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42 Feels Like Home Ivonne Suriel designed a contemporary apartment full of sophistication, warmth and comfort.
54 First Class Male 64 Dad’s a Gift So show him you know it, and give him a special present this Father’s Day.
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A fairy-inspired garment made with Kit-Kats, M&M’s and Ferrero Rocher chocolates from a previous Chocolate Festival. BELOW: Director of Miami International University Charlene Parsons with one of the designs at the Chocolate Show.
The Doral Trolley adds a trolley, routes and even more improvements.
The Doral Trolley Program continues to roll out improvements realigning and implementing different routes, along with an additional trolley (the City bought a new trolley to replace the old one, which will be used as a spare). Through feedback received from surveys and e-mails, existing routes are being evaluated to take into account the community’s current and future needs due to new roads, connections and developments. “As the city grows, we want the trolleys to reach those new areas,” Traffic Engineer Rita Carbonell points out, adding that with the past fiscal year seeing over 112,000 more riders, the trolleys have to grow as the number of residents do. The Doral Transportation Team is assessing the existing trolley routes to start serving Dolphin Mall, Legacy Park and the Doral International Math and Science Academy, and potentially the newly opened CityPlace. An FIU route is expected by 2018, stopping at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus and the Engineering Center. “By offering a new option for FIU students and Doral residents it not only helps traffic congestion but also brings students to our City,” Carbonell adds. Doral is coordinating with the City of Sweetwater on the FIU route. Longer service hours are also being considered, along with the construction of 10 new trolley shelters, express routes and a lunch route.
Confectionၲ Chocolate makers, pastry chefs and students from Miami International University of Art and Design got together to merge talents at Miami International Mall recently for the Second Annual Chocolate Show, a fashion exhibit of garments crafted by students from MIU using candy and wrappers, tasting booths and presentations all about chocolate, from its origins and place in history as far back to when the Aztecs used cocoa as money to information about its health benefits and medical uses (got a cough or a headache? Chocolate might be the right prescription). The event benefited the Parks & Police 4 Kids Foundation, which helps at-risk youth overcome and prevent juvenile misconduct through after-school programs and by fostering a positive relationship with the local police.
Miami International Mall sets the scene for a clever benefit that combined sweets and style.
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Codina-Carr (CC) Homes recently announced the next step in the evolution of the Downtown Doral development with the opening of the Canarias sales center, Downtown Doral’s only collection of single-family homes. At build-out, Canarias in The Residences at Downtown Doral will contain 343 single-family estate homes and 52 townhomes making up six residential collections. Two of the singlefamily home collections and the select townhome collection are already for sale, with prices for singlefamily homes ranging from the $800,000s to $1.5 million and townhomes starting in the $600,000s. What you’ll find at the 250-acre city center: luxury residences, shops and restaurants, a business park and a bilingual school in a walkable (and bike-friendly) community, without the astronomical costs of city living. And with household formation expected to rise over the next decade and stronger-than-ever millennial interest in walkability, communities like Downtown Doral that offer the “live, work, play, and learn” experience are the future of residential development. To learn more, visit downtowndoral.com.
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The Council for Educational Change’s Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award, which recognizes principals who have taken part in the council’s programs and improved their students’ academic performance, went to Downtown Doral Charter Elementary’s Head of School, Jeanette Acevedo-Isenberg. Acevedo-Isenberg created a dual-language immersion program and conducts regular observations of the teachers at her school that comprise discussions and tailored lesson plans designed to address the specific needs of individual students.
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fıght the bite Follow these tips to get mosquitoes to buzz off this summer.
With Zika still impacting South Florida, and summer rains and hot temps creating a breeding ground for more mosquitoes, it’s becoming increasingly important to stay protected. Experts at Mosquito Squad, which is a national mosquito elimination company, offer some unique tips to “fight the bite.”
• Swap your scent. From perfume to scented fabric softeners and even hand cream, a wide range of fragrances are known to attract mosquitoes. Certain natural scents—including lavender, peppermint, basil, garlic and eucalyptus—repel the little suckers and can be worn as an essential oil on your skin. • Shower power. Mosquitoes are attracted to lactic acid, which humans emit when they are active. Wash your body with unscented soap immediately after exercising. • Choose your color. Mosquitoes tend to be attracted to dark colors, so it’s always better to lean toward light-colored attire when outside. When it comes to lighting, bugs are attracted to ultraviolet florescent and blue light.
To ditch the itch if you do fall prey, try… • Green tea. Hold a refrigerated, damp green tea bag on the bite. The tea compounds help with inflammation and the cold assists in soothing the itch. • Preparation H. The active ingredient (phenylephrine) in the cream is known to reduce swelling and irritation. • Toothpaste. Use a paste with a mint flavor, which creates a cooling sensation that reduces swelling and the urge to scratch. • Basil. Studies suggest the herb contains compounds that can relieve itchy skin. Either buy the essential oil or crush some up and apply directly to the bite.
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Whether you have a teenager experiencing embarrassing breakouts or you’re dealing with adult acne, the problem can now be treated the same way your dermatologist would without having to visit the doctor’s office. The new Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask, which looks like something out of a sci-fi flick and can be purchased at drugstores, uses both blue and red LED light to combat acne. “In our offices, we use blue light to kill the bacteria involved in some types of acne, and we use red light to treat inflammation and redness,” says South Florida board-certified dermatologist Melissa Lazarus. “This product is a good option for patients that have sensitive skin and can’t tolerate the topical creams.” Dr. Lazarus cautions that it does take time for the mask to decrease bacteria and inflammation, and you may need to combine it with other treatments. “More is not better,” she warns of the mask, which is meant to be used once a day for ten minutes. “Studies show longer treatment does not mean better results and increases the risk of hyperpigmentation or other side effects.” $34.99; Reactivator for each month is $14.99; neutrogena.com
Looking to get a better backside for summer? Take a lesson from the Brazilians. Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is a buttery body cream that contains a main ingredient called guarana, which is a native Amazonian plant whose fruit contains one of the most potent forms of caffeine on the planet (think of it as coffee for your skin), along with nourishing cupuaçu butter, antioxidant-powerhouse açaí and moisturizing coconut oil. Massage all over to tighten and smooth skin. P.S. It smells like pistachio and caramel and even offers a little shimmer for a tropical glow. $45; Sephora; sephora.com
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Dad to Tali, 3, and Isla, 3 months “I’m a lawyer and entrepreneur who has founded and acquired several companies over the course of my career. My greatest accomplishment is being a proud husband and father to two incredible young daughters.”
The main difference between life before children and life after children is…. You do not have the same level of freedom as you did before, but the payoff is worth the sacrifice.
The greatest rewards of fatherhood are: The indescribable feelings that I get to experience every day. The greatest challenges of fatherhood are: Everybody wants what is best for their child. It is a constant challenge to manage the ongoing question of “Can I be doing a better job?” The one piece of advice he hopes his kids take most to heart as they go through life: Be curious and self-critical, concentrate and persevere.
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Dad to Richard, 12; Lily, 9; Charlotte & Madelyn, 6 “One friend described me as a ‘GenX gastrocraftsman not afraid to be politically incorrect while he chugs a beer, braises your short rib and carefully crafts a heavenly macaron’, and quite honestly, I’m a little upset that I didn’t think of that. My other friends and family would probably tell you I can be a pain in the ass, funny, sarcastic, that I often tell you exactly what’s on my mind or what you needed to hear, and that they should be all canonized. I think they would also tell you that I’m loyal to a fault, that I’m the first one they call when they need something, whether it’s flat tires, or moving, or putting up hurricane shutters in our South Florida cone of death.” The main difference between life before children and life after children is…. Sleep, I wish I could remember what sleep was; it sounds amazing and I would enjoy it again one day. And making decisions based on what’s best for them/us, not necessarily what’s best for my career. The greatest rewards of fatherhood are: Getting to see things through their eyes and being able to appreciate certain things again because of the look it puts on their faces. You no longer associate Christmas with getting up at 4 a.m. to go start brunch prep at the hotel; it turns to the joy they get unwrapping presents in pajamas. That or unsolicited hugs. The greatest challenges of fatherhood are: Having to stay strong in front of them through unforeseen adversities that your children have to go through, and not always being able to make everything better when they go through them. Missing a first step or first word because you were at work. The one piece of advice he hopes his kids take most to heart as they go through life: Never let anyone tell you no…don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. To set their goals and dreams as high as they can imagine, that they can achieve anything they are willing to work hard for.
Carlos Saladrigas, Jr. Co-Founder The Simplex Group, Inc and Regis HR, Miami
Dad to Carlos Adan, 11, and Lucas Alberto, 6
“I am a divorced dad of two beautiful boys, aged 11 and 6. I come from a family of four brothers and sisters and am lucky to have great parents that have always supported me. I am the co-founder of The Simplex Group, Inc and Regis HR Group.” The main difference between life before children and life after children is…. Time! Time didn’t seem to go by as fast before my boys were born. It is hard to believe that they will turn 12 and 7 this summer. The greatest rewards of fatherhood are: The unconditional love they both give me every day. The joy they bring to my life and the desire they give me to make to work hard for them and their future. I cannot imagine my life without them! The greatest challenges of fatherhood are: Making sure that I teach my boys to be good human beings and to never forget how fortunate they are. To make sure that they remain humble and to know that we all have a responsibility to ensure we make the world a better place, especially for those less fortunate than ourselves. The one piece of advice he hopes his kids take most to heart as they go through life: To be good human beings, to work hard, to be humble, to have fun, to take advantage of every minute and to always give back. But I do think that besides advice, we need to show and give them examples to emulate as they grow up. I was very lucky to have parents that not only gave me advice but showed me through their actions. I try to do this by serving on boards such as the After-School All-Stars South Florida, where from time to time I am able to volunteer and bring them along with me.
Alex RodriguezRoig President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, Miami
Dad to Isabella, 13, and Angelina, 11 “My job is to run Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, where thousands of children attend many different educational programs at five different locations. I am very passionate about the organization and mission because children are the most vulnerable. We need to provide for them. So, of course, I have the same passion for my own two girls. I spend as much time as I can with them and my family. We all enjoy the outdoors; whether it is fishing in the Keys or camping up north. This is something that was instilled in me by my parents and I am passing it down to my girls.” The main difference between life before children and life after children is…. I spend more time doing things they like even though I enjoy it just as much. The greatest rewards of fatherhood are: Seeing your children grow up into amazing human beings and being able to have great conversations with them. The greatest challenges of fatherhood are: Hoping that you are teaching them everything you know about life. The one piece of advice he hopes his kids take most to heart as they go through life: To do the right thing, and always try your best and find happiness.
Jose Emilio Sagaro CEO & Film Director, Filmheads (www.Filmheads.tv), Miami
Dad to Joseph & Joshua, 15 “I’ve always had a love of capturing special moments on film. From an early age, I would videotape and photograph my family. Once I turned 25, I started a multimedia marketing company with my father, which allowed me expand my creativity and my knowledge of design and composition. At the age of 29, I founded Filmheads because I really admired shooting content, storytelling and developing creative films for my clients. Whether I produced a music video or a documentary, I decided to focus on projects that meant something to me on a personal level. This led me to work with a variety of celebrities, influencers and tastemakers who have helped shape my growth within the film industry.” The main difference between life before children and life after children is: As soon as you have children, you really feel love on a larger scale. This love transpires into my daily work because it motivates me to work harder and it gave me greater purpose in life. The greatest rewards of fatherhood are: As a single father, the greatest rewards come to me in the smallest forms. When my sons send me a quick text to say “I love you” or when they tell me they’ve had a good day in school, that’s when I feel like I’ve made an impact on their lives. Since they’re now entering their teenage years, I make sure to give them as much advice as possible and I try to help guide them through school as well. The greatest challenges of fatherhood are: Honestly, keeping up with the times! Even though I’m a young dad, I still find it difficult to adjust myself to their world. They’re living in a different generation than I am and sometimes, I have to try to put myself in their shoes to understand their ways. The one piece of advice he hopes his kids take most to heart as they go through life: I always tell my sons to be happy and that it’s okay to fail. Failing is winning! Every time you fail, it just means you’re getting closer to the end goal. I personally wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t failed over the course of my career. Failing is an opportunity to learn about the things you don’t know and it’s the best recipe for improvement.
Dominican-born Ivonne Suriel designed a contemporary apartment full of sophistication, warmth and comfort in Fort Lauderdale. By Linda Marx | Photographs by Jesus Dobbins
Through the magic of color, designer Ivonne Suriel turned her Fort Lauderdale living space into a sophisticated yet comfortable home.
In her mission to create a living environment that combines sophistication and easy living, architect/designer Ivonne Suriel renovated her own two-bedroom plus convertible den/ two-bath condominium in downtown Fort Lauderdale to suit her lifestyle. With beautiful dual views of both a park and the city, Suriel, who hails from the Dominican Republic, replaced much of the original unit in this Mediterranean-style building, modernizing it with artistic flair. “I wanted a contemporary apartment for my family, but it had to have warmth that would last,” says Suriel, whose IS Design in South Florida and Santo Domingo specializes in interior design and planning. “I needed a balance of clean-lined sophistication with the feeling of home.” Throughout the nearly 1,600-square-foot apartment, she commissioned gray Italian porcelain flooring, added custom doors and ceilings, installed contemporary LED lighting and used light-toned wallpaper. She selected an overall neutral palette with bold pops of color coming from the art, furniture and furnishings. During the two- to three-month renovation, Suriel faced some challenges that were mostly due to the size of the apartment. But after careful examination of the architecture coupled with her desire for the look of the interior,
ABOVE: Punctuated with vibrant art, Suriel’s dining area features a Carrara marble expendable table and dark leather chairs. The sputnik chandelier mixes old with the new and adds a punch of glitz to the scene. BELOW: The facade of the Mediterranean-style building in which Suriel’s condo is located. OPPOSITE: The hallway leading to the black and white children’s bathroom is chock-a-block with art that the designer has collected on her trips around the world.
she worked through the issues. For example, she wanted to make the small space seem larger, so she picked the proper lighting and created custom closets with built-in organizers for storage. “We tore down divisions in the apartment, and everything else is custom created,” says Suriel, who has listed the unit for $499,000 with One Sotheby’s International Realty because her family is moving to Chicago. “We did everything we could to maximize space. Being here is like living in a hotel. We love it.” Adds Josh Dotoli of One Sotheby’s International Realty, who represents the property, “This is a unique opportunity to own a designer, turnkey condo at a great price in the booming downtown Fort Lauderdale-Las Olas area.” Suriel made sure that nothing was designed in any of the rooms that could disturb the amazing downtown and park views because a clear vision of the outdoors added to the feeling of spaciousness. Even the long, lean corridors come alive to create eye appeal. The designer collects colorful art, so both family members and guests have a great deal to see while walking through this elegant space. (Some of the artists displayed there include Luis Oveido from the Dominican Republic, Daniel Gil Martin from Spain and Avettis Dan Cor from the Czech Republic.) “I collect art, travel a great deal, and favor a lot Continued on page 50
â€œWe did everything we could to maximize space. Being here is like living in a hotel. We love it.â€?
Orange barstools add a pop of color to the contemporary kitchen. Bright curtains that play off of the colors in the art keep the vibrant theme in the living space.
“This is a functional space that is simple yet elegant. I used wallpaper to give it a warm look because it has to be ‘homey’, not a museum.”
The master bedroom is modern and simple, with built-in cabinets and a flatscreen TV on one side and a variety of movement on the other. “The room is designed for coziness and function,” says the designer. The wall art is by a Haitian artist.
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of the work by contemporary artists from the Dominican Republic,” says Suriel. “I also find paintings on trips to Europe and Asia and add them to my collection.” Art is used throughout the large, open public area with the kitchen and continues into the living room and dining space. For example, the living room is a technicolor dream with the dominant wall canvas painted by the designer’s brother, Hugo Suriel. “My brother painted this girl on a motorcycle for me because I love motorcycles,” she laughs. The blue-green tones in the canvas, which is located above the sofa, blend beautifully with the designer’s choice of a tranquil deep-blue, retro rug from Stepevi, the venerable Turkish carpetmaker. In a marked contrast to the taupe Roche Bobois furniture, the colors pop out and give the room texture and balance. The dining space is another wonder of contrasts, with a Carrara marble table that seats 10 and lovely Italian leather chairs. A retro, 10-light sputnik chandelier above the table incorporates gold into the polished area. And a Japanese console from an antique shop adds another layer of intrigue. “I like eclectic; I am not a purist,” admits the designer. Furthering the design theme, pops of orange from the Italian Frag bar stools situated at the kitchen island also give the dining space a shot in the arm since the rooms sit side by side and blend into one another. “The pop-up orange stools add fun and movement to both spaces,” says Suriel. The kitchen is modern, sleek, spare and contemporary with recessed lighting, Italian-style integrated customdesigned cabinetry, gray quartz countertops and a novel Dekton backsplash with Carrara marble print. The KitchenAid built-in stainless steel appliances, German Blanco undermount black composite sink and Hansgrohe faucets carry the contemporary theme throughout the room. “I like to entertain a great deal and especially love preparing Mediterranean dishes when I can because I lived in Barce-
lona for two years,” Suriel says. In the condo’s private area, the master bedroom stands out as a modern and clean-lined sanctuary in which the busy designer can relax. There is a huge bed with white linens from Restoration Hardware and a colorful canvas on the wall of little girls painted by a Haitian artist. “This is a functional space that is simple yet elegant,” says Suriel. “I used wallpaper to give it a warm look because it has to be ‘homey’, not a museum.” The tiled master bath is smart and functional with a custom sink, Hansgrohe fixtures and a Toto toilet. The shower is made of Spanish porcelain tile in a modern beige-white neutral color scheme that blends with the copper look of the wallpaper. The children’s bedrooms repeat the colors the designer used in the living room and with the hallway art. For example, her son’s bedroom is a coastal dream of light wallpaper with a lime green bedspread, a multicolor throw pillow from Pottery Barn and custom velvet drapes in vivid blue. A large canvas painted by the designer’s brother borrows the colors of the bedspread and curtains in his interpretation of blind monkeys. Ideal for a young girl, the daughter’s bedroom has pink silk drapes and a pink wall—it’s her favorite color— while Hugo Suriel’s painting of kids lying in the grass adds texture and color to the room. Two full beds are appointed with white Ralph Lauren sheets and cushions from Zara Home. The siblings share a black and white bathroom with a Spanish tile wall, geometric layout and wood floors in the same material as the rest of the apartment’s flooring, but finished in a darker tone. “This is a clean-lined bathroom with a busy wall,” laughs Suriel. “It has different patterns.” The chic, modular cabinets and vanity are Spanish, and the wall art is Hugo’s work illustrating two kids traveling on a plane. In total, the condo combines comfort with contemporary living in a bright and elegant way with zips of smashing color. The entire apartment has a clean and sophisticated look, yet it feels like a home. Notes Suriel, “There’s a balance of sophistication and elegance, but it still feels like home.”
OPPOSITE: The children’s bath was designed to be a fun room, filled with black and white Spanish mosaic tiles in a flurry of patterns. The cabinets and vanity set are Spanish complement the design of the Toto toilet. Art is from the designer’s brother. ABOVE: A love affair with light green and shiny blue alludes to the sea in the son’s bedroom. BELOW: The daughter’s bedroom is feminine and ideal for a young girl with its pink silk curtains and pink wall, her favorite color. The beds are appointed with Ralph Lauren linens and cushions from Zara Home.
FIRSTCLASS MALE Clean lines, earth tones and natural textures have all the makings of a sharp-dressed man this summer. PHOTOGRAPHY BY Keith Major STYLED BY Nora Russell
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Buy TOMS—like these washed canvas and leather men’s Lenox sneakers, $79—and do good: for every pair of shoes you purchase from the brand, TOMS will give a new pair of shoes to a child in need; visit toms.com.
So show him you know it—give him a special one this Father’s Day.
Wrap up a box of these Alma Fuertes, the first brand to come from the newly formed Plasencia 1865, which is based in Miami and is the main distribution hub for all Plasencia-branded cigars; find them at American Caribbean Cigars, Miami, or visit americancaribbeancigars.com.
1 Voice Wireless Fitness Earphones are some of the smallest and most lightweight available, and they’re ergonomically designed to sit comfortably in and around the ear. Each earphone has its own speaker, Bluetooth chip, battery and mic so they can work independently or when paired together. $129, at 1voicenyc.com.
Glenfiddich 14-Year-Old is exclusive to the U.S. and pays tribute to the shared history of American and Scotch whiskey, while The Balvenie DoubleWood is a 12-year-old single malt that gains its distinctive character from being matured in two wood types; at fine liquor stores throughout South Florida.
The Motorola Talkabout T600 H20 two-way radios are ideal for water adventures when out of cell phone range: they provide NOAA weather updates and alerts, are completely waterproof and they float. They also come equipped with a handy water-activated flashlight, which includes a white and red LED (to preserve night vision.) $119.99, at Best Buy stores and bestbuy.com.
Perfect for wine or mixed drinks, the Corridor Bar features racking space for storage of 12 wine bottles, liquor bottles in the door and shelves, a wooden stemware rack for wine glasses, and more shelving to keep tumblers, canned drinks or bar accessories within easy reach; $2,199, at Magnolia Design Center, Pembroke Pines, or visit bdiusa.com.
The Bulgari OCTO ULTRANERO is sleek, cool, has a 50hour power reserve, a steel case treated with black Diamond Like Carbon, and a black lacquered polished dial with hand-applied blue indexes. $6,950; available exclusively at Weston Jewelers, Weston Town Center, or visit westonjewelers.com. inDORAL MAGAZINE
not your grandpa’s diner Sean Connery’s favorite North Miami breakfast spot is now Mignonette Uptown.
By Michelle Payer|Photographs by Ricardo Mejia
lo and Alice are no longer behind the counter pouring coffee at the shiny aluminum North Miami Beach diner where Sean Connery would pop in for breakfast while in town. The casual eatery was all but boarded up until Chef Daniel Serfer and business partner Ryan Roman seized upon the opportunity to open a second location of their popular downtown oyster bar and seafood eatery, Mignonette. Appropriately dubbed Mignonette Uptown, the new restaurant retains its diner-like appeal, with elegant, understated additions, including 22-karat gold etchings on street-side windows aglow under a neon sign. Indoor pearl LED lighting over tan banquettes lends a glamorous-dining-car-inside-agrand-European-train effect while “French Quarter” copper lanterns made in New Orleans throw beautiful ambient lighting over the dining counter and its 24 tufted bar seats that span the length of the restaurant. It’s an ideal place to eat solo, with the action of the open kitchen, an oyster-shucking station and two-ice filled oyster displays creating non-stop motion. Background music changes throughout the evening with classic Beastie Boys, Luke Skywalker and Biggie Smalls morphing into Terence Trent D’Arby and some old-school jazz as the night progresses. This isn’t your grandpa’s diner. Front and center on Chef Serfer’s menu are, of course, oysters—12 different daily varieties in fact; six East Coast and six West Coast. It’s how Mignonette acquired its name, from a sauce made typically with vinegar, pepper, and herbs
Chef Daniel Serfer takes the diner concept to another level with Mignonette Uptown.
and served especially with oysters. Thanks to years of experience at the downtown location, Serfer says he knows “enough not to mess with them,” letting the natural flavors of oysters shine through. Following the success of his Blue Collar and Mignonette downtown restaurants, Chef Serfer selected a stellar team, which includes Chef de Cuisine Anthony Ciancio and his only on-site pastry chef, the tremendously talented Devin Braddock, who reprises the Butterscotch Heath Bar Bread Pudding ($8) from Blue Collar, adds a daily pie to the menu ($9) and created the knock-me-down-this-is-so-delicious Nutella Milkshake with candied hazelnut and chocolate streusel ($7) in case extreme decadence is on your mind. For the rest of the menu, Serfer and his team have put together mouthwatering selections of the freshest seafood in town, artfully and creatively prepared in true mignonette style without masking natural flavors with heavy sauces. Buffalo Scallops with gorgonzola, crisp chicken skin and hot sauce ($15) have a distinctive barbecue overtone as the name would suggest, with a kick to them that will appeal to anyone walking on the spicy side. Barbecue Octopus ($16) is simply, yet flavorfully prepared and not to miss. Oysters Rockefeller ($19) are delicately prepared with herbs, butter and Pernod. The most addictive appetizer may be the Mussels, served either red (spicy tomato) or white (white wine, garlic and butter) for $17. Paired with a salad, it makes a lovely light dinner selection. Mains are divided into either “Plain” or “Fancy,” the former served simply with beurre blanc and a choice of side veggie. The Crispy Skin Snapper ($26) is sublimely delicious. “Fancy” preparations include Faroe Islands Salmon with orzo, peas, tomato and saffron broth ($29), Grilled Lamb Chops with zucchini and gruyere gratin demi-glace ($33), Branzino with fennel-potato hash and scampi pan sauce ($23), and the perennial favorite, Warm Lobster Roll on a brioche bun with butter and curly fries ($26). Light options include three types of salads (Greek, Gem Lettuce
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The Mussels appetizer with spicy red tomato sauce; Warm Lobster Roll on a brioche bun served with curly fries; fresh oysters, which Serfer says he “knows enough not to mess with” so as to optimize their natural flavors.
and Caesar), all reasonably priced at $10 each, as well as a robust assortment of veggies bursting with flavor, all for $6 apiece. Don’t miss the Grilled Peaches with peanuts and vinaigrette. Although it’s listed in the vegetable column, it could almost be a dessert (if you have enough willpower to forgo the Nutella Milkshake). One new addition by chef Daniel and his “crew” is the Cruise Ship Special, a four-course menu that includes Shrimp Cocktail, Caesar Salad with white anchovy, parmesan and grilled sourdough, a choice of grouper or prime rib, and either Butterscotch Heath Bar Bread Pudding or Nutella Milkshake for dessert, all for $39 per person. As if that’s not enough to make you do a happy dance, Mignonette just unveiled Happy Hour with “$1 oysters twice a day every day” accompanied by specially priced appetizers, $3 beer and $5 glasses of wine from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and again from 9 p.m. to close daily. Mignonette is open for lunch seven days a week, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday Brunch, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are recommended by calling 305-705-2159. 13951 Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami Beach; mignonettemiami.com.
tradition VERSUS trend Bentley’s new SUV prompts us to rethink our expectations of automotive luxury.
By Steve Siler
ith luxury SUVs competing with, and, in many cases, overtaking four-door luxury sedans in terms of raw sales, premium car makers like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Jaguar and Porsche have now become premium truck makers, too. That said, Bentley’s new Bentayga is no mere truck, wrapping most of the technology and accoutrements of the similarly priced Flying Spur sedan in a taller package that exhibits proper Bentley behavior both off road and on. Does that render the Flying Spur redundant? Hardly. Both models are spectacularly fast and are hand-assembled using most of the same top-shelf materials by the same highly skilled craftsmen and women that have been building Bentleys for generations at Bentley’s Crewe, England, factory, but the experience and appeal of each is remarkably different.
Named after the Roque Bentayga, a 4,642-foot mountain peak on Spain’s Grand Canary Island, the brazenly styled Bentley Bentayga blows the ceiling off the “lux-u-vee” segment, with the most power, prestige and sybaritic delights of any SUV available today. It’s more extroverted than the Flying Spur, with throne-height seating positions affording occupants a commanding view of the world, and high-profile styling that has the world looking back. The Bentayga comes standard with many things, chief among them a bevy of bragging rights. Its standard 12-cylinder engine churns up no less than 600 hp, directed to all four wheels to ensure adequate traction.
This makes the Bentayga one of the two most powerful SUVs ever, second only to the comparatively crude, 621-hp Mercedes-AMG G65. However, with its 0-60 mph time of just 3.5 seconds, according to Car and Driver (one of the other outlets I serve—full disclosure), the Bentley is by far the quicker of the two. Just as impressive is its 187-mph top speed, making it the fastest SUV in the world. You don’t have to hammer the Bentayga, however, to appreciate the creamy ride enabled by its computer-controlled air suspension that also eradicates lean in turns. Those air springs can also raise the vehicle offroad for a maximum ground clearance of 9.2 inches, or lower it when
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parked to facilitate loading of persons, pups, or procurements from a Saturday shopping spree. While few Bentayga drivers are likely to explore its top speed or risk scratching its multi-layered lacquer paint (which for a price, can be ordered in whatever color you choose), most will appreciate the Bentayga’s unbridled opulence, which remains unmatched among SUVs (at least until Rolls-Royce’s planned crossover arrives next year). Bentley’s “if it looks real, it is real” mantra is full effect, with lustrous wood, buttery hides and gleaming matte or polished metals. Get the four-place seating with its second-row center console for a full, first-class effect. At $235,525 (delivered) to start and top-end models crossing the $300K threshold, the world’s fastest and most decadent SUV is also the most expensive, another boon to braggarts, if a rather crass thing to bring up in conversation. That said, it should be assumed that Bentley drivers have money to spend, and it’s somewhat reassuring to know that this particular display of wealth contains so much substance behind it.
BENTLEY FLYING SPUR
Bentley’s Flying Spur sedan is many things, but hard-to-figure-out is not one of them. It’s a classic Bentley sedan, with a swept-back fascia, four low-set headlamps, a mesh grille and a long cabin that stretches back to a tapering tail. Chrome encircles the windows and appears in a few other places, but next to the bold Bentayga, the Flying Spur is subtle, a muscular and sleek saloon with understatement that’s a statement unto itself. If you’re going to be chaffeured in one of these, the Flying Spur’s more relaxed, cosseting and private cabin makes it the clear choice. Materials are equally splendid, but only the Flying Spur offers quartzite and slate—that’s right, stone!—trim in addition to the longstanding choices in veneer trim, including engine-turned or brushed aluminum, piano black lacquer, or lustrous, mirror-matched wood. As with its SUV counterpart, the Spur’s glove-soft cowhides are sourced from herds that have been protected from biting insects and barbed-wire fences, but our favorite aspect of the Spur’s cabin, as with all Bentleys, is the infusion of warmth from those barely perceptible variations in the stitching, piping, and upholstery gathers, each offering evidence that it was tailored by an actual human being. Dynamically, the low-slung Flying Spur feels a bit more planted than
2017 Bentley Bentayga
2017 Bentley Flying Spur
• Bragging rights: world’s fastest, most expensive, most opulent SUV
• Traditional Bentley luxury in traditional Bentley package
(BASE PRICE: $231,825)
• Bold, love-it-or-hate-it styling • Surprising off-road capability
(BASE PRICE: $192,725-$249,925)
• Sleek, subtle styling • Face-peeling acceleration; eyepopping 200-mph top speed
the Bentayga, so drivers may feel somewhat more confident braving speeds at or above triple digit levels, which are eminently attainable regardless of whether it has one of the 500–521-hp V-8s or the 616–626hp 12-cylinder engines under the “bonnet.” All models attain freeway speeds in well under five seconds on their way to top speeds between 183 and 202 mph. Interestingly, V-8 models feel a bit livelier, with less weight over the front wheels and their delicious exhaust notes. Some can be a tad firm, however, even in the air suspension’s softest setting, however, so reclining rear seaters would be advised to keep a lid on their steaming cups of Earl Gray. Priced from $206,725, the Flying Spur and Bentayga are priced right atop each other. Which is best, the traditional sedan or the trend-driven truck? Bentley has proved it’s brilliant at both.
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Eddie Dominguez and Daymir Perez.
Jennifer Valdes and Rebecca Stella.
Bow Ties and BBQ Communities in Schools of Miami (CIS of Miami) hosted its 28th fundraising event, Bow Ties & BBQ , at the Intercontinental at Doral Miami, to support CIS’ educational programs and services that help more than 20,000 students each year succeed in and out of school. Guests enjoyed a barbecue buffet, silent auctions, craft sales and activities. Elyssa Linares, Elizabeth Mejia and granddaughter.
Justin Dash and family.
Angelica Galan and Rachel Castro. Chad Bernstein and Guitars Over Guns Students.
Aled Mitchell, Jayson Weisz, Andrew Resnick and Marko Gojanovic.
Loreana Von Plocki and Natali Nagles.
Typoe and Cecily Haubner.
Welcome to the Jungle World Red Eye and The Retreat hosted “Welcome to the Jungle,” a private themed party in Jungle Plaza in the Miami Design District, to celebrate seven years of capturing some of the most exclusive moments in Miami. Guests enjoyed music by Ross One and DZA, cocktails, gourmet cotton candy from Tropical Fluff, and photo booth selfies from The Frank Booth Co. Linda Levy Goldberg, Lauren Gnazzo and Sid Goldberg.
Kyle Plesa, Belinda Stronach and Bonnie Shore.
Sean Drake and Michelle Leshem.
Gino LoPinto, Seth Browarnik and David Grutman.
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