February 26, 2014

CVI.CHE 105 – Peruvian Cuisine with a Modern Touch

Cvi.Che 105 is a stellar recommendation from clients who lived in Peru for many years and raved about the authentic Pisco Sours and ceviche. This downtown Peruvian hot spot has splendid food, great signature cocktails and the best service I have had in a trendy casual restaurant in a long time. I’m a big fan […]
February 22, 2014

Sparkle Plenty is Closing – Crazy Low Prices on Everything

Sparkle Plenty, the fabulous and eclectic gift shop, is closing its doors at The Falls  on March 3, 2014. Although it’s sad to see the 40 year store end its reign as queen of the gift shops, where one could always find something unique, special and fun, the close-out sale will give you plenty to sparkle about. […]
January 28, 2014

Salumeria 104 – Authentic Northern Italian Cuisine

Midtown has a winner in Salumeria 104.  Although it’s not a new restaurant, friends introduced me to it last night and I’ll surely be returning. The concept is based on the Italian trattoria and neighborhood shop that serve up specialty cured meats and delicacies, also known as salumi shops. As we walked in, large wooden boards were being served […]
December 29, 2013

Yambo – Authentic Nicaraguan Food

This place is down right scary, a scene right out of a Central American apocalypse. Don’t go drunk, or maybe it’s best to go a bit inebriated.  Either way, Yambo is an experience to remember. Pull into the parking lot and you know this is the real deal. You’re greeted by a shrine of the Virgin Mary, cows on the roof […]
December 27, 2013

Bobby’s Burger Palace

I checked out Bobby’s Burger Palace, celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s new hamburger restaurant in Dadeland Mall. To get right down to the grill – the burgers are terrific – moist and juicy, with quality grade beef and interesting toppings.  And the French fries are crispy and plentiful. On the right is the Bobby Blue Burger.  Yep – it’s as good as it looks! […]
December 18, 2013

Paraiso Bay – Presale Lux Condo In East Edgewater

Paraiso Bay is a new luxury condominium close to Miami’s arts, entertainment, and design districts and just south of the Julia Tuttle Causeway, in the East Edgewater area. It features two 53-story luxury towers with 1, 2, 3, and 4 bedrooms, plus penthouses, each with over-sized terraces and private elevator entrance. The residences will have fabulous unobstructed views of Biscayne Bay and the city skyline. Pre-construction […]
December 17, 2013

The Condo Construction Craze

Been downtown lately?  It’s a mass of construction cranes.  Condo towers are going up all over the place from Miami Beach to Hollywood. I’ve been tracking the 35 condo projects currently under construction in Miami-Dade County.  Three of them are now completed towers*. Most of these are available for pre-sale, meaning you can place a […]
December 4, 2013

The Artification of Condo Sales in South Florida

Exceptional and valuable art is being paired, not with fine wine, but with luxury condominiums in South Florida.  Paintings, sculptures, public art and video installations, art furniture, rugs and murals are adorning lobbies, pool decks and other common areas of high-end condos to attract wealthy buyers. And the art is not just for the 12th Art Basel Miami Beach, December 5-8.   It’s permanent. The […]
December 3, 2013

Art Basel 2013 Guide to the Museums, Collections and Special Venues

If you’re not too exhausted from visiting the plethora of galleries and fairs at Art Basel 2013, the museums, private collections and special venues will draw you in.   Here’s the extensive guide. And check out my other blogs: Guide to the Fairs and Guide to the Galleries. Museums Bass Museum of Art: “Vessels From the Collection,” through August 10. […]