15 Years of Locust Projects
We look back at some of the organization’s most memorable projects.
April 10, 2013
Nonprofit contemporary arts organization Locust Projects will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year with a series of exhibitions, interactive lectures, and special projects. Programming kicks off next Thursday, April 18, as Locust hosts Lauri Firstenberg, director and chief curator of LAX Art, for a discussion on building solid art communities. To honor Locust's milestone year, we've stitched together a slideshow of works featured and supported by Locust Projects’ groundbreaking initiatives.
Oz Garcia Teams with James Royal Palm
The nutritionist lends his expertise to the hotel’s spa, restaurants, and Wellness Weekends.
April 09, 2013
Oz Garcia, Ph.D. at The James Royal Palm
With help from nutritionist Oz Garcia, Ph.D, The James Royal Palm's Renew the Spa has set itself apart from the dozens of spas that line Miami Beach. A leading voice in “healthy aging,” Garcia has authored best sellers like Look and Feel Fabulous Forever and The Balance. At The James, his meticulously designed nutritional programming utilizes one-on-one counseling sessions, all-natural spa treatments, healthy menu items, branded in-room products, and soon to launch Wellness Weekends.
Kicking off on May 17, the first Wellness Weekend will pack yoga, fitness classes, meditation, private meetings with Garcia, spa treatments, and themed lunches into a two and a half day stay at the hotel. Most exclusive are the private meetings, where Garcia helps clients understand the science of eating. “When it comes to eating and integration, I recommend strategies in terms of a bigger context that is lifestyle. I want anyone who is working with me to walk away understanding that they need to eat in a functional manner, so that food gives them energy, helps their metabolism, slows down the aging process, functions to help appearance, prevents disease, and aids in stress management. There are foods that work for you and against you,” says Garcia.
Even if you’re not taking in a day at the spa or participating in one of Garcia’s Wellness Weekends, you can still eat nutritiously at The James Royal Palms’ restaurants and coffee bar. Garcia worked with the hotel on providing healthy options like a granola parfait, green drinks, fresh fish, and organic chicken. “Many restaurants strive only to entertain you. They are not focused on the quality of food they are serving—non-GMO, organic, and so on. We have learned that people want to be entertained with their food, but if we can give them something that is actually good for them at the same time, that is what makes somewhere like the James so outstanding,” says Garcia. 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-276-0291
First Look: Biscayne Tavern
Opening next week, the gastropub promises clever comfort food and craft brews.
April 09, 2013
China Grill Management restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow will open a new Downtown Miami gastropub, Biscayne Tavern, inside the recently unveiled B2 hotel on April 17. The 90-seat spot was designed with low lighting and rustic wood accents to be a casual hangout with HD TVs, chalkboard beer specials, and a kitchen stocked with plenty of organic, local, and sustainable ingredients. Manning that last effort is executive chef Will Biscoe, who last worked for Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant will focus on comfort food, with sandwiches like a Florida grass fed beef burger and a pastrami bacon Reuben on grilled rye bread, and mains like duck shepherd’s pie in a twice-baked potato. Other menu highlights include fried oysters with Rockefeller dip; a selection of sliders filled with everything from braised short rib to blue crab cakes; and a dressed up meatloaf with blue cheese smashed potatoes and mushroom gravy, as well as daily specials like veal and duck foie gras schnitzel on Thursdays and rigatoni with Sunday gravy on Sundays.
And in addition to a solid selection of craft brews, more than a few of which are sourced from Florida breweries, like Ft. Lauderdale’s Native Brewing, the tavern will offer daily beer specials, too. Just look for the chalkboard menu. 146 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-358-4555
Birks Collection Debuts in Miami
Preview the glittering new jewelry collection before it hits stores this May.
April 08, 2013
A premier purveyor of luxury jewelry since 1910, Mayors Jewelers’ Miami area boutiques will be among the first in the U.S. to carry its new Birks Collection, an original jewelry series created by Mayors’ Canadian umbrella brand, Birks. Pieces will begin arriving in stores this May, with three exquisite collections to choose from. Made to accommodate bespoke engravings, pieces in the Birks Muse range take design notes from the brand’s first boutique in Old Montreal, while the other two lines, Birks Rosée Du Matin and Birks Snowflake, are inspired by the region’s wintry landscape. Local style setters invited to the brand’s unveiling party and Champagne lunch at the Four Seasons Miami will be the first to eye the collection in person, but you can get a sneak peek in the slideshow above.
Radio Bar Pop-Up Goes Permanent
Now backed by Menin Hotels, South of Fifth’s Radio Bar is here to stay.
April 08, 2013
Menin Hotels has taken the reins at South of Fifth’s Radio Bar, transitioning it from a tucked away pop-up to a permanent neighborhood fixture. The owner of local hotels like Gale South Beach, the Regent Hotel, and Shelborne South Beach, among others, Menin will maintain Radio’s shabby-chic décor and radio tower marquee, while adding new elements such as an upgraded cocktail menu, snack options, happy hour specials, and Menin's own Pizza Bar. New cocktails by James Beard nominee Craig Schoettler, beverage director for Menin Hotels, include shareable punch bowls and house-made syrups. “The new beverage program complements the inviting atmosphere,” says Schoettler. “One would feel just as comfortable in flip flops or a business suit when sipping on a great rum or bourbon.” The newly improved and permanent Radio Bar is open seven days a week from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. 814 1st St., Miami Beach, 305-397-8382
New Brunch at Oak Tavern
Tuck into fresh oysters, a Middle Eastern comfort dish, and house-made sticky buns.
April 05, 2013
Oysters on the half-shell, in a shooter, or as part of a platter are a highlight of Oak Tavern's new Sunday brunch
Oak Tavern’s recently launched Sunday brunch does midday comfort food with a kick. Chef and owner David Bracha's à la carte menu boasts familiar favorites with updated and interesting flavor profiles. French toast gets a coconut crust, shrimp and grits is served with tomato-chile gravy, and eggs Benedict pack pork belly and kale. Not quite a brunch standard but wholly satisfying is the Shakshuka, a traditional Middle East dish of poached eggs and tomato sauce served with bread for mopping. And speaking of bread, the restaurant bakes its own country rye and jalapeño cornbread, as well as sticky buns and warm upside down pineapple cake. But for a light start to your Sunday brunch, order up a selection of oysters—available on ice, in a lemon-thyme vodka shooter, or as part of a seafood plateau. (10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.) 35 N.E. 40th St., 786-391-1818
What We're Reading
The high cost of hosting Super Bowl 50, a surprise Miami performance by Andrea Bocelli…
April 05, 2013
South Florida's bid to host Super Bowl 50 in 2016 carries $21 million price tag
It will cost South Florida $21 million to host Super Bowl 50 in 2016, according to organizers pitching the preliminary bid. That’s $9 million more than was spent to host Super Bowl 44 in South Florida back in 2010. [The Miami Herald]
WLRN penned an open letter to The New York Times regarding a recent Miami travel piece. The letter calls out the paper for gaffes in describing the terrain, incorrectly stating that there was once a Kmart on Lincoln Road, and other chuckle-worthy missteps. [WLRN]
Wynwood’s Miami Rum Club has won the gold medal for best white rum at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The liquor brand is only 6-months-old but has already made it into more than 150 local venues. [Short Order]
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli gave an impromptu performance of “Panis Angelicus” at a Miami Beach Easter mass last Sunday. And of course, there are cell phone camera videos to prove it. [Huffington Post Miami]
As buzz builds for Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain, based on the true story of the Sun Gym Gang, the Miami New Times synopsizes the real life criminals being portrayed by the likes of Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. [Miami New Times]
Anniversary Party at Cafeina
Toast the spot’s third anniversary on its upgraded second floor mezzanine tonight.
April 04, 2013
Cafeina’s new mezzanine boasts 1920s-inspired décor, hand crafted cocktails, and tasty tapas
Cafeina Wynwood Lounge gets on the speakeasy trend wagon as it celebrates the grand opening of a remodeled second floor mezzanine tonight. The revamped space has been appointed with plush fainting couches, glass candelabras, and vintage-inspired rugs, creating an intimate and luxe ambiance. To celebrate the occasion, and the spot’s three-year anniversary, mixologist David Boxwill is rolling out a new cocktail menu to match the mezzanine's throwback décor. Boxwill’s signature is The Mason, a prohibition era-style punch with secret ingredients. Other new drinks like the bourbon-fueled Sleeping Fip and Mandarin Sidecar likewise nod to the 1920s. Meanwhile, chef Diego Pasqualicchio’s tapas menu includes new additions and old favorites like goat cheese croquettes and truffle fries. Stop by tonight and celebrate with complimentary cocktails until 11 p.m., burlesque dancers, and beats by DJ A-Train. 297 N.W. 23rd St., Miami, 305-438-0792; RSVP@cafeinamiami.com
Weekend Recommender: April 4-7
A tap legend at Arsht, dinner with Veuve Clicquot’s chef de cave, and more!
April 04, 2013
Savion Glover tap dances at Adrienne Arsht this Saturday
Heineken TransAtlantic Festival
Thursday-Sunday, April 4-7
Four nights of modern, energetic, and groundbreaking world music hit Miami with beats inspired by Colombian, Argentinean, and Brazilian rhythms. Tonight’s kick-off party will take place at Blackbird Ordinary, followed by weekend concerts at North Beach Bandshell and a closing party at Gramps in Wynwood.
Veuve Clicquot Champagne Dinner at db Bistro
Friday, April 5, 7 p.m.
Veuve Clicquot chef de cave Dominique Demarville will pour vintages from 2004, including the label's Rare Label Brut, Rosé, La Grande Dame, and Demi-Sec NV, to complement a four-course menu by db Bistro executive chef Matthieu Godard and pastry chef Jerome Maure. The dinner is $200 per person and reservations can be made here. 255 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami
Downtown Art Walk
Friday, April 5, 6-10 p.m.
The First Friday Downtown Art Walks hosts its inaugural edition with more than 150 artists across 11 local venues. Spanning private galleries, artist studios, and non-profits, stops on the walk include the Miami-Dade College Museum of Art, Bas Fisher Invitational, Artisan Lounge, Eleazar Delgado Studio, and McCormick Place. The event will also debut MIA Encore, a multimedia contemporary art fair set aboard the SeaFair Bayfront.
Savion Glover at Arsht
Saturday, April 6, 8 p.m.
Tony Award-winning performer and choreographer Savion Glover brings his new show, SoLe Sanctuary, to the Adrienne Arsht Center. The tap sensation's latest endeavor honors tap dancing icons Jimmy Slyde, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Glover's own mentor, Gregory Hines. This one-night-only affair is not to be missed. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-6722
photography by Lois Greenfield
Reinventing The Moscow Mule
Whip up this classic cocktail with a twist and switch on AMC’s Mad Men.
April 03, 2013
The Caribbean Mule
The dapper cast of AMC’s Mad Men has helped usher in the return of 1960s dressing and drinking. Case in point: The Moscow Mule, one of the most popular cocktails of 1950s and 1960s, made with Russian vodka and ginger beer. It’s the perfect drink to toast this Sunday’s season six return of Mad Men, and we have just the recipe for it. Crafted by mixologist Damon Roseberry for Ketel One and the SLS Hotel, this Caribbean Mule has a hit of Falernum liqueur for sweetness. Also updated is the copper mule mug, replaced by a gin and tonic or rocks glass to display flower, clove, and lime garnishes. Check out Damon's recipe below and serve it to your friends for the ultimate Mad Men viewing party.
The Caribbean Mule
1 ounce Ketel One Vodka
2/3 ounce Falernum liqueur
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
Fill a Boston shaker with ice and add Ketel One Vodka, Falernum, and lime juice. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks or gin and tonic glass filled with fresh, large ice cubes. Top with ginger beer. Clove, flower, and lime garnish.