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First Look: Restaurant Michael Schwartz

Schwartz brings locally sourced dishes (and a 42-ounce porterhouse!) to The Raleigh Hotel.

April 22, 2013

Today, The Raleigh Hotel opens the highly anticipated Restaurant Michael Schwartz, marking the James Beard Award-winner’s first foray on Miami Beach. Doubly backed by Schwartz’s Genuine Hospitality Group and sbe Restaurant Group, the restaurant will serve everything from snack-size, small plate, and entrée portions to extra large share plates (think whole grilled fish and a 42-ounce porterhouse), with locally-sourced and organic ingredients used wherever possible.

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant is located on the hotel’s upper lobby and picturesque pool deck. Conveniently, it will also offer poolside service, boxed beach bites, and in-room options. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink executive chef Bradley Herron, James Beard-nominated pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith, and Raleigh Hotel executive chef Danny Ganem helped craft the tantalizing menu. Look for homemade spaghetti with cured swordfish; heirloom tomato salad with mint chimichurri; grilled tuna with preserved fennel and tomato marmalade; thick-cut potato chips with pan-fried onion dip; homemade beef jerky; and plenty of surf (jumbo lump crab salad, olive oil-poached local swordfish, oysters on the half-shell) and turf (rib-eye, braised lamb, pan-roasted half-chicken). And Genuine fans can savor the familiar chili-lime hominy. Beginning May 13, the restaurant will offer four-course, family-style meals every Monday night. 1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-612-1163



Tongue & Cheek Lives Up to Its Name

Chef Jamie DeRosa delivers whimsical riffs on global classics.

April 21, 2013

Chef Jamie DeRosa and business parter Michael Reginbogin 

Tongues are wagging about newly opened South of Fifth restaurant and watering hole Tongue & Cheek, where chef Jamie DeRosa cooks up colorful, globally influenced plates. Whether you settle on the British street food classic fish and chips or the Florida standard country ham and pimento cheese, expect the unexpected. Case in point: for tapas fans, DeRosa deconstructs the Spanish tortilla, opting for a more layered approach with a sous vide, egg, potatoes, and deep fried scallions. And while we’re talking Spain, the Iberico de Bellota ham, sliced thin to order, is served with pickled vegetables and fresh bread.   

Tongue & Cheek is the first project to come out of Social Dining Concepts LLC, created by DeRosa (formerly executive chef at Tudor House) and industry veteran Michael Reginbogin. Also a big part of the restaurant’s identity is Claudio Picasso's hand-painted, pastoral murals, which align rustically with modernist interior touches like white subway tiling, wood accents, and warm-colored banquettes. 431 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-704-2900



What We're Reading

South Beach runners band together to show support for Boston.

April 19, 2013

Local running clubs sprinted down Ocean Drive for “Band Together for Boston,” a tribute to the tragedy in Boston, last night. Some of those participating also ran in the Boston Marathon. Similar events took place across the country. [CBS Local] [Local 10]

Condé Nast Traveler has released its highly anticipated annual "Hot List," highlighting the year's best hotels and spas. The SLS Hotel South Beach, James Royal Palm, and St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort all made the cut. The magazine will celebrate its newest list with a star-studded soirée at the SLS on April 25, featuring special guest Julianne Hough. [CondeNast]

Author Jonathan Miller's detailed first quarter market report shows real estate on the rise across South Florida. Sales are escalating while inventory is dropping in Miami, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach. Curbed Miami has the easy-to-read numerical breakdown. [Curbed Miami]

Florida's original inhabitants, retirees, and their after hours antics are making headlines. The Wall Street Journal examines a new generation of aging baby boomers who are taking Florida's dance floors by storm. [Wall Street Journal]

With her tour set to hit the BB&T this Saturday, Rihanna's hairstylist and Miami native Yusef dishes on managing her famous tresses. [Miami.com]

—Liana Lozada


New Cocktails at Sugarcane

Stop by and try the restaurant’s new spring sips, or whip them up at home.

April 18, 2013



Weekend Recommender: April 18-21

Seth Meyers at The Fillmore, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival Gala, and more!

April 18, 2013

Seth Meyers at The Fillmore
Thursday, April 18, 8 p.m.
Saturday Night Livehead writer and "Weekend Update" anchor Seth Meyers brings his razor sharp wit to The Fillmore Miami Beach as part of this week's South Beach Comedy Festival. Since the Emmy-winning comedian has been circling the rumor mill as Jimmy Fallon's potentialLate Night replacement, we're sure he’ll poke some fun at NBC's after hours shuffling. Tickets begin at $37.50 and may be purchased through Live Nation. 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

Thursday to Saturday, April 18-20
What was once known as the United Way Miami Wine & Food Festival has been rebranded as VeritageMiami. The annual food-fueled series kicked off Wednesday but will continue through Saturday night. Upcoming events include a wine tasting at the Village of Merrick Park, an interactive dinner with Daniel Boulud, and a wine pairings dinner with Michelin-star chef Davide Brovelli. 

Wild and Scenic Film Festival Gala
Saturday, April 20, 6:30 p.m.–MIDNIGHT
Sink your toes into the sand while enjoying cocktails, food, film screenings, and a bonfire at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park in support of the Biscayne Nature Center (BNC) and its programs for children in inner city areas like Overtown and Little Haiti. With funds raised, the BNC will take kids on “beachfront expeditions,” opening their eyes to ocean animals and the ecology of South Florida. The event will run from sunset to midnight, kids are welcome, and tropical dress is encouraged. 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Key Biscayne, 305-361-6767 x111

Reveler's Brunch
Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
The Federal Food Drink & Provisions is now serving its famous Sunday brunch on Saturdays. Slide in for midday merriment via à la carte eats like cannoli French Toast, butter poached apples and bacon, and green eggs and ham. Indulge in bottomless mimosas for an additional $16 per person. 5132 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-758-9559



Lauren 'Lolo' Reskin Talks Local Music Preservation

The Sweat Records owner talks Sweatstock 2013 and saving a local landmark.

April 17, 2013

Sweat Records owner Lauren Reskin  

A collector of vinyl since adolescence, Lauren “Lolo” Reskin opened Sweat Records eight years ago to give Miami's surrounding communities an authentic, neighborhood record store. To boot, her passion for the local music scene has earned her a spot on the City of Miami's Arts & Entertainment Council and on The Recording Academy's Florida Chapter Board. This Saturday, April 20, Lolo will host the fourth Sweatstock outdoor music festival, which turns N.E. 2nd Ave. into an all-day block party. Fittingly, the event coincides with National Record Store Day. Here, we talk to Lolo about Sweatstock, why, for music lovers, there's only one renovation plan for the Miami Beach Convention Center, and her current playlist.

What’s on slate for this year’s edition of Sweatstock?
LAUREN RESKIN: Tons of amazing live performances, delicious local food, crates upon crates of exclusive records, more stock of everything else than we've ever had, DJs, giveaways, and nice people. You can definitely expect to run into some friends and random people you haven't seen in a while.

How do you select the bands?
LR: We don't repeat bands year to year, but they can come back after that. It's good to give other local bands a chance to get on stage.

Obviously, the festival and concerts have huge appeal for younger audiences, but what about vinyl itself? Has your record store clientele gotten younger?
LR: Our ‘typical’ customer becomes more and more varied. I feel like it's tied to the resurgence of vinyl. We have young kids starting their first collection, older people starting their second, and everyone in between.  

In terms of preserving Miami’s music landscape, what are the most crucial issues?
LR: I’m advocating in any way possible on behalf of preserving The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater. There are two [Miami Beach Convention Center] renovation plans on the table right now, and one keeps and improves The Fillmore and the other bulldozes it to make a Cirque du Soleil. Cirque is just such a wrong fit for Miami Beach. I truly hope the South Beach ACE team wins the bid.

What about nurturing our city’s future talent? What’s essential to that?
LR: There still needs to be more rent-controlled areas for artists and small business to be able to stay and build communities and prevent gentrification. We need some visionary real estate people to get involved and commit to making Miami livable and culturally significant, and not just ‘luxury.’

Last Question. What's on your playlist right now?
LR: Tame Impala, IO Echo, Holly Hunt, Damon Albarn, Levek. I am also a stupid fangirl that's excited for the new Daft Punk and Queens of the Stone Age albums.

photography by Gesi Schilling


David Stark Launches ‘The Art of the Party’

Meet the event-planning virtuoso at his upcoming Miami book signing.

April 17, 2013

Über-chic event designer David Stark will host a book signing and discussion on his latest tome, The Art of the Party, at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) on Saturday, May 4 at 3 p.m. MOCA attendees will be among the first to peruse the new book, which hits shelves on May 7. Featuring inspiration from 25 of Stark’s events, The Art of the Party is rife with beautiful illustration and real-time photography. Women’s Wear Daily, Target, and MOCA, as well as private clients celebrating weddings, baby showers, and birthdays, hosted some of the fêtes featured on Stark’s pages. In addition, the book sheds light on how Stark gets inspired to create his lavish events, gives décor and hostess tips for aspiring event planners, and offers advice on themes, color palettes, and embellishments for an artful party. 770 N.E. 125th St., North Miami, 305-893-6211 



Standard Spa Offers 5-Day Spring Detox

Treat your body to yoga, a juice cleanse, acupuncture, and a fresh start for spring.

April 16, 2013

Kill time in The Standard's lush garden while treating yourself to the hotel spa's five-day detox 

One of Miami’s top holistic hubs, The Standard Spa is hosting a springtime detox series starting this Wednesday, April 17. Ideal for relieving stress, both physical and mental, the five-day program includes a bevy of courses and cleanses, including yoga in the hotel's lush garden, access to the spa’s acclaimed juice cleanses, acupuncture treatments, life coaching sessions, and more. Onsite packages begin at $265 per person, per night and include a daily breakfast, choice of wellness workshop and detox treatment, unlimited yoga classes, and a discount on spa services. Those with a little less time on their hands can opt for daily passes for $125 per person, which covers one workshop, unlimited yoga, and hamam and spa access. For additional details, email thespa@standardhotel.com. 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-1717



Esperanza Spalding Serenades at Arsht

The Grammy-winner’s Friday night concert is not to be missed.

April 15, 2013

Fans who’ve followed the career of jazz bassist and chanteuse Esperanza Spalding can hear songs from her new album, Radio Music Society, backed by a 12-piece band this Friday night at the Adrienne Arsht Center. A musical prodigy who taught herself to play the violin at age four, Spalding spent most of her youth at The Chamber Music Society of Portland, ascending to concertmaster at just 15-years-old. It was during that time that she discovered her now signature instrument, the bass.

Spalding’s accomplishments certainly don’t end there: she has performed for president Barack Obama at the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, and she has three Grammy Awards under her belt, one of which she earned for Radio Music Society, best jazz vocal album. Spalding wrote and composed the majority of Society's tracks, which seamlessly blends elements of funk, neo soul, jazz, and balladry. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722

photography by sandrine lee


Khong River House Fêtes Thai New Year

Celebrate with a limited-time menu and “forgive and forget” Thai tradition.

April 12, 2013

Khong River House 

James Beard award semifinalist Khong River House is cooking up a limited-time menu for this weekend’s Thai New Year, or “Songkran.” Timed to Thailand's annual festivities, the à la carte menu will be served from Saturday, April 13 to Tuesday, April 16 and can be coupled with a handsome bottomless bar. Chef Bee's holiday menu will feature three Southeast Asian staples: spiced chicken steamed in banana leafs; vermicelli noodles with coconut milk, pineapple, and shrimp; and a northern-style ground beef salad. The venue will also nod its colorful heritage by passing out “forgive and forget confession cards,” allowing guests to enter the Thai New Year with a clean slate. The cards represent a very special Songkran tradition in which individuals approach friends and family for forgiveness of any earlier wrongdoings. That alone sounds worth a trip to us. 1661 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach, 305-763-8147

photogarphy by david cabrera

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