PAMM Puts the Art in Party

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On April - 12 - 2018ADD COMMENTS

By:  Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

One of the most fun parties of the season took place on Saturday, March 17, as Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) welcomed more than 900 cultural philanthropists, artists, civic leaders, and arts supporters to its fourth annual PAMM Art of the Party presented by Valentino, the museum’s largest fundraising event of the year. The party took place in three phases, with multi-sensory experiences throughout. From the elegant Chef’s table in the galleries, to the chic and sexy supper club on the terrace to the energetic dance party that followed- the night was filled with artful company, conversations and dancing- lots and lots of dancing!

All three of the exclusive guest experiences were conceptualized by Lee Brian Schrager with culinary collaborations by STARR Catering Group and Chef Michelle Bernstein, and wines generously provided by Kim Crawford. Read the rest here »

Le Chick

Wynwood’s newest restaurant is now open for lunch. Le Chick offers elevated comfort food and craft cocktails perfect for your next lunch break. Grab a seat at the kitchen counter and make sure to keep an eye out for the exclusive lunch menu items including the Tomato Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Basil, sliced Almonds and Manchego; Avocado Toast topped with Ricotta, Radish, Cilantro and Lemon Lime Vinaigrette; and the mouth-watering Pulled Rib Bun made with Baby Back Rib, BBQ sauce, Iceberg Lettuce, Red Onion, Cilantro and Pickles (pro tip: add Fried Egg). Of course, don’t forget to try the chicken which comes fried or rotisserie style. 

Tues-Sun: Lunch 12PM

 

Quinto la Huella – 5th Floor at EAST, Miami

Can’t decide on what to have for lunch? Let the spread of meats, salads and sides at Quinto la Huella’s Chef’s Table inspire your next lunch break. Whether you need to grab a quick lunch or prefer to linger a little longer, the Chef’s Table at Quinto la Huella in EAST, Miami is the perfect weekday retreat with savory selections like the Wood-Oven Langoustines with Curry Potatoes and Octopus A La Plancha with Potatoes Confit and Paprika. Priced at $21 per person, you won’t find a better lunch deal in Brickell. Don’t forget to grab a glass of wine! 

Tue-FriChef’s Table 12PM-3PM | Buffet style $21+ per person

Reservations: dine@quintolahuella.com or 786-805-4646

 

The Miami Beach EDITION  

MARKET

Part patisserie, part boulangerie and part salumeria, Market features counters serving everything from Prosciutto & Gruyere Pizza, and Florida Red Snapper Ceviche to wines by the glass and pressed juices. The café-style dining room overlooks bustling Collins Avenue and is the perfect location to take a lunch break. Try one of Market’s newest menu additions including the Broccoli Soup with Thai flavors, Coconut and Lime and Spring Pea Pizza with Smoked Mozzarella, Pickled Chillies and Mint or the classic Kale Salad with Serrano Pepper, Croutons, Mint and Parmesan dressing.  

Sun-Mon: Lunch 12PM-6PM

Reservations: 786-257-4600

 

Le Pain Quotidien

Start your day off right with a nourishing lunch with friends and family at our communal table while enjoying items like the Spicy Shrimp and Avocado Toast topped with Corn Salsa and Chipotle Aioli or the delicious and filling Baker’s Lunch with your choice of Gazpacho or Soup of the Day, half Avocado Toast and Quinoa Taboulé Salad. In the mood for a salad? Try the Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai with a wonderful mixture of Red Peppers, Cabbage, Arugula, Toasted Cashews and Cilantro and Sesame-Cashew dressing. Don’t forget the refreshing Watermelon Cooler that’s always the perfect drink to pair with any choice.

Sun-Mon: Lunch 12PM-6PM

 

Skorpios

Located in the epicenter of Miami’s popular Midtown neighborhood, Skorpios combines signature Greek cuisine with South Florida flare. Join us for lunch and enjoy a wide selection of fresh Mediterranean fare that will have you yelling Yia Mas in no time! Priced at $27 per person, the lunch special includes your choice of one hot meze, one cold meze, one entree and one dessert. Signature menu items include TzatzikiHummus with Oven Baked Lamb,Chicken SouvlakiButterflied Cipura FishHomemade Baklava and Fresh Berries with Rose Water & Yogurt Foam.

Mon-Fri: Lunch, 11:30AM – 4:00PM 

Reservations: www.skorpiosmiami.com or 786-329-5905

 

COYO Taco

Miami’s freshest Mexican street food experience, COYO Taco, should be your next lunch break stop. Guacamole is smashed to order and tortillas are handcrafted on-site in an authentic Mexican tradition. Enjoy the Pulpo Taco with Charred Octopus, Salsa Veracruzana and Pickled Jalapeños or try something sweeter like the Pastor de Pollo Tacowith Chicken, Roasted Pineapple and Onions. No matter the dish, know our ingredients are 100% natural. Make sure to grab an Aguas Fresca and a Margarita to wind down while you enjoy some delicious tacos.

Opens Sun-Mon: 11AM

 

1111 Peruvian Bistro 

Whether your crave a hot, steamy, tasty pork bao,a traditional Peruvian Ceviche and Tiradito or some Nikkei cuisine, 1111 Peruvian Bistro in the heart of Brickell is the place to go.  This casual eatery with outdoor seating boasts a busy dinner crowd but is quiet and quick for lunch. You may want to go for lunch and stay for dinner- it’s THAT good. We loved the sweet sticky shrimp appetizer (the secret is the sweetened condensed milk), the bao and the traditional lomo saltado, but everything was fresh and delicious.  The neighborhood bistro is the perfect representation of international Peruvian fusion. The wide variety of causitas, ceviches, to Nikkei Makis and other Peruvian Inspirations are offered at affordable prices.

Lunch starts at 12 PM and valet parking is conveniently located in the Axis building, which also houses the restaurant. 

1-800-LUCKY

Inside the spacious and lively 1-800-LUCKY marketplace are seven different vendors for you to choose from, both local and international, each serving different Asian-inspired dishes. From Lotus + Cleaver’s Chinese BBQ and dim sum, to Hayato Miami’s Japanese ramen and sushi, to Poke OG’s Hawaiian-inspired poke bowls and Instagram-worthyTaiyaki ice cream, whatever you want to eat, 1-800-LUCKY will be sure to satisfy your cravings. Don’t forget to go to the outdoor patio where you will have the opportunity to grab a drink at the bar, relax in the lounge seating and enjoy live music from an eclectic variety of artists.

Opens Sun-Mon: 12 PM

 

 

Great Performances: the Taste of Tennis

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On March - 28 - 2018ADD COMMENTS

By:  Dr. Mary Jo Almeida Shore

Every March tennis aficionados from all over the world flock to the Miami Open to see the top men and women players such as Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Venus Williams and more compete in one of the biggest and most important tournaments. With tennis being such a global sport, having players from all over the world compete for one of the most prestigious titles on the tour and Miami already being so international, you see some of the most passionate and energetic fans. Celebrities and world-renowned figures in the entertainment and sports industries can always be found taking in the matches on stadium court under the tropical south Florida sun. 

But more spectators each year are considering the Miami Open as  a culinary destination: with over 100 dining venues/options, tennis fans and those who are merely fans of the “social side of tennis” can please their palates with flavors from around the globe.  Thanks to Great Performances, which stealthily and expertly orchestrates all of the concession and dining options at the tournament, the Miami Open has become as much about the food as about the game; catapulting the tournament’s evolution from a sports event to an annual lifestyle celebration. Read the rest here »

 Simon’s Soiree 2018

Join Simon’s Fund for their annual gala, the 2018 Simon’s Soiree on Saturday, March 17. This year’s event is headed to Citizen’s Bank Bank at the Diamond Club. Two local heart heroes will be recognized this year for their efforts and accomplishments: Dr. Robert Kleiman of ERT and Gabe Infante of St. Joe’s Prep. Funds will be raised to continue the Simon’s Fund mission, to protect hearts and to save the life of one child . . . and then another, by raising awareness about the warning signs and conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and death.  To purchase tickets visit: www.simonsfund.com.

 

The Philadelphia Restaurant Festival

On Tuesday, March 20th, 40+ vendors, restaurants, and bars will gather at The Crystal Tea Room for an evening of hand-crafted masterpieces of culinary expertise featuring distinguished wines, craft beers, craft cocktails and spirits selections. Guests can sample their way through over 100 different amazing dishes, craft beers, Bourbon & whiskeys, liquors, and wines from across the Philadelphia area: http://www.restaurantfestival.com/philadelphia 

 

 

 

The Bercy

Exciting news for Ardmore! Justin Weathers and Joe Monnich, former Stephen Starr Alums and current partners in Stove & Tap in Lansdale and Al Pastor in Exton, announce plans for the opening of The Bercy. The Bercy will be located at 7 East Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore in the former Haverford Trust building from the 1920’s that most recently housed Primavera Pizza Kitchen. A modern take on the classic French brasserie, The Bercy is named for a neighborhood in the 12th arrondissement of Paris.  The restaurant will open for dinner initially, with a projected opening in early April. Lunch, weekday breakfast, and weekend brunch will be added by in the Spring, to provide all-day dining and café options, seven days a week. For more information visit :www.thebercy.com. Reservations are available on Reserve.com. Find The Bercy on Instagram @thebercy and on Facebook @TheBercy.

 

 

Club Med Sandpiper Bay is for Families

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On March - 13 - 2018ADD COMMENTS

By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Club Med truly is for families! Not only is there something for everyone in the family to do 24/7 (our kids did not even look at their phones for four days) but you will feel like part of the Club Med family from the moment you arrive. This is all thanks to the outgoing and welcoming GOs, (Gentil Organisateur/Gracious Organizers), on-site staff, who go above and beyond to get to know guests and ensure that everyone is comfortable and having a great time – ALL the TIME!

But it’s more than just for families, there are also the friends you’ll make while you’re there, thanks to the convivial ambiance, that makes it so hard to leave and so easy to plan the next trip back. Club Med guests come from all over the world, making your vacation an enriching, multicultural experience.

Club Med is geared for the type of traveler/family who likes to get out there and have fun. From the unlimited water sports, to the Circus School (including flying trapeze) to the multiple pools (including an adult pool and jacuzzi), unlimited cocktails, exercise classes, world-class dining, entertainment, golf, sports and family-friendly nightclub/ lounges and nightly-themed entertainment- there’s too much to do to stay in your room. Don’t get us wrong, the rooms are clean and comfortable- some offer two bedrooms and bathrooms- but the idea is to have a blast and enjoy the resort, not to be cooped up. For those wishing to relax, there is an L’Occitane Spa offering numerous spa services and treatments perfect for primping and pampering. Many rooms also offer waterfront terraces, ideal for taking in the unparalleled sunrises and sunsets. Read the rest here »

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