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    This month's food and drink news straight from the pages of Ocean Drive.

    Little Bread Cuban Sandwich Co.

    Breaking Bread: Sandwiches are having a moment, so much so that Bread + Butter chef and owner Alberto Cabrera made them the star of the show at Little Bread Cuban Sandwich Co., an unconventional sandwichery in the heart of Little Havana. “We’re focusing on the old-school Cuban classics but adding a present-day American twist,” he says. “We’re reinventing the sandwich wheel.” Cabrera changes up the classic Cuban with pork belly rillette instead of sliced pork; his Media Noche is a triple-decker club on brioche with porchetta and mustard caviar. Little Bread’s menu also proffers not-so-little snacks like smoked chicken wings with kimchi and Florida honey as well as sweet afterthoughts in the form of guava pound cake with cream cheese frosting, which pairs extremely well with a game of dominoes on the eatery’s backyard patio. 541 SW 12th Ave., Miami, 786-420-2672

    Foolproof: Proof Pizza & Pasta’s wood-burning oven produces between 850 and 900 degrees of heat. “It’s the Neapolitan standard [and] makes the crust rise quicker,” says chef and owner Justin Flit, who prior to opening the Midtown eatery was executive sous chef at Bourbon Steak. At Proof, he and chef de cuisine Matt DePante sling pies topped with house-made fennel sausage, oxtail, or Parmesan fonduta. Also try the pasta selections, like angel hair with crab, Calabrian chili, and lemon breadcrumbs. Save room, if you can, for the colossal macaron ice cream sandwich. 3328 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 786-536-9562

    Izzy’s Fish & Oyster

    Aw, Shucks:“Chefs love eating oysters on their days off,” says chef Jamie DeRosa, who won’t have to travel far for his bivalve fix, as he’s opened Izzy’s Fish & Oyster down the street from his Tongue & Cheek. Named after his daughter Isabela, the quaint 40-seater is a tribute to the seafood shacks of eastern Long Island and New England. “Being from Long Island, we knew how important authenticity would be to this kind of concept,” he says, a truth evidenced by the Point Judith littleneck steamers or New England clam chowder with house-made oyster crackers. 423 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-397-8843

    Keep it Down Now: In an out-of-the-way setting, a block from Lincoln Road, you’ll find Hush Bar + Lounge, an unfussy watering hole geared toward locals looking for a shadowy spot to let loose and hear live music. Open seven nights a week, Hush offers food from neighboring Oolite, craft beer, simple cocktails, and a pool table. “I like this place because it’s off Washington Avenue and off the [radar],” says manager and nightlife veteran Bobby Brandt. “It’s quiet.” 1661 Pennsylvania Ave., Miami Beach, 786-540-4874

    Sweetbread milanesa with Swiss cheese and country ham vinaigrette.Sweetbread milanesa with Swiss cheese and country ham vinaigrette.

    Vagabonding: Alex Chang, a chef and star of Paladar (a documentary about two USC students who operated an illegal, underground supper club restaurant on campus), is at the helm of Vagabond Restaurant, part of the iconic Vagabond Hotel’s resurrection. Chang’s approach is to act locally and think globally, using his travels and Mexican-Chinese descent as an inspiration for the menu, but sticking to ingredients from Florida. “No apples grow in Florida, so we’re not going to put apples on the menu,” he says. Instead, jerk chicken wings smoked over fresh allspice leaves and served with pikliz (Haitian spicy pickled vegetables) pay tribute to Miami’s Caribbean influence. 7301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-409-5716


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    The sun is shining, the music is thumping, and the drinks are flowing, which can only mean one thing: it's Miami Music Week and Winter Music Conference. Here, we've handpicked 10 items to wear to the week's best pool parties, beach bashes, and nighttime shindigs.

    Mesh Number to No Sugar Added

    Ursula High Waisted

    Ursula High-Waisted Bikini, Vitamin A ($204). The Orchid Boutique, 1444 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-358-5763

    What's not to love about this high-waisted bikini? It's black, it's mesh, and it'll ensure you're the best-dressed attendee at Nikki Beach's fifth annual two-day soirée, No Sugar Added. Get tickets here.

    Chevron Romper to Alesso Pool Party

    Beach Romper

    Astropop Romper, Beach Bunny ($185). 750 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-2319

    This versatile and vibrant swimsuit romper is a one-outfit-fits-all for your pool-partying needs. Wear it everywhere and anywhere, but we suggest a high-profile event like DJ Alesso's performance at the swanky Hyde Beach. Get tickets here.

    Crochet Bikini to Cedric Gervais Pool Party

    Beach Riot

    Bahama Mama Top and Bottom, Beach Riot ($152, $128). Jessie Boutique, 1708 Alton Rd., Miami Beach, 305-604-7980

    This darling bikini has PLUR written all over it—throw on some shorts and the bandeau becomes a top. Regardless of how you wear it, rock this suit to the Cedric Gervais pool party with special guest Nervo at The Raleigh; bonus points if the Aussie DJ sisters tell you they dig your outfit. Get tickets here.

    Fringe Dress to Mixmash Pool Party

    bohemian bones

    Mojave Mumu, Bohemian Bones ($224).

    Expect DJ Laidback Luke to show up to his annual Mixmash bash dressed like some type of superhero, but that doesn't mean you have to follow suit. Instead, keep it chic with a sheer dress that has enough wiggle room for you to break it down when the music starts. Get tickets here.

    Strapless Suit to Juicy Beach

    Stella McCartney

    Strapless One-Piece, Stalla McCartney ($280).

    Look and feel pool party-ready in this strapless one-piece suit by Stella McCartney; it's guaranteed to turn heads at The Raleigh's Juicy Beach party with Robbie Rivera and Bob Sinclar. Get tickets here.

    Sheer Maxi to Above & Beyond

    Jean Paul Gaultier

    Tulle Maxi Skirt and One-Piece Swimsuit, Jean Paul Gaultier. ($415, $525). Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops, 305-865-1100

    Dance poolside by day and catch Above & Beyond's only WMC performance at Mana Wynwood by night in just one look. You'll outshine everyone else in the audience with Jean Paul Gaultier's sultry, skin-tight maxi. Get tickets here.

    Ombré Poncho to Mood Day


    Sunset Monique Cover-Up Poncho, PilyQ ($154). Nordstrom, Village of Merrick Park, 4310 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 786-999-1313

    A pool party called Mood Day demands something striking. Enter this white and fuchsia poncho with a ton of playful fringe that'll shake when you shake to Nicole Moudaber's drum and bass. Get tickets here.

    Silk Shorts to Ultra

    Valentino Black Shorts

    Scallop Shorts, Valentino ($850). Barneys New York, 832 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-421-2010

    High-waisted jean shorts are so last year. Slip on Valentino's airy silk shorts with a scalloped hem; they go with absolutely anything and will give you a stylish edge over other Ultra-goers. Get tickets here.

    Waterproof Gladiators to All Gone Pete Tong

    Light pink metallic gladiator sandals.

    Vivienne Westwood + Melissa Harmonic Gladiators, Melissa Shoes. ($133). 216 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, 786-803-8581

    Pool parties and heels don't always mix, especially when dancing is the No. 1 priority. Move all you want and don't worry about slipping at Pete Tong's pool rendezvous at Surfcomber in these metallic, waterproof sandalsGet tickets here.

    Mirrored Sunnies All Day Long

    Dior sunglasses.

    So Real Mirrored Sunglasses, Dior ($505). Bloomingdale's, Aventura Mall. 19555 Biscayne Blvd., 305-792-1000

    Don't even think about stepping out without a pair of reflective shades. Music Week's most vital accessory is a pair of sunglasses; we suggest channeling Hunter S. Thompson in these Dior sunglasses as you fear and loathe through Miami all week.

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  • 03/22/15--21:00: Our Miami Music Week Blog
  • Whether you're all about WMC, Ultra, or the pool-party scene, get in the mood
    for Miami Music Week right here and check back for updates.

    10 Hottest Tickets of MMW & WMC


    We picked the top 10 untz-untz events to try to get into this week. Read >>


    What to Wear to All the Pool Parties

    Fringe beach poncho.

    Our guide to dressing for MMW's pool parties, beach bashes, and nighttime shindigs. Read >>


    What a DJ's Life is Really Like

    DJ Rehab.

    We take a behind-the-scenes look at the hidden life of world-famous DJs. Read >>


    5 DJs to Watch in 2015

    DJs Odeza.

    Ultra executive producer Adam Russakoff's top five acts to watch out for in 2015. Read >>


    Where Miami DJs Hang Out

    Cedric Gervais.

    Not all DJs just come to visit—two Miami-based DJs share their go-to spots in America’s
    EDM capital. Read >>


    Duke Dumont's First WMC

    Duke Dumont.

    The star DJ sat down with us before last year's III Points festival to talk about his career and
    performing in Miami. Read >>

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    Jacob & Co. took to Baselworld to reveal its latest Astronomia watches, along with a dazzling masterpiece made with 260 carats of diamonds.

    Astronomia Tourbillon

    Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon

    This year, Jacob & Co.—masters at haute joaillerie watches—once again surprises and delights with a huge array of timepieces that range from complex tourbillons to stunning emerald delights. Last year, the brand released its Astronomia watch; this year, there are several new renditions—in an updated format that brings the Earth and moon to all new heights.

    The new Astronomia watch has been reconfigured with a larger, more open-aired, domed sapphire crystal for viewing the sun, moon, and tourbillon with multi axes. The newest pieces: Astronomia Baguette and Aventurine. Both are powered by the JCEM01 caliber with an orbital display that makes a full cycle around the dial every 20 minutes thanks to four individual satellites. The moon is created using a 288-facet spherical diamond that reflects incoming light in a multitude of directions throughout its 60-second rotation around an independent axis. The handprinted titanium Earth sphere also rotates every 60 seconds. The tourbillon orbits the dial, alongside the other objects, every 20 minutes and a fourth arm offers the hours and minutes display.


    Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette

    The exclusive JCEM01 caliber, armed with a Phillips-curve balance spring and motor barrel, pushes the boundaries of lightweight watchmaking with its construction in titanium. The watch is housed in a 50 mm case and the entire surface is paved with diamonds.

    jacob and co

    Jacob & Co. Billionaire

    In the realm of diamonds and gemstones, Jacob Arabo, founder of Jacob & Co., never lets us down. Key watches this year include the $18 million Billionaire with 260 carats of emerald-cut diamonds. The one-of-a-kind watch is created in affiliation with Flavio Briatore and his company Billionaire Lifestyle. The incredible 260 carats of diamonds consists of individual GIA-certified diamonds of up to 3 carats each—bead set in inverted pyramid style. The time is depicted via a skeletonized JCAM09 caliber with tourbillon escapement.

    Founder and editor-in-chief of, Roberta Naas is a veteran award-winning journalist in the watch industry with more than 25 years of experience. She was the first woman watch editor in the US market—breaking in to an “all boys network” with a pioneering spirit that would be her signature to this day. Naas brings responsible, factual—yet always timely and insightful—reporting of the watch industry to the forefront.

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    Winter Music Conference starts today—between the music and the parties, don't forget to stop and fuel up. In this week's food and drink news, we bring you our favorite food-centric happenings around town:


    Katsuya's Dragon Lounge.

    WMC Opening Party at Villa Azur

    Villa Azur has the right idea with its WMC kickoff today: a Brazilian feast followed by a sure-to-get-wild after party presented by New York's Day & Night. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and continues well into the evening with beats by DJs Miss Cady and Thiago Mansur. 309 23rd St., Miami Beach, 305-763-8688; RSVP at 212-201-1222 or

    WMC Lunch Menu at Katsuya

    Before you get in the zone at one of Hyde Beach's Miami Music Week pool parties, grab a bite at Katsuya. The Japanese spot will serve a special WMC lunch menu tomorrow through Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. daily with signature dishes like the crispy chicken salad and yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño, as well as robata and sushi items. SLS South Beach, 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-455-2995

    Party Brunch at Bagatelle

    Bagatelle Miami is giving WMC-goers a treat. This weekend, the French restaurant launches its epic weekend brunch with delicious seafood plates, copious amounts of champagne, and get this: table dancing is encouraged. To top it all off, Supergirl will be there serving patrons to the Superman theme song. 2000 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

    No Regrets Hangover BBQ at Barceloneta

    After a week of nonstop parties, take a breather at Barceloneta's Sunday BBQ; it starts at noon with DJ Beppe Gioia spinning Ibiza Chill-Out sessions and an open bar featuring make-your-own Bloody Marys, mimosas, and micheladas. 1400 20th St., Miami Beach, 305-538-9299

    MORE: Get the latest on our Miami Music Week blog >>

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    Not one to label music, including his own sound, DJ Paul van Dyk gets real about the misconceptions of the EDM world, his craziest night in Miami, and more.

    Paul van Dyk

    Paul van Dyk.

    "As an artist you should just give in to your art and let it go,” says Paul van Dyk, who for over two decades has challenged the status quo of electronic dance music, or EDM. “I don’t care for either.” What does he care about, then? Making music that holds a deeper meaning and is relatable to his listeners. It’s what’s made his record label, Vandit, a 15-year success and made him the first artist to be nominated for the then-new dance/electronic Grammy category in 2003 for his album "Reflections."

    Van Dyk had a 13-year streak in the top 10 of DJ Mag’s top 100 poll, and while that may have ended, he secured the coveted No. 1 spot twice—something few DJs have ever achieved. But van Dyk is unlike other DJs. He’s also won a Mexican Oscar for his work in the film Zurdoand shared a Grammy win for his work on the Dark Knight’s original soundtrack. He grew up in a single household in communist East Germany, secretly listening to forbidden music beyond the Berlin Wall. Shortly after its fall in 1991, he secured his first club gig. The rest, as they say, is history.

    Today, van Dyk is one of the biggest names in EDM, so it's no shocker that he's in town for Miami Music Week to host a yacht party, perform at Space, and do a set at Ultra. But before all that, the talented DJ stopped to talk to us about electronic music, his process, and his next challenge.

    Originally you wanted to be a carpenter, which is quite different from where you are now. What changed?
    PAUL VAN DYK: The thing is, I did not necessarily want to become a carpenter, but it was the only thing that was on the label market at the time because it was just after the war went down and lot of people from East Germany were seeking jobs on the western label market as well. That was something that was available—to learn a proper profession rather than being an underemployed kid.

    So you became a DJ and you've been No. 1 on DJ Mag’s top 100 twice. What does that mean for you—how does it feel?
    PVD: It’s a great honor to be on top of the list. At the same time, I always say there wouldn’t be a No. 1 without a No. 100. In the last three years, it has become a mishmash of so many different styles that it’s almost impossible to compare all the elements that electronic music has to offer in one list. How can you actually compare myself with Carl Cox or Avicii? It’s not just a different world of music but a different universe even. It’s an interesting thing to see but it didn’t change my career, my views, or how I do things. I have the same passion now that I had then. It’s a great honor, but its not a life changer.

    You've had many other accoladesthe first DJ to be named No. 1 by Mixmag in 2005, America's favorite DJ in 2004 by BPM. Is there an accolade that really stood out to you?
    PVD: Well, I got the Medal of Honor [from] my country for my involvement in the charity work I am doing, and this is something that means a lot to me because I took that Medal of Honor for everyone who’s involved in our project and everyone who cares to support these children that come from unfortunate backgrounds. So, the biggest award is not actually related to music to me, it is related to that.

    Paul Van Dyk

    Van Dyk at his 2014 We Are One festival in Berlin.

    You went from describing your music as trance to electronic music. How do you describe your sound, and how has it evolved over the past two decades?
    PVD: I never described my music [like] that, I never called myself trance music. I was considered to be a trance artist and trance music, and I just tried to make people aware of the fact that I never really produced any song that was a stereotype trance sound. Of course, I have a lot of trance-y elements in my music but there’s quite a lot more to find in that music. These days, I still think if you say I’m a trance DJ, you're probably not too far off 'cause a lot of elements of the music I play are very trance-y.

    What do you think is the biggest misconception about the EDM and dance music movement?
    It’s a few different terms. Dance music includes obviously everything. EDM is a very commercial element of what electronic music once was. These are two elements that I do not really care too much about I have to say. To me, I focus on the music that I feel has substance and has roots in what the club culture of what electronic dance music actually means, and this is what I’m focusing on and the music I play and produce—[it's] what I look for. There are so many great artists making that music every day. I am very busy with listening to new music all the time without listening to any of that commercial stuff.

    Which are you listening to right now?
    PVD: Music that moves me and reaches out to me. [It] can be something techy from Carl Cox all the way to people that maybe not so many of your readers are familiar with like Martin Young or Janix.

    You’ve said yourself that EDM can change the world. How so?
    PVD: I said electronic music could change the world. It’s about the fact that so many people come together from so many backgrounds and citizenships, and all that matters is that you’re a respectable person.

    What’s your take on the perception that DJs just stand on stage and press play?
    I would say that’s probably right for 95 percent [of the time].

    You’ve said that getting wasted and throwing cake has nothing to do with connecting with your audience—so how do you connect?
    PVD: It is about the music. It is about connecting [because] this is what electronic music is about. It’s not about [having] the biggest bling or throwing stuff at people. It’s about connecting with your audience and that’s something that seems to be forgotten sometimes by some of the people that, as you said before, just press the button.


    Van Dyk during a set at Café del Mar Ibiza.

    When you're making music, what is your process?
    PVD: It’s different every single time. My inspiration is life in general. Everything I see or hear somehow ends up in my music. When I go to the studio, I try to bring that across. [It] might be a [feeling] or something like that. When I feel my original idea is coming across, then the track is finished. But it can really start from a very different point, from just little piano lines to a different drum structure.

    Is there one track in particular that started one way and ended up sounding totally different?
    PVD: Yeah, a few—pretty much everything when the creative process is running. A song on my previous album, “The Sun After the Heartbreak,” is kind of a progressive sort of house track and then became drum and bass because it felt like it.

    Tell us about your craziest night in Miami.
    PVD: I don’t remember. [Laughs] No really, the thing is I kind of remember how they start and I don’t really know how they end. There’s a saying, "If you remember you were there, you didn’t go." And it’s one of those things...there are so many friends in town and so many DJ colleagues that I admire that you go out [with] and you start with one drink and then another one and enjoy yourself—and then [I] end up going home the next morning and being destroyed.

    What's the next challenge for you?
    PVD: I don’t know. For me the next challenge is always the next event, the next show—always trying to convince my audience that what I do actually means something. So that’s basically the next challenge, which would be Space in Miami as the next big one.

    On the other hand, there are always interesting projects on the horizon. I’m going to play a very interesting and unique event in Berlin with my band where we interpreted all of my music in a very lush, interesting way that’s accompanied with a water laser and video show.

    What's one thing not many people know about you?
    I make good soups. I don’t think a lot of people know that.


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    Where did Enrique Iglesias stop for a casual, yet private dinner in Miami? This and more in this week's celebrity sightings.

    Enrique Iglesias.

    Enrique Iglesias.

    Enrique Iglesias Goes VIP at Zuma

    A casually dressed Enrique Iglesias was seen entering Zuma's private dining room on the evening of Sunday, March 15.

    Actress Arlene Tur was also spotted at Zuma having dinner with friends on Thursday, March 12.

    David Guetta Hangs at Villa Azur

    The French DJ was spotted at Villa Azur's Thursday-night dinner party on March 5.

    A few days later, stars like new Miami Heat player Goran Dragić, NBA champ Scottie Pippen, and actor Danny A. Abeckaser attended the restaurant's three-year anniversary party on Saturday, March 7.

    Ivana Trump Holds Court at Quality Meats

    Ivana Trump dined at the new Quality Meats in Miami Beach on Wednesday, March 11. Her group of four ordered stone crab, tuna au poivre, rib eye steak, and sides like broccoli and cheese bites, waffle fries, and corn crème brûlée.

    Retired NBA player Alonzo Mourning was also seen at the restaurant on Saturday, March 14.

    Victoria's Secret PINK Models Party at Surfcomber

    Victoria's Secret PINK models Gigi Hadid and Rachel Hilbert hosted a party at Surfcomber on Saturday, March 14. Specials guests Cody Simpson and DJ Irie helped them entertain the crowd. See the photos here.

    RELATED: Why Rachel Hilbert is a feminist >>

    A CSI Miami Star Does Dinner at Bagatelle

    Actor David Caruso arrived early for dinner at Bagatelle on Saturday, March 14. His group shared a charcuterie and cheese platter, a red snapper dish, and croquant aux noisettes for dessert.

    Matt Kuchar Catches a Heat Game

    While in town for the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, pro golfer Matt Kuchar and a few of his fellow players watched the Miami Heat play the LA Lakers from the Grey Goose Vodka Lounge at AmericanAirlines Arena on Wednesday, March 4. They drank cocktails including Kuchar's own creation, the Gray Goose 19th Hole, during the game.


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    As Ultra Music Festival makes its way back to Bayfront Park this weekend for its 17th rendition, downtown and Brickell flood with partygoers ready to untz-untz the day and night away. But somewhere between all that dancing, food is in order. Here, we take a look at spots near the festival to keep your thirst quenched, stomach lined, and the party going.

    OTC’s lively scene makes the restaurant a popular brunch spot.


    Brunch: OTC
    You’ll need some wholesome foods to counteract last night’s boozing, and satiate you for the day ahead. OTC’s brunch—specifically the Korean-style chicken and waffles with miso aioli, or the Coca-Cola-braised pulled pork grilled fontina cheese sandwich—readily fits the bill. Then get a jump on the day’s party with bottomless mimosas. 1250 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-374-4612

    Classy Cocktails: MO Bar + Lounge
    If what you require is something more than a mere vodka tonic, shake things up at MO Bar. Tucked into the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental, the elegant lounge vaunts throwback cocktails prepped with fresh, house-made ingredients, herbs, and premium liquors by expert mixologist Angelo Vieira (The Florida Room, Sunset Lounge). Sip on mint juleps, Hemingway daiquiris, sazeracs, or a proper Manhattan, all while overlooking the bay, and Brickell beyond. 500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami, 305-913-8288

    Chill Out: Better Days
    The level of cool is high at Better Days—think vintage couches, ’70s Playboy magazines, chalkboard tabletops, and Ouija boards. What started off as Brickell’s first pop-up bar has turned into an after-work hangout for folks in the hospitality industry looking for a nightcap. Do the same with the Michael Oughta Know Better, an extra-spiced blend of Modelo Especial and Clamato juice with a salted rim. 500 Brickell Bldg., Miami, 786-220-7690

    Reenergize: Ten Fruits
    Amid all Ultra’s beats-per-minute, your body will beg for liquid fuel (and not the alcoholic type). Recharge your batteries with some good ol’ nutrients (fruits and veggies). “Ultra goers don’t eat the whole weekend, but this is a very healthy meal in a glass,” says Ten Fruits owner David Polinsky about his pure, nonpasteurized, and wholesome concoctions. The Andean Elixir smoothie (quinoa, banana, lucuma, maca, carob, honey, and almond milk) will bring you back to life. 143 NE Third Ave., Miami, 305-373-7678

    Crazy About You, a casual eatery, offers stunning views of Biscayne Bay.

    Crazy About You.

    Dinner Feast: Crazy About You
    Get a dose of fresh air and some supper at Crazy About You. The upbeat, casual eatery offers breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay and a prix-fixe menu with all the fixings. Start with one of 10 appetizers (the Serrano ham croquettes are just like the spheres at sister restaurant Dolores Lolita), then choose among more than a dozen entrées. For dessert, spin the Ferris-wheel menu of sweets. 1155 Brickell Bay Dr., No. 101, Miami, 305-377-4442

    Carbs to Burn: Moyé
    At some point during the weekend, the urge for a hefty bowl of pasta will arise. Head to Moyé, where the owners of Sardinia Enoteca bring classic Italian fare from Puglia (the birthplace of burrata) to the Brickell neighborhood. The menu boasts pasta of all shapes and sauces (try the troccoli cacio e pepe), as well as house-made mozze. Indulge—you’re guaranteed to burn it off later dancing. 829 SW First Ave., Miami, 305-371-5168

    Hook Up: Sidebar
    Brickell’s most clandestine watering hole, hidden beneath the I-95 overpass on Calle Ocho, is exactly the kind of place you go when you don’t want to be found. Allow yourself to be seduced by the dim lighting via drop-down chandeliers, tufted leather couches, ample dance space, groovy tunes, and drinks that do the trick. Unwind among the sexy bar scene and outdoor garden as local artists such as Jacuzzi Boys, Ketchy Shuby, and Problem Kids provide a live music soundtrack. “I look forward to bringing a modern take on music, nightlife, and ambience to this street, and being part of Calle Ocho’s renaissance,” says owner Jason Odio. 337 SW Eighth St., Miami, 786-703-6973

    The Pink Flamingo cocktail from Blackbird Ordinary is made with pistachioinfused gin, house-made raspberry syrup, and fresh raspberries.

    The Pink Flamingo.

    Drink Up: Black Bird Ordinary
    Brickell’s hippest bar has introduced a bevy of clever cocktails to get your party juices flowing. Imbibe a Pink Flamingo (raw pistachio-infused gin, house-made raspberry syrup, fresh raspberries, egg white, and lemon). Not your style? Choose from 15 other fresh libations, sometimes made from herbs from the garden out back, or try the only Long Island iced tea on tap in the city. 729 SW First Ave., Miami, 305-671-3307

    Late Night: The Corner
    They say nothing good happens after 2 am, but at The Corner, you can have a crazy madame (that’s a croque-madame with bacon and onion), deconstructed deviled eggs, and Ernest Hemingway’s lethal blend of absinthe and Champagne (known as Death in the Afternoon) till the wee hours of the morning. The Corner gives midnight snacking a whole new meaning. 1035 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-961-7887

    Afterparty: Club Space
    Tales of breakfast being served on the infamous Space terrace have circulated for years, but only a few have experienced this phenomenon firsthand. Chances are high during Winter Music Conference, when top DJs forego the mainstream and get real underground during the club’s after hours, taking the crowd on a journey to outer space well into the hours of the morning, sometimes going straight through to evening of the next day. 34 NE 11th St., Miami, 305-375-0001

    After-After Party: E11even/Touché Rooftop Lounge & Restaurant
    After all is said and done (and when everything else has closed), make your way to Miami’s first and only 24/7 three-story cabaret club where the party never stops. Depending on your time of arrival, enjoy Cirque du Soleil-inspired performances on the hydraulic stage, dance club-style bottle service, an Italian dinner from celebrity chef Carla Pellegrino, or a three-hour-plus DJ set on a swank rooftop as the sun comes up. 29 NE 11th St., Miami, 305-829-2911


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    Tudor's latest reveal at Baselworld is the brand's North Flag collection designed to survive brutal elements—including arctic conditions.

    Tudor Watches

    Tudor North Flag watches.

    Tudor is a brand that is almost synonymous with outdoor activity, from cars to sailing and more. Now, the brand takes the adventurous spirit a step further with the new North Flag collection with in-house-made movement. The line is named for the arctic and Antarctic—extremes of the planet, temperatures, and conditions. It was also named for the science exhibitions of the early 1950s, when the British North Greenland Expedition scientists wore Tudor Oyster Prince watches throughout their experiences in the hostile conditions. As such, the new watch is completely inspired by history, but offers a visionary look to today’s rugged adventures.

    The hybrid steel and ceramic watch was developed with special attention paid to the case material and the all-new movement. In fact, this watch represents Tudor’s first Manufacture-made caliber—the Tudor MT5621 with a power reserve of roughly 70 hours. In addition to providing the hour, minute, and central seconds, it offers an instant date display and power reserve indicator. The variable inertia oscillator features a silicon balance spring and the watch is geared to resist both shock and vibrations thanks to its COSC-certified chronometer status. The self-winding watch with bi-directional winding beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour.

    Tudor Close up

    The steel/ceramic hybrid case was made in-house.

    The steel and ceramic case is offered with an integrated bracelet construction. As is typical of Tudor, the North Flag is sold with two bracelet options, including a solid steel satin- and polished-link bracelet, and a matte black leather strap with yellow top stitching and lining.

    Founder and editor-in-chief of, Roberta Naas is a veteran award-winning journalist in the watch industry with more than 25 years of experience. She was the first woman watch editor in the US market—breaking in to an “all boys network” with a pioneering spirit that would be her signature to this day. Naas brings responsible, factual—yet always timely and insightful—reporting of the watch industry to the forefront.

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    Spring’s architectural cuffs are an easy way to add edge to your look.

    Gold wrist cuffs.

    1. Aurelie Bidermann ($735). Barneys New York, 832 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-421-2006 
    2. Alexis Bittar ($295). Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 786-999-1000 
    3. Jennifer Fisher ($1,085). Barneys New York, 832 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-421-2006 
    4. Roger Vivier ($1,200). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-868-4344 
    5. Lanvin ($984). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-856-0311 
    6. Hervé Van der Straeten ($627). Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 786-999-1000


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    On Friday, April 17, VeritageMiami, presented by City National Bank, is kicking the men out of the kitchen—this year's Interactive Dinner lineup is all-female. Watch as last year's chefs challenge the 2015 rookies to create a meal for 700 and meet the female chefs below.


    Last year's VeritageMiami chefs challenge the newbies.

    Considered one of the year’s most unique culinary experiences, the VeritageMiami Interactive Dinner headliners include sugar and spice and everything nice: Eileen Andrade of FINKA TABLE & TAP; Adrianne Calvo of Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar; Paula DaSilva of 3030 Ocean at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa; Cindy Hutson of Ortanique on the Mile; and Dena Marino of MC Kitchen

    Jorge Gonzalez, president and CEO of City National Bank, and wife Melinda, are co-chairing the rambunctious foodie event, where more than 650 guests will cook five courses at their tables under the tutelage of the distinguished chefs. All the interactive cooking will go down at the InterContinental Miami on April 17—all to benefit United Way of Miami-Dade.

    Drum roll, please! Now meet the 2015 chefs:

    Female chefs.

    FROM LEFT: Eileen Andrade, Adrianne Calvo, Cindy Hutson, Paula DaSilva, Dena Marino.

    Paula DaSilva of 3030 Ocean 
    Known for her delectable seafood, chef Paula is opening up the night with her famous clams. Hooked on cooking since she was a child, Paula learned the trade in the kitchen at her family’s Brazilian restaurants. Fun fact: she’s appeared on Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen with Gordon Ramsay, has been a guest chef at the James Beard House in New York City, and is a seven-time participant in the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.3030 Ocean is located at Harbour Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, 3030 Holiday Dr., Fort Lauderdale.

    Dena Marino of MC Kitchen
    Showcasing her rustic Italian approach and the use of seasonal organic ingredients, chef Dena is serving the second course at the Interactive Dinner: the pasta dish. Her refined taste comes from her many years spent under the tutelage of acclaimed chef and restaurateur, Michael Chiarello. Her culinary sophistication has earned her accolades from Food & WineBon AppetitLa Cucina ItalianaWine Spectator, and the New York Post. Her talents have also been showcased on the Food Network'sFollow That Food with Gordon Elliott; Tom Colicchio’s Eat Drink or Die series; and in January of 2010, she challenged Masaharu Morimoto toBattle Fig on Iron Chef AmericaMC Kitchen is located at 4141 NE Second Ave., Miami Design District.

    Cindy Hutson of Ortanique on the Mile 
    This self-taught chef known for her tropical recipes is diving into the seafood dish. Chef Cindy developed a passion for cooking at the age of nine, and honed her skills through her teenage years. Named Chef of the Year by Chef Magazine in 2011 and Chef of the Year by Eater in 2012, her first restaurant was Norma’s on the Beach, which received the coveted 5-Star Diamond Award for fabulous dining. Her other ventures include Ortanique on the Crescent at Camana Bay on Grand Cayman Island, The Dunmore at Harbour Island, Bahamas, and later this year will open Zest and Zest Mrkt in downtown Miami. Ortanique on the Mile, 278 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables.

    Eileen Andrade of FINKA TABLE & TAP
    With her unique twists on traditional Latin cuisine, chef Eileen is serving up a meaty fourth course. Her cuisine is inspired by her travels to South Korea and her Peruvian mentor, chef Omar Caycho—and of course, her Cuban roots. She grew up in the kitchen working at her grandfather’s restaurant Islas Canarias, which has been making the undisputed best “croquetas” in town since 1977. After working with her family, Eileen and her brother Jon opened a mobile restaurant CUBANCUBE in 2011. Recently, Eileen has been acknowledged in the Miami Herald’s prestigious list “South Florida’s Food 50” and Zagat Miami’s “30 Under 30.” FINKA TABLE & TAP is located at 14690 SW 26th St., West Kendall.

    Adrianne Calvo of Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar
    Chef Adrianne is putting the cherry on top of the Interactive Dinner with dessert. Graduating top of her class from Johnson & Wales, she first worked under executive pastry chef Patrick Lassaque. Adrianne also spent time in Napa Valley, California, where she sharpened her craft and style under chef Thomas Keller and chef Cindy Pawlcyn. She competed in more than 40 national competitions and became the youngest person to cook for the United Nations. In 2006, Adrianne established the Make It Count Foundation, which benefits children suffering from cancer and their families, and has partnered with over a dozen charitable organizations. She’s a regular on NBC 6 and Univsion 23, and has also competed on ChoppedVineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar is located at 11510 SW 147 Ave., West Kendall.

    Catch all five accomplished female chefs under one roof at VeritageMiami’s Interactive Dinner on Friday, April 17. For more information or to purchase tickets visit online here.

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    Keep your skin smooth for spring's pool parties and beach days with these gentle exfoliants that polish, brighten, and revitalize.

    One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser.

    One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, Clarins ($35).

    Orange extract softens and renews, while moringa seed extract refines without stripping away moisture.

    Daily Microfoliant, Dermalogica.

    Daily Mircofoliant, Dermalogica ($54).

    This rice-based enzyme powder is formulated with salicylic acid, colloidal oatmeal, and green tea, and is mild enough for daily use.

    Microdermabrasion, Dr. Brandt.

    Microdermabrasion, Dr. Brandt ($78).

    Feel like you’ve gotten a microdermabrasion treatment at home with this cream, which helps diminish the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation using lactic acid to soften, jojoba and aloe to soothe, and pharmaceutical-grade crystals to exfoliate.

    Papaya Enzyme Peel by Elemis.

    Papaya Enzyme Peel, Elemis ($43). Nordstrom, Village of Merrick Park, 4310 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 786-999-1313

    Papaya and pineapple enzymes work together to exfoliate, smooth, and clarify the skin’s complexion, while vitamin E and sunflower oil moisturize and rejuvenate. Plus, the smell is divine.

    Soy Face Exfoliant by Fresh.

    Soy Face Exfoliant, Fresh ($42).

    Fresh’s Soy Face Exfoliant is made with cucumber seeds, rose hip seeds, and jojoba beads that scrub away dead skin cells without irritation. The soy protein enhances cell turnover and improves the skin’s surface and complexion.

    ExfoliKate Gentle Exfoliating Treatment.

    ExfoliKate Gentle Exfoliating Treatment, Kate Somerville ($65).

    Pumpkin enzymes, vitamin A, honey, and sweet almond extracts help reduce wrinkles and discoloration and promote younger-looking skin with just one use of this exfoliating treatment.

    The Refining Facial by La Mer.

    The Refining Facial, La Mer ($90). Barneys New York, 832 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-421-2006

    La Mer’s The Refining Facial is made with pure diamond powder and polished sea quartz to instantly brighten skin.

    AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser by Murad.

    AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, Murad ($36).

    Three exfoliating agents combine in this intensive cleanser—salicylic acid, lactic acid, and glycolic acid—to give you smoother, brighter, and more polished skin.

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    Steve Aoki goes deep on what he thinks the future holds (humans won’t have organs), the new collabs on Neon Future II, and which is harder—the restaurant business or the music industry.

    Steve Aoki at the Dim Mak Miami House on March 25.

    Steve Aoki at the Dim Mak Miami House on March 25.

    Steve Aoki travels 300 days out of the year. This particular week, the Grammy-nominated artist finds himself in Miami for Winter Music Conference. “I was just in Japan putting the finishes touches on my fashion collection,” says the producer/DJ who’s also a fashion designer and restaurateur. Although born into the restaurant industry (his father is the late Benihana creator Rocky Aoki), he wanted to take a different route—one fueled by his passion, which we learned isn’t limited to a single project at a time.

    A fan of comic books, science fiction, and the unknown, Aoki has boldly dove into a world of possibilities last year with his second album, Neon Future I. From humans who live forever as spiritual beings to an introduction by Google engineer and author of The Age of the Spiritual Machines Ray Kurzweil, the 10-track album is transcendent from beginning to end.

    “I love to geek out,” Aoki says just 10 minutes after taking off his shirt, climbing the roof of a mansion on Miami Beach, and getting into a Buddha pose. It’s how he prepares for WMC, and during our interview on Wednesday, March 25 at his label Dim Mak's Miami house, we learned just how extraordinary Aoki and his thought process are.

    Shall we start with what you have planned for WMC? 
     [On Tuesday] we had our Steve Aoki & Friends party at LIV. It was awesome. A lot of homies came out—Tiësto, Martin Garrix, Cedric Gervais, Alesso, and then a lot of other Dim Mak homies. And [Thursday] we have the Dim Mak Pool Party [at Nikki Beach] and Saturday at Ultra.

    People know your dad is Rocky Aoki, the man behind Benihana. But less know that your brother Kevin started up Doraku in MIami. Do you go when you’re in town?
    SA: Yes, I was there last night. I also stopped by his new restaurant Aoki.

    What do you always have?
    I like the octopus carpaccio and this cooked mushroom dish—I forget what it’s called.

    Would you ever follow in the family footsteps and open your own restaurant?
    SA: I actually have four restaurants myself [three in LA and one in New York]. New York is called Dudleys and will have been around for three years in June. It’s a very cute little neighborhood spot that has a revolving menu of seasonal [ingredients] from local farms and it’s crushing it. In LA the best one—the one that’s like the flagship for me—is Eveleigh, and part of the success is that we never did any promo on it. There’s no sign, trees covering the restaurant, and you don’t even know it's there. Kind of a secret spot that’s not LA at all but the food is amazing.

    You were vegan as a teenager. Are you still vegan?
    No but I quit eating red meat and animals I can’t kill myself. I’m trying to be humane about it in my own mind.

    What would you say is harder—the restaurant business or music industry?
    SA: The thing with the restaurant business is that I’m completely detached except me risking my money. I have some input but I’m not the operator and I don’t want to be. No chance.

    Any particular reason?
    That’s not my forte. I know where I’ve mastered my skills and that’s in music and fashion. Those are the two things I put all my attention into as far as the detail and the whole process of developing a fashion collection or developing an album and writing music. The thing with music is that it takes so much time and you don’t know if you’re going to make any money from it. It’s a complete sacrifice because you love to do it. You don’t know if your music is going to sell and nowadays it's not about if music sells; it's just an extension of your personality and who you are at that given moment in time.

    Aoki with Martin Garrix and Alesso.

    Aoki with Martin Garrix and Alesso.

    Is that what you’ve done with your latest album?
    Yes. Neon Future I and II represent what has inspired me and the creative spirit of Steve Aoki from 2013-2015. Music is not a business for me; it’s my creative outlet for who I am at that given moment in time. That’s how I see it. My first album Wonderland was from 2008-2012. It took four years to finish that album. Neon Future I took over two years to finish.

    What’s something that the restaurant industry taught you that music didn’t?
    One thing I’ve learned is to invest in people, not concepts. I invested in this one guy and opened three restaurants, all of which are doing great. I invested in this other guy and a diner called Kitchen 24 and haven’t gotten paid because these guys are sharks. I’ve put money in years and years ago, and every time I go in it's packed but I still haven’t gotten paid. So the most important thing I’ve realized is the people you invest in when you do business deals. I’m still very much learning on the business side of things in that regard.

    What about fashion?
    Fashion is all about your team and all the different people 'cause there are so many moving parts and you have to move pretty quickly. We just launched our collection in Japan. It’s very much a full collection, about 50 pieces—hoodies, skirts, tops that are futuristic with different materials, parkas. It took over a year to develop.

    Neon Future II is out May 12 and is being described as darker and more emotional. What does that mean?
    Well, first of all, it’s two different things. With Neon Future I I’m really touching on life extension, expansion, nanotechnology, living forever, and I have huge experts in that world. And for Neon Future II, I have Kip Thorne who’s the executive producer of Interstellar and also huge in astrophysics, as well as Star Wars director J.J. Abrams, so it’s all about exploring the unexplored, space travel, space. So, like a different realm of Neon Futures. I have a song called “Light Years” and a song called “Time Capsule” and wrote this whole monologue about traveling through space in that one. 

    So you believe in time travel?
    I believe this whole bending of time can happen if we get to that point of course. Time is not linear. 

    You’ve collaborated with some pretty big names throughout your career and even more in Neon Future I. What can we expect from Neon Future II?
    The collaboration on there has a lot more big vocal records. That’s why when I say it’s deeper and more emotional, it’s 'cause there are singers and vocalists on there pouring their hearts out. It’s not like turn-up central with Waka Flocka, which is the big record of Neon Future I. But Neon Future II's big records are with Walk off the Earth, Moxie, Linkin Park, and Matthew Koma and Nervo where they’re just pouring their hearts out. I still have turn-up records on there to balance out that heavy emotional vibe though.

    Aoki on the roof of the Dim Mak Miami House.

    Aoki on the roof of the Dim Mak Miami House.

    In addition to the album, there’s Neon Future Sessions where you play the interviewer instead of the interviewee and pick the brains of people like Stan Lee who’ve inspired you in one way or another. What’s that role reversal like for you?
    I’m the inquisitive person now, which is so exciting and makes me so giddy 'cause at the end of the day the basis of what makes me me and why I do all these different things is based on passion. I’m a fan. I’m a fan of all these things that I do...I’m still a fan of the people I work with even if they are my best friends and even if I’m talking to someone I’ve never met but I’ve read their books or comics. I’m geeking out and now I have the opportunity to be sitting in a room and ask a bunch of questions that I’ve always wanted to ask.

    Who’s on your wish list that you haven’t gotten to yet?
    Elon Musk is on the top. There’s a lot, like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Malcolm Gladwell.

    And to borrow the question you asked Stan Lee, what do you think the future holds?
    I’ll talk about one thing that’s really exciting: Once we are able to reverse engineer the human brain and really understand the components of how it really works, I believe we’ll be able to upload the brain outside, so you can literally live in a hard drive. I guess it won't be a hard drive later on but the body itself that ends up dying off and decomposing and degenerating will be obsolete, so we’ll literally be able to download ourselves into robotic bodies down to the wish list that we want to look like and be like and things like food that are about nourishment won’t be about nourishment anymore. It will be about taste—or any of these diseases won’t matter anymore 'cause we won’t have organs. Anything temperamental that will kill you like the heart won’t exist 'cause we won’t need it. That’s stuff I’m really excited about. 

    Do you ever get tired of throwing cake at people?
    Hell no. Eight-thousand cake faces later and I’m still excited.

    Then why did you decide to retire the baked goods from festivals?
    Eventually I’ll explain that story. Maybe in my book, but for now I just really want the attention on Steve Aoki fans.

    What’s your biggest vice?
    Not using my earplugs when I’m DJing. I’m going deaf, so have to start doing that.

    Follow Steve Aoki on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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    Flagler Village ramps up its art and creative appeal, and the neighborhood develops.

    Girls’ Club started the annual Art Fallout, Broward’s largest art walk.
    Girls’ Club started the annual Art Fallout, Broward’s largest art walk.

    In a few years, Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village, which encompasses FATVillage (for Flagler Art Technology), will be home to the All Aboard Florida passenger rail station, but it’s already the center of Fort Lauderdale’s increasingly less auto-dependent future. Today, it’s a blossoming urban neighborhood of art and culture, not to mention beer, tacos, and an overall hip vibe. Fort Lauderdale, anyone?

    Buying In

    Good Deals: Properties in Flagler Village average $290 per square foot, compared to $380 in downtown Fort Lauderdale and $300 in Victoria Park.

    Broker to Know:Jaime Sturgis, sales director at Metro 1 Broward.

    In the Hood

    Best Night Out: The former FATVillage Art Walk has merged with a neighboring art walk on Third Avenue to become the Flagler Village Art Walk, complete with a circulating trolley, on the last Saturday of each month from 7 to 11 pm.

    MAC Fine Art gallery.
    MAC Fine Art gallery.

    Where the Art Is: While you’re stepping out for Art Walk, check out gallery MAC Fine Art (833 NE Fourth Ave., 954-990-5420) and artist Henning Haupt’s studio (823 NE Fourth Ave.). Also stop in at The Guild 5 Forty Five (545 NW First Ave., 954-448-8816), as this creative and photography house opens its industrial-chic space during art walks to local artists, be they filmmakers, painters, or dancers.

    Annual Bash: The Girl’s Club is an alternative and contemporary art space that develops the careers of female artists and acts as a resource for others in the arts. The Girls’ Club started the annual Art Fallout, Broward County’s largest art walk, held every October. 117 NE Second St., 954-828-9151

    Design and Architecture: Glavovic Studio, helmed by architect Margi Nothard (724 NE Third Ave., 954-524-5728), and landscape design firm Cadence (435 N. Andrews Ave., 954-766-4572) both often hold open houses during the monthly gallery night, with an exhibition specially curated for the art walks. Also check out GS Talks, an occasional speaker series at Glavovic Studio.

    Don’t Miss: Food in Motion is a monthly nighttime farmers market taking place every second Friday of the month at Peter Feldman Park. Lots of food trucks show up, too. 310 NE Sixth St.

    Always Something to Do: A media company with a bit of extra space, C&I Studios hosts a range of community events, from movie nights to yoga, and even has a fully stocked bar. “People just didn’t know where to go. Now they do,” says founding Director Josh Miller. 541 NW First Ave., 954-357-3934

    Best Coffee: Brew Urban Cafe, Fort Lauderdale’s answer to Panther Coffee, has two Village-adjacent locations, one in Victoria Park (638 N. Federal Hwy.) and the other at Next Door at C&I Studios. 537 NW First Ave., 954-357-3934

    Vinyl: An old-fashioned record store, Radio-Active Records also has a Tumblr that’s like a tour through album-art history. 845 N. Federal Hwy., 954-762-9488

    Best Beer Selection: Just across the railroad tracks, Laser Wolf has a broad selection of obscure beers, and is popular with locals stopping in after work. 901 Progresso Dr., #101, 954-667-9373

    Indie Music: Obscure bands cut their teeth at Jump the Shark, an independent music venue. 810 NE Fourth Ave., 954-667-4126

    Grub: Of the few actual restaurants in Flagler Village, The Whole Enchilada is one of the best. Check out its Taco Tuesdays specials. 745 N. Federal Hwy., 945-306-6218

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    We're behind the scenes with Marlins outfielder, who now has the largest contract in sports history.

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    In this week's food and drink news, we found reasons to celebrate (and sip a few cocktails).

    Devon Seafood and Steak

    National Oysters on the Half Shell Day at Devon Seafood + Steak

    Need an excuse to throw back some oysters this week? There's a food holiday for that. On March 31, a.k.a. National Oysters on the Half Shell Day, Devon Seafood + Steak will offer oysters selected by executive chef Rod Chitikov at an exclusive price during happy hour (4-8 p.m.); dig in to standout options from the East and West Coast, like Naked Cowboy and Beau Soleil. 11715 Sherri Ln., Kendall, 305-275-0226

    Prescription Happy Hour at Drawing Room

    We all wish cocktails could cure more than our post-work distress, and the Drawing Room's cocktail chef Albert Trummer is taking us one step closer to that reality. Earlier this month, the lobby bar and lounge at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand launched Prescription Hour on weekdays; from 5-7 p.m. Trummer is on hand to "diagnose" you and write a prescription for one of his cocktails, like the Shooting Star or the James Bond Melonball, available at special prices. 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-531-1271

    Easter Brunch at Corsair

    Prepare to be wined and dined on Easter at Corsair by Scott Conant. Make your reservation now and come hungry this Sunday for a bunch buffet with omelette and dessert stations (11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; a limited menu will also be available). If the kids are coming along, take them to Turnberry Isle's Easter egg hunt in the Chef Garden Lawn at 11 a.m. 19999 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura, 786-279-6800

    Five-Course Easter Dinner at Morimoto

    Do Easter dinner the Morimoto way with a special menu of Japanese versions of your favorite holiday dishes. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. with whitefish carpaccio, carrot and ginger chawanmushi with rabbit loin, and assorted sushi. Your main dish will be lamb belly confit with poached mussels, XO romesco, minted green garlic, and red miso sauce, and save room for Jivara milk chocolate cream, orange, and plum wine sorbet. 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-341-1500; Call for reservation

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    With a recently signed $325 million contract, the Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton is not only the new face of baseball, he’s its new attitude.

    Giancarlo Stanton
    Cardigan ($2,350), tank top ($210), and pants ($490), Bottega Veneta. 239 Worth Ave., Palm Beach, 561-833-3701

    People around the world know the names of America’s highest-paid athletes. Names like Kobe Bryant, Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Tiger Woods roll off the tongue because these superstars not only dominate their respective sports, they also rule the gossip pages and water cooler chatter. Then, this past November, Giancarlo Stanton signed a 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins, surpassing Rodriguez’s deal as the largest in both length and value in baseball history, and sports fans were left speechless.

    Stanton is not just a man of mystery when it comes to his personal life; it wasn’t too long ago that even the most educated baseball fan was unsure of his actual name. From the fifth grade until 2012, the 25-year-old slugger was known as Mike Stanton because, well, it was just easier. “I always liked Giancarlo better, but when I was a kid, no one pronounced it right,” says Stanton, whose full name for the record is Giancarlo Cruz Michael Stanton. “So I was like, you know, my middle name is Mike, call me Mike. That was my thought process. People call me everything still. My mom calls me Cruz. My dad calls me Mike. It doesn’t really matter to me.”

    In an industry dominated by egos, Stanton’s shrug of the shoulders with regard to his name is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his unusual modesty. The two-time all-star led Major League Baseball’s National League in home runs last year; at the Home Run Derby during All Star Weekend, he hit one so far out of Minneapolis’s Target Field, it seemed like it might go into orbit. Yet, if you ask him if he’s the new face of the “long ball,” he says, “I don’t self-proclaim myself anything, so I’m not going to sit here and say I’m the face of power in baseball. Other people can say that.”

    The Los Angeles native won’t even say he was the best athlete at Notre Dame High School, the private school in Sherman Oaks, California, where he transferred to take his career to the next level. “There were a lot of good players there,” he says. “I would say I fit right in pretty well. It was a good challenge for me to step up my own game.”

    And step up he has—after being drafted in 2007 in the second round to the Marlins, Stanton has risen in the ranks to warrant a deal worth a third of a billion dollars. And not only did he not pat himself on the back, he barely wanted to celebrate—further proof that unlike many other marquee professional athletes, Stanton won’t be making headlines outside the sports pages. “I can’t tell you a certain tactic, really, but I like it that way,” he says of his low-key lifestyle.

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    Giancarlo Stanton
    He may be the Miami Marlins’ $325 million man, but outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is a modest, home-run-hitting team player.

    But this is South Beach, and the locals weren’t going to stand for a feat without a fête. That’s why after signing the contract of the century, a party was thrown in his honor at FDR at The Delano with a special-edition bottle of Moët Nectar Impérial Rosé Leopard Luxury Edition Methuselah. “Like you said about staying out of the gossip pages, that night wasn’t that,” Stanton admits. “I didn’t want that to be a huge night, but I had my friends around me, and they didn’t let it be as chill as I wanted it to be. I look back now and I’m glad that I could at least have fun and enjoy it. I was pressing a little bit. I didn’t know how to react to [the contract]. I’m glad I stepped out and had my fun and got that out of the way.”

    He’s modest, but Stanton is certainly not shy. In 2013, he posed in the nude for ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body Issue, a move that put both his outer muscles and inner strength on display. “I had zero clothes the whole time, so I had to get over that speed bump in the first five minutes,” he says. “I knew if I was going to be worried about it the whole time that it was going to be a long day, so I just let it happen.”

    Giancarlo Stanton
    Cardigan ($2,350) and pants ($490), Bottega Veneta. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-864-6247

    Stanton also recently judged the Miss Universe pageant, a perk of his newfound fame and fortune. But instead of ogling the talent, he observed and studied them. “I enjoyed understanding pageants and learning what you need to look for,” he says. And when Miss Netherlands seemed flustered by his charm, he didn’t flinch. “I would say it was more the language barrier than [being] star-struck,” he says of their interaction.

    It’s the kind of attitude that will keep Stanton from ever becoming too “Hollywood.” He’s more likely to be lying on the beach at Key Biscayne than partying on South Beach, and in the off-season, when he’s home in Los Angeles, he avoids the Tinseltown scene almost entirely. “Living in LA, it does stay relatively quiet,” he says of his social life. “Hollywood is right there, but that ‘Hollywood’ label is not always the best label to have anyway, so you find the hybrid of whatever you want to be.”

    The Stanton mantra to observe from afar while “learning what you need to look for” applies to his own life as well, and he’s confident the right girl will win there, too. Who knows, maybe that groundedness may one day turn a Miss Universe into a Mrs. Stanton. “You see some of the players with their families and kids in the clubhouse, and it’s really cool to watch their development,” he says. “So, yeah, I definitely want a family. The future family, the future wife could be anywhere. You don’t necessarily go searching for it on all these match.coms and stuff, but she’ll come. I’m not worried about it.”

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    Giancarlo Stanton
    Linen shirt ($79) and pants ($69), Perry Ellis. Macy’s, 22 E. Flagler St., Miami, 305-577-1500

    For now, Stanton’s focus is on baseball and turning the Miami Marlins into champions once again—a tall task for the right fielder, who says the contract doesn’t add pressure but does enhance the need for success. “There’s no one that’s more critical or has higher expectations than I do,” he says. “I’m not worried about living up to those expectations. I want the attention to be on the performance on the field and hopefully see some successes rather than just being labeled Mr. Contract.”

    The skeptical Marlins fan would see that Stanton’s 13-year deal is heavily backloaded with only $30 million coming over the next three seasons, and think the Marlins are up to something. The team made big promises just a few years back, spending $200 million on free agents to create buzz around the new Marlins Park, before dumping $236 million in salaries via trade less than a year later. One of the biggest critics was Stanton, who is now singing a different tune. “Anytime you get a knee-jerk reaction, something big happens like that, everyone is going to be critical,” he says. “I was as well. It’s just something that took a couple of years to pan out. In 2012, fans were thrown back, they didn’t understand; they see now that it took a couple of years to reinvent that.”

    Giancarlo Stanton
    Knitted polo ($830) and pants ($470), Salvatore Ferragamo. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-866-8166

    In fact, the young guys who stepped in after those trades are a big reason why Stanton committed to the Marlins moving forward. “The young core group of guys that we have—no one knows how good they are just yet because they’re just coming up,” he says. “Being able to play with them, being in the same locker room and seeing their development, it’s something that I want to be a part of, and I look forward to breaking through with these guys.”

    This Stanton-led team will not only be trying to win games, they’ll also be winning back a fan base. As Stanton says, it starts with commitment on his part, which is why he won’t be opting out of his contract and heading to bigger-name teams, like the Yankees or Red Sox, anytime soon. “There’s a lot of negativity that people will want to instinctively react to when they hear my team name, but that’s why I committed here—to change that and bring a positive vibe to Miami and our franchise,” he says. “Changing that wouldn’t mean leaving in three years. It’s a long process. It’s what we need.”

    Giancarlo Stanton
    Shirt ($228) and linen pants ($158), John Varvatos. 1020 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-674-7917

    So Stanton is in it for the long haul, and at age 25, he’s thrust into a leadership role not only within the team (where, he says, “Guys are going to struggle at times and need a little guidance. That’s what I’m here for”), but throughout Major League Baseball as a whole. This is the dawn of a new era, a post-steroids generation, where, whether he admits it or not, Stanton is the new face of power. “It’s not like my power has changed from when I was in the minors to now, so there’s nothing to debate on that,” he says to those who would see his home runs hit the upper deck and assume foul play.

    He even has a strong stance on players who did cheat their way through the generation before. “If it’s confirmed that they did it, they shouldn’t be allowed in [the Hall of Fame],” he says of steroid users. “None of those guys got fined or anything, so really they got away with all of that. The one thing that should stop them is the Hall. That’s my view on it.”

    Giancarlo Stanton
    Linen shirt ($220) and pants ($260), Vilebrequin. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-861-4022

    Over the course of the next 13 years, Stanton will do his best to carve out his own Hall of Fame career. For now, it’s all bat, ball, and hard work. It’s why South Beach is reserved for special occasions, the gossip pages will have to find another target, and Mrs. Right will come a-knockin’ when he’s ready. It’s part of the Stanton way of life that includes the Miami skyline and Biscayne Bay views from his downtown condo, haircuts at Headz Up barbers in Miami Lakes, and meals at Prime 112. “There’s always something to do here,” he says of Miami. “If you’re not going to be on the beach, hanging, there’s some great places to eat, a downtown area, a beautiful art district. You can go inland to the Everglades and visit wildlife sanctuaries. The whole vacation vibe is the best part about it. Everyone is really friendly and having a good time. I love living in Miami more than LA. It’s the perfect place to be.”

    Oh, and about that $325 million contract? “I’m working on my parents’ houses first,” he says. “I don’t need to necessarily gift myself right away. I’ll be fine.” Call him Giancarlo. Call him Mike. Call him whatever you’d like. For Stanton, it’s the name on the front of the uniform that matters most. The team-first mentality is the Stanton way of life, and it’s here to stay.

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    Still worn out from Miami Music Week? Well, rest up because there's another reason to go out, minus the EDM: O, Miami Poetry Festival. For an entire month, Miamians are welcome to attend readings, workshops, and parties centered on the written word. Here, we round up five events you can't miss.

    O Miami

    1. I'm on a Boat
    Grab a beer from the bar (one is included with your ticket courtesy of Biscayne Bay Brewing Company) and give O, Miami a proper welcome onboard the Miami River Poetry Cruise as it sets sail April 1 at 6:30 p.m. Local poets will act as your guides for the evening, so pretend you're a tourist and enjoy the ride. If you miss the first cruise, another is scheduled for April 10. Bayside Marina, 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Purchase tickets here

    2. Poetic Texting
    You do it every day—now take your texting game to the next level. On April 11, attend the two-hour Poetry Texting workshop to help create the next great poem with your iPhone. Participants will get paired off to have text conversations using lines from poems by Jim Moore, Louise Gluck, and Pablo Neruda. The result? A one-of-a-kind collaborative piece that proves we all have a little poet in us. The Chill Concept, 114 NE 20th Terrace, Miami; Sign up here (space is limited)

    3. Party Like a Poet
    It's Miami, so even the poets know how to party. Come to ArtCenter/South Florida on April 17 for the Jai-Alai—O, Miami's literary magazine—release party to enjoy sips of Jai-Alai IPA courtesy of Cigar City Brewing, readings from local writers, and digital art projections. An exclusive edition of the magazine will be available in a coin-operated Zine Machine during the event (don't forget your quarters). 800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach

    4. An Ode to Chocolate
    Chocolate lovers and poetry readers unite at the Like a Box of Chocolates event on April 20 at Miami Beach's Le Chocolatier. At 7 p.m., host Haya Pomrenze and other poets will read their chocolate-themed works aloud; at 8 p.m., it's your turn to hop on stage for open mic. (Email to schedule your own reading.) 1840 NE 164th St., North Miami Beach

    5. Learn to Write While You Walk
    Skip the gym (gasp!) on April 25 and instead, take a walk with Miami native and writer Nathan Deuel. During the three-hour How to Write About Walking workshop, mosey around Miami Beach while getting tips and guidelines for translating your experience into writing. Sign up here


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    The off-menu Key West shrimp ceviche at Ted’s is a clever interpretation of the raw classic.

    Nicolas Caicedo
    Ted’s Executive Chef Nicolas Caicedo preparing his Key West shrimp ceviche (which uses house-made ketchup and mayo, along with the traditional leche de tigre).

    “Everyone in Miami does ceviche,” says Executive Chef Nicolas Caicedo. The 27-year-old chef makes a valid point: Fresh seafood tossed in cilantro and lime is a staple on menus all over town—except at Ted’s, the Stephen Starr (Makoto, Verde) concept on the seventh floor of the Bacardi Building on the campus of National YoungArts Foundation, which has fostered talent the likes of Adrian Grenier and Nicki Minaj. Beside chef Caicedo’s globally inspired tapas menu, Ted’s proffers live entertainment (courtesy of YoungArts alumni).

    Left-of-center ingredients

    Only those in the know would order Caicedo’s innovative (and thus far off-menu) take on the Miami staple. “Everyone uses white fish for ceviche. We wanted to be different,” says Caicedo, who earned his culinary stripes working alongside Spain’s highest-Michelin-starred toque, Martín Berasategui (Bodegón Alejandro, Restaurante Martín Berasategui, Lasarte). He spoons a rather unusual ingredient—house-made ketchup—into a bowl of already salted and marinating crustaceans. “I don’t want it to be the typical Miami ceviche,” he says of the dish.

    But ketchup isn’t the only atypical element: “I also throw in a tiny bit of mayo.” That’s in addition to his tiger’s milk. The evocatively named Peruvian citrus-laden marinade, piquant with ginger, is what “cooks” the protein. “If the pieces aren’t even, some are going to cook faster.”

    Homemade plantain chips provide a crunchy, salty counterpoint to the finished ceviche.

    It’s all in the timing

    For ceviche, timing isn’t just crucial; it’s everything. “We make it à la minute because we don’t want to risk the shrimp overcooking.” A five-minute soak in his marinade will get it to the right point of citrus-cooked perfection. “Instead of blanching for a minute and cooking it, I want to cure it with the lime juice in the tiger’s milk, but I don’t want it to have too much acid.”

    Deft balance

    Caicedo garnishes the dish with micro-cilantro from R. Pontano Produce in Lake Worth and homemade plantain chips, which provide a crunchy, salty sidekick to the sweet and citrusy tiger’s milk. “That sweetness comes from the ketchup and mayo; it balances all the flavors and pulls them together,” he says cracking a half smile, before asking, “Good? This batch is going to Stephen Starr’s corporate chef so he can decide if we want to add it to the menu permanently or keep it as a special.” Off menu or not, it’s a dish that’s special in every way. 2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-618-3210

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    This week the Longines Global Champions Tour comes to the U.S. for the first time ever—right on the sand in Miami Beach. Watch as the world's best riders compete in this three-day, Olympic-level show jumping event. There's just one thing: what will you wear? Browse our breezy, equestrian-inspired fashion picks to be the best (dressed) in show.

    Light blue shirt dress by Michael Kors.

    Cotton Oxford Double-Cuff Shirtdress, Michael Kors ($1,350). Bal Harbour Shops, 305-864-4144

    This light and airy button-down dress will keep you cool in the Miami heat, leaving you focused on the competition.

    Gucci Mens Polo

    Short Sleeve Polo Shirt ($420). Gucci, Village of Merrick Park, Coral Gables, 305-441-2004

    Take cues from the rider uniform with a crisp polo from Gucci's Equestrian Collection.

    Hermes Twilly Scarf

    Rive Droite Rive Gauche Silk Twilly, Hermès ($180). 175 NE 40th St., Miami, 305-868-0118

    Accent a monochromatic outfit with a bold silk scarf tied effortlessly around the neck.

    Ralph Lauren khaki pants.

    Linen-Silk Briton Pant, Ralph Lauren Purple Label ($595). Bal Habour Shops, 305-861-2059

    Continue your rider-inspired look with a pair of Miami-appropriate khakis from Ralph Lauren.

    Gianvito Rossi Sandals

    Braided Suede Heels, Gianvito Rossi ($995).

    Navigate the crowds in these tan block heels—they won't hurt your feet as you mingle with friends and shop in the on-site Prestige Village.

    Brioni Suede Shoes

    Suede Driving Shoes, Brioni ($670).

    Opt for a comfortable pair of driving shoes that are vibrant and eye-catching.

    Fendi Bag

    By the Way Small Elaphe and Leather-Trimmed Raffia Shoulder Bag, Fendi ($2,050).

    This straw bag holds all of your essentials and is the perfect nod to the occasion.

    Oliver Peoples Ennis Sun

    Men's Ennis Sun, Oliver Peoples ($420).

    Watch the show jumpers through vintage-style sunnies, like this pair in antique gold with green lenses.

    Horseshoe Bracelet

    Diamond, Gold, and Platinum Horseshoe Charm Bracelet, Cathy Waterman ($2,020). Barneys New York, 832 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-421-2010

    Bring your favorite rider some luck with this mixed-metal horseshoe charm bracelet.

    Longines Watch Men

    Heritage Collection, Longines ($3,100).

    Pay tribute to the event sponsor with Longines' gorgeous stainless steel timepiece.

    Attend the Longines Global Champions Tour from April 2-4 on the water in Miami Beach between 21st and 22nd Streets behind The Setai (2001 Collins Ave.). Public grandstand seating is first come, first serve. Click here for show schedule.

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