Articles on this Page
- 05/27/14--21:00: _Miami's Four Bigges...
- 05/28/14--21:00: _7 Unbelievable Amen...
- 05/29/14--21:00: _6 Father’s Day Gift...
- 05/31/14--21:00: _On This Day in Miam...
- 06/01/14--21:00: _5 Ways to Celebrate...
- 06/01/14--21:00: _6 Steakhouses Servi...
- 06/01/14--21:00: _Prime Time for Wome...
- 06/02/14--21:00: _Peter Max Talks 'Oc...
- 06/03/14--09:46: _Spotted: Actors and...
- 06/05/14--21:00: _Bottomless Bloody M...
- 06/08/14--21:00: _Why Stefanie Graf L...
- 06/09/14--21:00: _World Cup Kickoff a...
- 06/09/14--21:00: _5 Sommelier-Approve...
- 06/10/14--21:00: _Wilmer Valderrama T...
- 06/11/14--02:00: _5 Fun World Cup Vie...
- 06/11/14--21:00: _Porsche Design Crea...
- 05/31/14--21:00: _Summer Menu Preview...
- 06/15/14--21:00: _How Kari Allen Chan...
- 06/15/14--21:23: _Spotted: Ryan Phill...
- 06/16/14--21:00: _Summer Prix Fixe at...
- 05/27/14--21:00: Miami's Four Biggest Concerts of Summer
- 05/28/14--21:00: 7 Unbelievable Amenities at the World's Top Hotels
- 05/29/14--21:00: 6 Father’s Day Gifts for Dads Who Like to Booze
- 05/31/14--21:00: On This Day in Miami History: Amelia Earhart Took Her Final Flight
- 06/01/14--21:00: 5 Ways to Celebrate Father's Day Outdoors
- 06/01/14--21:00: 6 Steakhouses Serving Father's Day Dinner
- 06/01/14--21:00: Prime Time for Women Watch Collectors
- 06/02/14--21:00: Peter Max Talks 'Ocean Drive'-Commissioned Cover Artwork & More
- 06/03/14--09:46: Spotted: Actors and Sports Stars at Sushi Hotspot
- 06/08/14--21:00: Why Stefanie Graf Loves Longines
- 06/09/14--21:00: World Cup Kickoff at SUSHISAMBA; Miami Heat Menu at Toscana Divino
- 06/09/14--21:00: 5 Sommelier-Approved Wine Lists
- 06/10/14--21:00: Wilmer Valderrama Talks Election Day Aspirations and Voto Latino
- 06/11/14--02:00: 5 Fun World Cup Viewing Parties
- 06/11/14--21:00: Porsche Design Creates Watch with Patrick Dempsey's Racing Team
- 05/31/14--21:00: Summer Menu Preview: Gregory Pugin's French Fare at Palme d'Or
- 06/15/14--21:00: How Kari Allen Changed Versace Watches
- 06/15/14--21:23: Spotted: Ryan Phillippe, Shaquille O'Neal Partying at Delano
- 06/16/14--21:00: Summer Prix Fixe at Bianca; Pig Roast at Devon Seafood + Steak
Typically, Miami’s “season” ends by the time summer rolls around. But with big-name acts like Katy Perry and Beyoncé and Jay-Z (together!) rolling into town, things are just heating up.
Beyoncé and Jay Z at the Grammys was a mere preview of the spectacle "On the Run" is sure to be. (photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Waka Flocka Flame, Return of Flocka Tour, June 5, Grand Central Miami
After touring with Steve Aoki last year, Waka Flocka Flame is stepping out on his own for the Return of Flocka Tour in support of Flockavelli 2. No stranger to Miami, he’s picked a place that knows how to have a good time. Tickets are $20 each.
Cut Copy, Free Your Mind Tour, June 18, Grand Central Miami
The indie-electronic Aussie group Cut Copy returns to Miami after performing live at Ultra Music Festival earlier this spring as part of their tour for their fourth studio album, Free Your Mind. With Classixx, a DJ duo known for their remixes, as the opening act, expect a full-on indie dance party. Tickets are $30 each.
Beyoncé and Jay Z, On the Run Tour, June 25, Sun Life Stadium
It's happening! Miami is the first stop for Queen Bey and Hova's first-ever husband-and-wife tour. If the Grammy Awards were any indication of what's in store, we’re expecting quite the show from the industry’s biggest power couple. Wouldn't it be epic if Solange came on stage to squash all that elevator drama? Tickets begin at $58.20.
Katy Perry, The Prismatic World Tour, July 3, AmericanAirlines Arena
The North American leg of Katy Perry's tour for her fourth album, Prism, sees a portion of ticket proceeds benefiting Perry's favorite charities, including UNICEF, for which she is an ambassador. Icona Pop opened for her in Europe, and it looks like Capital Cities will be joining her for the U.S. portion. Expect "fireworks," especially given that the show is on the eve of Independence Day. Tickets begin at $60.75.
This article was originally published on LifestyleMirror.com.
In simpler times, free WiFi and warm chocolate chip cookies at check-in were perfectly acceptable hotel amenities—some even called them perks. But in what can only be described as a veritable arms race of concierges and artisanal product butlers, amenities at the world’s most luxurious hotels are exceptionally and unusually extravagant.
The search for the perfect Father's Day gift can feel like mission impossible. But it doesn't need to be. Whether he's a beer, whiskey, or cocktail guy, these six boozy gifts will get you a pat on the back—or two.
1. A Drink Dispenser That Puts Bourbon on Tap
Stone drink dispenser, Jeff Henderson ($125). uncommongoods.com
Hand-cut from cobbled granite in New Hampshire, this “liquid fun dispenser” acts like dad’s own personal cocktail tap. Think how much fun he'll have showing this off on holidays and game days?
2. The Ultimate Lock and Key Bar Set for the Office (or Wherever)
This 10-piece stainless steel flask and shaker set comes in a sleek black leather case that will make dad feel like Don Draper mixing up cocktails wherever he pleases.
3. A DIY Rum, Scotch, and Whiskey Making Kit
Whiskey and rum making kit, Uncommon Goods ($75).
Papa can craft his own Highland malt Scotch whiskey, spiced rum, or full-bodied Kentucky bourbon and age it in the American White Oak Barrel that comes with a stand, bung, and spigot.
4. A Beer of the Month Club Membership
Beer Series Membership, Craft Beer Club (from $39).
The gift that keeps on giving. Send dad a fresh batch of craft brews right to his doorstep monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly. He’ll get 12 beers per month; four styles, three of each style.
5. Monogrammed Beer Glasses for Game Days
NFL glassware, Pottery Barn ($18-24).
What better complement to game day than dad’s own beer mug, pint glass, or pilsner with his name and home team etched on it?
6. A Sinatra-Approved Bottle of Whiskey
Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select, Jack Daniel’s ($166.90).
This year’s limited edition Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select whiskey is bottled at 90 proof and aged in “Sinatra Barrels,” just how Frank enjoyed it.
History’s most celebrated female pilot, Amelia Earhart started her final voyage in Miami in June 1937.
In 1937, Amelia Earhart took off from Miami in this Lockheed Electra aircraft in an attempt to fly around the world; a month later she disappeared over the Pacific.
Long before Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 tragically disappeared over the Indian Ocean, pilot Amelia Earhart was at the center of one of aviation’s most famed unsolved mysteries.
The first woman to fly nonstop across the US and the Atlantic, and the first person to fly solo across the Pacific, Earhart had even designed a line of clothing for “the woman who lives actively,” including a flying suit that was advertised in Vogue with a two-page spread.
On June 1, 1937, Earhart took off from Miami, at what is now Opa-locka Airport, with the goal of flying 29,000 miles around the world. The initial weeks of her voyage went by smoothly as the pilot traveled to South America, Africa, India, and Southeast Asia. But radio contact ceased on July 2, the day Earhart was supposed to land on a nearly invisible airstrip on Howland Island in the mid-Pacific. Despite extensive searching in the area, neither Earhart nor her plane was ever found.
Even before liftoff, Earhart understood the risks of such an arduous journey. “Please know I am quite aware of the hazards,” she wrote to her husband, George Putnam. “I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” Her words ring as true today as they did more than 70 years ago.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SPL/GETTY IMAGES
Spend quality time and enjoy the great outdoors with a day of golf, barbecue, yachting, food truck and beer sampling, and more.
A barbecue in Crandon Park means dad can play his favorite role—grill master.
1. A Day of Golf at The Biltmore: Grab the clubs and spend the day in Coral Gables for a round of 18 holes at The Biltmore Hotel. Even better if you're not as good a golfer as dad; that way he can teach you a trick or two, which he'll love.
2. Father’s Day Bash at Jungle Island: Jungle Island is celebrating Father's Day with a car showcase, food truck showdown, free beer sampling, and a “man cave,” along with enough entertainment to keep the kids occupied. Dads get free admission with a full paying general admission ticket from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
3. Barbecue in Crandon Park: Pack up the family and head to Crandon Park in Key Biscayne for an afternoon on the beach. Dad can play his favorite role—grill master—at one of the onsite grilling and picnic areas, and you can keep his beer glass full.
4. A Brewery and Winery Tour and Picnic: Take pops on a tour of Miami’s own Schnebly Redland's Winery. There's a scenic outdoor area for picnics and live music on weekends and evenings.
Finding the perfect Father's Day gift is a complicated mission. Picking the perfect restaurant for Father's Day dinner? That's a no-brainer. Steakhouse all the way.
Meat Market's Durham Ranch buffalo tenderloin with chocolate mole butter.
Meat Market is celebrating Father's Day with a special serving the Durham Ranch American 16-ounce Buffalo wood-grilled rib eye with Meat Market chipotle seasoning, roasted mushrooms, and fried Brussels sprout salad ($55). Chef and co-owner Sean Brasel also recommends going for the popular Durham Ranch buffalo tenderloin steak with a chili and espresso rub and bittersweet chocolate mole butter. 915 Lincoln Road, South Beach, 305-532-0088
A hotspot since the '60s, The Forge combines two things all dads love: killer steaks and great wines, a total of 750 selections to be exact. Michelin-starred chef Christopher Lee's popular 16-ounce dry aged prime New York strip "super steak" was named "Best Steak in America" by Wine Spectator. Father's Day marks the kickoff of the restaurants new Prime Rib Sunday, which features a different prime rib dish accompanied by a popover and a glass of select wine, beer, or cognac ($39 per person) every week. 432 41st St., Miami Beach, 305-538-8533
Dinner with a view? On the the rooftop terrace at EDGE Steak & Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Miami, dad can enjoy city vistas and farm-to-table fare using herbs from the restaurant's own garden. The Brickell restaurant also boasts a 24-ounce bone-in tomahawk steak ($49), which can only be improved upon by a pour of your choice of classic Béarnaise or tamarind barbecue sauce. 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-381-3037
Prime 112's 48-ounce porterhouse.
Located in the historic Brown's Hotel, Prime 112 has all of the ingredients to make dad happy—a stellar steak menu and a sleek setting that's just a little bit trendy. We recommend the 30-ounce bone-in rib eye or the 48-ounce porterhouse for two on dad's special day. 112 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305-532-8112
Treat dad to a round of golf at Trump National Doral Miami and a meal at the new BLT Prime steakhouse, which boasts an outdoor terrace with sweeping views of the famed Blue Monster golf course. The porterhouse is the most popular dish on the menu, but Father's Day brings a 16-ounce T-bone steak blackboard special ($42). Dads who order the special will take home a sample of the special spice blend used by the steakhouse. 4400 N.W. 87th Ave., Miami, 305-592-2000
Another spot for golfing dads, Michael Mina's Bourbon Steakat Turberry Isle is known for its award-winning duck fat fries with seasonings and sauces that change daily. Dad can nosh on rosemary-herb fries with a spicy ketchup or smoked paprika fries with Michael Mina's barbecue sauce before tucking into a steak cooked on a wood-burning grill at the center of the restaurant. The Japanese and American Wagyu are the top picks, and dads get a gratis glass of wine on Father's Day. 19999 West Country Club Dr., Aventura, 786-279-6600
At this year's Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, luxury watchmakers unveiled models combining beauty and power—for women only!
The Richard Mille RM 07-01 Ceramic ($105,000) houses the specially designed caliber CRMA2, a skeletonized automatic high-performance movement. The watch is crafted in gold and scratch-resistant, high-tech ATZ ceramic.
Over the past several years, women have been getting notoriously sophisticated about watchmaking culture,” says Richard Mille, founder of the luxury brand that bears his name. “From this point on, there is no question that women have knowledge about even the most technical aspects.” Mille has dubbed 2014 the Year of the Woman. While he has been creating women’s timepieces for almost a decade, this year he concentrated on producing larger sizes using high-tech materials—an approach that resonates with his female clientele. In keeping with his penchant for technically sophisticated and unusual haute horology, Mille has unveiled, among other models, the RM 19-01 Tourbillon Natalie Portman, featuring a spider motif in diamonds, and the avant-garde RM 07-01, housing a skeletonized automatic movement with titanium bridges made specifically for this watch. It’s also crafted in the advanced ATZ ceramic, a tenacious composite of alumina and zirconia. Adds Mille, “All of our ladies’ watches have a distinctly glamorous side in addition to being extremely technical.”
Of course, Mille isn’t the only brand focusing on the fairer sex. An appreciation for female watch enthusiasts and their depth of expertise was pervasive at January’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva. But what’s interesting is that many companies seemed caught off guard by how much today’s women know about watches, while others have clearly caught the wave of enthusiasm for their craft among their female clients, and they’re responding with a new realm of women’s watches that includes automatic and mechanical pieces with small complications, such as chronographs, skeletons, calendars, moon-phase indicators, and more.
Unlike watchmaking for men, in which a design concept starts in the luxury field and trickles down to the fashion arena, the women’s watch boom has its origins in the fashion world, where brands such as Michael Kors and Michele have taken the women’s market by storm. Sales of women’s fashion watches in the $300 to $500 price range were up 11 percent in 2013, according to LGI Network, an NPD Group Company.
In a “trickle up” effect, several high-end designer brands began paying attention to this market a few years ago. Chanel, Dior, and Van Cleef & Arpels created inventive, complicated watches, such as Chanel’s J12 Tourbillon, with a tourbillon movement crafted exclusively for the brand by the renowned manufacturer APRP. Similarly, Dior unveiled the Inverse Caliber—a movement that lets the rotor be seen on the dial side while allowing for stunning decorative elements—and housed it in the brand’s muchcoveted Dior VIII collection. And Van Cleef & Arpels, long a designer of women’s watches, launched its Poetic Complications line of whimsical retrograde and repeater watches for women, quickly stealing their hearts.
Cartier’s Les Indomptables de Cartier brooch watch (price on request) features a green enamel dial with a crocodile scale motif and enamel leaves. The crocodile, which can be removed from the timepiece and worn as a brooch, is made of 18k gold and brilliant-cut diamonds and peers from emerald eyes. It is part of a limited edition of 50 numbered pieces.
Noticing these brands’ success with high-end complex watches geared toward women, haute horology companies have begun taking action. “We owe it to women to be as true to them as we are to men with our high-end watchmaking,” says Xavier Nolot, CEO of Audemars Piguet NA, which currently produces strong pieces for women in its Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore collections. Next year the brand promises to unveil a line created expressly for women. “It used to be easy to take a shortcut for women and just offer beautiful timepieces, but that is not enough anymore,” he says. “Women are in places of power, executives, successful in all they do, and they demand a watch that makes a powerful statement on their wrist.”
The artistic director of Vacheron Constantin, Christian Selmoni, concurs. “The challenge we face as an industry is giving women the perfect blend of beauty and technology,” he says. “It is not good enough to put a mechanical movement inside a watch; we need to push to develop new looks for this new frontier.” His brand has done precisely that. Of the 16 watch companies exhibiting at SIHH last year, Vacheron Constantin was the only one to unveil women’s watches exclusively, including artistic masterpieces with enamel dials and mechanical movements. This year the brand continues that feminine focus with the Métiers d’Art Fabuleux Ornements collection, celebrating the decorative arts. Exemplars of fine watchmaking, these timepieces feature open-worked calibers, as well as cases and dials showcasing the arts of guilloche, enamel, engraving, gem setting, and more. Each piece in this series houses the brand’s ultraslim (1.64mm) Calibre 1003, consisting of a lacework of meticulously engraved wheel trains visible in the center of the watch dial and through the caseback. The series includes pieces bearing Indian, Ottoman, French, and Chinese-inspired motifs.
FROM LEFT: Christophe Claret’s Margot mechanical watch ($315,000) functions via an ingenious mechanism that plays the game “He loves me, he loves me not.” Each time the wearer presses the pusher, a single petal or a pair of petals randomly falls off the flower, disappearing beneath the dial. (There is also a nondiamond version for $199,500.) F.P. Journe’s new quartz-powered Elegante ($11,400) stops displaying the time after lying flat for 30 minutes, but is awakened with motion and automatically readjusts the clock. With a white mother-of-pearl dial under an open-worked 18k gold plate that is set with half pearls, Piaget’s Limelight Blooming Rose watch ($46,900) features four diamond-adorned rose petals, which bloom into eight petals with a touch of the case. Available this fall. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Perpetual Calendar watch ($49,800) is powered by the mechanical Calibre 868 automatic movement, which takes into account the months’ unequal lengths and requires no adjustment until March 1, 2100.
At the same time that Vacheron Constantin began unveiling women’s wonders, so did Jaeger-LeCoultre. About two years ago, the brand released Rendez-Vous, its special collection for women, which was focused on the Night & Day model, with an updated moon-phase indicator and a mechanical movement. After meeting with positive response, the company expanded the collection to include a celestial model, a tourbillon, and more. This year it introduces a perpetual calendar version and the Rendez-Vous Date, with the 27.5mm Calibre 966, one of the smallest mechanical movements on the market. “While we have a long history of making watches for women, this was different,” says Philippe Bonay, president of Jaeger-LeCoultre North America. “We had to create all-new cases just for women, as opposed to shrinking something down from the men’s collections. Especially in the high-end segment of watches, there is an entire culture of women who know exactly what they want, who see the watch as a horological piece. While they still want beauty and precious materials, they [also] want a movement that makes a statement and elicits a response to their knowledge.”
COMBINING ART AND STYLE
The rush to create watches for women isn’t only about new launches. Brands that have long designed for this market, such as Cartier, Baume & Mercier, Piaget, and Roger Dubuis, are recognizing the need to step up their game. As Bonay said, it isn’t just about adding a mechanical movement or a simple complication to a woman’s watch; it’s also about offering newly thought-out designs. “We are known for our very feminine style,” says Larry Boland, president of Piaget. “But women, especially in the boardroom, have a sophisticated sense of style and want a complex watch that makes a statement on their wrists.” This year, in its Altiplano and Limelight lines, Piaget unveiled several new mechanical watches for women that are at once elegant and technically impressive. The new Limelight Blooming Rose watch features four diamond-adorned rose petals encasing a center dial. With a simple touch, the upper case swivels and four more petals appear—surrounding the dial in full bloom.
This year Cartier is focusing on versatility, which plays a key role in its Métiers d’Art collection. First released in 2013, the series features artistic dials and overlaid sculptures, each of which can be removed from the case and worn as a brooch. This season’s models include a watch with a removable gold and diamond crocodile on top of a striking green enamel dial; another, with a removable flamingo, emulates a piece made for the Duchess of Windsor in 1940 by Cartier’s famed designer Jeanne Toussaint. In addition, the brand worked with actual rose petals in the design of its marquetry parrot timepiece. All of these diverse watches house mechanical movements and offer unparalleled artistry that proved to be a high point of SIHH.
INDEPENDENCE BREEDS INGENUITY
Vacheron Constantin’s Métiers d’Art Fabuleux Ornements 9906 Ottoman Architecture watch ($147,600) houses the ultraslim (1.64mm thin) manual Calibre 1003 skeletonized movement. Available in late fall by appointment.
Independent watchmakers are also answering the call to action from women, with some very unusual responses. Christophe Claret, famed for his ultra-mechanical chiming watches that allow the wearer to play poker, roulette, and other games, this year unveils his first complicated women’s timepiece. Called Margot, the limited-edition mechanical watch has a daisy dial inspired by the love-struck romantic’s game of plucking petals from a flower one by one while saying, “He loves me, he loves me not,” as well as an ingenious mechanism for predicting the answer: With the press of a pusher at 2, the watch comes to life, with a single petal or a pair of petals randomly falling off the flower, disappearing beneath the natural mother-of-pearl dial until the answer appears in French calligraphy at 4. Adding to the charm is the melodic chime that resonates in typical Claret style with each press.
In a different vein, F.P. Journe—easily one of the most traditional watchmakers of our time, focusing on handmade mechanical movements and heritage-inspired complexities—unveils its first women’s watch line this year. Making the milestone even more intriguing, the series includes Journe’s first quartz-powered watch. “We can’t close our eyes to the fact that quartz exists and that some women like the ease of a quartz watch,” explains Pierre Halimi Lacharlotte, general manager of F.P. Journe in America. “But Journe would not have been able to build a quartz watch unless it had complications and unusual abilities. It had to be something different, something beautiful and dedicated just for women.”
Called Elegante, the line also offers a unique feature: When the watch lies flat for more than 30 minutes, it stops displaying the time, but when you pick it up again, the motion wakes it and it automatically moves to the proper time in the quickest way possible, forward or backward. Eight years of research and development went into the piece, and thanks to Journe’s tireless commitment to precision, it houses two movements—one for seconds and one for hours and minutes—which also maximizes battery life. Yet this electromechanical marvel is still thin and, as its name suggests, elegant. Says Lacharlotte, “There is a sort of whimsical, dreamy appeal to a watch that goes to sleep but can wake up on touch.”
Several other important watch brands have already begun research and development on the all-new collections for women they’re promising for next year. Baume & Mercier, which currently offers a strong core line for women in its Linea collection of watches with interchangeable straps, plans to unveil an entirely new collection this fall. As part of that line’s ongoing research and development, the brand held focus groups internationally with women to determine their needs. “Women are not afraid to buy expensive watches for themselves anymore,” says Rudy Chavez, president of Baume & Mercier, North America. “They want watches that reflect the fact that they are independent thinkers, professionals who appreciate good looks and the power behind those looks. They want to celebrate their success, and a watch is something they can look at and recall the reason they bought it.”
Peter Max talks 'Ocean Drive'-commissioned cover artwork & more with Mika Brzezinski
Where do Will Smith and David Beckham go for fine Japanese fare when they're in town? More on that and other celebrity sightings below.
Zuma Draws Will Smith, Shameless Star and David Beckham
Will Smith was spotted at Zuma Restaurant on his way over to the private dining room. British Formula One racer and Zuma London regular Lewis Hamilton later joined the entourage.
Over Memorial Day weekend, Shameless' Vanessa Bell Calloway was also spotted at the eatery wearing all black while enjoying dinner with a group of girlfriends.
On a separate night, David Beckham swung by the restaurant with founder and CEO of Brightstar, Marcelo Claure, and some friends.
Dennis Rodman's Birthday Bash at E11even
Dennis Rodman hit up the 24-hour nightclub E11even Miami for his birthday celebrations, arriving in a black hat with feathers and rhinestones and Maxim model Shiree Wagner by his side. The duo was joined by former NBA player Mark Strickland and 2 Live Crew's Fresh Kid Ice (Chris Wong Won) in the main VIP pit. The party's table was filled with Rodman's branded vodka, although he was seen sipping only on water and smoking cigars before being wished a happy birthday with a cake processional and life-size poster cut-out of his face.
Miami Heat Star's Steakhouse Celebration
A day after beating the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Miami Heat player Udonis Haslem was seen dining at Steak 954 at the W Fort Lauderdale.
Rick Ross Celebrates His Record Label with Rosé
Rapper Rick Ross threw a dinner party at Soho Beach House Miami for a group of 25 members of his label, Maybach Music Group. The guests—which included artists Omarion, Wale, Stalley, Fat Trel, Gunplay, Rockie Fresh, and DJ Scream—dined in a private room overlooking the ocean and toasted to the label's continued success with bottles of Belaire Rosé.
The crew also celebrated DJ Sam Sneak's birthday that evening… and headed to the recording studio right after dinner.
Real Housewives Sip Champagne at The Forge
Real Housewives of Miami’s Lisa Hochstein and husband Lenny were seen starting off their night at the Veuve Clicruot happy hour at The Forge before having dinner with friends in the main dining room. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Brandi Glanville had the same plans, on a different night, with actress Jennifer Gimenez.
Miami’s dining scene is bursting with celebrations. All you have to do is take your pick: will it be Bloody Marys and BBQ for Father’s Day or bottomless craft beer in honor of the World Cup games?
The patio at Florida Cookery
Father's Day BBQ at Florida Cookery
On Sunday, June 15, Florida Cookery at The James Royal Palm will throw a Father's Day BBQ. Attendees will enjoy steak, bratwursts, Kobe burgers, chicken and shrimp kabobs, and the eatery's special smokehouse chili. Brunch ($39 per person) will be topped off with a Bloody Mary bar and a cigar menu. 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-276-0333
OTC Throws a Series of Specials for the World Cup Games
During this year’s FIFA World Cup games, Brickell's craft beer joint OTC will be staying open later and offering $20 bottomless select crafted beer and cuisine inspired by the countries playing each match. The soiree will start on Thursday, June 12 at 4 p.m. during the Brazil versus Croatia match and continue through Sunday, July 13. Expect Brazilian feijoada (a traditional stew with beans, beef, and pork), French mussels and fries, German sausages with mustard, and homemade Italian pasta specials. 1250 South Miami Ave., Miami, 305-374-4612
Area 31's terrace
Beachfront Bottomless Bloody Mary Bar at Terrazza
Sunday brunch (11 a.m.-4 p.m.) at Terrazza at Shore Club now includes a create-your-own, buffet-style Bloody Mary Bar ($20) with a “bottomless” mason jar. The bar boasts all the garnishes needed to create the boozy drink, like corn dogs, bacon and pickled quail eggs, olives, charcuterie, peppers, and a slew of sauces. 1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-695-3226
Father's Day Brunch with a View at Area 31
Take dad to brunch at Area 31, on the 16th floor of the EPIC Hotel, and take in the panoramic views of Biscayne Bay. Executive chef Wolfgang Birk’s Father’s Day specials include the baked king crab with Louisiana remoulade and cornbread crumbs, the 48-hour grilled brisket with Boniato puree and whiskey BBQ sauce, and the peanut butter fudge tart with Guajillo peanut brittle. Lead bartender Dean Feddaoui has whipped up incredible cocktails for the occasions, like the Green Scent, with Botanist gin, yellow chartreuse, fresh lemon, and an orange twist. 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305-424-5234
As she celebrates the 10th anniversary of her induction into the Tennis Hall of Fame, Stefanie Graf takes time to share her passions.
When she was the reigning queen of tennis, time was a constant battle for Stefanie Graf, but now she’s using it to make a difference in the world.
Perched in the Longines area of the new Hour Passion store in Las Vegas' Aria hotel, Stefanie Graf has the leisurely grace of a lady who lunches, although her presence certainly commands the respect—and sidelong glances (“Is that...? Yes, I think it is!”)—deserving of a 22-time Grand Slam titleholder, an Olympic gold medalist, and the longtime number-one female tennis player in the world. But then, she has a much different attitude toward time now than she did when, as she says, “my time was driven by tennis—practices, preparations for the matches, and the matches themselves.”
A Longines Ambassador of Elegance since 2008, Graf leads a more luxurious life than when tennis ruled her world, although luxury to her means time to focus on her kids—Jaz Elle, 10, and Jaden Gil, 12—and stump tirelessly for the global foundation for children she founded in 1998.
In fact, Graf’s outlook today—since retiring from tennis in 1999, moving to Vegas, and starting a family that is deeply involved in philanthropy—aligns perfectly with Longines’s credo that “Elegance is an attitude,” according to Walter von Känel, the company’s president. “The Longines slogan speaks to the way in which a person carries themselves and lives their life,” he explains. “Both the tennis legend and the brand focus on performance, precision, and striving for excellence. Her courage, commitment, and generosity are the perfect embodiment of the brand’s values.”
The Longines Conquest Classic.
The aim of Graf’s foundation, Children for Tomorrow, is to provide “psychological rebuilding” to children and families who have suffered the trauma of war. During a career in which she traveled the world, she says, “I saw firsthand how many children grow up in daily life marked by wars, violence, exile, and loss of family.” Her foundation reports that the number of children and adolescents forcibly displaced worldwide exceeds 20 million, and Graf felt a need to treat the unseen effects of what they’ve endured. “While their physical injuries might heal,” she says, “not visible are the mental wounds and trauma. Most suffer from depression, loss of sleep, and nightmares.”
Both Graf and husband Andre Agassi have forged a strong bond with Longines. Agassi was named an official company ambassador in 2007, and she joined him the next year not least because the brand became, she says, a true philanthropic partner. Among other initiatives, Longines and Graf host an awards program called Women Who Make a Difference, celebrating women who have had a positive impact on children’s lives. The winners receive a trip to New York for a professional photo shoot, a meeting with Graf, a donation to their cause and the opportunity to build awareness for it—plus a Longines watch. Longines also supports Agassi’s Las Vegas–based charter school foundation, which has raised more than $177 million since its founding in 1994.
So Graf wears her sporty, diamond-studded Longines Conquest Classic with pride—and with purpose. The dedicated philanthropist says she prefers to be early rather than merely on time and is “borderline obsessive” about checking her watch, a long-established trait. “My first was a Mickey Mouse watch that I won at the Goofy Junior Tournament,” she says. And although Graf has graduated to Longines, all of her watches, she adds, “carry great memories of when and where I received them.”
Don't have your barbecue up and running yet for summer? These eateries have you covered with World Cup celebrations, a foodie tribute to the Miami Heat, waterfront dining, and ice-cold cocktail specials.
SUSHISAMBA's World Cup drink specials
SUSHISAMBA Miami Beach and Coral Gables are marking the World Cup with their own Brazilian twist during a month-long event called SUSHISAMBA Mundial 2014. For the opening game on Thursday, June 12, the restaurants will host a festive celebration with in-house samba dancers and food and drink specials. The party continues during all World Cup matches through Sunday, July 13. Soccer fans can dine on special menu items and sip cocktails inspired by the competing teams, like the Bourbon Kick with coffee-infused Bourbon, Bénédictine, and dry cacao for team USA. 600 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-673-5337; 180 Aragon Ave., The Westin Colonnade Hotel, Coral Gables, 305-448-4990
Mary Brickell's Toscana Divino is cheering on the Miami Heat during the finals with a Heat-inspired $25 dinner menu available during each of the championship games. Diners can catch the matches indoors or on the patio while enjoying a ricotta Cavatelli pasta with spicy Calabrian sausage, a red and white panna cotta, and a glass of Chianti. This week, the Heat plays Tuesday, June 10; Thursday, June 12; and Sunday, June 15. 900 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-371-2767
This summer, Icon Brickell is opening a waterfront Mexican restaurant and bar, Cantina La Veinte, with its own mercado, vast tequila and mescal selections, and cuisine crafted by Executive Chef Santiago Gomez from Mexico City. The menu will include Mexican appetizers like Tostadas de Atun with yellowfin tuna, wonton chips, grilled corn guacamole, peppers, and chipotle aioli, and main dishes such as the Huachinango Frito, a deep-fried whole boneless red snapper with chile de arbol salsa and garlic flakes. 495 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786-357-0038
The Federal, Food, Drink & Provisions' owners, husband and wife team Chef Cesar Zapata and Aniece Meinhold, are hosting weekly Solo Cup Sundays this summer at 6 p.m. The backyard, barbecue-style soiree will feature a self-serve bar ($20 per person) with three hand-crafted batch cocktails that rotate weekly. Guests can nosh on bites like barbecue deviled eggs, southwest mac and cheese, and summertime watermelon with bourbon, chipotle, lemon, and mint, as well as items from the grill such as St. Louis-style pork ribs and Hawaiian duck leg in a Coca-Cola hoisin glaze. 5132 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-758-9559
Sommelier Eric Larkee, wine director for The Genuine Hospitality Group (Michael’s Genuine, The Cypress Room, and Harry’s Pizzeria), shares his favorite Miami restaurants with stellar wine lists via our friends at Find. Eat. Drink.
“Mandolin always has a delicious rosé by the glass,” says Larkee about this Mediterranean restaurant that serves locally caught fresh fish. “They have white wines from heirloom Greek grapes—and I'm not trying to talk you into retsina wine—and well-priced Chablis, which is perfect with the octopus and branzino.” 4312 N.E. Second Ave., Miami, 305-576-6066
This resto serves up New American-style crudos, crustaceans, and cocktails. Their wine program includes 420 bottles from old and new world regions and a rotating spotlight of unique wines by the glass. Larkee says, “Sommelier Danny Toral curates this list. It’s like a great jazz combo that knows all the standards, but can slip in some edgy contemporary numbers if the right crowd is in attendance.” 600 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-579-1888
It’s the more than 1,000-bottle wine list that gets Larkee excited at chef Michael Mina's contemporary American steakhouse. He says, “Bourbon Steak is great when I need to scratch a Burgundy itch. It's hard to match the breadth and depth of the program that the Mina guys maintain. And yes, I'd rather drink Burgundy with steak than California Cab.” 19999 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura, 786-279-6600
Bocce Bar is an Italian restaurant from the folks behind SUSHISAMBA that offers rustic cuisine, craft cocktails, house-made liqueurs, and—to work it all off—an official bocce court. “This is not just a bar,” says Larkee. “The [wine] list is a survey of the Italian landscape with plenty of wines with personality under $70. They get bonus points for serving the red wines by the glass at a perfect temperature.” 3252 N.E. First Ave., Miami, 786-245-6211
“Probably the best wine bar list in Miami,” raves Larkee. In addition to selling bottles, they serve wines by the glass as either a 3-ounce tasting pour or a full 6 ounces. They also have a full menu ranging from ribs to sweetbreads to duck confit. “The wine list is a wide-ranging survey of the various expressions of Chardonnay, but sommelier Heath Porter has an obsession with more obscure grapes like Trousseau Gris as well.” 70 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, 305-448-2400
Want More? Download the Find. Eat. Drink. App
Find. Eat. Drink. is the first travel guide app curated by the world’s top chefs, bartenders, sommeliers, and food stars passing along their favorite places to eat, drink, and food shop around the globe.
Wilmer Valderrama has been active on the political scene for 10 years, and he's coming to Miami this weekend to inspire young Latinos to exercise their right to vote.
Actor Wilmer Valderrama takes Miami this week to inspire young Latino voters.
The actor/co-chair of the Voto Latino Artist Coalition is in town to speak at the Voto Latino Power Summit, a two-day event (June 13-14 at Florida International University) meant to inform and empower local Latino millennials. We sat down with Valderrama to discuss his political passions, the 10th anniversary of Voto Latino, and his aspirations for the 2016 presidential election.
Tell us about Voto Latino and why you feel it's such an important organization.
WILMER VALDERRAMA: Voto Latino works to bring Latino millennials into the political process so they can create a better future for themselves, for their families, and for their communities. [It’s] important because it’s one of the few organizations focused just on reaching young Latinos, one of the fastest growing groups in the country. More than 15 million young Latinos live in the United States, but only a small portion of them vote. We have a lot of work to do to get the rest of our community engaged, and with 800,000 Latinos becoming eligible to vote every year, the work becomes even more important. [We also] encourage young Latinos to be civic-minded year-round and to keep up with issues they care about. We want [them] to see themselves as problem solvers. That’s why we’ve launched campaigns on issues like immigration reform and affordable healthcare.
How long have you been a part of Voto Latino?
WV: I joined Rosario [Dawson, the organization’s founder] and her mother about 10 years ago to help launch Voto Latino. [Their] commitment to the cause was something that I felt was unique and very forward-thinking. I wanted to be a part of that visionary initiative. A decade later, I am just as passionate about motivating young Latinos to be involved in their communities.
What would you say to young Latinos who feel their vote doesn’t matter?
WV: That’s only true if you let it be true. Only around 11 million Latinos voted in the 2012 presidential election, which means that more than 12 million eligible Latino voters didn’t come out to vote. That’s a lot of people. One vote can seem insignificant, but the collective voice of 12 million voters can shape elections and legislative priorities in Washington. With numbers like that, politicians have no choice but to listen to Latinos, but it won’t matter unless they show up to the polls on Election Day. As more Latinos reach voting age each year, it is more important than ever for young Latinos to get involved with the civic process.
What do you think are some of the most important political issues Latinos are facing today?
WV: The most important political issues for Latinos are the same ones [that] all Americans face. We see the need for jobs and fair wages, we are concerned with the state of the economy, [and] we care about access to education and being able to afford that education. Immigration is [also] an issue that concerns all Americans, not just Latinos. It impacts our jobs, our education, our entire lives. Latino issues are American issues.
What can people expect from the upcoming Voto Latino Power Summit in Miami?
WV: First, they can expect a good time, but more than that, I can guarantee that everyone in attendance will learn something useful. Voto Latino has put together a great set of workshops in advocacy, leadership, and media and technology—skills they will actually use in real life. Normally, we only do Power Summit once a year. It’s really cool that this year Voto Latino has taken Power Summit across the U.S. because that makes it much more accessible to people in areas like Miami. Power Summit can help Latinos prepare to make a strong impact in the professional world.
What are your favorite things to do while you’re in Miami?
WV: The first thing I do is put my running shoes on and go for a run on the boardwalk. I normally stay at the Fountainbleau and one of my favorite afternoon restaurants is SUSHISAMBA.
Resist the urge to lounge at home and watch the World Cup. These spirited Miami restaurants await with themed menus and viewing parties for every match.
The Dutch's dining room.
W South Beach’s The Dutch will honor the host of the Cup with a Brazil-inspired special. Executive Chef Conor Hanlon will have mini mixed churrascos on deck with choice cuts of chicken, pork, and beef marinated in a traditional spice mix. Have the dish a la carte at The Dutch, Living Room, and WET poolside, or make it a staycation with the two-night Timeout Getaway Package ($489 per person), which also includes two themed cocktails per day and a make-your-own Caipirinha kit. 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-938-3111
All 32 nations competing for the trophy will be represented at Meat Market during the bar’s international happy hour for the World Cup. Fans can choose from libations such as a pitcher of Brazilian Leblon Cachaca Caipirinha and specialty cocktails from the competitors’ home countries, as well as shareable plates like the Argentinean short-ribs empanada and American Wagyu bacon and cheese slider. 915 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305-532-0088
Haven's World Cup menu includes tater tots topped with balsamic catsup and bleu cheese.
Another tribute menu to Brazil can be found at Haven. Executive Chef Todd Erickson is whipping up specials like the green and yellow Brazil roll and tater tots with balsamic catsup and bleu cheese ($8). The lounge has joined forces with VEEV to serve cocktails inspired by the top-ranking teams. Get one in a special-edition mason jar or by the carafe. 1237 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305-987-8885
In true Fontainebleau from, the resort is hosting pool parties, themed dining and drinking menus, and cabana specials throughout the property for the World Cup. At the resort’s Glow Bar and Arkadia Pool, catch a match poolside on the big screen. Stop by La Cote to try one of three Brazil-inspired Leblon cocktails, and sweets like maracujá and passion fruit gelato will be served at Solo. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-538-2000
If the Design District is more your speed, sip team-inspired cocktails at Oak Tavern. Brazil is honored by the World Cup Caipirinha, and specially priced cocktails represent other contenders, like a gin and tonic for England and Fernet and Coke for Argentina. 35 N.E. 40th St., Miami, 786-391-1818
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF NOAH FECKS (THE DUTCH) AND JIPSY (HAVEN)
How did Porsche Design and revered Hollywood actor, Patrick Dempsey, team up for a limited-edition watch?
Porsche Design Dempsey Racing Limited Edition Chronograph
—ROBERTA NAAS, ATimelyPerspective.com
As the designer of the iconic sports car, the Porsche 911, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche was known as a true functionalist and minimalist. When he left the car company to found Porsche Design in 1972, the focus was clearly on producing purist luxury items. Among them: watches.
Throughout the years, Porsche Design has had multiple breakthroughs in the watch industry. The brand was the first to make an all-black chronograph, styled after motorsports, as far back as 1972, and in 1980, Porsche Design became the first to make a watch completely out of titanium. These feats, among others, demonstrated not only what this company was capable of in terms of design, but also that it was a breakthrough brand in the watch world, as well. Today, Porsche Design is renowned for its unique and unusual purist design philosophy and iconic style. It continues to excel—especially in the world of timepieces.
Patrick Dempsey at Laguna Seca with Dempsey Racing
The Dempsey Racing professional team was created in 2007 and co-founded by Patrick Dempsey, whose off-screen life has revolved around motorsports for more than a decade. Dempsey’s fellow co-founder is his longtime teammate, Joe Foster, who has raced professionally for more than 30 years.
The caseback features a sapphire crystal for viewing the specially finished rotor.
With this powerful combination of racing and design, it is no wonder that the new Porsche Design Dempsey Racing Limited Edition Chronograph watch is an exclusive version of the Porsche Design dashboard chronograph and a grand blend of Porsche Design’s spirit and Dempsey Racing needs. The watch features a sleek and sporty brushed titanium case that engulfs a matte black instrument cluster dial, accompanied by white luminous numerals. The hands are dark rhodium-plated with luminous white inserts, and reach closer to the tachymeter scale to allow for more accuracy when measuring speed. The seconds hand has a red tip for added ease of reading. It offers chronograph functions of 12-hour counter, minutes a small seconds, as well as date indication. The watch is powered by the automatic caliber ETA Valjoux 7753 with a Porsche Design energy-optimized rotor.
Every part of the watch flows just as well as the aerodynamics of a Porsche, making the watch look fast even while strapped on the wrist. It features a screw-down titanium case back with center sapphire crystal. The case portion is engraved with the Dempsey Racing logo and the limited-edition number. Though this watch was born on the track, it is water resistant in up to 100 meters. The case, bracelet, and clasp are entirely made of titanium for ultra-light weight. Only 50 pieces will ever be made, selling worldwide at Porsche Design stores for about $6,250.
Founder and editor-in-chief of ATimelyPerspective.com, Roberta Naas is a veteran award-winning journalist in the watch industry with more than 25 years of experience. She was the first woman watch editor in the US market—breaking in to an “all boys network” with a pioneering spirit that would be her signature to this day. Naas brings responsible, factual—yet always timely and insightful—reporting of the watch industry to the forefront.
Chef Gregory Pugin unveils the summer menu at the Biltmore’s Palme d’Or.
Langoustine au caviar cold appetizer
Michelin-starred Chef Gregory Pugin, who once trained under the helm of French top chef Joël Robuchon, brings French flair to Miami's culinary scene at Palme d’Or (1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, 305-913-3200), located inside the iconic Biltmore hotel.
This summer, his menu features a savory sampling of cold and hot appetizers, seafood, meat dishes, and desserts. We suggest starting your meal with the colorful langoustine au caviar, made with marinated langoustine, Osetra caviar, passion fruit tapioca, and vodka gelee.
Next, try the mouthwatering l'oursin dans sa coque: royale sea urchin, bay scallops, fennel confit, and kefir lime sauce, served in a porcelain shell bowl.
L'oursin dans sa coque.
For mains, tuck into the crisp, buttery branzino, seared and served with cipolini, carrots, black mushrooms, Salsifis Barolo sauce, leek foam, and bacon. And no French meal is complete without foie gras. Pugin serves his foie gras terrine with strawberry salad, French beans, and cranberry bread.
Whatever you order, be sure to end with a dessert, such as a chilled peach with verbena ice cream and blackcurrant coulis. Pair it with a New Zealand Riesling for a tipsy treat.
Dinner is served this summer overlooking the Biltmore's Mediterranean pool (as per usual) on Tuesday through Thursday from 6-10:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 6-11 p.m.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KATHY BUCCIO
Kari Allen, one of the few female execs in the watch biz, is changing the game at Versace Timepieces.
Kari Allen’s shrewd leadership has changed the face of Versace timepieces.
The global watch industry has long been dominated by men; only in the past few decades have women begun taking on leadership roles. One such pioneer is Kari Allen, president of Versace Timepieces in America and the Caribbean, who has helped raise the formerly boutiqueonly brand to new heights by positioning Versace as a power player in national specialty and jewelry retail stores. “Versace is widely recognized as a leader in luxury and renowned for its classic elegance in the world of glamour and fashion,” says Allen of Versace, which recently unveiled several new lines at watch mega-convention Baselworld. “The evolution of the Versace style is demonstrated in the perfect balance between the classical and modern. It is this combination of Italian style and Swissmade precision and innovation that attracted me to [the brand].”
Before taking the helm at Versace Timepieces two years ago, Allen held influential posts at Gucci, Boucheron, Charriol, TAG Heuer, and Damiani, among others. Here, the bicoastal executive gives an overview of “time” from the top.
Versace’s vibrant Spring collection blends Swiss technical rigor with Italian flair.
What are the keys to your success at Versace and in the industry?
KARI ALLEN: I look at things from a practical business standpoint. I love the business of watches more than the watches themselves. I can sell a dream, but when you get to the marketing side, it’s about nuts and bolts.
What are the most exciting elements of the Versace watches being released this spring?
KA: Our new energetic colors for the women’s Spring watch collections of Vanity and Vanitas—turquoise, purple, orange, and yellow—perfectly convey the spirit that animates Versace. My personal favorite from the collection is the new V-Signature watch, [which features a] Medusa head on the dial and Greca pattern on the bezel and bracelet. The watch is mounted on a leather bracelet, and the narrow top part can be slipped out of the wider section for a more traditional style and fit—so it is two watches in one.
As an executive, wife, and mother, how do you manage your time?
KA: Women are multitaskers by our very natures; it is our strength, and this is what makes us valuable to companies. We know how to see many sides and how to handle multiple issues at one time. The challenge is to remain in the moment and keep an eye on time so it doesn’t get away from us. When you work this hard, you’d better love what you do, but it isn’t always easy—especially as a working mom. Family is what really makes life important. You have to make the effort to be present… because you don’t get a redo!
Find out where Ryan Phillippe and Shaq go clubbing when they're in town, and where Eve and her fiancé partied before they got married in this week's celebrity news.
Actor Ryan Phillippe partied in Miami this week.
Ryan Phillippe, Shaquille O'Neal, and More Flock to Delano
Actor Ryan Phillippe and girlfriend Paulina Slagter hit up FDR at Delano South Beach for its Monday night party, joined by two other women. The group arrived around 1 a.m. and spent the wee hours dancing and drinking Don Julio Añejo tequila. Eddie Murphy's ex-wife, Nicole Mitchell, was also at the club with owner Chris Paciello and basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal.
San Antonio Spurs head coach, Gregg Popovich, popped into Bianca at Delano on Monday with his staff, sampling the Italian spot's truffle tagliatelle, market oysters, and langoustines, and sipping on Chardonnay and Ponzi Pinot Noir.
Eve and Maximillion Cooper Kick Off 2014 Edition of the Gumball 3000 at Bâoli Miami
Rapper Eve and her fiancé, Gumball 3000 founder Maximillion Cooper, were spotted cozying up and sipping Champagne at the official Gumball 3000 pre-party at Bâoli Miami on Tuesday, June 3. (The couple then got married on Saturday in Ibiza, Spain.)
50 Cent's Stay at Shore Club
50 Cent, who was in town to perform at a private event, checked in at Shore Club on Wednesday. He stayed for one night in the three-story penthouse with a private pool.
Jamie Foxx and Floyd Mayweather Cheer on the Heat at Touché
At a party upstairs at Touché Rooftop Lounge & Restaurant, Jamie Foxx cheered on the Miami Heat during the game against the Spurs. Boxer Floyd Mayweather arrived in the middle of the fourth quarter and stayed after the game with Foxx at a table with friends, drinking a bottle of peach Cîroc.
Kaley Cuoco and Hubby Ryan Sweeting Dine Seaside at Steak 954
Newlyweds Kaley Cuoco (from The Big Bang Theory) and tennis pro Ryan Sweeting were seen at Steak 954 at the W Fort Lauderdale eating a late breakfast.
Zuma Draws David Beckham, Liv Tyler, and Tyrese
Following the England vs. Honduras World Cup game, David Beckham and a group of friends, which included Liv Tyler, were seen dining at Japanese hotspot Zuma.
On a separate day, R&B singer/actor Tyrese swung by Zuma and dined on the riverfront terrace with a group of girlfriends.
Tony Parker and Family Dine at db Bistro Moderne
San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker stopped by db Bistro Moderne on Wednesday with his parents, fiancée Axelle Francine and their child. The group of 14 ordered classic French dishes as well as other restaurant favorites, like the Maine lobster salad.
Michael Mina at E11even Miami
Chef Michael Mina was seen in the main VIP pit at E11even Miami, watching the Cirque-style shows and ordering bottles of Grey Goose.
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ROB KIM/GETTY
Whether a three-course dinner or a pig roast is more your speed, toast the official start of summer at these food and drink events happening around town.
This summer, Bianca at Delano will be serving up a three-course, prix-fixe menu for lunch ($23) and dinner ($49). Chef de cuisine Luciano Sautto has handpicked items for both menus, including chickpea spread with lemon zest, penne al pesto, and granitas for lunch. Dishes such as octopus carpaccio, bruschetta braised oxtail, and skirt steak tagliata round out the dinner menu. 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-5752
Devon Seafood + Steak is throwing its Caja China Pig Roasting Party on Wednesday, June 18 at 7 p.m. as part of its monthly tasting series. The family-style buffet will feature a whole roasted pig and all of the fixings, including asparagus salad; plantain hash; fava bean, mushroom and chorizo salad; and bread and rice pudding, as well as beer and sangria. 11715 Sherri Lane, Kendall, 305-275-0226
Meat Market is adding a modern twist to classic cocktails in its latest lineup of libations for summer. On the menu are concoctions such as the Downtown Manhattan, composed of George Dickel whisky, Italian bitter Cynar, Crème de Cacao, and aromatic bitters; and the Smoky Negroni, a combination of Pierde Almas mescal, Aperol, and Dolin sweet vermouth. Try the refreshing Summertime Passion cocktail, with B&B liqueur, passionfruit, mint, Prosecco, and nutmeg, on a warm evening. 915 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305-532-0088
On Thursday, June 19 from 6-8 p.m., 15th & Vine Kitchen and Bar is hosting a kickoff party to usher in its new midweek Fire & Ice Happy Hour (Wednesdays on the outdoor terrace). Attendees will receive two complimentary drinks with options like the pineapple mint caipirinha, Brazilian lemonade, and Brazilian margarita. The weekly happy hour will play on the fire and ice theme with specially priced cocktails, wine, and cheese and charcuterie, and the sounds of La Linea band. 485 Brickell Avenue, Miami, 305-503-0373