coyaExperience the Best of Latin America at Coya

From the moment you step into Coya, you know you’re about to experience an extraordinary culinary event. Every square inch of the stunning restaurant is decorated with such attention to detail which mirrors and heightens the already elevated dining experience. Coya invites you to “See the world through a new perspective.” By serving the most elegant South American cuisine- Coya’s chefs take you on a “culinary journey of the senses.” From Coya’s selection of sushi and Ceviche, to its phenomenal prime grilled meats, and fresh seafood. the menu offers delightful, creative dishes to please every palate. Aside from the excellent food, Coya’s Inviting and communal setting makes it difficult to ever want to leave. Expect to linger for awhile to experience the globally-influenced shared plates and vast beverage offerings. We recommend you visit for brunch on Saturday or Sunday and make a day of it – taking advantage of the value-priced menu, with a wide assortment of menu items and bottomless champagne or cocktail offerings. Coya celebrates the beauty and diversity of Latin culture with bright, complex dishes that add a modern twist to traditional South American cuisine. The unique and gorgeous setting transports guests by embodying the full Latin experience: arts, culture and music.

 

drewFLOWER Eyewear by Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore has a personally designed an extremely stylish eyewear line, exclusively sold at Walmart. FLOWER Eyewear, launched in 2015, has been a favorite for sunglasses and eyewear, and just launched gorgeous new readers so those of us, HMMM, that currently need some extra help reading the menu can look stylish while doing it. The fashionable eyewear is now available in the Florida market. Styled by Drew herself, the newly debuted FLOWER Eyewear readers are only $19.94 and sold exclusively at your local Walmart. Pay a fraction of the price and look at life through the eyes of a celebrity in four different powers. These readers range from +1.00 to +2.50 and share the same great quality and style as Drew’s sunglasses and prescription lenses.

 

smokeySmokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill Brings Back the Prime Rib 

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill welcomes back its annual Slow Smoked Prime Rib*. A cut that needs no introduction, it is hand rubbed with robust seasoning; marinated for 12 hours; slow smoked in-house with homemade au jus and horseradish sauce and comes with two regular sides. Available Thursday – Sunday, after 4 p.m., the restaurant is offering a 10 oz. or 16 oz. option, while supplies last. And for all of the leftover meat? The restaurant is serving some savory sandwiches as well! 

The company currently operates 67 locations in 16 states and you can preview all restaurants online here: http://smokeybones.com/ With a variety of over 40 beers, wine brands and a constantly evolving cocktail menu, we’d like to give you a few options on how to feature this news. The meal is ideal for girls or guys “nights out,” special occasions or to enjoy with your family and friends over the holidays.

The Ultimate Guide to NYE 2017

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On December - 29 - 2016ADD COMMENTS

 

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2016 has had its fair share of highs and lows. One thing we can all agree on is that it’s time to bid adieu to the old and herald in the new with the over-the-top enthusiasm for which Miami is well known. While many locals opt to stay in, as every night in Miami is a “New Year’s Eve of sorts” with an abundance of decadent parties to attend- lots of us insist on celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of another surrounded by revelers, confetti and champagne. If you are part of the latter group- check out some of our recommendations for terrific celebrations, listed in no particular order.

An Extravagant Bash at Five Star New Year’s Eve

Welcome 2017 in style with Miami’s most luxurious celebration – Five Star New Year’s Eve!  Featuring private yacht rides by YatchLife, the all-white-and-gold themed party is located in a private island inside a palatial glass venue, featuring endless food and libations all night long, outdoor amenities and a dock for guests wishing to bring their own boats. Guests can avoid traffic and Uber surges with YatchLife rides, with seats priced at $150 for one-way trip and $300 for round trip.

Guests who purchase tickets to Five Star New Year’s Eve will begin celebrations early with a week-long lineup of VIP events in Miami Beach starting on Sunday, December 25 through December 31. Any ticket purchase will grant guests access to the Sunset Party, Luxury Yacht Cruise, Surreal Party, Rooftop Pool Party, Miami Beach VIP Club Experience, all leading up to Five Star New Year’s Eve.
This sought after event has been attended and hosted in the past by actor Ryan Phillippe, DJ Robin Schulz, Brazilian singer Michel Telo, soccer star Ronaldo “The Phenomenon” Nazario de Lima and renowned Brazilian actress Isabeli Fontana, to name a very few.

Enchanting New Year’s Eve at Villa Azur

Fairy tale creatures will welcome guests at Villa Azur’s Enchanted Villa-themed celebration, which will feature two seated dinner options, live entertainment and bubbly.

The first seating from 7pm to 9:30pm offers a 3-course meal with options including Lobster Tart, Mediterranean Sea Bass with Winter Black Truffle, A5 Kobe Beef Wellington, and Grand Cru Chocolate & Tayberry Jam, to name a very few, and a glass of champagne for $250 per person. A second seating at 9:45 PM offers a 4-course menu with some holiday dishes including Homemade Foie Gras “Mi Cuit”, Langostino Carpaccio on Crispy Shell, A5 Kobe Beef Wellington, and Financier Cocoa Caraibe Chocolat, paired with Dom Perignon Rose, starting at $500 per person. Children will be accommodated with a $99 menu.

Brasserie Azur

At Brasserie Azur, guests will enjoy a dazzling celebration featuring a 4-course $75++ pre-fixe menu with offerings of Smoked Salmon Taco, Shrimp Lobster Salad, Veal Loin Chops and pastries from The Pastry Corner, accompanied with live music and a 2016 countdown. Children will be accommodated with a $35++ menu.
Brasserie Azur opens for brunch at 11am on New Year’s Day serving signature dishes and magicians will be on hand to help the hangover disappear!

Riverside Glamour at Seaspice

Seaspice will feature exquisite New Year’s Eve offerings all day and night including Kaluga Caviar and Kusshi Oysters, Beef Wellington, Black Truffle Florida Lobster, and Seaspice Mignardise. The Saturday Night Fever themed bash will feature live music performance by Grammy Award-winner Motiff and Friends and dance shows. Stay and enjoy live entertainment as you count down to 2017!

A Parisian Fete at Paris 6

Paris 6 offers a 24 hour Parisian style celebration with a four-course pre-fixe dinner offering grandiose options of Canapes de Steak Tartare, Salade de Jambon et Figues, Tournedos Rossini, Poulpes Sautees au Fettuccine, Gateau Rosé and Oreo Grand Gateau, to name a very few, as guests enjoy live music into the new year!

A Family Affair at El Churrasco

El Churrasco features a five-course $180 pre-fixe menu paired with signature wines and a bottle of champagne for tables of four. Guests can expect live shows, live music and other surprises all night long, leading up to a display of fireworks overlooking the Biscayne Bay and Miami skyline as they ring in the New Year.

Copa Room, WALL and WET
Copa Room, South Beach’s first all-inclusive nightclub, opens its doors for the first time on the most anticipated weekend of the year. Aerialists, acrobats and Las Vegas-style shows will entertain as guests from all walks of life enjoy premium open bar all night long with surprise confetti and balloon drops at intervals throughout the night. Tickets are priced at $100 and are available at coparoommiami.com. WALL transports guests into its outlandish festival Be Crazy! Ibiza. Revelers will dance to mixes by Jean Claude Ades as they order libations from the premium open bar, available from 10pm – 1 AM.
WET Pool at W South Beach will feature world-renowned German DJ Robin Schulz as the headliner of the unforgettable start of a new year! Featuring top of the line visuals and entertainment, on Saturday, December 31st at 9pm, Robin Schulz will electrify celebrating attendees with his #1 hits including “Sugar” and “Show Me Love”. Details of the evening include premium open bar from 9pm to midnight with VIP table service packages inclusive of top shelf spirits ranging from $1k – $12k.
With past unparalleled performances delivered by Drake, Afro Jack, Alesso, Klingande and others year after year, WET Pool at W South Beach will be once again a truly unique experience!
A Fish Called Avalon
An Ocean Drive legend and one of South Beach’s longest standing restaurants is serving up superb cuisine, a dynamic buzzy setting and impeccable service with a five-course New Year’s Eve menus for adults and three-course special for kids. At A Fish Called Avalon, Guests can indulge in a welcome delight of caviar pie, smoked salmon flatbread and succulent grilled octopus, followed by their signature “Pear-fect Salad” of crispy goat cheese and pear salad. For dinner a choice of either Chilean sea bass, 21-day dry-aged Black Angus filet or a baked whole Maine lobster topped with a champagne sauce (for an additional $30). The final touch includes a bottle of Duval Leroy champagne and caramelized apple and almond rum cake a la mode. The outdoor tables are perfect for a front row view of the oceanfront fireworks show while enjoying sea breezes and live music. Kids ages 3-12 choose from shrimp cocktail or mixed greens and apple salad for an appetizer, grilled chicken with pasta or 5 oz. filet mignon with mashed potatoes for an entrée and a choice of ice cream or Chef Kai’s signature vanilla cheesecake for dessert. Reservations begin at $210 per person for adults and $90 for children.
Zuma Miami 

To ring in 2017, Zuma Miami brings you the golden age of japan – the edo era — remembered as a time of peace, growth and enjoyment of culture. The celebratory menu will include Signature Zuma dishes with festive additions perfect for sharing with friends and family. Prepared by the culinary team to tantalize the senses, the 2017 New Year’s Eve tasting menu will embrace decadent and seasonal ingredients, from freshly shaved white truffle, o-toro tuna and robata grilled wagyu. Guests will enjoy specially created dishes such as beef tartar with black truffle and caviar, squid ink seafood hotpot and lobster tempura in addition to beautiful sushi & sashimi platters and specialty maki rolls all accompanied by Krug champagne and Nanbubijin Daiginjo sake. Entertainment throughout the evening will be driven by the sounds a live DJ accompanied by a visual showcase of Japanese culture. As midnight approaches guests will count down to the new year, as Zuma breaks the sake barrel and encourages harmony and good fortune for a new year. Cheers the beginning of the New Year whilst watching fireworks outside on their riverfront terrace, where the party continues well into 2017! Four select packages will be offered, all packages include after party admission. Pricing available upon request.

The Dutch at W South Beach
Andrew Carmellini’s South Beach outpost of the American restaurant, bar and oyster room is offering two special seatings and a five-course prix fixe dinner to ring in the New Year. The Dutch menu includes “snacks” like Sturgeon Caviar and a Butternut Squash Tart followed by an appetizer choice of either Foie Gras and Duck Terrin or Florida Stone Crab Claws. A mid-course Robiola Tortellini with Alba white truffle will be served to all guests followed by a choice of John Dory with lobster curry, spot prawns and coriander flowers or Manhattan Steak with red wine short rib. For dessert, it’s either the Strawberry Vacherin or an the indulgent Manjari Chocolate Crema. The early seating begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes a half bottle of Veuve Cliquot at $185 per person, while the second seating starts at 8:30 p.m. and includes a half bottle of Dom Perignon at $300 per person. In addition, access to W South Beach New Year’s Eve pool party, with special guest Robin Schulz, is also available at special pricing ($150 [reg. $200]) with a confirmed dinner reservation.

Mexican Fiesta- Cantina la Veinte
Cantina La Veinte celebrates New Year’s Eve with a $250 pre-fixe menu, which includes table and bottle service. Guests will celebrate with live music and performances all night long as they watch the last minutes of 2016 count down on the big screens and the ball drop. Guests can recover the next day with signature bites as the restaurant resumes regular business hours.

Asian Soiree at DÔA
Centrally located on South Beach, DÔA allows guests two seating choices to fit into their pre- or post- New Year’s Eve celebration plans. Celebrants are welcome to choose between two seatings offering unique options of a four course pre-fixe New Year’s Eve menu. After midnight, guests at DÔA can continue their celebration with live entertainment and bottle service until 5am. Party Hack: Order the highly acclaimed Pork Belly Buns.

Head EAST
When in doubt, go EAST – to Brickell hotspot and flagship Hotel, EAST, Miami that is. Start the night with dinner at Quinto La Huella, the first-ever outpost of the award-winning beachfront concept Parador La Huella. First seating begins at 6 – 9 PM. Enjoy a three-course pre fixe dinner and champagne. While second seating features a four course dinner priced at $200 and begins at 9:30 PM.
Reservations required at +1 786 805 4646 or dine@quintolahuella.com for booking information.
After dinner take a magical elevator ride up to the 40th floor to experience Questlove at 10:30 PM.
Priced at $500 tickets includes open bar and light bites. Dance the night away until 4 AM to additional sounds by New York based DJ Elle Dee.
Tables and bottle service available upon request.
To purchase a ticket or inquire about a table, contact NYE@Sugar-Miami.com

Bagatelle Miami Beach
On Saturday, December 31, chef Matthieu Godard will host a three course menu at 7 PM and a champagne toast at midnight. Second seating will feature a more decadent five course menu at 10 PM as well as a champagne toast at midnight. Sounds will be curated by Vincent Daubas.
For reservations contact miamireservations@bistrobagatelle.com or call 305 – 704 – 3900.

Faena Hotel Miami Beach: A Night in Havana

Dinner Package
Say goodbye to 2016 and ring in the New Year at Faena Hotel Miami Beach. The oceanfront celebration begins at 8 PM with well-appointed accommodations and a festive welcome glass of champagne. From there, the evening includes dinner at your choice of Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann or Pao by Paul Qui. After the midnight countdown, dance the night away to our lively entertainment underneath the stars while ocean breezes blow through the palm trees. (Service charge and tax not included)

Party Package
Come celebrate the New Year at Faena. The Party Package starts from 11 PM and includes house open bar at The Living Room or Tree of Life with access to the Faena Theater party. (Service charge and tax not included)

Hotel Package
Ring in the New Year with our New Year’s Eve Hotel Package, with includes luxurious VIP accommodations, a special prix fixe four-course dinner at Los Fuegos or Pao, and complimentary access to A Night in Havana New Year’s Eve party in Faena Theater. Recover in style on New Year’s Day with a live-fire Asado Brunch at Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann and complimentary Wet Spa passes from Tierra Santa Healing House.
Price per person starts at $200.

Subject to availability & restrictions may apply. Contact Reservations at +1 305 535 4697 or reservations-miamibeach@faena.com for booking information.

A Short List of Great Gifts

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On December - 21 - 2016ADD COMMENTS



Luxurious Affordable Art of Shaving

The Art of Shaving Mid-Size Kit: The Mid-Size Kit offers the 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave in a smaller size, perfect for gifting and travel as it meets TSA guidelines. Along with the right shaving implement, you are ready to Prepare, Lather up! Shave and Moisturize. The 4 Elements of The Perfect Shave® provides optimal shaving results while helping against ingrown hairs, razor burn, and nicks & cuts. This holiday the kit will be available for $50 at The Art of Shaving Stores (theartofshaving.com)

Clarins’ Treats

Cover everything beauty on her list with Clarins 2016 Advent Calendar: Nothing says holiday more than a 25 day advent calendar and this year Clarins re-interpreted this holiday classic and created a gift set featuring an array of skincare, makeup, body products, and much more making it the perfect gift for the beauty guru in your life! The Clarins 2016 Advent Calendar is exclusively available on www.clarinsusa.com for $125.

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Scents for the Season

Inspired by Clarins’ legendary Tonic Body Treatment Oil, this new and exclusive Tonic Scented Candle invigorates the senses for an ultimate feeling of well-being. Beautifully crafted in a golden design, Clarins Tonic Scented Candle burns up to 60 hours and slowly evaporates to leave any room easily perfumed in the most subtle and rare aromas making it the perfect and relaxing gift. This holiday candle kit is sold exclusively on www.clarinsusa.com.

MOVA Globes- Give the World

For the person who has or wants the world- a MOVA globe is a timeless collectible.
The award-winning MOVA Globe blends artistic design and innovative technology into an elegant, eco-friendly décor piece that inspires wonder. Expertly hand-crafted to simulate perpetual motion, the MOVA Globe rotates smoothly around on its own. Pick up the MOVA Globe and it keeps spinning inside its shell — it’s spellbinding to watch. The MOVA Globe is the first solar-powered product on the market where the solar cells are hidden from view. No wires to fiddle with and batteries are not needed. Choose from a collection of carefully designed scenes including vintage and modern world maps, highly detailed satellite renderings, popular sports, life’s special moments and specialty art. For more information, visit:
www.movainternational.com.

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For Kids of all Ages

Searching for the right kid’s gift or hours of amusement and movement … priced under $25? This holiday, let your child unwrap a blast of fun with Stomp Rocket®, and watch their delight as they spend hours being active outdoors!

These 100% kid-powered toys are great entertainment for the entire family. Choose from a variety of Stomp Rockets that will get your kids off the couch and moving:

Stomp Rocket® Ultra LED lets the fun continue long after sunset, which is great now that we’ve turned our clocks back! Each rocket features a built-in LED light that really shines in a dark or gloomy sky as it soars up to 150 feet in the air. The Stomp Rocket Jr. Glow is great for kids as young as 3, and these all-foam rockets glow in the dark.
Kids can challenge each other to a contest with Dueling Stomp Rocket® — the special launch stand lets two kids launch their rockets at the same time, and they soar up to 20 stories high — that’s 200 feet in the air!

Stomp Rockets are:
100% kid-powered: Kids run, jump and STOMP to launch their rockets high up into the sky

Portable fun: Simple to pack and unpack, these rockets are on-the-go fun on at parties, on trips, or at local parks

Instant entertainment: Stomp Rockets are ready to launch in seconds with quick assembly and no batteries required
Fun at every age: Stomp Rockets are available for children as young as age 3 through adulthood!


 

misoBy: Maryanne Salvat

MISO Pop-Up Series

Save the date for the amazing Pop Up Series event with the Maestro Eduardo Marturet and the Miami Symphony Orchestra at the gorgeous Miami Design District, Palm Court, December 9th at 5:00 p.m.

FREE ADMISSION.

There will be a special performance showcasing the beautiful voice of Lena Burke, the powerful performance by Athina Klioumi as Sche herazade, the innovated duo of Brev Sullivan at the electrical guitar and Shakyah as a singer, and Julia Bueno performing on a toy piano!Do not miss this amazing experience. We will combine music, open space and the luxury shops.

 

 

 

pastedgraphic-4Amigos For Kids 25th Annual Holiday Toy Drive

Amigos For Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect, and Ford Motor Company Fund joined forces, once again, to share in the spirit of giving with the Amigos For Kids 25th Annual Holiday Toy Drive. As the organization’s first major event in 1992, Amigos For Kids annual Holiday Toy Drive has grown into a gift-giving program that fulfills thousands of holiday wishes for underprivileged children.  For 25 years, the effort has brought the community together to create awareness about child abuse and neglect, and to spread Holiday cheer by collecting and distributing toys for needy children. The toy drive kicks off on Sunday, December 11 for a daylong caravan featuring Santa Claus, local celebrities, community leaders and volunteers making stops in Florida City and Little Havana.  In 2015, Santa’s community leaders and celebrity helpers included: Ana Maria Canseco, Ximena Cordoba, Andrea Escalona, Boris Izaguirre, Carmen Jara and Felipe Viel to name a few.  These celebrities, along with over 200 Amigos volunteers, participate as the organization grants Christmas wishes such as a visit to a police station, a heartfelt momentum of a loved one who has passed, tickets to sporting events, Christmas trees and much more as published in their website. After distributing toys to over 300 children in Florida City’s Branches of Love, the caravan continues to Jose Martí Park where 200 more kids will receive gifts.  Toy distribution will then continue in Broward on December 12, and throughout the rest of December ensuring all children receive their specific gifts and special requests before Christmas. The Annual Holiday Toy Drive serves as a component of Ford Motor Company Fund’s community relations program, “Operation Better World.”  Ford’s nine-year partnership with Amigos For Kids highlights its commitment to enhance educational opportunities, automotive safety, human services, and quality of life to the South Florida area. For more information visit:  Amigos For Kids Holiday Toy Drive.

 

photo courtesy of Christmas Village

photo courtesy of Christmas Village

Philadelphia’s Christmas Village Returns

The highly anticipated Christmas season is upon us! Along with holiday festivities and delightful displays, Philadelphia’s Christmas Village returns this year to the City Hall Courtyard. All the warm mulled cider, spiced gingerbread, brats and delicious German fare will now be available. The city’s open-air German market – one of the largest in the country –brings Santa’s workshop, live music stages, decorations and lights, wooden shopping huts, food booths, mulled wine and more.

 

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Celebrate the season along America’s most historic square mile with Historic Holiday Nights in Old City, presented by VISIT PHILADELPHIA® and Old City District. Get all of your holiday shopping done in one place, and enjoy some seasonal dishes and sips in Old City! More than 45 participating boutiques, shops, art galleries, museums, restaurants and cafes around the neighborhood will treat visitors to special sales, discounts, promotions and menu items every Thursday in December from 5:00pm to 8:00pm through December 22nd. From its historic past to its artful present to its tech future, Old City is the place to be! Look for vibrant and diverse offerings that make the neighborhood the historic gem of Philadelphia. For more information about Old City District and Historic Holiday Nights in Old City, visit oldcitydistrict.org, tweet @OldCityDistrict or call (215) 592-7929.

 

rittenhouseRittenhouse Row Fashion Crawl

Numerous Rittenhouse Row retailers will host simultaneous in store parties, with cocktails from some of the best mixologists in Rittenhouse.  In store parties include: Special discounts, trunk shows, gifts with purchase, DJs and much more. This year Rittenhouse Row has partnered with PAWS to, “Give a Home for the Holiday.” Adoptable dogs and PAWS representatives will be walking to select crawl locations throughout the day. Pick up your map at Capital One on the day of the crawl and receive free samples of hot chocolate from Peet’s Coffee and a chance to enter to win a fabulous gift basket with prizes from Rittenhouse Row’s health, beauty and fitness members.   Raffle package highlights include:  A five pack of classes from Flywheel, $55 gift certificate to Ursula’s About PHace, a five pack of classes to Ripped PHL, three Pure Barre classes, one month unlimited from Unite Fitness, a ten class gift card good for any class at Thrive Pilates and Philly Power Yoga and five pilates classes at Urbanfront Pilates and more.   The entire day is free and open to the public; event maps will be available at Capital One, 1636 Walnut Street, on Saturday, December 10th from 12:00PM to 3:00PM.   Maps can also be downloaded from rittenhouserow.org starting the week of the crawl.   *Must be 21 or older to enjoy the cocktails

 

FACUNDO Rum Collection

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

facundoThe FACUNDO™ Rum Collection is the first luxury collection of four of the most exquisite, extraordinary hand-blended sipping rums from Bacardi. Sipping rum is a Bacardi family tradition, passed down from generation to generation. Now connoisseurs everywhere can share in this revered tradition as rum is elevated to an art form.

The FACUNDO Rum Collection is a limited release of four rare blends of the finest aged sipping rums, sourced from the Bacardi family’s private rum reserves. The four-bottle Collection was designed to be sipped in a progression of occasions, each to suit various moments of celebration and reflection, making it the optimal choice for the holiday season.

FACUNDO NEO is a sheer blonde rum aged up to 8 years. Once blended the rum is filtered over activated carbon to remove any color.  FACUNDO EXIMO is a blend of medium to heavy bodied dark rums aged in fine oak barrels. EXIMO is the only marque of the FACUNDO Rum Collection to be blended before aging.  FACUNDO EXQUISITO marries younger rums aged seven years with matured rums aged 23 years aged in oak barrels and finished in sherry casks. After the aging process, the rums are blended, transferred and stored in sherry casks to rest for a minimum of one month, further enhancing the smoothness and silkiness. Lastly, FACUNDO PARAISO is a blend of dark rums aged up to 23 years that is filtered over activated carbon and then rested in French (XO) casks for a minimum of one month, creating the ultimate sipping experience.

Gift this impressive, high-end Collection to a loved one this holiday season, or break out the ice spheres, rocks glasses or snifters to unwind with the FAUNDO Rum Collection during the most heart-warming time of year. The perfect after-dinner or dessert companion, the Collection will not only enthuse your guests, but also your taste buds.

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