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Day-to-Night Beach Bags

Three roomy, on-trend sacks that can go from beach to bar to brunch.

July 09, 2012



A Gypsy Kitchen Truck Tasting Menu

The popular food truck prepares a four-course sit-down dinner at Wynwood Supper Club at Lester's.

July 06, 2012


One of the July’s most enticing culinary evenings, Wynwood Supper Club at Lester’s is pairing with The Gypsy Kitchen food truck for an international food and wine pairing on Tuesday, July 10 ($60 per person). The four-course menu includes Korean barbecue short ribs, local fish crudo, khao suey noodles, and a brûléed banana dessert. Each dish will be paired with a dry or sweet Riesling or Shiraz. Capacity is approximately 25 guests, so space is limited and the reservation book will likely close fast. Reservations can be made by emailing info@lestersmiami.com. (7:30 PM) 2519 N.W. 2nd Ave., Miami, 305-456-1784



The Ultimate Tanning Treatment

A quick, customized treatment at Gee Beauty is the safest, most super-luxe way to tan.

July 06, 2012

Gee Beauty

Burnt out sunbathers can head to Gee Beauty at Bal Harbour Shops for a beachy faux glow that’s both UV- and streak-free. Gee’s exclusive Coco Tanning Treatment ($85) promises up to a week of seemingly sun-kissed skin with a unique rub-on recipe of St. Tropez products. The best part? The whole process of customizing and applying your desired shade takes just 45 minutes, making it the perfect tan booster for weddings, last minute outings, or unexpected photo opps. 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-868-3533



July's Tuesday Foodie Finds

Tuesdays welcome BBQ bites at The Dutch and musically accompanied dining at Bianca.

July 03, 2012

Each Tuesday this month, The Dutch serves up regionally themed barbecue.

The Dutch Does BBQ
Tuesday, July 3, 7-11:30 PM
Now through July 31, The Dutch is dishing out a bourbon, beer, and BBQ dinner worthy of wet naps. For $30 per person, savor unlimited Southern specialties like dry rubbed baby back ribs and grilled corn on the cob. Each week honors a different region’s BBQ from the Carolinas to Korea, all served alongside creative cocktails. Prices exclude tax and gratuity. 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-938-3111; thedutchmiami.com

Bianca Goes Live
Tuesday, July 10, 8-11 PM
Every other week, Bianca will curate a seasonal chef's tasting menu. Dubbed "Bianca Live," the $75 per person offerings have previously included standouts like lamb ragout with whipped ricotta and risotto with forest mushrooms. Each new edition will also feature an alfresco musical performance, and wine pairings are available for an additional $25. Prices exclude tax and gratuity. 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-5752; delano-hotel.com



An All-Star Irie Weekend

The superstar DJ's fundraising weekend brought out Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union, Travie McCoy, and more.

July 03, 2012

A star-studded Irie Weekend came to a close Saturday, June 30, raising critical funds for the Irie Foundation and bringing out some Miami's biggest names. Friday's New Era Celebrity Golf Tournament at the Melreese Country Club included mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, basketball legend Alonzo Mourning, and Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy as participants.

On Saturday, Irie hosted a children's bowling tournament at Lucky Strike Lanes, welcoming kids from South Florida After-School All-Stars and Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. Two-time NBA champ Dwayne Wade and girlfriend Gabrielle Union joined in on the fun, as did fellow Heat teammate Udonis Haslem. Alonzo and Tracey Mourning and NFL standout Adewale Ogunleye also popped in to help support the evening's initiatives.



Magic City Bike Collective Kicks Off

New initiative seeks to make Miami a more bike-friendly city.

July 02, 2012

The Magic City Bike Collective celebrated its grand opening this past weekend (June 30), kick-starting an initiative to increase cycling's prominence as an alternative form of transportation. "Critical mass has grown from a few hundred people to the thousands," says event organizer Eric Madrid. "We feel a proper bicycle collective is needed now more than ever. We hope this will add a much-needed foundation to the growing interest and need of a bike-friendly city."

Utilizing a space donated by gastropub The Corner, The Collective offers lessons on how to repair and maintain bikes and cruisers. Those already knowledgeable in cruising culture can drop by with a monetary donation and use the workshop space to manage their own repairs.

The Collective's team is built entirely on volunteers and welcomes any and all who wish to promote their cause. Unwanted bikes, parts, and tools are also accepted. Starting this week, The Magic City Bike Collective is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-9 PM and Saturdays from 2-6 PM. 1100 N. Miami Ave.

Photographs Courtesy Magic City Collective


David Jon Acosta's All-American Gear

Two locally based brands have you covered for patriotic apparel.

July 02, 2012

Designer David Jon Acosta has transcended holiday-style stereotypes, creating fashionably playful pieces perfect for upcoming July 4th that stay on the right side of chic.

Acosta spearheads local labels Gold Saturn and Our Prince of Peace, whose casually cool duds have been seen on Kourtney Kardashian and Kylie Minogue. See our Independence Day picks from both lines:



July 4th Barbecues and Pool Parties

Four best bets for kicking back and cooking out on Independence Day.

June 29, 2012

The Shore Club pool deck

In celebration of our nation’s 236th birthday (she’s still got it), we rounded up the four best ways to spend the day, from feasting at an all-American barbecue to frolicking poolside. 

An Italian-American Barbecue at Bianca
The Delano's open-air terrace will be home to an Italian-American backyard barbecue and clambake, meaning succulent ribs, grilled lobster, and fresh oysters will all be on the menu. Bianca will also help patrons keep cool with the debut of its new white truffle ice cream. Patriotic festivities include a performance by the Joshua Stedman Band, as well as face painting for the kiddies. Admission is $75. 4-10 PM. 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-5752; delano-hotel.com

Brother Jimmy's Barbecue and Rum Block Party
NYC-based barbecue bar Brother Jimmy's hasn't even opened in Miami yet, but they're making sure diners get a taste of what's to come. The upcoming Brickell locale is teaming with Sailor Jerry Rum to host an afternoon block party, complete with gratis pig roast and libations. New Orleans-based band Rockin Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters will put on a courtyard jam session and guests will get a chance to peruse the soon-to-open restaurant. 4-10 PM. Mary Brickell Village, 901 S. Miami Ave., Miami; brotherjimmys.com

Rooftop Cookout on the Pool Deck at The Mayfair
The Mayfair's Rooftop Independence Day Party is serving up classic cookout favorites atop its stellar pool deck. The all-you-can-eat affair promises burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, honey baked beans, and more. Admission is $18.95 for adults and $12.50 for children. 6-9 PM. 3000 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, 305-441-0000; mayfairhotelandspa.com

Pool Party at The Shore Club
The SoBe social pillar is joining up with Vitamin C to produce July 4th's One Nation Pool Party. DJ Triarchy and RS2 will keep bash beats bumping as onsite eatery Terrazza crafts $10 barbecue bites and frozen drink specials. Admission is $20. NOONSUNSET. 1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-695-3226; shoreclub.com



Dinner Plans: The Bazaar by José Andrés

Andrés takes diners on a culinary expedition—from Singapore to Spain to Little Havana.

June 29, 2012

Last week, The Bazaar by José Andrés opened its doors at SLS Hotel South Beach. Positioned as the hotel’s signature restaurant, this Beverly Hills import offers a world of whimsical culinary delights in a quirky-meets-couture setting.

The James Beard award-winning chef Andrés made sure to transfer several west coast mainstays, primarily Spanish tapas and seafood dishes, but the menu at the SLS outpost is much more Miami than Beverly Hills. Cuisine from the equally Art Deco metropolis of Singapore is mashed up with Miami’s Cuban staples to birth hybrids like empanada spring rolls and Chinese bun and pork belly bites. In all there are more than 50 dishes on the menu. But the wait staff is thankfully well versed and quick to answer any questions you may have about Andrés’ cheeky methods. 

Miami design fans will recognize the hand of Philippe Starck all over the two distinct dining rooms. The “Rojo” room is lively yet sleek with black, white, and red accents while the “Blanca” room recollects old Hollywood glamour with long white curtains, vintage photography, and a magnificent shell chandelier. 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-1701



Weekend Recommender: June 28-July 1

A worldly brunch at SushiSamba, a pool party at Four Seasons, DJ Irie’s annual fundraiser, and more.

June 28, 2012

DJ Irie's annual weekend fundraiser for the Irie Foundation kicks off today

8th Annual Irie Weekend
Thursday to Saturday, June 28-30
Plenty busy as the official DJ of the Miami Heat, DJ Irie still found time to produce his yearly fundraising weekend. This year's schedule includes a celebrity golf tournament, party with Jamie Foxx at Mansion Nightclub, bowling tournament at Lucky Strike Lanes, and closing celebration at Arkadia. Proceeds from each event will benefit the Irie Foundation, which provides underfunded South Florida public schools with mentorship programs. irieweekend.org

RaMona LaRue Trunk Show
Saturday, June 30, 3–6 PM
Head over to Bella Beach at the Trump Towers for an afternoon of sun and shopping. Local fashion brand RaMona LaRue by Arianne will be slashing prices on her printed dresses, jumpsuits, and tops. Guests can also peruse a selection of swimwear and accessories from Isa Boutique and get their hair braided by Blo Blow Dry Bar. 18001 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; ramonalarue.com

Four Seasons Pool Party
Saturday, June 30, 11 AM–6 PM
The Four Seasons Hotel relaunches its Summer Saturday's pool party this weekend, complete with floating ping-pong tables, frozen goodies, and a henna artist. Bar bites and libations will be made to order. Entrance is $25 per person and guests must call the hotel to RSVP. 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-358-3535; fourseasons.com/miami

Brunch at SushiSamba
Saturday to Sunday, June 30 to July 1, 11:30 AM–4 PM
Can't decide between traditional, Japanese, or Brazilian for brunch? No problem. SushiSamba's new midday menu draws flavor notes from all three. Highlights of the à la carte offerings include churrasco and eggs, a South American frittata, and quinoa waffles. Don’t forget to order a rum latte or sweet sake-gria. 600 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-673-5337; sushisamba.com


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