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