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Contents The InTernaTIonal Issue July 2015



92 ForeIgn & DomesTIc Ricardo Mejia

These 10 national treasures have come to America to make their stars shine.

96 mIamI momenTum



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International residents and businesses alike are helping mold the Magic City’s fashion and design scenes.

102 BrIngIng IT sTaTesIDe Meet 6 success stories—all foreign-born—who are living the Miami dream.

118 ToDay mIamI, Tomorrow The worlD Thanks to creative forces from around the globe, the face of the city is ever changing.

132 a DIFFerenT KInD oF Journey Experiencing Guatemala’s ancient Mayan culture is beautiful, educational and not to be missed.

136 worlD marKeT Designers from every culture converge in Miami, today more than ever before.


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42 Editor’s LEttEr 44 Editor’s Picks 59 Aventurist JEwELry Box 59


Cool Florida hotels that make art part of the deal.


A dreamy deal at The Dream Hotel; the bikini turns 69; MIA travelers welcome The Centurion Lounge; and more.

LocaL coLor 64 Aulta Surf.

Function & styLE 66 5 ways to make your boudoir more enticing.

tHE Mix 68

Book Bag Plan your next getaway with these inspirational reads.


Let’s go boho for summer.

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rocks stars Amp up your summer sips with a boatload of beautiful produce.


sidE disH Richard Hales of Sakaya Kitchen, Blackbrick Chinese and Centro Taco.

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dining guidE sociaL studiEs digitaL agE The strange (holi)days of summer.

Snack on a Knoshy Box; get past the velvet ropes with InList; Séura TV solves your al fresco needs; and more.

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On the Cover Chris Hemsworth

The 2015 BMW i8 does a planet good.

tHE Last wordy 82 Fashion blogger Maria Tettamanti’s must-haves for summer. Download our free Digital Edition for iPad.


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international When I moved to Miami in 1988 from Naples, the city represented everything a 25-year-old aspiring editor could want: city life, a diverse mix of people (with many more in my age range than were living in Naples at that time), and endless possibilities. Miami Vice was in its heyday—the first week I was here, I was walking to lunch off Brickell and ran into a barricade where the crew was filming. Out walked Don Johnson in all his pastel splendor, and—after I regained consciousness—I realized I was in the right place. Back then, Spanish was the only second language you would hear commonly spoken in stores, restaurants, on the streets, and of course, in heavily Hispanic areas like Coral Gables and Little Havana. Today, it’s as common as (more common than, arguably) English, and the cultural mix of our population here has diversified tenfold. It’s just as easy to find a business—whether it be a restaurant, a boutique, a salon, a real estate office or home décor showroom, you name it—where Russian, Hebrew, French, Italian, or just about any other language is spoken. In the 90s, Miami was constantly vilified for being all sizzle, no steak, famous solely for South Beach with its ubiquitous models, nightclubs and glamour—artifice, if you will. Today, the city ranks among the best in the world for those seeking the finest

education; the most enviable lifestyle available, whether you’re into condo living or single-family homes; amazing art museums, galleries and festivals; dining that rivals that of any metropolis on any continent, and more. Everybody wants to live in Miami—and every nationality does. This annual International Issue is the first of its kind, a celebration of our continually evolving hometown that is a microcosm of the global economy we’ve all come to know as the new normal. Those of us who are lucky enough to call it home are excited and proud to be a part of it, to be firsthand witnesses to all that’s happening and enhance our lives as part of the new Miami. If you live here, you know what I mean. If you don’t, you will eventually. Enjoy the issue.

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Perchance to Dream Dream Hotels extends LGBT Pride Month into the summer with a fab offer. For LGBT Pride Month in June, Dream Hotels began offering exclusive packages specially geared towards LGBT travelers. But good news: the end of June wasn’t the end of the promotion. Both the Dream Downtown in New York and Dream South Beach right here in town have you and your partner covered with deluxe accommodations and fun complimentary treats, so grab that duffle bag and the sunscreen and get it booked.

The “Same Sex in The CiTy” paCkage inCludeS: ◗ Deluxe accommodations for two ◗ “His & His” or “Hers & Hers” monogrammed beach towels ◗ A complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival ◗ VIP entry and premium bottle service for one evening at Twist (tax and gratuity included)

◗ A custom-curated itinerary of recommended cultural events, activities and experiences ◗ Personal Pride concierge services ◗ 2 American breakfast coupons ◗ Early check-in/late check-out

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From Paris, With Love The bikini celebrates its 69th anniversary July 5th. Since Parisian fashion designer Louis Reard invented the (then) daring two-piece swimsuit during the summer of 1946, it has taken on every shape, size and color, and is now a wardrobe staple of every South Florida female (whether it should be or not). What was at the time a scandalous design—Reard declared in the 50s that a two-piece suit wasn’t a genuine bikini “unless it could be pulled through a wedding ring”—has now become the center of attraction at beaches ‘round the world, none more so than our very own. Tiny pleasures, indeed. 60

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Model Micheline Bernardini wearing Louis Reard’s first bikini in Paris in 1946.

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Flying HigH The Centurion Lounge comes to Miami International Airport.

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Passion PLaY AultA surf is reinventing the wAtch cAtegory, And enjoying every minute of it. By Jennifer Leslie Kramer “Water to work. Work to water.” That’s what the guys behind Aulta Surf want you to know about their brand. Abe Allouche, Marty Pomphrey and Pancho Sullivan have built Aulta Surf based on a lifestyle, one that blends a hard day’s work with an equally exciting passion for play. “We all have demanding lives and business responsibilities,” admits Allouche, “so it’s easy to write off a workout, or a surf, or whatever it is that you do outside of the office to just go home and have a cocktail in front of the television. But with Aulta, we want to wake people up and make them realize that, despite their busy lives, there’s still time to pursue their pastime, to find what drives them and take those moments to do what you love.” For the trio, that passion is surfing. But for others, it could be mountain biking, kayaking or skateboarding. “Everybody has a different way to find balance in their life,” says Sullivan. “We want to showcase the importance of that time,

and how it not only fulfills them but allows them to return to their profession centered and refreshed.” Aulta’s upclose-and-personal marketing campaign featuring documentaries of how the inspirational everyman—the DJ or doctor who works all night and still finds time for an early morning surf—does exactly that, and are all edited, produced and directed in-house, to boot. This personal connection to the brand is evident in every nook and cranny, from the handwritten thank you notes included in each purchase to the fact that Aulta has cut out the middleman. “We sell directly to our consumers and can offer them incredibly competitive prices since we pass on our wholesale savings,” explains Pomphrey. “No other watch company is doing that right now. That, and the fact that our quality can’t be beat. We are really disrupting the category, putting our customers first, and we couldn’t be happier about it.”

We’re excited to be able to pull off such an incredible product for such an incredible price. Every month, we get to design and introduce a new watch and build a campaign around it. — Abe Allouche At first glance, it doesn’t seem like Abe Allouche, Marty Pomphrey and Pancho Sullivan, the co-founders of Aulta Surf, have much in common. Respectively, the entrepreneur, international business executive and champion surfer have lived very different lives, but following many years of friendship and hours spent catching waves all around the world they’ve joined forces to create a business. “The idea came to us on the water, if you can believe it,” says Pomphrey, recalling the moment a few years ago when the three of them were surfing in Hawaii. “We were having a great time, enjoying the waves and our love of the sport, and it led us to our message: there’s no reason to compromise your lifestyle based on your career choice. We built our company around that.” For more information, visit

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In The Game With her longstanding radio career, angie Martinez has becoMe the voice of a generation. Having worked her way up from station intern, when she was fetching coffee for celebs and driving the street team’s van, Angie Martinez is now her own headliner. Now that she’s joined the iHeart Media team, The Angie Martinez Show is broadcast on New York’s Power 105.1 weekdays from 2 pm–6 pm and on Miami’s The Beat 103.5 from 10 am–2 pm. A life spent on air has led the Latina powerhouse to interviews with topnotch talent, ranging from Lady Gaga and President Obama to Naomi Campbell. As if all that didn’t keep her busy enough, she also runs a healthy living/food site, Healthy Latin Eating, where she provides fresh, low-cal spins on traditional Latin dishes. Read on to see what makes Martinez tick. 70

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Dish about your recipe site. Why go that route? “i’m a foodie who loves Latin food, but i am also conscious about my weight and health. For a long time i would alter my own family recipes to make them a little healthier by using brown rice or quinoa instead of white rice and baking instead of frying. eventually i realized that a lot of my friends were doing the same, so i began collecting recipes.”

What’s the best part about working in radio? “i love the immediate access to my listeners. there is something about being live everyday that keeps you on your toes. i also love the comfort that most artists feel doing radio interviews…radio is still where the best interviews happen.”

What do you love about the Miami market? “Miami is definitely my second home. When I was 16, I moved to Margate and attended Coconut Creek High School. there is so much culture in Miami and some of my closest friends live there, so i’m back and forth all the time.”

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A TISKET, A TASKET… a tasty snacking basket. how bad can that be? in these days of rampant subscription services, there’s a delivery box to suit everyone, be it makeup, fishing paraphernalia, jewelry, even toys for your dog. And now, thanks to Knoshy Box, foodies across the country can receive American artisanal snacks delivered to their door monthly. But this one’s worth checking out for a few reasons: not only is Knoshy Box owned by the husband-and-wife team of Seraphim and Anne Danckaert and focused on giving smallbatch American producers a platform to showcase their products, but the company is also all about giving back. For every box sold, Knoshy donates one meal to a hungry child. the contents run the gamut from sweet to savory snacks to desserts, all with one thing in common: no prep necessary. the Danckaerts actually put some thought into the combinations they come up with and a few items in each box will often taste great together—think a small batch goat cheese, fig chutney the Danckaerts have got the and crackers. Yahoo! has already artisinal snack box on lockdown. named this one its “top pick” in food subscriptions. We couldn’t agree more. visit to get started. 72

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The “In” Crowd With inlist, you’ll never be left out again. Leave it to Michael Capponi to create an app that clues you in to the hottest parties, not only in your local neighborhood but around the world, too, in cities like new York, Las vegas, Paris, St. tropez, ibiza, Dubai and Sydney. And if his name doesn’t ring a bell, well, you most definitely need this app. A pioneer of the South Beach club scene since his early teens, Capponi has teamed up with tech guru gideon Kimball to create an app that functions as a best-in-class travel guide, ticket broker and 24-7 concierge at your fingertips—literally—that allows you to book tables at nightclubs and buy tickets to exclusive events at more than 200 venues in 22 cities, hand-selected by a network of influencers, promoters and nightlife impresarios around the globe. After its first year on the market, the app already boasts more than 50,000 members and is growing, especially amongst A-list celebs like Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx. And yes, there’s even a virtual velvet rope—the app is members-only. Did you expect anything less? For more information, visit

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Blue and black graphic elements used throughout the interior and exterior of the i8 make it stand out on the road.

Earth’s Favorite ports S Car the 2015 BMW i8 does A plAnet good. By Steve Siler


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For most of our lives, the majority of automobiles that were beautiful and fast came at a cost. We’re not talking about a monetary cost, but rather a cost to our environment in the form of low fuel efficiency and high emissions. Why lead off this issue’s luxury auto review with such sobering facts? Because, happily, those costs do not apply in the case of the spectacular BMW i8. The i8 is radical in every sense of the word, an expression of luxury performance that is fresh, lightweight and, of course, quite swift. One look and it’s immediately clear that the i8 is no pipe-and-slippers bruiser-coupe, à la Bentley. Nor is it a hedonistic rich-boy-racer, à la Ferrari or Lamborghini. Rendered mostly in carbon fiber and aluminum, it looks and drives like nothing else on the road. If we could describe it in one word, we’d call it “eco-chic.”

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Make no mistake, though, there’s plenty of exotic style covering nearly every square inch of the i8’s low-slung body, from its brooding, forwardleaning nose with active aero shutters back to the sloping, flying rear window pillars that form aero pathways through which you can slide your hand. Black and blue graphic elements make the i8 appear like nothing else on the road.


Swan-wing doors make every arrival memorable; futuristic, but gimmick-free, the i8’s interior is simple and straightforward; the body of the i8 includes slick-looking aero shutters and pathways.


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Another i8 signature is its swan-wing door design, which turns every arrival into a spectacle. This means that getting in and out takes a bit of practice— especially if you’re a female who is fond of short skirts—but once mastered, ingress/egress can be truly glamorous. Once installed, you’ll find yourself inside the most contemporary environment in all of automobiledom. Futuristic without appearing contrived, the i8’s swoopy interior is delightfully sensible, utterly devoid of gimmicks. Indeed, if you’ve spent any time in any recent BMW, you’ll know how to work pretty much everything inside. The only drawback? The rear seats are vestigial at best, fine for purses or tiny dogs, less so for humans over the age of 12. And cargo space is rather, um, limited, as there’s a tiny threecylinder engine tucked between the rear seats and the rear wheels, leaving little room for

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BELOW: The i8 combines a minuscule, eco-friendly 3-cylinder engine tucked between the rear seats and rear wheels with electric power to take care of everyday driving.


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fuel efficiency rivals that of compact cars, at 28 mpg in the city, 29 on the highway. There’s much more to say about the BMW i8. We’re all a bit old to be asking for our mother’s approval before purchasing something, but if you were to run your idea for a new sports car by Mother Earth, she’d go for this.

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LA DOLCE VITA: Now here’s a sweet fashion collaboration: Pucci is sharing its spellbinding prints with macaron maven Ladurée. Swathed in Pucci’s famed Capri print in either a coral or turquoise hue, each box boasts eight limited-edition Pucci macarons (think ambrosial lemon and rose flavors). Talk about a toothsome twosome! Available at Ladurée, 1118 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach.


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THE BEE’S KNEES: With a celebrity following that includes Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Justin Bieber, Dwyane Wade and Mariah Carey, jewelry house Jason of Beverly Hills unquestionably has the A-list’s stamp of approval. And this yellowgold honeycomb cuff is unabashedly a buzz thrill. Available at Jason of Beverly Hills, 140 NE 39th St., Miami Design District.


HEART PUMP(ING): Valentino’s latest pump—the L’amour—will most certainly set hearts aflutter. The insoles read, “your eyes are the eyes of a woman in love.” Indeed. Available at Valentino, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour.

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Foreign Domestic These 10 national treasures didn’t start out as ours, but all have come to America from their native countries to make their stars shine— and we’re so glad they did.

Chris Hemsworth Australia

Crocodile who? There’s only one face of Australia in Hollywood today—that we care to gaze at endlessly, anyway—and that’s Chris Hemsworth. The man commonly referred to as Thor, the role he plays again and again in the Marvel Avengers films franchise (thankfully!), has it all: good looks, a squeaky clean rep, a gorgeous actress wife in Elsa Pataky (Fast & Furious), and oh yes, he can actually act. Named Sexiest Man Alive in 2014 by People magazine, Hemsworth’s got plenty on his acting plate in the next year, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, In the Heart of the Sea (to be released in December), Vacation, and in 2016, The Huntsman.


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Freida Pinto India

It seems like ages ago that we first laid eyes on the beautiful Indian actress, and it has been seven years since she made her screen debut in the sensation Slumdog Millionaire, but since then Freida Pinto has grown from a beautiful girl into a lovely and elegant woman who, while not yet headlining any major box office smash hits, has continued to star in a number of British and American productions (like 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes with James Franco) while staying active in charitable endeavors such as the Agassi Foundation, which provides education for deprived children.

Taylor Kitsch Canada

The sweetest thing to come out of Canada since maple syrup, former model Taylor Kitsch first entered our collective consciousness in 2006 on the popular show Friday Night Lights. Since then, he’s made his way into films, including the Disney film John Carter and HBO’s acclaimed The Normal Heart with Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts. Next up: a co-starring role alongside Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughan and Rachel McAdams in season 2 of the HBO hit True Detective. If you aren’t familiar with him yet, put it on your calendar—and prepare to fixate.

Diane Kruger Germany

The former model for Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani and Louis Vuitton, among others, remains classically beautiful at 39 and brings a big presence to the screen with her subtle sophistication (two of the most memorable performances we can think of: her turn six years ago as the German actress turned spy in Inglourious Basterds and then as a Bosnian illegal immigrant alongside Liam Neeson in the 2011 film Unknown). Kruger is also a brand ambassador for watchmakers Jaeger-LeCoultre and a L’Oreal spokesperson. JULy 2015


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Sofia Vergara

This Oscar-winning (he’s also won a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, BAFTA, et al) Spaniard has proven that he can do just about anything—make great films, play drama or comedy, and catch the beautiful girl: five years ago, he married Penelope Cruz. But he’s interesting for a lot of reasons, which we keep finding out over time; to wit: he loves heavy metal music, he doesn’t know how to drive, and he’s an activist who has spoken out on gay marriage legalization in Spain, among other things. And after 25 years in front of the camera, he still calls himself a “worker” rather than an “actor.”

If we have to ‘splain about Sofia Vergara to Miamians by now, well, there’s just no point. The ridiculously flawless actress was a longtime part of the community here before hitting it big and making Hollywood her permanent home, but many of us still have very fond memories of her right here in our midst. There is nothing not to love about this girl: her hair, her bod, her accent, her throaty voice when she mispronounces words, and her fiancé, Joe Mangianello. Even not counting her gig as Gloria on Modern Family and the continuous movie roles coming her way, this is truly a woman who has it all.



Kit Harington


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That unruly black mane, those heart-shaped lips, the smoldering gaze and that accent are all icing on the cake for this accidental heartthrob from Game of Thrones fame, who at 28, has the world at his fingertips thanks to the wild success of the HBO series and the magnetic character of his alter ego, Jon Snow. Born in London a descendant of Charles II of England, Harington is now venturing into movies, including the upcoming The Death and Life of John F. Donovan with Jessica Chastain, and also took a turn at comedy in the HBO short 7 Days in Hell, a parody about a weeklong tennis match. And yet he remains humble, saying, “I don’t do Twitter because I don’t want to talk about myself more than I already have to.”

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Charlize Theron South Africa

From the days when she was a 19-year-old model living in Miami, Charlize Theron knew she would be a star one day. And here she is: the Academy Award winner (for her portrayal of real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos in 2003’s Monster), who became a US citizen in 2007, has not only acted but also produced, been named a UN Messenger of the Peace, and founded the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project to help support African youth in the fight against HIV/AIDS. All that, and she’s mom to adopted son Jackson. Bravo!

Mads Mikkelsen Denmark

The man in the 2006 James Bond vehicle Casino Royale with the eerie bleeding eyeball, who today plays the cannibalistic Hannibal Lecter in the TV series Hannibal, was originally a gymnast and dancer before launching his illustrious acting career nearly 20 years ago. Today, the man Rolling Stone has referred to as a “steely-eyed genius” is a master at creeping out audiences with his scary sneer, as he sits with implements poised over a plate of, er, liver or ribs across from an unsuspecting guest. As he has said, “Once you do one bad guy, usually all you get offered is bad guys.” And the bad guy is a role he has definitely come to master.

Marion Cotillard France

If ever a woman epitomized ethereal French beauty, it is Marion Cotillard—but there’s much more to her than that. Though she seems to fly under the radar, her list of accomplishments is stunning; she’s got a remarkable body of film work in both English and French, and has won multiple awards including the Oscar and the Golden Globe. She writes music; sings and plays guitar, keyboard and tambourine; and she’s a dedicated activist who is passionate about environmental causes—among them Greenpeace and UNICEF. Quelle fille!

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Creek home designed by Rene Gonzalez set a record for the most expensive residential sale ever in MiamiDade County when it sold for $47 million in 2012; Beth Sobol, founder of Miami Fashion Week, helped bring Miami to the forefront of the fashion world with Miami Fashion Week; Rene Gonzalez is currently working on Glass, a super-luxe residential project in South Beach (left).


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MoMentuM International residents and businesses alike are helping mold the Magic City’s fashion and design scenes. By JennIfer LesLIe KrAMer

Whether you’re one of the feW and far betWeen Miami natives or have recently relocated to our sunny shores, it’s impossible to miss the energy pulsing beneath the city streets and carrying it forward at warp speed ahead. from the influence of art basel and the myriad shoulder festivals that have sprung up around it to the booming businesses found along the downtown corridor and its environs, most noticeably in the art, design, fashion and architecture worlds, Miami is growing by leaps and bounds, and much of it is thanks to the international influx of residents—both old and new— that call the Magic City home. Specifically, the fashion and design scenes are two fields that have experienced a large majority of this global growth. Interior designers, furniture designers, fashion designers and architects have figured out that Miami is the place to be, and not only did many of them begin their business endeavors here, but it also happens to be where they’ve built their lives. their commitment to the city and innate understanding of what makes it tick help them better pursue a varied local clientele, and perhaps more importantly, make Miami one of the most respected global business centers in the world.

MIAMI: FASHION RUNWAY TO THE WORLD Long before there was Miami fashion Week and Swim Week, there were Miami Vice. Say what you will about the don Johnson vehicle that made every girl aged 20 to 40 across the country swoon, but it directed all eyes to Miami, not to mention the pastel suits worn by Crockett and tubbs. the 1984 premiere of the show coincided with the time that the Miami fashion scene was entering the national consciousness. according to beth Sobol, founder of Miami fashion Week and beth Sobol enterprises, “the 1980s is when Miami’s fashion industry began to surface and become part of the international scene through the many photographers and production crews that came here for catalog and fashion shoots, commercials, etc., but it wasn’t until the 1990s that the actual designers began coming to Miami as well.” JULy 2015


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the stage at one of his shows; Julian Chang is known for his exquisite tailoring; Charlene Parsons has been leading the fashion department at Miami International University of Art & Design for more than 40 years; students learn all aspects of the craft in hands-on classes at the University; designs by Victoria Lopez Castro are flirty, feminine and decidely modern; Gustavo Cadile’s collection has been featured in Women’s Wear Daily.


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In fact, many of the designers here are actually homegrown talent, and after emigrating from countries like Peru, Cuba and other various South, Central and Latin American countries, attended Miami International University of Art & Design, now part of The Art Institutes, to earn degrees in Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising and Accessory Design. Charlene Parsons, the university’s fashion director for more than 40 years, reports there are currently about 640 students studying fashion under 11 full-time and 23 part-time instructors, many of whom are directly involved in the industry. Parsons, like Sobol, has witnessed Miami’s role in the fashion world change over time. “I remember back when there was a booming children’s wear industry here. Once that ended, it was quiet for a while, and now swimwear is huge,” she says. “Originally, the scene wasn’t as international as it is now, but we’ve always had a very diverse student body, mostly from South America and the islands, but we’ve also got some European and Middle Eastern students, many from Saudi Arabia.” Alums of the program read like a who’s who of the Miami fashion world—and beyond—and include names like Julian Chang, Rene Ruiz, Adriana Castro, Danny Santiago, Gustavo Cadile and Victoria Lopez Castro. Ruiz, a Cuban-born designer who arrived in Miami in the late 70s, has enjoyed witnessing the city come of age. “At that time, there was a lot of manufacturing here—thousands of factories in Hialeah that did all sorts of beading and fabrication by hand—but they’ve all closed and been driven out of business,” he says. “Now, things are more global and outsourced, which is why I’m proud to say that about two years ago we opened our own factory in Hialeah. Not only are there women there that have been working with me for 17 years, but there is a lot of new, young talent interested in learning the trade.” After graduating from Miami International University and interning in Europe, Ruiz returned home to open his business in a place that “always seemed to fit just right.” Acknowledging that the city has been very generous to him, he is preparing to relocate his flagship store to Merrick Park and has his eyes on another spot in Boca Raton. “Ten years ago, I was just another Latin designer from Miami, but now, as the city really comes into its own, people stop and take note,” he says. “It’s someplace that everyone wants to be and attracts talent from all over the world. I’m proud to say I became who I am in this city. It’s absolutely formed me and my point of view.” Julian Chang, a Peruvian import who grew up accompanying his mother to her tailoring appointments—“Everything was custom then and fit her exquisitely,” he recollects—also opened up shop in Miami and echoes Ruiz’s statement. “When I first began showing my collection, people didn’t expect much,” he says. “They thought of Miami for its tourism and beaches. But now it’s done a complete 180, I think in large part due to Art Basel, which has really put us on the international art and design scene. Now there’s excitement when they hear I’m from Miami. They have high expectations. The word is out that we have a great fashion scene and everyone wants a piece.”

HOME AND DESIGN: GLOBAL TRENDS Beyond fashion, the international architecture and design scenes are also booming. A global touch has been present in the Magic City for sometime now, with showrooms from across the country opening their doors years ago in Coral Gables and most recently in the Design District. Think of a country and it’s sure to be represented with Brazilian, Spanish, Italian, French, Scandinavian, German and Russian—just a sampling—companies popping up left and right. JULy 2015


Left: Roche Bobois recently opened a showroom in

Aventura, the company’s third in Florida; the others are in Coral Gables and Palm Beach.. BeLow: Paulo Bacchi has found success stateside with his Brazilian home décor and design company, Artefacto.

“PeoPle in MiaMi don’t just accePt diversity, they deMand it. they want to see international talent in design and art because it’s Part of the city’s identity as a cultural Melting Pot.” — Paulo Bacchi, CEO of Artefacto

One of the most well-known international success stories is that of Paulo Bacchi, CEO of Artefacto, the Brazilian home and design company with three stores in South Florida and another dozen in Brazil. “In 2002, I moved to the US and brought Artefacto to Coral Gables, which was the first location outside of Brazil,” says Bacchi. “Because of its synergy with Latin America, we felt the market would embrace our vision and approach.” This synergy Bacchi speaks of, along with the flood of international residents, has directly influenced the tastes of the city. What was once a wash of pastel pastorals of seaside retreats and tropical foliage framed in painted rattan and bamboo has been replaced with sleek glass, modern shapes and fabrics, and a less-is-more vibe. Rene Gonzalez, a Cuban architect known for capturing the essence of a place in his designs, which include one of SoFi’s latest luxe residential buildings, Glass, along with the Miami Beach boutique Alchemist (which just happens to be set in the fifth floor of the award-winning concrete parking garage at 1111 Lincoln Rd., designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Swiss firm Herzog and DeMeuron who are also responsible for PAMM...spotting the trend here?), has noticed his clients have become more worldly. “They’re truly international—from every corner of the globe—and as a result, they’ve been exposed to sophisticated architecture and are requesting it. The truth is, Miami has always been an important residential market and developers have been looking for a means of differentiation. In order to do that, they reach out to architects from all over the world who in turn are interested in pursuing something here because of all the recent arts, culture and business developments. Now, our city is getting architecture with a capital ‘A.’” Beyond a growing awareness and appreciation for the art of the structures themselves, the flood of big-name, world-class buildings by architects like Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaus and 100

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Piero Lissoni are directly impacting other local businesses. Raul Gutierrez and Alex Xakoustis of Italkraft, the ultra-luxe custom kitchen, bath and closet designers, work with a number of international clients on a regular basis. “Because all of our products come from Italy, our company has been able to capitalize on the fact that this group has a more modern, European taste,” says Gutierrez. “We know history repeats itself and what we’re witnessing now with the Venezuelans, Brazilians and Colombians is very similar to what Miami experienced in the 60s when large groups of wealthy Cubans began arriving. We’re definitely in the right place at the right time.” Bacchi, too, knows this firsthand, and it’s one of the reasons his company made its North American debut in Coral Gables. “People in Miami don’t just accept diversity, they demand it,” he asserts. “They want to see international talent in design and art because it’s part of the city’s identity as a cultural melting pot and a gateway to the world, especially Latin America. The fact that Maison & Objet Americas debuted in Miami speaks to that reputation. Plus, it introduces a higher degree of competition that forces creative professionals like designers and architects to be more innovative and in touch with the demands of a diverse market.” Nowhere is this more evident than in the design field. Miami boasts showrooms from all over the globe, including the wellknown French company Roche Bobois, which was one of the first European companies to arrive in South Florida in the early 80s. Julien Bigan, US communications director, has seen the city become a “diverse, cosmopolitan environment with many international residents who are investing in the real estate market. There’s so much happening here—the arts and culture, real estate and design, museums and restaurants—we call it ‘l’art de vivre,’ and it’s one of the missions our company. Miami is the city that is living and breathing it and showing it to the world.”

Bringing It

Stateside When these entrepreneurs were ready to put into motion the business idea they were sure wouldn’t miss, they picked Florida as the place to do it. Meet six success stories—from France, Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Russia and India—who are living their dream here in the Magic City. By Sherri Balefsky

Laure Heriard Dubreuil The Webster


Maintaining Miami’s No. 1 shopping destination for almost a decade is no easy feat. But Laure Heriard Dubreuil, co-founder and CEO of The Webster, has managed to do just that, creating a culturally significant fashion phenomenon and luring in fashion mavens from all parts of the world. Dubreuil grew up between the French capital and Cognac before attending school at FIT in New York City. She began her fashion career at Balenciaga, working in merchandising, eventually becoming the top merchandiser for YSL’s women’s ready-to-wear collection in Paris. A permanent move to the United States was not necessarily in the cards. “I was in Miami on holiday and decided to stay for Art Basel—with nothing to wear,” Dubreuil recalls. “At the time, Miami was not the fashion mecca it is today. I saw an opportunity with a hole in the market. Not to mention, I fell in love with the weather, the palm trees and the Art Deco District.”


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It’s no surprise, then, that the location chosen for The Webster was an Art Deco landmark in the heart of South Beach. Dubreuil partnered with Frederic Dechnik (with whom she worked at YSL) and Milan Vukmirovic (co-founder of French boutique Colette), and in 2009, the three-level, 20,000-square-foot space had its grand opening. Dubreuil’s impeccable eye is what separates The Webster from its peers. Along with a sophisticated selection of international brands, the boutique also collaborates on exclusive, can’t-find-anywhere-else collections with the likes of Berluti, Calvin Klein, Proenza Schouler and Pierre Hardy. In 2014, The Webster expanded, opening a second Miami location at the Bal Harbour Shops, eventually joining two storefronts—one for men and the other for women. This fall, they will open a location in Houston. “Just like Cognac, which is where my family’s business and legacy is from,” Dubreuil says, “The Webster gets better with age.”

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Karina Grimaldi

Karina Grimaldi Collection


When Buenos Aires-born Karina Grimaldi came to the United States in 2000, she had no intention of relocating. Her parents had an apartment in Miami where she planned on staying for a few months. “I had some free time, so I started designing some pieces with a friend,” Grimaldi says. They would visit flea markets and buy vintage Levi’s jeans, cut out the waist and pockets, and turn them into skirts. And they had some initial success, selling a few pieces to a shop in Coconut Grove. “They kept calling, saying that they wanted more,” she recalls. “We couldn’t believe it. Then I thought, ‘Maybe I should start a collection.’” Grimaldi established her eponymous clothing line in 2003, first selling to stores in Miami; little by little, she expanded to boutiques throughout the US. Today, Karina Grimaldi designs can be found all over the world, although, she maintains, “We are pretty picky about what stores we’re sold in...I want to have an exclusive line that you can’t find just anywhere.” In 2006, Grimaldi married Wolfgang Hoerrmann, who is also her business partner. “I think that has been a big part in the company’s success,” she says. “We are a great team. And in 2008, my biggest creation was born, my son. Now I am complete.”

Alberto Perlman

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In 2001, Perlman’s mother was a regular in Perez’s class. “She had this idea that I could start a gym with him, so I went to see his class,” Perlman says. “I was amazed by the people lining up to take it, and even more amazed when I saw them clapping, cheering and screaming for more. I knew that somehow this program needed to be expanded, that it could change the fitness world forever.”  He was right. Today, Zumba is taught all over the world to millions of enthusiasts. The reason is simple, Perlman says: “Zumba delivers effective fitness that is actually fun.” Although Perlman says that he had never intended to work in the fitness industry, he says, “I saw a lot of suffering in Colombia when I was growing up, so I always wanted to impact my community in a positive way. I am proud every single day when I go to work because I know I am working hard for the Zumba instructors who go out and change people’s lives.”


Growing up in Bogotá, Colombia, Zumba co-founder and CEO Alberto Perlman did not have a typical childhood. “We couldn’t go outside in the street and play,” he recalls. “We were always afraid of a bomb exploding in our school. It wasn’t rare to see a shooting at a restaurant. It was very scary.” Fortunately, Perlman was able to attend Babson College in Boston, for which he credits his hard-working parents. He worked in New York for a year, and in 1999 he made South Florida his permanent home. That same year, another young Colombian found his way to South Florida: celebrity fitness trainer Beto Perez. Perez was working as an aerobics instructor when one day, he had forgotten his normal workout music, so his only option was to use the music he had in his backpack (an array of salsa, merengue and hip-hop tapes that he’d recorded from the radio). “He rose to the challenge of improvising an entire class using nontraditional aerobics music, and from this, the Zumba fitness party was born,” Perlman explains.

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Luis Garcia & Family Garcia Brothers Seafood


Jose Chambrot


When Estevan Garcia came to Miami from Cuba in 1964, he literally had nothing but the shirt on his back. He was working at his family’s wholesale fishing business when the political situation on the island took a dramatic turn. “The revolution came and started making all these private businesses part of the government,” says Luis Garcia, Estevan’s son, who now runs the family business along with his brother, Estevan Jr. “My father was like, ‘Whaaa? I’m not down with that!’ So he made the decision to head for the United States.” Upon arrival in Miami, he accepted a job working for National Fisheries. A year later, he brought over Luis’ mother. “He told her, ‘We’ll wait for this whole revolution thing to die down, and then we’ll go back,’” Luis recalls. “When he picked her up, my uncle, Lorenzo, was waiting with her. He said, ‘I’m coming, too. I’m not staying here.’” In 1966, they established Garcia Brothers Seafood, initially as a fish market, processing plant and wholesaler; 10 years later, they opened La Camaronera seafood restaurant on Flagler Street, which is still there to this day. Estevan branched off to open Garcia’s Seafood Grille and Fish Market on the Miami River in 1992; today, it’s one of the most successful seafood operations in all of Miami. Not only do they own and operate their restaurant on the river, but the brothers employ their own fishermen and fishing boats and have nearly 2,000 lobster and stone crab traps in waters nearby. They sell their product to a few purveyors who distribute to businesses all over South Florida. And Luis credits his parents for everything they instilled in him. “My mom and dad had an infectious way about them with respect to their work ethic,” he says. “My mom still comes to work every day—she doesn’t take anything for granted.”

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Kaizad Hansotia

Gurkha Cigars India (by way of London and Hong Kong) Fashion has Chanel and Gucci. The auto industry has Rolls-Royce and Bentley. Watches have Audemars Piguet and Ulysse Nardin. But when the conversation turns to cigars, there’s only one name that makes the cut: Gurkha. Kaizad Hansotia, founder and CEO of Gurkha Cigars, was born in Bombay but raised in both Hong Kong and London before his family came to the US, eventually settling in Miami. Years later, Hansotia happened upon a Portuguese cigar roller who was selling his product under the name Gurkha. “I learned that the cigars were named after Nepalese warriors whose bravery inspired British troops,” he says. “The intrigue surrounding the cigars proved too tempting to pass up, so I purchased his entire stock for a nominal investment of $149.” The cigars were initially sold at his friend’s duty-free shop, and the demand was high. Today, Gurkha Cigar Group produces only the highest quality blends that contribute to 48 distinct brands, and is recognized as one of the world’s preeminent cigar makers. “His Majesty’s Reserve” is a rare blend that’s famous not only for it taste, but also as the world’s most expensive cigar ($25,000 a box, to be exact). And though all are high-end, not all the brands are as costly. “It is paramount that we make cigars for everyone without sacrificing quality,” Hansotia says. “I want to know that there is a diverse flavor profile, body and size available for everyone.”

Tamara and Julia Medvedeva Owners, Sartorial


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Four years ago, before the Miami Design District became the go-to destination for discerning shoppers worldwide, sisters Tamara and Julia Medvedeva had a hunch that the area was about to explode with activity. And so, after years of planning, this past October, the upscale menswear boutique Sartorial officially opened its doors. No strangers to the fashion industry, the Medvedevas grew up in a small city in southern Russia on the border of Ukraine, where their parents owned and operated a series of boutiques throughout Europe. Today, they own Sartorial together, offering a carefully curated selection of men’s clothing and accessories from more than 25 luxury brands all made in Italy. “Of course, we carry some well-known brands [think: Sergio Rossi and Moschino], but that wasn’t the idea,” Tamara says. “To us, quality and superior customer service are the most important factors.” And while Sartorial is stocked with top-of-the-line suits, fine cashmeres, rare leathers and limited-edition denim, the shop is also a must-visit for menswear connoisseurs who value its made-to-measure area for customized, bespoke pieces. Although the store is relatively new to the Miami fashion scene, Tamara says they’ve received excellent feedback from both vendors and customers. “But this is our first summer here,” she says, “and we’ve heard that’s the hardest season—ask us in the fall how we’re doing.” If the last six months are any indication of their success, it seems they’ll do just fine.

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Developers seeking AMbition AnD creAtivity for their new MiAMi projects have been on a worldwide search—literally. As new development is actively under way in town and on the beaches, neighborhoods are changing and redefining Miami in ways unknown before this boom, and it’s in no small part because of the work of a host of exceptional international architects and designers. Buildings that swerve, curve and soar are the subject of seminars, university panels and international fairs. Pritzker Prize-winning architects with an oeuvre of fantastic projects around the globe are turning their attention to Miami because they’re inspired by what they envision for the future of the city. As they merge their ideas with the vernacular of the tropics, Miami, like many European spa towns, is set to become a platform for healthy living, with the finest dining, arts venues and other forms of culture all within reach. The fabric of the city, comprised of green spaces and surrounding land and seascapes makes for a winning combination that is unmatched anywhere in the United States. Here are some of the architects, designers and developers who are taking a hand in changing the face and complexity of Miami.


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ne Thousand Museum Condos is Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid’s first residential skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. (She also designed the Collins Park Garage in Miami Beach.) Nicknamed Queen of the Curve because of her sensuous, soaring edifices, Hadid’s work pushes the envelope on innovation with one-of-a-kind commissions in the world’s most exciting cities. Born in Baghdad, Iraq, she studied math before architecture, and in 1993 completed her first building, Vitra Fire Station in Weil am Rhein, Germany. Her professional interest is centered around the intersection of architecture, landscape and geology. Her practice integrates natural topography and human-made systems leading to experimentation with cutting-edge technologies. This process often results in dynamic and

unusual architectural forms like the National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome, the BMW Building in Leipzig, Germany, and the Guangzhou Opera House in China. Miami’s One Thousand Museum Condos will be still another powerhouse and will comprise 62 stories of half- and full-floor residences, duplex townhomes and a single duplex penthouse. Hadid was interested in designing One Thousand Museum because the area around the project is becoming a vibrant urban waterfront community adjacent to the up-and-coming Arts & Entertainment district. “As our first tower in the Western Hemisphere, this project is unique to Miami,” says Hadid, who has held the Kenzo Tange chair at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. “The design has been informed by its context and further develops the

increasingly rich and varied urban fabric of the city. It addresses those requirements that buyers are now demanding.” Like everyone else on the planet, Hadid knows Miami’s got great beaches, idyllic (if blazing) weather and an unrivaled social scene, but she also knows the city has matured into a community that offers far more—and she’s proud to be part of its next renaissance. “Miami has become an established business, cultural and educational hub with links around the world,” she says. “It’s an exciting time to investigate possibilities for the city and its skyline. I am happy to be creating a unique design for a place that looks into the future.”

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Rafael Vinoly

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ruguay-born architect rafael vinoly is a founding partner of estudio de Arquitectura, now one of the largest design houses in Latin America, with offices  in London and Manchester, england, new York City and Abu Dhabi, united Arab emirates. His practice’s key trademark is the ability to reinvent institutional typologies and integrate the public realm into civic buildings. vinoly has a predilection for projects involving the restoration and expansion of historically significant  buildings with architectural value, but make no mistake—he also likes to emphasize fine design.  And with each site, he exploits the potential for neighborhood development and continues to monitor the evolution of these areas. For One river Point, a pair of 60-story residential towers on 1.79 acres located near the Brickell Financial District and Brickell City Centre, the finished product will resemble an  exceptionally designed resort. Four hundred residences will have private elevator access and landings with individually tailored penthouses and 12-foot-deep glass enclosed terraces with views of the Miami river. the project will also be very high-tech, with


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1 Hotel HOtel & Homes HOMes | soutH sOutH BeacH a cutting-edge security program, while public areas will have a rotating curated art program to further enhance its value and cultural contribution to the neighborhood. “Miami is an exquisite city that continues to grow in international appeal,” says Vinoly. “Luxury is not defined by  a single element, but rather a combination of elements that have been orchestrated to work together seamlessly. Our primary focus is to create environments that combine architecture, design and functionality to bring an unparalleled living experience to the market.” vinoly knows Miami is a favorite of Latin American buyers, but believes the rest of the world has also targeted this city for its beauty, beaches and waterways. He says global buyers are looking to buy second and third homes in Miami where they search for the best in terms of architecture and design, amenities, security, finishes and a central location to paradise. “Miami is still affordable compared to other global capitals,” says vinoly. “Where else can you buy a world-class condo for less than in São Paulo or rio; a third of what you have to spend in New York; and a fifth of London, Paris,  Moscow, Shanghai or tokyo?” good point.


ven though architecture is considered a young art in Brazil, it still attracts a great deal of attention around the world. And there is a lot of Brazilian influence in Miami. Based in São Paulo, Brazil, architect and interior designer Debora Aguiar of Arquitetos (DAA) created the 154 residences of South Beach’s 1 Hotel & Homes. the project, by Starwood Capital group and LeFrak, is also a hotel, with 426 rooms right on the beach. What is most exciting to Aguiar was creating a residential design to match the brand’s identity. She focused on “reclaimed and sustainable materials” as much as possible, combined with luxury amenities, finishes and  décor options that represent high design with low environmental impact while creating an enchanting and delightful environment for homeowners. “i was proud to be the chosen firm to create a new vision for a major renovation of an iconic building in South Beach,” she says of the project, located between 23rd and 24th streets along Collins Ave. By using an abundance of natural light and bringing it indoors, Aguiar’s colors and textures offer a fresh aesthetic to its interior spaces.


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Reclaimed materials and natural elements adorn much of the property. Residents enjoy a private porte cochère and lobby as well as access to an array of hotel amenities, including an 18,000-square-foot, full-service health club and spa and advanced technology that integrates the hotel’s natural experiences and services into the home. Aguiar is constantly innovating by finding ways to mix rustic products with technology. Whether designing accessories for coffee tables or home offices, large custom pieces or entire buildings, she always connects with the outdoors. She is closely aligned to social and humanitarian issues, too, mining for opportunities to source from small suppliers to create exclusive products, which in turn assist with community development where these companies are based. “I am a strong believer in bringing the family together within the home and make conscious decisions to create an environment that integrates and intertwines the lives of the parents and children,” she says.


he team responsible for the look of the Ferrari, Maserati and Rolls-Royce has turned its attention to home design. Working with award-winning Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott, Pininfarina, the Italian design house known for its midcentury and modern auto designs, has helped create Beachwalk, the Related Group’s new 30-story building. “We are glad to be working on Beachwalk in this exciting city of the future,” says Paolo Pininfarina, who has been in top management with the company for two decades and responsible for the design of more than 400 projects around the world, including Millecentro in Miami. “Our


brand is well known in the Latin and international communities, and we are partnered with The Related Group, a leader in the development industry.” Working with Ott, who won his first prize in 1983 for the creation of the Opera de la Bastille in Paris and who has offices in Toronto, Quebec, Shanghai, Dubai and Montevideo, the talented team was able to raise the level of condo living with Beachwalk. (This collaboration also included work from CFE Architects in Miami.) With its well-designed contemporary outdoor spaces and look of a chic Italian resort, Beachwalk has everything needed for a healthy indoor-outdoor lifestyle and plenty of vacation fun. This design team has created a private retreat with million-dollar ocean views and all of the amenities of resort living. Ott, who previously designed Echo Aventura, Echo Brickell (with the swimming pool passing through the building) and Muse, a celerythin rental innovation in Sunny Isles, has added his Midas touch to Beachwalk, which offers 84 condos and 216 resort-ready units. As he and his design partners have stated, “Beachwalk is an Italian design spoken with the Miami verve.”

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he massive Faena District in Miami Beach—which will comprise entire blocks on both sides of Collins Avenue from 32nd to 36th streets between the Atlantic Ocean and indian Creek, and involve the renovation of the historic Saxony, versailles and Atlantic Beach hotels—will be opening in phases over the next few years to offer a hotel, a residential tower, public environments, a park, a marina, an arts center and several restaurants. At the helm of the design: Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rem Koolhaas, with his Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), is designing Faena Forum, a groundbreaking institution dedicated to the development of cultural programming that transcends disciplines and encourages collaborations across artistic and geographic boundaries. Opening in December, the 50,000-square-foot building will offer a series of flexible spaces for site-specific projects, installations, performances and public events. “the building takes the form of a cylinder and a cube,” according to the report written


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by netherlands-born Koolhaas, who is also a Harvard professor. “the cylinder features a second-floor amphitheater lobby below an open, soaring space rising 40 feet to a dome with a central glazed oculus.” the cube has green rooms and a more intimate black box theater. On the third level, an Assembly Hall occupies both the cylinder and the cube. Since each volume has a distinct form and character, the two halves of the Assembly Hall can be used separately or in combination to accommodate a range of installations and performances. How Faena Forum integrates with other buildings in Faena District is novel and creates opportunities both creative and intellectual. in keeping with Koolhaas’ vision, Faena Forum will serve as a public venue for the exploration of ideas and issues by professionals, practitioners and thinkers from a variety of fields, including the arts, sciences, technology, politics and urbanism, to foster research and discover new ideas. Alan Faena, founder of Faena group, has

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Different Kind of Journey A

The trip to Lake Atitlán and Guatemala’s Ancient Mayan Culture is all at once beautiful, educational and heart wrenching— and one not to be missed.

above, left to right: the terrace at Casa Palopó offers a bird’s eye view of Lake Atitlán; grab a drink at the bar to enjoy while taking in the views from the infinity pool (far right), perfectly situated to marvel at the three volanic peaks in the distance.

By Shayne Benowitz It was pitch black by the time we arrived at Lake Atitlán in Guatemala’s highlands. An ancient volcanic caldera, Central America’s deepest lake plunges more than 1,000 subaquatic feet. From where we were perched, on a cliffside terrace at Casa Palopó, the lake spreads 10 profound miles to the opposite western shore. Three volcanic peaks border the lake’s southern ridge—Atitlán, Toliman and San Pedro— rising to elevations as high as 11,600 feet. I could see nothing through the inky night sky. There were no twinkling lights to spy in far off villages, no reflections of stars on a glassy surface—just pitch black. I only had the vague sense that some deep chasm in the earth was below us. The feeling was disorienting, like my center of gravity was off, which could also describe the feeling I had on the 90-mile drive from Guatemala City to the lake that afternoon, which seemed to take forever. Claudia Bosch, the owner of Casa Palopó, met us for lunch at Plaza Fontabella in Guatemala City’s Zone 10 to drive us herself to the seven-room boutique hotel that was once a private home in Santa Catarina Palopó. Born and raised in Guatemala City, Claudia’s family owns the Pollo Campero fast food chain found throughout Central America and across the world, including a location on Miami’s Calle Ocho. She bought Casa Palopó from her friend Billy Bickford on a whim over lunch after she stayed there in 2010. “I hadn’t spent much time on the lake growing up. We were always busy in

the city working or we’d go to Antigua,” Claudia told me. “I fell in love with Casa Palopó and when Billy mentioned he was looking to sell, I told him I’d buy it, without skipping a beat.”

The Road to Lake Atitlán I sat gazing wide-eyed through the windows of Claudia’s black SUV as we navigated the chaotic, traffic-choked streets of Guatemala City, the largest Central American capital at 3.5 million people. Chicken buses—North American school buses converted for public transport between Central American cities and painted a psychedelic mural of colors— were crammed with passengers. They whizzed past us, doors open, at breakneck speeds. A pickup truck in front of us was overloaded with young men in the truck bed, swaying with the traffic. A family on foot ran across the multi-lane street,

dodging moving vehicles. My adrenaline was elevated just watching the scenes unfold outside my window. The landscape changed as we reached pastoral Tecpán with green fields, lush trees and rustic roadside restaurants made of wood logs. Still, no matter how far we drove from Guatemala City, we were never far from dense settlements of homes made of concrete and rebar piled atop one another like an elaborate and haphazard house of cards. The road climbed to higher elevations along deep ravines. Indigenous women in traditional woven garments, baskets balanced on their heads, walked along the side of the road with small children trailing behind them, cars whizzing past. Dusk settled and the road became windy and rough in unpaved patches as we drew closer to Lake Atitlán. The last thing I saw in the twilight before we reached the gates of Casa Palopó was

the tiny town of Santa Catarina set along the narrow road. There was hardly any electricity and I watched shadowy figures walk along the street without sidewalks and peer out from inside ramshackle concrete buildings in the gathering dark.

At Casa Palopó After dinner, I settled into my room, the upstairs Atitlán Master Suite in a twostory villa located 150 cobblestone steps above Casa Palopó’s primary hotel. It’s the property’s highest and, arguably, most luxurious room, with a private terrace, an exposed wooden beam ceiling, a four-poster mahogany king-size bed and Indonesian wooden furniture with a large, lovely bathroom with a soaking tub, walk-in shower and a beautiful, shabby-chic antique wooden counter with a porcelain sink. I decided to leave the curtains open in my suite that night, so that the first light of

day would awaken me to my first glimpse of Lake Atitlán. The air smelled faintly of brush fire, as it had all day and would through the remainder of our trip. I’d later learn that this was due to slash-andburn farming, a subsistence agriculture technique widely practiced before rainy season to fertilize soil and create fields. The rain would start next month in May and last through October. As I climbed into bed, I was still rattled by the drive and everything I saw out the car windows. I pulled up the cool, crisp white Italian linens. The irony wasn’t lost on me as I composed an email to my dad. He and my mother had traveled to Guatemala exactly one year earlier on a Habitat for Humanity mission in Zacapa with couples from work. I’d refused to join them, apparently too busy then to do some civic good, but not too busy now to be safeguarded in a luxurious boutique hotel.

I felt guilty, but also overwhelmed by the kindness of our hostess and the hospitality of the Casa Palopó staff, most of whom are native to the lake.

First Sight of Lake Atitlán I woke around 5 am to pale light streaming into my room through the terrace’s French glass doors. Exhilarated, I threw off the covers and raced to the window. Outside, standing barefoot on the cool terracotta tiles, there she was, Lake Atitlán through the purple haze of morning. Her three volcanic peaks rose at a gradual, elegant rake from their wide bases on the other shore. She filled the horizon, reflecting the cool purple-pinks of dawn on her surface, an uneven patchwork alternating in wide, jagged swaths of flat glass to organized, tidy ripples. At that early hour, the sky was swaddled in a barely visible muslin of cirrus clouds high in the atmosphere. Below, riots of purple and orange bougainvillea and small white flowers popped through thick bushes. I spotted a lone rowboat, tiny from this vantage point,

setting out from our side of the lake. The lush greenery along the hotel’s cliffs and curlicues of ivy vines along my terrace framed the scene perfectly. I left the doors open and jumped back into bed, watching the scene unfold as the sun rose. We set out on the lake with Gabriella, our guide, in a small, blue fiberglass boat with a roof for shade. There are 13 villages along the 50 square miles that encircle the lake comprised of native Kaqchikel and Tz’utujil Mayan people. Each village has its own unique identity, dialect and trademark woven textiles still worn by Mayan women today. There is no road circumnavigating the lake to connect the villages, so they exist largely in isolation from one another, although they can be accessed by boat or through mountain roads. Agriculture, like coffee, avocados and corn, are grown widely throughout the region and the rich biodiversity makes for excellent hikes to scenic vistas and ancient sites. There’s Panajachel, a short drive from Casa Palopó; with a population of 14,000, it’s the largest and most developed village catering to

tourists, especially backpacker and hippie types. San Marcos La Laguna is a spiritual retreat for holistic health, yoga and Reiki with the Las Piramides meditation center offering a month-long personal development course coinciding with the full moon. Santiago Atitlán is home to Maximón, a wild pagan saint who’s a blend of Mayan deities, Catholic saints and local lore.

San Juan La Laguna We were on our way to San Juan La Laguna, a small village with cooperative businesses known as associations run by its women. On the boat ride over, across water smooth as deep green-purple velvet, Gabriella explained just how remarkable this is. “Guatemalan Mayan culture is beyond machismo,” she told us, explaining that men often fathered children with multiple women at a very early age, which partly accounts for the high percentage of children under the age of 14 in Guatemala’s population (42 percent, which is more than twice that of the United States). Plagued by lack of education and economic freedom,

left to right: Wooden beam ceilings, a four-poster bed and Indonesian furniture set the scene for a luxurious night’s rest; the living room at Casa Palapó is warm and inviting; handmade corn tortillas, cooked on a traditional comal, are a Guatemalan staple.

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women have little choice but to submit to this structure. But things in San Juan are different. These enterprising women are preserving their heritage and supporting their livelihood through art, agriculture and handicrafts. We visited Corazón del Lago, an association of weavers working in the ancient backstrap loom technique, using natural, hand-dyed textiles. Each garment for sale has a tag affixed to it with the name of the woman who created it. We visited Gloria Cholotio’s art gallery and studio where her vivid paintings hang depicting scenes from village life—fishing at the lake, farming, visiting the medicine man—in her signature bird’s eye point of view. She’s something of a superstar in the village, selling her paintings and supporting other young artists in her gallery. The Q’Omaneel Association, farther up the road, grows plants with medicinal properties used by the villagers and also sold to tourists in the form of shampoos, soaps and tea. We meandered past the church, library

and public gym when Gabriella pointed out a mural. On one side of the painting were Mayan boys and girls in a dense, dark jungle, their eyes covered in blindfolds. On the other side, was a man holding a diagram of male and female sex organs with children gathered around engaged in his lesson, Lake Atitlán and and its three volcanic peaks in the background on a clear, sunny day. It’s effectively the civilization’s first sex ed class. “It represents the power of knowledge,” Gabriella said. “The previous generations were in the dark.” Remarkable, indeed.

Corn, a Gift From the Gods Back at Casa Palopó we were met by a tortillera, a native woman who taught us to make our own corn tortillas by hand on a traditional hot comal. Paired with a dark Zacapa rum, neat (distilled in Guatemala), and topped with refried black beans, guacamole, queso fresco and pico de gallo, it may have been the best bite of food of my life. The tortilla was warm and chewy, thicker and more substantial

than any Mexican variety I’d had. It was sweet and simple and made of the earth. Corn, with its four varieties—black, red, white and yellow—is significant to the Mayan people, not only for its abundance and sustenance, but also as a gift from the gods. With panoramic views of Lake Atitlán, our meal of corn tortillas on Casa Palopó’s terrace was divine. On my short visit to Guatemala, I was confronted with a rollercoaster tug of emotions. I found the country both beautiful and heartbreaking. I stayed in one of the most exquisite private properties I’d ever set foot in, and yet outside I witnessed the most abject poverty I’d ever seen. The people we met were warm and lovely, taking great pride and care in preserving their heritage and sharing it with us, yet many of them lived primitively without the creature comforts we take for granted. Just a month after my visit, I’d hear the first reports of the US border crisis and the glut of an estimated 60,000 unaccompanied minors and women from Guatemala (as well as Honduras and El Salvador) fleeing at twice the rate of the previous year due to violence and extreme poverty. I thought of the boys in the truck bed in Guatemala City, the families walking along the road in Tecpán, the shadowy figures in Santa Catarina and the entrepreneurial spirits in San Juan. My heart broke. I followed the story fervently as it developed over the next few months. If I’d never come to Guatemala, I might not have given these headlines a second thought. It’s humbling. Travel has the power to nurture empathy, humanity and harbor an understanding of our global family. One day, I hope to return to Guatemala with my parents on a Habitat for Humanity project and also share with them the beauty of Lake Atitlán and its Mayan people.

Balmain embroidered silk jersey maxi dress. vintage earrings and bracelets. Delpozo Poppy red patent leather sandals.


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Givenchy lace applique blouse; at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops. Top Shop embroidered shorts; at Hervé Legér gladiator pumps; at Hervé Legér, Aventura Mall.

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Off-the-shoulder neoprene dress by Silvia tcherassi; at Silvia tcherassi, village of Merric Park. Chiara butterfly patent leather sandals by Sophia Webster; at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops. ring and earrings by Alexis Bittar.


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Marchesa off-the-shoulder dress; at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops. Earrings by Kendra Scott.

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Orange and white polka dot linen and silk dress by Fernando garcĂ­a Designs; at Oxygene Boutique, Bal Harbour Shops. Flower patent leather platforms by Delpozo; at Delpozo, Miami Design District.


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Deco raffia vest and Budapest orange cotton velvet bag by Fernando García Designs; both at C. Madeleine’s, North Miami Beach. Wide-leg trousers and flower patent leather platforms by Delpozo; at Delpozo, Miami Design District. Statement earrings by H&M.

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givenchy lace applique blouse; at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops; Bracelet by H&M.


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Crane netting dress by Fernando García Designs; at Oxygene Boutique, Bal Harbour Shops. Vintage hat; stylist’s own.

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the Sagamore has set a high bar when it comes to incorporating art into hotels, and the Cricket taplin Collection, which belongs to owners Marty and Cricket taplin, is regularly rotated throughout the property.

Sagamore Hotel MiaMi Beach The Sagamore was one of the first, if not the first, hotels anywhere to really boast a fabulous art collection, so much so that it has come to be known as The Art Hotel. That’s because its owners, Marty and Cricket Taplin, began collecting with a passion more than 25 years ago and haven’t stopped; in fact, their collection of contemporary art is so extensive that they rotate installations between their residence and the property, home of the Cricket Taplin Collection. In the hotel you will encounter art literally everywhere, from the moment you step into the lobby and continuing through stairwells and hallways and the garden, as well as site-specific installations throughout the building. The art here does not just take the form of sculptures and paintings, but furnishings, light art, paper art, murals, and on and on it goes. 1671 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.535.8088;

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Casa Monica is a work of art unto itself, but don’t miss the grand Bohemian gallery (right), a streetfront gallery and store featuring the work of local, regional and international artists.

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Key WeSt Key West is an artists’ town, and nothing epitomizes that characterization more—or better, arguably—than this restored Victorian 1890s mansion-cum-guesthouse just steps from Duval St. and the ever-effervescent center of the city. That’s in large part due to its former incarnation as the home of painter Robert Otto, who studied his craft at the Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago and spent time working in Europe to develop his style, and his wife, Anne, an accomplished concert pianist. Today, its colorful, art-filled rooms are among the most photographed in Key West; it’s a stop on just about every tour one can take there—the Historic Walking Tour, Conch Train and Trolley Tours among them—and has even been featured on The Discovery Channel due to the rumors that Anne’s spirit, outfitted in her wedding dress, is said to have been seen in the Turret Room. 534 Eaton St., Key West, 305.296.3977;

Go to St. Augustine to visit the Fountain of Youth, but when you do, stay at the Casa Monica hotel. This fabulous property belonging to the Kessler Collection of hotels, like its sister properties, is a celebration of the artistic spirit, and nothing celebrates it better than the on-site Grand Bohemian Gallery. This is not just an area of the hotel where paintings hang, but a full-fledged stand-alone gallery located adjacent to the hotel where various types of shows take place throughout the year featuring the works of local, regional and internationally renowned artists. The street front gallery displays paintings, sculpture, art glass, ceramics and jewelry—and all of it available for sale. 95 Cordova St., St. Augustine, 904.827.1888; and



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Located in the Art Deco district, this little 70-room jewel of a hotel is appointed mainly in neutral-toned furnishings and polished woods accented by beachy blue and teal furnishings and accents. The Art Deco era is alive and well here, as seen in the light fixtures, lobby furnishings and of course the architecture, and the art, while subtle, is well curated, from the Chinese prints in the hotel foyer to the paintings of 50s and 60s swimsuit gals. You won’t find yourself bumping into sculptures in every corner or encountering a mural around every hallway, but there are other places designed for that. This is an entirely new way to experience a few good pieces well placed and perfectly chosen for the environment in which they reside. 1400 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305.531.5571;

Again here, guests benefit from the passion of the founder; in this case, Kessler Collection’s founder and CEO Richard Kessler, both a distinguished hotelier and avid art collector also known for his philanthropic efforts—especially toward education, with scholarship funds to support excellence in teaching in the fine arts. When he partnered with Marriott International and their prestigious Autograph Collection of boutique hotels five years ago, he commissioned an original work of art from expressionist Jean Claude Roy, which he then gifted to a lucky hotel guest that spring. Today, this charming and lovely hotel reflects Kessler’s love of art throughout, enhancing the experience of all who are fortunate enough to spend time here. 700 Bloom St., Celebration, 888.249.4007;



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If you don’t know the name Richard Hales, you are missing out: on loaded beef tater tots; on Sichuan twice-cooked Brussels sprouts and, soon, on housemade tortillas. Beyond the impressive Asian fusion dishes coming out of Hales’ food truck, Dim Ssäm à gogo, and his kitchens at Sakaya and Blackbrick Chinese, the latter of which—and the lone Miami locale—to be recognized last year as one of Bon Appétit magazine’s 50 nominees for the title of America’s Best New Restaurants, there’s also Centro, the soon-to-open taco spot in Downtown Miami. Following the lead of his other concepts, which serve authentic dishes with a local twist, Centro will use a Mexican pantry as base while riffing on major Miami cultural influences. “I want to incorporate the Cuban, Jewish and Haitian cultures that infiltrate the city and explore how it can play into the vibe here,” says Hales. That means favorites from Wynwood Brewing Company in the housemade salsa and tacos that include roti, schmaltz and even some raw, vegan options. It also means milling corn to make tortillas from scratch and pressing them daily. “It’s quite a process,” he admits, “and of course you have to be consistent every day as you make thousands of them. But it’s important to me to continue the process of sourcing quality items and making everything fresh. That’s not even a media hook. It’s what you do to stay in the game. Not to mention, learning these new techniques, mastering them and opening new concepts is what keeps it exciting.”

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Combining a variety of international cuisines such as Spanish, French, Chinese and Japanese, authentic Peruvian plates may be some of the most challenging to recreate; arguably, it’s a feat best left to a professional. Anthony Verastegui, the man behind the deliciousness at Aji Carbon, is exactly that, and just happens to have been trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Peru. His spot-on renditions of Peruvian faves like lomo saltado, yuquitas and causa camaron don’t miss a beat and will have you asking yourself why you waited so long to discover this under-the-radar North Miami Beach gem. Located in an unassuming strip mall, the tiny storefront is easy to miss, but once discovered, diners will be pleasantly surprised as they dig into beautifully plated Peruvian dishes. If you simply can’t get enough, consider them as caterers for your next party, or even for a weekend dinner in—that’s right, they deliver.


American & Continental 660 at the angler’s — In the Angler’s Hotel, 660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.534.9600; 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; 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; 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.

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Corsair — 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 Medierranean. 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; 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. FisH FisH — 13488 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786.732.3124; Chef Oscar Quezada from Mexico serves up wild caught, sustainable fish, clams, oysters, crab and Maine lobsters cooked any way you like, plus there’s a raw bar and happy hour. 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.

ELLA Michael Schwartz has done it again. The king, and some might say creator, of Miami’s farm-to-table trend has added another notch to his belt with ella, his most recent Palm Court pop-up café, which serves light breakfast and lunch into the early evening. Named after Schwartz’s eldest daughter, ella is an easy-breezy spot, perfect for a quick bite and brew—a cup of Panther coffee goes perfectly with avocado toast—or a more leisurely late-afternoon rosé and Rock Shrimp Summer Roll. And Ella is more than just a namesake. Michael’s daughter, who interns at The Genuine Hospitality Group, has put her personal touch in every corner of the light and airy space, from the overall theme and colors to the Polaroid snapshots that fill the café’s website and Instagram portal. If you’ve been meaning to check it out—and we can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want to—don’t hold back. As of now, ella is only planning to stick around through the summer. in PALM COurt, 140 ne 39tH St., Ste. 136, MiAMi, 786.534.8177; eLLAPOP.Me.

gili’s BEaCH CluB — 18001 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305.692.5777; Delights on the menu here include a variety of caviars, salads with everything from scallops to tropical fruits and marshmallow sauce, South African lobster tail with drawn butter, and sweets, plus lots of wine and champagne by the bottle or the glass, specialty cocktails and full bottle service. HavEn gastroPuB — 1237 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305.987.8885; havenlounge. com. Famous for its libations, including a vast selection of wine and beers, this little eatery is a local favorite and a draw for its light fare including crudos, skewers, innovative sliders (including lamburger, with lavender-coriander honey, apple-fennel slaw and ouzo mustard) and sweets like nitro ice cream with mix-ins. Houston’s — 17355 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach, 305.947.2000; Bustling, popular spot on the water that’s a favorite of the business crowd for lunch and 160

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE : Chef Horacio rivadero; Burlesque-inspired interiors include red tufted banquettes and plenty of mirrors; beef tenderloin churrasco.

TANTALIZE Entering Lincoln Road’s latest restaurant is like taking a step back in time. Inspired by classic Neo-Baroque dinner theater, the space is awash in damask patterns, impressive chandeliers, oversized mirrors and shades of gold, red and black. The sensual atmosphere is a perfect complement to the entertainment, which takes guests on a multi-sensory journey through live narratives set to a sultry soundtrack of jazz, soul and dance music, which can happen at any point in the evening.

And then of course there is the food, created by executive chef Horacio Rivadero, a master of Pan-Latin, Spanish and Caribbean cuisine who worked under Chef Douglas Rodriguez at Olà before heading to The District, where he was a James Beard semifinalist for Best Chef in the South. Expect to find dishes as exciting as the performances—think Baccalaito Fritters, Lamb Foie Gras Meatballs and Quinoa Coconut Pudding—and drinks that tempt your tastebuds with names like Seducer and Teaser. Ooh là là.

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families for dinner. Chicago-style spinach dip, delicious burgers, and roast chicken are among the stars. MEAT MARKET MIAMI BEACH — 1915 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305.532.0088; 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; 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.


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PRIME 112 — 112 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305.532.8112; Myles Chefetz’s famed steakhouse has been around for eight years, a lifetime for any South Beach restaurant, and it’s still always packed. Locals, tourists and celebrities alike come for the famed chopped salad, truffled lobster mac ‘n cheese, rum-baked sweet plantains and even the chopped salad. But beef is the star here, from an 8-oz. filet mignon to a 48-oz. Porterhouse, served with savory sauces and butters to drive up the crazy-good meter a notch. RED, THE STEAKHOUSE — 119 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.534.3688; 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; 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; The third location of this popular bar and

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eatery in the Arts District offers up creative salads, Latin delights like Ropa Vieja empanadas, grilled chicken, panseared fish and artist-inspired cocktails, including including the Kenny Scharf: dry gin, Cointreau, blueberry jam, lemon juice, simple syrup, a splash of soda, thyme and blueberries. yard houSe — 601 Silks Run, The Village at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, 954.454.9950, An upscale-casual eatery featuring 130 taps of imported, craft and specialty ales and lagers. Whether you’re in the mood for a grilled burger and a pint of your favorite ale, or seared ahi and a chilled martini, there’s something for everyone. yardbird Southern table & bar — 1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach, 305.538.5220; 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; Modern steakhouse with a stylish decor and lively bar and lounge. Beef, chops and seafood are the foundation of the menu, which also offers burgers and salads for lunch.

Chinese china biStro at waterwayS — 3565 NE 207th St., Aventura; 305.936.0755. Glatt Kosher eatery with an extensive selection of appetizers, soups and salads, meat, fish, chicken and duck, noodles and rice dishes, sushi and desserts, including low-carb offerings, wines and drinks. chriStine lee’S — 901 South Federal Hwy., The Village at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, 954.457.6255, Christine Lee’s became famous for its Miami Beach location, but this menu has some modern, non-traditional fare on it such as a Gulfstream salad with grilled shrimp and feta cheese and open prime steak sandwich. draGon city — 6708 Stirling Road, Hollywood, 954.894-8393. Looks can be very deceiving. If you’e not concerned with decor, this place is perfect for a foodie who wants

authentic Chinese food. Choose from an Americanized menu or one with authentic specialties (ask for the red one). Mr. cheF’S — 18800 NE 29th Ave., Suite 10, Aventura, 786.787.9030; aventurachef. com. This newly renovated eatery serves authentic Chinese cuisine with dishes from the north and south regions of China, including Peking duck, Dim Sum, Mongolian beef, lettuce wraps and more.

Deli & Bagel baGel coVe reStaurant & deli — 19003 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305.935.4029 A bustling bagel haven popular for breakfast, lunch and early dinner serving up specialties like challah French toast, smoked fish platters and matzoh ball soup, plus authentic New York bagels baked fresh daily. Mo’S baGel & deli — 2780 NE 187th St., Aventura; 305.936.8555. Known as Aventura‘s unoffiical meeting hot-spot, this New York Kosher-style bagel and deli joint boasts delicious hand-rolled bagels, delectable Israeli salad, stacked sandwiches, and a case full of fresh baked goodies to take with you. Private room for parties, and specialty catering also available.

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.

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dining guide PAUL BAKERY — 450 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305.531.1200 and 1800 Sawgrass Mills Circle, Sunrise, 954.846.0344; 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; Dazzling interiors, a cozy courtyard, a tucked-away wine room (La Cave D’Azur), and authentic French-inspired fare make for a memorable dining experience, whether with friends or a deux. Beef tartar, foie gras with strawberry marmalade and toasted brioche and veal filet mignon are among the many choices, all of them perfectly prepared.

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International SUGARCANE — 3250 N.E. 1st Ave., Miami, 786.369.0353; 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; 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; 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. CAPISCE RISTORANTE — In RK Sage Plaza, 800 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd., 954.457.4545; Traditional Italian dishes at affordable prices is the name of the game at this Italian restaurant. Don’t miss the fried calamari arrabbiata, ossobuco and unique chef’s specials. 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.

dining guide Dolce ItalIan — In the Gale Hotel, 1690 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786.975.2550; 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; The South Florida outpost of the famed New York eatery brings us the impeccable service, ambience and cooking techniques it built its reputation on, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. kIng’s county PIzza — 18228 W. Dixie Hwy., N. Miami Beach, 305.792.9455; 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. PrIMe ItalIan — 101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.695.8484; mylesrestaurantgroup. com. Just across the street from its sister resto and hipster scene Prime 112, this represents the elegant dining experience at its best, with pastas, seafood, and its famous softballsized Kobe meatballs stuffed with sausage and ricotta. Sinatra serenades patrons in the background and the martini list is as extensive as Old Blue Eyes’ appeal. tIMo restaurant & Bar — 17624 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305.936.1008; 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. VIc & angelo’s — 150 Ocean Drive, Miami, 305.531.0911; 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; 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. kaMPaI JaPanese restaurant — 3575 NE 207th St., Aventura; 305.931.6410. Known for the freshness of their sushi and pleasant, efficient service rather than the decor and ambience. Carryout available. kHong rIVer House — 1661 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach, 305.763.8147; khongriver.

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com. From the 50 Eggs group that brought the town Yardbird Southern Table and Swine, this comfortable haven amid the madness of South Beach serves up excellent Thai offerings, from curries to whole fish roasted in a banana leaf to Thai doughnuts, along with a host of creative gin-based cocktails and a full wine list. MIYAKO — 18090 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; 305.931.0455. Best known for its 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; A buffet experience like no other, blending culinary traditions from Asia and Europe with modern American influences. Over 100 items to choose from. sumO sushi BAr & GriLL — 17630 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305.682.1243; 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; 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; All hipsters know this is the place to go for the ultimate dining-out experience: peoplewatching, extraordinary cocktails, fantastic food based on izakaya—the Japanese sake shops that also serve food—and a fabulous view. Sunday brunch is an event not to be missed.

Kosher 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. LuL GriLL CAFe — 18288 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305.933.0199; lulcafe. com. Specializing in Middle Eastern dishes, and the Lul Mukpatzim, a stir-fry that can be prepared with Asian, Middle Eastern or Moroccan spices, or the house lul style, with garlic, basil and olive oil. PitA PLus OF AVenturA — 18833 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura; 305.935.0761. Falafels, stuff grape leaves and shawarma wraps are among the attractions at this very busy, family-friendly, indoor/outdoor eatery.




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A lA turcA — 1848 Harrison St., Hollywood, 954.925.5900; 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.

MAzzA MediterrAneAn cuisine — 15749 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, 954.436.9997; 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, kabobs, moussaka, and lamb chops.

Juniper on the wAter — 1975 S. Ocean Dr., Hallandale Beach, 954.544.3370; The AmericanMediterranean menu at this recently renovated waterfront eatery includes traditional mezze like hummus, eggplant and marinated olives. Be sure to leave room for the brisket burger or lamb shank. JuViA — 1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305.763.8272; 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

Mexican cAntinA lAredo — In The Village at Gulfstream Park, 501 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach; 954.457.7662, Authentic Mexican dishes such as hand-rolled enchiladas are on the menu here along with fish specials, grilled chicken and steaks, served up in a sophisticated, cozy atmosphere. And don’t forget the huevos rancheros and chicken fajita omelet for Sunday brunch. MeXico BrAVo Authentic MeXicAn — 16850 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; 305.948.1158; Come for the genuine Mexican food cooked by Mexican chefs, such as their trademarked

“Califlorida” burrito and sizzling fajita taco salad. Check out the weekday lunch specials and ongoing drink specials. rosA MeXicAno — 1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305.695.1005; rosamexicano. com. Whether you opt for Crab Cakes with Poached Eggs for brunch, mouth-watering Chicken Tortilla Pie for lunch, Mole Xico beef enchiladas for dinner, or over-the-top dessert, your tastebuds will be doing a Mexican hat dance.

Seafood AltAMAre — 1233 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305.532.3061; 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.

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AreA 31 — In the EPIC Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305.424.5234; 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. lique miAmi — 3957 NE 163rd St., North Miami, 305.705.2425; Mediterranean-style small plates, a raw bar and an edited sushi menu bring tasty treats to this waterfront resto, where guests can arive by land or sea. Don’t miss the charred grilled king salmon or the beef cheek toast with pickled red onions and truffle miso. SeASpice — 422 NW N. River Drive, Miami, 305.440.4200; 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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Seven SeAS reStAurAnt & fiSh mArket — 5205 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, 305.981.3571. Colorful Caribbean art and the aromas of Dominican and American seafood dishes fill this cozy Little Haiti fish joint. Dishes like seafood and rice soup, bacalao (salt cod) and whole fried snapper with tostones are easy on the wallet, but still delight taste buds. Wild SeA OySter BAr & Grille — 620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.467.0671; 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; 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; A selection of Mexican fajitas, steaks from the Argentine grill, Cuban dishes like lechon asado and seafood. the BAzAAr By jOSe AndreS — 1701 Collins Ave. in the SLS Hotel, Miami Beach, 305.455.2999; the 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; 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.

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el gran inka — 3155 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 305.940.4910; 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; Amongst its various translations, La Huaca means “to discover a treasure,” which is exactly what diners will do at this family resaurant focused on traditional and organic Peruvian dishes. Don’t miss the causa make de cangrejo and solterito de quinoa. rUnaS PerUVian CUiSine — 219 N 21st Ave., Hollywood, 954.534.9146; Rave reviews on Yelp, TripAdvisor and Facebook should be your first clue that this is a can’t-miss restaurant. The grilled octopus and risotto a la huancaina are among the most popular dishes, all of which will transport you directly to Peru.

TeXaS De BraZil — In The Village at Gulfstream Park, 800 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach; 954.843.7600, 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; 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. BerToni gelaTo Cafe — In Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305.390.7261; 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; 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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