New Restaurant: Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar
A new Mexican hottie moves into town.
January 11, 2012
South Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood continues to heat up with the addition of the new Mexican restaurant Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar. When we first heard it called “hot” we weren’t so sure, but one glance at the menu and we spotted the spicy agave mojito muddled with jalapeños (you can order it mild, medium or hot). There is also picante guacamole made with fresh hot green chiles. Prefer something a bit cooler? Try watermelon agua frescas, blackened snapper tacos and barbecue pork belly guacamole. Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar, 100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-532-4550
The Man Repeller Comes to Miami
One of fashion’s darlings brings her style to Miami.
January 10, 2012
Leandra Medine, the sartorially savvy writer behind the blog The Man Repeller, has had a big year. New York Magazine called her one of the 20 most stylish people at fashion week, last November WWD named her one of the five hottest fashion bloggers and AdWeek listed her as one of Fashion’s Power 25. She has walked in runway shows, been featured in The New York Times, Elle UK and almost every other publication you read, and now she’s coming to Miami. This weekend Medine will host a styling cocktail event at The Webster, styling fans one-on-one Friday, January 13 (5:30–7:30 PM; $100) and giving tips on Sunday (no solo sessions). The Webster, 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; to RSVP call 305-673-5548 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Real Estate Beat: Upcoming Openings
A look at the hottest up-and-coming real estate projects in Miami.
January 10, 2012
St. Regis Bal Harbour Hotel and Residences
Miami is no stranger to the luxury hotel and condo combination. Joining the lofty, high-end ranks of Miami Beach's Canyon Ranch and The Setai is the St. Regis Bal Harbour. Slated to open later this month (January 19), the oceanfront enclave, located directly across from the Bal Harbour Shops, promises an exceptional experience. Complete with St. Regis butler service, the 12,000-square-foot Remède Spa, and internationally renowned Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's latest French-Asian restaurant, J&G Grill, this property will be one of a kind. Take advantage of promotional prices and experience the 1,000 feet of beachfront and nearly nine acres of lushly landscaped gardens. 9703 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-993-3300
Paramount Bay, the 47-story, bay-front tower designed by Kravitz Design, is set to open this spring. “My vision for Paramount Bay is one that integrates the natural beauty and energy of Miami into a look that is as functional as it is inspirational,” says Lenny Kravitz of Kravitz Design Inc. With more than 340 residences, two pool decks, a business lounge with live video conferencing, areas for children and teens, gardens, cabanas, and building-wide fiber optics, Paramount Bay combines design, technology, and luxury in the heart of Miami's cultural corridor. 2020 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-374-2757
With two new towers soon to rise, Brickell continues to grow. BrickellHouse celebrated its launch last October and construction is scheduled to commence on the 46-story luxury tower later this spring. A few blocks away, mybrickell's sales center is up and running, as the planned 192-unit tower will break ground during the first quarter of 2012. mybrickell, 75 SE Sixth St., Suite 101, 305-379-5055.
Sunny Isles Porsche Design Tower and Acqualina Resort
Combine your love of cars and luxury living at the Porsche Design Tower. The sleek, cylindrical 57-story tower will feature 132 units, and residents will be able to ride the elevators without ever leaving their vehicles thanks to a one-of-a-kind robotic parking system. Further south on Collins, one will also come across the Mansions of Acqualina, a collection of oceanfront villas and palazzos located on approximately 6.75 beachfront acres with 650 feet of azure Atlantic waters. A private bridge will connect the new property to the Aqualina Resort. Previews begin later this month in a nearly 9,000 square foot sales center which houses a 4,600-square-foot model residence, "Villa de Acqua." Porsche Design Tower, 18555 Collins Ave.; Mansions of Acqualina, 17749 Collins Ave.
Opening Alert: Wine by the Bay
Wines flow in Downtown Miami.
January 09, 2012
Downtown wine lovers rejoice. Wine by the Bay has quietly opened on the first floor of the Marina Blue building. The shop doubles as an art gallery thanks to owner Stefano Campanini, whose name you may recognize from Etra Fine Art in the Design District. The artwork will change every two to three weeks to keep the look of the space fresh. On top of revolving exhibits, guests can also expect wine tastings, wine classes, lectures and more. The shop has a small menu, and though you can’t buy wine by the glass you can purchase a bottle sans corkage fee. We asked manager Michelle Columbo for a bottle recommendation: “Valdelana Rioja Centum Vitis—[a] beautiful bold, full-bodied, sexy red wine with 24k gold flakes sprinkled in every glass,” she says. “Prime 112 has it for over $500 a bottle. Our price [is] $225, lowest in all of South Florida.” Welcome to the neighborhood. 888 Biscayne Blvd., 305-455-9791
Bag Find: Prada Pyramide
The Prada Pyramide handbag tops our 2012 shopping list.
January 09, 2012
Our first purchase of the New Year may need to be Prada’s latest bag, the Pyramide. The sleek accessory is made of Saffiano leather and has a hint of sporty chic thanks to a metal clasp and contrast piping. (The bag comes in red, light blue, yellow and black.) Fortunately for us Neiman Marcus is hosting its Prada handbags Spring 2012 trunk show on Tuesday, January 17, at its Coral Gables location. Neiman Marcus, San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables
Skinny Bitch Says No to Diets
Nutrition guru Kim Barnouin stresses lifestyle changes and food know-how when it comes to a healthy new start.
January 06, 2012
Let’s face it: Diets are no fun. Which is why the first thing Kim Barnouin will tell you is that being healthy and feeling good aren’t about dieting, they are about lifestyle changes and being educated about what goes into your body. The co-author of New York Times bestseller Skinny Bitch and creator of HealthyBitchDaily.com knows a thing or five about nutrition. (Her newest book, Skinny Bitch Book of Vegan Swaps, hits shelves next month.) Changing her eating habits ultimately led her to a stellar career helping others understand the power of food. Here are her three tips for making a change now:
- Read labels: The four first ingredients are the most important for you.
- Skip diet soda: It turns into formaldehyde once it enters your body.
Keep a food journal: Write down everything you eat so you know the score.
California Cool, Kreiss Style
Kreiss home furnishings and design store joins the Design District with a celebrity-filled evening.
January 06, 2012
Interior design buffs tout Kreiss home furnishings store for its sleek “California Look,” and now the design pioneer is joining the Design District. Kreiss, along with retired NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning, will toast the opening of the Design District showroom on Tuesday, January 10 (7–9 PM). The soiree’s feel-good factor? The Norman and Eileen Kreiss Foundation chose the Honey Shine Mentoring Program as the event’s beneficiary. With 13 retail showrooms in the US and Mexico, Kreiss is bringing California cool to all. Kriess, 49 NE 39th St., Design District
Chef’s Special: Michael Bloise
Catching up with the man behind SushiSamba’s renaissance.
January 05, 2012
It’s not often that a restaurant celebrates its tenth anniversary, but SushiSamba is doing just that. It's also garnering attention for its latest menu, which includes a gunkan section and dishes like braised short rib terrine with pickled mushroom, queso fresco, crispy sweet potato and Peruvian pesto and black cod bolinhos with kosho-cilantro applesauce. If you’ve followed Bloise’s career from his time at Wish and American Noodle Bar, you know he’s a talented young chef who aims to delight diners by continuously offering novelty. If you’ve spent any time with him, say photographing his food, you understand that he’s also a perfectionist. We sat down with him.
Were you a big fan of SushiSamba before?
MICHAEL BLOISE: I’ve always been a fan of SS! Most cooks appreciate quality and simplicity and are usually on the lookout for good sushi. We always found that consistently here.
What surprised you?
MB: The amount of volume we can do and still keep our integrity and standards high. You oftentimes see large-volume restaurants take shortcuts to get by, but we’ve been here 10 years now doing it the right way.
How often does the menu change?
MB: If you know me, you know that I’m always anxious to try something new and that I get bored of my own dishes. It keeps me driven to create new things and subsequently keeps my cooks motivated when they have new products and techniques to learn and conquer.
Any chance for noodles on the menu?
MB: There’s always a chance, especially given my penchant for noodles and such.
What do you like to do on your days off?
MB: When I’m not on the hunt for simple food—sandwiches, mom and pop Peruvian and Mexican joints, Vietnamese—or eating at Area 31—[chef E. Michael] Reidt is doing some great stuff over there—you’ll find me in my back yard on my hammock with a margarita (no salt) and something on the grill. Maybe some spicy chicken thighs with lime and garlic… lettuce wraps… I could go on and on.
Weekend Watch: January 6–8
Set your weekend game right with an excellent lineup.
January 05, 2012
Works by Kiki Valdes in "The Outsiders"
Jeronimo’s Grand Opening Celebration
WHY: Good music, popcorn and complimentary Death’s Door Gin cocktails.
WHEN: Friday, January 7 (10 PM)
WHERE: 814 First St., Miami Beach
“The Outsiders” Exhibition
WHY: A group show of leading local artists curated by Kiki Valdez with works by Kristy Leibowitz, David Cabrera and more.
WHEN: Saturday, January 7 (6–10:30 PM)
WHERE: Ironside Warehouse (7630 NE Fourth Court, Miami)
Patti Smith Book Signing
WHY: Smith is a pioneer, a game changer, a legend, and you’re asking why? She will sign copies of her latest memoir, Woolgathering, and her National Book Award-winning effort Kids.
WHEN: Sunday, January 8 (4 PM)
WHERE: Books & Books Coral Gables (265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables)
61st Annual Beaux Arts Festival
WHY: 61 years plus 100,000 attendees plus 240 artists plus perfect weather equals a can’t-miss.
WHEN: Sunday, January 8
WHERE: University of Miami
A Clean Start at the Standard Spa
Miami’s coolest spa helps start off the year right.
January 04, 2012
There’s nothing better than starting the year with a clean slate, but after all of your holiday extravagances and indulgences a fresh start might mean a detoxification. Fortunately, five days might be all you need to feel healthy and revived. The Standard Spa has created a new nourishing five-day juice cleanse ($350; $50 deposit for recyclable, non-disposable bottles). The program includes a daily supply of juices and smoothies, life coaching, an astrology school session, a mediation class, daily holistic baths and a daily hamam experience bar. Pre-register by January 6 with the spa desk (located on the third floor), and prepare to feel very good. Standard Spa, 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach, 305-704-3945
Photograph courtesy of The Standard Spa Miami Beach