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Historic Miami Restaurant Trivia

Mandy Baca shares juicy tidbits from her new book, The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine.

July 22, 2013

Fresh off debuting her new tome, The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine: Cortaditos, Stone Crabs & Empanadas, first-time author and Miami foodie Mandy Baca shares five landmark restaurants featured in the book, as well as a few facts you may not know.

BY LIANA LOZADA  


 

What We're Reading

Convention Center bid winner revealed, top designers share Swim Week pastimes...

July 22, 2013



Mikoh Swimwear designers Kalani and Oleema Miller talk Miami haunts for Style.com (photo via)

Swim Week has officially kicked off across Miami Beach, welcoming an influx of international trendsetters, buyers, and beach lovers. But what do designers get up to during Swim Week? Here, designers like Amalia Spinardi and Mara Hoffman share their Miami itineraries and summer must-haves. [ Style ]

After months of renderings, controversy, and plan changes, South Beach ACE and architect Rem Koolhaas have been selected to redevelop the Miami Beach Convention Center. [Huffington Post Miami]

The Miami Heat got a ton of sports love during the ESPY Awards, taking home the award for "Best Team." Good Morning America anchor and ESPN alumni Robin Roberts also moved audiences with her poignant speech after receiving the 2013 "Arthur Ashe Courage Award." [ESPN]

A British newspaper is reporting that David Beckham is making notable progress on his potential plans to bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami, but one sports critic believes the team will only be successful if they play in South Beach. [The Miami Herald]

The Butcher Shop has officially opened in Wynwood, offering meat-loving foodies the area's first one-stop-shop for butchery, beer, and grilled bites. [Thrillist Miami]


BY LIANA LOZADA  


 

Weekend Recommender: July 18-21

Boston designer hosts Swim Week trunk show, Tony-nominated play opens in Coral Gables.

July 19, 2013

Daniela Corte boutique on Newbury Street

A look at Daniela Corte's Boston boutique. Shop fashions by Corte at a trunk show this Sunday. 

Style Saves Swimshow
Friday, July 19, 9-11:30 p.m.
A non-profit that provides back to school outfits for kids in need, Style Saves hosts its third annual fashion show and fundraiser at the Soho Beach House. The poolside soirée will feature an open bar, passed sweet treats, and music by DJ Ruen. Tickets are $150 in advance and $175 at the door, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting the cause. 4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

On Stage: Good People
Saturday, July 20, 8 p.m.
The GableStage at The Biltmore premieres Good People, a Tony Award-nominated play set in a blue-collar Irish neighborhood in South Boston. The script was penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire and the New York production of the play starred Oscar-winner Frances McDormand. See Good People through August 18. Tickets begin at $37.50. 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, 305-445-1119

Daniela Corte Trunk Show
Sunday, July 21, 12 p.m.
Boston's Daniela Corte is known for her luxe, custom made leggings, playful swimwear, and trendy ready-to-wear pieces. Hyde Beach's J'Adore Sundays will nod Swim Week by showcasing Corte's pieces during brunch. The event will also flaunt an exclusive afternoon trunk show. 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-1701

BY LIANA LOZADA


 

Guess Girl Model Search Winner Hits Swim Week

What does it take to out-model 33,000 other beauties? Meet Emily "Effy" Harvard.

July 17, 2013



Emily "Effy" Harvard, the new Guess Girl on the block.  

Hailing from Houston, Texas, Emily "Effy" Harvard beat out more than 33,000 hopefuls to win a recent Guess Girl model search, landing her a place in the pantheon of mononymous Guess beauties that came before her—Anna, Claudia, Naomi... Not only that, her winnings also included a spread in ELLE magazine and a contract with Ford Models. Next stop? Miami. Effy is in town for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, so we chatted her up to talk getting bikini ready, her newfound modeling career, and how she got her nickname. 

Effy is an unusual nickname for an Emily. Who gave you the name?
EFFY HARVARD: My friend starting calling me that in high school and it stuck. I thought it would be a good idea to use it as a 'model name,' as silly as that may sound. There are so many girls in this industry that I felt I should do any little thing that would help me stand out.

Have you shot your first Guess campaign yet?
EH: I shot the campaign in New York about two weeks ago. I have to wait to release any photos until ELLE's March 2014 issue comes out. It's a long time, but I'm sure it will be worth it.

Have you relocated since winning?
EH: I float around. I'll be here for Swim Week. [Then] my plan is to go to New York for a couple of months.

What does your Swim Week schedule look like?
EH: I have two castings today and three tomorrow. And working out to make sure I'm in shape.

How do you do that?
EH: I do some running, ab machine work, and the elliptical.

What about diet?
EH: I can't indulge in as much as I would want to. I definitely allow myself to eat what I want while making sure the portions are appropriate.

What other ways do you prep for Swim Week?
EH: I make sure to have a cute swimsuit! I stick to a lot of Victoria's Secret because I like the way their swimwear fits and flatters my body. I also get a little sun; it makes a big difference.

As such a fresh face, what do you want people to know about you?
EH: The modeling industry has rejected me a good amount of times. To have finally received such a prestigious job, and working with Ford Models, I just want people to know that they shouldn't give up on their dreams. The time will come when it is right—pursue what you love.

BY LIANA LOZADA  


 

'Slava's Snowshow' Beckons Winter in Summer

A winter wonderland filled with whimsical clowns takes over the Arsht.

July 17, 2013

Slava's Snowshow features the iconic-yellow dressed clown, Asisyai.

As temperatures rise, the Adrienne Arsht Center beckons culture seekers indoors to experience its latest visual spectacle: Slava's Snowshow. The 90-minute engagement premieres July 31 and centers around Asisyai, the iconic yellow-dressed clown created and performed by Russian artist Slava Polunin. Polunin's jaded but endearing character was made famous by Cirque du Soleil's Alegría.

Polunin's wintery Snowshow fuses the subtle whimsy of classic European mischief with the magic of an all-encompassing blizzard. The result is a dazzling indoor snowstorm that’s garnered international acclaim. It last showed in Miami in 2008, but has since racked up sold-out engagements in Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Madrid, London, and New York. The Arsht Center's performances will take place from Wednesdays to Sundays through August 25, with tickets beginning at $25 each. Tickets may be purchased online or through the Arsht Center box office. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722

BY LIANA LOZADA
PHOTOGRAPHY BY VERONIQUE VIAL   


 

Style Find: An Only-in-Miami Short-Suit

Nowhere but Miami can you get away with a suit this sexy-chic.

July 16, 2013

Yigal Azrouel resort 2014 short suit

Love the look of a suit, but can't stand the heat? Yigal Azrouël is here to lighten your layers.  

With a predilection for body-con designs and an overall siren-meets-tough girl aesthete, Yigal Azrouël is a mainstay in the closets of Miami's most fashionable. In his recently debuted resort 2014 collection, the designer folds in elements of athleticism, tomboy-chic, and black-and-white minimalism. A pencil skirt with leather slat pockets is paired with a crop-top; a tennis ball-yellow dress rocks a zippered front and geometric cut-out neckline; and a black motorcycle jacket sports perforated black-and-white-panels. Our favorite look, however, is this black-and-white short-suit and bra-top—because where else can you get away with wearing a suit this sexy but in scorching hot Miami? 


 

Swim Week-Worthy Waterproof Makeup

Local makeup artists and beauty experts share tried and tested products.

July 16, 2013


 

Taste of the Nation; Rosé Dinner at db Bistro

Plus: Venezuelan specialties in Wynwood, a chef fête at Khong River House, and more.

July 16, 2013

Taste of the Nation South Florida 2013

Taste of the Nation South Florida returns on July 25. (image via)

Taste of the Nation: Share Our Strength’s annual Taste of the Nation South Florida fundraising fête is less than two weeks away. The event will take place on Thursday, July 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. inside the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, with food from more than 30 top-tier dining establishments. Participants include Shikany, Zuma, Makoto, Joe's Stone Crab, Red the Steakhouse, Sakaya Kitchen, and Restaurant Michael Schwartz. VIP tickets are $250 per person, general admission tickets are $125. [Tickets]1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Rosé Pairings at db Bistro Moderne: On Thursday, July 18, starting at 6:30 p.m., db Bistro Moderne will host a four-course rosé wine dinner featuring sips selected by new sommelier Christopher Birnie-Visscher. Dishes include an herb-crusted lamb chop main dish and raspberry crémeux for dessert. Seating is $99 per person and reservations are required. 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305-421-8800

Food & Wine Magazine Party at Khong River House: Bombay Sapphire will join Food & Wine to nod the 25th anniversary of Miami's Best New Chefs program at Khong River House this Thursday, July 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. The celebratory gathering will feature complimentary cocktails and bites by Khong's Piyarat Potha Arreeratn, aka Chef Bee. 1661 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach, 305-763-8147

Venezuelan Specialties at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar: Venezuelan cuisine will close Wynwood Kitchen & Bar's summer-long exploration of Latin American flavors. The à la carte menu, which reflects chef Miguel Aguilar’s native country, will be available every Thursday throughout July for lunch and dinner. Featured specials include arepas, Venezuela's signature cornmeal cakes, and a sugarcane juice cocktail. 2550 N.W. 2nd Ave., Miami, 305-722-8959

The Art of Wine and Food: Learn to maneuver the wine aisle better with the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale's “Art of Wine and Food” series. A new edition takes place Thursday, July 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. and explores the best wines with a $20 price tag. The event also teaches proper food pairing tips to enhance flavors and aromas. Stephanie Miskew, a certified sommelier and wine educator, leads the course. Cost is $40 per person. Reservations are required as seating is limited. 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, 954-262-0249

By Liana Lozada

 

Young Musicians Make History in Miami

The first Latin American orchestra to play New World Center? Youngsters in colorful kicks.

July 15, 2013

Colombian Youth Philharmonic

See Colombia's most talented young musicians on stage at the New World Center this Friday. 

The Colombian Youth Philharmonic will make Miami history on Friday, July 26, becoming the first Latin American orchestra to perform at the New World Center. The concert will feature nearly 100 exceptionally talented young musicians between the ages of 16 and 24 from across Colombia, all clad in black ensembles and brightly colored sneakers. 

This Friday's performance will also mark the official close of the New World Center's fourth season. Veteran conductor Alejandro Posada will lead the evening's musical journey, with four orchestral pieces by Igor Stravinsky, Cristóbal Halffter, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Ottorino Respighi.  

Despite being founded just three years ago, the Colombian Youth Philharmonic has already garnered a tremendous amount of international exposure through Colombia's Promotion Plan Abroad. The kids, who will also pay a visit to mayor Tomas Regalado during their stay in Miami, come from various socio-economic backgrounds and have all auditioned amongst peers at the top of their musical game to earn a spot in the group. Tickets to the performance at the New World Center are available online with a handling fee of $6. 500 17th St., Miami Beach, 305-673-3331

BY LIANA LOZADA  


 

Barbecue Thursdays at The Federal

Stop by for smoked cornish hens, Mexican creamed corn, lime-soaked watermelon, and more.

July 15, 2013

The Federal Food Drink & Provisions has welcomed the return of its annual FederalQ. Every Thursday, the charming MiMo restaurant is rolling its pit onto the front deck for a barbecue lover's feast of St. Louis-style pork ribs, smoked cornish hens, barbecue-charred shrimp, and more. 

Meats are accompanied by an equally satisfying selection of sides, including The Federal's signature sweet and tangy Brussels sprouts with pickled apples, onions, molasses, and vinaigrette. A grilled creamed corn plate with a hint of spicy Mexican cheeses and a refreshing chilled watermelon soaked in lime juice round out the rest of the fixings. 

And of course, The Federal's regular menu stocks plenty of summer favorites, such as brisket, slow-cooked duck, and a juicy lamb burger. The restaurant's famous fried chicken, meanwhile, is served alongside a new drunken cherry dipping sauce. Save room for dessert, particularly the daily bread pudding special, which on a recent visit was made with Krispy Kreme donuts and bourbon caramel sauce. 


BY LIANA LOZADA

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