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Bar Crudo Opening; Radio Bar Adds Custom Cocktails

Plus: Korean barbecue at The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club and more food & drink news.

August 06, 2013

Bar Crudo, South of Fifth, Miami

Bar Crudo brings light seafood fare to South of Fifth.  

Bar Crudo Soft Opening on Thursday: Formerly of Cooper Avenue, chef Reto von Weissenfluh will serve seafood tapas, caviar, and sushi at this new South of Fifth seafood haunt. Check out the restaurant's Facebook page for a preview of its gin and tonic slushies and octopus carpaccio with Meyer lemon, as well as other refreshing selections. 40 S. Pointe Dr., Miami Beach, 305-763-8508

Radio Bar Adds Personalized Cocktail Menu: Likewise cool and refreshing is James Beard-nominated mixologist Craig Schoettler's fresh juice-based cocktail menu (think watermelon, honeydew, mango). Also of note is his interactive "Spice It Up Menu," which allows guests to build and name their own cocktail. And yes, the better concoctions may be added to Radio Bar's permanent menu. 814 1st St., Miami Beach, 305-397-8382

Happy Wines Welcomes Brunch: Coconut Grove's oenophile hub is now serving Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Topping the menu are classic brunch dishes, as well as Spanish specialties like a Revoltillo Español (scrambled eggs and shrimp) and a Calentadito Colombiano with Colombian-style rice and beans, short ribs, sweet plantains, and fried eggs. Add a glass of sangria, mimosa, or Bellini for a mere $1.85 per pour. 2833 Bird Ave., Coconut Grove, 305-460-9939

Korean Barbecue at The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club: Korean food fans can head to The Catalina's Kung Fu Kitchen, where Seoul cuisine has been added to the menu. Chef de cuisine Pablo Fueguel partnered with incumbents Nathan Lieberman and Daniel Diaz to craft the Korean selects, including beef short ribs, jumbo shrimp, and savory skirt steak. 1720 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-534-7905

BY LIANA LOZADA  


 

Breakfast with Bethenny Frankel

Meet the original Skinnygirl at Books & Books Coral Gables on August 13.

August 05, 2013

Bethenny Frankel

Tickets are on sale for breakfast with Bethenny Frankel at Books & Books Coral Gables. (photo: Mark Davis/gettyimages.com)

Reality TV veteran, entrepreneur, and soon-to-be national talk show host Bethenny Frankel will host a ticketed continental breakfast and personal appearance on Tuesday, August 13 at Books & Books Coral Gables. The New York Times bestselling author will touch on her latest book, Skinnygirl Solutions: Your Straight-Up Guide to Home, Health, Family, Career, Style and Sex, during a discussion, moderated Q&A, and 30-minute meet and greet. 

Known for her role on The Real Housewives of New York City, Frankel was also a finalist on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. However, it was during her time as a "housewife" that America was first introduced to Frankel's mega-successful Skinnygirl cocktails—acquired by Beam Global for a reported $100 million. Yet, it hasn't been all margaritas and roses for Frankel, who's been public about struggles with her estranged (now deceased) father and recent divorce. Find out more about her story over breakfast, where the quick-on-her-feet, savvy (and funny) businesswoman and mom will provide insight on her lifestyle and ever-expanding brand. Tickets for the Tuesday morning event are $35. 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, 305-442-4408 

BY LIANA LOZADA  


 

Danish Import BoConcept Coming to Brickell

The sleek furniture brand arrives just in time for fall redecorating.

August 05, 2013

As you transition your wardrobe this fall, you might also think about upgrading your interiors, as Brickell welcomes Danish luxury furniture brand BoConcept on September 27. Along with its new 2014 collection (select pieces above), the store will also stock items from high-end collaborations with designers like Karim Rashid, Anders Nørgaard, and Henrik Pedersen. And to drum up anticipation, BoConcept's Smart For Two car, a collaboration with Mercedes-Benz, will be roaming the area leading up to the opening. With brown leather seating and a pop of yellow stitching on the inside, and a yellow stripe and contrasting matte white and brown exterior on the outside, the car is set to hit the market this fall. 800 Brickell Ave., Suite 107, Miami

BY LIANA LOZADA  

 

Restaurant Michael Schwartz Debuts Brunch

Bacon sticky buns and buttermilk doughnuts hold court at The Raleigh Hotel.

August 02, 2013

A new garden brunch hits Miami this weekend as The Raleigh Hotel's Restaurant Michael Schwartz debuts its seasonal, sustainable Sunday brunch (11 a.m.-4 p.m.). In typical Schwartz style, dishes are distinguished by taste and size, boasting sweet, savory, and snackable selections. Find everything from a jumbo lump crab hash topped with poached eggs, to bacon sticky buns dressed with bourbon caramel sauce and pecans. The Tuscan kale and aged Gruyère frittata, a modern take on bagels and lox, and cherry-hazelnut pancakes also have our attention. And a bakery board promises a bevy of tasty, fresh-baked confections like muffins, lemon pound cake, and almond croissants. Wash it all down with something from the restaurant's expanded coffee and tea program, as well as homemade sodas and handcrafted cocktails. 

 
BY LIANA LOZADA

 

What We're Reading

The world's most luxurious first class air travel, the South Florida man behind Google bikes...

August 02, 2013

Singapore Airlines first class

First class air travel with a side of romance aboard Singapore Airlines. (photo: Mark Nolan/gettyimages.com) 

Private suites, personal chefs, and fine wood finishes call up images of five-star hotels, but these premier features actually belong to air travels most luxurious first class cabins. It's vacation season, after all. [Condé Nast Traveler]

Vanity Fair announced its annual "International Best Dressed List," nodding Kate Middleton, Kerry Washington, and the Miami Heat's LeBron James, among others. [Vanity Fair]

Fan of South of Fifth's F1rst Surf Shop? Get to know co-owner and founder Mark Gamez as he talks about surfing, Miami Beach's transition from retirement community to international playground, and his crew (including pet pitbull Bodie) for Fiat's Urban Surf Series. [GrindTV]

As seen in the recent comedyThe Internship, the whimsical bikes that fly across Google's headquarters are actually the product of a South Florida-based company. Here, The Miami Herald introduces the man behind the brand. [The Miami Herald]

Craving a bit of nostalgia with some popcorn on the side? You're in luck. A boutique drive-in movie theater is coming to Wynwood this October. [Cultist]

BY LIANA LOZADA  


 

Weekend Recommender: August 1-4

Cirque du Soleil's Quidam, a silent dance party at Bass, and more.

August 01, 2013

Cirque du Soleil's "Quidam"

A scene from Quidam, opening Thursday, August 1 at the BB&T Center.

Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam
Thursday-Sunday, August 1-4
Cirque du Soleil comes to the BB&T Center with Quidam for a weekend-only engagement. The story centers on a young girl whose imagination leads her into extraordinary scenarios. Regular adult tickets begin at $35. 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise, 954-835-7825

Urban Surf and Silent Dance Party
Friday, August 2, 8-11 p.m.
Fiat is switching up Friday's Beats After Sunset at the Bass Museum of Art by launching a unique, beach party-themed format. The highlight? A silent dance party, wherein music filters into individual wireless headphones, allowing revelers to customize their sound experience. To nod the occasion, admission is free and open to the public. 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7530 ext 1001

Diplo and EDX at LIV
Saturday, August 3, 11 p.m.
After taking over Revolution Live during the day for the Mad Decent Block Party, locally-bred musical heavyweight Diplo is heading southbound for a DJ set at LIV Nightclub. He'll be joined on the decks by Swiss DJ and producer EDX. Tickets begin at $60. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Not Your Standard Bingo
Sunday, August 4, 8 p.m.-midnight
Hit The Standard for a funky twist on game night, hosted by Suénalo's Amin De Jesus and featuring beats by DJ Brian Jones. Expect plenty of retro board games and hotel giveaways for the winners. 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach

BY LIANA LOZADA  


 

Single-Serve Wines for Summer Soirées

The Vini offers oenophiles pours of fine wine on the go.

August 01, 2013

The Vini holds single-serving pours of some great California wines.

There is no longer a need to tote heavy bottles of wine to your next beach-side picnic or BYOB summer barbecue. Enter The Vini. These smartly-designed single-serving pours of California red and white wines are served in easily transportable tubes. The packages, a concept developed by Miami's own Sunny Fraser, are convenient but also maintain the quality of your preferred cabernet sauvignon or pinot grigio. An industry-trusted Stelvin screw cap protects the 187-milliliter servings for your next soiree.

The Vini's website currently retails four-pack varieties starting at $35.80 for the California white—a mix of Chardonnay from Napa and Sonoma with Viognier from Lodi. Individual tubes ($7.99 or $8.99) can be bought at several South Florida stores and restaurants, including Joe's Stone Crab Takeaway, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, Happy Wine in the Grove, Rik Rak Salon Boutique Bar, Anacapri Italian Cuisine & Market, and Vintage Liquor & Wine Bar in Midtown. A full list of local and national vendors can be found online.

BY LIANA LOZADA 


 

Kelly Cutrone Talks Curvy vs. Thin Models

"There is nothing more beautiful than girls with thighs and boobs," says the America's Next Top Model judge.

July 31, 2013



Kelly Cutrone at the New York premiere of America's Next Top Model cycle 19 in 2012 (photo: Paul Bruinooge/ patrickmcmullan.com)

Fashion publicist and television personality Kelly Cutrone's sharp wit and tenacity have made her an industry trailblazer for more than 25 years. This Friday, August 2, she returns to her judges seat for the premiere of America's Next Top Model cycle 20 on the CW. Only this season, contestants are co-ed, with aspiring male and female models going head to head while sharing a living space. 

During a media conference call, Cutrone admitted that males are easier to mentor. "They show up, say 'Tell me what you want me to do,' they do it, and then leave on a skateboard. The girls are a little more strategic, so [the dynamic] is interesting to watch." What's Cutrone's criteria for a Top Model? To photograph "amazingly well," to be professional and take direction, and to be okay with "people telling you what to do 24/7." Here's more from our call with the outspoken ANTM judge: 

Miami just celebrated Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. How has the growth of the swimwear industry affected modeling?
KELLY CUTRONE: A swimwear model usually differs from a fashion or editorial model in the bust. Most fashion models are a 34 A or B and are a lot straighter. A swim model is usually curvier. A full C cup is what they seek for at a lot of swim castings, something ampler . . . Most fashion runway models do not look good in bikinis because they're too thin.

Do you think we'll see a return to more voluptuous models like Cindy Crawford anytime soon?
KC: No. I know it's a horrible thing to say, but society has put a hyper-emphasis on thin. This trend is coming from the consumers. I know fashion people want to make money, they want to sell stuff to consumers. If consumers decided they didn't want young and thin, no one would be quicker than the fashion industry to comply. When you see the Dove campaign in Times Square, it sticks out like a sore thumb amongst all the other billboards. I'm not a thin person, and I'm all for the real chick, but as a consumer it doesn't make me want to buy Dove.

Do you prefer the curvier figures of the '90s?
KC: I worked with all those girls back in the day, and there is nothing more beautiful than girls with thighs and boobs. I personally love that look versus a Kate Moss look. I think Kate is cute in an English club-girl kind of way, but next to a Christy Turlington or Cindy Crawford in a George Michael video . . . 

Will you take on more TV projects after Top Model?
KC: I have another TV project that hasn't been announced yet.

Any details you can share?
KC: I can't announce it yet because we've yet to name the executive producers, but it allows me to stay with Top Model. I love being on television, but I also understand that there will be a day when I won't be. As my mother puts it, 'You're not Elizabeth Taylor, and everyone has to leave TV at some point,' with the exception of a few.

We thank Kelly Cutrone for continuing this scheduled interview despite losing her first husband, artist Ronnie Cutrone, on July 20, 2013. Our condolences to Kelly and all who knew and loved Ronnie.

BY LIANA LOZADA


 

10 Cool Hotel Pools for Summer

From newcomers to classics, we love these Miami Beach oases.

July 30, 2013

BY LIANA LOZADA  


 

Truffle Dinner at The Ritz; Miami Spice Kickoff

Plus: Burger Beast's Frita Showdown, a wine dinner at The Biltmore, and more food & drink news.

July 30, 2013

White truffle

The almighty white truffle takes center stage at The Ritz Carlton, Key Biscayne. (photo: Giuesppe Cacace)

Six-Course Truffle Dinner at The Ritz: The Ritz Carlton, Key Biscayne has announced its fourth annual white truffle dinner, taking place Wednesday, November 13 inside Cioppino. The six-course feast is limited to 60 coveted reservations. Pairings will be curated by chef de cuisine Ezio Gamba, sommelier Jorge Mendoza, and Fiorenzo Dogliani of Batasiolo winery. Tickets are $220 per person. 455 Grand Bay Dr., Key Biscayne, 305-365-4286

Iron Fork Rings in Miami Spice: The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau will kick off its annual two-month celebration of local cuisine during this Thursday's Iron Fork festivities at the Adrienne Arsht Center. The event promises tastings from more than 40 establishments, as well as live music and libations. Eating House's Giorgio Rapicavoli and Tongue & Cheek's Jamie DeRosa are this year's competing chefs. The revelry begins at 7 p.m., though VIPs may enter the grounds an hour early. Tickets begin at $35. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Burger Beast's Frita Showdown: Popular food blog Burger Beast hosts its first-ever Frita Showdown with five competing restaurants on August 14 at the Magic City Casino. Known to many as the Cuban hamburger, a frita is traditionally made with ground beef, chorizo, seasonings, potato sticks, diced raw onions, and ketchup. Tickets are $40 and include a sample from each contender, snacks, desserts, and a soft drink or beer. (7-10 p.m.) 450 N.W. 37th Ave., Miami

Truchard Vineyards Dinner at The Biltmore: Suzanne and Anthony Truchard of Napa Valley's Truchard Vineyards will host a family-style dinner with wine pairing this Wednesday, July 31 at the Fontana Royal Table. Menu highlights include a seafood risotto, pumpkin tortelloni, and veal piccata. All-inclusive tickets are $75 for members and $89 for guests. (7 p.m.) 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, 305-445-8066, ext 2407

SushiSamba Coral Gables Launches Breakfast: The Coral Gables outpost is the first location under Samba Brands Management to offer breakfast. The morning menu began its run last week, flaunting fusion specialities like breakfast dumplings with chorizo and rocoto jam and a short rib sandwich with egg. Breakfast is served from 7 to 11 a.m. Westin Colonnade Hotel, 180 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, 305-448-4990

BY LIANA LOZADA  


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