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94 OH, BROTHERS What began as a hamburger restaurant owned by three brothers has now grown into the international sensation Wahlburgers, plus a hit reality TV show.

100 100 REASONS TO EAT & DRINK IN MIAMI It’s only the tip of the iceberg, but that tip is at the top—and that’s where we rank these restaurants, cocktails, desserts, chefs and restaurateurs.

112 DINE AROUND THE WORLD In 2016, you can do it without ever leaving Miami, thanks to the everevolving, multicultural restaurant scene.

128 IT’S ALL IN THE PRESENTATION In the restaurant industry, that’s true not just of the plates that come out of the kitchen but also the environment in which diners enjoy their meals.

138 BREAKFAST BY THE BOOK Discover how glorious our most important meal of the day can be in Lee Schrager’s America’s Best Breakfasts.

144 GOOD STUFF For eating, drinking, cooking, baking, and every other food-related activity in your life.

148 THE SHAPE OF SPRING TO COME Femininity reigns this season, with pieces in pale hues and unexpected details—a cutout here, a feather here—and a totally romantic vibe.

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42 CONTRIBUTORS 44 EDITOR’S LETTER 46 WHAT’S TRENDING 48 EDITOR’S PICKS 59 AVENTURIST JEWELRY BOX 59 Rock the stones this Spring, from quartz to geode to diamonds.

HOT SHEET 60 The new Aventura West Marine store; Out of the Kitchen is back; and more.

LOCAL COLOR 64 GetARoom.com; Habitus.

FUNCTION & STYLE 68

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THE ARTS Where to hone your culinary skills in South Florida.

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BOOK BAG Spring’s most mouthwatering books.

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SIDE DISH SoFi’s luxurious Red Ginger.

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DINING GUIDE Drink, eat and repeat.

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REAL ESTATE Iris on the Bay.

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SOCIAL STUDIES Out and about and seen on the scene.

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IN CLOSING The stars weigh in (no pun intended) on food.

Form and function in the 2016 Pantone Colors of the Year.

THE MIX 70 More stores announced for Brickell City Centre; Velocity Mobile’s new app comes to our city; and more.

DRIVE TIME 78 Steve Siler reviews the Cadillac CT6 Twin Turbo.

THE LAST WORDY 84 Maria Tettamanti reveals her lusts and musts for Spring. 36

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CONTRIBUTORS Maria Tettamanti Maria Tettamanti is a Miamibased journalist, blogger, mother and self-professed mermaid. She contributes regularly to Aventura Magazine, Miami.com, The Miami Herald, Allure and The Huffington Post by day and is a fierce high-brow fashion blogger on thewordygirl.com by night. When not sweating her next assignment over a hot keyboard, Maria can be found chasing her two children, frolicking on a beach, at Target, Facebooking, Twittering, Pinning, Instagramming, viewing horrid reality television programming or shopping. More of the last one, really.

Dr. Mary Jo AlmeidaShore

Jen Karetnick

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Miami-based poet, writer, dining critic and educator Jen Karetnick is the author/ co-author of 15 books, including the cookbook Mango, which won an Excellence in Culinary Writing Award from Les Dames d’Escoffier and, with chef Cindy Hutson, From the Tip of My Tongue, which won “Best Woman Cookbook USA” from the World Gourmand Awards. Her lifestyle journalism has appeared in TheAtlantic. com, GoodHousekeeping. com, Guernica, Miami Herald, Redbook.com, Southern Living, Today.com and USA Today. Her second full-length book of poetry, American Sentencing, is forthcoming this year in May, and her third, The Treasures That Prevail, in September. Follow her on Twitter @Kavetchnik.

Steve Siler’s first word was not “mama” or “dada,” but “car.” Since then, all things automotive have remained his obsession. He started his first car column at his college newspaper in his hometown of Los Angeles, California, in 1995, and thus began his mission to share his enthusiasm for the world’s most beautiful, exciting and innovative automobiles. Today, his pithy and informative automobile reviews are published in Car and Driver Magazine, Yahoo Autos, Autoblog, AOL Autos, Details Magazine, and New York Daily News.

Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore is the co-founder and editorin-chief of Miami’s premier lifestyle website, Miami Socialholic. She is also a reporter for Us Magazine and pens a social and celebrity column for Miami’s Community Newspapers and its corresponding website, The Miamian. Currently, her work can be found in Venue magazine, Design District magazine, and Passport Miami.

Dirk DeSouza Accidental writer Dirk DeSouza has been spiritedly covering food and world-class events for premier publications since he was discovered on Facebook in 2010. In addition to writing Aventura’s “Side Dish,” he moderates and contributes to the popular Facebook foodie enthusiast page Miami Restaurants - The Great, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. He regularly contributes time to important non-profits and cultural institutions, including co-chairing events at Pérez Art Museum Miami, helping steer Friends of the New World Symphony, and founding Haiti relief organization 1st & Alton. Originally from Washington, DC, Dirk has lived in Miami for 24 years, watching the Magic City transform from sleepy to downright stunning. 42

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editor’s letter

Good Eats We’ve got ‘em here in South Florida. As the population here has grown and diversified, the restaurant scene has followed suit. Since I moved to Miami in 1988, it has always been easy to find delicious, authentic Cuban and Italian food—and some decent sushi and Chinese. And, if you were really diligent in your research, French and Indian, too. But over the past ten years or so, the range of ethnic cuisines that’s become available to us has expanded to include Russian, Moroccan, Haitian, Greek, Peruvian, Lebanese, Asian-fusion, Mexican…the list goes on. And it’s all been elevated to a new level. Today, a taco is not just a taco. At Ralph Pagano’s Naked Taco, it could be a gyro—or at least, a gyro taco. At Verde in the Pérez Art Museum, eggs benedict takes on an entirely new identity as Lobster Eggs Benedict. Even mundane veggies take on new excitement at the hands of the city’s most inventive chefs—think a cauliflower steak with pickled garlic aioli, marcona almonds, raisins and

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capers at Michelle Bernstein’s Cena by Michy. And locals craving a cocktail, spoiled to the point where they’re no longer satisfied with a basic mojito or margarita, can now— thanks to bartending having become a discipline nearly as complicated as chemistry— pick and choose from a field of spots that employ “head mixologists” who oversee a team of herb-combining, syrup-boiling masterminds to create drinks we once would have turned and run from. Seriously: If Living Room at the W had put their drink menu in front of you in 1994, and you’d seen the category “Laboratorium”, would you have been game? Today, we can’t wait to try the latest and greatest, craziest-sounding concoction. And we love it. Along with the weather, beach, and amazing arts and entertainment scene, our dining scene is one of the reasons so many people are

flocking to Miami from around the globe. Because in addition to the food and drinks, it is, indeed, a scene—from the décor to the patrons. That’s why the South Beach Wine and Food Festival comes to Miami instead of Los Angeles or Las Vegas. It’s also why we do a Restaurant Issue—one that’s bigger and better every year. So here it is, and in addition to entertaining you, we suspect it will serve as a resource, especially if you are a curious hungry (or thirsty) person seeking your next thrill. And if you’re not hungry, it’s a pretty fair bet that after checking this one out, you will be. Enjoy the issue—and bon appétit.

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GOOD TO GLOW Jonathan Adler’s Spring 2016 Collection is as cool as you’d expect it to be—especially this Globo Table Lamp, which comes in Clear or Multi; $995, at Jonathan Adler, Miami Design District, or jonathanadler.com.

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LORAC’s Soft to Smokey Eye Collection for Spring is a limitededition eye shadow palette that contains the brand’s Behind the Scenes Eye Primer, Cobra Mascara and Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil in Black; $30 (a $96 value), at Ulta, Aventura, and ulta.com.

GIRL POWER In honor of National Women’s Day March 8, Ann Taylor is offering this pashmina handspun by women in the Himalayas in off-white, pale gray and rose mist; $128, available as of March 1 at select Ann Taylor stores and anntaylor.com. 48

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AVENTURIST ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF A LIFE WELL LIVED PLAY THE LINKS The Miracle Links collection symbolizing the connection between mother and child come in a variety of styles; as shown, $699; at Kay Jewelers stores and kayjewelers.com.

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GO RAW The Geode Statement Cuff by Ben-Amun pewter plated in 24K gold; $370, available by special order at hauteheadquarters.com.

MOON OVER MIAMI Natural champagne diamond crescent moon set in 24K gold vermeil on a 34-inch rose quartz rosary chain; $795, at biancamilov.com.

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THE LA NUIT EN ROSE FESTIVAL IS BACK TO CELEBRATE THE RISE OF ROSÉ. Did you even know there was a food and wine festival that celebrates rosé? There is. More than one. And La Nuit en Rosé—the world’s largest such festival—is back for a second time March 4-6, poolside at the Mondrian South Beach. (The event also happens in Los Angeles in May, and in New York and London in June.) This year’s program, which of course highlights the exploding popularity and diversity of rosé wines, includes a Friday Night Rosé Wine Pairing Dinner, a Saturday Rosé Sunset Party and a Sunday Afternoon Rosé Brunch with unlimited pours from a selection of more than 50 rosé wines. Dress code is white or pink, and you can go for general or VIP access; see what each costs and includes on the website at nuitrose.com.

SATURDAY IN THE PARK Spend one at the 5th annual Miami Taste of Brickell Food & Wine Festival.

The Miami Taste of Brickell Food & Wine Festival is back for its fifth anniversary March 18-19. The two-day shindig consists of activities for families—think arts and crafts, merchant samplings, health and fitness vendors, and a free kids’ zone— while Saturday includes all that plus signature dishes from some of the city’s finest restaurants, a selection of gourmet food trucks, wine, spirits and craft beer by Stella Artois, an automotive showcase by Land Rover North & South Dade, live performances by Miami recording artist Samantha Camara, daughter of Venezuelan actor Victor Camara, popular bands such Fat King Bulla, Floyd the Pop Artist, the band G2, and more. In honor of the festival’s fifth anniversary, general admission tickets are just $5 per person and kids 12 and under get in free. The “Brickell Deal” package for $25 per person includes general admission and four drink tickets good for alcohol and non-alcohol beverages. VIP tickets are $75 per person, limited to those 21 and over, and include VIP tent access and complimentary tastings. A portion of the proceeds from Miami Taste of Brickell’s Food & Wine Festival go to benefit Kristi House and other non-profits. For more info, visit tasteofbrickell.com.

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Celebrity Chef Sam Talbot will host Out of the Kitchen again this year on April 1 at the St. Regis Bal Harbour. The gourmet dinner, where 20 chefs from top Miami restaurants will prepare a three-course dinner for each table of 12, is not only delicious and fun; it’s for a good cause, as proceeds from tickets and a live auction benefit the cure-focused research at the Diabetes

Out of the Kitchen is back to benefit Diabetes Research. Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. This year’s event chairs are Amy and Scott Greenwalk, Tammy and Steve Klein, Chef Dave Hackett and Chef Dave Kilgore, and our favorite entertainment and lifestyle reporter, CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo, will co-host the evening with Chef Talbot. Tickets are $275 each; for more information, visit diabetesresearch.org.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The participating chefs gathered together; Chef Adrianne Calvo plates her meal; Joel Menzin, Shannon Allen, Sam Talbot and Ray Allen at last year’s event.

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Aventura welcomes a newer, larger West Marine store. Boaters, mark your calendars: West Marine is celebrating the grand opening of its brand-new, larger store in Aventura, March 17-20. Expect food trucks—some serving Irish-themed goodies, being it’s St. Patrick’s Day—live music and entertainment, raffles and giveaways from the store’s vendors, and

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the Cruising for a Cause charity event on opening day, which will go on from 5-8 pm (tickets are $10 each). All money collected from ticket and raffle sales will be donated to local, pre-selected nonprofit organizations participating in the event, which will be emceed by Big 105.9’s Paul and Young Ron Show’s Paul Castronovo—a big-time boater and fisherman himself—from 5-7 pm. The new, 15,000-square-foot West Marine store is designed to appeal to the local offshore fishing, sailing and cruising communities, as well as those who enjoy paddle sports and simply spending time in, on and around the water. “The new store will be a welcome port for both locals and the large number of tourists who come here to enjoy our beaches year round,” says West Marine’s Aventura store manager, Sam Robinson. “We’ll have more of everything and truly be a one-stop shop for all who enjoy life on the water.” Find West Marine’s new Aventura location at 17641 Biscayne Blvd.; visit westmarine.com.


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BOB DIENER REVOLUTIONIZED THE HOTEL INDUSTRY TWO DECADES AGO BY CO-FOUNDING WHAT BECAME HOTELS.COM. NOW HE’S DONE IT AGAIN WITH GETAROOM.COM.

Q&A with Bob Diener, president of GetARoom.com

By John Buchanan In the mid-1990s, Bob Diener and his partner, David Litman, created the so-called “merchant model” for hotels. It meant that hotel rooms could be booked online. It also revolutionized the travel industry. A Miami native who graduated from the University of Florida before earning a law degree at Cornell, Diener practiced corporate and securities law at the blue-chip firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher before sensing the new opportunities that were emerging in the travel industry. In 1995, he and Litman created one of the earliest hotel booking sites, now known as Hotels.com. They eventually sold a majority

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“Number one is what we call the ‘flash sale’ program. We have about 140,000 hotels that participate with the site. So we go to hotels and ask them for a better room rate that we can offer consumers on a short-term basis. That means sales that run from two hours to up to 72 hours. The customer booking the room gets a rate that is between 10 and 60 percent less than what they would pay at any other online travel agency (OTA). The hotels participate because it encourages bookings further in advance than they would normally get. And that means the hotels can use these bookings to increase their occupancy further in advance. So it’s a win-win situation for the customer and the hotel.” 64

interest in the company to Interactive Corporation. In 2000, the company went public and the stock price quickly soared from $16 to over $90 in one of the most successful IPOs in history. In 2009, the duo created GetARoom.com, which delivered further innovations that benefit consumers and in 2013 was named “Best Hotel Booking Site” by Frommer’s.

“The second innovation we created is called the ‘unpublished rate’ program, which we created about six years ago. It’s a unique and proprietary system and only we have it. The way it works is that we have thousands of hotels that will give us lower rates as long as we don’t publish them on the site. We guarantee the lowest rate you’ll find online. But the ‘unpublished rates’ are only available through a call center. On those deals, the typical saving is 10-20 percent below what you see as the lowest price published anywhere else online. And those savings are sometimes as high as 60 percent.”

Q3: What are the advantages to the user of GetARoom.com? “One of the other advantages is that we offer vacation rentals in addition to hotel rooms. We have more than 30,000 vacation rental properties on the site. Those include condominiums, condo-hotels, villas, lofts, private homes. And that’s a big advantage for people who have big families, which I do. When we travel as a family, that means seven or eight people. A hotel is not going to cut it. We prefer to rent a home. And that’s a growing trend in the travel industry. It’s a real clear benefit to those kinds of customers.”


AVENTURIST local color Q&A with Javier Malik, owner of Habitus

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What is the basic concept behind Habitus? “My concept when I created the company was to focus on design. But we focus on design in a way that relates to real life, not just design for the sake of design. We think in terms of designs you would see in a nice home, not what you might see in a museum. In other words, we focus on design that reflects comfort and style, but in the context of everyday living. We always offer something that is original, authentic and usable, and we always maintain a high standard in the way we serve the tastes and styles of our customers.”

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What else really sets Habitus apart from competitors?

STYLISH COMFORT IN CONDO-OBSESSED MIAMI, BUYERS KNOW WHAT THEY WANT IN HOME FURNISHINGS, AND HABITUS DELIVERS.

By John Buchanan In the booming Miami real estate market, new condominium buyers often want to close a deal, furnish their new home, and move in as quickly as they can. That’s the niche market that upscale retailer Habitus focuses on. Founded in 2003 by native Argentine Javier Malik, who had a decade of experience operating furniture stores in his home country before arriving in Miami, Habitus sells a hand-selected but extensive line of contemporary and stylish home furnishings. Its 10,000-square-foot

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headquarters and showroom near Aventura features modern leather sofas and sectionals, dining rooms sets, bedroom ensembles, and exclusive media and entertainment centers, as well as home office and outdoor furniture. Despite its high-end, sophisticated appeal, Habitus does not bill itself as a luxury retailer. “I don’t think of what I sell as luxury furnishings,” Malik says. “I think of Habitus as offering the things that people with good taste in design want. But beyond that, I do not like to put labels like ‘luxury’ on what I do.” Habitus, 2666 NE 189th Street, Miami, 305.792.9771; habitusfurniture.com.

“We offer ‘turnkey apartments.’ That means that when our job is done, an apartment is ready for a client to move in. The process starts with the client working with one of our designers to choose all of the items that will go into their home. An important part of that process is understanding how customers will use their apartment, how they live. For example, some customers are couples. Some are families. And some are individuals. Each of those types of customers looks at their home in a different way because they have different needs. So in addition to selecting the best furniture for each customer, we also help them select the items that will best serve their needs in terms of their lifestyle. “

Q3: And that approach is particularly well suited to Miami today, correct? “Yes. Miami is a very dynamic market now. Construction of new condominiums is booming. People are coming here from all over the world to live. They come to Miami, they buy a condo, and they want to be able to move in as soon as possible. We satisfy that need. The time required for us to finish an apartment, once the client has approved everything, is a week to 10 days. We always keep enough inventory on hand to be able to do that. But at the same time, we also focus on the level of customer service that clients want today. We pay attention to every detail, because it is very important for customers to feel they are understood and that we are paying attention to what they want, not trying to influence them to do what we want.”


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RIGHT ON TREND FORM AND FUNCTION ARE EQUALLY EXTRAORDINARY WITH THESE HOME GOODS IN THE 2016 PANTONE COLORS OF THE YEAR. GOOD TO GLOW From the Paris Market Collection, Le Puces de Paris Saint-Oven features antiques and vintage treasures softly curved in white or blush pink painted metal, highlighted with crystal jewels. $300; at Farrey’s Lighting & Bath, North Miami, or visit farreys.com.

RAISE A GLASS COUNTER OFFERS Smeg’s 50’s Retro Style Aesthetic Electric Kettle in Blue and Blender in Pink feature die-cast aluminum powder-coated bodies; visit smegusa.com.

The Cellar Optic Color Collection 4-piece wine glass set features a range of shades, among them rose quartz and serenity blue. $43; at Macy’s, Aventura Mall, or macys.com.

SNOOZE, DON’T LOSE The B Bed by Sacha Walckhoff—who happens to be Christian Lacroix’s creative director—for Savoir Beds is upholstered in blue vegan suede and features elaborate cubbyholes along with a headboard made entirely of Savoir mattress’s famously fabulous coiled pocket springs.

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Swire Properties Inc. has announced Brickell City Centre’s long-running list of leased retail tenants set to join the 500,000-square-foot, open-air shopping center under construction in the heart of Brickell. The latest collection of new retail tenants features almost 40 luxury brands, international household names, local favorites and first-time Miami flagships. Those that have been added to the list include Armani Collezioni, Intermix and REISS, a modern global fashion brand with an acclaimed celebrity following, who join, among others, Koko & Palenki, Addict, Caudalie, Kendra Scott, NARS and eateries American Harvest, Big Easy Wine Bar & Grill, Calissons du Roy René and Luke’s Lobster, among others. Luxury brands will be located throughout the first floor of Brickell City

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Centre’s retail component, while others will open on the second and third floors, mainly premium and contemporary retailers along with a mix of beauty, home decor, jewelry, apparel and other stores. This is the fifth in a series of announcements revealing the latest retailers and restaurants that will be a part of the $1.05 billion mixeduse project. Valentino and Chopard were announced earlier this summer followed by Lululemon, Harmont & Blaine, Cole Haan, Illesteva and OndadeMar, along with restaurants Pubbelly Sushi, Pasión del Cielo, Quinto La Huella

and Sugar, followed by the news in August that Ted Baker, Agent Provocateur, 100% Capri, Addict, Vilebrequin, APM Monaco, Giuseppe Zanotti Design, La Perla, Bally and Kiton would also be in the directory. Acqua di Parma, IRO, Stuart Weitzman, Coach, Porsche Design, Michele Lopriore, Mirto, Adolfo Dominguez, Capritouch, Santa Maria Novella, Diptyque and Nest Casa were announced as tenants at the end of 2015. Saks Fifth Avenue will serve as Brickell City Centre’s anchor tenant, occupying three floors of the shopping center with street-level access.


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Thanks to Velocity Mobile, it’s perfectly legal—and acceptable— to do so.

Technology just keeps making life more convenient. Velocity Mobile recently launched in Miami, and in case you’re unaware of what that is, the Velocity mobile app enables seamless payments at over 850 global venues, including 74 Michelinstar restaurants. Upon arriving at a restaurant, guests simply check in on their mobile device and immediately enjoy the house account experience. At the end of the meal, they can leave without waiting for a check, as the bill, including user-set tip, is charged to the credit card on file. The platform also makes splitting the bill instant and hassle-free. Velocity has initially launched Miami with its mobile payments application and will introduce the fully integrated

DUMP DOMINO’S AND GET YOUR DIN DELIVERED FROM FRESH IS BETTER.

Fresh, high-quality food conveniently delivered to your door to empower a healthy lifestyle: That’s the concept of Fresh is Better. With food-delivery services becoming all the rage for those who are trying to lose weight, eat healthier or just don’t want to have to deal with meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking, Fresh is Better stands out. Want to go Paleo? Stick to a vegetarian diet? Have food allergies or sensitivities? This company can accommodate all of the above, supporting various health and wellness lifestyles by using nutrient-dense fresh produce, wild caught fish from Florida, antibiotic and hormone-free proteins, and healthy Fats such as coconut oil, nuts and seeds. Check it out at fibdelivery.com.

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app featuring exclusive reservations, payments, and a global loyalty platform in the first quarter of this year. Its initial restaurant partners here in South Florida include local premier spots 27 Restaurant & Bar, Alter, Bagatelle, The Broken Shaker, Casa Tua, Coya, The Dutch, Driftwood Room, Drunken Dragon, Lure Fishbar and Rockwell. “We’ve been looking for technology solutions to enhance our diners’ experiences while not losing the core elements that make Casa Tua special,” says Casa Tua owner Miky Grendene. “The Velocity team impressed us with their sensibility and commitment to hospitality, they’re a great fit with our brand, and we’re excited to be one of their initial partners in Miami.” The Velocity network spans across New York, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal, and now Miami, partnering with the hottest and most highly acclaimed restaurants in those cities to attract global diners through the power of mobile payments and loyalty. The digital hospitality service helps individuals find the right venue, empowers them to view and settle their bill at their convenience from their mobile phone, while also earning rewards, driving loyalty to their favorite spots. The Velocity app is available free from the App Store.


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Always Abstract ARTIST FERNANDA MEIRELLES PAINTS WITH A PASSION, CONTINUALLY INSPIRED AND EVER EVOLVING.

The early works of Brazilian painter Fernanda Meirelles reflect her years studying goddesses—Greek and otherwise. But a look at her more current works bespeak a different time and place. “Actually studying the Goddesses as I was working for an exhibition in Brazil, I came to know my subconscious better,” she explains. “In the beginning, it was hard to depict what I have in my interior. Then, traveling in a world you can feel and not see and putting it into colors became a passion for me.” Meirelles says that living in Miami, surrounded by the blues of the ocean and the sky, “fills me with such a peace that it allows me to meditate easily. Here, I have more contact with myself.” Check out her work on fernandameirelles.com.

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“This is my best year in a decade,” says Denise Rubin, of the eponymous Denise Rubin Group in Aventura. “Ever since the bubble burst in 2005, the South Florida market has been coming back. Prices have continually risen, there are a lot of foreign buyers, and I personally have continued to get record-breaking prices in a multitude of buildings.” Rubin cites what she calls a “historymaking sale in Aventura,” at $800 per square feet in Porto Vita, along with additional sales at other properties including Ocean Marine in Hallandale along with an original home in Aventura Lakes. “I amaze myself,” she laughs. Rubin believes South Florida’s market today is at its strongest ever,

pointing to the present “building boom” in which one upscale condominium tops the other. “They’re all beautiful; we’ve never seen anything like this before,” she says. “The buildings are getting to where they are substantiating the high prices. I also think the top pricing and the new construction is helping resales.” She also affirms what we’ve all been hearing and reading about when it comes to just who is spending on property here: foreign buyers galore. “I just sold to someone from Bangladesh. China. Switzerland. One here, one there. Canadians, Israelis…they’re all contributing. When I started out, it was 80 percent Americans and 20 percent

foreigners buying, but it’s the opposite now.” She adds, “But Americans are eking back too.” Rubin, who was recently honored at the Hochberg Preparatory Women of Distinction Gala in January for Community Leadership and her outstanding real estate career, says people often ask her if they think the “bust” will happen again. To that she responds, “I don’t know how long prices will climb, but I don’t see prices falling anytime soon—I think 2016 is going to be another great year.”

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Adolfo Dominguez brings the tailoring and splendor of Spain to us through his sole US location in the Shops at Merrick Park. The designer’s brand dates back to the 70s, when he hoped his garments would speak less of status and more of creativity and human spirit. He has since grown his line to include men’s, women’s, children’s, accessories and home goods, establishing himself in the US in Miami and soon to open a second location in Brickell City Centre.

STYLE MAFIA

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When Simonett Pereira thinks fashion, she doesn’t think fastfashion or even couture; she thinks the sweet spot right between where her clothing line Style Mafia was born. Miami’s top social influencers are all a part of the craze. Her boutique and showroom in Wynwood is the ultimate it-girl shopping destination for street style. With prices running about $70 to $200, Style Mafia gives high style to every fashionista, budget be damned.

ROMMANEL 8280 NW 27th St., Doral

This Brazilian jewelry staple just opened its first US location a month ago and hopes to grow exponentially with this brick-and-mortar location in Doral. Rommanel’s latest summer collection is filled with delicate sea-inspired pieces featuring starfish and shells.

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ONLY IN MIAMI, FOLKS New York, Paris and London are fabulous, but these stylish favorites can only be purchased right here. With its international flair and omnipresent sex appeal, Miami draws designers from all over the world to expand their brands into this market. Four brands in particular have made their mark by launching flagship locations around town and curating collections hot enough for Miami’s fashion scene.

DELPOZO

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Another Spanish designer, Delpozo chose Miami for his US flagship as well, this time in the Design District. His feminine yet modern take on women’s fashion builds an extraordinary platform in Miami’s newest high-end neighborhood. Delpozo’s creative director establishes the perfect balance of volume, color and silhouette: three things we know the ladies of Miami love.


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Subtle wagger S CADILLAC’S CONSERVATIVE NEW LUXURY SEDAN, THE 2016 CT6 TWIN TURBO, HAS A SECRET. By Steve Siler

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We’re bombing along a twisty California twolaner at ungodly speeds, carving corners like a Thanksgiving turkey and powering out like a NASA rocket. We’re not in a McLaren, a Lamborghini, or any of the slinky sports cars we’ve covered here in Aventura magazine; we’re in an all-new Cadillac luxury sedan. A full-size Cadillac luxury sedan called the CT6. And it’s blowing our minds. While the CT6 enters as the largest sedan in the Cadillac lineup, considerably longer and wider than the CTS it closely resembles, the CT6 is not Cadillac’s much-anticipated new flagship. But with more luxury features and higher levels of quality than any Cadillac ever—which is saying something—the CT6 is an acceptable stand-in until that car arrives. But here’s the CT6’s not-so-dirty secret: it’s extremely lightweight, which makes it simply incredible to drive. The interior is roughly the same size as that of last year’s short-wheelbase BMW 7-Series, yet rendered

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as we did. They will, however, appreciate its many interior spoils, whether they’re perched in the deliciously comfortable front seats or being chauffeured in the contoured rear seats, the latter able to recline and massage if the $2,450 Rear Seat package was ordered. Like the exterior, the interior décor is decidedly not ostentatious, but the richness of its materials is plain to see, especially when equipped with open-pore wood and/or lustrous carbon weave. The CT6’s slick, TFT gauge cluster is Cadillac’s most sophisticated to date, and the “CUE” infotainment system display has been scaled up to full-size proportions, utilizing a 10.2-inch touch screen mounted high in the dash as well as a nice touch pad just in front of the armrest. Each customer gets to decide which interface is best, but it’s certainly nice to have the touch pad option, especially if, like your author, you’re a bit OCD and rather loathe leaving fingerprints on the screen. The CT6 comes in four trim levels, starting at $54,490 for the base turbo-four model and rising to a heady $88,460 for a loaded CT6 Platinum with the twin-turbo V-6. We think the sweet spot is one of the mid-grade models with the 335-hp 3.6-liter V-6, which adds just $2,000 to the cost 80

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of the four-cylinder model and makes allwheel drive standard (the pricier twin-turbo V-6 also features all-wheel drive). The closer you get to the top end, of course, the more of the car’s splendid optional features will be stuffed inside, including dual 10-inch entertainment screens for the back seats, a spectacular $3,700 Bose Panaray sound system with 34 speakers (which must be some kind of record), a $4,380 Driver Assist package with adaptive cruise control, front/rear automatic braking and an infrared night vision system that detects both pedestrians and critters. The aforementioned Platinum model features everything standard, and, for what it’s worth, can be ordered with the 3.6-liter V-6 for four grand less. Cadillac has been working for decades to restore its former luster and has produced many good luxury vehicles of late, including the compact ATS and mid-sized CTS sedans that drive like sports cars, a popular SRX crossover, and that three-ton, trailer-tugging guilty pleasure known as the Escalade. But success has eluded Cadillac in the one segment that arguably gives any luxury car brand its bona fides: the full-size sedan. Time will tell if the new CT6’s subtle swagger will lure luxury sedan buyers away from the brilliant BMW 7-Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Lexus LS460; it may take a flagship model with more overt swagger to do that. Either way, it’s good to see Cadillac back in the big luxury car game.

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Spring is in the air and stirring in the streets. With this said, I’ve curated the top trends in footwear, athleisure, jewelry and more—consider this your Spring cheat sheet.

Is there anything more decadent than room service? I think not. This Rotten Roach shirt is so appropriate for those with a penchant for breakfast in bed at the push of a button (guilty as charged!). Available at singer22.com.


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Stand apart from the masses with these Goyard marquage accessories. Inspired by the Magic City, these one-of-a-kind pieces were specially painted for the brand’s Bal Harbour-based boutique. Available at Goyard, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour.

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Swathed in a pastiche of pink suedes, Jean-Michel Cazabat’s heels will capture any shoeloving girl’s heart (pun intended). Available at farfetch.com.

Pastels and springtime are synonymous, so consider Deborah Lippmann’s “The Pleasure Principle” lilac-colored nail lacquer your new go-to shade. Available at deborahlippmann.com and Sephora stores.

Leave it to Bvlgari to forge fab frames in a rich purple hue. Accentuated with some sparkle, they add élan to any ensemble. Available at Bvlgari, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour.

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But that’s not the case for Wahlburgers. The A&E series, which premiered two years ago in January 2014, started out as a behind-the-scenes look at the restaurant (now chain of restaurants), owned by chef Paul Wahlberg and his brothers, movie star Mark and TV actor Donnie, which first opened in a suburb outside of Boston five years ago. Three weeks after it debuted, A&E ordered 18 more episodes and the show is still going strong. As is the restaurant, which, after opening six locations in Boston, Toronto, Coney Island, and Manhattan—opens its first Florida location at the corner of Church Street and Orange Avenue in Downtown Orlando this month. The 6,000-squarefoot restaurant and bar, known for its fresh-made burgers, hot dogs, fries and tater tots, is set to host a VIP opening event on February 18 (Aventura’s press date for this issue), where attendees are hoping Mark and Donnie will appear alongside their brother, Paul. (Donnie stars in the the CBS hit series Blue Bloods, so his presence depends on his production schedule.) During the VIP event, which won’t be open to the public, the Wahlberg brothers will host a concert on Church Street from 7 pm to midnight. When producer Rasha Drachkovitch initially approached Mark Wahlberg about making the reality show, Wahlberg was skeptical, asking, “Are you sure there’s a reality show here?” But Drachkovitch, a veteran reality producer (Nightwatch on A&E, Pit Bulls & Parolees on Animal Planet, Lockup on MSNBC, among others), was determined. And his hunch was spot on: Wahlburgers, a new hit for A&E, gives fans a humorous and uncensored look at the brothers and their burger business along with their mother, Alma, and some of the boys’ childhood friends, among them Henry “Nacho” Laun and Johnny “Drama” Alves, who reportedly inspired the Wahlberg-produced HBO hit Entourage.


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Industrial-cool decor sets the tone; regular and “adult” milkshakes are on the menu; a cheeseburger and tater tots are among the customer favorites.

As for the brothers, “They all definitely have a pecking order, or let’s say a personality. It became less about the stars and more about the family and how they relate to each other,” Drachkovitch told TheWrap.com. “The whole storyline about who is mom’s favorite is, I think, very relatable. You can see Paul’s kind of the blue-collar brother, one burger at a time. Mark’s the dreamer. Donnie’s kind of in the middle, pushing buttons. You just kind of go, I can relate to this. I know people like this.” And that’s in no small part because it truly is reality. There is no coaching or training going on behind the scenes; Drachkovitch lets everyone do their thing and be who they are, organically, assuring, “They are absolutely 100 percent real.” As is the chain’s growing success. A representative for the eatery confirmed to PEOPLE magazine that the chain will add 100 to 150 more restaurants over the next five years. And according to Business Insider, they intend to expand to 300 locations overseas. That kind of growth can’t happen just as an offshoot of a successful reality series—although the popularity of the show, which was nominated for an Emmy Award in the

reality tv show category, certainly helps— the proof has to be in the food. Chef Paul’s signature burger with “wahl sauce”—has to be up to par to compete with chains like Shake Shack and Five Guys. And Paul, while not a household name like his actor brothers, is a classically trained chef who has been in the restaurant industry for more than 30 years. The restaurants all have a full bar with craft beer, wine and liquor, and a variety of signature burgers such as the “O.F.D”— a half-pound beef burger with housemade tomato jam, bacon, Swiss cheese, and sautéed mushrooms—and Donnie’s favorite, the BBQ Bacon Burger, with white cheddar, bacon, avocado, jalapeños and BBQ sauce. Then there are the “Wahlfaves,” such as Jenn’s Chicken Sandwich, a healthconscious nod to Donnie’s celeb wife Jenny McCarthy, topped with caramelized onions and honey-garlic mayo; the Thanksgiving Day, consisting of fresh-ground turkey, stuffing, Paul’s orange cranberry sauce, roasted butternut squash and mayo; a vegetarian Portobello Mushroom Cap “burger”, the House Dog for frank lovers, housemade salads that can be topped with a burger, chicken, or crispy haddock; a number of salads (including Alma’s Macaroni) and a kids’ menu. Thought was also given to the dessert menu, which features a Grilled Banana Fluffanutta with peanut butter and Nutella, cupcakes and an array of milkshakes. (No, this is not the place to go if you’re striving to emulate Marky Mark’s bod of Calvin Klein underwear modeling days past.) On top of all that, there’s a bar with a variety of draft and bottled beers, red and white wines by the glass, and, perhaps best of all, “Adult Frappes,” which are basically spiked milkshakes (particularly tempting is the Mud Pie, a decadent amalgam of coffee ice cream, coffee liqueur, crème de cacao, vanilla vodka and crumbled Oreos). The chain prides itself on serving high-quality ingredients and house made condiments and pickles. It’s also transparent with customers about where its food comes from. At the top of the menu, Wahlburgers displays the names of its suppliers of beef and buns. And while customers can order their food at a register and pick it up at the counter, they also offer full table service, and it puts a strong emphasis on dining in. Average cost per person: $14-$15. So the food may be the main reason to visit Wahlburgers if you happen to be hanging out in Orlando, but until there’s one in South Florida, you can at least keep up with what’s happening on the show. There’s always something amusing going on, for foodies and non-foodies alike. Like when Alma revealed her son’s childhood obsession with a stuffed monkey he thought she’d thrown out—and told him so on speaker phone while he was in a business meeting, eliciting laughter from the suits sitting across from him. Reality TV, indeed.

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It’s only the tip of the culinary iceberg, but that tip is at the top—and that’s where we rank these restaurants, cocktails and desserts, and the chefs and restaurateurs whose talent and passion drive the ever-exciting dining scene in the Magic City.

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Michelle Bernstein

FOR 15 YEARS, THE MIAMI NATIVE HAS BEEN DAZZLING US WITH HER DELICIOUS, LATIN-INSPIRED IDEAS.


THE NEW DOWNTOWN Once a 9-to-5 business district that was ghost-town dead in the evenings, Downtown Miami is more vibrant than ever after dark—but the restaurant scene is hopping from morning to night.

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1. CAPITAL GRILLE: A stronghold in the Brickell area for almost 30 years, this location draws not just the area suits but diners who count on staples such as shrimp cocktail, French onion soup and of course a solid selection of steaks and seafood. 2. TUYO: The beautiful view, a romantic ambience and oh, yes, amazing food—like the Coffee-Rubbed Tenderloin of Pork and Braised Pork Belly— make this a must-try. 3. TOUCHÉ RESTAURANT & ROOFTOP LOUNGE: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails all excel at this underhyped authentic Italian spot. 4. EDGE STEAK & BAR: Open from 6:30 am and located in the Four Seasons, this farm-to-table favorite is as perfect for a power breakfast meeting as it is for a cozy dinner with friends.

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Michael Schwartz

HIS RESTAURANT EMPIRE CONTINUES TO GROW, BUT NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF THE EXPERIENCE—OR THE FLAVORS.

5. AZUL: As sleek and gorgeous as the patrons who show up for dinner, Azul practically pioneered the fusion cuisine scene when it opened 15 years ago, and it hasn’t lost a beat since.

6. 15TH & VINE KITCHEN AND BAR: Cool and contemporary like the Viceroy in which it’s located, this is a popular spot for small plates like Spicy Ginger Meatballs and Rainbow Beet Salad along with grilled flatbread topped with braised chicken, roasted pineapple and red bean pesto cilantro. 7. AREA 31: Inside the Epic Hotel (as is #12, Zuma), the focus here is on fresh, locally sourced fish and produce, prepared with herbs from the on-site garden. 8. DB BISTRO MODERNE: The “d” and the “b” stand for Daniel Boulud—enough said. 9. SEASPICE: OK, so technically it’s not Downtown, but it’s close enough, and it’s on the river, and it’s beautiful, and the food and décor are fab. 10. VERDE: Whoever thought an eatery inside a museum could be this good Peruse the PAMM and grab a bite for lunch—or a cocktail and dinner—as artistically presented as the works exhibited inside the building.

Timon Balloo

THE STAR BEHIND SUGARCANE RAW BAR GRILL ALSO OPENED DUCK & WAFFLE IN LONDON. NEXT STOP: VEGAS.

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MIAMI NATIVE AND LAW SCHOOL GRAD CHEFETZ HAS GIVEN US PRIME 112, PRIME ITALIAN, PRIME FISH AND BIG PINK.

Douglas Rodriguez

HE BROKE NEW GROUND IN 1989 WITH YUCA, FOLLOWING UP WITH DE RODRIGUEZ. IT CLOSED LAST YEAR, BUT HE SWEARS HE’LL BE BACK….


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11. LA MAR BY GASTÓN ACURIO: Dine on authentic Peruvian delights—tiraditos, cebiches, causas, anticuchos— taken up a notch by the master himself. 12. ZUMA: Don’t let the celeb factor fool you; this place has seriously good food, from the sushi to the offerings from the robata grill. 13. CIPRIANI DOWNTOWN: New York comes to Miami, this time bringing with it the cachet that comes with the Cipriani legend, from whisper-thin pizzas to Italian specialties like Bresaola della Valtellina with olive oil and lemon. 14. NAOE: Not for the unadventurous (or faint of heart), this standout serves a fixed-price menu at the behest of Chef Kevin Cory—so if you’re a brave soul up for something new (and in our opinion, exciting), go for it.

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John Kunkel

THE CEO OF 50 EGGS, INC. IS THE MAN TO THANK FOR YARDBIRD SOUTHERN TABLE, SWINE, KHONG RIVER HOUSE (RIP) AND NOW SPRING CHICKEN.

15. CVI.CHE 105: Peru native Juan Chipoco has been doing his thing here in this cool space for nine successful years, growing and evolving along the way to include innovative offerings alongside traditional favorites like Lomo Saltado and Arroz con Pollo.

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17. BALANS: This is one of four South Florida locations serving up everything from breakfast to dinner, but we love the brunch for its Banana Walnut Bread with cranberry honey butter and Corned Beef Eggs Benedict. 18. DOLORES BUT YOU CAN CALL ME LOLITA: A fun spot to hit with friends, chill at the al fresco bar out front or inside at a cozy table listening to live music while tucking into tasty bits like Maybe the Best Serrano Ham Croquettes You Have Ever Taste (that’s really what they’re called) or Eggplant Timbales with Smoked Mozzarella and Pesto. 19. TOKYO BLUE: It’s sushi, steak and Asian fusion all in one hip spot that comes alive at night, when it becomes the Ultra Lounge. 20. NOVECENTO: Yes, it’s a chain—and? Diners flock to this Argentinean bistro to savor South American specialties like Provoleta Novecento, traditional provolone cheese au gratin with roasted onions, cherry tomatoes and red peppers, and straightforward fare such as skirt steak with chimichurri.

16. PERRICONE’S MARKETPLACE: A Downtown institution for 20 years, Steven Perricone’s wonderful little market and restaurant continues to top the list of favorite meeting spots for lunch, dinner or happy hour drinks.

Adrianne Calvo

AT 32, THE FIERY-HAIRED CHEF, RESTAURATEUR, MAXIMUM FLAVOR AUTHOR AND TV PERSONALITY HAS MADE HER MARK.

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BEST BRUNCHES Brunch isn’t just a meal in South Florida—it’s one of our favorite pastimes. And there’s no shortage of places to enjoy it.

1. PUBBELLY: Starting at noon (hey, sleep in—it’s Miami), this repast may include a tuna pizza to start, some perfectly balanced chilaquiles topped with a fried egg and crema, corn pancakes with walnut butter and a blueberry cheesecake doughnut (made in-house) to top things off. 2. SUGARCANE RAW BAR GRILL: The options are too plentiful to list, but we’d be remiss not to mention the “fat boy” hash bacon jam and the candied walnut pancakes with bananas and bourbon maple syrup. 3. ESSENSIA AT THE PALMS: All the offerings bespeak a freshness associated with the chef’s on-site garden, such as the whole grain and coconut waffle with Greek yogurt, fresh strawberries, basil and lavender honey. 4. MICHAEL’S GENUINE FOOD & DRINK: Among the small plates perfect for sharing with a gang are the Toasted Coconut French

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Toast with passion fruit and Breakfast Pizza, and don’t leave without trying the Wake Up Call, made from Diplomatico Reserva Rum, coffee liqueur, Panther Coffee cold brew and housemade chai ice cream. 5. MIGNONETTE: Conch fritter benedict is a muffin-less take on the classic, enhanced with sherry cayenne aioli, while sweets lovers will swoon over the waffle with whipped mascarpone, berries, Valrhona chocolate and maple. 6. YARDBIRD SOUTHERN TABLE & BAR: If the idea of a Fried Green Tomato BLT or, for those who go for the sweet stuff, a Dulce De Leche Strawberry Waffle doesn’t grab you, we have nothing else to say on the matter. 7. THE FEDERAL FOOD, DRINK & PROVISIONS: Yes,

it’s in a strip mall. It’s also the only place you can get a Jar o’ Duck with sweet potatoes and marshmallow fluff and Dr. Pepper Braised Pork Cheeks with collard greens and smoked grapes. That’s all. 8. BLUE COLLAR: Simple ideas take on a twist, like the Duck McMuffin with duck bacon and smoked gouda. 9. EATING HOUSE: You want inventive? How about Cuban bread torrejas with guava and iron beer syrup and whipped cream cheese, or maybe Carbonara Eggs Benedict with black truffle, grana padano and ciabatta? Yesssss. 10. THE BILTMORE HOTEL: This experience is legendary, and at $85, it should be, with everything from caviar to carved meats, omelets, pastas, sushi, bottomless champagne and bellinis, and live music to boot.

GET YOUR BLOODY MARY ON Best Bloody Marys 1. Toro Toro 2. The Broken Shaker 3. Blackbrick 4. Lou’s Beer Garden 5. Cypress Tavern

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Cindy Hutson

KNOWN FOR HER “CUISINE OF THE SUN”, SHE FOUNDED ORTANIQUE ON THE MILE AND THE JUST-OPENED ZEST.

Michael Mina

THE STAR CHEF’S CONCEPTS ALWAYS DELIVER, FROM BOURBON STEAK TO STRIPSTEAK AND MICHAEL MINA 74.


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THE PHILADELPHIA RESTAURATEUR KEEPS GIVING MIAMIANS MORE TO LOVE, OF LATE THE CONTINENTAL AND LE ZOO.

Santiago Gomez

WITH CANTINA LA VEINTE, HE HAS ELEVATED MEXICAN CUISINE FOR MIAMIANS. NEXT UP: A TACO SPOT IN BRICKELL CITY CENTRE.

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OLD & NEW FAVORITES THAT DESERVE TO BE JUST THAT East Side, West Side, North and South, Downtown, Midtown, the Gables and the Grove, South Beach

1. SUSHISAMBA | South Beach

12. PUBBELLY | Miami Beach

2. TIMO | Sunny Isles

13. BOURBON STEAK | Aventura

3. MEAT MARKET | South Beach

to Sunny Isles, these

4. QUALITY MEATS | Miami Beach

places—both tried-and-

5. BYBLOS | South Beach

true and Johnny-come-

6. PRIME 112 | South Beach

lately—whet Miamians’

7. THE FORGE | Miami Beach

appetites on an ongoing basis.

8. ARIETE | Coconut Grove

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15. RED THE STEAKHOUSE | South Beach 16. MC KITCHEN | Miami Design District 17. SEAGRAPE | Miami Beach

9. BEAKER & GRAY | Miami

18. EATING HOUSE | Coral Gables

10. HY VONG | Miami

19. MAKOTO | Bal Harbour

11. MILOS BY COSTAS SPILIADIS | Miami Beach

20. BARTON G. THE RESTAURANT | Miami Beach

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Andreas Schreiner, Serge Navarro & José Mendín

KNOWN COLLECTIVELY AS THE PUBBELLY BOYS, THEIR EATERIES ARE ALWAYS SUREFIRE WINNERS, AND THEIR CREATIVITY KNOWS NO BOUNDS.


DECADENT DESSERTS 10 surefire ways to satisfy your sweet tooth & where to find them. 1. Carrot cake with butterscotch sauce and ginger ice cream at BLT Steak 2. The Forge Soufflé: Choose from chocolate, s’mores or Grand Marnier 3. Key Lime pie at Joe’s Stone Crab: You expected that, didn’t you? And for a reason. 4. Fried Apple Pie at Cena by Michy: Apples, cider caramel and vanilla ice cream 5. Panna cotta with berries at Ristorante Fratelli Milano 6. Blueberry cheesecake macaron ice cream sandwich with cream cheese ice cream and graham cracker crust at Proof Pizza & Pasta 7. Warm buttermilk doughnuts with chocolate and strawberry Grand Marnier sauces at Prime 112 7.

8. Swine Sticky Bun—cinnamon butter, maple-bacon bourbon pecan brittle, sweet potato ice cream—at Swine in Coral Gables 9. Frida’s Secret: A spicy Mexican chocolate brownie, AZUCAR! sweet corn ice cream and chocolate corn flakes at Loba Restaurant in Miami 10. Churro Milkshake at STK Miami: A sweet and spicy amalgam of Dulce de Leche ice cream, cinnamon liquor and churro bites.

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The first time, we ordered because of the name. We ordered round two because the drink was off the chain. 1. Cowboy Breakfast Old Fashioned at Broken Shaker: Chicory-infused Mellow Corn and Old Forester Bourbon stirred with Pork Belly Bitters and Maple 2. Smoking Maguey at Lantao Kitchen & Cocktails at Surfcomber Hotel: Partida Blanco Tequila, Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, fresh lime juice, agave nectar 3. Where’s Winter at The Local: Cinnamon-infused Absinthe rinse, Tiki Pineapple reduction, Baked Apple Bitters, carrot juice, Afrohead Rum 4. Spice of Love at SUGARcane Raw Bar Grill: fresh jalapeño, passion fruit purée, mango essence, premium vodka 10.

5. The Twisted Gimlet at Azul in the Mandarin Oriental: Muddled cucumber, lime, jalapeño, vodka, St. Germain 6. The Guac is Extra at Blackbird Ordinary: Cilantro-infused Tito’s Vodka, spiced avocado purée, mango, agave, lime, tajin 7. Bananita Daiquiri at Ball & Chain: White rum, crème de banana, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, coffee beans, bananita

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THE OLD STANDBYS THAT STILL DELIVER They’ve stood the test of time in a city where diners often become bored as easily as they are amused. 1. CAFFE ABBRACCI Coral Gables 25 YEARS 2. THE FORGE Miami Beach 28 YEARS 3. ORTANIQUE ON THE MILE Coral Gables 17 YEARS

4. PUERTO SAGUA South Beach 37 YEARS

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25 YEARS

6. VERSAILLES Little Havana 45 YEARS

9. PALM RESTAURANT Bay Harbor Islands 35 YEARS 10. CHRISTY’S Coral Gables

8. English Rose at The Dutch: Plymouth Gin, Dolin Blanc, muddled strawberries, fresh lemon juice, homemade rhubarb syrup, egg white and Bitterman Burlesque Bitters 9. Tom’s Flip on Collins at 1 Hotel South Beach: Infused lemon peel and cucumber Beefeater Gin, lemon, egg white, simple syrup, cracked black pepper 10. Nashi Martini at SUSHISamba: Grey Goose La Poire, shochu, St. Germain liqueur, fresh lychee, passion fruit

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7. JOE’S STONE CRAB Miami Beach 102 YEARS 8. S&S DINER Miami 78 YEARS

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IN 2016, YOU CAN DO IT WITHOUT EVER LEAVING MIAMI, THANKS TO THE EVER-EVOLVING, MULTICULTURAL RESTAURANT SCENE.

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is as multicultural as its residents and visitors. Over the past several years, the ethnic food that forms part of daily life in Miami—the Cuban ventanita, Chinese takeout, the rare but occasional Jewish deli, neighborhood Italian joint—has risen to a new and exciting level. Every day, restaurateurs and chefs are making new strides with remarkable entries into the market. While this proliferation reflects the evolution of South Florida’s multicultural population, it is also the result of experimental diners who are seeking an elevated dining experience, beyond a traditional, authentic cultural meal. “There has never been a better time to be a food lover in South Florida,” Larry Carrino, president of Brustman Carrino Public Relations, proudly avers. “For food enthusiasts, it’s a great time to be here—we have everything at our fingertips.” Carrino explains that twenty years ago, before culture and media (which are inextricably linked) influenced the food scene in Miami, his former business partner, Susan Brustman, would joke about having to go home to New York to get a good meal. The food culture that started in the 80s has grown leaps and bounds. Restaurants of note have become interesting, beyond just putting out good food. In the 80s, options were basic. In the recent past, chefs and their food have become precise, delivering an elevated dining experience. “I’ve been fortunate to have eaten at a lot of wonderful places around the world as part of my work. For me personally, I’m always impressed by the chefs who are using the freshest ingredients and have honed exceptional technique,” says Lee Schrager,

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a pioneer on the South Florida dining scene who holds more than one significant title, including that of founder and director, Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival and Vice President, Corporate Communications & National Events, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. “They will always stand out in my mind, regardless of the type of cuisine by which they are influenced.” Belkys Nerey, main anchor at WSVN Channel 7 News, blogger and host of Bite with Belkys, explains, “Miami is a ‘see and be seen’ kind of town. Everyone always wants to be at the hip, new place. In the past those hip, new places could only stay open for a minute because the quality of the food couldn’t sustain the hype. Nowadays it seems everyone hits up the hip, new place when it opens to check


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it out, but the great food keeps them coming back.” The growing public interest in the elevated food experience acknowledges what has been going on in the food and beverage world, as evidenced by the South Beach Wine and Food Festival’s expansion into Broward this year, says Carrino. “It used to be Miami Beach or nothing. But more and more emerging neighborhoods and pockets such as Wynwood, Downtown Miami and Coral Gables are delivering interesting and unique restaurant offerings.” Schrager, who recently moved to Coral Gables, admits that it’s impossible for him to single out a favorite restaurant experience, yet points out that he’s recently enjoyed 33 Kitchen and Spring Chicken in his new neighborhood. The Florida dining market has evolved from the days of the

“Mango Gang” (Alan Susser, Mark Militello, Jonathan Eismann) in the 80s, when tropical and subtropical cuisine rose to the forefront. Other ethnicities have taken root. It is more an evolution than a change, a result of the public’s willingness to try varied cuisines. “Diners are more curious, engaged, interested and daring than they’ve ever been. People are not just going out to eat, they are seeking an experience and want to be engaged. Restaurants are offering multicultural elements within their menus. It’s not straight up one thing,” says Carrino. “In one restaurant you will find influences from Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, France and the Middle East, all on one plate. Sometimes it’s in the variety of the dishes or sometimes all at play one dish.” Schrager concurs. “In my mind the Miami dining scene has always been inherently multicultural due to the strong Latin American influences here. In recent years, I think there’s been an influx of successful Asian- and Mediterranean-themed concepts that have helped round out diners’ options in locations throughout South Florida. It shows how versatile both locals and tourists’ taste buds can be.” Seasoned chef and lifestyle brand architect Amaris Jones gained firsthand experience testing Miami residents’ willingness to experiment with new and varied cuisines. “When I opened South Street a few years ago, I was pleasantly surprised to see people from all over the world enjoying southern/soul cuisine. Since then I’ve seen great concepts pop up that are tantalizing the senses. The masses have actually been longing for South Florida to expand the food culture, and we still have a long way to go. I am happy to see concepts such as Coyo Taco, Blue Collar, Mandolin, MC Kitchen and Harry’s Pizza satisfying the bellies of many. I also love the fact that Miamians are loyal to old-school favorites such as The Forge and Prime 112.” There are so many different cultures in South Florida, with just about every style of restaurant imaginable, that the sheer volume is astounding, explains Carrino. Yet beyond the Latin influences and those of the more recent immigrants, such as the Russians and Brazilians, there is an influx of different types of Asian influences, as evidenced by restaurants such as the Setai, Talde, Zuma, Bazi, Pao, NaiYaRa…to name a few. The dishes offered at these restaurants have expanded the horizons of diners. Carrino describes a recent experience that “blew him away.” “Beaker & Gray in Wynwood is a crystalizing example of multiple multicultural influences at play in South Florida right now, where two or three ethnicities are represented in one dish. It’s interesting without trying so hard, fueled by authenticity and whimsy, to keep guests engaged and interested in what’s happening on the plate and in the glass.” Beaker & Gray delivers an amazing experience because in addition to the flavors, which are lick-the-bowl good, you feel satiated after dining there. “Beyond the flavors and textures of the food, you are satisfied from beginning to end.” Pao at Faena is another restaurant where James Beard MARCH 2016

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award-winning chef Paul Qui uses wizardry to create the most exquisite food, presented in a manner that can only be described as magical. The uni-corn, which is the edible representation of the $6 million gold Damien Hirst sculpture that serves as the opulent dining room’s focal point, would top the death-row-meal wish list of even the staunchest food critic. The dish, a creamy grilled sweet corn pudding enriched with sake aioli and kalamansi and arbol chile and including buttery and salty pieces of uni, is served inside the spiky shell of a giant sea urchin. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg on a menu of dishes that masterfully combine the artistry and precision of the chef to delight every part of the palate. Nerey recommends a few of her favorite ethnic restaurants. “I love the vibe at Byblos. The type of Mediterranean food they serve is very unique. The tea service is to die for. I still think Mandolin is one of Miami’s best. You don’t see that level of consistency at too many places. Sometimes restaurants are hit-or-miss kind of places, and at Mandolin it’s always a hit. NaiYaRa is a great middle-of- theweek-no-special-occasion-needed kind of place. Not only is the food tasty, but Chef Bee is so gracious he makes everyone feel like they’re eating at his home. I think Komodo is going to be the next ‘it’ place, and their food lives up to the hype.” Olee Fowler, editor of Eater Miami, also raves about Byblos. “The restaurant boasts a Mediterranean menu, but it really is so much more than that. It features flavors from all over the Middle East and North Africa that I’ve had a hard time experiencing anywhere else. You won’t find the standard grape leaves and hummus at this restaurant, which is a good thing. Plus, the place is gorgeous.” When asked about a particularly exceptional restaurant experience, both Nerey and Jones praise Alter in Wynwood. “Hands down, 116

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Chef Brad Kilgore blew me away!” exclaims Nerey. “The soft egg with the scallop espuma and truffle pearl and the grouper cheeks with that black rice…wow. He’s so young and so talented and the restaurant has an easy vibe. It’s not stuffy. We are lucky to have him.” Jones adds, “Brad Kilgore has brought the hipster element to fine dining. I always enjoy my experience at Alter.” For authentic Thai, worth the wait, Jones recommends Lung Yai Thai in Little Havana. Lung Thai Tapas and Cake is a must, according to Fowler. Fowler perfectly sums up Miami’s multicultural culinary evolution. “Miami’s food scene has grown up. Miamians are more educated about food than ever before. We crave flavor and variety and will happily support a delicious Thai or Mediterranean restaurant. Our melting pot of cultures has translated well into our local cuisine. Chefs are incorporating this ‘newfound’ open-mindedness to add foreign dishes and techniques into their menus. Even your go-to restaurant down the street is experimenting with flavors from around the world.”


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PRESENTATION The secret of great restaurant design is to excite but not overwhelm. Of course, upon entering the dining space, guests immediately notice the colors, lighting, layout, wine display and furnishings. But the design should never detract from the cuisine. Once guests are seated at their tables and begin the meal, the ambience and vibe should blend in with the conversation, not take over. While discovering some cool new South Florida restaurants, we selected those offering a nice mix of service and surroundings that allow diners to enjoy memorable meals.

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KLIMA RESTAURANT AND BAR This smart Spanish restaurant with its elegantly simple design resembles the interiors of a refined, artfilled home. KLIMA owners Pablo Fernandez-Valdes and Yago Giner, the former CEO and COO respectively of Grupo Tragaluz in Barcelona, Spain, wanted to share some of their homeland pride with their customers in Miami Beach. The hands-on partners, who rotate the paintings in the restaurant every two or three months, designed the modern space using a theme of soft woods with inspiration from Spain, Sweden, Brazil and Mexico. Entering the space is like discovering a large

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library of books, lamps and modern art. Skinny slates of dried and aged beige wood dominate the ceiling of the front section. The intimate decor invites you to be seated and read the Robert Hughes 1992 masterpiece Barcelona while sipping a goblet of wine. The dining room is elegant and chic with varnished oak floors, colorful rugs and tables fashioned from Caoba tropical red wood. Separating the dining room from the bar is an area of tables for two with a couch and bookshelf filled with ornaments and colorfully illustrated books. On the far wall of the dining section is a horizontal

mirror in an area of hanging black spot lamps that also resemble fine art. Such design-oriented yet low-key decor is a great complement to Caracas-raised Chef Ilde J. Ferrer’s “slow” cooked Catalan cuisine, honed while working with this pair of native sons. Outdoors, guests are offered a garden setting in which to enjoy KLIMA’s simple and fresh Mediterranean favorites, like tuna toast chipotle, Iberian ham, and oysters with Ceviche sauce and lime. Diners are seated under a pergola illuminated with 15 different lamps. Some of the cane ceiling sections are

open to the stars, making the romantic scene feel like a planetarium filled with brown marble and wood tables, vibrantly colored chairs in lobster orange, blue, yellow and green, and an array of lovely subtropical plants. 210 23rd St.; klimamiami.com.


QUALITY MEATS Everything about Quality Meats in Miami Beach is as close to perfection as one will find in a restaurant. The big-cut steaks, fresh seafood and salads are spectacular, the service from uniformed waiters is seamless, and the restoration of the 1939built Art Deco Bancroft Hotel into a fine new dining establishment has been perfectly rendered. From the double wood entrance doors and original terrazzo floors and stairwell to the Deco columns and the hotel’s check-in desk, which became a butcher counter with cured goodies available to buy, the glamour of the era combined with the offerings of a modern chophouse is positively dazzling. (The first Quality Meats, located in New York City, opened in 2006.)

About 200 diners can enjoy the Miami Beach edition. They are seated on the first or second floor, outside on the patio, in the yellowtiled lounge with furniture upholstered in leather and canvas, or in the intimate wine space ideal for a party of eight. Every inch of the exciting, retro, club-styled restaurant has an Art Deco feel with weathered edges and warm details that bespeak butcher-shop chic with modern flourishes, including clean-lined china, crystal and flatware. Other amazing details are the hotel’s erstwhile reception desk cum service bar, the custom meat hook chandelier, which became the centerpiece for the bar, the combined design of circles and squares (round

lamps, rectangular glass containers and wood-rimmed mirrors), meat cleavers and old butcher-shop uniforms cleverly displayed on the walls near 1940s and 1950s glass decanters showcased in front of old stained glass. There are also vintage framed photos to acquaint browsers with the era, and lots of Deco style marble. (Even the ladies’ room charms with whimsical pink flamingo wallpaper and white hand cloths offered in a large glass case.) While seated in the main dining room, distinguished by wicker caned screens, sexy mirrors and the soffit that winds around, guests enjoy an extensive wine list and delicious appetizers of horse-cured slab bacon, peanut butter and jalapeño

jelly (which tastes like a dessert) or hog snapper ceviche with cilantro. Special entrées include the sizzling 12-oz. filet mignon, the hearty 24-oz. Tomahawk rib steak, and a seafood tower offering every raw fish imaginable with side dishes of corn crème brûlée and roasted Brussels sprouts. All desserts are homemade, from chocolate fudge cake to a clever take on the s’more with burnt marshmallow icecream, chocolate fudge and graham cracker bites to the fiery passion fruit flan with toasted meringue churros. 1501 Collins Ave.; qualitymeatsmiami.com.

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BURLOCK COAST SEAFARE & SPIRITS Talk about making waves: Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits, a couple of steps from the beach in Fort Lauderdale, is a brand-new restaurant, bar, retail and gourmet-togo-marketplace concept in an open, vibrant, sophisticated yet simple space with a 5,000-bottle wine cellar, lots of steel, copper and wood, and sweeping views of the ocean. The space comprises a series of well-designed, connecting vignettes in the large back lobby of the Ritz-Carlton. It’s ideal for diners of all ages who enjoy background music from Recession Hip Hop to the Andrews Sisters. With a major nod to Fort Lauderdale’s past (aka Fort Liquordale), the irreverent, rum-centric coastal decor channels the Prohibition Era with a modern and elegant twist, paying homage to the device rum runners used to smuggle their elixir through lockers. Nautical furnishings are featured, but not in an overwhelming way. The weathered

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tongue-and-groove ceiling is adorned with the occasional ship rope and ties. Throw pillows at dining booths are done in orange, rust and sea greens. Lighting is a mix of globe and industrial. There is a map of Fort Lauderdale hanging on the wall near an art piece from an old lighthouse. The large indooroutdoor bar with several flat-screen TVs is designed with shelves holding dozens of bar antiques and tarnished cocktail glasses. Adjacent is the Island Company retail space, where guests can buy swim and resort wear and other coastal-inspired items designed by Spencer Antle and his team. The mixed Mexican turquoise tile and concrete floor is a master stroke of design leading to the open kitchen area with a surrounding series of private dining areas. Guests can also rent the eight-person “Rum Room” for private parties. It is located near the gourmet market, a trendy,

travel-oriented food section that displays and sells various kinds of coffees, spices, pastas, taffy and other graband-go goodies. For fine and late-night dining, Chef Gavin Pera cooks with mainly local-sourced fruits, vegetables, fresh fish and farm-raised meat. The cuisine is delicious and served in clever, rustically chic containers that look like they washed up on the beach. (The dining plates are made of a smooth, off-white stoneware design from London.) The Artisanal Cheese & Charcuterie, a generously sized appetizer served on an organic wood plate, is a mouth-watering mélange of Midnight Moon cheese, tuna tartare with aioli, Prosciutto and Serrano ham with pear jam and roasted almonds. Fresh seafood entrées change daily, but the lobster pasta in cream sauce is worth its weight in gold bullion and tastes as luxurious as the Ritz. The tender and perfect Niman New York Steak with

roasted carrots and beets is served in a cast-iron skillet; accompanying focaccia bread comes in a weathered torch treasure chest. Pastry chef Ryan Cross has traveled the world tasting different desserts (what a job!) and offers a delicious assortment of sweets. Some stand-outs include rum cake (of course), homemade key lime pie with graham cracker crust, toasted meringue crunch, candy lime peel and fresh whipped cream served on a silver pedestal purchased at an antiques shop, and cinnamon sugar BC Donuts with white chocolate banana rum sauce/ praline spread decadently displayed on a wood lobster trap. The all-day/late-night coastal extravaganza is one-of-a-kind, a rousing Fort Lauderdale-style party for those who enjoy a nod to the city’s history. 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.; burlockcoast.com.


BAGATELLE MIAMI BEACH This modern, art-filled French restaurant is located in the Villa Bagatelle Hotel in Miami Beach. Its owners, Aymeric Clemente and Remi Laba, both raised in France, have locations in Los Angeles, New York, São Paulo, St. Barths, St. Tropez, Dubai and Punta del Este, Uruguay. They knew Miami Beach was prime for their South of France culture, cuisine and modern energetic look when they opened last year. Celano Design Studio in New York created the beige

and white furnishings of Bagatelle Miami Beach, which has a total of 144 seats inside and outdoors. The fashionable design inside is aglow with crystal chandeliers, banquettes, decorative moldings, fresh flowers and colorful, standout pop art provided by Opera Gallery, the brand’s curator. Among the artists, Seen (Richard “Richie” Mirando), an internationally known talent, is the main guy featured here. A top graffiti artist (aka Godfather of Graffiti), he

creates three-dimensional sculpture, mixed-media work with reclaimed materials, and a series of hand-painted, limited-edition MTA New York subway maps. His work and the other art displayed here are rotated regularly to ensure that nothing becomes stale. There’s a cool stone-top bar featuring a display of fine wine and champagne where guests can sip, chat and enjoy the art and music of multiple genres that keeps things mellow and mild. Chef Matthieu Godard,

educated in France before gaining a great deal more food experience cooking at Daniel Boulud restaurants, serves homemade gnocchi, whole truffled roasted chicken and ahi tuna tartar as well as artsy desserts like hazelnut chocolate crisp, banana crème tart and delicious profiteroles with choux puffs, bourbon ice cream and chocolate sauce. 2000 Collins Ave., bistrobagatelle.com.

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DEEP BLU SEAFOOD GRILLE Guests are forever blowing bubbles while enjoying dinner and drinks at the new deep blu Seafood Grille in Jupiter’s Harbourside Center. The chic indoor-outdoor restaurant, with a Chef’s Table and separate private dining room, brings images of the ocean and beach to diners in a highly stylized way. The sophisticated and sexy South Beach-inspired supper club, located smack dab on the Intracoastal Waterway, features a rich cobalt interior decor which makes a splash with its clever “bubble columns,” which are operated through a high-tech lighting system. Next to the columns are wall projections of petals, dots, blots and other shapes that

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add to the celebration of the oceanic senses. A huge center bar showcases the fresh raw seafood selections (shrimp, oysters, lobster, crab legs, et al) and circular ice cases, all as part of this place’s unique visual experience, which includes large flat screen TVs showing underwater scenes amplified with surrounding mood music. Chef Thomas Op’t Holt is passionate about his place; each day, the Culinary Institute of America-trained chef—who honed his skills in several Chicago Michelin Star restaurants—walks out to greet fishermen on the dock. After a quick scan, he grabs his fresh fish for the day, happy that his dock-todining passion allows him to

take full advantage of such unusual and sustainable opportunities. The results? Tempting offerings like mouth-watering crab cakes with mustard and aioli served alongside of a syringe of lemon juice, seared scallop risotto and seafood cioppino, a hearty tomato saffron broth of shrimp, salmon, clams, lobster and red bliss potatoes. Op’t Holt is also currently engaged in creating an aeroponic rooftop garden. This new area will open up another unique dining location in a clean and leafy atmosphere. If you go, try deep blu’s pink liquid nitrogen drink, The Cosmos; the combination of this smoky, bubbly drink accompanied by fresh seafood selections served in a

beautiful and environmentally perfect setting is as close to heaven as you can find in South Florida dining. 119 Dockside Circle, Jupiter; opentable.com/deep-bluseafood-grille-jupiter.


GIANNI’S AT THE VILLA CASA CASUARINA With both indoor and outdoor seating, the stunning Gianni’s was named after— surprise—Gianni Versace, the late, great fashion designer and former owner of the Versace Mansion now called The Villa Casa Casuarina. The legendary designer, who fell in love with the historic Miami Beach home’s Spanish architecture and varied statuary, purchased and renovated the property in the early 1990s. Today, with its elegant and sophisticated decor, Gianni’s, Casa Casuarina’s signature restaurant, offers nouveau Italian Mediterranean cuisine. Upon arrival, guests enter an open-air courtyard and proceed to one of three dining areas: the Medusa Dining Room, the Moroccan

Room or the Patio, which overlooks the romantic Mosaic Garden. Gianni’s also offers the Onyx Bar, formerly a small kitchen, ideal for before- or after-dinner drinks. The original Versace wood paneling is a standout in the bar, where artists from Coconut Grove painted the ceiling to match the one in the Medusa Dining Room, which was Versace’s revered formal dining chamber. With an abundance of bronze statues and mosaics, plus a notable fountain with many components, making it a metaphor for the house, charm flows through this magical space like a European fairy tale. (The dining and poolside areas will remind some guests of

Donald Trump’s restored Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach.) The Medusa Dining Room is filled with marble and stone imported from Italy by the Fantini family and placed piece by piece into the walls and floors. The Moroccan Lounge, once Versace’s private gym, has a front wall illustrating four of the main gods from Greek mythology: Hermes (son of Zeus and Versace’s original logo) Diana (the huntress), Apollo (god of the moon) and Venus (the much-desired goddess of love and beauty). The decor in the Moroccan Lounge emulates the eight-person Hammam Turkish steam room/shower. Versace imported coral that matched the coral in front of the original mansion so it could be drilled and put into

this special lounge. Dine on house specials of Gnocchi di Granchio (New Orleans blue crab, shallots, vermouth, ParmigianoReggiano and truffles), and Filetto di Manzo Rossini (Wagyu filet mignon, pomme confit, grilled asparagus, panseared foie gras) and imagine you have been transported to another world. 1116 Ocean Dr.; vmmiamibeach.com.

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GRATO With its high ceilings, rococo chandeliers from South Beach’s Delano hotel, and massive red oak brick oven/rotisserie (woodburning meets spit-roasted) dominating a large open room, Grato has just debuted in West Palm Beach with the fanfare expected when a rock-star chef opens a new restaurant. James Beard Awardnominated Chef Clay Conley, who made Buccan one of the hottest spots in town by attracting the young and restless to his casually sophisticated eatery, has done it again. This time, Grato, with its hand-carved wood interior, exposed beams, huge windows and mostly original stainedconcrete floors, is offering fine Italian cuisine and

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delicious pizza for the young and old, local and tourist, and Miami-Fort Lauderdale crowd, all of whom are packing the place nightly. A former lighting warehouse, Grato looks like a retro-fitted airplane hangar. There’s a huge, eat-on, marble-topped bar with leather bar stools, surrounding high-tops and two flat-screen TVs overhead. Across the room, when the fire from the stove is blazing, its warmth against the cold concrete floor and exposed beams makes guests seated in the large dining area feel like they’re ensconced in a festive ski lodge. With happy hour buzz that ricochets across the room, Grato is the current place to see and be seen. Boston-based designer

Peter Niemitz used Carrara marble, dark woods and rattan to highlight his rustic chic interior. Images from Palm Beach photographer Tommy Morrison decorate the walls. Stoneware used for dining was created by talented local potter Ronald Shaw. And nearly everything on the menu is homemade. For appetizers, top round steak is used in the beef tartare with horseradish sauce; hydroponic beefsteak heirloom tomatoes are delicious in the herbed ricotta. Entrées include selections like thin, crispy prosciutto pizza with mozzarella, arugula and fig balsamic, homemade pastas and Paccheri “Sunday Gravy” (braised pork and Italian sausage with meat sauce and ricotta).

For dessert, check out the creatively presented Tiramisu Noir with espresso, rum, sponge cake and coffee gelato, Lime Curd “Custard” with streusel, orange and berry du jour sorbet, and pistachio gelato with biscotti. Simply divine. 1901 So. Dixie Highway; gratowpb.com.


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the April release of his third Clarkson Potter cookbook, America’s Best Breakfasts: Favorite Local Recipes from Coast to Coast, Lee Brian Schrager proves that break-

fast is indeed the most important meal of the day. “It’s true,” laughs Schrager, founder and director of the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach and New York City Wine & Food Festivals. “It’s kind of that one meal Mom insisted you had to have. You may skip lunch, you may skip dinner, but you had to have breakfast. I always loved it, even as a child.” In fact, the recipe for the very breakfast he used to eat as a child with brothers Richard and Howard —“Marlene Schrager’s German Breakfast”—is included in the book, where he recommends tucking into the comforting bacon, onion, bell pepper, potato and scrambled egg combination for dinner. It leads off a section that includes several other dishes from Miami that 140

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are destined to become neo-classics, including the “Bacon, Egg, and Cheese ‘Paco’” from Food on a Roll (FOAR) Truck (essentially, a pancake taco); the tortilla de papas from Versailles; and Buena Vista Deli’s “Quiche Lorraine,” which Schrager declares among the best he’s ever had. Such praise is high indeed from a man who vets chefs from around the world for his Festivals’ outreach. Indeed, America’s Best Breakfasts is as much travel guide as it is cookbook, with sections divided by geography and introductions that are equally about the vibe and atmosphere of particular places as they are homage to certain chefs and their restaurants. Reading them not only makes you feel like cooking, it practically transports you. As an example, the text that prefaces Boulettes Larder’s “Hubbard Squash Purée and Soft-Scrambled Eggs” is a

virtual trip to the West Coast’s City by the Bay: “In a quiet corner of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, Chef Amaryll Schwertner has created a temple to the kind of seasonal, local, produceheavy cuisine the Bay Area has become famous for. Often monochromatic and always delicious, Schwertner’s food— from a cheese plate that is a study in white to this gorgeous plate of slowcooked squash and soft-scrambled eggs—simplifies ingredients down to their most basic form of deliciousness. It doesn’t hurt that the restaurant— decorated in muted tones of white and wood and accented with dramatic displays of fruits and vegetables—overlooks the glittering San Francisco Bay.” Talent for visualization aside, Schrager’s adoration for breakfast foods is matched by his fondness for his team, which includes co-author


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and recipe developer Adeena Sussman and photographer Evan Sung. The trio also worked on Schrager’s successful second Clarkson Potter book, Fried & True: 50 Recipes for America’s Best Fried Chicken and Sides, which also was a tour of the nation. For America’s Best Breakfasts, they traveled to more than 30 states, spending what could be, Schrager estimates, time in “one state for a month or [covering] seven states in a week.” It all depended on what they found when they got there, he says. Although they started off “with legwork and a list, because I’m detailed like that and my co-writer is such a planner,” Schrager admits, “where you start is not where you end. The research would change three times before we were through in a place. We’d be going to one restaurant for scrapple, and someone would say, ‘You think this is great scrapple? I’ll show you great scrapple.’ Opinions are free and everyone has one.” To that end, the authors confess that they “found waffles and pancakes and granola a thousand different ways.” But America’s Best Breakfasts isn’t just about mainstream specialties.

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Culturally diverse, it explores dishes that range from Middle Eastern “Malawach,” a Yemenite bread from 27 Restaurant in Miami, to “Filipino Steak with Garlic Fried Rice” from Uncle Mike’s Place in Chicago. Nor should you expect, say, only Creole concentrations from New Orleans. Sure, you’ll get the recipes for L’il Dizzy’s “Creole File Gumbo” and The Old Coffeepot’s “Calas Cakes.” But you’ll also find a comprehensive formula for pho bo from that city’s Dong Phuong. Schrager’s personal top preferences from the book range from traditional pastries such as “Brioche Cinnamon Buns” from the Honey Bee Bakery in Oxford, Mississippi to unexpected match-ups, like the “Kimchi Pancakes” in Portland, Oregon’s Sunshine Tavern. But his favorite section of the book is, he replies without hesitation, the “Sunday, Bloody Sunday” chapter. It’s an entire treatise on the Bloody Mary cocktail simply because, as he says, “Brunch is my favorite meal. It’s really just glorified breakfast. I love, love, love brunch.” With America’s Best Breakfasts in hand, there’s no doubt that home cooks will soon feel the same.


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KRUPS EA81 Essential Espresso Machine with LCD display screen and multidirectional steam nozzle, among other bells and whistles; $699.99 at Bed, Bath and Beyond.


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Jonathan Simkhai skirt and matching top by Jonathan Simkhai; at Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour Shops. Sergio Rossi heels; at Bloomingdale’s, Aventura Mall. Gold cuffs by AHALife. Chandelier earrings by H&M.

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Hervé Legér dress and feather coat; at Bloomingdale’s, Aventura Mall. Aquazurra sandals; at Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour Shops. Oversized pearl earrings by H&M.

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Camilla and Marc cocktail dress, Balenciaga heels and RetroSuperFuture sunglasses; all at Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour Shops. Circular diamond ring by OpenSky.

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Fernando Garcia dress; at Oxygene, Bal Harbour Shops. Christian Dior white pumps; at Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour Shops. Vintage hat; at C Madeleine’s, North Miami. Vintage white gloves; stylist’s own.

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Halston top and skirt, Sergio Rossi heels and Salvatore Ferragamo handbag; all at Bloomingdale’s, Aventura Mall. Gold bracelet watch by H&M. White cuff by Alexis Bittar. Gold hoops by Blue Nile.

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Jenny Packham beaded blouse, Givenchy dress and Aquazzura sandals; at Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour Shops. Diamond and pearl necklace worn as bracelet by Blue Nile.

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Alice and Olivia gown; at Bloomingdale’s, Aventura Mall. Alexis dress; at Bloomingdale’s, Aventura Mall. Pearl earrings by Kate Spade New York. Sandals by Sam Edelman.

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Aqua blouse and Alexis dress; at Bloomingdale’s, Aventura Mall. Ballet flats by H&M. Gold and pink chandelier earrings by Romantique Studio. Pink and gold cuff by Romantique Studio. MAKEUP AND HAIR: Taly

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LE CORDON BLEU COLLEGE OF CULINARY ARTS MIAMI Le Cordon Bleu (French for “blue ribbon”) is the world’s largest hospitality education institution, with more than 50 schools on five continents—and a location right here in Miramar, Florida. It evolved from a 19th-century weekly magazine of the same name that was meant as a guide for those who wished to learn the “high art of French cooking.” At first the cooking school was created as a free service for the publication’s subscribers in Paris, but from day one it was known for employing the best chefs in the world as instructors. The cachet remains today. Famous Le Cordon Bleu alumni include Giada De Laurentiis, Julia Child, Mario Batali, Ming Tsai, Sandra Lee, and Gaston Acurio of La Mar by Gaston Acurio in the Mandarin Oriental Miami. The college offers an Associate of Science degree in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts and the program is designed to teach students French techniques combined with modern American technology, although students also can learn classic cooking methods, nutrition, qualitative food preparation and sanitation. The college also offers a Diploma in Le Cordon Bleu Pâtisserie and Baking, which entails learning the fundamentals of baking and the theoretical knowledge needed to execute those skills. 3221 Enterprise Way, Miramar, 954.628.4400; chefs.edu/Miami.

MIAMI CULINARY INSTITUTE Situated on MDC’s Wolfson Campus, the Miami Culinary Institute is located in its own building and is the first public culinary school in Miami with a LEED Gold rating. Here, students master both classic skills and innovative techniques used by the world’s best chefs under a curriculum designed to arm students with real-world knowledge and expectations. Their core philosophy of Food Culture Innovation requires an examination and understanding of the culture built upon our interaction with food, and the education extends beyond basic cooking techniques; here, students are taught the value of tracing foods to their sources to evaluate how a particular farm, ranch or fishery impacts our environment, community and economy, and how food distribution not only contributes to a significant portion of the world’s greenhouse gasses, but also how our choices can impact and improve that process. The program also addresses the ramifications of cooking techniques and waste disposal methods. This philosophy is at the core of their seed-to-soil practice and is a foundation from which their students will innovate within their professional practices to deliver excellent culinary art that is good for the planet and the people on it. 415 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, 305.237.3276; miamidadeculinary.com. 164

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COLLEGE OF CULINARY ARTS | JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY, NORTH MIAMI Founded in 1914, the North Miami location is one of four in the country (the other three being in Providence, RI, Denver, CO and Charlotte, NC) and has been named one of the Best Colleges of 2016 in U.S. News & World Report and Money magazine. It also carries a tag of prestige with it, being that it is the alma mater of all-star chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, Tyler Florence, and Miami’s own superstars Michelle Bernstein and Adrianne Calvo (recently named one of the best chefs in the world by Chef Report). The school combines culinary education with business education—in fact, it started as a business school when its flagship location first opened in Providence, during the time of the suffragettes when women were just starting to eye careers over domestic duties—a helpful component when students are ready to graduate and move into the highly competitive job market. The range of food-related degrees students can earn here include Baking & Pastry Arts, Baking & Pastry Arts and Food Service Management, Culinary Arts & Food Service Management, Culinary Arts, and Restaurant, Food & Beverage Management. 1701 NE 127th St., North Miami, 866.598.3567; jwu.edu/north-miami.

THE INTERNATIONAL CULINARY SCHOOL AT THE ART INSTITUTE OF FORT LAUDERDALE This program is one of the most widespread in the country, with programs offered in 30 locations. At one time the Art Institutes had an integrated culinary program, but in 2007 the AI and the Food Network struck up a partnership that led to a reinvention of the AI program; hence, the International Culinary School was born, and with it, a redefined curriculum that emphasizes international cuisine, menu development and modern gastronomic innovation. Students are taught in professional kitchens by experienced instructors, everything from the fundamentals of using kitchen tools to cooking skills and techniques, basic cuts to managing a menu and working as part of a team. International cuisines are on the learning “menu” here, including the latest flavors that are trending now and taking hold. Samples of available courses include Culinary Techniques, Classical Techniques, Sanitation & Safety, Baking and Pastry Techniques, Management by Menu, Nutrition, Garde Manger, Foodservice Technology, Food & Beverage Operations, Management Planning & Controlling Costs, World Cuisine, American regional cuisine, Classical European Cuisine, Asian Cuisine, Latin Cuisine, A La Carte Kitchen and Art Culinaire. 1799 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, 954.463.3000; artinstitutes.edu/fort-lauderdale. 166

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SPRING’S MOST MOUTHWATERING BOOKS THIS LATEST COLLECTION OF CULINARY TOMES WILL APPEAL TO BOTH YOUR EYES AND YOUR BELLY. LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT WE ATE: A MEMOIR by Padma Lakshmi

Long before Lakshmi ever stepped onto a television set, she learned that how we eat is an extension of how we love, how we comfort, how we forge a sense of home— and how we taste the world as we navigate our way through it. Her

COOKIES & BEER by Jonathan Bender Dear milk: It’s over. Cookies & Beer is a blueprint for how to appreciate two everyday favorites—cookies and craft beer—in a fun and unique way. Both share common grains, spices and fruits, so it’s no surprise that when paired, they bring out unexpected and exciting flavors. The book includes ideas for pairing everything from Girl Scout Cookies to holiday cookies, with recipes from Delmonico’s Amy Lemon, Craftsman & Wolves’ William Werner and Serious Eats’ J. Kenji LopezAlt. $19.99, Andrews McMeel Publishing.

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ZAHAV: A WORLD OF ISRAELI COOKING by Michael Solomonov & Steven Cook The James Beard Award– winning chef and co-owner of Philadelphia’s Zahav restaurant reinterprets the cuisine of Israel for American home kitchens. Solomonov showcases the melting-pot cooking of Israel, especially the influences of the Middle East, North Africa, the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe. His food includes his restaurant’s insanely popular fried cauliflower; his own unique recipe for hummus; and a pink lentil soup with lamb meatballs that one critic called “Jerusalem in a bowl.” $35, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

THE WINE BIBLE by Karen MacNeil Hailed as “America’s missionary of the vine” by Time, James Beard Award-winning MacNeil is considered one of only a handful of experts with a global command of wine. While researching this second edition, she traveled the world and tasted over 10,000 wines, discovering new trends and exploring emerging wine regions such as China and new producers in Europe and South America. The Wine Bible offers the ultimate education in wine that will educate both new and longtime wine enthusiasts. $24.95, Workman Publishing

journey from a humble childhood kitchen to the judges’ table of Top Chef and beyond makes for a memoir rich with evocative recipes, scents, tastes and textures of a life that spans complex geographies. Lakshmi writes an intimate story of food and family—both the ones we are born to and the ones we create—and their enduring legacies. $26.99, HarperCollins Publishers


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OF WASABI AND WHISKY SOFI’S LUXURIOUS RED GINGER HITS ITS PAN-ASIAN STRIDE WITH A DUO OF CHEFS AND A CHIC NEW EXCUSE FOR LADIES WHO LUNCH. By Dirk DeSouza

Past the gloriously towering doors, down the dramatic ramp, past the horizontally fanned slate walls that sing when you strum them, hangs a magnificent raw rectangle of tree suspended from the ceiling, unlikely enveloped in shimmery melted aluminum, inspired from the famously ancient 13th-century provincial temples in Sukhothai, north of Bangkok. Who knew? Though designed by Miami’s Stantec, the owners of Menin Hospitality delivered with Red Ginger a soothingly vogue, vaguely monolithic oasis that transports diners through impeccable design—echoed now by Thai, Cambodian, Balinese and Japanese history—to oodles of maki, sake, omakase, sushi, izakaya and robata-grilled meats and treats concocted by not one chef, but two. Executive Sous Akshay “AK” Soni, previously of Zuma London and Mews of Mayfair (when of course he wasn’t presiding over the stoves at the Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge), and sushi chef Anderson Osorio, who sharpened his vocabulary of raw fish, rice and Asian flavors under local culinary masters Makoto Who Okuwa of Bal Harbour’s Makoto and Timon Balloo of Midtown serves South Miami’s Sugarcane. Red Ginger’s candlelit nighttime vibe, Florida’s incomplete without sipping one (or three) of the 200 Japanese, tastiest Taiwanese and Tennessee-ese whiskies, is now a legitimate cheap eats? daytime pitstop, a just-launched 3-course $21pp lunch, Ironside Pizza. including a sashimi bento box, shiso ponzu eggplant, and airy tempura-coated sea bass, aimed at bikini-conscious SoFi ladies who lunch. “We serve a modern interpretation of classic pan-Asian dishes, heavily influenced by the deceptive simplicity of Japanese cuisine, particularly sushi culture,” says Chef AK. Think Lobster Pad Thai with pineapple; a savory Short Rib Bao Bun; a sensible Korean Chicken Lollipop; a wedge of robata-grilled Cauliflower with cucumber relish; delicious Truffle Salmon maki roll with tempura flakes; and Red Ginger Fried Rice with Tiger Prawns, topped with duck egg; or chef’s choice omakase journeys of sashimi, nigiri and sake. Did we mention Red Ginger is nestled in the street-front bosom of co-owner Russell Galbut’s magnificent 17,000-square-foot home? Look up, past the robotic parking garage, and just think about the What artists mind-boggling home delivery options. and songs are on your 736 First St., Miami Beach, 305.433.6876; redgingersouthbeach.com. desert island soundtrack? The Macallan 12, straight up with two rocks.

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Spring has arrived early on the South Miami block and we just can’t get enough of this honest-to-goodness soul food. 50 Eggs, Inc., masterminds behind Yardbird and Swine, debuted their latest laidback concept, Spring Chicken, in late January, and lines are already out the door. And why wouldn’t they be? With true Southern pride, they offer casual comfort food with farm-fresh quality ingredients. We’re talking mouthwatering southern fried chicken with the perfect crunch paired with the classic fixins’ like freshly baked biscuits drenched in honey butter, mac and cheese, cornbread, potlicker greens, and coleslaw washed down with freshsqueezed lemonade. Need we say more? This Coral Gables location is the first of four that are set to er, spring up around South Florida. “Live Well, Eat Well, Love Every Bite” is Spring Chicken’s motto, and we plan on doing just that. 1514 S DIXIE HWY, CORAL GABLES; 305.504.2704; EATSPRINGCHICKEN.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. MARCH 2016

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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.

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THE TUCK ROOM

Reminiscent of a prohibition-era of hidden bars and secret convos long gone, this swanky speakeasy is tucked away inside the new iPic Theatre at the Intracoastal Mall. Not only is it old-school cool, with lounge music, black marble and red accents, but their art-inspired cocktails and tapas-style sharing creations make for the perfect little nook, both for a social gathering or a more intimate night. Menu favorites include lobster rolls, oysters, fish tacos and kabobs but probably the most exciting is their French Onion Soup Rings—a funky hybrid of deep fried onion rings and cheesy French onion soup. Only wildly innovative, three-time James Beard-award winner Chef Sherry Yard could make onion rings glamorous. Bonus: Chef Yard made these fancy finger foods and handcrafted cocktails available not only in the dining room and the bar, but also to be ordered right to your reclinable theater seat. Now that’s plush service worthy of Tuck Room’s trademark catchphrase “the city’s most delicious secret.”

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Cue the air-kissing and the ooh-là-làs: Renowned restaurateur Steven Starr’s aptly named brasserie Le Zoo is très magnifique. Call us gluttons for a proper foie gras, some buttery escargot or creamy crème brulée, but these classic French bistro offerings paired with their extensive wine list will have you seeing double and ordering triple. Amidst the romantic décor—think tealit canopy and wine-cork ceilings—and cool ocean breeze, you can now enjoy this al fresco dining-in-the-City-of-Lights experience

all weekend long with their new brunch menu offered Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-4 pm. With standout staples like a platter of regional French cheeses and perfectly crusty breads and pastries, it was hard to justify ordering an entrée. That was until the Poached Eggs Basquaise with creamy polenta and prosciutto, fresh-cut Pommes Frites and mouth-watering French onion soup gratinée with mounds of melted Gruyère made their debut. Sorry, not sorry. Bon appétit!

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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 176

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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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pork belly, red onion marmalade and truffle aioli.Open wide. 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 magazines available. A great open-air terrace is ideal for breakfast, lunch or dinner. SWINE SOUTHERN TABLE & BAR — 2415 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 786.360.6433; runpigrun.com. Food and fun go hand in hand in this rustic spot in the heart of Coral Gables where pork is the star. Items of note include a Pulled Pork Caesar, Smoked Brisket Sliders, and on the side, Crispy Brussels Sprouts with green apple and bacon vinaigrette. THE CHEESE COURSE — In Aventura Mall, 19575 Biscayne Blvd. Aventura, 305.466.2223; thecheesecourse.com. Bistro that doubles as a cheese shop, offering 100+ varieties of cheese as well as salads and sandwiches modeled after Europe’s popular bistros. THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY — 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305.466.7195; thegrill.com. Stylish spot for brunch, lunch, happy hour and dinner, with a menu that goes on for days. Soups, salads, steaks, chops, seafood, chicken, ribs, potpies and more are available, plus amazing cocktails like the Basil Drop Martini and The Grill Signature Margarita. 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 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.

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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-diefor 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.

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.

and matzoh ball soup, plus authentic New York bagels baked fresh daily. 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.

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. 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 Frenchstyle 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 French-inspired fare make for a memorable

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International SUGARCANE — 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. 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, 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 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;

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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.

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.

LIMONCELLO — 19088 NE 29 Ave., Aventura. 305.792.2222; limoncelloaventura.com. Simple Italian cuisine at its best is what you’ll find here, from homemade pasta and fresh seafood to the homemade desserts. Of the highlights, try the veal ravioli, ossobucco with truffles, octopus Livornese or good old-fashioned eggplant parm. 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,

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; 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.

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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 (meat-filled 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.

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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 ribeye, and Bavarian cream with sweet biscuits and chocolate for dessert. THE HARBOUR GRILL — 9415 Harding Ave., Surfside, 305.861.0787; theharbourgrill. com. Located only a couple of blocks from Bal Harbour Shops, this Glatt Kosher steakhouse is worthy of an occassion. From dry-aged prime rib to pepper-crusted filets, all the big hitters are here, along with an extensive sushi menu for diners looking for something a little lighter.

PITA PLUS OF AVENTURA — 18833 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura; 305.935.0761. Falafels, stuffed grape leaves and shawarma wraps are among the attractions at this very busy, family-friendly, indoor/outdoor eatery.

Mediterranean A LA TURCA — 1848 Harrison St., Hollywood, 954.925.5900; myalaturca.com. Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food is the name of the game here, from hot and cold mezes, a dizzying array of kebabs, fresh seafood, and of course, tempting baklava. Finish your meal with a cup of strong Turkish coffee that’s sure to get you through the day—or night. 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 pita triangles with an addictive garlic dip to shawarma, kababs, moussaka, and lamb chops.

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.

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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.

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.

AREA 31 — In the EPIC Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305.424.5234; area31restaurant.com. Go for the views; stay for the food. Or is it the other way around? Either way, you won’t be disappointed. Nestled on the 16th floor of the EPIC Hotel in downtown Miami, diners get a literal bird’s

eye view of the city while digging into a seafood-centric menu, which includes dishes like Oyster Mushroom Risotto and Pork and Scallop Wontons. BLUE BAR AND GRILL — 1960 S. Ocean Dr., Hallandale Beach, 954.251.2658; bluebargrill.com. Romantic views, a European ambience and live music every Friday and Saturday night serve as the backdrop for this spot serving up freshly caught local seafood. IKRA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE — 16850 Collins Ave., Ste. 106-A, Sunny Isles Beach; 305.974.0081; ikramiami.com. Seafood is the focus at this new Sunny Isles restaurant, which serves fusion food from around the globe and boasts neoclassical designs and plenty of event space. 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.

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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.

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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 Spanish-influenced 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. CHOLO’S CEVICHE GRILL — 1127 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 305.947.3338; choloscevichegrill.com. An intriguing blend of Spanish, Italian and Peruvian cuisines, including ceviches, tiraditos, stir fries, pastas and more. Try the chicha morada, deep purple corn “tea” spiked with cloves, cinnamon and sugar. 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. Steaks, chicken, veal and specialty dishes like blood sausage and sweetbreads served in the classic Argentine 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.

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?

BERTONI GELATO CAFFE — In Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 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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We are proud of our associates and staff members for their market expertise and professionalism. Their daily efforts distinguish EWM as the brand that defines luxury real estate in South Florida.

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ewm.com Information presented is based on data supplied by the Miami Association of Realtors, The Greater Fort Lauderdale Association of Realtors, and the Southeast Florida Regional MLS for the period beginning 1/1/2015 and ending 6/30/2015.


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Golf Club, and there is a large swimming pool that faces Biscayne Bay. Such views of the water and golf course give the community a vibe that especially appeals to the health- and sports-oriented resident. In addition, there are boat slips, private elevators, two-car garages, optional summer kitchens on rooftop FROM TOP: terraces, modern indoor kitchens with European-inspired Residents can enjoy the boating—or any cabinets, quartz countertops, Kohler faucets and GE water-oriented—lifestyle; Monogram appliances. the modern kitchens The gated townhome community on two acres, for are European-inspired; which Spear plans three more buildings with seven bedrooms and bathrooms are spacious units apiece, was designed by architect Jose L. Gomez and light. of Beilinson Gomez. Gomez took his inspiration from the sophistication of Miami Modern architecture and historic structures he admires. He believes the Iris design bridges the rich mid-modern architectural history of the neighborhood with the addition of contemporary structures that won’t dominate the existing urban character. His scholarly reference for this project was the modern architecture of 1927’s Weissenhofsiedlung Settlement (21 buildings of 60 dwellings) in Stuttgart, Germany, under the direction of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Along with such studied architectural brilliance, Iris offers residents a clean, pedestrian style of life where walking is encouraged, schools are diverse and good, children’s play is safe and secure, pets are treated like family, landscaping is beautiful and protective, and a paved waterfront boardwalk offers the serenity of the sound CONTINUED FROM 188 of flowing water. “Iris on the Bay has its own energy,” says Spear, whose company has Interiors were created by Michael Wolk, who used elegant created more than 3,000 residences and 30 residential communities textiles, color ways and fixtures to interest young buyers. Each since its inception. “The product is unique.” residence is fully furnished with custom furniture packages by TUI Residences range in size from 2,100 to more than 2,500 square Lifestyle, a company that founder Tui Pranich believes has offered feet; the stable $250 monthly maintenance fee doesn’t change, owners a “transitional style that is classic and will last forever.” unlike condo assessment fees that pop up often without warning Low-key living is the objective for people who also like to take and anger many owners. Current prices for the three- and fouradvantage of Florida’s water sports and other outdoor activity bedroom townhouses start at $829,000, making Iris one of the in their own little haven. For diversity, the community is located most competitively priced new waterfront developments in Miami near Bal Harbour and South Beach, yet it does not have the daily Beach. Offering a mid-market price tag that is accessible for young congestion and traffic. “Iris is unique and different and offers professionals, the homes offer many of the amenities of luxury residents a little more privacy,” says Spear. “And we know that waterfront living. For example, there are views that include Indian today’s buyers like owning the land beneath their homes. I am very Creek Waterway and the greens of the 18-hole Normandy Shores excited about this project.”

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LISTED BY By Adam Freeman & Eva Oliver

LUXURY REAL ESTATE SPECIALISTS

THE FINEST IN MODERN LIVING

ECHO AVENTURA 3250 NE 188TH ST., AVENTURA, FL 33181, #402 3 Beds + Den | 4.5 Baths | 2,425 LA SF | 570 SF Terrace Offered at: $1,730,000 Enjoy an outstanding living experience featuring the world’s finest in architectural and artistic design, paired with intracoastal and city views from the brand new, highly acclaimed Echo Aventura. This 2,425 SF. 3 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom residence offers an open layout and expansive floor plan, appointed with modern customized finishes, high-ceilings, advanced lighting, and a smart iHome system. Other features include an open kitchen with stone countertops, Italian cabinetry, Sub-Zero/ Wolf appliances, porcelain and organic wood flooring, large terrace with private outdoor kitchen, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and more. Amenities include a poolside restaurant, complimentary daily breakfast, pet walking services for all residents, state-of-the-art gym and fitness classes, beach access, and endless concierge & in-suite services.

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Realtor® Cell (305) 962-6900 FreemanPropertyGroup.com Adam@FreemanPropertyGroup.com

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COMMERCIAL: FOR LEASE VENTURE CENTER I AND II

16853 AND 16855 NE 2ND AVE., NORTH MIAMI BEACH Under brand new ownership. Established medical and professional tenants with great accessibility to Golden Glades Interchange and close proximity to Jackson North Memorial Hospital. Former medical space available 3,800sq. ft. divisible.

MEDICAL & EXECUTIVE OFFICES

2627 NE 203RD ST., AVENTURA - For lease 1,150 sq. ft. in highly demanded office building. Great visibility. Easily accessible from I-95 and Ives Dairy Blvd.

RESIDENTIAL: FOR SALE WILLIAMS ISLAND

2000 ISLAND BLVD., #2610, AVENTURA: $649,500 - Gorgeous move-in ready 2bdr/2bath condo with breathtaking views located at prestigious Williams Island a premier, 5-star resort with tennis, spa, café, restaurants, marina, and pool.

RESIDENTIAL: FOR SALE BELLA VISTA SOUTH, PORTO VITA

19925 NE 39TH PL., #401, AVENTURA: $1,795,000 Immaculately finished 3bdr 4.5bth condo on the Intracoastal in luxurious Porto Vita facing East and West. 3,336 sq. ft. Immaculate intimate small building, large office lined with birds eye maple, spacious balconies with gorgeous water views, gourmet gas kitchen, and many fine features. World Class Amenities.

RESIDENTIAL: FOR SALE

RESIDENTIAL: FOR SALE NORTH TOWER AT THE POINT

21205 YACHT CLUB DR., #2909, AVENTURA: $899,000 Unit with amazing views of the ocean, intercoastal and over to Gulf Stream. 2bdr/2bath plus office area. 2 balconies, one facing east and the other facing west. Hurricane shutters installed, too many upgrades to list. Fabulous gym and full spa.

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3370 NE 190TH ST., #TS3900, AVENTURA: $7,500,000 A palace in the sky! Unique 2 story tower suite, 24ft 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.

COMMERCIAL: FOR LEASE FREE STANDING BUILDING

175 NW 167TH ST., NORTH MIAMI BEACH - Medical office, retail or service businesses (approved veterinarian use). Right off Golden Glades Interchange/ accessibility from all major highways. Tremendous visibility/ signage available and ample parking on-site. 3,500 sq. ft. Ground floor and 1,000 sq. ft. 2nd floor for office/ storage use.

RESIDENTIAL: SOLD ALTOS DEL MAR

9390 BAY DR., SURFSIDE: $3,550,000 New construction. Corner-waterfront. Pristine, tropical, modern. 4,922 sq. ft. 6bdr 5.5bth. High ceilings. Abundance of large windows create luminous rooms. Full cabana bath, outdoor summer kitchen, sparkling pool, covered patio, seawall and dock. Marble floors, formal dining room, exquisite lighting fixtures, 2 car garage, eat-in kosher kitchen.

RESIDENTIAL: FOR SALE COURTS BRICKELL KEY

801 BRICKELL KEY BLVD., #1811, MIAMI: $814,999 Pristine condition 2bdr/2.5bath 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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THE ULTIMATE SHOE EXPERIENCE

Exclusively sold at A Step Above

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MIAMI YoungArts Foundation celebrated its 35th anniversary at its annual Backyard Ball performance and gala. The elegant event, which welcomed more than 700 guests, raised more than $1.6 million to support the organization’s contributions to the artistic development of young artists from around the nation. A. India Carney. B. Alan and Diane Lieberman. C. Tony and Ximena Cho. D. Rosie Perez. E. Marvin Ross Friedman and Adrienne Bon Haes. F. Faith Arison, Sarah Arison and Giselle Kovac. G. Alex Gartenfeld and guest.

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Visit our contemporary Lighting Showroom Specializing in residential and commercial lighting products. State of the art LED and energy saving lightbulbs.

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Indoor Lighting • Outdoor Lighting • Task Lighting Recessed • Surface • Track • Pendant • Fans • Wall Mount Halogen • Incandescent • Fluorescent • H.I.D. • Ballasts Landscape Lighting • Energy Saving Lighting • LED Derek Hude welcomes you to his, contemporary lighting showroom, specializing in all your lighting and light bulb needs.

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MIAMI Shinola, the Detroit-based company known for its modern watches, bicycles, journals, leather goods and commitment to craft, hosted a Valentine’s Day shopping event at Shinola Wynwood. Each host curated a section of the store with their favorite “Gifts to Give” for the annual day of romance, consisting of a selection of curated goods that included pieces from Shinola’s first ever 12-piece SS16 Women’s Leather Goods collection designed by Co-Leather Design Directors Richard Lambertson and John Truex. Guests enjoyed passed canapes, desserts and signature Shinola Cola and whiskey cocktails. A. Zach Freedman, Callie Chavoustie and Moises Rodriguez. B. Adriana Castro and Gigi Spadei. C. Alberto Carvalho and Rachael Russell. D. Robert Fishman, Jordan Barrocas and Zach Freedman. E. Luis Rigual and Emilia Howard. F. Daniel Krupp and Pascal Kouwenhoven. G. John Lin and Thais Fontenelle.

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in closing

CHEWING THE FAT

OVER THE YEARS, MANY FAMOUS PEOPLE HAVE WEIGHED IN (NO PUN INTENDED) ON FOOD. HERE ARE 10 OF OUR FAVORITE TIDBITS.

“I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick, not wounded: dead.”

“Champagne makes you feel like it’s Sunday and better days are just around the corner.” MARLENE DIETRICH

Woody Allen

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QUEEN LATIFAH

“Health food may be good for the conscience, but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better.” Robert Redford

spaghetti.” SOPHIA LOREN

“Never eat more than you can lift.” MISS PIGGY

“To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living.” Anthony Bourdain

“Soup is just a way of screwing you out of a meal.” JAY LENO

“Health food makes me sick.” Calvin Trillin, writer

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ORAL REPRESENTATIONS CANNOT BE RELIED UPON AS CORRECTLY STATING THE REPRESENTATIONS OF THE DEVELOPER. FOR CORRECT REPRESENTATIONS, REFERENCE SHOULD BE MADE TO THE DOCUMENTS REQUIRED BY SECTION 718.503, FLORIDA STATUTES, TO BE FURNISHED BY A DEVELOPER TO A BUYER OR LESSEE. THIS OFFERING IS MADE ONLY BY THE OFFERING DOCUMENTS FOR THE CONDOMINIUM AND NO STATEMENT SHOULD BE RELIED UPON IF NOT MADE IN THE OFFERING DOCUMENTS. THIS IS NOT AN OFFER TO SELL, OR SOLICITATION OF OFFERS TO BUY, THE CONDOMINIUM UNITS IN STATES WHERE SUCH OFFER OR SOLICITATION CANNOT BE MADE. PRICES, PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

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