Toast the Summer with Moët & Chandon’s Ice Imperial and Ice Imperial Rosé

Whether heading to the beach or enjoying a backyard barbecue, Moët & Chandon’s Ice Imperialand Ice Imperial Rosé, are the first-ever champagnes designed specifically to be enjoyed over ice. They are the perfect summer sips to cool down with this Memorial Day. Any summer gathering can easily be elevated with champagne cocktails topped with Moët Ice.

Moët & Chandon first pioneered this trend in 2011, launching Moët Ice Imperial (SRP: $59.00) followed by Moët Ice Imperial Rosé which just debuted last summer (SRP: $75.00). Since then, this style of drinking one of the most classic and revered wines has taken off across the category, with brands vying to create their own variations. The growing trend was first noticed amongst vacationers, particularly Margherita Missoni, in the south of France drinking “La Piscine” cocktails – sipping champagne with frozen champagne ice cubes. This “champagne on ice” revelation has since made the category more approachable, instead of reserving bubbly for celebratory moments.

 

OurBus Launches the Sunshine State Service

OurBus, a tech company that specializes in intercity and crowdsourced bus routes, is introducing service to Florida, with a new route connecting Tampa to Miami, with stops in Sarasota, Fort Myers and Fort Lauderdale.  

The new Sunshine State service starts on May 25th, kicking off Memorial Day weekend, with tickets available to purchase at www.ourbus.com.   Service runs from Fridays to Sundays, expanding to seven days per week in July 2018. Promotional fares are available for the first two weeks at just $10 each way.  

“Fort Myers and Sarasota are two of the largest cities in the country that don’t have express long-distance bus service,” said Axel Hellman, co-founder, OurBus. “The entire region between Tampa and Naples is growing rapidly, and  this service is greatly needed,” he said. “There are no flights from Fort Myers or Sarasota to Miami, so people here are used to making long drives. Taking the bus is more convenient, and more environmentally friendly.”

OurBus is partnering with My South Bus Tours, a Florida-based bus operator, for service. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with OurBus to enter the intercity bus market,” said Joseph Philoxy, manager at My South Bus Tours.  “After 15 years of serving the travel needs of South Florida residents, we’re proud to be offering express service from the Gulf Coast to South Florida.”

OurBus is starting several other routes that address “transportation deserts” in Florida – locations where there is limited rail, air or bus service –  by the end of 2018.

Boarding locations for OurBus in Florida include downtown Tampa (across from the Amtrak Station), Cattlemen Road in front of Burlington Coat Factory in Sarasota, Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Miami International Airport.

By using disruptive technology and crowdsourcing to bring efficient bus service to leisure travelers, students, and families on a budget,  OurBus is bucking the traditional bus service model, which utilizes a point to point network concept, recognizing that travelers need reliable and efficient transportation that’s close to their home, with less transfers, and less time in the car.

Riders can be as productive or as relaxed as they want to be, with all buses equipped with free wi-fi, individual charging ports,  bottled water and bathrooms.

OurBus has bolstered its East Coast service this year, with the launch of several new bus services, including Philadelphia to Washington, DC, New York City to Philadelphia, and coming Memorial Day weekend, Newark, New Jersey to Washington, DC (Friday, Saturday and Sunday service).  OurBus also services the Philadelphia suburbs, with daily, express bus service to New York City, on its Main Line route, which launched in December 2017.

By downloading the free OurBus app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, OurBus customers have the ability to:   

  • Eliminate the guesswork – track OurBus status via mobile phone
  • Eliminate the hassle – no need to wait on long, slow lines at the station to purchase tickets
  • Eliminate the stress –  knowledgeable bus drivers and OurBus transportation planners share travel updates with customers in real-time and  via social media

The company is now offering OurBus Select Membership program, targeting frequent travelers,  students and families on a budget. Members will receive 50% off of 10 tickets, for $49.99. For an updated list of bus schedules and to enroll in the OurBus Select Membership program, visit OurBus.com or download the OurBus app.

 

Written by Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Iris Apfel, the 96-year-old businesswoman and former interior and textile designer-turned-fashion and style icon is living her life to the fullest and simply refers to herself as an “accidental icon.” Apfel credits her iconic status to her creative approach to personal style. This caught the attention of Harold Koda, former curator of the Costume Institute at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mr. Koda, who describes Ms. Apfel’s eveningwear as having a “Fellini-esque theatricality,” curated and exhibited pieces from her extensive wardrobe and jewelry collections at THE MET in autumn of 2005, a few years following her retirement. The exhibition, Rara Avis: Selections from the Iris Apfel Collection, traveled to several other institutions, including the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, and launched Apfel into immediate stardom as well as laid the path for a staid second career. Since then, Apfel’s star has continued to rise. She has designed an accessories line for Swarovski, collaborated with MAC Cosmetics, starred alongside supermodels Karley Kloss and Toni Garrn in respective campaigns for Kate Spade and Etienne Aigner, starred in a documentary, aptly titled “Iris” and penned a new book, Iris Apfel, Accidental Icon, Musings of a Geriatric Starlet (Harper Collins). Read the rest here »

By:  Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Thrill seekers no longer need to jump out of a plane, scale Mount Everest or go for a dive among Great Whites to push the boundaries of their imaginations and achieve that adrenaline rush.  A simple visit to Barton G. The Restaurant will provide all of the adventure that one can fathom – and then some. Barton G. is the Cirque de Soleil meets Ultra Music Festival meets the Indy 500 of the dining world- with the quality and flavors of a Michelin-Starred restaurant.

It’s no surprise that renowned restaurateur and special event impresario, Barton G. Weiss, creator of the extraordinary Barton  G. The Restaurants is the trendsetter in his field.  Creator of the liquid nitrogen cocktail and #foodporn, Barton is continuously looking for new ideas that are 100% original. “I live to create shockingly delicious and awe-inspiring dining and event experiences. Every day is a celebration.”

It’s also no accident-as this magic happens scientifically, thanks to an on-site engineer who helps with the development and execution of the outrageous dishes.

Guests are treated to a multi-sensory experience where they interact with fellow diners as collective gasps and Instagram moments are shared each time an over-the-top dish ceremoniously comes out of the kitchen.   Read the rest here »

Miami Fashion Week®

 Miami Fashion Week® (MIAFW) is in full swing, the “First Faces” kick-off party follows the official casting process of 200 models with an exclusive event for special guests, including international models, fashion industry experts, press and modeling agencies. The event will mark the start of the social media competition from May 8 – 26, 2018 for eight models to earn the opportunity to open one of MIAFW’s runway shows. Hosted by 2017 winners (Lauren Ellison, Alexa Ferrer, Alleya Slagter, Brianna Addolarato, Taylor Weinkle, Fernanda Uesler, Mirla Sousa, Thais Martins), the party will be broadcasted internationally for the exclusive First Faces TV Special. The kick-off event will be open to the public on a firstcome, first-serve basis. The Delano South Beach will play host on Tuesday, May 8 from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. For more information visit: Miami Fashion Week® 

 

Texas de Brazil Sawgrass Mills May Offerings

A Gift for Mom…

Churrasco is meant to be enjoyed with family and friends, so those looking to treat Mom to a special meal this Mother’s Day can find a perfect place to gather at Texas de Brazil. Moms who dine on Sunday, May 13th will receive a $20 voucher to use on a future date.  

Celebrate National Wine Day…

Wine is an integral part of the dining experience at Texas de Brazil. They will mark National Wine Day on Friday, May 25th with “Happy Hour” pricing throughout the day, serving Texas de Brazil’s private label varietals for just $5 per glass. 

“Texas de Brazil varietals were selected to be approachable for diners, and to pair easily with the great selection of grilled meats and salads we offer,” says Rodrigo Davila, the restaurant group’s director of wine and spirits. “Our private label wines bottled by one of South America’s top wine producers are perfect for a toast on this holiday and for any occasion,” he adds.

Honoring Those Who Serve…

On Monday, May 28th, all those with a military ID (veterans and active duty) will receive 50% off, and up to six of their additional guests will receive 20% off their final bill. 

*Both discounts valid for seven guests total per table/reservation. 

 

 

Royal Cocktails at the MO Bar+Lounge

To kick off May 2018, Mandarin Oriental wanted to share the Royal Wedding-inspired “Something Blue” cocktail on offer throughout the month of May at MO Bar + Lounge. Crafted by their talented mixology team, the soft blue-hued libation is made with Bombay Sapphire Gin, Blue Curacao, Maraschino Cherry Liquor, Lemon Juice, Honey Syrup and Egg White. MO Bar + Lounge is located at 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, FL 33131. 

 

 

 

Nikki Beach Miami Beach Is Heading “Back To The Beach” With Its New Dinner Party

Nikki Beach Miami Beach has created the ultimate throwback dinner party called “Back To The Beach.” Every Friday night, guests will be transported to their favorite beach soiree, with a chic mix of bohemian décor, happy music and beach culture. More than just nostalgia, though, the evening is all about celebrating life in the original spirit Nikki Beach was founded on back in 1998. Catering to locals, guests will enjoy a special prix fixe menu (priced at $35 per person) featuring a choice of Nikki Beach’s signature dishes like its Sexy Salad, Famous Chicken Satay, Saint Tropez Fantasy Roll and Chocolate Ganache Cake. The set menu is available from 7-9 pm every Friday night. Other dinner offerings include Seafood Stuffed Maine Lobster, King Crab Legs, Angus Beef Filet and more. For reservations and more info visit nikkibeach.com

Cinco De Mayo at Kiki on the River

Sip in the sunshine and enjoy Kiki on the River’s Greek take on Mexican Favorites to celebrate Cinco De Mayo, Saturday May 5, 2018. Guests will enjoy Chef Rhee’s spin on Greek-inspired Mexican cuisine like Chicken Souvlaki Tacos, Spanakopita Quesadillas, Mexican Corn with Tzatziki and topped off with $12 Casa Picante Margaritas. To complete the festivities, guests will enjoy mariachis, marigolds, papel picado decorations and more. 

 

Ball & Chain Mother’s Day Brunch

Ball & Chain will be offering a special live music Mother’s Day brunch buffet in their outdoor garden featuring an omelet station, Guava French Toast, Burrata toast, shrimp ceviche, assorted fresh fruits, authentic Cuban pastries, truffle mac-n-cheese, pork & bacon croquettes, seasonal roasted vegetables, salads and fried yuca.   A curated dessert bar featuring ice cream, churros and flan.  The drink menu will feature Cuban coffee, bottomless mimosas and various craft cocktails. Guests can choose between two seating times: 11AM and 1PM.  Price per person is $42 (plus gratuity), children under 2 are free and under 10 years of age is priced at $24. Live music by Kemuel Roig Latin Jazz Band and entertainment by our Ball & Chain salsa dancers. To make reservations guests can contact specialevents@ballandchainmiami.com

Special Gifts for that Special Woman in Your Life….Mom!

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On May - 1 - 2018ADD COMMENTS

For the Skincare Loving Mom…

Rooted in the centuries-old, skin-healing Remedea Compound™ and boosted by the most scientifically advanced, medical grade actives, Chuda™ Healing Hydrating Cream deeply hydrates and rapidly heals dry, damaged and compromised skin. A highly active, fast-acting formula, skin is quickly restored to its healthiest state—soft, smooth supple, plump, hydrated and radiant. It’s quite amazing. For more information visit: https://shop.chudaskincare.com/collections/skincare.

 

 

 

For the Kitchen Loving Mom…Words with Boards

Quality kitchen essentials are necessary for perfecting any recipe. Words with Boards offers custom cutting boards that personalize any kitchen and add a touch of intrigue. Why use an ordinary cutting board when you can use one especially crafted for you? These truly beautiful pieces are works of art that will make your culinary creations whimsical. Treat yourself to a food board that makes a statement when you’re entertaining friends. Each cutting board, trivet, wine rack, and lazy susan is hand-crafted from sustainably forested American hardwoods. Everything is designed and made in Baltimore, MD. Words with Boards makes for great personalized gifts for others or treat yourself.

 

For the Art Loving Mom…Today Is Art Day

Today Is Art Day has created miniature versions of the masters of the art world. Whether you are a collector of art or just a fan, these mini versions are wonderful gifts. The company was founded in November 2014 as a social media feed on InstagramTwitter and Facebook. They share a story about an artist or a masterpiece to their 60,000+ followers. Based in Quebec City, Canada, Today Is Art Day’s mission is to make art and art history more fun and accessible to a wider audience. In January 2017, they launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund the Vincent van Gogh action figure in order to expand their reach to a new public. Today Is Art continues to grow its line of products to bring art and art history to its fans in innovative ways! Salvador Dalí is the 7th artist to enter the Art History Heroes Collection, which includes Leonardo da Vinci, Frida Kahlo and Vincent van Gogh. Whether gifting it to yourself or looking to win the “most thoughtful gift giver” title, these adorable action figures make the perfect present to celebrate art, eccentricity, and thinking out-of-the-box. 

 

 

Bass Museum Presents Night At The Museum

It’s time for the Bass Museum’s most anticipated event of the year, A Night at the Museum. Enjoy an evening of art, fashion, music and more for the museum’s annual Spring fundraiser. Enjoy craft cocktails, gourmet delights, immersive and interactive activations, new exhibitions and a silent auction, featuring contemporary artists, luxury brands and curated experiences. Make sure to come dressed in your best COSMIC COCKTAIL ATTIRE. All proceeds from Night at the Museum support The Bass’ education programs and exhibitions. Members at the Affiliate ($250) level and above receive complimentary admission for two adults, eighteen and over, plus year-round benefits. FOR TICKETS: www.thebass.org/NATM or call: 305.673.7530;membership@thebass.org.

 

Fogo de Chão New Spring Menu

The internationally-renowned steakhouse from Brazil, Fogo de Chão, is launching a light and refreshing seasonal menu that features nutritious recipes and bright cocktails sure toput everyone in the mood for warmer weather. From a nutritious gluten-free salad and vegetarian soup to Brazilian-inspired beverages, new spring selections are now available at all Fogo locations nationwide for a limited time.

“Seasonality plays a significant role at Fogo, just as it does in the open air markets and farm tables of Southern Brazil,” said Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Fogo de Chão. “Over the last few months, our award-winning culinary team has been hard at work crafting craveable, new menu offerings full of fresh ingredients that we know our guests will enjoy this spring.”

A selection of Fogo’s new seasonal items include:

  • Ancient Grain Salad – This gluten-free recipe features a powerhouse of superfoods, including quinoa, chia seeds, toasted kasha and wild rice with diced apples, pomegranate and oranges all tossed in a house-made citrus vinaigrette. 
  • Asparagus and Spring Pea Salad– Fresh asparagus, spring peas and arugula are tossed with goat cheese, lemon zest and herb vinaigrette and then topped with fresh cracked pepper for a refreshing bite. 
  • Sweet Pea and Asparagus Soup– This vibrant vegetarian soup is made with sweet spring peas, asparagus and a blend of parmesan, cream and fresh ground black pepper. 
  • Smoke & Honey – Monkey Shoulder Whisky and peaty Glenmorangie Original are combined with honeyed ginger and lemon for a smoky take on a classic sour. 
  • Guava Do Sul – Belvedere Vodka is shaken with guava puree and fresh lemon, then topped with La Marca Prosecco to create a crisp and sparkling cocktail. 
  • Andean Punch– Fresh strawberries are muddled with guava and mint, then topped with sparkling soda for a refreshing non-alcoholic treat. 

The spring menu from Fogo de Chão highlights the rich traditions of centuries-old Brazilian cuisine and delectable flavors of warmer months that perfectly complement the steakhouse’s variety of fire-roasted meats, such as the Brazilian specialty cut, Picanha, tender lamb chops, and filet mignon.

For more information on the new spring menu or to make dining reservations, visit http://www.fogo.com.

 

Spring Chicken Has Sprung at Miami International Airport 

50 Eggs Inc.’s CEO and Owner John Kunkel, has announced the launch of the company’s newest Spring Chicken location at Miami International Airport (Terminal D), operated by Areas.  With another popular outpost in Coral Gables, the eatery is known to deliver at the speed of quick service and proudly strives to provide the best food possible, including its secret recipe sauces, and its signature fried chicken.

Available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the 1,850 square-foot space seats 52 guests from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily. The menu offers delicious Southern favorites, including breakfast burritos, salads and sandwiches (made with boneless, skinless chicken breast – available crispy or grilled), sides and sweets for under $15 per item; which is an affordable option for airport food. The menu also features a specialty cocktail, Bourbon, wine and beer selection, including its signature Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade, that’s a favorite amongst locals in Miami.

“As a fast-casual concept, we felt a location at Miami International Airport would be ideal for travelers to grab a quick bite or drink before they board their flight,” says Kunkel. “We have tailored our menu to drive value while making sure to maintain our core principles of using fresh ingredients mixed with classic southern hospitality.”

“Areas is excited to bring Spring Chicken’s fresh take on Southern comfort food to our guests,” said Sergio Rodriguez, CEO of Areas in the US. “We are thrilled to help share this local treasure with MIA travelers.”

50 Eggs, Inc. has been helping to redefine dining in South Florida for over 10 years now, from fast casual to approachable fine dining concepts. Since its inception, it has been the force behind a variety of successful restaurants, including Spring Chicken, Swine Southern Table & Bar, CHICA and Yardbird Southern Table & Bar.

For more information, visit www.eatspringchicken.com.  

 

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