Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On August - 21 - 2014ADD COMMENTS
Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello arrive in Miami, Florida on July 24, 2014. Credit: Splash News

Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello arrive in Miami, Florida on July 24, 2014.
Credit: Splash News

American designer Tommy Hilfiger dined at Seasalt and Pepper Restaurant on the Miami River with his wife and another couple.

Actress Sofia Vergara and her new boyfriend, Joe Manganiello also recently dined at Seasalt and Pepper. Vergara reportedly picked up the check and left a generous tip. The couple was seen at Cecconi’s the night before.

SNL’s, Keenan Thompson was spotted in Miami with his wife and newborn child. They checked into the Palms Hotel and Spa. Keenan and his wife had a lovely dinner at Essensia and chatted with Chef Julia Frans. The couple also dined at Cecconi’s.

Eva Longoria recently had dinner at Katsuya with a gentleman.

Cassie Ventura, recording artist and girlfriend of Diddy, was spotted at SLS South Beach for a Ciroc photo shoot. Diddy Combs stopped by the shoot twice, posing with guests for photos.


Don’t Miss: We love Miami Spice 2014!

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On July - 23 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

MiamiSpice14_950x250By: Maryanne Salvat

Miami Spice  showcases the very best of Miami cuisine. From August 1 through September 30, restaurants offer three-course meals featuring signature dishes created by world-renowned chefs at reduced prices: Lunch $23 and Dinner $39. Below are a few signature restaurants that we have had the pleasure of previewing.

Azul, the Five-Star restaurant at Mandarin Oriental, Miami announces the appointment of William Crandall as chef de cuisine. Chef Crandall brings his sophisticated, eclectic cuisine of French flavors with Asian influences to the new menu at the 120-seat waterfront restaurant. The delightful Miami Spice Menu includes: Scallop “Poke” trout roe, fingerling potato, sorrel, Kurobuta Pork Belly tenderloin, pumpernickel, braised cabbage, rainbow carrot; Caramelized Banana Cake – Dominican milk chocolate cream, chai tea ice cream. Diners at Azul will also enjoy a refreshed design, which was unveiled in 2014 and includes a new private chef’s table overlooking the restaurant’s open white marble kitchen, accommodating parties up to 12. Reservations are suggested at 305.913.8358 or momia-restaurants@mohg.com. Valet parking; all major credit cards accepted. Read the rest here »

BrianFriedman-1700By: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

During the weekend of June 27-28, iHeartRadio and Fontainebleau Miami Beach hosted the third annual iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party presented by VISIT FLORIDA. The two-day music fest drew fans from all over the country, including more than 150 contest winners, who gathered for an incredible bash on the lawn, in the pools, and all throughout the Fontainebleau.

Hosted by Nick Cannon, the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party kicked off Friday night with exclusive performances by Lil Jon who set the one with his hit “Turn Down for What?!” The energy boomed from there as Tiesto, Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande took to the stage. Read the rest here »

Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On July - 17 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

sex tape movieCameron Diaz and Jason Segel were in Miami last week promoting their new movie, Sex Tape.

Last Tuesday, the Favela Beach party at Wall lounge hosted Italian soccer player Mario Balotelli and his model fiancé Fanny Naguesha. Also spotted at a neighboring table were NFL players Jonathan Vilma and Josh Freeman.

RED the Steakhouse was the exclusive food partner for Mike Tyson’s championship boxing event held at American Airlines Arena last Thursday. On Wednesday night, RED hosted Mike Tyson and fifty of his guests for a pre-fight dinner party.

Recently spotted at Zuma: David Beckham having dinner with friends, including Liv Tyler and Enrique Iglesias, with long term girlfriend, Anna Kuornikova. Jamie Foxx also dined late night at Zuma on Tuesday with a large group of friends dressed casually, in a yellow polo and jeans.

MB2015By: Maryanne Salvat 

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim July 2015 

South Beach will once again come alive this July, as the swimwear industry’s most highly anticipated event returns for the ninth year. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim will heat up the sands of The Raleigh Hotel with five days of designer runway shows, presentations and parties beginning on July 17 through July 21. For a complete look at events as well as an extensive list of incredible designers who will be presenting their latest Collections visit: www.mbfashionweek.com. 


NICOLITA Swimwear and a Weekend in Havana 2015_Nicolita_Invite_Havana

NICOLITA Swimwear, known for its signature fit of ‘Cuban-style bottoms,’ and ExploreModeling.com, a leading online modeling agency, host the 4th annual “Search for the Perfect Booty” Model Casting. NICOLITA celebrates natural beauty and real curves, and is looking for models of all shapes and sizes to represent the feminine figure during their upcoming 2015 “Weekend in Havana” Collection photo shoot. Hopefuls are encouraged to apply online at ExploreModeling.com. Once the online casting closes, a group of applicants will be selected and invited to attend the final casting call on Thursday, July 17 at The Surfcomber Hotel. This year’s NICOLITA online casting features two special guest hosts, Megan Parken, YouTube sensation and creator of the highly-visited page – meganheartsmakeup, and Cassandra Bankson, YouTube personality best known for her successful modeling career despite suffering from acne; for more information on NICOLITA Swimwear, visit www.MyNicolita.com.  For official rules or to sign up for the NICOLITA Model Casting, visit http://exploremodeling.com/Casting/NicolitaModelSearch/Default.aspx





style savesStyle Saves 

Fashion and philanthropy join forces once again as Style Saves launches ticket sales for their fourth annual fashion show fundraiser. Kicking off Miami Swim Week on Friday, July 18, FORD models will work the runway at the ultra-chic Soho Beach House from 9:00 p.m. to midnight for the mission of “building confidence through clothes.” This Swim Week show bolsters the cause of Style Saves to raise funds for underprivileged students in South Florida. In collaboration with The Miami Foundation, Style Saves works with retailers, designers and boutiques to provide new back-to-school outfits, edifying the self-confidence and assurance these students need to succeed academically and personally. Style Saves dedicates all funds to their back-to-school event, which will take place on August 16 and 17 and offers students the opportunity to “shop” outfits in a department store-style environment before returning for the new school year. This year, the Back-to-School event will be hosted at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami and will benefit more than 500 students from Miami-Dade public schools. Tickets for the Style Saves Swim Show are $125 in advance at www.stylesaves.org or $150 at the door. To learn more about Style Saves visit, www.stylesaves.org.


UncleTomsBy: Maryanne Salvat 

Uncle Tom’s Barbecue Grand Re-Opening! 

Uncle Tom’s Barbecue is celebrating its long awaited grand reopening on Tuesday, July 8, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Beginning with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring a salute from City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado promptly at 6:00 p.m. Staying true to its original recipe for success from its inception in 1948, Uncle Tom’s Barbecue has been resurrected in the same spot on Tamiami Trail but with new and improved owners and a truly classic southern menu. Following the ceremony, DJ Ethics will provide the soundtrack to the evening while guests sip on complimentary house wine or beer and enjoy bite-sized portions of Uncle Tom’s Barbecue signature dishes including pulled pork, brisket and sliced pork sliders, stuffed mac and cheese, wings and ribs. RSVP is required; RSVP to UncleTomsBBQ@cm-publicrelations.com.


Fourth of July Happenings: 

Mandarine Napoléon at The Broken ShakerFourth-of-July-Events-in-Miami

On Thursday, July 3, from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m., Mandarine Napoléon, the 19th century citrus liqueur created for Napoléon Bonaparte, launches The Emperor’s Social Bar at The Broken Shaker at Freehand Miami. Join them for a night of socializing and complimentary Mandarine Napoléon cocktails, where Instagrams and Tweets are the currency! For each new and unique Instagram post or Tweet, guests will get a branded token towards a Mandarine Napoléon cocktail. 

Caviar & Cocktails 

The Restaurant at The Setai will be offering at their Bar & Courtyard a more exotic approach to the celebration. On July 3, they will host Caviar & Cocktails – featuring real caviar; premium “European” caviar, cocktails that will include ingredients like Capers and vodka; Elite Vodka (high-end Stoli vodka) and vermouth – carbonated, make it like champagne to pair w/caviar. Premium caviar; first hour complimentary cocktails, each w/a spoon of caviar; $12 for next 2 hours cocktails served with a spoon of caviar.  

Biltmore Stars and Stripes BBQ Dinner and Fireworks Spectacular 

Beginning at 4:00p.m., Biltmore offers an all you can eat BBQ buffet and open bar, along with a spectacular Fireworks display. Get a front row seat with for this annual event. Members $120; guests $150.

APT606 for “DUSK” at The Standard Spa 

Join APT606 for “DUSK” at The Standard Spa for an exclusive menswear collection by fashion’s golden boy, Christopher Kane, and curated by APT606.   The atomic inspired collection will be accompanied by cocktails at sunset and beats by DJ Cassinelli from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Members of The Standard receive 10% off the FW2014 Christopher Kane collection; RSVP to Scott Hauser Hauser4@aol.com.

Cavalli Lounge

On July 3, Cavalli Lounge is proud to have Capital Cities DJ  Set joining them for the night. With their song “Safe and Sound” at the top of all the charts, they will be opening Katy Perry’s concert in Miami and then ending off the night partying at Cavalli Lounge. On the 4th, Cavalli will be featuring a special menu for the day.

Wall Lounge  

Every day this week, Wall Lounge will have a different Dj jamming out to all of your favorite tunes.  For a complete line visit: http://www.wallmiami.com/.

Seasalt & Pepper

On July 4, Moët Ice Imperial Presents Seasalt & Pepper’s Fourth of July event. It will consist of Dj Digital Rebels playing his dance mix all day long, delicious food and fun in the sun.

Afrojack 4th of July Weekend at Mansion 

Afrojack has become one of electronic dance music’s major icons. From humble DJ beginnings in his native country of Holland, he has grown to become a multi-award winning, platinum-selling producer. His skills are some of the most sought after in the world, and with two Grammy Awards under his belt, it’s easy to see why. In addition to this, his DJ sets have fast become both iconic and unparalleled, providing an explosive take on the current state of dance music across the board. Join us this 4th of July weekend at Mansion nightclub as we present Afrojack; July 3, 2014 / Doors at 11pm / Tickets starting at $50. http://opium.wantickets.com/Events/157361/Afrojack-at-Mansion/.