The Singleton and Babish- a Delectable Partnership

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On March - 28 - 2023ADD COMMENTS

Without a doubt, one of the highlights of this year’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival was interviewing Andrew Rea, better known as Babish, who was on-hand  to create and serve signature The Singleton Scotch Whisky cocktails and to enthrall guests with his charming personality. Andrew’s  Babish Culinary Universe teamed up with Singleton to bring delicious bites and signature cocktails to the Grand Tasting Village on both days of festival weekend.  Read the rest here »

White Claw® Creates a Way to Make Smoother Vodka

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On March - 28 - 2023ADD COMMENTS

White Claw®, the creator of the nation’s number one-selling hard seltzer, today announces the launch of new White Claw™ Premium Vodka, the world’s first Triple Wave Filtered™ vodka. The first-of-its-kind filtration process uses tremendous pressure equal to three 30-foot waves to create vodka with distinctive taste, aroma, and smoothness. The result is a minimal yet complex combination of aromas and sensations in the mouth and nose — subtle notes of citrus at first, then grain, then a velvety finish. Along with the creation of a new process, White Claw also came up with a new way to describe the premium vodka: it’s the “smooovest.”

Each bottle of White Claw Premium Vodka is carefully bottled in Kentucky and embossed with the White Claw logo — the surge of three perfect crests coming together.

As part of its expansion into vodka, White Claw is also announcing the launch of its new ready-to-drink White Claw Vodka + Soda, because better vodka makes for a better vodka + soda. The new 100-calorie canned cocktail is made with the same Triple Wave Filtered White Claw Premium Vodka that is in the bottles. The vodka’s velvety finish is designed to bring out the fruit flavors in White Claw Vodka + Soda Pineapple, Peach, Wild Cherry, and Watermelon varieties.

Available in select markets across North America, the White Claw vodka portfolio will include the following:

White Claw Premium Vodka (40% Alc/Vol) – available in 1L, 750ml, and 50ml bottles.
White Claw Flavored Vodka (30% Alc/Vol) – available in iconic White Claw flavors — Mango, Black Cherry, and Pineapple — in 1L, 750ml, and 50ml bottles.
White Claw Vodka + Soda (4.5% Alc/Vol) is available (US only) in Pineapple, Peach, Wild Cherry, and Watermelon flavors in 12-ounce slim cans included in variety 8-packs and single flavor 4-packs.

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Surreal360: A Salvador Dalí Experience

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On March - 28 - 2023ADD COMMENTS

Surreal360: A Salvador Dalí Experience is now open in Miami! Embark on a journey into the mind of Salvador Dalí, the Spanish surrealist artist world-renowned for his technical skill and precise draftsmanship. In addition to over 170 original artworks by Dalí, there is an immersion aspect like Van Gogh and you can even enjoy augmented reality experiences that bring his art to life while learning the true story behind his works as you listen to a narration about Dalí’s artistic world. It is super cool. And a much better experience that envelops the world of Dalí.

This multi-sensory experience will submerge you in the world of Dalí’s works in playful, imaginative ways that delight and inspire.

Revered as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, Salvador Dalí is known for his striking and dreamlike surrealist imagery, influenced by his admiration for Renaissance art. Dalí experimented with a wide range of artistic activities from the late 1930s until his death in 1989, including painting, sculpting, designing fabrics, perfume bottles, jewelry, photography and also performance arts, having collaborated with other contemporary powerhouses including Walt Disney and Alfred Hitchcock.

“I am not a Surrealist; I am Surrealism. Surrealism is not a party or a label; it is a state of mind, unique, to each his own, that can be affected by no party line, taboo, or morality. It is the total freedom to be and the right to absolute dreaming” -Salvador Dalí

Surreal360: A Salvador Dalí Experience

Ice Palace West

71 NW 14th St.

Miami, FL 33136

Operation Hours:

Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM (last entry 7:00 PM)

Closed on Mondays

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Le Club Lacoste at UNKNWN

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On March - 23 - 2023ADD COMMENTS

On Tuesday, March 21st, Lacoste and UNKNWN celebrated the debut of Le Club Lacoste, Lacoste’s annual takeover of the Miami-based streetwear retailer – together transforming UNKNWN’s Wynwood boutique into an immersive tennis hub in honor of the 2023 Miami Open.

Attendees, who included global tastemakers and tennis players, Camila Coelho, Daniil Medvedev, Rachel Love,Vale Genta, Carla Nuñez, Stef Williams, and more enjoyed DJ sounds by DZA and custom cocktails while bouncing in and out of a court-side tennis ball pit. Guests battled in a ‘Fast Serve’ competition on a specially-designed tennis court, replacing UNKNWN’s iconic basketball court, for a chance to win VIP tickets to the women’s finals.

Wicked Brings the Magic of the Emerald City to the Arsht Center

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 23 - 2023ADD COMMENTS

By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Whether you’ve been spellbound before or are defying gravity for the first time – you will be delighted by Wicked at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (@arshtcenter), which runs through March 5th. The widely acclaimed, highly-entertaining show continues to captivate audiences- who laugh and sing out loud throughout the stellar performances.

It comes as no surprise that Wicked is as “popular” now as it was 20 years ago, when it debuted on Broadway (IYKYK). The fantastical tale about love and friendship that turns everything you thought you knew about the Wizard of Oz upside down, mesmerized the audience in Miami on opening night, as it has on Broadway, where we first saw it almost two decades ago. Once again, the show left us wanting more and singing the brilliant songs days after we were enthralled by its magic.

Elphaba, played by Lissa deGuzman and Glinda (Ga-linda) played by Jennafer Newberry, commanded the stage, delivering impeccable performances. Their talent, passion and voices capable of melting the heart of a Tin Man with the poignant and, at times, heartbreaking lyrics of some of the most beautiful music ever written.

Wicked welcomed new cast member Christian Thompson in the role of “Fiyero.” Thompson, a Fort Lauderdale native, masterfully portrayed the dashing love interest of both sisters in the show. If you have yet to experience Wicked- now is the time to discover which lucky sister ends up with the fabulous Fiyero.

We couldn’t agree more with the Arsht Center’s Senior Director of Communications, Gino Campodonico, who shared,

“Wicked is a beloved classic for good reason. 20 years after its premiere, this Broadway blockbuster still continues to amaze new audiences and loyal fans with an inspiring story about the Witches of Oz and soaring score including “Popular,” “For Good” and “Defying Gravity” of course. It’s a show full of heart, bravery, friendship and love… a story to which all of us can relate.”

Currently the fifth longest-running show in Broadway history, Wicked has won over 100 international awards including a Grammy Award, three Tony Awards and six Drama Desk Awards. Since its inception in 2003, Wicked has been performed throughout 16 counties and in over 100 cities around the world.

Buy your tickets for an enchanting night of “Dancing Through Life” in the Emerald City- no doubt you will be “Changed for Good.”

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Foodies Rejoice! SOBEWFF Returns this Week

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 23 - 2023ADD COMMENTS

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for those who love wine, food, fun, music, spirits, Chef-lebrities and all the joy that the annual 22nd annual Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®) is sure to deliver! The beachside bacchanal will take place from February 23-26, 2023. Widely recognized as America’s favorite gourmet gathering on the beach, the four-day Festival returns to the sand with more than 100 events spanning Miami-Dade and Broward counties. For the 22nd installment, Food Network personalities, Grammy-winning musicians, and more than 450+ chefs and wine and spirit producers will come together for a celebration comprised of walk-around tastings, intimate dinners, late-night parties, brunches, lunches, master classes, wine seminars and more.

The Festival kicks off on Thursday, February 23 with iconic chef, restaurateur, television personality and cookbook author, Emeril Lagasse, as he hosts the 16th annual Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons® with a special performance by Grammy-nominated country music group, Midland. Sprawling several blocks on the sands of South Beach, the Festival’s two iconic open-air tasting tents – North Venue and Grand Tasting Village – return to showcase the nation’s most talented chefs and lifestyle personalities who are supported by more than 1,200 student volunteers from Florida International University.

Our favorite local DJ, Danny Stern, will once again keep us dancing and burning off some of the 100,000 calories in which we will indulge. Look for Danny at most of the signature parties.

Also keeping us jumping, dancing and carrying on, will be Party Master, Dave Grutman. On Sunday afternoon, grab a front row spot on the sand for the David Grutman Experience with live performances by DJ Khaled and Cedric Gervais. Enjoy Belvedere Vodka, Moët & Chandon Champagne, and bites by Komodo, Swan, Papi Steak, Strawberry Moon, The Key Club & Gekko. Think LIV at 4 am except during daylight hours. Vampires be sure to pack your sunglasses.

From Overtown to Wynwood to Hallandale Beach and the Miami Design District in between, the Festival has curated a series of events to showcase the vibrant local cuisine and culture of these neighborhoods and the profoundly important role they have had in shaping the South Florida we have come to know and love.

The complete line-up of events for the 22nd annual Festival is now available online at Stay up to date all weekend long by following along with the #SOBEWFF hashtag on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.