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 »

Texas de Brazil brings a Stellar Dining Experience to Dadeland Mall

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On April - 7 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

imageAward-winning churrascaria, Texas de Brazil (http://www.texasdebrazil.com) is now open Dadeland Mall. The stunning, new 6,000 square foot restaurant boasts an elaborate menu that includes 16 perfectly grilled prime cuts of beef, lamb, pork, chicken and sausage, which are prepared in the traditional Brazilian method – over an open flame – and carved table side by gauchos.

The concept comes to life through the illustrious red and green cards, which guests use to indicate when they’d like to sample more cuts of meat, or when they need to take a break. Each guest is in control of his dining experience. Service is friendly,, knowledgeable and extremely attentive. In addition, diners can also help themselves to the extensive fresh gourmet salad area, which features more than 50 delicious items, such as imported cheeses, charcuterie, Brazilian black beans, roasted vegetables, fresh salamis. Sushi and creamy lobster bisque. Also featured is an extensive award-winning wine list, rich in South American varietals, to further enhance the dining experience. The restaurant also includes a stylish, extensive bar/lounge area, chef’ stable and open-kitchen. There’s also outdoor patio dining available.

“Dadeland Mall is a flourishing shopping destination with a vibrant dining scene, which makes it an ideal location to bring our unique Texas de Brazil dining experience to even more Miami residents and visitors,” stated COO, Salim Asrawi. “We are thrilled to begin serving guests of this iconic shopping center and the surrounding communities.”

Area residents can visit www.texasdebrazil.com/reservations/ to make reservations or call the restaurant directly at (305) 669-2181.

Texas de Brazil at Dadeland Mall is open for dinner nightly and will soon be featuring lunch hours as well. The dining prices are $46.99 for a Regular Dinner, which includes the meat service and salad area, and $24.99 for Salad Area Only Dinner (prices exclude beverages and dessert). Children under 2 years old are complimentary; ages 3–5 are $5.00; and kids 6–12 dine for half-price.

muralMural Arts Program Scavenger Hunt

On Saturday, April 11 the 2015 Mural Arts Program season kicks off with an exciting FREE public event, a scavenger hunt! This fun, interactive event, perfect for all ages, will be held at Mural Arts’ new tours office, located at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ (PAFA) Hamilton Building (128 N. Broad Street), from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will feature the launch of the first-ever Mural Arts Scavenger Hunt. The festivities and scavenger hunt will begin at 11 a.m., with the scavenger hunt running about 90 minutes. A festive party will follow, with food provided by Tableau, the new Stephen Starr café located at PAFA. The April 11 event is free of charge, though registration is required. To register visit: Tours@muralarts.org with your name and the number of people on your team. Each team is required to have at least one mobile device or tablet to use during the event. For questions or further information, call 215-925-3633.

 

rosaBrunch at Rosa Blanca

Rosa Blanca, 707 Chestnut Street, will now serve brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The menu will feature fresh fruit mimosas and coladas, American breakfast classics, and Cuban-inspired brunch dishes and coffee including: Vaca Frita, crispy braised skirt steak, two eggs any style, arroz Moro, maduros, and Cuban Style French Toast, with guava. (mmmm…); For more information visit: www.philadelphia.rosablancadiner.com. On Wednesday, April 8, Rosa Blanca will also be celebrating National Empanada Day with a special Oxtail Empanada, as well as the Empanada de Espinaca (Smoked Corn, Spinach, and Cheese Empanada) for $3.00.  Visit Rosa Blanca on National Empanada Day and use the hashtag #rosablancaempanada on Twitter and/or Instagram and your name will be entered into a drawing for dinner and dance lessons for two, hosted by acclaimed dance instructor Maestro Flaco.

 

Buena Onda Joins Caviar 

On Monday, April 6, Buena Onda, the hottest addition to the Garces Group, will be joining Caviar, the delivery service that provides customers top notch service at their fingertips. With the use of the web or instantly from Caviar’s free app for iOS and Android customers can enjoy quick, reliable delivery service no matter where they are. The first 100 orders will receive free chips and guacamole and the choice of one free shrimp or carnitas taco. (Limit of one per order.) For more information, please visit www.trycaviar.com.

 

rittenRittenhouse Row Spring Festival Preview Party 

On Thursday, April 16, join Rittenhouse Row at the Rittenhouse Hotel from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. for the 2015 Spring Festival Preview Party, featuring cuisine from Rittenhouse Row’s best restaurants, cocktails from their best bartenders and a silent auction with Rittenhouse Row experiences and merchandise. Participating bars and restaurants include: 1925 Cocktail Lounge, a. Bar, a. Kitchen, Ben & Jerry’s, Butcher and Singer, The Continental Mid-town, The Dandelion, D’Angelo’s Ristorante Italiano and Lounge, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, Devon Seafood Grill, The Foodery at Rittenhouse, Lacroix, Ladder 15, Library Bar, Marathon Grill, Melograno, Parc, Qdoba, Ranstead Room, Rouge, Sbraga, Termini Bros. Bakery, Volver, Zama and more. Tickets are $75 per person for general admission, $125 for Patron tickets. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.rittenhouserow.org. Proceeds from the event will benefit Rittenhouse Row, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood.

 

 

Global-Champions-Tour-and-Longines-2012The Longines Global Champions Tour

This year – from April 1 through April 4, The Longines Global Champions Tour, will be coming to the USA. Launching in Miami, this horse- jumping global circuit championship will be staged on the gorgeous sands of Miami Beach, just inches from the ocean, directly opposite Collins Park at the Setai. Over three days of competition, the greatest riders in the world will come together to battle for $879,000 in prizes across five 5* classes, including the world-renowned Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix and the prestigious American Invitational. Among them, USA’s Kent Farrington will ride as well as Athina Onassis de Miranda and Georgina Bloomberg  are expected; for more information visit: www.globalchampionstour.com.

 

 

SBH_FashionForBreakfast_APRIL2015_Dannijo_022+(2)Fashion Breakfast Presents Dannijo Designers

On Thursday, April 2, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Cecconi’s presents another Fashion Breakfast with jewelry designer’s sisters Danielle Snyder & Jodie Snyder Morel of Dannijo; Moderated by Writer Anastasia Koutsioukis, Mrs. Mondolin. A buffet-style breakfast, served at $15 per person plus tax and gratuities, will be served;Coffee, tea and juice are included. RSVP: fashionforbreakfastmia@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

The Barton G. Kids Hear Now Foundationbarton

The long awaited 2015 gala for The Barton G. Kids Hear Now Foundation will be held on Saturday, April 11 at 7:00pm at The Temple House. Citing as its mission, “Giving the Gift of Sound”, the foundation will also serve as a national resource base for the hearing-challenged and their families. The Center places an emphasis on the viability of cochlear implants and vital auditory therapy as a successful option for deaf children and offers support to the children and their families before and after the patient receives their cochlear implant; for more information about the gala, to purchase tickets, or for sponsorship information visit: www.KidsHearNow.org.

 

clarinsClarins Springtime Specials

Beauty line Clarins is offering $50 Spa Facials for the month of April at Bloomingdale’s at Aventura and Nordstrom at Village of Merrick Park.

 

 

 

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Enjoy the Youth Fair this Weekend

The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition is bigger and better then ever. This year, the Youth Fair is offering  an awesome craft beer garden, complete with a funnel cake burger- to satisfy the munchies! With more than 170 food vendors, there is something to satisfy every palate. In addition to the favorite Youth Fair foods like popcorn, cotton candy, elephant ears, corn on the cob, pretzels and candy apples be sure to stop by and see Jane at the Best Around for the best funnel cakes and elephant ears at the fair. Besides the funnel cake burger at the Outlaw Grill at Beer Haven, other musts are the “Sticky Pig on a Stick” (two Krispy Kreme Donuts, soft Strawberry Custard, dipped in rich chocolate fudge and rolled in applewood smoked candied bacon or Key Lime Pie Ice Cream with no bacon and graham cracker). Also new this year is the Miami Sundae created by Michael Kramer. The Miami Sundae is Cuban style roast pork, white rice, black beans, onions and plantains all served in a sundae cup. Definitely try the newest thrill ride- the Screamer, before indulging in these tasty treats.  The Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition, known for generations as The Youth Fair, is a private, not-for- profit organization that has donated well over $10 million in scholarships, awards and cash premiums to Miami-Dade students and is dedicated to supporting education and South Florida agriculture. The Youth Fair will continue through April 5.  For more information visit www.fairexpo.com or call 305.223.7060.

 

 

ARC Broward’s Delish 2015 Carla+Pellegrino

ARC Broward’s Delish 2015 presented by PNC Bank will feature Touche Executive Chef and Top Chef Star Carla Pellegrino as this year’s honorary judge with special guest host CBS Miami’s ‘Taste of the Town’ hostLisa Petrillo. One amazing restaurant from either Broward or Miami-Dade will take the winning prize during this fourth annual culinary extravaganza on Friday, April 17 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Young at Art Children’s Museum. Attendees will indulge in an array of delicious fare, refreshing cocktails sponsored by Stoli Vodka,dancing, live entertainment, as well as a silent auction that will all benefit ARC Broward to support critically-needed services for children and adults with developmental disabilities.A panel of esteemed food bloggers will also vote on their favorite dish among the chefs, awarding a ‘Bloggers Choice’ accolade. Competing chefs will work alongside ARC Broward Culinary Institute students and graduates who will assist in creating and serving unique culinary delights. Event proceeds will benefit the ARC Broward Culinary Institute, which offers a 16-week certificate program that allows students with developmental disabilities and other life challenges the ability to obtain real world, on-the-job training, with all revenues directly supporting job training and placement in the culinary field. Other proceeds will be used to build a bigger culinary school and offer more opportunities for students. General admission tickets priced at $150 and VIP tickets are priced at $200. For sponsorship information or tickets, contact director of development Jessica Kersey at jkersey@arcbroward.com or 954-746-9400 ext. 2203 or visit www.arcbroward.com.

 

 

 

 

Gilt+City+Warehouse+Sale3+low+resBy: Maryanne Salvat

Gilt City Miami Warehouse Sale 

The legendary Gilt City Warehouse Sale is coming back to Miami from Friday, March 20 to Saturday, March 21 at SPACEBY3 (2105 N Miami Ave). Enjoy the two day shopping extravaganza where you’ll find designer clothing, accessories, and home décor at up to 80% off retail. More information on the sale is available here:www.gilt.com/MiamiWHS (tickets are available now).

 

Guest Chef Dinner Series atJ&G Grill at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

The critically-acclaimed J&G Grill at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort is delighted to kick off its first Guest Chef Dinner Series by welcoming Executive Chef Maycoll Calderon of J&G Grill Mexico City on Thursday, March 19. Calderon will prepare a four-course menu made with the finest regional ingredients and flavors inspired by his location in Mexico City.  The St. Regis Bal Harbour’s Guest Chef Series will continue this spring with two “dueling chefs” events featuring Juan Peña, Chef de Cuisine of Fern Restaurant in Puerto Rico, in April and Anthony Ricco, Chef de Cuisine of Spice Market in New York City in May. The chefs will join Dagan Stocks, Chef de Cuisine of J&G Grill at The St. Regis Bal Harbour, in a friendly duel, where each chef will prepare four courses featuring dishes that are reflective of the kitchens they helm and their creative culinary styles.  The St. Regis Bal Harbour’s Guest Chef Series will continue this spring with two “dueling chefs” events featuring Juan Peña, Chef de Cuisine of Fern Restaurant in Puerto Rico, in April and Anthony Ricco, Chef de Cuisine of Spice Market in New York City in May. The chefs will join Dagan Stocks, Chef de Cuisine of J&G Grill at The St. Regis Bal Harbour, in a friendly duel, where each chef will prepare four courses featuring dishes that are reflective of the kitchens they helm and their creative culinary styles. Reservations can be made by calling 305.993.3333 or by visiting www.jggrillmiami.com.

 

brabbleBest deal of Miami Music Week

Supersize your Miami Music Week by purchasing a Brabble F*** YOU BAND. 1 wristband brought to you by Brabble the fastest growing social media app, grants immediate priority entry to seven venues, including sold out shows at Club Space, Mansion, MANA Wynwood, SET, as well as the Pool Parties at The Surfcomber, The Raleigh, and The National.  Get immediate entry to the week’s fastest sold-out parties including sets by Above & Beyond, Cedric Gervais, Dadalife, DeepDish, Duke Dumont, Loco Dice, Marco Carola, Nicky Romero, Pete Tong, Seth Troxler, The Martinez Brothers and many more.  Also get access to the biggest sold out label parties such as Axtone, Drumcode, MixMash, Pryda, & More.  Quantities are limited and will sell out quickly; More info and bands for sale for starting at $599.99 each at www.fyoubands.com. Brabble is a 100% free social sharing app that allows sharing of 45 seconds of video, photo, 5 minutes of audio and text all in one network. You can reply or comment back (aka “brabbleback”) using any of these formats creating richer conversations. Share life’s moments with your followers, your friends, the Brabble world, Twitter and Facebook or privately. Perfect for WMC, Brabble will be giving away tickets and running contests throughout the week.   

 

Lacoste_Miamiopen_03Fashion for Breakfast

Style meets an iconic sports staple for Cecconi’s latest Fashion for Breakfast series with LACOSTE and tennis pros Alizé Cornet & Yung-Jan Chan. Join Miami’s own fashionista Jilian Sanz for a buffet-style breakfast, served at $15 per person plus tax and gratuities. Coffee, tea and juice are included, Monday, March 23, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.; RSVP: fashionforbreakfastmia@gmail.com.

 

LACOSTE and the 2015 Miami Open 

For the first time in tournament history, the 2015 Miami Open, along with official casual apparel and footwear sponsor, LACOSTE, is making trailblazing fashion news in the world of tennis.  This year, the stylish tournament-branded collection will be sold in retail outlets prior to the tournament. LACOSTE launched the bold and exclusive Miami Open collection in-stores this earlier this month. This marks the first time the co-branded collection will be obtainable to the public, outside of the stadium grounds, giving fans throughout Florida an opportunity to purchase some of the most chic apparel the Miami Open has to offer. The LACOSTE Sport Collection for the Miami Open is available for purchase at select LACOSTE boutique locations throughout South Florida and Orlando. Locations include LACOSTE stores on Lincoln Road, Aventura, Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton, Dadeland, Coral Gables, Orlando, Naples, and select retail stores including Macys and Bloomingdales.  Consumers will also have a chance to score to courtside tickets to the Miami Open, simply snap a photo of the LACOSTE crocodile logo and upload to either Instagram or Twitter tagging @LACOSTE #SpotTheCrocMIA. The croc will be seen all throughout South Florida from the stadium to our dedicated street team ambassadors, as well as the LACOSTE “Larger Than Life” Polo Installation at Aventura Mall, a high-impact billboard, and bus shelters throughout South Beach. A total of 14 VIP tickets are up for grabs! For more information: www.lacoste.com.

 

bartonThe Barton G. Kids Hear Now Foundation

The long awaited 2015 gala for The Barton G. Kids Hear Now Foundation will be held on Saturday, April 11 at 7:00pm at The Temple House. Citing as its mission, “Giving the Gift of Sound”, the foundation will also serve as a national resource base for the hearing-challenged and their families. The Center places an emphasis on the viability of cochlear implants and vital auditory therapy as a successful option for deaf children and offers support to the children and their families before and after the patient receives their cochlear implant; for more information about the gala, to purchase tickets, or for sponsorship information visit: www.KidsHearNow.org.

A Night at the Museum: A Film Noir Experience

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On March - 18 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

Dana Shear, Marysol Patton, Carlos Betancourt, Tara Solomon, & Alberto LatorreBy: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Known for being the most fun you can have at an art museum, the Bass Museum of Art’s Night at the Museum on March 11, enthralled 450 art enthusiasts with its Film Noir Experience. The museum’s annual fundraiser had guests dressed to the nines in creative attire, welcoming them with dramatic Hollywood premiere-style searchlights and a red carpet upon arrival. Once inside, partygoers enjoyed touring the galleries that had been transformed into misty streetscapes and retro lounges, featuring projections of classic Hollywood crime dramas in keeping with the Film Noir motif. Guess had a blast striking poses for the “Best Film Noir Photo” contest. The winners – WPBT’s Art Loft host Kayln James and husband, TV producer Rico James, took home a basket of GREY GOOSE Vodka in six flavors and Montecristo cigars. Some partygoers drew their inspiration from the exhibition One Way: Peter Marino while others used props from the All Access Photo Booth. Read the rest here »

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