julienBy: Maryanne Salvat

Julien Farel Salon & Spa’s Up-Do Bar 

French-inspired, chic salon, Julien Farel Salon & Spa introduces the first Up-Do bar in Miami with a launch party on Thursday, August 29, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Enjoy complimentary Up-Do styles, hors d’œuvre, wine and cocktails courtesy of Oceannaire, Dolores but you can call me Lolita, Wine Depot 555, Atelier Monnier and Blue Martini.  After its launch on August 29, the up-do bar will be available from September 1st with prices starting at $25.  






andreaFashion + Beauty Fix

On Thursday, August 29, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Identity Media presents Fashion + Beauty Fix and Hoxton Urban Beach House Ladies Night hosted by Andrea Chediak, fashion correspondent. Chediak will share her secrets of the industry while guests enjoy an evening of fashion tips and tricks, cocktails provided by Little Black Dress Vodka, manicures by celebrity manicurist Ingrid Burke, make up makeovers by Melanie Rodriguez, and music performances  by Problem Kids. To RSVP visit: http://fashionandbeautyfix829-es2.eventbrite.com/?rank=1 or via email at rsvp@identitymediaco.com.


Dishcrawl in Miami Beach 

Dishcrawl, a national start-up founded on the premise that communities can be brought together through good food and good company, is exploring Miami Beach with a taco-themed event on September 3. Food lovers are taken on a gourmet Dishcrawl to four distinctive restaurants in one night similar to a pub crawl—but more delicious!  After several successful events in neighborhoods like Brickell, Midtown and Coconut Grove, Dishcrawl is checking out the Miami Beach dining scene. Dishcrawl’s mission is to give folks a reason to go out and socially engage with each other while helping local restaurants gain exposure. Participating restaurants are kept secret until two days before the event, at which time the first location is revealed to ticket holders. Reservations can be made at dishcrawl.com/miami.For more information about Miami’s upcoming Dishcrawl events visit www.dishcrawl.com/miami, or check out their Facebook or follow @Dishcrawlmiami.


juntos Juntos 

Juntos, a fashion startup based in Miami, has launched with the goal of educating Ecuadorian children, one shoe at a time. The brand, which reimagines the traditional Ecuadorian el Zapato de Lona, or Canvas Shoe, offers the style-savvy a chance to do good by donating a school supply-filled backpack to an at-risk  child in Ecuador for every pair purchased. The shoes are available in black, white and powder blue, and retail for $48.00 a pair.  The brainchild of Mauricio Laniado and Andrew Tupper, Juntos was sparked by a trip to Ecuador and Laniado’s observations about the social stigmas surrounding the working class.  To view and take part in Juntos’ Indiegogo campaign, visit www.FirstStepJuntos.com.  A digital look book featuring the many styles of the Zapato de Lona is available atwww.JuntosProject.com/lb. 


Mercadito Summer Menu and Taco Tuesdays

Favorite Mexican Cantina, Mercadito invites diners to try the summer menu, and to get their fill of tasty tacos with the Taco Tuesday celebration.  Starting at 4:00 p.m., guests can receive two tacos for only $5.50, with their choice from an array of tasty combinations including estilo baja (crispy beer-battered mahi mahi, chipotle aioli, Mexican-style coleslaw), carne (rosemary-marinated skirt steak, potato-poblano rajas, avocado-tomatillo crema, crispy manchego), pastor (chile ancho rubbed pork, chile de árbol salsa, grilled pineapple) and more.  This month, Mercadito Midtown’s Tacos for Strength tacos offer some Cuban flavor, courtesy of Entertainment & Hospitality Strategist Tony Guerra’s–Picadillo Rojo taco– that features red bean paste, Cuban-style Picadillo ground beef, criollo sauce, jalapeños, sweet plantains and a Chicharrón topping for crunch.  The cost of August’s featured taco is $16.50 for an order of four tacos. Five percent of sales generated from Tony Guerra’s taco will be donated to Share Our Strength, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger by 2015. September’s Tacos for Strength featured participant will be Tressa Eaton, Editor of Tasting Table New York.   For more information about the summer dinner menu and all of Mercadito’s specials, visit:  http://www.mercaditorestaurants.com.


KhongBy: Maryanne Salvat 

Late Night Dinner at Khong River House 

On Thursday, August 22, Khong River House continues its monthly guest chef series with a dinner featuring Chef Vishwesh Bhatt of Snackbar, Oxford, Mississippi.  Tickets are $75 per person; reservations are still available through their website: http://www.khongriver.com/category/news/ or by calling 305.763.8147. 

Dinner is set at 10:00 p.m. and is sure to be among the most authentic culinary experiences. 


Patpong Road Opens 

Patpong Road” opens on Friday, August 23, above Khong River House, bringing Thailand’s Red Light District to Miami Beach. Inspired by the night market, the “Bangkok Chic” bar will act as a weekend party destination for locals, offering Thai-influenced snacks, approachable cocktails served out of plastic bags in authentic Thai fashion, and a mix of 90’s hip-hop music curated by DJ Jessica Who, who has built a for her high intensity sets, with regular appearances in Miami, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and beyond.

The bar is open on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., beginning Friday, August 23; For more information, follow PatPong Road on Twitter @Patpongroad.   


pierre2Celebrity Chef Jouvens Jean Launches a Hip New Menu at Pierre’s Morada Bay 

Adored since 1999 by travelers driving south for a relaxing stay in the Florida Keys, Pierre’s at Morada Bay is the iconic landmark restaurant and lounge situated on an enchanting two acre, sandy palm tree-lined  bay-side property in the heart of Islamorada. Known for its spectacular sunset views and for being one of the only high-end restaurants in the upper-keys, Pierre’s at Morada Bay has become the go-to venue for stunning weddings and special events. Now, on the heels of their 15th anniversary, they have brought in recently appointed Executive Chef Jouvens Jean (St. Regis Bal Harbor, Sawa, W South Beach, The Conrad Brikell, Baleen Coconut Grove) to re-create the menu to be a hipper, fresher take on a Florida Keys classic. Winner of Food Network’s Chef Wanted, Jean’s exciting new line-up honors the menu of French fusion with global influence that put Pierre’s on the map, while incorporating a modern Caribbean flare that lends way to an updated, refined and sexier collection of dishes. For more information visit: www.moradabay.com.


fish fishFish Fish Restaurant Bar & Seafood Market Opens in Miami 

Miami’s newest neighborhood fish restaurant, Fish Fish Restaurant Bar & Seafood Market, is the creation of owners Melvyn and Rebecca Franks.  The experience starts as guests enter into an enchanting nautical backdrop featuring an attention grabbing retail Seafood Market showcasing fresh fish reverently displayed on ice.  Here, seafood can be purchased, to take home or prepared for dine-in with the adventurous types having an option to engage in a “you-pick-it, we-make-it” menu selection created by Melvyn Franks.Seafood selections are based on availability, but frequently showcase silvery hogfish, yellowtail snapper, gray-blue branzini, and organic Scottish salmon. At times, you may find the zebra-striped lionfish, which are the controversial reef-dwelling invasive species that is threatening our coastal biodiversity.  Part of the restaurant’s uniqueness highlights the ocean’s “best-in-show” products that are regularly flown in fresh. These may include Maine lobsters, Canadian oysters and English Dover sole. The guest’s experience may begin with the opportunity to create a build-it-yourself platter highlighting choices of cold water oysters, clams and peel-and-eat shrimp. Pick your own live seasonal lobsters, which are available at market price and range from two to nine pounds.

A Luau, Mini Night Out and Fashionably Conscious

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On August - 22 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

Betancourt,  Solomon,  Giraldo,  D'Annunzio &  D'AnnunzioBy: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

Nick D’Annunzio’s Luau Birthday Bash 

Few, if any, events during the month of August in Miami elicit the palpable excitement of Nick DAnnunzio’s annual birthday bash, which turns the average sweltering/humid summer night into one of fever-pitch fun. 

This year was no exception.   Co-principal of Miami Beach-based PR agency TARA, Ink., D’Annunzio celebrated his birthday with a PanAm-era luau benefiting Make-A-Wish Southern Florida on Saturday, August 10, at OCHO- the hip and very private upstairs poolside bar on the eighth floor of Soho Beach House. The oceanfront deck of OCHO was transformed to resemble 1960s Hawaii as guests, who had been “leied” upon arrival-not a bad way to start- sipped on spiked Coconut Cartel coconuts- out of actual coconuts, and Reyka Vodka and noshed on Hawaiian tacos and chips and guac.  More than 500 guests, all dressed in-theme enjoyed entertainment by a hula dancer, who moved her hips expertly to DJ Dutchs island-disco grooves, while Elvis Blue Hawaii was projected on the wall of a nearby building.  For those made sleepy by the summer heat, natural Hawaiian ginger energy shots by KLEAN33 gave them the necessary boost to party on.  D’Annunzio was surprised with  a luscious, custom-made mango sheet cake by Cecconis. Read the rest here »

By: Maryanne Salvat

Dave & Buster’s “Summer of Games”


Dave & Buster‘s is doing what no other restaurant chain can do: simultaneously introducing new food, new drinks and new games.  To top it off, they are also giving guests free plays on five of the newest games. Dave & Buster’s will roll out eight new games this summer, including some that are exclusive to the dining and entertainment chain.  The games range from big-screen versions of mobile apps to the next evolution in 3D games. The games include giant-sized versions of well-known mobile games, such as Temple Run and Cut the Rope, redesigned to allow players to win prizes.  In addition, there are fully immersive attractions like Dark Escape 4D and Dream Raiders that transport players to a completely different world. As part of the “Summer of Games” promotion, Dave & Buster’s will give guests free play on five of the newest games when they purchase or re-charge a PowerCard, from now through August 25. The innovative entrée joins mouth-watering new additions such as the delicious Bacon-Wrapped Beef Medallions & Grilled Shrimp and the flavorful Grilled Balsamic Chicken on the menu.The flavored ice cube cocktails join other innovative beverages on the Dave & Buster’s drinks menu, such as the Miami Ice snow cone and a CoronaRita. For more information about Dave & Buster’s “Summer of Games 2013” launch, visit http://www.daveandbusters.com


MINI Night Out

UrbanDaddy and MINI Cooper have partnered to debut national event campaign, MINI Night Out, in four major cities across the country. Guests will have the opportunity to reserve a ride in the brand new MINI Paceman and be taken on a nightlife adventure, curated by the UrbanDaddy editors. Coming to Miami on Friday, August 16th and Saturday, August 17th, guests will have the pleasure of receiving luxury concierge services as well as getting to experience some of the most exclusive parties in Miami at Bar Centro at the SLS Hotel, Haven or Wynwood Kichen and Bar! Visit www.MiniNightOut.com for more information.


Togetherness at The Betsy-South Beach

On Wednesday, August 21, photographer Robert Zuckerman, who gained renown for his evocative celebrity portraits as a still photographer on movie sets including, “Pain and Gain”, “Transformers,” “Training Day” and “The Pursuit of Happyness” among others, will premiere a new photography collection entitled Togetherness at The Betsy-South Beach.  The collection looks at generations of people, places, and things imbued with spirit, history, love and life including images of recognizable celebrities (and their loved ones) as well as everyday people in emotionally charged settings. One work features an image of Superintendent of Schools, Alberto Carvalho and his father. Another features Will Smith and his son.  For more information and to RSVP contact artsandculture@thebetsyhotel.com. Images, access to visiting artists, and additional information are available on request.


2nd Annual Fashion Gives Back Event

 The 2nd Annual Fashion Gives Back Event will take place next Wednesday, August 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Neiman Marcus in the Village of Merrick Park, Coral Gables.  Please join us for a special evening honoring Miami Children’s Hospital and enjoy the Neiman Marcus Trend Event Fashion Show, premium cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres.  Your suggested minimum donation of $25 will give you a chance to win from a selection of wonderful prizes, including sports memorabilia, vacations, gift certificates and more!


Miami Spice at Red: The Steakhouse 

Executive Chef Peter Vauthy has created themed menus that give guests the chance to enjoy four different Miami Spice menus that rotate weekly at Red: The Steakhouse. A Miami Spice dinner might begin with appetizers ranging from dishes like Wagyu tartar and oysters on a half shell to favorites like mussels diavolo and Brad’s stuffed hot red peppers (a must!) Entree selections include certified Angus Prime Beef filets, prime rib and flash-fried lobster and homemade pasta options. For the finale, the menu features an extensive dessert selection including Red’s signature key lime pie or chocolate cream puffs. Specially priced wine bottles start at $49. Not only will you get exceptional value but variety as well. For reservations call 305.534.3688 or visit redthesteakhouse.com.



Wednesdays at The Flat

For those who prefer to hear the ivories tickled, The Flat is launching an intimate, live music experience every Wednesday featuring local guest musicians curated by renowned South Florida music director Randy Singer.  Nestled in the South of Fifth Street neighborhood, the recently launched Parisian piano lounge has carved a nightlife niche for itself as the quintessential, intimate venue for apéritifs and digestifs compliments of an extensive artisanal cocktail menu served in a sophisticated yet cozy jewel box setting. It’s all about the before experience,” explains owner Cedric Adegnika, a well-known South Beach nightlife fixture. “In Europe, there is the ‘in-between’, a place you want to go before dinner, the club or bed.” Every Wednesday, guest pianists, jazz singers and international singer-songwriters will enliven the everlasting cocktail hour. Future shows Leesa Richards, an up-and-coming solo artist who independently released her debut album, “Mother’s Child”, and continues to tour around the county, Brendan O’Hara (Aug. 21st) and Big Brooklyn Red (Aug. 28th). For reservations or bottle service, call, 305.531.3528. For more information, visit www.theflatmiami.com.     


Funky Buddha Hop Gun                      

On Friday, August 23, guests are invited to get “Funky” at the special Beer Dinner with Funky Buddha Hop Gun, taking place at Whole Foods Market – Coral Springs. From 5:30 to 9:00 p.m., foodies and craft beer aficionados alike can get a glass of Funky Buddha Brewery Hop Gun IPA for a one cent – yes, that’s right, only costs a penny – per purchase of any Pub Menu dish. During this night only, the store’s skilled chefs will offer three dinner specials for $10.99 each. This event is free and open to the public. In addition, guests can meet beer experts from the locally-based Funky Buddha Brewery and enjoy live music from musical performer, Warren Hill. 


Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On August - 13 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

sofiaSofia Vergara was seen dining with friends at the private Club Bar at Soho Beach after midnight on August 10. 

Emmy award-winning actress, Kristin Chenoweth was spotted poolside at W South Beach Hotel & Residences. Chenoweth was in town celebrating her assistant and best friend, Julie Trussells, bachelorette party.  She was seen toasting with friends in a private W South Beach cabana. 

On Saturday night, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake performed at Sun Life Stadium for the Miami edition of their Legends of Summer concert tour.  After the concert, Timberlake held a late-night concert at the Fillmore that went from 2:45- 4:00 a.m. and Jay-Z held court alongside Rhianna and Kevin Hart at Mansion. 

Last week, SNL cast member Kenan Thompson dined at SUGARCANE RAW BAR GRILL with his wife and artist Miguel Paredes and his girlfriend.  They sat at the bar outside, enjoyed tapas and tequila.


Recently at Zuma:  Don Omar was spotted enjoying dinner with a large group of friends, sitting on the riverfront terrace. Also spotted joining the table, race car driver Marco Andretti.


On August 7, the players from AC Milan, Real de Madrid, Chelsea, Juventus and other teams partied it up at Bâoli after their game in Miami.  Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal, Claudio Marchisio, Angelo Ogbonna, Alessandro Matteo, Sebastian Giovinco, Giorgio Chillini, Stephan El Shaarawy, Riccardo Montolvio and Cristiano Ronaldo attended  Bâoli’s  famous “My Boyfriend’s Out Of Town” party.  Cristiano Ronaldo ordered two bottles of Perrier-Joüet Belle Epoque champagne. Some models were waiting at his table before he even got there.


Matt Damon returned to his old Miami neighborhood on a recent Friday night to fulfill his craving for authentic Italian food from Café Prima Pasta, a local restaurant he and his wife frequented weekly while living in Miami.  Damon ordered almost one of everything to-go (more than 15 dishes).  He also took home a bottle of Ferllen Malbec from his wifes native country of Argentina.


Fresh from releasing his new single “Can’t Believe It featuring Pitbull, rapper Flo Rida was spotted at SLS Hotel South Beach recently with a bevy of pretty ladies. Flo enjoyed several magnum bottles of Laurent-Perrier Brut Rose with friends at Hyde Beach.


This season, supermodel and Beach Bunny 2013 brand ambassador Irena Shayk debuted her collaboration with the Beach Bunny Brand: Irina Shayk for Beach Bunny, while Sports Illustrated cover model, Chrissy Teigen also showcased her line, Chrissy Teigen for Beach Bunny Bride.  Both were front row for the show, which took place Friday, July 19 at the Raleigh.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On August - 1 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 Official Coverage - Day 1By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore and Maryanne Salvat

Nary a deluge nor flood could keep the fashion forward from the tents at the Raleigh hotel for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim (MBFWS) shows.  Arguably the best week of the summer, MBFWS brought five days of designer runway shows, presentations and parties to Miami Beach from July 18 through July 22.  The palpable excitement of the eager crowd could be felt throughout the Raleigh on Thursday, July 18, as models, designers, journalists, stylists and chefs posed and mingled beneath umbrellas for the kick-off party that took place poolside and featured a Roxy PopSurf Runway Show. Nearby, on the covered terrace, the delightful, Mercedes-Benz Presents designer Mara Hoffman, showed off the most coveted item of the week- a colorful, striking E-Cabriolet convertible, which Mercedes-Benz wrapped in a new print from Hoffman’s 2014 resort collection.  Hoffman and guests, including model, Chrissy Teigen, posed in front of the car throughout the evening-many longing to hop in and go for a spin.  The party went on past its official end time- with lots of excited chatter and a crowd who refused to let a little (or a LOT) of rain dampen their moods, and set the tone for one of the best weekends of the year.  Read the rest here »