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    Girls Who Code, a crucial program devoted to nurturing young girls’ interest in technology, launches in Miami.

    Reshma Saujani
    ReshmaSaujani, here at the organization’s offices at AppNexus in New York, started Girls Who Code after seeing the lack of girls in computer labs.

    Remember the horrors of high school—the nausea-inducing process of finding where to sit in the cafeteria, between the coveted “cool kids’ ” table and sidelined cerebral nerds? That’s not exactly the best climate in which to cultivate a girl’s interest in science, let alone computers, but in a 21st-century job market, tech skills are the ticket. Sadly, girls often avoid the tech-savvy education tracks, but Girls Who Code is out to change all that.

    Launched in Manhattan in 2012 by ReshmaSaujani, a lawyer and former deputy public advocate for New York City, Girls Who Code prepares young women for the 21st century via intensive summer programs that draw out and hone their computer science acumen. The genesis for the idea came when Saujani was on the campaign trail (she ran for Congress in 2010) and saw a hundred boys in a computer lab in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, but just one girl. “My family came here as refugees from Uganda,” she says. “And one of the reasons why I think that they were given status was because they had technical talent, and the United States in the ’70s was desperate for engineers. I grew up with a role model who was brilliant at her job.”

    Amanda Chen and Sheree Lewis
    Amanda Chen and Sheree Lewis at Goldman Sachs, one of many companies in NYC hosting Girls Who Code’s summer immersion programs. Saujani hopes to find similar opportunities in Miami.

    By 2020, there will be an estimated 1.4 million computer science jobs in the US, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but currently just 18 percent of computer science graduates are women, according to figures from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. In other words, women are missing out on opportunity, and we, as a society, are missing out on some serious female talent. It bodes for a gender left behind.

    Why the dearth of female tech interest? “It’s not aptitude; I think it’s pop culture,” offers Saujani. “You can’t be what you can’t see, and there are little to no great female role models that are in the technical field.”

    To launch the program, Saujani raised funds from companies such as Google, Twitter, and Intel, and she and her executive director strategized by quizzing tech companies about what they sought in female job applicants. One common complaint was that by the time companies recruited on campuses, girls were already too far behind in computer science skills. The program needed to catch girls at a younger age.

    Saujani and her team developed an immersive summer program for high school girls, and brainstormed with people who worked in academic and tech fields to create a curriculum that includes robotics, animation, and mobile app development, but also offered leadership lectures and field trips to local tech companies.

    So far, they’ve launched in five cities—New York, Detroit, San Francisco, San Jose, and now Miami, where the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Verizon Foundation are helping with funding. “Miami is a burgeoning tech hub,” says Saujani. “It’s got a diverse community of companies. I also think that not everyone is going to go work at Google or Twitter—mid-market start-ups and technology companies are where the majority of these women are going to get jobs.”

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    Pals Nina Compton of Scarpetta and Jen Chaefsky of Macchialina discuss how women are shaping Miami’s food scene.

    Jen Chaefsky and Nina Compton
    Jen Chaefsky and Nina Compton check out the selection of produce at The Fresh Market in Coconut Grove.

    In an industry still dominated by men, more and more female restaurateurs and chefs are taking the reins, and in Miami, they’re beginning to change the culinary landscape. Here, Jen Chaefsky, general manager and owner of Macchialina, who studied agricultural sciences in school, and Top Chef alum/chef de cuisine at Scarpetta Nina Compton, who trained under renowned chef Daniel Boulud, discuss how they’re redefining Miami’s food scene.

    How do you think dining in Miami has changed since you’ve arrived?
    Nina Compton:
    When I first moved here 12 years ago, it seemed like there were fine dining restaurants only in hotels. Then [in 2008], Michelle Bernstein opened her own restaurant [Michy’s] and Michael Schwartz opened up [Restaurant Michael Schwartz]. Now we have more female chefs coming up—it is a very exciting time for Miami.
    Jen Chaefsky: When we got here six years ago, we were like, “Where do you eat?” It’s an easy niche to fill; I think that’s why people respond so well to what we’re doing here.

    Kitchens can be verbally combative places to work. Does that matter as a woman?
    Not to this woman. We can hold our own with the boys. I think that also helps us succeed. It makes it a lot easier to do our jobs when we’re seen as one of them.
    NC: You really have to have a thick skin. People can say some offensive things, but you can’t take it personally. You have to roll with the punches. If you’re one of the guys, they know “she’s with us.”

    Why do you think there aren’t more women restaurateurs and chefs?
    Because you have to give up a lot of stuff. It’s hard to have these hours—you don’t see your family, you don’t go to weddings, you’re always on call. I think that’s hard for a lot of women. People’s choices are changing, though. Maybe husbands stay home with the kids, maybe you’re not going to have kids; there are ways. I don’t know how you would do it and have a family. This is our family.
    NC: You have to sacrifice a lot. My husband’s in the business, so we get along very well, but if he worked 9-to-5, it would never work.

    Advice for young women in the culinary arts?
    I do tell my female cooks, “Don’t show any sign of weakness because the second you do that, they’re going to eat you alive.” You can’t be like, “I’m a woman, so can you pick this up?” You have to show that you can pick up 50 pounds and more.
    JC: There’s pressure to prove yourself even more. I’ll be the first one in or the last one to leave, and in between, I’ll do everything. I’m not a princess; I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty, and [the men in the kitchen] respond to that. Macchialina, 820 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305-534-2124; Scarpetta, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-4660

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    Moms love wine, right? And their eyes always light up at the doors of a luxe spa. Put those two things together and you have a winning Mother's Day gift.

    The zen environs at The Spa at Viceroy Miami. (image via)

    These three spa treatments pack the power of vino in cutting edge treatments and, of course, the old-fashioned way—in a glass.  

    Wine isn’t just for drinking at The Biltmore. The hotel’s New Woman spa package ($450 per person, 3.5 hours) includes a 50-minute Signature Chardonnay Massage, which beautifies with antioxidant-packed French Chardonnay grape seed oil. The tension-taming rubdown is followed by a 50-minute Performance Facial, 40-minute Bamboo and Teak Manicure with paraffin, and 50-minute Bamboo and Teak Pedicure. 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, 305-913-3187

    The Spa at Viceroy Miami lets mom unwind in total privacy with its Ultimate Mother’s Day Spa Escape ($285 per person, 2.5 hours), which includes the petal-infused Ultimate Rose Massage, Spring Organic Customized Facial, and a Classic Manicure, at which time mom can shut out the world and enjoy a glass of gratis bubbly. 485 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-503-0369

    Make it a girls' day with Lapis Spa’s A Day at the Fontainebleau package ($175 per person, 2.5 hours). Begin with your choice of a 50-minute Swedish Massage, 50-minute Pore-Perfecting Facial, or 90-minute Spa-licious Mani/Pedi. Afterward, head to La Côte for a beachside French Mediterranean lunch, included in the package, and spring for a bottle of mom's favorite wine. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-4772

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    They may be hot shots in their own restaurant kitchens, but when these 11 chefs go home to mom, they leave the cooking to her. 

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    Todd Erickson is the chef behind Huahua's Taqueria, but his favorite dish from childhood is lasagna. (photo: Gary James)  

    Roasted rosemary chicken. “Every Sunday my mom would make roasted rosemary chicken, a traditional dish in the area of western Germany where I grew up. This recipe has definitely inspired the menu at Area 31, which features rich flavor profiles and textures reflecting comfort, love, and a simple respect for local ingredients.”—Wolfgang Birk, executive chef, Area 31

    Arepas. “My mother would make her authentic Venezuelan arepas in the morning with perico [scrambled eggs with vegetables] and with queso blanco and crema for lunch. I’ve continued the tradition by bringing my mother's recipes to Wynwood Kitchen + Bar and often share them with my team when I’m in the mood for a real family meal.”—Miguel Aguilar, executive chef, Wynwood Kitchen + Bar

    Oxtail stew. “I love the smell of my mother’s oxtail stew. Whether it’s Mother’s Day or any comforting Sunday, this slow-cooked, spice-filled dish just warms my heart. In fact, I love it so much that it’s now offered on our Sunday brunch menu as part of the steak ‘n’ eggs Benedict."—Timon Balloo, executive chef and partner, Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

    Lasagna. “My mom’s recipes weren’t complicated, but always utilized fresh and delicious ingredients. Her stand out dish for me growing up was—and still is—lasagna. The sauce is an all-day affair, starting with sautéed garlic, onions and fennel, then sweet Italian sausage and stewed tomatoes.  After simmering for a few hours, she layers pasta, seasoned ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan and bakes it until bubbly, brown, and delicious. I’m happy that I get to share this dish, as I love it dearly, just like I love my mom.”—Todd Erickson, executive chef, Haven South Beach and Huahua’s Taqueria

    Carne adobada. “As a kid I would wake up early on weekends to cook my mom’s favorite dish, carne adobada. It’s a New Mexican-style breakfast of traditional pork and red chili stew with potatoes, fried eggs and a side of casserole. And I would never forget the fresh flour tortillas à la minute!”—Jacob Anaya, executive chef, OTC

    Sunday lasagna. “I still recall all the prep that went into my mom’s Sunday lasagna. She would start on Saturday afternoon with the gravy and homemade pasta. On Sunday morning she would be in the kitchen putting everything together, adding mini meatballs—which my brothers and I would steal—and fresh ricotta. The scent of lasagna baking was just magical."—Luciano Sautto, chef de cuisine, Bianca at Delano

    Chili. “My mother made the best chili and served it with cheddar cheese and warm pita bread. You could really feel the love that went into it! Made with ground beef, lots of tomato, and a unique spice mix—chili powder, paprika, cumin, cayenne, onion powder, and garlic powder—it was truly my favorite meal of the week."—Christopher Lee, executive chef, The Forge

    Soup and sandwiches. “I still adore my mom's soups and sandwiches! I remember summers spent as a kid in Vancouver, playing outside with friends in our big backyard. My mom would pull fresh herbs, lettuces, and tomatoes from our garden and put together some of the best sandwiches you could ever taste. All the kids in the neighborhood would come over for her delicious lunches.”—Luke Verkuylen, executive chef, Earls Kitchen + Bar

    Crock Pot spaghetti and meatballs. “My mom used to make amazing crock pot spaghetti and meat balls. The sauce would be simmering in the crock pot all day and then we would sit and feast on those cold Colorado nights. My mouth waters at the thought of her perfectly toasted garlic bread!”—Sean Brasel, executive chef, Meat Market

    Chile sauce. "I grew up near Memphis, and my dad grew a fantastic vegetable garden every summer; his specialties were tomatoes and peppers. My mother had a delicious recipe for chile sauce, which we used on everything from scrambled eggs to steak over the course of the year until we could start using the fresh tomatoes my dad grew the next year."—Billy Boyle, executive chef, Florida Cookery

    Chicken empanadas. “My mother was my first mentor without realizing it. She introduced me to the love of the kitchen. I have fond memories of cooking at home, starting in the garden where Mom grew an array of fresh herbs to our patio’s bread oven—the aroma of freshly baked loaves always filled our house.  My mom cooked everything from scratch. I can still taste her chicken empanadas, prepared in the clay oven with roasted vegetables.”—Horacio Rivadero, executive chef, The District Miami

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    Want to make her Mother's Day extra special? It's all about setting a scene. Make a reservation at one of these six lush outdoor eateries.

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    Brunch by the pool comes with unlimited mimosas and Bellinis at Terrazza at Shore Club. 

    Before having brunch at Terrazza at Shore Club, moms can be treated to a massage in the hotel's elegant garden area. For the main event, Mother's Day fare includes a bountiful raw bar with Alaskan king crab, and small plates like churrasco skirt steak and sesame-crusted seared tuna. The brunch is $65 per person, but all women in attendance can sip unlimited mimosas and Bellinis. 1901 Collins Ave., South Beach, 305-695-3226

    Perched on the penthouse floor of the Herzog & de Meuron-designed building, Juvia serves French, Japanese, and Peruvian cuisine amid verdant indoor-outdoor environs. Mother's Day brunch is $85 per person and includes endless pours of Laurent-Perrier Champagne, as well as select cocktails. 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-763-8272

    Moms can enjoy a decadent selection of Italian-inspired dishes and desserts at Midtown's new hot spot, Bocce Bar. Try your hand at the city’s only sanctioned bocce ball court, then sit down to a brunch ($34 per person) complete with raspberry-infused Mamma Mia cocktails and a bouquet of house made marshmallows. 3250 NE 1st Ave., #107, Miami, 786-245-6211

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    Tuck into squash blossom pizza and warm shrimp salad at Stephen Starr's Verde. (photo: Gary James)

    Before you glimpse the captivating exhibitions on display at Downtown’s Perez Art Museum Miami, treat mom to brunch at Verde, the latest venture from Stephen Starr. At $50 per person (add $20 for bottomless mimosas), the prix fixe menu promises seasonal dishes like squash blossom pizza and warm shrimp salad. The dazzling views of Biscayne Bay are complimentary. 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-375-8282

    Brickell’s db Bistro Moderne honors the season (and Miami moms) with a fresh approach to spring-inspired fare. For $49 per person, a three-course prix fixe features delectable dishes like spring pea salad with crispy egg and ham and pistachio waffles garnished with local strawberries. 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way at the JW Marriott Marquis, Miami, 305-421-8800 

    The vision of a lush Mediterranean estate, 660 at The Angler’s offers a welcome departure from South Beach's hubbub. On the à la carte menu for Mother's Day are dishes like mango scallop ceviche and paella del mar. If kids are in tow, tableside activities like a picture frame craft will keep them content while mom enjoys her brunch. 660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-534-9600

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    The prince, apparently, digs dim sum. More on Harry's Chinese food preferences, and other celebrity sightings around town, below. 

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    Prince Harry. (photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)  

    Prince Harry's Late-Night Feast at Hakkasan

    Prince Harry dined at Hakkasan at the Fontainebleau with an entourage of 13 (not including his security, who also joined the party). The group sat at two tables in a private area, arriving at 9:30 p.m. and staying past closing. They feasted on duck salad, dim sum, Chilean sea bass, lobster, and charcoal-grilled silver cod with Champagne and Chinese honey.

    Where Do Chris and Adrienne Bosh Go for Date-Night? 

    Chris and Adrienne Bosh stopped by Wynwood's new R House and filled up on chef Rocco Carulli's tuna-avocado tartar, duck confit spring roll, sweet pea falafel, braised lamb shank, and grilled skirt steak. 

    Eva Longoria Eats Family-Style at Seasalt and Pepper 

    Eva Longoria and a crew of 10 people, including her boyfriend, Televisa president Jose Antonio Baston, hit up Seasalt and Pepper. Eva sat as host of the table, drinking Opus One red wine and enjoying a three-course, family style meal that included Para Negra ham, charcuterie, octopus a la plancha, homemade tagliolini, and Dorada fish, the chef's specialty.

    Jamie Foxx and Simon Rex's Boys' Night Out at Wall

    Jamie Foxx and Simon Rex checked out a wet T-shirt contest at Wall Nightclub at W South Beach. Rex was seen taking pictures with the ladies.

    Andrea Bocelli Eats Truffles on Easter at Cavalli Restaurant 

    Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli and his new wife, Veronica Berti, celebrated Easter with his sons and some friends at Cavalli Restaurant and Lounge. Bocelli was a big fan of the truffle risotto. He and Roberto Cavalli, who are both from Tuscany, are close friends. Earlier that day, Bocelli gave churchgoers at St. Patrick's Church a surprise Easter mass performance. 

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    At Campowerment—a positivity and empowerment summit across the USTammi Leader Fuller and Alor timepieces help busy women retake control of their lives.

    three timepieces from the Alor Collection series
    The “Camper of the Day” at Campowerment receives one of these three timepieces from the Alor Collection series of timepieces ($795– $895) as a reward. 

    For many, the thought of sleep-away camp recalls fireside chats, singalongs, and letters to and from home. But a new generation of campers are writing much different missives than their youthful predecessors thanks to Campowerment, a series of leadership and revitalization refuges where women get the chance to step outside of their comfort zones, dare to experience life differently, and refocus to remind themselves that they’re much more than just “wives,” “mothers,” or “employees.”

    “Women are all about doing everything,” says Tammi Leader Fuller, Campowerment’s CEO (Camp Empowerment Officer), who launched the program two years ago. “We are so busy planning and thinking of others that we have little time in our lives for us. We may have career choices, personal choices, and other decisions to make, but we put them off because we don’t take the time we should.”

    Fuller, a former Emmy Award–winning TV producer and stressed-out mother who left an entertainment career of more than 30 years to start Campowerment, seeks out traditional summer camp venues and utilizes them when they are not in session. With upcoming camps in California, the Catskills, and the Poconos, Fuller offers a combination of physical challenges (yoga and Zumba, plus hikes and rope courses) and mental enhancement (meditation, workshops, etc.) to help women “reignite.”

    And though campers often lose track of time while finding themselves in nature, Alor, a Swiss-made watch brand with California roots whose mission dovetails beautifully with Fuller’s, has also devoted itself to the Campowerment cause. “We’re a brand primarily focused on women and one that values a woman’s time, so partnering with Campowerment was a natural fit,” says brand principal OriZemer. “Our brand motto, ‘It’s About Time, It’s About Me,’ aligns perfectly with Campowerment’s mission of celebrating and empowering women. This is exactly the type of organization we were seeking to show our support for women and our understanding that they need to make time for themselves.”

    Campowerment’s physical challenges build community and long-lasting relationships.

    Fuller admits that although it is “cabin” living with shared showers and bathrooms, it’s still upscale. “There are flowers in the cabins, and we make s’mores with gourmet chocolate,” she jokes, adding that the only rule at Campowerment is that no one is allowed to share what they do for a living for the first 24 hours. “Sweatpants are the great equalizer. We need to get to know one another as the women we are first.”

    Each day at camp, Fuller selects a “camper of the day”—typically someone who has shared a particularly difficult story, come to a life-changing realization, broken out of her comfort zone, or simply embraced the concept of “time out for me”—and awards them with a watch from the brand’s Alor, Cavo, or 1979 collections. “I think Alor is revolutionary in that they cater to women and they are willing to make this journey with us to help women experience real time,” Fuller notes.

    And although a luxury watch might seem an unlikely keepsake from a back-to-basics weekend, Alor president and Ori’s mother, Sandy Zemer, believes the brand can be a reminder of the weekend’s lessons. “Our motto is the key to our company core values. It resonates because taking time for yourself is essential to continue to feel strong and capable. It has made my own life of wearing many hats a real success.”

    One of the key strategies of the program is to get campers to realize that they are not alone in their issues, bringing them together for a weekend that will resonate long after they’ve left Fuller’s friendly confines. “Camp is about stopping, breathing, thinking, taking a leap of faith, and putting your trust in yourself and others for three and a half days,” she says. “[It] will have you thinking differently when you leave.”

    Brannan Sheridan, a recent California camper, echoes Fuller’s mission statement. “You would have to go to so many different people to get the kind of counseling and encouragement you get from all of the instructors during the three-day weekend,” she says. “You have it all in one place here, and other women who share and support you. What I left Campowerment with was deeper and more lasting than a simple getaway. It turned out to be one of the most liberating, thought-provoking weekends I’ve ever had.”

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    Seven Miami chefs and bartenders share their favorite spots for authentic Cuban fare via our friends at Find. Eat. Drink. 

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    Pubbelly's Andreas Schreiner is a fan of Versailles restaurant. (photo: Find. Eat. Drink.)

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    Versailles: Recommended by Julio Cabrera and Andreas Schreiner  
    You can’t mention Cuban food in Miami without including this classic Little Havana cafe. Cuban-born bartender Julio Cabrera (Regent Cocktail Club) recommends the lechon asado (roasted pork) with maduros (sweet plantains). Restaurateur Andreas Schreiner, of the Pubbelly empire, calls the restaurant a “must for a Cuban experience.” He orders the media noche sandwich. 3555 SW 8th St., Miami, 305-444-0240

    Las Olas Cafe: Recommended by Michael Pirolo  
    “This is a gem on South Beach,” says chef Michael Pirolo (Macchialina, Taverna Rustica) of this cafeteria and coffee stand untouched by gentrification and filled with locals. “The croquettas, empanadas, media noches, café con leche, [and] braised oxtail are all amazing.” 644 6th St., Miami Beach, 305-534-9333

    Puerto Sagua: Recommended by Hedy Goldberg and Gabriel Orta
    Opened in 1962, this greasy-spoon Cuban café has endured the dark and dangerous times of South Beach. Pastry chef Hedy Goldberg (Michael’s Genuine, Cypress Room) loves to come at night. “It’s stick to your ribs food and great after you’ve had too many glasses of Champagne.” Barman Gabriel Orta (Broken Shaker) comes in the late afternoon. “It’s two blocks from the beach. I order the pan con bistec, a steak sandwich with little fried potatoes inside,” says Orta. 700 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-1115

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    Puerto Sagua is where Hedy Goldberg heads for late-night bites. (photo: Find. Eat. Drink.)

    Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop: Recommended by Roel Alcudia 
    “It's essentially a Cuban diner,” says chef Roel Alcudia (The Cypress Room). “They have daily lunch specials, which I thoroughly enjoy, especially the fried steak on Mondays and the lechon asado on Fridays.” 186 NE 29th St., Miami, 305-573-4681

    El Mago de las Fritas: Recommended by Danny Valdez 
    Bartender Danny Valdez (Regent Cocktail Club) picks this off the beaten track restaurant. He says, “It is not to be missed. They have great hospitality and very tasty fritas.” 5828 SW 8th St., Miami, 305-266-8486 

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    Dreaming of a west coast vacation? If you fantasize about heading out on the open road in a gleaming silver Airstream, or just want to spend the night in one, we discovered a few companies offering the romantic campers for rent. These are not barebones flashbacks to Soviet efficiency either; each airstream is well-appointed and primed for adventure.

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    Lee Brian Schrager's launch party for Fried & True, his new fried chicken recipe book, leads this week's food and drink news. 

    In our May/June issue, Lee Brian Schrager talks about his new fried chicken book, Fried & True, at Yardbird. (photo: Gary James)

    Lee Brian Schrager's Fried & True Book Party at PAMM

    On Tuesday, May 27, Lee Brian Schrager will celebrate the launch of his book, Fried & True: More Than 50 Recipes for America's Best Fried Chicken and Sides, with a Southern-themed event at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). From 6 to 9 p.m. on PAMM's waterfront terrace, guests will enjoy five dishes from the cookbook, pours of sangria, and Southern tunes by Martin Hand. Tickets are $175 for museum members and $200 for non-members and include a signed copy of the book. [Tickets] 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-375-1704   

    Midnight Dinner and Wine Pairing at Yardbird

    Yardbird will be the host of the next 50 Eggs Guest Chef Series on Friday, May 16, collaborating with chef Michael Laukert of Hundred Acre Wines for a midnight dinner. Laukert and 50 Eggs culinary director Clayton Miller will serve four courses and three wine pairings, including Layer Cake Chardonnay, Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cherry Tart Pinot Noir. Diners will also have the chance to preview The Duke, a bourbon based on a 40-year-old recipe by John Wayne. [Tickets1600 Lennox Ave., Miami Beach, 305-538-5220

    Trump National Doral's BLT Prime Recruits Hell's Kitchen Winner

    Trump National Doral has opened the doors of its new American steakhouse, BLT Prime. Chef de cuisine Dustin Ward and head chef Paul Niedermann (the winner of Hell's Kitchen season 9) have stacked the menu with steakhouse staples like a 28-day dry-aged New York strip, a Kansas City bone-in strip, and a porterhouse for two, as well as tuna tartare, lobster Cobb salad, and peanut butter chocolate mousse for dessert. Both chefs have ties to Florida and plan to cook with local produce and seafood as much as possible. 4400 N.W. 87th Ave., Miami, 305-591-6066

    Miami's Best Chefs Cook Comfort Food for Charity

    As Miami foodies gear up for next month's Taste of the Nation South Florida, Tongue & Cheek will host a kick-off party with a chef's roundtable on Monday, May 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. Chefs including Timon Balloo, Todd Erickson, Tongue & Cheek's own Jamie DeRosa, and more will whip up comfort dishes from their childhood, and Tito's Vodka will be providing cocktails. Tickets are $100 or $25 when purchased with a Taste of the Nation VIP ticket ($250). All proceeds go to Taste of the Nation. [Tickets431 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

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    What do David Beckham, Lebron James, and Adriana Lima have in common? They all frequent the same seafood restaurant. More on that, and other celeb sightings around Miami, below.

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    Adriana Lima. (photo: Jemal Countess)  

    Soccer and Basketball Stars Dig in at Seasalt and Pepper

    David Beckham hit up Seasalt and Pepper with best friend David Gardner and American Idol creator Simon Fuller. The guys were spotted sampling a few of chef Alfredo Alvarez's signature dishes, including kumamoto oysters and fresh albacore white tuna salad.

    Lebron James and Miami Heat teammates Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen, Michael Beasley, and Mario Chalmers were also spotted at the restaurant enjoying Sunday Funday with supermodels Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel.

    The Weeknd's Surprise Show at Adoré Nightclub

    Canadian R&B artist The Weeknd and his XO entourage swung by one of Miami's newest clubs, Adoré Nightclub, over the weekend. The artist surprised the crowd by hopping on stage and performing hits like "Crew Love."

    Jeremy Shockey's Sunday Funday at Delano Beach Club

    Former NFL player and four-time Pro Bowler Jeremy Shockey stopped by Delano Beach Club, posting up in a poolside bungalow with friends. They spent the day snacking on chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, and quesadillas and cooled down with frozen smoothies, sangria, and Heineken.

    Macchialina Draws a Fashionable Crowd

    Miami Heat player Chris Bosh and pal Ian Grutman got a table at Macchialina before Bosh's Playoff games. The duo sampled the burrata with heirloom tomatoes, artichoke salad, and spaghetti with prawns.

    On a separate night, designer Calvin Klein dined at the restaurant with three friends, also trying the burrata, as well as an off-the-menu veal dish. Duck Sauce's Armand Van Helden was also seen with three friends dining on Macchialina's vegetarian dishes outside on the sidewalk café.

    Robin Thicke Does Date-Night at Hakkasan

    Robin Thicke and his wife, Paula Patton, were spied having a date-night at Hakkasan. The couple and their three-year-old son were in Miami at the Fontainebleau for Thicke's concert with Pharrell Williams at BleauLive.

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    More than two decades ago, Queen Elizabeth II paid the Magic City a quick visit, creating a royal frenzy.

    Queen Miami Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, talk with students in an ESL class at Miami’s Booker T. Washington Middle School on May 17, 1991.

    The idea of royalty is not lost on Miami, but the definition may often get muddled in translation. We’re quick to dub anyone who looks fabulous while hosting a party the “king of nightlife” or the “queen of fashion”; we may even bow in respect to a Sir Paul McCartney or Dame Helen Mirren when they sashay into town. But Miami is more the “Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece” kind of royal, the type that Lorde sings about.

    However, back in May of 1991, actual royalty graced our fair city as Queen Elizabeth II spent 12 hours in Miami on her 13-day tour of the United States. The reaction was very typical of a “back-then Miami.” The local NBC affiliate ran continuous coverage and set up a phone line to update residents on the queen’s every move (this was, after all, before Twitter). Those in the know, like socialites and political bigwigs, sipped Champagne with her at Vizcaya and made their way aboard the royal yacht for a dinner reception with, among others, the Reagans and Fords.

    Those not invited got as close as they could just to catch a glimpse. As The Miami Herald humor columnist Dave Barry pointed out, not everyone knew what to do. “It has been hilarious watching social Miami, in various stages of grovel, trying to figure out how to act in front of this short lady who never says anything,” he told The New York Times that week.

    Our best representative may just have been Luz Rivera, a seventh grader who demonstrated a perfect curtsy for the queen when she visited Booker T. Washington Middle School. After all the hoopla, it was that leg of the trip that proved Miami worthy of a royal tour.


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    Whether it concerns her career or charitable causes, actress Susan Sarandon makes her minutes count.

    Susan Sarandon

    Susan Sarandon, who has played many controversial roles on screen, has never been afraid to speak her mind in real life. Actress and activist in equal parts, Sarandon is known for her support of progressive political and charitable causes. She is an advocate for victims of hunger globally and has been named, among other titles, a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador. She not only vocalizes her support for global peace and justice, but also travels extensively to underscore the importance of these issues. Sarandon, who is a fan of luxury watch brand IWC because of its support and commitment to philanthropy, recently spoke to us about her charity initiatives.

    How do you make time for all your philanthropic interests?
    SUSAN SARANDON: I feel like I never have enough time for charity and causes, so I have to triage. I think in terms of how I can make time and where I can do the most good. If there is an emergency that is time-sensitive, something that people don’t have enough information about, and I can help by being a little flashlight and making a difference so people get the information, then I get involved. It is very rewarding.

    How does time play a role in your life?
    SS: I try always to be on time, but I think time is arbitrary. I would love to live a life where time was irrelevant, where I could just focus on being in the present and not look toward the future or be influenced by the past. I think we make our own time. If you see the great athletes when they are in the zone—they make time count, they are in the moment. It would be great if, as ordinary people, we could do the same thing, be in the zone, present, and make time our own like that. I was recently at Burning Man in the desert and I was inspired by the way time felt there. It gave me a great appreciation of measuring time by the sun—when it goes up and down. You become much more aware of the ebb and flow of life than when you are going by a clock, and you’re without all the media devices. If you’re very present, your time is exactly what you want it to be and you are not a slave to it. But this is hard since we are all over-scheduled and very time conscious.

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    Sarandon wears the IWCPortofino Hand-Wound Eight Day ($20,200). It has an eight-day power reserve displayed between eight and nine o’clock.

    Why do you prefer to wear IWC, and which watch do you wear?
    SS: IWC is active in conservation efforts, like supporting the Charles Darwin Foundation, and that is important to me. I really like watches; they are the perfect accessories. I especially like wearing men’s watches because they are bigger and make a statement. [Sarandon wears a large IWCPortofino watch.]

    Does time get away from you when you are working?
    SS: When I’m in a film, I need to not be aware of time. I have someone else that keeps track of it for me because if I was worried about time, I couldn’t do my job. Besides, when you are making films, you are doing the same thing over and over again, so your sense of reality is completely warped. You can be doing something all day long that will only be a minute and a half in a movie, so you suspend time when you are making a film.

    Which have been the longest and shortest moments of your life?
    SS: Giving birth is interesting. It’s one time when you are really focused. Time goes by, but it seems like one continuous minute. You are in the zone, and then suddenly you realize it has been 10 hours and you are still focusing on getting that baby out, so birthing is a very interesting time frame. On the other side, I remember the year at the Academy Awards when I mentioned the Haitians held at Guantanamo. That seemed like it was hours, and it was actually just 26 seconds. But that’s what makes time so funny, so distorted.

    What made you decide to become an actress?
    SS: I never studied acting, and I never wanted to be an actor, I just kind of fell into it. That’s probably what made it easier for me, because I didn’t take it that seriously. After I did it for a while and paid off all my school debts, I thought, “Well, I guess this is what I do.” I find acting curious and amusing. I love the process of working in films and TV, because it’s a very collaborative, non-gender-designated workplace, and I love that. You get to travel; you get to know people at their very best—and at their very worst. It is always surprising, like going to a different country. Every film has a different power structure, a different language, and a different destination, and when you get there you are always surprised, so it keeps you questioning and interested. 

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    Looking to flee the South Beach scene this Memorial Day Weekend? These three staycation destinations haven't put up the "No Vacancy" signs just yet...

    The Breakers Palm Beach: Bring the family to The Breakers and settle in for the weekend, as there won’t be a need to leave after you arrive. With 140 acres of oceanfront property, this Italian Renaissance-styled resort features a half mile of private beach, four oceanfront pools, five whirlpool spas, 25 beach bungalows, a premium spa and fitness center, eight restaurants and bars, tennis courts, a 36-hole golf course, and 11 on-site boutiques with designers like Ralph Lauren and Lilly Pulitzer. Summer bookings also benefit from free full American breakfast buffet, all kids meals, use of tennis courts, fitness classes, and WiFi. 1 South County Road, Palm Beach, Florida, 888-273-2537

    The Marquesa Hotel: One of the most popular destinations among locals during Memorial Day Weekend is the Florida Keys. The Marquesa Hotel is among the few places in Key West that still has rooms available. The charming retreat is a restored iconic Key West conch house, with four buildings centered around a serene garden and swimming pool space. Having won awards from Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure, The Marquesa is in the center of Old Town Key West, but just a block from all the bars and action on Duval Street. Enjoy eats from Café Marquesa, the hotel’s Zagat-rated fine dining restaurant, as well as complimentary parking on-site and coffee and tea poolside in the mornings. To keep things as relaxing as possible, the Marquesa only allows children 14 and up. 600 Fleming St., Key West, Florida, 305-292-1919

    The Biltmore Hotel: For those who aren’t looking to travel too far for a staycation over the holiday weekend, travel back in time at Coral Gables’ historical gem. Built in the 1920s, The Biltmore boasts stunning Spanish architecture and luxe modern-day amenities, such as a European spa, three award-winning restaurants (Fontana, Palme d’Or, and Cascade), and one of the most beautiful pools in all of South Florida. Don't miss the infamous Sunday Champagne brunch. 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, Florida, 855-311-6903

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    Cocktails mixed with everything from raspberry-basil agave nectar to cucumber vodka and lots of lemon lead this week's food and drink news.  

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    Four new citrus-spiked cocktails have hit the menu at Lorenzo. 

    Lorenzo Mixes Sweet and Tart Cocktails for Summer

    Italian restaurant Lorenzo at The Redbury is giving its cocktail menu a citric twist for summer with four new drinks that are a balance of sweet and tart. Try the Cetriolo Collins, a marriage of Hendrick's Gin, cucumber vodka, thyme simple syrup, and a splash of fresh lemon juice and a drink with a bit more kick, or the Lampone Sour, a blend of Weller bourbon, raspberry-basil agave nectar, and fresh lemon juice. 1776 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-483-1796

    Lamb Down Under Event at EDGE Steak & Bar

    Named the Miami "Lambassador" by Meat & Livestock Australia, chef Aaron Brooks of EDGE Steak & Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Miami is hosting a lamb event on Saturday, May 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. Four other local chefs, including Bradley Kilgore of J&G Grill, will join Brooks in creating the lamb bites at the rooftop terrace event, which will also include Australian wine, beer from BREW FIU, live music, and a sweet finish from EDGE's pastry chef. Tickets are $55 per person. [Tickets] 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-381-3190

    Bourbon & BBQ Bites at Devon Seafood + Steak

    Devon Seafood + Steak is hosting its monthly tasting event ($40 per person) on Wednesday, May 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. with a cocktail-themed evening on its waterfront patio. Teaming with Dram Good Drinks, the restaurant will serve food tastings paired with cocktails, bourbon, and whiskey, including samples of Hudson Baby Bourbon, Angels Envy, 1792, and Russell's Reserve 6yr. Expect bites like cornmeal battered oysters with bacon jam and malt vinegar mayo; barbecue Brussels sprouts; wood-fired chicken wings with sweet chili sauce and spiced peanut dust; and smoked pork belly with espelette honey and Granny Smith apples. For dessert, there's a strawberry rhubarb pie with bourbon pecan ice cream. 11715 Sherri Lane, Kendall, 305-275-0226

    Back-to-Basic Cocktails at Oak Tavern

    The Design District's Oak Tavern has revamped its cocktail menu with a list of libations crafted by the new head bartender, Anthony "Tibor" Vecsesi, who was also behind the cocktails at Khong River House. Drawing inspiration from cocktails dating back to the 1800s, the classic cocktails feature house-infused fruits and herbs and fresh-squeezed juices. Options on The Classics menu include the vodka-based Moscow Mule with ginger beer; the Bramble with Plymouth gin or Chopin vodka, lemon juice, and berries muddled with St. Germaine; and the Vesper, the original James Bond martini with Aviation Gin, Ketel One Vodka and Cocchi Americano. 35 N.E. 40th St., Miami, 786-391-1818

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    If the thought of Birkenstocks and flat pool slides taking over this summer has you frightened, you've come to the right place. We understand that such a radical trend is not for everyone. In fact, it's not always for us. We need a balance in our spring shoe wardrobe, and the perfect counter to tomboyish sandals is a sexy, sheer shoe with PVC, mesh or lace insets.

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    Renowned artist Peter Max captures the spirit of ten Niche Media cities with his exclusive, hand-painted covers. Only one whimsical artwork is available for each city and will be auctioned off on Charitybuzz starting Tuesday, June 3 to benefit The Humane Society of the United States. Browse the covers now, and come back to bid.

    In addition to the original artworks, 25 limited-edition posters will be made available for a donation of $250 each at Don’t miss your chance to own a collector's item and support a great cause. 

    Aspen Peak by Peter Max.
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    Boston Common by Peter Max.
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    Capitol File by Peter Max.
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    Gotham by Peter Max.
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    Hamptons by Peter Max.
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    Los Angeles Confidential by Peter Max.
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    Michigan Avenue by Peter Max.
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    Ocean Drive by Peter Max.
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    Philadelphia Style by Peter Max.
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    In need of a haircut and a hot shave? You can even get a manly mani/pedi at this hip new Wynwood barber shop.

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    A chair-side view of the new Junior & Hatter Gents barber shop. 

    Opened in 2012 and buzzing ever since, trendy hair salon Junior & Hatter has just opened a second location, Junior & Hatter Gents. The Wynwood-based salon's new barber shop is located right next door to its 1,100 square foot space in the center of the arts district. 

    The retro-style shop offers specialized grooming for men, including classic hot towel shaves ($40) and beard trims ($25). Andrea Battista and Mario Silvestri, the dapper co-founders of Junior & Hatter, have created a relaxed, homey vibe to make clients feel comfortable as they receive expert treatments. The space is decorated with antiques and thrift store finds, as well as man cave essentials like a foosball table, dart boards, and HDTV. 

    The shop is open Mondays from 2 to 8 p.m., and Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Haircuts check in at $45, and manly manicures and pedicures are offered for $15 and $22, respectively. 2750 Northwest Third Ave., Miami, 305-571-8361

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    This summer, DBGB Kitchen and Bar takes over db Bistro Moderne and offers diners a revisited classic menu. 

    Yankee burger at db Bistro in Miami.

    Chef Boulud's NYC Restaurant Takes Over db Bistro

    Chef Daniel Boulud's DBGB Kitchen and Bar is heading south this summer taking over db Bistro Moderne Miami. The DBGB menu will be available at the Miami eatery through July 4, offering popular items recreated by executive chef Jason Pringle and executive pastry chef Jerome Maure. Options include the Tunisienne sausage with lamb and mint merguez, the piggy burger, a 7-oz. beef patty topped with BBQ pulled pork, and the peach melba sundae. Groups of eight or more can opt for the “Whole Hog Feast” in the wine cellar and enjoy a tarte flambée and charcuterie before digging into the pièce de resistance: a slow-roasted suckling pig served tableside. 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, 305-421-8800 

    Desserts from the DBGB menu.

    Farm-to-Glass Cocktails at Macchialina

    Armed with a full bar, Macchialina Taverna Rustica has brought in celebrated Miami mixologist William Rivas to craft its new cocktail menu. The offerings will include four classic and four signature cocktails that will change every four to six weeks. Rivas says they are "focusing on spirits and not over-stylizing cocktails" and the "quality of ingredients more than showmanship." Debut libations include the Rising Sun with mescal and blood orange; the Phenomena with Beefeater 24, Cardamaro, and Montanaro vermouth; and the Devil in a Blue Dress with Ancho Reyes, Kappa Pisco, and lemon. 820 Alton Rd., Miami Beach, 305-534-2124

    Macchialina debuts a new mixology program via William Rivas.

    Four-Course Veuve Clicquot Champagne Dinner at The Setai

    As part of the rotating wine-with-dinner series, The Restaurant at The Setai is serving a four-course feast paired with Veuve Clicquot Champagne on May 29, 2014. Executive chef Mathias Gervais has designed a menu with vintage pairings from chef sommelier Dwayne Savoie with courses that include Maine lobster paired with a 2004 Veuve Clicquot Gold Label, along with a poached Dover sole and Alverta President Caviar, paired with 2004 Veuve Clicquot Rosé Gold Label. Dinner is $150 and starts with a reception at 7:30 p.m. and a meal at 8 p.m. 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-520-6000

    Wynwood Kitchen Whips Up Tropical Libations for Summer

    Wynwood Kitchen & Bar has added a host of tropical-themed cocktails to its menu, including the Tony G—which honors the late Tony Goldman, a visionary behind the Wynwood Walls. The sip is composed of Bulleit red bourbon, spiced lemonade, Drambuie, and rosemary garnish. Also new is the Lucky Colada, a sweet swirl of Lucky Player Meringue Pie vodka, pineapple, lime juice, Midori, and guanabana. 2550 N.W. 2nd Ave., Miami, 305-722-8959

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