Chef Matthew Kenney continues his vegetarian mission with plnthouse at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach. The restaurant marks his second location in Miami, the first being Plant Food + Wine in Wynwood. As its abbreviated name implies, his follow-up is more casual and only serves breakfast and lunch. The bahn mi sandwich substitutes pork with ginger-roasted eggplant and lentil “pâté.” Carrot ginger kelp noodles, one of the bowl options, don’t leave you dragging the rest of the day. But the menu isn’t limited to healthy salads and smoothies. Have your cake (or cocktail) and eat it too—mango cheesecake with pistachio crust and lime curd; and prosecco with blood orange juice and hibiscus-dandelion root. It’s the perfect complement to the adjacent Spartan Gym and Bamford Haybarn Spa.
2341 Collins Avenue; 305.604.6835; 1hotels.com
MATCHES, MUSIC & MAGIC
Get in gear, literally, for the Miami Open through April 2, with Lacoste’s exclusive capsule collection. Shop for logo piqué polo shirts, tees and tennis dresses here. Then head to Crandon Park for this weekend’s second and third rounds in style. Calling all classical music lovers: The Cleveland Orchestra Miami wraps up it season with Respighi’s Pines of Rome, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, and Verdi’s music from his operas Macbeth and Don Carlo at the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall on March 24 and 25. Treat spring breakers to Faena Theater’s new family-friendly “Magique” show. Illusionist act Kevin Jeffrey and Gus Caruso perform with aerialist Madame Houdini on Sundays and Tuesdays (dinner at 7 p.m.; show at 8 p.m.). Miami is the Magic City after all.
miamiopen.com. clevelandorchestra.com. faena.com
Miami-based fine jewelry designer Daniella Kronfle has joined luxury European houses like Cartier and Harry Winston with her new boutique in the Miami Design District. Eduardo Sesma, a former senior designer for Yabu Pushelberg, designed the 650-square-foot, eponymous salon in her signature hue, orchid purple. Crystal chandeliers illuminate diamond-shaped vitrines, while sketches of the Ecuadorian designer’s hand-crafted pieces show her process. She counts Eva Longoria and Chrissy Teigen among her clientele for quirky stones such as black diamonds and lemon citrine, as well as unusual combinations, from white agate and pink sapphire to tiger’s eye and tsavorite. For tonight’s invitation-only reception benefitting Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, attendees can browse the new collection, Midnight Color Code, and mainstays like bold, colorful Wanderlust and nature-inspired Mosaico di Luce.
4141 NE Second Avenue; 305.374.7079; daniellakronfle.com
River Yacht Club, which celebrated its first anniversary last month, added a second eatery for Japanese cuisine cravings. Dashi opens tomorrow with chef Shuji Hiyakawa (pictured) behind the sushi bar. The Japan native mastered his craft at Morimoto in Philadelphia, and Kuro in Hollywood, Fla. Separate from the club’s main dining concept, his 80-seat inner-sanctum features calm, minimalist décor with a water view from nearly every vantage. Gather friends or make new ones around two communal tables or sidle up to the bar for an array of sakes and Japanese whiskeys. Sashimi platters shine with his more interesting selection of seafood flown in from Japan (golden eye snapper, sea urchin, horse mackerel). Hamachi shabu-shabu salad could suffice as a meal. Hot dishes range from udon to five-spiced duck.
401 SW Third Avenue; 786.870.5304; dashirestaurant.com
Dior fetes new artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri’s inaugural ready-to-wear collection with an exclusive retail tour. Her appointment represents a big shift for the brand; she’s the first female designer in its 70-year history. Among the 15 stores the house plans to pop up around the world, such as Colette in Paris and Maxfield in Los Angeles, the Webster’s South Beach location receives her Spring/Summer 2017 looks from March 20-31. Each store is creating a special experience, whether art installations or events, and the Webster’s founder, Laure Heriard Dubreuil, hosts a private cocktail party on March 23 for clients to shop the whole collection including finely embroidered dresses. Since launching in February, popular pieces have been a starry sweater and Chiuri’s fresh take on the iconic Bar jacket.
1220 Collins Avenue; 305.674.7899; thewebster.us
The British restaurateur behind Zuma and Coya imported another of his successful dining concepts to Miami. Originating in Nice, France, in the late Eighties, La Petite Maison opened its first U.S. restaurant in Brickell. He discovered the charming place while on summer vacation in the South of France and decided to bring it to the rest of the world (other locations are London, Dubai, Istanbul and Beirut). Three-Michelin-starred chef and partner Raphael Duntoye oversees the 4,600-square-foot addition. His menu highlights classic Niçoise cuisine—scallop carpaccio, prawns grilled simply in olive oil, and of course, the region’s namesake salad. Signature ingredients like lemon and artichokes appear throughout, such as with whole roasted sea bream and turbot with chorizo. Save room for the famous cheesecake.
1300 Brickell Bay Drive; 305.403.9133; lpmlondon.co.uk
ONE Sotheby’s International Realty isn’t the only one hosting a summit this week. The World Happiness Summit premieres at the Ice Palace in Miami from March 17-19. With the rise of yoga, meditation and wellness in general, the time seemed right to create a platform for experts in psychology, fitness and life coaching, among many fields, to come together and share their insight. The conference explores six elements: purpose, social, financial, community, physical and mindfulness. Lululemon’s director of mindful performance and yoga ambassador start the conference with meditation and a vinyasa flow class. Dozens of speakers include Jennifer Moss, author of “Unlocking Happiness at Work,” Lord Richard Layard of the London School of Economics, and Tal Ben-Shahar (pictured), an entrepreneur and author who taught psychology at Harvard University. Register here.
59 NW 14th Street; happinesssummit.world
Van Cleef & Arpels opened a two-story boutique in the Miami Design District. Its second location here offers a larger selection of jewelry, including Bouton d’or, whose whimsical paillette theme is inspired by designs dating to the Thirties; and Alhambra, the house’s signature lucky emblem created in 1968. The sweet charms are introduced in malachite with pave diamonds (pictured) just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, in case you need to sport a little green. Another main motif, nature, is represented through a shower of brass leaves down the steel blue stone façade. The ceiling’s pattern of concentric ripples references water, a nod to the seaside location. The ocean tie-in continues in large curved screens lit up like a blue halo. A cozy library transforms into a private salon.
140 NE 39th Street; 786.792.3925; vancleefarpels.com
COME SAIL AWAY
The 52 Super Series Miami Royal Cup multi-day regatta blows into town through March 11. Watch leading teams—Azzurra, Platoon and Provezza—among several international contenders, race monohull yachts around the bay through live streaming courtesy of 52 Super Series TV. Saks Fifth Avenue and North Sails Collection, sportswear for men, women and children, are taking VIP shoppers on a spectator cruise to experience the competition up close. The exclusive event celebrates North Sails’ pop-up for men’s wear at Saks’ new store in Brickell City Centre for the entire month of March. Shops for accessories like duffel bags and caps as well as activewear including polos, swimsuits and waterproof jackets. Miami is one of only three American cities to receive the pop up.
52superseries.com. 81 SW Eighth Street; 786.907.3800; saksfifthavenue.com
GET ON YOUR EAT
After listening to Gloria Estefan sing with the Miami Symphony Orchestra in the Miami Design District’s Palm Court tomorrow from 5-8 p.m., make your way over to her new Cuban restaurant. She and her hubby, Emilio, opened Estefan Kitchen in the same courtyard. Chef Odell Torres reinvents Gloria’s grandmother’s treasured Cuban recipes for a new generation. A Caribbean variation of ham and pineapple pizza, lechón and sweet plantains top flatbread. He upgrades Serrano ham croquettes with béchamel and a balsamic guava reduction. The palomilla steak is wagyu, though served traditionally with humble black beans and rice. Seafood dishes range from shellfish paella to the pan-seared catch of the day in a citrus sauce with tostones. Begin with a mojito at the oyster shell-encrusted bar.
140 NE 39th Street; 786.843.3880; estefankitchen.com
Starchitect Richard Meier will be in town to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club tomorrow afternoon. Nadim Ashi, whose Fort Partners developed the project; Four Seasons CEO J. Allen Smith; Reed Kandalaft, general manager for the property; Joseph Dirand, who designed interiors, and Antonio Sersale, who is opening a branch of his famous Amalfi Coast restaurant, Le Sirenuse, at the hotel, will also be present for the grand reveal. It’s Four Seasons’ second location in Miami and fourth in Florida. Meier wrapped his modern glass additions around Russell Pancoast’s original Mediterranean Revival design dating to the 1930’s. The hotel’s 77 guest rooms begin accepting reservations later this month. Along with an expansive beachfront and cabanas, guests can enjoy a 15,000-square-foot wellness center.
9011 Collins Avenue; 800.819.5053; fourseasons.com; thesurfclub.com
ARTSY APRIL FOOLS’
Pérez Art Museum Miami’s third annual Art of the Party takes place April 1, so it’s time to think about scoring tickets or a whole table. Presented by Valentino, this year’s fundraiser honors painter and photographer Lorna Simpson (pictured). Her provocative works, which are featured in PAMM’s collection, address issues of race and sexual identity. Lee Schrager returns to create three tiers of exclusive concepts. Michael Schwartz and Starr Catering Group partner for Chef’s Table, a reception and seated dinner on the bayside terrace, and Supper Club, a later, more relaxed lounge set-up with private butlers and live entertainment in the galleries. Everyone’s invited to the Remix after party. Tommy and Dee Hilfiger are on the host committee, and Usher is expected to show. Purchase tickets from $125 to $2,500 here.
1103 Biscayne Boulevard; 305.375.3000; pamm.org
TEA & THE TEQUESTA
Oceanfront luxury hotels along the coast are switching up their culinary scene. St. Regis Bal Harbour opened La Gourmandise in its newly expanded, glass-enclosed lobby lounge. Stop by for afternoon tea with 30 blends to complement French-themed savory and sweet bites. Celebrating a special occasion? Call the resident cake designer and pop the champagne. Named for the island’s iconic lighthouse, Lightkeepers at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne serves local Floridian fare including a full raw bar. Order grilled octopus and the house biscuits with Keez Beez honey butter. Eat your greens, too, with a heaping bowl of fresh veggies of Brussels sprouts, snap peas and avocado. With water views, it’s the perfect place to sip the Tequesta of mezcal, grapefruit juice and spicy syrup.
9703 Collins Avenue; 866.716.8116; stregisbalharbour.com. 455 Grand Bay Drive; 305.365.4156; lightkeepersmiami.com
Reformation, designer Yael Aflalo’s celebrity-endorsed, sustainable fashion brand manufactured in Los Angeles, pops up in Wynwood today through the end of May. The former model got her start by upcycling vintage dresses found at flea markets. After learning that fashion production is the third biggest pollutant and second consumer of water, she launched new women’s clothes in sustainable fabrics. (Hence, her collection’s motto, “We make killer clothes that don’t kill the environment.”) For her Miami debut, she brought a selection of girly dresses and other best sellers in her signature denim, linen and every spring fabric in between. The store hosts its grand opening party on March 9. With permanent locations in New York and California, fans hope Aflalo considers Miami next.
219 NW 23rd Street; 855.756.0560; thereformation.com
MOTHER EARTH’S MARKET
Wynwood is apparently the place to be this week for eco shoppers. MKT by bazbaz officially launches its 30-vendor retail concept with a massive portrait installation titled “Humanae” (pictured) by Brazilian artist Angelica Dass. Local artisans specialize in socially conscious, small-batch wares and food. Local farmers and musicians such as Wizzmer are also joining the fun. They share their stories about making jewelry to floral arts during talks in the amphitheater. Dass mounted photographs of 794 faces representing all races, ages, sizes and sexes as a mosaic statement for unity; she left blank spaces in the grid for viewers to interact with the work. And yet another good reason to visit on weekends through May: The venue partnered with Slow Food Miami and the Education Fund.
2100 North Miami Avenue; bybazbaz.com
Two charities are reaching out to Miamians for support on Saturday. Women of Tomorrow, a mentor and scholarship program for at-risk teenagers, celebrates its 20th anniversary at its annual gala. Some 400 attendees are expected at Mandarin Oriental Miami for an auction with donations from Saks Fifth Avenue and Gucci, among the luxury items and experiences, followed by dinner and dancing. The nonprofit’s network of professional women has helped 15,000 girls finish high school and receive college scholarships. Work out for a cause when Cycle for Survival comes to Equinox Coral Gables on March 4. Since launching a decade ago, the annual indoor cycling fundraiser has raised more than $130 million for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. All proceeds from the two-month, multi-city tour go directly to rare cancer research.
786.353.0005; womenoftomorrow.org. 370 San Lorenzo Avenue; 786.497.8200; equinox.com; cycleforsurvival.org
KIMONO CLUB + NEW CONCEPT
Japanophiles should pencil in Asiatica’s trunk shows at the Mondrian South Beach today until 6:30; and Ocean Reef Club in the Florida Keys from February 28-March 2. Owner and designer Elizabeth Wilson mixes new Japanese textiles by NUNO and exquisite antique and vintage kimonos to design one-of-a-kind women’s ready to wear and custom pieces. Each garment is handmade at her atelier and boutique in Kansas City, Mo., from her vast collection of kimonos purchased through private auctions in Tokyo and Kyoto. She also sells jewelry, scarves and Japanese home décor such as tableware. Bimini-born Splash boutique in South Miami added a lifestyle store concept in its neighboring space. Whereas Splash focuses on fashion, Next Door carries accessories, footwear, books, and art and design.
asiaticakc.com. morganshotelgroup.com. oceanreef.com. 7297 SW 57th Avenue; 305.662.9883; shopsplash.com
BARTENDERS’ BAREmployees Only, which pioneered craft cocktails in New York in the early aughts, expanded to South Beach. The restaurant and bar occupies a historic coral rock bungalow within the Washington Park Hotel’s compound of newly renovated buildings dating to the 1940s. An enclosed porch’s décor resembles an Old Florida cottage, while the Art Deco-inspired main dining room shifts to another era and mood. Mixologists win awards for pushing the beverage boundary, such as Beets By Alé, Redemption Rye and Velvet Falernum liqueur with bitters, fresh lemon juice, and beet and rosemary syrup. Cuisine is as good as the cocktails. The chef’s Eastern European heritage comes through in non-tropical dishes like bone marrow poppers, whole rainbow trout and ricotta gnocchi with oyster mushrooms. Late night? They serve until 3:30 a.m.
1050 Washington Avenue; 786.264.3945; employeesonlymiami.com
SBWFF DOES FLL
Fort Lauderdale foodies can enjoy all the good eating at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival without going to Miami. The event’s Taste Fort Lauderdale series brings top toques to Broward County. Geoffrey Zakarian fetes his new seafood-centric Point Royal restaurant at the Diplomat Resort & Spa with an old-fashioned clambake on Friday. Three of North Carolina’s most applauded chefs—Vivian Howard of Chef & the Farmer, Andrea Reusing of Lantern, and Ashley Christensen of Bridge Club and Beasley’s Chicken & Honey—are collaborating for a sisterhood-themed dinner at the Ritz-Carlton’s Burlock Coast on Saturday. You may as well book a room, because the next day Neil Patrick Harris and his hubby, David Burtka, an actor and chef, host their beloved bloody Mary brunch at the hotel.
GERMAN & FRENCH
Sotheby’s and ONE SIR present an art talk in conjunction with the exhibit, “Regeneration Series: Anselm Kiefer from the Hall Collection,” at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale on February 26. Museum director and chief curator Bonnie Clearwater sits down with art collectors Andy and Christine Hall to hear about their passion for the German artist’s work. The couple created their foundation for postwar and contemporary art, which also includes Warhol, Ed Ruscha and Joseph Beuys, in 2007; its public museum is housed in a centuries-old castle in Germany, while they also operate an exhibition space on a former dairy farm in Vermont. RSVP here. French artist Jean-Baptiste Bernadet’s second show, “Contrejour,” for Michael Jon & Alan gallery opens Saturday night. Works, pictured, are on view through April 1.
One Las Olas Boulevard; 954.525.5500; nsuartmuseum.org. 255 NE 69th Street; 305.521.8520; michaeljonandalan.com
Peak season must be here with the overwhelming event lineup for Presidents’ Day weekend alone. As you may have guessed from the uptick in traffic, the boat show is in town. Aside from Miami Marine Stadium and Strictly Sail Miami at Bayside, Island Gardens Deep Harbour on Watson Island is displaying superyachts. Tour the 230-foot Martha Ann and 236-foot Axioma while enjoying drinks and music at the Deck. Tonight’s preview for Art Wynwood benefits Miami City Ballet. The five-day fair offers 60 galleries and a Friday lecture by street artist Shepard Fairey, who receives the Tony Goldman Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award during a dinner at db Bistro Moderne. The Honda Classic takes over PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens from February 20-26.
miamiboatshow.com. islandgardens.com. artwynwood.com. thehondaclassic.com
ACCESSORIES + ART
A boat isn’t the only luxury available for purchase through Sunday. Tod’s celebrated its second store in Miami with commissioned works by local artist Cristina Lei Rodriguez. She looked to colors and materials found in Tod’s store design and merchandise to create a site-specific installation, just as if they were a natural landscape. Multimedia sculptures, which could double as makeshift shelves, incorporate mirror like the setting’s walls and panels, and stained glass in the same hue as the season’s handbags. Titled “Moonscape,” an abstract digital print on silver metallic fabric also links to fashion. Each is for sale through her representative, Miami-based art advisor Adriana Vergara, at 786.301.2646. The exhibit debuted in conjunction with a store party for the Bass Museum of Art last week.
135 NE 39th Street; 305.576.8132; tods.com. cristinaleirodriguez.com
TWICE AS NICE
It’s nice to see so many independent chefs expanding with second locations. Zak the Baker outgrew his Wynwood space so he separated his sourdough bread and pastry operations from the new 405 Deli down the block. It’s consistently packed for smoked fish salad and corned beef sandwiches. Cake Thai Kitchen followed its hole-in-the-wall location near Miami Shores with a rustic, 30-seat restaurant in Wynwood. The chef, a native of Phuket who worked at Makoto, has won over regulars with short rib and Thai eggplant green curry, and rice noodle soup with slices of pork, cilantro and pieces of crunchy pig skin. Arson, the sister restaurant of Niu Kitchen, focuses on a combined oven and charcoal grill for more international flavors than its Catalan predecessor.
405 NW 26th Street; 786.347.7100; zakthebaker.com. 180 NW 29th Street; cakethaikitchen.com. 104 NE Second Avenue; 786.717.7611; arsonmiami.com
Villa Borghese—the men’s wear store in Rome, not the legendary estate and gardens—opened VB boutique in Sunset Harbour. Located on the ground floor of the new Palau building, it’s also an inviting place to pop in for a glass of vino or caffeine fix while walking the dog or heading home from work. Divided between designer brands and private label collections, the direction caters to full wardrobes including made-to-measure suits, dress shirts and suede blazers; weekend wear; swim trunks; ties and even Florentine loafers that fold in half for easy storage. Roman proprietor Gianluca Poddighe collaborates with established manufacturers to design exclusive pieces, whether soft, everyday trousers in multiple colors or cashmere sweaters for Aspen holidays and the occasional chilly night here.
1201 20th Street; 786.275.6437; vbmiami.com
Drybar founder Alli Webb returns to her old stomping ground, South Beach, tomorrow to celebrate her hair blowout chain’s latest location in Hyatt Centric. Watch chick flicks and smell the yellow roses, the salons’ signature fresh-cut flowers, in custom chairs made in Italy. The variety of styles includes the sleek Manhattan and beachy Mai Tai. A temporary store for LBP’s beauty brands popped up in the Miami Design District for a couple months. The initials stand for Luxury Brand Partners, a Miami firm that owns hair, nail and makeup lines developed by stylists and other industry insiders. A few are Oribe, IGK, whose Sunday Funday Texture Foam and Rich Kid coconut oil hair gel are geared toward millennials, and Smith & Cult nail polishes by the founder of Hard Candy.
211 16th Street; 305.704.6036; thedrybar.com. 3930 NE Second Street; 305.676.2513; www.luxurybrandpartners.com
WARHOL ON WHEELS
The Andy Warhol Museum and Cadillac are taking a road trip. Their collaborative exhibit “Letters to Andy Warhol” has already traveled to New York, Los Angeles and Miami, where it’s on view daily through February 12 in the Design District. Centered on Warhol’s personal correspondence to and from the likes of Yves Saint Laurent and Mick Jagger, it offers a rare, intimate glimpse into an artist whose stone-faced expression mirrored a blank canvas. Contemporary artists, musicians and designers created new works inspired by his letters— author and Vanity Fair contributor Derek Blasberg’s Polaroid portraits, and fashion designer Brian Atwood and writer J.J. Martin’s gargantuan children’s book. Warhol, a brand worshipper who transformed a Brillo box into high art, often incorporated Cadillacs into his works, and some are also on display.
140 NE 39th Street, Third Floor.
Given the amount of taquerias opening here, Miami may as well be Mexico. One can barely walk a block without coming across an addition. The Baja-inspired Lolo’s Surf Cantina at Marriott Stanton South Beach overlooks sand dunes. Richard Ampudia, the Mexico City chef behind Café Habana and La Esquina in New York, imports his magic formula South of Fifth. Tocaya Organica, a Los Angeles-based fast-casual eatery specializing in natural, sustainable ingredients, launched its first location outside California on Lincoln Road. The taco menu features chef’s tips for your choice of protein and cheese, such as chicken tinga and manchego for Cali Green. Tacology, Cantina La Veinte’s mercado-style offshoot in Brickell City Centre, makes tacos like ribeye and chicharron, and other tasty bites from rock shrimp tostadas to harvest veggies.
161 Ocean Drive; 305.735.6973; loloscantina.com. 920 Lincoln Road; 305.909.0799; tocayaorganica.com. 701 South Miami Avenue; 786.347.5368; tacology.us
TWO FOR TOD’S
For its second store in Miami, Tod’s commissioned an installation by local artist Cristina Lei Rodriguez. It’s just the start of the Italian luxury brand’s new cultural initiative here. The 2,400-square-foot location features mobile walls that double as a 60-foot projection screen to exhibit curated art videos. Walls are also covered in the house’s signature Vacchetta leather. Other décor elements are gray marble and a mirror runway. Shop men’s and women’s ready to wear and leather accessories, including limited-edition Gommino driving shoes in fun colors and Double T crossbody bags in exotic skins. But hurry if you want to score pieces from London tattoo artist Saira Hunjan’s small capsule collection for spring. Her ink designs appear on a Gommino driving shoe, biker jacket and Double T messenger bag, pictured.
143 NE 39th Street; 305.576.8132; tods.com
Nike finally revealed its two-story, 31,000-square-foot concept store on Lincoln Road. It follows Nike Soho, which introduced the brand’s new interactive direction that blends its digital and brick-and-mortar platforms. The façade’s brise-soleil cast with waffle iron and Nike Windrunner patterns takes after the Miami Design District’s splashy architecture more than its Art Deco surroundings. Exterior terrazzo panels play up the retro Latin American locale, while Jessy Nite’s exclusive, multi-media installation of colorful, film-coated tiles references the local art scene. Trial Zones for basketball, running and soccer invite customers to try out footwear while shooting hoops, performing drills and hitting the treadmill. Like Apple’s Genius Bar, certified experts offer consultations through the 1:1 program. The men’s shoe wall alone features 100 styles, but the HyperAdapt 1.0 requires an appointment.
1035 Lincoln Road; 305.674.0156; nike.com
DINNER & DÉCOR
Design on a Dime, Housing Works’ charity dinner and pop-up showroom with dazzling vignettes by 30 designers, returns to the Miami Design District from February 4-5. Honorary chairs Andy Cohen and Venus Williams will join founding chair and interior designer James Huniford at Saturday’s soirée to fight homelessness and AIDS through advocacy and a multitude of services. The event originated in Manhattan before expanding to Miami and Brooklyn. Donated merchandise, including furniture, accessories and art, is available at 50-80 percent discounts to raise funds for the nonprofit. Brown Davis Interiors, Deborah Wecselman Design and Mike Stake Studio are among participating firms. Purchase tickets for the preview and chairman’s dinner here.
191 NE 40th Street; housingworks.org
Long a linchpin of department stores and upscale boutiques, women’s wear label Lafayette 148 is striking out on its own regarding retail. After testing waters in China, the 20-year-old firm is opening freestanding stores in the U.S. So far, stateside locations are limited to New York and Miami, including a pop-up in Bal Harbour Shops through March, and a permanent store in Brickell City Centre. The latter’s brick loft design emulates the headquarters’ original address in Manhattan, a former garment factory in SoHo. The tropical climate is reflected not only through custom pale décor but the early arrival of resort and spring collections. Known for quality, timeless clothes in European fabrics—and now footwear—it’s a busy woman’s best friend. Personal stylists are available onsite, online and offsite.
9700 Collins Avenue; 786.774.3131; 701 South Miami Avenue; 786.257.1199; lafayette148ny.com
BRASS TO GLASS
Fort Lauderdale is flooded with cultural events in February. On Friday night, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble performs at Parker Playhouse. The band’s seven talented brothers from the south side of Chicago have played with famous musicians like Prince and Snoop Dogg. Miami City Ballet’s Program II comes to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday and Sunday. Its four works mix classical and contemporary choreography and music, beginning with Balanchine’s “Serenade” set to Tchaikovsky and concluding with Jerome Robbins’ “Glass Pieces,” mesmerizing hypnotic moves and a Philip Glass score. The Bonnet House Museum & Gardens continues its Young Artist Music Series on February 16 with the Florida Grand Opera. Listen beneath the stars while enjoying complimentary wine and coffee drinks.
Searching for a gala gown that will stand out from the same old designers? How about one covered in ruby red lips or an entire couture collection inspired by Macondo, the fictional town in Gabriel García Márquez’s masterpiece, “One Hundred Years of Solitude?” They are among the chic creations at Colombian designer Silvia Tcherassi’s new atelier exclusively devoted to eveningwear and bridal across the street from her ready-to-wear boutique in the Shops at Merrick Park. A marvel with texture, Tcherassi works with silk Neoprene, lace, tulle, silk organza and every embellishment. Shelves showcase her signature mochilas bedazzled with Swarovski crystals, which she demonstrated how to make on Martha Stewart’s TV show. Sketching in her office in back, she’s available by appointment to style clients for any special occasion.
207 San Lorenzo Avenue; 305.529.0004; silviatcherassi.com
Two important sporting events are happening in Miami this weekend. Thoroughbred race horses compete for the inaugural $12 million purse in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, at 5:30 p.m. Following several races beginning at 10 a.m., the final event outdoes the Dubai World Cup’s $10 million winnings, making it the richest thoroughbred race in history. Don elegant daytime attire, or catch it at home on NBC. Techies will also be impressed by its premiere of gambling technology where fashion and music come into the fold. The 28th Sailing World Cup Miami, U.S. Sailing’s main event and the only to bring an Olympic-level regatta to North America within the series, continues through January 29. Be in the center of the action at Regatta Park.
901 South Federal Highway; pegasusworldcup.com. 2699 SW 27th Street; miami.ussailing.org
Spas are stepping up their game. The five-star-five-diamond Acqualina Spa by ESPA unveiled its opulent, 820-square-foot Royal Spa Suite (pictured). Luxury Italian décor, from a crystal chandelier to Fendi Casa’s buffet console for tea service and Audrey swivel chairs, sets it apart from other treatment rooms. Guests can steam in their own mother-of-pearl room, and relax on a private terrace and in comfy mani/pedi chairs. Built for couples and groups, it also features a rainforest shower and treatment beds for two. (The Royal Package, which adds a three-night stay in an oceanfront suite and bottle of Cristal with gold-dipped strawberries, makes a perfect Valentine’s Day gift.) Turnberry Isle Resort introduced âme, a wellness center for 95 fitness classes, nutrition consultations and custom treatments like color therapy and amethyst crystal massages.
17875 Collins Avenue; 305.918.8000; acqualinaresort.com. 19999 West Country Club Drive; 305.933.6930; turnberryislemiami.com
CULTURE & CANAPÉS
The Miami Symphony Orchestra’s complimentary performances come to the Miami Design District’s Palm Court (140 NE 39th Street) on Friday at 5 p.m., and the Bass Museum of Art on Sunday at 4 p.m. Thierry’s Catering prepares picnic baskets for the latter. Before cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs with them on February 3, the Cleveland Orchestra gives a complimentary concert of Mendelssohn, Sibelius and Dvořák at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium on Sunday at 3 p.m. Reserve required tickets at miamidadecountyauditorium.org. Miami Beach Botanical Garden’s annual fund-raiser, Taste of the Garden, returns Friday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Listen to live jazz from saxophonist Nestor Zurita and tunes by DJ Lolo while sampling drinks and bites from local spots like Bakehouse, Bagatelle and Sweet Liberty. Silent auction items include a stay at Faena Hotel.
themiso.org. clevelandorchestra.com; mbgarden.org
FAR EAST FARE
Two former managers of La Piaggia opened Now & Zen a few blocks away. Alex Maufroy and Benoit Nanquette’s Asian eatery promises to transfer a little bit of their previous spot’s St. Tropez spirit in the form of decadent dim sum brunches on Sundays. Pair small plates of shu mai, wontons and bao buns with exquisite teas that explore varieties far beyond classic jasmine, such as herbal chrysanthemum and pu-erh, a strong, earthy black tea. The menu draws on Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisines with a modern spin like pan-seared branzino in oyster sauce, and teriyaki tuna crusted in white and black sesame seeds. Light eaters can nibble on summer rolls, while foodies go for the namesake, signature roll of lobster, foie gras and truffle.
736 First Street 305.704.8323; nowandzenmiami.com
January offers a ton of wellness activities to get in shape. EAST, Miami hosts an all-day retreat with Lauren Imparato (pictured), author of the international best seller, Retox, at Body by EAST. Join her for yoga, meditation, lectures and lunch at Quinto La Huella on Saturday at 8 a.m. Purchase tickets here. The Confidante partnered with wellness power couple Chris and Tracie Vlaun to lead hour-long workouts on the beach and its spa’s rooftop deck. Daily classes at 10 a.m. like Yoga Core Fusion, Beachcross Bootcamp and Aeroga are open to non-hotel guests for $20. Exhale’s monthlong promotion invites participants to attend 30 days of unlimited classes, such as barre and cardio, at its Miami locations for $145. Purchase passes before January 31 here.
788 Brickell Plaza; 305.712.7000; east-miami.com. exhalespa.com. 4041 Collins Avenue; 305.424.1234; theconfidantemiamibeach.hyatt.com
Atlanta’s popular hub for authentic Italian eats by way of Napoli expanded to South Beach with Centro Storico. Proprietor Giovanni di Palma imported his beloved Antico Pizza’s bubbling hot pies, which can be enjoyed at sit-down tables or a walk-up window open late on weekends.Wood-fired items range from a bianca pizza topped with broccoli rabe and mushrooms, to a Sicilian tuna sandwich with spicy mustard. The food hall also houses Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano for his endless variations of charred, organic poultry dishes, such as classic Sorrento Lemon pictured. Choose from bone-in or boneless, and single or family portion. Pasta sauce options are three-hour Sunday ragu, arrabbiata and a seasonal vongole with littleneck clams. Finish with an old-fashioned pastry like cannoli or a scoop of gelato including Neapolitan.
1058 Collins Avenue; 786.216.7808; centrostorico.it
Though the Alchemist opened awhile ago in Fort Lauderdale, many people—even neighbors in Wilton Manors—still don’t know about Argentinean Matias Jurgeit’s rustic garden café. His magic combination of superb coffee beans and the purest water results in award-winning hot and cold drinks. Rather than rely on French presses and complicated espresso machines, he brews coffee with a syphon after beans are roasted and steeped onsite. Blended with sweetened condensed milk, whole milk and a hint of brown sugar, ice coffee arrives in custom Mason jars, pictured, to sip in the leafy courtyard filled with orchids. Complement your dessert in a glass with a savory slicer, an open-faced sandwich on Tuscan bread (pulled pork, veggie, smoked salmon), or new hot dishes, “crocks,” such as lasagna primavera.
2430 NE 13th Avenue; 954.673.4614; thealchemistcafe.com