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66 STAR QUALITY As the Magic City continues to grow, so does its appeal—and celebrities from all over the world are feeling it.
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76 MIAMI INTERNATIONAL Our city has a coming of age story like no other city.
84 WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION It’s just one more reason people are moving to South Florida from around the globe.
92 SOMEWHERE… BEYOND THE SEA We sought out some of the best international spas that offer modern-day warriors shelter and healing.
100 WHO RUNS THE WORLD? MIAMI PHOTO: Gio Alma
International designers put South Florida on the fast track to fashion fame.
108 GET SMART Sophistication is not dead—not even in the thick of summer, in Miami.
43 AVENTURIST HOT SHEET 43 POOL LabShow takes a chance on fresh design talent; Iron Fork kicks off Miami Spice; and more.
THE MIX 48 Hawaiian Tropic does beachwear; Dandies Marshmallows do a body good (sort of); and more.
SIDE DISH Visiting Zest Miami | Cuisine of the Sun.
DINING GUIDE Drink, eat and repeat.
REAL ESTATE Boutique condominium projects with design and amenities that rival those of the big guys.
SOCIAL STUDIES Out and about and seen on the scene.
IN CLOSING Our star-spangled tribute to Independence Day.
DRIVE TIME 56 Steve Siler reviews the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet.
BOOK BAG This month, spend time waterside working on your tan—and your reading list.
ROCK STARS This summer’s sips are all about fresh fruit, herbs and spices.
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down (somewhat) into fashion and style, education, celebrity appeal, and of course, lifestyle in general. (Sun, sand and sea are a given, so they require no mention.) We can only scratch the surface, of course, looking at the stellar schools that students around the world aspire to attend, from middle school all the way through college; the amazing talents who are making their mark on the fashion industry by debuting their designs and opening boutiques here; the famous and
the beautiful who aren’t satisfied with a few romps on our beaches every year, so they set up house; the many places where all who reside and visit here can enjoy an authentic international dining experience—you get the idea. The process of researching material for issues like this is an education in itself, and it also provides a much-appreciated escape from the stories we hear from the news media on a daily basis. Miami may be a microcosm of the world, but in this global community, we choose to inspire and embrace, to work together instead of against each other, to celebrate differences rather than fight over them. And that is what makes this the best city to live in, anywhere. Enjoy the issue.
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Jump In POOL LABSHOW IS AN EXCITING EXPERIMENT IN STYLE. No matter how many clothing stores open in South Florida, in our book there are never too many. So of course the opening of POOL LabShow, the new boutique on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, got us all excited. That’s because the of-themoment clothing, shoes and accessories carried there are not pieces you’ll find everywhere else; the collections are curated of designs from independent, up-andcoming European designers, some of whom have been featured in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Madrid, such as Ailanto, Alvarno, Angel Schlesser, Jorge Vázquez and Juan Vidal, amongst others. (As the “Lab” part of the name indicates, the concept is an experiment.) The space is as inviting as the offerings, so stop by and indulge in some retail therapy. 376 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, 786.773.3333.
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And diamonds, of course—at DAORO’s new Aventura store. Thirty-nine years ago, the DAORO brand was created in Caracas, Venezuela, with a focus on buying and selling gold; today, it’s become the top jewelry and watch store in the country. Now, in response to the increasing number of Venezuelans flocking to Miami, DAORO has opened a store here in Aventura. Catering to the Latin-American market, this high-end jewelry showroom was created for those who know exactly what they want when it comes to jewelry and watches—luxury, elegance and the most prestigious brands on the market. Stop by and check them out at 18117 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305.933.1361, or visit daoromiami.com.
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Iron Fork is back to kick off Miami Spice. The 9th annual Miami New Times Iron Fork, presented by the Downtown Miami Development Authority, is once again partnering with the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau to host the Official Miami Spice Kickoff Event on July 28th at the American Airlines Arena. This year’s event sees more than 75 of South Florida’s luxury and fine-dining restaurants bringing their culinary creations, and Chef Allen Susser will host the Chef Competition between two of Miami’s hottest chefs. Miami New Times has once again partnered with Share Our Strength in support of their No Kid Hungry campaign to bring awareness of childhood hunger in America. The event will take place from 7 to 10 pm for General Admission ticket buyers, but VIP ticket holders will gain entry to the event one hour early, at 6 pm, plus access to a private VIP bar and lounge area featuring exclusive entertainment and an elite selection of Miami’s best luxury dining restaurants. For tickets and more information, visit newtimesironfork.com.
Over the River CELEBRATE THE 4TH AT RIVER YACHT CLUB. The hottest spot to have popped up in our midst in recent months, River Yacht Club (RYC), is getting set for its first annual 4th of July celebration. The venue, typically open only Wednesday-Sunday, will open its doors to the public on Monday, July 4th to celebrate Independence Day. On the agenda: musical performances, activities and a special menu offering American-cuisine favorites—think lobster rolls, sliders, cole slaw, watermelon salad, and corn on the cob—infused with River Yacht Club’s signature European techniques. Of course, it wouldn’t be a 4th of July celebration without fireworks, so the evening will end with guests watching the sky light up above the Miami River with fireworks displays from surrounding locations. 401 SW 3rd Ave, Miami, 305.200.5716; riveryachtclub.com. 44
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As South Florida temperatures continue to rise, take a cue from James Deering, who entertained fashionable friends at Villa Vizcaya a century ago. Hold court at Miami’s most captivating waterfront palace with Sangria Summer, presented every weekend from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm through September in honor of Vizcaya’s 100th anniversary. Cool off with a selection of red or white sangria (from $15 for a half carafe) and authentic Spanish tapas ($20) including Jamon Serrano, Manchego cheese, marinated olives and Tortilla Española, or combine tapas and sangria from $32.95 inside the carefully refurbished Vizcaya Café, the former billiard room of the stylish Mr. Deering. Trod on original tile floors, view the indoor/outdoor coral-rock pool, venture into Deering’s smoking room and imagine a gentleman’s game of poker as the glamorous past comes to life at every turn. If you’re lucky, Heather is working in the gift shop and will point out interesting historic features of the original structure. Whether you have guests in town or are looking for a weekend respite, Sangria Summer is a refreshing ticket. Entrance to the Café is included with annual membership or with Vizcaya Museum and Gardens admission to spend the day, stroll the grounds and enjoy the bay breeze. - Michelle Payer HANKERING FOR A WEEKDAY BREAK? Recreate the refreshing libation at home. Vizcaya Signature Sangria 16 oz. orange juice 16 oz. pineapple juice 1 bottle white or red wine 3 tbs. Triple Sec ¾ cup sugar Fruit Infusion 2 lemons cut into wheels 1 lime cut into wheels ½ pear, diced Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and mix well until sugar is completely dissolved. Add fruit infusion and refrigerate overnight prior to serving. Serve in a tumbler over ice topped with a spritz of chilled Mango Champagne. Garnish with an orange or lemon wheel.
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GET A JOB Fort Lauderdale and Miami rank among the nation’s top 20 cities to find one for the summer. With the number of both summer jobs and internships expected to increase this summer and so many students looking for work, the personal finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2016’s Best Cities for Summer Jobs. Fort Lauderdale came up in the top 10 and Miami in the top 20 at 19 in a comparison of the 150 largest summer-job markets in the US using a data set of 18 metrics ranging from “median income of parttime workers” to “availability of summer jobs” to “percentage of insured parttime workers.” The research also showed that Miami has the most internship listings per 1,000 civilian employed residents aged 16 to 24 as well as the most part-time job openings per 1,000 civilian employed residents in that age group.
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JUST RIDE The news keeps coming about the massive community within a community, Brickell City Centre. As another way of encouraging wellness and showing a commitment to the environment, REACH and RISE, the luxury condo towers at the mixed-use development project, has added another fitnessoriented amenity for its residents to enjoy: branded bicycles. Owners who want to take off on two wheels just check in with condo management, where they’re assigned a code they can use to retrieve a bike. It’s one more added perk of living in this giant hub of activity where cyclists may not want to keep a bike of their own—cool.
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Shape it up, people—we’re in July already. In case you don’t know where to start, Ciara Tunstall will help you out. The manager and barre instructor at the boutique fitness studio Pulse 163 has a deep passion for performance and fitness, which she passes on to her growing clientele. Tunstall understands firsthand what it’s like for the appeal of staying fit to lose its luster as we get older; after dancing professionally from childhood through to adulthood and studying performance arts at Webster University in St. Louis, her own motivation started to fade from the routine workouts and overly crowded gyms in today’s market. That’s when she started her search for new fitness meaning in smaller, warmer and more inviting group classes. Now her cardio-inspired, fast-paced style of barre fitness is drawing fans, and was voted the #1 fitness class by Miami New Times. Stop by the studio at 3447 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, or call 305.454.0549 for more information.
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NO ANTS ALLOWED Grab your gear for National Picnic Month, and do good in the process. July is National Picnic Month, but instead of rounding up the goods you need from Target this year, check out essential picnic gear from Ten Thousand Villages. From picnic blankets to baskets and more, all the products are handmade and eco-friendly; plus, sales of items through Ten Thousand Villages help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. The company, which strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries, also sells jewelry, home décor, scarves, bags and more; visit tenthousandvillages.com. 52
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3.) DELANO The hotel’s Philippe Starck-designed infinity pool features underwater music, a nowfamous wrought-iron table-and-chair display in the shallow end and is surrounded by fabulous cabanas. 4.) GALE SOUTH BEACH Black marble frames the infinity pool here, where guests can check out the unobstructed view of the ocean and sip cocktails from the Rooftop Pool Bar.
5.) MONDRIAN SOUTH BEACH Marcel Wanders designed the main pool here, where views of the bay and cityscape our outdone only by the secret pathways that lead to “kissing corners.” 6.) VICTOR HOTEL Hit the rooftop for a swim or enjoy an al fresco massage poolside, or better yet, book a suite with direct access and hang for an entire weekend.
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Cabriolet OUTSIDE SEATING FOR FOUR, PLEASE. AND MAKE IT QUICK. By Steve Siler
Not too many Americans speak French these days, but there are many French words that permeate our vocabulary nonetheless. Today, quite frequently you will read the word “cabriolet”, a French term that once referred only to a two-wheeled carriage pulled by a single horse. These days, “cabriolet” commonly refers to a convertible coupe—er, coupé, if we want to keep this French theme going. Cabriolets should not be confused with “roadsters,” which are convertible two-seat sports cars; generally, cabriolets
seat four sun-seeking motorists, and in the case of the all-new 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet, they’ll be seated quite comfortably. Indeed, few cabriolets in the world treat their occupants as well as this car does. As the flagship of the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the S-Class is already extraordinary, with the new cabriolet models representing the sexiest of the lot. Top up or top down, it is absolutely gorgeous; especially so when the convertible top is specified in a contrasting color. Matte silver with dark red? White with blue? Mocha with tan? The possibilities are endless. While it’s less stately and more voluptuous than the spectacular Rolls-Royce Dawn we profiled in these pages in our May 2016 issue, it’s hard to say which is prettier. But one feature RollsRoyce doesn’t offer that this car does is front turn signals and daytime running lamps rendered in Swarovski crystals. When raised, the fabric top’s roofline faithfully follows that of the slinky coupe’s, and like the hardtop, side windows fully retract into a single, pillar-less opening, thus turning a balmy evening drive into a delightfully al fresco experience even without dropping the top. When the top is lowered, the body contours are complemented by a beautifully finished tonneau cover behind
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Quality AS THE MAGIC CITY CONTINUES TO GROW, SO DOES ITS APPEALâ€”AND CELEBRITIES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE FEELING IT.
By Linda Marx
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has been a favorite for international celebrities since the 1950s and 1960s when Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack turned the Fontainebleau and the rest of the resort town into a sexy, year-round playground. Soon, Aly Kahn, Prince Rainier, singer Sylvie Vartan, actor Jean-Paul Belmondo and a host of other international stars discovered its appeal. These high-profile denizens were attracted to the cosmopolitan, culturally diverse city with perfect beaches and a rollicking nightlife. Today, more and more global icons, Hispanic celebrities and emerging Latin American stars are settling in Miami and around South Florida because the sub-tropical scene has solidified as an attractive metropolis and international hub. “I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and moved to Miami from Guatemala when I was 16,” says actress Sol Rodriguez, 26, who has recently joined the cast of Devious Maids, the hit drama series executive produced by actress/activist Eva Longoria for the Lifetime Network. “Miami is so exciting…here I am an Argentine girl, and I am in a group with a Venezuelan, a Cuban, a Colombian, a Mexican and a Dominican! We are all friends and can talk about anything.” On Devious Maids, Rodriguez plays Daniela Mercado, a fiery Puerto Rican pop star hopeful and cousin of Carmen Luca (Roselyn Sanchez) who spontaneously moves to Los Angeles. In real life, Rodriguez, whose father is a singer and musician, had to leave Miami for Los Angeles to follow her acting career. But she flies back regularly to see her family and her dog. “I would love to own a house in Miami someday,” Rodriguez says. “It’s welcoming. Everyone feels like they are home away from home. You can find your people and your type of food anywhere. It is absolutely beautiful. Who wouldn’t want to be there?” It also doesn’t hurt that international celebrities can get a bigger bang for their buck when it comes to real estate. Mega mansions are
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more affordable in Miami and Miami Beach than comparable-sized properties in New York City, Los Angeles and many European cities, according to research by Zillow. The company’s tracking analysis shows that it takes 1.6 years for owning a property to make more financial sense than renting the same home. So all of South Florida is a sound investment for international notables looking to score in a high-growth area. Miami is already experiencing rapid growth as a capital for the entertainment industry, and it’s the perfect place for Latinos who want to reach the North American market. “Numerous entertainment corporations from South America consider Miami the ‘Gateway to the
Americas’ where major music, film and television productions are now centered,” says Henry Scott, general manager of Metropolitan by Como, Miami Beach, a favored international luxury hotel group. “This gives Latin American celebrities a good reason to call Miami and all of South Florida home.” For example, New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, San Antonio Spurs 2014 NBA champion Manu Ginobili, music producer/DJ David Guetta, and tennis stars Gale Monfils and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario have all bought residences here. “Miami has always been an ideal destination for international celebrities to visit, but now they want to call it home as one of their multiple residences around the world,” says Sonia Figueroa, senior vice president of Condo Development for Related Group in Miami. Among the areas they are drawn to these days is the Paraiso District, which offers the feeling of the seclusion of a private resort in a distinct neighborhood with its own personality. They flock to the high-end shops and restaurants of the nearby Design District; they relate to the artistic edginess of Wynwood; they love the museums and performing arts venues of the Arts & Entertainment District and the stores and restaurants of Midtown; and they are impressed with the ever-growing, high-energy vibe of Brickell. “These diverse offerings, especially in the culture and entertainment areas, appeal to a celebrity of this caliber,” adds Figueroa. Musical superstars Carlos Vives and Shakira grew up near each other in coastal Colombia, and both have bought homes in Miami. Vives, a singer, songwriter, actor, businessman and one of the most important figures in Latin music, lives in Miami Beach; Shakira, who has also lived here, loves Europe, yet continues to return to Miami. “Miami has a very European sense and also offers beautiful
beaches, nightlife, restaurants and culture,” says interior designer Sarah Barber-Bazail of Miami’s B.design. “It is great for international celebrities because of the glitz and glam.” Former pro baseball player Placido Polanco, who hails from the Dominican Republic, likes the global scene in Miami because it has become the epicenter for fun with a flair for foreign ambience. He owns a home built by Pioneer Inter-Development builder/architect Frank Mendez, who remarks, “[Miami] is known around the world for its perfect climate, beaches and nightlife. It is a place where international business meets the international social scene.” A perfect example is the recent marriage of Miami club king extraordinaire David Grutman (LIV, STORY and restaurant Komodo) to Brazilian-bred model Isabela Rangel. As 500 guests gathered, the couple married at Wynwood Walls. Rangel, 24, a Wilhelmina model, loves Miami Beach and has settled nicely into Grutman’s 24/7 lifestyle when she’s not jetting around the world for her own career. “I was born and raised in Brazil and lived in Cape Town, South Africa, for some time, but moving to Miami was an easy transition for me,” she says. “Miami is a mecca for so many cultures. The people are warm and welcoming. David and I can’t think of any other city where we would want to start our family.” Other foreign-born models have already discovered the charms of Miami and moved here. Australian model Elle MacPherson, 52, married to Fontainebleau owner Jeff Soffer, and Polish model/reality TV star Joanna Krupa, 37, married to Mynt nightclub owner Romain Zago, reside in Miami Beach. Czech model Karolina Kurkova, 32, lives on Fisher Island with her family because she loves the outdoor life and the seclusion. “Fisher Island is bar none one of the best options in the world for a high-profile person due to its unrivaled privacy and security,” says Dora Puig, director of sales and marketing for 70
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Palazzo Del Sol on Fisher Island. “Many international celebrities like to have a residence here which is away—but not entirely—from the intense spotlight of Los Angeles, New York, London or Paris.” Even international retailers see the importance of having Miami outposts. Juan Suarez, creative director of Aristocrazy, a handmade jewelry brand from Portugal that opened its first US store in the Aventura Mall, believes the city’s many ethnic communities, especially those of the Hispanic population, are of paramount importance to business. “The melting pot of cultures makes a Spanish person like me feel at home,” says Suarez, 31. “[It’s also a] burgeoning city for fashion and accessories, which led us to open our first US-based store here. While Spain is my home, Miami is by far one of my favorite cities.” Argentine developer Flavio Rossato, co-creator of 6080 Collins Avenue Beach House, a new condo-hotel being built in Miami Beach’s MidBeach neighborhood, knows the area is a playground for “highprofile types,” whether these international denizens live, party or just visit Miami Beach, they fly in and out constantly. “During Art Basel, dozens of international celebrities flock to the barrier island,” says Rossato, who is also an architect. “It’s a Who’s Who of A-listers, all adding to the luster of the Miami Beach lifestyle.” The presence of global celebrities brings excitement, prosperity and promise for the future. Since Miami offers a good investment opportunity in addition to the lifestyle and sanctuary such celebrities seek, its appeal will not diminish. “Miami offers the opportunity to live in undisturbed tranquility as part of a palatial waterfront property outside of a big city that costs a lot less than comparable properties around southern Europe or in the Mediterranean,” says Scott. And what could be wrong with that?
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M Miami is the “gateway to the Americas”—no one disputes that fact. But over the past 20 years, the population has evolved and diversified to include people from around the world—Brazil, Russia, Mexico, India, Israel…the list goes on. No longer does the mention of Miami connote a community of of three factions: natives, domestic transplants and Cubans. Those days are long past. Today, an ever metamorphosing demographic brings more cultural enrichment, talent, flavor and appeal to the table than this always-beautiful city ever possessed before. And everyone, from everywhere, wants to be a part of it. As recently as the early 90s, Miami’s distinct neighborhoods—which, even back then, each had its own vibe—could be broken down into five. Downtown Miami, at the time strictly a financial district (which even then was home to a smattering of international banks, but today is considered the core of the city’s banking, investment and financial sectors) shut down at 5 pm and went dark and silent. Then there’s Coconut Grove, once well known as a Bohemian village where mainly artists and flower children dwelt; the city of Coral Gables, an upscale George Merrick-inspired community with beautiful Mediterranean-style homes and a fourblock-long downtown area (and home to the University of Miami); and Miami Beach,
RIGHT: In the 90s, the iconic Art Deco hotels of Ocean Drive were the vision instantly conjured when South Beach came to mind. BELOW: With Miami Vice, Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas brought big fame to Miami on the small screen. OPPOSITE TOP: The Design District is now one of the most fashioncentric, art-filled neighborhoods in Miami. OPPOSITE BOTTOM: Just another night at LIV nightclub.
a part of which at that time was earning a worldwide reputation for attracting movie stars, fashion designers and nightlife impresarios and would be re-classified ever more as South Beach. It’s fair to say that the initially superficial appeal and resulting skyrocketing fame of South Beach—playground of Sylvester Stallone and Madonna, and newly minted number-one location for fashion photographers like Patrick Demarchelier and Antoine Verglas to shoot their Vogue editorials—was the unintentional catalyst for the immense popularity Miami as a whole enjoys today. It should be mentioned, however, that Miami Vice’s slick cinematography and sexed up backdrop, replete with Ferraris, speedboats and a sultry New Wave soundtrack—not to mention Don Johnson, whose brooding, Armani-wearing detective Sonny Crockett made getting
arrested seem like an appealing idea—was the first to intrigue millions of viewers about Miami during its five seasons on the air, which started in 1984 and ended in 1990. In fact, the fashion statements made by the actors on the show were no accident—in every episode, Crockett and his partner, Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs (played by Philip Michael Thomas), wore no fewer than five to eight different ensembles, all of which were culled from the fashion capitals of Milan, Paris and London by the show’s costume designer, Bambi Breakstone. But it wasn’t just Americans that were drawn to the Vice movement: the show aired (and still does, in some cases) in Turkey, Italy, Sweden, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Philippines and the United Kingdom, letting everyone in on the glamour, action and intrigue of our city.
THE REAL EXPLOSION BEGAN WHEN GIANNI VERSACE GAVE IT HIS STAMP OF APPROVAL BY PURCHASING A HOME ON OCEAN DRIVE AND MOVING TO SOUTH BEACH.
Casa Casuarina, which Gianni Versace made his Miami home. developer and visionary Craig Robins has been instrumental in developing South Beach and the Design District, and in bringing the arts scene to new heights over the past two decades. ABOVE:
But the real explosion began when Gianni Versace gave it his stamp of approval by purchasing a home on Ocean Drive and moving to South Beach. From there, all bets were off. Designer boutiques began springing up everywhere; Todd Oldham, Cynthia Rowley, Nicole Miller and the household names of the era opened outposts not just on Ocean Drive but also along Washington and Collins avenues. Ocean Drive magazine pioneered a new way of showcasing—and playing up—in its impossibly glossy, gorgeous pages the wave of models, celebrities, fashion figures and artists who were crowding into the area, all jostling for their own piece of this paradise. The magazine wasted no time launching a Spanish-language edition, followed by editions for other countries such as Venezuela and Mexico. Seeing what was happening, Paris-born Eric Milon came south from New York to fill what he saw as a need for a hip, chic restaurant that the glitterati would frequent. In 1991, he opened the legendary The Strand, and later, with his brothers Francis and Didier, a legendary nightlife venue, The Living Room, that will forever stand as one of the most significant contributors to Miami’s worldwide appeal. (Milon and his business partners, The Opium Group, continue to stay on the cutting edge of the nightlife scene, having opened Opium Garden and its lounge within, Privé, frequented by the likes of 80
Lenny Kravitz, Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz, among others.) Fast forward 20 years and if we look back at all this, it’s arguable that what was happening then was a foretelling of Miami in 2016—but then again, maybe not. Who could have known, back when the world longed to come here for the nightlife and the gorgeous people that today the appeal would have become so much more allencompassing? Who could have predicted that the debut of Art Basel in 2001—after Miami had been bandied about by officials as the first US outpost of the fair since the early 90s—would have burgeoned into one of the most major events not just in the country but the world, drawing more and more artists from around the globe to live and work here year-round? Who could have known in the mid-90s that a down-and-out neighborhood known as the Design District, which was sprinkled with a few high-end design stores, an antiques store or two and a sandwich shop, would have turned into one of the most celebrated, coveted spots in the country for galleries, international brands in every category of retail from fashion to home décor, public art and even residences? (Actually, DACRA’s sharply instinctive Craig Robins could have known, as he believed in and was investing in the gentrification of the neighborhood for many years, before
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first opened in Singapore in 1994 and now has a presence in all the art capitals of the world, including Hong Kong, London, Paris and Dubai, to the renowned Israeli artist David Gerstein’s Horizon Arts in Wynwood, whose innovative works can be found not only in various Israeli museums but also galleries and public venues across the US, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Singapore and Thailand. The list could go on for days. But it’s not just creative types, entrepreneurs and major foreign brands and companies that are weaving themselves into the fabric of this community—it’s also everyday people who crave the kind of diversity and the wide range of cultural opportunities and offerings that come with living in Miami, not only for themselves, but for their families. They are the ones who understand that to enjoy the experiences and intermingle with cultures from around the world and expose themselves to brand-new perspectives, thoughts, foods, art, architecture and interesting people, they don’t have to make it around the world in a lifetime. They just have to come to Miami, where the world is right outside their front door.
People from all over the world move to South Florida for obvious reasons: year-round summer, world-class nightlife, restaurants galore, and among the most beautiful and warmest beaches in the world. But in 2016, there’s something else to add to that list that may surprise you: many foreigners with school-aged children are relocating here for the stellar educational opportunities our schools have to offer. “Our school system has won numerous awards and recognitions for its advanced academics, including the Advanced Placement District of the Year in 2013, as well as annual placement on the College Board’s Honor Roll of AP Districts,” MiamiDade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho says with pride. “M-DCPS recently received 37 National Magnet Merit Awards, outperforming all other school districts nationwide for the fifth straight year. The District added 55 new magnet/choice programs this year to the already impressive list of highly sought out programs, bringing the total to 500. M-DCPS also knows how to serve English language learners, with our comprehensive history of bilingual programs and ESOL.” Additionally, Carvalho points out, the programs are free and highly accessible. “We often see new, foreign-born students who arrive here after major issues occur in their home countries.” He views the diversity within M-DCPS as beneficial to all students. “Anytime you see young people interacting, especially when they hail from different countries or different cultural backgrounds, there is an appreciation for other students’ backgrounds, customs and traditions,” he says. “At M-DCPS, we recognize that Miami is the face of the new America. Our students are not looking at foreign-born students as ‘foreigners,’ but as their friends, who just happen to be from someplace else. The exchanges also serve as stimuli for our own students who opt to travel or study abroad.” Students from other countries who plan to enroll in schools here are required to present academic records from their previous schools; if the records are not available, the students are tested for placement in the appropriate classes. “Each new student does present a financial impact on the district, but we will never turn our backs on any child seeking
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an education,” Carvalho emphasizes. “We recognize our moral obligation to instruct every child and have a decades-long history of welcoming foreign-born students into our schools.” According to Maggie Fresen Zulueta, vice president of Academica, one of the nation’s top charter school service and support organizations, South Florida school districts serve an extremely diverse community of students representing over 150 countries and speaking more than 50 languages. Parents and students who move here have a variety of educational options from which to choose, including public schools, private schools, charter schools and magnet schools, all of which offer both traditional and specialized academic programs. Examples of specialized programs include schools that concentrate on the performing arts, such as Doral Performing Arts and Entertainment Academy and New World School of the Arts. Other schools, such as S.L.A.M. Charter, offer innovative and unique programs for students interested in sports. Because the theme of sports is a universal language, this type of school draws students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. There are also schools which focus on offering Language and/or International Studies programs, such as International Studies Charter High School and International Studies Preparatory Academy (both of which offer bilingual programs in Spanish, French, and Italian), as well as schools teaching bilingual education in specific foreign languages, such as Somerset SoMi (Spanish and Mandarin Chinese), and Ben Gamla Charter School (Hebrew). (By integrating with students who come from different countries, local students have the unique advantage of being exposed to a school experience that is multilingual, multiliterate and multicultural. This exposure gives them an edge in global competition, especially if they, too, become
fluent in one or more foreign languages.) Educational consultant/retired M-DCPS principal Dr. Robin Behrman cites honors diversity, the multitude of programs that allow school choice, high levels of excellence in all facets of educational life and equal instructional opportunities for all students regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic status or academic exceptionality as reasons for the heightened interest in South Florida’s public schools. Behrman believes that the infiltration of students from around the world has broadened opportunities of local students to learn a variety of languages and provided an environment that promotes tolerance and acceptance of others. The biggest advantage is that, for public schools, no financial or academic status is required. Placement in age appropriate and/ or last level of education completed in country of last residence is examined. As previously mentioned, charter schools have their own set of entrance requirements, but none is financial. “International students coming to [our] International Program are impressed by our top academics, state-of-the-art facilities, award-winning fine arts department, prestigious state and national competitions, and pre-professional programs, including Pre-Med, Pre-Law, Pre-Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering,” says Marian Mirchandani, who heads the international program at American Heritage School in Plantation. Indeed, one of the school’s foreign students, tenth-grader Tianya Peng, explains, “A family friend recommended American Heritage School because it was very good. I was not looking to live in a specific state; I was looking for the best school.” According to Mirchandani, “Our families are looking for a school with a diverse student body where many countries and cultures are well represented. At American Heritage School, we have students representing 43 countries from around
LEFT TO RIGHT: Collegebound grads of American Heritage School; Doral Performing Arts and Entertainment Academy.
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the world, so our students are assimilated into an extremely diverse environment.” Mirchandani explained that local students are enriched every day by being surrounded by so many students from other countries, which broadens their view of the world. This gives them a grand perspective in an ever-changing global community. “Our local students are making lifelong friendships that will forever enrich their lives. We are becoming a global society, and local students who are exposed to many cultures and languages become culturally and internationally sensitive and accepting, thus acquiring very useful skills and experiences to succeed in college, their careers, and in their lives.” In order to gain entry into American Heritage, international students must be in excellent academic standing and proficient in English. Teacher letters of recommendation and English language proficiency test results are required. A Skype interview is also scheduled once all application materials have been received and reviewed to confirm the student’s verbal and comprehension proficiency. Finances are not a determining factor to gain admission. “We are proud of all of our students and their abilities to excel, not only in academics, the arts and athletics, but also as compassionate and respectful leaders in their community,” says American Heritage vice president Dr. Douglas Laurie. “Our students feel at home here, which gives them the confidence to set high goals for themselves and to succeed.” “Attending an American University is a dream for many students both locally and internationally. Miami Country Day School is a college preparatory school focused on college placement in an environment that empowers every student to find his or her unique voice and sense of self,” says Ingrid Palmisano, director of admissions and financial aid for the school, which is located in North Miami. “Our
ability to offer an I-20 student VISA makes studying in the primary grades in order to achieve excellent college placement a reality. Many families at our school refer to our community as a mini United Nations because of the 37 different countries represented in our school. When you walk through our campus you hear Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Russian, German, Chinese, Creole and English. Over the years we’ve had students from over 50 countries in attendance.” Students applying to Miami Country Day School are expected to have an A/B average in each of the core courses, above-average admissions test scores and superior teacher recommendations. International students are interviewed via Skype. “A few years ago, we had a student applying from Italy and during the interview I could tell that he hardly understood what I was asking,” Palmisano recalls. “He was an excellent student in Italy, an avid water polo player, involved in community service and enjoyed public speaking. Upon graduation from our school, before leaving to Johns Hopkins for college, this student gave the most articulate, well-spoken speech to a group of parents in perfect English. This was a true testament to our ESOL program (English Speakers of other Languages) here at Miami Country Day School.” Michael F. Marinelli, director of admissions at Christopher Columbus High School (CCHL) in Southwest Miami-Dade, attributes word of mouth and the school’s reputation as the main reasons that CCHL is highly regarded worldwide. “With all of the international businesses located in the Miami area, our alumni and alumni parents recommend the school to incoming job transfers/expats. That is how the majority of our kids come here.” Welcoming students from around the world is extremely valuable to CCHL’s local students because it provides them the opportunity to learn about
LEFT TO RIGHT: Miami Country Day School and Christopher Columbus High School.
“We are becoming a global society, and local students who are exposed to many cultures and languages become culturally and internationally sensitive and accepting. Thus, acquiring very useful skills and experiences to succeed in college, their careers, and in their lives.” Marian Mirchandani, who heads the international program at American Heritage School in Plantation.
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increasingly more international. We see families from every corner of the globe moving to South Florida because of the security, good weather and especially the schools. We see families’ biggest concern when looking for a home is its proximity to where they can get the best education for their children.” Jose Almeida of the Jose Almeida Group and Deconova International Realty discussed the booming development of the Doral area. “The 120-acre Downtown Doral project by Codina Partners consists of luxury condo towers, shops and restaurants. The school, Downtown Doral Charter Elementary School, is privately financed yet managed by the Miami-Dade County School Board. The tuition-free school accommodates Pre-K through fifth-grade students and serves Downtown Doral area residents. The school offers a special bilingual language program with 60 percent of classes taught in English and 40 percent in either Spanish or Portuguese. The goal is to offer a bicultural/bilingual education to students.” “Buyers are choosing to live in South Florida for many reasons,” realtor Pachi Hayim of Karma Luxury Properties explains. “The quality of life is better here. Even the days are longer in South Florida, and those precious minutes are often the difference between coming home from work and putting your kids straight to bed or enjoying a couple of extra hours of daylight to go for a walk or throw a ball. The schools are also a huge draw. American Heritage is a great school, with an outstanding athletic program, and the prices around Plantation are affordable for people who choose to pay for private school. Pine Crest is one of the best schools in the country. Like all public schools, there are special programs to help international kids to learn English as their second language. They are really focused on the success of the students.” Hayim lists Aventura, Fort Lauderdale and Weston as communities where families from other the countries are moving in droves. “This is the new Miami, with great schools and affordable homes.”
LEFT TO RIGHT: American Heritage School in Plantation; S.L.A.M. Charter School in Miami.
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SHA Wellness Clinic and Spa, Al Albir A mere 45 minutes north of Alicante lies Al Albir, a Spanish beach town and unofficial international residence of the most Norwegians outside of Norway (those fun vikings are everywhere). High on its one mountain of Sierra Helada is perched one of Europe’s most lauded healing and wellness clinics and luxurious spas, where its dedicated staff of hundreds has one mission: To make you well, whole, happy, and address and heal whatever ails you, from sleep disorders to fibromyalgia, fertility, aging, smoking, cardiovascular, stress and more. Essentially, if you need healing in any form, this is your refuge, complete with dietary assistance in the form of gourmet macrobiotic cuisine. Available for day spa rituals, but more ideal for multiple days, the “SHA Academy” is my pick for a four-day introduction. Morning Nordic Walks, complimentary classes including yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, stretching, meditation, aqua fitness, informative lectures (“emotional intelligence” was one), along with two outdoor pools and an indoor Hydro circuit can keep a person completely occupied, if the siren song of fantastically original treatments in 80 spa therapy rooms weren’t calling. Among the more than 85 spa therapies, favorites include Detox Premium Facial Treatment (restorative after transatlantic flights) that uses glass bells, seaweed lotion and more purposeful elements to detoxify, regenerate, tone and unblock the skin; Watsu Water Therapy that literally cradles you in otherworldly flotation while you’re moved, stretched
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“After Versace, not a whole lot was happening here. For decades, Miami was only associated with ‘club clothes.’ Aesthetics were skin-tight dresses and sky-high shoes. The international art fair changed our life. It gave us a more sophisticated style and forced us to dress more creatively.” —ELYSZE HELD, FASHION CONSULTANT AND STYLIST
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“Every big fashion house has opened a store here, and it’s a statement that we’re becoming a fashion center.” —DANNY SANTIAGO, CELEBRITY WARDROBE STYLIST
With their impressive pedigrees of major fashion houses and iconic designers, cities such as Paris, Milan and London may quickly come to mind as the most prominent influencers in style. But don’t discount Miami. While the city may not have Europe’s prestigious fashion heritage, it does boast renowned international designers who are helping the Magic City take its proper place on the global landscape. It’s no secret that Miami has always drawn a cosmopolitan jet-set crowd, from the celebrity-filled glory days of the ‘60s when the “Rat Pack” crooned their latest hits in swanky hotel lounges to the ‘90s when Italian designer Gianni Versace made South Beach his glamorous playground. But the city with a reputation for sexy, barely-there clothing often struggled to cement a serious reputation as a fashion destination. “After Versace, not a whole lot was happening here. For decades, Miami was only associated with “club clothes.” “Aesthetics were skin-tight dresses and sky-high shoes,” says Elysze Held, a longtime fashion consultant and stylist, who credits Art Basel for helping Miami shed its former fashion reputation and build a new one. “The international art fair changed our life. It gave us a more sophisticated style and forced us to dress more creatively.” Danny Santiago, a celebrity wardrobe stylist who’s helped shape South Florida’s fashion scene since the ‘80s, also points out that an increase in shopping meccas like the Design District, Bal Harbour, the soon-to-open Brickell City Centre, along with the artsy
Wynwood neighborhood, are helping to push Miami higher on the world’s style scale. “Every big fashion house has opened a store here, and it’s a statement that we’re becoming a fashion center,” he says. One of Santiago’s favorite new designers in Miami hails from the fashion capital of Paris. “The one to watch is Oscar Carvallo, a Venezuelan designer who had an atelier in Paris. He has now opened his first US store in Midtown Miami, where he does these incredible haute couture gala pieces and bridal gowns made with fabrics from Italy,” says Santiago. France has definitely taken notice of South Florida, too: Hermès of Paris recently chose Coral Gables as the new home of the company’s perfume division (the fashion house’s flagship store, a three-story, 13,000-square-foot boutique in the Miami Design District, opened at the end of last year); and the luxe South-ofFrance swimwear line Pain de Sucre just singled out Miami for the launch of its first US showroom, thanks to the area’s beaches and similarities to the French Riviera. “It’s always summer and sunny in Miami,” explains Marie-Laure Desnoulez, vice president of sales and communications of Pain de Sucre USA. “We chose Miami because the city is growing so fast and there is so much happening here.” The brand’s Brickell area showroom is filled with its latest collection of suits featuring floral prints, sultry cut-outs, and adorned with jewelry from Italy and France. Pain de Sucre will make its debut at Miami Swim Week this summer.
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Perhaps one of the biggest indicators of just how much Miami’s fashion sense has matured is the decision by internationally celebrated designer Naeem Khan to move his design and manufacturing facility from New York to Miami by the end of 2018, securing a prime spot on the Miami River. “Khan has global respect for his craftsmanship and luxury quality, and to bring that to Miami really ups the ante for us,” says Held about the fashion magnate’s intricately designed ready-to-wear and bridal collections, which have been worn by the likes of First Lady Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez. Kahn, a Mumbai native, bought a home in Miami’s performing arts district in 2009 and currently splits his time between South Florida and New York. “Miami has the eye of the world. When I am traveling in Europe and Asia, people are talking about Miami,” Khan tells me while in town to celebrate his birthday at the trendy new Faena Hotel. The designer looked to relocate his operations to other cities like Los Angeles and Detroit, but he was ultimately drawn to Miami’s larger land opportunities and the City’s offer of reduced rent and tax incentives. Khan was equally impressed with the government’s desire to bring jobs and fashion manufacturing back to Miami, which aligns with his vision. “It was, ‘How can I bring manufacturing back to America?’, and Miami is it for me. Miami has a great chance at becoming the foremost fashion city in the world, and once we build it, people will see the success of it,” he promises. Khan is even working with the Miami-Dade School Board to create fashion programs for children and hopes to eventually build one of the most beautiful fashion schools in the area. “We are coming here to create an enterprise, to become part of the threads of the city.”
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While fresh faces are emerging every day, credit for helping boost Miami’s global appeal also goes to mainstay international designers who’ve been in the city for decades. Adriana Castro, a Colombian-born designer best known for her exotic, colorful handbags carried by well-heeled fashionistas and celebrities (her bags were even featured in the Sex and the City 2 movie), moved to Miami in 2004 and has never looked back. “When I started here, there was not much happening on the fashion front. I was tempted to move to New York, but honestly couldn’t leave the city for so many reasons: the endless sunshine, beautiful beaches and diverse cultures,” says Castro. South Florida’s s tropical landscape also reminds her of her years growing up in Barranquilla, Colombia, and she says Miami is a convenient home base for work travel. “I go to New York for Fashion Week, tradeshows and personal appearances. I travel to our atelier in Barranquilla, where production takes place, and then come back to relax and enjoy the Sunshine State. I’m proud that I stayed loyal to Miami.” Peruvian-born designer Julian Chang is another global success story who just keeps gaining ground in Miami—literally. Chang moved to South Florida from Lima at just 17 years old to attend the Miami International University of Art and Design. His bold ready-to-wear and evening wear has become so successful that he recently opened a bigger, flagship store in the hot MiMo district. “In the decade or so that I have been in Miami, I have seen it evolve from a peripheral player in the fashion industry to a growing major participant,” says Chang, whose clothing is now sold in more than 600 upscale boutiques around the world. “I have also found highly talented people who have helped me to establish and maintain my manufacturing here. I have no thoughts of ever leaving Miami.” And why would anyone want to leave? Naeem Khan easily sums up the city’s global appeal. “Miami just makes me feel happy. It’s that simple. I want to make beautiful, happy clothes.”
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PM FISH & STEAK HOUSE One small part of what makes this low-key Argentinian steakhouse so inviting is that it doesn’t suffer from ROS—Restaurant Overhype Syndrome— which makes the fact that its surroundings, service, cocktails and cuisine are so wonderful even better. You can choose to sit outside by the al fresco bar and sip your cocktails under the stars or while watching futbol in front of the big screen, or in the clubby dining room, the ambience of which invites lingering well past the dessert. While steak may be the star, you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, from the uniquely prepared tuna taco appetizer (the tuna is shredded and crispy—and mind-blowing) and provoleta, a tender, mouthwatering melted cheese starter, to the melt-in-yourmouth grilled octopus, creamy lobster and shrimp risotto and homemade pastas such as fusilli pomodoro with Argentine sausage. With an extensive, varied wine list and a light-as-air flan with which to end the meal, it’s just the right place to take a person you want to impress. PM FISH & STEAK HOUSE, 1453 S MIAMI AVE., MIAMI, 305.200.5606; PMRESTAURANTES.COM
American & Continental 660 AT THE ANGLER’S — In the Angler’s Hotel, 660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.534.9600; anglershotelmiami.com. Lowkey, high-luxe is the perfect description for this dining destination in the Angler’s Hotel, which offers a regionally inspired American menu and romance a plenty. The homemade empanadas are legendary and their brunch can’t be beat. Don’t miss the Short Ribs Benedict. ADENA GRILL & WINE BAR — In the Village at Gulfstream Park, 900 Silks Run, Ste. 1740, Hallandale Beach, 954.464.2333; adenagrill.com. This upscale steakhouse
specializes in 100 percent grass fed, grassfinished beef and a farm-to-fork experience means all meats and poultry are sourced from Adena Farms in Ocala, Florida. The open kitchen allows a bird’s eye view of custommade grills and rotisseries and fresh, local and organic ingredients. BARTON G. — 1427 West Ave., Miami Beach, 305.672.8881; bartongtherestaurant. com. If you’ve ever been to BGR, you know that this restaurant promises more than delicious fare, with an exciting and dramatic dining experience that tantalizes all your senses. Jaw-dropping appetizers, over-thetop entrees, and a dessert menu that literally sparkles and shines—firecrackers included.
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. 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.
CORSAIR BY SCOTT CONANT — 19999 West Country Club Dr., Aventura. The latest gem by Scott Conant (of Scarpetta fame) has just opened and serves three meals a day. The menu highlights seasonal farmhouse cooking from the Americas and the Mediterranean. Picturesque views of the property’s golf course and recently revamped 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. FRANKEY’S SPORTS BAR — In the Village at Gulfstream Park, 900 Silks Run, Ste. 1720, Hallandale Beach, 954.464.2333; frankeysbar.com. Offering a new take on the traditional sport bar, Frankey’s serves dishes like Angus beef burgers, steaks, nachos, tacos, seafood, pasta and more. Diners can also wager on the Gulfstream horse races right from the bar. 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, applefennel 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.
CAVIAR RUSSE The New York City Michelin-starred Caviar Russe is bringing a taste of New York City to Downtown Miami with its newly launched “New” NY Power Lunch menu, which includes a two-course meal for just $35 per person (including a martini or glass of wine). Located in the lobby of The Four Seasons on Brickell—the heart of the Financial District—the restaurant is ideal for professionals in the area who want to grab a beautiful midday meal, impress a client or simply celebrate a deserving momentous occasion with style. Executive chef David Valencia’s first courses on the lunch menu include Caviar Caesar with quail egg, parmesan and caviar; lobster (green apple, heart of palm, celery) or smoked salmon (watermelon radish, crème fraiche, pumpernickel), followed by either Blue Fin Tuna with togarashi, yuzu and caviar, Black Cod with lemon confit, agave and avocado, or Steak Tartare with truffle, bone marrow and caviar. With only 35 seats in the entire restaurant, this is a true hidden gem to enjoy for business, yes, but it’s always a pleasure. CAVIAR RUSSE, 1441 BRICKELL AVE., MIAMI, 305.902.6969; CAVIARRUSSE.COM/RESTAURANT/MIAMI
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MEAT MARKET MIAMI BEACH — 915 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 Wood-Roasted African Pheasant and creative sides. Don’t miss the pistachio crème brulee for dessert. 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 jawdroppingly good desserts courtesy of pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith. PRIME 112 — 112 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305.532.8112; mylesrestaurantgroup.com. Myles Chefetz’s famed steakhouse has been 128
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 the lively scene. 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. Topof-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. ROK: BRGR — In the Village at Gulfstream Park, 600 Silks Run, Ste. 1210, Hallandale Beach, 954.367.3970; rokbrgr.com. The third location of this popular bar and gastropub offers all the favorites, including short rib grilled cheese; the famous mac ‘n cheese bar where diners can add lobster, shrimp, bacon and more; and the South Floridian burger topped with creamy brie,
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THE TUCK ROOM — 3701 N.E. 163rd Street, Sunny Isles Beach, 786.563.7061; thetuckroom.com. Tucked away inside the iPic Theaters North Miami Beach, this is a great spot to try shared plates and handcrafted cocktails. James Beard awardwinner Chef Sherry Yard oversees the extensive menu of shareable plates such as spicy tuna hand rolls, lobster rolls, and Angus sliders with bacon. 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 artistinspired cocktails, 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, there’s 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.
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BLACKBRICK — 3451 N.E. 1st Ave., Miami, 305.573.8886; midtownchinese.com. From Richard Hales, the man who gave us Sakaya Kitchen, comes this Midtown neighborhood restaurant that takes its cues from Korean street foods. Dishes include Peking duck, wok stir-fry diver scallops, steamed red snapper, and a house-made Chinese charcuterie and full dim sum menu.
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.
Deli & Bagel MO’S BAGEL & DELI — 2780 NE 187th St., Aventura; 305.936.8555. Known as Aventura‘s unofficial 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. SAGE BAGEL & DELI — 800 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale Beach, 954.456.7499; sagebagelanddeli.com. A bustling bagel haven known for soups, prepared foods, and bagels all made from scratch. Breakfast, lunch and catering. Dogs are welcome in the full-service outdoor courtyard seating area.
French 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. LA BOULANGERIE – BOUL’MICH — 20475 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305.974.4634; laboulangerieusa.com. A French artisanal bakery bringing freshly made products in a relaxed, friendly, café environment.
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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. 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 French-inspired 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.
International SUGARCANE RAW BAR GRILL — 3252 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. 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, and grilled meats, seafood, lamb chops and more.
Italian 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, Hallandale Beach, 954.362.1600; brioitalian. com. Popular spot for lunch and dinner serving up Tuscan-inspired pastas, seafood risotto, chops, beef, salmon and yummy Chicken Under the Brick. For $2.95, enjoy The Tuscan Taster Bar Menu (check the website for dates and times available) in the bar. 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. 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. HARRY’S PIZZERIA — 3918 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 786.275.4963; harryspizzeria.tumblr. com. Housemade dough is spun into discs
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of delight and 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. 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.
and ricotta. Sinatra serenades patrons in the background and the martini list is as extensive as Old Blue Eyes’ appeal. 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.
KING’S COUNTY PIZZA — 18228 W. Dixie Hwy., N. Miami Beach, 305.792.9455; kingscountypizza.com. If you’re looking for a NY-style pie, look no further. Garlic knots, wings, and homemade cannolis are all winners, too. Swing by to pick it up or let them deliver.
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.
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 softballsized Kobe meatballs stuffed with sausage
VITA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE — 1906 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.674.8822; vitamiami.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 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. MIYAKO — 18090 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; 305.931.0455. Best known for its allyou-can-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. 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 CHINA BISTRO AT WATERWAYS — 3565 NE 207th St., Aventura; 305.936.0755; chinabistrogk.com. Glatt Kosher Asian eatery featuring an extensive selection of Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese inspired dishes including low-carb offerings. FRESKO — 19048 NE 29 Ave., Aventura; 786.272.3737; freskomiami.com. Dairy gourmet restaurtant under the supervision of KM, featuring sushi, fresh salads, wraps, sandwiches, pizzas, croissants, muffins and smoothies. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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 ribeye, and Bavarian cream with sweet biscuits and chocolate for dessert. HARBOUR GRILL GOURMET — 9427 Harding Ave., Surfside, 786.275.6585; theharbourgrill. com. A kosher bistro serving gourmet tapas, gastronomical dishes, and their famous charcuterie, all made in-house from scratch. Cuisine that brings not only flavor, but also luxury and adventure to the table. KOSH SUSHI GRILL — 9477 Harding Ave., Surfside; 305.763.8601; thenewkoshmiami.com. Is the new contemporary grill house in Bal Harbour, offering a wide variety of steak cuts, and a very unique sushi menu. Tamarind duck magret with mushroom risotto and truffle oil it’s a must ! Large selection of wines. RUSTIKO ARTISAN BISTRO — 9476 Harding Ave., Surfside; 305.560.5650; rustikomiami. com. Located in the heart of Surfside,
this casual and trendy bistro offers an innovative menu never seen in a kosher dairy restaurant. You will find a variety of gourmet salads, homemade pastas and fancy pizzas, along with a great atmosphere. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. PITA PLUS OF AVENTURA — 18833 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura; 305.935.0761. Falafels, stuffed grape leaves, kebabs and shawarma wraps are among the attractions at this very busy, family-friendly, indoor/outdoor Israeli and Middle-Eastern eatery. THE HARBOUR GRILL — 9415 Harding Ave., Surfside, 305.861.0787; theharbourgrill.com. Hailed as the best Kosher steakhouse in Miami, offering favorites from 28-day aged steak to delectable duck. An extended sushi menu and a wide variety of wines available to satisfy multiple appetites.
Mediterranean APEIRO KITCHEN & BAR — 33252 N.E. First Ave., Miami, 786.800.5389; apeirorestaurants. com. Apeiro, meaning “infinite” in Greek, features a contemporary menu inspired by the
countries that make up the Mediterranean’s culinary culture. Signature dishes include roasted rosemary-lavender pork chops, and eggplant caponata.
pita triangles with an addictive garlic dip to shawarma, kababs, moussaka, and lamb chops.
LIQUE — 3957 N.E. 163 Street, Sunny Isles Beach, 305.705.2425; liquemiami.com. Located on the picturesque Intracoastal Waterway, Lique features upscale Mediterranean inspired plates including fresh seafood entrees, carpaccios and a raw bar with oysters, stone crab claws, cherrystone clams, king crab legs and lobster. 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. MAZZA MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE — 15749 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, 954.436.9997; mazzarestaurant.com. This little space inside a strip center belies the dining experience to be had here, from the
MANDOLIN AEGEAN BISTRO — 4312 N.E. 2nd Ave., Miami, 305.749.9140; mandolinmiami.com. This Aegean restaurant transports diners with fresh baked bread, roasted lamb, grilled fish, and homemade specialties that are authentic to the villages of Greece and Turkey. Enjoy spanokopita, moussaka, and even a shot of Turkish coffee.
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. COYO TACO — 2300 N.W. 2nd Ave., Miami, 305.573.8228; coyo-taco.com. With an “everything fresh” philosophy, all ingredients are 100% natural, and the corn tortillas are
house-made. Locally sourced vegetables and naturally raised meat and seafood are the mainstays. Menu features tacos, burritos, bocadillos and freshly made guacamole. 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.
Seafood ALTAMARE — 1233 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305.532.3061; altamarerestaurant.com. Enjoy the freshest seafood offerings from Chef Simon Stojanovic, along with delectable
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a raw bar, fresh seafood, lobster and stone crabs. Specialties include Bouillabaisse, panseared diver scallops, Ipswich clams, scampi crudi, lobster rolls and more. MIGNONETTE — 210 N.E. 18th Street, Miami, 305.374.4635; mignonettemiami. com. Daniel Serfer brings “old Florida meets New Orleans” style food to this restaurant. There is a marble raw bar with oysters and fresh Alaskan king crab legs, or classics like Oysters Rockefeller and Clams Casino. Don’t miss the daily chowder, bisque or gumbo. SEASPICE — 422 NW N. River Drive, Miami, 305.440.4200; seaspicemiami.com. The menu at this seafood brasserie on the Miami River embraces the idea of comfort food while elevating it to new heights; think Octopus à la Plancha, Escargot Toast and pappardelle with braised short ribs and white truffle oil. WILD SEA OYSTER BAR & GRILLE — 620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.467.2555; 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 AJI CARBON — 16978 NE 19th Ave., North Miami Beach, 786.955.6894; ajicarbonrestaurant.com. Peruvian food incorporates flavors from a wide variety of cultures, including Incan, European, African and Asian, and the menu here includes all the heavy hitters from ceviches and causas to a variety of soups, risottos and fish dishes. 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. THE BAZAAR BY JOSE ANDRES — 1701 Collins Ave. in the SLS Hotel, Miami Beach, 305.455.2999; the bazaar.com. In the Philippe Starck-Lenny Kravitz designed hotel is this tiny, cool eatery where guests can enjoy a unique culinary experience, with a Spanishinfluenced menu of items such as yuca churros served with homemade peanut butter (in a squeeze tube), a frozen blue cheese sandwich with lemon marmalade and walnut bread, and Jose’s taco, containing caviar and Iberico ham.
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EL GRAN INKA — 3155 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 305.940.4910; graninka.com. A unique fusion of Peruvian ingredients with Chinese, Italian and Spanish influences. Fish, seafood and meats with rich and light sauces delight a broad spectrum of palates. Centuries of Peruvian tradition sprinkled with international flair. LA HUACA PERUVIAN CUISINE — 2000 Harrison St., Hollywood, 954.239.8722; lahuacaperuviancuisine.com. Peruvian specialties include a variety of ceviches and tiraditos as well as Lomo Saltado, Pescado a lo Macho (Fish Peruvian Style), Arroz Chaufa, and their delicious take on lasagna filled with creamy shredded chicken and Peruvian yellow pepper sauce. MERKADO 31 — 1127 NE 163 St., North Miami Beach, 305.947.3338; merkado31. com. Noted for its concept cuisine, this cozy, laid-back spot offers an extensive menu of tasty Peruvian classics. Don’t miss their fusion dishes like passion-fruit risotto mahi or the quinoa-breaded shrimp. NOVECENTO — 18831 Biscayne Blvd., #220, Aventura, 305.466.0900; novecento.com. A refined mix of Argentine, Mediterranean and Pan Latin cuisine highlighted by French tech-
niques and in-depth attention to presentation. Steaks, chicken, veal and specialty dishes like blood sausage and sweetbreads are all served in a unique Argentinean-Bistro style. SR. CEVICHE — 2576 NE Miami Gardens Drive, Aventura, 786.440.7851; srcevicherestaurant.com. Recognized as the “best traditional ceviche in Florida” by the Peruvian consul, this authentic spot with locations in Aventura and Pembroke Pines offers a variety of ceviches, tiraditos, soups, causas and chaufas, saltados, tacu tacu and more. Dine in and enjoy live music or order online and take out. TEXAS DE BRAZIL — In The Village at Gulfstream Park, 800 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach; 954.843.7600, texasdebrazil.com. This authentic Brazilian churrascaria starts you off with a 50-item “salad” bar and continues with skewers of hand-carved beef, sausages and chicken that continue to be served until you say enough—a true experience in culinary overload.
305.390.7261; bertonigelato.com. No need to go chasing after the ice cream truck now that Bertoni Gelato has set up its carretino, or cart, at the Aventura Mall. Find it in front of the Burberry store. If you’re looking for something more substantial, their cafe is just outside the Disney store. 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. THE SWEET TOOTH — 18435 NE 19th Ave., N. Miami Beach, 305.682.1400; thesweettooth.com. The name says it all: for 28 years this chocolatier offers fabulous custom chocolates (chocolate stilettos and handbags included) and fresh baked goodies like brownies, rugelach and cookies for parties, gift baskets, holidays or any other special occasion.
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MIAMI IS ALL ABOUT THE HIGH-RISE, BUT A NUMBER OF OUTSTANDING BOUTIQUE PROPERTIES IN OUR MIDST CAN RIVAL THE MOST LUXE CONDO TOWERS OUT THERE, BOTH DESIGN- AND AMENITY-WISE. Living large isn’t for everyone. Plenty of new boutique properties in South Florida offer the same level of cutting-edge design as some of the soaring high-rises going up all over the region right now—but with the added bonus of a more intimate setting and the instant gratification of a quicker movein date. And the fact that they’re smaller doesn’t mean buyers have to compromise when it comes to luxury amenities—on the contrary. Plus, they’re delivered at a fraction of the rate of sky-high residential towers. Here are three to know about now.
LOUVER HOUSE Nestled in the popular South of Fifth area lies Louver House, a stylish 4-story, 12-residence development. Besides a killer 140
location just steps from the beach and the “action”—restaurants, bars, etc.—outside the building’s cottage-shaped outdoor lobby tropical gardens and a reflective fountain and pools, stone silver travertine columns and glass walls, and a sunken courtyard designed by one of Miami’s (and the world’s) favorite artists, Michele Oka Doner, add not just to the visual appeal but to the overall ambience of the property. Residences come with designer kitchens by Ornare, stone bathrooms with custom lighting and either stone or wood floors, and offered with select units are 13 X 37-foot private terraces. Amenities include a health club with outdoor yoga
deck, a 33 X 15-foot infinity pool, a rooftop terrace and electric vehicle stations. The property broke ground in December 2015 and is on track to be completed in the first quarter of 2017. 311 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach; louverhouse.com.
PALAZZO DEL SOL To call Palazzo del Sol lavish could almost be considered an understatement. Representing the first newly constructed condo in nine years on the exclusive enclave of Fisher Island (a sister project, Palazzo della Luna, in currently under
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9801 COLLINS AVE., #11P, BAL HARBOUR: $1,499,999 Elegant 2 Bed/2 Bath apartment directly across from Bal Harbour Shops. Direct ocean views a Completely remodeled unit with top of the line appliances and materials. To much to list - Imported Italian cabinetry, Wolf and Sub zero Appliances, 36in imported Marble, and much more. Resort style luxury building with direct beach access, pool, tennis, valet, fitness, restaurant, business center and club-room, full amenities. Close to House of worship.
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10225 COLLINS AVE, #1402, BAL HARBOUR: $4,600,000 Breathtaking direct SE ocean view. 3 Bed/5 Bath and 1 maid quarter. Corner unit with sweeping wrap around balcony boasting views of the Ocean, Inlet and Intracoastal. 5 Star amenities and breathtaking setting. Italian gardens, spa café, heated oceanfront pool, spa custom designed by Spa Vida, 24hr concierge, valet, 24hr security, 200 ft. ocean frontage.
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6767 COLLINS AVE., #1610, MIAMI BEACH: $875,000 Direct ocean and fully updated SE corner unit with expansive wraparound terrace, 2 Bed/2 Bath with direct ocean views from every room. Higher floor unit with best view under $1M in Miami Beach! PRICED TO SELL.
3370 NE 190TH ST., #TS3900, AVENTURA: $6,500,000 A palace in the sky! Unique 2 story tower suite, 6 Bed/6.5 Bath, 24 ft. ceilings, SE corner with 360 views of ocean, intracoastal, city sunrise and sunset. More than 5,500 sq. ft. of living area and 4,500 sq. ft. of balcony.
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2136 NW 1ST AVE., MIAMI - 33,000 sq. ft. of space for lease with 13,000 sq. ft. courtyard parking/ additional space. Located in the Wynwood district, Miami’s hottest area.
RESIDENTIAL: FOR SALE WILLIAMS ISLAND
2000 ISLAND BLVD., #2610, AVENTURA: $599,999 Gorgeous move-in ready 2 Bed/2 Bath condo with breathtaking views located at prestigious Williams Island a premier, 5-star resort with tennis, spa, café, restaurants, marina, and pool.
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801 BRICKELL KEY BLVD., #1811, MIAMI: $750,000 Pristine condition 2 Bed/2.5 Bath corner unit with wrap-around balcony. Views of ocean, bay and Miami river. Flooded with natural light, split plan, 2 master suites, marble floors in living areas, new bathrooms/marble countertops, laundry room, full size washer & dryer.
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construction to the west side of the building) and designed in collaboration between architect Kobi Karp and PDS Development, the recently completed 10-story tower houses 47 units and offers residents a private movie theater, a hair and makeup salon, a state-of-the-art fitness center, private massage rooms, a rooftop pool with poolside cabanas, a children’s playroom (“Kidville”) and a 24/7 staffed aperitivo bar. 70 Fisher Island Drive, Fisher Island; palazzodelsol.com.
FASANO RESIDENCES + HOTEL MIAMI BEACH Fasano Residences + Hotel Miami Beach at Shore Club is the first project in Miami Beach for Brazil’s premier hospitality and gastronomy firm—Fasano—and they’re doing it up right. The three intimate buildings within the property will house 67 residences and 85 hotel suites and bill their concept here as “indoor-outdoor living” due to its interplay of interior and exterior
spaces. Sixty-seven oceanfront residences display luxurious design elements and materials, lush, Enzo Enea-designed gardens that are an impeccable marriage of foliage and design amid hedged pathways, a 9,500-square-foot, lagoon-style central swimming pool, a poolside restaurant and bar, garden-facing bar and lobby lounge. The property will break ground this winter and is planned to open in 2018. 1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.535.0111; fasanoshoreclub.com.
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