Spring's Best Sky-High Sandals
Finding the perfect strappy heel for spring/summer just got easier.
May 20, 2013
Architectural Projects on the Rise
From Zaha Hadid's exoskeletal masterpiece to Rem Koolhaas' forthcoming Faena District.
May 20, 2013
A rendering of Zaha Hadid's One Thousand Museum Tower
One Thousand Museum Tower
Pritzker Architecture Prize-winner Zaha Hadid's first foray into Western real estate is happening in downtown Miami, complete with a unique, spiraling exoskeletal design, helipad, indoor pool, and amenities deck. Standing 62 stories high, the futuristic skyscraper will sell units starting at $4 million each. Hadid's previous work includes designing the 2012 Summer Olympics' London Aquatics Center, Bridge Pavilion in Aragon, Spain, and the magnificent Guangzhou Opera House in China. 1000 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Pérez Art Museum Miami
Herzog & de Meuron's vision for the new home of the Miami Art Museum is steadily rising over Biscayne Bay. The three-story Pérez Art Museum Miami's elevated structure will add even more visual intrigue to Downtown Miami's skyline. Slated to open in December 2013, just in time for Art Basel, the museum's design includes lush, hanging gardens and a shaded veranda. 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Britain's Lord Norman Foster and Dutch mastermind Lucas "Rem" Koolhaas are working together to execute the ambitious Faena District, a $500 million Miami Beach neighborhood project that will include a 19 story residential building, the Faena House, at the old Saxony Hotel. The inspiration? A similar project in Buenos Aires by developer Alan Faena, who turned a series of rundown buildings into an eclectic mini metropolis. 3331 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
What We're Reading
A hot restaurant reservation, fashion at The Fillmore, public relations 101...
May 17, 2013
The Fashion Poet dresses the part for a concert at The Fillmore Miami Beach
Blogger Annie Vazquez (aka The Fashion Poet) offers outfit inspiration for concertgoers inside The Fillmore Miami Beach. The sneaker platforms are wise choice. [The Fashion Poet]
Need a weekend restaurant reco? Already a James Beard Award winner, chef Douglas Rodriguez and his De Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean have earned the prestigious AAA 4 Diamond Award. [NBC Miami]
Angelina Jolie's May 14 New York Times op-ed revealing her preventive double mastectomy took Hollywood and the medical world by complete surprise. Here, AP Entertainment writers Sandy Cohen and David German trace Jolie's transition from rebel to role model. [The Miami Herald]
The Museum of Modern Art's new Rain Room experience, presented as part of the "EXPO 1: New York" exhibit, has celebrities like Julie Bowen waiting two hours to get in. After seeing these breathtaking photos, we're hoping the Rain Room makes it way to Miami at some point! [The New York Daily News]
Owners of an Arizona restaurant featured on Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares got into a social media screaming match with commenters on Yelp, Facebook, and the like earlier this week. Brustman Carrino Public Relations' Larry Carrino shared his professional opinion on the matter with Short Order. [Short Order]
BY LIANA LOZADA
5 Neighborhood Spots for Cool Treats
Cool off with a scoop, a popsicle, or a frosty drink at these beloved family-owned shops.
May 17, 2013
Feverish Pops popsicles
Azucar Ice Cream Company
This Hialeah spot is known for infusing classic Latin flavors into its artisanal sorbets and ice creams. Patrons can order up flavors like sweet plantain, caramel flan, and rum cake, as well as seasonal selections that range from rose petal to orange blossom to sweet corn. 1503 S.W. 8th St., Miami, 305-381-0369
Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlour & Restaurant
Antique trinkets like old license plates and vintage signs make up the décor at this old fashioned parlour, which opened in the 1950s. There's a candy shop, servers wear candy strip uniforms, and the menu is a retro sundae lover's dream. Parties of four or more can indulge Jaxson's Kitchen Sink, a massive ice cream special served in an actual kitchen sink.128 S. Federal Hwy., Hollywood, 954-923-4445
Jugo Fresh serves delicious smoothies and juices that just happen to be über-healthy. The West Avenue location has become a South Beach staple, and locations on Lincoln Road, South Pointe Drive, and as far as Coral Gables are in the works. Stop by for a sunflower sprout juice or a cool "mylk shake" made with almonds and vanilla. 1935 West Ave., #102, Miami Beach, 786-472-2552
With flavors like peanut butter and jelly and watermelon-ginger vodka, popsicles stand second to no ice cream in this shop. Made with organic, natural, and vegan ingredients, the Feverish Pops were first served out of vintage ice cream carts, but soon necessitated a brick and mortar Midtown flagship. 3252 N.E. 1st Ave., Miami, 305-482-1832
Todo Frio Ice Cream N More
Cool down and pick yourself up with Todo Frio's signature Cafecito Joe, which flaunts a scoop of coffee ice cream and a shot of Cuban coffee. There's also the Guava Q (guava ice-cream, queso blanco, hot guava syrup) and the Sizzling Pineapple, in which half a pineapple is smothered with three ice cream flavors, banana, strawberries, and sweet syrup. 2715 S.W. 37th Ave., Coral Gables, 305-442-1907
Weekend Recommender: May 16-19
Last chance to see War Horse, World Whisky Day at SLS, Wendy Williams at Books & Books.
May 16, 2013
See War Horse at the Broward Center for Performing Arts before it closes its run
Thursday-Sunday, May 16-19
Broadway Across America takes over the Broward Center for the Performing Arts with the final engagements of War Horse, the acclaimed play-turned-Oscar-nominated film. Set in England during World War One, the plot centers on a young boy determined to reconnect with his horse, which has been sold to the cavalry. The play a winner of five Tony Awards, this production features puppetry by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company. Tickets begin at $39.50 and may be purchased online. 201 S.W. 5th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, 954-522-5334
Wendy Williams Book Signing
Saturday, May 18, 7 p.m.
Outspoken talk show host Wendy Williams will be at Books & Books Coral Gables to sign copies of her latest book, Ask Wendy, in which she shares personal stories and advice on marriage, self confidence, and running a business. 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, 305-442-4408
Mad House Happy Hour
Saturday, May 18, 7-9 p.m.
Celebrate World Whisky Day at the SLS hotel's Hyde Beach with a two-for-one happy hour hosted by George Dickel Whiskey and Bulleit Bourbon. Bonus: London-based brand Christys' Hats will be passing out complimentary fedoras while Mike Russ spins. 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-1701
Kick Back with Craft Brews
Three places to celebrate American Craft Beer Week in Miami.
May 16, 2013
Interesting infusions will jazz up the tap beers at OTC this weekend
"Randall the Enamel Animal" at OTC
Thursday-Sunday, May 16-19
Throughout this weekend, OTC will "Randall" its beer selections, infusing taps with unique ingredients like mint, mango, and ginger to create one-of-a-kind brews. Starting at 7 p.m. tonight, enjoy Ommegang selections including Rare Vos, Three Philosophers, and the Game of Thrones-inspired Iron Throne. 1250 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-374-4612
Abita Southern Social at Yardbird
Friday, May 17, 4-8 p.m.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is serving up four hours of $3 Andygator and Purple Haze specials. Sit at the bar to nosh on the afternoons special Creole-inspired bites. 1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach, 305-538-5220
Brews & Bites at the Four Seasons
Saturday, May 18, 2-4 p.m.
The Four Seasons Hotel hosts Edge Steak & Bar chef Aaron Brooks and FIU's advanced beer brewing club, B.R.E.W. (Biscayne's Renowned Engineers of Wort), for an interactive cooking and tasting session. Tickets are $75 per person and include a welcome cocktail, unlimited beer during the event, and a gift bag. 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-381-3063
Mitchell Kaplan's Summer Reading List
The Books & Books founder picks three fiction titles for the lazy days of summer.
May 15, 2013
Christy Gast Sculpts 'Barefoot Mailman'
A curious and historically-inspired new public artwork springs up in Bal Harbour.
May 15, 2013
Christy Gast stands next to her Self Portrait As The Barefoot Mailman
This past weekend, artist Christy Gast unveiled her 12-foot, bronzed fiberglass Self Portrait As The Barefoot Mailman sculpture at Bal Harbour Founder's Circle as part of the community's "Unscripted" public art series. The piece nods South Florida's legendary barefoot mailmen, who walked the route between Palm Beach and Miami in the 1880s, before there were roads and Henry Flagler's famed railway.
Gast's submission idea was born when she happened across a historic plaque describing these contracted postmen. As she began to research the topic, she learned that the "Unscripted" sites overlapped with the old delivery route. "The idea of being alone and walking on the beach was really romantic for me," says Gast. "I wanted to play with that concept." Play she did: to add a personal touch, Gast used herself as a model (with the help of a high-tech 3D scanner) and turned the piece on its head, literally. "To me, it resembles an hourglass, which is another way of measuring time," she explains.
The more feminine hourglass shape also helped demasculinize the notion of classic statues. Says Gast, "My work always expresses my interests, particularly landscapes and places. I've done a lot of performance, incorporating my body, so this was a natural process for me."
Also symbolic is the piece's wedged in position, making it look as though it may have been washed up during a turbulent Florida storm. And of course, the mailman's bare feet are better displayed with the sculpture turned upside down: "People are going to see this from their cars. I wanted the viewer to recognize it quickly and say 'I get that it's a monument, but it seems like something is wrong. I need to investigate this.'" Related photography prints by Gast are available for those passersby who want to take a piece of the sculpture home, and the artist will join Miami Art Museum director Thom Collins this Thursday, May 16 (7 p.m.) for a talk at Books & Books Bal Harbour.
Openings: ModShop by Room Service
Shop furniture and accessories with a wink and a nod to the '50s, '60s, and '70s.
May 15, 2013
ModShop by Room Service
The brainchild of husband and wife duo John and Taryn Bernard, ModShop by Room Service, which will host a grand opening party this Thursday, has brought an eclectic collection of made-to-order furnishings, mid-century-style décor, and colorful artwork to Miami's historic MiMo District. The well curated boutique combines sleek European style with old Hollywood glamour circa the '50s, '60s, and '70s. And thanks to its own production facility, ModShop is able to offer clients everything from customizable upholstery to specified lacquer finishes. The space also boasts in-house design consultants to help shoppers create their desired interior. Miami's outpost is the latest in a line of locations that includes hubs in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. 6101 Biscayne Blvd., 786-409-3148
Gold and Pepper Opens; Restaurant Day Returns
Plus: a Boston Marathon benefit dinner at Meat Market, guest chef dinner at Tongue & Cheek, and more food news.
May 14, 2013
23-karat gold leaf brownie dessert at Gold and Pepper
Gold and Pepper Opens in South of Fifth: Helmed by chef Andrea Chiriatti, this new restaurant stands out with gold dusted dishes. According to the eatery, the precious metal garnish has myriad health benefits. 101 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-397-8362; goldandpepper.com
Guest Chef Dinner at Tongue & Cheek: Chef Jamie DeRosa will host special guest chefs Brandon Baltzley (Chicago's Crux restaurant) and Jeremiah Bullfrog (gastroPod) for a collaborative dinner on Monday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. The seven-course dinner ($125 per person) will include dishes from all three chefs with select cocktail pairings. 431 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-704-2900; tandcmiami.com
New Summer Series at Meat Market: The popular Lincoln Road steakhouse will roll out a summer dinner, cocktail, and wine series starting Wednesday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. On the menu ($75 per person) this night will be five courses by chef and co-owner Sean Brasel paired with cocktails by Miami mixologist Ezra Pattek. Sample dishes include Kumamoto oysters topped with yuzu sorbet, an angus beef wood-grilled deckle with truffle ricotta potato ravioli, and a chocolate bourbon walnut pie. A portion of the dinner's proceeds will be donated to The One Fund Boston, which assists families affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. Reservations are required. 915 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-532-0088; meatmarketmiami.com
Restaurant Day Returns: Tuck into spicy banana fritters, ackee-stuffed chayote, and stewed chicken and shrimp in coconut broth at this one-day, global "food carnival" pop-up initiative. Taking place this Saturday, May 18 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Ruthie's "little blue house" in Wynwood, the quarterly concept hosted its first event this past February. 152 NE 27th St., Miami; restaurantday.org
Champagne Ruinart Tasting at Happy Wines: Champagne Ruinart head winemaker Frédéric Panaiotis will lead a tasting at Happy Wines in Coconut Grove this Wednesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. The
$15 per person admission doubles as a credit toward any Ruinart purchase made that day. 2833 Bird Ave., Miami, 205-460-9939; happywinemiami.com