Andre Berto, Tenlle Joy, Michael Capponi, Carole Radziwill, Adam Kenworthy, Andro Nodarse-Leon and Shalimar Rivera

By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Michael Capponi celebrated his 45th birthday and the grand opening of his latest project, the El San Juan Beach Club in grand style with a weekend extravaganza filled with parties, decadent food, award-winning entertainment, celebrities and surprises.  Not one to do anything small, Capponi (the human “Swiss Army Knife”) has celebrated his past birthdays with thousands of his closest friends in a treehouse mansion on Nygard Cay, an airplane hangar, a 150 foot yacht, alongside Donna Karan at famed nightclub, Capitale in New York,  and at mansion after mansion after mansion. His parties are typically themed-from 007 to Alice in Wonderland to 1930s to masquerade- which requires his stylish guests to scramble for a costume in the spring. Well worth the effort, Capponi’s parties are the talk of the season.

It came as no surprise that the festivities over Memorial Weekend and the El San Juan Hotel and Beach Club, were nothing short of spectacular. In a recent social media post, Capponi wrote, “No one plans to fail, he just fails to plan.” One can say that his impeccable planning throughout his projects, from his years as a nightlife impresario, to his charity efforts in Haiti to his successful construction and development corporation to this latest project at the El San Juan Hotel- Capponi’s strategic vision leads to success and all who are lucky to know him reap the benefits.

Joining Capponi for the three day celebration were seasoned nightlife impresario, Eric Milon, Capponi’s partner at the Deck at Island Gardens and partner/co-creator for the El San Juan Beach Club, and Puerto Rico nightlife guru and Brava Nightclub owner, Shimmy Mchugh, models, Victoria’s Secret Angels, Socialites and celebrities: Jencarlos Canela, Real Housewife of New York City Carole Radziwill, Andre Berto and Amber Arbucci.

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The 6th Annual Wine, Women, & Shoes

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On May - 20 - 2017ADD COMMENTS

Christy Martin, Lili Sagebien, Lauren Harrington, Ani Buraglia, Daniela Swaebe, Eilah Beavers, & Sylvia Steyer

More than 600 women slipped into their stilettos to be a part of the 6th Annual Wine, Women & Shoes (WW&S) benefiting the children and families at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. The sold-out event took place at the SOHO Studios in Wynwood and generated nearly $700,000. This sophisticated gathering was emceed by Emmy award-winning journalist Belkys Nerey and included a fashion show by Neiman Marcus of Coral Gables who presented their 2017 collections and latest avant-garde designs. 

“We are so grateful for the tremendous generosity of the women in South Florida, and we are thrilled to have brought back this exclusive event to Miami,” said Tim Birkenstock, Interim President & CEO, Miami Children’s Health Foundation. “The support of this amazing group of ladies, as well as our committee members and our Event Co-Chairs, Criselda Breene, Susanne Birbragher and Yona Puri, allows us to come together to support the children and families we serve at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.” 

One of the event’s special moments included an emotional and touching speech by Milagros, a Nicklaus Children’s patient and the guest of honor. Milagros shared the story about her Lupus diagnosis and the health and emotional challenges that followed including kidney failure, dialysis and the death of her father in 2016. She closed her speech with a reminder that events like Wine, Women & Shoes give patients like her a chance for a healthier life. Click here to view her MCH Foundation Patient of the Month video.

 

Included among the sponsors that helped to make a difference were: High Heel Presenting Sponsor, Faena Rose; Style Sponsor Christina Getty; Platform Shoe Sponsor, Klaudia & Lewis Brown, Neiman Marcus of Coral Gables; Stiletto Sponsor, Zuma, Coya, DÔA, and La Petite Maison curated by Yona Puri; Ruby Slipper Sponsor, Karla Conceptual Event Experiences, Danielle Kronfle, Hundred Acre Wine, Duke Spirits; Glass Slipper Sponsor, Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables; Merlot Sponsor, Del Monte Fresh Produce, Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits, Bertaud Belieu, Faith Family; Rosé Sponsor, Moncler, Moscato Sponsor, Avior Airlines, Shear Construction Co., Eighty Seven Park; Cabernet Sauvignon Sponsor, Casa Smiles; Ice Wine Sponsor, Brightline; Media Sponsor, MY93.9, Y100 (iHeart Media), Ocean Drive Magazine.

Point Royal is on Point

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On May - 17 - 2017ADD COMMENTS

By:  Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

When an Iron Chef invites you to dinner, you cancel all plans. When said chef happens to be Geoffrey Zakarian, you know you are in for the experience of a lifetime.  Needless to say that dinner at Point Royal at the newly renovated Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood Beach was nothing short of extraordinary.  While it goes without saying that the food is exceptional, the

coastal American restaurant, is as welcoming, elegant and larger-than-life as chef/partner  Zakarian himself. Picture an expansive, perfectly-lit space with a soothing color palate of earth tones, gold and gradient hues of blue, illuminated by enormous lanterns and filled with comfortable, cozy booths so well-positioned that there isn’t a bad seat in the place.

 

But the real star at Point Royal is the food. The menu features snacks, starters, items to share and a variety of meat, seafood and poultry dishes, including a daily catch and raw bar selections. For starters, the seafood is caught and served fresh daily, and only of the utmost quality. Start with one of the seafood towers and a few snacks. The 12 oz Alaskan king crab leg  crab croquettes with the “comeback sauce” will make you want to do just that.  The GZ butter poached lobster roll is the best we’ve tasted this side of Maine, complete with the specially-baked and buttered grilled bun and chunks and chunks of lobster dressed minimally with Coleman’s mustard- as it should be. The roasted Maine diver scallops were another favorite and beef lovers will enjoy the dry aged New York strip or the pomegranate glazed short rib. But the great news is that no matter what you order, you are sure to have an extraordinary experience. Save room for dessert. Standouts include chocolate budino and the key lime pavlova.

Don’t forget to sample some of the craft cocktails, as GZ is well-known for his expertise when it comes to creating creative concoctions, to which any fan of The Kitchen will attest.

 

Point Royal serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.  For information and reservations visit: 

http://www.pointroyal-fl.com.

Escape to Bimini: the Ethos of Bliss

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On May - 16 - 2017ADD COMMENTS
Resorts World Bimini (RW Bimini)

Resorts World Bimini (RW Bimini)

By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Picture every shade of blue you’ve ever seen and a hundred more you can only imagine- to only begin to understand the beauty that is Bimini. The hashtag: #BiminiBliss is most fitting for this stunning island, located just 50 miles from Miami, where bliss is a lifestyle. Ask anyone about this magical place and you will be answered with a smile and a headshake which says, “You just have to go.” It’s hard to pinpoint just what makes Bimini so special. Is it the year-round sunshine, powder-white sand and turquoise sea? Or that this resort island still maintains a friendly, laid-back, rustic vibe despite its luxurious accommodations? Whether you seek a relaxing respite or a more adventurous experience, Bimini is the ideal vacation destination. Well-known for world-class diving and fishing, this seven-mile paradise is perfect for those who love to be on, in or near the ocean.

Stay: Resorts World Bimini
Resorts World Bimini (RW Bimini) is the ultimate Caribbean retreat encompassing a sprawling luxury beachfront complex, comprised of colorful private condos and villas and the new Hilton at Resorts World Bimini. The Hilton Hotel is a tropical haven featuring spacious, elegant, luxurious modern guest rooms and suites with three pools, six restaurants, a live-action casino, serenity spa, fitness center, and two beaches offering countless water sports and activities to thrill travelers of all ages. The staff throughout the entire resort is friendly and welcoming. VIP manager, Valnardo Dean goes above and beyond to make sure that every guest feels like a VIP.

Snorkeling 

Swim and Play
Because the resort has three expansive pools, guests have ample opportunities to swim and relax. Enjoy sweeping, panoramic views of the entire island from the Hilton’s rooftop Infinity Pool. Splash around with the kids at the wrap-around Lazy River Pool which includes a swim-up bar or lounge at the peaceful Sabor Pool.
Clock in some beach time at the gorgeous Paradise Beach, with crystal clear water and powder-white sand. Enjoy the multitude of exciting water activities offered by Under the Sun Watersports. Whether your fancy is glass-bottom kayaking, paddle-boarding, thrilling jet-ski rides, laying on a water hammock or pedaling a water bike- the experienced and friendly staff at Under the Sun will keep you safe while you create a lifetime of memories. Edward Reckley, who owns Under the Sun can arrange a variety of excursion packages and even assist with private island tours and souvenir shopping. Contact Edward at ereckley@hotmail.com.

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Escape to Italy

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On April - 30 - 2017ADD COMMENTS

By:  Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Few places are as rich with both, history and natural beauty as Italy. From varied landscapes including rugged mountain terrain, sapphire oceans, verdant valleys, vineyards and bustling cities- Italy’s got it all.  Lest we forget the beautiful and vibrant people, and the food… Mama Mia- the food!  A lifetime of visits would hardly be enough to take in the magnificence of this spectacular country, we’ve created an itinerary of favorite experiences in ten days.

 

Rome

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Stay

Luxury hotels abound in Rome. When traveling on a budget, especially with a family, Trilussa Palace Hotel Congress & SPA offers clean, comfortable accommodations with plenty of rooms and the most attentive staff in all of Rome. They will help you with any and all tour and restaurant accommodations 24/7. The daily gourmet breakfast buffet is the perfect start to every long day of sightseeing. The hotel is located just a short tram ride from the heart of Rome- where you can walk to all of the major attractions and a short walk to Trastevere- where you can find numerous authentic restaurants, bars and shops, where the locals hang out.

 

Aperitif and Relax

Hotel de Russie is part of the Rocco Forte collection. The outdoor garden is stunning and flanked by the hotel’s very own orchard! Via del Babuino, 9

 

Dine

Meridionale (Trastevere)This chic yet quaint restaurant boasts 1960s decor- you will feel like you are eating in your Nonna’s kitchen. Pastas are exceptional- the best in Rome. Service is attentive and the prices unbeatable.

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Women of Tomorrow Gala brings together Miami’s Influencers

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On April - 27 - 2017ADD COMMENTS

image007By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

More than 400 stylish guests gathered at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for the Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program Galaon March 4, to celebrate 19 years of mentoring in South Florida.

The evening commenced with an elegant cocktail reception, where guests had the opportunity to mingle and bid on luxury items and experiences, followed by an extravagant dinner in the ballroom and a night of dancing to the sounds of Soul Survivors – who truly know how to pack a dance floor. The most touching moment of the evening, was the candle-lit procession of young women impacted by the work of Women of Tomorrow, who joined supporters for a special moment of gratitude. Read the rest here »

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