Cîroc Celebrates the Summer Solstice aboard the SeaFair 

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On June - 27 - 2024ADD COMMENTS

From the moment I received the adorable custom Cîroc rolling suitcase, complete with a bright yellow passport book and a bottle of Cîroc’s fabulous new Limonata vodka, I knew we were in for something special. It was more than just an invitation; it was a promise of an unforgettable evening.

Arriving at the dock to board the SeaFair mega yacht, the air was thick with anticipation and the scent of citrus. Every detail had been meticulously planned, from the golden glow of the lemon-themed, summery decor that exuded effortless elegance, to the stylish crowd, it felt like stepping into a scene from a postcard—the kind that makes you wish summer would last forever.

Onboard, guests sipped on refreshing cocktails, the Limonata vodka adding a zesty twist to creative cocktails. Conversations flowed as easily as the drinks, with laughter punctuating the warm night air. The Cîroc team had outdone themselves, turning a simple product launch into a night of magic and memories.

In celebration of the summer solstice, the party’s theme was “Escape with Flavor” for a spectacular evening. The luxurious SeaFair which departed downtown Miami in the late afternoon, provided the perfect backdrop for the first official sunset of summer.

Stylish guests were treated to an array of expertly crafted Limonata cocktails that highlighted the refreshing citrus notes of Cîroc Limonata. The food options included gourmet  bites and a lavish buffet. The sun-soaked deck was the ideal setting for guests to relax, mingle, and enjoy the festive atmosphere.

As the sun began to set, the vibe became electric, with top DJs spinning high-energy sets, and Afro-global pop sensation, Amaarae’s live performance. Her unique blend of Afro-pop rhythms and soulful melodies captivated the audience, turning the party into an unforgettable summer escape. 

There’s nothing quite like viewing the Miami skyline from the water while sipping fabulous cocktails and dancing to great music- as day turns into night. 

After the yacht party, guests were shuttled via luxury coach to 1-800-Lucky in Wynwood for an after-party that lasted into the wee hours. Cîroc sure knows how to throw a summer party. Every sip of those vibrant Limonata cocktails hit just right, and the yacht deck was the perfect hangout spot to soak up the sun, make new friends, and feel the festive buzz.

As I raised my glass, toasting to the start of summer, I couldn’t help but think that sometimes, it’s the little things—the thoughtful touches, the attention to detail—that turn an ordinary event into an extraordinary experience. Cheers to Cîroc for capturing the essence of summer in a bottle and reminding us of the many reasons why summer is our favorite season.

InterContinental Miami’s Summer Soirée

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On June - 11 - 2024ADD COMMENTS

InterContinental Miami celebrates summer inviting hotel guests and visitors to experience the Summer Soirée.  The experience begins upon arrival at the hotel, with a summer themed playlist providing a soundtrack to summer – one that can be downloaded via QR code by all guests.

For visitors, the Summer Soirée vibe is attainable via two special rooms packages – Tropical Tranquility and Beach BlissTropical Tranquility invites hotel guests to enjoy a DayLifeCabana poolside, stellar bay and city views, and a luxurious experience on the InterCon’s fifth floor pool deck, while Beach Bliss extends an invitation to exclusive beach access with two chairs and an umbrella on Miami Beach for all InterContinental Hotel guests booking the package.  

Pending availability, DayLife Cabanas are available for hotel guests to book separately or via Resort Pass if not staying at the hotel. Soak up the sun, take in the bay and enjoy a luxury poolside experience. On the weekends, add in a DJ spinning cool tunes and chilled lemongrass scented hand towels.

Additionally, there are several activations that extend the Summer Soirée theme throughout the property. Back in the hotel lobby, Thursdays through Saturdays the Ketel One Botanicals Cart will offer specially priced, perfectly crafted botanical and herb influenced cocktails and mocktails from 4PM – 6PM as the perfect pregame to a summer night out on the town. 

Even our four legged friends can get in on the summer fun! On WednesdayJune 26, Paws Patio™ – the weekly doggie networker that takes place every Wednesday evening from 5PM to 7PM – will serve as the location for the Dog Days of Summer Soirée. Experience a tail-waggin’ good time with your furry friend and beat the heat with a doggie pool, sprinklers and more to help keep things cool for a pawsomeplay date. The open-air event begins at 5PM and is free and open to the public. Water bowls are on hand for all canines, while adults can enjoy Dirty Dog Martinis, Mutt Mules and other libations from the cash bar.

Club InterContinental hotel guests who book certain Club level rooms can also enjoy several special activations just for them as part of the soirée – with an invitation to craft their own signature summer cocktails at the Club Lounge. On Fridays and Saturdays from 5PM to 7PM, the interactive DIY Happy Hour will feature Ketel One Botanical Vodkas and a garnish station. All guests must be 21 or older.

Summer Soirée at InterContinental Miami is currently underway and will run through Sunday, September 1. InterContinental Miami is located at 100 Chopin Plaza in downtown Miami. For more information and to see all current offers, please visit www.icmiamihotel.com/summer-soiree; Telephone: (305) 577-1000. Follow on Instagram: @InterConMiami

Discover the New Fairways Restaurant at the Biltmore Coral Gables

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On May - 29 - 2024ADD COMMENTS

The newly opened Fairways restaurant at the Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables is the perfect place for a quick bite and cocktails after golf, a great lunch or an elaborate dinner. The stylish and versatile restaurant boasts an eclectic menu with stunning, sweeping views of the golf course.  This charming spot combines the elegance of gourmet dining with the comfort of your favorite everyday meals, all set against the backdrop of one of the most picturesque landscapes in Florida.

As you sit by the expansive windows, you’re treated to sweeping vistas of the pristine golf course, its emerald greens contrasting beautifully with the azure sky. The historic charm of the Biltmore and its lush, tropical surroundings create a serene and inviting atmosphere-a perfect setting for a leisurely breakfast, a relaxed lunch, or a romantic dinner. 

The menu at Fairways, created by seasoned chef, Sean Bernal, is a delightful blend of gourmet creations and beloved comfort foods. Lunch and dinner menus offer an array of inviting, well-prepared options including seafood, steaks, chicken, handhelds, salads and an array of vegetarian and vegan dishes; ensuring that every guest finds something to enjoy. Appetizers include a great selection of oysters, crispy conch fritters and signature meatballs, to name a few. Our favorite dishes were the fall-off-the bone ribs- dripping with flavor and the churrasco, grilled to perfection. Be sure to try a side of onion rings. 

Our server, Amelia Garcia set the standard for impeccable service. With her genuine warmth and attentive service, Amelia ensured that our dining experience exceeded our expectations.

The decor at Fairways is a harmonious blend of classic elegance and modern comfort. Soft lighting, plush seating, and tasteful artwork create a space that feels both sophisticated and welcoming. The expansive bar is Fairways’ centerpiece, containing a wide range of top-shelf liquor options and rare casks and vintages. Try the signature cocktails. We recommend the Butterfly Kisses, AZ-85 Old Fashioned and the Negroni.

Whether you’re marking a special occasion or simply enjoying a meal out, Fairways at the Biltmore Coral Gables is a destination that promises to delight your senses. From the breathtaking views to the exquisite food and the stylish decor, every detail is designed to create an unforgettable dining experience.

Fairways at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables; 305-445-1926; biltmorehotel.com. Breakfast served daily 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and lunch served 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dinner served Sunday through is Thursday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 5 to 9 p.m.

Miami Swim Week Kickoff Benefits LLF

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On May - 28 - 2024ADD COMMENTS

On Wednesday, May 29th, 2024, Miami Swim Week will host its opening show benefiting the Little Lighthouse Foundation featuring Ema Savahl Design at the SLS South Beach Hotel from 7:00PM –10:00 pm.

Guests will enjoy 3 hours of complimentary cocktails featuring products from Tito’s Vodka, Barcelo Rum, Penelope Bourbon, El Mayor Tequila, Voga Italia Prosecco, Tita Italian Wine & Delicatessen, and Mastri Birrai Umbri as well as Kōpū Water. 

A minimum $75 donation is required to attend in advance, a minimum $125 donation is required at the door. Limited VIP seating is available for those who make a minimum $195 donation. Please make your donation at TheLittleLighthouse.org.

Official after party at Hyde Beach at 10:00PM after the show. 

All proceeds from this event will go towards LLF’s Back to School Program! To learn more about LLF’s Back to School Program please visit TheLittleLighthouse.org.

Hyundai Air & Sea Show Returns this Weekend

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On May - 23 - 2024ADD COMMENTS

Prepare for an exhilarating Memorial Day Weekend as the Hyundai Air & Sea Show®, known as “The Greatest Show Above the Earth,” returns to the stunning shores of Miami Beach on May 25th and 26th from 12:00 PM-6:00 PM. This free-to-the-public extravaganza promises a patriotic salute like no other, showcasing the valor, technology, and sheer power of the United States Military alongside our dedicated first responders.

The Hyundai Air & Sea Show® is not just an event; it’s an experience. As one of the largest gatherings of military equipment in the country, attendees will be treated to a spectacle of epic proportions. From United States Military Aerial Demonstrations to Cigarette Offshore Powerboat Racing Exhibitions, from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Drug Interdiction Exercises to Military Parachute Team Demonstrations, there’s something for everyone at this family-friendly event. Following the Hyundai Air & Sea Show® on Saturday, May 25th from 7:00 PM-10:00 PM, attendees can revel in the Music Explosion Presented by Hyundai. With a lineup featuring a DJ, U.S. Army’s “As You Were” band, U.S. Air Force Drill Team, and The Miami Beach Classical Music Festival Orchestra playing a patriotic music concert along Ocean Drive, the entertainment is guaranteed to keep spirits soaring. As night falls, prepare to be dazzled by a breathtaking 3D Mapping Projection, illuminating Ocean Drive’s iconic buildings with patriotic graphics, followed by a spectacular pyro parachute jump by the U.S. Army Golden Knights and the FRLA Fireworks Extravaganza presented by the Florida Restaurant Lodging Association.

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Volcanic Sushi + Sake: an Eruption of Flavors

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On May - 2 - 2024ADD COMMENTS

Volcanic Sushi + Sake  has managed to elevate the gastronomic landscape of Gainesville, Florida. Yes, you read it correctly, Gainesville- a place not typically associated with haute cuisine. However, impeccable taste(s) and flavors know no geographical boundaries.

From the moment you step into Volcanic Sushi, the ambiance exudes a sense of sophistication that one might not expect in this quaint Florida town. The minimalist yet stylish décor sets the stage for what can only be described as a culinary performance. A far cry from the casual eateries one might associate with college towns, Volcanic Sushi proves that style and substance can indeed coexist.

Now, let’s talk about the pièce de résistance – the sushi itself. The name “Volcanic Sushi” might sound dramatic, but rest assured, it lives up to the hype. The rolls are nothing short of art forms, each piece meticulously crafted to perfection. The use of fresh, high-quality ingredients is evident in every bite, proving that even in Gainesville, one can find a sushi experience that rivals those in the culinary capitals of the world.

The menu boasts a selection of rolls that go beyond the ordinary, showcasing creativity and innovation.  From the delicate dance of flavors in the “Eruption Roll” to the bold statements made by the “Lava Dragon Roll,” each dish is a testament to the chef’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of traditional sushi. Volcanic Sushi’s loyal following has led to several specialty rolls being named after its regular guests. Our favorites include: Melissa Bites, Son’s Special, Alexander, Mark II, Newell Fox, and John I. Each bite we tasted was absolutely delightful. The sake selection is equally impressive, with each bottle carefully chosen to complement the unique flavors of the rolls.

Volcanic Sushi’s success is the result of the expertise and dedication of chef/owner, Nestor Espartero, whose official title is CEO and Chief Sushi Officer. It comes as no surprise that Espartero is a three time champion of Iron Chef Gainesville (2019,2020 and 2021) and double bronze medalist Sushi Master in a Miami Competition.

In addition to two Volcanic Sushi locations in Gainesville, Espartero has opened a Miami location. For his newest outpost, his vision is to own the most desired Asian Restaurant in the Cutler Bay area by providing outstanding quality innovative food, exceptional service and cleanliness. “Our mission is to bring great taste and happiness to each of our customers and to enhance the life of each or our staff members by providing them the right training and wisdom and to promote KAIZEN (a strong culture of constant improvement) as part of our daily lives.”

For more information about Volcanic Sushi, visit: https://www.volcanicsushisake.com.