renewBy: Maryanne Salvat

renew the spa at The James Royal Palm Presents Wellness Weekend

This weekend September 20 -22, renew the spa at The James Royal Palm is pleased to offer a special Wellness Weekend curated by esteemed nutritionist and wellness expert Dr. Oz Garcia, whose health-focused anti-aging treatments have earned a celebrity clientele consisting of Fortune 100 CEOs and A-listers like Heidi Klum, Gwyneth Paltrow, Karolina Kurkova, Hilary Swank, Kim Cattrall, Winona Ryder, Veronica Webb and Naomi Campbell. Learn how to restore your inner energy and optimize your health through personal access to one of the country’s most sought-after wellness experts. Wellness Weekend events with Dr. Oz Garcia include: VIP Cocktail Reception on the private oceanfront terrace, including clean living-inspired gourmet bites and photo ops.  7-9pm FRI Sept 20“A Healthier, Happier YOU” Interactive Session on the shaded Yoga Deck 10:00 to11:00 a.m., Saturday,  September 21.  Poolside “Juicing for Health and Beauty” session in which Dr. Oz Garcia and Dr. Maritza Paz will walk guests through the art of juicing, sharing health and beauty benefits, and providing simple home juicing recipes 1:00 to1:30 p.m. Saturday, September 21One-on-One Consultation to personalize a customized health and wellness program. Noon to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (21st and 22nd). Wellbeing Treatments at renew the spa are Noon to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday September 22.The Relaxing Beach Yoga, followed by a Stress Solutions session with Dr. Oz Garcia is 10:00 to 11:30a.m. Sunday September 22.     Packages and pricing for All-Access to the Wellness Weekend is $299 per person, includes access to VIP Cocktail Reception; all classes, tastings and seminars; choice of one wellness treatment; a wellness gift bag; complimentary valet parking; and access to the James Royal Palm Pool and Beach .  You can also Customized your Wellness Weekend pricing includes “Juicing for Health and Beauty” for $50; “A Healthier, Happier YOU” for $10; “Stress Solutions and Beach Yoga” for $100; and One-on-One Consultation for $450.   To book your spot go to: or call 305-604-5700 at ask for renew the spa.



NoKidHungry_campaign_10june2BLT Steak at the Betsy Supports Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry®

More than 16 million American children face hunger. This month, BLT Steak at the Betsy is delighted to join thousands of restaurants nationwide to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign, from Sunday, September 15 through Saturday, September 21, the acclaimed modern steakhouse from celebrity chef Laurent Tourondel will donate 50 percent of all sales of a dish especially created for the occasion, Carpaccio Salad with Parmesan and a Truffle Vinaigrette.  The salad will be available at lunch or dinner for $17.00.  Recipe available on request; for reservations please contact 305.673.0044.



DuffysDuffy’s Sports Grill Opens in Coconut Grove 

On Friday, September 20, Duffy’s Sports Grill will officially open its doors to the public in Coconut Grove! To kick off its grand opening, Duffy’s is hosting a two-week long celebration with the help of morning radio personalities Kevin Rolston, Virginia Sinicki and Jason Pennington from The Coast 97.3’s KVJ Show. For more information about the grand opening of Duffy’s Coconut Grove, please visit:



smithSmith & Wollensky Celebrates National Wine Week 

Smith & Wollensky is celebrating National Wine Week from September 16-20 with Proceeds Benefiting Keep Memory Alive and Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.  Sample 10 international and domestic wines during the 53rd National Wine Week for $20 while enjoying the best views on South Beach. As part of the restaurant’s “Catch an Early Flight” promotion, each day a different theme will focus around the wines poured during lunch from Wine Week partners Ferrari-Carano, Gérard Bertrand, Jordan, Vibrant Rioja Spain and Wines of South Africa. For more information about the 53rd National Wine Week, visit:



maximMaxim Magazine Hotties!!!   

On Saturday September 21 from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., Maxim Magazine, Hyde Beach, Blackberry and GARNIER FRUCTIS STYLE, along with Miami’s own former Hometown Hottie and TV personality, Lisa Morales will be hosting an evening party, like only Maxim could do, to unveil the 10 national finalists for this annual competition.   RSVP at  (mention Miami Hometown hotties to be added to the list!)





Serafina’s Italian Harvest Celebration 

Serafina Dream South Beach kicks off the Italian Harvest Season with a dedicated dinner honoring the region of Tuscany on Friday, September 20. Experience an authentic culinary journey through the region with a four-course dinner menu and Antinori wine pairings priced at $50 per person. Chef Marco Zuccala has perfectly paired his Northern Italian cuisine with Antinori Wines presented by representative Salvatore Gaeta. Menu highlights include: Caciucco Livornese, Tuscan version of bouillabaisse soup with seven varieties of shellfish, tomato broth and herbed crostini bread; Petto d’Anatra con Marmellata e Scarola, pan-roasted “Black Pig Farm” duck breast with apricot jam and herbs, served with escarole and walnuts and Serafina’s signature Il Tiramisu, prepared like Grandma used to make…maybe even better. Serafina will continue to celebrate the Italian Harvest Season with dedicated menus through October 10 featuring the regions of Piemonte and Umbria.  To make a reservation, contact:  Tommaso Galdi at or 305.534.8455. 



fashFashionably Conscious Presented by Village of Merrick Park

Village of Merrick Park brings Fashionably Conscious back for the second year at the mall. The 3-day sale event will take place on the ground floor next to Lacoste,September 20-22, attracting hundreds of bargain-hunting fashionistas searching for vintage designer items. In it’s sixth year, Fashionably Conscious has set the highest fundraising goal to date of $100,000 after raising an outstanding amount of $85,000 in 2012. Miami’s most-coveted fashion fundraiser benefits Coconut Grove Cares’ The Barnyard Community Center and provides free vital services including after-school and summer programming to children and families in the West Grove Community. The designer sale offers discounted pricing on donated designer items by Chanel, YSL, Gucci, Diane von Furstenberg, Prada and others from the closets of Miami’s most respected philanthropists and community leaders including Raysa Fanjul, Lourdes Jofré-Collett, Rima Otrakji, Ali Codina and many more.





devonDevon Seafood + Steak

Residents if South Miami and Kendall no longer need to travel to the Gables or South Beach for a top- notch steak experience. Devon Seafood + Steak, a boutique seafood & steakhouse opened its first South Florida location in Kendall. Here, diners will find prime steaks and fresh ocean fare, served in a casually stylish setting. At the helm of Devon’s kitchen will be executive chef Scott Barrow, who has been serving loyal guests at Devon Seafood + Steak in Chicago, IL for the past 12 years. With its mouthwatering menu, impressive wine list, great cocktails, Devon Seafood + Steak is perfectly positioned to become the area’s hot new dining and lounge destination.  Devon Seafood + Steak is located inside The Palms at Town & Country Mall, in Kendall.  Abundant free parking is available. Reservations can be made online at: