Head to Graziano’s for Wine Day

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On February - 16 - 2024ADD COMMENTS

February 18th is National Drink Wine Day and Graziano’s is the place to be on this extremely important holiday. With wines spanning from several different countries coming from Italy to Spain to France to Argentina, Graziano’s vast wine selection has something that will be to accommodate to everyone’s liking. At Graziano’s good wine is always accompanied by extraordinary food: authentic Argentinian dishes expertly crafted and served with care.

Graziano’s extends its presence with 11 locations across Miami, inviting customers to explore both restaurants and markets situated in Bird Road, Coral Gables, Hialeah, Aventura, Doral, and Weston. Visit: https://www.grazianosgroup.com/

Coconut Grove Arts Festival Turns 60

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On February - 16 - 2024ADD COMMENTS

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival returns this weekend, just in time for Presidents’ Day Weekend on February 17, 18 and 19. Our favorite outdoor arts festival promises three days of beautiful and creative works of art and a lively group of artists and art enthusiasts. There will also be culinary showcases and showdowns, music, activations and fun for the whole family.

New for 2024

Immerse yourself in the dynamic atmosphere of creativity at the Arts & Drafts Beer Garden inside Peacock Park during Festival, where craft brews meet live artistry, offering a unique blend of libations and artistic inspiration with talented craft artists creating live works of art, providing an open forum for workshops, and celebrating the perfect pairing of arts and drafts throughout the three-day festival.

Savor the culinary delights of top-tier restaurants at Flavors of The Grove, where each presents a single signature dish, inviting you to vote for the standout culinary masterpiece that captures taste, creativity, presentation, and overall appeal.

Immerse yourself in a mesmerizing 360-degree dome experience, where state-of-the-art projectors transport you to a world of captivating visuals that surround and envelop your senses.


Saturday, February 17: 10 AM – 6 PM

Sunday, February 18: 10 AM – 6 PM

Monday, February 19: 10 AM – 5 PM


2700 S. Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33133

Tickets are currently on sale at www.cgaf.com and start at $25 online.

Shawn Kolodny x House of Creed | Miami Art Week Public Sculpture

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On January - 25 - 2024ADD COMMENTS

Leading visual artist Shawn Kolodny partnered with renowned fragrance brand House of Creed to create new sculptural installations for their holiday window displays in over 30 locations worldwide. Drawing inspiration from Creed’s iconic fragrance bottle, Kolodny created an immersive installation for store visitors, creating striking installations using his signature medium of mirrored steel spheres. This collaboration debuted at Creed’s Miami Design District store on November 15. 

Visitors in Miami during December were able to experience Kolodny’s artwork at the Creed store, and in other locations around the city as part of Miami Art Week. Kolodny partnered with the City of Miami Beach, The House of Creed and the Esmé Miami Beach Hotel to present a new, large-scale public sculpture on Española Way and Drexel Avenue near Miami Beach. This dynamic sculpture evoked the vibrancy and movement of our ever-changing natural world and invited viewers to become a part of the art amidst their own reflection. To add further dimension to the installation, the public sculpture was scented by The House of Creed. 

For additional information about Shawn Kolodny visit: https://www.kolodny.art/

Pisco y Nazca Opens New Location in Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On January - 25 - 20241 COMMENT

By: Maryanne Salvat

Last night we had the pleasure of dining at the beloved Peruvian gastrobar, Pisco y Nazca, Centurion Restaurant Group’s (CRG) newest addition on Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile.    The authentic dining experience brings locals and visitors a taste of Peru. From the creators and owners of Bulla Gastrobar, Beehive Kitchen, and Havana Harry’s, Centurion Restaurant Group opened the company’s first Pisco y Nazca in 2015 in Kendall, Florida. Since then, Pisco y Nazca has expanded, with locations in Florida (Doral and Coral Gables) Virginia (Reston), and Washington DC. The restaurant’s name stems from the Peruvian saying, “Entre Pisco y Nazca,” meaning having fun and enjoying the company of loved ones – which is the atmosphere they aim to provide all the communities they serve.

The menu boasts a selection of Peruvian classic dishes with a twist, prepared with the finest ingredients. From traditional ceviches (we enjoyed the Cremoso) bursting with fresh flavors to mouthwatering sushi rolls, yes I said sushi, the Lomo Saltado Roll to be precise; probably one of the most original rolls we have experienced. The main dish of Lomo Saltado was exceptional, served with a plentiful side of white rice and fries large enough to share. Every dish tells a story of Peru’s rich culinary heritage.

For those seeking a true taste of Peru’s national spirit, the bar offers an extensive list of Pisco-based cocktails, expertly crafted by mixologists, as well as a daily Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m. appropriately named Hora Loca.

Located at 101 Miracle Mile, Pisco y Nazca Coral Gables is open Sunday (11am – 10pm), Monday – Tuesday (11:30am – 10pm), Wednesday – Thursday (11:30am – 11pm), Friday (11:30am – 12am) and Saturday (11am – 12am). To view the restaurant’s menus and make a reservation, guests can visit www. piscoynazca.com/coral-gables/. For updates on the restaurant and its sister locations, follow them on Instagram at @piscoynazca.

ILIA Base Face Milk

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On January - 22 - 2024ADD COMMENTS

Let your skin drink it in, literally. A milk-texture moisturizer with active ingredients and a natural finish that leaves your skin hydrated, plumped, and looking refreshed. Skin feels instantly softer to the touch and not sticky. Inspired by the face milks from Korea, this perfect skincare prep-step was thoughtfully formulated for the customer who needs an extra boost of moisture combined with barrier building properties. The lightweight formula provides instant hydration, reinforces the lipid barrier, and optimizes skin renewal. Over time, skin is smoother, stronger, and more radiant, with hydration that lasts throughout the day.


A versatile skincare prep-step, it can be used after cleansing in the morning or evening, on its own or before makeup. It’s designed to layer seamlessly with complexion products, pairing perfectly with the rest of your ILIA routine. 

The application is silky and non-sticky, sinking in quickly to provide an optimal base for makeup, while the luxurious recyclable glass packaging adds an element of elegance to your skincare ritual.


HYALURONIC ACID: Four molecule sizes draw moisture into skin for long-lasting hydration

BARRIER RENEWAL COMPLEX: Biomimetic blend of lipids, fatty acids, and sterols replenishes skin’s protective barrier

MICROALGAE EXTRACT: Skin superfood that helps nourish and revitalize

PRICKLY PEAR FLOWER EXTRACT: Plant-based powerhouse that supports skin’s natural renewal process

Nathan Sawaya’s The Art of the Brick Miami

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On January - 22 - 2024ADD COMMENTS

Former NYC corporate lawyer turned artistic visionary, Nathan Sawaya, is not just an artist – he’s a trailblazer, and he has made his mark on the contemporary art world with Lego bricks. Join in for a groundbreaking art exhibition making waves in Miami at the historic Olympia Theater. Nathan Sawaya’s ‘The Art of the Brick’ has arrived, transforming LEGO bricks into playful, profound, and thought-provoking displays of contemporary artistry in an unparalleled and completely approachable tour-de-force.

Exhibition: Nathan Sawaya’s The Art of the Brick Miami
Dates: open daily except Tuesdays, starting January 27
Hours: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Duration: the visit will last approx. 60 minutes
Location: Olympia Theater (174 E Flagler St., Miami, FL 33131)
Age requirement: all ages are welcome! (free admission for children under 4)
Accessibility: the venue is ADA compliant
Tickets: starting at $11.90 for children and $19.90 for adults (https://feverup.com/m/147745)

Key Highlights of Nathan Sawaya’s The Art of the Brick Miami exhibition:

    • Experience awe-inspiring reinterpretations of globally celebrated masterpieces by Michelangelo, Vincent van Gogh, and Leonardo da Vinci.
    • Open your heart and mind in the presence of Sawaya’s iconic “Yellow” sculpture, a life-size representation of a man pulling his chest apart with 11,014 yellow LEGO bricks flowing from the cavity; A reminder that each of us may have an artist within.
    • Experience the impressive range of Sawaya’s mastery with LEGO bricks, and the beauty of human nature in the “Human Expressions” gallery.
    • Marvel at the massive, 30-foot-tall installation “Division,” which itself is composed of more than 100 individual sculptures.
    • Get your “roar” on and bring the family! Discover prehistoric wonders, including a 20-foot-long “Tyrannosaurus Rex” skeleton made with 80,020 LEGO bricks.
    • Take a detour from the South Beach and plunge into the deep end with an ocean-centric “Swimmer” made of 10,980 LEGO bricks.
    • Channel your inner Barbie aspirations with an interactive selfie-stop in the plastic “Pink Dream” room made of 102,938 LEGO bricks.
    • Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of LEGO brick-infused photography in a captivating multimedia collection, expertly crafted in collaboration with the Miami Beach-famed photographer, Dean West.
    • Take count of more than one million LEGO bricks that collectively form The Art of the Brick’s 150+ sculptures.
    • Create your own brick art in the hands-on LEGO build area.


The Art of the Brick
IG: @artofthebrickexpo



Tickets: https://feverup.com/m/147745