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November is always an exciting time of year. Not only is the weather cooling a bit, but our seasonal residents arrive in droves with great anticipation for the social season. And while we have no idea what “season” will look like this year (thanks, COVID), the past few months have taught us that we can be resilient and innovative in the face of challenges. There’s much to look forward to, and be thankful for, this month. No one knows that better than restaurateurs Angelo and Denise Elia, who opened their waterfront home to friends and staff for a Thanksgiving feast (“Giving Thanks,” page 68). After a year like this, gratitude is front of mind and the Elias have expressed it exuberantly. Denise’s gorgeous table and desserts (I’m obsessed with her Basque burnt cheesecake!) and chef Angelo’s cooking—including traditional turkey and Italian-style rolled porchetta—made everyone feel welcome and loved. Isn’t that what celebrations are all about? This month we also spotlight a South Floridian who’s quickly becoming one of the best female tennis players in the world. Sonya “Sofia” Kenin, No. 4 woman worldwide as of this writing, has had a phenomenal year, and it keeps getting better. Playing seriously since age 5, Sofia has an innate talent for the game and all its intricacies. As her former coach, Rick Macci, says, “She knows and understands the geometry of the court.” Turn to “Courting Greatness” on page 64 to learn more about this fierce athlete on the rise. Wishing you a safe and exciting season ahead.
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Artsy Escape: One of my favorite places to stroll is Wynwood. It’s an incredibly artistic and creative area; even the restaurants have special touches. I once drank a Bloody Mary out of a Campbell’s soup can—very Andy Warhol! Haute Cuisine: Marion in Brickell is one of my favorites. It has amazing Asian fusion food, and it turns into a dance club as the evening goes on with great DJ music and a fun vibe. Shops Local: I love visiting the high-end boutiques at the Miami Design District. I always find something beautiful and unique at Dior, Alexander McQueen, and Bottega Veneta.
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From November 15 to November 22, the Miami Book Fair will host free virtual programming featuring learning activities for children and a lineup of more than 200 authors. Be sure to catch Amy Paige Condon, who will join former Miami Herald publisher David Lawrence for a virtual discussion of her book, A Nervous Man Shouldn’t Be Here in the First Place: The Life of Bill Baggs, the first biography on the life of the young Miami News editor and his impact on some of the twentieth century’s most earth-shattering events. Ahead of the literary talk, which will be available online, Condon shares some of her insight below. —J.A. What inspired you to write about Bill Baggs? I first heard about Bigg Baggs when I visited the state park on Key Biscayne named after him during my first week on the job as a county manager’s trainee. I ended up working as a planner for the Miami-Dade County Park and Recreation Department during the next 16 years, and every time I spoke with the park ranger I learned a little more about Baggs’ work as an editor and how he fought for civil rights and for the state park. In 2007, I took a weekendlong creative writing class at Miami-Dade College,
and that’s where I met his widow, Frec Baggs, who told me so much more about him. That’s when I knew I was meant to tell his life story. What have you found most fascinating about the Miami journalist? Bill was one of the Southern civil rights editors, a small cadre of newspaper reporters and editors who broke with the prevailing Jim Crow codes and pushed for desegregation in schools and other public facilities. He helped negotiate the desegregation of Burdines’ and Jordan Marsh’s tearooms, restrooms,
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DINE: GRAZIANO’S MARKET Pop into this traditional Miami gourmet market for deli and meat counter offerings, an extensive wine selection, and a wide range of Argentinian groceries. Dishes like beef cannelloni, Graziano’s Butcher Burger, and a mixed grill of savory sausages, sweetbreads, and steak are highlights of the all-day menu. (grazianosgroup.com)
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Bring the ephemeral beauty of fall inside your home this holiday season with House of Lilac’s dried flower arrangements. Compared to fresh florals, these stylish bouquets and wreaths last longer and require no maintenance. “Dried flowers are heat-resistant and last forever, making for great home decor,” says founder and owner Melanie Fernandez. “For fall, I was inspired by everything it represents—including colorful leaves, textures, yellows, and browns—even if we don’t really experience the seasons in Miami.” The South Miami shop also features fresh flowers, small event party packages, and gift boxes like the Relax Box. Inside is a bath soak, sugar scrub, soap bar, body brush, and a candle by local artisans, along with a House of Lilac dried flower bundle. (houseoflilac.com) —J.A.
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1. Special-edition Watch Hunger Stop 2020 white 100-percent organic cotton LOVE T-shirt ($40), blue denim tote made with RepreveÂŽ recycled polyester ($58), MICHAEL Michael Kors, michaelkors.com, Michael Kors will donate all profits from every LOVE T-shirt and tote sold through official Michael Kors channels to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support children in need | 2. Tiffany Save the Wild elephant brooch with diamonds set in 18-karat rose gold ($2,900), Tiffany & Co., tiffany.com, 100 percent of profits are donated to the Wildlife Conservation Network | 3. Hot Lips 2 lipstick in JK Magic ($37), Charlotte Tilbury, charlottetilbury. com, $1 million of Hot Lips sales will be donated to Women for Women International | 4. Hope Night Eau de Parfum Vaporisateur Spray ($150), Hope Fragrances, hopefragrances.com, all profits benefit depression research and the Hope for Depression Research Foundation | 5. Pink flower strass pumps ($1,750), Roger Vivier, rogervivier.com, 10 percent of sales of this pump made in Roger Vivier stores and online in October will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation | 6. Phoenix black mules ($245), Alepel, alepel. com, all orders support COVID-19 aid, the CDC Foundation, Meals on Wheels, Feeding America, and the American Red Cross
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CHIC CHANDELIERS Valentino Garavani Resort 2020 earrings ($1,100), similar styles, Valentino, Bal Harbour, valentino.com
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Passport to BEAUTY
Beauty knows no bounds—not even international borders. The uptick in the accessibility of global skincare and makeup celebrates diverse philosophies, formulations, and definitions of beauty. Spin the globe and land on these Japanese, Danish, Australian, Hungarian, and English wonders: NeogenLab RE:P. Nutrinature Ultra All-in-One Multitem that packs in the benefits of toner, essence, and emulsion ($34, neogenlab.us); Kjaer Weis lipstick in KW Red ($56, Bluemercury); Sand & Sky Australian Emu Apple Dreamy Glow Drops for lit-from-within skin ($50, Ulta); Éminence Firm acai moisturizer ($59, eminenceorganics.com); and Charlotte Tilbury Walk of No Shame Cheek to Chic blush in Berry-Rose ($40) and eyeliner in Warm Berry-Russett ($27, Sephora). —Abigail Duffy
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1. LOVE STRUCK Van Cleef & Arpels Balcone clip with rose gold, emeralds, tsavorite garnets, and diamonds set in white gold, price upon request, inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Van Cleef & Arpels, Miami (vancleefarpels.com) 2. PRAISE BE Colette Madonna necklace with enamel charms with yellow and pink sapphires, rubies, and tsavorites set in 18-karat gold and eighteenth-century French charms on a nineteenth-century men’s pocket watch chain, $22,000, reminiscent of religious art. (colettejewelry.com) 3. FRENCH CONNECTION Freywille Hommage à Claude Monet Orangerie waterdrop ring with enamel and 24-karat gold plating, $540, inspired by the art of Claude Monet. (freywille.com) 4. SPIDER WEB Lydia Courteille spider brooch with moonstones, garnets, and sapphires set in 18-karat gold, price upon request, inspired by Louise Bourgeois’ Spider. (lydiacourteille.com) 5. FACE OFF Lady Grey Silhouette earrings in 14-karat goldplated bronze, $180, reminiscent of surrealism and portraiture. (ladygreyjewelry.com) 6. PURPLE REIGN Rush Jewelry Design Maman ring with amethyst set in 18-karat gold, $4,300, inspired by Louise Bourgeois’ Maman. (rushjewelrydesign.com) 7. RISING SUN Milamore Kintsugi bangle in 18-karat gold, $8,750, inspired by the traditional Japanese art of Kintsugi. (milamorejewelry.com) 8. KISS, KISS Nouvel Heritage earrings with opals, rhodolite, spinel, and lacquer set in 18-karat rose gold, $8,700, inspired by Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss. (nouvelheritage.com) 9. FREE FORM Graff Inspired by Twombly bangle with diamonds set in platinum, $36,000, inspired by the art of Cy Twombly. Graff, Bal Harbour (graff.com)
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The legacy of Hollywood legend Marlon Brando shines at THE BRANDO, the South Pacific’s premier private island resort By Paul Rubio Rewind to the early 1960s when a young Marlon Brando arrived in French Polynesia to film Mutiny on the Bounty. The South Pacific had long piqued Brando’s curiosity, and his freshman trip to the island nation sparked love at first sight. By 1967, Brando had consummated his love affair with French Polynesia by purchasing Tetiaroa, a breathtaking atoll roughly 30 miles north of Tahiti,
anchored by a lustrous blue lagoon and fringed by 12 palm tree–studded motus (islets), vibrant patches of coral, and countless white sand beaches. At his remote home away from home, Brando sought to preserve—and even share—a piece of French Polynesia’s natural splendor and biological heritage by not only protecting the land but creating a world-class research station and the planet’s foremost carbon-neutral resort. NOVEMBER 2020
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Fast-forward to present day when Brando’s dream project has materialized into something more elevated, high-tech, and highbrow than the movie star could have ever imagined. Brando didn’t live to see the fruits of his vision—he passed away in 2004—but he entrusted prominent hotelier and fellow environmentalist Richard Bailey to crystalize and execute his plans. The actor’s legacy now flourishes at Brando’s family estate vis-à-vis a hyper-exclusive and eco-minded private island resort, The Brando, on the motu of Onetahi, complemented by the other safeguarded islets of Tetiaroa, which remain completely untouched. What makes The Brando so special—as in arguably best-island-retreat-in-the-world special? In a word: everything. From its profound history to its detail-oriented magic to a surreal, cinematic backdrop of extreme tropical exotica (rich in rare flora and fauna) and an unwavering sustainability mantra, this is ultra-luxury with a soul. Marlon Brando wasn’t the first or the last influ-
Clockwise from far left: A one-bedroom villa at The Brando; a two-bedroom villa; aerial view of Tetiaroa; villa bathrooms bring the outdoors in; green sea turtles are frequent guests at The Brando.
ential figure to frequent Tetiaroa. In fact, as far back as the eighteenth century, the atoll was a favorite of Tahitian royalty, according to oral history and evidenced by ancient structures and ceremonial sites that archaeologists have uncovered in recent decades. Beyond Brando’s 40-year relationship with his beloved Tetiaroa, regulars at his namesake resort read like a who’s who of popular culture: actor Leonardo DiCaprio, socialite Pippa Middleton, and former President Barack Obama, who began his post-presidential memoir, A Promised Land, on-island. Besides a glitzy title, the famous primarily flock to The Brando for the very same reason as other well-heeled travelers: to escape at their own pace. Home base is one of 35 eco-chic villas, which begin at a generous 1,033 square feet and seamlessly integrate into the native surrounds thanks to pandanus leaf roofing and building materials made of local or certified organic, renewable, or recycled components. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors ensure continuous spatial flow, opening to a vast private terrace inclusive of an infinity-edge pool, dining area, and swathe of sandy beach that is shared, at times, with nesting green sea turtles.
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From far left: Dinner on the beach; a red-footed booby; the cocoon-like treatment rooms at Varua te Ora Polynesian Spa. Below: The Brando Suites Bora Bora.
While it’s possible to fulfill a castaway fantasy without ever leaving the confines of the villa, most choose to maximize their time at The Brando discovering greater Tetiaroa. After all, one of Earth’s most dramatic blue lagoons beckons, explorable by kayak, stand-up paddleboard, va’a (Polynesian outrigger canoe), or mask and snorkel. The latter best reveals the atoll’s prolific coral gardens and marine life thriving therein (more than 167 species have been documented here). Undeveloped areas of Onetahi and surrounding virgin motus are also the subjects of daily naturalist-led tours. One specializes in birdwatching and photography as thousands of land and seabirds call islet Tahuna Iti home, including great frigate birds and red-footed boobies. Another promises a scenic lay of the land, while yet another focuses on the atoll’s pre-Brando origins, visiting the remains of an ancient Polynesian temple or marae. There are also regularly scheduled cultural experiences like Polynesian dance classes, ukulele lessons, and traditional weaving sessions. Activities are bundled into The Brando’s all-inclusive rate, as are meals, libations, and treatments at Varua te Ora Polynesian Spa. Enjoy a romantic dinner in the privacy of your villa or interact with the chef at intimate Japanese teppanyaki restaurant, Nami. Sample fine French cuisine at Les Mutinés, fraternize with fellow guests over daytime tiki cocktails at the beachfront Bob’s Bar, or feast on Polynesian fish dishes at toes-in-the-sand Beachcomber Café. The Brando’s guests have complete liberty to make their days as action-packed or languid, scheduled, or spontaneous as desired. Immersed in this excess, it’s easy to forget that The Brando is nearing its goal of becoming fully
BRANDO SUITES BORA BORA The Brando flaunts all one could covet in a French Polynesian vacation—everything except an overwater bungalow, that is. To curtail any FOMO (fear of missing out) one might have in the island nation that invented overwater accommodations, The Brando teamed up with The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa to create four overwater
Brando Suites Bora Bora, the design of which mirrors The Brando’s own aesthetic. The four parcels of prime floating real estate deliver unobstructed vistas of Mount Otemanu, framed by brilliant turquoise waters. These million-dollar views are present from the master bedroom, private infinity pool, terrace, sundeck— just about every nook of the suite’s 3,465 square feet. Special packages allow guests to visit both The Brando private island plus its sister overwater suites. (thalasso. intercontinental.com; tahititourisme.com) NOVEMBER 2020
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Above, from left: Bike across the motu of Onetahi on a Brando-branded two-wheeler; sunset views from a one-bedroom villa; fine French dining awaits at Les Mutinés.
carbon neutral and self-sustainable. Those villas, for instance, are part of a pioneering scientific experiment, cooled by a complex seawater air-conditioning (SWAC) system (fed by the cold of the ocean depths) and powered by solar energy generated from photovoltaic solar panels along Tetiaroa’s airstrip and coconut oil biofuel. Bike past the villas on Turtle Beach and stumble upon The Ecostation, a duo of wet and dry research laboratories flanked by housing for international scientists conducting short- and longterm studies in fields like ecology, marine biology, physical geography, and conserva-
tion. Chat with a visiting researcher, attend evening lectures, or request a green tour to learn more about The Brando’s sustainability initiatives and the resort’s noteworthy Platinum LEED certification (the highest possible rating for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). It’s the earth-friendly ingenuity that realizes Brando’s vision for Tetiaroa; molding the South Pacific’s most exclusive resort was an afterthought. But together, it’s the best of both worlds—resolute environmental stewardship without compromising luxury. You can be sure Brando would be proud. (thebrando.com) «
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At Chablé Yucatán, discover a modern wellness retreat steeped in Mayan culture, Mexican history, and SELF-REFLECTION By Paul Rubio
From top: The spa at Chablé Yucatán is anchored by a serene cenote; an outdoor rainfall shower is just one element of each villa’s stunning bathroom.
Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula is best known for its prolific sparkling beaches, but some of its greatest treasures lie inland. Case in point: Chablé Yucatán, a stunning, 40-villa, 750-acre wellness retreat on the grounds of a former sisal plantation in the blink-and-you-mightmiss-it Mayan town of Chocholá. Born from the ruins of a nineteenth-century hacienda, the high-design hotel mingles glass elements with archaeological remains alongside colorful, colonial-inspired struc-
tures. Chablé’s freestanding casitas and family villas are emphatically modern and minimalist, framed by limestone and dark woods and homing in on the beauty of the surrounding natural foliage. Lush gardens and crystal walls foster an impression of jungle immersion indoors, especially within the expansive bathroom, where double sinks and rainfall showers appear to nurture the earth from which the plants grow. Outdoors, a white linen hammock sways over each casita’s private swimming pool and a
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Soak in Chablé Yucatán’s green marble infinity pool (left and below center) or relax in the privacy of your en suite pool (above). Sip rare tequilas and ogle old-meets-new architecture at Ixi’im (below).
shaded daybed offers respite from the blazing Mexican sun. At the property’s core lies a jungleclad cenote (limestone sinkhole) around which a world-class spa has been erected. With 14 treatment rooms, a full-scale fitness center, a temescal (traditional Mayan sweat lodge), an advanced hydrotherapy circuit, and an exquisite marble infinity pool, the Chablé Spa comprises the heart and soul of the property’s wellness philosophy. Treatments and ceremonial rituals are rooted in Mayan tradition and the healing powers of the sacred cenote. Between these culture-infused experiences, meditation sessions, sunrise yoga classes, and other endeavors in holistic healing, physical rejuvenation, and mental cleansing, it’s not uncommon for guests to visit the spa twice or thrice daily. Contrasting the contemporary casitas and fashionable spa, property grounds are strewn with vestiges of the site’s nineteenth-century incarnation: Original rock-hewn archways remain, as do remnants of stone buildings, many now overgrown by snaking tree roots. The dramatic juxtaposition of old and new climaxes at Ixi’im, Chablé’s signature restaurant helmed by acclaimed chef Jorge Vallejo, whose Mexico City restaurant, Quintonil, was named one of the world’s best. At Ixi’im, glass panes complete an original hacienda building, embedded in unfinished stone, illuminated by high-tech lighting and a subterranean firepit at the entrance. Inside, the 200-year-old, black-and-white-tiled floors have been restored to their original grandeur, while decorative sisal ropes hang from the ceiling, nodding to the past, and shelves
showcase the restaurant’s 3,000-plus vintage tequila bottles spanning centuries. (This is, in fact, one of the largest private tequila collections in the world.) The cuisine incorporates Mayan techniques and ingredients, Michelinstar prowess, and a health-conscious slant resulting in memorable dining experiences that are a testament to chef Vallejo’s global fame.
Other meals at Chablé are enjoyed primarily at Ki’ol, a more casual poolside restaurant that Vallejo also oversees. Of course, you could leave the premises to dine or engage in other activities; Yucatán’s historic capital city of Mérida, its international airport (serviced by direct flights from Miami), and archaeology headliners like Uxmal are an average of an hour away. But the sublime food, zen vibe, and enticements of the hacienda make it difficult to justify ever leaving the property. Plus, the entire point of Chablé Yucatán is to escape the world outside and discover—or rediscover—your personal mental and physical best. (chablehotels.com) « NOVEMBER 2020
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At Acqualina, safety protocols pave the way for EXCLUSIVE new experiences By Daphne Nikolopoulos The need to distance and be vigilant about safety doesn’t exactly make for a relaxed vacation. But it can also be an opportunity to innovate, as Acqualina Resort & Residences in Sunny Isles Beach has proven. Acqualina has implemented some of the highest safety protocols in the industry, including electrostatic disinfectant tools for sanitizing interior and exterior spaces, and contactless temperature stations in public areas. Guest rooms are equipped with personal protective equipment in chic, portable packages, and high-touch items like remotes are sanitized and wrapped for individual use. Hand sanitizer dispensers are everywhere, pool and beach furniture is distanced, and service staff Social distancing made chic (clockwise wear masks and gloves. from above): Breakfast in bed; a hammock For a AAA Five Diamond resort, that’s for one; private beach dining and picnicking; room service with a view. just standard. Acqualina has gone well beyond the notion of safety by making social distancing a luxurious endeavor. Alfresco dining has reached a new level of ex- under the stars are served with rose petals, sea clusivity through private beachfront dinners, breezes, and a soundtrack of waves lapping which allow guests to have the seaside lawn all the sand. The menu features shareable appeto themselves. Equally suited to romantic tête- tizers plus three courses, including a pistachioà-têtes and family dining, these candlelit meals crusted sea bass guaranteed to elicit cravings for months afterward. At lunchtime, the best option is a picnic hamper with Champagne and an impressive lineup of antipasti, salads, cheeses, tuna poke, cookies, and, naturally, chocolate-covered strawberries. It comes with a blanket you can spread out anywhere along the lawn, pool, or beach (or on your suite balcony, for that matter). The property has plenty of private nooks for the ultimate distanced experience. The Spa has its own COVID-19 prevention guidelines, including reduced capacity and extra time between treatments to properly sanitize the rooms. Some of the communal spaces 42
are not yet open, and staff wear appropriate PPE for the guests’ protection—so there’s no excuse for not indulging in a spa day. Acqualina’s facials are some of the most advanced anywhere. The Brightening HydraFacial MD, for example, grants an instant antiaging boost through lymphatic drainage, Britenol spot corrector, and LED light therapy. Kids get their own exclusive activities through the AcquaMarine Kids Club. Families can reserve a 90-minute private camp session for up to five children, during which campers will discover the ocean and its creatures through hands-on activities outdoors and in the clubhouse, all while having the full attention of counselors. The idea is to go over and above on safety, so guests don’t have to think about it and can focus on the good life instead. How novel. (acqualinaresort.com) «
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The Sound Of SILENCE
Rolls-Royce unveils an all-new GHOST with a single-minded focus on keeping the noise down By Howard Walker
Rolls-Royce once claimed that at 60 mph, the loudest sound you heard in one of its cars was the ticking of the electric clock. Fast-forward to today, and the loudest sound you’ll hear in the all-new 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost won’t be the clock—it went digital years ago—but a whisper. It seems that during the six-year development of this superlative, new-from-the-tires-up 2021 Ghost, engineers have managed to achieve close to the impossible: a cabin that is completely silent. There’s no engine noise. No wind noise. No tire roar. No nothing. Silence is golden, right? Think again. When they asked a group of owners to try out this no-noise interior, they were less than enthusiastic. They found it too disorientating, just too ghostly. Like wearing Bose noise-canceling headphones while driving. The solution? To give the Ghost the merest hint of a “whisper.” Rolls describes it as a soft undertone that you hear as a single, subtle note. Kind of like the sound of a kitten sleeping. Or Marcel Marceau screaming at the top of his lungs—miming, of course. To achieve this whisper, Rolls-Royce had to acoustically tune pretty much every component, from the seat frames to the trunk space to the inside of the air-conditioning ducts. They also squeezed in more than 200 pounds of sound-absorbing materials throughout the car, even lin-
ing the tire interiors and double glazing the windows. Contributing heavily to the stealthy silence is the Ghost’s all-aluminum chassis. It’s a development of the so-called “Architecture of Luxury” first used on the flagship Phantom. Previous Ghost models rolled on a modified BMW 7-Series platform, which was good but not quite up to Rolls-Royce standards. This version allows the Ghost to offer— for the first time—four-wheel drive and rear-wheel steering, two major pluses guaranteed to heighten driving enjoyment. While this Roller’s elegant, stately profile seems almost unchanged from the 2009 original, only two components were carried over. One is that iconic Flying Lady, the other the trademark door-mounted umbrella. Everything else is new—and improved. The body is smoother, the lines just a tad softer, with fewer creases and body-panel joints. Ghost aficionados will also notice the new-look grille. It’s even more distinctive than before; a little less inset, and, for the first time, it features very cool down lighting. Twenty LEDs set underneath the top ever-sodelicately illuminate the stainless-steel blades, giving the car a unique lighting signature. Swing open one of those bank-vault-like doors and you’ll see the interior has beautifully evolved. In keeping with the growing trend of less
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is more, everything from the stitching to the wood finishes to the leather on the seats is just a little less fussy. That tenet doesn’t quite apply to the dashboard, which comes with a stunning illuminated fascia. Designed to echo the Ghost’s sparkly Starlight headliner, the passenger-side dash panel features LEDs that shimmer around the Ghost logo. Beneath that mile-long hood, the Ghost’s honking 6.75-liter V-12 stays essentially unchanged, delivering 563 galloping horseys and a locomotivelike 627 lb-ft of torque. To complement that eerie interior silence, Rolls engineers gave this Ghost an even smoother, more stable ride, achieved in part by a new front suspension design. Rolls claims, rather ambitiously, that it creates a “sense of flight on land” never before achieved in a car. We can’t wait to try it out. The wait shouldn’t be long. Production has already kicked off in the United Kingdom, with the first U.S. examples expected to arrive in the first quarter of 2021. Pricing starts at $332,500. The Ghost has been the marque’s most successful model in its 116year history, attracting a new generation of younger buyers—average age is now 43—drawn to a slightly smaller, more driver-focused model. Expect this new Ghost to continue that success. Just don’t expect the company to shout about it. Everything they do these days is with a whisper. «
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Zeelander’s exquisite Z55 proves that superyachts don’t have to be huge By Howard Walker
ife, they say, is too short to own an ugly boat. How many times have you groaned in horror at some top-heavy, Whirlpool-white, floating RV and asked yourself, “What were they thinking?” Thankfully, all it takes is one fleeting glance at the Dutchbuilt masterpiece that is the Zeelander Z55 to know all’s well with the boating world. Those voluptuous curves, that towering flared bow, those truly elegant proportions? Just gorgeous. Call it retro if you will. Yes, there’s a touch of Hinckley-esque Maine lobster boat in the profile. Plenty of roaring twenties, high-speed New York commuter in that rounded transom. But beneath those classic cues is a thoroughly modern mini-superyacht brimming with the very latest technology, some of the coolest design touches around, and a whole lot of best-of-the-best craftsmanship. Think of an aquatic Bentley Flying Spur and you’d be on the right track. One of my favorite features? All that teak brightwork edging the deck and pilothouse. Yes, it’s a nightmare to maintain, but gorgeous nevertheless. Only it’s not teak. It’s a tough-as-nails composite, hand-painted by a Dutch artisan in true trompe l’oeil tradition. I defy you to distinguish it from the real thing. I also love the tender garage. With Volvo Penta IPS drives mounted at the stern, there’s no space for conventional tender storage. Zeelander’s solution? To have a power-lifting panel on the starboard side of the hull. Raise it, and the Williams 285 Jet Tender slides out on rollers and launches itself. Zeelander has been building this 55-footer since 2016, but has continued to evolve the specs. The latest version—this flag blue–hulled
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COURTING GRAND SLAM WINNER SONYA “SOFIA” KENIN TAKES TENNIS TO THE NEXT LEVEL BY LINDA MARX
ennis is a game of mental toughness. Or as Billie Jean King, the former world number one professional tennis player and winner of 39 Grand Slams, put it, “Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility.” Into that atmosphere steps Moscow-born, Florida-bred Sonya “Sofia” Kenin, whose discipline, focus, feistiness, and competitive spirit combine to make the next great champion. At 21 years old (she turns 22 this month), Kenin is the fourth-ranked Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) player in the world. In the U.S., she is ranked number one—ahead of Serena Williams. On February 1, Kenin won the Australian Open Women’s Championship in Melbourne Park, Australia, making her the youngest American to win a Grand Slam women’s singles title since Williams did it in 1999. A month later (before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic), Kenin won her fifth WTA singles title at the Lyon Open in France.
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go pro. I was excited about living the American Dream.” Under Macci’s tutelage, Kenin appeared in tennis training videos and showcased her skills at conventions and exhibitions. Her former coach says some were skeptical about his enthusiasm for this young girl who—at first glance— didn’t really stand out. “People said, ‘No way—she is too little,’” Macci recalls. “But when they saw how talented she was, the way she competed, her focus, her timing, her ability to go for the jugular, they changed their minds.” These days, Alex is Kenin’s sole coach. Despite the dad-daughter dynamic, Kenin says her dad is “super smart,” always generating ideas, and solving problems. “My dad always travels with me and helps me mentally,” she says. For Alex, what is equally as important as building upon his daughter’s tennis skills is his role in helping her develop a solid foundation that keeps both her talent and personal growth under control. “Coaching your daughter can be tricky,” he says. “Often I have to draw the line. But as she has gotten older, we have found a balance.” That balance includes education. During her school years, Kenin did a combination of in-class and at-home schooling. But as the road trips increased, a by-the-bell school schedule became impossible to keep up with. “We kept her in school as long as possible,” says Alex. “But tournaments took her away, and it was tough to fit in her learning. So we did it at home, which worked out well.” In 2013, Kenin started playing low-level tournaments on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) circuit and won her first two professional matches at age 14. She finished the 2017 season ranked 108 in the world. Then 2018 came, and with it her best season yet: ending with an impressive ranking of 52, her first top 100 finish. By the time she won the Australian Open earlier this year, fans from around the world were glued to her every move and were eager for her autograph. “I was speechless and happy, there was so much emotion that day,” Kenin says of the win. “I watched my idols play and the whole crowd was cheering. I had butterflies. I love my fans, they boost me, they cheered for me.” Even Billie Jean King—who calls Kenin “fearless”—texted her during the Australian Open. The two women had met during the 2019 off-season when they were in New York for the filming of “Thank You Notes,” a Katie Couric-produced web series that matches an established icon with a rising star in the same sport or business. “Billie Jean inspires me so much. She has given me great advice, and even
Last year—after winning multiple singles and doubles tournaments and earning a top 20 ranking—the plucky pro was named the WTA’s Most Improved Player of the Year. “I have so much excitement before a tournament,” says Kenin, who admits she is hard on herself. “I do have nerves. I have to do well. I want to win. I need to win.” Kenin was 3 years old when her father saw the early hints of her tennis talents. “I was watching my daughter play tennis against a garage door,” says dad and coach Alex Kenin. “I noticed that she had unusual hand-eye coordination, so I took her to a park for more play and discovered that she was better than most of the others.” By her fifth birthday, Kenin’s family had moved from Moscow to New York to Pembroke Pines—where the tennis prodigy easily took to figuring out her dad’s tennis racket by hitting a torrent of tennis balls. Her father introduced her to tennis legend Rick Macci, who has coached Serena and Venus Williams, Andy Roddick, Jennifer Capriati, Maria Sharapova, and other notable stars of the sport. Macci coached Kenin for the next seven years—from age 5 to 12—seeing her a few times a week. Alex, a self-taught coach, worked with her the other days. “I never taught kids that young back then,” says Macci, owner of the Rick Macci Academy and Tennis Center in Boca Raton. “But Sonya was unique and uncanny. She could just focus, and eventually had a backswing to South Beach! The way she timed the ball, she already had rhythm. She was the scariest little creature I ever saw.” At age seven, Kenin’s tennis life began to take shape. She developed a fierce drop shot—hitting the ball softly so it lands just over and close to the net—which Macci calls “one of the best” on the pro tour. “She likes to trick her opponent like a point guard in basketball,” Macci says. “She can do this 10 to 15 times in a match. She knows and understands the geometry of the court.” By 2005, Kenin began playing in singles tournaments in the United States Tennis Association (USTA)’s Girls 10-and-under division. In less than 18 months, she was ranked number one in Florida—a ranking she repeated in the USTA National Girls 12, 14, 16, and 18-and-under divisions. She won tournament after tournament, including multiple Super National Junior Tournaments and excelled in international competition. “I loved playing, I enjoyed all of it,” says Kenin, who was lucky to be able to hit balls early in her career with the likes of Anna Kournikova, Jim Courier, Kim Clijsters, Venus Williams, and John McEnroe. “I liked the process and wanted to FORT LAUDERDALE AVENTURA MAGAZINE ILLUSTRATED
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explained how to best deal with pressure,” says Kenin, who wrote her a personal thank you note on behalf of women tennis players everywhere. “She has been really encouraging. I look up to her.” Says King: “Sofia is a strong, kind, and confident player who is coming into her own. She definitely has the makings of a champion and has already shown she can win. She is a great competitor and is mentally and emotionally tough. She thrives on pressure and is willing to pay the price in both preparation and execution of her game plan. She is very intense, focused, and never out of a match because she knows how to finish.” Kenin takes that kind of praise to heart. In the little time that she spends at home in Pembroke Pines, her schedule remains disciplined. She practices tennis five out of seven days per week—often twice a day— and keeps a strict fitness regimen of strength conditioning, stretching, and sprints. If there is a match in South Florida, she goes to bed early. Otherwise, she gives herself until 10 p.m. on weekends. When she’s on the road with Alex, Kenin says she misses her mom, Lena, and her sister, Anya. And as much as Lena loves and admires her daughter, she doesn’t watch her matches on TV. “My mom is too nervous,” Kenin admits. “She doesn’t watch me play at all.” On the off-night when tennis is not the number one priority, Kenin is just like any other 20-something—preferring to lay in bed and watch Netflix. She also loves movies, music (especially the rapper Drake), posting on her Instagram account, hanging with friends and her sister, going to the beach, shopping, and traveling. But with her career on fire at the moment, there are more days on than off right now. And Kenin is okay with that. In fact, her advice for other tennis players is to be inflexible in their dedication to the sport. For those who want to excel, she believes they must “love it, enjoy the battle, stick to it, ignore the negativity,” and be the best possible player so their dreams can come true. “Sonya is stubborn, has backbone, and is ferociously competitive,” says Macci. “She knows how to compete, and I think she will rise to the top. She is already a better role model than any other American player.” «
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Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends takes on an Italian twist for chef Angelo Elia By Melissa Puppo | Photography by Giovanna Elia
hile it may seem untraditional for Italians to celebrate Thanksgiving, the holiday has become the biggest fête of the year for the Elia family stateside. Angelo Elia—the award-winning chef behind countless restaurant concepts in South Florida—and his wife, Denise, open up their home to family, friends, and coworkers each year. To show thanks for navigating the unique challenges of 2020, the Elias welcomed loved ones to a Thanksgiving dinner oozing with Italian flair. “Being immigrants, coming to America, and integrating with its culture has a special meaning for us on Thanksgiving,” Denise says. “Angelo’s family is in Italy. My family is in Brazil. We work so many hours together that you become family with the people you work with. And 68
a lot of them also don’t have family here, so we are a whole bunch of pilgrims together.” Born in Salerno, Italy, Angelo’s passion for cooking began at home under his mother’s wing. She instilled in her 9-year-old son the traditional ways to make classic dishes. Angelo says he incorporates her recipes and techniques into his menus daily. Angelo moved to the United States at 14 years old with a dream to become a chef. After 16 years of grueling work in New York’s fast-paced restaurant industry, he moved to South Florida, where he met Denise at a restaurant called Julia’s in Boca Raton. The Brazilian native was attending cosmetology school at the time, and also worked in the res-
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South Florida chef Angelo Elia and his wife, Denise, host Thanksgiving for loved ones at their Fort Lauderdale home.
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The Elias’ tablescape is anchored by flowers in brilliant shades of orange, purple, and pink from Ann’s Florist on Las Olas.
taurant business. The pair eventually married. They have a daughter, Giovanna, who graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in the summer (and photographed her family’s Thanksgiving dinner for these pages), and a son, Paolo, who is pursuing a career in real estate. Along the way, Denise has become her husband’s biggest supporter and business partner, working alongside him as director of all front-of-the-house operations and overseeing special event planning. After working for Unique Restaurants in Boca and Aventura, Angelo moved to Fort Lauderdale to open Café Tutto Bene and the original H2O on the beach. He later opened Café Angelo, which is now known as Casa D’Angelo. The revered high-end Italian concept has stood at the same locale in Lauderdale for more than 22 years. “The people who come to my restaurant are local guests,” says Angelo. “They have been coming for years, and we are known for quality, great food, and great service.” In addition to an outpost in Boca Raton and at the Atlantis Hotel in Paradise Island, Bahamas, in the fall of 2019 Angelo welcomed the third location of Casa D’Angelo in Aventura Park Square. He’s also behind four Angelo Elia NOVEMBER 2020
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Clockwise from above: Angelo and executive chef Rickie Piper prepared antipasti of meats, cheeses, and an assortment of bread; The main course featured a rolled porchetta and traditional turkey.
Pizza Bar and Tapas restaurants—serving Neapolitan pizza and homemade pasta—and Angelo Elia The Bakery Bar in Oakland Park. “We do a lot of recipes from my mom like the fusilli and the homemade ravioletti,” Angelo says of the dishes traversing his various restaurants. “We do a ragu tomato sauce like my mother used to make. I’ll never change that. I try to keep traditional every single day.” Angelo works closely with his executive chef, Rickie Piper, who manages the South Florida Casa D’Angelo restaurants and also plays a vital role in Thanksgiving dinner. “We speak the same language,” says Piper. “Not only the Italian but also the food we have a passion for. It’s all about quality over anything.” To kick off the Elia family turkey day festivities, Angelo and Denise welcomed friends, family, and coworkers to their modern Intracoastal home in
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Left: lasagna with a fresh tomato béchamel and homemade mozzarella; Aventura general manager Peter Criticos chats with guests over dinner.
Fort Lauderdale with Aperol Spritzes, a popular aperitif in Italy, served by Koen Kersemans, the wine director for Casa D’Angelo restaurants. “You don’t know who you’re going to see here,” says Peter Criticos, the general manager of Aventura’s Casa D’Angelo, who has celebrated the holiday with the Elias for many years. “It could be a guest you had from the night before; it could be one of the dishwashers. [Angelo] does open his doors to everyone.”
Overseeing the table holiday settings, Denise says she likes to use festive fall colors and textures like orange-colored plates and rattan chargers. She’s careful, she says, not to overload the table with decor, leaving plenty of room for food and wine. “I prefer it to be casual, so everyone feels at home,” Denise says. She also enlists help from Ann’s Florist on Las Olas for her flower arrangements. “I usually order small squares on the tables,” she says. “When everyone goes home, I like to give them the flowers. Even though our house is modern, I like to bring a little traditional Thanksgiving look to it.” As the main courses baked and bubbled in the oven, guests helped themselves to a beautiful tray of antipasti complete with sliced meats, cheeses, and bakery-fresh breads. Dates with mascarpone cheese topped with fig jam, farro salad with wild mushrooms and lemon zest, and jumbo cocktail prawns with Sicilian olives rounded out the appetizers. While they picked and mingled, Angelo and Piper finished up the NOVEMBER 2020
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Opposite page: Basque burnt cheesecake and dainty pumpkin tarts from the bakery were shared among guests for dessert. Below: Angelo and Denise mingle with Casa D’Angelo restaurants’ wine director Koen Kersemans and Criticos on the patio.
main course—which is based on the traditional American Thanksgiving menu. “Angelo loves the American Thanksgiving tradition,” says Denise, who is also a crucial team member for day-of cooking. Still, the family also likes to incorporate one non-traditional item on the menu. Last year they cooked up wild boar. This year, it’s porchetta (a boneless pork roast) prepared two ways (rolled up and flat) with fennel pollen that had the guests in awe. To pair with the meats, Kersemans chose a Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Vineyard pinot noir. A second wine—a 2015 Barbaresco Riserva Rabajá—was passed around for guests to enjoy as they sat for dinner. The grand table spread featured lasagna with a fresh tomato béchamel and homemade mozzarella, which Denise says is a staple for Italians. The family also prepared a dizzying array of sides, including roasted Brussels sprouts with walnuts and a vintage balsamic glaze, roasted fennel with olives and cherry tomatoes, pan-fried polenta with Parmigiano-Reggiano, and pumpkin soup with roasted sunflower seeds and chestnuts.
Planning large-scale dinners is the norm for Denise and Angelo. Over the past 17 years, the couple has hosted PACE Center for Girls Broward at their flagship Casa D’Angelo for the “Taste of Italy” wine tasting reception, which features an auction and four-course dinner, and raises funds for at-risk girls. They have also partnered and donated wine-paired dinners that are auctioned at fundraisers for organizations like the Humane Society of Broward County, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County, March of Dimes, and Taste of the Nation. “We feel privileged to live in such a beautiful place and have the support of this amazing community,” says Denise, who is also a founding member of FAB (Funding Arts Broward). “We feel it is our duty to give back to those supporters. More than ever, we have to work together to strengthen our community and those in need.” After dinner, guests made their way outdoors for views of the Intracoastal while enjoying some alfresco mingling as Denise prepared dessert, which included Basque burnt cheesecake with fresh berries, pear and ricotta cake, and freshly baked pumpkin tarts. It was a sweet end to what Denise admits has been a challenging year. “More than ever, we’re thankful to gather this Thanksgiving,” she says. « NOVEMBER 2020
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LEA BLACK’S GENEROSITY AND POSITIVE APPROACH TO PROBLEM SOLVING HAVE MADE HER A DRIVING FORCE IN MIAMI CHARITY EVENTS AND SOCIAL CIRCLES By Linda Marx Photography by Barry Peele | LA/Paris
There are two types of people in the world. Those who only watch out for themselves, and others who live to give unselfishly to others. Lea Black belongs in the second category. “Lea only does good in whatever she undertakes,” says Donna Shalala, the former President of University of Miami, and now the U.S. Representative for Florida’s twenty-seventh congressional district, which includes Miami. “She looks like the party woman of the year, but she is substantive. She is not about herself.” Opinionated and fearless, the former original member of The Real Housewives of Miami is married to prominent criminal defense and civil lawyer Roy Black. Together, they have raised millions of dollars for charity at an event known as The Blacks’ Annual Gala—contributing to a variety of organizations that benefit at-risk children and teens, including Icare Bay Point Schools. Black has
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Lea is one amazing woman with great ideas. Being her partner is always interesting. She is highly intelligent, smarter than I am!” —Roy Black
been traversing the waves of Miami society and says she’s learned a lot about people—prompting her to pen the gossipy novel Red Carpets & White Lies (2015), a sarcastic, behind-the-scenes romp through her charity fundraising experiences. Black is also an astute businesswoman. Beginning in the 1980s, she founded, developed, and marketed more than 400 health and beauty products. Now, the mother of R.J., 19, a University of Miami student, Black’s days in their historic Mediterranean home that once belonged to Coral Gables developer George Merrick are packed with various projects of her choosing. “My husband learned quickly when he married me that I have a mind of my own,” she says. “I do what I want.” Roy agrees: “Lea is one amazing woman with great ideas. Being her partner is always interesting. She is highly intelligent, smarter than I am! In fact, my clients call her at night because she likes to chat. I am a bottom-line guy who says only yes or no.” Born and raised in Waco, Texas, Black’s childhood was filled with traditional small town values. “I learned good manners, attended a small school, and was told to be truthful,” says Black, whose father was in construction and mother worked in the insurance business. “It was a far cry from the world we live in today.” She says she knew early on that she would have to support herself and make her mark in the world. Agile, talented, and entrepreneurial, Black began teaching ballroom dancing at the Fred Astaire Studio in Houston. She also worked at a hospital, sang in nightclubs, and eventually ran a chain of 40 Texas-based health clubs called Figure World. “I got married and divorced, worked 24/7 and made the health clubs successful,” she says. “Then I was introduced to the skin-care business ,which I liked a lot. I made my own money and never asked anyone for anything.” In the mid 1980s, Black moved to Miami to sell Sudden Youth, a product that promises to lift, tone, firm, tighten, and cleanse the skin. She developed a line of corresponding products and sold them to outlets in Puerto Rico and retail shops on cruise ships. “At one time, I had 100,000 women in the U.S., Caribbean, Prague, Indonesia, and Canada selling my Lea Cosmetics International products,” she says. “My work required about 200,000 miles of travel each year.” Though she maintained an office in Prague, Black eventually moved back to Florida, picking Palm Beach as the city to continue building the business. But her life changed dramatically in December 1991, after she met Roy at the courthouse in West Palm Beach. Lea was selected to be a
juror in the William Kennedy Smith rape trial when Roy was the lead defense lawyer. (Smith was later acquitted after being accused of raping a young woman during a late-night party at the former Kennedy estate in Palm Beach.) “I was sequestered for 10 to12 days, and will always remember how brilliant Roy was in defending Smith during that trial,” says Black. They started dating the following September and fell in love. Even though she was involved with someone else at the time, Black says she knew Roy was the man for her. “He was the smartest person I had ever met,” she says. “I am attracted to very smart people. Roy was also fascinating, interesting, and up to the greater good. We were well suited in our ideals and highly compatible.” In August 1994, they eloped on Sanibel Island, Florida. Exhausted by years of constant travel, Black decided to cut back on her skin-care work. “I wanted to spend more time in Miami,” she explains. “I eventually turned the U.S. and international distribution of my company over to a man in Switzerland, selling that part of the business.” Instead, she chose to pursue the infomercial and Home Shopping network (HSN) route, promoting her products from time to time on TV and allowing more freedom to pursue other interests. She enjoyed making infomercials for Sudden Youth and the bath product Bio Flora with actress Joan Collins in Baden-Baden, Germany. Later, she took her products online, and now keeps current with the Lea Black Beauty Collection, an array of skin-care products featuring CBD hemp extracts. But it was after a black-tie gala in 1997 that she changed course, trading her emphasis on outer beauty to the inner beauty of charitable endeavors. “One night while Roy and I were attending a Miami charity event, a judge asked me to help kids who were sent to jail on petty offenses,” says Black. “I raised money for this cause through a fundraiser we held in our backyard, which grew into a regular Miami event to benefit at-risk children and teens. We even helped social work organizations implement after-school programs.” All of the money they raised over two decades was used to provide atrisk youth with educational resources, vocational training, and creative and cultural outlets. Black and her husband hosted these annual charity bashes at large venues like the Coral Gables Country Club and the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. They were headlined by A-list entertainers like Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Pitbull, Flo-Rida, Queen Latifah, Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle, and Pharrell Williams. “We loved hosting these galas but stopped a couple
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TV personality, author, and entrepreneur Leah Black is a leading force in Miami’s philanthropic scene.
of years ago because I was not willing to compete with for-profit charity groups,” she says. “It seemed that everyone had a charity, and the donations fell off.” That’s when Black switched her allegiance to political fundraisers to help candidates like Charlie Crist, the U.S. Representative from Florida’s thirteenth Congressional District; Al Franken, the former U.S. Senator from Minnesota; and many other Miami-based, regional, and national figures. “I have worked with Lea for more than 15 years and despite the long hours, time-sensitive deadlines, quick thinking, focus and problem solving necessary, her positivity, drive, humor, generosity, and ability to always find a solution have been invaluable to me,” says Jason Clarke, who manages all of her projects. “Her character traits are not exclusively offered to me. Lea shares them with strangers by always trying to assist anyone she can. She inspires me to this day.” Black’s business acumen and can-do attitude were on full display during her 3-season stint on The Real Housewives of Miami (2011-2013), which turned out to be a lesson in human behavior. The Bravo producers liked her looks, smarts, and ability to chat about anything. But she soon became shocked at the behavior of some of the other housewives. “I had always been around humble and hardworking people, so this experience was an eyeopener,” she explains. “I learned that truth was not relevant even though I had good intentions. I tried to help one woman start a swimwear line, then I helped another with a cosmetics collection. They were shortsighted and wanted to fabricate, plot behind our backs, and do superficial things. The shows became disappointing. It was like being drunk and exposing who you really are.” Black says that the Miami franchise was a cross between the glamour of Beverly Hills and the drama of Atlanta housewives shows. She chalked it up to missed opportunities for some castmates, and a learning experience for herself. While on the show, Black made new friends in show business, and still sees many of them in Los Angeles, where she and her family have lived part-time for the past 18 years. The Blacks own a four-bedroom contemporary glass-sided home in the Hollywood Hills. For summers and holidays, they head west with R.J. and their four dogs: a poodle named Baby, a Maltese mix named Buddy, a Belgian Malinois named Wolf, and a terrier named Dottie.
“We all love Los Angeles, where everyone wants to be a star, singer, or somebody,” she says. “We like the gay community, the cool mornings and nights, and the overall ambition and energy there. We have parties, and go to fine restaurants and movies. Roy works remotely, I do radio shows and read, and R.J. has a blast.” It doesn’t matter where Black and her clan are anchored. Her energy, ambition, organizational skills, love of life, and passion for helping others are traits that are both invigorating and a stabilizing force for her family. Still a self-starter, she is pleased when her skincare product sales soar. But as head of the Black household, the well-being of her family doesn’t play second fiddle to anything. “I am the most fulfilled when Roy, R.J., and the dogs are happy,” she says. “That is my most challenging, rewarding and important role.” « NOVEMBER 2020
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GOURMAND DRINK, EAT, AND REPEAT: THERE’S PLENTY OF DELICIOUS TO CHOOSE FROM
Coastal ELEGANCE By Paul Rubio Adapting to a new normal of outdoor dining, The Ocean Grill at The Setai, Miami Beach, has launched dinner service and debuted a fresh new look and layout with social distancing in mind. The open-air oceanfront restaurant famous for its “A-listers who lunch” vibe has expanded in size and is now crowned with custom designer awnings (imported from Italy) and prolific misters, which set a comfortable yet chic, all-weather, all-hours setting. A new evening menu builds on The Ocean Grill’s overall Mediterranean theme while skewing Italian Riviera with elevated pasta, risotto, and pizza options, wood-grilled meats and seafood, and dinneronly appetizers and salads. One starter highlight is the Instagramworthy salmon tartare, artistically surrounded by grated boiled egg, chives, minced red onions, and edible flowers topped by caviar and crème fraîche. Another is the grilled artichoke hearts with celery root purée, tomato jus, and thyme. For the mains, consider the simple yet scrumptious, house-made spaghetti pomodoro or the lighter whole branzino—in all cases add the epic truffle pizza for the table to share. (thesetaihotel.com)
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GOURMAND SANDWICHES SUBLIME
Between the Bread
In honor of National Sandwich Day on November 3, we present some of the most mouthwatering, stacked and stuffed, hand-held greatness unique to the Magic City
LA SANDWICHERIE With five outposts across Miamiâ€”from a recent entry in Coral Gables to Wynwood, North Beach, Brickell, and the original in South Beachâ€”this is a citywide institution known for its classic subs and sandwiches (our pick is the Terminator with ham, turkey, salami, and provolone cheese). The game changers that make La Sandwicheries stand out from others: a secret, tangy, signature French vinaigrette dressing that tops most menu items plus house-made baguettes and croissants, which cushion the meat-based and vegetarian creations. (lasandwicherie.com)
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SANGUICH DE MIAMI Chef Josh Marcus is locally famous for his eclectic, artisanal takes on Jewish deli classics at his eponymous Surfside eatery. But none feels more singular to Miami than his Jewban Sandwich, a culinary hybrid proudly honoring the union of the city’s prolific Jewish and Cuban populations. A deli masterpiece requiring 11 days to prepare (yes, you read correctly!), the Jewban adds house-cured and -smoked pastrami to a traditional Cuban sandwich recipe (smoked pork, mustard, pickles, and Swiss cheese) while replacing Cuban bread with either fresh challah or rye bread and adding some spicy, truffle mayo to the mix. It’s also possible to sample the true disrupter here—the
pastrami—on its own via the handcut pastrami sandwich. To deliver the pastrami’s one-of-a-kind flavor profile, Marcus cures it in salt, sugar, garlic, black pepper, juniper, and bay leaves for a whopping 10 days, smokes it for four hours (after basting in another mixture of peppercorn and coriander), and then steams it for three more hours. (facebook.com/joshsdeli)
In the heart of Little Havana, on Calle Oche, this boutique sandwich shop revives the art of Cuban sandwich-making—with a twist. Of course, you can expect traditional favorites perfected— the pan con bistec, for example, is the ideal ratio of thin cut, slowroasted top round steak, house made mojo rojo, freshly fried string potatoes, and fontina cheese on crunchy Cuban bread. But it’s some of the more newfashioned or off-menu creations that impress even more. At the walk-up window, inquire about the Vegañoo, a got-to-taste-it-tobelieve-it vegan version of pan con lechon, in which garlic and citrus-cured jackfruit replaces pork. Or order the Elena Ruthless, layered with smoked turkey, applewood smoked bacon, cream cheese, and guava marmalade on sweet, fluffy medianoche bread. (sanguich.com) — P.R. LONELY PLANET
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Side Dish Superstar
Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson is gearing up to debut an outpost of his comfort and soul food restaurant, Red Rooster, in Miami later this year. Here, the chef shares a recipe for one of the restaurant’s top side dishes, adapted from his upcoming cookbook, The Rise, and a guaranteed epicurean touch to your Thanksgiving table. (redroosterovertown.com) —P.R.
ROASTED CARROTS WITH FRESH GOAT CHEESE AND AWAZE VINAIGRETTE (Serves 6-8)
l INGREDIENTS: 2 lbs. carrots, cleaned and tops removed 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp. grapeseed oil, divided 1 orange, thinly sliced, each slice cut in half and seeds removed 1/2 tsp. salt, plus more for vinaigrette 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper 2 tsp. berbere 3 tbsp. lemon juice 2 tsp. Dijon mustard 1 tbsp. honey 1/2 cup parsley leaves and tender stems 1/4 cup crumbled fresh goat cheese
Heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread the carrots in one layer on a sheet pan, drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the oil, add the citrus, salt, and pepper, and toss to coat. Place in the oven and roast, tossing occasionally, until carrots are tender and orange slices are caramelized, about 40 to 45 minutes. Place the remaining 1/4 cup oil, berbere, lemon juice, Dijon, honey, a pinch of salt and pepper into a glass jar with a lid and shake until an emulsion forms, about 10 to 15 seconds. Taste and adjust the seasoning as desired. To serve, place the carrots on a platter, drizzle with the vinaigrette, and top with parsley and crumbled goat cheese. Serve immediately.
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While white wines are often suggested with fish, powerful reds can also be a pleasant pairing.
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To Pair or Not to Pair?
When it comes to food and wine pairings, it’s often best to GO WITH YOUR GUT By Mark Spivak It’s one of the oldest ongoing debates: Which wine goes best with which food? The question itself presupposes that there is an ideal match, and the concept of food and wine pairing has been propagated by both the wine industry and generations of sommeliers—largely because it increases wine consumption. Recently, though, some wellinformed people have been claiming that the concept is a myth. The debunking process probably began with the 1989 publication of Red Wine with Fish by Joshua Wesson and David Rosengarten. Master of Wine Tim Hanni has gone further, proclaiming that food and wine pairing is based on a set of “delusions.” There’s some scientific evidence to back up his claim. We now know that the human tongue contains between 2,000 and 5,000 taste buds, and each of those harbors between 50 to 100 taste receptors; obviously, the range is so wide that no two people
can experience taste the same way. Here, we outline some of the leading myths. Foie gras and Sauternes are a classic, perfect match: If you think about it logically, it’s a terrible idea. Would you eat a chocolate éclair or a hot fudge sundae in the middle of a meal, between the fish and meat courses? If not, why compromise your palate with one of the sweetest wines on earth? It’s not exactly classic, either; the combination was unknown prior to the early 1960s, and the owner of Château d’Yquem reportedly doesn’t endorse it. A meal should progress from white to red and from lighter to more full-bodied wines: Not necessarily. Many professional wine tastings begin with full-bodied reds and conclude with whites so that the acidity in white wine can rejuvenate the palate. In dinner as in life, not everything is linear. A dessert wine should always be sweeter than the dessert it accompanies: Given
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the intense concentration of sugar in many desserts, it’s almost impossible to find a sweeter wine to accompany them. This theory is based on the idea that food and wine should complement (rather than contrast) each other. At the end of a meal, when your palate is dulled by eating and drinking for several hours, some contrast is welcome. Certain foods are impossible to pair with wine: The culprits are asparagus, artichokes, brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cabbage, all of which have high levels of sulfur. While difficult, a match is far from impossible. Try acidic and herbaceous wines such as Gruner Veltliner, Sauvignon Blanc, and Vermentino. Looking for ways to improve your pairing experience? Try these common-sense tips. Drink what you like: You’ll be amazed at the results. If you’re a fan of big, powerful reds, you’ll discover they’re not bad with poached fish. If you’re at a loss, try to match
the weight and texture of the dish with the weight and texture of the wine. Make adjustments when necessary: A pinch of salt or a spritz of lemon will remove most of the bitterness from a dish and make a wine seem more palatable. When in doubt, drink Champagne: Here in the U.S., we tend to reserve Champagne for special occasions and only consume it before dinner; in France, they drink it all the time and throughout their meals. It has an incredible range of food pairings. Brut Champagne goes well with everything from caviar and oysters to fried chicken and macaroni and cheese. Rosé is perfect with spicy foods, duck, charcuterie, game, lamb, and steak. Remember that context is everything: Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay with the one you love can be magical. 1982 Château Mouton Rothschild with your worst enemy can easily taste like dishwater. «
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Now & Then
How the economic woes associated with COVID-19 differ from setbacks suffered during the GREAT RECESSION By Judy Martel When the forced economic shutdown from the coronavirus pandemic plunged the country into recession during the second quarter of 2020, many were plagued by uncomfortable recollections of the last catastrophic downturn just over a decade ago, the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009. While there are some similarities between the COVID-19 recession and the Great Recession, economist Sean Snaith, director of the Institute for Economic Forecasting at the University of Central Florida, notes that it’s the differences that are most significant. “The two are similar in the sense that both were severe contractions in the economy,” he says. “The COVID-19 recession was deeper but much shorter by comparison. Both were the deepest since the Great Depression [the longest recession on record, stretching a decade or more, beginning in 1929 with the stock market crash].” However, Snaith notes that the COVID-19 recession stands apart from any recession in U.S. history in that it was self-inflicted. Recessions are typically the result of financial instability in some part of the economy that instigates a sharp decline for at least a few
months. But the COVID-19 recession was the result of the government response to a health crisis that forced it to pull the plug on large segments of the economy, mainly tourism, hospitality, entertainment, and manufacturing. “Masses of people were thrown into unemployment in a matter of just two months, and the government lacked the infrastructure to process all those claims,” says Snaith. Contrast that with the Great Recession, which was largely attributed to the collapse of the housing market that then rippled throughout the credit markets. “Subsequently, it also weighed on the economic recovery, because it was such a historic destruction in home equity wealth,” continues Snaith. While relatively few people invest in the stock market, many more view their home as a way to build financial stability over time because, historically, housing prices steadily rose year after year. When home values tanked, “suddenly, across the socioeconomic spectrum, people saw their wealth collapse.” Making it worse was the slow recovery. “In Florida, it took nearly 10 years for prices to get back to prerecession levels. In the meantime, the economy worsened because consumer spending was dampened.”
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During the COVID-19 recession, the stock market took an immediate nosedive in March, but then rebounded within four months after the initial crash, leaving many investors scratching their heads as they observed the fallout of high unemployment and lost business income in the wake of the pandemic shutdown. “The stock market is always forward-looking, while economic data is a glimpse in the rearview mirror,” Snaith explains. “The stock market responds to what’s happening in the future and doesn’t take as long to recover as the housing market. Stocks are reflecting the fact that COVID-19 is not going to be an issue forever.” The labor market, however, will take time to recover, Snaith adds. “Many businesses, particularly small businesses, will not survive because they lacked the cash reserves to ride it out.” Other larger companies will not come out on the other end because they were already on the edge. The good news, he notes, is that the federal government responded to the COVID-19 recession quickly, approving some $3 trillion to pump into the economy within the first couple of months, although he calls the initial stimulus checks for individuals a “bandage on a deep bruise.” Looking forward, investors can take heart in the fact that low interest rates will help feed the economy back to healthy levels, though there could still be some lingering hurt. Certain sectors will take a
while to recover, but timing the market is risky and pulling out at the wrong moment can be disastrous. In times of uncertainty, the safest option is simply to wait on making any significant decisions. “If investors let fear dictate, they generally will lose,” Snaith says. “For example, if you got out of the market in March or April, you would have taken a huge hit. An investor’s portfolio structure should reflect where they are in life, but generally speaking, the best strategy is to do nothing. Riding it out is the smart play.” «
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Founded during the Jazz Age, The Bath Club on Miami Beach was the first members-only club in the Southeast and gained popularity among nationally prominent families. It denied access to African Americans and Jewish people until Don Peebles, the first African American member, purchased the property in 1999 and turned it into a welcoming and luxurious space for all; he even coined the term “exclusively inclusive.” The club is yet again revitalizing itself with a multimilliondollar revamp set to debut this winter. The transformation will feature a new design by female duo Antrobus + Ramirez, who will take a modern approach to the 1920s Spanish-revival aesthetic with terra cotta floors, secret doorways, and rich drapery fabrics. Members will have access to a sprawling semi-private beachfront with contemporary beach cabanas, in addition to multiple event spaces and posh outdoor living rooms. Apicii Hospitality is also behind a new lineup of food and wine, wellness, entertainment, fashion, art, and cultural programming. (thebathclub.com) —Melissa Puppo
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Country Walk 13707 S.W. 152nd St. Miami, FL 33177 305-585-9200 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Cutler Bay 18910 South Dixie Hwy. Cutler Bay, FL 33157 305-585-9230 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Doral 7400 N.W. 104th Ave. Doral, FL 33178 305-585-9250 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Keystone Point 13120 Biscayne Blvd. North Miami, FL 33181 305-585-9210 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Our charges for medical services are less than the charges for comparable medical services at Jackson Memorial Hospital. *North Dade Urgent Care is closed on Sunday.
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North Dade 16555 N.W. 25th Ave. Miami Gardens, FL 33054 786-466-1900 M–F: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sunday: Closed.
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