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Miami’s top chefs. by Vanessa Garcia

Some people think any Real Estate Agent will do... Others expect more

Denise Rubin

#1 Realtor #1 Company

Denise Rubin is the winner of 22 “BEST” awards from the Builder’s Association of South Florida for “Best Real Estate Professional” and many marketing categories. She is a powerhouse in the real estate industry. Known internationally as well as throughout Florida for her incredible business acumen, Denise Rubin has a stunning record of success.

Uptown Marina Simply stunning contemporary gem, a page from "Architectural Digest", with spectacular intracoastal, marina views, high ceilings, custom finishes, loft style closet systems and more! Truly a vision. $500,000

One Island Place PH Spectacular extraordinarily redone, bi level penthouse on top of the world! Private elevator entry to over 11,000 sf of pure luxury, volume ceilings, and an expansive rooftop terrace with the most beautiful ocean and city views! A masterpiece. $3,999,999

Porto Vita Featured in “Florida Design” as one of Florida’s most exclusive Penthouses. Private Elevator entry to over 5,000 sf of interior and over $1 million in furnishings. Direct ocean and city views from huge wrap-around balcony. A true work of art. $5,300,000

Peninsula I Exquisite 2 bed / 2.5 bath + media room home in the sky with unobstructed direct ocean and intracoastal views. Private elevator entry, marble floors, gourmet kitchen, many built-ins and much more! $875,000

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Fabulous 2 story tower suite with 1,000 sf private roof deck terrace providing breathtaking ocean, intracoastal, marina and city views. Semi-private elevator entry, unique 36" slab marble floors that continue up some walls and the staircase, 2 story floor to ceiling glass, high volume ceilings. A dream home. $750,000 (305) 409-0019 19056 NE 29th Ave, Aventura, FL 33180


Contents AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2010

75 At The Table



34 F Y I

20 People of Interest

Interviews & Profiles of People Worth Knowing Poseidon of the Tropics: Bill Read 20

by Vanessa Garcia

Listen Up: Dan LeBatard 22

by Stacy Scott

24 Off The Field

Updates & Info On South Florida Sports

2010/2011 Season Preview: Miami Dolphins by Andy Kent

28 Ticket Please

Details On Trips & Traveling Europe Of The South: Curaçao

by Jennifer Aranoff

32 Local Flair

An Area Worth Visiting All About Mary: A Fun Place To Live & Play

by Marlene Sholod


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by Rebecca Kleinman

Room Service 82 Fine Dining Hotel Style by Jennifer Aranoff

Off the Menu 86 Get Your Fixe


Info on What’s Hot, What’s New & What’s Worth Knowing About

Hot Plate 78 What’s New & Newsworthy On The Food Scene Lunch Counters: A Taste Of History

Information For You Make Your Claim: Working With Your Insurance Company

36 Feel Good

A Look At What’s New and What To Know in Health, Beauty & Wellness What the Pros Know 39 Answers to your health, beauty & wellness questions Beauty Of The Season 40 Uncover the Newest Trends & Products Beauty Goes High Tech by Courtney Markofsky

50 Perimeter

Info On Design & Décor Shanghai Surprise: A Chinese City Shares Miami Beach’s Art Deco Heritage

by Vanessa Garcia

Toque Talk 88 Get To Know A Local Chef Barton G: Party Extraordinaire by Marlene Sholod

Restaurant Listings 90 On the waterfront

96 Wishlist

The Ultimate Item To Crave & Covet Membership definitely has its privileges


Letter from the Editor-in-Chief


Wish You Were Here


Mark The Date


Fine Print

Parties, Events & Festivities Highlights Of Events Not To Be Missed

In this Issue Details & Ad Index

by Marlene Sholod

CORRECTION: In the June/July issue the cover model and agency were misidentified. The model on the cover is Fernanda Uesler • 301 Models

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Aside from these extracurricular activities, I was not exactly a teacher’s favorite. I often tortured teachers with my misbehavior and lack of classroom etiquette. And teachers were not exactly my favorite people. At the teachers' union my mugshot is included in an FBI 10 Most Wanted poster hanging on the wall. You may ask, how I became such an advocate for the arch nemeses of my youth.

Education of the Masses


arm temperatures, extended vacations, baseball, and barbecues tend to sway the masses to believe summer is their favorite time of year. Not I. I look forward to the end of summer and getting the kids back to school. It is why the August/September back-to-school issue of Cravings is dear to me. Unfortunately for teachers back-to-school means being grossly under-compensated for the amount of aggravation they endure. If only it were that simple. Teachers receive babysitter-type wages; and despite this, they are expected to educate and perform miracles. Sure, there are all sorts of contentions over education reform and the idea of paying for performance. We all know that there are very good teachers, but there are also very bad teachers. Yes, change needs to happen. But, as we have learned from our current Washington administration change strictly for the sake of change is not always good. I will admit, I hold a bias in favor of teachers. My mother was a teacher. My mother-in-law was a teacher, and her mother was a principal. However, I have to admit, that eventhough my mother was a great teacher; I was not a great student. By the

My days as a student were many years behind me, but my years as a parent (at the time) only numbered 11. Like most parents of the modern era, my child could do no wrong. While my son was a good student, should there be a problem at school, it was surely the teacher’s fault. The teachers and I had an unspoken truce. I wouldn’t bother them, if they didn’t bother me. The truce came to an end when they crossed the line. I was asked by my son’s school to teach a weekly class for Junior Achievement. At first, I thought this was some kind of mistake. Didn’t these people know about my history as a student? Weren’t they aware of the Most Wanted poster? Don’t they do background checks? I was made to feel guilty if I didn’t sign up. So with another dad who had connections with Junior Achievement I agreed. I then received a short speech about what to do, a small plastic brief case with materials, and what seemed to me as an insincere wish of good luck. Then it was off to the trenches. Like most new recruits, I knew immediately that I was no match for the enemy. Before my first class, I studied the course outline, wrote out a lesson plan, and prepared my materials. Despite knowing the subject matter, business, I was extremely nervous. But why? I know business. I have a degree in finance and run my own business. Yet, I knew the enemy even better. I used to be one. I knew that all it took was one smart aleck in the back of the room and the whole class would be up for grabs.

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My battle strategy was to use the always successful technique… bribery. And with Krispy Kremes in hand I would subdue the enemy. But as they say “the best laid plans…” due to the sugar rush caused by my battle strategy, my first class was a disaster. Fueled by a sugar high, the enemy became a pack of lions and I was their kill. Girls were talking, paper wads were flying, and nobody was paying attention to my frantic pleas for order. Somehow, despite my odds, I did manage to get through half of the material and then mercifully the bell rang. My son, who happened to be in the class, just shook his head in shame as he exited the classroom. I left the classroom dishevled and drenched with sweat. Teaching this class was one of the most mentally draining and physically exhausting hours of my life. Badly in need of rest, I returned to my office. My throat was sore from the endless screaming. Every bone in my body ached. There was no question that I was getting paid back tenfold for all of the teachers I tormented. Never again would I disparage a teacher. From that day on I had nothing but ultimate esteem for this noble profession. I did eventually get the hang of teaching and was able to gain control of the class -- with a little additional manpower, a.k.a. the school’s vice principal. There is absolutely no doubt that teaching is a much tougher profession than you could possibly ever imagine. So, with this back-to-school issue, I would like to honor our nation’s teachers and to wish them safe passage as they return to the classroom and continue the never ending fight we refer to as "education."

Andrew Stern Editor-in-Chief

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fourth grade, I had managed to get into more than my fair share of trouble. I was caught climbing out of the window of a classroom onto the roof of an adjacent building. I was caught breaking into the school. On a field trip, I was caught throwing paper airplanes from the balcony of the Field Museum -- one of the planes got lodged in the bones of a dinosaur fossil.

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A look at what's hot, what's new & what's worth knowing about CHIC CHILDREN Gone are the days when a dollhouse or a Justin Timberlake poster were the coveted girl’s bedroom decor. Nowadays, even the under 12 set want more style in their space. Lucky for parents, Wink, an online store with the keenest of kid appealing decor, has opened a retail boutique. Offering a variety of unique children's and tween furniture and accessories, Wink specializes in one-of-a-kind design that your savvy spawn will flip over. Wink located at 2570 NE Miami Gardens Drive, 305.793.0180,

SO MUCH TO SAY They may be temporary but they can create a lasting impression. Think of them as personal (very personal) greeting cards. Ta•ta•toos are temporary tattoos worn on your “ta•tas” to relay a sentiment in an intimate way. The messages go from the nice “Happy Birthday” to the more risqué “Special Delivery” and “I’m Yours Be Mine.” It will never feel so good to get something off your chest. Ta•ta•toos are $9.95 per message and are available at GBS, The Beauty Store and

SPECIALTY DRINK Sometimes you want something cool but you don’t want ice cream. Now you can quench your thirst with bubble tea. Originally developed in China as a children’s drink it is a mixture of green tea, fruit flavor and tapioca pearls at the bottom of the glass. At Bubbles ‘n Ice the hardest thing to decide is which fruit flavor to add. In the mood for something cool and light, try one of the 60 homemade fruit flavored Italian-ice. The flavors range from pineapple and coconut to apple pie, peanut butter and jelly and pink lemonade. Bubble ‘n Ice is located at 3061 NE 163rd Street, North Miami Beach, 305.940.5001,


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ARTS & CRAFT Master carpenter Michael Simon wanted to apply an artistic approach to his love of form. The result – sculpture furniture. With an understanding that function must dictate design, Simon has produced a series of chairs, couches, chaise and table-seats in a variety of materials including concrete, twigs and stainless steel mesh. But knowing Simon’s emphasis on practicality and importance of use, be rest assured that these artistic pieces are all comfortable places to park your behind. Commissioned pieces start at $500. For more information visit

FASHION THERAPY It is always tough to know what looks good on you, what to keep and what to toss and how to put outfits together with what is in your closet. There is no need to dread getting dressed. Fashion therapist Sandra Solch is ready to step in to help you develop your perfect wardrobe. Sessions with the Fashion Therapist (yourfashiontherapist. com) begin at $100 per hour with a two-hour minimum required. Here are some of the therapists quick tips for approaching the trends for fall based on your body type. Fall Fashion Trend Body Type It Is Good For • Fitted jackets with skinny pants All Body Types • Tights are still very much present and All Body Types are topped with satin, chiffon and brocade tunics as well as luxurious sweaters in lightweight knits. • Trousers that are full before the Tall/Average knee and then taper down • Lots and lots of belts in leather, fur and fabrics All Body Types • Military pants Tall/Average

Solch’s best fashion tip: If there is any doubt…don’t do it.

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PIZZA PLEASER Craving for a bit more than a traditional slice, then head to the recently opened American Pie Pizzeria located in The Village At Gulfstream and order up one of its new specialty pizzas ($18.95). The offering includes one for meat lovers, another for vegetarians and a pie for those who can never get enough cheese. If you want to try something different, take a bite of the Hawaiian pizza made with fresh chunks of pineapple, honey glazed ham smothered in mozzarella and pecorino romano cheese. American Pie Pizzeria is located in The Village at Gulfstream Park, 801 Silks Run, Hallandale, 954.454.5205


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Porto-Vita Waterfront, 3750 NE 199 Terrace

3-story townhome with beautiful courtyard entry, 60’ deeded boat dock, 4/4.5, impact windows, family room, day kitchen, pool, summer kitchen, large master suite w/sitting area, elevator & 2 car garage. $1,950,000

One Island Place Condo 3802 NE 207th Street #1901

Exceptional Ocean & Intracoastal views, private elevator, Professionally decorated with finest exotic woodwork, white oak floors, custom lighting, granite counters in kitchen, sub-zero appliances, 2 wine coolers. Master suite & bath is virtually a spa retreat. $849,000

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2-story, 6/6.5, 7,000+ sq.ft. on deep waterfront. 2 masters, soaring ceilings, saturnia marblewood floors, gourmet kitchen, extensive landscaping, large terrace, heated pool, spa and boat dockage. $2,997,000

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OpenHouse Many new home stores are putting out the welcome mat


s there a more design-conscious city than Miami? Residents who strive to decorate their homes would argue not. Now even the budget-conscious do not need to feel stymied: high-styled, modern home design can be found at very affordable prices in and around the city thanks to the recent opening of several home design stores.

Retail Mecca: It Takes a Village It’s a sure bet that you’ll find the home furnishings or housewares you crave at The Village at Gulfstream Pottery Barn Park. Adjacent to Gulfstream Park Racetrack and Casino in Hallandale, this $200 million dollar, outdoor, tree-lined, streetscape open-air mall has something for just about every homebody. Crate & Barrel showcases its full furniture and houseware collections here and is joined by other uber chains including Pottery Barn, West Elm, William Sonoma, and The Container Store. Weary shoppers can recharge at more than twenty-five restaurants, bars and nightclubs. 16

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Hip Sister Store, Hits the Beach The sixth store in Crate and Barrel’s new CB2 chain and the first in the Southeast, opened earlier this year in a newly-designed, loft-like showroom on Jefferson Avenue, just off Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. Like kids at a candy store, shoppers can peer through windows at enticing orange, green, and vanilla home furnishings. Their appetite for home design is further whetted by what’s inside, including the elegant Darjeeling dining table made of rare saal wood reclaimed from old Indian rail lines and the quirky lime green, hand-knit “pouf” to be used as a seat or ottoman. A $1,299 sofa is the most expensive piece in the store; most items are considerably less.

From the Great White North to Midtown Miami EQ3 promotes itself as Canada’s leading lifestyle concept for innovative and affordable furnishings, opened a mega-retail showroom in Miami’s Midtown shopping district in March. The colorful, 10,000 square foot space houses a huge selection of EQ3 furniture collections. Shoppers can mix and match from 20 distinctive, globally influenced design collections and more than 150 options consisting of sofas, loveseats, chairs, sleepers and ottomans. They can also customize frames from more than 130 fabric and leather choices as well as leg options. EQ3 Core, the company’s new a la carte casegood program offers three best-selling lines. Furnishings from this line include a four-post bed starting at $399; a low, modern Bento upholstered bed for $449; a mid century Byrd sofa starting at $899; and a classic, retro Lola sectional sofa at $1,899. Accessories include hand tufted, wool/cotton shag rugs, custom floor lamps and housewares. Gratification is immediate: because EQ3 manufactures its own products, there are no delays or back orders.

EQ3 From Sweden With Love If the afore-mentioned stores can be described as mega, then Ikea Sunrise, the third Ikea in Florida, must be called a behemoth. The 293,000 square foot store boasts a "natural path" leading shoppers past fifty room settings, three model homes, and an in-store restaurant. Young home decorators love that collections are named for their designers; their older counterparts appreciate the variety and value.    Eclectic, local, boutique  home design stores have their niches and devotees. Bigger may not always be better, but it does offer advantages. Whether they are  fledgling home owners, snow birds, or empty nesters, South Florida shoppers of all ages can find plenty of pretty feathers for their nests at newly-opened, home design stores.

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Chic & Contemporary Childhood It used to be when getting stuff for a baby, be it bedding, furniture or toys, your choice was either pink, blue or baby ducks. But now, thanks to contemporary and well-known designers everything from cribs to diaper bags are chic, sleek and contemporary.

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CRAVE / SEW YOU SHOULD KNOW Christopher Lowell also has a company which designs, licenses and markets his consumer products. His retail partners include Jo-Ann Stores, Smith & Noble, Klausser, and Office Depot. Lowell’s first collection for the latter was the most successful branded design line of office furniture in the history of the retailer. His new collection for Office Depot boasts 10 pieces that can do the job of 700; storage bins, which he was the first to introduce on TV, include raw silk and leather coverings. Apparently, for both home and office, Lowell designs things to be, “Luxurious enough for her, tailored enough for him.”

Christopher Lowell

Man on a Mission:


According to Lowell, “Your home is a reflection of you: your mental and physical interiors should always match…We are how we live.” Asked about South Florida


hristopher Lowell’s passion for design is undeniable and, for his legions of fans, irresistible. One of America’s most recognized home improvement gurus, the effusive entrepreneur demonstrates how to live now and in the future. His awardwinning TV shows, bestselling books, and multi-media company disseminate his design gospel. His branded furnishings and accessories provide decorating acolytes with the tools and courage they need to create their dream environments. His signature Seven Layer organization and design system is Oprah-approved. Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Lowell has been a classical pianist, artist, and corporate executive, responsible for awardwinning television and print ad campaigns. In 1992, he opened his first home arts center in Ohio and followed it with ten years of


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slate, reflecting the trend toward greater male participation in design. When Lowell introduced the use of bamboo in the ‘90s, he says, “People thought Gilligan’s Island.” Now he says home design is taking cues from day spas, resorts and other public spaces and that public spaces and homes are converging. For Lowell, it’s not how big the space is, but “…how we appropriate it.” His favorite local public space is the W Hotel on South Beach because “People can understand it.” Lowell sees a new global romantic aesthetic with outdoor fabrics and Asian influences but less hip and more adult and timeless. Lowell frequently uses “classic” to describe his design aesthetic; at the same time, he embraces the new mobility. He points to the media as another source of contemporary design inspiration. He highlights the use of minimal window treatments, uncluttered surfaces, the return of built ins and grouping of smaller, floating furniture, such as moveable club chairs, replacing large sofas. Lowell also sees the demise of living and dining rooms. Home design now starts with private spaces rather than public ones, the two most important spaces being the master bedroom suite and open kitchens because, “Men want to be rock star chefs,” says Lowell.

Lowell's furniture at Office Depot programming for the Discovery Channel, including Interior Motives with Christopher Lowell, Wall to Wall, and the Emmywinning Christopher Lowell Show. His current show “Work that Room with Christopher Lowell” airs on the Fine Living Network.

living, Lowell, who has designed homes in Naples, still sees a lot of Tuscan European style but it is more streamlined and is texturedriven. Replacing overall prints and tropical colors are organic earth tones - deeper, saturated colors, such as putty gray and

Next on Lowell’s agenda is a lifestyle show for the internet, Ask Christopher. He believes that today’s designers are limited to using what’s available, not necessarily what they want. His new show won’t have those constraints. Lowell’s mantra, “You Can Do It.” And he definitely practices what he preaches.

- Marlene Sholod


Poseidon of the Tropics:



ill Read grew up in Delaware, fascinated by snowstorms. In elementary school, he used to cut out the weather predictions from the newspaper everyday and paste them in his notebook. He’d then proceed to predict his own weather patterns. Today, he is the Director of the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) National Hurricane center, based in Miami. He’s responsible for the operational tropical weather forecasts for the Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Eastern Pacific Ocean. In other words, he’s sort of like the Poseidon of the tropics. Read has come a long way since his cut out days. He earned his bachelors and masters degrees in meteorology from Texas A&M University. Later, he joined the Navy, where he was a Navy Hurricane Hunter and flew storms – following patterns and flying into the eyes of storms.


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Ask him what that was like and he’ll tell you, with a typical, quiet humility, “Have you ever had turbulence on an airplane? Well, it’s kind of like that. Like approaching for landing in a thunderstorm.” Somehow, it seems a little more dramatic than that. Ask him if he misses the adrenaline rush of the ride, and he’ll answer, “The way [he] sees it, when you are 23 you’re too young to be a director, and when you are 60 you’re too old to fly a hurricane. Some do, don’t get me wrong, just not me.”

“Plan for the worst, hope for the best, and always be ready.” When he retires, he says he’ll still be making his own forecasts. “In my free time, I can spend hours on the internet predicting weather patterns, even if I don’t have to. My wife looks at me like I’m crazy but I can’t help it; I love it,” says Read. He’s gotten better at it, no doubt, from his school days. On the day Read spoke to Cravings, he was getting ready a number of preparedness campaigns around the country. He’s in charge, among other things, of hurricane awareness. Read was also doing some

research and even dealing with budgetary issues. Fast forward to June, however, and things take on a whole new speed -- literally. “A day in August, I could be briefing elected officials on the most up to date information on a particular storm; I could also be giving a number of media briefings,” says Read. Meanwhile outside, hurricane winds might be building speed, getting ready to hit land, citizens rising to a pitch of hysteria. One of the greatest challenges of his job, says Read, is taking a relatively complex science and making it simple, making it so people can understand what is going on. And then there’s making sure people are ready for the storm. “Mostly there are simple things you can do to keep from getting overwhelmed,” says Read. He goes on to list some of these: Keep three days supply of food and water and make sure you understand what non-perishable means. “You’ll be surprised how little you have to add to the pantry to go without power and light,” he says. Another good idea: saving old jugs, filling them with water, and freezing them prestorm. Get your car checked and make sure your important papers are in a water- and fire-proof container. Make sure you know what you would take if you had to run out of your house in an instant. There’s also a new device Read calls a bathtub bladder, which allows you to safely fill your bathtub with water. The prevention tactics just continue to roll off his tongue. In short, Read says: “Plan for the worst, hope for the best, and always be ready.” Sounds like a life lesson. Goes to show how much you really can learn from the weather man.

- Vanessa Garcia


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arry Bonds is the greatest player of our lifetime, with or without steroids. Fans don’t care. They want to see home runs,” shouts radio host Dan LeBatard on his daily show The Ticket 790 AM. He is unafraid of having his voice heard. He is always pushing the envelope. You either love him or hate him. Either way, you’re going to listen. It’s entertainment. Dan LeBatard, 41, relishes his role as the rebel rouser. He has been causing trouble since his days as a student at the University of Miami. As a reporter for the school newspaper he printed the coach of Notre Dame, Lou Holtz’s personal phone number; because, LeBatard wanted the fans to call and distract Holtz the week before the Hurricanes' big game against Notre Dame. Holtz received hundreds of annoying phone calls. And things haven’t changed. Weekdays from 3pm - 7pm, LeBatard and his crew take to the airways to have at it with not only sports figures but anyone else who is willing to be engaged in a LeBatard-style conversation. Believe it or not, Lou Holtz can even be heard every so often. On a recent show, LeBatard gets things started by jumping into the fray over the controversy of singer/songwriter John Mayer using the “N” word in a song.


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“John Mayer used the word and I was really disturbed by it,” said LeBatard. Callers were asked to phone in their opinions. Immediately the phone board lit up. But first LeBatard chose to speak with Marcellus Wiley, an athlete and sports analyst, to find out about the protocol for using the word.

“We try to talk to all kinds of people, not just athletes. Hollywood, reality stars, authors and when we do talk to an athlete, we talk about subjects guys like to talk about: movies, video games, even life lessons,” said Hoffman.

For 20 minutes, Wiley offered his opinion on the pros and cons of the word. LeBatard pushed and asked if it was ok for a white person to use this type of slang. LeBatard continued his probe, “You’re saying that a black person can use it and a white person can’t?” Despite the lights on the phone board indicating listeners wanted to get in on the conversation they didn’t have a chance.

LeBatard won’t go out of his way to say the opposite of the popular opinion. However, if his opinion is something he believes in, you can bet he will stick to his guns. Recently, when the good ol’ boys network were ranting and raving about firing Heat Coach Eric Spoelstra because the team was on a downward spiral, LeBatard asked his audience if this is a valid reason to be fired. The phones went crazy. LeBatard excited his audience. Against popular opinion, he sticks with Spoelstra.

This serious segment is followed by Stump the Host. For this weekly game, callers are invited to ask inane and insanely difficult questions to baffle LeBatard. The producer’s booth was highly energized and laughing at LeBatard when he did not know an answer.

When asked about his favorite guests, LeBatard said it is guys like Charles Barkley because they really tell it like it is. “The Holy Trinity for me on interviews is smart, honest and unafraid. Give me anyone with those three values and I’ll come up with a great interview,” he said.

“I don’t mind embarrassing myself especially in this medium as long as the audience is entertained,” LeBatard said with a mischievous grin. Executive Producer Marc Hochman egged him on while producer Mike Ryan furiously searched the internet to find the answer to how many Killer B’s were on the 72 Dolphins Championship team? LeBatard’s selfdeprecating humor yielded bellylaughs. The audience loved that LeBatard couldn’t tell them who were the eight Killer B’s – what LeBatard won’t do for entertainment.

And when it comes to his dream guests LeBatard says, without hesitation, Fidel Castro and Jesus Christ. And his first question for Jesus, “Can you tell me all the secrets? But then he (Jesus) could just say, ‘No.’ This would make me feel really dumb and a bad interviewer.”

According to the local Arbitron ratings, with South Florida men over 18 yearsof-age, LeBatard’s show has been number one since its inception in 2004.

- Stacy Scott

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2010/2011 Season Preview :

Miami Dolphins


xpectations for how good the Miami Dolphins can be haven’t been this high heading into a season since the Dan Marino era – and the fact that this is only year three of the trifecta regime (Bill Parcells, Jeff Ireland and Tony Sparano) adds to the intrigue. Ever since Wayne Huizenga successfully lured Parcells out of retirement a little over 36 months ago and made him executive vice president of football operations, South Florida fans have been dreaming of a return to the glory days under Hall of Fame head coach Don Shula. The sting of a gut-wrenching 1-15 season 2007 was quickly washed away by the record-setting turnaround in Sparano’s first year as an NFL head coach and Ireland’s first as a general manager during which Miami went 11-5 and won the AFC East for the first time since 2000.

Chad Henne

Brandon Marshall Parcells signed a four-year contract and kept his nose to the grindstone after Huizenga sold his majority stake in the team and Sun Life Stadium to multi-billionaire real estate mogul Stephen M. Ross in January of 2009. Fast forward to this past March and April, as Miami was coming off a rough 7-9 campaign that revealed some cracks in the armor and took a toll on the medical and training staff; and, fans got to see a bit of a new approach from the trifecta. In addition to going after big, solid and proven players in the NFL Draft, the Dolphins made a splash in free agency and the trade market on both sides of the ball. First they picked up one of the most attractive defensive players on the market, former Arizona Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby, and then set hearts racing a week before the draft by acquiring top-flight wide receiver Brandon Marshall from the Denver Broncos for two second-round picks.

Despite that success, Parcells, Ireland and Sparano preached patience and emphasized how they were rebuilding the Dolphins for the long haul in order to be competitive for years to come and make reaching the playoffs and vying for another Super Bowl the norm as opposed to the exception. That’s why


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All of a sudden, Miami’s offense has the potential to be almost as explosive as when Marino was shattering passing records on his way to the Hall of Fame and connecting with the Marks Brothers (wide receivers Mark Clayton and Mark Duper). Chad Henne is just

entering his third season in the league and first as a starting quarterback, but he showed off his cannon arm during 13 starts in relief of veteran Chad Pennington after Pennington suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. By season’s end Henne had gone 7-6 as a starter and completed 247-of-451 passes for 2,878 yards, 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Marshall has caught over 100 passes in each of the last three seasons. “I think it’s going to be exciting. You’re going to get a lot more double coverage on Brandon and that’ll give us some access to our other receivers and let them work,” said Henne, who got married on July 3rd to his fiancée of 10 years, Brittany. “So overall for our receiving corps I think a lot of guys are going to get some more balls because the attention is going to Brandon. In the run game he’s a great run blocker and is going to open up some holes and give us more Cover 2 safeties so we can open it up and we’ll get fewer men in the box for the running game.” The only thing missing on the offense in the Marino years was a quality running game, and these Dolphins have that in Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, who is poised

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OFF THE FIELD to become the franchise’s all-time leading rusher. Brown made his first Pro Bowl in 2008 after revolutionizing the Wildcat offense, and Williams set an NFL record for the longest stretch between 1,000-yard seasons as he passed the mark last year for the first time since 2003. Young wide receivers Davone Bess, Greg Camarillo and Brian Hartline will be the beneficiaries of the attention being paid to

Marshall, as will tight ends Anthony Fasano and Joey Haynos, while Pro Bowl left tackle Jake Long will anchor a stout offensive line. Dansby brings his playmaking ability to a defense that will be put in position to make big plays under new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. He and middle linebacker Channing Crowder, along with converted nose tackle Randy Starks and rookie firstround pick Jared Odrick hope to open up pass rushing lanes for rookie outside linebacker and second-round pick Koa Misi and secondyear outside linebacker Cameron Wake. Pro Bowl strong safety Yeremiah Bell anchors a young and talented secondary with secondyear cornerbacks Vontae Davis and Sean Smith and young safeties Chris Clemons, Tyrone Culver and rookie Reshad Jones.

• Levels: Beginner - Advanced “They went out there and they got some players, with Karlos Dansby being the key on defense and Brandon Marshall on offense,” said Crowder. ‘We’re excited and this now being my sixth year knowing the game and seeing how Super Bowl and championship teams are built, I think that Jeff, Tony and Bill are starting to build a championship team.”

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- Andy Kent

Break Down: The 2010/2011 Miami Dolphins Brandon Marshall with Tony Sparano

Coaching: Tony Sparano was runner-up for Associated Press Coach of the Year in 2008 after leading Miami to the greatest single-season turnaround in NFL history as a rookie head coach and he won the honor from the NFL and from Pro Football Weekly/ Professional Football Writers of America. He is 18-14 in his first two seasons and garnered the respect of his own players and those on opposing teams as well because of how he relates to players and his knowledge of the trenches having been an offensive line coach. Key home games: They don’t get much bigger than the first two on the slate at Sun Life Stadium – versus the New York Jets on NBC’s Sunday Night Football September 26th and versus the New England Patriots the

following Monday night on ESPN October 4th. There is an intense rivalry with both division opponents in the AFC East as Miami swept the Jets last year and split with the Patriots, and the national television audience combined with the game being played under the lights will make these a tough ticket. On October 24th, Miami hosts the Pittsburgh Steelers, which always draws a large crowd, and six days before Christmas the Buffalo Bills come to town. That game could have playoff implications because it is within the division. Key road games: The Dolphins open with back-to-back road games at Buffalo and Minnesota on September 12th and 19th with the trip to the Metrodome to likely face Brett Favre and the Vikings being the more intriguing of the two. A trip to historic Lambeau Field in Green Bay on October 17th is special in any season, but the last two road games will draw the most interest. Miami visits the brand new Meadowlands on December 12th and then ends the regular season at New England on January 2nd. - Andy Kent

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ach of the so-called ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao) has a wildly different flair and feel. In Aruba tourists are primarily American and the focus is fun in the sun. Bonaire is a Mecca for divers the world over. And Curaçao could easily be scooped up, dumped anywhere in Holland and be right at home. Curaçao may well be renamed “Netherlands South.” It’s Europe but with better weather and a lot closer to home – and of course with more iguanas.

Another bridge worth checking out may be visited easily by car. The top of the Juliana Bridge, what the locals call the High Bridge, offers a sweeping view of the massive port which frequently plays host to enormous cruise ships.

Curacao’s Europe-of-theSouth feel is most commonly present in the historic area of Willemstad, the capital city. The historic architecture and the narrow streets are so Euro that it is only the brightly painted buildings (which are repainted annually due to the amount of salt in the air) and occasional cactuses that remind you that you aren’t in Europe.

Culture and sightseeing (and shopping), are integral parts Jaipur restaurant of the Curaçao experience, at Hotel but let’s face it, most of us Kura Hulanda go to the Caribbean for the crystal clear water and pristine beaches. Divers find their bliss at Mushroom Forest, which has an impressive grouping of star coral. Amazing snorkeling and swimming locations abound including the remarkable Blue Room, a sea cave only accessible by boat and then swimming inside. Most hotels have private beaches and pools to ensure maximum sun worship.

Indian marble garden at Hotel Kura Hulanda

There’s a lot to take in while wandering the streets (and shopping); the floating market (more shopping), the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere and the Governor’s Mansion all add to the old world charm. An absolute can’t miss is the Queen Emma Bridge, a permanent pontoon pedestrian bridge sitting on the St. Anna Bay. Also known as the Swinging Old Lady, this bridge swings open to allow for passing boats 30-35 times a day. If you hear a bell while strolling across either start running or pull over, hold on and enjoy the (gentle) ride.

Curaçao offers a staggering number of activities above and beyond sightseeing and snorkeling. Those still wishing to take advantage of the water can jetski, fish, swim with dolphins and ride in a glass-bottom boat. Landlubbers may prefer to rent ATV’s, go horseback riding, play golf and hit the casinos. For those getting exhausted just thinking about all of the possible activities, take a necessary day (or two, or three…) just to enjoy the sunshine where the most tiring action is ordering another beverage, ideally one containing Blue Curaçao and topped with a little paper umbrella.

- Jennifer Aranoff


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Where To Stay  Avila Hotel 130 Penstraat PO Box 791 Willemstad, Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles 800.747.8162

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Avila boasts two private beaches, three restaurants, tennis courts and a blues jazz club. Most of the guest rooms offer panoramic views of the water, some with a small window located at perfect eye level from the bed, just one of the many thoughtful touches.

The newest resort in Curaçao, Baoase has several private and semi-private pools and gardens, a private beach (complete with a small island accessible by bridge), villas with full and modern kitchens and all of the amenities expected from a five-star resort.

 Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa and Casino Langestraat 8 Willemstad, Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles 877.264.3106 Made up of 65 restored structures, the Kura Hulanda Hotel is practically a small town unto itself. Winding pathways connect the different guest rooms (each thoughtfully appointed with unique antiques), courtyards, pools and restaurants. Shuttles to the beach are complimentary.

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Witness firsthand how the famous liqueurs are made.

 Angelica’s Kitchen Hoogstraat 49 Otrobanda Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles +599.9.510.3699 Angelica’s Kitchen is less cooking class more Caribbean food experience. Start out a group of strangers taking notes around a large kitchen island and end up best friends, dancing and eating together as the wine flows and the music blares. Reservations are necessary to ensure proper class size.  Kura Hulanda Museum Langestraat 8 Willemstad, Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles 877.264.3106 This museum is located inside the Kura Hulanda Hotel and contains the largest private collection of African art outside of Africa. Exhibit rooms take you across the continent and into the New World, graphically illustrating the difficult and painful lives of slaves. Don’t miss the reproduction of a cargo hold of a slave ship, both eerie and beautifully done.  Hato Caves Rooseveldweg z/n Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles +599.9.868.0379 Take a guided tour through the caves that sheltered Arawak Indians and escaped slaves. Full of stalactites, stalagmites and bats, these caves are an impressive and quiet illustration of Mother Nature at her best.

- Jennifer Aranoff


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Curaçao Common Questions About

• How do I get there? There are nonstop flights daily from Miami International Airport on American Airlines and Insel Air. Flight time is almost exactly three hours.

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Insel Air 800.386.4800 • How do you pronounce Curaçao? There are two popular pronunciations. The Dutch pronounce it cure’-uh-sao (think “heal a pig”) and the Papiamento pronunciation is kure’uh-sao (also rhymes with cow).

• What is Papiamento? It's the official and most common language of the ABC Islands - Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao (along with Dutch, English and Spanish). Papiamento is commonly described as a mix of seven other languages: Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, Arawak Indian and Guinea. • Why does Curaçao have similarities to Netherlands? Prior to Aruba becoming autonomous, the ABC Islands, along with the SSS Islands (Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten), made up the Netherlands Antilles. • Is iguana really found on local menus? Yes, popularly found in soups. It’s also believed to be an aphrodisiac, likely because male iguanas are blessed with double genitalia. And yes, it really does taste like chicken.


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Along Came Mary: A Fun Place to Live & Play


ust behind downtown Miami’s financial district, is a dynamic, new neighborhood Mary Brickell Village. Young professionals, whose recreational venues had once been limited to Brickell Avenue, usually in the same buildings in which they worked, can now drink and dine in venues often located in buildings in which they live. In recent years, several new high rises along South Miami Avenue with street level retail plus The Shops at Mary Brickell Village have helped carve out a community where there once was none. In 1870, Mary and William Brickell opened a trading post on the banks of the South Miami River. When William died in 1908, Mary built “millionaire’s row” along the bay and developed Brickell Avenue three years later. Today, office buildings, luxury hotels,


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and upscale condos have replaced the mansions, and retail offerings are a lot more diverse than the ones frequented by Seminole Indians. But, the area behind Brickell did not gentrify as quickly. In 1996 when Steven Perricone opened his marketplace and restaurant on Southeast 10th Street, he joined a small coterie of unique venues. Across the street on South Miami Avenue was Firehouse 4, a picturesque restaurant with live music and dancing housed in a historic firehouse. A few blocks north of the firehouse was Tobacco Road, a restaurant and sometimes raucus music venue (now celebrating its 97th anniversary). Flash forward to 2010. Perricone’s Marketplace, has morphed beyond its rustic, farm-house style building

crafted from an old Vermont barn. There’s now a bar on the front porch, beyond the marketplace and indoor dining room there is a treetop dining deck, and more al fresco dining is available in an adjacent vest-pocket park. Another tree-draped rusticlooking restaurant, now known as Baru Urbano is right across the street and features a Caribbean flavor, wooden deck, and busy outdoor bar. Firehouse 4 now houses two restaurants, Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita has both indoor dining, a romantic Delano-esque 2nd floor terrace, and classic Mediterranean decor. Sushi Maki, distinguished by its bright color palette, is now renting 1,200 square feet of the space, which includes alfresco sidewalk dining. Just down from the firehouse is a cluster of small Italian venues including Rosinella’s, the original one a long-time fixture on South Beach’s Lincoln Road.

And, across from these restaurants, on Southeast 1st Avenue is La Lupita, featuring real Mexican tacos, and soonto-open Mint Leaf Indian Brasserie, already a highly-reviewed restaurant in Coral Gables. The Shops at Mary Brickell Village are east and west of South Miami Avenue, just north of the firehouse and Perricone’s. They consist of 195,000 square feet of retail space anchored by a 2,900 square foot Publix and a 31,000 square foot L.A. Fitness Signature Club. An 800 space garage supplements on-the-street parking. The “village-like”setting has two public plazas with fountains and mature oak and mahogany trees. National chains on the west side include sophisticated Oceanaire Seafood Room; Rosa Mexicano with its Acapulco waterfall wall dotted with numerous tiny divers; Blue Martini, boasting three

Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita

bars; and the anticipated Fado Irish Pub. Smaller restaurants include Abokado Sushi with its pan-Latino cuisine, which will soon be neighbored by a Beer & Burger Joint, which debuted recently on Miami Beach. There are a wide variety of jewelry, accessory, apparel, art galleries, home décor, and gift shops, including the quirky Frida Kahlo-Pasion por la Vida. Joining Publix and Starbucks across the street are Balans, an international chain with an eclectic menu, which first opened on South Beach’s Lincoln Road, and Roma Organic Gelato. Bi-level Grimpa Steakhouse’s menu includes Brazilian Rodizio and a salad bar/ hot buffet. Its sleek, contemporary décor has spice colors, crisp white linens, and wood floors. P.F. Chang’s Chinese Bistro is another huge space, big enough to display twin life-size statues of horses. Some smaller restaurants have cropped up around The Shops at Mary Brickell. These include SuViche, a loftlike black, white and stainless steel Peruvian/Japanese restaurant at 49 SW 11th Street. At 50 SW 10th St., is SuViche's gourmet


pizza place. A South American chain has opened Brix 46, a neighborhood burger/bar/lounge with DJs, dancing, and Salsa lessons. The retail growth jumpstarted by Mary Brickell Village now extends down South Miami Avenue, housed in various newly-built condos. Within 1250 is an eclectic clutch of restaurants including JB Kitchen & Bar, formerly a Swiss restaurant but now serving dishes like Peruvian lobster mac and cheese, Piola, and soon-to-open Le Kabob, Zen Sushi, and Kosta Seafood offering make your own ceviche. At 1450 are the wildly popular Segafredo and Brickell Irish Pub. These two, large, lofty restaurants are a


study in contrasts. Segafredo, a hip restaurant/lounge, is modern with lots of glass windows, concrete floors, and a huge terrace that seats about 350. Walking past beer barrel tables, and through big, dark wood double doors at Brickell Irish Pub, patrons are greeted by servers wearing unisex kilts and a décor that boasts a Cheers-style bar, colorfully upholstered banquettes, and distressed mirrors; a stage for DJs and live music (offered Wednesday through Saturday) is framed by bookshelves with real books. Another spacious venue, the 9,500 square foot Argentine Puerto Madero, will be opening at Southwest 15th Road. Commenting on how his business has been affected by the recent development, Perricone says that he had a destination restaurant but now he's in a destination area. -- Marlene Sholod

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Make Your Claim Working With Your Insurance Company


t is expected that after a hurricane, law firms would be inundated with people who are unhappy with their insurance companies. Most likely these people put in a claim to collect for the damages sustained to their homes; but the amount they received was not a satisfactory amount to cover their losses. But, the difficulty with insurance companies is not only related to claims associated with natural disasters. “The bottom line is insurance companies like to save money, and the less they pay out, the more can go to the bottom line,” said Todd Stabinski, a managing partner in the Miami-based law firm Stabinski & Funt PA.

For Ziva Allen, it was extremely difficult to get her insurance company to pay for the damages to her home. In Allen’s master bathroom, there was a leak; but she couldn’t figure out where the water damage was coming from. All she knew was that the leak caused the hardwood floors in her living room to get discolored from water damage. When she contacted her insurance company to put in a claim, an adjuster was sent out to evaluate the situation. But when he couldn’t find the cause of the problem, Allen’s claim was denied. Even after a plumber uncovered that it was a failed shower pan; and Allen immediately contacted her insurance company, the claim was again denied. Not knowing where

to turn, Allen hired a public adjuster to assess the situation and to speak to the insurance company about her claim. But when the public adjuster found the insurance company uncooperative, he suggested Allen get an attorney. Allen contacted Dan Caine an attorney in the law firm Stabinski & Funt, P.A. The first thing he told her was that the insurance company shouldn’t have left her hanging when it couldn’t figure out where the leak was coming from. According to Caine, it is the insurance company’s job to find out the cause of the problem. The process of getting the insurance company to settle took a lot of time through depositions, mediation and ultimately securing a trial date. But right before the trial was to begin, the insurance company agreed to a settlement. “With the help of my attorney, I got more than double what I would have taken as a settlement,” said Allen. In addition, Allen did not have to pay any of the attorney’s fees as Caine negotiated that settlement directly with the insurance company. “The only way to get the insurance company to do the right thing and pay for my damages was to litigate, and you need an attorney to do this on your behalf,” said Allen. “The truth is if I didn’t file the suit, I would have been left with the insurance company denying my claim and me having to pay for all of the repairs which would have been very expensive.”

Florida law allows a policy-holder to file a lawsuit against its insurance company for up to five years after the date of loss. In the case of Hurricane Wilma, the deadline to file suit is October 24, 2010. If the damage sustained is from Hurricane Katrina, the deadline to file suit is August 23, 2010.


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People also don’t realize that everyone has a foot that is bigger than the other, and it is important to size shoes to correctly fit the bigger foot.” Sokolow also points out that it is critical to think about the activity you are going to do when selecting a shoe. “You really do need different shoes for different activities,” he said. “The only shoe that is built for a variety of activities is the cross trainer; it allows you to move side to side when doing aerobics or playing tennis and has enough cushion to allow you to run short distances and is stiff enough for walking.” However, if you know your sport of choice, you may want to consider getting a specific type of shoe.

For instance in a tennis shoe there is extra durability at the toe of the shoe to handle toe drag caused when a player serves. A running shoe must be flexible, provide cushion and have a higher heel; but, because this shoe is designed to move you forward, it is not good to wear for a sport that requires you to move sideways, i.e. tennis. “It really is not good to wear the wrong shoe for a sport. Wearing a walking shoe to run a marathon will cause a tremendous amount of pain, because the shoe isn’t built with enough cushion. If you do aerobics in a running shoe you will move too easily side-to-side which will likely cause your ankle to twist,” said Sokolow.

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Hormones determine everything in the body from turning on and off its thermostat to inducing sexual desire to establishing the firmness of the skin. “As we age we lose the natural hormone levels we had when we were younger. We want to test for hormonal deficiencies and restore hormones to optimal levels to improve health, provide Michelle Barnes, M.D. disease prevention and increase general quality of life,” said Dr. Michelle Barnes, medical director at AgeMedix. “Once the hormone levels are measured and analyzed, we work with the patient to create a proper treatment plan.” Although no medical treatment is completely risk free, it has been found that natural hormone replacement is safe. Agemedix only uses bio-identical hormones in its therapy treatments. Bio-identical hormones mean it is an exact duplicate to the ones found naturally in the body. “We can naturally replenish and restore what has been lost in the aging process and return hormones to their optimal levels,” said Dr. Barnes. do cardiovascular workouts on a regular basis, Q. toIfwhyIstrengthen do I need to worry about flexibility and exercises my abdominal core?


As a professional dancer, Renee Ricca understands the importance of moving. With her studio just celebrating its first anniversary, Ricca teaches Pilates as a way to increase flexibility, elongate and strengthen muscles and improve posture. Ricca emphasizes the use of proper mechanics, pelvic stabilization, coordinated breathing and muscle contraction to strengthen the Renee Ricca abdominal core. It is crucial to have a strong core because it is actually these muscles that effect posture. “With a strong core you are able to correct your posture and protect your body against future injury,” says Renee Ricca, founder of Renee Ricca Pilates Center. In her belief that movement is the key to a healthy body, Ricca recently introduced Gyrotonics to her studio. “It gets the body moving in a new way,” she said. With a specially created workout bench and pulley tower with rotating wheels, the body is able to do circular movements as opposed to the more traditional linear exercises. As the first studio in Aventura to offer Gyrotonics, Ricca understands the importance of having joint mobility and how circular movements are essential to strengthening joints. “Gyrotonics is able to improve the hips range of motion in a golf swing and to increase the shoulder rotation necessary for playing tennis,” she explained. “Gyrotonics can also do incredible things to improve back and knee injuries.” Ricca works to provide her students with a program that ensures they will get the best out of their bodies. Have health, beauty & wellness questions you would like our team of experts to answer, send them to the editor of CRAVINGS South Florida magazine:



TOOLS OF THE TRADE Beauty Gadgets Go High Tech By Courtney Markofsky

Beauty knows no bounds. The latest technologies of infrared lights, lasers, sonic waves and thermal energy have come to beauty gadgets and gizmos. These technologically advanced tools work to clear your skin, make your teeth whiter and give your hair damage-free heat. So don’t be afraid to bring your beauty regimen into the 21st century; you are sure to see that technology really is beautiful.  BLOW SOME HOT AIR

Don't let your wet hair slow you down. The SuperSolano 3700 Moda Dryer ($220) will get your hair out-thedoor ready in no time. Its heating mechanisms won't hurt your hair, helping to keep it healthy and shiny.


Try the Zeno Hot Spot ($39.99) to clear blemishes. The heated tip is placed directly on the problem area killing acne causing bacteria.


The Sleekheat 450 Flat Iron ($199) heats up in just 60 seconds. The ceramic beveled plates easily glide through hair causing less damage -- doing its jobs while keeping your locks healthy and shiny.


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Give your skin a spa-like treatment at home with the Clarisonic Plus ($195). The moving head is able to get out the deepest of dirt from your pores. Any esthetician would be proud of your clean afterglow.


Photo rejuvenation fights the aging skin battle by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, building collagen, increasing circulation and restoring the skin. Turn on the light and treat your skin to a therapeutic session with the Baby Quasar ($349).


With its thermicon technology, the No!No!8800 ($250) eliminates unwanted hair, reducing re-growth by up to 94%.  THE EYES HAVE IT

 SHOW YOUR PEARLY WHITES Give yourself a one hour professional whitening and brightening treatment with Luster 1 Hour White ($39.99) while wearing your pajamas and fuzzy slippers.

PROS KNOW BEST  Do what the pros do and use the Iwata Silver Jet Compressor ($341) for the perfect application of foundation and self-tanners. This airbrushing machine has a compact compressor making it easy to take anywhere. Never again will you have to face caked on foundation or an uneven tan.

See an immediate reduction of fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area with the use of the Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion ($245). Its circular motion works to make the eye appear brighter, firmer and more hydrated.






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When it comes to hosting a fundraiser the Miami Dolphins Foundation knew how to do it up. For three days, current players and alumni, fans and distinguished guests gathered for FinsWeekend. With no football insight, the days and nights were filled with golf, fishing and partying. All proceeds from the weekend go to the foundation’s initiatives of supporting South Florida’s youth.

1. Donald Thomas, Pat White. 2. 2010 Members of the Dolphins Honor Roll: Bill Stanfill, Owner Stephen Ross, Jake Scott. 3. Lousaka Polite. 4. Jake Grove. 5. Rick Horrow, Tony Segreto, Eddie Carbone. 6. Mayor of Aventura Susan Gottlieb, Chad Henne. 7. Brandon & Katie Fields. 8. Lousaka Polite. 9. O.J. McDuffie. 10. Jake Long. 11. Drew Wickstrom, Channing Crowder. 12. Dick Boever (Golf Trick Shot Artist), Mike Dee, Jorge Perez.


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Although the attire was black-tie and fancy dresses and the locale a waterfront Fort Lauderdale mansion, the annual fundraiser for the Elite Women’s Foundation was seriously working to address the needs of women. Established by Elite Obstetrics & Gynecology director Dr. Lanalee Araba Sam, the foundation strives to assist women experience optimal physical health, emotional wellness and personal success. The more than 350 guests were entertained with an exotic Bollywood dance performance and a swimwear fashion show. With the funds raised, the foundation works with well-established charitable institutions that address the needs of women.

1. Zack Schiffman and wife Lona Smith. 2. Active Doctors Consult team: David Jones, Marie Arnoux & CEO Florent Monssoh. 3. Dr. Lanalee Araba Sam and her brother Garth Sam. 4. Dr. Sam with Drs. Justin & Sarah Yovino. 5. Hybrid Rhythms Bollywood Dance Company. 6. Dr. Sam with TV anchor Neki Mohan. 7. Christopher White, Vernell Roberts. 8. Model Shea McMayo. 9. Dr. Sam & VIP pregnant patient Lona Smith.


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Dining drives the cause

The evening is about friends and first-class dinners. After one of South Florida’s great restaurants is randomly selected, guests load up in limos and are driven to their dining destinations. But the evening isn’t only about fine wines and fabulous food, this annual fundraiser for the Florida Heart Research Institute helps to allow the institute continue to pursue its mission to stop heart disease through cardiovascular research, education and prevention programs.

1. At Creek 28 with Chef Kira Volz. Standing: Lynda Gordon, Terri Rosa & Steve Rosa, Taryn Bulino, Mary Young. Seated:  Dr. Michael Gordon, Janet Khamsl, Frank Young. 2. At Aqualina Resort & Spa on The Beach. Standing: Michael Weintraub, Sue Nichols, Barbara Weintraub, Chef Marc Debas, Carol Russo. Seated: Alan Nichols, Jackie Simkin, Henry Mangels. 3. At Escopazzo with Chef Giancarla Bodoni. Standing:  Bob, Jeff Smith, Andrew Jackson, Tony Robledo. Seated:  Jen, Ceci Smith of BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Dr. Ana Calderon and Sandy Robledo.



People in Your Neighborhood When looking for a new place to live it isn’t only important to find a property you love, but also an area you would enjoy living. Who would know better about the ins and outs of an area than a real estate agent? So we asked. Agents share their insights about an area that they feel not only has beautiful residences, but also is a great place to live.

RANDY ROSE • Rose and Rose Realty, P.A.




Q. Why do you like Eastern Shores? A. It is convenient. It is less than one mile to the beach. It has restaurants, a grocery store and movie theater all in walking distance. Oleta State Park is just across the street; and the drive to either the Aventura Mall or the Bal Harbour Shops is just 10 minutes.

Q. Why do you like Harbor Island? A. Within this gated community there are eight subcommunities offering a great deal of diversity. All the streets are private, unlike say, Golden Beach where it is private but the streets are owned by the city not the community. Harbor Island also has its own private boat marina. It has a country club feel and includes all of the amenities expected at a club – clubhouse, tennis courts, running/biking trails, swimming pool.

Q. What type of property can be found in Eastern Shores? A. The area is known for its waterfront property with direct ocean access for boats. The houses and condos offer enough back space so it is easy to dock a large boat or yacht. There is a wide selection of condos, waterfront townhouses, single-family homes and larger estates. Q. Do you think the residences in Eastern Shores hold their value? A. They absolutely hold their values. First, the area has top-rated schools. Second, there are roughly 335 homes in Eastern Shores and only three are not on the water. Being a waterfront community helps to hold the value. In the last 10 years, people have started to buy the older homes and knock them down to build larger estate homes, which easily increase the values of all the properties.


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Q. What type of property can be found in Harbor Island? A. There are mostly homes and townhouses. There are no condos in Harbor Island. The residential property offerings include single-family zero lot homes, townhouses and large estate homes with up to seven bedrooms. Q. Do you think the residences in Harbor Island hold their value? A. There is not another gated waterfront community from Las Olas to Miami Beach. The private marina allows even those who don’t live on the water to keep their boat easily accessible. Obviously the closer you get to the water the more expensive it gets. In the last six months, a second-home buyer purchased a house on Hatter’s Lane for $3.2 million.

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Q. Why do you like Aventura? A. Aventura is the City of Excellence. It is very beautiful. There is an emphasis on maintaining the city. There are parks, children’s parks, a community center and a new cultural arts center. The three-mile Don Soffer exercise path outlines the Turnberry golf course. The path is currently being renovated with resurfacing and the addition of water fountains and emergency call buttons. The area’s schools are excellent and fairly new. The biggest seller for the area is its location. It is 11 minutes to Fort Lauderdale International Airport, 20 minutes to downtown Fort Lauderdale and 20 minutes to South Beach.

Q. Why do you like Sunny Isles? A. Sunny Isles has the best beaches. It is one of the best places to have a second home or vacation getaway. The condos are literally right up against the beach. There is very easy ocean access through the redeveloped Sampson Park. Sunny Isles is a small community; it only became a city in 1997. Since that time it has used the influx of property tax revenue from the new condo developments to improve the city – everything from an enhanced library, improved parks, larger police force, a community center and a newly rebuilt pier.

Q. What type of property can be found in Aventura? A. Although Aventura is mostly condos, there are a few gated communities of single family homes. Most of the residential buildings are designed with families in mind; they offer the same square footage as a house but with all the amenities of a condo. Q. Do you think the residences in Aventura hold their value? A. Aventura is holding its property values better than other areas. This is because the three-square mile area has as extremely dense wealthy population. It is also very save. Aventura has more police per-square-foot than any other city in South Florida. There have been a lot less short sales and foreclosures in Aventura, which definitely helps the real estate to hold its value.

Q. What type of property can be found in Sunny Isles? A. Sunny Isles is mostly made up of condominiums.


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A Chinese City Shares Miami Beach’s Art Deco Heritage Art Deco in Shanghai and Miami Beach By Deke Erh Available at: Books and Books • 927 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach • 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour Shops • 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables 50

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any people associate Art Deco with Miami – more specifically with South Beach. The tropical-colored, neon-lit hotels along Ocean Drive with their “come hither” curves, thrusting spires, and flirty “eyebrows” are famous the world over. But, in fact, Art Deco, a design movement originating in Europe and inspired by the technological and industrial advances of the ‘20s, can be seen as far away as Melbourne, Australia; Napier, New Zealand; Asmara, Ethiopia, and the harbor cities of China. Christened in the ‘60s, the name, Art Decocomes from a 1925 decorative arts exhibition in Paris that drew attention to the distinctive, richly detailed style. Shanghai, with more Art Deco buildings than any other city in Asia, is considered a capital of Art Deco. However, the edifices aren’t clustered as in South Beach; instead, they are scattered all over the city. This, combined with the rapid and large scale urban redevelopment that accompanied Shanghai’s economic surge, has made it exceptionally difficult for preservationists to save and maintain them. Many of the buildings have survived only because so few buildings were built in the period from the Communist takeover in 1949 to the ‘90s. Interestingly, Shanghai has looked to Miami as an inspiration for preserving its Deco heritage.

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Don and Nina Worth, who have lived in the Art Deco historic district on Ocean Drive since 1993 are ardent preservationists involved with the successful efforts to create historic designations for the MiMo (Miami Modern) district and, more recently, for the Miami Marine Stadium ( In 2005, they were among twelve participants in a United States - China Friendship Association trip to China. A requirement was that they develop a cultural exchange program; Art Deco in Shanghai was a natural match. A meeting was arranged with the architect Xing Tong He. Perhaps because of Asian humility, it wasn’t made clear to them that Mr. Xing is, in fact, the Chief Architect of the Shanghai Xien Dai, one of

the five largest architectural firms in the world. They discussed the similarities between Miami and Shanghai – both energetic, multicultural, cosmopolitan cities with a strong design sensibility and a rapidly growing population; cities where smaller, historic buildings are often sacrificed for modern, high density ones. Miami Beach’s annual Art Deco Weekend 2007 was themed “East Meets West: Art Deco from Shanghai to Miami.” A Shanghainese delegation of government officials, urban planners, and preservationists made the cultural exchange complete, witnessing first hand how preservation of the Art Deco district has served as an economic engine attracting global tourists. Developer and preservationist Tony Goldman funded and hosted an exhibition of one hundred Art Deco photographs by Deke Erh. Half were taken in Miami Beach and half in Shanghai. In 2008, the Worths created the book Art Deco in Shanghai and Miami Beach, which features Erh’s photographs. The book was in part financed by Hutchison Whampoa, a Hong Kong-based conglomerate developing a 1,000 unit Art Deco styled condominium complex in Shanghai designed by Xing Tong He’s firm. The photography exhibition was recently reprised at the University of Miami School of Architecture.


In the ‘20s and ‘30s, Shanghai was a city enthralled by fashion, glamour and modernity, a Paris of the East, where an international crowd of celebrities and wannabees partied together in jazzy venues. Art Deco suited the time and the place. Shanghai’s fabulous Art Deco hotels were developed and designed by a polyglot of people. In 1929, Sir Victor Sassoon, a noted hotelier and British subject of Iraqi Jewish ancestry, opened the magnificent Cathay Hotel. Not far away, gracing an intersection, are Sassoon’s Metropole Hotel, with its family emblems featuring greyhounds and Hamilton House, its twin and originally a combination office building and apartment house. The twenty-two

story Park Hotel, the tallest building in China when it opened in 1934, was designed by Hungarian Laszlo Hudec. Home-grown and European-educated Li Fan designed the famous Yangtze Hotel. The former French concession is a beautiful, residential area where plane trees, imported from France, line the streets. Along the wider boulevards are Art Deco apartment buildings with glamorous facades and high-ceilinged, terrazzo-floored lobbies inlaid with deco designs. As one might expect, some buildings are named the Gascogne, Dauphine, and Normandie. Others have British names, such as the Savoy, Grosvenor, and Cavendish. You can still find Art Deco row houses down narrow lanes and little deco villas behind walls and gardens. Farther east, in the busy, old International Settlement, are the majestic deco commercial buildings, including many of its hotels. South of the Sassoon House is the starkly white Art Moderne Bank. To the north, the aptly-named Embankment Building extends along the Suzhou Creek for a quarter of a mile. Recently, preservation has, gained ground. The Yangtze Hotel, now the five star Langham Yangtse Boutique Shanghai, completed a thirty million dollar renovation. Urged by Shanghai city officials, the state-run company that owns the Peace Hotel, formerly The Cathay, is investing millions of dollars to renovate it. When it reopens, it will be managed by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. The Park Hotel still stands tall, but the horse-racing track it once overlooked is now People’s Square. Next door, the Art Deco Grand Theater, with its dramatic lobby and staircase, has also been renovated. Deke Erh explains in Art Deco in Shanghai and Miami Beach that he intended his photographs “…to afford the residents of these two cities an opportunity to appreciate the architectural wonders of each other’s cityscape…” If Miamians find themselves homesick in Shanghai, they can find the familiar in its beautiful Art Deco buildings.

-- Marlene Sholod


Dealer: Damian Wieza, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. On her (blonde): Navy with sheer cutout Masiguare trench coat, available at Sylvia Tcherassi, Merrick Park; Navy sequin and lace Liza Motte leggings, available nationwide at Custo Barcelona; Black strappy sandals, available at Charles David, Aventura Mall. On him: Giorgio Armani black pinstripe sport coat, available at Bloomingdale’s, Aventura Mall; Emporio Armani navy stripe sweater, available at Bloomingdale’s Aventura; Grey dress slacks, available at Ted Baker, Aventura Mall; Black and whit beaded dress shoe, available at Donald J. Pliner, Aventura Mall. On her (brunette): Michael Kors black lace and beaded leopard pencil skirt and black lace sequin tank, available at Bloomingdale’s, Aventura Mall; Black sheer bolero with ruffle trim, available at Betsey Johnson, Aventura Mall; Ralph Lauren black leather belt, Bloomingdale’s, Aventura Mall; Juicy couture gold with crystal ring, available at Shooz, Seminole Paradise at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino; Sergio Zelcer bronze pumps, available at Maccimo, Seminole Paradise at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

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FASHION STYLIST: Lisa Cera/Ford; Make Up & Hair: J.Patrick for Ford Artist using Dior Cosmetics; Make up & Hair artist assistant: Cynthia Dalagelis; Photographer’s producer: Marce Gaviria; Photographer’s Assistant: Ricky Louis; Fashion Stylist Interns: Arriel Ginter and Abriel Bolton; Models: Brunette: Ivana Korab/Next Models, Blonde: Emilia Jarvela/Mega Models, Man: Nelson R/301 Model Management LOCATION: Seminole Paradise: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, FL 52

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On her (brunette): Yogal Azrouel hounds tooth dress, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour shops; Black sheer stockings, available nationwide at Wolford boutiques; Black leather boots, available at Charles David, Aventura Mall; Red vintage gloves, available at Pure Inspiration (by appointment only), 786.586.8794. On him: Roberto Cavalli brown tie dye print dress shirt, available at Bloomingdale’s, Aventura Mall; Grey slacks, available at Reiss, Aventura Mall; Black suede belt, available at Sebastian James, Aventura Mall; Brown leather dress shoes, available at Ted Baker, Aventura Mall. On her (blonde): Jean-Paul Gaultier red and black print dress with knit trim, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops; Black leather ankle booties, available at Charles David, Aventura Mall; Fossil sunglasses, available at Resort Wear, Seminole Paradise at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. On him (far back): Black sport coat, available at Ted Baker, Aventura Mall; Tom Ford aviator sunglasses, available at Resort Wear, Seminole Paradise at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.


On him: Eggplant dark plum dress shirt, available at Ted Baker, Aventura Mall; Versace black cotton pant, available at Bloomingdale’s, Aventura Mall; Brown leather belt, available at Reiss, Aventura Mall.

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On her: Roberto Cavalli print dress with ruching, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops; Black sheer stockings, available nationwide at Wolford boutiques; Gold metallic handbag with chain, available at Sebastian James, Aventura Mall; Black strappy platforms, available at Charles David, Aventura Mall.

On her: Silver beaded dress by Naheem Kalin, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops; Black satin rose clutch, available at Shooz, Seminole Paradise at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino; Black patent leather faux-crocodile bootie, available at Maccimo, Seminole Paradise at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. On him: Atelier blue dress shirt, available at Maccimo, Seminole Paradise at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino; Pinstripe trouser, available at Reiss, Aventura Mall; Navy blazer with fuschsia trim, available at Ted Baker, Aventura Mall; Black patent leather belt and black patent leather dress shoes available at Donald J. Pliner, Aventura Mall .

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On her (blonde): Donna Karan sheer layered nude and grey gown, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops; Grey fur ivy in Lapin handbag by Laura Buccellati, available at Jennifer Boin Personal Jeweler, Coral Gables; Silver metallic platform pumps, available at Charles David, Aventura Mall. On her (brunette): Multi-colored fringe dress and bolero, both available nationwide at Custo Barcelona; Bronze strappy sandals, available at Charles David, Aventura Mall.


On her (brunette): Silver metallic dress with jeweled neckline and cuffs by Kaisa De Gelaque, available at Maccimo, Seminole Paradise at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. On her (blonde): Ralph Lauren classic camel high neck sweater, available at Bloomingdale’s, Aventura Mall; Michael Kors classic camel fur vest, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops; Gold fringe necklace, available at Macy’s, Aventura Mall.

On him: Energie grey trousers, available at Reiss, Aventura Mall; Black wool sweater, available at Miss Sixty, Aventura Mall; Versace black on black swirl print blazer, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Dadeland Mall.




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Spend Time In Paradise

At the Seminole Paradise: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino it won’t be hard to spend your winnings. Adjacent to the hotel and casino is an outdoor complex that includes 23 retail shops, 18 restaurants and 13 bars and lounges. Designer Outlet and Maccimo can step in with their selections of fashionable and designer offerings. On the shoe front, there is Styletto Shoes and Shooz which carry a wide range of designers from Donald Pliner to BCBG. But be careful, it is easily possible to exit the stores having purchased several pairs. For men, there is a wide selection of stores from the gadgets and gizmos offered at Brookstone to Havana Shirt Store with its wide selection of Cuban shirts, hats and linen pants. On the more serious side there are stores like: Seminole Store offering a wide range of handcrafted Native American merchandise and Gallerit offering fine arts and collectibles.


The options are so great it will be hard to decide. For those whose tequila buzz hasn’t worn off there is 88’s Dueling Pianos where sing alongs are required. For the more subdued, the options include Knightime Billards with nine holes of trick shot pool and an arcade. If sitting back and being entertained is on the agenda there is Improv Comedy Club with both local and national comic headliners and don’t miss the magic bar. To do the nightclub/lounge thing there is a choice of Pangaea a spinoff of New York’s celebrity lounge or Opium, the relocated iconic South Beach nightclub.


The Paradise Shops offers a wide variety from the more established Brookstone and White House/ Black Market to boutiques that are unique to Paradise including Rock Shop where it is easy to find everything from limited edition T-shirts to funky keychains. For those looking for a bit better bauble, Koosh Jewelers offers a wide selection of diamond jewelry and watches by Rolex, Cartier and Breitling. Not to forget that this is a casino, straight from the Forum Shops in Las Vegas is Brats offering children’s clothing with lots of attitude. If by chance when packing the little black dress or snazzy sandals somehow didn’t make it, boutiques like Cache,

In between going in and out of the shops, an appetite can certainly build. Well no matter what the desire is -- be it Italian, Asian, Mexican, BBQ, burgers or just a scoop of ice cream it is all here. No craving will go unmet. Martorano’s is an offshoot of Steve Martorano’s Philadelphia-inspired Italian flavor restaurant. For authentic Florida oak-smoked BBQ head directly to Renegade BBQ. For a mixture of everything from Cantonese to Thai, Tatu is at the ready. It also has a sushi bar and private tatami rooms. Wanting to go all out and have a no-holdsbar night of fun head to Tequila Ranch. Here margaritas are served by the yard. A mechanical bull is ready to be challenged, when the tequila kicks in and the confidence builds to believing conquering the beast is possible.




After the lazy days of summer, the crisp fall air brings excitement and energy for lots of fun -- visiting a pumpkin patch, jumping in a pile of leaves, or heading off to school.


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he start of a new school year gives a child the opportunity to strengthen his skills, explore new talents and get assistance in subject areas where he may be struggling. Regardless of his interests, there is a class or program that will engage and enrich and provide him with the opportunity to develop to his fullest potential. ďƒ‚ Sports American Tae Kwon Do Academy 2026 NE 155th Street, NMB 305.945.4445 Although your kids may be more familiar with mixed martial arts than with traditional karate, the basic principles are the same. Students who participate in the after-school program are expected to complete homework tasks before beginning martial arts lessons. Tae Kwon Do is known to help children with responsibility and discipline.


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Kirova Ballet Academyof Miami 1955 E. Hallandale Beach Boulevard, Hallandale Beach 305.720.2484 With a distinguished faculty who teaches the Vaganova Syllabus of classical Russian ballet technique (the world’s most rigorous and thorough). This academy works with young dancers, from ages three and up, to learn great technique from the beginning. Class offerings include: ballet, pointe, jazz and modern dance.

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Master Sang’s Martial Arts Academy 1420 Alton Road, Miami Beach 305.785.2286 For the past 20 years at his five Tae Kwon Do centers throughout the area, Master Sang has developed an exclusive Black Belt Success System. The system is based on a structured curriculum that focuses on the core elements of martial arts: respect, discipline, perseverance and selfcontrol. Participating in Tae Kwon Do is known to enhance concentration and the ability to focus.

Miami Gymnastic & Dance Academy

Miami Gymnastic & Dance Academy 2281 NE 164th Street, NMB 305.944.2727 Through flips, tumbles and dance moves children are sure to build both their coordination and self-confidence. Classes include: tumbling, acrobatics, circus arts and trampoline. For the more advanced students, there is an intense X-Sports program that combines all of the above activities into one class. Hip-hop, ballet, jazz and break dance lessons are also available.

Penny Sugarman Tennis Center at Sans Souci 1795 Sans Souci Boulevard, North Miami 305.893.7130 Even the youngest can practice their backhand with the guidance of expert coaches at the Penny Sugarman Tennis Center. Lessons for players of all levels are available, as well as private classes and free clinics. Remember, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal had to start somewhere.

 Arts & Culture Art Atelier 14101 S. Dixie Highway, Palmetto Bay 305.432.4034 This art studio is one of the few places in Miami to offer art instruction by locally recognized artists. There are classes available for every type of painting style including oil, acrylic and watercolor. Classes in drawing, jewelry making, sculpture and photography are also available.

Kendall Conservatory of Music 7153 SW 117th Avenue, Kendall 305.274.9207 With the intention of inviting students of all ages to explore the wonderful world of making music, children as young as four can begin to learn to play the piano, violin and guitar. Instructors focus on proper technique and theory. The conservatory also offers private vocal and instrument lessons. Miami Children's Museum

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Red Berry’s Baseball World 7455 SW 125th Avenue, Miami 305.279.2668 Making sure every youth can enjoy the great American pastime, legendary coach Red Berry continues to provide a fun opportunity for children to learn the fundamentals of baseball at his world-class training facility. With nearly half a century and counting under his belt there’s a chance for every child, from T-ball to varsity, to knock one out of the park. Swim Gym Dave & Mary Alper JCC 11155 SW 112th Avenue, Kendall 305.271.9000 Ever since Michael Phelps won eight gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics, many more children are diving into the pool. Swim Gym has year round water sports and activities including: sailing, fishing, swimming, water polo, canoeing and snorkeling. Private swim lessons are also available.

Avenue Productions 2810 E. Oakland Park Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale 954.561.1226 This full-service model and talent agency offers upcoming stars the place to start their modeling and acting careers. With extensive experience in show business, students are offered a variety of opportunities to participate in print ads, television commercials/ programs, music videos and fashion shows. Clients have found their way into well-known television shows and movies including: Burn Notice, The O.C., C.S.I. Miami, Up in the Air, Marley & Me, Daddy Day Care, Analyze This, Up Close and Personal and Confessions of a Shopaholic. Boca Raton Museum of ArtThe Art School 801 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton 561.392.2503 The museum’s art school encourages creativity. In addition to offering numerous art classes, lectures and workshops for all levels, the school also has photography, fashion and caricature arts classes.

Miami Children’s Museum 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami Beach 305.373.5437 An ideal learning experience, the Miami Children’s Museum offers a plethora of classes and activities designed to teach kids through play and exploration with its interactive exhibits about art, science and even economics. Don’t think the kids have all the fun there are many classes that include parent and caretaker participation. The Roxy Theater Group The Roxy Performing Arts Center 1645 SW 107th Avenue, Miami 305.226.0030 This non-profit organization provides affordable performing arts, musical theater, improv and tap dancing classes. It is the perfect place for a child who has a desire to be in the spotlight to begin her training.



Morikami Museum

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach 561.495.0233 Designed to create an appreciation for other cultures, the Morikami Museum produces exhibits that offer insight into Japan and its people. Its current exhibition Japan Through the Eyes of a Child transports young visitors to a distant land. From history to anime to Godzilla, youngsters will expand their horizons and gain a global perspective.  Academics Baby Stars The Shops at the Waterways 3565 NE 207th Street, Aventura 305.466.1886 Toddlers and infants will get excited about learning, discovering and exploring. With its six unique environments: discovery room, fine motor skills, sensory and art room, gym and theater. The thematic curriculum offers agespecific activities for children from 3 months to 3 years. Classes are taught in English, Spanish and bilingual formats.

Green Children's House


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Green Children’s House 307 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach 954.946.7215 This eco-friendly Montessori school strives to sustain the planet with its business practices and classroom teaching techniques. The school strives to protect and preserve the environment as well as teaching the importance of taking care of our world. The Debbie School- University of Miami 1601 NW 12th Avenue, Miami 305.243.6961 Under the direction of the Department of Pediatrics at the UM Miller School of Medicine, The Debbie School serves the developmental needs of children with disabilities from birth to eight years of age. Therapeutic and academic programs are individualized for each child encouraging personal and intellectual growth. Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science 20445 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura 305.933.8992 This is the place for those who not only want to play with their Playstation, iPad or iPod but also want to learn how the technology works. With such courses as math enrichment and virtual robotics, young minds will definitely be challenged.

KLA Schools

KLA Schools 20301 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura 786.422.6262 Based on the education philosophy inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, KLA Schools provide and exciting, enriching and childfocus programs for infants to 5-year-olds. Schools based on the Reggio Emilia approach have been hailed as the best early childhood education programs. Through innovative activities, unique combinations of resources and materials and a variety of learning situations, children are encouraged to acquire critical thinking and collaboration skills. Space of Mind 110 SE 2nd Street, Delray Beach 877.407.1122 For parents who are tired of being the homework police, this program is designed to give parents a break. By offering innovative coaching and creative programming, students are taught how to simplify, maximize, organize the schoolwork to get it done in easy and fun ways. Sylvan Learning Center 18155 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura 888 EDUCATE (338.2283) Sylvan provides specialized tutoring programs in a large variety of subject matters for every grade level. Remedial tutoring and SAT preparation are also available.

Deering Estate - Richmond Cottage

 Nature & Science Deering Estate 16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Palmetto Bay 305.235.1668 With its 444 acres of beautiful landscape, the historic Deering Estate is the perfect place for nature loving teens to get an introduction to photography. Miami Science Museum 3280 South Miami Avenue,
Miami 305.646.4200 With an exciting line-up of exhibitions throughout the year ranging from rainforests to energy conservation, the museum is one of Miami’s most interactive places for children to discover the wonderful world of science. Different hands-on educational workshops and classes are offered to get visitors to engage in scientific activities. - Additional research by Michael Fern Sylvan Learning Center


Do ComeTrue

Imagine if your birthday wish could come true before you even blew out the candles. When it comes to little girls, Le Petite Spa can easily make this happen.


ere, birthdays are celebrated by being pampered with spa services including makeup, hairdos, manicures and pedicures; and, once the primping is complete the girls head down the runway for a mini-fashion show. There is no doubt that Le Petite Spa is truly a little girl’s fantasy come true; and, the new themed party packages are just the icing on the cake. For the little princess who likes to dress up and enjoys fairytales there is The Magical Package. The two-hour party includes manicures, hair and makeup, fashion show, pink lemonade champagne toast and the choice for the girls to make a tiara or magic wand. This party is planned (personal invitations included) for 12 girls. For the more adventurous child there is the two-hour OOh La La Package. The girls get to pick four spa services. Once pampered and prepped there is the mini-fashion show with black tutus, a pink lemonade champagne toast, a special cake and the opportunity to make their own tiaras. This party is planned (personal invitations included) for 12 girls. For the girl who likes to be in the spotlight there is the three-hour Ultimate Package. The girls get all the spa services, the chance to walk the runway and the pink lemonade champagne toast. They will also decorate their own hairpieces and enjoy a special birthday cake; for the grown-ups there is a food platter. And each girl will go home with a special party favor. This party is planned (personal invitations included) for 10 girls. 70

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If you would rather not have a theme, there is a wide selection of basic packages of two and three hour parties. There is also the opportunity to create a custom party if there are less than 10 girls attending. To make the special day really complete, the girls can be picked up in a limo and a photographer can be at the ready to capture all the special moments and catering is also available. No matter what type of party is selected, it is almost guaranteed that the birthday girl will have a great time celebrating with her friends in an environment thoughtfully designed for little girls. Isn’t it nice knowing that for another year a little girl gets to believe that wishes can happen and dreams can come true?



Biltmore Hotel


In South Florida there is no lack of places to go to expunge the ills of your workaday life. Highlighted here are the details of locales that offer eat & drink specials on specific days of the week. These spots are all light on the wallet and will help to put the happy in happy hour.  Monday:

Get rid of your Monday back-to-work blues at the Biltmore Hotel’s weekly happy hour. From 5pm-7pm all drinks on the menu, including the signature martinis are half off. Primarily filled with suits and ties looking to wind down after the start of the workweek, the famous Coral Gables hotel also offers live music and scrumptious bites at its four distinctive restaurants and two separate bars. Appreciate the legacy and embrace the atmosphere of this historic landmark. Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, 305.445.8066  Tuesday:

Opened for over 60 years, Fox’s Sherron Inn is reminiscent of the 1950s with its vintage vinyl booths. The laid-back spot is known for its Shuffle Tuesdays, where anyone from the college crowd to local hipsters drop in to take advantage of the all-night two for one specials on domestic beers, vodkas, gins, rums and wines. Fox’s Sherron Inn, 6030 South Dixie Highway, South Miami, 305.666.2230


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 Wednesday:

Here is a way to raise your spirits in high style. Bourbon Steak is all too happy to help you chase the blues away with its Wednesday night Bourbon and Blues. Located in the Fairmont/ Turnberry Isle Resort. From 5pm – 8pm this classy joint will raise your spirits with specials including half-off signature cocktails as well as select beers and wines. Bourbon Steak, 19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura, 786.279.6600 Amongst the glistening high rises of Miami’s downtown is Waxy O’Connor’s Irish Pub. It’s warm atmosphere makes it easy for you to enjoy its Happy Hump Day celebration from 7pm – 12am. With the sound of live reggae getting you to relax, the pub’s riverfront patio transforms into a backyard barbecue with hot dogs, burgers and steaks with all the trimmings. Ladies take note, from 7pm-10pm the champagne is complementary. Waxy O’Connor’s on the River, Brickell, 690 SW 1st Court, Miami, 786.871.7660

 Thursday:

For those with sophisticated tastes Caviar Kaspia is sure to satisfy on a multiple of levels. This modern and elegant locale is in the uber-chic store Webster. Here, from 7pm-9pm, the usually pricey drinks are cut down to size with its offering of $8 mojitos, martinis, signature cocktails, beers, house wines and champagnes. Satisfy your stomach with its plates of delectable nibbles all under $10. If you desire to keep the specials of the evening coming head up to the rooftop where the live DJ spins and the specials continue to flow until 11pm. Caviar Kaspia, 1220 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, 305.674.7899  Friday:

Tobacco Road is the keeper of the oldest liquor license in Miami. Knowing how its done, every night offers specials during happy hour, but Fridays are definitely the night to indulge. From 6pm - 7:38pm drinks are a penny for every year the bar has been open. This year it is 98 cents -- you really can give someone your two cents. Tobacco Road, 626 South Miami Avenue, Brickell, 305.374.1198 Bourbon Steak

From Las Olas to downtown Fort Lauderdale, there are a wide selection of drinking haunts but for those who need to lick a few wounds from the workweek head to Tarpon Bend. With its two for one drinks from 4pm – 9pm, you are sure to get a friend or two to listen to your tales of woe. Tarpon Bend, 200 SW 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, 954.523.3233

Caviar Kaspia

 Saturday:

For a little dim sum (and then some!), pair authentic hand-rolled sushi with your cocktails at Doraku. Happy hour runs from 5pm - 7pm and offers a nice selection of $3 to $7 appetizers including salmon carpaccio, rock shrimp, edamame and classic rolls. Additionally several drink offerings, margaritas and lychee martinis included, are within this price range. Doraku, 1104 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305.695.8383  Sunday:

For those trying to make the weekend last as long as possible, head to the Yardhouse. Here happy hour gets started at 10pm and goes until the wee hours of the morning; this is sure to give you plenty of time to try a variety of its 130 distinct brews at half price. Yardhouse, Village of Merrick Park, 320 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305.447.9273 - Elizabeth Newman



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Miami's Top Chefs

here are a lot of great things about Miami. The sea. The sunshine. The Latin vibe. The Art Basel buzz. “But it’s not what it’s all about,” says Michael Schwartz, chef/owner of the Design District’s Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink. It’s also about the foodie-fun wave that Miami is riding high on, he explains, thanks in part, to reality television and the huge success of culinary shows on channels like the Food Network. Every time you turn on the tube, it seems there’s one Miami chef or another, warming up a skillet, dishing out a new wave of cuisine, or judging top chefs on a star-studded panel. Heck, sometimes Miami chefs even show up on non-culinary reality shows. Just ask Sean Brasel chef/co-owner of Meat Market (previously of Touch Restaurant) whose adrenaline-loving self made a special appearance on The Playboy Channel’s Sex Lives and another one on Miami Ink, where he traded a tattoo with the infamous inkstress Kat for cooking lessons. There is a long list of others who are on the culinary reality show track. In 2008, Michael Jacobs, of the Miami Beach-based Strategic Hospitality Group, was filmed for the Food Network’s Big Bash Caterers Challenge. Michael Schwartz appear as a judge on Season 3 of Top Chef. Also making an appearance on Season 3 as a contestant was Howie Kleinberg from Bulldog BBQ. Most recently, on the just-started-to-air Season 7 of Top Chef, Andrea CurtoRandazzo takes up the baton in representing Miami’s cuisine.

Andrea Curto-Randazzo

Curto-Randazzo was perhaps the most reluctant contestant of the above mentioned. She runs food operations at the recently opened Water Club in North Miami Beach; she also co-owns a catering company called Creative Tastes Catering with her husband, Frank Randazzo; runs the kitchen at the Garden Café at Fairchild Tropical Gardens; and plates up savory favs at Talula restaurant in South Beach. So, it’s not as if she doesn’t have enough on her plate. “These days working hard and doing great food is not enough,” says Curto-Randazzo. “You have to be in the spotlight… the television spotlight.” Despite the initial reluctance; the fear of losing her privacy and becoming a celebrity, she has already seen a massive influx of support and emails from new fans and old schoolmates on Facebook and other social media outlet. She says, “Her cast mates (well most of them) were awesome. I have made friendships with that will last a lifetime.”


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Top Chef

Although she can’t tell us, because she is under a signed contract, who won the competition, she can say that her hope is that the show will stimulate business and give her career a boost. Curto-Randazzo’s career was skyrocketing before she decided to slow it down and have three little girls. “They are the focus of what [my husband and I] work so hard for, so whatever happens is for them,” says Curto-Randazzo.

into a store or opening a door to say hello to somebody can take 7-10 takes,” he says.

Meanwhile, Miami’s got its fingers crossed that Curto-Randazzo’s characteristic American with a twist cuisine shines on the television screen as much as it does on the plate.

“Though I love what I do it’s the joy my cooking brings to others that makes it all worth it. Having folks in the industry I respect sound off like this means a lot to me,” says Goldsmith.

Others who have gone through the full experience already, are able to reveal more. Michael Jacobs says his experience was fun, and that it brought him probably more credibility and recognition than he even thought he wanted or needed. Jacob says he might have some irons in the fire for future reality television gigs. But, he admits that the whole pre- and post-production thing can be time consuming. “They try to put you off your game with questions and comments from the other contestants; they love drama!” says Jacobs. Brasel agrees. “Reality TV,” he says, “takes a long time to film. Not a lot of reality in reality television. Basic scenes like coming

But it’s not all tedious takes. Definitely, having the best in the business call your cooking the best, takes the cake, so to speak. And it did just that for pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink. This past June, her desserts were featured on the Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate.

It can even change your life. In Howie Kleinberg’s case, his experience on Top Chef made him realize that although he was classically trained, he wanted to cook food that everyone could afford, which is how his restaurant Bulldog BBQ came about and the recently opened Bulldog Café. And, in the fall, he will add Bulldog Burger. “The Miami food scene gets more and more exciting every day, thanks in part to the huge food focus of shows like Top Chef,” says Kleinberg. “When all is said and done we (Miami) get high marks compared to any city. I wouldn’t want to be working and living anywhere else. This is home.” - Vanessa Garcia



LunchCounters A Taste of History B

efore fast food, diners who needed meals in minutes depended on automats, luncheonettes or lunch counters. The latter, which multiplied throughout the U.S. via department stores, and five and dimes, took on a whole new entity as sit-in venues during the civil rights movement. Local historian Dr. Paul George reports downtown Miami’s numerous lunch counters at Burdines, Woolworth’s and McCrory’s, among others, are often overlooked for their role during this epic transition.

Wagons West

Clive’s Cafe About as hole-in-the-wall as it gets, this colorful slice of Jamaica isn’t for wimpy diners. Even foodies who can get past the oxtail, escovitch fish and goat curry may have difficulty biting into a cow foot. For everyone else, there’s jerk chicken, brown stew and American mainstays from BLT’s to mac and cheese. At least be daring enough to try a sorrel beverage. 818 North Miami Avenue, Wynwood, 305.576.0277,, Mon-Fri, 8:30am-6:30pm; Sat, 9am-3pm; Closed Sunday. Cash only.


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“A year before the famous 1960 Greensboro, North Carolina sit-in, African-Americans and Jews joined forces to hold one in Miami,” he said.

Donut Gallery This circa late 1960’s donut shop turned diner had a steady stream of construction workers during Key Biscayne’s boom has given way to snowbirds and multigenerational local families. Evolving with healthier fare like oatmeal, mixed berries, and veggie and turkey burgers over the years, the menu still lists heartclogging classics like the Ted Special, an English muffin topped with ham, bacon, cheese, egg and tomato. 83 Harbor Drive, Key Biscayne, 305.361.9985, Daily, 5:30am-3pm. Cash only.

Arva Moore Parks, another Miami historian, who grew up dining at downtown establishments beginning in the 1950’s, witnessed the event. “I was there when Dr. John O. Brown led the first sit-in at Woolworth’s that summer,” she said, also recalling African-Americans being turned away from Juniors restaurant on Miami Beach. “I was embarrassed when my father stood up for them, but later realized how special he was, and how lucky I was to be raised in a family that opposed segregation.” Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields, founder of The Black Archives, History and Research Foundation of South Florida, was among the customers who weren’t allowed to sit.

 Burger Bob’s Long before the gourmet burger trend swept Miami, Coral Gables claimed the ultimate, sizzling beef patty served old school style at Granada Golf Course’s onsite restaurant. But namesake Bob Maguire, who bought the joint nearly 20 years ago, reports neighborhood regulars far outnumber golfers for wolfing down burgers and the also popular homemade chili. 2001 Granada Boulevard, Coral Gables, 305.567.3100, Daily, 6am-3pm. Cash only.

Enriqueta’s Policemen, construction workers and artists alike pile it on at this family-owned Cuban restaurant that opened in 1967. No place for dieters, a meal here starts with crispy, buttered Cuban bread that’s demonically irresistible, followed by oversized platters of greasy, grilled meats with salad and/or fries and lots of lime. Carefree customers slurp mamey or mango milkshakes, while the slightly saner stick to a post-repast cafecito. 186 NE 29th Street, Wynwood, 305.573.4681, Mon-Fri, 6:30am-3:45pm; Sat, 6:30am-2pm.



As a college student in Atlanta, Fields picketed and sat at lunch counters without being served until the early 1960’s when some students were told they could order. “They were so startled, they ate their food, and then remembered they didn’t have any money to pay for it,” said Fields. The battle was no different on Miami Beach, where Wolfie’s and Pumpernik’s were other hotspots for a quick bite. As their Jewish clientele disappeared a little more each decade in conjunction with the island’s gentrification and influx of Latin Americans, their special niche in the city’s lunch counter heyday came to a close.

Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish Market Legend has it that lawmen and drug dealers rub elbows while chowing down simply prepared local seafood at this lunch counter. (In respect to Mr. Garcia, arrests are conducted outside after the meal.) Esteban Garcia installed the retro counter upon opening the riverfront restaurant in 1991, based on his fond boyhood memories of serving boaters at one in Cuba, according to his son Luis. 398 NW North River Drive, Miami, 305.375.0765,, Daily, 11am-10pm.

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Malls replacing main street and shoppers looking for deals at then-new discount retailers like Kmart dried up lunch counters’ lifelines across America. Fast food was the final blow. According to Dr. George, Miami’s famed Royal Castle chain marked the link between luncheonettes and the era of the Big Mac. Frequenting their open-air counters, Parks would score two small hamburgers and a Birch beer for 25 cents. Its last two independently-owned franchises offer this glimpse into the past.

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 Wagons West When brothers Steve and Wally Muench purchased this circa mid-1950’s luncheonette in 1981, they kept its terrazzo floor and round stools, but gave it a western flair. Patrons from Pembroke Pines to Homestead drive for buttermilk pancakes with blueberries or bananas, ranch dogs with ground beef, chili and onions, and the meatloaf madness, which adds melted Swiss cheese, barbecue sauce and a BLT atop a buttered, toasted hoagie. 11311 South Dixie Highway, Pinecrest, 305.238.9942, Mon-Sat, 6:30am-9pm; Sun, 6:30am-4pm.

On Miami shopping trips with her mother, they could either awkwardly eat a hot dog and soda water outside when hungry enough, or plan shorter excursions to be home for mealtimes.


S&S Diner

Today few bona fide lunch counters remain, but we’ve dug up a batch along with a few ethnic versions. Enjoy them while they last, especially as the latest lunch fads invade Miami—gourmet food trucks, taco stands and fast-food hand rolls. -Rebecca Kleinman

 S&S Diner Since taking over a dozen years ago, Simon Elbaz has been a permanent fixture at this historicallydesignated, Art Deco gem’s horseshoe counter. As an eclectic crowd with the occasional, caloriecheating celeb tucking in for French toast, eggs Benedict, and daily specials—Tuesday’s roast turkey with all the trimmings flies out fast white35-year veteran servers remind patrons to save room for the homemade apple pie. 1757 NE 2nd Avenue Wynwood, 305.373.4291, Mon-Fri, 5:30am-5pm; Sat-Sun, 5:30am-2:30pm.

Royal Palm Grill Grab a grillside stool to watch owner Frank Balchan perfectly execute comfort food at an Olympian pace. Two meal-a-day diehards start with banana pancakes or Greek omelettes, only to return come lunchtime for sell-out soups like cream of potato, the fajitainspired mexican salad, and daily specials, particularly Friday’s seafood theme offerings such as shrimp creole or the captain’s platter. No wonder it’s been around since 1953. 806 North Krome Avenue, Homestead, 305.246.5701, Mon-Fri, 7am-4pm; Sat, 7am-3pm; Sun, 7am-2pm.

Sushi Deli Chef Michio Kushi and his wife added a small sushi bar inside their Japanese market in 2002. Many followers hold standing reservations for his well-priced omakase (chef’s choice) extravaganzas featuring items like sashimi cut from seafood flown in from Japan, savory tuna tartares topped with gooey quail eggs, sea urchin and fried shrimp heads. For rolls, there’s the authentic battera with layers of mackerel, seaweed and rice, plus the usual American standbys. 1412 79th Street Causeway, North Bay Village, 305.861.0143,, Tue-Sat, 11:30am-7pm; Sun, 12-6pm; Closed Monday.


Room SERVICE Hotels that house fabulous restaurants


iving in a popular tourist destination has obvious drawbacks. The traffic, crowds and overabundance of tschotkes for sale can make anyone long for a plane ticket to Helena, Montana (which is actually quite lovely). However, tourism has its benefits other than just boosting the local economy and reinforcing the awesomeness of your hometown. Without tourists there would be many fewer high-end hotels in South Florida. And with high-end hotels come high-end restaurants. The result is a perfect symbiotic relationship with mass appeal to hipsters and foodies everywhere. See and be seen in the swankiest of eateries in South Florida housed in equally stunning hotels. These restaurants serve up only the best fare by the best chefs. And if you indulge a bit too much, you can always get a room for the night.


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List of Fall Programs and Services

Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center 20400 NE 30th Avenue Aventura, FL 33180

Tel. 305.937.1880 Fax. 305.792.6072

We look forward to welcoming you and your family into our ATJC community. We hope you will share in the celebrations of our Fall festivals in our warm and inviting synagogue.

Please contact our office for Membership information or to reserve your spots for our upcoming holiday programs!

You Belong Here August 27 Friday Night Live Kick-Off Services & Complimentary Shabbat Dinner

6:30pm - 8:30pm

September 4 Slichot Movie & Dessert Choir Services

9:00pm 11:00pm

September 8 Erev Rosh Hashana Services


September 9 Rosh Hashana Services Family Services

8:30am - 12:00pm 10:30am

September 10 Rosh Hashana Services Tashlich & Friday Night Live Services

8:30am 5:00pm

September 17 Kol Nidre Services


September 18 Yom Kippur Services Family Services Ne’ilah

9:00am - 2:30pm 10:30am - 11:30am 6:00pm - 6:45pm

September 19 Extreme Sukkah Makeover

9:00pm - 12:00pm

September 24 Friday Night Live Services and Supper in the Sukkah


September 25 Shabbat Sukkah Stroll at the home of Rabbis Berkun


September 28 ATJC Brotherhood &YaYa 7:00pm Sisterhood’s Sushi & Sake in the Sukkah at the home of Rabbis Berkun

September 30 Shmini Atzeret Service Simchat Torah Celebration

8:30am 6:30pm


Area 31

The Restaurant

The flavor of Essensia (The Palms Hotel & Spa) proves that environmentalists can still be foodies. Ingredients used are local, organic and seasonaleven the wine list is 100% sustainable, organic or biodynamic (decision-making is easier with a flight of three for an “interactive wine voyage”). The relaxing and natural vibe here whispers spa from the gardens visible from the dining room and terrace to the casual foliage accents inside. Speaking of spas, check out the menu’s spa selections for low calorie options. If views are what you crave, enjoy the sweeping overlook of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay from 16 floors up at Area 31 (EPIC Hotel), though your meal actually hails from Fishing Area 31, the Western Central Atlantic waters including the Florida coast (the name is no coincidence). Every table is afforded amazing sights, not just those seated by the 12-foot windows. The kitchen is central and open for those seated in the inside

Essensia The Palms Hotel & Spa 3025 Collins Avenue Miami Beach 305.534.0505 Chef Frank Jeannetti Cuisine: Natural Gourmet


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dining area, while terrace diners order poolside or in private cabanas. As the name implies, Area 31’s focus is on seafood though landlubbers will find what they crave in the secondi and contorni sections of the menu. Offering similar panoramic views of the skyline and Bay but with a completely different feel, Eos (Greek for “new dawn”) (Viceroy Miami) cuisine is modern Greek with influences from Portugal, Spain and Morocco. The impressive 15th floor views have nothing on the lavish décor, black and white glam with pops of color. Featuring a small plates menu, Eos is designed so each patron can experience, discover and share any desired flavor combination. Be sure not to skip the raw section of the menu for the perfect starter. For Mediterranean flavor in the quintessential South Florida setting, enter Wish (The Hotel). Dine al fresco in the tropic garden featuring a fountain

Area 31 EPIC Hotel 270 Biscayne Boulevard Miami 305.424.5226 Chef John Critchley Cuisine: Seafood

Eos Viceroy Miami 485 Brickell Avenue Miami 305.503.4400 Chef Michael Psilakis Cuisine: Mediterranean

or inside the dining room’s inner garden for a similar experience (complete with palm trees). The cuisine is fresh, seasonal and vibrant, as described by executive chef Marco Ferraro, who delivers the simplicity of good food combined with good technique. Fun perk: The menu itself lights up for easy reading. Double fun perk: The martini ice cubes also light up. Find a different kind of Mediterranean cuisine, one with a strong Asian influence, at Azul (Mandarin Oriental). The folks here have thought of everything from the marble open kitchen with raw bar and the impressive lengthy wine table to the more personalized touches such as offering pashminas (in various colors) and reading glasses (in various strengths) for the comfort of the patrons. Waterfront views are to be admired from the terrace or through the floor-to-ceiling windows that surround three sides of the airy and chic dining area. Though most non-steak houses in the area

Wish The Hotel 801 Collins Avenue Miami Beach 305.531.2222 Chef Marco Ferraro Cuisine: Mediterranean

Azul Mandarin Oriental 500 Brickell Key Drive Miami 305.913.8288 Chef Clay Conley Cuisine: Mediterranean/Asian

Some hotels make it easy, playing host to multiple restaurants Soleá Mr. Chow W South Beach 2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 305.938.3000

Wish focus on seafood, the sea and land options here are fairly balanced. The name BLT Steak (The Betsy) has nothing to do with the sandwich (which incidentally does not appear on the menu so please don’t ask); it’s simply short for Bistro Laurent Tourondel (the executive chef of BLT restaurants). The steakhouse takes steak very seriously, offering a myriad of sauces, temperatures and sides, with each of the latter in its own cast-iron pan. Enjoy these thoughtful touches while admiring the ocean from the terrace or from the vast number of windows. Those looking to recreate the evening may purchase BLT brand steaks or BBQ sauce. The more kitchen-talented patrons could be interested in one of Laurent Tourondel’s autographed cookbooks.

Gotham Steak BLADE Scarpetta Hakkasan Fontainebleau Hotel 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 305.538.2000

The menu and name of Steak 954 (W Fort Lauderdale) certainly leave no room for guessing about the focus here. (It’s steak for those of you playing along at home.) But the décor is much more boutique-sleek. Picture artistic patterns on the walls, vibrant colors and an aquarium featuring jellyfish instead of traditional steak-house-brown wood everywhere. Inside is hip, outside is quiet and candlelit. The raw bar and seafood selections are impressive, though carnivores will appreciate the variety of steak options (especially the signature Kobe Cheesesteak). Unlike many pan-Asian locations, The Restaurant (The Setai) recognizes Indian and Dim Sum in addition to the more popular fare. Food is prepared in an open kitchen so patrons may enjoy the sights in addition to the aromas of their meals, which are served family-style. Those preferring to dine outside can enjoy more peaceful courtyard seating. Each location is known for its high standards, offering the best of the best in both atmosphere and cuisine. Each offers an exciting experience in fine dining, celeb sightings aside. And each is part of a hotel. -Jennifer Aranoff

BLT Steak The Betsy 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach 305.531.6100 Chef Laurent Tourondel Chef de Cuisine Samuel Gorenstein Cuisine: Steakhouse

Steak 954 W Fort Lauderdale 401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 954.414.8200 Chef Jason Smith Cuisine: Steakhouse

The Restaurant The Setai 2001 Collins Avenue Miami Beach 305.520.6000 Chef Jonathan Wright Cuisine: Asian



same – under twenty bucks (including one complimentary mimosa).

Get Your Fixe J

ust because we’re recovering from a recession doesn’t mean we can’t go out to fine restaurants or gather around a cozy meal with friends. From the hipster to the chic and classic, restaurants all over South Florida are helping us straddle the effects of a volatile economy with pre-fixing menus to our pocket’s delight. We begin with Sunday brunch. 660 at The Angler’s in South Beach knows exactly what Sunday morning breakfast means – it means the Angler-coined “grown up hangover brunch.” Instead of heading out to the local diner, think banana Nutella pancakes and steak & eggs (i.e. 10 oz. hanger steak and shallot herb home fries). Here at 660, though, it’s not the food that’s pre-fixed, it’s the drinks. The bottomless


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Bloody Mary bar ($14)– where guests design their own BM by choosing items from the cart that is brought to the table including Chianti cured salami, celery stalks and queen olives. There’s also a $14 bottomless champagne cart. For those who want more solids than liquids for their buck, there’s the more down to earth Out of the Blue Café in Wynwood, where you can choose as many items from the brunch menu as you want for a fixed price of $19.95. Customized omelets, baguettes with egg or Swiss cheese or both; BLT’s, fruit and cereal; Belgian waffles; dulce de leche & caramelized walnut crepes; poached eggs, asparagus wrapped in prosciutto – these are just a few of the choices you’ve got. Pick one or all and the price stays the

While in Wynwood, take a turn into Joey’s for dinner, where the restaurant’s Venetian chef has created a Monday-Thursday prefixe summer dinner menu that brims with authentic Italian fare. For $14 per person, Joey’s serves a Monday night chicken and asparagus risotto with a glass of Falanghina wine. Jump to Wednesday and you have penne bolognese, radicchio and a glass of classic Chianti. Thursday it is spezzatino/beef stew over polenta with a glass of Malbec. Just a little further downtown, you have Mia at Biscayne, which also has daily executive lunch specials but kicks it to a more Latin flavor. Sit outside under the wide, shady umbrellas and enjoy arroz con pollo on Tuesday, made with confit chicken, chorizo, green peas, and creamy saffron rice; or, the Friday cochinillo: roasted suckling pig with buerre noisette potatoes. All set at $14.95 per person. For the hungry execs, China Grill in South Beach now offers a $23 per guest fixed menu which allows for a choice of two appetizers; one to three entrees (depending on how many guests are at a table); your choice of accompaniments and the chef’s selection of house desserts. Appetizers range from lemongrass crusted tofu tots to spicy beef and scallion dumplings. Entrees range from sake-marinated drunken chicken to panseared spicy tuna. China Grill also offers a pre-fixe dinner menu for $36. Not too far away, on Lincoln Road, there is SushiSamba, with its bright orange décor that’s hard to miss. Also hard to miss: the Omakase menu, which translates into “chef’s menu,” through which guests can dive into the palettes and gustos of Japan, Brazil, and Peru. The menu itself is offered nightly but changes daily: five courses for $59 and seven courses for $69. What you can expect: heirloom tomato sunomono made with tomato, kyuri, white grape, and

Mia at Biscayne

watermelon sorbet; pulpo al oliva made with potato confit, red pepper miso, and botija olive. Or, how about SushiSamba taquitos with spicy aji panca sauce and fresh lime? For the best ambiancemeets-pre-fixe menu in Miami, try Gibraltar at Grove Isle Hotel & Spa. A view of the Miami skyline and a gentle breeze coming in from this waterfront spot makes the dining here ever romantic. In addition, for $40 per person, MondayThursday, you get a brasserie prix-fixe dinner menu that spans from oysters to swordfish steak nicoise to key lime pie for dessert (unless you’re more into chocolate and want to dip into the warm fudge

brownies with frozen coconut milk and custard sauce). For higher end menus, move towards Coral Gables and join the French feast at Pascal’s. Here you’ll be met with an amuse bouche; a first course of country duck terrine, foie gras, pickled vegetables, and apricot chutney. A second course of diver sea scallops with beef braised short rib ravioli, and infused truffle fumet. A third course of milk fed veal tenderloin with parsnip puree, spring veggies and herb scented polenta. For dessert: bittersweet chocolate soufflé with chocolate ganache. $68 per person (add $50 per person for a wine pairing). For lunch, Pascal’s offers a bistro menu (two courses for $18.95 and three courses for $24.95).

- Vanessa Garcia

 660 at The Angler’s

IN SOUTH BEACH 660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach 305.534.9600 $$

 Out of the Blue Café

2426 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 305.573.3800 $

 Joey’s

2506 NW 2 Ave., Miami 305.438.0488 $$ nd

 Mia at Biscayne 20 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami 305.642.0032 $$  China Grill 404 Washington Ave., Miami Beach 305.534.2211 $$

 Gibraltar at Grove Isle Hotel & Spa 4 Grove Isle Drive, Miami 305.857.5007 $$

 Pascal’s

2611 Ponce De Leon Blvd. Coral Gables 305.444.2024 $$$

 SushiSamba 600 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach 305.673.5337 $$$



The Barton G Experience Blending Fantasy with Fine Dining


hen most Miamians think of giraffes, they think of Africa or more locally, Metrozoo. But, if you go to a Barton G event, you may have the opportunity to see a giraffe up close and personal. Nothing is too “over the top” for a Barton G production. Barton G. Weiss, a nationally known event concept designer, moved to Miami from New York in 1993 with vague thoughts of retirement. Those thoughts never became a reality. Instead, his business morphed into an internationally recognized, multimillion dollar event production, destination management, catering, and restaurant business. Weiss added “culinary visionary” to his accolades and, in the manner of contemporary celebrities, became known around town as Barton G. Weiss is a creative perfectionist who aims to delight, not just please, and his delighted clients include Fortune


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500 companies, international sporting events, socialites and philanthropists. With offices in Miami, New York and Atlanta, he has more than 450 employees. In October 2002, Weiss opened his eponymous, awardwinning restaurant, Barton G. Tucked into a residential neighborhood far from the clamor of Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road. His intimate, tree-shaded restaurant features a beautiful garden dining area. When Barton G opened, a critic declared it looked like a restaurant but ate like a show. Celebrities and locals alike flocked to experience such phantasmogorical fare as chocolate monkeys swinging from martini glasses, popcorn shrimp served in real popcorn boxes, liquid nitrogen cocktails, and the Chocolate Fun-Do, a mini chocolate dipping fountain serving four pounds of Belgian chocolate. October must be Weiss’ lucky month. In October 2009, he opened a second restaurant, Prelude by Barton G., a complete departure from his first. Prelude is a 220 seat, indoor/outdoor venue housed within the Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. Open to both art patrons and the public, it

is designed to appeal to locals and tourists with its simply elegant look and updated American classics. Its new-to-Miami fixed price menu concept, Diner’s Decision, offers a choice of three dinner menu items for $39 and two lunch items for $23; diners can also order a la carte. It also boasts Florida’s most comprehensive wine by the glass list. Despite its sophistication, it is unmistakably a Barton G production with features such as incandescent “jellyfish” chandeliers, handblown glass plates, and a dessert called PB & J consisting of grape jelly gelato within a peanut butter mousse pyramid topped off with macadamia-praline glaze and chocolate ganache.

Nothing is too “over the top” for a Barton G production

Commenting on the dire economic predictions and warehouse fire that preceded the opening of Prelude, Weiss says, “With every unexpected turn comes something good. We opened Prelude the and amenities range from British-trained butlers to Kindle e-readers.

week after the warehouse fire to a soldout crowd and received wonderful feedback from our diners…We don’t outsource, so economic downturns are easier to weather.” Just months after opening Prelude, Weiss leased the former Versace Mansion on Ocean Drive. After a multimillion dollar renovation, he reopened it in March 2010 as a boutique hotel called The Villa by Barton G. Weiss says, “I see the concept at the Villa as an extension of what Versace started in 1992.” The new look is very much in the spirit of Versace blended with Weiss’ unique sensibility. There are ten luxurious custom suites - Versace’s former bedroom has a nine-foot double king-size bed and seven closets -

Guests can meander past the opulent Rococo palazzo’s columns, frescoes, fountains, and stained glass and enjoy the Pool of 1,000 Mosaics, inlaid with 24 carat gold. The Villa’s charming 30-seat, pebble mosaic restaurant, the Dining Room, is open to the public by reservation and serves modern European food on Versace china. Barton G’s signature is apparent in menu items such as Colorado rack of lamb with Greek yogurt jelly cubes drizzled with Harissa, and, in a holler back to his first restaurant, The villa salad has a liquid nitrogen-frozen Caesar dressing. Asked about retirement from his nearly two-decade-old business, the busy entrepreneur’s response is, “What’s that?” Weiss couldn’t say what his next project will be but promises that it will be “surprising and creative…” It seems like a safe bet that it will also be fantastic!

- Marlene Sholod



ON THE WATERFRONT One of the benefits of living in South Florida is that waterfront dining is easy to find. There is nothing better than sitting close to the beach, embracing the spectacular water vistas and eating a great meal. Below is a selection of restaurants from South Beach to Boca that offer waterfront dining; and, the offer is plentiful -- from casual to fine, Mediterranean to Asian food, pasta to seafood. BAHIA CABANA Days Inn 3001 Harbor Drive, Fort Lauderdale 954.524.1555 Overlooking the Southside of the Bahia Yacht Basin is Bahia Cabana. With its laid back Key West atmosphere, this dockside bar and patio restaurant is one of the best places to watch the sun set. Find a wide variety from conch fritters to baby back ribs. Entrees: $6 - $10. CANTINA BEACH The Ritz-Carlton 455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne 305.365.4500 Experience Cancun without leaving the city limits. A well-versed bartender will help to decipher the over 85 tequilas available. Go for the guacamole made table side or try a flight of ceviche. The weekends offer a chance to sit in the outdoor lounge by the fire pit and enjoy live music from 6pm 10pm. Entrées: $18 - $35. COSTA GRILL Acqualina 17875 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles 305.918.6910 Adorned with tiki torches and palm trees, this Mediterranean restaurant offers a dining area that is on the beach. Reservations are necessary because Costa Grill is only open to the public on Friday and Saturday. Entrées: $28 - $52.


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FLAMMA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE 3913 NE 163rd Street, NMB 305.957.9900 A meat experience like no other, Flamma offers an all-you-can-eat selection of 16 meats. Table servers known as Brazilian cowboys are at the ready to bring the meat of your choice. Entrées: $34 - $40.

GIBRALTAR Grove Isle Hotel & Resort 4 Grove Isle Drive, Coconut Grove 305.857.5007 Named after the Rock of Gibraltar, this Mediterranean-inspired restaurant with its incredible views of Biscayne Bay make it the perfect location for a romantic celebration. Try the $40 dinner special, Sunday - Thursday from 6:30pm - 10pm, which includes an appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Entrees: $27 - $44.

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MONTY’S STONE CRAB SEAFOOD HOUSE & RAW BAR 300 Alton Road, Miami Beach 305.672.1148 There is no better reason to head over to Monty’s than its offerings of stone crabs all year round. Both the indoor and outdoor bars are sure to be filled weeknights from 4pm – 8pm with a crowd getting happy. Entrees: $9 - $29.

RUSTY PELICAN 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne 305.361.3818 This Miami classic sits on Key Biscayne Bay. Lunch is served Monday - Saturday from 11:30am - 4pm. Brunch is served Sunday from 10:30am - 4pm. Reservations required. Entrees: $18 - $40. SCOTTY’S LANDING RESTAURANT 3381 Pan American Drive, Coconut Grove 305.854.2626 If by land or by sea, Scotty’s Landing is all about classic American fare. Saturday – Sunday meals are accompanied by live music from 6pm – 10pm. Entrees: $8 - $16.

NIKKI BEACH RESTAURANT 1 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach 305.538.1111 Sitting directly on South Beach sand, this well-known lounge and party place offers a wide selection of food from sushi to salads to seafood. Entrées: $20 - $95. RACKS ITALIAN BISTRO Intercoastal Mall 3933 NE 163rd Street, NMB 305.917.7225 Situated dockside along the Intercoastal, Racks offers an extensive menu of Italian favorites. But, Wednesday nights are all about burgers; starting at 5pm a 10-ounce Angus brisket burger is $5. With its large dock, feel free to arrive via boat. (Free valet boat parking is available Thursday – Sunday.) Entrées: $15 - $20.

SERAFINA 926 NE 20th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale 954.463.2566 This restaurant is all about romance with its on-the-water setting and candleonly lighting. Savor the evening with a selection from its extensive wine list. Reservations Friday – Sunday evening are required. Entrées: $17 - $37. SHULA’S ON THE BEACH 321 Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale 954.355.4000 Former Miami Dolphin’s coach Don Shula definitely knows how to woo his woman. The restaurant’s specialty is the Steak Mary Anne (named after Shula’s wife). Reservations recommended. Entrées: $29 - $45.

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AT THE TABLE / RESTAURANT LISTINGS THE WATERCLUB Intercoastal Mall 3969 NE 163rd Street, NMB 305.944.8411 The atmosphere here is casual enough that it is easy to stay for the entire day. Although the menu changes seasonally, steaks, salads and a full raw bar are always available. Be sure to save room for dessert so you don’t miss out on the warm doughnuts with cinammon sugar and espresso cream. Entrées: $14 - $29.

SMITH AND WOLLENSKY South Pointe Park 1 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach 305.673.2800 With perfect viewing for watching the cruise ships begin and end their journeys, Smith & Wollensky is the classic steakhouse. Reservations recommended. Entrées: $20 - $45.

WATERCOLORS Boca Raton Bridge Hotel 999 East Camino Real, Boca Raton 561.368.9500 Somehow sitting by the water guarantees a casual and laidback mood and Watercolors is no exception. Located on the pool deck, the menu is true American. Entrées: $15 - $29.

VALENTINO SUL MARE 7330 Ocean Terrace, Miami Beach 305.866.8444 Sit by the ocean and get a taste of Sicily. Go with a large group so can share a little bit of everything from pastas, seafood and meats. Reservations recommended. Entrées: $6.95 - $ 21.95.

The Cravings Card is accepted at these fine restaurants: AZZURRO ITALIAN RESTAURANT 17901 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305.792.5300 CHIMA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE 2400 E. Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, 954.712.0580 JONAS PIZZA 2030 NE Miami Gardens Drive, North Miami, 305.978.8998 KITCHEN 305 16501 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, 305.749.2110 LA PIAZZA PASTA 1885 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 954.921.0088

MARIO THE BAKER 13695 W. Dixie Hwy., North Miami, 305.891.7641 THE MELTING POT 15700 Biscayne Blvd., NMB, 305.947.2228 MIAMI PRIME GRILL 16395 Biscayne Blvd., 305.949.5101 RACKS ITALIAN BISTRO & MARKET Intracoastal Mall, 163rd St. & NE 36th Ave., NMB, 305.917.7225 SUSHI HOUSE 15911 Biscayne Blvd., NMB, 305.947.6002

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The 9th annual Miami Spice Restaurant Program takes place from August 1st – September 30th. Greater Miami’s finest restaurants will offer three-course prix fixe lunches at $22 per person and dinners at $35 per person (excluding taxes & gratuities). Each prix fixe meal will include an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Restaurants participating in Miami Spice include: Timo Restaurant & Bar, Bourbon Steak, Sugarcane, Wish and Asia de Cuba. For more information and a complete list of participating restaurants visit

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Go ahead and treat yourself. Indulge in Miami Spa Month. Through August 31st, you can get signature spa treatments at the area’s best spas for $99. For example, the Biltmore Spa at the Biltmore Hotel (1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, 305.913.3187, is offering a 70 minute regenerating facial that deeply cleans and rejuvenates all skin types. The Spa At Grove Isle (4 Grove Isle Drive, Coconut Grove, 305.860.4308, is offering the royal body treatment, 80 minutes of a tropical body polish, aromatic massage and a soaking in a tub with rose petals. For more information and a complete list of participating spas visit


The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is focusing on concerts this August. Its monthly Sunday Jazz Brunch is August 1 from 10:30am - 1:45pm. The buffet isThe buffet is $19.95 per person ($5 extra add a Bloody Mary or mimosa to your meal). If you feel like harkening back to the days of 1960s Greenwich Village coffeehouses head to the intimate setting of the center’s Abdo New River Room on Monday, August 9 at 8pm for the Songwriter’s Showcase presented by Chrystal Hartigan. Cost is $10 per person at the door and a cash bar will be available.



The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is getting ready to kick off its debut season. As a warm-up to the opening night An Evening with Patti LuPone (Oct. 23, tickets are already on sale), The Arts Ballet theatre of Florida will perform on on July 30th. As part of the programming, the center will offer the Family Fun Series, performances based on classic children’s literature. The four productions for the 2010/2011 season will include: Junie B Jones (Oct. 9), Giggle, Giggle, Quack (Nov.6), The Wizard of Oz (Feb. 5) and Stuart Little (May 14). Family Fun subscriptions are available. Individual tickets are $14 per person with $3 lap tickets available for infants 12 months and under. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th Street, Aventura, 954.462.0222, 94

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Bal Harbour and The Rhythm Foundation are joining forces to create Rhythm Sundays, an ongoing effort to promote local arts and culture. Each Sunday through Labor Day, One Bal Harbour Resort & Spa and Bal Harbour Shops will feature a weekly roster of music programming created by The Rhythm Foundation. The signature restaurant at One Bal Harbour will feature artists playing Latin and Brazilian music. The three-course brunch is $35 per person ($45 for unlimited Bloody Marys, mimosas and poinsettias). Bal Harbour Shops’ restaurants will offer brunch specials along with duos, trios and quartets featuring acoustical music. One Bal Harbour Resort & Spa is located at 10295 Collins Avenue, 305.455.5460. The Bal Harbour Shops is located at 9700 Collins Avenue,

To keep the nostalgia going, Chris MacDonald will present a tribute marking the 33rd anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. MacDonald’s performance of Memories of Elvis is on Saturday, August 14, 8pm. The dynamic salute to the King is complete with costumes, dancers and a high-energy band in the center’s Au-Rene Theater. MacDonald actually appeared with Elvis Presley as part of his original back up band The Jordanaires. Tickets range from $19.50 - $47.50.

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Other August concerts include: acclaimed singer/ songwriter Natalie Merchant on Wednesday, August 25 at 8pm. She will perform a mix of old favorites and songs from her new album Leave Your Sleep. Tickets are $35, $50 and $60.

Really want to head back in time, try the 80s, with Tears For Fears on Tuesday, August 31 at 8pm. The English duo will perform a mix of old and new material highlighting the band’s blend of pop ad psychedelia. Tickets are $35, $45, $55, $65 and $75. Tickets to all performances are available through the Broward Center’s box office, 954.462.0222 or at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located at 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale.

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Dr. Abbo Advanced Dentistry .................. 11 Activefit Sportwear .................. 37 Agemedix .................. 23 American Pie Pizzeria .................. 47 Aventura Learning Center .................. 45 Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center .................. 83 Avenue Productions .................. 69 Azzurro Italian Restaurant .................. 87 Bay 6 Motorcycle Workshop .................. 91 Bubbles ‘n Ice .................. 33 Bulldog Café .................. 49 Dr. Bo's Diet .................. 37 Cardiovascular Consultants of South Florida 9 Catimini .................. 64 The Center for Medical Weight Loss .................. 19 The Container Store .................. 1 Dental Options .................. 35 Elite Obstetrics and Gynecology .................. 21 Florida Marlins .................. 13 Fuji Hana .................. 10 Give Wink .................. 17 Hair Talk Studio .................. 41 Horwitz Dermatology .................. 43 Indo: Pilates & Spinning/Real Ryder .................. 35 Julien & Hatch Nutrition Institute .................. 77 Kirova Ballet .................. 35 Kitchen 305/Newport Beachside .................. 85 KLA Schools .................. 7 KNR Restaurant Group .................. 2 La Piazza Italian Restaurant .................. 71 Le Petite Spa .................. 71 Lexus of North Miami ................. 25 Master Sang’s Martial Arts Academy .................. 39 Mercedes Service Center .................. 91 Miami Book Fair International .................. 81 Miami Dolphins Inside Back Cover Miami Fashion Week Foundation .................. 74 Miami Gymnastics & Dance Academy .................. 69 Miami International Wine Fair .................. 46 Nomi Pilates .................. 71 Scott Patterson .................. 15 The Pilates Room .................. 92 Playwright Irish Pub .................. 31 Psychic Horoscope Reading by Sarah .................. 79 Quattro Gastronomia Italiana .................. 2 Renne Ricca's Pilates Center .................. 27 Rose and Rose Realty, P.A. .................. 45 Denise Rubin, Real Estate .................. 5 Siam Oishi .................. 39 Solea .................. 2 Sosta .................. 2 Stabinski & Funt, Attorneys at Law .................. 63 Silvia Stambler, D.D.S. .................. 38 Village at Gulfstream Park Inside Front Cover Wall .................. 2 The Water Club Back Cover

Seminole Paradise Hard Rock Hotel and Casino 5804 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL • 954.585.5112 • It’s called the Seminole Paradise: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, but it really should be called a resort. A resort is defined as a complete facility for rest and recreation – and easily defines this hotel. With its casino and gaming, live entertainment venue, shops and boutiques, spa, pool and seven restaurants, bars and lounges inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino – not including the additional 18 restaurants and 13 bars and lounges found at the outdoor complex adjacent to the hotel. (For specific information about the outdoor venue, Seminole Paradise, check out page 61.) Serving as the central location for all things Hard Rock is the 12-story Mediterranean-inspired 481 room hotel. Off the hotel’s lobby is where everything happens. As for gaming there are 2500 slots and games as well as 89 table games. If you’re a high roller the high limit table games and slots room is for you. The casino also features a non-smoking room. And if poker is more your game head to the stand-alone poker room. If you save your visit to the casino for your evening activity, your day can easily be filled with a visit to the spa. Or just hang out poolside. The lagoon style pool is heated year round and includes a waterslide and jacuzzi. There are cabanas, daybeds (with butler service) and traditional frond-covered

Seminole Chickee huts for rent. Each Chickee hut comes with a television, refrigerator and phone. Wanting to expand your evening beyond the slots and tables, the Hard Rock Live entertainment venue has concerts, shows and performances. Upcoming events include: Comedian Kathy Griffin on August 11th; Donna Summer on August 18th; Meat Loaf on September 1st. No resort would be complete without a wide selection of restaurants to satiate even the pickiest of eaters. Without having to leave the hotel you can find everything from a casual food court to more formal steak house. The hotel's eating and drinking establishments include: • The Beach Club: Poolside service of sandwiches, burgers and salads. • Bluepoint Ocean Grill: Seafood & shellfish. • Blue Plate: Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. • Center Bar: The casino’s center bar is a perfect 360-degree view of the casino floor. • Council Oak: Prime steaks. The restaurant is named after the place the Seminole elders would gather… the council oak. • Food Court: Casino-side fast-food type fare. • Tuscany Italian Bistro & Lounge: A wide selection of pastas, pizzas, paninis, salads and homemade gelato, tiramisu and cannolis.




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