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Sip the Seven Deadly Sins

Highbar adds seven sinful cocktails to its rooftop repertoire.

August 02, 2012

The Pride cocktail at Dream South Beach

Dream South Beach hotel's rooftop rendezvous point, Highbar, is serving a new series of cocktails inspired by the seven deadly sins. Pride, wrath, gluttony, lust, envy, greed, and sloth tantalize the taste buds with Belvedere Vodka, Leblon cachaça,and Jameson Irish Whiskey bases. Seven deadly sins cocktails are aptly priced at $7 during Highbar’s seven day a week sunset happy hour (7-9 PM). So go ahead, pick your poison. 1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-4747; highbarmiami.com


Hot Ticket: Live at Knight Concerts

A culturally rich concert series hits the Knight Concert Hall stage.

August 01, 2012

Idle Warship

This week, the Adrienne Arsht Center announced its new Live at Knight concert series, a musical mash-up that will welcome celebrated artists like Talib Kweli, Esperanza Spalding, and Diego el Cigala to the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall. Arsht Center president and CEO M. John Richard said the artists were selected for their "eclectic sounds and transformational storytelling," thus reflecting Miami's diverse cultural melting pot.

Performing as duo act Idle Warship, Talib Kweli and Res will kick off the series on October 19. Brazilian pop sensation Lenine will follow on October 26, proceeded by Spanish flamenco singer and Grammy-winner Diego El Cigala on November 20. Calypso Rose will ring in 2013's performances in February, followed by Kodo in March and jazz starlet and best new artist Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding in April. Additional artists will be announced in the coming months.

Tickets are on sale now for Arsht members. Diego el Cigala tickets will available to the public on August 6. Tickets may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office or online. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305- 949-6722



Weekend Recommender: August 2–5

Marc Anthony and Chayanne at AAA, paddle boarding and barbecue at The Standard, and more!

August 01, 2012

Paddle boarding at The Standard

Cigars Under the Stars
Thursday, August 2, 7 PM
The Biltmore's Cascade and The 19th Hole will transform into a Latin-inspired social hour every Thursday in August. The sunset soirée will feature live music, extended happy hour specials, and hand-rolled cigars. 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, 305-445-1926; biltmorehotel.com

Marc Anthony and Chayanne
Friday & Saturday, August 3 & 4, 8 PM
Latin music icons Marc Anthony and Chayanne will take up a weekend residency inside the AmericanAirlines Arena for the Miami leg of their Gigantes tour. Mexican musician Marco Antonio Solís will also join the Puerto Rican mega-stars on stage. 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-777-1000; ticketmaster.com

Paddle 4 People
Saturday, August 4, 9 AM
The third annual Paddle 4 People fundraiser hits the water in support of Adopt Together, an organization that helps provide financial support for families choosing adoption. After completing the seven-mile course, participants can hit The Standard hotel pool deck for an afternoon barbecue. The organization requests a $50 donation to participate, which includes refreshments, gift bag, and T-shirt. Paddle board rentals ($20), barbecue admittance ($10), and raffle tickets ($5) will be sold separately. 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach; paddle4people.com  

Ayama Yoga
Sunday, August 5, 4–6  PM
Ayama Yoga Center, one of Miami's premiere yoga studios, is teaming up with TourdeFIT.com to present two hours of complimentary yoga programming. Studio director Mariano Ardissone will begin the evening with a wellness lecture, followed by a one-hour vinyasa class led by Miriam Lach. Reservations are required. 2250 N.E. 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 305-932-7755; tourdefit.com/ayamayogaevent



Miami Spice Sneak Peek

A first look at the Miami Spice menus of three premier restaurants.

July 31, 2012

Miami Spice doesn’t kick off until tomorrow, but we got a first look at the three-course offerings at a few of Miami Beach’s hottest haunts. Several restaurants will serve signature dishes, while others will introduce new menu items. Here’s a first look: 

Red, The Steakhouse
With possibly the most extensive Miami Spice menu, Red will highlight new specialties each week. A classic steakhouse menu will start things off, followed by seafood and Italian additions. Starters will include juicy yet light steak tartare, creamy oysters Rockefeller, and buttery escargot. Mains range from churrasco to Lone Mountain Wagyu to a surf and turf option with lobster. Àla carte upgrades on premium cuts and larger portion sizes may be ordered as well. 119 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-534-3688; redthesteakhouse.com

Bianca at the Delano Hotel
Miami Spice diners can choose from six dishes at Bianca. Highlights include crunchy zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta and Maine lobster, hearty veal ravioli, and Bianca’s signature truffle tagliatelle. There will also be a $30 wine pairing available. 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-5752; delano-hotel.com

Asia de Cuba at the Mondrian Miami South Beach Hotel
Asia de Cuba will serve things up family-style, breaking down their menu by party size. To start, parties of two have their choice of two appetizers, two entrées, and one side (increments increase with party size). Order the wild salmon ceviche or picadillo-style tuna tartare to start, but save room for the sweet and savory char sui short ribs and tender Cuban barbecue chicken. 1100 West Ave., Miami Beach, 305-514-1940; chinagrillmgt.com

Miami Spice will continue through September 30, 2012. All dinner menus are $39, exclusive of beverages, tax, and gratuity.



The Ultimate Joy Ride

Jump into the driver's seat of a Lamborghini or Ferrari at the Homestead Speedway.

July 31, 2012

Luxury car enthusiasts can make their racing dreams come true on Saturday, August 4, when Imagine Lifestyles hosts its Super Car Race Track Event at the Homestead Speedway. Participants can select between the Ferrari F430, Ferrari California, Ferrari 599, Lamborghini LP-560, or Lamborghini Gallardo and then hit NASCAR's famed track for 4.6 mile joy ride.

Time slot assignments are between 9 AM and 10 PM, and guests may buy additional driving time online or onsite. Photos and videos of the excursions will be available for purchase post-race. All participants will have a professional driver sitting shotgun unless a less intensive "ride along" experience is preferred. Tickets begin at $79 and can bought here. One Speedway Blvd., Homestead, 305-230-5000



Beauty Counter Confidential

Tom Ford brings lust-worthy lipsticks and genius skincare to Bal Harbour.

July 30, 2012

Tom Ford’s recently opened beauty counter at Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour carries the designer’s full color collection and is the first of its kind in Miami. Ford’s cosmetics range, which began with lipsticks and expanded to makeup and skincare, is a favorite among beauty editors and celebrities alike. He approaches makeup as wardrobe for the face—highlighting a woman’s facial planes while also nourishing her skin.

Sixteen shades of nail polish ($30, each) sit alongside 18 luscious lipsticks ($48, each) in hues like Cherry Lush, Violet Fatale, and Wild Ginger at Ford’s Bal Harbour counter. And beyond those eye-catching favorites, signature skincare products like an Intensive Infusion Concentrate Extreme Serum ($250) and Illuminating Protective Primer ($70) seek to add youth and radiance to skin.

Shoppers can also select from two distinct, buildable foundation forms: The Foundation Stick ($78) doubles as a concealer and is best for less oily skin, while the classic Traceless Foundation ($78) can be layered for total coverage. However, Ford's best beauty gadget is by far the Brow Sculptor ($42), a triple-threat beauty tool combining a calligraphy tip shaper, grooming brush, and sharpener in one. 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-865-6161



Miami Spa Month Best Bets

These luxe spas are offering treatments for $100 throughout August—try them all!

July 30, 2012



African Diaspora Dances Into Miami

The exotic dance and drum festival returns with a full weekend of programming.

July 30, 2012

The third annual African Diaspora Dance & Drum Festival of Florida will descend on the Little Haiti Culture Center for a weekend of workshops, artistic symposiums, and worldly vendor markets on Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5. Diaspora conservationists hailing from Guinea, Ivory Coast, Haiti, Senegal, and Cuba will lead guests through the weekend-long celebratory programming.

Afro-Cuban dance, djembe drumming, and guided yoga are among the many rhythmic courses open to the public. Saturday night's itinerary will feature a concert extravaganza, with performances from festival instructors, as wells as an awards ceremony honoring local and international pioneers. Class prices range from $12 to $20 and must be purchased on-site (cash only). Concert tickets are $10 for children and $15 for adults. 212-260 N.E. 59th TER, Miami

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Q&A: Karina Smirnoff Lets Loose

The bubbly Ukranian starlet talks bikini style, Miami favorites, and tan lines.

July 27, 2012

Smirnoff got a lesson in standup paddleboarding during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

Karina Smirnoff was all over Miami Beach during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim—performing under the tents, standup paddleboarding on the beach, she didn't miss a beat. We caught up with the Dancing with the Stars regular backstage at Lisa Blue's show to talk bikini trends and Miami hangouts.

You walked in Lisa Blue’s show. How did that come about?
KARINA SMIRNOFF: Lisa was getting ready to do the show and I heard that she does a lot for whale conservation and I love when people in the industry give back. For me it was a no-brainer to be a part of it. I wasn't sure if I would be dancing on the runway, but it turned out really well.

Did you have time to rehearse?
KS: Ugh, no. It was fully improvised. I loved every minute of it.

Did you have a favorite look during the show?
KS: You know, I really love the warrior look—the feathers, the boots. I think it's cool and it's feisty and it has a lot of charisma.

What do you look for in a swimsuit?
KS: I like bright colors, especially if you are going to be in the water. Right now I feel like we're going back to the ’80s with the pinks and the yellows, and I love it. And I think now more than ever bathing suits are becoming a piece of art. There's a lot of sequins, embroidery, beads, etc. It's become a whole little outfit in itself. 

Do you enjoy visiting Miami?
KS: Oh my God, it is beautiful around here! And I feel like everyone is a supermodel. Miami is America's year-round, ageless spring break place.

Any beach plans?
KS: Yes! I got a little beach in today. I am determined to go back home with defined tan lines.

What are some of your favorite places to hang out in Miami?
KS: I love South Beach. One of my favorite restaurants in the whole country is here, Prime One Twelve. Nobu inside The Shore Club is great, too. [The Shore Club] is where I am staying right now.

Are you ready for the Dancing with the Stars to start back up?
KS: So ready! I cannot wait. Sometimes I don't know what do with myself when we're not filming. I get anxious to get going again.



Weekend Recommender: July 26-29

The World Football Challenge, a rooftop spa pool party, and more!

July 26, 2012

England's Chelsea FC team will take on Italy's AC Milan team at The World Football Challenge this Saturday

Cheers For Beers
Thursday, July 26, 6:30-9 PM
Angelique Euro Café is serving up a four-course, beer-infused menu with beverage pairings to help raise money for the Coral Gables Community Foundation. The charming eatery has teamed up with brewmasters from Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, and Leffe to craft the boozy selects, which will include Spanish chorizo, steamed mussels, and braised short ribs. The dinner is priced at $42 per person and reservations and advance payment are required. 117 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, 305-529-9922; angeliqueeurocafe.com

World Football Challenge
Saturday, July 28, 6 PM
If the recent Euro Cup madness didn't satisfy your need for soccer, catch England's Chelsea FC take on Italy's AC Milan at the World Football Challenge on Saturday. Tickets begin at $27, exclusive of taxes and fees, and can be purchased on Ticketmaster. Fans with advance tickets are also free to check out both teams' open training sessions on Friday at 5 PM. Sun Life Stadium, 2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami; sunlifestadium.com

Summer Sundays Launch
Sunday, July 29, 1-7 PM
Coconut Grove's Mayfair Hotel & Spa will launch its Summer Sundays rooftop pool party this weekend with a pop-up shop by Isa Boutique, music by DJ Ethics, and mini manicures and massages by Jurlique Spa. Guests will be greeted with mimosas and enjoy complimentary veggie smoothies throughout the day. The event will continue every Sunday through Labor Day. 3000 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, 305-441-0000; mayfairhotelandspa.com


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