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Exclusive New Resto News; Guest Chef at Khong River

Plus: Edge, Steak & Bar hosts a wine dinner, Cecconi's launches garden lunch, and more food news.

May 21, 2013

Edge, Steak & Bar will host a wine dinner with Alvaro Palacios this Thursday night 

Exclusive News on Carol's Downtown: Set to open in late June, Carol's Cucina & Vino in Downtown Miami will feature Brazilian fusion cuisine crafted by executive chef Gerardo Reyes, formally of the SLS Miami Beach. Carolina Moura, the restaurant's partner and namesake, plans to serve small plates like cod fitters and veal shank with creamy polenta in an "intimate atmosphere." The venue will also flaunt playful twists on classic Brazilian libations and an international wine selection. 245 S.E. 1st. St., Miami

Miami Chefs to Headline NYCWFF: Food Network's New York City Wine & Food Festival's just-announced lineup includes events with Timon Balloo of Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, Myron Mixon of Pride and Joy BBQ, and the crew at Pubbelly. Ticket pre-sales open to MasterCard holders on Monday, June 10.

Chef Pop-up Dinner at Khong River: Brooklyn chef Dale Talde will host Khong River's inaugural guest chef dinner on Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. The evening will feature four courses and a welcome cocktail. Price is $75 per person. 1661 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach, 305-763-8147

Wine Dinner with Alvaro Palacios: Meanwhile, this Thursday, May 23rd, at 7 p.m., Edge, Steak & Bar inside the Four Seasons Hotel will host a wine pairings dinner with Spanish winemaker Alvaro Palacios. Oenophiles can delight in Palacios' L’Ermita wines while chef Aaron Brooks lays down a five-course feast. Reserved tickets are required and are $275 per person. Reservations can be made by calling the event's co-host, Wine Watch, at 954-523-9463. 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami

New Garden Lunch at Cecconi's: Slide into the Soho Beach House for an alfresco lunch at Cecconi's, whose new menu items include a focaccia sandwich with mozzarella and prosciutto, cavatelli with ricotta salata, and a bevy of seasonal salads. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-507-7902



La Palina's Goldie Laguito No. 5

The new cigar is named after the company's matron and rolled by Cuba's first female cigar roller.

May 21, 2013


La Palina Cigars launched the latest cigar in its Goldie Collection, the Goldie Laguito No. 5 (ABOVE), in New York City earlier this month. And while cigar smoking is typically a boys' club, this collection was made in celebration of women in the cigar industry. Hence the company's recruitment of Maria Sierra, one of the first Cuban women to master the art of cigar rolling, and a former cigar roller for Fidel Castro. 

Being such an integral part of the La Palina brand is exceptionally rewarding for the legendary roller. "Being a part of the first group of women to break through the barrier of male rollers in Cuba in 1967 makes me so proud," says Sierra. "I am so pleased to be a part of such a memorable project that celebrates the accomplishments of women in the cigar industry."

And Sierra isn't the only woman in the mix. The Goldie collection is produced in Little Havana's boutique El Titan de Bronze Factory under the supervision of Sandy Cobas. Furthermore, the wrapper features a portrait of Goldie Drell Paley, the wife of La Palina founder Samuel Paley. Says Sierra, "The La Palina Collection Goldie line truly embodies the tradition of our industry and the contributions of women within it."

The Goldie Laguito No. 5 will be limited to 2,500 numbered boxes, with a second special release coming in August 2013.  



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  

Faena District
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]



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
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

Feverish Pops
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 

War Horse
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


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