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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



Wolfsonian-FIU Unveils Two New Exhibits

"Modern Meals" and "Women in Motion" open this Thursday.

May 13, 2013

Fitness and food go hand in hand at the Wolfsonian-FIU this week as the museum unveils two new exhibits on Thursday, May 17. Examining the evolving image of the "physically active woman" in the early twentieth century, "Women in Motion: Fitness, Sport, and the Female Figure," encompasses international government propaganda, fitness paraphernalia, advertisements, and artistic works. FIU faculty members Laurie Shrage and Dionne Stephens guest curated the exhibit, which reflects on how images such as these influenced the feminist movement at the time. 

Thursday night will also welcome "Modern Meals: Remaking American Foods From Farm to Kitchen," a similarly retrospective look at how the mass production of food from 1900 to post 1945 helped redefine America's dining experience. Guest curated by April Merleaux, the exhibit uses similar artifacts and visual interpretations to chronicle how Americans slowly embraced the conveniences of industrialization, while still saluting the everyday farmer, economic soundness, and family values. 

Thursday's joint exhibition preview (7-9 p.m.) will feature an informal discussion, passed hors d'oeuvres, and complimentary cocktails. Admission is free for the FIU community and museum members and $10 for the general public. 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-531-1001



Meet Luxury Watchmaker Franck Muller

Dan Marino will host the Swiss watchmaker at Levinson Jewelers this Saturday.

May 13, 2013

Known for his intricate and timelessly elegant watches, Franck Muller will present his latest designs during a rare in-store appearance this Saturday, May 18 at Ft. Lauderdale's Levinson Jewelers (NOON-3 p.m.). Miami Dolphins legend, CBS sports commentator, and watch aficionado Dan Marino will host "the master of complications" as he flies in from his headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Muller's impressive oeuvre includes creating the largest tourbillon in watchmaking history via the Giga Tourbillon, which boasts a 20mm carriage and four mainspring barrels to allow for a 9 day power reserve. Muller may also have one of the world's fastest tourbillons in the Thunderbolt Tourbillon, whose rotation checks in at a mere five seconds. Other notable brand accomplishments include a collaboration with Roberto Cavalli and limited-edition collections worth upwards of $3 million. 

Come Saturday, guests will have the opportunity to view some of the brand's most exclusive creations and hear from the master watchmaker himself. Among the featured pieces are additions to the Conquistador Cortez collection, known for its masculine, bold, and occasionally sporty stylings. Ladies can marvel at the white diamond encrusted Infinity Curvex, with its dazzling gems set inside an 18 carat white gold face with a hand-sewn black alligator strap. 888 E. Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, 954-462-8880



Burgers Without Boundaries

Five Miami burger spots doing National Burger Month proud.

May 10, 2013

The Morning Glory Burger at Bulldog BBQ

Morning Glory Burger at Bulldog BBQ
Indulge a carnivorous breakfast for dinner with Top Chef alum Howie "Bulldog" Kleinberg's Morning Glory burger, wherein a hearty angus beef patty is topped with a fried egg, bacon, hash, cheddar cheese, and chipotle mayonnaise.15400 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, 305-940-9655

Cubano Burger at Umami Burger
Talk about fresh: Umami Burger opens in Miami Beach today. To boot, the West Coast burger chain's new location in the former 8 oz. space is its very first outside of California. Try the Miami-only Cubano Burger, which sandwiches together a pork and pork belly patty, mojo mustard, house cheese, pickles, prosciutto, and smoked ham. 1080 Alton Road, Miami Beach

Cypress Burger at The Cypress Room
Michael Schwartz' recently opened fine dining gem is home to one of Miami's most buzzed-about burgers. Beginning with cheese flown in from New Hampshire's Jasper Hill Landaff Creamery, the burger is topped with an onion marmalade and served with thrice-cooked fries. 3620 N.E. 2nd Ave., Miami, 305-520-5197

Carbonara Burger at Eating House
Giorgio Rapicavoli is flexing his supply-and-demand muscle with this limited-edition burger offered every Wednesday throughout May. Only 24 burgers will be made each Wednesday night, so servings are first come, first serve. In the mix is a black angus patty, applewood smoked bacon, black truffle, egg, and fontina and Parmigiano cheese. The most recent batch sold out in just 15 minutes. 804 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 305-448-6524

Bison Sliders at The Grateful Palate
If you find yourself on the northern side of the Dade-Broward county line, take a seat at The Grateful Palate and order their prized Bison Sliders. Executive chef Hector Lopez tops his signature appetizer-size burgers with crispy pancetta, pepper jack cheese, and avocado aioli. 817 S.E. 17th St., Ft. Lauderdale, 954-467-1998



What We're Reading

Gloria Estefan campaigns to save the Miami Marine Stadium, Juvia wins big at Beard Awards...

May 10, 2013

Gloria Estefan at the Miami Marine Stadium (image

Hometown songstress Gloria Estefan has become the public face of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's campaign to save Virginia Key's Miami Marine Stadium. Estefan hopes to help raise the millions of dollars needed to repair the unique, raw concrete structure, which has been closed since 1992. [Miami Herald

Kudos are in order for one of our favorite rooftop haunts: last Friday, Juvia scored The James Beard Foundation award for Restaurant Design and Graphics: 76 Seats and Over. [Eater]

While scantily clad and filming the video for her single "Liv it Up" on Ft. Lauderdale Beach, Jennifer Lopez was interrupted—by gunfire. [New York Daily News

DawnTown, the annual international design competition centered on Downtown Miami, has announced the winners of this year's Landmark Miami competition. Entrants were told to come up with a modern city landmark that would make Miami recognizable to the world. The winner after the jump. [DawnTown

Sun Life Stadium's buzzed-about plans for Super Bowl-size renovations were shut down by Florida lawmakers. The Miami Dolphins organization says they cannot proceed with the plan without a private-public funding partnership, leaving the stadium's future in limbo. [Miami Herald



New Spring Sakes at SushiSamba Dromo

Seven varieties boast notes of melon, bamboo, white peach, and even chocolate.

May 10, 2013

Through June 15, South Beach's SushiSamba Dromo is serving seven varieties of nama sakes, which are synonymous with springtime in Japan. Young and unpasteurized, nama sakes are characterized by their fresh, crisp notes of fruit (think citrus, melon, and berry) and grass. Selections on offer at SushiSamba were handpicked by beverage director Craig Tabandera to pair well with the restaurant's Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian fusion cuisine. For instance, the Kamikokoro Tokagen Tokubetsu Junmai Nama Genshu ($69 per bottle) boasts notes of white peach, lime, and bamboo and pairs nicely with sashimi or ceviche. Meanwhile, the Ichinokura Tokubetsu Junmai Nama Genshu Nigori ($85 per bottle) has a creamier mouthfeel with hints of mushroom, melon, and lemon and should be paired with richer flavors and equally creamy sauces. If you like lots of wasabi on your sushi, cut the heat with a can of full-bodied Kikusui Funaguchi Nama Honjozo Genshu ($14), imbued with flavors of chocolate and coconut and best enjoyed on the rocks. 600 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-673-5337



Weekend Recommender: May 9-12

Memphis closes Broadway season at Arsht, Mainly Mozart kicks off, and more.

May 09, 2013

Bryan Fenkart as Henry Calhoun in Memphis 

Thursday-Sunday, May 9-12 
The underground club scene of mid-century Tennessee comes alive in Memphis. The storyline follows a white radio DJ out to popularize soul music. He quickly falls for a black club singer and the complexities of business, love, and race heat up. This Tony Award-winning musical will close Arsht's Broadway in Miami season.1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722.

George Lopez Book Signing
Saturday, May 11, 4 p.m.
After turning 50, surviving a kidney transplant, going through a divorce, and saying farewell to his late-night show, comedian George Lopez has gained a new lease on life. He'll be signing copies of his new memoir, I'm Not Gonna Lie: And Other Lies You Tell When You Turn 50, this Saturday afternoon at Books & Books Coral Gables. 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, 305-442-4408

Cedric Gervais 
Saturday, May 11, 11 p.m. 
Superstar producer and music festival headliner Cedric Gervais mans the decks at LIV Nightclub Saturday night. Gervais' appearance will be his first in Miami since heading out on his Asian tour. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 

Mainly Mozart Festiva
Sunday, May 12, 3 p.m. 
A performance by the Amernet String Quartet opens the 20th season of the Mainly Mozart Festival inside the Coral Gables Museum. Concerts will take place on Saturdays and Sundays through June 9. Individual show tickets are $20 and may be purchased in advance through an online order form. 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, 305-603-8067



Ai Weiwei Works to Exhibit During Basel

The Rubell Family Collection will include pieces by the artist in its just-announced "Year of the Artist" exhibit.

May 08, 2013

Fairytale Chairs (20 wooden Quing Dynasty Chairs) by Ai Weiwei  

The Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation has announced plans to feature a bevy of emerging contemporary Chinese artists during its 2013 Art Basel thematic exhibit. Titled "Year of the Artist," the exhibit will be unveiled on December 4 and will remain inside the museum through August 1, 2014. 

The Rubell Family Collection founders, husband and wife Donald and Mera Rubell, recently spoke to Bloomberg.com about their decision to invest in and exhibit Chinese artists. “There’s a new generation of Chinese artists that [are] interesting to us,” explained Mera. “They have the world view, and they are also dealing with the transformation of China itself."

The article went on to reveal that the couple has been collecting Chinese art for over 20 years and visited the country as recently as the fall of last year. The Rubells also confirmed that works by Ai Weiwei, Zhang Huan, and about 25 other artists will fill the Wynwood museum come December. 

The subject of the recent documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Ai Weiwei is known in and out of the art world for his criticisms of Chinese human rights and democracy policies, criticisms which Chinese authorities thought enough to detain him for three months without charges at the time that the documentary was filming, in 2011. (Upon release, he was charged with tax evasion.) Currently prohibited from leaving China, Ai Weiwei, unlike many of the other artists selected for the December exhibit, will not be in Miami for the unveiling. However, Bloomberg reports that at least two of his works, Ton of Tea and Fairytale Chairs, will be featured. 95 NW 29th St., Miami, 305-573-6090 



Louis Vuitton Launches Travel Books

Commissioned artists reveal the hidden gems of Paris, New York, London, and Easter Island.

May 08, 2013

With the launch of Louis Vuitton's new limited-edition Travel Books, four of the world's most colorful destinations are your oyster. But these are no ordinary city guides: The French fashion house commissioned four artists to explore and interpret each city included in the travel guide meets sketch book series. As such, Congolese artist Chéri Samba discovers Paris, France; American Daniel Arsham unravels the mysteries of Easter Island, Polynesia; French fashion illustrator Jean-Philippe Delhomme tackles New York City; and Japanese illustrator Natsko Seki promenades through London, England. The artists' unfamiliarity with the cities offers a fresh perspective on each locale's pace and culture. Each book is priced at $56, and limited-edition artist-signed copies (leather-bound and numbered 1 to 50) are also available (price upon request).

The Louis Vuitton Travel Books will be available at select retailers as well as online beginning this month. However, the story doesn't end there: in 2014, manga artist Jiro Taniguchi's travels through Venice and comic book author Lorenzo Mattotti's vision of Vietnam will join the collection. New destinations will continue to be added annually. 9575 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, Space 2029, 305-866-4470; 170 N.E. 40th St., Miami, 305-573-1366


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