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  • Sophisticate Sunnies

    on Feb 25, 16 in Blog by with Comments Off on Sophisticate Sunnies

    In partnership with luxury lifestyle group Kering, U.S.-based label Tomas Maier is expanding its brand to include a line of exclusive eyewear. Emphasizing both necessity and personal fashion, Maier says the new collection was born from personal inspiration. “Having worn eyewear since age six, I am very sensitive to the importance of the right pair of frames,” explains Maier. The collection features 10 different unisex styles spanning mod to classic, and it is now available on the label’s website and boutiques, as well as other specialty stores. Tomas Maier Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305.351.9560, tomasmaier.com

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  • Publisher’s Pick: Apeiro Kitchen & Bar

    on Feb 25, 16 in Blog, Food by with Comments Off on Publisher’s Pick: Apeiro Kitchen & Bar

    The Shops of Midtown Miami is now the proud home of Apeiro Kitchen & Bar’s second location. Restaurateur Burt Rapoport and Chef David Blonsky debuted the sophisticated concept in Delray Beach earlier this year. Designed by Manhas Designs and built by Buildworks, the 6,000-square-foot space provides ample seating both indoors and out. Apeiro, Greek for infinite, is inspired by the regions that make up the Mediterranean, from Morocco and Italy to Greece and Spain. The vast menu ensures that diners visiting many times will never have the same experience twice. To start, try the signature Apeiro Spread of house-baked pita, served with hummus, eggplant caponata and pistachio yogurt. Exclusive to Miami is the selection of fresh crudo, including the Akushi Steak Tartare with bone marrow vinaigrette and Calabrian Chile and warm pita. Guests will find familiarity in the main plates as they enjoy Prime Rib Gyro, Roasted Lamb Chops or Black and White Linguine Provencal. Don’t leave the table without tasting one of the many decadent house-made gelato flavors. Midtown Miami, 3252 NE 1st Ave., Ste. 101, Miami, 786.800.5389, apeirorestaurants.com

    Apeiro Kitchen & Bar Miami - photo credit Gyorgy Papp

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  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society: South Florida Chapter

    on Feb 25, 16 in Blog, Giving Back by with Comments Off on National Multiple Sclerosis Society: South Florida Chapter

    Each hour, someone is diagnosed with MS, a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and often vary from patient to patient.

    However, there is one trait that all patients share. The disease does not just affect them; it impacts their entire family as well.

    As a result, the South Florida Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society provides educational programs and resources to both patients and their loved ones. Approximately 9,000 people in South Florida have MS, so the resources are crucial.

    In order to support patients and their families, they need support from donors and volunteers. You can help.

    Get Involved: Walk MS empowers the community to take action to create a world free of MS. The event connects people who want to do something about MS now, and the funds raised make meaningful differences in the lives of people with MS. Upcoming Walk MS dates include:

    Saturday, April 2 — George English Park, 1101 Bayview Drive, Fort Lauderdale

    Sunday, April 3 — CSL Plasma Building, 900 Broken Sound Parkway NW, Boca Raton

    Saturday, April 16 — Coral Gables City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables

    *Registration/Check-In begins at 7 a.m. and the walks start at 8:30 a.m.

    VOLUNTEER: Families, corporate groups and individuals are encouraged and welcome to volunteer and to lend a hand before, during and after the events.

    Donate: Gifts help fund cutting-edge research, support programs, services and advocacy efforts. Donations may be made online or through the mail. Contact the chapter for more information on planned giving opportunities or memorial donations.

    3201 W Commercial Blvd., Suite 127, Fort Lauderdale, 1.855.372.1331, walkms.org

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  • The Home Robot

    on Feb 25, 16 in Blog, Trending Technology by with Comments Off on The Home Robot

    There’s new evidence robots will someday rule the world (if they don’t already). The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show introduced a revolutionary jack-of-all-technology pod called Keecker. Controlled through a smartphone app, it brings the big screen to the backyard (or any wall in your home) with a powerful video projection system, 4.1 surround sound system and multiple other capabilities including (but not limited to) home monitoring (temperature, CO2, light, movement, noise levels, intrusion alerts), communication (video conferencing, telephones and Internet) and Android/Google Play connectivity. 16” x 14” and 19 pounds of wow. $1,490, keecker.com

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  • Valentine’s Day: Make the day special

    on Jan 30, 16 in Blog by with Comments Off on Valentine’s Day: Make the day special

    Spend quality time with your loved one this Valentine’s Day by opting for a weekend getaway or a romantic dinner. Here’s a list of some of our favorites:

    GETAWAYS
    Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain (Scottsdale, Ariz.):
    Couples can discover the “elements” of attraction over a romantic feast, or extend the affaire into a weekend rendezvous. Available Feb. 12-15 the Sweethearts Sanctuary Package provides ten percent off a two nights’ stay in a luxurious Casita, including one 60-minute spa treatment per person, Valentine’s Day dinner in elements, and a rose petal turndown. Rates for Friday through Saturday night start at $2,019, and $1,968 for Saturday through Sunday night, excluding gratuity and alcohol. For (almost) never-ending love, guests can extend their stay to seven nights, available Feb. 8-15 and starting at $4,713.
    sanctuaryoncamelback.com

    Whiteface Lodge (Lake Placid, N.Y.):
    Bursting with rustic elegance at every turn, this award-winning all-suite Adirondack gem is a luxurious, romantic retreat for lovers. Views of snow-covered peaks, warm cast-iron fire places, exquisite dining at KANU, and an award-winning Spa, make the Lodge a natural choice for couples looking for an all-inclusive escape to the High Peaks. The Lodge’sUltimate Luxury Package for Two includes a two night stay with wine and cheese on arrival, daily breakfast, two 50-minute Traditional Lodge Massages and a three course dinner in KANU. Lovebirds can catch a movie at the Lodge’s 56-seat movie theater, skate amongst the snowflakes on its own private rink, or cozy up in one of its two outdoor lean-tos over cocktails and a fire pit. Rates start at $546 per night.
    thewhitefacelodge.com

    Renaissance Montreal (Montreal, QC, Canada):
    Making its highly anticipated debut on Jan. 18 in one of the romantic cities in North America, Renaissance Montreal makes for an inspiring retreat with its unique design and the vibrancy of its surrounding city. For guests who crave “wow” inducing dining experiences, the hotel’s artful East Restaurant will serve sumptuous Pan-Asian cuisine as well as inventive cocktails from master mixologist Lawrence Picard. The rooftop lounge terrace – the only rooftop of its kind in Montreal – is the perfect spot to catch a glimpse of captivating city views or to take a dip in the heated plunge pool. At just $199 CAD, this is an incredibly affordable holiday escape (particularly for U.S. travelers).
    marriott.com/hotels/travel/yulmd-renaissance-montreal-downtown-hotel/

    The Betsy (South Beach):
    The Betsy’s Poolside Candlelight Dinner for Two Package ($1,200) includes a customized three-course dinner on the pool deck, decorated with floating candles and flowers. The meal is accompanied with a chilled bottle of Laurent- Perrier, Brut, and a private violin trio serenade. As the pièce de résistance, a professional writer will teach you how to speak the language of love by assisting with the writing of a short romantic poem for your significant other.
    thebetsyhotel.com

    National Hotel Miami Beach (Miami Beach):
    Iconic and timeless, the National Hotel is located in the heart of Miami Beach and has offered luxurious oceanfront accommodations and remarkable entertainment since its opening in 1940. The National is offering the Timeless Romance Package.  Treat your special someone on your next vacation and receive chocolate covered strawberries, champagne and roses, one or two-night stay (complimentary ocean view upgrade based upon availability), private poolside, candlelight dinner (five-course chef pairing) for two, with private butler and live singer from The Cabaret and snuggle in a bit longer with a complimentary 4 pm late checkout.
    *Above special concessions are subject to availability. Blackout dates apply. Promo Code: COUPLES
    nationalhotel.com

    SLS South Beach (South Beach):
    SLS South Beach is offering a Seductive Little Sleepover package valid now through February 29, 2016, complete with a “Love is Art” kit for in-room play (with plastic tarp and body paint included). Move over Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney, it’s time to recreate your own Interview magazine cover. The resulting love canvas is yours to keep (or frame, or stash!) Also included in the package is 29% off regular rates (in honor of Leap Year) for a three-day, two-night stay, a champagne toast, breakfast in bed and a complimentary late checkout.  PROMO CODE: ROMANCE
    slshotels.com/southbeach

    ROMANTIC DINNER
    J&G Grill
    Indulge in a four-course prix fixe dinner with the most seductive ingredients inspired by world-renown chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and specialty desserts by award-winning Executive Pastry Chef Antonio Bachour. Sunday, February 14; Four course prix fixe dinner – $150 per person; advanced reservations required.
    jggrillmiami.com

    The St. Regis Bal Harbour
    Go beyond expectation and celebrate Valentine’s Day with the most exclusive dinner experience in Miami! Allow a St. Regis Butler to serve you a private, romantic dinner overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from the comfort of an Oceanfront Day Villa. Start with a bottle of vintage Dom Perignon Champagne, followed by a four-course dinner inspired by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The luxurious Oceanfront Day Villa features an indoor relaxation lounge and an outdoor private terrace and dining table, and is yours to enjoy throughout the evening. Sunday, February 14; Limited availability; $1,200+ tax & gratuity; advanced reservations required.
    stregisbalharbour.com

    The St. Regis Bar & Sushi Lounge
    The St. Regis Bar will be offering an alluring menu of sushi and champagne pairings for the bold hearted connoisseurs, with music adding to the already-romantic atmosphere. Sunday, February 14; 6:30pm & 9pm seatings available; $275 per couple.
    stregisbalharbour.com

    Bazi
    Bazi, a Miami Beach eatery known for Chef Michael Pirolo’s bold flavors and exciting Asian-inspired dishes, is offering a five course prix fixe tasting menu for $75 per person. The Valentine’s Day feast kicks off with Dressed Oysters served with white ponzu, blood orange, and cucumber, followed by Sweet Potato Dumplings, a popular dish with chicken, fermented black beans, and Thai basil. The dinner continues with Shrimp & Crab Udon topped with pea tendrils, ginger, and soy; while the fourth course offers a choice of Miso Marinated Grouper with bok choy & sake burre blanc or Grass Fed New York Strip Steak with miso butter & miatake mushrooms. Cap off the evening with a sumptuous Molten Chocolate Bowl prepared with passion fruit and Thai basil anglaise. Bazi is located at The Marlin Hotel, 1200 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach. The restaurant is open for dinner nightly at 6PM; the bar is open nightly at 5PM. For reservations, please call 305.695.0101.
    bazimiami.com

    Quattro Gastronomia Italiana
    Lincoln Road’s upscale Northern Italian eatery will offer several dinner specials this Valentine’s Day, including Carpaccio di Tonno – tuna carpaccio with avocado sauce, lemon dressing, baby water cress, and radish salad ($26). Entrée selections feature Polenta ai Funghi con Tartufo – creamy truffle polenta with mix mushrooms, truffle sauce, and 2 grams of fresh black truffle shavings ($37); Gnocchi Pesto E Gamberi – white gnocchi with pesto, pine nuts, and shrimp ($27); Turbot con Vongole e Caviale  – pan fried turbot with manila clams, water cress fumet broth, and 3 grams of Calvisius caviar ($47); and Costate Di Agnello con Salsa ai Funghi – rack of lamb with beech mushroom sauce ($49). Quattro is located at 1014 Lincoln Road. For reservations, please call 305.531.4833.
    quattromiami.com

    Meat Market
    Lincoln Road’s sizzling hot steakhouse, is getting into the spirit of Valentine’s Day with some special touches, including a rose giveaway for the ladies as they walk through the door and delectable MM chocolates for couples at their end of their meal. The restaurant will be offering their regular lunch and dinner menu save for a few romantic additions, such as “His & Hers” specialty cocktails ($14) and Lanson Pink Rose Champagne ($75) to mark the occasion. Lunch ends at 3:30 PM and dinner begins at 6 PM. Valentine’s Day specials will also be available at Meat Market Palm Beach. Meat Market is located at 915 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. For reservations, please call (305) 532-0088 or book online at OpenTable. Meat Market Palm Beach is located at 191 Bradley Place. For reservations, please call 561.354.9800.
    meatmarket.net

    The Dutch
    Award-winning Chef Andrew Carmellini’s roots-inspired American restaurant, is pulling out all the stops this Valentine’s Day with a three course prix fixe menu designed with couples in mind. Priced at $85 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), the dinner comes with a complimentary glass of champagne and features a variety of creative dishes and desserts.
    thedutchmiami.com

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  • Get to Know_Penny Stamps

    on Jan 1, 16 in Blog, Get to Know by with Comments Off on Get to Know_Penny Stamps

    Philanthropist, designer, animal lover And Honorary chair of Pawpurrazzi for the Humane Society of Greater Miami

    A friend to people and animals alike, Penny Stamps devotes her life to bettering her community. Stamps, a former interior designer, has a knack for making lives brighter. Now that she and her husband, Roe, have raised their son and daughter, she turns the full force of her efforts toward supporting education, arts and culture, and animal welfare issues — especially her cherished rescue dogs and cats.

    On her love of animals and How she puts this love into action: My home and garden are filled with animals and have been for years. We have several cats, a Labrador Retriever and many visiting peacocks. All but one cat are rescue animals and all are, of course, spayed or neutered.

    Occasionally, if we happen to find kittens in the neighborhood, we take them to the Humane Society to be spayed, neutered, chipped, then released. It is a small way of helping to reduce pet over-population.

    Favorite stories about her pets: Some years ago, our young daughter asked for a kitten. We adopted a Maine Coon cat named Chloe. Later, visiting the ORCAT shelter at Ocean Reef, we were eyeing more kittens, but instead we were drawn to an older, grey tabby cat named Grayvik.

    He quickly became an integral part of our family, and a year and a half later he saved our lives. He awakened me in the middle of the night to alert us to a raging fire in our home. Thanks to Grayvik, we all survived.

    From that time on, I made a commitment to become involved with ORCAT. I joined the board in 1998 and have remained active ever since, helping to build a proper shelter, the Grayvik Animal Care Center, and annually raise funds for its maintenance.

    Why giving is important: Seeing the impact of our philanthropy has been the biggest reward. The satisfaction of improving a school’s physical plant, or helping young people to achieve their goals, or funding a pet shelter that will house homeless animals is an enormous motivator to do even more giving.

    Charity close to her heart: The Humane Society does wonderful work by treating and caring for homeless and unwanted pets. They help creatures who have no voice, and who cannot act on their own behalf. The work they do is very important, and I would encourage others to support them.

    As for Pawpurrazi, what’s not to love? It’s the ONLY gala in Miami where you can bring your dog! This is an all-around fun night when pets and their owners mingle in perfect harmony. There’s a doggy “buffet,” a phenomenal silent auction, and a great runway show. It’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our own animals as well as the fine work the Humane Society of Miami does in treating and placing so many homeless pets.

    About the event:
    Two- and four-legged guests will gather once again at Pawpurrazzi on Jan. 22 at Jungle Island to support the Humane Society of Greater Miami. The Society has been helping homeless animals in Miami-Dade since 1936. For more information, visit humanesocietymiami.org.

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  • South Beach Wine and Food Festival

    on Jan 1, 16 in Blog, Taste of Town by with Comments Off on South Beach Wine and Food Festival

    The South Beach Wine and Food Festival (SOBEWFF) celebrates its 15th anniversary Feb. 24-28. The festival’s new Taste Fort Lauderdale Series debuts this year. The series includes a selection of intimate dinner experiences taking place at various Fort Lauderdale restaurants, featuring culinary personalities. The series ends with a Bloody Mary Brunch hosted by the cast of Chopped at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale.

    There are more than 80 events spanning the four-day festival, so make sure to look up the full schedule so you don’t miss any of your favorites.

    Seaside Eats hosted by Robert Irvine
    February 24, 7 p.m.
    Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, 900 N. Beach Rd., Fort Lauderdale
    A kick-off for the inaugural Taste Fort Lauderdale Series, Seaside Eats will showcase the best of Fort Lauderdale.

    Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach
    February 25, 7 p.m.
    Beachside at Delano
    Hosted by Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis, who is joined by 30 of the nation’s greatest chefs, enjoy dishes from various regions in Italy on the beaches of Miami. complementary pours from Southern Wine & Spirits.

    Amstel Light Burger Bash
    February 26, 7:30 p.m.
    Beachside at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
    Celebrating its 10th year is the Festival’s Burger Bash hosted by Rachael Ray. The iconic event offers guests 30 of the country’s top burger restaurants serving up their unique creations for votes. This year’s judges include David Burtka, Neil Patrick Harris and Natalie Morales.

    Midnight Breakfast
    February 26, 11:59 p.m.
    National Hotel, 1677 Collins Ave.
    End your day with breakfast hosted by Chrissy Teigen and Fireman Derek, a South Floridian known for his delicious pies. The event will feature breakfast creations from firefighters representing houses from all over Miami.

    Meatopia
    February 27, 7 p.m.
    Beachside at Delano
    This showcase screams all things meat. The second annual Meatopia brings together more than 25 of the country’s greatest chefs to cook over low and slow fires. King of Carnivores Michael Symon will host and guests will enjoy music by Gregg Allman.

    LUCKY CHOPSTICKS: An Asian Night Market
    February 28, 6 p.m.
    Beachside at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
    Close the festival with late-night Asian bites from a wide collection of chefs. Host Andrew Zimmern joins guests as they dine on sushi, dumplings and dim sum.

    Look out for: LA Sweetz
    Letty Alvarez is the founder and pastry chef of LA Sweetz, Miami’s top rated cupcake bakery. The eatery competed on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars and Alvarez was personally selected by “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro to compete on his TLC show The Next Great Baker. Cupcakes are made from scratch daily. lasweetz.com

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  • Get to Know_David Samson

    on Jan 1, 16 in Blog, Get to Know by with Comments Off on Get to Know_David Samson

    President of the Miami Marlins and Honoree for The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s South Florida Annual Fundraising Gala

    For the last 15 seasons, David Samson has overseen the Miami Marlins’ day-to-day operations as the team’s president. He also presides over the Marlins Foundation, where he is proud to be part of giving back to the South Florida community. Samson was one of fewer than 425 people ever chosen as contestants when he appeared on the TV reality show Survivor in 2014. He and his wife, Cindi, have been married for 25 years and have three children.

    On the Marlins wining the World Series: I felt lucky, shocked, humble and ecstatic.

    Playing baseball as a kid: I was the best 11-year-old on an 8-year-old team. Now I run, bike, swim and dance.

    On helping underprivileged and ill children:  There is no more important job than to be charitable and giving. We are all very fortunate, and to not recognize that would be a mistake. I would be in favor of making it a criminal act for those who are able to give but choose not to.

    Favorite thing about his job: Making memories and changing lives

    Biggest challenge of profession: Managing expectations that are based on emotion, rather than reality

    Secret to your success: Persistence, good fortune and persistence

    Favorite inspirational quote: “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.” — Charles M. Schultz

    Growing up, what did you want to be: Point guard for the N.Y. Knicks

    Dream vacation: White water rafting down the Colorado River, with stops at a five-star hotel and art museum on the riverbank

    Conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be: George Washington — my first question would be to understand how to be a visionary for centuries, not just days.

    Best advice you’ve ever been given: No is just an impediment on the way to yes.

    Best family activity: Friday night dinner

    Outdoor space: Museum Park

    Restaurant: Zuma

    Local hotel: The Epic

    Happy Hour spot: Too many to mention, but start at Zuma.

    Spot on the water: The first moment where you can no longer see land

    About the event:
    The National Multiple Sclerosis
 Society, South Florida Chapter, will hold its 33rd annual MS Gala Luncheon on Jan. 22 at the Broward County Convention Center. David Samson will receive the MS Hope Award, the society’s highest volunteer award. Since 1984, the luncheon has raised $6.7 million to fund cutting-edge research, advocacy, professional education, and programs and services for the 7,500 people with MS and their families in South Florida. For information, visit nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/FLS.

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