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Miami's greenest woman, 10 things to know about the JT and Jay-Z show, and more.

August 16, 2013

Muriel Olivares, Miami

Muriel Olivares' Little River Market Garden CSA provides fresh produce for 35 families each season. (image via

Meet one of the greenest women in Miami and find out how she’s helping change the way we think about our food—and where it comes from. [Huffington Post]

Ten things to know about Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z before hitting their Legends of Summer show at Sun Life Stadium, tonight. Are you ready? [Miami]

Art is practically a way of life in Miami, but who knew we'd need a checklist to tell us whether we're an "art snob" or not? [Miami New Times]

Lunchtime just got interesting. The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Science lets kids learn all about insects and arachnids, and then... eat them. It's part of a new “Edible Bugs” exhibit. [Miami Herald]

Speaking of lunch, local food historian Mandy Baca has released a new book, The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine: Cortaditos, Stone Crab, and Empanadas, which traces Miami food culture from the Tequesta Indians to today. Here, Baca is interviewed by WLRN host Bonnie Berman, along with two other local food and wine experts. [WLRN]



Weekend Recommender: August 16-18

Brazilian films screen at the Cinematheque, JT and Jay-Z roll in, and more.

August 15, 2013

A scene from Heleno

A scene from José Henrique Fonseca's 2011 film Heleno, screening as part of the Brazilian Film Festival. 

Legends of Summer Tour
Friday, August 16, 8 p.m.
One of the most anticipated concerts of the summer arrives at Sun Life Stadium as Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake close their Legends of Summer tour on Friday night. Tickets begin at $43.50; show goes on rain or shine. 347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens

MINI Night Out Miami
Friday and Saturday, August 16-17, 8 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Mini Cooper and UrbanDaddy have teamed up to bring MINI Night Out to Miami. The complimentary nightlife chauffeur series will be carrying RSVPs between three exclusive party locales—The SLS Hotel, Haven, and Wynwood Kitchen & Bar. Check out mininightout.com for additional transportation details.

17th Annual Brazilian Film Festival
Saturday and Sunday, August 17-18, 7 and 9 p.m.
Hit the Miami Beach Cinematheque for the Brazilian Film Festival's opening screenings. Films will explore diverse themes, including Japanese-Brazilian immigration (Brazil holds the largest Japanese population outside of Japan) and soccer's cultural ubiquity. 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

Crew Love Miami
Sunday, August 18, 6 p.m.
Red Bull Music Academy and Delano present the multi-DJ collective Crew Love at the hotel's beach club and underground FDR lounge. Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap, Navid Izadi, and Nick Monaco will each take turns on the decks for this unique nightlife experience. The party moves inside FDR at 10 p.m. RSVP here. 
1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach



Fashion-Forward Travel Essentials

Upgrade your Labor Day weekend getaway with designer carry-ons and leather trappings.

August 15, 2013




Todd Erickson Teaches Tapas; Makoto Pops Up at Pubbelly

Plus: Cellar 1954's Quintessa dinner, early word on Blackbrick, and more food & drink news.

August 14, 2013

Tapas cooking class with Todd Erickson

Reserve your spot for a September tapas class with Todd Erickson at the Four Seasons. 

Tapas Class with Todd Erickson: The Four Seasons' EDGE, Steak & Bar welcomes special guest chef Todd Erickson for a “Small Bites, Big Appetites" tapas cooking class on Saturday, September 21. The exclusive event allows 20 participants and keeps its location within the Four Seasons secret until the class date. Reservations are $75 and a portion of proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-381-3190

Cellar 1954 Quintessa Wine Dinner at Gotham Steak: James Beard-winning sommelier Larry Stone combs through the Napa Valley winery's blends to create an intricate pairings dinner on Thursday, August 22 at Gotham Steak. The five-course menu ($200 per person) includes cheese plates, duck breast, and Maine lobster. (7:30 p.m.) 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-4706

Makoto Okuwa Pop-Up Dinner at Pubbelly: Pubbelly's Jose Mendin shares the kitchen with Makoto Okuwa on Tuesday, August 27 for an anticipated Miami Spice pop-up dinner. The duo will curate a multi-course Japanese pub menu for $33 per person. 1418 20th St., Miami Beach, 305-532-7555

Blackbrick to Open Fall 2013: Chef Richard Hales, the mind behind Korean-inspired hotspot Sakaya Kitchen, will bring a new modernized Chinese restaurant to Midtown this fall. Expect dishes like soy milk pancakes with smoked pork, dim sum, and house-made tofu to top the menu. 3451 N.E. 1st Ave., #103, Miami, 305-573-0658

Hess Selects South Beach Seafood Festival: October may seem far away, but this seafood-centric gathering is sure to sell out. A VIP dinner kicks things off at Joe's Stone Crab on Thursday, October 17 for $500 per person, followed by the main event on Saturday, October 19 on 9th and Ocean Drive. General admission tickets begin at $25 per person, exclusive of food and drink items. [Tickets]



Bloomingdale's Goes British for Fall

OD has the South Florida exclusive first look at the store's British designer capsule collections.

August 13, 2013

Bloomingdale's reaches across the pond this fall to bring exclusive items and capsule collections nodding British style (and of course, The Beatles) stateside. Launching in stores this September, there will be must-haves for men, women, and the home—from a punk-style Cambridge Satchel Company tote to cufflinks in the shape of John Lennon's iconic specs.  

For men, brands such as Burberry, Ted Baker, and Paul Smith will offer British fashion essentials ranging from dapper suits to dark denims. Accessories include Beatles-centric pocket squares, scarves, and umbrellas. And for the ladies there will be sumptuous cashmere sweaters by Aqua, Union Jack-printed denim by Hudson, and more from All Saints, Karen Miller, and Reiss. Our personal favorite? A pair of Kardinale smoking slippers with Swarovski-embellished Union Jacks. 

And for die-hard anglophiles, Bloomingdale's is partnering with national tourism board VisitBritain on custom British travel packages exploring England, Scotland, and Wales. So you can potentially shop for a "holiday" and new vacation duds in one spot. 


MOCA's Optic Nerve Screens 15 Short Films

MOCA's global search for the best short films culminates on August 23.

August 12, 2013

Showcasing short films by an international cast of creators, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) North Miami will welcome its 15th annual Optic Nerve film festival on Friday, August 23. Just 15 filmmakers out of hundreds were selected as finalists by a handful of curators from around the world, including MOCA's own Alex Gartenfeld. Finalists hail from London, Berlin, New York, LA, and even our own backyard, such as in the case of Plantation, Florida filmmaker Jillian Meyer. Local film buffs will recall that Meyer's short film, #PostModem, made with fellow filmmaker Lucas Leyva, screened at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Following the screenings, which begin at 8 p.m., Aram Moshayedi, curator of LA's Hammer Museum and a member of this year's Optic Nerve panel, will give a talk before Gartenfeld selects the winning piece(s) to join MOCA’s permanent collection. Tickets to Optic Nerve 15 are free with museum admission; space is limited, so reservations are recommended. 770 N.E. 125th St., North Miami, 305-893-6211



Mastering the Art of the Pinxto

Forget tapas. Throw a pinxto party using recipes from Basque region foodies.

August 09, 2013

Pinxto recipes from storied tabernas and “secretive grandmothers” in Spain's Basque region are revealed in a new ebook by bespoke epicurean tour group San Sebastian Food. What are pinxtos? Think small, shareable plates, often served with a toothpick or skewer.

The first edition of an ongoing book series, The Basque Pinxto Cookbook (available on Amazon, $2.99) comprises 23 recipes with quick, easy preparations—some of which don't even require an oven—as well as drink pairings, and even a pinxto party how-to. Sample recipes like peach gazpacho, skewered monkfish and prawns, and garlic mushrooms are light and well suited for Miami's blazing summer temperatures.

To boot, the Basque region is renown for its top-tier cuisine, boasting the most Michelin starred restaurants per square foot in the world. It is also the epicenter of Spain for classic pinxtos. So be sure, San Sebastian Food and its contributors know their stuff.



What We're Reading

Lorenzo Martone debuts chic cruisers, Beckhams reportedly eyeing Versace mansion...

August 09, 2013

Lorenzo Martone bikes

Lorenzo Martone bicycles are summer's "it" beach accessory. Just ask Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld. 

Cycling along the waterfront may be a beach bum pastime, but the latest cruisers are no slouch when it comes to design. Public relations guru (and Marc Jacobs ex) Lorenzo Martone debuted his stylish Martone Cycling Co. bikes inside 1111's Alchemist boutique during Swim Week. Karl Lagerfeld has already snagged two of the mono-colored wheelers in Paris. [Huffington Post Miami]

Rumor has it that Brits David and Victoria Beckham are interested in buying the Versace Mansion, further fueling those Miami Major League Soccer team speculations. [Curbed Miami]

Music industry icon Gloria Estefan sat down with the queen of media, Oprah Winfrey, for an episode of Oprah's Next Chapter. Estefan talked candid reflections on her marriage to mogul Emilio Estefan and becoming a cross-over success with the Miami Sound Machine. [Oprah]

Ever wonder how Champagne gets its bubbles? [Smithsonian]

Rolling Stone has released its industry-polled list of "The Best Dance Clubs in America," nodding Miami party anchors LIV Nightclub and Electric Pickle. Flattered? Yes. Surprised? Not really. [Rolling Stone]



Weekend Recommender: August 8-11

Namaste with Tara Stiles, oceanside art in SoFi, a pop-up dinner, and more.

August 08, 2013

Tara Stiles, yoga instructor

Find your center with yogi Tara Stiles at The Standard this weekend. 

Mixology Class at The Hoxton
Thursday, Aug. 8, 7-9 p.m.
Thomas Merolla leads attendees through three classic cocktail preparations: Mojito, Pisco Sour, and Old-Fashioned. Guests can also nibble on bar bites and take home goodie bags. Classes are $45 per person or $80 per couple. Reservations required. 1111 S.W. 1st Ave., Miami, 305-677-8466

For Artists, By Artists
Thursday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m.
The South Beach Marriott launches its monthly live art exhibition, showcasing local talents on the hotel's oceanfront terrace. Thursday's "For Artists, By Artists" event will feature live art by five Miami creatives, including urban artist Miguel Paredes. Happy hour specials will be extended until 9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. 161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305-536-7700

Tara Stiles Yoga Retreat
Friday-Monday, Aug. 9-12
Beloved yogi and Strala Yoga owner Tara Stiles is bringing her laid-back aura to The Standard for an "Energize, Relax, and Restore" retreat. Classes begin Saturday morning. Contact the hotel directly for details. 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-1717

The Miami City Ballet Open House
Saturday, Aug. 10., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Miami City Ballet hosts an open house featuring four free, half-hour beginners and adult ballet, modern, jazz, and Pilates mat classes. The classes are open to anyone 14 and over. 2200 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach, 305-929-7007

Saffron Supper Club
Sunday, Aug. 11, 6-9 p.m.
The Hidden Kitchen's Michael Jacobs partners with local food savants Sara Liss and Maude Eaton to host "A Night in Jerusalem" pop-up dinner. The elaborate family-style feast will include Persian stews, traditional mezze, and olive oil cake. Tickets are $65 per person and include handcrafted Grey Goose cocktail pairings. 5255 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-868-7442



Swoon-Worthy Luxury Condo Amenities

Renderings of the dreamy creature comforts of six upcoming Miami developments.

August 07, 2013



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