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Nue Spa In Town

The Spa @ Nue Studio opens.

September 29, 2011

Considered by many to be the coolest salon in Miami, Todd Jameson’s Nue Studio has expanded by adding a spa to its newly opened second floor loft. The boutique space, known formally as The Spa @ Nue Studio, brings that same hipster décor and bohemian attitude but pairs it with a Zen-like calmness and some posh pampering. Guests can now book an array of specialties including facials, manicures, massages, waxing, reflexology and more. Insider tip: book some time with Celine, a talented aesthetician and one of Miami’s nightingales. The Spa @ Nue Studio, 3470 East Coast Ave., Suite 113, Miami, 305-322-8611

—maria argüello


Come Fly With Us

Pan Am takes off again.

September 29, 2011

Pan Am Explorer bag

Pan Am premiered this week on ABC to rave reviews and fanfare, but Miami and Pan American World Airlines have had a long-running love affair. The glam airline is a Sunshine State original and maintained a strong tie to Miami for decades. Fans can now carry their own Pam Am bag thanks to HistoryMiami’s museum shop, or don T-shirts, jackets, pins and more at the 40-year-old official Pan Am Store. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St., Miami, 305-375-1492; Pan Am Store, 5000 NW 36th St., Miami, 305-871-1028

—maria argüello


Michael Schwartz Opens a Pizzeria

The busy chef brings inventive yet authentic pizza and small bites to the Design District.

September 28, 2011

This week, Miami welcomed its latest comfort food destination, Harry’s Pizzeria, to the Design District. Spearheaded by chef Michael Schwartz and The Genuine Hospitality Group behind Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink, Harry’s is a modern take on a traditional pizzeria serving everything from homemade organic ricotta to inventive pizzas and a solid beer (all locally brewed) and wine selection.

To start, try the polenta fries with spicy ketchup or meatballs in a sauce of house-ground beef, pork and veal. Pizzas are baked in a wood-burning oven and have thin, crisp crusts, which are hand-made daily using a mix of all-purpose and wheat flour, local honey and Lucini Italia extra-virgin olive oil. Standouts include the oyster mushroom pizza with taleggio and roasted Anaheim peppers and the MGFD bacon pizza with fingerling potatoes, caramelized onions, arugula and cave-aged Gruyère cheese.

Don’t forget to order a cup of perfectly tamped espresso made with beans from the nearby Panther Coffee in Wynwood to complement your chocolate panna cotta dessert. 3918 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 786-275-4963

—Jonathan Borge


Nightlife Pop-Up: Chivas 1801 Club

A temporary nightlife installation begins a one-month run at the Vizcayne.

September 28, 2011

The 49th floor penthouse of the Vizcayne is playing host to Chivas 1801 Club, a month-long pop-up lounge promising plenty of cocktails and special events amid sweeping city and bay views. Nightly events at the club range from private partnerships with some of the city’s most prestigious arts organizations and non-profits to whisky tastings featuring selections from the Chivas Regal stable of whiskies. Access is limited: Become a member of the Chivas Brotherhood to find out what’s happening next at Chivas 1801 Club. 253 N.E. Second St., Vizcayne South Tower, Penthouse Level, 49th Floor

—Maria Argüello


Mai Tai Good Times

It is a Polynesian party at Solé this weekend.

September 23, 2011


kicks off its monthly, Hawaiian-themed luau on September 24. Party Pacific-style with a pig roast—complete with tropical dishes like shrimp fried rice, mixed vegetables and Polynesian potato salad—and enjoy fire dancers, a fashion presentation by Poko Pano swimwear, a live performance by the Aloha Boyz (a three-piece ukulele band), paddle boarding and a limbo contest. A percentage of ticket sales ($25 per person) will benefit Plastic Free Ocean. For luau and hotel reservations, call 786-923-9000 or email alba@soleoto.com 

—maria argüello


BLT Steak: A Seafood Sensation

Take advantage of BLT Steak’s celebration of National Seafood Month.

September 23, 2011

Grilled spiny lobster with ginger scallion broth

Though we’re preparing to bid adieu to Miami Spice, BLT Steak at The Betsy will offer an ocean-inspired selection of underwater indulgence October 1 through October 31 in celebration of National Seafood Month. Pre-selected blackboard menu specials include an appetizer, entrée, side dish, dessert and two glasses of carefully matched wine ($60). Among the enticing dishes find appetizers like the charred octopus with a tomato-harrisa compote or triggerfish ceviche complemented by a soy-citrus sauce, mango, cilantro and jalapeño. There is also a grilled yellowtail snapper and smoked eggplant puree or tomato- crusted wild cobia served alongside warm fregola sarda, charred tomatoes, artichokes and a lemon aioli—all locally grown and sustainable options. Chef Sam Gorenstein’s menu also highlights year-round staples like the delicious grilled spiny lobster in a ginger scallion broth. Let the gastronomic journey continue. BLT Steak at The Betsy, 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-673-0044 

—jonathan borge


Miami Welcomes Broadway

October in Miami hosts a quintet of Broadway hits.

September 21, 2011

The cast of The Addams Family

Come October, Broadway’s most raved-about hits will begin their runs at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, setting up the rest of the year and most of 2012.

The dark but humorous antics of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch delight in this live rendition of The Addams Family.  (October 25–30)

Shrek the Musical reminds us that fairy tales aren’t all they seem—sometimes they are better. (December 6–11)

Rock legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins join Sam Philips, the “Father of Rock ’n’ Roll,” for an unforgettable session of musical madness in Million Dollar Quartet. (December 27–January 1, 2012)

Expressing love out loud, Come Fly Away follows four couples on a romantic journey as they kiss and dance to the iconic tunes of Frank Sinatra. (March 20–25, 2012)

Subscribing to a problem-free philosophy, The Lion King recounts the story of Mufasa, his kingdom and their circle of life. (May 17–June 10, 2012)

Tickets for The Lion King will be on sale to the public February 4. All other shows are on sale now. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722

—jonathan Borge
photograph courtesy of Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts


The Doctor Is In

Miami dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt hits the airwaves.

September 21, 2011

Well-heeled Miamians and celebrities alike have Dr. Fredric Brandt to thank for their youthful glow. And now the skincare guru is bringing his antiaging expertise to the airwaves as he hosts the Ask Dr. Brandt radio show on SiriusXM. Now through October 15, the series will air Saturdays from 1 to 2 p.m.  “Dr. B” will be taking calls from around the country on topics such as summer skin damage, the truth about Botox, fillers, injectables, laser treatments and more. And, if you like what you hear, Brandt’s Coral Gables office is now accepting walk-in clients—brilliant. 4425 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 200, Coral Gables, 305-443-6606



Jewelry Find: TAudrey

A pendant necklace by TAudrey speaks volumes.

September 19, 2011

FROM LEFT: The front and the back of the Fancy Necklace by TAudrey

Few things are as personal as initials, and thanks to the Fancy Necklace by TAudrey you can now wear your own and your beloved’s letters close to your heart. The 14k gold-filled necklaces display a hand-stamped, round frame pendant featuring the initial of your choice. Leaf pattern detailing adorns the back of the pendant. Simply lovely. Emporium, 2606 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 786-268-0689

—maria argüello


Art On Wheels

Artist Miguel Paredes lends an artistic twist to cycling gear.

September 19, 2011

"Urban Grass" women's Ascent jersey from Pactimo, designed by Miguel Paredes

Last week Miguel Paredes, owner of the Miguel Paredes Fine Art Gallery in Wynwood, was named the official artist of the 12th annual Latin Grammy Awards. The honor adds to his recent partnership with Colorado-based international cycling apparel company Pactimo, for which he was tapped to create fresh, dynamic apparel for cyclists. His designs are available for a limited time, beginning with pieces called “Urban Sun Ray,” "Urban Grass" and “Magic City.” 

—maria argüello

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