Say “Eau Yes!” To Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On November - 14 - 2021ADD COMMENTS

By:  Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

The embodiment of luxury, Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, has recently embarked on an extensive, multimillion-dollar re-imagination to its social spaces, on the heels of its 8th anniversary.  It comes as no surprise that this oceanside retreat,  which offers a quintessential, modern Palm Beach experience, has earned the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award for six consecutive years. Situated on seven pristine oceanfront acres, among the most beautiful stretch of beach in Palm Beach, the resort features an underwater paradise- with snorkeling steps from the shore thanks to a huge coral reef which is home to  thousands of colorful tropical fish, an added bonus to the relaxed glamour that is the ethos of Eau Palm Beach. The resort combines oceanfront luxury with whimsical decor by Jonathan Adler, along with impeccable service and unexpected experiences, including al fresco dining at Breeze Ocean Kitchen, the island’s only oceanfront beach restaurant. Guests also have access to two oceanfront pools, tennis courts, a state-of-the-art fitness center and world-class spa.

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Head to the SLS for Miami Spice

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On September - 15 - 2021ADD COMMENTS

The Bazaar by Jose Andrés

September heralds the end of summer and the beginning of football season, cozy evenings and PSLs. But it also affords foodies the opportunity to experience the menus at some of Miami’s top restaurants at a fraction of the cost thanks to Miami Spice. The swanky SLS hotel on Miami Beach currently offers the Miami Spice menu at its two top tier restaurants- The Bazaar by Jose Andres and Katsuya. Both offer the Miami Spice menu Sunday-Thursday evenings for just $42, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

The Bazaar by Jose Andres 

From the moment you enter the expansive dining room at The Bazaar- you know you’re in for a special treat. Helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef José Andrés, the restaurant offers a vibrant mix of sophisticated cuisine and a playful indoor-outdoor space designed by Philippe Starck.

As part of the Miami Spice promotion, diners can mix and match from an array of special five-course menus. Guests can choose between favorites like salmon roe “Bagels and Lox,” yucca “churros,” Cuban coffee-rubbed churrasco with passion fruit, and lots more. In essence, two guests dining together have the opportunity to experience ten of Andres’ masterful dishes. Our favorites included the chicken croquetas- a bit of Spain in every bite and the Gazpacho Patricia, (named after its creator, who happens to be Andres’ wife); the best we’ve tasted this side of the Atlantic. Not to be missed are the Pisto, the Brussels Sprouts or the Traditional Flan.

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Cheers to 20 Years! SOBEWFF 2021

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On April - 25 - 2021ADD COMMENTS
Cheers to 20 Years! SOBEWFF 2021

After a long 15 months- the wait is finally over. The  Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival Presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®) returns with new protocols dedicated to delivering a safe and comfortable event experience this Spring, May 20-23, 2021. This year the SOBEWFF will celebrate its 20 year anniversary. Thanks to festival founder, Lee Schrager, and sponsors and organizers, the festival will go on, with copious attention to health and safety measures.

Widely recognized as one of America’s favorite gourmet gatherings on the beach, The Festival will look and feel different this year, but the commitment is unchanged – to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. in support of its educational mission to cultivate the future leaders of the hospitality industry at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University (FIU) and to aid the South Florida hospitality industry during the regrowth phase by giving participating chefs, bartenders and restaurateurs a platform to promote their businesses.

Follow the link below to learn about the various events, purchase tickets and safety protocols. 
Cheers to 20 years!

Argentine Artist Alejandra Zimmerli Takes Root in Miami

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On May - 9 - 2020ADD COMMENTS

It’s no surprise that plants have become more popular than ever and it follows suit that every plant deserves its own special pot. To that end, Miami-based artist, Alejandra Zimmerli, creates beautiful pots in which to display all of your favorite plants and add a bit of colorful flair to a porch, shelf or windowsill. 

Born in Argentina Zimmerli comes from an art background, as her Brazilian-German mother used to teach art in primary school, and her Swiss-Ostraicher father would recycle items and art supplies.  When she was two years old, Zimmerli and her parents moved from Argentina to Switzerland where she began drawing and painting. Even she recognizes she had talent way back then!

The family moved back to Argentina when Zimmerli was nine years old. There, she began taking art courses. She finished high school when she was eighteen and moved back to Switzerland by herself. She was the first person to get a scholarship at the “F+F” School for Art and Media Design. Three years later, she returned again to Argentina to study art and media-design. Zimmerli worked from home teaching private art classes to students from as young as four years old, introducing them to their first steps into painting.

Zimmerli then moved to Miami and has been here for over five years. Her planter/garden pots business started when her baby was born, as did her love for plants and gardening. She admits her mother was a “garden freak,” but she never understood why, until now. Zimmerli’s favorite plants are succulents, cacti and sansiverians, especially the new kind that are variegated .

“I started everything white, and then began to add colors to my pots. Some customers helped me by giving me challenges, which is what I love, so I started creating my own cement pottery and, of course, painting them also. I like working like this; it lets me be at home with my loved ones, and I like working outside and enjoying the outdoors with my little one.”

Zimmerli selects what she’s going to paint on her pots depending on her mood. Sometimes it’s just thinking of something she likes. Other times she paints her designs because a customer has requested something specific.

Her popular “Frida (Khalo)” pots started because a customer wanted two and as soon as she finished making them, a few people saw them and had to have them as well. The popular pots are among her best sellers.  She made only small sizes at the beginning, but now she’s creating  bigger sizes at customers’ requests.

“I love all of my pots,” Zimmerli says. “I love the ones I do in concrete.  And I love the ones I paint. They all have something special.”

Zimmerli is happy with her small company. But if requests keep coming in, she is looking forward to the company growing and hiring employees to help prepare the concrete, pour the molds, and sand them. As for the painting, she will keep that lovely task for herself.

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Nature’s Way Bromeliads= a True Bro-mance

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On April - 7 - 2020ADD COMMENTS

A wise person once said, “When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping.” Up until the recent past, this applied most specifically to shoe shopping  However, being that most of the world is staying home, shopping has taken on a whole new meaning. Now, more than ever, we are focusing on our health and buying items that bring us happiness while supporting a healthy lifestyle and bettering the community. Fortunately, nurseries have been deemed an “essential business,” something we plant lovers have believed all along. 

Having a calm, peaceful mind is just as important as having a healthy body.  Studies show that just looking at a plant can help people feel more relaxed and creative. Nature’s Way Farms, a women-owned farm in South Florida encourages connecting feelings of well-being with cultivating tropical plants. Nature’s Way debuts their new plant collection to cultivate wellness. The collection includes outdoor garden bromeliads, blooming tropical plants, and shrubs that can turn landscapes into tropical retreats.

“Whether it’s practicing yoga, writing a journal, taking a run, gardening, or taking an art class, everyone should have their release – something you can turn to when you feel stressed or need to clear your mind,” says Marta Maria Garcia, Marketing Director for Nature’s Way Farms. “We hope those who choose gardening will find that our plants help them unwind, create, enjoy the sun and fresh air.”

Gardening can ignite the senses and helps provide solace and release during difficult times. Nature’s Way plant varieties like Jasmine and Gardenia are sure to delight the senses with their lovely fragrance. Art lovers and color seekers will enjoy the wayplants like Ixoras, Hibiscus, Mandevilla and Allamanda paint a picture with their vibrant blooms. And for those who seek some alone time, can create a garden oasis by adding hedges like clusia, podocarpus, and viburnum. 

The unique outdoor Garden Star Bromeliads will add bold colorthat’s out-of-this world to containers and gardens. These shade loving beauties are a wonderful solution for shady areas that are hard to landscape. They need little water and are easy to care for. Look for them in the Lowe’s Garden Centers throughout Florida. 

Nature’s Way Farms is located in Homestead, Florida and aspires to inspire those who are looking for quality time in nature and have supplied Garden Centers across the country with beautiful plants for more than 40 years. More than 700 varieties of plants are grown on 300 acres.  With a deep commitment to bettering the community, Nature’s Way also rescues, fosters and finds good homes for homeless dogs and cats.



illy Returns to Best of the Best, Teams Up with Local Miami Chefs on Coffee-Inspired Desserts

 illycaffè, a global leader in high-quality, sustainably grown coffee, is returning to the 19th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®) with its passion for creating unique coffee experiences. From February 19 – 23, 2020, illy will brew classic and specialty coffee drinks for Festival attendees, including espresso, proprietary Cold Brew Aria™, and other crafted beverages made by illy Master Barista Giorgio Milos at more than ten events.

At one of the top Festival events, Fontainebleau Miami Beach presents Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best sponsored by Capital One, illy is collaborating with two local Miami chefs to create one-of-a-kind desserts. Chef Soraya Kilgore, owner of Mad Lab Creamery, is making tiramisu ice cream with illy espresso, while Chef Brielle Fratellone of Fontainebleau is creating a petite gateau made with coffee cream mousse featuring illy’s 100% Arabica Whole Bean Classico, roasted banana cake and caramel toffee. Both desserts will be accompanied with an expertly prepared shot of illy espresso to sip alongside, or to pour over the tiramisu ice cream for a delectable affogato. Read the rest here »