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Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 28 - 2011
Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese

Sexy burlesque performer, Dita Von Teese, made a pit stop in Miami on Thursday as part of the U.S. launch for her vintage-inspired mini bar, “My Cointreau® Travel Essentials.” She sipped Cointreau® MargaDitas at a private party at Mondrian South Beach’s Sunset Lounge and caused quite the frenzy as she made her grand entrance down the hotel lobby’s black spiral staircase wearing a silver Herve L. Leroux gown, studded Louboutin heels, vintage earrings and a Cartier ring, and then posed on the Cointreau® “orange carpet” alongside a luggage cart stacked high with vintage trunks and her limited-edition travel accessory and shared fashion, style and travel tips with guests. Von Teese spent most of the evening lounging in a corner booth with friends but often stopped her conversation to meet and pose for photos with fans.


Our favorite Modern Family star, Sofia Vergara, headlined the BeLive Gala at the Ritz Carlton Miami Beach on Thursday night.

BeLive Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara

Real Housewives of Miami’s Lea Black joined Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita, and Albie Manzo at the Hotel Breakwater for the launch of blk.Water, which Manzo is representing. Manzo kept cool sipping cocktails (made with blk), and hanging with his brother, sister and New York Jets cheerleader girlfriend, much to the dismay of female onlookers.  

 Across town at WALL Miami lounge, Private Practice’s Taye Diggs (who made us swoon years ago in How Stella Got Her Groove Back) and team McLaren Formula One race car driver Jenson Button partied at the VIP hotspot, drinking and dancing with friends until 4 a.m.

Diggs and famous wife Idina Menzel from Glee stayed at the Hilton Bentley on South Beach while on tour all over South Florida promoting Diggs’ new children’s book Chocolate Me, about helping kids feel good about being unique.  The couple was seen by the Bentley pool and dining at De Rodriguez Cuba with their son Walker on Saturday, after his book signing at The Soul of South Florida Book Expo. 

Mario Lopez was seen checking into the Mondrian late on Friday night and took a few minutes to relax poolside on Saturday afternoon. Our source tells us fans were overheard whispering that they hoped “he’d take his shirt off” but had no such luck as Lopez was off to film teasers for his show Extra.

On Saturday afternoon, Alex Rodriguez went virtually unnoticed behind dark shades as he enjoyed a healthy poolside lunch at the Delano; Manny Ramirez had a late afternoon snack at Stephen Starr’s Makoto in Bal Harbour and Romero Britto dined at Asia de Cuba at Mondrian, posing for photos with fans and signing autographs.

University of Miami alums and Major League Baseball players Chris Perez (Cleveland Indians) and Jon Jay (St. Louis Cardinals) dined on Saturday at The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar.

On Sunday afternoon Giuliana and Bill Rancic enjoyed Sunday afternoon brunch at the Mondrian. 

Last week, American Idol Season 10’s Brett Loewenstern, Mrs. United States 2011 Shannon Ford, and Miss Florida USA 2012 Karina Brez were a part of the Palm Beach Veterans Committee Veterans Day Parade in West Palm Beach.

Dwayne Wade’s private chef, Richard Ingraham cooked up specialty dishes for the Cooking up Dreams event at the Hilton Doubletree Biscayne Bay a couple of weeks ago, in support of Miami-Dade Public Schools Food and Nutrition programs.

Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 20 - 2011

Goran Visnjic,  Stephanie Trump, Sase GjorsovskiAmerican Idol Season 8 contestant Matt Giraud and Lindsey Sky performed at the “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Miami Annual Gala at the Fontainebleau last Tuesday night, hosted by Stephanie, Jules, and Eddie Trump, owners of Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach. Pan Am’s Goran Visnjic and Magic City’s Dominik Garcia-Lorido joined over 500 guests for the celebration.

Known for being the youngest and most popular winner of Bravo’s Project Runway, Christian Siriano was on-hand for an intimate gathering at Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour last Thursday afternoon, where he presented his Fall 2011 Collection, and gave the fashionable guests a sneak peek into his Spring 2012 Collection.

Last Thursday night at Club 50 at the Viceroy Hotel, Dwyane Wade hosted an event to celebrate his collaboration with Hublot, for which he designed a limited edition watch. “The elements reflect my personal style and love for basketball” he said of the watch which features his jersey’s #3 and a basketball net design on the strap.  Sporting his own creation, Wade attended the Hublot Bal Harbour Boutique opening event with girlfriend Gabrielle Union.  Proceeds from the Hublot King Power Dwyane Wade watch will go to support the Wade World Foundation in its efforts to promote education, health and social skills for children in at-risk situations. 

Spanish-Mexican tenor and conductor, Placido Domingo is in town.  He headlined the gala kick-off for the Florida Grand Opera’s 2011-2012 Season on Tuesday night and dined at DB Bistro two nights in a row. 

Mayor of Pinecrest, Cindy Lerner and official artist of the Latin Grammy Awards, Miguel Paredes attended the unveiling ceremony for the custom dog sculpture that Paredes created for the “smARTy Dogs for Smart Schools” program at Pinecrest Elementary. 

More of a “celebrity news” item than a sighting:  local designer, Robert Brown, CEO of Brown Davis Interiors will be one of the judges at the Miss New Hampshire pageant which is a part of Donald Trump’s Miss Universe Organization.  The Trump Organization stated in a press release that it expects to take the New Hampshire pageant to a higher level, introducing a chic and contemporary production – in music, program and fashion.

Arty Parties

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 20 - 2011
Doug Scott and Olga Granda-Scott

Doug Scott and Olga Granda-Scott

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

Wolfsonian Visionaries 11:11:11

Every now and then all of the ingredients that make for a perfect evening come together in one delicious bite- resulting in magic.  Such was the case last Friday night during the Wolfsonian Visionaries’ 11:11:11 party, where hundreds of the “fabulartsy” gathered in the garage bearing the address to match the party’s unique date, the landmark 1111 Lincoln Road garage, transformed into the ideal venue, by an array of white linens, furnishings and bunches and bunches of flowers from top-to-bottom- even the bars were made to resemble bushes. The gusty, chilly winds that enhanced the panoramic views had the already stylish group, with a flair for the fabulous, donning fancy furs (sorry PETA), colorful scarves and warm, winter garb reserved for such incredible nights in New York City this time of year, just adding to the already dramatic landscape of the evening.  

The magnificent affair was held in honor of the Wolfsonian’s 16th anniversary, and featured signature dishes from Miami’s top restaurants and caterers, who served up cold weather comfort food such as Michelle Areces & Nima Vandy’s Petit Pois’ truffle polenta served in miniature pots and chocolate truffle pearls (that left green glitter dust all over the guests’ faces); Jim Mozina of Le Basque’s seared tuna on a bed of mashed potatoes;  Lyon + Lyon’s (which is now open at the Wolfsonian) grilled cheese sandwiches and watercress soup and ooohhhhhh! those piping hot Shake Shack burgers!  Guests also enjoyed top shelf Bacardi cocktails, music by DJ Mauricio Parra and the images of artist Emilio Chapela which were on display in a site-specific installation.  Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 3 - 2011
David Furnish and Sir Elton John

David Furnish and Sir Elton John

On Friday night, comedian Kevin Hart hosted a party at Club Play, alongside up-and- coming rapper Kendrick Lamar. NBA Superstar Dwyane Wade, close friend of Hart, joined actor Morris Chestnut and former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams along with fellow athletes, comedians, and rappers for the night.

Chalk Ping Pong and Billiards Lounge managing partners Joseph Blount and Sayra Moto, along with local tastemakers, Nick D’Annunzio, Tara Solomon, Jose Ortiz, Sean Drake and Michelle Leshem attended Sir Elton John’sAn Enduring Vision” gala last Wednesday, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Blount, a major philanthropist, along with his latest venture Chalk, were official co-sponsors of the event, which supports the Elton John Aids Foundation.

Last Tuesday night, singer Josh Groban was seen dining at Mondrian South Beach’s Asia de Cuba. After nibbling on Lobster Pot Stickers and Calamari Salad, Groban checked out Mondrian’s inventive vending machine, Semi Automatic, which sells everything from toothbrushes to cars.

Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 2 - 2011

Dolly_Parton_in_concert_at_Holly_Hard_RockDolly Parton wowed the audience during her concert at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino last week.  She played the banjo and the auto harp, among various other instruments and covered songs from the Beetles, Led Zeppelin, and Tina Turner, in addition to her classic hits and other country favorites.

Designer extraordinaire Nicole Miller made an appearance and hosted a lunch in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Saks Dadeland on Thursday afternoon

Juan Lopez and Nicole Miller at Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland

Juan Lopez and Nicole Miller at Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland

.  The pretty and charming designer mingled with guests and gave Saks customers style tips and fashion advice.

Actress/singer Ashley Tisdale and a small entourage enjoyed a late dinner at Sugarcane raw bar grill in Midtown Saturday night. The Disney star, with beau-in-tow and a few other friends/family, remained low-key throughout the evening.

The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar was a good spot for celeb sightings throughout the weekend.  On Friday night, Alex Rodriguez brought in a group of five, including close friend Ingrid Casares, who dined in the main room before heading out to WALL lounge.  On Saturday night, Jacob the Jeweler and family dined at the Forge.  At their request they were seated in the rear of the library so they could enjoy a more intimate evening.  At a separate table, Luis Miguel held court with two ladies, beginning with cocktails at the bar before heading to the Wine Cellar to dine.  His personal bodyguard was only feet away from him all evening and the trio closed the restaurant down.


Music producer Pharell Williams was spotted having lunch on Monday afternoon at one of his favorite restaurants in town- City Hall the Restaurant, with a female companion.

Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On October - 15 - 2011
Hazel Garcia, Evrice Cornelius, Kira Alvarado, Matt Heien, Mike Sincere, Maytee Martinez

Hazel Garcia, Evrice Cornelius, Kira Alvarado, Matt Heien, Mike Sincere, Maytee Martinez

Models, designers, fans and friends came out to Books and Book last Thursday in South Beach to celebrate with bestselling author Mike Sincere during the book signing of his new book, The Last Au Pair.   As you might have guessed from the title, the book tells the story of an Au Pair who moves to South Beach only to discover life here isn’t as glamorous as she thought.

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra attended Pilates in the Grove’s Pink Ribbon Launch event last week benefitting the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation.  Other attendees included Jason Rosenhaus of Sports Rosenhaus Representation, who happens to be Drew Rosenhaus’ brother on whom the character, Jerry Maguire, was based.

In town for the Miami leg of his first comedy tour in three years, Chris Tucker visited The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar with three others in tow.  The funny man, who hosted his Rush Hour 3 movie release event at The Forge a few years ago, returned to see the newly renovated space and to try one of the restaurant’s lobster and peanut butter sandwiches, a few other dishes and a little wine.  Guests were stopping by Tucker’s table to pose for photos with the friendly, fast-talking actor, who is set to film a new movie, The Playbook opposite Bradley Cooper.

Actor Leland Orser who is in town filming Starz Network’s new Magic City series dined at Zuma last Sunday evening.

Joseph “Fat Joe” Antonio Cartagena was at The Forge  with a party of five.

Underground rapper Big Krit performed a live concert at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale followed by a wind-down session at his after party at Club Play.

Kevin Durant took some time off from his summer playground basketball tour to celebrate his birthday at Club Play. The event was attended by most of his Oklahoma City Thunder teammates including James Harden, Eric Maynor, Serge Ibaka, and former Miami Heat player Daequan Cook. NBA veterans Antoine Walker, Nazr Mohammed and James Posey were also in the house.