Chotto Matte- Nikkei Cuisine in a Lively Space

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On September - 8 - 2018ADD COMMENTS

For a spirited evening under the stars, visit Chotto Matte on Lincoln Road, the London-based award-winning, restaurant’s first location in the United States. Featuring Nikkei cuisine (in which flavors from Japan and Peru are infused), the restaurant boasts a robata grill, sushi bar and open-air dining room.

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Lazy Days- an Essential Keys Destination

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On July - 11 - 2018ADD COMMENTS

Kick back, relax and have the best food  in the Keys at Lazy Days, in the heart of Islamorada. Lazy Days offers  top notch oceanfront dining and a laid-back atmosphere. Situated right on the sand, Lazy Days invites guests to stay for a while and delight in a wide variety of seafood dishes and fresh catch prepared Lazy Days style: Panko-crusted and drenched in key lime butter and garlic sauce. There are other unique and delicious preparations as well, such as Lorenzo style- sautéed and topped with a crab cake, key lime butter and béarnaise sauce. Hungry yet?

The menu also includes burgers, pastas, alligator bites, cracked conch and lots of other other island favorites. For a small fee, Lazy Days will cook your catch and serve it in a beautiful platter along with signature sides. It’s no surprise this place gets packed every day. Happy hour is especially fun, when you can enjoy food and drink specials while sitting in Adirondack chairs facing the water as you listen to live music and watch the sun set.

Located near Robbie’s, where guests delight in feeding giant tarpon and also next door to Bud and Mary’s Marina- ground zero for sport-fishing charters, Lazy Days is the best place to eat after enjoying nearby adventures. 

Whether you are driving to or through the Keys for the day, or plan to stay a while Lazy Days is definitely worth a visit.


Lazy Days

79867 Overseas Highway

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Don’t Miss: Amigos for Kids Presents Domino Night

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

 Amigos For Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect by strengthening families and educating communities, will host its premiere annual fundraiser, Miami Celebrity Domino Night on Saturday, June 16 at the University of Miami Student Center Complex in Coral Gables.

Recognized as South Florida’s most anticipated charitable summer event, Miami Celebrity Domino Night is an evening dedicated to raising funds and creating awareness about child abuse prevention.  The night promises the best of the best with an exciting star-studded Blue Carpet, domino playing, open bar courtesy of presenting sponsor Bacardí U.S.A., a superb silent auction, live entertainment by multi Grammy Award winner Marlow Rosado and savory culinary fare courtesy of some of South Florida’s leading chefs and restaurants.

“We are excited to announce that our signature fundraising event, Miami Celebrity Domino Night has moved to a new location while keeping all the great fun elements that has made it an annual summer success,” said Amigos For Kids President and CEO, Rosa Maria Plasencia.  “We are fortunate to serve a tremendously generous community, and alongside hundreds of celebrities, elected officials and amazing supporters, we will host the 16th edition of Domino Night at the University of Miami.  We look forward to another memorable celebration that facilitates fulfilling our mission of child abuse prevention and helps educate millions about this national epidemic.”

The Amigos For Kids 2018 Miami Celebrity Domino Night will host more than 1,500 guests, including an array of South Florida media personalities, renowned television celebrities, elected officials and corporate leaders.  Jacqueline Bracamontes and Erica Ender are two of this year’s Celebrity Hosts, and NBC6 Anchor and Amigos honorary board member, Jackie Nespral and WPLG’s Louis Aguirre will be the night’s Celebrity Emcee Hosts.

Iconic personalities from previous years include stars such as María Celeste Arrarás, Charytín, Gaby Espino, Emilio Estefan, Lili Estefan, Laura Flores, DJ Irie, Sofia Lachapelle, Adamari López, Johnny Lozada, Alicia Machado, Justina Machado, Carlos Ponce, Zuleyka Rivera, Teresa Rodriguez, Catherine Siachoque, Pamela Silva-Conde, Sonya Smith, Juan and Maki Soler, and Felipe Viel to name a few.

Tickets to this year’s event are $150 per person in advance, $175 per person at the door, and reserved domino tables of four are available for $1,000 each, in addition to sponsorship opportunities, with all proceeds benefitting Amigos For Kids.

Funds raised aid programs including the Jose Martí Park after-school program; the Amigos Strengthens Families & Communities Nurturing Parent program; the annual back-to-school and holiday toy drives, and the Amigos For Kids yearlong There’s NO Excuse For Child Abuse!® Blue Ribbon Campaign and prevention efforts.

For more information regarding tickets and reservations, please contact Amigos For Kids at (305) 279-1155, or visit at  For media credentialing, click here and follow the detailed instructions.

The 2018 Miami Celebrity Domino Night is brought to you by Presenting Sponsor, Bacardí U.S.A.; Gold Sponsors, Academica, Allstate, Baptist Health South Florida Continental National Bank, Macy’s and República; Domino Table Sponsor, Greenberg Traurig; and Entertainment Sponsor, Dra. Maribel Santa Cruz.  Media Sponsors include Clear Channel Outdoor, Diario Las Américas, NBC 6, Selecta, Telemundo 51 and Univision 23.

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   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 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 »