japanese & Thai EDDIE HILLS SUSHI & tHAI — 134 N. Federal Hwy., Hallandale, 954.454.0023; eddiehills.com. Hotspot for lunch and dinner offering Thai and Japanese dishes both hot and cold, including beef, seafood, chicken and vegetarian selections.. FUJI HANA — 2775 NE 187th Street, Aventura, 305.932.8080; Japanese/ Thai restaurant with a lavish, wood-appointed décor and boat-shaped sushi bar; serving hot and cold entrées, super fresh sashimi and sushi, teriyaki and tempura.
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KAMPAI JAPANESE RESTAURANT — 3575 NE 207th St., Aventura; 305.931.6410. Known for the freshness of their sushi and pleasant, efficient service rather than the decor and ambience. Carryout available. KhoNg RIvER hoUSE — 1661 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach, 305.763.8147; khongriver. com. From the 50 Eggs group that brought the town Yardbird Southern Table and Swine, this comfortable haven amid the madness of South Beach serves up excellent Thai offerings, from curries to whole fish roasted in a banana leaf to Thai doughnuts, along with a host of creative gin-based cocktails and a full wine list. MIYAKo — 18090 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; 305.931.0455. Best known for its all-youcan-eat quality sushi at a very reasonable price; an à la carte menu is also offered as are tempura and Chinese dishes.
PoC AMERICAN FUSIoN BUFFET & SUShI — 2121 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 305.529.0882; pocbuffet.com. A buffet experience like no other, blending culinary traditions from Asia and Europe with modern American influences. Over 100 items to choose from. SUMo SUShI BAR & gRILL — 17630 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305.682.1243; sumosushibar. com. Choose from Japanese, Thai or Chinese cuisine, all off one menu, including more than 40 different sushi rolls, an assortment of curry dishes, and Chinese classics such as Chop Suey and Pan Fried Noodles. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.Sat.and for dinner on Sundays. YAKKo-SAN — 3881 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach; 305.947.0064; yakko-san.com. Hot pots, hot and cold Japanese dishes such as donburi (meatfilled omelets over rice) and sushi plus noodle dishes and a variety of desserts are on the menu at this longtime favorite spot.
ZUMA — 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305.577.0277; zumarestaurant.com. All hipsters know this is the place to go for the ultimate dining-out experience: people-watching, extraordinary cocktails, fantastic food based on izakaya—the Japanese sake shops that also serve food—and a fabulous view. Sunday brunch is an event not to be missed.
Kosher ETZEL-ITZIK DELI — 18757 W. Dixie Hwy., Miami, 305.937.1546. Looks can be deceiving, and this small spot is the proof, with authentic Israeli food, falafel, beef soup, chicken pita and more. Fun atmosphere, good food, and attentive service. gRILL TIME — 16145 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach; 786.274.8935. This Glatt Kosher restaurant has interesting offerings like a sweet chili cauliflower appetizer, entrées such as Chilean sea bass broiled in Sambuca and Hawaiian tropical
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Mexican CANTINA LAREdO — In The Village at Gulfstream Park, 501 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach; 954.457.7662, cantinalaredo.com. Authentic Mexican dishes such as hand-rolled enchiladas are on the menu here
along with fish specials, grilled chicken and steaks, served up in a sophisticated, cozy atmosphere. And don’t forget the huevos rancheros and chicken fajita omelet for Sunday brunch. MERCAdITO — 3252 NE 1st Ave., Miami, 786.369.0430; mercaditorestaurants.com/ midtown This gourmet Mexican joint in Midtown doesn’t disappoint with their creative twist on typical Mexican dishes. With nearly a dozen taco varieties, four kinds of guac, and three ceviche options, there’s something for everyone. Their hand-crafted cocktails and lengthy list of tequilas are a can’t-miss! MEXICO BRAVO AUTHENTIC MEXICAN — 16850 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; 305.948.1158; mexicobravo.com. Come for the genuine Mexican food cooked by Mexican chefs, such as their trademarked “Califlorida” burrito and sizzling fajita taco salad. Check out the weekday lunch specials and ongoing drink specials.
ROSA MEXICANO — 1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305.695.1005; rosamexicano.com.. Whether you opt for Crab Cakes with Poached Eggs for brunch, mouth-watering Chicken Tortilla Pie for lunch, Mole Xico beef enchiladas for dinner, or over-the-top dessert, your tastebuds will be doing a Mexican hat dance.
Mediterranean JUVIA — 1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305.763.8272; juviamiami.com. Beautiful views and elegant surroundings set the tone for this popular South Beach spot, where Japanese-inspired crudos, distinctive charcoal-smoked entrees such as chops, duck and roast chicken, and superb cocktails await. EGG & dART — 4029 North Miami Ave., Miami Design District, 786.431.1022; egganddartmiami. com. Rustoc Greek dining destination named after the iconic decorative moulding found on much
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Seafood aLtaMare — 1233 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305.532.3061; altamarerestaurant.com. Enjoy the freshest seafood offerings from Chef Simon Stojanovic, along with delectable desserts, in the cozy dining room in front of the open kitchen or outdoors on the sidewalk amid the pedestrian action of Miami Beach. Delicious cocktails and an excellent wine list round out the experience.
seasaLt and pepper — 422 NW N. River Drive, Miami, 305.606.1413; seasaltandpepper.com. This seafood brasserie on the Miami River is the collective vision of Stephane Dupoux, fom NYC’s Buddha Bar, Miami’s Pearl, and London’s Cocoon; Carlos Miranda of Starwood, Hilton and Mandarin Oriental; and Chef Alfredo Alvarez, whose culinary career includes stints at Giacosa in Coral Gables as well as Tratoria Dopo Teatro in New York. WiLd sea Oyster Bar & GriLLe — 620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.467.0671; riversidehotel.com. Organic and sustainable ingredients, fresh seafood and steaks, and of course, a raw bar with East and West Coast oysters plus Royal Red Shrimp Ceviche.
South American BarriO LatinO — In the Shoppes at the Waterways, 3585 NE 207th St., Aventura, 305.692.4455; barriolatinoaventura.com. A selection of Mexican fajitas, steaks from the Argentine grill, Cuban dishes like lechon asado and seafood.
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Specialty ALASkA CoffEE RoASTIng Co — 13130 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami; 786.332.4254; acrcmiami.com. In addition to roasting organic and wild beans in house, a full menu offers diners a wide array of options, from sandwiches, salads and quiche to pizzas fired in a wood-burning oven. Don’t leave without picking up a pastry. What else goes better with a fresh cup of coffee? C LoungE CIgAR AnD HookAH BAR —3945 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 305.354.9300; c-loungemiami.com. The sister venue to Rouge Waterfront offers a lengthy selection of premium cigars and hookahs plus specialty cocktails. CAVIAR & MoRE — 19575 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura Mall, 305.936.8554; caviarmore.com. Delicious offerings such as caviars, smoked salmon, foie gras, truffles, cheeses and chocolates along with accoutrements such as butters, oils and vinegars. Stop by the kiosk in the Aventura Mall, have a snack and leave with some goodies. EXQuISITE CATERIng BY RoBERT — 1800 NE 150th St., North Miami, 305.622.FOOD (3663). Professional service and attention to detail are paramount, with a wide variety of catering services to meet all types of event needs. Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering in your home, a corporate lunch or a full-blown wedding, they provide everything from servers and bartenders to specialty menus and unique cuisine.
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