By: Maryanne Salvat

Bistro One LR Miami Spice at the Ritz Carlton South Beach

Chef Gihen Zitouni is heating things up at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach for Miami Spice.  The former Top Chef Germany Host is serving up Florida Fare including Iberian Croquetas, Florida Seared Grouper and Key Lime Brulee with a Ritz-Carlton twist.  The Miami Spice special includes a starter, entrée and dessert for $39 through the end of September; for more information visit: 

La Gazzetta Italian Café

La Gazzetta located in Mary Brickell Village serves fresh and light Italian Riviera fares incorporating touches of different International influences. The tapa style portioning of many of the menu items use top quality ingredients, while still offering incredible value to dining patrons. The warm, cozy and fun surroundings are reminiscent of a bustling Italian Cafe of the 1950’s Dolce Vita era. It showcases a spectacular sidewalk Cafe, lushly landscaped and appointed with fountains and outdoor movie theater; ideal to enjoy a weekday Happy Hour with 2 for 1 Martinis. Located right on the strip, La Gazzetta offers some of the best people watching in Miami, and with their fabulous resident DJs as well as high-energy and very friendly staff; for more information


EDEN ROCEden Roc Miami Beach:Everlasting Summer’ Package

For those who aren’t ready to say goodbye to summer just yet, the beautiful and family-friendly, beachfront property, Eden Roc Miami Beach is offering their ‘Everlasting Summer’ package to local Florida residents which offers rates up to 30% off for travel through September 30. The perfect way to make the most of their summer with special savings and perks, this package also includes valet parking and a daily breakfast for two.  Enjoy a day by one of the hotel’s four pools or on the beach. Be sure to try out one of the signature treatments at the state-of-the-art, Elle Spa- we recommend the signature facial- which includes a reflexology massage. Don’t miss a perfect dinner at 15 steps, the Eden Roc’s restaurant, which serves one of the best ribeye steaks in town.*Offer is subject to availability and cannot be combined with other offers, discounts or  promotions; Does not apply to existing reservations. Not valid for groups; Complimentary room upgrade at time of check in. Restrictions may apply. Package inclusions have no monetary value; Must show Florida ID; For Reservations visit:



feastivalFringeArts announces the fifth annual Audi FEASTIVAL will be held on Thursday, September 18. The 2014 Audi FEASTIVAL will expose the region’s most influential business leaders and tastemakers to FringeArts by uniting dynamic and cutting edge artistic performances with world-class restaurants. This year’s event will be held at Penn’s Landing, 1 North Delaware Avenue on the Delaware River waterfront between Market and Chestnut Streets from 7:00-10:00 p.m. More than eight hundred attendees are expected for what promises to be the cultural event of the year. Tickets are now on sale at and are $250 for General Admission or $350 for a VIP ticket that allows early access at 6:00 PM as well as admission to the Audi VIP Lounge. Read the rest here »

Thompson Miami Beach Hamptons Take-over

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On August - 25 - 2014ADD COMMENTS
Thompson Miami Beach dinner by Seagrape Chef Michelle Bernstein hosted by Lee Brian Schrager, Ricardo Restrepo, Charlie & Lauran Walk

Thompson Miami Beach dinner by Seagrape Chef Michelle Bernstein hosted by Lee Brian Schrager, Ricardo Restrepo, Charlie & Lauran Walk

Thompson Miami Beach, along with Republic Records executive, Charlie Walk, and wife, Lauran Walk, and South Beach Wine and Food Festival, Lee Brian Schrager, along with Ricardo Restrepo, hosted a private dinner in Water Mill, New York to preview the upcoming hotel’s Seagrape restaurant by James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein on Sunday, August 17. Nearly 100 notables, including Brian Atwood, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Diane Lieberman, Ken Gorin, Lawrence Bender, Richard Bressler, and Stephanie Hirsch attended the swanky soiree in the Walks’ home.    In addition to several of Bernstein’s signature canapés, guest’s enjoyed a raw bar inspired by Thompson Miami Beach’s beachside locale inside a glamorous tent decorated to mirror the causal glamour designer Martin Brudnizki will infuse into the 380-room hotel that is scheduled to open October 31, 2014. During the party, guests got to sample Seagrape’s dishes and feasted on a dessert station.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015 Splashes into Town

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On August - 25 - 2014ADD COMMENTS
Mayor Philip Levine poses with Lourdes Hanimian, Catherine Bennett, Red Carter, Monica Wise, Sue Dichio, Jeremy Somers, Katinka Somers, Mara Hoffman and Benny Rosset at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015 at The Raleigh on July 17, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

Mayor Philip Levine poses with Lourdes Hanimian, Catherine Bennett, Red Carter, Monica Wise, Sue Dichio, Jeremy Somers, Katinka Somers, Mara Hoffman and Benny Rosset at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015 at The Raleigh on July 17, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

By: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015 took over the Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach from July 17-21 for five fun-filled days and nights of splashy parties and sexy swimsuit shows. Mercedes-Benz celebrated the 10th anniversary of MBFW Swim and its collaboration with labels that have shown throughout the last decade by wrapping ten 2015 C-Class cars in custom prints by ten iconic designers. The stunning designer-print wrapped cars welcomed guests to the tents each night, with a rotating selection parked on Collins Avenue. Designers such as: Carmen Marc Valvo, Cia.Maritima, Luli Fama, Beach Bunny, Suboo, We Are Handsome, Mara Hoffman, L*Space by Monica Wise, Red Carter and Nanette Lepore created prints to “dress” the cars. In addition, gorgeous models posed around the pool, donning limited edition cover-ups during the Retrospective Fashion Show during the MBFW Swim kick-off bash on opening night. Read the rest here »

batchBy: Maryanne Salvat 

Batch Gastropub  

Batch Gastropub celebrates their new brunch with a bang sure to please foodies and brunch connoisseurs from all over. Guests can indulge with $20 Bottomless Mimosas, Sangria, Bellinis & a delectable Brunch Menu Saturday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Standing by their “Quality vs. Quantity” motto, Batch Gastropub patiently perfected selections before releasing their full brunch menu. Brunch-goers will savor the new additions, such as the Batch Hash ‘n’ Egg which features pork belly and short rib served with potato, red onion, and a sunny side up egg. Another new dish is the Belgium Waffle & Country Fried Chicken made with maple butter, powdered sugar, and sticky honey chicken served on top of a finger-liking-good Belgium waffle. Sugar fiends can turn to Homer’s Doh’nut Waffles, made with donut batter, cinnamon-sugar, and a donut glaze.


The Restaurant at the Setai Wine Dinner Series  

The Restaurant at the Setai continues its monthly Wine Dinner series on Thursday, August 28 at 7:30 pm. Guests are invited for an intimate evening to enjoy a four-course menu designed by Executive Chef, Mathias Gervais, paired with guest winery, Bodega El Porvenir de Cafayate. Tickets can be purchased for $105 and can be reserved by contacting 305.520.6400 or On Saturday, August 30 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Chef Mathias will be hosting an interactive cooking class where guests will have the opportunity to learn to prepare The Restaurant’s Langoustine and Hamachi. After the demonstration, guests will have a chance to taste the dishes with drink pairings. Tickets can be purchased for $50 per person and can be reserved by contacting 305.520.6400 or

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ikeaIKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced that when its first Miami-Dade store opens in Sweetwater, FL on August 27, it will recognize loyal, enthusiastic customers by giving away thousands of dollars in gift cards and merchandise – including an iconic EKTORP sofa for each of the first 39 adults in line, and a POANG armchair for the next 100 visitors.  Other highlights include a free mattress for the first 39 on Thursday, August 28 and free weekly meatball meals for the year to the first 39 on Friday, August 29.   (Customers may begin lining up on 9 a.m. EDT on Monday, August 25 – 48 hours before the store’s opening at 9 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 27.)  Also, Sweetwater Mayor Jose M. Diaz and IKEA U.S. CFO Rob Olson will join store manager Selwyn Crittendon in the official opening of the new store.


IKEA Miami is the Swedish company’s 2nd store and restaurant destination in South Florida, 4th in the state, 39th in the United States, and 361st worldwide.  (Florida’s first IKEA store opened in the Broward County city of Sunrise in 2007, followed by one store each in Orlando and Tampa.)  The 416,000-square-foot IKEA Miami was built on 14.6 acres adjacent to Dolphin Mall, near both the Dolphin Expressway (SR 836) and Florida’s Turnpike, in the City of Sweetwater.  The store employs more than 350 coworkers and features 10,000 exclusively-designed items, a 600-seat IKEA Restaurant, 44 inspirational room settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area and approximately 1,500 parking spaces.  Reflecting the company’s solar presence atop 90% of its U.S. locations, IKEA installed South Florida’s largest rooftop solar array at IKEA Miami.  Read the rest here »