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Unrolling Florida’s

Beauty formulas

Success & Secrets

Exclusive Interview with the Nation’s No.1 Chef

Grant Achatz Picasso of Molecular Gastronomy

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The GranTurismo MC is the ultimate embodiment of Maserati’s knowledge gained over nearly a century of creating the nest cars for road and track. The GranTurismo MC is a road car with authentic racing genes. A unique car with the unmistakable style of the GranTurismo, renowned for its performance, design and comfort, it is also a car with the sporting heritage of Maserati Corse, a synonym for pure adrenaline, whose name it wears with pride. To automotive enthusiasts worldwide, Maserati Corse is also synonymous with competition, continuous development, and lasting victory. It is at once the heritage of Italian craftsmanship and attention to detail and technology tried and tested on the track for exceptional, accessible performance. This is the synergy that has given birth to Maserati’s most powerful t and fastest production car: the GranTurismo MC is the rst road car in the Maserati range to break the 186 mph barrier. Learn more, and build your own Maserati. Visit or call 954.889.7500.

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345 Conquest Open

4’ to 6’ is Still Better Than 9 to 5 Building on the incredible success of the 345 Conquest, the 345 Conquest Open is a serious offshore fishing machine that maintains the brawn and ruggedness of its closed-bridge kin. The Open's cockpit has the same beefy windshield frame system as the original 345 Conquest, but incorporates low profile windshield wings on the side and a rotating center vent in front for a fresh, open-air feel. By installing the optional marlin tower on the hard-top (also available on ha the closed-bridge 345 Conquest), hardcore anglers can gain an undeniable advantage over sportfish. Boston Whaler boats are available from 11-37 feet. To learn more visit:

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The Ancient Art of Winemaking Archaeologists in the last year have discovered a stunning revelation – that winemaking dates back 6,100 years, nearly a thousand years earlier than previously noted in historical record. We’ll take you on a tour of two Italian vineyards dating back as early as 1150.


Unrolling Florida’s

At the southernmost tip of the U.S. sits Key West – famous for kooky sunset celebrations, Hemingway, quaint, lackadaisical charm – and the former cigar capital of the world.

BeaUty FormUlas

sUccess & secrets

ExclusivE intErviEw with thE nation’s no.1 chEf

Grant achatz

Picasso of Molecular Gastronomy



Chef Grant Achatz Picasso of Molecular Gastronomy

unrolling florida’s cigar history

Santa Maria Novella: A Renaissance Apothecary with Age-Old Beauty Secrets Discover the 400-year-old lotions, balms and fragrances first developed by friars in Florence, Italy. These tried-and-true products are now available in Bal Harbour!

What Chef Achatz has to say will enthrall you… how he cheated death…how radiation completely wiped out his cherished sense of taste…and how the dark cloud ultimately had an amazing silver lining.

69 Coco chanel:

Success and Secrets of a Designing Icon

From the very beginning, according to former CHANEL President John Galantic, Coco “was a rule breaker, a liberated generous woman who supported artists, writers and actors of her day financially and morally.” 10

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Capturing the CSI condominium luxury lifestyle


Sushi Fetish


Renaissance passions


photography of gio alma



The Morgan Motor Company Makes a Brilliant Comeback The nostalgic look and flowing lines of the British Morgan sports car draw attention wherever it goes.

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36 Pricey Opulent Appetizers 38 Chef Joel Huff – Hypercuisine Extraordinaire at Azul 46 Amazing Cocktail Science 59 Legendary Watchmaker – Ulysse Nardin 62 America’s Cup – The Oldest Trophy in International Sports 64 Germany’s Pearl of the North Sea – Sylt Island 78 Dream Spaces – Green Trends in Home Design 84 Lamborghini Aventador – A New Breed of Exotic 88 The Pilobolus Theater – A Fusion of Art, Athleticism and Dance 96 Meet Boca Artist Patricia Boyd – A Modern Day Impressionist 98 Deconstructing Painter Greg Kessler 102 A Night At The Museum with Pop Surrealist Christopher Burlini 104 The Strange Truth About Harry Houdini 108 Integrating a Home Theater 112 Integrity & Safety in the Luxury Cruise Industry 124 Murders at Avila: An Enemy from Within

Editor’s Letter 14 Gadgets 16-17 18-19 Out and About SOBE Wine & Food Festival 20 Dining Guide 22-26 Sushi Fetish 34-35 Apéritifs 46 Malinka Approved Women’s Accessories 75 Men’s Accessories 76 Health 114,116 Investment 100,123 Condo Living 120,126, 128,132,136,138 SoFla Social Living 141,142

Germany’s pearl of the north sea – Sylt island


The strange truth about harry houdini


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Editor’s Letter


South Florida Gastronomy – Infusing an Impressive Niche on the Culinary Map of America


oodies, stand tall! South Florida is steadily branding its mark on Our regional melting pot of

diverse cultural influences is like having modern and old-world kitchens. A dining tour here is a multi-sensory

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experience like none other – an infusion of tastes, textures, aromas and culinary deconstruction that’s as pleasing to the

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS John D. Adams Michael Bender, Esq. Susan Berkman Carolina Cardona Melissa Carter Mel Jay Linda Levi Kristen Mager Dennis Miller Brooke Schuchts Joshua Stone Cynthia Terpstra

eyes and nose as it is to the palate. In just one evening, no passport required, you’ll be virtually transported to other lands through the creative fare of South Florida chefs and the regionally-rich, perfectlypaired wine flights of well-traveled sommeliers. It’s as if each course speaks to you in the native dialect of the country from which it was influenced. Robin Jay’s Portrait by Photographer Gio Alma

but what a delicious pursuit it is! Mark my words: It’s only a matter of time before Florida chefs star in the Top 100 spotlight. Over the past few years, our eclectic paradise has attracted extraordinary culinary talent, and food lovers around the globe are taking notice. The 2012 Top 100 Restaurants in the World will be unveiled later in April. Could this be the year Florida restaurants make the coveted list? If so, some of the likely candidates are profiled in this culinary issue of South Florida Opulence magazine. Bon appétit!

PHOTOGRAPHERS Gio Alma Douglas Lance Sam B. Photography, Inc.

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The Perfect Meal Requires Crucial Detail By Robin Jay






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ehind every great chef is a team of superb talent. The country’s No. 1 chef – Grant Achatz – will be the first to tell you so. He often starts with the custom design of the serving piece even before he creates the recipe it will hold. Martin Kastner is the mastermind of custom dishware. Also based in Chicago, he’s the founder of Crucial Detail – which, thanks in part to the fame he’s earned as a colleague of Chef Achatz, has chefs worldwide clamoring for his designs. “I never set out to be a tableware designer. I fell into it,” said Kastner. “Design sits at an intersection between conceptual art, sculpture, reproduction and the making of things in general, all of which are areas of interest to me. I trained as a blacksmith, later pursued studies in design utilizing natural materials, followed by sculpture and conceptual art exploring body-spaceobject relationships. I was exposed to the world of food through my wife’s photography work (Lara Kastner was the photographer of the elegant photography-based cookbook Alinea - see page 28). I became very intrigued by both the sensory potential, as well as the cultural charge food and dining carry. When Grant contacted me, I had given a lot of thought to food as a medium so the impetus in the form of a chef asking for new ways of serving food without a preconceived notion of what the outcome should be came at the right time.”



Many of his famous serving pieces are now available for purchase at Below you’ll find descriptions of the serving pieces shown at left, with reference to the dishes Chef Achatz used them for at Alinea, many of which are pictured in our exclusive story about Chef Achatz in this issue of South Florida Opulence. Check it out:



1. Sectional

White porcelain pedestal. $10

2. Squid

Made of stainless steel or copper, this piece was used at Alinea to plate “Pheasant with Burning Oaks Leaves,” one of Chef Achatz’ personally favorite dishes (see page 31). Squid only – $35.00, Trivet only – $11.30, Squid with Trivet – $45.00

3. Antenna

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Self-supporting skewer, made of stainless steel. $39.30

4. Eye ice chip holder Acrylic, borosilicate glass disc, used for the Alinea sorrell and smoked salmon dish (shown on page 32). $37.50

5. Bow

Stainless steel utensil, used at Alinea in the bacon butterscotch dish (see page 30).__). $38.90

6. Anticiplate

Shown in the rhubarb 7 different ways dish on page 32. Available for purchase in the Crucial Detail shop in Chicago.

7. Wax bowl with pin Food grade paraffin wax bowls cast daily into molds, used at Alinea in the “Hot Potato-Cold Potato” dish, another of Achatz’ personal favorites (see page 30).



8. Cork presenter

Stainless steel, bocote, used to present corks to guests

at Alinea. $39.60

9. Patch

Porcelain frame holding a patch of herbs.

10. Honey extractor base






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11. The Wheel A stainless steel sheet stand used to hold candied rose petals at Alinea (see page 31).

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Out and About





Thanks for the Memories




South Pacific

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Palm Beach

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Palm Beach

Thanks for the Memories presents a tunefilled tribute to Paramount’s greatest hits, a plethora of musical classics— such as “Thanks For The Memory,”“ Buttons And Bows” and “Two Sleepy People.”

SOUTH PACIFIC swept the 2008 Tony® Awards, winning seven honors including Best Musical Revival and Best Director for Bartlett Sher. The musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and their prejudices.

Palm Beach Symphony Gala & Concert:

The global hit brings some new surprises, with sections of the show updated and restructured, and the addition of two new full-scale routines using props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans.

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KCH – Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Knight Concert Hall 1300 Biscayne Boulevard Downtown Miami



Miami Symphony Orchestra: The 3 Great B’s Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami The Miami Symphony Orchestra will close another great season under Music Director & Conductor Eduardo Marturet with a tribute to three of the greatest composers sharing not only the initial of their last name, but also country of birth, and a grandiose contribution to the symphonic literature: Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.




16-26 Les Misérables

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Palm Beach Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand-new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, LES MISÉRABLES, with glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo.

Cross the bridge to experience an evening of live Latin music, sweet libations and complimentary tapas that will take you back to vintage Havana at RUMBA R’s first Noche de Nostalgia. Every second Thursday of the month.

April 12, May 10, June 14 – 6PM At the ritz-carlton, key biscayne, miami Complimentary valet parking with VIP card registration


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Romeo & Juliette

Join Tony, Emmy and Grammy awardwinning actress and comedienne, Lily Tomlin, for an unforgettable night of fun and sidesplitting laughter!

April 10, 2012 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts 
 Cocktail reception at 7 p.m., Concert at 8 p.m., Gala to follow


Tickets for all performances may be obtained by calling the New World Symphony at 305-673-3331 or online at

NWC-STP – New World Center, SunTrust Pavilion 500 17th Street, Miami Beach

Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami

Concert to feature a Tchaikovsky concerto and Dvořák symphony, conducted by renowned Jahja Ling and featuring superstar pianist Lola Astanova. $125 tickets include valet, cocktail reception and the concert. The $500 ticket level includes valet, cocktail reception, concert and gala dinner. Patrick Park is Chairman. For tickets or more information, please visit, call 561.832.7469 or email

America’s Orchestral Academy (April 1-May 6)

NWC – New World Center 500 17th Street, Miami Beach

Lily Tomlin

Redefining the Romantics



Out and About

PHOTO Greg Gorman

Broward Center for the Performing Arts Florida Grand Opera presents Gounod’s production which has been the most enduring, with its perfect depiction of the unrestrained passion of youth. Soprano Sarah Coburn returns as Juliette and is joined by French tenor Sébastien Guèze as Roméo. www.fgo. org,


15-6/10 12-24 June

The Lion King

Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami Miami’s most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap on to the stage. Visually stunning, technically astounding and with a musical score like none other you’ve ever heard. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by a cast of more than 40 actors. Wonder at the inspiration of award-winning director Julie Taymor, who created visual images for this show that you’ll remember forever.

La Cage aux Folles Broward Center for the Performing Arts LA CAGE is a tuneful and touching tale of one family’s struggle to stay together... stay fabulous... and above all else, stay true to themselves! Winner of three Tony Awards.®

Legends of the Full Moon Party Monthly Series April 6 & May 5 From ancient Chinese lore to Greek moon goddesses, guests embark upon a mystical journey of entertainment in a chic outdoor lounge, one night only every month. Specialty cocktails by Ramsey Pimentel, the hotel’s master mixologist, light bites by famed chef de cuisine Andrew Balick, the city’s best DJs and live entertainment. Complimentary Ritz-Carlton South Beach, Welcome Cocktail 8-9:30 with RSVP at fullmoon@ DiLido Beach Club $10 valet parking available.

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The finest dining experience in South Florida. (And that’s not just our opinion.)

Best of the Best Fun and Fit as a Family Event: Rebel and lovable Chef Guy Fieri cheers on a young contestant in Kellogg’s Kidz Kitchen at the Fun and Fit as a Family event presented by Florida Blue, sponsored by Carnival.

‘Delicioso’ Television Chef Ingrid Hoffmann Chats with Pre-Teen Foodie Brooke Deanna Schuchts

Rachel Ray, Michael Symon, Bobby Flay, Lee Schrader at Burger Bash For the third year in a row, Food Network Iron Chef Michael Symon won the 2012 Amstel Light Burger Bash.

Photo Douglas Lance

Angelo Elia with Mark & Nicole Blackburn The Best of the Best Event at the Fontainebleau Hotel included: Chef Angelo Elia, founder of Casa D’Angelo and D’Angelo’s Pizza in Fort Lauderdale, and the new D’Angelo Trattoria in Delray Beach, which serves adventurous, rustic home-style Tuscan and Roman food.

Brooke: Did you always know you wanted to be a chef? Chef Hoffmann: No, I wanted to be a home cook. I’m a “professional eater,” that is my official title in my biography. Antonio Banderas and Nicole Blackburn Legendary actor Antonio Banderas introduced the Anta Banderas Winery at the 2012 SOBE Wine & Food Festival.

Brooke: Did you have a mentor growing up in your native country of Colombia? Chef Hoffmann: My mom. She taught me the love of food, of expanding your palate, of always trying something at least once, even if it’s the strangest thing. To every country we went to, the first thing we did was go to the market and learn the history of the ingredients and the history of that culture. Brooke: You could probably live anywhere in the world, why Miami?

Paula Deen’s Sunday Brunch: Southern Chef Paula Deen poses with Lee Schrager, founder of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, at the Paula Deen Sunday Brunch presented by Smithfield.


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Paula DaSilva with Mark & Nicole Blackburn at Best of the Best Event Chef Paula DaSilva of 1500º at the Eden Roc Hotel. “I would like to leave a mark in the culinary world once I am old and retired,” said Chef DaSilva.

Chef Hoffmann: I love Miami! It is “Sunshine on a plate.” It’s nice to have the convenience of the United States of America with the warmth of Latins.

Open Table recently named our wine list #1 in Miami. We’ve also been honored with Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence”. Of course, we’re not surprised. When you serve what Esquire Magazine called the best steak in America, it’s only proper to pair it with a menu of exquisite wines. Discover Michael Mina’s BOURBON STEAK. Only at Turnberry Isle Miami. • Reservations 786-279-6600 Complimentary valet parking with dinner. Spring 2012

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D’ANGELO TRATTORIA 9 S.E. 7th Avenue Delray Beach, FL 33483 305-573-0658 Traditional Roman-inspired cuisine by Italian executive chef Rickie Piper features roasted veal bone marrow, melt-in-your-mouth cured pork, made-in-house pasta dishes and traditional Roman desserts rotated daily. An atmosphere of sophistication by combining both indoor seating with alfresco dining on the front porch or lush back terrace, limestone walls, a woodburning copper oven and custom-designed sconces that emit a warm and subdued glow. Angelo Elia

“I was born in Italy and grew up watching my mother in the kitchen. I really admired her dedication and great love of food. It was what inspired me to become a chef,” said Chef and Proprietor Angelo Elia, who was featured at the Best of the Best event at the 2012 South Beach Food and Wine Festival. ”I have always used recipes handed down from my mother and always use the finest ingredients. The Trattoria menu was specially designed to bring together these recipes and ingredients with the traditional Roman dishes found in Italy today.”

Roasted Veal Bone Marrow

EDGE STEAK & BAR 1435 Brickell Avenue 7th Floor Miami, FL 33131 305-358-3535 Located in the historic Four Seasons Hotel Miami, the new Edge Steak & Bar boasts a non-traditional menu highlighted by a wide variety of meats and seafood. The menu Aaron Brooks & James King developed by executive chef Aaron Brooks and restaurant chef James King also features locally sourced fruits and vegetables. A multimillion dollar renovation is evident in the fully landscaped terrace which showcases fire pits, candles and lush greenery. The innovative dishes at the EDGE will knock your socks off! AND DON’T MISS $1 OYSTER HAPPY HOURS EVERY DAY FROM 3-7 P.M. – YES, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, TOO. Editor’s Note: I was enamored at The EDGE! Every foodie in Florida must go. The seafood tower, the tartar sampler, the lobster cocktail with an amazing crème-fraiche lime dip, the iceberg salad (WAY unlike any other iceberg salad you’ve ever seen, or admired, in your life), the tomahawk steak and lamb chops, and the desserts – oh the desserts – were off-the-charts. The chocolate lava cake: heavenly; the donuts and coffee were so clever; the sorbet selection with melon curls, coconut beads and cotton were divine – and their assorted chocolate-dipped cheesecake lollipops are so, so sinful. The experience was relaxed, elegant, and the unique interactivity with the rather unique dishes was so ... well, fun! Be sure to ask for Johana as your server – this woman knows her stuff. Can’t wait to tell you about their brunch in the next issue of South Florida Opulence. But why wait? Go check it out for yourself next Sunday!

Edge Steak & Bar A different cut of steakhouse.

Great Steakhouse Steak. Un-steakhouse


Also try Casa D’Angelo in Fort Lauderdale – a Golden Spoon Award Winner. Editor’s Note: D’Angelo Trattoria has, by far, the most “adventurous” Italian cooking I have ever experienced. The dishes were so authentic; it seemed as if I were momentarily Burrata Cheese over Roasted Fava transported to a home kitchen in Rome. The beer battered zucchini flowers stuffed with mozzarella were a first for me – and amazingly delicious. For a real eye-opener, try the roasted veal bone marrow served with casareccio bread. My favorite dish of the night: bucatini de cecco with wild boar and aged ricotta! For wine lovers, there are more than 30 wines by the glass to choose from. The Meiomi by Camus, Pinot Noir by the bottle was priced right. Mangia!

Located at Four Seasons Hotel Miami | 1435 Brickell Av, 33131 | 305.381.3190 EDG-09 QR Code Destination:

Bucatini de Cecco

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Dining Guide miami

cooper city

Marky’s International Food Emporium

THE MELTING POT 5834 S. Flamingo Road Cooper City, FL 33330 954-880-0808

687 NE 79 Street Miami, FL 33138 (305) 758-9288

A tradition says that if a man loses his bread in the pot, he buys drinks all around, and if a woman does, she must kiss her neighbors!

The Russian Store 687 NE 79th Street Miami, FL 33138 (305) 758-2005 Marky’s International Food Emporium has been a part of the South Florida community for 30 years. From its beginnings in Caviar and Smoked Salmon, Marky’s has become not only a historical local retail destination but a growing conglomerate of retail, franchise, import, export and worldwide distribution. Marky’s imports many of their products from Europe and serves customers globally from the cruise line industry to independent retail to private customers.

The Melting Pot, Cooper City, specializing in the Art of Fondue provides an array of fondue cooking style dishes that melt in your mouth. Signature dishes including cheese fondues, succulent meat and fresh fish entrees, select wines and divine chocolate fondue desserts create a unique dining experience. Praised for an ambience of intimacy with features such as dark lighting, cozy private booths and tabletop fondue, the Cooper City location is a culinary journey that must be experienced.

Marky’s focus on caviar is evident in its award-winning, packed-on-order, processing which is done in-house at its Miami location. From Salmon roe to Russian Osetra and the re-emergence of Beluga (produced by Sturgeon Aquafarms in Florida) in 2015, Marky’s carries every caviar on the market as well as over 2500 other categories of imported gourmet delicacies. Whether you’re interested in fresh truffles from Italy, foie gras from France, cheeses and cured meats from Spain, our selection is second to none and will continue to represent the highest gastronomic echelons with a focus on innovation, value and prestige. Italian Black Truffles

RUSTY PELICAN 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway Key Biscayne, FL 33149 305-361-3818 Offering the definition of modern, fun and comfortable dining, the iconic restaurant boasts the legendary view along with great cuisine from new executive chef


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Interesting Fondue History The earliest known recipe for cheese fondue as we know it today comes from a 1699 book published in Zurich, under the name Käss mit Wein zu koche, ‘to cook cheese with wine’. It calls for grated cheese to be melted with wine, and for bread to be dipped in it. Fondue was popularized as a Swiss national dish by the Swiss Cheese Union in the 1930s as a way of increasing cheese consumption. Fondue is now a symbol of Swiss unity.

Michael Gilligan in a high-energy atmosphere that literally buzzes with excitement. Guests enjoy a menu that presents the best of Modern American cuisine featuring deliciously composed small plates perfect for sharing, a wine list filled with unique varietals and specialty blends, an impressive raw bar boasting made-to-order fresh ceviches and fresh from the docks shellfish.


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MIAMI’S MOST LAVISH eisurely mornings drift into relaxed afternoons at Sunday Brunch – from 12 – 3 p.m. – at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami, where a spectacular display of more than 100 culinary specialties are served in Cioppino, the resort’s signature restaurant.

Let us suggest the perfect chaise lounge to ponder your next cocktail.


Let us help you rejuvenate with a heavenly head-to-toe beauty glow.



Let us introduce you to our tropical oasis minutes away from Downtown Miami.

Let us give you endless reasons to stay longer.

Executive Chef Clayton van Hooijdonk and his team take guests on a culinary journey through the United States, Europe, Asia and South America with delicacies including sushi, fresh seafood, caviar, international cheeses, appetizers, carvings, pasta, risotto, decadent desserts, breakfast favorites and individual specialty presentations that are lavishly spread among 14 presentation stations. A taste of the Far East is presented at the sushi station. The freshest seafood including clams, crab claws, shrimp and fresh shucked raw oysters “al minute” are nestled beside shrimp and fish ceviches, accompanied by an assortment of American Sturgeon Caviar. The newest Charcuterie station features chefs slicing meats reminiscent of authentic Italian and Spanish butcher shops with a selection of domestic and international cheeses. A new addition: the Country’s Table, featuring specific native dishes from around the world. The Chef de Omelet impresses guests with more than 74 dishes of international favorites and a new crepe station. Enjoy a lavish Prosecco cocktail bar and a Bloody Mary bar.

Experience Key Biscayne with the uncompromising service only we can offer. For reservations, or information on how to host an event, please call The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami at 305-365-4500 or visit For information regarding our exclusive VIP Card Program, please contact 305-365-4577.

For an indulgent finale, the brunch offers 20 desserts prepared at dawn each Sunday morning by the Executive Pastry Chef and his culinary team. $82 per adult, $41 for children ages 5 to 12, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are recommended. Editor’s note: Dining at Sunday brunch seaside at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is as close to Heaven on Earth as one can get! The food is decadent; service will make you feel like royalty. Make it a day – you’ll want to taste everything and will need time to take breaks! Trust me – you are going to LOVE this!

Dining at Sunday brunch seaside at cioppino at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is as close to Heaven on Earth as one can get!

455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne, FL


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ove over Charlie Trotter, there’s a new chef-owner in town – in Chicago – and he’s taking the culinary world by storm. Grant Achatz is the name. He’s the Picasso of molecular gastronomy – painter of the cuisinal masterpiece Alinea, the No. 1 best restaurant in North America, the sixth best in all the world.*

If that doesn’t intrigue you, this will: Time magazine named Chef Achatz among 2011’s Top 100 Most Influential People on the planet. No question this man knows a thing or two about whipping up some deliciously whimsi-

cal dishes. His 23-course menus are so avant-garde – pheasant with cider gel and burning oak leaves impaled on a whisk-like skewer; butterscotch bacon swinging on a metal pendulum; antenna-supported sweet potato served with a smoldering cinnamon stick; tofu, ham and English peas served on a steaming pillow oozing the essence of lavender – they could easily warrant an exhibit of Achatz’ edible architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago. Let’s dig in.

Nation’s Guru of Molecular Gastronomy Grant Achatz was knee-high to a grasshopper when he discovered his love for cooking – and his intrigue for what would become the notion of molecular gastronomy. In a rural Michigan country diner, his grandmother perched 5-year-old Grant on a chair topped with a milk crate so that he could help her make Jell-o. Young Grant was mesmerized with the process. He watched intently as the red powder poured into the boiling water and melted into a vivid red liquid. He was fascinated when the liquid transformed into gel in the refrigerator, and then curious when it melted back into a liquid on the kitchen counter. This very childhood experience is uniquely reflected today on Chef Achatz’ cutting-edge menu at Alinea (he chats about it in more detail in our exclusive interview that follows).

Antenna-supported sweet potato served with a smoldering cinnamon stick

A Chef’s Rise to Stardom Even before reaching school age, young Grant could single-handedly crack two eggs at once and flip flawless over-easy eggs on the grill of his family’s rural diner. Townspeople lined up out the door for his breakfasts. After high school, Achatz attended the most prestigious cooking school in the United States – the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). While there, he landed a highly coveted internship with celebrity Chef Charlie Trotter in Chicago.

Interestingly, Achatz had the unprecedented guts to leave the internship early

because he disliked how the revered chef treated his staff, and he thought it odd that he never saw Trotter cook in his own kitchen. Shortly after graduating from the CIA, Achatz quickly climbed the proverbial food chain of the culinary world. He became the right-hand man of Chef Thomas Keller at the famous French Laundry in California. Keller astutely recognized Achatz’ unique talent and poured culinary knowledge into his protégé. Four years later, when he sensed Achatz was ready to leave the nest, Keller unselfishly encouraged him to travel to Spain for an awesome opportunity: to work at the cutting-edge, hypermodern kitchen of Adria Ferran at El Bulli, which had been named world’s best restaurant numerous times.

An Epiphany Three days at El Bulli shook Achatz to the core. The cocky young cook realized he didn’t really know all there was to know about cooking – and that it was time for him to take his passion for molecular gastronomy to his own level. (Achatz talks about this at length in our interview, stay tuned.) By 2005, back in Chicago, 31-year-old Achatz assembled a team of unfathomable talent and launched Alinea – a sophisticated, understated upscale venue with an off-the-charts hypermodern menu of brilliant molecular

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gastronomy. It earned him the most coveted honor a chef can receive – the James Beard Award. Today, there is no finer restaurant than Alinea in the United States! (Could this be why Charlie Trotter is now packing up his culinary toys and leaving Chi-town? Hmmm.)

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Hot Potato-Cold Potato “Finding Alinea was a bit mysterious. It’s in posh Lincoln Park and doesn’t have a sign out front. I felt like I was entering the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory. There was a quiet, stark hall in front of us that looked like it led to nowhere. When we got to the end of the hall, a secret wall door slid open on our right. Servers were standing there and greeted us by name. They led us past a kitchen entrance where dozens of busy chefs quietly but fervently went about their work – like dedicated oompa-loompas at Wonka’s factory,” mused Alinea enthusiast and Chicago foodie Dr. Kyle Kayson. “The food seemed from another world – deconstructed dishes served on antenna or swings, garnished with things smoking, scented or transformed. The service was beyond belief. When we left, the secret door slid open again, attendants had our coats in-hand, and our car was waiting, already warmed up. The entire dining experience was surreal and magical.”

to become a chef. I used to tell my friends in high school that I would some day own the best restaurant in the country. They’d say, “Yeah right, Achatz. You’re flipping hamburgers at a diner.” Q: What influence did working at El Bulli in Spain have on your dream to open a restaurant that revolves around molecular gastronomy? Grant Achatz: When I walked into Chef Ferran’s kitchen, I felt like I was on Mars. It was something I had never seen or smelled or heard before – which stunned me because I had grown up in a professional kitchen. It was a huge wakeup call. I realized I didn’t know anything compared to what they were doing. It was like the twilight zone. And it was very humbling. I was amazed to see how they were pushing the envelope of creative cooking. The experience at El Bulli spoke to me and I knew I had to forge my own path to express myself through cooking. It was a milestone for me. To this day, I am grateful for Chef Thomas Keller (Grant named his youngest child Keller). His generosity blows me away because of what he did – he pushed me to reach for my dreams despite what it meant for his restaurant. Now that’s a true mentor and friend. Q: Chef Achatz, how did tongue cancer impact your life as a chef – and how did you

If I can make you laugh, or wonder, or cry, or feel exhilarated, that’s my reward as a chef. – Chef Grant Achatz

overcome it? Did the dark cloud have a silver lining? Grant Achatz: The news was devastating. Some viewed stage-four cancer as a death sentence. They said my only small chance at survival was a complete tongue amputation. Fortunately, I got multiple medical opinions. University of Chicago Medical Center offered me an alternative treatment that was unproven but promising. They said it could spare my tongue but that I might not ever taste again. The treatment was brutal. Radiation burned my esophagus so badly that I had to peel the skin out of my throat – like a snake shedding its skin – all while gagging and throwing up. I got down to skin and bones; I looked emaciated in my suit when I won the James Beard Award. I completely lost my sense of taste. But the procedure saved my life. Many, many months later, I was sipping coffee one morning and blurted out to my girlfriend, “Man, is this stuff sweet.” She froze because she realized I had just tasted for the first time since the radiation ended. I could taste!!! Yes!

Today my sense of taste is fully restored. I’m very blessed. I got a rare opportunity to re-experience the development of taste – which no one gets to do because they can’t remember it as a baby. I appreciated each taste ever the more – and it has made me an even better chef as a result. How’s that for a silver lining!? Q: Did your success in Chicago chase Charlie Trotter out of town? Grant Achatz: (Laugh) The fact that Trotter had a 25year go in Chicago is a real feat. Alinea wouldn’t have opened if it weren’t for Trotter having paved the way in Chicago – he put this town on the gastronomy map. Before Trotter, it was a meat-and-potatoes town. But landing my restaurant in Chicago wasn’t calculated. After I went to Spain and El Bulli, I was 25 years old, making about $25k a year. I lived paycheck to paycheck. I had great visions of what I wanted to do, but I needed to find a restaurant that would give me creative license to carry out my vision. That was really hard to do at the time – because 911 happened. And the whole country went into “comfort zone mode” – they went back to meatloaf – and wouldn’t think of something like eating off an antennae like I envisioned. I toured the whole country for a restaurant that would give me the carte blanche I needed to make my vision reality. I went to

Pheasant with Cider Gel and Burning Oak Leaves impaled on a whisk-like skewer

San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami – and the only place with a pre-existing restaurant that would give me a chance to launch my vision was Trio near Chicago. Success is one part hard work, one part luck – flat-out luck – and one part passion. And when you mix that together, it’s a recipe for success. Q: How do you dream up ways for your dishes to appeal to all five senses? Grant Achatz: There’s a common misconception that I find funny – people think the success is all me. They have this fantasy that I wake up in the middle of

Q: Grant, what is your personally favorite dish at Alinea?

the night with a grand epiphany about a new food

Grant Achatz: You want me to choose one favorite?

creation. Really, it’s a collaboration. My ‘genius’ was

That’s like asking a parent to pick which child he loves

to put together a team of eight very talented peo-

more (laugh). But I can tell you about two dishes I’m par-

ple and brainstorm great ideas with them. Take the

ticularly fond of: Hot Potato-Cold Potato (shown on pre-

pillow of lavender air, for example (pictured on page 29).

vious page) is one of them. It was born from a simple idea

It didn’t happen overnight. One of our investors was

of having two contrasting temperatures in the mouth at

in Amsterdam in 2005 – in the city known for smok-

the same time. I really wanted to create this sensation,

ing things not allowed here. He found a restaurant that

because people wouldn’t expect it – and their first bite

had a volcano-like contraption that spewed scented

would cause a cool emotional response. Martin Kastner

air into the room. We thought it was a great idea for

had to create the service dish first, and then we would

Alinea, but we didn’t want to put a volcano machine

figure out the recipe to put into it. He created a paraffin

on every table – and, of course, couldn’t have it spew

wax bowl with a pin. We then made the actual hot rec-

the scent of marijuana. We started brainstorming.

ipe to deliver the hot-cold experience we had dreamed

Martin Kastner, my custom service piece designer (see

up. The other dish I’m particularly fond of is Pheasant

“Gadgets” column on pages 16-17), thought of the idea of

with Cider Gel and Burning Oak Leaves (shown above).

capturing scented steam in a plastic bag. We tried it with

People go nuts when this dish is brought to their table.

lavender – and it worked. But we had to come up with

The sight and smell of burning oak leaves immediately

a better mechanism than a zip-closed baggie. Kastner

makes them think of fall – it launches them into a nos-

or wonder, or cry, or feel exhilarated, that’s my reward as a chef.

created the pin-hole pillow that inflates with steam and

talgic childhood state. Here’s how that dish came to be.

Q: Chef Achatz, are you surprised at the success you’ve achieved at just 30-something?

then deflates tableside to dispense the soothing scent

When we sat down to come up with the next seasonal

of lavender – or leather, or firewood ashes, or grass. It’s a

menu, we didn’t focus on ingredients and technique.

sensory enhancement that adds to the emotion of a dish.

Instead, I asked my team, “What does fall mean to you?”

Triumph Meets Tragedy In July 2007, when Achatz’ culinary success reached takeoff, his personal life took a catastrophic downward spiral. Doctors diagnosed Achatz with stage-4 tongue cancer and gave him grim news: His tongue would need amputation. Could there be a more tragic irony for a chef whose taste and palate had just rocketed him to international fame? What Chef Achatz has to say will enthrall you…how he cheated death… how radiation completely wiped out his cherished sense of taste…and how the dark

Butterscotch Bacon swinging on a metal pendulum

cloud ultimately had an amazing silver lining.

INTERVIEW WITH CHEF GRANT ACHATZ South Florida Opulence: Chef Achatz, what is your definition of molecular gastronomy? Chef Grant Achatz: Chefs often recoil at those words because it sounds so “science fiction.” But molecular gastronomy means embracing and combining ingredients with other mediums that together craft a dining experience that is emotionally charged. To make a liquid viscous – sounds like a test-tube petri dish thing, huh? That’s not the point…it’s to manipulate ingredients to trigger an unexpected emotional response. Like Jell-o that is served hot. The concept is unconceivable to people. It’s the element of surprise. And that leads to smiles and laughter. To me, that’s terrific – I have a craft that has transcended people over dinner. If I can make you laugh,

Grant Achatz: The kitchen has always been a place of comfort for me. I was working at my mom and dad’s diner and cooking since I was 5. I always knew that I wanted 30

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jumped in them with my buddies. We then lit the leaves on fire. It was tradition.

gruff uncle was making me try it as a joke, but it turned out to be delicious. My Dad still has his family style restaurant (his passion is pie making) but he now lives in a

The smell of burning leaves is what comes to mind when I think of fall. So, for our fall

different town than my Mom.

In 1985, when I was growing up in Michigan, I raked leaves in my front yard – then

menu, we took a nostalgic memory and used it as an ingredient – THAT (the smell of burning oak leaves) is quintessential fall.

Q: Tell us about NEXT – your newest restaurant in which the theme changes quarterly. The only way to get tickets is on the Internet?

Q: What does your Mom say about all this? What would she tell us about you as a child? Is your family’s diner still in operation? Grant Achatz: What does my Mom think? She appreciates what I do and she’s proud, but not all of it resonates with her. She prefers to cook meatloaf, goulash and mashed potatoes. My Mom could tell you some funny stories about me as a kid. I hated mushrooms and I hated steak. When I had to eat steak, I’d pile it high with pickles to smother the taste. My father would always quip, “You don’t like steak? What the heck’s the matter with you?” (I do like steak now that I’m an adult.) What I really liked as a kid was eating French fries wrapped in pickle slices – I thought my

tickets – and they’re snapped up in seconds. Q: What do you say to people who question whether your latest El Bulli theme is taking advantage of that restaurant’s unfortunate closing last year?

Sorrell, Smoked Salmon, Pink Peppercorn

Grant Achatz: Themes at NEXT have included Paris, Thailand, Childhood and, starting last February, El Bulli. It’s a tribute to pay homage to the iconic restaurant and Chef Adria Ferran, and to what El Bulli has contributed to the culinary world as a pioneer of Nouvelle Cuisine. Our special fixed menu is 32 courses – one dish from each year El Bulli was open. Key staff members of El Bulli flew to Chicago to help us re-create the dishes that will allow guests at NEXT to taste 32 years of progressive dishes from El Bulli. It’s not a copycat – it’s an exact replication with the blessing of Chef Ferran, and we’re doing it in honor of El Bulli for its impression on young aspiring chefs, like I was, to reach for their dreams. Q: Grant, you’ve achieved about every dream a chef can dream. Is there anything left on your to-do list? Grant Achatz: What’s left on my bucket list? I’m in negotiations now for a TV show – to go back to Michigan and create a “Pop-Up Alinea” right in my Dad’s rural diner. This is my hometown of about 3,000 people. Meat and potatoes Americans. They would take one look at my food and FREAK OUT. Now, that would be some good TV! Seems like when I tell my staff I want to do something new and outlandish, they say, “Grant, are you out of your mind?” I might be out of my mind, but I’m having one hell of a great time! *(At the time of printing)


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Grant Achatz: NEXT was my next great venture after Alinea with my business partner Nick Kokonas. Just like at El Bulli in Spain,, which sat only 50 guests per night (before it closed last August), the only way to get in to NEXT is to buy tickets online in pairs of two or four for a specific day and a specific seating time. When they run out, they run out. If you get the flu, there are no refunds – just like tickets to a great concert or sporting event. People who don’t understand it think the ticket system is elitist – but actually it’s the most fair lottery-like system. No one is ever “stuck” with tickets they can’t use. People log on to our Facebook page and post on the wall that they have

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South Florida’s obsession with Japan’s culinary art form Intensely hued sashimi or maki rolls, nigiri and temaki come escorted by ribbons of carrot and ginger shavings over a delicate dollop of ardent wasabi. The vibrant colors and architectural elements are visually enticing before you even begin to experience the intriguing interplay of flavors: buttery salmon over a bed of rice, the core sweetness of crab and the crispness of cucumber with just a hint of citrus; or velvety swirls of avocado on a feisty yellowtail with jalapeño.

Super Sultry There is a seductive element to the notion of a dish that is masterfully crafted before your very eyes

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with a fastidious emphasis on elegant composition and quality of ingredients, as more establishments offer strictly organic components or exclusive products that must be flown in directly to South Florida from Japan. Add a sexy ambiance, and you have the perfect preamble to a sexy night out on Miami Beach. Although Sushi Samba Miami Dromo on Lincoln Road and Nobu Matuhisa’s Nobu at The Shore Club maintain their titles as true Miami institutions and Hollywood celebrity hubs, they have been joined in the ranks by exciting newcomers bearing some tempting offers. Chef Hirojuki “Zama” Tanaka, one of Philadelphia’s most revered sushi chefs, just opened “Tanaka” at the Shelborne, as part of the historic hotel’s multimillion renovation. BluSushi at the Village at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale offers artful rolls accompanied by outrageous one-of-a-kind cocktails.

There is no sexier dish than sushi. And in a region with a culture dead-set on good looks, no wonder South Floridians are obsessed with the kaleidoscope-esque dish.

Meanwhile, guests at Boca Raton Resort & Club have access to Morimoto, coveted Sushi Master Masaharu Morimoto’s signature sushi bar.

A BIT OF SUSHI HISTORY The word sushi means “sour-tasting” and refers to the age-old process in which fish is fermented by being wrapped in soured fermenting rice. Sushi was first developed in Southeast Asia in the 4th century BC. It spread to south China and was introduced in Japan in 8th century A.D., where it became a delicacy. Sushi made its U.S. debut about a decade after World War II. America contributed to this culinary art form during the mid-1970s when a Los Angeles chef invented the California roll.


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Haute Cuisine Pass the Opulent Appetizers, Please

By Kristen Mager

Haute Cuisine


Food aficionados are more than willing to fork out a small fortune to feast on the world’s priciest morsels.

Sturgeon roe have been a gourmet delicacy for many decades. Served traditionally

And when it comes to these extravagant appetizers, less is often more.

on blinis or toasts, caviar is obtained from various sturgeon species which lend to the



products diversity and complexity.

Gems from the earth, truffles are truly the most coveted condiment on the planet. More expensive than caviar —

The majority of today’s caviars are produced in aquafarms around the globe which

in fact, European white truffles are the most expensive food in the world at $3,600 a pound. At auction recently,

descend from those original species found in the Caspian Sea basin. The most

a 32-ounce white truffle brought $300,000! These rare fungi resemble a mushroom grown underground at the

popular varieties today are from the Russian Osetra, Siberian Sturgeon and Sevruga

roots of huge trees—mainly oak. Because you can’t cultivate truffles, they grow randomly, which adds to their

species, which can be found in farms from Europe to South America.

mystique and demand. They have to be sniffed out by trained dogs or pigs. Italian white truffles, with their faint

The most highly prized, with the lowest supply, is Sevruga, a traditional,

garlicky aroma, are pricier than French black truffles and typically are served raw and shaved over pasta, salads or

highly-regarded product which offers a pearly-grey hue, a nutty presence with a

eggs. Black varieties must be cooked; you’ll find them in meats, pastas and risottos.

buttery-sweet finish. Russian Osetra, the gold standard by many, ranges from a dark

Truffle season: October for white truffles; late autumn to winter for black truffles.

amber to gold color, a milder nutty flavor with a clean ocean breeze finish.

Try them at: Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, 1014 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; Scarpetta at Fontainebleau,

Caviar season: Year-round

4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; The Dutch at W South Beach Hotel, 2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Try them at: Home, call Marky’s Caviar at (305) 758-9288 for your next soiree.

Look for: A strong, pungent aroma—that’s a sign of a fresh truffle.

Served with a mother-of-pearl spoon and a Russian blini.

Be aware of: “Knock-off” black truffles grown in China that produce little to no scent.

Look for: Pearlescent, uniformed grains. Malossol, the Russian term for “low salt,” as related to the content used at preparation.

At the peak of Florida’s season, restaurants offer a crown jewel of

Be aware of: Fishy or overly salty caviar. Buy only fresh caviar as it’s highly perishable.

crustaceans—stone crabs. Millions of pounds of stone crabs are

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harvested every year. However, just one claw is harvested from each crab. The crab is then thrown back into the ocean so it can grow a new claw, which takes about a year. The limited availability of this sea delight

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(786) 362-5361; or at Joe’s Stone Crab, 11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, (305) 673-0365 Look for: Fresh claws that have a saltwater aroma, not a sour or fishy smell. Be aware of: Frozen claws—you’ll know if crabmeat sticks to the shell.

OYSTERS Raw, fried, baked or stuffed, oysters are scrumptious. Once considered a poor man’s food, they’re now one of the finest delicacies today, perfectly paired with champagne. Price runs the gamut on oysters (like any commodity, their scarcity can be impacted by unexpected situations, such as the oil spill in Louisiana), but $10 per pound is a good ballpark. There are three main species—Pacific or Japanese oyster, the Eastern or Atlantic and the Olympia. In Miami, you’re most likely to see Eastern oysters—like Bluepoints—on the menu. Oyster season: Available all year-round, but September is the official start of the season. There’s an old wives’ tale that states you can’t eat them during any month that doesn’t have an “R’ in its name. Try them at: Edge, Steak & Bar at Four Seasons Hotel, 1435 Brickell Avenue. Look for daily $1 bar bites during happy hour, such as East Coast oysters with a mojo mignonette. Look for: Opaque oysters—not clear. The oyster should look full in the shell. Avoid ones that are open or don’t close right away after you lightly tap them. Be aware of: Foul smelling oysters. Live ones should smell like the sea. 36

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Chef Joel Huff Hypercuisine Extraordinaire at Azul

By Robin Jay


ou won’t need your passport, but you’ll

From the first taste, you’ll know

feel transported to Europe, Asia and the

instantly it’s the recipe of an

Mediterranean in a single evening at Azul.

astute culinary expert. And the

Your pilot and culinary tour guide is the new Chef de

risotto – oh, the truffle risotto – is a

Cuisine, Joel Huff, at the five-star Mandarin Oriental

multi-sensory presentation served

Hotel in Miami.

atop a bowl of steaming rocks and

Miami’s gastronomy maestro

an aromatic “forest” that will send

In celebration of Miami’s effervescent quest for recognition on the global culinary map, I set out to find a progressive South Florida chef who could rival the world’s best-of-the-best hypermodern chefs. I’m delighted to tell you the Miami-based chef who can Joel Huff, the new rising star chef at Miami’s Azul, has earned widespread acclaim with a culinary career that spans the globe. Most recently, Chef Huff worked at the Tydes Restaurant and Coral Café in Santa Barbara. He served as Chef de Cuisine at Saam at The Bazaar by José Andrés in Beverly Hills. No stranger to Mandarin Oriental, Chef Huff was Chef de Cuisine at Silks at Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco. He has garnered praise from media, including Bon Appétit and Wine Spectator.

compete head-to-head with these cookery moguls is Chef Joel Huff – and his culinary gallery is Azul, tucked on the tiny 20-acre island of Brickell Key. The 30-something, wispy blonde-haired, blue-eyed Huff is a salt-of-the-earth family gentleman, a former California surfer, and a chef more seasoned in worldly culinary travels than most chefs twice his age. Huff studied under a number of famous chefs, such as Chef Jose Andres in Beverly Hills, one of the previous right-hand men of Chef Adria Ferran

olfactory senses orbiting when a tea bath is poured over them. Then there’s the filet mignon served with a short-rib cleverly cured in pastrami seasonings. Who would dream a deli-style marinade could be so divine? Let’s

Mediterranean octopus

not forget the genius of the Azul sommelier. Each dish on Chef Huff’s 7-course tasting menu with wine pairings is served with an unforgettable hand-selected vintage to enhance the recipe’s origin and ingredients. The sommelier paints a verbal picture so vivid you can visualize him traipsing through the very vineyard from which the grapes were plucked. The savory dishes on Chef Huff’s

of Spain’s El Bulli, formerly named the best restaurant in the world. At Azul, Chef Huff has assembled a stunning team, including a sous chef from the legendary Windy City staff at Alinea (the No. 1 restaurant in North America). Combined with Azul’s impeccable servers and highly impressive sommeliers, the fine-dining experience at Miami’s signature restaurant will knock the socks off even the most discerning foodies.

a must: the Tasting Menu

Truffle risotto

The dishes on the tasting menu at Azul are architec-

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tural gastronomic masterpieces that are as beautiful to

menu would satisfy most bucket lists, but one must never

look at as they are to eat. The tomato salad is con-

leave Azul without experiencing dessert. The hazelnut

structed with ruby-red pearl-size peeled tomatoes,

cloud cake is so angelic words cannot justify a proper

with a crustini sliced so thin that you stare in disbelief,


amid a shallow moat of dreamy liquefied white cheese

Hats off to the fine-dining experience masterminded

and charred olives. The plating of the Mediterranean

by Chef Joel Huff at Azul. Watch out world, South

octopus is so colorfully appealing you’ll swear you’ve

Florida chefs are steadily climbing the culinary ladder

been served an oil painting from an old-world master.

one impressive rung at a time!

tastic suites.

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the Ancient art of

WineMaking I n t r o duc t i o n b y R o b i n J a y

Archaeologists in the last year have discovered a stunning revelation – that winemaking dates back 6,100 years, nearly a thousand years earlier than previously noted in historical records. But the discovery wasn’t made in Italy. Rather, the ancient find – preserved crushed grapes, vine leaf remains, vats and a wine press – were unearthed in a cavern in Armenia. Regardless, many wine connoisseurs will argue that some of the finest ancient vineyards and wineries reside in Italy. South Florida Opulence tracked down two of the oldest recorded wineries still in production. We invite you to discover Cantine Giol that dates back to 1427 and Castello Di Verrazzano with roots reaching 1150. Cheers!


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limestone is unique to Verrazzano in the cooler climate of the northern part of the zone. This singular combination of limestone soil and cooler growing conditions accounts for the

The Castle of Verrazzano lies in the Chianti Classico area of Italy, the first grape-growing and wine-producing area in the world to be determined by an official proclamation made by the Grand Duke Cosimo III de’ Medici in 1716. The “vineyards situated in Verrazzano” are mentioned in a manuscript which dates back to 1150 and is preserved at the abbey of Passignano.

muscularity and finesse in Verrazzano wines. Since acquiring the estate in 1958, the Cappellini family has replanted Verrazzano’s vineyards, which fan out from the forest limits down to the valley below. Fertilization is organic and vineyards are weeded by hand. Under Luigi Cappellini’s direction, a careful method of yield reduction has been implemented, in which selected bunches of grapes are cut back and discarded during the growing season, resulting in a heightened concentration of flavor in the remaining fruit and increasingly high quality wines. Harvest is conducted entirely by hand.

Verrazzano Historical Cellar

The Cappellini family’s joy and sense of pride in their home are evident everywhere one looks. Warm and generous hosts, they welcome a constant stream of visitors at the estate. The formerly neglected manor house, a portion of which dates back to the 7th century, has been


beautifully restored. Abandoned farmhouses have been converted into attractive guest accommodations. Breeding of a once dwindling

Ancient Tuscan winemaking dating back to 1150


population of wild boars - source of Verrazzano’s production of cured meats and sausages - has been encouraged in the surrounding forest.

ucked on a hilltop between Florence and Siena, in the Greve district of

Extra virgin olive oil and specialty vinegars

Tuscany’s Chianti Classico zone, this vast Tuscan estate was established

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by the Verrazzano family in the 7th century A.D. At its heart stands a

and other farm products are also made at the estate. For additional historical details, go to

beautifully restored manor house, set amid landscaped gardens and

dominated by a large stone tower. Flanked by woodland, its borders have remained unaltered for almost 1000 years - an outpost of stability in a

out much of the East Coast. The Verrazzano Narrows Bridge spanning the New York

landscape marked by centuries of family and political feuding.

Harbor is named after him; its structure includes a large stone from his childhood home. Verrazzano’s interest in wine never waned and his original documented

Giovanni da Verrazzano

account of native American vines, vitis lambrusca, to his sponsor, the King of France, still exists.

As founding member of the Consorzio del Chianti Classico, Verrazzano has made wine since the earliest times - the property occupies the site of former Etruscan and Roman settlements - but its growing reputation

Muscularity and finesse

among wine lovers in Italy and abroad is due to the spirit and the

Verrazzano’s modern-day claim to fame stems from its wines.

industry of its present owner Luigi Cappellini and his family who call

Wine authority Burton Anderson named it one of a few selected

Verrazzano “home.” The Verrazzano name is likely to be familiar in more than one way: The estate was the birthplace in 1485 of Giovanni da Verrazzano. This accomplished young nobleman forsook his childhood home for a life of adventure on the high seas. His exploits included discovery of the New York Bay and mapping


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Giovanni da Verrazzano, celebrated navigator and discoverer of the Bay of New York, was born at the Castello di Verrazzano in 1485. The famous bridge in New York was named after him in 1964.

estates forming “the foundation on which Chianti’s renewed prestige has been built.” Forty-two hectares of vines thrive in its limestonerich soil. Though present in the warmer, southern portions on Chianti Classico,

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ince 1427, on the Giol estate in the village of San Polo di Piave , wine professionals have been handing down from one generation to the next their experience, traditions and local culture related to winemaking. The old winery is a highly evocative place: Seemingly untouched by the passage of time, it is a strikingly impressive building, set against a backdrop of age-old wisteria and lime trees alongside a gurgling spring.

Giol Castle

I have always strived to protect these places and preserve their beauty and charm in order to share

Chef Emeril Lagasse to appear at American Fine Wine Competition Gala Dinner at Boca Raton Resort & Club April 19

them with all those who believe in the importance of their history and traditions. Our old winery produces

Ancient Wine Jars

wines exclusively from grapes grown on our historic La Bicana, Il Bassonet, Le Gerette and Spiridiona estates. We seek to combine the highest quality with

wheels of cheese were hidden inside the barrels to prevent them being confiscated by the occupying forces, which explains the

the greatest respect for the environment by farming

origin of a local cheese known as “ubriaco,” or “drunken cheese.”

all 25 hectares of our vineyards with organic methods.

The presence of the troops is also documented by bullet marks still visible on several barrels: Fortunately they were thick enough

The great cellar

to withstand the gunfire and protect their precious contents.

Protected by walls over a metre thick, the Great Cellar

The ageing vaults

has provided the ideal environment for ageing fine

Five vaults form the oldest part of the winery. They have always

wines since the days of the aristocratic Papadopoli family. The cellar houses 78 barrels of different sizes

The Cantine Giol The oldest documented winery in Italy since 1427 By Luisa Giol


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635 of America’s finest wines were invited to participate in the 5th annual American Fine Wine Competition. The Gala Dinner on Thursday, April 19 with famed Chef Emeril Lagasse will feature all the wines served with a four-course dinner, the main course prepared by Emeril himself. It will also feature live entertainment and a live auction overseen by Alan Kalter, announcer for Late Night with David Letterman. The Gala Dinner will be held at the Boca Raton Resort & Club located at 501 East Camino Real. $300 per person. (561) 504-VINE (8463) or visit

Photo Steven Freeman

Chef Emeril Lagasse

2012 Best of Class medals were awarded to 12 wines

been used to store the finest wines and are still used today

Bordeaux Style Blend 2007 “Miktos” Merriam Vineyards, Sonoma

for ageing Cabernet in small oak casks and as a striking setting

Cabernet Franc

2007 Reserve-Peju Province Winery, Rutherford

for welcoming our visitors. The vaults really are the ideal place for

Cabernet Sauvignon

2009 Reserve-Daou Vineyards, Paso Robles

(the largest holding an incredible 26,000 litres)

ageing fine wines: Twenty 210-litre casks, four 500-litre casks and


2009 Mumm Napa, Carneros

protected by more than 220 closely spaced beams

thirty-two 1200-litre barrels are protected by stone-vaulted ceilings


2008 Rocca Family Vineyards, Yountville

and walls over a metre thick which ensure a constant temperature


10-year-old “Noble Companion” Tawny, Prager Winery & Port Works

Rhone Style Blend

2009 “Hell’s Kitchen” Jada Vineyard & Winery, Paso Robles


2010 “Golden Bunches” Ferrante Winery, Grand River Valley, Ohio

Sauvignon Blanc

2010 Ledson Winery & Vineyards, Napa Valley

Sparkling Wine

2005 Mumm Napa DVX, Napa Valley


2008 Sol Rouge, Lake Country


2009 “Gluttony” Michael David Winery, Amador County

that support the vast granary above. Upstairs, grain was dried and stored for centuries. During the First World War, the whole area came

all year-round. Inside the vaults, you can sample our products and share our satisfaction at having preserved such a precious historical heritage.

under Austrian occupation and the castle and winery

To find fine restaurants and boutiques in South Florida that carry

became a military garrison. During this time, whole

wines from ancient European vineyards still in production, such as Giol, contact lindascheele@

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Unrolling Florida’s

Cigar History

Apéritifs Cocktail Science –


By Kristen Mager

By Robin Jay

Toss aside antiquated cocktail gimmicks (those cheesy paper umbrellas and the mundane olive skewers), it’s time to step into the science lab of hypermixology – where limits of the cocktail world are pushed to the max, and intriguing concoctions are designed for the ultimate customer engagement. Let’s start in Chicago at The Aviary (adjacent to NEXT, the bet-you-can’t-get-an-online-ticket, ever-changing-theme restaurant owned by #1 Chef Grant Achatz, currently featuring a 32-course mind-boggling re-creation of the famed El Bulli menu by Adria Ferran from Spain). At The

At the southernmost tip

Aviary, mixologists create cocktail masterpieces – like “In the Rocks,” in which demerara, angustuva and bourbon are syringe-injected into a hollowed eggshell. You must crack and spill the egg’s contents into a rocks glass to enjoy. Or, try the deconstructed Bloody Mary, where you’ll

of the U.S. sits Key West –

pour the tomato concoction over the gorgeously layered veggies that complement the cocktail. At The Aviary, the custom vessels from which you sip your drink are as interesting and conversation-starting as the beverages served

famous for kooky sunset

in them! Moving on to Florida. You’ll find smoking cocktails

celebrations, Hemingway,

at the extreme mixology labs of Barton G. in Miami Beach. Liquid nitrogen and nitrous oxide

quaint, lackadaisical charm –

add a mystical smoke-like cloud and clever frozen aspects that dare the adventurous sipper to dive

and the former cigar capital

in. Try Diamonds Are Forever or Buddhalicious for a breathtaking experience.

of the world.

For the dessert course of your evening’s imbibement, try the sultry Key Lime Mango Madness (right) at


the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. Blended with vanilla vodka, lime juice, low-fat ice cream, vanilla bean paste and chunky mango puree, you’ll sip in paradise as you overlook the azure waters of Biscayne Bay.


Cheers! The porthole vessel (bottom right) was created by Martin Kastner for Grant Achatz at The Aviary in Chicago to hold infusion cocktails. One of the glass walls on the teapot-style vessel opens to allow mixologists to insert larger ingredients – like fruit, leaves and flowers. The bubble tea gin and tonic (upper right) is a unique Aviary combination of Juniper Gin, yellow Chartreuse, citric acid, simple syrup and cucumber capsules! The deconstructed Bloody Mary (left) at The Aviary comes in a tall glass stacked with frozen celery balls, tomato-flavored ice, frozen Worcestershire sauce. It’s served


with a carafe of Karlsson’s vodka and tomato juice to pour into the concoction.

The Aviary Photography Courtesy of Christian Seel


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housands of Cuban workers swarmed the tiny island 90 miles

immigrants who had also

the historic cigar box label art is beautiful, so too the craft of a cigarmaker was an art in itself .”

escaped Spanish rule. By the

— David Fredericks, City of Tampa Office of Archives & Records.

north of Havana during the Ten Years’ War—and brought their skill of hand-rolling cigars with them.

Vicente Ybor was one such businessman, who started a cigar factory in Key West in 1869 and hired many Cuban


The 1920s equivalent to the “Yellow Pages” (top) in Tampa showed ‘cigarmaker’ was a common occupation.

late 1870s, the cigar industry in Key West was bustling and industry was by far the largest employer of workers in the early

more than 100 cigar factories lined the small island. The small slice of land became America’s top maker of “Clear Havana” cigars—cigars made in the U.S. with Cuban

Alexander McGriff carrying shadegrown tobacco to be dried in 1956.

tobacco “cleared” through customs without being taxed.

In 1885, Vincente Ybor (pictured above) moved his cigar operations from Key West to Tampa and built a town called Ybor City.

1920s and 1930s,” said Fredericks. (See the photo at top right from the Tampa archives of a page from the hard copy book from the ’20s, similar to the ‘Yellow Pages.’) “Most of the people at that time would live right near where they worked. It was quite moving to see how many people were listed as occupation ‘cigarmaker.’ As

the move to ybor city

the cigar box label art is beautiful, so the craft of a cigarmaker was

In 1885, major union strikes

an art in itself.” The image of the cigarmakers (pictured right) was

smothered Key West’s cigar

taken on April 17, 1930 and is in the archives and records in the

industry prompting many

City of Tampa.


10 Steps in Hand-rolling Cigars



north. Ybor reconstructed

Hand-rolled cigarmakers in Ybor City made good wages for the

his cigar operations in

time. They were paid by the number of cigars they made each

Tampa, where he even

day rather than by the hour, setting their own rate of production.

built a town dubbed Ybor

– Continued on next page

City. By the close of the 19th century, Ybor City and Tampa surpassed Key

Hand-rolled cigarmakers in Ybor City (pictured above on April 17, 1930) were paid by the number of cigars they turned out each day rather than by the hour, so they set their own rate of production.

La Cubana cigar art. (University of Florida Digital Collections; George A. Smathers Libraries)

West as the largest cigar manufacturer in the world. Dave Fredericks works near Ybor City in the City of Tampa Archives and Records Department and is preparing a fascinating project about the history of cigar factories in Tampa and Ybor City. “From my research so far, this


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Step 1: A ge the filler, binder, and wrapper tobacco under controlled climate conditions. Step 2: T obacco was then prepared for blending with different tobacco types to control the flavor. Step 3: W orkers called “strippers” selected and

Beautiful Cigar Box Art

stripped from the tobacco plant the leaves to carry to the cigarmakers. Step 4: From a supply of leaves beside him, a cigarmaker picked up several filler leaves

of tobacco, laying them one by one on the palm of the hand until he could tell by the weight that he had enough for the cigar. Each of the filler leaves had to be pointed in just the right direction so that the cigar would burn evenly and hold its ash properly. Step 5: T he filler was then wrapped with a binder to form a “bunch.” Step 6: T hen the wrapper leaf was placed on a wood board and trimmed, the bunch placed on top of it, and the cigar was rolled in one smooth, flowing motion. Step 7: T he wrapper was sealed with a dab of gum tragacanth, the sap of a tree grown in Iran. Step 8: The worker then trimmed the finished cigar with his blade (a thin wedge-shaped steel knife), and it was ready for seasoning (or storage) for up to three years before it was considered aged enough to be sold. Step 9: W orkers called “pickers” sorted the finished cigars according to color, size, and shade

Many companies rebuilt within a few years only to be wiped out again with back-to-back hurricanes in 1909 and 1910. As if the end of Key West’s cigar era wasn’t already doomed, the domestic cigar

to ensure that all cigars in a box would look

business took off. With it, the nickel cigar was born

roughly the same.

and the Great Depression happened (so no one

Step 10: Packers then took the sorted cigars, placed a paper ring on each one and put them in the

could afford luxuries like Cuban cigars).

boxes that were then ready to be shipped

The tradition rolls on

and sold.

When you visit Key West today, the cigar factories are long shut down, but you’ll find the tradition

Troubles Mount

carries on with local hand-rolled and specialty

Troubles for Key West’s cigar industry continued in

shops. In Ybor City, the annual Cigar Heritage

1886 when a devastating fire ignited in one of the

Festival gives cigar aficionados a reason to celebrate

cigar plants and whisked across the island. Over 50

along the historic brick streets.

buildings, including many cigar plants and the cigar box manufacturer, were destroyed with the fire. Just one single plant remained standing. 50

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works,” explains Weller. “Some incredible Americans, Mary Jo Zingale and Lisa Marie Brown, are committed to restoring the beautiful gifts that Italy has given the world and I am proud to be a part of this necessary cause.” Weller reflects, “You know, I work as a craftsman within the bigger realm of


visual arts called moviemaking. I am also a passionate student of Renaissance art. It is all a continuum of visual information for me. If someone takes you by the hand, opens up your eyes, opens the door for you, you can

Artistic Passions of peter weller

appreciate it, whatever it is. That’s what happened to me.”

By John D. Adams o say that actor Peter Weller is a multi-tasker would be

Opening a door

a serious understatement. Most of us are familiar with

Weller credits longtime friend, actress Ali McGraw, with introducing him

the movie and television actor’s long list of roles in

to the esoteric worlds of art and design. “Ali is incredibly astute.

projects like: Robocop; 24; Dexter; and the untitled

I admired her intelligence to such a degree that I wanted to learn what

Star Trek film currently in production. What you

she knew. If it wasn’t art, it was the Ballet Russe Russian Ballet costumes

may not know, however, is that Weller is presently

of Leon Bakst, or set designs of Picasso and Matisse…all sorts of subjects

completing his dissertation toward a PhD in Italian

that I thought at the time was a bunch of wacky stuff… this was New

Renaissance Art History from UCLA; and is an adjunct professor at

York in the late ‘70s. She introduced me to this crowd of people who

Syracuse University in Florence, Italy. Is it cringe-worthy to label Weller

were really hip to culture. That period turned out to be instrumental, a

a “Renaissance Man”?

cornerstone of influences in an amalgam of art and design.”

The Doni Tondo or Doni Madonna, sometimes called The Holy Family, is the earliest of only three surviving panel paintings by the adult Italian Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti, and the only one to be finished. Located in the Uffizi in Florence, Italy,

Syracuse University How did Weller move from art neophyte to passionate intellect? “I had taken some summer classes between movies at the famous Syracuse University campus in Italy. They invited me to go over for a yearlong Master’s Degree

Rembrandt Self Portrait as a Young Man 1634.

study program. That was a life-changer. SU has possibly the most intense master’s degree program in Renaissance art history available,” reflects Weller. “For the most part, you do it all in Italy. You gesso poplar wood, you mix egg tempera, you paint; then you mix lime paste, stucco a drywall and paint a fresco from scratch… SU has the largest, most voluminous opportunity of programs abroad of any college in the world. It is extraordinarily rich, and it busted me! If it wasn’t for a kick in the butt from my mother and my marvelous wife, Sheri, I would have quit three weeks in. In the end, I had no notion that one day I would be teaching.” Weller now delights in the challenge of opening students to Renaissance art. “Some people learn tactilely, some visually, some out of books…If you can access their secret door, if you can get in, I think anybody’s curiosity can be ignited. It just has to be their entrance.”

Friends of the Uffizi Gallery Today, Weller is working to complete his PhD in Italian Renaissance Art at UCLA. He is also an enthusiastic supporter, sitting on the Board of Advisors for the organization Friends of the Uffizi, the American wing of the Italian organization Amici degli Uffizi, which raises money to restore works of art at the incomparable Uffizi Gallery in Florence. “When you go to Italy you want to see Botticelli, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and all those guys, but sadly the

The Birth of Venus (in Italian: Nascita di Venere) is a 1486 painting by Sandro Botticelli. It depicts the goddess Venus, having emerged from the sea as a fully grown woman, arriving at the seashore (which is related to the Venus Anadyomene motif). The painting is held in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. 52

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cultural arm of the government of Italy, like so many governments with local art, doesn’t have enough money for maintaining or restoring all of these

The Madonna with Child (Salting Madonna) is a painting by the Italian Renaissance master Antonello da Messina. It is housed in the National Gallery, London. The name Salting derives from the collector who donated it to the gallery in 1910. Spring 2012

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When Peter Weller talks Renaissance art and artists, he bursts forth with myriad anecdotes, references, and citations. Here are a few of his favorites: Simon da Martini’s The Annunciation and Two Saints (ca. 1333, tempera and gold

Friends of the Uffizi Gallery In 2006, the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery, Inc.

leaf on wood). “I could stare

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nunciation painting to bring

pose is to support the activities of the Amici by

the Angel and Mary into an

helping to fund ongoing restoration projects and

equal realm of size. That’s

bring these projects to fruition. The Friends of the

tempera on wood, folks,

Uffizi Gallery, in conjunction with the Amici de-

nobody does that anymore!

gli Uffizi, raises funds to support all of these activi-

That’s rotten egg, mixed with

ties through an international group of members

rabbit bone, and pigment!

and patrons. More than 20 important restoration

It’s a stunner.”

projects, designated priorities by the Uffizi Gallery, have been completed over the last several years and include paintings, altar pieces, sculptures, and tapestries. The portraits and Ecce Homo works of Antonello da Messina. “There’s humanity, realism and a fundamental breakthrough with what he does with faces that is unparalleled for the time. Nobody in Italy was doing what

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To raise awareness and funds, a traveling exhibit Bartolommeo (Bacio) Bandinelli’s Laocoön and His Sons (1525). “The Friends of the Uffizi contributed to this restoration.” The Florentine sculptor was commissioned by Pope Leo X de Medici to make a copy of the famous Greek sculpture. “Bandinelli sculpted this smaller copy of the famous Greek statue now in the Vatican because it was a great influence to his hero Michelangelo’s work in the Sistine Chapel and forever afterward.”


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Santa Maria Novella:

Actual antique product flacons and canister from Santa Maria Novella in Italy that date back to the 1600s.

A Renaissance Apothecary with Age-Old Beauty Secrets By Dennis Miller

Caption? Ancient apothecary book at Santa Maria Novella in Italy.

With frescoed ceilings and floors of flagstone, the Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella in Florence was once a chapel belonging to a Dominican monastery in the 1400s. Some bottles in the cabinets were designed by Leonardo da Vinci.


the American market, jumped at the

Bresler is not just the brand’s importer, he’s also

chance to become Santa Maria

a client — and a very enthusiastic one: “From an

and go faster than South Beach

Novella’s exclusive American

amazing cream to calm eczema and soothe burns

nightspots, so when you discover

importer. “Since I began my

(calendula cream); a soap to clear acne with no

a line like Santa Maria Novella that’s

business of importing and

prescription needed (iris flower soap); a modern

distributing fine European

anti-aging serum (regenerative serum, using apple

brands, I have always felt that

stem cell technology); or, to make your home and

the American marketplace needed

These lozenges are based on the Antihysteria Water first made in 1614 by the Dominican friar Angiolo Marchissi. They were used for their calming effect in the days when women wore tight corsets causing hyperventilation and hysteria. The plant oils used help digestion and help prevent motion sickness.

ealth and beauty products come

been around for over 700 years, you know it is something remarkable. “Santa Maria Novella was established

Novella boutique in Tribeca. When the opportunity to open in the prestigious Bal Harbour Shops arose, I felt

Italy, in 1221 and opened to the public

herbs cultivated in the monastery’s gardens, its monks

it was the perfect place to satisfy the calls of our South

in 1612,” says Jon Bresler, founder and

developed a wide variety of medications, balms and

American customers, as well as South Floridians.”

pomades for their own use. In the 1700s, news began to spread of the extraordinarily high quality and uniquely

Ranging from body lotions and unique perfumes to

curative properties of their concoctions. To meet demand,

scented candles and a legendary potpourri, the line

the monastery eventually opened a retail apothecary,

includes over 400 carefully crafted products. These may

recipes and formulations closely and

which celebrates 400 years of continuous operation this

be purchased online through the company’s website at

stands by each product.”

year (and today includes a museum that’s a must-see, or at any of its four delightful boutiques,

for any visiting fashionista. Bresler, whose firm specializes

one in South Florida in the Shops of Bal Harbour, and

in bringing high-end European personal products to

three others in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas.

American importer. “It guards its

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products in 2000, when I opened the first Santa Maria

life not as a pharmacy, but a monastery. Using medicinal

owner of Lafco, the brand’s exclusive

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by the Dominican friars in Florence,


this exquisite brand,” he says. “I began importing these

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body smell divine, the terra cotta pomegranate objet (an objet that is infused with pomegranate essence), each of these products and the roughly 400 additional products that we carry have age-old, guarded formulations or are newly developed

The Santa Maria Novella Boutique at Bal Harbour carries the same products as the ancient officina farmaceutica shop in Italy.

and influenced by Santa Maria Novella’s expertise,” says Bresler. “Santa Maria Novella is truly the world’s first lifestyle brand.”

Anecdotes & Oddities 1. Camomilla cocktail Federico Morosi, the bartender at

2. Forgotten herbs in philosophy & gastronomy

Il Pellicano Hotel in Porto Ercole on

Recipe for Geranium Snacks

Monte Argentario, invented a summer

Ingredients: 500 g

cocktail called “Camomilla” made

crescenza (soft cheese); a

with Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica

handful of red geranium

di Santa Maria Novella’s Liquore

petals; a handful of pink


geranium petals; 3 tender

Here is the recipe:

geranium leaves; 2 tablespoons of olive oil; 2 egg yolks; salt;

3/10 Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella Liquore Mediceo

red pepper; celery stalks; Belgian endive; breadsticks and thick toast.
Chop the

7/10 Ciroc Vodka

leaves and flower petals with a mezzaluna.

Mix in a mixing glass and add a

In a separate bowl blend the olive oil and

leaf of lemon verbena.

crescenza cheese vigorously with a fork

The characteristic aromas

until creamy. Add the chopped petals and

of herbs and spices in the

mix. Add 2 egg yolks to thicken the mixture,

Liquore Mediceo, named after

salt and a handful of red pepper. Spread

the Medici family, are enhanced

the mixture on Belgian endive leaves,

in this fresh mixture which is

breadsticks, and toasted bread.

golden like chamomile flower

Ilaria Persello, recipe editor, Il Convivio delle


Erbe Dimenticate by Franco Banchi, 2010, Edizioni Area Bianca


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3. The Queen’s Water

Blue toro

legendary watchmaker Ulysse Nardin

Eau de la Reine, the Queen’s water, originated in the Dominican convent’s herbal shop, which later became the Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella. Perfume is the epitome of ephemeralness, and Catherine de’ Medici was a legendary spokeswoman for perfume. This cologne water is made from citrus essences, predominantly Calabrian bergamot, and was commissioned by Catherine de’ Medici (1519-1589), who in 1533 married Henry II of France. She introduced this fresh essence to the French court which acquired a taste for it.

by Cynthia Terpstra

Highly prized by collectors around the world, Ulysse Nardin luxury timepieces are revered for their intricacy, precision, and aesthetic sophistication. The company’s renowned reputation for master craftsmanship and innovation has earned it countless accolades among watch enthusiasts since its inception over 165 years ago.

Ulysse Nardin

An Early Passion for Precision Nestled in the canton of Neuchâtel is Le Locle, considered the birthplace of the prestigious Swiss watchmaking industry. It was there that Ulysse Nardin was born in 1823. Initially trained by his father, Ulysse perfected his skills under the supervision of Frederic William Dubois, one of the era’s leading precision watchmakers, and Louis JeanRichard-dit-Bressel. Ulysse founded his company in 1846. At that time, chronometers were the only time-keeping implements available for merchant and military ships to determine their exact location; precision was critical. Committed to crafting exceedingly accurate instruments, Ulysse acquired a high-precision astronomical regulator in 1860 to rate his pocket chronometers. Two years later, his extremely complicated watches and pocket chronometers earned the highest award at the London International Exhibition and put Ulysse in the lead among pocket chronometer makers. Spring 2012

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Switzerland Factory in Le Locle

Patrik P. Hoffmann

After his sudden death in 1876, Ulysse’s son, 21-year-old Paul-David, took control of

Since the introduction of the Astrolabium, Ulysse

the company. In 1878 he received a Gold Medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition for

Nardin’s achievements include The Freak. The watch

his pocket and marine chronometers and in 1890 was awarded two Swiss patents;

was the first to use silicon and boasted no crown and

one was for a mechanism for chronometers. Under Paul-David’s leadership, Ulysse

no hands. It won the “Chronos Innovation Prize 2001.”

Nardin’s development of marine chronometers achieved the highest international

Other Ulysse Nardin watches to win this price included

honors and distinctions including First Prize at the 1893 Chicago Universal Exhibition

the GMT± Perpetual (2000), Genghis Khan (2003), and

for a magnificent silver and gold chronometer. In 1915, Ulysse Nardin took first place among 60 marine chronometers entered at the U.S. Naval Observatory trial and

Sonata (2004).

took three of the first five places among 217 deck watches entered. Ulysse Nardin

Presented at Baselwork 2011, Ulysse Nardin’s Alexander

has been awarded more than 4300 first prizes and 18 gold medals at world fairs

the Great Westminster Carillon Tourbillon Jaquemarts

and international exhibitions and has received the greatest number of patents in

Minute Repeater is a limited-edition masterpiece.

mechanical watchmaking. Its marine chronometers equipped over 50 navies on all

A combination of luxury and some of the rarest

five continents.

mechanical complications in horology, the mechanics

Master Craftsmanship Combines with Stellar Artisanship

are housed in a 44 mm case of 18-karat white gold or rose gold 4N that features 36 jewels.

1983. A watch enthusiast familiar with Ulysse Nardin’s rich history, Schnyder cast

Today: The Limited Edition Blue Toro

his vision to restore the company threatened by the introduction of quartz watches.

The most recent limited edition timepiece, the Blue Toro, was introduced

Awestruck by an astrolabe Ludwig Oechslin built after restoring the Farnese clock in

earlier this year and is the first limited edition piece since the unexpected

Ulysse Nardin was acquired by an investment group led by Rolf W. Schnyder in

the Vatican museum, Schnyder convinced Oechslin to make an astrolabe the size of a wristwatch. Unveiled in 1985, the Astrolabium Galileo Galilei was the first watch of Oechslin’s Trilogy of Time series. The watch was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as the most complex watch made and placed Ulysse Nardin in the spotlight once again. The series, which includes Planetarium Copernicus and the Tellurium Johannes Kepler, is one of the most coveted watch series by collectors around the world.

death of CEO Rolf Schnyder on April 14, 2011. “Rolf was a farsighted, innovative leader who set Ulysse Nardin on a path that has taken the brand to the global forefront of fine watch making,” said new CEO Patrik P. Hoffmann. “We stand by his visions, and plan to keep innovating in his pioneering spirit by continuing to produce high precision movements and one-of-a-kind personalized timepieces.”

In the spring of 2011, Schnyder passed away unexpectedly. “Rolf was a farsighted,

The Blue Toro is a striking, high-tech perpetual calendar that combines modern

innovative leader who set Ulysse Nardin on a path that has taken the brand to the

materials with a timeless dial design that inspired its name. The bezel and pushers

global forefront of fine watch making,” said Patrick Hoffman, who is now at the

are ceramic. The squeletted hands permit easy reading of all calendar functions and

helm of Ulysse Nardin. “We stand by his visions, and plan to keep innovating in his

the sapphire caseback enhances visibility of the mechanics. Blue Toro is available

pioneering spirit by continuing to produce high precision movements and one-of-a-

exclusively at Ulysse Nardin Boutiques including the one at Towne Center in Boca

kind personalized timepieces.”

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Challenger Series Begins In 1970, multiple yacht clubs announced interest in challenging the Defender. A competition was staged to determine a single Challenger. This Challenger Selection Series, now the Louis Vuitton Cup, is designed to ensure that the Challenger is sufficiently battle-tested to race the Defender. The first Challenger to end New York Yacht Club’s 132-year winning streak was the 1983 Australian team. Using a radically-designed winged keel, the photo courtesy of Gilles Martin-Raget

Australia II, skippered by John Bertrand, beat Dennis Conner’s Liberty in a seven-race series. Determined to win back the America’s Cup, Conner, representing the San Diego Yacht Club, delivered a shut-out victory aboard the Stars and Stripes 1987. “We had one mission: Win back the America’s Cup,” said

Coveted America’s Cup Trophy

David Hammond, Stars and Stripes 1987 crew member and Publisher of South Florida Opulence magazine. “It was more than trying to achieve personal satisfaction; we represented the U.S. Sixty people and four boats competed to find the fastest team for the San Diego

photo courtesy of Gilles Martin-Raget

Yacht Club. But when it came to the America’s Cup,

September 14, 2011, Plymouth (UK), Race Day 3 of the 34th America’s Cup

The America’s Cup changed hands again in 1995

there was “always a positive feeling on board.” thanks to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. The team retained the title until 2003 when the Swiss

A merica ’ s C up :

Alinghi team took the 32nd America’s Cup. Their

the oldest trophy in international sport

victory was short lived; the Golden Gate Yacht Club’s BMW Oracle Racing claimed it in 2010.

The 34th America’s Cup The 34th America’s Cup brings the competition for the oldest trophy back to the U.S. for the first time in 18 years. With a closer-than-ever view from the shoreline,

By Cynthia Terpstra

the finals will be sailed with revolutionary 72-foot wing-

“Your Majesty, there is no second.” That was the history-making, six-word answer

of any international sport! Since then, only four nations have won “the oldest trophy

from a deckhand to Queen Victoria in 1851 that would lead to the defining term

in international sport.”

anything seen previously. For dates and venues, visit

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“America’s Cup.” You see, her royal highness was enthusiastically watching the Royal Yacht Squadron’s 100 Pound Cup race, cheering on Britain’s finest schooner. In amazement, when a vessel called “America” from the New York Yacht Club took the lead, the puzzled Queen asked who would take second place. That’s when she learned there is no such consolation. The landmark win by the United States represented a monumental victory for the New World because it ousted Great Britain as the maritime leader. It would be a

sail catamarans promising to be more powerful than

The race for the next America’s Cup is under way. The inaugural regatta of the America’s Cup World Series – the first stage of the America’s Cup – commenced

David Hammond

August 6, 2011 and concludes May 12, 2013 in Naples, Italy. Teams then compete

was a member

for the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Series, which determines the team to sail

of the 1987

against the Defender, the Golden Gate Yacht Club.

America’s Cup

title the United States would retain for a century. In 1857, the schooner’s ownership

The first challenge for the America’s Cup came from Englishman James Ashbury,

winning crew

syndicate presented the trophy to the New York Yacht Club as a perpetual challenge

who lost against New York Yacht Club’s 17-boat fleet. This prompted his unsuccessful

that recaptured

trophy intended to inspire international competition. The trophy became known

second challenge the following year.

the trophy

as the America’s Cup in honor of the schooner America that won in 1851. The New

Eight more attempts were made to unseat the Defender prior to 1900. Sir Thomas

for the USA

York Yacht Club held the trophy for 123 years – the longest-running winning streak

Lipton challenged five times between 1899 and 1930. Good natured despite losing,

from Australia.

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A Pearl in the North Sea

“Sprawling with 40 miles of natural white sandy beaches, Sylt Island boasts an intrinsic charm – with thatched-roof houses, landscape lush in fauna, small animals, birds, harbor porpoises and seals.”

By Mel Jay

Leuchturm Westeheverand (light tower) proudly signals navigators in the North Sea, off the coast of Sylt Island, Germany.


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ich with historical intrigue as a secret, in-the-know travel destination, Sylt Island is the largest in a cluster of North Frisian Islands off the coast

of course, the air is so fresh and healthy there. One of my favorite dishes there, which

of Germany. The mysteriously sultry isle is well-known for the distinctive

I still love today, is scrambled eggs with “Buesumer Krabben” on German Schwarzbrot

shape of its shoreline, which some say resembles a dancing ballerina.

( dark German black bread ). The Krabben are from Buesum, which is a little town at

Sprawling with 40 miles of natural white sandy beaches, Sylt Island boasts

the North Sea and they are little crabs having a one and only taste, which for me, is

an intrinsic charm – with thatched-roof houses, landscape lush in fauna, small animals, birds, harbor porpoises and seals. Truly, it’s a pearl in the North Sea. For decades, the

The shape of Sylt Island off the coast of Germany resembles a ballerina. It is used as a symbol of quality on bottles of Syltbar Prosecco (see page 66).

A scene from the Beach Polo World Cup Sylt 2010.

exclusive travel destination was known mainly by the privileged families of Germany, and those with an exquisite taste for quality.

A delightful island for childhood memories “I was born in Hamburg in 1960 and my parents loved for us to spend weekends and summers on the Island Sylt,” recalls Claus Blohm, now a resident of Fisher Island. “I fondly remember the first time in my life that I saw us driving on a car train to get to the island – that was very exciting to see the North Sea while staying in the car and being on a train.” Cars still today cannot drive directly on the island; they have to be on a car train to get there. Blohm continued to reminisce, “I remember the beautiful white sand of the beaches where I could spend hours building sand castles. I liked to swim in the North Sea very much because I loved the high waves. What I also remember is that I loved to listen to the sound of the sea and of the crashing waves, plus the noises of the seagulls. And ,

the best in the world. “I always liked and still like the straight way of the people living in Northern Germany and Sylt. They seem to be unfriendly at first, but when you make friends after some time you will stay friends forever.”

A splendid heritage Sylt Island in its current form has existed for a little more than 400 years, and has a population of roughly 21,000 Germans, Frisians and Danes. Sol’ring, the indigenous dialect of Sylt, has elements of Danish, Dutch and English dialects. Sadly, only a small fraction of the population still speaks the native tongue. Today, Sylt Island is mainly a tourist attraction famous for the many German celebrities who own houses on the island. It offers a calming climate, four golf courses and five-star resorts that cater to travelers who desire accommodations rivaling The RitzCarlton and Waldorf Astoria. The island is connected to the mainland of Germany by the Hindenburgdamm Causeway (named after Paul Von Hindenburg), with a railway line on top. Continued on next page


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Brightly striped cabana chairs are a quintessential feature on Sylt Island beaches.

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Rotes Kliff Lighthouse built on Sylt Island in 1912.

Nostalgic bicycle taxis (top) are a popular mode of transportation on Sylt Island. (Below) A drive on the island countryside will often include sightings of grazing sheep.

When dining, locals choose Syltbar Haute cuisine is the norm on Sylt Island, with top-quality restaurants like “Syltbar,” which has become a tradition among patrons with discriminating tastes. For decades, high-quality food has been served at Syltbar, so much so that Germans consider the name itself synonymous with a brand of quality. Syltbar enthusiasts, Claus and his wife Regina, grew so passionate about the fine accompaniments there – the imported light and bubbly Italian Prosecco, the coarse salt harvested from Portugal, the best peppercorns from India, ceramic-bottled Italian olive oil, and Modena balsamic vinegar – that they decided to bring the line of Syltbar products to the United States. Available at fine restaurants and boutique gourmet markets throughout South Florida, the line

Claus and Regina Blohm, residents of Fisher Island, are the proprietors of Syltbar Prosecco and other fine Syltbar products.

is also available to consumers online at The Sylt Island logo on Syltbar products is a seal standing for natural pureness and

honesty. When it comes to choosing the producers of “Syltbar” products, Regina proudly says with her quaint German accent, “Syltbar products are the fundamentals for all kinds of seafood, steaks, salads and even fruits.” For their azure-blue handblown bottle of the finest Prosecco, Claus and Regina chose the five-generation-old San Simone winery in Friauli, Northern Italy. The winery is known for its very clear

What’s the Difference between Syltbar Prosecco and Champagne? Many good things make Syltbar Prosecco the preferred choice over most well-known mass champagne brands that retail for $40-$50 and other Prosecco brands in the United States: less sugar, fewer calories and better value. Because of the special fermentation process used specifically for

and high quality wines. “We choose only family-owned companies who have built up their businesses

Syltbar Prosecco in Italy, there is less sugar, far fewer calories, no

over generations, which guarantee them to stay independent and to supply the quality we demand in

morning headaches and a much nicer price. Go to

our Syltbar family of products.”

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Coco Chanel:

Success and Secrets of a Designing Icon by Linda Levi

Some called her designs “mannish.” Yet others coined








them “liberating.” But there’s no doubt pioneering French fashion designer Coco Chanel’s designs were original – as original and unique as their creator herself.

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Few knew the fashion icon also designed stage costumes, including those for productions of playwright Jean Cocteau, another alleged former lover, as well as for films. Clearly, however, she is most well-known for replacing the uncomfortable, fussy corseted garments of the early 20th century with casual, relaxed pieces made of jersey, a first in the French fashion world. Comfort was critical to Coco’s design aesthetic. She often said “luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” From the very beginning, according to former CHANEL President John Galantic, Coco “was a rule breaker, a liberated generous woman who supported artists, writers and actors of her day financially and morally.” Coco’s presence continues to be felt throughout the fashion industry where the iconic CHANEL brand stands for quality and luxury, and her legacy of generosity continues as well. To this day, the CHANEL brand generously supports the arts as well as healthcare concerns, thanks to the role model Coco herself established.


orn illegitimately in 1883 in the French Loire Valley facility where her mother toiled as a laundrywoman, Coco, named Gabrielle at birth, often lied about her birthplace and early life due to shame. Sadly, her mother died when Coco was young, leaving her father with

five children he quickly parceled out. Coco was sent to a Catholic monastery in central France and raised in an orphanage that practiced strict discipline and rigorous indoctrination of the Catholic faith. It was there that she first learned seamstress skills. At age 18, Coco left the orphanage and began working for a local tailor. She also apparently left her religious training behind. During WWI, she moved to Deauville where she was a mistress first to a rich military officer and then a wealthy English industrialist. Thanks to their patronage and connections, Coco opened her first millinery shop in Paris with shops in Deauville and Biarritz soon to follow.

Maison CHANEL During the 1920s, Maison CHANEL – the House of CHANEL — was established in Paris. It quickly became a fashion force to be reckoned with. At the same time, Coco herself became a style icon with her bob haircut and tan, putting her at odds with the fashion of the day yet at the cutting edge of modern style. The 1920s also saw the birth of Coco’s signature cardigan jacket and LBD – little black dress – still staples today of every CHANEL collection and wardrobes of best-dressed women everywhere.

Scandal and Return to Fashion Fame Coco’s popularity declined, however, during WWII due to her affair with a Nazi officer. To escape the controversy, she moved to Switzerland, not ending her exile until 1954. She returned to Paris, expanding her style to include the now classic pea jacket and bell bottoms for women. While the new collection was panned in Paris, it was beloved by others elsewhere, including Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, and returned Coco to the upper echelons of the fashion world.


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Chanel at The Webster in Miami Beach “I felt like graduating again! Getting Chanel at The Webster was my dream since we opened,” said Laure Heiriard Dubreuil, CEO and Founding Partner of the 20,000 squarefoot luxury multi-brand boutique in the historical Art Deco building designed in 1939 by architect Henry Hohauser. “It took one year to get their approval, but the process was very enriching as I met amazingly talented people from their team throughout the year and haven’t stopped since then.” The three-level boutique is devoted to fashion, photography and entertainment. The ground floor is dedicated to luxury sportswear and young designers. In the former hotel lobby, you can sit and have an afternoon coffee, tea or simply a glass of champagne. The second floor is entirely dedicated to luxury fashion: men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, bags and shoes. On the third floor lays a gallery space, where rotating shows, fashion pop-up shops, and special events take place. The roof of The Webster offers a restaurant lounge setting with unobstructed views of the ocean. The Webster is located at 1220 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139. (305) 674-7899

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Escapism for the soul. A love-fueled flight that never leaves the ground! Love permeates the SpringSummer 2012 Haute Couture collection: love of excellence, materials, showmanship, and the precious skill of artisan craftsmen


devoted to Chanel. Lagerfeld’s sense of humor is present, as well… “Catch me if you can”: Tuesday, January 24th, in the Grand Palais, aboard a meticulous replica of an aircraft cabin, something of the carefree spirit of the sixties was in the air with its mythology of air travel in those Pan Am years. Mischievous-looking air


hostesses, refreshing clean lines and a

By Elisabeth Quin
in Show Insider for CHANEL NEWS

shades of blue, a color as synonymous

warm elegance welcomed in 2012 with smiles all around. No Business Class here; everyone is seated in First Class – this is democracy according to Chanel! As magnificent clouds drifted above our heads – a serious infringement of aircraft manufacturing standards – the collection began with a series of stunningly pure short daytime dresses featuring rouleau necklines and drop waistbands with low pockets, favoring the signature stance of this collection: hands in pockets. Hands free of any accessories, minds free of bourgeois constraints, very Coco-Chanelcasual, elegant, with a dash of insolence. As is fitting for a collection perched between earth and sky, the Couture comes in all with infinity as it is with opulence and royalty. Slate, sapphire, lavender, deep marble, cobalt, lapis lazuli, navy and midnight blue, not forgetting Chanel’s beloved black.
All shades sparkled as the light bounced off sequins and crystals, cabochon, feather and rhinestone embroidery work. From mat to glossy, we yearned to touch the puff-sleeved dress swathed in light-blue sequins and embroidered with rainbow and peacock-eye motifs. We longed to carefully stroke the long grey-blue tweed skirt embroidered with iridescent strands,


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No matter what climate you live in – springtime delivers a sense of renewal and the promise of excitement laying just ahead. And this season we are in for a particular treat (and threat for some): NEONs! Oh, yes, those colors so famously associated with “Miami Vice” are back, and they are bigger and bolder than ever! Last season’s occasional flash of neon was just a glimpse of the approaching color madness: Are you ready?

Sporty YELLOW, fluorescent LIME and neon PINK are dominating shoes, accessories and clothing this season. Even this spring’s PASTELS are bolder and brighter! Vibrant colors reign supreme – and what a perfect match that is for Miami – that most cosmopolitan and sexy destination which we call home. Walking along the world-famous Lincoln Road promenade in South Beach – you can easily spot the recent arrivals to South Florida: Their hemline is so generous – you would think only your grandma would wear it; their fit is so loose – you could bundle two of them in the same outfit; and those “safe colors” just yawn ‘conventional.’ Malinka Max

So for you Miss ‘Newcomer,’ Miss “Likes to play it safe” – this is a good time to start adding color to your wardrobe. And don’t worry; no one will be shocked; especially when you want to get noticed standing among the six-foot models sporting big, bold earrings and neon pumps that are bright enough to cast their own shadows. The only question you need to ask yourself is “Do I really want to be left in the shadow?” Of course not! A good place to start would be to pick the color that complements and livens your skin tone, find a palette that you feel comfortable with, and then work from that point forward. Now is the time to take a chance! You might even have fun doing it! Malinka Max (socialite, philanthropist and your fashion trend advisor) Sun, love and great shoes!

The Nose of Cartier Perfumes Makes Exclusive US Appearance in Miami Matilde Laurent is the perfumer for Maison Cartier Perfumes since 2005. She chose Saks Dadeland as her only US-visit venue in 2012 – and South Florida Opulence was invited to interview her. “Creating a perfume to match the daring Maison’s style, courage and panache is much like creating a masterpiece painting. I have a palette of 3,000 ingredients at my disposal, but I must select the most wonderful combinations that create an artistic, historical vision that pay tribute to Cartier and give it a distinct manifesto,” said Laurent. Her latest creation is Cartier Baiser Vole (Stolen Kiss) Eau de Parfum launching in July 2011. Editor’s note: Cartier Basier Vole is divinity in a bottle!

celebrates spring with handbags and accessories in a brilliant color palette. Created by design directors Richard Lambertson and John Truex, the collection shines with textures and silhouettes of fresh vitality. “The idea for the collection comes from the world’s legendary getaways, like the Isle of Capri and the Riviera,” said Richard Lambertson. “We’ve chosen the vivid colors that make these destinations so beautiful and welcoming— from orange sunsets to pristine white sails on the Mediterranean—and that were also prominently featured on the runways,” added John Truex. Tiffany Whitney Baskets Fashioned in wicker with calf trim. Comes in colors: cognac, Tiffany Blue, gardenia white. $895 each

the tweed metamorphosing into lace as if by magic. Long black coat-dresses, the

with a celestial rustling. Stockings embroidered with constellations of stars above

drama of the short black dress with straps hugging the neck, profiling a gymnast’s

the knee have joined the pantheon of coveted items in the collection.
A cloud

neckline, and the breathtakingly graceful counterbalance achieved by two bird-

drifts through the cabin – nice touch! This cloud is as misty as a heart-wrenchingly

of-paradise pleated-sculpted sleeves.
A masterful collection navigating between

pure evening gown. The show has come to an end. We raise our eyes to the

1920s silhouettes, 1960s graphic design, and the furious sulking of 1980s punk with

glass ceiling and glimpse a starry night sky.
“A supersonic jet cuts off my thoughts

crypto-mohawks accentuated with sumptuous head jewelry (a far cry from the crust

with a Bang, trailing its signature across the sky, silent, curling, white, white”…

punk look). Shimmering camellias, gem-studded moons, feathers sprouting forth

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Handbags for Spring Taylor Hobo Bagy from Tiffany Hobo in natural grain Italian leather with palladium-plated solid brass hardware. Tiffany Blue® leather lining with three small interior pockets, a zipper compartment and a key ring. Made in Italy. $995

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men’s Accessories P ersonalized Croco Leather Case for iPhone A sleek and compact case in croco-embossed leather, specially designed for all iPhones and newer BlackBerry models. Shammy-cloth lining securely holds your phone in place. Fits all iPhones and new BlackBerry models. Leather 3½”W X 5”H. Personalize this item. Saks $53.00

G ucci Baseball Hat Cotton baseball hat with signature web and adjustable hook-and-loop closure. • Available in khaki with green/red/green web & navy with blue/red/blue web • Leather trim, cotton, made in Italy Saks $295.00

Harry Winston Opus 12 This watch reinterprets time and is a real innovation in watchmaking, giving birth to the most improbable mechanical concept. Available at KING JEWELERS, Aventura (305) 935-4900. Shop online at

F or the Gym Bag– Jack Black Jet Set Traveler Set

“Ballparks Then and Now” Fans of baseball will enjoy this nostalgic look at America’s favorite pastime and its iconic ballparks. 11.6”W x 9.8”H. Imported. Neiman Marcus $125.00

Includes: • Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser • Supreme Cream Triple Cushion® Shave Lather • Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20 All you need to cleanse, shave, moisturize and protect your skin. Neiman Marcus $25.00

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India’s royal and spiritual splendor meet in ORIGINAL SANTAL, the incomparable scent for men and women from master perfumer Olivier CREED, who for the first time looks to Asia for inspiration. Mr. CREED combines the essence of royal sandalwood trees from India with other pure elements known for sublime scent, spiritual strength and calming power. Red-as-rubies ORIGINAL SANTAL aspires to opulent inner calm for those who wear it. 76

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dream Spaces By Carolina Cardona

Design duo Shannon Scott and Raymond Jimenez of RS3 Innovative & Architectural Design show off their inspiring new ideas and dish about the latest green design trends, the new Brazilian dream kitchen and South Florida’s most coveted look.

South Florida Opulence: Where do you find your source of inspiration? Shannon Scott: We’ve gotten a lot of inspiration from traveling. Raymond Jimenez: A specific piece can dictate the rest of the design. In this project, the wallpaper brought everything together. It has the silver and the grays that the client actually designed and from it we were able to pull the floors, the area rugs, the panels, and we mixed it up with the black glass.

SFO: What are your Brazilian trendsetters asking for when it comes to a crucial space

SFO: What elements are you most proud of in this particular design?

like the kitchen?

RJ: The ceiling designs and how they complement the layout of the condo.The selected

SS: They want an open layout to entertain family and friends. They tend to ask for

materials all go great together, creating a cohesive look in the space.

clean lines and simplicity when it comes to cabinets. The color is usually a dark or teak

SFO: What is the latest common design request? RJ: Right now, the Brazilian market wants the South Beach look: white floors, white walls, white furniture … a lot of orchids. SS: The international clients that we are encountering: Brazilians, Russians, Turkish, and Canadian, all love the clean palettes of color and materials. These clients want to feel like they are in Miami and staying in an amazing hotel. The only times that we get something different it usually comes from locals. Right now we have an American client and he wants Balinese. 78

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color on the doors. Hidden and touch latch, no visible handles. White marble or stone countertops. As for the appliances, they want the top of the line. Sub-Zero refrigerator and Miele stovetops and dishwashers. SFO: Eco-chic is also a major trend. What are clients looking for when they are asking for sustainable design? SS: It mostly has to do with a lot of green products: countertops made of recycled glass, cork or bamboo flooring. Some go as far as using solar panels, energy-efficient appliances or recycling water. Spring 2012

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The founder and the man who guided the destiny of the Morgan car for almost 50 years, Henry Fredrick Stanley (H.F.S.) Morgan was born in Herefordshire, England, in August 1881. The success of the Morgan Motor Company was founded on an icon, the Morgan Three-Wheeler.

You’ve Come A

Long Way Baby! By the BBC

The Morgan Motor Company Makes a Brilliant Comeback The nostalgic look and flowing lines of the Morgan sports car draw attention wherever it goes. Its owners must answer a barrage of questions when stopped at a traffic light, such as, ‘Is it an antique?’ or ‘Is it a replica?’ 

 It is not an antique, although it is made with the quality and craftsmanship of one. Neither is it a replica, even though ten will be produced this week. And it’s definitely British.



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The Aero Coupe is an advanced supercar designed for practical long-distance touring.

of the Morgan Motor Company


he Morgan is a motor industry phenomenon. In a small town in Malvern, Worcester, England, there is a factory run by Charles Morgan, where the Morgans are still built. They, and the workforce of just under 100, lovingly produce about 10 of the hand-built, ash-framed cars per week, while the waiting list continues to grow. At last count, it was four years long or more. 

Peter Morgan took over from his father, who built a three-wheeled car, with the world’s first independent front suspension, in 1909. Friends and acquaintances all wanted one, and in 1912 the Morgan Motor Company was founded.

Radical Changes 
In 1932, Morgan risked some minor changes, which included the addition of a fourth wheel. This model was called the 4/4 (four wheels, four cylinders). Nothing much happened for a decade or two; the radiator grill went from flat to rounded in 1954. 
 In the 1960s, the factory shoehorned a 3.5 litre V8 into the engine compartment, widened the wings by an inch on each side, and named the result the Morgan +8; a “scary fast” sports car that today outperforms the Porsche 911 Targa and the BMW M3 and gives the Ferrari Testarosa a run for its money from zero to 130km/h (at which point the latter begins to pull ahead).

The strong and rigid Aero Coupe vehicle is inspired by the GT3 Aero that has enjoyed a number of racing victories. The enclosed cockpit takes the Aero experience on to the next level in comfort with a large and secure boot in the rear for luggage. In 2001, the factory announced a new model for 2001. The Aero 8 was immediately recognizable as a Morgan and yet it embodied the best of modern technology. It no longer has the ‘Z’ chassis of all of its predecessors – it uses a rigid aluminum monocoque cell construction. The latest 2011-2012 models of the Aero Sports Cars are more stunning than ever! A Morgan sports model especially designed for the U.S. is available at – but hurry! There are only three. It’s no wonder they’re known as
 ‘the last of the real sports cars’.

Saved by US Exports 
 For a while in the 1950s, the company went through a bad patch. The cars were outdated, but not yet nostalgic, and sales in the UK declined. It was only exports to North America that kept the marque alive.

Have you driven a Morgan lately? 
 Exciting things happen to Morgan drivers. It’s not unusual for a driver to return to the car to find fan mail and requests for rides. Police turn a blind eye – even the notorious former East German Verkehrspolizei. They once encouraged a convoy of Morgans on its way to Berlin to ‘give gas’ so they could hear the throaty sound of the Plus-8s.

The Morgan Three-Wheeler brings the fun and passion back to personal transport. The iconic design of the Morgan Three-Wheeler has been updated with 21st century technology – a fusion of the old and new. This provides smooth “get in and drive” convenience with the thrill of extreme performance.

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“Every edge, facet, shape, and plane of the Aventador exudes aggression.”

AVENTADOR A New Breed of Exotic By Joshua Stone, automobile aficionado


funny thing has been happening for the better part of a decade.

your pulse racing; the growl announces to everyone around you that

I get into a finely woven tapestry of metal, fabric, rubber, and

something special is coming.

wire, each a lifeless piece of the material by itself, but the sum

of which produces an emotional and physiological response that is beyond my comprehension. There are cars that stir the soul for no reason other than the feeling you get behind the wheel, then there are the cars that take your breath away from the moment you see them. The Aventador is breathtaking!


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Driving Aventador Driving the Aventador is actually very easy. The car shrinks around you and doesn’t feel nearly as wide and long as you may expect. The cockpit visibility is surprisingly good, which is comforting considering the staggering performance figures of this vehicle: 0-60 in 2.9 seconds, and a top speed of 217mph. The suspension, though firm because of

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its performance credentials, soaks up bumps much better than I had

Every edge, facet, shape, and plane of the Aventador exudes aggres-

expected. It also has a front axle lifting system, which raises the front

sion. The interior is a cohesive blend of geometric angles and ag-

of the car to clear speed bumps, large angled driveways, and sloping

gressive looking materials. From the moment you open its signature

hills. The drivetrain sports an automated 7 speed manual transmission.

vertically opening doors, you’re in for a treat. After you press the start

While I’m not a fan of these single clutch automated transmissions, the

button, which is shielded in a similar manner to the switches for mili-

Lamborghini has the best one I’ve driven. It’s not quite as smooth

tary weapons, the 7” TFT display instrument cluster lights up the dash

as some of the latest generation dual clutch cars in traffic, but the

like a fighter plane. The mighty V12 behind you bursts to life with

transmission is very smooth considering how much power it needs to

a melodic roar that rivals a fine instrument. Instantly, the car blips

handle. In Strada, or street mode, the Aventador is very comfortable

the throttle to around 3000rpm. The sound alone is enough to get

and easy to drive, with automatic shifting and quick upshifts, and a very

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calm and quiet nature. You could very easily drive it every day, to the

which when coupled with the F1-style pushrod suspension, ensures

store and back and not want for anything, except maybe a little more

that every last horsepower gets to the pavement. When approaching

cargo space.

triple digit speeds, the Lamborghini doesn’t skip a beat – especially when it’s time to stop. It’s six piston brake calipers and 400mm carbon-

Shift into High Gear The Aventador completely changes its character when you put it in its race-oriented Corsa mode. The shifting is firmed up considerably, and the all-wheel drive system is more aggressive in its power delivery.

ceramic brake discs stop the car with a pace even quicker than that of its acceleration. The sound of the car can only be described as music for your soul, like a symphony waiting for the cue from your right foot.

Throttle response is very good, and power is abundant from very low

My verdict of the Aventador: It is a car that must be experienced to be

rpms all the way up to the Aventador’s stratospheric 8250rpm redline.

believed! This is a kind of car that takes you away from reality and makes

With 690hp on tap, the car gets up to speed in a hurry. Some restraint

you feel like a kid again. The thing that separates the Aventador from

is required as this car gets through the gears at a staggering pace. The

the raging bulls of old is that you can drive the car every day and have

sheer speed of this beast is fantastic, and I’d say it’s the fastest new

no regrets. Stop by Lamborghini of Miami and experience this car for

unmodified car you can buy under $1 million dollars. The key in this

yourself — you won’t be disappointed.

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Pilobolus Dance Theatre A Fusion of Art, Athleticism and Dance By Cynthia Terpstra Hard to define, Pilobolus might best be categorized as performance art. It is a combination of creative movement, acrobatics, theatric expression and illusion. It has been described as innovative, sensual, unusual and astonishing. And while the company refers to its performers as dancers, Arleen Croce, esteemed dance critic of the New Yorker, once called them an “acrobatic mime troupe.” Pilobolus began in 1971 in a Dartmouth College dance class led by Alison Chase. Not really dancers – in fact, the male athletes who took the class were looking for an easy “A” – the group collaborated under Ms. Chase’s direction to create something entirely different. What emerged was a unique blend of athleticism, agility and creative expression that has intrigued audiences all over the world. Based in Connecticut, Pilobolus has performed on television and on stage for audiences in 63 countries including a recent performance at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami. Pilobolus has received numerous prestigious honors including a Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding achievement in cultural programming, and the Dance Magazine Award 2010. Go to

“It has been described as innovative, sensual, unusual and astonishing.”


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Capturing the smiles of starstruck tourists was not Alma’s dream gig, but just as Gio felt overcome by the temptation to return to a safe and stable economic haven in Argentina, he changed his mind at the last second and sent away the cab that was there to take him to the airport. With an air of fresh resolve, Gio began taking photos at various Miami nightclubs and selling them to local lifestyle magazines, which had multiplied following the Miami explosion of the late 90s. And so the inevitable happened: Nightclubs led to the celebrities and celebrities led to more fashion magazines. As a Miami snapper, it’s crucial to know the scene and its players. Gio began networking, cultivating relationships and even sharing the burden of being photographed almost as much as he photographed. And although these days Gio enjoys the quieter nights spent at home with his wife and two children, you will still spot him at

Gio Alma with 4 year-old son Luca.

VISUALELEMENT Miami through the eyes of its premiere photographer By Carolina Cardona

“I think it comes from my dad,” Gio Alma says during a quintessentially perfect Spring afternoon in Miami Beach. “...He would make movies out of photos and the whole family would sit around the projector during Sunday family parrilladas.” Gio Alma arrived in Miami in the late 90s, not entirely sure that his own passion for photography would ever make him a living, let alone the kind of living he could easily make back in his home country of Argentina as a pharmacist in an established company. “I began by taking photos of the Island Queen passengers. That was the first time I held the camera and read the manual.”

Shown on this page: • Gloria Estefan for the promotion of her album 90 Millas • Miami City Ballet Principal Dancer Jeanette Delgado from Gio’s 25th Anniversary Art Collection • Cristian de la Fuente for Ocean Drive en Español


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a couple of exclusive events being heartily embraced by celebrities, editors, media and business moguls alike. That is because anyone who’s anyone in South Florida has found himself or herself in front of Gio Alma’s camera: from Andy Roddick to Gloria Estefan, Roberto Cavalli, Tommy Lee Jones, Philippe Starck and just about every single Hispanic celebrity with a Miami connection. One unique trademark of a Gio Alma photo is the relaxed and intimate vibe of the portrait layered with the artistry of collaboration between subject and artist. Gio’s signature talent is the ease with which he is able to instantly dismantle any celebrity shell or model’s artificial poise. He shatters through any meticulously

When Nothing But The Best Will Do

crafted persona in order to unleash a surprising and often vulner-

Another soaring artistic triumph in Gio’s career came with the 25th

able humanity. It is something he does with natural and disarming

Anniversary of the Miami City Ballet, when he was asked to shoot a

ease. “That is the part that I feel most comfortable with,” he will ad-

stunning photographic series of the ballet that combined Gio’s

mit. “The first time I shot Gloria (Estefan), who was a person I really

own passions: art, high fashion and the aesthetics of movement.

wanted to shoot, many years ago... I started calling her ‘Nena.’ It was

This has been Gio’s most creative work by far and he exudes

‘Nena’ this, ‘Nena’ that. I treat them at a level where they feel com-

unbridled pride in the final product, which was exhibited during

fortable. If you idolize them while you’re shooting them, they don’t

the Romeo and Juliet premiere gala at the Adrienne Arsht Center

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“I started out by trying to make things look larger than life. In those years that’s what was going on. There was an explosion and expansion. So I started using the wide angle lens, popping up the sky, shooting with a lot of lights, super vibrant photos... Now, instead of being spectacularly vibrant through poses or super wide angle lenses, I try to achieve the same impact through fashion, expression and more natural lighting.” Although the vibrancy is by no means gone, as Miami’s own cultural and artistic scene continues to boom and expand, Gio’s work has become the photographic paradigm of the place that inspires and impassions him. A place where substance is at long last matching its style, the triumph of a young city’s magnificent journey of self-discovery.

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m s i n o i s s e r p Im For the Love of

“The New Violin” in oils

Getting to Know Patricia Boyd

Her paintings of wildlife also reflect the private

Born in Argentina, Patricia Boyd’s impressionistic style

glimpse one might be privy to during a quiet

of painting is enhanced by her subtle use of color and

moment outdoors.

soft light. She draws on her experiences as a former

“Art is a blend of discipline and spontaneity. That

ballet student to paint gentle compositions of danc-

is why drawing reveals the truth behind the artist,”

ers and the performance setting of the theater. Ms.

said Ms. Boyd. “Art is everywhere; a lifetime would

Boyd is particularly fond of the old-style opera houses

not be enough to re-create what we see.”

and often incorporates them into her artwork. While others might paint a subject head-on, Ms. Boyd

Master technique

evokes a more delicate image, an image that gives

Ms. Boyd studied with Master Artist Jean Joffe in

you the sensation you are peeking around a curtain to

Argentina and was an exhibiting member for the

capture an intimate moment. Many of her paintings

Society of British Artists for many years. She is

give you that personal, behind-the-scenes glimpse of

represented by well-known galleries in the U.S.

a dancer just before a performance or a musician lost

and abroad and was a featured artist at Wally

in her music. Ms. Boyd sees light as poetry and prefers

Findlay Galleries in Palm Beach. Ms. Boyd has been

the more subtle lighting you would experience back-

commissioned to paint exhibitions for numerous

By Cynthia Terpstra

stage than in front.

special occasions, including the 80th anniver-

French Painter Claude Monet was the father of Impressionism – the 19th-century art movement among a click of passionate Parisian artists during the 1870s. The term impressionism was first defined by art critic Louis Leroy in the satirical remarks he made in the Le Charivari newspaper about Monet’s work, Impression Sunrise.

Depiction of quiet moments with family and nature

A modern-day impressionist, Patricia Boyd, lives among us in South Florida. Her impressionistic paintings with the open composition and traditionally thin, yet

In addition to ballet and cultural arts, Ms. Boyd’s

in Miami and countless events for Boca Ballet

paintings depict the joys of family, home and

Theatre. Former Boca Raton City Mayor Steven

Ms. Boyd also offers private art lessons. For more

garden living. She prefers the more relaxed setting of

Abrams presented one of Boyd’s paintings to New

information about Patricia Boyd Fine Arts, please call

a family enjoying time together over formal sittings.

York City Ballet Principal Dancer Wendy Whelan

561-633-3330 or email

“Morning Breeze” in oils

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sary of the Colon Opera Theatre and the 100th anniversary of the San Martin Opera Theatre (both in Argentina), the VII International Ballet Festival

“Backstage Lights” in oils after her performance as a guest artist with Boca Ballet Theatre.

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D e c o ns t r u c t ing

Kessler By John D. Adams

In January, New York painter Greg Kessler was given a grand exhibition at Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach. We sat down with Greg to learn more about his work, and came away with a rare glimpse into the mind and creative process of a visionary artist.

“I am always interested in exploring what paint

Here and there you will catch nods to some of Kessler’s

As Greg discussed several of his works in greater detail,

can do…the use of high color contrast to open the

favorite artists: Manet, Matisse, later Picasso, Pollock,

we were privileged to get a rare glimpse into the crea-

eyes with bizarre combinations…oversize hands,

later Titian, and contemporary George Condo. But

tive process of a premier New York artist.

characters floating around…,” says Greg Kessler as

Kessler simply references these artists, the final work is

he busily and purposefully appears to destroy one

uniquely his own. “For me, it is the excitement of the

of his own paintings. Clearly there is something more

journey. Some artists know exactly how a piece is go-

going on here. While Kessler’s images are often figura-

ing to turn out, for me it is more exciting to change

tive, his use of color, application and process of literally

it, destroy it, and out of that destruction create some-

cutting and pasting, is experimental and brings his

thing new. At the end of the day, you just have to do

John D. Adams is an award-winning writer and

signature style to fruition. “I love to try different

what you love, and do it ‘til you’re exhausted. My

photographer. He lives and works in Brevard, NC.

things to get to the image,” he remarks.

motto? Everything takes time.”

Greg Kessler’s work has been exhibited in New York; Washington; Texas; and Austria. He is currently preparing for an upcoming show in China. To learn more about Greg’s work, visit his website at

Cosmic Slop (60”x50”, oil on canvas) “This one is figurative in a way, but I am more interested in cartoon and abstract imagery. I am working to pull these images out of the painting process. There are heads going in different places, I collaged with a more cartoonlike head… I melded abstract images with cartoons… Out of this variety of methods emerges an exciting image.”

Woman Before Mirror (20”x24”, oil on canvas) Take a closer look at the little flower still life. “I did a series Woman With Red Background (40”x50”, oil on canvas) In 1905, Matisse and a group of artists now known as “Fauves” exhibited together in a room at Paris’ Salon d’Automne. The paintings expressed emotion with wild, often dissonant colors, without regard for the subject’s natural colors. “Matisse was a master of color. Here I am doing a figurative piece, but my primary interest is in the formal color contrasts of green and red; black and white… The idea was to present the formal color contrasts… to make it eye-popping.”


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of paintings that were a nod to Manet. At the end of his life, he was sick and really couldn’t paint or do anything else. Since he was bedridden, his friends would bring him little still lifes to paint from. I was moved by that story, and did a whole series of these small flower paintings.”

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Investment Strategies for Those with Money to Invest


hile there are many individuals

Seal the cracks in Is it time to invest your portfolioor seek out with caution Do you know which investments are draining new opportunities?

who have plenty of money to invest, more than a few hesitate

to do so because they are unsure of exactly how or where to invest their money. And while it may seem a logical conclusion that the more money you have the more complicated your investment picture becomes, that is not necessarily the case. Financial investment strategies can still be broken down into simple, easy-to-understand terms.

Asset Allocation — One of the most important elements of a successful financial strategy is proper asset allocation. This refers to the mix of investments you have in your portfolio, and it’s important to keep a good balance of different types of investments — like stocks, bonds and cash, for example — diversified across a range of

Steven F. Arch, Senior Vice President – Investments Arch & McMorris Wealth Management Group in Miami

industry groups or sectors. Your ultimate financial objectives, the amount of time you have to

Another good idea is to select companies that

estate planning can even help reduce federal

invest and your own risk tolerance should all be

have a solid foundation and have the potential

estate taxes for your heirs, so they can more fully

taken into consideration as you decide exactly

to continue to grow over the long term. While

enjoy the benefits of the money you have left

how to divide up your funds and where to invest

it’s not easy to predict the future, the advice of

to them.

them. Although asset allocation will diversify your

a Financial Advisor and a little research of your

portfolio, it will not protect against fluctuating

own should enable you to identify companies

prices or uncertain returns.

that have the qualities necessary to meet your

Equity Investment Strategies — When invest-

long-term objectives.

While this is just a simple overview of some of the many financial opportunities available to you, it’s

about the ways you can tailor your asset manage-

your stock portfolio across a number of sectors;

you buy a bond, you are usually promised the

ment strategies to help you enjoy your money

you may also want to overweight industry sectors

return of your principal as long as you keep it

now and in the future.

whose stocks you believe are likely to benefit from

until maturity. In addition, you earn interest on

the current outlook for the economy. Once you

your money before the bond matures. There are

have identified these sectors, you can begin to

a wide variety of fixed-income products available.

select specific stocks from within them.

Some can be tax-advantaged, and many generally

dividends, which can give your investment an

Estate Investment Planning — Regardless of

added boost. Another benefit of these stocks is

your age, an estate plan is a valuable tool that

that you can usually reinvest the dividends you

can help preserve your estate in the unexpected

earn directly into the purchase of more stock, and

event of your incapacitation or even death. It can

many investment firms even have programs that

also ensure your assets are properly managed,

allow you to do so at no cost.

according to your wishes, for your heirs. Proper


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ing in stocks, a good rule of thumb is to diversify

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A Night At The

Museum i

with Pop SurRealist

Christopher Burlini

by Melissa carter

t was a night to remember with a red-carpet reception and

“We were so excited to work with Chris on this exhibition,” explains

Crest Theatre (c. 1925), a 1925 gymnasium and a new outdoor

of artwork. “My paintings incorporate a playfully tantalizing blend of

press photos flashing in downtown Delray Beach on January

Cornell Museum Director Gloria Rejune Adams. “Part of our mission is to

entertainment pavilion. The museum was named in honor of the late

humor and humanity that may send you into an emotion-evoking

13, as nearly 400 artists and art lovers converged on the Cornell

encourage artists, and this was a great opportunity. Beyond that, Chris

Harriet W. and George D. Cornell (the same Cornell University name-

dream-like state,” said Burlini.

Museum of Art and American Culture at Old School Square

encouraged all of them to become members of Old School Square;

sakes), who resided in Delray Beach and were the first private donors.

Cultural Arts Center.

it was a win-win.”

Originally slated for demolition in the mid-1980s, these school buildings

Students from the Burlini Studio of the Arts in neighboring Boca Raton were

“Whether painting for several months or many years, it didn’t matter,” says

celebrating the opening of their group exhibition, complements of nationally

Chris Burlini. “Most of these students felt like true artists for the very first

recognized Italian-master-trained pop surrealist and instructor, Christopher

time. This unforgettable event resonated throughout the Boca Raton and

Burlini. The museum entrance was alive with glamorous pomp and circum-

Delray Beach communities, and the arts came alive through the efforts of

stance not unlike the Academy Awards, with a string trio serenading all as

both Cornell Museum and Burlini Studio of the Arts.”

they entered the museum. Guests enjoyed wines, liquors and hors d’oeuvres

The Cornell Museum of Art and Amercan Culture, located in the

as they contemplated the variety of paintings on display. It was a night of joy

restored 1913 Delray Elementary building, was dedicated in 1990 as

and recognition.

the visual arts center of Old School Square, which also houses the


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were saved and given new life as Delray’s cultural center. By successfully combining historic preservation and the arts, Old School Square

The Burlini exhibit runs through mid April, with a special film presentation “From the Artist’s Perspective” hosted by Burlini himself at the Cornell Museum’s Crest Theatre on March 16 at 5 p.m.

became the catalyst for a downtown renaissance that would earn

Cornell Museum of Art and American Culture

national recognition. Today, the site welcomes half a million people

Don’t miss the whimsical Burlini exhibit now through April 15!

51 N. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach 33444 Open Tues.-Sat., 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sun., 1-4:30 p.m.; closed Mondays and major holidays. $10 general, $6 seniors (65+), See $4 students (13 to 21), page 142

When you enter the Burlini Pop Surrealist exhibit at the Cornell Museum

$2 ages 4-12, free for ages 3 and under.

of Art, you’ll encounter a dazzling oil-on-canvas, Warhol-style carnival


annually for arts, entertainment, classes, festivals and events.

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the Strange Truth About

Houdini’s Interest in Magic


Houdini became fascinated with magic as a young boy after seeing Dr. Lynn, a traveling magician, perform the linking rings trick. He did not, as legend has it,

houdini “My brain is the key that sets my mind free.”– H. Houdini


apprentice to a locksmith. In reality, he turned to magic at age 17 as an alternative to factory work. He teamed up with Jack Hayman, a fellow magic enthusiast, to form the Houdini Brothers. (The name “Houdini” was used in tribute to Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin, the most

here is no question that Harry Houdini is the most

Houdini was born Erich Weiss. Though he claimed throughout life that his birth place

famous magician of the era.) The team’s specialty was the Crate Escape. When Hayman

famous – and mysterious – magician in history.

was Appleton, Wisconsin, and that his birthday was April 6, he was really born in

became bored, Houdini’s brother Theodore (later known as Hardeen) became his

His name is synonymous with seemingly impos-

Budapest, Hungary on March 24, 1874. He was 4 years old when his family moved to

partner. Shortly, Hardeen was replaced by Bess Rahner, the woman who became

sible escapes, and his knack for publicizing his

America, sailing into New York on July 3, 1878 on the S.S. Fresia.

Houdini’s partner both in the act and in his life.

Houdini had five brothers and a sister. His parents were Ceclia and Dr. Mayer Samuel

Houdini’s Career

events made him a legend in his own time. The Houdini myth is about to be examined, and truth really is stranger than fiction!

Weiss, a rabbi who died in 1892 of cancer, before his son’s magical career got started.

Houdini was not an instant success. For the first five years, he tried every type of magic,

Houdini Family Scandal

from card manipulations (billed as the “King of Cards”) to illusions and run-of-the-mill

Houdini’s family had its share of conflicts. Not only was Houdini’s childhood spent in poverty, but the individual family members seemed often to be at odds.

The Challenge Act was the turning point for Houdini. With its success

arose when brother Nathan’s wife Sadie

ens of needles and thread, then the regurgitation of the thread with all the needles

came the development of the spectacular escapes that would make

divorced him and, within two weeks,

neatly threaded on. This effect would be a cornerstone of his act throughout his life.

Houdini a legend.

By 1898, Houdini had come

Houdini’s Escapes

up with the Challenge Act,

During a visit to a psychiatrist friend in Nova Scotia in 1896, Houdini saw

the act that would make him

his first straitjacket. Rather than be shocked by it, he was inspired to cre-

a legend. As the Handcuff

ate an act around escaping from it – while hanging upside down from

King, Houdini would escape

his ankles, suspended many feet above the ground.

his will, “No part either of the principal or income of my estate shall ever directly or indirectly go to SADIE GLANTZ WEISS!”) Houdini himself caused friction in his

Celia Weiss with son Harry and his wife Bess

from any pair of handcuffs

Houdini then expanded his Challenge Act to escape not only from any

Jewish family when he married Bess (Wilhelmina Rahner), who was Catholic. This

produced by the audience.

choice would have consequences after Houdini’s death: Though he stipulated in his

By 1904, Houdini was forced

will that he wanted Bess buried beside him, the Machpelah cemetery would not allow

to make some modifications

the interment of someone outside the Jewish faith. Bess, who passed away aboard a

in the act, due to repeated

crates thrown into rivers, from locked canvas mailbags – even from a

passenger train traveling cross-country between Los Angeles and New York, instead is

attempts by various police

giant paper bag, without making a single tear in it.

buried in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York, near Babe Ruth and

officers who tried to spoil his

Jimmy Cagney.

routine by secretly jamming

Possibly his most memorable escapes were the stage illusions he made

Houdini’s Traits

the cuffs offered.

Houdini was small, standing a mere 5’5”, with dark, wavy hair, dark gray eyes and a high-

Until the success of the

pitched voice. Houdini was poorly educated. He was, however, extremely athletic and

Challenge Act, Houdini had

highly motivated to succeed.

even resorted to posing as

Houdini allowed his brother Leopold, New York’s first X-ray specialist, to X-ray him frequently. Most likely this caused sterilization; Houdini had no children.

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all of his magic and secrets for $20. There were no takers. His one big success was the Needle Trick, a grisly effect involving the swallowing of doz-

so angry with Sadie that he specified in

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box escapes. In 1896, ready to give up, he actually ran a newspaper ad offering to sell

Consequently, permanent animosity

married brother Leopold. (Houdini was


run away with a circus, nor was he an

a “spirit medium,” gathering information from cemeteries and town clerks before shows to make his “messages” more convincing.

handcuffs offered, but from most any location suggested. Houdini escaped from jail cells, from handcuffed bridge jumps, from padlocked

famous: the Water Torture Cell, the Milk Can Escape and Buried Alive. Houdini was so strongly connected with the idea of escapes that in 1921, Funk and Wagnall’s New Dictionary turned his name into a verb, “Houdinize,” which was defined as “to release or extricate oneself from confinement, bonds or the like, as by wriggling out.”

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Houdini vs. the Spiritualists

from peritonitis. Bess was also admitted to the hospital to

The death of Houdini’s mother focused his attention on the thriving

be treated for her stomach ailments. Every day for nearly a

business of spirit mediumship, or the contacting of the dead. Whether

week, she was wheeled into Houdini’s room to see him.

Houdini was genuinely outraged at the victimization of the bereaved, or

On October 31, Halloween, with his brother Hardeen at his side, Houdini passed away. His last words were, “I’m tired

to capitalize on public interest, Houdini spent the last 13 years of his life

of fighting.”

in a highly publicized battle with the spiritualists. Using his knowledge

The Society of American Magicians honored Houdini with

of illusion, Houdini was able to duplicate the ghostly apparitions, noises and mysterious levitations produced by the working mediums and their “spirits”. His “exposures” became so popular with his audiences that they took up more than a third of his regular program.

a Broken Wand ceremony. At the ceremony, his fellow magicians broke a wand to symbolize the loss of the magic that came with the death of Houdini. This ritual was so emotionally powerful that the magic fraternity adopted it

The Strange Truth About Houdini’s Death

and still perform it at every magician’s funeral today. And,

The 1953 movie Houdini starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh did

grave to repeat the ceremony on the anniversary of

much to create the commonly-held belief that Houdini died on-

Houdini’s death.

stage attempting to perform the Water Torture Cell illusion.

in fact, each year the magic fraternity gathers at Houdini’s

Houdini left an estate of about $500,000 to his wife. To his

The sad truth is that Houdini was in the middle of a U.S. tour in the fall of 1926 when he and Bess began to

brother Hardeen, he left his show, his equipment and his

experience severe stomach discomfort. A performer to the core, Houdini refused medical treatment, because

magic secrets. Houdini’s instructions were that Hardeen

that would have meant missing some shows. Quite possibly Houdini was suffering from the onset of appen-

should use the equipment, but that it should be burned at

dicitis, and his own stubborn refusal to see a doctor might have spelled his doom.

Hardeen’s death. Luckily for magic historians and collectors,

Houdini was tired, and unusually accident-prone. In Albany, NY, his ankle broke as he was being lifted into the

1981 - 2011

Hardeen sold the show and nothing was destroyed.

Water Torture Cell. In pain, he continued to perform. A few days later, in Canada, he allegedly was punched in

Though Houdini officially died of peritonitis, Bess was able

the stomach by J. Gordon Whitehead, a McGill university student who was testing Houdini’s well-known abil-

to collect double indemnity on his insurance policy, claim-

ity to withstand blows to the body. That punch may or may not have been the cause of Houdini’s ruptured

ing the blow was equivalent to “an accident directly causing

appendix; regardless, Houdini collapsed onstage in Detroit, and was admitted to Grace Hospital, suffering

the premature demise of Harry Houdini”.

One macabre sidebar: In the summer of 1926, a few months before he died, Houdini heard about a magician who had sealed himself inside a box and had been lowered into water, where he allegedly stayed for over an hour, submerged, before coming up out of the water and the box, triumphant. Houdini purchased a bronze coffin and had himself locked into it and submerged in a hotel swimming pool for an hour and a half before the coffin was pulled out of the water and opened to reveal a smiling, healthy Houdini. Houdini took the coffin on tour with him in the fall, displaying it in the lobbies of the theaters he played and planning to feature the illusion on his tour. (The famous Buried Alive! poster was designed to promote this very illusion.) He jokingly instructed his wife to use the coffin should anything happen to him while on tour. Sadly, it was in that very coffin that Houdini’s body was returned to New York for burial.


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By John D. Adams Dan Hanrahan Cruising has become a staple of the modern tourism industry. Last year alone, more than 19 million travelers were carried worldwide, accounting for a staggering $29.4 billion dollars. But the cruise line business – especially for Carnival Cruise Line – got shaken to its core earlier this year with the startling and disturbing news of the Costa Concordia shipwreck in Italy. The preventable tragedy couldn’t have come at a worse time for the cruise industry. January-March is the “wave season” when Cruise Lines do up to half of the year’s bookings. So how much will the shipwreck impact the cruise industry as a whole? The New York Times reported shares of Carnival Cruise Line stock dropped 14 percent the Tuesday after the accident. However, CNN has reported that travel agents haven’t seen the amount of trip cancellations as anticipated. A U.S. Congressional Hearing chaired by Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV) was held March 2 to look into sufficient steps to protect travelers has been taken by the cruise industry. “The rarity of major cruise ship accidents suggests the industry has an excellent safety record,” said Sen. Rockefeller. “But, the recent sinking of the Costa Concordia is a stark and tragic reminder that no mode of transportation is 100 percent safe. Our laws have not kept up with the changes in the industry, and I believe we must revisit them,” said Sen. Rockefeller.

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But one admirable luxury cruise line CEO – Dan Hanrahan of Celebrity Cruises – was not silent on the issue. In a public message, he announced early on, “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the incident. I wanted to be respectful of the investigation process and avoid adding to the speculation as to the cause or related failures. However, the concerns that have been raised about the safety of cruise ships compelled me to share what an intense focus Celebrity Cruises has always placed on safety.”

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Addiction Among the Affluent on the Rise An Interview with Bob Weiner by dennis miller The recent death of pop superstar Whitney Houston shocked the world. And while as of press time there’s been no official determination of the cause of her death, her battle with drug abuse over the last two decades has been well-documented. The tragic case serves as a potent reminder of how little regard addiction shows for social class. “Drug abuse does not discriminate,” says Robert Weiner, former spokesman for the White House Office of National Drug Control. “It is an enormous myth that drug abuse disproportionately affects the poor. There is no wall between rich and poor on becoming susceptible to this dreaded disease.” In fact, studies have found that higher income may actually translate into higher rates of drug use, particularly legal drugs. “The problem with rich people is they have unlimited access to drugs,” says Weiner. And perhaps nowhere in the country has that access been easier in recent years than in South Florida. The region became a hotbed for dubious ‘pain clinics’ over the last decade, many of which were in reality little more than pill mills, offering addicts easy, one-stop access to dangerous prescription drugs. In 2010, more people died in Florida from

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The ONLY U.S. News high performing heart hospital in Miami-Dade The ONLY hospital with a Columbia University Ivy League affiliation in Florida


hen you think of prestigious, Ivy League affiliated hospitals, you

The Columbia University affiliation also means the Institute regularly participates in

probably think of big-name, big-city hospitals up north. But while

groundbreaking research and clinical trials of advanced new techniques and tech-

it’s certainly true that South Florida has no Ivy League universities,

nologies. “Columbia is one of the leading cardiovascular institutions in the country

it does have the state’s only Ivy League affiliated heart treatment

and, indeed, the world,” explains Dr. Lamas. “What that does for us in concrete terms

program, the Mount Sinai Heart Institute at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach.

is technology, research and education.”

“We have the only Ivy League collaboration of its sort in the state,” says Gervasio

Extraordinary innovations

Lamas, Chairman of Medicine and Chief of the Columbia University Division of

A particular focus recently has been an innovative, non-invasive technique to re-

Cardiology at Mount Sinai. “We are affiliated with Columbia University and, in fact,

place heart valves, something that, until now, has usually required open-heart sur-

the Division of Cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center is part of the Division

gery. “The most exciting innovation we’re involved in now is the work we are doing

of Cardiology at Columbia.”

to replace heart valves without surgery,” says Dr. Lamas. “These are heart valves that

At the cutting edge

are mounted on a catheter, and then placed through the groin via the femoral artery.

That distinction brings more than just bragging rights. As an affiliate of Columbia University, the Mount Sinai Heart Institute stands at the cutting edge of the latest

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It allows us to replace the patient’s heart valve without having to do surgery, which is extraordinary.”

high-tech advances in cardiac care, offering a level of quality unmatched in the

Delivering extraordinary care on an everyday basis is probably why more patients

state. “We have the best 30-day survival rate after a heart attack in all of Florida,”

have come to trust their hearts to the Mount Sinai Heart Institute than any other

says Dr. Lamas. “What that tells you is that there is a tremendous amount of high-

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Prestigious Continuum North Tower in Miami Beach Selects CSI for Luxury Property Management Located at the southernmost tip of South Pointe Drive and considered one of

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By Dennis Miller home to such celebrities as Jorge Posada, Lou Piniela and former Tampa Bay

Screenings for household help – trust a professional

Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy. It’s surrounded by 8-foot-high walls, protected

Both experts urge clients to leave such screenings to the professionals, and avoid In-

by extensive electronic surveillance, and employs a sophisticated bar-code

ternet sites that promise to do it in minutes. “What they provide is simply a database

scanner before allowing cars to enter. And yet, on January 9th of this year, none of

search,” explains Scott. “It may not be up to date, may be inaccurate, and if they do get

that mattered at all, as two residents were gunned down by a man they had willingly

what we call a ‘hit,’ they’re not there to assist you in verifying and deciphering it.” Adds

let into their home — because he worked for them.

Joseph, “A lot of local counties will not sell their information to private reporting agen-

The murders of Debra Rivera, 55, and her husband, retired doctor Hector Rivera, 76,

cies, so that’s not going to show up through one of those online services.”

shocked the Tampa Bay area, few more so than residents of the exclusive, gated Avila

Among the red flags to look out for are any brushes with the law, particularly of a

subdivision where they occurred. The accused killer, Julian Ospina Florez, 31, was the

violent nature, although even non-violent infractions should raise a red flag if they

couple’s driver and personal assistant. Police say he shot Mrs. Rivera in one of the

demonstrate a pattern. “If there is a trend of speeding tickets or reckless driving —

11,000-square-foot mansion’s six bathrooms, and then later shot her husband in the

anything of that nature — then that’s something they have to keep in mind,” cau-

driveway. And although he initially called 911 to report the killings as the work of an

tions Joseph. Scott agrees. “You need to pay attention to those things. The average

armed intruder, his story quickly unraveled when police discovered a gun registered

Joe is not going to be involved in such incidents in the course of their lifespan,” he

in his name hidden in the house, recent ammunition receipts in his car, and a trail of

explains. “If somebody is, then you have to ask, ‘Where is their judgment? Where is

bloody footprints to the murder weapon that matched blood on his socks.

their maturity level? And is there that propensity for violence if something doesn’t go

t’s one of the most exclusive residential communities in the Tampa Bay area. It’s

their way?’ Even if they were just arrested but not convicted, I’d be cautious.”

A Glaring Security Gap The shocking case has highlighted a glaring security gap that affects many affluent

Tragic Irony in Tampa

households: inadequate screening of household help. “You need to do your due

The tragic irony in the Tampa case is that, in fact, is precisely the case with the ac-

diligence,” urges Rony Joseph, Senior Vice President for Platinum Group Security, a

cused killer. He was arrested in 2004 for burglary and assault, and although the case

South Florida firm that specializes in providing security for high-visibility clients and

was ultimately dropped when the victim stopped returning prosecutor’s calls, it

upscale residential communities. “You should run a background check on any indi-

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was unable to pursue a remedy in court for an injunction because the self-help provisions of its governing documents provided a “remedy at law.” (One required element necessary to obtain injunctive court relief is an “inadequate remedy at law.”) In this case, the Declaration of Covenants required every homeowner to purchase insurance coverage and to provide proof of such coverage to the Association, including renewals. If the homeowner failed to obtain or provide proof of insurance coverage, the Association was authorized to obtain such insurance and assess the owner the cost. The Appellate Court ruled that this authorization was optional under the Declaration, it provided a sufficient remedy to the Association “at law,” and, as a result, the Association could not sustain a cause of action for injunction. (Factually, it appears that the Complaint filed by the Association in Acorda was the problem here, as it sued for an injunction to compel the homeowner to purchase insurance, rather than to compel the owner

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n Personal Injury – Libel, slander, defamation, wrongful entry.

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n How many years has the attorney been working with community associations


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Has the attorney ever served on a community association board? It usually helps create a sense of understanding and empathy when an association attorney has actually served as a volunteer board member. n

Does the attorney have the ability to communicate clearly in writing and verbally? Ask the attorney to give a writing sample; perhaps an opinion letter with sensitive information redacted? An attorney’s communication style is one of the most crucial areas when determining a good fit. Does the attorney have common sense and experience to combat intraboard squabbles and personal agendas? Experienced community association attorneys understand that they serve the entire board and not just one member.

Is there any history of disciplinary action with the Bar and, if so, for what reason and what was the disposition of those complaints?


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What They Don’t Teach You in the Community Association Management Industry By: Steve G. Mason, LCAM, CMCA, AMS


orking as a Community Association Manager in South Florida definitely presents many challenges. There are two big topics that, oddly enough, there are no required classes or continuing education classes for. These items are death and politics.

As we make some of these communities our “2nd” homes, we grow as professionals with the residents and befriend many of them. This makes it a bit more difficult when we lose some of our friends. How do we deal if we lose them in a tragedy or suicide?

For example, there are no required classes that teach you what to do if a resident dies of natural causes or commits suicide. They also don’t teach you how to handle difficult situations between members of an Association Board. As we continue to manage Community Associations, it is inevitable that we will face “death” or some sort of tragedy. We come across all types of deaths, such as natural causes, drowning, fire victims, and suicides.

Unfortunately, suicide is more common than you might imagine. In September of 2011, a realtor approached a high rise in Sunrise, FL and followed proper procedures identifying himself as a realtor to the front desk. He then asked for the key to an empty Penthouse unit to photograph for a listing. He proceeded to enter the unit, walk on the balcony, and jumped. What was the Manager’s first reaction? The most common answer is

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