Byblos- More is More

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On September - 19 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

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By: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

We suspected Byblos was going to be something extra special when we attended the opening celebration in June, which featured everything from exquisite bites and drinks to a full concert by Marina and the Diamonds; on-the-spot poets and an A-list crowd. But we had no idea just how extraordinary this jewel of a restaurant would be. Fast forward a month later and we were treated to one of the most elegant, unique and outstanding dining experiences to date. Most noteworthy is the attention to detail that is prevalent throughout the entire Byblos experience- from the attentive staff (Arturo spoiled us) to the beautiful and eclectic, traditional one-of plates and silverware to the rituals, such as the French press service- served in antique tea cups; tableside spirit infused cold tea trolley and the desserts which are served atop a silver platter. Read the rest here »

SIX:02- Not only for World Champions

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On September - 17 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

imageThe hashtag says it all: #IWILLWHATIWANT and that includes power, health, strength, confidence, style and oh, yeah, championships – especially in the case of Women’s World Cup Champion and Under Armour athlete Kelley O’Hara. SIX:02, the fabulous store that is part of Foot Locker Inc., is “a destination built for the fashionably fit, fearlessly stylish and uniquely expressive real woman.” SIX:02 teamed up with athletic wear industry giant, Under Armour to introduce the Armour® Bra Collection – the most comfortable workout wear around, which is now available at all SIX:02 locations and on SIX02.com

In late August, SIX:02 and Under Armour hosted an exclusive event including a workout and dinner with O’Hara and Under Armour master trainer Keoni Hudoba – to show off the hardest working gear in sports- including the sneakers, tops, pants and bras- all powered by Under Armour. The high energy workout took place inside of Wall nightclub at the W Hotel so you know the music was blaring and made for a unique, clubby experience. After training hard, guests played even harder- as the cocktails flowed and tasty bites were passed.

Be sure to visit SIX:02, which carries the best styles from top name brands including Nike, Under Armour, adidas, Asics, Reebok and more – each of the 20+ stores, including a location in Aventura Mall, is curated to provide only the best in athletic wear and fitness fashion.

Additional information may be found on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SIX02| Twitter: @SIX02| Instagram: @SIX02 #SIX02Moment.

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Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center

Thursday, September 17 at the Just Cavalli boutique in the Aventura Mall, Maya Ezratti, Lauren Geduld, Lauren Kessler-Philolius host a special event benefiting the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center on (suite #139, first floor) from 7 to 9 PM. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center. An exclusive Pre-Shop will take place an hour prior to the VIP cocktail (6 – 7 PM). The guests who attend the Pre-sSop hour will have an exclusively opportunity to win a Just Cavalli shopping spree valued at $1,000. Two winners will be chosen at the end of the evening. To RSVP, please email justcavalli@thepattongroupinc.com.
1-Biltmore08_18-alteredChefs Up Front Miami

Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth (FLIPANY), will be hosting Chefs Up Front Miami, the 3rd annual gastronomical experience for the Miami community, at the Biltmore on Friday, September 18, 2015. Internationally renowned chefs will be creating a customized five-course signature meal for groups of ten at their own table. Each menu is exclusive to that table as it represents each chef and their restaurant. The event benefits Cooking Matters™, a program that teaches children and their families how to make healthy food choices, cook healthy meals and shop for nutritious foods on a budget. FLIPANY is the only agency in South Florida providing the national Cooking Matters program, created by Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. All money raised from the events supports Cooking Matters™ for schoolchildren and their families in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach County.
cropped-TMOSB-nightThe Making of South Beach Reunion Weekend
Over the past three years Bobby Radical has been compiling the Making of South Beach film documentary; there have been several pop up reunions, fund raisers and great friends that have come together for this documentary. On Friday, September 18, join the Clevelander Reunion’s Facebook group to celebrate all those who made South Beach back in the day. Radical has rounded up all the old school DJ’s and live acts that are still together to create an epic event that kicks off at the Forge. A pre-fixed 3-course dinner will be available with an optional $50 bottle of Veuve Clicquot. The fun continues on Saturday’s main event at Toe Jam and concludes on Sunday with Albion’s iconic pool party featuring a set by the late great DJ Mark Leventhal’s son Kyle. Holly Leventhal Bagdashian and Jody McDonald hosts of the Original Aqua Cafe Tea Dance for the early 90’s, return for ‘The Last Dance Tea’ Adora and Shelley Novak, both South Beach drag queen legends will perform and if you’re lucky maybe a cameo by Maryel Epps; for more information visit: www.MySouthBeachReunion.com or www.TheMakingofSouthBeach.com.

 

8th-annual-friends-st-jude-miami-signature-event-i-05Friends of St. Jude Miami Present: It’s All About the Kids

Friends of St. Jude (FOSJ) Miami, the young professionals group dedicated to raising awareness and funding for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, and chaired by Jeb Bush Jr., invites the South Florida community to the eighth annual International Dermatology “It’s All About the Kids” signature event, presented by the Andrés Asion Foundation. In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, this year’s event will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 19, at the JW Marriott Marquis in Downtown Miami. The event will feature a tasting menu and cocktails, as well as music by DJ Pete Diaz. This year’s hosts include Telemundo’s very own, Jorge Bernal, known as “Mr. Check it Out,” and Fusion’s Nando Vila, co-host of “The Soccer Gods.” The evening’s enticing live auction will be conducted by Ashley Morrison from Miami’s local FOX 7 news station and Keith Jones from NBC 6. Individual tickets are $175 for members and $200 for non-members, and can be purchased online at stjude.org/itsallaboutthekids or by calling (305) 265-1371. To follow the event conversation online, use the official hashtag: #FriendOfStJudeMiami.
swine-southern-table-and-barLet’s Eat Dinner Series at Swine Southern Table & Bar
Swine Southern Table & Bar will be offering a preview of its new fall menu at their inaugural gathering for the Let’s Eat Dinner Series on Tuesday, September 29 at 7:00pm! At $ 70 per person, the evening will begin with cocktail hour featuring hors d’oeuvres and spirits, followed by a 3-course dinner showcasing dishes from the new fall menu. For reservations, guests may call 786-360-6433. Additionally, Swine is excited to announce that it will now be serving Lewellyn’s Fine Fried Chicken, the popular dish from sister restaurant Yardbird Southern Table & Bar. This famous fried chicken will be available every night for supper starting at the Let’s Eat Dinner.

 

 

3-1-hotel-south-beach-miamiDark Skies at the 1 Hotel South Beach
Every month, when the sky is darkest, 1 Hotel South Beach turns the lights down low for an evening of candlelight to reduce its impact, raise awareness for global light pollution, and honor the celestial cycles of the planet. In order to create the perfect atmosphere for the eco-chic event, the lights throughout the lobby and front desk area were lowered, candles and lanterns filled the space and the living Moss Art Wall featured a projection of the earth. Mark your calendars! Dark Sky will also take place on Monday, October 12, Wednesday, November 11 and Friday, December 11.

 

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image001BLT Prime’s Tailgate Season Kickoff Cooking Class & Lunch
September marks the official end of summer and the beginning of the long-awaited football season. To celebrate the summer and gridiron season, BLT Prime will help sharpen your grill skills with a fun, educational and charitable cooking class. Football foodies can pick up some tips from Chef Dustin Ward at BLT Prime’s Tailgate Season Kickoff Cooking Class & Lunch on Sunday, September 13 at 11:00 a.m. Transforming even the most grill-challenged into an accomplished grillmaster, Chef Dustin will demonstrate a delicious three-course meal comprised of some of the award-winning restaurant’s signature dishes, while guests indulge in complimentary beverages. The three-hour class includes a cooking demonstration on the Champion’s patio outdoor grills, followed by lunch and Dolphins vs. Redskins season opener watch party. BLT Prime has partnered with St. Jude’s Research Hospital for an afternoon of food, football and philanthropy. The class is priced at $75 per person, proceeds benefitting St. Jude’s. Space is limited; reservations required at 305.591.6606.

 

 

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On September 18 Taste Miami hosts a night of culinary stars benefiting The James Beard Foundation. The evening begins with a tasting reception featuring an exciting lineup of Miami’s finest chefs, including Timon Balloo, Cindy Hutson, Brad Kilgore, Giorgio Rapicavoli, and Cesar Zapata. Then, enjoy a unique four-course seated dinner designed by James Beard Award Winners Rocco DiSpirito and Christopher Lee, with Pastry Chef Sergio Navarro. We’re bringing these culinary stars together for an unforgettable, one-night-only dining experience emceed by award-winning Miami Herald food editor Evan S. Benn; for tickets and more information visit www.jbftasteamerica.org.
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If you have any plans to try Bagatelle Miami Beach’s Miami Spice menus, why not spice up your visit with a stay at the stunning Villa Bagatelle, where luxe Frett linens and Champagne cockatils on the balcony make for a tres chic getaway. Now through September 30, 2015, book “Stay and Spice Up” at Villa Bagatelle and enjoy a 15% discount on its rack rate, plus complimentary valet parking. To view more specials please visit www.villabagatellemiamibeach.com/specials. In case you haven’t heard, the creators of the internationally acclaimed Bagatelle brand recently opened their first hotel property, Villa Bagatelle, right in the heart of South Beach. The boutique hotel is the perfect getaway that will definitely add some flavor to your Miami Spice experience. Please be advised that Miami Spice at Bistrot Bagatelle is only available during the week from Tuesday-Saturday.
Frank Sinatra’s Centennial Birthday at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

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Fontainebleau Miami Beach commences the 100 day countdown to Frank Sinatra’s centennial birthday, which officially began on September 3. During the 100 days of unique programming to celebrate the legacy of Frank Sinatra, Fontainebleau pays tribute to the treasured singer with a lineup of events and activations that embrace a piece of Golden Era glamour. Representing a special time in Fontainebleau’s history, Sinatra vacationed at the iconic hotel in his permanent penthouse suite on the seventeenth floor while filming and performing at the property. The singer often headlined sold out midnight shows at the hotel’s La Ronde Supper Club, taking the stage alongside The Rat Pack’s Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford. Beloved movies, ‘A Hole in the Head’, ‘Tony Rome’, and ‘Lady in Cement’ were also filmed on property, and The Frank Sinatra Timex Show, ‘Welcome Home Elvis’ was broadcasted at the landmark hotel, breaking TV viewing records. Fontainebleau’s Frank Sinatra 100 Day Birthday Celebration will continue through December 12, 2015, which would be the singers 100th birthday, highlights include: For more information on Fontainebleau’s 100 day countdown to Frank Sinatra’s centennial birthday, visit www.fontainebleau.com or call 305.538.2000.
Debris Free Oceans Fashion Show & Fundraiserdebris
Debris Free Oceans is a Miami-based non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire local communities to responsibly manage the lifecycle of plastics and waste as part of a global initiative to eradicate marine debris from beaches, reefs and oceans. In an effort to create awareness and raise money to assist in keeping our oceans clean, Debris Free Oceans is thrilled to present their first-ever sustainable Fashion Show & Fundraiser showcasing the hottest up & coming global brands dedicated to marine preservation. The event will be on Saturday, September 26, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Freehand Miami; this is a ticketed event that is open to the public. Ticket prices start at $30, which includes 2 complimentary Naked Turtle cocktails handcrafted by the mixologists at Freehand Miami, a Debris Free Oceans stainless steel tumbler, a $25 gift card to G-Star RAW at Lincoln Road or Aventura Mall, a 25% off coupon code for Mia Marcelle and an IMSY bracelet set made from reclaimed swimsuit materials. The event will also feature a silent auction for guests to bid on throughout the event.Tickets are limited. To purchase: http://www.debrisfreeoceans.org/tickets/ 100% of proceeds go directly to education & outreach funding for Debris Free Oceans. For additional information about Debris Free Oceans please visit www.debrisfreeoceans.com.

Neon or Nothing

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On September - 3 - 2015ADD COMMENTS
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By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore
“Neon or Nothing” was the theme of a party that would have been more aptly dubbed “Neon and Everything” for the copious amounts of fun it brought to Miami on a rainy August night.

TARA, Ink. principal and man-about-town, Nick D’Annunzio, well known for throwing over-the-top themed bashes (a hoedown, luau, burlesque and 1980s dance-a-thon about which we are still raving). For this year’s party, 300 of D’Annunzio’s closest friends traveled from near and far, dressing in their brightest neon, while braving a torrential summer rainstorm on Saturday, August 15 for NEON OR NOTHING NIGHT SWIM at Thompson Miami Beach.

VIPs ducked into a cabana and gathered around the The Thompson’s beautiful pool area, which had been illuminated with bright pink, blue and green lights, Read the rest here »

Don’t Miss: Miami Spice Sizzles in 2015!

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On August - 31 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

 

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Now on its 14th year, the Miami Spice Restaurant Program, the popular restaurant promotion organized by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), offers diners an accessible way to experience more than 190 of the finest restaurants in the region, including 54 new 2015 participants. Miami Spice kicked off in August with dining deals that include lunch priced at $23 per person and dinner priced at $39 per person. Prices include an appetizer, entrée and dessert, and exclude alcohol, tax, tip and service charges. The celebrated restaurant program will continue to bring the heat up through September, presenting savvy diners with tempting culinary experiences at unbeatable prices. Miami Spice is proud to partner with Citibank, Stella Artois and Terrazas de los Andes on this year’s program. New participating restaurants include Tom Colocchio’s Beachcraft, CENA by Michy, Cleo, Corsair by Scott Conant, Coya, El Cielo, Fooq’s, Izzy’s Fish & Oyster, Klima Restaurant & Bar, Marion, Market at Edition, Morimoto, Piripi, Prime Fish, Quality Meats, the Redlander Restaurant at Schnebly Winery, Seagrape at Thompson Miami Beach, the Social Club, Stripsteak by Michael Mina, Tantalize Miami, Tamarina, Vagabond Restaurant and Bar, Via Verdi Cucina Rustica and Vintro Kitchen & Bar.

 

Additionally, the GMCVB has partnered with OpenTable, a leading online restaurant reservation site, throughout September to promote Miami Spice and the participating restaurants in Greater Miami and the Beaches. Residents and guests can visit the GMCVB’s dedicated website – www.iLoveMiamiSpice.com – which serves as a one-stop shop for additional information on the various dining experiences by neighborhood, restaurant menus and participating days, hotel packages culinary events and more.

 

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For those who want to take advantage of an even better price than that of Miami Spice- head to Downtown Miami’s Kone sushi restaurant. Throughout September, Kone Sushi will offer a special “Spiced Up Menu” for only $30 per person. The special will include five mouthwatering courses, including appetizers such as Miso Soup and/or House Salads and fan favorites: Rock Shrimp, Fish Carpaccio, Master Ohata Roll (Mo Roll- shrimp tempura, avocado, cream cheese, scallions topped with roasted salmon masago and cusabi sauce.) in addition to the MO roll- we recommend ordering our favorites- the Crunchy Monster and the Shaggy Dog. Don’t forget dessert- three sweet little kones or Nutella Pie. Yummy! Voted Miami Beach’s “Best Sushi” for two years in a row, the Brazilian inspired restaurant will have your taste buds tingling with excitement. Don’t miss this phenomenal opportunity to enjoy this great meal with family and friends until September 30. For more information, visit: http://konesushi.com/come-try-our-kone-spiced-up-menu/

 

 

Swine Serves up Southern Hospitality and Spiceswine

Upscale southern restaurant, Swine Southern Table & Bar has debuted 3-course Miami Spice menus for both lunch and supper, featuring seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients in dishes that showcase their signature Southern cuisine. Highlights on the dinner menu include: 1855 Black Angus Burnt Ends -creamy cornbread, Swine BBQ sauce, spiced corn nuts; Low & Slow Ribs – competition rub, cider vinegar mop, homemade pickles, and the decadent Death By Chocolate – rich chocolate brownie, chocolate pudding, chocolate ice cream, chocolate sauce, Coco Puffs- all for only $39 per person, Sunday through Thursday. Lunch favorites, proved at $23 Monday-Friday include: Fried Green Tomato or Crispy Pork Caesar Salad; Swine Burger – (one of the best burgers in town) short rib, brisket, and smoked pork blend, thick-cut house-smoked bacon, pickle, lettuce, tomato, American cheese, Swine special sauce, and Jack & Cookies – freshly baked cookies, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee honey milk.
Additionally, in conjunction with the Miami Spice menus, Swine is also offering their Summer of Wine specials, featuring an exclusive list of wines $30 and under, through September. These wines serve as a great complement to the Miami Spice menu and are available to guests dining with the regular menu, as well. To see the full Swine Miami Spice menus, visit: http://www.runpigrun.com.

 

 

 

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If you haven’t been yet, now is the perfect time to plan your trip to Chef Bracha’s River Seafood & Oyster Bar as this year’s Miami Spice event is well underway! The iconic downtown Miami seafood restaurant has stood its ground since 2003 serving loyal patrons seven days a week. The River Oyster Bar uses the freshest product available to create a menu of dishes reflecting Chef Bracha’s decidedly modern twist on classic seafood cuisine. The restaurant has earned critical acclaim and has become a major downtown Miami dining destination.

The River and other Miami hotspots will be offering three-course lunch and dinner special meals until September 30th with lunch priced at $23 and dinner $39. A sneak-peak at the dinner menu includes: a Creamy Sea Urchin Polenta, Spiny Lobster Flatbread or Oyster Ceviche for appetizers; Sea Scallops a la Plancha, Fisherman’s Grouper Stew, Large Braised Shortribs for entrée, and the New York strip-priced at just $30 that rivals those served at the best steak houses in town; and for dessert, the Meyer Lemon Cheesecake, A Slice of Summer Sundae or Peanut Butter Mousse. These mouth-watering choices offer a diverse selection of some of the River’s favorite dishes.

 

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