1Hotel South Beach Opens with Flair

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On April - 10 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

Richard LeFrak, Tom Colicchio, Barry Sternlicht Photo Credit Seth Browarnik_WorldRedEye.comBy: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

One of the most highly anticipated hotel openings of the year took place on Wednesday, March 25, as the stylish and luxurious1 Hotel South Beach, opened its doors and celebrated with a 100/1 Event: a private rooftop party hosted by Barry Sternlicht, founder of Starwood Capital Group; Richard LeFrak, CEO of LeFrak; and Robert Sillerman, founder of SFX Entertainment.

Attendees included top influencers within fashion, entertainment and elected officials including: Tommy and Dee Hilfiger, Paris Hilton, DJ Bob Sinclar, DJ Paul Oakenfold, Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine, nightlife impresario brothers Daniel and Derek Koch; and restaurateur/chef and Bravo television personality Tom Colicchio, proprietor of Beach Craft, 1 Hotel South Beach’s signature eatery, which will open later this month. Read the rest here »

Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On April - 10 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

RAF_8360Andrea Bocelli joined Gloria Estefan, Andy Garcia, Jon Secada, Barry Gibb and the Miami Symphony Orchestra with performances at Hard Rock’s Rising Miami Beach Global Music Festival for the Miami Beach Centennial Celebration on Thursday, March 26.

CSI Miami actor David Caruso visited Bagatelle Miami Saturday, March 14.

Sofia Vergara, and her handsome fiancé, Joe Manganiello were spotted dining with friends at Zuma Miami. On a different night, Jane Fonda dined with her husband and friends, on the riverside terrace. Marc Anthony was also seen at Zuma with his wife and friends.

George Hamilton attended Seaspice’s Sunday brunch party.

Donald Trump, his daughter Ivanka and sons, Don Jr. and Eric Trump recently hosted the World Golf Championship-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral, featuring the top 50 golfers in the world.

Siena Tavern Teams Up with Lauren’s Kids

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On April - 10 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

sienaSiena Tavern, one of Miami Beach’s newest hotspots, is excited to announce its recent partnership with South Florida-based non-profit organization Lauren’s Kids for the entire month of April—Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Siena Tavern has generously offered to give 20 percent of the recently launched Gelato-To-Go proceeds to Lauren’s Kids, whose mission is to prevent sexual abuse through education and awareness, and help survivors heal with guidance and support.

Gelato-To-Go is a new option for Siena Tavern “sweet-treat” lovers. Instead of dining in and waiting for dessert, you can pick up some fresh gelato and eat it in the comfort of your home. Available by the pint, for $10, customers can take home any flavor on the menu, including: vanilla bean, double chocolate, salted caramel, hazelnut, pistachio and crème brulee.


garcesJoin Young Friends of Garces Foundation for the Second Annual Fundraiser at Hip Philly in The Piazza on Friday, April 10. VIP Cocktail Hour – 9:00pm-10:00pm – showcasing local craft beer & cheese pairings from Dock Street Brewery, Yard’s Brewing Company, Conshohocken Brewing Company, and Evil Genius Beer Company.

General Admission – 10:00pm-1:30am will feature music, dancing, an open bar featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Bluecoat Gin as well as light snacks provided by Philly Pretzel Factory and Famous 4th Street Cookie Company.

Hurry up and get your tickets before they sell out! For tickets visit: http://www.garcesfoundation.org/welcome/



By: Maryanne Salvat


NYonAir, a custom aerial content agency specializing in breath-taking birds-eye-views and visuals of New York, is proud to announce the launch of its new consumer product offering, FlyNYON; and its first city expansion into the South Florida market. The newly introduced FlyNYON invites consumers and adventure seeking photographers to soar through the sky to capture original citywide aerial images – just like the pros. The company offers guests state of the art helicopter flights, guided by photo-centric pilots to position them above the city and shoot out of an open door, for one of the most distinct vantage points in the world. Affordably priced, this incredible experience allows photo-enthusiasts the rare chance to capture wide city shots that a million dollar penthouse just can’t offer. To kick-off in this new market, the promotion now includes an Instagram based consumer contest using campaign hashtag #FlyNYONMiami that will reward the best shots of Miami with complimentary “Photo Flights” at its invite-only launch event at the North Perry Airport on April 11; For additional details on the Instagram photo contest, visit: http://media.nyonair.com/flynyonmiami-contest/.


tj_maxx_logoT.J.Maxx Opens 20th Location in The Fountain Square

T.J.Maxx, one of the nation’s largest off-price retailers, is adding a new store in Miami, making it the 20th store in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. The Fountain Square, W Flagler Street location opens at 8:00am on Sunday, April 12 – offering shoppers a wide selection of high quality and brand name items from fashion and accessories to beauty, pet products, toys, home essentials and more!

Along with the new store, the majority of stores in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale market will be joining in the grand opening festivities for a Maxx Miami Celebration! All participating stores will open at 8 a.m. on Sunday, April 12, and the first 1,000 customers at each store will receive a free reusable bag. There will also be live entertainment, gift card prizes, giveaways and of course, incredible merchandise at all participating stores that will allow shoppers to personalize the moments in their life that matter most to them!


KoneMiami_400x400Kone Sushi

Those who love sushi already know the name Kone Sushi by heart.  Recognized in South Beach as the best sushi for two years in a row, the popular restaurant is now making its way inland to the diverse foodie scene of Downtown Miami.  Since their opening in September 2009, founders The Medeiros and Partners have made it their mission to bring a unique and delicious Japanese and Brazilian fusion that delights locals and travelers alike. Kone Sushi offers weekly specials that will make a loyal customer out of almost anyone.  With at least four new specials a week, there is an abundance of new mouth-watering plates to try. Monday through Thursday you can enjoy their incredible all-you-can-eat sushi dinner specials for only $28.95 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Ladies enjoy the same amazing all-you-can-eat sushi special on Tuesdays for only $20.



PhilanthroFest, the nation’s largest community engagement festival, presents their carnival-inspired event to connect people, passion and philanthropy. PhilanthroFest will take place on Saturday, April 11, at Museum Park from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with the goal of connecting potential volunteers, donors and supporters to causes and non-profit organizations. PhilanthroFest will bring together dozens of artists, over 100 causes, and thousands of attendees looking to engage and learn about what the community has to offer and ways to give back. By transforming 30 acres at Museum Park into a carnival dreamland, PhilanthroFest will offer locals the opportunity to dream, create and inspire while enjoying an interactive experience with food, music and dance performances, games, live giveaways and special surprises throughout the day. Organizations will share their mission, offerings and engagement options in the various Community Walks featuring causes focused on City & Environment, People & Education, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Health & Wellness and Arts & Culture.


Modern Garden 

Carlos and Maryam Miranda proudly announce the opening to the public of their new venture Modern Garden, a hot stone and crudo lounge with newly appointed Chef Benjamin Goldman. Voted and featured as part of Miami’s Zagat 30 under 30, the young and enterprising Chef Goldman curated the cuisine at Modern Garden to feature select crudos — a contemporary interpretation of exquisite raw fish and seafood dressed with infused oils, citrus and fresh herbs. Guests who prefer their selections cooked can order from Modern Garden’s signature hot stone selections, searing both seafood and premium meats on the 850-degree volcanic stone slabs, conveniently at their table. The combined experience of the sizzle of meat on the hot stone, the fun of interaction with the cuisine, and the delectable result is all part of Modern Garden’s appeal. Modern Gardenis open for dining Tuesday through Saturday noon to 12:00 a.m.; for reservations call: 305.440.4200.


Bottomless Mimosas at The District 

You may be familiar with The District’s bottomless mimosas served during their world famous brunch every Saturday and Sunday. The famed boozy special is now kicking off your weekend a day early. Introducing bottomless mimosas, now served Fridays from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. weekly.


The Village at Gulfstream Park Celebrates 5 Years!

Discover The Village at Gulfstream Park, a lavish open-air retail, dining and entertainment center anchored by the legendary Gulfstream Park Racetrack and Casino. Celebrating its five year anniversary this year, The Village at Gulfstream Park offers an exciting array of adult and kid-friendly venues including signature restaurants, outdoor cafes, nightclubs, art galleries, fashion retailers, sports bars, a new state-of-the-art bowling alley, and a fabulous selection of home design stores. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy at The Village at Gulfstream Park; for store hours, upcoming events and additional information, visit www.thevillageatgulfstreampark.com or call 954-378-0900.


FAB’s Brunch is Absolutely Fab!

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On April - 7 - 2015ADD COMMENTS
Chef Philipe Ruiz at FAB Brunch

Chef Philipe Ruiz at FAB Brunch

Michelin-starred executive chef Phillip Ruiz, who gained a cult-like following for his decadent brunch at the iconic Biltmore Hotel has moved on up to the east-side. All the way up to Sunny Isles Beach, where he now helms the kitchen at Fresh American Bistro, affectionately known as FAB, located at Sole on the Ocean Resort and Spa. Ruiz’s menu for the “Brunch FABulously” program, features contemporary American cuisine with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. Brunch is served every Sunday at the sleek, yet intimate dining room or on the restaurants wrap around outdoor terrace, overlooking breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.

At $45 ($22 for kids 12 and under) brunch is a bargain- especially since a raw bar piled high with shrimp, oysters, stone crabs, Alaskan King Crab and ceviche is fresh and abundant. There’s also unlimited caviar- with all the trimmings.

In addition to the staples such as Belgian Waffles and Eggs Benedict, guests will find culinary classics that are both innovative and familiar such as Mediterranean Grilled Chicken with Tarragon and Capers, crepes, Spicy Lamb Sausage, and Citrus Poached Atlantic Salmon. Other menu items include Cracked Pepper Skirt Steak, Silver Dollar Pancakes, Mahi Mahi and ceviche. Save room for the dessert table- complete with a chocolate fountain. Read the rest here »

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