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Bloody Marys for 'True Blood' Fans

Make like you're in Bon Temps with these recipes from area restaurants.

June 06, 2013

The Barbecue Bloody Mary at Tongue & Cheek 

Fans of HBO's True Blood are practically foaming at the mouth over the series' anticipated season six premiere on June 16. Perhaps someone you know is even hosting a viewing party? Whether watching with a crowd or alone on the couch, we recommend having a tasty Bloody Mary at arm's reach. Here, two renditions from area restaurants Tongue & Cheek and The Local House.  

Tongue & Cheek's Barbecue Bloody Mary 
431 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-704-2900

1 ounce Woodford Reserve bourbon
1 ounce Belvedere Vodka
Bloody Mary base mix:
1 part pastrami spice
1 part Worcestershire sauce
6 parts fresh milled tomato Juice
Barbecue Sauce:
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup mirin (Japanese sweet wine)

Combine all of the ingredients for the Bloody Mary base mix in a mixing glass with barbecue sauce and shake well. Separate four ounces of Bloody Mary barbecue mixture, combine with vodka and bourbon, and shake well and strain over fresh ice. Pickled vegetable garnish. (Optional: dehydrated corn powder rim) 

The Local House Bloody Mary
400 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 786-230-8396

22 ounces of tomato juice
8 ounces Guinness
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1 tsp. Tabasco
1 tsp. horseradish
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. celery salt
1 tsp. coarse ground pepper

Combine all ingredients, shake well, and strain into a large Mason jar with fresh ice. Olive, celery stalk, and lime garnish. 



Weekend Recommender: June 6-8

Beach volleyball with Equinox, a Chicago photographer in Miami, and Reggie Watts on stage.

June 06, 2013

Test your volleyball skills on the beach with Equinox

Reggie Watts at The Light Box
Thursday-Saturday, June 6-8, 8 p.m.
Reggie Watts' unique blend of music, theatrics, and comedy have earned him gigs with Conan O'Brien, Comedy Central, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. This weekend, Watts will host a three-night stint at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse. Tickets are $50. 404 N.W. 26th St., Miami

"Picturing People" Opening Reception
Thursday, June 6, 7-9 p.m.
The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) welcomes the opening of "Picturing People," a 50-piece exhibit chronicling the career of Chicago-based photographer Dawoud Bey. Bey uses predominantly African American and multicultural subjects to portray contemporary society. Thursday's reception is free for MOCA members and $10 for non-members: "Picturing People" will remain on view through September 8. 770 N.E. 125th St., North Miami, 305-893-6211

Beach Volleyball with Equinox
Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m.-noon
Equinox kicks off its weekly summer beach volleyball classes led by seasoned coach Jorge Ferris.
The series will include basic strategic tips, drills and skills challenges, partnered training, and closing matches. This event is open to the public, but those wishing to participate are encouraged to RSVP to christopher.grys@equinox.com. Between 7th and 8th street, Miami Beach



Acqualina Spa by ESPA Launches Lifestage Facials

Two new treatments pack a powerful anti-aging punch with the spa's signature product line.

June 05, 2013

Looking one's best in Miami begins with fresh, radiant skin. Aimed at women approximately age 45 or older, two new facials at Acqualina Spa by ESPA can help you achieve just that. Both treatments—the ESPA Lifestage Facial and The Ultimate Lifestage Facial—utilize the brand's unique SKINVISION analysis, followed by a brush cleanse, exfoliation, and steam extraction. The Ultimate Lifestage Facial, however, ups the ante with a double mask application.

The new treatments' magic is in ESPA's luxurious Lifestage line of products used. A serum, moisturizer, and eye cream pack ten concentrated active ingredients (think licorice root and Himalayan fleece vine) that are gradually released into the epidermis, allowing for up to 8 hours of continuous skin treatment. And of course, having freshly cleansed, hydrated, and massaged skin helps the products work their magic: ESPA therapists focus on pressure points and nerve endings to help relax the facial muscles and stimulate natural healing and age reversal. Best of all, you can continue the process for days, weeks, and months beyond your treatment by purchasing the Lifestage products used during your treatment. 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-918-6844



What to See at Summer Shorts

This year's series boasts a Magic City regular and six world premieres.

June 05, 2013

A scene from a 2012 Summer Short 

City Theatre's Annual Summer Shorts Festival splits sides this weekend as it returns to the Adrienne Arsht Center's intimate Carnival Studio Theater on Friday, June 7 at 8 p.m. Now in its eighteenth season, the month-long Miami-based comedic short play series is featuring a dozen original works in this year's edition, including six world premieres.

The 90-minute performances have been penned by some of the country's top talents, including winners of the City Theatre's National Short Play Competition. On our can't miss list is the world premiere of "Handing Down the Recipe," by screenwriter David Bar Katz. Katz is widely known for his writing credits on John Leguizamo's The Pest and Spike Lee's Freak

Another highlight of the Summer Shorts roster is local actor Todd Allen Durkin, who has had turns in TVs Magic City and Nashville. Durkin is also a South Florida stage regular, with past appearances in Miami's Mad Cat Theatre Company and Palm Beach's Dramaworks.

Summer Shorts will be performed from Thursdays to Sundays through June 30. Tickets are $35 with the exception of Saturday night showings, which are $40. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722



Barbecue Series at The Dutch; New Menus All Over Town

Plus: Twosome Tuesdays at The Regent and the flavors of Piedmont at Quattro.

June 04, 2013

The Dutch reprises its Bourbon, Beer & 'Cue series this week

The Dutch Brings Back Barbecue: This Wednesday, June 5, slide into The Dutch for the return of its weekly Bourbon, Beer & 'Cue series. The flavors of Memphis arrive first, followed by the Carolinas, Kansas City, and Texas in the coming weeks. Bourbon, Beer, & 'Cue dinners are $30 per person. 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-938-3111

Twosome Tuesdays at The Regent: The resident watering hole at the Gale South Beach kicks off Twosome Tuesdays tonight at 9 p.m., offering guests two cocktails for $22. Also featuring live music by local standout Brendan O'Hara, the weekly event will continue on through summer. 1685 James Ave., Miami Beach

Sardinia Ristorante Launches New Prix Fixes: Sunset Harbor's Sardinia Ristorante is serving up three-course lunch ($23) and dinner ($39) prix fixes throughout June and July. Selections from the lunch menu include a spaghetti carbonara with wild boar pancetta and a caprese salad, while dinner options promise a spaghetti vongole with baby clams and an octopus carpaccio.1801 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, 305-531-2228

Summer Menu at Oak Tavern: Dine at Oak Tavern Sunday through Thursday to get a taste of its new summer menu, with dishes like house-made meatballs, duck confit, and Bahamian-style fried snapper in a Scotch bonnet vinaigrette. 35 N.E. 40th St., Miami, 786-391-1818=

Italian Regional Tasting Menu at Quattro: Beginning this month with Piedmont, Quattro Gastronomia Italiana will explore a new Italian region each month via a new three-course tasting menu. The summer offering is $39 per person. Future menus will spotlight the flavors of Tuscany, Liguria, and Veneto. 1014 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-531-4833



Miami's Independent Thinkers Summer Auction

Bid on works from 50 local artists at an auction and party this Friday.

June 03, 2013

Local emerging artist non-profit Miami's Independent Thinkers will host a silent art auction this Friday, June 7 to help raise funds for its 2013 Art Basel initiatives. Though the group helps sustain an array of multi-genre creatives, Friday's auction will zero in on selected works by 50 painters, mixed media artists, muralist, and photographers. Among the participants are Atomik, Carla Fache, Ernesto Kunde, Lebo, Mayleen Gonzalez, and Ted VanCleave.

During last year's Basel festivities, Miami's Independent Thinkers hosted a four-day satellite fair—brimming with emerging art, live music, and local food—inside The Armory Studios. This Friday's event will be presented in association with Bronzewall Development. Guests will enjoy refreshments by Peroni, Vita Coco, and downtown's The Corner, as well as performances by local indie dance legend Grace Jones and Miami Dance Theatre instructor Vanessa Caamano. Meanwhile, DJ Peoples, Rage Johnson, and DJ V will man the decks. Bids kickoff at 7 p.m. and will continue until 11 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. 1035 N. Miami Ave., Miami



The Ultimate Unisex Wallet

Miami-made Jac Henri wallets are available for a limited time on Kickstarter.

June 03, 2013

Monaco blue lizard skin wallet with tan lining

Miami, meet your next elegant essential: A slim, hand-stitched wallet (from $45) by local brand Jac Henri. Lined with suede, Jac Henri wallets are crafted with luxurious Italian leathers and exotic skins like lizard and ostrich for a smooth, seamless pocket fit. And just enough compartments and an elastic band closure allow the sleek accessory to hold all of your necessities without compromising the wallet's shape. The man behind the design is Miami tastemaker Yannick J. Henriette, who came up with the original prototype eight years ago. Though initially created for men, women have become fast fans as well—the wallets fit perfectly in a clutch or minaudière. Henriette now offers the wallets in a variety of customizable colors and stitches. The recently launched line is currently available on Kickstarter, which helps propel new creative projects onto the market. The limited-time project will remain on Kickstarter through June 20.   



Miami's Best New Lunch Dishes

The latest to hit Miami menus? Lobster rolls, creamy ricotta, chirashi, and more.

May 31, 2013

Creamy sheep's milk ricotta and grilled herb bread at The Dutch

Pirolo’s Panino at Macchialina
This Northeastern-inspired sandwich shop will host a summer-long lunch pop-up inside Macchialina restaurant. From Tuesday, June 4 to Saturday, August 31, come in for a lobster roll on brioche or roasted pork sandwich with broccoli raab, fontina cheese, and Calabrian chiles. 804 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305-534-2124

The Dutch
The Dutch's recently launched three-course prix fixe boasts options like grilled herb bread with sheep’s milk ricotta, sea bass ceviche, and a dry-aged prime burger. The meal checks in at $33 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-938-3111

Toro Toro 
Toro Toro's new Tokapu Box is a $17 three-course meal served bento box-style. To fill the box, select a small plate or ceviche, soup or salad, and an entrée. For an additional $10, upgrade the meal with Toro's churrasco platter, stacked with Omaha rib eye, lamb chop, and chorizo sausage. 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, 305-372-4710

MPP Brickell
This Peruvian haunt has just rolled out new menu items and a lunch special, allowing midday diners to choose from five featured appetizers and five entrées for $12.99 (selections will change weekly). Recently added dishes include a chicken saltado topped with onions and tomatoes and a filet mignon with fettuccine. 141 S.W. 7th St., Miami, 305-400-4610

Temaris' new afternoon eats include a chirashi bowl loaded with sashimi and vegetables, as well as a beef teriyaki with white rice. Each special ranges from $10 to $14 and comes with edamame, two gyozas, a fountain drink, and the option of a miso soup or house salad. 1250 S Miami Ave., Miami, 305-836-2747



What We're Reading

Will David Beckham bring Major League Soccer to Miami? That and more...

May 31, 2013

David Beckham is Miami-bound

Newly retired pro soccer player David Beckham is coming to Miami to discuss ownership of a new Major League Soccer team. Miami mayor Manny Diaz tells Reuters, "It's very exploratory at this stage." [Reuters]

Art Basel and its affiliate fairs have all received a bit of a name change: each organization has added "in" to their respective editions. Thus, what was once known as Art Basel Miami Beach will now be called "Art Basel in Miami Beach." Yes, we're serious. [ArtInfo]

Florida International University professor and costal expert Stephen P. Leatherman released his 2013 edition of the United State's "Top 10 Beach List" just before Memorial Day Weekend. Though East Hampton, New York took the top spot, our neighbors at Key Biscayne's Bill Boggs Cape Florida State Park didn't go unnoticed. [Huffington Post Travel]

Much like the summer temperatures, South Florida's luxury housing market is on fire this summer. Real estate brokers are reporting record sales thanks to a year-round, international influx of rich buyers. [The Miami Herald]

After months of speculation and discussion, Hollywood Beach has officially approved the beachfront Margaritaville resort. The Jimmy Buffet-themed "village center" will cost $147 million to build and is being looked at as the catalyst for the area's redevelopment. [The Sun-Sentinel]



Weekend Recommender: May 30-June 2

Keiko Matsui at New World Center, Dance Now! Miami at Bass Museum, and more!

May 30, 2013

Keiko Matsui 

Keiko Matsui with Al Di Meola
Friday, May 31, 8 p.m.
International contemporary jazz pianist Keiko Matsui will play a special performance inside the New World Center this Friday night. The Japanese composer is known for her smooth blend of Western and Eastern rhythms. Matsui will be joined on stage by Latin jazz fusion guitarist Al Di Meola. This unique collaboration is a first for for both artists. Tickets range from $45-$200. 500 17th St., Miami Beach, 305-673-3331

MAM "Light's Out" Party
Saturday, June 1, 7 p.m.
The Miami Art Museum (MAM) says farewell to its current digs with a barbecue and music bash. Guests will enjoy savory bites, complimentary sips, and access to the MAM's two finale exhibits. Admission to "Lights Out" is free for MAM members and $10 for non-members. 101 W. Flagler St., Miami, 305-375-3000

Ekphrasis Four, Presented by Dance NOW! Miami
Sunday, June 2, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Dance NOW! Miami returns for the fourth rendition of The Ekphrasis Project, in which live dance is incorporated into the Bass Museum of Art's current exhibitions. This year's edition will hone in on Eve Sussman's video installation, Rape of the Sabine Women. Each performance runs just under an hour. The event is free with museum admission. 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-7530

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