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A Wine A-Fair

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On July - 26 - 2009

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The Miami International Wine Fair returns for a larger, more mature, eighth edition.  Slated for September 26 and 27, 2009, more than 500 producers and 1,500 wines representing 20 countries will pour into 85,000 exhibitor-square-feet, therefore transforming the Miami Beach Convention Center into pure “wine country.” 

 U.S. wineries, including E. Beaver, Franmara and Miami Winery will join European producers such as Poggio Al Santino (Italy), Aragon Exterior (Spain) and Cote Du Rhone (France) to name a few.  In addition, the Fair is anticipating an increased presence from South America, of which Argentinean wineries will provide an enticing selection of Malbec – an increasingly popular varietal amongst Americans.   

 Open to the public, the Miami International Wine Fair will host a series of events, wine tastings and seminars designed with the greenest gulpers to the ripest connoisseurs in mind.  Florida is rapidly emerging as one of the world’s most important wine markets and with U.S. consumption leading the global industry, the Fair has created its very own stimulus package with tickets priced at $75 per person. 

 Proceeds from admission fees benefit Educate Tomorrow, a Florida-based, non-profit organization that supports 16, 17, and 18 year olds who are aging out of the foster care system by matching them with mentors.  Educate Tomorrow’s mentors help its youth to enroll in college and training programs, find housing and jobs, as well as apply for educational and social assistance that may be available to them. 

For more information please visit www.miamiwinefair.com or call 1-866-887-WINE.

We love District Parking

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On June - 13 - 2009

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China Grill Recession Therapy

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On June - 13 - 2009

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Bands, Baubles, Broadway, Burgers and Babes on Boats

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On May - 25 - 2009

Band from TV Makes a Splash at Shore Club

Big on enthusiasm and actual musical talent, The Band from TV, comprised of Greg Grunberg, Adrian Pasdar, Teri Hatcher, James Denton, Bob Guiney and Jesse Spencer along with Louise Griffiths (model/actress) rocked the Shore Club Saturday night with their garage band antics, and to quote Paula Abdul from American Idol, “really had fun up there and made the songs their own.” The Band’s energy was evidently contagious, as the packed crowd jumped, sang, danced and shouted requests. Audience favorites included: The Who’s Teenage Wasteland, Kid Rock’s All Summer Long, Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas, and Bruce Springsteen’s version of Presley’s Pink Cadillac, The Charlie Daniels Band’s The Devil Went down to Georgia and to end, Twist It (Shake Your Tail feather) from the Blues Brothers. Teri Hatcher, who sang her heart out and was joined by her daughter onstage, was hot, literally, ending her performance with a dive into the pool. Other band mates followed her lead, ending the concert with a splash. All proceeds from the evening went to the band members’ favorite charities.

Tea, Trump and Crumpets

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Ivanka Trump

On Sunday, the PlayGround Theater hosted a whimsical afternoon at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach. Lucky guests of all ages were greeted by fairytale characters from Inanna and the Huluppu Tree as they approached the ballroom, which was transformed into a scene out of a child’s story book by event planner extraordinaire, Barton G. The charismatic, Belkys Nerey served as Mistress of Ceremonies throughout the tea, which included an auction, children’s fashion show, raffle, jewelry making and a photo booth. A flawless Ivanka Trump served as honorary chairperson of the theater’s fifth anniversary celebration during which she showcased her eponymous jewelry collection, with fifteen percent of sales proceeds going towards the theater. More like “Trump change” than “chump change,” being that our favorite cuff goes for $180,000!

 

Meat me in New York

8 oz. Burger Bar, rapidly becoming an addictive South Beach staple, (responsible for many a late-night, post-indulgence, walk of shame), was featured on NBC’s Today Show on Monday. Michael Blum did a cooking demonstration along with NBC host and expert griller, Al
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.  Blum showcased the 8 oz veggie burger and homemade fried caper tartar sauce during the segment, at the end of which Roker and fellow anchors indulged. This appearance follows Read the rest of this entry »

To Market, Meat Market We Go

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On May - 24 - 2009

meatmarketMeat Market, Miami Beach’s hottest dining destination is getting even hotter, just in time for summer, with the launch of Meat and Greet, a fabulous new Happy Hour held every Friday from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Guests can cozy up to the bustling bar – the perfect perch for watching beautiful people – order one of Meat Market’s sexy signature cocktails and enjoy complimentary sequel.  Other two-for-one deals are offered on the oysters and shrimp from the Crudo Bar, and ceviche samplers are specially priced.

 Meat Market signature cocktails, created by general manager and bar chef Sonny Gorushanovich, include house infusions such as the 915 Spicy Mango Martini – mango-infused vodka, mint, mango puree and dragon chili; Cucumber Mojito – cucumber-infused vodka, strawberries, basil, mint and sugar; Bohemian Delight – grilled pineapple-infused vodka, coconut-infused pomegranate glaze and pomegranate liquor; and Martini de Chevre – Chevre d’or cheese-infused vodka, lemon grass, pink and black peppercorns, fennel, dry vermouth and blue cheese olives.  Signature martinis such as the Passion Lychee Martini – orange and citrus flavored vodkas, lychee juice, passion fruit puree, Cointreau and Chambord; Moulin Rouge – vodka, Cointreau, Chambord, pineapple, orange and lemon juices and orange bitters; and Market Caipirinha – cachaca, wild berries, mint, brown sugar, fresh lime and lemon-lime soda.

 Embracing a sultry, comfortable modernism that reflects its landmark South Beach location at 915 Lincoln Road, Meat Market’s Crudo Bar opens nightly at 5 p.m.; the full dinner menu is served from 6 p.m. – midnight, Sunday – Thursday; and 6 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Telephone: 305.532.0088.
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There’s No Crying in La Nueva Argentina

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On May - 18 - 2009

As a full-blown recessionista, I take pride in finding places to dine that are delicious and easy on the billfold. La Nueva Argentina is a hidden treasure on Sunset Drive and 102 avenue. Caddy corner to Sports Grill and Don Burrito, locals line up at the door and are greeted with friendly faces as they are seated in the extremely clean dining area, (something we should all be aware of since Dirty Dining has become a household phrase). The menu is quite extensive considering the size of the kitchen and the prices on the menu; the Churrasco was large enough to share generously, along with two sides. There is also a wide variety of wines and beer available. The restaurant has it’s own miniature supermarket/deli where authentic Argentinean products can be purchased and take away orders can be placed or picked up. Lunch menu also available.

La Nueva Argentina

10121 S.W. 72 Street

305.274.4887

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