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ISSUE # 48 | 11.29.18 CIRCUIT FESTIVAL MIAMI IN PHOTOS HOME CHEF: LEGAL HERBALISM FLAVORS OUT & ABOUT: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL CRYSTAL THE WHITE PARTY AT VIZCAYA IN PHOTOS

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TABLE OF CONTENTS: Herbs are a key to seasoning your cuisine, and they can both bring out and add flavor, depth, brightness and/or the distinct flavor of a particular dish.

11. CIRCUIT FESTIVAL MIAMI LALECHE! BEACH PARTY

Enjoy the photos of sexy men from the Circuit Festival Miami 2018 LaLeche! Beach Party in South Beach.

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This week's cover story is a stimulating photo essay of professional model and art director JuanFer De La Torre by Photo Studio Miami – with an interview to learn more about JuanFer.

20. OUT & ABOUT: CRYSTAL BY CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

Crystal: A breakthrough ice experience, Cirque du Soleil's first ever production on ice, returns to South Florida at AmericanAirlines Arena for seven electrifying performances.

24. THE WHITE PARTY 2018 AT VIZCAYA MUSEUM & GARDENS

This year's White Party at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens was a beautiful gala with a return to elegance, as you can see in the photos of attendees dressed in their best white outfits.

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Circuit Festival Miami 2018 was a resounding success that redefined the Miami Thanksgiving weekend festival experience for the gay community. The White Party at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens was also a wonderful gala with outstanding entertainment that many of us enjoyed attending this past Saturday. I want to congratulate Circuit Festival Miami producers Luis Morera, Billy Kemp, Hilton Wolman, their URGE team, and their partners from Barcelona Matinée Group for bringing such a fun and sexy festival to our Magic City; including the setup of the LaLeche! Beach Party with the DJ booth several feet up in the air, surrounded by gorgeous dancers all around it. Very impressive! I also want to congratulate this year's White Party producer Jake Resnicow and the team from Care Resource for bringing back such a beautiful event to a grandiose location where our community has celebrated in style for so many years. The 2018 White Party was indeed a "Return to Elegance." Grammy Award winner Kimberly Davis' live performance and all the songs she sang were truly outstanding – with Villa Vizcaya's stone ship-shaped breakwater and Biscayne Bay as her magical backdrop. Lady Gaga's backup dancer Michael Silas and renowned saxophonist Johan Khiskij also wowed us all with their respective solo performances, and their dancing and jamming with Kimberly.

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In Out & About, we preview Cirque du Soleil's Crystal: A breakthrough ice experience, their first ever production on ice, which is returning to South Florida at the AmericanAirlines Arena for seven electrifying performances, by interviewing show performer and ice skater Scott Smith. In Home Chef, we take a look at how herbs can help you better season your cuisine by bringing out and adding flavor, depth, and brightness to your dishes. I hope that everyone who attended this year's Circuit Festival Miami and The White Party at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens had as much fun as I did. I also want to remind you to visit wiremag.com/free and get your FREE subscription to Wire Magazine.

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Enjoy all the photos of the sexy men from the Circuit Festival Miami at the Arena Pool Party and the LaLeche! Beach Party in this week's photo albums, as well as the splendid costumes and elegant fashions from The White Party attendees. We have many more photos you can enjoy online by visiting wiremag.com/photos. A lot of enjoyable memories from this Thanksgiving weekend are captured in all the photos. In this week's cover story, we introduce you to professional model and art director JuanFer De La Torre, who has traveled the world for this modeling work. JuanFer has also been in numerous national and international ads, commercials, print work and editorials. We sat down for an interview with JuanFer, which includes a hot photo essay by Photo Studio Miami.

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ure, sure, all the country seems to be arguing about the legality of one "herb." But even the casual home chef knows the importance of appropriate use of the tastier herbs. Take a breath. We're talking the ones we cook with, not the ones we just baked or are baked by. By now, most foodies have heard the mantra that any good dish revolves around a quality, fresh main ingredient with its natural flavor accentuated. Good advice, but if it were that simple, we'd all be Gordon Ramsay. It takes a little more, like seasoning, appropriate preparation, proper pairing, and even presentation. Herbs are a key to seasoning. In some cases, the simplest preparation may well be salt and pepper and an herbal finish. Herbs both bring out and add flavor, depth, brightness and/or the distinct flavor of a particular dish. Many of us are probably familiar with the everyday herbs in Western kitchens – basil, oregano, thyme, cilantro, maybe fresh mint or rosemary. But the world of herbs is so much more than that, and work in so many combinations, it really can be one of the more creative aspects of your cooking. Remember that many herbs come in dry and fresh versions. Both have a role to play. Dried herbs are introduced into a recipe early and often in slow-cooking preparations. Fresh versions of the same herb generally are used in the finishing stages, generally are "brighter" and can taste almost completely different than when dried. Versions of the same herb often pair well together – such has a red sauce with dry oregano and basil added in the vegetable browning phase, and finished with fresh versions at the culmination.

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Here are a few classic dishes or preparations with time-honored use of herbs. • Tomato and basil – from soups and pasta to fresh versions with mozzarella for a super-easy classic. • There are thousands of pesto varieties with recipes online. Nothing could be easier than pesto. • Lamb without rosemary (and garlic, of course) is a crime. • Salmon and dill, sauced or not. • Scrambled eggs and chervil. • Pasta with butter and sage. "Classic" depends on the location of course, and one of my favorite all-time dishes is dependent on one herb – Thai basil! As you explore the world of herbs, you will find that there are numerous types of basil, most with mildly different tastes. However, Thai basil is the most unique, with a bright, floral taste that pops freshness with a slightly sweet anise taste. It isn't the easiest herb to find every day. I only enjoy the fresh variety (imported pastes aren't horrible but I find them way too oily), however, it is well worth the effort. A few times a year I break down and order quite a few Thai and Indian staples through import websites. But that's hard to coordinate with access to Thai basil, so I've made the following dish dozens of ways. This one is the simplest – and delicious. 10 WIREMAG.COM #48 2018

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Simple, right? But those are a huge range for rules of thumb for an even bigger world of herbs. So, here are some thoughts. • If you aren't familiar with an herb and want to try to expand your parameters, take five minutes to research it online. Then, try it as the featured taste in plain scrambled eggs, a baked potato or chicken breast. Remember the freshdry rule and season as you otherwise would – some butter or olive oil, salt, and pepper. • Ask! If you're lucky enough to know your produce guy, ask him about different herbs and what they might go well with. Also, don't be afraid to ask at restaurants, particularly ones you frequent often. I've learned more about Thai and Indian cooking from just talking to restaurant staff than I have from reading. One Beach chef once insisted I come in the kitchen so he could show me how he got the right temperature on a wilted herb side dish that was otherworldly. • Try new dishes. Try new cuisines. Try to pick out different herbal flavors.

Make a small bowl of cooking sauce: ½ cup chicken broth, 1tbs soy sauce, 1tsp oyster sauce, 1tsp fish sauce, ¼ tsp fresh crushed ginger, ½ tsp white sugar, ½ tsp brown sugar. Warm a small amount of peanut or canola oil in pan or wok, brown two boneless, skinless chicken breasts chopped into bite-size pieces over medium-high heat until pinkness starts to fade. Then add one medium red onion, sliced into spirals, 1tbs or more chopped, fresh garlic, one sliced Thai chili (careful, hot!) or other similar hot pepper. Cook, stirring until you get caramelization. Add a couple tsps of your cooking sauce, stir until the sauce caramelizes – another minute or so. Then add the rest of the sauce and use to deglaze the bottom of the plan and create a glaze on your chicken. Remove from heat, toss in a cup of slightly torn fresh Thai basil leaves. Serve with rice. Learning to cook well with herbs can be a fascinating way to liven up both your cooking – and your shopping. And it's legal everywhere! Author/writer Michael W. Sasser has written on food and dining in South Florida and abroad for hundreds of publications, ranging from Where Miami and the Sun-Sentinel Group to Frommer's Fodor's, Time Out, Fresh Guides, Black Book NY and more.


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rofessional model and art director JuanFer De La Torre has traveled the world for his modeling work. JuanFer has been in numerous national and international ads, commercials, print work and editorials. This week, we sit down for an interview with JuanFer that includes a hot photo essay of him by Photo Studio Miami. Rafa Carvajal: Where are you originally from and where do you live? JuanFer De La Torre: I was born in Quito, Ecuador. I moved to NYC four years ago and fell in love with the city. RC: Tell us about yourself and how your modeling career got started. JF: I used to do ballroom dancing when I was a kid. I started when I was 12, and in one of the competitions someone saw me and asked me if I wanted to be part of a Trident commercial. I said yes, and since then, I've been in a lot of national and international ads, commercials, print work, editorials and more. RC: What do you do for a living? JF: I'm an art director and model. RC: Who is the professional icon that inspires you most, and why? JF: Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She always says what she thinks and fights for the rights of those who need more, all the while never putting anyone down. Underwear by @dannymiami

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RC: How do you stay in such great shape? JF: Well, I workout maybe 9-10 times a week. I learned how to divide my workouts between cardio and lifting, which helps me have more time to recover and regain my strength. Also, by eating healthy, of course, and having 1-2 cheat meals a week. RC: What is it like working as a model and traveling around the world? JF: I'm so grateful to have this experience, and to be able to say that I've been all over the world with my work. It is definitely exhausting and a lot of hard work trying to keep your schedule right when the time keeps changing in every city. But, it is an amazing experience to learn from the best photographers and having a great team to work with. RC: What have you enjoyed the most about your modeling career? JF: The appreciation of great artists, other photographers and even huge models. It is very fulfilling the fact that someone else values your work. RC: Boxers or briefs? JF: Briefs, always. RC: What is your favorite food? JF: I love sushi.

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RC: Besides modeling, what are your other passions? JF: I would say that it's dancing. I was able to be part of two Broadway shows and that's an amazing passion of mine. RC: Where would you travel if you could go anywhere, and why? JF: Australia, it is so far and looks so beautiful RC: What is your current struggle? JF: Time, living in NYC is like being in a race all the time. Running to meetings, running to castings, running to meet friends and work. But we have to make it work, right? RC: Where can we follow you? JF: I'm very active on Instagram @jf9109, Facebook and other social media apps I try to keep up for my family and very close friends. RC: Is there anything else you would like to share with Wire Magazine readers? JF: Just to love every day like is the last one. Take chances and enjoy every mistake you make because that's what makes you be you!

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OUT & ABOUT By Michael Bustamante

rystal: A breakthrough ice experience, Cirque du Soleil's first ever production on ice, returns to South Florida and heads to AmericanAirlines Arena from Thursday, December 13 through the 16 for seven electrifying performances. The show follows the story of Crystal, as she takes off on a thrilling adventure of self-discovery in a world of her own imagination. Through the magic of Cirque, you will experience world-class ice skaters, circus acts, as well as the unbelievable acrobatics they are world-famous for, defying all expectations and gravity! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit cirquedusoleil.com/ crystal.

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Wire Magazine sat down with Crystal performer Scott Smith to preview this wonderful show, discuss his role, find out what audiences should expect, and learn more about his overall experience working with Cirque du Soleil. Michael Bustamante: Please tell our readers about Crystal from your perspective. Scott Smith: We follow Crystal through her journey into a surreal world where she meets different characters that guide her to the realization that she has all the strength to find whom she wants to become. There is a story, live music and a combination of high-level skating intertwined with acrobatics displayed in a unique way. As a performer in Crystal, I look forward to performing the show every night. I think this is a production everyone will like because the story seems to touch many of our audiences.

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MB: Describe the show in 3 words. SM: Athletic – because of all the impressive skills the artists do either in the air or on the ice. Unique – because of the blend of circus and ice skating. Beautiful – because of the projections, the set and the props that are tied together to tell a story.

MB: How is your role as a performer in Crystal different than other shows on ice that you've been a part of? SM: Many of the ice shows I have done in the past were as a solo performer. I have also done group skating numbers, but never as much as in this production. Now being in Crystal, I am not only doing group skating but also helping with cues in other acts. It is fun having to learn everything that comes along the circus/acrobatic numbers of the show and to be a part of them. MB: What has been the most fun about being part of the Crystal cast? SM: I enjoy working with a variety of performers, not just ice skaters. It is great to share the stage with musicians, acrobats, aerialists and skaters who come together to give their best each performance. It is fun to get to know people outside of my own world. MB: What is the best part of your job as a Cirque du Soleil performer? SM: I love traveling and it is nice to see some old friends I haven't seen in a long time in each of the cities that we go to. It is always exciting to know you have someone you know in the audience watching and that has been a real highlight for me. In the past, many of the shows I would do would be overseas, so it has been cool to be part of a North American tour. MB: Is there anything else you would like to share with Wire Magazine readers about the show Crystal and working for Cirque? SM: I enjoyed working with Cirque du Soleil company. Everyone, from management to our catering team. It is a nice group to work with and be part of.

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MB: Tell our readers about your character in Crystal and why you enjoy playing this role? SM: My main role in Crystal is a businessman, and my main part is at the beginning of the second act called "Tap Dance." This is a fun moment for me, as I do a backflip over a person. This is also where I wear microphones on my skates. We get to make some noise, which is funny because in the competition we must be silent. The sound of skating is great and to have this magnified into an arena is really special.


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