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Barbecue Thursdays at The Federal

Stop by for smoked cornish hens, Mexican creamed corn, lime-soaked watermelon, and more.

July 15, 2013

The Federal Food Drink & Provisions has welcomed the return of its annual FederalQ. Every Thursday, the charming MiMo restaurant is rolling its pit onto the front deck for a barbecue lover's feast of St. Louis-style pork ribs, smoked cornish hens, barbecue-charred shrimp, and more. 

Meats are accompanied by an equally satisfying selection of sides, including The Federal's signature sweet and tangy Brussels sprouts with pickled apples, onions, molasses, and vinaigrette. A grilled creamed corn plate with a hint of spicy Mexican cheeses and a refreshing chilled watermelon soaked in lime juice round out the rest of the fixings. 

And of course, The Federal's regular menu stocks plenty of summer favorites, such as brisket, slow-cooked duck, and a juicy lamb burger. The restaurant's famous fried chicken, meanwhile, is served alongside a new drunken cherry dipping sauce. Save room for dessert, particularly the daily bread pudding special, which on a recent visit was made with Krispy Kreme donuts and bourbon caramel sauce. 



Secret Moonshine Sips at Rose Bar

Prohibition is over, but you'll still need a password for Rose Bar's new Whiskey Wednesdays.

July 11, 2013

Moonshine cocktail at Delano Hotel Rose Bar

The Getaway Car, one of the new moonshine cocktails at Rose Bar. 

A new moonshine whiskey program has been implemented at the Delano Hotel's elegant Rose Bar. Head bartender Bernie Waters crafted the series in the shadow of the Roaring Twenties, Art Deco, and Prohibition eras. Keeping true to the spirit's southern roots, Rose Bar is only serving moonshines that have not been colored or barreled—Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, Lincoln County Lightning, Platte Valley Straight Corn Whiskey, and Junior Johnson's Midnight Moon are currently featured. 

How is this notoriously strong liquor being served? In nostalgically named libations like The Getaway Car (Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, Cointreau, lemon juice) and the Sour Shine (Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, lemon juice, simple syrup). The new additions also come with their own midweek celebration: Whiskey Wednesdays allow those with an exclusive password to sample complimentary small batches of moonshine cocktails or craft beers. RSVP to biancarsvp@lightmia.com to get the passowrd. 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach



What We're Reading

A Beyoncé show play-by-play, private island house hunting...

July 11, 2013

Beyonce Mrs. Carter tour at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami

This week in Miami belonged to Bey. 

Beyoncé (aka Queen Bey, aka Mrs. Carter) brought her Mrs. Carter tour to South Florida this week. The Miami Herald's Jordan Levin caught Bey's AmericanAirlines show and gave a play-by-play for Miami.com. Considering how quickly tickets sold out, this is the next best thing to actually being there. [Miami]

Jet-setting this summer? Before you finalize your plans, browse Condé Nast Traveler's picks for the best new bars and nightclubs across the globe. Did you favorite swanky speakeasy make the cut? [Condé Nast Traveler]

In other travel news, Esquire Network (a partnership between NBCUniversal and Hearst) has released a sneak peek of its new celebrity travel show, The Getaway, produced by Anthony Bourdain's Zero Point Zero production company. Hosts so far include Aziz Ansari and Seth and John Meyers, as well as local toque José Andrés, who'll take viewers on a tour of San Juan, Puerto Rico. [Eater]

Miami Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton was brave enough to bare all for ESPN Magazine's "The Body Issue." The 23-year-old athlete says his go-to exercises are push-ups and sit-ups. His method seems to be working exceptionally well. [ESPN]

In the market for a private island? Look no further. Here are some of Florida's most luxurious hidden homes.[HuffingtonPost Miami]



Weekend Recommender: July 11-14

MOCA screenings at Soho Beach House, the International Mango Festival, and more.

July 11, 2013

Catch a movie with the MOCA Shakers at Soho Beach House. 

MOCA Films at Soho Beach House
Thursday, July 11, 7-9 p.m.
MOCA's Shakers are hosting an exclusive film series inside the Soho Beach House. Each film is hand-picked by artist and museum exhibitor Dawoud Bey, whose selections reflect the themes found in his photographic work. Space is limited, contact the Shakers to RSVP. 4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Mercedes Salazar Trunk Show
Saturday, July 13, noon-4 p.m.
Hit Wynwood's trendy Frangipani Design Shop for Mercedes Salazar's afternoon trunk show. Salazar's quirky baubles include poetry-embossed cuffs and simple yet sassy charms. 2516 N.W. 2nd Ave., Miami, 305-573-1480

The Wellness Projekt
Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m.-12: 30 p.m.
The Standard Spa welcomes the launch of its new fitness program with a motivational workshop and "Breaking Bad" Pilates session. Participants will meet inside the Lido Lounge before partaking in the workout session. This members-only event is $20 per person, and RSVP is required. Those interested in becoming members or attending the event can contact The Standard Spa directly. 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-1717

International Mango Festival
Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens celebrates its 21st Annual International Mango Festival this weekend, spotlighting mangos from Mexico. The two-day exhibit features cooking demonstrations, samplings, and harvesting discussions. 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, 305-667-1651



Saturday Art Happenings

Not all art openings cease during the summer. Here are this Saturday's best bets.

July 11, 2013

Art Fusion Galleries, Miami

Art Fusion Galleries welcomes a new exhibit with works from over 50 artists this Saturday. 

"Colorful Liaisons" at Art Fusion Galleries
The opening reception for "Colorful Liaisons" in Wynwood will feature contemporary works by over 50 international artists set against a backdrop of live music, passed hors d'oeuvres, and complimentary wine and refreshments. The festivities kick off at 7 p.m. "Colorful Liaisons" will remain on view through September 16, 2013. 3550 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-5730

Phenomenal Radness at the Buick Building
Hit the Design District this Saturday for an interactive skateboarding-inspired installation created by Miami-based duo FREE Interactive. Trained riders will be on site to cue the installation's projection mapping; their real-time motion will manipulate the visual design to create a unique, multi-sensory art experience. Buick Building, 3841 N.E. 2nd Ave., Suite 103, Miami

Wynwood Art Group’s Opening Night at Gallery 212
Gallery 212's inaugural summer exhibition holds its opening reception on Saturday from 6 to 7 p.m. In addition to debuting Gallery 212's expansion, the evening will nod the inception of the Wynwood Art Group, a supportive artists' co-op and creative platform. The evening promises fine art, photography, design, sculpture, live performance, and meet-and-greets. 2407 N.W. 2nd Ave., Miami, 786-325-0074; RSVP info@gallery212miami.com



Fashion App COVET Snags Rachel Zoe

The celebrity stylist joins forces with the new wardrobe building application.

July 10, 2013

Whether armed with an Apple device or another mobile tablet device, the fashion obsessed have a creative outlet in COVET Fashion, an outfit building application that’s now widely available. To boost its sartorial credibility, though, COVET has nabbed superstar stylist and lover of all-things glamorous Rachel Zoe as its first style ambassador.

The application acts as a virtual showroom brimming with current designer duds—Rebecca Minkoff, Cynthia Rowley, Hudson Jeans, Halston Heritage, and Joie are among the choices. Zoe's own line is also available to COVET fans. After searching the digital racks, users can then pull their preferred pieces to create an ensemble, with individual items or full looks able to be purchased directly from each brand's e-commerce site.

To broaden its scope, COVET will regularly host styling challenges based on seasonal themes. Winners will be selected by a bevy of industry veterans (including Zoe) and be eligible for exclusive prizes. COVET also offers expert wardrobe recommendations and outfitting tips.



Barbecue at db Bistro Moderne; Sunday Brunch at Tosca

Plus: A Belgian beer pairings dinner and news of a fall restaurant opening.

July 10, 2013

Fridays at db Bistro Moderne are for barbecue. 

Friday Barbecues at db Bistro Moderne: Every Friday beginning July 12, chef Matthieu Godard will serve barbecue on db's terrace. Specialties like hickory smoked chicken legs and sugarcane grilled shrimp will be served from 5 to 8 p.m., in tandem with happy hour. Guests can sample any three meats for $21 and finish with grilled peach melba or pineapple. 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305-421-8800

Tosca Debuts Sunday Brunch: From noon to 5 p.m., the elegant eatery now boasts bottomless Champagne, fresh squeezed juices, and unlimited crostinis. As for the à la carte brunch menu, you'll find upgraded classics like a grilled wagyu skirt steak with eggs and a ricotta cheesecake-filled French toast. Tosca signatures such as black truffle gnocchi and short rib with foie gras agnolotti are also available. 210 23rd St., Miami Beach, 786-216-7230

Bocca Bar Slated for Fall: Samba Brands Management will introduce modern Italian eatery Bocca Bar to Midtown Miami later this year. Sugarcane's Tim Balloo will head the kitchen while Richard Woods mans the bar program. Expect crudos, house-made pastas, and fresh breads alongside beloved Italian staples.

Biscayne Tavern Belgian Beer Dinner: Hit downtown's newest gastro-haunt on Wednesday, July 17 (7-9 p.m.) for a Belgian-inspired prix fixe supper. Priced at $45 per person, the three-course meal features deviled eggs shrimp dynamite matched with an Ommegang Double White Limited Release and carbonade flamande beef stew with potatoes, mustard, and mushrooms. Each dinner guest will also go home with chef Will Biscoe's surprise goodie bag. 146 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-307-8300



Art Films Screen in Fort Lauderdale

A Bettie Page biopic leads the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale summer screenings lineup.

July 09, 2013

Screenings are free with museum admission. 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., 954-525-5500



Q&A: Dr. Richard Campbell Talks Mangos

Fairchild's expert on which varietals are best to cook with, eat fresh off the tree, and more.

July 09, 2013

Richard Campbell, mango expert

Campbell's favorite mango varietal? The Edward mango, which his mother used to grow in her backyard.  

This weekend Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens celebrates its 21st annual International Mango Festival, spotlighting mangos from Mexico. The gardens currently harbor hundreds of mango varieties, all of which are overseen by Dr. Richard Campbell, the director of horticulture and senior curator of tropical fruit. Behind the revered position and global recognition, Dr. Campbell is simply a man with a passion who speaks with an accessible ease. We chatted with Dr. Campbell before the festival's kickoff to find out what it takes to prepare for such a large-scale event. 

How far in advance do you start prepping for a particular year's exhibit?
DR. RICHARD CAMPBELL: Our mental calendars work eight years out. I collect [mango varieties] four or five years ahead of the actual start date.

Break down the process.
DRC: We have to go collect varieties, bring them back to Florida, graft and grow them after their two-year quarantine with the USDA. Then you need to make sure you have enough fruit and learn all you can about them. Toss in possible hurricanes, unfruitful plants, and alternative plans and you need that cushion time.

Why do you think the mango festival has been so successful?
DRC: From the beginning, the idea was to showcase all the mango varieties we had but not generically. Instead, we promoted them from a complete cultural standpoint.

What will we see from festivals in the future?
DRC: We are going back into that crossroads between Southeast Asia and India, anywhere from Vietnam through Bangladesh. I'd really like to take it back to Africa within the next decade. The 40th anniversary will be when we outlay a new mango using wild relatives and breeding stock. In sum, reinvent the mango.

Is Florida considered an ideal mango growing environment?
DRC: Florida is actually not the right place. But what we have here, and all benefited from, was really smart mango scientists, homeowners, and hobbyists. They adapted the mango to our conditions. Go back 50 years or so in Florida, there was a collection of science and horticultural investigation like nowhere else in the world. Florida is really responsible for the creation of the world's modern export mango. I'd rather grow them here than anywhere in the world.

Which mango variety do you prefer?
DRC: I gravitate towards acidic mangoes. I grew up with the Edward mango in my backyard; it was my mother's favorite. When no one is around, I sit down with one and eat it from start to finish without sharing. I also grow Tommy Atkins, but I never eat them fresh; I dry them. For my money and how many you get off the tree, they're perfect. Their sugar concentrates well and the color and texture maintains.

What about for cooking?
DRC: I really like Cambodiana. It carries that acidic punch. It's an old variety introduced by David Fairchild in 1902. Nowadays we [mango lovers] probably wouldn't give it a second look, but I use it for jam with ginger. 

How far have you delved into mango wine making?
DRC: We were involved with Schnebly Redland's Winery in their beginnings. They make a dessert wine, but in the long term, I would love to circle back to looking at making an estate-quality wine. There are a lot of things that can be done. It wouldn't be easy but given the varieties we have and our sophisticated market, the potential is immense.



Design District Welcomes Berluti

Score a sleek summer suit and shoes to match at the newly opened men's shop.

July 08, 2013

Stop into Berluti for tailored European duds and a game of pool. 

Luxury footwear brand Berluti brings its ready-to-wear stateside with the opening of a new outpost in Miami's Design District. One part European boutique, one part chic man cave, the cube-like shop is appointed with design elements of wood, brass, and fragrant leather, as well as a full-size pool table.  

Cemented in fashion history for its signature patina shoe shining—preferred by iconic patrons like Yves Saint Laurent, Frank Sinatra, and Andy Warhol—the Berluti brand dates back to 1895, when it was founded in Paris by Italian craftsmen Alessandro Berluti. Today, of course, it's part of the illustrious Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy portfolio. 

As for the dapper spring/summer ready-to-wear collection, designed by brand creative director Alessandro Sartori (formerly of Z Zegna), you'll find sleek, tailored fits, pops of color, and classic summer styles in white, khaki, and shades of blue. The shopping experience is distinctly European, with looks categorized by style: English Boldness, Italian Nonchalance, and French Classicism. 161 N.E. 40th St., Miami, 305-573-4170


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