lady luckTreat Yourself to a Weekend with Lady Luck at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort

“Lady Luck,” the 324-foot tanker ship from New York City has become one of the biggest contributions to South Florida’s artificial reef system and one of the most easily accessible major dive sites in the nation. We encourage you to book a weekend stay at the Ft. Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach  beautifulmarriott resort, situated on the beach, with state of the art amenities, two pools, a kids’ play area, excellent service and a terrific breakfast buffet. The tanker, which is longer than a football field, has been sunk one mile from the resort. It is now the centerpiece of Shipwreck Park, a unique underwater cultural arts park surrounded by 16 other existing wrecks with underwater art exhibits created by Pompano Beach artist Dennis MacDonald. Art displays include a swim-through cascade of gigantic dice, a card-slinging Octopus and hustling table sharks as part of the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park sponsorship.

For more information on Lady Luck and Shipwreck Park, Inc., visit For information or to make reservations at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, please visit or call 855-954-4683.


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KLIMA Restaurant and Bar

KLIMA tempts gourmet enthusiasts with a set menu that presents some of the restaurant’s most popular creations, demonstrating why KLIMA Restaurant and Bar has become one of the most admired restaurants in the city.  KLIMA’s Miami Spice Month program for 2016 will consist of a $39 pre-fix dinner menu available from Monday to Saturday untill September 30th.

 KLIMA Restaurant and Bar is located at 210 23rd Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139, and is now open for daily dinner reservations from 6:00 p.m. by calling 786.453.2779, by emailing or via Open Table. For more information, visit and join the conversation @klimamiami and through #klimamiami.


Turnberry Isle

BOURBON STEAK by Michael Mina and CORSAIR kitchen & bar at Turnberry Isle Miami are two of the highly anticipated restaurants participating in this year’s Miami Spice Month. You will pay $23 for lunch and $39 for dinner at these award-winning, sought after hotspots. Entice your palate with a choice of appetizers including Charred Octopus Ceviche or Summer Corn Chowder at Michael Mina’s BOURBON Steak, or satisfy your sweet tooth with a Chocolate Fudge Cake or the Salted Caramel Pudding from CORSAIR kitchen & bar.

Reservations are recommended throughout Miami Spice months since restaurants will be filling up quickly during peak lunch and dinner hours. For more information or to reserve visit:



Philly Socialholic: Alex’s Million Mile 2016

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On August - 30 - 2016ADD COMMENTS

2016-amm-badgeAlex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer, challenges supporters everywhere to go the distance in September for Alex’s Million Mile 2016 (AMM). Returning for its fourth year during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, AMM participants will collectively run, walk and/or ride one million miles to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. Last year, more than 15,000 participants logged over 963,000 miles in 24 different countries on 6 continents. Since its inception, AMM has raised over $1.8 million.

Individuals and teams who participate can log as many or as few miles as their ability allows, with each mile contributing to the collective million miles goal. Animal lovers rejoice – your four-legged friend’s miles count, too. So, don’t forget to add your dog or cat to your AMM team. Miles can be logged manually or by using MapMyFitness, Fitbit or Strava apps starting September 1. The event is free to participants, but fundraising is encouraged and can start as soon as participants register.

Participants can create their own team or search the AMM website for a variety of teams to join, based on location, childhood cancer types or teams led by ALSF researchers. New this year, childhood cancer teams allow participants to join a team for a specific type of childhood cancer and the money raised on that team will fund research projects for that particular cancer. Again this year, ALSF researchers who lead their own teams can raise money for their own projects and have up to $25,000 matched by the Foundation.

Once participants create their own or join teams, there are plenty of ways to log miles and raise money. Individuals and teams looking to log their first mile can join First Mile events on September 1. A list of First Mile events is available on More ideas to help participants achieve their mileage goals are available on

Participants can show support through social media utilizing #Journey2aMillion. To register for Alex’s Million Mile and get more ideas to help you reach your mileage and fundraising goals, visit


Don’t Miss: Charitable Donations for Italy

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On August - 30 - 2016ADD COMMENTS

wallWALL Gives Back Donations for the Victims of the Central Italian Earthquake

Italian born Nicola Siervo and partners at WALL Miami are arranging a donations endeavor to alleviate the devastation of the Umbria, Lazzo and Marche regions of Italy.  In lieu of entrance fees, WALL simply asks for donations at the door in addition to their pledge of a portion of bar sales.  Starting on Tuesday, August 30th, WALL invites its guests to join their cause and see that looking good and doing good can be one in the same.


Quattro Gastronomia Italiana Supports Victims of Italy’s Earthquake

On Wednesday, August 24, 2016, a Magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit Central Italy, killing at least 290 people and devastating the town of Amatrice. To assist those affected by this terrible disaster, Quattro Gastronomia Italiana will be offering Amatriciana pasta for the entire month of September, with proceeds from the dish going to the victims of the earthquake.

Amatriciana is a famous pasta sauce originating from the town of Amatrice, the site of the earthquake’s epicenter. Guests can order the pasta plate, made with tomato sauce, onions, guanciale and Pecorino Romano cheese, knowing that proceeds will go towards providing earthquake relief for the victims and their families.

“Our prayers go out to Italy and the victims of the earthquake. We encourage guests to order the Amatriciana pasta so that we can assist with relief efforts and create awareness for the affected region,” said Quattro general manager/partner Roberto Sanso.

Quattro Gastronomia Italiana is located at 1014 Lincoln Road in South Beach. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily. Reservations are strongly suggested. Telephone: (305) 531-4833. Follow Quattro on Facebook: @quattromiami, Twitter: @quattromiami, Instagram: @quattromiami.

LT Steak & Seafood at The Betsy- South Beach Hotel

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On August - 30 - 2016ADD COMMENTS

LTWe have loved the Betsy- South Beach Hotel for years and for so many reasons:  its elegant Old Florida ambiance, cozy and welcoming interiors,  “hidden gem” appeal…but most of all, for the elevated dining experience provided by Executive Chef Laurent Tourondel, who has recently opened LT Steak & Seafood, (where one of our favorites, BLT, used to be).  LT Steak and Seafood, much like its predecessor is dedicated to serving the best, most refined American steak and seafood on Miami Beach.  LT is a fitting dining room within the historic hotel, the Greater Miami area’s only Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond rated boutique hotel.  LT Steak & Seafood offers diverse dishes that draw inspiration from the distinct energy of Miami. Chef Tourondel, one of the region’s strongest culinary voices, has created seasonally-inspired American menu that showcases a deep appreciation for the local LT2landscape, combining beloved aspects of steak and seafood houses together under one very elegant roof. LT Steak & Seafood offers innovative takes on familiar dishes, with menu highlights featuring expansive sushi and raw bar offerings such as Crunchy Curried Peekytoe Crab and Freshwater Prawn Coconut; large seasonal salads including Lemon Poached Lobster Salad with grapefruit oil and Watermelon & Heirloom Tomatoes with feta, hot peppers and pomegranate vinaigrette; seafood entrees like Grilled Red Snapper with smashed fresh peas and lime-shiitake ginger vinaigrette; followed by a vast selection of U.S.D.A. Prime steaks from the grill, offered with rotating market sides. LT Steak & Seafood serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.  Our favorites included the Alaskan King Crab claws and the New York strip- a perfect steak, prepared to perfection.

lt3To complement the menu, an extensive beverage program created by LT Steak & Seafood F&B Director David Weiss, consists of a range of literary-inspired original cocktails, along with some signature classics inspired by Tourondel. The restaurant’s wine program includes a diverse, international list to match the bold menu items.  We would be remiss if we failed to mention the outstanding service, from start to finish!

The new look at LT Steak & Seafood has been brought to life by the award-winning design team at The Betsy-South Beach, led by Diamante Pedersoli and Carmelina Santoro. Clean lines, rich textures and an understated elegance define the space, exuding true warmth and comfort. The restaurant’s signature large picture windows from the original L. Murray Dixon Art Deco Design further enhance the airy, open space.

During the months of August and September, diners can take advantage of LT Steak & Seafood’s Miami Spice offerings. To view the featured lunch and dinner menus, available for only $23 and $39 dollars, respectively, visit:

The  three course pre fixe lunch ($23) and dinner ($39) menus include Kampachi Ceviche with citrus juice, red onion, sweet potato, avocado, hauncaina sauce, and cancha and Pan Roasted Bronzino with brown butter mushroom mojo, crispy garlic, and ultra-watercress.

The opening of LT Steak & Seafood has coincided with the larger expansion of The Betsy-South Beach, which will be adding impressive new facilities to elevate the guest experience, while preserving the commitment to a high level of personalized service. Along with LT Steak & Seafood, the property’s expansion will include two additional culinary concepts overseen by Tourondel, scheduled to open in fall of 2016. LT Steak & Seafood is located at 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily from 7:00am – 10:00pm Sunday through Thursday, and 7:00am – 11:00pm Friday through Saturday. For reservations,  call 305-673-0044. All major credit cards accepted. For additional information, visit  

la grand dameFor one month only, this September, Tredici (114 South 13th Street, 267-928-2092) will celebrate the debut of their new sister restaurant in Washington, DC with La Grande Dame, a raw bar plateau featuring a diverse and exciting assortment of fresh seafood and shellfish.   La Grand Dame ($150) will also benefit Living Beyond Breast Cancer: $10 from each platter sold will be donated to the Bala Cynwyd-based charity, providing programs and services to help those whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer in honor of their 25th anniversary later this year.   La Grande Dame includes:

  • 1 oz. of Hackleback American Sturgeon Caviar, served with egg whites, chives, red onion and blini
  • 2 Joe’s Crab Claws, served with caper aioli
  • 4 fresh, seasonal oysters, served with mignonette and horseradish
  • 4 jumbo shrimp, served with cocktail sauce
  • 4 pieces of rare seared Ahi tuna

WHERE: Tredici, 13th and Sansom Streets in Philadelphia   WHEN: September 1-30, 2016   WHY: On November 12, 2016, Living Beyond Breast Cancer will hold their 25th Anniversary fundraiser, the Butterfly Ball, presented by White House| Black Market. Tredici’s owners, Greg and Emily Dodge, are co-chairs of the black tie benefit, and created La Grande Dame to give back to Living Beyond Breast Cancer in a personal way. The Butterfly Ball will be held at 801 Market Street, honoring Dr. Jennifer Chalfin Simmons with the Founders Award; Andi and Abraham Morris with the Corporate Leadership Award; and Jenny Burkholder, Ayanna Z. Kalasunas and Judy Weinstein with the Going Beyond Award. Tickets are $350/person and can be purchased at

Swim Week 2017

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On August - 26 - 2016ADD COMMENTS


By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Heavenly bodies graced the runways in South Beach for Swim Week Miami, the largest platform for the swim wear industry in the United States, during the second week of July. 2016. From the tents at FUNKSHION between 21st and 22 streets in Miami Beach to SWIM MIAMI at the W Hotel, to shows at the Setai and newcomer, Faena Miami Beach, next season’s hottest styles were presented with flair, despite the typical summer storms we’ve come to expect this time of year. Here are a few of our favorites. Read the rest here »

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Mary Jo Almeida-Shore,Jose Almeida,Maryanne Salvat
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