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The high cost of hosting Super Bowl 50, a surprise Miami performance by Andrea Bocelli…

April 05, 2013


South Florida's bid to host Super Bowl 50 in 2016 carries $21 million price tag 

It will cost South Florida $21 million to host Super Bowl 50 in 2016, according to organizers pitching the preliminary bid. That’s $9 million more than was spent to host Super Bowl 44 in South Florida back in 2010. [The Miami Herald]

WLRN penned an open letter to The New York Times regarding a recent Miami travel piece. The letter calls out the paper for gaffes in describing the terrain, incorrectly stating that there was once a Kmart on Lincoln Road, and other chuckle-worthy missteps. [WLRN]

Wynwood’s Miami Rum Club has won the gold medal for best white rum at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The liquor brand is only 6-months-old but has already made it into more than 150 local venues. [Short Order]

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli gave an impromptu performance of “Panis Angelicus” at a Miami Beach Easter mass last Sunday. And of course, there are cell phone camera videos to prove it. [Huffington Post Miami]

As buzz builds for Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain, based on the true story of the Sun Gym Gang, the Miami New Times synopsizes the real life criminals being portrayed by the likes of Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. [Miami New Times]

—LIANA LOZADA

 

Anniversary Party at Cafeina

Toast the spot’s third anniversary on its upgraded second floor mezzanine tonight.

April 04, 2013


Cafeina’s new mezzanine boasts 1920s-inspired décor, hand crafted cocktails, and tasty tapas

Cafeina Wynwood Lounge gets on the speakeasy trend wagon as it celebrates the grand opening of a remodeled second floor mezzanine tonight. The revamped space has been appointed with plush fainting couches, glass candelabras, and vintage-inspired rugs, creating an intimate and luxe ambiance. To celebrate the occasion, and the spot’s three-year anniversary, mixologist David Boxwill is rolling out a new cocktail menu to match the mezzanine's throwback décor. Boxwill’s signature is The Mason, a prohibition era-style punch with secret ingredients. Other new drinks like the bourbon-fueled Sleeping Fip and Mandarin Sidecar likewise nod to the 1920s. Meanwhile, chef Diego Pasqualicchio’s tapas menu includes new additions and old favorites like goat cheese croquettes and truffle fries. Stop by tonight and celebrate with complimentary cocktails until 11 p.m., burlesque dancers, and beats by DJ A-Train. 297 N.W. 23rd St., Miami, 305-438-0792; RSVP@cafeinamiami.com

—LIANA LOZADA

 

Weekend Recommender: April 4-7

A tap legend at Arsht, dinner with Veuve Clicquot’s chef de cave, and more!

April 04, 2013


Savion Glover tap dances at Adrienne Arsht this Saturday

Heineken TransAtlantic Festival
Thursday-Sunday, April 4-7
Four nights of modern, energetic, and groundbreaking world music hit Miami with beats inspired by Colombian, Argentinean, and Brazilian rhythms. Tonight’s kick-off party will take place at Blackbird Ordinary, followed by weekend concerts at North Beach Bandshell and a closing party at Gramps in Wynwood.

Veuve Clicquot Champagne Dinner at db Bistro
Friday, April 5, 7 p.m.
Veuve Clicquot chef de cave Dominique Demarville will pour vintages from 2004, including the label's Rare Label Brut, Rosé, La Grande Dame, and Demi-Sec NV, to complement a four-course menu by db Bistro executive chef Matthieu Godard and pastry chef Jerome Maure. The dinner is $200 per person and reservations can be made here. 255 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami

Downtown Art Walk
Friday, April 5, 6-10 p.m.
The First Friday Downtown Art Walks hosts its inaugural edition with more than 150 artists across 11 local venues. Spanning private galleries, artist studios, and non-profits, stops on the walk include the Miami-Dade College Museum of Art, Bas Fisher Invitational, Artisan Lounge, Eleazar Delgado Studio, and McCormick Place. The event will also debut MIA Encore, a multimedia contemporary art fair set aboard the SeaFair Bayfront.  

Savion Glover at Arsht
Saturday, April 6, 8 p.m.
Tony Award-winning performer and choreographer Savion Glover brings his new show, SoLe Sanctuary, to the Adrienne Arsht Center. The tap sensation's latest endeavor honors tap dancing icons Jimmy Slyde, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Glover's own mentor, Gregory Hines. This one-night-only affair is not to be missed. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-6722

—LIANA LOZADA
photography by Lois Greenfield

 

Reinventing The Moscow Mule

Whip up this classic cocktail with a twist and switch on AMC’s Mad Men.

April 03, 2013


The Caribbean Mule

The dapper cast of AMC’s Mad Men has helped usher in the return of 1960s dressing and drinking. Case in point: The Moscow Mule, one of the most popular cocktails of 1950s and 1960s, made with Russian vodka and ginger beer. It’s the perfect drink to toast this Sunday’s season six return of Mad Men, and we have just the recipe for it. Crafted by mixologist Damon Roseberry for Ketel One and the SLS Hotel, this Caribbean Mule has a hit of Falernum liqueur for sweetness. Also updated is the copper mule mug, replaced by a gin and tonic or rocks glass to display flower, clove, and lime garnishes. Check out Damon's recipe below and serve it to your friends for the ultimate Mad Men viewing party.  

The Caribbean Mule
SERVES ONE

1 ounce Ketel One Vodka
2/3 ounce Falernum liqueur
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
Ginger beer  

Fill a Boston shaker with ice and add Ketel One Vodka, Falernum, and lime juice. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks or gin and tonic glass filled with fresh, large ice cubes. Top with ginger beer. Clove, flower, and lime garnish.   

—LIANA LOZADA

 

Q&A: Up-and-Comer Rebecca Da Costa

The actress' latest film screens at the Palm Beach International Film Festival this week.

April 03, 2013

Actress Rebecca Da Costa.   
Actress Rebecca Da Costa stars in an indie film that's showing at this week's Palm Beach International Film Festival.  

Rebecca Da Costa may be a newcomer to the film world, but she’s no stranger to the camera, having graced the catwalks of Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, and Hugo Boss during her modeling days. The gorgeous Brazilian made her acting debut in 2009 with a small part in HBO’s Entourage, which led to roles in a few films.

Most recently, she stars in Breaking at the Edge, which will screen at this week's Palm Beach International Film Festival (April 4-11). In the film, Da Costa plays a bipolar pregnant woman who chooses to stop taking her medication, all while grappling with supernatural occurrences. Her next movie, Motel, is currently in post-production and sees her acting alongside top-tier talents like Robert De Niro and John Cusack. We caught up with Da Costa before she hit the festival circuit this week to chat about working with superstars, her illustrious travels, and more.

What was the biggest challenge you faced playing Bianca in Breaking the Edge?
REBECCA DA COSTA: It definitely was to channel that ‘craziness’ and truthfulness that the part required. It took me months after shooting the movie to get the character totally out of my system.

Tell us about your ‘femme fatale’ role in Motel.
RC: Motel is a taut modern-day noir-like crime thriller—a hit man is given a mysterious task by his crime boss as a way of testing his loyalty. The task is greatly complicated by the arrival of my character, Rivka, whose role and motives are impossible to predict. It was very exciting to do this movie. My character had so many layers! She was funny, mysterious, and fashionable! Our amazing director David Grovic gave me total freedom to be a part of the entire creative process, from the script to her lipstick. It was a lot a fun and also a project that made me grow a lot. 

Was it intimidating to work with De Niro and Cusack on Motel?
RC: The idea of working with them was very intimidating. The moment I heard they were attached to the movie my initial thought was, ‘Oh my God, I must be dreaming,’ but once I arrived on set they both made me feel very comfortable. Any intimidation or fear that I may have had quickly vanished.

What did you learn from them?
RC: From De Niro, I learned how important it is to be professional. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in the business. The guy is a legend, and he could act bananas if he wanted to, but he was totally down to earth—very kind, always on time, and extremely open to new ideas.

From Cusack I've learned to try the unexpected, to really think outside of the box. He is so passionate about his craft. We discussed for hours how to do the scenes and he would always bring amazing ideas to the table. I think he is one of the most talented actors out there and to work with him definitely made me a better actor. 

You've traveled quite a bit with your modeling career. Do you have a favorite city?
RC: There are two cities. In Milan, I feel very much at home. The Italian culture is very similar to that of Brazil; the food, music, passion, and of course, the drama! And in New York City, I feel such a freedom when I'm there. It's a very rich city, artistically speaking.

And we have to ask you about beauty and travel tips—what are some of your must-haves?
RC: You really have to find a beauty regime that works for you. Right now I’m using an organic line from Sonya Dakar, which has done wonders to my skin. During the day I try not to use makeup, just a touch of blush and some black eyeliner. Stila eyeliner is a must-have! 

Breaking at the Edge shows this Friday, April 5 (9:15 pm) at Muvico Parisian @ CityPlace. Purchase tickets to see the film here.

—LIANA LOZADA
Photography by Morgan Chapman

 

Terry O’Neill ‘It Girls & Boys’ at NEST

The British photographer’s iconic images come to the Design District.

April 02, 2013

Next Friday (April 12), a 35-piece collection of Terry O’Neill's timeless images, dubbed "It Girls & Boys," will take up residency inside Miami's NEST Showroom. NEST, an emporium for elegant European décor, collaborated with the legendary British photographer to foster the idea of using photography to create an artful home. The exhibit includes O’Neill’s intimately candid portraits—primarily in classic black and white—of famous faces like Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, and Brigitte Bardot. The Little Black Gallery of London exclusively curated "It Girls & Boys" for NEST, with items remaining on display and available for purchase through June.

O’Neill's latest book, the self-titled Terry O’Neill, is set to release in June and will feature dozens of unseen images that span his half-century-long career. The book is currently available for preorder on amazon.com ($95). 120 NE 39th St., 877-661-0417

—LIANA LOZADA

 

Gucci Launches Sustainable Jewelry

Miami is one of the few cities to receive Gucci’s limited-edition sustainable jewelry collection.

April 01, 2013


Between the rising support for anti-fur designers such as Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein, and John Varvatos and the slew of environmentally friendly, contemporary labels including Edun and Organic by John Patrick, it seems the fashion industry has reached a time of greener pastures. Gucci, the latest design house to join the eco-cool movement, has turned to Chinese actress and environmental activist Li Bingbing in its quest for sustainability, revealing a limited-edition watch and bracelet made from natural bamboo and tagua nut, the plant-based alternative to ivory. “More people in the [fashion] industry are integrating environmental protection into their designs,” Bingbing says. “Gucci is already making long strides along [this] path.”

Though the pieces will not be available to all green-minded style setters just yet, Miami has been tapped as one of the select cities to receive the collection. The 35mm timepiece’s stainless-steel and bamboo link bracelet lends an exotic spirit to the watch, while paying homage to the fashion house’s iconic horsebit in its intricate design. Meaningful details can be found on the reverse side of the piece as well, with the engraving GUCCI AND LI BINGBING FOR RESPONSIBLE LIFE decorating the backing. The collection’s beaded bamboo and tagua-nut bracelet with its delicate silver charms completes the exceptional look. Another reason to feel good: In honor of this collection, Gucci Timepieces & Jewelry will support a reforestation program in China. These eye-catching accessories make all the right statements. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-868-6504

photography by zangkan (bingbing)

 

Hedy Goldsmith Talks Cypress Room

Goldsmith talks sweets, savories, and her James Beard nomination.

March 29, 2013

After months of excited whispers and foodie chatter, this week the Genuine Hospitality Group unveiled its latest Design District haunt, The Cypress Room, inside the former W Wine Bistro space. The restaurant gives an elegant nod to 1920s American fine dining, while also elevating the dining group’s project roster. Tapped by Michael Schwartz to man the kitchen, chef Roel Alcudia will lead the team along with beverage director Ryan Goodspeed and dessert queen Hedy Goldsmith. Here, Goldsmith, up (yet again) for Pastry Chef of the Year at the 2013 James Beard Awards, gives us the skinny on the restaurant and its pastry program. 

What is the concept of the restaurant?
HEDY GOLDSMITH: This is a departure for Michael and I from what we've done over the years. We always wanted to have a small format restaurant to focus in on flavor. I wanted to focus on aromatic-type flavors—things that are growing now, seasonal fruits and vegetables. I have a chocolate dessert that is incredibly aromatic, and actually very exotic. It has Thai basil, coconut water, yuzu, fresh ginger, and curry leaves.

So you’re going for a multi-sensory approach.
HG: Absolutely. There are so many senses that come into play when you are eating one of these desserts. The first thing the diner gets to experience will be either a tangerine dust that's on a plate, or a bit of curry—they all have are going to have a different kind of fragrance. The toasted hazelnut parfait has a very strong, pickled sour cherry on the plate. There's a hint of vinegar and tarragon. It's all about texture and bold, thick flavors.  

What ice cream flavors will you be starting out with?
HD: I did a blood orange creamsicle. I have a sweet basil ice cream. I have crème fresh Meyer lemon and pink peppercorn. We're using Panther Coffee, so I'm doing a great chocolate and coffee caramel ice cream as well. We're using Steven Smith bulk tea, so there will be infusions of those teas into some sorbets.

Sweets aside, what are some of the great savory dishes on the menu?
HG: We have the best hamburger in Miami for dinner, hands down. And people always ask at Genuine, ‘Where is the hamburger at lunch?’ and I always say ‘Hey, it is a different concept.’ You can come in at 11 p.m. and have the best burger, great French fries, and an amazing bourbon.   

Who did the interiors?
HG: What's so amazing to me is that it is such a stunning restaurant, and Michael did the interior. He chose everything. He's really a remarkable, evolving chef and certainly a wonderful businessman.  

How does this year’s James Beard nomination feel different from last year’s, if at all?
HG: It's always so very exciting. It's beyond words. We've been so busy with this restaurant and The Raleigh restaurant next that I haven't had an opportunity to let it set in. May is coming very quickly and my concern is what to wear and who to wear! I was just in New York doing a James Beard event called Sunday Suppers and it was great to see everyone from the foundation and to see these kids get culinary scholarships. It's what I need to do at this phase in my career, give back. The medal would feel wonderful around my neck but I'm up against some stiff competition.

Any news on a second cookbook?
HG: I would love to. I have a bunch of concepts going on in my head. The childhood treats is a phase of what I do, but I'm more multifaceted than that. With each challenge comes a whole new chapter. I would love to collaborate with Michael on a book.  

—LIANA LOZADA

 

What We’re Reading

South Beach in the ’80s, Crandon Park’s facelift, the new Miami Dolphins logo…

March 29, 2013


A new photography exhibit takes a look at South Beach in the '80s

Here's a bit of greatest generation charm to get you through your midday hump. New York's Howard Greenberg Gallery is home to the new photography exhibit "LOVE: South Beach in the ’80s,” which boasts colorful photos of South Beach’s original inhabitants—dapperly dressed Jewish retirees. [Huffington Post Miami]

The Los Angeles Times takes a stab at defining Miami’s evolving nightlife scene. Too bad they never left Miami Beach. [Los Angeles Times]

OpenTable’s has released its “Top 100 Dining Hot Spots for 2013,” with 18 Florida restaurants topping the list (14 of which are in South Florida). Only 14 New York spots made the list. [Short Order]

The Miami Dolphins have confirmed that a recently leaked logo is in fact the team’s official new imprint. [The Miami Herald]

With the Sony Open Tennis in full swing, Crandon Park has unveiled its intended renovation plans, scheduled to start on April 1, 2014. The upgraded facilities will include permanent tennis courts to complement the main court. The annual tennis event brings approximately $386 million into Miami-Dade County, and the renovations will not pull from public tax dollars. [South Florida Business Journal]

—LIANA LOZADA

 

Weekend Recommender: March 28-31

Serafina debuts brunch, Sony Open comes to a close, and more!

March 28, 2013


Pizza Bianca is among the offerings at Serafina's new weekend brunch

My Ceviche Brickell Opens
Friday, March 29, 11:30 a.m.
James Beard semi-finalist Sam Gorenstein and George Stone Crab founder Roger Duarte unveil their second My Ceviche outpost. The new indoor-outdoor eatery will flaunt the brand's signature seafood selections alongside seasonal, craft, and local beer options. The Brickell locale will also launch the new Ceviche Bowl, in which guests can pick their favored meat and layer up on cilantro quinoa, coconut-Jasmine rice, and fresh greens. 1250 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-960-7825

Maroon 5
Friday, March 29, 8 p.m.
Adam Levine and his Grammy-winning band take the stage at the BB&T Center. Maroon 5 will play songs from their fourth studio album, Overexposed, as well as fan favorites like "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved." Pop rockers Neon Trees and Owl City will open. 1 Panther Pkwy, Sunrise

Serafina Debuts Brunch
Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Head over to the Dream South Beach for Serafina's new à la carte brunch. Stack up on lemon ricotta pancakes, share a signature thin crust pizza, or indulge in endless pasta. The afternoon's Italian fare can also be paired with bottomless bellinis for $25. 1111 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-534-8455

Sony Open Tennis Finals
Saturday and Sunday, March 30-31, 8 a.m.
Sony Open Tennis hits the finals level at Key Biscayne's Crandon Park. This year's tournament has already made international headlines, thanks to Tommy Has' stunning victory over world No.1 Novak Djokovic, and Venus Williams’ departure due to injury. 7300 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, 305-446-2200

—LIANA LOZADA

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