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Choosing a nursing School In South Florida The Idea Center Supporting Miami’s Entrepreneurs And Tech Scene

In Our Backyard

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Tomas Regalado

Miami M ay o r

Written by Alexa Lantigua

Features: Miami artist, Luis Valle • Profile: Curtis Crider of sonesta, coconut grove • immigration talk: Visa Waiver by Marie Javier

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Writers Brian Martinez, Anthony Fusco,

Ray Raposo, Chiqui Rodriguez, Marie Javier, Tony Almonte Photographers Ray Raposo Eduardo Hernández Mendoza Marketing Omar Carlo

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In Our Backyard 6 Questions For Miami’s City Mayor

Tomas Regalado

Profile Sonesta Coconut Grove General Manager

Curtis Crider

Immigration Talk page 12

Education The Idea Center page 16

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Around Town Social St. Jude Ángeles y Estrella Gala page 36

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Education Things to Consider when

Choosing A Nursing School


Allen Benowitz

in South Florida

Lifestyle Traveling Edinburgh page 40

Lifestyle Chef Victor Santos of Tuyo page 43

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Luis Valle


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Lifestyle Miami Dade College Tuyo’s

Executive Chef Victor Santos

Health Tips To Protect Your Hair page 46

We are happy, for summer is here. As we are looking forward to many outdoor and family events we are happy to bring to you a summer issue filled with great outdoor art, travel ideas, restaurants, and for those seeking for a new career, some great options and ideas. We are honored by the time given to us by the Mayor of the City of Miami, Tomas Regalado, who took some time from his busy schedule to answer some questions about life, family, and success for us in our backyard section. We had the privilege of getting into the mind of a successful professional in the Hospitality industry of Curtis Crider, General Manager of the prestigious Sonesta Coconut Grove.

City of Miami lado Mayor Tomas Rega

Curtis Crider’s staff at Sonesta

Coconut Grove


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This issue gave us the opportunity to travel with our featured artists Allen Benowitz and Luis Valle. Allen took us to Chitwan Village, in Nepal, Bhutanese landscape, in Bhutan, and the Dambulla Cave Buddhist temple, in Sri Lanka. In the spirit of summer, Luis offered us a view of his amazing art, which could only be appreciated when we go outdoors. He took us to play outside on a tour around our cities from a Dragon mural in Carol City’s Middle school, to a Jaguar mural in North Wynwood, to a Peruvian child musician mural in Hialeah. We hope you enjoy our Executive Chef feature, Victor Santos, from Miami Dade College’s award-winning rooftop restaurant, Tuyo, who shared with us one of his favorite dishes for us try at home if we want to replicate Tuyo’s flavor. I hope you find our educational report helpful as we explore two career opportunities in the areas of health and media with Florida National University and Miami Dade College. Once again we continue to strive in bringing to you the best ideas, events, and opportunities we find around our community. As always we encourage you to connect with us and give us your suggestions as we continue to find ways to connect with the pulse of Miami: its people.

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Immigration Talk By: Marie Javier, Esq.

3. ¿Cuáles son los requisitos para los extranjeros que viajan con este programa?

Deben tener una autorización valida a través del sistema electrónico de autorización de viaje (ESTA) antes de su viaje. También se les requiere un pasaporte electrónico que almacena los datos biográficos de manera digital.

Nuestra abogada de inmigración nos explica los pasos para el


Programa de exencion de visas para entrar a los Estados Unidos.

1. Qué es el Visa Waiver Program?

Es un programa que permite a ciudadanos de 36 países participantes viajar a los Estados unidos por turismo o negocios para estadía de 90 días o menos, sin solicitar una visa. Por el solo hecho de tener la nacionalidad de uno de los países exentos, un extranjero aunque haya nacido en otro país o tenga otra ciudadanía, podría beneficiarse del programa. Es importante saber que no pueden tener impedimento alguno para entrar a los Estados unidos, como por ejemplo una deportación.

2. ¿Cuáles extranjeros se benefician de este programa?


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4. ¿Cuáles son las limitaciones que tiene este programa?

Los extranjeros tienen que entrar a los estados unidos por aerolíneas comerciales. Otra limitación es el tiempo de estadía, mientras que con visa de turista se puede permanecer hasta seis meses, con este programa solo se puede permanecer 90 días. Además, por no tener visa, no se puede cambiar el estatus a otro tipo de visa como una de estudiante dentro de los Estados Unidos.

Los principales beneficiados son países europeos y asiáticos pero existen una gran cantidad de latinoamericanos que tienen doble ciudadanía y pueden beneficiarse del programa. Por ejemplo, es muy común encontrar una persona que haya nacido en Colombia, Venezuela, Republica Dominicana, con nacionalidad europea porque heredaron laciudadanía de sus padres o sus abuelos.




Things to Consider When Choosing a Nursing School in South Florida By: Florida National University

Sometimes, having a limited pool of options can be just as difficult as having a wide array of options. Knowing that you want to attend a college in South Florida and knowing that you want to study Nursing may not always be enough to make a decision. Now, you have to narrow down your choice of schools by looking at the smaller details. In most cases, students who are looking for the right college need to go through an extensive interview process. What some of these students don’t know is that they have the right to conduct their own interview process with prospective colleges and universities.

Florida National University is now offering a bachelor’s degree in psychology. This degree is designed to help students achieve their academic goals, independently of their career of choice. FNU offers 4 major concentrations in the field: Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Addiction Studies, Mental Health Technician, and Forensic Psychology. 14

Preparing Your Own College Interview Just as colleges and universities determine who they accept into their academic programs, you also reserve the right to do the same thing—unofficially of course! This can be done by composing a list of prospective colleges and universities, and noting the following considerations: Location You would think that this is already narrowed down since you’re zeroing in on South Florida colleges. Once you review your choices, you’ll soon find out that you need to scrutinize over more details and take smaller things into consideration, like your commute time to school and other obligations you might have during your academic career in the South Florida area. Class Size This might be a big deal to some students, and not so much of an issue for others. At any rate, it’s something that needs to be considered. Larger universities will have larger classrooms, and mid to smaller-sized universities will naturally have smaller class sizes. Smaller sized classrooms provide students with a more intimate classroom learning experience than larger universities. With smaller classes, students are able to get the most out of each course, having the

ability to ask more questions and possibly even gain more one-on-one sessions with their professors if they so choose. Does the Program Offer Clinical Rotations? A good nursing program will offer clinical rotations. Clinical rotations are similar to internships, where students will have the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to real life situations under the supervision of a professional. Find Out If the School or University is Accredited This is important, especially if you are planning to use your nursing degree to apply to medical school. You’ll want to make sure that the school you’re attending is an accredited university because those are the institutions whose credits medical schools are more willingly able to accept. An accredited educational institution undergoes a thorough process of composing the best curriculum that will give students a quality education; it is a process that is judged by academic peers and colleges from other accredited institutions. While you’ll most likely be able to get a

degree from a school that is not accredited, you risk the chance of not being able to transfer all of your credits should you change colleges or apply to medical school. An accredited school is like having a seal of approval in the academic world. Even if you choose not to apply to medical school, earning a degree from an accredited university will give prospective employers a better understanding of how qualified you are for the nursing position you’re applying for. Is it Affordable? College isn’t cheap, but then again, most wise investments aren’t. The bottom line is that getting a college degree will cost money because the possible outcome of such an endeavor might land you with a secure and rewarding career. FNU, located in South Florida, has affordable tuition rates at $525 per credit hour for undergraduate courses and $650 per credit hour for masters programs—some that can even be completed in one year. FNU’s academic programs each require a completion of credit hours that range from 36 – 120, depending on the program.

Another important aspect to look for when searching for the right nursing program is determining what each prospective school’s national Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) examination rate is. The NCLEX is a test that determines whether a nursing school graduate is actually qualified to practice nursing. This is a big deal for nursing schools because if the NCLEX rate is low, it reflects on their academic program and institution as a whole. Are There Any Online Courses Offered? Some nursing programs will offer a few of their courses online. If you’re lucky, you might be able to find a college that gives students the opportunity to earn their nursing degree 100% online, with the exception of clinical rotations. This might certainly be a plus when weighing the pros and cons of which nursing program is the best fit for you. FNU: Your Nursing Program in South Florida FNU is accredited, affordable, applicable, accelerated and accessible. We offer an Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science, a Master’s in Nursing as well as an RN to MSN program. To learn more about these programs, contact our guidance counselors who are always available to answer any questions you might have today.

For more information, call any of our campuses: Hialeah: 305-821-333 South Campus: 305-226-999 The program is also offered online




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The Idea Center at Miami Dade College

Supporting Miami’s Entrepreneurial and Tech Scene

As part of its innovative programs, the Idea Center has presented talks with a remarkable and steady stream of thought leaders in its inaugural year.

Manny Medina, eMerge Miami Founder and Tech Mogul

Travis Kalanick, CEO, Co-founder, Uber

The groundbreaking Idea Center at Miami Dade College (MDC) has certainly gotten off to an auspicious start during its first 18 months, with so many dynamic programs, major events and top speakers. It is dedicated to nourishing the spirit of entrepreneurship through experiential learning and groundbreaking education. It’s MDC’s hub of innovation, where students from all disciplines can gather, collaborate, and take action to turn their entrepreneurial ideas into realities. In addition to providing an education in entrepreneurship and innovation, The Idea Center provides students with 21st century skills through programs in coding and digital marketing. The Center’s approach to experiential learning is organized around several key programs: The Startup Challenge, CREATE, Innovation Lab, MarketHack, DronesUp, Puente and Operation Startup to name a few.


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It’s MDC’s hub of innovation, where students from all disciplines can gather, collaborate and take action to turn their entrepreneurial ideas into realities.

The energy at the Idea Center is like that of an ongoing conference that presents networking opportunities and inspirational speakers. A sampling of some of the many speakers and presenters includes: George Logothetis, Chairman & CEO, The Libra Group Jim McKelvey, Co-Founder, Square and Founder, LaunchCode Travis Kalanick, CEO, Co-founder, Uber Cesar Conde, Chairman, NBCUniversal International and Telemundo David Malan, Harvard University, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Cesar Conde, Chairman, NBCUniversal International and Telemundo

Manny Medina, eMerge Miami Founder and Tech Mogul Daymond John, Entrepreneur and TV Personality

The College truly looks forward to the future success of The Idea Center. In the next year, it will welcome more leaders and students to engage in unique programs with the support of many organizations, including the Knight Foundation. For the very latest information, please visit theideacenter.co.



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Tomas Regalado

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Cada comunidad es dichosa de poseer de hombres y mujeres que por décadas han dejado su marca positiva en favor de los residentes de sus comunidades. Tomas Regalado es una de estas personas. En su capacidad anterior de periodista y ahora como oficial electo, Tomas ha dedicado más de cuatro décadas abogando por mejorar las vidas de los residentes del sur de la Florida. En SW Magazine tuvimos la oportunidad de sentarnos con el alcalde de la Ciudad de Miami Tomas Regalado para nuestro segmento de seis preguntas.

Alcalde Regalado: Mi padre era abogado pero su pasión y oficio fue el periodismo y la política. Fue el último presidente electo de la Asociación cubana de Periodistas y reporteros. Los Castros no demoraron mucho en prohibir la libertad de prensa y como tantos otros cubanos fue encarcelado como prisionero político con condena de 20 años. Eso inculco en mí la importancia de una prensa libre en sociedades democráticas. Después de llegar a los EEUU con mi hermano a través del programa Pedro Pan comencé un internado sin pago en una estación de radio local, mientras mantenía un trabajo y tomaba clases de periodismo en las noches. Más adelante me ofrecieron un puesto de reportero y así comenzó una carrera que me llevo de la radio a la televisión y oportunidades tales como corresponsal en la Casa Blanca, campañas presidenciales y hasta cobertura de eventos presidenciales de Reagan, Bush y Clinton en las cumbres en Europa, Rusia y Egipto. .

periodística usted ha visitado más de 78 2 Enpaísessu carrera y reportado desde la fuente guerras civiles en

Centroamérica y África. ¿Cómo pasa Usted de ser el primer miembro cubano del cuerpo de prensa en la Casa Blanca a la alcaldía de la ciudad de Miami? Como periodista por más de tres décadas tuve un asiento de primera fila a los temas que afectan la vida diaria de personas alrededor del mundo y específicamente los residentes en la ciudad de Miami. Las decisiones de oficiales electos impactan de una manera muy directa la calidad de vida de los residentes, especialmente la gente trabajadora que viven de cheque a cheque y las personas de la tercera edad. Por eso en 1996 decidí aspirar a un escaño en la comisión de la ciudad de Miami, y estuve representando a los residentes del distrito cuatro por 13 años. En noviembre de 2009 los residentes de Miami me honraron con sus votos para alcalde.





En su primer y segundo término como alcalde usted fue electo y reelecto por un porcentaje abrumador de los electores. También redujo su salario por $53,000. ¿Cuál es su definición del éxito? Alcalde Regalado: En mi opinión el éxito se alcanza trabajando duro para realizar los objetivos que cada persona desea lograr. Como oficial electo hemos podido trabajar con los miembros de la comisión y la administración de la ciudad para rebajar impuestos y controlar y desaparecer el déficit presupuestario. Al ser elegido alcalde en 2009 las reservas de la ciudad contaban con solamente 13 millones de dólares. Hoy tenemos unas reservas solida de 100 millones de dólares. Durante mi primer término como alcalde tuvimos que trabajar con serios déficits presupuestarios por 3 años consecutivos, producto mayormente de la crisis económica que afectaba toda la nación. Para ayudar a balancear los presupuestos yo no podía pedirles a los empleados de la ciudad que hicieran sacrificios si yo no estaba dispuesto a rebajar mi salario como alcalde. Estoy orgulloso que como alcalde he podido ayudar en allanar el camino para una recuperación cada vez mayor en la ciudad de Miami. Creo que la posición que he mantenido de reducción de impuestos se convirtió en una fuente de atracción para nuevas inversiones en Miami, especialmente en el campo de bienes raíces. La industria constructora se ha recuperado y ha creado más trabajos en parte como resultado de reducción de impuestos.


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Usted cuenta con logros importantes en su carrera política. ¿Cuál es su mayor legado para Miami? Los gobiernos existen para servir al pueblo. Por eso siempre he mantenido que al pueblo no se le debe aumentar impuestos simplemente para mantener al gobierno. Esta firme posición ha resultado en más inversiones y trabajos en Miami. En el área del transporte logramos implementar un sistema gratis de trolley. Este sistema transporta un promedio de 6,000 pasajeros diariamente y ha resultado ser una gran ayuda para aliviar la congestión de tráfico que tenemos en Miami y específicamente en el área de Brickell.

Con todos los éxitos que ha logrado profesionalmente, ¿Que considera usted mas importante en su vida? En la vida hay tres cosas importantes, la familia, integridad y amistad. Es importante para mí apoyar, guiar y compartir con mi familia. Como persona, especialmente un oficial electo tiene que tener integridad, decir la verdad sin importar las consecuencias, y defender sus decisiones. Estimo que tener amistades verdaderas ha contribuido a un balance importante en mi vida.




Alcalde, su segundo termina en noviembre 2017. ¿Cuáles son sus planes para el futuro y qué consejo le pudiera ofrecer a sucesor? Mi enfoque sigue siendo trabajar duro en beneficio de los residentes de la ciudad de Miami hasta que se venza mi término en 2017. En estos momentos no tengo planes específicos al dejar la alcaldía. No intento dar consejos a la persona que ocupe la alcaldía después de mi partida, excepto que siempre trate de poner atención a las necesidades de los residentes de la ciudad de Miami.




Diligence, sagaciousness, and tenacity

are some of the noteable characteristics that Curtis Crider possesses, and which have helped him along the road to success and, ultimately, to his present day capacity as the General Manager of Sonesta Coconut Grove. A Miami native, Curtis began traveling around the world with his family at a young age and, as a result, developed a natural fondness for the hospitality industry. His mother had a successful career herself with a major airline, and Curtis and his siblings would


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join their parents on many voyages throughout their childhood. This allowed Curtis to experience a glimpse into different cultures, which instilled in him a genuine curiosity for knowledge about different civilizations, their ideas, and way of life. Impassioned by his experience and armed with a driving determination, he carved himself a path through the industry. It was while studying at Florida State University that Curtis started working for Sonesta Hotels & Resorts in the capacity of bartender, thus marking the start to an extensive and decorated twenty-five years with the company. 23



Today, Curtis is the face of the Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami Hotel, a boutique-style hotel in the heart of the bohemian, and art inspired, Coconut Grove enclave in Miami, where he is recognized for his innovation and excellent standards of service. Curtis’ professional journey has not been without its share of challenges, and has required long hours, hard work, conviction, industry knowledge, determination and most of all, persistence. He often likes to make reference to Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States, who reminds us that “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.” Along the way, Curtis has always stressed the positive impact of having a mentor; he strives daily to provide coaching and mentorship oppor-

As the Vice President of the Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce and an active member with the Coconut Grove’s Business Improvement District, Curtis has led important efforts to improve and enhance the community. Of significant importance are the introductions of the Coconut Grove Trolley system and his involvement with the annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival (CGAF), which attracts thousands of residents and tourists alike to Coconut Grove. Under Curtis’ direction, the Sonesta has become increasingly involved with the Coconut Grove Arts Festival. Curtis, and the Sonesta, welcome the opportunity to be a part of, and showcase hundreds of artists and the beauty of Coconut Grove to all of Miami. In parallel with their involvement, the Sonesta hosts a complimentary art gallery showing every month for local artists to showcase their work at no charge to them, as another way to give back to the community. Curtis’ position as the General Manager of Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami has afforded him a prodigious opportunity to contribute to the iconic Coconut Grove community, and so he ensures his goals of consistent growth and prosperity are aligned with the goals of the community.

tunities for all of the employees he manages. The family values he holds dear are reflected in his candid approach to management. Treating employees with respect and developing a profound sense of camaraderie among the staff are fundamental principles of Curtis’ administration. One of Curtis’ core principles is to provide his staff with the tools with which to learn, grow, and create amazing and memorable experiences for each guest who walks through their doors.


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H. Allen


Recognition for his work includes a Judges’ Award at the University of Miami Lowe Art Museum’s Beaux Arts Festival; honorable mention in the International Kodak Contest; award winner, B/W photography, One Ear Society; winner, American Institute of Architects global competition; honorable mention, five-state juried art competition, Toe River Arts Council, Spruce Pine, NC, September 2015. His work has also appeared at Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL, and in the Wynwood and Miami Design Districts. Among numerous publications in which he has been featured are Coastal Elegance & Wealth, The ARTnews,

Laurel of Asheville, Art & Beyond, and Art Business News magazines. Two of his visual works of art have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 International Contemporary Artists art book, Volume IX, entitled “An Exploring Journey to Art.” Mr. Benowitz has also been chosen as one of Art Business News’ Top Emerging Artists for 2014, published in its fall edition. In July 2015, his work was on display at the Louvre in Paris. In March 2016, he was presented with six Winner and Nominee Medals in the 9th Annual International Color Awards Competition. Photo subjects include nature, wildlife, people, architecture, and adventure

a self-taught photographer, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and a graduate from the Interboro Institute of Business in Manhattan, migrated to Miami, FL, in the 1960s, where he currently resides. He enjoys living at his log home in Burnsville, NC, from spring to fall. As an evolution from the accomplishments of his professional court reporting, legal videography, and videoconferencing career, the camera became a natural segue to photography, awakening an earlier passion from childhood.


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travel. His highly acclaimed photo, “Behind the Wall,” received national recognition at Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation’s Holocaust Remembrance Project Awards Dinner in Washington, D. C. Mr. Benowitz has been invited by His Majesty, King Mohammed VI, to photo journal his country’s Moussem de Tan-Tan, an annual festival. 20,000 tribesmen and foreign dignitaries met for a cultural and professional exchange mission 500 miles south of Casablanca in the Sahara Desert. The Moussem de Tan-Tan has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage for Peace and the Humanities. Mr. Benowitz has also lectured and exhibited in Florida, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and New York.

Mr. Benowitz returned from Cuba on a humanitarian mission where he photographed “Life in Cuba 2008.” His recent exhibitions: the Beaux Arts Festival, Coral Gables, FL; Design Gallery, Burnsville, NC; ArtFest Ft. Myers Arts Festival; Las Olas Art Festival, FL; the Toe River Arts Council, Burnsville, NC; Art & Culture Center of Hollywood; Spectrum-Miami; Coral Gables Museum; and Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, Chelsea, New York City. His work may be viewed and ordered online: www.H-AllenArt.com E-mail: H-Allen@gate.net

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Luis Valle, aka

El Chan Guri,

is a Nicaraguan artist born April 16, 1977 in Managua, Nicaragua. At an early age, his family emigrated to the United States due to war and political instability in his homeland. Valle’s family relocated to Miami, Florida, where he was raised and gained his primary education. Growing up in Miami, Luis excelled in the arts from an early age. Valle received his formal training from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, where he earned a Bachelor’s

of Fine Arts degree in visual arts while focusing on painting and metal fabrication. He later went on to receive a Masters in Arts Degree from New York University, where he developed an interest in video and video art while continuing his progression as a painter. Living in New York was a big influence on Valle’s work. Being in one of the world’s epicenters of art helped enrich his knowledge and skill as an artist. Visiting the city’s museums and local galleries helped give Valle invaluable lessons as he continued on his studies and research for his own work. While in New York, Luis explored and developed a series of video works. He also edited and worked on various independent art films and projects. 30

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Luis grew an affinity for New York, especially Brooklyn and its diverse art scene, but Art Basel and the ever-growing Miami art scene brought Luis back to where he grew up. Luis decided to move back to Miami and be part of the movement in art that was occurring down there. Living back in Miami, and inspired by the

city’s vibrant nature and sensuality, Luis developed a large body of work using the female body as his canvas. For a time, you could catch one of Valle’s female canvas performances at various locations and events throughout the city. Valle immersed himself in the local scene, working closely with the community and local organizations such as Arts For Learning Miami, the Miami children’s Museum, The Miami Dade Library Systems, Boys and Girls Club of Miami, The Overtown Youth Center, Dade County Public Schools,




The Art Experience, Giants in the City, and Irreversible Projects. He also worked closely with several of the city’s art galleries and art studios, formulating art exhibits and events. Luis was the co-founder of Brisky Gallery Miami, where he served as the gallery director and curator, and was also one of the featured artist. Currently, Luis is very active in the Miami art scene, creating commissioned murals, as well as street art pieces on businesses and in neighborhoods throughout South Florida. His style can be easily recognized, as it is a blend of influences from indigenous cultures, psychology, shamanism, religion, spirituality, frequency, vibration, and energy.

Luis is considered a staple in the Miami art scene and is a well respected member of the community. Luis believes that spirituality has been lost in the mix of commercialism and fashion in art. He strives to bring the essence of the soul to his artwork. He believes that humans are inherently spiritual beings who are here to realize the same goal, which is the self-realization of thy self and destiny.

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Miami offers endless opportunities for business or

of Miami, South Beach, Coral Gables, University of

Even if you arrive on business, the Sonesta Co-

pleasure, and one of its favorite neighborhoods is

Miami and the pristine beaches of Key Biscayne.

conut Grove Miami has exceptional ways to help

the bayside community of Coconut Grove. The

Stroll to CocoWalk’s dining and nightlife, or gather

you relax and enjoy your time. On the 8th floor of

Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami is known for its

your group for a sailing expedition - after all, this is

the hotel, the Panorama Restaurant & Sky Lounge

chic and contemporary allure benefitting Coco-

one of the finest sailing destinations in the world.

treats diners to an award-winning fusion of tradi-

nut Grove’s trendy vibe. Enter our doors and be

Generously sized guest rooms showcase sweeping

tional and contemporary cuisine. Enjoy the fresh

swept up in the fresh tropical ambiance, captivat-

vistas of Biscayne Bay or Coconut Grove, feature

air, along with endless bay views, at the end of the

ing artwork, and stunning views from every van-

stylish décor, and offer the ease of complimentary

work day; feel free to indulge in a Mojito by the

tage point. You are just minutes from downtown

Wi-fi. Suites feature large living and dining areas

poolside at Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami.

Miami’s Business District (Brickell avenue), the port

suited for entertainment or intimate meetings.


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Edinburgh Edinburgh is Scotland’s enthralling capital city and its second most populous, behind Glasgow. Edinburgh’s Old Town is filled with medieval charm and it’s Georgian New Town with old world elegance. Scotland is part of Great Britain, and shares the mainland with England to the south. We flew from London to Edinburgh in just over an hour; from the airport, a shuttle bus can take you into the center of the city for a reasonable fee.

Dominating the city is Edinburgh Castle, Scotland’s most visited paid tourist attraction. The historic Scottish castle, built on volcanic rock, easily dominates the skyline of the city. The magnificent castle dates to at least the 12th century and had been the royal residence until 1633. It houses many buildings and regalia including the oldest, St. Margaret’s Chapel, from the 12th century, as well as the Royal Palace, the Great Hall, the Crown Jewels, and the Scottish National War Memorial from after WWI. It is a most fascinating fortress and one can spend many hours taking it all in, as well as checking out its marvelous views of the city. Movie and history buffs will enjoy seeing the statues of Scottish heroes King Robert the Bruce and Sir William Wallace (Braveheart), which are on either side of the Gatehouse entrance walls; they were added in 1929. From the Castle you can head down to the famous Royal Mile, full of shops, restaurants, and pubs as well as historic buildings, churches, and monumental statues. At the bottom of the Royal Mile, you’ll find the 17th century Palace of Holyroodhouse, which is The Queen’s official residence while in Scotland. The most well known Mary, Queen of Scots, lived in the


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scotland Greyfriars Kirk (church) and the adjacent graveyard where many notable Edinburgh residents since the 16th century are buried. A colorful restaurant bar just outside of the Kirk, called Greyfriars Bobby’s Bar, also features a bronze statue out front of a loyal little dog who guarded his master’s grave for 14 years. If shopping is your thing, the city center’s shopping district of Princes and Georges Streets are grand stops. There, you’ll also find the Princes Street Gardens and the Scott Monument, a very striking Gothic style structure, whose stairs you can climb for a view of the surroundings. There’s sure to be a Scottish highland bagpipe player nearby outfitted in the traditional dress, featuring a tartan pattern on a kilt. Beneath Edinburgh Castle, the Grassmarket and

the narrow Victoria Street are full of shops and eateries all along its winding path. You might want to try some Cullen Skink Soup, which tastes better than it sounds; or you can find just about anything from a tasty burger to the very British bangers and mash. Edinburgh is a most fascinating city, one that offers an enormous glimpse into Scottish history and a taste of its proud people; it’s definitely one that offers a dream vacation.

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palace for her short reign. You can tour the ground’s gardens and the ornate rooms of the castle. Located across the street is the very modern parliament building. Climbing the volcanic mountain known as Arthur’s Seat gives you a fantastic panoramic view of the city and towards the river and bay. The bay is known by the interesting name of the Firth of Forth (Firth meaning water and Forth meaning black); it eventually flows into the North Sea. History and art lovers will enjoy visiting the National Museum of Scotland, a world class museum full of natural items of Scottish heritage, world cultures, and technological innovations through the ages. Near the museum, where Chambers Street meets Forest Street and Candlemaker Row, you’ll find 41



Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras

Executive Chef Victor Santos Chef Victor Santos emerged on the Miami culinary scene a decade ago, after graduating from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, and wasted no time making his mark. The Brazil native honed his

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culinary and entrepreneurial skills while co-owning the famed Asian noodle business I Kyu Noodles, which put him in touch with some of South Florida’s top chefs, including Michelle Bernstein, Douglas Rodríguez, and Scott Uehlein, among many others. Chef Santos was an integral part of the opening team for the luxurious Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa on Miami Beach, where he developed menu items that accentuated the flavors of the region. Following his work at Canyon Ranch, Chef Santos moved to Rhode Island, where he worked as a sous chef for Ted Gidley at the famed Clarke Cooke House restaurant, known throughout New England for its fine dining. It was there that classical French cuisine made an impact on his life and also where he developed the passion for creating menus using contemporary cooking techniques married with traditional flavors.

For the Apricots: 4 ea Golden Apricots 2 TBS Butter 2 TBS Brown Sugar Cut the apricots in half and spread the butter and brown sugar equally on each half. In a preheated 350°F oven, bake the apricots for 8 minutes, until they become soft, but not falling apart. For the Gastrique: 1 Cup Maple Syrup ½ Cup Sherry Vinegar 1 ea Star Anise 4 ea Black Peppercorn 1 ea Bay Leaf


Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer; cook until mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 10 minutes. Strain mixture through a chinois, discarding any solids, and keep warm until ready to use. For the Apricot Puree: 1 Cup dried Apricots 1 ea Cinnamon Stick 2 Cup Chicken Stock In a saucepan, combine all ingredients, and over medium heat, cook the apricots until they are fairly soft (about 20-25 minutes). Puree the ingredients in a high speed blender and strain through a fine mesh strainer.

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To Assemble the dish: 4 ea 2 oz pieces of Grade A Hudson Valley Foie Gras 4 oz Savory Granola 4 ea Golden Apricots 4 oz Apricot Puree 2 TBS Sherry-Maple Gastrique TT Maldon Salt Nasturtium flowers as needed Red Veined Sorrel as needed In a preheated 350°F oven, place the roasted apricots cut face up and gently reheat them for about 5 minutes. Preheat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat; once the skillet is hot, sear the pieces of foie gras 2 by 2 so the pan is not over crowded. You will be looking to get a deep

brown color on both sides, approximately 2 minutes on each side. Remove the seared pieces and place them onto a paper towel to absorb the extra fat. In an appetizer/salad plate, spread about 1 oz of apricot puree with the back of a spoon or a small offset spatula. Add about 1 oz (2 TBS) of the Savory Granola on top of the apricot puree. Place the 2 halves of the roasted apricots, with both the cut side facing up. Add the seared piece of foie gras on top of one apricot and sprinkle with the Maldon Salt. Drizzle the gastrique over the whole plate, and garnish the dish with the red veined sorrel and the flowers.

At Tuyo, Chef Santos will create menus that will continue generating buzz for one of South Florida’s most elegant restaurants.

Tuyo is Miami Dade College’s (MDC) award-winning rooftop restaurant. Located atop the Miami Culinary Institute (MCI) at MDC, Tuyo offers one of South Florida’s most elegant dining experiences, first-class service, and an unparalleled panoramic view of the downtown skyline and Biscayne Bay. Tuyo also features an extensive list of wines from around the globe. For more information, visit www.tuyomiami.com



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Tips to Protect your hair

this summer By: Chiqui Rodriquez Summer is here and with it comes the heat, the beach, outdoor events, and many family gatherings. Since our hair is an essential component of our image, and in the effort of looking our best, we place a high demand on our hair by excessively washing, drying, and styling. Exposed to constant abuse sometimes it seems impossible to keep our hair healthy and beautiful. There are many natural, affordable, and easy ways we could follow to enjoy our summer outings and keep our hair healthy. Our main goal should be to nurture our hair with good nutrition, protect it by avoiding certain destructive patterns, and prevent damage by ceasing the use of harmful products. I encourage you to look at the following helpful tips to prevent further damage to your hair while enjoying the summer season.





Beauty comes from the inside out, and in that spirit, we need to consume nutrients that help us in the process of nurturing not only our hair, but our entire body. Eat food high in protein, such as eggs and yogurt; good fats, such as coconut oil and olive oil; vegetables; and low sugar fruits, along with a good vitamin B supplement, which helps in the process of hair growth. Whenever possible, choose organic foods, as they tend to contain less hormones and additives than regular foods. In order to prevent more stress on your body, eat regular meals, and give yourself ample time to plan meals that include foods that help your hair grow. Finally, remember to drink plenty of water to keep your whole body hydrated.

Some of the culprits that promote damage to our hair include the constant washing, drying and styling. It is important to take into consideration the following steps in the process of protecting our hair. First, when washing your hair, use high quality products that condition your hair, and if possible, don’t keep your wet hair tied up or braided for a long period of time. Handle wet hair with care and eliminate the use of combs and plastic brushes that break your hair. Second, avoid the prolonged use of hair dryers. Hair dryers cause irreparable damage to your hair such as split ends and burned hair sections; therefore it is important to use the proper heat level when drying to prevent permanent damages. Third, when using a drying conditioner, make sure the product keeps its promise of conditioning and protecting while heat activated. Finally, when styling your hair, limit the use of hair gels, mousses, and sprays. The continued use of styling products weakens the hair follicles and promotes hair loss.

Preventing future damage to our hair is essential to maintain its beauty and health. It is important to condition and arm ourselves with the right products to make our hair strong and prevent hair loss. I love the use of natural remedies and masks as opposed to chemicals and processed products. Use natural oils and homemade masks to strengthen and condition your hair. Avocado and honey masks are a natural and affordable way to help your hair shine and grow. Natural oils like coconut and olive oil, applied twice a week for thirty minutes, on your hair help to condition your hair naturally. If you choose to use conventional products, look for those that have fewer chemicals as part of their ingredients. Also, avoid overloading your hair with too many different products. It is best to stick to the brand that has given you good results in the past.

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Where Fashion Trends Are Born Written by Gigi Fernandez Photography and Concept: Jeniffer Guzman Fashion trends are at a high level at the beginning of every season, but what are the origins of the trends that dominate our streets, parties, and instagram accounts? Many times, fashion is dictated by those who are on top of their game, be it in film, music, or even politics. But going even further, the best vessel designers have to showcase the new trends is the runway. Like with everything else, Miami is a blend of fashion styles unique to our climate and cultural opportunities. With that in mind, I would like to take a moment to look back at one of the events that many fashionistas from the Americas and the Caribbean utilize to showcase their art: Dominicana Moda.

Dominicana Moda has, for a long time, been an excellent way for renowned and talented designers, such as Giannina Azar, to showcase their exquisite art. Known for her colorful and playful, yet sophisticated designs, Giannina has become a staple of the event, and her shows are always booked solid from the very beginning. Other talented designers, like the innovator Jusef Sanchez, bring a fresh and modern approach to the runway. This is like honey to fashion bloggers, models, photographers, and fashionistas alike; the ambiance is pure decadence as everyone feels free to express their love for fashion. As an international affair, many enjoy a plethora of talent from countries such as Puerto Rico, Spain, Honduras, Haiti, France and others. A true enterprise, organizers make sure that all representatives have an opportunity to showcase their trade, and an excellent benefit is that young students are exposed to the kind of success and love for the art that fuels their passion to better their skills.

However, not all is fun and fashion; as a conscious entity, Dominicana Moda takes on a social responsibility and donates a large part of their income to over 50 non-profit institutions in the Dominican Republic. Organizations like Fundacion Amigos Contra el Cancer Infantil benefit from this initiative, creating a legacy and an excellent example to follow.

For our last edition, SW The Magazine traveled to a lush tropical paradise to be a part of this most significant fashion event. Created a decade ago, Dominicana Moda provides a platform for designers, models, producers, and clients alike. For their 10 year anniversary, the game has been brought to a new level, and this was most obvious when the featured designer was announced. None other than iconic Jean Paul Gaultier would bring his fashionable threads and designs to the tropical runways of Santo Domingo.

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El joven y talentoso diseñador Jusef Sánchez se destacó por la exquisita propuesta ofrecida.

Last year, much of the event was dedicated to fashion icon and beloved Dominican designer Oscar De La Renta. On the anniversary of his death, Mr. De La Renta’s legacy was celebrated by the industry. A whole show was dedicated to him by students who were inspired by his designs to create their own. Other young students were welcomed to share their messages to him as a final farewell, in a most suitable manner: written on dresses featured as an exhibit.

La marca Camila ofrece una pasarela llena de piezas joviales y frescas

The event culminated as the model and actress, Omhyra Mota, opened the show for Jean Paul Gaultier. Mr, Gaultier celebrated the diversity of his design and our culture as he danced along his runway to the tune of Juan Luis Guerra. A fusion of fashion, music, culture, and talent, it certainly left us excited to see what Dominicana Moda 2016 has in store for us.


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