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

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

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

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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:




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: or call: 305.673.7530;


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


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  


Ball & Chain Presents Guitars Over Guns

Ball & Chain, Little Havana’s most notable live music venue, is thrilled to host the annual Guitars Over Guns Student Showcase event on Tuesday, April 24, at 6PM to 9PM,  for the second year in a row.  Guitars Over Guns (GOGO) is a Miami-based 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides mentoring to at-risk youth through music education and performance. Currently, Guitars Over Guns provides programming at North Miami, Georgia Jones-Ayers, Citrus Grove, and Cutler Bay middle schools, as well as the Educate Tomorrow Center and Camillus House.  Students from Guitars Over Guns’ middle school programs across Miami-Dade County will converge for the annual Guitars Over Guns Student Showcase event. From student artwork on display, to dance and musical performances on Ball & Chain’s iconic Pineapple Stage, these young artists from Miami’s underserved communities will impress guests with their talent, exuberance, and professionalism.  All ticket proceeds will be donated to GOGO for future programming; For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Follow @guitarsoverguns and join the conversation with the hashtag #ChooseYourSound.


Chef Jose Mendin and Chef Clay Conley Battle Noodles vs. Pasta

Award-winning Chef Jose Mendin welcomes James Beard Award nominated Chef Clay Conley of Palm Beach restaurants Buccan and Grato to Pubbelly Noodle Bar Miami Beach for a friendly 8-course battle of Noodles vs. Pasta. The dinner is the most recent incarnation of Chef Mendin’s Mendin & Friends guest chef series taking place on Tuesday, April 24 at 7PM. Each chef will prepare one appetizer and three dishes. Chef Mendin, best known for seamlessly fusing his Latin influence with Asian flavors, will dish out selections such as Hearts of Palm “Caesar” Salad – boquerones, Parmigiano, fried bread; Blue Crab Ravioli – yuzu broth, royal trumpet, bottarga; Spring Onion Gnocchi – peas, prosciutto, taleggio, black trumpet, pistachio butter; and Gumbo Black Fettucine – crayfish, prawns, andouille sausage, ramps, cornbread crumbs. From Chef Conley: Softshell CrabCarrot Agnolotti – brown butter, king crab, Thai basil, black garlic; Squid Ink Orecchiette –sausage, Turks & Caicos conch; and Udon “Carbonara” – spring vegetables, ramp dashi butter, egg. 

The dinner is $70 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Reservations are required and can be made via OpenTable or by calling (305) 532-7555. Seating is limited.


Bowlero Davie Opens Hosted by Reshad Jones 

Miami Dolphin Reshad Jones will be hosting the grand opening of South Florida’s newest bowling entertainment destination – Bowlero Davie (located at 8200 W State Road 84). The revamped bowling alley’s official grand opening will be taking place next Saturday, April 28th from 11AM – 2PM. Bowlero Davie offers a new spin on the traditional bowling alley. The brand new center features 32 backlight bowling lanes complete with high-definition video walls at the end of the lanes, plush lounge seating, a completely new bar and lounge area, as well as a revamped arcade.The grand opening event will have free bowling, arcade play, food and drink specials, and the chance to bowl with NFL surperstar Reshad Jones, to celebrate the completely revamped center; For more information on Bowlero Davie, visit

Hunter for Target Coming this Saturday!

This spring, Target is partnering with Hunter – a British heritage brand – on a limited-edition lifestyle collection that brings the entire family together to enjoy the great outdoors. Hunter for Target includes home and outdoor goods, as well as boots, sandals, jackets, tops, bottoms, backpacks, duffels and small accessories for women, men, girls, boys and toddlers. A number of items in the collection are a first for Hunter, including many of the home and outdoor goods, such as hammocks, sunshades and coolers. Hunter for Target includes more than 300 items. Products range in price from $5-$80, with the majority of items under $30. The collection will be available at select Target stores (most of the stores in the Philadelphia region! Yeah!) and on Saturday, April 14 through June 14, or while supplies last.