What to Wear to the Boat Show
Outfit inspiration for this weekend’s Miami International Boat Show.
February 12, 2013
As the Miami International Boat Show docks at the Miami Beach Convention Center, there’s just one question on our minds: what to wear? To get our sartorial ducks in a row, we scoured The Shops at The Fontainebleau Miami Beach (4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) for nautical looks to wear on an afternoon sail or seaside stroll. Ida and Harry boutique and Aquamarine Swim Shop housed a few of our favorite finds.
Dena Marino Talks Swine & Wine
MC Kitchen's leading lady shares dish inspiration for the upcoming SoBe WFF event.
February 11, 2013
MC Kitchen chef Dena Marino
Dena Marino helms the kitchen at the Design District's recently opened MC Kitchen, creating ingredient-focused, rustic Italian dishes for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Coming up at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SoBe WFF), the Colorado native and Iron Chef alum will whip up a pork rillette cannoli dipped in cocoa fried rinds with an amarena cherry gravy for the Swine & Wine pork roast event (February 24). Joining her at The Biltmore for the roast will be host and fellow chef Michelle Bernstein, Goya Foods, and Pat LaFrieda Meats. Here we get insight on Marino's Swine & Wine dish, and her menu at MC Kitchen.
What inspired your pork cannoli dish for Swine & Wine?
DENA MARINO: South Beach Wine & Food Festival is all about celebrating culinary creativity, so we wanted to create a dish that was conceptual to the type of food MC Kitchen serves, but still playful. By creating the a pork rillette stuffed cannoli we were able to balance both sweet and savory, as well as use a majority of the pig. Our dish looks to achieve the perfect marriage of sweet, spicy, salty, and crunchy … all in a single bite!
How does your time spent in Colorado influence your cooking?
DM: We try to use certain products that we used in our other restaurants, which we've grown to know and love. We try to support small vendors, they don't have to be local, per se, but they have to be mindful and passionate about what they do. I can taste it and see it in their product. Speaking to taste, we also try to incorporate protein that speaks to Colorado and the Mountain West market. For instance, the venison we use for the Bolognese.
Any SoBe WFF events that you are looking forward to attending?
DM: I probably will not get to attend many— actually any—events, with the exception of the one I'm participating in of course. This is [MC Kitchen's] first year being open during the festival, so I want to be in the restaurant catering to the appetites.
Whose culinary style do you admire?
DM: There are many culinary styles that I admire. One is my mentor Michael Chiarello, but I also wildly respect Alice Waters, Mario Batali, and Eric Ripert.
Louis Vuitton Opens in Aventura
Rotating art exhibits and bespoke handbags and shoes are just a few reasons to visit.
February 11, 2013
Louis Vuitton officially unveiled its new Aventura Mall maison with a well-attended fête last Thursday. Designed by architect Peter Marino, the stunning, bi-level store flaunts a rotating exhibition space, exclusive craftsmen services, leather goods, men's and women's ready-to-wear, accessories, and jewelry. A take-notice spiral staircase is accented by a Jorgé Pardo wall sculpture, and a video installation by the maison’s featured artist, Janaina Tschape, greets shoppers upon entrance.
Meeting the requirements of Miami's international clientele, the Aventura maison boasts two customizable services, including the North American debut of Made to Order men's shoes. Already popular in Milan, London, and Shanghai, the bespoke service offers shoppers a choice of six classic shoe models with atelier stitching and perforations, four soles, three insteps, eight leathers, eight shades, and the added personalization of initials or digital embossing.
Meanwhile, women can take advantage of Louis Vuitton's Haute Maroquinerie customized handbag service. Bespoke options include five silhouettes in two varying sizes, a 26-shade color palate, and eight skins. Handbag styles offered are timeless and include the Noé, designed by Gaston Louis Vuitton in 1932 to carry Champagne; the Triangle, created in 1934 to carry knit works; and the Lock-it, a 1958 design with an extra secure closure. In addition, two more contemporary styles, the Milaris and the Neo Steamer, are also available for personalization. 19575 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, Space 2029, 305-866-4470
Recipes: SOBE WFF Official Cocktails
Learn to make the citrus-spiked sips that will be served at The Q and Q After Dark Party.
February 08, 2013
The South Beach Wine and Food Festival is less than two weeks away, and to start the celebration early, Hennessy national bartender Jordan Bushell is sharing recipes for the cocktails he’ll be whipping up at Moët Hennessy's The Q with Paula Dean and Q After Dark party with Curtis Stone (February 21). The Q will serve up the best barbecue from across the country, with more than 40 pitmasters firing up their grills and smokers.
The Sports Legend
1 1/2 ounces Hennessy V.S
1 ounce pineapple juice
1 ounce cranberry juice
Add ingredients into a rocks glass with ice. Lemon wedge garnish.
2 ounces Belvedere Vodka
3/4 ounce fresh lemon Juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Lemon wedge garnish.
1 1/2 ounces Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
3 ounces cranberry juice
squeezed fresh lime
Build the ingredients in a Boston shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice. Lemon wedge garnish.
Light & Stormy
2 ounces 10 Cane Rum
4 ounces of ginger beer or ginger ale
1/2 ounce lime juice
Build in a highball glass over cubed ice. Lime wedge garnish.
What We’re Reading
Gloria and Emilio Estefan take on Broadway, street art hits the pavement…
February 08, 2013
Crosswalks in Wynwood by artist Carlos Cruz-Diez
Colorful crosswalks by Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez are brightening up the intersections of the Wynwood Arts District. The neon lines are not only adding to the district's visual allure, but are also helping address the area's pedestrian safety concerns. [Huffington Post Miami]
Gloria and Emilio Estefan have announced the development of a Broadway show based on their lives and careers. [Variety]
Four films from Miami’s own Borscht Film Festival have been selected to screen at Austin's SXSW (South by South West) in March. Among them is #PostModem, which recently screened at the Sundance Film Festival. [Cultist]
We spy Loren Ridinger, Scottie Pippen, La La Anthony, Alejandro Sanz, and Tommy Davidson at this year's Market America/SHOP.com World Conference Day. [World Red Eye]
Longtime art collectors and cultural ambassadors Debra and Dennis Scholl have donated approximately 300 works worth millions to the soon-to-open Pérez Art Museum. Dennis is also the vice president of Arts at the Knight Foundation. [The Miami Herald]
Charlie Wilson’s Words of Wisdom
Young chart toppers at this Sunday’s Grammy Awards can learn a lot from the musical great.
February 07, 2013
The eighth annual Jazz in the Gardens music festival will return to Sun Life Stadium March 16 and 17 with performances by both old and new school talents such as Ne-Yo, Earth Wind & Fire, and American Idol winner Fantasia. R&B trailblazer and multiple Grammy nominee Charlie Wilson will be among the headliners. Though he rose to fame as a member of The Gap Band, Wilson continues to evolve his craft and solo career, building on decades of experience. The first single, "My Love Is All I Have," off his new album, Love, Charlie, is currently number one on the Billboard Urban Adult Contemporary Singles Chart.
Despite his continued success, Wilson is no stranger to adversity, overcoming drug addiction in the mid ’90s and also recently beating prostate cancer. Wilson channeled his experiences into his new album. "When I thought about all the challenges I have been faced with and the blessings that have helped me overcome them, I realized that love was the consistent thing in my life," says Wilson. "There is so much going on in the world today, so many negative things [happening], and I wanted to give something back to the folks that support me and realized that love was that something."
His giving back is not only evident in his music, but also in his philanthropic efforts. Wilson is a national spokesperson for the Prostate Cancer Foundation and has organized multiple trips to the Middle East to perform for deployed U.S. troops. Wilson also wants to help reshape the way women are portrayed by popular music. "It is important to me to continue to uplift women. There is so much music out there that calls women [disrespectful] names and I wanted to show young people and some adults that women need to be respected and cared for."
As an industry veteran, Wilson has also seen the music business evolve for better and for worse. "As far as production is concerned, there are so many producers who work strictly using technology. I personally prefer the old school style of production and use real musicians when I can," Wilson explains. "There is also no media training. Some artists don't get an opportunity to work with someone to show them how to perform and keep an audience entertained."
But Wilson is at home in the studio with his contemporaries, performing on tracks with Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, and Kanye West. "As far as the distribution of music is concerned, that's an entirely new ball game," says Wilson. "I've been blessed to have worked with Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, and some other contemporary artists, and through the internet their fans have become my fans."
As for his upcoming appearance at Jazz in the Gardens? "I love playing the Jazz in the Gardens show. I did an interview a few weeks ago with host Michael Baisden and we talked about how much fun we are going to have. It's going to be a blast and I can't wait to get there. We are going to have one heck of a party!"
Ticket tiers to the eighth annual Jazz at the Gardens begin at $57 and may be purchased online.
Weekend Recommender: February 7-10
Dirty Dutch Model Beach Volleyball Tournament, gearing up for Carnival, and more!
February 07, 2013
Models from local agencies show their skills at the Dirty Dutch Model Beach Volleyball Tournament this Saturday and Sunday
Dolce & Gabbana Men's Boutique Opens
Thursday, Feb. 7, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Join special guest host Raul Rodriguez to welcome the new Dolce & Gabanna men's boutique to Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour. The celebratory soiree takes place inside The Man's Store on level three. 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-993-4612
Friday, Feb. 8, 8 p.m.
Andrea Bocelli's iconic tenor voice is one of the few to crossover from classic Italian opera to mainstream stardom. Among his pop collaborators are Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, and Nelly Furtado. Tickets to Bocelli's concert at the BB&T Center start at $75. 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise
Model Beach Volleyball Tournament
Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9 and 10, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
The fourth annual Dirty Dutch Model Beach Volleyball Tournament (MBVT) returns to the sands of 8th & Ocean Drive. The two-day event pits top modeling agencies like Wilhelmina and Next against each other to compete for volleyball bragging rights. Special guests includeSports Illustrated model Nina Agdal, National Volleyball League champion Casey Patterson, and beach volleyballer Sinjin Smith. Monster Energy, Arizona Beverages, Reebok Crossfit Miami Beach, and more will be on hand to keep guests entertained between matches. This event is free and open to the public. 8th and Ocean Dr., Miami Beach
Saturday, Feb. 9, 8:30 p.m.
As countries around the world gear up for Carnival, the Adrienne Arsht Center offers a taste of Trinidad and Tobago's musical best. Calypso Rose, known as the "Queen of Calypso," puts on an energetic show full of Caribbean rhythms as part of the Live at Knight series. Tickets are $25-$65. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722
South Florida Chefs Grow Their Own
From live honeybees on the bar to backyard gardens and house-cultured yogurt.
February 06, 2013
“Farm-to-table’’ has swept the restaurant scene from coast to coast, but now chefs are moving beyond the trend, not only getting ingredients directly from artisanal purveyors, but actually growing their own. And South Florida’s climate is ideal for those chefs who have their hands in both the garden and the kitchen. Below, we round up the restaurants at the frontline of the “backyard-to-table” movement.
“At first people in the kitchen thought something was wrong because the lettuce was warm, but it had just come out of the ground,’’ says chef Chris Miracolo. He grows tomatoes, chilies, and herbs on the back patio, collaborates with Heritage Hen Farms to culture his own yogurt, and has been known to keep a Plexiglass-ensconced honeycomb with actual bees on the bar. Even pickles on the humble burgers are made from cucumbers grown on property. 169 N.E. 2nd Ave., Delray Beach, 561-381-9970; maxsharvest.com
It might sit on hopping Atlantic Avenue, but that didn’t stop the owners of this popular spot from planting an outdoor herb garden that seasons cocktails, creative sushi, and cooked dishes. Rosemary and thyme used in the kung pao lamb chops, flash fried basil leaves in the seared tuna roll, and a sage leaf that tops the Asian Pear cocktail are all home grown. 8 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-330-4236
Filled with herbs used to enliven his dishes, the scent of chef Donald Young’s garden is intoxicating. Steak takes on another dimension when it is grilled with rosemary plucked hours earlier from the garden, while salsas and pasta sauces are heady with cilantro, oregano, Italian parsley, basil, and lemon thyme. 400 Ave. of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens, 561-627-4852
Thasos Greek Taverna
At this striking new Fort Lauderale spot, wild oregano from the mountains of Thasos is used to season everything from octopus to roast chicken. The herb is picked by the owner’s family, rolled in cloth, and shipped to the restaurant. Thasos’ architect, too, contributes to the fresh herb supply, growing rosemary in his backyard to enhance ultra-fresh whole fish. 3300 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-200-6006; thasostaverna.com
The Breakers, Palm Beach
The 2,000 square foot herb and vegetable gardens at this sprawling oceanfront retreat are as picturesque as they are bountiful. Cabbage, mustard greens, kohlrabi, corn, arugula, spinach, broccoli, and squash are among the vegetables that grow alongside aromatic herbs—all put to delicious use in the hotel’s restaurants. One South County Road, Palm Beach, 954-200-6006; thebreakers.com
Amid the high-end shops of Mizner Park, chef Andre Lane has planted a garden with a range of herbs, including chocolate-mint, pineapple-mint, sage, marjoram, lemon balm, and rosemary, which he uses in his lavish cocktails and menu offerings such as basil pesto chicken and rosemary olive oil gelato. A “dining in the dark’’ menu, along with those luscious libations, is offered at the luxe movie theater upstairs. 301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561-922-6699; tanzyrestaurant.com
The name stands for “Doing It Green,’’ the philosophy behind Robert Greenfield’s organic restaurant, which moved from West Delray to Atlantic Avenue this year. In the original location, Greenfield planted a garden right in the middle of the parking lot, and he is currently in negotiation with his landlord to create a fertile patch in the new location’s courtyard. “It’s not just fresh, it’s educational,’’ says Greenfield. “We encourage kids to touch the herbs.’’ 777 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-279-1002; digdelray.com
Sultry Tango Spectacle Coming to Arsht
Argentinean dance meets aerial acrobatics in this summer’s debut of 8CHO.
February 06, 2013
The Brenda Angiel Aerial Dance Company performs in 8CHO
The Adrienne Arsht Center has announced the Miami debut of the sensuous dance spectacle 8CHO (pronounced like the Spanish “ocho” for eight) on June 20 in conjunction with its 2012-2013 Knight Masterworks Season programming. Named after the eight basic steps of the tango, 8CHO fuses aerial acrobatics and sultry Argentinean tango with a live orchestra and world-class vocalists (and a dash of hip-hop). It’s performed by Buenos Aires’ Brenda Angiel Aerial Dance Company, which has captivated audiences in Italy, Canada, Costa Rica, Boston, and New York City, where The New York Times described the show as "breathtaking." Critics have also hailed the sensuality of the production, which is completely free of narrative, and Arsht notes that there will be brief nudity—so parents should plan a babysitter for the evening. That said, tickets for the summer engagement range from $35 to $75 and go on sale February 11 for Arsht Center members. General public ticket sales will begin later this spring. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722
photography by nicolas foong
Year of the Snake Accessory Picks
Five fashion must-haves to bring you good luck (and style) for the Chinese New Year.
February 05, 2013
The Year of the Snake, also known as the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, returns this Sunday (Feb. 10) and marks the start of the Chinese New Year. Get in the spirit of the holiday and the serpentine fashion trend with these five accessory picks.