The latest from Ocean Drive's Editor-in-Chief, Jared Shapiro.
Posing with our September cover star, Katharine McPhee, moments before she took to the stage to perform a few songs at our cover party at the Confidante in Miami Beach.
Recently I was driving over the MacArthur Causeway, surrounded by blue skies and water, when the theme song to the ’80s hit TV drama Miami Vice came on the radio. Instead of racing over the causeway at 125 mph in a Ferrari Testarossa like composer Jan Hammer intended, I was abiding by the speed limit, with the windows up, air-conditioning on, child car seat safely snug behind me, work calls rolling through my Bluetooth. While Miami is not always as it is portrayed in Hollywood, it’s certainly still fun to watch.
The song got me thinking, What’s real and what’s fake? These days, it’s HBO’s hit sensation Ballers that’s giving the real Miami a run for its money. In one episode, Miami Dolphins defensive end Ndamukong Suh celebrates the grand opening of a restaurant called Suh-Casa, which looked so real that I had to Google it to find out the restaurant doesn’t actually exist. So what else can I confirm for you? Are the people and the beaches really as beautiful as portrayed on TV? Well, yes, actually. Is it always a sunny, top-down-on-the-Ferrari kind of day?
With photographer Bob Metelus at the Macaya Gallery in Wynwood for the unveiling of his newest exhibition, “Haiti: A Collective Cry from a Forgotten Paradise.”
It’s sunny often and there certainly are a lot of Ferraris, but good luck trying to find the space past all of the “in season” traffic to shift it over first gear. Where can you find pink flamingos? There are great ones at Jungle Island—the same ones used in the Miami Vice opening credits! Of course, there are probably a lot of unmentionables you see on TV about Miami, too; some true, some a bit of a stretch. But all in all, I get why Hollywood is so obsessed with showing off Miami’s scenery and characteristics. What you’re holding in your hand is about as real Miami as it gets… Ocean Drive, filled with the people, the places, the things to see and do, where to eat, shop, and have fun.
Celebrating the Art of Fashion at Neiman Marcus Coral Gables with Stephen Brunelle and Lisa Petrillo.
You don’t need television to show you—you get to experience it (as soon as you can put down that mojito and get off your pool lounge chair). No one knows that better than our November cover star, Eva Longoria, a frequent visitor to Miami, her home away from home, who sounds off on everything from the presidential election to her love life to baby news. Another confirmation of what’s real and what’s fake? Eva Longoria is about as real as they come.