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 via)
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
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 Festival
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
Miami's Best Gatsby-Era Vintage Shops
Three local vintage purveyors stock everything from flapper necklaces to wool swimsuits.
May 07, 2013
1920s Art Deco beaded handbag with filigree framing and necklace, both available at C. Madeleine's
This North Miami Beach shop is an enclave for designer finds and decades-old outfits. Owner Madeleine Kirsh's pieces date as far back as the Edwardian era and carry through to today. Gatsby fans will delight in stunning Art Deco accessories, a classic drop-waist dress, and an iconic knit wool swimsuit. Labels run the luxury gamut: Chanel, Halston, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen. 13702 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach, 305-945-7770
Vintage Revenge Couture
Located in Miami's historic MiMo District, Vintage Revenge Couture carries men's and women's items from the 1920s through the 1980s. Owner Denise Goldhagen's collection is nearly 20 years in the making and includes a slew of timeless treasures. Her 1920s pieces are so beloved they can only be viewed by appointment. Sample items include original flapper necklaces, dazzling hairpins, and breezy day dresses. Items are preserved with the utmost care and organic dry-cleaning. 6301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-953-6046
You’ll find more than just decades spanning garb in this local pop-up. Stock ranges from collector's items to home décor to exotic trinkets gathered during owner Saira Coobar Jacobs' travels through India, Africa, and Europe. When the shop isn't popping up around South Florida, Jacobs' private collection can be purchased by appointment only. Sift through a bevy of Gatsby-esque cocktail accessories, 1970s maxi dresses, hand-painted scarves, Italian leather clutches, and even a rare handmade Zandra Rhodes dress. Email email@example.com for appointments.
'Sunset Boulevard' to Screen at Soundscape
The Wednesday night screening kicks off Miami Beach Cinematheque’s 20th year.
May 06, 2013
Gloria Swanson and Cecil B. DeMille on the set of Sunset Boulevard
This Wednesday, May 8, the Miami Beach Cinematheque (MBC) will kick off its yearlong 20th anniversary celebration with a screening of 1950s classic Sunset Boulevard on New World Symphony's Soundscape wall. MBC first screened the film on the side of The Marlin Hotel, back in 1993. In honor of the event, the City of Miami Beach will rename Washington Avenue as “Sunset Boulevard” for one-night-only during this Wednesday’s screening.
Then, on Thursday night, MBC will begin a month-long “Best Of” screening series in honor of the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. The series will feature award-winning films from both the Cannes and Toronto International Film Festivals. First up on Thursday at 7 p.m. is a screening of 2012 Cannes Jury Prize winner The Angels' Share, a feel-good comedy set in a Scottish whiskey distillery. Attendees of this screening can head to the neighboring Waxy O'Connor's pub for a gratis class of Glenlivet or Chivas Regal 12-year after the film. The Best Of series will continue through June 5, ending with a screening of Post Tenebras Lux. Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for adult non-members. Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-4567
photography courtesy of the Hulton Archive/gettyimages.com
New Gourmet Market: Mercato
Dena Marino’s new Design District delicatessen caters to the breakfast and lunch crowd.
May 06, 2013
The opening of Dena Marino’s new Italian-style gourmet marketplace, Mercato, brings a wealth of new breakfast and lunch possibilities to the Design District. “There are a growing number of businesses and young professionals in the Design District, and we wanted to cater to their busy lifestyles by providing fast and fresh food,” says Marino of the market located adjacent to her celebrated MC Kitchen.
Those stopping in for breakfast can linger over a cup of Lavazza coffee and fresh baked pastries. Lunchtime brings Marino's twist on the Cuban sandwich (with porchetta and a ciabatta roll), a green salad with pears and pecans, and a savory rosemary ham and provolone croissant sandwich. Ingredients borrow from the line at MC Kitchen, and the venue sells an array of Marino's favorite products, including the restaurant's house olive oil. Other artisanal edibles include Brooklyn Brine Company Pickles and chocolate treats. Mercato is open from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m.–6 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
What We're Reading
Area 31’s outdoor lounge revamp, Miami Trolley news, a “glass house” in South of Fifth…
May 03, 2013
Area 31 terrace
Area 31 debuts a facelift to its outdoor lounge, new menu items, and a “Veuve on the Clock” Champagne happy hour today. [Eater]
Baseball’s Mike Piazza practices his “fish dive” with local ballerina Patricia Delgado. Piazza will perform in the Miami City Ballet's Program IV tonight. [Miami Herald]
Miami’s public transportation system leaves plenty to be desired. But this week brought good news: The City of Miami announced that the Miami Trolley will extend to Midtown and the Design District, with two overlapping routes serving as far south as Mercy Hospital. [Miami New Times]
Archaeologists near the Miami River recently dug up remnants of Henry Flagler’s grand Royal Palm Hotel alongside ancient postholes. The postholes are believed to belong to the native Tequesta Indians. [WLRN]
A voyeuristic new luxury condo building will soon rise in the South of Fifth neighborhood. The 18-story, ten-unit project is being called “Glass,” which is fitting, considering that every square of inch of its exterior is completely transparent. How much to live in this glass house? Eight to nine million per unit is the average. [Miami Herald]
Speaking of housing, Miami's resurgent condo sales are making headlines. Prices are up, and construction is everywhere, greatly due to an influx of Latin American investors. [The New York Times]