People We Love

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On May - 6 - 2010

Sam Robin, Iran Issa-Kahn, and Barbara Becker at Cafeina

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

 Little Ditty, about Sam and Iran…

 …Two fabulous gals with a whole lot of fans…could have been the theme song at Wynwood hotspot Cafeina for the third installment of its “People We Love” party series on Thursday night, honoring longtime BFFs, acclaimed designer, Sam Robin and noted photographer, Iran Issa-Khan.  The party might as well have been named “People Who Made/Make Miami” as an old-school crowd and vibe permeated the chic, trendy space.  An incognito Sam (barely recognizable without her trademark Jackie O. glasses) and Iran were joined by an international jet-set crowd many of whom comprise their every-day entourage, including Barbara Becker, Tui Pranich, Wallid and Susie Wahab, Alvaro Cuadrado, Francesco Caracciolo de Marano, Cosima Preuss-Kuhne, Gary and Dana Shear, Daniela Swaebe and Michael Comras, Suzy Buckley, Lily Zanardi, Claudia Potamkin, Bruce and Kathryn Orosz, Criselda and Jonathan Breene, Terry and Rob Schecter, Alison Anthrobus and Adam Shepard, Heidi and Pierre Charalamdides, Eric Newill, Terry Cohen, Marnie Howard, Tara Solomon, Nick D’Annunzio and Sam’s son, (whom she calls “son of Sam”) Gregory Robin to name a few.  Burn Notice cast-mates Jeffrey Donovan and Navi Rawat, (Sam’s God daughter) added a sprinkle of TV stardust to the already fantastic group, who could barely stop dancing long enough to pose for photos, thanks to the creative sounds of DJ Joe Dert, who even threw in a little Neil Diamond to his already irresistible 80s mash-ups.

Sam and Iran shared this quote, “We want to thank Tara, Ink. And Cafeina for loving us so much! The feeling is completely mutual….a great time was had by all and we look forward to spending many evenings enjoying Ivette Naranjo’s fabulous hospitality!”  Don’t’ miss Cafeina’s next People We Love party, on Thursday, May 13, when nine-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer Rudy Perez will be on hand to help celebrate songstress and designer Jamie Jo Harris as she hosts the fourth installment of the party series. Attendees will also be treated to the exclusive debut of the music duo’s latest collaboration.








Belkys Nerey and Eduardo Marquez at Sugarcane

Belkys Nerey and Eduardo Marquez at Sugarcane

The Sweet Spot






“Kick back, eat well and stay…all night long” is the mantra at Sugarcane Raw Bar and Grill, which was officially unveiled at a party thrown by Ocean Drive magazine, keeping Midtown Miami up all night on Thursday with live music by the Spam All Stars and the hustle and bustle of local VIPs such as Tracy Wilson Mourning, Lisa Pliner, Bravo’s Ariel Stein, WSVN’s Belkys Nerey and VH1’s Glenn Packard (Brooke Knows Best) Laura Posada, Tony Cho, Max Pierre, managing partners, Danielle Billera, Shimon Bokovza and Matt Johnson;  and hundreds of Miami’s most stylish party people who danced to the Latin beats in between bites of stuffed dates, duck confit  eggrolls, sushi, oysters, sliders and lots of other Sugarcane specialties created by Executive Chef Timon Balloo.

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