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- 01/04/15--21:00: 6 Miami Homes You'll Never Want to Leave This Winter
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Art Deco has its roots in 1920's France, but the style is in Miami's DNA—from the architecture on Ocean Drive to home furnishings.
1. Facade of The Carlyle hotel on Ocean Drive.
2. French 1930 glass vase on iron armature, Lorrain ($2,500). Valerio Art Deco, 250 Valencia Ave., Coral Gables, 305-448-6779
3. Teal faux-shagreen chest with brass accents, Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture ($4,665). Coconut Grove Gallery & Interiors, 2884 Bird Ave., Miami, 305-445-7401
4. Multidimensional Art Deco mirror in Lucite ($3,200). Susane R Lifestyle Boutique, 4141 NE Second Ave., Ste. 106C, Miami, 305-573-8483
5. Hutton lamp in sleek burnished nickel finish with metal laser-cut shade, Wildwood Lamp ($705). E.G. Cody, Design Center of the Americas, 1855 Griffin Road, Ste. B-102, Dania Beach, 954-920-4408
6. Carved clay vase, turned by hand, with an enamel finish in bronze, Roche Bobois ($1,100). 450 Biltmore Way, Miami, 305-444-1017
7. Rich mahogany table from the Barbara Barry Collection for Baker ($11,900), inspired by Jules Leleu. Village of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Ste. 3005, Coral Gables, 305-461-4211
8. The limited-edition Borromini chaise has classic Art Deco curves and a graphic design fabric. Armani/Casa Miami (price on request). 10 NE 39th St., Miami, 305-573-4331
Together, an industry-leading development executive and creative branding visionary are elevating Miami’s approach to real estate marketing.
Horacio LeDon and William Richmond-Watson at Miami Beach’s Shore Club, which is being marketed by LeDon’s Douglas Elliman and Richmond-Watson’s Watson & Company. The iconic hotel was repositioned as a condo-hotel late last year, with a sales launch during Art Basel.
Taking cues from other luxury markets, Horacio LeDon, president of Douglas Elliman Development Marketing for Florida and California, and William Richmond-Watson, founder and creative director at his firm, Watson & Company, discuss how a global positioning perspective is disrupting the real estate marketing experience in Miami.
The pool at the penthouse at the Shore Club. The luxury residences at the historic property are marketed to appeal to a new audience of sophisticated buyers.
Horacio LeDon: The buyers changed the landscape by finally being different from what they have been for the last 30 years, which has been historically South American. The projects we’re doing bring a sensibility that New Yorkers and Europeans have an affinity toward. That has been able to decouple us from the market from a pricing perspective. But the buyer is pretty smart, so he’s not just falling for the fact that [a project is] on the beach [or for] a campaign or a positioning that’s blasé. If you’re going to decouple, you have to actually bring justification to the table.
William Richmond-Watson: Buyers have also become a lot more sophisticated just because there’s a lot of inventory on the market. As a result, you’re having to speak to them in a much more sophisticated way.
HL: We connected on what direction Miami was headed. Everyone has a star architect, everyone has an interior design worthy of mention, but the branding is what really brings it to life. We’ve seen it across fashion categories for many years, and we’ve seen it in the hospitality space and in all the different luxury sectors, [but] it has eluded real estate.
Inside a Shore Club penthouse.
WRW: What’s unique about our approach is that we come from a place of de-cultured art—fashion, art, fine art, contemporary art—and bringing that sophisticated sensibility to real estate branding hasn’t really been done before. There’s so much competition, you have to do something very interesting and very disruptive to get noticed.
HL: ...while at the same time staying true to what you’re trying to say. How do you come out with something that elevates your project above the crowd but still stays true to the luxury sphere that you’re in? It’s not easy. It’s probably the most challenging part of launching a building. [With the Shore Club,] we have a historic property, situated better than any other property on the beach. You have a lot of legacy goodwill that’s been achieved, but at the same time, it’s a design that hasn’t been refreshed in 12 years. Its programming hasn’t necessarily been in step with what’s new and exciting, so for us, it was trying to completely reimagine its whole existence.
Park Grove, another of their collaborative projects.
WRW: I’ve been staying [at the Shore Club] for years. It has a great, great legacy, but there’s a perception that it’s slightly dusty and lost its charm. During Art Basel, we had this amazing audience down here to tip the needle on what the perception of the Shore Club actually is. Before we’d even done traditional rebranding—what does the logo look like, how do we speak to that audience—we started to reprogram the spaces themselves. From the street level, we brought in Paddle8 to do a digital interactive exhibition in the lobby. Cutting-edge [and] forward-thinking, they bring a really amazing crowd of very intelligent early adopters. The programming is incredibly important, and that’s an advance in a way that real estate is branded.
HL: We’re not in the Miami market; we’re in the New York market in Miami. Basically, we are in the world market.
WRW: We understand the challenges of a particular project and then overcome them in fresh and interesting ways. It’s very important that each one has an intelligence to it. Douglas Elliman Development, 4400 Biscayne Blvd., 10th Fl., Miami, 305-695-6292. Watson & Company, 99 Canal St., Sixth Fl., NYC, 212-243-0909
She’s back! Celebrated Miami chef Michelle Bernstein returns with the delicious and locally focused Seagrape.
Chef Michelle Bernstein.
Among the pioneering chefs who set the table for our city’s cornucopia of great restaurants, Michelle Bernstein is the only one born and raised here. So when the Commune Hotels Resorts group needed someone to oversee a “Floridian brasserie” for its newly renovated, 380-room Thompson Miami Beach hotel, it turned to Miami’s quintessential chef to do the job. “Everybody says they’re a ‘Florida restaurant’ these days,” says Bernstein while seated in Seagrape’s sunny 267-seat dining room. “[But] 80 percent of our product [at Seagrape] is homegrown, and we serve only meats and seafood from Florida. Let’s face it, not a lot of restaurants can say that.”
It isn’t only where the product comes from that accords the eatery its local flavor. “The cuisine is made for the people here,” explains the spirited James Beard Foundation Award winner. “We have healthier, vegan, let-me-feel-good-in-my-bathing-suit food.”
She could be speaking of the sashimi, ceviches, and other raw bar selections; or of a kaleidoscopically colorful composition of coriander roasted beets and Persian cucumbers over avocado hummus; or of the ethereal chestnut foam that floats above Blue Hubbard squash agnolotti. There are vinegared heirloom vegetables aplenty in an escabeche that, together with an impossibly silky rendition of mashed potatoes, accompanies whole salt-crusted snapper. The flavors of the pristine filets are exquisite as ocean mist, quietly enhanced with a whisper of Oaxacan recado verde (herbs, olive oil, and lemon juice).
Coriander-roasted beets and Persian cucumbers over avocado hummus at the vegetable forward Seagrape.
Beyond the food being lighter and more vegetable forward than at Bernstein’s prior projects, the new restaurant is also buoyed by the youthful energy of 35-year-old chef de cuisine Steven Rojas, and by the Thompson’s executive sous chef, 36-year-old Jason Schaan. Bernstein is quick to stress Seagrape’s collaborative nature and to deflect credit towards her team. She also confesses to taking something of “a Jewish mother, or maybe a Latin mother approach” (she is both) with them: “A little guilt and a lot of teaching.”
The instincts kick in from the Latin side when it comes to the bone-in rib eye and other grass-fed Jackman Wagyu meats. “Maybe this is the Argentine in me, but if I’m going to order steak, I want the concentration to be on the steak. Maybe I’ll want some fries or mashed potatoes, but let me be the author of my dish. So I kept the steak menu à la carte.”
After dinner, guests may choose to take A Walk in the Woods, one of Executive Pastry Chef Max Santiago’s artistically composed desserts. Dark chocolate Valrhona tree trunks, filled with semifreddo and chocolate crunch pearls, rise from clumps of pistachio sponge cake that resemble moss. The forest scene is colored in with citrus sections, olive oil, and Maldon salt.
Whole salt-crusted snapper with vinegared heirloom vegetables in an escabeche.
Seagrape’s décor is more a walk into beach-y 1950s Florida. Terrazzo floors, light oak woods, and Giò Ponti style chairs reflect the past through a contemporary, pastel-tinted lens. A green marble-topped horseshoe bar provides the main focal point and proffers an eclectic array of cocktails, such as the bracing cardamom-lemongrass daiquiri. Bernstein is ceding the bar side of the business to Director of Beverage Michael MacDonnell, beverage consultant Julio Cabrera, and especially partners Karim Masri and Nicola Siervo of KNR Hospitality Group (The Dutch, Quattro, Cavalli). “Their blood is nightlife,” she says. “They live it. They breathe it. And they also know about restaurants.”
As does Bernstein’s husband, David Martinez, who partners with her on Seagrape, Michy’s, Crumb on Parchment, and the numerous other ventures she always seems to have a hand in. “I used to say to David, ‘If we ever do something again on the Beach, we’re going to do it big.’ And you can’t get much bigger than this.” 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-605-4041
Here, take a peek inside Miami-area properties that make the perfect "winter" retreat—so perfect, you'll never want to leave home.
9474 NW 54 Doral Circle, Doral: Two cozy first-floor seating areas lead out to the patio, with a pool overlooking the lake at Trump National Doral Golf Resort and Spa. What more could you ask for? Trump International Realty, Glicer Hutchison, 305-392-4945
2345 Lake Ave., Miami Beach: Your Grecian paradise awaits at this ivy-covered, airy sanctuary. Anastasia Bokareva, ONE | Sotheby's International Realty, 646-599-1183
3590 Crystal View Ct., Miami: Above, one of eight luxurious full bathrooms scattered throughout this immaculate, contemporary haven. FloridaMoves.com, Tomi Rose, Opulence International Realty LLC
3310 Devon Ct., Miami: This Coconut Grove compound is stunning in every way, from the grand exterior down to the smallest architectural details inside. FloridaMoves.com, Lourdes Alatriste & Viviana Diaz, Engel & Völkers
552 N Island Dr., Golden Beach: A private putting green, your own tennis court, a boat dock, two outdoor bars made for throwing parties year round—and that's just what's outside this fully-equipped, waterfront dwelling. Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Jill Hertzberg, 305-672-6300
755 S Mashta Dr., Key Biscayne: Hunker down in this oceanfront bungalow with plenty of snug spaces, both inside and out, to hide away when you need a moment. Douglas Elliman, Oren Alexander, 212-350-8561
New year, new bags. These are the ones we want to carry in 2015.
Trois-Jour Snakeskin Grande Tote Bag, Fendi ($5,750). Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour Shops, 305-865-6161
Take Fendi's structural tote, add a zig-zag pattern and vibrant colors, and you have this handbag/masterpiece.
Sequin Box Clutch, Prada ($2,150). 180 N.E. 40th St., 305-438-2280
Prada’s stunning evening clutch is for the glam girl in all of us.
Medium Sugar Shoulder Bag, Lanvin ($2,400). Nordstrom, 4310 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 786-999-1313
A classic Lanvin creation, this quilted shoulder bag is as elegant as it is functional.
Medium Rockstud Tote, Valentino ($2,500). Bal Harbour Shops, 305-867-1215
This fiery tote is the pop of color we all need in our wardrobes.
Madame PM, Delvaux ($3,500). Barneys New York, 832 Collins Ave., 305-421-2010
Flanked by a splash of red, this black leather Delvaux bag is modern yet timeless.
Studded De Manta Clutch, Alexander McQueen ($1,400). Bal Harbour Shops, 305-866-2839
Between the shape and the studs, this artful clutch is so McQueen and so needs to get in our closets.
Sweet Charity Crossbody Bag, Christian Louboutin ($1,500). Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops, 305-865-1100
Don't just wear his shoes; wear Mr. Louboutin's neon, studded purse, too.
Falabella Shaggy Deer Foldover Tote, Stella McCartney ($1,200). Nordstrom, 4310 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 786-999-1313
Stella McCartney’s street-chic shoulder bag is fun, casual—and vegan.
When mobile giant Sprint needed a CEO, it came to Miami to find Marcelo Claure. Now, he’s bringing major change to the Fortune 100 Company—and to Miami’s soccer landscape.
Marcelo Claure at his home in Miami Beach.
As the recently installed CEO of Sprint, Spr is coming to terms with his new Midwestern place of business. “Leading Sprint in Kansas City is like leading Microsoft in Seattle,” says Claure, the self-made cell phone titan who turned the Miami-based Brightstar Corp. into an $8 billion enterprise. “Everybody has something to do with Sprint—the wife of the decorator is the lawyer for Sprint or an accountant at Sprint.”
This self-described “global citizen,” who was born in Guatemala, raised in Bolivia, and has touched down in some 125 countries over the course of his 44 years, shouldn’t have any trouble pressing palms with his Kansas neighbors. But Claure has far more daunting matters to attend to. Last fall, reports surfaced that Sprint, the number-three wireless carrier in the US, had cut its 2014 earnings forecast by roughly $1 billion, and the stock fell more than 16 percent, to its lowest value since Japan’s SoftBank acquired the company in July 2013.
Claure and David Beckham at Verde after the press conference to discuss the future plans for a Miami Major League Soccer team last February.
But if anyone is equipped to turn the tide, Claure believes it’s him. The scrappy, hard-driving entrepreneur built Brightstar from the ground up, founding the company with some friends in Miami in 1997 and turning it into the largest cell phone distribution network in South America. “Miami gives you the appetite and the flavor to want to become a global company,” Claure says. “If you are a citizen of Miami, you are automatically an international citizen because of the diversity of people that you meet [here]. Miami is where many cultures mix and exist together…. If you asked me 10 years ago would I ever dream that I would be the CEO of a Fortune 100 company, I would have said that was beyond my capability, beyond a dream.”
When Sprint came calling, however, Claure didn’t exactly jump at the opportunity. He balked when Softbank’s leader (and Sprint’s chairman), Masayoshi Son, first approached him. “I said, ‘I don’t think I’m qualified; you can find other people who have run carriers and can do a better job,’” Claure recalls. “And he said, ‘No, the reason I want to hire you is that everything you do, you do to win. Your success and passion to be the best are what we need.’”
While Claure has his work cut out for him—“It is a company that has been losing more customers than it has been gaining,” he admits—he’s already making big changes. Last winter, he undertook a major management shuffle that sent the then-CMO packing. “We’re applying the same concept as we did at Brightstar—coming up with basic ways to connect with the customers—and applying the basic principle that I learned: Make sure your customers find it easy to do business with you. We are going to offer simple plans that customers can understand.”
Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, and Marcelo and Jordan Claure at the Ice Palace for Marcelo’s 40th birthday in 2010.
Although his company is headquartered in the Midwest, Claure returns frequently to his home in Miami Beach to be with his family. “We spend a lot of time on the boat, and we’ll have dinner at Zuma and just spend time with the kids during the day,” he says. “Miami is one of the most beautiful and sexy cities in the world, with lots of great diversity.”
Claure is also channeling his drive to win into the goal of bringing professional soccer to Miami. “I got in a discussion the other day with Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple,” he says, “and we started talking about no-brainers in the world. One of the no brainers to Tim is Apple Pay,” the service that stores credit card information on your phone for quick, efficient payments. The other? “It makes no sense for Miami not to have a soccer team. It’s the most cosmopolitan city in the US, where the people love and understand soccer. I will do whatever it takes to finally bring soccer to Miami.”
Claure has a powerful partner in this quest: David Beckham, whom he calls “honest, hard-working, just a tremendous individual, and one who is committed to winning and committed to success.” Together they’re making progress. “It’s not years away; it’s more like weeks and months away. Both David and I are committed to bringing soccer to Miami.”
No need to break any resolutions just yet—it's possible to make the rounds at Miami's newest restaurants without widening your waistline thanks to these healthy picks.
We already can't get enough of The Broken Shaker's cocktails; now the Freehand Miami has upped the ante with the addition of farm-to-table restaurant 27. In the spirit of going local, Chef James Seyba sources ingredients from as close to home as an on-site garden, while his menu highlights Miami's multicultural cuisine with items ranging from seafood to Middle Eastern specialties. One standout dish is the miso-tahini massaged kale—an out-of-the-box approach to this star superfood—served as a salad topped with fennel and crispy chickpeas. 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach, 305-531-2727
Start your meal (and your year) on the right note at Morimoto's first Miami flagship with a dish that shows off the Iron Chef's masterful way of blending Japanese and Western fare. The toro tartare, one of the healthier items on the menu—and one of Chef Masaharu Morimoto's most beloved—is served with wasabi, nori paste, and sour cream, and packaged beautifully in two tiny Japanese-style boxes. 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-341-1500
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten puts a very Miami spin on his latest outpost at the new Miami Beach Edition hotel. The seasonal menu spans influences from Latin cuisine, served up in small and large plates with options from charred Florida octopus to crunchy potato nuggets. Our choice for a fresh take on tacos is those with Florida black grouper—griddled, not crispy—topped with aioli and cabbage-chili pickle. 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-257-4588
If you've been anticipating Chef Michelle Bernstein's new venture at the Thompson Miami Beach, you're in luck; the menu at the Florida-flavored brasserie is chock-full of healthy picks. Among the local surf-and-turf dishes, the roasted halibut is on the lighter side and served with aho negro, sultana grapes, Swiss chard, and Marcona almonds—you'll feel even better about chowing down knowing where your food came from. 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-605-4043
Ah, brunch—our favorite meal of the week, yet also one of the most calorie-laden. Luckily, Siena Tavern's new brunch menu allows diners to indulge in this weekly ritual with something slightly less decadent, but still sweet. It comes in the form of the eatery’s housemade granola served with Greek yogurt, fresh berries, and native forest puremiel honey. Make up for the calories you saved by treating yourself to a Bloody Mary kit for the table. 404 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-534-5577
Opened just this week, Mondrian's new Mediterranean grill offers fresh fare inspired by Spain's Formentera island. The menu, designed to be enjoyed family-style, is loaded with crudos, grilled meat, fish prepared a la parrilla, and seasonal veggies. Order the whole Florida yellowtail snapper with charred lemon and salsa verde and you'll be treated to a succulent feast that lets you stick to your New Year's diet. 1100 West Ave., Miami Beach, 305-514-1940
With a debut during Art Basel, Seasalt and Pepper's Carlos and Maryam Miranda expanded their seafood theme with Modern Garden, a hot-stone and crudo lounge. Here, the bare-bone dishes are packed with flavor without carrying an insane number of calories. Our pick is from the crudo side: the snapper spruced with citrus, pink peppercorn, vinaigrette, lime zest and basil blossom. 422 N.W. North River Dr., Miami, 305-440-4200
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THOMPSON MIAMI BEACH (SEAGRAPE); JUSTIN NAMON/RA-HAUS FOTOGRAPHIE (27)
In anticipation of the 72nd Golden Globes this Sunday (January 11, 5p.m. on NBC), we’ve compiled 11 fun facts, historical tidbits, and talked-about moments in the awards show's history. Get ready to impress the guests at your viewing party...
Eddie Fisher, Elizabeth Taylor, and Mike Todd in 1958—the year that Sinatra and friends changed the Globes for good.
1. It’s the Most Laid-Back Awards Show: Unlike the other major awards shows, the Golden Globes allows celebrities to freely sit, mingle, and sip booze all night. Basically, it’s just one big star-studded party.
2. The First Globes Presenters Weren’t Who You Think They Were: The first Golden Globe awards were actually presented by journalists. During the 1958 ceremony, Rat Packers Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. took over the stage and wowed the crowd. The rest was history.
3. The Golden Globes Didn’t Make it Out of LA Until the Mid-'60s: The very first telecasts of the Globes (1958-1963) were only aired locally. It wasn’t until 1964 that the Globes aired nationally during a special edition of The Andy Williams Show.
4. The Biggest Winner is No Surprise: Is there anything Meryl Streep can’t do? The revered star not only holds the record for the most nominations—a whopping 28—she’s also the biggest winner with eight awards to her name.
5. The Raunchiest Memory: Mix booze and celebrities and you’re in for a few surprises. Case in point: Jack Nicholson famously mooned the audience during the 1999 ceremony.
6. The Three-Way Tie: A tie is rare, but a three-way tie is unheard of. The only one in Golden Globes history happened in 1989 when Jodie Foster, Shirley MacLaine, and Sigourney Weaver all won for Best Actress.
7. The Powder Room Moment: Both Christine Lahti (1998) and Renee Zellweger (2001) were embarrassingly in the bathroom when their awards were announced.
8. Past Mr./Miss Golden Globe: Selecting a star’s son or daughter to help out at the awards as Miss or Mr. Golden Globe has been a long-standing tradition. Past honorees have included Rumer Willis (daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore), Melanie Griffith (daughter of Tippi Hendren), and Dakota Johnson (daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith). This year’s Miss Golden Globe is Greer Grammer (daughter of Kelsey Grammer).
9. The Venue Has Been the Same Since the '60s: Rich with old Hollywood history, the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s opulent International Ballroom has been the home of the Golden Globes since 1961.
10. The Biggest Splash: After winning an award for Best Performance by an Actress at the 1999 ceremony, Angelina Jolie jumped into the hotel’s Aqua Star Pool to celebrate—still wearing her gown, no less.
11. The Other Golden Globes: One of the most buzzed-about lines in Golden Globes’ history came from Bette Midler in 1980 when she held her breasts and said, “I’ll show you a pair of Golden Globes!”
PHOTOGRAPHY BY HULTON ARCHIVES/GETTY IMAGES
CEO of Douglas Elliman’s Florida brokerage Jay Parker has a bird’s-eye view of the real estate boom in Miami.
“The demand on South Florida is more real than it has ever been,” says Douglas Elliman’s Jay Parker, here at the Herzog & de Meuron–designed 1111 Lincoln Road parking garage.
Toronto native Jay Parker went to law school in Miami and built a real estate title insurance company in Miami Beach, before Douglas Elliman lured him away in 2013 to be CEO of the real estate firm’s Florida office. Here, Parker assesses the 2015 Miami market. Good news—he thinks it’s still growing.
How do you see 2015 shaping up for real estate investments in Miami?
I don’t think it will be particularly different than 2014, although there may not be as many significant grand slams. There are not as many opportunities out there today, so it’s harder to get the kind of returns you could get coming off the recession—10 or 12 percent gains are more realistic.
How sustainable is the supply of wealthy foreigners willing to buy high-end condominiums in our city?
The flow from Europe, Latin America, and Russia, as well as New York, is steady enough to satisfy that development opportunity. The question is what’s going to happen with the rest of the stuff, and where do those buyers continue to come from? Global currency is going to be an interesting factor [on the Miami market].
Do you see the condo bubble expanding or bursting?
I don’t foresee a burst. Here we have a market that will only be built if a developer has satisfied a pre-sale requirement threshold with significant deposits in place. If everybody closes on their units, then the worst that we can expect is a decrease in value. The demand on South Florida is more real than it has ever been.
Are there still a lot of developers champing at the bit to put up new condo projects?
I have no doubt there will be many projects that won’t be built—and that’s healthy; that’s okay. I have discouraged people from even engaging in the costs associated with launching a sales program if we don’t feel that their product will sell at this point. I tell developers all the time that if you can’t sell your project, then don’t build it this cycle; wait until next cycle. Don’t go out there and try to steer people to your project by luring them with things like inflated commissions or alleged discounts, because Miami doesn’t need to be on sale.
What should investors be wary of in 2015?
People have to be sensitive to their entry point. The cost of construction is continuing to rise, and the cost of real estate is continuing to rise.
South Florida brokers are representing private islands, cottages in the Bahamas, and a piece of Miami Beach history.
Anguilla Beach on Cat Island in the Bahamas, where a tract of land twice the size of NYC’s Central Park is for sale for $180 million.
Want 1,400 acres of Bahamian paradise consisting of a significant chunk of a very sizable island? A tract on Cat Island in the Bahamas—which is almost exactly twice the size of New York’s Central Park and comes with 1.75 miles of white, sandy beaches—is on the market for $180 million. The property is pre-approved for a 5,000-residential unit luxury development, including an 18-hole golf course, hotels, shopping centers, church, schools, greenbelt, and bridle paths. Twenty-one miles of roads and a 1,200-foot-long deep-water channel, which will connect with a marina, have already been completed. Listing agent is Eddy Martinez.
Island in the Sun
A cool $41 million will get you a half of a private island in the Bahamas—more specifically, the 164-acre eastern half of Frazer’s Hogs Cay, also known as Chub Cay, in the Berry Islands—and make it your new home, or your new mega-resort. Forty miles north of Nassau (and even closer to Andros Island), the long, undeveloped peninsula is being marketed as a future luxury resort, complete with development approvals already secured, but it could also be kept pristine and wild. The approved resort, called the Hog Cay Club, would include a hotel, beachfront villas, and a marina on 42 acres of “gently rolling land with open sea views to the tongue of the ocean in the south,” as well as inland waterways connecting a series of small islands populated by villas. Eddy Martinez, Worldwide Properties, 225 Collins Ave., Ste. 101, Miami Beach, 786-286-4344
The Villa Life
On Paradise Island, just down the beach from Atlantis, five custom-designed villas are on the market starting at $5 million. Each of the three-and four-bedroom Beach House Villas is fully furnished and has a private pool.
Just far enough up the beach from Atlantis to leave the tourists behind, five custom villas on a corner of Paradise Island are for sale. The site of the Beach House Villas, by Brennan Custom Homes, spans the width of Paradise Island, with water on either side. Three villas face the ocean, and two are on the harbor side, with the least expensive one priced at $5.5 million. Each of the fully furnished three-and four-bedroom villas, from 3,109 to 5,334 square feet, has a private pool, while all share a gym and marina. Daniel Greenglass, Brennan Custom Homes, 255 Sunrise Ave., Ste. 200, Palm Beach, 416-972-1682; email@example.com
The Shore Club in South Beach, now a chic boutique hotel, is undergoing a partial conversion to one-to three-bedroom condos, many with ocean views (a sales launch took place during Art Basel).
South Beach’s iconic Shore Club, a classic MiMo hotel that’s gone through many iterations—from a postwar family beach hotel built in 1949 to graying relic in the ’70s, to chic boutique hotel in the ’90s—is embarking on its next life. The Shore Club is going condo, receiving a partial conversion to residential use, with approximately 200 of the property’s 309 hotel rooms being converted into 75 one-to three-bedroom condominiums, many with ocean views. The transformation of the historic property will be handled by Brazilian designer Isay Weinfeld, with a sales launch that took place during Art Basel in Miami Beach. Marketing is being handled by Douglas Elliman; 305-535-0111
The brand-new Drawing Room ignites flames of passion (and fire) with the Saffron Sazerac—a modern cocktail with an old-world twist.
The Drawing Room’s Saffron Sazerac layers the coveted spice with house-made bitters, small-batch bourbon, and dramatic pyrotechnics.
After dark, the porte-cochère of the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach embraces visitors with its seductive violet hues, a tribute to the storied glamour of the hotel’s mid-century past. Thanks to a $90 million renovation, the Art Deco gem has matured, as evidenced by its new signature cocktail bar, The Drawing Room. Mixology master Albert Trummer (formerly of Drogerie) is at the helm with potions he affectionately refers to, in his thick Austrian accent, as “medicine.” His old-world, apothecary-style bar is celebrated for its whimsical blend of Asian ingredients, fresh fruit, potent botanicals, pyrotechnics, and secret elixirs. Choosing a “cocktail prescription” may sound like an overwhelming feat, so we examined one standout—his enticing Saffron Sazerac.
Trummer’s Saffron Sazerac is a bourbon-based cocktail inspired by a pair of saffron-loving Michelin-starred chefs, Daniel Boulud and David Pooley, the latter of whom brought Trummer to America three decades ago to be a bar chef. In addition to being delicious, saffron plays nicely into Trummer’s apothecary theme, as the stimulating flowering plant was historically used in remedies to treat everything from headaches to depression. Further inspiration comes from another ingredient, the housemade bitters, which nod to the 19th-century druggist who developed the famed Peychaud’s Bitters at his apothecary in the Big Easy.
Trummer first concocts a “saffron bourbon essence,” an infusion of eight herbs with a teaspoon of organic saffron valued at around $300 per ounce, and strains it into two ounces of Woodford Reserve small-batch Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, which is then shaken over ice. He adds a dash of house-made bitters before shaking again, this time more gently. He next rinses a glass with house absinthe (infused with Trummer’s “special herbs”) and pours in the drink over one ice cube. Finally, Trummer sets fire to the surface of the drink to extract the flavors and oils from the botanicals and to reduce the proof of the powerful spirits.
The final flavor? The Saffron Sazerac is this South Beach alchemist’s drinkable masterpiece. The first sip brings an oaky and herbal impression, as sugarcane and molasses notes creep in on the finish. A flamed orange peel garnish allows the fruit’s oils to penetrate the drink and impart burnt citrusy-sweet accents and aromas. 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-531-1271
Which veggie is the new kale? Miami’s top chefs and bartenders predict this and more; read on to find out what you’ll be eating and drinking in 2015.
Scott Conant: More Casual Cooking—But You’ll Need a Reservation
“[In 2014,] high-end chefs did casual stuff—José Andrés started a fast food restaurant and so did Roy Choi. I think we'll see that a bit more in 2015."
“With all these reservation applications popping up, everyone is going to start to move more and more in that direction of thought. You have a reservation; you know what you’re going to pay before you sit down because you’re ultimately paying for the seat, not the food. I feel like that’s the future.” —Scott Conant, owner of Corsair (Turnberry Isle Miami, 786-279-6800) and Scarpetta (Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 305-674-4660)
Nina Compton: Another Wave of Superfoods
“For 2015, I call [broccoli] spigarello as the new kale, amaranth as the new quinoa, and the coming of matcha. Fermentation and pickling will carry over from 2014 to 2015, and I see coconut sugars making waves, as well as different flours such as plantain, cassava, and even breadfruit flours.” —Nina Compton, runner up on Top Chef season 11
Mike Pirolo: Kale is out. Cauliflower is in.
“The kale craze is still here somehow, but I think, along with Brussel sprouts, they’re starting to fade out. For 2015, I already see people using sorghum—it’s a wheat that looks kind of like berries. Be on the lookout for that. Also, I think cauliflower is going to take over. People are roasting whole heads of cauliflower and doing all sorts of things.” —Mike Pirolo, chef and owner of Macchialina (820 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305-534-2124)
Giorgio Rapicavoli: The Future of Food is… the Past
“2014 was all about fermentations. I think chefs will continue to reach to our past for inspiration and combine those ideas with our modern abilities to create a style of food that will encompass our American traditions into a true cuisine.” —Giorgio Rapicavoli, chef and owner of Eating House (804 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 305-448-6524)
Brad Kilgore: Latin American Cuisine Will Flourish
“The trend of fermentation of just about everything, from vegetables to meats, is fascinating. Although this is a timeless practice and has been going on in the cuisine of cultures for many millennia, it really has just begun to break the surface in the Western culture, especially fine dining.
“For 2015, I’m calling a trend of masa and the upswing of Mexican cuisine, as well as Peruvian cuisine.” —Brad Kilgore, chef and owner of Alter (223 N.W. 23rd St.)
Richard Hales: More for the Vegans
“At Sakaya, we introduced the Brussel sprout trends and it was an awesome vegetable, but for 2015 I predict okra will takeover. We’re already doing some stuff with it.
“I think we’re going to see more vegan concepts than ever before. I’m probably going to do a vegan concept in 2015.” —Richard Hales, chef and owner of Blackbrick (3451 N.E. First Ave., Miami, 305-573-8886) and Sakaya Kitchen (3401 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-576-8096)
Cricket Nelson: Food & Drinks Will Get Even More Diverse
“2014 showed an increased awareness of health—both for the planet and for our bodies. People want fresh, organic, local, real. This has helped evolve the trend towards farm-to-table concepts, healthy homestyle cooking, and more transparency of ingredients."
“I think this will continue to develop in 2015, and in an effort to keep things interesting as our world becomes ever smaller, I think owners, chefs, and bartenders are looking more towards a global culinary palate for inspiration and diversity of flavors, sharing authenticity through the marriage of their own family's food traditions, and healthy comfort food and drinks enjoyed the world over.” —Cricket Nelson, beverage director at WunderBar (Circa 39, Miami Beach, 305-538-4900)
Rob Ferrara: Your Favorite Retro Cocktails are Back—And Much Better
“In 2015 I think we’re going to see a lot of cocktails for two, like rum and gin, and cocktails from the ‘80s and ‘90s—Long Island Iced Tea, Harvey Wallbanger, Grasshopper, but with a modern twist—will be making a comeback. I also call clarified cocktails and using local produce in cocktails.” —Rob Ferrara, beverage director at Lure and Rum Line (Loews Miami Beach, 305-695-4550; 305-573-0658)
Elad Zvi: Stop Taking Your Bar So Seriously
“I think we’re going back to not being so serious in the bar industry and treat it more like a family environment—but [still] giving good service. That’s something that started in 2014, but a lot of cool places opening this year are going to share this philosophy.” —Elad Zvi, co-founder of Bar Lab and managing partner of The Broken Shaker and 27 (Freehand, Miami Beach, 305-531-2727)
Gui Jaroschy: It’s Not All About the Booze
“I think we’re going to see more cocktail bars off the beach. With the success of places like Ball & Chain and Finka in places where demand is so high for a good drink and supply is so low, people have to take notice and open more places.
“Also, low-alcohol cocktails. Once people get over the excitement of a good boozy drink and start realizing they don't want to be hammered after two drinks, the interest opens up in drinks that taste great and give a buzz, but don’t put you in an Uber at midnight.” —Gui Jaroschy, bartender at The Broken Shaker (Freehand Miami, 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach, 305-531-2727)
Albert Trummer: Your Drink Should be Organic, Too
“Over the last 10 years, the market has been concentrated with artificial synthetic liquors. Moving forward in 2015 I predict that a number of bartenders will start utilizing more organic, homemade creations and elixirs in their libations.” —Albert Trummer, owner and “mad scientist” at The Drawing Room (Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach, 305-531-1271)
Although this year’s Golden Globes left much to be desired (think: underwhelming fashion, expected wins, and mostly disappointing jokes), there were a few moments that saved it from being a complete fail:
Kate Hudson and Jennifer Aniston Bumping Into Each Other on the Red Carpet
Our favorite pasttime is catching celebrities in rare moments of... humanity? Last night, after wrapping up her red carpet interview with E!'s Ryan Seacrest, Kate Hudson bumped into Jennifer Aniston. The two embraced, and, completely disregarding the cameras, Aniston grabbed Hudson's behind. Best red carpet moment of the night.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Of Course
A round of applause for the third-time hosts. Some highlights include their on-stage match of "celebrity would you rather" (Poehler picks Colin Farrell over Colin Firth while Fey opts for Chris Pine over, well, anyone and everyone) and their stab at Amal Clooney. Video below:
Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal Are Hollywood’s Most Adorable Siblings
The mere fact that the two attended the event as each other's dates makes us giddy with excitement, but Jake's joy following his sister's win (for her part on the Honorable Woman) make us wish for a brother just like him. The actress' acceptance speech also garnered some buzz: "That's what I think is revolutionary, and evolutionary," she said regarding the abundance of TV and film roles for women. "And it's what's turning me on."
Lupita Nyong’o's Prolific Interview Skills
On our best dressed list, Lupita Nyong’o struck us as much more than a beautiful face last night. When Seacrest asked her about what she could share about her role in the next Star Wars movie, the actress quickly responded: "Absolutely nothing." Seacrest was left speechless... and so were we. We will also never forget Nyong'o's and Colin Farrell's respective looks when presenting the award for best foreign film. We still don't know what was more distracting, the glasses or the mustache.
Chrissy Teigen’s Crying Face
Teigen’s husband, John Legend, wins for best original song for “Glory” from the movie Selma and this image goes viral:
The Affair Is Not Our Guilty Pleasure… But Everyone’s
The Showtime hit took home the award for best drama series while lead actress Ruth Wilson accepted the best actress in a lead drama series award and, no, you weren't the only one shocked by her British accent.
Never Underestimate the Supposed Underdog
Although we expected most of the wins, we were shocked by one of the night's biggest awards: best series, comedy or musical. Transparent, Amazon's show about a transgender father, reminds us never to dismiss any show.
Kevin Spacey Walking the Red Carpet With Kate Mara
Spacey never won a Golden Globe (yes, the shock is mutual) but what really defined his night was walking down the red carpet with his House of Cards co-star (and 24 years his junior) Kate Mara. Let the speculation begin.
William H. Macy Caressing Felicity Huffman's Back
While George Clooney gave his lifetime achievement award acceptance speech, the camera cut to William H. Macy and wife Felicity Huffman. Fast forward to 1:11 to see them (although we suggest watching the whole clip):
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Creepy crawlers get tricked out with opals and other colorful stones.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:
1. 18k gold, opal, and yellow, orange, and red sapphire ring, Lydia Courteille ($37,000). Alchemist, 1109 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-531-4653
2. 18k black rhodium and white diamond ring with 6.6-carat natural opal, Jacob & Co. (price on request). East Coast Jewelry, 16810 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-947-8883
3. 18k white-gold, Mexican anhydrous opal, black diamond, and ruby ring, Katherine Jetter ($36,000). Neiman Marcus, 2442 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-566-6666
4. 18k white-gold, black diamond, and black opalescent quartz Fly by the Night Crystal Haze ring, Stephen Webster ($8,950). Alchemist, 1109 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-531-4653
5. 18k white-gold, opal, sapphire, diamond, and tsavorite ring, Wendy Yue ($11,900). Neiman Marcus, Village of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 786-999-1000
We asked our Executive Fashion Director Samantha Yanks to share her 21 favorite style moments from last night's Golden Globes.
Amal Clooney's Harry Winston earrings
Naomi Watts’ Bulgari necklace
Lorde’s Neil Lane necklace
Lupita Nyong’o’s Chopard earrings
Anna Kendrick's Fred Leighton earrings
Bart Freundlich and Julianne Moore
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber
Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger
George and Amal Clooney
Special honor to brother and sister duo, Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal
Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein
Julianne Moore in Givenchy
Taylor Schilling in Ralph Lauren
Naomi Watts in Gucci
Lorde in Narciso Rodriguez
George Clooney in Giorgio Armani
Colin Farrell in Dolce & Gabbana
Eddie Redmayne in Gucci
Channing Tatum in Dolce & Gabbana
Joshua Jackson in Berluti
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Where did Leonardo DiCaprio enjoy dinner and drinks while visiting Miami? This and more in this week's celebrity sightings.
Leonardo DiCaprio Has Dinner with Lukas Haas & Friends
On Sunday, January 4, Leonardo DiCaprio stopped by Michael Mina's StripSteak at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach with actor Lukas Haas and a couple of friends. The group started with appetizers such as the BLT wedge salad and duck cavatelli before moving on to main courses like the châteaubriand steak, king salmon, and seared tuna. After dinner and drinks, they moved the party to LIV.
Ryan Seacrest Brunches at Terrazza
The American Idol host was seen having brunch with a friend at Terrazza at Shore Club on Sunday, January 4. Seacrest, who was dressed in all black, had a quick meal and skipped the cocktails.
Ryan Phillippe Rings in the New Year Around Miami
The actor was spotted with girlfriend Paulina Slagter at WALL's Favela Beach party on Tuesday, December 30. They arrived around 1 a.m. with a group of friends and were seen dancing, kissing, and enjoying drinks.
The couple went out the following evening to celebrate New Year's Eve at Seaspice's exclusive dinner event on the Miami River.
Phillippe seems to have kept it low-key on New Year's Day, but on Friday, January 2, he was back at it, partying into the morning with a group of friends at E11even Miami.
Young Jeezy Parties at E11even
The same night Phillippe stopped by, Young Jeezy was seen at a corner VIP table at E11even with two friends.
Sir Michael Caine Does Family Dinner at Zuma
The English actor had dinner with friends and family at Zuma on Thursday, January 1.
A few days later on Sunday, January 4, Swedish DJ Alesso stopped in the Japanese eatery for dinner with his girlfriend.
Celebs Party with Pitbull on New Year's Eve
Celebrities flocked to Thompson Miami Beach on Wednesday, December 31 to witness Pitbull's New Year's Revolution, broadcast live on Fox. Film director Lee Daniels and The Bachelor's Juan Pablo Galavis were seen in the VIP section, while guests like Gotham's Benjamin McKenzie, The Mindy Project's Ed Weeks, and New Girl's Lamorne Morris were spotted around the venue. (See photos from the party here.)
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January could be a time to relax and recoup after the holidays... but not in Miami, where the city's institutions keep our social calendars packed with excuses to party for a good cause. Here, we give you five reasons to spend your Saturday night at Pérez Art Museum Miami for its first-ever Art of the Party—an event that Ocean Drive staffers are eager to witness.
Brazilian funk band Batuke Samba Funk will be performing alongside Pee Wee Ellis at the "Remix" after-party
1. Lee Brian Schrager.
Just say his name and we all start salivating. The man behind the South Beach Wine & Food Festival is sharing his talents with PAMM to turn the social tradition formerly known as the MAM Ball into a multifaceted celebration featuring two dining experiences and an after-party you do not want to miss (more on this in #3).
2. Lindo Maravilhoso!
Perhaps inspired by the previous occupant of its special exhibit galleries (“Jardim Botânico" by Rio de Janeiro-based artist Beatriz Milhazes), PAMM’s biggest fundraising event of the year has a decidedly Brazilian theme. Schrager has enlisted world-renowned chef Thomas Troisgros of Rio’s acclaimed Olympe Restaurant to infuse the evening with modern gastronomy from Brazil, where he’s a fourth-generation chef in a clan of top toques.
3. It's Actually Three Parties in One
Get a ticket to the event’s Chef’s Table to enjoy cocktails and Troisgros’ four-course menu on the museum’s waterfront terrace. Or reserve a seat in the exclusive Supper Club dinner lounge, where a dedicated butler will keep the cocktails coming throughout the evening and Troisgros’ culinary offerings will be accompanied by dancing and surprise live performances.
After the party... it's the Remix after-party on the Knight Plaza. Brazilian funk band Batuke Samba Funk with Pee Wee Ellis—legendary sax player and bandleader for James Brown—will play into the early morning. (Yes, you can just stop by for the after-party.)
4. Brought to You By Louis Vuitton
Last month the French fashion house brought us "Playing With Shapes" by Pierre Paulin, so we can't wait to see what's in store at this new version of a stuffy gala.
5. Students Will Thank You
Proceeds from the Art of the Party will fund PAMM's robust education program, which is the largest behind the Miami-Dade County School system. More than 80,000 adults and children have participated in PAMM programming since December 2013.
Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd. Chef’s Table seated dinner, 7:00 p.m.; Supper Club dinner lounge, 8:30 p.m.; Remix after-party, 10:30 p.m. For tickets, visit pamm.org.
Sorry, iCal—when it comes to staying organized nothing beats putting pen to paper. We found seven brilliant planners and calendars fit for every style to inspire you to stay on track in 2015.
For the art lover…
2015 Calendar, Of a Kind ($22). ofakind.com
With its gorgeous, unique prints—think watercolor florals and geometric shapes—this wall calendar might be confused for a piece of artwork.
For the fashion-forward…
Everyday Weekly Desk Pad, Rifle Paper Co. ($12). riflepaperco.com
Designed by French blogger extraordinaire Garance Doré, this chic leopard-printed desk pad lets you plan your week in advance and will make your space look très chic.
For the trendsetter…
Personalized Leather Date Book, Graphic Image ($43). Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops, 305-865-1100
With a striking blue hue and an exotic texture, this date book is for the planning-obsessed individual who wants to be just a little bit unique.
For the quirky ones…
2015 17-Month Large Agenda Green Painterly Cheetah, Kate Spade ($36). Village of Merrick Park, Coral Gables, 305-441-2377
This cheetah-print agenda will add a shot of sass to your everyday routine.
For the minimalist…
Pebbled Leather Journal, Graphic Image Inc ($78). Neiman Marcus, Village of Merrick Park, Coral Gables, 786-999-1000
You can never go wrong with a little black date book. And a monogram adds a little something extra.
For the over-achiever…
24/7 Planner, Poketo ($29). poketo.com
You’ll never miss a beat with this handy 24/7 planner. Its simple design makes it easy to stay on track.
For the dapper gentleman…
Oak Natural Leather Agenda, Mulberry ($470). mulberry.com
This handsome number has everything you want in a planner—a classic design, a durable leather cover, and ample writing space.
With more Miami restaurants than ever before serving up brunch, there won’t be a single weekend when you’ll go hungry (or thirsty). Here are 11 brunches you can't miss.
Why: Blue Collar brunch devotees will love Danny Serfer’s fancy, seafood-centric brunch. In addition to the expected oysters and caviar, there are crepes (or blintzes as Serfer calls them), quiche, and your choice of shrimp, crab, or lobster Benedict.
Best dish: Egg salad and sturgeon caviar on perfectly buttered slices of brioche. Didn't we warn you it was fancy?
Wash it down with: A blood-orange mimosa. Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. 210 NE 18 St., Miami, 305-374-4635
Why: A little live jazz on the boardwalk accompanied by foie gras and duck egg sliders, anyone? This is the premise for Traymore’s jazzy and boozy brunch. Chef Jonathan Lane pays homage to Florida with a seafood-focused menu—without foregoing brunch classics. Expect lobster and avocado grilled cheese, crab cake Benedict with hearts of palm remoulade, and the quintessential Cuban sandwich with a twist.
Best dish: The slow-roasted pork belly bao is slow roasted indeed. The impeccably tender meat is balanced by carrot, pickled jalapeño, and cilantro.
Wash it down with: Traymore’s signature gin punch—a delightful concoction of gin, citrus fruits, pineapple, and bitters. It’s so good, you can’t just have one, so go for the bottomless option. Saturdays from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; 2445 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-695-3600
Why: You can tell Fabio Viviani takes brunch very seriously by his menu packed with indulgences like stone crab Benedict with rosemary blood orange hollandaise, lobster hash with truffle hollandaise, and the caramelized waffle with Nutella butter. For something on the healthier side, we love the homemade granola with creamy Greek yogurt, fresh berries, and native forest Puremiel honey.
Best dish: The famous coccoli paired with lox (instead of prosciutto). Pro tip: Cut the coccoli in half and create a pocket for the smoked salmon, capers, and scallion cream cheese.
Wash it down with: Bottomless Bloody Marys served up with a tray of accoutrements, giving the classic libation your own personal touch. Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 404 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-534-5577
Why: The weekend is our excuse to eat comfort food and watch old movies—why not do both at Loba? Chow down on huevos rancheros or banana-bread French toast topped with Nutella, peanut butter, and candied bacon while watching whatever is playing on the projector (think: The Graduate or Pulp Fiction).
Best dish: It's a tie between the lentil croquette on a bed of beet tzatziki and avocado and the "ring of fire," Loba’s take on chicken and waffles featuring a sweet potato waffle, Spanish fried chicken, jamón serrano, and chipotle butter.
Wash it down with: A michelada, in which Cigar City’s Jai Alai brew gets an extra kick with house-made sriracha. Sundays from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 7420 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-536-6692
Why: Michael Mina does Sunday brunch, an affair that includes your choice of appetizer, entrée—we're talking a black truffle omelet, Maine lobster Benedict, and brioche French toast with salted caramel and toasted oat whipped cream—and desserts displayed on the bar for your endless perusing.
Best dish: Duck and ricotta cavatelli. Black trumpet mushrooms and butternut squash give the al dente pasta an earthy flavor. Instead of shredded cheese, Parmesan foam tops the dish.
Wash it down with: Champagne cocktails. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 877-326-7412
Why: A very French brunch from the guys behind Pubbelly. There's French toast and crispy frog legs, bacon-wrapped dates with pork jus, popcorn pancakes with bacon ice cream, and—since no French soirée is complete without crepes—brown-butter cylinders bursting with Grand Marnier crème, orange preserves, and caramelized almonds.
Best dish: The croque Cubana, a croque madame and Cuban sandwich hybrid with Cox Farms ham, cochinillo, Gruyere, house pickles, and a sunny-side-up farm egg between brioche.
Wash it down with: The French 75 keeps it simple with gin, lemon, and champagne. 6261 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-483-1611
Why: The owners of Akashi present a Vietnamese-styled brunch with offerings like flash-fried spring rolls, seared tuna wrapped in soy, and pho with all trimmings. For dessert, an Oreo with coffee and ice cream will keep you going for the rest of the day.
Best dish: The Korean seafood pancake. You’ll get shrimp and crab with every bite of this fluffy cake and just the right amount of char.
Wash it down with: Sake. Add beer to make it a party brunch. Sundays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 1063 Brickell Plaza, Miami, 305-808-5833
Why: This molecular brunch takes your taste buds on a ride down the culinary rabbit hole. Take your pick from dishes like wild boar cheek hash with black winter truffle and a 63-degree egg, and the most complex frittata you'll ever eat.
Best dish: The Chambord-braised venison shank served with crispy lardon, taleggio mascarpone mash, a sunny-side-up egg, and charred sofrito.
Wash it down with: A Bloody Mary with a smoked cayenne and salt-rimmed glass. The first one’s on the house. Sundays from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 251 NW 25th St., Miami, 305-573-0690
Why: Late last year, the Pubbelly Boys threw us a bone and added Sunday brunch to their agenda. With game-changing items like pumpkin pie pancakes with walnut butter, soft-shell crab Benedict with shiso hollandaise, and homemade granola with yuzu, it was well worth the wait.
Best dish: Jose Mendin took his famed Mcbelly and turned it into the hangover-curing Media Noche sandwich loaded with Cox Farms ham, Gruyere, dijonnaise, and homemade pickles.
Wash it down with: The Rose is the New Orange, a concoction of sake, capeletti, and rose. Sundays from noon-4 p.m. 1418 20th St., Miami Beach, 305- 532-7555
Why: Hot and cold stations with limitless bounties of Gaston Acurio’s ceviche, tiraditos, Peruvian sushi, anticuchos, lobster chupe, and other delights. Still hungry? You also get a choice of one a la carte entrée like the king plancha anticuchera, which is capped off with a towering house of sweets for the table.
Best dish: La Mar’s signature chaufa aeropuerto—a mélange of Chinese fried rice with pork, shrimp omelet, nikei sauce, and pickled salad—mixed in a stone wok in front of you. Every table gets one to share, though you’ll want it all for yourself.
Wash it down with: Bottomless pisco sours—three kinds of them (guava, chicha morada, or classic). Sundays from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami, 305-913-8358
Why: To celebrate the launch of Carlon Galan and JC Chamizo's third restaurant, the brunch at Love is Blind features new dishes along with traditional favorites like chicken and waffles and the Triple Decker Hangover Wrecker, three eggs over easy with ham, bacon, and cheese on sourdough bread.
Best dish: Grilled short rib Benedict—a meaty twist to the classic dish.
Wash it down with: A custom cocktail from the Bloody Mary bar. Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 225 Altara Ave., Coral Gables, 305-748-6118
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF CARLA TORRES (MIGNONETTE, LOBA, HANNYA, SHIKANY, PUBBELLY); GIOVANNY GUTIERREZ (SIENA TAVERN); JOSE DE LAS CASAS (STRIPSTEAK); PUBBELLY MEDIA GROUP (L'ECHON)
When you’re constantly switching bags, certain things tend to happen: wallets get misplaced, keys are forgotten—and that's only the beginning. Vow to ditch the hassle by choosing a stylish carryall that works for all the places you need to be, whether it’s the office, the gym, or any event on your social calendar.
The Two-Way Bag
Monili Chain-Trim Tote/Backpack, Brunello Cucinelli ($3,600).Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour Shops, 305-865-6161
Brunello Cucinelli's striking minimalist design is just one reason why this is the only bag you’ll need to carry this year. Boasting tote handles and backpack straps, this matte beauty with chain trimming is the perfect way to sport two different styles whenever you want to.
The Colorful Tote
Medium Luggage Tote Phantom in Multicolor Texture, Céline ($2,100). Miami Design District, 191 NE 40th St., 305-866-1888
One of Céline's most popular handbags gets a chromatic update with multicolored stripes and a cotton canvas. The roomy design and the convenient top handles make this tote a bright and cheery option to carry everywhere you go.
The Duffel Bag
Canvas Pierre Duffel, Balmain ($2,000).Barneys New York, 832 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-421-2010
Balmain's quintessential canvas bag marries sporty with chic. The duffel features cotton canvas sides, leather trimming, leather top handles, and a gold-stamped logo. The detachable crossbody strap is a great option for when your hands are full.
Rockstud Backpack, Valentino ($3,000). Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops, 305-864-3263
Valentino offers its version of the backpack complete with its signature studding. The sleek design features a roomy interior, zip closures, and plenty of pockets, making this the essential carryall for adventure-seekers and jetsetters.
The Reversible Tote
Reversible Python and Leather Tote, Gucci ($4,000). Bal Harbour Shops, 305-868-6504
Those in need of a bag that will transition with a moment's notice can turn to this reversible tote from Gucci. With light yellow python on one side and light blue leather on the other, this bag will dress you up or down for the occasion.
The Slouchy Bag
Flamenco Knot Large Leather Shoulder Bag, Loewe ($2,600). netaporter.com
The deep red color paired with the unique design makes this shoulder bag a standout option for using every day.
The Classic Tote
Saffiano Cuir Leather Tote, Prada ($2,700). Miami Design District, 180 NE 40th St., 305-438-2280
No excuse needed to buy a timeless and functional handbag. This Prada number features a double leather handle, a detachable shoulder strap, and gold hardware, all of which instantly make this tote fit for all-day wear.
The One-Bag-Fits-All Tote
Large Baylee Tote, Chloé ($2,500).Barneys New York, 832 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-421-2010
This tote's neutral color palate will easily match any outfit. Its thick shoulder strap, gold and silver tones, and two-zip closure elevate this option to one you'll never want to leave home without.