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    This month's holiday soirées and festive outings mean less healthy cooking and more eating out. Want to indulge in some comfort food, but without all the calories? A bevy of Miami restaurants are cooking up healthful spins on the seasonal dishes we can't resist.

    Cold Tomato Soup at NIU Kitchen

    Cold tomato soup.

    The only thing more comforting than soup—for Miami’s sultry weather—is cold soup. At NIU Kitchen, chef Demetrio Lomas proffers an inspired take on the traditional Spanish gazpacho and a wholesome alternative to the creamy American rendition. Light and zesty tomato broth is poured over a dollop of Dijon mustard ice cream and Manchego and basil gel. 134 N.E. Second Ave., Miami, 786-542-5070

    Mediterranean Octopus at Macchialina

    Octopus with tomatoes and potatoes.

    While Michael Pirolo’s rustic Italian eatery Macchialina is known for its impeccable pasta and risotto, neither will help you be good this holiday season. Instead, reach for the octopus; the tantalizing tentacle is poached with caramelized shallots and thyme before it’s seared and tossed with concentrated tomatoes. Served on a bed of potato crema, the dish fulfills your evening carb quota without overdoing it. 820 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305-534-2124

    Stone Crab Roulade at Cypress Room

    Stone crab roulade.

    Stone crab is Miami’s quintessential salubrious comfort food—for seven months out of the year anyway— and at Michael Schwartz’s ode to fine dining, Cypress Room, chef de cuisine Roel Alcudia trades meat for crustacean in his roulade appetizer fit for the Magic City. Six large claws are mixed and rolled with shallots, chives, celery, apples, and cucumbers; then the roulade is served with kumquats, shaved vegetables, and edible flowers. It’s like eating a serving of veggies, but with a bit of decadence. 3620 N.E. Second Ave., Miami, 305-520-5197

    Whole Roasted Branzino at Makoto


    There are plenty of ways to get a dose of nourishment at Makoto Okuwa’s Bal Harbour Japanese outpost, even putting his sushi menu aside (though we're not against going that route). You could start with some warm edamame or chicken noodle ramen, but don't fill up before you get the whole-roasted branzino with wasabi chimichurri, grilled lemons, and shiso-leaf chiffonade; this is Makoto’s delectable take on traditional comfort food. 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-864-8600

    Shaved Brussel Sprouts at Proof Pizza & Pasta

    Brussel sprout dish.

    Chances are you turned your head away when your parents served you Brussel sprouts as a child, but now? You can't get enough. And while there’s no lack of the trendy vegetable on menus around town, most variations are laden with bacon, a fried egg, or some other fatty accompaniment. At Proof, the appetizing greens are shredded and tossed with Gorgonzola, pecans, dried cranberries, and apple cider vinaigrette for some gusto. 3328 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 786-536-9562


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    The Related Group's in-house art director Patricia Hanna finds peace in Kendall.

    Patricia Hanna the Related Group in house art director
    Patricia Hanna at her home in bucolic Kendall, worlds away from the bustle and bright lights of downtown Miami and Brickell.

    Outside the hustle and bustle of city life in Miami, there is a calm, rural neighborhood where Patricia Hanna, the art director for The Related Group, has for her entire life found peace and quiet. While Kendall may not exactly be the Ponderosa, to Hanna it’s worlds away from the bright lights of the big city. “I work in downtown and Brickell, and I’m in the thick of things in Wynwood, South Beach, and the Design District,” she says. “What I love most is getting home to the quiet, open streets with all the trees and no streetlights or sidewalks. It’s such a contrast to what we do all day long.”

    A first-generation American born to Cuban parents, Hanna grew up surrounded by family in East Kendall. Her parents, grandparents, and aunts and uncles purchased an 11-acre compound, built homes for each family, and shared a common backyard with a pool, tennis court, and fields for the kids to enjoy. “It’s not common at all,” she says of her family’s homestead, where she stayed through high school, college, and even post-graduation. “I don’t know any other family that has done the same thing. My father and my family were really visionaries. We all used to come home from school and run through the backyard and have an instant baseball or soccer game. On holidays like Christmas Eve, we would jump from house to house, and then Christmas morning everyone would wake up, open their toys, and run outside in their pajamas to see what everyone else got.”

    Hyde Midtown The Related Group Project
    Hyde Midtown, one of the projects of The Related Group.

    Off the compound, the family spent time together near the water. “Anytime we were not in Miami, we were in Key Largo or Key Biscayne,” says Hanna. “I’m pretty much a beach bum. I love anything having to do with the ocean—I love boating, fishing, any water sport. You name it; I love it. When we weren’t at home or in school, the idea was always to enjoy what Miami has to offer.”

    In town, the family traveled by bicycle to Continental Park or to the nearby canal, where Hanna would swing off a rope into the water. Then, when it was time to be studious, she’d head to the Kendall Branch Library. “I remember the old, musty-book smell of the library,” she says. “I had to go and sift through the card catalog to find a book, usually The Count of Monte Cristo. Even today, it still smells the same.”

    Not everything is the same, according to Hanna, who attended Epiphany Catholic School. Bowling alley Don Carter’s Kendall Lanes and Riverboat Playhouse—where the kids enjoyed the arcade, shows, and “the best pizza”—are both long gone. Even the ride to school is different. “We used to stop on the way back from school at U-Pick [farm],” she says. “I take my daughters to the same school now, and the strawberry fields are developed streets of Pinecrest.”

    Lowe Museum Patricia Hanna Inspiratoin
    The Lowe Art Museum was a major inspiration for her to pursue a career in art.

    Norman Brothers Produce is still around, though. Hanna would go there for a strawberry shake from time to time. The Lowe Art Museum is still there, too. That’s where Hanna got her first taste of the art world—as a kid attending the Beaux Arts summer camp, and again as a college intern while attending the University of Miami. “My parents always collected, primarily modern Cuban art,” she says. “But the internship at the Lowe Art Museum during my senior year of college really solidified my decision to go into the arts and really get involved in the art community here in Miami.”

    Today, Hanna manages The Related Group’s corporate art collection (and Jorge Pérez’s personal collection); she also identifies art for all of Related’s projects, which oftentimes means commissioning artists to create site-specific work for individual projects, such as an outdoor sculpture, an installation in the lobby, or an exterior mural.

    While she’s now living off the family compound, she and her husband and their two daughters are not traveling all that far. They’re currently building a home across the street from the old compound and directly next door to Hanna’s sister. “It’s like Monopoly—we’re expanding the neighborhood,” she says. “The calm and the quiet is nostalgic, and it’s what I enjoy most. It felt like we were in our own world as kids. Now I appreciate it so much more.”

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    You don't have to look hard to find great Cuban food in Miami—and local chefs and bartenders are taking advantage. Here, five pro-recommended spots, from iconic restaurants to off-the-beaten-path eateries, via our friends at Find. Eat. Drink.

    El Mago de las Fritas


    This Flagami Cuban restaurant is "not to be missed" according to Regent Cocktail Club bartender Danny Valdez, who swears on the "very tasty" fritas. Who else is a fan? The president. El Mago de las Fritas had its brush with fame when Barack Obama stopped in for fritas with cheese. 5828 S.W. Eighth St., Miami, 305-266-8486

    Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop

    Chef Roel Alcudia of The Cypress Room can't get enough of this Wynwood café. “It's essentially a Cuban diner, but they have daily lunch specials, which I thoroughly enjoy—especially the fried steak on Mondays and the lechon asado (pork) on Fridays.” 186 N.E. 29th St., Miami, 305-573-4681

    Las Olas Café

    Ham sandwich.

    Chef Michael Pirolo of Macchialina Taverna Rustica frequents this "gem on South Beach" where he says "the croquettas, empanadas, media noches, café con leche, [and] braised oxtail [are] all amazing." Bartender Gabe Orta of The Broken Shaker also likes to eat here: “It's a small place and it’s been here for a long time. It’s just counter food, cafeteria style, and filled with regulars. They have great appetizers to start with, like the chicken empanada or a Cuban sandwich.” 644 Sixth St., Miami Beach, 305-534-9333

    Puerto Sagua

    Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith visits this "throwback" spot for its simple staples like chicken or steak a la plancha, grilled beef or chicken, and ropa vieja. “It’s really a greasy spoon, but it has a lot of fun things about it. It’s a great place to go at night, because it's kind of stick-to-your-ribs food after you’ve had one too many glasses of Champagne." Goldsmith adds: "I try not to eat Cuban food so much—just for the calories alone I’ll get my cardiologist going—but what wonderful food. Really simple and really consistent.” 700 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-1115


    Coffees and pastries.

    This iconic Little Havana restaurant opened in 1971 and is still packed morning, noon, and night. Bartender Ben Potts (Blackbird Ordinary) always brings friends from out of town here. “It’s classic Cuban food. They’ve been around forever and for a good reason: they're very consistent." He'll order anything with pork, but the ropa vieja is Potts' go-to dish. 3555 S.W. Eighth St., Miami, 305-444-0240 


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    Make everyone you know very happy this year by putting a few bottles under the tree. Here's what to buy for the people left on your list... 

    For the socialite:

    Dom Pérignon Limited Edition by Iris van Herpen.Brut Vintage 2004, Dom Pérignon Limited Edition by Iris van Herpen ($160). Total Wine & More, Arena Shops, 14750 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Beach, 305-354-3270

    Fashion designer Iris van Herpen lends her talent to Dom Pérignon for this seriously stylish bottle of bubbly.  

    For the whiskey connoisseur:

    The Dalmore King AlexanderKing Alexander III, The Dalmore ($220)

    Straight from the Scottish Highlands, this complex single-malt whiskey is made from six casks and boasts flavors like red berries, citrus zest, vanilla, and sweet cinnamon.

    For the chronic host:

    Ruffino Modus LuminariaModus Luminaria, Ruffino ($90).

    Ruffino’s red blend isn't just a great bottle to have handy for your next dinner party; its ornate gift box also doubles as a decorative lantern for the table. 

    For the photographer:

    Macallan Masters of Photography Mario Testino BoxMasters of Photography: Mario Testino, The Macallan ($3,500).

    Why track down one of The Macallan's 150 limited-edition boxes? Because anyone from an avid photographer to an iPhone camera user will be impressed by a rare whiskey accompanied by a new Mario Testino photograph.

    For the home mixologist:

    Patron Cocktail KitAñejo Classic Cocktails Gift Set, Patrón ($120).

    Excite the tequila lover in your life with this simple cocktail kit. If you're lucky, the recipient will fill that second glass with a drink just for you. 

    For the collector:

    Tesseron Cognac Royal BlendRoyal Blend Cognac, Tesseron ($1,400).

    Hand off this top-of-the-line cognac—a blend of approximately 50 Grande Champagne Cognacs—to the longtime spirits collector in the family.

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    Our list of gorgeous items you'll want to add to your shopping list—because there's nothing wrong with picking up something for yourself this holiday season.

    For the jewelry fiend: 

    Triangle diamond drop earrings.Fatale Spike Earrings with Diamonds, Lana Jewelry ($3,890). Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-865-6161

    Embrace the glamour of Miami Beach’s halcyon days with jewelry designer Lana Bramlette’s 14-karat gold drop earrings from her Flawless, Vol. 1 collection. The triangles, adorned with white diamonds, are unmistakable icons of the beach’s Art Deco architecture.

    For the tech-obsessed: 

    Samsung curved UHD TV.4K Ultra-High Definition HU8700 Series Curved Series Smart 65” TV, Samsung ($5,500).

    Because normal HD is so 2000. Treat yourself to the ultimate in TV technology with Samsung’s exceptionally clear panoramic display. It boasts four-times the resolution of full HD and promises visibility from any corner of the room.

    For the fashionable minimalist: 

    Red structured clutch.Signature Collection Medium Clutch, Vince ($395). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-351-0327

    Channel sophisticated So-Cal style with Vince’s first foray into handbags. This modern, cherry-red leather clutch is sleek enough for every festive soirée of the season.

    For the Zen master: 

    The Standard spa haman.Giving Hamam Spa Ritual, The Standard ($175). 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-1717

    Say goodbye to 2014 and its lingering stressors with a 45-minute massage followed by a purifying clay mask on a hot marble bed inside The Standard spa’s beloved Turkish hamam. 

    For the spirited entertainer: 

    Cocktail tools.FROM LEFT:
    Yarai Mixing Glass ($32.95). 
    Premium Julep Strainer (10.95)
    Teardrop Barspoon ($17.95)

    When houseguests are on their way, you'll want to have some shiny new bar tools to whip out. This stunning Yarai mixing glass is a must-have for your home bar, along with a barspoon and strainer inspired by the post-Prohibition craze of the 1930s.

    For the die-hard Heat fan: 

    Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade.Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena ($300-1,600).

    LeBron who? This is Wade County, and Miami Heat games are still the hottest ticket in town. Sit behind the Heat bench in sections 107 and 108 for the best view of our hometown heroes.

    For the collector: 

    Horse airplant planter.Large Horse, Plant the Future by Paloma Teppa ($580). 2511 N.W. Second Ave., Miami, 305-571-7177

    At artist Paloma Teppa’s whimsical Wynwood boutique, this striking horse planter is waiting to be taken home. Its mane and tail are airplants, which can grow up to a foot tall. 

    For the subtle seductress: 

    Navy lace chemise.Carmen Chemise, Eberjey ($129). 1905 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, 305-763-8839

    This scalloped-lace chemise is at once sexy and comfortable. Miami-based lingerie brand Eberjey is lauded for flattering real bodies with pretty underthings that won’t go unnoticed.

    For the adventurer: 

    Onia Shaw Jacket.Shaw Jacket in Canopy, Onia ($285). 927 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-531-4982

    Lightweight, weatherproof, and expertly tailored, nothing can stop a man in the brand-new Shaw Jacket from Onia, Miami's go-to brand for men's swimwear. The zip-up is made from Onia's signature swim fabric with Power Mesh lining that's five-times heavier than its swim mesh. 

    For the coffee addict: 

    Nespresso chrome coffee machine.Chrome VertuoLine, Nespresso ($300). 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami, 800-562-1465

    If you're a serious coffee drinker, don't go another year without a machine that's on your level. Enter Nespresso's new VertuoLine, its most intelligent single-serve system yet. Each VertuoLine coffee and espresso capsule is labeled with a barcode; put one in and the machine knows exactly how to prepare it with its Centrifusion extraction technology.


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    Recreate Chef Sean Brasel's popular ceviche for all of your holiday parties this year. (Your guests will thank you.)

    Meat Market's ceviche.

    Chef Sean Brasel had a vision when he opened Meat Market with co-owner David Tomek—that vision was to make the restaurant a top eatery for classic steakhouse dishes with an artful and unexpected twist. This brought forth popular options like buffalo tenderloin steak with chili and espresso rub, finished off with chocolate butter; a fatty brisket with coconut, mango, and Cuban sweet potatoes; and Kobe skirt steak with lemongrass and roasted chili. Not to be overlooked is the restaurant's crudo bar, where the chef dreamed up a menu featuring tuna tartare, hamachi, oysters, shrimp, lobster, and his ceviche special.

    “We create daily ceviche at Meat Market, and the shrimp and fresh local mahi ceviche is one of my favorites," Brasel told us. "I love the tanginess from the lime and the spice from the aji amarillo."

    Though the dish is limited, with only a handful of orders prepped daily, hopeful diners can try Brasel's ceviche another way: by preparing it at home with the recipe below.

    Shrimp & Fresh Local Mahi Ceviche

    2 tsp aji amarillo
    4 oz. lemon juice
    4 tbsp yuzu juice
    2 tsp soy sauce
    3/4 tsp black pepper
    1/3 oz garlic, micro plained
    1 tsp ginger, micro plained
    4 tsp salted water (half salt half water)

    1 cup lightly poached shrimp (only blanch half cooked)
    1 cup diced raw mahi
    2 cups fresh lemon juice

    Salad Mix:
    1/4 cup pickled red onion
    2 scallions sliced thin
    1 fresno chili seeds removed and brunoise small
    1/4 cup fresh mango diced
    2 tbsp dried diced mango
    1 tbsp chopped cilantro
    1/4 cup toasted chopped macadamia nuts (optional)

    Blend sauce ingredients together and set aside.

    In a container, combine the mahi with one cup of fresh lemon juice. In a separate container, place the diced shrimp and one cup of lemon juice. Let both marinate for 40 minutes; then drain the lemon juice out from each container.

    Place the marinated shrimp and mahi into a bowl with the salad mix and toss everything.

    Add in the sauce and mix well. Garnish with plantain chips.

    Add salt and pepper as needed.


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    As we were compiling our own gift lists, we got to wondering—what do our favorite celebrities want for the holidays? Below, we predict what stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Taylor Swift, and others want this holiday season.

    Jennifer Lawrence Wants: An Edgy Bracelet From (Rumored) New BF Liam Hemsworth

    Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence, and Tacori bracelet.

    Just like Jennifer Lawrence, the Tacori promise bracelet is pretty and feminine—with a hint of edginess. It’s also the perfect way for The Hunger Games star to keep her costar-turned-boyfriend Liam Hemsworth locked down.

    Bracelet, Tacori ($2,390). King Jewelers, 18265 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-935-4900

    Iggy Azalea Wants: A Tongue-in-Cheek Couture Hair Accessory

    Iggy Azalea and Eugenia Kim headband.

    What makes this devilish patent-leather headband perfect for a “Black Widow” like rapper Iggy Azalea? The point d’esprit veil add-on, of course.

    Devil headband, Eugenia Kim ($225).

    Channing Tatum Wants: Some Manly Cologne

    Channing Tatum and Jo Malone cologne.

    We would never ask Channing Tatum to cover up. We’d much prefer to wrap the Foxcatcher star up in a collection of warm, inviting colognes like wood sage & sea salt and blackberry & bay. 

    Cologne collection, Jo Malone London ($110). Neiman Marcus, 390 San Lorenzo, Coral Gables, 786-999-1000

    Taylor Swift Wants: A Notebook to Scribble Some of Her Song Lyrics

    Taylor Swift and Sugar Paper notebook.

    Taylor Swift’s got a blank space, baby—and this is where she’ll write your name.

    Pocket notebook set, Sugar Paper ($16).

    Ryan Reynolds Wants: A (Funny) Book of Child-Rearing Advice

    Ryan Reynolds and Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan.

    Ryan Reynolds is about to become a first-time dad, but don’t go the usual parenting book route for Blake Lively’s hubby. Instead, let comedian Jim Gaffigan reveal what it’s like to raise kids—the father-of-five has some hilariously wise advice to dispel.

    Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan, Crown Publishing Group ($11). Barnes & Noble, 152 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, 305-446-4152 

    Reese Witherspoon Wants: A Cozy Pink Sweater

    Reese Witherspoon and DVF sweater.

    After going against type to play a former heroin addict on a 1,100-mile solo journey along the Pacific Crest Trail, we’re pretty sure Wild star Reese Witherspoon deserves to wrap herself in this cozy, oversized cashmere sweater.

    Jenia sweater, DVF ($298). Village of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305-446-4003

    Jennifer Aniston Wants: A Fancy Way to Make Her Coffee

    Jennifer Aniston and Nespresso.

    What do you get for a coffee fiend like Jennifer Aniston who has everything? A luxurious Nespresso Gran Maestria should do the trick. This espresso machine comes in four finishes, heats up in 25 seconds, and allows you to froth milk like a pro barista.

    Coffee machine, Nespresso ($599). 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami, 800-562-1465

    Chris Pratt Wants: A Witty Set of Mugs

    Chris Pratt and mood mugs.

    A lovable guy’s guy like Chris Pratt will have fun sipping coffee out of these cheeky mugs. The handmade, porcelain cups range from “Happy as Larry” to “Cheeky Chappie”—perfect for the Guardians of the Galaxy star’s every mood.

    Mood Mugs, Thabto ($16 each).

    Kerry Washington Wants: A Chic Tech Accessory

    Kerry Washington and Alexander Wang iPad case.

    Kerry Washington keeps her private life very private. What better way to protect any Scandal-ous secrets than with a chic, pebbled leather iPad cover? 

    Prisma case, Alexander Wang ($375). Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops, 305-865-1100


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    Where did rapper Drake dine with family and friends before he was involved in a physical fight with P. Diddy? This and more in this week's celebrity sightings.


    Drake and Entourage Sample Siena Tavern's Menu

    Before the infamous fight with P. Diddy, Drake was seen having dinner with his father Dennis Graham, producer Angelo Ferraro, and an entourage of 12 at Siena Tavern on December 7. The diners arrived at 10 p.m. and enjoyed dishes like Wagyu beef meatballs, grilled octopus, and kale Caesar salads. Drake drank Chopin Vodka and joined the group for shots of chilled Patrón. The meal ended with bomboloni and tiramisu.

    Robert Pattinson and FKA Twigs Dine at Katsuya

    On December 7, the couple dined at Katsuya by Starck at SLS South Beach with four friends. The group sampled starters like the shishito peppers and miso soup; Pattinson was seen drinking a Sapporo beer.

    Usher Parties at E11even After Performance

    Usher made his way to E11even after his concert at AmericanAirlines Arena on December 13. Owner Dennis DeGori escorted the singer and a small group of friends to the VIP table, where they celebrated with shots and Belvedere.

    Cyndi Lauper Hosts Star-Studded Award Show at Surfcomber

    The "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" singer hosted LOGO TV's NewNowNext Awards at the Surfcomber Hotel on December 2 with guests like Joe and Nick Jonas, Kristin Chenoweth, Glee's Darren Criss, Nick Cannon, Charli XCX, and Orange is the New Black stars Danielle Brooks, Lorraine Toussaint, and Laverne Cox.

    Real Housewives of Miami Star Stops by Bâoli's Art Basel Party

    After attending a Miami Heat game, RHOM cast member Lisa Hochstein, DJ Erick Morillo, and the rest of their group hit up Bâoli for the My Boyfriend is Out of Town event on December 3. 

    Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin Dine at Exclusive Party

    On December 2, Galerie Gmurzynska hosted a private dinner party to celebrate its 50th anniversary, drawing guests like Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, P. Diddy, and Cassie to Dolce Italian for hors d'oeuvres and to Rec Room for the after-party. 

    Todd English and Brian Atwood Attend Celebratory Brunch at Seasalt and Pepper

    Notable guests like Chef Todd English, designer Brian Atwood, actor Jordi Mollà, media maven Jonathan Cheban, basketball player Ray Allen, and former soccer player Michael Ballack attended Sunday brunch at Seasalt and Pepper on December 7 to mark the last day of Art Basel. 

    André 3000 Shows Some Love to Zuma

    The rapper, who co-produced the "i feel ya" exhibit at Mana Wynwood, was spotted multiple times on the riverside terrace at Zuma during Art Basel week.

    On December 2, West Wing actor Dulé Hill dined solo at Zuma. 

    Owen Wilson and Paris Hilton Spotted at Thompson Party

    Paris Hilton and Owen Wilson were spotted at Interview magazine and Dsquared2's 10th anniversary party for Performa on December 2 at Thompson Miami Beach.


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    Whatever event it is you have to attend this holiday season, stand out with one of these eight dazzling picks.

    Black Tie Gala

    Alice and Olivia GownCorina Metallic Lace Open-Back Gown, Alice + Olivia ($997). Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops, 305-865-1100; 7687 N. Kendall Dr., Miami, 305-662-8655

    Make a bold statement in this fit-and-flare scalloped gown, which features sheer three-quarter sleeves and a small train to boot.

    Happy Hour

    Black Halo Two PIece DressSanibel Two-Piece Dress, Black Halo ($415). Bloomingdale's8778 S.W. 136th St., 305-252-6300; Aventura Mall, 305-792-1000

    Toast to the season in this crop-top and pleated-skirt ensemble, complete with hip pockets.

    Office Party

    Michael Kors Sequin Paneled Sheath DressSequin-Paneled Sheath Dress, Michael Kors ($2,995). 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305-482-8771; Bal Harbour Shops, 305-864-4144

    Go from professional to party-ready in this sequin-accented fitted dress; simply pair it with a blazer for daytime and wear it alone all evening.

    Holiday Getaway

    Diane von Furstenberg DVF Wrap DressNew Jeanne Two Silk Jersey Wrap Dress, Diane von Furstenberg ($345). 320 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305-446-4003; Bal Harbour Shops, 305-865-1850

    Make your escape to paradise in this classic, printed wrap dress from DVF.

    Date Night

    Cushnie et Ochs Neoprene Off the ShoulderNeoprene Off-The-Shoulder Dress, Cushnie et Ochs ($1,495).

    Choose this cutout, shoulder-baring dress when you're prepping for an p

    Family Dinner

    Burberry Embellished Placket Silk Dress

    Embellished Placket Silk Dress, Burberry ($1,500). 342 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables; 305-446-1550

    Wine and dine with your loved ones in this elegant and breezy number.

    Late-Night Soirée

    Carmen Beaded Neck Toga Cocktail Dress

    Beaded-Neck Toga Cocktail Dress, Carmen Marc Valvo White Label ($595). 

    Slip on this bright-red frock for bottle service and beats at your favorite club's holiday bash.

    Winter Wedding

    Mason by Michelle Mason

    Washed-Silk Georgette Gown, Mason By Michelle Mason ($745).

    Stand out in a sea of darker hues in this yellow silk maxi, which features adjustable straps and a crossover bodice.

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    The ArtCenter/South Florida celebrates an improbably 30 years on Lincoln Road—and an impending move.

    Maria del Valle ArtCenter/South Florida executive director
    ArtCenter/South Florida Executive Director María del Valle.

    Step inside the ArtCenter/South Florida’s flagship building on Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road, and you may find yourself rubbing your eyes in disbelief. Surrounded by a sea of corporate retailers—from the Gap to Victoria’s Secret—is a thriving slice of old-fashioned bohemia. Carved out of an Art Deco-era Burdines department store, the ArtCenter’s two-floor warren of artist studios is nearly 18,000 square feet of quietly humming activity, all open to the public. A block west is a second ArtCenter building, with another hive of artist studios, exhibition spaces, and the office of the nonprofit organization’s executive director, María del Valle.

    “It’s both a blessing and a curse,” says del Valle with a chuckle of the ArtCenter’s unlikely location. “The artists tell me the beauty of it is being exposed to so many people. You never know who is going to step into your studio. Maybe it’s a collector who’s going to change your life!”

    Thirty Years on the Road
    The new exhibition “Thirty Years on the Road” features works by resident artists from all three decades of the ArtCenter. La Casa (de Hestia), by Amalia Caputo.

    That was part of the inspiration when the ArtCenter first opened its doors in 1985, rallying Miami Beach’s then-nascent arts scene—and, with a quarter of Lincoln Road’s storefronts vacant, offering hope for a burg still trying to shake off a crime-plagued economic slump. Indeed, when ArtCenter founder Ellie Schneiderman scraped together the funds to buy that first building for $700,000, there were plenty of critics. Didn’t renting seem more sensible? Schneiderman couldn’t have disagreed more. A New York City native, she’d already watched the cycle of gentrification play out in her hometown. Owning their property was the only way she believed artists could avoid being priced out of the very neighborhood their presence was helping to rejuvenate.

    No one’s scoffing at Schneiderman’s vision now. Lincoln Road has made a comeback—with a luxury-drenched vengeance, which is where the “curse” part of María del Valle’s summation kicks in. “I know the city officials will kill me for saying this, but culturally minded people are not coming to Lincoln Road anymore. I wouldn’t come here myself if I didn’t work here,” she says. “In terms of the number of visitors, we’re at an all-time high. But the proportion of people who enter with an interest in contemporary art is really low. That’s interesting from a programmatic sense, because you can play with that. You can expose people to things they would never expect. But for most of our artists, they feel a lack of relevancy.”

    In fact, talk to some local artists, and they’ll tell you that an ArtCenter residency carries a career stigma—one damaging enough that they’re willing to forego its studio rental fee of $9 a square foot (not only a bargain by Lincoln Road standards, where the going rate is $300 a square foot, but a good deal, period).

    Of course, the ArtCenter has always had a bit of an identity crisis. Was it a launching pad for avant-gardists, or a clubhouse for Sunday painters? That fuzzy public image has often obscured an immense pool of talent, as the ArtCenter’s current exhibition, “Thirty Years on the Road,” makes clear. A history-spanning retrospective featuring more than 100 resident artists from all three decades of the institution’s existence, it showcases both current art world stars, such as the exhibition’s curator, Edouard Duval- Carrié, as well as a host of artists who may not have racked up an Art Basel sales record but who have had a profound effect on their peers: Carlos Alves, Franklin Einspruch, the late Robert Flynn, Charo Oquet, John Sanchez, Kristen Thiele, and Annie Wharton, just for starters.

    Now I'm Beautiful by Cat del Buono
    Now I’m Beautiful!, by Cat Del Buono.

    So how does the ArtCenter return the focus to its artistic roster, and not least, solve its long-standing financial woes? Thanks to Ellie Schneiderman’s foresight, the solution lies with its main building—which sold last October for $88 million to a commercial real estate developer. With the proceeds, the ArtCenter intends to buy a spacious building off the Beach—and to create an endowment, cementing its independence for generations to come.

    “The spirit of art is artists creating simply for the sake of creating—intellectually provoking each other, intellectually provoking the community around them,” del Valle says. “But sometimes the commercial part overshadows the ability to try, fail, and then try all over again. We need to allow artists the freedom to do that, the resources to do that, and the physical space to do that. I think the ArtCenter is in a position that we can empower the artists and give them all these things so they don’t have to hold two day jobs before they can even think about creating art.” “Thirty Years on the Road” is now on view at the ArtCenter/ South Florida, 800 and 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

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    With even bigger partnerships and plans on the horizon, Craig Robins is poised to make the Miami Design District a premier luxury shopping destination in Florida and beyond.

    Craig Robins Dacra CEO and president
    Craig Robins in front of R. Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome in Palm Court in the Design District.

    As CEO and president of the forward-thinking South Florida real estate firm Dacra, Craig Robins helped transform a fading 1980s South Beach by rebuilding Lincoln Road and Española Way, marking the rebirth of America’s hottest city. Then Robins crossed the bridge to rejuvenate the abandoned Miami Design District. Over the past decade, he has set the stage for the formerly forgotten neighborhood to become one of the country’s preeminent luxury shopping destinations, with over 100 international high-end retailers set to open in the District by 2016. Here, Robins discusses his success and partnerships, and how the growth is just beginning.

    When did you first know the Design District had the potential to be what it is today?
    In the mid-’90s—once we started acquiring and developing buildings on Lincoln Road, it was clear to me that the next place [Miami] needed to grow was across the bridge. What I liked about the Design District was that, like South Beach, it was an important historical neighborhood, and because of the geography of the expressway and Biscayne Boulevard, it’s really a nice self-contained area.

    What was the key step to getting the Design District off the ground?
    Historically, [it’s where] furniture design had been, and basically all those brands had been induced to leave and go to a mall. I thought there was a real opportunity to bring furniture design back. Within four or five years, the [neighborhood] really became the number-one place for furniture design in South Florida again.

    How did it transition to other high-end retail?
    First we began to do a lot of cultural events during [Art Basel], then also year-round. There were a lot of artists that were working in the neighborhood. When we started becoming very successful as a cultural destination, restaurants started opening, like Michael’s [Genuine Food & Drink]. Once we had art, design, and food, I realized that if we could also integrate fashion, then the neighborhood would really come together in a powerful way.

    Miami Design District Shopping Center Architecture
    Rendering of a building designed by the renowned architecture firm Aranda/Lasch, part of the evolution of the Design District.

    Why is art frequently a kick-starter for an up-and-coming neighborhood?
    I think a lot of people use the same words to mean different things. To me, what we try to do is to make sure that the places we’re working with are as much about advocating, supporting, and benefiting from culture as from commerce. In the case of the Design District, there are very extensive public art, design, and graphic design programs throughout the neighborhood. We have our Zaha Hadid installation in the Moore Building, and Marc Newson’s fence, and there’s a ton of other spectacular projects—R. Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome, the Konstantin Grcic installation, the huge mural by John Baldessari, and a public graphic design installation with homage to the Wynwood Walls by graphic designers.

    When it came to retail, was there a brand that really paved the way for the Design District?
    First I entered into a partnership with a group called L Real Estate fund that is minority owned by LVMH. Part of the reason that L joined the partnership is because the group knew the LVMH brands wanted to [open in the Design District]. When we announced that all the LVMH brands, including Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Céline, Marc Jacobs, Bulgari, and many others, were coming to the District, that gave us some credibility. A really big break and major validation for us was when Hermès said that it wanted to come.

    What’s in the future for the Design District?
    In June, we delivered 15 buildings for another 45 stores. We already have about 10 to 15 stores in the neighborhood, so those new buildings will add to the mix. In January or February, we’ll start 20 more buildings for another 60 stores, and those will include a hotel and beautiful condominium tower; those stores will open at the end of 2016. By March, there will be about 45 or 50 stores open in the neighborhood, including Hermès, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Céline, and Tom Ford. We’ll also still have the furniture brands. The great restaurants are here like Michael’s and MC Kitchen. There’s also some really wonderful restaurants that are opening, including ABC Kitchen, my favorite restaurant in New York.

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    Serious square footage grabs the spotlight in Miami's sky-high condo market.

    Outside view of penthouse at Chateau Beach
    An exterior view of Château Beach’s penthouse, combining the building’s 32nd and 33rd floors.

    Perched above the rooftops of Lincoln Road where it meets Pennsylvania Avenue, a cavernous penthouse is available for residential or commercial use, listed for $24 million. The top two floors of the building, plus rooftop, add up to a capacious 23,000 square feet of raw, empty space to customize to your heart’s delight, either as an over-the-top private home in the middle of the Lincoln Road action, or flagship office, or—what the heck—why not both? With optional building naming rights, you can name it after yourself. Despite the huge price tag, the unit is actually priced to move, at $1,140 a square foot.

    A 4,150-square-foot corner unit on the 12th floor of the Apogee South Beach is on the market for a cool $14.9 million. With four bedrooms and 3.5 baths, Unit 1201 is on the east end of the building, providing unsurpassed views of Government Cut, out to the ocean. Preparing dinner outdoors at your summer kitchen while waving to the cruise ships sailing by is entirely an option. Other features include French oak wood floors, an 11-foot-deep wraparound terrace, a media room, a private two-car garage downstairs, and aluminum baseboards, which sounds unusual but actually works very well within the space. Dora Puig, 305-613-2118;; Apogee South Beach, 800 S. Pointe Dr., #1201, Miami Beach

    Apogee South Beach panoramic views
    A corner unit at Apogee South Beach offers panoramic vistas of Government Cut, Biscayne Bay, and the Atlantic beyond.

    The penthouse at the almost sold-outChâteau Beach is on the market for $25 million, a price that comes with some pretty nice trimmings, including a two-story great room looking out to a private glass pool with views of the Atlantic and Sunny Isles Beach. The unit covers the entirety of the building’s 32nd and 33rd floors, along with expansive terraces, a media room, and—the ultimate home appliance—a custom two-story wine curio with different adjustable temperature zones. Monica Venegas, Venegas International Group, 786-208- 6100; 15795 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach

    For $29 million, you can purchase the penthouse at the Herzog & de Meuron-designed Jade Signature, currently under construction in Sunny Isles Beach. The luxurious and large unit comes in a building with serious high-design cachet and the inalienable fact that it is very unlike the typical Sunny Isles gaucherie. The two-story unit comes with 11,661 square feet of interior space, along with a very generous 7,571 exterior square footage, complete with a circular swimming pool tucked onto a balcony. The master suite, with gym and more bathrooms than you can shake a stick at, stretches to both of the floors. Sandra Chartouni, Fortune International Realty, 305-940-0335; Upper Penthouse, Jade Signature, 16901 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach

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    With new developments for the first time in years, the exclusive island undergoes a massive renaissance with Palazzo del Sol.

    Fisher Island
    Accessible by private boat or ferry, Miami’s Fisher Island is one of the richest communities in the country. The under-construction Palazzo del Sol is visible at top left.

    A judge’s decision in February to green-light the stalled development of Fisher Island’s first luxury condo buildings in seven years set off a flurry of activity among the island’s wealthy residents.

    The pent-up anticipation was evident. Even before the project’s condo documents could be filed, residents “started walking in with checks,” says Dora Puig, the prominent Miami agent who is listing the 47 apartments in the 10-story Palazzo del Sol, the first of what promise to be the island’s two most luxurious condo towers yet. Puig began taking reservations and deposits last winter, and she spent part of her summer chasing down early buyers on their yachts in the Hamptons and St-Tropez to convert reservations to hard contracts.

    As Palazzo del Sol officially opens its sales center, Puig is expecting a veritable gold rush on Fisher Island, a privileged outpost where Oprah Winfrey, Mel Brooks, and tennis star Boris Becker have all owned homes.

    “Buying on Fisher Island today is like buying one of the last 50 Picassos before he died,” says Jean-Pierre Murray, a Frenchman who splits his time among homes in Beverly Hills, Fisher Island, and the south of France. Murray, who recently toured Palazzo del Sol’s high-tech sales center, was the first resident to upgrade. He bought two apartments in the new building, including a 7,630-square-foot unit with five bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths.

    Dora Puig Palazzo del Sol
    Dora Puig at the Palazzo del Sol sales center.

    Until the February decision, a thorny legal battle over control of residential development land on Fisher Island had all but sidelined the 216-acre island, which has 722 residences, from the current Miami real estate boom. Today, after a $60 million renovation of the Fisher Island Club country club, the island is primed to burnish its reputation among the global elite.

    Visible from South Pointe Park and passing cruise boats, Fisher Island feels a world away from South Beach. Security is tight, and residents access their homes via a ferry (or private yacht) that runs every 10 minutes or so. A gourmet market sells Russian caviar, and the island’s day school teaches Mandarin and Spanish as part of the curriculum. The island is also home to nearly 40 species of birds, about a dozen of which are housed in an aviary.

    Palazzo del Sol will reflect Fisher Island’s traditional Mediterranean style but with an updated look by architect Kobi Karp. It features much larger units, higher ceilings, more floor-to-ceiling windows, trendy fixtures, and appliances from Boffi and Gaggenau—touches the superwealthy have come to expect from buildings in the South of Fifth towers visible across Government Cut.

    Puig dubs the fresher look “beach house chic.” Interior designer Alison Antrobus, who worked on the lobby and sales center, and landscape architect Enzo Enea, who is designing the outdoor spaces, both made their mark recently working on residences in South of Fifth (Antrobus designed the Prime 112 steakhouse and Miami Heat President Pat Riley’s penthouse at Apogee). Of course, the developers fully expect many wealthy buyers to do gut renovations of their residences.

    Palazzo del Sol rendering finished look model
    A rendering of the finished Palazzo del Sol.

    Another Fisher resident, a Russian, reserved the trophy penthouse at Palazzo del Sol back in April, agreeing to pay nearly $33 million, which would be a record sale on the island. It will have 9,715 square feet spread across seven bedrooms, 8,595 square feet of outdoor space, and something previously rare on Fisher: a rooftop pool.

    “This is the first building on Fisher Island that has real penthouse pools and rooftop gardens,” says Heinrich von Hanau, the developer. The building will also feature massage rooms, a hair salon, a butler-staffed aperitivo bar and lounge, a children’s playroom by Kidville, and a private movie theater that seats about a dozen. And that’s not to mention special storage for fur coats and air-conditioned two-car garages for the penthouse and lanai residences.

    Palazzo del Sol should benefit by being the only new condo development in Miami Beach to launch this winter. Prices range from $5.5 million for a three-bedroom to about $25 million for the remaining two penthouses, which will have rooftop pools and 6,644 square feet of living space.

    While more than a third of the apartments are already under contract, still available are the two penthouses and a groundfloor lanai residence with 12,844 square feet of private garden space. Price tag: $20 million. 305-613-2118

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    You made your list, you checked it twice, but a few people remain giftless. Here, find the perfect present for everyone who's left—they'll never suspect you got their gift just days ago.

    For the handbag hoarder:

    Green handbag with chain.Ai Medium Cervocalf Pochette, Akris ($1,990). Bal Harbour Shops, 305-866-2299

    This just-in Akris handbag will excite the woman who loves to add to her collection. Its classic elements are balanced with an übermodern trapezoid shape.

    For the office dweller:

    Alexander MCqueen briefcaseHeroic Briefcase, Alexander McQueen ($1,695). Bal Harbour Shops, 305-866-2839

    Make his return to the office a stylish one with this sharp leather briefcase by Alexander McQueen. 

    For the music freak:

    Colored Bose speakers.SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker, Bose ($130).

    These funky speakers easily connect to Bluetooth devices and are durable enough to take anywhere.

    For the relaxation deprived:

    The La Mer Candle.The La Mer Candle ($80). Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour Shops, 305-993-4620

    This limited-edition candle boasts relaxing aromas (water lily, violet, honeysuckle) that will bring your mind to the beach. 

    For your fit friend:

    Tory Burch Fitbit case.Fitbit Case Bracelet, Tory Burch ($195). Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour Shops, 305-993-4620

    Tory Burch lends her signature design to this Fitbit case, which might make that morning-after-Christmas run a little more bearable. 

    For the well-groomed male:

    The Art of Shaving Kit.Pro-Glide Power Shave Set, The Art of Shaving ($175). Bloomingdale's, Aventura Mall, 305-792-1000

    The clean-cut man in your life will appreciate this shaving kit, with a brush, shaving cream, pre-shave oil, and after-shave balm. 

    For the future mixologist:

    Craft Cocktails BookCraft Cocktail by Brian Van Flandern ($50). The Bazaar Project, 4308 N.E. Second Ave., 786-703-6153

    Is there a friend who needs a little refresher in craft cocktailing (for both your sake)? This colorful book by mixologist Brian Van Flandern is full of tips, tricks, and beautiful photography. 

    For your mom:

    Elemis Spa Recharge PackageRecharge Spa Ceremony, Elemis Spa ($195). Village of Merrick Park, 330 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305-774-7171

    Treat the one who instilled your love for the holiday season: mom. Tag along with her to Elemis Spa for the comprehensive Recharge treatment, featuring the Elemis Coconut Rub and Milk Ritual Wrap, a 50-minute massage, and a mani-pedi.

    For the wild and free:

    JImmy Choo SandalsGeranium Honeycomb Suede Sandals, Jimmy Choo ($1,195). Bal Harbour Shops, 305-864-3656

    Even if unintentional, Jimmy Choo has created a pair of heels that are club-scene perfection. 

    For the one who's got it all:

    Aquamarine ring.Diamond, Aquamarine & Sapphire Ring, Levinson Jewelers ($6,400). 888 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-8880

    This dazzling aquamarine cocktail ring encrusted with diamonds and sapphires will delight even the hardest woman to shop for.

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    Between nightly tapings, making the rounds on an active party circuit, and mornings in bed with his prized pooch Wacha, gregarious Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen is gallivanting about the country promoting his latest tell-all/memoir, The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year. We caught up with Cohen at his South Beach book launch to discuss Miami, the book, and why he’s ready to settle down.

    Andy Cohen

    You’re in Miami pretty frequently.
    ANDY COHEN: I love Miami. There’s like a six-day chunk in the book that takes place in Miami—it’s really fun. I try to get down here a couple times a year, and it’s one of my favorite places in the world. It’s so European and South American; it’s such an international city. The energy is totally different than anywhere else in the States. It’s just magical. I love the climate, love the people. It’s great.

    Top reasons why Miami is the perfect city for a reality show?
    AC: The people are beautiful, the weather is perfect, it’s very colorful, which I think lends itself. The people are very dramatic, especially the Brazilians. Any Latino or South American is just completely dramatic, basically.

    It’s all about the drama, which we get a lot of in The Andy Cohen Diaries. Why write a tell-all now, at this point in your career?
    AC: I just thought it was a perfect format for me. I was living a life that I could let people into that would be really entertaining and inspirational and shocking and fun and funny. And I love to write.

    You name-drop hardcore. Were you worried about alienating anyone?
    AC: Yeah, I try not to piss anybody off. There are a few people that I think I will piss off in the book, but I felt like I owed it to anyone reading the book—and to me—to be honest and to name names. I think I rode the line—I will still be able to book Watch What Happens Live with great, big celebrity guests, but I also deliver a dish. That was an important thing to get right.

    Starting out, did you have any idea this was where your career would take you?
    AC: No. I knew that I wanted to be in TV and I knew that I would be happy working in TV no matter where I worked. I have had so many opportunities to do different things in my career and just everything has worked out so perfectly and I couldn’t be happier. In the book, you will see how much fun I have on the daily. It’s a diary of my everyday life and its really fun...It was a really dramatic year.

    What’s the worst interview that you’ve had to conduct?
    AC: I think the first one I did with Teresa and Joe [Giudice] was really difficult because they were kind of shell-shocked and there was so much they couldn’t talk about and they didn’t want to talk...I mean, it was like pulling teeth, through no fault of theirs.

    What is dating like for you right now?
    AC: It is challenging. It’s good, it’s bad, it’s challenging. It’s weird. I’m on Tinder. I had my first Tinder date in Miami, actually, which I write in the book. It’s wild. I’m ready to settle down.

    You’ve said Wacha, your rescue dog, also rescued you. How so?
    AC: He opened me up to wanting to care for him, for something else. I had never had an animal in my life, so having him is just, it’s just wonderful. The book is really a love story between me and my dog. Anyone who has gotten an animal will relate to it.

    What’s next for Andy Cohen?
    AC: Just going to continue to build up the show and keep this book going. I’m working on volume two.


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    From pre-party dinners featuring countless delicacies to the ultimate hangover cure, here are four special menus to fête the New Year—foodie style.

    Tamarina's Beef Fillet NYE MealThe beef fillet at Tamarina is the perfect way to indulge before a night out.

    Italian Prosperity Feast at Tamarina

    Brickell newcomer Tamarina invites Miamians to its five-course prosperity feast. Guests will be greeted with the Calends Fizz, a fig-based rum cocktail by lead mixologist Nathan Rogers inspired by ancient Roman tradition. Decadent first courses lead up to the main dish: your choice of house-made pumpkin torelli with black caviar, filet topped with truffles, or seared branzino. And the best is saved for last—tiramisu topped with 24k gold leaf. Opt for the later seating at 9 p.m. and add the optional open bar package. 600 Brickell Ave., 305-579-1888; Call for reservation

    Champagne & Caviar at SHIKANY

    While this Wynwood hot spot will still serve its everyday à la carte offerings, the highlight of New Year's Eve at SHIKANY is the chef's can't-miss 10-course champagne and caviar degustation menu, pairing Louis Roederer sips with unique, seafood-centric selections. It's bound to be a meal you'll remember long into 2015. 251 N.W. 25th St., 305-573-0690; Call or email for reservation

    Indulgent Dinner at Bianca at Delano

    Fuel up before Delano Beach Club's wild New Year's Eve bash hosted by J. Cole without leaving the building. At 9:30 p.m., Bianca at Delano will serve its special four-course dinner of all-things decadent: a chilled seafood piatto to start, followed by d'Alba white truffle cappellacci, the surf and turf of your dreams, and chocolate mousse for dessert. Of course it wouldn’t be New Year's Eve without toasting with glasses of Moët & Chandon. 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-5752; Purchase tickets here

    Hangover Brunch at Eating House

    Your first meal of 2015 should be amazing, but also serve a purpose—to fight that pesky hangover. Lucky for us locals, Eating House is putting a celebratory spin on brunch with seven comforting courses including carbonara hashbrowns, Cap'n Crunch pancakes, and General Tso's chicken and waffles. If the hair of the dog is the only thing that'll cure you, order a pitcher of the much-loved Tang mimosa and power through the remainder of your meal. 804 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 305-448-6524; Call for reservation

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  • 12/21/14--21:00: What Should You Do on NYE?
  • The year is almost over and the only order of business left is deciding where you’ll be when the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve. Want to be wined and dined? Or party it up with the likes of J. Cole or Usher? We have plans for every type of partier here. 

    For the music maniac: Fontainebleau


    Every New Year's Eve, the iconic Fontainebleau curates a lineup that makes every other party in the city seem irrelevant. Ring in 2015 with The Weeknd and Aussie sister act NERVO—but music is just the half of it. A premium open bar plus hundreds of lush dancing spaces and poolside cabanas make this spot all the more appealing. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-538-2000; Buy tickets here

    For the hip-hop fan: Delano Beach Club

    the Delano

    To spend the last few hours of 2014 being serenaded by J. Cole, look no further than the Delano. Besides being held at one of the most enchanting locations on South Beach, the poolside soirée boasts an open bar and champagne toasts throughout the night. Then follow J. Cole to FDR where he'll host the after-party. 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-672-2000; Buy tickets here

    RELATED: Where to have dinner before the party starts>>

    For the Zen seeker: Zuma

    Zuma Restaurant

    At Zuma, expect to be whisked away to a Zen wonderland complete with waterfalls, bonsai shrubs, 1,000 origami cranes hanging from the ceiling, and lively projections of koi fish above the sushi bar. Take your seat in the calming space and a continuous flow of Japanese dishes from the special chef's tasting menu, accompanied by sake pairings, will arrive at your table. (Tip: Ask about the white truffle and caviar upgrades.) Still want more? Step out to the terrace for beats by resident DJ Ella Romand and at midnight, Zuma will light up the sky with its house fireworks display. 270 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-577-0277

    For the 24/7 partier: E11even& Club Space


    If you don't want the party to stop, keep it going well into 2015 at Miami’s only 24/7 cabaret club. DJ Irie will spin all night while Usher, along with E11even’s half-dressed Cirque du Soleil-inspired entertainers, will give a Magic City-worthy performance. 29 N.E. 11th St., Miami, 305-829-2911; Buy tickets here

    Across the street, Club Space will host a 24-hour champagne party on its iconic terrace with DJ Loco Dice. 34 N.E. 11th St., Miami, 305-375-0001; Buy tickets here

    For the club regular: Mansion

    Mansion Club

    Think you've seen it all this year? You haven't—until you've experienced Mansion’s Playboy extravaganza. There will be Playmates, a 360-degree LED light show, a midnight champagne toast, and most notably, unlimited bottle service for VIP tables. Even if you know your limits, you're likely to forget them by 2 a.m. 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-735-3344; Buy tickets here

    For the cocktail connoisseur: Radio Bar


    Say sayonara to 2014 with a Shirt Off My Back (Absolut, lemon fennel, peach aromatic, and soda water) or another expertly crafted cocktail made only at Radio Bar. Or, because New Year's Eve is not the time to limit yourself, enjoy them all with quite possibly the best open bar in town: no velvet ropes, no strict dress code, and no hassle for all the drinks you can handle. 814 First St., Miami Beach, 305-397-8382; Buy tickets here

    For the traditionalist: The Federal

    The Federal Miami

    Chef Cesar Zapata is staying true to his roots and enforcing the Spanish tradition of 12 grapes at midnight at The Federal. But first, enjoy his special five-course prix fixe with selections like lobster casserole, porchetta, barbecue quail, and chocolate banana s'mores. Cheers to you if you can still squeeze in a dozen grapes and champagne after all that. 5132 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-758-9559; Buy tickets here

    For the fine diner: The Bazaar

    the Bazaar

    Out-of-this-world molecular gastronomy meets the extravagance of New Year' Eve at The Bazaar by José Andrés at the swank SLS South Beach. Think Petrossian caviar cone, cotton candy foie gras, smoked oysters, frozen liquid nitrogen caipirinhas, Spanish cigalas laced with white truffles, mini Cuban sandwiches made of airbread that implode with a single bite, and more amazing tastings for a total of 15 or 18 courses depending on your seating time. All that, a Dom Pérignon toast, and exclusively priced admission to the on-site Hyde in Wonderland soirée. 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-455-2999; Make reservation here


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    Executive Chef Virgile Brandel of Atrio Restaurant & Wine Room takes pride in using sustainably sourced, local fish—so it's no wonder that his smoked salmon is a hit. Here, he shares the recipe.

    Smoked Salmon with Huancaína Potatoes.

    Known for foraging the freshest ingredients for every dish, Conrad Miami's Atrio offers Mediterranean cuisine made with Florida's prized fish and produce. Menu highlights include the seared pork belly—described as "very Miami"—and pan-seared scallops that taste like "being on cloud nine." But Chef Brandel's smoked salmon is particularly unique in that the restaurant does the curing and smoking in-house and pairs it with Huancaína-drizzled potatoes.

    "I enjoy creating dishes that I would like to eat," Brandel told us. "Huancaína potatoes are a favorite rustic Peruvian dish and salmon is a great healthy option. I wanted to elevate and refine these items, from their flavorful preparation to their elegant presentation."

    This winter, recreate the chef's entrée of choice with a recipe straight from Atrio's kitchen:

    Homemade Smoked Salmon with Huancaína Potatoes
    SERVES 4-6

    1 tsp chopped dill
    1 fresh 12 oz. salmon filet
    1 cup kosher salt
    1 cup sugar
    1⁄2 bunch dill and pinch of dill sprigs
    1 sliced lemon and zest
    2 handfuls of hickory wood chips

    1 large Yukon gold potato
    1 large purple potato
    1 large sweet potato
    1 hardboiled egg
    1 tbsp fried capers
    2 tsp olive oil
    1 tbsp chopped Kalamata olives

    Huancaína sauce:
    1 3⁄4 oz. onion
    1 3⁄4 oz. canola oil or grape seed oil
    1 1⁄2 oz. aji amarillo paste
    1 tsp chopped garlic
    10 1⁄2 oz. queso fresco
    3 oz. evaporated milk
    1 oz. saltine crackers
    1 oz. lemon juice

    For the salmon:
    Mix the salt, sugar, chopped dill, sliced lemons, and zest in a bowl.

    Cut a large piece of aluminum foil and cover it with a large piece of plastic film. Sprinkle just half of the mixture onto the plastic film and place the salmon skin side up. Rub in the remaining half of the mixture on the salmon side. Cover the salmon with the plastic and aluminum sheets and place on a sheet tray. Store it in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

    Unwrap the fish and rinse under water. Pat dry.

    To smoke the salmon, place it over wood chips in a metal tight for 30 minutes.

    Refrigerate the salmon for another two hours and serve as desired.

    For the potatoes:
    Cook the potatoes in salted boiling water. Use the tip of a knife to check on the potatoes. Cool them down in ice water.

    Peel the potatoes and slice them 1/4 inch thick. Use a 1" round cookie cutter on the potato slices for the circular shape.

    In a bowl, mix together the Kalamata olives, chopped hardboiled eggs, a pinch of capers, and the olive oil. Set aside for the final steps.

    For the Huancaína sauce:
    Cook the onions and garlic in a sauce pan until translucent and place in a blender or food processor. Add the cheese, evaporated milk, canola oil, crackers, aji amarillo paste, and lemon juice. Blend until smooth. The sauce's consistency should be thick. Add water if needed.

    To assemble:
    Place the potatoes in a circular design on the plate, alternating colors. Top with fried capers, Huancaína sauce, chopped Kalamata olives, sprigs of dill, and finely chopped hardboiled eggs. Place three slices of salmon on the side.

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    The glamour of New Year's Eve is really quite divine. The smashing parties, the over-the-top performances, the flowing champagne, the fireworks—all to celebrate the second when the clock strikes midnight. To be sure you count down to the big moment on the appropriate timepiece, we've paired luxury watches with some of the biggest bashes in Miami.


    WHAT: Toast the New Year with European flair at Bâoli's La Dolce Vita soirée, with a dress code requiring one to channel screen sirens of the past. 1906 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-8822; Buy tickets here

    Longines watch paired with runway look.

    WEAR: Corset cocktail dress, Dolce & Gabbana ($4,795). Bal Harbour Shops, 305-866-0503; Yellow gold and diamond DolceVita wrist watch, Longines ($12,225). Moray’s Jewelers, 50 N.E. 2 Ave., Miami, 305-662-3489


    WHAT: For lovers of the LIV experience, this year promises to be as stellar as ever with superstar DJ Nicky Romero on the ones and twos. Show up clad in the perfect speaker-dancing number. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-4680; Buy tickets here

    Cartier watch paired with runway look.

    WEAR: Plunging metallic mini dress with poet sleeves, Emilio Pucci (price upon request). Bal Harbour Shops, 305-866-7742; Baignoire Folle in white gold with diamonds, Cartier ($41,996). 151 N.E. 40th St., Miami Design District, 305-864-8793

    Hyde Beach

    WHAT: New Year's Eve will be a trip at Hyde with its Wonderland theme, beats by DJ Vice, and a live performance by MNDR. The dress code? Whimsical meets high design. 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-455-2990; Buy tickets here

    Van Cleef and Arpels watch paired with runway look.

    WEAR: Fanciful cocktail dress with frayed silk skirt, Juan Carlos Obando (price upon request). Barneys New York, 832 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-421-2010; Alhambra bracelet watch, Van Cleef & Arpels ($15,600). Bal Harbour Shops, 305-866-0899


    WHAT: Leave it to Cavalli to host a Great Gatsby-themed fête that will evoke the feel of posh dinner parties of the past. 150 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305-695-4191; Call or email for reservation

    Dior watch paired with runway look.

    WEAR: Black and red 1920s-inspired cocktail dress, Roberto Cavalli ($3,285). Bal Harbour Shops, 305-865-1749; Dior VIII Grand Bal in red, Christian Dior (price upon request). Dior boutique at Bloomingdale’s, Aventura Mall, 305-792-1035


    WHAT: What better way to usher in the New Year than...Usher? The pop star will put on the ultimate show to close out 2014. 29 NE 11th St., Miami, 305-829-2911; Buy tickets here

    Harry Winston watch paired with runway look.

    WEAR: Black beaded lace mini dress, Michael Kors ($9,995). Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour Shops, 305-865-6161; Diamond lace cuff watch, Harry Winston (price upon request). Bal Harbour Shops, 786-206-6657

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    Model Cary Poole has made a career out of her sunny Florida looks.

    Cary Poole modelCary Poole on the deck in the backyard of her Fort Lauderdale home.

    Sure, sometimes a modeling scout will stop a girl at a mall and ask about having headshots taken, but it’s rare to have that meeting launch a global modeling career. Yet for Fort Lauderdale-based model Cary Poole, that’s exactly how it happened. “I was discovered in a cliché way: At the Altamonte Mall in Central Florida, a woman came up to me and asked if I wanted to model,” the 5-foot-11-inch blonde bombshell says. One thing led to another, and she found herself working for brands like O’Neill, Macy’s, and Nike. Poole is also engaged to former Miami Dolphins tight end, and current Kansas City Chief, Anthony Fasano. Here she talks modeling, travel, and her gridiron allegiance.

    Were you always interested in modeling?
    I was, and when the agent took a few Polaroids of me in the mall, I ended up booking a gig off of them and did my first campaign, in Peru. It was the first time I had ever flown out of the country. It just snowballed from there.

    It happened that fast?
    I did that job and I flew back on the day of my high school graduation—I literally got ready in the mirror of my dad’s car and walked in just in time to go onstage. After I graduated, I moved to New York that summer.

    How would you describe the genre of modeling that you do now?
    I’m in commercial catalog modeling, as more of a relatable, everyday, All-American girl, and working for companies like Spanx Red Hot Label—I’ve been the face of them for a while. I’ve done Izod, Callaway Golf, Sports Authority. I had the cover of Runner’s World a year ago—I love doing athletic stuff.

    Do you have one of those crazy model schedules?
    Usually you find out where you’re going about a week ahead of time. Last year, we did our [temporary] move to Kansas City, and I flew in from Majorca, Spain, from a job, drove my dog 24 hours to Kansas City for the move, and then the next day flew back to Spain for one day for a different client, and then flew all the way back to Kansas.

    Where is home now?
    Fort Lauderdale is home base, especially once Anthony retires, and I’m based out of Miami for work, but for football season, we live in Kansas City.

    Do you cheer for the Chiefs or Dolphins?
    It’s been a tough transition because we still have friends with the Dolphins, so we definitely root for them until we’re playing against them, but I’m a fan of whatever team Anthony is on.

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