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A Victory Drink

Sra. Martinez shares a winning cocktail recipe that takes its cues from the garden.

June 29, 2011

Representing Miami in Esquire’s annual “Best Bars in America” list is the much-loved second floor bar Sra. Martinez. Fans of the spot have come to love its “garden-to-glass” menu philosophy and in honor of Sra.’s win we suggest a swig of the aptly named Victory drink. Created by the bar’s mixologist, Walid Hamid, this winning libation possesses a seductive citrus and spice combination that lingers on the palate and leaves you wanting more. No wonder this Spanish siren of a bar went over well with the boys at Esquire.


1 1/2 ounces Russian Standard Vodka
1/2 ounce Solerno Blood orange liqueur
1/2 ounce homemade Fresno chili lemongrass syrup
3/4 ounce fresh orange juice
4 cilantro sprigs
3 slices red bell pepper

For the syrup: Fill a one-quart container with equal parts sugar and hot water. Add three sliced Fresno chili peppers and two pieces of lemongrass to the mixture and stir until sugar is dissolved. Allow syrup to infuse for two hours before straining.

To prepare: Muddle bell pepper and cilantro in a shaker. Add remaining ingredients and ice to the shaker and shake vigorously. Double strain into a martini glass rimmed with a mix of sugar and cayenne pepper.

4000 N.E. 2nd Ave., Miami


New Restaurant: Kane Steakhouse

South Beach gets a new steak outpost with the arrival of Kane Steakhouse.

June 28, 2011

Washington Avenue is now home to SoFi’s newest restaurant collaboration, Kane Steakhouse. The location is the result of a partnership between restaurateur Matthew Glazier of Strip House and the leaders behind Mansion, Louis Bar-Lounge and SET. The black silk walls, eel-skin booths and dark wooden beams set a glamorous scene. Driven by chef Daniel Ganem of BLT Steak, the menu boasts a delectable mix of traditional entrées with a refined twist. To start guests can indulge in mouthwatering appetizers like the foie gras torchon served with toasted baguette or the duck fat potato chips coupled with Gorgonzola fondue. For the main course a selection of filet mignon, New York strip steak, yellowtail snapper and organic whole chicken and the like is available. 431 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-704-2900

—jonathan Borge


We Love Miami

Trussardi 1911 accessories at The Webster give a loving nod to Miami.

June 28, 2011


In celebrating its 100th anniversary, Trussardi 1911 has created a capsule collection expressing its love for Miami. Sold exclusively at The Webster, the limited edition line designed by Milan Vukmirovic includes various bags and travel accessories. But the iPad case stands out. Crafted in white ultra-light Nappa leather, it embodies Miami’s light, fresh vibe. The Webster, 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-7899


Grown-Up Popsicles

What’s better than an ice-cold martini? An ice-cold vodka pop.

June 24, 2011

FROM LEFT: La Poire Frozen Frenchy, Le Citron Frozen Berry Lemonade, L'Orange Frozen Summer

Guests at Ocean Drive’s Summer Soirée at Arkadia this past week raved about the refreshing Grey Goose ice pops that were served. If you’re craving more of them (or couldn’t make the party), we’ve got you covered. These grown-up frozen treats are perfect for summer celebrations and easy to make.

Grey Goose La Poire Frozen Frenchy

1 ounce Grey Goose La Poire Flavored Vodka
3.75 ounces fresh pineapple juice or puree
.25 ounce Monin pure cane syrup

Mix all ingredients together. Pour liquid into a Popsicle mold and freeze overnight.

Grey Goose Le Citron Frozen Fresh Berry Lemonade

1 ounce Grey Goose Le Citron Flavored Vodka
5 raspberries
3.75 ounces fresh lemonade

Muddle the raspberries. Mix all ingredients together. Pour liquid into a Popsicle mold through a tea strainer (to strain out raspberry seeds and pulp) and freeze overnight.

Grey Goose L’Orange Frozen Summer

.75 ounce Grey Goose L’Orange Flavored Vodka
.25 ounce Licor 43
4 ounces fresh orange juice

Mix all ingredients together. Pour liquid into a Popsicle mold and freeze overnight.


New Restaurant: Mister Collins

Mister Collins sells home-style American cuisine by the seashore.

June 24, 2011

Salty ocean breezes and breathtaking views should come to mind when you think of waterfront dining, and One Bal Harbour’s new restaurant Mister Collins delivers. Its philosophy is simple: home-style American comfort food made from fresh, local, high-quality produce and ingredients. Start off with freshly baked soft pretzels served with house-made mustard dipping sauce and paired with a cold craft beer from a menu featuring Florida brews like the Native Lager and the Eleven Brown Ale. Try the crab cake salad with jumbo lump cake and mustard seed vinaigrette, or the #1 Ahi burger with nori mayo and hand-cut French fries. For a dish that will surely hit the spot, try the Pop’s pork chops served with smashed potatoes and the pleasantly oozing crab mac and cheese. Get the ultimate dining experience and eat on the outdoor patio called View Bar, where you can take in a stunning view of the Atlantic. 10295 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-455-5460

—vanessa martin


Nail It

The 411 on nail lounge Nails 111.

June 23, 2011

Nails 111

Nails 111 will keep you looking and feeling beautiful this summer—­both inside and out. Already offering services ranging from mani-pedis to spray tans, the recent addition of a Moroccanoil-based blow-dry bar—making Nails 11 the only nail lounge in Miami Beach with a blow-dry bar—seems too good to be true. And the shop’s partnership with wellness outfit Green Monkey is even better. Buy four blowouts for $99 and get a free yoga class at Green Monkey. Or try the Highway to Heaven ($59), which includes a mani-pedi, a blowout and a yoga class. Wellness junkies looking to get in touch with their inner yogi need not worry: Buy a package of five yoga classes from Green Monkey and receive a free manicure. Buy a package of 10, and get a complimentary manicure and blowout. We’re sold. 111 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305-538-0000


Notebook Novelty

These notebooks prove that the pen really is mightier than the sword.

June 23, 2011

Office supplies don't normally catch our eye, but these notebooks did thanks to their interesting (and dark) design. Armed Notebooks ($25) by Megawing sandwich paper inbetween a cover exblazoned with gun, a knife or a grenade. They're sure to instigate instant conversation wherever you go. Bold, indeed. Base, 939 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-531-4982

—Jonathan Borge


Swimwear Sample Sale

The annual Red Carter swimwear sample sale is red hot.

June 22, 2011

Miami Swim Week arrives in a few weeks, but you can score some fabulous suits beforehand at the annual Red Carter swimwear sample sale at the brand’s warehouse. Starting tomorrow (the sale continues through Sunday), stock up on suits, cover-ups and bags ($5–$40). Bring cash—the minimum credit card purchase is $200. (10 AM–5 PM) 1819 West Ave., Bay #6


A Summertime Treat

Visit Area 31 for a bite, a sip and a dip.

June 22, 2011

The rock shrimp ceviche at Area 31

Summer began officially yesterday, and so did Area 31’s “Raw, Rosé, Refresh” promotion. All weekend long guests can enjoy a glass of Juvé y Camps rosé or a serving of chef E. Michael Reidt’s rock shrimp ceviche for $5. Add another five spot for a day pass to the Epic Hotel Miami pool adjacent to Area 31 on the 16th floor overlooking Downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay. Area 31, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305-424-5234


Time for Something New

Omega lands at Aventura Mall.

June 21, 2011

The 162-year-old Swiss watchmaker Omega opened its latest boutique in Aventura Mall this month. Modeled after the New York flagship, the 888-square-foot boutique brings to life the themes of sun, water, earth and time. The shop offers the brand’s complete product line of watches, as well as fine jewelry and leather collections. Boasting a strong ambassador line-up that includes a supermodel, an Academy Award winner, Olympic athletes, an astronaut and even James Bond, Omega epitomizes classic versatility and quality. Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., #621, Aventura, 305-931-8788

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