Seasons 52- Where a Great Meal is Always in Season

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On February - 9 - 2017ADD COMMENTS

By:  Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

IMG_9522Elegant yet cozy, Seasons 52, fresh grill and wine bar, is a restaurant that caters to a romantic dinner, an outing with friends or a convivial experience with family. Because of the restaurant’s ever-changing creations, you are guaranteed the freshest ingredients and can be sure that you will have a unique experience with each visit.  The servers are attentive and knowledgeable and the best part? Each exceptional dish is prepared in a health-conscious manner, with its calorie-count printed right on the menu, so guests can choose the dishes that are right for them.

The restaurant’s core menu changes four times a year with every season, and certain items on the “features” (on the right-hand panel of the menu) change every week: 52 times a year. That’s where the restaurant gets its name.  In addition, the menu showcases over 100 different bottles of wine, 52 of which are available by the glass.  With winter well underway, Seasons 52 has recently introduced its offerings for the season. The restaurant’s newest menu is replete with all the goodness you crave in winter:  from Bosc pears and cranberries to golden beets and root vegetables. Guests can look forward to favorites, such as new chef creations like warm Portuguese Kale & Chorizo Soup and rich Seafood Paella that are perfect for the cool winter months.  Other favorites include the Braised Short Rib and Cheddar Flatbread and the Triple Lobster Ravioli. Don’t miss the sea bass (one of the best in town) the shrimp scampi skillet, the warm harvest mushrooms and arugula salad with truffle dressing, duck lollipops, wood-grilled New York Strip or the lamb shank.

“As the temperatures continue to drop, it’s IMG_9530time to bring out the heartier, warmer dishes and richer aromas people look for during the cooler months,” says Chef Jim Messinger. “We’re ready to help our guests embrace what is left of the winter with exciting new dishes – and some recurring favorites – inspired by our favorite flavor combinations of the season.”

In addition to the broad selection of wines, guests can complement each dish with a handcrafted artisanal cocktail, such as the crisp Cranberry and Sage cocktail complete with Prairie organic gin, cranberries and candied sage leaf. There’s also a wonderful selection of Champagne and Prosecco from Chartogne-Taillet, Gruet and Riondo.  But those “in the know” will want to order the “secret menu” cocktail, the Botanical Buzz, which is made with organic vodka, honey and lemon and then garnished with the “Buzz Button,” a tiny, edible flower that creates an infusion that will make your taste-buds buzz (think pop-rocks but cooler)! Ask your server for it by name, as it is NOT on the menu.  Finish off your meal with one of Seasons 52’s delightful dessert shots, which are just the perfect size to satisfy your sweet tooth.

From the ambiance, to the service to the fresh, seasonal dishes, Seasons 52 offers one of the finest, most varied, dining experiences in Coral Gables.

For more information about Seasons 52, or to make your reservation, visit Season52.com.  Seasons 52, located on Miracle Mile at 321 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, offers lunch, dinner and bar service, daily. The restaurant opens Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday – Thursday from 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – midnight.

MISO’s Ocean Drive in Vienna

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 7 - 2017ADD COMMENTS

mISO1By: Maria Jose Acosta-Almeida

The Miami Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 debut concert, Ocean Drive in Vienna, sponsored by Mercantil Commercebank, moved the audience with overtures, waltzes, polkas, and dances in the Viennese tradition. The amazing concert directed by Maestro Eduardo Marturet was a night full of surprises. The evening was filled with romantic waltzes that kept the audience engaged and dancing in their seats. Guests sang along to intoxicating rhythms to the accords of polkas that erupted into a diverse mix of Latin arrangements that may have inspired Strauss or Brahms to direct a conga line.

Virtuoso group Ensemble 7/4, in their Miami debut, enhanced the concert and the YES Movement Chorus delighted the audience with Shostakovich’s Waltz No 2 which resulted in an impromptu sing-along.  Dashing, internationally acclaimed violinist, Daniel Andai, dubbed the “next Isaac Pearlman” added an element of elegance and sophistication to the group of talented musicians. Even the intermission was lively, thanks to the group of Venezuelan trumpeters who added so much spice it made it tough to leave the theater during the break.

The icing on the cake was child prodigy, Valeria Diaz, “rival” and student of Maestro Marturet, who conducted The Blue Danube by Johann MISO2Strauss Jr. The young talent expressed her love for the animals she introduced onto the stage during the performance, including a macaw and curious kinkajou that gracefully leapt onto the shoulders of the conductor. Ensemble 7/4 joined the orchestra to play the Pizzi-Cuban Polka by Josef Strauss & Johann Strauss Jr. with a singular arrangement by Carlos Rivera to close the evening with an unexpected twist.

Much in the style of visionary André Rieu, (with the bonus of Latin flair) Maestro Marturet is a true showman: enchanting and graceful, right down to his Cambridge accent. Ocean Drive in Vienna was truly another triumph for Maestro Eduardo Marturet, his muse, Athina and the entire Miami Symphony Orchestra.

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Florida Valentine Specials:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 3 - 2017ADD COMMENTS

candyThe St. Regis Valentine Specials

Dinner at Atlantikós – Savor the sensory pleasures of Santorini with an exquisite four-course romantic dinner at Atlantikós.  Executive Chef Anastasios ‘Tasos’ Chasekioglou curated menu includes Butter Poached Lobster, Braised Short Ribs, Grilled Mediterranean Seabass, and decadent desserts by Antonio Bachour and our talented pastry team.

Heart to Heart Package at Remède Spa – The St. Regis Bal Harbour is a peerless haven of oceanfront elegance, quiet unwavering taste, anticipatory service and seductive amenities. On Valentine’s Day, couples are invited to enjoy a 90-minute couples body exfoliation and massage. The experience ends with a sparkling glass of champagne and strawberries, while couples relax side-by-side at the Spa coed relaxation room.

[$620 + 20% service charge per couple. Package available throughout the month of February]

Love Birds High Tea at La Gourmandise – Love Birds can indulge on Valentine’s Day with a signature tea for two experience at La Gourmandise. Spoil your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day with a romantic Tea-for-Two by our talented pastry team and Antonio Bachour’s marvelous sugary confections. Start the high tea experience with a glass of Champagne or a tea-infused mocktail, followed by a delightful assortment of sweet and savory delicacies paired with a tea selection from our extensive tea list.

Oceanfront Day Villa Private Dining Experience – Go beyond expectation and celebrate Valentine’s Day with a five-course private butler-served dinner overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The experience begins with a bottle of vintage Champagne, followed by an exquisite five-course dinner led by Executive Chef Franck Steigerwald.  The romance continues with a custom heart-shaped dessert cake just for two.  The luxurious Oceanfront Day Villa is yours to enjoy throughout the evening, and includes a private indoor lounge and outdoor dining terrace.

 

SuViche Valentine’s Day

SuViche is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a Single & Saucy party stating at 7 p.m. on February 14th at the restaurant’s Las Olas and Wynwood locations. The Single & Saucy festivities will include food and drink specials such as Free Sake and Champagne splits (with the purchase of an entrée), extended Happy Hour and Buy One, Get One Half Off Sushi Rolls. There will also be a DJ at both locations to keep the party going.

Romance at the Fontainbleau Miami Beach

This year, in addition to indulging on Valentine’s Day, Fontainebleau Miami Beach is honoring love throughout the entire month of February for National Romance Month. Aside from Valentine’s Day offerings at the hotel’s award-winning signature restaurants, the iconic hotel will also offer a variety of romantic activities visitors can enjoy all month long. From an intimate dinner for two in your own private cabana to chocolate and champagne tastings, Fontainebleau is sure to keep you feeling loved. On February 14, diners can enjoy prix-fixe menus at Scarpetta by Scott Conant and StripSteak by Michael Mina. Guests can always end on a sweet note with a stop at Chez Bon Bon for a romance themed treat.

Month Long & Valentine’s Day

Every Saturday in the month starting at 7 p.m. and on Valentine’s day, Tuesday, February 14, StripSteak by Michael Mina will offer a romantic candle-lit, flower adorned private cabana dinner for two under the stars for $500 per couple, excluding tax and gratuity, with an optional sommelier chosen wine pairing. The menu includes an amuse bouche of Kabocha Pumpkin Soup with chestnuts, pepitas and onion foam; followed by a Shellfish Platter with oysters, shrimp and King crab; Baby Beet Salad, Chateaubriand and Milk Chocolate Mousse Bar for dessert.

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Full Moon Celebration at Nobu Eden Roc Hotel
To celebrate the stimulating Full Moon, the Nobu Eden Roc Hotel will be featuring a rejuvenating selection of wellness events each month. This month’s wellness event is Acro Yoga, inspiring Miami residents and their sweethearts to visit the hotel and channel their inner yogi while date night options are available for guests to continue the relaxation at the Spa Eden Roc – where they can indulge the mind, body and spirit on a sensory journey. Bubbly in the relaxation room and a sensual couples massage curate the ultimate bonding experience.

Option 1: Acroyoga on the Spa Eden Roc Terrace
Featuring Vendors— Malibu Farm, Truly Organic, Boho Hunter, Suja Juice, Harmless Coconut Water
When: Saturday, February 11th 6:00 – 7:00p
Cost: $10 – parking not included

Option 2: Couples AcroYoga and Massage
When: Saturday, February 11th 6:00 – 7:00p
Date Night 7:15 – 10:15p
Including: Access to AcroYoga followed by champagne in the relaxation room and a couples massage (15 min massage tutorial, 60 minute couples massage)
Cost: $450 – includes tax, gratuity, and valet

Option 3: Full-moon Yoga Weekend Getaway
When: Friday, February 10 – Sunday, February 12
Includes: Both the AcroYoga & Date Night options
Cost: Rates starting at $459

For more information on the property and our full moon wellness series, visit our website at www.nobuedenroc.com.


JOELLE Boutique Opens at the SLS Hotel

On Sunday, February 5th, JOELLE will team up with Hyde Beach Lounge at the SLS Hotel for a trunk show of her latest 2017 collection. In honor of Valentine’s Day, the trunk show will offer many special pieces perfect for the special woman in your life. JOELLE, a nationally acclaimed online boutique offering artisanal treasures from around the world, will be selling an assortment of kaftans, jewelry, totes, clothing and more. The trunk show will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  at 1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Also, check out www.JoelleStore.com

 

Housing Works 2nd Annual Design on a Dime Miami

Housing Works 2nd Annual Design on a Dime Miami will feature 30+ top designers tasked with curating unique room vignettes with donated art, furniture, and home décor. These great donated pieces will then be sold at 50-80% off to support Housing Works’ efforts to end AIDS in the US by 2025. Design on a Dime Miami will kick off at the Moore Building on Saturday, February 4th with our ticketed Opening Night Reception and Sale, followed by an intimate Chairman’s Dinner honoring Criselda Breene and Iran Issa-Khan. The sale will be free and open to the public on Sunday, February 5th. More information, and tickets, at doadmia2017.splashthat.com.

 

Scarpetta Introduces Winter Black Truffle Tasting Menuscarpetta

Scarpetta, the AAA Four Diamond Award-winning Italian eatery at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, is celebrating Black Truffle season with a prix-fixe Winter Black Truffle chef’s tasting menu. For $185 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), indulge your senses with a four-course dinner, where each dish is expertly paired with the “black diamond” of the kitchen, while supplies last. An optional wine pairing is available with sommelier’s selection. Scarpetta is located at 4441 Collins Avenue, within the Sorrento Tower at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, and dinner is served nightly beginning at 6 p.m. For more information please visit fontainebleau.com/diningevents. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 877.326.7412.

 

volleyballSwatch Beach Volleyball Major Series

The amazing international lifestyle and sporting spectacle, Swatch Beach Major Series, is coming back to Fort Lauderdale for a second year! In partnership with Red Bull Extreme Sports, the Fort Lauderdale Major is teaming up with AutoNation for a super luxe VIP fundraising event called “Cocktails with the Champions” at which we’d love to host you. This exclusive charity event will raise money for NSU’s Institute for Breast and Solid Tumor Cancer Research.

On Thursday, February 9, you’ll have an opportunity to spend an unforgettable evening with beach volleyball’s Olympic & World Champions directly on the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach. You can expect the most amazing food from renowned catering company DO & CO  and an intimate performance by reggae singer-songwriter Mishka, all while raising money for a wonderful cause! Cost: $150 per person Contact: call 954-900-6700, email vip.ftl@beachmajors.com, or visit https://us.swatchmajorseries.com/en/1123/cocktails-with-the-champions

Your Grecian Odyssey Awaits at Atlantikós

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On January - 31 - 2017ADD COMMENTS

atlanticosBy: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Awash in Greece’s signature brilliant blue and glistening white, Atlantikós, the St. Regis Bal Harbour’s latest culinary debut exudes a truly authentic dining experience, unparalleled in food quality, creativity and service. Chef Anastasios “Tasos” Chasekioglou offers a curated selection of traditional Greek dishes, presented elegantly and with an emphasis on the ingredients. The Atlantikós experience is meant to be shared and enjoyed over time as the immersive menu takes you on a journey of exceptional flavors from the Greek mainland to the islands.

Chef Tasos expertly prepares dishes like grilled octopus with fava from Santorini, a roasted manouri cheese from Greneva with honey and bee pollen, black ink orzo with langoustines, crispy calamari and grey mullet bottarga from Messologgi, marinated sardines with crushed olives from Thassos Island, beef corfu sofrito, and semolina halva- we were not exaggerating when comparing the Atlantikós dining experience with an odyssey. More traditional dishes include the keftedes (lamb and beef meatballs in a savory tomato gravy), the lamb chops (among the best in town) and the prawns. Branzino-2These are musts as well.

Not to be missed is the “palate-altering” Karavides: langoustines fricasé with Avgolemono (which can only mean “from the Gods”). This is among the most remarkable dishes we have ever tasted, replete with tender- poached lobster tail floating in the most extraordinary, decadent sauce- words do not do it justice- nor does just one serving. Pair each dish with one of the various Greek wines from the menu or with a specialty cocktail. A number of traditional Greek desserts are also available.

Revel in the St. Regis’ hallmark elevated guest experience and impeccable service – wherein you are treated like a VIP from the moment you arrive until your departure. To add to Atlantikós authenticity, there is traditional Greek custom plate smashing on a regular basis and we heard that it is not uncommon for guests to dance on the tables from time to time.

Dining-tableThe addition of this extraordinary Greek-inspired restaurant, along with three expansive four-bedroom suites and a reimagined and expanded lobby lounge follow the recent openings of the gourmet BH Burger Bar, the new St. Regis Bar & Sushi Lounge, and the debut of the Caroline Room, a 1,800-square-foot private events space.

“Miami continues to be an international epicenter for discerning travelers from around the globe, and we are responding to the needs of our guests by once again raising the bar on luxury in Bal Harbour,” said Oliver Key, General Manager, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort. “These stunning enhancements to the resort and tremendous reinvestment from our ownership are a testament to the importance we place in providing the highest level of service to our guests.”

Atlantikós serves breakfast (buffet and a la carte), lunch, and dinner seven days a week. Atlantikós is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

 

LAFAYETTE Lafayette 148 New York Opens at Brickell City Center

Global luxury fashion brand Lafayette 148 New York is excited to announce the opening of its Brickell City Centre location, another milestone celebrating the brand’s 20th anniversary. Lafayette 148 New York brings together the finest European fabrics and expert craftsmanship to create chic collections for the sophisticated, confident woman. Designed with unique versatility, Lafayette 148 New York will unveil its spring resort collection in South Florida, offering complimentary personal stylists, expert fittings, and alterations as part of the exceptional shopping experience. Thursday, January 26, 2017 Lafayette 148 New York will host an evening of shopping for a cause at the Brickell City Centre boutique.  Shoppers will enjoy 20% off their entire purchase and Lafayette 148 New York will donate an additional 20% to the No More Tears project!

 

No More Tears is a non-profit organization that aids victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, mostly women and children that have fallen prey to unspeakable abuse and that find a second chance thanks to No More Tears.

Enjoy cocktails and canapés while supporting this incredible cause!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cocktails and Canapés

7:00 – 9:00pm

Lafayette 148 New York

Brickell City Centre – Level Two

701 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33131 

Kindly RSVP: Lafayette148NY@TaraInk.com

 

 pegasusPegasus World Cup Invitational

On January 28th, The Stronach Group’s inaugural $12 Million Pegasus World Cup Invitational will take place in South Florida at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, FL, USA.

The Pegasus World Cup Invitational will surpass the $10 million Dubai World Cup as the world’s richest thoroughbred horse race. Tickets for The Pegasus World Cup Invitational are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.PegasusWorldCup.com. With limited tickets available and close to 12,000 people slated to be in attendance from across the globe, the international spotlight will be shining bright on South Florida! Additionally, the world will be able to tune into this special entertainment sporting experience as it will be broadcast live on NBC from 4:30pm – 6:30pm EST.

 

 

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