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Shoe Trend: Espadrilles

Pare Gabia espadrilles are a traditional joy.

June 02, 2011

Espadrilles are worn and made all over the globe, but their origins in the Pyrenees have given them French and Spanish citizenship (along with an undeniable connection to the Basque and Catalan cultures). Now thanks to The Webster, you can sport a pair of handmade, old-world beauties directly from the French label Pare Gabia, which means “matchless” in the Basque language. These shoes certainly live up to their name. 1220 Collins Ave.


photograph by Camilo Rios


New Restaurant: Il Corso Trattoria

Tasty new Italian comes to Coral Gables.

May 27, 2011

Ravioli di aragosta con vodka

Coral Gables has a new Italian bistro. Il Corso Trattoria hosts its grand opening next month, but you can visit the restaurant now for a taste of its hearty menu. In addition to feasting on fresh, homemade pastas—like ravioli di aragosta con vodka (lobster ravioli, tomato cream sauce, pesto bread crumbs, lobster tail)—diners can enjoy a variety of meat, chicken or seafood entrees such as mahimahi, caramelized polenta balls with zucchini ribbons in a tomato-basil sauce, grilled filet mignon topped with Chianti butter and roasted crimini mushrooms, and brick-oven roasted chicken with roasted potatoes and caramelized sweet onions. Patrons can also opt for a brick oven pizza topped with baby arugula and virgin olive oil. “We’re focusing on simplicity, authenticity and flavors,” says chef LeRoy Bautista. “With fresh ingredients and timeless techniques paired with the restaurant’s warm décor, we’ve created a welcoming setting that truly enhances the genuine Italian experience.” Ocean Drive readers are invited to attend the ribbon cutting with Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason on Thursday, June 16 (6 PM), followed by the grand opening party (6:30-10 PM). There will be live music along with complimentary wine and beer and passed appetizers. (RSVP to ilcorso@cm-publicrelations.com) Il Corso, 166 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables, 305-603-7137


Short Stories

What's the perfect summer staple? Shorts.

May 26, 2011

1. The J Brand Leon short has a frayed, unfinished hem, a three-inch inseam and cool distressing through out that gives them an edgy worn-in look.

2. Parker is a collection of unique, fashionable tops designed for the woman who wants to go straight from the office to a night out while remaining on the cutting edge of fashion. These purple wave shorts are made of a soft silk material.

3. This classic green cargo short by Genetic Denim exemplifies the brand's well-crafted, innovative demin styles.

4. These cut-off white shorts by J Brand have distressed detailing throughout and are both sophisticated and sexy.

All shorts available at Koko & Palenki


New Shop We Love

Isa Boutique in Midtown works its magic.

May 26, 2011

The addition of Isa Boutique to Midtown continues to showcase the pull that Midtown, the Design District and Wynwood continue to extend over Miami. Isa brings a much-needed option for savvy shoppers with a soothing, cool collection of recognized, international brand names and newer, independent labels. (Brands include Rory Beca, J Brand, Mink Pink, Carlos Falchi, Cleobella and Halston.) This is a strong, smart move as Isa fits in well and adds balance to the surrounding neighborhoods that include high-end luxury retailers. “We want to be known as a fashion and beauty lifestyle boutique and provide an upscale shopping experience that feels feminine and personal,” says owner Isabel Aguiar. Best of all? There’s an in-house stylist available on-call (and on-site twice a week) to visit clients at their residences or offices for extra convenience and privacy. Isa, 3400 N. Miami Ave., 786-558-8027


Oh, L’Amour

The partnership of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé comes alive in a new film.

May 25, 2011

The legendary Yves Saint Laurent made an indelible mark on the fashion industry and culture. The new film L’Amour Fou documents Saint Laurent’s relationship with Pierre Bergé, the co-founder of YSL Couture and his life-long partner. The couple spent more than five decades together, and the story of their remarkable partnership includes the auctioning of their art collection, amassed over a lifetime spent together building a fashion empire. The film debuts June 17 at the Miami Beach Cinematheque. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-4567


Interiors Pick: Chic Tea Towels

Thomas Paul's hand-screened tea towels give a wink and a nod to Miami.

May 25, 2011

Admit it, as a Miamian, you have a soft spot for pink flamingos. Gretel, one of our favorite home décor shopping dot coms, is bringing the pink plumes to your table with a new line of tea towels. The Thomas Paul-designed towels are emblazoned with your choice of a kettle, tree, pigeon or pink flamingo. Each tea towel is made from one hundred percent cotton and is hand-screened with piped edges.


Fitness Find: Bikram Brickell

An expansive Bikram yoga studio heats up Brickell.

May 24, 2011

Miami has a "hot" new yoga studio with major room to stretch in. Bikram Brickell, Miami's largest Bikram yoga studio, recently opened to welcome fans of the hot yoga practice performed in temps of 105 degrees. As imagined by interior designer Nacho García Vinuesa, the studio is set up to make students feel at home with private dressing rooms and showers. Through May, prospective students can score a yearlong pass for $600 ($1200 value). Now that's hot. Bikram Brickell, 809 SW 1st Ave, Miami 


Gigi's Family-Style Dinners

Tuesday nights at Gigi now spell build-your-own roasted pork bao buns and fresh local oysters.

May 24, 2011

Oysters and roasted pork at Gigi

Gigi in Midtown is a popular late-night destination for those craving a midnight snack of a certain culinary caliber. Given the hours, it's also a favorite among restaurant and nightlife industry folk looking for good eats long after the dinner rush. To cater to his compadres, chef Charles Lutka has instituted Tuesday night family meals ($14, each) where his industry fan base and regular diners can enjoy a family-style spread of house roasted-pork, local oysters and fresh bao (steamed buns). Guests can assemble their bao with fixings like pickled sweet potato, cucumber, daikon and kimchee. An extra five dollars will get you a bucket of five Pabst Blue Ribbon tallboy cans and $10 scores you five draft beers (Stella or Yuengling). You can even grab a cookie on your way out for a mere two bucks. Tuesdays just got a little sweeter. 3470 N Miami Ave, Miami 


Bag Line We Love: Liebeskind

A vintage leather tote hailing from Berlin catches our eye.

May 24, 2011

Summer calls for flexibility and this stone colored MIA bag ($360) by Liebeskind Berlin fits the bill. The medium carryall is made from vintage leather and is ideal for on-the-go Miamians in need of a tote roomy enough to stash a swimsuit and Havianas. Atrium, 1931 Collins Ave., Miami Beach


The Standard’s Stance On Summer Jams

The hip hotel’s gratis summer gift to you is a groovy, reggae-packed playlist.

May 19, 2011

Just in time for Memorial Weekend The Standard Miami is rolling out their summer playlist. The warm-weather jams can be played or downloaded from The Standard’s culture blog. Also available are playlists from Standard outposts in Downtown LA, Hollywood and New York. Miami’s songs have a clear reggae influence and include Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble’s “Pelotera,” Celia Mara’s “We’re Not Alone” and by Bole 2 Harlem’s “Hoya Hoye.” 

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