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FEATURES Modern minimalism defines the fashion of tomorrow Photography by Gabor Jurina

56 / OVER THE TOP IN OVERTOWN Culinary power couple Jamila Ross and Akino West host an intimate gathering By Linda Marx

64 / BIG DEAL BRUNCHES Top spots for weekend indulgence in South Florida By Paul Rubio

70 / SILVER SCREEN STORIES Meet filmmaker extraordinaire Kevin Sharpley By Skye Sherman

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If there’s one thing Aventura, and Miami-Dade in general, has in spades, it’s world-class dining. From the waterfront to the rooftop, exciting locations with wraparound views abound, but the foodie scene here is more than a pretty face. We have some of the most diverse and flavorful cuisine anywhere in the world, a testament to the top-notch chefs who are constantly popping up. One of the culinary trends we’ve been following recently is the rise of Overtown. This historic, traditionally Black neighborhood is undergoing a revitalization with an emphasis on cultural diversity and a growing food scene. Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster, which opened in Overtown in December to critical acclaim, is one of the most exciting new restaurants in all of South Florida. But let’s not ignore the smaller eateries that are contributing equally to this vibrant community. One such is Rosie’s pop-up, an effort by this month’s cover models, Akino West and Jamila Ross, who also own The Copper Door Bed & Breakfast. Akino and Jamila are dedicated, professional, and all heart— and it’s wonderful to watch them succeed on this stage. They invite us inside their home in “Over the Top in Overtown,” showcasing Akino’s cuisine and Jamila’s entertaining skills. Turn to page 56 to read more. We also present our definitive guide to brunch, encompassing the very best venues for food, views, and vibe. In his excellent, thoroughly researched story, Paul Rubio takes us around South Florida for everything from all-youcan-eat spreads (yes, they do still exist) to dim sum experiences to the funkiest drag brunch in all the land. Turn to page 64 for “Big Deal Brunches” and plan your weekends accordingly. I’d also like to draw your attention to two new lifestyle columns I believe you’ll enjoy. The first is “Living with Ivey” by nutrition expert and wellness influencer Ivey Leidy. I’ve followed Ivey on Instagram for a couple of years now, and I’ve been impressed not only by the depth of her expertise, but also by her no-nonsense, relatable style. She makes healthy cooking and fitness look like a snap (those wine-bottle bicep curls, though!) while serving up mad knowledge on things like gut health and medicinal herbs. This month, she talks sugar— why and how to ditch it—and offers up a recipe for stewed apples and n’ice cream with no sweetener whatsoever. (Trust me. You need this in your life.) Turn to page 24 for Ivey’s debut in our pages. The second is “The Mindful Mixologist” with Jules Aron. In her column for us, Jules shares recipes for creative cocktails you likely haven’t seen on any bar menu. Why not mix up a batch this weekend and impress your friends? Turn to page 83 to learn how. Cheers to a healthy, joy-filled March.

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Work, Eat, PLAY No membership or room reservation is required to explore the Freehold, Wynwood’s new multifaceted community space. The Brooklyn-born concept led by brand developers and cofounders Brice Jones and Brad Gallagher is reminiscent of a bustling boutique hotel—without the rooms. Instead, the venue offers guests interactive dining, a curated ambience, and day-to-night programming. “We are a brand that brings people together with a strong focus on our local community and the people that frequent our space on a regular basis,” says Jones. Design and architecture firm Rockwell Group paired the existing warehouse’s large ceilings and skylights with tropical accents, midcentury modern fixtures, and modular furniture, giving off a Magic City vibe inside the 10,000-square-foot space. The team plans to incorporate local artworks via murals and singular hanging pieces throughout the property. Inside, the Freehold is home to a full-service café offering Counter Culture Coffee in addition to light bites. Lobby Bar, which is considered the heart of the property, houses robust culinary offerings, a full bar, and a common area. At night, coffee will transform into cocktails, and a lively entertainment scene will ensue. Beyond the Lobby Bar is the 4,000-square-foot courtyard complete with a pool deck offering creative seating, a tented bar, cabana room, and sprawling turfed area, all available for lounging. They’ve also called on pizza aficionado Anthony Falco of New York’s famed Roberta’s to bring a taste of the Big Apple south with signature thin and crispy slices. Programming includes martini happy hour on weekdays and diverse entertainment ranging from live music to comedy. (freeholdmiami.com) —Juliana Accioly

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Work of ART MIAMI WORLD CENTER FILLS AN ARTISTIC VOID WITH NEW INITIATIVE To offset the disappointment of canceled art shows like Art Basel, Gregoire Vogelsang, the founder of Cube Art Fair, launched the Art4All initiative in Brussels. He showcased 100 pieces of art to the country’s citizens, which he’s since brought stateside for Miamians. The new exhibition is on display at Miami Worldcenter through 2021. Rotating large-scale murals by artists such as U.S.-based Shepard Fairey, Guy Stanley Philoche, and Israeli-born Yigal Ozeri cover two full blocks of the pedestrian promenade, which is part of the $4 billion, 27-acre development that will also feature an open-air, high street retail concept. In total, 100 pieces of artwork will be showcased, including work on 50 billboards throughout the city. Nitin Motwani, managing partner of Miami Worldcenter Associates, says Art4All “is a perfect partner” as they share a passion for “bringing the beauty of art to everyone.” (miamiworldcenter.com) —J.A.

Outdoors Capra says Ultimate Gray works well as a neutral upholstery for exterior furnishings. Smaller accent pieces can bring in a pop of yellow. Think: garden stools, pillows, chairs, or as part of a pattern in an outdoor carpet. Take it one step further with pool towels in Illuminating.

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CASA CHIC When Pantone released its trend forecast for 2021, the color-focused institute decided that two is better than one, selecting Ultimate Gray and Illuminating as its colors of the year. “Not only are they a great color pairing for home decor and beyond, but they also represent a sense of calmness and harmony,” says Alena Capra of Alena Capra Design in Fort Lauderdale. “Since 2020 was such a challenging year, this color pairing reminds me of the sunshine after a storm. There is something powerful and beautiful about them together.” With unending ways to mix and match the colors, we turned to Capra for advice on how to incorporate this duo into the home. (alenacapradesigns.com) —Melissa Puppo 18

Bedrooms Work gray into bedding, upholstery, and area rugs. A nice way to bring in Illuminating, she says, is through small pillows, accent upholstery, and wall art. “I also think this color combo is perfect for kids’ rooms,” says Capra, who recently designed a room for Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. “I paired a bold yellow accent wall with three lighter gray walls and brought in two-toned carpet tiles similar to Ultimate Gray.”

Kitchen/Bath Capra recommends incorporating gray into floor tile, cabinetry, or even as the tone of a backsplash when paired with white cabinets. She also notes that gray is great for countertops, with quartz and natural stone options available in solid gray or with gray veining. “Infusing brighter colors into a mostly neutral room can be done easily with accessories,” says Capra, who advises introducing yellow to the kitchen with a stand mixer or through plates, mugs, or trays. Bath and hand towels in Illuminating can be a beautiful accent in the bathroom. For a bit more color and pattern, try adding removable wallpaper.

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Kick-start spring on a positive note. This month celebrates health and wellness in Miami, and we’ve rounded up a few experiences below that will inspire mindfulness and a newfound commitment to your physical, mental, and emotional happiness. —J.A.

Recharge and Relax Unpack and release your stresses at St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort with a onehour Tracie Vlaun Method class on Saturday: a hybrid practice combining ancient movement art disciplines, musical choreography, and modern bodyweight fitness taught by Vlaun. The class will improve mobility, strength, endurance, and power from the ground up. Follow it up with an Abhyanga massage, based on the traditional Ayurveda holistic treatment featuring light rocking strokes to restore and balance the mind and body through its vital energy centers. (balharbourflorida.com) Left and below: Follow a Tracie Vlaun Method Class with a holistic Ayurveda treatment at Remède Spa at St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort.

This year’s edition of the Miami Open will offer a memorable experience for hardcore tennis fans and casual enthusiasts alike March 22-April 4 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. The Miami Dolphins’ home base will transform into a picturesque campus including socially distanced luxury hospitality areas, a large number of shaded grounds for relaxing and enjoying international cuisine, and 30 tennis courts for the world’s greatest athletes to compete. Fans who can’t make it out to the stadium can keep up with the action through televised programming available on ESPN and the Tennis Channel. Head online for the most up-to-date schedule of events. (miamiopen. com) —J.A.

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On view at Markowicz Fine Art in the Miami Design District is Kid Cup, a pop art exhibit of collaborative pieces by the French-Brazilian couple Leo & Steph. The genderless character depicted in the duo’s works is inspired by Wonder Boy, the autobiographical documentary on Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing’s quest for his roots. Luxury brands also play a part in the 12 playful digital pieces, which make a convincing case for the optimistic inner child we can turn to in times of need. The exhibition is available now through May. —J.A.

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Peaceful Paddle Turquoise Floating Yoga’s founder Meghan Swanson invites you to practice your downward dog and warrior pose while balancing on a paddleboard during her private floating SUP yoga sessions. Surrounded by Bill Baggs Park’s natural paradise, you’ll transform your mind and deepen your yoga practice during this customizable 90-minute, private class available for individuals and small groups. Equipment is provided, and each class ends with a relaxing mini meditation known as shavasana. (turquoisefloatingyoga.com)

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Kim Ng is more than ready to begin her new job as general manager of the Miami Marlins By Linda Marx Last fall, the Miami Marlins’ CEO and part-owner Derek Jeter announced that the team would be hiring Kim Ng as general manager of the Magic City’s Major League Baseball (MLB) team. The move was an historic breakthrough, and Ng, 52 (and the second GM of Asian descent), has proved she is well-qualified for the role. She brings 30 years’ experience as a baseball executive with MLB teams like the Chicago White Sox (1990-1996), the New York Yankees (1998-2001), and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2002-2011). The University of Chicago alumna, who played college softball for four years, was formerly MLB’s senior vice president of operations. In her new position, Ng will be the Marlins’ head decision-maker responsible for negotiating contracts, making trades, running the team’s draft, and staying on top of everything necessary to run a successful team.

AM: How did your experience working in the MLB central office help you better understand how teams operate? NG: This was my second stint in the central office interestingly enough, having served as director of waivers and records for the American League Office in 1997. When clubs call the central office, they are generally seeking help. Through those conversations and observing their decision-making process, I was able to gain a broad understanding of some of their inner workings and how the club/personnel think and operate, which served as a great learning opportunity. What gave you the confidence to keep looking for a GM job over the years? I’m not sure it was about confidence, as much as it was about persistence. The only thing I did know was that I wouldn’t get the job if I didn’t try. What part of your upbringing made you march to your own drum, and how has empowerment made you stronger? I think the time I grew up in was incredibly 22

impactful: It was the 1970s, and many women at that time, including my mother, were finding themselves and finding their voices, and that meant not necessarily being limited to traditional gender roles of the time. I remember thinking from the time I was 4 or 5 years old that if something didn’t make sense, as long as it wasn’t hurtful, it should be questioned, and that applied to many social norms. I was not going to let others’ opinions of me or what they thought I should do, define me. How have your parents played an important role in your life? My parents and their parents were the very typical immigrant story: They came to this country looking for a better existence and took nothing

Above: Kim Ng is Major League Baseball’s first female GM and the fifth person to lead the Marlins’ baseball operations; left: Marlins Park.

for granted. That mindset was instilled in me as a kid and I have carried it with me my entire life. They always wanted more for me than what they had, and to achieve more than they had. I’ve tried not to disappoint them Have you always loved playing sports? Always. I was the kid that was perpetually dirty with scabs on my knees from either playing some kind of sport or having some type of competition (with others or myself). Even if there was no one around, I would throw a ball against the stoop or play handball against the chimney, trying to perfect my shots. I was that kid. And, even as an adult, it’s hard for me to walk into a room that has a ball and not pick it up and start playing with it.

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How sugar works within the body and SMART SWAPS to eliminate it from your diet By Ivey Leidy | Photography by Kent Anderson When it comes to sugar, many people feel out of control. The good news? It’s not your fault. Proven to be highly addictive, sugar floods the brain with so much dopamine (the pleasure hormone) that we can’t help ourselves but to overeat and keep coming back for more. This addiction dates back to the beginning of mankind, when sugar was used as a means of survival. Our brain told our body to binge on the rare berry bush or beehive as a way to store fat for times when we’d need that reserve for fuel. Unfortunately, we never evolved out of this. While we no longer roam the earth hunting and gathering, we simply head to the pantry instead. Our endocrine/hormone system acts as our internal control center and is made up of organs and glands that communicate with our brain and gut, carrying out numerous functions within the body. This system usually works in perfect harmony, but when you add sugar to the mix, an interesting phenomenon occurs.

Sugar increases production of the “hunger hormone” known as ghrelin and deactivates our “satiety hormone” known as leptin, tricking our brains and bodies into thinking we are hungry. Fast-forward to present day, when our food industry has added sugar to almost every processed food we eat. This constant exposure to sugar leads not only to overeating (especially of more sugary foods), but to obesity and diabetes. The massive increase in chronic disease, heart disease, hypertension, and especially type 2 diabetes in recent decades is no coincidence. Kicking the addiction to sugar may seem daunting, but with a few changes, a remarkable shift can occur. Not only will your taste buds change, making foods more flavorful, but hormones may stabilize, improving mood and sleep and regulating blood sugar and blood pressure.

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If you take the grams of sugar listed on a nutritional label and divide by four, you get the number of teaspoons of refined sugar or table sugar. The USDA recommends no more than 10 teaspoons of sugar per day for adults and 6 per day for children 2 years of age and older. Infants’ taste buds are designed to crave fat and sugar in N’ice cream breastmilk; their rapid growth requires more calories. Unfortunately, this sweet tooth can Save sweets and treats for special remain until puberty, resulting in children occasions. having very limited palates. Here are some tips for limiting sugar intake during these years: Keep fresh fruit and vegetables on hand for snacks. Eliminate juice, soda, and sports drinks, which can contain up to 50 grams of Read labels! Just because a cereal sugar per drink. Stick to water instead. says organic and whole grain doesn’t mean it contains less sugar. Try to keep Replace desserts with fruits and fresh cereal sugar content to less than 6 grams fruit popsicles, low-sugar yogurt, or per serving. n’ice cream.

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FREE OF GLUTEN, DAIRY, AND REFINED SUGAR

N’ICE CREAM INGREDIENTS 3 frozen bananas 1/2 cup soaked and drained raw cashews (either soaked overnight in enough water to cover or soaked for 1 hour in hot water) 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 tbsp. almond or cashew milk

Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender for 1-2 minutes, scraping down the sides as you go. Enjoy as is, or let set in the freezer for 1 hour before scooping. STEWED APPLES INGREDIENTS 1 apple (I love Honeycrisp or Fuji) 1/3 cup water 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon Peel and core the apple and slice into wedges, about 1/4 inch thick. Place apple slices, water, and cinnamon into a saucepan or pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 3-4 minutes. When water is evaporated, transfer to a bowl and top with n’ice cream.

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Although it's important to avoid high-sugar fruits when trying to beat the addiction to refined sugars, it’s okay to reintroduce moderate amounts once refined sugar has been eliminated. Bananas' nutritional benefits outweigh their sugar content. They’re rich in vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, which slows the digestion of their sugars and limits the effect on blood-sugar levels and insulin production.

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DON’TS · Processed foods including chips, crackers, pasta, and sweets · Gluten, dairy, and all table sugar · Artificial sweeteners such as saccharin (Sweet’n Low), aspartame (Equal), sucralose (Splenda), and sugar alcohols like xylitol, erythritol, and maltitol, which are difficult to process, causing bloating, gas, and diarrhea · Sweeteners such as agave, cane sugar, coconut sugar, and highfructose corn syrup, which are high on the glycemic index and act like table sugar within the body · Sugary drinks, juices, and sodas · High-sugar fruits such as mangoes, bananas, grapes, and pineapple DO’S · In place of these sweeteners and artificial sweeteners, use 1 tsp. of raw unfiltered honey, maple syrup, or pure stevia. · Keep fruit intake to 1/2 cup of low-sugar fruits such as raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, grapefruit, cantaloupe, and kiwi. · Keep starchy vegetables such as potatoes and corn to a minimum (less than 1/4 of your plate). · Include as many non-starchy vegetables as you can ( 1/2 to 3/4 of your plate). Good options are broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, asparagus, celery, cucumber, eggplant, peppers, leafy greens, tomatoes, and zucchini. · Aim for 6 oz. of protein per meal. Best choices are lean animal meat like chicken, eggs, and omega-3rich fish like salmon and tuna. If possible, choose organic produce, pasture-raised organic eggs and poultry, and grass-fed meat. • Healthy fats—such as extra-virgin olive oil, almond butter, and avocados—keep you fuller longer, staving off sugar cravings.

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1. Multicolor shape screens (custom order/price upon request), Hayley Sheldon, hayleysheldon.com | 2. The Haas that Jess Built enamel snake wrap ring in lilac (price upon request), Jessica McCormack & The Haas Brothers, jessicamccormack.com | 3. Large Marianne necklace from The Reflections collection inspired by artist Frank Stella, featuring diamonds, stone, pink opal, carnelian, amethyst, blue and yellow chalcedony, rainbow moonstone, and 18-karat gold (price upon request), Brent Neale, brentneale.com | 4. California Dream fragrance in a bottle designed by Los Angeles artist Alex Israel ($265), Louis Vuitton, louisvuitton.com | 5. Custom acrylic tray (custom order/price upon request), Edie Parker, edie-parker.com | 6. Flutterflies signature capsule collection for Spring/Summer 2021 designed in collaboration with American illustrator and pop artist Donald Robertson (individual pieces price upon request), Weekend Max Mara, weekendmaxmara.com

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FASHION-FORWARD PIECES INSPIRED BY OR DESIGNED WITH ARTISTS By Katherine Lande

AKRIS SPRING/ SUMMER 2021 This collection, a collaboration with Imi Knoebel, showcases the German artist’s geometric shapes.

AVANTE GARDE Blue angel Anouk handbag with detachable strap ($1,290), Akris, Miami, akris.com

STYLE NOTES GALLERIST: Artist creations become fashionable collector’s items. EXPRESSIONISM: Abstract prints and structural shapes make bold statements. COLOR 101: Opt for accessories in vivid hues or graphic black and white.

ANIMAL KINGDOM Lion and Bird drop earrings ($1,635), Grainne Morton, grainnemorton.co.uk

COMIC COUTURE Dessus Dessous Wow bangle ($780), Hermès, Aventura, hermes.com

FANCY FLORALS Ken Scott print Gucci 1955 Horsebit top-handle bag ($2,500), Gucci, Aventura, gucci.com NEON LIGHTS Printed fabric handbag ($1,975), Chanel, Aventura, chanel.com

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DUTCH TREAT 6.75-quart signature oval dutch oven ($385), Le Creuset, lecreuset.com From slow cooking sauces to simmering soups and stews to roasting meats and veggies, invest in a timeless piece that can go from stovetop to oven to tabletop—and last a lifetime, to boot. —Kristen Desmond LeFevre, senior editor

SQUARED UP 1815 Tapas square trays ($59/set of 8), Royal Doulton, royaldoulton.com I use these little porcelain plates for appetizers, tapas, or as handy meal prep helpers to keep ingredients separate while looking chic. —K.D.L.

Heart of the Home THE EDITORS SHARE 8 OF THEIR FAVORITE KITCHEN GADGETS AND ACCESSORIES By Melissa Puppo

PRESS ON Eileen French press coffee maker ($40), Bodum, bodum.com; coffee subscription (prices vary), Trade, drink trade.com I start every day with a cup of French press coffee. Bodum creates a range of French presses that deliver a pure, crisp flavor. Lately, I’ve been pairing it with a newly discovered roast, like Stay Golden Coffee Co.’s Paubrasil, courtesy of my Trade coffee subscription. — Mary Murray, executive editor

TAKES THE CAKE Artisan matte black stand mixer ($380), KitchenAid, kitchenaid.com Baking bread, crafting sweet treats from scratch, and making homemade pasta helped get legions of home cooks through 2020. This sleek iteration of the classic mixer looks gorgeous on countertops. —Abigail Duffy, web editor

FEEL THE POWER Enfinigy power blender ($400), Zwilling, surlatable.com Mixing up nutritious smoothies, soups, n’ice cream, and ingredients for vegan recipes is simple with Zwilling’s do-it-all blender, which comes with 12 variable speed settings, a 1400-watt motor, and a winglet blade with “piranha teeth.” —Daphne Nikolopoulos, editor in chief

PERFECT PLATING Composite agate cheese board ($78), Anthropologie, anthropologie.com As a self-proclaimed cheese lover, I’m digging this colorful agate perch for charcuterie, apps, and more that’s sure to please my guests. —Melissa Puppo, managing editor

TASTE TEST Compact airfryer ($99.95), Cuisinart, cuisinart.com With a busy schedule, airfryers make preparing dinner and more a breeze. Even better? I can enjoy all my favorite foods guilt-free. —M.P.

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Beautiful, modern, 3 BR / 3.5 BA residence in prestigious Williams Island. Spacious and bright unit with water views to ocean and intracoastal from every room. Wood floors, live in this gorgeous private island with full amenities. 16 tennis courts, 3 restaurants, state-of-the-art spa, marina, walk/jog path, kids’ playground, courtesy bus, walk to houses of worship and so much more.

Fabulous turn key completely furnished 4 bed, den/media room, family room, 5 1/2 bath in the best line in the best building in Williams Island. Marble floors throughout main areas, real wood floors in all bedrooms. Kitchen has Thermador appliances, sub-zero fridge, gas range, wine cooler, coffee maker builtin. Custom built-in cab. Custom lighting in bedrooms and closets. Formal dining room. Steam shower in master bath. Full laundry room with sink. Terrace from every room.

New!! Williams Island luxurious townhome. This fully renovated 3 BR plus den, 3.5 BA townhouse unit offers views directly over the wide part of the intracoastal. 12 foot ceilings. Two levels with entertaining upstairs & bedrooms suites down. Glass stair railings, Mia Cucina Italian kitchen & bathrooms, contemporary baseboard and new doors throughout. LED lighting, open kitchen with top of the line Bosch appliances. Waterfall compaq calcutta quartz counters, rectified porcelain tiles throughout the unit. Nothing compares to this!

Spectacular ocean, intracoastal and panoramic city views from this completely remodeled flow through floor plan. Home in the sky! This home features 3 BR / 3 BA, large walkin closets, separate laundry room. Private elevator opens directly into residence. Live in prestigious Williams Island with full amenities: 16 tennis courts, 3 restaurants, state of the art spa, marina, walk/jog path, kids’ playground, courtesy bus, walk to houses of worship.

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1. FLY AWAY HOME Girl Up Collection Flight necklace with blue sapphire doves set in sterling silver and sapphire beads, $420, a portion of proceeds benefits the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up initiative. (girlupcollection.com) 2. GREEN DREAM Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti mesh bib necklace in 18-karat gold with a tumbled bead emerald, $35,000. Tiffany & Co. locations (tiffany.com) 3. COMING UP ROSES Sydney Evan bracelet with morganite beads and a carved rose quartz stone point charm with diamonds set in 14-karat rose gold, $805. Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour (neimanmarcus.com) 4. BABY BLUE Chantecler Bon Bon earrings with turquoise and diamonds set in 18-karat rose gold, $11,305. (hamiltonjewelers.com) 5. FRINGE BENEFITS Lagos Caviar Gold tassel ring on a Caviar band with diamonds set in 18-karat gold, $1,950. Bloomingdale’s, Aventura (bloomingdales.com) 6. NAME CHECK Tateossian Quadro ID bracelet with diamonds set in 18-karat rose gold, $11,925. Saks Fifth Avenue locations (saksfifthavenue.com) 7. FLORAL TAPESTRY Silvia Furmanovich beaded bracelet with rubies, diamonds, porcelain beads, and 18-karat gold, price upon request. (silviafurmanovich.com) 8. GLITZY GRAPES Provident Jewelry earrings with ruby briolettes and diamonds set in 18-karat white gold, $11,995. Provident Jewelry locations (providentjewelry.com) 9. ORGANIC ELEGANCE Tamara Comolli Coconut small bracelet with ocean jasper beads set in 18-karat gold, $8,270. Carrazza Jewelers, Fort Lauderdale (carrazzajewelers.com)

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In a time when bucket-list trips feel out of reach, start planning an experiential Tanzania safari for the future, exploring all corners of the Serengeti and heeding our most current insider tips

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LOOK FORWARD TO ALL THAT’S NEW ON THE SERENGETI SAFARI CIRCUIT. Remarkably, 2020 blessed us with some of the Serengeti’s most stunning accommodations to date. Of note, the much-loved Singita Sabora Tented Camp (singita.com), a crown jewel of Singita Grumeti Reserve in the western Serengeti, re-debuted in November 2020 after a year-long closure, showing off a brand-new facility built from the ground up. Sabora Tented Camp 2.0 is a masterpiece of light-on-Earth, transitional indoor-outdoor space, with profound wellness elements woven into a minimalist, African-indebted aesthetic. Each of the nine canvas-topped tents reveals expansive open floor plans, framed by alternating glass and mesh screens, allowing the sights, sounds, and breezes of the savanna to remain present at all times. Rooms are strewn with custom leather furnishings, from nightstands to folding tables to hanging bathroom mirrors fastened to thick, handsome belts. A private meditation deck, outdoor shower, alfresco living area, and comfy daybed facilitate restorative days of yoga, reading, contemplation, and unapologetic relaxation in the heart of the Tanzanian bush.

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Clockwise from above: The refreshed lounge at Sayari Camp; an epic daytime leopard sighting at Sayari camp; overlooking the Tanzanian bush with Serengeti Balloon Safaris; safari from the pool at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti.

Up in the northern Serengeti, Asilia Africa’s Sayari Camp (asiliaafrica.com) reopened following a comprehensive refurbishment. The pioneering property, best known for its role in fostering a conservation economy in a former poaching hot spot, sports a new look courtesy of celebrated designer Caline Williams-Wynn. The 15-tent camp pays homage to its setting: Kuria people of the northern Serengeti are depicted in original artworks, the color palette is inspired by the surrounding topography, and beaded Maasai soft goods adorn rooms. Situated near the Mara River, the location here is also tops; wildebeest and zebra abound during annual migrations—and apex predators tend to follow. The Gran Meliá Arusha (melia.com) is another welcomed addition to the Serengeti safari circuit. Nestled between Kilimanjaro and Arusha airports, this comfort-rich, hypermodern hotel—rooftop bar included—gives safari-goers a world-class place to rest their heads in between their international arrival and next-day domestic departures.

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Cheetah sightings abound at Namiri Plains and the tents are most inviting (below right and bottom left).

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Below from left: Hominid skulls on display and a culture-filled dinner at Boma Grill at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti.

SEEK OUT THE ARTS AND CULTURE IN THE BUSH. While wildlife will always be the main draw of a Serengeti safari, many properties are going the extra mile to showcase the region’s artistic and cultural assets. Case in point: the aforementioned Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, home to the likes of an artist-in-residence program, an inspiring Discovery Center, and Boma Grill, a restaurant that celebrates Maasai culture through performance and Tanzanian culture through cuisine. During the year, eight up-and-coming artists complete residencies between two weeks and two months long, painting new works and interacting with guests daily in a studio near the main bar. The Discovery Center is part museum, part lecture theater, with artifacts from across Tanzania, including hominid fossils from Olduvai Gorge, and documentaries screened twice nightly. At Boma Grill, immerse in the authentic song and dance of the Maasai while sampling typical Tanzanian mainland dishes such as savory banana soup and seafood-centric cuisine from Zanzibar like coconut prawn curry. MARCH 2021

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WEIGH THE RISKS VERSUS THE REWARDS OF TRAVELING NOW. Tanzania and its safari lodges are currently open to international visitors and have been since May 2020. With tourism at recent lows, a lack of human presence (and those pesky vehicles that accompany it) have permitted an unparalleled regeneration within Serengeti National Park and its peripheral reserves. Now, the animal sightings rank arguably the best in recent decades. As one who has ventured on 23 safaris in as many years, my expedition last Novem-

ber topped them all. Coveted action sequences typically reserved for television specials, such as leopards mating in daylight, back-to-back cheetah kills, and face-offs between giraffes and lions, are currently happening in real time, all the time. Suffice to say, those who feel comfortable traveling to the Serengeti now will witness what few get to see: Nature completely ruling Africa’s heartland. Nevertheless, if late 2021or 2022 feels more logical and responsible, an epic safari still awaits—the Serengeti never disappoints. «

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What does the sweet smell of success actually smell like? When it permeates the interior of Mercedes’ stunning new $160,000 flagship SUV—the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4Matic—it’s the flowery, light aroma of white osmanthus blossom, rounded off by a gentle leather note, with a hint of spicy tea. The olfactory-minded team at Mercedes-Benz created this unique fragrance to spritz the cabin of the hedonistic GLS 600. Here is a super-luxe business jet on wheels to challenge the likes of Bentley’s Bentayga, Range Rover’s SV Autobiography, and BMW’s Alpina XB7. And while it was developed from the Alabama-built, full-size Mercedes GLS 4x4 (prices from $76,000) it’s a different animal altogether. Just look at the thing: It has more bling than Liberace at his most flamboyant, Vegas best. It oozes opulence, from its flashy chrome grille to its shimmery-mesh air intake, from those towering polished rims to that gorgeous two-tone paint. While the exterior will rotate heads from Worth Avenue to Rodeo Drive, the interior is the exclamation point. Climb into the back—helped by self-lowering suspension—and settle into rear thrones that recline aircraft-style, with elevating footrests, built-in calf and back massagers, heaters, coolers, and pillows as headrests. A compartment between the seats can chill a bottle of Champagne and there are even a couple of flutes—for drinking, not playing—at your disposal. To serenade you while you imbibe, the state-of-the-art Burmester 3D surround-sound system boasts 27 speakers and 1,590 watts of auditory bliss. Arguably the biggest thrill of this mighty Maybach is the way

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it drives. Its power comes courtesy of a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 that packs a robust 550 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque. Add to this Mercedes’ EQ Boost 48-volt mild-hybrid system, which can rustle up 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of additional thrust. Pedal to the metal, you’ll hit 60 mph from standstill in a mere 4.8 seconds. Perhaps even more impressive is the way this 6,000-pound beauty seemingly defies physics and behaves like a sports sedan through the curves. The key here is the Maybach’s E-Active Body Control, which allows it to lean into a curve, much like a motorcycle, to reduce any top-heavy sensation for those inside. Couple this with air suspension that delivers a magic carpet ride, front cameras that prep the suspension to absorb lumps and bumps, and truly impressive tire grip to arrive at a vehicle that is an absolute delight to drive. Okay, not all is perfect. With the rear seats now positioned 4.7 inches farther back to increase legroom (the third row has been jettisoned entirely) plus their inability to fold, luggage space is minuscule at best. Picking up friends from the airport? Better book an Uber for their bags. Here’s the dilemma: Do you go with the Mercedes-Maybach 600 GLS or the newly refreshed 2021 Bentley Bentayga? Tough call. Both have a comparable base price, similar V-8 power, and the same single-minded focus on luxury—though the Maybach definitely has the cooler rear seats. But with its interior aroma of white osmanthus blossom, the Maybach just might win by a nose. «

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main power source was a 155-horsepower Rotax airplane engine utilizing a Waverunner-like water jet. It’s a combo that can skim the Speedster across the water at a zippy 45 mph. These days, however, the builder is aiming to appeal to more environmentally conscious boaters with its zero-emission, all-electric version, the Speedster E. It comes with a 100-kW electric motor juiced by a 30-kW-hour battery pack to deliver a top speed of 36 mph. Throttle back and, at 6 mph, it’ll run in stealthy silence for up to nine hours on a single charge. Regardless of whether you select gas or electric, the level of craftsmanship is just astonishing. Every piece of trim, every switch, every fitting is handmade. I love the Art Deco–style stereo, with its wave-patterned stainless-steel facing plate that hinges downward from the dash at the touch of a button. That, and the beautiful Italian Moto-Lita wood-

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rimmed helm with its polished spokes POWER FILE PRICE: FROM $188,000 and shiny rivets. LENGTH: 22 FEET BEAM: The teak-soled cockpit boasts seat5 FEET, 9 INCHES DRY ing for five, including two hip-hugging WEIGHT: 1,500 POUNDS buckets and a rear seat that’s extra deep POWER: 155-HP ROTAX for lounging. And just so you don’t forget OR 100-KW ELECTRIC TOP the runabout’s roots, there’s a gold-platSPEED: 45 MPH WHY WE ed “Speedster” badge on the dash and LOVE IT: BECAUSE IT OFFERS cockpit sides in the same typeface used THE LOOK OF A CLASSIC for the classic Porsche. For a little protecPORSCHE BUT THE FUN OF tion from the sun, or when an afternoon A JET SKI shower rolls through, just flip forward the folding canvas top which, again, is Porsche-inspired. As for the design of the glass hull, there’s hardly a straight line. And never forgetting the Porsche connection, the rear looks oh so similar to that of the four-wheeled Speedster. There’s no shortage of substance to balance all this style either. Seven Seas’ patented “Amfihull” design is said to do away with the typical speedboat characteristic of the bow pointing skyward as the boat leaps onto the plane. Instead, the Hermes maintains a near horizontal attitude as speed increases. Its low center of gravity also gives it exceptional stability when making tight turns. It’s not a big boat—just 22 feet bow to swim-platformed stern, and a slender 5 feet, 9 inches in the beam. But tipping the scales at 1,500 pounds makes it a breeze to tow behind your road-going Porsche. That water jet sprouting from the transom also keeps the boat’s draught in check. It’ll run in seas less than a foot deep, meaning it’s ideal for Florida’s shallow waters. Of course, all this craftsmanship and quality doesn’t come cheap. A Rotax-powered Hermes Speedster will set you back around $188,000, while the electric-powered Speedster E stickers at $269,000. Both come lavishly equipped with no options to add. As for pulling up outside the yacht club or your favorite dockside eatery in a red Hermes Speedster? That’s priceless. «

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OVERTOWN WITH A LITTLE FINANCIAL HELP FROM BEYONCÉ, MIAMI CULINARY POWER COUPLE JAMILA ROSS AND AKINO WEST ARE GIVING THE MAGIC CITY ANOTHER REASON TO TAKE A FRESH LOOK AT HISTORIC OVERTOWN By Linda Marx | Photography by Jerry Rabinowitz

Hospitality professionals Jamila Ross and her fiancé chef Akino West say they can “feel the history” in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood. “Overtown is improving,” says West, 29. “It has become cleaner, safer, and more friendly with kids and families. We are here to make a small difference and celebrate what we are all doing.” Ross, 28, agrees: “I researched Overtown when we had the opportunity to restore an historic hotel 56

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building,” she says. “I felt helping to revitalize a community dating back to 1890 that once thrived with entertainment was something we should do.” That’s why they’ve opened two businesses in the neighborhood: The Copper Door Bed & Breakfast—an intimate 22-room charmer—and Rosie’s pop-up restaurant. THE HARLEM OF THE SOUTH “Historic Overtown,” one of Miami’s oldest communi

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ties, was founded as a result of the Black Codes and Jim Crow laws, which implemented segregation—including the creation of targeted neighborhoods for Black residents. Initially built to house Black railroad workers employed by business mogul Henry Morrison Flagler, Overtown evolved over the years into a thriving destination for Black culture. By the 1950s, the Historic Overtown neighborhood was known as the “Harlem of the South,” a Miami mecca

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for nightlife attracting performers like Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald. If you were a Black performer in town to appear at one of Miami Beach’s segregated nightclubs, you’d be sure to head “over town” to jam on the other side of the tracks. The vibe spread beyond musical acts: Famous names like author Zora Neale Hurston and baseball star Jackie Robinson became part of the scene. Long before the world knew him as Muhammad Ali, boxer Cassius Clay worked on his hooks and jabs on Northwest 2nd Avenue. The neighborhood bustled with cultural offerings, beautifully landscaped gardens, and cool historic buildings. Then, in the 1960s, two expressways were constructed that bisected Overtown. A decade 58

later, the fragmented neighborhood shrunk as businesses closed and poverty soared. Still, the area’s roots have stayed strong—and today, the neighborhood is undergoing rapid revitalization. Overtown’s original spirit continues with renovations in the two-block area designated as Historic Overtown Village. With the neighborhood’s diverse population, thriving arts and cultural community, emphasis on historic renovation, and growing food scene, it was ripe for West and Ross to tackle. Their impressive hospitality backgrounds coupled with a passion for people, history, and culture was a perfect fit. HAILING FROM HOSPITALITY By the time Ross turned eight years old, she

was already interested in food and beverage. She wanted to set the table, pour drinks formally, and serve her family’s guests. By age 13, she says she was ready for a career in hospitality. “Growing up in Yonkers, New York, was always an event,” remembers Ross. “My mom always looked for excuses to throw a party— birthdays, baptisms, Super Bowl, Easter, anything. So I grew up hosting with her and loved it all.” West was raised in Riviera Beach, Florida, as part of a large family. His mother, he says, was a talented entertainer with a knack for making friends feel like family, and he grew up around the warmth of entertaining and food preparation. “I have a passion for combining Southern and Italian cuisine, and some of that dates back to my childhood when I enjoyed eating panna cotta,” says West, who offers Southernstyle dishes at Rosie’s. Think: chicken and grits, shrimp and grits with Italian rigatoni carbonara, and wild mushroom polenta. “I create what I know,” he says. “I enjoy cooking Italian with a Southern flair.” The couple, who plan to marry this spring, met in the hospitality business. Ross has worked in New York, Los Angeles, Miami,

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Kuwait, and Dubai for top chefs like James Beard award winner José Andrés, Iron Chef winner Peter Kelly, and companies like SBE Hospitality, Pubbelly Global group, and Starwood-Marriott hotels. In 2013, she met West—he was a student at Ross’ alma mater of Johnson & Wales, and later worked for James Beard award winner Michael Schwartz at his popular Michael’s Genuine restaurant in the Miami Design District. Ross and West casually dated until both went overseas for career-changing global experiences. Ross took a management position in the Middle East; West worked at Copenhagen’s famed Noma. “We eventually reconnected through a 2016 text message when both of us returned to Miami,” says Ross. “We had food in common, and our dating became consistent. It was fulfilling to connect with another Black person who

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worked at Michelin-starred restaurants and took his career as seriously as I did.” OPENING THE DOOR It was an ad for managing Airbnbs in 2016 that changed everything. Ross had stayed in them while traveling throughout the world and didn’t know that they existed in the U.S. She was eager to learn the business and took a job managing three area homes, two in Fort Lauderdale. West came along with her. West says the thought began to occur to them: “Why do this for others when we can have our own?” Six months later, they bought and ran an Airbnb in Miami’s Buena Vista neighborhood. Last April, they moved in and made it their home. “Having transformed this Airbnb into our own home gave us the leverage to open The Copper Door Bed & Breakfast,” says Ross.

“We saw the space in 2017, quit our jobs soon after, hustled, and learned all we could about small business, including the implementation of art programs. I loved the history of the building and the Art Deco design. Plus, we had the vision to see the future.” In 2018, the couple began to renovate the boarded-up building, which was the old Demetree Hotel once operated by Jimmy Demetree, a controversial Robin Hood-esque character during the 1940s. With a labor of love, they turned it into The Copper Door for modern and hip travelers seeking an upscale respite with great design, local art, and furnishings. Later, they opened the chef-driven Rosie’s pop-up. Ross runs the front of the house; West cooks and runs the kitchen. Even though the business was buzzing when the pandemic hit last spring, the couple admits it knocked the wind out of their dream. MARCH 2021

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They had worked hard and were booked solid for the Ultra Music Festival in March before it all came to a halt, practically overnight. “We lost our guests. It was overwhelming, a total nightmare,” Ross remembers. But then a fairy godmother named Beyoncé sang their praises with a $10,000 grant from her eponymous Beygood Foundation—a collaboration with the NAACP to support Blackowned businesses hurt in the wake of COVID. The couple created a video essay on what had happened, and Beyoncé’s team listened. “Before that grant, we got $25,000 for Rosie’s from Discover Card, which had dedicated $5 million to help Black-owned restaurants,” says Ross. 62

REVELING IN REVITALIZATION With an influx of rescue cash, Ross and West are energized and optimistic—not only about their own Overtown-based businesses, but about being part of the neighborhood’s next chapter. Celebrating a passion for the projects with a good meal (and keen to discuss their progress in helping to revitalize the area), the couple recently threw a small dinner party in their Buena Vista home, located north of the Miami Design District. Guests were ushered through the flowerfilled entry/living room dominated by a large graffiti mural of the late Mexican actor/comedian Ramón Valdés (it came with the house) and

a black fiber-optic chandelier. They passed the bedrooms (featuring doors that are still numbered from the couple’s Airbnb days)—and entered a hospitality area at the back of the house. “I feel such excitement as the guests arrive,” says Ross. While adding last-minute touches to his feast, West also admits that he enjoys having parties—even though he is crazy busy at work, and likes to dine out in Miami. “I love hosting in our home,” he says. The dining tablescape, designed by Say Sukii, a company owned by floral artist “Sukii,” was bursting with the lush feeling of spring. The center of the table was filled with arrangements of Mokara orchids and yellow and orange roses

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Clockwise from left: saffron risotto with braised lamb and English pea gremolata; Ross and West mingle with guests Carlos and Marianna Flores, Jalima Rodriguez, and Adrian Ochoa; West’s panna cotta with apricot and toasted pistachio.

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with hints of pampas grass, kangaroo paw ferns, Solidago (goldenrods) filler, and other blooms. They were displayed in different sizes and shapes of glass containers with white pillar candles to extend the glow. “I encourage textures and contrasts with elegance,” says Sukii. “I also like thrifting for glasses and seeking out the unusual.” The place settings featured gray porcelain plates topped by dark napkins tied with yellow florals next to the evening’s dinner menu. Glasses and flatware were functional and created to please the hostess. “We like rustic, muted tones, so Sukii used our wood table with neutral plates and flatware to help Akino showcase the food,” says Ross. “Sukii is an artist, and we trust her design sense to put together a beautiful table.” West served guests a delightful dinner of corvina crudo with citrus followed by his special saffron risotto entree of braised lamb and English pea gremolata. The guests finished with his delicious panna cotta dessert of apricot and toasted pistachio. Each course was paired with medium blend white and red wines. “The food was delicious,” says guest Adrian Ochoa, chef de partie at Ghee Indian Kitchen in the Miami Design District. “Akino and I have worked together in the kitchen. I like to help him cook. We enjoy hanging out and are similarly hardheaded about work and opinionated on issues. But we have fun.” “As a couple, Jamila and Akino live and work together 24/7, which is amazing as everyone can’t do that,” says guest Marianna Flores, a floral arranger and co-owner of Flours & Weirdoughs bakery on Key Biscayne—along with her chef husband Carlos. “I have a great feeling about what they can do together because they get along so well.” « MARCH 2021

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SWAN DESIGN DISTRICT Nightlife impresario David Grutman and Grammy Awardwinning singer Pharrell Williams are the masterminds behind Miami’s supreme see-and-be-seen à la carte brunch. Located amid the haute couture boutiques of Miami’s swish Design District, expect a full display of pricey threads, even pricier handbags, and on-point trends in Swan’s lush outdoor garden and within the Instagram-perfect, rose-tinted dining room. The small-but-mighty seasonal brunch menu homes in on both sweet and savory late morning cravings: The former is best fulfilled via the caramel-drenched bourbon cinnamon roll, while the latter works with the salmon El Bagel. (Or consider meeting in the middle over the blueberry compote- and crème fraiche-crowned ricotta pancakes with local honey on the side.) (swanbevy.com)

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In a whimsical, feminine setting of pastel-hued chairs, crystal chandeliers, and other princess-chic furnishings, Argentinian-born pastry chef Eliana “Pani” Trotta transforms fairytale into reality at her namesake restaurant. The Alice in Wonderland-inspired interiors foreshadow the fantasy that is Pani’s brunch menu: a pre-fixe, 14-course spin of the chef’s greatest hits for two people, starting with a duo of French toasts—Oreo and Berry Extraordinary—followed by brie-stuffed empanadas and continuing on to other scrumptious dishes like the Potato, Potahtoh, an open-face potato and Parmesan waffle stacked with roasted vegetables and mozzarella. As expected, brunch’s finale is a grand one: Choose a decadent slice of cake from among 19 eyecatching masterpieces displayed in the dining room. Opt for the My Fav, a creamy lemon ricotta cheesecake dressed in dulce de leche, lemon glaze, and crunchy cobbler crumble, for taste; pick (and snap) the Oreo-heavy Black Cookies Cake to invoke guaranteed Instagram envy. (welovepani.com)

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Celebrated chef Pablo Salas, of Mexico’s Amaranta fame, puts on a surprisingly affordable all-you-caneverything brunch every Sunday with ever-changing, chef attended food stations and bottomless margaritas, mimosas, and Bloody Marys. Standouts from a recent brunch included a taco and guacamole bar, a ceviche station, and a specialties section with Salas’ signature chicken poblano, salmon mole, and braised short ribs. What’s more? The ocean views from Lona’s sprawling patio are some of the dreamiest in all of South Florida. (lonarestaurant.com)

ZUMA MIAMI BRICKELL Zuma Miami’s famed buffet brunch retreats from its grand dining room showcase back to the kitchen, from which servers now deliver 20 of the izakaya’s signature cold and hot appetizers, including spicy yellowtail maki, assorted nigiri sushi, watercress salad, robata-grilled beef skewers, and glazed pork ribs. Beyond an endless supply of apps, each diner can choose one entrée from the likes of vegetable tempura, spicy beef tenderloin, and a 1.5-lb. lobster roasted in shiso lime butter. All-you-can-imbibe bundles begin with the “Classic,” underscored by Louis Roederer Champagne, hot and cold sake, and lychees martinis, and escalate to “Premium Champagne” with bottles of Dom Pérignon ’06 (and a truffle and caviar tasting bonus). (zumarestaurant.com)

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This swank downtown Asian-fusion restaurant offers two limitless brunch options for Miami’s power crowd, the “Signature” and the “Premium,” each featuring specific cocktail and Champagne options, unlimited appetizers from the kitchen, a choice of entrée, and desserts. We’re partial to the “Premium” for that endless pour of Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rosé, continuous rounds of wasabi martinis, serving after serving of truffle-laced hamachi carpaccio, and a heaping platter of robata-grilled, honey-basted king crab legs. Need we say more? (novikovmiami.com)

JAYA AT THE SETAI M I A M I B E AC H South Beach’s most coveted buffet brunch endures with the reboot of Sunday Jazz Brunch at Jaya at The Setai. The smooth sounds of live jazz radiate from the center of The Setai’s alfresco courtyard, which is strewn with reflection ponds and socially distanced tables and couches for dining. Indoors, an impressive spread awaits, with food stations tucked behind plexiglass and servers at-the-ready to pile plates with elevated pan-Asian and intercontinental cuisine. Of note is the Indian food selection, a pride of executive chef Vijayudu Veena, who gives us eight dishes specific to his homeland, from lamb curry to mutter paneer, plus naan madeto-order in a tandoori oven. Other

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items speak to Jaya’s Inter-Asia theme (hello: Malaysian beef Panang curry and shrimp pad Thai) while a more familiar raw bar, pastry corner, omelet station, carving and rotisserie station, and display of breakfast favorites (like bacon, sausage, and waffles) cater to diners seeking fewer exotic flavors. Meanwhile, waiters ensure a constant top-off of Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne, included in the brunch. (thesetaihotels.com)

With the artistry of drag on full display every weekend at R House, expect an all-out extravaganza of pop music, comedy, choreography, and costume changes over two hours of hearty eating, heartier drinking, cheering, chanting, and dancing in—and on—your seat. Different experience packages fulfill caloric and alcoholic needs of all levels, maxing out with a choice of entrée, family-style sides, bottomless mimosas, sangria, or mojitos—and, of course, a seat to ogle the drag spectacular. While performing queens are the main stars of this brunch, the food also puts on a show. Of note is the Latin-tinged French toast with cream cheese, coconut, and guava syrup as well as the all-American Angus beef burger topped with cheddar cheese, shredded short rib, and barbecue sauce. Despite the occasional tiara-topped bachelorette party, expect an audience of LGBTQIA-identifying individuals, allies, and admirers eager to maximize their weekend drag delights. (rhousewynwood.com) MARCH 2021

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TAKATO F O R T L AU D E R DA L E B E AC H Takato, the wildly popular Japanese and Korean fusion restaurant at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, has finally launched its much-anticipated Sunday brunch, which commingles Asian gastronomic excellence with sublime ocean views. Whether seated on the expansive terrace or in the sleek dining room, revel in the good life by enjoying a fixed menu of unlimited mimosas and bellinis, continuous flow of hot and cold apps (including those served from picture-perfect, tableside dim sum carts), choice of entree, and dessert platter, all created by noted executive chef Taek “Taka” Lee and his all-star team. (takatorestaurant.com)

RIVERTAIL F O R T L A U D E R D A L E A highpoint in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s renaissance is the addition of Rivertail, a seafood-forward restaurant by five-time James Beard Awardnominated chef José Mendín. Overlooking the New River, this hotspot promises a weekly brunch bar to remember—or forget, depending on how much you drink—thanks to savory Bloody Mary options like the Bacon Mary (local bacon-infused vodka, house-made Bloody Mary mix, and laced with candied, crispy bacon strips) plus flavorful Micheladas. Brunch grub ranges from decadent Maine lobster benedict to sweet crab doughnuts (fried brioche filled with crab salad and doused in spicy honey) to ricottatopped pumpkin pie pancakes. (rivertailftl.com) 68

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the Bay’s cerulean waters, snazzy water toys, and an easy-on-the-eyes crowd while choosing from a prix-fixe Mediterranean menu, inclusive of one cocktail, family-style apps, one entrée, one side, and dessert. Better yet, make a full day of Baia with ongoing orders of a la carte options, refreshing frosés, fruit-filled sangrias, and frozen negronis. Direct marina access means boaters can arrive by water. (baiabeachclubmiami.com)

TRAYMORE M I A M I B E A C H James Beard award-winning chef Michael Schwartz, the man synonymous with Miami’s farm-to-table movement, brings us an ingredientsdriven brasserie with the reopening of Traymore at the COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach. At Sunday brunch, Schwartz showcases his talents over the likes of international dishes like spicy Moroccan lamb meatballs and domestic favorites such as the grass-fed beef double cheeseburger, stacked with umami onions and American cheese. The location is also tops—brunch is served under a canopy of palm trees along the Miami Beach Boardwalk. (traymoremiamibeach.com) «

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Silver Screen stories Filmmaker Kevin Sharpley has a hand in nearly every aspect of the entertainment industry—and that’s just the way he likes it By Skye Sherman

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here are superstars and there are triple-threats, but there are no adequate all-in-one terms to describe someone like filmmaker Kevin Sharpley: He’s a producer, writer, director, and editor, sure—but he’s also an actor, poet, podcaster, and mixed media performance artist. His work experience includes film, television, documentary, commercial, music video, multimedia, and event video production, as well as serving as chairman of the Miami Dade County Film and Entertainment Advisory Board. Oh yeah, and he’s executive director of CineVisun TransMedia (cinevisun.com), a nonprofit organization that supports independent entertainment—and a father to two daughters. Catch your breath yet? These roles fall under the Kijik Multimedia (kijikmulti media.com) umbrella, of which Sharpley is founder, president, and CEO. Perhaps most impressive of all, none of this was handed to him, as it is to many who

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inherit a career path in Hollywood—no one in Sharpley’s family was in the entertainment industry. As for his own entrée, “It’s a long, winding road,” Sharpley explains. “I didn’t come out of the womb wanting to be a filmmaker.” Instead, he explains, choices in pursuit of his varied interests led him to where he is today. Born in Detroit, Sharpley moved around frequently with his family before settling in Miami in high school after his mother remarried. “Miami really opened my eyes to the world,” he shares. “Miami is a place where you’re exposed to more cultures—and in ways uniquely true to whatever culture you connect with because of its proximity to Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe. People who live

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Middle left: JL Martinez (left) and composer Carlos Rafael Rivera (middle) during a taping for Sharpley’s podcast, Screen Heat Miami. Bottom row: Jimmy Jean Louis, Sharpley, and Danny Glover; Sharpley and Miami Dade College President Emeritus Eduardo Padrón at the hall of fame induction; Sharpley attending The Beach Chronicles debut with, Gregory Allen Howard, and Arlene Tur; Sharpley with Miami Film Festival executive director Jaie Laplante and former President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

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in Miami, they maintain a lot of their cultural identity because they can go back and forth. So that opened my mind and my eyes to exploration of the world.” His introduction to the entertainment sector came in the form of a girlfriend who modeled; soon, in an effort to connect to the design world, which intrigued him, Sharpley was modeling, too. Within months, Sharpley found himself signed to major campaigns, modeling for prestigious agencies such as Wilhelmina and Ford, and walking for Tommy Hilfiger and other designers. When he wasn’t traveling the world for his modeling career (he began acting during this period, too), Sharpley worked

toward an arts degree at Miami Dade College and, after, enrolled in the film program at the University of Miami. Three months in, he landed his first music video. “And then everything went wrong with the people I hired,” he laughs. “So I learned how to do all of it—I only wanted to write and direct at that point, but I learned how to edit and produce, so my next project, I produced it, wrote it, directed it, and edited it.” With the newfound skills he had learned on the fly, and to provide himself with a stream of income that would be more conducive to his school schedule—his professors weren’t impressed with castings and auditions as excuses to miss class—he founded Kijik Multimedia.

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Clockwise from far left: The Beach Chronicles was accepted into the Virtual Reality portion of The Miami Film Festival; Actor Tommy Flanagan’s character of “The Developer” in The Beach Chronicles; Tommy Flanagan in studio; Peter Panties; Sharpley with Rami Jaffee of The Foo Fighters.

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The road from there—his 20-plus years in the entertainment industry— has included awards and critical acclaim; yet his proudest moments, he says, were the births of his daughters. In a tie for second place are his 2014 induction into the Miami Dade College Hall of Fame and having Danny Glover narrate his documentary Sove Nou, which tackles Haiti’s complex history—at least until he landed Tommy Flanagan (of Sons of Anarchy and Westworld fame) for The Beach Chronicles, Sharpley’s Miami-based pulp-noir animated sci-fi saga. “I created that project because I wanted to have a project that’s based here in Miami,” he says. “I built it in a way where Miami is a character in the story. I do whatever I can to bring projects here.” He loves Miami, he says, and that’s part of the reason he has continued to base his company here rather than in film-industry hotspots like New York or Los Angeles. “The film and entertainment industry at times is on par with the best in the world,” he says. “Some of the best projects have come from Miami and South Florida, as far back as Flipper, The Jackie Gleason Show, Scarface, Miami Vice, Burn Notice, Ballers—we have and have had some of the best talent, crews, everything from top to bottom. We also have an incredible and growing indie scene buoyed by quite a bit of support from organizations like Miami Media and Film Market, the Knight Foundation, Oolite, indie theaters such as O-Cinema, and others.” Kijik Multimedia offers both branding and an entertainment side. “We probably have worked in just about every medium there is,” Sharpley says—from short films to comic books to video games and everything in be-

tween. “They’re all storytelling devices, at the end of the day.” His variety of talents has led to an equally interesting roster: his clients have ranged from Bacardi to the US Air Force. Along with the rest of the entertainment sector, Sharpley felt the sting of COVID-19: Many of his clients went out of business or slashed their marketing budgets in the backlash of the pandemic. However, the situation also brought about a forced push in a promising direction: animation. “Animation is something that we’ve always done, but we’ve never really put the foot on the gas in terms of pushing the animated component of the company,” he shares. “But with COVID, animation is something you can do without having to have everyone in the same place.” The impact of the pandemic was also heartbreakingly personal: his brother and stepfather died from COVID-19, both within weeks of his daughter’s birth. “That was also an impetus for focusing more on projects that can

be done remotely,” he shares. One such recent project, an animated short film titled The Incredibly Short Life of Peter Panties, has taken off in ways Sharpley and his team never expected. “We always have a few projects moving because you never know which project is going to take off,” he explains. “But when you start winning awards and you start being accepted into festivals, it helps to define or redefine what you’re doing.” The short film has been accepted into 10 festivals and won six awards. “It’s a huge boom for a sector of the industry that we’re putting a lot of focus on,” he says. Sharpley credits his success to his willingness to be nimble—and his savviness in “planting seeds” throughout a variety of projects. For example, in post-production, Sharpley currently has a live-action version of The Beach Chronicles featuring names of note, as well as a music video and a feature film. “Because of COVID, it’s given us the ability to do the postproduction, the visual effects, that we needed for the project,” he explains. The song they picked for the music video, which is by a Miami artist, has also gained traction and is now on one of Netflix’s biggest animated shows. “Planting seeds for things that then grow, and you can harvest them later—I think that’s a big positive for my company as a whole.”«

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What sets you apart from other financial advisors? In a world of confusing headlines and challenging markets, it takes more than investment guidance to help you move forward with confidence. It takes an understanding of your entire financial situation, your goals, and a clear road map for getting where you need to go. In addition to 30-plus years of experience in guiding clients, I have achieved three key credentials. However, I don’t rely solely experience. I am always learning about new and improved investment vehicles and opportunities, while listening closely to my clients to help them identify and achieve their financial aspirations.

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What areas of wealth management do you specialize in? Our multilingual background allows us to serve domestic and international clients. I have learned to shape investment strategies to specific goals and stages in my clients’ lives, whether it’s saving for a house, planning for college, setting up funds for grandchildren, or planning for retirement. ROSALIE SCHLAEN, CFP, CIMA, CRPC PINNACLE INVESTMENTS, LLC MEMBER FINRA/SIPC 20801 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 403, Miami For further information, call 786.988.7623 / 954.232.0014 or visit PinnacleInvestments.com

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the Atlantic and Mediterranean, underscored by raw seafood towers, charred oysters, and the sensational loup de mer (Mediterranean sea bass) topped with a salsa verde of herbs and capers, and accompanied by a salad of charred fennel and roasted artichokes. Refreshing Mexican-inspired cocktails like the Coba (a sweet-yet-smoky balance of Gem & Bolt mezcal, aloe vera liqueur, hibiscus, lime, and watermelon agua fresca in a tajin-rimmed glass) and hypnotic, DJ-led lounge beats complete a toes-in-thesand Tulum fantasy. All the while, the common sight of magnum- and jeroboam-sized Champagnes and rosés remind us we’re still in the flash of Miami—and unapologetically so. (1hotels.com/south-beach)

Boho-chic BLISS By Paul Rubio Kindred tropical spirits Miami and Tulum unite across Wave at 1 Beach Club, a dreamy, new outdoor restaurant at 1 Hotel South Beach, open Fridays to Sundays noon-8 p.m. In true Tulum fashion, nature and organic materials connect through design: Patterned pillows, driftwood furniture, and woven textiles are gracefully cast in the downy sands between swaying palms, native flora, and potted succulents. A seafood-forward menu capitalizes on the bounties of

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Above: L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon at the Miami Design District; Right: La canette (spiced duck).

THE FRENCH LEGEND CONTINUES Despite the passing of Joël Robuchon in August 2018, the legacy of the world’s most Michelin-starred chef still shines in Miami thanks to an outpost of his iconic restaurant, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. Set in a striking Pierre-Yves Rochon– designed space within the Miami Design District, Robuchon’s protégés perfect the art and taste of modern French cuisine in a dynamic, open kitchen, framed by a 34-seat dining counter. Culinary director Alain Verzeroli and his seasoned team ensure that the talented chef’s most iconic dishes endure: Le homard du Maine (Monte Carlo–style warm lobster salad with avocado, buffalo mozzarella, and baby gem lettuce), la canette (spiced duck with poached pear), and the decadent, silky mashed potatoes remain a testament to Robuchon’s prolific accolades. Likewise, the kitchen fashions its own Robuchon-inspired dishes over an expansive menu that includes the heavenly les spaghettis (housemade pasta in a delicate parmesan emulsion, crowned with layers of black truffle) and the mouthwatering la betterave (a creamy beet, apple, and avocado tartare, topped with green mustard sorbet). For the full Robuchon experience, opt for the eight-course Evolution (dégustation) menu or the five-plate seasonal tasting menu. (latelier-miami.com) —P.R.

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Chef Thomas Keller, the first and only American-born chef to hold multiple three-Michelinstarred restaurants, revives a chapter in South Florida history while penning a new one at The Surf Club Restaurant. Keller authors a spirited dining experience with live music welcoming guests at the bar, serving continental cuisine of yesteryear à la carte (think: lobster thermidor and roasted chicken in thyme jus), including splendid tableside preparations of classic caesar salad and Dover sole meunière for two. Add meticulously choreographed service in an Art Deco–imbued setting at the landmark 1930s Surf Club and discover a glorious piece of the past very much alive in the present. (surfclubrestaurant.com)

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Authentic Sicilian comfort food has arrived in the Wynwood Arts District with the opening of Pastificio Propaganda, a feel-good neighborhood gem under the direction of Michelin-starred executive chef Luigi Nastri (of Rome’s Stazione di Posta fame). The name nods to both the restaurant’s cuisine (fresh pasta, anyone?) and flagship artwork—artist Shepard Fairey’s famous Propaganda Eye Mural graces the eatery’s exterior. Look forward to savoring timeless Sicilian recipes executed to perfection. Signature items like the arancini, rigatoni carbonara, linguine palermitana (dressed in a swordfish ragout), and organic, flour-based pizzas like the quattro formaggi excite the palate while a vibrant, convivial atmosphere enchants the soul. (pastificio propaganda.com) —P.R.

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Chaya Kenigsberg, founder of local business Chaya’s Craze Boards, offers expert tips on crafting your own kosher cheese or meat board at home (chayascrazeboards.com) —P.R. Getting started Gather your props—things like ramekins, miniature glass jars, petite pots, and, of course, a wooden board. Then, head to your favorite specialty shop or your local grocery store to gather the ingredients. Gathering core products Pick around three to four kinds of cheese—a mix of hard and soft, not limited to cheddar, brie, Manchego, goat, provolone, and pepper jack (for some kick). For meats, look at sourcing three to four deli-sliced cured meats or smoked meats like hard

salami, pastrami, turkey, and corned beef. Remember: to keep kosher you’ll make either a cheese board or meat board. Selecting additional items Pick out three or four eye-catching, exotic fruits or vegetables for color, choosing ones with thick skin and minimal moisture. Think: pomegranates, dragon fruit, rambutans, and miniature peppers. Select dried fruits that complement the fresh fruit—figs and apricots are always popular—and unsalted and spiced nuts. Grab some pickled vegetables and dips and jams

to fill your ramekins. Opt for cornichon pickles, olives, hummus, olive tapenade for savory, and assorted jams and honey for sweet. Finally, purchase two or more different types of crackers. Arranging it artfully Begin by placing filled ramekins, containers, jars, or pots on the wooden platter. Then, add the meats or cheeses. To land a more abstract look, fold some meats and roll others. Cut the cheeses in various shapes, including cubes, triangles, and rectangles. Next, arrange the fresh fruits, starting with the ones that take up the most space. After, place the crackers, maintaining a distance from any ingredients with possible moisture. Fill the gaps of the board with nuts and dried fruits, and add a finishing touch of edible flowers.

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Spring has arrived in Miami. Time to say goodbye to the cozy elegance of winter libations and let the spirit of vernal cocktails bloom. One magnificent springtime celebration is the Sakura Hanami, the Japanese practice of viewing the blossoming cherry trees. To welcome the season and honor the tradition, this month’s cocktail comes directly from the pages of my newly published book, Low-Proof Happy Hour, your guide to low-alcohol cocktails for times when you’d prefer to keep things light while still enjoying a proper drink. Enter: The Sakura Mule. Featuring a sweet, fragrant syrup of sakura blossoms, this elegant libation adds a soft, intoxicating zing to a mule. It is made low proof by substituting the vodka with shochu, a Japanese spirit distilled on a base of sweet potato, barley, rice, buckwheat, and/or sugar cane, and clocking in at half the alcohol of most high-proof spirits. You can mix the syrup directly into the drink or freeze it into ice cubes and let it melt for a subtle burst of flavor. —Jules Aron

Sakura Mule Ingredients (serves 1) 1/2 oz. Sakura Syrup 1 oz. lime juice 2 oz. shochu 4 oz. ginger beer

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Combine the ingredients and serve over ice in a copper mug. Sakura Syrup Ingredients (makes 2 cups) 1/4 cup cherry blossom tea 1 cup boiling water 1 cup coconut sugar

Steep the tea in the boiling water for 15 minutes to make a strong infusion. Combine the infusion and sugar in a pan and heat until boiled, stirring to allow the sugar to dissolve evenly. Strain into a sealable glass container. The syrup can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. This delicate and delicious sweetener tastes as good on pancakes as it does in drinks.

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A handful of top-quality distillers are reintroducing the world to Irish whiskey By Mark Spivak Spirits have exploded in quality over the past three or four decades and attained an aura of connoisseurship, something previously reserved for wine. However, despite being affordable and easy to drink, Irish whiskey traditionally lagged far behind, dominated by massmarket brands. The situation is rapidly changing. Irish whiskey is the fastest-growing spirit in the world today, and the best examples are on par with the finest single-malt Scotch, premium tequila, or single-barrel bourbon. New distilleries are launching and releasing exciting expressions that combine extended aging with experimental barrel treatment. Here, we highlight some lesser-known brands worth investigating. Teeling: In 2015, the Teeling family opened the first new Dublin distillery in more than 125 years—very close to where their ancestor, Walter 86

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