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- 03/31/15--21:00: Morays Jewelers’ Beau Hequin on Growing Up 'by The Falls'
- 03/31/15--21:00: Why Dr. Stephen Nimer Took His Cancer Research to Miami
- 04/05/15--21:00: SOHO Bay Opens in Miami Beach; Paradise Farms Prix Fixe at Verde
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Not flashy or showy, the childhood home of Morays Jewelers’ new president Beau Hequin is a timeless piece of Americana.
Morays Jewelers’ Beau Hequin in front of the Alfred I. DuPont Building in downtown, where his family’s fine-jewelry business is located.
There are pockets of Miami that are less about glitz and glamour and more about family values and a sense of community. For Morays Jewelers President Beau Hequin, a seventh-generation purveyor of fine jewelry and timepieces, his childhood home was just that kind of place.
Born and raised in an unincorporated area of Miami-Dade County that rests between Kendall and Pinecrest, Hequin—like many from that area—will tell you he grew up “by The Falls.” With the well-known open-air shopping mall as its centerpiece, Hequin’s neighborhood is more everyday Americana than the luxury lifestyle he sells at Morays in the Alfred I. DuPont Building downtown, yet the area’s beautiful homes, neighborhood dining experiences, and parks packed with young kids playing sports mirror the family tradition of Hequin’s business.
His earliest childhood memory, though, was of it all almost falling apart. “Hurricane Andrew hit when I was really young,” Hequin says of the 1992 storm that devastated the area. “That was a pretty scary one. Our whole family was hiding in my mom’s closet, and when we came out, our whole house was pretty much gone. There was no ceiling, nothing. We moved into a hotel and rebuilt our house.”
Hequin’s family rebuilt, and so did the rest of the neighborhood—“Everyone had to help each other,” he recalls—and the result was a community that was stronger, prouder, and more beautiful than before. “It wasn’t long before we were back to trick-or-treating around the lake,” says Hequin, who as a child was known to don a Star Wars, vampire, or zombie costume for Halloween. “I’d go around with my younger sister, and everybody knew who we were. It was a very safe, tight-knit community.”
The Falls’ open-air shopping mall that is the centerpiece of Hequin’s childhood neighborhood.
As a kid, Hequin went wakeboarding on E Lake (where the family home was located) with his father’s ski boat, played pickup games at Tropical Park, and frequented Samurai, the hibachi restaurant that locals will brag is better than Benihana, with a pink sauce that is one of a kind. “That was my favorite place to go when I was a kid,” Hequin says. “I used to go there every year on my birthday.”
In the neighborhood, you could also grab a burger at Fuddruckers, frozen yogurt at the now-defunct Flamingo’s Frozen Yogurt, or a steak at one of Hequin’s favorites, Fleming A Taste of Denmark. “They had a really great rack of lamb,” he says of the now-closed neighborhood joint.
And The Falls mall in the center of town holds a spot in Hequin’s heart as well. “I went on my first date to The Falls movie theater,” he says. “I remember being really nervous.”
A sports enthusiast, Hequin spent his childhood watching many of Miami’s pro teams with his grandparents, but at home he had hoop dreams of his own. “I played Beth Am basketball (the largest temple-based league in the country) when I was in middle school,” says Hequin, who attended Alexander Montessori for elementary school and moved to Gulliver Academy and Gulliver Prep to round out his middle and high school years. “A lot of kids who went to Gulliver also played in that league. It was competitive.”
During his high school years, Hequin often played golf at Deering Bay Country Club.
The area was home to kids’ play places like Mark Twain's Riverboat Playhouse and fun spots like Hot Wheels (now Super Wheels) Skating Center and Bird Bowl, but as Hequin entered his high school years and moved across US-1 to Deering Bay, he was more interested in playing golf at the Deering Bay Country Club and lacrosse for his high school team.
“There were only maybe three schools that were good at lacrosse when I was playing,” he says of the sport that was then more popular in the Northeast. “When we used to play teams from up north, we’d get our butts kicked. But in the past 10 years, it’s grown significantly in Florida.”
The rest of Hequin’s free time was spent with his family, learning the business, which was founded in Austria in the early 1900s, from the ground up. Beau has been a staple in the store “since as young as I could crawl,” he says, and has held every job in the place—from sweeping floors to sales to now running the whole business. As a boy, his parents took him around the world to trade shows, where he was wowed by the giant displays of diamonds, jewels, and watches. It was his late mother, Sandy, who had the foresight to move the business into the heart of downtown, providing heirloom pieces to an expanding population of luxury shoppers. “It was just so impressive, especially as a young kid,” he says. “It really grew my interest. Now, when it comes to watches, I see them as little works of art.”
Many would agree that his childhood neighborhood is a work of art as well. It’s just a little less IWC Schaffhausen and a little more Norman Rockwell. Morays Jewelers, 50 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305-374-0739
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Dr. Stephen Nimer leads a team of world-renowned doctors that is helping make South Florida a leading destination for treatment and innovation.
Dr. Stephen Nimer is helping create cutting-edge cancer programs and studies at Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (here pictured at UM/Sylvester).
In most places around the country, cancer patients will tell you what treatment center they visit—in Boston, for instance, they say, “I go to Dana-Farber” or “Massachusetts General”—but in New York City, they call out their doctors by name. For some 20 years, there was no bigger point of pride among New Yorkers battling cancer than being able to say, “I go to Nimer.” That’s Dr. Stephen D. Nimer, one of the world’s most acclaimed hematologists, who treated everyone from Nobel Prize winners to award-winning playwright Susan Sontag and fashion icon Oscar de la Renta during his tenure at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in Manhattan.
Now at the helm of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (UM/Sylvester) since 2012, Dr. Nimer has brought his considerable clout, intellect, and drive to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where the noted leukemia and stem cell transplant researcher and clinician is putting the state’s only university-based cancer center on the map. “We’ve increased our philanthropy by 70 to 80 percent since I’ve come here,” says Nimer. On April 25, the center will host its annual fundraiser, the 2015 Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center gala, appropriately titled “Brave,” at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami.
Dr. Nimer is seeing that the funds raised are being put to good use. To date, he’s brought in more than 57 top-tier physicians and scientists from around the world, drawing from the likes of MSKCC, Harvard, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and other international centers of academic acclaim. For starters, UM/Sylvester built a program in hematologic malignancies, or blood cancers, recruiting a team of more than 10, plus another nine medical physicists, radiation oncologists, and laboratory people for the radiation oncology group. Most recently, says Nimer, “we just brought down a new head of surgical oncology from Vanderbilt; he’s focused on pancreatic cancer.”
Dr. Nimer and oncologist Dr. Pasquale Benedetto (right) in the Cancer Center courtyard.
Thanks to a $3.3 million appropriation from the State of Florida legislature, the center was able to enlist a world leader in the burgeoning field of epigenetics—which studies the ways in which cells maintain their identity. Last year, Sylvester hosted an epigenetics symposium in Miami, attended by experts from 10 different countries around the world. The symposium fostered the sharing of new knowledge, collaboration, and new ways of thinking about cancer—and also netted them a new recruit, a scientist from Barcelona, who just started at Sylvester this March.
Given his experience and stature in his field, Nimer could have gone to any number of prestigious university centers after MSKCC. “I didn’t want to be bound by the traditions of the institution” at a Harvard or Yale, he notes. At UM, the opportunity for sustained innovation was too good to pass up. In the words of University President Donna Shalala, that rang true for Nimer: “She told me she found it messy” down here in Miami when she arrived. Meaning there’s more room to grow and explore and create the kind of institution he wanted. “When I was at Sloan Kettering, we would bring somebody who would have all these ideas, and then three years later they were talking a lot like everyone else at Sloan Kettering, and a lot less like they were talking before they got here. We let people follow their own dreams a little bit longer down here.”
One recent addition he’s enthusiastic about is Dr. Brian Slomovitz, the new director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology. “He set up the Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Clinic,” Nimer says. “If you look around the country, there’s almost nobody who’s doing early detection in ovarian cancer. It is not that we have something that’s so unique that nobody else could do, but in a year from now we will, because we’re focused on it in a new way.”
With (from left) Pharrell Williams, Ofira Sandberg, and Georgia Nimer at the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research Angel Ball in New York in 2013.
In the center’s quest for National Cancer Institute certification, which it hopes to achieve by 2017—which would make it one of only 41 institutions with NCI certification—Nimer has helped create numerous cutting-edge cancer programs and studies in which Sylvester is striving for national impact. “We have an amazing program in viral oncology, which employs viruses to kill cancer. We have one of the world’s best groups of people, including somebody we recently recruited from UCLA and someone from Harvard. And we’re going to have novel programs.”
While his reputation as a leader in his field has helped pave the way for other talent to join him, it doesn’t hurt that he genuinely seems to love the lifestyle of South Florida. Nimer and his wife of 27 years, Georgia, reside by the beach, and he takes hours-long bike rides on weekends, to stay in shape for the 12-hour-plus days and all-nighters that are frequently part of the job. “Miami’s been a great place for us to live, an up-and-coming city with booming reserves to make the best possible cancer center, and I’ve been able to convince a lot of these people to come out to buy into the dream.”
Treating Miami’s elderly residents—a group of the overall population that’s been underserved in general, he notes—was also a compelling reason for his decision to head south. “I was raised in a household where I was taught it was important to give back,” says Nimer, who still sees roughly one new patient a week. Every one of his patients has had his cell phone number ever since he first got one 20 years ago. “Having cancer is hard,” he says. “It’s an honor and a privilege taking care of people in their greatest time of need.” Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1475 NW 12th Ave., Miami, 305-243-5302
This week's food and drink news features a restaurant newcomer to Miami Beach's waterfront, and where you should go for a locally-sourced tasting experience.
SOHO Bay's ceviche.
SOHO Bay Debuts on Miami Beach Waterfront
Miami's newest Brazilian import is not exactly what you'd expect—a modern Japanese eatery hailing from Bahia. The first SOHO Bay outside of Brazil opens its doors on Tuesday with a menu of Brazil-influenced Japanese fare such as the Lion Fish Rio dish—lion fish, pressed pickled cucumber, Fresno pepper, and cucumber caipirinha air—as well as sushi rolls, ceviche, tempura, and robata. Not only do diners get picturesque views of the bay, they also have the option to arrive by boat via the eatery's private dock. 520 West Ave., Miami Beach, 786-618-2788
Paradise Farms Prix-Fixe Menu at Verde
The theme at Verde at PAMM is local, and it's going all out for Earth Month. The restaurant teamed up with Homestead's Paradise Farms to offer a special prix-fixe menu every Thursday in April. Whipped up by new executive chef Kaytlin Brakefield, each dish features a fresh, seasonal ingredient from Paradise Farms—like the squash blossom fritters with house-made ricotta and honey; kale caesar salad with tomato, pancetta, and rye crouton; and buttermilk panna cotta with passion fruit-pineapple compote. Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., 786-345-5697; Call or visit pamm.org/dining for reservations
National Beer and Empanada Day at The District
Just when you thought the holiday weekend was over, there are two more reasons to eat and drink this week: National Beer Day (April 7) and National Empanada Day (April 8). Head over to The District for a joint celebration/happy hour on April 8 from 5-7 p.m. with four rare local brews and complimentary chicken, beef, and veggie empanadas from chef Horacio Rivadero. 190 N.E. 46th St., Miami, 305-573-4199
Cooking for Life Tasting Event with Chef Masaharu Morimoto
Chef Michelle Bernstein has a star-studded culinary team to back her up at the Cooking for Life Festival held April 17-19. One hot ticket you'll want to get your hands on ASAP is dinner with Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach on April 18. All dinner guests will sample locally sourced dishes crafted and served by Morimoto and 11 other top local chefs, while VIP attendees get early access with champagne and sushi. 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-341-1500; Purchase tickets here
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF FELIPE CUEVAS
On April 7, 1985, Prince turned the Orange Bowl purple for the final stop on his Purple Rain tour.
Prince pulled out all the stops during his performance at Miami’s Orange Bowl in April 1985 before a crowd of some 55,000 ecstatic fans.
On Easter Sunday 1985, Prince and the Revolution brought their Minneapolis sound to the Orange Bowl for the final stop on their 95-city Purple Rain tour. It was Easter Sunday, a fact that dismayed Miami city commissioners, who thought the eccentric singer—and his naughty lyrics—unfit for the Christian holiday. After all, it was Prince’s libidinous songs that were the impetus for the creation of advisory labels on albums deemed explicit.
Despite the city commissioners’ disapproval, the show went on. Prince greeted the crowd with, “Happy Easter, Florida,” according to Jean Marbella in a Sun Sentinel recap the next day. “My name is Prince, and I’ve come to play.”
And play he did—to 55,000 fans who flooded the stadium in purple-colored garb (as instructed on their $19 tickets). Lavender leotards, purple Mohawks, and purple paired with leather and lace were the perfect complements to the performer’s Magic City-appropriate metallic blazer with purple accents. Adding a bit of gravity to the event, Prince announced that he would be taking time off from performing live, and the concert was expected to be his last for some time. (Unable to stay away, he returned to the stage the following year.)
But in 1985, Prince was a superstar, joining the ranks of worldwide pop stars like Michael Jackson and Madonna. Purple Rain, which was the soundtrack to his film of the same title, would end up selling more than 13 million copies in the US and held the number-one spot on the Billboard 200 chart for 24 weeks straight. With hit singles like “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Purple Rain,” “I Would Die 4 U,” and “Take Me With U,” it’s arguably one of the best, if not most successful, albums of the ’80s.
April is Earth Month, so what better way to honor Mother Earth than by eating food directly from the source? Here, we round up the hottest Miami restaurants that use locally sourced ingredients.
The Federal, which recently starred in Bravo's newest culinary reality series Best New Restaurant, might be famous for its biscuits, but you'd be a fool not to order the sweet-meets-savory dish while strawberries are still in season. The crème in this case is cheese, as in Vito's stracciatella, which is served on toast alongside the Harpke Family Farm's micro greens, and drizzled with avocado oil—trust us, it tastes as good as dessert. 5132 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-758-9559
Surely you've been to the Everglades and seen gators up close, but the real question is, have you eaten one? If the answer is no, head over to Kush where owner Matt Kuscher puts a strong emphasis on local ingredients, such as burgers made with grass-fed beef from Cowart Ranch in Sumterville. That same philosophy applies to the fried gator hailing from Cypress Creek Farms in Starke; it's seasoned with Old Bay for a kick, topped with creamy garlic and spicy mayo, and so delicious you'll forget you're eating a reptile. 2003 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-576-4500
When it comes to farm-to-table fare, Essensia does it best—there isn't a single dish on executive chef Julie Frans' menu that isn't tied to a nearby farm. This season, opt for the fresh Florida lobster, which takes full advantage of mango season by using tropical fruit from Paradise Farms or Q Farms (depending on which mangos are available every week) to balance out the shellfish with sweetness and acidity. Garden mint and chives, which come from the chef's backyard garden, and spicy cilantro dressing accompany the dish. 3025 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-908-5458
No place takes hyper-local as seriously as Michael's Genuine Food & Drink. One piece of evidence? Its ceviche, which changes daily and highlights the morning's catch and the season's ripest produce from nearby farms. Last week it was cobia and shrimp from the Florida Keys with guava, citrus, peppers, red onion, avocado, and cilantro. This week? The catch of the day from Triggers Seafood prepared with cane juice kombucha (made with sugarcane from Corona Farms in Homestead), tangerine, lemongrass, lila onions, and cilantro. As for next week, you'll have to go again to find out. 130 NE 40 St., Miami, 305-573-5550
With stone crab season coming to an end on May 15, you'll have to get your crab fix another way. Indulge in the succulent crustacean with an order of Edge Steak & Bar's gin-spiked chowder. In it you'll find Florida blue crab, leeks from Swank Farms in Palm Beach, and local spring vegetables like dill, onions, snap peas, and whatever else executive chef Aaron Brooks can get his hands on. Like the rising temperatures in Miami, this dish is hot in every way possible. 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-381-3190
If you try to stay away from pork because you think there's no such thing as local pig, think again. Master of French cuisine Daniel Boulud only sources the best, which is why he calls on AAA Farm for his suckling pig dish. "Sebastian Bouillon is really a champion when it comes to raising pig," says Boulud. Indeed, this little piggy boasts perfectly crisp and golden skin, and offers mouthwatering tender meat. Coupled with pak choi, daikon radish, and baby turnips (all from Swank Farms), as well as caramelized pear (a dash of Boulud NYC), it's a dish that's vibrant and full of surprises. 255 Biscayne Way Blvd., Miami, 305-421-8800
Newcomer Fooq's is already making a splash with its commitment to serving up great food while supporting local farms. Executive chef Nicole Votano (who used to be Michelle Bernstein's right hand) is most proud of her pan-roasted fish, which combines the catch of the day—think cobia or yellowtail snapper—with smoked calabaza, butter-poached radishes, and baby beets, and is then finished with a matcha green tea from local company Jojo Tea and honey beurre blanc sauce. 1035 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 786-536-2749
You didn't think you were going to get out of this without some pasta, did you? In this case, however, the carbs come with a load of veggies, courtesy of Macchialina owner, executive chef, and pasta wizard Michael Pirolo. The spring pasta dish pairs zucchini and corn from Paradise Farms with fresh ravioli made in-house; it's all tossed in brown butter and local arugula pesto acts as the finishing agent. Bon appétit! 820 Alton Road. Miami Beach, 305-534-2124
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF KUSH
Our April fashion update straight from the pages of Ocean Drive.
Haute, Haute, Haute: The Giambattista Valli x 7 For All Mankind collaboration, out this spring, is haute couture meets designer denim. Valli took inspiration from his runway standouts like deep reds and graphic animal prints to craft a contemporary reinterpretation of the high-waist skinny jean and wide-leg flare, which the designer describes as for “a decidedly young, multicultural clientele of glamorous Valli girls .” 1008 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-538-7355
Key West driving shoe, Ermenegildo Zegna ($495).
From the Same Cloth: Luxury menswear leader Ermenegildo Zegna is taking up residence in the Design District. With Peter Marino as the driving architect, the boutique offers shoppers a taste of Italy without leaving the Magic City. Inspired by the fabric created at the brand’s century-old wool mill in Trivero, Italy, the 2,800-square-foot store houses formalwear, sportswear, and accessories as well as an area for exclusive Made to Measure and Personalization programs. Shoppers can also view artist Ettore Spalletti’s Lentamenta Azzurrato, a painting commissioned exclusively for the boutique to coincide with the brand’s support for the arts. 132 NE 39th St., Miami, 305-576-0179
Artful Allure: Louis Vuitton’s new Design District outpost, which houses Nicolas Ghesquière’s women’s Spring/Summer 2015 collections along with men’s pieces, embodies 1950s tropical modernism with an aluminum-paneled façade, illuminated at night for an “only in Miami” effect. The shop also has a landscaped terrace for VIP soirées and will feature exclusives like monogram hard-sided travel cases with custom coral and blue lining. Miami Design District, 140 NE 39th St., 305-573-1366
Swiss Bliss: Swiss leather luxury brand Bally has opened its first Florida location in Aventura. The brand’s ready-to-wear pieces and accessories for men and women “are perfect for South Florida’s fashion-savvy lifestyle,” says Anabel Llopis, senior director of sales and marketing at Aventura Mall. Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-936-1458
Our April design update straight from the pages of Ocean Drive.
Renaissance Woman: After living and working in New York, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Switzerland, Cuban-born architect Patricia Bosch settled in Miami and has spent the last 20 years bringing her worldly perspective to an array of award-winning buildings in South Florida and beyond. As design director and principal of the Miami office of the global design and architecture firm Perkins+Will, Bosch focuses on creating modernist buildings enhanced with environmental, humanistic, and societal sensitivities, including the reinvented Hotel Victor in Miami Beach. “It was the project that exposed me to the magic of Miami,” says Bosch. “It has a unique flair, a Roman bent, a fantastic allure, and an elegant presence.” 806 Douglas Road, Ste. 300, Coral Gables, 305-569-1333
Luxe Life:"I only follow one idea: to be elegant, to be simple," says Piero Lissoni, whose new Ritz-Carlton Residences in Miami Beach are the world-renowned Italian architect's first full-scale project in the U.S. Situated on Lake Surprise, the luxury residential development, due to be completed in 2016, includes two- to five-bedroom homes with European-inspired kitchens and baths featuring Gaggenau and Boffi appliances.
French Twist: Designer François Frossard—known for his designs of LIV and Story—just opened his new offices during Art Basel. The space doubles as a furniture showroom/artists gallery. 278 NW 37th St., Miami, 305-576-7556
Accents By Design’s Woodstock lamp ($1,088).
Natural Beauty: Known for its use of sustainable natural woods and fibers as well as its modern-inspired designs by award-winning Brazilian designers, Saccaro has been serving up its sophisticated mix of indoor and outdoor furniture, ceramics, art, accents, and lighting since founding its flagship store in Midtown in 2011. A current highlight is Accents By Design’s Woodstock lamp, which uses a naturalistic base of intertwined liana vines, topped with a simple, rectangular cotton shade. 3466 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-576- 0103
De Carlo end tables by Built to Suit.
Stylish Set: Michael Berman’s fresh designs debut at Built to Suit in Palm Beach. Admirers of furniture designer Michael Berman’s classic American modern style can now find a fresh variation of his designs in his new Bronze Studio Collection, which is due to launch at the Built to Suit showroom in Palm Beach later this year. Inspired by the clean lines of airier Art Deco furnishings, yet staying true to the warm, organic forms of his established Michael Berman Limited collection (which will also be available through the showroom), pieces like the Falcon sofa or De Carlo end tables (above) exude quiet elegance with a cinematic, glamorous edge. Built to Suit, 401 S. County Road, No. 6204, Palm Beach, 561-771- 9580
Which celebs came out to Diddy's home for his weekend-long pool party, and where did the Nervo twins climb a tree? This and more in this week's celebrity sightings...
Diddy Throws a Pool Party
The rapper celebrated Ultra and closed out Miami Music Week with a Cîroc- and Luc Belaire-fueled pool party on his Star Island estate. The soirée began late at night on Saturday, March 28 and continued through Sunday evening. Guests included French Montana, Justin Bieber, and Diplo.
The Nervo Twins Climb a Tree at Siena Tavern
The Australian DJ duo (Miriam and Olivia Nervo) stopped at Siena Tavern for dinner with their manager and friends on March 24. The group ordered dishes like Wagyu beef meatballs and a whole branzino, took shots, and danced in the main room—all before the twins decided to climb a tree on the patio.
After dinner, Nervo made their way to Wall Lounge and partied until 4 a.m. with DJs Luciano, Matthias Tanzmann, Sharam, and Alesso.
The Party Never Stops for David Guetta
David Guetta, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Alesso were spotted partying late into the night at E11even on March 25.
David Guetta was also seen that evening at Bâoli Miami for its weekly Wednesday party, My Boyfriend is Out of Town, along with French DJ Florian Picasso and friends.
Karolína Kurková Tries Bodega Taqueria y Tequila
The model had lunch at Bodega Taqueria y Tequila on March 27. There, Kurkova enjoyed the pollo tacos with kale and pickled onions.
Timbaland Checks Out The Forge
The Grammy-winning producer was spotted at The Forge sitting at the bar with celebrity chef Amaris Jones, one of the hosts of Wednesdays at The Forge, on March 25.
LuAnn de Lesseps Dances at Bagatelle
The Real Housewives of New York City cast member dined at Bagatelle Miami in a green dress and heels with her daughter, Victoria, and two others on March 20. They sampled appetizers like tuna tartar, truffle pizza, and crab salad before moving on to main courses like papillote and truffle fries. The Countess skipped dessert and opted for Château des Marres rosé instead.
Jussie Smollett Gets Ambushed by Fans at Prime 112
The Empire star was spotted having dinner with friends at Myles Chefetz's Prime 112 on March 22. Fans surrounded the actor as he left the restaurant.
Angela Simmons Attends the Miami Open
Angela Simmons was seen sitting with designer Hassan Pierre in the Lacoste VIP suite at the Miami Open on March 26.
Italian Tennis Star Goes for Native Cuisine at Bocce
Tennis champ Francesca Schiavone tried the supplì di riso (crispy carnaroli rice, mozzarella and tomato), pomodori e mozzarella (heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella and basil) and cannoli at Bocce on March 25.
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF DIMITRIOS KAMBOURIS/GETTY IMAGES
Who knows the trends better than the people who keep our favorite boutiques fully stocked? Here, Miami's style experts share the top trends to try now.
Adrienne Bosh: A Great Floppy Hat
"The warm-weather months in Miami can be brutal, but I like to make sun protection glamorous with a great floppy, yet fashionable hat by designer Eugenia Kim. In addition to protecting my face, oversized hats like these available at Sparkle + Shine Darling are the perfect accessory to instantly pull any outfit together. I often pair one with a long, flowy dress for a breezy summer look, or tote one to the beach as a chic solution for keeping cool." –Adrienne Bosh, owner of Sparkle + Shine Darling (1665 Alton Road, Ste. 101, Miami Beach)
Simonett Pereira: Bold-Striped Everything
"I'm loving bold stripes for spring. At Style Mafia we translated this trend via high-waisted pants and midi skirts featuring vertical stripes in black and white, as well as in matching twin sets with horizontal chunky stripes in red-and-white and blue-and-white combos.” –Simonett Pereira, founder of Style Mafia (2324 N.W. Fifth Ave., Miami)
Yeliz Titiz: Cool Kaftan Dresses
"My favorite spring trend is kaftan dresses. I'm actually planning to buy a few cotton-voile, floral-printed fabrics and want to make my own—I’m thinking super lightweight, a bit flowy, and with bright colors." –Yeliz Titiz, owner of The Bazaar Project (4308 N.E. Second Ave., Miami)
Tamara & Julia Medvedeva: Muted Tones with All Shades of Blue
“To us, this season is all about muted tones and pastels, paired with all shades of blue and off-white pieces. Because of our busy travel schedules this summer, it is also important for the outfits [we wear] to be easily transformed from a morning meeting to a dinner party." –Tamara & Julia Medvedeva, co-owners of Sartorial (111 NE 40th St, Miami)
Jason Salstein: Fancy Flats
"For this spring/summer, I'm seeing a focus on really chic flats and a return to comfort. Whether they are sneakers by Golden Goose, fringe sandals by Valentino or Aperlaï Paris, espadrilles from Saint Laurent, intricate Balmain flats, or chunky low heels from Gucci and Paul Andrew, the idea is to really remove the notion that only high heels can be sexy. It is all about how you wear it and projecting a clean look. Pair your new shoes with a pair of ripped denim and a white linen shirt to avoid the heat and make your accessories stand out." –Jason Salstein, head buyer at Capretto Shoes (5822 Sunset Drive, Miami)
Andria Mitsakos: Wear All of Your Jewelry at Once
"My favorite summer trend translates effortlessly here in the Magic City. With a Bohemian spirit reflective of pieces I've picked up in my global wanderings, layering necklaces and stacking bracelets evoke a nomadic joie de vivre. From my Fijian seashells, to Greek designers Elena Syraka, Moutsatsos, and Silver Continent, to a vintage Lanvin pendant I picked up in Palm Beach along with a special gift of a 1920s Louis Vuitton train case key, I love that feeling of having everyone from everywhere around me all the time, wherever I am." –Andria Mitsakos, owner of Wanderlista (Hotel Croydon, 3720 Collins Ave., Miami Beach)
Amanda Baumann: Friendship Bracelets—The Grown-Up Way
"With festival season on our heels, friendship bracelets are coming back with a bang and an improvement. Arm candy is always in, but this is a great way to have a little fun and bring back a well-loved trend from the golden years.” –Amanda Baumann, Miami-based founder of ShopHDB.com
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF EMMANUEL MONSALVE (PEREIRA); SETH BROWARNIK/WORLD RED EYE (MEDVEDEVAS); PETER WESLEY BROWN (MITSAKOS); ASHLEY BROZIC (BAUMANN)
With a hot new Netflix series Bloodlines filmed on site, The Moorings Village & Spa in Islamorada shows just how beautiful the Keys can be.
For the uninitiated, The Moorings Village & Spa is arguably the most beautiful resort property in the Keys. Its canopied driveway leads to a shroud of big banyans and other tropical hardwoods, a glade of palm trees, and a private beach. The entire property is dotted with exquisitely quaint yet luxurious cottages—it’s what the Keys could have been with better zoning. It’s also where Netflix chose to film its new series Bloodlines about a family with a beautiful surface and vicious secrets. The cast, which includes luminaries such as Sam Shepard, Sissy Spacek, and Kyle Chandler, looks perfect set against Islamorada sunsets, but the first episode ends with a scene that will have you saying, “Wait, what! Did he really just do that!?!”
The Moorings, though, needs no such drama to be entertaining. Though the 18 acres of prized oceanfront property were once at risk of supporting 200 homes, there’re now just 19 cottages ranging from one- to three-bedrooms, overseen by owner and former wind surfing pro Hubert Baudoin.
Not that you’ll need any help relaxing at The Moorings, but the resort offers a spa with a range of options including Kobido, a Japanese facial process involving warmed gemstones to relieve tension, increase blood flow, and stimulate the lymph. Massage options include the Tranquility Sugar Scrub Body Massage, which incorporates an organic sugar scrub with pikake aroma of paradise, and the Aloha Spirit Kauai’i Body Clay & Mango Butter Massage, which uses noni, aloe, kava, and awapuhi ginger to purify the skin and mango butter to warm it up.
Top of the cuisine game in Islamorada is The Mooring’s sister property, Pierre’s across US-1. The two-story, plantation-style house faces west over Florida Bay and is helmed by chef Jouvens Jean, who cut his teeth at spots like Baleen and Sawa and as chef de cuisine at St. Regis Bal Harbour. Ask for a table on the second floor balcony and sample Jean’s local catch meuniere, or rib eye au poivre, and watch the sunset. Another option within walking distance is Chef Michael’s, where Michael Ledwith specializes in local catch with outstanding iterations of the snapper, grouper, hogfish, golden tilefish, and even tripletail. Pro tip: Don't leave without destroying a chocolate Nutella torte.
The Moorings has a fitness center, a 25-meter lap pool, a tennis court, and 8 a.m. yoga classes each weekday except Wednesday. The sea, though, may offer the most fun. From the private beach, use complementary kayaks and paddleboards to go snorkeling among grass beds and patch reef within swimming distance. The property can also arrange SCUBA trips and snorkeling at nearby coral reefs, and there’s plenty of fishing, either on nearby flats, the Everglades backcountry, or offshore for tuna, mahi, and sailfish. If you prefer to remain terrestrial, use the property’s bicycles to head to nearby galleries.
If you’re in town for the full moon, Morada Bay, where Pierre’s sits, transforms into a raucous carnival with bonfires, live music (jazz, rockabilly, flamenco, reggae), DJs, fireworks, acrobats, and a fantastic Bahamian Junkanoo Parade.
These hanging havens are all over the place at The Moorings, since the best thing to do there might be nothing at all. 123 Beach Rd., Islamorada, 305-664-4708
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF KICKA WITTE (PIERRE'S)
Outside the Box author and interior designer David Scott’s pied-à-terre project at The Setai brings together beach chic style and mindful living.
Designer David Scott sourced from Design Miami to help create this airy residence at The Setai.
Eco-friendly interior offerings have increased over the past five years. Paints manufactured free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are often de rigueur, flooring options have advanced from the aesthetically unpleasing bamboo of years past, and recycled materials have made their way into everything from furniture to rugs. “When I think of eco-friendly, I start with what creates no additional waste in the environment,” says designer David Scott, who put together this pied-à-terre at The Setai for a jet-setting couple with additional homes in New York and the Hamptons. Nature is also a popular influence when it comes to home color palettes and textures. “People gravitate to neutrals and blues like the sky and water,” says Scott. “I find colors that are used in Miami are very clear—they don’t have a lot of gray in it—so if you have more gray in an interior, in Miami it would differentiate it more. The key to a really successful interior in Miami is a layering of textures and pattern.”
Moroccan-inspired recycled lattice outdoor rug, Restoration Hardware ($396-2,696). Aventura Mall, 19575 Biscayne Blvd., 305-935-1253
These unique planters are made as a mosaic of salvaged wood, Rotsen Furniture ($2,300, set of three). 305-792-5233
The Pant Rocker is handcrafted in Florida using eco-friendly materials, with solid hardware and a carbon steel frame, Shiner International ($1,016). homespundesign.com
Glam vanity made from twisted banana tree with orange lacquer inside the drawers, Armani/Casa Miami ($24,300). 10 NE 39th St., Miami, 305-573- 4331
Optimus from Valspar combines primer and paint and has no VOCs (starting at $45 per gallon). Ace Hardware, 900 SW Second Ave., Miami, 786-409-3100
Enhance your flooring using natural strips of reclaimed mulberry wood in a herringbone pattern, D&B Tile (price on request). 8369 NW 36th St., Doral, 305-501-2120
Boasting notes of flirtatious florals and hints of the ocean, here are our favorite spring-appropriate scents.
For the Room
Lemon Verbena diffuser combo, Agraria ($140). agrariahome.com
This Lemon Verbena diffuser set from Agraria will instantly make you feel relaxed and calm, thanks to the fresh hints of lemon, rose, jasmine, and Caribbean lime. The smaller bottle is perfect for refreshing your desk space, while the larger diffuser can cater to a bigger room and space. Bonus points: the combo comes with life-like florals.
Cedar leaf and lavender reed diffuser, Nest Fragrances ($42). nestfragrances.com
The combination of rosemary, lavender, and sage evoke scenes of luscious gardens and muskiness. The long lasting diffuser from Nest is aesthetically appealing and instantly sets the tone in any room.
Lime basil and mandarin scent surround diffusers, Jo Malone ($85). jomalone.com
There's no better way to welcome spring than with this lime basil and mandarin infused diffuser.
For Every Day
Rose de Grasse, Aerin ($185). aerin.com
Get your hands on the perfume of the season, which is both romantic and strong (not to mention beautifully packaged) thanks to the deep hints of hand-picked roses from Grasse, the French mecca for all things scents.
Charming California 215, Krigler ($320). mcssl.com
The newest fragrance from Krigler offers a potion that is both playful and sultry, thanks to the combination of spices, florals, and woody undertones—it's no wonder Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly were dedicated fans of the brand.
Rose 31, Le Labo ($240). lelabofragrances.com
A floral fragrance that is so subtle and ambiguous that it is recommended for both men and women, Le Labo's Rose 31 perfume boasts notes of Centifolia rose with woody layers of cumin, cedar, and amber.
For the Table
Ernesto scented matches, Cire Trudon ($15). ciretrudon.com
Measuring 22" in length, these scented matches are a subtle way of adding just a touch of fragrance where you need it. Try the Ernesto, which evokes the masculine smells of leather, grapefruit, and oak wood.
Flora small scented candle, Fornasetti ($175).Barneys New York, 832 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-421-2010
When you're buying a Fornasetti candle, you know you're getting a beautifully mixed scent and a lovely piece of artwork all in one. The Flora candle boasts scents from the Fornasetti family's personal garden and features the brand's signature muse and colorful floral motifs throughout its casing.
Carrousel scented candle, Byredo Parfums ($80). byredo.com
Wafting from this Byredo candle are notes of orange and cardamom, along with underlying layers of blonde woods, amber, and juicy fit.
Whether you're staycationing beachside in Miami or jetting off to an exotic, far-flung destination, don’t forget to pack these must-haves for a dreamy, ultra-stylish getaway.
1. A Strong Sunblock
The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid, La Mer ($85). bergdorfgoodman.com
Practice safe sun while lounging on the beach with La Mer’s lightweight sunscreen, which not only protects your skin, but brightens and hydrates it, too.
2. Surfer-Printed Shorts
Bulldog Mid-Length Printed Swim Shorts, Orlebar Brown ($345). mrporter.com
You’d be hard-pressed to find a cooler pair of swim trunks. It just doesn’t get any more playful than a graphic print of surfers riding waves.
3. An Island-Inspired One Piece
Front twist one piece, Mara Hoffman ($231). marahoffman.com
With a leafy print and cut-outs in all the right places, this Mara Hoffman swimsuit is begging to be worn on a tropical vacation.
4. Casual Slip-On Sandals
Edie Crisscross Leather Sandal, Tom Ford ($990). Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour Shops, 305-865-6161
Ditch the Birkenstocks and hit the beach in a luxe pair of leather, go-with-everything Tom Ford slip-on sandals instead.
5. A Sheer Cover-up
Beau Dress, TT Beach ($264). revolveclothing.com
This ethereal boho cover-up lets your bathing suit peek through, while still providing coverage just in case you decide to go out for a post-beach cocktail or two.
6. A Reflective Pair of Shades
Benedict, Oliver Peoples ($435). oliverpeoples.com
You can never go wrong with a universally flattering pair of aviator sunglasses—these gold-and-green mirrored stunners will look especially cool while you're out lounging poolside.
7. A Colorful Beach Bag
Oval Multicolor Geometric-Patterned Woven Straw Tote, Sensi Studio ($290). Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops, 305-865-1100
Rife with color and pattern, this hand-woven, Instagram-worthy tote will really pop against turquoise waters and sandy white beaches.
Have the essentials packed and ready for an impromptu beach day or a trip to paradise.
An Eco-Friendly Bag
Caracas Tote, Mar y Sol ($125). Nordstrom, 7239 N. Kendall Dr., Miami, 786-709-4100
Toss all of your most important summer-day goods into this colorful, responsibly-sourced carryall and you’ll be good to go.
Sun Visor, Goldfaden MD ($45). goldfadenmd.com
Get even coverage—and avoid awkward tan lines from missing spots—with this spray-on sunscreen. Not only is it oil-free, but it also contains organic red tea to renew and rejuvenate skin.
Luxe Tanning Oil
Sun Care Oil Spray SPF 30, Clarins ($36). Bloomingdale’s, Dolphin Mall, 11401 NW 12th St., Miami, 305-597-2080
Boost your summer glow and protect skin and hair from the effects of the heat and sun with this SPF dry oil spray made with organic Indonesian Nyamplung Oil.
A Sea-Inspired iPhone Case
Shark Silicone iPhone 5 Case, Stella McCartney ($75). net-a-porter.com
Outfit your gadgets in water-friendly cases, like this shark-shaped iPhone case from Stella McCartney, so you can surf the net and check Instagram by the pool.
A Summery Wallet
Splash Out Watermelon Clutch, Kate Spade ($348). 320 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305-441-2377
No need to get weighed down by carrying every credit card you own. Use this festive clutch for all your can't-live-without essentials.
A Chic Sunhat
Wide-Brim Woven Paper Yarn Hat, Gucci ($435). net-a-porter.com
You'll need to shield your face when the rays get strong. Do so stylishly with a wide-brim hat guaranteed to up your beach-chic game.
Reliable Hair Protection
Hair In The Sun, Sachajuan ($32). Barneys New York, 832 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-421-2010
It’s easy to neglect your hair if you’re focusing so much on your skin. Don’t let the sun get the best of your tresses: This styling cream and hair treatment contains a UV filter that’ll stay in even after you go in the water.
Jelly Chain-Link Flat Sandals, Givenchy ($195). bergdorfgoodman.com
Make the rounds on the pool deck or along the shore in a pair of cute and waterproof sandals.
Tan Line-Friendly Sunglasses
Metal Sunglasses, Saint Laurent ($365). shopbop.com
Sure, oversized sunglasses are nice for walking around or heading to and from work, but when you’re sunbathing, opt for lower-profile frames to avoid those dreaded reverse raccoon eyes.
On-the-Go Phone Charger
Powerstation Plus External Charging Station, Mophie ($80). mophie.com
Never get stuck at 1% again. Have this portable charger on hand and rest assured you'll be in service all day long.
A Bikini Bag
Hangin’ Around Bikini Bag, Henri Bendel ($38). 7535 N. Kendall Dr., Miami, 305-667-3789
Keep your wet suit away from the rest of your belongings with a fun waterproof bag that you can tuck into your beach tote.
There's no better time than the present to begin searching for your summer dream home. Here, Bespoke Real Estate founders Cody and Zachary Vichinsky bring you the most exciting opportunities on the Hamptons market, along with the promise of concierge-level service and a deep understanding of the area. For additional information about any of the properties you see here, contact Cody and Zach at Bespoke Real Estate (631-500-9030; firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com).
291 Great Plains Road, Southampton
This 12,000-square-foot, custom-built residence is the epitome of East End living, from the vast gathering room and kitchen, to the resort-style master suite, to modern amenities such as a movie theater with stadium seating. Outside, a one-of-a-kind pool and serene outdoor spaces await.
Take a tour:
461 Ocean Road, Bridgehampton
Entertain in this traditional, six-bedroom Bridgehampton residence complete with a chipping green and club house, sunken tennis court, pool pavilion, charming gardens, and plenty of prime patio space.
Take a tour:
249 Jobs Lane, Bridgehampton
This pristine, 9,200-square-foot new development in Bridgehampton South boasts a bright and airy interior with an open floorplan, as well as custom-built outside seating areas, a 20x50' Gunite pool, a summer kitchen, and two roof decks with panoramic views of the ocean and Mecox Bay.
Take a tour:
950 Ocean Road, Bridgehampton
Traditional elegance emanates throughout this custom-designed Bridgehampton South estate—from the grand two-story foyer and peaceful pool terrance all the way down to the smallest details, like the master bathroom with heated floors and steam shower.
Take a tour:
719 Daniels Lane, Sagaponack
If you crave a sleek design and ocean views, this Sagaponack dwelling is what you've been waiting for. Floor-to-ceiling windows make the water your backdrop as you enjoy this home's modern features such as a custom kitchen and a spa-inspired master bathroom.
Take a tour:
6175 Oregon Road, Cutchogue
This truly unique property consists of a restored, mid-19th-century farmhouse, a guest cottage, the original storage barn, a backyard pool, working vineyards, manicured farmland, and a waterfront lookout point—all on 47 acres in North Fork wine country.
Take a tour:
194 Quimby Lane, Bridgehampton
Picture yourself enjoying a summer day at this eight-bedroom, resort-inspired new construction. With features like a 400-square-foot wine cellar and tasting room, a stadium-seat home theater, a regulation-sized tennis court, a 60x20' salt water pool, and access to Sagg Pond, the only difficulty you'll have is deciding where to spend your leisure time.
Take a tour:
190 Fowler St., Southampton
Designed to be sunny and welcoming, this 11,000-square-foot new construction on Sayers Pond features walls of glass, two expansive levels of living space, and an outdoor terrace with ample room for entertaining.
20 Gin Lane, Southampton
This opulent, custom home is one of three new constructions at the center of the Southampton Estate Section. The building plan includes classic amenities like an immaculate master suite, a gourmet kitchen, a custom pool and gardens, and deeded ocean access.
289 Parsonage Lane, Sagaponack
Luxury meets comfort in this open-concept new construction in Sagaponack South. From the gorgeous master bath to the expertly designed wine cellar, there's not one room in this 10,000-square-foot home that you won't spend time in.
Celebrating 20 years of VeritageMiami, the Auction and Wine Dinner is going big and bold. Surrounded by bright lights and neon colors, this party heads to the field at Marlins Park with an amped-up live and silent auction, dinner, award-winning wines, and a big-time dance party with a totally '80s vibe. The evening will also feature the crème de la crème of auction packages—from one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces to exceptional wine and travel packages that can’t be found anywhere else. Here are a few reasons why the paddles will fly...
Jamaica's Norse Hill Estate.
1. An Escape to Norse Hill Estate
How about a private, secluded respite in paradise? Try this seven-day stay at Norse Hill Estate with roundtrip airfare from Miami to Kingston for four guests and a quick helicopter ride to the estate. Expect eight acres of gardens, landscaped over the slopes rising from the North Shore of Jamaica, where vegetation is lush and green year-round. You’ll stay at a 4,000-square-foot villa, meticulously designed of local stone and hardwoods as a gracious, elegant residence, with the front of the house opening to a large swathe of green lawn, pool, large shady trees, and more. Plus, every room has ocean views. This package also brings a chef, butler, housekeeper, and two grounds men. What else can we ask for?
2. A Dozen Rare Champagnes
Bodacious bubbles of course! The supreme sparkler is Champagne, and we have the best of the best at VeritageMiami: a collection of 12 of the rarest and tastiest bottles to charm any fizz fan. Some are the big names everyone knows—Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot Grande Dame, and Roederer Cristal, and some are wines only the devotée will recognize (probably by reputation since they are so hard to find). From Pol Roger's Cuvée Winston Churchill (a homage to the Champagne's biggest fan) to Krug's extraordinary Rosé, this is the kind of auction lot that is impossible to lock away in a cellar. These are wines for pleasure, wines for drinking and admiring, wines each Champagne cellar master would say represents his greatest effort, truly, his "prestige cuvée." We have our friends at Sunset Corners Fine Wines & Spirits to thank for this lot.
Jewels from Morays.
3. Aquamarine Adornments
If you’re looking for that sparkle that can’t be found anywhere else, try this one-of-a-kind necklace and earring set donated by Morays Jewelers. The multi-colored aquamarine necklace is a truly unique blend of 27 beautiful aquamarine stones of stunning hues set in an 18-carat white gold chain. The vibrant and festive multi-colored aquamarine earrings bring life to any evening. Eight aquamarine gems shine against an elegant setting of 18-carat white gold to create a unique, gorgeous look.
4. The Ultimate Trip to Northern Italy
Parla italiano? Fly business aboard American Airlines from Miami to Milan, and for seven days practice your Italian, explore the cities, hills and valleys, and all the wine and food Northern Italy has to offer. First, discover Milan, the fashion and design capital of the world, from the stunning Excelsior Hotel Gallia which has just undergone a multimillion dollar renovation. Then, delve into one of the most exciting wine regions in Europe, Piedmont—the legendary wine country of nebbiolo and barbera. There, you’ll be hosted by three of the world’s best winemaking teams. This is the ultimate insider’s view of Piedmont, land of truffles, exquisite cuisine, mineral-scented white wines, and deeply flavored and earthy reds. Un piacere!
5. A "Cellar Crawl" Through South Florida
Perhaps a sophisticated sojourn through four of South Florida’s most admired cellars is more your style. VeritageMiami is offering a chauffeured Cellar Crawl, a progressive tasting featuring wine and food at Nelly and Mike Farra's, Noryn and Oscar Suarez's, June and Allen Morris', and Maria and Dr. Sergio Gonzalez-Arias' cellars. It’s rare enough to be invited into a great wine cellar, and rarer still to visit more than one in an evening in your private limousine. To be able to do this with a group of eight friends—that’s priceless, but attainable for the top bid on this VeritageMiami exclusive.
You’ll find these and many other unique finds at the VeritageMiami Auction & Wine Dinner.
Take your chance at winning one of these incredible trips at VeritageMiami's Auction and Wine Dinner on Saturday, April 18. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit online here.
From a Tax Day toast to tea time, we bring you the latest happenings in this week's Miami food and drink news.
Take complimentary mixology classes at Radio Bar.
Make Your Own Vodka Cocktails at Radio Bar
Calling all amateur mixologists: brush up on your drink-making skills at Radio's Bars next cocktail class. Bartender Teddy Collins will lead this month's session on Wednesday, April 15 from 7-8 p.m. with a surprise guest from Stoli Vodka. Students will learn how to craft the perfect Moscow mule and vodka soda. 814 First St., Miami Beach, 305-397-8382
Tax Day Specials at BLT Prime
Keep calm on one of the most stressful days of the year at Trump National Doral. All day BLT Prime will offer exclusive prices on its boozy offerings—even bottles of wine—so you can relax after you've submitted your taxes. 4400 NW 87th Ave., Doral, 305-591-6606
Tea Party at Seagrape
High tea just got a little more Miami. On Saturday, April 18 at 3:30 p.m., join Les Dames d'Escoffier for tea at Seagrape to benefit the organization's culinary scholarships and educational programs. Chef Michelle Bernstein and executive chef Jason Schaan will whip up a feast of lobster rolls, seared scallops, pulled short rib sliders, and more, while pastry chef Max Santiago prepares sweet and savory scones. Thompson Hotel, 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 877-467-7725; Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Get the Munchies at Eating House
In tandem with the "holiday" on Monday, April 20, Eating House will celebrate with a sold-out dinner. Didn't snag a seat? Now you can reserve a spot at a second pop-up dinner that starts promptly at 4:20 p.m. Expect themed movies and music, drink specials, and a munchies-inspired menu of everything from cold pizza to Cap'n Crunch funnel cakes to, of course, brownies. 804 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables, 305-448-6524; Email email@example.com
All eyes were on Fendi Timepieces's latest watch collection at Baselworld 2015.
Fendi Momento Bag Bug watch with a silver strap.
There were a lot of great watches at Baselworld this year—from the high-tech to the haute-horology, and even space age-like watches. Then there were the classics, the retros, the refined. But then, there were the fun, whimsical watches that just let you breathe in and out with a smile—and Fendi Timepieces unveiled one of those. Meet the Fendi Momento Bag Bugs capsule collection of angry-eyed watches for women and men.
The Bag Bug is a tiny creature that the brand created years ago as a good luck charm, and has been used as a bag accent, a key chain, and in all sorts of ways. Now Fendi brings the angry eyes of the whimsical Bag Bug to the dial of the Fendi Momento Bag Bug watches. Thanks to great color variations, the angry eyes jump out from the dial with bold expression. Those Bag Bug eyes are, of course, the subdials for the chronograph, although there are also non-chronograph models that even further underscore the angry eyes concept, thanks to the clean dial design. Making the watch even more intriguing is the fact that the hands on the dial feature the Fendi motif cutouts so that every time the minute and seconds hands meet on the dial, the cutouts come together to form the Fendi signature.
Fendi Momento Bag Bugs watch with diamond accents.
Each of the new limited editions is offered with an Elaphe snakeskin strap in an ultra-thin rendition. The snakeskin straps are then color-coordinated with a fur Glamy for dramatic appeal. Colors include powder blue, orange, green, and sable. The fur Glamys are made by the brand’s fur atelier and are of arctic or gray fox. The watches demonstrate Fendi’s long-standing work in luxury fur, as well as its daring, innovative side. Each watch is created in a limited and numbered edition of just 50 pieces, and comes with a personal note from Silvia Venturini Fendi.
Founder and editor-in-chief of ATimelyPerspective.com, Roberta Naas is a veteran award-winning journalist in the watch industry with more than 25 years of experience. She was the first woman watch editor in the US market—breaking in to an “all boys network” with a pioneering spirit that would be her signature to this day. Naas brings responsible, factual—yet always timely and insightful—reporting of the watch industry to the forefront.
National Eggs Benedict Day is April 16, so celebrate all week long with the most decadent renditions Miami has to offer.
You'll have to wait till Sunday brunch to treat yourself to Yardbird’s Benedict—a buttermilk biscuit crumble topped with house-cured bacon, soft poached eggs, and hollandaise—but it’s worth a belated celebration. 1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach, 305-538-5220
This Italian restaurant takes the dish to another level by adding decadent black truffles to its creamy hollandaise sauce. The Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, 305-913-3200
Enjoy Cioppino’s refreshing Benedict with vodka dill smoked salmon in the picturesque outdoor dining room. The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, 455 Grand Bay Dr., 305-365-4500
A total revamp of the traditional dish, Chef Michelle Bernstein serves up royal red shrimp and slow-poached eggs over creamy grits with a crispy grit cake and a Tabasco seafood nage. 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-605-4043
For an Iberian twist, Area 31 tops Portuguese muffins with poached eggs, sautéed spinach, smoked salmon, and a rich hollandaise sauce. Epic Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305-424-5234
Stop by this eatery in the Soho Beach House courtyard for three versions of the dish—traditional made with porchetta, Florentine style with spinach, or the “royal” choice with smoked salmon. 4385 Collins Ave., 786-507-7902
This creative twist features Cuban-style pork served over grilled challah bread and herb hollandaise, accompanied with green apple and carrot slaw. Angler’s Hotel, 660 Washington Ave., 305-534-9600
Get a head start on summer shopping with these must-haves from the Design District’s hottest new stores.
Limited edition trunk, Louis Vuitton (price upon request). Miami Design District, 140 N.E. 39th St., 305-573-1366
This stunning boutique, opened just last week, was inspired by local 1950s Tropical Modernism, which is reflected in the Art Deco references in the architecture. Also available at this location are special, limited-edition pieces such as this coral-lined, hard-sided monogram trunk.
Caftan, Emilio Pucci ($2,390). Miami Design District, 155 N.E. 40th St., 305-576-1830
On and off the beach, this caftan embodies Miami’s glamorous, coastal spirit and Emilio Pucci's signature bohemian design.
Serpenti Tubogas ring in 18k pink gold, steel, and pave diamonds, Bulgari ($3,900). Miami Design District, 140 N.E. 39th St., 305-576-6506
A gorgeous and instantly recognizable symbol of the Italian house, this Serpenti ring is a must-buy when shopping the Design District.
Marine small Flamenco knot bag, Loewe ($2,150). Miami Design District, 110 N.E. 39th St, Suite 102, 305-576-7601
A step into the new Loewe store is a step into Spain. The boutique features a traditional Spanish hórreo in perfect contrast to this simple, elegant bag.
Dress, Giorgio Armani ($1,575). Miami Design District, 174 N.E. 39th St, 786-501-7215
A beaded grey dress is just the kind of showstopper you need for a night out in Miami.
Leather sneaker, Ermenegildo Zegna ($495). Miami Design District, 132 N.E. 39th St., 305-576-0179
Feet tired from all the shopping? Try these subtle, understated sneakers.
L’amour sandals, Valentino ($1,075). Miami Design District, 140 N.E. 39th St., 305-639-8851
Show your pedicure some love with these lovely, cheeky sandals.
Tiffany T Bar Cuff, Tiffany and Co. ($3,500). Miami Design District, 114 N.E. 39th St., 305-428-1390
The new design director, Francesca A, must have had Miami’s clean lines in mind when she designed her new Tiffany T collection, including this cuff.