Courtland Lantaff with Giada De Laurentiis at the Mondrian South Beach

They say Miami is like another country, and I say kudos to that. Part of what makes our town so magnificent is the Latin influence, from the long-standing history of Cuban immigration to the continued cultural influx from all over Central and South America. There’s no other city in the world like it. To that end, April is our Latin Issue. The stunning Elsa Pataky, already a star in Spain and soon to be a hit stateside, graces our cover with looks that are difficult to ignore. We’ve also got an impressive spread on the new crop of Latina “It Girls,” and an exploration of all the hoopla, both positive and negative, over Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Miami. And what would Miami be without a seedy underbelly? Brett Sokol takes a look at local documentary team Rakontur’s new film, Square Grouper, as it examines South Florida’s late-’70s marijuana trade.

March has indeed been madness with all that’s going on, and April is actually a time to take a deep breath and enjoy the locals and the venues that cater to them. There’s also a bit more room on the roads—perfect timing for the debut of the new Audi A7 (I just got a note from The Collection about its arrival). This beast is a 310- horsepower five-door coupe.

Though Miami’s feeling more relaxed, one of the grandest events of the year is upon us with The Blacks’ Annual Gala, held on April 2 at the Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach. We already know Pharrell Williams will be there along with Dionne Warwick and Pitbull (and more bejeweled gowns than any other event I can think of). And it’s all to benefit at-risk youth in the Miami area, so drink up.

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