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Exclusive First Look: Cottage Miami

Gentlemanly style essentials and craft brews under one roof in Sunset Harbour.

August 26, 2013

A bungalow brimming with designer menswear opens its doors today in South Beach's buzzy Sunset Harbour neighborhood. Meet Cottage Miami, a shoppable extension of owner Ariel Burman's closet. Cottage's inventory speaks to the former lawyer's tailored New York City beginnings while also nodding Miami's laid-back lifestyle.

A converted garage, the spacious, industrial-styled shop is stocked with beach-chic necessities, such as classic American sports jackets, European knapsacks, dark denim, light sweaters, and casual shorts, as well as grooming products, jewelry, and books. The highly curated roster of labels includes Band of Outsiders, Michael Bastian, Saturdays Surf NYC, and Baxter of California. Not to mention that Cottage is currently the exclusive Miami purveyor of Stubbs & Wootton, Todd Snyder, WANT Les Essentiels (chic Canadian leather goods), Monsieur Lacenaire, and a handful of other brands favored from here to the South of France. Best of all, the checkout attendant doubles as a tapster, serving pours of craft ales from local breweries. 1784 West Ave., Bay 5, Miami Beach, 305-534-9917

BY LIANA LOZADA  


 

Miami's Best Coffee, on the Rocks

Panther Coffee's cold-brew is every bit as potent as the hot stuff.

August 23, 2013

Panther Coffee, Miami

Hot summer mornings call for Panther Coffee cold-brew. 

Miamians are savvy about their coffee, especially when it's served over ice. However, many local cafés serve iced coffee all wrong, pouring steaming hot coffee over ice to create a watery mess. For a proper cup of cold-brew, Panther Coffee can always be relied upon. After all, iced coffee is the spot's best-seller. 

Owners Joel and Leticia Pollock go the extra mile to brew their iced coffee overnight. Made from Panther's East Coast Espresso roast (boasting notes of chocolate, black cherry, and sugarcane) coffee grounds are combined with equal parts room temperature water and then paper filtered. The mixture is then cloth filtered and left to settle for nine hours, allowing for flavor and caffeine extraction. 

To keep up with demand, Panther pumps out the signature mix in high volumes. In South Beach, the café has at least six gallons on hand daily. "We've sold out before," says one barista. "It doesn't happen often, but it has happened."

Loyal patrons can pick-up refillable Panther Coffee cold brew jugs, ranging in size from a pint to a quart. "We've had regulars come in and purchase [jugs] for business trips. They won't have their iced coffee from anywhere else." 2390 N.W. 2nd Ave., Miami; 1875 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, 305-677-3952


 

What We're Reading

Hermès' manifest destiny, a refresher on fall's biggest trends, and more.

August 23, 2013

Hermes, Design District, Miami

Hermès' Design District location may be the beginning of a nationwide push for boutique renovations and openings.   

Hermès' temporary Design District outpost is one of three stateside expansions the brand is plotting over the next few years. Racked examines how the luxury atelier is also renovating its Beverly Hills and Atlanta stores, with investment eyes on Boston, Seattle, and Dallas. [Racked]

Virgin Hotels, an extension of Richard Branson's Virgin Group empire, has opened an office in Coconut Grove and is scouting real estate options for a future hotel. The company's first hospitality venture opens in Chicago next year. [The Miami Herald]

With fall fashions en route to retail racks, here is a refresher on the season's hottest trends, and how to wear them. [The New York Times]

Planning a Labor Day getaway? From cameras to Kindles, Condè Nast Traveler narrows in on the best gadgets to stay plugged in while you, well, unplug with this "road-tested" Travel Tech Guide. [Condè Nast Traveler]

BY LIANA LOZADA  


 

Weekend Recommender: August 22-25

Bubbles and barbecue, a short film festival, and Marc Anthony at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

August 22, 2013



Marc Anthony sings and shimmies on the AmericanAirlines Arena stage this weekend. (image via

Bubbles & Q at The Federal
Thursday, August 22, 6-7:30 p.m.
The Federal Food Drink & Provisions hosts Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte for a special edition of its Thursday night barbecue. The brand will offer unlimited pours to patrons for $20 per person. 5132 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-758-9559

MOCA's Optic Nerve Screens 15 Short Films
Friday, Aug. 23, 8 p.m.
A curated roster of 15 international short films screen at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) North Miami for the 15th annual Optic Nerve festival. Finalists, including South Florida's own Jillian Meyer, hail from London, Berlin, New York, and LA. Tickets are free with museum admission. Space is limited, so reservations are recommended. 770 N.E. 125th St., North Miami, 305-893-6211

Marc Anthony at AmericanAirlines Arena
Friday and Saturday, Aug. 23-24, 8 p.m.
The global superstar brings his powerful vocal stature to the AmericanAirlines Arena for two nights. Tickets start at $59. 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-777-1000

New Brunch Eats at Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Stop by the Midtown hotspot for new midday dishes like crispy soft shell crab sandwiches, vanilla bean beignets, and burrata fondue with fava bean vinaigrette. 3252 N.E. 1st Ave., Miami, 786-369-0353

BY LIANA LOZADA


 

Female Artists Take the Lead at MOAD

A tribute to Antonia Eiríz and a spotlight on two up-and-comers opens September 12.

August 21, 2013

Miami Dade College's Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) is opening its fall season on Thursday, September 12 at the Freedom Tower with two showcases celebrating female artists. The first, "Elaborate Webs/Striking Exploits," features sketched and painted works by Anne Austin Pearce and Sara Stites, both of whom use nature and the human form as symbolic vessels. Meanwhile, 10 artists take part in a collaborative tribute to Cuban painter Antonia Eiríz in "Antonia Eiríz: A Painter and her Audience."

Born in Cuba in 1929, Eiríz rose to prominence in the '50s and '60s, but after some of her works attracted attention for being critical of the Cuban government, the artist went on a 20 year hiatus, not resuming painting until the early 1990s, when she moved to Miami to live out the last few years of her life. Images of haunting, disfigured characters recur throughout her oeuvre.

Both shows will remain on view through November 17. The September 12 opening reception (7-9 p.m.) is free and open to the public, with food and drink by Brother Jimmy's BBQ and Bartenura Moscato Wine. 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-237-7702

BY LIANA LOZADA 


 

First Look: Nine at Mary Brickell Village

An eleventh floor dog run and zen garden make the high-rise worth its 2014-opening wait.

August 20, 2013

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A rendering of the Nine at Mary Brickell Village lobby. 

When Nine at Mary Brickell Village opens in May 2014, it will become the Village's first residential condominium, conveniently overlooking the area's bustling lifestyle scene and adjacent to the forthcoming Brickell CityCentre. The property includes 390 units rising up to 34 stories (sales opened this month). Nine enlisted Nick Luaces Design Associates to man the interior fittings, meaning urbanized stylings with elegant touches are in the works. To get a glimpse of the building's aesthetic, take a peek at The St. Regis Bal Harbour, Brickell Emerald, and Latitude on the River. 

The epitome of pet friendly living, Nine's eleventh floor will feature a "dog run," conveniently allowing pets to exercise freely without having to leave the building. Also on the the eleventh floor is an outdoor zen garden, complete with private deck, walking paths, and comfortable seating. Nearby, Nine residents will have access to the private Grand Bay Club of Key Biscayne, which boasts oceanfront cabanas and a poolside bar—yet another perk of Nine living. 999 S.W. 1st Ave., Miami, ninemiami.com

BY LIANA LOZADA 
 


 

Summer Truffles at Juvia; Patpong Road Opening

Plus: Tickets on sale for Taste Miami, and more food & drink news.

August 20, 2013

Juvia restaurant, Miami

Juvia has added summer truffles to its menu for a limited time. 

Summer Truffle Dishes at Juvia: Juvia chef Sunny Oh is topping signature dishes like his salmon nashi and porcini risotto with fresh-shaved truffles from Italy and Australia. The luxurious add-on is available for a limited time and pricing varies. 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-763-8272

Patpong Road Opens This Friday: The new 50 Eggs-operated spot is located directly above Khong River House. On the menu you'll find elevated street food favorites like mini pad Thai with tofu, drunken rice noodles, and Thai doughnuts, all served alongside new handcrafted cocktails. In keeping with the street food theme, items are served in plastic bags, just as they are in Thailand. 1661 Meridian Ave, Miami Beach

Countdown to Taste Miami: The James Beard Foundation's Taste America makes its Miami stop on Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21. The two-day food festival will flaunt a five-course dinner hosted by Norman Van Aken and Food Network's Ted Allen at the Ancient Spanish Monastery, as well as chef appearances at Sur La Table in Boca Raton. Tickets to the Friday supper begin at $200. [Tickets]

New Menu Items at Steak 954: The W Hotel Fort Lauderdale's anchoring steakhouse has welcomed new menu items for autumn. Tuck into organic salmon with tomato relish; burrata salad; yellowfin tuna tartar with lemon aioli; and, for dessert, either a frozen chocolate and peanut butter layer cake, a bourbon sabayon with pecan streusel, or a graham cracker genoise with blackberry and kaffir lime soda. 401 N. Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-414-8333

Katsuya's New Miami Spice Dishes: Wagyu foie gras filet with plum wine sauce and beef yakisoba noodles join Katsuya's Miami Spice menu. Book a room at The SLS Hotel South Beach between now and September 30 and dinner is on the house. Use promo code "SPICE." 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-455-2995

BY LIANA LOZADA  


 

Q&A: 3:05 Cafecito Creator JennyLee Molina

Coffee talk with the PR pro behind Miami's official cafecito break time.

August 19, 2013

Jenny Molina, 3:05 Cafecito   

JennyLee Molina, a PR pro with her own boutique firm, started the 3:05 Cafecito initiative.

 

JennyLee Molina calls Cuban-style espresso, (aka cafecito), “Miami's nectar.” This powerful pick-me-up is essential to many Miami residents’ daily lives, but for Molina, a Cuban-American Miami native, cafecito symbolizes culture and community. “I grew up having coffee in my milk as early as 8-years-old,” explains Molina. “My mom would stop for a huge café con leche on my way to school. I remember my dad drinking his coffee at least twice a day. It's definitely embedded in my cultural DNA.”

What's also embedded in Molina’s DNA is brand-building. Molina runs her own boutique public relations firm, JLPR Fittingly, a business meeting sprouted her 3:05 Cafecito initiative, which urges locals to adopt 3:05 p.m. as their official coffee break time, thus nodding the city’s area code. The concept has caught on, fueled primarily by social media and a #305cafecito hashtag. Back in April, Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado declared 3:05 p.m. “Miami's Official Cafecito Break Time.”

With August marking National Coffee Month, Molina chatted with us about her dream coffee date and favorite coffee spots.

How was 3:05 Cafecito born?
JENNYLEE MOLINA: The idea came to me on April 3, 2012. I had a meeting with Amin De Jesus, one of my go-to creatives and just as 305-centric as I am. After lunching on Lincoln Road, we walked over to David’s Cafe on Meridian [now closed] and ordered a cafecito. When I looked at the time, it was exactly 3:05 p.m. and the light bulb went off! I took a picture of my Miami nectar and tweeted it with #305cafecito, proclaiming 3:05 p.m. as Miami's new official cafecito break.

Is your hope to make this as culturally ubiquitous as say, high tea or siesta?
JM: For me, 3:05 p.m. is the perfect time of day. It is that line of demarcation between crazy mornings, rushing to lunches, and the onset of after work planning. It’s the precursor to my second wind and the only real time I have to stop and smell the cafecito during non-stop days. I wanted to unify the Cuban coffee culture and create an online community that would enjoy sharing this mutual love for Miami's nectar. A Cuban restaurant’s coffee window is the original social network.

Break down the perfect cafecito.
JM: Start brewing some espresso, put sugar into a carafe, and then let the first drips of that espresso fall onto the sugar. Let the rest of the coffee drip into another empty carafe. Go back to that sugar-coffee mix and whip it vigorously into a paste. It should result in a rich, smooth espresso paste. The remaining espresso is added to this paste and mixed, creating a light brown foam layer, or espumita, atop the coffee. It’s all about the espumita.

When did you learn how to make Cuban coffee?
JM: My dad taught me how when I turned 10. His friends would joke, ‘You can get married now!’ Apparently, making good Cuban coffee is a prerequisite for marriage.

Favorite places to have afternoon coffee.
JM: I love Lincoln Road. Nothing like sipping on South Beach and being on your way in the sun. I also love Little Havana for its authenticity, cute shops, and art galleries.

Dream cafecito date.
JM: I would love to have cafecito with Oprah. I really admire her and her successful career. And with Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS Shoes; I admire what he’s contributed to the world. Oh, and can I sneak Robert Downey, Jr. and Lenny Kravitz in there, too?

BY LIANA LOZADA 


 

All-Star Authors Prelude Miami Book Fair

The 30th Miami Book Fair International drums up buzz with readings by top authors.

August 16, 2013

Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert is among the authors participating in book fair prelude events. (photo: John Lamparski/gettyimages.com)

The Miami Book Fair International is making sure its 30th anniversary edition expands far beyond the November 17 start date with a line-up of authors sure to generate some buzz for the literary event.

From September to November, The Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College (MDC) will stretch the fair’s programming by hosting seven exclusive author readings. The fair’s preluding series presents writers from both commercial and critical successes and draws from a diverse genre pool. Among the headlining novelists are Hollywood favorite Nicholas Sparks, Bridget Jones’s Diary mastermind Helen Fielding, and Eat, Pray, Love’s Elizabeth Gilbert.

Bolivian fictionist and Cornell professor Edmundo Paz-Soldán inaugurates the series on, September 13 (6:30 p.m.) at Books & Books Coral Gables (265 Aragon Ave., 305-442-4408, Coral Gables). He will discuss his book Norte, which chronicles three radically diverse American immigration stories; that of a serial killer, an institutionalized artist, and a literature student.

Once Soldán’s reading wraps up, author events will move to MDC’s Wolfson Campus (300 NE Second Ave., Miami). The book fair lead-ins conclude with Donna Tartt on November 6 with the 30th annual Miami Book Fair International taking place November 17 to 24.

BY LIANA LOZADA 


 

What We're Reading

Miami's greenest woman, 10 things to know about the JT and Jay-Z show, and more.

August 16, 2013

Muriel Olivares, Miami

Muriel Olivares' Little River Market Garden CSA provides fresh produce for 35 families each season. (image via

Meet one of the greenest women in Miami and find out how she’s helping change the way we think about our food—and where it comes from. [Huffington Post]

Ten things to know about Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z before hitting their Legends of Summer show at Sun Life Stadium, tonight. Are you ready? [Miami]

Art is practically a way of life in Miami, but who knew we'd need a checklist to tell us whether we're an "art snob" or not? [Miami New Times]

Lunchtime just got interesting. The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Science lets kids learn all about insects and arachnids, and then... eat them. It's part of a new “Edible Bugs” exhibit. [Miami Herald]

Speaking of lunch, local food historian Mandy Baca has released a new book, The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine: Cortaditos, Stone Crab, and Empanadas, which traces Miami food culture from the Tequesta Indians to today. Here, Baca is interviewed by WLRN host Bonnie Berman, along with two other local food and wine experts. [WLRN]

BY ALEXANDRA VOYATZAKIS 


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