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    Condo king Carlos Rosso isn’t just creating luxurious places to live, he’s also building an artistic, conscious lifestyle in the city he loves.

    Carlos Rosso, president of The Related Group’s Condominium Development Division, at the Park Grove sales center.
    Carlos Rosso, president of The Related Group’s Condominium Development Division, at the Park Grove sales center.

    Miami is a city on the rise—no one knows that more than Carlos Rosso, president of the Condominium Development Division for The Related Group, the development company changing the skyline of the city. Educated at MIT and University of Buenos Aires, Rosso’s career took him to Buenos Aires, Brussels, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Cairo, before he landed in Miami more than a decade ago. While he and his team are literally helping Miami rise, they’re also doing their part to expand the city culturally, by injecting world-class art and top-notch parks and public spaces into the community. “I’m building a city for my kids to stay and live,” says Rosso, who is bringing in world-class designers and architects to match Miami’s ever-growing taste levels. Here he explains how he and Related are pulling it off.

    How does developing in Miami differ from your past experience?
    Carlos Rosso: I wouldn’t consider the Middle East a capital of design. Yes, I would consider it a capital of very fast development, which in a sense is something we want to replicate in Miami. We are really, today, the city that is growing the fastest in the world in terms of quality. In this cycle, we sold units to people from close to 80 countries all over the world.

    You credit the inception of Art Basel in 2002 for being a turning point in the growth of this city. Why is that?
    It brought in the billionaires who fly in the G5s who looked at Miami and said, “This is an incredible city with incredible geography, beaches, weather, and a great melting pot where people from all over the world meet. This is a great place and the prices are incredible, so let’s buy a piece of this dream.”

    What’s different this time around that makes you think the real estate bubble won’t burst?
    Everybody believes in Miami. It’s a city that just built a tunnel to the Port and is building a train to Orlando and a city where there are three major retail developments going on—in Brickell City Centre, Miami Worldcenter, and the Design District—all at the same time. In the previous cycle, it was more about leverage, about people trying to flip their condos and not closing on their condos. Now with this new model that we’ve created with 50 to 60 percent deposits, the buyers that we are seeing are real [and] believe in the long-term growth.

    With Paraiso Bay in Edgewater, you envision more public parks and the Biscayne Line, a six-mile public Baywalk that will run along the bay to downtown.
    I think it’s very realistic. We need to activate the edge of the water. If people cannot use the edge of the water in a logical way, it really loses its function. You want your kids to have a park to enjoy. You want your grandparents to be sitting down looking at their grandkids. You want people to exercise looking at the bay. It’s called Edgewater, but unfortunately the edge of the water is not used.

    Related’s One Paraiso tower in Edgewater incorporates a “bubble aesthetic,” reflecting the city’s identity as a center of world-class design.
    Related’s One Paraiso tower in Edgewater incorporates a “bubble aesthetic,” reflecting the city’s identity as a center of world-class design.

    Your presence in Edgewater has also connected you to the National YoungArts Foundation. Why is that an important commitment for you and related?
    When we first met with Paul Lehr from YoungArts, we said, “As part of our commitment to Edgewater, we would love to work with you and incorporate your art into our public spaces.” We organized a competition with YoungArts for the Icon Bay park, which we are going to start installing very soon. We are working with them on some residency projects for their artists, and we continue to try to incorporate the work of their young artists into our projects. We love the work that they do and how they mentor kids to become great artists and great musicians.

    Art is a big factor in all of the related projects—from top global designers to high-end art in the public sectors of your buildings. How do you stay a leader in that department?
    We bought a $4 million Botero sculpture for our SLS Lux project; we made that expenditure even before we started sales of the project. We brought in Yabu Pushelberg, who is probably today the world’s most luxurious interior designer, to develop that in the middle of Brickell. We are working with Rem Koolhaas in Park Grove and Cesar Pelli for Armani/Casa, where Giorgio Armani is actually working on all the interiors. In all of our projects, we try to bring the best of design and architecture together with art.

    What can we expect from the Related Group in the future?
    We bought The Capital Grille site, which I think is the best site in Brickell. We’re going to be developing that over the next three or four years. It’s three towers with fantastic architecture on the mouth of the Miami River. Soon we are going to be breaking ground on an incredible restaurant on the bay by Michael Schwartz. And we’re doing more and more up in Hollywood and the Hallandale area. We are breaking ground on Hyde Beach and finishing our restaurant on the beach there. We’re pushing. We continue to push. Jorge Pérez has Miami at heart; everything that he’s doing is for legacy right now. He doesn’t need any more money, [but] he wants Miami to become one of the greatest cities in the world.


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    A bevy of high-altitude penthouses in high-end hotels—complete with room service—set the bar for Miami's condo market.

    the modern aerie on the 54th floor of the Brickell Four Seasons Residences offers panoramic views, a private elevator entry for residents, and a kitchen (one of two) large enough to cook for a 100-guest dinner party
    The modern aerie on the 54th floor of the Brickell Four Seasons Residences offers panoramic views, a private elevator entry for residents, and a kitchen (one of two) large enough to cook for a 100-guest dinner party.

    A triple unit on the 54th floor of the Brickell Four Seasons Residences, Florida’s tallest building, is on the market for $21.95 million. What do you get for all that? Panoramic views to the east, north, and south; a private elevator entry; and five bedrooms plus six full and four half baths. A living room in the southeast corner, which the brokers liken to a concert hall, mirrors an equally large dining room in the apartment’s northeast corner, while the vast master suite forms the unit’s geographical center. There are two kitchens, one of which has the capacity to cook for a 100-guest dinner party. The rest of the 8,911 square feet contain wine storage and a home theater. Along with the amenities of the Four Seasons Hotel downstairs, there is also access to a residents-only pool and lounge. John Sandberg and Ann Nortmann, The Sandberg Nortmann Group at Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 305-586-7200; Four Seasons Tower, 1425 Brickell Ave., 54DEF, Miami

    A double penthouse at The Residences at South Beach was listed this July for $19.9 million. The 3,595-square-foot oceanview apartment—combining units 1926 and 1928—comes with 12-foot ceilings and a host of exotic finishes and features. The leather walls are matched by crocodile-textured doors and Calcutta marble (a nod to the current owner’s Indian heritage). The residence has four bedrooms, five baths, and Indian-inspired architectural details like wood screens and light fixtures fit for a maharaja’s queen. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls and a continuous glass balcony combine for a dramatic effect. William P. D. Pierce, Coldwell Banker, 305-672-6300; The Residences at W South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave., P26/28, Miami Beach

    the upper penthouse atop the Epic hotel downtown includes four bedrooms and four and a half marble-laden baths, not to mention access to a panoply of hotel services.
    The upper penthouse atop the Epic hotel downtown includes four bedrooms and four and a half marble-laden baths, not to mention access to a panoply of hotel services.

    Atop the Epic hotel, one of downtown’s most dramatically located buildings—directly overlooking the mouth of the Miami River and Brickell Key—this upper penthouse has been listed by Chad Carroll, one of the costars of Million Dollar Listing Miami, for $4.05 million. The 3,233-squarefoot unit has four bedrooms, four and a half marble-laden baths, an open floor plan, and a wrap-around balcony. As with the Four Seasons and W, residents have a separate entrance and residents-only pool and other amenities, while a touch-panel communication system gives them access to a panoply of hotel services. Chad Carroll, The Carroll Group Premier Properties, 305-400-9507; Epic Residences & Hotel, 200 Biscayne Blvd. Way, UP5303, Miami

    The penthouse at the Mondrian South Beach comes with an expansive, 500-squarefoot exterior terrace
    The penthouse at the Mondrian South Beach comes with an expansive, 500-square foot exterior terrace.

    A penthouse at the Mondrian South Beach comes with Marcel Wanders-designed interiors lending a whimsical tone. Listed for $2.7 million, the unit, which is 1,900 square feet with two bedrooms and two and a half baths, also has an expansive exterior terrace that provides an additional 500 square feet. Located at the juncture of two of the hotel’s wings, the unit and its terrace are both oriented at a slight curve, enhancing the already magnificent views of Biscayne Bay. A separate resident entrance offers some separation from hotel guests, while the full roster of hotel services, including housekeeping, ensures resort-like pampering. Pietro Belmonte, The Belmonte Team at Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 855-830-5547; Mondrian South Beach, 1100 West Ave., #TS-4, Miami Beach


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    A man of many different hats, Magic City favorite Tommy Pooch gives the lowdown on being a nightlife impresario.

    Tommy Pooch at the Vintro Hotel & Kitchen.
    Tommy Pooch at the Vintro Hotel & Kitchen.

    Whether Tommy Pooch is heading to a 1 am table next to Avicii or a 9 am showing on Collins Avenue, the multifaceted Miami nightlife promoter dresses the part, wearing shirts from Abercrombie & Fitch (Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-466-0110) or Versace (Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-864-0044)—the first one he ever got coming from friend Mickey Rourke—and a fresh trim from Sloane Square Barbers & Shoppe (1322 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305-673-0877). Pooch’s watches and jewelry for a big night out come from VAULT (1024 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-673-5251), or he has bracelets and personal jewelry commissioned from Loren Jewels, helmed by Loren Ridinger, whom Pooch says he gets his interior and design advice from (but somehow we think that advice is not just limited to interiors and design)

    “Just tell me what you need” is what T. Pooch Realty (927 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-992-5152), Pooch’s namesake real estate company, preaches to its many South Florida clients. Of course, those who have been ensconced in the Miami culture for decades know that Pooch’s real “just tell me what you need” attitude comes from his years as one of our city’s most connected club promoters and as owner of Pucci’s Pizza (888 Biscayne Blvd., #102, Miami, 305-358-8881). Now as a partner in the soon-to-be-open Argentinean hot spot Novecento in Midtown, Pooch is elevating his game one notch further.

    Meat Market’s Asian barbecued ribs.
    Meat Market’s Asian barbecued ribs.

    A Miami resident since 1992, Pooch calls the luxurious and exclusive North Bay Road his home; it’s where he retreats to after late nights promoting at LIV (4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-4680), Story (136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-538-2424), Hyde (1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-1701), and Villa Azur (309 23rd St., Miami Beach, 305-763-8688). “Chaos was amazing from 1997 to 1999,” he remembers. “Studio 54 and Infinity in the late ’70s were the best clubs ever because [back then] anything went.” Now you’re more likely to catch him enjoying a pre-club dinner at Lincoln Road’s Meat Market (915 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-532-0088), sipping on a “good red wine or good tequila.”


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    Drunken Dragon’s red mullet with crispy scales is just the seafood changeup Miami needed.

    Executive Chef Xavier Torres plating red mullet with crispy scales, one of the standout dishes at Drunken Dragon.
    Executive Chef Xavier Torres plating red mullet with crispy scales, one of the standout dishes at Drunken Dragon.

    Drunken Dragon has been all the rage since opening in Miami Beach in July, letting diners grill their own delectable ingredients right at the table. However, the breakout dish at this Korean barbecue restaurant just might be one that’s prepared in the kitchen. Here, we take a closer look at the red mullet with crispy scales.

    The Inspiration

    The notion of palatable scales first floated into Executive Chef Xavier Torres’s consciousness while he served a four-month internship at Martin Berasategui’s eponymous Michelin three-star restaurant in Spain. As is typical with stern European apprenticeships, this turned out to be a largely hands-off learning experience. “I never touched a piece of fish over there,” Torres acknowledges. “But I looked closely at everything going on in the kitchen, and I came away with a lot of ideas.”

    One of those was the Spanish maestro’s unorthodox treatment of red mullet. Chef Torres has since absorbed other global influences while working at some of Miami’s finest restaurants—from The Dutch to Nobu to Zuma—which inspired him to create his own take on edible fish scales. “It’s a little Spanish, a little French, a little Asian,” he says of his version.

    Massage and Hot Oil

    Torres moves smoothly behind the line, sprinkling salt onto a row of petite red mullet filets with a staccato rhythm. He then lifts one fish at a time and massages the thin red skin with a gentle, undulating motion. This causes cellophane-like scales to prick vertically upright from each filet. These will instantly puff up and sprout into tiny, sparkling white crystals when Torres lays the fish into hot oil.

    Torres obtains his supply fresh from the northeast Atlantic Ocean, but the characteristics are the same as those of mullet traditionally sourced from the Mediterranean Sea—an extravagant shellfish diet lends the flaky flesh a pink hue and an exquisitely rich flavor. “They’re always moist,” says the chef as he lightly flours the filets and places them into a pan of oil that’s been heated to 400 degrees. “It’s got so much fat that it’s very hard to overcook.” The mullet goes from raw fish to delish in 30 seconds.

    Dancing with Fishes

    The chef sprinkles salt onto the filets and massages the red skin so the scales prick up.
    The chef sprinkles salt onto the filets and massages the red skin so the scales prick up.

    To accompany the mullet, Torres tosses together minced mango, jalapeño peppers, shallots, and chives, then adds splashes of soy sauce, sesame oil, and mirin, along with dashes of sugar and ginger. While that mix macerates, he sautés whole garlic cloves in a drizzle of olive oil, followed by brightly blanched yu choy leaves (culled from the Asian markets on 163rd Street).

    Scaling Expectations

    “When people hear the word ‘scales,’ they can get a little turned off,” admits Jarred Grant of Homecookin’ Hospitality Group and one of the partners behind Drunken Dragon. “We had to adjust the way we presented it. Once we emphasized the word ‘crispy,’ diners were more receptive. And basically everyone who has tried it has loved it.” Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, chef Torres has his own reference point for the crunchy scales: “I call them ‘fish chicharrones.’”

    The Plating

    The red mullet filets are arranged on bright green yu choy leaves and topped with mango-jalapeño salsa and a nest of red togarashi chili peppers.
    The red mullet filets are arranged on bright green yu choy leaves and topped with mango-jalapeño salsa and a nest of red togarashi chili peppers.

    The finished filets, with sea-salted white sequin scales, are tenderly arranged atop the vibrant green yu choy. Torres scatters some of the mango-jalapeño salsa over the fish and tops that with a threaded red nest of togarashi chili peppers. On the plate flows a stream of tahini dressing deepened with dashi, mirin, grapeseed oil, and soy sauce. “Sweet, spicy, salty,” the chef practically sings when tallying the tastes of the red mullet dish. He forgets to mention that it’s crispy, too. 1424 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305-397-8556


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    The popularity of Irish whiskey is soaring with Miamians who savor the flavor of the Emerald Isle's finest.

    Irish whiskey
    When compared to Scotch or Canadian whiskey, Irish whiskey offers more accessible flavors and a cleaner finish, with notes of honey, melon, and caramel.

    An old saying holds that “God invented whiskey so the Irish wouldn’t rule the world.” Regardless of God’s intent, the venerable spirit of the Emerald Isle is doing just what it was supposed to prevent its makers from pulling off: taking over the world.

    Over the past decade, Irish whiskey has been rapidly becoming one of the fastest-growing spirits in North America. According to the Irish Times newspaper, imports of the spirit to the United States have increased 17.9 percent in the last year alone. It’s a triumphant comeback for a liquor whose ebbs and flows in decades past caused some distilleries in Ireland to shutter. With the pop-culture resurgence of cocktail culture, however, and a handful of new distilleries in Ireland, there’s a booming new appreciation for the spirit—and a revitalized industry to keep pace with it.

    For the brown liquor neophyte, Irish whiskey can serve as an entry point. When compared to Canadian whiskey or even Scotch, Irish whiskeys such as Jameson—the stellar sales of which have it leading the pack in the Irish whiskey takeover of America (closely followed by Bushmills and Tullamore Dew)—offer more accessible flavors and a cleaner finish. Look for notes of honey, melon, and caramel—it’s what accounts for its increasing popularity at bars worldwide, including here in Miami. “It’s mellower,” says Teddy Collins, a bartender at Radio Bar (814 First St., Miami Beach, 305-397-8382). “You’re not getting a smack in your face when you drink it.”

    Collins notes the liquor’s suitability as both a sipper and a great spirit for mixing cocktails, such as his popular inhouse creation The Appleson, which blends an apple-cinnamon oatmeal syrup with Jameson and other ingredients. This versatility owes a lot to the manner in which the spirit is prepared. “It’s triple distilled, unlike Scotch and bourbon, which are twice distilled,” says Harry Hernandez, bartender at The Irish Times Pub & Eatery (5850 Sunset Dr., South Miami, 305-667-4114). “It makes it a lot smoother. You’re tasting more of the wood it was barreled in, whereas with bourbon and Scotch you taste the corn and the malt.”

    Dan Binkowitz, co-owner of Blackbird Ordinary (729 SW First Ave., Miami, 305-671-3307) in Brickell, joins a list of many supporters of the Irish whiskey-ordering spike. “A lot of people who were coming to bars five years ago and ordering a shot of vodka or tequila are now ordering Jameson.”

    Given how popular the spirit was in the 1500s—no less than Queen Elizabeth I was said to be a big fan—Irish whiskey’s modern popularity is no mere fad. If anything, it’s a triumphant return. “People want to get familiar with the classics and try them in new ways,” says Collins. “Irish whiskey is definitely classic.”


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    Miami's bars, restaurants, and spas are in giving-back mode for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here are some of our favorite ways to drink, dine, and relax for a cause—but only through October. 

    Peggy pink cocktail.The Peggy. 

    DRINK

    In honor of its banquets manager, Peggy, a breast cancer survivor, Eden Roc is mixing up a pink drink dubbed the Peggy. The cocktail, comprised of Grey Goose La Poire, simple syrup, fresh-squeezed lime juice, and homegrown mint leaves, is available at the lobby bar and for each drink sold, Eden Roc will donate 20 percent of the proceeds to Susan G. Komen Miami. 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-531-0000

    Over at Shore Club, patrons can sip the seasonal Raspberry & Rose Gin Rickey, made from Plymouth Gin, simple syrup, muddled raspberries, muddled lime slices, and a dash of rose water. Order it at any of the on-site restaurants and bars and 20 percent of the proceeds will go to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation. 1901 Collins Ave., South Beach, 305-695-3100

    DINE

    Joining the ranks of the White House and the Empire State Building, the Fontainebleau is lighting up its exterior for the Bleau Goes Pink campaign. Inside, the hotel's restaurants are getting on board, too; order off the prix-fixe Dine for the Cure menus at Scarpetta, Hakkasan, Michael Mina 74, and La Côte and the Fontainebleau will donate part of the proceeds to the local Susan G. Komen chapter. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-538-2000

    At Porfirio's, the October Pink menu also gives back to Susan G. Komen Miami. Mix and match three cocktails—a rose pink vodka lemonade, pink lychee martini, or watermelon margarita—with degustacion de ceviches, queso María Sabina, and carnitas de pulpo850 Commerce St., Miami Beach, 786-216-7675

    RELAX

    A massage itself feels incredible, but this month at Acqualina Spa by ESPA it feels even better when your treatment benefits Susan G. Komen. The two-hour Gift of Love package focuses on personalized, head-to-toe treatments, and you'll be sent off with a Love Your Skin gift of ESPA products to enhance your at-home skincare routine. 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 844-602-4941

    Aptly named the Inner Strength Swedish Massage, The Spa at Viceroy's awareness month-themed offering focuses on just that—building inner strength and positivity with aromatherapy. Ten percent of the proceeds from this 50-minute treatment go to the Defense Against Cancer Foundation. 485 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-503-0369


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    Most locals would like to keep their favorite spots a secret, but our friends at Find. Eat. Drink. have uncovered five places where chefs and bartenders go for under-the-radar dining and drinking.

    Lou’s Beer Garden

    Beer garden.

    Without an insider to tip you off, you wouldn’t know this bar exists. “It’s in the back of a small boutique hotel,” says bartender Ryan Goodspeed (Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink). “It’s just a no-frills poolside bar.” Bartender Gabe Orta (Broken Shaker) is also a fan of Lou’s: “It’s very laid back, non-pretentious, and everybody has a lot of knowledge about beer. They also have a good selection of food.” 7337 Harding Ave., Miami Beach, 305-704-7879

    El Carajo

    “This place is what Miami is all about," says sommelier Allegra Angelo of this tapas bar hidden in the back of a gas station. "They serve simple, good tapas and have a surprising and impressive wine cellar—wines from all over the world—that surrounds the high tables in the back.” 2465 S.W. 17th Ave., Miami, 305-856-2424

    Foxhole Bar

    Foxhole bar.

    “This is a real locals’ haunt with no sign—just a light over the door,” says chef Simon Stojanovic (The Bent Fork). Tucked down the back of a dark alleyway on Miami Beach, this two-level bar has an arcade, a gun case with vintage firearms, and leather banquettes. “It's a great SoBe dive bar,” says chef Michael Pirolo (Macchialina). “Granted the rest of the country wouldn't consider it so, but that's just how we roll.” 1218 14th Ct., Miami Beach, 305-534-3511

    Pinolandia

    Bartender Danny Valdez (Regent Cocktail Club) calls this 24-hour Nicaraguan fritanga "an off-the-beaten-track gem for Cuban food." It’s small, so expect a line; when it's time to order, get the carne desmenusada, stewed beef tongue, whole fried fish, ribs, and tacos. 119 N.W. 12th Ave., Miami, 305-324-4656

    Sushi Deli & Japanese Market

    Sushi deli.

    “It's a weird, unmarked little Japanese market with a sushi deli in it,” explains bartender Goodspeed. “It's pretty hard to find and really off the radar. Foodies and chefs know about it.” Sushi chef Makato Ukuwa (Makato) comes here to buy Japanese ingredients and chef Norman Van Aken likes that chef Michio Kushi has fresh fish flown in from Japan. 1412 79th Street Cswy., North Bay Village, 305-861-0143

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    Long built on spray paint and passion, Wynwood finally lays the groundwork for a residential future.

    The architecturally striking 250 Wynwood is the first new residential construction in the neighborhood in over a decade.
    The architecturally striking 250 Wynwood is the first new residential construction in the neighborhood in over a decade.

    Wynwood, the former district of warehouses, garment wholesalers, and light industrial that has become an international street art mecca, is maturing into something else. Galleries and artist studios are being joined by high-end, hip retail and—in the ultimate sign of change—condos. Yes, Wynwood south of 29th Street will soon have something it has seen remarkably little of: residents. And if everything goes according to plan, these new neighbors will be the same young creatives who populate its streets on a daily basis.

    A spate of construction is bringing some very sleek new apartments and condo buildings to the area, but the real change will happen under a new, dramatically overhauled neighborhood zoning code currently in the works. Both Wynwood Central, a mixed-use project with 69 rental apartments and a rooftop bar and pool area, and Fortis Development Group’s 250 Wynwood, a condominium with 11 larger units over ground-floor retail, will be the first new residential construction in Wynwood in over a decade. Those will likely be joined by 30 to 40 units in Fortis’s follow-up building next door, 230 Wynwood, that is still in the planning stages.

    The architecture of these new projects, of course, is intended to contribute to the unique visual identity of the neighborhood. “We still want to do a little bit of daring architecture,” says David Polinsky, managing director of Fortis, referring to 230 Wynwood’s design, which includes deep balconies with undersides decorated by a group of artists selected by gallerist Anthony Spinello.

    Over at Wynwood Central, a giant rooftop sign saying Wynwood will add some nighttime pizzazz and sparkle to the retro industrial look of the area. As the former associate editor of Curbed Miami, Emily Schmall, once quipped, “Can’t you just see the letters now, dancing in the moonlight?”

    A rendering of Bazbaz Development’s 2110 North Miami Avenue.
    A rendering of Bazbaz Development’s 2110 North Miami Avenue.

    Nearby, Goldman Properties, the company that created Wynwood Walls, is in the early stages of planning a hotel/residential/office mixed-use property, while farther east, two taller residential projects are in the works. Bazbaz Development is doing an as-yet-unnamed building of condo and hotel units on North Miami Avenue, and a luxury apartment building will straddle Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop (a community stalwart) on NE Second Avenue.

    In the face of a blossoming new Wynwood, the neighborhood has banded together to create the Wynwood Business Improvement District. Its aim is to guide Wynwood’s growth and (crucially) draft a rezoning plan with the help of urban planner Juan Mullerat of PlusUrbia Design. “This is the cynical opinion,” says Polinsky, who is director of the Wynwood Business Improvement District and chair of its planning and transportation committee, “but a business improvement district in a way exists because of failed government. It is businesses banding together and assessing themselves for the communal benefit.”

    The lobby of 250 Wynwood will demonstrate Fortis Development’s commitment to art-focused design.
    The lobby of 250 Wynwood will demonstrate Fortis Development’s commitment to art-focused design.

    When Miami 21, Miami’s progressive citywide zoning code, was made the law of the land, it was with the goal of creating a denser, more walkable, and altogether more urban city. It was the first time the principles of the New Urbanist movement in urban planning had been applied to an entire pre existing city, and it became the master plan of Miami’s urban renaissance. Many complain that Miami 21 is also overly formulaic, with exorbitant parking requirements carried over from the old code, an inferior mass transit system, and has other holes that over time became increasingly large obstacles to progress. Plus, when Miami 21 was designed back in the 2000s, the new Wynwood was hardly more than a glimmer in the late developer and “godfather” of Wynwood Tony Goldman’s eye.

    The current zoning code for most of Wynwood keeps residential capped at 36 units per acre and has to be live-work (with more than half the square-footage devoted to “work”). It also has onerous parking requirements, and hotels are only allowed along NW Second and NW Fifth Avenues. Because the zoning was originally designed for industrial use, developers have had to apply for zoning variances for other uses, including residential, creating a disorganized patchwork of rules and regulations, and a mess. A broader solution was clearly needed, and that solution became the Wynwood Zoning Study, which the members of the BID hope will become law. “It’s a set of development regulations…. basically a [neighborhood] business plan morphed into a master plan,” says Joseph Furst, the chairman of the BID board.

    Although Wynwood is practically writing its own zoning code to replace Miami 21, the two share the same ideals. Wynwood will be more pedestrianfriendly, less automobile-reliant, and will have more public spaces and mixed uses. Aesthetically, a neighborhood Design Review Board will ensure that new construction doesn’t obliterate Wynwood’s incredibly unique visual identity. Substantially more residential units will be allowed, with a cap on building heights to save Wynwood from that Miami affliction of towering residential-palooza. Hopefully. After the city’s evaluation of the Wynwood Zoning Study, ongoing negotiations between the Planning Department and the BID, and a trip through the bureaucratic roller-coaster, the resulting new zoning may change somewhat, but it will be a road map for the new Wynwood vastly better equipped for the job than the one it’s replacing


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    Conservation International's new Nature Is Speaking campaign seeks to redefine the conversation about the relationship between people and nature. In a series of short films, celebrities lend their voices to parts of nature, such as the rainforest, ocean, and redwood. All deliver an important message everyone needs to hear: Nature doesn't need people. People need nature.

    This week's film features Kevin Spacey as The Rainforest. Watch below and learn more on natureisspeaking.org


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    The members of Foster the People were spotted partying just days before their performance at The Fillmore on October 16. Find out which late-night spot they hit, plus more sightings in this week's celebrity news.

    Foster the People.Foster the People's Jacob Fink, Mark Pontius, and Mark Foster at Austin City Limits earlier this month.

    Foster the People & Cedric Gervais Party at WALL

    Mark Foster, Jacob Fink, and Mark Pontius hung out at WALL on Tuesday, October 14 during the Favela Beach bash. They cheered when the DJ played their hit, "Pumped Up Kicks," while everyone at the club sang along.

    The band also partied with DJ Cedric Gervais, who was celebrating a friend's birthday at an adjoining table.

    Michael Jordan Dines at Meat Market

    The NBA champ was in Palm Beach on Friday, October 10 to check out Meat Market with his wife and eight friends. The group ordered salads, wood-grilled steaks, and Chef Sean Brasel's famous Gouda tater tots and ended dinner with a platter of Meat Market's entire dessert menu.

    Miguel Goes Poolside at Hyde Beach

    The Grammy winner hung out with two guy friends at Hyde Beach's alfresco pool bar on Sunday, October 19. The trio enjoyed a few rounds of Casamigos Anejo Tequila.

    Soccer Players Celebrate at E11even

    After they played Honduras in Boca Raton on Tuesday, October 14, U.S. men's national team members Jozy Altidore, Jermaine Jones, and DeAndre Yedlin partied at E11even until 7 a.m.

    Fabolous Stops By FDR's Monday Night Party

    The hip-hop artist attended FDR at Delano's Monday night party on October 13 with an entourage of 12. He spent the evening on the dance floor taking photos with fans and drinking vodka, Cognac, Corona, and Red Bull. 

    William Levy Does Boys' Night at Mansion

    The Cuban-American actor and his crew sat at a VIP table during Mansion's new Bailando Thursdays on October 16. They popped bottles of Champagne with the evening's hosts, Alexander Delgado of reggaeton group Gente de Zona and Roman Jones of The Opium Group.

    PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF RICK KERN/GETTY IMAGES FOR SAMSUNG


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    Why is the ex-Backstreet Boy reintroducing himself via reality TV? 

    Singer Nick Carter.

    As the Nick and Knight tour gets ready to hit Fort Lauderdale on October 22, we talked with singer Nick Carter about what inspired his collaboration with Jordan Knight, his love of house music, and the future of the Backstreet Boys.

    Tell us about your new reality show, I Heart Nick Carteron VH1. 
    NICK CARTER: Well, it came about because [my wife], Lauren, and myself were talking and saying, “You know, maybe it would be cool to do a reality show.” I feel like we have a really interesting life—it’s unique. I’m always on the road and it’s really difficult to be in a relationship. I had a bad experience last time I did reality [TV and] I might have lost a lot of fans. The person I am now, I am happy. I’ve overcome a lot of adversity. This time around, there’s a definite change and I’ve grown and I feel like it’s a great opportunity for me to reintroduce myself to people.

    How did you start working with Jordan Knight on your new collaborative album, Nick and Knight?
    NC: It happened organically. The relationship with him and I, we had it before we did the collaboration with New Kids and Backstreet Boys. He and I had been writing partners and when we met back up with the tour, we just started talking and [thought] it would be cool to do this and it [would] be crazy to go on tour and it just evolved. Then, it was like, instead of us doing our old songs, why don’t we do a whole record and do something nobody would expect? It was fun. He’s a great writing partner. We really are enjoying it and we write great music together. It’s just a cool collaboration.

    What can fans expect from your current Nick and Knight tour?
    NC:
    It’s just a big party. We do a bunch of songs from our solo records that we’ve put out. Then, we also do [songs] from our respective groups—we do a couple of songs from Backstreet Boys and from New Kids on the Block. Then we pay homage to the nineties. We do “Pony” by Ginuwine [and] “Bad Boys” from Mase and Puffy and I’m rapping the verse. It’s really like an out-of-the-box show.

    Jordan Knight and Nick Carter.Jordan Knight and Nick Carter. 

    Since you’ll be in the Miami area for your show tomorrow, do you have any plans to hang out in town?
    NC:
    I’m a Florida boy. I have a house down in Key West, so it’s like three hours for me to drive up to Miami to go to a Heat game or hang out with my friends who live in Miami.

    On [October] 23, right after our show, I’m doing a six-song, after-work hang out with my fans. It’s going to be in an undisclosed location where I’m going to put on an acoustic performance and have dinner with my fans. It’s going to be in Miami, so that’s going to be a cool impromptu dinner thing. You can get information for that on NickCarter.net. Then, we kick off a cruise with Backstreet Boys on the 24th. We’re going out with all our fans.

    Can we expect another solo album from you anytime soon?
    NC:
    Yeah, for my next solo record I want to do an EDM record with some pop music sprinkled in there.

    What artists or bands are you currently listening to?
    NC:
    I’m into a lot of house music right now. I like Morgan Page, Robin Schulz, I love Zedd’s music, obviously Calvin Harris. As far as pop goes, I love Sia’s “Chandelier.” I am also absolutely into Nico & Vinz right now. I love their music, and I'm always loving hip-hop. 

    Are you still working with the Backstreet Boys and can we expect another album soon?
    NC:
    Yeah, we are writing another album. We are starting to write and record [and] once we are done with the album, which will probably go into next year, then we’ll go on tour maybe in 2016. [We] are coming out with a movie, a documentary movie about how things began for us, our origin, and [leading] up to the recording of our last record. That should enter movie theaters in late January.

    What other projects are you currently working on?
    NC:
    I actually wrote and produced a horror movie that I’m going to start shooting in January, so that’ll be coming out really soon.

    What about your dedication to oceanic preservation? Is this something you’ve always been passionate about?
    NC:
    I’ve always loved the ocean. It’s where I get my energy. I’m very passionate about the conservation of the coral reefs, [especially] living in Key West.

    [Another] thing I’m really looking into recently is immunotherapy for cancer treatment [and] looking for new discoveries as far as things that can help people with cancer. I recently donated to an immunotheraphy petition for Briggs on Change.org. It’s a really interesting story and you should read it. I try to raise awareness for it.

    You can watch Nick Carter on VH1’s I Heart Nick Carter on Wednesdays at 11 p.m. and catch him on the Nick and Night tour through November 22.

    NICK AND KNIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BRIAN DOHERTY


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    Fall might call for darker shades and richer textures in other parts of the country, but in Miami, we're still in summer mode. Below, our shirt-and-tie pairings take into account fall's best trends and South Florida style. 

    Alexander McQueen:

    Gray dress shirt.

    Contrast Harness Shirt, Alexander McQueen ($595). 9700 Collins Ave., Suite 176, Bal Harbour, 305-866-2839

    Maroon tie with feature graphic.

    Feather Print Tie, Alexander McQueen ($190). 

    A McQueen match: This pair might have a muted color palette, but the shirt's shoulder detail and the tie's feather graphic give this look the edge that McQueen is known for.

    Thomas Pink: 

    Blue and pink striped dress shirt.

    Barrett Stripe Shirt, Thomas Pink ($185). 9700 Collins Ave., Suite 259, Bal Harbour, 305-864-0666

    Pink tie.

    Lucian Plain Woven Tie, Thomas Pink ($135).

    Be bright: Stop Miami traffic in this eye-grabbing ensemble brought to you by Thomas Pink. 

    Ermenegildo Zegna: 

    Gray dress shirt.

    Textured Cotton Business Shirt, Ermenegildo Zegna ($395). 9700 Collins Ave., Suite 138, Bal Harbour, 305-865-8652

    Gray and red patterned tie.

    Patterned Silk Tie, Ermenegildo Zegna ($205). 

    Let your tie do the talking: The tie is the undisputed star of this cool Zegna combo.

    Dolce & Gabbana:

    Black dotted dress shirt.

    Small Collar Miniprint Gold-Fit Shirt, Dolce & Gabbana ($445). 9700 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-866-0503

    Tweed print tie.

    Wool/Silk Martini Tie, Dolce & Gabbana ($295). 

    Mix and match: You wouldn't traditionally wear polka dots with tweed—but times have changed. Together these Dolce & Gabbana pieces are a modern pair. 

    Armani Collezioni:

    Black men's shirt.

    Shirt in Stretch Cotton, Armani Collezioni ($195). 19555 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-792-1000

    Black silk tie.

     

    Striped Silk Tie, Armani Collezioni ($160). 

    Black on black: Pull off all black with this crisp cotton shirt and retro-inspired striped tie. 

    Hermès: 

    Pale blue men's shirt.

    Classic Men’s Shirt, Hermès ($500). 175 N.E. 40th St., Miami, 305-868-0118

    Navy and red patterned tie.

    Mousquetons Silk Twill Tie, Hermès ($195).

    When you're feeling blue: A classic blue button-up becomes fashion-forward when paired with one of Hermès' vibrant ties.


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    Get the scoop on IWC's first watches made with women in mind.

    IWC womens watch.Portofino Midsize.

    Inspired by the mystic island of Portofino and its luxury lifestyle, IWC takes its already successful Portofino watch line and releases it in a new midsize case perfect for women. This unveiling marks the 30th anniversary of the Portofino collection (first launched in 1984), and does so in style. Not only did the brand scale down the case, but also, it went to town on offering women mechanical complexities and the perfect touch of diamonds.

    Accents on the 34mm and 37mm watches include feminine details like diamond-set bezels and mother-of-pearl dials. Better yet, though, are the simple complications that today’s savvy women will love: the romantic moonphase, the useful dual time, a day-and-night indicator, and a three-hands automatic. 

    Midsize watch with different straps.Portofino Midsize with strap options.

    These elegant mechanical Portofinos for women are created in a variety of materials, including white gold, red gold, and stainless steel. Santoni, the revered Italian shoemaker, will be providing ultra high-quality alligator straps for all non-bracelet versions.

    While IWC has long been known as a men’s brand, this new midsize watch may well be its move into the world of women’s watches. Clearly the brand needs a timepiece for women who love IWC and for men who love it and want the woman in their life to love it, too. Thus, IWC went all out and built the Portofino in two smaller sizes

    IWC womens watch.Portofino Midsize—with diamonds. 

    Many of these new pieces are adorned with diamonds. But, in an effort to be diplomatic and fair to those with a smaller-sized wrist, IWC also unveils less dressy versions that are a bit more appropriate for those who want a midsize 37mm watch.

    The line will retail from several thousand to tens of thousands of dollars based on the watch's movement, functions, materials, and diamonds.

     

    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.


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    Conservation International's new Nature Is Speaking campaign seeks to redefine the conversation about the relationship between people and nature. In a series of short films, celebrities lend their voices to parts of nature, such as the rainforest, ocean, and redwood. All deliver an important message everyone needs to hear: Nature doesn't need people. People need nature.

    This week's film features Ian Somerhalder as The Coral Reef. Watch below and learn more on natureisspeaking.org


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    Carol City, FL native Flo Rida talks to us about his new barware collection, growing up with seven sisters, and his next album, The Perfect 10.

    Rapper Flo Rida.Flo Rida.

    Listen to any of his songs and it sounds like rapper Flo Rida is the life of the party—and in reality, that's exactly what he is, so much so that he's not only providing the party anthems, but now, the barware. The 35-year-old star, who pumps out club-worthy singles on the regular, is the face of a new home line from Pop Culture Living called Life of the Party, a collection of Champagne flutes, goblets, martini glasses, rocks glasses, and anything else you'd need to throw a party at home. We talked to Flo Rida about what inspired the collection and found out what else he's been up to.

    What made you decide to collaborate with Pop Culture Living?
    FLO RIDA: It was very organic because I travel around the world and I stay in hotels everywhere I go and they present me with Champagne and different things like that. And I love the elegance of the whole Pop Culture Living theme...Every time I’m celebrating a No. 1 record I’m popping Champagne and I might have a mojito or something like that. So what better way to celebrate than with my own barware? Basically that’s how it all came about.

    How does the collection represent you and your personal style for entertaining?
    FR: You know, being from Miami, the whole theme is South Beach—bright colors, definitely. I’m over-the-top with a lot of the things that I do—every body knows I have a Bugatti and different things. I love quality and the flamboyance of [it all]. What we have with Pop Culture Living, it stands out and it’s definitely something that everyone will love. One [piece of] barware that we have is called the Go Low cup; that's my go-to when I'm drinking.

    Martini glass.Go Low Martini Blue, Pop Culture Living ($47 for set of four). popcultureliving.com

    Miami is all about looking good and feeling good. What do you do to stay at your best?
    FR:
    For the most part, I have a new label called International Music Group; I go and just hang out with my artists, be around the studio, get inspired...and just record music. 

    We heard you have seven sisters—is this true?
    FR:
    Yeah, I have seven sisters. I’m the only boy and I’m actually a twin. They’re always making sure I’m on-point

    Has being surrounded by women your whole life influenced your career?
    FR:
     Definitely. I just have a natural, organic respect for women. At the same time, [my sisters] always look for me to achieve greatness. Growing up, during my childhood, they always made sure I was on-point...They always wanted me to be the guy who represented them well. 

    Rapper Flo Rida.Flo Rida presented his Pop Culture Living line at Sushi Couture in Miami on October 16.

    You’ve collaborated with many different people throughout your career. Who’s been your favorite to work with recently?
    FR:
    Everyone I’ve worked with—working with Lil’ Wayne, working with T-Pain, working with Akon, working with David Guetta, working with Lady Gaga, working with will.i.am, and lately my boy Sage the Gemini...[We recorded] at Atlantic Studios and now we have this record "GDFR" (Going Down for Real), which was released on iTunes [on October 21]. Just working with those artists has definitely inspired me.

    What can we expect from your next album? 
    FR:
    The name of the album is The Perfect 10 and so far I’ve worked with Pitbull—he’s another person I look up to, just being from Miami and the fact that we all witness each other grinding it out and working hard to get where we’re at. We’re at the top of our game right now.

    For The Perfect 10, I’m just making sure that every record on there everyone enjoys. Whether you’re in the gym, or whether you’re riding in the car, whether you’re hanging out, anywhere in the world, that this album is perfect for anybody. 

    There are a lot of very successful rappers from the Miami area. Is it mostly like a brotherhood between you all, or are there rivalries that you’ve encountered?
    FR:
    It’s friendly competition, but at the same time it’s a brotherhood. We know how hard we work to get here and we want to keep it that way and inspire other artists as well.

    PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF AARON DAVIDSON/GETTY IMAGES FOR POP CULTURE LIVING (EVENT PHOTOS)


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  • 10/23/14--21:00: How to Stock Your Home Bar
  • Is your home bar ready for the holidays? Stock up on these essential tools and spirits so you're prepared for the family dinners and friendly gatherings to come. 

    Chic Bar Cart

    Vintage inspired bar cart.

    Mayfair Bar Cart in Vintage Cigar, Restoration Hardware ($225). Aventura Mall, 19575 Biscayne Blvd., 305-935-1253

    First, you need a place to store your imbibing essentials. If you don’t have an actual bar, we’ve found the solution: this compact bar cart inspired by a vintage trunk opens up to reveal two storage shelves, a stemware rack, and a mirrored drink-prep station.

    Luxe Cocktail Shaker

    Glass cocktail shaker.

    Dorset Cocktail Shaker, Williams-Sonoma ($120). 1035 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 786-276-9945; 350 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305-446-9421

    Your cocktail shaker should be as functional as it is elegant. Unlike the typical steel version, this hand-cut crystal shaker lets you see your drink before its poured and features a dripless seal and strainer for minimal spills.

    Matching Bar Tools

    Bar tool set.

    Harrison Bar Tool Set, Pottery Barn ($69). 1045 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 786-276-8889; 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305-569-9022

    Don’t overcrowd your at-home bar with too many accessories; this compact set comes with the four you'll really need—jigger, strainer, bar spoon, and opener—hung neatly on a rack for easy access.

    Crystal Ice Bucket

    Crystal ice bucket.

    Ice Bucket, Tiffany & Co. ($160). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-864-1801; Village of Merrick Park, 342 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305-529-4390

    Presentation is one secret to successful entertaining. (The other secret? Great drinks.) Keep ice handy for cocktails and your guests in this simple, pristine crystal ice bucket. 

    Quality Corkscrew

    Wine opener with turquoise handle.

    Laguiole En Aubrac Waiters Corkscrew in Turquoise, Williams-Sonoma ($225). 1035 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 786-276-9945; 350 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305-446-9421

    There are all sorts of automatic corkscrews available, but we like to stick with tradition when it comes to opening a good bottle of wine. Constructed from durable stainless steel and turquoise stone, this heavy-duty tool will remove corks for years to come.

    Stylish Serving Try

    Blue serving tray.

    Cádiz Large Tray, Oscar de la Renta ($595). oscardelarenta.com

    You’ve shown off your skills at the bar—now it’s time to serve those cocktails to your guests. Do so with a tray that has some personality, like this marbleized, cobalt blue server. Bonus: buy the stand (sold separately) and you won’t take up any additional table space.


    You've got the tools; now it's time to build up your liquor supply. Focus on simple, high-quality spirits that'll be the foundation for cocktails or fit to serve on the rocks.

    Bourbon

    Duke bourbon.

    Duke Kentucky Straight Bourbon ($35 for 750ml). dukespirits.com 

    Inspired by John Wayne’s personal collection of whiskey, Duke's old-fashioned production method delivers a tasty bourbon blend in each bottle.

    Tequila

    Milagro reserve silver tequila.

    Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Silver ($50 for 750ml). milagrotequila.com 

    Milagro's small-batch reserve tequila is made only from estate-grown blue agave, which is just as impressive as the statement-making bottle it comes in. 

    Vodka

    Finlandia vodka.

    Finlandia ($20 for 750ml). finlandia.com

    Finlandia is crafted using pure glacial spring water and six-row barley, making it a clear choice when adding to your vodka stash. 

    Gin

    Henrick's gin.

    Hendrick's Gin ($35 for $750ml). hendricksgin.com

    Infused with Bulgarian Rosa Damascena and cucumbers, Hendrick's remains a favorite for its distinct flavor.

    Rum

    Miami Club Rum bottle.

    Miami Club Rum ($30 for 750ml). miamiclubrum.com

    Miami Club Rum is the first licensed spirit to be distilled in the Magic City. Featuring notes of vanilla, oak, citrus, and coconut, we think this traditional family recipe represents us well. 

    SPIRITS PHOTOGRAPHY VIA DUKESPIRITS.COM; FACEBOOK.COM/MILAGRO; FACEBOOK.COM/FINLANDIAVODKAUSFACEBOOK.COM/HENDRICKSGIN; MIAMICLUBRUM.COM


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    Halloween in Miami comes in all sizes; from a spooky dinner to a wild party, we've rounded up some of the best Halloween happenings in this week's food and drink news. 

    Fangs will be out at Cavalli's jungle-themed Halloween party (and we don't mean vampire teeth). 

    Silence of the Lambchops Dinner at The Federal

    Hannibal Lecter fans can make their way through a Silence of the Lambs-themed meal as Chef Cesar Zapata of The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions joins forces with Chef Todd Erickson of HaVen South Beach and Huahua's Taqueria to host a horrifyingly delicious dinner and wine pairing on Wednesday, October 29. Don your best Hannibal-esque attire and enjoy five courses inspired by the film—like A Young Cannibal in the Making consisting of country-fried veal brains, braised figs, corn, and ancho chile—as the movie soundtrack and silent scenes play in the background. 5132 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-758-9559; Tickets here

    Halloween Cocktails at The Setai

    This week's version of After Sunset @ The Setai (8-11 p.m. in the bar and courtyard) is all about Halloween. Bartender Philip Khandehrish partners with Meat Market's mixologist Ezra Pattek to kick off the holiday weekend early on Thursday, October 30 with hors d'oeuvres, drink specials, and Ancho Reyes cocktails—and the party wouldn't be complete without tons of dry ice and a pumpkin punch bowl. 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-520-6400

    Jungle Party with Roberto Cavalli

    Roberto Cavalli is known for making leopard print look chic, so we expect his jungle-themed Halloween bash at Cavalli to be just as sexy. Hosted by the designer himself, the event on Halloween night features an Italian feast downstairs from 9 p.m.-midnight with music by DJ Michelle Pooch and an even wilder party upstairs in the lounge. Sport your best safari outfit as you explore a jungle of serpent-handlers and painted women handing out the ultimate treat: a Cavalli bag filled with sweets. 150 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach. 305-695-4191; Call or email info@cavallimiami.com for table reservations

    Cosplay Party at SUSHISAMBA

    Secure a prime view of the Lincoln Road Halloween parade at SUSHISAMBA Miami Beach's Japanese-inspired party on October 31 beginning at 6 p.m. Come in costume and sip on the cocktail of the moment—the Smoked Pumpkin Caipirinha—while the party takes place indoors and on Pennsylvania Avenue, which will transform into Tokyo's Harajuku district with DJs spinning Japanese pop and performances by Taiko drummers. 600 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305-673-5337


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    Go behind the scenes with Elle Macpherson during her Ocean Drive photo shoot.

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    Gabrielle Anwar talks about her beau Shareef Malnik's Make-A-Wish Ball, her documentary-in-the-making, and why she won't "cling to my youth."

    Gabrielle Anwar.Gabrielle Anwar.

    Fans of USA Network's Burn Notice know Gabrielle Anwar as ex-IRA weapons expert Fiona Glenanne. But here, we know the actress as proud Miami resident, mother of three, green goddess, and, for the past three years, celebrity auctioneer of the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, which is put on by her partner, The Forge owner and Ball Chairman Shareef Malnik, with the help of InterContinental Miami General Manager Robert Hill and Make-A-Wish Southern Florida President/CEO Norman Wedderburn. This Saturday, November 1, the gala celebrates its 20th anniversary with a Wizard of Oz theme, a special performance by Diana Ross, a guest list that's 900 strong—and we can't forget the annual after-party at the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub.

    We caught up with Anwar before the Ball to talk about her fourth gig as auction emcee, life in Miami, and why she's going behind the camera for her first documentary. 

    There are so many causes out there now that are supported by people in Hollywood. What draws you to Make-A-Wish?
    GABRIELLE ANWAR: Shareef draws me to Make-A-Wish. It is his resolution that incites me to participate in any way I can. I was, and continue to be, involved in other nonprofit organizations when Shareef introduced me to the joy of wishes.

    This is your fourth year as emcee. How are you feeling as we get closer and closer to the event?
    GA:
    I feel hopeful that we will proliferate funds, fun, and further philanthropy. 

    What are you most looking forward to at this year’s gala?
    GA:
    The part where I remove my heels at the end of the night, and we try to calculate the amount of wishes we made possible.

    Do you have a role in the behind-the-scenes of the event? Or do you leave that to the pros?
    GA:
    I am very bossy. But Shareef is quite the diplomat, so he transposes my agenda, taking the edge off—except when it came to sawing me in half last year. 

    On Burn Notice you had your first long-term TV role. Do you miss playing Fiona?
    GA: I don’t miss Fiona—she was exhausting. I’m too old for a bikini and an automatic weapon in the same instant.

    Tell us about your documentary, Sexology. How did you get involved in the project?
    GA:
    My involvement stemmed from a deep sense of dissatisfaction and a perpetual seeking of true gratification. As hedonistic as that sounds, I discovered that I am a better woman, mother, partner, daughter, sister, artist, friend when I am connected to the infinite source of potent female power that is sadly an untapped resource within most women. The documentary follows my journey as I am introduced to the complex voyage into sexual bliss.

    Miami has been your home base for a while now. Do you feel like you belong here?
    GA:
    I belong where my children, man, and furry creatures are. They are the heart of home.

    There's a lot of pressure in both Hollywood and Miami to look good. What’s your secret to staying physically and mentally healthy?
    GA: I am easing my way behind the camera as I have no desire to be judged for what I have and have not done in order to cling to my youth. I am embracing this newly discovered self that exists beneath my head. If there’s a fountain of youth then I think it might spring from our capacity and willingness to feel the pleasure we were designed to feel.

    You have a free day in Miami with no plans and you can't stay home. Where would we find you?
    GA: If I truly can't stay home—if there were a sewage leak in the loo, for example—then I would likely grab my three wee ones and head to the nearest natural environment. North is a bit tricky—there is some good shopping, but not enough dirt. South is deliriously tropical and yet a little too far to splash in the really turquoise waters. West is appealingly unpopulated, but too swampy and the mosquitos are too voracious. East is great if I were 20 years my junior and the wees weren't in tow. So you might find me off the dock, feet dangling into the bay, peering into an azure sky, cloud gazing, day dreaming of us all riding bareback through an enchanted forest with the wind in our hair.

    PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ROBERT ASCROFT/USA NETWORK/NBCU PHOTO BANK VIA GETTY IMAGES


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    Fashion mogul, model icon, entrepreneur, mother, and wife. Now, Elle MacPherson is taking Miami.

    elle macpherson
    Dress, Emilio Pucci ($2,720). Miami Design District, 155 NE 40th St., Space #100, 305-576-1830

    After a decade hunkered down in the compact, foggy city streets of London, Elle Macpherson is basking in the bright expansiveness and open roads of her new hometown. “I leave for school early in the morning, and there is nothing more beautiful than watching Miami wake up over the causeways, and seeing the pink and purple skies and the blue sea,” says the Sydney-born beach girl at heart. “The other day, we were driving across one of the causeways and we saw a dolphin, and I just thought to myself, This is really such a pretty town!”

    And just what does a supermodel use to tool around in? “Do you want the pretentious answer, but it is the truth?” asks the woman with a net worth estimated at $45 million, with a self-deprecating laugh. “A selection.” A stick-shift Porsche, however, is her go-to for morning school drop-offs for her boys, Flynn, 16, and Cy, 11. But it’s not exactly a family favorite. “My 11-year-old says it makes him throw up—he can’t read his studies on the way because it’s a very, very sporty car.”

    Macpherson has been on the move since she left her native Australia at 18, skipping out on law school and settling in New York during her formative modeling years that would earn her a spot in the supermodel pantheon, before embarking on a successful career in Hollywood. (She made her big-screen debut in Woody Allen’s Alice in 1990 and titillated Joey Tribbiani in a recurring role as Janine Lecroix on Friends, while appearing alongside stars like George Clooney, Barbra Streisand, and more in everything from Batman to The Mirror Has Two Faces.) She eventually relocated to London to start a family.

    This move to Miami, however, she says, is a whole different ballgame. “For starters, I have no apartment in New York—I’ve sold it—and I don’t have real estate in London either, so this is a very different experience, settling here with a family, consciously.” Husband Jeffrey Soffer, the billionaire realtor whom she married last July in Fiji after dating since 2009, is practically Miami royalty; he owns the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, and his family business, Turnberry, developed Aventura. “My greatest gift is my husband who I adore and our family; we have five children between us in different parts of the country, and life is rich and fulfilling and sometimes really hectic.”

    Ensconced in her new home office, looking out at the gray, choppy waters of the bay as a Miami summer thunderstorm roils overhead in the distance, Macpherson is dwarfed by moving boxes. And this is just the first installment. “My artwork and valuables come next week, so I’m still in that moving-in period to some extent, and I’m realizing that my wardrobe isn’t going to work in Miami,” she says, thinking of all the chic, heavy coats that will need to be stored or donated. “We’ve only been here for three or four weeks, so at the moment I’m juggling school and getting to know the teachers and the boys’ workload. The boys have been my number-one priority in terms of getting settled, so I don’t have my acupuncturist, go-to yoga spot or facialist, or anything like that. I’m still knee-deep in sixth-grade homework.” At the moment, she’s casually outfitted in blue jeans and a navy T-shirt, accented by brown suede Isabel Marant boots with a Cuban heel and a brown Hermès belt (“I’ve had this for 30 years”), and her lustrous champagne-hued hair is down, still wet from a morning swim. “I do like to swim in the ocean, but I swim my laps at home,” she says. A daily ritual of 40 minutes of movement, whether that’s getting in the water or sweating in hot yoga, has kept the woman dubbed “The Body” in a 1989 Time cover story in top form for three decades of public scrutiny.

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    Blazer ($2,935) and trousers ($1,480), Roberto CavalliBal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-865-1749. Bra, Addiction Nouvelle Lingerie ($69). Gold filigree suede sandals, Giuseppe Zanotti ($2,250). Bal Harbour Shops, 305-868-0133. Necklace, Macpherson’s own, worn throughout

    “The Body” had the brains to capitalize on that moniker early on, launching several successful brands over the years, from The Body workout videos to Elle Macpherson, The Body beauty line. “My baby,” she says, “is The Body Elle Macpherson Intimates,” founded in 1990, back when very few celebrities where capitalizing on their own brand. She also had the considerable foresight to leave Ford Models to form her own company in 1994, Elle Macpherson, Inc., knocking out the middleman, and creating her own calendar after years of promoting the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (she graced the cover a record five times).

    Aside from making sure the kids are settled in their new schools, the other business at hand these days is launching her wellness company, WelleCo, stateside (yes, notice the “elle” in Welle). Its first product is a green powder supplement called The Super Elixir.

    SUPER GREENS...AFTER SUPER SWIM read the caption on Macpherson’s Twitter picture that went viral this summer. The unstaged photo, taken by her stepdaughter “within two minutes,” showed off the 50-year-old’s formidable six-foot body, clad in a two-piece swimsuit, as she sipped the green, alkalizing mixture. (Macpherson reports that she takes her daily two-teaspoon dose in freezing cold coconut water every morning at 8 am after a few shots of espresso at 6 am.) Of the fab-and-50 bikini shot, she recalls, “I got an email from my business partner asking, ‘Can you take a selfie while you’re on holiday, so I can post it?’ And I said, ‘Ugh, I don’t really do selfies.’ So I asked my stepdaughter to snap it. I had just gone for a swim when we did it. I just tweeted it and didn’t really even think anything of it. It had a phenomenal response.”

    You couldn’t ask for a better spokesmodel than a supermodel—and a super grounded one, at that. “‘Beauty at every age’ is such a boring cliché, but beauty is not just reserved for youth,” says Macpherson, speaking from experience. “There’s a big movement that supports that. I didn’t feel any kind of milestone pressure turning 50 at all, perhaps because I’ve been preparing for this stage of my life for a long time. In my 40s, I started to focus on health and wellness; I stopped drinking and taking any drugs—even aspirin—and I began really cleaning out my system. By the time I hit 50, I didn’t feel any sort of plateau physically, and it didn’t feel like a shock emotionally either. It wasn’t like, Oh my gosh, I’d better get myself together before I turn 50; it was more like I was reborn.”

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    Black halter gown, Roberto Cavalli ($3,165). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-865-1749

    She celebrated that new lease on life by hatching her latest business, WelleCo, a health and wellness company cofounded by Andrea Bux (creator of Australia’s popular Invisible Zinc sunscreen brand) that offers supplements and wellness products made from natural, whole foods, namely Macpherson’s Super Elixir, a highly specialized alkalizing greens supplement. “I remember my husband asked, ‘Shall we set up a big party for your birthday?’ And I thought the money I could spend on that I could put into a meaningful business with purpose. Instead of planning a party, I started to focus on getting things together so I could launch for my birthday. And that was my birthday gift to myself and also to other women.”

    While a deeper dive into wellness came in her 40s, its roots were instilled in her early on. “Being Australian, I grew up with a holistic perspective on life. When I was a little girl, instead of going to the doctor, I went to the chiropractor or the acupuncturist. As I matured, I adopted a reasonably holistic approach to health and wellness,” she says. “When you’re young, beauty and youth go hand in hand, but as you age, wellness and beauty go hand in hand.”

    Far away from the rigors of producing and hosting Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model, which she did for four years, Macpherson has plenty of time now to focus her energy on the latest addition to her family of businesses, and on her children.

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    Blouse ($1,200) and skirt ($2,100), Elie Saab. Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-865-6161. Black leather booties, Christian Louboutin ($1,245). Miami Design District, 155 NE 40th St., 305-576-6820

    If the boys had the inevitable ‘Dude, your mom is so hot’ moment, she says, with what sounds like an embarrassed laugh, “They would certainly never tell me!” The moment they started to notice mom was a public figure occurred during one season of Top Model, when her face was plastered all over London’s quintessential red double-decker buses and bus stops. “Everyone kept saying to them, ‘I saw your mum on the back of the bus!’”

    Today, she says, “My life is very different—I’m not in front of the camera every day, which is a big change for me, and I’m really working on launching this start-up business in America.”

    It’s not her first stint in the Magic City, however. “Miami has been a sanctuary for me over the years,” she notes. She’s gotten to know the city well while shooting for the likes of Gotex and J.Crew over the decades. “I’ve worked a lot in Miami, particularly in the ’80s. I remember seeing the Versace mansion, and saying, ‘Oh my god, that’s Gianni Versace’s house. That place is incredible!’ Being Australian, I couldn’t stand New York, I wanted to be on the beach, I hated wearing clothes; I wanted to get out of the studio! Every job I could get to get out of New York I would take—whether they paid well or not. A lot of the work I did was for the Miami-based department store Burdines. I was down here maybe two or three weekends a month, shooting in South Beach and the Keys or Coral Gables. We’d stay at the Biltmore; it was always a welcome relief to get off that plane and feel that humidity,” she recalls. “I’d go, ‘Yeah, I’m alive now!’”

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    Dress, Emilio Pucci ($2,720). Miami Design District, 155 NE 40th St., Space #100, 305-576-1830

    While she’s had a long courtship with the city, now that she’s putting roots down, she’s in a different kind of discovery phase. “When I first got here, I found myself on the I-95 driving forward and backward and forward, and I kept missing the exit, until the I-95 became my best friend. Now I can find my way around at least to some important destinations here.”

    She has a few favorite joints already: She’s quick to admit a deep love for JugoFresh (where she replenishes with green juices, coconut pulp juices, and “a passion fruit one with chia seeds, which I really love”), and, of course, she raves about the Fontainebleau. “Scarpetta is one of my favorite restaurants, and I love Hakkasan, so we’re there quite a bit.” There are a few key discoveries to unearth yet, though: “I’m trying to find a really good salsa dancing club; this must be the town for it!”

    She still can’t believe her luck in landing in Miami at this point in her life. “I wake up in the morning and I go for a paddleboard—how cool is that?”


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