What We're Reading
The New York Times touts the New York-fication of Miami, A-Rod fires back at performance-enhancement drug allegations…
February 01, 2013
The New York Times visits The Rec Room and other Miami haunts for a look at our evolving metropolis
Seeing a movie this weekend? Parker is the latest Jennifer Lopez flick, and it was filmed almost entirely in South Florida. See Lopez and co-star Jason Statham discuss the film with NBC’s Roxanne Vargas. [NBC Miami]
Married with six children for almost 30 years, Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino allegedly has a love child with a co-worker from CBS, where he has been a sports analyst since 2003. The timing of the news couldn’t be worse for Marino, as he’s set to work CBS’ Super Bowl broadcast this Sunday. [New York Post]
The Broken Shaker and The Gale get a nod from The New York Times in this piece about the New York-ification of Miami. [New York Times]
Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez and other Major League Baseball players are firing back at The Miami New Times this week, denying reports that they received performance-enhancing drugs from a Miami clinic. [Miami New Times]
DJ and male model Avicii will open a ten-day themed pop-up hotel during the Ultra Music Festival in March. He’ll have his way with 16 rooms at the Marlin Hotel. It’s being billed as “the 24/7 Avicii experience.” [Crossfade]
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Super Bowl Recipe: Mercadito’s Guacamole
Tomatillos, pomegranate seeds, and queso fresco give these two guacamole recipes a twist.
February 01, 2013
Guacamole de Granada (FRONT)
In honor of Super Bowl XLVII, Mercadito Midtown chef Patricio Sandoval is sharing the recipes for two of his signature guacamoles, Guacamole Toreado and Guacamole de Granada. Just add chips, cold beer, and comfy seating for all and consider your game day hosting prep done.
1 cup tomatillo pico de gallo*
1 1/2 tablespoons toreado puree**
1/4 tablespoon Key lime juice
Prepare tomatillo salsa and toreado purée and set aside (see recipes below). Slice avocados in half, remove pits, and separate flesh from skin. Add avocados, tomatillo pico de gallo, toreado purée, and lime juice to a bowl and combine, using a fork or whisk to mash avocado. Season with salt to taste.
Guacamole de Granada
1 cup tomatillo pico de gallo*
2 tablespoons habañero, chopped
2 cups pomegranate seeds
1/4 cup queso fresco
In a bowl, combine avocados, pico de gallo, habanero, one and three-quarter cups pomegranate seeds, and lemon juice and salt to taste. With a fork, mash the ingredients until the guacamole is smooth. Top the guacamole with the remaining pomegranate seeds and queso fresco.
*Tomatillo Pico de Gallo
2 cups tomatillo, medium diced
1 cup red onions, medium diced
1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
In a bowl, combine all the ingredients, making sure the tomatillo is more visible than the red onion.
1/4 cup oil, separated
1/4 cup serrano chiles, sliced lengthwise
3/4 cup onions, sliced
2 whole garlic cloves
1/4 cup maggi sauce
Heat a sauté pan with one-eighth cup oil. Add the serrano chiles and sauté for five to six minutes. In a separate pot, add the remaining oil, let it heat and sweat onions and garlic until lightly caramelized. Add the serrano chiles and let them sweat for three to four minutes. Add maggi sauce and reduce to low heat and cook until garlic, onion, and chiles are extremely soft. Purée in a blender and allow to cool.
Weekend Recommender: January 31–February 3
Super Bowl Sunday watch parties, Cycle for Survival, The Dutch’s new late-night pizza pop-up, and more!
January 31, 2013
Taste of the Garden
Thursday, January 31, 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden and the Miami Beach Garden Club host the sixth annual Taste of the Garden soirée, featuring bites from more than 20 local restaurants. The starlit evening will include fine wines, live entertainment, complimentary valet, live art, and a luxe silent auction. Tickets are $90 and may be purchased online. 2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach; mbgarden.org
Taste of Design
Friday, February 1, 7–11 p.m.
The fifth annual Taste of Design fundraiser takes residency inside the Moore Building to benefit Miami's Design and Architecture Senior High PTSA. Tour the flavors of the Design District and its surrounding areas while taking in works by the design world’s most talented youngsters. Oak Tavern, Harry's Pizzeria, Buena Vista Bistro, and Florida Cookery will all participate, and there will be a silent auction and live music. Tickets are $100 and may be purchased online. 4040 N.E. 2nd Ave., Miami; dashschool.org
Cycle for Survival
Saturday, February 2, 8 a.m.–NOON
Sweat it out this Saturday at Equinox Coral Gables during Cycle for Survival, an indoor team cycling relay that raises money for rare cancer research. Participating teams can register to ride a four-hour shift, with a maximum of eight riders per team rotating turns on a shared bike. Olympic swimmer Katie Hoff will join the morning relay, which will also feature complimentary fitness classes, massages, and children's activities. 370 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 786-497-8200; cycleforsurvival.org
Sharon Socol Book Launch and Exhibit
Saturday, February 2, 8 p.m.
Acclaimed photographer Sharon Socol hosts the Miami launch of her fashion photography book, Plus One: An Outsider's Photographic Journey Into the World of Fashion at Books & Books Coral Gables. Saturday's event is in collaboration with Gables Gallery Night and will also exhibit some of Socol's famous snaps throughout the garden area. Socol captured the photos in the book while navigating the fashion industry’s most elite events as the “plus one” of her mogul husband, former Barneys New York CEO Howard Socol. 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, 305-442-4408; booksandbooks.com
The Dutch Pizza Pop-Up
Opens Saturday, February 2, MIDNIGHT–3 a.m.
Late-night eats are aplenty at The Dutch's "Pie'sanos Pizza Parlor," a pop-up with wood-fired pizza specials every Saturday night through February. Stop in after midnight to try one of four new pies, such as the oyster and bacon covered Rockafella or the veggie-loaded Antipasti. Draft beers and wines by the glass will also be offered. 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-938-3111; thedutchmiami.com
A Parisian Power Lunch at Georges
Georges Kitchen Midtown raises the bar with pork belly and tomato jam sliders and ladylike salads.
January 31, 2013
Pickled beet and orange salad
The recently opened Georges Kitchen Midtown is now offering its contemporary French fare for the bustling lunch crowd (noon–4 p.m.). Amid the restaurant’s resplendent décor, described by owner Georges-Eric Farge as “brushed brass accents and deep coral colors [that] remind diners of a little nook in Paris’ St. Germain,” lunchtime diners can tuck into light yet savory dishes like ricotta gnocchi with smoked salmon fried capers.
Michelin-starred executive chef Steven Rojas has channeled his French and Spanish training into shareable small plates and seasonal à la carte specialties. Tempting selections include Rojas’ spiced lamb burger with ratatouille sumac yogurt or his pork belly and tomato jam slider. Lighter options include a niçoise tart with poached egg, fish roe, and arugula; a pickled beet and orange salad; and an endive salad with honey crisp apples and walnut financier. Up the ante on your midday meal with head mixologist Mo Dahab's inventive cocktails or pastry chef Franck Monnier's delightful desserts. Grand Marnier soufflé with raspberry coulis, anyone? 3404 N Miami Ave., 305-438-9199
Cecconi’s Updates Classic Cocktails
Sip barrel-aged Old Fashoineds, Negronis, and house-made limoncello this weekend.
January 31, 2013
Soho Beach House haunt Cecconi's has unveiled a new roster of cocktails that are as breezy and refreshing as its garden-nestled dining area. Soho House creative bar director Chris Ojeda flew in from Los Angeles for two weeks to craft the new sips, pulling inspiration from the restaurant’s Venetian cuisine and Florida’s citrus bounty. Priced at $14 each, the four resulting cocktails give a nod to Italia and Miami. Get familiar:
4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-507-7902
Antique Show Offers a Step Back in Time
Like Antiques Roadshow? If yes, The Original Miami Beach Antique Show will blow you away.
January 30, 2013
Collectables dating back as far as the 17th century will fill the Miami Beach Convention Center this weekend for The Original Miami Beach Antique Show. Today through Monday, more than 900 established exhibitors will come together to put on the world's largest indoor antique event. Treasures on view include furniture, fine art, jewelry, clocks, coins, and other blasts from the past. Visitors can peruse rare and exquisite items from iconic names like Harry Winston and Rolex while admiring pieces from the Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Renaissance eras. Most notable is the show's stunning array of diamonds, pearls, porcelain, and intricate sculpture.
In Antiques Roadshow fashion, the event will offer one-item appraisals to valid ticket holders and registrants this Saturday and Sunday—so start culling your collections. Industry professionals will also be on site to lead study-specific seminars and panel discussions on such topics as the jewelry of American first ladies and tips on how to make smart decisions when investing in antiques. Tickets are $20 and cover admission and seminars for all five showcase days. 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach
Q&A: The Truth About Stacy London
The Truth About Style author on overcoming an eating disorder, not fitting in at Vogue, and finding her calling.
January 30, 2013
Stacy London in Miami for a book signing presented by Books & Books at Neiman Marcus last fall
Fashion guru and TLC star turned author Stacy London knows a thing or two about getting dressed. Her debut book, The Truth About Style, hit shelves last year, inspiring droves of women to find their sartorial identity. Part personal memoir and part style guide, the book doesn’t shy away from heavier topics like London’s childhood struggle with psoriasis and college eating disorder. There’s also valuable insight into the place where London began her career, the halls of Vogue, as well as portrayals of the life-changing makeovers the TV star and stylist is famous for. Here, London gives more insight into the book, her writing process, and why it was the “hardest thing” she’s ever done.
As a first-time author, what did you find most challenging about writing a book?
STACY LONDON: I think [the timeline] was probably a little bit stressful for me. It took me literally five months because that was all the time we had. I also think there is a danger when you are considered any kind of expert on television—people think you are talking from high on the mound instead of more in the trenches. I used to be intimidated and afraid by it all, but I understand that is an issue for almost all women. With the book, I just wanted to put that in a context.
What compelled you to share your personal struggles in the book?
SL: I feel like a lot of attention has been paid to the fact that I had an eating disorder while I was in college, and that I had very severe psoriasis as a child, all of which is important, but it is important in regards to the idea that I wanted to dimensionalize myself a little bit instead of just being "Stacy the style coach." You see on What Not to Wear that my style philosophy comes from life experience, not just dressing other people.
You spell out some very clear style rules in the book. Have you always been a rules girl?
SL: The rules, page 119! Rules are a part of the What Not to Wear format. I'm personally finding that I believe in the idea of rules less and less. Technically, when in comes to fit, I believe in rules, but every woman is different.
Explain to us your "Yes, and…" approach to body image and personal style.
SL: [It’s] the idea that you can accept and be honest with yourself about what your body is like—what you like and what you don't like—instead of [ignoring] what you don't like and then highlighting other things at the expense of the rest your body. Let's say you have big hips. I can be miserable about having big hips and dress in a way that says, ‘I wish I didn't have big hips,’ or I can say, ‘I have big hips, what's my strategy to dress them?’ The strategy equals the ‘and...’
If you could go back and talk to that twenty-something Stacy London working at Vogue, what advice would you give her?
SL: The whole book is about that in a funny kind of way. My initial attraction to the fashion world wasn't out of the healthiest impulse. It was out of insecurity, like I was trying to compensate for my scars and that I didn't feel beautiful. I wish that I could tell that girl, that isn't your only route. But in a lot of ways I so appreciate that was the route I took and that it was hard for me. That I didn't fit in so well in that world actually brought me to where I am and now. I really do what I love to do. I love to create a slightly easier style language to communicate with, as opposed to something super high fashion. I like being somewhere in middle and helping women find the identity they want to have.
Where to Watch the Super Bowl
Watch the big game (and Beyonce!) as you enjoy pig roasts, tailgate eats, and drink specials.
January 29, 2013
Brother Jimmy's will host a block party complete with a pig roast and courtyard jumbo screen
Can’t make it to New Orleans to see the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers battle it out at Super Bowl XLVII? No worries, some of Miami's best restaurants and bars are hosting food-fueled Super Bowl watch events.
Brother Jimmy's BBQ
Mary Brickell Village's barbecue mainstay is hosting an all-out Super Bowl block party with an outdoor pig roast, courtyard jumbo screen, and Sailor Jerry cocktails. NFL stars Jonathan Vilma, Jon Beason, and D.J. Williams will act as special guest hosts. Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. with a music set by DJ Vertigo. 900 S. Miami Ave., Suite 135, Miami, 786-360-3650
Haven is honoring Super Bowl host city New Orleans with a NOLA-inspired watch party starting at 6 p.m. Order up crawfish hush puppies, Cajun hot wings, and more while catching the action on Haven's wrap-around, high-definition monitors. Double Cross Vodka will offer $200 bottle specials and complimentary bites with table purchases. 1237 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-987-8885
Clams casino, fish tacos, and smoked barbecue brisket are hitting the menu for one-night-only this Sunday at 6 p.m. The Hoxton will also flaunt Bud Light Platinum $15 bucket specials and an outdoor projection screen. Reservations are recommended. 1111 S.W. 1st Ave., Miami, 305-677-8466
For die-hard fans, Sosta will whip up two team-themed specialty pies this Sunday. The 49er fan-friendly Golden Gate pizza is topped with roasted vegetables and shaved Parmesan, while the Raven-inspired Baltimore Crab Pizza features lump crabmeat, basil, and ricotta cheese. Both pizzas will be available for $14 during lunch and dinner, accompanied by $3 pint beers. 1025 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305-722-5454
Valentine's Day Getaway: Islamorada
Travel south for two days of sunshine, Champagne, and luxury.
January 28, 2013
Just a two-hour drive from Miami, Islamorada’s Cheeca Lodge & Spa promises a lush, secluded retreat, as well as two very romantic Valentine’s Day packages. With 27 acres of private estate property, the seaside lodge offers sweeping oceanfront views, locally sourced seafood, a full service spa, and no shortage of Florida Keys water sport activities. Reserve the J’Adore Cheeca package ($549 per night) and you’ll be treated to breakfast in bed and Champagne and macaron room service. But for the full Valentine’s Day experience, select the Swept Off Your Feet package ($1995, two-night stay), which begins with luggage unpack service and a welcome bottle of Champagne with raspberry and chocolate macarons and goes on to include breakfast in bed on both days, a private poolside cabana, a leisurely alfresco lunch, and an intimate dinner the hotel's Atlantic's Edge restaurant. (Dinner options range from chilled seafood towers and ceviche to guava-glazed mahi mahi and coconut curry sauce to a black angus cowboy steak with chimichurri butter and foraged mushrooms.) On the afternoon of your choice, the lodge will also draw a special rose petal bath, to be enjoyed with the lodge's Love Potion cocktail in a keepsake shaker and glass set. 81801 Overseas Highway, Mile Marker 82, Islamorada, 800-327-2888
Cartier Showcases Jeweled Eyewear at Edward Beiner
A truly precious line of eyeglasses pops up for two weeks in Palm Beach.
January 28, 2013
Before it begins a world tour, Cartier’s made-to-order eyeglass collection is spending two weeks in Palm Beach at Edward Beiner Purveyor of Fine Eyewear's brand new Worth Avenue boutique. Arriving January 31 and holding court for two weeks, the jeweled eyewear sports diamonds, rubies, and pink sapphires. Styles are primarily rimless, with classic rectangular and oval silhouettes, as well as sleek white gold, traditional yellow-gold, and 18 carat rose gold temples. Prices begin at $12,600 per pair and climb as high as $49,000. At the boutique’s grand opening party on February 7, guests can eye the collection, sip libations and enjoy live music and passed hors d’oeuvres. The fête will also honor the 75th anniversary of The Historical Society of Palm Beach County. 150 Worth Ave., Palm Beach, 561-832-2020