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More Choo Space at Jimmy Choo Bal Harbour

Jimmy Choo’s South Florida popularity results in a new—and bigger—boutique at Bal Harbour shops.

March 05, 2012

Iris sandal in woven tan napa leather and suede, Jimmy Choo ($1,495). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-864-3656.

When Jimmy Choo opened its Bal Harbour location in 2006, little doubt existed that the label would experience anything other than immediate success—still riding high as a go-to shoe referenced often in Sex and the City, these must-have heels with the sexy pointed toes and stiletto styling caught on quickly among Miami women. So when a larger space became available at Bal Harbour late last year, the shoe label leaped, happy to stretch out a bit and offer a more comprehensive look at the world of Choo. Indeed, increased square footage allows the label to offer looks heretofore unseen in the store, such as ICONS, a capsule collection inspired by styles from the Choo archives (the strappy Iris, left, is from Jimmy Choo’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection).

This past January, the doors opened on the new 
boutique. Inside, a series of rooms have been crafted to evoke the glam feeling of a 1940s boudoir, complete with tufted seating, mirrored tables, and crystal chandeliers. And that’s intentional, says Jimmy Choo CEO Joshua Schulman. “We have always considered the store to be our ‘jewel box,’ with a high level of personal service,” he notes. “We’re now thrilled to welcome our loyal clientele back to our new location, where we can show our complete collection.” With so many options at hand, a woman’s right to Choos just became that much more fun.


Beauty Trend: Bewitching Black Manicures

Go gothic with a shiny onyx polish job or a tone-on-tone black French manicure.

March 02, 2012

Finding the right black nail polish can be tricky. A chipping black manicure is a beauty no-no that no one wants to be caught wearing, so a long-lasting formula is paramount—as is a glamorous sheen. If you favor a satiny black look, try Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in black satin ($26). The formula’s staying power is unparalleled, and we love the way the color catches the light. Another favorite is the limited edition No. 6 Terriblement Noir duo by Yves Saint Laurent ($30), which was inspired by a smoking tuxedo jacket. The idea is to create a tone-on-tone French manicure, using the matte shade for the base and the shinier shade for the tips.  


Mediterranean Delights at Villa Mayfair

Coconut Grove welcomes a new restaurant for Francophiles and bon vivants.

March 01, 2012

Unequivocally cool Coconut Grove just got groovier with the opening of Villa Mayfair Restaurant & Lounge. Nestled within Miami’s most eclectic neighborhood, Villa Mayfair brings South of France sensibility, cuisine, and sounds stateside. Executive chef Frederic Joulin whips up Mediterranean delights such as branzino, sea scallops, rack of lamb, and filets. Interior designer François Frossard, whose past projects include The Forge, Mansion, and Opium, created a lush, living room feel replete with 1930s tile, a hammered-brass bar, and sexy Murano glass chandeliers that drip from the ceiling like crystal wax. C’est chic.  2901 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, 305-774-1500



New Store: CH Carolina Herrera

Herrera will open her Bal Harbour shop just as she opens her runway shows, with a pop of red.

February 28, 2012

Giving us an extra reason to visit the posh Bal Harbour Shops is news that a CH Carolina Herrera boutique is slated to open in early March. Located on the second floor, the shop will offer men’s, women’s, and children’s lifestyle sportswear collections. Rich grey oak, wenge, and tinted walnut woods warm up the 1,700 square-foot space, which, with its pops of red, is unquestionably Carolina. On March 8, Herrera herself will host a private, celebratory toast at her Carolina Herrera New York Boutique at Bal Harbour Shops, followed by a cocktail party at the new CH Carolina Herrera shop. 9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour.



Villa Azur Brings the South of France to South Beach

French actor Olivier Martinez will open the swank new restaurant and lounge in March.

February 27, 2012

Tuna tartare at Villa Azur

French actor Olivier Martinez may be newly engaged to Halle Berry, but he is not one to rest on his laurels. In a few weeks, Martinez and hospitality and lifestyle entrepreneurs Jean-Philippe Bernard and Michael Martin will open Villa Azur Restaurant & Lounge. "The design of Villa Azur is absolutely breathtaking and I am very excited to be joining my friends and business partners in opening a restaurant in Miami, which is one of my favorite cities in the world,” said Martinez. As for the menu, the sexy French actor promises a taste of the South of France with dishes such as penne rigate with vodka and caviar créme sauce; veal filet mignon stuffed with artichokes, smoky scamorza cheese, and confit tomatoes; and nutella mousse. 309 23rd St., Miami Beach



Morning-After Report: SoBe Wine & Food Festival, Day Four

Small bites and tempting tipples were splayed out as far as the eye could see at The Whole Foods Grand Market Tasting Village.

February 27, 2012

The smörgåsbord of culinary delights at The Whole Foods Grand Market Tasting Village made for a fitting finale to the 2012 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

One ticket to the Grand Market entitled guests to a goody bag and wine glass, both easily filled by a vast array of food and wine vendors. There was also a host of demonstrations from well-known culinary personalities. KitchenAid sponsored culinary demonstration stages where personalities such as Rocco DiSpirito, Bobby Deen, and Countess Luann deLesseps showed off their skills.

Beyond the stages, tables and tents peppered throughout three blocks of Ocean Drive offered small bites from local restaurants, new wines, liquors, chocolates, and even olive oil. It was a unique combination of prominent brands and new items, all preceded by the Whole Foods area, which had a large selection of food, drinks, and desserts.

Cruzan Rum kept everyone cool with frozen bars (the raspberry mojito was a hit), while Jose Cuervo gave out Margarita samples. Hipnotiq debuted its new fruity, floral Harmonie Liqueur. And Pom Wonderful was passing out pomegrante bellinis.

The Fergie-fronted Voli Vodka was showing off its flavors. L’Chaim, a kosher vodka made in Israel, was also popular around the tent, as were the Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur and Wilson Creek Peach Bellini sparkling wine.

Oenophiles had hundreds of wine options, especially in the Wines of the World tent. Noteworthy selections included Voga Sparkling, a chardonnay/pinot grigio blend; the light and refreshing Ciro Bianco; Dalilia, made from the grillo grape; and moscato from Seven Daughters.

Former Top Chef contender Michael Isabella served small bites from his Washington, DC restaurant, Graffiato. Kerrygold was also on hand to tout all of the delicious cheeses made in Ireland. However, at day’s end, the Skinny Water and Illy coffee booth had the longest lines. Miamians will be Miamians.

—Marcia Frost


Fragrance Pick: Jo Malone London Blooms

Jo Malone London debuts a limited-edition fragrance collection this March.

February 27, 2012

Jo Malone London Blooms collection

Fancy being whisked away to an ambrosial British garden? Spritz on Jo Malone London’s London Blooms collection and you’re there. Available this March, the trilogy of scents  ($110, each) is budding in Peony & Moss, White Lilac & Rhubarb, and Iris & Lady Moore fragrances. Adorned in jewel-toned botanical drawings, these scents are the epitome of spring and beg to be layered. 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-931-8950



Morning-After Report: SoBe Wine & Food Festival, Day Three

Andrew Zimmern corrals chef girls gone wild and BBQ and the Blues puts its best brisket forward.

February 26, 2012

  Debi Mazar at Girls Gone Wild

New Zealand wine, girls going wild, blues, and barbecue were just a few of the exciting events on the third day of the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

Wine Spectactor’s Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir Style Diversity event explored the land that produces the best-selling sauvignon blancs in the world, as well as lighter pinot noirs gaining popularity.

Patrick Materman, a New Zealand wine expert who acts as the Marlborough Regional Winemaker, led participants through a tasting of highly-touted Brancott Estate and Stone Leigh wines, both of which are just becoming available in the United States. Most noteworthy were the 2010 Brancott Estate Icon Sauvignon Blanc and Brancott Letter Series T Terraces Pinot Noir.

After the wine, it was time for mojitos at Girls Gone Wild. Andrew Zimmern, host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, moderated a panel of the food world’s leading ladies: Alex Guarnaschelli, Michellin-starred chef and Food Network star; Gabrielle Hamilton, owner of Prune Restaurant and author of Blood, Bones & Butter; Debi Mazar, actress, blogger (Under the Tuscan Gun) and co-host of Cooking Channel’s Extra Virgin; and Nadia G., host of Cooking Channel’s Bitchin' Kitchen.

The event was advertised as an “unadulterated and uncensored conversation that may not be suitable for children,” and that was definitely the case. The women did go a bit wild, but they also gave candid insight on what it’s like to climb the male-dominated chef ladder.  

Michael Symon, now seen on ABC’s The Chew, was the host of Thrillist's BBQ & The Blues event. Held around the pool at the Eden Rock in Miami Beach, guests listened to the sounds of Diablo Dimes & The Bloodhounds and drank cocktails made with Michael Collins Irish Whiskey.

Among the unique barbecue tastings, we sampled Korean barbecue-spiced beef brisket from Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill; Gastropod Miami’s smoked tongue pastrami with bone marrow brioche; and short ribs on manchego cheese polenta from Jacksonville’s Cabana Beach Club. The biggest line of the night, though, was for Sparky’s Roadside Barbecue’s beef brisket, short ribs, collard greens, and cole slaw.

—Marcia Frost


Morning-After Report: SoBe Wine & Food Festival, Day Two

Michael Simon claims Burger Bash victory (again) and Antonio Banderas takes his wine to market.

February 25, 2012

Matador! An Introduction to Anta Banderas Winery with owner Antonio Banderas

Friday was the Wine Spectator Trade Tasting, a sneak peek at the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village. The Village runs for blocks along the beach and offers samples of every food, wine, and spirit imaginable. We sampled Skinny Girl Cocktails, Bethenny Frankel’s low-calorie line of drinks, the popular White Cranberry Cosmo, and Q Dream, another low-calorie spirit that offers two creamy blends.

A mini rendition of The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Vegas offered Bloody Marys and a comfortable lounge out of the sun. In addition to keeping everyone hydrated, Fiji Water had a fun booth with fortune tellers and warm donuts to-go.

It was a good idea to carbo-load before heading to Matador! An Introduction to Anta Banderas Winery with owner Antonio Banderas. The crowd swooned as Banderas told jokes and answered questions, but the focus was his new Spanish winery. The winemakers led the crowd through tastings, with the 2004 Ante Banderas A de Anta receiving the most accolades.

The Amstel Light Burger Bash hosted by Rachael Ray was a feast of beef (with a little lamb and a lot of pork). Chef Michael Symon won his third straight people’s choice contest award with his Porky Burger, a pork and bacon patty topped with pulled pork and slaw.

  Abe & Arthur's burger and truffle fries

Guy Fieri won the best dressed award with his Straight-up with a Pig Patty burger, but it was his salted Jack Daniels whisky caramel shake that really had the crowd talking. The judges’ favorite was by chef Brendan B. Connor of Whisk, who put together a loaded bacon Swiss burger with buttermilk-marinated shallots.

Honorable mention goes to the Crème de Cassis milk shake from Good Stuff Eatery; the unusually delicious burger from NoMi Kitchen; Abe & Arthur’s truffle fries; and the frozen hot chocolate from Serendipity 3.

The night ended on the rooftop of 1111 Lincoln Road with Party Impossible, hosted by Robert Irvine. With a buffet of food, decadent desserts, and plenty to drink, it was quite an event. The sold-out group couldn’t get enough of the colossal shrimp, Cookies by Shar, and chocolate peanut butter cakes from Ready, Set Cupcake!

—marcia frost


Morning-After Report: SoBe Wine & Food Festival, Day One

On Thursday, The Q event picked up where Bubble Q left off with heaps of barbecue prepared by top chefs.

February 24, 2012

The cancellation of fan favorite Bubble Q at the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival is all but a memory as Moët Hennessy’s The Q event stepped in and kicked off the eleventh annual festival.

Food Network star Guy Fieri and famed chef Emeril Lagasse hosted the inaugural event, which provided a sold-out crowd with more barbecue, Moët Champagne, Hennessy Cognac, and Belvedere vodka than one could dream of.

The biggest hit of the night came from host Guy Fieri, who served a banh mi taco with barbecue chicken fried rice from his Tex Wasabi restaurant. Also receiving major accolades was the barbecue beef tenderloin on cornbread pudding with mango pickled red onion salad, served by chef Dean Fearing of Fearing’s restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas.

Chicago-based chef Yoshi Katsumura’s barbecue Wagyu short ribs on scallion pancake with watermelon salad was also a fantastic mixture of flavors, as was the barbecue baby-back spring rolls with white truffle barbecue sauce served by Celebrity Cruises chef Jacques Van Staden.

Nadia G of Cooking Channel’s Bitchin’ Kitchen was all smiles as her food got raves. “I think we’ve got the best barbecue in the house,” she said with pride. “It’s slow-smoked pork belly with a pineapple balsamic glaze on a fresh challah bun, with a really crisp red cabbage slaw. It has a little bit of cider vinegar, parsley, brown sugar. It’s tangy-sweet.“

Chef Chris Lilly of Alabama’s Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q had the most daring dish of the night: Wagyu beef brisket Benedict with barbecue hollandaise. The Today show’s Al Roker kept his contribution simple with perfect pulled pork sliders.

At the end of the night, the biggest line was at New York’s Big Gay Ice Cream truck, where guests could not get enough of the salty pimp ice cream cone. Also on hand to satisfy a sweet tooth was the Godiva Double Red Velvet, a selection of Daisy Cakes, and Three2OH! chocolate-orange Grand Marnier ice cream with cherries jubilee.

The beach barbecue party continued into the wee hours of the night at The Q After Dark.

The Food Network’s South Beach Food & Wine Festival runs through Friday. Tickets for some events are still available through the website.

By Marcia Frost

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