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Brunch Plans: Cecconi’s Sunday Feast

This Sunday, make time for Bloody Marys, gooey burrata frittatas, a killer raw bar, and so much more.

April 13, 2012

The buzz over the Cecconi’s Sunday Feast brunch ($35), which debuted earlier this month, is well deserved. For the feast, executive chef Sergio Sigala and pastry chef Oscar Bonelli put out five custom food stations with enough options to satisfy even the pickiest of palates. The egg station offers cheesy burrata or pancetta and mushroom frittatas, as well as classics like eggs benedict. A raw bar brims with oysters, juicy shrimp, and tuna and salmon tartare. Further legitimizing the “feast” is a carving station, cheese and charcuterie board, and dessert smorgasbord, plus pasta and risotto. Dishes are rotated from week-to-week, but often you’ll find a sublime Italian-style macaroni and cheese and saffron risotto. Live music and roving Bloody Mary carts also make regular appearances at the alfresco Italian restaurant. Bonus: Bellinis are complimentary and perfectly prepared. 11 AM–3 PM. 4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-507-7902

—LIANA LOZADA
PHOTOGRAPHS BY GESI SCHILLING

 

3 Nightlife Newcomers

Make the rounds this weekend at an opulent cabaret theatre, an alfresco dance lounge, and a multi-room mixology bar.

April 12, 2012

Bamboo
Located within the renovated Paris Theatre, Bamboo features superior entertainment technology and sleek, modern Gatsby-style décor. The venue boasts a state-of-the-art hydraulic and LED stage, a behemoth crystal chandelier, and posh white leather VIP seating. Bamboo plans to mix European-inspired parties with theatrical burlesque and cabaret performances, giving night owls a one-of-a-kind experience. 550 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-695-4770

Gavanna
Nightlife returns to the Design District with the birth of Gavanna, an indoor-outdoor dance lounge situated in the old Grass and The King is Dead space. Despite only being open on weekends, Gavanna’s “I’m Friends With The Owner,” Saturday soirée is bringing fresh faces into the District. 10 NE 40th St., Miami, 305-573-1321

Queen Lounge
This intimate mixology bar and gastro-lounge has locked in some serious culinary and cocktail talent. At the bar and back of the house helms are famed mixologist Tommy Merolla—known for his work at the Delano and Mondrian—and chef Matthew Goldberg, who was last at Wynwood’s Cafeina. Queen’s carefully crafted cocktails list ingredients like cinnamon-honey and tobacco bitters, while the small plates menu tempts with goat cheese and jamón truffles, ahi tuna sashimi, and more. 841 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-397-8056

—LIANA LOZADA

 

Weekend Recommender: April 13–15

Shop a poolside trunk show, sample the Grove’s most delectable fare, and catch a sneak peek of a Shakespearian opera classic.

April 12, 2012


Shop Shantilly Jewels at GuyandGirl Boutique's poolside trunk show at The Shelbourne on Saturday

Shantilly Jewels Trunk Show
Saturday, April 14, 1 PM–6 PM
The Shelborne’s GuyandGirl Boutique is hosting a poolside trunk show featuring vintage-inspired jewelry and colorful accessories by Shantilly Jewels. Shoppers will enjoy a generous discount and time to chat with Shantilly designer Shandi Levy. 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-341-1392; shantillyjewels.com

The Great Taste of the Grove Food & Wine Festival
Saturday and Sunday, April 14–15; 11 AM–7 PM
Join Panorama Restaurant at the Sonesta, Bizcaya at The Ritz-Carlton, and other Coconut Grove restaurants as they compete for “Best of Taste” and “Best of Presentation” at Peacock Park. Admission is $5 and food and beverage samples are sold separately ($2–$8). 2820 McFarlane Road, 305-444-7270; thegreattasteofthegrove.com

Roméo et Juliette Preview
Saturday, April 14, 7 PM-10 PM
The Florida Grand Opera will preview scenes from Charles-François Gounod’s French production of Roméo et Juliette amid the Dorsch Gallery’s present art installations. Admission is free and guests can sip a variety of complimentary cocktails throughout the evening. 151 N.W. 24th St., Miami, 305-576-1278; fgo.org

—LIANA LOZADA

 

Grammy-Winning Flautist Joins Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

Jazz musician Nestor Torres uses his talents, and his Rolodex, to curate an experimental music program at WKB.

April 11, 2012

As part of his new chief musical curator gig at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar (WKB), Latin Grammy award-winning jazz flautist Nestor Torres will treat patrons of the artsy restaurant to twice-monthly performances, starting tomorrow night. Father/daughter owners Tony and Jessica Goldman (of The Goldman Properties) are delighted at the collaboration with Torres, who is a Miami resident and longtime friend of the Goldman family. “I’ve known [Tony] for over twenty years. He’s quite an artistic and creative being. His vision and example are very compatible with my desire to make music an integral part of a community's cultural and social transformation,” said Torres.

The globally acclaimed musician’s resume is stacked, to say the least: he’s performed with icons like Tito Puente, recorded with pop heavyweights Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan, and even composed a concert for the Dalai Lama. As curator at WKB, Torres will oversee musical programming for indoor and outdoor spaces, as well as assist in event coordination for the restaurant’s outdoor mural park, Wynwood Walls. We caught up with Torres to find out which musicians and styles of music he’ll bring to WKB.

What are you main initiatives for the musical program at WKB?
NESTOR TORRES: Together with Tony and his daughter Jessica, my goal is to elevate the function of music in a dining setting—[to go] from musicians acting as ‘living human jukeboxes’ to a place where the music becomes a key, nourishing item on the WKB experience menu. Additionally, I want to support and share my musical philosophy with other artists, so that they are able to reignite their passion and commitment to their own music making. If artists want to thrive, not just survive, they must be keenly aware that their musical career must be treated as both a calling and a business.

Which local musicians will you tap?
NT: There is a great array of musical talent in South Florida, from pianist Silvano Monasterios to singer Big Brooklyn Red, among many others. My goal is to feature them in a way they have not been presented before, as well as present young talent that has yet to be discovered.

Are there any genres or musical styles you will focus on?
NT: Part of what makes my role as musical curator so exciting is that I will be able to bring many different genres of music to the guests: jazz, Brazilian, Caribbean, Argentinian, and classical, just to name a few, as well as different mixtures and blends of styles.

Wynwood’s Art Walks have come under scrutiny for “not focusing on the art.” You’ll be performing with DJ Zoel during the April 14 Art Walk. What is your take on the criticism?
NT: Art for its own sake always runs the risk of becoming self-indulgent and irrelevant. On the other hand, art as nothing but an excuse for people to go hang out without any sense of appreciation for what brought them there is a lost or under-appreciated treasure. The music I will be presenting—and how it will be presented—will reinforce the artistic component during the walks.

Nestor Torres will perform with pianist Silvano Monasterios on Thursday, April 12 at 8PM and with DJ Zoel on Saturday, April 14.2550 N.W. 2nd Ave., Miami, 205-722-8307

—LIANA LOZADA
photograph by Michael Pisarri

 

'Ink on Roses' Delights at Dot Fiftyone

Miami artist Leslie Gabaldón fuses poetry and perennials in the name of art and love.

April 11, 2012

Local artist Leslie Gabaldón tackles the intangible nature of identity in her new photography exhibit, "Ink on Roses." For each work, the artist tediously penned poetry excerpts and mathematical equations onto roses in various life stages and then photographed them.

Each piece of prose is paired with a perennial that visually emulates it: A plump, fuchsia flower is imprinted with phrases from the famously erotic and romantic poet Pablo Neruda, and a decaying, single petal sits atop a mirrored reflection of itself, appropriately titled Yo y el Tiempo (Time and I).

Gabaldón's analogies are layered and provoking, exposing human fragilities, sensualities, and intimacies with each new image. "[The exhibit] is about women, love, passion, and the adversities of human relationships that shape the path of our lives," said Gabaldón. "Unsaid words, unopened letters... It's all about reading in between the lines."

Prior to exhibiting at Dot Fiftyone, the Venezuelan artist successful showcased "Ink on Roses" at Buenos Aires’ ArteBa and Bogota's Artbo, both major South American art fairs. She also served as an artist in residence at the Dominican Republic’s Altos de Chavon, an affiliate of New York's prestigious Parsons design school. Through April 20. Dot Fiftyone, 51 N.W. 36th St., Miami, 305-573-9994

—LIANA LOZADA

 

Jump Aboard The Styleliner

Joey Wolffer invites us into her mobile boutique for an impromptu styling lesson.

April 10, 2012

Last weekend, following a recent stint in Palm Beach, Joey Wolffer’s Styleliner rolled into the Shelborne for a two-day pop-up—the style-mobile’s first-ever stop in Miami. The mobile boutique, which roves everywhere from the Hamptons to Montreal, is stocked with an internationally-curated assortment of clothing and accessories. “We felt like some of the brands we have were too perfect for Miami to not spend some time here,” said Wolffer. We challenged the former trend director for Jones Apparel Group to style three Miami looks (BELOW) and, in between styling tips, got her take on Miami and when she'll next be driving through our fair city.    

When will the The Styleliner return to Miami Beach?
JOEY WOLFFER: We are planning an extended stay for next winter. We hope to do a Styleliner pop-up for Basel and then be down here for the month of March.

Where do you like to eat, drink, and shop in Miami?
JW: I loved The Webster—what a great concept store! I had delicious drinks on the roof of the Soho Beach House. Some of my favorite finds were from the street vendors. I am also officially addicted to the salads at La Sandwicherie. 

What do you find totally unique about Miami street style?
JW: I love that Miami is always evolving yet stays true to its original Deco architecture and design. What I love about Miami style is that everyone is confident in their individual style. 

Select items available to shop online at thestyleliner.com

—Liana Lozada

 

Man of Style: Donald J. Pliner

The famed shoe designer and Miami resident shares his sartorial flair.

April 09, 2012


Jacket, Balmain. Shirt, Yohji Yamamoto. Jeans, AG Jeans.
Shoes, Donald J Pliner

For more than 45 years, Miami-based designer Donald J. Pliner has traveled the world and mastered the art of shoemaking. And while the style aficionado’s wardrobe reflects that of a jet-setter, comfort might just be his top priority.

What are your go-to wardrobe items?
A great pair of pants with a blazer of some sort and very fabulous shoes. I wear primarily Yohji Yamamoto jackets. My shirts are mostly Yohji, Costume National, or Balmain. That’s really my uniform.

And pants?
Adriano Goldschmied, Prada, or Neil Barrett jeans.

Whose style do you most admire?
I think Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, and Yohji Yamamoto are beyond. What they do is something that is very accessible in every way.

Who influences your style as a designer?
I knew Keith Richards, the Rolling Stones, and the Beatles when I first started in the business. How they’ve all emerged—that’s where my inspiration comes from.

PHOTOGRAPH BY JIM ARBOGAST; DOG GROOMING BY GROOMING LOFT


 

Kelly Wearstler Comes to Coral Gables

Meet the Beverly Hills designer and shop her gorgeous new line at Neiman Marcus this Friday.

April 05, 2012

American tastemaker Kelly Wearstler will be making a personal appearance at Neiman Marcus Coral Gables on Friday, April 13 to show off her spring 2012 collection. In addition to the new art-inspired women’s ready-to-wear line, Wearstler is also the interior design mind behind The Tides and The Viceroy’s jaw-dropping décor. Based in Beverly Hills, Wearstler’s aesthetic embodies all things glamorous and breezy. Expect boldly bright blouses, dresses, and shorts, as well as bubbly and small bites. 12 PM–2 PM. 390 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables; RSVP katharine_rubino@neimanmarcus.com or 786-999-1006

—MARIA TETTAMANTI

 

Openings: The Orchid Boutique on Eighth Street

The popular swimwear shop blossoms with a second location.

April 03, 2012

Fact: Miami women can never have enough swimsuits or cover-ups. Lucky for us, The Orchid Boutique recently opened a second outpost on Eighth Street. Joining its Brickell sister, the shop is brimming with beach staples, such as chic bathing suits, hats, breezy tunics, bags, and accessories. Stocking styles from more than 23 swim brands, locals and tourists alike can scoop up exclusive labels like Doppia, Malai, Maui, SABZ, Sav Summer, and Agatha Ruiz de la Prada. Established lines by Nanette Lepore, L*Space, Vix, and Beach Bunny are also in-store. 224 8th St., Miami, 305-397-8994

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—MARIA TETTAMANTI

 

Wellness Week Returns

Kick back, relax, and unwind with an entire week of spa and wellness offers.

March 21, 2012


agua at Delano

Attention all spa fanatics: commencing March 19, Miami welcomes Wellness Week 2012 (through March 25). For those of you feeling knotty by nature, the weeklong program offers half-price treatments, or flat $50 rates and complimentary community wellness programs at participating spas, fitness centers, and yoga and Pilates studios. Soothing sanctuaries such as Bellezza Spa, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami, Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa Miami Beach, and agua at Delano (ABOVE) are all participating the relaxation roundup.

—MARIA TETTAMANTI

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